Annapurna Poonhill Trek

Annapurna Poonhill trek

Trek to the famous hill station, Poonhill

10 Days 3,210m/10,532ft
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Quick Facts

Trip Duration 10 Days Trip Grading Easy
Max Altitude 3,210m/10,532ft Best TimeMarch - May
Sept - Nov
Trip ModeTeahouse / Lodge Group SizeMin 1 Max 15
Overview

Trip Highlights

  • A trek to the famous hill station – Poonhill
  • Perfect trip for newbies and for families with kids
  • Moderate trek with magnificent views of mountains
  • Traditional villages and beautiful landscapes

Trip Overview

Annapurna Poonhill Trek, a perfect trip for newbies and families with kids who seek a ‘first time’ entry into the gentle wild.If you are short on time but still want the loved ones to enjoy the thrilling wilderness in its gentler form amid some lovely natural surroundings with enticing mountain landscapes, get set for a trip that offers all of this, & even more.

Well known to be the ‘mini’ Annapurna Circuit, this is one popular trek in Nepal that is loved by most backpackers looking for some peace and in the woods of the vast Himalayas. The highest elevation you reach is (3,210m) and for those who reach the famous high hill, the important part of the trip is an early dawn tryst with nature at Poon Hill for a magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas where the mountains stretch as far as the eye goes north towards Tibet & West towards the Dhaulagiri Himal and then swings towards the East with wonderful views of the Annapurna Himal.

The trail meanders through rhododendron forest and engrossing traditional villages of Ghandruk, occupied by the families of bold Gurkha soldiers who serve in the Indian & British armies; it’s a wonderful chance to witness the culture and tradition of the Nepalese countryside. As we hike the paths, there are breathtaking views of the snowy peaks of the Annapurna Ranges and the varied views of the sacred Mount Fishtail, added rewards of this venture. This is not a difficult trek but it helps if you have a reasonable degree of fitness. This trek is said to be the best introduction to a warm up for any challenging treks that you’d like to do big time in the future…out in the wild where the beauty is ever so natural… ‘Annapurna Poonhill Trek tells you that when you pull up somewhere for a rest, you look up to the heavens and thank God for the captivating beauty that surrounds you and say to yourself ‘what a wonderful world’’.

Trip Profile

- Equipment (Down Jacket, Sleeping bag wt liner, Duffel bag) worth of USD 300 provided for trekking

- Comprehensive first aid kit with oxygen backup for all high altitude treks

- Satellite phone for emergency purpose

- Fully guided trek with an expert leader and team of dedicated staff

- Medical trained staff with English language proficiency

- All meals (B,L,D) and accommodation included on trek

- Reasonable price with no hidden cost

- High staff to client ratio on all trips

- Higher success ratio

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 02 : Fly to Pokhara & explore [827m/2,714ft]
  • Day 03 : Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri [2,050m/6,726ft].
  • Day 04 : Trek to Gorepani [2,750m/9,033ft]
  • Day 05 : Hike up to Poonhill [3,210m/10,532ft] and trek to Tadapani [2,700m/5,586ft]
  • Day 06 : Trek to Ghandruk [1,940m/6,365ft]
  • Day 07 : Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara [827m/2,714ft]
  • Day 08 : Drive back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 09 : Free day [1,350m/4,430ft]
  • Day 10 : International departure

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with Highland Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather or health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please look out for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street
    • Meal : None
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 02 - Fly to Pokhara & explore [827m/2,714ft]

    After breakfast, we hop a twenty-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu airport. During the flight, the views from your window seat give you mesmerizing views of glorious Manaslu and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. We reach our hotel, refresh & get familiar with our surroundings. We can go for a stroll down the fewa lake & also do some boating. We could also visit Davis fall and visit the peace stupa. The city of lakes – Pokhara is a wonderful city to explore around. Overnight at your hotel
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 03 - Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri [2,050m/6,726ft].

