Poon Hill Trek 3 Days

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Trip Overview
  • Duration: 3 Days
  • Trip Grade: Leisurely Plus
  • Trip Start and End: Pokhara
  • Trip Area: Ghorepani
  • Trip Style: Active
  • Age Group: 5+
  • Trip Type: Private and Group
  • Trip Method: Guided
  • Booking Type: Instant Booking
  • Max. Altitude: 3210m
  • Best Season: 12 months
  • Foot Print:Carbon Neutralleaf

The Poon Hill Trek is an easy short trek into the most popular vantage points of the mountain peaks of Nepal. Despite being a brief trekking plan, it does not fail to mesmerize its trekkers and offers you a combined experience of amazing views of mountains and explores diverse cultures in such a short time.

Poon Hill lies at a height of 3210 meters, just about 45 minutes away from the village of Ghorepani. It is the most accessible and rewarding vantage point to get outstanding views of mountains in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

This is a convenient 3-day trek, making it the cheapest one in the Annapurna Region. On top of it, you will get the best of everything without being at risk of altitude sickness.

Poon Hill Trekking 3 days can also be done as an introductory trek in the landscape of Nepal's Himalayas if you have never done any trekking in Nepal before. It is perfect for trekkers of all ages and capabilities.

The spring of March, April, May, and the autumn of September, October, and November are the best months to trek to Poon Hill. However, you can complete this trek in any season though the packing list for each season will differ. The Poon Hill Trek is an easy trek to do in Nepal. The total distance of the trek is 40 km (25 miles). Meanwhile, you'll only go as high as 3,210m (10531.5 feet).

The starting point of the Poon Hill trek is at Nayapul after a 1.5-hour drive from Pokhara. The total distance from Nayapul to Poon Hill is 13.4 km. Starting from Nayapul, your trek leads you to Tikhedhunga. It takes about 4 hours to trek from Tikhedunga to Nayapul. This hike phase will take you through beautiful villages like Birethanti and Hile.

On the second day, you aim to reach Ghorepani. The trek takes you to the beautiful villages of Ulleri and Banthati. This trek takes you further to Ghorepani in about 6 hours. Once in Ghorepani, you proceed to Poon Hill from Ghorepani.

After walking a steady uphill, climbing thousands of stairs, and climbing some steep uphill, all surrounded by the outstanding beauty of nature and mountains in the backdrop, you will finally reach Poon Hill. After a spectacular highlight of sunrise views and panoramic Himalayas from Poon Hill, your trail then returns the same way towards Nayapul and then to Pokhara.

Poon hill trek highlights
Dhaulagiri Range from Poon Hill

Poon Hill Trekking Highlights

  • Explore the Magar and Gurung people's unique and vibrant traditions, culture, and warm hospitality.
  • Encounter a wide range of flora and fauna along the trail.
  • Short and easy visit to the Annapurna region.
  • Trek inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, a habitat of exotic plants, animals, and birds.
  • Explore beautiful villages like Birethanti, Ulleri, Banthanti, Ghorepani, etc.
  • Catch breathtaking views of mountains like Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, Nilgiri, Varaha Shikhar, Lamjung Himal, etc.
  • Exclusive sunrise viewpoints.
  • Hike to Poon Hill for the 360° panoramic view of Mt. Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri range.

Cost for Poon Hill Trek 3 Days

The Poon Hill Trek cost starts from $200 US per person. The price of your trip varies on your group size. If you come with a larger group the price of Poon Hill Trek per individual goes down.

With Sublime Trails, the booking cost includes accommodation, food, permit fees, and transport. The cost of hiring a guide and porter is also included in this cost. Also, note that Sublime Trails makes all permits and paperwork arrangements with the government and the tax department. This allows us to offer the best trek for you.

However, the inclusive package rate does not include soft and alcoholic drinks, hot showers, or the cost of charging your electronics. For more info, refer to the includes and excludes sections.

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Poon Hill Trek 3 Days Itinerary

  • Day 1:Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to UlleriAltitude: 1570 m
  • Day 2:Trek to Ghorepani from UlleriAltitude: 2750 m
  • Day 3:Trek to Poon Hill and return to Pokhara via Nayapul

Trip Map

Poon Hill Trek 3 Days Map

Day 1:Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Ulleri

Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Ulleri
  • Max Altitude1570 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsLunch and Dinner

After our representative picks you up from your hotel, you will now head towards Nayapul. A scenic ride for about 2 hours takes you to the place where you will start your trek.

You will walk an ascending trail covered with beautiful rhododendron forests. While you continue your trek, you will also hear birds singing villagers talking and children playing and donkeys carrying the loads.

On our way to Ulleri, you can find various shops and tea houses to stop for lunch and snacks. After reaching, you will rest and spend your night at a tea house in the village of Ulleri.

Day 2:Trek to Ghorepani from Ulleri

Trek to Ghorepani from Ulleri
  • Max Altitude2750 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • MealsBLD

On the second day,  you will walk slowly and steadily because you will climb the notorious stone stairs counting to 3000 and beyond.

