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Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill

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Best Season Best Season Jan to May & Aug to Dec
Trip Duration Trip Duration 12 Nights & 13 Days
Trip Difficulty Trip Difficulty Medium
Accomodation Accomodation Hotels in cities & Lodges during the Trek
 Max. Elevation Max. Elevation 4,130m (13,550ft)
more Facts
Arrival City: Kathmandu
Departure City: Kathmandu
Trekking Days: 09 Days
Activity Per Day: Approximately 4-6 hrs walking
Trip Route: Pokhara, Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Chhomrong, Deurali, ABC.
Attractions: Poonhill, Annapurna Base Camp, Hot Spring, Massif mountain range

Trip Highlights

  • Spectacular view of eight-thousands Dhaulagiri (8,176m), Manalsu (,8156m) &
    Annapurna (8,091m)
  • Vast and blood-red rhododendron forest
  • Dazzling sunrise view on the silver mountains making them golden.
  • Mesmerizing greenery and beautiful landscape
  • Picturesque Gurung village of Ghandruk with a calm and tranquil environment.
  • The unique and rich culture of the different indigenous groups such as Magar, Gurung, and Thakali
  • Trek into the heart of the Annapurnas, surrounded by Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and more.
  • Heavenly and triumphant feeling once you reach the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m)
  • A rewarding hot bath out in nature at the end of the trek to wash of your exhaustion.
  • Beautiful lake city of Pokhara.

Introduction

The Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill Trek (4,130 m) is Nepal’s most popular trekking destination in the Annapurna Conservation Area where one gets to experience the majestic view including the authentic lifestyle of the ‘Magar & Gurung ethnic group. The trek is also as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. If you wish to conquer the Annapurna Region, this trek provides the full package of alpine experience.

This oldest and the most famous trekking trail embarks from the place known as Nayapool, Kaski’.  Then it leads trekkers through the Rhododendron forest, alpine forests, rivers & rivulets, waterfalls, village settings, and farmlands towards the path of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. The trek continues through the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), and finally at Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m). Additionally, visitors have a unique opportunity to unwind at the end of the trip. By dipping into the warm natural spring at Jhinu Dada while returning.

‘Poon Hill’ is one of the best crests to observe and witness the real beauty of the Western Himalayas. Stay over at the native Gurung community which is famed for its hospitality and recognized for its culture and cuisines. Nevertheless, The scenic sight of the snow-capped Himalayas and mountains like Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna ranges throughout the journey.

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After your arrival in Kathmandu, the trip begins by flying to Pokhara and driving to Nayapul. Your trek will start as soon as you reach Nayapul. You will walk 6-7 hours daily and stay in local lodges in Gurung villages of Tirkhedhunga (1,540 m), Ghorepani (2,860), Tadapani (2,680), Chhomrong (2,170), Dovan (2,590), Deurali (32,00 m), and Annapurna Base camp (4,130 m).

The trail is possible to access during any season throughout the year which distinguishes it from any other treks in Nepal. Mostly busy during spring (April – June), the season of rhododendrons, flora, and fauna is mystically appealing. And marked the best season in Nepal to travel for clear skies and mountain views. When the rhododendron blooms along the trail turn red, pink, and white in the spring, it is exceptionally attractive.  For those who admire snow, winter is the perfect season. In the winter (January – March) seasons perfect mountain views can be seen from an altitude above 3,000m.

During summer (July – September) after the monsoon starts, trekking could be daunting. However, for the people who have enough time and endurance. If you love adventure, and wilderness this season can be the best time to trek. During fall (October – December) after the downpour sky is cleared and the mountain views will for sure serve as a feast for the entire lifetime.

Overall, the walk is real, unusual, and stunning, and it allows you to get up very close to the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountain ranges.  It is one of the best treks in Nepal, so it makes sense. It does not matter if you are local or a tourist. We can make sure the trek has a top listing on the majority of a traveler’s bucket list. So are you going to embark on a magical journey?

