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Trip Facts
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Trip Grade :
  • Destinations : Nepal
  • Activities : Trekking
  • Departure Date :
  • Best Seasons :
    Mar – May, Sep – Dec
  • Highest Altitude :3210 m
  • StartEnd :
    Kathmandu – Pokhara
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Nepal is one of the few places in the world that can offer awe-inspiring mountain vistas and incredible trekking. This trek, at low altitude, has been arranged to allow you to enjoy some of the highest Himalayan peaks as you walk through the foothills of the Annapurna Range, as well as experiencing the world heritage sites of Kathmandu City.

From the terraced rice-fields above Pokhara, we walk along good trails through picturesque Gurung villages and one of Nepal’s biggest rhododendron forests which, in spring, bursts with many different hues, as we make our way to Poon Hill at 3,210m. The dawn view of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m) and Annapurna South (7,219m), from the world famous Poon Hill, is the highlight of this trek. Short and fairly easy, this trek is a perfect introduction to Nepal’s mountain treasures. It is a good starter trek for those not sure of their walking ability, or simply for those who wish to make the most of only a few days. The trek finishes at the magnificent lake town of Pokhara, where you can relax and enjoy the tranquility of the lake and its backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu. Alt: 1,350m.
Day 2 Drive Pokhara, Overnight Hotel. Included meals breakfast. Alt. 820m. Drive 7 hours.
Day 3 Drive to Nayapul then Trek to Hile, Alt. 1,430. Trek 3 hours.
Day 4 Ghorepani, Alt. 2,860m. Trek 7 hours.
Day 5 Sunrise at Poon Hill then Trek to Tadapani, Alt. 2,630m. Trek 6 hours
Day 6 Jhinu Danda, Alt. 1,780m. Trek 6 hours.
Day 7 Trek to Birethanti then Drive to Pokhara, Alt. 820m. Trek 7 hours.

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu. Alt: 1,350m.
At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a Trek Nepal representative and transferred to your hotel. There will be a full tour briefing in the evening.

Day 2 Drive Pokhara, Overnight Hotel. Alt. 820m. Drive 7 hours.
We drive out of the Kathmandu valley following the Prithvi highway, and descend to the scenic and tranquil town of Pokhara. En route we will have outstanding views of the Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges of the Himalayas, along with river valleys, terraced fields and local villages. Pokhara is set on the banks of Phewa Tal (lake) beneath the Annapurna range that create a spectacular backdrop for this serene town. On arriving you are free to explore the town, take a boat out on to the lake, walk up to the peace pagoda or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere by the lake.

Day 3 Drive to Nayapul then Trek to Hile, Alt. 1,430. Trek 3 hours.
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.

To reach the start point of our trek we have a short drive, west of Pokhara, to Nayapul. Our trek today is short and gentle as we follow the Bhurungdi Khola (river) upstream to Hile. We pass streams, waterfalls, tropical vegetation and thriving rice fields that give this area its lushness. At Hile our hosts who are renowned for their hospitality welcome us.

Day 4 Ghorepani, Alt. 2,860m. Trek 7 hours.
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.

As we leave Hile behind the trails we follow from today are established and wide, and woven into these are stone stairways. We continue following Bhurungdi Khola northwards until we reach a suspension bridge, where there is an imposing waterfall on the other side of it. It is here we face the first of many stone stairways, a steep climb that takes around 40 minutes. From here the path winds upwardly until it enters a rhododendron forest. In spring the forest is radiant with colour. En route we pass a number of villages and encounter our first glimpse of Annapurna South (7,219m) and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) (6,997m). Beyond Ban Thanti the forest becomes denser as we continue upwards with more stone steps to climb before emerging at Nangge Thanti. It takes around an hour to reach Ghorepani, the home of the Magars, from here. Originally a horse watering post, Ghorepani has evolved into an important crossroads for tourists and the numerous mule caravans on the Jomsom-Pokhara trip.

Day 5 Sunrise at Poon Hill then Trek to Tadapani, Alt. 2,630m. Trek 6 hours
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.

