Annapurna Base Camp trek
One of finest trek in Nepal

Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Poonhill - 12 Days

Overview

  • Duration:12 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • Trip TypePrivate
  • Best TimeFebruary to May, September to December
  • Arrival CityKathmandu
  • Max Altitude (4,130m / 13549ft)

Highlights

  • Beautiful city of Pokhara and The terraced farmland above Pokhara
  • ​Poonhill Viewpoint ​from where you can see all the Annapurna Mountain Range including Mt. Fishtail
  • Annapurna panoramic views of 10 peaks over 6000m
  • Surrounded by a ring of impressive mountains, including Annapurna I 8091m (26540ft.)
  • The combination of pretty villages and farmland at Ghaundrung, set against the panorama of high peaks beyond makes this one of the most picturesque of treks
  • Natural hot spring at Jhinudanda
  • Local culture and their lifestyle

Annapurna Base Camp with Poonhill Trek is one of the customized shorter versions of regular Annapurna Base Camp Itinerary by Scenic Nepal Treks which includes Annapurna Base Camp ( ABC) and Poonhill within a short time.

In General, this is a program of 14 days from your arrival to departure. However, these 12 days ABC and Poonhill Trek is the best program for those hiking lovers who have a short Holiday but still dream to do both treks including Ghorepani Poonhill Trek and Annapurna Base Camp.  

 Annapurna Base Camp Trek probably the most popular and classic trek that offers you breathtaking Mountain views, gives an opportunity to explore Nepalese cultures and amazing traditions, and epic Annapurna Base Camp. 

Upon your first Day arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you will be greeted by our Representative, and take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. By this evening, you will be given a briefing by our Experience team together with your Guide. The Next morning, about 30 minutes Scenic Flight to Pokhara makes our Trip more exciting. During the Trip, you will be led by our Experience Sherpa Trekking Guide. 

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is a moderate Trek. You can do this trek with your little hiking experience too.  Comparatively to Everest Base Camp Trek, ABC trek is easier and non-technical.  Every day, you will be walking for around 5/6 hours.  You don’t need to have any special training to do this hike but we suggest you do some hiking before your arrival in Nepal. You have to be physically fit and able to walk. 

 Please let us know if you have any preexisting medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases before you come to Nepal!

Itinerary

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Upon your Arrival at Kathmandu Airport, a Representative from Scenic Nepal Treks & Expeditions will welcome you at Kathmandu Airport. After your refreshment we will - brief you about all trip plans. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsNone
  • Maximum Altitude(1,350m/4,428ft

After having breakfast in the morning we will catch a flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara, we have to drive around one hour to reach Nayapul from where our journey begins for trekking. There you can observe the villager's culture and religion, several birds, fruits and many more.  Afterward, we have to take a lunch and a rest then we move towards the stone path, alongside the river, forest. After hiking few hours we reached Ulleri.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2,050m/6,725ft)

In the morning after having breakfast, we began our hike to Ghorepani. In this way, we will see the beautiful adventurous South Annapurna Himalaya.  Afterward, every step you will touch by this breathtaking sight and those silent features of natural appearance. It makes us so accessible to reach Ghorepani. Overnight we Stay at Ghorepani.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2,750m/ 9,020ft)

Early in the morning, we will hike up to Poonnhill. There we can see the eye-catching spot of sunshine snow rugged Annapurna Himalaya which is worth every brutal step to having the breathtaking sight of the Himalayas. From Poonhill, you get to see all the peaks over 6000 meters including Mount Fishtails, Mount Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and many more. Subsequently, we will come back to breakfast and move towards Chiule. At night we will stay in Chiule.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2,700m/8858ft )

After having breakfast, It was pleasant to climb through the rhododendron forest, wildlife animals such as monkeys, jackal to reached Sinuwa. Overnight we will stay at Sinuwa.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2,340m/7677ft )

In the morning after having some breakfast, we will begin our footstep toward the stone path by taking some glimpses of pictures lot of entertainment to explore the bamboo forest and some waterfalls. Also, we passed a couple of Mongolian villagers and their signboard about their culture and religion. After walking 6/7 hours we will arrive at Deurali. At night we will stay Deurali including dinner as per your menu order.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(3,230m / 10597ft)

Afterward having breakfast, we hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp which is the majestic looking mountain peak in Nepal. In addition, it offers an extraordinary panorama. After having temporal leap time, again we will hike up to Annapurna Base Camp where we can see wildlife animals like snow leopards and many more. As we enter the world's biggest Annapurna Himalaya (8,097m)of high altitude mesmerizing eye-catching spot makes us feel so incredible to having there.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(4,130m / 13549ft)

 Early in the morning after having some breakfast, we began our journey go slow down to the Bamboo area there are several lodges where gradually we walk through the small house and a few monasteries along the roadside. Behind walking 6/7 hours we enter Jhinu village. Overnight we stay in this village.

