Annapurna Poon Hill Trek

Annapurna Poon hill trek is one of the best and spectacular treks in Annapurna region. This trek is also known as Annapurna's balcony trek which fit for all age trekkers and adventure seekers. The Annapurna Poon Hill trek has over the years been the bestseller among all our trekking packages. The breathtaking mountain scenery and the beautiful ethnic villages justify the popularity of this trek. The trek is easy, it has enough walking along streams and forests for those who are looking for a few days close to nature, yet it is not far away and involves no high climbing. You absolutely have no risk of altitude sickness on this trek. This trek can be done all through the year except during the monsoon.

Annapurna Poon Hill Trek

The Annapurna Poon Hill trek is also known as a short trek to Annapurna. The trek starts from the beautiful village called Modhi River, after an hour and half of drive from Pokhara. Crossing the suspension bridge over Modhi Khola River, we ascend through ethnic villages and farm terraces enjoying the views of Machhapuchare (fishtail) peeking between the hills. On the second day we walk mostly through woods before we reach Ghorepani town. Next morning we make an early climb of one hour to the nearby Poon hill to watch the amazing sunrise and the spectacular view of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri and other famous mountains of the region.

The beautiful Ghorepani town is densely forested with rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal. Every spring it is tremendous scenery to watch these forests in bloom with the panorama of the high mountains on the skyline.

From Ghorepani town we descend for the beautiful Gurung (name of a community) village of Ghandruk on the lap of the Annapurna south. The village is known for its traditional houses, rich culture and the great landscapes. Walking down through the innumerable steps we make a loop at Birethanti and catch our vehicle for Pokhara at Nayapul .We trace back no part of the trail on this itinerary. On our whole trek, we use the mountain lodges called the tea houses for our meal and accommodation.

Annapurna Poon Hill Trek – itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350meters):
Our friendly and knowledgeable guide will be standing at in front of arrival terminal with your name card, welcome and transfer to hotel and a short brief about the trekking after refreshment. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing:
Rest day or do some sightseeing to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m.), 6 hours.
The coach leaves early in the morning to Pokhara, this is 200 km drive. As we climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, we follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. We follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes us directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. We can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. We can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 30 minutes.

Day 04: 2 hours drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri (2100m) 4 hours.  
Here, we begin our trek to Ulleri via Birethanti and Tiehkedunga which takes about four to five hours. The first part of our trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards we ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority of people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhism. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some in Gorkha and Indian regiments. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2650 m.) which takes about six hours.
The trail ascends gently passing through Ulleri village and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, we can enjoy good view of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna south (7219m.). Now, our trail is quite easier passing through forest and descends gently up to the final camp. We could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3250m.) then to Tadapani (2650m.) 6 hours. Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3250m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, we frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenery. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by the beautiful forests which grants us a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Tadapani (2650m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) 4 hours.
It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. We can hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village we can see the views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (Pokhara), 5 hours.
It is very easy trek by descending gently half of the way through the rice field and local villages. From Ghandruk to until syaulibazar we normally descending then we walk flat part until Nayapul then we drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. It takes about two hours to reach Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 09: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by a tourist coach.
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, we could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. We can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 30 minutes. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.

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Annapurna Poon Hill trek Facts:

Destination: Annapurna Poon Hill Trek

Group Size: Min – 01 to 20 Max.

Altitude: 3250m (Poon Hill).

Best Season: All round the year except June and July.

Trip Grade: Moderate

Mode of trek: Tea House/Lodge

Walking hours: Approx 5-6 hours

Total Days: 10 Days including Kathmandu and Pokhara

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