Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill - 11 Days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill is one of the popular trips in the Annapurna region.

Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) is one of the prime destinations for trekking in Nepal. The scenic Annapurna region with magical foothills of the Himalayas will enchant any trekker. In addition, the natural scenario of the green hills, glacial lakes, white water rivers, and ancient Buddhist monasteries make the Annapurna region incredibly beautiful.

The trails of this incredible trek pass through the traditional mountain villages of ethnic Gurung and Magar communities. The culture, traditions, and lifestyle of local people will enchant you and you will also get to taste their delicious cuisine. The Annapurna base camp located around 40 km north of Pokhara is our ultimate destination.

Moreover, this incredible trek takes you to a narrow valley between Machhapuchhre and Himchuli. Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill itinerary takes you through the forested trails and green valleys. This trekking adventure starts in Kathmandu as we take a short flight to Pokhara and drive to Nayapul.

Furthermore, you will arrive at Tirkhe Dhunga passing through many traditional settlements including Chhomrong, Bamboo, and Deurali. You will then arrive at the Annapurna base camp where we will explore around the area and then climb down to Bamboo again.

Three days later we will arrive at Jhinu Danda and Nayapul from where you will drive to Pokhara. Besides, you can take a scenic flight or a bus drive to arrive at Kathmandu as this trek itinerary comes to an end. Therefore, read on to know more about the Annapurna Base Camp trek via the Poon Hill itinerary and other information in detail.

Highlights of the Trip

  • Breathtaking views of majestic snow-capped mountains including Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri
  • Gorgeous sunrise and sunset overlooking the entire Annapurna range of mountains from Poon Hill viewpoint
  • Passing through traditional Himalayan settlements of Chhomrong and Bamboo
  • Exploring the rare and endangered flora and fauna of the region
  • Staying at local tea-houses and tasting delicious cuisine
  • Exploring the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of the ethnic Gurung and Magar community
  • The warm hospitality of local people
  • Dipping at the hot water springs of Jhinu Danda

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill Itinerary

Day 1
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will get transferred to a hotel. Our staff and representative will pick you up at the airport and help you arrive at your accommodation. The Nepalese traditional style welcome will make you feel special. You can have your lunch or dinner at the hotel after a short briefing. You can also get on a short tour of the city and stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 2
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara early morning, trek to Tikhedhunga.

Flight Duration: 30 minutes

Drive Distance: 40.8 km

Drive Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Maximum Altitude: 1400 meters

After an early breakfast, we start our trek from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It takes around 35 minutes to arrive at Pokhara from Kathmandu from where we will take a scenic bus drive to Nayapul. Our Annapurna Base Camp trek via Poon Hill itinerary starts with a scenic trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga.

You can observe majestic views of the snow-capped Himalayas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region from aerial in this scenic mountain flight. We will start our trek from Nayapul passing through rugged terrains and observing incredible mountain views.

It takes around 1 hour 30 minutes to arrive at Nayapul after covering a distance of 40.8 km. We drive past alongside Modi River and majestic mountains and gushing rivers. After arriving at Tikhedhunga, we will stay overnight at a teahouse and have meals prepared by locals.

Day 3
Day 03: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani.

Trek Distance: 13 km

Trek Duration: 3 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1570 meters

After having a sumptuous breakfast, we will start our trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani. We then take on a scenic trail with many ancient settlements that provide you a taste of Nepalese culture. Terraced farmed hills with green pasture, scenic waterfalls, and locals busy in their village lifestyle of agriculture and animal rearing is a highlight.

We will ascend a steep hill to Ulleri on a stone staircase. There are old-style houses with slanted roofs and a dense forest full of rhododendrons and pine trees. You will arrive at Ghorepani Village with the settlement of the people of Magar community. After arriving at Ghorepani, you will spend the night at a teahouse.

Day 4
Day 04: Early morning hike to Poon Hill then trek to Tadapani.

Trek Distance: 13 km

Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3210 meters

The trekkers will need to trek before dawn for a perfect view of sunrise from Poon Hill. Poon Hill (3210 meters) viewpoint known for a spectacular view of the golden Himalayan sunrise. The trekkers can observe 12 snow peaks of the Annapurna range of mountains including Machhapuchhre and Dhampus.

After this once in a lifetime opportunity, you will trek back to Ghorepani. We will have breakfast, and the trail then leads uphill to stony steps before descending through a forest where there is much diverse flora and fauna. After arriving at Tadapani, we will stay overnight at a tea house.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong.

