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 forest 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 on 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
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, 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.