Searching for an easy trek in Nepal with family and children? Then Poonhill is the right option.
Poonhill (Pun Hill) is located in the Annapurna region of Nepal towards the north of Pokhara. Poonhill Ghorepani trek is one of the most popular short treks in Nepal ideally good for short time trekking holiday. It lies on the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayan range. The trek also covers some part of the Annapurna Base Camp trek.
|01||Drive/fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara||884m/2,900ft||Drive: 6-7 hours
Fly: 30 minutes
|02||Drive to Nayapul, trek to Tikhedhunga||1,540m/5,052ft||Drive: 1 hour
Trek: 4-5 hours
|03||Trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani||2,860m/9,383ft||Trek: 5-6 hours|
|04||Trek early morning to Poonhill, then to Tadapani||3,210m/10,532ft||Trek: 6-7 hours|
|05||Trek Tadapani to Ghandruk||1,940m/6,365ft||Trek: 2-3 hours|
|06||Trek to Birethanti and Nayapul, drive back to Pokhara||884m/2,900ft||Trek: 4-5 hours
Drive: 1 hour
|07||Drive/fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu||1,350m/4,430ft||Drive: 6-7 hours
Fly: 30 minutes
The significant highlight of this trek is undoubtedly the climb of Poonhill located at 3,210 meters (10,532ft) from sea level. Poonhill is the outstanding viewpoint for the spectacular and panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains including Annapurna (8,091m/26,546ft) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,796ft). Our guide will wake you up early morning to catch the stunning sunrise view from Poonhill.
One of the popular villages of Poonhill-Ghorepani route is Ghandruk (Ghandrung). Ghandruk has a large traditional settlement of Gurung ethnic tribe. The views are simply spectacular following the well developed trekking trail. The enchanting villages of Gurung and Magar tribe, dense rhododendron and alpine forests with the picturesque Machhapuchhre Peak (Fishtail) dominating the skyline make the trek tremendous. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. Poonhill Ghorepani trek becomes more colourful and attractive with the rhododendron flowers during spring.
Poon Hill Trek Distance
The total distance of the entire Poonhill circuit trek is about 51 kilometers (32 miles) for duration of 5 days with an average 5-6 hours of daily walk. The maximum elevation of the trek is 3,210 meters. The Poonhill trek starts and finishes at Nayapul including the popular village settlements of Birethanti, Hile, Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, Ghorepani and Ghandruk. Poon hill certainly is the major highlight of this trek.
Best time for Poon Hill Trek
Ghorepani Poon hill trek is an all season trek. However, February to mid June, September through November is the best times for this trek. It is winter during December and January and can be quite cold. There may be snow on the trail until early spring. July and August are the monsoon season and Ghorepani Poon hill trek route can be muddy and slippery at some places. The visibility can also be poor due to rain and clouds.
Difficulty of Poon Hill Trek
Poon hill trek is categorised under as an easy trek and suitable for families, children and senior citizens looking for soft adventures. It is noted that the 3,600 stone steps at Ulleri is the most challenging part of this trek on the second day. Having a Poon hill trek route map is a good guide. Since the difficulty level of this trek is easy, people with moderate fitness can join this trek.
What to Pack on Poon Hill Trek
The Ghorepani Poonhill trek can be done quite lightly. You should carry things for your daily use such as 2 pairs of pants, 2-3 thermal/summer tops, 3-5 pairs of socks, underwear, a waterproof jacket, a pair of comfortable hiking shoes, water bottle, sunglasses, sunscreen and a book to read at spare time. Sleeping bag is necessary during cold season. See also, Full List of Equipment
- An ideal trip suitable for family and children
- Breathtaking Sunrise views from Poonhill
- 51 kilometers of walk in 5 days
- Typical Magar and Gurung settlements en-route
- Spectacular mountain views along the trek
- The great countrysides, rice field and scenic landscapes
- The dense Rhododendron forest