12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Poon Hill Trek- Trek to Poon Hill after ABC

12 days Annapurna Base Camp with Poon Hill trek is a nice introduction of Annapurna region. This trek is suitable for those with a limit of time and wants to explore the base camp of 8000m peaks in a short period of time. 12 days ABC with Poon Hill trek starts at Dhampus Phedi and ends at Nayapul with an hour scenic drive to Pokhara. 

12 days ABC with Poon Hill trek is a semi easy trek to Annapurna region that provides nice and cozy mountain lodges en-route. The highest elevation reached on this trek is 4150m at Annapurna Base Camp. The trek led by our experienced guide and strong porters is the trip of a lifetime. While trekking our guide describes about the mountains, villages, people and their lifestyle. Come back home with a unique experience by learning and witnessing the culture, customs and daily life of indigenous people the region.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

The 11 nights 12 days trek is the classic journey to the Annapurna Base Camp; the world’s 10th highest peak and to stunning viewpoint at Poon Hill. The best season for this trek is from mid February to June and then from first week of September to the end of December. We invite you to join and enjoy this one of the most popular treks in Annapurna Region with our expert team.

Attraction of Annapurna Region

Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.

The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.

Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).

Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.

Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we  go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.

Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles.  In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.

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12 days Annapurna base camp trekking Poon Hill 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 contact us 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.

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 Annapurna base camp trekking with Poon Hill detailed 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.

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12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Poon Hill Trek Facts:

Activities: Trekking/hiking

Start/End: Kathmandu/Pokhara

Destination: Annapurna Region

Trip Duration: 12 days

Max. Altitude: 4100 meters

Group Size: Min.01 to Max.12

Best Season: Mid February to June, September to December

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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