Poonhill Dhampus Family Trek - 11 days

Things to Know
  • Duration11 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Altitude 3210 m Poonhill
  • Trip Type Hiking
  • Start and End Kathmandu and Kathmandu
  • Best Time Spring and autumn
What You’ll Do
  • Panoramic Mountain Views: Experience breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna (8,091m), Dhaulagiri (8,127m), and Macchapuchre (6,993m) from Poon Hill, a renowned viewpoint in the Annapurna region.
  • Cultural Encounters: Stay in traditional Nepalese villages like Ghorepani, Landruk and Dhampus, interacting with local communities and learning about their customs and lifestyles.
  • Relaxing Hot Springs: Enjoy a soothing break at natural hot springs in Jhinu, perfect for rejuvenation after days of trekking.
  • Family-Friendly Routes: Designed for families and older adventurers, the trek features manageable hiking distances and gradual altitude acclimatization.
  • Scenic Jeep Drives: Begin and end your trek with scenic 4WD drives from Pokhara, offering comfortable transportation amidst stunning landscapes.
  • Pokhara's Charms: Explore Pokhara's attractions such as Davis Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, the serene Phewa Lake, Sarangkot for Sunrise, World Peace Stupa, and Shiva statue.


The Poon Hill-Dhampus Family Trek is an ideal adventure for families and even older travellers, starting in the beautiful city of Pokhara. This trek combines natural beauty, cultural experiences, and stunning mountain views, making it a perfect choice for a diverse group of adventurers. Your journey begins with a scenic 4WD drive from Pokhara to Ulleri (1900m), followed by a short hike to Banthali (2250m)for your first night's stay. The peaceful spot allows for a gentle acclimatization to the altitude. The trek continues to the charming village of Ghorepani, surrounded by lush forests and offering magnificent views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. An early morning hike to Poon Hill(3210m), From the top of Poon Hill which lies above Ghorepani Village, you can get mind-blowing sunrise views over the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhre (6,993m). The journey then leads to Tadapani (2,620m) for an overnight stay. From Tadapani (2,620m), the trek heads to Chomrong (2170 m), a vibrant village and key stop on the Annapurna Base Camp route, perfect for meeting fellow trekkers. Descend to Jhinu the next day for a relaxing short break and a dip in the natural hot springs, before continuing to the beautiful village of Landruk (1565m) for an overnight stay. The trek then moves through scenic landscapes to Dhampus (1650m), renowned for its stunning views of the Annapurna range. Dhampus (1650m) is easily accessible from Pokhara by jeep, making it an ideal spot for older travellers. The trek's final leg takes you down to Phedi, from where we will return to Pokhara. Spend a day exploring the city's attractions such as Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Cave, and the World Peace Pagoda, and enjoy a boat ride on Phewa Lake. After a restful night in Pokhara, the next day return to Kathmandu either by tourist bus or a short flight.

Organized by Iconic Holiday Nepal, this trek offers an accessible and enriching experience, perfect for families and older travellers. Enjoy the majestic Himalayas, immerse yourself in local culture, and create unforgettable memories on this exceptional journey.

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  • Altitude1400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time1-2 hours

Our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will display an Iconic Holiday Nepal signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then be transferred to your hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

  • Altitude2250 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time6 hours

Your journey begins with a scenic 4WD drive from Pokhara to the village of Ulleri. From there, a short hike takes you to Bhanthati; here you will spend your first night. Bhanthati offers a tranquil setting to relax and acclimate to the higher altitudes.

  • Altitude2860 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

After breakfast, continue your trek to the charming village of Ghorepani. Dense forests surround this picturesque village and offer stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Spend the night in Ghorepani, preparing for an early morning hike to Poon Hill.

  • Altitude2630 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

Waking before dawn, we hike for about an hour up Poon Hill (3,210m) to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas! Hot tea is usually available in the early morning chill we sip while taking in the amazing scene of a huge array of mountains.  These mountains are Hiuchuli, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Lamjung Himal, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) – and many more, which your guide will point out to you. Once the sun has risen spectacularly over the mountains and we have clicked enough photos, we drag ourselves away and head back down to the lodge in Ghorepani for a well-deserved breakfast before heading on to Tadapani.  

