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Poon Hill Trek

4 Days

Come join us for an incredible adventure on the Poon Hill trek with a 4-day itinerary!

During this 4 Days Poon Hill , it will take you to the stunning Annapurna region, where you’ll see amazing mountains and landscapes.

This trek has a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural immersion.

During these four days, you’ll walk through lush forests, charming villages and sloping hills, all while enjoying the stunning views of the Himalayan mountains, like Annapurna, Machapuchare and Dhaulagiri.

Witness breathtaking golden sunrises over the Himalayas from Poon Hill and enjoy the beauty of nature, lush green forests, high hills and landscapes.

It’s an unforgettable experience that combines nature, culture and warmth.

  • 4 Days
  • Easy
  • 12 People max
  • Lakeside, Pokhara.
  • Spring and Autumn
  • 3,210 Meters
  • All year round.
  • Private vehicle to starting point and from the ending point.

Poon Hill Trek Overview

The Poon Hill Trek is perfect for those with limited time or those who want a short trek in Nepal without missing out on the stunning views.

The Himalayan vistas on the Poon Hill Trek are truly remarkable, especially during the climb up Poon Hill as the sun rises over the beautiful mountains. The route starts and ends in Nayapul, loops around Ghorepani and Ghandruk, and offers the crisp serenity of the high alpine area and a glimpse into traditional Nepali lifestyle.

During this 4-day Poon Hill Trek, you will stay in local teahouses run by friendly locals, tackle a challenging climb of 3300 steps up to Ulleri, and follow the Bhurungdi river east past lowland rice fields and thick jungles where you will see monkeys playing and many species of birds resting in the trees.

Annapurna South, Barasikha, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchre (also known as Fishtail mountain), the Dhaulagiri mountain range, and Tukuche Peak are all visible on this beautiful yet short Poon Hill Trek. You will also have the chance to get to know the Nepalese people and taste the local delicacies.

The experiences on this 4-day Poon Hill Trek will provide you with happy memories and stories to tell for years to come. It is truly an unforgettable trek into the heart of the Annapurna Conservation Area.

Brief Poon Hill Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Pick up from your hotel in Pokhara, drive to Nayapul (1.5 hours) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1540 meters) / Approximately 4 hours trek.

Day 2: Trek to Ghorepani (2810 meters) / approximately 6.5 hours trek.

Day 3: Early morning sunrise viewing trek to Poon Hill (3210 meters), then trek to Tadapani (2700 meters) / Approximately 6 hours trek.

Day 4: Trek to Kimchi then ride to Pokhara. Approximately 5 hours trek and 2.5 hours drive.

4 days Poon Hill Trek Itinerary

Hours of walking: 4.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate.
Elevation reached: 1540m.
Terrain: Gentle inclines, well defined paths, riverbank trails.
Views on offer: The towering, snow-capped Annapurna range.
Highlights: Tasting the sweet, local oranges, walking alongside the Bhurungdi Khola.
What’s to see: Orange groves and rice fields.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Lunch, Dinner

Hours walking: 6.5.
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
Elevation reached: 2810m
Terrain: Stone staircase, steep inclines.
Views on offer: Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain), Gandharba Chuli and Annapurna II and III.
Highlights: Conquering the 3300 steps to Ulleri to enjoy magnificent views.
What’s to see: Rhododendron and oak forests, langur monkeys and musk deer.
Accomodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: 6.
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.
Elevation reached: 3210m at Poon Hill and 2700 at Tadhapani.
Terrain: Steep, hilly descents and jungle paths.
Views on offer: Panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Highlights: Reaching the top of Poon Hill for amazing, panoramic views.
What’s to see: The village of Durali and lots of langur monkeys.
Accommodation: Basic Teahouse.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hours of walking: 5.
Difficulty: Moderate.
Elevation reached: 1010m in Nayapul and 850m in Pokhara.
Terrain: Gentle descents, well-defined trekking paths and riverbank trails.
Views on offer: The Annapurna range surrounding the Phewa Lake in Pokhara.
Highlights: The last day of trekking! Congratulations on finishing your trek.
What’s to see: Modi Khola River, last glimpses of the mountains.
Accommodation: On your own (TOUR ENDS ONCE WE DROP YOU OFF TO YOUR HOTEL IN POKHARA).

