Poon Hill Sunrise Trek to view the spectacular peaks of the Annapurna Himal in central Nepal will offer you the perfect ‘first adventure’ and taste of the magnificent Himalayan trekking-world that Nepal offers. While not climbing higher than 3210 m, the views from Poon Hill, and other high ridges along this circular route, will create unforgettable memories of this fascinating region. This trek route is suitable for all age groups avid trekkers.
Beginning at the comfortable altitude of 1100 m the trail follows the ridges created by the Bhurungdi Khola and takes you through terraced farmlands and bamboo forests – along with friendly local people as they move from village to village on their daily tasks.
This Poon Hill Sunrise trekking, second day passes through ancient bird-filled forests of rhododendron, oak, maple and pine as you climb to the prosperous village of Ghorepani. From here, an early morning climb to the summit of Poon Hill offers breathtaking views of some of Nepal’s highest and most dramatic peaks, including three of the world’s 14,8000 m peaks: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna 1 and Manaslu.
The ridges between Ghorepani and Ghandruk offer yet more views of the high peaks in addition to your experience of the green middle hills and terraced farmlands. The trail from Ghandruk back to Nayapul and your bus to Kathmandu follows the rushing Modi Khola that carries glacial waters from the Annapurna Base Camp to the Ganges.
Spring (March - May) and Autumn (September - November) are the most popular seasons, but we offer this trek throughout the year. All you need is a good pair of boots, a day pack, warm clothing, sleeping bag and camera. Our Annapurna Sunrise trek includes transport, accommodation, meals, drinking water and showers.
Few people come to Nepal once: if you have enjoyed this trek, inquire about further routes that would suit your degree of fitness before you leave.
- Day 01: Pokhara – Nayapul – Tikhedhunga (1,495 m/4,905 ft): 1½hrs drive, 3-4 hrs trek
- Day 02: Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani (2,850 m/9,350 ft): 5-6 hrs.
- Day 03: Ghorepani – Poon hill (3 210 m/10 528 ft) Tadapani (2,520 m/8,268 ft): 6-7 hrs.
- Day 04: Tadapani – Ghandruk (1 950 m/6 398 ft)- Nayapul - Pokhara (910 m/2,986 ft): 7-8 hrs trek and 1 hr drive
Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.