The Annapurna Base Camp and Pun Hill Trek is one of the most popular and trekked routes in Nepal. Second only to the Everest region in terms of popularity, the Annapurna region is the most diverse and versatile regions in Nepal as it houses the wettest, driest, windiest places of the country. The trekking trail goes passes through beautiful and culturally rich Nepalese hamlets as we trek through cascading waterfalls, terraced farms, mystical rhododendron forests, lush grasslands to reach the base of the regal Annapurna Massif.
Located in the northwestern Nepal, the 55 kilometers long Annapurna Massif consists of one peak above elevation of 8,000m, 13 peaks above 7,000m elevation, and over 16 peaks above 6,000m elevation. The Annapurna Base Camp and Pun Hill trek offers ample time to rejoice in the close company of the mountains. The trek will be an extremely gratifying one as we will be able to witness the majestic peaks like Annapurna 1, 2, and 3 ,Gangapurna ,Himchuli and Machhapuchhre amongst equally alluring satellite peaks. The trek is also often described as the best of both worlds, because alongside the Himalayan beauty and experience it offers to trekkers, it also opens the doors to the rich civilizations of the Gurungs and the Puns residing in the sub-alpine regions of western Nepal. As we pass through the diverse vegetation, elevations, and civilization, Annapurna Base Camp and Pun Hill Trek offers the journey to explore the unexploited nature and culture waiting for you in Nepal.
The journey begins with a scenic 6-hour-long bus ride from Kathmandu to the Lake City, Pokhara. A tourist marvel in itself, Pokhara is also the gateway to most of the trekking regions of Western Nepal. From Pokhara, we will commence our trekking towards Ghorepani and Pun Hill – famous villages and viewpoints of the trail within the Annapurna Conservation Area. After savoring the splendid views of the western mountains and indulging in the rich traditions of the natives with a visit to the local museum, we will continue our trek northwards. After proper acclimatization, we will trek towards the sub-alpine, arid landscape with the views of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Machhapuchhre looming in the backdrop. After exiting Ghorepani and Pun Hill, we will trek through the magical forests of rhododendron, birch, fir, and pine to trek towards our main destination – Annapurna Base Camp. In the jungles, we might have sighting of Musk Deers, Pheasants, and Himalayan Thar. We will trek through Chomrong, Dovan and Machhapuchhre Base Camp to finally reach the base of Mt. Annapurna. From here, we can have 360-degree views of the soaring silver peaks, and colossal Annapurna and Gangapurna glaciers which originate from the massif.
Since the route goes clockwise, we will not be returning from the same route. We will trek down to Jhinu Danda from Bamboo, where we can take bath in hot springs. From there, we will trek down to Pokhara through Potana and Kande. The trek is of moderate difficulty even though it comprises of higher elevations. Anyone in good physical health and previous trekking experience is a good candidate for the trek.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu received by Team Himalaya staff.
On arrival meet our TH staff for courtesy transfer to respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an interesting place for shopping and having meals in one of the many world class restaurants, pubs and bakery.
Our guide will inform on details regarding the treks to Annapurna Base Camp & Poon hill Trekking .
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast at given time our city and cultural guide will guide you in and around Kathmandu at places of interest and importance, as Kathmandu Valley is full of World Heritage Sites the holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath (Little Tibet), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) & monasteries, ancient Kings Palaces and courtyard in Kathmandu; after an interesting sightseeing back to the hotel, preparation for the trip to Annapurna Sanctuary & Base Camp trek.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 950m – 06 hrs journey.
A scenic drive takes about 6 hours to Pokhara, which is quite interesting on the Nepal’s main highway following the Trisuli river for a while and then heading west with views of Ganesh, Langtang Himal as it gets closer to Pokhara with Annapurna and Manaslu range of peaks. In Pokhara the haven for tourist a scenic place with mountains and lakes, here in Pokhara transfer to hotel by the lake Phewa (Fewa) for overnight.
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul 1,100m and trek to Tirkhedhuga 1,450m.
A two hours drive away from Pokhara leading west, with fabulous views of Annapurna Himalaya ranging from A I, A II, A III and A IV with stunning Mt.Machhapuchare “Fish Tail” on reaching at Nayapul, begin the trek following Modi river for short distance to a nice village at Bhirethati and then on the old Trans Himalaya Salt Trade Route trail to Ghorepani, the walk leads to a winding up hills with stone steps in some villages and then arriving at Tirkhedhunga for overnight stop with beautiful waterfalls close by.
Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,874m – 06 hrs.
After Tirkhedhunga, morning walk starts with a climb on long stone steps all the way to Ulleri village a nice traditional Gurung village with stone slate roofs with views of Annapurna South, Huinchuli and top of Machhapuchhre peak from the top of this village walk gets better on the winding trail through enchanting forest of thick rhododendron, pines and oaks trees and the with steep up and gradual section reaching at scenic Ghorepani for overnight stop with grand views of Dhaulagiri massif with Tukuche, Nilgiri’s peaks and Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang ( Vara Shikar) Ghorepani located in the middle of rhododendron forest on the Trans Himalayan Trade of Nepal / Tibet through Mustang.
