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.