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Annapurna Base Camp via Ghorepani Poon Hill

This trek combines a visit to various magnificent places in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas. From the world famous viewpoint of Poon Hill we should witness a superb Himalayan sunrise. At the Annapurna Base Camp (4.130m), a natural amphitheater known as Annapurna sanctuary, mighty Himalaya giants like Annapurna 1, Annapurna 3, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome and Fish Tail (Macchapuchhare) rise above 7.000 and 8.000 meter. Before entering the Annapurna Sanctuary you will spend a night at the Machhapuchhare Base Camp where a stupendous mountain vista will appear before us.

Trip Level:

Easy

Destination:

Nepal

Max Altitude:

4130 m

Starts At:

Pokhara

Ends At:

kathmadnu

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival Kathmandu (1330m)

Day 02 Kathmandu – Pokhara (820m)

Day 03 Pokhara – Naya Pull – Tikhedunga(1540m)

Day 04 Tikhedunga – Ghorepani (2860m)

Day 05 Ghorepani (Poon Hill) – Tadapani(2630m)

Day 06 Tadapani – Chomrong(2170m)

Day 07 Chomrong – Himalayan  Hotel(2920m)

Day 08 Himalayan hotel – Macchapuchare  Base Camp (3,700m)

Day 09 Macchapuchare Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m)

Day 10 Annapurna Base Camp – Sinuwa(2360m)

Day 11 Sinuwa – Jhinu Danda(1780m) ( Hot Spring)

Day 12 Jhinu Dada – Potana (1890m)

Day 13 Potana – Pokhara (820m)

Day 14 Pokhara – Kathmandu (1330m)

Day 15 Kathmandu, Departure

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1330m): Meet our representative at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. All the required documents, photos, passport copies etc. are collected for the preparation of all legal documents required during the trek. On the same day you'll be meeting your guide for the trek.

Day 02: Kathmandu – Pokhara (820m):  After the breakfast we will be heading to Pokhara by Private transport  which takes around 6-7 hours. On the way we would be seeing the beautiful view of the Trishuli River which is flowing side by side throughout the most of our way to Pokhara. We even get to witness the people doing rafting in Trishuli river. 

Day 03: Pokhara – Naya Pull – Tikhedunga: Early morning private transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During the drive we will already have stunning views on the mighty Himalaya massifs which rise above 8.000m, like Manaslu and Annapurna.We will start trekking from Naya Pull after a 1 hour drive with a private vehicle from Pokhara.After 15 minutes short walk along the bank of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1.015 meters) a large village that has many shops and teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village. The trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. From there, the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1.495m and after the short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1.570 meters. Today`s walk offers a short and relatively easy day, during the journey which allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal. 

Day 04: Tikhedunga – Ghorepani: Leaving Tikhedunga, we begin our journey with a steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2.070 meters. The trail then continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons towards Banthanti at 2.250 meters. Then we trek towards Nangethanti at 2.460m. After another hour of walking we will finally reach Ghorepani at 2.900 meters.  

Day 05: Ghorepani (Poon Hill) – Tadapani: Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at elevation of 3.210 meter, a brilliant spectacle; this vantage point provides a superb view of sunrise over the high Himalayas, including the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare. In Poon Hill we will spend about 1 hour, we then return to Ghorepani we take a hot breakfast at the hotel and continue our trek to Tadapani (2.600 meters). Along the trail towards Tadapani, we make climb along ridges and through pine- and rhododendron forests. Our final destination for today, Tadapani, offers magnificent views of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna South. 

Day 06: Tadapani – Chomrong: The trails drops down from Tadapani through dense rhododendron forest till Chiule where a few lodges are located. A maze of small paths leads down through the terraced fields to a big suspension bridge over the Kimrong Khola. From the bridge, the trail climbs past the school and along terraces to the little village of Klisigo Chiukle. After a series of waterfalls, the trail climbs and contours along the terraces to join the main Ghandrung-Chomrong route, from where we make our way to Chomrong for the night. 

Day 07: Chomrong - Himalayan Hotel: After a steep descend from Chomrong followed by a demanding climb to Sinuwa we continue up through the forests passing the small villages of Bamboo and Doban till we finally reach Himalayan Hotel.  

Day 08: Himalayan hotel - Macchapuchare Basecamp (3.700m): From the few lodges at Himalaya Hotel (2.850m) we climb further up past Hinku Cave, where the first expeditions to the base camp used to overnight under the huge rock. 
From here we will also have great views of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail) mountain (6.997m) and you will understand why the translation of its name means fishtail mountain.

