Bandipur Homestay and Poon Hill Trek - 11 days

Bandipur Homestay and Poon Hill Trek - 11 days


Bandipur Homestay and Poon Hill Trek is one of the unique itineraries we offer. For an authentic homestay experience combined with an amazing trek, this is the perfect adventure for you. A charming Newari town at 1,030 m, Bandipur, and one of the best viewpoints in all of Nepal, Poon Hill are undoubtedly the must-visit place in Nepal. Soak in the otherworldly beauty of Bandipur and admire incredible 360-degree views of the mountains from Poon Hill. Bandipur Homestay and Poon Hill Trek is an easy trek suitable for both physically fit novice and pro trekkers.

Why Bandipur Homestay and Poon Hill Trek?

  • Majestic views of Annapurna Massif and surrounding peaks from vantage viewpoint Poon Hill.
  • Magical sunrise view of the Himalayan range from Poon Hill
  • Walk through one of the biggest rhododendron forests
  • Tread on centuries-old mountain trails
  • Explore Siddha Cave, the largest cave in Nepal.
  • Experience unique Himalayan culture and hospitality and authentic homestay experience
  • Explore beautifully preserved Bandipur town, and gain insight into the traditional Newari culture

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu, an evening stroll to Ason and Indrachowk
Day 2 Explore Kathmandu- sightseeing
Day 3 Drive to Bandipur (5 hours drive)
Day 4 Explore Bandipur
Day 5 Drive to Hile and trek to Ulleri (1,970m/6,462ft) 2:30 hrs drive, 3-4 hours trek (4 km)
Day 6 Trek to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,427ft) 4-5 hours trek
Day 7 Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m/10529ft) and Tadapani (2,600m/8,528ft) 5-6 hours trek
Day 8 Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,700m/5,839ft) 6-7 hours trek
Day 9 Trek to Matque and drive to Pokhara (2 hours trek and 2.5 hours drive)
Day 10 Fly back to Kathmandu (25 minutes flight)
Day 11 Final Departure


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, an evening stroll to Ason and Indrachowk

A representative from Third Rock Adventures will pick you up from the airport upon your arrival and take you to the hotel. Today, you will meet your trek leader, and the team and have a quick discussion. In your leisure, stroll around the Thamel area and explore the Ason area, the busiest marketplace in Kathmandu. Further, head to Indrachowk to witness the vibrant market street.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Explore Kathmandu- sightseeing

Swayambhunath Stupa Swayambhunath Stupa

A tour or adventure in Nepal is arguably incomplete without sightseeing the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage sites located in Kathmandu. Explore Boudhanath, the biggest stupa in Nepal; Swayambhunath also called the Monkey Temple; Pashupatinath, the holiest Hindu Temple; and the Kathmandu Durbar Square. After returning, pack your bags and prepare for the next day.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive to Bandipur (5 hours drive)

We will book a private vehicle to travel to Bandipur from Kathmandu. To the west of Kathmandu, about 140km away, Bandipur waits for your arrival. It takes about 5 hours to reach Bandipur on a private vehicle. Bandipur is a beautifully preserved Newari town, also dubbed living "museum of Newari culture." Bandipur hosts an old-time cultural atmosphere and this is the very reason why many tourists travel to Bandipur. After reaching Bandipur, we will relax, and enjoy what Bandipur has to offer.

Overnight in Bandipur.

Day 4: Explore Bandipur

Bandipur Bandipur

Today we will explore the beauty and charms of Bandipur. The street lined with traditional houses-cum-hotels gives different vibes to first-time visitors. After early morning breakfast, we will climb up to Thani Mai Temple Viewpoint to embrace the spectacular sunrise view. We will head to the northeast of Bandipur to visit Bindebasini Temple. And hike to Siddha Gufa Cave, the largest cave in Nepal.

Overnight in Bandipur

Day 5: Drive to Hile and trek to Ulleri (1,970m/6,462ft) 2:30 hrs drive, 3-4 hours trek (4 km)

On this day, we will drive to Hile from Bandipur. Hile is the starting point of this trek. Trek slowly across a typical Nepalese landscape, through the verdant forests of Annapurna Conservation Area. A steep and long ascend from Hile to Ulleri is often considered a tough climb. In a couple of hours, you'll reach Ulleri, a beautiful Gurung Village. The surrounding area from Ulleri grants amazing views of the mountain.

Overnight in Ulleri.

Day 6: Trek to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,427ft) 4-5 hours trek

Today, we will continue to walk on the stone steps leading to Ghorepani. The trail is adorned with colorful rhododendron trees and reveals the stunning views of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurna South. Today's trek is mostly uphill through pristine forests, past waterfalls, and small rivers. At the entrance of the Ghorepani, get your permits checked and settle at the teahouse.

Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 7: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m/10529ft) and Tadapani (2,600m/8,528ft) 5-6 hours trek

Finally, today we will be at Poon Hill Viewpoint to embrace incredible 360-degree views of Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli. We will wake up before dawn and hike up the hill to the viewpoint just in time to catch the first rays of the sunlight. It takes about 1.5 hours to reach Poon Hill from Ghorepani. Later head down to Ghorepani and descend slowly to our destination Tadapani.

Overnight in Tadapani

Day 8: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,700m/5,839ft) 6-7 hours trek

On this day, we will march northeast towards Jhinu Danda. Enjoy a light breakfast with mesmerizing morning view and trek through lush rhododendron forests. The trail passes through Chomrong and Taulung before reaching the destination of the day, Jhinu Danda. Upon reaching Jhinu Danda, trekking for about 7 hours, you can relax your sore muscle in the natural hot spring.

Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Day 9: Trek to Matque and drive to Pokhara (2 hours trek and 2.5 hours drive)

The last leg of the trek takes you to Pokhara via Matque. Walk past terraced fields and traditional farms and reach Siwai in about 2 hours. From here, you can board a vehicle to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara, check into your hotel and freshen up. Later in the day, you can explore the Lakeside area. Sit by the serene Phewa Lake, gazing at Machhpuchhre’s reflection and colorful boats.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 10: Fly back to Kathmandu (25 minutes flight)

Take an afternoon flight to Kathmandu. Before the flight, you can try paragliding or explore Pokhara. The choice is yours. Please be informed that this will incur extra costs. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you can do your souvenir shopping in Thamel. Celebrate the successful adventure with a complimentary farewell dinner with your guide.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Final Departure

It's time to say goodbye! We will take you to the airport three hours before the scheduled departure so that you won't miss the flight. Let us know if you wish to explore more of the Himalayas. We have a vast array of itineraries to amazing destinations for you.



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Daniel Erickson
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May 03, 2022
Bandipur and Poon Hill Adventure
It was the best adventure we have done together in Nepal. My son and I did this trek in April and enjoyed a lot. We were actually planning to climb the peak but due to some reason we shifted our journey to Bandipur and Poon Hill and in hindsight, it was the best decision. We spent about 10 days with this amazing guide from THird Rock Adventure who was more like a friend. He was best with his quick decision, had good contact with the people in the mountain. We enjoyed sunrise at Poon Hill station, stayed at a local home in Bandipur. It was a perfect adventure for my son.
Recommended by Friend,Best and Selected Tours,
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Aron Baldwin
flagsUnited States of America
Apr 15, 2022
BANDIPUR HOMESTAY TRIP
My good friend Ramesh from Nepal suggested me to visit Bandipur at least once. So I took his advice seriously and searched for trip and found this amazing itinerary. The best thing about this trip was it let us trek to one of the popular view points in Nepal, Poon Hill. So he flew to Nepal and drove to Bandipur and trekked through the trail to Poon Hill. It was an amazing adventure. The guide was friendly and we were back to home on guaranteed departure date.
Recommended by Friend,Best and Selected Tours,
Yes
Oskar Black
flagsUnited Kingdom
Apr 10, 2022
Lovely Itinerary
When the consultant forwarded me this itinerary I was so eager to do this trek ASAP. I managed everything and flew to Kathmandu. They greeted me at the airport and hosted a beautiful dinner party, the next day we were off to Bandipur, a beautiful town with unique ambiance for traveler. I stayed there two nights. And then we headed to Pokhara for Poon Hill trek. It was amazing short trek. The views were just mindblowing. Highly recommended trek for solo as well as family adventure.
Best Destination,
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Ronan Roberts
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Mar 15, 2022
Beautiful Bandipur
The trek was awesome, and our stay in Bandipur was a different experience. Bandipur was different, the ambiance was far more amazing there. Our guide was knowledgeable and good-hearted. He took care of us the whole time, and managed everything in our favor. It was a great journey. We loved it a lot. Thanks to the company for this amazing itinerary.
Best and Selected Tours,
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Ronald Blair
flagsUnited States of America
Sep 14, 2021
Bandipur is amazing
Bandipur took my breath away. The ambiance there, the beauty of this well-preserved town is a best escape from your daily hectic life. We drove to Bandipur and stayed overnight. It was most amazing experience. We also trekked all the way to Poon Hill and had the best view of Nepal Himalaya. Our guide was best person we could have for the trip.
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Parker Grant
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Sep 08, 2021
Loved it
Bandipur was on my bucketlist since a few year but it was not enough to just visit Bandipur. I WANTED to trek as well. Luckily TRA host this itinerary which was a perfect fit for my holiday. I trekked to Poon Hill to enjoy 360 degree views of the mountains, stayed at a local homestay in Bandipur and enjoyed my time there. It was a great adventure.
I like itinerary,
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