9 day Annapurna base camp trek via Poonhill

Duration

9

Country

Nepal

Activity

Trekking

Accomodation

Guest House

Best Season

Autumn, Spring

Cost

$ 750

Meals

Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

Trip Highlight:

  • The breathtaking sunrise view of Annapurna and the 360-degree panorama of the Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna Mountain Ranges at Annapurna Base Camp (4130m).
  • The rhododendron and bamboo forest that lines the walking trail adds to the enjoyment of the journey. 
  • Views of the numerous Himalayas and a breathtaking sunrise
  • Countless beautiful waterfalls
  • A great hiking path with beautiful green hills in the distance.
  • The unique customs and cultures of the Gurung and Magar communities.
  • Natural Hot Spring at Jhinu Danda.
  • The sunrise from Poon Hill is amazing.

Overview:

9 day Annapurna base camp trek via Poonhill is famous for its tranquil paths, attractive natural environment, and clear views of snow-capped mountains. The trail travels through lush, thick forests, terraced agriculture, picturesque towns, flowing waterfalls and streams, and well-paved staircases as it ascends from Lower Region Nayapul to Annapurna Base Camp.

There are many viewpoints available on the 9 day Annapurna base camp trek via Poonhill from which hikers can experience the best panoramic views of glinting peaks including Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli, and a few others. This trail is inhabited by different ethnic groups who follow their own Culture, tradition, and religion and have their own language and customs. Magar and Gurung are mainly habitats in this area and follow their culture till now. They are warm and welcoming toward the guest. 

The Annapurna Sanctuary, popularly known as ABC (Annapurna Base Camp), is a bit of heaven surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains. Mount Annapurna I, which reaches an elevation of 8,091 meters (26545 feet), is the highest mountain in this area and the tenth highest in the globe. The other impressive mountain in this area is called Mount Fishtail by Machhapuchare. The other peaks are Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Tent Peak, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, and Annapurna III.

9 day Poonhill Annapurna Base Camp begins with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Nayapool. You will start your trek to Ulleri. The next day, ascend to Ghorepani through Ulleri. Spend the night at the village of Ghorepani and get plenty of rest to get ready for the trip tomorrow. You will awaken early in the morning before sunrise and trek to Poon Hill in two days, which takes an hour or less. The highlight of this journey is the magnificent sunrise vista of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and other mountains. Spend some time admiring the Annapurna region’s magnificence before getting ready to descend to Ghorepani. Prepare to descend all the way to Tadapani by packing your bag. Then trek to Ghandruk from Tadapani.

 A beautiful village called Ghandruk is home to the Gurung people. Additionally, Mount Fish Tail, Mount Annapurna South, and Mount Himchuli can all be seen from this settlement in stunning detail. Then your journey continues to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a popular overnight stay for ABC trekkers. You can experience both the Gurung and Magar traditional cultures in this village. When you reach the mountain’s peak, you descend through a forest of bamboo, oak, and rhododendron trees that are just beginning to bloom. 

You continue trekking close to Machhapuchre Base Camp along the Modi River. The distance to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchare Base Camp is only a short stroll. After your visit to Annapurna Base Camp, you return to Nayapool through Jhinu Danda. You take a drive to Pokhara from Nayapool.

Graceful Adventure travel is a registered adventure travel company from Pokhara, Nepal that organizes adventure activities for valued guests all around the globe. As a company, we assure your safety by providing a qualified and well-experienced guide. If you need any more services, we can arrange for them as well. We can plan the entire vacation for you, including hotel reservations, meals, and lodging. Since you could be unfamiliar with this wild land, managing your time and schedule will be simpler for you. Our company will be happy to be part of your thrilling experience.

Itinerary:

Your trip begins with the 4-wheel drive from Pokhara Hotel to Nayapool after breakfast. Then you’ll trek upto Ulleri from Nayapool through several; Mathathanti, Lamdali, Sudame, Hile and, Tikhedhunga. You started climbing the 3,421 meticulously crafted stone stairs that make up the fabled “Ulleri Steps,” straight up the slope.  Ulleri is a stunning Gurung village located at a height of 2,090 meters.

Overnight at Ulleri.

You can hear the sounds of nature as you stroll along a peaceful walk through stunning woods. You’ll get a beautiful view of Hiunchuli and Annapurna South during this portion of the path. You will gradually ascend through verdant hills and forests to the town of Ghorepani. 

Ghorepani was a well-liked rest station for ancient traders to relieve the thirst of their horses. However, this community has been refurbished and now offers a variety of amenities, including hot showers, bookstores, coffee shops, bakeries, and cafes. By taking a hot shower, reading a book, and sipping tea or coffee, you can spend time with yourself.

Overnight at Ghorepani.