First, you will walk gently uphill and reach a suspension bridge. Then, you will begin your stair climbing. These stone stairs take you through amazing views of forests and stone memorials.

After that, you will move towards Ghorepani. The trek towards Ghorepani is steep but you will witness waterfalls, some wild animals, and dense forest as you move further. After reaching Ghorepani, you will rest and sleep early as you have to wake up early tomorrow.

Day 3:Trek to Poon Hill and return to Pokhara via Nayapul

Trek to Poon Hill and return to Pokhara via Nayapul
  • MealsBreakfast

After waking up early in the morning, you will get to the top of Poon Hill today. It is one of the most popular vantage points for mountain viewing and is worth all the effort. It takes about an hour to reach Poon Hill from Ghorepani.

You can witness the 360-degree view of several snow-peaked mountains higher than 7000 meters. The trail is full of beautiful rhododendron forests, stone memorials, and mountains in the background.

After enjoying the beautiful sunrise views, you will now return to Nayapul following the same path. From Nayapul, we will drive you back to your hotel in Pokhara and conclude the trip.

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Cost Details

Included

  • Meals: 
    3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Accommodation: 
    Comfortable accommodation for 2 nights
  • Transportation:   
    Transport from Pokhara to Nayapul and return to Pokhara
  • Guides and Porter:
    Experienced trekking guide
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    Annapurna Conservation Area Entrance Fee
    TIMS Card

Excluded

  • Rescue & travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, cold drinks, bottled or boiled water, hot shower, etc.)
  • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including mineral water
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Tipping for guide and porter

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Trip Essential Information

Poon Hill Trek Altitude Profile

Trek altitude is an important factor that determines the chance of altitude sickness. In Poon Hill trekking the maximum altitude reaches up to 3,210 meters (10,531 feet).

Location
Altitude
Pokhara
822 m
Nayapul
1070 m
Tikhedhunga
1480-1620 m
Ghorepani
2874 m
Poon Hill
3,210 m

As the average elevation of this trek is around 2,500-3,000 meters (8,200-9,800 feet), it is easy for trekkers to reach their destination.

Besides that, the well-maintained trail makes the trek simple so that beginners can also complete and enjoy the beautiful view.

However, it's very important to follow the required precautions to avoid altitude sickness. You should be drinking water often, and take rest and breaks during your trek and ascending slowly.

Accommodation, Food, and Drinking Water

Meals on Poon Hill Trek
Delicious meals during the trek.

During the trek, you will stay at tea houses. Their accommodation is simple, clean, and minimalistic with warm hospitality.

You will be provided with 3 meals in one of these tea houses along the way. They provide meals ranging from the Nepali staple food dal bhat to pizza, depending upon how accessible the place is.

Normally, you will eat dal bhat, noodles, pasta, flatbread, bakeries, eggs, vegetable soups, etc.

Beds in poon hill trek teahouse accommodation
Teahouse accommodation.

Besides that, you can also bring chocolates, energy bars, and instant snacks to give you an energy boost along the way. You get to fill clean filtered water in your water bottles but you are advised to bring water purification pills with you too.

Getting There

The actual Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek officially starts from Nayapul. You’ll have to get to Nayapul by bus, no matter where you are.

Most start their journey from Pokhara. But if you are in any other city in Nepal, you can consult with Sublime Trails to arrange your transport.

A significant number of trekkers are also in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city when they think of doing the trek. If that’s you, you can have us arrange a plane or a bus ticket from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Best Time and Weather for Poon Hill Trek

Spring is perfect for trekkers who like greenery and don’t mind a few drizzles sometimes. The temperature is 5°C min and reaches up to 30°C max. You get to see blooming rhododendron flowers of different colors. This time is fairly perfect for the Poon Hill trekking and offers a majestic clear view of the mountains.

Autumn is also one of the best seasons to complete any trek in Nepal including the Poon Hill trek. The temperature in this season ranges from 0°C minimum to 25°C maximum. This season gives the best experience with beautiful views of mountains and peaks. Trek can be easily made without any hassle and hesitations.

Meanwhile, summer coincides with monsoon meaning unexpected rainfall but, with preparation, you will be just fine. The temperature is 5°C min and reaches up to 30°C max. The best part is that you'll be able to trek in your shorts and T-shirt without carrying a heavy bag this season.

During winter, the days are cold and short but you won’t be going to higher elevations. You will get to catch some outstanding views, just pack an extra jacket and a sleeping bag. The temperature in this season ranges from -5°C minimum to 15°C maximum.

Permits Needed

You will need the ACAP permit and your TIMS card for Poon Hill Trek.

Annapurna Conservation Area: Poon Hill falls under the Annapurna region of Nepal. This is the reason that trekkers should take an ACAP before heading to the Annapurna conservation area. Annapurna Conservation Area permit costs Rs.3000 per person. This permit has no expiry date.

