POON HILL GHOREPANI

Trek through the Himalaya

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The Poon Hill Trek it exactly that, lots of hills and steep stair cases. The trek follows part of the old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route through several small villages. The views along the way are impressive with endless gorges, waterfalls and mountain views.

The highlight of the trek is the sunrise climb up Poon Hill, from where you get 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains from Annapurna to Macchupucchare (Fish Tail).


POON HILL OVERVIEW

Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight to Pokhara

Day-4: Start the Trek - reach Ghandrung

Day-5: Tadapani

Day-6: Ghorepani

Day-7: Hike up Poon Hill. Trek to Tirkhedhunga

Day-8 : Nayapul. Drive back to Pokhara

Day-9: Fly to Kathmandu

Day-10: Depart Kathmandu

POON HILL ITINERARY

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.


Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu overnight at the Hotel.


Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu and some preparations for the climb.


Day-3:Flight to Pokhara

After breakfast we will 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 will have some free time around Pokhara city to explore in on your own.


Day-4 : Start the Trek - reach Ghandrung

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 reach Ghandrung (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: Tadapani

Today we will trek 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 be reach Tadapani (2,540m). Lodge Overnight.


Day-6: Ghorapani

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 at Banathati. 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 Tirkhedhunga

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 forest and make a steep descent on a stone staircase to Tirkhedungha (1,360m). (Trekking: 6 hrs) Overnight Lodge.


Day-8 : Nayapul. Drive back 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 you will drive to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day will be at leisure in Kathmandu. Overnight Hotel.


Day-10: Final Departure

Final Departure from Kathmandu.

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Poon Hill Variations

 
Poon Hill Australia Camp 11 days Ghalegaun Poon Hill 16 Days

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Flight/Drive: Kathmandu - Pokhara

Day-4: Drive Pokhara to Birenthanti. Trek to Ulleri (3 hrs).

Day-5: Ulleri to Ghorepani (5 to 6 hrs)

Day-6: Trek Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Ghorepani (1 hrs).

Day-7: Trek Ghorepani to Ghandruk(4,312m) (8 hrs).

Day-8: Trek Ghandrukto Australian Camp (7 hrs).

Day-9: Trek Australian Camp to Naudanda (3 hrs). Drive to Pokhara

Day-10: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,310m).

Day-11: Final departure.

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Kathmandu - Besisahar (6 hr bus ride)to Ghalegaun (2080 m) 2 hrs

Day-4: Trek Ghalegaun (2080 m) to Pasgaun (1650 m) 6 hrs

Day-5: Pasgaun (1650 m) to Bhachok (1315 m) 5 hrs

Day-6: Bhachok (1315 m) to Yangjakot (1450 m) 6 hrs

Day-7: Yangjakot (1450 m) to Sikles (1950 m) 6-7 hrs

Day-8: Sikles (1950 m) to Ghalekharka (1675 m) 6-7 hrs

Day-9: Ghalekharka (1675 m) to Lwang (1440 m) 6 hrs

Day-10: Lwang (1440 m) to Ghandruk (1960 m) 6 hrs

Day-11: Ghandruk (1960 m) to Ghorepani (2800 m) 7-8 hrs

Day-12: Ghorepani (2800 m) to Tikot (2280 m) via sunrise viewing at Poon Hill (3210 m) 5 hrs

Day-13: Tikot (2280 m) to Beni (850 m) 4 hrs trek and bus to Pokhara (4 hrs)

Day-14: Flight or bus to Kathmandu

Day-15: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,310m).

Day-16: Final departure.

Your Questions Answered

This is a lodge trek so you will spend your night in lodges in your room. Beds are provided along with mattresses.
Poon Hill is considered one of the easier hikes in Annapurna region but be warned as there are a LOT of stairs. Trekking hour is usually 4-5hrs in one day. Anyone with normal fitness level can join this trek. It is also well suited for families.
Yes it is given that it is one of the shorter and easier treks in the Himalaya.
The average is around 4-5 hours a day though days
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this, is to take all of the necessary precautions, and walk slowly, acclimatise correctly, don't ascent too quickly and drink plenty of water.
The hike can be done throughout the year, however, Autumn (Sep - Nov) is often considered to be the best season for hiking in Nepal with a great climate and several festivals. although it is a little colder than Spring, the skies tend to be much clearer. Spring, (March - May) is the next favourite

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith: Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options


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