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Poon Hill Trek in November and December

July 8, 2019 No Responses Mosaic Adventure
Poon Hill Trek in November and December

Poon Hill trek is one of the best short treks in Nepal that attracts thousands of trekkers each year. It is one of the easiest in terms of duration as well as the difficulty of the trek.

With November settling in, the weather in Poon Hill starts to get colder like the rest of the country. However, Poon Hill is at a low altitude and the weather during November and December does not get unbearably cold as compared to other treks like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. Also, the chances of altitude sickness in this trek are very low.

With low precipitation during this time, you will get awesome views of the surroundings. Moreover, from late November to December, Poon Hill experiences fewer tourists. Hence you can enjoy the calmness the trail has to offer during these months.

In fact, the best part of this trek is the early morning hike to Poon Hill for a spectacular view of sunrise over the Himalayas. Here you can take some amazing pictures of the view.

And with a little bit of preparation, trekking to Poon hill in November and December will offer you a worthy experience.

Poon Hill Weather in November and December

November is the last month of the autumn season. With winter just around the corner, you will feel the chill from November and the temperature starts to drop a bit.

The months from November to December is mostly dry with very few chances of rain. The average precipitation during November is just 6mm.

The average temperature of Poon Hill during the day is around 5 degrees Celsius. This is quite a nice time for trekking. It will start to get colder as December approaches. Hence the average temperature during December in Poon Hill is 2.7 degrees Celsius.

The maximum temperature during a day is around 8.1 degrees and the minimum drops to minus 3.4 degrees.

However, some places along the trekking trail can reach the temperature below 0 degrees too. But this temperature drop shouldn’t bother you as there are tea houses along the way that are cozy and warm.

And you will mostly be indoors during the night and it is very likely for you to feel the chill. Though December is a winter month in Nepal, do not worry as the winters in Poon Hill are gentle as it lies in low altitude.

So the overall weather in Poon Hill during November and December remains pretty good.

Poon Hill Weather in November and December

Duration and Route of Poon Hill trek

The Poon Hill trek duration can be anywhere from 4 to 10 days. It depends on your walking pace and places you want to explore. The duration can also vary with the selection of the starting point of the trek. Thus it is up to you to decide the duration of the trek.

Yet, if you are short on time and planning to trek at the beginning of November, then you can consider the shorter ones.

However, if you cannot acclimate to the altitude or have a physical condition, trekking in December can be slightly difficult due to the cold.

Hence choosing a longer duration would be a better option as you can take more breaks and can have more time to adjust with the altitude.

Here are the two best-suited itineraries for the Poon Hill Trek in November and December

Option 1

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines
  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (860 m) 220 km – 6 hours
  • Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1,100 m) and begin a trek to Hile (1,450 m) – 4 hours
  • Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 05: Morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) for sunrise, then walk to Tadapani (2,520 m) 6 hours
  • Day 06: Trek to Ghandruk (1,951m) – 4 hours
  • Day 07: Trek to Pothana (1,900 m) – 5 hours
  • Day 08: Trek to Kande and drive to Pokhara – 2 hours
  • Day 09: Drive back to Kathmandu – 6 hours
  • Day 10: International departure

Option 2

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu via respective airlines.
  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (860 m) 220 km – 6 hours.
  • Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1,100 m) and begin a trek to Ghandruk (1,951m) – 4 hours
  • Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) – 6 hours
  • Day 05: Morning hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) for sunrise, then walk to Ulleri and drive back to Pokhara.
  • Day 06: Drive back to Kathmandu – 6 hours
  • Day 07: International departure

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Advantages of Poon Hill trek in November and December

Suitable for all kinds of trekkers

Poon Hill trek is suitable for all kinds of trekkers, from novice to experienced. You can even take this trek with your family or a group of friends in November and December.

This is moderate to easy trek that doesn’t require any technical climbing. Yet, the steep climb up to the stone staircase  (3,381 steps in total ) from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani can be slightly challenging. Hence a little training prior to the trek can be helpful.

Other than that, the trails are well maintained with signboards on various parts of the trails. Trekkers who can walk for about 4 to 6 hours daily up and downhill can easily complete this trek.

suitable for trekkers

Less Risk of Altitude Sickness

The altitude of Poon Hill trek is a major reason why this trek is suitable all year round, and November and December are no exceptions.

Poon Hill trek starts from a very low altitude. The actual trek starts from Nayapul which lies at an altitude of 1070m. From there you will walk gradually and gain altitude as you go along the Poon Hill trek.