To capture the highlight of this trek we leave early in the morning for Poon Hill (3,210m). A 45 minutes walk above Ghorepani brings us to the panorama of peaks of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurnas, Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Manaslu (8,163m) and many more. As the sun rises over Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna Himals they glisten with the first rays of the sun while the skies glow through an array of reds to pinks. This is one of the world’s most incredible mountain vistas. After breakfast we join the trail that heads north following a ridge with stunning views of the Annapurnas from east to west. Passing through open space the trail brings us very close to Annapurna South (7,219m). The trail descends steeply as it enters adense rhododendron forest. The final climb of the day brings us to Tadapani. A small, charming village sitting on a hill top enclosed by a rhododendron forest; and where we have a close up view of Annapurna south (7,219m), much closer than the one seen on the trail, and distant views of Machhapuchhre (6,997m) and Annapurna lll (7,555m) and Annapurna lV (7,525m).

Day 6 Jhinu Danda, Alt. 1,780m. Trek 6 hours.
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse.

Away from Tadapani the trail descends steeply through an enchanting rhododendron forest that emerges out to rice terraces. Keeping to their contour we continue onwards. Our morning descent leads us to a suspension bridge over the Kimrong Khola, a tributary of Modi Khola. From here the trail ascends steeply through open spaces with magnificent views of the surrounding Annapurna range and a spectacular view of the valley rivers below until we reach Chhomrung, a village that clings to the hillside. A short distance further on up the Modi Valley we arrive at Jhinu Danda our destination. Time is available to relax in Jhinu Danda’s hot springs with amazing views of Annapurna South (7,219m) and Machhapuchhre (6,997m).

Day 7 Trek to Birethanti then Drive to Pokhara, Alt. 820m. Trek 7 hours.

Our final morning of walking starts with the trail dropping down to the Modi Khola. Following the river the upward trail contours the rice terraces bringing us to Syauli Bazaar. Beyond here, the trail’s gradient levels as we walk alongside the river passing through a number of villages and orange orchards to Birethanti. From here we drive back to Pokhara, arriving late afternoon.

Start Date End Date
5 Feb 2020 19 Feb 2020
13 Feb 2020 27 Feb 2020
21st Feb 2020 7 Mar 2020
28 Feb 2020 14 Mar 2020
3rd Mar 2020 17 Mar 2020
12 Mar 2020 26 Mar 2020
20 Mar 2020 3rd Apr 2020
31 Mar 2020 14 Apr 2020
4 Apr 2020 18 Apr 2020
13 Apr 2020 27 Apr 2020
22nd Apr 2020 6 May 2020
30 Apr 2020 14 May 2020
7 May 2020 21st May 2020
11 May 2020 25 May 2020
1st Sep 2020 15 Sep 2020
8 Sep 2020 22nd Sep 2020
17 Sep 2020 1st Oct 2020
26 Sep 2020 10 Oct 2020
2nd Oct 2020 16 Oct 2020
11 Oct 2020 25 Oct 2020
20 Oct 2020 3rd Nov 2020
29 Oct 2020 12 Nov 2020
3rd Nov 2020 17 Nov 2020
12 Nov 2020 26 Nov 2020
21st Nov 2020 5 Dec 2020
30 Nov 2020 14 Dec 2020
4 Dec 2020 18 Dec 2020
13 Dec 2020 27 Dec 2020

Add-On Trips:

Jungle Safari Mountain Flight Paragliding 1 hour
Multi/day Rafting Day sightseeing Bungy Jump + Canyoning
Riepe Homstay Volunteering Travel Everest day tour by Heli
Rafting day tour Shivapuri Day Hike Day hike to Namobuddha

Price Includes

  • All transfers to and from the airport accompanied by an English speaking representative
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing as detailed in the itinerary. Twin rooms are provided for non-couples as well as couples
  • Activities as shown in the itinerary, note this may vary from day to day
  • Sterilized drinking water during trek
  • All necessary transportation, whether private or public
  • All trekking related permits and fees
  • Experienced English speaking guide
  • Assistant guides and porters to support the group size
  • Trek Nepal T-shirt
  • 13% VAT

Price Excludes

  • International airfare, airport taxes, visa fees, passport costs, insurance premiums of any kind and excess baggage charges
  • Accommodation and Meals In Kathmandu
  • Any Meals
  • Personal Travel Insurance (cover your adventure activity as well as medical, emergency evacuation and personal belongings). It is imperative to be insured with suitable cover
  • Personal clothing and footwear such as down jackets, waterproofs, hat, gloves, hiking boots
  • Personal equipment, for example rucksack, day backpack, torch, water bottle, sleeping bag and mat
  • Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
  • Optional single accommodation supplement
  • Personal expenses such as phone bills, room service charges, porterage, bar bills (meals exclude bottle and alcohol drinks), tips to guides, porters and drivers, laundry
  • Expenses incurred during emergency evacuation due to any reason
  • Optional tours, excursions and activities
  • Any item not detailed in the “What Is Included”
5 Reviews
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Kay Elizabeth Standing (British)

