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Poon hill trek is the most adored short treks in Nepal. The name of the trek comes from a hilltop Poon hill that lies in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The hill gets its name from the local community of Poon people who surround the nearby hills. Poon hill is around 3210 meters from the sea level and has no settlement on the top. And, it is rather a viewpoint for witnessing the mountain panorama of the Annapurna.

The trail that leads in and out to the final destination is what makes the Poon hill trek very beautiful. Furthermore, this aspect makes this trek the most demanded short trek in Nepal. This trek is completely inhabited and every settlement is significant. To add up, the lifestyle, culture, tradition and hospitality is different from one another. The cultural part aside, you will make your way through dense forest. The forest is home of rhododendron of different colors. To add up, this forest is home to several species of birds and animal. Walking on the trails of Poon hill trek is as well historical. Historical because this trail that was once used by the merchants of silk route trade.

Others elements like the stories and folklores shared by people adds up to the beauty. One other beautiful element of this trek is the hot springs in the region. These hot springs work as natural stress busters. Trekkers often take a dip in the hot springs to release their exhaustion from the trek. Also, hot spring is an ideal place for making friends with other trekkers. On the other hand, a very intriguing aspect of this trek is being able to wear traditional dress. Ghandruk, a traditional gurung village, allows you to enjoy wearing cultural dresses. On the other hand, the village houses a small and local cultural museum. This museum collects weapons used by locals and photos relating to historical events.

Overall, Poon hill trek is a wonderful short trek in Nepal. Also, you can enjoy this trek even in short time and without any experience. This trek is a true way of experiencing Nepal and its beauty. Book for this trek today at an unbeatable price!

trip overview

Trip Code: BT-107 Total Duration: 9 days
Destination: Annapurna Region Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec
Trip Grade: Easy Group Size: 1 - 12
Max Elevation: 3210

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Arrival in Kathmandu

You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day, anyway, we welcome you to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Ghorepani Poon hill trek with Budget Trekking. On this first day we transfer you to your hotel and brief you about the trek if the time permits. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Trek preparation and shopping

This is an important day because today is the day when you will meet with your guide. The guide or one of our team members will be responsible for briefing you about the trek about more or less everything you need to know about Poon hill trek. After briefing we would thoroughly go through the trekking gear that you have. Furthermore, if there is anything that is not according to the trekking standard we will do last minute shopping of the trekking gears required. On the other hand one of our backend office staff will get busy preparing all the required permits and logistics.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast only

Kathmandu - Pokhara

Depending upon the request of the guest and the type of trek selected we board the vehicle included in the package by 6:45 and leave Kathmandu by 7:00am. The vehicle takes around 7 hours from Kathmandu to Pokhara after multiple breaks in between. Overnight in Pokhara!

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Pokhara ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast only

Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga(1,540m/5,052ft) 1.5 hours

Driving for around 1 hour and 30 minutes we reach Nayapul. After clearing our baggage we stroll for 15 minutes to reach Birethanti and get our permits checked. We start walking gently on the jeep track and make easy ascend to Tikhedhunga. In spring we can take the opportunity to cool off the scorching heat and fatigue by swimming in one of the streams on our way to Tikhedhunga, which has been the major attraction of this trail. Overnight in Tikhedhunga.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani(2,810m/9,220ft) 6 – 7 hours

On this day we make an ascent of 1360 meters in total within 4-6 hours of trek. As it is the first big and long day of the trek we would begin slow and easy. On this very day we embark on this beautifully crafted, manmade staircase with 3500 steps, which radiates the craftsmanship of the locals residing in nearby communities. The climb on these stair is physically challenging but not technical and yet beautiful. Once we reach Ulleri we witness beautiful settlement of Magar communities; an indigenous community with unique way of life and culture. Lookout for oak and Rhododendron forest and langur monkey in their natural habitat beyond Banthanti. After the village of Banthanti we arrive at the village of Nangethanti where we stop for lunch. Finally we cross 2 crystal clear streams and a ridge before we make a final and short climb to Ghorepani. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Ghorepani to Tadapani(2,630m/8,629ft) 5 - 6 hours

