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Poonhill Trek

Muldai and Poonhill Trek

Stand atop of two best Viewpoints of Nepal
Trek comprised of infamous Ghorepani trek and off the beaten track Muldai

This trek comprises of couple of best viewpoints from where you will be able to get the mirror view of Annapurna range in a short amount of time. This trek collaborates with the infamous Ghorepani and Poon Hill loop with an off the beaten trail of mesmerizing Muldai view point. Instead of tiring your feet with the trail full of other trekkers we take you to the new, custom-made trail making u experience going up to the amazing Muldai view point. Going off the beaten path denotes staying for one night in more 70s classic accommodation. The tea house at Dobato which stands waiting for the few wondering trekkers ready to give the best it could give.

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Difficulty

*****

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Altitude Max

3647m

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Trekkers

2 – 15 persons

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Duration

8 days

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Tarif

640 €

The world of travel is huge and there are more than a thousand trekking agencies in the Kathmandu Valley alone. It’s huge! We are very pleased to offer you “this little extra” that you will meet rarely, in order to make your journey more fruitful and more meaningful.
Don’t hesitate: make your trip more valuable !

Trek 100% solidarity

Auronepal Travel and Trek do not offer you a simple hiking package. We give you the opportunity to help at the same time as you enjoy yourself: all the benefits of the trek go to the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, a community or an Ashram that takes cares of nearly 250 children from disadvantaged backgrounds in Nepal, providing them with education, accommodation, food, and health, giving them a future and dignity to live.

Trek 100% karma yoga

We are not just a group of people running an agency, we are an organization that shares deep values around karma yoga and mutual understanding with each and every one. Karma yoga is the yoga of selfless service: acting for the good of all without worrying about receiving anything in return, neither gratification nor benefit. All guides and staff are children of the ashram! We are committed to helping everyone to meet their needs and providing the best possible service.

In addition to your trek

In Kathmandu, not far from the Chandragiri Cable Car Base Station, we have a fully-fledged guest house that offers you with all the basic conditions necessary for your stay. You can be accommodated throughout the year and stay with us at the ashram, before or after the trek also. The cost is only 18 euros per day. This includes all meals, plentiful and neat, cooked from the organic products of our farms, tea or coffee twice a day.

For all

We propose you to:
  • Attend regular yoga classes free of charge in the morning.
  • Participate in free evening meditations or mantra chanting and Bhajans.
  • Participate for free in the various festivals and events we celebrate.
  • Receive a massage after your trek, service included in the price of some treks – see the « Info and Prices » tab
  • Natural care: massages, naturopathy, panchakarma treatment, ayurvedic care…
  • Perform a healing session, either individually or collectively, with singing bowls and gongs.
  • Hike around the ashram.
We offer you to:
  • Seize the opportunity to do something for others by volunteering time in the community.
  • Meet with Ramchandra, the founder of the Ashrams.
  • Teach children and youth what you know best.
  • Taste local cuisine prepared by Nepalese ashram youth.

For groups

Before or after your trek, we can prepare you a tailor-made stay and let you enjoy our resources and contacts:

  • Tours of the Kathmandu Valley and its diverse cultural and architectural richness.
  • Visit Chitwan National Park and discover our Terai Ashram
  • Visits to specific parts of Nepal such as Bandipur, Pokhara, Ghandruk, etc.
  • Attend cultural performances by the Ashram, known for its yoga dancers and choreographers
  • Participate in a mini-retreat with Ramchandra around integral yoga, with spiritual lectures, various yoga sessions, classes, in the Himalayas or the location of your choice.
  • Do one or more hikes around our ashrams.
  • Make a meal at home.
  • Organize campfires with songs and music.
  • And finally, participate in the events or celebrations we have throughout the year.

This trek comprises of couple of best viewpoints from where you will be able to get the mirror view of Annapurna range in a short amount of time. This trek collaborates with the infamous Ghorepani and Poon Hill loop with an off the beaten trail of mesmerizing Muldai view point. Instead of tiring your feet with the trail full of other trekkers we take you to the new, custom-made trail making u experience going up to the amazing Muldai view point. Going off the beaten path denotes staying for one night in more 70s classic accommodation. The tea house at Dobato which stands waiting for the few wondering trekkers ready to give the best it could give.

