Annapurna-Basecamp-poon hill-Trek - 14 Days

Overview

North of Pokhara, one of the finest of Himalayan journeys is the classic trek into the inner sanctum of the  Annapurnas. Here, giant peaks such as the 8000 metre Annapurna 1, as well as Annapurna South,  Gangapurna and Machhapuchhre, encircle the natural amphitheatre known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. Combining the trek into the Sanctuary with a visit to Ghorepani and the classic Himalayan viewpoint of Poon Hill, this trek manages to cram the full range of Nepalese trekking experiences into 10 varied days of walking.

We encounter sub-tropical forest teeming with wildlife, pretty villages with their neatly terraced rice fields, as well as pleasant ridge walking and spectacular Himalayan panoramas. Passing through the ‘gates’ of the Sanctuary, we ascend briefly above 4000 metres into a world of ice and snow where we are surrounded by giant Himalayan summits. We then return to civilisation, heading south and following the tumbling Modi Khola (river), whilst passing through a picture-perfect landscape of folded hills and more scattered villages, which are home to people of the Gurung and Magar ethnic groups. With 2 nights in Kathmandu and 2 in Pokhara, we will also be able to enjoy some free time in each of Nepal’s main (and very contrasting) cities. In common with all of our lodge treks, this holiday provides a great opportunity to meet and share experiences with like-minded travellers from around the world.

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Kathmandu international airport and transfer to hotel

Namaste and welcome to Nepal. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the immediate vicinity of the hotel and get acclimatised to this bustling city. Alternatively, you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool. Himalayan memories trek package services begin with the evening meal. Your guide will take dinner with you and will provide an informal briefing about the days ahead.

Day 2
Fly to Pokhara.

After breakfast in the hotel we take a bus to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu Airport for the 30 minute flight to Pokhara. It is a most interesting flight, with the peaks of the Greater Himalaya clearly visible through the right-hand window as we travel westwards. Particularly prominent are Manaslu and the Annapurna group as we approach the airport at Pokhara. Getting off the plane into the heat of Pokhara is impressive, as is the sight of the snow peaks of the Annapurna Himal which form the skyline to the north. After lunch the afternoon is free to explore this laid-back lakeside town. You can go shopping, take a rowing boat out on to the lake of Phewa Tal or hike up to the Peace Pagoda which sits on a ridge overlooking the town. Dinner will be taken in a local restaurant.

Day 3
Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2050m).

The drive to the start point of our trek at Nayapul (1060m) will take 1 to 2 hours. Here, we set off on our trek, following the Mhodi Khola River for about 20 minutes to the little town of Birethanti with views of the Fish Tail peak (Machhapuchhre) ahead of us. At Birethanti we turn off towards the north-west to ascend the valley of the Burungdi Khola. We will encounter some of the famous Annapurna area steps today and pass through a couple of small settlements including Hille (1500m). The last 3 kilometres are a little steeper as we make the pull up to our lodge in the settlement of Ulleri (2050m). Ulleri is a large Magar village and a place from which many Gurkha soldiers have been recruited over the years.

Day 4
Trek to Ghorepani (2860m)

Trekking as far as Ulleri onthe first day means we have less to do today as we make our way up to Ghorepani (a name which means ‘horse-watering place’). The well-used trail continues relatively steeply with lots of steps as we ascend to Banthanti, before passing through a forest of rhododendron, magnolia and oak to reach the colourful collection of lodges at Ghorepani (2860m) which occupies a notch in a ridge overlooking the Kali Gandaki Valley.

Day 5
Hike up to Poon Hill (3195m) and trek to Chuile (2309m).

It is a must for those who stay at Ghorepani to make the walk up to the celebrated viewpoint of Poon Hill (3195m) which is a continuation of the ridge to the west of the village. Dawn is the best time to go – sunrise on the Annapurnas is an unforgettable experience. Those who wish to go will need to get up early! Before the first light of dawn hits the mountains, we will trek up the well-marked path by the light of our head torches, reaching the summit as the first rays of the sun illuminate Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak with a beautiful pink glow. The walk will take around 45 minutes to 1 hour. After enjoying the view, we’ll retrace our steps to Ghorepani where we’ll have a hearty breakfast, before setting off on our trek to Chuile on the south side of the Annapurna Sanctuary. The trail, now heading towards the east, undulates gently through the forest and we should look out for the langur monkeys which live here. During today’s walk, we may also get glimpses of sacred Machhapuchhre, the Fishtail Peak, through the trees. The altitude at Chuile is 2309 metres.

