Poon Hill Trek

Trip Overview

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek takes you through the rural communities of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Region. At the same time, you get the opportunity to visit scenic villages with astonishing views of the majestic mountains. The views from Khopra Ridge (3660m) is stunningly beautiful. Furthermore, we get the opportunity to interact with the friendly villagers and gain insight into their heritage, culture, and living style. Above all, this trek is an experience with a mixture of nature and culture in abundance.

The Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek is a pleasant hike through the exhilarating landscape of the Himalayan foothills. The trail passes through lush forests and picturesque villages surrounded by terraced fields with breathtaking mountain landscapes. Although the trek begins from Pokhara, yet the hiking trail is least touristic. Once we leave Tadapani, the trail goes through the remote and less trekked high alpine settlement of Bayeli and Dobato. Which probably means more of a chance to interact with the local community.

The journey in this area offers a window into the traditional culture and lifestyles of the hills. Mountain views along the way include the Annapurnas, the Dhaulagiri, Lamjung ranges, and Machhapuchhre, and others. Moreover, we have a full day for exploration in Khopra ridge. Furthermore, we climb along the ancient pilgrim trails to the sacred pristine holy Khayer Lake. As a result, this trek is a unique mixture of spectacular panorama and diverse Himalayan culture.

Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek

Trip Highlights

⇒Stunning close-up views of Dhaulagiri, Mt.Machhapuchre & Annapurna ranges throughout the trek.
⇒Explore Kopra Ridge with an optional hike to Khayer Lake.
⇒Trek via Poon Hill with spectacular mountain views, including sunrise and sunset views.
⇒Stunning mountain views that rival those of Poon Hill.
⇒Explore Ghandruk village with a rich cultural heritage, tradition, and living style of local people.
⇒Excellent view of Mt. Machhapuchre from Dhampus and Pothana.

Trip Fact

  • TRIP ID: SST-251
  • TRIP NAME: Annapurna Dhaulagiri Trek
  • DURATION: 17 Days
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • Group Size 2-8 People
  • BEST SEASON: February, March, April, May, September, October, November,
  • MAX ALTITUDE 4600m(Khayer lake)
  • ACCOMMODATION 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara and in trekkers lodge/tea house while on trek
  • WALKING HOUR 6-7 hrs

Itinenary Details

  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

    Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have the option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation

    After breakfast, we shall have a half-day sightseeing tour covering some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. This may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Stupa. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over Kathmandu. We will also explore various temples and art and crafts along with the museum. Then move towards Swambhunath Stupa. Swayambhu is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple, owing to a large monkey population residing in this area. In the afternoon, we will have a short briefing regarding the preparation and planning of the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 3: Drive to Pokhara(208km/6hrs)

    This morning we shall drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The drive goes along scenic spots, villages, and small settlements and takes about 6 hrs to reach Pokhara. We shall stop at several places to observe the scenic beauty and to get fresh as well. Upon arrival in Pokhara, transfer and check in to the hotel. In the afternoon, we shall go boating in Phewa Lake, and we shall also visit the Barahi temple. In the evening, you have the option to stroll around Phewa Lake and the local market. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 4: Drive to Phedi (1130m/1 hr)-Trek to Dhampus(1650m/3-4hrs)

    After breakfast, drive for about an hour to Phedi (1130m) and begin our trek. Along the way shall have the opportunity to explore and interact with the local communities in Dhampus regarding their culture, tradition, and living style. Enjoy the view of the mountains, including Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Annapurna South (7219m). Overnight in Dhampus.

  • Day 5: Dhampus to Landruk (1628m/5hrs)

    The trail today goes across rhododendron forests and through a series of Gurung villages. We shall explore the villages and learn about the tradition, culture, and lifestyle of the Gurung people. After about an hour or more from Dhampus, we reach the village of Pothana, from Pothana we can have an excellent view of Mt. Machhapuchre. After an hour, steep uphill hike through rhododendron forest with the views of Annapurna to the south and the Hiunchuli to the north, and the Phewa lake to the southeast, we will finally arrive at the village of Deurali. After lunch, we follow a well-marked trail to the Gurung village of Landruk. Overnight in Landruk.

  • Day 6: Landruk to Ghandruk (2012m/4-5hrs)

    From Landuk, we shall continue our trek to Ghandruk. It takes about 4 hours to reach Ghandruk. The trail descends slowly through terraced rice fields, cross over the Modi Khola, and then finally ascends. The trial is over stone cobbled steps with the view of Annapurna at a close range until the village of Ghandruk. In Ghandruk, visit the Gurung museum and the village monastery. Overnight in Ghandruk.

