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Poon Hill Trek in January and February

July 8, 2019 No Responses Mosaic Adventure
Poon Hill Trek in January and February

Poon hill trek is a popular short trek destination in Nepal. The trek offers a magnificent view of the Annapurna range.

January and February are winter months in Nepal. During this time, the weather is cold and the temperatures at certain places in the trekking route to Poon Hill goes below the freezing point.

However, these temperatures are nowhere as cold as that of the base camp regions. And the reason is the low altitude of the Poon Hill trek route. That makes trekking to Poon Hill possible even during the months of January and February.

Additionally, the precipitation is quite low during winter in Poon Hill. This means you do not need to worry about the chances of rain disturbing the trek. And the possibility of cloudy mountains is also least in the winters.

While trekking to Poon Hill in January and February, you can expect to see a spectacular view of snow-capped mountains. It is great for capturing amazing pictures. Plus the trails will be less crowded and you can enjoy your solitude and have a peaceful time.

All you need to do is prepare well for the cold and you are good to go.

Highlights of trekking to Poon Hill in January and February

 

  • One of the best short treks in Nepal during the winter season
  • With low precipitation and clear sunny days, you will get spectacular views of the snow-capped mountains such as Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri.
  • Stunning sunrise view from the Poon Hill viewpoint
  • Peaceful time with less crowd compared to other seasons
  • You can trek at your own pace
  • Snowfall at the higher regions of the trek
  • More accommodation options and better service
  • New year celebration enjoying nature

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Poon Hill Weather in January and February

As January and February are the winter months in Nepal, with January being the coldest,  trekking to Poon Hill during this time will definitely be colder compared to other months.

The average sunshine is for 6 to 7 hours per day during these months.

January and February are also dry months with precipitation ranging from 27 to 30mm. And if you are lucky, you can witness snowfall in Poon Hill during this time. But it probably would not last the afternoon sun.

The average temperature in Poon hill during January and February ranges from 2.2 to 3.5 degrees Celsius. During the day, the temperature can go up to 9 degrees.

And as the sun goes down, the temperature can drop to sub-zero. However, this shouldn’t be a problem as by then you will already be in your shelter. Most lodges and tea houses have a fireplace where you can keep yourself warm.

NOTE: As you climb higher, the weather can be quite unpredictable and you may face different weather conditions in a single day.

Additional Information on Poon Hill trek during January and February

Modes of Transportation

The Poon Hill trek transportation modes can vary according to your requirements. For this trek, you will have to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu either by a flight or a bus.

You can also hire a private jeep if you like. But if you are looking for cheaper alternatives, you better take a local bus or a tourist bus.

The tourist bus cost can range from USD 12 to 18 per person. The local bus is a lot cheaper and costs around USD 6 to 8.

If you are planning to hire a private jeep, it will cost you around USD 120. Yet, if you do not want the hassle of long drives then you can take a flight of 25 minutes. And it costs around USD 120 per person.

Sometimes during winter in January and February, there can be delays in flights due to the weather conditions. But on a clear day, you can enjoy the panoramic aerial view of the mountains.

From Pokhara, you can take local buses or jeeps to Nayapul. Nayapul is 45 km away from Pokhara and is the starting point of the Poon Hill trek. Compared to buses, Jeeps are almost twice as expensive but they are comfortable and faster.

The bus from Pokhara to Nayapul costs USD 3 and the returning bus from Ghandruk to Pokhara costs USD 4 to 5. You can even take a bus from Kande to Pokhara that costs USD 1 to 2 depending on your route.

Modes of Transportation

Poon Hill Trek Difficulty

This is a relatively easy trek compared to other high altitude treks in Nepal. However, the steep climb up the stone staircase (3,381 steps) from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani is quite tiring.

The highest point you will reach during the trek is 3,210m. You gradually gain altitude as you go along the Poon Hill trek during January and February.

The altitude gain is not too severe to give you acclimation problems. Yet, sometimes when the days are cold, walking for long hours can get difficult for which we recommend you to take frequent breaks. By doing so, you will not face a problem and will be able to complete the trek.

Physical Fitness and Experience

Poon Hill trek is an easy trek suitable for all kinds of trekkers. You don’t need much experience for this trek. Anyone with an average fitness level can take this trek any time of the year.

Yet, trekking in winter is slightly difficult compared to other months due to the cold. Hence a little bit of preparation prior to the trek can be helpful. You can do physical activities like walking, climbing stairs, jogging, etc to improve your stamina.