Day 6
Trek to Bhanuwa (2110m)

After breakfast we head steeply down to the river, crossing via another suspension bridge. The next couple of hours see us contour and undulate though the landscape before reaching the steep section of steps that take us up to Chhomrong (2170m) where we take lunch. From here, the true grandeur of the mountains can be seen, with unimpeded views of Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. From Chhomrong it is a steep descent, largely on steps, to the valley bottom and then back up again to our overnight stop at Bhanuwa (2110m).

Day 7
Trek to Himalaya (2920m).

From Bhanuwa the trail climbs through terraced fields and then through forest of bamboo and rhododendron to the ridge crest at Sinuwa Hill Top. We continue through the forest, looking out for troops of monkeys, whilst generally contouring along the valley side, before making a short descent to the collection of lodges known as Bamboo (2310m). From Bamboo we climb again for a further two and a half hours, passing through Dobhan to reach our overnight lodging at the place known as Himalaya (2920m).

Day 8
trek to Machhapuchhre Basecamp (3700m).

The next part of the trail is subject to avalanche during the winter and often has to be rebuilt at the start of the spring season, a factor which can change the route description from year to year. Mostly the trail-makers do a good job of finding a route through this section, including the construction of some ingenious bridges, and this allows us to make a steady ascent. Along the way we pass the fire-blackened overhang of Hinko Cave, traditionally used as a shelter by porters, and we should reach the lodges at Deorali (3170m) after around 2 hours. Beyond Deorali the valley narrows to a steep sided gorge as we head towards the ‘gateway’ to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Depending on the trail conditions, we may opt to cross the Modi Khola (at this point little more than a stream) to its east side for a while, before returning to the west bank to climb up to the area known as Machhapuchhre Basecamp (3700m) a level and grassy moraine platform with several lodges. At this point we have passed through the narrow entrance to the Sanctuary and find ourselves in more open country which is dominated by giant snow covered peaks.

Day 9
Trek to Annapurna Basecamp (4130m)

A short but spectacular day of trekking today. It is a relatively gentle walk from our lodge to Annapurna South Basecamp (4130m) and a distance of only about 4 kilometres. Increasingly impressive views and jaw-dropping mountain moments reward us for our efforts, as we climb the last steep section before reaching the basecamp area, where the entire south face of Annapurna is revealed. A cirque of stupendous peaks surrounds us and the feeling of being inside a hidden valley – a sanctuary in fact – is overwhelming. After we check in at our lodge, the afternoon is free to relax and admire one of the most stunning mountain amphitheatres in the Himalaya.

Day 10
morning sunrise views. and trek to Dobhan (2540m).

For those who want to experience the very special dawn views, a pre-dawn wake-up is highly recommended. It’s worth any discomfort to catch the sunrise on this unique mountain scene. Then, after breakfast at the lodge, we leave all this behind and retrace our steps first to Machhapuchhre Basecamp and then on to Deorali where we take lunch after around 3 hours of trekking. After lunch, we continue our descent of the Modi Khola and reach the relative warmth of Dobhan (2540m) by mid afternoon.

Day 11
Trek to Chhomrong (2170m).

We are back into the forests again today at times, as we pass through Bamboo and the ridge top settlement of Sinuwa where we stop at a lodge and take lunch. After lunch we swap the forest for terraced fields, as we descend to the Chhomrong Khola and begin a final climb of one and a half hours up the stone staircase leading to Chhomrong.

Day 12
Trek to Syauli Bhatti and drive back to Pokhara.

