Nepal – Annapurna Poon Hill

2 Dec 16

Nepal – Annapurna Poon Hill

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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 shorter 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 Trek

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

Trekking Seasons

There are four seasons in Nepal. The best seasons to visit Nepal for trekking are spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to December). It is possible to trek in winter, which is the fringe and low trekking season. In winter, the temperature in higher altitudes becomes very low and snowfall starts. June to early September is the monsoon season when gloomy sky and heavy rain is the typical daily weather pattern.

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.

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 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 the temperatures can be freezing cold, winter offers clear day and blue sky. There are also relatively fewer trekkers. Not all treks are opened or suitable to be done in winter. particularly, those involving peak climbing and crossing high passes.

Experience Required

No trekking experience is required. Anyone with a good level of fitness can complete this trek. The trek will bring you to an elevation of slightly above 3000m in undulating mountain terrain . You will be trekking for 5 days with an average of 6-8 hours a day with a 5-6kg backpack load.

Equipment and Gear

You will need thermal base layers, a fleece jacket and an outer shell jacket. When at the tea houses and after sundown, a down jacket will help keep you warm. A down sleeping bag is also needed and provided.

A packing list will be provided to all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to learn about the layering system and choose the right gear/equipment for your trek.

Available DatesPriceQty*
4 - 13 Nov 2017$1,180.00 (SGD)  / person  
2 - 11 Dec 2017$1,180.00 (SGD)  / person  
17-26 Dec 2017$1,180.00 (SGD)  / person  
10 - 19 Mar 2018$1,180.00 (SGD)  / person  
23 Mar-1 Apr 2018 (with a Trek Leader)$1,380.00 (SGD)  / person  
7 - 16 Apr 2018$1,180.00 (SGD)  / person  
14 - 23 Apr 2018$1,180.00 (SGD)  / person  
28 Apr - 7 May 2018$1,180.00 (SGD)  / person  
29 Sep - 8 Oct 2018$1,180.00 (SGD)  / person  
20 - 29 Oct 2018$1,180.00 (SGD)  / person  
27 Oct - 5 Nov 2018$1,180.00 (SGD)  / person  
3 - 12 Nov 2018$1,180.00 (SGD)  / person  
22 - 31 Dec 2018$1,180.00 (SGD)  / person  

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


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  • Dates listed are for open international group
  • Group size: 4 - 12 people
  • 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. 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

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

Exclusions

  • International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
  • Visa
  • Single Supplement
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • All tipping (Budget around 10-15% of the package fee per trekker for the tip for the trekking crew)
  • Personal porters
  • Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover travel agent insolvency and trekking up to 4000m)
  • Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
  • Personal services during trek like hot shower, WIFI usage and charging of electronic appliances etc
  • Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
  • Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
  • Emergency evacuation and medical expenses
  • 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 and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)

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 trekking/climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Nepal, possess  intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in wilderness 1st aid and emergency rescue.

Our climbing guides carry a portable oxygen cylinder, pulse oximeter and comprehensive first aid kit for emergency purpose.

Grading: 1B

Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a trekking or mountain climbing trip.

Pure cardiovascular fitness is NOT enough.

Focus your training effort in the following areas, assuming that you are in good health and injury-free:

  1. Climbing conditioning – stairs and load training.
  2. Cardio training - Jogging/running and interval training like CrossFit or HIIT.
  3. Strength training for the lower body, shoulder, back and core
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  4.  Flexibility training - eg: Yoga and stretching exercises

A good three to five months of training would be a good preparation for this trek.

A recommended training guide specific to the trek or climb will be given to you upon signing up.

Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trek.

Refer to our Training Guide for tips on trekking and mountain climbing training.