The first half of the trekking goes up the off the beaten trail with very few trekkers alongside a mixture of dense forest, terraced fields and villages on the hills. The typical village of Ghandruk giving the taste of traditional lifestyle of the people in mountains we will walk through the forest to the top of the hill in Tadapani. Few tea houses with quite an amount of facilities to provide for the night spend. During the trek, we also cross alpine forests, glacial rivers and enjoying the warm hospitality of the ethnic populations. The sunset and sunrise of Muldai which we will try to capture in our pictures and mind will follow the next infamous trail route of Ghorepani – Poonhill. We will have the best view of not only Annapurna but the Dhaulagiri series too.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu (1400m) to Pokhara (850m)- Drive 6 -7 hrs.

Day 2:Drive to Shyauli Bazaar, Trek to Ghandruk (1950m) – Drive 2.5 hrs.-Trek 4-5 hrs.

Day 3 : Trek to Tadapani (2650m) – Trek 4-5 hrs.

Day 4: Trek to Dobato (3420m), Muldai Sunrise – Trek 6-7 hrs.

Day 5: Sunrise at Muldai (3647m), trek to Ghorepani (2870m) – Trek 6-7 hrs.

Day 6: Poon Hill Sunrise, trek to Ulleri (1960m) – Trek 6-7 hrs.

Day 7: Trek to Nayapul (1070m), drive to Pokhara (800m) – Trek 5-6 hrs.

Day 8: Drive Back to Kathmandu – Drive 6 -7 hrs.

Detailed Itinerary

Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu (1400m) to Pokhara (850m)- Drive 6 -7 hrs.

Day 2:Drive to Shyauli Bazaar, Trek to Ghandruk (1950m) – Drive 2.5 hrs.-Trek 4-5 hrs.
This morning we have a short 1 ½ hour drive to Nayapul and then graveled for an hour to Shyauli Bazaar from where we hit the trail, commencing our trek with a gradually increasing stone steps climb up to Kimchee and a gentle ascend to Ghandruk, with a great view of the Fishtail and Hiunchuli Mountain. To gift ourselves with the hot and aromatic organic coffee for the hard work we did on this day.

Day 3 : Trek to Tadapani (2650m) – Trek 4-5 hrs.
The morning commences with the mesmerizing sunrise beyond the majestic mountain Fishtail. We hit our way up through the beautiful traditional Gurung houses of Ghandruk and climb in the forest with an unforgettable view of the Annapurna. We continue through the rhododendron forest, which just keeps on getting more and more mysterious throughout the day. The roar of waterfalls, chattering of Langur monkeys playing on the trees, reflecting sun rays from the mountains, chirping of the birds will entertain us while we rest our legs and wait for lunch. The steep climb leads us into the mystical busy hilltop of Tadapani.

Day 4: Trek to Dobato (3420m), Muldai Sunrise – Trek 6-7 hrs.
As soon as we leave Tadapani this morning we are in incredible rhododendron forest. The trees much older than our great grandparents tower above us to block out the only light.  This is a magical trail that feels walking with the fictional characters in the fairy tales. After a couple of ups and downs, we start quite a serious ascend which continues all the way up to the lodges at Dobato. The forest changes to oak trees and conifers mixed. From the ridge you contour down to a creek bed and following to a small pass, finally, with the strenuous hurdle, we get around to the lodges at Dobato.
For those with extra energy to spare we suggest going up to Muldai peak this afternoon for the Sunset view. It takes about 45 min from the Lodge to climb up to the view tower and the view is absolutely stunning, a highlight of your trek.

Day 5: Sunrise at Muldai (3647m), trek to Ghorepani (2870m) – Trek 6-7 hrs.
Morning is the best in all the treks as for today is the same. We recommend you to get up an hour early, before the sunrise and walk up to the viewpoint at Muldai. We will have an early breakfast and hit a very small steep trail to the south towards Banthanti away from all the crowd.
We trek inclined down for a couple of hours to Banthanti where we join the main trail of popular Ghorepani Trek. The usual rhododendron forest ascending dropping down to the lodges at Lower-Ghorepani. Ghorepani literally means “horse water” and was a popular stopping place for the mule trains which plied the route from Pokhara to Jomsom and beyond. The impressive series of mountains will let you melt like the snow that melts to the Modi river that you will follow alongside.

