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Poon hill trek guide

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poon hill trek guide

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So you want to do the Poon hill trek in Nepal, congratulation !
you have chosen the right trek trail in Nepal. Here is the information that you should gain before you go to trek to Nepal
Dhaulagiri view from Ghorepani view from poon hill 3210M, trekkers can see Mt. Dhaulagiri, Dhaulagiri range and Annapurna from here

There are too many ways that people trek to Poonhill trek. Trek to Poon hill is by far the most popular activity in Nepal and the reason why it has been so famous. Poon hill is located at the boundary in the Mygdi and Kaski district border. It is a hill stations with a height of 3210M, to see the whole view of Mt Annapurna and Mt Dhaulagiri and so many other peaks. Poon Hill sunrise view of the snowy rugged Annapurna Himalaya range, was worth every grueling step it took to get there

poon hill trek with trekkers at the background dhaulagiri Mountain

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is a 4-5 day to 8-9 days hike in the Annapurna mountain range of Nepal. It is a easy kind of trek so most of the people can do it. to do this trek it does not require any fitness.

Introduction of the best trekking trail Poon Hill Trekking

Poon Hill trek is very short and very easy trekking which starts from Nayapul and ends at Nayapul mostly.
poon hill trekking is very popular trekking zone which offers a super view of Annapurna Himalayan range and provides an opportunity to interact with local gurung and magar people, their lifestyle, culture, and tradition.
This trek goes through spectacular and magnificent landscapes. it touch marvelous Gurung and Magar villages, observation of lush green Rhododendron, and forests to Ghorepani. Ghorepani 2875m (9435ft.). From Ghorepani trekkers can see the magnificent and very close view of Mt Annapurna 8091m (26545ft), Annapurna South 7219(23684ft)
Ghorepani village and welcome gate with trekkers at the background dhaulagiri Mountain

Ghorepani is a traditional local gurung village, It was a hub point for the traders of Nepal and Tibetan people, who do the business between Nepal and Tibet. It was a traditional salt supplying route of Nepal

Poon Hill trek Overview

Here’s a little bit quick overview Poon hill trek.
Days Required: 4 to 8 days
Altitude: 3210 metres (Highest point)
Best Time To Trek: October to May
Costs: Depending on what kind of person you are. If you go organize trek it is expensive. hiring guide and porter is quite cheaper than organize trek. Going a lone is cheaper one but it is quite strange.
Guide and porters: There is no standard price. you can do negotiations.
Teahouses: prices can be vary from one teahouse to teahouse but are usually they are very cheap.
Food:Set menus are in place for many teahouses by the local tourism management commitee but they are usually cheap.
Water:you can buy the filter water because due to the plastic avoid policy local have avoided mineral water People:Local are generally Gurung and Magar people.

Picture from near ghorepani a view of colorful rhododendron foreest

Why do people love poon hill trek

This is the most popular and easy trekking trail of Nepal as well as comparatively less costly than other routes of Nepal.
It has totally beautiful landscapes as well as green forest in each place that you go. Here are some reason why people love poon hill trek

  • It has a many accommodation and hotel in the route
  • People are so friendly in this route of Poon hill trek
  • It is the easiest trekking trail of Nepal
  • Trekkers can hire horses as well as porter any time they like
  • There are stone paved stairs on the way so it is easier
  • Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Dhaulagiri 8167M, Mt Annapurna 8091M, Annapurna south 7219M, Fishtail(Holy Mountain 7000M) and many other peaks can be seen within a very short distance
  • You can do this trek even with the children
  • Trekkers have to pay just ACCAP Permits as well as TIMS Permits which is just 30$
  • The highest point the Trek is just 3210M from the sea level
  • You can see the biggest forest of rhododendron tree, if you go to February end, March and April whole forest is full of Flowers.
  • Most of the hotel, they have a WI-FI
  • There is a communication everywhere on this trek route

Poon Hill trek Highlights

  • Seven-hour scenic drive to Pokhara on the way you would see trisuli river and rafting at River Trisuli.
  • Splendid fewa Lake which is one of the Largest lake of Nepal and in the middle of Lake there is Hindu Shrine called tal Barahai Temple.
  • Enchanting Sunrise and Panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri to Mt Fishtail from Poon hill (3210m
  • Close up view of Mt Machhapurchhre(6993 meters), Annapurna I(8091meter), Annapurna south (7,219meter), Dhaulagiri ii(7,751meter), Dhaulagiri III 7715meter, Dhaulagiri iv 7662meter, Dhaulagiri V 7618, Gurja Peak 7193 meter.
  • Beautiful terraces with rice field and farmhouse, Friendly Gurung and Magar people and their hospitality

Poon hill trek itinerary

there are various itinerary of poon hill trek. we have put most of them here. you can designed the itinerary by your time.


