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Poon Hill Trek

The Poon Hill Trek is perfect for first time trekkers or families and great for people who want to experience the wonders of trekking in Nepal but who have limited time.

The highlights of this trek include watching the first rays of sun hit the Annapurnas from Poon Hill, exploring traditional mountain villages and trekking through the magnificent rhododendron forests.

Our 11 day itinerary includes a sightseeing trip in Kathmandu as well as the excellent but short Poon Hill trek and a day at leisure in Pokhara.

Small group travel - £950 per person - bespoke itineraries and dates available.

 

 

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Our Poon Hill Trek is perfect for first time trekkers or families and great for people who want to experience the wonders of trekking in Nepal but who have limited time.  Collecting you on arrival in Kathmandu you will stay in the suberb eco friendly Thamel Eco Resort, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and trek the remarkable Poon Hill trek.

The highlights of this trek include watching the first rays of sun hit the Annapurnas from Poon Hill, exploring traditional mountain villages and trekking through the magnificent rhododendron forests.

 

This 11-day Poon Hill itinerary is perfect for those with limited time that want to enjoy the delights of trekking in Nepal.

Day 1:  Depart UK.  Make your way to the airport and board your flight to Kathmandu (international flights are not included in the price of this trek and you must arrange these yourself).

Day 2:  Arrive in Kathmandu.  Once you have collected you luggage and made your way out of the airport terminal building you will be met by one of our local representatives and transferred to your hotel in the busy Kathmandu district of Thamel.

Day 3:  Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour.  After breakfast you will be collected for your sightseeing tour.  Highlights include:

  • Durbar Square – This ancient location has been the home to Kings throughout different dynasties and is also the home to some of the finest Hindu and Buddhist architecture in the region.
  • Swayambhunath – Set on a hilltop to the west of Kathmandu, Swayambhunath is one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal.  The site itself is a collection of small stupas and a pagoda temple built over different periods by a succession of kings and noblemen.  The main structure of is made of a solid hemisphere of brick and clay supporting a conical spire of copper gilt.  Painted on the four sides on the base of the spire are the “All Seeing Eyes” of Lord Buddha.  Swayambhunath is also known as the Monkey Temple.
  • Bouddhanth - This colossal and ancient Stupa is one of Nepal’s most unique monuments and is said to be the world biggest Stupa.  Baudhanath Stupa is said to hold the remains of Kasyapa - the Buddha of the previous time.  One hundred meters in diameter this Stupa is 36 meters high.  Its pinnacle represents the stages of enlightenment, symbol of royalty, compassion, knowing and nirvana.
  • Pashupatinath – With its two-tiered golden roof and silver doors this temple is famous for its superb Newari architecture.  Situated near the banks of sacred Bagmati River only Hindus are permitted to enter, however visitors can clearly see the temple from the eastern bank of the river.

After the sightseeing tour you can relax before we take you to a traditional restaurant for a welcome dinner and live Nepali cultural show.

Day 4:  Fly to Pokhara (1400m), drive to Nayapul and trek to Tirkhedhunga/Ulleri (1580m).  An early start to make a 0730 flight to Pokhara.  After an early breakfast in your hotel you will be transferred to Kathmandu’s Domestic Air Terminal for an early morning flight to Lukla.  On arrival you will meet your Sirdar and the rest of the crew and then transferred by private vehicle to Nayapul.  Your trek will start by crossing the suspension bridge over the Modi Khola before winding your way up through terraced fields and mountain villages to Tirkhedhunga.  Overnight accommodation in a Teahouse in Tirkhedunga or Ulleri depending on availability.  Flight Time: approx. 35 mins.  Drive time: approx 1 hr. Trekking Time: approx. 4 hrs

Day 5:  Tirkhedhunga/Ulleri to Ghorepani (2870m).  Leaving Ulleri behind your route today takes you up through the rhododendron forsets to Ghorepani.  Lunch will be taken on the trail in the village of Nagthanti.  Ghorepani translated into English is litteraly 'horse water'.  The settlement is ancient and was once a butling place where traders would rest their horses and allow them to drink.  Overnight accommodation in a Teahouse in Ghorepani.  Trekking Time: approx. 5 hrs.

