Poon Hill Family Trekking

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Poon Hill family trekking is one of the best and spectacular treks in the Annapurna region. This trek is also known as Annapurna's balcony trek which fits all age trekkers and adventure seekers. The Poon Hill family trekking 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 Poon Hill family trekking is also known as a short trek to Annapurna. The trek starts from the beautiful village called Modhi River, after an hour and a half of the 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 the woods before we reach Ghorepani village. The 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 village 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 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 meals and accommodation.

Highlights

  • Hike from Nayapul to Poon Hill with children and senior citizens enjoying a view of farming taraccees, green hills, white mountains, etc...
  • Walk through peace and cool trails, villages, jungle, waterfalls enjoying the warm hospitality of lovely and welcoming locals. 
  • Witness the grand sunrise and the panoramic view of the Himalayas including Annapurna I and Annapurna South from Poon Hill  
  • Capture the breathtaking beauty of Mount Dhaulagiri and Mount Nilgiri and explore mesmerising views of Mount Fishtail and Mount Annapurna I 
  • Enjoy panoramic Himalayan views from Ghorepani village 
  • Explore the ancient sites of Kathmandu valley visiting temples, durbar squares and Stupas 
  • Stroll around the lake city visiting lakes, caves, world peace pagoda and boating on Phewa Lake in Pokhara

 

Outline Itinerary

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Day 01:Arrive at the Kathmandu Airport (1,350m) TIA

Upon your arrival at TIA airport, one of our tour guides greets you and escorted you to the hotel. In the evening, you will be provided with a short brief about trekking. Overnight at hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast, at around 9 AM, our tour guide and driver come to the hotel and meet you in the lobby. Enjoy the full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with our expert tour guide visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple, Pashupatinath Temple and Baudhanath Stupa. Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

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. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude:8,10m

After breakfast, at around 8 AM, our guide and helpers come to pick you up at your hotel and two hours drive to Nayapul. 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.

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ulleri Village
  • Maximum Altitude:2,100m

After breakfast, 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 wildlife such as monkey and various species of birds. Overnight at a lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ghorepani
  • Maximum Altitude:2,650m

Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m.), Tukuche Peak (6,920m.), Nilgiri (6,940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7,847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m.), Annapurna South (7,219m.), Annapurna III (7,855m.), Machhapuchhre (6,993m.), Annapurna IV (7,525m.), Annapurna II (7,937m.), Lamjung Himal (6,931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek to Tadapani (2,650 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 beautiful forests which grants us a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on. Overnight at a lodge. 

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Poon Hill - Tadapani
  • Maximum Altitude:3,210m.,2,650m

It is a 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 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. 

  • Accommodation:Lodge
  • Meals:BLD
  • Place:Ghandruk Village
  • Maximum Altitude:2,000m

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.  

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Pokhara
  • Maximum Altitude:8,10m

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach 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 the capital city. We can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 30 minutes. Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals:BB
  • Place:Kathmandu
  • Maximum Altitude:1,350m

After breakfast, one of our team leaders will drip you off to the Kathmandu International airport and fly home. 

    Inclusion

    • Airport pick up and drops as the above program.
    • Necessary hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
    • A cap 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.
       
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu.
    •  Any flight fares.
    • Personal nature expenses.
    • Bar bill and all kind of drinks.
    • Rescue & Evacuation.
    • Gratitude (tip) for staff.
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    Useful Information

    If the 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 white water rafting and wildlife safari or Bhutan tours and Tibet tours.

    Food during the Poon Hill Family trek will be provided on a full board basis from the guesthouses and lodges. Three meals (local and continental dishes) a day will be served from the lodge's restaurant menus. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse we spend the night and lunch will be taken on the way to the destination.

    Poon Hill Family adventure is a short and easy teahouse trek in the Annapurna region, each and every stop provides decent guesthouses and mountain lodges. We are organizing this trek as a small group departure or a private trek for your family. 

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    FAQs

    How can I book Poonhill family trekking?

    Once you have confirmed the trip, we ask you to send us your passport copy with a 20% down payment of the total price for advance booking of guides, staff, hotel booking and permit process. 

    Can I do Poon Hill Family trekking?

    Yes, you can do it and this trek is short and easy, suitable for any kind of travellers (chid to seniors) looking for something little adventure and walking on the mountain trails with stunning views of the Annapurna Himalayas. It is not necessary that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. However, daily jogging or running or cycling is useful and you should be in good physical condition and able to walk for 4 to 6 hours daily.

    When should I come for Poon Hill Family Tour?

    Poon Hill Family Trek is good for all seasons so the trek can be done in any month from January to December. However, February, March, April, May and September, October, November and December are also the best months for trekking in this region.

    What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?

    Poonhill trekking is an exciting and easy trip. We trek up to 3210m walking through villages, rivers and green hills, so you need to have the right equipment with you. Here is a list: 
    01) A fleece jacket
    02) A pair of comfortable trekking shoes, sandals and socks
    03) Down jacket
    04) A pair of easy drying trousers
    05) A pair of waterproof trousers
    06) Lightweight and fast-drying two T-shirts (synthetic fabrics – not cotton)
    07) Lightly broken-in trekking boots
    08) A lightweight, fast-drying pullover or fleece
    09) 2 sets of underwear
    10) Raincoat
    11) A hat and a set of Glove
    12) A scarf or balaclava
    13) A lightweight waterproof jacket
    14) An insulating jacket or vest  

    What kind of meals I can have during the trip? 

    Daily breakfast will be provided in Kathmandu and Pokhara and full board meals will be provided during the trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (Western, Continental and Nepalese food are available everywhere). Three meals a day will be provided.

    Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?

    Surely, our tour guide will come to the airport to pick you up. We will display a placard of our company with your name. Airport transfer is included.

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