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The Poon Hill trek – our detailed information and itinerary

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The Poon Hill trek might be one of many best treks within the Annapurna Sanctuary which explains its rising recognition. It’s an important path to stroll for inexperienced hikers and for many who simply need simply to get a style of mountain climbing within the area. The trek could be achieved in Three or Four days, the route is well-marked, there are a lot of guesthouses and eating places on the way in which and fairly just a few folks so no want to fret about getting misplaced, not with the ability to discover a place to remain or to eat. The Poon Hill is a superb path to do as an acclimatization trek earlier than trying one of many tougher routes just like the Annapurna Circuit or Annapurna Base Camp.

Poon Hill trek overview

  • Distance – 40 km/25 mi
  • Time – 3-Four days 
  • Permits – TIMS card and Annapurna Sanctuary allow required 
  • Information – could be achieved independently, with a information/porter or in a gaggle
  • Place to begin – Nayapul, 2 hours by bus from Pokhara
  • Ending level – Ghandruk 
  • Highest level – Poon Hill peak (3131 m)
  • Whole ascent – 3000 m
  • Whole descent – 1996 m
  • Lodging – guesthouses
  • Meals – Nepali and Western meals

The place to begin and to complete the Poon Hill trek?

Like different trekking routes within the Annapurna Sanctuary park, you have got completely different beginning and ending factors for this trek. The preferred approach is to begin in Nayapul and to complete in Ghandruk (we walked this fashion as essentially the most trekkers do), the whole ascent for the route can be 3000 m and complete descend 1996 m. Y

ou can do it the opposite approach round; to begin in Ghandruk and to complete in Nayapul as you possibly can see on the graph this fashion you’ll get much less ascend and extra descend in comparison with Nayapul – Ghandruk possibility; about 2000 m up and 3000 m down. There are jeeps and buses to Pokhara from each villages. Notice! If it rains rather a lot the highway from Ghandruk will get very muddy and there may be no buses to Pokhara from there. You may stroll to Kimche from Ghandruk then (Four km further and 300 m extra down) or all the way in which to Kande by Australian Camp (plus 16 km and various up and down further). 

Route options on the Poon Hill trek, Nepal
4 route choices of the Poon Hill trek

Guided trek vs unbiased hike

We choose to hike independently when it’s potential for us it’s extra attention-grabbing to search out the way in which, organize lodging, carry our personal backpacks and so on. however I perceive some folks need to spend their vacation in a extra relaxed approach.

Impartial trek

Professionals

  • The apparent one, it’s less expensive than a tour
  • It’s extra adventurous you do all of the logistics and planning your self
  • You’re extra versatile you determine if need to stroll additional or keep someplace longer and so on.

Cons

  • It may be a bit troublesome to plan and to stroll by yourself if it’s your first hike
  • You’ll must type out any concern or drawback on the way in which by yourself

Guided trek

You may guide a 4-day guided Poon Hill trek that follows the identical itinerary as ours.

Professionals

  • It’s straightforward no want to fret about route planning, discovering lodging, packing mild as a result of it’s important to carry your individual backpack and so on.
  • In the event you’re fortunate to discover a educated information who speaks good English you possibly can study rather a lot about native tradition, meals, way of life and so on.

Cons

  • It’s way more costly
  • It takes away some a part of the journey
  • You need to keep on with the group even when the itinerary doesn’t go well with you effectively

A compromise possibility – hiring a information or a porter

It is a good thought in case you don’t need to be a part of a gaggle tour however don’t really feel assured sufficient to stroll alone, plus you create a working alternative for native folks. We by no means used a information on any of the hikes in Nepal however we noticed many vacationers strolling with a information or a porter. One of the simplest ways of discovering a superb dependable information is suggestions from different vacationers e.g. on the boards or Fb teams devoted to mountain climbing in Nepal.

We requested round on the companies in Pokhara and the typical worth is US$20 per day for a porter and US$25 per day for a information. A porter can carry as much as 20-25kg you will get one porter for 2 or three folks. Identical with a information you possibly can share one information between a few folks or perhaps a group. You may rent each however in my view, it’s pointless.