Trek Distance: 7.6 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1951 meters

We will have our breakfast, and start our trek to Chomrong. You should trek early to Chhomrong along easy easy trails as it descends the hill. There are settlements including Chuile and Ghurjung that you pass through to arrive at Chomrong.

Moreover, the snow-capped mountains will enchant you from various viewpoints along the trail. You will arrive in Chhomrong after almost 6 hours of trekking. We will spend the night at a tea house in Chhomrong.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan.

Trek Distance: 6.5 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2640 meters

We will have a sumptuous breakfast, we start our trek from Chhomrong to Dovan. You will trek for around 5 to 7 hours to reach Dovan (2600 m) above sea level. We will then take a Steep descent till Chhomrong Khola and then climb uphill towards upper Sinuwa and is one of the most challenging parts of the trek.

There is various vegetation and a wide range of flora and fauna in the region. The trail passes through rhododendron, fern, oak, bamboo forest after Sinuwa as it gets dense till Himalaya hotel. We will further pass through the barren area and Annapurna glacier before arriving at Dovan and we will stay overnight at a teahouse.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

Trek Distance: 6.5 km

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4130 meters

After having breakfast, we will start our trek to Machhapuchhre base camp. A gentle trail will lead you through a riverbank and then take a strenuous uphill walk to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The long taxing trek is quite challenging and taxing but magical views of snow-capped mountain views will compensate for all your troubles along the trail.

From the Machhapuchhre base campsite, you can get mystical views of Annapurna I and Mt. Hiunchuli. The glacial lakes, serene landscapes are some of the best highlights so this trek. We will spend the night in Machhapuchhre base camp.

Day 8
Day 08: Trek from Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp

Trek Distance: 5.6 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 4130 meters

We wake up early in the morning to catch the beautiful sunrise overlooking snow-capped mountains at the Annapurna Base Camp. The breathtaking views of the Himalayas get highlighted from base camp.

You can observe the Annapurna South from up close in this once in a lifetime experience. You can enjoy incredible views of stars as you will stay overnight at a tented camp.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek from Base Camp to Bamboo.

Trek Distance: 9 km

Trek Duration: 6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 2310 meters

We will start our trek to Bamboo from base camp early in the morning. The trail passes through the scenic landscape as we trek downhill through stone stairs. We also pass through a suspension bridge over Chhomrong Khola.

The bridge then leads you to a straight uphill climb to Sinuwa Danda. We will pass through a lush green forest heading to Kuldihar and walk downhill before arriving at Bamboo. You can stay overnight at a teahouse on Bamboo.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu village.

Trek Distance: 8.5 km

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Maximum Altitude: 1760 meters

The trail passes along easier trails on the sloppy hills. The trail then leads you to Kuldihar early morning as you ascend uphill. We will then descend through Chhomorng Khola and climb the stone stairs up to the village. After 20 minutes of downhill, the trek leads to Jhinu Danda. You can take a hot water bath in these hot water springs. You will stay overnight at a teahouse in Jhinu.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek from Jhinu to Sibai and drive to Pokhara.

Drive Distance: 39.7 km

Drive Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Trek Distance: 13 km

Trek Duration: 4-5 hours

Maximum Altitude: 3445 meters

The trek starts with Jhinu and heads towards Sibai. The trail passes through bamboo trees and rhododendron. The route follows a narrow walkway, and you will arrive at Sibai from where you will drive up to Pokhara. The scenic trip provides you with a beautiful mountain vista as Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill itinerary comes to an official end. You will stay overnight at a teahouse in Pokhara.

Service includes

  • • Airport pickup by private vehicles.
  • • Pokhara to Nayapul and Nayapul to Pokhara private vehicles.
  • • One night’s tourist standard twin sharing Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • • One night Tourist Standard Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast.
  • • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
  • • Tea or Coffee during the breakfast in Mountain.
  • • Fresh fruit every evening after the dinner.
  • • Trekking lodge (Tea House) accommodations throughout the trek.
  • • All necessary paper works Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Entry permit and Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) permit.
  • • Kathamandu- Pokhara flight.
  • • A Government License holder and English speaking, friendly guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
  • • Comprehensive medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service (paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • • Use of sleeping bag, down Jacket and Duffel bag. (If you don’t have your own, need to return after trip completed).
  • • Government taxes and official expenses.
  • • Annapurna base camp trek route map.
  • • Oximeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily. (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms.) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible for all levels of trekker.
  • • Assistant guide group size above 8 + person.