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Itinerary

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  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

    Kathmandu (1,300m /4,265 ft)

    See for yourself if all that you have read and watched on the internet, about the tranquil beauty of Nepal and warm hospitality of Nepalese. After flying through the beautiful view of this trekkers’ paradise, you will meet our company representative at the airport. You must have an impatient heart for a breathtaking adventure. Get ready to experience Nepal up close and personal. But first, we will transfer you to your hotel.

    If you have an early arrival, you may stroll around the hippest and happening area in Thamel, where you can find restaurants with varieties of cuisine to dine. This first night in the country, you will be staying in Kathmandu. (You can dump the stuff you do not want during the trek at the hotel or our office store.)

  • Days 02: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Tirkhedhunga

    Pokhara (822m/ 2,697 ft) Nayapul: 1,070m/ 3,510 ft) Tikhedhunga: (1,540m/ 5,052 ft)

    After your first night at Kathmandu, you will move towards Pokhara, the beautiful lake city of Nepal. You will be taking a 30 minutes flight to Pokhara, once you reach there you will find a van waiting for you to take you to the trails. In just 2-3 hours you will reach Birethanti (1,055m) via Nayapul (1,020m). The trail originally begins from Nayapul, it is also the checkpoint of the trail where you need to submit your TIMS permit. You will be dropped at Birethanti to steer clear of occasional vehicles down the trail. Prepare yourselves for the trek after lunch, as the trek will officially start from this point. Across the bridge in Birethanti, you need to register at the ACAP office you have now entered the Annapurna Conservation Area.

    Trek alongside Bhurungdi River and enjoy the serene nature and beautiful countryside, in around two hours you will reach a small village named Hile (1,505m) with a few tea houses and restaurants. Finally, around 45 minutes of uphill walk will take you to the rest point of the day, Tikhedhunga (1,540m). You can unload your backpacks, freshen-up, unwind yourself sipping hot beverages of your choice whilst enjoying the gorgeous mountain views and surroundings. In the late evening, it is always fun to sit around the dining area heated by a firewood heater and share the experiences with fellow travelers. It can be fun up until late at night but it is suggested to have an early night to wear off the exhaustion and start fresh to climb some steep stairs the next day.

  • Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani

    Ulleri: (1,590m/ 6,430 ft) Banthanti: (2,210m/ 7,250 ft) Ghorepani: (2,860m/ 9,380 ft)

    (Waking up early in the morning while trekking in the mountains can be very useful. You can enjoy the sunrise, exercise, yoga, meditate or even start that journal or travel stories/blogs that you might have been planning to write for a long time before moving to the next destination) After some nutritious breakfast, you will resume your hike. Cross the suspension bridge and then brace yourselves for the most challenging part of this trail uphill and steep stairs. Walk slowly and carefully and keep your eyes on the prize, the beauty of the place rather than the tiredness of walking on those stairs. You will reach Ulleri (2,055m) after hiking for two hours where you can take tea/coffee/toilet break and rest for a while. The trail now slowly becomes more interesting as you get to walk through the rhododendron forest at Banthanti (2,290m).

    If you are traveling in spring, you will be awestruck by the blooming colorful, and colossal Rhododendron. You will stay at Banthanti for a while and have your lunch. You still have some hours of walking to do before the rest point so keep moving. After Banthanti you will gradually see the changes in the scenery, you will start noticing less trees and that’s when you reach Nangethanti (2,510m). You will be just an hour away from this day’s rest point once you reach Nangethanti, walk through the wilderness, and before noon you will be welcomed to Ghorepani (2882m) by the big blue gate that says “WELCOME TO GHOREPANI”. Enjoy the rest of the evening looking around or just sitting at one of the rooftop restaurants with a drink of your choice. However, go to bed early to wake up before dawn the next day to witness the mesmerizing first light on the mountains.

  • Day 04: Early in the morning Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani

    Ghorepani: (2,860m/ 9,380 ft) Poon Hill: (3,210m/ 10,530 ft) Tadapani: (2,680m/ 8,628 ft)

    The breath-taking view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m) Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m) and many more snow-covered mountains. Watch the silver mountains change their color to golden
    during dawn.