You will climb for around 45 to 60 minutes up to Poon Hill to observe the majestic mountains at daybreak. situated at a height of 3,210m, sans breakfast in the early morning. The sunrise over the expansive high Himalayas is spectacular and mesmerizing from this vantage point. The Himalayan peaks, including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna (8,091m), Machhapuchere, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri 2, 3, 4, Dhampus Peak, and Tukuche Peak, can be seen from Poon Hill. You can typically see up to 32 Peaks, including 12 Peaks also known as Bhara Shikhar, on clear days.

After that, you’ll start your trek and make your way to Tadapani by passing via the lovely Deurali village.

Overnight at Tadapani.

The trail leaves Tadapani and descends to Kimrong Khola, passing through areas of lush forest and terraced agriculture. It then over a suspension bridge across Kimrong Khola and climbs steeply upward to Chhomrong Pass, where visitors can take in the stunning views. After passing the crossing, we continue along the ridge and hike for a few hours via flat, uphill, and downhill trails until we arrive at the picturesque Chhomrong town on Mount Annapurna’s flank. The village, which is home to the most people, is where hikers may find the most modern accommodations and services. 

Overnight in Chhomrong.

After eating breakfast in Chhomrong, you’ll descend the largest stone staircase to reach Chhomrong Khola, cross the suspension bridge, and then climb toward the little settlement of Sinuwa. A close-up view of Mt. Fishtail may be seen from the tiny settlement of Sinuwa. The trail leaves Sinuwa, descends to a small village called Bamboo, and then climbs to Dovan via a lush bamboo and rhododendron forest. You then pass through the Modi Khola Valley and arrive at the Himalaya Inn. The village is the viewpoint that provides the best view of Mount Fishtail. 

Overnight stay at Himalaya.

Finally! The day has arrived. You’ll reach ABC.  Today’s landscape is straight and steep, although there is a considerable risk of avalanches in some areas.  On your way, MBC offers stunning panoramic views of the surroundings. After having lunch in MBC, your journey heads towards ABC. You enjoy the Himalayan peaks of the Annapurna Himalayan Ranges, such as Ganga Purna, Annapurna III, Fishtail, Gandharva Chuli, Himchuli, and Annapurna South from ABC. A number of massive mountains, including the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I–IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Paungda Danda, and a number of other peaks with elevations between 6000 and 8000m, are within striking distance of you during today’s trip. The pure magnificence of the surrounding snow-capped mountains may make this the day that you will never forget in your entire life.

Overnight stay at ABC

Now that you have left your mark on ABC, it is time to descend. You’ll follow a route that leads you outside of the Modi River Valley and the Annapurna Sanctuary. You will eventually arrive to Bamboo, your day’s destination and a pleasant rest stop.

Overnight at Bamboo

You’ll continue on your trip to Jhinu Danda after a long journey from ABC to Bamboo the previous day. To go to Jhinu Danda, we first take a path that descends to Kimrong Khola and then climbs through the peaceful rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests. 

Jhinu Danda, an exotic location famous for its relaxing natural hot springs, attracts tens of thousands of tourists each year. Here, you may relax your sore muscles as well. You can overlook a rhododendron forest and rich foliage from the hot springs.

Overnight at Jhinu Danda

This is the final day of your trek. After having breakfast in Jhinu danda you’ll head toward Nayapool. You’ll have lunch in Jhinu Danda and continue your trek up-to Nayapool. From Nayapool you’ll drive back to Pokhara.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Food & Accomodation:

Food and Accommodation at 9-day ABC trek

On the ABC trip, everyone’s top priorities are food and lodging. Since ABC is located in a rural section of the nation, there are no five-star hotels there, yet we can nevertheless offer first-rate hotels and lodges. The majority of the teahouses have twin-sharing arrangements, while single bedrooms can be arranged upon request. 

Food is necessary during the hike. The primary source of energy for this expedition is food burning. In Nepalese, the phrase “Dal Bhat power, 24 hours” refers to the ability to endure for practically a day after consuming dal bhat. The national dish is dal bhat, however other dishes can be made, including vegetable and noodle soups. 

We advise you to stay away from dairy items, hard drinks, and beverages with a lot of caffeine since they could be harmful to your physiology and health at higher altitudes.

Essential Info:

What makes Annapurna Base Camp via Poonhill Special?

The Annapurna Base Camp via Poonhill Trek is one of the most spectacular hikes on earth, taking you through a variety of climates, unusual landscapes, and culturally diverse towns. Travelers are welcomed by members of the Gurung and Magar communities, giving them the chance to experience their way of life and culture. The sunrise from Poonhill above the mountains mesmerized you. The Annapurna Base Camp offers amazing views of many peaks, including Fishtail, Hiunchuli, the Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho, Pisang, and Pungda Danda. The natural hot water pool at Jhinu Danda is a great place to unwind while traveling. You can experience a lot of things that make your trek unique during Annapurna Base Camp via Poonhill trek.

