Poon Hill Circuit trek is the most popular short trekking destination in Nepal. The astounding views of the plenty of mountains you get during this trek, the ease of completing this trek, and low altitude of this region makes thousands of trekkers come to complete this trek.
You can make the most out of this trek by choosing The Great Adventure Treks for your trip.
Poon Hill is a hill station that is 90 minutes’ trek away from the village of Ghorepani. Poon Hill is one of the most popular places for observing sunrise.
Poon Hill gives you delightful views of towering peaks like Mt. Annapurna (26,545ft-8,091m) Mt.Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu, Annapurna South (23,693 ft-7,219m), and Gangapurna (24,457 ft.-7,455m) amongst others.
This trek starts after a 6-7 hour bus ride from Kathmandu valley along the hills that surround this capital city of Kathmandu. This picturesque ride takes you along the sites of Trishuli river and Modi River.
From there, a one and a half hour of bus ride will take you to Nayapul and your trekking journey begins from there as you trek along villages like Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Ghandruk.
These villages are quaint. The people in these Gurung villages are warm and friendly. You can interact with the locals here and learn their culture. You will also be able to interact with the hundreds of trekkers along the way.
Poon Hill Circuit trek by The Great Adventure treks is the best way to experience relatively easy trekking in Nepal without missing out on the beauty of the mountains whilst learning the culture of the region simultaneously.
Main Attractions of the Poon Hill Circuit Trek
- Tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
- Short and easy to complete even without a lot of preparation
- Scenic drive along the hills of Kathmandu valley on the way to Pokhara.
- Rhododendron forests of ACAP region light up your trek, especially in the spring.
- Mesmerizing sunrise from Poon Hill amidst the mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.
- Quaint villages set in the backdrop of stunning mountains.
Best Time for Poon Hill Circuit Trek
The most popular seasons for the Poon Hill Annapurna Circuit Trek are the seasons of spring, autumn, and winter.
Autumn falls in the months of September, October, and November. Spring falls in the months of March, April, and May. Mild amount of sunshine, low precipitation, and crisp views of the mountains make thousands of trekkers complete the Poon Hill Circuit Trek in these two seasons.
Winter (December, January, and February) is one of the best time to complete this trek. Winter season gives you the best views of the mountains. Further, the region lies in lower altitude regions, the cold is also bearable. You can also enjoy solitude in the winter season.
There might be some amount of rainfall during the summer in this trek. As the trek takes place in the lower altitude regions, the rainfall is more than in the high altitude regions of Annapurna region. But with appropriate gear, you can complete the Poon Hill summer trek
Poon Hill Circuit Trek Difficulty
You can complete the Poon Hill Circuit Trek even with a modest amount of trekking experience.
Poon Hill lies at an altitude of 3190 meters. This is also the highest point on this trek. So the chances of altitude sickness is extremely low or nil.
One of the most difficult time during the Poon Hill Circuit Trek is climbing the 3500 stairs during the hike to Ulleri. Further, the hike to Poon Hill from Tadapani also demands you to trek up some stairs. Apart from that, the trek is fairly easy.
So you won’t need a lot of preparation for this trek. Although some form of exercising for a few weeks prior to coming this trek will make it easier.
Day 01: Arrival pick up from airport transfer to hotel
Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m) 6-7 hrs
Day 04: Drive to Nayapool(1070m.) trek to Tikhedhunga (1520) 4-5 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2860m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m.) to Tadapani (2630m) 5-6 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk (1940m) 2-3 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Nayapool and drive to Pokhara 5-6 hrs.
Day 09: leisure day in pokhara
Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu 6-7 hrs
Day 11: Airport drop for your further destination.