Poon Hill trek is one of the most popular in Annapurna region, because its moderate category makes it accessible and doable for most people. This trek offers great scenery and does not go really high as the highest point is at 3,210m/10,530ft.
The main attraction of this trek is the view point of Poon Hill which provides a spectacular panoramic view over the Himalayas including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and Manaslu ranges among others. Being popularly known as the photographer's paradise, here you can capture some of the best snaps of impressive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. We will also witness a spectacular sunrise over the mountain panorama that will leave lasting impressions for years to come as we get to observe the snow-capped mountains awakening to the orange and red hues of the rising sun.
In addition to that, Poon Hill Trekking will also let you witness terraced slopes, warm villages, beautiful paddy fields, and wonderful culture and lifestyle of ethnic people like Gurungs, and Magars. The trails leads mainly through ancient Rhododendron forests, thickly covered in moss. Rhododendron trees can be seen blooming in spring, around March-April. We also pass through the traditional Gurung village of Ghandruk which gives us a glimpse into a local life. A visit to Little Paradise teahouse located on a ridge between two mountains is a perfect ending to this picturesque trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal.
We start trekking from Nayapul and the first day is an easy days’ walk through a wide trail with gentle and gradual uphill climb. We stay in Hille in a small teahouse known for some great entertainment provided by the owner, who just loves to show off his dance skills in front of spectators. Soon music will be blasting as Dipendra’s greatest joy is to delight his guests with his Hindi movie star-like dance moves. The next day is a steep climb to Bhanthanti followed by another day of walking through lush forests until we reach Ghorepani, one of the larger Gurung villages in Annapurna region. From here we walk up to Poon Hill at the break of dawn to catch the mesmerizing vista of the sun rising over the snow capped giants, casting a red glow on the mountain tops.
From here we follow on to Tadapani through forest paths, from here we still get great mountain views. Next day brings us to a charming little tea house nestled away from the main trekking trail, but providing for a very memorable stay for our guests. We are welcomed by Manoj and his family, who run this place with their cattle, dogs, rabbits and chickens and who grow most of their food in their back garden along with many flowers and fruit trees. We have stunning mountain views from here as well and we have an option to stay one more day in this paradise. On our way down from here we pass through the Gurung village of Ghandruk, which gives us another glimpse into traditional local life.
|Best Season||:||Sep - May|
|Trekking Duration||:||8 Days|
|Trekking Grade||:||II (Moderate Trek)|
|Maximum Altitude||:||3,210m / 10,530ft|
|Destination||:||Poon Hill view point|
|Trip Route||:||Pokhara - Hille - Ulleri - Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani - Kot Danda - Ghandruk - Shyauli Bazaar - Pokhara|
|Trip Style||:||Lodge / Tea House|
|Group Size||:||Min. 2 People|
|Starting From||:||Kathmandu, Pokhara and Nayapul|
|Ending Point||:||Shyauli Bazaar, Nayapul and Pokhara|
|Culture||:||Local communities with ethnic majority of Gurung, Tamang & Chhetri|
|Mode of Trekking||:||Tea house style (lodge trek)|
|Himalayan Sights||:||Dhaulagiri Range & Annapurna Range: Himchuli, Machhapuchhare, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Manasalu, Annapurna I, II & III, Annapurna South|
|Highlight||:||Extremely Varied Landscapes, Rice-Terraces, River Valleys, Sunrise, Sunset, Dense Rhododendron and Oak Forest, Water Falls, Local Flora & Fauna|
|01||Kathmandu - Pokhara|
|Early morning tourist coach transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During the drive you will already have stunning views over the mighty Himalaya massifs as well as green hills and dramatic river valleys. Overnight stay in Pokhara. Preparation activities for yoga trek - detailed briefing, last minute shopping and packing.|
|02||Pokhara - Nayapul - Hille 1,495m/4,905ft||4hr trek|
