Nepal – Annapurna Poon Hill

2 Dec 16

Nepal – Annapurna Poon Hill

IMG_5799

Annapurna region in the north central of Nepal covers a series of thirteen 8000m peaks  and sixteen 7000m peaks, including the 10th highest peak in the world Annapurna I (8091m). The entire Annapurna region, the first and largest conversation area of Nepal, is protected by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Its snow-capped peaks and tourist-friendly tea houses' facilities has attracted many trekkers and climbers every year.

The Annapurna Poon Hill trek is one of the most popular and short treks in the Annapurna region. It is suitable for first time high altitude trekkers and families. The short duration, moderate trekking route and elevation to 3210m serve as a good introductory trek to the Annapurna region and the Himalayas. The trek in the foothills of the Annapurna Himalaya takes you through beautiful Gurung villages, well-trodden village routes, farmlands and lush rhododendron forests. Along the route, the majestic peaks of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and Hiunchuli (6441m) are often in view and offer an incredibly spectacular scenery of the snow-capped Himalayas' peaks.

About The Climb

We start our trek from Nayapul (1070m) through the scenic Gurung villages of Ghandruk of the Annapurna foothill to Ghorepani (2850m). At Ghorepani, we'll do a pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill (3210m) for the sunrise view. We descend via a different route through Tikhedunga (1525m) to Nayapul, completing a circuit trek from Nayapul - Ghandruk - Ghoerpani - Tikhedunga - Nayapul.

Trekking Seasons

There are four main seasons in Nepal. The best seasons to visit Nepal are spring, autumn and winter. Trekkers can trek from March to early June in spring. The next trekking season starts in mid-September and goes up till March. During this period, the visibility is good and it does not rain usually. You can get excellent views of landscapes and mountain ranges in this season. After November the temperature in higher altitudes becomes very low and snowfall starts

Autumn (September to November): Autumn season is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal. It offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.

Winter (December - February): Winter is when snowfall at higher elevations in the Himalayas is a common occurrence. Though it gets colder in night, it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail. However, not all treks are suitable to be done in winter especially those involving climbing and crossing high passes.

Spring (March - May): Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside a wild flowers  paradise during the spring season. The temperature is warmer as compared to autumn and winter.

Experience Required

This trek is suitable for those without any trekking experience. Anyone with a good level of fitness can complete this trek. The trek will bring you to an elevation of slightly above 3000m. Participants must have the ability to trek with a 5-6kg backpack load and able to walk for 6-8 hours a day.

Equipment and Gear

You will need a lightweight base layer, quick dry t-shirts and long trekking pants for the trek.  A water and wind proof outershell is essential to protect from the weather elements. When at the teahouse, after sundown and on the pre-dawn trek to Poon Hill, a down jacket will be required. A good down sleeping bag is also needed.

A packing list will be provided for all our participants. Down jacket, sleeping bag, fleece liner and duffel bag are provided during the trek. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to read about the layering system to be better prepared and choose the right gear/equipment for your climb.

Available DatesPriceQty*
4 - 13 Nov 2017 (Open International Group)$1,290.00 (SGD)  / person  
2 - 11 Dec 2017 (Open International Group)$1,290.00 (SGD)  / person  
17-26 Dec 2017 (Open International Group)$1,290.00 (SGD)  / person  
23 Mar-1 Apr (with a Trip Leader)$1,490.00 (SGD)  / person  

* You can register up to 12 participants in one go.


Register Now
  • Group size: 6 - 16 people
  • All our Nepal treks are a part of our charity initiative More Than A Trek. More Than A Trek aims to give back to the local communities we travel to. $100 of the package fee will be contributed to D2N's Nepal Scholarship's fund. Education is free in Nepal, but many children cannot afford school supplies, uniforms, backpacks or even adequate shoes and a winter coat. The scholarship fund preferentially selects women of lower castes.  As long as the kids are attending school and progressing, their scholarship will be renewed annually.
  • The 23 Mar-1 Apr 2018 trek is part of our Start Trekking  initiative. Through Start Trekking, we hope to encourage more people to take up trekking as a way to keep fit and embrace the great outdoors. The Start Trekking package fee include a trip leader from Singapore and is based on a group size of 5 - 16 people
  • You can also form a private group or join an international open group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at contact@aceadventure.com.sg

DayItineraryMealsAltitude At Rest
Day 1Arrive Kathmandu.-/-/-1330m
Day 2Half day city tour. Trek briefing & preparation. Welcome dinner.B/-/D1330m
Day 3Drive to Pokhara.B/L/-827m
Day 4-6Drive to Nayapul (1080m). Start trek to Ghorepani through Ghandruk (2000m) and Tadapani (2600m)B/L/D2850m
Day 7Pre-dawn hike to Poon Hill (3210m). Trek to HilleB/L/D1800m
Day 8Trek to Nayapul (1080m) and drive to PokharaB/L/-827m
Day 9Drive back to Kathmandu.B/L/-1330m
Day 10Depart Kathmandu. (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )B/-/-

Inclusions

  1. Return airport transfer in Kathmandu
  2. Return land transfer Kathmandu - Pokhara
  3. Half day city tour in Kathmandu
  4. Meals as indicated in itinerary
  5. Twin/Trip sharing accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and in teahouse during trek
  6. Trek gear: Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, down jacket and duffel bags
  7. Trek support: Climbing guide, assistant climbing guide and porters (1 porter to 1 trekker)
  8. Boiled drinking water, tea and coffee during meals on trek
  9. Permits & fees: Trekking permit (TIMS) fee; National Park entry fee
  10.  Comprehensive first aid kit carried by guide
  11. $100 contribution to D2N's Nepal Scholarship

Exclusions

  1. International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  2. Visa Fee (Visa On Arrival: USD25 for 15 days visa / USD40 for 30 days visa)
  3. Single Supplement
  4. Meals not indicated in itinerary
  5. All tipping (Budget around 10% of the package fee per trekker for the tip for the trekking crew)
  6. Personal porters
  7. Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 4000m)
  8. Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  9. Personal services during trek like hot shower, WIFI usage and charging of electronic appliances etc
  10. Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
  11. Extension of stay after the trek
  12. Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  13. Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay

Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions

We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the climb:
1. Trip briefing
2. Equipment preparation & gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Physical training preparation
4. Trip information kit

For Start Trekking : Training and Gear/Trekking Health Knowledge Sessions

To help you prepare for your first trekking adventure, we have included a training session and a gear/heathcare knowledge session prior to your trip.

The training session will cover all the basic trekking techniques on footwork, pacing, how to use the trekking poles etc.

The trekking gear/ healthcare knowledge session will cover the layering system, footwear, hydration and high altitude health concerns such as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) etc.

Our Local Trek Operator

We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in the Everest and other regions in Nepal, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in wilderness 1st aid and emergency rescue.

Grading: 1B

Good cardio-vascular fitness is necessary. There will be step stone steps and undulating mountain terrain to negotiate during the trek. You should have the ability to trek with personal backpack load of 5-6kg for up to 5 days.

Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a climb or trek. A training recommendation specific to the climb or trek will be given upon signing up. A good four to five months of training would be a good preparation for the trek. Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trip.