The trail to Tadapani starts quite steep until we cross the Deurali Pass when the path becomes more forgiving.  From the Deurali Pass, we get a second chance to take the mountains we saw from Poon Hill.  Overnight in Tadapani. 

  • Altitude2165 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5 hrs

We will have our breakfast, and continue our journey to Chomrong (2,165m), passing Chuile on the way. At first, we pass the beautiful Ghandruk Village and then take a steep descent to the Kimron River before reaching Chomrong. From the way, you will see mind-blowing views of Annapurna South and Fishtail.  Chomrong village lies on the lap of the mighty Annapurna massif and is a popular overnight spot for those ascending to Annapurna Base Camp.

  • Altitude1565m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

After breakfast, begin your descent walk to Jhinu Danda, which takes about one hour downhill. Upon arrival, you can take a break to enjoy the natural hot springs and have a refreshing lunch. After some relaxation, continue your trek to the charming village of Landruk.

  • Altitude1650 m
  • AccommodationTea House
  • Time5-6 hours

After breakfast, we set out on a scenic hike from Landruk towards Deurali. The trail leads us through picturesque landscapes and verdant forests, gradually ascending until we reach Deurali. Here, on clear days, the panoramic views of the beautiful mountain range, including the Annapurna peaks, unfold before us, offering a breathtaking sight. After some well-deserved rest and soaking in the scenery at Deurali, we continue our journey towards Dhampus. Along the way, we pass through the charming village of Pothana, nestled amidst terraced fields and surrounded by serene mountain views. The path to Dhampus winds gently downhill, promising more glimpses of rural life and natural beauty.

  • Altitude822 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time5-6 hours

On the final day of your trek, hike down to Phedi, where a vehicle will be waiting to drive you back to Pokhara. Enjoy the rest of the day exploring Pokhara at your leisure, visiting the city's many attractions, or simply relaxing by the serene lakeside.

  • Altitude822 m
  • AccommodationHotel

Begin your Pokhara excursion with an early morning trip to Sarangkot for a stunning sunrise over the Himalayas. Return to Pokhara for a peaceful boat ride on Phewa Lake and enjoy a lakeside lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Shiva statue at Pumdikot and then the serene World Peace Pagoda. Next, explore the unique Devi's fall. Conclude your day by returning to your hotel and enjoying Pokhara's vibrant nightlife.

  • Altitude1400 m
  • AccommodationHotel
  • Time6-7 hours

After a hearty breakfast, embark on your journey back to Kathmandu. Along the way, take a relaxing break on the banks of the Trishuli River, enjoying the serene surroundings and refreshing atmosphere. Since parts of the highway are under construction, extended stops might delay your arrival in Kathmandu. Plan accordingly to ensure you reach the city before evening. Upon arrival, enjoy a farewell dinner organized by Iconic Holiday Nepal, celebrating your memorable trip with delicious local cuisine and warm hospitality.

    The trip concludes. Our airport representative will drop you off at the international airport in Kathmandu.

    Trip Cost Details
    • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle
    • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast
    • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the trek
    • All your standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) including one hot drink and seasonal fruits
    • Experienced, first-aid trained, government-licensed, English-speaking trekking guide
    • Permits for Sagarmatha/Everest National Park and TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System)
    • Porters during the trek for carrying luggage (1 porter for every 2 clients)
    • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
    • Filtered water in the trails using a Water Filter or water purification tablets
    • Jeep ride from Pokhara to Ulleri and Phedi to Pokhara
    • Trip completion certificate
    • A farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal
    • All administrative expenses and government taxes
    • Meals (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • International flight fare and airport departure tax
    • Any beverages including bottled and boiled water
    • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
    • Tips to trekking staff and driver
    • Nepal Entry Visa fee
    • Personal Trekking gear and equipment
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