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Annapurna base camp trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill

Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp Trek

16

Days

TREK

Trip highlights
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites tour in Kathmandu.
  • Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
  • Get a taste of rural Nepalese life along the way.
  • Beautiful sunrise view over the Annapurna ranges from Poon Hill.
  • Visit Ghorepani, Gurung museum, and learn more about the Gurung culture.
  • Visit two Base Camps- Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp.
  • Astonishing View of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Khangsar, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare.
  • Enjoy a relaxing bath at the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill is an exciting journey in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek is an amalgamation of the two most popular trips(Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek). This trek offers you the most spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges, traditional villages, forest enriched with exotic flora and fauna, and magnificent landscapes. In the beginning, the trek is easy and offers travelers plenty of time to acclimatize. This journey gradually develops through the lower subtropical region and eventually makes its way towards the drier alpine region. Enjoy walking through the diverse landscape, highland pastures, charming villages, temples, monasteries with the beautiful view of the snow-capped peaks at the backdrop. The close-up views of snow-capped peaks like Gangapurna (7454m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7273m), and the Machhapuchhre (6997m) are the major highlights of this trek.

This journey begins with a drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. From Nayapul, The trail goes through the stunningly beautiful landscape, past forests of rhododendron, as well as several streams along the way to Tikhedhunga. From Tikhedhunga, it is a steep uphill hike over stone steps up to Ulleri and then a gradual walk to Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a beautiful village inhabited by Magar and Gurung people. Here, we will get the opportunity to observe the hillside village culture and lifestyle. Early morning, we make our way to Poon Hill to view sunrise over the snowcapped Himalayas. From here, the trail further traverses through spectacular landscape across Tadapani, Chomrong, Bamboo, and finally up to the Annapurna Base Camp. At the Base Camp, we will have the opportunity to witness the excellent views of the Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and other prominent peaks.

Detail Itinerary


Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at the airport, our guide/representative will meet and transfer you to your hotel. As there are no activities planned for today, you may enjoy the evening at leisure or take a self-guided tour around to get familiar with the city. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2. In Kathmandu(trek preparation).
After breakfast, we begin our Kathmandu sightseeing tour. Today we will cover some of the World Heritage Sites. We will visit the Swayambhunath temple, the oldest Buddhist monument in the valley, and Boudanath, the largest Stupa in Nepal. Next, we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historic landmark located at the heart of Kathmandu. It showcases ancient art and architecture in stone and wood carving amidst famous shrines and temples. We will spend the latter part of the day planning and preparing for the trek. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (895m/6 hrs)
After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu and drive for about 6 hours to Pokhara. The road to Pokhara goes through small villages, farmlands, and along the river bank. On arrival, check into your hotel and rest and relax. The evening is free to stroll around the lakeside or go for a boat ride.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 4. Pokhara to Tikkhedhunga(1570m/4-5hrs)
Drive for about an hour to Nayapul. Our trek begins from Nayapul along the Modi Khola valley to Tikhedhunga. The trail goes through the warm subtropical region following the Modi Khola upstream to Birethanti. From Birethanti, we follow the Bhurungdi Khola across dense forest and beautiful views to Tikhedhunga. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5. Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani(2850m/6hrs)
From Tikhedhunga, we descend to the Bhurungdi Khola and cross over a suspension bridge. Hereafter, the trail is a steep uphill hike over stone steps until Ulleri. From Ulleri, it is a gradual hike with some ascend and descend through forests of rhododendron and Oak to Ghorepani. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 6. Ghorepani to Poon Hill(3210m)– Tadapani(2610m)(5-6hrs)
Early morning we hike up to Poon Hill (3210m). Poon hill offers the best view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Annapurna (8091m), Mt. Manaslu (8156m), and many more snow-covered mountains. It is also the best place for a sunrise view. Descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast, after breakfast we continue through pine and rhododendron woods, past the villages of Deurali, Banthanti to Tadapani. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 7. Tadapani to Chomrong(2170m/5-6 hrs)
The trail to Chomrong descends through forests of rhododendron and oak until Kimrong Khola. Crossover to the other side over the suspension bridge and climb up to Ghurjung village. Following some ups and downs, we finally arrive at Chomrong. Chhomrong is the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 8. Chomrong to Bamboo(2310m/5 hrs)
From Chomrong, the trail descends to the river. After crossing over the suspension bridge, it is a steep uphill climb to Sinuwa. Hereafter, it is a relatively flat walk through rhododendron forest until Kudlighar and then descends to Bamboo. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 9. Bamboo to Deurali(3200m/5 hrs)
The trail goes past a bamboo forest with a gradual uphill hike past Dovan and Himalaya. From Himalaya, it is a steep uphill hike to reach Hinku Cave, and then we descend to the river below before ascending the ridge to Deurali. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 10. Deurali to ABC(4130m) 5hrs
From Deurali, the trail goes to the right side of the stream. The hike is on a rugged path over a rocky cliff and beyond the avalanche-prone area. After a while, it is a gentle uphill climb that opens up at a broad grassy slope with a series of lodges at the Machhapuchhre Base camp. Savor the excellent views of the Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and other peaks and continue further towards Annapurna Base Camp. From the MBC, it takes about 2-3 hours to reach the ABC. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC, and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. At the base camp, we again get to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 11. ABC to Bamboo(2345m/5-6 hrs).
Annapurna base camp is the ultimate destination of this trek. After breakfast, we retrace back to Bamboo. This time the walk is easy as it is mostly downhill compared to the other day. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 12. Bamboo to Jhinu Danda(1760m)
The first part of the trail is a steep uphill until Kuldighar. The hike is through forests of rhododendron, oak, and bamboos. Then the trail descends until Chomrong Khola and ascends to Chomrong. From here on, the trail descends to Jhinu Danda. At Jhinu Danda, we get to wear off the exhaustion with a soothing dip in the natural hot springs. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 13. Jhinu Danda to Ghandruk(2012m/4-5 hrs)
After breakfast, we descend to the stream and climb up the stone pathway through bamboo groves. The trail to Ghandruk is slightly uphill and over stone steps. After lunch, we will explore the village, visit the Gurung Museum and the village monastery. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 14. Ghandruk-Nayapul-Pokhara
We leave Ghandruk and continue towards Naya Pul. It is a downhill hike across terraced rice fields and small villages. At Nayapul, we board onto a private vehicle and drive to Pokhara. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 15. Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Today we shall retrace our drive back to Kathmandu. On arrival, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to rest and relax or pursue your interest. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 16. Departure.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

  • Group Size2-8

  • RouteKathmandu-Pokhara-Tikhedhunga-Ghorepani-Tadapani-Chhomrong-Bamboo-Deurali-Annapurna Base Camp-Jhinu Danda-Ghandruk-Pokhara-Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, September, October, November

  • Good MonthsFebruary

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

Cost Information coming soon !!

Included

  • All transfers by private vehicle.
  • Sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
  • Accommodation in the above listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local village lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara with one welcome/farewell dinner and all meals during the trek.
  • English-speaking local guide along with porter(one porter for every two-members) during the trek.
  • Guide, porter, and trekking staff insurance.
  • All necessary paperwork and permit (TIMS/ ACAP).
  • The hiring of a sleeping bag on request with minimal cleaning charges.
  • All Government taxes and service charges.

Not included

  • Nepal entry visa.
  • International flight to and from Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
  • Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to your health, natural condition, political situation, or early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses not listed in the included section.

Accommodations

3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and trekkers lodge/tea house while on the trek.