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17 Aug 2023 Himalaya Trip

Poon Hill Trek Overview

Introducing the ultimate guidebook from Himalaya Trip: ‘Poonhill Trek A Complete Guide.’ Get all the easy tips and inside information you need for an amazing adventure. Trekking to Poon Hill takes you through the heart of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), enlightening the rich natural and cultural tapestry of the region.

Navigating through charming Gurung and Magar settlements, the journey is a fascinating experience. Encompassing mountain panoramas, diverse flora, terraced fields, and a serene rural atmosphere, the trek offers a complete adventure. The ethereal sunrise casting its glow upon the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri peaks, coupled with the serene villages of Ghorepani and Ghandruk, form the essence of the Poon Hill trek. The captivating 4-day Poon Hill Trek will undoubtedly leave you longing for more visits.

Table of Contents

Highlights of the Poonhill trek 

  • Witness breathtaking sunrise over Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Machhapuchhre from Poon Hill at 3,210m
  • Immerse in cultural villages Ghandruk (Gurung) and Ulleri (Magar), immerse in their local traditions
  • Encounter enchanting natural wonders: waterfalls, rice terraces, and graceful suspension bridges.
  • Accessible and beginner-friendly Annapurna trek suitable for all levels
  • Experience vibrant rhododendron blooms from February to April
  • Traverse peaceful jungle paths from Banthati to Ghandruk via Ghorepani
  • Admire the spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Annapurna I, among other Himalayan giants

What are the attractions during the Poon Hill trek?

The attractions during the Poon Hill trek are as follows:

Poon Hill sunrise and Himalayas view

Poon Hill uncovers a captivating sunrise spectacle, casting a golden shade upon the majestic peaks of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Machhapuchhre. Perched at 3,210 meters, this vantage point offers an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the Himalayan realm. As the sun gradually rises, the landscape transforms into a breathtaking canvas of colors, creating an unforgettable moment of serene beauty. The grandeur of nature stands revealed as the sun’s gentle touch graces the towering mountains, making the Poon Hill sunrise a delightful experience engraved forever in memory.

sunrise and himalayas view from Poonhill

Ghorepani Village

Ghorepani village, the highest point during the Poon Hill trek is nestled in a dense Rhododendron Forest. During spring (March-May), the village is adorned with colorful Rhododendron flowers in shades of red, white, and pink.

Himalayas view from Ghorepani to Deurali hike

Ghandruk Village

A traditional Gurung village Ghandruk is surrounded by the massive Annapurna Mountains. The traditional stone houses are decorated with Buddhist prayer flags. At an elevation of 1939 meters, it’s the starting point for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and is the most densely located village on the Poon Hill trek where travelers can immerse in their culture and traditions.

himalayas view from ghandruk

Blooming Rhododendron Forest

The Rhododendron is Nepal’s national flower, celebrated for its beauty and medicinal properties. The Poon Hill trek takes you through the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which is home to lush Rhododendron forests. These forests transform into a colorful canvas during the trek, showcasing red, pink, white, and purple blossoms. 

poonhill trek 4 days

Accommodation in Poon Hill Trek

During the Poon Hill Trek, you’ll stay in teahouses that resemble European mountain lodges. These comfortable wooden structures provide simple accommodations with twin beds, mattresses, pillows, and quilts. Teahouses are heated using Bukhara stoves in a dining room for warmth during cool seasons.

Meal facilities in Poon Hill Trek

The Poon Hill trek package covers full-board meals: breakfast at the teahouse before starting, lunch during the day, and dinner at the night stopover. The trek offers diverse cuisine, including the popular Nepali dish “Daal Bhaat” (Rice, Lentil Soup, Veg Curry, Pickle). Teahouses also provide Nepali and continental foods options like noodles, mashed potatoes, pies, and more prepared by own style. Please inform us of your meal preferences.

Drinking Water facilities

Staying hydrated is essential during the trek. Trekkers have choices of buying bottled water or refilling from teahouse taps. For safety, consider boiled water (available at an extra cost) or a purification kit to safeguard against waterborne illnesses.

Communication facilities

The Poon Hill trek route now has robust network coverage including reliable cellular and data services. While 4G access is available along certain sections of the trail, keep in mind that occasional disruptions may occur due to the remote and challenging geography. If desired, your teahouses offer paid Wi-Fi services to help you stay connected, considering the area’s remote nature.

How to get Pokhara from Kathmandu by Tourist bus/ private car/flight?

Pokhara is 200km from Kathmandu and you have two options to get there: take a quick flight to start trekking on the same day or drive and stay overnight before starting your trek.

Tourist Bus: 

You can take a Tourist bus for about USD 15, and these buses usually leave at 7 am. The journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes 5-7 hours, varying with traffic and road conditions.

Private Car : 

Private transportation is flexible, offering options like private cars, jeeps, or vans for USD 110 to USD 200. The travel time is around 6 hours.

Flight: 

You can catch flights between 7 am and 8 pm, and they take about 25 minutes, costing around USD 100.

Note: Himalaya Trip is here to arrange the transportation option that suits you best.

Trekking route and duration (2-5 days)

2-Day Poon Hill Trek – USD 229 per person:

Ulleri-Ghorepani-climb Poon Hill-Ulleri-Pokhara (drive)

3-Day Poon Hill Trek – USD 259 per person:

Syauli Bazar-Tadapani-Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Hile-drive to Pokhara

4-Day Poon Hill Trek – USD 299 per person:

Nayapul-Ulleri-Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Tadapani-Ghandruk village-Nayapul

5-Day Poon Hill Trek – USD 349 per person:

Nayapul-Ulleri-Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Tadapani-Jhinu (Natural Hot Spring)-Motkyu- Pokhara return

Poon Hill Trek Map

poonhill trek map

How long is the Poon Hill trek?

