11 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill from Kathmandu

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$ 750

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Grade:

Moderate

Group Size:

Min: 1 pax

Transport:

Car, Jeep, Bus

Altitude:

4,130 meters

Meals:

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Highlights Of Annapurna Base Camp Via Poon Hill

  • Witness breathtaking sunrise views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges from Poon Hill.
  • Experience the vibrant culture and hospitality of the Gurung and Magar communities in Ghorepani village.
  • Enjoy stunning Machapuchare (Fishtail) Mountain views and experience the local hospitality.
  • Pass through Machapuchare Base Camp and see the majestic views of Machapuchare.
  • Reach the base of the tenth-highest mountain in the world, Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda.
  • Trek through lush rhododendron forests and bamboo groves and spot wildlife unique to the Annapurna region.
  • Cultural Immersion: Interact with local villagers and experience traditional Nepali culture and lifestyle along the trekking route.

Annapurna Base Camp Via Poon Hill Overview

11 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill from Kathmandu is the best way to experience the beauty of the Annapurna Region. Considered one of Nepal’s most popular destinations, this trekking trail covers approximately 110 kilometers. The trek’s highest point is 4130 meters, i.e., Annapurna Base Camp. Similarly, Poon Hill is the major highlight of the trek at 3210 meters. Upon reaching there, you will see the stunning sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Taking this trail, you will navigate terraced fields, lush forests, and traditional Gurung and Magar Villages. The key attractions are the panoramic views of snowcapped mountains and the warm hospitality of local people. Furthermore, if you are lucky, you can also see some rare animals and bird species. You can also experience the culture and traditions of the people residing there. If you plan on taking this trail, March to May and September to November are perfect.

However, taking this trail can be somehow challenging. You must go through two of the top destinations in the Annapurna Region. Thus, completing this in 11 days is difficult. You may not get a proper chance for acclimatization because of the day’s limitations.

Also, the continuous hike for 6 to 8 hours a day can be another difficulty for you. The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. You may also encounter rainfall or cold temperatures anytime on your trek.

Itinerary

01 DAY

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (850m) – 6 to 7 hours drive

Our guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kathmandu. We will drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus. Depending on your preferences, we will arrange for you to go by tourist bus, jeep, or any other means. Starting from the Bus Park early in the morning, we will frequently stop for breakfast and lunch.

The road offers stunning views of dense forests, remote villages, and hills with sometimes mountain views. The road can be bumpy in some sections. Prepare yourself for it. Finally, we will reach Pokhara after about 6 to 7 hours of ride. Pokhara is a gateway for many trekking destinations in the Annapurna region.

Meals Included:

No meals on this day

Accommodation:

Hotel

02 DAY

Drive from Pokhara to Ulleri (1,960m) via Nayapul (1,010m) – 3 to 4 hours drive and trek to Ghorepani (2,840m) – 3 to 4 hours trek trek

We will start our day by driving from Pokhara to Nayapul, which takes approximately 3 to 4 hours. The road winds through picturesque valleys and rural landscapes, offering glimpses of local villages and terraced fields along the way. As we pass Nayapul, we will continue our drive towards Ulleri, a small village nestled in the foothills of the Annapurna range.

Upon reaching Ulleri, we will begin our trek towards Ghorepani, which will take another 3 to 4 hours. We will ascend through dense forests of rhododendrons and oak trees. Along the trail, we will pass by traditional Gurung villages. The path includes stone steps and grad

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:

Teahouse

03 DAY

Hike up Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3210m) - 45 minutes, then trek to Tadapani (2520m) – 4 to 5 hours trek

In the early morning, we will embark on a hike to Poon Hill. This day is famous for the stunning sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The panoramic vistas from this vantage point are truly awe-inspiring. After spending a few hours enjoying the scenery, we will return to Ghorepani for breakfast.

From there, we will continue our trek along scenic ridges. We will pass through dense pine and rhododendron forests towards Deurali village. A short ascent will lead us to Tadapani, where we will spend the night at a guesthouse.

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:

Teahouse

04 DAY

Trek to Chomrong (2140m) - 4 to 5 hours trek

After enjoying a filling breakfast at Tadapani, we will begin our trek towards Chhomrong. The trail to Chhomrong offers a pleasant descent through lush green scenery, making our hike from Tadapani relatively easy. Descending through the enchanting rhododendron forests, we will arrive at a quaint Gurung village. Continuing, crossing a sturdy bridge over the Modi River, we will reach the charming town of Chhomrong, known for its stunning mountain views.

