ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP

Annapurna Sanctuary
via
Poon Hill

14 Days $1900 ex Kathmandu

Accommodation

5 Nights Hotel Stay
8 Nights Tea House

Transportation

Mostly on foot
Transfers included

Included Meals

13 Breakfasts
9 Lunches
10 Dinners

Trip Grade

Category 3
High Heart Rate Holiday

Charity

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek has consistently been ranked as one of the top treks in the world. In two weeks, you’ll discover friendly Nepali hospitality and climb towards the mountainous amphitheatre known as Annapurna Base Camp. Our route crosses lush rhododendron forests, tiered rice fields, rocky ledges and farming communities. The people are as diverse as the setting; here, the colors and textures that make Nepal unique will be yours to savor and enjoy.

“Our Annapurna Base Camp- via Poon Hill trek with No Roads Expeditions truly exceeded our expectations. The pre-trip organisation and information from No Roads was fabulous and from the moment we were picked up at Kathmandu Airport until we were safely delivered back there, we were expertly catered for”. 

Ray and Liz Gallagher, Australia

Annapurna itself is not one single mountain summit but a series of summits making up what is known as the Annapurna massif. 

A short drive from the lakeside city Pokhara is the start of our Annapurna adventure. Descending through terraced fields and dense forests of oak, magnolia and rhododendron, we’ll sip warm tea and taste local meals of thatch-roofed communities. Sparkling mountains will surround us as we climb stony stairs leading to Poon Hill, a spectacular viewpoint for sunrise. After ascending Machhapuchhare Base Camp, we will enter the moraine of Annapurna Glacier South, an area of breathtaking beauty and a panorama of white peaks. Our destination, Annapurna Base Camp, is the perfect goal, a vast alpine stadium of natural Himalayan beauty. Journeys this pleasant aren’t easily forgotten.

The Journey

Our staff will be waiting for you at Kathmandu’s International Airport. After escorting you to your hotel, you’ll have plenty of time to rest and relax before our evening dinner. Meet your teammates over a traditional Nepali Set and enjoy a dance performance with various cultural themes. Bring your camera! Guests often join the revelry. (D)

Explore Kathmandu’s historic and cultural sites, including the towering white dome of Boudhanath and riverside Hindu temples of Pashupatinath. In the afternoon, we’ll distribute all necessary gear for our trek and answer any questions about what to expect in the days leading up to Annapurna Base Camp.

Green rice fields and the tiered farming countryside will be ours to savor as we make our way to the start of our trek. We’ll spend time in Pokhara, a charming city nestled beside Fewa Tal. Downtown Lakeside boasts shops, restaurants and bars where you can bargain for souvenirs and register for yoga classes. Rent a boat and paddle into the middle of the lake to take in views of snow-capped Fishtail Mountain. At night, there’s plenty of live music and even an outdoor movie theatre. The start of our trek is about an hour’s drive, and we’ll have a short walk the lines a river and surveys farming villages before reaching Tikhedunga. (B,L,D)

A difficult trail of stones and steps will lead to Ghorepani. Your heart will begin to pump in response to the higher elevations. After a tough climb, we will be rewarded with fantastic views of white Himalayan peaks. A welcoming guesthouse will be our stop for the day, and after filling our bellies with a freshly cooked meal, we’ll go to bed early in preparation for the sunrise climb to Poon Hill. (B,L,D)

We’ll use headlights to follow the trail leading to Poon Hill. The mountains will stretch out before us, and the morning sun will colour the horizon purple and gold. After enjoying views of snowy peaks and taking plenty of photos, we’ll return to Ghorepani and reach Tadapani to rest before our ascent further into the Himalayas. (B,L,D)

Today is an easy to allow our bodies to get used to the altitude. We’ll cross stone stairs and bridges high above the Chomrong River to reach the forests leading to Sinuwa village. After a gentle descent down to the village of Chomrong, we’ll rest for the night at a comfortable trekker’s lodge. (B,L,D)

Leaving Chomrong, we’re transverse another series of stair steps and head down towards the gushing riverbed. Next, prepare for another climb, up to Khuri and through a bamboo forest. The trail towards Dovan is a gentle one, allowing us to recover in preparation for our next challenge, the steep ascents towards Base Camp. (B,L,D)

