Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poonhill

13 Days

starting from $1200

$ 1050

5 / 5

based on 2 Reviews

Grade:

Moderate

Group Size:

2+ pax

Transport:

Car, Bus, Jeep

Altitude:

4,130m

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Hotels and Local Lodges

Starts At:

Kathmandu

Ends At:

Kathmandu

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Highlights

  • Visit the Annapurna conservation area, which is home to many plants and animals,
  • Hike to the highest point in the Annapurna Base Camp to see the Annapurna glacier
  • Throughout the trek, you can see the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre ranges.
  • Go to the beautiful Poon Hill, which is a great place to watch the magical golden sunrise over the mighty mountains from a high point.
  • Jhinu Danda has natural hot springs where you can jump and relax to get rid of the stress of the day.
  • Celebrate the success of being able to stand with your team at an elevation of 4,130 meters below the mountains.
  • Amazing hospitality of the local Gurung people.

Overview

Extend the popular Annapurna Base Camp trek with an equally popular trail that goes to Ghorepani Poonhill. One of the best classical trekking experiences in Annapurna conservation areas is the journey to Annapurna base camp via the breathtaking Ghorepani Poon Hill route. If you want to see breathtaking mountain views from a lower altitude and like to explore higher to the high Himalayan glacial regions and the Annapurna Base Camp, then the Poon Hill ABC Trek will be the best option for you.

After a scenic drive from Kathmandu, the Annapurna Base Camp Poon Hill Trek begins in a beautiful tourist city at Pokhara. As we make our way from Ghorepani to Tadapani, we’ll be treated to a breathtaking view of the mountains. Later, we’ll be watching the sun rise over the mountains from the top of Poonhill. Spectacular views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, and Mt. Dhaulagiri are available from the top.

After this, we follow the classic ABC Trek which goes through the Annapurna conservation area. The majority of the path winds through a jungle filled with Snow leopards, deer, and countless other species, as well as a rich array of plants. Before reaching Machhapuchre Base Camp, the trail passes through the towns of Tadapani, Chhomrong, Sinuwa, Bambo, Dobhan, Himalaya, and Deurali. Beyond Himalaya Hotel, the area is revered as a sacred area, where it is not permitted to sacrifice animals, so people also call it the Annapurna Sanctuary and the trek the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.

The path doubles back until reaching Chhomrong village, where it then descends to Jhinudanda, where there is a natural hot spring. Gurung community is the main inhabitants of this area and around the entire trek in general.

Therefore we welcome you to join Glorious Himalaya on this amazing hike with both ABC and Poonhill!

Check out our itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill. Or just send us an email and we’ll tailor-make an itinerary based on your requirements.

Best Season for this trek

The Annapurna Base Camp with Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is best done in the springtime (March–April) or the fall (October–November).

Spring is the season before the monsoons and summer, so the weather will be milder than it would otherwise be. Also, since this is the time of year when flowers and foliage flourish, the walkways will be awash in color and life. The forest floor is covered in shades of deep green, and rhododendrons are in full bloom. The ABC trip will therefore feature an array of colors including green, red, and pink.

The months of September, October, and November in Nepal are known as “autumn,” the season that follows the monsoon. Consistently pleasant daytime highs and refreshingly cool overnight lows characterize the current weather pattern. Thanks to the clear sky, the Annapurna range can be seen in stunning detail. The average daily temperature during this time of year ranges from about 12 to 20 degrees Celsius.

How much difficult is the ABC with Ghorepani and is it worth it?

The Annapurna Base Camp with Ghorepani and Poonhill is a 4-day extension to the normal Annapurna Base Camp trek. While the number of days increases, the trail reaches to a relatively low altitude at Poonhill and the extra trail is quite easy as well. Thus the Ghorepani Poonhill extension to the ABC will not make the trek much more difficult due to the addition. However, you may feel slightly more tired as you climb the way to ABC.

We would absolutely say that the extension is worth the extra days. The views from Ghorepani and the view of the sunrise from Poonhill are extremely pretty and the panoramic landscape is so amazing that many take the trek only to Poonhill.

