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ABC poonhill Trek

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Price starting from

$1,845 USD 875

per person

Duration

16 days

Max. Elevation

4147m

Group size

1-10 Pax

Level
MODERATE
Transportation
comfortable Private vehicle and super deluxe Touristic bus
Best Season
march-May, September-November
Accomodation
Three-star hotel and, teahouse lodge during the trek.
Meals
Three meals per day ( breakfast, lunch, dinner cup of tea/coffee) during the trek
Starts at
kathmandu
Ends at
Kathmandu
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Pokhara-Naya pul-Ghorepani poon hill-Tadapani-Chhomrong-Machhapuchare Base Camp-ABC-Jhinu dada-Pothana-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Highlights

  • Sunrise over the Annapurnas from atop Poon Hill.
  • Cover two base camps – Annapurna and Machhapuchhre in one trek.
  • Stunning views of the snow-capped Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) and many others.
  • In particular, a 360-degree view of Annapurna ranges, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre Himal from the Annapurna Base Camp.
  • See unique flora and fauna, such as Rhododendrons, Nepal’s national flower.
  • Relax in the hot water springs at Jhinu Danda after returning from the Base Camp.
  • Start and finish your trip in the lakeside town of Pokhara with its interesting blend of culture, mountaineering history, and restaurants, bars, and clubs.

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 staying in the comfort of a nice lodge.

Annapurna base camp and Poon Hill Trekking a short circuit 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.

Annapurna base camp and Poon Hill Trekking 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, 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 at 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 present where a long caravan of a donkey, horse, 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 in whole 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 grand vista of sunrise over 360-degree wide panorama of a mountain range from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna to Manaslu Himalayas. Includes ever-present views of Mt. Machhapuchare 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 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 world 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 Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill Trekking.

Best time for Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill Trek:

One can venture nearly round the year, except on monsoon wet times of mid-June to the midst of September months. The rest of the seasons will be good for this wonderful Ghorepani and Poon Hill Trek.

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 sun-light 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 at above 1,800 m high. Can get snowed in some time, around Ghorepani and Tadapani as well on route to Annapurna base camp.

Important Note

  • The above itinerary is basically a guideline. If you're not satisfied or have an alternative plan please feel free to discuss it with us.
  • The cost will be valued by Your standard of hotels, service, group size, and other extra activities. Please kindly let us know.

Trip Itinerary

Day

1
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.

Day

2
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. You will pack your gears and prepare for the trip starting tomorrow.

Day

3
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.

Day

4
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.

Day

5
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.

Day

6
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.

Day

7
Start your day with a steep downhill trek through the rhododendron forests, into the Gurung village. The village is a Gurung community and following a relatively easy trail from there, reach Chhomrong (2170m) for an overnight stay.

Day

8
Follow the trail down to the Chhomrong Khola, and begin climbing to Khuldighar (2380m). Khuldigar used to be the Annapurna Conservation Area check post. Trek further following the steep rock bank, through the thickets of bamboo reaching the bottom of the gorge. Trek a little further ahead to reach Deurali for an overnight stay.

Day

9
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 as 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 range. The trek ascends higher through the snow boulders, and small streams formed from them. The trail opens up into the sanctuary, following a stream and climb through 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.

Day

10
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 great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day

11
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.

Day

12
Descend the trail, and follow the flat land reaching Himal Pani (Mountain water) where you can enjoy the beautiful waterfall. Ascend gently crossing 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.

Day

13
Descending from Pothana through a gradual descend, 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.

Day

14
After your breakfast, get onto the tourist bus and head towards Kathmandu valley. The scenic hilly drive passes through Damauli, Mugling, Kurintar, etc. Enjoy the mountain views, green hills, terraced farms, and daily activities. You can opt to fly to Kathmandu, a 30 minutes flight.

Day

15
Our representatives will drop you at the airport, a few hours before your scheduled flight and bid farewell with a proper gesture. As you onboard, and fly towards your destination, your memories of the trek will cheer you up, and you will be willing to come back to Nepal for your next adventure.

Inclusions

  • Airport Pick up drop services by private vehicle.
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley with city tour guide by private van.
  • three nights accommodation in Kathmandu & two nights accommodation in Pokhara Three-star hotel with breakfast (twin sharing base).
  • Entry permits for the Annapurna conversation area.
  • Tims permits (trekking information management system).
  • Teahouse accommodation during the treks( Twin sharing Base).
  • Three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, cup of tea, coffee) during the trekking.
  • Stuffs insurance,well paid salary,equipment,food & hotel etc...
  • English\chinese speaking and government-licensed holder guide with first aid kit.
  • One Porter between 2 people (who will help to carry your backpack).
  •  comfortable Touristic deluxe bus Kathmandu to Pokhara and return Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Private vehicle Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek exit point to Pokhara.
  • All government and local taxes.
  •  Airfare & Nepali visa fee (See the Visa & Entry Procedure page).
  • Lunch, dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • personal travel insurance (See the travel insurance page).
  • personal expenses(phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, treks equipment, ''See the travel personal equipment page'').
  •  Kathmandu to Pokhara and return Pokhara to Kathmandu private vehicle and flight tickets.
  • Passport size 4 photo.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fee.
  • Tips for staff (it is expected).

Complimentary

  • Welcome dinner Nepali culture dance program.
  • Sleeping bag during the treks, (to be returned after the trip completion)
  • Annapurna region trekking map.
  • Seasonal fresh fruit each day during the trek.
  • Trekking Pools (to be returned after completion of the trip).
  • Adventure certificate of achievement.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 cool beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine trees.


Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill located within Annapurna Himalaya requires trekking permits TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems), as well ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry fee.


Not a problem, as this trek falls on main popular trekking routes, where all villages on the way to Ghorepani and on route to Annapurna base camp, one can find nice lodges with 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 have solar power, where guest can charge their electronic appliances, on paying some fees for charging your gadgets.



It is not difficult or tough walks, but yes it leads to many steep ups and downhill, like in all Himalayas region. But taking it slowly with enough rest stops will be all right, walking on well-defined trails not overall difficult. Where all age-group can handle the walks to Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill.


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