Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trek, often known, as Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is one of famous Trekking In Nepal on central western part of Nepal lying west to Kathmandu. Poonhill Trekking short but one of the most scenic trek, as Poonhill is very famous for sunrise over Dhaulagiri Range along with South Annapurna Range especially during early morning as well we as equally famous for sunset too. Starting from Pokhara and ending in Pokhara, Poon Hill Trek will last for five days, which encompasses Ghandruk Village on the way back from Poon Hill. Poon Hill Trek is suitable mostly for trekkers with kids, old aged people and the one who are running out of time yet want to explore natural beauties of Nepal. Maximum elevation hits during Poon Hill Trek is one Poonhill, which is on line of 3200 m from sea level. Interested people can head toward Annapurna Base Camp from Tadapani instead of descending toward Ghandruk.
 
The Trek, start from Pokhara will last for 5 days, one can check Poon Hill Trek Itinerary on detail itinerary tab on above. Well talking about Pokhara it lies 210 km west from Kathmandu and accessible either via Kathmandu Pokhara Flight or Kathmandu to Pokhara by Bus. And from Pokhara again we will drive to Naya Pool starting point of Poon Hill Trekking, which is perfect combination on natural beauties as well as culture and tradition of local people. One can explore Gurung Museum in Ghandruk which posses all tradition culture, dress of Gurung people along with their housing and daily using goods. Apart from that view of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurna South from courtyard hotel seems like perfect painting painted by some professional artist. We had try to illustrate sample general Poon Hill Trek Itinerary please refer through it and just incase you need more information send us an e-mail at info@nestadventure.com where our expert travel adviser will assist you for in depth information about Poon Hill Trek

Itinerary for Poon Hill Trek


Day 01 - Arrival in Nepal and Transfer to Hotel
Day 02 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of Poon Hill Trek
Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, overnight on Lake Side.
Day 04 – Drive from Pokhara to Naya Pool and Trek to Ulleri
Day 05 – Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani
Day 06 – Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani
Day 07 – Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk
Day 08 – Trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pool and Drive back to Pokhara
Day 09 – Drive back from Kathmandu to Pokhara via private car or jeep depending on group size
Day 10 – Airport departure for international flight / onward on your own
Last Update on: 09.04.2016
Day 01 - Arrival in Nepal and Transfer to Hotel
 
As soon as you land in International Airport Nepal you will be greeted by unmanaged system of airport no worries find our immigration depart where you will get arrival visa, 15 days tourist visa is more than enough for Poon Hill Trek and in case of need you can extend it later from Immigration Department. Our airport representative will arrange all necessary ground transport for Thamel. Depending upon flight schedule either same day or next day you will be greeted by welcome dinner with authentic cuisine.
 
Day 02 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of Poon Hill Trek
 
While we are busy preparing all your necessary permits for Poon Hill Trek on back end you will be enjoying guided Kathmandu Sightseeing, which covers all sites of valley listed on UNESCO world heritage sites. Durbar Square that preserve beautifully decorated courtyard with ancient wooden carving and housing where as Swoyambhunath Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa reflects glimpse of Buddhism and Pashupatinath another Hindu Temple. Late afternoon introduction section is carried out where you will be introduced with your crewmember for Poon Hill Trekking, i.e. Trekking Guide and Porter.
 
Day 03 – Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, overnight on Lake Side.
 
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Tourist Bus let us explore countryside of Nepal, as all the way to Pokhara we will pass by local market and Trishuli Riverside. It’s a major highway connecting east to west of Nepal. There exist and option of Kathmandu to Pokhara by Flight, which you can customize, let us know we will arrange accordingly. Once you reach Pokhara you will have free afternoon walk around Fewa Lakeside where numerous restaurant and café are available you can have dinner on one of them.
 
Day 04 – Drive from Pokhara to Naya Pool and Trek to Ulleri
 
Depending on group size either car or jeep or coaster will be arranged for short drive to Naya Pool which is around 55 km from Pokhara, start point of Poon Hill Trek. After necessary permit arrange we will trek all the way up to Hile from where we will hike up further ahead which will take us to Ulleri.  Ulleri is small area mostly occupied by tea houses and lodges, it does not make any difference on choosing a room cause no more mountain view from Ulleri.
 