Solo Traveller

“Poon Hill Trek”

Highly recommend Resham and his team at Trek Nepal, we did a 5 day Poon Hill trek and had an amazing time. Our guide, Pramod, was brilliant, very knowledgeable and great company. Although short, the trek was surprisingly hard, there are lots of steps! But you can take it at your own pace and have lots of tea breaks. The scenery is spectacular and varied, through forests, frozen waterfalls and villages and sunrise at poon hill is well worth the early start. We has a fantastic time, everything was well organised, we highly recommend trek Nepal and are planning our next trek with them next year.

April 14, 2016

Selina Tan (British)

Family Traveller

“Beautiful Anapurna Panorama Trek”

My mother and I had a lovely manageable trek through parts of the Annapurna range. My mother, being 60+, needed to take it slowly which was no problem for our guide, Ganesh. Being more then accommodating, he allowed her to pace herself and to take her time so she could enjoy the gorgeous views. Our porter Suman was also a lovely young guy, with positive spirits throughout. Communication was flawless throughout the trip and overall it was a great tour to introduce us to the beauty Nepal has to offer

April 14, 2016

Lionheart

Family Traveller

Poon Hill- 7 Days Trekking with Laxman of Trek Nepal”

What an exhilarating experience..You will really enjoy this if you are up for 5-6 days of trekking with 4-6 hours per day walks. Fantastic panoramas, flowers, mountains and the most pleasant people you will ever meet. Nepal is going through some issues with the Indian fuel blockade and yet the people persevere and continue to smile through. Amazing!…Great trip with nice weather nearly every day with rain on our last two days still not putting us off. Definitely good walking shoes or boots are required and anything longer than this I would have foregone my trail run shoes for boots with a supported ankle. All walks were on upgraded stone paths so a little rain meant less wet feet than a dirt path would have presented. Basic sleeping accoms through out with wireless at 3 of the 4 teahouses. Suggest the local food..(Dahl Baht) always fresh and tasty and reasonably priced. Endless masala tea was the equivalent of 20p UK per cup. This was a perfect starter trip for the more lengthy and challenging Annapurna Base Camp (7-11 days) or the Annapurna Circuit (11-14 days). Pokara is the staging town and I found it enchanting and would love to stay longer there with its coffee shops and lake views, along with the mountain “fishtail” rising in the distance. Laxman, our guide was a top-notch guide and looked after us the whole way and I recommend you ask for him. You won’t be sorry. Our porter, Dependra was cheerful throughout and such a strong fellow..one of our packs and his own…we appreciated his resilience…One suggestion to make the porters job easier…please consolidate your belongings into one bag for the porter and only pack what you really need for the trek,,the laptops etc can be stored in Pokara. Take a poncho that goes over you and your day pack/backpack…that will certainly be a great decision..The mountain people of Nepal lead simple but rewarding lives…please recycle when possible and take your rubbish out when you leave. Lets keep Nepal as beautiful as we find it!!! Go!! you won’t regret it .

October 10, 2015

Nizam Bin Osman (Singapore)

Solo Traveller

“Annapurna poon hill trek.”

It was our first visit to Nepal and we have booked a trekking package through Trek Nepal. We had an amazing experience there especially during our trekking led by our guide Big Raj and two porters Dinesh and Mazi . Bigraj was very knowledgeable explaining customs, culture, and natural history, not forgetting Dinesh who was making our trip enjoyable with his hilarious joke .Everything was well taken off by Trek Nepal upon arrival till the end of the trip. Anyone who loves to do adventurous stuff should put this on your bucket list.

June 4, 2015

Benjamin Thomas Jalob (Australian)

Family Traveller

“Poon Hill trek – Amazing all round”

My cousin and I did the Poon Hill trek in December 2014 and we just had an amazing experience with Trek Nepal. The entire trek was well organised and the assistance and fun provided by Fatha (our guide) and Ramon (our porter) were fantastic. I badly sprained my ankle on the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara (the day before our hike) and Fatha bought me some cream for my ankle, provided me with a bandage (which I used during the entire hike) and was willing to modify the daily itinerary to put less pressure on my ankle. Couldn’t say enough more nice things about these two – Great job all round!

February 3, 2015