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:

Teahouse

05 DAY

Trek to Dovan (2500m) - 5 to 6 hours trek

In the morning, we will set out on our trek towards the picturesque village of Dovan. The journey will span approximately 5-6 hours. Along the way, we will pass captivating landscapes and charming villages. A highlight of the day will be crossing the Chomrung Khola via a remarkable suspension bridge.

As we continue, the trail winds through lush forests and descends towards the base of the gorge. This scenic route provides glimpses of diverse flora and fauna.

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:

Teahouse

06 DAY

Trek to Deurali (3200m) - 4 to 5 hours trek

On Day 6, we will trek from Dovan to Deurali, situated at an altitude of 3,200 meters. We will start our day by ascending from Dovan. We will pass through lush forests and occasionally glimpse the surrounding peaks. The trail walks alongside the Modi Khola. It offers serene views of its rushing waters and the rugged landscape of the gorge.

Along the route, we will encounter small settlements and tea houses where we can rest and enjoy local hospitality. As we approach Deurali, the trail becomes steeper. Upon reaching Deurali, we will settle in at a guesthouse and prepare for the next leg of our adventure towards Annapurna Base Camp.

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:

Teahouse

07 DAY

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) via MBC (3700m) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Today’s trek will take us to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), the base of the world’s tenth-highest mountain, Annapurna. Starting from Deurali, we ascend along the riverbed and climb a steep mountainside trail. Passing through Bagar, we will continue towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

Along the way, we will see magnificent views of snow-capped peaks such as Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Gangapurna. The landscape will transition from lush greenery to rugged terrain as we approach ABC. We will spend the night at Annapurna Base Camp. We will see the awe-inspiring beauty of these towering Himalayan peaks.

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:

Teahouse

08 DAY

Trek back to Bamboo (2345m) – 6 to 7 hours trek

Today, we will begin our journey back from Annapurna Base Camp towards Bamboo. The trail descends gradually. It offers us sweeping views of the majestic peaks of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre. We will pass through charming villages like Dovan and Himalaya, surrounded by rhododendrons and bamboo forests. Finally, we will make to Bamboo. It provides a peaceful retreat amidst the natural beauty.

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:

Teahouse

09 DAY

Trek to Jhinu Danda (hot spring) (1780m) - 4 to 5 hours trek

We continue our trek towards Jhinu Danda, famous for its natural hot springs. The trail follows the Modi Khola downstream. We will pass through dense forests and quaint villages such as Chhomrong. Along the way, we will cross sturdy suspension bridges that offer stunning views of waterfalls and the river below.

As we descend, the landscape transforms, revealing terraced fields and verdant hillsides. Upon reaching Jhinu Danda, we can unwind and relax in the rejuvenating hot springs. Tonight, we will stay at a guesthouse in Jhinu Danda. We will enjoy the soothing warmth of the hot springs and reflect on our trekking adventure.

Meals Included:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation:

Teahouse

10 DAY

Trek to Siwai (1230m) /Syauli Bazaar (1220m) – 3 to 4 hours trek, then drive to Pokhara (950m) to 3 hours drive

On Day 10, we will trek to Siwai or Syauli Bazaar, depending on our chosen route. The trail descends gently through terraced fields and quaint villages, providing insights into rural Nepali life. Passing through the picturesque village of Ghandruk, known for its traditional Gurung architecture and warm hospitality, we will enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna range.

After about 3 to 4 hours of trekking, we will reach Siwai or Syauli Bazaar, where we will embark on a scenic 2 to 3-hour drive to Pokhara. Along the way, we will marvel at the rural landscapes and rolling hillsides, eventually arriving in Pokhara. We will spend the night relaxing and reminiscing about our trekking journey here.

Meals Included:

Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation:

Hotel

11 DAY

Drive back to Kathmandu - 6 to 7 hours drive

On the final day of our trekking adventure, we will take a scenic drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. The journey takes approximately 6 to 7 hours. We pass through hills, valleys, and bustling towns. Throughout the drive, we will make occasional stops to stretch our legs and capture the picturesque landscapes of rural Nepal. Finally, we will make our way to Kathmandu. Upon reaching here, we will say a final goodbye.

Meals Included:

Breakfast

Accommodation:

Not Included

Price Includes

  • 2 nights of deluxe twin-sharing hotel accommodations in Pokhara city inclusive of breakfast.
  • 8 nights twin sharing best local lodges accommodations during the trek.
  • Meals on full board during the trek. (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner)
  • Serve available seasonal fruits every evening after dinner.
  • Government-certified and experienced guide for the trek.
  • Porters to carry your loads during the trek. (1 porter for 2 customers)
  • Luxury tourist bus transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • All the essential trekking permits for the trek.
  • Private jeep transport from Pokhara hotel to Ulleri.
  • Private jeep/car transport from Siwai to Pokhara hotel.
  • Waterproof company duffel bags and sleeping bags to use for the trek.
  • First aid medicine with oximeter in an emergency case for the trek. (will be carried by our local guide)
  • Emergency helicopter evacuation if you have any health issues while on the trek. (You should have travel insurance in this case)
  • All government taxes and company service charges.
  • Trip achievement certificate after trip completion.

