Poon Hill Trek - 3 Days

Trip Facts

  • Jeep-Car
  • 1 to 8
  • 3210 meter/10529 feet
  • Lodge
  • Easy
  • Pokhara
  • Pokhara
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Hill Station Hike
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 4
  • 80
The Poon Hill Trek is recommended among the best short treks in Nepal in the Annapurna region. Poonhill trekking in Nepal is the best short and easy trekking. Among 1000s of Nepal trekking tours Poonhill stands extra. You will be filled with a happiest feeling when you see sun rising over the Annapurna range from the top of Poon hill. This is a relaxing way to get a front seat in the Nepali Mountain. Annapurna Region in general has stunning views of the wide mountain ranges.

Poon Hill trekking will give you a spectacular view of the entire Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri Range which includes 100’s of White Mountains like Mount Machhapuchhre, Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Annapurna, Mt Mardi Himal and many other mountains. This short trek in Nepal will also offer captivating views of the landscape and the vegetation in between where you stand and those White Mountains.

For those who love to be lost in nature, describes this place as a Paradise. Poonhill view of Gandaki river valley is beautiful in between Poonhill trekking trail and the mountains range of Mt Annapurna & Mt Dhaulagiri.

Cultural and spiritual aspect

This trekking will allow you to experience a very diverse range of population from Brahmins to Magars. So, the Poonhill trekking tour region offers you a great chance to interact with the local people, their culture, and tradition. Local tea houses owned by different cast in different destinations will also have great service and different experience in the Himalaya.

The accommodation and meals served in the tea houses are diversified as the person belongs to different tradition and culture, some caste are famous for hospitality and cuisines. If you are looking for different food which is not on the menu ask us for the customization of the trip we will provide a cultural touch in home stay and local lodes.

People and history

The Magar, one of the ethno linguistic groups of Nepal representing 10.0% of Nepal’s total population are resident of the Annapurna Region. The Magars ruled most of the Annapurna area while establishing their own kingdoms in ancient history of Nepal. In the same time when the Khas kingdom called as “baise” or 22 states and  “chaubise” 24 states existed, there was “Bara Magaranth” (12 Magar Kingdoms) located to the east of the Gandaki River meanwhile the “Athara Magaranth” (18 Magar Kingdoms) were located west of the Gandaki River inhabited by the Kham Magars. These people now in the Annapurna region were living here before the existence of Nepal of today’s size.

Some of the kingdom of Magar people were believed to be in Palpa, in the history of Nepal. They are also believed to be the earliest settlers from the north of Nepal. Later in modern age, they mostly served as British or Indian army and few for Nepalese army. People of this region are famous as Gurkas by then.

Also they are well known for their hospitality and cuisines. Their settlement was mainly on the side of salt trading route of Nepal and Tibet by then. For evidence, if you sign up for poon hill trekking tour during October (Nepal observes a big festival of Hindu “DASHAIN”) you will very long herd of goats and sheep being transported to Kathmandu via Tibet. Korolla boarder to China connects this Poonhill trekking trail as a short passage to Kathmandu valley or Pokhara.

People in this region used to depend on animal husbandry and farming before tourism flourished to replace their income source. Now most of the local in Poonhill trekking region are involved as tourism entrepreneurs.

Flora and fauna

Beautiful flowers like rhododendron in varieties of color, Rock anemone, Dandelion, Dwarf snow rhododendron, five finger cinquefoil and Nepalese lily are just a representative of 1000s of flowers during these short treks in Nepal. For bird watching, Ghorepani region is one of the best places as we need to pass through a lush green jungle entering at Banthati to Ghorepani village.

Trekkers will be walking for at least 4 hours inside a dense jungle with a proper trekking trail. You will get to see birds like long tailed Minivet, Black Eagle, Black faced Laughingthrush, Blue fronted Redstart, and many other known and unknown species. Butterflies like Common blue Apollo, Common Sailer, hyuge-blue and many more are beautiful trekking fellas.

