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Things to Remember for Poon Hill Trek

In order to pry ourselves out of the reach of our busy lives, we often think of taking ourselves to a far distant place, away from all the problems. If you are a busy person with a hectic schedule, Poon Hill Trek might be the best package for you. It is a short, as well as a sweet trek in the Himalayan region. Here we have a study of things to remember for Poon Hill Trek and the information is classified as such:

  • Introduction to Poon Hill Trek
  • Overview of Poon Hill Trek
  • Initiative for Poon Hill Trek
  • Itinerary for Poon Hill Trek
  • The best time to take Poon Hill Trek

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Introduction to Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Trek, though one of the shortest trips a person can take, is packed with everything nature has to offer from a journey to the foothills of the Himalayas. It is considered as a relatively easy trek into the Annapurna region and one can spend their time amidst the beautiful view of snow-capped mountains around. And also a combination of different varieties of flora and fauna scattered beautifully on the slopes of the valley where the trek takes place. Depending on the speed and time taken by individuals, the trek usually takes not more than 5days to complete.

Overview of Poon Hill Trek

The Ghorepani trek is also known as the Poon Hill trek. In the duration of your trek here, you will pass through some quaint but beautiful local villages, rhododendron forests with a variety of birds flying around and of course the splendid view of Nepal’s most famous mountain peaks, like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I and Annapurna South, and so on. The Poon Hill trek starts from Nayapul after a one and a half-hour drive from Pokhara. The quaint yet beautiful villages you pass are inhabited by the Gurung and Magar tribes of Nepal. As you reach higher grounds towards your destination, you will come across the most spectacular view of the peaks in almost every turn. When you reach the viewpoint at Poon Hill (3201m) you can emerge yourself in the blissful sight of the open horizon which provides the best view of the mountains around and gives a splendid display of the sunrise.

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Initiative for Poon Hill Trek

In the course of our trek you will come across sightings of the Mount Dhaulagiri range, Mount Gangapurna, Mount Annapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna II-III-IV, Lamjung Himal, Barashikhar, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Hiunchuli and Manaslu ranges. At sunrise, when the sun rises up at the horizon and reaches the snow-capped peaks, the Mountains mainly Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m) along with the other peaks close to the viewpoint, begin to slowly reveal itself in the light. It is a magical show put on by Mother Nature at her best, and it is the most heavenly sight one can witness all at a glance. That is why this trek is considered to be a wholesome package of the best views of the mountains and the surrounding hills and valleys have to offer to mankind.

Itinerary for Poon Hill Trek

Our journey starts from Nayapul. If you are coming via Kathmandu, you might need to get down to Pokhara and then take a 1-hour drive to Nayapul. In the beginning of the trek we will come across many local villages and tea houses, with lush green hill slopes and rivers adding beauty to the scenery. We will also need to cross the Tikhedunga Khola (river) atop a suspension bridge after which we come across a flight of stone steps. There are more than 3000 steps to reach the top, and you will be handsomely rewarded. Waiting for you at the top is the magnificent view of Mount Annapurna South(7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m) and you can immerse yourself in it as you regain your energy.

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Then we head on to Ulleri village for a night’s stay. After a good night’s sleep, we continue our trek mostly through a jungle for most of the day. The sounds of the jungle can be a fascinating experience especially when the birds declare their presence. You also have a good chance to see many wild birds and animals in the forest along with rhododendron flowers blooming in the wild. Moving forward, we reach our primary destination, Ghorepani/ Poon Hill, where we will halt for the night at a lodge nearby.

To see the beautiful sun rising above the snow-capped mountains, we need to get up early. We make our way up to Poon Hill, and make sure you are wearing warm clothes. It might get really cold up there. It takes almost an hour to reach the top, from where you can witness the magnificent display of the sun and the mountain ranges. This is a spiritual place that provides a majestic scenery of the sun and the mountain ranges. Sure it looks like magic when all the nearby ranges come along as if to support the sun to rise and help him to reach the sky. After sunrise, after witnessing all the wonderful display by the sun and the mountains, we head back to Ghorepani for breakfast.

We then continue our journey (which is a 6-7 hours walk) towards Ghandruk(1939m), taking a steep uphill path first to reach Deurali Pass, which resembles the elevation at Poon Hill. You will come across views of the mountain ranges (we saw earlier) again, as we move on and make our way down to reach Tadapani. We continue our trek after a brief rest and pass through Bhaisi Kharka (Buffalo Pasture) before we reach the village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the villages with the highest population of Gurung people. You can learn many things about the Gurung culture in the Gurung Culture Museum. We spend our night at a lodge in Ghandruk.

On a clear morning, one can get to see the view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre(fishtail) and Annapurna III up close while you have your breakfast. We head towards Kimche from here which is almost an hour walk through green pastures. Then we take 3 hours to drive back to Pokhara from Kimche for an overnight stay at your hotel in Pokhara. The itinerary may vary if you choose to go to Kathmandu on the very same day. After which your short but fun-filled trek comes to an end.

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As mentioned earlier, the trek is not a difficult one and anyone fit enough to walk for a few hours can make the trek. The ascent of the stone steps before reaching Ulleri might be a challenge for some, and you can opt to take measures to train yourself before you embark on this trip.

The best time to take Poon Hill Trek

The best time to visit Poon Hill is Spring and Autumn, that is in September till November and March till Mid June. The weather during these seasons will be warm, sunny with a cool breeze blowing your way at daytime. But can become pretty chilly during the night, so much so the temperature might go below freezing point. When you make your ascent uphill towards Poon Hill, the temperature starts decreasing. So make sure you pack some warmer clothes for the trek. And since the weather is subject to change due to various untold reasons, trekkers are suggested to come well prepared.

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