    Almost an hour of the hike up the hill will take you to Poon hill, (3,210m) the highest altitude of the trail and the prize for your trekking adventure. Wake up really early to catch the sunrise. Leave your backpacks back at the teahouse; take your phone and camera with you because you would want to take that perfect shot of the sun rising above the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. Spend some time at Poonhill during these magical hours. Sit back, relax and watch the silver mountains looking golden due to the warm morning light, click photos and videos, make the best memories in this heavenly backdrop. You will then get back to the teahouse, have breakfast and walk through beautiful houses on the stone-paved paths of Ghorepani village, and head towards Tadapani (2,680m).

    The distance is around 10 km. You will pass through Deurali (2,983m). Some steep stairs ahead but once you finish climbing them you will be walking along with the mountain views right in front of your eyes. Stop by for lunch at the highest point in Deurali and continue to hike mostly downhill now. Once again you will cross through the forest full of birds on rhododendron, oak and pine trees at Banthanti (2,651m), in the month of March – April. You will get to see the forest light up with flowers blooming all over. For those traveling in other months, the forest provides good shades. (The month of December – February might bring snowfall in these areas and the trial might get slippery, so taking crampons with you will be wise) Descend through the stream at most of the way after the last up pass through the village in Banthanti in no time you will be reaching Tadapani, our rest place for the day. At Tadapani you can loosen up and spend the rest of the evening enjoying the view of the sun getting low. It is one of the perfect places to enjoy the mountain views and appreciate the beauty of it. You can clearly view Annapurna South, Huichuli, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna II, and Lamjung Himal.

  • Day 05: Trek to Chhomrong

    Tadapani: (2,630m/ 8,628 ft) Chhomrong: (2,170m/ 7,120 ft)

    The first few hours of your journey from Tadapani to Chhomrong you will descend through the jungle. The beautiful tall trees provide shade from the sun and a soft carpet of fallen leaves whereas the birds sing upon your arrival. You can also catch an occasional glimpse of Annapurna South and Macchapuchhre. On reaching Kimrung River and crossing the bridge, easy descend ends. Steep stone steps for most of the trail with ups and downs along with the view, the view that never gets old.

    Valleys, Mountains, terraced farmlands, villages, and the unique vegetation that can be only seen in the high hills like this. For lunch, you will stop by Ghurjung, famous as the place with no mountain views. Almost 5-6 hours of trek will take you to your destination for today. You can unload your bags, freshen up, get in comfy clothes and enjoy the view from the rest house until dusk. An early dinner followed by early bedtime is strongly recommended.

  • Day 06: Trek to Dovan

    Sinuwa: (2,300m/ 7,545 ft) Bamboo: (2,400m/ 7,874 ft) Dovan: (2,590m/ 8,497 ft)

    From Chhomrong the trail descends through a long stone staircase by the village. Also on the way, you will encounter a Bakery and Confectionery shop, probably the last chance to stock up before going further. After a long descent, cross the suspension bridge over Chhomrong River. After dropping down to the river, the trail is more uphill through some small farms. Walkthrough oak, hemlock, and rhododendron forest and slow ascent the rocky trails.

    The lunch stop for today will be Sinuwa (2,300m), this place is famous for wild honey. You can buy some of those from the lodges that have honeycombs hanging outside. Post lunch at this village of honey hunters, your journey continues through the bamboo forest to the village called bamboo (2,300 m). About an hour of uphill and downhill, mostly uphill will take you to Dovan, the finish point for the day.

  • Day 07: Trek to Deurali

    Dovan: (2,590m/ 8,497 ft) Himalaya: (2,900m/ 9,514 ft.) Deurali: 3,200m/ 10,498 ft)

    The distance from Dovan to Deurali is around 8 kilometers. It takes around 4 to 5 hours to reach Deurali. Walk along Modi River, enjoying the rich biodiversity. The trail slowly heads towards the alpine area, the forest becomes thinner. The trees will now be replaced by bushes and barren lands. The rocky trail goes slightly up to Himalaya and climbs around 1 hour on this rocky trail to reach up to Deurali.

    The more you walk, the more you gain altitude, so drink enough water and walk slowly.

  • Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

    Deurali: 3,200m/ 10,498 ft) MBC: (3,700m/ 12,139 ft ABC: (4,130m/ 13,549 ft)

    Today is the day you reach the final destination of this journey situated at the highest altitude of 4130m. After breakfast, they started to move towards Annapurna base Camp. It takes around 4 hours to reach there. Passing through the waterfalls and avalanche-prone areas near Deurali, you will reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp in about 2 hours. From MBC you can see an amazing view of Modi Khola river valley along with snow-capped Mardi Himal and Hiunchuli Peak. Two more hours of ascending through the mountains and you will reach the place surrounded by the mountains. You can see parts of Hiunchuli, tagged along by Annapurna South, Varaha Peak, Annapurna I, Singu Chuli, Tent Peak, Annapurna III, Gandharva Chuli and Machhapuchhre make a circle from ABC.

    This amazing 360 view of the mountains is the takeaway of this adventure trek. Spend time enjoying the heavenly view, high and snow-covered mountains around the base camp taking as many pictures as you want for good memories of this amazing trekking experience. You will be staying at one of the lodges at ABC, so you will have enough time to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas from the base camp.

  • Day 09: Trek down to Bamboo

    ABC: (4,130m/ 13,549 ft) Dovan: (2,590m/ 8,,497 ft) Bamboo: (2,400m/ 7,874 ft)

    Wake up before sunrise, take your camera and snap the golden mountains during sunshine. Have your breakfast and get ready to move down towards Bamboo. You will be descending to Bamboo through Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m) the base camp of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m), the mountain that can’t be climbed as it is considered a holy mountain. Deurali (3,200m) is a good place for lunch with mountain views from the ridge top.

    Crossing the avalanche-prone area at the Himalaya (2,900m) and the rhododendron forest at Dovan (2,590m) you will reach your guesthouse for the day. Bamboo, as the name suggests, is surrounded by bamboo trees. The place is also famous for wild honey hunting.

  • Day 10: Trek down Jhinu Danda

    Sinuwa: (2,300m/ 7,545 ft) Chhomrong: (2,170m/ 7,120 ft) Jhinu Danda: 1,780m/ 5,839 ft)

    Today you will be at the perfect place to let go of the exhaustion of the trek, a hot bath in nature. Descend down from Bamboo after breakfast and walk through the villages of Sinuwa (2,300m) and Chhomrong (2,170m) to Jhinudanda (1,780m). Hike through the forests and farmlands. From Sinuwa you can see Chhomrong across the valley but you have to descend to the suspension bridge over the Chhomrong Khola and climb uphill to reach there.

    Once you reach Chhomrong the trail descends down to Modi Khola Valley and to the tea house for the day at Jhinu Danda. After reaching Jhinu Danda and sorting out the rooms and bags, get your bathing suit out for a relaxing hot bath. Around 25 minutes’ walk down along the bank of Modi River, you will find two hot spring pools and water taps. Enjoy the relaxing time at the hot spring and wash away the exhaustion of the trek.

  • Day 11: Trek to New Bridge and drive to Pokhara

    Pokhara: (822m/ 2,697 ft)

    It’s the last day of the trek. After Breakfast descends down to the new bridge, you will ride to Nayapul, the ride will be bumpy but it will be over in almost 2 hours. Continue road drive to Pokhara from Nayapul takes no more than 1.5 hours.

    The beautiful lake city of Pokhara is the best place to be after days of trekking. You can enjoy your free time in Lakeside Pokhara till late evening. And later you can rejuvenate yourself in live music and a few drinks at the happening pubs at Lakeside.

  • Day 12: Fly/ Drive to Kathmandu

    Pokhara: (822m/ 2,697 ft)

    6-7 Hours’ drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a private vehicle, pulling over occasionally for lunch, toilet breaks, and tea/coffee breaks. Check-in at a hotel in Kathmandu. There are few restaurants on the way which serve great food and fresh coffee. This above 200 km day ride to Kathmandu can be fun with good music and memories of the trek.

    Once you reach Kathmandu you will check-in at a nice hotel around the Thamel area. In the evening you can stroll around for souvenir shopping, drinks, and dinner. Walking around Thamel and nearby areas for shopping and self-exploring the narrow streets of this tourist hub is a good idea to spend your evening in Kathmandu.

