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Poon Hill Trek – 4 Days

Poon Hill is now listed in the top 10 destinations of the world by the Lonely Planet, one of the largest travel guide book

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    Trip Duration 04 Days

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    Max, Altitude 3210 meters

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    Type Easy Trek

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    Best Season Sept - May

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    Meals Included

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    Accommodation Guest House

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    Activity Trekking

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    Difficulty Easy

Highlights

  • Witness delightful mountain perspectives on the Annapurna South, Mt. Fishtail, Dhaulagiri and more.
  • Experience easy to moderately graded trek in the Annapurna region
  • Explore various flora and fauna
  • Witness spectacular sunrise view from the popular vantage-point Poon Hill
  • Visit popular settlements like Ghorepani and Ghandruk
  • Visit Cultural monasteries, temples and the Gurung museum

Overview

Get ready for an amazing adventure in the heart of the Himalayas with our Poon Hill Trek in Nepal. Picture yourself walking through beautiful forests filled with colorful rhododendron flowers. You will get to visit charming villages and get to understand the way of life in that particular place.

And not to forget, watching the sun rise over some of the tallest mountains on Earth- such an incredible feeling.

These 4 days will prove to be an incredible experience that will make you appreciate the beauty of nature. You will breathe in the fresh mountain air and feel completely rejuvenated. Upon hearing the leaves rustling in the wind you will feel like the wind is carrying you along.

And yes, the stunning Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges! Such beauty right in front of your eyes!

Come join us and discover what it feels like to be on Poon Hill!

Best Time for the Poon Hill Trek in Nepal

If you are thinking about when to go on the Poon Hill Trek, here is the scoop: Spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) are top choices. Why? Well, during these months, the weather is super nice – clear skies, not too hot or cold, and the rhododendron trees are in full bloom, adding pops of color to your journey.

Spring makes everything vibrant, and autumn offers incredible mountain views. But if you are into a quieter adventure, you can also consider winter (December to February), although it is super cold, you will have a journey to remember!

What it Feels Like in the Poon Hill Trek in Nepal?

Trekking through Poon Hill in Nepal is an amazing journey that captivates the senses and lifts the spirit. As the trek begins, the fresh mountain air surrounds you, carrying whispers of distant prayer flags fluttering against the backdrop of towering peaks. The trail unfolds like a beautiful story, revealing lush rhododendron forests, charming villages, and terraced fields that paint the landscape in vibrant colors. With each step, the view changes, revealing the snow-capped Himalayas standing in silent grandeur.

As the sun rises over the summit, the mountains come alive with a breathtaking display of colors, casting a magical glow that sparks a feeling of wonder within. The tranquility of the mountains, the warmth of the locals’ hospitality, and the sheer beauty of nature combine to create an unforgettable experience that stays with you long after the trek ends.

On the Poon Hill trek, you become part of a harmonious symphony orchestrated by nature. The rhythm of the trek matches the heartbeat of the mountains, guiding you through diverse landscapes and unveiling vistas that stir the soul. The simplicity of life in the villages along the way offers a glimpse into a world where time moves at its own pace and where warmth and kindness are part of everyday life.

As the snow-capped peaks come into view, a sense of insignificance blends with immense gratitude, humbling the spirit amidst the vastness of nature’s masterpiece. The connections formed with fellow trekkers and the shared moments of triumph upon reaching the summit create bonds that go beyond language and culture. Poon Hill, with its awe-inspiring beauty and spiritual allure, leaves an indelible mark, leaving trekkers yearning for more of its enchanting embrace.

Accommodation Options on the Poon Hill Trek

Teahouses/Lodges:

  1. Basic Teahouses: Simple, budget-friendly accommodations with shared facilities.
  2. Standard Lodges: More comfortable options with private or shared bathrooms.
  3. Family-run Guesthouses: Welcoming atmosphere, often with home-cooked meals.
  4. Amenities: Bedding, hot showers (sometimes for an extra fee), and communal dining areas.

