A short and easy trek past traditional villages to the Himalayan viewpoint of Poon Hill…
  • Group Size: Max 2-16
  • Min. Age: 6
  • Max. Altitude : 3210 m / 10531 ft
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
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Experience a magical sunrise and Himalayan panorama from Poon Hill

Poon Hill Trek offers you some of the best views of the Himalayan range. Within a short span of over a week, you get to walk under the foothills of the sacred Annapurnas. Enjoy close up views of the snow-capped peaks. The highlight of this Poon Hill Trek is the splendid Himalayan panorama from Poon Hill and Australian Camp. Walk along a trail dotted with traditional Gurung and Magar villages; home to brave Gurkha soldiers. Experience their unique culture and enjoy their warm hospitality. With Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) guarding the trail, make your way across forests of pine and rhododendron. A spring trek will have you walking along paths splashed with red and pink rhododendron blooms.

A short drive from Pokhara brings you to a world of mountains and terraced farmlands. Stone staircases lead you past villages with charming traditional mud and stone cottages. On the fifth day, you ascend Poon Hill from Ghorepani. Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Annapurna Massif. Walk along ancient mountain trails.  In addition, a visit to Australian Camp will let you savour more of the inspiring Himalayan views. Finally, end your Ghorepani Trek with a relaxing soak at the Jhinu hot spring. 

The itinerary is ideal for those seeking a Himalayan adventure within a short time frame. You get to reach close to the Himalayan mountains without exerting yourself too much. This is also a perfect introductory trek for beginners who have never trekked in the Himalayas before. You just need to be physically fit and have an open mind to enjoy this adventure. Our experienced guide knows the trail intimately. He will be there to guide you and make your Annapurna adventure a safe and memorable one.  Some other popular options are the EBC Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek. Though these treks are more demanding than the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, the experience and views are awesome.

Best Time To Go

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (late September to November) are the ideal seasons for Poon Hill trekking. It is neither too hot or nor too cold during these times. While an Autumn trek promises clear skies and stunning mountain vistas, a Spring trek will involve a walk through forests splashed with colorful rhododendron blooms. Above 4000 meters, you can expect nighttime temperatures to drop as low as -10 degrees.

Why you will love this trip?

  • Majestic views of Annapurna Massif from Poon Hill & Australian Camp
  • Visit Gurung and Magar traditional villages
  • Experience unique Himalayan culture and hospitality
  • Tread on centuries-old mountain trails
  • Walk through one of the biggest rhododendron forests
  • Enjoy a relaxing soak at Jhinu hot spring

 Is this trip suitable for you?

  • This is an easy trek which takes you close to the Himalayan mountains within a short timeframe. Ideal for beginners and families traveling with kids (6 years and above. If the kids feel tired en route, the porters can carry them.). 
  • You need to be reasonably fit. If you hike regularly or can climb stairs without any difficulty you can easily do this trek. 
  • There is no risk of altitude sickness as the trail does not go beyond 3000 metres. The highest point you will reach is the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210m) where you will be spending only an hour or two. 
  • The first day’s trek is the toughest as you have to ascend a lot of stone staircases. If you have problems with your knee or ankles you should opt for an easier trip.
  • You will have your meals and stay overnight at local teahouses or mountain lodges. These establishments have basic facilities and appear rustic compared to city hotels. 

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Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If traveling alone, you will share the room with someone of the same sex. If you need a single room, it will be made available at an extra cost. Simply click on the ‘single supplement’ tab at the time of booking.

Single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and at lower elevations while trekking. But please remember, at higher elevations, it is impossible to get a single room.

2 nights at Oasis Kathmandu Hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night at Hotel Pokhara Batika in Pokhara. Both the hotels are three-star boutique establishments. The hotels feature clean air-conditioned rooms with attached bathrooms, free wi-fi throughout the property, restaurant, bar and coffee shop. Oasis Kathmandu Hotel lies at a comfortable distance from all the major sightseeing sites and international airport. The hotel is located in a green and peaceful area, quite close to the ‘Garden of Dreams’ (a landscaped garden).  Hotel Pokhara Batika is situated in Lakeside area, just a few meters from the serene Phewa Lake. Enjoy amazing views of green hills and snow-covered peaks from the hotel’s ground.

