Poon Hill Trek - The best short treks in Nepal

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  • Author Kumar Dahal
  • Published May 28, 2018
  • Word count 536

To the central north, Nepal, there lies 55km long Himalayan massif – popularly known as Annapurna massif. The Annapurna massif falls inside the Annapurna conservation area and is home to various trekking routes, ethnic villages and eco-system. Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna circuit trek, Poon Hill Trek, Mardi Himal Trek and Tilicho Lake trek are few to name classical and adventurous treks in the region.

If you are dreaming to experience wonderful mountain vistas but are too short on time, Poon trek in Annapurna region, Nepal is probably the best option for you. Poon Hill trek is possible to accomplish within 3 days and 2 nights offering you complete Himalayan views and highland cultural experience. Since the highest gain of the trek is 3240m at Poon Hill, there is zero risk of altitude sickness.

Who is Poon Hill Trek meant for?

Also known as Annapurna Poon Hill sunrise trek, it is for any passionate hikers who have keen desire to explore the magnificent mountain ranges, ethnic culture and semi-alpine landscapes. Poon Hill short trek particularly, targets those trekkers who are short on time and want to experience the Himalayas or those who are not quite confident enough to undertake week long or more treks in remote mountain terrain.

What to expect during the Poon Hill trek?

The level of difficulty during the trek isn’t too bad, the trekking route we will be sharing allows enough time to take rest whenever needed. Get ready for countless stairs. Also don’t expect for luxurious hotels and menus.

The teahouses along the trekking route offers very basic accommodation with basic facilities and amenities. Some teahouse panders more than the others. Also don’t seek for hot showers at high altitude, luke warm water is all what is get. You have to trek for almost 4 – 5 hours a day along the forested trail and some cultural villages.

What to Pack for the trek?

You don’t need to pack heavy with tons of trekking gears and invest hundreds of bucks during Annapurna Poon Hill Short Trek. We suggest you to pack light and bring the stuff that you can easily carry on your back, unless you go for to hire the porter to carry your stuffs.

The real sense of torture begins when you begin climbing up 3,000m steps with a backpack. Don’t forget to get sunhat, sun cream, glasses and non-melting energy bars. It is good to bring hiking poles if you are not content with uphill stairs. Also brings the sturdy hiking boots, 3-4 pairs of socks and other necessary clothing. Also get water purification tablets and small first aid kit with all necessary medicines.

You don’t need to pack a sleeping bag as lodges offers ample of warm blanket but you can bring a sleeping bag liner. The nights will not go to a freezing level until Ghorepani.

How to go for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek?

First of all, you need to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu to start this short and easy trek in Nepal. You can either choose to take a monotonous drive to Pokhara which takes around 6 – 7 hours. Or you can opt for a flight to Pokhara for about 30 minutes which costs around $ 120 one way.

First of all, you need to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu to start this short and easy trek in Nepal. You can either choose to take a monotonous drive to Pokhara which takes around 6 – 7 hours. Or you can opt for a flight to Pokhara for about 30 minutes which costs around $ 120 one way.

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