After crossing a ravine the trail climbs among boulders, finally leaving the trees behind us. The valley broadens out and the scenery becomes wilder as we approach the gates of the sanctuary. 
Passing between the heights of Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare, we reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3.700m) at the entrance to the great amphitheatre, where we spend the night. The views are stupendous, the panorama including Huinchuli, Annapurna 1, Annapurna 3, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare. 

Day 09: Macchapuchare Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp (4.130m): After a very early wake up call slightly climb up for around 2 hours till we reach Annapurna Base Camp. The Base Camp is surrounded by the snow capped peaks of some of the highest mountains in the world. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South,  Annapurna 1 and 3, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhhare (Fishtail) all encircle us. The sunset and sunrise are really magnificent in this mountain arena. 

Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp – Sinuwa: From just above Annapurna base camp, overlooking the Annapurna South glacier, the panorama is breathtaking. Annapurna I rears above rubble covered glacier while to the south Hiunchuli and Annapurna South loom behind. Machhapuchhare is magnificent and also Annapurna III can be seen. For a view of Gangapurna you can climb the moraine with a few rock cairns to the south. Once you have soaked up the stunning views of the Annapurna range, breakfast in your lodge at the Annapurna Base Camp and descend all the way back to Sinuwa passing Deurali, Himalayan Hotel, Doban and Bamboo. 

Day 11: Sinuwa – Jhinu Danda: When leaving Sinuwa immediately the trail drops steeply to the river from where we have to climb up again till we reach Chomrong. After lunch in Chomrong we descend again steep to our destination, Jhinu Danda.

Day 12: Jhinu Danda – Potana: From Jhinu Danda we decend down to river and after crossing the river we ascend to Potana passing Landruk, Tolka and Deureli. Itis around 6-7 hours walk altogether during the day.

 Day 13: Potana – Phedi – Pokhara: From Potana we descend all the way to Phedi passing Dhampus which takes around 3 hours. After reaching Phedi we head to Pokhara by car. It is around half an hour drive to Pokhara. Enjoy the evening in Pokhara Lakeside.

Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1330m): Today we will be back to Kathmandu and as trip comes to an end. We prefer to go by Private transport   (6-7 hours drive).

Day 15: Kathmandu, Departure: After breakfast, a Himalayan Rock Treks and Expedition responsible person will drop you to the international airport.

Cost Include

  • Transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara by private transport
  • Transfer Pokhara to Naya Pull by private transport(before start trek)
  • Transfer Naya Pull to Pokhara by transport(after finish trek)
  • Food and accommodation during trekking in lodges / teahouses
  • English speaking experienced guide
  • Porter(s), generally 1 porter for 2 pax (max 12 kg per person)
  • Food, salary, accommodation and insurance for our Nepali staff
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee
  • TIMS (trekking registration card)
  • Service from our office in Kathmandu, Thamel
  • HR Farewell Dinner in the Typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural program

Cost Exclude

  • International flight to and from Nepal
  • Airport taxes
  • Vaccination and Nepal visa
  • Meals when not in Trekking and drinks
  • Personal insurance and other personal expenses
  • Tips for trekking staff (tipping is expected)

Trekking Equipment Checklist

The weather can be cold, unpredictable and challenging while in the mountains. Hence the travelers need to be prepared to cope up with the weather. While you can take the different kind of equipment to make things comfortable for you, there are some basic things that you must carry with you for completion of the trek in comfortable manner.

Sun Hat
Fleece/Wool hat that covers ears
Sunglasses
Scarf to cover face (dust/wind)

Upper Body:
At least 4 pair of T-shirts
2 lightweight thermal tops
2 Merino/Fleece long shelve tops
Water and wind proof shell jacket
Down Jacket
Raincoat (Poncho)

Lower Body:
Under garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight walking pants
Light weight thermal leggings
Fleece or tracksuit pants
Water and wind proof pants

Feet:
At least 4 pairs of  thick warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots (with spare laces)
Walking sneakers
Sandals
Walking poles (Walking Stick)
Hands:
Lightweight fleece gloves
Water and wind proof gloves

Note: Sleeping bags come handy in case of difficult circumstances. We recommend every trekkers to take one with them while on the mountains. You can bring your own or it can be hired here.