Options 1: Here is 11 days poon hill trek itinerary which is from your arrival to departure.

Day From To Altitude Time Duration
1 Your Destination Kathmandu 1350 M, 4430 FT. Your time
2 Kathmandu Kathmandu 1350 M, 4430 FT. Full Day
3 Kathmandu Pokhara 800 M, 2625 FT. 7 Hours
4 Pokhara Tikhedhunga 1577 M, 5177 FT. 6 Hours
5 Tikhedhunga Ghorepani 2874 M, 9430 FT. 6 Hours
6 Ghorepani Tadapani 2675 M, 8776 FT. 6 Hours
7 Tadapani Tolka 1650 M, 5413 FT. 7 Hours
8 Tolka Dhampus 1830 M, 6003 FT. 5 Hours
9 Dhampus Pokhara 800 M, 2625 FT. Whole day
10 Pokhara Kathmandu 1350 M, 4430FT 7-8Hours
11 Kathmandu Departure N/A N/A
Options 2: Another one is 6 days poon hill trek This itinerary covers your arrival to departure. Some people also says 4 days poon hill trek to it.

Day From To Altitude Time Duration
1 Your Destination Kathmandu 1350 M, 4430 FT. Your time
2 Kathmandu Tikhedhunga 1577 M, 5177 FT. 5.30 Hours
3 Tikhedhunga Ghorepani 2874 M, 9430 FT. 6 Hours
4 Ghorepani Tadapani 2675 M, 8776 FT. 6 Hours
5 Tadapani Pokhara, Kathmandu 800 M, 2625 FT. Whole day
6 Kathmandu Departure N/A N/A
Options 3: this is 3 days poon hill trek from pokharaThis itinerary does not includes your arrival to departure. 3 days poon hill trek from pokhara is the shortest itinerary. Some people also says 3 days poon hill trek to it.

Day From To Altitude Time Duration
1 Pokhara Tikhedhunga 1577 M, 5177 FT. 5.30 Hours
2 Tikhedhunga Ghorepani 2874 M, 9430 FT. 6 Hours
3 Ghorepani Pokhara 800M 6 Hours

Ghorepani poon hill detail itinerary

I have included the detail itinerary of the first option in detail have a look on it

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu

    This is your first day to Nepal. Stay at a hotel in Kathmandu where there are restaurant nearby

  • Day 02:Sightseeing in Kathmandu

    It is the second day of your Nepal trip. Sightseeing in Kathmandu means you would have an opportunity to explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites and learn about history and cultures of Nepal. it is good to sightssing in kathmandu for a day

  • Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 7 hours Driving

    Early in the morning the bus leaves to Pokhara it takes 7 Hours from Kathmandu. During the drive, you will also see the landscape and Trisuli River Rafting as well.Fewa lake pokhara Fewa Lake pokhara

  • Day 04:Drive from Pokhara to Nayapool 1.30 hours then 4 hours trekking to tikhedhunga

    you can take a private vehicle for the express drive to reach Nayapool. As you arrive in Nayapool Bazaar, we begin your trek to Birethanti. The route winds through lush green forest and finally culminates at Birethanti after Buffalo on the way to poon hill trek with trekkers at the background dhaulagiri Mountain
    walking an hour. In Birethanti we check our permits and walk towards tikhedhunga through the Bank of the river. At first, it would be quite harder to adjust with the warm Climate. We continue our journey to Tikhedhunga passing through several small villages and settlements. Afterward, we ascend gently to the final destination of the day

  • Day 05:Trek to Ghorepani village (2874m) 6 Hours

    Today, you climb up more than three thousand stairs at first to reach Ulleri (2070m.) from Ulleri climb trekking trail of ghorepani poon hill trek Trekking trekking to poon hill trek
    slowly ascend up to Banthanti. During the journey, you will see a fantastic view of Machhapuchhare known as mount Fish Tail (6997m.), mount Hiunchuli (6441m.) Now, our trail is quite easier passing through Rhododendron and shadowy trees and ascends gently up to the final Destination Ghorepani villageFlowers at ghorepani trekking trailRhododendron flowers at the trail of poon hill trek

  • Day 06:Hike to Poon Hill (3210m/10,497 ft) Then Trek to Tadapani (2675 M, 8776 FT) 6 hours

    Today very early in the morning around 4.45 am we hike together to Poon Hill (3210m.) 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.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7995m and other numerous snow-capped mountains in the morning then trek down to Ghorepani. Fogs at hill poon hill trek Fogs at the Deurali hill
    Heaving Breakfast we trek further to Tadapani village passing several tiny villages such as a Deurali, Banthanti, and forest of Rhododendron. the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring when they bloom.