Different excursions and actions in Nepal

Campbell & Alya on the Poon Hill trek, Nepal
Stingy Nomads at Deurali go, Ghorepani Poon Hille trek

Sensible data

One of the best time for mountain climbing the Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is March – April, and September – October comfy temperature, not a lot snow or rain.

We used Maps.me offline app for navigation mountain climbing in Nepal, the Poon Hill trek is marked fairly effectively besides the very starting of the stroll from Nayapul to Birethanti, we used the app to get to the path.

We had been shocked with the services of guesthouses on the route in comparison with what we obtained on the Everest Base Camp trek the Poon Hill was virtually a luxurious trek. Mainly, each guesthouse (tea home) on the way in which has wi-fi, sizzling water bathe and electrical energy and more often than not they don’t even cost you further for utilizing any of those services in contrast to on another trekking routes. So no worries about being offline, not showering or not with the ability to cost your units. You may even get correct Espresso or Cappuccino at some villages on the route.

The trek turned to be extra in style than we thought there have been fairly lots of people and we did it in early March, the start of the season however it might be as a result of Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit trek had been closed because of heavy snowfalls, many individuals we met on the trek got here to Nepal to hike considered one of these however needed to change their plan.

Like on different trekking routes in Nepal you pay little or no for lodging however it’s important to eat dinner and breakfast at your guesthouse, meals, not the lodging is the principle supply of earnings for locals right here. In the event you don’t eat on the visitor home you’ll pay in your room two or 3 times extra. The common worth for a double room with a shared rest room is between NPR  200-400/US$2-4. Some guesthouses have rooms with connected rest room however they’re a bit dearer – NPR 400-500/US$4-5 for 2 folks.

Pack some snacks (dried fruit, cookies, nuts, and so on.) and chocolate with on the trek these things will get very costly the upper you go e.g. Sneakers in Pokhara prices NPR 75/US$0,6 at Ghorepani you’ll pay NPR 250/US$2,2 and so on. 

Poon Hill trek price

Our complete finances breakdown for Four days, 2 folks.

  • TIMS card – NPR 4000/US$36 (NPR 2000/US$17 per particular person)
  • Annapurna Sanctuary allow – NPR6000/US$54 (NPR 3000/US$26 per particular person)
  • Lodging – NPR 800/US$7
  • Transport – NPR 1700/US$15
  • Meals – NPR 8000/US$72

Whole; NPR 20 500/US$186 for 2 folks or NPR 10 250/US$93 per particular person.

Accommodation on the trek could be very low-cost between NPR 200/US$2 and NPR 300/US$Three for 2 folks, within the peak season, April and October, costs would possibly go as much as NPR 400. In the event you’re one particular person they normally cost NPR 200/US$2 per room. At some locations, the unique worth may be increased however you at all times can negotiate it. Keep in mind to say that you simply’re going to eat dinner and breakfast on the place.

A meal on the Poon Hill trek prices between NPR 400/US$Four and NPR 600/US$6 per particular person relying on what you order, meat dishes are dearer, vegetable and egg dishes are cheaper. A cup of tea is between NPR 60-100/US$1. A cup of sizzling water 50. A pot of sizzling water (1l) – NPR 150/US$1,3. A giant plate of pasta or rice – NPR 500/US$4,5. The most costly stuff to purchase on the trek is bottled or canned drinks, for a small bottle of Coke or juice you’ll pay NPR 250/US$2,2. Typically, meals costs are about 30-40% increased than in Pokhara. 

Water on the trek. We used our LifeStraw bottle and used faucet water for ingesting there are water faucets alongside the way in which the place you possibly can refill your bottle. Having some type of filter or purification tablets will save fairly a bit of cash. One litre of ingesting water (bottled or refilled) prices between 50 and 100 relying on the place. You’ll want a minimum of 2l of water per particular person a day in case you purchase it each time you possibly can add NPR 150-200/US$2 pp. to your every day finances.