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(2,310m / 7578ft)

After having some breakfast, we will leave Bamboo for Jhinu Danda where we can enjoy having a natural hot spring bath. Overnight at Lodge.  

  • Accommodation Tea House
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(1,780 m / 5839 ft)

In the morning we will have our breakfast at the lodge and we walk through lovely villages with terrace farms and schools. There we will walk along with the Bank of Modikhola and we will arrive at Nayapul. From Nayapul we will drive back to Pokhara around 1 hour.  In the evening you are free to roam around the hustling and bustling of Lakeside Pokhara. At night you will stay at the hotel.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Lunch,
  • Maximum Altitude(822m/ 2696 ft)

Once you will have a morning breakfast at Hotel, today we drive to Kathmandu and the distance between  Kathmandu to Pokhara is 6/7 hours. In the evening time, you will stay at the hotel.

  • Accommodation Hotel
  • MealsBreakfast, Dinner
  • Maximum Altitude(1,350m/4,428ft

This day you will be back at your home, we will arrange for your transfer to Airport. Please note that you have to be at airport before 3 hours of flight time. 

  • Accommodation None
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Maximum Altitude(1,350m/4,428ft
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What’s Included

Included

  • Sharing ​2​/​1​ ​Nights Tourist  ​Good ​Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with Breakfast
  • All Airport transfers by Private Bus
  • Transfer by Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • ​Good ​Tea-house Lodge during the Trekking
  • Domestic Flight ( Kathmandu to Pokhara)
  • ​An ​Experienced, Government Licensed English-speaking Guide and all his expenses
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trekking as per menu.
  • Farewell Nepali Cultural Dinner 
  • TIMS Card ( For your Safety) & Annapurna Conservation Fees
  • Staff insurance, medication, and equipment,
  • Good Sleeping & Duffel Bags by Scenic Nepal Treks (Need to return) ​
  • Adventure Certificate By Company
  • First Aid Kit​ ( Medicine Recommended to use you own)​
  • All Govt. and Local Taxes

Excluded

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Your Personal Expenses​ such as Bottled Water, Hot Shower, Wifi, Charging your phones and Camara​
  • Travel/trekking insurance 
  • Bottled drinks on trek (cold and alcoholic) and Hot Drinks
  • Porter to carry your bags 
  • Lunch and dinner during your overstay in Pokhara and Mountain.
  • Personal expenses, Emergency Expenses, road blocked, snakes, desert.etc
  • Tips for staffs (Tips are expected)
  • Which is not mentions in Cost Included Section.

Dates & Price

Dates StatusPrice 
Start DateStart: November 17, 2021End DateEnd: November 28, 2021StatusAvailablePriceUS$880
Start DateStart: November 20, 2021End DateEnd: December 01, 2021StatusAvailablePriceUS$880
Start DateStart: November 30, 2021End DateEnd: December 11, 2021StatusGuaranteedPriceUS$880

Useful Info

Accommodations

You will be accommodated at Three Star catagory Town sharing ( Unless you are Solo hiker) hotel in Kathmandu including your breakfast as per your program. During the trek, you will be accommodated in Teahouse. Normally Teahouse is a basic lodge with a private room. Scenic Nepal Treks will arrange the Attached Bathroom room whereas possible for you.

When you go higher than 3000 meters, Annapurna Base Camp Route has very limited Tea houses. Especially during the hiking season ( September to December & March to May), You will be sharing your rooms with other hikers unless you have your own Group. We will serve you the best accommodation wherever it is availabe. 

Meals during Trip

During your trek, your food will be served with a menu, where you can ask yourself. In the program, we have included your Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. For the Food, you will get all dishes including Nepalese and Western.