Service excludes

  • • Meals whilst you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara (Lunch and Dinner).
  • • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu). $30 USD for 15 days Visa.
  • • Your Travel and Medical Insurance.
  • • Extra activities in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • • International Airfare.
  • • Porter if needed($160)
  • • Your Personal Expenses.
  • • All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic cold and hot drinks on trek. (Those you choose to purchase along the way and during evenings in the Tea Houses).
  • • All desserts sweet things like chocolate, cake, pie, pudding.
  • • Hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  • • Tips for the guide, porter. (Tipping is expected).
  • • Extra night hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

When Is Best Time For Annapurna Base Camp Trek Via Poon Hill?

Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill trek is doable all round the year. The region looks incredibly beautiful with natural scenery, Buddhist monasteries, and dense alpine forest.

Spring (March-May)

Spring is a peak season for trekking in Nepal as there are scenic natural conditions. Wildflowers bloom all over the hills during the season which makes for great scenery. Moreover, there is warm weather and moderate temperatures in the Annapurna region. Clear skies and scenic mountain views are highlights of this trek in Spring.

Autumn (September-November)

Generally, Autumn is the second-best season to trek Annapurna Base Camp. In fact, autumn brings clear skies and unobstructed views of mountains, with mild temperature. The daytime temperature ranges from 12-21 degrees Celsius which makes it ideal for trekking. Overall it is also a great time for cultural exploration in the region as many festivals fall in Autumn.

Monsoon or winter in the offseason is quite challenging as there are many weather-related difficulties. Also, winter in the Annapurna region looks like a wonderland even though it’s cold. In addition, even the minimum temperature can drop below -20 Degree Celsius especially in the mornings and nights.

Furthermore, there are heavy rainfalls that can lead to avalanches and landslides which makes the trek challenging. However, if you pack and prepare well, you can take this trek any time of year.

How Difficult Is Annapurna Base Camp trek via Poon Hill?

Bamboo to Deurali Annapurna base camp trek 6 days

Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill is a moderately challenging trek in the Annapurna region. Altitude sickness is quite common in regions with oxygen levels dipping significantly along with air pressure.

Acclimatization with regular hydration is essential to complete this trek. The trekkers have to trek 6 to 7 hours daily that will test you to your core. similarly, you will also have to trek along up and down paths a lot and pass through rugged terrains and suspension bridges and stoney paths.

Moreover, a basic level of fitness through a good training routine before starting the trek. Likewise, you will have to stay in local tea houses and lodges that provide basic facilities for meals and accommodation. Overall, with proper packing and preparation, this moderately challenging Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill is doable with ease.

Food and Accommodation During the Trek

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The trail of this trek in the Annapurna region has many teahouses and lodges. The accommodation facilities include a room with twin beds, clean sheets, a mattress, a pillow, and a warm blanket. Besides, toilets along trails are of squat style and you will have to bring your toiletries.

“Dal Bhat ” served twice a day in this teahouse is a typical Nepalese dish that is both nutritious and delicious. For breakfast, you will get served Bread toast, porridge, boiled eggs, and others. You can also find pizza, burgers, noodles, pasta, momo, and other continental cuisines as well.

Hot beverages like tea, coffee, and garlic soup are also available along the trail. You can carry tea bags and coffee powder to save costs. Besides, you should also carry chocolate bars, snickers, granola bars, and protein bars, and others to munch on during your trek.

Why Take The Annapurna Base Camp Trek Via Poon Hill?

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Magical views of the snow-capped Mountains

This incredible Annapurna region provides you with magnificent views of snow-capped mountains. Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill trekking includes gorgeous sunrise overlooking snow-capped mountains from various points including Poon Hill.

The campsite allows you to observe the night sky and the trekking routes are spectacular. The incredible view of the Annapurna massif is the highlight of this trek. There are other snow peaks observable including Gangapurna, Dhampus, and even Annapurna II.

Staying at Ghorepani village

Ghorepani Village among magical forests is one of the scenic settlements of the Annapurna region. The stunning view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and full bloom rhododendrons all through the hills is a highlight of this trek. There are many slated roof houses in the village.

