Poon Hill Trek – The most trekked short trekking trail in Nepal

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Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trek is a coca-cola trek in Nepal. And this trek is suitable for everyone. Especially for those who have a short holiday and want to witness the world’s highest mountain peaks. Also in a short time gives a real trekking experience in Nepal.

The picturesque mountain view of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, and the virgin mountain mount Machhapuchhere. The terraced farmland to the dense wilderness to reach Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Tadapani, and Ghandruk.  The traditional culture of the Magar and Gurung community.

Sunrise and sunset view from Poon Hill is another attraction of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. Because while sunrise and sunset all the snowy mountain peaks change their outlook from white to golden. Definitely need to do ups and downs in the hills although not that much difficult due to the lower altitude.

The Poon Hill Trek itinerary

Poon Hill Trekking

Day 1 Drive from Pokhara to Birethani and trek to Ulleri

Drive from Pokhara to Birethnti will take around one and half hours to two hours. In Birethanti there is Permit and TIMS card checkpoint where you need to register your permit and TIMS card. Then walk through Hille, Thikhedunga, and climb to Ulleri. People use to that there are 3500 steps to climb to reach Ulleri. The total walk will take around 4 to 5 hours.

Day 2 Ulleri to Ghorepani

Today will be an easy day to walk to Ghorepani. Waking into the little jungle and crossing little villages and tea shops. It all depends on how you walk in the mountain so the total time will take around 4/5 hours to reach Ghorepani. While walking to Ghorepani the majestic view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhere will give you the mountain smile. From Ghorepani, you can enjoy the panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri and other peaks.

Day 3: Early morning hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani

Everyone will wake up early in the morning to hike up Poon Hill. Poon Hill is the viewpoint located at the altitude of 3210m above sea level to see sunrise and sunset. The hike will take around 45m to one hour to reach Poon Hill. This is one of the crowded viewpoints inside the Annapurna region.

After the Poon Hill hike, you will walk to Tadapani. Along the way at Banthanti will eat lunch. Climbing up to Ulleri after crossing the river is a bit tough. Total timing might be 6 to 7 hours for today’s trek.

Day 4 Trek to Ghandruk and drive back to Pokhara.

From Tadapani to Ghandruk it just takes around 2 hours to walk. Most of the time need to walk down inside the jungle Via Bhainshi Kharka.

Why this Trek is so Popular?

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

  • The easy trekking trail to walk.
  • Trek just for 3 nights, 4 days into the Himalayas.
  • Everyone can do the Poon Hill trek.
  • Good lodges, guest house, and food during the trek.
  • The best panoramic views of mountains and landscapes.
  • Traditional Gurung and Magar Culture and Costumes.
  • Short distance to walk in each day.

This trek can do from another side as well means starting from Ghandruk and ending from Tikhedunga. To do that trekking itinerary will be like this.

Day 1  Drive from Pokhara to Birethanti and trek to Ghandruk
Day 2 Ghandruk to Ghorepani
Day 3 Ghorepani to Tickhedunga
Day 4  Hike to Birethanti and drive back to Pokhara.

What kind of permit need to do this trek?

In Nepal, to do any trek that requires a trekking permit. Likewise, to do Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek also need ACAP Permit (Annapurna Conservation Area) and TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System). These permits are available in Nepal Tourism Board Kathmandu and ACAP office at Pokhara.

Best season to do Poon Hill Trek.

Autumn season

This trek is able done all year and all seasons. In a year there are four different seasons, among these four-season spring and autumn are the best season to do this trek. During spring the rhododendron flowers will bloom and the weather is also not very cold nighter hot. Autumn is the festive season and the weather-wise very clear for mountain view.

During summer a bit of rain and consider the rainy season but still this trek will offer the best trekking experience. During the winter season, there will be cold in Nepal and other trekking are very difficult to do during this season. But Poon Hill Trek is possible to do even in the cold and icy.

Poon Hill Trek can combine with Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Add Annapurna Base Camp Trek on your journey to Poon Hill is extend your hike into the Annapurna Himalaya. Need to add a few more days to this itinerary to be in the base camp of the world’s 10th highest peak. The trekking trail will change from Tadapani. To end the trek in four days you have to follow the way to Ghandruk and continue to ABC need to follow the trail to Chhomrong.

Add need to add these days to do ABC and Poon Hill Trek at the same time and same permit.

Day 1 Tadapani to Chhomrong
Day 2  Chhomrong to Himalayan
Day 3 Himalayan to ABC
Day 4 ABC to Bamboo
Day 5 Bamboo to Ghinu Danda
Day 6 Ghinu Danda to Kyulmi and drive back to Pokhara.

Poon Hill Trek can combine with Mardi Himal Trek

Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is another popular trekking trail inside the Annapurna Conservation Area and this trek can combine with both Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill Trek and even can combine with Khopra Danda Trek too. The best combination of the Poon Hill and Mardi Himal Trek itinerary is as follows.

Day 1 Drive to Kande and trek to Australian Camp
Day 2 Australian Camp to Forest Camp
Day 3 Forest Camp to High Camp
Day 4 Hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp and trek to Badal Danda
Day 5 Badal Danda to Landruk
Day 6 Landruk to Tadapani
Day 7 Tadapani to Ghorepani
Day 8 Early morning hike to Pooon Hill and Trek to Ulleri
Day 9 Ulleri to Birethanti and drive back to Pokhara.

In conclusion 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the most popular trekking trails in Nepal. Here are the reasons to do Poon Hill Trek to know what is this trek and why you should do this trek. As mentioned here this trek is for the short-time holiday holder who wants to have an amazing trekking experience in Nepal.

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