Transport is straightforward and low-cost particularly in case you take native buses, jeeps are two to a few instances dearer however I consider extra comfy and quicker. Bus from Pokhara to Nayapul prices NPR 200/US$2 pp., bus from Ghandruk to Pokhara NPR 500/US$4,5, bus from Kande to Pokhara – NPR 150/US$1,2

In the event you marvel how a lot cash to tackle the hike I’d recommend to have a minimum of NPR 2000/US$18 per particular person per day, it’ll be sufficient to pay for lodging and three meals. In the event you’re planning to purchase snacks, cool drinks, sweets, souvenirs and so on. on the way in which – NPR 2500/US$23 pp. per day.  

Price of the trek with a information or a porter

In the event you rent a information, add to the above finances US$25 per day, for a porter US$20. That worth consists of information’s/porter’s lodging and meals you don’t must pay any further however they’ll anticipate suggestions on the finish of the trek.

Price of an organized tour

There are completely different choices as effectively relying on companies you get, a variety of folks within the group, meals and transport preparations for an all-inclusive tour you’ll pay between US$50-60 per particular person per day (normally it consists of Annapurna Sanctuary allow and TIM card). In the event you determine to affix a tour I’d advocate to decide on a good established firm slightly than go for a bit cheaper possibility with somebody you don’t know.

Permits and TIMS for the Poon Hill trek

Like for every other trek contained in the sanctuary you should get a allow and a TIMS card. Each could be obtained on the Vacationer Info Heart in Pokhara, about 1,5 km from Lakeside. The workplace is open Mon to Solar from 10am to 5pm. Whole price NPR 5000/US$43.

Notice! The immigration workplace is positioned in the identical constructing you possibly can lengthen your visa there. To get a TIMS card and a allow you want your passport, insurance coverage (no one asks to point out it you simply want the main points to fill in) and a contact particular person in Nepal (we normally give our lodge particulars). No different paperwork wanted.

To get the TIMS card;

  • First, fill the shape that you simply get on the counter (title, insurance coverage quantity, passport particulars, handle in Nepal, contact data and so on.)
  • Second, take a photograph. No must deliver your individual images they take it proper there on the workplace and it’s freed from cost (Four passport measurement images, it’s included within the worth of your TIMS card).  
  • Third, give the stuffed type, two images and pay NRP 2000/US$17 pp. paid money in Nepalese Rupee on the counter.
  • Forth, get your TIMS.

The TIMS card is legitimate just for a single entry to the park each time you exit you’ll want a brand new TIMS card to enter the park once more. The identical with the allow you want a brand new one each time you enter the park. In the event you’re planning on doing a number of hikes inside Annapurna Sanctuary it’s higher (cheaper) to remain on a regular basis contained in the park than to return to Pokhara after each hike.

To get the Annapurna Sanctuary Allow;

  • First, after getting your TIMS card go to the next-door room and get the shape
  • Second, fill within the type
  • Third, hand the stuffed type, passport, two images and NRP 3000/US$26 pp. paid money in Nepalese Rupee on the counter.
  • Forth, get your allow.

Insurance coverage for the trek

The Poon Hill trek is a average altitude hike that includes exhausting lengthy ascents and harmful steep descents, more often than not the route goes by distant areas having journey insurance coverage is extremely beneficial. In reality, it’s required for getting your mountain climbing allow. No person has ever requested us to point out our insurances however once you fill the shape they ask you to supply the title and the telephone variety of your insurance coverage firm.

There are a lot of journey insurance coverage corporations we’d advocate utilizing one which has experience in overlaying outside actions like World Nomads. Nepal is considered one of their high mountain climbing locations with 1000’s of individuals shopping for World Nomads insurance coverage insurance policies for trekking right here in order that they know native particular. Their insurance coverage is very versatile you should buy one which covers your complete journey or simply the interval of the trek. For instance, when you’ve got cheaper journey insurance coverage that doesn’t cowl excessive altitude actions you should buy World Nomads coverage overlaying solely the hike. You will get insurance coverage only a day earlier than the deliberate exercise and even the identical day, it takes simply a few minutes, fast and simple.  Get a quote proper now!

Tips on how to get from Pokhara to Poon Hill

The trek begins in Nayapul, a small city 40km from Pokhara. Buses to Nayapul depart repeatedly from the bus terminal in Pokhara. The journey takes 2-Three hours, worth NPR 200/US$2 pp. To get to the bus terminal from Lakeside you possibly can take a taxi or stroll there isn’t any public bus going that approach. A taxi will price NPR200-300/US$2.