  • Day 7: Ghandruk to Tadapani (2610m/4 hrs)

    In the morning, enjoy breakfast with the spectacular golden view of the Himalayan range. Ghandruk offers an excellent view of Annapurna south, Hiundchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna, and Machhapuchre. After breakfast, continue our trek to Tadapani. The trial traverse rhododendron and oak forests, with the opportunity to spot different species of birds found in this region and reach Tadapani in the afternoon. Tadapani will be our last stop before heading towards the least populated area of the Annapurna Conservation area. Overnight in Tadapani.

  • Day 8: Tadapani to Muldai (3637m/6-7hrs)

    We leave the main trekking trail and continue to ascend on a less defined path through the old-growth forests where we may be fortunate enough to see Himalayan Thar, Hyrax, and Langur monkeys. Finally, we rise above the tree line and gain stunning views of the Annapurna and reach the yak pastures at Timuje. Timuje perched high on the hillside with fantastic views of Annapurna South and Himulchuli. After lunch, we ascend to the ridge, which provides spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and its surrounding peaks. This section of the trek is magnificent, and we are now well off the main trail. Continuing down the opposite side of the ridge, we drop into a smaller rhododendron forest and arrive at Muldai. Overnight in Muldai.

  • Day 9: Muldai to Khopra (3660m/6-7hrs)

    As the weather in the morning, will be clear, and the views of the mountains better. Therefore, we start early in the morning. In the beginning, it is a slight uphill hike, and then we descend traversing rhododendron forest and finally reach Dhankharka. After a relaxing lunch, we begin our ascent to the stunning location of the lodge at Kopra. The views here are amazing and some of the best in the entire Annapurnas. Dhaulagiri dominates the scene and towers above the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki. Overnight in Khopra.

  • Day 10: Explore Khopra-Hike to Khayer Lake (4660m/7-8 hrs)

    After breakfast, we shall hike in the direction of Mount Annapurna South for the best views of Himalayan peaks, including Fishtail 6997m (Machhapuchhre), Huinchuli (6434m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna Fang (7647m), Nilgiri South (6839m) on the north and Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Dhampus Peak (6012m) in the west. Those who feel fit enough and motivated for a big day hike. Depending on the weather condition, the hike to the sacred Khayer Lake is well worth the effort. The views are outstanding, and we will trek along an ancient pilgrimage trail to the site of the annual Bhadau Purnima Festival. The trail contours the steep hillsides and takes us even closer to the impressively sheer cliff face of the Annapurna. In the late afternoon, we will descend back to our community lodge at Khopra(option is also available to stay in a tented camp). Overnight in Khopra.

  • Day 11: Khopra ridge to Swantha (2400m/6-7hrs)

    Today we shall descend from the lodge at Khopra, following the ridgeline towards the Kali Gandaki, past shrines used by pilgrims on their annual visit to the sacred lake. We may come across some sheepherders and the villagers going about their daily activities along the way. We will come across more activity and signs of settlement, a marked contrast to the trekking we have enjoyed on the high ridges. Overnight in Swantha.

  • Day 12: Swantha to Upper Phulbari (3210m), via Ghorepani & Poon Hill (3210m/5-6hrs)

    A short hike from Swantha will bring us to Chitre, where we join the old Tibet-Nepal trade route. The hike this morning offers excellent views of the Dhaulagiri range as the trail zigzags until we reach Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a large village, which is on the main tourist trail. You may wish to wander through the bazaar for a short period following lunch, as there are many Tibetan wares on display and a bakery. Most trekkers to Ghorepani take a pre-dawn 45-minute climb to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m), which is a highlight of trekking in the Annapurna region. But we will climb in the afternoon when there are no crowds. From Poon Hill, we leave the main trail and traverse on old yak herder trails to Upper Phulbari. The location provides even more spectacular views, with the luxury of no pre-dawn start, unless you chose to photograph the stunning views at sunrise. Overnight in Phulbari.

     

  • Day 13: Upper Phulbari to Lespar via Jaljala Dil (2600m/6-7hrs)

    The views in the early morning are remarkable, with forested foothills in the foreground and some of the world's largest mountain ranges surrounding us. If you are up early enough, the glow of the rising sun catches Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna. The trail today goes through beautiful forests of rhododendrons, fir, pine, cedar, and bamboo. And emerge to an open grassland ridge that offers a pleasant trekking experience, and then descends to a pretty lunch spot in a narrow valley skirted by multicolored rhododendron bushes. From here, there are three trails, we will take the trail to the south, which leads us to our private eco campsite at Lespar (Swarga). Overnight in Lespar.

