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Poonhill trek (6 days)

Trip Code:NET-TR-PNHL1

  • Trip Type Lodge Trek
  • Duration 6 days
  • Grade Moderate
  • Max.Altitude 3232 m.
  • Group Size 1+
  • Travel Mode Land
Aerial view of Mt. Annapurna from Poonhill viewpoint

Aerial view of Mt. Annapurna from Poonhill viewpoint

Poonhill trek is a short trek in the Annapurna region. The trekking trail offers spectacular mountain scenery and charming villages, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys.
 
The major highlight of the trek is the hike to the famous Poon Hill to witness the panorama of Himalayan peaks such as Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), and Lamjung Himal (6931m.).
 
You will also visit the villages of Ghandruk, Ghorepani and Tadapani inhabited by the ethnic Magar and Gurung communities. During Spring, the blossoming of rhododendron flowers makes trekking even more exciting. 
 
Poonhill trek can be organized round the year and is relatively easy Himalayan trek. It can be done by trekkers of all ages and physical ability. 

 Trip code: NET-TR-PNHL1
  Region Annapurna Region Trekking
 Trip Rating
 Trip Duration 6 days
 Trip Type: Lodge Trek
 Trip Grade: Moderate
 Min. Group Size 1+
 Max Altitude: 3232 m.
 Trip Start: Kathmandu
 Trip Ends: Kathmandu
 Best Season: Autumn: SEP-OCT-NOV
Spring: MAR-APR-MAY
 Transportaion: Land
 Meals: 3 Meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
 Acommodation: 3 Star accomodation in Kathmandu
Standard accomodation in Pokhara
Lodge (Teahouse) during Trek

After early morning breakfast, our guide will pick you-up from your hotel to bus station.
 
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to explore the various sites of Pokhara. Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. It is also possible to take 25 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara instead of road journey. 
 
Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Drive from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) takes approximately one and half hours and Nayapul to Ulleri is 3 hrs.
 
The road from Pokhara to Nayapul is paved and further to Ulleri is a rough road possible only by 4 wheel vehicle. Now you begin your trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about three and a half hours. The section from Ulleri to Birethanthi provides spectacular views of snowcapped mountains, especially Machapuchre (Mt. Fishtail). You can also enjoy the beautiful rhododendron flowers during March and April along the trail between Birethanthi and Ghorepani.
 
Stay overnight at lodge in Ghorepani.

Early morning hike up to Poon Hill (3232 m.) takes about one hour.
 
Poon Hill is a popular viewpoint to see sunrise and majestic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), and Lamjung Himal (6931m.). You will descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Afterwards you will trek towards Tadapani (2630m) largely through forests. You can clearly see the Himalayas such as Annapurna South, Himchuli and Macchapuchre from Tadapani.
 
Stay overnight at lodge in Tadapani. 

Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (2950m) takes about 3 hours. It is a very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests.
 
This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. From this village you can see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.
 
Stay overnight at lodge in Ghandruk.

Drive from Ghandruk to Nayapul on a rough road and then from there to Pokhara on a paved highway. You will pass through many villages and rivers en route.
 
Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Early morning after breakfast drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about seven hours.
 
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city, Kathmandu.
 
You can also take 25 minutes flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu instead of long drive. 


The price includes the following services:
  • Airport pick-up and drop off services by private A/C car or van
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (one porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in Lodge (Tea house) during trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking sticks if required
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation: from Kathmandu to Pokhara & Pokhara to Kathmandu by A/C deluxe tourist bus & from Pokhara to Nayapul and Phedi to Pokhara by private vehicle
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Insurance and equipments for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost incase required.)
  • One farewell dinner with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.) 

The price does not include:
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.
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