From Chhomrong we drop steeply down to Jhinu where there are some hot springs. We then cross the Kimrong Khola on a sturdy bridge and follow this tributary river down to a confluence with the Modi Khola. There is very little climbing to do as we navigate the folds of this big river valley and our trend today is mostly downhill. We pass through terracing and small villages which indicate our return to civilisation from the high mountains and finally reach the jeep road at Syauli Bhatti, we say goodbye to our trek crew. Here, we board our waiting vehicles for the relatively short ride to Pokhara, where we check in to our comfortable hotel close to Phewa Tal. After a shower and clean-up, we will have some free time to wander by the lake or to sit in the garden of one of the excellent lakeside restaurants and admire the view of the Annapurnas. Compared to Kathmandu, Pokhara is a very laid-back town and is the perfect place to relax at the end of our trek. Pokhara also has a deserved reputation for great restaurants and this evening we will go out for a celebratory meal.

Day 13
Fly to Kathmandu.

We take the morning flight to Kathmandu. Take it easy by the hotel pool in the afternoon or do some independent sightseeing. One of the attractions of any visit to Nepal is the chance to walk the streets of Kathmandu, which presents a fascinating mosaic of shops, cafes and restaurants, food markets and street vendors, as well as a bewildering array of colourful temples and shrines. This evening we will have a dinner in one of Kathmandu’s excellent restaurants.

Day 14
Transfers to Kathmandu Airport For final Departure

It’s your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We’ll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty of time before your flight home. At this time, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.

Includes

  • * 1. All DOMESTIC FLIGHTS AND GROUND TRANSPORTATIONS TOURIST BUS OR PRIVATE VEHICLES.
  • * 2. ACCOMMODATION IN 3 STAR CATEGORIZED HOTEL IN KATHMANDU.
  • * 3. HIMALAYAN MEMORIES TREK DUFFEL BAG,
  • * 4. WELCOME DINNER WITH NEPALI CULTURAL SHOW.
  • * 5. GOVERNMENT LICENCE HOLDER TREKKING GUIDE
  • * 6. ALL MEAL BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER, AND TEA, COFFEE,  ON THE TREK.
  • * 7. ALL STAFF EXPENSES
  • * 8. PORTER WAGES
  • * 9. NATIONAL PARK ENTRY FEE.
  • * 10. MUNICIPALITY CHARGE.
  • * 11. ALL GOVERNMENT TAXES.
  • * 12. All DOMESTIC FLIGHTS AND GROUND TRANSPORTATIONS

Excludes

  • * 1. LUNCH AND DINNER IN KATHMANDU EXCEPT WELCOME AND FAREWELL DINNER.
  • * 2. BOTH WAY INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE.
  • * 3. PERSONAL TRAVEL INSURANCE AND EMERGENCY RESCUE INSURANCE.
  • * 4. NEPAL ENTRY VISA FEE
  • * 5. ALCOHOLIC STUFFS.
  • * 6. FILMING PERMIT OF DRONE AND CAMERA
  • * 7. EXTRA NIGHT ACCODAMATION IN KATHMANDU IF LATE DEPARTURE.
  • * 8. PERSONAL EXPENSES, LAUNDRY, WIFI CHARGE, SOO ON.
  • * 9. STAFF TIPS

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daily activities

On your trek, every morning, you are awoken early by a Himalayan Memories Trek staff with a first cup of native tea or coffee, along with a bowl of warm water to freshen up. Next, you are served a full breakfast of local fare. Such as fresh fruit and vegetables where it is available. We mainly serve freshly made porridge, eggs, camp made breads etc.

While you have breakfast the Sherpa’s use this time to disassemble the tents, so make sure you pack all bags before sitting for breakfast. while some porters set off on the daily walk in order to make setups in advance of our arrival at the next stop/camp, so that when we get there, all you have to do is relax and enjoy the area.