Mountains seen during in Poon hill Trek

Mt Macchapuchhre “Fishtail”(6993m) (sacred maountain), Mt Gangapurna (6454m), Mt Hiunchuli (6441m), Mt Annapurna South (7219m), Mt Baraha Sikhar “Fang” (7647m), Mt Annapurna I (8091m), Mt Nilgiri South (6839m), Mt Tent peak (5695m), Mt Dhampus peak, Mt Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Mt Dhaulagiri II (7751m), Mt Dhaulagiri III(7715m), Mt Manapati (6380m), Mt Jibang peak (6062m), Mt Dhaulagiri IV (7661m), Mt Gurja Himal (7193m)

poon hill trek 3 days (Salient Feature)

A-Trekking Days3 Days1st day is short and flat
B-Trip Duration3 DaysFrom Pokhara to Pokhara
C-Highest You will Get3210 metersThis is height of Poonhill trekking
D-Nature of TrekBeginnersShort and easy treks of Nepal
E-Accommodation in TrekTea housesBasic accommodation
F-TransportationTourist BusA/C Bus
G-Trekking Hours Approx.5 Hours4 hours to 7 hours per day
H-Group SizeLess than 5Small group keeps the joy
I-ActivityWalking & Trekking

Why Trek Poonhill?

Being one of the famous Poonhill view point at an altitude below 4000 meters, Poonhill trekking in Nepal replaces the view of Kalapatthar. Poonhill is at altitude of 3210m above sea level where Kalapatthar is at 5545 meters. Although Poonhill trekking is more famous among the beginners for trekking activity, you will get to witness the stunning panoramic view of two of the 8th thousander (Mount Dhaulagiri 8193m and Mt Annapurna 8097m), 13 mountains above 7000 m and 16 others above 6000m above sea level. Also the view of the deep river valley and green hills all around this valley is a beautiful landscape. Sometimes beneath the clouds & trekking inside the cloud makes Poonhill trekking a walk in mystery.

Flowers:

Himalayan Fleabane, Himalayan Edelweiss, Kumaon Iris, Meadow Rue, Scaly rhododendron, Silky Rose, Shrubby Cinquefoil, Nepalese Lily, Dandelion, Black pea, Dwarf snow Rhododendron, Himalayan Edelweiss, Rock Anemone and few others; Rhododendron, Himalayan elder, Oak, Nepalensis Sans, Himalayan Juniper, Himalayan Cedar, Maple tree, Populus Ciliata, Himalayan Hemlock, Silver fir, Wallich’s Yew, Blue pine and others.

Birds:

Long tailed Minivet, Common black eagle, Blue fronted Redstart, Rosedinch, Black faced Laughingthrush,  Yellow Billed Blue Magpie,  Common Kestrel, Eurasian nut cracker, Green backed tits, Hill Partridge, Himalayan Monal, Kalij pheasant, Koklass  pheasant, Large billed crow, Spotted Forktail, Large hawk cuckoo, Bush Robin, Dove and few more.

Butterflies:

Common blue Apollo, Common lemon emigrant, Black striped tiger, Common sailor, Dark blue tiger, Common yellow swallowtail, Common Hedge blue, Dark clouded yellow, Plain tiger, Large cabbage white, Painted lady, Great Satyr, and many more.

Wildlife:

Hog deer, Common deer, Antilope, Grey monkeys, Common Red monkeys, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Sikkim Skink, Liebig’s Paha Frog, Clouded leopard, Common leopard, Leopard cat, Black bear, Orange bellied Himalayan squirrel, Spotted giant flying squirrel, and some others.

Villages along the Poon hill Trekking Trail:

Nayapul  1015m (New bridge), Hile  1497m (Muddy land), Tikhedhunga 1553m(Sharp stone), Ulleri  2017m, Banthanti  2285m (Open rest place in forest), Nangethanti  2670m (Restplace in naked land), Ghorepani  2880m (Water place for horses, and lately its water stop for fair skinned peoples). Trekking to ABC starts from Ghopani village but we trek  back to Ulleri village from the same poon hill trekking route.

Best Time for Poon hill

The Poon Hill trek is open to trekkers all year round. It is just the question of getting there during the best seasons in the perfect weather for the excellent views. But to get the best of this trek, you should choose to trek during the peak seasons. The peak season is   Spring and Autumn . The best months you can trek are from March to May and from September to November. You, however, should pre-book your rooms on all of the night stops. The trails and tea houses will be busy with activity as it is the most preferred season.

If you are a person who wants to walk on a quiet trail on your own pace, you can choose the off season – winter or Monsoon. Winter in Nepal is cold and monsoon is rainy. Poon hill trail will be much emptier and so will the tea houses. You can choose among the tea houses you like after you get to the destinations, till the year 2017 AD. You will have to carry a raincoat and a little extra clothing for these seasons because of the dramatic mountain weather. Also these seasons are for those who love flowers and bird watching and taking photographs of butterflies.

How will we get to Poon hill trekking starting point?

