About Poonhill Trek
The Poon Hill Trek is a famous walk located in the Annapurna region accessible to all ages and is even family-friendly. The trip culminates with a beautiful sunrise, unobstructed panoramic views of the Annapurna range, and lovely rhododendron forests.
The Poon Hill trek is a lower altitude, short trek in the Annapurna region. For those whose schedules might be a bit tight, but who want big-mountain views, the Poon Hill Trek offers one of the most appealing options around. For those who might have a bit more time but are looking to “warm” their legs up before jumping into a longer, more challenging trek, this walk offers a wonderful start to your trip.
Our walk to Poon Hill begins from Nayapul, often considered a gateway village to a number of different Annapurna-based walks. We depart Nayapul, passing the Annapurna Conservation Area Porject (ACAP) check post to walk along an easy path among multiple ethnically Gurung villages.
Soon we find ourselves at the foot of a very steep hill, requiring that we ascend a series of knee-crunching stone steps to arrive in the village Ulleri, perched on the mountainside. Not long after we depart Ulleri, we discover we are in the protected rhododendron forests of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Depending on the season in which we walk, the hillsides come alive with pink blossoms as the rhododendrons flower.
The path continues to delight us with clear streams, waterfalls, and the occasional teasing big-mountain view. We stroll into Ghorepani, a Magar village occupying a low-altitude col and with mouth-watering views of big peaks and the base for hiking Poon Hill for sunrise.
We rise early, and head for the hills, climbing nearly 400 meters to gain the vantage point of Poon Hill (3210m). Poon Hill is famous for the unobstructed panoramic views of Annapurna I Main (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machupachare (6997m), Tilicho (7134m), Nilgiri (7061m), and Dhaulagiri (8167m), and for the incredible sunrise silhouetting Machupachare, and the golden light that falls on the south face of Dhaulagiri.
If you wish to shoot photos, we need to arrive at Poon Hill early in the morning to secure a good spot for your tripod.
After taking in this incredible experience, we close our walk by briefly exploring the Ghandruk area, rich in culture and splendid forests.