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21 Mar 2024 Himalaya Trip

Poon Hill Trek Spring Season Overview

Poon Hill is an amazing destination in the Annapurna region that lies at an elevation of 3,210m. Poon Hill trek treats trekkers with breathtaking landscapes and mesmerizing sunrise over majestic Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. In a short span of days, trekkers can enjoy the natural beauty very close during this Poon Hill trek. Poon Hill trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region as within the low elevation trekkers can completely experience the lush greenery, picturesque vistas, mountain ranges, and lovely villages. Poon Hill trek is possible to do in all seasons but Poon Hill trek in Spring season is the best due to the stable weather and moderate temperature and the blooming of colorful Rhododendron and other seasonal flowers. The entire trail is covered with blossoming seasonal flowers, birch, juniper, fir, and bamboo.

Poon Hill Trek commences from Nayapul where trekkers traverse through beautiful Magar and Gurung villages. Through Ulleri and Ghorepani, you reach Poon Hill. It is a famous viewpoint which takes an hour to reach. The sunrise view over Himalayan ranges, beautiful lakes, and valley views from Poon Hill is delightful and one cannot miss it. Poon Hill trek is short and there is a drive option to Ghorepani for trekkers with limited time or having difficulty in trekking. To relish the beauty of Poon Hill and its surroundings, the Spring season is ideal and we recommend trekking in this season.

Poon Hill Trek Spring Season Video

Best time to see rhododendron flowers

Spring season (Mar-May) is the flower blooming season. The trails covered with blossoming rhododendrons and seasonal flowers are a pleasure to witness. During the spring season, the trekking route is full of amazing ambiance. It seems as if the whole route is beautifully painted with a canvas of red, white, and pink flowers. The whole trekking mood lightens up with an awesome and vibrant scenery of colorful rhododendron flowers. Thus, spring is the best time to see rhododendron flowers which are also the national flower of Nepal.

Why Poon Hill trek is best in Spring Season?

  • Stable weather and moderate temperature
  • Daytime temperature: 15°C to 25°C
  • Nighttime temperature: 5°C to 10°C
  • Clear skies, bright days, best views
  • Blooming rhododendrons and seasonal flowers
  • Comfortable walking trails
  • Trails covered with different colorful seasonal flowers
  • Availability of teahouses

Poon Hill Trek in Each Month

Poon Hill Trek in March

March is the beginning of Spring month and the end of cold. The day is normally warm but not much sunny and the morning and night are slightly cold. The Poon Hill Trek the day temperature ranges between 5°C to 20°C and during the night it ranges from 5°C to 0°C. Since it is the beginning of Spring, the time to blooming of rhododendron flowers. The trails are also not very crowded and teahouses are abundant. This month is ideal for trekkers seeking less crowd, a peaceful environment, and a perfect temperature.

Poon Hill Trek in April

April is the peak season for Poon Hill Trek in Nepal. Generally, the weather is warm and sunny with the day temperature ranging between 10°C to 25°C and the night temperature ranging between 5°C to 0°C. The trails are covered with colorful rhododendrons and other seasonal flowers. Since it is the peak season, it is crowded and teahouses must be used on a sharing basis. So, we suggest booking in peak seasons. The skies are clear offering awesome surrounding views. Some trekkers might find it hard to trek on the bright sunny days. But, Poon Hill’s viewpoint in the morning is chilly. So, pack clothes accordingly.

Poon Hill Trek in May

May marks the end of the Poon Hill Trek Spring season and the beginning of Monsoon so some slowdown in the crowds can be observed. The weather is warm during the day and mornings and nights are slightly cold. The day temperature ranges between 5°C to 25°C and the night temperature might fall below 0°C to (-5) °C. The end of May month possibly brings the rain. So, carrying a rain poncho or umbrella is recommended. Few seasonal flowers can be seen. The day is warm and comfortable to trek. The clear skies offer phenomenal surrounding views. Teahouse availability is abundant.

Permits for Poon Hill Trek

Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) are two essential permits for Poon Hill Trek.

ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) costs:

For foreigners: NRS. 3000 (Approx. USD 30)

For SAARC Nationals: NRS. 1000 (Approx. USD 10)

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) costs:

For foreigners: NRS. 3000 (Approx. USD 20)

For SAARC Nationals: NRS. 1000 (Approx. USD 10)

Accommodation during the Spring Season

There are abundant teahouses during the Poon Hill trek. Spring season is peak season but there are availability of teahouses so no need to worry. Teahouses are run by the locals which are basic and have limited facilities but are comfortable to stay. The rooms have twin beds or bunk beds with blankets and pillows. Ulleri and Ghorepani routes have attached bathrooms while Tadapani routes have shared bathrooms with hot showers. The bathroom style may be Western or squat style. We suggest carrying personal toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.) for ease. The basic room costs between NPR 500 to NPR 1000 (approximately USD 5 to USD 10) per night.

Food during the Spring Season

Variety of meals are served during the trek including Nepali Dal bhat (rice, lentils, and vegetables), noodles, and mo:mo (dumplings), and continental dishes. You can also get beverages like tea, coffee, hot lemon, soft drinks, and bottled water. Dining halls at Ulleri, Ghorepani, and Tadapani have wooden heaters attached so trekkers can enjoy meals in a cozy and warm ambiance.  The meals costs between NPR 800 to NPR 1200 (approximately USD 8 to USD 12) per meal.

Poon Hill Trek Weather in Spring Season

  • Mild and pleasant weather
  • Clear Skies and bright days
  • Awesome clear views
  • Moderate Temperature
  • Blooming Rhododendron and other seasonal flowers

Packing list for Poon Hill Trek Spring Season

This is a short and easy trek in the Annapurna Region and does not require any special gear.

  • Sturdy Hiking shoes
  • Trousers
  • Socks
  • Warm jacket
  • T-shirts (two or three) and long-sleeved shirt
  • Sunscreen (SPF 20+)
  • Backpack around 35 liters
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Camera, memory card, and battery charger (spare batteries)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglass
  • Spikes is recommend on early March.
  • Rain Poncho or rain Jacket

Poon Hill Trek Spring Season FAQs

What is the weather like in Ghorepani in March?

The weather in March during the day in Ghorepani ranges from 15°C to 20°C and during the night it may fall below 0°C to -5°C

What is the weather like in Ghorepani in April?

The weather in April during the day in Ghorepani ranges from 20°C to 25°C and during the night it around 0°C.

What is the weather like in Ghorepani in May?

The weather in May during the day in Ghorepani ranges from 20°C to 25°Cand during the night it may fall below 5°C to 0°C.

What is the altitude of Ghorepani?

Ghorepani has an altitude of 2,874 m.

How long does it take to hike Poon Hill?

It takes about an hour to hike to Poon Hill depending on the trekker’s pace.

Is the Poon Hill Trek difficult?

The maximum elevation gain during the Poon Hill trek is 3,210m so, for beginners Poon Hill trek might be difficult but is doable.

Do I need a sleeping bag for Poon Hill?

There are plenty of teahouses or lodges along the trek route, so there is no requirement for a sleeping bag.

Can you drive to Poon Hill?

You can drive to Ghorepani from Pokhara but the road is rough and take an hour hike to Poon Hill.

What is the difference between Annapurna Trek and Poon Hill?

Annapurna Base Camp has an elevation of 4,130m and Poon Hill has an elevation of 3,210m. So, comparatively Poon Hill trek is easier than the Annapurna trek.

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