POON HILL TREK - TREKKING IN THE FAMOUS GURKHA REGION
Difficulty level: Easy
Detailed pricing below
Poon Hill Trek is famous for majestic panoramic views of the Dhaulagiri massif and Annapurna Ranges, as well as ancient rhododendron forests. All the comfortable lodging facilities, family-run tea houses, and Nepali restaurants on the way only add unique more charm to it.
This short trek offers pleasant forest walk, vistas of glowing sunrise and sunset,and a diverse flora and fauna exploration. Once you reach the peak of the trek you will be so close to the mountains you will feel you can almost touch them. However, it is not all just about the mountains. While trekking Poon Hill, you will be surrounded by unique rural Nepalese lifestyle and culture difficult to experience so closely elsewhere. If you are a beginner or trek enthusiasts, this is a perfect ideal trek to do.
Day 1: Kathmandu (1310 m) - Pokhara (827 m)
Transfer by bus/plane from Kathmandu. Rest and preparation for the trek.
Day 2: Pokhara (827 m) - Nayapul (1020 m) - Tikhedhunga (1555 m) 7/8 hrs
Traveling through beautiful hillside village of Naudanda gives great views of Pokhara city, Phewa Lake and majestic views of famous Fishtail, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri range. An hour drive drops us at Nayapu from wherel we leave the highway and follow the off-road trail via junction checkpoint Birethanti (1055 m). The trail following Burundi river takes us to the villages of Hile (1505 m) and Tikhedhunga (1555 m). Rural Nepali countryside featuring Gurung settlements and culture will be on display today.
Day 3: Tikhedhunga (1555 m) - Ghorepani (2882 m) 6/7 hrs
Climbing slightly more challenging steps of Ulleri might be rather tricky for some, so prepare yourself to break the sweat. After passing the village of Ulleri trail changes and we start heading up. Starting at Banthanti (a lovely tea house set in the forest) we walk through beautiful dark oak and rhododendron woodland with nice tea stalls and lodges offering welcoming and much needed refreshments along the way.
The further up we climb the more breathtaking the views get on the way. At this stage we will be surrounded by silver-lined mountains, deep green forests, views of small rivers and solitary terraced farms owned by Magar-Poon clans. Ghorepani, once a watering spot for horses of salt traders will live up to its name (rest point for a foreigner) as it is where we will be finishing today's trek.
Day 4: Poon Hill (3210 m) - Tadapani (2700 m) 6/7 hrs
Being an early bird will be a must today as we will be heading up the final steps to catch a full sunrise over the Himalaya. You will be able to admire a breathtaking views of some of the tallest mountains in the world while sipping on your favourite hot drink from a local tea shop - a morning does not get much better than this! In the northern corner just below Mt. Dhaulagiri (8193 m) and Nilgiri (7061 m) lies world’s deepest Dana Valley. Annapurna I (8893 m), Annapurna South (7219 m) ranges in the east and the beautiful holy mountain Machhapuchhre (Fishtail,6993 m) to the southeast.
If you visit Poon Hill in between March and May, you will certainly be astonished by colorful blooms of Nepal’s national flower-Rhododendron. We will have plenty of time there to enjoy the views and wander around. After breakfast we start heading back down via the village of Tadapani to the eastern side of Ghorepani feeling like being on a rollercoaster with passing by many rolling hills on the way. The Gurung Hill will offer spectacular views of the mountain ranges.
Note: If you are pressured for time you can also go all way down to Birethanti and drive back to Pokhara the same day.
Day 5: Tadapani (2700 m) - Ghandruk (1980 m) 4/5 hrs
The view of Annapurna South from Tadapani seems like as if King Kong is standing in front of you. It sheer size and closeness of the mountain gives respect to everyone passing by. Today's walk will be about a short descent to the village of Ghandruk -The second largest and the oldest Gurkha settlement. It may not be the biggest Gurkha village but it surely feels like the ethnic capital with its beautiful slate roofs and living culture is surely becoming the main attraction for both local and foreign visitors.
The village has been proudly preserving their tradition by establishing two local museums.Their social reform, started by local Aama Samuha (Mothers'Group), has become the social ideal all over Nepal. If you would like to embrace the inner child inside you then the locals will happily teach you how to play the traditional local game of Rodhi, sing nepali Salaijo and show you the rhythms of local dance moves. Last but not least, we will be able to spot the Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain from here.
Note: Again if pressured for time you can walk further down to Kimche where you can catch a jeep/bus to Pokhara via junction point Birethanti (1055 m).
Day 6: Back to Pokhara (827 m) approx: 8 hrs
Visit this queen city, go boating on Phewa Lake, paraglide from Sarankot, discover caves, waterfalls, and stupas or just relax by Lakeside.
Day 7: Back to Kathmandu (1300 m)
You can either catch a flight or take the bus back to Kathmandu. While in the country's capital you can admire local architecture, buy Nepali thankas and other unique souvenirs at local bazaars, or if you feel you still haven't had enough exercise you can go on a mountain bike trip around the city.
CALCULATION FOR 2 PEOPLE SHARING
TIMS Card: $20 per person
ACAP permit: $20 per person
Permit total: $40 per person
Guide service: $45 per day, total per trek 45 × 7 = $315
porter service: $20 per day, total per trek 20 × 7 = $140
Accommodation per day: $5 for twin normal room ×7 = $35
It means $18per person on share basis
Need an en-suite bathroom? add an extra $10- $15 per day
Breakfast: around $ 5 × 7 = $35
Lunch: around $ 7 ×7 = $49
Dinner: around $ 7 ×7 = $49
Total meals with tea, water = $134
All ground transport in tourist bus/shared jeep: $100
Note: prices of flights to/from Pokhara vary - please contact for details
Guide, porter service: $228 (315+140 = 455/2)
Accommodation: Food: $134
Total cost approximately $535 per person
Guide services costs
- 1-3 clients - $ 45 per day
- 4-7 clients - $ 55 per day
- 7- 10 clients - $ 60 per day
- 10 + clients - $ 70 per day
What do we offer for you?
Excellent English speaking guide and porter
Arrangement of all trekking documents
Arrangement of domestic air tickets
Arrangement of all accommodation for the trek