Poon Hill trek distance

If you are looking for a short trek in the Himalayas of Nepal and want a good scenic views of mountains in the Annapurna region, Poon Hill trek might be the perfect choice for you. But like every other trekking route, you would want to look at the distance you would cover in the trek.

You don’t have to worry about the distance you need to cover during the Poon Hill trek because it is quite low. The greater the difference in altitude of the places along the trek, the greater will be the distance that you need to cover.

But the difference in the altitudes of the places along the Poon Hill trek is also quite low. And the altitude of the vantage point of Poon Hill is also just 3200 meters. This altitude is manageable even if you have no prior trekking experience.

Poon Hill trek Directions

Poon Hill trek is one of the most versatile treks in terms of the varying number of ways that you can trek in this region. This trek generally starts after a drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. The drive is a relatively short one and takes one and a half hour only.

From Nayapul, you will head to Tikhedhunga, which is directly north of Nayapul. You will spend a night there.

Next morning, you will set out to Ghorepani and spend your night there. Early next morning, you will head to Poon Hill to experience a wonderful sunrise in Poon HIll. Your descent from Poon Hill will start the same day. You will descend from Poon Hill to Ghorepani to Tadapani to Ghandruk and finally to Nayapul, the starting point of your trek.

You will spend a night at Tadapani and Ghandruk along the way. You will head almost directly north from Nayapul to Poon Hill while the route back down is a sort of a detour. To get a clearer picture of the place, you can take a look at the map of Poon Hill.

Maps will help you put things into perspective. If you are looking to trek to Poon Hill alone, it will be extremely important for you to carry a map to locate the places along the way. Maps also aid in knowing the direction that you are heading to. They also help to spark conversations along the way.

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Poon Hill trek altitude and distance

Now that you have a rough idea of the places along the trek, you let us take a look at the the trek in further detail. This will give you an idea about the altitude of the places and the number of trekking hours.

Day 1- Nayapul to Tikhedhunga

After a drive of around 90 minutes, you will reach Nayapul, the official point from which you start the trek to Poon Hill. Pokhara has an altitude of 1400 meters compared to that of 1070 meters of Nayapul. This means that you will be descending down.

From Nayapul, you will head to Tikhedhunga. In this process, you will gain an altitude of 400 meters, which means that the altitude of Tikhedhunga is 1480 meters. It will take you 3-4 hours to come to Tikhedhunga from Nayapul. The total length you will have come from Pokhara to Nayapul is

Along your journey to Nayapul, you will be crossing two important places along the way i.e. Birethanti and Hile.

Day 2- Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

This might be the most arduous day of your trek as you gain an altitude of around 1400 meters along the way. Ghorepani has an altitude of 2874 meters. However, you don’t have to fear about the altitude sickness as altitude sickness starts taking its toll only after you have ascended 3000 meters.

You will walk 4 to 6 hours along this route depending upon your walking speed. The total length of the trek is 9.4 kilometers. There will be vertical staircases, a quaint village of Ulleri as well as lush forest of rhododendron along the way to keep you full of surprises along the way.

Day 3- Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani

In terms of the trekking length, this is the day where you cover the largest distance. You will cover 11.2 kilometers this day. But most of the trekking will be downhill. So the your body will not be as stressed as you might think.

The only ascent you will make is from Ghorepani to Poon Hill, which is 3200 meters above the sea level. You might be wondering about altitude sickness but you won’t have to worry. From Poon Hill, you will trek is all the way down to an altitude of 2630 meters to Tadapani. You will walk 5-6 hours this day.

Day 4- Tadapani to Ghandruk

This day might be the most pleasant of all the trekking days as the trek will last only 2-3 hours. Ghandruk is merely 1940 meters in altitude. So you will descend 700 meters this day but the length that you will walk is 6.5 kilometers.

Day 5- Ghandruk to Nayapul to Pokhara

This is the last day of your trek and quite similar to the first day which involves a bit of a drive and a bit of trekking. The descent from Ghandruk to Nayapul is almost 1000 meters. In terms of the horizontal distance you travel this is roughly 10.5 kilometers which will take 3-5 hours to complete.

Note that this is not the only way to complete the trek. You can shorten or extend the duration of your trek depending upon how many days you want to send or how you want to spend them.

Some Tips for the Poon Hill trek

1. Hydrate yourself

Staying hydrated is a very good way to reduce the amount of fatigue in your body. If you are traveling in summers, some places might be fairly warm. So carry a 1-2 litre water bottle. And a bit is snacks to keep your stomach from getting hungry.

2. Check the Weather

Checking the weather of Poon Hill before coming is a very good way to know what things you need to pack and what things you want to pack. In trekking seasons, the trails are packed while on off seasons, you can expect very low trekking traffic. So depending upon the season you will be comfortable to travel in, you should manage your trip.

3. Get an insurance

There might be all sorts of things that can go wrong while trekking such as on due to bad weather or accidental forgetting of luggage somewhere. In those conditions, comfort will be provided if you have a travel insurance. Make sure that you check with your travel companies about the things that they cover.

4. Get a Guide

Yes, you will find plenty of people along the trek traveling alone. But if you are a first timer or come in an off season, a guide becomes that bit more important. And even if you have trekked here before, you wouldn’t mind helping to improve the economy of this region, would you?

Final Thoughts

The distance you need to cover in the Poon Hill trek is very small. And the fact that you won’t have any drastic change in the altitude will always keep you energized as long as you take the necessary precautions. So, Poon Hill trek is a trek for people of all ages across all seasons.

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