Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Ghorepani Poon hill - 2 Weeks ABC with Poon Hill

Fascinating Annapurna Base Camp trek via Ghorepani Poon hill is considered as a best and scenic trek in Annapurna region. This trek is thoughtfully designed for those nature and adventure lovers who have a limit of time and want to explore the stunning sunrise view and hike to the world famous base camp. Annapurna Base Camp trek via Ghorepani Poon hill is one of our fantastic treks in Nepal; we invite you to join this trek for your wonderful experience in the Annapurna foothills.

Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poonhill

Annapurna Base Camp trek via Ghorepani Poon hill is one of the most popular treks in Nepal, surrounded by the splendid peaks, including the breathtaking south face of Annapurna I (8,091m),situated in a natural amphitheater which is simply spectacular. This trek commences from Pokhara with a short drive to the road head. We ascend well-trodden trails through terrace farming lands and traditional villages. As we climb through lush oak and rhododendron forests, across streams, rivers and past waterfalls, the world of snow and ice starts to unfold above us. This combination of pretty villages and terraced farming lands of millet and rice, coupled by the majestic speculate of Fishtail (6,997m), Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli (6,441m) make this trek an extremely rewarding journey.

We start our trek at Nayapul and hike on a pleasant trail passing through streams, villages, terrace farming lands and lush rhododendron forests. Our hike gets continue through the peace and quiet woods crossing several bridges to Ghorepani village. We hike early in the morning to Poon hill, enjoy the majestic views of the Himalayas including Annapurna ranges and Dhaulagiri massif. The sunrise view from Poon Hill is breathtaking, it is considered as a photographer’s paradise.

On our Annapurna Base Camp trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill, we decent from Poon hill to Tadapani, then to Chhomrong, this is a beautiful village on the lap of the Annapurna south provides majestic view of Fishtail Mountain.  As the hike continues through Modi Khola valley towards the Sanctuary we are rewarded with views of towering peaks and vast rock. Ascend to Annapurna Base Camp (4100m) reveals the full splendor of a huge natural amphitheater. Once we reach at Base Camp we get rewarded with 360 degree views of mountain peaks.

We trek back from Annapurna Base Camp to Chhomrong and Ghandruk to Pokhara via Nayapul. Chill out the nights beside the lake. We drive or fly to Kathmandu. 

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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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 contact us for a fresh cost details.

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 Poon hill - 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 in Pokhara.
One of the most beautiful 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.

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Annapurna base camp trek via Ghorepani Poonhill Facts:

Activities: Trekking

Start/End: Kathmandu/ Pokhara

Destination: Annapurna base camp (4100m)

Trip Duration: Two weeks

Max. Altitude: 4100 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.20

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December.

Trip Grade: Moderate Plus

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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