Day 05 – Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani
 
Steep uphill from Ulleri might be very difficult although trails are all paved with ladder before reaching gentle flat trail. Trails seem bit busy as you are walking on one of the most busiest and popular trekking trail in Nepal. Poon Hill Trek can be trek throughout entire year regardless of weather like no such big effect of winter although Poon Hill will be covered by snow. Once we reach Ghorepani we will hike up a little to reach Upper Ghorepani, which is more scenic in compare to Lower Ghorepani.
 
Day 06 – Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani
 
Early morning we will start tracing trail to top of Poon Hill for one of the beautiful sunrise over Dhaulagiri Himalayan Range along with other several subsidiary peaks. It is all the way gentle and kind of steep up hill trail but view will get more and more beautiful. View tower on top of Poon Hill offer exceptional viewpoint, which one cannot image with such short walk from city like Pokhara. Although view from Ghorepani and Poon Hill looks same as almost ranges are similar but view point matter as one can have slightly change view with short walk to Poon Hill. After sunrise we will descend down to Ghorepani and head to Tadapani, which is mostly down hill and gentle flat trail.
 
Day 07 – Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk
 
Poon Hill Trek was not easy compare to today as it is mostly downhill and very short trek all the way passing through middle of forest. Combination of gentle sunlight and beautiful rhododendron forest cannot be described on word. Ghandruk will be a lunch camp as well overnight camp cause distance is very short, this short distance will let you explore entire village of Ghandruk which is mostly inhabited by Gurung people whose forefather had involved on British Army during world war. Late afternoon we will explore Gurung Museum and one can get dressed on traditional Gurung dress.
 
Day 08 – Trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pool and Drive back to Pokhara
 
Although we had mentioned trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pool before driving back to Pokhara we will not follow this itinerary cause after around one and half hour of trek we will merge with motor road so depending on condition up to where we can send motor from Pokhara we will just trek up to that part only and drive back to Pokhara. It will let us explore some beautiful part of Pokhara we will organize two or three sightseeing place depending on time span.
 
Day 09 – Drive back from Kathmandu to Pokhara via private car or jeep depending on group size
 
As we had already explored experience of public bus on the way from Kathmandu to Pokhara, on the way back we choose private transport. Driving back the entire way through same highway with memory of Poon Hill Trek on mind we will reach Kathmandu and get shifted on Hotel. Post discussion meeting will be held late afternoon regarding the feedback; performance of NEST and any kind of suggestion will highly be appreciated.
 
Day 10 – Airport departure for international flight / onward on your own
 
On the final day of stay in Nepal our airport representative will transfer you to international terminal as per schedule on individual basis. Apart from that if you are staying couple of more days then let us know our transport depart will arrange necessary ground transport after end of Poon Hill Trek.
NEST Adventure would like to grab your attention below about our trekking packages and service offerings, with details of what is included and excluded! We are giving you full freedom to tailor the packages to suit your needs and make your own choices during the trek.  Like a menu-approach, NEST Adventure only operates the essentials or basic, and the rest, are optional if you want them to be included.   

1. What is a basic package? 
In one sentence, basic package includes only the essential requirements for your trek and this includes, a Guide, Porter, Trekking Permit, and your flight ticket.  

2. Why choose the basic package? 
A. Simply put, you have more flexibility! It allows you to make your own choices in food and trekking accommodation.  You are not tied to what we choose for you. 

B. You can customize your daily budget and have greater freedom on where to sleep and when or what to eat.  You could go over board if you wish, or you could be as selective and budget as you want on food and accommodation.
  
C. It would mean less tax for you (and for us!) and less service charges you have to pay to us! You can save more and every penny counts when travelling.  

3. How do other trekking companies design their packages? 
Normally, a trekking company designs their package including the following which we do not deem as essentials as we believe you can organize this on your own.  We are here to give you ideas as well – any questions, just give us a shout!
Sightseeing trip
Food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) 
Accommodation 
Airport pick-up and drop-off

Of course, if needed, we would also be happy to organize it for you and we can accommodate additional services you may want to include.  Feel free to send us a quick inquiry at Info@nestadventure.com with your requirements and we will customize the package for you!

