Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill - Nepal

Only 900€ per week!

Poon Hill Trek is a wonderful opportunity to witness the beauty of the Annapurna region with a shorter trek.

The trip starts just north of the city of Pokhara and winds through the Poon Hill area and passes through the mid hill region of the Himalayas. You will explore Annapurna’s most visited trail, encounter different varied cultural regions in front of Himalayas – dramatic views of the snow capped Annapurna Himalayan panorama inclusive!

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand

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Program Description

Poon Hill Trek is a wonderful opportunity to witness the beauty of the Annapurna region with a shorter trek. The trip starts just north of the city of Pokhara and winds through the Poon Hill area and then passes the many cultural and beautiful landscape of mid hill region. Along the Ghorepani Trek you will be visiting of the best panoramic spot on planet “Poon Hill” from where you will get chance amazing views of whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Together Ghorepani Trek leads you to explore typical culture of Annapurna region and their local lifestyle. The entire trails of Ghorepani Trek also leads you to see many natural wild flowers especially rhododendrons which blooms in spring. Overall this trek makes you to experience many things about Nepal and the route is suitable for every level of hikers-family, retired groups and all non-technical hiking groups which is one of the lower elevation treks that we offer rising to only 3200m Poon Hill atop.

Trip Highlights:

Explore Annapurna’s most visited trail, encounter different varied cultural regions in front of Himalayas – dramatic views of the snowcapped Annapurna Himalayan panorama, Western Himalayan range’s giant Dhaulagiri- Poon Hill 3210m view point visit- best photographic spot, beautiful eco hamlet lodges foods and typical hill terraced cultural lifestyle and more…. Ideal for every age group … family holiday destination.

Trekking Essential Information

Accommodation during trekking

In trekking region, we offer you accommodation in tea house (mountain lodge). A Tea House is a combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. The rooms are separate with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. Most bathrooms are shared and toilets can be either squat type of the western version. Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them provide hot water for shower.

Meals during trekking

You will usually have breakfast and dinner in the lodge; lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal of Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some restaurants have western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants.

Safe Drinking Water in Trekking

We provide chlorine liquid and water purification pills during the trek. You need to use 3 drops in a liter and wait 20 minutes to consume it. If you want to buy bottled mineral water, you are more than welcome which is available at the tea house.

Trekking coordinator

We offer you an experienced trekking coordinator. He is in charge of your overall trekking. This is the person you should go to with all your problems, concerns and questions. He is well trained in all aspects of trekking, high altitude medicine, first aid and emergency procedure. He is selected in terms of his professionalism. Remember that trekking coordinators are local citizens and their English may be basic and limited to trek related topics.

Walking in a day

During trekking you do walking 7-8 hours a day with lunch breaks along the trail. The maximum altitude is 3200 mts which is poon hill viewpoint.

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this program is to bring you closer to the authentic Nepal and the majestic Himalayas and truly immerse you in the Nepali culture, customs and lifestyle.

Schedule

Sunday

  • Bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 km)
Overnight at local guesthouse in Pokhara

Monday

  • Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1,577m)
  • Two-hour drive to Nayapul (1070m) and start trekking following Bhurung Khola
Overnight stay at Tikhedhunga Lodge

Tuesday

  • Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,855m)
  • Ascend to Ulleri Village through a pleasant Rhododendron forest and arrive at the top of Ghorepani pass
Overnight stay at a lodge

Wednesday

  • Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,680m)
  • Early wake up and walk up to Poon Hill for one hour to observe the sun-rise and a magnificent mountain view
  • Walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast and start trekking to Tadapani
Overnight stay at O/n Lodge

Thursday

  • Tadapani (2,680m) to Pothana (1980m)
  • After enjoying spectacular views from Tadapani, we will trek passing through the deep mossy forest toward Ghandruk village all the way to Pothana. It is one of the most renowned settlements of Gurung tribe of Nepal and cultural inhabitant of the Annapurna trail.
Overnight stay at a lodge

Friday

  • Pothana to Pokhara (820m)
  • About 3-4 hours easy way down via Dhampus village to Phedi
  • Drive to Pokhara

On Saturday we drive back to Kathmandu.

Overnight stay at a local guest house

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 18

Maximum age:

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

Due to the length and active nature of this program, a decent level of fitness is required.

Additional Equipment

  • Some warm clothes.
  • Rain jackets during rainy season
  • Sleeping bag

Location

This route takes you through Pokhara, to Ghodepani, Ghandruk and Pothana.

About the Accommodation

Along the route you will have overnight stays in hotels/guest houses and busses. More information can be found inside the schedule.

Food Arrangements

Mostly Nepalese style dishes (vegetarian and chicken) will be served during the trip.

Facilities

Along the route – but not at all times – there are ATMs and small local stores. Please make sure you have enough money with you before starting the trip.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

You’ll be on a busy schedule.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Population: 28.98 million

Capital: Kathmandu

Language: Nepali

Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)

Time zone: UTC +5:45

Country Information

Namaste and welcome to Nepal, a country of high Himalayan Mountains, artistic monuments, exotic wildlife, and diverse cultures. Located between 80 12' east longitude and between 26 22' and 30 27' north latitude, the kingdom of Nepal extends along the south slopes of the Himalayas in central Asia.

