Poon hill trekking description
Poon Hill station located 3210m above sea level also famous as a Ghorepani and Poonhill trekking especially most popular to explore the real sunrise over the Annapurna Himalayan Range. This Punhill / Poonhill and Ghorepani trekking tours is one of the easiest trek destination of Annapurna, Nepal. It has subtropical to alpine vegetation and climates are found changing with the elevation. Trekking on the Poon Hill allows exploring through rhododendron forests over the foothills of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and through the deepest gorge Kali Gandaki in the world.
Climate in this region does not remain constant as the cold winds from the Tibetan plateau rush through the south. Trekking in this region is the most popular one in the world. Trekkers can explore the Himalayan panorama within 180 deg angle standing on the ground, such as Annapurna south 7219m , Annapurna I (8091m) , Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III , Annapurna IV, Machhapuchre (6993m), Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri (8167m) Hiunchuli (6441m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and many snow capped mountains.
Poon hill trekking highlights
Excellent views of Dhawalagiri family, Nilgiri known as blue mountain, Annapurna South, Mahhapurche (Fish Tail) - Sun rise / Sun set at Poon hill - Explore Gurung culture in Ghaundrung - Mini Annapurna trekking.
Poon hill trek grading
Ghorepani Poon Hill station trekking is appropriate for any trekkers who is looking for easy walking. The maximum height of this trek is 3210m on poon hill top. As it is easy trek destination of Nepal, you don't need any It is not necessary any previous trekking or mountaineering experience and also it is not necessary that you must be young and energetic to do this trekking. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can easily do this trekking. However it would be more good to do daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart from your country. Our program have been prepared including rest day and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Poon hill trek covers
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Ghorepani Poon hill - Tadapani - Ghaundrung village
Best season to explore Poon hill trekking in Nepal
January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December.
Ghorepani - Poon Hill trekking outline itineary
- Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu:(1348m, B/B Plan)
- Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu, B/B Plan
- Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m) 7hrs by bus, B/B Plan
- Day 04: Trek to Tikhedhunga (1575m) 5hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2850m) 7hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m), O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 07: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m) 3hrs, O/N at Tea House, F/B Plan
- Day 08: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (Pokhara): 5hrs, B/B Plan
- Day 09: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu , B/B Plan
- Day 10: Final departure for your onward destination
NOTE OF ABOVE ITINERARY:
O/N = Over Night, B/B = Bed and Breakfast F/B (Full Board) = Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 19 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
SHORT DESCRIPTION MODE OF PACKAGE :
In our packages, we have included two nights 3 Star Category hotel in Kathmandu (capital of Nepal) and 1 night tourist standard hotel in pokhara on BB plan, meals and accommodation in trekking, all the ground transportation as per itinerary, an experienced guide and porter and all the government taxes and necessary permits, please find in details what are included and excluded in the price as follows
Ghorepani - Poon Hill trekking in details
Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m)
Receive you in Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport and short introduction with our representative and transfer to Hotel in Kathmandu/ Bhaktapur with in BB Plan.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Full day sightseeing with license holder English speaking tour guide such as Pashupati Nath temple, Bodh Nath Stupa, Kapan Monastery, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swambhunath Stupa.
Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m) 7hrs by bus
Early in the morning, transfer to Kantipath Tourist Bus station & drive to Pokhara. Normally it takes 7 hrs by Tourist bus. However, you can also fly to Pokhara (USD: 95 each person), it takes only 18 minutes. Check in at hotel and evening Phew lake exploration.
Trek to Tikhedhunga (1575m) 5hrs
After having breakfast an hour drive to your trekking starting point Nayapool, 20 minutes walking to reach Birethati. This is the Village with Mix culture, lifestyle, Traditions. Here you will show your trekking permit and TIMS permits in the Conservation entrance check point office. After that turn to Bhurungdi khola. Your trekking will bring you to passing through many local village to reach Tikhedhunga. Overnight at Guest House.
Trek to Ghorepani (2850m) 7hrs
After having Breakfast you will follow the trail to get Ulleri village for around 2 hours climbing passing through terrace field and small forest. This is a small village surrounding by small forest with good view of Annapurna South. You will walk further to reach Ghorepani. On the way there are few Tea house before arrive to Ghorepani. Overnight at Guest house. .
Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m) 6:30hrs
Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. During teh trekking, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on.
Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m) 3hrs
It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you can see the views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail.
Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (Pokhara): 5hrs
It is very easy trek by descending gently half of the way through the rice field and local villages. From Ghandruk to until syaulibazar we normally descending then we walk flat part untill Nayapul then we 1:30 scenic drive to Pokhara fewa lakeside.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6 hours and transfer to hotel Kathmandu/Bhaktapur with B/B plan.
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination!!!
- Kathmandu international - domestic airport transfer by private car/van/bus.
- 3 nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur within BB Plan
- 2 Nights accommodation in Pokhara on Tourist standard basis
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) each day while on trekking
- Guest House accommodation on twin sharing basis during the trekking days
- All necessary grounded transportation.
- Annapurna Conservation Area permit and TIMS permit for Ghorepani poonhill trekking.
- Professional license holder trekking guide and necessary porters and trekking crews.
- Food, salary, equipments and insurance of Nepali trekking staffs.
- A special gift as a souvenir from our company.
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- Lunch and Dinner during the staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara city.
- Any kinds of battery charges, laundry service, phone calls and hot shower during the trekking.
- Personal trekking equipments and Clothing.
- Personal nature expenses, any drinks and bar bills.
- Your travel insurance (it is mandatory in case of emergency).
- Any donation and monuments entrance fees.
- Tips for the crew (Note : TIPS is not compulsory but expected)
- Any other things which is not mentioned.
