Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Ghorepani Poonhill

A pleasant hike to the Annapurna Base Camp for an aerial 360-degree view after witnessing the gorgeous sunrise view from Poon Hill

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15 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 4130 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local Lodge

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Moderate Plus Level

This trip grade involves trekking up to 7 hours a day below 5000 meters for the duration of 15-19 days trip.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek en route Ghorepani Poon hill can easily be is considered as the best and one of the most scenic treks in Annapurna region. Thoughtfully designed and put together for those who seek the best that nature and adrenaline rush can offer. If you happen to have a limited time but you are looking forward to exploring and witnessing the view of the gorgeous sunrise and hike up to famous base camp, then the Annapurna Base Camp trek en route Ghorepani Poon hill is the one you should go for. Annapurna Base Camp trek via Ghorepani Poon hill is, without doubt, one of the most fantastic treks in Nepal; we would heartily like to invite you to join us for this trek and we ensure a wonderful experience in the Annapurna foothills.
Annapurna Base Camp trek via Ghorepani Poon hill is definitely one of the treks that cannot be missed in Nepal, being surrounded by splendid peaks, out of which, one of them is the breathtaking south face of Annapurna I (8,091m) which lies in a natural amphitheater setting which is simply spectacular. Like many other treks, this trek commences from the Lake city of Pokhara. As we ascend well-trodden trails, picturesque terrace farmlands, traditional villages, lush oak and rhododendron forests, clear water streams, Whitewater Rivers and pristine waterfalls, the world of snow and ice eventually starts unfolding above us. The integration of tiny and pretty villages and terraced farming lands of millet and rice, coupled by the majestic spectacle of Fishtail (6,997m), Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli (6,441m) ensure a treat to your eyes and journey to remember forever.

The Annapurna Base Camp trek via Ghorepani Poon hill commences with a short drive to Nayapul. Tighten your shoelaces, as we embark on the hike through a pleasant trail. As we pass through streams, villages, terrace farming lands and lush rhododendron forests, peaceful and quiet woods and through wobbly suspension bridges, we will get to the serene Ghorepani village. The very next day, before dawn, we will hike early in the morning to Poon hill and devour the majestic views of the Himalayas with our eyes including the Annapurna ranges and the Dhaulagiri massif, as the sun rises in the background. The view of the sunrise from Poon Hill is absolutely breathtaking, it is also considered as a photographer's paradise.

During the Annapurna Base Camp trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill, we slowly descend through steep and narrow trails from Poon hill to Tadapani, then onto Chhomrong, which is a beautiful village graced by majestic views of the Fishtail mountain and which lies on the lap of the Annapurna south. As the hike clambers up through the valley that surrounds the Modi Khola towards the Sanctuary we are rewarded with views of towering peaks and vast rocky landscapes. The highlight of the trip, the Annapurna Base Camp (4100m) reveals the full splendor of a huge natural amphitheater. Upon conquering the Annapurna Base Camp, we are rewarded with an aerial 360-degree view of the Himalayan massifs.

Upon exploring and enjoying the Annapurna base camp to the fullest, we trek back to Chhomrong and from Ghandruk to Pokhara via Nayapul. We will spend our last night chilling out beside the splendid Phewa Lake. Time to say goodbye to all the adventures as we bid farewell to Pokhara, with a drive or a short flight to Kathmandu.

Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poonhill short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, 200km/6 hours drive or 25 minutes flight.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri (2100m), 2 hours drive, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Gorepani (2850), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
Day 05: Morning, excursion to Poon hill (3210m), trek to Tadapani (2600m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2340m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 07: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan(2500), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 08: Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchare base camp (3700m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 09: Trek from MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4100m) and back to Bamboo, 8/9 hours walking. 
Day 10: Trek from Bamboo to Chhomrong, 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 11: Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 12: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara, 5 hrs walk, 2 hrs drive. 
Day 13: Exploration day Pokhara.
Day 14: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu. 
Day 15: Final departure.

Trip cost: Please write us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poonhill -Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will meet one of our trek leaders who will be standing at in front of arrival terminal with the colorful garlands to welcome and greet you. Transfer to hotel, rest of the day is free and relax. In the evening one of our team leaders will come to see you and take you for the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali Restaurant. Enjoy the local meal with the great conversation and short briefing about Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poonhill. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, 200km/6 hours drive or 25 minutes flight.
After an early breakfast, meet your trekking crew in the lobby and transfer to tourist Bus Park for a 6 hours scenic drive to Pokhara. Or have a hot breakfast at your leisure and transfer to airport for a 25 minute flight to Pokhara. You can fly any time from 8 am to 4 pm. Pokhara is a beautiful city; we can enjoy walking around the Lakeside. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul, trek to Ulleri (2100m), 2 hours drive, 5 to 6 hours walking.
After breakfast, we take a private coach drive to Nayapul, this is about two hours scenic drive through Tibetan refugee camp and local villages. Nayapul is starting point of our trek; from here we take an easy stroll along the sub-tropical Modi Khola River Valley to Birethanti (a large village on the old Nepal-Tibet trading route). Here we show our permits to Acap check post officer and let's start the real trekking passing through villages, terrace farming lands, crossing suspension bridges and a steep stone staircase climb to the large Pun village at Ulleri. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Gorepani (2850), 5 to 6 hrs walking.
After a hot breakfast at Ulleri enjoying the view of fishtail mountain towering above us, we leave Ulleri and follow a pleasant and cool trail through rhododendron and oak forests, across streams before making a short, final ascent to Nangethanti. From Nangethanti, continue the trek up to Ghorepani. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Morning, excursion to Poon hill (3210m), trek to Tadapani (2600m), 6 to 7 hours walking.
Wake up at 4:30 am and ascend to Poon Hill (one and half hour) where an awe-inspiring sunrise greets you from over the mountains. Clear climate permitting, experience a magical, panoramic view of the mountains of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Annapurna I (8019m), and Fishtail (6997). The sunrise view from Poon hill is marvelous. After this panoramic treat, we descend to the lodge for a late breakfast.  Today's destination is Tadapani, we start our day after breakfast at Ghorepani, We ascend to Deurali, and the views from this point are equally stunning as we had from Poonhill. Our hike get continues to Tadapani through lush rhododendron and fir forests and villages. Overnight at guest house in Tadapani. 

Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2340m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Tadapani is the best place to see sunrise and great views of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli. From here, the trail descends through additional rhododendron and oak forests, arriving at Chhomrong for a midday lunch. Chhomrong is a large Gurung Village, and the highest permanent settlement in the valley with a tremendously vast view across to Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare (Fishtail). The day closes with an overnight stay in Chhomrong.

Day 07: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan(2500), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Here, the trail descends via a stone staircase, eventually crossing the Chhomrong Khola. Climb high above the Modi Khola, traveling its west bank, and pass through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. This portion of the day's trek is followed by yet another ascent to Kuldi before finally descending a long, steep, stone staircase to Dovan . Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchare base camp (3700m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
After breafakst at Dovan, the trek goes through peace and cool bamboo and oak forests to Deurali via Hinku cave. Stop here for a lunch, now we can feel thin air and less vegetation. After lunch, we ascend gradually to MBC. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09: Trek from MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4100m) and back to Bamboo, 8/9 hours walking. 
On the way to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchre Base Camp, the vegetation disappears. We will see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the sanctuary. We follow a stream and then climb to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding panorama of the 360 degrees. Upon arrival at this panoramic view site, we savor the awe-inspiring views of the Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and other peaks. Climax of our trip almost ends today then we will trek back to Bamboo which is most easy descending route. Overnight at guest house.  

Day 10: Trek from Bamboo to Chhomrong, 5 to 6 hours walking.  
Descend a long, stone staircase through bamboo and rhododendrons forests to Kuldi. Continue trekking through beautiful rhododendron forests and down to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa, the trail leads downhill to the Modi Khola, closing the day with a steep climb to Chhomrong where we will remain overnight at guest house.  

Day 11: Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk, 5 to 6 hours walking.
Trek from Chhomrong, walking through a flat level after an hour climb down to Kimrong Khola and start ascending we will walk through lush rhododendron forests and nice terrace flied. Ghandruk is unique gurung village famous for its traditional houses is an ideal vantage point offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara, 5 hrs walk, 2 hrs drive.  
After breakfast, trek downhill through villages and terrace farming lands to Syauli Bazaar where we may stop for a lunch then continue walk to Nayapul via Beraithanti. We catch our vaichle to Pokhara, two hours drive. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 13: Exploration day Pokhara.
One of the clean cities in Nepal, Pokhara is a place of extraordinary natural beauty. The serenity of Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the fishtailed summit of Machhapuchhre (6,997 m) rising behind it create an ambience of peace and magic. At an elevation lower than Katmandu, it has a much more tropical feel to it, a fact well appreciated by the beautiful diversity of flowers, which prosper in its environs. Indeed, the valley surrounding Pokhara is home to thick forests, gushing rivers, emerald lakes, and of course, the world famous views of the Himalaya. Visiting various sacred places throughout Pokhara as well as Fewa Lake and take part in an extensive city tour of Pokhara, this day will be a pleasant day.  

Day 14: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.  
After breakfast, take a tourist bus ride to Kathmandu through countryside enjoying the scenic Nepalese hillsides, rivers and villages. Arrive at Kathmandu, transfer to hotel, after refreshment, in the evening join the farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 15: Final departure.
After breakfast, we transfer you to international airport for your onward flight. Wish you have a safe and sound flight, hope to see you again in the future.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors are beyond our control and can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. If a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Pohkara return trips or one way
  • Annapurna Conservation fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu serve by Ram Kumar.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill:

How can I book Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal. There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something adventure and challenging with stunning views of Annapurna Himalayas. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill?
This trek is good for all seasons so any months from Jan to Dec are the best time to do this trek. Although, Feb, March, April,  May and September, October, November and also December are the very best months to do a trek in this area.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu and Pokhara?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara, is a beautiful city with lakes and caves, at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill is an exciting and adventure trip. We trek up to 4100m walking through villages, green hills, and white snow path so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info  

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging).

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus cooked our master cook. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Equipments & Packing List for Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill.

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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