  • Day 13: Final Departure

    Kathmandu: (1,300m/ 4,265 ft)

    We will drop you at the airport according to your flight schedule.

    Trekkers Paradise hopes to take you on another exciting trek soon.

Cost Includes

  • All necessary airport arrival departure as per the itinerary.
  • 3 nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on the BB plan.
  • 1 night’s hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on the BB plan.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private transportation for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Flight/ ground transport from Kathmandu – Pokhara- Kathmandu for clients and guides.
  • Transportation from Pokhara – Nayapul – Pokhara ground transportation
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Boiled water during the trek.
  • Accommodation during the trekking on a sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Professional government license holder English speaking trekking guide and his salary.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
  • Trekking Permit (TIMS)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Trekkers Paradise’s appreciation of the certificate after the successful trek.
  • Insurance for Nepali staff.

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare to/ from Nepal.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuwan Internationa Airport- (15 days – $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Insurance covers, medical, emergency evacuation, loss, etc.
  • Personal expense (shopping, snacks, boil bottle water, hot and cold drinks, hot shower, Alcohol, Wi-Fi, telephone call, battery re-charge fee), extra porters, etc
  • Hot shower during the trekking.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Additional costs or delays caused by out of management control, for example, landslide, weather condition, itinerary modification due to safety concerns, illness, change of government policies, strikes, etc.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

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Reviews

Poon Hill - Khopra Danda Trek, Lifetime Experience Olusola Samule Ojo United State of America

Poon Hill – Khopra Danda Trek, Lifetime Experience

We had a very good experience with Trekkers Paradise in newly explored destination Khopra Danda trek suggested by the company. We had extensive prior information about the trek before we went, which helped us plan ahead of time for the trip. Trekking in Khopra Danda was a fantastic experience. This trek is one of the hidden gems when it comes to trekking in the Annapurna Region. In October 2019, we went on a 2 weeks trip to Nepal that was amazing. Thank you, everyone, for your best service, food, hotels & porters are so kind. Sange Sherpa, the guide, is extremely competent and experienced in mediation.
Mokesh Popatlal Gada Mokesh Popatlal Gada Mumbai, India

ABC with Trekkers Paradise was heavenly!

In November 2019, we went on a 14 days trek to Annapurna Base Camp, operated by Trekkers Paradise. The guides were very knowledgeable and friendly, he made sure we had enough time to rest and was instructing and encouraging us to drink more water and walk slowly but steadily. The entire trek was very well organized and the weather favored us as well. We got to see all the Himalayas that can be seen from the area. One of the best experiences of my life. Must thank guide Lakpa and trekkers paradise for taking me to paradise.

Train Yourself

Qualification/Training

The best physical condition is required to trek in Nepal’s high altitude. Without some pre-trek training or a good level of basic fitness, it can be hard. We suggest running, walking, hiking on the hill, and climbing stairs rather than elevators to prepare for the trek. Include swimming, rowing, and biking in your daily base training.

Basic further experience and strength required for Trekking

  • One should be able to hike for 6-7 hours a day.
  • One should be able to carry 8 kg themselves in a backpack for preparation.
  • We suggest you run about 4/5 miles in the home for the preparation with some load on your back for 2 to 3 months to make your climbing much easier. Or use a treadmill for everyday running and walking.
  • If you have an uphill location/mountain then once a week you should go hiking with a loaded bag pack on your back. If you do not have mountains and high hills then use stairs to go up/down than the elevator.
  • Regular swimming, biking, and rowing are also good ways to maintain your physical strength.
  • Fuel your body well with small but frequent healthy foods and drink plenty of water.
  • Go through a trek grading and know what type of trekking is suitable for you. The treks are graded as easy, moderate, hard, and challenging treks.
  • Go after what you want and what your physical capabilities will allow you to. Do not push too hard yourself. Trekking is not a competition. It is relaxing and rewarding.
  • Walk at a pace you are most comfortable with.  An assistant guide will be always walking at the back of the group so you don’t have to rush to catch up with the faster walkers at the front.
  • Using trekking poles reduces the body and backpack’s weight on the legs and makes walking more easier on inclines.
  • Invest in the comfortable full trekking boot with ankle support and a  sturdy Vibram sole that suit your foot to avoid blisters.

FAQs

  • Will someone come after my arrival to pick me up at the airport?

    Yes, Trekkers Paradise representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying Trekkers Paradise name card with your name on it. You will be moved to the pre-select Hotel after that.

  • Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

    All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

  • What is the cost of the visa application process and Visa? Should we apply for a visa from our home country or will we get it at Nepalese Airport? Which documents are important that I should bring with me?

    After landing, you can obtain a visa at Tribhuwan International Airport, furthermore, it will be easier if you are fill-up the visa form online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present are $ 30 for 15 days, $ 50 for 30 days, and $ 125 for a three-month visa on entry to Nepal.

    You should bring the following essential documents on the trip:

    • Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months.
    • Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of the insurance paper to Trekkers Paradise before you start the trek.
    • Flight Tickets.
    • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s bank, insurance, family contacts.
  • How is the Higher Himalayan toilet facilities like?

    There are generally common toilet facilities in teahouses and lodges, which are typically clean and well maintained. A limited number of tea houses and lodges now sell attached toilets. We will provide you with the best choice in this regard, as far as possible.

  • Are there porters or yaks carrying the luggage or are we supposed to be carrying it alone?

    Our porters, who are honest and experienced, will look after your luggage while on the trek. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like a camera, water bottle, sun cream, money, etc. Normally, we assign one porter to carry the luggage of two trekkers.

  • How long does it take to trek Annapurna Base Camp?

    The trek can be completed within 12 to 16 days however the length of the trek depends on the weather, trekker’s ability to walk, how long they take to acclimatise, whether they want to take side trips to famous places nearby like Mardi Himal.

  • Do I need permits?

    Yes, all foreign citizens require two permits for this trek. You require Annapurna conservation permit, and trekking permit (TIMS)

  • Is Annapurna Base Camp safe to trek?

    The only potential hazard during the trek is the possibility of altitude sickness to reduce the chances of it. We suggest a single day for acclimatisation. You will also be guided by an experienced trekking guide and assisted by local porters, who are there to take care of you during your trek.

  • When is the best time to travel to Nepal?

    The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and March to May.

  • What are the facilities available in case of emergencies during the trek?

    In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incise of extreme cases, you will get rescued by the helicopter.

  • Can I add extra days to my Trekking Trip?

    Yes, it is absolutely possible to add some more days to the trip. Along your trek, we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation, and food.

  • Are Trekkers Paradise’s staff insured?

    Yes, all the staff of Trekkers Paradise including guides and porters are insured to recover any kinds of casualties.

  • What are some basic Nepali customs that I should know about?

    • Take off your shoes before entering a temple or one’s home
    • Ask for permission before entering a Hindu temple
    • Taking photographs inside most temples are considered illegal
    • Ask for permission before taking photographs of objects, and including Nepali people.
    • Nepali people are friendly by nature. Have a genuine interest in them. Talk to them. Be friendly as you travel

Equipments

We will meet you at the airport and pick you up:

We organized Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) airport pick up and drop service. Upon your arrival, you are welcomed and greeted at your arrival gate (Holding your name on the company pamphlet- Trekkers Paradise) by our representative member from a company, then transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. For departure transfer, we will come to pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.

Safety precaution for Annapurna Base Camp with Poon Hill Trek:

Aside from geographical protection, Trekkers Paradise has taken safety in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!

  • Our guides have received extensive wilderness first-aid training.
  • Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience who can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction are guaranteed.
  • Encouragement and inspiration can be a regular occurrence.
  • Food and accommodation in the mountains would be rechecked for additional hygiene.

The meals during the trek:

Our trek takes us to high altitudes near the world’s highest point, which means your body will need enough starch, protein, and nutrition, as food is the body’s fuel for hiking on such massive Himalayan trails.

All the meals including breakfasts, lunch, and dinner are served during your stay in Kathmandu and the trekking journey. Usually, breakfast and dinner are served at the same hotel where we stay overnight and lunch is served en route to our destination during the trek.

