This short tea-house trek takes us up steep trails through traditional villages and into the Annapurna Conservation Area. Poon Hill is the view point for two of the largest mountains in the world - Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m). This is big terrain and this short trek takes us in close to the big mountains.
Often referred to as the Gateway to the Annapurna's, Poon Hill is the last mountain before the mighty Annapurna massif rears skyward. A regular trading and trekking route into the Kali Gandaki valley, the deepest valley in the world, the paths are bustling with the old and the new.
Clanging bells announce the brightly colored mule and yak caravans that regularly use the well-trodden paths on their way to and from Tibet. We climb with them through oak and rhododendron forest and across sparkling streams to Ghorepani Pass (2,834m). On day three, in the pre-dawn, we climb to Poon Hill (3,190m) to witness a classic Himalayan moment. As the sun rises in the eastern sky, the mighty peaks begin their dawn parade, changing colors every minute as the stunning vistas open up.
Descending through giant primary rhododendron forest, troops of monkeys and exotic birds set a vivid and colorful scene. We arrive in Ghandruk (1,940m), one of the largest Gurung villages in the Kingdom with its traditional buildings and picture-perfect setting below Machapuchare (6,993m). We descend to the road head for the journey back to Pokhara after 5 magical days.
Trekking Area: Nepal Annapurna region
Trekking Grade: Moderate (2)
Trekking type: Camping and tea house
Trekking duration: 10 days
Trekking days: 5 days
Group size: Minimum 2 person
Price: on request
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu
Day 2: Kathamdnu - Pokhara by bus or by flight and explore Pokhara
Day 3: Drive to Nayapool and trek commences to Hille
Day 4: Hille to Ghorerpani (Poon Hill)
Day 5: Ghorpani to Tadapani
Day 6: Tadapni to Ghandruck
Day 7: Ghandruck to Nayapool and drive to Pokhara and rest
Day 8: Pokhara to Kathamandu by bus or flight
Day 9: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 10: Final departure