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Poon Hill trek is one of the easiest and shortest treks that doesn’t require any trekking experience. It is all time favorite for both national and international tourists for good reason.

Poon Hill trek is a 4-5 days hike in Annapurna region of Nepal. Anyone with the moderate fitness level can complete this trek.

Poon Hill is one of the famous vantage point for a panoramic 360-degree view of snow-capped mountains. The trail is famous for the fascinating traditional villages and ethnic communities.

The absolute highlight of Poon Hill trek is the spectacular sunrise views over the chain of the Himalayas. You’ll get striking views of Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Gangapurna, and Mt. Macchapucchre.

If you’re planning  Poon Hill trek in an upcoming vacation, then you can come across with different possible questions.

First of all, you may like to know about how to get from Kathmandu to Poon Hill. Then you may also want to know about different trekking options for Poon Hill trek.

If you’re a novice trekker or you want to trek Poon Hill for the first time, don’t panic! This article will definitely help you to choose the way which is best for you .

Alright, let’s begin!

How to get from Kathmandu to Pokhara?

Pokhara is the main closest access city to begin treks into Annapurna region. So, it is also known as the “gateway to Annapurna region”.

It is the second largest city of Nepal. It is headquarter of Gandaki Zone and Kaski District. It is also famous tourist destination.

It has many popular places including Phewa Lake, Mahendra Cave, David Fall, World Peace Pagoda and Sarangkot. The distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara is about 204 km.

Here are few options for traveling between two cities, either by road or air. You can choose on the basis of your budget and travel duration. Finally, choose what is best for you!

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Kathmandu to Pokhara by road

Traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus is the most common way.

While traveling via road, the journey begins from Kathmandu along Tribhuvan highway and continue to Pokhara on the Prithvi highway.

The total time to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu is approximately 6-7 hours.

By Local Bus

You can take a local bus from Kalanki in Kathmandu. It directly takes you to the Gongabu bus station in Pokhara.

There is no fixed departure time as these buses leave throughout the day. The price ranges from USD 3-5, which is very cheap.

However, these buses are less comfortable than tourists buses. You’ll not get extra facilities like air conditioning, the seats are uncomfortable. Also, it often stops several times for passengers. And, sometimes it can be overcrowded.

But, if you’re traveling Nepal on a tight budget, taking local bus will be a great option.

By Tourists Bus

This is the second and probably better option if you’re traveling to Pokhara by road.

It is little expensive and more comfortable than the local bus.

Well! In this ride, you get what you pay for.

Tourists bus are comfortable with the extra facilities like WiFi, free water bottle, air conditioning, and frequent stops. It is also safer option. These buses don’t carry more travelers  than seat capacity.

These tourists bus take around 7 to 8 hours to reach Pokhara. Most of the tourist buses leave early in the morning. Along the way to Pokhara, you could try Nepalese local food.

Early bird,  you can pre-buy a ticket from the travel company. It’s better option especially during the peak trekking season.

By Car

If you don’t want to travel on the public or tourists bus, then you can hire a private car with driver.

There are different models of private cars are available.  Depending on your budget and group size you can choose one.

It takes approximately 6 hours to travel by car. But if you take breaks at many stops to enjoy the scenery then it may take quite a long time.

If you want to spend extra days, then you’ve to pay the overnight charge. After paying the overnight charge, you can return through the same route without any additional costs.

You can arrange through the private tour operators. The cost of hiring a car ranges from USD 90-100.

Kathmandu to Pokhara by Airways

The easiest and fastest way to reach Pokhara from Kathmandu is by flight. It  takes 30 minutes to reach Pokhara from domestic terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport.

Daily flights are available from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu. If you’re time-bound, this option will be perfect as it’ll save a lot of time.

During this short flight, you’ll get to witness some wonderful Himalayas of Annapurna region.

It costs around USD 124 per person for one way. During the off-season, you might get the discount. You can book your flight through travel agencies or directly from airlines.

 

(Note: Especially during the monsoon season, due to bad weather conditions flight cancellation and delay are frequent.)

If you’re planning to travel during this season, it’s a good idea to set some buffer days in your itinerary.

How to go Poon Hill from Pokhara?

Pokhara to Nayapul

Nayapul is famous among trekkers as it is starting/ending point of most of the Annapurna region treks.

The distance between Pokhara and Nayapul is 45.4 km / 28.2 miles. It is around 1.5 hours drive from Pokhara lakeside.

En route, you  pass through Phedi, Kande, Naudanda, and Lumla. During the drive, you’ll get a fantastic view of the beautiful mountain ranges.

There are different options available to get Nayapul from Pokhara.

The first one is a local bus from Baglung bus park. The bus leaves all day in every 30 minutes.There is no fixed departure time. These local bus stop at several places to get passengers. So, it is often overcrowded.

Or, you can  hire a car, jeep or taxi. Although, it is costly, it makes your travel more comfortable and fun. You can stop where you want and enjoy the beautiful nature.

Nayapul to Tikhedhunga

From Nayapul, the only way to continue further is on your own feet.

It is situated at an altitude of 1,480 meters above sea level. The distance from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga is 9.2 km/5.7 miles. It takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach Tikhedhunga.

The trail passes through Birethanti, Sudame, and Hile. It is also one of the common trekking routes in Nepal. It connects many other popular trails of Annapurna region like Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit trek.

Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

The trail between Tikhedhunga and Ghorepani provides an amazing view of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

Ghorepani is situated at an altitude of 2,860 meters above sea level. The distance between Tikhedhunga and Ghorepani is 12.9 km / 8 miles. It takes about 6 to 7 hours to reach Ghorepani village.

It is the largest village located at the boundary of Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP). During Poon Hill trek, this village offers a breathtaking view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, and Tukuche Peak.

Ghorepani to Poon Hill

The absolute highlight of Poon Hill trek is Poon Hill. Early morning hiking for the best sunrise or sunset view over the Himalayas is a memorable experience.

Elevation of Poon Hill is 3,210 meters above sea level. The distance between Ghorepani to Poon Hill is 1.5 km. It is the second famous viewpoints of the world after Kala Patthar.

It takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour to climb up to the top of Poon Hill. From the hilltop, you’ll get the best 360-degree panoramic views of  Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges.

Trekking Options to Poon Hill

Poon Hill trek is once-in-a-lifetime adventure for many travelers. And choosing the best trekking options can make all the difference.

There are several ways in which you can trek to Poon Hill.

Book through a travel agency

One of the trekking options available for Poon Hill is through a local travel agency. If you’re inexperienced trekker or are  unfamiliar with Nepal then this can be a great option.

You’ll find infinite number of tour companies offering trek to Poon Hill. However, it’s important to choose your tour operator wisely. While choosing the travel company, you must think about price and quality. Make sure that, the trekking agency you choose is government registered.

It is one of the easiest options for booking Poon Hill trek. Depending on trekking agency the cost might varies. While booking through an agency, the cost includes trekking permit, guide, accommodation, meals, and transport to and from Pokhara.

Benefits

  • All arrangements regarding flight, accommodation, guide, trekking permits will be made by the trekking company.
  • Pre-booking facility. Especially, during the high season, flight ticket and places on the trekking trails are hard to obtain if not booked well in advance.

Hire an independent guide/porter or porter/guide

Hiring an independent guide or porter/ guide is another trekking options to Poon Hill. Simply you’ll hire a guide and pay for accommodation, meals, and permits along the way as you go.

This gives you more control over the speed of your trek. Guides are people who have a good knowledge about trekking routes, local culture, and languages. They’ll guide you throughout  the trek. They’ll suggest you the best places to eat and stay. Hiring a porter makes your journey more comfortable and enjoyable.

During high trekking season, they will get you the best place at reasonable price. They’ll also help you in the time of price bargains.

Nowadays, guide/porter are also available. These people carry your luggage and guide you throughout the trek. Hiring a guide/porter will save some extra expenses.

Benefits

  • A guide will help you at time of emergencies. In case of altitude sickness or accidents s/he will assist you. In the worst conditions, a guide will arrange you an emergency evacuation.
  • A guide can be very useful while navigating. They’ll lead you through right trekking path.
  • Hiring a local guide or porter means making some contribution to the local community.

Solo Trek

If you’re experienced trekker, you may wish to go on treks alone.  And enjoy solitude in the Himalayas.

Solo trekking in Nepal is legal, except in some restricted regions. If you want to go alone or with your travel partner then you’ll have no problems getting a permit.

Poon Hill trek is one of the famous tea house treks in Nepal. The trails are well-established, there are adequate tea houses along the trail. So, finding accommodation along the way would not be much difficult.

In case, if you get lost on the trail then a lot of friendly faces – locals and tourists will help you out. If you’re planning for Poon Hill trek without guide or trekking company then please note the following;

  • You need a TIMS card (Trekkers’ Information Management System) and Annapurna Conservation Area permit. It can be obtained at Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • You need to arrange transportation by yourself. But please note that during the high trekking season, flight tickets to Pokhara or Jomsom are not easily available. For this reason, you have to do advance booking.
  • You need to bring a well-equipped trekking gear, equipments, and first aid bag.
  • Make sure to bring a good map and good guidebook.

Benefits

  • Less expensive
  • Trek at your own pace
  • Direct interaction with locals

FAQs

Q1. Should I complete the Poon Hill trek in 4 or 5 days?

If you’re a fit hiker, then I think 4 days itinerary will be perfect.

But, if you can’t acclimate to the altitude or if you have any physical limitations, then doing the Poon Hill trek in 5 days is the best.

It’s obvious, if you choose 5 days itinerary then you’ll get ample of time to explore the village life. You’ll also get to acclimatize well.

So, every trekking package has its own pros and cons you can choose on the basis of your convenience.

Q2. Can I book Poon Hill trek online?

Of course, you can.

If you’re time-bound traveler, you can do online booking for Poon Hill trek. This will definitely save your valuable time.

We, Mosaic Adventure guarantee that there won’t  be any hidden charges when you do online booking. So, you don’t have to worry about extra expense.

Here are details about terms and conditions for booking a trip with Mosaic Adventure.

Anything you want to know about Poon Hill trek? Or, still confused with the trekking options? Feel free to share your queries with us. You can contact us, we’re 24 hours available at your service!

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Madhav Prasad

Madhav started working as a porter in 2001 and then went on to work as a trekking guide. After working in the trekking and tourism industry for 8 years, he co-founded Mosaic Adventure in 2009.Madhav has trekked to most of the treks in Nepal including Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Poon Hill Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek, Indigenous Peoples Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, Mardi Himal Trek and all of the day hikes around Kathmandu.He has also extensively traveled to other countries like USA, UK, France, Hong Kong, Japan, China, Philippines, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Behrain, Thailand, Turkey and India. Madhav is the one who answers most of your questions about trekking and tours and helps to plan your trip by giving a personal touch.

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