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Annapurna Base Camp Trek With Poon Hill

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4130m, Annapurna Base Camp
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9 Days Trekking

Best Season

March, April, May,

September, October, November

Meals

8 Breakfast,

9 Lunch

8 Dinner

Accommodation

8 Nights at Lodge or Tea House

Transportation

Taxi or Jeep or Bus

PRICE STARTS FROM

USD 650 625

Per Person

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We Offer Group discount

No of PAX Price / PP
10-20 525
5-9 575
2-4 625

ABC Trek with Poon Hill

The Annapurna Base Camp trek with Poon Hill is widely regarded as one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of Nepal's Annapurna region . Your journey kicks off with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Nayapul , where you'll catch your first glimpse of the soaring Annapurna range before beginning your abc trekking itinerary. From there, you'll traverse stunning mountain villages, lush forests, and scenic valleys, savoring breathtaking vistas of peaks like Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

Highlight experiences include witnessing the mesmerizing sunrise from Poon Hill, passing at Machhapuchhre Base Camp with its incredible Annapurna panoramas, and ultimately reaching Annapurna Base Camp itself for a 360-degree view of the sanctuary. On the return leg, you'll discover different scenery and attractions like the Jhinu hot springs and Ghandruk. It's an unforgettable annapurna base camp trekking adventure from start to finish.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek With Poon Hill Details

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Poon Hill or Annapurna Sanctuary Trek stands out as one of the most sought-after trek in the Annapurna region, offering an exceptional opportunity to explore both Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) and Poon Hill (3,210m). This trek is an ideal choice for adventurers seeking to immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of the Annapurna area. Renowned for its enchanting trails winding through natural landscapes, this journey promises an unforgettable experience.

The trek leads through a rich cultures, traversing the Annapurna foothills  with its dramatic galciers, enhancing the allure of the trip. This classic trek offers unparalleled vistas of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre ranges, as well as insights into the traditional lifestyles of the Gurung and Magar communities, known for their warm hospitality. The trail follows through lush rhododendron and pine forests, adding to the charm of the adventure.

Winding our way to the foot of the majestic Mount Annapurna (8,091m), the trek provides an up-close encounter with the world's 10th highest peak, along with the wonders of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), showcasing a diverse flora and fauna. Spectacular views await, including Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Shikhar/Fang (7,647m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Dhampus Peak (6,012m), Tukuche Peak (6,920m), Nilgiri South (6,889m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Gandharva Chuli (6,248m), and Hunchuli (6,441m).

Major Attractions of ABC Trek with Poon Hill

The ABC Trek with Poon Hill boasts several captivating attractions, showcasing the natural diversity of the Annapurna region. Firstly, the majestic mountains stand prominently in the northern landscape. Surrounding them are lush forests teeming with herbal plants and a vibrant array of flora, including Rhododendron, Birch, Fir, Bamboo, and Juniper. Additionally, the rivers, originating from the glacial moraine of the Annapurna massifs, meander through narrow passages between towering hills. Here are some key highlights not to be missed during your trek to ABC:

Natural Hot Spring in Jhinu:

Along the route to Annapurna Base Camp lies a natural hot spring nestled in the quaint hamlet of Jhinu, marking the final stop of your trek. Situated approximately 14 kilometers from Nayapul, this village sits beside the Modi River, sourced from the Annapurna mountains. A small pond near the village entrance emanates natural hot water, believed to possess healing properties. It offers weary trekkers a soothing respite after days of strenuous hiking.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP):

Implemented by the Nepalese government, ACAP is a vital conservation initiative protecting the biodiversity of the Annapurna region across Kaski, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi, and Parbat districts. Established in 1986, ACAP safeguards the area's dense forests, Mustang's flatlands, the rugged terrain of Manang, towering mountains, meandering rivers, diverse fauna, and unique local cultures. A permit from ACAP is required for the trek to Annapurna Base Camp, typically costing $30 for foreigners and $10 for SAARC nationals.

Annapurna Massifs:

The Annapurna mountains, soaring up to 8,091 meters, form a formidable range in western Nepal. The ABC trek takes you through the base of these towering peaks, offering awe-inspiring views. Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machapuchare, Gangapurna, and Baraha Shikhar are some of the prominent peaks encountered along the journey. Their snow-clad summits present a breathtaking spectacle throughout the trek.

Gurung Villages: Ghandruk and Chhomrong:

En route to Annapurna Base Camp, you'll traverse Gurung-inhabited villages such as Ghandruk and Chhomrong. The Gurung community boasts a rich cultural heritage deeply rooted in the Himalayan landscape. With distinct traditions and a profound connection to Tibetan Buddhism, the Gurung people offer a glimpse into their way of life. Teahouses, predominantly managed by Gurung locals, provide trekkers with an immersive cultural experience during their journey to ABC.

