12 Days Annapurna Base Camp with Poonhill Trek

Embark on a semi-easy trek in the Annapurna trail, view sunrise from Poon hill, explore diverse culture, landscapes and phenomenal ABC

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12 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

Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.

12 Days ABC with Poonhill Trek will be perfect enough to give you an introduction to the Annapurna region. This trek is suitable for who want to explore the base camp of 8000m peaks in a short period of time. The 12 Days ABC with Poonhill Trek starts at Dhampus Phedi and ends at Nayapul with an hour of a bumpy yet scenic drive to Pokhara.

12 Days ABC with Poonhill Trek is a semi-easy trek to the Annapurna region where you will be accommodated at nice and Cozy Mountain lodges en-route. The highest elevation that we will undertake in this trek is 4150m at the phenomenal Annapurna Base Camp. The trek led by our experienced guides and strong and bulky porters will surely be the trip of a lifetime. You will get a chance to learn so much about the majestic mountains, lively villages, the welcoming people and their lifestyles. We ensure that you will go back home with a unique experience by learning and witnessing the culture, customs and the life of the indigenous people of the region.

The 12 Days ABC with Poonhill Trek is definitely a classic journey to the Annapurna Base Camp; the world's 10th highest peak and to one of the most stunning viewpoints in the world, Poon Hill. Talking about the best season for this trek, it is from mid-February to June and then from the first week of September to the end of December. We heartily invite and welcome you to join and enjoy one of the most popular treks in the Annapurna Region with our expert and experienced team.

12 Days ABC with Poonhill Trek short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m). Meet of our guides and transfer to hotel. 
Day 02: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (825m), 6 hours drive, 25 minutes flight. 
Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Dhampus (1700m), half an hour drive, 4 hours walking. 
Day 04: Trek from Dhampus to Chomrong (2100m), 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 05: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2800m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
Day 06: Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m), 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 07: Trek from MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4100m) and then trek back to Bamboo. 6 to 7 hours walking. 
Day 08: Trek from Bamboo to tadapani (2410m), 6 hours walking. 
Day 09: Trek from Tadapani to Ghorepani (2850m), 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Day 10: Trek from Ghorepani to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara, 6 hours walking, 2 hours drive. 
Day 11: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Final departure.

Trip cost:This is a teahouse trek, each and every stop provides the decent guest houses and mountain lodges. We are organizing Ghorepani Poonhill trekking as a small group departure or a private trek, please contactus and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size and requirements.

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.

12 Days ABC with Poonhill Trekdetailed 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 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 a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali Restaurant. Enjoy the local meal with the great conversation and short brief about Annapurna base camp trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (825m), 6 hours drive, 25 minutes flight. 
Pokhara is a beautiful city in Nepal surrounded by Annapurna Himalayas. Our journey from Kathmandu begins early in the morning if we go by tourist bus and if we take a flight we can fly any time of the day. Evening leisurely walk around Phewa Lake and overnight at hotel.  

Day 03: Drive to Phedi and trek to Dhampus (1700m), half an hour drive, 4 hours walking. 
Morning breakfast at hotel and take a private coach drive to Phedi from where we start our walking to Dhampus. This is steep up walking for 4 hours. Dhampus is scenic view point of Mountains. The trails lead mostly through villages until you reach Dhampus. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04: Trek from Dhampus to Chomrong (2100m), 5 to 6 hours walking. 
The trail leads up until Deurali and then goes down to Modi River through Tolka and Landruk. This is 6 hours walking day. We will have our lunch somewhere on the way and enjoying with stunning mountain of Annapurna South (7119m) and Hiunchuli. Crossing lot of beautiful villages finally we arrive in Chhomrong, a large gurung and magar village on the lap of Annapurna south. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2800m), 5 to 6 hours walking.
The most striking and dirt free tiny town of Nepal Chhomrung is close up to Himalayan range. The hike leads us down throughout stone steps for an hour then goes up until Sinuwa danda. After that we will be keeping following the jungle trails listening voice of birds and animals to Dovan. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06: Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m), 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Our next target from Dovan will be Machhapuchhere Base camp. Walking for 6 hours we will cross rivers which come from Annapurna Base Camp. Typically throughout forest we meet hanging stone known as “Hinku Cave”. Right before MBC we walk with group due to avalanches dangers. After 6 hours walk finally we reach MBC for overnight stay the coldest place of our trek. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07: Trek from MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4100m), 3 to 4 hours walking. 
Right after breakfast, we start our hike to Annapurna Base Camp, arrive earlier and we reach the touching place of Annapurna Mountain. The Annapurna Base camp is place like bowl surrounded by mountains. This is our most important day of whole trip. Our dream comes true here. After exploring ABC we will trek back to Bamboo. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08: Trek from Bamboo to Tadapani (2410m), 7 hours walking. 
After we returning from Annapurna Base Camp our trek leads to Ghorepani which is another popular view point in Nepal. This is your 6 to 7 hours walking day until Tadapani. First part Until Kimrung Khola is flat and 4 hours walk will be steep up to Tadapani from Kimring Khola. Stay overnight at Tadapani.

Day 09: Trek from Tadapani to Ghorepani (2850m), 5 to 6 hours walking. 
Right after breakfast our trek leads through the rhododendron forest. If we are doing trek in march April this blooming trees gives you a life time memory. The trek leads 4 hours keep up until Gutung hill and we take rest for enjoyable views similar to Poonhill. Then trek down an hour to Ghorepani for overnight stay. Overnight at guest house

Day 10: Trek from Ghorepani to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara, 6 hours walking, 2 hours drive
Our last day of trek starts very early morning hike to Poonhill (3210m) the panoramic view point of Annapurna. We reach there before sunrise because Mountain View with sunrise is awesome from Poon hill. Then we trek down to Nayapul for about 6 hours and take a private coach to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
If we fly it will take you about 25 minutes and drive will be for 6 hours to Kathmandu.  In the evening join the farewell at a typical Nepali restaurant with live culture show. Stay overnight at Kathmandu Hotel.

Day 12: Final departure
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. Wish you have a safe and sound flight back to home. 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 beyond our control 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. Where 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 Pokhara return trip 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 (guest house) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • 2 nights 3 days jungle safari trip full board basis
  • 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 12 Days ABC with Poonhill Trek:

How can I book 12 Days ABC with Poonhill Trek?
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 12 Days ABC with Poonhill Trek?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something little adventure and mountain trek 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 12 Days ABC with Poonhill Trek?
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 112 Days ABC with Poonhill Trek. 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?
12 Days ABC with Poonhill Trek is an exciting and easy trip. We trek up to 3210m walking through villages, rivers and green hills, 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 spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus. 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 12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Poon Hill Trek

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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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