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The Poon Hill Trek is your first choice when you are visiting in Nepal and you will be doing what you should be doing in Nepal: Trekking. What so cool about the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is that this is truly a trek that can be done by almost everyone. Hold on, Poon Hill is still a hill of 3.210 meters and it is by no means a walk in the park, but compared to some other treks in Nepal, it is very doable.

The Poon Hill Trek is also known as the Annapurna Sunrise Trek and that is because everyone is trekking towards that famous spot on Poon Hill from where you can see the sunrise over the Annapurna Range, one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in the world. On the Poon Hill Trek, you won't have to worry about altitude sickness, you can do it in as little as 4 days and it is a perfect introduction to trekking in Nepal.


Are the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and Annapurna Sunrise Trek the same?


You want to hike up to Poon Hill and see the famous sunrise, but you are not sure whether to pick the Poon Hill Trek or the Annapurna Sunrise Trek. Don’t worry, they are one and the same. There are different names for this classic introduction to Annapurna trekking and both Poon Hill Trek and Annapurna Sunrise Trek are commonly used. Another name is the Annapurna Sunrise View Trek. There are also trekking operators who blend the two together. You’ve guessed it: Ghorepani Poon Hill Sunrise Trek. Whatever trek you choose, you can rest assured that during this trekking you will see the most beautiful sunrise of your life.

What is the difficulty of the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?


The Poon Hill Trek is considered to be an introduction to the great wonders of trekking in the Annapurna Region. It is one of the easiest, if not the easiest trek in Nepal. The Poon Hill Trek is considered to be family-friendly and unlike on other treks in Nepal, you can do this trek in a short time, if you wish to.

View from Poon Hill during trek

Despite the fact of the Poon Hill Trek being regarded as easy, hikers and trekkers should be moderately fit. After all, you are stilling trekking through the Himalayas of Nepal. If you are wondering what it physically takes to go trekking in Nepal and what you can do to become the fittest version of yourself, check out this blog post.

What is the best trekking season for the Poon Hill Trek in Nepal?


When doing the Poon Hill Trek, you will not be trekking and hiking in the most extreme conditions. After all, this trek does not go higher than an altitude of little over 3.000 meters. Because of that, you are not so exposed to the elements as you would be on other treks in Nepal. It is possible to the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek throughout the year, but the months from March to May and from October or November are the most popular for trekking this classic. You can read more about the most favorable trekking and hiking seasons in Nepal in this blog post.

What is the height of Poon Hill? Risks of Altitude Sickness?


The height of Poon Hill is 3193 meters. Since Poon hill lies at a lower altitude, there is no risk of Altitude Mountain Sickness. The elevation per day is at a maximum of 500 meters. When you are going trekking in Nepal you should always inform yourself about the risks of Altitude Sickness. Altitude sickness is pretty self-explanatory. Aso know as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or simply Mountain Sickness, it is the health effect that kicks in when exposed to low amounts of oxygen at high altitude. Altitude sickness isn’t exclusive to the Himalayas, it can also occur when trekking on Mount Kenya, Kilimanjaro or when discovering the Inca Trail.

Couple view Annapurna from Poon Hill

The good thing about the Poon Hill Trek is that it is at a lower altitude than some of the other major treks in the country like the Everest Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Circuit. As a result, there is no risk of getting altitude sickness. This is a major drawcard for choosing the Poon Hill Trek because as you can read in this blog post, the risks of altitude sickness should not be taken lightly. It can literally kill you.

Why hike the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in the Annapurna Region?


There is not a single trek in Nepal that can give you the Himalaya experience and the best sunrises in less time and for less money. The Poon Hill Trek is sometimes being hiked to simply warm up for other great treks in Nepal. It is, for example, a good warming up for going trekking in the Mount Everest Region.
One can name different reasons for hiking or trekking up Poon Hill, but the most notable one is the famous sunrise that this trek is famous for. You indeed will experience one of the most beautiful sunrises that you have possibly ever seen. The hike or trek from Ghorepani up the hill is absolutely worth it when you consider you get to see in Dhaulagiri and Annapurna in the morning glory.

How To Get To Pokhara For The Poon Hill Trek?


The Poon Hill Trek starts from the beautiful town of Pokhara, about 200 kilometers North West of Kathmandu. Although it isonly 200 kilometers, the way there can still take 5 to 7 hours by road. You can get to Pokhara by plane within the hour, but the most popular mode of transport is bus.



Trekking companies typically start their itineraries in Kathmandu and take you straight to Pokhara, where you stay in a guesthouse. This will be your base camp for the start of the Poon Hill Trek the following day. Although most trekking companies use buses to transfer their customers from Kathmandu to Pokhara or back, they can usually also do this by plane or by private shuttles. Get in touch with our trekking experts to discover the possibilities.

Pokhara Poon Hill Trek

Which Poon Hill Trek Should I Choose?


There are four different options that you can consider when choosing your perfect Poon Hill Trek. Either of them start in Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurnas.

