Poon Hill

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The Poon Hill trek has just about all the best things you could want in a trek in Nepal, particularly if you have limited time. The highlight of this trek is sunrise at Poon Hill from which you will see the first light of day as it embraces Dhaulagiri and the other high peaks in this part of the Himalayan range.

Please note that pick up in Kathmandu is possible and then you would decide to either fly or dry to Pokhara. This would add a day on either end of this excursion. Two itineraries are possible.

Itinerary 1

Day 1) drive from pokhara to Nayapul (1 hour) and begin trek at Nayapul. The trail follows the main street of Berethanti going through bamboo forests and passing a large water fall and swiming hole. The trail stays on the northen bank of the Bhurungdi khola to the village of Baajgara. You will reach Hille at 1495 m, there are several lodges where you can stay over night. Lunch will be on the way with dinner and accommodation in Hille. Day two breakfast will be at Hille.

Day 2) trek to Ghorepani (2775m) from Hille which takes about 5-6 hours. You'll stay over night there. The trail is climbs steeply on a stone stairway and the climb continues through Magar village. At Ulleri (2070m) two snowcapped mountains become visible, Annapurna south (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m). Crossing Banthanti (2250m) and Nangethanti (2460m) we will reach Ghorepani at 2775m/ Lunch will be on the way with dinner and accommodation and breakfast the next day all in Ghorepani.

Day 3 ) visit Poon Hill (3210m) an hour's climb from Ghorepani with spectular views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna 1, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Fishtail. Following sunrise trek to Tadapani about 4-5 hour's and mostly downhill through rhorodendon forests, ending in Tadapani ( 2656m). Lunch will be on the way with dinner and accommodation and Day 4 breakfast at Tadapani.

Day 4) trek to Ghandruk, large Gurung village, at 1970m. This is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal (the largest is Siklis) about 3.30 hour's walk and visit the village. Lunch, dinner and accommodation and Day 5 breakfast will be Ghandruk

Day 5) after breakfast leave hotel from Ghandruk and trek to Birethanti. This is mostly flat and will take about 4-5 hours. Lunch will be there and after lunch about 40 minutes of walking will put you in Nayapul. The drive to Pokhara from there will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Above photo shows view from Tadapani

Itinerary 2

Days 1-4 are the same as above.

Day 5) Trek down and up to Landruk (five-six hours) then continue to Tolka where you will spend the overnight . Lunch will be on the way with dinner and accomodation and Day 6 breakfast at Tolka. Day 5 trek will pass through a small Gurung village and cultivated farmland with spectacular views of the Annapurna range.

Day 6) Trek to Dhampush at 1650m from Tolka a four-five hour walk throught the forest. Over night, dinner, and breakfast for Day 7 will be in Dhampsh with lunch on the way.

Day 7) trek down to Phedi at 1130m then drive back to Pokhara.

In the mountains the food is more expensive than in the cities as there is no food produced in the mountains.