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Annapurna Poon Hill

This trek from the Annapurna foothills to the top of Poon Hill is one of the most pleasant trekking routes offering spectacular mountain scenery, the charming settlements of Gurung and their slate-roofed houses, amazing rhododendron forests ablaze with ivory, rose, apricot and crimson bouquets and deep sub-tropical valleys all set below the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

 

Also known as the small Annapurna Circuit, it’s a very popular short trek for those with time limitations, offering amazing Himalayan views of Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna 1 (8091m), Machhapuchhre / Fishtail (6998m), Nilgiri (7041m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna II (7939m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Lamjung Himal (6988m) and more.

 

Rising to 3210m, the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek will provide you with gradual climbs, a beautiful environment and a spectacular sunrise over Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Dhaulagiri, as the sun changes its colour from pink to gold to silver – breathtaking!

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  • Destination

  • Departure

    Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Dress Code

    Casual, comfortable athletic clothing, hat and light jacket.
  • Included

    Airport pick up and drop off
    Applicable permits and park fees
    Experienced guide
    Land Transportation
    Meals
    Support staff
  • Not Included

    8 nights accommodation
    Airplane transport
    Daily 90-minute yoga class
    Emergency evacuation and rerouting
    Manta and whale shark snorkeling
    Personal expenses
    Snorkeling with turtles
    Soft and hard drinks
    Sunset dolphin cruise
    Tipping
    Travel insurance

March to May is one of the best times to trek with lots of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. While the sky may not be crystal clear as during the autumn months, it is the second busiest season for trekking and mountaineering.

 

June to August are wet but the mountains and hills are covered with lush, full green forests and vegetation. The daily cloud coverage means that mountain views are not guaranteed but as very few people travel during this time it can present the perfect opportunity for people to explore the trails and nature in quiet.

 

September to November are the busiest trekking months due to predictable weather and mostly clear skies. The mountain views are spectacular but the most popular trails can become quite busy.

 

The winter months of December to February are good to trek due to the clean skies and the reduced number of trekkers. However, you should be prepared for cold temperatures.

Our guides are trained in First Aid and have significant experience in trekking this and many other routes throughout Nepal. Safety is our foremost priority and our staff will be available for any issues, and alert to any symptoms of illness,v that may come up.

 

Altitude problems, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), can be life threatening and can occur at any point above 3000m. Our trip itinerary has been designed specifically to allow you to have enough time to acclimatise to the altitude as our height increases. Our guides are very experienced and will act in accordance with the seriousness of any mountain sickness suffered. The easiest and best remedy for AMS is to descend quickly, so never ignore the symptoms and please talk to your guide or leader if you feel unwell. They are trained to manage the logistics and assess the situation continually to make sure that you have a safe trip and enjoy yourself.

It is strongly advised that you arrive in Nepal at least 1 full day before the intended start date of your trek. This will give you the opportunity to allow for any jetlag and to obtain any additional items you may require in the numerous trekking and climbing supply shops in Kathmandu.

An airport pick up and hotel on arrival can be arranged easily for you if you wish and we will be on hand to assist you in picking up any items you need or want and to arrange tours of Kathmandu’s numerous cultural sites.

Guest Lodges, sometimes called Teahouses, along the way provide good accommodation and a considerable choice of well-prepared meals. However, it is advisable to bring your own sleeping bag, as during the high season, bedding can be in short supply and it can get very cold at the higher altitudes.

This trek is one of the most accessible in Nepal due to its relatively short duration with the highest altitude being 3210m. Trekking days are normally about 5-6 hours long and can become strenuous, as you gain altitude.

To start your trek, you can choose to take the 8-hour tourist bus drive to the city of Pokhara from Kathmandu or a 25-minute flight. Whilst the bus is the more common means of transport, by choosing to fly you can, for an additional cost, shave half a day off your intended itinerary.

The Annapurna Conservation Area is Nepal’s largest protected area reaching across the Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi and Lamjung districts. The area is home to some of the world’s highest mountains including Annapurna 1 (8091m), Niligiri (7061) and Machhapuchchhre (6993m), Kali Gandaki, the world’s deepest gorge and a diverse set of local flora and fauna.

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Day 1: Kathmandu to Birethanti - 1000m

The journey by tourist bus will take approximately 7 hours to reach our start point of Nayapul and stretch your leg for some half an hour, along the river bank of Modi Khola, to large village and better place to overnight lodge at Birethanti.   You may choose alternatively to take the 25-minute flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu, which while saving you a day of the itinerary, comes at an additional cost. From Pokhara you would then make the 1 hour trip to Nayapul by private transportation. Please contact us to learn more about customizing your trek.
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Day 2: Birethanti to Banthanti - 2250m

Heading out Birethanti the trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola river and gradual and gently up the valley to Tirkhe Dhunga through the cultivated fields and cross the river on suspension bridge and steeply ascend to large Magar village Ulleri to have lunch stops.  
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Day 3: Banthanti to Ghorepani - 2800m

he trail starts gently through the streams and forest of rhododendron and oak laden with natural lichens, arriving at Nangethanti. After a short rest you will trek for another hour to Ghorepani arriving there during lunch time, allowing you have rest, enjoy the view or go for optional walk around. Overnight at a guesthouse.
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Day 4: Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) and then Tadapani – 2520m

Today we wake especially early at 4am and hike to Poon Hill with the help of our flashlights. As reward we will get to enjoy a beautiful sunrise and panoramic views of the Himalayan range. This is the highlight of the trip and offers up spectacular views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and the famous Fishtail Mountain in the clear morning light.  
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Day 5: Tadapani to Ghandruk – 1950m

Leaving Tadapani, we will descend steeply to the village of Ghandruk, home to the ethnic Gurung people of Nepal. The Gurung people have their own language, dress and culture and are known for providing many of the famous Gorkha soldiers down the years.
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Day 6: Ghandruk to Pokhara – 910m

The last day of our trek, we will follow the trail for 4 hours back down to Nayapul and then catch a bus back to Pokhara. You can choose to overnight in a hotel and spend some more time exploring this lakeside town (recommended!) and enjoying its food and shopping or you can catch the bus or flight back to Kathmandu where you will be escorted to your hotel.

Umbrella Trekking Nepal

Social Focus

The treks provide internship opportunities to disadvantaged youths so that they can learn more about the industry as assistant guides, and all profits go towards the work of The Umbrella Foundation charity.

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A social enterprise in partnership with the charity, The Umbrella Foundation Nepal (20063764).

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