Typically, our walks start soon after breakfast. After a couple of hours walk, we will stop for lunches. In general, the afternoon walk is shorter than the morning one, to give people time to visit neighbouring villages, to rest and to chat while the chefs prepare the supper.

staff & driver tipping

Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Normally the porters and any other trek staff are given their tips at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your Guide will advise the group on an appropriate level of tipping. Most groups will hand out the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the holiday. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contributes around $100 (or, approximately 12,000 Nepali Rupees) to these tips. At the end of their trek many people also like to donate various items of equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks are always warmly received by the porters. Your guide will make arrangements for a fair distribution (possibly by raffle) amongst the trek crew. Please note that you will have the opportunity to tip your guide separately during dinner on the final evening of the holiday. If you felt your guide was especially helpful, please consider an appropriate bonus to him or her of 20% of group tips.

baggage allowance

Your main item of luggage should be a sturdy kit bag, duffel bag or similar. This will be carried during the trek by porters or pack animals and must weigh no more than 15kg. You should also bring on your holiday a day-pack of approximately 30 litres capacity. It is possible to leave items not required on trek at the hotel in Kathmandu. For your international flights, please check the baggage allowance with your airline.

spending money

Approximately $350 (or equivalent in pound Sterling, Euros) changed into local currency, should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including porter and trek crew tips, drinks etc. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Pound Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit cards. (Fee applies) During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up by porters or animals, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

equipment

The basic idea of the trekking gear for the Himalayas. This Himalaya trekking kit list aims to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and night.
You will be given a detailed kit list after booking, but the main points to cover are as follows:-

* BAGS – Rucksack or duffel bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you. Your day-pack should be comfortable and capable of carrying everything you need for the day, plus any valuable items such as a camera and mobile phone.
* Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain.
* A puffy jacket, filled with either down or synthetic, designed to be worn while doing physical activity in the outdoors is essential for your kit. This layer will not only keep you warm on the trail should it be cold, but also help you stay cosy in lodges and tea-houses. Often times, these places do not have heat outside of the common area, so a warm puffy jacket will come in handy.
* LAYERS – Shirts, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves. We advise that you do not wear cotton while trekking. Cotton can actually make you colder, and in certain cases, give you hypothermia. Look for synthetic or merino wool material for your layering system.
* BASE LAYER – Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings. Both top and bottom. At least two sets.
* UNDERWEAR – We recommend non-cotton. 5-7 pairs.
* FEET – Comfortable Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings. Always be sure that footwear is well-broken in prior to arriving in Nepal. For socks we advise using non-cotton socks with plenty of cushion. If you are prone to blisters, consider getting silk sock liners. 3-5 pairs.
* SLEEPING – Warm sleeping bag (3-4 season) to get a good night’s sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
* DRINKING – Water bottles should be hard plastic. not throwaway bottles. We also advise that you do not bring a water bladder. Hose lines can freeze, and if you use boiled water, the hot water will melt your water bladder. For purification methods, we encourage you to bring a Filter iodine tablets, or a back-country water filter. Please bring spare batteries if you have a UV filter and at least one other method for sterilising water.
* WASHING & MEDICAL quick-dry travel towel, first aid kit, blister kit, extra toilet paper, hand sanitiser, lotion (the air is quite dry), lip balm,
* SUN CARE – sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen
* TREKKING – trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags, waterproof cover for your rucksack
* OPTIONAL ITEMS – Buff or neck gaiter, down booties (for warmth in the tea-house), if you are travelling during a snowy season, silk sock liners for extra warmth or blister prevention, she-wee or other female urinary device, dry shampoo, and snacks. You can buy snacks along the trail, purchase them in Kathmandu, or bring your favourite treat from home. Bringing a treat from home is a fun way to share some of your culture on the trail. It’s also helpful for those days in which nothing looks tasty. Remember, no cow products. Cows are sacred in Nepal.
* ELECTRONICS – Charging your electronics will cost money while on a trek in Nepal. If you would like to avoid this cost, consider bringing your own portable solar charger. Electronics do not like the cold. Sleep with your phone and any batteries in order to avoid bad battery life due to cold weather.
* EATING/DRINKING – Drinks bottles and insulated bottle covers,

7 rules in the Himalayas

1) Go slowly and take a full day for the hike rather than get there as fast as possible.

2) Drink lots of liquid.

3) Always give way to yaks right of way and when you meet one on a path with a drop to one side, always stand on the uphill side.