Poon Hill (3,210m):

Witnessing the spectacular sunrise over the snow-capped Annapurna range from Poon Hill is an iconic highlight of the trek. The panoramic views of peaks like Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) are simply awe-inspiring.

The combination of these major attractions, along with the cultural experiences of passing through traditional villages and interacting with the friendly locals, makes the Annapurna Base Camp trek with Poon Hill a truly unforgettable adventure.

Permits for ABC Trek with Poon Hill

To venture on the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek with Poon Hill, trekkers need to obtain two essential permits:

  • TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System): This permit costs $18 (NPR 2,000) for individual trekkers and $9 (NPR 1,000) for group trekkers. For SAARC country trekkers, the cost is $2 (NPR 300) for individuals and $4 (NPR 600) for groups.
  • ACAP Permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Project): The ACAP permit costs $30 (NPR 3,000) for international trekkers and $10 (NPR 1,000) for SAARC country trekkers.

These permits can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board or Trekkers' Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) offices in Kathmandu or Pokhara or registered trekking agencies. The documents required include a copy of the passport, two passport-size photos, and details of the trekking itinerary and area.

Permit Cost for International Trekkers Cost for SAARC Trekkers
TIMS Card $18 (NPR 2,000) for individuals

$9 (NPR 1,000) for groups

$2 (NPR 300) for individuals

$4 (NPR 600) for groups

ACAP Permit $27 (NPR 3,000) $9 (NPR 1,000)


It's important to note that the TIMS permit can be used only once during the trek. Additionally, travel insurance is highly recommended for the trek, even though it is a relatively short and easy trek, to cover medical expenses, accidents, and natural disasters.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Poon Hill Route

The typical starting point for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Poon Hill is Nayapul/Birethanti, which can be reached by road from the picturesque lakeside town of Pokhara. During the dry season, the road is open beyond Ulleri to Banthanti, allowing for a drive to Banthanti. From there, you'll embark on a well-marked trail that leads through enchanting villages and verdant rhododendron forests, passing through Ghorepani, Tadapani, Chhomrong, and Deurali before reaching Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC) and ultimately Annapurna Base Camp (ABC).

The ABC Trek with Poon Hill takes you through the breathtaking Annapurna Conservation Area. Much of the trail winds through dense jungle inhabited by diverse wildlife such as snow leopards, deer, and wild goats, as well as a variety of vegetation. Along the way, you'll encounter different tea houses at Tadapani, Chhomrong, Sinuwa, Bambo, Dobhan, Himalaya, Deurali, Machhapuchre Base Camp (3,700m), and finally, the majestic Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m).

Walking through the wilderness of the Himalayas alongside the Modi Khola River after Chhomrong is an unforgettable experience. The trail passes through a narrow gorge flanked by the towering Machhapuchre/Fishtail and Hunchuli mountains.

One of the highlights of the trek is reaching Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill. Here, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of glaciers, icefalls, and the surrounding mountains, especially during sunrise and sunset.

After soaking in the unforgettable experiences, the trail leads back to Chhomrong village before descending to Jhinu danda, where you can relax in natural hot springs. The Gurung community is the predominant ethnic group in this area, adding to the cultural richness of the journey.

Accommodation and Meals during ABC Trek with Poon Hill

Throughout the journey to ABC via Poonhill, you'll encounter numerous small Gurung villages, each offering teahouses or mountain lodges within their homes. These accommodations resemble homestays rather than traditional hotels. Teahouses are readily available at every stop along your trekking route. Typically constructed of wood, teahouses are a common sight in mountainous regions. They offer a range of room options, from cozy quarters for two to larger group rooms accommodating up to six individuals.

Basic amenities include beds, mattresses, quilts, and pillows, though attached bathrooms are rare and subject to availability. Access to WiFi and hot showers may incur additional charges. As you ascend beyond Chhomrong, power sockets become available only in dining areas. To combat the cold mountain nights, many tea houses provide log fire heating systems. While accommodation during the trek remains largely consistent, variances in cost of Annapurna Base Camp with Poonhill trek are primarily influenced by the hotels you select in Pokhara.