What to Expect:

  1. Availability: Accommodations are plentiful, but booking during peak seasons (like spring and autumn) is recommended.
  2. Shared Facilities: Prepare for shared bathrooms and communal spaces.
  3. Meals: Teahouses usually provide meals, including local and Western options. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated but may require advance notice.
  4. Charging and Wi-Fi: Limited access to charging points and intermittent Wi-Fi in some lodges; advisable to carry a portable charger.

Tips:

  1. Carry Cash: Some lodges might not accept cards, so it’s prudent to carry Nepali currency.
  2. Respect Local Customs: Embrace the local culture and adhere to their norms and practices.

Notable Accommodation Stops:

  1. Ghorepani: Common stop with various teahouses, popular for its sunrise view of the Annapurna range.
  2. Tadapani: Offers picturesque views and multiple lodging options.
  3. Ghandruk: A beautiful village with lodges providing a glimpse into Gurung culture.

What Will be the Achievement Like in this Poon Hill Trek in Nepal?

Poon Hill Trek in Nepal offers a kaleidoscope of experiences and achievements that linger as cherished memories. The trek, situated in the Annapurna region, presents a mesmerizing sunrise view over the Himalayas. As the dawn breaks, the panorama unfolds, revealing peaks like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri kissed by the sun’s first rays, an breathtaking spectacle.

Trekking through quaint villages, interacting with locals, and understanding the Gurung and Magar cultures offer a profound understanding of the region’s rich heritage. Moreover, conquering the ascent to Poon Hill’s summit, at an elevation of 3,210 meters, brings a sense of accomplishment, rewarded by the breathtaking vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Achievements in the Poon Hill Trek can be briefed as follows:

  1. Scenic Sunrise: Witnessing the unparalleled sunrise over the Himalayas.
  2. Cultural Understanding: Engaging with Gurung and Magar cultures along the trekking trail.
  3. Summit Conquest: Reaching the summit of Poon Hill at 3,210 meters.
  4. Panoramic Views: Soaking in the majestic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  5. Village Exploration: Exploring charming villages and their unique lifestyles.
  6. Physical Accomplishment: Completing the trek and embracing the physical challenges it entails.
  7. Memorable Experiences: Collecting lasting memories amidst the stunning landscapes and warm hospitality of the region.

What Can be Felt in the Poon Hill Trek in Nepal?

Poon Hill Trek in Nepal is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that takes you on a journey through the stunning beauty of the Himalayas. Here’s a breakdown of what makes it so special:

1. Visual Spectacle: When the sun rises over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, it’s like stepping into a dream. The soft pinks and oranges that light up the snow-capped peaks create a truly mesmerizing sight. The lush greenery of the rhododendron forests along the trail adds a burst of vibrant color against the snowy mountains. And at night, the clear skies offer a breathtaking view of the Milky Way, making you feel like you can almost reach out and touch the stars.

2. Emotional and Spiritual Connection: The Poon Hill Trek goes beyond just being a visual treat. It also creates a deep emotional connection. The local Gurung and Magar communities you meet along the way welcome you with open arms and genuine smiles, leaving a lasting impression. Their warmth and hospitality make you feel a part of Nepal’s rich cultural heritage. And as you journey through the serene landscapes, you will find moments of quiet reflection and spiritual renewal.

How Difficult is this Poon Hill Trek in Nepal?

The Poon Hill Trek in Nepal is a great adventure for both new and experienced trekkers. It’s not too tough and considered easy one. You will be climbing uphill, tackling stone steps, and dealing with some steep parts, so it is always good to be in decent shape. The altitude can make things a bit tricky, especially when you reach Poon Hill at 3,210 meters (10,531 feet), so watch out for mild altitude sickness.

The trek takes about 4-5 days and covers around 30-50 kilometers, depending on the route you take. The weather can be pretty cold, especially in the mornings and at night, and you might even see some snow in the winter. But the amazing views and the chance to experience the local culture make it all worth it. So, while it’s not super tough, you’ll want to be ready for a bit of a challenge. But trust me, the stunning landscapes and the whole experience make it totally worth it.

Nepal’s got this incredible trek, right in its heart. And let me tell you, it is like a dreamy place in the world. You will see yourself from a different perspective once you set foot on these remote places in Nepal. Understanding the life and viewing nature will change

Book your Poon Hill Trek with us at Himalayan Trekking and Tours, the best trekking company in Nepal.