Starting in Nayapul - Finishing in Ghandruk
Distance: 40 kilometers
Elevation: 3000 meters

Starting in Ghandruk - Finishing in Nayapul
Distance: 40 kilometers
Elevation: 2000 meters

Starting in Nayapul - Finishing in Kimche
Distance: 44 kilometers
Elevation: 3000 meters

Starting in Kimche - Finishing in Nayapul
Distance: 44 kilometers
Elevation: 2300 meters

The most popular option is the first one. From Ghandruk you will trek back to Nayapul. This results in the itinerary which you can find below.

Which Is A Good Poon Hill Trek Itinerary?


It can be hard to choose a fitting Poon Hill Trek. If you want to do the Poon Hill Trek right, you try to take as much time for it as possible. As transfers from Kathmandu to Pokhara are usually included, you want to spend some time in Pokhara as well. The town is just too pretty to simply skip it. Besides, you will be traveling quite a bit to get there, so you might as well stretch your leg a little. Our trekking experts agree that the below 7-day itinerary by Outfitter Nepal will give you the best bang for the buck:

Day 01 – Drive to Pokhara

The 7-hour drive from Kathmandu Pokhara included beautiful views of the hills, gorges, rivers, and village that you find in central Nepal. In Pokhara itself, you are surrounded by views of the mountains while you soak up the local culture. Accommodation: Hotel

Day 02 – Drive to Nayapul and trek to Hile (1430m)

Our early drive will take us to Nayapul, the starting point of our trek. After a short hike, we will cross a suspension bridge and follow the bank of the Modi River to Birethanti. From there, the trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail traverses a bamboo forest and passes several water streams and waterfalls. After some steady ascending, we will reach the village of Hile. Here will spend the night.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Poon Hill Trek on the way Day 03 – Trek to Ghorepani (2.840m)

After breakfast, we will trek to Ghorepani, a charming Gurung village amidst of the Himalayas. We will cross several small streams and continue ascending the stone staircases until we reach the village of Uleri. At Uleri, we will be welcomed with stunning mountain views of Annapurna South, Himchuli and Mount Machhapuchhre. We will keep trekking through the oak and rhododendron forest until we reach Ghorepani.

Accommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 04 – Hike up Poon Hill for sunrise and trek to Nayapul

At dawn, we will ascend to Poon Hill to catch the spectacular sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and surrounding rice terraces. The view from Poon Hill is one of the most appreciated of the Himalayas.

Poon Hill Trek sign at Ghorepani

Afterward, we will return to Ghorepani for breakfast. We will retrace our way back to Nayapul through the bamboo forest. Our transport will be waiting for us at Nayapul to drive us back to beautiful Pokhara. A

ccommodation: Teahouse
Food: Breakfast, lunch

Day 05 – Drive back to Kathmandu

It is time to drive back to Kathmandu. Again, you will enjoy the beautiful views along the way. Well done, you have conquered Poon Hill and we can’t wait to have you back for more. Food: Breakfast

What does the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek cost?


As most foreign visitors to Nepal land in Kathmandu, they are likely to go trekking regions other than Annapurna. This is the first hurdle to trekking in the Annapurna Region. One has to actually travel to Pokhara. All the trekking providers by default offer transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Some by bus, others by plane.

An itinerary usually includes hotel accommodation in Pokhara and transport from Pokhara to Ghorepani. This is where some of the costs sit. Although you do not need to pay some kind of entrance fee, you still need to pay for permits. Without it is impossible to hike in the Nepal Himalayas. For the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek you need two kinds of permits:

TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System):
This permit is important for every trekker wishing to trek in Nepal. This costs NRS 2000 per person. This equals about 17 USD or 15 EUR.

ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit):
As you will be entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will need a permit. All permits are arranged by your trekking provider.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is because of its average duration and difficulty not the most expensive trek in Nepal. Prices vary between the 450 USD and 700 USD or 400 EUR and 600 EUR.

How safe is trekking to Ghorepani Poon Hill in Nepal?


Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our hikes and trekkings low. Our trekking guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all guided treks and hikes on Ghorepani Poon Hill.

What To Pack for The Poon Hill Trek?


Your gear is your best friend while being out in the mountains. It, in fact, doesn’t matter where you are going, your equipment is key. In extreme cases, gear can make the difference between life and death. In every case, the right equipment can make the difference between you having a good time and ending up miserable. You have booked your tickets, your guide in Nepal is waiting and now you rock up with a too-heavy backpack, a jacket which is not thick enough and shoes that are very likely going to give you blisters. What a waste. Pack the right gear and make more of your trip to Poon Hill. Before we start, note one important thing. We are trekking, not climbing. Hence, you can leave the ropes, the chalk and the carabiners in your closet.