The place to remain in Pokhara

Lakeside is the principle touristy space of Pokhara it’s crammed with lodges, visitor homes, eating places, bars, and so on. right here yow will discover lodging on any finances from low-cost homestays to fancy spa lodges.

The Poon Hill trek detailed itinerary

Day 1. Bus Pokhara – Nayapul, 2h15min., NPR 200/US$2

            Nayapul – Ulleri, 12km, 3h30min.

Day 2. Ulleri – Ghorepani, 8km, 2h35min.

Day 3. Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani, 3km, 1h30min.

            Ghorepani – Ghandruk, 16,3km, 5h.

Day 4. Bus/jeep Ghandruk – Pokhara, 2h30min., NPR 500/US$4,5

Day 1. Bus Pokhara – Nayapul, 2h15min. Nayapul – Ulleri, 12 km

Nayapul (1000m) – Birethanti (1025m) – Hile – Ulleri (2000m), 12 km/7,Four mi

  • Place to begin – Nayapul
  • Ending level – Ulleri
  • Distance – 12 km/7,Four mi
  • Time – 3h30min.
  • Whole ascent – 1092 m
  • Whole descent – 125 m
Nayapul to Ulleri elevation profile, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek
Poon Hill trek elevation profile Day 1 from Nayapul to Ulleri

Bus journey as normally took longer than we thought, over 2 hours to get to Nayapul, together with 20min. cease for lunch. To get to the path, first you stroll by Nayapul, throughout the bridge to Birethanti (one other village). Simply as you stroll out of the city there would be the first checkpoint.

About 500 m away there may be the second checkpoint the place you present your TIMS card, it will get stamped, they write down your title and that’s it. One other 300 m and the third checkpoint the place you present your Annapurna Nationwide park allow, they once more write down your title and tear the underside a part of your allow. To get from Nayapul to Birethanti we used Maps.me app after that the route is kind of clear and simple to observe. 

The primary half of the stroll is on the dust highway although there are only a few vehicles primarily jeeps driving vacationers to Hile, the furthermost level you will get by automobile on the Poon Hill trek. Some folks take a jeep, some stroll. We walked this half, it wasn’t very powerful, slight uphill however nothing hectic. After about 9 km you attain Hile. It’s a pleasant village with many guesthouses, cafes, and eating places. As an possibility if it’s late otherwise you’re drained you possibly can keep right here.

For the primary 9 km, you mainly stroll on a regular basis previous small outlets and native meals locations getting water or meals gained’t be an issue. There are a lot of water faucets on the way in which in case you use a filter like us you’ll be capable of fill your bottle alongside the route.

The second half from Hile to Ulleri is the powerful half with a really steep and lengthy ascend. At first, you even stroll just a little bit down however the final 2 km to Ulleri is a protracted and steep ascent. Make certain to fill your water in Hile there gained’t be many locations after it. The ascent takes about 2 hours it’s fairly tiring. 

Challenges

  • Lengthy and steep ascend from Hile to Ulleri, about 800 m up

Highlights

  • Lovely surroundings on the way in which to Hile
  • Nice views of the mountain vary and the encircling space from Ulleri

Majestic visitor home, Ulleri

Situated on the route, on the entrance to Ulleri, on the left-hand facet. Worth NRP 200/US$2 for 2 folks in case you eat dinner and breakfast right here.

Amenities

  • Sizzling bathe – sure, at no further price
  • Flush rest room – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – sure, within the eating room, can cost your units at no further price
  • Wi-fi – sure, on the restaurant, at no further price
  • Blankets – sure. It was fairly heat we didn’t use our sleeping luggage, blankets had been greater than heat sufficient.
  • Consuming water – sure, there’s a huge tank with filtered water outdoors the place you would fill your bottle totally free. Bottled water 1l prices NRP 50/US$0,5.
Views over the valley from Ulleri, Poon Hill trek, Nepal
Attractive views from Ulleri Village, the primary cease on the Poon Hill trek

