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Poonhill Trek

The Annapurna Region in central Nepal is the most geographically and culturally diverse region for trekking. The area boasts of a variety of diverse cultures, tribes and castes as the Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Manangis and the Tibetans. This area has sub-tropical lowlands, valleys, and forests of bamboo, oak and rhododendron, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus and the towering

Annapurna Mountains This area has the world’s deepest river gorge, Kali Gandaki, lying some 6900 metres/22,563 ft., below some of the world’s largest and most beautiful mountains as the Annapurna I (world’s 8th highest) & Fishtail (one of the most beautiful). 440 species of birds and animals like the marten, deer, langur and the elusive snow leopard live here.

Best Season: Spring & Autumn
Accomodation: Hotel/Lodge
Group Size: 2+
Transportation: Private Vehicle/Flight

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  • placeDay 01 : Fly to Pohara and Drive to Phedi from & trek to Pothana. 30 minutes flight.

    From Pokhara, drive to Phedi for 20 minutes. Upon arrival, met by guide 0and commence trek to Pothana (2000m). The trek starts immediately with a steep climb through mixed forests and takes anout an hour to arrive at the Mina Lodge, which marks the end of the steep path and arrival at Dhampus Plateau. From here the incline is much easier as the trail continues to climb steadily in more forested area and after about two hours we arrive at the first check post at the entrance to Dhampus Village with a maze of houses and alleyways of stonewalls. There are magnificent views of the mountains from west to east of the Annapurna South (7219m), Hiun Chuli (6441m), Mardi Himal (5587 m) and Machhapucchhare (6993m) to the north. Here visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project office to register and continue on the trek. After leaving the village, we continue on the trail going down a fairly gentle slope cut into steps in the middle of the forest and then a short climb brings us to the settlement of Pothana (2000m) after an hour with magnificent views of the western Himalayas. Trek duration: 4 hours.
    Overnight at Pothana.

  • placeDay 02 : Trek to Landrung (1,699 m) – 5 hours.

    After breakfast, visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project office to register and continue on the trek. After leaving the village, we continue on the trail going down a fairly gentle slope cut into steps in the middle of the forest and then a short climb brings us to the settlement of Pothana (2,000m) after an hour with magnificent views of the western Himalayas. The path from here slowly ascends until it reaches the locality of Bichok Deorali (2,149m) located at the crest of the ridge. From here, the trail descends slowly but gets steeper until it meets the Modi Khola Valley first and then the village of the Bheri Khola, which is a convenient place to stop for lunch.

    After lunch, cross a small suspension bridge as the path follows the ridge of a hill for an hour to the settlement of Tolka (1,895m). Then cross the hamlets of Tolka Naga and Tolka Medi Gara before again going down gently towards the village of Landrung on a trail where the forest gives way to vast expanses of terraced cultivation covering the surrounding hills.
    Dinner and overnight at Landrung.

  • placeDay 03 : Trek to Chommorrong (2,170 m) – 5 hours.

    We start by going through the village and at the end of the village trail junction, there are two paths. One goes steeply down in the direction of the Modi Khola towards the Ghandrung Village but we walk towards north on a path which gradually leads to the river bank and then on to the New bridge which takes about an hour. After crossing the bridge, the path rises steeply and it is tough going for about 45 minutes before it eases out on a slope gently going down until our arrival the Kyumnu Khola, a tributary of the Modi Khola. From here, it is another 30 minutes of climbing to the settlement of Jhinu Danda (1,760 m), which has a few comfortable looking lodges and many Tibetan traders selling trinkets to trekkers. Jhinu Danda is a good lunch spot and also has a hot spring but it again takes a steep descent for about 20 minutes to reach here.

    After lunch, the climb to Chommorrong is a steep one with an average slope of 30 degrees incline. The trail is on a barren hillside making shelter from the sun a difficult one. But fortunately there are a few lodges located on the trail making the necessary stops an enjoyable one. At the end of the 2 hour ordeal, we arrive at a ridge with a few hotels but we continue further (for camping groups) about 10 minutes to arrive at the main Chomrong village with hotels and houses dotting the whole hillside and a most panoramic and close views of the Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Macchapucchare mountains. Chommorrong controls the entry to the Annapurna Sanctuary.
    Dinner and overnight at Chommorrong.