We rise and shine early and reach to Poon hill before dawn to witness one of the most spectacular sunrise over the mountains of Annapurna. After spending brief moment on Poon hill we head down to Ghorepani to collect our bags and have breakfast before being Tadapani bound. We make our way on sheer uphill to Deurali through mesmerizing forest of Rhododendron and oak forest. The view of Annapurna gamut and the deepest gorge; Kaligandaki, awaiting in Deurali as well is worth every effort put climb. From Deurali and except for some treacherous descend the walk is smooth and crosses some streams with swimming prospect along with some beautiful waterfall. Overnight in Tadapani.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Tadapani to Ghandruk(1940m/6,365ft) 4 – 5 hours

We make only descends and about 720m in 3-4 hours. The entire trail is inside the deep and dense forest of Rhododendron and oak, this forest is home to several species of birds, butterflies, animals and vegetations. The trails on lush green forest opens up to one of the most beautiful settlements of Ghandruk. Since Ghandruk is put in the itinerary to experience the Himalayan culture of Gurung people we opt out to accommodate in one of the homestays rather than teahouses. We have our lunch in Ghandruk itself and observe the culture. We experience the culture best by living and eating like Gurungs of Ghandruk. Overnight in Ghandruk.

Accommodation

  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.)

Ghandruk to Pokhara(820m/2,690ft) 4 – 5 hours hike , 1.5 hours drive

On this day we walk for 4-5 hours and downhill on easy and flat trails. We walk up to Kuimi and further to Syali Bazar, on and off on jeep track and old trail. Further down we take easy trail to Birethanti from where we checkout from ACAP and cross the rustic bridge and take a vehicle to Pokhara.

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Pokhara( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • 2 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch  or  any one item from the menu.)

Pokhara to Kathmandu(6 hours drive)

On this day we have our breakfast by 6:00 a.m. in the morning and get ready to head towards Kathmandu. The bus ride will take around 7 hours through curvy roads of hilly terrain with couple of breaks in between for snacks and lunch. Tracing the same way back we reach Kathmandu and we transfer you back at the hotel. Poon hill trek officially comes to end on this very day. Thank you for trekking in Nepal with Budget Trekking Pvt. Ltd!

Accommodation

  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Meals Included

  • Breakfast only

cost includes

  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking Guide
  • All accommodations on the trails and  3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu )
  • 3 Cups Tea while on the Trail ( in most of the places where applicable)
  • Best available local lodges / Teahouse  in mountain
  • Taxi to and from airport
  • Certificate of trek Completion
  • Porters

cost excluded

  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water  etc)
  • Additional food
  • Tips for guide
  • Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included

Important Notes

  • Please bring 2 passport size photographs for your trekking permit to the group meeting.

Essential Trip Information

  • The trip begins from Kathmandu
  • You need to arrive at least 2 days prior to your scheduled trek initiation date
  • You will begin your trip from day 2 of your arrival and only after signing necessary formalities
  • You need to bring along at least 2 passport sized pictures and hand it to the company on day 2.
  • In case of trek cancellation or trek forfeit due to unseen circumstances, we shall compensate with an alternate itinerary or activities.
  • You need to bring along at least 500 dollars additional in cash. The funds will help you in case of delayed flights or unseen circumstances
  • You need to aware of the company of any medical conditions developed recently
  • You need to be of age 15 and above to join this trip
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by macrongaredunord on Blank Business Name
amazing view

It was A bit challenging for me but well worth the experience.The charming tea houses, the views at every turn made this a great place to visit.Sunrise at Poon Hill is amazing though be prepared to be there with many other people which in some ways was fun as you met people along the trek.Specially thanks to my guide Mr. Sudip and the company"Budget Trekking” for your great service

by MariannaCND on Blank Business Name
If you are lucky ...

We heard about the amazing views, that's why I rated this 5/5. But we were not that lucky. White clouds all around us. We stayed at the top for about 30 minutes, waiting for a miracle. Apparently they don't happen too often; when there is no view - don't waste your time waiting. We talked to the guy who waited at the top for 3 hours and the weather did not change. Mind you, it was May; perhaps earlier visit would be better.

One of the best view point. but have another place nearby with better view.

