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Annapurna Base Camp Trek, one of the popular trek. Mt. Annapurna that rises 8091m is the 10th highest mountain in the world. The Annapurna region lies in the foothill of Mt. Annapurna in the North-central Nepal. The trek to Annapurna Base Camp passes through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests. Since the trek starts from a mere height of around 800 meters the acclimatization process is gradual and we will reach to the high altitude of over 4,000 meters.
Trekking in Annapurna provides you with unparalleled access to spectacular horizons of snowy peaks, and the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek combines some of the most fantastic mountain scenery with a fascinating insight into the life of middle hill Nepalese. The trail takes us through an ever-changing landscape of rice fields, misty forests and lowland local villages to the glacier. It offers a fine opportunity to surround oneself with Himalayan peaks and to witness the glacier basin of Annapurna Sanctuary formed by Annapurna, Machhapurchre (Fishtail, Himchuli, and Manaslu). This used to be a complicated trek due to problems with food and lodging. However, there are now many facilities between Ghandruk and Annapurna Base Camp along this trail only used by trekkers. Annapurna Base Camp can be approached by at least three different routes. Here we have described one of three options.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and drive to hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Valley full day sightseeing
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 200 km. 6 Hrs.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul (42 km.) 2 hrs. And trek Start. 4Hrs
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2853m).6 hrs
Day 06: Visit to Poon Hill (3210m) early in the morning and Trek to Tadapani
Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (1920m). 5 Hrs.
Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2505m). 5 Hrs.
Day 09: Trek to MBC (4700m). 4 Hrs.
Day 10: Trek to ABC (4130m and trek back to Deurali (3200m).6Hrs.
Day 11: Trek back to Chhomrong (2260m). 6 Hrs
Day 12: Trek to Tolka 1940m. 5 Hrs
Day 13: Trek back Dhampus and Phedi. Drive to Pokhara
Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu 200 km. 6 hrs.
Day 15: Departure to international Airport.
The entire Ghorepani Poonhill trek route, including all the intermediary stops, falls within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). This initiative is dedicated to preserving the diverse flora and fauna indigenous to the region. To traverse this area, you are required to obtain an ACAP permit.
ACAP Permit Costs:
In addition to the ACAP permit, a TIMS card is essential for Poonhill Trekking. TIMS, which stands for Trekkers Information Management System, plays a crucial role in tracking trekkers during their journey. Security personnel use TIMS cards to access information about your identity and location. Both of these permits can be acquired in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and your trekking agent can assist you in the process.
The choice of ground transportation for the Poonhill trek is contingent on your group size. For groups of 1-3 individuals, a car will be arranged for your journey. Meanwhile, groups comprising 4-7 people will be provided with a hired jeep. Private vehicles will be reserved specifically for the segments from Syauli Bazar to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Nayapul.
Out of the 12 months in the year, three particular periods offer an exceptional weather window for trekking in Nepal. The first is during spring, which spans from March to May, making it the most preferred time for Poonhill trekking. Another ideal trekking season is autumn, lasting from the end of September to mid-December. Winter, occurring from December to February, also presents favorable conditions for trekking.
Conversely, the summer months (June to August) constitute the monsoon season in Nepal, characterized by heavy rainfall. While trekking is still possible during this time, occasional rain showers can make the trail slippery and obstruct panoramic Himalayan views. The most favorable weather conditions for the Poonhill trek are experienced during autumn (September to December) and spring (March to May). Nonetheless, trekking in winter is feasible, albeit with extremely low temperatures. For those venturing during the winter months, it is recommended to carry warm clothing and a suitable sleeping bag for the colder nights.
After arriving at the Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Leisure Aim Travels & Tours will pick up and transfer you to a hotel. In the evening, you will be served a special dinner which reverses Nepali food, culture and tradition. Overnight in Kathmandu.
After taking your breakfast, you would have driven for sightseeing in Kathmandu. We will have a remarkable sightseeing tour to the Heritage sites declared by UNESCO. You will have a memorable trip to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Bouddhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight in kathmandu.
After your breakfast we will pick up you from the hotel and drive from kathmandu to Pokhara. Normally that takes 6-7 hours duration by tourist bus/private vehicles along with the Trishuli River. You can enjoy with the views of local villages, and green Hills /mountains. After you will arrive to pokhara, transfer you to the Hotel. Overnight in pokhara.
After taking your complimentary morning meal in the Pokhara, We will drive to Nayapul for the memorable trips which take approximately 1 and half hour scenic drive with beautiful views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himalayan ranges. The trail passes along with Seti River, green hills, rice paddies and numerous small settlements following the Modi River. The trail continues towards Birenthanti then the trail slightly starts to climb up that is very pretty easy trail. Passing several villages we will reach to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at Tikhedhunga.
Our journey starts from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani, which are the main attractions of our trek. We can enjoy with panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges from the Ghorepani village, this is the most popular village with small shops and stalls for selling local products and crafts. We will cross Bhurundi Khola and climb steep uphill to Ulleri village. Then the trails continue through beautiful Rhododendron and Oak forests towards Ghorepani. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Early in the morning when shining, we will climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft) to catch the fabulous sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range which is the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. Poonhill is the main attraction for the trekkers. More than 400 travellers travel in the main season in this area. In the morning light the snowy peaks of the high mountains including Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Barahsikhar, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail etc. overshadow which makes us so attractive. Then the trail decent back through rhododendron forests, pass by different stops like Deurali and Banthanti, spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani. Overnight at Tadapani.
After taking our breakfast in the hotel with eyecatching views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail, our journey start to Ghandruk. The trekking route from Tadapani to Ghandruk will make us a pleasant experience. We decent back todownhill through the dark Rhododendron and Oak forests with amazing gardens to meet Ghandruk which is the biggest Gurung village in the region. This village is called as a stone carved village. From here we will enjoy the miraculous views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains.
after taking the morning meal in Ghandruk we will trek back to pokhara from Ghandruk. The trail decent through stone steps onto a staircase paved with stone slabs and into terraced farms along with Syauli Bazaar. The trails continue decent without stop until Modi khola river valley and we still walking on the unpaved motor road passing to reach Nayapul. Then we stop walking on foot. We will drive to pokhara from Nayapul. Overnight in Pokhara.
After breakfast we will drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara along with Trishuli River and green forest which takes around 6-7 hours. We can enjoy the beautiful villages on the river bank that makes us glorious. We can also fly back to kathmandu that takes 30 minutes time. It depends puon your time schedule. After arriving in kathmandu you have an evening view for your shopping. Overnight in kathmandu.
This is the last day in Nepal, the trips come to end. Our representatives will come to meet you at your hotel to drop off Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your flight to home. You will reach three hours before for your scheduled flight time.
The best times are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December) when the weather is generally clear, and the views are spectacular. Winter trekking (December to February) is also possible, but temperatures are colder.
You need an Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) permit and a Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card. For ACAP: NPR 3000 (Approx. $30) for foreigners, NPR 1000 (Approx. $10) for SAARC Nationals.
The trek usually takes around 4 to 5 days, depending on the starting point and the chosen route.
No, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is considered a moderate trek suitable for beginners. The highest point, Poon Hill, is at an altitude of 3,210 meters (10,532 feet).
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