The services are basic, with some of the popular western, Asian, or Nepalese menus being the most popular and consumed. The most popular and common menu items include the Dal-Bhat set, which consists of rice, lentils, and vegetables, as well as meat, rice, and noodle items, spaghetti, pasta, momo(dumplings), Tibetan bread, chapatti, local tsampa porridge,  potatoes, sandwiches, macaroni dishes, pizza, Sherpa stew, steaks, vegetable curry and so forth.  The Dessert Items  (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.) are available on the menu as well during the trek.

However, you cannot compare them with the choices available in large cities. Usually, local agricultural products are used to prepare meals. Other ingredients are purchased from the market if they cannot grow at a particular elevation.

Breakfast and dinner orders are taken in advance to save time; breakfast orders are taken the night before and dinner orders are taken as soon as you arrive at the teahouse. Depending on your schedule for the day, your typical day will begin. Breakfast is served in your lodge each morning, after which you leave for the next stop. A guide will notify the next tea house or lodge of your arrival each day. Around noon, you’ll stop for lunch at any nearby lodge on the way. You will arrive at your destination shortly after lunch. You can unwind or explore the nearby attractions when you arrive. You will dine around 7 to 8 pm.

At high altitudes, we strongly advise drinking hot liquid drinks in addition to fresh vegetable foods and fruit drinks. Drink plenty of water, not all a once but regularly on a time intervals.

It is best to avoid smoking cigarettes, consuming alcohol, non-vegetarian foods like meat, caffeine-containing foods, hot chocolate, and dairy and cheese products on high-altitude treks. These things increase the chances of getting altitude sickness and diarrhea.

Accommodation details during the Trek:

13 days Annapurna base camp trek includes nine night’s lodge-to-lodge stay at a mountain, one night in Pokhara, and three nights in Kathmandu hotel, where we use the best available lodge and select the best accommodation in the Annapurna region. We provide two nights of rooms with attached bathrooms at Ghorepani, and Jhinu Danda, and seven nights of standard rooms in other places (Generally twin Sharing rooms).

You can find some teahouses and lodges with good services on the trekking routes during your trekking days. But as you ascend higher they become more basic. Rooms are basic, almost every room consisting twin-bedded with two beds with a mattress, a pillow, and blankets. You can share a room with a fellow trekker with whom you feel at ease.

Although, each lodge has its own set of standards, please do not anticipate luxurious accommodations, particularly in the mountains. Most teahouses offer hot showers, boiled drinking water, extra blankets, charging stations, and WIFI for an additional fee. The price of teahouses is determined by the location and the facilities/services they offered.

Three nights of Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is included in the package.

Passport and Visa:

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal, and at Nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended to the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport size photo.

The current cost of a visa for 15 Days – 30 USD, 30 Days – 50 USD, and 90 Days – 125 (to be paid in cash) Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. Visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended to stay in Nepal.

Visa Extension Fee: Tourist visa extension is done for a minimum of 15 days with USD 45 and USD 3 per day for additional days. In the case of a delay of less than 150 days additional USD 5 per day as of late fine. 

Tipping:

Tipping is not included in the salaries of your guides, porters, or crew, but it is greatly appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tips are the accepted and a lovely way of saying thank you (“Dhanyabada”) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips the last day of the trek.

Booking and payment process:

Trekkers Paradise is a government authorized, registered, licensed, and bonded trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 221608/076/0677. We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, the book the Trekkers Paradise trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival, and departure flight details can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from the booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer when you arrive in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenience by mail.

Trekkers Paradise Crews:

During the Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/Sherpa’s to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing a peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two members will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 20 kgs. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tents with sleeping gear and we also provided them food and warm drinks.