Physical Fitness and Experience

Accommodation

During your Poon Hill trek, you will be staying in the tea houses. The cost of the room ranges from USD 2 to 6. You can, however, bargain on the price to get a discount.

The rooms are on a twin-sharing basis with comfortable and clean beds.

While trekking in Poon Hill in January and February you have the option to choose from the tea house as there are fewer tourists. During other seasons, when the flow of trekkers is high, you usually have to book the tea house in advance. Or else you might end up not getting rooms.

The rooms do not have a heating system, still, the tea houses will have a common area with a fireplace.

Accommodation

Food and drinks

The first thing you should keep in mind before eating is that the food prices in the mountains are higher than the ones you get in the city. So do not expect them to be the same.

While trekking in January and February to Poon Hill, one thing you can be happy about is the service that you will receive in the tea house. There is no rush in the kitchen so they prepare your food with extra effort.

You will get hot and delicious food. Dal Bhat is the staple Nepali food with rice, lentils, vegetables and chili sauce. It is an energy-packed meal when you are trekking. This costs about USD 3 to 4.

A cup of tea costs around NPR 50 to 60 and one liter of bottled water costs about NPR 80 to 100. And if you have empty bottles, many lodges offer drinking water refills for about NPR 60 per liter.

Food and drinks

Travel Insurance

Like any other trek, it is important to have travel insurance. Accidents and misfortunes can happen to anyone at any time. Hence having insurance is a must.

Your travel insurance should cover for injury, evacuation, gear loss, trip cancellation, and trip delays, etc.

Packing for Poon Hill trek in January and February

For Poon Hill trek in January and February, the most important thing to carry is warm clothes. And of course, there are few other important things. The basic things you need to pack are:

  • Insulating jacket: Carry a warm insulating jacket and supplement it with a good fleece
  • Sleeping bag: You can carry a sleeping bag rated to around -5C. If you still feel cold you can supplement it with a lodge blanket
  • Thermal Hat or headcover: The Thinsulate-type material is excellent as it is very light, thermally efficient and dries very quickly when washed.
  • Thermal type gloves: Again use the Thinsulate ones. They are also good as a windbreaker if it gets breezy.
  • Thermal socks: They are important, especially in the evenings
  • Waterproof outer jacket: In winter, mornings can be dewy. And sometimes with snowfall, you will need a waterproof outer jacket to keep yourself dry.
  • Sun protection: During the sunny days, a wide-brimmed hat, glasses, and sunscreen is needed
  • Footwear: For footwear, you can just use regular comfortable trekking boots. Some even trek with a comfortable pair of hiking shoes. But make sure it has a good grip as the dews or snowfall can make the trails slippery.
  • Trekking poles: Trekking poles can come in handy and are a great help for stability on poor and slippery surfaces.
  • Water Purification tablet: Water is not clean everywhere on the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. So it is good to carry water purification tablets. You can add a tablet to a liter of water and you will have safe drinking water.
  • First Aid Kit: Carry a first aid kit with necessary supplies such as band-aids, medicines for headache, stomach ache, etc.

Travel Insurance

Tips for trekking to Poon Hill in January and February

  • During January and February, you need to start your trek early as it gets dark sooner than other months
  • Pack warm clothes and dress in layers.
  • Wear a comfortable pair of hiking shoes or boots with a good grip.
  • Hire a local guide for safety and try to interact with the locals and their culture
  • Walk slow and take breaks whenever you need
  • Enjoy the quiet and peaceful trails. Take a pause to enjoy the scenery
  • Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
  • Keep a few extra days in your itinerary to deal with any unplanned situation
  • Carry enough cash because there are no ATMs there
  • Take advantage of off-season deals on flights and accommodation
  • Consider one day at a homestay to witness the lifestyle of the locals living in the mountains
  • Tip the guide and porter for their hard work
  • Celebrate New year like never before among the locals and blissful nature

Conclusion

Trekking to Poon Hill in winter months like January and February is simply meditative. As the trails are quiet, you get to enjoy the true beauty of the place.

This trek is a visual treat, with clear skies, spectacular snow-capped mountain views, and amazing sunrises. So make sure you have enough storage on your phones or cameras to click some of the best pictures.

Poon Hill is a wonderful trek. All you have to do is prepare for the cold and you will definitely enjoy the trek during January and February.

For further questions or 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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