Short Pun Hill Hike

Hike Poon Hill with children, witness the grand sunrise and panoramic Himalayan views from Poon Hill, tour KTM and Pokhara

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10 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 3210 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 4 to 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 3 to 10 days trekking trip.

 Short Pun Hill Hike is one of the best and spectacular treks in Annapurna region. This trek is also known as Annapurna's balcony trek which fit for all age trekkers and adventure seekers. The Short Pun Hill Hike has over the years been the bestseller among all our trekking packages. The breathtaking mountain scenery and the beautiful ethnic villages justify the popularity of this trek. The trek is easy, it has enough walking along streams and forests for those who are looking for a few days close to nature, yet it is not far away and involves no high climbing. You absolutely have no risk of altitude sickness on this trek. This trek can be done all through the year except during the monsoon.

The Short Pun Hill Hike is also known as a short trek to Annapurna. The trek starts from the beautiful village called Modhi River, after an hour and half of drive from Pokhara. Crossing the suspension bridge over Modhi Khola River, we ascend through ethnic villages and farm terraces enjoying the views of Machhapuchare (fishtail) peeking between the hills. On the second day we walk mostly through woods before we reach Ghorepani town. Next morning we make an early climb of one hour to the nearby Poon hill to watch the amazing sunrise and the spectacular view of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri and other famous mountains of the region.

The beautiful Ghorepani town is densely forested with rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal. Every spring it is tremendous scenery to watch these forests in bloom with the panorama of the high mountains on the skyline.

From Ghorepani town we descend for the beautiful Gurung (name of a community) village of Ghandruk on the lap of the Annapurna south. The village is known for its traditional houses, rich culture and the great landscapes. Walking down through the innumerable steps we make a loop at Birethanti and catch our vehicle for Pokhara at Nayapul .We trace back no part of the trail on this itinerary. On our whole trek, we use the mountain lodges called the tea houses for our meal and accommodation.

Short Pun Hill Hike- Short Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350meters):
Day 02: Sightseeing:
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m.), 6 hours.
Day 04: 2 hours drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri (2100m) 4 hours.  
Day 05: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2650 m.) which takes about six hours.
Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3250m.) then to Tadapani (2650m.) 6 hours.
Day 07: Trek from Tadapani (2650m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) 4 hours.
Day 08: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (Pokhara), 5 hours.
Day 09: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by a tourist coach.
Day 10: Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Short Pun Hill Hike- Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350meters):
Our friendly and knowledgeable guide will be standing at in front of arrival terminal with your name card, welcome and transfer to hotel and a short brief about the trekking after refreshment. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing:
Rest day or do some sightseeing to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m.), 6 hours.
The coach leaves early in the morning to Pokhara, this is 200 km drive. As we climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, we follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. We follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes us directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. We can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. We can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 30 minutes.

Day 04: 2 hours drive from Pokhara to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri (2100m) 4 hours.  
Here, we begin our trek to Ulleri via Birethanti and Tiehkedunga which takes about four to five hours. The first part of our trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards we ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority of people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhism. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some in Gorkha and Indian regiments. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2650 m.) which takes about six hours.
The trail ascends gently passing through Ulleri village and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, we can enjoy good view of Machhapuchhre or Fish Tail (6997m.), Huinchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna south (7219m.). Now, our trail is quite easier passing through forest and descends gently up to the final camp. We could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3250m.) then to Tadapani (2650m.) 6 hours.
Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3250m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, we frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenery. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by the beautiful forests which grants us a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Tadapani (2650m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) 4 hours.
It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. We can hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village we can see the views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (Pokhara), 5 hours.
It is very easy trek by descending gently half of the way through the rice field and local villages. From Ghandruk to until syaulibazar we normally descending then we walk flat part until Nayapul then we drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. It takes about two hours to reach Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 09: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by a tourist coach.
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, we could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. We can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 30 minutes. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Transfer to international airport for your final flight departure.

Service Includes

  • Airport pick up and drops as the above program.
  • Necessary hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • ACAP fees and Tims card permits.
  • An English speaking guide and necessary porter for trekking
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period.
  • Best available guest house accommodation during trekking
  • Flight, food, insurance, equipment, salary, etc for guide and porters.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Our service charges.

Service Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Any flight fares.
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


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Trip Map

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Annapurna Region Map

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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