Poon Hill Trek

  • Oct 26, 2019
  • Rajesh Thapaliya
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The glorious stretch of the Great Himalayan Range in Nepal is one of the most alluring natural landmarks around the world. These mountains along with the luscious hills and diverse culture offer great many trekking options. While there are various trekking regions in Nepal, the Annapurna region boasts of the most well-established trekking routes. Likewise, there are variations in terms of trekking routes within this region as well. As such, Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular, short, and easy treks in the Annapurna region and entire Nepal.

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The panoramic views of the Annapurna Himalayas accompanied by the warm Gurung culture are the major highlights on the Poon Hill Trek. The trail to reach Poon Hill is one of the best-developed routes across the country. Similarly, the easy accessibility and proper facilities of lodging and other accommodations also add charm to this trekking route. People of all age group can trek around this region and not face any type of difficulty. Thanks to the popularity of the destination, there are various iterations of trekking routes that lead trekkers to Poon Hill. As such, three of the most famed ones are introduced below,

5 days Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Poon Hill (3210m)

With Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek, you can whole-heartedly experience the true colours of Annapurna region. Trekkers can enjoy the lush vegetation and rhododendron forests that are prevalent throughout the route. A significant portion of the trekking trail passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area thus allowing the trekkers to relish the amazing biodiversity as well. Likewise, the traditional Gurung culture in villages like Ghorepani and Ghandruk is a testament to the originality of the residents. Finally, the centrepiece of the trek is the Poon Hill vantage point which offers an enchanting panorama of the mountains in Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

The trail is in good condition, which makes it easy for older people and children to complete it as well. It is also a lesser tiring route compared to other trekking routes within the Annapurna region, which makes it more appealing. Since there are abundant homestays and lodges, there is no problem with accommodation as well.

Key Features

  • Explore Ghorepani and Ghandruk villages
  • Discover the unique charm of Gurung culture through homestays
  • Dive into the pristine beauty of nature and scenic views of mountains at Poon Hill
  • Enjoy the highlights of Annapurna region in less than 5 days

Route of Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek

The trip begins from the City of Lakes- Pokhara and heads west on a short drive to Nayapul. Then, the trek formally starts and trekkers head to Ghorepani via Ulleri and Tikhedhunga. The trail follows the Bhurungdi River while making stops on numerous occasions before reaching Ghorepani. After exploring the Gurung village, trekkers set out at dawn to see the panoramic views of Annapurna range from Poon Hill. Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgiri (7061m), and Gangapurna (7454m) are a few majestic mountains that can be seen from this viewpoint. Then, they head to Ghandruk via Tadapani. At Ghandruk, trekkers get the chance to stay at actual Gurung household through homestays. The village is also known for its warm reception and traditional display of their culture.

Best Season and Cost

This trek can be done all year round but to get the best views, spring and autumn seasons are recommended. During these seasons, the weather is stable and clear through which there will be a high probability of seeing better views. During monsoon and winter, this trek gives off a different feeling which may be favourable for only a few trekkers. The trail might get slippery due to rain and snow.

For detailed information regarding the trek and its cost, contact us using the form. And you can also reach us via the information available on our official website.

Related Packages:

  1. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
  2. Mohare Danda Trek
  3. Khopra Danda Trek
  4. Mardi Himal Trek

4 days Ghandruk Circuit Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Gurung Traditional Village

The Ghandruk Circuit Trek is yet another popular route in the lower parts of the Annapurna region. This trek is more focused on the cultural aspect of the people living along the trekking trail. So, it is the ideal trek for those who want to discover more about Gurung culture. In 4 days, trekkers can enjoy the unique and warming culture of Gurung people and learn about their lifestyle.

The welcoming culture is certainly the highlight of this trek. People can learn more about the culture through Gurung museum at Ghandruk, which is also the second-largest settlement area of Annapurna region. Both Ghorepani and Ghandruk are filled with shops, souvenirs, restaurants, and lodges which makes it vibrant and full of life. Other villages like Ulleri and Tadapani are a bit quieter compared to the above villages. Every village at which trekkers stay overnight has picturesque views of the mountains and surrounding hills.

While the trek certainly offers plenty of cultural exposure, the natural grandeur is nothing short of mesmerizing. Amazing views of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m) and other mountains in Annapurna ranges accompany the trekker for the entirety of the trek. Likewise, this trek is perfect for families and older people. The trails are well-built and anyone with decent physical fitness can complete the trek.

Key Features

  • Homestays at Ghorepani and Ghandruk
  • Discover Gurung culture and traditions at the villages along the trail
  • Walkthrough lush rhododendron forests in the Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Relish in the pristine beauty of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri ranges

Route of Ghandruk Circuit Trek

to the Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek, this trip also starts with a drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. Hereon, the trek heads northwest and passes rustic villages like Ulleri and Tikhedhunga. Now the trek changes course and stretches north towards the Ghorepani village. This village is one of the hottest destinations within the Annapurna region and even more so on the Ghandruk Circuit Trek. Here, you hike to the top of the Poon Hill vantage point and relish the panorama of the Annapurna ranges. After crossing Tadapani, Ghandruk is the next and final destination in this circuit. Here, trekkers can get more information about Gurung culture, traditions, and ancient norms. You can also visit the Gurung Museum which holds various items and information about the lifestyle and origin of Gurung people.

