Overview

If you still want to enjoy inspiring views of the Himalayas and get up close and personal with the traditional mountain culture but do not have the time for the longer Nepal treks then our seven day / six night itinerary to Poon Hill will suit perfectly.

The Poon Hill trip allows trekkers to enjoy the stunning and majestic panoramic views of the famous Annapurna region (including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhare and Manaslu) in the centre of Nepal and is one of the most popular and relatively easy treks taking you through ethnic villages and rhododendron forests. 

The sunrise on the high mountains of the Annapurna region from Poon Hill is simply beautiful but the trek also allows you to experience the stunning terraced slopes, welcoming villages, impressive paddy fields, and the wonderful culture and lifestyle of ethnic people, like Gurungs and Magars.

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Above: Poon Hill - Google Maps

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Itinerary

Poon Hill Itinerary

The Poon Hill itinerary offers some really stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas and the chance to explore and see the Annapurna region over what is a considerably shorter period of time, certainly in comparison to the Annapurna Sanctuary and Circuit treks.

The trek takes you through forests of blooming rhododendrons and bamboos and numerous villages of the Gurung and Magar people. Although relatively short this spectacular trek offers incredible views of several snow peaked mountains, including Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli and Machapuchare (Fishtail).

May is considered the best month for the Poon Hill trek but it can be done all year round.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day Elevation Info
1 1400m to 1050m Transfer from Kathmandu (1,400m) to Pokhara in tourist bus (this is about 5 hours), before transferring by car for about one hour to Nayapul (1,050m) for overnight. There is options to fly to Pokhara if you don't fancy the bus journey, the cost tab details the extra that this currently costs.
2 1050m to 1525m Today will be quite easy, allowing you to get used to trekking in Nepal. The trek begins from Nayapul, heading towards Tikhedhunga. After a short walk along Modi river, you will reach Birethanti (1,065m), a charming village with many shops and teahouses. There, your path starts climbing steadily up the valley to Hile (1,495m). Later, you will reach Tikhedhunga (1,525m) after what will be on average about 5 hours of trekking.
3 1525m to 2875m You will begin your day with a steep ascent to Ulleri (1,960m) where you will discover a large Magar village. You then continue with a smoother climb up across amazing forests of oak and rhododendron until Banthanti (2,250m). From there, you will head toward Nangethanti (2,460m) and after a final hour long trek you reach today's overnight stop at Ghorepani (2,875m). Approximate trekking duration of 7 hours.
4 2875m to 3210m to 2710m Early morning start with a hike to Poon Hill to discover the amazing landscape of the region being warmed up by the sunrise. Poon Hill also offers panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Machapuchare. Later you will come back to Ghorepani for a good breakfast before trekking to Tadapani (2,710m). Approximate trekking duration of 6 hours.
5 2710 to 2000m The trek today is approximately 3 hours and begins with a small but steep downhill. You will come across forests before the path becomes smoother, there you will reach Ghandruk (2,000m). This village is typical of the Gurung ethnic folk of Nepal, they speak their own dialect, have their own culture and lifestyle and there are striking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli and a number of other mountains from a viewpoint near Ghandruk.
6 2000m to 825m Today is a relaxing 5 hour trek to finish the itinerary, mostly downhill with views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail and Gangapurna. You will come across the village of Birethanti before following Modi Khola towards Nayapul where a car will be waiting to transfer you to Pokhara (825m).  
7  825m to 1400m Tourist bus back from Pokhara to Kathmandu (about 5 hours drive)  

 

Cost

Poon Hill trek cost - from £745.00

The advertised costs are based on a minimum number of 2 pax and there are options to fly to and from Pokhara from Kathmandu, rather than taking the tourist bus. The additional cost for this is currently around £250 per person (based on a minimum number of 2 pax - this includes the Guides flight costs from Kathmandu - contact the office for confirmation as flight costs in Nepal regularly go up and down in price).

INCLUDES

  • Return transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara on the tourist bus
  • Private return transfer from Pokhara to Nayapul
  • All accommodation in lodges/tea houses (twin rooms with beds and mattresses) for described itinerary
  • Three meals per day during the trek with a hot drink (additional drinks are self funded)
  • National Park fees
  • Sherpa guide (English speaking, professional, experienced and trained in first aid)
  • Porters (max weight carried for you is 12.5kgs)
  • Staff food, insurance, accommodation, transport and equipment

EXCLUDES

  • International flight to Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (~ £15 - £50pp/n) - we can book this for you. Click here for details
  • Meals and drinks in Kathmandu (~£40)
  • Personal costs like drinks, laundry, hot showers, bottled water (~£60)
  • Trip Insurance
  • Additional Porters if packs are overweight. £10/kg overweight/trekker
  • Visa ($25 for 15 day visa)
  • Tips (~ $5 per day per visiting trekker £25 per trek)
  • Sightseeing Tours

Payments

A deposit of £250 is required on booking to secure your place and we ask that the remaining balance (trip price minus the deposit) is paid in full 4 weeks prior to your departure. When you book with us you're given your own secure online account which you can access 24/7. Through this account you can edit your booking, add flight, health, insurance and dietary details and also make interim payments. We make payments as flexible as possible and you can choose, if you wish, to pay a bit off your trip fee whenever it suits you.

