Nepal Tea-House Trekking: Poon Hill

Visiting Nepal and want to fit in some cheeky trekking in the Himalayas but don’t have too much time or the gear for a gruelling base camp trip? Then the Poon Hill Trek in the Annapurna Region could be perfect for you. This short Poon Hill trek 4 days trek takes you up steep trails through traditional villages and into the Annapurna Conservation Area. Read on to find out why Poon Hill is the best trek in Nepal for beginners, and to see why it is one of the most beautiful treks in the world! 

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Tea house trekking in Nepal is simply perfection – Seriously, I could just stare at this all day!

The view at sunrise from the Poon Hill view point stars two of the largest mountains in the world – Annapurna I (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the trips ultimate highlight but there is plenty more along the way! From Poon Hill you can enjoy the splendid Himalayan views including  no less than 9 epic mountains including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre Himal (6998m), Nilgiri (7041m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna II (7939m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m) and Lamjung Himal (6988m).

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As well as some seriously amazing cloud porn!

The worlds largest rhododendron forest, tiny hillside settlements, giant waterfalls, cloud and tussock covered peaks and glimpses of the tallest mountains in the world. If your into animals the track is also littered with friends horses, donkeys, goats and dogs to keep your spirits up along the way – Clanging bells announce the imminent arrival of brightly coloured mule and yak caravans which force you to stop for a break so they can pass!

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What do you think – Easily one of the most beautiful treks in the world, right! Just make sure you have a good travel backpack! 

We started at Naya Pol (1070m), about a hour taxi ride out of Pohkara, and continued on to Tikhedhungga in the first day but you should go past stone steps to Ulleri – Ban Thanti if you can manage it and stay at Heaven View or Anna Purna Guesthouse . You have a gorgeous view done the valley then – I would recommend either …

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When tea house trekking in Nepal pretty much just pick the place with the best view and settle in …

The next day we continued on to Ghorepani (2860m) then to Poon Hill (3210m) the next morning. It’s such a nice place here high in the mountains you could even stay two night, then on the second morning having sunrise at the second peak of Deurali (3090m) which is on the way anyway but would be less crowded! Plenty of places to chose from but we loved the feel of Nice View Lodge – Its name says it all really…

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But the view from the top is best … Even worth the 3am wake up call!

From here it is flat or downhill along the valley wall to Tadapani (2630m) except for one step 20 min climb then we stayed 30 minutes out of Ghandruk (1940m) at Hotel Lonely Planet. This was our favourite place we stayed with amazing views of Annapurna ranges rivalling that of Poon Hill and a nice relaxed vibe, with a giant fire roaring at night!

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And the show doesn’t stop at night … Don’t forget to leave your Nepalese tea house get a peek of those stars and the Milky Way!

From here we finished our incredible 4 day trek at Naya Pol (1070m), were we completed our 57 km trek having climbed and then descended over 2000m! Woo-Hoo! My legs are killing me and begging me to stop, but my eyes don’t want the journey to ever end…


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I will be back … For sure! Also side note – How cool is it that Nepal just decided screw the world we are gonna have a different flag!

This trek is very easy to do yourself, and although you can take a guide I would recommend against it as for the price we didn’t really get much out of it. You will need a permit and TMZ card which can be organized at local office in Pohkara the day before [more information here]. Unless in peak season hotels are not likely to sell out and advertise rooms for 500 rupees or below as all prices are fixed along the way by and large by a central organization. If you wondering about Nepal after the Earthquake check out this post ‘Nepal Now!’.

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Prices are a bit higher than down the mountain (quite understandably!) but nothing was going to stop me enjoying my 6am beer at the top!

Budget for food per day 1500-2000 rupees per person, depending on what you eat and drink, but perhaps take biscuits, chocolate or fruit with you to keep costs down. Safe drinking water is available the whole way along. We are also told there is a unwritten rule if you have dinner and breakfast somewhere they will give you the room for free, so perhaps try that out.

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So what do you think? I honestly would have to say Poon Hill is the best trek in Nepal for beginners, after those photos I’m sure you agree it is one of the most beautiful treks in the world! Check the rooms first and don’t be afraid to look elsewhere as they all have same prices but wildly different quality. Take your time, enjoy, don’t stress and take in the serenity that is the tallest mountain ranges in the world in comfort and style. 

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