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Annapurna Circuit with Poonhill Trekking

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Country

Nepal

Duration

13 Days

Best Season

Mar-May / Oct -Nov

Group Size

Private

Transportation

Flight / Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel and Lodge

Max. Altitude

17769 ft. / 5416 M.

Grade

Moderate
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Overview

Annapurna Circuit with Poonhill trek is both adventurous and relaxing trekking experience around the Annapurna massif including Annapurna I (8091m) and Dhaulagiri (8167m). The route follows the popular trail via Thorongla Pass (5416m) including Poonhill as the additional destination.

The extreme landscapes including the deepest gorge kaligandaki to Thorongla pass touching the edge of Tibetan plateau, from the Hindu culture in the low lands to the Buddhist influence in the Higher Himalayas – the Annapurna Circuit via Poonhill trek embarks on a huge geographical and cultural diversity.


Annapurna Circuit with Poonhill trek route details.

The trek commences from Besisahar, walking along the subtropical forest, fast flowing rivers and waterfalls amidst the beautiful view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho we reach Manang. Moving a little high we make our final preparation to cross Thorongla pass. Paving our way through the tranquil snow we come in harmony with the nature. On a decent from the pass is the ancient temple of Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists. Jomsom lying on the Kaligandagi river is the next stop. Kaligandaki River is famous for fossils and stones locally known as “shaligram” which are considered holy in Hindu belief. Across the river is the majestic Dhaulagiri. Kaligandaki ridge between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna is considered as the deepest in the world.

On our 21 days trek we head towards Ghorepani via Tatopani. Trekkers overcome their exhaustion in the natural hot spring water in Tatopani. Poonhill often called as the photographers point provides a fabulous panoramic view of the whole Annapurna Massif. The sunrise and sunset view from the Annapurna Circuit with Poonhill trek is absolutely incredible. Finally, we return to the beautiful city of Pokhara and then return to Kathmandu.

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Itinerary

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Day
1
Arrive at Kathmandu.
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Altitude

1350m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle

You will be welcomed by our staff standing with your name-card in the airport arrival terminal and transferred to your hotel by the private vehicle. Small meeting about the trip in the evening.

Day
2
Drive Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (823m).
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Duration

5 hrs Drive.
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Altitude

760m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

We take a drive from Kathmandu in a private tourist vechicle to reach Besisahar and stay in a hotel.

Day
3
Drive to Lower Pisang.
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Duration

6/7 hrs drive.
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Altitude

3200 m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
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After breakfast at hotel we start off road drive to Pisang. The trail cross several beautiful waterfall, lush forest and local villages.

Day
4
Trek to Manang.
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Duration

5 hrs walk.
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Altitude

3540m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

After Pisang, we have alternate paths at north and south of the Marsyangdi River that meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, despite the fact that there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the quaint but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Walking along the valley through the drier upper part of Manang (the unofficial trekking capital of the Annapurna Circuit) we can view Annapurna range. People of this area herd yaks and raise crops for leaving, beside this during winter they move to other places for trades.

Day
5
Acclimatization day at Manang, (3540m).
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Altitude

3540m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Today we explore Manang valley to take some rest and acclimatization for next days. We spend our day walking and sightseeing around Manang village, learn some Manang culture and the daytime is best to gain altitude.

Day
6
Trek to Yak kharka.
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Duration

5 hrs walk.
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Altitude

4090m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Leaving Manang the trail ascends steadily along the Jarsang Khola valley and reaches Ledar at 4250 meter. Walking and glancing over the steadily sparse vegetations, we reach Yak Kharka at 4090 meter.

Day
7
Trek to Throung Phedi.
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Duration

5 hrs walk.
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Altitude

4420m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Descending the trail, crossing the river at 4310 meters and again climbing through the trail takes you to Thorong Phedi at 4420 meters. At the foot of Thorung La Pass, this place gives your pleasant view of massive Annapurna region.