  • Day 14: Lespar to Ghibrang (2000m/4-5hrs)

    Today we trek with excellent views of Annapurna South, Machapuchare, Hiunchuli, and the Manaslu ranges along the ridge of Bharmakot Dhanda to Ghibrang. Ghibrang is a delightful village, largely untouched by western influence, and offers stunning views in a peaceful terraced setting. Overnight in Ghibrang.

  • Day 15: Ghibrang to Nayapul (1100m/3-4hrs) - Drive to Pokhara

    In the first stretch, we descend for a while and passing through several villages situated on steep rocky hills and terraces. The villages we pass are mixed communities of predominantly Gurung, Brahmin & Chettri. The final descent into Nayapul is 20 minutes on stone stairs. From Nayapul, it is about one an half hour drive to Pokhara. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu

    After breakfast, we shall retrace our drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (200km/6-7hrs). Better to hold on to the left panel of the vehicle to enjoy the diverse landscape and scenery en-route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to your hotel. You can spend the evening in leisure or maybe catch up on some last-minute souvenir shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Day 17: Departure

    Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

What's Included
  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation in 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and local village lodges/tea house/tented camps during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals during the trek.
  • English speaking local guide along with porter (one porter for every two member).
  • Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
  • All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ACAP fee)
  • All Government taxes and service charges.
What's Not Included
  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance recommended.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.

Review

EDhan
EDhan

10th November, 2015

My Name is EDhan from California, America. I am a retired management consultant. Basically, this visit to Nepal exceeded my expectations. We came here through Tibet and Bhutan. Here in Nepal, I like the neighbourhood and friendly people. My wife every day used to go for morning walk and used to tell me the story about the local people, whatever she sees every day. Especially, the guide was most knowledgeable and made it possible and get a sense of not only historical and religious value of some of the places but also some of the other places how the people live over there day to day.

The company was able to manage all the services smoothly and made the memorable trip in Kathmandu. Do not be afraid of Earthquake; the government has done very good job, lots of cleaning up and reconstructions are going on. There are many places to go without facing any problems. Feel free to make a trip to Nepal nothing to afraid of and you will feel the completely different and unique. Thanks to Sixth Sixth and an entire team making an incredible trip in Nepal and I will come back next time.

Margo Boston
Margo Boston

14th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Margo Boston, America. We were planning the trip to visit Nepal Bhutan and Tibet through our local agency. In the beginning, we asked so many questions about safety, especially after the earthquake but we realised that after visiting Nepal it is completely safe & worthful to visit.

We are very glad to see the beautiful country. Everything was perfect and great to see the Hinduism and Buddhism and combinations of religious and cultural aspects in the tiny little city. The trip plan, all the staff activity including cultural show was great.

Lori
Lori

7th October, 2015

Hi, My Name is Lori, and I came to do the trip with my daughter. After the earthquake had happened we were confused, what should we do, should we go or should we not go for Nepal Trip and finally we decided to come after the consultation, and we had a wonderful time there. The tour guide and driver and all the staff were done magnificent job. There is so much to see and worthful to visit. The hotel was excellent, the food was great, we enjoyed our time. The Buddhist and Hindu temple were fascinating. Our guide was brilliant and enhanced all experience and knowledge he passed all the knowledge to us and shared the ideas. I encourage you to visit Nepal it is one of the incredible places around the world.

Palm
Palm

12th August, 2015

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on. There are lots of places to see and open for the tourist. The people here are very friendly, all the staffs of Sixth Sense including tour guide and the management and coordination were perfect.

What I like this country is that the culture and diversity of landscape. Besides this Nepal is very vibrant country and colourful country. In the future, I would like to make more trips in Nepal with Sixth Sense spending more time in Kathmandu and it’s surrounding areas and countryside. For the tourist, I would recommend please do visit Nepal with Sixth Sense. Tour Guide and company which was responsible for everything to organise this trip, everything was taken care of all the arrangements were first class. We loved the Trip plan, the selected hotels, the knowledge of tour guide and the entire team was absolutely perfect and highly recommended for future travellers.

Irfan
Irfan

27th December, 2019

Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.