Firstly we take bus to Pokhara by Tourist bus which will take 6-7 hrs with normal traffic or you can take a flight to Pokhara which will take just 35mins from TIA, Kathmandu. Then on the second day there will be a private transfer to the trekking start point Nayapul which take 1hrs 30 mins. The type of the vehicles depends on the size of the group. Then we will be walking for next 2 days until we get back to Ulleri from where we will take jeep to Pokhara. It takes like 3 hours to get to Pokhara.

Personel Expenses

All your transportation and 3 meals & a good morning tea/coffee will be included in Poonhill trek cost. Other drinks like beer or juice will not be included in the Poonhill trekking cost. If you like to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at the time of launch and dinner it will be on your personnel expenses.

You need to pay for snacks and desserts. Yeah we will provide you fresh fruits after every dinner. You have to buy filtered water or hot water. Price of stuff in the mountains goes on increasing getting higher. You need to pay for wifi, battery charge and hot showers in most of the places while trekking in Nepal. Normally 2000 Nepalese rupee a day is recommended.

Overview

Poon Hill Trek is an exciting short trek of Nepal. Poon Hill Trek helps people to see the Annapurna Range up close in a limited time so, is a perfect trekking package for the trekkers who want wide spectra of mountain in short amount of time. The mountain vista from the top of Poon Hill viewpoint is no less than other Kalapatthar in Everest Base Camp. It is also perfect for the trekker who cannot trek up to high altitudes due to several reasons. Poon hill trek itinerary can be customized to fit the mountain flight for Everest tour, which had added extra value on this 3 days trekking.

Recommended thing to bring with you

If you are a beginner trekker these tips will be of huge help. If you a professional trekker you can use them as a checklist.

  • Leave the luxury items behind, Try to make your bag as light as possible.
  • Rain gears and waterproof hiking shoes (compulsory in case you are trekking in the Monsoon season).
  • Keep raincoats and backpack cover in an accessible (might be your daypack) place in case you face sudden rainfall.
  • Carry at least one trekking pole irrespective of the season. It will save your knees. Bad could be the result of your walking on uneven trails.
  • In case you are walking during the warm weathers make sure you are carrying lightweight, sweat absorbent clothing.
  • Carry anti-bug ointment to keep the leech, bugs, and mosquitoes at bay for summer trekking in Nepal.
  • Carry all your personal items like toothbrush, paste, and sunscreen.
  • Make sure you have packed all the medicines you use daily or recommended by your doctor even for this short trek in Nepal. You can buy the general medicines in Nepal as well. Nepalgram guide will be carrying the general medicines tool box, but it’s better to bring your prescribed medications from home.
  • If you choose to travel during the peak season, make sure you have advance bookings in the hotel. If you are trekking in a package trip your guide will take care of all of these things. So, you will not have to rush through the trails to get a bed or space to sit in the warm dining.
  • Carry a water bottle or water bag to help you to stay hydrated throughout the trekking in Nepali hills. 3-4 liters a day is recommended to drink and keep you hydrated.
  • Carry extra batteries for your cameras and head lamp.
  • Do not forget to enjoy each and every moment of the short trek Poon hill.

Our poon hill trek route

  1. Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul.     1017m      2 hrs
    Hike from Nayapul to Hile.              1497m      3 hrs
  2. Trek from Hile to Ghorepani.            2880m    6-7 hr
    early hike to Poonhill for sunrise.     3210m     45 min
  3. Trek down to Ulleri.                              2017m     3hrs
    Drive from Ulleri to Pokhara.             870m        3 hrs

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Major things to see in Poonhill Trek

  • Wide Mountain Range View from Poonhill
  • Sunrise/Sunset from Poonhill and from Ghorepani Village itself
  • Widest view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range
  • Jungle walk (walking through Rhododendron Forest)
  • Ghorepani village Tour
  • Pokhara (a lake city in Nepal)
  • Sacred Mountain Mt Fishtail (from Pokhara & from Poonhill-same mountain looks different from 2 different places)

Poon hill Trek 3 Days Itinerary in Detail

Day 1
Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Hile(1440m); 4 hours approx, Poon Hill Trekking Begins.

After breakfast we will leave for Nayapul passing Sarangkot, poon hill trekking begins. Sarangkot is this place from where the paragliders take off their flight and also you will get amazing views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail and also the lake and the city. Nayapul which literally means ‘new bridge’ in nepali is our starting point and after walking less than 2km we will get to Birethanti which is check in and out point for the trekkers trekking around Annapurna Conservation Area. After making poon hill entry, we will be walking by lush green country side hiking along Burungdi khola which take 4 hrs. to Hile at 1440m. Hile will be stop place for tonight.