    Today we drive to Naya Pul to start our trek. From Naya Pul we follow the south bank of the river. After several hours we will pass through sub-tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After lunch, we cross the Modi Khola stream via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga. We trek further along the trail quite steep at times. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon for overnight.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 5 - 6
  • Day 04 - Trek to Gorepani [2,750m/9,033ft]

    We make our ascent to the Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means a place with a water trough for resting weary horses owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker's stop, too, for a breather. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and handicrafts. The town has two parts: one in a saddle like shape and the other a few hundred feet lower. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to get the first feelings of the chilly weather down here, especially in the evenings. Overnight in Ghorepani
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6 - 7
  • Day 05 - Hike up to Poonhill [3,210m/10,532ft] and trek to Tadapani [2,700m/5,586ft]

    Today is a special day because we surmount Poon Hill- an icon of the Annapurna region. We climb the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210mtrs). The efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views of Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and the Annapurnas. After taking photos and having some coffee, tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forest, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 6 - 7
  • Day 06 - Trek to Ghandruk [1,940m/6,365ft]

    As we quit Tadapani, we hike along terraced fields below the wonderful panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges. As the trail moves across a group of flatlands, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we arrive at the scenic & beautiful village of Ghandruk after hiking for 3 to 4 hours. A supreme vantage point in this pristine & serene village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli. Several hotels and teahouses at the village give us a warm welcome with sincere Nepalese hospitality while catering to the requirements of all trekkers’ who hit the trail through this village. Camping in its terraced fields give you the open wild feelings of adventure!
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4 - 5
  • Day 07 - Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara [827m/2,714ft]

    Our final day of trek and after relishing the gripping sights of Annapurna mountain range, we leave Ghandruk and hit the trail to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara afterwards. As we go further in descending towards Birethanti; we find it lies stretched beside the Modi River and is a highly urbanized town. Your trails are made up of stone steps and as we pass through dense forest, we stumble into a small village of Ulleri. Forty minutes beyond Birethanti, we come to the main road. From here, we can easily access any means of transportation to drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you are free to wander by the lakes of Pokhara.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Teahouse / Lodge
    • Trekking Hours : 4 - 5
  • Day 08 - Drive back to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]

    In the morning hours we might do some last hour shopping too. After that, we drive to Kathmandu. We grab seats on the left aisle of the vehicle for the best views of the rivers along the highway because it’s our last time we’ll probably see them. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we get transferred to our hotel; and we spend the day at our own leisure.
    • Meal : B, L, D
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 09 - Free day [1,350m/4,430ft]

    Free and easy day to spend, perhaps doing shopping or rest at hotel’s beautiful court-yard. At eventide, we will relish a farewell dinner to celebrate your successful completion of the ‘Annapurna Sunrise Trek.’ While enjoying our supper, we will also be entertained to a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles Please do not hesitate to let us know if you would like to extend your stay. Kindly email us for more details on extensions.
    • Meal : B
    • Accommodation : Hotel
    • Trekking Hours : 0
  • Day 10 - International departure

    Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
    • Meal : B
    • Accommodation : None
    • Trekking Hours :
Dates & Price

Given below are the fixed departure dates for this trip. If the dates don’t match with your schedule, then kindly let us know and we will arrange a private trip customizing the departure dates suitable for you. The cost below is per person on group joining basis excluding the international flights. Group discount is available for booking of two or more than two persons. Kindly contact us if you have a bigger group for the discount.

2018 Departures
Trip Start Date Trip End Date Price
20 Mar, 2018 29 Mar, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
01 Apr, 2018 10 Apr, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
16 Apr, 2018 25 Apr, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
27 Apr, 2018 06 May, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
08 May, 2018 17 May, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
19 May, 2018 28 May, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
18 Sep, 2018 27 Sep, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
30 Sep, 2018 09 Oct, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
11 Oct, 2018 20 Oct, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
22 Oct, 2018 31 Oct, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
02 Nov, 2018 11 Nov, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
13 Nov, 2018 22 Nov, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
20 Nov, 2018 29 Nov, 2018 USD 1050 Available Book Now
Trip Info
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Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B,L,D) on OPEN/CHOICE Menu whilst on trek with tea & coffee
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Twin sharing accommodation at 3 star hotel in Pokhara for 2 nights
  • Internal flight (KTM-PKR)
  • All required permits for trek (TIMS Card & ACAP)
  • Accommodation at clean and cozy teahouses on trek
  • Experienced local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts on private A/C Vehicle
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private A/C vehicle
  • Comprehensive first aid kit.
  • Trek Duffel bag, Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket (Sleeping bag and down jacket must be returned after completion of trek)
  • Staff insurances and allowances
  • Trek completion certificate (Upon request)

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare, Visa and travel insurance
  • Meals at Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities for staff

