Ann Poon Hill

Annapurna Poon Hill Trek

This trek from the Annapurna foothills to the top of Poon Hill is one of the most pleasant trekking routes offering spectacular mountain scenery, the charming settlements of Gurung and their slate-roofed houses, amazing rhododendron forests ablaze with ivory, rose, apricot and crimson bouquets and deep sub-tropical valleys all set below the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

“…one of the most pleasant trekking routes offering spectacular mountain scenery”

Also known as the small Annapurna Circuit, it’s a very popular short trek for those with time limitations, offering amazing Himalayan views of Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna 1 (8091m), Machhapuchhre / Fishtail (6998m), Nilgiri (7041m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna II (7939m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Lamjung Himal (6988m) and more.

Rising to 3210m, the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek will provide you with gradual climbs, a beautiful environment and a spectacular sunrise over Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Dhaulagiri, as the sun changes its colour from pink to gold to silver – breathtaking!

Day 0 – Arrival in Nepal

It is strongly advised that you arrive in Nepal at least 1 full day before the intended start date of your trek. This will give you the opportunity to allow for any jetlag and to obtain any additional items you may require in the numerous trekking and climbing supply shops in Kathmandu.

An airport pick up and hotel on arrival can be arranged easily for you if you wish and we will be on hand to assist you in picking up any items you need or want and to arrange tours of Kathmandu’s numerous cultural sites.

Day 1 – Kathmandu to Birethanti (1000m)

The journey by tourist bus will take approximately 7 hours to reach our start point of Nayapul and stretch your leg for some half an hour, along the river bank of Modi Khola, to large village and better place to overnight lodge at Birethanti.

You may choose alternatively to take the 25-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu, which while saving you a day of the itinerary, comes at an additional cost. From Pokhara you would then make the 1 hour trip to Nayapul by private transportation. Please contact us to learn more about customizing your trek.

Day 2 – Birethanti to Banthanti (2250m)

Heading out Birethanti the trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola river and gradual and gently up the valley to Tirkhe Dhunga through the cultivated fields and cross the river on suspension bridge and steeply ascend to large Magar village Ulleri to have lunch stops.

Continue on climbing more till the trail becomes gradual to a beautiful place of Banthanti for overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 3 – Banthanti to Ghorepani (2800m)

The trail starts gently through the streams and forest of rhododendron and oak laden with natural lichens, arriving at Nangethanti. After a short rest you will trek for another hour to Ghorepani arriving there during lunch time, allowing you have rest, enjoy the view or go for optional walk around. Overnight at a guesthouse

Day 4 – Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) and then Tadapani – 2520m

Today we wake especially early at 4am and hike to Poon Hill with the help of our flashlights. As reward we will get to enjoy a beautiful sunrise and panoramic views of the Himalayan range. This is the highlight of the trip and offers up spectacular views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and the famous Fishtail Mountain in the clear morning light.

After relaxing at Poon Hill, we will come back down to Ghorepani and enjoy a hot breakfast before continuing on the 6 hour trek to Tadapani via a rhododendron and oak forest and the village of Deorali.

Day 5 – Tadapani to Ghandruk – 1950m

Leaving Tadapani, we will descend steeply to the village of Ghandruk, home to the ethnic Gurung people of Nepal. The Gurung people have their own language, dress and culture and are known for providing many of the famous Gorkha soldiers down the years.

This village offers spectacular close up views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhare and Himchuli, which you can enjoy before we overnight at our guesthouse.

Day 6 – Ghandruk to Pokhara – 910m

The last day of our trek, we will follow the trail for 4 hours back down to Nayapul and then catch a bus back to Pokhara. You can choose to overnight in a hotel and spend some more time exploring this lakeside town (recommended!) and enjoying its food and shopping or you can catch the bus or flight back to Kathmandu where you will be escorted to your hotel.

Alternatively, if you have a tight itinerary, you can leave early and return to Pokhara in time to catch a flight back to Kathmandu on the same day if required.

