Trip to Pun Hill – Annapurna Region
The Ghorepani-Pun hill trek in the Annapurna region offers some of the most dramatic close-up views of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the world. The journey from Ghorepani to Poon hill, also known as the Annapurna Balcony trek, is one of the most popular trekking trails. It is appropriate for all ages and adventure seekers. This area offers spectacular mountain scenery, thick rhododendron forests full of birds, deep sub-tropical valleys, as well as visits to charming villages inhabited by the Gurung and Magar communities.The trek is set below the Annapurna range, with a scenic backdrop of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) Peak.
The Ghorepani-Poon route is an ideal trek for taking advantage of the panoramic views of the Himalaya.Along the way, you will see Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Nilgiri (7040m), Annapurna south (7219m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Hunchuli (6441m), fishtail/Machhapuchhare (6998m), LamjungHimal (6986m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Dhampus peak (6012m), among others. You will also experience the rich blend of diverse culturesfrom the ethnic groups that comprise the region,such as the Bramin, Chhetri, Magar, Thakali and Gurung peoples.
The panoramic landscapes and varied cultures of different ethnic groups along the route make it a very popular choice for international school trips. Moonlight Nepal Company has comprehensive experience in guiding students, with a 100% safety record. This is a wonderful trek for international school students of all ages. Our guide and porters are friendly and experienced in the region and will facilitate your learning about our culture, people and mountains. Our staff’s first priority is to ensure the safety of every individual, so that international students can trek the famous route without any problems or difficulties.
After this trek in the Himalayas, students will spend time with Moonlight School where they do a 1.5 or 2 day service project including teaching a lesson, running classroom games & experiencing cultural interactions. They can also participate in service learning projects like painting classrooms, constructing a pathway or wall, building a toilet or small buildings, or planting and supporting an organic garden etc. The work can be tailored to student interests and the needs of the school.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Fly Pokhara and trek to TikheDhunga (1540m)
TikheDhunga - Ghorepani. (2860m)
Ghorepani - Pun Hill (3210m) to back to Hile
Trek back to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
fly back to Kathmandu.
Visit Moonlight School
Visit Moonlight School and Fly back to home
Arrival in Kathmandu Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed at the airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel by private car. After you settle into the hotel, you will have a welcome drink, followed by a briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trip details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Enjoy your overnight stay at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu
Fly Pokhara and trek to TikheDhunga (1540m) Enjoy a breakfast and drive to Airport and flight to Pokhara in the morning. You will be taken to Lakeside first to take in the panoramic views. Drive to Nayapul (48 km), 1.5 hours by vehicle over the hilly ridges of Lumle/Kande. The trail starts at the bottom of a river valley and passes through a lovely birch forest. Trek alongside the river and rice terraces up to Thikedhunga (about 3/4 hours). Relax during your overnight stay at Tea House in Thikedhunga.
TikheDhunga - Ghorepani. (2860m) Breakfast is served in the morning around 7am. From Tikhedhunga, the trail crosses a stream (BhurungdiKhola) on a suspension bridge. Begin the long, steep climb to the large Magar village Uleri, perched at 2070m. Above the village, the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields, with magnificent rhododendrons and oak forests. Recharge over lunch in Nangethanti(‘thanti’ is a Nepalese word meaning ‘rest house’. In the winter, the trail may be covered with snow. From Nangethanti, trek about an hour to Ghorepani at 2848m. (Walking about 6/7 hours). Stay overnight at Tea House in Ghorepani.
Ghorepani - Pun Hill (3210m) to back to Hile You will visit Poon Hill to experience the glorious sunrise at one of the world’s most scenic mountains ranges, with glimpses of mountains above 8000 meters. You will wake up at about 5am prepare to trek. It takes about 50 minutes to reach the small, flat top. You will see the sun gradually rise on the mountains— a breathtaking experience. You will see several mountain peaks, including Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, Fish tail and Lamjung. After having breakfast at Ghorepani, you will hike down to Hile through deep pine and rhododendron forests. (Walking about 5/6 hours). Spend the night at Tea House in Hile
Trek back to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara After breakfast, hike to Nayapul through small waterfalls. The trail will continue through beautiful villages and along riverbanks to Nayapul. From Nayapul,take an hour drive to Pokhara. Explore the surroundings and simply relax at the heart of Lakeside, the main city of Pokhara. Enjoy your overnight stay at a deluxe hotel in Pokhara
fly back to Kathmandu. Take in the panoramic views of the Himalaya from your hotel windows and balcony,including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Nilgiri (7040m), Annapurna south (7219m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Hunchuli (6441m), fishtail/Machhapuchhare (6998m), Lamjung Himal (6986m), Tukuche peak (6920m) and Dhampus peak (6012m). Enjoy a breakfast and explore the lakeside. Around 11:30, you will fly back to Kathmandu—a thrilling flight over forests, fields and villages, with the Himalaya in the background. Spend much of the afternoon relaxing and enjoyingin Kathmandu. Stay overnight at your deluxe Kathmandu hotel.
Visit Moonlight School After having breakfast, you will spend time with Moonlight School where you can do a 1.5 or 2 day service project including teaching a lesson, running classroom games & experiencing cultural interactions. You can also participate in service work and a construction project like painting classrooms, constructing a pathway, wall or toilet/building block or planting and supporting an organic garden. Students and teachers will enjoy a lunch with the Moonlight children and teachers as well. Stay overnight at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu
Visit Moonlight School and Fly back to home The Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure team will take you to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, if your flight is in the evening, you can spend time with the Moonlight Kids again during the day and we will drop you at the airport in the evening 3 hours prior to your departure time.
- Explore Annapurna’s most visited trail and encounter the varied cultural regions of the Himalayas.
- Visit picturesque villages against the backdrop of epic Himalayan views.
- Experience the traditional local culture of varied ethnic groups and their hill-terraced farmland
- Visit the Moonlight school and do a service project including teaching a lesson, running classroom games & experiencing cultural interactions
The trip cost will vary depending on the season you travel, group size and duration of your journey. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.
Items that are covered in the cost of tour price.
- Airport pickups and drop offs in private vehicle
- Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the trek
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome dinners
- All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle
- Domestic flights as per as itinerary
- Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
- All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
- Medical kit
- All government and local taxes
Items that are not covered in the cost of tour price.
- Nepal Visa fee ( bring USD cash and four (4) passport size photographs)
- International Airfare to/from Kathmandu
- Lunch and Evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara city
- Travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation.
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled water, etc.)
- Cost raise by cancellation, landslide, weather conditions, political instability, and illness will not be our responsibility since these factors are above and beyond our control.
- Tips (Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory