Mountains and gorgeous nature are the main attraction for tourists in Nepal. When it comes to trekking to get the perfect view of the mountains, the Ghorepani Poonhill trek is the one. Poonhill lies at the altitude of 2874 meters from the sea level under the Annapurna conservation area. This trek falls on the lower part of the Annapurna range. Poon hill trek can be completed within 6 to 10 days, during this time you will get a glance of the iconic mountain. Poon hill trek provides you the best experience with excellent accommodation and food along with the unique tradition of the place. The best time to trek to poon hill is from May to March. During this time many people trek this place so the trail may be crowded. Path to Poonhill during the spring season will be filled with the different types of a flower blooming.

Ghorepani Poonhill trek is widely known for its marvellous view of sunrise and sunset. The highest point of this trek is the viewpoint of Poonhill itself. From this point, you can get a close view of the great Annapurna range including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhare, and Manaslu.

People love trekking to Poonhill as the trail to this trek goes through the Rhododendron forest, terraced slopes, paddy fields, and lush green vegetation. Most people of the Gurung and Magar community live in the Poonhill region. Local’s people of Poonhill are very welcoming and hospitable.

People refer to this trek as the Annapurna sunrise trek as you will get to see the sun rising from the middle of the Annapurna mountain range. Ulleri is one of the most challenging parts of this trek as trekkers have to ascend 3000 stone steps. However, when you reach Jhinu you can take the most relaxing bath at the hot spring. From Jhinu you will get a fantastic view of the entire colourful vibrant Pokhara valley.

How to get there

Poonhill trek being at Kathmandu, from here you can either take a flight or 4 to 5 hours of drive to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you will have to take one hour drive to Nayapul. Ulleri, Ghorepani, and Ghandruk are the major highlight of this trek. Ghorepani is widely known as the Everest viewpoint. From here you can get a close view of the entire northern face of Mount Everest. This trek has different experiences and excitement at every corner. You can get a magical glance of the horizon which will be open to you as you reach the viewpoint. The surrounding of Ghorepani poon hill is very peaceful and takes all of your stress away. Colorful birds chirping here and there will make your trip more enjoyable.

Why is this trek so special?

The major highlight of this trek is the glance different mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri ranges, Mt. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Barasikhar, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Himchuli, and Manaslu. If you reach the viewpoint before the sunrise, then you will get to see the magical view of the sun slowly appearing from the middle of the high snow-capped mountains. People who are fascinated by the nature cannot miss this astonishing view.  

Is this trek as same Annapurna sunrise trek?

Many trekkers often get confused about where to pick the Poonhill trek or Annapurna sunrise trek. You don’t need to worry as both of these treks are the same. If you want to hike and enjoy the beauty of mountains can you can choose either one of them. People traveling to Poonhill so far are very satisfied with the trek and thus give a different name for this. Ghorepani poon hill trek and Annapurna sunrise view trek are other names given to the same trek. There might be some itinerary changes but the experience of all these treks are same.

What is the height of Poon Hill? Risks of Altitude Sickness?

Poon hill lies at the height of 2874 meters, which is a lower altitude compared to other mountain treks in Nepal. There is very less cases of altitude sickness during this trek. Having said that you still have to be aware of the symptoms and precautions of altitude sickness. The maximum elevation per day for the Poonhill trek is 500 meters. Altitude sickness is the major problem that occurs when one cannot breathe properly due to a low amount of oxygen at a high altitude area. To avoid altitude sickness during this trek you will have to trek slowly, avoid beverages, stay hydrated, and have healthy food. Altitude sickness can be a major problem if not treated timely.

What is the cost of this trek?

The cost for any type of trekking in Nepal depends on the place you are visiting and the service that you are getting. Poonhill trek cost $50 to 60 dollars per day including food and transportation arrangement. If you want to minimize your trekking cost then you can join a trekking group. Above the Himalayan is a reputed trekking company that provides quality services for trekkers. Remember to take insurance as it can minimize the cost in case of any emergency.

Permits and TIMS for the Poon Hill trek

You will have to get a permit if you want to trek any place inside Annapurna sanctuary. TIM’s card is the permit that you will have to take to enter the sanctuary. You can get this permit either in Pokhara or the tourism board in Kathmandu.

Should you trek with or without a guide?

There is always debate among the trekkers about whether to trek with a guide or without a guide. Trekking both ways has its pros and cons. You can trek Poonhill solo if you want to avoid the crowd but it might cost you a lot more. Likewise, trekking in a group can be crowded but it can minimize your trek. Most trekkers tend to hire a guide as it will be easier to trek. The guide can make your trek fruitful by giving you more information about Poonhill. 

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