Our Annapurna Poon Hill Sunrise Trek is ideal for families or trekkers who wish to experience both the magic of comfortable-altitude trekking beneath the high Himalaya with a chance to explore the life and culture of the local peoples of the region.
Hindu Brahman and Chhetri, Buddhist farmers inhabit these regions, along with two Tibeto-Berman groups: the Magars (skilled craftsmen in stone and wood who farm the lower slopes) and the Gurungs (originally herders from Tibet who farm and tend sheep higher up). The distinctive architecture of these community and the opportunities for experiencing their friendly hospitality in the teahouses adds a special dimension to the trek.
Whilst friendly Ghorepani has geared itself to cater to the needs of the streams of trekkers who visit Poon Hill annually; an afternoon in Ghandruk presents an opportunity to explore a modern village, observing the life and culture of the Gurung people. Local crafts include pottery, weaving and carpet making. Visit the two museums.
The trekking trail begins and ends from your hotel in Pokhara with a drive over the middle hills to the trailhead at Nayapul. Trek through a mix of terraced farmlands and glorious rhododendron, oak and bamboo forests. From ridges there are beautiful views of the 6 000m/19 600ft snow clad peaks of the range.
A highlight is the early morning walk from Ghorepani to Nepal’s most visited physical landmark: the grassy summit of Poon Hill (3 210m/10 530ft). It offers magnificent sunrise views that include Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, the fish-tailed peak of sacred Machhapuchhare and Manaslu.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Tribhuvan Airport (1 300m/4 260ft). We will meet and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Pokhara (880/2 900ft), 6-7 hrs drive
Day 03: Pokhara – Nayapul (1 070m/3 510ft) – Hile (1510m/4 952ft), 1hrs15 min drive, 2-3 hrs trek
Day 04: Hile – Ghorepani (2 850m/9 350ft), 5-6 hrs.
Day 05: Ghorepani – Poon hill (3 210m/10 528ft) – Tadapani (2 520m/8 268ft), 6-7 hrs.
Day 06: Tadapani – Ghandruk (1 950m/6 398ft), 3-4 hrs
Day 07: Ghandruk – Nayapul (1 070m/3 510ft) – Pokhara (910m/2 986ft), 4-5 hrs trek, 1hrs 15 min drive
Day 08: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), 25 min early flight and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 09: Final departure from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (1 300m/4 260ft)
After completing passport, immigration and visa requirements, we will meet you outside the terminal building (look for your name board) and transfer you to your hotel: afternoon free. Evening: a welcome dinner, introduction to your guide and a briefing on the trek with a check on necessities. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft), 6-7 hrs Drive
After breakfast, drive to Pokhara along the Prithvi Raimarg which offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery and along major rivers such as the Trisuli Nadi, which rises in Tibet north east of Kathmandu. The route passes through the lower Gorkha region (beneath Manaslu), south of the epicentre of the first of the recent earthquakes.
Transfer to your hotel. An afternoon City Tour includes: Devi’s waterfall and Shiva’s Cave. Enjoy an evening cruise on tranquil Lake Phewa before dinner. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 03: Pokhara – Nayapul (1 070m/3 510ft) – Hile (1510m/4 952ft), 1 hrs 15 min drive, 2-3 hrs trek
From your hotel, we drive north through farmland and forest to the trail head at Nayapul. Trek to the prosperous riverside village of Birethanti (1 000m) at the confluence of the Modi and Bhurungdi Kholas. Then follow the Bhurungdi Khola to Sudame (1 340m) before climbing gradually up the side of the valley, to Hile (1 510m) overnight in Hile .
Day 04: Hile – Ghorepani (2 870m/9 420ft), 5-6 hrs
The day begins with a long and steep ascent on stone staircases to the village of Ulleri (2 080m) – and an amazing landscape with great views of Annapurna South (7 219m) and Hiunchuli (6 441m). The ascent continues through ancient rhododendron and oak forests for several hours, with rest breaks, to the large village of Ghorepani. From here there are fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Himal. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 05: Ghorepani – Poon hill (3 210m/10 530ft) – Tadapani (2 710ft/8 890ft), 6-7 hrs
An early, ¾ hr, steep trek leads to Poon Hill’s grassy knoll. This landmark viewpoint offers unobstructed vistas of the high Himalaya from Dhaulagiri I (8 172m) and Upper Dolpo in the west, across the Annapurnas (Annapurna I, 8 019m), to Machhapuchhare (6 997m, Fish Tail) and east to Manaslu (8 156m). Behind: an ocean of Sal forests stretch to lowland India.
