Home of the majestic Mount Annapurna Range, the Annapurna region is a tourist hub that pulls in many visitors who come to the country. The region is also teeming with a rich bio-diverse concatenation and is home to a diverse landscape as well. Moreover, the region is also home to the ethnic Gurung and Magar people of Nepal who have embraced the land and set up cultural and traditional practices. As such, the Poon Hill with Annapurna Base Camp Trek spectacularly embraces the region’s best facets and presents to you a trekking experience of a lifetime.
ABC Trek begins with a beautiful drive to Pokhara. As you approach the city, you will get your first glimpses of the peaks rising high against the city’s tall buildings and a lakeside ambiance. The trek also takes you through several ethnic villages and settlements where you can experience the Gurung and Magar culture up close. At each step of the way, the views of the mountain peaks keep you company.
From Pokhara, the trek continues to famous villages like Ghorepani and Tadapani, home to Magar and Gurung ethnic communities that make their living in the mountains. From the ridges of the village squares, you can see breath-taking views of mountain peaks like the Annapurna I (8091m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Mount Lamjung (6983m), and the Gangapurna (7454m) among many others. The trek also takes you to the vantage point of Poon Hill – one of the most well-known and famous viewpoints in the region.
From Poon Hill, you can enjoy a glorious panoramic view of the entire Mount Annapurna massif. Furthermore, the Poon Hill Annapurna Base Camp Trek then takes you to the base camp of the Annapurna (8091m) from where the close views of the mountains are out of this world. The trek also includes a stop at Jhinu Danda- a natural hot spring that is believed to have healing properties.
But, if you are looking for a challenging trek around the Annapurna region, then we offer our Annapurna Circuit trek– 19 days which cross the world’s high mountain pass of Throng-la Pass, an Altitude of 5416m. This trek will let you experience the unique culture and huge diversity of landscapes. If you have a less experience with trekking and fitness issues but want to take the Annapurna experience we have our Ghorepani poon hill trek- 9 days and the beaten path trek including the Mardi Himal trek– 10 Days.
At each step of the way, we, the High Route Adventure offer you the best services in correspondence to the natural and Himalayan beauty. From accommodation to food to guidance and transportation, we provide the best services for your maximum satisfaction and happiness. If you want to experience the Himalayas, then book your trip with us today!
If you have a short time frame but want to explore Annapurna Base Camp, we have to offer those trekkers to visit for the same holiday you can do Annapurna Base Camp Short Trek is the best option for you!!
You may arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by one of our airport representatives. He will help you get transferred to your Hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so you may check into your Hotel and relax. The guide will also give you a briefing on tomorrow's trekking journey. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Today, you will be driving to Pokhara- the tourist hub of Nepal and the region's commercial center. Pokhara is situated beside the pristine Phewa Lake is also situated close to the Annapurna Mountains. From Kathmandu, you will be driving through the winding roads along the Trishuli Gorge towards Pokhara. As you approach Pokhara, you can get your first view of the Annapurna Mountains. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Pokhara.
From Pokhara, you will take a short drive towards Nayapul via the Baglung Highway, going around high hills covered in pine trees. From Nayapul, you will then begin your trek to Tikhedhunga, following a path through the thick woodlands. You will also pass through the small settlement of Birethanti along the way to reach Tikhedhunga. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Tikhedhunga.
The trekking trail looms on ahead into the woods from Tikhedhunga and disappears into the dense trees. Moreover, the path gradually turns steep. Approximately two hours from Tikhedhunga lays the village of Ulleri- situated amidst rolling green terrace farms. Further still is the settlement of Banthanti. Finally, after the stretch of dirt road and distant farmlands, the path reaches Ghorepani. Views of peaks in Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Hiunchuli ranges from here are quite amazing. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Ghorepani.
Situated above the ridge from Ghorepani lays one of the most famous vantage points of the region- Poon Hill. Early in the morning, you will visit Poon Hill, trekking along a steep ridge. Poon Hill presents panoramic views of the entire Mount Annapurna massif and many of its surrounding and neighboring peaks in a dramatic fashion. After spending time in Poon Hill taking in the view, you will head back down to Ghorepani, have breakfast and then trek on towards Tadapani. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Tadapani.
The trekking trail passes through thick rhododendron and bamboo groves, pine, and cedar woodlands taking you to Chhomrong. Along the journey, you can enjoy the singing of the Himalayan cicadas in the woods and the peaceful ambiance the Himalayas project down onto the valley. Occasionally, you may come across mule caravans and local village people going about their day. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Chhomrong.
