Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, also popularly known as Annapurna Sunrise Trekking, or Annapurna Panorama Trekking is one of the most popular and relatively easy treks that meander through the beautiful ethnic villages of Annapurna Region. Invigorating through some rhododendron forests, Poon Hill Trekking in Nepal will let you feel the Himalayan Panorama while providing you the opportunities to get close to the local Culture.Poon Hill Trek is obviously best known for the views from Poon Hill.
Being popularly known as the Photographer’s Paradise, you can capture some of the best snaps of impressive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Poon Hill offers you the striking panorama of the huge Himalayas including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and Manaslu ranges among few others. The phenomenal sunrise from Poon Hill is just unmissable. A provocative glimpse of high mountains surrounding you can mesmerize anyone who’s the part of this awesome trek. In addition to that, Poon Hill Trekking will also let you witness terraced slopes, warm villages, beautiful paddy fields, and wonderful culture and lifestyle of ethnic people like Gurungs and Magars. Ghorepani and Ghandruk are two of the largest Gurung settlements in the Annapurna Region.
You will hike 2 days to Ghorepani (which used to be a rest stop where ancient traders found water (pani in Nepali) for their horses (ghoda in Nepali). You will experience sunrise at Poon Hill, with breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Sanctuary, including Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Hiunchuli. Along the trail, you will hike through bamboo and rhododendron forest which will be in full bloom in the spring if you trek the Himalayas in March-April.
Enjoy the energizing fresh mountain air while you are totally enthralled with the breathtaking view of the dramatic Annapurna and Fishtail range. Hiking in the serene mountains is truly a blessing and it is made even better with the presence of the Himalayas. The sense of joy that comes to you while you see the snow capped mountains is indescribable; you must experience it for yourself.
200 km west of Kathmandu is the unbelievably beautiful city of Pokhara, a six hours bus ride or twenty-five minutes flight from Kathmandu, it is the main-gate way to the Ghorepani Poon hill trek. From Pokhara there is another one and half hour drive to Nayapul where your trek of the lifetime starts. As you walk the rugged trails, you will enjoy the beauty of nature as you cross small beautiful mountain streams, green hills that overlook the white Himalayan peaks and eventually watch the sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range which is blissful.
This short but spectacular trek will make you fall in love with the Nepal Himalayan Mountains, and make you want to see more.
If you’re a beginner to trekking, here are 10 trekking tips that should help you prepare for your first trek! And even if you’re experienced, it’s never too late to brush up on some information.
Trekking Tip 1: Double check everything.
Equipment matters. You don’t want to be out on a hike, and when you need something important, you don’t have it. It can be the difference between life and death. Trekking usually takes place in remote locations, where facilities are scarce, so there’s a good chance you won’t find what you’re looking for.
Even if it is available, why would you want to waste money and buy something you already have?
Trekking Tip 2: If hit by AMS, descend.
Mountains can be your best friend, but also your worst enemy. Acute Mountain Sickness hits when you don’t acclimatise properly. Presuming you’re past the point of acclimatising and are already facing symptoms of altitude sickness, the best solution is to descend. While Diamox etc. can help curb the symptoms and effects, removing the cause(high altitude) is the most logical solution.
Trekking Tip 3: Prepare adequately.
Make sure you’re physically and mentally fit to go for a trek. Fitness can make the difference between making a trek really easy to complete, or really difficult to manage. You don’t want to be left lagging behind!
Trekking Tip 4: Climb high, sleep low.
Once over 3000 meters above sea level, climb slowly, sleeping no more than 300 m higher at the end of each day. Going higher during the day is fine as long as you go down to sleep. It’s a good idea to reach your destination for the day and then go for an acclimatisation walk somewhere high around, thereafter returning to camp.
Trekking Tip 5: Start early, reach early.
It’s a rule I follow religiously. Early morning usually makes for glorious weather, with astounding views. Plus, if you start by around 5 or 6 AM, there’s a good chance you’ll be at your intended destination by 12 PM or max, 2, just in time for lunch. Plus, the weather usually gets cloudy and rainy post noon, and it’s never fun to trek in that.
Trekking Tip 6: Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photos. Kill nothing but time. Keep nothing but memories.
Global warming is consuming our planet at a rapid pace, and the Himalayas have one of the most fragile ecosystems in the world. Add to all this, the throngs of tourists visiting them each year, and you have at hand a disaster waiting to happen.