Day 06: Morning hike to Pun-Hill trek to Tadapani 2,721m – 05 hrs.
Early morning at the break of dawn an hour hike to Pun Hill at 3,190 meters top if the morning is fine and clear striking sunrise views over mountain panorama ranging from peaks of Dolpo area, Dhaulagiri massive range, Nilgiri’s peak with Annapurna and Manaslu range with magnificent Mt. Machhapuchhre.
After an exciting and enjoyable time head down to Ghorepani for breakfast and start trekking towards Tadapani through serene rhododendron and pine forest throughout the walk on the uphill climb at start and then from Deurali descend to Bhanthati located on a gorge from here another 2 hours of down and uphill climb reaches at Tadapani for overnight stop with great views of Annapurna South, Huinchuli, Machhapuchhre peak Annapurna II and over Manaslu and Lamjung Himal range.
Day 07: Trek to Sinuwa2300m – 07 hrs.
With lovely morning and views, starting with descend through dense alpine forest towards Kimrong river and then a steep climb for an hour to reach a ridge in the forested area with couple of teashops and then on gradual trail with few short ups and down to reach the top of Chomrong village, and then on a nice stone steps downhill to Chomrong with great views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli at close distance. Chomrong a large Gurung village and the last permanent settlement the other lodge on route Annapurna Sanctuary a temporary area to serve trekkers. After descend from chomrong to cross a small river and then after the bridge a climb for more than an hour to reach at Sinuwa danda for overnight stop .
Day 08: Trek to Duerali 3200m via Himalayan 2700m – 06 hrs.
On leaving sinuwa with super views of rivers, valley and green hills of Chomrong and Gandruk villages after this nice stop on the winding path and down to Bamboo a nice settlement with 5-6 lodges by the raging Modi river and in the middle of rhododendron and bamboo forest as the name given to this place. From here two hours of slow uphill walk reaches at Dovan . The river Modi, from Bamboo place onwards till Sanctuary enclosed in Modi River gorge. After a nice walk with the sound of the river and long gradual climb with short steeps ups and down in between till the walk reach at Himalaya Hotel beneath Annapurna South peak and Hinko large cave, from here heading down on the landslide area of rocks and sometimes ice from the fallen glacier, and then a short steep climb to Deurali for overnight .
Day 09 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4,095m – 04 hrs.
Today to our destination within Annapurna Base Camp with poon hill trekking, morning start with walk leads by the raging river Modi on the uphill walk with few downs and gentle section, after leaving the lush vegetation and tree lines reaching on small plateau at Machhapuchhre base camp 3,720m for tea break, this is the starting and exit point of Annapurna Sanctuary, this nice place with 4-5 lodges beneath the majestic North Face of Fish Tail / Machhapuchhre peak at 6,997 meters high. After excellent tea break with spectacular snowcapped mountain views trek start with a gradual ascends on the grassy slope and then on a winding gentle trail with sparse vegetation in between towering peaks of Annapurna South, Huinchuli, Tent / Tharpuchuli, looking north the great wall of Annapurna mountain at 8,091 meters tenth world’s highest with Vara Shikar (A Fang) Gangapurna, Glacier Dome and behind rising Mt. Machhapuchhre and Annapurna III.
Annapurna Sanctuary an awesome area encircled by tall mountains, on reaching the sanctuary and then to the overnight lodge at base camp, with free time in the afternoon, lunch with mountain views
Day 10 : Trek to Bamboo 2050m– 06 hrs.
After a most overwhelming and scenic time within Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp, morning walk back on the same route to Bamboo place for overnight stop with long downhill and back into forested area in between short steep ascent.
Day 11: Trek to Jhinu danda with hot spring 1,700m – 05 hours.
Morning walk with a short steep climb and then on the gentle slope with downhill and short up to Sinwua danda with 2-3 lodges, from here descend to Chomrong river and then a climb to the village top of Chomrong with lunch here, afternoon heading back to Pokhara via different alternative route at first downhill to Jhinu danda village for overnight with hot spring nearby close to the river Modi of 30 minutes’ walk.
Day 12: Trek to nayapul and drive to pokhara 820m – 06 hours .
Today we shall have the last part of this trail with physical trekking . At the morning our trip start descend to new bridge , past waterfall and green landscapes . From here we follow the downhill way to modi river and climb back to the trail from ghandruk meeting near quymi and then down to syauli bazaar through path with tract of landslide ,some stone staircase and flat path ,and several settlements . Ahead from syauli bazaar we shall enter into easier terrains through smaller settlements to reach birethanti near modi river , after 30 mints easier walk to nayapul then an hours drive to pokhara for overnight with afternoon at leisure .
(in Pokhara extension trips Paragliding, kayaking clinic, Ultra light flight, Zip Flyer on long cable wire or Bungy Jump called Touch the Lake)
Day 13: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
From Pokhara a drive back to Kathmandu after 06 hours scenic journey reaching Kathmandu and people who wish to travel by air 30 minutes of panoramic flight to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels.
Day 14: International departure homeward bound.
Last day in Nepal with wonderful memorable time in Nepal Himalaya & Annapurna Sanctuary & Base Camp Trek with Team Himalaya and transfer to airport for the flight back home or to respective destination.