|We will start trekking from Nayapul after a 1.5 hour drive with a private vehicle from Pokhara. After 15 minutes short walk along the bank of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti a large village that has a few shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village. The trail follows the north bank of the Burungdi river. From there, the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille. Today's walk offers a short and relatively easy day during the journey, which allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal.|
|03||Hille - Bhanthanti 2,250m/7,380ft||3.5hr trek|
|Leaving Hille, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2,070m/6,790ft. We have to tackle a steep stone stair climb so we take our time with that. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendron towards Banthanti where we spend the night.|
|04||Bhanthanti - Ghorepani 2,860m/9,385ft||3.5hr trek|
|Today we trek towards Nangethanti, still walking through a dense forest of rhododendron and oak. Here we take a break and rest a little in a nice setting. After another hour of walking from here, we will finally reach Ghorepani which is an interesting place with small shops and stalls selling local products and crafts. The village has two parts: upper part and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel cooler temperatures, especially in the evenings and mornings.|
|05||Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani or Chuile 2,600m/8,530ft||7hr trek|
|Very early in the morning around 4am, we start an hour hike to Poon Hill at elevation of 3,210m/10,530ft. If the weather is clear we can expect a brilliant spectacle as this vantage point provides superb views of sunrise over the high Himalayas, including the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Fish Tail (Machhapuchhare) mountain ranges.
In Poon Hill we will spend about 2 - 3 hours and we return to Ghorepani where we have a hot breakfast and continue our trek to Tadapani or Chuile village from where we can get views of Annapurna South, Annapurna II, Fishtail and other mountains.
|06||Tadapani/Chuile - Kot Danda 2,000m/6,560ft||3.5hr trek|
|Gentle days trek through beautiful green scenery. We arrive in Little Paradise - a true secluded paradise among the mountainous scenery where you can relax and enjoy peace and quiet. This local family owned teahouse has a very large and beautiful open garden area with flowers and trees, where chickens and friendly dogs roam free. They have rabbits and cows too and most vegetables are grown in their own organic garden. This beautiful property is located on a ridge between two mountains, offering great mountain views on one side and a stunning view over the valley on another side. Facilities are simple and the surroundings are superb.|
|07||Kot Danda - Shyauli Bazaar 1,220m/4,000ft||4hr trek|
|Today we have a choice to remain in Little Paradise for a day's relaxation and yoga or to continue down to Shyauli Bazaar. Trail goes all the way down, passing through Gurung village of Ghandruk with wonderful mountain views. We’ll come down to the level of the river Modi Khola at Shyauli Bazaar, from here we can still see the Fishtail mountain.|
|08||Shyauli Bazaar - Pokhara||2hr or 4hr trek, 2hr drive|
|If walking from Kot Danda, we descend to Ghandruk in 3 hours, have some lunch in the village, admire the mountain views and continue one hour further and get a jeep to Pokhara from lower part of Ghandruk village (2.5hr drive).
If walking from Shyauli Bazaar, we have an easy short walk of 2 hours back to Nayapul and a 1.5 hr drive to Pokhara. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
Note: Each day & trek is different, depending on a number of factors ranging from availability of some facilities and trail conditions to the general pace of the whole group. Exact timetable cannot always be followed and would in fact destroy the free and easy going atmosphere of the trek that you have come along to enjoy. Therefore the following schedule serves as a general guideline only.
On your request we can arrange an extension of your holiday and there are many activities you can choose from, depending on your personal preferences. Here is what we can help you arrange:
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Pokhara is a paradise for paragliding, on one side towering snow-capped mountains, on the other side a stunning lake surrounded by hills and terraced fields. Such landscapes are sure to take your breath away as you glide through the air seamlessly like a bird in flight. Tandem flights are perfect for beginners, a 30min adventure that gives you a taste of thermal lifts and even some acrobatics if you’re keen. Cross country is the next step with a 60min flight that takes you higher and further. All flights start from Sarankot hill, nearby Pokhara.