4. What is the cost of the basic package?
The cost of the basic package is US$ 888. (Per person in minimum of 2 people in-group)  As we value transparency, the cost is inclusive and exclusive of the following services:
 
Inclusions:
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu, bus ticket. 
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu, bus ticket for guide and porter.
  • Trekking Guide (Professional experience & License holder) as well as his accommodation, food, transportation and insurance
  • Porter  (2:1 sharing basic maximum up to 25kg in one bag)
  • National park fees and TIMS card. 
  • Hotel- to bus station- Pokhara hotel. 
  • Pokhara Nayapul-Pokhara private car.
  • 2-night Pokhara Hotel (budget) before and after the trek. 
  • Government taxes
  • Service charges

Exclusion: 
Apart from everything mentioned above, below are some items you may need and excluded from our basic package. 

Food and drinks – this would roughly be USD 15-25 per day, depending on how much and what you want to eat and drink of course!!

Accommodation – please budget USD 3-5 per day for this

Travel Insurance – you may want to make sure your travel insurance covers emergency evacuation at more than 5000meters

Kathmandu sightseeing - Before and/or after the trip you may want to take some time to explore world heritage sites around Kathmandu. 

Tourist Entry Visa – when you get to the airport, all tourists are required to pay the visa fee of US$40 (for 30 days).  Note that the fee varies by the number of days you plan to be in the country.  Just a word of caution that you can pay in any major currencies, except in Nepali Rupees! So don’t bother changing that much money to pay for the visa fee! (Also, don’t forget that photo of yours which is also required!)

Trekking essentials – any trekking gears, boots, sleeping bag, down jackets, trekking poles etc! This could all be rented (or bought cheaply!) in Kathmandu.  Just walk around Thamel or we could help you to find the place where you could rent or buy these gears at a fraction of the cost in your country.

Hotels in Kathmandu – this could vary widely depending on the amenities you are looking for.  Generally, you can find places between US$10 (budget backpackers) to US$250 (really high-end hotels). Medium range 3-star hotels are around $30-$40 for double room.  Let us know if you need our help and we could point you in the right direction of the hotels in Thamel. 

Tips for guides and porters – this of course entirely depends on you, but generally it is expected!


Please Note: Up on your request, package and service might be changed and easily modified. Please give us a quick inquiry (Info@nestadventure.com) with your required list.
 Last time updated.
 

Things Get to Ready for Poon Hill Trek


Major things you need to manage and some things, which we manage for great adventure trekking. Since you will be exploring mostly high alpine area some things should not be missed for comfortable trek. Lets make a list of some basic things –
 
Duffel / Rucksack Bag – We provide water and windproof duffel bag for all individual hikers throughout trekking duration, however it will be necessary for one hard suitcase bag in order to leave unnecessary things and stuffs in Hotel or storage of NEST ADVENTURE.
 
Day Bag Pack – For your basic daily stuffs during walking you will be needing one small day bag pack which should be good enough to fit camel pouch for water, some paper, sunscreen, your valuable like passport, money etc. Normally it should be around 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.
 
Down Jacket – Personal down jacket is recommend for trekking however we provide down jacket for each individual throughout trek duration and should be retuned at the end of trek. We provide down jacket good enough up to minus 15 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
 
Sleeping Bag – Personal sleeping bag is recommend for trekking however we provide sleeping bag for each individual and should be returned at the end of trek. We provide sleeping bag good enough up to minus 20 degree Celsius and we hope this is good enough for trekking.
 
Sunglass with UV protection, Sun hat and Fleece hat.
 
Good hiking shoes, thin as well as thick pair of socks.
 
Thin and thick gloves with waterproof outer shell.
Tissue paper, toilet paper, hand-wash & basic first aid kit.
 
Light trouser, thick as well thin for multipurpose use.
 
Thick as well as thin jackets for multipurpose use.
 

