Poon Hill is an amazing destination for people who are looking for a short and easy trek in the Annapurna region. This place is very close to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. The Poonhill weather and temperature are very favorable which make trekking at this place a pleasant experience.
Moreover, it has a relatively low altitude below 3500 m which make it safe to travel for anyone worried about altitude sickness. Hence there is no age barrier and anyone can easily do this trek.
This trek offers views of some of the highest mountains in the world such as Annapurna South, Macchapucchre, Himalchuli etc. Also, the trail goes through beautiful villages with friendly locals and beautiful natural sceneries.
All in all, Poon hill is an ideal destination for people of any age group and with average fitness.
Weather and Temperature in Poon Hill
One of the perks of taking the Poon hill trek is that it has a very favorable climatic condition. The weather and temperature of the lower altitude of Poon Hill is usually mild. It is neither too hot nor too cold.
Being a low altitude trek, the temperature and weather don’t change as much with the increase in altitude. Both during summer and winter, the temperature does not get to extremes rather, stay moderate.
There is a slight chance that the temperature drops below 0 in some winter months. Yet with smart packing, trekking to this region shouldn’t be a matter of concern.
Down below we give you an idea of how the weather and temperature is going to be in various seasons:
Spring ( March, April, May)
Spring is the best time to trek to Poon Hill. These months see mild temperature, low rainfall, lush green vegetation, and clear blue skies.
There is no denying that this is a perfect time to witness amazing trekking experience.
In Poon hill, the temperature is highest in the month of May at 25 degrees. And lowest in the month of March i.e in Ghorepani.
Similarly, the precipitation is highest in the month of May due to the start of the monsoon season from June. And lowest in the month of March.
Temperature in Spring
Packing for Spring
Packing for Poon hill trek is simple. You do not have to pack heavy trekking gears. However, packing smart can hugely determine your trekking experience. Since it is a short trek, remember not to over pack.
March which is the beginning of Spring can be cold, possibly snow. But it won’t be a lot for it to last too long on the ground. Hence for the cold mornings and evenings, it is wise to carry a warm fleece, windproof and waterproof jacket.
During the month of May and April, the weather slowly tends to get warmer and pleasant. You can hike in a pair of hiking pant and long sleeve t-shirts during the day.
Do not forget to carry your camera to click some amazing pictures during the rhododendron-filled Spring.
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Summer (June, July, August)
The summer in Nepal last from June to August and so is the same for Poon hill. Poon hill is warm during summers allowing you to trek in just t-shirt and shorts.
The temperature is around 22 to 26 degree centigrade. So you can imagine how pleasant it must be. However since summer coincides with the monsoon in Nepal, you must be aware and pack up the necessary gear in case of rain.
June, July and August are the months that get maximum rainfall. July experiences the highest rainfall and June gets almost half as the month of July.
Yet, this should not be a problem with smart packing, proper gear, and a good trekking guide.
Temperature in Summer
Packing for summer
During summer, you can trek to Poon hill with a comfortable hiking boot, a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. Since summer is the monsoon season in Nepal make sure you carry a rainproof jacket.
Due to the rain, it is possible that you encounter insects such as mosquitoes and leeches. So it is very important to carry insect repellant.
Also, carry socks and inner garment for each day so that you can change each time it gets wet. Sometimes the trails can be slippery, so trekking poles and trekking shoes with strong grips are very beneficial.
For the scorching sun during the day, carry sunblock with high SPF to protect your face and skin.
Autumn (September, October, November)
Another season that is favorable for trekking is Autumn. During this time Nepal’s trekking routes are considerably full.
September to November are the months that fall in Autumn. The rainfall in Poon hill decreases significantly after the summer. And is lowest in the month of November.
In Ghorepani, the precipitation in the month of November is merely 6mm. Moreover, with winter just around the corner, the temperature drops a bit. This can be pleasant when you are doing some physical activity such as trekking during the day.