Below we present you a basic comprehensive packing list suitable for any trek in Nepal including the Poon Hill Trek:

- Duffel Bag
- Rucksack with Rain Cove Daypack
- Hiking Boots
- Sandals or Shoes
- Hiking Socks
- Trekking Poles
- Inner Socks
- Thermal Baselayer
- T-Shirts
- Fleece Pullover or Jacket
- Light Weight Thermal Tops
- Waterproof Jacket
- Sports Bra for Her
- Hiking Shorts
- Hiking Pants
- Waterproof Pants

Poon Hill Packing List

Obviously there is more you can pack and bring along. Everyone is different, so everyone has their own needs. If you want the ultimate packing list, you can simply go here.

How Do I Get Fit For The Poon Hill Trek?


If you live anywhere else other than the Himalayas, it will be hard to get your legs ready for higher altitudes. After all, it doesn’t get much higher than Nepal. Fortunately, the Poon Hill Trek is not one of the high altitude treks and it is also not as long as some other treks in Nepal. For the Poon Hill Trek, it is fairly easy to get ready.

Should I Hike More?

One solid approach to get the hang of what you do is to rehearse. The best practice for climbing is climbing. Seeing that you are keen on a multi-day trekking experience, we accept that you enjoy walking. Awesome, do it more. If you are fortunate to be encompassed by some hills or even mountains, the time has come to see them all the more frequently. When? In the event that you are new to this, we recommend beginning a half year the start of your trek, essentially going for 60 minutes (or two) climb seven days.

When you get the hang of it, after around three weeks, you will have an ideal opportunity to reinforce your power. Convey a pack of 10 to 15kg and include a more drawn out climb of three hours to your week. On the off chance that this way of life is different to you, you will before long receive the rewards of this moderate exercise.

What Are The Health Benefits of The Poon Hill Trek?

Some of the health benefits of trekking and hiking include a lower risk of heart disease, improved blood pressure and sugar levels and of course it helps to control your weight. Once you are ready for the hills, it only gets better. According to Gregory Miller, president of the American Hiking Society, ”a 5% to 10% incline equals a 30% to 40% increase in calorie burn.” Our personal health benefits are a clearer mind and an elevated mood. Trekking keeps us sane.

After a good few months of solid hiking, it is time to put your endurance to the test. Do back to back long hikes. You can simulate a few days of constant trekking by going hiking for a few days. Easy at that. Plan a smaller trekking holiday or keep it simple by hiking your favorite route on repeat. If you are comfortable hiking for 4 hours a day, 3 days in a row while carrying a 10kg to 15kg backpack, you will be fine.The above basics will definitely get you in shape for most treks in Nepal including the Poon Hill Trek. If you want to read more about getting fit for trekking in Nepal, make sure to check out this blog post.

What type of accommodation can I expect while doing the Poon Hill Trek?


When you are planning to go trekking or hiking in the Annapurna Region, you can expect to stay in a decent hotel in Pokhara and you are likely to stay in teahouses along the trek. Regardless of where you stay in Nepal, do not expect a luxury show. Accommodation is relatively basic but is perfect for those who are resting their legs from hiking and trekking. Down below you can read more about staying in teahouses.

Poon Hill Trek Teahouse

I read about Teahouses in the Annapurna Region. What are they?


Tea houses are small hotels known as Bhatti. Them being small hotels, you can expect a certain level of comfort. Yes, you can, but just know that comfort is a relative concept. They are comfortable to the extent that you have a place to sleep and that you can enjoy home-cooked meals. That’s right, tea houses are run by local families who have opened their houses to trekkers passing by. On the Poon Hill Trek, you can expect well-fitted teahouses usually with hot water and WiFi access. Because of the lower altitude, it is easier to service and supply these teahouses.

Because trekking in Nepal has become so popular in recent years, more and more tea houses have opened their doors and the concept has improved over the years. The more popular your route, the better the quality of your tea house is. If you are headed to Everest Region or the Annapurna Conservation area you can expect to see tea houses being of good quality. Quality meaning that you can expect flush toilets, hot showers and in some cases wireless internet. The use of these amenities is at an extra charge. On popular routes, it is even likely that you will stay in a building that has been built with the sole purpose of serving as a tea house. Read more about staying in teahouses here.

How do you select a reliable trekking operator for the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?


The great thing about the internet is that you can find anything anywhere. The same goes for hiking and trekking providers. However, since there is so much on offer, it can be overwhelming to find a trekking operator of your liking. That is why Bookatrekking.com does the selection for you.

Poon Hill Trek Sunrise

We only join hands with the best hiking and trekking providers we can trust. You can rest assured that the trekking operators on Bookatrekking.com are reliable. If you want to browse our best offers for the Poon Hill Trek, take a look here. Read this if you rather browse other treks in the Annapurna Region.

Ghorephani Poon Hill Trek Map


Sometimes it's easy to have a clear view of how your itinerary looks like when you have a map. Please check out this map of the 7-day Ghorepani Ghandruk Poon Hill Trek of our partner Nepal Eco Adventure.


If you want to find out all you need to know about trekking in the Himalayas, don't forget to read our long-read article abouttrekking holidays in Nepal!

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