12 Days Poonhill Wildlife Trek
Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.
Activity Per Day
4-6 Hrs Walking
Tourist Bus, Private Car Or Plane Flight (optional)
Min Group Size
The trek to Ghorepani which is located in Annapurna region is truly called as all the best of the trekking in Nepal. The trek offers the spectacular mountain scenery along with charming villages inhabited particularly by the Gurungs & Magars, dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys, all set below the Annapurnas with the picturesque peak of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail Peak) dominating the skyline. When the sun rises, it touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) along with a maze of other peaks, there gradually appear, just like magic that your eye could not believe. A pre-dawn hike to Poonhill (one of the most visited a physical landmark in Nepal) is the key highlight of the trek. The grassy summit of Poon Hill (3210m/10530ft) displays the superb view of sunrise and magnificent Himalayan range including Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre (fishtail peak) and Manaslu.
Besides, during the journey, you are rewarded by the natural beauties in your each & every footstep.
Also, Check our similar but shorter 10 Days Ghorepani Poonhill Trek.
Highlights of Poonhill Wildlife Trekking
- Share the inspiring knowledge with Nepalese people and Buddhist Monks
- Makes a terrific gift to the adventure seeking person in your life
- Accommodation from the family house to luxury 5 star
- Most sold package of Himalayan Social Journey
- Reach up to 3200 M height - Poonhill
- Entry- Easy level trek in the majestic Himalaya Annapurna's foothill
- Experienced local guide bestows knowledge on Nepali culture and traditions
- Scenery beauty of Annapurna
- Jungle safari in Chitwan National Park
Outline Itinerary ( 12 Days )
Your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, meet Himalayan Social Journey Team and transfer to hotel. The orientation program starts at 5:00 pm at the hotel. At evening enjoy welcome dinner. Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel or similar category. (D)
Accommodation: Himalayan Suite Hotel
Activity: Orientation Program
Drive to Pokhara
After breakfast, drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu by bus (Approx. 5 hours) or by flight (Flight is optional). Overnight at Mount Kailash Resort or similar category. (B)
Accommodation: Mount Kailash Resort
Activity: drive/flight to Pokhara
Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga/Ulleri
After breakfast, drive to Nayapul. Nayapul is starting point for trekking. The hike is about one and half hour. You will walk through the jungle and terraced farmlands. Overnight at Chandra Guest House. (B)
Accommodation: Chandra Guest House
Activity: Drive to Nayapul-Trek to Ulleri (5-6hrs)
Trek to Ghorepani (2800m)
After enjoy warm breakfast and leaving Tikhedunga behind. You will head towards Ghorepani, a beautiful traditional village with a stunning view of Annapurna range in the backdrop. The trekking is easy and contains walking through the small roads. Overnight at Sunny Guest House. (B)
Accommodation: Sunny Guest House
Activity: Trek to Ghorepani (5-6hrs)
Hike to Poonhill and trek to Tadapani (2700m)
You will hike to Poonhill early in the morning. From Poonhill, you will get to see the stunning view of Sunrise, panoramic Mountain View of 10 different peaks. After admiring the mountains, you will trek back to guest house. You will have a warm breakfast at the guest house then start your trek to Tadapani (2700m). Overnight at Grand View Guest House. (B)
Accommodation: Grand View Guest House
Activity: Hike to Poonhill and Trek to Tadapani (2700m)
Maximum Altitide: 3210m
Trek down to Ghandruk
After breakfast, you will leave Tadapani behind and follow the trek down to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a beautiful old Gurung Village. Overnight at Meshroom Guest House (B)
Accommodation: Meshroom Guest House
Activity: Trek to Ghandruk (4-5hrs)
Trek back to Nayapul via Birethanti
You will leave Ghandruk behind today after breakfast. You will follow the trail to get back to Nayapul via Birethanti. From Nayapul, you can take bus or hire a jeep to drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at Mount Kailash. Overnight at Mount Kailash Resort or similar category. (B)
Accommodation: Mount Kailash Resort
Activity: drive/flight to Pokhara
Sightseeing Tour in Pokhara
After breakfast, you will go for a sightseeing tour in Pokhara or boating in Phewa Lake and hike to World Peace Pagoda. Overnight at Mount Kailash Resort.
