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Annapurna Base Camp +Poon Hill Trek

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11 Days
Tour Details

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a picturesque walking journey that takes you to the foothills of the Annapurna South. This trek is also popularly called Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking. Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp is highly recommended for those who love to explore the rich cultural diversities, typical Nepalese villages, enjoy the flora and fauna and immerse in the panoramic view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Annapurna Base Camp trek lies under Annapurna Region being protected by Nepal Government- led Annapurna Conservation Area Project.

The trip to the Annapurna Base Camp begins in Pokhara, also called the Lake City with a one-hour drive to Nayapul in a jeep. From Nayapul we walk for 30 minutes to reach Tikhedhunga (1540m.) past terraced fields of potatoes, mustard, corn, vegetables and small villages of stone-slatted houses. At higher altitudes, we gently hike through forests of bamboo and of flowering rhododendrons until we reach glaciated terrain above 4000m. While on trek you will enjoy amazing Himalayan mountain views in the distance. From Chhomrong, you will walk up the Modi Khola gorge which takes you into the heart of the sanctuary and some of the most dramatic mountain scenery on the planet.

Walking slowly and steadily you walk through Machhapuchhre base camp and ultimately reach Base Camp of Annapurna South. The huge south face of Annapurna (8090 m.) provides an impressive backdrop, while the up-close views of towering peaks over 6000 m. inspires a joy and life experience for every trekker. With superb views of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli in the backdrop, the base camp is a great place to spend one or two days. The extraordinary variety of ecosystem is compressed into two weeks of Annapurna Base Camp walking.

The Annapurna south-facing slope of the base camp is covered with dense tropical jungle of rhododendron and bamboo. On the other hand, the alpine region above 3000 m in the north offers dry rain shadow area with a colder climate similar to the Tibetan plateau. We return to Phedi via Dhampus (1650m.) and catch our vehicle for Pokhara. This trek and area is well developed with lodge facilities.

Price Includes

  • Airport pick up and transfer to hotel
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Trekking accommodation in trekkers lodge /Teahouse
  • English speaking local trekking guide
  • Necessary porters to carry your baggage during the trekking. ( Two persons get one trekking porter)
  • Annapurna  Conservation area entry permit
  • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Annapurna conservation area permit
  • Nepali No sim card
  • All Transportation as per the program
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff. ( Trekking guide and porters)
  • Guide and porters salary, food, drinks, accommodations
  • Farewell Dinner in last day of Nepal
  • All required government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you will easily get the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport)
  • Your international flight ticket and airport departure tax
  • Personal equipment
  • High-risk medical insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages, Telephone calls and laundry
  • Food and Beverages
  • Battery recharge, extra porters, shower etc during the trek
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed (need to pay by your insurance)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu 
  • Tips & Gratuities for trekking guide & porter (s)
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu airport

Our staffs from Adventure Gandaki Treks and Expeditions will pick you up from the Airport and Transfer you to 3 star Hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu

Day 2Drive to Pokhara (6-7 hours)

Next Day along with the Guide you will Drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is 200K.M. away from Kathmandu.Watching the spectacular views along the River you will reach Pokhara after about 6-7 hours.

Day 3Drive to Nayapul (1070m.) and trek Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1540m.)

We will cover 42km distance from Prithvi Chowk and cross beautiful Lumle village to Nayapul (1050m). Poonhill sunrise trek starts from Nayapul. Following Modi River, we will walk past forest of blooming rhododendron and cross small stream. We will cross Birethanti after about half an hour of trek and arrive at Tikhedhunga.

Day 4Trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2750m.) approx. 5-6 hrs

Steep trek for about 2hrs will take us to Ulleri (2070m). We will cross the Magar village of Banthanti from where we can get spectacular views of Machhapuchhre Mountain (6997m), Hiunchuli Mountain (6441m) and Annapurna South Mountain (7219m). We will cross the small river and climb to Nangethanti. We will arrive at Ghorepani from where we can get soaring views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I and other mountains.

Day 5 Climb to Poon Hill (3210m.) to enjoy the sunrise view & trek to Tadapani (2590m.)

Today is a special day of our trekking. Early morning hike to Poonhill for about an hour. Poonhill is the place which offer wide range of Himalayan Panorama of Manaslu, Annapurna & Dhaulagiri mountain range. The sunrise over Himalaya is unbelievable. After having great time Poonhill, return to Ghorepani for breakfast and then continue our trek to Tadapani for overnight.

Day 6Trek Tadapani to Chhomrong village (2170m.)

After breakfast at Tadapani, we move down gradually along forests of rhododendrons, cross the Kimsung river and ascend to reach a Gurjung village. From here, a straight climb takes us to Chhomrong a beautiful village situated in the lap of the Annapurna region.