Day
8
Trek to Thorungla - la (cross over 5416m), then trek down to Muktinath.
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Duration

8-9 hrs walk.
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Altitude

3802m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

The journey starts early in the morning from the foot of the hill to the Thorung La Pass, highest place of our twentyone days Annapurna Circuit Trek. Crossing the steeply made pass, covered with stone, we hike gradually looking at magnificent views. Pass marked by Chortens and prayer flags looks nice and magnificent views imprints in your memory. Passing Thorung La, we reach the sacred site of Muktinath at the elevation of 3800 meters. Hindus and Buddhists alike visit Muktinath. The temple is built in the pagoda style dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Avalokiteshwara as the Buddhists call him. For Hindus, Muktinath is one of the most important places of pilgrimage. Long and difficult yet rewarding day of our Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Day
9
Drive to Tatopani.
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Duration

4/5 hours.
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Altitude

1,200m/3,937ft.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

From Muktinath we took a local jeeps and drive to Tatopani. Evening you can visit hot spring for Jacuzzi.

Day
10
Trek to Ghorepani.
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Duration

7 - 8 hours.
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Altitude

2,850m/9,350ft.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Lodge
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

From Tatopani we head forward to Ghorepani. The trail goes along lush rhododendron and lush forest after leaving Kaligandaki behind. Ghorepani is a small village inhabited by Gurungs and Thakalis. The name Ghorepani means water to horses. It is place where the horses carrying the goods and commodities would clear their thirst.

Day
11
Trek to PoonHill (3210m) and after trek to Birethanti and drive to Pokhara.
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Duration

5-6 hours walk.
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Altitude

822 m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast and Lunch.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

This is one of the fascinating day of your trek. Early morning wake up and start your journey climbing to Poon Hill (3210m) for around 1 hr. to witness best majestic scenery and sunrise over the high mountains. Lots of white mountains can be seen from poonhill including the likes of Dhaulagiri [8167m], Annapurna South [7119m] Fishtail [6993m], Nilglgiri south, Singa chuli , Annapurna I [8091m]. You then come down to Ghorepani to have breakfast. After your breakfast you ascend down along the trail decorated by rhododendron and oak forest, and soothing sound of streams entertains the soul. We have our Lunch at Tikhedhunga and finally reach Birethanti and drive to Pokhara.

Day
12
Drive/Fly back to Kathmandu.
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Duration

30 Min. flight
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Altitude

1350m.
accomodation_icon Accomodation: Hotel
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Fight/ Private Vehicle

A rest day a final shopping day at Kathmandu.

Day
13
Transfer to airport, departure to your own destination.
meals_icon Meals: Breakfast.
transport_icon Transport: Private Vehicle.

The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

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Inclusions

  • International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • 1 nights hotel accommodation in Besi Shahar on twin sharing basis on BB plan.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional english speaking tour guide. 
  • Kathmandu-Besi Shahar ground transportation by private vehicle.
  • Nayapul - Pokhara Transportation.
  • Pokhara- Kathmandu ground transportation by private vehicle.
  • 3 meals a day during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in itinerary.
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
  • Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card.
  • Professional government lisence holder English speaking trekking guide.
  • The required number of porters to carry the luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish trekking)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
Excludes
  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $30 for 15 day, US$ 50 for 30 day, and US$ 125 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Besi Shahar. 
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, etc.
  • Beverages, alcoholic drinks, mineral water, boiled water during the trekking.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary. 
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.
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Faqs

What is the Physical requirement for Annapurna Circuit Trek?
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Annapurna Circuit trek is suitable for all kind of people who are moderately fit, not any previous adventures experience is required. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Annapurna circuit trek. Persons suffering from a pre-existing medical flaws must seek medical advice before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.

Will somebody come to pick up me at the Airport upon my arrival?
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Yes, Global Holidays Adventure representative will be there to greet you outside of Terminal Hall. He will be displaying Global Holidays Adventure name card with your name on it. After that you will be transferred to pre-chosen Hotel.

What is the Visa procedure and Visa cost? Should we apply for the visa from our home country or will get it in Nepalese Airport? What essential documents should I bring with me?
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You can get the visa at Tribhuwan International Airport after landing, furthermore it will be easier if you fill up the visa form by online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa) before taking the flight to Nepal. Entry Visa fees- at present is $ 30 for 15 day, $ 50 for 30 days and $ 125 for three month visa on entry to Nepal. You should bring following essential documents in the trip: Valid Passport: must be valid for up to 6 months. Travel insurance: you need to provide a copy of insurance paper to Global Holidays Adventure before you start the trek. Flight Tickets. Emergency contact numbers for T/C's bank, insurance, family contacts.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and during the trek?
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All types of Hotels from a budget to Luxurious including five star services are available in Kathmandu. Normally, Global Holidays Adventure offers three hotel services in our outline itinerary. We can also accommodate according to your choice. During Trekking: You will have teahouse/Lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quit blanket. We can also offer Global Holidays Adventure's sleeping baggage if needed (which needs to be returned after the trip) but it’s always better to have a personal sleeping bag. We usually provide you single and double rooms as well as the occasional dormitory. During the peak season it is quite difficult to manage single room therefore double rooms are preferred in our outline itinerary.

