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There’s more to Nepal than Mount Everest and the Himalayas, especially if you’re an adventurer! Come trek through beautiful forests and breathtaking mountain scenery with us, as we climb Poon Hill (3210m) at sunrise and bask in the glory of some of the Himalayas’ grandest 7,000 and 8,000m mountains.

Now that we’re here, a Wild Guanabana rep will be waiting outside the airport gates to take us to our hotel. Depending on when everyone arrives, we’ll plan to have our briefing meeting once we’ve settled in.
Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Nepal's lake city. Our bus follows a winding road over the valley rim and descends onto the Trisuli River. The journey is slow and steady as the road winds through villages and passing terrace fields before reaching our destination. Pokhara is best known for its tranquil atmosphere and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. We normally arrive by mid-afternoon so we have time to explore or relax as we prepare for the journey ahead.
After breakfast, we drive for an hour to Nayapul and begin walking toward Birethanti. We then cross the river at Birethanti and head left along the gentle slope to Tikhedhunga where we cross the Bhurungdi Khola River to start the long steep climb to Ulleri, then walk further along to Banthanti where we spend the night at 2,230 m.
After breakfast, we continue our trek along the trail, with occasional views of the peaks giving way to a narrower valley. We’ll be passing through rhododendron forest, then eventually reaching the village of Ghorepani where we’ll spend the night at 2,810 m.
Rise and shine! Today’s wake-up call is very early so we can make the one-hour climb up to the Poon Hill viewpoint at 3210m. It’s usually misty when we start and arrive, then the clouds part at sunrise to reveal one of the most majestic views in the world – Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri mountain are all visible from here. We then head back to Ghorepani for breakfast before trekking down to Tadapani. Along the trail towards Tadapani, we may climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali at 2,960 m. After that, we descend to the Banthanti and turn off to Tadapani at 2,610 m.
From Tadapani, the trail descends through forests to Ghandruk (1,945 m) – a village of Gurung people, one of Nepal’s ethnic groups with their own dialect, culture, and lifestyle. Ghandruk is a particularly famous destination for trekkers thanks to its beautiful mountain views and close proximity to Pokhara and Kathmandu. We have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna conservation office, museum and explore the village.
From Ghandruk, it’s a long descent to the settlement of Shauli Bazaar at 1,140 m. Once there, it’s an easy and pleasant walk along the Modi Khola riverbank to Birethanti at 1,065 m, where we stop for lunch. Birethanti is a beautiful riverside village that is usually busy with many trekkers starting and finishing their adventures. From here, we trek to Nayapul then catch a car back to Pokhara. The evening is free to relax and catch up on some last minute shopping.
After breakfast in Pokhara, we drive back to Kathmandu and spend a leisurely rest of the day. Kathmandu valley is full of interesting sites to see, like the Old Palaces at Patan, Bhaktapur, Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (the monkey temple), or the sacred Buddhist temples of Pashupatinath & Boudhanath. You should also stroll into nearby downtown Thamel to shop for souvenirs and sample Kathmandu’s exquisite cuisine – we’re more than happy to provide some tried and true recommendations.
Today we’re being transferred back to the airport to catch our flights back home.
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Scenery

The scenery in this trip is full of lush green rolling hills, traditional Nepali villages and farms, rivers flowing down from the mountains, valleys opening on the ever standing Himalayan mountains of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and the most iconic Machhapuchhre Fishtail.

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Weather

Annapurna Poon Hill is a hike that can be done anytime of the year except for June-August, due to the monsoon season so it is very difficult to go during these months. The peak season is in October and offers the best weather, sunny during the day and not too cold at night. This lasts up until December as the winter season starts and runs through February. The winter season offers pretty cold nights and moderate temperatures in the morning of around 20 c at lower altitudes and can reach as low as -10 at higher altitudes. March to May is when spring starts and the temperatures start to rise up to 30 c with clear skies and blossoming flowers. April is the main climbing season for mountaineers that are attempting higher mountains in the region especially Annapurna or Dhaulagiri.

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Accommodation

In the city you will be staying in the center of the Touristic area in Kathmandu, where one step outside your hotel, you’ll find the hussle and bussle of Thamel. You will be hiking from one village to the next and spending your nights in tea houses which are family owned guest houses for trekkers passing along the way. Rooms are setup as doubles or triples with beds and blankets to keep you warm. All tea houses have a main room where all hikers gather for meals, briefing, playing card games or just to chill. They are all heated with a huge fireplace in the center so you will definitely be warm. All of them have wifi available for purchase as well as electricity (at an extra cost) for those who want to charge their cameras, phones...etc. Most of them also sell snacks, energy bars, juice and water.

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Food

During the hike, you will have 3 meals, all energy based to help give you the required nutrients to hike around 7 hours a day. Breakfast and dinner are prepared at the tea houses, and lunch is taken at other guest houses along the hike. Nepali mountain food is very delicious and has its own flavor, we recommend you go for the Dal Bhat which is a typical Nepalese dish and very high on energy. Try to stay away from any meat during the hike.

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Hiking

To complete this hike you need to be fit enough to hike for 6-7 hours daily and even 9 hours on the hardest day, sometimes going up stairs, sometimes slopes and sometimes just crossing bridges. It is not a super difficult hike but it’s not easy either so it’s better to be well prepared to be able to enjoy the hike more.

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Altitude

The maximum altitude we’ll reach is Poon Hill at 3,210 meters which is a low altitude compared with the rest of the Himalayan mountain range.

PRICE

$1,100

best time to travel:

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PRICE INCLUDES

    • Price based on 4 pax 
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (Breakfast = B, Lunch = L, Dinner = D) 
    • All transport to and from destination 
    • All accommodation in comfortable guest houses during the trek 
    • Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment 
    • Experienced English-speaking guide and first aid trained local guide 
    • Trekking permit
    • Insurance for all staff, including porters and guides

PRICE EXCLUDES

    • International flights
    • Visa Fee
    • Excess baggage & Airport Taxes 
    • Single supplement Fee 
    • Personal & Travel insurance
    • Tips and gratuity

This trip has touched something deep within me. It was full of unforgettable moments and the team was friendly and created an atmosphere of coziness and fun.

Faisal Falemban | Annapurna Poonhill Trek