When combined with the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is considered a Moderate trek. To make it through this journey, you should be healthy and reasonably fit. Trekking requires not only physical fitness but also mental fortitude to ensure a successful journey. Inexperienced mountaineers would do well to plan ahead for this expedition. Those who have been hiking before, especially at high altitudes, shouldn’t have any problems. The trek to ABC serves as a warmup for the more challenging journey to Everest Base Camp.

We have another 10-day Annapurna base camp trek and 6-day Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek packages for those travelers who have limited time for this trek and aspire to reach Annapurna base camp within a short period.

Itinerary

01 DAY

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel - (1400m)

After you arrive at Kathmandu airport, one of our office staff will greet you and take you to your hotel. Check in to your room, take a rest and your guide will meet you in the evening to check your trekking gear. He will help you buy any gear you still need and exchange local currency that you’ll need during the trek.

Accommodation:

Hotel

Meals Included:

Breakfast

02 DAY

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (850m) - 7 hrs drive

Today, after an early breakfast, your guide will pick you up and take you to the tourist bus station at Sorkhuttee for a scenic drive to Pokhara. The bus journey takes about 7 hours and offers beautiful views of hills, terraced fields, rivers, distant mountains, and rural villages. During the trip, the bus will stop for lunch by the Tirshuli River. Once you reach Pokhara Valley, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can check into your room. In the evening, if you’re not too tired, you can stroll around Lakeside near Fewa Lake.

Accommodation:

Hotel

Meals Included:

Breakfast

03 DAY

Drive to Ulleri - 3 hrs and Trek to Ghorepani (2,874m) - 4 hrs walk

After breakfast at the hotel in Pokhara, you will take a private jeep drive to Ulleri. The off-road drive takes about 3 hours and covers a distance of approximately 48 kilometers.

Once you arrive in Ulleri, you’ll begin your trek to Ghorepani. The trek is around 10 kilometers long and takes about 4 to 5 hours to complete. Along the trail, you’ll pass through beautiful forests and waterfalls, with amazing views of the Himalayan range.

Upon reaching Ghorepani, you’ll check into a guesthouse. Take some time to explore the town and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

Walking Distance:

10.3km/ 6.4 miles

Elevation Gain:

2052 m/ 6,832 ft

Accommodations:

Hotel

Meals Included:

Breakfast

04 DAY

Hike to Poon hill (3,210m) and trek to Tadapani (2,623m) - 5 hrs walk

Today, early in the morning, lace up your boots, pack your camera, and headlamp for a short visit to Poon Hill viewpoint. From there, you can capture the sunrise and stunning mountain views. It’s about a 45-minute uphill walk from your guesthouse.

Poon Hill is situated at a 3,210-meter elevation from where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the mountain range, including Mt. Dhaulagiri I and II, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Gangapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Mardi Himal, and Lamjung Himal.

If you’re trekking in the spring season, apart from the sunrise and mountain views, you’ll also see beautiful blooming rhododendron flowers covering the hills from the viewpoint.

After spending some time at the top of Poon Hill, you will trek back to your hotel and have breakfast. After breakfast, you’ll start your trek towards Tadapani.

The trail leads downhill, and you can stop for lunch at Banthanti around noon. Today’s hike takes you along the ridgeline and through a pleasant rhododendron forest before reaching Tadapani.

Once you arrive in Tadapani, you’ll be greeted with a fantastic view of Mount Fishtail.

Walking Distance:

11 KM/ 6.8 Miles

Elevation Gain:

336 m/ 1102 ft

Accommodation:

Tea House

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

05 DAY

Trek to Chhomrong (2,170m) - 5 hrs walk

Leaving Tadapani behind, today you’ll hike to Chomrong village. The trail involves a gradual descent, crossing suspension bridges, passing through rhododendron forests, and walking along crop fields.

As you walk through lush jungles, birds will accompany you, adding to the fascination of your journey. Watching their colorful wings flap as they move from one tree to another is a rewarding sight of today’s hike.

Enjoying the company of these creatures, you’ll eventually reach Chomrong. Here, villages spread across the hillside, with majestic mountains like Huinchuli, Machapuchare, and Annapurna South towering over the town.

Walking Distance:

11 KM/ 6.9 Miles

Elevation Lose:

453 m/ 1,486 ft

Accommodation:

Tea House

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

06 DAY

Trek to Dovan (2,500m) - 6 hrs walk

You will leave Chhomrong after breakfast in the morning and head towards Dovan. Initially, you will descend many stone steps that seem to go on forever. After crossing a suspension bridge, you begin the ascent to Sinuwa.