So these are basic things, which one needs to know in general before heading for the trek and we hope this is good enough for basic info, for further particular queries send us email at info@nestadventure.com
 

Weather in Poon Hill trek


Normally weather can be divided into four different quarters through out the year, we would love to provide some more information details regarding weather condition and others which makes you easier to decide what shorts of clothing, equipment are necessary as well as wise to carry.
 
Spring – March to May
 
Second best season for Trekking in Nepal is from March to May, which is considered as spring season in Nepal. Just before rain hits trekking trail in Nepal during March to May Nepal used to be bloomed with rhododendron forest with clear blue sky. Especially base camps of eight thousanders used to get lots of crowd especially for expedition purpose, as weather is clear most of the time with suitable temperature for expedition. Average city temperature during March to May ranges as
 
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 24 to 28 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 8 to 16 (Degree Celsius)
 
Rainy – June to August
 
Normally high mountain flights in Nepal used to get canceled during these periods because of poor visibility and rainfall. Heavy rainfall in lower alpine as well as frequent snowfall in high alpine region trekking is almost stopped during this trek. As chances are high for rock fall in alpine passes and closing of teahouses make more difficult too for treks. However city tour are still feasible with help of vehicles and for more adventure rafting as most to do list for extreme adventure.
 
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 21 to 24 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 14 to 18 (Degree Celsius)
 
Winter – December to February
 
Extreme snowfall and low temperature is totally unfavorable for high alpine trek as most of the trails are blocked by heavy snow making almost impassable. Another major obstacles is closing of teahouses as during such periods of year most of the teahouses on start and end of passes. So either way you need to walk two days trail is same days but it is almost impossible so simple trekking in Ghorepani Poonhill, Nagarkot Chisapani are more feasible and attracts lot of people. City area and sightseeing are ok with freezing cold especially during morning and late night. Views are ok everyday with clear sky and snowy peak far beneath horizon. Do not forget to get winter clothes before you departure for Trip in Nepal.
 
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 19 to 20 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 3 to 5 (Degree Celsius)
 
 
Fall – September to November
 
Right after monsoon is over sky is greeted by light blue color, one of the most favorable weather periods. Trekking trail are full of trekkers, hotel are sometimes overbooked everybody are busy with tour trekking stuffs, hard to get airlines ticket as well as bus ticket to major cities. Warm days snow free elevation even up to base camps. Be prepared in advance for all necessary booking and reservation stuffs as it is peak season all quality things are either booked in advance or might be busy. One of the best weather periods in Himalayas with average temperature as below
 
Average Daily Temperature – Ranges from 19 to 27 (Degree Celsius)
Average Night Temperature – Ranges from 8 to 17 (Degree Celsius)

As per arrival
 
As per arrival representative of NEST ADVENTURE will greet you in airport’s arrival terminal and shift to hotel in Thamel for first overnight stay in Nepal. For this you need to finish paper work inside arrival terminal in order to get Nepal Entry Visa, which is always arrival visa. So next day will be followed by sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation of trek, introduction with crew member of trek and short pre-briefing of trek and continue trek starting from 3rd day of arrival in Nepal.
 
Accommodation
 
As per booked package either deluxe or budget we will arrange the hotel in Kathmandu accordingly on 3 star / 4 star of budget hotels, as well as accordingly in mountain too on twin sharing basis. As per available and booked we will provide attach bathroom and common bathroom on mountain. While sharing the room with fellow trekkers we will try to arrange for same gender and age group and if someone is looking for single supplement then let us know we will arrange accordingly and let you know the extra charge of single supplement. As well as sometime in mountain during peak season time hotel owner especially in high alpine area refuse to provide single supplement just for shake of business mostly because lack of plenty of rooms and monopoly to, so in such case we might need to adjust.
 
Meals and drinking water
 
Regarding the case of meals during city we provide accommodation on bed & breakfast basis so in Kathmandu we offer breakfast where lunch and dinner will be on your own as per your choice preference and selection of restaurant. In case of mountain area while trekking we offer three meals a day i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner from free selection over menu as per available in lodges and tea houses in trekking trail. So normally in such trekking days you can consult with your guide regarding the specialty of dishes so that he can assure for the best-valued dishes. Wide range of food are available ranging from veg item to non-veg and other energetic stuffs like cheese, egg etc.
 