A cultural exploration of villages

This magical trek is also an opportunity to explore the culturally rich villages on the trail to Annapurna Base Camp. You can learn about the culture, traditions, and lifestyles of ethnic groups.

Hence, a professional guide will help you learn more about the local languages and stop you from doing or saying any Taboos. The Annapurna region is a melting pot of cultures with different ethnic groups integrated well.

Relaxing Hot Water Spring bath in Jhinu Danda

Jhinu Danda Hot Springs is one of the highlights of the Annapurna Base Camp trek via Poon Hill itinerary. You can dip and relax in the hot water springs after long long trails to relax your muscles. Jhinu Danda is a famous stop while retracing back from Bamboo. it is just 20 minutes away from your night stay village.

Breathtaking Sunrise views from Poon Hill

Poon Hill is one of the best places to observe the Himalayan sunrise and attracts many travelers. The sunrise overlooking Dhampus, Gurja Himal, Annapurna III is what Poon Hill is so famous for. The dynamic landscapes of entire green hills and the nearby forests are spellbinding.

Sightseeing in Pokhara

Pokhara is a tourist spot with tranquil lakes and natural sightseeing points. The lakes and waterfalls, temples, monasteries, and caves are some of the best parts of this trek itinerary. You can also go on a relaxing tour and have fun in cafes, bars, nightclubs, restaurants of Lakeside.

Factors To Consider For Annapurna Base Camp Trek Via Poon Hill

Machapuchhre Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Hire professional guides and porters

A professional trekking guide is essential and will help you to navigate along trails. They have local insights and help you learn about local people, their culture, heritage, and lifestyle. Porters help you to carry luggage weight along the trail. Porter-guide will cost you less and works both as a porter as well as a guide.

Proper acclimatization and regular hydration

Acclimatization and regular hydration are some of the most important parts of this Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill. You should make sure that there are enough acclimatization points. You should not gain 600 meters or more in altitude on any trekking day.

Regular hydration is essential as it helps to reduce dehydration which is the primary cause of altitude sickness. You can also carry Diamox tablets that help you tackle altitude sickness.

Time of the trek

The time of trek affects your trekking journey to quite some extent. Spring and autumn are peak seasons for trekking with stable weather conditions and moderate temperatures. Off season trekking in winters and monsoon is quite challenging but with proper packing and preparation, it is doable.

Get a proper training routine

Annapurna Base Camp trek via Poon Hill also requires a proper training routine at least 2 weeks before this trek. This trek moves up and down a lot along the rugged landscapes. A basic level of fitness and stamina is a must.

Your training regime should include swimming, cycling, hiking, jogging, and other cardiovascular activities. Mental preparation is another factor that you should consider for this trek. A positive attitude will help you complete this challenging trek.

Get a Travel insurance

Travel insurance is essential for Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill. it must cover accidents, medical emergencies, theft, flight cancellations, helicopter evacuation, and others. Hence, a high altitude trekking adventure requires proper travel insurance.

Some Essential Tips For Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill

  • Stay hydrated with proper acclimatization to tackle altitude sickness.
  • Carry cash in Nepali money and keep your money in separate pockets.
  • A gradual pace trek with proper rest is a must.
  • Pack according to season and pack only those items that are essential.
  • Hire professional trekking guides and porters.
  • Book all your meals and accommodations in advance
  • Start your trek early to arrive at your destination before dark
  • Check weather conditions before the start of this trek.
  • Carry snacks like protein bars, chocolate bars, granola bars to munch on during trek

Packing List of Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill

Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill requires proper packing and preparation. Some of the items you need to pack for the trek are as follows:

Clothing

  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Thermal wears
  • Trekking shirts
  • Fleece jackets
  • Down jacket
  • Waterproof trekking pants
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Trekking boots
  • Woolen trekking socks
  • Woolen gloves
  • Raincoat

First Aid

  • Mosquito and insect repellent
  • Rehydration salts
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Anti-nauseant medication

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Toothbrush
  • Sanitizer

Important documents

  • Passport
  • Necessary Permits
  • Travel insurance

Others

  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Power banks
  • Solar chargers
  • Local SIM card
  • Reusable water bottles

Final Say

Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill trek is one of the best adventures in the Himalayas of Nepal. This outstanding trek will provide you with the natural and cultural beauty of the Annapurna region. We hope you learned about the Annapurna Base Camp trek via Poon Hill in detail. Read on to know more about the itinerary of the trek and Contact us for more information. Book your trip now!

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