Day 7Trek Chhomrong to Dovan (2505m.)

The trail from Chomrong descends along a series of stone steps to the Chomrong Khola (River) before ascending beside rhododendron forest to Khurdi. The trail now passes through a bamboo forest towards the popular stopover of Bamboo Lodge. However, to ensure we reach Machapuchre Base camp tomorrow night, we continue today up to Dovan.

Day 8Dhovan to MBC (Machhapuchhre Base Camp), ABC (Annapurna Base Camp)

Today is memorable. The trail after Dovan has a small portion which is prone to avalanches. Our precise route, which may include a small detour, will be chosen this morning. After about an hour along a rocky path followed by dense forest, we arrive at Hinko. The trail then follows a path along the bank of a river until Bagal. Continuing, we pass through more rhododendron forest, after which comes the difficult yet exciting section – the hike to the base camp of Machapuchre or Fish Tail peak (which is, however, not an actual base camp since scaling Mt. Machapuchre is forbidden.).A pleasant 4 hour’s walk gets us to the Annapurna Base Camp Sanctuary where we see the splendid views of majestic peaks begin to unfold before our eyes – Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Machapuchre, Khangsar Kang and Tarke Kang. After hot tea or coffee, and enjoying the majestic panorama, we return to Machapuchre Base camp.

Day 9ABC to Bamboo

From the Annapurna base camp we retrace our steps to Bamboo. Today’s trek is downhill, so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Besides, we will always have the company of the extraordinary landscape to cheer us up. Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 10Bamboo to Jhinu Danda Hot Spring (1780m.)

From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs which is just a 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to soothe our aching body. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Day 11Jhinu Danda to Nayapul and back to Pokhara same day Kathmandu or stay in pokhara.

On our way to Naya Pul from Jhinu Danda, we get to enjoy the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. We have lunch on the way. Our trek will end at Naya Pul where we board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Know your Trip
Accomodation

Your accomodation in a trek will be on twin sharing basis. Your hotels in mountains while on trek will be very basic standard. We it as a trekkers lodge/tea houses.  Tea houses wont be very luxurous as on the cities but beds will be comfortable . we will provide you with the best standard type hotel available in the area.

Food during the Trek

Food is of a very good quality, and we recommend you try local foods such as dal bhat (lentil stew with rice and curried potatoes or meat), boiled potatoes with chilli sauce, Sherpa stew (meat, potatoes, vegetables in a rich sauce) or curry with rice. These are the staple foods for Sherpa people but every lodge will also offer a wide range of western meals:
Breakfast – Eggs (fried, boiled), omelettes, toast, pancakes, Tibetan bread, muesli, porridge, tea, coffee, chocolate.
Lunch/dinner – Soups (tomato, garlic, vegetable, mushrooms etc), veg fried rice, dal bhat, curry w/rice, noodles (mix fried, veg, egg, w/cheese), macaroni, spring rolls (veg, egg, cheese, mixed), momo (boiled or fried mini pasties with either veg or meat), pizza (all types), fried potatoes (w/veg or cheese), chips, buff steak (water buffalo, occasionally yak), lasagne.
Dessert – apple pie, fruit cocktail, chocolate cake, rice pudding, snickers pie!

Trekking Gears

 

The Essentials

  • Shoes – Lightweight hiking boots are great. Make sure they are comfortable and you have worn them in before arriving in Nepal. Trail running shoes will work, too, which are lighter but not ideal if it rains or snow (unless they are made with Goretex)
  • Shorts
  • Trekking pants
  • T-shirts – Lightweight, quick-drying
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Fleece
  • Rain jacket  
  • Down jacket
  • Socks
  • Backpack – With a good waist and chest belt; a light one should be enough (e.g. 35 liters capacity)
  • Water – 1L bottle should be enough. You can refill or buy new bottles in tea houses along the way
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat

Optional

  • Trekking pole(s)
  • Small first-aid kit – Band-Aids, Diamox (for altitude sickness), antiseptic cream
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper – Which you can buy along the way
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Soap / Shampoo
  • Flashlight / Headlight – A headlight is handy at night, especially since electricity comes and goes pretty often
  • Dust mask – For dusty sections of the trail
  • Camera
  • Sleeping bag liner

 

Best time for the trek

Nepal Trekking Season generally known best as two seasons after falls and after the winter.  The following month mid of September to mid of December consider ever best season of trekking in Himalayas. During this period of months have pleasant climate condition not so hot and cold and visibility of mountain are crystal clear. There is another best season of trekking Nepal after winter when sun getting more warmer in spring time may trekkers to Himalayas can again enjoy comfortable climate condition.

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