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Annapurna base camp trek via poon hill

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 a fusion of the two most popular treks(the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek). This trek offers you the most spectacular views of the Himalayan ranges, traditional villages, forests rich with exotic flora and fauna, and magnificent landscapes.

Initially, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill is easy and provides travelers plenty of time to acclimatize. The journey gradually develops through the lower subtropical region and eventually moves towards the drier alpine region. Enjoy walking through the diverse landscape, mountain pastures, charming villages, temples, and monasteries with the beautiful view of the snow-capped peaks as the backdrop.

This trek begins with a drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. From Nayapul, the trail goes through beautiful countryside, past forests of rhododendron, and several streams along the way to Tikhedhunga. It is a steep uphill hike over stone steps up to Ulleri and then a gradual walk to Ghorepani. Early morning, we make our way to Poon Hill to view sunrise over the snowcapped Himalayas. The trail from Ghorepani traverses past Tadapani, Chomrong, Bamboo, and finally up to the Annapurna Base Camp.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport, our guide/representative will meet and greet you and then 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 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 in a hotel.

Day 4. Pokhara to Tikkhedhunga(1570m/4-5hrs)
After breakfast, we 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 up the Modi Khola to Birethanti. From Birethanti, we follow the Bhurungdi Khola across dense forest and beautiful views to Tikhedhunga. Overnight in a 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 descent through forests of rhododendron and Oak to Ghorepani. Overnight in a 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 peaks. It is also the best place for a sunrise view. After enjoying the sunrise view, we then descend to Ghorepani for breakfast. And after breakfast, we continue past the villages of Deurali and Banthanti to Tadapani. Overnight in a 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 the rhododendron forest until Kuldiighar 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 a 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. After a while, it is a gentle uphill climb opening up to a broad grassy slope with a series of lodges at the Machhapuchhre Base camp. Enjoy the excellent views of the Machhapuchhre, 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, and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. At the base camp, we again enjoy the views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks. Overnight in a 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. The hike is easy compared to the other day as it is mostly downhill.
Overnight in a 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 can wear off the exhaustion with a soothing dip in the natural hot springs. Overnight in a 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 and visit the Gurung Museum and the village monastery. Overnight in a 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 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 pax for scheduled group journey, but any size for a private trip

  • MealsOnly breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals with tea/coffee during the trek

  • Trip Accommodation3-4* category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, and local village lodges during the trek

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

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Trip SeasonsSpring and Autumn

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

  • Good MonthsFebruary

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, December

Prices & Dates

Cost is based on group size:
8 members = US$945 per person
6 members = US$1015 per person
4 members = US$1110 per person
2 members = US$1295 per person
Single-member = US$1975
Single room supplementary = US$160

Start date End Date Remarks Status  
18 Sep, 202203 Oct, 2022 AvailableOpen Book now!
10 Oct, 202225 Oct, 2022 AvailableOpen Book now!
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Included

  • All hotel and airport transfers by private vehicle.
  • Transfer from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu in a tourist luxury coach.
  • Transfer from Pokhara-Tikhedhunga, and Nayapul-Pokhara in a 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
  • Accommodation in local village lodges/tea house with three standard meals(breakfast/lunch/dinner) during the trek.
  • English-speaking local guide along with porter(one porter for every two-members) during the trek.
  • All necessary paperwork and permit (TIMS/ ACAP).
  • 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* category hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in local village lodges/tea houses during the trek