Just a few day trek and you can see a very breath taking panorama mountain view. It's a bit crowned when sunrise and very cold in winter but it's good that they have small coffee stool up there.But there is another place on the way from Ghorepani to Tadapani that have the same view (Might be better and closer to mountain) it's less crowed and take about same distance from Ghorepani to Poon Hill. If you want to see this panorama view but want to avoid crowed place. You can come here instead.

by dannam on Blank Business Name

We took a 4 day trek up to Poon hill. The path is very obvious. If you don’t carry much, there’s no need for porter. The start consists of a long staircase uphill. The rest of the days are easier.  Spend a night at Gorapani and take an early start up the hill Don’t miss the great sunrise

by gurmanov on Blank Business Name
For everyone, and an absolute must.

Does not matter what age you are, or in what shape or fitness you consider yourself to be. Do it.One of the most magnificent panoramas in the world, the sunrise is breathtaking. the trek is not long (you can combine it with the Annapurna, but that's another story :) ), and is absolutely worth the effort.Dress warm, but don't get out of your way with layers - once you start climbing - you start sweating. and nobody wants to climb with the warm hat in one pocket, gloves in the other, and the huge jacket in one arm.Enjoy

by NguyenL on Blank Business Name
excelent

It is worthy for a long stiff path up to the hill for enjoying the view of other mountains. But you have to wake up early for catching up the sun before it rises.

by Ryan Edwards on Blank Business Name
Wonderful

Poon Hill is a popular destination for trekkers in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Most people arrive here in the early morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise views. It is a must do activity in Nepal. Don't be late in the morning.

by Patricia D on Blank Business Name
Magical view like those in the fairy tales

Magical view from the top with layers of mountains and snowy peaks as the backdrop. I went there in the monsoon so didn't get much of the sunset and sunrise views, nevertheless it was still magical to sit up there and soak up the view and surroundings.

by Sandra on Blank Business Name
An Amazing place to get experience the essence of the Himalayas

Poonhill was one the highpoints of a 5 day trek in the Annapurna region. I was planning to go to ABC but had to change plans due to lack of time. Poonhill and the rest of the trek didnt disappoint. Being at PoonHill and seeing the mountain peaks all around u makes u feel dizzy. The views are amazing and you spend all day staring at the mountains and absorbing the views. the hike from Ghorepani is a short one - about an hour or so. if you have trekked up to Ghorepani then this would be an easy hike. the early morning views are clear and great. monsoon (aug ) can have rains and lot of cloudy mornings and evenings. totally worth the trip!!!

by Tsundo on Blank Business Name
Lovely views

Poon hill provides lovely views of the Himalayas. Very close by to Pokhara this place provides mesmerizing views

by kenwiltshireg on Blank Business Name
poon hill trek with Nepal Hiking

Lovely walking through rhododendron forests and then fantastic views watching sunrise from the summit of Poon Hill. Chose a lower altitude than other options as one of our group was only 7 and hadn't been to any altitude before. Extremely supportive and helpful guide and very attentive porters unlike some of the more commercial European and American based companies that can afford more advertising. Looking forward to my next visit to Nepal where I would use Budget Trekking(BT) again without question.

by gavinsmith on Blank Business Name
Breathtaking views from the roof of the world.

After a 5am wake up and a chilly morning climb up some steep winding steps, you are treated to a truly majestic panoramic view of the Annapurna mountains ablaze with the light of dawn. There is a watch tower to get a better view too. It is a definite must.

by Richard on Blank Business Name
Except for Clouds this would be spectacular !

Go early in morning before other tourists and while your strength is great as in heat of day and amongst crowds this can be an oppressive place but in early rising sun its magnificent !

The best of Dhaulagiri range.

Poon hill always keeps me excited every time I go there for the sunrise view as every time is different but the excitement never goes down. The mesmerizing view of the dhaulagiri ranges and Annapurna ranges filles your eyes and soul .

the perfect destination for short trekking.the perfect destination for short trekking.the perfect destination for short trekking.

This is absolutely recommended place to visit if you are looking for a short and fun trekking, If you don't have enough time you could go by jeep on Ulire and than start trekking or if you want to enjoy your trekking just start your trekking form Nayapul or Birethati. we started from Birethati at 6 am morning and reach Ghore pani at 3 pm of a day just a single day to reach there and enjoy the mountain sunrise next morning and travel from Ghandruk, found a jeep on ghandruk and back to pokhara same day because i was on tight sedule. Thank you budget trekking and the team for arranging this opportunity ...