Passing through Bamboo, named after the large number of bamboo trees in the area, we continue walking toward our destination. Near Bamboo, you may even catch a glimpse of Red Pandas and bears. Along the route, you’ll also see several waterfalls.

After crossing Sinuwa, the landscape becomes densely vegetated. You then start descending to Dovan, where you will spend a night.

Walking Distance:

11.2 KM/ 7 Miles

Elevation Gain:

330 m/ 1,082.5 ft

Accommodation:

Tea House

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

07 DAY

Trek to Deurali (3,200m) - 4 hrs walk

Today is a comparatively short day of trekking as we only have to cover around 7-8 kilometers.  After a hearty breakfast, you’ll follow a serene path through an emerald-green forest of bamboo and rhododendrons towards Deurali.

The trekking route is decorated with prayer flags, adding a vibrant flair to the surroundings. Before continuing your walk, take a moment to appreciate the unique ambiance.

As you move, the forest gradually fades away, giving way to a barren landscape scattered with boulders and scree. Passing by the Himalayan Hotel, you’ll know you’re getting closer to your destination.

Continue climbing past this landmark until you reach Hinku Cave, which was once used as a shelter and overnight stop for historical Annapurna expeditions.

Walking Distance:

6.7 KM/ 4.2 Miles

Elevation Gain:

700 m/ 2,296.5 ft

Accommodation:

Tea House

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

08 DAY

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp - (4,130m) via Machhapuchhere Base Camp (3,700m) - 5 hrs walk

Today is the most awaited day of your journey because you are reaching the ultimate Annapurna Base Camp. The journey for the day begins by climbing a riverbed and hiking up to Annapurna Sanctuary. There’s a significant gain in altitude today, so, as always, be careful and don’t rush the trek.

The trail also follows the Modi Khola and eventually leads you to Machhapuchre Base Camp. From here, you can see the Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and other mountains in the area.

You start walking and make your way through a region with less vegetation until you reach Annapurna Base Camp in just two hours. You’ve reached the top of your hike at 4,130 meters.

The next morning, you can watch the sunrise over the steep south face of Annapurna, which rises above you from the lap of this beautiful mountain.

Standing at the base of the tenth-tallest peak in the world is a significant accomplishment.

Today, we can explore the Annapurna Base Camp area and enjoy the breathtaking sunset.

Walking Distance:

9.2 KM/ 5.7 Miles

Elevation Gain:

930 m/ 3,051 ft

Accommodation:

Tea House

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

09 DAY

Trek to Bamboo (2,345m) - 6 hrs walk

Enjoy a moment at Annapurna Base Camp, soaking in the sunrise view over the Himalayas, and then grab your breakfast. After breakfast, descend back to Bamboo following the same trail along the Modi River to reach the beautiful Bamboo village.

Today, you will descend to an elevation of roughly 1700 meters. In Bamboo Village, you can taste bamboo pickles and vegetables. Enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains from Bamboo and stay overnight here.

Walking Distance:

15 KM/ 9.3 Miles

Elevation Lose:

1785 m/ 5,856 ft

Accommodation:

Tea House

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

10 DAY

Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780m) - 5 hrs walk

After breakfast, you will descend to Jhinu Danda where you can enjoy a natural hot spring. Jhinu Danda is a famous destination for natural hot springs.

The trail to Jhinu Danda winds down through wooded slopes to Chomrong via Khuldighar. From Chomrong, the path gets steeper as it descends towards Jhinu Danda.

While descending, be sure to visit the experimental sheep farm, which provides a glimpse of a herder’s life in the mountains of Nepal.

Observing these exciting aspects of rural life, you will reach Jhinu Danda. From here, if you hike down for about half an hour, you will reach a natural hot spring.

This is the ideal spot to relax and let the stress away.

Walking Distance:

11.7 KM/ 7.3 Miles

Elevation Lose:

1,115 m/ 3,658 ft

Accommodation:

Tea House

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

11 DAY

Trek to Siwai (1,230m) and then drive to Pokhara city - 3 hrs walk

After breakfast, you will depart from Jhinu Danda on your final day of hiking. You’ll be walking alongside the Modi River until you reach Siwai village.

