Annapurna Base Camp Trek With Poonhill

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Ghandruk, Nepal
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Duration

11 Days 10 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Poonhill is a remarkable and popular trekking journey in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It combines two iconic destinations, offering trekkers a diverse and unforgettable experience in the Himalayas.

The trek starts from Nayapul and leads through picturesque landscapes, including lush rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages inhabited by various ethnic communities. Poonhill, one of the major highlights of the trek, presents trekkers with breathtaking sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

Continuing onward, the trek leads to the Annapurna Base Camp, nestled at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet), surrounded by towering peaks like Annapurna I (8,091 meters) and Annapurna South (7,219 meters). The base camp offers stunning panoramic views and a chance to witness the immense beauty of the Annapurna Sanctuary.

Throughout the journey, trekkers encounter the warm hospitality of the local communities, including Gurungs and Magars, known for their rich cultural traditions. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Poonhill is a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and the thrill of reaching the base of some of the world’s highest peaks. It remains a top choice for adventurers seeking an unforgettable Himalayan trekking experience.

Essential Tips for a Successful Annapurna Base Camp Trek With Poonhill

  • Physical Fitness: Ensure you are physically prepared for the trek as it involves long hours of walking and ascending to high altitudes.
  • Permits and Documentation: Obtain the necessary permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Trekking Season: Plan your trek during the best seasons, which are Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) for the most favorable weather and clear mountain views.
  • Pack Light: Pack only essential items to keep your backpack lightweight, as you’ll be carrying it throughout the trek.
  • Proper Gear: Wear appropriate trekking gear, including comfortable hiking boots, layered clothing for changing weather conditions, a warm sleeping bag, and a waterproof backpack.
  • Water and Hydration: Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets or filters to avoid waterborne illnesses.
  • Acclimatization: Plan for acclimatization days during the trek to allow your body to adjust to the increasing altitude and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Local Guides and Porters: Consider hiring local guides and porters to assist you with navigation, carrying heavy loads, and providing insights into the local culture.
  • Photography Opportunities: Carry a camera to capture the breathtaking views of the Annapurna range and the sunrise at Poonhill, one of the highlights of the trek.
  • Respect Local Culture: Embrace the local culture and customs, and be respectful of the communities you encounter along the way.
  • Teahouse Accommodation: Most of the trekking route offers teahouse accommodation. Book your lodges in advance during peak seasons.
  • Weather Precautions: Be prepared for sudden weather changes in the mountains and always check weather forecasts before starting each day’s trek.
  • Leave No Trace: Practice Leave No Trace principles by minimizing your impact on the environment and leaving the trails as you found them.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek With Poonhill Safety Considerations

  • Altitude Sickness Awareness: Be aware of the risks of altitude sickness as you ascend to higher elevations. Acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and descend immediately if symptoms like headache, dizziness, nausea, or shortness of breath occur.
  • Physical Fitness: Ensure you are in good physical condition before starting the trek, as it involves long and challenging walks in varied terrain.
  • Weather Conditions: Be prepared for unpredictable weather changes in the mountains. Carry proper clothing and gear to protect against rain, cold, and strong winds.
  • Trail Conditions: Stay informed about the current trail conditions, potential landslides, or rockfalls, and adjust your itinerary accordingly.
  • Communication: In remote areas, mobile network coverage might be limited. Carry alternative means of communication, such as satellite phones or emergency beacons.
  • Local Guides and Porters: Consider hiring experienced local guides and porters who are familiar with the region and can assist you in navigating safely.
  • Food and Water Safety: Consume only boiled or purified water and eat well-cooked food to avoid foodborne illnesses. Carry water purification tablets or filters as a backup.
  • Proper Trekking Equipment: Use reliable and well-fitted trekking equipment to minimize the risk of accidents or injuries.
  • Group Trekking: Trek with a group or at least one partner, as it enhances safety during emergencies and helps with navigation.
  • Emergency Evacuation Plan: Familiarize yourself with the emergency evacuation procedures in the area and have travel insurance that covers helicopter rescue if needed.
  • Respect Local Culture and Wildlife: Follow guidelines to protect the local culture, environment, and wildlife. Do not disturb or provoke animals you encounter.
  • Stay on Designated Trails: Avoid venturing off the designated trekking trails to prevent getting lost or encountering potential hazards.
  • Health Considerations: Inform your trekking guide about any pre-existing medical conditions or allergies to ensure appropriate care during the trek.
  • Emergency Contacts: Carry a list of emergency contacts, including local authorities, trekking agencies, and embassy information.

