Annapurna Poon Hill Trek- Route, Cost and Key Essentials

The Annapurna region, which is named after the Hindu goddess of food and nourishment, is one of the most visited destinations in Nepal. This region spreads through Kaski, Manang, Mustang, and Lamjung districts of Central Nepal. Its natural beauty along with rich ecological and cultural diversity attracts more than two-thirds of the trekkers who visit Nepal. The Annapurna Poon Hill Trek explores the most exciting trails in the Annapurna region intriguing the trekkers on each turn of the journey.

Annapurna Poon Hill Trek is considered as one of the easier treks in the region and takes around  11 days to complete Poon Hill Panorama Trek starting from the capital Kathmandu. It can be completed by anyone in a decent physical shape. As trek doesn’t cover highest of altitudes, altitude sickness is not of major concern. The trek starts from the city of Pokhara, which is also known as the city of lakes and is the gateway to the Annapurna Himalayas. Poon Hill is known for its spectacular views of sunrise and sunsets sporting splendid panorama of Himalayan vistas. This trip offers an opportunity to experience the unique and untouched culture of Gurung villages such as Ghandruk on the way. Trekkers will also be able to see stunning views of majestic peaks such as Dhaulagiri (the 7th highest peak in the world at a height of 8167 meters), Annapurna I (the 10th highest peak in the world at a height of 8091 meters) Gangapurna (7454), Hiunchuli (6441m), Machhapuchhre (also known as the “Fish Tail Mountain” at a height of 6997m), and the entire Annapurna massif just to name a few. The best time to go on this trek is around October to early December and late February to April.

Trip Route

After a tour around the culturally enriched Kathmandu valley, the journey heads to Pokhara. A short drive from Pokhara leads to Nayapul marking the trek commencement. From there, it is a 4-hour long trek through beautiful villages to Tikhedhunga. The trek paves the path to Ghorepani enjoying majestic views of the mountains along the way. From Ghorepani, it is a small hike to Poon Hill for the sunrise views. Then the descent begins via Tadapani to Ghandruk and finally to Pothana. On the trek to Pothana, the trail incorporates stops at villages like Landruk and Tolka offering views of Annapurna South (7219m) before finally driving back to Pokhara.

Altitude Variation

The trip begins at Pokhara which is at 820 meters. The first trek stop Tikhedhunga is at 1540 meters. Then a steep trek towards Ghorepani at 2880 meters and finally to Poonhill, which is the highest point of the trek at 3193 meters. Then, the altitude gradually decreases as the trek heads to Tadapani at 2630 meters. Ghandruk, the next destination on the trek is at 1940 meters, Pothana at 1990 meters, and finally to the village of Dhampus which is at 1650 meters above the sea level.

Trip Permit and Costs

The trip costs around US$ 600 with three-star hotels as accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara while tea house being the prominent mode of logistics during the trek. The cost does include the service of a porter for a group of 3 trekkers. However, it does not include personal expenses or tips for various service providers on the way. Various agencies also provide discounts contingent upon the number of people in a group. The two permits required for this trip are the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit. TIMS is a card required for trekking in any region of Nepal. These permits are usually covered in the total itinerary cost, but it is always wise to ensure it with your agent before you begin your trip.

Gear and Equipment

It is important to make sure you only carry what you need. The weight limit for the porter is 15kg per trekker. Here is a list of some essentials that you will need on the trip. Many of these are either provided by the travel company or are available for rent.

  • Good sleeping bag
  • Hiking/Trekking Shoes
  • Durable Warm Jacket such as a down jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Inner Layers
  • Woolen Gloves
  • Hats/beanies
  • Buff
  • Head-torch
  • Hand Sanitizer 
  • Daypack
  • Water bottle
  • Medications
  • Toiletry Kit

So, what’s the wait for? Pack your bags, choose a travel company, pick a date and gear up for a trip of a lifetime. A trek into the Annapurna Himalayas is bound to be some sort of revelation as you become one with the most majestic mountains in the world. The charming Gurung faces and the coquettish nature await your arrival to the Annapurna region. An easy ticket to experience the closest thing to “heaven” on Earth; let the Annapurna Poon Hill Trek mold your imagination and thoughts you have for the Himalayas. So, have you decided if you want to do the Annapurna Poon Hill Trek? If yes, start planning your trek, contact us.