Walk the Poon Hill Trek

When you watch the sun rise above the Himalayas after a rewarding trek to the top of Ghorepani Poon Hill, you’ll see why it is one of the most famous viewpoints in Nepal.

A perfect introductory trek for those who don’t have a huge amount of time but are keen to get out in the clean highland air and experience the pursuit that so many people travel to the country to enjoy, this hike is a real adventure.

Climbing to 3,210 metres above sea level, the hike is an enjoyable challenge and one which will get the blood nicely pumping. But that is not to say that you need Herculean fitness: the Poon Hill trek is accessible to the majority of people, with only a moderate level of fitness required. You’ll meander through the traditional villages of the Annapurna region, see the great Himalayas right up close and enjoy the local dance and other customs as you head to the top of the hill.

The gateway to the start of the trek is Nayapul, where you can stock up on supplies for the journey and begin making your way up the road, which is pleasantly gradual at this stage. Stay overnight in the charming village of Tikhedhunga, which has a lovely alpine feel and gently echoes with the sound of a nearby waterfall as you bed down for the night. Trekking lodges are a great option for accommodation on the Poon Hill trek, a place to share stories and learn tips from fellow trekkers as well as a place to lay your head.

From there you will begin to experience the Himalayas proper. When you catch your first glance of the snow-capped mountains it will take your breath away, and you won’t be able to stop snapping away on your camera as a new angle appears with every turn of a corner. When you reach the viewpoint, typically on the third day of hiking, it will all be worth the exertion for the views.

September to November is the best time of year for the hike, and most trips last four or five days. It is recommended that you bring altitude sickness tablets, though these can also be picked up in pharmacies en route. However, there are also lower-altitude hikes available in the area.

The Poon Hill trek is certainly an undertaking given the physical activity involved, but the sunrise view is worth every step and there is no doubt that one of the best ways to see Nepal is hiking it. Walking through such beautiful oak forests amid alpine flowers and with spectacular views all around is something you will never forget, and indeed the trip can be a life-changing one for many who take it on.