Annapurna base camp and Poon Hill Trekking covers most of the southern scenic region of the Annapurna Himalaya range. A fabulous adventure exploring Magar-Poon and Gurung villages in the close backdrop of high snow mountains. A perfect country, cultural walks of 16 days duration to and from the capital Kathmandu, visiting the scenic city of Pokhara.
One of the few treks around the Himalayas that offers visitors, full of exciting and enjoyable times. Where walk leads you from one impressive village to another and stays in the comfort of a nice lodge.
Annapurna base camp and Poon Hill Trekking a short circuits within the mid-hills of massif Annapurna Himalaya. As the walk continues facing constant views of high towering peaks to the end of the treks, having a glorious experience. A perfect grade from moderate to adventurous trekking, without a boring moment on daily walks. Walking in the harmony of beautiful forests and mountains, facing alluring views of dramatic country landscapes.
ABC poon hill Trek starts with an exciting overland journey to reach Nepal Mid-West at a scenic city in Pokhara. Located in a valley full of charming scenery that surrounds this famous touristic city. Pokhara is also a major starting and ending point of all trekking around Annapurna Himalaya and beyond to Mustang and Dhaulagiri.
Spending an overnight in a nice hotel close to simmering Phewa Lake, a short drive leads you to the foothills. Then start the adventure walking through nice farm villages, the low areas of mixed tribes of people.
The villagers practice both main religions of the country Hindu and Buddhism, an interesting walk to witness local cultures. Walk on a river gorge facing lovely views of waterfalls near Bhirethati and Tirkhedhunga villages. As a climb begins on long series of stone steps to reach a large Magar village in Ulleri, overlooking snow-clad peaks. Slowly the trail leads into a cool shade of beautiful rhododendron, pines, and oak forest to reach our first destination.
At Ghorepani village, located on famous Old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade of Nepal to Tibet, that extends towards Upper Mustang. The word Ghorepani is ‘Ghode-Pani’ means a place for a horse to drink water. In the early days till the present where a long caravan of a donkey, horses, and mules was used to carry necessary food, etc.
Ghorepani stands atop at 2, 850 m high, on the base of the famous Poon Hill for stunning sun-rise views. One of the most popular trekking destinations around the Annapurna region, as well as in the whole of Nepal. Due to its close distance from Pokhara and for a magnificent panorama of the Himalayas range of peaks.
Ghorepani village is inhabited by Poon / Magar the hill tribes of Western Nepal, from Ghorepani early morning climb to Poon Hill. Offers a grand vista of sunrise over a 360-degree wide panorama of a mountain range from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna to Manaslu Himalayas.
Includes ever-present views of Mt. Machhapuchare and the Fish-Tail peaks. After an enjoyable time at Poon Hill and Ghorepani, our next adventure leads you to reach Chomrong village.
The door to Annapurna Sanctuary and base camp, the adventure continues heading down and ups to reach Modi River gorge. Walk follows the raging glacial Modi River past a few settlements of Bamboo, Dovan, and Deurali to reach Machhapuchare Base Camp. Located right beneath towering Machhapuchare Himal the Fish-Tail Peak, from here enter the most picturesque Annapurna Sanctuary.
A wonderful walk following the snow mountains to Annapurna base camp, the only base camp that facilitates trekkers a comfort of a nice lodge. Enjoy the breathtaking panorama of the wide mountain range, standing right beneath the world's 10th high Mt. Annapurna at 8, 091 m.
Truly a haven enclosed within undulating snow mountains at Annapurna base camp, the highest spot of the adventure at 4,130 m. After achieving our goal of an adventure of great experience, walk back on the same path downhill to Chomrong village.
From Chomrong on the alternative trail, walking through Landruk, Tolka village with the last climb up to Deurali. Offers superb views of surrounding landscapes with snow peaks, walk-on gentle downhill to Potana, and then at Dhampus village. Where our marvelous walks end taking a drive back to scenic Pokhara to conclude our remarkable adventure at Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill Trekking.
The most preferable season is spring from March to May when days are longer and sunny till late afternoon times. Best for pleasant walks and views of mountains, cold in the morning and night time, around higher hills.
Around spring the hills are alive with wildflowers in bloom. Can expect snowfall and rains sometimes above 2,000 m high. The next best season is autumn from mid-September to November, where days are crystal clear, but shorter days with sunlight due to autumn seasons can be cold in the morning and night time.
