Poon Hill Trek

Sunrise over a 270-degree view of the Himalayas. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, and much more.

4-7 Days, depending on the route and pace
From US$ 499 per person, Pokhara to Pokhara

If you have more time in Annapurna, take it. But for a quick trek this is a great combination of interesting villages and spectacular mountain views.

Sample itinerary in 5 days

 

Day 1   Drive out of Pokhara to a trail head. Trek north to follow the route of the Modi Khola river.  At first the route is near the river, but the trail climbs steadily.  Stay in Gandrung, a prosperous town high above the river.

Day 2   Trek to Tadapani - "far water" in Nepali. It was once a water stop for the pony trains that carried the India - Tibet salt trade. Now it's a trekker's stop.

Day 3   Trek to Ghorepani - "horse water". Like Tadapani this was a trade stop, but Ghorepani is a real town with an upper and lower section. 

Day 4   Up very early to climb Poon Hill, 3,000 meters, for an amazing 270-degree sunrise view of the central Himalayas. Breakfast back in Ghorepani, then trek downhill through forests and fields to Ulleri.

Day 5   Check out the early morning view. Then trek down a long stair-step hill to Tirkedhunga for lunch. It's an easy afternoon walk to Birethanti, then 45 minutes from Birethanti to the road, and another 45 minutes back to Pokhara.