Annapurna Poon Hill Sunrise Trek

Group Size: Min 1 to Max 8                    Maximum Altitude: 3,210m/10,529ft                        Trip Grade: Easy

Total duration :9 days                             Start from: Kathmandu                                                End at: Kathmandu


Annapurna Poon Hill Sunrise Trek or Poon Hill Trek also known as Annapurna Sunrise Trek offers the spectacular mountain scenery along with charming villages, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the picturesque peak of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail). One of the important highlight of this trip is to make a climb to Poon Hill for watching the magical sunrise on the Annapurna Range. When sun rises, it touches the snow covered peaks,  Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m), Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) along with other peaks

Poon Hill Trek is designed for the those who want a less demanding but short and beautiful trek, especially with their family and kids in the rural mountainside with good view of Himalayas. However, if you prefer to have a Wildlife Safari Tour with this trek you can opt for 10 days Nepal Sunrise Trek with Safari Tour and if you want longer trek in the Annapurna region you can go for Annapurna Base Camp Trek   or Annapurna Circuit Trek

Tour Highlights:

  •       5 days trek in Annapurna Region starting trek from Pokhara
  •       Scenic flights Kathmandu Pokhara Kathmandu
  •       Highest Altitude we reach in this trip is 3,210 meters at Poon Hill View Point

Trip Cost Includes:

  •  All ground transportation in comfortable private vehicles
  •  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during trek/All breakfast and Welcome and farewell dinner 
  •  Accommodation will be in Teahouse during trek and standard hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  •  Round Trip Flight for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  •  An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide and tour guide
  •  Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for staff.
  •  Annapurna Conservation Park permit and TIMS permit for trekking.
  •  All Government and Local Taxes   

Trip Cost Excludes:

  •  Tips and personal expenses (Laundry,phone,beverages,battery recharge,bottle water,shower etc
  •  Monument entry fee in Kathmandu
  •  Any cost not mentioned in inclusions 

Day 1:  Arrive Kathmandu (1300 meters)

On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your pre booked hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure to freshen up and relax.

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

 

Day 2: Sightseeing in  4 World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city.Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

Boudhnath Stupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Kathmandu DurbarSquare: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. 

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. 

Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (827m); drive to Hille and Trek to Ulleri

After a warm breakfast in the hotel we will  take a scenic flight  to Pokhara, the city of Lakes.  And will drive to Hille from where we will start the trek. We cross the Burungdi Khola and then have a steep climb up to Ulleri

Overnight::Teahouse Lodge in Ulleri

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani ( 5 Hours )

This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (about an hour's walk above Ghorepani) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. As the sun pops out from behind the mountains the sky glows red and pink in the first rays of the sun and the panorama from the summit must be one of the world's great mountain vistas. Best seen at dawn, it's well worth the effort of the climb. After breakfast we head east, following a forested ridge to cross a pass at 3,193m. The trail then descends through dense forests of fir, spruce, oak and rhododendron home to many birds and a few mammals. Passing through Banthanti at 2,620m, we climb back to 2,745m, where we reach another small pass at Tadapani where we have a superb view of Annapurna South and the peak of Machhapuchhare.

Overnight:  Teahouse Lodge in Ghorepani

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 5: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani 95 Hours Walk); POONHILL VIEW POINT

This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (about an hour's walk above Ghorepani) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. As the sun pops out from behind the mountains the sky glows red and pink in the first rays of the sun and the panorama from the summit must be one of the world's great mountain vistas. Best seen at dawn, it's well worth the effort of the climb. The trail then descends through dense forests of fir, spruce, oak and rhododendron home to many birds and a few mammals. Passing through Banthanti at 2,620m, we climb back to 2,745m, where we reach another small pass at Tadapani where we have a superb view of Annapurna South and the peak of Machhapuchhare.

Overnight:  Teahouse Lodge in Tadapani

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk

An easier walk today through wonderful uninhabited forest with great mountain views. This forest is one of the highlights of the trek. Look out for monkeys and high forest birds including Tragopan, Juniper Finch and Rosefinches. We emerge from the forest just above Ghandruk, the largest Gurung village in the area. This area is mostly populated by subsistence farmers who tend the carefully laid out terraces. Stretching thousands of feet down steep hillsides they are a work of art and the Nepalis are experts at using every piece of land. Wheat, rice and vegetables are grown throughout the year on the well-tended terraces. Although there are now many new modern lodges in Ghandruk there are still older traditional houses with their neat slate roofs. In the afternoon your leader will take you on a village walk and in the evening we can relax in the teahouse and watch the sunset on Annapurna South.

Overnight:  Teahouse Lodge in Ghandruk

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7: Trek from Gandruk to Nayal and drive to Pokhara

Descending on stone staircases towards the Modi Khola, and passing through Shyauli Bazaar we come to the pretty village of Birethanthi, where we have lunch overlooking the river. Another short walk brings us to NayaPul, where we will meet the road and drive back to Pokhara. There will be time this afternoon to explore the pretty lakeside Pokhara. You could go for a boat trip on the lake looking for water birds or just sit and relax in one of the many lakeside cafes.

Overnight: Hotel in Pokhara

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 8:  Fly back to Kathmandu 

After breakfastt we take a 25 minutes flight back to Kathmandu. 

We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.

Overnight:  Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

 

Day 9: Airport transfer

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

IS THIS NOT WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR ? DESIGN YOUR OWN TRIP

You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.

Please email us or call us at +977 9841414582 and we will happily customize your trip on the date more appropriate for you.

Best Months for Poon Hill Trek

The springtime from March, April, May and the autumn months from September, October, November is considered the best months for this trek.

Maximum Altitude in this trek: 3210m at Poon Hill View Point
 

 

Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.

15 days - US $ 30.00 for 15 days single/multiple entry.
30 days - US $ 50.00 for 30 days single/multiple entry.
90 days - US $ 125.00 for 90 days single/multiple entry.
 
For more information please visit Department of Immigration of Nepal

 

Weather

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict.  Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Annapurna Poon Hill Sunrise Trek. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.


Experience Required

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.

 

Acclimatization

All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.

 

Packing  List

It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.

To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack.  Around base camp you will need your down jacket. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List


Trekking Guides

All our trekking guides are highly experienced, well trained and Government Licensed guides. As we focus on employing women, we provide female trekking guides and tour guides. Male guides are provided on request.


Accommodation

Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. 


Meals

Each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. 


Means of Transportation

All ground transportation we use are comfortable private vehicles. And Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu flights in domestic airlines.

 

Communication while trekking

Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made, you can pay to the guide


Insurance Coverage

One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss) and also trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.

 

Departure Dates

This trek will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date.  Best Months: March to May & September to November. 

 

Contact Us

Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582.

Thanks. Our trip to Nepal was fantastic, better than we expected. We will definitely travel with Eve Holidays again.

Smith & Clark

Eve Holidays organized the trip for us in the last minute and still everything was perfect and was more than our expectation. We are very happy and enjoyed our trip with them and off course would recommend this company to anyone travelling to Nepal.

Verena