One can visit during winter times of December to February, most days are clear with fine weather, cold with freezing temperatures above 1,800 m high. Can get snowed in some time, around Ghorepani and Tadapani as well on route to Annapurna base camp. if you have short days will take one-route trekking to manage your holidays properly is possible.
Aside from the amazing mountains, you will learn something about the lifestyle of the people while crossing the villages and terraced farms. Rhododendron forests, glaciers, and waterfalls are another feature of this year, not too hard to trek. With a maximum altitude of 4,1300 meters (at Annapurna base camp), the trek has a low risk of altitude problems.
Therefore, it is ideal for people with good general fitness and families with older children. One of the most popular treks in Nepal, the average walking time is 6 hours a day.
For people who have a lot of time, this is a great way to dive into the Himalayas and see some of the local communities. It connects the famous sunrise over Poon Hill with the equally famous Annapurna base camp.
Hot showers are also available for an additional fee. In some places, private rooms may incur additional costs. During the busy seasons of the year, such as October-November and March-April, it is usually impossible to arrange private rooms even if one is willing to pay extra due to the lack of rooms, and the number of hotels is very limited. The mountains.
Well, you will get food three times a day on the trek. You can choose from omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, momo, vegetable curry, pizza, fried noodles, dal rice, and Tibetan bread.
Vegetarian food is always a good option. The meat on the trek is not clean, it is better to stick to vegetarian food on the trek. Coke, beer, hot water, tea, coffee, chocolate, snacks, and other beverages are available in the tea house, in addition to that, you have to pay a fee.
Important Items: Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing a Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Master Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.
For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.
For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Lightweight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket
For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.
For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.
Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional).
Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.
Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).
Note: If any items are not available in your hometown you can buy them in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you embark on trekking.
You will be picked up from the International Airport by our representatives who will transfer you to a good hotel. Our representative will help you with the check-in and any required formalities.
You can relax at the hotel and have a short trip to our site for any detailed clarification. A warm and authentic Nepali meal will be offered to you at dinner and later you can enjoy some folk cultural music and dance.
Meals: Breakfast, Accommodation: Three-star category Hotel in Kathmandu, Distance: 5 kilometers From Airport to Thamel
Kathmandu Valley has lots of places of religious and cultural importance. You will be taken for sightseeing around Swayambunath (Monkey Temple with a dome-shaped pilgrimage situated on a hillock), Pashupatinath Temple (one of the largest temples of Lord Shiva), Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, Patan Durbar square.
Some of these sites are enlisted in the UNESCO world heritage sites and are definitely worth taking a tour of. You will pack your gears and prepare for the trip starting tomorrow.
Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner, Accommodation: Three-star category Hotel in Kathmandu
After your early breakfast, you will set out for Pokhara by private vehicle. The tourist bus will take around 7 hours to reach Pokhara, and the ride moves up and down the hilly scenic roads, passing through rivers, terrific terrace-farmed villages, and many more.
Pokhara is a small valley surrounded by magnificent mighty mountains: Annapurna, Fish Tail, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu. The valley rests on the bank of Phewa Lake, and the lakeside is a peaceful escape from the hectic capital, Kathmandu. Resting overnight fills you with energy for your marvelous trek beginning early in the morning.
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu Hotel, Accommodation: Three-star category Hotel in Pokhara, Distance: 200 kilometers from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Leaving Pokhara behind and driving for an hour and a half, you will find yourself at the starting line of this trek. The trek follows the banks of Modi Khola, passing through the village of Birethanti (1015m).
Trekking further and on a small climb, you pass through Hile (1495m) and climb further-reaching your first destination (1960m). The trek is short and serves as a warm-up. You can enjoy the wonderful place, and talk to the friendly locals. Stay overnight at the tea house.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner, (Breakfast Pokhara Hotel), Accommodation: Teahouse in Ulleri, Distance: 56.3 Kilometers
After an early breakfast, you will head up a steppe climb to Ulleri. The large Magar village stays at 2080m and gives amazing scenes of dense forests of oak and rhododendrons. Ascend further to Banthali (2250m), and trek to Nangethati (2460m). The walk over the long stairs finally reaches Ghorepani (2855m). Overnight stay in Ghorepani.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Ghorepani, Distance: 13 Kilometers
Hiking very early in the morning, you will follow the best sunrise on this trek. Following the trekking guide, start trekking through the long stairs for the unobstructed sunrise between the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Dhampus, Nilgiri, Annapurna range, Fishtail, Lamjung, etc. The splendid sunrise slowly reveals the mountain surrounding you.
