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Poon Hill Yoga Trek

Poon Hill Yoga Trek is a trekking with yoga practices in one of the most popular trekking destination in Nepal, the Annapurna region and also visit to ‘Poon Hill’. From the top of the Poon Hill, panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli and Machhapuchhre mountains can be witnessed. This trek starts and ends in Pokhara.

In every trekking day, you will have an hour yoga exercises with yogic movements, postures and breathing practices to prepare the body and mind for the day ahead. On the trekking trail, you will be mesmerized by the beauty of majestic Himalayas, different types of exotic floras and faunas, glacier Rivers, lakes and so on. The trekking route is not that convenient and at times you have to walk through zigzag tracks and bends. For that, it is essential to have light exercises before and at middle of the trip.  In every two hours of continuous walk, we pause and stretch our bodies to refresh.  Poon Hill Yoga Trek allows you to enjoy trek and yoga at the same time in Nepal’s Himalayan outback.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour to various historical/natural/cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu.
  • Terrific Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu journey known for mind-blowing sceneries.
  • Exploration around Pokhara, the most beautiful lake city of the country, also known for superb mountain views.
  • Morning and evening yoga practices during the trek for healthy and safe journey.
  • Enjoy views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Dhaulagiri, Himalchuli etc.
  • Enjoy the magnificent view of sunrise from Poon Hill, and sunset from Tadapani.
  • Getting along with ethnic people and their culture.
  • Witness variety of floras and faunas passing through gushing rivers, green countryside, alpine meadows, valleys, glaciers etc.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Pokhara 6-7 hours bus ride.

Day 04 : Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1540m) 4-5 hrs walk.

Day 05 : Morning Yoga, Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2870m) 5-6 hrs walk. Evening: Relaxation.

Day 06 : Morning Yoga, Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) to Tadapani (2710m) 6-7 hrs walk. Evening: Relaxation.

Day 07 : Morning Yoga, Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m) Evening: Relaxation.

Day 08 : Morning Yoga, Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m) to Pokhara. Evening: Relaxation.

Day 09 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (25 Minutes Flight)

Day 10 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

What is Included

  • Airport pick up / drop off by private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Guided Kathmandu city tours inclusive of private vehicle and guide.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara by tourist bus.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast as per the itienrary.
  • Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara by private vehicle.
  • Yoga sessions as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation during the trek at guest houses/lodges.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • Experienced English speaking trekking guide and necessary porters (1 Porter for 2 trekkers) during the trek including their transportation, food, accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
  • Annapurna Conservation area entrance Permit and fees.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card fees. (Please bring 2 passport size photos for TIMS & Permit)
  • First Aid medical kit.
  • Duffle bag, down jacket, sleeping bag and walking pole.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight
  • Breakfree Adventures T-shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • Farewell dinner in Authentic Nepali Restaurant.
  • All government taxes, VAT and office service charges

What is Not Included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Monuments entrance fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara if needed.
  • Nepal entry visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs for faster service)
  • International airfare and travel insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.)
  • Any kind of drinks (tea/coffee, hot chocolate, boiled water, bottle water, cola, beer etc.)
  • Tips for guide and porters (Tipping are expected but not mandatory)

Day 01 : Arrive in Kathmandu

After landing at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu from your designated destinations, you will be received by a representative of the travel company at the arrival gate who will then transfer you to your allotted hotel.  The rest of the day is free to explore or relax at the hotel. O/N at Hotel.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek preparation

Your second day in Kathmandu will start with Kathmandu sightseeing trip and you will be taken towards Kathmandu Durbar (Palace) Square, one of the heritage sites where you can view many historical and cultural monuments. Later, you will visit another heritage site known as Pashupatinath Temple. This is a sacred Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva named which is always crowded by Hindu pilgrims. After lunch, visit to Buddhist pilgrimage Swoyambhunath (famous by the name of Monkey temple among tourists) will be carried forward. Likewise, Boudhanath Shrine will be covered by the evening.  After concluding the sightseeing, there will be seminar for you to attend to discuss about the upcoming trekking plans. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03 : Kathmandu to Pokhara 6-7 hours bus ride.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will board a tourist bus which will take you towards Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. During this 6-7 hours bus ride, you can see Trishuli River along the way. You will reach Pokhara during the early afternoon hours. After lunch, you can wander around the beautiful lake city known for enthralling spectators with its superb mountain views and walk around the Lake side. O/N at Hotel.

