Poonhil Trek Itinerary 23rd April - 2nd of May
Day 01 - Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport
Here you will be greeted and transferred to Kathmandu International Guest House for a Meet & Greet and overnight stay. The city of Kathmandu sits at 1400m above sea level and is buzzing with life; the local people will always greet you with a smile and have a very kind and welcoming nature. On day one, you will have some free time to explore and discover Kathmandu's incredibly diverse and historic city.
Walking time: No walk on this day
Day 02 - Kathmandu to Pokhara to Tikhedhunga
Departure time - 6.30 am domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
(25min flight). Drive to Nayapul (1577m) 2.5-hour drive
From Pokhara city we will travel via Jeep for approximately 2.5 hours to Nayapul, from here the Poon Hill journey on foot begins!
The first stretch of the journey is an easy walk on a dirt road along a beautiful river. Here we will see glimpses of the mystical Himalayan peaks and lush green mountain surroundings.
We will be passing local villages while taking in the Nepalese mountainside life and culture. Day 1 is a four-hour trek which ends at Tikhedhunga Tea House where we will be staying the night. This guest house is a quaint and comfortable space, situated at 1527m. We will have a warm lunch and then stretch out our muscles with a yoga class, specifically catered to long-distance walking. Yoga will be followed by sunset meditation and dinner.
Walking time: 4 hours
Terrain: Gentle inclines, well-defined paths, riverbank trails.
Day 03 -Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani
We will wake up for sunrise meditation to prepare the body and mind for a day of uphill walking, followed by a delicious mountain breakfast.
Day three begins with a steep climb to Ulleri, a village at the height of 2,070m. The track continues to ascend slightly from this point as we pass by oak and rhododendron forests, home to langur monkeys and musk deer. We are eventually making our way to Banthanti at 2,250m.
From this point, we will walk to reach Nangethanti situated at 2,460m. With just one hour further to walk from Nangethanti, we will reach Ghorepani (2,840m).
Ghorepani will reward you with spectacular views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Nilgiri (6940m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and more. Here we will sleep overnight at another cosy guesthouse.
This is probably the most difficult day of the trek given that the trail only increases in elevation; however, there is no better reward than a close-up view of the Himalayas. Simply breathtaking!
Walking time: 5 - 6 hours
Terrain: Stone staircase, 3300 steps, steep inclines.
Day 04 - Ghorepani to Poon Hill
The most important day of the trek, we will commence walking early in the morning with a 45 min hike to Poon Hill view point and witness the dreamlike moment of the first sun rays upon the spectacular Himalayan giants. Here you will witness the art of nature in its best form with a panoramic view of snow-capped mountains illuminated by the sun's light.
From the Poon Hill viewpoint we will be lucky enough to set eyes upon Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Mt. Annapurna I
(8,091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,040m), Annapurna South (7219m), Himchuli (6441m), Lamjung Himal (6,986m), fishtail or Machhapuchhre(6,997m), and more.
Be camera ready for this point in our trek!
We will be walking back to Ghorepani to sleep once more and will wind down with yoga, meditation and a warm mountain meal.
Only a short walk on day three of the tour giving you the opportunity to rest your legs after day three 3300 steps (optional village tour is available on this day).
Walking time: 2 hours
Terrain: steep incline and jungle paths.
Day 05 -Poon Hill to Tadapani
Today would be used to trek to Poon Hill if the weather on day four did not permit. Since this is the highlight of the trip and one of the most spectacular viewpoints, it would be a shame to travel all this way not to see it.
If Poon Hill view point were a success on day four, you would have an option to see it again or spend the day discovering local villages and other mountain trails (based on the choice of the group).
We will trek to Tadapani to sleep, regardless of what we did in the early morning. Tadapani flaunts the stunning views of Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Himchuli. You may also see some wild yak on your journey. We will spend the night at another cosy guesthouse.
Walking time: 5 - 6 hours
Terrain: steep incline and jungle paths.
Day 06 -Tadapani to Ghandruk
After breakfast in Tadapani, we start our hike to Gurung village in Ghandruk. We will walk for 2-3 hours through the deep forest before we reach our lunch spot. After lunch, we will explore the local village and do some cultural sightseeing. If you're lucky, you will witness a cultural dance.
Walking time: 3 - 4 hours
Terrain: Descending all the way gently through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests.
Day 07 - Ghandruk to Jhinu Danda (hot springs bath)
After having breakfast in Ghandruk, we will head towards the Jhinu Danda hot spring. Today is about relaxing and reflecting upon the journey your body, mind and soul has just embarked on. What better way to do this then soak your muscles in a natural hot spring. The pools are built into the river bank, relax in the therapeutic hot water and enjoy a wonderful view of the river. Close your eyes and enjoy the sound of nature or enjoy a dip in the ice cold river and return to the hot pool for the full hot and cold muscle treatment. We will stay overnight at Jhinu Danda.
Walking time: 5 hours
Terrain: Easy walk, well-defined paths village area.
Day 08 - Jhinu Danda to Pokhara
The final day will consist of a 2 to 3 hour walk and then you will be transported back to Pokhara via Jeep. We will spend the night at Hotel Iceland which offers spa and massage facility, for those who wish to treat themselves after seven days of mountain trekking. It will also provide free WiFi and an outdoor swimming pool only 600m from Fewe Lake.
Walking time: 2-3 hours
Terrain: Well-defined paths, downhill, easy walk.
Day 09 - Pokhara to Kathmandu
Departure time - 12pm (25 mins flight)
Transfers back to Kathmandu International Guest House for overnight stay. Free day to shop and roam around Kathmandu city or relax in the hotel (breakfast included).
Day 10 -Farewell and Final departure
After breakfast you will get a hotel transfer to Kathmandu International Airport for the final departure. We wish you a pleasant and safe flight back home and hope to see you soon again.