12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
The number of days required for 12 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek will be dispersed as:
• Trekking Days: 07 Days.
• Kathmandu Stay: 03 Days.
• Pokhara stay: 02 Days.
• Departure Day: 01 Day.
This phenomenal 12 days Annapurna base camp trek takes you to the legendary trail set by the French climber Maurice Herzog in 1950. Maurice Herzog scaled Annapurna I, the first ever victorious human ascent of 8,000 m peak in the history of mountaineering. Trekking to the base of Annapurna I (8091 m), the 10th highest mountain in the world is indeed a pleasing experience. This 12 days Annapurna base camp trek is yet another delightful trek that delivers great trekking experience. It offers you with scenic snow-clad mountain views, natural trekking trail and interaction with the locals popularly known as “Gurung”.
Annapurna base camp is by far the most sanctified place and it bears various beliefs, myths and mysteries which still survive in the midst of all modernization.
We drive to the most enchanting Lake city of Pokhara with a grandiose view of Annapurna range and the famous Phewa Lake. Fishtail or Machchapuchare – The Holy Mountain, dominates this beautiful city. Next day we drive to the village of Siwai, our starting point and soon head towards the settlement of Jhinu with the ‘natural hot spring’. Small hike to the hot spring and a soothing hot bath is worth it. Next morning we hike up to the beautiful village of Chhomrong that offers the most gorgeous view of the holy mountain Fishtail.
From Chhomrong we get deep into the silent and mysterious valley of Annapurna that presents lofty hills and series of waterfalls. Further, we start heading towards Bamboo through the most fascinating trail with dramatic forest setting which is simply sensational. The name itself symbolizes that this small village is precisely inside the forest of bamboo, maple, rhododendron and oak. Bamboo doesn’t offer much view but it’s worth it to stay overnight. However, the tranquil atmosphere at Bamboo with just the sound of nature around is mesmerizing.
Soon, we walk the sanctified woodland trail towards the village of Deurali. This trail is appears very mystifying that holds lots of myths and mystery. To many, this dark forested trail gives an uncanny feeling but it’s exciting as you pass through. Soon we get to most awaited destination, Annapurna base camp which is very well fenced by sky rocketing snow peaks. It’s indeed very spiritual and magical to be at ABC with a magnificent view. Furthermore, anyone would be so overwhelmed when they find themselves into a place entirely surrounded by majestic snow peaks. It is simply magical. After that saying goodbye to the magnanimous mountain we retrace our trail back to Siwai.
- DAY 01:Arrive to Kathmandu (1400 m/4593 ft)
- DAY 02:Half day city tour/ afternoon trek briefing and preparation / welcome dinner.
- DAY 03:Drive to Pokhara (820 m/2,690 ft)
- DAY 04:Drive to Nayapul Trek to Ghandruk (1940 m/6364 ft)
- DAY 05:Trek to Tadapani (2630 m/8628 ft)
- DAY 06:Trek to Ghorepani (2860 m/9383 ft)
- DAY 07:Morning excursion to poonhill (3200 m / 10,498 ft) and Trek to Hille (1460 m/4790 ft)
- DAY 08:Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.
- DAY 09:Drive to Kathmandu
- DAY 10:Transportation to the International airport.
The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your group leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.
What distance do we cover?
As per Nepal Pyramids itinerary we cover about 49/50 km - 31 miles
Is Poonhill trek difficult?
This 5 days mini circuit trail that takes you around the glorious foothills of Annapurna with its best view of Annapurna range and the Gurung culture is indeed a very easy trek. Anyone with the reasonable fitness can join the Poonhill trek.
Any option for Customization?
With Nepal Pyramids you have every right to modify the itinerary as per the time convenient to you and the level of fitness of the group.
Food and Accommodation?
Family Oriented Lodges which Nepal Pyramids use are at its best offering you the comfort experience and its typical local environment. It’s basically the extension of their own houses that offers you with twin bed sharing room and common toilets. You have variety of choices for the food and so far with Nepal Pyramids absolute contentment prevails in regards to meals and Local Tea-House.
Physical Preparation for Poonhill trek?
Though an effortless trekking destination, anyone of any age with reasonable fitness can do Ghorepani/Poonhill trek. Challenging physical preparation is not required other than regular undulation walks to break into your new hiking shoes if any or to prepare you ankle for all the steps and rugged trial
What are common ailments?
Ghorepani Poonhill trek is Altitude sickness free area. Food poisoning, severe diarrhea, stomach problems, constipation are other very common ailments that can be nightmarish. However, Nepal Pyramids delivers professionals who are well equipped with medication and preventive strategies to deal with these ailments.
Charging facility, hot showers and Wi-Fi in Poonhill trek?