Accommodation: Mount Kailash Resort
Activity: Sightseeing Tour of Pokhara
Drive to Chitwan
Early in the morning after having breakfast, you will drive to Chitwan. You have a option to fly to Chitwan from Pokhara. The drive to Chitwan is about 5- 6 hours. You will transfer to Hotel Seven Star. You will welcomed with Welcome drinks, evening walk, Tharu cultural show. Overnight at Hotel Seven star. (B.L.D)
Accommodation: Hotel Seven Star
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activity: Evening Walk
Chitwan Jungle Activities
You will enjoy morning breakfast. Afterwards, you will enjoy Elephant Back Safari, Jungle walk, Canoeing trip, Tharu village visit, bird watching. Overnight at Hotel Seven star. (B.L.D)
Accommodation: Hotel Seven Star
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Activity: Jungle Safari and Cultural immersion
Drive back to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu by bus or flight (flight is optional). After arrival at the hotel enjoy a Trekker's Massage, evening dinner and a five-star stay at the Gokarna Forest Resort. (BD)
Accommodation: Gokarna Forest Resort
Meal: Dinner, Breakfast
Activity: Rest and Massage
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departure. (B)
- Airport pickup & drop
- Accommodation in Kathmandu first night after your arrival (Himalayan Suite Hotel), in Chitwan (Hotel Seven Star) and in Pokhara (Hotel Mount Kailash Resort), in twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
- Last night at Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu including one buffet dinner, a special thirty-minute massage, and a breakfast
- Simple accommodation in the lodge with breakfast during the trek
- Meals, accommodation insurance, and other expenses of the trekking crew (guide and porters) 2 people will have one porter and highly experienced English speaking guide.
- All activities (Elephant bathing, bird watching, Elephant breeding, canoeing, Jungle safari Tharu village visit, Tharu cultural dance) and meals (B.L.D) in Chitwan
- Company T-Shirt
- Necessary permit, TIMS, and National Park fees
- Necessary equipment during the trek [Sleeping Bag, Duffle Bag and if necessary]
- Welcome dinner with cultural programs.
- Tourist bus transportation Kathmandu - Pokhara - Chitwan - Kathmandu and private transportation Pokhara -Nayapul - Pokhara
- All Government Taxes and any other official expenses
- Personal equipment and clothing
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and trekking days. (Meal costs about US 4 - 7 dollar per item depending on the place where you eat)
- Paragliding (USD 80pp) and flight ticket KTM-PKR-KTM (USD 110pp one way) (Optional)
- Pokhara Mountain Flight USD 120 (Optional)
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Best time for the Poonhill Wildlife Trek
Spring and autumn mark this trek for the best time. The weather is moderate and favorable, and the visibility is clearest during this season.
And on the drier routes you get to walk. During this time of year, you don't have to worry about the rain or leaks.
But even in summer and winter this walk is feasible.
The road can be found slippery and leek-faced during the summer / monsoon. But the walk isn't a major issue with proper plumage and insect repellents.
You can find the hill slippery in winter because of the snow and at high altitudes, feel very cold. But you can easily go to this trek with the warm clothes and a happy heart.
Difficulty during Poon Hill trek
Poon Hill is the shortest and most modest yet exotic hiking route. This trip can be completed successfully in any person with good health.
In this walk, you walk up the stony stairs or downhill for around 5-6 hours per day. The walk may be a little challenging, but not impossible, for beginners.
Stop the rides, tie the walking shoes, and wear the right clothing. Then you're going to the Poon Hill much easy.
However, the trail can be crowded in the peak season. So, when you walk with your mates, you must have a strong stamina and patience.
Adventures and Activities in Chitwan
The trip ends with a pleasurable time in Chitwan where you will be exploring the Chitwan national park where hundreds of flora and fauna can be found. A number of activities like Jungle Safari, Jungle Walk, Elephant ride, Elephant bath, Canoeing, Bird Watching and Tharu cultural shows are there to participate and enjoy the delights of Nepal.