After breakfast, the eastward trail to Tadapani crosses ridges through thick pine and rhododendron forest with occasional flat sections and wonderful views of the snow peaks to the north from high ground. Overnight in Tadapani.
Day 06: Tadapani - Ghandruk (1 950m/6 398ft), 2-3 hrs
Today’s trail is fairly short and largely downhill through forest and farmland. A fork then offers a choice of routes to Ghandruk. This is a densely settled modern Gurung village. Explore the surrounding area and visit the traditional Gurung museums. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Day 07: Ghandruk – Nayapul (1 070m/3 510ft) – Pokhara (880m/2 900ft), 4-5 hrs, treks 1 hrs 15 min drive
Traverse south, high above the Modi Khola as the trail gradually descends to the villages of Kimche (1 640m) and 500m lower, Syauli Bazaar. The trail is then relatively flat to Birethanti (1 000m) beyond which it drops down a rocky defile to Nayapul – and the road for our transport to your hotel in Pokhara.
Day 08: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 260ft), early 25 min flight and sightseeing in Kathmandu
Take a day tour to five of the Kathmandu Valley’s cultural world heritage sites: Swayambhunath, the famed “monkey temple;” the city’s historical Durbar Square with ancient temples, unique art, architecture, and the chance to see the Kumari (living goddess); Patan’s Durbar Square; the Hindu temple Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath, the world’s largest stupa.
A car and driver will take you to each site-entrance and wait for you. (Entry tickets and lunch are not included.
Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 09: Final departure from Tribhuvan Internationa Airport to your distention
Mr.Badri who was my guid for short treking to Poon hill in Pokhara is really nice guid!
He has really deep knowledge not only about mountains but also about whole Nepal and other surrounded country. and he had so much hospitality. It was very nice to be led by him for treking activity in Nepal!
I know Landmark Discovery through my friend's recommendation. I have a 5 days trekking tour with my girlfriend in end Nov. Throughout the trip, our trekking guide- Badri and our porter - Gunes brings us an memorable trekking experience, that including nice lodge accommodation, food recommendation, and professional advice. Last but not least, they teach us to sing some traditional tunes.
We travelled to Nepal from the 1st of November to the 13th 2016. We contracted guide, transportation and trekking to Poon Hill to Prem and his team (Landmark Discovery Treks) via internet due to their excellent reviews in TA. From the first email to the very end of the trip, customer service was excellent. They were fresh, attentive and always looking after our happiness. They totally succeeded. We highly recommend their services and we look forward to repeat the experience by visiting other areas of Nepal very soon. Namaste!
I and my wife joined the 5 Days Annapurna Poon Hill tour with Landmark Discovery Treks in Oct 2016. The view on top of Poon Hill is stunning - morning sunshine lights up the snow capped mountains and their ranges. Mt Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna South (7219m) and the fish tail Mt. Machapuchare (6993m) are right in front of us. It's absolutely worth waking up at 4am and climb thousands of steps for that!
Our tour guide, Prem Panta, is a great guide. Since we landed Nepal and met him outside the airport, there's nothing we need to worry about. He arranged everything for us, including, accommodation, transportation, food, aquatab, medicine, down jacket, trekking pole, etc. Prem is also very experienced and knowledgeable. He shared with us lot of information about different treks in Nepal. We are looking forward to having another trip with Prem!
This is already my 4th visit to Nepal and I told myself before coming here that is this might be my last trip. But now I changed my mind. I am going to visit Nepal year after year!!!
I can't believe it my four visit is as interesting and special as my first visit it is all because I have an excellent guide a caring nice responsible and easy going person Thanks so much for the nice arrangement the orange and apple is very good in our trip
I enjoy every day of the trek and well certainly visit Nepal again lastly wish you and your family a good and healthy life ahead I also hope the business will be very good in coming future
Trip Name: Poon Hill Sunrise trek
Duration: 9 days
Trek Days: 5 days
Region: Annapurna Region
Altitude: 3210m (Poon hill)
Highlights: Mountain Views of all the Annapurna and Manaslu, Gurung and Magar Culture
Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing,
Accommodation: Hotel/Guest House
Transportation: Private Car/ Van/ Bus all the ground Transport/ Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu
Best month: February-May/ September- December
Cost: Ask the Landmark Discovery Treks
Group Member Min: 2 Maximum -10