Regarding the case of drinking water normally bottled mineral water as available for purchase of very expensive almost 20 times expensive in last belt of Everest as bottle of mineral water sometimes cost Rs. 380-400 /- so it is better to carry water purification stuffs with you which can be utilized on purifying tap water as there are enough tap water in trekking area as well as hotels offer cold tap water free of cost.
 
Visa Requirement
 
Out of one visa year tourist visa can be obtained of maximum 90 days, which you can directly get as per arrival in international airport or can apply from your home country too but as per arrival will be fine too. It is recommend carrying accurate USD and don’t forget to bring two copies of passport size picture. Extension of visa from middle of stay in also possible for this process of visa extension all you need to do is fulfill form from website of immigration and submit it there with original passport copy. Multiple entry visas will be cheaper in case of money you can consult there directly.
 
International flight to Nepal
 
Nepal is easily accessible from entire word via flight, as we don’t deal with international flight ticket you can consult some other flight booking agencies for detail of cost, transit and other details. For your information no airport tax is applicable for international flight where as Nepali Rs. 200 is applicable for domestic flights which is equal to US $ 2 on basis of exchange rate of 1 USD equals Rs. 100 but sometime might get different by 0.10 / 0.20 USD on basis of exchange rate. Most of time especially in rainy season domestic flight gets canceled because of bad weather however it does not affect international schedules most of the time.
 
Currency and foreign exchange rate
 
In Nepal both coin as well as paper notes are in used however coin are of low value only. But regarding the case of paper note for day-to-day used are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 & 1000. Do not worry about damaged paper note as it there exist clear number of currency on both side it is applicable, one can do anything with paper notes like squeezing, writing over it etc.
 
Since Nepal has fixed exchange rate with Indian currency exchange rate doe directly depend on value on Indian currency, now a day exchange rate of USD is 1 USD equals Rs. 95 in approximate, can check everyday over internet for current exchange rate. And for information about currency that are majorly accepted in Nepal are Indian currency, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, USD, AUD, CAD, GBP, Euro, Swiss Frank, Riyal etc.
 
Travel Insurance
 
Normally while walking in lower elevation steadily, taking enough acclimatization days we can avoid chance of acute mountain sickness however we cannot totally avoid mountain sickness instead we can lower the chance of occurrence by following some rules and paying lot attention for personal hygiene. Since the remote mountain area are not facilitated by motor roads and modern hospital so incase of strong mountain sickened one and only option is to descend as down as possible which is feasible with use of helicopters only. Such kind of expenses in high elevation area extremely off the edge and cannot be offered easily as sometime cost more than one million rupees, so it is better to have a personal health insurance. As we do not deal with such kind of health insurance but we do have good enough information about insurance providing company as some deal very quickly promptly for case where as some try to avoid and create some unnecessary delays in evacuation process. So as per need of information we will let you know some good provider from your region so that it will be easy in worse case in mountains.
 
High altitude sickness
 
Often known as acute mountain sickness are most dangerous things and any one can be victim of AMS apart from their physical strength. There is no such specific medicine for AMS so one needs to be careful from beginning. Major Symptom of AMS is dizziness, vomiting, nausea, and loss of appetite, weakness and insomnia so in order to rid of AMS major thing is to drink plenty of water and enough acclimatization in high alpine area. Although our crew leader will have adequate first aid medicine and kit sometimes one might need to cancel the trip and descend down in case of increasing symptom of AMS and in case of emergency situation clients will be airlifted immediately for further treatment in hospital at Kathmandu.

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Trip Facts

Price: $ 650 USD
Duration: 10 Days
Accomodation: Normal Tea House and lodge
Altitude Height: 3210
Seasons : March / April / October / November
Level: Easy
Trip Departure: February /March / April / September /October / November
No. of Pax : +2 People
Activities: Driving / Trekking / Walking
Mode of Travel: Driving / Hiking / Trekking

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