From Chhomrong, you will follow the trail that drops down the ravine towards Chhomrong Khola. From the river, the trail picks up altitude and traverses through the juniper-laden terrain towards the settlement of Khuldighar. Today's trek is a constant up-and-downhill journey before reaching Dovan. Continue to the path picks up a certain altitude as it trails up the valley. the Himalayan bamboos cover the path, providing shade and uplifting the natural feel of the whole journey to finally reach at Himalayan hotel. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Himalayan Hotel
From the Himalayan Hotel, Along the way, you will also pass by the Hinku Cave before reaching Deurali. you will follow the pathway towards the Annapurna Sanctuary where the Machhapuchhre Base Camp is located. The base camp of Machhapuchhre isn't exactly a base camp in practicality because the mountain is considered sacred and is not allowed to be climbed. Through the Annapurna Sanctuary, you will go, following the path that is surrounded by tall cliffs on all sides. Further, two hours from the sanctuary is the Annapurna Base Camp from where the views of the neighboring mountain peaks are simply magnificent. Overnight stay at the ABC.
From the Annapurna Base Camp, the pathway back towards the lowland villages goes through the sanctuary and delves down the valley towards the Modi River. You will traverse the trail as it winds down the terrain, enjoying the landscape and the looming mountains. Finally, you will reach the village of bamboo. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Bamboo
The path that leads towards Jhinu Danda is rocky and steep, but once you reach the valley floor, it becomes level again. Nestled between jarring cliffs and thick woods beside the river, Jhinu Danda is one of the best places to relax as the village harbors a natural hot spring that is believed to have natural healing properties. After reaching Jhinu, you have a dip in the hot spring and relax, enjoy the environment and the local hospitality. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Jhinu Danda.
Following the leveled trail from Jhinu, you will reach the village of Siwar, going through the cliff-flanked settlements and farms. Nayapul is situated just a mile further from Siwar. From Nayapul, you will then drive back to Pokhara. Here, you can rest and enjoy the lively Lakeside. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Pokhara.
Bidding the Annapurna Mountains goodbye, you will then drive back to Kathmandu, following the same highway as before. Upon reaching the city, you will be dropped off at the Hotel. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Approximately three hours before your scheduled flight, you will be dropped off at the airport for your departure.
Accommodations in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and on the path area unit are enclosed within the package price. You will be staying at 3-star deluxe hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Trekking in Nepal in a "lodge" also known as Tea-House from the early days, is a typical local inn with minimum western facilities due to harsh terrain, high elevation, and extreme cold conditions. The room has thin walls and is not insulated. Most rooms have two beds with tables in between. The teahouse provides mattresses, pillows, and blankets. You will be staying at the simplest available teahouses while trekking. There is travel by local families & mountain communities. Your room will have an attached bathroom and a hot shower at Tikhedhunda, Ghorepani, Chhomrong, and Jhinudanda. At higher altitudes, only basic facilities are going to be available at the lodge- Wi-Fi service, clean air-conditioned rooms, shared clean bathrooms (western-style toilet), a restaurant, an eating place, and a bar. You would like to pay extra for using the Wi-Fi, and electronic devices.
The accommodation after chommrung is arranged on a sharing basis because the communities have different rules for building a few teahouses in each place. If traveling solo. You get to share the room with a fellow traveler of an equivalent gender. One room is going to be available for the asking, at additional cost, if possible. There are single rooms that are not available during the peak season.
Annapurna base camp trek, good food is very important to keep all the members fit and healthy throughout the trip.
Meals are served in a large dining hall, some higher cold places furnished with pot-bellied stove to keep the dining room warm and cozy while trekking. Items of foods can be ordered by choosing two types of a la carte or set menus, for a la carte with wide listed food and drink menu from Farmers, American, or simple breakfast to Lunch, Dinner, and light snacks.
Most tourists standard average lodge, managed and run by family members including cooking, the menu is laden with popular and famous Nepalese meals, known as Dal-Bhat (boiled rice, lentil soup to add with mild seasonal vegetable curry), Continental, and Chinese to Tibetan with Indian as well Italian and Mexican dishes. In some good lodges on route trekking Korean and Japanese foods are also available. Fresh meat products and items are rare in most areas of trekking, Fresh bakery items are also available in major villages like Ghorepani, and Chommrung in on-route trekking.
Nepal, has four main seasons, namely spring (mid-February to May), summer as well the monsoon and wet times (June to August), autumn/fall (September to November), and winter (December to mid-February).
One can travel around Annapurna Himalaya nearly all months of the year, the best time is spring from March to May and autumn/fall to pre-winter seasons. Depending upon your choice of interest and destinations, likewise for a short moderate trek, one can visit during winter, and Monsoon months also.
Springtime and autumn/fall, are the peak season for treks and other adventures around Nepal Himalaya, including the Annapurna region. The other best time is autumn/fall which is also a high season and the trail is busy and crowded.