Day 2. Ulleri – Ghorepani, eight km

Ulleri (2000m) – Banthanti (2210m) – Nangethani (2430m) – Ghorepani (2780m), 8km/5 mi

  • Place to begin – Ulleri
  • Ending level – Ghorepani
  • Distance – eight km/5 mi
  • Time – 2h34min.
  • Whole ascent – 837 m
  • Whole descent – 90 m
Elevation profile of day 2, walk from Ulleri to Ghorepani
Elevation profile Day 2 of the Poon Hill trek itinerary. Ulleri to Ghorepani, 873 m up

It was fairly a brief strolling day so you possibly can take your time within the morning, sleep late, have breakfast and slowly begin strolling. The path goes by the forest, previous many waterfalls, small rivers, villages, eating places and tea homes – loads of locations to cease for meals, tea and to refill/purchase water, no want to hold a number of water with from Ulleri. At first, in Ulleri, there’s a steep ascend all the way in which to the highest of the mountain. Many of the day you stroll uphill generally gradual and simple generally fairly steep and difficult.

On the entrance to Ghorepani, there’s a checkpoint the place they test your Annapurna Sanctuary permits once more. There are two Ghorepani villages; Decrease Ghorepani and Ghorepani, they’re about 10 min. and 100 m aside first you get to Decrease Ghorepani from there you go upstairs to Ghorepani.

We stayed at Decrease Ghorepani most individuals (primarily teams) went to Ghorepani. It was good to cease at Decrease Ghorepani and avoid the crowds, we had been solely Four folks in our guesthouse. You may stroll to Poon Hill from each villages, the paths be a part of within the center on the entrance to Poon Hill. At Ghorepani, it was not very chilly however positively extra windy and chilly than at Ulleri.

Challenges

  • Strolling uphill a lot of the day, 837 m elevation acquire.

Highlights

  • Lovely forest
  • Many waterfalls on the way in which
  • Good views over the world

Resort Glacier

We obtained a room for NRP 300/US$2,7 for 2 folks in case you eat dinner and breakfast right here. The path to Poon Hill begins proper from the door of the guesthouse, plus there’s a place with good espresso subsequent door. 

Amenities

  • Sizzling bathe – sure, at no further price
  • Flush rest room – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – sure, can cost your units totally free when there may be electrical energy, the facility usually goes off and so they use photo voltaic panels however you possibly can’t cost something
  • Wi-fi – free when there may be electrical energy if engaged on photo voltaic panels – 150 per gadget, limitless time
  • Blankets – sure (in case you don’t have blankets within the room ask them to deliver)
Alya walking up on the trail through the forest
Alya on the way in which up, the second day had some steep ascents

Day 3. Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani – Ghandruk, 19,Three km

Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani – Tadapani – Ghandruk, 19,Three km/12 mi

Morning. Dawn on the highest of Poon Hill

Ghorepani (2780m) – Poon Hill (3200m) – Ghorepani (2780m)

  • Place to begin – Decrease Ghorepani at 5.20
  • Ending level – Decrease Ghorepani  at 7.00
  • Whole distance – Three km/1,eight mi
  • Time – 1h30min.; 40 min. up, 30 min. down, 30 min. on the highest
  • Whole ascent – 387 m
  • Whole descent – 387 m

It takes about 45 min. to get to the highest of Poon Hill from Ghorepani, the stroll is steep uphill all the way in which, ensure that to take water with. In the event you begin at Decrease Ghorepani your complete ascent and descent can be just a little bit greater than from Ghorepani. The path is straightforward to observe, you gained’t get misplaced there can be many individuals strolling up. We took solely water, headlamps and cameras with, the remainder of our stuff we left locked within the room within the guesthouse. Take cash with to pay the doorway charge to Poon Hill (NPR 100 pp.).

You’re not allowed to deliver a thermos with sizzling water/tea/espresso to the highest, superb for that’s NPR 2000/US$18. They promote sizzling drinks on the highest for 2-Three instances dearer than down within the village, NPR 160-200/US$2.

