Poon Hill Short Trek

Duration: 3 Days5/5(1 review)
At a Glance
  • Duration 3 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Destination Nepal
  • Start/End Pokhara/Pokhara
  • Group Size 1-14
  • Max. Altitude 3210m

Highlights

  • Go on a short trek in the Annapurna region
  • Explore the Annapurna Sanctuary abundant in flora and fauna
  • Easy access trail to trail from Pokhara
  • Trek through lush forests or rhododendrons and picturesque villages
  • Cross thrilling suspension bridges and beautiful waterfalls
  • Get to see rural Nepal and the lifestyle of mountain people
  • Witness stunning mountain views from Ghorepani village
  • The Poon Hill offers gorgeous sunrise with snowy mountains all around it
  • Budget-friendly, quick escape in nature to unwind and relax

Poon Hill Trek Overview

"Embark on a short yet adventurous trek in the Annapurna Region. Trek to the famous viewpoint, Poon Hill, and spend a night in the picturesque Ghorepani village on our short Ghorepani Poon Hill trek 3-Days."

We have designed this budget-friendly & short venture in the Annapurna region that provides you a peek into Nepali culture and lets you taste the adrenaline of trekking in the Himalayas. Poon Hill trekking is an easy and short trek. The trail has the perfect balance of steep and gen-tle walks.

From Pokhara, the trail ascends 3,210 meters to a hilltop called Poon Hill. It offers sweeping views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, along with several other snowy mountains. The gentle pace of the trail through lush forests and remote mountain villages has won the hearts of hundreds of backpackers.

Throughout the Poon Hill trek route, you get to witness majestic views of the western Hima-layan mountains. Ghorepani village is surrounded by giant mountains, and the scenery from here is tempting too. Likewise, you can see mountains like Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Nilgiri (7,061 m), Tukuche (6,920 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), Hiuncuhli (6,441 m), Baraha Shikhar, and many others dominating the lush green hills and valleys.

Another great side of the Poon Hill trek 3 days is the lovely villages and the locals. During the trek, you pass by many settlement areas, including Tikhedhunga (1,480 m), Birethanti (1,263 m), Ulleri (2,070 m), and Ghorepani (2,874 m). People from numerous communities reside in these villages. You get to see the daily lifestyle of mountain people and interact with them.

Overall, the Poon Hill trek is an ultimate short trek and a must-do for everyone. In a matter of time, you can leave behind the chaos of Pokhara and hit the tranquil trail. On top of that, the trail is easy-going, so no preparation is needed at all.

Poon Hill trek is available on any day of the year, and you can place the booking as per your availability. You can also tailor-make the Poon hill trek itinerary or a private trek if you wish.

Poon Hill trek Attractions

There are so many reasons that make the Poon Hill trek one of the best short treks in the Him-alayas. Do not underestimate the experience this trek offers just because of its quick itinerary. We have mentioned some of the reasons that make the Poon Hill trek a must-do

A quick escape into nature

You do not have to go on long, expensive, and difficult treks to enjoy Nepal's natural beauty. And you certainly do not have to do those things to escape in the Himalayas.

Poon Hill trek explores the lower belt of the Annapurna Himalayas abundant in valleys, for-ests, rivers, waterfalls, and terraced fields. If you are in Pokhara, then you are only an hour-long drive away from the trail.  

Explore the lower part of Annapurna Sanctuary

Ghorepani and Poon Hill are located in the Annapurna Sanctuary. The trail winds through the Annapurna Conservation Area, which is a protected area and home to a diverse species of flo-ra & fauna.

The trek encompasses forested paths gleaming in a range of vegetation. Similarly, the chirping of birds and the occasional appearance of wildlife while trekking makes the trail intriguing

Adventurous trekking route full of ascends and descends through lush woodlands

The Poon Hill trekking route starts at Nayapul and goes through lush forests up to the highest point of the trek. Some part of the trail passes by dense forests. Whereas some parts of the trail move along the foothills of lush green hills.

There are suspension bridges over rushing rivers and old wood bridges over small streams. You get to see stunning waterfalls and walk on long stone staircases. There are also a handful of steep uphill paths.

Picturesque mountain villages and the friendly locals

You pass by many fine rural villages while trekking to Poon Hill. The most famous one on this trek is Ghorepani village, surrounded by rhododendron trees and mountains. Every village welcomes you with a different vibe and scenery.

The locals in the lower Annapurna regions are from many cultural backgrounds. You get to see their different practices and lifestyle, living with each other in harmony. The locals are friendly, so do not feel shy to interact with them. Our guide will help you break the conversa-tion. Most of the locals understand English thanks to the frequent tourist visits.

The famous viewpoint Poon Hill and gorgeous western Himalayan mountain view

Poon Hill is a famous viewpoint in the Annapurna region, situated over Ghorepani village at 3,210 meters. This viewpoint offers sensational views of the Himalayan mountains from An-napurna to Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and numerous others. The top of the viewpoint also offers a glorious sunrise along with a breathtaking landscape.

Check out these other short trekking packages- Helambu Valley Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Everest View Trek, and Mardi Himal Trek.

Itinerary

Find the detailed itinerary for the short Poon Hill trek for 3 days. This is the shortest itinerary to complete the Ghorepani-Poon Hill and is suitable for active trekkers with limited days who still want to experience trekking in Nepal to the fullest.

You do not need many days to trek to Poon hill as it is only 3 days from Pokhara to Pokhara and people even do the trek in 2 days (1 day to up and another return to Pokhara) So if you have only 2 days and still want to do the trek as we also offer 2 days Poon Hill Trek.

Furthermore, there are some other places to trek in the region such as Tadapani and Ghandruk, we have some other itineraries for those who have longer time such as the 4-day Ghorepani-Ghandruk Trek or we have 10 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek Program that includes your arrival and departure days to and from Nepal, a day tour in Kathmandu and travel days between Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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The Poon Hill trek begins from Nayapul. It's a one-hour ride from Pokhara to Nayapul. From here, we begin trekking towards Tikhedhunga. The distance between these two places is 9.2 kilometers (5.7 miles).

The trail offers a beautiful view of Fishtail once we start walking. Trekking through valleys and waterfalls, we ascend to Birethanti. The trail further goes by lush woodlands to Tikhedhunga.

  • MealsL, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude1540

After having breakfast in Tikhedhunga, we’ll continue trekking towards Ghorepani village. The trail distance is 12.9 kilometers (8 miles). The trail from Tikhedhunga descends and crosses a bridge over Bhurungdi Khola. You'll walk on long slate stairs from here onwards to Ulleri. As per locals, there are 3767 of those.

On the way, you can see views of the Annapurna range. From Ulleri, the trail goes through lush forests to Ghorepani village via Nangethati. From Ghorepani village, you can see views of snow-clustered mountains like Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Gan-gapurna, etc.

  • MealsB, L, D
  • AccommodationGuest House
  • Max. Altitude2860

It is your last day of the trek. We begin trekking towards Poon Hill early in the morning to catch the sunrise from here. It's an hour-long walk from Ghorepani village to Poon Hill. The trail is rough and steep. From this viewpoint, you can see mountains all around you.

After enjoying the views, we descend to Ghorepani village and follow a downhill route to Nayapul. The trail descends through small settlement areas and lush forests. From Nayapul, we drive to Pokhara, and our trek ends.

  • MealsB, L
  • Max. Altitude3210

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Poon Hill Short Trek map

Inclusions

  • Private transfers from Pokhara to Nayapul and return
  • Two nights of guest house accommodation on trek
  • Annapurna conservation and TIMS permits
  • A guide
  • Meals (2 breakfast, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners)
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service, which will be paid by your Travel insurance company
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary

Exclusions

  • Your expenses of drink water, hot and cold drinks & bar bills
  • Laundry, telephone, hot shower & internet charge
  • Tips for the guide
  • Anything not mentioned in the included section

Essential Info

Preparation for Poon Hill Trek - 3 Days

To prepare yourself for the Poon Hill hike, you can go on long walks and do cardio in the gym (if you are already exercising). Even though the Poon Hill trek is easy, you will have to walk 5 to 6 hours a day for three days. Therefore, you have to be able to walk that much. Your stamina plays a huge role.

FAQs

  • Q1. How hard is Poon Hill Trek?

    As you must have read in the above paragraphs, the Poon Hill trek is one of the easiest treks in the Himalayas. We recommend this trek to our underage and elderly trekkers too. Anyone can join Poon Hill trekking. You only have to be healthy and fit enough to walk.

    Talking about the trail, most of it gradually ascends through lush woodlands of rhododendron, pine, fir, etc. Along the way, you cross some thrilling bridges over rivers and streams. There can be some sections steep and rugged.

Client Reviews

  • 5/5

    Best Poon Hill Trek

    Outfitter Himalaya never let me down! The first time, we went trekking to Poonhill, and we chose Outfitter Himalaya because of the reasonable price and good services. They were warmly welcomed and have a good heart. They make us feel like family, and the trekking is amazing. Suraj as our guide and more than a guide, now we became too good friend ever.

    We go to Kathmandu many times, they still help me with everything that is why we love Outfitter Himalaya, it is a more than a travel agency, they are the best friends, and good isn't enough for them.
     

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    AreeyaFrom: Thailand,Jan 20, 2022
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    Dear Areeya,

    Thank you for your review about Poon hill Trek in Nepal. Good to know that you are happy with the guide and all the services provided on the Poon hill Trek. The Poon hill trek is one of the best and most popular treks in Annapurna region in Nepal. So, advise your people also to do this trek.

    We wish you all the best and wish to serve you again. Have a good day.

    Arjun
    Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd

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