Equipment Required for Poonhill Trek

General

  • Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us)
  • Down Jacket (according to the Season)
  • Fleece linear
  • Walking Poles
  • Water bottles and water Purification tablets
  • Sun block cream
  • Lip Guard
  • Hand wash Liquid
  • Toiletries Kit

 

Upper Body

  • Sun hat
  • Glacier glass
  • Head Torch
  • Ear-muff and neck warmer

 

Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light Jacket
  • Water and Windproof Jacket
  • Shirts and warm shirts
  • Light and Weight thermal tops

 

Hands 

  • Hand gloves

 

Lower Body

  • Long and Short trekking pants
  • Water and Windproof trekking trousers

 

Feet

  • Thin and Thick Shock
  • Trekking Boot, Light boot and Slipper
  • Trekking Gaiters

 

Medicine and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry a first aid kit bag during the trek. We will recommend carrying your personal first aid kit bag if necessary)

  • Headache and fever medicine.
  • Burnt cream
  • Antibiotics
  • Ibuprofen for general ache and pain
  • Blister treatment such as hand plants and aids, some waterproof tape, and anti-infection. 

 

ABC Trek Difficulty

ABC Trek difficulty is the world’s moderate trek. Despite not being very difficult, this journey requires the trekker to be in good physical and mental health. One shouldn’t have heart and lung conditions as well as knee or ankle issues. 

This hike can be done in 5 to 6 hours of walking per day with adequate rest. A month or two before the journey date, you should start exercising and getting ready for this trip. These could include daily walking, going on hikes, taking a big walk once a week, practicing breathing techniques connected to yoga, etc.

 

Best Time for Poonhill ABC Trek

9-day ABC Trek is thought to be most enjoyable in the spring and fall. The best climate is reached during the spring season, which runs from February to April. You are welcomed by the sight of springtime’s flowering rhododendron and lush, green woodlands. The blossoming plants and stunning mountain views are at their peak during this time of year. At lower elevations, it is warm and moderate; as you ascend higher, it becomes colder. 

Similarly, the ideal period for the ABC via Poonhill Trek is during the autumn, which lasts from September to November. The enormous snow-covered mountains are stunning throughout the autumn when the skies are typically clear. Daytime temperatures are quite consistent. It can get a little chilly at night and in the early morning. But the trek is pleasant on bright, sunny days.

The rainy season, which lasts from early June to late August, can be used to complete the ABC Trek, though it is not generally recommended. The weather during this season can shift rapidly from clear to wet. Since there is no snow during this season and one can enjoy the monsoon together with the rough mountain environment, the period is not the toughest. 

The time from late November to early February is not recommended because it is winter and has the coldest weather. This season of the year brings the greatest number of casualties. This walk is nearly hard because of the constant icefall and temperatures that drop to zero degrees Celsius in a matter of minutes.

 

Tipping During the Trekking

Tipping is a personal way for you to express appreciation for your services. You may want to leave a tip for the services you appreciate, or you may just want to express your gratitude in Nepali by saying “DHANYABAD.” 

The final day of the vacation is typically when tips are given. Similar to this, trekkers are free to tip a hotel, lodge, or individual on whatever day they choose. Tipping is purely a matter of personal preference and perspective.

 

Altitude Sickness and Acclimatization

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) symptoms can appear at elevations above 2000 meters above sea level because there is less oxygen in the air, which makes breathing difficult. The signs and symptoms of AMS include nausea, fatigue, headache, and dizziness. 

Keep in mind that the ABC Trek will take you above 4000 meters, which reduces your risk of developing AMS. To help your body adjust to the thin air, walk gradually and gently. There is a danger that you could develop AMS if you try to move quickly and cover a large area at a high altitude. To prevent the situation from getting worse, vigilance should be exercised. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated, and eat a balanced diet of foods to help your body feel more energized.

Travel Insurance 

A quality travel insurance policy that provides adequate coverage for all of your activities is crucial for ABC via Poonhill Trek. During the journey, anything may happen. Even though we are more concerned with safety, accidents and emergencies can sometimes happen where we are going. 

Physical injuries, helicopter evacuation, medical costs, and any other situations you can face while trekking should all be covered by your travel insurance policy.

Drinking Water on ABC Trek

Trekkers must drink plenty of water to keep their bodies hydrated and avoid altitude sickness (AMS) (Acute Mountain Sickness). Three to four liters of water per day should be consumed while climbing up ABC. 

Instead of purchasing bottled water, we strongly advise you to carry one reusable water container that can hold hot water. In addition to being pricey, bottled water might cause severe issues in the Annapurna region. Water purification tablets can be used to clean water. But after taking tablets, the flavor will change. Water should always be consumed after sufficient cleansing. Both the teahouse and the tent have access to boiled water.

Entrance Permit and Requirement

The permits you need for ABC Trek are:

  • TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) card.
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Permit

 

Important Documents and Information to get these permit

  • 2 passport-size photos
  • Photocopy of your passport
  • Dates when your trek starts and end
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Travel Insurance Detail

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