Elevation profile of Poon Hill peak trek
Elevation profile of the stroll to the highest of Poon Hill. Up and down the identical approach, 387m ascent and descent

The dawn was stunning we had been fortunate with the climate the sky was clear we might see the solar rising from behind the mountains. Simply after we began strolling down it obtained cloudy and began snowing. The descent wasn’t a lot quicker than the ascend the path was partly coated in snow/ice we didn’t have mountain climbing poles and battle attempting to not fall or slide down.

What to take to the summit

  • Headlamp – you begin strolling within the pitch darkish
  • Water
  • Gloves – make positive you costume heat sufficient it will get fairly chilly on the high ready for the solar to come back.
  • Beanie 
  • Digital camera/GoPro/Cellphone
  • Cash 100 pp. entrance charge, plus further to purchase tea/espresso on the highest
  • Mountaineering poles – can be fairly useful particularly on the way in which down

The view was stunning, value early wake-up and difficult stroll however ensure that the sky is evident (you’ll see 1000’s of stars if it’s) earlier than you begin the ascend in any other case you gained’t be capable of see a lot. In the event you don’t like getting up early you possibly can go to Poon Hill within the afternoon of the day you arrive at Ghorepani in a approach it’s nicer as a result of in contrast to within the morning there can be no folks on the highest and no one to cost NRP 100/US$1 on the entrance. 

Amazing sunrise on the top of the Poon Hill
Gorgeous dawn on the highest of the Poon Hill, the spotlight of the trek

Afternoon. Ghorepani to Ghandruk

  • Place to begin – Ghorepani
  • Ending level – Ghandruk
  • Distance – 16,Three km/10 mi
  • Time – 5 hours
  • Whole ascent – 683 m
  • Whole descent – 1394 m
Elevation profile Ghorepani to Ghandruk, Poon Hill trek
Elevation profile of Day Three of the Poon Hill trek; Ghorepani to Ghandruk. Ascend – 683 m, descend – 1394 m

The primary a part of the stroll was fairly powerful from Ghorepani we went as much as the go, about 300 m the climb was tiring however it wasn’t essentially the most troublesome a part of the stroll. From the highest, for the following hour, we walked within the snow principally downhill and it was fairly troublesome as we weren’t ready for that we didn’t have crampons or mountain climbing poles. Strolling down on slippery snow/ice floor was gradual fortunately we didn’t fall or damage ourselves.

On the way in which between Ghorepani and Tadapani, there are 5 small villages the place you possibly can cease for lunch, relaxation or get water. Tadapani is about 10 km away from Ghorepani it took us a superb 3h30min. to stroll it. Many of the approach was downhill however there was one steep uphill simply earlier than Tadapani, about 200 m up the final ascend for the day.

In the event you really feel drained and that you simply’ve walked sufficient for the day you possibly can keep at Tadapani there are a number of tea homes and eating places. The views from the village are fairly good. We learn that the views from Ghandruk village are really spectacular and determined to maintain strolling. It’s about 6 km extra to Ghandruk.

The second a part of the stroll from Tadapani to Ghandruk was straightforward by stunning forest primarily downhill. It went fairly fast. There was a guesthouse on the way in which as effectively. Ghandruk is kind of a giant place in comparison with the opposite stops on the way in which there are a lot of visitor homes and eating places however not many outlets 4 or 5 however all very small with very restricted choices.

Challenges

  • Early get up for the dawn
  • A steep ascent and descent on the highest of Poon Hill
  • Stroll over Deurali go
  • A few steep ascends and descends on the way in which from Ghorepani to Tadapani.

Highlights

  • Dawn on the highest of Poon Hill
  • Lovely views of snow peaks on the way in which to Tadapani
  • Good forest stroll from Tadapani to Ghandruk

Resort Ghandruk

Worth NPR 300/US$Three for 2 folks, the lodge is positioned just a little bit outdoors of the busy space, the view of the mountains from the backyard is beautiful.

Amenities

  • Sizzling bathe – sure, at no further price
  • Flush rest room – sure
  • Electrical energy – sure
  • Energy shops – sure, there are a few multi plugs within the eating space
  • Wi-fi – sure, free
  • Blankets – sure

The Poon Hill trek could be mixed with Annapurna Base Camp trek that begins at Ghorepani or with the Mardi Himal trek (as we did) that begins at Landruk which is about 2 hours stroll (principally downhill) from Ghandruk.

