Poon Hill Trekking

Poon Hill trek is located in the Annapurna region  of Western Nepal, known for some of the best  trekking in Nepal . It is a short venture  rich in nature’s diversity. This trek offers  amazing mountain scenery and charming villages inhabited particularly by the Indigenous people of Gurung and Magar.You will pass through dense rhododendron forests,  sub-tropical valleys, mossy forests and  icy water falls where you can stop to cool your face. Around every corner are exciting glimpses of  high mountains, whole horizons  revealed to you as you reach the high point of your trek- all around the Annapurnas with the pictorial peak of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) dominating the skyline.

One of the main highlights of this trip is to make a climb on Poon Hill early  in the morning, possibly the most magnificent mountain view on the earth. When sun rises, it touches the snow-capped summits of the Himalayan giant, Dhaulagiri (8,167m./26951 ft.) and Annapurna (8,091m./26700ft.) along with a web of other peaks, that gradually appear like magic in front of your eyes—a sight hard to believe.

During  the journey, you will see a wide variety of wildlife, natural beautiy, local people's life style, typical homes, and breathtaking views  with each & every footstep. 

Fact of this trek
Trip Duration      5 days trek
Max. Altitude: 3210m/10593 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 1030m./3399 ft.
Grade: Easy
Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast
Transportation: Tourist bus
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 2 persons (minimum) to 20 persons (maximum)
Best season: Feb, March, April, Sep,Oct & Nov.
Available Time: All months
Per day hiking: 4 to 6 hours

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Pokhara-Nayapul by drive- Trek to Ulleri ( 1900m./6270ft.) 4 hours walk
Drive an hour to Nayapul( 1050 m./3465ft.) by overland then trek to Ulleri  then stay there over night at lodge with breakfast.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 2: Ulleri-Banthanti-Nangethanti-Ghorepani ( 2800m./9240ft.) 5 hours walk
Trek to Ghorepani then stay there overnight at  lodge  with breakfast.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 3: Ghorepani –Deurali-Banthanti- Tadapani ( 2650m./8745ft.) 5 hours walk
Wake up early morning, have morning tea/coffee then climb Poon hill(3210m./10593 ft.) 45 minutes just with day pack  to see the sunrise and panoramic view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail and other Himalayas. After hot tea/coffee then climb down to same hotel. After breakfast trek to Tadapani 5 hours walking then stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 4: Tadapni-Bhasikharka-Ghandruk Village ( 1980m./6534ft.) 3 hours walk
Trek to Ghandruk then stay there overnight at lodge with breakfast. This day you will see Gurung people (one of the ethnic groups of Nepal ) who have their own dialect, typical culture, temple, costume, and life style. This village is possibly the most popular tourist destination that offers beautiful mountain views.

Meals included : Breakfast

Day 5: Ghandruk- Nayapul-Pokhara ( 1400m./4620ft.) 3 hours drive

Trek down to Kiwei an hour then drive to pokhara via nayapul an hour then stay at hotel on your choice.  

Meals included : Breakfast

Trek Ends

Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP)

The provision of  ACAP is to maintain and build local tourism infrastructure and preserve the nature.  Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)  permit is necessarily required for this trip. It can be obtained from government registered trekking company as Nepal alternative treks & Expeditions.  It's fee is fixed by NTNC Rs. 2260 ( Two thousand two hundred sixty rupees) per person to Mardi himal Trekking. You can not obtain along the entry point, they may return you without carrying ACAP permit. You need passport copy, one passport size photograph and fee in Rs. 2260 ( two thousand two hundred sixty rupees) or equivalent  in cash to apply the permit. This permit you can use only single entry in the area but no limitation of period.

Trekker's information Management System ( TIMS)

The main aim of TIMS has come into implementation from Jan.2008.  Trekking agency's association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal tour tourism board (NTB) has jointly recording the trekker's detail and issuing TIMS for trekkers.

TIMS can be applied through Government registered trekking agency as Nepal alternative treks. TIMS fees are $ 20 for individual trekkers and $ 10 for organized trekker. It also can be obtained departments of TAAN and NTB in Kathmandu and Pokhara . You are required passport copy, one passport size photograph and the amount $ 20 for individual and $ 10 for company joined in cash.

Trekking Clothing equipment for Poon hill Trekking

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters. 

- Light weight pants, shorts

- At night -track top, pants 

-  T-shirts. 

- Long sleeve shirt, if susceptible to sunburn. 

- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes. 

- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton 

- Vaseline for feet and crutch.

- Water bottle - 2 liters.

- Sunglasses and strap 

- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch

- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage 

- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion. 

- Small daypack - 25 liters. 

- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack. 

- Small towels 

- Warm down fiber filled jacket ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 

- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 

- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters. 

- A pair of gloves 

Travel insurance 

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternative Trekking. 

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What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) ?

Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect trekkers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters).

How do we know if I get AMS ?

Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push (exert) yourself. Symptoms are as below:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • shortness of breath with exertion
  • Cannot walk in a straight line

Treatment 

  1. Rest, Rest , Rest
  2. Go down, down, down
  3. Diamox

Diamox may be given to help you breathe better. It can help reduce mild symptoms. This medicine can make you urinate more often. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. This medication works best when taken before reaching a high altitude.