In Kathmandu, you will be provided Breakfast by your Hotel. Further, at the ending of your Trip, we would like to offer you a Nepalese Cultural Dinner. You get an opportunity to explore the different Nepali foods with Live Traditional dances.  At the last of your trip to Kathmandu, Scenic Nepal Treks will offer you a Nepalese Cultural Dinner.

Guide and Porter: 

For us, your safety is our main concern. A good company really helps you to make your trip successful without any problem. You will be walking with one of the experienced English Speaking guides and Porter is optional for you with additional cost. If you are willing to have a porter to carry your stuff, please let us know earlier while booking the trip. 
In general, 1 porter carries 2 person bags which will be between 20-25 kg in total.  If the number of people goes above 8, we will also provide you assistance Guide. :

Insurance for your Trek:

It is very necessary to have Insurance to attend this trek. Please make sure Your insurance will cover all your expenses such as Air Ambulance, Helicopter Rescue, and treatment Cost. We Scenic Nepal Treks does not sell any Insurance policies but we would be happy to suggest to you some of the most regular policies at your request. 

General Trekking Checklist:

This given Equipment is a general guide to the things that you may bring during trekking.  Your trekking equipment list will be vary depending on the trekking Region and season that you are going to do in. However, these are the most useful list that most of the trek and season you need to bring. We Scenic Nepal Treks recommend you to this bring Equipment as given:

Equipment & Packing List

  • This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also, understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg.
  • Important documents and items
  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

Head

  • Bandana or headscarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable

Hands

  • 1 pair of lightweight poly liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric

Feet

  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water-resistant, ankle support, “broken-in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version

Sleeping

  • 1 sleeping bag (Scenic Nepal Treks will provide you)
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag ( Scenic Nepal Treks will Provide you)

Medical

  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetazolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or the water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Toiletries

  • 1 medium-sized quick-drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial handwash

 

FAQs

Q1. Can beginner trekkers do this trek?

Yes! But make sure you are fit and can walk each day for 5/6 hours. To do this hike, you don’t need to have special training or preparation but have to be physically fit. If you are a beginner, we suggest you do a Private trip than joining the group. Joining with a group is always in rush and you will be under Group’s rules and times. So, you may feel uncomfortable.

It is very easy to obtain a visa to Nepal. Either you can apply for Arrival Visa or you can get it before you arrive in Nepal at your Home town. If you prefer to have an “On arrival Visa” at Kathmandu Airport or any other Nepalese Borders, sometimes you may have to stay at Queue during the high season time. Or, You may visit Nepal Embassy or Embassy Consulate in your country before your arrival in Nepal.

For more info, please have look here https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa

Of Course, we do! One representative from Scenic Nepal Treks will be showing your Name Card at the Exit gate of Kathmandu Airport. So please look for your Good Name. You need to provide us your flight details before you come.

No, there is no laundry service in the trek. You may do your laundry in Pokhara.

Yes, we do accept the last minute with full payment of trip cost. You need to give us at least a day or more. Therefore we will be able to make reservations and Permits making. For your immediate communication, please leave a message at +9779813205235 ( Whatsapp).

Yes, you can postpone your trek and it is free of charge. Please let us know at least 2 weeks before your hike. If you cancel your trip, it will apply similarly to the cancelation policy.

Also, we encourage our clients to postpone their trip if due to any reason they are unable to travel and have to cancel the trip. Canceling the trip incurs clients with a cancellation fee. The deposit they made to confirm the trip will be used as a cancellation fee. So to save money, it is better to postpone the trip.

If you cancel your trip before 48 hours of the trip, you will get a full refund excluding Advance Down payment (20%). And if there is any domestic flight, you need to pay for that as well.

To confirm your trip, you need to send us your Valid Passport Copy along with 20% down Payment. You can send it directly from our Website or we will send you bank details. Our online payment gateway is protected and has a secure firewall. You can make the rest of the payment after you arrive in Kathmandu.

Please go through our three simple steps to book the trek:

Yes, it is possible only if you are doing the private trip. While on a group trip, we apologies that it is not possible to extend your trip.

Actually, it is not necessary but tipping is just a part of your appreciation for them for their hard works. They play a very role to make your trip successful. There is not exactly how much you should tip but around 20% amount of trip package. Further, you can decide how much you would like to tip.

Yes! All our guides are certified and experienced Trekking leaders. Most of them are from rural parts/ Mountains from Nepal and done hike over the past 10 years plus.

