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Poon Hill Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 9 Days

Poon Hill Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Our Poon Hill Annapurna Base Camp trek is designed for limited vacation and experienced trekkers. This ABC Trek offers the most spectacular picturesque landscape in the Annapurna Region. Poon Hill sunrise gives an overview of the Himalayan Ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Range with Machhapuchhare and eastwards to Manaslu: including 2 peaks above 8,000m.

Our 8 days Poon Hill ABC trek begins at Nayapul (1100m), after a 1½hr drive from Pokhara. It follows the river Valley through natural forests of oak, rhododendron and pine lush forest to Ghorepani. A pre-dawn walk up the Poon Hill offers a 360° uninterrupted view of the mountains and plains.

The trail turns east, crossing ridges to Chule for a comfortable night. It then enters the narrow Mardi Khola Valley down which ice-melt from the glacier flows to the Ganges. Continue up the valley through forest and farming villages to Dobhan.

Beyond, forest gives way to alpine scrub as you enter the sacred Annapurna Sanctuary amphitheater. First is the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m/12 139ft) and 1½ slow hours later the Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13 550ft) on the glacier moraine. Surrounding you is an immense wall of rock and ice reaching heights from 6,500m–8,091m above the U-shaped glacial valley. Cloud frequently forms in the afternoon, but mornings are usually crystal clear and offer fantastic photographic opportunities.

Our Poon Hill Annapurna Base Camp trek is designed for limited vacation and experienced trekkers. This ABC Trek offers the most spectacular picturesque landscape in the Annapurna Region. Poon Hill sunrise gives an overview of the Himalayan Ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Range with Machhapuchhare and eastwards to Manaslu: including 2 peaks above 8,000m.

Our 8 days Poon Hill ABC trek begins at Nayapul (1100m), after a 1½hr drive from Pokhara. It follows the river Valley through natural forests of oak, rhododendron and pine lush forest to Ghorepani. A pre-dawn walk up the Poon Hill offers a 360° uninterrupted view of the mountains and plains.

The trail turns east, crossing ridges to Chule for a comfortable night. It then enters the narrow Mardi Khola Valley down which ice-melt from the glacier flows to the Ganges. Continue up the valley through forest and farming villages to Dobhan.

Beyond, forest gives way to alpine scrub as you enter the sacred Annapurna Sanctuary amphitheater. First is the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m/12 139ft) and 1½ slow hours later the Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13 550ft) on the glacier moraine. Surrounding you is an immense wall of rock and ice reaching heights from 6,500m–8,091m above the U-shaped glacial valley. Cloud frequently forms in the afternoon, but mornings are usually crystal clear and offer fantastic photographic opportunities.

Day 1
Kathmandu – Pokhara– Nayapul –Tikhedhunga (1,495m/4 ,905ft) - 25 min flight, 1½ hrs drive (45 km): 5-6 hrs trek, 10 km

Early morning, transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic airport and fly to Pokhara. Then, drive along the zigzag route to Nayapul where we commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous riverside village at the confluence of the Modi and Bhurungdi Kholas (streams). We hike up to Sudame along the off road and then climb gradually up the side of the valley, Tikhedhunga.

Day 2
Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 5-6 hrs, ~11km

After breakfast, our pleasant trekking begins through rhododendron and oak forests. The scenery will give you the energy to continue up the steps as you immerse yourself in the walk. After a few hours and with several breaks we reach Ghorepani. Upper Ghorepani (Deurali) where we stay in this trip, offers fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Himalayas.

Day 3
Walk up Poon hill (3,210m/10,528ft). Ghorepani – Tadapani (2,520m/8268ft): 7-8hrs, ~12km

Make a pre-dawn start for the 45 minute walk up Poon hill (3,210m/10,530ft); through rhododendron forest. From the grassy top of the hill there is an unobstructed panoramic view of the high Himalayas stretching from far western Dolpo, and Dhaulagiri (8,172m/26,812ft), the Annapurna Range in the north, including Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) and on to Manaslu (8,163m/26,783ft) in the northeast. To the south, the mist slowly rises from the flatlands towards India. After countless photographs, walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast.

The eastward trail to Tadapani crosses numerous ridges through thick pine and rhododendron forest with occasional flat sections and wonderful views of the snow peaks to the north from high ground.

Day 4
Tadapani - Chhomrong (2,110m/7,249 ft): 5-6 hrs, ~12km

The trail turns north to Chiule before dropping to cross the Kimrong Khola on a suspension bridge and then gradually climbs into the forested Modi Khola Valley that carries glacial melt waters from the Annapurna Sanctuary. After lunch at the Gurung village of Talung, undulate for another 1½hrs, sometimes on stair cases up to the charming agricultural village of Chhomrong: the largest settlement in the valley. Views of the upper valley plus Annapurna South and Himal Chuli gradually come into view.

Overnight in Chhomrong at Lodge

Day 5
Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2,920m/9,578ft): 6-7 hrs, ~12km

After breakfast, the trail drops to cross the Chhomrong Khola and then ascends to the pretty village of Sinuwa. Thereafter the trail enters the upper Modi Khola Valley through dense forests of cane, rhododendron and oak. It rises then drops to the village of Bamboo (2,310m/7,580ft) on the banks of the river: a prefect lunch spot. After lunch, continue up through uninhabited forest to Dobhan, later crossing several avalanche chutes before reaching the small village of Himalaya Hotel.

