ABC Trek – Annapurna Base Camp Trek Via Poonhill

  • Total Duration:14 Days
  • Best Time:October /November and March /April
  • Max Elevation:4130m
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate

Overview

Annapurna Base Camp trekking Via Poonhill is probably the most popular trekking destination route due to its classic trails and most rewarding features that takes you to the tow different base camps – first at Machhapuchre Base Camp at 4000m and finally the foothill of Annapurna massif at 4100m.

The trek is a perfect blend of adventure, knowledge, and thrill and takes you close to nature, culture and traditional values. Traveling through thick forests of oaks, rhododendrons, and fir, terraced fields, pastors, interacting with the people in the villages of Gurungs, Magars, you will experience a different world that reflects humility, peace and brotherhood. And all the while you can always enjoy the spectacular views of the majestic mountains and picturesque landscapes.

Also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, the routes will take you to the land of Annapurna massif comprised with the Annapurna I (8091m.), Mt. Fang (7647m.), Gangapurna (7454m), Annapurna South (7273m.), including the finest view of Mt. Fishtail (6997m.), and the Glacier Dome.

Relatively moderate in difficulty level, the route is suitable for trekkers of all ages. You can see different kinds of birds and animals while trekking including some rare animals like snow leopard, musk deer etc. The picturesque view of the landscape is very attractive in the Annapurna region. The best season for trekking Annapurna region is from March to May and September to December.

The 14 days trek will start from your arrival Nayapul, Pokhara and later passes through Birethanti, Ghorepani and reaches a Gurung village called Chhomrong at the altitude of 2660m. The route continues past by Hinko cave and reaches to a pass between Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre peaks.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara drive by Bus- 6 hrs
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhe Dhunga(1495m.)
Day 04: Tikhedunga to Ghorepani Trek (2860m.)- 6 hrs.
Day 05: Ghorepani to Tadapani Trek (2520m.) 6-7 hrs.
Day 06: Tadapani to Chhomrong Trek (2020m.)
Day 07: Chhomrong to Himalaya Hotel Trek (2850m.)- 6 hrs.
Day 08: Himalaya Hotel to MBC Trek (3700m.)
Day 09: MBC to Annapurna Base Camp trek (4130m.)
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo Trek (2300m.) 6hrs.
Day 11: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda Trek (1780m.) 5 hrs.
Day 12: Jhinu Danda to Nayapul Trek and drive back to Pokhara
Day13: Drive back to Kathmandu
Day 14: Departure Day

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to the country of Mt. Everest! As you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel which you have booked in Kathmandu. Hotel staffs will complete check-in and manage your accommodation. We organize a welcome dinner in the hotel in the evening with our team.

Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara drive by Bus- 6 hrs

After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu and drive to Pokhara through Prithvi Highway. On the way, we enjoy the overwhelming view of rocky hills while going along the river. The road is smooth but the traffic jam may disturb. We stop in Kurintar for a cup of tea from where we view the Cable-car’s sliding up and down to Manakamana. If time remains, you will visit important places in Pokhara city. Fewa Lake, Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, Gorge of Seti River under Mahendrapul and many other places are there to visit in Pokhara. Night stay in a hotel in Pokhara city.

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhe Dhunga(1495m.)

Today, after having breakfast in Pokhara we drive for an hour to Naya Pul. Our trekking starts from the same spot. We walk for 3-4 hours to reach Tikhe Dhunga. The trail is not difficult though we have to climb. You can visit other trekkers ascending to the altitude. The journey is entertaining enough. A lot of picturesque views inspire you to click your camera during your trek. We stay in Tikhe Dhunga in a guest house.

Day 04: Tikhedunga to Ghorepani Trek (2860m.)- 6 hrs.

This day trekking trail is slightly uphill to Ghorepani. The astonishing view of the high Himalayas and beautiful landscape gives pleasant experience while following the trail. We pass through some settlements and terraced fields. We stay in a lodge at Ghorepani.

Day 05: Ghorepani to Tadapani Trek (2520m.) 6-7 hrs.

On this day, we trek for more than 6 hours to reach Tadapani. We pass through a forest and continue along the riverside. You can hike to Poonhill to get the photographic scenes of a natural landscape. The mountains are seen glowing while walking through the route to Tadapani. We stay overnight in a lodge in Tadapani.

Day 06: Tadapani to Chhomrong Trek (2020m.)

On this day, we walk descending to Kemrung Stream. After crossing the forest of rhododendron we walk towards Chhomrong across Gurung village. Chhomrong warmly offers us the close-up view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Mt. Annapurna, Virgin Peak, and Hiunchuli. You can explore Chhomrong area stay in a lodge overnight.

Day 07: Chhomrong to Himalaya Hotel Trek (2850m.)- 6 hrs.

This day trekking trail follows Chhomrong River and ascends for some elevation. On the route, we cross through rhododendron forest and reach Dovan. The picturesque view of natural beauty follows us while we trek. Remaining afternoon and the evening is to wander around Dovan. We spend a night in the Himalaya Hotel. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 08: Himalaya Hotel to MBC Trek (3700m.)

This day trekking trailheads to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The route is pleasant with the views of the photographic scene of the landscape and snow-capped mountains. It is about 6 hours walk to reach the destination but we can preserve time if we increase our speed. We stay overnight at lodge in MBC.

Day 09: MBC to Annapurna Base Camp trek (4130m.)

After having a hot breakfast, the trekking trail continues to Annapurna Base Camp. The area is known as Annapurna Sanctuary which is covered with lofty mountains. The area gives an astonishing view of Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Barah Shikhar. We spend a night in a guest house dined with potato soup and traditional Gurung bread which is especially for preventing from effects of cold. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo Trek (2300m.) 6hrs.

This day trek is retrieving back from Annapurna Base camp to Bamboo. Annapurna South and high Himalayan peaks try to pull back to base camp where you feel heavenly intoxicated with the beauty of nature. Pleasant walking through forests and passing some villages provide chances to explore the area. We stay overnight in a guest house in Bamboo.

Day 11: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda Trek (1780m.) 5 hrs.

On this day, we trek Jhinu Danda. The trekking is descending from Jhinu Danda with the pleasant walk enjoying the scenic beauty. We reach at Jhinu Dada and explore the surrounding area. The panoramic views are impressive from the hill especially sunset views are lovely. We stay overnight in a guest house in Jhinu Danda.

Day 12: Jhinu Danda to Nayapul Trek and drive back to Pokhara

This is the final day of our trekking. We trek to Nayapul from Jhinu Danda and end our trek there. We drive back to Pokhara and explore the beauty of it. You can climb to Sarangkot hill which is famous for adventurous paragliding sport. Explore Pokhara City and overnight stay in a hotel.

Day13: Drive back to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to hotel where you either have leisure time or you may catch the last moments exploring the missed sights. There are opportunities for shopping for gifts to your nearest ones. In the evening, we have a celebration dinner together.

Day 14: Departure Day

As it is the last day, we have to bid goodbye to the guest as the visit to Nepal comes to the end for this time. If you have time enough, you can have sightseeing and purchasing the token of love from Nepal. Before 3 hours of scheduled flight, our representatives will take you to the TIA. We hope you will be planning for another adventure-trip while you are on returning back to your homeland. You can extend your Nepal stay if you have time and money too.

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