Breathtaking view

We've been there at sunrise. unfortunately there were a lot of clouds but still the view was amazing. It's a nice trek and worth the effort

by Debby955 on Blank Business Name
Amazing

Incredible view. Watching sunrise and reflect on the mountains was just outstanding. It was worth getting up at 5am !!

Hello Poon Hill

Poon Hill is just five days trek from Pokhara in total. Its an amazing place to visit and experience the life in Himalyan region of Nepal.We can see a panoramic view of mountains climbing up the hill from Ghorepani early in the morning.Its always full with the people coming here from different directions.People sell tea and coffee there. Its where the real beauty on earth lies. Wonderful place..You can find 18 Different species of rhododendron blooming in April n May.

Beautiful and Adventurous

It was awesome trek for nature lovers and fabulous time in the trekking and adventurous trip and people very friendly.

by Romain on Blank Business Name
Amazing views!

Poon Hill is a must visit place if you are in Ghorepani. It is hardly 45 to 50 minutes climb up (gentle climb through well laid stairs). The views are just amazing, one can see the entire range from Dhaulagiri (south face), Thapa peak, Niligiris, Annapurnas Fang and South, Macchapuchare and various other peaks. The Sunrise coming over these peaks is an amazing sight.

Best place to trek

It was a great moment while trekking with friends and a experience one. It is really an awesome place to hangout with each other.

Worth all the steps

A challenge but well worth the experience.The charming tea houses, the views at every turn made this a great place to visit.Sunrise at Poon Hill is amazing though be prepared to be there with many other people which in some ways was fun as you met people along the trek.

Breathtaking Views

Although, we were not looking forward to walking up MORE steps considering we were on day 11/14 Poon Hill was a nice highlight. I recommend properly layering your clothes because you will sweat through a few items if you trek with a purpose.A couple of tips:1. Take some cash with you because there's a tea house on the top.2. If you trek rather quickly I wouldn't leave too early because you'll freeze your butt off waiting for the sun to rise. It only took us 30mins and I was ready to descend before the sun had fully risen.

by LisaJane on Blank Business Name
Short Trek

The sunrise trek up to Poon Hill is worth it if the weather is good. The 4.20am wake up & hiking in the dark is no problem but the 200 other people you have to share the view with may bother some people. We had some cloud cover that started to clear & we stayed long after the majority of visitors left so it was great. There is a little stall that sells hot tea which was excellent. There were a few people coming up the hill as we were going down around 7am & I expect they would have the lookout to themselves.

Beautiful views, but not as easy as I thought

Due to not having many days in Pokhara I decided to do a short trek and because Poonhill is described to be the easy and shirt trek I chose to do it in 4 days.I would consider myself to have an average fitness but having to climb that many steps on the first day (1100m height difference) nearly defeated me. The second day was another height difference of 800m over 4-5 hrs. The 4.00 am wake up call on the 3rd day to climb up to Poonhill was definitely worth it. Having said that, really do yourself the favour of getting up there before 5.00 before the crowd arrives.The 3rd and 4th days were my favourite going from Ghorepani to Ghandruk and from Ghandruk to Nayapul. Walking through forests and seeing waterfalls was beautiful. Speaking from a Physio's point of view, get yourself some walking sticks or let your guide organise a bamboo stick for the decline, this really saved my knees going down.A great place to sleep over is Ghandruk guest house. Beautiful garden and stunning views.All in all, great route. There is the option of driving up to Ulleri if you would like to bypass the dreaded steps.

by Mickey on Blank Business Name
Unforgettable

Magnificent views, snow that turned jungle into a Winter Wonderland, smashing sunrises, uncompromising sunsets, unmatched nightskies and a delicious feeling of satisfaction at the end of each day.

Increible experiencia!!!

Recomiendo a todos los que esten pensando hacer un viaje a Nepal, animaros hacer un treking, yo personalmente hize el de Anapurna, y mas suerte no e podido tener con mi guia Uzol, es un apasionado de la montaña y conoce todo a la perfeccion, fui a sitios espectaculares donde esta la gente autoctona de la zona. Para mi eso eso fue genial por que es realmente lo bonito el poder estar con todos los afortunados q viven hay.Yo con el ingles dire que mas bien poco, y el con su buen humor y sonrrisa hacia que todo fuera perfecto. Recomiendo a Uzol como guia por que es ecxelente.... Pero como persona mas.

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