Poon Hill Sunrise Trek

Poon Hill Sunrise Trek

  • Trip Overview
  • Itinerary

Trip Overview

The Poon Hill Sunrise Trek is an ideal trekking journey taking place in the heartland of the beautiful Annapurna region of Nepal. A perfect short getaway from the bustling cities, the trek is a journey to the famous vantage point of the Annapurna region- Poon Hill. Get ready to immerse yourself in the many mesmerizing attributes of the region as you wander along ethnic villages, alpine woodlands, canopies of rhododendron flowers and glacial rivers as you make your way to the vantage point, all the while being accompanied by the magnificent mountains of the region like Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, the Ganesh Himal and the Lamjung Peak among many others. A short trekking journey that is easy to do and filled with natural and cultural hallmarks, it is one of the best treks of the Annapurna region.

Start your trekking journey from Pokhara, the adventure capital of Nepal. Enjoy the lake-side city’s serene Phewa Lake as you ride bobbling colorful boats. Revel in the mesmerizing reflection of the Machhapuchhre Mountain on the lake’s surface as you enjoy the city’s many aspects. Trek along coruscating trails to ethnic villages that lie on the foothills of the Himalayas like Tikhe Dhunga and Ghorepani. Observe the Gurung and Magar people’s traditions and culture closely as you pass along the villages on your way to the next destination. Pass through the thick and verdant alpine woodlands and forests of the region and savor nature’s beauty and luster like never before! Then wake up early at dawn and make your way to Poon Hill from where you can see amazing panoramic views of the entire Mount Annapurna massif! The view of the sunrise from Poon Hill is quite fascinating and the whole phenomenon is quite breath-taking! The rising sun’s golden rays sweep across the silver mountains and change their colors from ivory to gold. It is something that truly captivates the mind and the soul. The aesthetically pleasing landscapes and pastures of the region make trekking a heavenly affair. Rich and brimming rice plantation and terrace-farms ornament the land with Mountain Rivers cutting across the terrain. With many picturesque sights of valleys and Himalayan foregrounds, the Poon Hill Sunrise Trek is encompassed with wonderful natural and traditional qualities.

You can also choose our Annapurna Base Camp Trek as well for a complete trekking journey in the Annapurna region. The tranquil beauty and the wide open views of the mountain valleys and the Himalayas really bring joy to the whole adventure. The Poon Hill Sunrise Trek is a perfect package that incorporates all the best aspects and elements of the region neatly in short amount of days ideal for people of all demographics. It is a great way to know about the region’s ethnic population and their traditional Himalayan ways as well while enjoying mountains views and natural terrains in their finest forms. So come join us in this charming adventure that takes place in one of the most beautiful trekking regions in the country with us!

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara on tourist bus
  • Surface transfer to and from Nayapul by private vehicle
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, meals and accommodation.
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP and TIMS, please bring 3 passport size photographs)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal Entry Visa: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kind of cold drinks including water, coke, Fanta, juice etc.
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)

Itinerary

    Day 01 Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

    Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives. You can arrive in Kathmandu at any time. He will help you get transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu and will also explain further plans and programs to you. Since you have nothing else planned for the day, you can check into your hotel and relax. Overnight stay at the Hotel.

    Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2,984ft), Duration: 6 hours

    A 6 hours drive to the lake side city of Pokhara will be done today. The journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara is very beautiful and you can view sights of jaded hills and rivers along the way. Sights of distant mountain peaks, terrace farms, small settlements and villages and road-side markets can also be seen. Upon arriving at Pokhara, you can look at panoramic views of Himalayan peaks like Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, the Lamjung Himal and Machhapuchhre among others. You can sightsee at Pokhara as well, ride on a boat on the Phewa Lake or relax at the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel in Pokhara. Breakfast included.

    Day 03 Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1,570m/5,150ft), Duration: 4 hours

    From Pokhara, the trekking trail further opens out to the village of Tikhe Dhunga. It takes approximately 4 hours of hiking to reach Tikhe Dhunga from Pokhara. The trekking trail goes through beautiful villages and hills. The Bhurungdi River and the Modi Khola decorate the land and the path runs alongside them to first reach the village of Birethanti. Beautiful rhododendron trees line the hills and the landscape is quite beautiful. Crossing the river, the trekking trail finally reaches the celebrated village of Tikhe Dhunga. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse at Tikhe Dhunga, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 04 Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,348ft), Duration: 7 hours

    Departing Tikhe Dhunga, the trekking trail passes along a demanding terrain to reach the village of Ghorepani. The Magar village of Ulleri also makes its appearance along the way. A stone stairway is famous at the village for containing more than 300 steps and being carved out of the land itself. Then, the village of Banthanti graces the trekking path from where the views of the Annapurna Mountains are magnificent. Rhododendron trees and azalea flowers ornament the trekking trail, making hiking through the landscape very pleasant. Pine and oak woods make the landscape verdant and lively. The trekking trail finally reaches Ghorepani. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse at Ghorepani, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 05 Hike up to Poon Hill and onto Tadapani (2,610m/8,560ft), Duration: 7-8 hours

    This is a highlighted day of the trek. You will be waking up at dawn early in the morning and hiking to the vantage point of Poon Hill from where the panoramic views of the entire Annapurna mountain massif can be seen. The sunrise view from the vantage point of Poon Hill is a breath-taking affair! Peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri and more can be seen from Poon Hill. After spending memorable moments at the vantage point enjoying the mountain panorama, we will walk to Tadapani, which takes about five hours. Tadapani is a beautiful village set at the height of 2610 meters. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 06 Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,950m/6,396ft), Duration: 3 hours

    It takes about 3 hours from Tadapani to get to Ghandruk. On the way to Ghandruk, we will walk down to Bhaise Kharka; it takes about 2 hours of walking to reach Ghandruk from Bhaise Kharka. Ghandruk is a charming village that is majorly occupied by Gurung people. The village offers great vistas of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli Himal and the Machhapuchhre Peak. Overnight stay at the Guesthouse at Ghandruk, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Day 07 Ghandruk to Pokhara (910m/2,984ft), Duration: 5 hours

    From Ghandruk, we will walk downhill for approximately 3 hours and reach at a setting that has a few tea houses. We will also pass by the settlement of Birethanti. From Birethanti, we will walk ahead to Nayapul from where we will drive back to Pokhara. The trek back is a great way to take in the landscapes and the villages along the way. The natural terrain of the land is quite stunning and it is filled with tranquil moments and a serene atmosphere. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara. Breakfast included.

    Day 08 Pokhara to Kathmandu

    You will drive back to Kathmandu today. The drive back offers the same beautiful view and sights of the landscape and the hilly terrain, with winding roads that are cut into the side of the hills and open gaping valleys with deep river gorges and distant mountain views. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast included.

    Day 09 Farewell

    Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport by one of Escape Himalaya’s representatives from where you will depart.