Annapurna Conservation Area

The Annapurna Conservation Area is Nepal’s largest protected area reaching across the Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi and Lamjung districts. The area is home to some of the world’s highest mountains including Annapurna 1 (8091m), Niligiri (7061) and Machhapuchchhre (6993m), Kali Gandaki, the world’s deepest gorge and a diverse set of local flora and fauna.

Level of Difficulty

This trek is one of the most accessible in Nepal due to its relatively short duration with the highest altitude being 3210m. Trekking days are normally about 5-6 hours long and can become strenuous, as you gain altitude.

Travel to and from Trek

To start your trek, you can choose to take the 8-hour tourist bus drive to the city of Pokhara from Kathmandu or a 25-minute flight. Whilst the bus is the more common means of transport, by choosing to fly you can, for an additional cost, shave half a day off your intended itinerary.

Food and accommodation

Guest Lodges, sometimes called Teahouses, along the way provide good accommodation and a considerable choice of well-prepared meals. However, it is advisable to bring your own sleeping bag, as during the high season, bedding can be in short supply and it can get very cold at the higher altitudes.

Best time to Trek?

March to May is one of the best times to trek with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be crystal clear as during the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for trekking and mountaineering.

June to August are wet but the mountains and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. The daily cloud coverage means that mountain views are not guaranteed but as very few people travel during this time it can present the perfect opportunity for people to explore the trails and nature in quiet.

September to November are the busiest trekking months due to predictable weather and mostly clear skies. The mountain views are spectacular but the most popular trails can become quite busy.

The winter months of December to February are good to trek due to the clean skies and the reduced number of trekkers. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures.

Safety on the trail and Acclimatisation

Our guides are trained in First Aid and have significant experience in trekking this and many other routes throughout Nepal. Safety is our foremost priority and our staff will be available for any issues, and alert to any symptoms of illness that may come up.

Altitude problems, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), can be life threatening and can occur at any point above 3000m. Our trip itinerary has been designed specifically to allow you to have enough time to acclimatise to the altitude as our height increases. Our guides are very experienced and will act in accordance with the seriousness of any mountain sickness suffered. The easiest and best remedy for AMS is to descend quickly, so never ignore the symptoms and please talk to your guide or leader if you feel unwell. They are trained to manage the logistics and assess the situation continually to make sure that you have a safe trip and enjoy yourself.

For more information on the trip and on trekking in Nepal, please visit out FAQ section.

Trek Cost:        $700 / person

This is based on a twin sharing basis for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 people.

INCLUDES

  • An experienced, English-speaking trek leader/guide
  • Porter service and support staff for above 4 person
  • TIMS trekking permit and national park fees
  • Land transportation as per itinerary (tourist bus –KTM/POK/KTM and taxi/car to Nayapul and back to Pokhara at the end of trek.
  • Staffs food, wages, accommodation and insurance coverage
  • 3 meals a day and accommodation in local lodges along the trail
  • Any applicable government taxes

DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Airport transportation, visa, international or international flights, airport tax
  • Bottled and hard drinks
  • Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Your travel insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Costs incurred due to any unforeseen events
  • Emergency evacuation and rerouting
  • Tipping
  • Annapurna Poon Hill Trek: I cannot recommend this trek highly enough!

    I was fortunate enough to complete the Annapurna Poon Hill trek in November this year (2013). I cannot recommend this trek highly enough! We started with a riverside walk on the first day taking in the gentle rolling hills before tackling the 3000 steps challenge the next morning.

    On our third morning we started walking at 5am and it is, without doubt, the best start to the day I have ever had. We started by staring up at the stars and ended with hot lemon and honey at the top of Poon Hill! The 360 degree views at Annapurna Poon Hill were spectacular to say the least. Watching their peaks constantly changing colour during the sunrise hour was a sight I will never forget.

