Trekking with DB

As well as assisting volunteers with their travel around the Pokhara Valley, DB also acts as a guide for those volunteers (and their friends) interested in doing the Poon Hill Trek and other treks and sight seeing locations in the area. The Poon Hill trek can take between four and five days but there are many other paths, so you can design your own trip. The trek undertaken by past volunteers is described below.

Example: Poon Hill Trek

Day One: Naya Pul to Ulleri

An early start departing the Foster Home at 8am by taxi to Naya Pul to begin the trek. The first half of the day is a nice walk through villages and farm land. A lunch break at one of the many tea shops along and then you will begin the accent over the first mountain to the hillside village of Ulleri. The afternoon is the hardest of the trek with a few hours of a steady incline. It is all worth it when arriving in time for a tea and an amazing view of the valley.

Day Two: Ulleri to Ghorepani

With the hardest of the trek over, Ulleri to Ghorepani is a short walk through beautiful forests crisscrossing with the river and feeding waterfalls. There are plenty of beautiful places to stop along the path that offer great views of the river and forest. Arriving at Ghorepani in the early afternoon gives you plenty of time to explore the little town (or dry your clothes from the previous day of rain).

Day Three: Poon Hill

Today starts at 4:30am with a slow stumbling walk through the town and up to Poon Hill to watch the sunrise over the mountains and valley. (Important note: Remember a head lamp). The clouds gradually clear and provide spectacular views of the Annapurna mountain range including both Annapurna South (highest in the Annapurna range) and Machhapuchhare. In the distance on a clear day you can see right down the valley to the lake at Pokhara. There is a small tea shop to keep you warm as the mornings can get quite cool.

Day Three: Ghorepani to Tadapani

After breakfast you head off for another full day of trekking. After an initial steep incline (that provides more spectacular views of the peaks), the remainder of the walk is flat or down hill through jungle. Be on the lookout for monkeys and an assortment of other local animals (this may include mountain goats, snakes and the ever present mountain ponies). Arriving at Tadapani late in the afternoon will give you enough time to shower before dinner and a well deserved beer.

Day Four: Tadapani to Ghandruk

An easier day with all down hill walking between Tadapani and Ghandruk gives you plenty of time to take in the view and the beautiful surroundings of the valleys. Once at Ghandruk you will have time to tour the little stone village and check out the lookout before returning for dinner.

Day Five: Ghandruk to Naya Pul

The last day of the trek is the easiest, moving back into wide flat paths that you share with an assortment of sturdy mountain ponies couriering goods into the mountains. After a leisurely walk you cross the river one last time. On the other side lunch awaits before returning to Naya Pul to catch a taxi/bus back to Pokhara in time for tea and biscuits.

Costs

DB Guide cost: 1,500 rupees per day (This includes all DB’s food and accommodation as well as a donation to the Foster Foundation. This is better value than most commercial Guides).

TIMS and Annapurna park permit: 3500 rupees per person

Average cost of food and accommodation: 2000 rupees per person per day (average cost, includes tea stops, food and accommodation. Please note it may fluctuate depending on season). The more people on the trek, the less expensive the trip will be.

For further information or to discuss organizing your trip, speak with DB

Images from the Poon Hill Trek

Day Three - Mountain views.

Day Four - Some of the local wildlife

Watching the sunrise at Poon Hill (Day Three)