During your trekking adventure, you'll have the chance to savor a diverse array of culinary delights. Teahouses along the route offer a blend of Nepalese and Continental cuisines, allowing you to experience local flavors. One beloved option among Nepalese locals is Dal Bhaat, a hearty dish comprising rice, lentil soup, vegetable curry, and pickle, renowned for its nutritional value and satiating qualities. Typically served for both lunch and dinner, Dal Bhaat is a satisfying choice. If you're craving something different, teahouses also serve up alternatives like pasta, noodles, pies, and other tasty treats.

For breakfast, teahouses offer a variety of options to kickstart your day. Whether you fancy Gurung breads, soup, porridge, pancakes, or another breakfast delight, you'll find plenty to satisfy your appetite. If you have any dietary preferences or requirements, it's advisable to inform your guide in advance so that necessary arrangements can be made with the teahouse kitchens.

Best Time for ABC Trek with Poon Hill

Nepal experiences generally mild weather throughout the year, with four distinct seasons: Spring, Autumn, Winter, and Summer. Spring spans from March to May, while Autumn covers September to November. Winter follows immediately after Autumn, from December to February, and Summer encompasses June to August.

Of these seasons, Spring and Autumn are widely regarded as the optimal times for venturing on the Annapurna Base Camp trek via Poonhill. The weather conditions during these periods are favorable, with moderate temperatures. In contrast, Summer sees heavy rainfall due to the Monsoon pattern, while Winter brings snowfall to higher elevations. Despite this, it is still possible to undertake the ABC Trek during Summer and Winter. However, it is advisable to seek professional guidance and stay updated on weather forecasts during these times.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Difficulty

Taking into account factors such as terrain, landscape, accessibility, and modern amenities, the Annapurna Base Camp trek via Poonhillis considered moderately challenging. This trek first traverses to the scenic viewpoint of Poonhill. Followingly, it follows through highlands adjacent to the Annapurna mountain range, with a well-defined trail adorned with clear signage throughout. Along the route, modern tea houses offer basic accommodation and food services.

However, the difficulty of the ABC Trek via Poonhill intensifies notably beyond Deurali. As the elevation surpasses 4000 meters beyond Deurali, trekkers are susceptible to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Additionally, this stretch is prone to multiple landslide areas where rocks may descend from above. Moreover, accommodation options become limited after this section, which can pose challenges, particularly during peak seasons such as Spring and Autumn when a surge of tourists heads for the base camp. It is advisable to secure accommodations in advance through a reputable trekking company to mitigate any potential issues.

ABC Trek with Poon Hill Duration

The time required to complete the Annapurna Base Camp trek via Poonhill varies from person to person. Typically, the average duration for this trek ranges from 5 to 9 days with a relaxed itinerary. Adequate rest is essential, especially for high-altitude trekking.

A standard itinerary for the Himalaya trip covers the 9-day Annapurna Base Camp trek with Poonhill , involving daily walks of approximately 6-7 hours. This itinerary is designed to be leisurely, allowing for frequent stopovers along the way. The trek usually commences after breakfast, with breaks for lunch and tea interspersed throughout the day.

Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara

You have flexibility to choose Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You can choose from Hostel to 5 Star Hotel. Most of our clients stay Hotel Thamel Park in Kathmandu and Hotel White Pearl in Pokhara.

How to get Kathmandu to Pokhara ?

Basically, there are 3 option for you

Tourist Bus : The tourist bus leaves every day 7:00am from Sorhakhutte in Kathmandu and 8:00am from Tourist bus station in Pokhara. The comfortable sofa bus cost USD 15 per person. It  is 200 km or 7-8 hours drive.

Private Car / Jeep / Van : If you want private transportation, we have Car / Jeep / Van depending on your group size. You can start any time from Kathmandu or Pokhara. It cost you USD 110/150/200.

Flight : If you do not want to drive 7-8 hours, you have flight option which is 25 Minutes flight. The flight is available from 7am to 8pm. If you take a early flight, you can start the trek same day. The flight cost USD 100 per person one way.

ABC Trek with Poon Hill Short Itinerary

Day 01: Pokhara – Nayapul – Ulleri (1960m) 11 km

Day 02: Ulleri – Ghorepani (2870m) 8 km

Day 03: Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Chuile (2309m) 13.8 km)

Day 04: Chuile – Upper Sinuwa (2340m, 9.8km)

Day 05: Upper Sinuwa – Deurali (3200m , 11 km)

Day 06: Deurali– MBC - ABC (4130m, 6.8 km)

Day 07: ABC – Bamboo (2340m ,14 km)

Day 08: Bamboo – Jhinu Hot spring (1690m, 9.2 km)

Day 09: Jhinu Hot spring –trek to Ghandruk 6km walk after lunch 64km drive back to Pokhara

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Whats Included?