Day 6:  Sunrise on Poon Hill (3210m), trek to Tadapani (2710m).  After an early morning wake up call we will make the short climb through the dark to the top of Poon Hill to be there in time to witness the spectacular first rays of sunshine lighting up the Annapurnas.  Breakfast will be taken back down in the Teahouse in Ghorepani before we continue the trek onto Tadapani. Trekking Time (to Tadapani): approx 4 hrs.

Day 7:  Trek Tadapani to Ghandruk, transfer to Pokhara.  The final part of the trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk is relatively easy, back through forests of rhododendron and oak.  Ghandruk is a cultural centre for the Gurung people who make up a large percentage of the Ghurka regiments.  From Ghandruk there are awesome views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna III and Machapucha.  From Ghandruk you will be transfered to Nayapul in 4x4 vehicles where you will then change vehicles for the drive to Pokhara.  Overnight accommodation at the Kuti Resort, Pokhara.  Trekking Time: approx. 4 hrs.

Day 8:  Day at Liesure in Pokhara.  Enjoy a day relaxing and exploring this beutiful lakeside city.  Overnight in the Kuti Resort.

Day 9:  Drive to Kathmandu.  Enjoy breakfast in the Kuti Resort with fantastic views of Machapuchare and the Annapurna's then sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as we drive you back to Kathmandu in a private, airconditioned vehicle.  Overnight in the Thamel Eco Lodge.  Drive Time: approx. 6 hrs.

Day 10:  Departure Day.  We will collect you and transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport for your flight home.

Day 11:  Arive back in the UK.  All going well you will safely arrive back in the UK after a fantastic cultural and scenic experience. 

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Included in the price of this trip:

  • Private arrival and departure transfers to and from the airport in Kathmandu.
  • Pre Trek (2 nights) and Post Trek (1 night) accommodation in the bustling district of Thamel, Kathmandu in the Thamel Eco Resort in shared rooms (twin) on Bed & Breakfast basis (single rooms available for a supplement).
  • Traditional Nepalese welcome dinner.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing tour (including Guide, private transport and all entrance fees - see detailed itinerary for details).
  • Transfer to/from domestic air terminal.
  • Internal one way flight to Pokhara.
  • Road transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu in private vehicle.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area and all other entry fees and all permits.
  • Tea House accommodation whilst on the trek in shared rooms.
  • Two nights accomodation in twin room in Pokhara in the Kuti Resort Hotel on a B&B basis at the end of the trek before returning to Kathmandu.
  • All meals plus tea/coffee whilst trekking (see frequently asked questions for more details).
  • 3lts of boiled water for drinking per day.
  • Professional guiding and support team.
  • Portage of 15kg per client.
  • All wages, clothing and insurances for Guide/s and porters.
  • Access to satellite phone (all calls must be paid for).
  • High quality Monkey Mountaineering branded duffel bag for use on trek (you will receive this on arrival in Kathmandu).

The following are not Included:

  • International Flights from/to UK.
  • Personal clothing and equipment (see our clothing and equipment section for guidance about what to bring).
  • Additional accommodation in Kathmandu at the start or end of your trek.
  • Meals whilst staying in Kathmandu (ie Lunch & Dinner - hotel is Bed & Breakfast basis).
  • Drinks whilst in Kathmandu or trekking (water, soft drinks, tea/coffee, alcoholic beverages etc – see frequently asked questions).
  • Expenses of a personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry etc.
  • Tips for Guides, Drivers and Porters.
  • Personal travel insurance (to cover you for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects etc.)  You must ensure you have adequate cover for emergency medical treatment and rescue costs (including helicopter rescue costs) whilst trekking up to 3200m.
  • Additional expenses incurred should there be a need to amend your itinerary or curtail your trek early for whatever reason and transfer you back to Kathmandu or a medical facility or hotel (it is essential that you have personal travel insurance that includes cover for trekking in Nepal).

Trekking to Ghorepani and visiting Poon Hill is a great introduction to trekking in the Himalaya but as with any trek into the mountains you need to be prepared for the weather and environmental conditions that you may experience whilst out on the trail.  The weather in Spring and Autumn in the Annapurna's can be warm and dry with clear skies but as with most parts of the world there can be periods of rain and even snow as you get higher along with strong winds.  It is often possible to walk the trail in shorts and tee-shirt, but it is prudent to be prepared for all eventualities.