Day 04 : Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1540m) 4-5 hrs walk.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will start you exploration towards the magnificent Ghoreani-Poonhill.  You will be dropped at Nayapul after an hour and half vehicle ride.  You will slowly but steadily start a climb towards Birethanti, a cultural town beside the Modi River. During the mid-day, you will reach Sudami followed by Hile to make the final stop of the day at Tikhedunga. O/N at Lodge.

Day 05 : Morning Yoga, Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2870m) 5-6 hrs walk. Evening: Relaxation.

This is where the fun begins. After a long previous day, you will still have to wake up early despite any concerns and after breakfast and Morning Yoga, the day gets going right away towards Ulleri village.  You will enjoy walking on the day’s trails as they are scenic offering amazing views of Himalayan ranges to its north. After few hours, the trails will lead you towards rhododendron and oak forests before reaching Ghorepani. Evening: Relaxation. O/N at Lodge.

Day 06 : Morning Yoga, Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) to Tadapani (2710m) 6-7 hrs walk. Evening: Relaxation.

This is the most interesting day of the trip, as you pull your shocks up to hike towards Poon Hill early in the morning. The trails will lead you towards aromatic pine and rhododendron forests. You will have to pace up so that you will reach Poon Hill to witness the most spectacular sunrise view. After hiking for an hour you will reach your first allotted destination of the day.  You can wander around the place and stretch your limbs with the magnificent sunrise view. Also, if you look to your north you will see the terrific views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli and Machhapuchhre mountains. You can have your morning Yoga in Poonhill itself that morning. After spending some good time at the magnificent hill, the trek heads towards Tadapani. Again, you will have to hurry up while embarking onto Tadapani as you are entitled to catch the sunset view from the point. Evening: Relaxation. O/N at Lodge.

Day 07 : Morning Yoga, Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m) Evening: Relaxation.

After morning Yoga and breakfast at the lodge and leaving Tadapani behind, on the day, you will walk on descending trail towards Baisi Kharka. Crossing few streams, and passing through some forests, you will reach Ghandruk, a beautiful ethnic village known for providing excellent views of Annapurna South. Evening: Relaxation. O/N at Lodge.

Day 08 : Morning Yoga, Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m) to Pokhara. Evening: Relaxation.

Last but the not least day of the trek. After your morning Yoga this is going to be an exciting day as you will have to descend almost all times to reach Nayapul, the initial place of the trek. In between the route, you will pass nice landscapes and grasslands. Later in the afternoons, you will reach Nayapul from where you will be picked up for a drive towards Pokhara for an overnight stay. Evening: Relaxation. O/N at Hotel.

Day 09 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (25 Minutes Flight)

After breakfast, a brisk sightseeing in Pokhara during morning hours; you will have to pack your bags to leave for Kathmandu. For the return trip, you will be fly back to Kathmandu. The day will give you the last chance to add up to your shopping list in Kathmandu city. O/N at Hotel.

Day 10 : Transfer to the Airport for your onward destination

As per your flight timings, you will be escorted by one of the representatives of Breakfree Adventures to the international terminal at the Tribhuvan International Airport approximately three hours before your flight schedule from your hotel in Kathmandu. A day to bid farewell to the glorious country situated in the South Asia. While waiting for your flight, you can make plans to venture other destinations of the majestic country in near future.

We hope you had a lovely time with us. Breakfree Adventures would be obliged to be your travel partner during your next adventure in Nepal. Have a safe flight back home!

We will provide you with comprehensive information on the every trek and tour we arrange. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information or have any questions, we are more than happy to assist you in anyway.
 
When to go:
Spring (Feb - May) and Autumn (Sept- Dec) are the best seasons for the Poon Hill Yoga Trekking. The weather is sunny and warm offering outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Poon Hill Yoga Trekking, only issue is cold (obviously). Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a boon for a keen botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.
 
Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is highly recommended and is in fact compulsory should you be going trekking, rafting, paragliding etc. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter rescue, loss of luggage, etc. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please check with your insurance company that adventure activities and trekking above 3000m are covered in your policy, as some companies do not cover such things. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time.
 