Breakfast, Lunch

4 days Poon Hill Trek Cost : Inclusion / Exclusion

The Cost Include(s)

  • Pokhara to Nayapul transfers.
  • Licensed English Speaking guide.
  • Teahouse accommodation on trek.
  • All your standard meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Required trekking area entry permits.
  • Kimchi - Nayapul - Pokhara transfers.
  • Government imposed taxes

The Cost Exclude(s)

  • All kind of beverages(tea/coffee, bottled water, etc)
  • Travel Insurance (recommended/not mandatory).
  • Tipping (expected by guide)
  • Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances which are beyond Mosaic Adventure control.

Poon Hill Trek Frequently Asked Questions

What is Poon Hill Trek?

The Poon Hill Trek is a popular trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal known for its stunning views of the Himalayas, including high Himalayan peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Machhapuchhre (also known as Fishtail). It takes 4 days to complete and is suitable for people of various types and different age groups.

When is the best time to do the Poon Hill Trek?

The best time to do the Poon Hill Trek is during spring and autumn. Late September to early December in autumn and March to May in spring is the right time to do it. During these seasons, the weather is usually clear and dry, providing superb views of the mountains.

How difficult is the Poon Hill Trek?

The difficulty depends on individuals, but we have graded the Poon Hill Trek as an easy to moderate trek. Anyone with a basic fitness level can make it.

Do I need to hire a guide or porter for the Poon Hill Trek?

It is not essential to hire a guide or porter for this trek. If you are an experienced trekker who has done a similar trek in the past, then you can definitely do it on your own. However, while going on such terrain, it is recommended that you hire at least a guide who can add value to your trip.

What do I need to pack for the Poon Hill Trek?

Some basic trekking/hiking gear should be part of your pack for this trek to Poon Hill. General items such as hiking shoes, trousers, jackets, hats, gloves, sunscreen, water bottles, etc., should be included in your packing list for the trip to Poon Hill.

Is it safe to drink water on the Poon Hill Trek?

It depends on what type of water you are referring to. If you are thinking about drinking water directly from the tap, then don’t do it. You can use purification pills to treat tap water before drinking or opt for bottled water that is readily available along the trail.

What kind of accommodation is available on the Poon Hill Trek?

We would be sleeping for 3 nights at teahouses during our 4-day Poon Hill Trek. These teahouses are basic lodges built along the trail that provide meals and rooms with beds, blankets, and pillows.

How much does Poon Hill Trek cost for Nepalese?

Cost of Poon Hill trek is almost similar to that for other nationalities, except that as a Nepalese, you are exempt from the Annapurna Conservation Area entry fee. Hence, there is a USD 30 discount applicable for Nepalese, making the Poon Hill trek cost USD 295 for Nepali nationals.

Does your Poon Hill trek package include a porter?

No, the standard package does not come with a porter. If you are interested in hiring one, please reach out to your trip coordinator once you sign up for the trek.

Can the Poon Hill trek itinerary be extended or shortened?

Yes, it is possible to complete it in less than 4 days or extend it to 5 or 6 days, exploring other areas in the region. Please contact us and our coordinator will provide you with options tailored to your preferences.

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  1. Amazing Experience
    By Eric Powell March 4, 2024
    We had an amazing experience with Mosaic Adventure during our Poon Hill Trek. I highly recommend them. From Madhav the owner, to our guide Manoj, everyone involved was fantastic. The arrangements were flawless and we appreciated the quick responses and support during the planning process. Thanks to them, our trip was amazing. We look forward to returning for another trek with Manoj and Mosaic Adventure.
  2. Poon Hill Trek
    By Adele K February 26, 2024
    My friends and I planned a trip to Nepal and decided on an easy trek for our first time there. After researching, we settled on Poon Hill. We reached out to several trekking companies found on Tripadvisor and Madhav from Mosaic Adventure stood out with his prompt and detailed responses. After chatting with him on whatsapp, we felt confident and booked our trip. During our 4 days Poon Hill trek, Manoj the guide and our porters Buddi & Shiba, took great care of us, patiently accompanying us at our own pace. Despite Poon Hill being considered easy, the long, steep slopes presented challenges. We couldn't have done it without their help. I highly recommend Mosaic Adventure to anyone planning a trek in Nepal.
  3. Spectacular
    By Zheng Lin February 20, 2024
    In February, we did the Poon Hill trek with Buddha. This trek offers stunning views, making it one of my most memorable trekking experiences. Throughout the journey, Buddha carefully attended to our needs, ensuring our enjoyment. His extensive knowledge was apparent as he promptly answered our many questions. Overall, it was a superb 4-day adventure.
  4. Great View from Poon Hill
    By George Luis January 13, 2024
    We were a bit short on time, so our family did the Poon Hill trek in 3 nights/4 days. We looped clockwise, starting from Nayapul and ending at the same place after walking through different villages like Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani and Ghandruk. We booked our tour online through Mosaic Adventure for guided service and also added 2 porters for our family of 5. It made our experience hassle free and we were happy to have their company on the trek. Scenery was great, the weather terrific with great views in the morning when we climbed to Poon Hill. As a reasonably fit person, I found some parts of the trail challenging, even though this trek is graded as easy. Hire a porter if you can, they need the work and you will enjoy it more as well. They are very affordable. Overall, it was a good trip with good arrangements by Mosaic and their guide, Madan.
  5. Exciting journey
    By Tony Franco December 17, 2023
    Poon Hill trek was an exciting journey, featuring engaging routes, stunning views and nights spent in local teahouses. Such an experience is bound to be cherished for a lifetime. Having completed this trek, I am now keen on exploring more of Nepal's trails, perhaps including the Langtang trek next year. Many thanks to Mosaic and our exceptional guide Purna.
  6. Wonderful Experience Trekking to Poon Hill
    By Mark A November 26, 2023
    Trek to Poon Hill was a wonderful experience. The trip was very well organized and we are thankful to Purna, our guide, for helping us throughout the trek. It was truly amazing trekking through various rural places and admiring the beautiful hills and mountains. The scenery was great, the mountains were majestic. Thank you, Mosaic Adventure.
  7. Breathtaking views!
    By Audrey Wu November 12, 2023
    Poon Hill is the best destination for those who have short holidays. It offers great views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machapuchre mountains, as well as beautiful landscapes and opportunities to learn more about Gurung culture. Four days are enough for this trek. I found that it is one of the best places in Nepal to get good views of mountains. Leaving Ghorepani early in the morning to climb the hill for sunrise can be a bit tiring, but it is worth the hard work. On top of Poon Hill, there are small shops selling hot drinks, albeit a bit expensive, but enjoy them with the views. The trek is great, and our guide Rudra made it even better with his company. Nice logistics arrangements by Mosaic guys, overall, a great trip worth the money spent.
  8. Great Time in Annapurna
    By Kyle August 19, 2023
    We had an amazing time trekking for 4 days in Annapurna and reaching Poon Hill. Our guide Ramesh and porter Nama, were wonderful people. They kept us at a good pace and made sure we were all okay. The teahouses they chose were nice, and we got to have really good meals after the challenging walks. I highly recommend them if you're planning to book the Poon Hill Trek.
