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Annapurna Poonhill Trek
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Breakfast: 9
Lunch: 7
Dinner: 6
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Hotel: 3 Night(s)
Teahouse: 3 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 3 Night(s)

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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 (6997m), Annapurna (8,091m), Annapurna II, etc), they appear gradually like magic that your eyes will not believe.

Trip Code

APT41

Starts

Dhampus

Finishes

Pokhara

Duration

10 Days

Difficulty

Moderate

Group-Size

1 - 14

Age

Minimum 16

Seasons

Mar-May,Sep-Nov

Elevation

3210 m/ 10531.5ft

Trip View

2749

Activities

Trekking

Travel Style

Comfortable

Trip popularity

TRIP FACTS

  • Popularly known as Annapurna Sunrise trek
  • This trip makes a climb on Poon Hill (3210m) and sunrise excursion
  • Panoramic views of Himalayan including Dhaulagiri (8167m), Machhapuchhre (6997m), Annapurna (8091m), Annapurna II and many more
  • Ghorepani and Ghandruk are the two largest Gurung settlements in the Annapurna region

 

Why this Trip

This short trek is perfect for the people who have limited time for trekking and don't want to compromise on the beautiful scenaries of mountains and breathtaking sunrise.

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

Brief Itinerary

Welcome to Kathmandu! The adventure starts as soon as you step off the plane where you’ll find a mass of taxi drivers all fighting over the right to take you to your hotel. Lucky for you, we’ll have our representative there to pick you up like a knight in shining armor. On route to the hotel, you’ll get to see the hustle and bustle of the big city along with Kathmandu’s claim to fame. The dust. But don’t worry, the dust will be worth it once you see the smiles on the locals faces as they welcome you to Nepal. In the evening, we’ll gather any additional information we need for your permits. Then, we’ll have a briefing of your itinerary which will be followed by a pop quiz. If you pass, we’ll all go out to a nice dinner. If you fail, we’ll blame it on the jet lag and go to dinner anyway.

Meal:

  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Airport Pick Up
  • Thamel Tour
  • Cultural Program
After a healthy breakfast in the morning, we take a 7-hour drive from Kathmandu to Suikhet Phedi (1130m) which is the starting point of our trek. We now have a steep uphill route until we reach Dhampus from where we get magnificent view of the all beautiful mountains Macchapuchre and Annapurna South.

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

  • Private transportation from Kathmandu to Phedi.
The trail ascends upward gradually towards Deurali (2160m) through a series of a dense forest of orchids. The trail then descends steeply for an hour before reaching Ghatte Khola, where we'll have our lunch and continue walking, we go downwards to Landrung (1620m) and find ourselves in a Gurung community village above the Modi river where we’ll be staying overnight.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

Continuing our path below towards Modi river and climbing uphill we reach Ghandruk (1951m). This place offers us a great view of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna -III, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre. Ghandruk is a picturesque village with typical houses of Gurung people. The hospitality by the people here is part of its charm. At evening local ladies will perform their cultural dance for us.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

  • Cultural show by Gurung People
We carry on to the trail for about 4 hours through a forest with rich vegetation to Tadapani. We’ll be staying overnight at a small village in the middle of the forest.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

The first part of today’s trail will be steep downhill to the stream and then it goes uphill straight to Ghorepani through a rhododendron and Scottish pine forest via Deurali and Banthati.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Guesthouse

Activities:

Early morning today, we’ll have a short expedition at poonhill. The trail goes steep downhill through Ulleri and Nangethati to Tikhedhunga.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Tea House

Activities:

After walking for few hours we reach motor road from where we can take ride back to Pokhara. At evening, we'll do some sightseeing in Pokhara

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Drive to Pokhara
  • Pokhara Sightseeing
Drive to Kathmandu: From Pokhara we’ll take our car and head towards Kathmandu. The Vehicle passes through Trisuli River and picturesque villages which takes about 7 hours to arrive in Kathmandu Valley, transfer to Hotel.

Meal:

  • Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Hotel

Activities:

  • Private transportation from Pokhara to kathmandu
All good things must come to an end. Today is the day that we all must bid farewell and head our separate ways. Although we know you won’t miss the dust, squat toilets, or long hours of walking uphill, we are certain that you’ll shed a few tears as you say goodbye to the group, the guides, and remember all the great times you had on your trip. We’ll arrange a farewell lunch (depending on your flight schedule) to make it official and will escort you to the airport to ensure an easy departure.

Meal:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Accommodation:

Activities:

  • Souvenir
  • Airport drop
  • Shopping arrangements

FAQS

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.
For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
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.
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.
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.
We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
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. But there are always going to be exceptions but even in those cases, we may have to be flexible about very basic sleeping arrangements. We always try to make sure that we have everything well arranged.
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.
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.
While trekking in Annapurna region, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, we will invite you for dinner in cultural restaurant on the night of your arrival for briefing the itinerary and small orientation program will be done before we embark on our trekking adventure by the tour leader and guides.
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.
We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Pokhara on car, van and deluxe minibus with A/C depending on the size of the group. We also drop and pick up from the starting and ending point of trek on private car or jeep.

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