Meals and Accommodation:
In Kathmandu, we normally use tourist standard hotel with breakfast but can upgrade upon request. During the Poon Hill Yoga Trekking, we provide the best available guest house which is called Tea house(lodge). Tea Houses are more like hotels, with hot showers, western food, and private rooms (twin sharing). Some guesthouses are basic with shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are travelling in a group, you will share a room with someone else of the same gender from your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference on request and pay a supplement. Keep in mind that there are several places which do not allow single accommodations during peak season, but we will try our best to accommodate your preferences if possible. In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea-houses (Lodges) and lunches in local restaurants en-route. Furthermore as you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community. It will give you a true feel for the Nepalese people and their lives.
 
We provide quality food in sufficient quantities (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from guesthouses chosen from a menu. While Poon Hill Yoga Trekking, your guide will help with menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive due to the extreme locations. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy bottled mineral water from local lodges and shops en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.
 
Fitness and Experience Required:
Our 10 days Poon Hill Yoga Trekking is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 4-6 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, you can accomplish the 10 days Poon Hill Yoga Trekking successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
 
The Trekking Group:
For Poon Hill Yoga Trekking, there will be one Guide, assistant Guide (8 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Poon Hill Yoga Trekking for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of sixteen people, as weve found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if youd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
 
Trekking Guides and Staff:
The most significant thing that makes your Poon Hill Yoga Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable is the expert, experienced, courteous and helpful trek and Guide and the crew members who have ability of operating your days in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional Guide. All of our Trekking Guides are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, Guiding skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Breakfree Adventures employs staffs who have plenty of knowledgeable about culture, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trekking Guide of Breakfree Adventures are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
 
Intensive Wilderness First Aid - KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project)
Trekking Guide Training - Nepal Governments Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation department of Hotel Management and Tourism Training Centre of Nepal
Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal)
English Language - KEEP(Kathmandu environment education project)
Conservation and Biodiversity TAAN
Rock, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (Climbing leaders) Nepal Mountaineering Association
 
Our Trekking Guides obviously speak English sufficient enough to communicate but please consider this is not our mother language. The guides and porters know the routes and locality like the back of their hand, they practice the local culture themselves and they are extremely passionate about their country and its cultural aspects.
 
Climate and Weather:
The climate of Nepal is as varied as its geography. The low-lying Terai has a sub-tropical monsoonal climate. The Himalayan foothills, where most of our treks take place, are best in the cool dry season from September to May. The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to December, with October and November generally recognized as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom. The visibility is good and days are pleasantly warm, although nights can be cold, and snow is possible above 3,000 meters.
 
Himalayan weather can be unpredictable where nights are generally cooler and days warmer. It’s a bit colder during the winter season (Jan to Feb) but days can be quite warm and lovely if the sun is shining. You can expect a bit of snow in the months of January/February and December. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to -15 deg C low.
 
Safety and Security:
Security and safety are a high priority of our company however there are risks associated with adventure travel that you should consider before booking. Our trip operators constantly monitor their areas of operation and will cancel or re-route a trip if they feel a destination is unsafe. The decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personnel one.
 
Responsible Travel
Breakfree Adventures is a leading trekking and travel agency with dedicated travel Professionals who are well trained to give you the best of what Nepal has to offer. Our professional team follows a social philosophy that accepts responsibility for the local people and the environment in which we work. We respect the natural environment and the culture of our country, and we help travellers from around the world discover the natural beauty and cultural treasures of Nepal. We know that responsible travel tries to minimize the impact of tourism on the environment and maximize employment and income-generating opportunities for local communities. The whole of Nepal, including those living in remote rural areas that have very few other opportunities for development, benefits from sustainable tourism.
 
Breakfree Adventures is passionate about preserving the environment. As responsible tour guides in Nepal, we strive to maintain a symbiotic relationship with the local communities through which we travel. While trekking to different destinations, we choose environmentally- friendly lodges that respect the needs of their staff members. We take care of our staff as well as our valued clients. During our treks and other trips, we follow a zero garbage policy (“pack in, pack out”) and leave nothing behind in the campsites. We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 10 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Moderate

Activities: Cultural Sightseeing, Yoga & Trekking

Best Season: All year round

Max altitude: 3,210 meters (Poon Hill )

Daily walking: 4-6 hours each day

Transportation: Private vehicles, Tourist bus & Flight

Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, Full board on trek

Accommodation: Hotel/resort in Kathmandu and Pokhara, lodge/teahouse during the trek

Trip Type:: Lodge/Teahouse trek

Trek Starts/Ends: Nayapul

Group Size: Minimum 2 People

Price start from US$ 985.00 per person on twin sharing basis

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