Poon Hill Sun Salutation Yoga Trek

Poon Hill, a vantage point in Annapurna region that is often considered to provide the best view of Annapurna massif, is popular for sunrise on the mountain range. On the other hand, yoga’s quite famous i.e. 12 posture Ashana, ‘Surya Namaskar’ (Sun Salutation), if we combine these two things, it can be a marvelous odyssey to the creator of life (Sun).

Surya (Sun) is worshiped in Hinduism and about 80% of the population in Nepal follow Hinduism and there are many festivals that are celebrated in different parts of the country dedicated to Sun. Swotah brings you a perfect trekking plan that combines beauty and spirituality in the same trip. Poon Hill Sun Salutation trek is a short yet beautiful trekking plan that will take you closer to the ultimate natural beauty of Annapurna region, cultural villages, and outstanding Rhododendron forests.

Poon Hill Sun Salutation is basically a 5 days trekking where we will practice Yoga every morning and evening under the guidance of experienced and learned Gurus. Upon reaching Poon hill, before the daybreak, we will start our yoga and do Surya Namaskar facing probably the most beautiful sunrise of your life. This is our odyssey towards beautiful and glorious Surya Dev (Sun God) as per as Hindu belief.
Trip Code: PHSSYT41
Starts: Nayapul
Finishes: Nayapul
Duration: 10 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-Jun,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 3210m/ 10531.5ft
Trip Views: 650
Activities: Trekking Spiritual Journey
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Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury


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Breakfast: 5
Lunch: 4
Dinner: 5
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Hotel: 5 Night(s)
Guesthouse: 4 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Amazing sunrise and sunset view
  • An extreme variation of landscapes with rhododendron, oak forest, waterfalls, and beautiful mountains
  • Short and easy trek in Annapurna region

Why this Trip

  • This trip perfectly fits Spiritual, adventure and cultural pursuit in the remote part of the Annapurna region that will give you an experience of a lifetime.

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 [1,300M/4,264FT]
    Welcome to Nepal. Our representative will be present at Airport to receive you. After the meet and greet, you will be transferred to hotel. In the afternoon, we will arrange the meeting for you with your yoga instructor, guide and porter. We will finish our first day at Nepal with hearty Nepali cuisine at a traditional and hygienic restaurant with cultural program.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick Up
    • Thamel Tour
    • Cultural Dinner Program
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    The second day of your arrival begins with the yoga class and healthy breakfast served at your hotel. Rest of the day will be utilized for sightseeing in the best historic and religious place of Kathmandu valley. Some of the sights we will visit are Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), and Kathmandu Durbar Square (the old palace) etc. At evening we will arrange for your shopping if you need.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • All Transfers
    • Entrance fee
    • Shopping arrangements
    • Food and wine tour(Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : POKHARA [820M/2,690FT]
    As soon as the day breaks, we will hop in car/Bus according to your group size and leave for Pokhara. Pokhara is one of the most beautiful cities in Nepal if not the most beautiful, often called adventure capital of Nepal, Pokhara is a beautiful city on the lap of Annapurna Mountain having many lakes and natural sights. On the evening we visit Lake Side and enjoy the night life at Lakeside.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Transfer to Pokhara
  • placeDAY 4 : DRIVE TO NAYAPUL, TREK TO TIKHEDHUNGA
    After the morning yoga session and having nutritious breakfast, we start driving towards Nayapul. After reaching Nayapul your first day of trekking begins and passes through many beautiful villages and rivers. After the hard walk to Tikhedhunga, we rest for some time and begin our evening Yoga session perfectly finishing the first day of the trek.

    Meal:

    • Breakfst
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Transfer to Nayapul
  • placeDAY 5 : TIKHEDHUNGA TO GHOREPANI [3,194M/10479FT]
    Second day of trek is tough and long, we prepare for the walk by doing strengthening yoga postures followed by breakfast. We climb the steep trails to Ulleri and ultimately reaching Ghorepani. On the way we can see beautiful views of mountains and transverse through florid Rhododendron forests. After a long and intense trek to Ghorepani, we will perform healing yoga session to relax and calm our muscles.

    Meal:

    • Breakfst
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : GHOREPANI- POON HILL TADAPANI [2,590M/8497FT]
    We wake up before the day breaks and hike to Poon hill as soon as we can because we don’t want to miss the sunrise. Sunrise view from the Poon Hill is drop dead gorgeous. We start our ‘Surya Namaskar’ (Sun Salutation) boot camp facing the majestic Annapurna Massif as the sunrays fall upon the mountains giving a glorious golden hue to it. We return to guesthouse for breakfast and start trekking towards Tadapani crossing beautiful Rhododendron forest. Evening session of yoga before the dinner.

    Meal:

    • Breakfst
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Surya Namaskar boot camp
  • placeDAY 7 : TADAPANI TO GHANDRUK [1,940M/6,364FT]
    As usual the day begins with the Yoga session followed by breakfast. Today’s trail is all downhill, we will start to walk downhill through the Forest to Bhaisekharka and continue towards Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a cultural village of Gurung ethnic group. These people are well known for their hospitality and unique culture. At evening upon your request the local ladies gather up and perform their cultural live music and dance show portraying their unique traditions and preserved dance culture.

    Meal:

    • Breakfst
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Guesthouse

    Activities:

    • Local dance program
  • placeDAY 8 : GHANDRUK TO POKHARA
    Today after the regular yoga session and breakfast, we walk for a short time that lasts for about an hour before we reach the place where we can get the bus/car to Pokhara. As we drive to Pokhara , we can reach there in about 4 hours giving us ample time to explore the beautiful city of Pokhara. We can visit many places like Peace Pagoda, David’s fall, and many other religious sites. Evening session of yoga before the dinner.

    Meal:

    • breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Transfer to Pokhara
    • Sightseeing
  • placeDAY 9 : KATHMANDU
    From Pokhara, we’ll take our vehicle 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. Evening session of yoga before the dinner

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Transfer to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 10 : DEPARTURE
    On this day, you’ll probably have energy left for shopping around in the city and getting a wonderful trekkers’ massage. We’ll have Lunch together and escort you to the airport for your departure.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Trekkers' Massage
    • Souvenir
    • Airport drop
    • Shopping arrangements
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin/double sharing with breakfast
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with ticket fees
    • Accommodation during the trek (or camping in case of need)
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
    • Authorized English speaking guide along with required Porters for the trek and Yoga guru
    • Round Kathmandu to Pokhara transfer by private transportation
    • All applicable government tax
    • All expenses for staffs –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
    • All necessary paperwork and Annapurna Conservation Area permit fees (ACAP), Trekkers' Information Management System fees (TIMS)
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Annapurna Region
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Sim card service
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Yoga Mat
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of appreciation
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival or late departure due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
    • 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. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    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.
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. 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 lands.
  • 6. 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. 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.
  • 7. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    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.
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. What is the best season for trekking in Poon Hill ?
    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.
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. What is appropriate dress for Yoga Trek ?
    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 inner wear 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.
  • 12. 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.
  • 13. 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. 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.
  • 14. 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.
  • 15. 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.
  • 16. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    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.
  • 17. 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.
  • 18. 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.
  • 19. 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.
  • 20. 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.
  • 22. 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.
  • 23. 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.

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