During the trek, stay at standard teahouses or mountain lodges (with en-suite bathrooms) for 5 nights. Please note that at higher elevations teahouses are few and far between and may feature shared washroom facilities.

2 nights at the luxurious Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night at Temple Tree Resort & Spa in Pokhara. Dwarika’s Hotel, a deluxe luxury hotel in Kathmandu is like a living museum. The hotel showcases ancient works of art dating back to the thirteenth century. Pokhara’s Temple Tree Resort & Spa is located in the beautiful Lakeside area, very close to Phewa Lake. The resort offers accommodation in charming two-storied cottages designed like a traditional house fitted with modern amenities. Both these hotels feature well-appointed rooms, fine dining restaurants, bars, café, spa, swimming pool etc.

On the trail, spend 5 nights at comfortable teahouses or mountain lodges. We will book your room at the best available lodges. Please remember, compared to city hotels, teahouses along the trail have very basic facilities.


Meals

Breakfast is free at the hotels (Kathmandu and Pokhara) you will be staying at. For lunch and dinner, choose from a number of fine dining restaurants and eateries serving eclectic fare. Enjoy complimentary welcome dinner and farewell dinner at the start and end of your trip in Kathmandu. 

While trekking, all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be provided. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the teahouse you will be staying at, lunch will be at a teahouse on the trail. Food on the trail consists of local (rice, lentils, curry, momo, chapatis) and international dishes (apple pie, pancakes, pizza, mac & cheese, toast, noodles etc.) high on nutrition and carbohydrate. 

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Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,593ft) and Trip Preparation expand

Endless rows of green hills and mountains greet you as your plane hovers above Kathmandu. After landing, our representative will meet you and drop you at your hotel. Take rest and get refreshed.  Attend a pre-trek briefing later in the afternoon and meet your trek leader and team mates. Check your gear for the final time and ask questions if you have any. If you feel like it, stroll around the colourful lanes of Thamel, a tourist hotspot. Do schedule your arrival in the city early in the morning or during daytime. This will give you enough time to attend the pre-trek briefing and recover from jet lag. Attend a complimentary welcome dinner in the evening, at an authentic Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 2:

Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) expand
Distance: 200km (6 -7 hours drive)

Board a vehicle and head to Pokhara via the Tribhuvan Highway. As you leave behind Kathmandu valley the road dips down in a series of bends. The ride is filled with delightful scenes of undulating mountain ranges and hillside settlements. Watch people rafting in the fast-flowing Trishuli River. After passing the riverside settlement of Mugling you leave Tribhuvan Highway and cross the metal bridge spanning the Marshyangdi River. Drive along the pitched road of Prithvi Highway till you reach Pokhara, a charming lakeside city. Once you reach Pokhara check into your hotel. Rest or stroll around the lakeside area. Try to have an early night, as you have a long day ahead of you tomorrow. Overnight in Pokhara.

DAY 3:

Drive Pokhara to Hile and Trek to Ulleri (1,970m/6,463 ft) expand
Distance: 7km (2:30 hrs drive, 3-4 hours trek)

From Pokhara, board a vehicle and drive to Hile from where your trek begins. Walk past the lush forests of Annapurna Conservation Area and Gurung and Magar villages. From Tikhedhunga, a series of steps carved on the side of a large hill leads you to your destination for today, Ulleri - a Magar village. This is one of the toughest days of the trek. ‘Bistarai, bistarai!’ or slowly, slowly is how you tackle the stairs. Once you arrive in Ulleri head to a teahouse and give your limbs a much needed rest. Overnight in Ulleri.

DAY 4:

Trek Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429 ft) expand
Walking Distance: 12.7km (4-5 hours trek)

From Ulleri continue walking on the stone steps all the way to Ghorepani. This portion of the trail is probably the most scenic during spring as the trail is filled with rhododendron blooms. Pause at intervals to stop for a breather and soak in the awe-inspiring views of Machapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) and Annapurna South. Get your permits checked at the entrance of Ghorepani. The literal translation of Ghorepani is ‘horse water’. This village was so named as it was once the watering hole for horses and mule packs travelling along the old trade route. The village has a large Magar population and an assortment of lodges and teahouses. Poon Hill lies right above Ghorepani. If you are not too tired you can take a quick hike to Poon Hill to enjoy a sunset view. Overnight in Ghorepani.