The charging privilege is possible almost in all the only settlements. However, it is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the fully charged power bank batteries since your batteries run out pretty quick in the cold. Over trivial cost all tea houses provide you with super-hot showers, if not hot-bucket shower is always available.
Most lodges provide you with Wi-Fi over some charges but not always reliable.
What is the usual walking distance?
Since we allow people a very relaxed pace with multiple breaks, the time duration varies. However we usually walk 5/6 hours every day excluding Lunch. To make every day more memorable and relaxed we set up our own pace giving you ample time to enjoy the moment. We also start early so that we could reach the destination on time that in return contributes to more space to explore and enjoy the serenity of the place.
Is it doable in winter?
The chill factor might be pretty strong in the winter. And most trails that falls right under the shades of lush forest might be icy but despite all these it’s a perfect destination for winter vacation with awe-inspiring mountain views and mesmerizing sunrise an sunset.
What equipment’s Nepal Pyramids provide?
Nepal Pyramids provides you with a very warm sleeping bag with fleece liner and wind-stopper duvet jackets with attach hood. We also provide you with Nepal Pyramids duffel bag to fit all your gears in, plastic bag to separate your clean clothes with the dirty ones.
Drinking Water arrangements?
Nepal Pyramids, for environmental concern we are opposed to the use of disposable plastic bottles on any of our trips to Nepal Himalayas. With no additional cost our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening for which at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles are recommended. In case you ran out of the delivered water you can always buy boiled and filtered water from the tea houses along the way at minimal charges.
What if I am sick during the trek?
We request everyone involved to notify your group leader in case of any ill health while on the trip. Your leaders are professional in dealing with common ailments. Depending on the severity of your health, aid will be organized including the air evacuation if necessary for which the traveler are to pay in Kathmandu and can claim from their respective health insurance.
Do I need to have Insurance for this trip?
It is always very wise to have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure that includes trip delays, cancellation, loss of property, sickness, or air evacuation. Though your leaders are highly trained to cope with any emergency situation yet sometimes even after the best of our precautions things happens. Till now there hasn’t been any fatality reported doing Ghorepani trek with Nepal Pyramids.
⭐ The early drive to Pokhara through the unfamiliar slender highway is special with its picturesque view, beautiful landscape, gorges, and farming terraces along with a glimpse of snow-clad mountains at the backdrop.
⭐ Pokhara (820m), the second biggest city also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the land of extravagant beauty that triggers excitement despite its 6 hours drive.
⭐ The beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.
⭐ Next day’s drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk is adventurous. This first day technical climb is worth-it as it takes you to the biggest cultured Gurung village with a grand view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Fishtail along with extensive vibrant green hills.
⭐ Walk to Ghorepani, the world’s largest Rhododendron growing forest area and morning excursion to Poonhill for the exceptional sunrise view is one cherishing moment endowed with spectacular panoramic mountains view along with the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.
DAY 01: IN KATHMANDU (1400 m/4593 ft)
Soon you land in Kathmandu airport your group leader will be there to greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Despite, the capital city of Nepal certainly being the busiest with hectic traffic it undoubtedly has a strong appeal with local splendor and vigorous activities around, where you can simply relax and take pleasure in the fun of driving through the unfamiliar roads.
• Pick up from the international airport.
• Transfer to hotel by your Group Leader.
• Short preliminary briefing.
• Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.
• Welcome dinner and getting to know each other.
DAY 02: IN THE CAPITAL
Today would be the most exhilarating day where your leader introduces you to our city tour expert who guides you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious place that are listed in the world heritage sites and elucidates you the entire mysticism over its existence.
• Breakfast depending on your choice and preference.
• Meet-up at 9am for the tour.
• Visit to Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath.
• Lunch on your preference.
• Getting together for trek briefing as per the time given by your leader.
• Distribution of company’s trek equipment’s.
DAY 03: DRIVE TO POKHARA (820 m/2690 ft) 6 - 7 hours
Driving to Pokhara, the second biggest city of Nepal is very entertaining giving you ample opportunity to know how locals live up to drive through these winding roads in local bus which are often enormously packed.
• 6/7 hours drive.
• Early drive to Pokhara to skip any uncertainty of traffic jam.
• Fabulous scenery as you navigate through this new roads.
• A very relaxing multiple breaks gives you time to stretch and enjoy.
• Lunch stop in one of the highway restaurant with its excellent food choices is very comforting.
• Being in Pokhara unlike Kathmandu will definitely add more excitement to your anticipation.
DAY 04: DRIVE TO NAYAPUL AND TREK TO GHANDRUK: (1940 m/6364 ft) 5 hours
Approximately 1 and ½ hour’s drive on narrow paved road to Nayapul, the starting point of your electrifying expedition is sincerely adventurous. Approximately 5 hours walk to Ghandruk, the biggest Gurung rural community in the region.
