9. From Pokhara: Budget 2 Night 3 days Poon hill trek
You will experience the lifestyle of Gurung and Magar communities, eat local foods, and make friends. The warm welcome of locals makes your trek further memorable. The Poon Hill Trek 3 days starts from Pokhara. You will have to travel for about an hour to reach Nayapul; which is the trailhead of Poon Hill Trekking within 3 days. You will then trek through rice fields, beautiful Gurung and Magar settlements; and crossing through green lush rhododendron forest to Tikhedhunga for overnight. On the second day, you will continue your trek to one of the most beautiful villages of Annapurna Region i.e. Ghorepani. Ghorepani, being a Gurung village offers warm hospitality to visitors. The clean and magnificent village offers you breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and other nearby mountains. The third day of the trek is the most entertaining one. The majestic trail with magnificent views of green landscapes and snow-covered mountains makes the day enjoyable. Today, you will reach PoonHill – the main highlight of the trek; and can witness the majestic sunrise view of Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and other snow-covered mountains. Thousands of photography enthusiasts and travelers trekking to PoonHill to witness and capture the sunrise view of Poon Hill. After spending your time in Poon Hill, you will retrace your path back to Nayapul; and then travel back to Pokhara to end the trip. DETAIL ITINERARY Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul & Trek to Tikhedhunga Trek Hours: 4-5 hours Altitude: 1520m We will start our travel early in the morning after breakfast. We will travel from Pokhara to Nayapul via local bus, which will take us about one and a half hour to reach Nayapul. Nayapul is the starting point of our trek. Following our arrival at Nayapul, our permits will be checked. After that, we will set up our hiking to Tikhedhunga, a small village on the way to Ghorepani with a few numbers of lodges for accommodation The beautiful meadows, streams and suspension bridges on the trail will add extra flavor to your trek. It will take around 4-5 hours to reach Tikhedhunga from Nayapul. After walking half an hour on the bank of Modi River we will get to Birethanti(1100m), a small village at the bank of Modi River. After a hike of 4 hours from Birethanti, we will get to Hile(1500m). From Hile, it is just a short climb to Tikhedhunga. Tikhedhunga has a lot to offer us. Magnificent view of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Fishtail and Himchuli, splendid hospitality of locals, and traditionally-built tea houses are its identity. We will stay overnight in a tea house in Tikhedhunga. Day 02: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani Trek Hours:5-6 hours Altitude: 2800m Following our breakfast in Tikhedhunga, we will start our second-day trek. It is comparatively more difficult than our first-day trek. We have to ascend through a steep uphill section to Ulleri (2,070m). Today we will hike for nearly 5-6 hours. From Ulleri via pasture land, oak, and rhododendron forest, we will reach Banthanti(2200m). The views from Banthanti will take your breath away. Then from Banthali, we will hike up to Nangthanti(2500m) crossing several hillocks and babbling streamlets. On the way to Nangthanti, the splendid view of mountains like Annapurna, I and Annapurna South can be enjoyed. Ghorepani is a 1-hour hike from Nangthanti. After hiking for 1 hour, we will get to Ghorepani, the stop for our day 2 trek. Ghorepani is a small settlement area at 2850m with folk tea houses that provide lodging facilities to trekkers. Following our arrival at Ghorepani, we will be able to see a picturesque sight of snow-capped mountains, landscapes, and settlements. The views of mountains like Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and more, crisp evening and the warm hospitality of Ghorepani will expunge your fatigue. We will enjoy the evening in Ghorepani by strolling around the village and spend a night in a well-maintained lodge in Ghorepani. Day 03: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Nayapul & Drive to Pokhara Trek Hours: 7-8 hours Altitude: 3210m Today is the last day of our trek. We will hike to Poon Hill. From there, it will take us around 1 hour to reach the top. The major attraction of this trek is the beautiful sunrise view from Poon Hill. So, today we will start our trek before dawn, to make sure that we will not miss the sunrise. When we reach the top of the hill, the dawn will break down and slowly from the back of hills sun shows up in the horizon. Now, the majestic scene unfolds there. The view of the orangish sky and the sunrays-kissed mountains are so magnificent to look at and are worth trekking for three days. After enjoying valuable time on the top, we will backtrack to Ghorepani. Following our breakfast in Ghorepani, we will retrace our steps downhills through Tikhedhunga to Banthanti to Nayapul. Since we will be descending, our hike will be a bit easier. We will once again walk through picturesque settlements, rhododendron and oak forest, streamlets, and suspension bridges. The babbling of nearby rivers, chirping of birds and countryside will make you feel better and beat your fatigue. After hiking for around 7-8 hours we will reach to Nayapul. Following our arrival in Nayapul, we will take a shearing jeep or bus ride and drive back to Pokhara. After we reach Pokhara, our momentous 3 days trek to Poon hill will come to an end. If you like to join extra activities like rafting, kayaking, bungee, etc., or trekking to some other region, you can reach out to us.