Food and Lodging in Trek
Poonhill Trek is a teahouse trek like most of Nepal's treks. In general, tea houses provide a single room with twin beds. In the common room, you can charge your phones at a certain discount. Hot showers usually cost about USD 1 in teahouses.In addition, the meals provided in the teahouses are simple and you'll get the Nepalese "Dal Bhat" meal served in most teahouses. In addition, you can also enjoy a limited variety of World cuisine including pizza , pasta, burgers, etc. You need to book these reservations early, particularly in the offseason, in order to be free from any problems.
In Pokhara and Chitwan, you will get standard accommodation with all the basic amenities and all varieties of food menu.
Connecting with your loved ones back at home while on trek
Free WiFi and charge is generally available (with some exceptions) you can find free WiFi and charge, most places charge a modest fee (e.g. Rs100-400) to use WiFi or charge; WiFi is available at Thorung Phedi and High Camp for Rs200. WiFi can be unreliable, sluggish or unusable. Be prepared to be out of touch with the world for up to a week at high altitudes.
To improve your connectivity, carry your phone to the Nepal SIM, you'll get more than you'd think (GPRS/EDGE speed). Village electricity could be perfect during your stay. Villages above 4000 m tend to be the latter. Tea houses can have the potential to charge you either from solar sources or from a battery bank.but it is most wise to either have your own or not depend on electronic devices.
Obtaining Trekking Permits
You will need to arrange both the Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) permit and the Annapurna National Park Permit (sometimes also known as the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit). HSJ will arrange for your trekking permits.
As of 2019, the permits will refund a minimum of USD $50: the APC Permit is USD $30 / NPR 3,000 per person, while the TIMS Permit is USD $20 / NPR 2,000 per person.
You will also need permit to enter Chitwan National Park.
These will need to be checked at different checkpoints along the trek.
Make sure you also bring a minimum of 4 passport photos for your trekking permit!
Insuring your safety
We suggest taking out an insurance plan for your individual accountability, accidents and illnesses during the service.Regarding the type of activity, you may be asked to show a certificate of insurance for help and support, sanitation and search.
Wherever you are your health and security is your responsibilities. In the city area be aware of scammers and touts. Outside the airport, or on the road, taxis are likely to charge more than normal. Pickpockets are active in cities and also in the mountains. Even if you are experienced trekker or have good health and stamina, you don’t know mountains of Nepal and hence, it is wise to keep up with your guide and stay close with your group.
Valuable items like gold or diamond chains, rings, bracelets are best not carried to the mountains and also keep your day pack with you safe. Your passport, permits, phone, cameras are supposed to be with you all the time. Keep the money you carry safe and securely.
Dont try to get too close to the animals or go extra lengths for the photos during your jungle safari, rafting and also trekking times. It is expected and is also for your safety that you travel with responsibility and sensibility.
As long as you are respecting local norms and culture and are open minded towards local community, you will be treated well and respected regardless of what gender, religion, and culture you are from.
Luggage per one person
For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your daypack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets etc.
Single Supplementary for Solo Travelers
There will be two people accommodated in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation, you'll find the option for "single supplement" of USD 200. Important: Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. So, even if you purchase single supplement you will end up sharing a room for some days of the trek.
Travel and Transportation Modes used for Poonhill Wildlife Trek
There are two ways to get from Kathmandu to Ghorepani.
By Bus: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.
By air: Transportation by plane is available to fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu at the end of the trek.
If you want to experience helicopter ride to Annapurna Base Camp and no trek, then you can have a look at our program https://hsj.com.np/trip/explore-nepal-with-everest-scenic-flight-and-annapurna-base-camp-heli-tour
This Tour with HSJ
Guides and Porters
Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.
For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.
Other Programs and services we offer with this trip
• Welcome and Farewell dinner
• Yoga Classes
• Spa services
How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?
We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.
Equipment and Packaging list for Poonhill Wildlife Trek
Short-sleeved Trekking shirts
Trekking pants and jackets
Long-sleeved Trekking shirts
Insulating down jackets
Sanitary pads / Tampons
Mosquito and insect repellents
Hot water Thermos
Last minute booking
It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.
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