We are experts for the operations trip at high-altitude. Every trip we run has a sound acclimatization program. We created this trekking itinerary to allow for gradual height gain spread over a number of days. There is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude, but for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent will produce minimal effects. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. For all trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters, our guides carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude illness; they are trained to track symptoms as well as administer medications but we recommend to you to carry medicine by yourself that is beneficial for you.
To be sufficiently protected in terms of insurance, you need specialized travel insurance for participation in hazardous activities. A travel insurance policy that covers emergency evacuation, trip injury, lost baggage, theft, liability, medical treatment and expenses is strongly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking and climbing. Our agency Gokyo Treks and Expedition can arrange for the appropriate policy based on your trekking.
Climate and Weather
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalaya where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
This trekking is likely to have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains up to 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5 degree C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25 degree C. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15 degree C to -10 degree C.
We bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful travel experience with an invaluable opportunity to interact in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises a maximum of 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our fixed departure dates. For individualized trips, no minimum or maximum applies. If you would like to travel independently or with your friends, families and colleagues, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people.
Gokyo Treks and Expedition promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is 100 % guaranteed.
The following is a list of clothing and accessories that we recommend for treks and climbs in Nepal. This is not intended to be a comprehensive clothing and equipment list, rather it is intended to act as a reminder of those items that we feel are essential for your comfort and convenience. However we recognize that you may have your own personal preferences for clothing which may be equally as suitable.
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Any kinds of battery charges and hot shower during the trekking.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
- T-shirts (2)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
- Underwear (4)
- Hiking shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Thin, lightweight inner socks (4)
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
- Gaiters (Optional)
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bags
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Thermarest sleeping pad (Only Camping Trek)
- Water bottles (2)
- Sleeping bag rated -10C. to -20C (Depending on trekking region)
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Small pad or combination lock-to-lock trek bag
- Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal)
- Books (Highly Recommended)
- Playing cards/backgammon/chess set
- Swiss Knife
Recommended Mountaineering Kit
In addition to the items mentioned above for trekking, the following is a list of the additional specialized items which are required for the trekking peaks.
- Ice axe, and ski poles (note - ice axes can be rented in Kathmandu)
- Climbing helmet
- Alpine climbing harness
- 2 x tape slings
- 2 x screwgate karabiners
- Descender/abseil device
- Plastic or leather mountaineering boots, with gaiters and crampons that have been tested for a good fit.
- Fleece trousers or silhouette
- Additional mits and gloves suitable for climbing
Is pick up service available if my arrival day in Kathmandu?
Yes sure !!! If you provide us your flights details then you should do request then our representative will come to pick up you on Kathmandu international airport.
Do I need Experience for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
This trekking is suitable for keen trekkers/walkers who are able to walk around 5 - 6 hours in a day, with a light weight rucksack. For ghorepani - punhill trekking - you need no experience.
What kind of accommodation can I expect on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
We provide you 3 star category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and during the trekking there would be normal hotel accomidation which offers basic clean facilities with a mattress and blanket. We can also offer you sleeping bags if needed (which need to return after the trip) but it is always better idea to own sleeping equipment.
What kind of food can I expect in Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?
All the guest houses / lodges in the trekking they have attached restaurant and they cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare. Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season)
The dinner and breakfast are provided in the same lodge you spend the night every day and Lunch will be provided on the way to next place where you are going.
What opportunities will I have for shower along Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
Tea house trekking all the lodges they have shower which you can get it somewhere paying and somewhere without paying and in Camping trekking - we provide you hot water bucket then you will take bucket shower.
How do I get drinking water on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
Ghorepani - poonhill trekking trails offers all places hotel and shop where you can able to buy mineral water and you can buy it for drinking but however we advise against buying mineral water in plastic bottles, as currently there are no provisions for disposing of these. Instead, we provide you boiled water or bringing chlorine tablets to purify the normal water as the normal water is available in camp site/along the way in the camping trekking.
Can I charge my digital camera or other batteries on my trip?
in camping trek there are few places where you can charge the battery paying charge but in tea house trekking there will be more chances to charge the battery we recommend to you bring extra pair for incase . Remember to bring your adapters! And we recommend you to take extra batteries.
Is there any communication facilities on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
In this trekking route you can get telephone services as well as internet services as well.
Can I use credit cards in Trekking?
No, for the trekking you need to have cash beacuse credit cards works city area of nepal only.
When should I book my trip and what is the payments terms?
Because our trips book up months in advance, we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. We will of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings.
We prefer 20 % advance deposit of total price of a trip in order to conform your reservation before you arrive in Nepal. And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.
Who will carry my luggage on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
We provide porters they will carry your luggage.
Is there any communication while we are on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
There are telephones in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls.
How much distance do I walk each day?
When walking/trekking in the mountains, the distance you cover each day can vary greatly due to gradient, terrain and altitude. As such it is very hard to give specific distances on each day, however you have to be prepared to walk 5-6 hours each day.
Do I need walking polls for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking?
we recomend to take that it will be the helpful to you.
How much additional money do I need per day?
You can allocate US$ 08 - 10 for a lunch / dinner in kathamndu and it depends on your spending habits. US$7 to 10 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, tea coffee and some drinks in trekking.
Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent licence or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent.
Rubbish management For the most proper disposal available, please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest truck-accessible road.
Sanitation Note the pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles. Nepal is struggling with its rapid Westernization and hasn't yet figured out how to dispose of its waste. Don't contribute to the problem any more than necessary!
After your trek you can give your clothes to the porters' clothing bank which is managed by the KEEP association . This bank is located in the Thamel neighborhood of Kathmandu and provides clothes to the trekking porters.