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      9 days trek
Max. Altitude: 3210m/10593 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 1030m./3399 ft.
Grade: Easy
Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Teahouse (Lodge to Lodge)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee
Transportation: Land transport ( Tourist bus/Private vehicle/Local bus)
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 1 person (minimum) to 30 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: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be greeted by Nepal alternative treks Airport Representative, and transfer by private vehicle  to three star level hotel (Kathmandu Garden home ) then stay overnight there on B.B. basis.

Day 2:  Kathmandu-Pokhara journey

Drive 6 hours from Kathmandu to Pokhara(200 k.m.) by tourist bus  then stay overnight at hotel nearby lake side on b/b basis.

Day 3: Pokhara-Nayapul-Tirkhedunga-Ulleri 
Drive an hour to Nayapul( 1050 m./3465ft.) by overland then trek to Ulleri ( 1900m.) 3-4 hours walking then stay there over night at lodge on FB basis.

Day 4: Ulleri-Banthanti-Nangethanti-Ghorepani
Trek to Ghorepani (2800m./9240ft.) 6 hours walking then stay there overnight at  lodge  on FB basis.

Day 5: Ghorepani –Deurali-Banthanti- Tadapani
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 ( 2650 m./8745ft.) 5 hours walking then stay there overnight at lodge on FB basis.


 
Day 6: Tadapni-Bhasikharka-Ghandruk Village
Trek to Ghandruk(1980 m./6534 ft.) 3 hours walking then stay there overnight at lodge on FB basis. 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.



Day 7: Ghandruk- Siwei-Nayapul-Pokhara

Trek down to Siwei an hour then drive to pokhara via nayapul an hour then stay at selected hotel.  


Day 8: Pokhara-Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu (1295 m./4273 ft.) 6 hours driving by Tourist bus then stay at selected hotel (Kathmandu Garden home ) at thamel in Kathmandu on b/b basis.

Day 9: Final Departure
Nepal alternative trek provides private transfer by private vehicle to International Airport for your onward Journey.

Foot Note:

B/B = Bed and Breakfast, B = breakfast. L = Lunch, D = Dinner,
FB = Full board.( accommodation, breakfast, lunch, Dinner with tea/coffee three times in a day in a cup).
M .= meter. f .= Feet, km =kilomete

TREKKING PERMITS AND NATIONAL PARK FEE

For trekking in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang and Rara regions, a special permit is not required, but you will need a National park / Conservation permit and Trekking Information management system( TIMS) However, the following places do require a trekking permit:

1.       Lower Dolpo, Kanchenjunga, Gaurishankar and Lamabagar - Equivalent to US$ 10 per person per week. However, permit fee for Chekampar and Chunchet of Gorkha district (Sirdibas-Lhokpa-Chumling-Chekampar-Nile-Chule) has been fixed at US$ 35 per person for 08 days during September to November and US$ 25 per person per 08 days during December to August.

2.       Manaslu – US$ 70 per person per week and US$ 10 per person for each extra day during September - November and US$ 50 per person per week and US$ 7 per person per each extra day during December- August.

3.       Humla- US$ 50 per person for the first seven days and US$ 7 per day thereafter.

4.       Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo - US$ 500 per person of the first 10 days and US$ 50 per person per day thereafter.

Note: The above mentioned trekking areas must be undertaken only through Registered Trekking Agencies from Government of Nepal (E.g. Nepal alternative Trekking Company -Registered no. 303047487).

An entrance fee is levied for visiting to all National Parks and Conservation Areas. There is no charge for children under 10 years.

                       Trekking season in Nepal 
Trekking area name Grade Good season No. of days Type of trekking 
Annapurna Area trek 1 to 3 Autumn and Spring 5 -27 days Tea house/Lodge
Arun Valley & Makalu  3 Autumn and Spring 15-20 days Tea house/Camping
Nepal tour 1 All seasons 4-10 days Hotel/Resort/home stay
Dhaulaghiri Area Trekking 4 April-May, Sept-Nov. 21-28 days Camping/organised only
Dolpo Area Trekking 2-4 April-July, Sept.-Nov. 16-27 days Lodge/Organized 
Everest Area Trekking 2-4 Autumn and Spring 6-28 days Lodge /Tea house
Ganesh Himal Area Trekking ( ruby valley trek) 1-2  Autumn and Spring 5-18 days Home stay/Camping
Manaslu Area Trekking 2-3  Autumn and Spring 13 -18 days Lodge/Camping trek
Langtang Area Trekking 2-4 Autumn and Spring 6-15 days Lodge/Camping
Tsum valley trekking 2 Autumn and Spring 7-10 days Home stay/Lodge/Camping
Kanchanjunga 3 Autumn and Spring 16-23 days Lodge/Camping
Mustang Trekking 2-3 March-Nov. 10 -18 days Lodge/Camping
Panchase Trekking 2 Autumn and Spring 4-6days Camping/Organized only
Panchpokhari trek 3 Autumn and Spring 10-21 days Campingm/organized only
Rara and Jumla trek 2 Autumn and Spring 10-21 days Camping/Organized only
Royal trek 1 Autumn and Spring 4-5 days Camping only
Siklish Trek 1 Autumn and Spring 7-10 days Home stay
Tamang heritage trail  2 Autumn and Spring 6-8 days Community lodge/home stay 

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:TREKKING EQUIPMENTS/ CHECK LISTS

General:

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

- light weight cotton pants, shorts, wrap around skirt.

- At night -track top, pants

- Cotton T-shirts.

- Long sleeve cotton 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

During winter Ads:

- Warm down fiber filled jacket.

- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet

- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters.

- Flannel shirt

- Beanie with ear flaps

- A pair of gloves

- Snow glasses and strap

- Snow gaiters.

Additional suggestion:

- Sandals or slip on shoes

- Camera and film.

- Spare boot laces.

TREKKING GRADE

It's important to match your fitness level. Find what you think will suit you best in the tables below:

Easy

Easy trekking by Himalayan standards is generally up to 2800m. There are plenty of ups and downs on well-maintained trails. This type of trip is best suited for those who lead a reasonably active life. The trek takes about 3 to 7 days, walking about 4 to 5 hours a day.

Moderate

this involves longer treks (eight to fifteen days) on maintained trails. This type of trek includes day excursions to higher elevations, for which it's advisable to have some previous hill- walking experience. On these treks, we generally achieve an altitude between 1100 m to 3200 m.

Strenuous

these treks must be fully supported. We climb to altitudes between 3200 and 5000m. and there are overnight stays at altitudes above 4000m. For this trek, trekkers should be fit and enthusiastic hill walkers prepared to tackle difficult terrain in remote areas.

Very strenuous

this trek is best described as Alpine, and suitable is suitable for those in excellent health, capable of carrying a backpack, when required. The trek covers very remote areas, traveling over snow-covered passes at altitudes of up to 6500m. You will need to axes and crampons. No strenuous trek should be undertaken without medical clearance.

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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