  9. Amazing Experience
    By Cait Redmond April 9, 2023
    Thank you for making amazing experiences come true!
  10. We did it!
    By Emma Theriault January 5, 2023
    What an incredible 4 days doing the Poon Hill Trek. We give huge thanks to our priceless trekking companions, our guide Purna and Ram our porter. They took such great care of us over these 4 days! Not only by carrying the weight of our gears, but they kept our spirits lifted, made sure we were well fed and encouraged us when we were tired and dragging along. We had an amazing time and are in total awe of the surreal beauty of Nepal's Himalayan mountain range that we were able to witness.
  11. Poon Hill Trek with guide Rudra
    By Mike Preston December 24, 2022
    We had a really great trip to Poon Hill with our experienced guide Rudra. It was well organized trek providing us an unforgettable experience. Thank you Rudra and team Mosaic for a trip of a lifetime. Highly recommended Mosaic Adventure and this wonderful trek to Poon Hill.
  12. Amazing trek to Poon Hill
    By Thomas W December 17, 2022
    Well planned to make sure we have the best possible time on trail. Seamless trek with amazing guide and porter (Prabin and Ramsharan).
  13. Unforgettable trip
    By Sarah Farhoud February 20, 2022
    Thank you so much. It was an unforgettable trip. I am forever grateful. I got lucky with Santosh as a guide too
  14. Fantastic guides
    By Kate Alexandra Moore January 25, 2020
    We had an amazing time with our fantastic guides! They were very organized and super helpful. Everything was taken care for us. All we had to do was relax and take in the views. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the Poon Hill trek and will be recommending them to all our friends and family. Thank you so much! Especially for the card games and songs :).
  15. Memorable Poon Hill Trek
    By Louise Kaufmann December 29, 2019
    We returned from our Trek Dec 28 and we wanted to let you know how wonderful it was. My daughter Lisa, my son Steven and I had such a memorable trip thanks to our amazing guide Bhumi Amgain and our porters Nabin and Kumar. Bhumi was extremely knowledgeable and we felt safe at all times having him with us. Since I am older he stayed close by me at all times to help me and I appreciated that very much. His kindness, knowledge of the mountains and fun spirit all made each day special. Nabin and Kumur were also so helpful. They too made sure we were safe and happy. Lisa and Steven are already talking about returning one day soon for another trek with your company and having Bhumi as a guide again!
  16. Wonderful people and professional guide/porter
    By Sim Chee Shin November 13, 2019
    From the beginning to the end of the journey was perfectly plan by Mosaic. The second day of city tour in Kathmandu was informative guided by a professional guide (Vishnu), able to answer all the question and telling the history and story with no doubt. We started poon hill trek on third day guided by Shanker with a porter name Nemus. Both of them just like our friends accompany all day long, we trek, eat, play all in together brought us full of precious memory in trek. I can say both them made this trek into fun and interesting, we been chatting, exchanging jokes and etc along the trek. It was an enjoyable journey with no bored, great arrangement, clean hotel, nice food, wonderful scenery, friendly people and of course professional helpful guide and porter. If you are first timer or have no idea on trek planning, please go for Mosaic. They would arrange everything with no worries. No doubt on their arrangement and services.
  17. Awesome trek to Poon Hill
    By Dorota Kosela November 1, 2019
    Awesome trek to Poon Hill with amazing views! Poon Hill is an easy, pleasant trek - partly through the forest, with amazing views of the mountains.
  18. Lovely Poon Hill Trek
    By Lauren Sigamoney March 22, 2018
    I’ve had the most awesome time here in Nepal. Thanks to Mosaic! for a lovely Ghorepani Poonhill trek! I’ve met lovely people; seen the greatest sights. All the memories I”ve made, I will carry them for life. Our guide Thakur was cool!!! Cheers!
  19. Happy to recommend
    By Jennie Chalmers February 2, 2018