Prevention and pre-cautious 

Keys to preventing acute mountain sickness include:

  • Climb the mountain gradually and slowly
  • Stop for a day or two of rest for every 2,000 feet (600 meters) above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters)
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
  • Drink plenty of fluid – 3 liters per day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat regular meals, high in carbohydrates
  • Sleep well
  • Be well equipped

First aid

Owing to a sudden change in climate, altitude and other factors, it is obvious that there could arise some alterations in your health. It would be hard to know all aspects of Nepal's health problems.You will be eating and drinking in various outlets. Diarrhea is a common illness that a tourist would be facing. So, it is recommended to drink purified water and eat in clean outlets. Drinking and eating precautions will surely help to take care of many health problems that could arise during the trip. Staying hydrated during the travel, trekking, tours is highly recommended too. If any problem should arise during the trip. Being on good health before leaving for a trip would help you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.Though Nepal alternative treks will be carrying first aid medical kid, you are also suggested to take personal basic first medicines for in case.

Accommodation

We will leave you free to choose hotel in Kathmandu as there will various choices to select yourself. We will arrange twin share basis room in lodges during the trek. We will arrange shared washing room and toilet.

Meals

During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) in lodges. Threre will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner three times along the route on your choice from MENU .

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Poon hill is easy trek,  suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. As we will  get the highest elevation 3200 meter, you are preferred an excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal alternative treks before booking the trek.

Jenn + Nadda + warangkana
Thailand

Thanks Tej.
Tej is fabulous and so helpful. Thank you again so much for a great first trip to Nepal for answering all our many questions. You are definitely an inspiration to the ethnic people of Nepal. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Jacob & Regien

Netherland

Hi Omer,

Thank you for being our guide ! We really enjoyed the trekking and especially the way you act. 
Thanks for !

- The fruit desserts

- The extra " Dal bhat" food

- Your enthusiast

- All the interesting information

- Especially the number

- Your everlasting smile

Keep up doing the good things, good lunch with your study.

All the best !!

Ms. Elizabeth
Australia

Hari was a great guide, alternative thoughtful and always ready to answer an questions I asked how far the days trek would be, to the local customs of the villages. We had a beautiful 6 days hike, and I had special requests which included hiking far in from in order to film birds and other natural sounds! I would definitively go again with hari and Nepal alternative!
Elizabeth and Hird

Thomas Fisher Sedona Arizona
USA

As an American who has trekked and climbed often in the Himalayas nothing has compared to the service, kindness, professionalism and caring that I have always received from Tej and his company on many of my trips to Nepal.

You will find many companies offerring a similar package---- but the quality of what Tej offers has always made me return each time to use his services. Over the years, I have referred many of my friends to connect with Tej and they have always called me afterwards expressing their thanks and gratitude.

I wish all of those of you who choose to connect with Tej and his company to have the trip of a lifetime. I can say---- YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT.

Thanida Prapunt
Thailand

For my first trekking trip, it’s very hard for me but it was possible to make by Tej’s company well arrangement and  guide’s encouragement. I was make happy very much of great view on the top of Poon hill. The great thing we found is the Nepal alternative trekking company and our great guide Mr. Dhan brought us to many beautiful places with safe and comfortable. Thanks again for your quality services.

Norm Woraankhom
Thailand

It’s very impressive to get the tour with NAT. I went to poonhill trek with guide “ Dhan”. He is very nice and considerably helpful. I am really appreciated with him. Also unbelievable treat I get with NAT.
Everything is the best!

Isabel Patesan
Australia

For my first trekking trip, it’s very hard for me but it was possible to make by Tej’s company well arrangement and  guide’s encouragement. I was make happy very much of great view on the top of Poon hill. The great thing we found is the Nepal alternative trekking company and our great guide Mr. Dhan brought us to many beautiful places with safe and comfortable. Thanks again for your quality services.

Lee woollor
UK

Overall, our experience was truly amazing. Swimming on the way to Birethanti in the waterfall was so beautiful. Our guide and porter continually checked of us to see up. Everything was ok- all the time. They were wonderful. Thank you!!!

Nigel Chamberlain
UK

This is my first visit to Nepal and this trek has been nothing short of perfect. Mr Dilip and our porter Mr. Lal were excellent nothing was too much trouble and the views were incredible! The highlight was the dawn trek up to poon hill to see the sun rise over the mountains. Mr. Tej arranged everything and after the trek for our trip to Bhaktapur for the Nepali new year. A fantastic trip with a fantastic company 11/10 if I ever come to Nepal again I’ll use this company without hesitation.

Adriana V. Diaz
Argentina

The places was great the hotel too. Our guide was amazing man. The travel was incredible on Chitwan and Pokhara too. I think its necessary do this travel. This company is professional to organize everything necessary for trekking and tour. Thanks Tej !

 

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NEWS

Royalty structure for NMA peaks is highly decreased !

TESTIMONIAL

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22years

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10th.September.2014 

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