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Poon Hill Trek 9 Days

One of the best short treks you can do in Nepal. Mountain peaks, hot springs and more.

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Overview

This is one of the best short treks you can do in Nepal. It enables you to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of some of the highest Himalayan peaks, while exploring the landscape, its people and places. You’ll be trekking through Rhododendron forests, rural villages, natural hot springs and more. From the terraced rice fields above Pokhara, you’ll walk along good trails through picturesque Gurung villages and the world’s biggest rhododendron forest, which bursts with many different hues during Spring. The 9-day Poon Hill Trek will get you closer to the mountains than you could ever imagine, and in such a short time. Fully guided by experienced locals, the trek price includes most meals (as noted in the itinerary), accommodation, domestic transport, welcome and farewell dinners. Departing weekly.

Highlights

  • Gurung Villages
  • Himalayan Mountains
  • Rhododendron Forests
  • Suspension Bridges
  • Bamboo Forests
  • Kathmandu
  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400m)
  • Day 2: Drive to Pokhara (820m)
  • Day 3: Drive to Naya Pul and Trek to Tikhedhungga (1540m)
  • Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2860m)
  • Day 5: Sunrise Trek to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani (2630m)
  • Day 6: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)
  • Day 7: Ghandruk to Naya Pul and Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 8: Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 9: Final Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400m)
  • Day 2: Drive to Pokhara (820m)
  • Day 3: Drive to Naya Pul and Trek to Tikhedhungga (1540m)
  • Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2860m)
  • Day 5: Sunrise Trek to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani (2630m)
  • Day 6: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)
  • Day 7: Ghandruk to Naya Pul and Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 8: Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 9: Final Day in Kathmandu

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400m)

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400m)

You will be met in Kathmandu by our happy and professional team members, who will transfer you to your hotel. In the evening, our lovely guides will brief you on the magnificent trek that you are about to undertake. You will be excited about the adventure ahead!

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara (820m)

Day 2: Drive to Pokhara (820m)

You will depart Kathmandu early in the morning and arrive into Pokhara at approximately 3pm. It is an interesting drive, with a stop along the way for lunch. Your hotel in Pokhara will be close to the Lakeside. [Breakfast included]

Day 3: Drive to Naya Pul and Trek to Tikhedhungga (1540m)

Day 3: Drive to Naya Pul and Trek to Tikhedhungga (1540m)

You will begin your trek after a 90-minute drive to our starting point, Naya Pul. You will trek to the Gurung village of Ghandruk and if you arrive with time to spare, a visit to the Gurung museum in Ghandruk is recommended. [Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2860m)

Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2860m)

Today you will enjoy incredible views of the Himalayan mountains. You will see the infamous Fishtail mountain, Annapurna South and Himchuli. It is a challenging day, with much uphill walking, but ends with an easy downhill walk into Chhomrong. Chhomrong is located in the foothills of the mighty Annapurna Massive. [Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 5: Sunrise Trek to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani (2630m)

Day 5: Sunrise Trek to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani (2630m)

Your day of trekking begins with a steep downhill walk, until you cross a river spanned by a suspension bridge. You will walk uphill and through forest, until you begin a pleasant downhill walk into the village of Bamboo. [Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 6: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)

Day 6: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m)

It will be chilly this morning as we go through the bamboo forest. You will exit the deep forest after reaching the Himalaya Hotel. Once existing the forest, you’ll be greeted with spectacular views of a river and the landscape it flows through. You will then begin an uphill walk to Deurali. [Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 7: Ghandruk to Naya Pul and Drive to Pokhara

Day 7: Ghandruk to Naya Pul and Drive to Pokhara

Today will be your final day of trekking. After arriving at Naya Pul, a vehicle will pick you up and take you to Pokhara. [Breakfast & lunch included]

Day 8: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 8: Pokhara to Kathmandu

You will catch the early morning tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu, stopping for lunch on the way.
[Breakfast and lunch included]

Day 9: Final Day in Kathmandu

Day 9: Final Day in Kathmandu

Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day, for you to do as you choose. Many people take the time to shop (our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area), others enjoy exploring the cultural side of the city. In the evening, you will enjoy a final traditional Nepali meal with your team. This is a time to reflect on the incredible journey that you have been on, and to say farewells to some of the Take on Nepal team members. [Breakfast & farewell dinner included].

Rates

DatesAvailableCost (AUD)
Sunday, September 2, 2018 - Monday, September 10, 2018 Available $990
Sunday, October 7, 2018 - Monday, October 15, 2018 Available $990
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - Monday, November 12, 2018 Available $990
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - Monday, December 10, 2018 Available $990
Sunday, January 6, 2019 - Monday, January 14, 2019 Available $990
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - Monday, February 18, 2019 Available $990
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - Monday, March 11, 2019 Available $990
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Available $990
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - Monday, May 20, 2019 Available $990
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - Monday, June 17, 2019 Available $990
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - Monday, September 16, 2019 Available $990
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - Monday, October 21, 2019 Available $990
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - Monday, November 11, 2019 Available $990
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - Monday, December 9, 2019 Available $990

Inclusions

What's Included

  • Hotel and airport transfers
  • Domestic Transport
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), porters to carry luggage
  • Breakfasts in Kathmandu. All meals during the trek
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All government and local taxes

What's Not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional hot drinks
  • Deserts and entrees
  • Hot shower
  • Internet Access
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Phone Calls
  • Charging of your devices
  • Bottled or boiled water
  • Laundry
  • Bar Bills
  • Tips for guides and porters

Checklists

Clothing and Equipment

The mistake many people make, is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The below list outlines the standard clothing we recommend you take for trekking, 9 days in the mountains.

