If you want to experience what trekking in Nepal has to offer, but you don't have much time in your hands, Annapurna Poon Hill Trek might be the best bet. Offering an easy path that goes through beautiful villages and dense rhododendron forests, it offers stunning views of the Himalayas. Furthermore, the rice terraces and unique landscapes make it even more stunning and a paradise for photographers. Besides views, for those travelers who are interested in a different culture, Annapurna Poon Hill Trek offers a golden opportunity. The people in Nepal are known to be very friendly and helpful. So, you can have some small-chat while sitting around the round fire.
The 9 – days trek starts with sightseeing in Kathmandu. The places for sightseeing includes some World Heritage sites listed in UNESCO. After that, we take our flight to Pokhara, the lake city of Nepal. From Pokhara, we will head to Naya Pul. Our real walk begins from here. On the third day of the trek, we will reach Ghorepani, one of the most famous trekking destinations in the Annapurna Region. Then, on the fourth, we will get to the top of Poonhill and enjoy the mesmerizing view of sunrise and sparkling snow-capped mountains, including the Annapurna Range and its neighboring mountains. While returning, we will trek through the beautiful Gurung Villages of Ghandruk and experience some unique hospitality along with their lively culture. We will also take a short stroll to the Gurung museum that gives us a glimpse of Gurung culture. From Ghandruk, we will trek through beautiful rhododendron forest, which takes us down to Birethanti. From Birethanti, we will walk further down to Naya Pul and drive to Pokhara. We will go for some sightseeing in the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and fly back to Kathmandu, which concludes our thrilling journey.
Annapurna Poon Hill Trek is an easy but adventurous trek of Nepal. Travelers of any age group, fitness level, and skills can complete the trek. It is a short and beautiful trek with a mix of adventurous and cultural experiences.
An easy trek that can be completed by trekker of any age group, fitness and skills level
Visit some UNESCO listed Cultural Heritage sites in Kathmandu
Hike to the most famous sunrise and mountain viewpoint of Nepal
Enjoy the mesmerizing view of the sunrise and Annapurna Range from the top of Poon Hill
Hike to the beautiful Gurung inhabited Ghandruk village of Nepal
Experience the lively culture of local people
Enjoy sightseeing in the beautiful lake city of Pokhara
- All the airport and hotel transfers
- Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu
- All the accommodation and breakfast during the trek are provided on twin sharing basis
- Welcome dinner with excellent Nepali cuisine and cultural program
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide)
- Down jacket, Sleeping bag, Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after the completion of the trip)
- All necessary paperwork and permits to the trekkers (ACAP, TIMS )
- A comprehensive medical kit in case of emergency
- All government and local taxes
- Porter (during check-out)
- Nepal Visa fee ( 25$ USD cash and two passport photographs )
- International airfare tickets to and from Kathmandu
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Extra night accommodation management in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountains or trekking destination (due to any reason whether it's within or outside our control) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in both Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Rescue and Travel insurance fees
- Personal expenses of the travelers (Beverages, bar bills, phone calls, battery recharge, laundry, extra porters, shower, bottle or boiled water, etc.)
- Single supplement fee of USD 150
- Tips for porter and guides
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m) - about 30 minutes drive
On the first day, you will arrive in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. You will be welcomed by our members just outside the airport. Then, they will take you to your hotel room. You can take a rest for some time.
In the evening, We will offer a welcome dinner party where we will serve local Nepalese food, which introduces you to Nepalese cuisine.
Kathmandu to Pokhara (823 m) to Ulleri (2,050 m) - about 30 minutes flight and 6 hours trek
Early in the morning, we will take a flight to Pokhara, the beautiful lake city of Nepal. You should try to stay on the right side of the plane to catch the pleasing view of the Himalayas. If we are not able to catch the view from the flight, we can still experience the beauty of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, five peaks of Annapurna along with some other mountains.
After taking some rest in Pokhara, we will drive to Naya Pul, which is the real start point of our trek. Passing through the sub-tropical valley forest and sometimes the carved rails on the side edge of the cliff, we will reach Bhurungdi Khola (river). After crossing Bhurungdi Khola via a suspension bridge, we will reach the village of Tikhedhunga. From Tikhedhunga, to reach Ulleri Hill, we will have to cross thousands of steps and boulders which go straight upward. It is a test of our stamina and dedication. From Ulleri Hill, we will reach Ulleri by late afternoon.
We will spend the night in Ulleri.
Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m) - about 5 hours trek
After having some freshly cooked breakfast in Ulleri, we will start to ascend towards Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani translates to "horse-water." It was a famous destination for a campsite before it became popular as a trekker's stop. Ghorepani is a small and beautiful village with small shops selling local crafts and products, and few people reside in the area because of the difficult landscape. There are two small communities; one in a saddle and another one a little lower.