TIMS Trekkers Permit: TIMS Trek Permit costs you Rs. 2000 per person if you are an individual trekker. This permit is green in color. Whereas it costs Rs.1000 if you are going with an agency. This permit is blue in color.

Both of these permits are single-entry permits that are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Poon Hill Trek Difficulty

The Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is moderately difficult. It is best for beginners and families with kids.

The total distance covered is around 30-40 miles (50-65 kilometers), depending on the route chosen.  Look for 5 to 6 hours of trekking each day on fairly relaxed terrain. The highest altitude you will reach during this trek is 3210 meters in Poon Hill from where you will return.

Since you will not stay there, you will not be at any risk of altitude sickness. Some preparation before the trek can surely help.

Though some parts of the trek may be demanding, especially uphill climbs, and altitude can be a challenge, most people with adequate fitness and proper preparation should complete it without significant difficulties.

Packing List

This is a fairly easy three-day trek. Unlike other intensive trekking plans, the Pooh Hill trek does not require extensive packing. However, you should still design your packing list carefully. Be mindful, to include the right kind of gear.

These are the most essential items to include in your packing list.

  • Water Bottle
  • Lightweight Trekking pants
  • Quick Dry T-shirt
  • Fleece jacket
  • Hiking Socks
  • Summer Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Flipflops
  • Underwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothpaste 
  • Toothbrush
  • Wet Wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Hair care
  • Diarrhea Medicine
  • Basic First Aid
  • Quick Dry Towel

FAQs

  • Weather in Poon Hill is not as extreme and dramatic as it is in higher altitudes. It really depends upon what type of climate you are adapted to. Poon Hill is coldest in March and warmest in the month of May. During spring, the weather is lovely with mild temperatures and low precipitation and clear sky. Summer is warm - it can get up to  25 degrees Celsius. But, you have to be prepared for heavy rainfalls which slowly reduces during late summer in August. During autumn, the temperature will again be comfortable and precipitation is low. Weather in winter is perfect for some people and not for others. Temperatures can get around 0 degrees Celsius, but there will be no rain.

  • Poon Hill Trek is completed in just 3 days. On the first day, you will walk for 3 hours after getting to Nayapul. On the second day, you will walk for about 5 hours. You will have to climb the stairs to reach Ulleri village and climb a steep trail to reach Ghorepani. On the third day, you will walk for about an hour to reach the top of Poon Hill. Then, you will return the same route to reach Nayapul, and it will be easier because the trail will mostly be easy descent.

  • There is a power supply in most places during your Poon Hill Trek though there might be some electricity cut off sometimes. You might have to pay some rupees per hour to charge your batteries.

  • You can comfortably complete the trek in three days or extend the itinerary to include more destinations.

  • We do organize treks for private groups. In fact, if you choose to go in a private group, the itinerary can be even more flexible. On top of it, you can choose an appropriate date to start your trek if prescheduled dates are incompatible.

  • No matter where you start your trek from in Nepal (Pokhara, Kathmandu, etc.), we will safely store any extra luggage that you don't bring on the trek.

  • You will have a telephone network connection throughout the trek. We recommend buying a Nepali SIM card (NTC, Ncell, Smart Cell, etc.) when you are in the city.

  • Yes, it is possible for you to go on a solo Poon Hill trek. While experienced trekkers do the trek by themselves, we recommend you hire a trekking operator (Sublime Trails). We will keep you safe throughout the trek. Your guide will provide insights you'd otherwise not notice by yourself. If you choose to go solo with us, we can provide a guide and porter only for you. 

  • We recommend carrying the Nepalese equivalent of US$50-$70 in cash for any personal expenses on the trek.

  • Yes, we recommend you have travel insurance for the trip. Please consult with our representative to get travel insurance recommendations for your country.

Poon Hill Trek 3 Days Reviews

5.0based on 5 reviews
  • Julia Everhart
    Julia EverhartJuly 25, 2018
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    Very nice place and great views

    This holiday I didn't want to go anywhere else but just stay at a nice hotel in Pokhara and relax with my husband. But, my husband is a restless guy, he wouldn't just end this trip without doing a trek. I found the best deal after contacting Ram. So we decided to go to Poon Hill, it wasn't our first time in Nepal or even to Poon Hill. But, it surprises you every time. It was our middle ground, I wanted a laid back holiday, he couldn't stay and relax at a place. So, in short, it was yet another fun time with Sublime Trails.

  • Argus Eliopoulos
    Argus EliopoulosMarch 07, 2018
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    Views to make you really happy

    I''m not a kind of person who can walk a lot. But, Im proud to say that I completed my 3 days Poonhill trek. It wasn't easy for someone like me, If someone takes an hour to walk a distance I will take 3 hours for me to walk the same. Our guide was absolutely humble, caring and encouraging so he took care of us. When we reached Poon Hill, I forgot everything for few minutes. It was just brilliant how beautiful the mountains looked from there.

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