Price Excludes

  • International airfares and Nepal travel visa fees. (Please bring 4 passport size photos for the visa upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport along with you.)
  • Kathmandu hotel accommodations.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Your personal expenses such as the use of WIFI, hot shower, battery charging, etc in the mountain regions.
  • Tips to the trekking guide and porters.

Attractions of the Annapurna Base Camp trek via Poon Hill

Poon Hill Sunrise Viewpoint

The viewpoint offers spectacular sunrises over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. Poon Hill offers panoramic views that include peaks like Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare. You will take an early morning hike to see these breathtaking views. This place is a significant highlight for photographers and nature enthusiasts.

Ghorepani Village

Nestled in the heart of the Annapurna region, Ghorepani is a picturesque village inhabited by the Gurung and Magar communities. This village serves as an important rest stop. While stopping by it, you will not only witness the stunning views of the surrounding mountains but also experience the culture of the people and their way of life.

Chhomrong Village

This charming village provides stunning Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain) and Annapurna South vistas. It is also the gateway to the Annapurna Sanctuary. This village features terraced fields and traditional houses. Located at 2,170 meters, it perfectly blends remoteness, adventure, natural beauty, and cultural lushness.

Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC)

At the base of the sacred Machapuchare (Fishtail) Mountain, MBC offers close-up views of the peak and surrounding glaciers. It is a serene and awe-inspiring location on the way to Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

Situated at 4,130 meters, ABC is surrounded by a stunning amphitheater of high peaks, including Annapurna I. It is the ultimate destination of the trek, providing you with breathtaking views and a sense of accomplishment. This is the highest point of your trekking journey and the major highlight.

Hot Springs at Jhinu Danda

After days of trekking, the natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda offer a relaxing and therapeutic experience. Soaking in the warm waters surrounding nature is a rejuvenating treat for tired muscles.

Best time to trek ABC

The best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons. Apart from that season, we recommend not trekking during other seasons.

Spring

Spring is the most popular trekking season, from March to May. During this period, the weather is generally stable, with moderate temperatures. You will also see blooming rhododendrons and other wildflowers in this season. This adds vibrant colors to the landscapes. The clear skies offer the best views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. You will also see the trail with many people. This can provide you with more safety along with a sense of security.

Autumn

From September to November, autumn is another excellent time to trek to ABC. After the monsoon season, the skies clear up, offering crisp, unobstructed views of the mountains. The weather during autumn is cool and comfortable, perfect for long days of trekking. The major festivals of Nepal, Dashain, and Tihar, also fall during this season. Thus, you can experience the culture of Nepal in more depth if you trek in autumn.

While spring and autumn are the most favorable times for trekking to ABC, some trekkers also choose to go during the winter months of December to February. This period offers a unique experience with snow-covered trails and a quieter trekking environment. However, the temperatures can be pretty cold.

Similarly, the monsoon season, from June to August, is generally not recommended due to heavy rainfall, slippery trails, and a higher risk of landslides.

Annapurna Poon Hill Trek Difficulty

In terms of difficulty, the Annapurna Base Camp is a moderate trek. It is accessible to all trekkers, from beginners to experienced ones. You can complete the trek with a reasonable fitness level. The trek covers an average hike of 6 to 7 hours daily. You will make your way through rugged terrain and diverse landscapes.

Ascent to Poon Hill itself involves a steep climb, but it is short and manageable with a steady pace. The highest point reached in 3210 meters.
Thus, there is also a chance for you to get altitude sickness.

Although the trek is relatively moderate, it does require some fitness and preparation. Also, the unpredictable weather can be a problem for you. You may sometimes encounter rainfall or even feel a drop in temperature during this trek.

Besides that, the language barrier can make trekking a little more complicated, although the trek falls in the list of Nepal’s top 10 accessible trekking destinations. Overall, proper preparation is essential if you are trekking towards the Annapurna Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

Is Permit Required for ABC Trek?

Yes, there are two permits you need for your trek towards the ABC trek via Poon Hill. Both permits are essential for legal and safe trekking. Here is a detailed explanation of the two permits required.

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)

The ACAP is necessary to enter the Annapurna Conservation Area. This permit helps fund conservation efforts and supports sustainable tourism in the region. You can get the ACAP at the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or Pokhara. If you haven’t purchased it beforehand, it is also available at the entry point of the conservation area.