Clothing

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Equipment and Other

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

FAQ's

Practicalities

What should I wear on my feet while trekking?

Make sure you wear an old, trusted pair of reliable and comfortable trekking boots or shoes. If purchasing a new pair, do so a minimum of 4 weeks prior to departure, to allow time to break them in properly. It is so important to avoid the possibility of getting blisters, something as simple as that could negatively impact on your trek. We recommend you wear woolen socks when trekking, as they keep your feet warm and dry.

How much money do you recommend I bring with me for my trek?

Your trekking fee covers most of your costs, including all of your meals, accommodation, permits and the flight in and out of Lukla (where this destination is included in your trek). However, the costs of “luxuries” are not covered (such as coffee, sweets, alcohol and other souvenirs you may wish to purchase along the way). We recommend you budget approximately $20 per day, to comfortably cover any additional expenses you may encounter.

What can I expect to happen if the flight in/out of Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

This can happen due to weather conditions. If your flight in or out of Lukla is delayed, you may end up having to wait 1-2 days for another flight. We recommend that you allow an extra couple of days, when booking your flight out of Nepal, to allow for such an occurrence. The additional time spent in Lukla or Kathmandu will be a personal expense to you, but we will be very happy to organise any logistics, such as your accommodation in Lukla or Kathmandu. Another option is to use a privately chartered helicopter. The cost for this is high, but it’s a guaranteed way to ensure you meet any deadlines you may have.

How much weight can my porter carry?

We’re different to most other trekking companies, in that our porters are often female (to empower and provide employment), and we set the limit at 15kg. Many other trekking companies use 1 porter for 2 clients, with an expectation they carry up to 40kg; we do not agree with this and do not want to place such hardships upon our team members. 10kg is plenty for your trek and you would also be carrying your personal daypack, which generally weighs 5kg.

Will I have access to the internet and other telecommunications during my trek?

You will have reliable Internet access in most places. Many lodges on the Everest Base Camp Trek have Internet access, but you must purchase usage. On other treks it varies, but overall, coverage in Nepal is reasonable but slow. Our team has access to satellite phones during treks, to call for support in the event of an emergency.

Can you provide me with more information on your terms and conditions and also information on your cancellation policy?

Yes, please famialise yourself with our detailed terms and conditions and our cancellation policy. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help!

Health & Safety

How do I know if I’m physically strong enough for the trek?

If you’re in doubt about whether or not you would be able to undertake the trek, we recommend that you visit your doctor for a health check. Overall good health and determination, combined with good coordination and balance, will all work in your favour.

How will I be supported if I have an injury, or if I become sick during the trek?

Your safety is our number one priority. Our professional guides are skilled and experienced when responding to emergencies. Take on Nepal have a comprehensive risk management document, that ensures most possibilities have been carefully addressed and plans put in place. Our guides are all trained in First Aid and through their experience and knowledge, know when to call a helicopter for an emergency evacuation. With Take on Nepal, you are in safe hands.

How will I adjust to the change in altitude?

At altitude, sickness can set in at any time. We pace our treks to allow your body to adjust to the change in climate and our team monitoring your wellbeing, throughout the trek. The most common form of altitude sickness is actually called “Acute Mountain Sickness” (AMS). It’s the least dangerous form and symptoms include a light headache, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia and fatigue. In most cases, it is treatable through rest and many people make it to their destination. If your condition worsens, you will be evacuated out of the region by helicopter, to receive medical treatment at a hospital.

I’m a female, is it safe for me to travel alone?

As a female, Nepal is generally very safe. Many of our team members are female and much of our work centres around empowering young women and girls. Most, if not all of our treks, will have a female staff member on board, who will give you strength and inspiration as you trek through the mountains of Nepal.

Trekking In Nepal

What does an average day of trekking in Nepal look like?

You will trek for between 4 and 7 hours every day. Our treks are moderately paced, it is not a race. We want you to enjoy the experience and to learn about your surrounds from your guide.

What kind of accommodation is used?

Most accommodation during your treks will be in trekking lodges; the lodges provide basic sleeping facilities and tasty meals. Local families usually operate the lodges. Your evenings will be spent chatting to your guides, porters and fellow trekkers. Unless you have paid an additional charge for a single room, you will share your room with 1 or 2 other trekkers of the same gender. Couples will share a room of their own. Again, the lodges are basic; do not compare them in your mind to any accommodation you have stayed in in Western countries.

Where and what will we be eating during our trek?