For our convenience, we will be staying in the higher part of Ghorepani village as it offers picturesque views of the snow-capped mountains, including Annapurna and Nilgiri mountains. Ghorepani is at a quite higher altitude than our last stop, so the temperature will be a little low, and it will be a little chilly in the evening and night.
We will spend the night in Ghorepani. It will be a good chance to have a small chat with the locals around a fire and know about their culture. It is said that the people are very friendly and helpful here. They will be willing to talk to you and provide you with any information you need.
Ghorepani to PoonHill (3,210 m) to Tadapani (2,700 m) - 6-7 hours trek
The climax of Annapurna Poon Hill Trek is the view of sunrise and the mountain. So, to catch the sunrise view from Poon Hill, we take an early morning climb along the steep tracks to the top of the Poon Hill set at the altitude of 3210 m. It is the highest point of the trek and the most famous trekking destination in the Annapurna Region. It offers a great viewpoint to observe beautiful valleys of Mustang, Pokhara, and also jaw-dropping views of the Himalayan Mountains that count to more than 20, including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. The jaw-dropping view of the glowing mountains above in the presence of the morning light will surely please everyone's heart.
Once we are done drinking coffee and taking photos, we will start heading downwards; back to Ghorepani. Here, we will have our freshly made breakfast and climb the nearby ridge. Then, we start descending through the dense rhododendron forests and roaring waterfalls along the way to reach Tadapani.
We will spend the night in Tadapani.
Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940 m) - 3-4 hours trek
After having a freshly cooked hot breakfast in Tadapani, we will start to descend through the dense and dark forest. The path will be covered with beautiful rhododendron trees. When the trees are in bloom, the path will turn into a beautiful garden with red flowers when seen from a farther distance. Depending on the season, we might be able to experience the mind pleasing sight of cherry blossom in the afternoon on the slopes of the ravine.
After trekking for a while from here, we will reach the beautiful village of Ghandruk, a village in the slopes with stone houses inhabited by Gurung people. It is another famous traveling destinations in Nepal. We will still be able to get the view of the Himalayas, including Fishtail, Annapurna, and Hiunchili mountains along the way.
It is also another wonderful opportunity to blend in with the unique culture, tradition, and lifestyle of Gurung people in the Himalayas. We can also visit the Ghandruk Museum, which offers some more hints about the culture and history of the local Gurung people.
We will spend the night in Ghandruk.
Ghandruk to Pokhara - 4 hours trek and 1-hour drive
After spending a cozy night in Ghandruk and having a hot and delicious breakfast in the morning, we will start heading to Naya Pul. It is the same trail that we use to get to Ulleri. We will use it to get down to Birethanti. We descend through staircase paved with stone slabs. It is carved both in and out of the village that goes into terrace farms. The staircase keeps going straight down to Modi Khola river valley without almost any break. Since we will be getting down the stairs, it will not be as difficult as getting up.
After reaching Birenthanti, we will trek another half an hour till we reach Naya Pul. Our thrilling journey will come to an end here. From, Naya Pul we will drive to Pokhara.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Pokhara sightseeing - 4 hours sightseeing
Just as beautiful as the sunrise view from Poon Hill, Sarangkot also offers a jaw-dropping viewpoint to get the mesmerizing scene of the early sunrise and other mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. So, to catch the view, we will leave for Sarankot early in the morning to witness the beauty of the sunrise and the mighty Himalayas as the sun rays hit the snow-capped tip. The beauty of that is something that will surely have a special place in everyone's heart.
Once we complete the sightseeing in Sarangkot, we will head back to Pokhara, where we will have our delicious breakfast and resume our sightseeing tour. Davis Falls is a famous waterfall where water flows into a deep canal with no end. Shiva Cave is another popular destination that is home to the shrine of Lord Shiva. After visiting these places, we will go for some relaxing boating in Phewa Lake and then visit the Barahi temple set in the middle of the lake. After that, we will again go to the International Mountain Museum that keeps the record of all the mountaineering activities in the world, especially the Himalayas.
From here, we will take a tour of the Tibetan refugee camp and see how they produce and trade woolen carpets and other handicraft items. Again, we will also visit the Bindhyabasini temple, the oldest religious shrine in Pokhara. To name a few other attractions of Pokhara, Seti Gandaki Gorge, the World Peace Pagoda, and Old Bazaar are some of them.
We will spend another night in Pokhara.
Fly to Kathmandu - about 30 minutes flight
Today, we will say goodbye to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon. Try to stay on the left side of the plane to get the last close-up view of the Himalayas. Upon arriving in Kathmandu, we will leave for the hotel. You can take some rest if you are worn out or go out to take a stroll of the city, do some shopping or visit some landmark missed on the first day.
In the evening, to celebrate the success of our wonderful trek, we will have a farewell dinner together.
We will spend the night in Kathmandu.
Final Departure - about 30 minutes drive
It is the day where our journey together in Nepal comes to and end for this trek. Our member will drop you to the airport for about 3 hours before the scheduled flight. On your home, you will leave your footprints but take a lot of memories with you.