Short Poonhill Trek

"sweeping 180° wide mountain panorama with stunning sunrise views from scenic Poonhill"

Highlights:

  • An enjoyable and scenic country walks on the mid-hills of the great Annapurna Himalaya.
  • Exploring high hills Gurung and Poon-Magar traditional villages enriched with ancient culture.
  • Walking into the lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir trees.
  • Breathtaking panorama of Dhaulagiri-Annapurna and Manaslu mountain range.
  • Starting and ending our scenic walks from picturesque and popular holiday spot at Pokhara.

Introduction:

Awesome Nepal Treks presents an exclusive scenic country walks of few days around great Annapurna Himalaya massive range and mid hills on ‘ Short Poonhill Trekking’.

A fabulous and picturesque walk on the foothill of Annapurna massive mountains with daily views of snow-capped peaks on the walk to Ghorepani and Poon Hill and back at lovely Pokhara valley, blessed with a pristine natural environment where Annapurna Himalaya reflects on its serene Phewa and Begnas Lakes. Poon Hill Panorama trekking an enjoyable and fascinating holiday around Annapurna Himalaya which suits people with limited time where one can complete this great walks within 4 days. This will be an excellent introductory walk for beginners to taste the touch of Himalayan terrain and its old culture visiting traditional Gurung and Poon / Magar farm villages in the shade of giant peaks of Annapurna Himalaya with magnificent Mt. Machhapuchhre ‘Fish Tail’.

Short Poonhill Panorama  Trekking starts and ends at beautiful Pokhara city, where the trek leads you into an enchanting forest of tall rhododendron-magnolia-pines-oaks and fir trees, where in spring and summer the whole green hills will be alive with riots of colors when wildflowers in full bloom making the country a natural garden. Our journey leads uphill through nice villages to reach Ghorepani home of Poon people of Magar tribes and then a short hike takes you at spectacular viewpoint at Poonhill and the highest point of the trek at 3,210 m high offering breathtaking panorama of 360° wide-angle views of world’s three highest mountain range from Dhaulagiri-Annapurna to Manaslu Himalaya with majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre along with stunning sunrise views.

After an exciting and memorable time on the high hills of Annapurna return journey leads back at Pokhara after walking past Tadapani-Ghandruk and then finally this awesome Short Poonhill Panorama  Trekking concludes with a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Guideline Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,440m - 04 hrs.
Day 02: Trek to Ghorepani 2,860m - 08 hrs.
Day 03: Hike to Poonhill and trek to Tadapani 2,630m - 07 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to kimche 1,560m - 05 hrs and drive to Pokhara.

Day 0 1: Drive to Nayapul (trekking point) and trek to Tikhedhunga 1,440 m - 05 hrs.

Starting our wonderful country walks to Poon Hill Panorama trekking with about two hours drive to Nayapul and Bhirethati villages, located near the river Modi where our first day walk starts past several farm villages with scenic waterfalls then a short gradual climb for few hours to reach at Tirkhedhunga for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge after a wonderful and interesting walks of few hours.

Day 02:  Trek to Ghorepani 2,850m  - 08 hrs.

The morning starts with a climb to a series of stone steps for an hour to Ulleri village, a moderate size Gurung village of traditional Nepali hill with slated roofs. From here walk leads to a slow climb into pristine and cool rhododendron, pine forest area to reach Ghorepani village, located on a high ridge within beautiful rhododendron trees. Ghorepani village mostly inhabited by Poon of Magar tribe, a famous and popular place for Poon Hill view top an hour hike uphill.

Day 03:  Visit Poonhill and trek to Tadapani 2,640 m - 06 hrs.

Early morning before a sunrise hike to Poon Hillviewpointt for stunning views for sunrise over the range of mountains from world 7th highest Dhaulagiri-10th highest Annapurna with the range of peaks includes world 8th highest Manaslu with towering Machhapuchhre peak “Fish Tail”.

After an exciting and marvelous time with memorable views from Poon Hill, return to Ghorepani and continue to climb into the green forest of rhododendron for an hour to Deurali top and then descend into a gorge through the cool forest to Tadapani.

Day 04: Trek to Kimche 1,560 m - 5 hrs and drive to Pokhara.

From Tadapani walk is easy on a gradual path through lovely woodland and then a long descend to reach a large Gurung village Ghandruk. After  Ghandruk village with fabulous views, our last day of this great trek leads on winding trails and down to reach at Kimche village with grand views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli, from here few hour drives brings you back at Pokhara after a great and wonderful time up in the high mountains.

Cost-Inclusives:

  • All necessary paperwork and permits (Annapurna Conservation permit and TIMS)
  • Trekking equipment: down filled sleeping bag, walking poles and duffel bag
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging
  • Pokhara- Nayapul and return drive from Nayapul to Pokhara by private vehicle (Trekking Starting and Ending Point)
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice
  • Seasonal fresh fruits dessert every day
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfort, private room with sharing toilet)
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit
  • All government and local taxes

Cost-Exclusives:

  • Hot shower
  • Wi-Fi
  • Electronic device recharge
  • Hot and bottle drinks
  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation
  • Tipping

