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Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trek 2-3 Days

The Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Nowadays, the Poon Hill Trek can be completed in 2 to 3 days after a road was built from Nayapul to Banthati and Ghandruk.

This trek is suitable for those who are short on time and want to do a short Annapurna trek from Pokhara and visit Poon Hill (3,210 m), probably the best viewpoint in the entire Annapurna region.

If you are looking for a family hike with kids (children), this hike is an ideal option, but requires more days for trekking. The most common route for the Poon Hill trek starts in Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside town. From Pokhara, you will take a private vehicle or bus to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek.

But if you want to complete the Poon Hill trek in 2 days or 3 days then you will have to take a jeep from Pokhara to Banthanti (2,210 m), which is just a few minutes' drive after Ulleri (2,020 m). Total driving from Pokhara to Banthanti takes about 3 hours.

After reaching Banthanti your trek starts and on the same day you will reach Ghorepani (2,855 m). The path is inside the forest, see dense rhododendrons and oaks. Next morning, hike to Poon Hill for sunrise views over the mountains including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Bharha Shikhar, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and other snow-capped peaks.

After enjoying the sunrise and panorama views from Poon Hill return back to Ghorepani and have a good breakfast and trek to Banthanti via the same route you used on the first day. Take a jeep from Banthanti to Pokhara. The road till Nayapul is off-road and from Nayapul to Pokhara is blacktop.

If you do not want to go back via the same route, you will have to come back via Ghandruk village, which requires 3 days for trekking. You'll walk through rhododendron forests and enjoy more views of the mountains. The trek ends in Ghandruk, from where you can catch a jeep back to Pokhara.

Ghandruk is a beautiful village inhabited by the Gurung people. It's a popular destination for trekkers, offering stunning views of the Annapurna Mountains, including Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Gangapurna.

If you want to complete Poon Hill trek in 2 days or 3 days from Kathmandu then you have to take a morning flight from Kathmandu and on the last day you have to take an evening flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

The 2 days and 3 days trek to Poon Hill is generally not undertaken by most trekkers as it requires flights between Kathmandu and Pokhara and a height of 2,855 meters at Ghorepani must be reached in a single day. If you have limited time for trekking, but you have good energy, and you like a challenging journey, then this trek would be the right choice for you.

However, it is always better to start the trek from a lower altitude at Nayapul (1,070 m), Tikhedhunga (1,520 m) or Ulleri (2,020 m) instead of Banthanti (2,210 m) and stay one night before Ghorepani (2,855 m) to avoid altitude problems (rarely happen), but the trek requires more days.

Poon Hill Trek Highlights

  • Experience a short trek into the Annapurna region with an off-road drive.
  • Visit Poon Hill (3,210 meters), which is known for its breathtaking view of the sunrise. As the sun rises, it bathes the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, in a golden glow.
  • It is a relatively short trek, making it suitable for those with limited time. 
  • Trek through lush rhododendron forests, especially vibrant in the spring, when the hillsides are ablaze with colorful blossoms.
  • Experience the warm hospitality of the locals and learn about their unique cultures and traditions.
  • Experience the unique atmosphere of trekking teahouses and lodges along the trail. Interact with fellow trekkers and share stories.

Poon Hill Trek Cost

The cost of the Poon Hill trekking package depends on various factors. These include the size of the group (Larger groups might be able to negotiate better rates, while solo trekkers or small groups may pay a premium for personalized services), the level of services included (budget, standard, luxury) and the reputation and standard of the trekking company you choose.

Poon Hill Trek Itinerary

The itinerary below is just a simple route for those looking for a short Poon Hill Trek, but you can customize it to suit your own needs and interests. If you have more days available for trekking, you can start the trek from Nayapul and stay a night at Ulleri. You can do several other things on the Poon Hill Trek, such as visit the village of Ghandruk, hike continues to Dhampus phedi, Australian Camp, or relax in the natural hot springs of Jhinu Danda.

Safe and reliable flight to Pokhara?

Pokhara flights are safe and reliable, accidents are very rare. Flying is therefore a great way to avoid spending too much time on the road. It’s also a great way to get to the starting points of trekking quickly. However, if you want to avoid the flight from Kathmandu and back, there are daily day and night buses for tourists, so you can travel comfortably by land.

Poon Hill Trek Itinerary 2 Days

Day 01: Kathmandu flight to Pokhara and drive to Banthanti and trek to Ghorepani (2,855 m)
Day 02: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and trek to Banthanti and drive to Pokhara (850 m) and evening flight to Kathmandu

Poon Hill Trek with Ghandruk Itinerary 3 Days

Day 01: Kathmandu flight to Pokhara and drive to Banthanti and trek to Ghorepani (2,855 m)
Day 02: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and trek to Tadapani (2,610 m)
Day 03: Tadapani trek to Ghandruk village and drive to Pokhara (850 m) and evening flight to Kathmandu

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Banthanti
Trek End Point: Banthanti/Ghandruk
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouses/Mountain Lodges
Trekking Grade: Easy-Medium
Best Season:  March – May / September-November
Max Elevation: 3,210 m
Duration: 2-3 Days

The price of a private trek can fluctuate due to several factors, such as the trekking agency selected, the trek's duration, the group size, the level of services desired, and the preferred category of accommodation (deluxe, standard, or budget) in the city and during the trek, the choice between normal (simple) teahouses or the best available teahouses can also impact the overall price. Therefore, it is recommended that you click here: Price request form and fill in the required information and submit the same to get the exact price of your preferred trek and service.

