Highlights

  • Explore the unique and vibrant tradition and culture of Magar and Gurung people
  • Trek inside the Annapurna Conservation Area habitat of various exotic plants, animals and birds
  • Explore the beautiful villages like Birethanti, Ulleri, Banthanti, Ghorepani, etc.
  • Catch breathtaking views of mountains like Annapurna South, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, etc. 
  • Hike to Poon Hill, the viewpoint for the 360° panoramic view of Mt. Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri range
  • Enjoy the panoramic view of mountains like Annapurna, Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Varaha Shikhar, Lamjung Himal, etc.

About 3 Days Poon Hill Trek

Our 3-day Poon Hill and Ghorepani Trek is the shortest trek into most popular vantage points to view mighty mountain peaks. Poon Hill Trek is the best trek you can do to get a combined experience of nature and culture in such a short time. Poon Hill lies at the 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 Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. 

Since the trek only lasts for 3 days, the cost also decreases a lot. It is the cheapest trek one can do in the Annapurna Region and get the best of everything without being at the risk of altitude sickness. Poon Hill Trek itinerary is designed such that you will not have to rush but you should keep a steady pace. Poon Hill Trek 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.

Ghorepani Poon Hill trek can be completed in any season though the packing list for each season may be different. After walking a steady uphill, climbing couple 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. The package includes all transportation, food and accommodation expenses including a guide and porters. You don't have to worry about the language barrier, finding a place to stay or eat. Our guides are experienced, proficient in English, and they know the best places to stop along the way. If you want to upgrade any service, contact us and let us know. 
 

Route to Ghorepani Poon Hill

This Poon hill trek from Pokhara goes to Hile and then to Ghorepani. After an early morning hike to Poon Hill from Ghorepani, the trail returns the same way towards Nayapul and then to Pokhara.
 

Difficulty of the 3-day Poon Hill trek

The 3-day Poon Hill trek is a moderately difficult trek, Being only 3 days long, this trek with an average of 5-6 hours of trek each day, and it can be completed by anyone. This trek is perfect for everyone including travelers with children and the elderly. The highest altitude you will reach during this trek is at 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 help but is not compulsory.
 

Available Add ons: 

We have designed this package to make it more cost-effective and minimal. But, if you want to upgrade any service including accommodation or vehicle, we can make it possible for you. Check the points below to note the difference in cost while you choose a different type of service.

Types of accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara:

3-star hotel accommodation: 45 USD per night
4-star hotel accommodation: 100 USD per night
5-star accommodation: 190 USD per night

Types of vehicle:

Daily tourist Bus - 12 USD
Private car: 110 USD
Flight cost: 105 USD one way

Note: Please contact us to get any of these add ons for this 3 days poon hill trip.
 

Accommodation, food, and water

During the trek, you will stay at tea houses. The accommodation they provide 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. 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.
 

Best time for this 3 days Poon Hill trek

Poon Hill Trek is one of the short treks in Nepal which you can complete at any time of the year. Spring is perfect for trekkers who like greenery and don’t mind a few drizzles sometimes. You get to see blooming rhododendron flowers of different colors. Summer coincides with monsoon meaning unexpected rainfall but, with preparation, you will be just fine. You'll be able to trek in your shorts and t-shirt without carrying a heavy bag. Autumn is one of the best seasons to complete any trek in Nepal including Poon Hill trek. 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.

Itinerary

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After our representative picks you 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 and villagers talking and children playing and donkeys carrying the loads. On our way to Hile, 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 Hile.

Today, you will walk slowly and steadily because you will climb the notorious stone stairs counting to 3000 and beyond. First, you will walk gentle 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. Ulleri is an ancient village that has traditional stone houses and terraced farmlands surrounded by amazing views of forests and mountains. After that, you will move towards Ghorepani. and forests. 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.

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 degrees 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 main highlight of our trip, 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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What's included

  • Meals: 
    3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • Accommodation: 
    Tea house accommodation along the way for 2 days
  • Transportation:   
    All land transportation with pickups and drops
  • Guides and Porters:
    One guide and assistant guide between 6 people 
    1 porter for two people (A porter can carry up to 30 kg)
  • Entry Fees and Permits:
    Annapurna Conservation Area Entrance Fee
    TIMS Card
  • Miscellaneous: 
    Down jacket, a Sleeping bag which should be refunded to the company after the trip
    Necessary paperwork with the government of Nepal and Tax department
    All the necessary insurance for the guides and porters
    First Aid service in case of minor injuries
    Salary, food, and accommodation for guides and porters
  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Rescue & travel insurance, trip cancellation costs, accident or health emergency, evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects (We strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance.)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to any reason
  • 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 the Sublime crew

Good to know

How is the weather at Poon Hill?

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.
 

How many hours should I walk each day?

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.
 

Can I charge the batteries during the 3 days trek?

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. 

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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. 

Customer Reviews

  • Very nice place and great views

    - Julia Everhart, United States

    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, 

  • Views to make you really happy

    - Argus Eliopoulos, Greece

    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.