Fitness

Poon Hill trek - fitness and terrain

The Poon Hill trek is a well trodden path throughout, although it can be rocky and uneven in parts and there are a number of steps to be ascended / descended during the week. It is not precipitous and there is no rock climbing or ‘mountaineering’ which requires specialised equipment. It is generally a very enjoyable walk all the way to Poon Hill, although some parts can be steep!

Walking poles are useful but not necessary, depending on whether you have problems with knees and if you have a personal preference for using them. For the Poon Hill trek we tend to find that poles give added reassurance on the way back down more than on any ascent.

Lightweight hiking boots with good ankle support are recommended for the Poon Hill trek, to protect you against possibly going over on an ankle, heavy boots will be hot and cumbersome. Cross trainers are popular, but extra care is needed to avoid going over on ankles.

Accommodation on the Poon Hill trek

Accommodation will be in comfortable lodges and tea houses run by local families. Each lodge has a central communal area with stove, while the bedrooms are unheated with two beds and mattresses and pillows. You will need to bring a sleeping bag (3 season is normally more than enough), and the lodge will lend you a blanket if you ask. The lodges generally have showers which are powered by gas or solar and they use ‘drop’ toilets (although some of the lodges are switching to flush systems now).

Experience for the Poon Hill trek

The Poon Hill trek is not a forced march and the pace is always slow, the days generally being shorter than a day hike at home.

We do recommend that you embark on a good fitness programme prior to your trip though, and one that builds up general stamina and specific leg muscle groups. There is nothing like hiking with a rucksack to train for any trek in Nepal, so the best advice is to get out into the hills as often as you can. You are likely to carry about 5 kilos in your day sack so this is a good weight to work with.

If you are going to be using the gym then concentrate on step machines which work on the thigh and calf muscles, and try to build your heart rate up to 50% above resting rate. Any cardiovascular activity is good, but remember that swimming will not train the correct muscle groups so it must be added to other exercises to be effective. Exercise groups like bodypump, Pilates and aerobic are all excellent preparation for a trek like this, especially those which work on core strength, balance and stability.

Adventure Alternative support

The porters will carry your main bag up to a maximum weight of 12.5 kg and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down the valley. All the lodges and teahouses are very well equipped, warm and sociable.

We run our Poon Hill treks from a permanently staffed office in Kathmandu and our dedicated team provide an excellent service. As well as Pasang, our other guides include Geljun Sherpa from Bupsa, Tsering Sherpa and Lopsang Sherpa. All of the guides have been employed for over ten years with us, and they have been trained to our high standards personally by Director and high altitude climber Gavin Bate. They know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English. They are very attentive and after so many years have a good understanding of western needs.

Kit List

Poon Hill trek kit list

The basic idea of the kit you take is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night. The main points to cover are as follows:-

  • BAGS - Rucksack or duffle bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you
  • SHELL - Waterproofs to keep off wind/rain (waterproof bottoms are optional) 
  • LAYERS - Shirts, trousers, shorts, Tshirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves
  • BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings
  • FEET - Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings.
  • SLEEPING - Warm sleeping bag (3 season) to get a good nights sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
  • DRINKING - Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles.
  • WASHING & MEDICAL - wash kit, towel, first aid kit
  • SUN CARE - sunglasses, sunhat
  • TREKKING - trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags
  • PERSONAL ITEMS - cameras, books, music

RENTAL ITEMS

All equipment (both real and fake!) can be hired in Kathmandu. The shops sell just about anything you may need, in terms of equipment, snacks, food and of course souvenirs.

Luggage Allowance on internal flight to Pokhara - Please note that if taking the flight to or from Pokhara the standard luggage limits are 15kg in the hold and 5kg as hand luggage. You can of course wear your trekking boots and jacket to help cut down on the weight of your bag but for the Poon Hill trek you shouldn't need anywhere near 15kg. You will also have left any city clothes or extra travel kit in Kathmandu.

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