PRICE INCLUDES:-

  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation before and after the trek
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and return transportation by flights
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge/Teahouse (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • One Experienced English-speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide and his food, accommodation, and salary
  • Porters carrying your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Pokhara to Banthanti and Banthanti or Ghandruk to Pokhara transportation by private vehicle
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge

PRICE EXCLUDES:-

  • Accommodation and meals during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If you need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

Poon Hill Trek Itinerary 2 Days

Day 01: Kathmandu flight to Pokhara and drive to Banthanti and trek to Ghorepani (2,855 m)
Take a morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, flight time approximately 30 minutes. Meet your trek guide and porter at Pokhara Airport. From here you will go to Banthanti by private local jeep. It takes about 3 hours drive. Your trek starts from Banthanti, the route passes through beautiful forests and waterfalls. Walk along a contour line of short ups and downs, until you approach a tributary stream of the Bhurungdi Khola. This time, you need to cross only a short stone bridge over the river, and then head to Nangge Thanti (2,430 m) through a subtropical forest. After a short break at Nagge Thanti, continue your trek about 2 hours you will reach Lower Ghorepani. Lower Ghorepani is more quiet and peaceful, but we recommend spending the night at Upper Ghorepani. Upper Ghorepani (2,855 m) is only 10 minutes uphill but has panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Ranges. Stay overnight at teahouse/Mountain lodge.

Day 02: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and trek to Banthanti drive to Pokhara (850 m) and evening flight to Kathmandu
Wake up early for the 45-minute pre-dawn ascent from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3, 210 m) to catch the classic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges with beautiful sunrise. After enjoying the views from Poon Hill, come back to Ghorepani. Take a good breakfast and make ready your bag pack. After that, you'll begin your journey to Banthanti through magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. After reaching Banthanti take lunch if hungry and drive by private local jeep to Pokhara. Explore around Phewa Lake side and evening flight to Kathmandu.

Poon Hill Trek with Ghandruk Itinerary 3 Days

Day 01: Kathmandu flight to Pokhara and drive to Banthanti and trek to Ghorepani (2,855 m)
Take a morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, flight time approximately 30 minutes. Meet your trek guide and porter at Pokhara Airport. From here you will go to Banthanti by private local jeep. It takes about 3 hours drive. Your trek starts from Banthanti, the route passes through beautiful forests and waterfalls.

Walk along a contour line of short ups and downs, until you approach a tributary stream of the Bhurungdi Khola. This time, you need to cross only a short stone bridge over the river, and then head to Nangge Thanti (2,430 m) through a subtropical forest. After a short break at Nagge Thanti, continue your trek about 2 hours you will reach Lower Ghorepani. Lower Ghorepani is more quiet and peaceful, but we recommend spending the night at Upper Ghorepani. Upper Ghorepani (2,855 m) is only 10 minutes uphill but has panoramic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Ranges. Stay overnight at teahouse/Mountain lodge.

Day 02: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and trek to Tadapani (2,610 m)
Today your guide will wake you early in the morning for a 40 minute hike up to Poon hill with the help of flash-light or moon light offering morning glimpse of stars and walking through the Rhododendron forest. Poon hill is named after the hill tribe Pun, inhabitants of Ghorepani and the surrounding area. It is also an Advantage spot for the most panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna including Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish Tail), Hiunchuli, Manaslu and Lamjung etc.

Nearly 600 km range of mountains can be viewed from this great spot with the spectacular sunrise on the mid-western Himalaya range. After a great time here return to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to Tadapani, we make climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960m). After that we descend to the Banthanti, then turning off to Tadapani. This is a wonderful place with close views of the Annapurna sough and Fishtail Mountains, situated in the midst of the rain and alpine mixed forest. Overnight at Teahouse/Mountain Lodge.

Day 03: Tadapani trek to Ghandruk village and drive to Pokhara (850 m) and evening flight to Kathmandu
Today’s walk leads through the serene forest for an hour on the gradual path to Bhaisi Kharka. From this spot the trail descends with occasional views of the Mount Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchre (Fishtail). The trial descends through forest, creeks and small streams and into the maze of trails until Ghandruk village. This is a semi-modern village. On reaching Ghandruk at lunch time. Explore the Ghandruk village and Gurung cultural museum. After finish Ghandruk exploration, drive by private local jeep to Pokhara. Explore around Phewa Lake side and evening flight to Kathmandu.

Joining a group is available in the high trekking season. Please contact us to check availability.

If above trip itinerary that doesn't suit to your holiday schedule or you wish to modify the itinerary or combines with any travel plans, then please let us know and we'll be happy to create a tailor made itinerary, designed and departure the trip any date that suitable to your holiday schedule especially for you. Please Tailor Made Request Form for tailor made trip.

 

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