    We have had a fantastic and memorable trek. Pravin was an excellent guide and managed our days so well , with lots of extra information, care and thoughtfulness - and even fresh fruit in the evenings. And he had excellent knowledge and advice, for example suggesting crampons; they were invaluable on the 3rd day (Trekked in February). Ramen and Suraj were also so helpful and all were great company. We had an excellent day with Keshar, seeing many sights and discovering much about the culture and history of Nepal and Kathmandu. He was very good at recognising what we wanted to see and learn about so the tour really suited us and, with just the one full day in Kathmandu before we set off to Pokhara, it was a fantastic introduction and great use of our limited time. Keshar was very knowledgeable, his English excellent and it was a great, full day. Thank you very much for accommodating us so well - it has been a very special, memorable trip. We will be happy to recommend Mosaic to others as all has been so well managed.
  20. Stunning trek to Poon Hill
    By Lucy Scott November 11, 2016
    Everything was brilliantly organized by Mosaic and our guide Bhumi was a superstar. Would recommend Poon Hill Trek to anyone. Stunning place.
  21. regina guzman
    Best company to travel with
    By Regina Guzman August 8, 2014
    Mosaic is the best company to travel with!! My mom and I traveled to Nepal in Nov 2013 and doing a trek was a must. I contacted Mosaic tours after reading the great reviews and from the minute my communication with them began, I knew I was in great hands. Madhav was wondereful to work with and helped me arrange the best tour for my mom and I's needs. He always responded quickly to my emails and was patient as I worked my way thru deciding what trek was the best option. My first impression of Madhav and the company was one of professionalism and experience, and that impression was only further solidified during our trip. I booked a 21-day trip, including a trek, and a week in Tibet, and Mosaic's services and customer relations continually exceeded my expectations! They were helpful every step of the way, making sure we had the best experience and ensuring we always felt safe and well-prepared for our journey(s). Our trek guide, Pralhad, was awesome and made our trek so much fun! He had the best attitude and while also being extremely professional, was friendly and welcoming. Our overall experience in Nepal and on our trek would not have been the same without him, and I can't imagine having done this trip with a better company. They were excellent on every level and I highly, highly recommend them- no doubt they will help you arrange the trip of a lifetime!!
  22. Professional, caring, fairly priced company
    By Elana Findlow April 16, 2014
    From the first email, Mosaic Adventure Trek and Tour was a positive experience. In fact, I can truly say that we never experienced such a high level of service in our lives. I travel between 120,000-150,000 miles around the world every year using the services of many foreign travel companies and staying at every possible class of hotel. The professionalism and kindness of the office staff and of both our guide and porter blew me away because it was better than superb! Madhav answered every email inquiry quickly and thoroughly and took care of every detail of coordinating our trip. Mosaic was responsible for organizing our trek, six transfers, two internal flights, and one city tour of Kathmandu. On our incoming international flight to Kathmandu, our plane was diverted to New Delhi because of fog. I knew that we would miss our domestic flight to Pokhara, but there was no need to worry because Madhav changed our flight while we were still circling over Nepal. Madhav had rebooked us on the last flight of the day which was completely filled-up likely due to the cancellation of the mid-day flight. I am not sure of how Madhav got us onto the flight, but he did! We were relieved to learn that he was watching our flight status and took every action to make sure our trip would proceed as planned. Mosaic picked us up at the international terminal and brought us to the domestic terminal for our flight to Pokhara. In between, we got the sleeping bag he had brought for me and we decided we would not need the down jackets he had also brought. We arrived in Pokhara, and again were met by an agent for Mosaic who took us to our hotel. Two days later, we embarked on a five day trek to Ulleri, Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Tadapani, and Ghandruk with incredible Keshar as our guide and amazing Susil as our porter. Wow! Keshar is not only highly educated and knowledgable about Nepal's history and culture, but, he is also a kind, sensitive, and wonderful human being. He was highly respected and liked by all of the local village people and tourists throughout the trek. Keshar watched out for every detail of our trek. Susil was a gem of a person and provided the absolute best possible service; he always came to help us pack up, always had a smile on his face, was gentle and kind. Susil is also adorable!!! At the end of each day's trek, Susil would trek ahead of us to get to the tea house to secure the best possible room in advance of our arrival. Then, he would trek back to us and take our daypacks. On several occasions, the trail got slippery and a little bit scary from excessive mud, snow, or ice and Susil came to rescue me by literally holding my hand and safely leading the way. Susil took our meal orders, prepared a fresh fruit platter every evening after dinner with fruit that was purchased at the local market before the trek and carried by him just for us, and was virtually at our beck and call. Keshar made sure that every detail of the trek, rooms, meals, and everything was seamless and perfect. Honestly, I have never seen such genuine attention to detail; we were spoiled beyond our expectations. Keshar and Susil are passionate about their jobs and truly devoted to making their guests' trips the best possible experience of a lifetime. They did not even go to bed until they knew that we were settled into our room for the night. We did spend another day in Pokhara, and then flew back to Kathmandu. We were very lucky to have Keshar as our guide for our pre-arranged tour of Kathmandu. His depth of knowledge was exceptional. If you are planning to request Keshar and Susil for your own trek, you may find they are unavailable in early 2015 because I am booking them, again, for my family!!!! I will say, once again, that Mosaic Tours is the best tour company I have ever dealt with anywhere ever. Do not hesitate to book a tour with them as you will be dealing with the most professional, caring, fairly priced company.
  23. face-women
    Excellent trip
    By Adelina & Family April 4, 2012
    Exceptionally best service provide by the agency. Excellent trip with good weather and view, friendly guide Raman, cheerful porter Shankar, clean and cozy lodges throughout the trip, tasty food and many more. Highly recommend Mosaic adventure for your trekking arrangements in Nepal because of their professionalism, friendly behavior and welcoming nature. Hope to be back in Nepal for next trip to Everest Base Camp. Till then ...
  24. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly
    By Jed Tai October 10, 2011
    My wife, mother, friend and I went to Nepal for 10 days in early October 11, for 2 days city tour in Katmandu/Pokara and the Poon Hill Trek (4-5 days). It was our first trip to Nepal in an planning for the trip we had a lot of questions - are tour companies reliable? Is there insurance not only for us but for guides and porters? Are internal flights safe? After the trip, I can some up my experiences in the fullowing bullet points: -Trekking in Nepal was the best walking experience ever and I have been to NZ, Aust, Europe and the US/Canada -You pay for what you get. There are many tour companies, making it hard to differentiate quality from a distance. Mosaic was absolutely fantastic in every area. Details were clear. Everyone was extremely knowledgable and friendly. Out group were and are friends. Accomodations were top class, better than other people I talked to on the trails. Finally,they treat their staff right - all porters and guide had comprehensive insurance and strict carry-weight limits. FYI - there have been instances where porter-related accidents on the trails revealed that no insurance had been taken out for them - meaning the whole cost would fall on the guests hiring them. In addition, it is a real shame to see porters on the trails staggering under 35+kg of luggage becuase cost cutting tour agences hired 2 guides when guests paid for 3 pocketing the cash difference. -Email communication was top-notch and professional. Comprehensive answers were given less than 24 hours after sending. Prices were fair - in the lower to middle range of the companies available, with service throughout absolutely in the higest range. I hope that this review was useful. I will be back next year in the spring for the Langtang trek, and will use Mosaic again for sure. Jed
  25. face man
    Great Poon Hill Trek
    By Anir Singh November 11, 2009
    Had a great Poon Hill trek, although 5 days was too short!!! Will definitely come back and next times brave the Annapurna circuit trek. I would like to especially thank our brilliant guide, Thakur Sapkota & Mosaic Adventure Treks & Expedition, without whom the trek would not have been the same. I would especially request his services on our return.

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