How is the toilet facilities in the Higher Himalayan region?
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Normally there are common toilet facilities in teahouses and lodges, which are usually neat and clean. Nowadays, some small number of teahouses and lodges offer attached restroom. We will provide you the best option as far as possible in this regard.

How is the shower facilities during the trek?
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Normally there are hot water shower services in various teahouses and lodges. In the absence of such facility, the teahouse/lodges will provide you hot water bucket. The payment for the shower has to be made by yourself and the cost varies with the places.

Are there porters or yaks carrying the luggage or should we carry it on our own?
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Whilst on the trek, our porters who are honest and experienced, will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream, money etc. Normally, we assign one porters to carry the luggage of two trekkers.

What kind of food can I expect during the trek?
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Most of Teahouse cook a delicious range of mostly vegetarian fare Pasta, Tuna Bakes, Noodles, Potatoes, Eggs, Dal-bhat, Bread, Soups, Fresh Vegetable ( variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like Apple Pies, Pancakes and some interesting attempts at Custard. You will find a lot of garlic items on the menu, eat some every day because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, coffee, hot lemon as well as soft drinks. Each day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same lodge you spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination.

What short of transportation facilities are available in the whole trip?
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During the airport pick-drop and Kathmandu sightseeing we use private tourist vehicles of various categories such as cars, vans, micro, bus etc. according to size of the group. We take a domestic flight for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.

What is the best season for this trekking?
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The best season for this trek is October to mid-December and mid-February to mid-June. This trip is not preferred during the monsoon season from June to August except the treks to Himalayan rain shadow like Upper Mustang and Mt. Kailas.

What is the likely temperature and weather during the trek?
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Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. Generally, nights are chillingly cold, whereas, the days are warmer. Winter (January and February) will be a bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be a bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. The temperature inside the teahouses/lodges are fairly maintained. You can always sit beside a fire to keep yourself warmer. The temperature could be as high as 20 degree c to 15 degree c low during the day time.

Can I charge my camera and mobile batteries on my Trip?
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These facilities will be available in most of the places in your Hotel reception by paying some service charges. Don’t forget to bring your adapters!!

How is the communication facilities during the trek?
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There are telephone services in most of the hotels/lodges from where you can make international calls. There are mobile network services available in most of the places. Above that, Global Holidays Adventure offers satellite phone services in every trekking packages.

Can I use ATM and credit cards during the trip?
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ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Above that, you need cash payments for various service you need.

How much additional money do I need per day?
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In Kathmandu, you can allocate $ 10-15 for lunch and dinner. It all depends on your spending habits. $. 15- 20 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolate and few drinks in Trekking.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?
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Well it totally depends upon you. There is trend of tipping the guide and porters in trekking. Tipping is a good way to acknowledge their works and thank them in a better way, something they would cherish and support their daily lives.

How is the drinking water facility during the trek? Should I bring water purifiers?
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In most places bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, better if you have some for yourself.

What are the facilities available in case of emergencies during the trek?
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In case you suffer from altitude sickness or any other problems, we will offer you the doctor’s prescribed medicines according to the type of problem facing you. We will descend you and incase of extreme cases, you will get rescued by the helicopter.

Why is the travel insurance compulsory?
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In case of any casualties, travel insurance will be a boon to recover the incurred expenses. In case of helicopter rescue, the helicopter charge, which is little expensive, can also be recovered by your insurance. So it a good act to check you insurance validity and policy, whether it recovers the rescue charges or not.

Are Global Holidays Adventure's staffs insured?
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Yes, all the staffs of Global Holidays Adventure including guides and porters are insured to recover any kinds of casualties.

Can I add extra days to my Trekking Trip?
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Yes, it is absolutely possible to add some more days to the trip. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

I would like to extend my holidays, any recommendations?
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Yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holidays before or after your main trip. You can visit our other touring trips to add to the main event.

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