The length of the Poon Hill trek Itinerary varies depending on the specific route you choose and your starting point.

  • The 2-day trek typically covers around 18-20 kilometers (11-12 miles).
  • The 3-day trek generally spans about 30-35 kilometers (18-22 miles).
  • The 4-day trek covers around 40-45 kilometers (25-28 miles).
  • The 5-day trek can range from 45-50 kilometers (28-31 miles) or more.

Note: These distances are estimated and can vary based on the exact trails taken and the pace of the trek.

How to get to the Poon Hill trek from Kathmandu?

For the Poon Hill trek from Kathmandu, you have two options:

1.Flight to Pokhara and Start Trek:

Take a domestic flight to Pokhara Airport. From Pokhara, you can choose starting point for the Poon Hill trek based on the selected itinerary.

2. Tourist Bus or Private Vehicle to Pokhara:

You can take a tourist bus or hire a private car/jeep for a 6-7 hour drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara and the next day begin the trek to Poon Hill based on the selected itinerary.

Note: We’ll arrange transportation from Pokhara to Nayapul and Syauli Bazar to Pokhara by taxi or jeep, depending on the group size.

How much is the Poon Hill trek package?

Poon Hill trek package costs can differ based on factors like trek duration, route, group size, transportation type, accommodation, and meals. Typically, prices begin at around USD 299 per person.

4 Days Poon Hill Trek from Pokhara or Kathmandu Proposed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu or Pokhara – Nayapul- Ulleri (1960m, 6-7 hours), overnight at Lodge.
Day 02: Ulleri-Ghorepani (2874m, 5-6 hours), overnight at Lodge
Day 03: Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Tadapani-Ghandruk (1939m, 7-8 hours), overnight at Lodge.
Day 04: Ghandruk-Syauli Bazar-Nayapul-Pokhara or Kathmandu (4-5 hours), overnight at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Trekking permit for Poon Hill Trek

For the Poon Hill trek, compulsory ACAP and TIMS permits are required. We will arrange the necessary permits for you which costs are as follows:

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)

Best time to visit Poon Hill Trek

The Poon Hill trek is one of the shortest and easiest and can be done all around a year. Still, Autumn and Spring seasons are considered best due to the clear weather with the best views.

Winter (Dec-Feb):

Temperatures range from -5°C to 15°C, offering a chilly yet pleasant trek with snowy landscapes.

Spring (Mar-May): 

Temperatures vary from +5°C to 30°C providing the best weather for clear skies and flourishing rhododendrons during Spring Season.

Summer/Monsoon (Jun-Aug): 

Temperatures range from +5°C to 30°C, rain gear is recommended; continuous rain and not clear views but greenery all around.

Autumn (Sep-Nov): 

Temperatures range from 0°C to 25°C, offering fresh, beautiful weather after the rains, making it another prime trekking season.

Preparation and fitness

The Poon Hill trek is relatively short and manageable, yet adequate preparation and fitness are essential. Expect to hike approximately 6-7 hours daily, ascending 400-500 meters in elevation daily. Cardio exercises make you better at trekking for a long time, and endurance training makes your muscles stronger. While generally easy, the initial stretch to Ghorepani involves steep stairs. As you acclimate, trekking becomes more comfortable. Start exercises a month before travel.

Packing List for the Poon Hill Trek

  • Sturdy Hiking shoes
  • Trousers
  • Socks
  • Warm jacket
  • T-shirts (two or three) and a 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
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle and a purification kit/tablets
  • Prescribed Medicines

Conclusion

The Poon Hill trek offers a mesmerizing journey through the heart of the Annapurna region, providing a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences. With its short duration and relatively easy terrain, it’s an ideal choice for both novice and experienced trekkers. The stunning sunrise view from Poon Hill, the charming teahouse accommodations, and the variety of landscapes make this trek an unforgettable adventure. Whether you’re captivated by the snow-capped peaks, immersed in local traditions, or simply enjoying the serenity of the surroundings, the Poon Hill trek is sure to leave you with cherished memories and a desire to explore more of Nepal’s breathtaking landscapes.

FAQs for 4 days Poon Hill Trek

Is prior trekking experience necessary for the 4 Days Poon Hill Trek from Pokhara or Kathmandu?

No prior trekking experience is required, as the Poon Hill Trek is considered relatively easy and suitable for beginners.

Is there an age restriction for this trek?

While there isn’t a strict age limit, participants should have a reasonable fitness level and be capable of walking for several hours each day.

Is this trek suitable for you?

The Poon Hill Trek could be a great choice for you if you have a moderate fitness level and enjoy trekking through scenic landscapes.

Can you see Annapurna I from Poon Hill?

Yes, from Poon Hill’s viewpoint, you can witness breathtaking panoramic views of Annapurna I and other surrounding peaks.

Do we need a porter for the Poon Hill trek? 

You can hire porters to reduce your load, but trekking without one is feasible, especially if you prefer carrying your belongings.

Where do we leave big luggage that is not necessary?

You can leave larger unnecessary luggage at your hotel in Pokhara before starting the trek.

How hard is the Poon Hill trek?

The Poon Hill trek is considered easy, gentle, and accessible for beginners lasting around 4 days. Although the initial trail is steep, your body adjusts to the altitude as you ascend. Beginner trekkers can complete this trek comfortably and use it as a stepping stone for higher-altitude journeys like the Manaslu Circuit, Annapurna Circuit, and Everest 3 Passes treks.

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