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Nepal

Poon Hill Charity Trek 2024

Journey through Nepal's Annapurna to Poon Hill, supporting local charities while experiencing unforgettable cultural and natural Himalayan beauty.

ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE

2850
10490

Embark on a transformative 9-day journey to the breathtaking Poon Hill, nestled in the heart of Nepal's Annapurna region. This special charity trek not only offers a chance to witness some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth but also supports meaningful community initiatives, providing a unique blend of adventure and altruism.

 

As you trek through lush rhododendron forests, charming Gurung villages, and along rugged mountain paths, you'll encounter stunning vistas of snow-capped peaks, including the Annapurna South, Machapuchare, and Dhaulagiri. Each step brings you closer not only to the natural beauty of the Himalayas but also to the warm-hearted people who call this region home. The highlight of your trek will be the early morning hike to Poon Hill, where you'll experience a sunrise like no other, illuminating the Himalayan giants in a dramatic display of color.

 

The journey concludes with a heartfelt visit to a local charity in Kathmandu, where you'll gain insight into the impactful work being done to improve the lives of Nepalese communities, followed by a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical sites. This trip is more than just a trek; it's an opportunity to connect, understand, and contribute to a greater cause while pushing your physical and emotional boundaries in the shadows of the world's highest peaks.

TRIP ACTIVITY

Multi Activity

ACTIVITY RATING

Moderate

SKILL RATING

No Experience

DURATION

9 Days

DESTINATION

Nepal

GROUP SIZE

14

Tour Highlights

Experience breathtaking sunrise from Poon Hill's stunning viewpoint
Support local charity initiatives, enriching Nepalese communities
Trek through rhododendron forests and charming Gurung villages

Itinerary

Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our Summit Expeditions representative and transferred to your hotel. After settling in, take some time to rest or explore the local area. In the evening, we will host a comprehensive briefing session. This orientation will cover all necessary trek details, ensure your equipment is adequate, and introduce you to our trekking strategy. Conclude your day with a welcome dinner where you’ll enjoy traditional Nepalese cuisine, giving you a taste of the local culture and an opportunity to bond with your fellow trekkers.
Begin your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel before heading to the domestic airport for a short but scenic flight to Pokhara. Marvel at the aerial views of Nepal’s landscape as you approach. Once in Pokhara, a brief drive to Nayapul serves as the real starting point of your trek. From Nayapul, hike to Hile, enjoying the lush surroundings and the rhythmic sounds of the river. The trek continues with a steady climb on ancient stone steps leading to Ulleri, a picturesque village that provides a perfect backdrop for your first night on the trail.
Today’s trek will lead you through enchanting rhododendron forests and alongside babbling brooks, with occasional breaks at small tea houses for refreshments. As you ascend to higher elevations, the forest canopy opens up to reveal mesmerizing views of the surrounding mountain peaks. Ghorepani, nestled at an altitude of 2,750 meters, is a welcoming village known for its water sources which historically quenched the thirst of horses carrying trade goods across mountain passes. This location offers spectacular early morning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Embark on an early morning adventure, waking up while it’s still dark and beginning your ascent to Poon Hill. This pre-dawn hike is designed to position you atop one of the Annapurna region’s most famous viewpoints just as the sun begins to rise. The relatively short but steep climb takes about an hour, and as you reach the summit, you’ll be rewarded with one of the most spectacular sunrises you can witness in the Himalayas. The panorama from Poon Hill includes a breathtaking array of high peaks, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machapuchare, and Annapurna I, all glowing in the early morning light. This moment, with the mountains bathed in hues of orange, gold, and pink, makes the early start worthwhile and is a highlight for many trekkers. After soaking in the sunrise and perhaps taking countless photos, descend back to Ghorepani for a hearty breakfast. Reenergized, continue your trek through rhododendron forests, occasionally crossing streams and enjoying the lush, vibrant surroundings as you make your way to Tadapani. The path offers peace and tranquility, allowing for reflection on the morning’s spectacular events. A As the day progresses, descend to Ghandruk, a major Gurung village known for its rich culture and history, home to many ex-Gurkha soldiers. Spend some time exploring the village and visiting the Gurung Museum, where you can learn more about the local customs and the community’s significant contributions to the Gurkha regiments.
Today, you’ll experience a variety of terrains and local cultures as you trek from Ghandruk to Dhampus via Landrung. Begin with a descent to the Modi River, crossing a sturdy suspension bridge before ascending through aromatic pine forests to Landruk. Enjoy a hearty lunch in this charming village before continuing through serene landscapes to Dhampus, known for its panoramic views of the Pokhara Valley and the Annapurna range. Dhampus is a perfect spot to enjoy the sunset and reflect on the journey thus far.
Your trek concludes with a gentle descent from Dhampus to Phedi. This final stretch offers peaceful walks through lush fields and small villages, providing one last glimpse into rural Nepalese life. Upon reaching Phedi, a short drive will take you back to Pokhara, where the rest of the day is at your leisure. Perhaps enjoy a boat ride on Phewa Lake or explore the vibrant Lakeside Bazaar.
After a leisurely breakfast, head to the airport for your return flight to Kathmandu. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure, perhaps visiting the bustling markets or relaxing in a café. In the evening, you will have dinner and celebrate the successful completion of your trek.
Spend the morning visiting the charity you’ve supported, engaging with its projects and gaining insights into its impacts. After lunch, embark on a guided tour of Kathmandu’s historical landmarks, exploring ancient temples and vibrant street markets. This culturally rich day provides a deeper understanding of Nepal’s heritage and the daily lives of its people.
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast at your hotel before your departure. Depending on your flight time, you may have a few final moments to say goodbye to the city. Transfer to the airport ensures a smooth departure, concluding your memorable journey through Nepal.

Tour Package Details

What’s Included?

Not Included

  • Summit Expeditions Team Liaison Pre-Trek
  • Experienced Sherpas
  • Support Team Including Personal Porters
  • Full Board Expedition with Three Meals Daily
  • Filtered Water and Hot Drinks during Meals
  • Comfortable Teahouse Accommodations Along the Trek
  • Transfers to/from Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Return Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • All Entrance Fees and Trekking Permits
  • First Aid Equipment for Mountain Emergencies
  • Comprehensive Pre-Trip Support
  • Training Advice to Prepare for the Trek

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED IN THIS TRIP

  • International Airfare to Kathmandu Airport.
  • Personal travel insurance.
  • Purchase or rental of personal gear.
  • Tips for porters (budget $50).
  • Drinks and snacks not included in the package.
  • General spending money.

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SKILL RATING

No Experience

Perfect for beginners, these trips require no prior experience in the specific activity. Whether it’s trekking, safaris, or cultural explorations, these adventures cater to those seeking a first-time, accessible introduction to the chosen activity. For example, a beginner-level trek might involve well-maintained trails with moderate elevation gain, ensuring participants with no prior trekking experience can comfortably enjoy the journey.

Basic Skills

Geared towards participants with a basic understanding of the chosen activity, these trips may involve moderate physical challenges or elements that benefit from some prior knowledge. For instance, a basic-level rock climbing expedition might include climbs with straightforward routes, where participants are expected to have a foundational grasp of climbing techniques. This level is designed for individuals who have dabbled in the activity or have some relevant skills.

Intermediate Expertise

Tailored for those with intermediate skills, these trips demand a more substantial level of expertise in the chosen activity. Whether it’s backcountry trekking, wildlife tracking, or kayaking, participants are expected to possess a solid understanding of the fundamentals. An example could be an intermediate-level mountaineering expedition that involves more challenging terrain, requiring participants to have experience with ice and snow conditions and advanced navigation skills.

Technical Proficiency

Reserved for seasoned adventurers with advanced skills, these trips involve highly technical aspects of the chosen activity. This might include technical climbing, advanced diving, or specialized wildlife tracking. For instance, a highly technical climbing expedition could require participants to navigate complex routes, use advanced gear, and possess a comprehensive understanding of the specific challenges associated with the climb. Participants at this level are expected to have a high degree of proficiency and experience in the activity.

TOUR OPERATOR

Summit Expeditions

Every aspect, from pre-booking to saying farewell at the airport after the trip, is managed by us. This ensures a seamless and high-quality adventure experience. Our dedicated team is with you every step of the way, providing support and guidance throughout your journey. We meticulously plan each detail to offer you a hassle-free and unforgettable adventure, tailored to your preferences and needs.

Collaboration

In collaboration with other respected entities, these tours offer a unique blend of expertise and local knowledge. You’ll benefit from the best of both worlds, with our team working closely alongside our partners to deliver exceptional adventures. Together, we ensure that every detail is taken care of, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience. Our collaborative approach allows us to offer diverse and enriching adventures that showcase the best of each partner’s expertise and local insights.

Local Partner

We carefully select and collaborate with partners who share our commitment to excellence, ensuring that your experience is nothing short of exceptional. Our partners excel in providing outstanding trip management and logistics, maintaining our high standards of quality and service. While the tour is managed by our trusted local partners, we still provide the same incredible and 5-star support pre-trip. Rest assured, your adventure is in good hands from start to finish. 

Explorers Club

These exclusive tours are meticulously organized, managed, and operated by the dedicated Explorers Club team. With a focus on our members, these adventures guarantee a truly unique experience.

While local partners and specialists may be involved, it’s the Explorers Club that takes the lead in every aspect of the journey. Explore the world with fellow Club members and embark on extraordinary expeditions.

Collaboration

Our collaborative tours are a blend of expertise and passion. The Explorers partner with various entities, including other travel operators, local experts, community groups, and influencers, to bring you
joint adventures.

These tours offer a mix of Explorers Club members and non-members, uniting diverse perspectives for unforgettable experiences. Expect well-coordinated, shared journeys that combine the best of both worlds.

Local Partner

For trips that offer a deep dive into specific regions, our trusted local partners take the lead. These adventures are exclusively managed by our carefully selected local experts, renowned for their professionalism and in-depth knowledge of the area.

While the tour may include both Explorers Club members and non-members, you can trust that every aspect of the journey is handled by seasoned local professionals, ensuring an authentic and immersive experience.

Status

Guaranteed

This trip has met the minimum number of joiners and is guaranteed to go ahead.

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Standby

This trip is filling up but hasn’t met the minimum number of joiners to be guaranteed yet. Once you book your place, please ensure you purchase flexible flight tickets or wait for us to reach out informing you that your trip is now guaranteed. In the unlikely event that your trip is not guaranteed by 60 days prior to the trip start date, then it may be cancelled. You will be provided with the option to change dates or have your deposit refunded.