Temperature in Autumn
Packing for Autumn
The weather during Autumn is very pleasant, not too hot nor too cold. You can comfortably trek with a convertible hiking pant and a t-shirt.
As you go higher it can get windy and chilly in the evenings, so a fleece will keep you warm.
Make sure to carry a water bottle to stay hydrated while trekking. Though you will be eating well in the tea houses, you can carry some snacks like granola bars to keep your energy going.
Also, you should include extra camera chargers and backup power bank in case you run out of battery because you will be taking plenty of pictures.
Do not over pack your bag with laptop and big journals. It will only eat up a lot of space and make your bag heavy.
As for journal, these days you can make notes even in your phone. Hence, avoid over packing as far as possible.
Winter (December, January, February)
Winter falls from December to February. The temperature during this time drops below the freezing point at certain places in the trekking route to Poon Hill.
Also, the precipitation is lowest in the winter season in Poon hill. So during this time, you do not have to worry about the chances of rain disturbing or spoiling your trek. The chances of cloudy mountains are also least in the winters.
The good part is that you will get clear weather and picturesque views of the snow-capped mountains.
Hence if you are someone who doesn’t mind a little bit of chill, you can experience some of the greatest views of the Annapurna region in winters.
The day time during winter is still sunny while in the morning and evening the temperature drops down to minus degrees.
Moreover, the tea houses in Poon hill will mostly have a fireplace where you can warm yourselves. Some even allow you inside the kitchen fire stone area.
Furthermore, the Poon hill temperature in winters barely goes below zero. So, do not worry about trekking in this region in winters.
Temperature in Winter
Packing for winter
Winters in Poon hill can be cold but not as cold as other high altitude treks. However, it is wise to carry lightweight thermal tops and bottoms with a down jacket, wind or waterproof jacket.
You can consider carrying a hand warmer and a pair of warm socks because being too cold can make you miserable. Also, carry a hot water flask to keep your water warm.
A head beanie or scarf can be useful to keep your head warm. A moisturizer and chapsticks for face and lips is important.
Some Useful Information
Permits for Poon Hill Trek
There are 2 different permits you need to obtain for the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. They are
Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit- USD 20 and TIMS Card- USD 18.
Accommodation in Poon Hill Trek
During your Poon Hill Trek, you will be staying in tea houses. The rooms on twin sharing beds and a single bed will be comfortable and clean. You will have one blanket to each bed. Depending on the type of teahouse you choose, you will have the facility of attached baths with hot showers as well.
Meals During Trekking
Almost every teahouse en route to Poon Hill offer a three-time meal to the trekkers.
Dal Bhat which is the typical Nepali Meal is the most common food. Noodles, soup, and momo are other readily available food. You can also expect Soft drinks and beer in Tea Houses.
You can either drink water from euro-guard filters or carry chlorine tablets. It is unsafe to drink water straight from a tap.
You can ask for boiled filter water in a tea house. Another alternative will be to carry mineral drinking water. But remember to dispose of the bottles properly.
You can easily recharge the batteries of your Electronic Items on the Tea houses in which you stay.
Poonhill is one of the easy trekking in Annapurna region. Trekking hour is usually 4-5 hrs in one day. Anyone with normal fitness level can join this trek.
Poon Hill trekking is the low altitude trekking. The maximum height that you will climb is 2855m. So, there is minimal chance of high altitude sickness.
The weather and temperature of Poon hill are perfect for trekking in any season. Be it Spring, autumn, summer or winter.
Each season has its own advantages and disadvantages and is special on their own.
However, sometimes, the weather in Poon hill can be unpredictable. In that case, it is wise to know about the current weather and plan the trek accordingly.
Overall, Poon hill is a popular travel destination in the Annapurna region for both domestic as well as international tourists.
If you plan to trek during the peak seasons, make sure you pre-book the trip. This can avoid accommodation and food-related problems.
For further question and queries, please feel free to contact us. It is our pleasure to guide and assist you with the best of our knowledge.
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