In light of all these, it is our prerogative that we keep our ecological footprint to a minimum. We leave them as we would like to find them. We do not harm the flora and fauna. We take away nothing but experiences.
Trekking Tip 7: It’s always further than it looks. It’s always taller than it looks. And it’s always harder than it looks.
This one applies to both trekking and mountaineering. If we keep wasting time thinking about how much further the destination is, we make it mentally tiring for ourselves. So it’s best to concentrate on the next step, on the immediate present, and where to put our foot next.
Trekking Tip 8: Take care of your feet.
Your legs and feet are your most valuable companion on any trek, and that’s why it’s really important to pay attention to them. Make sure to wear the right socks, and the right number of layers. Break in new shoes before taking them for their first trek. Get comfortable in them. Lace them up to the top to reduce chances twisting your ankle.
Trekking Tip 9: When you reach a destination, set up camp first before anything else.
Before doing anything else, it’s necessary that you pitch your tents first. When you do that, you have a base to function out of, out of which you can organise all other activities like cooking. In the event of unforeseen weather, you have a place to take shelter.
Trekking Tip 10: “Aur kitni aage hai?/How much further?” is always a bad question to ask, and one we hate answering 😛
We all know “Bas thoda aur/just 10 minutes more” is a blatant lie we tell just to keep you satisfied, so why make us say it 😛 ?
Hatu Peak is situated at an elevation of 3400m and only 8 kms from Narkanda town. Hatu Peak offers 360 degree view of the snow capped Himalayan Peak. Hatu Peak Trek takes you to the top through thick Pine, Spruce and rhododendron forests. Along the Hatu Peak trekking trail you will come across sprawling meadows, Gujjar settlements and beautiful pond. Hatu Peak trek is an easy trek suitable for family camping and trekking.
Hatu Peak Trek Duration : 6 Days 5 Nights
Destinations Covered during Hatu Peak Trek : Narkanda
Hatu Peak Trek Cost per Person: Rs 2850 per person (Ex Narkanda)
What’s Included :
Accommodation during Trek (Camping)
Meals while on trek (Veg)
Qualified and experienced Trek Guide and support staff.
Wildlife Sanctuary Fees
What’s not Included :
Cost Escalation due to natural reason
Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions
DEPARTURES (All departures for Hatu Peak Trek are ex Narkanda)
Day 1 Shimla serves as major bus link from all metros and from Shimla it takes two hour to reach Narkanda. Check in to hotel/camp and explore the surrounding area one can also go to Karena peak for acclimatizing trek. Briefing about the Hatu Peak trek and enjoy the bonfire under the open sky.
Narkanda: situated at an attitude of 2708 meters on the Hindustan Tibet Road (NH – 22), Narkanda offers a spectacular view of snowclad mountain ranges. This is an ideal retreat for the tourists who seek seclusion in mountains. It commands an unique view of the eternal snow line, the inviting apple orchards and dense forests. Narkanda is famous for Skiing & Winter sports. During these days the slopes come alive with skiers. The skiing at Narkanda was started in 1980 and since then HPTDC is conducting skiing courses every year.
Day 2 Get up early and have sumptuous breakfast and start the trek to Hatu Peak. Hatu Peak trek starting point is about 1 kilometer from Narkanda at intersection point. Initial trek is through the thick forest and after trekking for about 3 kms you get the uninterrupted views of Himalayan mountain range. Hatu peak top is a vantage point gives you panoramic views of The Great Himalayan Range and you can visit sacred Hatu Mata Temple. After spending quality time at the top trek back and relax in hotel.
Day 3 After break fast drive towards Shimla for your onward journey.
Join Renok Adventures on the Chopta Tungnath Trek which takes us through one of the most breathtakingly beautiful part of the Garhwal Himalayas.
The Chopta Tungnath trek takes us to one of the most breathtakingly beautiful part of the Garhwal Himalayas. We start from Okhimath, and pass through Deoria tal, Chopta and Tungnath to reach the summit of Chandrashila for a great view of the Indian Himalayas. Maximum altitude reached on the Chopta Tungnath trek would be around 4000m at the summit of Chandrashila. This region is a protected sanctuary for musk deer, and is rich in flora and fauna. Tungnath is famous for being the highest temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. On top of Chandrashila we will be able to see Chaukhamba, Kedarnath, Nandadevi and Trishul peaks.