Highlights

  • Witness the mesmerizing sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges from Poonhill, providing a panoramic spectacle of golden peaks.
  • Reach the base of Annapurna I, one of the world's highest peaks, at an altitude of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet), surrounded by a natural amphitheater of towering mountains.
  • Trek through diverse landscapes, including lush rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and picturesque villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar communities.
  • Explore the charming village of Ghorepani, known for its warm hospitality and cultural richness.
  • Relax in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, a perfect treat for tired muscles after days of trekking.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and other peaks throughout the trek.
  • Trek through the Annapurna Conservation Area, a protected region showcasing diverse flora, fauna, and unique wildlife.
  • Experience the local culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the Gurung and Magar communities as you pass through traditional villages.
  • Stay in tea houses and lodges along the route, offering comfortable accommodations and delicious local meals.
  • Capture unforgettable moments with your camera, as the trek provides numerous opportunities for stunning landscape and cultural photography.
  • Encounter diverse flora and fauna, including rhododendrons, orchids, and various bird species, making the journey a nature lover's delight.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara, a picturesque city nestled beside Fewa Lake.
  • Enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the Prithvi Highway.
  • Alternatively, take a short flight to Pokhara for stunning aerial views (flight option subject to availability).
  • Explore Pokhara's lakeside area and soak in the serene ambiance.
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.

  • Take a drive to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek.
  • Begin the trek, passing through lush forests and picturesque villages, gradually ascending to Ulleri.
  • Enjoy views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
  • Overnight stay in Ulleri.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Ascend through lush rhododendron and oak forests to reach Ghorepani.
  • Enjoy panoramic mountain vistas from this beautiful village.
  • Overnight stay in Ghorepani.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Start early for an invigorating hike to Poon Hill, offering breathtaking sunrise views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
  • Return to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue the trek to Chuile.
  • Traverse through charming villages and forests.
  • Overnight stay in Chuile.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek to Sinuwa, passing through lush greenery and rhododendron forests.
  • Enjoy the tranquil environment of Sinuwa.
  • Overnight stay in Sinuwa.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek through bamboo and rhododendron forests, witnessing breathtaking mountain scenery along the way.
  • Reach Deurali, a picturesque hamlet nestled amidst the Himalayas.
  • Overnight stay in Deurali.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, a stunning amphitheater surrounded by towering peaks.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and other majestic mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Descend from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo, retracing your steps.
  • Enjoy the changing landscapes and serene surroundings.
  • Overnight stay in Bamboo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek to Jhinu Danda, passing through lush forests and charming villages.
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs, soothing tired muscles.
  • Overnight stay in Jhinu Danda.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • After Breakfast drive back to Pokhara.
  • Spend the rest of the day exploring Pokhara's lakeside area or engaging in leisure activities.
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.
  • You can stay on your own at Pokhara and relax also possible.
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  • Bid farewell to Pokhara and return to Kathmandu.
  • Alternatively, take a scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu (flight option subject to availability).
  • Rest and relax in Kathmandu or explore the city one last time.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Durations

11 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Poonhill is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It combines two iconic destinations: Poonhill, offering stunning sunrise views, and Annapurna Base Camp, a breathtaking amphitheater of snow-capped peaks.

The total duration of the trek varies depending on the specific itinerary and side trips taken. On average, the trek takes around 10-14 days to complete.

The best time to undertake the Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Poonhill is during the Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) seasons. These months provide stable weather conditions, clear skies, and excellent mountain views.

The trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty, suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness. The route involves some uphill and downhill sections, but it is achievable for most people.

Yes, you will need several permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card, to undertake the trek.

Yes, you can do the trek solo, as the trail is well-marked and frequently traveled by other trekkers. However, hiring a guide is recommended, especially for safety and to enhance the overall trekking experience.

Accommodation along the trekking route consists of tea houses and lodges. These lodgings offer basic facilities, including shared rooms and communal dining areas. The lodges provide warm and comfortable shelter for trekkers.

There is no official age restriction, but participants should be in good physical health and have the ability to walk for several hours a day.

While the maximum altitude reached during the trek is at Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 meters), some trekkers may experience mild altitude sickness symptoms. Proper acclimatization, hydration, and gradual ascent help reduce the risk.

The main side trip included in the trek is the visit to Poonhill for sunrise views. Additional side trips, such as exploring the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, can also be added to the itinerary.

Tour's Location

Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Ghandruk, Nepal

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