Optional Add Ons

  • Single supplement
  • Hotel upgrade

Important note

The day-to-day program is subject to weather, conditions and the progress and wishes of the group. Most importantly, the leaders will be making daily decisions, for example, about exactly how far or which way we go, and will be thinking ultimately about the safety and health of all in the party, as well as the enjoyment of the group and success in the outcome of the trek and climb. We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

Climate

The best seasons to trek in the Annapurna region are Autumn (from mid-September till November end) and Spring (from the beginning of March until mid-May). As it is a soft adventure trek, you can take on this trek anytime of the year, except during the monsoons (June to September). Temperatures will drop considerably as you trek higher every day. As this trek does not go too high you can expect nights to be a bit colder (between 5 C to 15C) but the days are sunny and hot (between 15C to 25C). The mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night.

TRIP GRADE – Easy

The duration of the treks on this grade take about a week to 10 days.   The trails generally do not go above 4000 meter.  You can expect to walk approximately for   4 – 5 hours daily.   This is a perfect introduction to trekking in Nepal. The activity level is fairly easy but do expect some ups and downs as there will be some big hills to climb as well and the well-known 'Nepali flat' – a little bit up and a little bit down.

A Typical Day

Daily wake up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on trek. You will be given a small basin of hot water to wash up.  After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day's walk.  Before breakfast you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. After 3-4 hours of walk, we stop for lunch mid-day.  The afternoon's walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The rest of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village, to wash your clothes or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days we will arrive at our destination by lunch time and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day's adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Meals

Meals are included in our package and are served in Lodges located along the trail. You can find a wide variety of Nepali and Western food as well as drinks (coffee, tea, milk, soft drinks, and beer).

Accommodation

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Kathmandu: In Kathmandu, we stay at Kathmandu Guest House, a well-known hotel where many famous celebrities like Beatles, Ricky Martin, Jeremy Irons and others have stayed. Centrally located in Thamel, the hotel also boasts of a beautiful garden where you can relax and enjoy the greenery.  Breakfast will be provided in the hotel and your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price.

Pokhara: Our Address in Pokhara (Hotel Dandelion), with a spacious and comfortable room this hotel is indeed a good place to chill and relax. Your accommodation will be on twin sharing basis and if you would like to have single room, upon request you are required to pay single supplement price.

Single supplement: Single supplement will be charged if someone wish to have their own room for the trip. Especially when travelling in a group, we will always pair you with someone of same sex and similar age to share the room with. If in case of single by default, then clients don’t have to pay for the single supplement.

On Trek (Teahouse/Lodge Trek): Trekking in the (Annapurna area) does not need tremendous logistics in accommodation as there are many clean and friendly Lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow and blankets.  A few have electric lights and all have a warm spacious dining room-lounge. We will arrange for you and your group to stay in local lodges daily.  Please remember that some of them are very basic and a sense of adventure is necessary. It is more cost effective to stay in a Lodge as in a camping trek.

Group size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 15 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 1 the maximum is 15 people.

Flight / Land Transfers

The starting point of the trek is from Pokhara, which is connected by a short 20 minutes’ flight from Kathmandu or 6-7 hours by drive. We will arrange to transfer you and your group to and from trek start/end point and to take your group back to the hotel upon your return to Kathmandu on a private transportation.

Travel Insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get  travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get a travel insurance that covers up emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)  in high altitudes where there are no other means of transporation available. Medical expenses, Baggage lost, Delays and Cancellation, Death & Repatriation are also another important factor to include when purchasing your Insurance. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision.

Tipping and Taxes

Though tipping is not compulsory but gratuity is appreciated.  A suggestion of an allocation of USD4.00-5.00 per day per person for teahouse/lodge treks – this can be handed to the leader/Sirdar at the end of the trek in the presence of the staff for distribution as gratitude.  You can also give away your trekking equipment such as boots, jackets, trekking poles, head torches to the crew.

On the last day of the trek, we will have a celebration night with all our trekking crew and we suggest the gratuity to   the staff be given only at the end of the trek.

Communication

Telephone facilities in the Annapurna region is a plenty with WIFI available at teahouses/lodges Connection for cell phones is fair throughout the trek in Annapurna Region. If you need to keep in contact with our family or others, kindly request from us in advance a local sim card.

First Aid Kit

We supply a first aid kit with standard medicines prescribed by doctors and Oxygen for emergency purposes.  Besides that, upon request and with additional cost, we can provide for a High Altitude Mountain doctor.  Your trip leader/Guide is experienced and has knowledge in medications. But if you are more comfortable, we suggest that you bring along your own common medication supplies such as pain-killers, for cold, diarrhoea, nausea and fever.  Some nasal ointment and throat-moisturising pills will be of great help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions.  Age is no barrier to undertake an unforgettable trekking experience.

Personal Expenses

Since Meals and Accommodation are all included on trek, you need cash for table drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while walking (a few smaller shops are available along the trail in some areas) tips, souvenirs, hot shower (only available in some places).

Itinerary Changes

The itineraries for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on prevailing situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trek completion must coincide with the original itinerary.

You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into a remote mountain region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original program.

Rescue/Evacuations

In case of a serious sickness or a casualty; we undertake to do everything possible to transfer you to the nearest hospital.  Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation, kindly ensure that all expenses are fully covered by your insurance before assigning it or must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.

Luggage While Trekking

While on the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters.  You only carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc.  - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box which is not chargeable in Kathmandu.  Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15kg, excess weight is chargeable at USD1.00 or more per Kilo depending on sectors.

Care For Porters And Staff

Our porters and staff are provided with adequate clothing and equipment for high altitude conditions.  They are also well paid and is well groomed.

Equipment Checklist

The gear listed below is recommended for these kind of trips. We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every equipment .   You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops from branded to local manufacturers in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear

  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • T-Shirts
  • Trousers
  • Warm Jackets/Sweater/Pullover
  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Thermal
  • Inner wears
  • Under garments
  • Warm socks
  • Warm Hat, Gloves and Bandana/Scarf
  • Extra clothes to wear in Kathmandu when you come back from trek.
  • Trekking shoes
  • Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
  • Daypack 30-35 litres (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets and others that you may require while trekking)

Documents

  • Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
  • 4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities
  • Travel Insurance (Please refer to the general information page for more detail about it)
  • Flight tickets
  • Credit cards in case of emergencies
  • Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

(Please carry the photo copy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

Others

  • Headlamps with extra batteries
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Camera with charger or spare batteries
  • A pair of trekking poles
  • Water bottle one (1) litre
  • Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
  • Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
  • Padlock
  • Binoculars
  • Reading materials, note books and pens

Toiletries and hygiene

  • Quick drying towel
  • Small face towel
  • Toothbrush &Toothpaste
  • Deodorants, Soap and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
  • Face and body moisturizer, Sun screen and lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer/Antiseptic wipes
  • Hygiene products
  • Basic first aid kit

The gears listed below will be provided by us for the trek. Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag must be returned after the completion of trek.

  • Down Jacket
  • Sleeping bag with Liner
  • Duffel/Kit Bag

Trip Extensions

In addition to your trek, we can organize extension trips to both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. For example, you may want to try water-rafting or a jungle safari in Nepal or even a Nepal Cultural Tours. If time permits, you may even want to include a trip to our neighboring countries i.e.  Tibet, India or Bhutan.

Media Gallery Reviews
Lee Kit Yew Apr 01, 2017

Its our 1st time to Nepal and also a 1st in a continuous 5 days trek. Our guide Mr Passang and his assistant Mr Shyam are very patient,knowledgeable and very friendly guides. Details and what to expect were explicitly explained. They furnished us with daily briefings and encouraged all the way. One will lead and the other will sweep so that everyone reached their destination safely and importantly enjoy our trek. They try to accommodate us with the best resting, dining and sleeping arrangements with a good view. They will always make sure that our meals are to our expectations and stand by till we finished our meals before they take theirs (something we greatly appreciate but not really accustomed to….ha ha). We had a great time together and certainly would highly recommend Highland Expeditions to those who wished to embarked on any adventure in Nepal. Oops….forgot to mentioned, their porters are ever polite and assure that our day to day stuffs arrived at our destination well before hand….with a smile! Kudos to Highland Expeditions.

Andrew T & Family Nov 02, 2016

From the trip booking to the completion of trek , everything was fantastic. The team of Highland Expeditions is experienced and efficient in what they do. I am very much impressed with Highland Expeditions and would like to thank them for taking good care of us.

 

Cheah Yeng Oct 31, 2016

The trek was quite interesting. I enjoyed the trip a lot mostly because of the guide. He is experienced, caring and fund to hang around with.
Highly recommended

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