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Poon Hill Trek

Duration
10 Days
10% discount on Group

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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Poon Hill Trek is a short trekking route that covers many areas of Annapurna circuit. The trek leads to Poon Hill and hence the trek is named as the PoonHill Trek. Annapurna has been listed as one of best trekking routes in the world and it comes as no surprise that the trekking route attracts a huge number of tourists, domestic and international, every year. The towering mountains, the high hills and the great secnery in offer pulls many trekkers to this pristine region of natural beauty. Besides the breathtaking vistas of the Himalayan mountain range including Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Mount Machhepuchhre (6998m), Nilgiri(7041m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna II (7939m), Annapurna III (7555m) and Tukuche (6920m), Poon Hill Trek provides trekkers with the opportunity to intermingle with the local villagers and their lifestyle.

Trek Poon Hill has been planned for a itinerary lasting10 days. The best time for the trek is between the months of January and May and also during September-December. Poon Hill Trekking is one of the easiest treks available in Nepal that allows some of the greatest views of the Annapurna Range without having to climb too much of the altitude. On the way to Poon Hill, you will come across dense forests of Rhododendron and some of the ethnic Magar villages. The top of Poon Hill offers unforgettable view of the sunrise while the Himalayas form the backdrop of the scene. The maximum elevation reached on this trek is 3180 meters which is at the Poon Hill.

Along the Poon Hill Treks, trekkers will come across places like Ghandruk, Tikhe Dhunga, Ghorepani and Tadapani which are also equally beautiful in their own ways. After a short sightseeing tour of the various world heritage sites in and around Kathmandu Valley, the tourists are taken to the beautiful Pokhara city. PoonHillTrek formally commences from Tikhe Dhunga which is nearby Pokhara. PoonHill Trek is replte with many dense bamboo forests, phenomenal watrefalls that appear to emerge from with the crevices in the hills. Ghorepani is popular for the breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountain Range and also for the magnificient view of the sunrise. Poon Hill Trek in nepal is most suitable and almost ideal for those tourists who do not want much of physical labour and yet desire to explore the natural beauty on offer in Nepal.

Itinerary outline
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu (welcome dinner)
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 6hrs Day
Day03: Trek to Tikedhunga/Ulleri
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani
Day 05: Trek to Tadapani
Day 06: Trek to Ghandruk
Day 07: Back to Pokhara
Day 08: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 09: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 10: Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our team members at the Airport and then be ushered to the Hotel. Our travel representatives will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon your arrival in the Capital. You will be staying at a hotel in Kathmandu the first day.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (910 meters) 6 hrs
On the second day, you will be traveling to Pokhara (around 200km) via Prithivi Highway. The bus will depart at 7 AM in the morning. It will be a 6-hr drive with beautiful scenery all along the way. You will arrive at Pokhara in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at hotel, inclusive of full board meals.

Day 03–Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1480m) 4 hrs
After breakfast in the morning on the third day, you will then be driven to Naya Pul (42km) via car/taxi . A 30 minute walk from Naya Pul will take you to Birethanti, a small and vibrant town nearby Pokhara. Trekking formally starts from here as you will walk for a couple of hours along the beautiful trail with bamboo forests and water springs on the way. Ramghai will be the place for lunch on day three. After lunch, the trail now takes a gradual ascend finally reaching to Tikhedhunga, the destination for overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 04–Trek to Ghorepani (2860m) 6 hrs
On the fourth day, you will climb around 1000 meters as the trail now continually grows uphill.
You will come across many small rivulets, and river springs as you continue with the trek.
Midway through the day, you will reach a traditional Magar village of Ulleri located at around 2080 meters. An hour’s walk from Ulleri takes you to Nangethanti, the destination for lunch on day four. Few more hours of trek from Nangethanti will take us to Ghorepani where we will stay at a hotel for the night. From Ghorepani, spectacular views of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche, and other adjoining Himalayas can be seen. Sunrise viewing is also quite popular from Ghorepani.

Day 05–Trek to Tadapani (2630m) 6 hrs
Treeking to Tadapani itself doesn’t take much time, so the tourists and trekkers are advised to hike until Poon Hill which is not far from Tadapani. Poon Hill is quite famous for its magnificient views of the great Himalayan range including Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and others. After visiting Poon Hill, we will then return to Ghorepani for a quick breakfast, and continue trek to Tadapani. Tadapani will be the place for the overnight stay on day five.

Day 06: Trek to Ghandruk (1950m) 3-4 hrs
On day six, we willl climb downhill towards Ghandruk, a small traditional Guring village in Kaski district. Ghandruk is a wonderful village that still has the traditional Gurung culture and the villagers are quite hospitable towards the foreigners. Ghandruk also offers wonderful view of sunrise. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 07: Back to Pokhara (910m) 5 hrs
On the seventh day, we return to the Pokhara city. On the way, we come across Seuli Bazzar and also the Modi River. The lunch for the day will be taken at Birethanti, a small vibrant town nearby Pokhara. Birethanti is quite popular for fish delicacies. The trek then continues towards Nayapul before being driven back to Pokhara by taxi or van. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 08: Drive back to Kathmandu 6hrs
You will drive back to the capital city Kathmandu on day 8 of the itinerary. Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 09– Sightseeing in Kathmandu
On the penultimate day of the tour package, you will be sightseeing around the Capital city of
Kathmandu. Several world heritage sites including Basantapur Durbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddha Stupa, Pasupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, among others, are located in Kathmandu that will keep the tourists enchanted.

Day 10- Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
On the 10th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the international Airport in Kathmandu.
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest, and choice. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the a hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.

General
  • For seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  • Shade hat or baseball cap - some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • Headlamp - Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don't go cheap here.
  • Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts   for additional warmth.
  •     1 pair warm gloves (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn't be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • Fleece jacket or pullover.
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  • 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs
  • 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!
  • Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  • 2 pairs lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
  • 1 pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
  • 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  • 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
  • 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn then before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
  • 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
  • 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes / boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
  • 1 pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)
  • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  • 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous, but Important !
  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  • Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  • Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  • Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  • Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  • Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  • 2 bandanas.

Optional
  • 1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
  • Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight (Optional).

Binoculars (Optional).
  • 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
  • Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
  • 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.

Trip Facts

Duration: 10 Days
Accomodation: Tea house
Seasons : All Season
Type: Normal
Activities : Trekking and walking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu

Trip Highlights

  • Poon Hill Trek is a short trekking route that covers many areas of Annapurna circuit.
  • Trek Poon Hill has been planned for a itinerary lasting10 days.

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