Volunteering and Annapurna Poonhill Trek

Trip Facts


13 Days

Fitness Level


Max. Altitude:

3,210 meters


Breakfast lunch and dinner during the trek and breakfast only in Kathmandu and Pokhara


3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and teahouses during the trek

Group size


Arrival On


Departure From


Poon Hill Voluntarism Highlights

  • A chance to dive into the lifestyle of the local people.
  • An opportunity to help those in need and perform a good deed.
  • A trek to enjoy the crack of the dawn hitting the mountains, one of the most popular short hiking destinations.
  • A chance to see the Himalayan range, such as Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. Annapurna, among many others, right before you.
  • Enjoy your evenings on the banks of the Phewa Lake.

Annapurna Poon Hill Trek Voluntarism Overview

Voluntourism in Annapurna Poon Hill Trek allows one to help those in Nepal while exploring its beauty and culture. Volunteering and the Annapurna Sunrise Trek will enable you to explore Nepal’s natural beauty while doing a good deed. The hospitable nature of the Nepalese people in the rural areas makes it easy to form a bond with the locals.

Annapurna Poonhill Trek Volunteering tourism does not require prerequisite skills; it is a learning-by-doing process. Some of the volunteering activities you can indulge in in Nepal are teaching in local schools, farming, working in health posts, repairing damaged infrastructure, and building homes. Volunteering is a perfect blend of traveling while doing a good deed at the same time. Nepal has always been the ideal destination for trekking, Eco-tourism, cultural tourism, and mountaineering. However, due to the devastating earthquake of 2015, many volunteers have stepped forward to restore the glory of this Himalayan country.

You can choose from activities to volunteer according to your skill and interest, such as teaching in schools and helping out in orphanages, health care centers, and elderly care. You could also choose to help our farms and agriculture. You may also help rebuild the homes devastated by the earthquake. Volunteers with knowledge of construction can significantly help, but just helping out with manual labor will be more than enough.

During this volunteering tour, we were engaged for four days in community service and spent the rest trekking the Annapurna region. Also, similar to the Ghorepani poon hill trek, I think the Annapurna sunrise trek needs a little introduction. This trail has long been established as one of the best scenic treks in Nepal. Located northwest of Pokhara, this trek best suits those who have little time but wish to enjoy the panoramic view of the Annapurna mountains and other mountains of the Annapurna range up close. The trip offers us splendid scenery coupled with immersion into the lifestyle of the Magar people and fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal, also called the Ghorepani Poonhill trek. Ghorepani is a Magar settlement and the last stop of our trek, whereas Poon Hill is a hill station where we will go for a sunrise view the following day. Located at 3,210 meters, the hill station offers magnificent panoramic views of the Himalayan range, such as Machhapuchre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other mighty mountains.

Our 13 days of Annapurna Poon Hill trek with Volunteerism will allow you to experience the vibrant culture and participate in the scenic journey.

Annapurna Poonhill Volunteering Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

pon your arrival in Tribhuwan international airport, a representative from Naata Trek and Tours will be there at the airport holding a placard bearing your name. You will be transferred to your hotel and can spend of the day resting or strolling around the surrounding areas.

  Maximum Altitude : 1400
 Meal : Dinner
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel

Day 2: Volunteering Activity Outside Kathmandu Day 1

We drive to the outskirts of Kathmandu on the second day of the trip. In these four days, we will live in home stays in the homes of the local people. This could be a great opportunity to look into the lifestyle of the local people. During the day, we will engage in volunteering activities such as reconstruction, teaching, and helping out in orphanages or health centers. You can opt to do any of those activities as mentioned above according to your interest and skill. These four days can be more than enough to form a special bond with the locals, even to the extent of making goodbye hard.

  Maximum Altitude : 1400
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Homestay

Day 3: Volunteering Activity Day 2

  Maximum Altitude : 1400 meters
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Homestay

Day 4: Volunteering Activity Day 3

  Maximum Altitude : 1400
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Homestay

Day 5: Volunteering Activity Day 4

  Maximum Altitude : 1400
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Homestay

Day 6: Volunteering Activity Day 5

  Maximum Altitude : 1400
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Homestay

Day 7: Drive to Pokhara After Volunteering

Today we embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara. The drive takes 8 hours, and you will be accompanied by rivers for most of the trip. Pokhara, often referred to as the city of lakes, is a popular tourist stop. A number of treks start from Pokhara, and the city acts as a resting point before and after the trip. You can spend your evening looking over the views of the lake and enjoying a couple of drinks.