Detailed Itinerary

Take a private car and then drive to Naya Pul for an hour. Your trek starts from Naya Pul. The trek passes through local villages, teahouses, green hills, rivers, and local people. Subsequent to crossing the Tikhedunga Khola on a suspension bridge, the path starts to move up steeply on a stone staircase that is more than 3200 steps.
Upon climbing the hill you can witness the majestic Mt. Annapurna south (7219m.) and Hiunchuli (6441m.). Overnight at Lodge.

After breakfast, continue your trek towards the Ghorepani. Today’s trek is very pleasant as you walk in the jungle for the majority of the day. In the spring you will witness a lot of Rhododendrons blooming on the hills.
Furthermore, the trek offers you the opportunity to witness various wild birds and animals. Upon reaching Ghorepani you will witness the splendid view of the majestic Himalayan Ranges. Overnight at Lodge.

Get up early in the morning and then hike towards Poon Hill leaving the bag on the hotel at Ghorepani. Walk for about an hour and reach the splendid hill station. Witness the preeminent sunrise view along with the magnificent Himalayas including Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri ranges, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Lamjung Himal, Mt.Manaslu ranges, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and more.
After this life-changing perspective, you will return to Ghorepani for breakfast. Upon breakfast, you will continue your trek towards Ghandruk. The trek starts with quite a steep uphill section to Deurali pass. From here the trail descends down towards Tadapani. The trail continues to Ghandruk through the Baisi Kharka (Buffalo pasture).
Ghandruk is perhaps one of the largest Gurung Village. There is the Gurung Culture Museum. You may take a quick trip and see the lifestyle of the Gurung individuals. From Ghandruk, you can still witness the magnificent views of the Himalayas. Overnight at Lodge.

In case of a clear morning, you will witness the close perspective of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (fishtail) and Annapurna III. After breakfast descends towards Naya Pul passing through Kimche. After the walk of around 4-5 hours, you will finally reach Naya Pul. Upon reaching Naya Pul drive back to Pokhara.
Alternatively, you can take a local jeep to Pokhara.

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Trip Essential Information

Poon Hill Elevation

The stunning hill station, Poon Hill is situated at an elevation of 3210m (10475ft). Since it is situated at a lower elevation, there is no risk of High Altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness. Walking from Ulleri to Ghorepani would lead you to confront the highest altitude difference.

It is on the grounds that at Ulleri, you will be at an elevation of 1600m (approx.) and Ghorepani lies at an altitude of 2800m, which implies you will vanquish about 1200m on this day. The trekking guidance which says you can just make 500m of climb on a day is just for the individuals who adventure on the land that is more than 5000m height.

In any case, in the event that you are up for the challenge, you can generally customize your Poon Hill Trek schedule and take a moderate move to higher elevations.

 

Poon Hill Weather

The climate of Poon Hill continues faltering each and every day. Therefore, it is suggested to go through the weather forecast before commencing the Poon Hill Trek.

March to April and October to November are the suitable months for this trek in Nepal as the climate remains really great during this month. But if you prefer the isolated trek then, December to February could likewise be another incredible choice. Though the temperature during winter could be harsh for most visitors.

Trekking in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be influenced by downpour however the summer trek could be a help for a sharp botanist.

How to Get Pokhara From Kathmandu

Pokhara is just 204km from the capital city, which doesn’t seem far from Kathmandu. However, the topography and landscape make for a long drive. So many people opt to fly for Pokhara from Kathmandu.
We offer 3 ways to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu:
Flight:
The flight is the most comfortable and quickest means of traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The scenic flight takes just around 30 minutes and numerous flights leave each day from Tribhuvan Airport. In addition, the flight offers a beautiful view of Himalayas. Likewise, the flight also saves a lot of time for the same day activities. The one-way flight cost $120 per person.

Private Car:
Private Car takes around 5-6 hours to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu. The car has four seats but you may share up to 3 people for a comfortable ride. The cost of private car is $120 for one-way.