It depends, If a hiker is capable to continue their trek, they can. But If the trekkers are serious and facing critical conditions, she/he has to get down to City. It is too risky for everyone.

Our guides are qualified to handle small, primary medical emergencies as they are first-aid trained. If there will be any serious cases, our team always be there to help you. Our Company always be touched with our Guide while you are on trek. We will keep your Insurance details. So in case of an Emergency, we will contact your Insurance and processed your rescue. Our guide will be walking with the First Aid Kit Box along Diamox to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Please we strongly suggest having your own Medicine while on the trek. We don’t recommend it as it can be new for you.

Travel insurance is compulsory to do any treks in Nepal. Make sure you have bought insurance before your arrival in Kathmandu or your hike. Insurance makes you feel safer during the trek in terms of Emergency. Make sure, your insurance will cover emergency evacuation and medical.

The weight limit is 15 kg for each person for your porter. One porter can be shared by two-person. Porter in your program is optional for you because some people prefer to carry their bags by themselves too. So please if you want to have a porter, during the trek, let us know!

Actually, we can’t say how much money you need to spend each day. In general, you need to pay for your drinks including tea/coffee, Internet, phone charging, and shower. Let’s say per day US$ 15- US$ 20 depending on your expenses.

We suggest you take cash while on the trek and it is better to have Rupees. You can change in Kathmandu. They hardly accept Credit cards or we can say No Credit Card.

Day or Acclimatization during your trek is very important. It helps you to avoid altitude sickness. All our Itinerary prepared by Scenic Nepal Treks is perfect in term of Acclimatization.

To Avoid attitude sickness or for your safety is our prime goal during the trek. Our Sherpa Guide and Company always be there to ensure that everything is going well and smoothly. In case of Emergency which is depends on Conditions and problems of you, we will take action. If the cases are normal such as Normal headache, normal vomiting, etc, we will do a cure while in the trial, if there are serious cases, we need to get you back to Kathmandu at the hospital.
Make sure, you have made good insurance that can cover your expenses such as medical, evacuation, etc. It is truly very effective in case there an emergency and to save your expense.

Yes, most of the Tea houses have a Wi-Fi connection. You need to pay for that. Easy and every place are different starting from US$ 2- $3 unlimited. Or, you may buy a Nepalese Sim Card and get mobile internet data. Upon your arrival here in Kathmandu, One of our Guide/Representatives will help you take you to the place where you can buy Sim Cards.

You start your day on the Trail with breakfast at the teahouse, where you sleep overnight. After breakfast, you carry your daypack and follow your guide to the next destination. On the way, you stop to take pictures and admire the scenery. At mid-day, you stop for lunch at a local teahouse. After spending an hour or so, you continue your hike up to your destination.

3 meals each day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) will be provided during the trek. All the meals will be served as per menu and you can choose 1 time 1 meals what you like. You get to have Western and Indian Dishes such as Chapatti, Pizza, Local Dal Bhat (Rice and Curry), Spaghetti, Noodles, and many more.

We recommend you have Vegan meals during the trek. Sometimes meats and cheese items are not fresh.

During your entire trek in the Mountains from Pokhara to Pokhara, you will be staying at the Local Tea House/Lodge. Tea houses are known as very basic accommodation with private rooms that can be shared by 2 people. However, when you go higher from Chomrong, you will be sharing your rooms with 4/5 people as they do have limited rooms up there. You will get private beds with Mattress, Pillow, and a blanket.
Most of the tea house has their Bathroom outside of your room. Depending on the location, when you go higher, Accommodation becomes basic. We Scenic Nepal Treks will provide you Sleeping Bags as well.

Of course! You can travel with your friends and family on a private trip or join a strangers group. Our trips are customizable on your request. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

 

Yes, we have fixed departures every weekend or the following dates which are confirmed departures. So you can join our departures. A number of members in the group will be 1 to 10 maximum.

There is no special vaccine you need to have before your hike but please make sure you are fit and fine before you hike to Nepal. We do not have any cases yet but please prepare yourself for allergies, Diherria, Malaria, etc just in case.

To do this hike to Annapurna Base Camp, We need your Valid Passport with Nepal Tourist Visa. Furthermore, Please make sure you have made Insurance for your hike. It is mandatory to have insurance while doing the trek.

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