It takes around three hours to walk from Jhinu Danda to Siwai, which is just a few kilometers away.

A vehicle will be waiting for you at Siwai to drive you back to Pokhara. Pokhara is home to various tourist hotspots, such as Fewa Lake.

Walking Distance:

4.3 KM/ 2.7 Miles

Elevation Lose:

380m/ 1,246 ft

Accommodation:

Hotel

Meals Included:

Breakfast and Lunch

12 DAY

Drive back to Kathmandu

On your last day, you will be transferred to the tourist bus station in Pokhara after breakfast for a scenic return ride to Kathmandu, following the banks of the Marshyangi and Trishuli rivers.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening, the company’s representative will distribute your trip achievement certificates.

Afterward, you will be taken for a farewell dinner where you can celebrate your accomplishment with Nepalese cuisine and a cultural dance show.

Accommodation:

Hotel

Meals Included:

Breakfast and Dinner

13 DAY

Departure Day

Today marks the last day of your Nepal journey. One of our office representatives will drop you off at the airport three hours before your flight.

We hope you had a wonderful time in the Nepal Himalayas with our team and look forward to serving you again shortly.

Best wishes for a safe journey!

Meals Included:

Breakfast

Trip Includes

  • All the airport and hotel shuttles by private vehicles as per the itinerary.
  • 2 nights of 3-star standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive of bed and breakfast.
  • 8 nights twin sharing local lodges accommodation during the trek.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara inclusive of breakfast.
  • Meals on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) throughout the trek in the mountain region.
  • Both way Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu surface transportation by tourist bus.
  • Private jeep transport from Pokhara to Ulleri. (trek starting point)
  • Private jeep transport from Siwai to Pokhara. (at the end of the trek)
  • An experienced and certified local trekking guide for the trek.
  • Supporting local porters to carry your belongings during the trek. (1 porter for 2 people)
  • All the essential trekking permits and paperwork for the trek.
  • If needed, we will provide rain protection duffel bag and sleeping bag to use for the trek.
  • First aid medicine with an oximeter (which is very useful to check your pulse at high altitudes) for the trek
  • An emergency helicopter rescue and treatment in case of your health issues while on the trek.  (Should have your travel insurance)
  • Trip achievement certificate after trip completion.
  • All government taxes and company service charges.
  • At the end of the tour, Nepali food farewell dinner in Kathmandu with a cultural dance program.

Trip Exclude

  • International airfares and Nepal entry visa. Click here for Nepal tourist visa information.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Your personal expenses such as the use of WIFI, hot shower, battery charging, etc in the mountain regions.
  • Tips to the trip supporter. (Guide & Porters)

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Choose a Private Trip

If you’d prefer to share this with your own group of friends, we’ve got good news, it’s also available as a Private Adventure!, Our Private Adventure specialists are on hand to give you a quote or talk through some different options. Feel free to give them a call on +9779843760242 or Email us at info@glorioushimalaya.com

 

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1 ) What happens if I need emergency evacuation whilst on the trek?

All our guides are well-experienced and are aware of the possible physical problems and crises that may arise during the trek. They are well-trained with first aid and are already prepared for any sort of emergencies.  

For any minor cases, there are health posts organized by local and foreign doctors.

In case of an emergency, the guides are qualified to deliver the First-Aid and will transfer you to the nearest hospitals possible or alert for immediate Air-Evacuation to Kathmandu. 

For major issues like AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), the guides provide Diamox and instantly descend the patient to the lower elevation as soon as possible, and if necessary, promptly evacuate to Kathmandu. 

We will cover the initial expenses for the rescue operation since these expenses will need to be recovered either from your insurance company or over cash/credit. 

2 ) What's the success rate for your trips?

We now have a 95% success rate for Annapurna Base Camp Trek

3 ) Where do I purchase trekking gears?

It is not necessary to invest a great deal of money buying gear for your Annapurna Base Camp Trek on your nation, as the majority of those gears can be purchased at reasonable prices in Kathmandu. Besides, we will provide you the high-quality sleeping bags and the rain protection duffel bags for your trek. (No charge, to be returned).

4 ) Do I require to get insured for this trek?

