Mystical Mountains of Nepal
Trek through the valleys of the magnificent Annapurna Ranges, immersing in the vibrant local culture of the Nepalese people and the awe-inspiring snow caped Himalayas.
Here the towns are just as stunning as the lushous nature surrounding, splashed with vibrant colours of paint and nepalese prayer flags. We will stay in local tea houses, having home cooked meals and heart warming drinks to nourish us along our journey. Our rooms at the tea houses will have comfortable beds and hot showers. Many of these villages are inaccessible by road, only walking paths, and have only received electricity within the last few years through addition of solar panels. Their supplys are brought up the trails by donkeys and horses. On this journey you will be humbled by the traditional lifestyle of the Nepalese mountain people.
Our trek will take us through the villages of Nayapul, Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Ghandruk and Jhinu Danda, eventually arriving at the spectacular summit of Poon Hill. Here we will be wonderstruck with 360 degree views of the Annapurna ranges at sunrise, including the shiny peaks of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna fang (7,647 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Hiunchuli (6,434 m) and Dhampus summit (6,012 m). After our hike, we will finish with a rejuvenating bath in the Hinu Danda hot springs to relax and heal our bodies with the mountain minerals.
This is a beginner level trek, so we welcome all women who would love to start adventuring in the mountains. We will take the trek slowly with lots of breaks along the way, so dont worry about "holding the group up". However in saying that this trek will cover 38kms and has MANY stairs, so a moderate level of fitness is required. You should be able to walk continuously up a sloping hill with some stairs for 1-2 hours (with breaks).
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Dates: November 16th - 25th, 2023
Meeting place: Kathmandu, Nepal
Group size: 14
• 2 nights accomodation in Kathmandu Hotel.
• 7 nights accomodation in traditional Nepalese "teahouses"along trek.
• Airport transfer upon arrival and departure in Kathmandu
• Tourist coach from Kathmandu to Pokhara
• Professional female Nepalese mountain guides.
• Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner every day.
• Daily yoga classes
The Poonhill trek is a very popular route in the Annapurna ranges because it is an easy beginner level trek, reaching a maximum elevation of only 3210m, but has STUNNING views of the Annapurna mountains making it very rewarding. We will be walking for 6 days, covering in total 38kms. This doesnt sound like much, however there are a LOT of stairs. So this trek definitely requires a moderate level of fitness. You should be capable of walking up continuous sloping ground with some stairs for several hours. The path is primarily stone and concrete, with some dirt sections, so it is very stable ground to walk on. In saying this, we will take it slow, and have lots of breaks. So don't worry about "holding the group up". We are all in this together and will be there supporting each other!
We will have porters carrying most of our gear so you will only need to carry a light day pack with water.
We will have daily yoga classes in the afternoon to stretch out after the hikes. All of our yoga classes will be at a beginner level and no experience is required. Yoga is an amazing practise for your body, mind and soul; no level of flexibility or fitness is required, you participate to your own capabilities!
We have chosen November to go trekking as this is the best month of the year for the climate in Nepal. It will be the end of autumn, so summer temps have dropped, but its not quite the cold snowy winter yet. November is also the lowest expected rainfall month of the year, so we shouldnt be getting rained on (unless the weather gods want to play a trick on us of course)!
The first few days of our hike will be very warm, t-shirts and shorts weather, then the higher and higher we get up the mountain the cooler it will get, untill the final morning when we summit Poon Hill it will be close to 0 degrees. So this means you'll have to pack summer clothes AND winter clothes.
Here is an overview of the temps throughout our trek:
What to bring:
3 Passport size Photos (required for National Park trekking permits)
Day pack for you to carry on hike
Torchlight / Headlight
Sunglass and sun-cream
Trekking poles (optional only if you feel your knees struggle with down hills or your worried about your endurance)
Dry fruits and chocolates for trekking snacks - can buy in Kathmandu aswell
Hiking boots - "broken in" and comfortable
Summer clothes (temps will be around 30° in day time)
Chargers - international adapter
Water bottle 1L minimum
We will be meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal, on the 16th of November. You can book your flight arriving in on the 16th or earlier. We will be having our official "meet and greet" around 5pm on the 16th, so it would be good to arrive earlier than that to give you time to settle in.
A driver will be waiting for you at Kathmandu airport with your name on a card ready to bring you to the hotel.
We will arrive back to Kathmandu after our trek on the 24th and stay that night in the same hotel, so you can fly out any time the next day on the 25th.
All Australians can obtain a Visa on Arrival to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. It costs $30USD for 15 days, $50USD for 30 days, or $125USD for 90 days.
You will need a valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background with you at immigration to get the VOA.
Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen.
Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fees
While traveling to Nepal, you are required to bring with you the following documents:
A vaccination certificate showing a full dose of vaccination against COVID-19, completed at least 14 days prior to entering Nepal.
2. If you are not being fully vaccinated, or have not completed a full dose of vaccination at least 14 days prior to arriving in Nepal, COVID-19 test report (RT-PCR, Gene Expert, True NAAT or WHO accredited test) showing negative result done within the last 72 hours of boarding from the first airport or, if you are entering through land border, done within 72 hours of entry.
Travel Insurance is compulsary for this trip, you will need to send confirmation of your insurance to firstname.lastname@example.org before the trip begins. There are lots of different companys offering travel insurance with different prices, so do some comparing and find the insurance which fits best for you. Make sure it includes surfing and medical assistance.
Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1400 m) / Meet & Greet
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport. Our Staff member meets you and transfers you to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Pokhara (1400 m): 7 – 8 hours drive
To start our trekking, we wake up early in the morning, take our breakfast in hotel and drive to Pokhara
in a tourist coach. We take our lunch for the day on the way at Palpa Resort. Upon arrival at Pokhara
transfer to the hotel. In the evening, we do some leisure activities around Phewa Lake and do final
preparation for the trekking.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: Drive to Nayapul (1577 m): 2.5 hours drive – Trek to Tikhedhunga
From Pokhara city we will travel via Jeep for approximately 2.5 hours to Nayapul, from here the Poon Hill
journey on foot begins!
The first stretch of the journey is an easy walk on a dirt road along a beautiful river. Here we will see
glimpses of the mystical Himalayan peaks and lush green mountain surroundings.
We will be passing local villages while taking in the Nepalese mountainside life and culture. Day 1 is a
four-hour trek which ends at Tikhedhunga Tea House where we will be staying the night. This guest
house is a quaint and comfortable space, situated at 1527m.
Overnight at a teahouse logde.
Day 4: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2850 m): 11 km: 6 – 7 hours
From Tikhedhunga a steep walk for about 2 hours will take us to Ulleri (2070 m). On the way, we cross
the Magar village of Banthanti from where we get to see the stunning view of Machhapuchhre (6997 m),
Hiunchuli (6441 m) and Annapurna South (7219 m). We then cross a small river and climb to Nangethani.
Upon arrival at Ghorepani, we get soaring views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I
and other mountains.
Overnight at a teahouse lodge.
Day 5: Ghorepani to Tadapani (3210 m): 6.5 km: 5 – 6 hours
Since this is the highlight of the trip and one of the most spectacular viewpoints, it would be a shame to
travel all this way not to see it.
We will trek to Tadapani to sleep, regardless of what we did in the early morning. Tadapani flaunts the
stunning views of Annapurna South (7219m), Machhapuchhre (6993m) and Himchuli. You may also see
some wild yak on your journey. We will spend the night at another cosy guesthouse.Overnight at Hotel
Day 6: Tadapani to Gandruk (1950 m): 3 – 4 hours hike
After breakfast in Tadapani, we start our hike to Gurung village in Ghandruk. We will walk for 2-3 hours
through the deep forest before we reach our lunch spot. After lunch, we will explore the local village and
do some cultural sightseeing. If you're lucky, you will witness a cultural dance.
Day 7: Ghandruk to Jhinu Danda (1780 m): Hot springs bath: 5 hours hike
After having breakfast in Ghandruk, we will head towards the Jhinu Danda hot spring. Today is about
relaxing and reflecting upon the journey your body, mind and soul has just embarked on. What better
way to do this then soak your muscles in a natural hot spring? The pools are built into the riverbank,
relax in the therapeutic hot water, and enjoy a wonderful view of the river. Close your eyes and enjoy
the sound of nature or enjoy a dip in the ice-cold river and return to the hot pool for the full hot and cold
muscle treatment. We will stay overnight at Jhinu Danda.
Day 8: Jhinu Danda to Pokhara (1400 m): 2 – 3 hours hike
The final day will consist of a 2 to 3 hour walk and then you will be transported back to Pokhara via Jeep.
We will spend the night at Hotel Iceland which offers spa and massage facility, for those who wish to
treat themselves after seven days of mountain trekking. It will also provide free WiFi and an outdoor
swimming pool only 600m from Fewa Lake.
Overnight at a hotel.
Day 9: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 7 – 8 hours drive
After breakfast, we end our beautiful trek and drive back to Kathmandu in a tourist coach. We arrive at
Kathmandu in the evening, where we have some time for leisure.
Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Farewell and Final departure
After breakfast, a staff member will pick you up from the hotel and transfers you to the airport for the
final departure. We wish you a pleasant and safe flight back home and hope to see you soon again.