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Pokhara offers a range of ultralight flight experiences. The shortest flight is just 15min and it takes you around Pokhara Valley with a mountain panorama view. A 30min flight can take you around the valley and also bring you close and personal with the Fishtail Mountain.
The 60min flight takes you into the heart of the mountains, where you will fly in between the Himalayan mountain ranges for a once in a lifetime experience and an incredible vantage point to snap some stunning photos.
Mountain flights operate from Kathmandu airport and once you take off you don't have to wait long before you see spectacular mountain views beneath you. You get to fly over the highest mountain ranges in the world and you will also see what Mt Everest looks like from above. This is as close as you can get to the world's tallest mountain without trekking. This flight is operated in a 17 seater Beech aircraft and everyone gets a window seat, the flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
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|DATE OF CANCELLATION||CHARGE INCURRED|
|60 days or more before departure||Loss of deposit|
|59 - 21 days before departure||50% of services booked|
|Less than 21 days before departure||80% of services booked|
Please note no refunds will be made if you voluntarily or involuntarily leave the trip for any reason after the trip has begun. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals and any other services not utilized. Under no circumstance will there be a refund of any kind if you don't show up on the trip departure date or if you leave the trip after the trip has started for any reasons.
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In the event of cancellation of the booked trip due to reasons out of our control, you are free to reschedule your trip or take an alternative trip of the same category. While rescheduling the trip, you will receive the full credit from your previously booked trip, and you will only pay the difference amount between old and new prices if the price increases for the rescheduled departure. Refunds are not possible in such circumstances but credit transfer is offered. toward an alternative trip within 24 months.
Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt Ltd shall not be liable to refund any additional expenses that you may have incurred (such as flight costs, insurance, accommodation and any other costs).
4. Change of itinerary due to reasons beyond our control
Travelling in Nepal requires a degree of flexibility, good humour and understanding as unforeseen changes to the itinerary, modes of transportation and accommodation can occur at any time. Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt. Ltd shall not be responsible for any changes in the itinerary due to unavoidable circumstances such as government restriction, extreme weather, road blockage, political unrest, flight cancellation or delay, sickness or accident, any natural disaster (earthquake, landslide, flood, snowfall, avalanche, etc) or any other circumstances beyond our control. The given itinerary is an indication of what the group should accomplish, but not a contractual obligation. No refunds are given for unused services or unrealized dreams. But we will always do our best to keep your itinerary unchanged as much as possible.
If a domestic flight is part of the itinerary at the end of the trip (ie Jomsom-Pokhara or Lukla-Kathmandu) and the flight becomes cancelled or delayed, the guest is responsible to bear all additional expenses incurred including food and accommodation costs. If you wish to make alternative arrangements such as helicopter flight to avoid international flight delays, all additional cost would be your responsibility. Moreover, Purna Yoga & Treks does not accept any responsibility for costs incurred as a result of missed international flights, but would assist to make alternative transport arrangements wherever possible.
5. Risk & Liabilities
Your safety is our number one priority and the tour leaders have an authority to make changes in the itinerary based on their risk assessment due to weather or trail conditions while the trek is in progress. Purna Yoga & Treks Pvt Ltd will not be liable for any accident, injury, health problem, emotional distress or any other health condition suffered by the client during the trip. Our packages do not include any kind of personal insurance so it is guests' own responsibility to purchase travel insurance from their own country before their trip starts. Similarly Purna Yoga & Treks will not be liable for any loss or damage of property, lost or stolen valuables or luggage.
Personal travel insurance is not included in the prices quoted. While every effort is made to ensure the safety of all participants at all time, it is a condition of booking that you take out a personal travel insurance policy. To protect against unforeseen circumstances it is advisable to take a comprehensive travel insurance cover from your own country and before your arrival to Nepal. Such insurance should cover personal injury, medical expenses, death, repatriation expenses, land and helicopter rescue from high altitude (up to the max altitude of your trek - please check this carefully with your insurance provider before booking).
We also recommend that the insurance cover includes trip cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
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