Today is one for the books! Making our way through bamboo forests and thick rhododendron groves, we’ll pass Hinko Cave, a large rock formation that provides some protection against wintry elements. After leaving the village of Deurali, the gates to the Annapurna Sanctuary will rise in the background. Bagar, a green meadow with abandoned hotels, sits alongside our trail that continues to ascent towards Macchapurchare Base Camp (scaling Macchapurchare is forbidden, so this is the closest climbers can get to the mountain face). Here, we can see some of the best landscapes and most note-worthy mountains on our journey. We’ll rest for the night before continuing higher. (B,L,D)

Annapurna Base Camp is the highest point on our trek, a snowy canvas of ridges and peaks. Take pictures under the clear blue sky and celebrate your accomplishment before we make our way back down. Your legs may start to feel the strain and effort you’ve put forth as we start the return trek to Dovan. (B,L,D)

We’ll sip warm tea before heading off on our descent through forests and more rocky terrain. The path is relatively flat until we return to Sinuwa, where we start to wind our way down towards the Chomrong River. You’ll see another series of stone steps that lead us back to Chomrong, and we’ll rest for snacks before attempting the steep descent to Jhinudanda. There are hot springs here to soothe achy muscles and tired feet, and a home-cooked meal will give you energy for our return to Pokhara. (B,L,D)

The first part of our day is filled with more declines, but we will reach flat grassy lands that wind towards Birethati. After stopping for lunch, we have only a half hour left until we reach Nayapul. Our transport will be waiting to pick us up and drive us back to Pokhara. Spend your evening as you wish, sampling stone-fired pizzas or listening to local live music. If you didn’t get a massage the first time around, a visit to the spa may sound even more appealing now. (B,L,D)

We’ll return to Kathmandu valley through winding countryside roads. For an extra fee, it is possible to book a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu and arrive in less than thirty minutes. Fill your afternoon with a visit to Thamel, a maze of trinkets and Buddhist charms for tourists, or venture into Kathmandu’s more upscale neighborhoods like Lazimpat or Sherpa’s Mall. (B)

Our guides will make sure you arrive at the airport with plenty of time to catch your flight and say good-bye to your new friends. Like many visitors who travel to Nepal, “Pheri Betaula,” or, “See you later,” is the easiest way to depart. You may not want to leave! (B)

Includes

  • Arrival and Departure transfers on both domestic and international flights.
  • 3 nights accommodation at Harati Manor Hotel twin share
  • 2 nights in Pokhara hotel
  • OPEN and CHOICE of Full board meals while on expedition.
  • One Trekker: One Porter Policy
  • Accommodation at clean and comfortable tea houses or lodges.
  • Welcome dinner with the cultural program as listed in the itinerary.
  • Half day guided city tour with world heritage entrance permit as listed in the itinerary.
  • All Domestic flights and airport tax.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  • Free use of quality trekking gear – sleeping bag, fleece liner, down jacket, rain poncho.
  • Professional local trek leader with Wilderness First Aid.
  • Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) / Gamow Bag (A life-saving device in case of Acute Mountain Sickness) along with a comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Assistant trekking guides and other support staff for Annapurna trek.
  • Trekking map.
  • Personal Sherpa Porters to carry all personal gear.
  • Insurance of all staff including Porters.
  • Warm clothing and required trekking gear for Porters like Gortex jacket /trousers, trekking shoes, woolen hat, woolen gloves, woolen shocks, sunglasses etc.
  • Complimentary souvenir Tshirt.
  • TIMS Trekking permit

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Tips and beverages

Journey Extensions and Upgrades

Check out our Journey Extensions for those that want to stay a little longer or try something different along the way.

Nepali Ghar Room

In the heart of Thamel, is the Nepali Ghar Hotel. The Nepali Ghar punctuates the new trend of modern hotels and breezes an ode to Nepalese traditional styles. These traditions afford a warm and homely environment for all adventurers. The hotels Delux rooms are luxurious and open with excellent facilities. The hotel has a restaurant that serves great food as well as a fitness centre.

If you would like to stay at the Nepali Ghar Hotel as part of your package of 2 nights before and 1 night after an expedition the extra price will be $550 (for all 3 nights).

For twin rooms where you share the room, the price is $300 per person twin share.