  • Pokhara - Nayapul and Ghandruk -Pokhara by Jeep.
  • All the Meals (8 Breakfast, 9 Lunch, and 8 Dinner) and accommodation during the trek.
  • Trekking permit.
  • One experienced and qualified English speaking guide and 2 trekkers : 1 porter.
  • Guide and porters: food, lodge, transportation, salary, insurance, equipment etc.
  • First Aids Kit.
  • Duffel Bag if you need.
  • Fingertip Pulse Oximeter (we use every day to check your oxygen level and pulse in your body to avoid high risk ).
  • Himalaya Trip T-shirt.
  • Local fresh fruit like Pomegranates and apple etc.
  • 13% Government VAT and official charge.

Whats not Included?

  • International airfare and visa fees ((15 Days US$30 and 30 Days US$50.
  • Hotels and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (We arrange Hotel if you ask).
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara- Kathmandu by flight/ Tourist bus/ Private Car ( We arrange if you ask ).
  • All the drinks such as tea, coffee, coke, beer, Drinking water, WIFI, Hot Shower etc.
  • Your travel insurance which should include the emergency rescue.
  • Your trekking gears.
  • Tips for your guide and porters etc.

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I’ve just finished last week my Trek Poonhill ABC Mardi Himal Trek with Himalaya Trip. The trip was really great and well organised, safely taken care by our guide and our porter. The director Harka was really efficient for all organizations: from email contact to discuss our schedule, he answered all my questions promptly and very flexible with our request. Our guide Surpa was always worried about our health condition and took care of us all the time. Our porter Meshak was always smiling even when conditions were difficult. Himalaya Trip was perfect for our needs and I highly recommend them to anyone who want to organize trekking in the Himalayas.


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ABC Trek with Poon Hill FAQs

Diamox is a medicine for High Altitude Sickness. Normally, we do not need and use Diamox for Annapurna Base Camp 4130m. It is better to carry it with you just in case or emergency.


Important Note

Available of the trip

We organise small group private trip. If you are 2 or more people in your group, you may book any dates.

Travel Insurance

The travel insurance is need in case of any emergency. It is recommend to have.  If you are doing short  and low elevation trek, you can do normal insurance. But if you are doing high altitude or adventure trek, you should have emergency rescue.

Last Minute booking

Normally, trekkers plan the trip before 3-9 months.  Some trekkers decide the trip in last minutes. It is also possible to book your trek at last minutes. For the Last minutes booking, you need to make a full payment.

Tipping

Tipping is highly expected. Our staffs try their best during the trip. After the trip, Tipping is expected. It is not fixed amount or percentage. We recommend the tipping according to their services.

Safety

When you are travelling, the safety is most important. For the safety of our clients, we trained our guide and porters. They are all register trekking / Tour  / Climbing guide and experience porters.

Extra personal expenses

For the extra expenses, it is good to bring USD / Euro / Pound Sterling or ther currency. You may change to Nepali Rupees (NPR) at Tribhuwan International Airport or near your Hotel in Kathmandu. You will use only Nepali rupees during the trip.

Nepal visa

Accept few countries , you will get on arrival Nepal’s Visa at the Tribhuwan International Airport or Nepal board. I recommend to fill up Nepal Visa online form and bring it with you. It will be faster and easy for you and visa fee is recommended to bring cash US dollar. You can’t pay by using credit card.

Trip extension or Itinerary Disclaimer

We organize small group private trip. The trip extension is possible but you have to figure out when you booking the trip.

Group joing and Fixed departure

Most of the time, we have small group private trip. Group joining or fixed departure will be available only at the clients request. 

Luggage store

You are not taking all the lugguage on the trek. You will take only necessary gears on the trek and rest of the gears, you will store at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara or in our office in Kathmandu. All the Hotels have free luggage store services. It is more convenient to store at your Hotel.

Responsible travel

  • Ask permission to photograph people.
  • Do not remove or purchase antiques, it is illegal.
  • Avoid wearing revealing clothes and avoid outward displays of physical affection.
  • Do not anything to disturb environment or wild animals.

Domestic flight

Normally, domestic flight is not on time. If you have international flight with domestic connection flight. It is always better to keep some gaps.

Trek Booking

For the Booking, we need passport copy, passport size photo by email or What's App  and 20% deposit.

Why Himalaya Trip ?

  • Fast response
  • Small group private trek
  • Safety is top priority
  • Recommended on TripAdvisor
  • Tailor made itinerary
  • Seasonal package
  • 200 plus  trekkers take service every year
  • 30-40% repeated customer

 

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