  • Day 07:Tadapani to Tolka village (1650 m), 7 hours

    The trail goes through forest slowly down to Ghandruk about 1 hour then steeply downwards for about an hour to the river, then ascends steeply for about 2-3 hours through scattered villages with beautiful views of the Fishtail from the Tadapani poon hill trekHimalayas as well as Landruk Village. Then we reach the Landruk village after climbing up where you will have also a great view of Hiunchuli 6641 Meter

  • Day 08:Tolka to Dhampus hill station, 5 hours

    After Breakfast, we will climb steps through the forest until Pothana (People start Mardi Himal Trekking from Pothana ie Here ) and walk down to Deurali Villages. Deurali hill station 2500 m gives you pleasant views of mystical Pokhara valley in the south and the Annapurna range in the north. Then you descend downhill walking to Dhampus (1830m), another beautiful Gurung village

  • Day 09:Explore Sunrise and trek descend to Pokhara and Sightseeing.

    After having breakfast we trek down to Pokhara and starts to Sightseeing at Davis Falls, World Peace Stupa, International Mountain Museum and Back to Hotel

  • Day 10:Drive (7 hours) to Kathmandu city

    The morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and during the route will stop for breakfast and lunch.

  • Day 11:Back to your own country

Poon hill trek map

You can get the map anywhere in kathmandu and pokhara. the map cost is around 2$. you can get the map publish by Nepal map house the scale of 1:50000. Here is the sample maps of Ghorepani poon hill trek which includes Annapurna base camp as well Poon hill trek map


How difficult is Poon Hill trek

This is very easy trekking in Nepal. It is suitable for everybody. People who haven’t done any previous trekking before this trek or haven’t done any physical exercise can do this trek easily. It does not require big stamina or perfect body for walking however it has a lot of steps to climb up which needs stamina. Nobody gets altitude sickness in this trek but other problem like diarrhea, food poison, headache, vomiting can occur for another reason.

Tips for the Poon Hill Trek

Here are some tips for you to do this trek with very comfortable ways. they are very essential to you as well

Trekking equipment list for body (For the Body)

  • Bring plenty of local currency (NPR Rupees). You won’t get any card machine on the mountain. 4000-5000 local currency for a single day includes you food and accommodation and drinks
  • bring your toilet paper! you can also get it on trekking trail
  • Tea houses has a electric power. You have to ask them to charge. they will charge you some money
  • WIFI is available in some guesthouses, they also charge the some money for WIFI
  • if you need medical help, doctors and small hospitals can be found in Ghandruk, Ghorepani and Ulleri as well . they are health post.
  • if you need medical help, doctors and small hospitals can be found in Ghandruk, Ghorepani and Ulleri as well . they are health post.
  • The higher you get in the mountains there would be expensive snacks and water as well
  • Bring Two passport size photographs with you on the time required while applying for each entry trekking permit.
  • If you are going trek in the rainy season, keep a close eye out for leeches. They’re everywhere! It is wise to carry a small amount of salt with you.

Get in poon hill trek

Take a taxi to Nayapul 45 KM from Pokhara and then you can start Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. During the season, the taril get’s hundreds of trekkers every day going to Poon Hill. The trek is suitable for everyone those who are not familiar with trekking and those who are looking for a short and easy trek holiday in Nepal. It is a simple trek of 4-5 days and everything is available on the way up. Trekkers have to take plenty of cash because there are no ATM machines available.

Packing list for the poon hill trek

We have listed here some stuff list that are very essential for your ghorepani poon hill trek

Some trekking stuff

  • Four seasons simple Sleeping bag -10 would be preferable ( You can even rent here in Nepal, in tea house they give you enough blanket)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all the gear and this will be carried by the porters.(Please bring the rain cover for it)
  • Daypack for yourself (Bring the small one where you can put your important stuff as well as drinking water)
  • A down Jacket
  • Shade hat or Cap
  • Warm wool hat to cover your ears
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Headlamp, Neck warmer
  • A pair light weight warm gloves.
  • T-shirts 2- 3 pieces quick drying one would be the good.
  • Light weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket.
  • Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • A pair’s nylon hiking shorts quick drying one
  • Underwear
  • some pairs lightweight long underwear.
  • Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
  • Four pairs of liner warm socks
  • medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
  • A pair light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
  • sandal (Optional) or Flip Flop
  • Band-aids
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
  • Detol, Betadin
  • Tape
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.

some other items that makes your trek even better

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  • Sun’s cream with SPF 40 is recommended
  • Pocket knife.
  • Water purification lodine tablets
  • filter to filter the water(optional)
  • Drinking Water Bottle or floatable bottle
  • Toiletry kit and be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • Adjustable trekking poles
  • Favorite snack foods
  • Binoculars, Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)

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