POON HILL TREK NEPAL

One of the popular treks in Nepal is the Poon Hill Trek or Ghorepani trek, a short trek to lower altitude taking you into the Annapurna's. The mountain scenery is break aking and combines incredible scenery with a chance to see beautiful Gurung Villages along the way. The actual trek is relatively easy and includes walking alongside streams and through forests. It is at a low latitude of 3200m and so the risk of altitude sickness is greatly lowered. However despite its grade, there are a lot of steep sections and lots of stairs.

The trek starts from Naya Pul and heads up through the rice fields along the riverside to Syaulibazar and then on to Ghandrung (1,950m). From here, the views of the famous Fishtail mountain, Machupuchre, is stunning. The climb up to Poon Hill takes about one hour and once there, provides incredible views of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna , Nilgiri, Fishtail and other famous mountains of the west region

Overview

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Day-3: Flight to Pokhara

Day-4: Trek to Ghandruk

Day-5 : Trek to Tadapani

Day-6 : Trek to Ghorepani

Day-7: Hike up Poon hill, Trek to Tirkhedunga

Day-8: Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara

Day-9: Fly to Kathmandu

Day-10: Depart Kathmandu

Fast Facts

Altitude: 3200m

All year

Best: Spring/Autumn

Tour: 10 days

Hotels and Tents

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Trek Grade: 1b (FP)

A combination of long days with steep paths and some mountain scrambling. The route follows reasonable paths through thick vegetation, up hillsides, slippery shale surfaces. Snow and or ice may be encountered along the route. There is no need for technical climbing equipment. Altitude levels up to and around to 4200m. Medium risk of altitude sickness. General level of fitness is required e.g. hill walking for about 5km. Daypacks will weight about 4kg. Trek weight loss in the region of 2kg.

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

Full day of guided sightseeing of the Kathmandu Valley.

Day-3: Flight to Pokhara

This morning we fly to Pokhara. After checking in at the hotel we will head out to view the major sites to include Vindyavasini Temple, and Mahendra Cave. We will also visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp and continue to David Falls before getting back to the Hotel. You can have some free time around the main Pokhara city to explore in on your own.

Day-4: Trek to Ghandruk

After breakfast, drive to the trek starting point Naya Pul (1 hr). The trek starts with descent of an hour to Birethanti. We then walk through the rice fields along the riverside to Syaulibazar. To get Ghandruk (1,950m) we climb through rice fields and forest. Here you will find an interesting Gurung village with a good chance to see the famous Fishtail mountain, Machupuchre. Overnight Lodge.

Day-5 : Trek to Tadapani

Today we will trek through walk through the dense forest preserved by Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) for 3 hours. We will reach Banthanti for lunch after which the route ascends and descends until we reach Tadapani (2,540m). Lodge Overnight.

Day-6 : Trek to Ghorepani

The climb today is steep in some places as we head through a mixed forest of oak, magnolia and rhododendron to a small forest clearing. The trail then heads up to a ridge with fine views and drops a little to Ghorapani at 2834 meters. (Trekking: 5 hrs) Overnight Lodge.

Day-7: Hike up Poon hill, Trek to Tirkhedunga

This morning we trek up Poon Hill at 3210m, a vantage point to view the Dhaulagiri (8167 m) and the Annapurna massif. We then head through rhododendron forests and make a steep descend on a stone staircase to Tirkhedungha (1,360m). (Trekking: 6 hrs) Overnight Lodge.

Day-8: Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara

Today is an easy walk of 3/4 hours which will bring us back to Naya Pul, from where we will drive to Pokhara (1hr). Enjoy the attractions of Pokhara on your own. Overnight Hotel.

Day-9: Fly to Kathmandu

This morning we will rise early and drive to Sarangkot for a view of sunrise over Machupuchre. After breakfast elephant, land rover and canoes will transfer you to waiting vehicles. You will drive to airport and fly to Kathmandu. Rest will be the free day at Kathmandu. Hotel

Day-10: Depart Kathmandu

End of services

What's Included

Price includes

Airport transfers by private vehicle
Thamel Eco Resort in Kathmandu, twin sharing with breakfast
Kathmandu sightseeing tour, entrance fees, guide, private transportation
TIMS
Flights: Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu
Everest NP entrance fees
Teahouse trek arrangement (staying in lodges)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner on trek (we do not restrict the orders) Meals include coffee or tea but not soft drinks, beer, milo etc
Guide and porter (s) on trek; their wages, insurance and expenses
Welcome dinner with live Nepali cultural show
Duffel bag on trek

Price Excludes

International flights, departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
Mandatory travel and medical insurance
Tips, baggage and porterage
Expenses of a personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water, morning and afternoon teas etc laundry etc.
Meals while staying at the hotels in Kathmandu (only breakfast is included along with accommodation).
Entry Visa $40
Rescue and evacuation
Tips and gratuities
Costs incurred for returning to the hotel earlier than expected (From $35 per night)
Single supplements if applicable
Cost for giving up the trek (and any unused portions which are not refundable), additional hotel days in Kathmandu as a result or costs incurred for changing the itinerary, if applicable, extra costs incurred for landslides and delays beyond our control etc.

Route Profile Map

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