Day 6
Himalaya Hotel – Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,546ft): 6-7 hrs, ~10km

As the altitude increases, forest gives way to alpine scrub and grasses. The valley walls steepen with the river raging far below. Explore the cave at Hinku before crossing a ravine and major avalanche track prior to reaching Deorali (3,230m/10,598ft). Breathtaking views into the sacred Annapurna Sanctuary gradually appear as the trail heads over a ridge and climbs to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m/12,136ft). Another two hours slow walk up grassy slopes leads to the Annapurna Base Camp hotels on the Annapurna South glacial moraine: some 3,900m/12,800ft beneath the peaks crowning the surrounding ice walls.

Overnight in ABC at Lodge

Day 7
Annapurna Base Camp – Sinuwa (2 360m/7 740 ft): 6-7 hrs.

Rise before dawn and climb onto the rim of the glacier for a photographic feast as the sun lights up the ring of peaks, the almost vertical ice walls around the valley, then the glacier in its U-shaped gorge: grinding relentlessly below your feet. Return to the hotel for breakfast and then retrace your steps on the easier down-trail as far as the quaint village of Sinuwa.

Overnight in Sinuwa at Lodge

Day 8
Sinuwa – Shewmi (1 720m/5 643ft) – Nayapul – Pokhara (910m/2 986ft): 6-7 hrs trek, 2½ hrs drive.

Today will be a long day, as you drop back down the valley to Taglung and then continue south, following the Modi Khola, to the prosperous village of Ghandruk. Northern views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare are in view along the route. The trail then drops through several villages as it returns to Nayapul: and the bus back to Pokhara.

Day 9
Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus (6-7 hrs): 220km

After breakfast transfer to Pokhara Tourist Bus Station 07:15am reproting and 07:30am drive back to Kathmandu This scenic drive offers fascinating glimpses of rural Nepal as you pass through Middle Hill scenery along the famous rafting Trishuli River originated from Tibet north east of Kathmandu. Arrive Kathmandu 02:30 to 03:00pm.

Price Includes

  • One Night Hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with bed and Breakfast (Centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
  • Two Night Hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with bed and Breakfast (Centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
  • All government taxes and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
  • TIMS CARD (Trekking Information Management System).
  • Required number of experienced English speaking guides and support staff (we pay for their daily wages, insurances, trekking equipment, food and accommodation).
  • 09 days porter wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • 09 days guide wages and his insurances/meals/accommodation/equipment
  • Rescue arrangement in emergency situation & worst weather condition
  • 08 nights Lodge accommodation during the trek on tea house services.
  • Necessary ground transportation depending upon your request (via tourist bus or private vehicle).
  • Trekking Ending Point to Pokhara
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara via tourist bus.
  • Pokhara to trek starting point (Kade) via private car or Jeep.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu via tourist bus.
  • Trekking poles, sleeping bag/duffle bag (we provide these if necessary).
  • Trekking maps.
  • Rubbish disposal.
  • PNT service charge and government taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • All meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara city and on trek.
  • Extra nights hotel stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara city
  • Tips to guides and support staff.
  • Additional costs in case of emergency (You must have adequate travel insurance to cover any kind of emergencies, such as ground transportation & Heli recue/medical/hospitalization. Medical etc).
  • Your International flight ticket airfare
  • Energetic chocolate/energy drinks/alcohol/mineral water/cigarettes/packing food snacks etc
  • Additional medication for altitude sickness (Acetazolamide etc).
  • Personal expenses and any other unforeseen expenses, such as Launtry/WIFI on trek/phone call/hot shower/batteries charge
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • Nepal entry visa fees which can get up on your arrival in Kathmandu airport
  • Services not mentioned herein

Permit & Entry Fees:

It is compulsory to pay Everest National Park entry fee and TIMS card to trek in this area.

Medical Support:

An emergency first aid kit is carried by the support staff at all times.

Accommodation and meals:

During tea house treks our guests pay for their food (breakfast/lunch/dinner) at the lodge while we provide guides/accommodation/necessary permit and transportation. It can be USD $25 per person each day for food (Lunch/dinner/breakfast)

Water:

Mineral waters are available at all stops during tea house treks. You can also use tap water if you choose to use water purification tablets.

Travel Insurance:

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.

Best Season for Everest Panorama View Trek

  • Spring : March – May
  • Summer: June – August
  • Autumn: September – November
  • Winter: December – February
While there are no seasonal constraints on traveling to Nepal, different regions are best visited in different seasons. Once you inquire about any trekking itinerary we’ll email you regarding the best season for that particular trek.

Check-list of personal equipment:

  • Good standard trekking boots
  • Camping shoes/thongs
  • Socks-polypropylene
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts
  • Trekking trousers
  • Shorts (both casual and for treks)
  • Swim wear
  • Sun Hat
  • Woollen Hat
  • Nylon Windbreaker
  • Gloves
  • Gaters
  • Strong Rucksack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Water Bottle
  • Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
  • Toiletries/soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Sun block
  • Travel Towel
  • Wet-wipes
  • Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & lenses
  • Memory cards
  • GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Book/music player/pack of cards
  • Padlock
  • A plastic bag for waste
  • Energy/snack bars

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