Poonhill Trek - 4 Days

Tour Overview

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Location

Annapurna

Durations

4 Days

Trip Grade

Easy

Max group size

12

Best Time

Spring and Autumn


Tour Description

Geography: Himalaya

Location: Annapurna Region

Level of Difficulty: Moderate

Duration of Trek: 4 Days

Max Altitude: Poon Hill Viewpoint (3210m)

Ethnic People: Gurung, Magars

Accommodation: Guest House/Hotel

Transportation: Sharing Jeep/ Local Bus

 

4 Days Poon Hill Trek Overview

Poon Hill Trek is a short yet amazing trek in Nepal taking you to the magnificent Annapurna Region. The trek takes you to the ethnic Gurung and Magar villages, offering arguably the best sunrise, complimented by the panoramic views of the Himalayas. It's a 4-day adventure from Pokhara where you walk through beautiful forests, visit charming villages, and end up at Poon Hill to see the sunrise. 

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek takes you to the heart of the Annapurna region from Pokhara's busy, bustling city. The 4-day journey begins with a drive from Pokhara to Ulleri via Nayapul and Tikhedhunga. The trek starts from Tikhedhunga, where you will get to Ghorepani, an ancient ethnic Gurung village.  You will get to enjoy the scenic drive surrounded by hills and beautiful views of mountains from afar.

Passing through places like Ghorepani and Ghandruk, the trek gives you a taste of the local life and stunning views every day.  From the lively scenes in Ghorepani to the breathtaking sight at Poon Hill, the trek welcomes anyone who loves adventure and wants to be surrounded by the incredible beauty of the Annapurna region. 

Book Poon Hill 4 Days Trek with Hiking Bees to embark on a beautiful journey in the Annapurna region.

If you don't have enough time for the Annapurna Circuit or the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking then this 4-day Poonhill trek would be ideal for you.

 

Which is the best time to visit Poon Hill?

The best times to visit Poon Hill, offering an unforgettable trekking experience, are during the enchanting seasons of spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These seasons provide an ideal blend of pleasant temperatures, clear vistas, and a welcoming trekking environment, making your journey to Poon Hill a magical and rewarding adventure.

  • Spring (March to May):

  • Ideal weather with warm temperatures and blooming rhododendron flowers.
  • Clear skies offer stunning views of the Himalayan peaks.
  • Mild and pleasant trekking conditions.
  • Autumn (September to November):

  • Another optimal time with stable weather conditions.
  • Clear skies and excellent visibility for mountain views.
  • Comfortable temperatures for trekking during the day.

It's important to note that the weather in mountainous regions can be unpredictable, so being prepared for temperature variations is advisable.

 

Why Should You Book Poon Hill Trek with Hiking Bees?

When you choose Hiking Bees for your 4 days Poon Hill Trek, you are opting for a special adventure. Our local guides know the trails and the culture, making your experience rich and authentic. We create itineraries that balance fun and cultural exploration. Your safety is our top concern, with trained guides ensuring a secure trek. 

We believe in clear pricing without hidden fees and keep our groups small for a more personal experience. From smooth logistics to cultural experiences, we ensure your trek is unforgettable. 

Join us for the Poon Hill Trek for a short yet amazing experience in the Annapurna region.

Tour Highlights

Ghorepani Poon Hill 4-Day Trek Highlights

  • Trek to Poon Hill Viewpoint at 3210m.
  • Spectacular sunrise views from Poon Hill over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges
  • Vibrant culture and warm hospitality.
  • A short and easy trek in the Annapurna region
  • Experience authentic Nepali traditions and lifestyles.
  • Cross the suspension bridges along with spectacular views of waterfalls
  • Trek through picturesque villages like Tadapani and Ghandruk
  • Hot Springs at Jhinu Danda.
  • Easy and Short trek in the Annapurna Region. 
  • Panoramic views of the Annapurna I(8091m), Macchapucchre(6993m), Dhaulagiri(8167m), and Hiunchuli(6441m).

Tour Includes

  • All kinds of transportation services notably shared Jeeps and Public Bus
  • Double-split lodge-to-lodge accommodation throughout the hike.
  • Breakfast, day meal, and supper are all included in the full board hike package.
  • One incredibly skilled, accommodating, and kind guide 
  • Administrative fees and governmental taxes.
  • Emergency Rescue Arrangement service which will be funded by your travel insurance.
  • Farewell dinner in a typical Nepali kitchen.
  • Certificate of trek completion
  • Hiking bees t-shirt
  • First-aid supplies including an oxygen meter to check pulse rate.
  • Seasonal fruits as a dessert after dinner.

Tour Excludes

  • Your entrance visa and international travel costs.
  • Your Accommodation in Pokhara
  • Meals not listed in the "Daily food Inclusions".
  • Porter (additional $80 per porter)
  • Personalized hiking kit.
  • Traveling insurance.
  • Drinks, snacks, water as well as other individual needs and expenses.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 : Drive from Pokhara to Ulleri via Tikhedhunga/Trek to Ghorepani(2860m)

Trek Distance : 9-10 km
Highest Altitude : 2860m
Trek Duration : 4 hrs
Meals : L,D

Our first day of the Poon Hill Trek will start at Pokhara. We will pack our bags and leave Lake City with a scenic drive via Nayapul and Tikhedhunga. After a few hours of drive, we will get to Ulleri to start our trek. 

The trek begins on the 1st day itself from Ulleri and will end at Ghorepani. The trails offer magnificent views of the Annapurna range, Macchapucchre, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchuli. You will trek through the rhododendron forest to end the day at Ghorepani. Ghorepani is also home to more than eight species of Rhododendron flower. If you are trekking during March-April, get ready to be overwhelmed with the beautiful rhododendron forest. 

Trek Distance : 15-16 km
Highest Altitude : 3210m
Trek Duration : 6 hrs
Meals : B,L,D

After a fun cultural night at Ghorepani, we will have a short 45 mins ascend to the Poon Hill viewpoint(3210m). Before dawn, we will start our hike early to enjoy the beautiful sunrise. The first rays of the sun striking the Annapurna range, Macchapucchre, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchuli mountains make it an unforgettable experience. 

After 45 minutes to an hour on the viewpoint, we will return to our Ghorepani lodge. We will continue our descent after a local breakfast at Ghorepani. The trail will take you through the dense forest in Deurali and finally reach Tadapani after about 4 hours of walk.

Trek Distance : 14 Km
Highest Altitude : 1780m
Trek Duration : 5-6 Hrs
Meals : B,L,D

On the 3rd day, we will descend from Tadapani to Jhinu Danda, where we will relax and take out all the exhaustion on the natural hot springs. We ascend through the lush rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forest through Kimron River and Chomrong village.

Meals : B,L

From Jhinu Danda, we start walking along the plan dust roads through the Modi River. After the final few hours of walking, we will reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi. Our trekking ends at Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi, and we begin our drive towards the Pokhara.

In the afternoon, we will stroll around the beautiful lakeside of Pokhara, reminiscing the memories we made in the last 4 days. 

FAQs Section

The 4-day Poon Hill trek is an adventure in the Annapurna region of Nepal, offering a scenic journey through picturesque villages, lush rhododendron, and bamboo forests, magnificent views of the Annapurna range, Macchapucchre, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchuli and the breathtaking sunrise views from Poon Hill.

The hike to Poon Hill typically takes about 45 minutes to an hour from Ghorepani, the final village before the ascent. It's a relatively short and rewarding climb to witness the sunrise over the Himalayas. You must walk 3-4 hours on the first day and 45mins on the second day to get to Poon Hill.

The 4-day itinerary allows for comfortable exploration of the Poon Hill trek, providing ample time to enjoy the landscapes, experience local culture, and enjoy the sunrise. You can also extend the itinerary to explore Ghandruk and Ghorepani. On the other hand, you can also combine the Pool Hill trek with the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

While trekking to Poon Hill, you may encounter limited internet facilities. Some teahouses along the trail might provide basic internet services, but the connectivity can be much slower than in urban areas. Be prepared for occasional communication challenges, and inform friends and family in advance about potential connectivity issues.

The best months for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek are generally during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is clear and the views are spectacular.

The average cost of the 4-day Ghorepani Poon Hill trek will be around ($240 - $400) and can vary depending on factors such as the inclusions and optional add-ons.

Hiking Bees provides you with a transparent breakdown of costs, including accommodation, meals, permits, and guides before the trek.

Yes, trekking permits are required for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) cards are commonly needed. We will assist you in obtaining these permits.

Teahouses along the Poon Hill trek route offer a variety of meals, including traditional Nepali dishes, international cuisine, and trekking staples. Expect a diverse menu with options along the way, but Nepali Dal Bhat(Rice and Lentils) will be the most common food you will have on the trek.

Additional Info

How Long Does It Take To Hike To Poon Hill

A typical Poon Hill hike takes about 4 days starting from Pokhara and ending in Pokhara, however, it can be completed within 2-5 days depending upon the preferences of trekkers.

 

2 day Poon Hill Hike (Cost: $215 per person)

  • Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Ulleri and trek to Ghorepani
  • Day 2: Hike to Poon Hill and the same way back to Ulleri, Drive back to Pokhara.

 

3-day Poon Hill Hike (Cost: $250 per person)

  • Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri
  • Day 2: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani
  • Day 3: Hike to Poon Hill and trek back to Birethati and catch a bus to Pokhara.

 

4-day Poon Hill Hike (Cost: $280 per person)

  • Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri
  • Day 2: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani
  • Day 3: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Ghandruk
  • Day 4: Trek down to Birethati and catch a bus to Pokhara.

5-day Poon Hill Hike (Cost: $320 per person)

  • Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri
  • Day 2: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani
  • Day 3: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani
  • Day 4: Hike to Jhinu Hot Spring (Natural hot spring)
  • Day 5: Trek to Siwai and drive back to Pokhara

 

Required Transportation for the Poon Hill trek

Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara

The transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara is not included in the package as this trek starts from Pokhara, however, Hiking Bees can arrange transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back as well depending upon your preference.

You have two options to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu and vice versa.

Kathmandu to Pokhara by Air

You can take a domestic flight from Tribhuvan Airport and reach Pokhara by a 30-minute flight. This is the most efficient way to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu.

Kathmandu to Pokhara by Ground

If you want to choose the ground transportation option, then You can take a tourist bus from Sorakhutte, Near Thamel. The bus ride will take about 8 hours to reach Pokhara. The cost of the bus to Pokhara is approx. $15 per person.

If you want to make your tour private then you can also hire a private car or a jeep to reach Pokhara.

Pokhara is about 200km from Kathmandu.

 

Pokhara to Ulleri

We will be taking a shared jeep or a public bus from Pokhara to reach Ulleri, the starting point of the trek. with an extra additional cost, you also have the option to hire a private jeep as well.

 

Permits Required For Poon Hill Trek

The Poon Hill Trek lies in the famous Annapurna region of Nepal. All treks in the Annapurna Conservation Region compulsorily require an ACAP(Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit. Along with ACAP you also require TIMS( Trekkers Information Management System) for all treks in Nepal. These permits will be prepared by certified trekking agencies in Nepal.

ACAP permits cost:

  • For Foreigners: $30 approx
  • For SAARC Countries: $10 approx

TIMS Card Cost : 

  • For Foreigners: Nrs.3000
  • For SAARC Countries: Nrs.1000

 

Network and Services in Poon Hill Trekking

Unlike a few years back, You get a good network signal and most of the Tea houses provide you wifi. The trail has a 4g connection coverage by which you can connect to people easily. However due to geographical structure, there may be some disruptions on the network especially in the lover part or in between the hills.

 

Poonhill Trek Packing List

Since Poonhill is a short and easy hike, you don't need heavy gear and equipment however some basic gear you need  for this trek are:

  • Lightweight trekking boots
  • Breathable and moisture-wicking socks
  • Quick-dry trekking pants
  • Long-sleeve trekking shirts
  • Down jacket 
  • Rain jacket and pants ( for rainy seasons)
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Gloves
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Water bottles and water purification tablets
  • Trekking poles
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Camera with extra batteries
  • Power bank
  • Trekking backpack
  • Personal toiletries
  • Insect repellent

 

 

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