With this in mind it is important that we set out wearing the right clothing and carrying the right equipment.  Listed below are all the items of clothing and equipment that you will need to successfully and safely complete the Poon Hill trek.  We have annotated some items as essential so please make sure you read this section and if you are unsure about anything, please give us a call or email us at info@monkeymountaineering.com

Essential Clothing (to be worn/carried)

  • Walking boots. A good pair of lightweight GoreTex lined walking boots which provide ankle support and are well broken-in.
  • Sports Sandals/Flip Flops/Crocks.  Or something similar for wearing in the evening.
  • Hiking socks. We recommend a good pair of proper hiking/trekking socks.  A minimum of three pairs but ideally you should have a pair for each day.
  • Shorts.  These are optional but the weather is often good enough for shorts.
  • Lightweight walking trousers. To wear on a daily basis if not wearing shorts and for evening wear.  Jeans or tracksuit bottoms are not suitable.
  • Long-sleeved thermal top.  Take at least 1 of these.  Can be worn during the day if temperatures dictate but most useful for wearing whilst sleeping at higher altitudes.
  • Tee-shirt. For wearing on a daily basis whilst trekking.  Should be a technical fabric – avoid cotton as it is slow to dry.  You will need 2 or 3 of these.
  • Fleece or Soft-Shell Layer.  This can be a fleece jumper or fleece jacket or a soft-shell jacket.
  • Insulated Jacket.  Can be down or synthetic.  Mainly for wearing at higher altitudes, on the early morning ascent to Poon Hill and in the evenings.
  • Waterproof Jacket.  Ideally this will be made from a waterproof, breathable material such as GoreTex and it will have a hood.
  • Waterproof trousers.  Ideally waterproof and breathable.
  • Sun Hat.
  • Wooly hat.
  • Buff.
  • Gloves.
  • Underwear.  Ideally these will be quick drying and moisture wicking.  Take 3 pairs as a minimum.
  • Sports Bra.  Ladies only, take 2.

Essential Equipment

  • Rucksack.  30l+ needs to be just big enough to carry the things you will need for the day (waterproofs and warm jacket, hat & gloves, water bottle, camera, money etc).
  • Dry Bags.  A selection of rucksack liners and dry bags as required to keep your clothing, sleeping bag and equipment dry and organised.
  • Duffle Bag.  This should be big enough to carry all the clothing and equipment you have with you.  It will be carried by a porter, so a soft duffle type bag is best – suitcases are not suitable.
  • Small Padlock.  To secure your bag and belongings whilst in transit.
  • Sleeping Bag.  This should be a minimum of three seasons and able to keep you warm down to at least zero degrees.
  • Head torch.  You may need this for reading in the evening (bring spare batteries).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Personal First Aid Kit.  This should include sun cream, lip balm, blister plasters (compeed), plasters, painkillers and any prescription medicines, insect repellent etc.
  • Water Bottle and/or Bladder.  Water is plentiful on the trail.  A 1lt Nalgene type bottle should be sufficient or, if you prefer, a bladder type water carrier such as a camelbak which will allow you to drink whilst walking with no need to stop to get out a water bottle.
  • Water Purification System.  Running water found along the trail will need to be treated to ensure it is safe to drink so make sure you pack some sort of purification system such as ‘water purification tablets’, filtration system or UV light purification system (recommended).
  • Toiletries and Travel Towel.  Include wet wipes, hand sanitizer and toilet tissues.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles.  Not essential but extremely useful, especially during descent.
  • Camera.  Make sure you have spare batteries or the means to re-charge whilst on the trek.
  • Mobile Phone.  You may be able to get a signal whilst on the trail.  If you need to make and receive calls or send texts, then it may be worth considering buying a Nepalese SIM card when in Kathmandu.  WiFi is widely available on the trail and can be accessed by buying a ‘scratch card’ from most Tea Houses.
  • Long Sleeved Shirt.  For covering up during the day or wearing in the evening.

Other Clothing & Equipment

  • Travel clothing.  Clothing that you will not wear whilst on the trek.  This can be packed in a small bag and left at the hotel in Kathmandu and will be delivered to you on your return.

Paperwork

  • Booking confirmation.
  • Passport and Visa. (click HERE for information relating to Visa requirements)
  • Immunization Papers (if required, click HERE for more information).
  • Insurance Documents.  You must have insurance to cover you for emergency medical treatment and helicopter rescue whilst trekking up to 3200m.