Nepali Ghar Room

In the heart of Thamel, is the Nepali Ghar Hotel. The Nepali Ghar punctuates the new trend of modern hotels and breezes an ode to Nepalese traditional styles. These traditions afford a warm and homely environment for all adventurers. The hotel’s Delux rooms are luxurious and open with excellent facilities. The hotel has a restaurant that serves great food as well as a fitness centre.

If you would like to stay at the Nepali Ghar Hotel as part of your package of 2 nights before and 1 night after an expedition the extra price will be $300 per person twin share (for all 3 nights).

For single rooms for these nights the extra price is $550.

If New Zealand is seen as the fast food for drop-dead gorgeous instant landscape shots, the Annapurna trek is a degustation of 10 courses, with a whole new vista presenting itself each day.

Trek responsibly with trained porters and guides

Our team are committed to making sure your journey is a safe and memorable one. Each guest is paired with one porter (we have a 1 Porter 1 Trekker policy) to ensure a comfortable trek, and all of our guides receive medical and mountaineering training to make sure your experience is pleasant. We provide safety equipment and bring necessary medical supplies on each trip.

Enjoy local and cultural experiences with our knowledgeable team

With side excursions to monasteries and farming villages, we take our guests on trails less travelled by other climbing companies. Along the way, our footsteps will cross the shadows of Annapurna II, III and IV.   Our guides will explain to you the various traditions unique to this region and possibly some of the climbing routes up these giant mountains. Returning to Pokhara, we’ll travel down a different route giving us a true appreciation of the sheer beauty of the Annapurna region.

Prepare for an adventure of a lifetime

Before we begin our trek, our team will review our itinerary to Pokhara and answer your questions about what to expect in the days leading to Annapurna Base Camp.

The Annapurna range is a vast massif with many 7000-meter peaks (some such as Annapurna II reaching 7937 meters), laying between the Kali Gandaki, and Marsyandi river valley, forming a solid, mountain bastion. Within its span of 60 kilometres, it encompasses dozen of peaks that are higher than 7000m and numerous others over 6000m.

We will pass through the Machhapuchare and Annapurna base camps directly below the dramatic fishtail peak. Our ultimate destination is the vast natural amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary where we are ringed by glistening peaks.

We get asked a lot of questions about our Annapurna treks. The following are certainly the most common however if you have another question please let us know or the answer may be found in our Trip Notes section.

How hard is the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

The actual trekking and trail on the Annapurna Sanctuary to Annapurna Base Camp is quite gentle and solid underfoot. There are two sections that we would say are challenging and they would be the trail to Ghorepani and then the descent back down from Annapurna Base Camp. Other than these, days are spent hiking slowly up or down the valleys. As such we believe someone with a good base fitness who puts in a bit more training for this trek, will have problems enjoying themselves on the trail.

Do I have to carry my own gear?

You do not have to carry your own gear all the way to Annapurna Base Camp. Our 1 Porter 1 Trekker policy allows us to carry all your gear for you during the day. Your bag will be at the tea house ready for you to freshen up at the end of the day. All you need to carry is a day pack which will have some wet weather gear in it such as the supplied poncho, possibly warmer clothes, water and sunscreen and some money. Usually, the pack will weigh around 5kgs.

What are the Tea Houses like on the Annapurna Base Camp trek?

Your accommodation along the way will be the iconic Nepali Tea Houses. These Tea Houses are one of the highlights of the trip. We have handpicked what we think are the best Tea Houses along the trail to Annapurna. Warm and inviting, each Tea House consists of a communal hall with tables and chairs scattered around the perimeter and central to the room is the heater, which as the sun falls below the horizon becomes a focal point. 

The Tea House serves up delicious food from Western staples such as fried potatoes to Nepali dal bhat. We have an open menu policy, so you can pick anything from the menu.

Bedrooms fan out from the main communal room either at the same level or upstairs. Bedrooms are usually basic and bathrooms are shared. 

Each Tea House has its own history and are incredible places to stay, to fill our bellies, warm our hands and to meet other hikers from all over the world. Put simply, we love Tea Houses.

Pradip Nepal manager No Roads Expeditions

Our Annapurna Sanctuary via Poon Hill will take you deep into the Annapurna Range, to the base of these incredible mountains. You will experience local hospitality at the local Tea Houses along the way and be in awe of the magnificence of these mountains. There is a reason why the Annapurna trails are considered some of the best trekking in the world. Because they are.

Pradip
Nepal Ops Manager

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