4) Don’t get caught out with inadequate clothing to cope with a rapid change in weather This is the high Himalaya and a clear bright morning does not mean the same in the afternoon.

5) Do not wander off by yourself and always make sure people know where you are. Anything can happen and a slip on scree or moraine can mean getting cold very quickly while waiting for someone to come and help.

6) Part of the trek is on lateral moraine and some places are slippery. There is no need for crampons but simple care where you are walking is important.

7) Remember that the best approach to safety is to prevent an accident happening in the first place.

insurance

As soon as you book your trip with Himalayan Memories Trek you should purchase a policy which covers trekking upto 5500m this will cover you any unexpected events force you to cancel. Your policy should also cover helicopter rescue in the event of an emergency evacuation.The only two methods of travel mostly are on foot or by helicopter once in the mountains. Obviously certain medical conditions are either so debilitating or urgent that the first option is not practicable as an evacuation method. Helicopter evacuation is very expensive and is also dependent on favourable weather conditions. Many of the helicopters are working at the limit of their operating altitude in the higher parts of the valley. Himalayan memories trek will be well placed to coordinate an efficient rescue but we must stress that there is no single definitive cost for a helicopter rescue, much depends on what else the pilot is doing in the area, how far the helicopter has to fly, where it started from and so on. The maximum is about $10,000 from Everest base camp (for example) Itself, so your travel insurance should cover up to this figure specifically for rescue costs. The helicopter company will require a payment guarantee before they fly, this will be done by your insurance provider, opening a case number and arranging the relevant exchanges of information and certification. For this purpose, it is essential that you have the right policy and provide us with all the policy details. Our staff have got mobile phones and generally, there is somewhere near with a phone signal, or else one of the staff will go to the nearest place. The safety and stability of the injured person is the job of the group and the staff and anyone nearby who can assist because sometimes it can take hours for a helicopter to arrive. Thankfully many of the trails have first aid posts along the way, but every group should be prepared to help deal with an injured person and in this case, it goes without saying that the needs of that person are more important than the trek itinerary.
It will be a matter of the helicopter company ascertaining that it is safe to fly to the relevant location and then flying the casualty to a nominated location, almost certainly a hospital in Kathmandu. The helicopter will then be met by Himalayan Memories trek who will help to coordinate any further stages in the process. The helicopter will also fly into Kathmandu airport and our staff will arrange for a car or ambulance to take the person to the hospital. If for any reason the helicopter is unable to fly we will use our many local staff and contacts to coordinate an alternative rescue and treatment regime. Normally this means using horses or simply stretchering a person off the mountain to the nearest safe place or safe helicopter landing area. Again, this is something that will generally involve everyone.

first aid kit

(Personal first aid kit contents)

Paracetamol
Ibuprofen
Antiseptic Wipes
Adhesive Plasters
Blister Plasters
Zinc Tape
Insect Repellent
Antihistamine tablets
Sunblock Cream
Water Purification Tablets

acclimatisation

Our treks allow a good time to acclimatise and as a mountain guiding outfit we always want to ensure the trek is safe. Reducing the number of days may make the price cheaper but the chances of safely reaching base camp also greatly reduce. We follow established mountaineering principles of height gain on all treks to altitude.

value of money

Our prices are competitive and good value, and we offer quality, service, security and an ethical stance on tourism in a developing country. We don’t want to be so expensive to run fewer trips and have our staff idle, but on the other hand we believe that running cheap trips that promote the practice of skimming budgets would result in the porters getting next to nothing, which is something we cannot consider. Your porters work extremely hard to carry your gear, advance set ups and keep your journey safe and enjoyable, sometimes at their own risk and peril. We could not complete our journey without them. They have families, too, and we all want to have an enjoyable, rewarding expedition full of great memories! Tashi Delek!

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Annapurna-Basecamp-poon hill-Trek

Trip Facts

  • flight & private transportation
  • 2 to 16
  • 4130m
  • best available
  • 3
  • MAR|APR|MAY|SEP|OCT|NOV
  • fully qualified guide
  • easy trekking
  • breakfast/lunch/diner
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