SPECTACULAR POON HILL YOGA TREK (8D/8N $715)

Climb up to 3100 meters and view all the major Himalayas of Nepal.



settlement on the trail

Program Overview

Ghorepani/Poon hill trekking is also known as the small Annapurna Circuit trekking, Poon Hill trekking and Ghorepani trekking.
Ghorepani/Poon Hill trekking trail is a very popular short trek among trekkers visiting Nepal. The Bravura Mountain scenery and the beautiful ethnic villages validate the popularity of Ghorepani trekking. This trekking offers splendid Himalayan views including those of Mount Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna I 8091m, Fishtail / Machhapuchhre 6998m, Nilgiri 7041m, Annapurna south 7219m, Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Lamjung Himal 6988m etc. The main attraction of Ghorepani trekking is Poon Hill, situated at an altitude of 3100m, one of the most spectacular mountain spots on earth. From here you can enjoy fabulous sunrise views over the Himalayas.

view through window in tea house

What includes

Whole body, yoga teaching, 8 nights accommodation, yoga teaching on the trek and guide, dinner on the night of your arrival, clean water, breakfast, tea, lunch, snacks, dinner and breakfast prior to your departure.

Starting date

Date:        drop in on any day of the week

Time:             arrive at the centre between 3 to 5pm 

Itinerary

1st Day

Arrival at the Sadhana Yoga Retreat between 3 and 5 pm. Chanting, evening yoga (one hour and half), dinner and candle light meditation

2nd Day
Wake up at 5:30am; Meditation with the group at 5:45am; Tea break at 7:00am; Neti Kriya (Nasal Flushing) at 7:30am; Morning Yoga and Pranayama (breathing exercises) at 8:00am; Breakfast at 9:40am.

Depart for Trek at 11am
Drive to Nayapul from Sadhana Yoga Centre- Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m)
A scenic 1 hour drive from the centre by private jeep takes us to the starting point of our trek. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Modi Khola river, we ascend slowly through terraced fields and classic mountain villages. Along the way we will encounter mule or goat caravans carrying supplies to the mountains, heralded by the musical bells they wear. The stunning peaks of Machhapuchare and Annapurna peeking over the green ridges will greet us from time to time as we continue up to Tikhredhunga.

 

  • Accommodation: Local Tea House 

  • Approx Walking Duration: 5 hours

3rd Day | Trek to Ghorepani (2775m)

Today begins with a real heart-starter! We have a steep ascent to get us going and then a more gradual uphill walk takes us to our camp at Ghorepani. We will pass through some delightful villages and the beautiful, dense rhododendron forest so characteristic of Nepal at these altitudes! If the weather is clear we will see stunning mountain views from Ghorepani, making the climb well worth it!
At Ghorepani, we are on the main Annapurna Circuit route and there are likely to be lots of travellers passing through this ridge-top settlement in both directions. Ghorepani literally means \"horse water\" and is a popular stopping place for the mule trains which ply the route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. The impressive peak, which can be seen across the broad valley of the Kali Gandaki to the northwest, is Dhaulagiri.

 

  • Accommodation: Local Tea House  

  • Walking Duration: approx. 7 hours 


4th Day | Sunrise at Poon Hill (3200m) – Trek to Tadapani (2650m)
It is an absolute must for those who stay at Ghorepani to make the walk up to the celebrated view point of Poon Hill [3195m], which overlooks the village. As dawn is the best time to go, we arrange a wake-up call for 5am and head up the well marked track by torchlight. The first light of dawn illuminates Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak with a surreal pink glow.
You may be able to buy coffee and breakfast from an enterprising local who has carried his produce up to Poon Hill to take advantage of the morning trade. Otherwise, we return to Ghorepani for breakfast, before trekking on to Tadapani, through rhododendron forests.  If we are lucky we will see some wild animals, such as Langur monkeys, climbing through the trees. From Tadapani you can expect excellent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare.


  • Accommodation: Local Tea House

5th Day | Trek to Ghandruk (1950m)

From Tadapani the trail descends through beautiful forests to Ghandruk - a stunning village of Gurung people, one of Nepal’s most famous ethnic groups, known for their distinctive dialect, culture, costume, and lifestyle. Ghandruk is also home to many soldiers from the famous Gurkha regiments. From here we can have stunning views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Fishtail.
 

  • Accommodation: Local Tea House


6th Day | Trek to Nayapul - drive to Pokhara 
We can enjoy a final downhill walk through forests and villages for about 5 hrs to Nayapul. From here our private jeep will meet the group and drive us to the centre (1 hour drive). Upon arrival at the Sadhana Yoga Centre, we will treat you with a massage and a steam bath to soothe any aches and pains. Then you will have a restful afternoon and dinner with the group. Candlelight meditation is at 8pm and you can retire for the evening at 8:30pm.

7th Day | Yoga and Meditation Day
On the last day you will follow the yoga and meditation schedule with the other guests that have been practicing at the retreat centre.

Relaxing at Sadhana after return from trek

8th Day | Farewell Day

Farewell breakfast will be at 8:30am (or earlier if requested), and you will leave the centre by 9:30am.
Transfer service is available on request to Lakeside Pokhara, the airport or the bus park.

All activities + dates can be tailor made.