Experience the exhilarating short trek in the Annapurna region with Poonhill trek. This trek traversing through traditional Nepali village offers spectacular views of Annapurna ranges.
This 8 day trek is short and fairly easy route 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 major highlights of this trip is a climb to PoonHill (3,210m), view point to possibly the most spectacular mountain landscapes on Earth flaunting impressive panoramic view of the Himalayan giants (Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Fishtail/Macchapuchre (6997m), Annapurna (8,091m), Annapurna II and many more.
Altitude is less of the problem while on this trek. Thus, one need not worry about possible altitude sickness during the trek. Additionally, this venture is less strenuous and short in duration. Thus, anyone physically fit irrespective of age with limited time can be a part of it.
If you intend to trek to the Annapurna region of Nepal within short time frame without having to compromise with spectacular scenery then this trip is definitely for you!
2 - 14
3210 m/ 10531.5ft
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.
•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
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.