Cost:

  • For international trekkers, the ACAP costs NPR 3,000
  • For SAARC nationals, the cost is NPR 1,000

Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card

The TIMS card ensures the safety and security of trekkers. It helps track your movements in the region, which is crucial in emergencies or natural disasters.
Like ACAP, you can get this card at the Nepal Tourism Board office in Kathmandu or Pokhara. It is also available through registered trekking agencies in Nepal.

Cost:

  • For trekkers joining a group or individuals, the TIMS card costs NPR 2,000/-
  • For SAARC nationals, a TIMS card costs NPR 1,000/-

Why Book with Glorious Himalaya?

If you are planning for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill, then booking with us can be your smart move. Along with years of experience in the tourism industry, we are government-registered. We acquire qualified and professional staff who have actively served the trekking and tour business for many years.

Also, our guides have certification and are well-trained. They provide navigation and guide you during emergencies when you are trekking in remote mountain regions.

Furthermore, we have one additional feature: itinerary customization. If you are a solo trekker or a duo, you can customize your itinerary based on ease. For the group, we have the best trek itinerary that caters to the needs of every individual trekking with us. Additionally, we offer the best service at a reasonable price.

Overall, our client’s safety, security, comfort, and satisfaction have always been our main priorities. We are the firmest name in trekking, mountaineering, tours, mountain flight, rafting, and other outdoor adventures and sports activities. Pack your bag and lace your boots, and create the best memories together.

FAQs

How do I get to Poon Hill from Kathmandu?

To get to Poon Hill from Kathmandu, you can first take a bus or flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you should take another drive to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek. Then, the hike starts from here. You will pass through many villages like Ghorepani before reaching to Poon Hill.

Can you see Annapurna from Poon Hill?

Yes, you can see Annapurna from Poon Hill. It offers stunning views of the Annapurna range, including peaks like Annapurna South and Annapurna I. The sunrise view from Poon Hill is especially beautiful with these mountains.

How expensive is Annapurna Base Camp?

The Annapurna Base Camp trek can cost between $600 to $1,000. This includes permits, guide fees, meals, and accommodation. The costs can vary based on your choices of trekking agencies, lodges, and additional services.

Can I do the Annapurna Base Camp trek alone?

Yes, you can do the Annapurna Base Camp trek alone. The trails are well-marked, and many trekkers hike solo. Traveling alone requires careful planning and preparation. However, hiring a guide can enhance safety, provide local knowledge, and help with navigation.

Is Annapurna Base Camp harder than Everest?

Actually, the Annapurna Base Camp trek is easier than Everest. ABC is generally considered less challenging than climbing Everest. Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp involves hiking on established trails with moderate elevation gain while climbing Everest requires technical climbing skills and dealing with extreme altitudes.

Is there WIFI in Annapurna Base Camp?

No, there is generally no WiFi available at Annapurna Base Camp itself. The remote location and high altitude make it difficult to establish reliable internet connectivity. Some teahouses along the trekking route may offer limited WiFi with a certain fee, but it’s not guaranteed, and the connection may be slow and intermittent.

Is a guide mandatory for the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

No, hiring a guide is not mandatory for the Annapurna Base Camp trek. You can trek independently, as the trails are well-marked and frequented by other hikers. However, hiring a guide can enhance safety, provide local insights, and assist with navigation.

Can a beginner climb Annapurna base camp?

Yes, a beginner can trek to Annapurna Base Camp with proper preparation and fitness. The trek involves hiking on well-established trails, and the altitude gain is gradual. Beginners should train beforehand by hiking and building endurance to enjoy the trek comfortably.

Is Annapurna Base Camp crowded?

Annapurna Base Camp can be busy during peak trekking seasons like spring and autumn. During these times, there can be moderate to high numbers of trekkers on the trail and at popular viewpoints. To avoid crowds, you can choose to visit during shoulder seasons.

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Traveller’s Review


Our guide Buddhi and our porter Ashok were friendly and informative throughout the trip and guided up safely and resonsibly to ABC. All permits and accomodation were booked in advance taking away the worry.

Our guide was also very knowledgeable about the area and shared lots of insight with up about Nepal, the Annapurna region and its culture.

All-in-all I recommend Glorious Himalaya Trekking and would not hesitate to do a tour with them again in the future.

Jo S.
United Kingdom

Glorious Himalaya Trekking organised everything nicely for us ( a group of 6 friends from France and Nepal) . Our trek to the ABC went on smoothly . We had an excellent guide and friendly porters . The lodges on the way were well chosen. All of us will keep wonderful memories of this unforgettable experience . Great thanks to Ganesh and his staff .

Alain Bernier
France

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