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Annapurna base camp trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill

Trekking around the Annapurna region

16

Days

TREK

Trip highlights

• UNESCO World Heritage Sites tour in Kathmandu.
• Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back.
• Spend a day in Tourist hub 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
• Enjoy astonishing View of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South Annapurna I,Khangsar, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare from the base camp
• Enjoy a relaxing bath at the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.

This Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill is one of the most exciting treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek is an amalgamation of the two most popular treks (Annapurna Base Camp and the Ghorepani Poon Hill). This trek offers you the most spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges, traditional villages, forest enriched with exotic flora and fauna, and magnificent landscapes. This trek is easy in the beginning and offers plenty of time to acclimatize with a reasonable gain in altitude. This journey gradually develops through the lower subtropical region eventually making its way towards the drier alpine region. Enjoy walking through the diverse landscape, highland pastures, charming villages, temples, monasteries along with the beautiful view of the snow-capped peaks at the backdrop. The close-up views of snow-capped peaks like Gangapurna (7454m), Annapurna 1 (8091m), Annapurna South (7273m), and the most unique Machhapuchhre (6997m) are the major highlights of this trek.

This moderately challenging Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill Trek begins after a short drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. From Nayapul, the trail runs through the lower Annapurna region, through pine, rhododendron, and juniper forest with spectacular views along the way to Tikhedhunga. From Tikhedhunga we further hike to Ghorepani(2874m) and Poon (3210m). Poon hill offers great sunrise views over the Himalayas including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna, and many others. 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.

Outline Itinerary


Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at the airport meet our representative/guide and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time you can either relax at your hotel or take a short self-guided tour of the city. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 2. In Kathmandu(trek preparation).
Today in the first half we will visit some of the major UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the city that may include Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. In the later part, we shall prepare and plan for the trek. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (895m/6 hrs)
The drive from Kathmandu(208kms) to Pokhara goes along river banks, local villages, farmlands, and beautiful mountain scenarios. Along the way, we shall stop frequently to observe the view and also to stretch our legs. On arrival check into the hotel and relax or you have the option to stroll around the Phewa lake and visit the local market. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 4. Pokhara to Tikkhedhunga(1570m/4-5hrs)
Drive about an hour or more to Nayapul, we then begin our trek, following the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail passes through several villages like Lumle and Birethanti across forests and bamboo glades. The walk is gradual until a short ascent to Hille and from here it is a steep climb to Tikhedhunga. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 5. Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani(2850m/6hrs)
The hike from Tikhedhunga is a steep ascent until Ulleri a large village where the majority of people belong to the Magar community. From Ulleri it is a gradual ascent through a forest of rhododendron crossing several streams. As we climb higher, the views get more striking, Mt. Annapurna south, Nilgiri south, and some other peaks come into view. After crossing Nangethati we arrive at 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 sunrise view with panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machapuchhre, Nilgiri south, Annapurna I, and other peaks. We then descend to Ghorepani for breakfast, following breakfast we continue through forests of pine and rhododendron 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 mostly inhabited by the Gurung tribe and is the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 8. Chomrong to Bamboo(2345m/5 hrs)
The hike from Chomrong is continuous descent over stone steps to the river below. Cross over the suspension bridge and climb up to Sinuwa, from here the trail is relatively flat through a forest of rhododendron until Kudlighar and then descends to Bamboo. Overnight in a trekkers lodge.

Day 9. Bamboo to Deurali(3200m/5 hrs)
The trail from Bamboo is a gradual uphill hike past Dovan and Himalaya. From Himalaya, it is a steep uphill hike to reach Hinku Cave and continue further to Deurali. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 10. Deurali to ABC(4130m) 5hrs
The trail from here goes to the right side of the stream, 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 wide 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. From the base camp, we again get to savor 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 descend back to Bamboo which will take about 6 hours, today’s hike should not pose any difficulty as it is mostly downhill.  Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 12. Bamboo to Jhinu Danda(1760m)
The trail goes through forests of rhododendron, oak, and bamboo past Sinuwa and Chomrong, and then it is a steep descent 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 and ascend through bamboo groves with views of Jhinu Danda and Chhomrong village. The trail to Ghandruk is slightly uphill and over stone steps. After lunch, we get to explore the village, visit the Gurung Museum and the village monastery.
Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 14. Ghandruk-Nayapul-Pokhara
After breakfast, we hike downhill across terraced rice fields and villages to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 15. Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Drive to Kathmandu (6hrs) rest of the afternoon is free to shop around. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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.
• Experienced 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)
• Hire 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(covering rescue and evacuation).
  • Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
  • Hot showers during the trek.
  • Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like an early return from the trek.
  • All other personal expenses are not listed in the included section.

Accommodations

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