Day 6: Poon Hill Sunrise, trek to Ulleri (1960m) – Trek 6-7 hrs.
Capping Ghorepani is Poon Hill [3210m], and an hour-long busy and headlights like a disco from all the trekkers’ pre-dawn ascent give us the opportunity to see the classic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri at sunrise which we usually get to see in the pictures. After a late breakfast we begin the long descent to Ulleri. A small village with tea houses and lodges in every local

Day 7: Trek to Nayapul (1070m), drive to Pokhara (800m) – Trek 5-6 hrs.
This morning we thank ourselves that we didn’t have to ascend the never-ending stairs down to Tikhedhunga (we pity those coming the other way) after we cross a suspension, we run enjoyingly an easier walk for the rest of the trek. Now the valley starts opening up more and more to newly built dirt roads, our weary legs enjoying the gentle busy walk along with the locals and then on the old trekking trail to Nayapul, where we finally get to meet our vehicle for the 1 ½ hour drive back to the beautiful city of Pokhara.

Day 8: Drive Back to Kathmandu – Drive 6 -7 hrs.

Poon Hill Trek - Profil

Dates

Best Time to Travel

The best months are September, October & November during the Autumn season and March, April & May during the spring season. Regarding monsoon season in the summertime we do not suggest trying this route from June till August.

Price

640 €

Included in the Cost

  • All ground transportation by private vehicles, including transportation from the airport to the Ashram.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Lunch, dinner, and overnight stay in the ashram on the preparation day, the day before the trek.
  • Farewell dinner and overnight stay at the ashram on the night of return.
  • All meals AND water during the trek.
  • All carrying charges.
  • All costs for the Auronepal trek leader (first aid and training in eco-technology and English) and a Sherpa assistant.
    The guide helps each person during the trek.
  • All necessary paper works and permits
  • Travel & Rescue arrangements
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes if necessary
  • Auronepal trek Kit Bag

Not Included in the Cost

  • International airfare to and from the city of origin.
  • Nepal Visa fee.
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch, meals and overnight stays on the days before the preparation day and after the return from the trek.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses during the trek – Phone calls, laundry, bar bills… or extra porters
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Extension of stay fees.

Conditions and Comforts

Accommodations

We will be accommodated for the nights in local tea houses and guest houses. In these places, accommodation provided by lodges and guest-houses is in good hygienic conditions. We maintain standard comfort in every matter based on enforceable conditions such as weather calamities. All the prices of the rooms and accommodations are included within the trip package.

Meals

All Meals on a full board basis will be provided during trekking in the mountains. Three meals a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menus but the meals in this particular route are expected great meals. Each day dinner and breakfast are taken in the same place you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to the destination in a tea shop. Pay attention, please, this region of Tsum valley doesn’t have developed tourist infrastructure (and it is the main attraction of this region), so the choice of the meal is poor enough. Mainly you can take Tibetan bread, dal bath, tsampa porridge other simple local food. Be ready for this.

Toilet Facilities

On the trek, toilet facilities are available nearby your room most of the time and in some places, you might be able to get the attached rooms in established trek routes.

The Auronepal Team

Auronepal trek only employs and trains Nepalese leaders and local staff. By employing and training local people they put something back into their communities. Auronepal trek currently trains all their Guides in the following courses and your Muldai and Poonhill Trek leader will be one of the fully train Trek Leader.

Auronepal Team

Our operation is smooth as safety concern;

The leader of the trek will be one of the 4 certified trek guides of the Auronepal team. He will be assisted by another of the 4 guides, or a guide in training. In doing so, if one becomes ill or is injured, the trek can continue and go to completion, as planned.

Our trekking team will also be made up of one porter for each group of two trekkers.