During spring, this season is a perfect atmosphere and the temperature is cool. In the spring season, wildflowers will be blooming. The spring is flowering rhododendrons blooming entire the trekking trail and hills. This autumn season Clear skies and stunning mountain views are Breathtaking. while both seasons, It is a combination of clear skies, and the White Mountain is a wonderful experience in your lifetime.
All trekkers are required to obtain trekking permits known as TIMS (Trekking Information Management Service), for the Annapurna region. Issued and controlled by TAAN (Trekking Agent Association of Nepal).
Entry Permits TIMS will be collected by your guide from High Route Adventure, associated as well lifetime member of TAAN.
The entry permits TIMS, will be kept by your guide as it needs to be registered at every check-post in major villages on route trekking.
The TIMS card will be handed to you at the end of the trip, as a good memorable souvenir of the treks. The other permit required is the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry fee ticket, which will be obtained by the company in Kathmandu, or on the first entrance of the ACAP checkpost. These are the main entry permits required on a trek around the Annapurna Himalaya region. The permits are important to ensure and safeguard all trekkers from safety, especially for individual or solo trekkers if they are lost this will help to track the missing person on route trekking.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a Moderate trek and safe journey in the Annapurna region. You can reach a high altitude of 4200m from sea level. In and around the Annapurna region, altitude sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) does not affect much, you are trekking below 4200m elevation.
For a moderate short trek to Annapurna base camp as well around other southern areas of Annapurna Himalaya, these places are safe from AMS as you hardly reach above 4200m high.
For ABC trek where trekkers sometimes catch the symptoms of altitude sickness with light headache, nausea, or lack of appetite. The area is safe if AMS occurs, where one can descend to lower areas.
Preventive measures against AMS using Diamox or Acetazolamide tablets as per your doctor and guide advice. The major problem is when one catches symptoms of HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema) which is water in the brain and HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema), a symptom with some water in the lungs. Where the victim needs rescue or immediate evacuation for proper medical treatment.
Drinking water is available in every shop, and store as well as in restaurants, and in the lodge where you stay, depending upon your requirement, medically on treks and in high altitude, where one needs 2-3 liters of safe drinking water every day. One can buy safe drinking water served boiled and filtered where some trekkers enjoy free drinking water from the nearby fresh clear stream, water spouts, and creeks which need much filtration adding water purifying tablets, or iodine.
The best is to buy from the lodge, where drinking water is much safe boiled and cooled. Around Annapurna, there are some places with water stations, at affordable prices, as well as Annapurna Base Camp. The water station is run and managed by the local community and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project).
Other options are bottled mineral water available in every village store and shop as well at the lodge, the cost can be dear as you trek further high. But we at High Route Adventure, do not encourage trekkers to buy bottled water, as it creates much rubbish as we follow the concept of Responsible Tourism or Eco-Trekking to preserve the surrounding pristine environment.
Most importantly you purchase in the home country through good and reliable Insurance companies, that should cover medical conditions including rescue services, by the fastest means of transport like a chopper.
In all Himalayan countries including Nepal and Annapurna region, even a healthy and physically fit can get sick, either from past personal medical side or other reasons like AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).
For severe illness, one needs immediate evacuation, and the quickest way to reach a safe place with good medical facilities like in Pokhara city, or Kathmandu.
Travel Insurance, should cover your holiday duration in case of bad unfavorable weather conditions even at the best time of the season.
In the Himalayas or in the Annapurna region, where trail conditions can be affected by landslides, or heavy snow that might create a situation to delay or cancel the trip. For unforeseen circumstances, you will be safe with your Insurance policy, which you claim back at home after providing the official letter from your local agent or High Route Adventure.
Client safety is our top priority, including guides, field staff, and porters in all our programs and itineraries, which are well-planned and designed to keep our trip as per the standard itinerary. It is also a guideline, as it can be slightly changed in case of the client’s physical fitness and weather conditions.
If there’s too much danger to encounters like landside, broken trails, avalanches, snowstorms, or other major calamities, we plan and decide what is best for our clients and staff's safety.
We at High Route Adventure, are fully committed to keeping all our adventures safe and sound in all respects, sometimes it all depends on the clients themselves whether they have chosen the right trips at the right time.
All our expert guides and leaders will make your holiday adventure worthwhile and memorable, in case of an emergency our guides are reliable to cope with any situation for the safety of all members including staff.
Our guide has basic medical experience and First Aid, well well-versed in Eco-Trekking to make the trek and environment safe and enjoyable.
The map for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek proves to be an invaluable resource, guiding you through the challenging yet consistently gratifying terrains. This essential tool enhances your ability to navigate the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region, providing a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating culture of the local inhabitants.
Trekking and Hiking equipment of following basic checklist should help you for your packing to our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment back to a minimum. Weight of you packed trek bag should be less than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a checklist and you should not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed below.
Additional equipment check list