Views of the mountain range from a lookout on the way to Ghandruk
Snowy peaks and plush inexperienced forest – surroundings on the way in which to Ghandruk

Day 4. Bus Ghandruk – Pokhara, Three hours/stroll Ghandruk – Australian Camp

We didn’t do that half as a result of the following day from Ghandruk we walked to Landruk the place we began the Mardi Himal trek. There are a number of choices of ending the Poon Hill trek; taking a bus/jeep from Ghandruk to Pokhara, strolling to Kimche and taking a bus from there, strolling all the way in which to Australian Camp and from there to Kande and take a bus to Pokhara or proceed mountain climbing and do one other route contained in the sanctuary.

Getting again to Pokhara

There are jeeps and buses that drive straight to Pokhara from Ghandruk, it’ll take about 2h30min. to get again by bus, a jeep can be quicker. Vacationer worth for the bus is NPR 500/US$4,5 pp., they’ll attempt to ask extra however it’s the established worth for vacationers. Jeep prices NPR 1000/US$9 pp. however in case you’re two or extra folks you possibly can negotiate the worth and really seemingly get a reduction. 

Our packing listing for the Poon Hill trek

It’s a 4-day trek with staying in tea homes so attempt to pack mild to make the stroll simpler. 

Gear

Backpack – a 40L backpack can be sufficient however in case you pack mild.

LifeStraw or every other water filter or purifying tablets – it’ll prevent some cash there are a number of water faucets on the route the place you possibly can refill water plus it’s environmentally pleasant. 

Headlamp – all tea homes we stayed had electrical energy however you’ll want a torch or headlamp to go up Poon Hill for the dawn, you begin strolling in the dead of night.

Sleeping bag – all tea homes we stayed had blankets, it was actually chilly solely in Ghorepani so we used our summer season sleeping luggage with blankets however you’ll be superb simply sleeping in heat clothes.

Mountaineering poles – there are some fairly steep ups and downs on the trek the poles can be fairly helpful particularly on a wet day.

Waterproof pouch for paperwork, cash, telephone, and so on.

Small mixture lock – you should use it to lock your room in a visitor home.

LifeStraw bottle is a great item to have for any trek in Nepal
Alya ingesting water on the way in which from a LifeStraw bottle

Garments

Mountaineering footwear – we purchased new mountain climbing boots, Salomon X Extremely Three GORETEX (ladies’s mannequin ) for each of us. For a very long time, we had been considering of shopping for GORETEX mountain climbing footwear and eventually we did. The footwear are superior, very comfy, waterproof, our toes weren’t sweating or getting chilly. We’re very joyful we’ve purchased these footwear.

Mountaineering socks – we at all times put on merino wool socks for mountain climbing, they work nice; final lengthy, don’t soak up odours, shield your toes from blister and so on.

Trekking pants – Campbell at all times hikes in regular trekking pants I choose sporting yoga pants.

Mountaineering shirt – Colombia mountain climbing shirts are Campbell’s favorite, I like mountain climbing in lengthy sleeve working shirts and sports activities bras.

Sleeping garments e.g. lengthy cotton pajama pants and a thermal shirt for sleeping and sporting in guesthouses after the bathe – it’s comfy and heat. Girls choices; pants and shirt.

Mountaineering towel – a lot of the guesthouses if not all of them have a sizzling bathe.

Electronics

Kindle – Campbell at all times takes his Kindle Paperwhite with on hikes. In the event you’re an proprietor of Kindle by becoming a member of Kindle limitless program by Amazon you’ll get entry to tons of of 1000’s of e-books and audiobooks.

Smartphone – the route is marked fairly effectively and there are a lot of trekkers strolling it however simply in case it’s helpful to have Maps.me navigation app in your telephone.

GoPro HERO8 we used it rather a lot for taking images and movies we had our digital camera with as effectively however ended up virtually by no means utilizing it.

Garmin Fenix 5X because of this watch we might add elevation profiles, distances, maps and so on. to our submit so for us it was actually value shopping for it.

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Really useful books and guidebooks

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