    The last two days were spent walking through forests, beside flowing rivers and in vast valleys. This trek is a great experience and one I would recommend to everyone!

  • Annapurna Poon Hill Trek- an unforgettable five days!

    As I had limited time for trekking in Nepal, I opted for the five day Annapurna Poon Hill Trek as my first taste of trekking in the Himalayas. I wasn't disappointed! It was a spectacular five days that left me wishing for more. The scenery throughout is absolutely amazing. I was lucky enough to photograph monkeys in their natural habitat as I trekked through beautiful rhododendron forests.

    Watching the sunrise when I reached Poon Hill is a morning I will never forget. It offered a spectacular view of the Annapurna range in the most glorious setting. This is a wonderful trek to complete for anyone on a time limit or for those who are looking for an introduction to trekking in Nepal. I will definitely be returning for more!

  • The spectacular Himalayas make this trip unforgettable – Annapurna Poon Hill

    My wife and I traveled to Nepal to visit our daughter – apart from visiting her we also wanted to see the Himalayas. My daughter recommended the Umbrella Foundation and its partner Umbrella Trekking Nepal. We only had a limited time so Umbrella Trekking helped us to choose the best circuit for us – the Annapurna Poon Hill Trek, part of the Annapurna Circuit.

    We enjoyed the trip immensely and I can say after all the travel I have done around the world this was one of the most memorable trips we have ever done. Monish, Amar and Susan guided us through the 6 day trails and even carried most of our gear. They not only organized all the stops, food and the lodges – they also had great knowledge of the area and were able to explain the history and culture of where we were, naming plants, birds and mountains on the way. We could just focus on the walk ahead and enjoy the scenery. The flowering rhododendron forest, the organic food, the terraces and villages, the people and the spectacular Himalayas make this trip unforgettable.

    My daughter explained that Umbrella Trekking is a new effort from The Umbrella Foundation and prepares older residents of their children homes for life after The Umbrella Foundation. This group is training young adults to work in Umbrella Trekking or any other trekking companies in Nepal allowing them to be independent and learn a skill and have a career. The young Amar was being trained by an experienced guide (Monish) to have better chances in his future and did a wonderful job, we really enjoyed having him as part of the trek. We loved the experience and can only express our gratitude to The Umbrella Foundation for this project to help these wonderful kids and are glad we could help out while having the trip of a lifetime.

A map of the Annapurna Conservation Area
A map of the Annapurna Conservation Area
A map of the Annapurna Conservation Area
Ghorepani / Poon Hill Trek local transport
Due to the lack of roads and vehicles, donkey is the most common means of transporting goods
Due to the lack of roads and vehicles, donkey is the most common means of transporting goods
The guesthouses offer amazing views of the Himalayas
The guesthouses offer amazing views of the Himalayas
The guesthouses offer amazing views of the Himalayas
Barbara and friends enjoy the view from Poon Hill
Barbara and friends enjoy the view from Poon Hill
Barbara and friends enjoy the view from Poon Hill
Observe the beautiful nature along the trail
Observe the beautiful nature along the trail to Poon Hill / Ghorepani
Observe the beautiful nature along the trail to Poon Hill / Ghorepani
On the Ghorepani Trail
On the Ghorepani Trail
On the Ghorepani Trail
Chris and Haley at the top of Poon Hill!
Chris and Haley at the top of Poon Hill!
Chris and Haley at the top of Poon Hill!
The amazing Himalayan views from the Ghorepani / Poon Hill Trek
The amazing Himalayan views from the top
The amazing Himalayan views from the top
Poon Hill stands at 3210m
Poon Hill stands at 3210m
Poon Hill stands at 3210m
The beautiful view from Ghorepani / Poon Hill
The beautiful view from Ghorepani / Poon Hill
The beautiful view from Ghorepani / Poon Hill
Relax at the lake side town of Pokhara after the trek
Relax at the lake side town of Pokhara after the trek
Relax at the lake side town of Pokhara after the trek