DAY 5:

Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,600m/8,530ft), visit Poon Hill (3,210m/10529ft) expand
Walking distance: 9.89km (5-6 hours trek)

Wake up before dawn and hike to Poon Hill to experience the spectacular Poon Hill sunrise. Once you reach the top you are surrounded on all sides by Himalayan mountains. Enjoy the 360-degree view and watch the spectacular display of light and colour as the first rays of the sun lights up the icy blue peaks. The snow-covered Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli turn from red, pink and orange to a huge chunk of golden yellow. Click as many pictures as you can. Poon Hill’s elevation is 3210m, the highest point of your trek. Later head down to Ghorepani and descend to Tadapani via Banthanti village. En route hike past Deurali Danda, another lookout point offering inspiring views of the Annapurnas. Colourful prayer flags greet you as you arrive in Tadapani, a village lying at the foot of Machhapuchhre. Locals revere this mountain and climbing it is forbidden. Make way to a teahouse and take a much needed rest. Overnight in Tadapani.

DAY 6:

Trek Tadapani to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,774ft) expand
Walking Distance: (6-7 hours trek)

Enjoy stunning views of Annapurna South before heading down to Jhinu Danda, a settlement popular for its hot springs. The trail goes through a thick forest filled with moss covered rhododendron trees.  Walk past traditional farms and terraced fields before arriving at Jhinu Danda. Once you arrive at Jhinu Danda check into a teahouse and take the stone steps down to the hot spring. Spend a leisurely hour or two enjoying a soak at the naturally heated pool. The mineral rich water is sure to melt away all your aches and pains. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

DAY 7:

Trek Jhinu Danda to Australian Camp (2,050m/6,726ft) expand
Walking Distance: (6-7 hours trek)

Follow an up and down trail past picturesque vistas of hills and terraced farms. Cross waterfalls and streams with wooden bridges. Walk past villages with a mixed population of Gurungs, Magars, Brahmins and Chettris. From Pothana it’s just a few hours’ walk till you reach Australian Camp, a pretty ridge top settlement. The place lies surrounded by green meadows and the frozen walls of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) and Annapurna Massif appear quite close. Head to a teahouse where your guide has already booked a room for you. Enjoy more of the mesmerising Himalayan views from the teahouse’s courtyard or window. Celebrate your last evening on the trail with your teammates and crew. Overnight in Australian Camp.

DAY 8:

Trek to Phedi - Drive to Pokhara – Fly to Kathmandu expand
Distance: 2-3 hours trek, 30 minutes drive, 30 minutes flight

Before leaving Australian Camp, catch the sunrise over the snow covered peaks. Take a gentle descent down to the Gurung village of Dhampus. From Dhampus it takes just a few hours to reach Phedi’s bustling bazaar. Leave Phedi and drive to Pokhara. Reach the airport on time to catch your flight back to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu check into your hotel and spend the day at leisure. Relax at your hotel or explore more of the city on your own. You can walk down the local bazaar of Ason or Thamel to shop for souvenirs. In the evening head to a traditional Nepali restaurant for a complimentary farewell dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 9:

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What's Included

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Airport pick up & drop off service for international and domestic flights
  • Airfare for domestic flights

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara at a 3 star hotel on twin-sharing basis, with breakfast

  • Luxurious accommodation at a 5 star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara

  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek on twin-sharing and sometimes dormitory-style clean and comfortable rooms.