  • placeDay 04 : Trek to Ghorepani (2926 m)

    After breakfast trek to Ghorepani. The trail uphill to Tadapani have lunch at the camp and from this Village Square and shopping area and then ascends through forests and open landscape to arrive at a small village. Continue to climb steadily amidst chirping birds on treetops to arrive at Banthanti, located near a river. It is a densely forested area and chances of seeing the rich flora and fauna is possible although best in spring. There is a further climb to arrive at our lunch spot at Deorali (3180 m), which is the highest point of the trek. For better views, we continue through a dense forest for about 20 minutes to arrive at a clearing with a few teahouses and an open field above the village for lunch.

    After lunch, continue through the forest. The trail is a gently undulating one having reached our highest point. After about 1 ½ hour of trekking through the rhododendron forests along the ridgeline, arrive at a clearing to get views of the Annapurna South and the Ghorepani village far down below. Descend for 30 minutes to approach the main gate to Ghorepani with a big signboard welcoming trekkers to this village, which is also the highest campsite on our trek. It is an interesting walk as we pass through this densely populated village of a different ethnic community of Magars. We pass through the main village to arrive at the Lodge for overnight stay.
    Dinner and overnight at Ghorepani.

  • placeDay 05 : Trek to Hille- Nayapul –Pokhara

    Pre-dawn alert and it is time to do the one and half-hour trek to Poon Hill (3290 m.) -to view a magnificent sunrise over the Annapurna Range. Shortly afterwards we return back to Ghorepani for breakfast. After breakfast, bid farewell to the villagers and the trek starts with a descent, which gradually intensifies as we descend steeply to the river. Then there is more descending through a trail of gurgling streams and forests till our arrival at the Magar settlement of Ulleri for lunch. This village is located on a steep incline and has one of the best drainage systems in this part of the region. After lunch, descend on stone steps through the narrow lanes and then there is a steep knee wobbling descent on stone steps all the way down to the bridge on the Bhurgundi Khola which is dreaded by all trekkers.. The descent could take about 2 hours. The trail becomes more hazardous with the mule train also vying to get in front (ascending and descending) and sometimes lead to traffic jams. It is advisable to keep to the wall and let the mule trains to pass as accidents can happen if one is on the edge and is brushed by these pack animals.

    Countinue trails descend gently down to the banks of the Bhurgundi River and follow the trail along the river to arrive at Birethanti after 3 hours for lunch. Birethanti, located on the confluence of the Bhurgundi and Modi Khola is a booming village with rows of tea houses and also boasts of a bank. There is a check post where all trekkers must have their permits checked and logged. After lunch, cross the suspension bridge and walk a further 30 minutes to arrive at Nayapul.

    Pokhara stands at 884 m above sea level, about 700 m lower than Kathmandu Valley. In Kathmandu Valley the high temples are all around you, in Pokhara it is the mountains. Only foothills separate Pokhara form the full height of the Himalayas, and the magnificent 8000-m. peaks of the Annapurna range. It is a vacationer's paradise with its crystal clear lakes and fantastic views of the Annapurna range including the Fish Tail Mountain.

  • Hotel Accommodation & Pokhara on twin share bed/Single and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
  • Full board meals while trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
  • Properly boiled drinking water, tea and coffee while on trek.
  • Accommodation in teahouse during the trek,
  • Welcome / fare - well dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek
  • Nepal Social Treks Gears - sleeping bag, duffel bag etc for the use during the trip. garbage plastic bag.
  • Professional local experienced Trek Leader / Guide trained in Wilderness First Aid.
  • Comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Respective region ( Annapurna) trekking map. TIMS Card & Trek Permit
  • Well-experienced Climbing guide with all his allowance and expenses.
  • Necessary Porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
  • Proper Insurance of all staff including porters.
  • Warm clothing & trekking gear for staff including porters: Gortex jacket & trousers, fleece jacket and pant, trekking shoes / boots, woolen hat, gloves, shocks, sunglasses etc.
  • The Trekking t-shirt,
  • • Trekking map to each members,
  • Nepal entry Visa fees, Your travel insurance of any kind
  •  International Airfare and Airport Tax
  •  Lunch and Dinner except mentioned on email.
  •  All Drinks and main meals in cities.
  •  Tips and Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, Telephone, beverage drinks etc.

The itinerary listed is a guideline and standard pattern which we provide you. This trekking can be modified according to your time and requirements. We will be pleased if you provide every minor details about your trip.

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