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The Poon Hill trek is a very popular short trek in the Annapurna region. It is also known as the small Annapurna Circuit Trek. The trail leads us through idyllic villages and beautiful rhododendron forests. In the spring time (March –April) when the rhododendron trees are blooming in different colors the place truly looks like a paradise on earth. The absolute highlight of the trek is the morning hike to Poon Hill (3.210 m) for a breathtaking sunrise with the view on the whole Annapurna range with their magnificent peaks of Dhaulagiri (8.167 m), Annapurna I (8.091 m), Machhapuchhre (6.998 m), and many others.

The Poon Hill trek is an easy trek but there are of course some ups and downs on the way. Especially the ascent to Ulleri with more than 3000 stone steps is challenging but good to manage as it requires only a basic fitness.

The Poon Hill trek takes 7 days. Depending on your available time I can shorten the trek to 5 days. The itinerary presented here shows 7 days, starting from Pokhara.

The lodges on the Poon Hill trek offer extensive menus, ranging from the typical Nepali dahl bath (rice with lentils) to pizza’s and spaghetti. Hot showers are available at most of the places.

We start in the early morning in Pokhara and take a local bus or taxi to Nayapul. It takes around 1 hour to reach Nayapul. From Nayapul we walk around 6 hours with a short lunch break and reach our destination in Ulleri (1940 m) in the late afternoon. On the way to Ulleri, we are passing typical Nepali villages and beautiful terraced rice fields. The last part of the walk is quite challenging as we have to climb up approx. 3.200 stone steps! We have dinner at a nice lodge and stay there overnight.

Today's trail is slightly easier than the way to Ulleri the day before. We walk through amazing rhododendron forests, pass beautiful waterfalls and cross little bridges. After lunch in Nangethati, we continue our walk towards Ghorepani (2750 m) and reach the beautiful, blue village in the late afternoon. From Ghorepani, we have a great view on the magnificent Dhaulagiri (8167 m) – our first over 8000 m peak on that trek. We stay overnight in a lodge and have dinner there.

We get up very early in the morning and climb up to Poon Hill (3210 m) to see the breathtaking sunrise with the view on Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, and the complete Annapurna range. After sunrise, we walk back to Ghorepani and have breakfast there. After breakfast, we continue walking through beautiful rhododendron forests, alongside wild creeks and waterfalls. We reach Tadapani (2590 m) in the late afternoon. We stay overnight in a lodge and have dinner there.

Our today’s destination is Ghandruk village (1.940 m) also known as the most beautiful village in Nepal. The trail takes us through great rhododendron and oak forests. This part of the trek is a paradise for birth watchers. We will see and hear many of them. After 3 hours we arrive in Ghandrunk – the home of Gurung people. After lunch, we have free time to visit the handicraft center and Gurung museum, where we can learn a lot about their culture. We stay overnight in a lodge.

The first part of the trail takes us steep down till to the Modi Khola river. After crossing the bridge stone staircase takes us up again. We walk through many small villages, along with beautiful terraces of rice and millet. We pass Landruk village and then taking a pretty flat and pleasurable trial we finally arrive at Tolka (1.700 m). We spend the night in a lodge.

After breakfast, we start our trek with one hour of a gentle walk to Bichhik and then the trail takes us steeply up to Deurali (2.100 m). We enjoy the view of different peaks while the trek gradually descends to Pothana. We pass beautiful forest and green fields. After another half an hour we reach Australian Base Camp (2.165 m). From here we can enjoy a breathtaking view of the peaks of Annapurna range. We stay overnight in Australian Base Camp.

We start the last day of our trek with a beautiful sunrise and a breathtaking view over the Annapurna range. After breakfast, we walk about one hour to reach Khade. From Khade we take a jeep or taxi back to Pokhara.

You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this list as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of the trip, and season of the trip. We can find a variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. The majority of the gears which are for sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and some gears found here are imported from China and are obviously of better quality. We can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.

Many of the personal climbing gears can be hired in the base camp as well, however, the quality of equipment at base camp can be not as high as those found in Kathmandu to hire. Further, it will be better to remember that at the start of the trek, apart from our day pack, our luggage that will be carried by porters. Since luggage has weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg.

Head:

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands:

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories:

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping items dry inside trek bag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries

  • 1 medium sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Antibacterial hands wash

Extras :

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guidebook
  • Journal & Pen
  • Walkman
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble.
Cost Includes
Airport pick up and Drop by private car/van/bus.
Two nights standard accommodation in Kathmandu (on the arrival day and after the trekking).
Your standard meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trekking.
All necessary paper works and conservation entry permits.
Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule by bus.
All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
The arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
All government taxes.
Cost Does Not Include
International airfare and Nepal visa fee.
Excess baggage charges with a domestic flight.
Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu.
Emergency rescue and medical expenses.
Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills personal porters.
Tips for the trekking crew.
Other optional trips/activities and sightseeing if required.