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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- 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
- 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.