Day 2
Trek from Hile to Ghorepani(2880m); 7 hours approx.

After crossing some terrace fields we will get to Tikhedhunga which literally means ‘sharp stone’ in Nepali from where e trail initially descends down to the river to cross a suspension bridge. Then the trail ascends for 550mit’s all steps, which is famous as 3500 big steps up to Ulleri. Steps start right after a suspension bridge.
Ulleri is the biggest Magar settlement around this region. You will get a stunning view of Annapurna south and Hiuchuli towards north from Banthanti. After 2 hrs. walk to the North we will get to Nangethanti which literally means “naked rest place". Most of the trekkers have lunch at this place for today. We will be walking through oak and rhododendron forest.
After lunch its 2 hours easy climb to get to Ghorepani village through rhododendron forest. When you get to the welcome gate; don’t get confused, its lower Ghorepani and after walking for another 20 minute we will get to Ghorepani. We will walk more steps. Ghorepani literally means “water place for horses “. This poon hill trekking route used to be a trading route for the traders trading Himalayan salt, yak products and souvenir from Tibet to the nearest cities. When you get to the teahouse you will get the amazing poon hill view of the valley with mountains popping out behind the hills. Believe it or not you will get shocked with the beauty of the nature in front of you.

Day 3
Early hike to Poonhill (3210m) & trek down to Ulleri village and drive back to Pokhara; 5 hours approx..Poon hill trek ends

In the early morning we will start our hike to Poonhill (3210m) for sunrise. Catching the sun rise from Poon hill is breathtaking. To witness this fabulous moment you will have to trek to Poon Hill at the crack of the dawn for approximately 1.5 hours.
The entire region is surrounded by snow-capped peaks rising above the horizon. Trail to Poonhill is all steps through the rhododendron forest. Poon hill Trekking in Nepal during fall gives interesting scenery of rhododendron forest in varieties of color, so does this poon hill trekking trail. Once you get to the top of Poonhill; this is going to be the maximum elevation you are climbing on this trek. From here you will see a very beautiful view of the mountains in dawn.
When 1st ray of the sun hits the snow on top of mountains, golden hour kicks off. You are going to see two of the 8th thousander mt Dhaulagiri (8163m) and Mt Annapurna I (8091m) , also you will witness the beauty of Mt Fishtail (Macchapuchhre), mt Nilgiri, mt Gangapurna and many others. Also being listed on best viewpoint around the world, Poonhill trek is one of the sunrise trek in Nepal you don’t want to miss. After sunrise we will head back to teahouse for breakfast. Then we will be taking the same trail down to Ulleri. From Ulleri we will take a jeep which will get us to the hotel to Pokhara.
Overnight at LakeSide Pokhara
Time has come the end of the trekking and farewell with you. Thank you for being our friend for 3 days poon hill trek. Wish you all the best for rest of the travel hoping to see you soon.

Cost of Poon hill Trek - General Inclusions

  • All your meals (Breakfast with tea or coffee, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Necessary paper works (ACAP) entry permit & Trekker`s information management system (Tims).
  • Fluent English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking.
  • A Strong, helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people), if u need.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit). Oxygen saturation will be checked every night to assure your safety.
  • All government taxes and office expenses.
  • Card processing fee for online payable amount
  • Added Value - (1) Dawn sleeping bag, Dawn Jacket to be returned after the trek (2) Waterproof duffel Bag, Walking Poles, quick dry T-shirt, Cap - to take away (3) Oxymeter to check your oxygen saturation and Heart beat with medical kit box carried by Guide (4) Satellite Phone for extremely remote destination

Cost of Poon hill Trek - General Exclusions

  • Your Travel and medical insurance.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic hot and cold drinks, except tea or coffee with breakfast.
  • Things not listed on the inclusion detail.
  • Gratitude for the guide, porter and driver (Expect for lead guide).

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Poon hill Trekking Trip Info

  • Jeep-Car
  • 1 to 8
  • 3210 meter/10529 feet
  • Lodge
  • Easy
  • Pokhara
  • Pokhara
  • Autumn (March to May) & Autumn (Aug to Nov)
  • In Person
  • Hill Station Hike
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner
  • English/Chinese/Hindi
  • 4
  • 80

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