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Ghorepani Poonhill Annapurna Base Camp Trek - 12 Days

Ghorepani Poonhill Annapurna Base Camp Trek
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Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a beautiful short introduction to both Annapurna and Dhaulagiri trekking regions. The trails in the Ghorepani-Poonhill trek go through icy waterfalls and historical old patchwork valleys full of dense mossy forests. Around every bend, you will be teased by glimpses of different high snow-covered mountains, but the whole beauty of them will be revealed as you reach the highest point of the trek at Poonhill viewpoint.

This the short trek through the foothills of Annapurna mountain range to the viewpoint of Poonhill offers the best trek in Nepal.  You will get to behold glimpses of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain), Annapurna Mountain Range, the great Dhaulagiri, and the spectacular villages inhabited by the Gurkha tribes of Gurungs and Magars. You will also get to enjoy ancient dense rhododendron forests full of flora and fauna in the deep sub-tropical valleys of this region. Ghorepani (2874 meter/9429 Feet) is a village in Annapurna region famous for its athe viewpoint: the Poonhill (3210 meters/10531 Feet), and for its very famous culture and heritage. The village is within the boundary of Annapurna Conservation Area and Myagdi District of Dhaulagiri zone of central Nepal. This place was named Ghorepani as in ancient time it was the place where the traders in this zone found water for their horse (“Ghore” meaning horse and “Pani” meaning, water in Nepalese language.) It’s also a major midpoint linking major trekking and travel routes of both Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region treks.

If you are an entry-level trekker and would like to do a short, easy trek in Nepal that offers you both scenic beauty and ethnic culture, then Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is your best option. ABC has been the most-visited tourist region of Nepal for many years. The ease and accessibility of traveling, the spectacular scenery, and the beautiful and hospitable people are some of the regions for its popularity among tourists visiting Nepal.

You begin your journey by traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus, plane, or other modes of transportation. Your real trek begins from Tikhedunga, from where you climb a long series of stone steps to reach Ulleri.  From there on, you pass through beautiful villages, dense bamboo and alpine forests, green hills filled with rhododendrons, and pleasing terrains. When you reach the base camp 4130m (13546ft.), you will be rewarded with incredible views of several mountains: Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Tent Peak, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, and several others.

You will also meet various ethnic groups along the way. Brahmins and Chhetris inhabit the lower regions and Gurungs and Magars inhabit the upper regions. All of these people are very friendly to visitors and their hospitality is considered one of the best in all of the trekking regions of Nepal. All of these reasons, make ABC trek one of the most popular treks in Nepal.

The best time to do ABC trek is in spring (March-June) and autumn (September - November). Summers tend to be hot and rainy and winters tend to be cold and snowy, and hence they are not recommended seasons for traveling around this region.

Day 1
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu.

Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport than transfer to Hotel.

Day 2
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours. You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.

Day 3
Day 03: Drive from Pokhara (915m.) to Nayapul (1050m) by car,

Drive from Pokhara (915m.) to Nayapul (1050m) by car, which takes approximately one and half hours drive. Now you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four hours.

After breakfast at hotel, you could drive by car or van for 1 and half hours to Nayapul. Then you start your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority people here are Gurung and their religion is Buddhist. They are engaged in agricultural activities, tourism business and some are employed in Gorkha and Indian regiments.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) and it takes about six hours.

Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) and it takes about six hours. To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way, you could see good view of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), and Annapurna (7219m.) south. Now your trail is quite easier passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some of the wild life such as monkey and various species of birds.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.)

Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) which takes about 5 and half hours. Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.). After walking for almost one and half hour you reach Gurung Hill which has the splendid mountain views as Poon Hill. From here you follow small forests with rhododendron, bamboos until you reach Deurali. The trail goes steeply down through deep forests all the way to Banthati. It takes one hour from here to reach Tadapanil After breakfast trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2731m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and so on.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Bamboo (2340m.) via Chhomrong (2040 m.)

Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Bamboo (2340m.) via Chhomrong (2040 m.) and it takes about Seven and half hours. Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Tilicho in forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) you reach three hotels at Sinuwa, at 2350m. Climb in rhododendron forests to Kuldi, at 2520m. This was once a British sheep breeding project; now the stone houses are an ACAP visitor centre and check post. In winter, it's common to find snow anywhere from this point on. Descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2340m.).

Day 7
Day 07: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) which takes about five hours.

Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) which takes about five hours. You trek gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and camp sites. Now you pass through muddy trail which traverses high above the river. There is debris of avalanches except during winter season. After short trek, you reach at Himalayan Hotel (2900m.), the town named after the Himalayan Hotel. Beyond it, the trail is steeply ascent up to Hinko Cave (3160m.), this named as a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches. It takes approximately twenty minutes through normally ascent path to reach Deorali (3230m.)

Day 8
Day 08 : Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.)

Trek back to Machhapuchhare Base Camp and it takes about six hours. From here, the valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary. The trail is less steep. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After short trek you will be at Bagar (3310m.), a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail appears gently ascent until you reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.). Here you find almost 6 to 7 lodges. This is one of the places, where you can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine meadow and after some distance your trails go gently up. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.). From here, you can see the views of several peaks at 360 degree.

Day 9
Day 09: Trek from Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.) to Dovan (2630m.)

which takes about five hours. It's much easier going down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa in a single day from Annapurna Base Camp. Now you trek through Himalayan Hotel to Dovan.

Day 10
Day 10: Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) and it takes about six hours

The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descend to the Chhumrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhumrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town you should walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can relax at Hot Spring.

Day 11
Day 11: Trek from Jhinudanda to Birethanti (1025m.) which takes about five hours

. The trail gradually descends all the way to Birethanti along the bank of Modi Khola. En route, you pass through forests, rice terraces, waterfalls and green scenarios. Birethanti is a small town with few lodges, shops and human settlements. Now you walk for almost twenty minutes through flat path upto Nayapul (New Bridge). Here you board vehicle to drive back to Pokhara which takes approximately one and half hours.

Day 12
Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes approximately 25 minutes.

Cost Includes

  • A guide
  • Entry permits for Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card
  • Necessary transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara both way by Tourist Bus
  • Transportation from Pokhara to Nayapul both way by Taxi.
  • Meals for the guide during a trek.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) for you during the trek
  • Hotel accommodation at Kathmandu at 3 Star Category with BB basis
  • Hotel accommodation at Pokhara at 3 Star Category with BB basis
  • Accommodation for you during the trek
  • Accommodation for the guide during a trek.
  • Necessary equipment for our guide.
  • Insurance for guide
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara for the guide

Cost Excludes

  • Emergency Mountain Medical Rescue Insurance (Provided by your insurance company. Please buy it in your country. You cannot buy it in Nepal.)
  • Expenses of personal nature, such as drinks and beverages, etc.
  • Tips
  • Lunch and Dinner for you at Pokhara and Kathmandu.

Personal Trekking Equipment List

  • Lightweight walking boots, spare laces
  • A rainproof jacket with hood or a Punchoo
  • 2 pairs of loose-fitting long shorts/skirts
  • 2 cotton T-shirts
  • Sun-hat
  • One pair of sandals
  • 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woollen socks
  • Personal medical supplies (first aid kits)
  • Flash light
  • Toiletries with towels
  • Sunglasses
  • Suntan cream
  • Water bottle
  • Iodine for the purification of drinking water
  • Daypack
  • Rucksack
  • Things of personal interest
  • Lip guard

Price From USD$975/person
975
Total $ 975 USD

Trip Facts

  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Moderate
  • 4,200 m
  • Trekking
  • Tea House
  • Nepal
  • Annapurna
  • Sep - Nov and Mar - May
  • Annapurna

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