Pun Hill trek starts 1 ½ hrs drive to Nayapul from Pokhara. The trail then climbs gradually through the charming villages with terraced farms and finally enters into the Rhododendron forest. Two days of climbing brings us to the mountain pass village of Ghorepani. Poon Hill is the view point reached by one hour walking from Ghorepani. The route of this short trek in Annapurna then follows the scenic ridge to Tadapani and back down to Nayapul.
DAY 1: DRIVE TO NAYAPUL AND TREK TO THIKEDUNGA (1,600 M)
We will drive in a private car to the trekking trail head of Nayapul after breakfast. The scenic drive will take about 1 and half hrs. From Nayapul we will follow upstream Modi Khola for about 30 mints and then cross it at the confluence of Modi and Burungdi River. Follow upstream Burungdi river climbing gradually to Thikedunga at the base of steep 3,000 steps to Ulleri. This 4 hrs walking is a good warm up for the first day or you can even climb 3,000 steps to Ulleri to make the next day easier.
DAY 2: TREK TO GHOREPANI (2,800 M / 6 hrs)
Climbing the steep stone steps would be mild in the morning. The climb will take about 2 hrs. Ulleri is a Magar village dominated by Pun Magars at 2,100 m. From the village we will get the first view of Annapurna south and Mt. Fishtail. From the Ulleri village, the trail climbs gradually into the shed of alpine forest. The forest walk is intermediated by group of teahouses catering trekkers. Ghorepani is a mountain pass below Pun Hill, overlooking at the world's deepest valley (Kaligandaki) wedged between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
DAY 3: SHORT HIKE TO PUN HILL | TREK TO TADAPANI (5 HRS)
Sunrise view from the Pun Hill is the highlight of the pun hill trek. The hilltop at 3,190 m is 50 mints climb from Ghoprepani. As the early rays of sun hits snow peaks, its color changes from pink to red. Panaromic view of over 15 peaks of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu ranges appear unreal. From Pun Hill one can see some of the world's highest peaks including Dhaulagiri (8,167m / 7th highest), Annapurna I (8,091 m / 10th highest) and Manaslu (8,157 m / 8th highest)
Climb down to Ghoprepani and prepare for another beautiful day's walk to Tadapani. The trail at first climbs to the ridge top towards east and then follows the ridge dense with Rhododendron to Deurali. Another three hours of walking through the rhododendron forest will take us to Tadapani at 2,500 m. From Tadapani, we have closer view of Annapurna South and Fishtail.
DAY 4: SHORT WALK TO GHANRDUK ( 4 hrs / 1,900 M) | Drive back to Pokhara
Walk down to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a charming mountain village in the forefront of Annapurna South and Mt. Fishtail. Thatch and slate roofed stone houses dominates the village surrounded by farming terraces. This is bhold of Gurung - tribe that was famous as 'Gurkha Soldiers.' Enjoy the view of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and Mt Fishtail while having lunch and trek further down for about 1 hr to catch a ride back to Pokhara.
Chitwan National Park is home to many endangered mammals including one horned rhinoceros.