Generally, altitude sickness starts taking a toll on your body as you go over 3,000m. And in the Poon Hill trek, the highest you will reach is only 3,200m.

So the chances of getting altitude sickness in November and December is quite low and it should not be a matter of concern.

altitude sickness

Thrilling View of Mountains

November and December are both dry months with low precipitation. In summer, rains make the trail wet, muddy and slippery with unclear views.

During this time, you will not face any problem of that sort. Hikers can fully enjoy mountain views, greenery, and clear skies.

mountain ranges

Lesser Crowd

Trekking to Poon Hill in peak months like March to May and Sept to October means more crowd. And with more crowd, you don’t get peace and solitude, and there is more rush in the tea houses as well.

While trekking to Poon Hill from late November to December, you will have fewer people to talk to but more time to enjoy what nature offers.

Hence, this is a great time to take Poon Hill trek especially if you are someone who seeks peaceful and quiet trekking experience.

leaser crowd

Accommodation and Service

The number of trekkers and accommodation is directly linked to each other. Less crowd means no need to rush for accommodation. It also means you get to choose the room of your choice.

As there are fewer tourists, the service you will get during these months will be better too. You can also use facilities such as charging batteries without having to wait too long for your turn.

Accommodation and Service

Packing for Poon Hill trek in November and December

It is very important to pack wisely for the best trekking experience. And especially because November welcomes winter, you should pack well to tackle the cold.

Packing for Poon Hill trek in November and December

Additional Information

Guided or Independent Poon Hill trek

There are different ways to complete Poon Hill Trek, depending on your budget, timeframe and hiking experience.

In November and December, you can book a fully guided tour from Kathmandu or Pokhara. This can be a great option if you prefer someone else looking after the logistics.

For those of you out there who have previous experience with trekking, it is always possible to go to Pokhara and jump on public transport to the trailhead and then start hiking.

However, we recommend hiring a guide. It will only cost you about USD 25 per day and USD 15 for a porter.

Guided or Independent Poon Hill trek

Accommodation

The accommodation in the Poon Hill treks is generally in a tea house or lodge. The tea houses are traditional and beautiful. They reflect the authentic Nepali vibe. These tea houses also provide you with nice food and drinks.

The rooms in the tea house will cost you around USD 2 to 6. Unlike the busy months, you can get rooms with some discounts during November and December. These tea houses provide basic necessities like a bed, pillow, and blanket. And during December since it is cold, you can ask them for extra blankets. You can also enjoy a hot shower at an additional cost.

Accommodation

Food and Drinks

It is important to understand that as the altitude increases, the price of the meals also increases.

For breakfast, you will usually get Tibetan bread or toast, Hash brown potatoes, and eggs. For lunch and dinner, the most common food you will get is Dal Bhat, Chowmein and Momo.

In the cold nights of November and December, you can try Thukpa ( local hot noodle soup) that will help you stay warm. The staple meal will cost you anywhere from USD 2 to 6.

Drinks that you will get in the higher altitudes are mostly hot drinks like tea and coffee.

As for water, you can carry a reusable water bottle with you. Bottled water costs USD 1. So it is best to carry a bottle along with a water purifier.

Food and Drinks

Cost of Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill trek is much cheaper than most other treks of similar duration because it falls in the Annapurna region and is one of the most popular trekking sites.

There are many tea houses, lodges and homestays along the way, so the accommodation cost will not be so high.

However, a lot of factors might determine the Poon Hill trekking cost like the duration, route,  and the season you are planning to trek. And since the trek may last from 4 to 10 days depending on your specification, it is one of the most affordable treks.

All in all, the total estimate of the Poon Hill trek can be somewhere around USD 380 and can rise up as per your needs. The cost includes accommodation, food, drinks, and permits.

Cost of Poon Hill Trek

Tips for Poon Hill trek in November and December

  • Pack all the necessary clothing to tackle the cold and do not forget to carry sleeping bags
  • Dress in layers to stay warm
  • Wear a comfortable pair of hiking boots
  • Start your trek early, as during winter it gets dark very soon.
  • Drink enough water while trekking. Since it is cold you may not feel the urge to drink but keep reminding yourself.
  • Walk slow and take enough rest. Do not rush in the trails.
  • Keep extra days in case of any unplanned situation.

Final Say

Poon Hill is a great short trek that is appropriate for anyone without any fitness level.

Despite being a short trek, you will not have to compromise on the thrill and the natural beauty.

This is a great trek during November and December in Nepal while the rest of the trekking regions experience extreme cold.

All in all, Poon Hill Trek is a blissful trek and with a little bit of preparation, it is definitely worth trying in November and December.

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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