Although Nepal is small, it has the greatest latitudinal variation of any country. The land rises from the southern plains of the Terai, barely above sea level at 70 meters, to the top of the Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth at 8848 meters above sea level, in a distance of less than 200 km.

Climate

Weather conditions in Nepal vary from region to region. Summer and late spring temperatures range from about 28C in the hill region of the country to more than 40C in the Terai. In the winter, average maximum and minimum temperatures in the Terai range from a brisk 7C to mild 23C. The central valleys experience a minimum temperature often falling below the freezing point and a chilly 12C maximum. Much colder temperatures prevail at higher elevations. The Kathmandu Valley has a mild climate, ranging from 19 to 27C in the summer and 2 to 20C in the winter. In the winter, it only snows in the high elevations, around 9,000 feet. In the highest elevations, it snows year-round. The monsoon can last from mid-June to mid-August although the majority of the rain arrives in July.

Winter: From December to February, the mornings and evenings will be cold; in the daytime, you will be fine with a sweater or thin jacket.

Spring: From March to May is the best time to be in Nepal as it is neither hot nor cold. However, it does get quite windy.

Summer: June to August. Hot, humid and monsoon season.

Fall: Very pleasant and mild weather. It gets a bit windy but you will be fine with a sweater or a jacket.

Culture

Nepal's many ethnic groups are as varied as its land with their own languages and cultures. A wide variety of ethnic groups occupy the mid-hills. In the Kathmandu Valley the major population that we find is Newars, whose culture and artistry have earned them an international reputation. The Sherpas are known as tough mountain climbers. Brahmins and Chhetris are scattered over the hills and valleys, and Tamangs are found in the districts around the Kathmandu Valley. The Rais, Limbu, Gurung, Magars of the mid-hills have earned fame as Gurkha soldiers. Lowland ethnic groups such as Maithili, Bhojpuri, and Tharu enhance the colorful mosaic. The population of Nepal is about 28.98 million.

Do’s & Dont’s

Namaste

  • Namaste to those older than you in age, rank or position. Only once on the first meeting each day. You may also shake hands with people of same sex. Don't shake hands with a person of the opposite sex.

At the table

  • If someone offers you something to eat, do not say “no” directly. If you do not want to eat, you can say, "I have just had….." or "I do not feel like eating now " or "I never eat/drink…."
  • Brush your teeth, wash your face before eating breakfast.
  • Wash and rinse your hands before and after eating food.

Public displays of affection

  • Affection between men and women is seldom expressed. Public kissing, hugging, or hand holding (different sex) is offensive to Nepalese.
  • However, you will often see men holding hands with other men, and women holding hands with other women. This is acceptable and is not indication of homosexuality.

Shoes, feet & legs

The Nepalese believe the feet are the most polluted, profane part of the body. That is why

  • Before entering a temple always take your shoes off
  • Most Nepalese take off their shoes before entering the inner rooms of the house
  • Don't point the soles of your feet at another person
  • Don't step over any portion of another person, food, utensils, books, stationary, etc
  • Accidentally touching someone else with your feet should be apologized for immediately by touching your hand (or making a motion) to the other person’s feet and then touching your head while repeating Vishnu's name, in essence saying "Your feet are higher than my head"
  • Crossing your legs in front of someone senior to you is considered offensive

Left hand – right hand

Your right hand is your more sacred and pure hand, and your left hand is the less sacred and pure. That is why..

  • Don't give or receive things with your left hand
  • Eat with your right hand only. If you are left handed its considerable
  • Your left hand is generally reserved for cleaning yourself in the toilet

The head

The head is the most sacred and pure part of the body. That is why..

  • Avoid patting people, even children, on the head.
  • Don't ever take a man's hat from his head, even in jest.

Clothes

  • The Nepalese are conservative people; try to respect their local dress, even if many tourists do not. Women should not wear short-cut shorts, halter-tops, or tank tops. Knee length shorts and T-shirts are acceptable.
  • Women: Long skirts and conservative pants are best. Anything that is not tight or revealing is acceptable. Men: Long pants and shirts are most preferable. Shorts can be all right if they are relatively conservative. Going bare-chested is unacceptable.
  • Wearing traditional clothes is greatly encouraged by Nepalese. It shows that you respect and are interested in their culture.

Gastronomy

Much of Nepali cuisine is a variation of Asian themes, with a lot of roots from Tibet, India and Thai food. The national dish is daal bhaat tarkaari, which is spiced lentils over rice served with tarkari and cooked with spices.

Cow meat is forbidden because Hindus consider cattle to be sacred. In fact, many tribes and communities in Nepal are strict vegetarians.

Transportation

Local Bus

One of the cheapest ways to get around Nepal. However, you get what you pay for! They are often crowded (and not just with people, sometimes even goats!). Most buses don’t depart until they get filled up, so it is not a good idea for those who have a tight schedule.

Tourist Bus

These are slightly more expensive than local buses but also more comfortable. Greenline buses offer routers between Kathmandu, Chitwan, Lumbini and Pokhara. It is recommended to book in advance to make sure you get a seat.

Taxis

Taxis are either private taxis as in any other cities or “10 Rupee” taxis, which are public. This means they don’t leave a place until they are full. The name, “10 Rupee taxis” does not mean they cost 10 Rupee! Do feel free to bargain

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