In case of a severe illness or any casualties, while You’re on Annapurna base camp trek (that we think won’t happen), we’ll do everything to move one to the closest hospital to save your life (that has happened to us few times), and you’re utterly accountable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue, therefore, please be certain these costs are covered by your insurance coverage before assigning to the trek Or even be ready to cover your own after return to Kathmandu. So make sure that you’ve insured yourself with at least 50 thousand dollars of coverage before performing the excursion.

5 ) Do I have to Book this trip early?

We highly recommend you book your trip in a few months’ advance. We need to reserve your hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara, especially during the peak trekking season, when there is a large number of trekkers. However, if you arrive and want to organize your trip we can also arrange Last MINUTE BOOKINGS !!!  The earliest is best for us.

6 ) What sort of hotel can I expect in Kathmandu and Pokhara?

In our given package, we provide luxurious Thamel based 3-star standard hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara city, such as Hotel Thamel Park, Hotel Splendid View, Kathmandu Eco Hotel, etc. However, if you prefer the higher-standard hotels, we will reserve accordingly and it will charge extra costs.

7 ) Food & Accommodation during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

You will spend your night at the common local teahouse or lodges during your ABC trek, which is the classic form of trekking accommodation in the ABC trial. Most are set and operated by local villagers and provide you basic yet optimal facilities like comfortable rooms, westernized washrooms, hot showers, and WIFI. While at dinner, you can also meet other interesting people from different nationalities, with their interesting stories.

While both vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods are available for meals that are hygienic and healthy. You can order your favorites as per the menu of the teahouse/lodge. On the lower elevations, you can taste a wider variety of dishes like Nepali, Indian, Continental, Tibetan, etc. While Tea, coffee, eggs, bakery items, snacks, bars, etc can easily be found on your trek.

8 ) Do I need a prior Trekking Experience?

Some prior trekking experiences is beneficial.
However, any novice or experienced trekker with moderate fitness should be able to complete the trek.

For those who are used to hiking long distances with a weighted backpack, they might find the trek easy.

Moreover, those who don’t have any such experiences can try jogging, sprinting, swimming, and exercising a few weeks before the trekking which helps to boost your endurance level but also brings your body in proper shape condition. Hike around nearby places, and focus on building your strength. The trek is challenging but rewarding in every way. With a little bit of training and determination, you can conquer the trek and tick it off your bucket list.

9 ) What are the benefits of having a guide for ABC trek?

Hiring a professional licensed guide will add more trekking experience. Some of the ways that having a guide will benefit you are:

1. Lead or suggest the best trails to take.
2. Manage all your permits.
3. Recommend the best spots to rest, eat at, and stay overnight.
4. Monitor your health regularly.
5. Provide first aid treatment in case of emergencies.
6. Assist you to communicate with the locals.
7. Get the latest updates on the weather conditions of the trails.
8. Provide you information on the surroundings such as the names of the mountains/peaks, their height, plus Local names.
9. Give information on the culture, flora and fauna of the region, and some interesting stories.

Besides, having a guide is also having a friend as a guardian who is always there to look after you. You don’t have to focus on making lots of decisions while on the trek and make the most of your trip. Moreover, you are employing someone and also contributing to a local economy.

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Traveller’s Review


My partner and I trekked Annapurna Base Camp in 2023 and absolutely loved it. Prakash, our guide, and the team at Glorious Himalaya were extremely professional and helpful.

We had an incredible time and would highly recommend it. We will definitely be coming back for more.

 

Visited in September 2023.

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Hamish & Holly
Australia

When I went on my trip to the Annapurna region, Prakash was a fantastic guide. I went on my journey with Prakash alone and am a girl of 23 years old. I had originally planned to complete the entire Annapurna Circuit, but Ganesh was helpful in reorganizing my journey such that I would instead complete Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill for a 10-day walk. I had a great day hiking with Prakash, and he was a fantastic guide who looked out for me so well. On days when we finished early, we went on some exciting additional treks, which was amazing. The Mardi Himal base camp was another addition we made, and it was fantastic! Prakash was really accommodating to all of my needs, adding more treks when I indicated a desire, which was amazing, and he handled everything so well.

Additionally, if you are unsure whether to go with a private guide or a group, I would highly suggest choosing the latter so you may enjoy your journey exactly how you want to!

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Katie B
USA

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