On the more heavily touristed trekking trails, such as Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna treks, you will be able to choose from menus with quite a few choices. You will eat dinner and breakfast at the lodge you are staying in, lunch will be at another lodge along the way. Daal bhaat is guaranteed to be on the menu at every stop off, and you can be sure this will be what you guide and porters will be eating. Daal Bhaat isn’t just the most popular meal in Nepal, for many Nepalis it’s the only meal they ever eat. Twice a day, every day of their lives and they don’t feel they’ve eaten properly without it!

What training do my guides have?

All our leading guides undergo a training course to receive their license. We do not allow our clients to trek without an experienced, licensed guide leading the way. Our guides also do first aid training and will be offered every opportunity to attend mountaineering, hiking and biking courses wherever possible.

Take on Nepal believe that a well-trained team of professionals, will guarantee positive outcomes. We are also one of the only companies that fly our young trainee guides into Lukla, to begin their journey as trainee guides/porters. Most companies hire their team at Lukla as it reduces their flight expenses.

What precautions do I need to take in relation to drinking water?

You will be able to purchase bottled water all along your trekking route. As a general rule, the cost increases the more isolated you are. We highly recommend you take water-purifying tablets with you, or a water-purifying pen. These can also be purchased in Kathmandu. During your trek, it is crucial that you drink plenty of water, if you don’t, the risk of becoming unwell is much higher.

Getting Organised

Do I need insurance or vaccinations?

Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. You need to ensure that the travel insurance purchased insures for helicopter evacuation above 5500m.

Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal, for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

What do you recommend that I take on my trip with me?

The mistake many people make is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The list below outlines the standard clothing we recommend, for trekking 14 – 15 days in the mountains.

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Your packing list should include the following equipment:

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

What items should I NOT take with me for my trek?

Jeans, Jumpers / Sweaters, Dress Shirts, Dress Shoes, Dresses or Hair Dryers.

What about entry fees into national parks and trekking permits, do you organize that?

We organise all this for you. All the costs are included in the cost of your trek.

What time of year do you recommend I undertake my trek?

All seasons have their pros and cons, but as a general rule, the best time to trek in Nepal is from February to May, when the temperature has warmed after Winter. September through to December is also a fabulous time to trek, during these months the clouds start lifting after the Monsoon rains of June and July, which often leaves you with spectacular views of the Himalayas.

Essentials

Will I be able to do this?

Yes! If you are physically fit, if you love the outdoors and if you have a positive attitude, you will make it. Altitude sickness or injury can end your trek, but this only affects a small percentage of people who trek. Being amongst the tallest peaks in the world is a feeling that cannot be described in words and we recommend that you undertake some basic fitness training, prior to your departure, to ensure it is a positive experience for you.

Do I need to have a guide?

You can go it alone, but we can assure you it would be a vastly different experience. Our guides bring with them knowledge and experience; this becomes a bridge between the two cultures. You are guaranteed to learn so much more about Nepal and the terrain through which you are trekking, when you are guided. You are also providing employment to people who rely on tourism to survive, they are passionate about their work and we are sure your guide will soon become a friend to you.

I understand that my guide and porter may be female. Can you give me more information about this?

In the mountain villages of Nepal, opportunities for women are few. Many young girls have little or no education, and marriage at an early age is still common. Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan Children Charity have been working to change this, for many years.

As Take on Nepal has grown, we’ve begun hiring young women and girls from Batase, first to work as porters and then as guides, roles that up to now have been seen as exclusively male. For young village girls, early exposure to paid work as porters and the experience of interacting with Western women, is an eye opener. It provides them with a glimpse of other possible futures, futures far different from the lives their mothers lived and to the lives they may have thought they were going to live.

The trekking industry in Nepal is a male dominated environment. Women guides are unheard of, which is surprising when you consider that a huge proportion of Western trekkers visiting Nepal are women. Spend a few nights staying at various lodges on the trails and you will see that 60% of all trekkers are women, many coming from European countries. At Take on Nepal, we’re all about empowering women, giving the village girls the opportunities that their brothers have and opening their eyes to the possibilities of a larger world.

Can I take my children to Everest Base Camp?

It is becoming quite common for families to trek to Everest Base Camp together. Children aged 9 and upwards have trekked comfortably to Everest Base Camp and why not take your parents too! Age should not be a barrier to undertake this experience, as long as family members are fit, healthy and have a positive frame of mind, it is a possibility. We can tailor a trek specifically for the needs of your family, as we do recommend adding a few extra days on to the trek.

Do I need to undertake a training program to complete my trek?

This is highly recommended as the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. We offer a helpful training program for you, once you have booked, and we’re always on hand to answer your questions. Our team will support and encourage you throughout your trek. Our treks are paced to allow plenty of time for you to reach your daily destination. However, if you choose to undertake the trek without prior training, you will be fine, as long as you have great willpower and plenty of stamina to get you through the tough times.

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Being fortunate enough to know some of the people behind Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan children I have only two words to describe this undertaking, Passion and Dedication. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience to stick with. Discover happiness where you didn’t expect to find it! Awesome!!!!

Tim Tettenborn - (April 2014)

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