• Drive to Nayapul.
• 2 hours gentle walk to the beautiful settlement of Syauli Bazaar for lunch.
• 3 hours of vertical ascend through the series of villages.
• The scenic beauty, deep gorge and farming terraces at the backdrop is phenomenal.
• Overnight stay, fabulous dinner and briefing by your leader along with number of alluring narratives.
• Great view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machchapurchare (fishtail) mountain.
DAY 05: TREK TO TADAPANI: (2630 m/8628 ft) 3 - 4 hours
3 and half to 4 hours walk through the beautiful forest of Rhododendron, Maple, Oak and number of other floras.
• Wake up call as set by your leader.
• After breakfast today’s walk is pretty much on undulating trails.
• Most of the time you are in the shade keeping you away from the harsh day sun.
• Overnight stay in this small settlement of Tadapani is quite an experience.
• Landscape and mountain views are stunning.
• Stunning sunrise view from the tea house veranda itself.
DAY 06: TREK TO GHOREPANI: (2860 m/9383 ft) 6 - 7 hours
6/7 hours walking through the beautiful Lord of the Rings like trail set-up is overwhelming and getting to Gorepani the leading protected area in Nepal with the world largest Rhododendron forest is extraordinary.
• Unbelievable hike through the dramatic forest setup.
• Lot to see if you are trekking in spring.
• Lunch at Deurali (3090 m/10,137 ft) is another attraction.
• Walking down few hundred below to the blue roof settlement is electrifying.
• Overnight stay, marvelous dinner and chill out.
• Briefing by your leader and entertaining activities.
DAY 07: TREK TO HILLE: (1460 m/4790 ft) 5 - 6 hours
Morning sunrise view from Poon-Hill is one cherishing moment with panoramic view of mountains like Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus peak, Fishtail etc. Looking down upon the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the world’s deepest gorge is something remarkable.
• Early wake-up call for the 45 minutes excursion to Poon-Hill (3200 m/10,498 ft).
• Dazzling sunrise view that moves many emotionally.
• Breakfast and steep descent (1400 m) down to Hille.
• Despite no mountain view Hille is admired for its culture and its time honored farming terraces.
• Being it a last night fun activities follows with dancing, eating, drinking and tipping.
DAY 08; TREK TO NAYAPUL 3 hours /DRIVE TO POKHARA 1 and 1/2 hours
2 and a half hours walk to Nayapul, the starting point and depending on your preference the leader will organize your lunch. 1 and a half hour drive to Pokhara.
• End of your trekking days.
• Drive to Pokhara.
• As per preference your leader will assist you in your Pokhara activities that may include: lake explore and hike to peace pagoda, paragliding, zip lining etc. or its entirely up to your choice if you want to stay back and explore Pokhara for shopping.
DAY 09: FLY TO KATHMANDU - 25 minutes
Sensational flight back to the capital city of Kathmandu with an outstanding panoramic view.
Sensational flight to Kathmandu
Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.
DAY 15: DEPARTURE DAY.
Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. Your leader will be there to send you off home.
Dates & Cost
The given dates and cost is basically for both individual and group who wants to join the group or privately reserve a trip as per the favorable day and time given below. However, we organize trips all through the year to which anyone who would personally like to customize your trip in accordance with your time convenience feel free to write to us. We are available 24/7 at your service.
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✅ National park entry fees, conservation fees, trekking permit, TIMS permit.
✅ Airport pickups and drops facility on both Domestic and International flights.
✅ Three star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed / Breakfast basis.
✅ Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
✅ Half day guided city sightseeing with paid entrance fee.
✅ All Government and Local tax.
✅ FLIGHT FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU.
✅ Fundamental trekking gears like sleeping bag, down jacket fleece liner etc.
✅ All Ground transportation to and from preferred destination as per the itinerary.
✅ Tea-house accommodation or tented camp as per the trek.
✅ Properly boiled hot water for drinking every evening and morning.
✅ staff insurance.
✅ Meals (Lunch, dinner, breakfast with hot beverages) during trek.
✅ An accomplished trekking Group Leader and assistant guides.
✅ Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive medical kit on all trips.
✅ Take away Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt, Buff (multiple head-wear) and trekking Map.
✅ Porter service.
✅ Porters’ Clothing.
❌ Fee levied on Nepali visa.
❌ All personal expenses including Food while in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
❌ International flight fares.
❌ Medical examination or emergency rescues.
❌ Staff Tipping.
❌ Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival.
❌ Travel or medical insurance.
❌ Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
❌ Other personal expenses – laundry, battery charges, shower etc.