  • Accommodation at luxury resorts wherever available while trekking for deluxe package. At other places the best available accommodation

  • Three daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Professional, English-speaking, government-licensed, well-trained in wilderness first-aid Trek Leader (Guide), Assistant Trekking Guide (5 trekkers: 1 assistant guide), Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, flight fare, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • National Park Entry Fee, TIMS and Trekking permit
  • Complimentary Welcome and Farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant
  • First Aid kit and essential medicines(paracetamol, diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges
  • Third Rock Adventures’ T-shirt, Duffel bag and trekking map

What's not Included

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Excess baggage fee
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses (laundry, drinks, beverages, snacks, private calls, souvenirs, hot showers etc.)
  • Extra night accommodation in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment. Down jacket and sleeping bag(available on hire)
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control (natural calamities, strike etc.)
  • Expenses not listed in the ‘Price Includes’ section

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Before you book this trek try to learn more about the destination, its people, and its culture. It is important for you to realize that you will be trekking in a remote corner of the Himalayas. Here there are no roads and most of the area is wild country. Research and learn more about the region so that you will know what to expect during your trek. In order to provide you with as much information as possible, we have done our own research and placed the detailed information on our website. To learn more about your destination (for example, visa rules, climate, travel insurance, flora, fauna etc.)  click on the Trip Note or go to the Nepal General Information page.

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TRAVELLER'S REVIEWS

Mario Wyatt
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Jun 21, 2018

Our Poon Hill Ghorepani Trek

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I arrived in Kathmandu on the 2nd of June with my 2 best friends. We had been planning this trip for a long time and were very excited to see the mountains, culture and meet the people of Nepal. We had booked a short trek to Poon hill with Third Rock Adventures. We were picked up by the company at the airport and upon arrival at the hotel, we were briefed about our trek. The trek was absolutely fantastic, it was a short trek but the rewards were mind blowing. Third Rock Adventures lived up to our expectation as they provided very good service. The most notable thing I would especially like to mention is how they treated us like royalty, taking care of our every need and demand. A big thank you and thumbs up to the team and without any doubt.

Best Destination, Good Value, I like itinerary, Recommended by Friend, Best and Selected Tours
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Poon Hill, Pokhara, On the way hike
Ryan Patel
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Mar 22, 2019

Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek - An adventure in the mountains

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Though I would have loved to do the Annapurna Circuit, I did not have time. The team at Third rock Adventures suggested Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek, so I settled for this short trek. I was not disappointed as I got to enjoy some stellar views of Annapurna, Fishtail and other Himalayan giants. I had a really good guide, Pemba, who let me walk at my own pace. The highlight was supposed to be the sunrise from Poon Hill, but unfortunately weather was not on our side. It was cloudy but then we had a brief glimpse of the grand panorama as the clouds cleared a bit just as we were about to descend. But there were other places on the trail from where we had some spectacular mountain views. I enjoyed my stay at the Gurung villages. At one of the teahouses my guide introduced me to a person who is part of a group of Gurung ‘Honey Hunters’. It was interesting to chat with him. He had some pictures from his recent honey hunting expedition which looked kind of scary. It would be an interesting experience and I am already planning to be back with my friends for a ‘Honey Hunting’ experience. Pemba from Third Rock Adventures has agreed to be my guide for this next adventure too. I am already looking forward to my next Himalayan adventure! By the way, if anyone is searching for a tour company, I would highly recommend Third Rock Adventures. These guys know how to look after their clients!

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I wanted to trek in the Himalayas.
Meeting people en route, chatting with lodge owners and locals, and of course the stupendous mountain views.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Poon Hill trekkingis low altitude trekking. The maximum height you will get to is around 3210m. There is very little chance of getting AMS at that height

No, but we can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.

This is one of the easy treks in Annapurna region. Everyday day we walk for 4-5hours. Anyone with normal fitness level can join this trek. In fact, it is one of the best family adventure packages

You need to have a passport with validity for up to 6 months and a Nepal Visa which can either be obtained through the Nepalese Embassy diplomatic mission in your country or upon your arrival at the entry point. No visa is needed for Indian nationals. You also need to carry hard cash (for visa fee on arrival) and passport photographs (digital or hard copy). For more ‘Nepal Visa’ details please read the ‘Visa’ section in our ‘Additional Information’ page


QUESTION AND ANSWER

How are the tea houses on the trail?
Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek is one of the most popular and short treks in Nepal. The tea houses on this trail all have good accommodation and most of them offer a wide variety of food on their menu. The accommodation will be basic but neat and clean.
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