8 Days- Annapurna Poonhill Trek

Located in Annapurna region, this is a short and fairly easy trekking route that ascends and descends through the picturesque village of Ulleri, Ghorepani, and Ghandruk, offering us some of the best views of the Annapurna Himalayas. One of the important highlights of this trip is to make a climb on Poon Hill (3,210m), possibly the most spectacular mountain landscapes on Earth.

As the sun rises, the rays touch the snow-capped summits, this glorious view will leave you spellbound. With the spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayan giants (Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Fishtail/Macchapuchre (6,997m), Annapurna (8,091m), Annapurna II, etc), they appear gradually like magic that your eyes will not believe.
Trip Code: 8DAPT43
Starts: Dhampus
Finishes: Pokhara
Duration: 8 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 16
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 3210m/ 10531.5ft
Trip Views: 851
Activities: Trekking
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Travel Style: Budget check Confortable Luxury


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Breakfast: 7
Lunch: 5
Dinner: 4
Bus/Car/Flight
Hotel: 4 Night(s)
Teahouse: 3 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Popularly known as Annapurna Sunrise Trek
  • This trip makes a climb on Poon Hill (3,210m) and sunrise excursion
  • Panoramic views of Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Annapurna (8,091m), Annapurna II and many more
  • Ghorepani and Ghandruk, two largest Gurung settlements in the Annapurna region

 

Why this Trip

  • This short trek is perfect for the people who have a time limit but don't want to compromise on the astonishing views of the mountains and the breathtaking sunrise.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
    Our representative will be waiting at the airport to greet and escort you to the hotel. In the evening, the representative will give you brief insight on the itinerary. Overnight stay at hotel;

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick Up
    • Cultural Program
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU TO POKHARA
    On this day, we head towards Pokhara early in the morning. It’s a relaxing drive of 6-7 hours along the Trishuli River and picturesque villages and hills. Upon reaching Pokhara, we can stroll around the lake side. Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO NAYAPUL AND TREK TO TIKHEDHUNGA
    After breakfast, we drive towards Nayapul. From there, we start our trek towards Poonhill. Passing through the Modi Khola and dense forest of rhododendrons and oak, we reach Tikhedunga. Overnight in Tikhedunga;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 4 : TREK TO GHOREPANI
    After the breakfast, continuing our path below and climbing uphill we reach Ulleri. From Ulleri, we go through the Magar village alongside the beautiful sceneries of mountains and reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a beautiful village which opens to the splendid views of pristine mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I and many more. Overnight in Ghorepani;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • TeaHouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 5 : TREK UP TO POONHILL (3210M) AND TREK TO GHANDRUK (1940M)
    Early morning after breakfast we head for Poonhill. Poonhill is often famous for the mesmerizing views of sunrise and sunsets over incredible range of high Himalayas such as Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7855m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna South (7219m), Nilgiri (6940m), Tukuche (6920m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and many more. We rest at Poonhill for a while and continue our journey. After about 3 hours of walk through the alpine forest of oaks, rhododendron and others, we reach Ghandruk which is the largest Gurung village rich in its authentic culture and tradition. This village also offers the scenic views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli and other mountains from the viewpoint. Overnight at Ghandruk;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO NAYAPUL AND DRIVE TO POKHARA, STAY IN POKHARA (850)
    This is the last day of our trek in Annapurna Region. From Ghandruk, today, we leave for Pokhara through the descending trail through the rhododendron forests and reach Birethanti. From Birethanti, we walk down hill and follow Modi Khola to reach Nayapul. Resting for a while, from there, we head to Pokhara which will take us about an hour of drive. In the evening after reaching Pokhara, we stay at the same hotel. If we get spare time, we can go for evening walk or try cycling around the Lakeside of Pokhara. We stay at “The City of Lakes” popularly known for Pokhara tonight;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • trek and drive to Pokhara
  • placeDAY 7 : POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
    After 6-7 hours’ drive, we will reach the heart of the country where the necessary preparation for the departure day will be carried out. This is a day for you and therefore you can explore the shops and spas of the city or join the evening worshipping ceremony at Pasupatinath Temple which is a divine spiritual experience. Overnight stay at the hotel;

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 8 : DEPARTURE
    Depending on your flight time you will be transferred to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is usually 12 P.M. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Souvenir
    • Airport drop
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by private vehicle
    • Standard rooms in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin sharing basis
    • Accommodation during trek 
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek.
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with required Porters for the trek
    • Round Kathmandu to Pokhara transfer by bus or van
    • All applicable government tax
    • All necessary paperwork and Annapurna Conservation Area permit fees (ACAP), Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS)
  • Complimentary
    • Map of Annapurna Region
    • Sim service (zero balance)
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Photos and videos of the trip (if requested)
    • Certificate of appreciation (if requested)
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure or due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.);
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s);


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 3. Can I do solo trek ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety in remote mountainous lands.
  • 4. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during the trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you follow the guide’s instructions carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 5. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    Annapurna Poonhill Trek is very popular trekking region among the trekkers hence this region provides a wide range of delicious western meals like Pasta, noodles, pizzas, bread, soup etc. potatoes grown in this region are very delicious which is loved by all the trekkers. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are a great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
  • 6. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 7. What is the best season for trekking in Poon Hill ?
    Annapurna Poonhill can be trekked all year around excluding monsoon season. February to June and Mid-September to December are the best time to do this trek, although in winters it’s difficult to trek in snow and harsh cold
  • 8. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance for about 5500 meters. In case of emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical condition ask your tour leader to contact us ASAP so that we can manage helicopter for the rescue. You then will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 9. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant, and thermal innerwear t to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough and snowy terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 10. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 11. Are we sure to get a room while trekking in peak season ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day. On other days, porters reach the destination on advance and book the rooms for you.
  • 12. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 13. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands, you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 14. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking in Annapurna region, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly.
  • 15. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 16. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio, and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 17. How far do I trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because number of hours of walk really depend on clients' speed. So it's really relative.
  • 18. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 19. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the trekking you have to transfer the money in rupees before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 20. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.
  • 21. Is Travelling in Annapurna Poonhill trek safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can boast as the one of the safest country in South Asia for women. You will find people very friendly and respectful towards foreigners especially towards women. Annapurna Poonhill trek is one of the most visited areas by the tourists so the service providers are professional and local people are respectful with welcoming hospitality towards the trekkers.
  • 22. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Pokhara. We also drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek van or jeep.

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