The Group

Our group starts from 2 and maximum it goes up to 10 which is a good team to communicate and facilitate in every manner.

Responsible tourism practice

Trekking is gently in the Himalayas during the recent days, areas like Everest, Annapurna & Langtang. We, therefore, do our best to reduce the minimal impact on each trip to the mountain and all Auronepal trek trips aim for « zero footprints » impact on the natural environment and the people who live off its resources.
We enforce a number of do’s and don’ts for our customers and staff when out in the wilderness. Auronepal trek Trekking and Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) had done some cleanup campaigns in the past and support its other environmental awareness activities.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Auronepal trek’s trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs).

Please note that we don’t arrange or sell insurance.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

The trek in these highlands of the Muldai and Poonhill Trek requires most of the time, 5-6 hours of walking per day.

We, therefore, suggest that you regularly do fifteen kilometers of walking or jogging, 3 to 4 times a week for 3 months. Try at the same time, 2 or 3 times during this period, to walk or run every day of the week before the start of this wonderful trek, especially as you will be walking at high altitude for several days.

For all treks at altitude, we invite you to have a positive attitude and a good determination in order to have a great tolerance for difficult conditions that may arise. A simple walk in good weather can quickly become an ordeal in rain or snow.
In these times where the climate keeps on going upside down, we are not immune to difficult passages or even unexpected tests!

It is essential that participants with pre-existing problems or medical conditions make them known to Auronepal Travel & Trek at the time of booking.
All medical or evacuation costs that may be incurred during the trip are the responsibility of the trekker.
Auronepal Travel & Trek reserves the right to require a medical certificate if necessary.

Your Group

You are a group of friends or acquaintances…
You are a yoga teacher and wish to propose a trip and/or trek in Nepal?

Tell us about your project

Please contact us via the special page :
Organize a group

Customized Treks and Trips

Auronepal Travel Trek is very happy to offer you truly tailor-made treks and trips.
We love to concoct you the best possible program according to your dreams, aspirations and possibilities… and we love to make you benefit from our resources and offer you some unusual adventures often unknown to the general public.

We listen to the group and the situation.
And we never fail, whenever possible, to phone our Nepalese guide friends to find out the current conditions of a route.

Our vision of « tailor-made » thus goes as far as making new proposals during the trip, to better adjust to the weather… or to avoid too much traffic on a particular route… or simply because an opportunity arises…

Prepare your trip

A complete page, with a lot of information, is dedicated to this subject:
Prepare your Trek

Your Arrival in Nepal

Airport

If you wish, a representative of Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir will pick you up at the airport, which will cost you about 15 euros.
Otherwise, taxis are parked in front of the arrivals area. All drivers know the address: Thankot, checkpost Chandragiri 6, Kathmandu.
If necessary, you can contact us on +977 (0)14312157 or (0)14312085).

The ashram is 1h – 1h30 from the airport depending on traffic.
On arrival, an organic meal and a comfortable room will be waiting for you.

Ashram

You can stay as long as you like at the ashram in Kathmandu… and even visit the Terai ashram…
If you would like to know more about staying at the ashram, you can visit the following page:
Independent Stays at Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir

Your Visa

A whole page is dedicated to this subject:
Visa for Nepal

Things to carry along the trek

  • Trekking boots to keep your ankles and feet dry
  • Multiple pairs of socks (thick and thin) for both warm and cold climates
  • Long thermal pants or underwear (keep in mind you will want to dress in layers, so you can shed a layer when it gets too hot)
  • Waterproof pants
  • A scarf
  • Mittens and gloves (pack at least two pairs in case one pair gets wet)
  • Down jacket
  • Tracksuit pants or yoga pants for relaxing in the evening
  • Lightweight, waterproof shorts
  • A cap
  • Long and short sleeve t-shirts
  • A light windbreaker jacket or a waterproof jacket
  • Simple first aid kit
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Trekking poles. (It really helps to lighten the work of the knees during long stairs.)
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag (5°)
  • Sunscreen
  • A head torch and spare batteries
  • Lip balm to prevent windburn
  • Wet wipes
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Sunglasses
  • Pen and notebook
  • Playing cards
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