Requirements for Annapurna area high altitude Treks:
Annapurna Himalaya region one of the most popular and listed as world Top Ten adventure destinations by several leading Travel Guide Books and magazines including Lonely Planet.
Annapurna region offers varied trekking routes from moderate, adventurous to challenging walks that involve high passes above 5,000 meters.
For moderate treks for few days to a week where all trekkers should be physically fit and in sound health, as most of the longer treks takes from 5 hrs to 8 hrs of maximum walks.
Beginners and all interested people can join in Annapurna area trekking for few days or more, truly suitable for family-school / college groups as well to corporate executives, where on this trip requires minimum gear staying overnights in local nice lodges.
Most of the region in Himalayan where walks leads ups and downhill's with some gradual portions depending upon your choice of trips and interest. For adventurous walks involves high altitude walks from above 2,500 to 5,000 meters high, with some gradual trails with ups and downhill with the touch of high altitude that makes it's more adventurous.
Challenging and demanding treks which leads you away from main villages in the pure wilderness on the off beaten tracks for some days in complete isolation in the harmony of giant mountains and in the tranquil environment and crossing high passes of above 5,000 m. Where trekkers should be fitted with sound medical background and with experience in outdoor activities and some exercise to join in Adventurous and Challenging treks within high Annapurna Himalaya or around remote destinations around Nepal Himalaya.
Passport & Visa Information:
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US$ & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.
Visa rules apply to all wide world travelers apart from Indian nationality, the transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain a Nepalese visa from the following border.
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entries 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact us or Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,
Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
Group Size:
For Annapurna region Trek, the minimum group size would be two and maximum group size of ten or more on request. We also organize the private trip to solo travelers with single supplement trip cost. Please check our estimated group departure dates available online or inquire for your own personal dates.
Our Guides, Trip & Safety:
Walking in Nepal hills take you to the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the experienced and qualified leader and guide for safety measures to enjoy your trip with us. 
Awesome Nepal Treks provides highly experienced native guides who knows the area much better than anyone else, all our staff and guides are qualified for all types of treks and tour around Himalaya with medical knowledge to assist the group when required on emergency purpose. Awesome Nepal guides are all experienced with the license from concern department of Nepal Government, the company well accepted and certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association, NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) and other tourism-related departments.
On each trip, led by Trek / Group Leader with assistance leader or head guide / Sirdar all our arrangement well planned for safe travel providing insurance to all our field staff and guides including porters.
Acclimatization:
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at altitude with acclimatization days. Being in very good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude caused medical problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness. 
Our itinerary designed with a high degree of awareness on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas. Staying well and hydrated and rest will help a lot. 
The maximum elevation on the trek at ABC 4,130m above sea level. Obviously, this altitude range is high, but this takes slowly as walk starts from 820m to various altitude range with enough days of good daily walks to get acclimatize on the route before reaching higher ground.
The other trek that involves high altitude is around or Annapurna Circuit which takes you to the highest point at 5,416 on top Thorong-la pass with downhill towards 3,800 m at Muktinath, but on this trips walks gaining heights slowly and gradually with enough time to get acclimatize with the rest day before heading higher level. 
Travel Insurance & Vaccination:
All visitors must obtain personal travel insurance to join us for our Himalayan trips. You must be having a travel insurance which must cover helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, and medical expenses. And it is suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your homeland country before traveling as it is difficult buying local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal. 
Vaccination is required to plan for your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have a thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information on vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling. 
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid, and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for traveling to Nepal. 
Meals and Accommodations:
While in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, your accommodation is at the 3-star deluxe hotel that comforts your stays in the city and while in the trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and Guest House which is clean and comfortable. Our entire accommodation is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 200.
In the city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee). 
We provide meals from local tea- house/ Lodge on route treks, breakfast and dinner are to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be on the walk to our designated destination with the overnight stop.
Foods provided depend on the availability of lodges and season-wise in general providing you with Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pasta and even a version of pizza! So, overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.
Best trekking Seasons:
Nepal has two best seasons for Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we will inform and suggest you choose the right time of the year as far as possible to enjoy this trip with best weather condition.
Spring: - (March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom- excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, the warmest weather of the year.
Autumn: (Mid-September, October, and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek
Winter Months: - (December, January, and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to you to plan this trek at this cold time or not.
Summer: Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July, and August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek unless you are botanical student or lovers of green and flowers which will be the right time but very wet especially around southern Annapurna areas than northern side.
Support staff (porter):
Our porter is fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters. The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.
Booking Procedure:
Contact us for further information via various means from phone, e-mail, and facebook for booking procedure and confirmation. We have an online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with the information required and submit us. Once your trip booking request would be received, we would suggest you the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. The non-refundable deposit of 25 % (per person) is required to confirm a place on selected trips.
Please feel free to contact us for further queries and information regarding our trip booking Process of the chosen treks with us.

 

The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu or Pokhara at cheaper prices,  there is plenty of choices and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your daypack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33 lbs/15 kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.

HEAD

• Buff headwear /neckwear
• Sun hat or scarf
• Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
• Sunglasses
• Head Torch

UPPER BODY

•  Cotton T-shirts and Thermals
•  Fleece jacket
•  Waterproof/windproof jacket
•  Down filled jacket

LOWER BODY

•  Lightweight cotton pants (long)
•  Waterproof Pants
•  Thermal underwear

FEET

•  Thin inner socks
•  Thick and warm wool hiking socks
•  Comfortable Hiking boots
•  Sneakers /slippers

HANDS

•  Gore-tex gloves

ACCESSORIES

•  Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C
•  Trekking bags/duffel bag
•  Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
•  Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
•  Water bottle or camel bag
•  Toiletries
•  Towel
•  knife

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