  Maximum Altitude : 800
 Meal : Breakfast and lunch
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel
 Driving Distance : 200 kms

Day 8: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri

Our day starts with a short drive to Nayapul, where our trek starts. We walk along the banks of the Modi River and reach the bustling village of Birenthanti. You can find many tea houses and shops here. The trail gradually climbs and reaches the Bhirungdi River. We walk futher for a couple of hours to reach our destination for today in Ulleri, a large Magar village.

  Maximum Altitude : 2,050
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 3-4 hours

Day 9: Trek to Ghorepani

After breakfast, we start ascending through rhododendron forests and trekking towards the village of Banthanti. Then, we pass by another small village called Nangethanti. After hiking for about an hour, we reach Ghorepani, a small yet charming Gurung village.

  Maximum Altitude : 2,874
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 4-5 hours

Day 10: Hike upto Poonhill (3,210 meters) and hike to Ghandruk (2,012 meters) via Tadapani (2,630 meters)

We start our day before the crack of the dawn to catch the sunrise hitting the Himalayas. We reach Poonhill (3,210m), from where we can see panoramic views of Mt. Machhapuchre, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and Hiunchuli, among many others. After enjoying the sunrise we go back to Ghorepani and have our breakfast.

We climb along the ridges and into pine and rhododendron forests and reach a place called Deurali. From there on, the trail descends, and we reach Tadapani. The trail then gently descends further until we reach the beautiful village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a charming Gurung village with stone houses and beautiful views of the Himalayas. One of the largest Gurung villages, Ghandruk was once a major center from which Gurkha soldiers were recruited.

  Maximum Altitude : 3,210
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : Teahouse
  Walking Distance : 7 hours

Day 11: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara

On the last day of our trek, we retrace our steps to Nayapul, the starting point of our trek. Then we drive back to Pokhara to spend the evening strolling around the Phewa lake. Pokhara is a good place to end your trip and recollect the fond memories of our trek gone by.

  Maximum Altitude : 1,070
 Meal : Breakfast and lunch
  Accommodation : 3-Star hotel
  Walking Distance : 3-4 hours
 Driving Distance : 2 hours

Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu

We have our breakfast and start our drive back to Kathmandu. The evening can be spent in Thamel buying some souvenirs to take back home. In the evening, there will be a cultural dinner program hosted by the team of Naata Trek and Tours.

  Maximum Altitude : 1400
 Meal : Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  Accommodation : 3-star hotel
 Driving Distance : 200 kms

Day 13: Airport Departure

We bid adieu to the country of Nepal today, and a representative from Naata Travels will escort you to the airport.

 Meal : Breakfast

Included in the Cost

  • Airport pickup and drop by a private tourist vehicle
  • 3 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara and teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Farewell dinner programme
  • All ground transportation in a private tourist vehicle
  • An experienced, english speaking, government liscenced trek leader and assistant leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including, salary, allowance, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork's and permits (TIMS, ACAP)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra nights accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure and early return from trek in case of change in itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (laundry, phone calls, bar bills, battery recharge in mountains, extra porter, boiled water and hot shower in the mountains etc)
  • All other not mentioned in the includes section

Traveler Reviews


Trip Information

Day to Day Itinerary

Our 13-day volunteering tour begins in Kathmandu. From the second day of your arrival, we will be doing four volunteer programs on the outskirts of Kathmandu. On the fifth day, we will drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is a lake city and a popular tourist hub. On a clear day, you can see beautiful views of the Himalayan range from the city. You can also go to the lakeside where most restaurants and pubs are located and enjoy your evening there.

The following day, after breakfast, we go on a 2-hour drive to Nayapul, where our trek starts. After reaching Nayapul, we hike towards Ulleri, a Magar settlement. Ulleri is known for its stone steps on the way. You will have to walk through 3,000 stone steps, which is challenging and equally rewarding at the same time. The staircases are a staple of Ulleri village.

We headed towards Ghorepani, a Magar and Gurung settlement at 2,874 meters the next day. The trail ascends and takes us through Rhododendron forests to Banthanti. The village is famous for its warm hospitality and charming settlements, which provide breathtaking views of the mountains.

The next day is the pinnacle of our trip. We head towards Poonhill before dawn to catch a glimpse of sunrise. Poonhill offers breathtaking views of mountains such as Machapuchre(6,993 meters), Annapurna (8,891 meters), Annapurna South (7,219 meters), Annapurna III, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri II, Dhampus peak among many other tall mountains. Furthermore, seeing the sun’s rays falling into the snow-capped peaks is a visual treat to the eyes.

After enjoying the sunrise view from Poonhill, we head back to Ghorepani. We ascend through rhododendron and pine forests until we reach Deurali. You can find several villages in trekking regions of Nepal that go by the name Deurali. Deurali means a pass or a top of a hill that connects with another mountain or valley. We descend further to reach Tadapani. The trail then gently descends to the charming Gurung village of Ghandruk (2,012 meters). Ghandruk has become a popular destination for people wanting a quick getaway from Pokhara due to its authentic settlements and mountain range views. From here on, we trace our steps back to Nayapul, the starting point of our trek, and drive back to Pokhara for the night. You have the evening to yourself and spend your time on the banks of the Phewa Lake enjoying a few drinks. Our trip concludes with a drive back to Kathmandu.

Annapurna Poon Hill Trek difficulty

Annapurna sunrise trek, or the Ghorepani Poonhill trek, is relatively easy, considering other treks that Nepal offers. Despite the easiness of the trail, the Poonhill provides marvelous views of the mountains. The Poonhill trek is relatively short; the maximum altitude you gain on this trip is just 3,210 meters. Thus, altitude sickness should not pose a problem. Also, if you can walk a couple of miles in one go, your fitness level should be enough to complete this trek. On average, you will have to walk for 5-6 hours per day.

Best time for Poonhill Sunrise Volunteer Trek

The best time to undertake the Poonhill trek is Autumn and Spring. However, unlike other treks with high elevations, this trek can also be done in different seasons. Here is a brief info about the seasons

Autumn (September to November)

This is the best time for trekking in any of the Himalayan regions of Nepal. The temperature is perfect, with green vegetation all around as the monsoon will have just passed. The sky will be clear, and views of the hills and mountains will be as vibrant as ever. Remember, as this is one of the best times to trek, you will come across many trekkers on your way. This is also the biggest festive season in Nepal, and you will get to see the festive environment from the get-go.

Monsoon (June to August)

Although there are better times to trek in any of the regions in Nepal, trekking in monsoon has its charm. There will be lush green vegetation and very few trekkers, making the trail all yours. There will be times when clouds cover the mountains, but that only makes it unique when the mountains open up. However, please remember that the trail will be slippery, with many leeches on the way. Also, there will be landslides, so it’s only recommended to trek in the monsoon season if the weather is right.

Winter (December to February)

Winter is the dry time of the year, but it is also possible to do the Poonhill trek in winter. Daytime temperatures will be acceptable, but temperatures during nighttime and mornings can drop to freezing temperatures. Could you make sure to carry adequate clothing to beat the cold? There won’t be a lot of snow as we won’t be able to go to higher elevations. Some snow in the forests could make the trail a bit slippery. This time of year is also ideal for those looking for less busy trails.

Spring (March to May)

Spring is a very favorable time of the year to trek, and this season, too, attracts many trekkers. The weather is perfect, with a clear sky. The winter has brought snow to the mountains, making the views even more impressive. Also, the forests will be colorful, with the rhododendrons in full bloom.

Food and accommodation during the trek

There will be plenty of accommodation options on the Poonhill trek, which is pretty popular. There will be no luxury once you are on the trail, but the available options are clean and have all the basic amenities required. Also, the views make up every station you spend your night in. The rooms will be shared, and the bathrooms will be shared with standard dining, where travelers are bundled up around the indoor fire. The food offered will be more or less the same throughout the trail. Most of the dishes offered will be Nepali and Tibetan-inspired. You will have the option of having the typical dal bhat (rice, lentil, and curry), momos (dumplings), and Tibetan bread with curry, among others. As for Western offerings, you can opt for Museli, Oatmeals, pancakes, porridge, noodles, toast, and omelets, and some places can even offer spring rolls and spaghetti.


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