Qualified and experienced trek guide and support staff
Transport from Haridwar to Okhimat and return from Chopta to Haridwar as per itinerary
Cost per person : INR 9000 + 3.5% service tax (ex Haridwar)
Rudraprayag/Devprayag Day 1 – Rishikesh to Rudraprayag/Devprayag
We depart from Rishikesh in the morning. Reach Rudraprayag/Devprayag in the evening. Overnight stay at Rudraprayag/Devprayag.
Deoria Tal Day 2 – Drive to Ukhimat. .Lunch. Trek starts at Sari village. Ends at Deoria Tal
We depart early for Ukhimath by road.At Ukhimat we have lunch. After lunch we take a short drive to Sari village. At Sari village we get our first experience of trekking in Uttarakhand.We pass through forests as we trek uphill to reach our destination- Deoria Tal (2400 metres). Overnight camp at Deoria Tal. Deoria Tal is a beautiful lake which gives a 300 degree panoramic view of great peaks like Chaukhamba, Nilkantha, Bandarpunch, Yellow Tooth, Kedar Range, Kalanag, etc.
Banagher Day 3 – Trek continues from Deoria Tal to Banagher ( 5hrs approx)
This trek takes us through thickly forested areas of the Garhwal Himalayas. It takes around 5 hours to reach Banagher. Overnight camp at Banagher.
Chopta Day 4 – Banagher to Chopta
Trek from Banagher to the high meadows of Chopta. Overnight camp. Chopta(2900m) known as ‘Mini Switzerland’ of the Garhwal Himalayas, is situated amidst thick forest of Pine, Deodar and Rhododendrons.
Chandrashila, Tungnath Day 5 – Chopta to Chandrashila and back to Chopta.
We trek to Tungnath(3680m). Tungnath is the world’s highest Shiv temple. From Tungnath we climb to the Summit of Chandrashila(3950m) and back to Chopta. At Chandrashila we get a spectacular view of Nandadevi, Trishul, Kedar Peak, Chaukhamba, Bandarpunch, etc.
Rishikesh Day6 – Drive from Chopta to Rishikesh(8-9 hours).
We drive back from Chopta to Rishikesh(8-9 hours). At Rishikesh our Chopta Tungnath trek ends. Trekking in the Himalayas has never been so much fun!!!
The Nag Tibba trek is a short and easy weekend trek to Nag Tibba (Serpent’s Peak) near Mussorrie. At over 3000 meters it is the highest peak in the Nag Tibba range of Garhwal Himalayas. Nag Tibba Trek is an ideal weekend trek which can easily covered over any extened weekend.
3 Reasons Why Nag Tibba is the best winter trek.
Short Travel Time: It takes just 3 to 4 hours to reach base of Nag Tibba Trek from Dehradun which in comparison to any other trek in Uttarakhand is very less.
Snow Snow Snow: Nag Tibba in winters is covered under heavy snow, so if you want to enjoy snow trekking then trek to Nag Tibba this winter trekking season.
Stunning views of Greater Himalayas: From Nag Tibba one have uninterrupted views of himalayan peaks like Bandarpoonch, Gangotri group of peaks and Kedarnath peak to name a few.
Nag Tibba Trek from Delhi
You can do this trek from Delhi as it takes around 8 hours to reach Pantwari the starting village for Nag Tibba trek it is the best places to visit near delhi within 300 kms Here is the itinerary you can follow to do Nag Tibba Trek from Delhi
Nag Tibba Trek from Delhi Itinerary Day 1: Start Early from Delhi to Pantwari via Kurukshetra, Ponta Sahib Road. Stay overnight in Guest house at Pantwari
Day 2: Trek from Pantwari to Kathian and Nag Tibba Top. Explore the area (at the left side slope from the summit one can get a terrific view of the Himalayan ranges namely Swargrohini range, Gangotri ranges, Bandarpoonch etc. ) and come back to Kathian (6 Kms).
Day 3: We get up early and after morning tea go for relaxing walk in the Jungle of thick oak trees. Kathian campsite gives you great views of lower Himalayas. After breakfast we descend towards Pantwari village which takes around 4 hours to reach and after reaching Pantwari village we drive back to Delhi via Ponta Sahib road and reach New Delhi around 10 PM.