An extremely panoramic view that will warm you up. Explore the hillock and descend down to Ghorepani. After your breakfast, follow the route that leads to Tadapani. The route passes through forests of rhododendron, and pine forests and ridges on the way.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Tadapani/chule, Distance: 9-10 Kilometers
Start your day with a steep downhill trek through the rhododendron forests, and into the Gurung village. The village is a Gurung community and follows a relatively easy trail from there, reaching Chhomrong (2170m) then continuing to walk downhill Chhomrong Khola then climbing uphill for Sinuwa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Sinuwa, Distance: 10-11 Kilometers
Starting an early easy walk from Sinuwa exists till bamboo passes Kuldhighar from there steep stone staircase takes us to Dhobhan, crossing the suspension bridge and numerous rhododendron and oak forests.
Steady and steep climb continuous through the valley towards Himalaya and Hinku Cave, to reach Deurali, and this night will be spent at the lodge in Deurali.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Deurali, Distance: 7 kilometers
This day is fascinating since you will be reaching your main destination of the entire trek; Annapurna Base Camp. After walking across uphill slopes, you will eventually reach the higher elevation with exquisite views of Annapurna peak.
Explored back in 1956 the area is now dubbed the Sanctuary of Gods due to its mesmerizing close-up views of the mountain ranges. Enjoy the panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhare, and Annapurna ranges.
The trek ascends higher through the snow boulders, and small streams form from them. The trail opens up into the sanctuary, following a stream and climbing through a few huts along the moraine. The mighty Mt. Annapurna towers over the sanctuary providing sensational 360-degree panoramic views along with the Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, etc. The views here are the highlight of the trek and are a wondrous experience and a great achievement. Say overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Annapurna Base Camp, Distance: 7.7 kilometers
Wake up early, and enjoy the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from Base Camp. After breakfast, descend down to Machhapuchare Base Camp, Deurali, Dovan, and reach Bamboo (2310m).
Enjoy the magnificent waterfalls from where it begins, the beautiful alpine forests, and the great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight in Bamboo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse Bamboo, Distance: 17.7 kilometers
Ascend steep to Khuldighar and follow the stone steps to Lower Chhomrong. Climb the Upper Chhomrong following the thousand stony steps. Next, descend to Jhinu Danda for an overnight stay.
You can enjoy the preferred natural hot spring by following the 15 minutes walk from Jhinu Danda. Relax and release your tiredness in the hot spring.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse in Jhinu Danda, Distance: 8.7 kilometers
Descend the trail, and follow the flat land reaching Himal Pani (Mountain water) where you can enjoy the beautiful waterfall. Ascend gently crosses multiple streams and terrace farms reaching Landruk village (1545m), a big village mixed of Gurung, Magar, and Brahmin families.
Ascend to Tolka (1700m), and ascend to Bherikharkha. Follow the steep route to Deurali (2100m) savoring the beautiful panorama of the mountain peaks. Descend gradually through the oak forests reaching Pothana. It is a small town inhabited by Gurung communities.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Teahouse Pothana, Distance: 12.6 kilometers
Descending from Pothana through a gradual descent, you reach Dhampus, and trekking further ahead reaches Dhampus Phedi. You will get onto a private vehicle and drive to Pokhara. The drive takes no more than 30-40 minutes to reach Pokhara, where you will stay for the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Accommodation: Three Star Certagory Hotel Pokhara, Distance: 30.6 kilometers
An enjoyable walk of more than 10 days and less than 2 weeks, where you will be exploring lovely hill villages facing constant views of peaks. As well as trekking into a cool beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine trees.
Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill located within Annapurna Himalaya require trekking permits TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems), as well ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry fee.
Not a problem, as this trek falls on the main popular trekking routes, where all villages are on the way to Ghorepani and on route to Annapurna base camp, one can find nice lodges with a long list of good food menu, from continental, Indian, Chinese, Tibetan and Nepalese meals. Lodge with attached bath or common running hot and cold showers. But from Chomrong village to base camp, the accommodation will be simple but clean.
Nearly all lodges on main trails around Annapurna do have hydroelectricity with some places having solar power, where guest can charge their electronic appliances, on paying some fees for charging your gadgets.
It is not a difficult or tough walk, but yes it leads to many steep ups and downhills, like in all Himalayas regions. But taking it slowly with enough rest stops will be all right, walking on well-defined trails is not overall difficult. Where all age-group can handle the walks to Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill.