Poon Hill trekking
Poon hill trek is a comfortable, short and family friendly trek, suitable for any physical fitness people and a perfect trekking holiday trip for those looking to enjoy their holidays in mountain area with their family including kids and elderly people. This trek provides the cozy and comfortable guest houses. Poon Hill trek starts from Pokhara with a scenic an hour drive to Nayapul from where the trek continues to Poon Hill. The three days trek offers a unique experience walking on a pleasant trail, 4 to 5 hours each day through the terrace farming villages and lush rhododendron forests to the fascinating Poon Hill staying in the decent guest houses, this trek is one of the best treks in Annapurna Region. The stunning vistas of wonderful peaks and the grand sunrise from Poon hill are the best highlight of this trek.
Poon Hill trek is probably one of the most scenic and beautiful view point treks in Nepal offers magnificent vistas of Annapurna range including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Nilgiri and other numerous beautiful peaks from Poon Hill. Poon Hill trek is good for all the year round and the best time is from March to May and September to December. In March and April the Rhododendron flower blooms so beautifully and its really nice season for those who loves the flowers. Rhododendron flower is national flower of Nepal.
Short info for Poonhill trekking:
Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara: we are offering three star standard hotels with breakfast. Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara will be at 8 o’clock in the morning and Pohkara to Kathmandu will be at noon.
There will be some free time to visit Pokhara, we will take you to International Mountains museum and Tibetan refugee camp.
Since the Poon Hill trekking is not so high altitude trek you do not need to worry about the high altitude sickness. Winter will be a bit cold, it is recommended to bring some warm cloths during winter season. Hike to Poon Hill is the biggest highlight of this trip which we will do early in the morning on the day 4.
There will be some free time to do the last minute shopping even in Kathmandu. Cultural show with a typical Nepali Set dinner at the end of the trip will be memorable one!
Attraction of Annapurna Region
Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.
The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.
Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).
Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.
Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.
Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles. In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.
Poon Hill trekking short itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri (2100m), flight 25min, drive 2hrs, trek 5hrs.
Day 03: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2800m), walking 5 hours.
Day 04: Hike Poonhill, trek Ghorepani to Nayapul , drive to Pokhara, walking 7 hrs, drive 2hrs.
Day 05: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, drive 6 hrs, flight 25 minutes.
Day 06: Final Departure.
Trip cost: This is a teahouse trek, each and every stop provides the decent guest houses and mountain lodges. We are organizing Poonhill trekking as a small group departure or a private trek, please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size.
Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.