Best Season and Cost

This is one of the perks of this short trek. Trekkers can do this trek any time of the year but it is recommended to avoid monsoon season (mid-June-August). During these months, trekking can be difficult as routes may be damaged and muddy.

For information regarding the Ghandruk Circuit Trek and its cost, contact us using the form. And you can also reach us via the contact information available on our website.

4 days Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Annapurna South

This is another short trek inside the Annapurna region that is always bustling with tourists. This 4-day trek is ideal for those who want to have a short and sweet experience of exploring the region. Along with the natural marvels of the region, you can also relish the charming cultural embrace on this trek. From the towering Annapurna ranges to the modest Gurung smiles, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the perfect introduction to the Annapurna region.

This trek is also ideal for those who are trekking with families or older people since the trails are easier to trek and trekkers can quickly get familiar with the landscape. Likewise, there are abundant teahouses and lodges with proper facilities; so, trekkers need not worry about issues of food and accommodation. Furthermore, you can also stay overnight at a local homestay in Ghorepani to have an enriching experience. It is an exciting opportunity especially for those who are visiting Nepal for the first time. They can get to learn more about one of the many ethnic cultures in the country.

Key Features

  • Explore the Ghorepani village
  • Enjoy the glorious Gurung and Magar culture on the trek
  • Relish in the breathtaking views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains along with Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m) at sunrise from Poon Hill
  • Get the best of Annapurna region in less than one week

Route of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Yet again, the trip begins from Pokhara Valley as the trekkers drive to Nayapul. From Nayapul, trekkers reach Poon Hill via Ulleri, Tikhedhunga, and Ghorepani. Poon Hill (3,210 m) provides stunning panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Gangapurna, and other neighbouring mountains. The view is best during sunrise and sunset. At Ghorepani, trekkers have the chance to discover the celebrated ethnic cultures of the Gurung community. While returning, trekkers use the same route they took to ascend.

Best Season and Cost

The best time to do this trek is during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. It can be done during monsoon (June to August) and winter (December to February) but there is a high probability of the weather getting extreme during these seasons.

For detailed information regarding the trek and its cost, contact us using the form. And you can also reach us via the information available on our official website.

About Poon Hill and Altitude Sickness

Poon Hill is one of the best viewpoints to savour the panorama of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The vantage point is situated at an altitude of 3,210 meters above sea level. Similarly, it is a short hike away from Ghorepani village.

Poon Hill is situated at a lower level in comparison to other parts of the Annapurna region, there are fewer chances of people suffering from altitude sickness. For people travelling to higher elevations for the first time, they might feel a bit dizziness at the start of a trek but by the second or third day, they can adapt to elevations. So during Poon Hill trek, it is assured that trekkers will not suffer from altitude sickness. If one feels uncertain about it, then it is recommended to carry medicines for it.

Useful Information for Trekkers

  • Before travelling to Poon Hill, trekkers must prepare permits for trekking. If you’re travelling through travel agencies, they will manage for you otherwise you have to prepare accordingly by yourself if travelling independently.
  • As there are proper trails for Poon Hill, there is no need for advanced equipment. However, trekking poles can be useful at some parts of the trail that are steep. If trekkers are venturing to the Himalayas for the first time, then is it necessary to carry these poles.
  • Although it is in a lower elevation compared to other places of Annapurna region, it is very windy throughout the year and evenings can be chilly. So, it is necessary to carry jackets and warm clothes like thermals even during summer. It is also advised to carry waterproof jackets, as the weather can get wet at times. Proper footwear will prevent blisters so it is better to wear hiking shoes.
  • If in case of a medical emergency, there are doctors in Ghandruk, Ghorepani, and Ulleri. Trekkers can contact local people or local authorities if they have trouble finding medical assistance. The local people will not hesitate to help during difficulties.
  • Trekkers are advised to carry local currency (Nepali rupees) in cash because there are no ATMs or currency exchange places here. It is also convenient to carry smaller changes in money.
  • There is electricity throughout the whole route and if you’re using it in lodges, be sure to ask the charge. Some lodges and teahouses on the trail have free/paid Wi-Fi services as well.
  • Trekkers need to be hydrated so it is advised to carry own water bottles. As you venture into higher altitudes, the cost of water and other snacks gets more expensive. So, if trekkers carry their bottles, there are places where you can refill water and is cost-effective as well.
  • Porters are available for this trek as well. If there is heavy luggage or trekkers think that they cannot carry their stuff then it is possible to hire porters for the whole trip.

Conclusion

Poon Hill trek is one of the beloved short treks of Nepal because it can be done through various trekking routes. The breathtaking panoramic views from Poon Hill are worth all the sweat and time have taken during this trek. Trekkers can also choose to extend the trek and visit neighbouring areas like Australian Base Camp or Dhampus. Along with it, the warm Gurung culture complements the beauty of this region, which has charmed thousands of tourists.

So, head to Poon Hill and revel in the divine beauty of the Annapurna Himalayas on the Poon Hill Trek!

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

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