Tourist Bus:
Tourist Bus takes around 6-7 hours to reach Pokhara. The bus leaves at around 7 am from Sorakhutte, near Thamel. All tourist buses offer a free bottle of water, air conditioning, onboard Wifi, and frequent rest and food stops. The cost of tourist bus is $10 per person.

 

Who can do Poon Hill Trek

As the trek doesn’t cover the high altitude and is only for 4 days, anyone can easily carry out this short trek. From child to elderly people with good health can easily commence this short trek, so it can also be done with the entire family.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

No prior trekking experience is necessary, but a reasonable level of fitness and stamina is recommended.

You will be staying in tea-houses, which are basic but comfortable lodges along the trail, offering a taste of local hospitality.

Yes, you will need both the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card, which our team can assist you in obtaining.

Poon Hill Trek does not reach extreme altitudes, reducing the risk of altitude sickness. However, it is essential to acclimatize properly and heed your guide’s advice.

We provide a detailed packing list upon booking, but essentials include comfortable hiking boots, warm clothing, a daypack, and a good quality sleeping bag.

While commonly completed in 4 days, accounting for a day each for arrival, trek initiation, the Poon Hill sunrise experience, and return, the trek’s duration can be adjusted to suit individual preferences and schedules.

The Poon Hill Trek is generally considered easy, suitable for various fitness levels, yet certain sections may pose mild challenges.

Poon Hill stands at an elevation of 3,210 meters (10,532 feet) in Nepal, offering breathtaking views of the Annapurna Massif and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

Absolutely, the Poon Hill trek is well worth it! Despite its popularity, the stunning views of the Annapurna region and the surrounding mountains from Poon Hill are breathtaking. It’s regarded as a fantastic trek, especially for beginners or those short on time. Even with the tourist influx, witnessing the sunrise from Poon Hill remains an incredible experience.

The number of steps to reach Poon Hill can vary, but it’s commonly estimated to be around 3,000 to 3,600 steps depending on the trail and the source of information. The ascent to Poon Hill from villages like Tikhedhunga or Ulleri typically involves a steep uphill climb, predominantly consisting of stairs.

The distance of the Poon Hill trek varies according to different sources and routes taken. The total distance of the Poon Hill trek is approximately 40 km or 25 miles. It depends on the starting point, the specific route, and the trek itinerary followed by individuals or trekking groups.

 

 

Poon Hill is renowned for its stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Situated at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,532 feet), it’s particularly famous for offering one of the most breathtaking sunrise vistas in the Himalayas. Trekkers flock to Poon Hill for its spectacular sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs, creating an iconic and awe-inspiring experience that’s highly sought after in Nepal.

No, Mount Everest itself is not visible from Poon Hill. Although Poon Hill offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, Everest is located in eastern Nepal and cannot be seen from Poon Hill, which is situated in the Annapurna region. Despite being a popular viewpoint, it does not provide a vantage point for viewing Mount Everest.

The main difference between Annapurna and Poon Hill lies in their locations and the experiences they offer:

1. Location and Altitude: Poon Hill, situated at an altitude of 3,210 meters, is a viewpoint offering stunning vistas of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. On the other hand, Annapurna Base Camp reaches an elevation of 4,130 meters, giving trekkers an up-close experience with the Annapurna massif.

2. Trek Difficulty: Poon Hill Trek is generally considered one of the easier treks in Nepal, suitable for most individuals with a moderate level of fitness. Annapurna Base Camp Trek involves higher altitudes and can be more physically demanding due to the increase in elevation.

3. Scenery: While both treks offer breathtaking views, the perspective differs. Poon Hill provides panoramic views of several mountain ranges, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, whereas the Annapurna Base Camp offers a closer encounter with the Annapurna peaks.

4. Duration: Poon Hill Trek is shorter and can typically be completed in around 4 to 5 days, making it a perfect introductory trek for those with limited time. Annapurna Base Camp Trek usually takes around 7 to 10 days due to its higher altitude and more extensive route.

In essence, Poon Hill provides a picturesque viewpoint with a shorter and less strenuous trekking experience, while Annapurna Base Camp offers a more immersive journey into the heart of the Annapurna mountain range with higher altitudes and a longer trek.

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