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
  • Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
  • Rock climbing
  • Conservation and biodiversity

Difficulties during Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

  • The trekking trail to the Annapurna Base Camp gets filthy during Monsoon.
  • Altitude sickness like nausea, breathing difficulties, and headache becomes common
  • High-tech facilities like Wi-fi and Network get exorbitant at high lands.
  • Peak season gives rise to insufficiency of guest house and lodge in Annapurna
  • Accommodations are of economic with no luxurious items and extra facilities

Safe Drinking Water

The availability of drinking water is not an issue.  Bottled mineral water is available in most places for purchase, but there is no provision to dispose of plastic bottles. We encourage guests to do what they can to protect the environment. We do not recommend purchasing single-use plastic bottles. You can buy or bring your own Nalgene bottles on the trek which makes the trail free from bottles and rubbish.

Filling your water bottles in tea houses is another option for getting drinking water. Several guesthouses have the Euro-guard filters water.  Boiled filter water is also available in tea houses that are completely safe to drink but may be inexpensive for the duration of the trek.

River water is generally full of glaciers and sand and may be contaminated with animal urine and toilet run-off, so do not drink it. The tap water in the lodges is piped from high up, away from rivers and clean glaciers, so it is better, but it still must be treated.

Use iodine drops (3 per liter) locally known as Lugols solution, available at Thamel supermarkets in Kathmandu. The chlorine-based tablets are another choice, but they do transmit a taste to the water. Alternatively, you could purchase a Steripen, which uses UV to kill the bacteria but is a bit fragile to carry during the trek.

The best option is the water purification tablet Aquaprove, which uses cutting-edge technology. Most importantly, it works against all pathogens in impure water. It’s light, simple to use, has no taste, and is all-natural.

Waste Management during the trek:

Leave No Traces, Only the Footprints! Pack out your own waste. We practice responsible eco-tourism and organize eco-friendly trips to support sustainable tourism.

The trekking trail in Nepal has suffered significant damage as a result of not having a strong policy of waste management. Act and travel responsibly. We prefer that all of our clients bring their trash and keep them in a container or bag, and dispose of it properly at a specific spot or dustbin.

How to avoid acute mountain sickness?

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is the most deadly risk of trekking. Anyone can get a victim of this sickness when their body is exposed to a higher elevation in a short period of time and the body is unable to adapt to the changing atmospheric pressures. As you ascend higher, the oxygen and air pressure decrease. Our bodies are capable of handling the change, but they require time to gradually adapt. If it is not treated in time, it can be severe and result in death. You can take a few preventative measures to avoid it.

  • Not to climb too high too fast.
  • Climb slowly and attain the height gradually.
  • Take it easy and climb at your own comfortable pace.
  • Reduce your walking hours as you reach 2000 meters and walk slowly.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Get plenty of rest. If you feel like your body needs more rest, get it.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking.
  • Meditation and warm-up exercise each day before starting the trek.
  • Allow an acclimatization day for every 1000m of elevation gain.

There are two more serious but less common severe forms of altitude sickness. Both have the potential to be fatal. You must descend immediately to receive medical care.

High-altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) causes the lungs to swell with excess fluid, which makes breathing difficult even when at rest. You experience extreme exhaustion, weakness, and perhaps a sense of suffocation. A dry cough, nose breathing, shortness of breath, fever, chest tightness, rapid heart rates, congestion, swelling, and fainting are the symptoms of HAPE.  If HAPE is not promptly treated by lowering the altitude or using oxygen, it can be fatal.

High-altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) is characterized by an accumulation of fluid on the brain that results in swelling. Confusion, poor coordination, and possibly violent behavior could occur. Hallucinations, loss of consciousness, fever and fatigue, photophobia, hypertension, coma, shortness of breath, and inability to walk are some more symptoms of HACE. HACE can result in death if it is not treated immediately.

The early signs of altitude sickness can be relieved by immediately descending. However, if you are experiencing severe acute mountain sickness symptoms, you should see a doctor.

The drug acetazolamide can ease heavy breathing and lessen the effects of altitude sickness. You may also be given the steroid Dexamethasone. But you are never recommended to take such drugs as far as possible until the situation is harsh.

Join Some Extra Activates:

  • A unique Mountain Flight to Mt. Everest, Annapurna
  • White water rafting on Nepal’s famous rivers
  • A romantic overnight stay in a mountain resort
  • A cultural show, with dinner
  • A traditional Nepali Luxury Dinner
  • The most spectacular Bungee Jump on the Planet

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