ABC Trek | Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill Trekking

Annapurna Base Camp via Poon hill Trek is a unique trek on the foothill of the Annapurna south specially intended for those who love to enjoy the flora and fauna, panoramic view of the Himalayan range in a comfortable way including Annapurna ranges, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Gangapurna, Himchul, and other Himalayan ranges. These wonderful views are arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center. From this glacier basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Modi Khola cuts its way south in a narrow gorge fully 12,000 ft. deep. Further south, the gorge opens up into a wide and fertile valley, the domain of the Gurungs. 

This is model trek best called as a typical walk right into the heart of the mountains and our gentle walk start from lowland to the outstanding high mountains with the breathtaking view of the Annapurna range. The walk ends at a point where you are virtually surrounded by soaring Himalayan peaks.

The trek involves several ascents and descents but not so tough to attempt as there are several alternative routes to the sanctuary, all meeting at Chomrong Village. In addition, during the journey, you are rewarded by the natural beauties, local people's lifestyle, typical houses, the territory in your each & every footstep.

The trek is also known with different names like Annapurna Sanctuary Trek or Annapurna Basecamp tour. Regardless of the name, you can hike, tour, walk or explore the beauty of the Annapurna region with the same intensity and passion with us.

map route for annapurna base camp trek aka abc trek

Fact of this trek
Trip Duration      10 days trek
Max. Altitude: 4120 m./13596 ft.
Minimum Altitude: 1030 m./3399 ft.
Grade: Moderate
Activities: Trekking
Accommodation: Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 
Transportation: Overland
Trek Departure: Every day throughout the week
Group Size: 1 person (minimum) to 14 persons (maximum)
Best season: Feb, March, April, May,Sep, Oct & Nov.
Available Time: All months
Per day hiking: 4 to 6 hours

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 : Pokhara-Nayapul-Tirkhedunga-Ulleri ( 1850m./6105ft.) 4 hours walk
Drive an hour to Nayapul by overland then trek to Ulleri then stay there over night at lodge.

Meals included : Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Ulleri-Banthanti-Nangethanti-Ghorepani ( 2800m./9240ft.) 5 hours walk
Trek to Ghorepani then stay there overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Ghorepani-Poon hill-Ghorepani-Deurali-Banthanti-Tadapani ( 2650m./8745ft.) 5 hours walk
Wake up early morning, have morning tea/coffee then climb 45 minutes to Poon hill (3210m/10593 ft.) just with day back and well equipped to see the sunrise and panoramic view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail and other Himalayas with drinking hot tea/coffee then climb back to same hotel. After breakfast trek to Tadapani then stay there overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 4: Tadapani-Chuile-Ghurjung-Chhomrong village ( 2130m./7029ft.) 5 hours walk
Trek to Chhomorong Village then stay there over night at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 5: Chhomrong-Sinuwa-Bamboo (2300m./7590ft.) 5 hours walk
Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo then stay there overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 6: Bamboo-Himalaya-Deurali ( 3200m./10560ft.) 4 hours walk
Trek to Deurali then stay overnight there at lodge. 

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 7: Deurali- MBC-ABC ( 4120m./13596ft.) 5 hours walk
Trek toward ABC  then stay there over night at lodge.
Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 8: ABC-MBC-Deurali-Himalaya-Bamboo ( 2300m./7590ft.) 5 hours walk
Trek down to Bamboo then stay there over night at lodge with breakfast.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 9: Dovan-Bamboo-Sinuwa-Chhomrong-Jhinu Danda ( 1600m./5280ft.) 6 hours walk
Trek to (hot spring) Jhinu danda then stay there overnight at lodge.

Meals included : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Day 10: Jhinu Danda- trek to Sewei- drive to Pokhara
Trek down to Sewei 2 hours walking then drive back to Pokhara by overland 3 hours driving.
Meals included : Breakfast

Trek Ends 


Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP)

The provision of  ACAP is to maintain and build local tourism infrastructure and preserve the nature.  Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)  permit is necessarily required for this trip. It can be obtained from government registered trekking company as Nepal alternative treks & Expeditions.  It's fee is fixed by NTNC NPR 3000 ( Three thousand rupees) per person to Mardi himal Trekking. You can not obtain along the entry point, they may return you without carrying ACAP permit. You need passport copy, one passport size photograph and fee in Rs. 3000 ( Three thousand rupees) or equivalent  in cash to apply the permit. This permit you can use only single entry in the area but no limitation of period.

Trekker's information Management System ( TIMS)

The main aim of TIMS has come into implementation from Jan.2008.  Trekking agency's association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal tour tourism board (NTB) has jointly recording the trekker's detail and issuing TIMS for trekkers.

TIMS can be applied through Government registered trekking agency as Nepal alternative treks. TIMS fees are NPR 2000 for individual trekkers and NPR 1000 for organized trekker. Individual TIMS has to be obtained at NTB in Kathmandu and Pokhara yourself . You are required passport copy, one passport size photograph and the amount NPR 2000 for individual TIMS. You have to applied by Trekking agency if you are joined trekking agency and the amount is NPR 1000 for company joined in cash.

Trekking Clothing equipment for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking

When you select your personal items, keep in mind the number of days you will be trekking, the time of year and the altitude. We advise our clients to bring these items:

- Lightweight walking boots "walked" them in prior to arrival in Nepal to avoid blisters. 

- Light weight pants, shorts

- At night -track top, pants 

-  T-shirts. 

- Long sleeve shirt, if susceptible to sunburn. 

- Sun hat - sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes. 

- Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton 

- Vaseline for feet and crutch.

- Water bottle - 2 liters.

- Sunglasses and strap 

- Small headlamp/flashlight /torch

- Personal medical supplies - do not forget ban - aids, elastic bandage 

- Sunscreen, sun bock, sun - tan lotion. 

- Small daypack - 25 liters. 

- Rain jacket - poncho style to cover backpack. 

- Small towels 

- Warm down fiber filled jacket ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 

- Sleeping bag to -15c with inner sheet ( You can get on rent at Thamel) 

- Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters. 

- A pair of gloves 

Travel insurance 

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don’t arrange or sell insurance. A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with Nepal alternative Trekking. 

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What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) ?

Acute mountain sickness is an illness that can affect trekkers at high altitudes, usually above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). The highest point is ABC which is elevated at 4130 meter, you have very little chance of AMS. If you be precautious about high altitude and follow our guide then you can avoid it. 

How do we know if I get AMS ?

Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push (exert) yourself. Symptoms are as below:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Rapid pulse (heart rate)
  • shortness of breath with exertion
  • Cannot walk in a straight line


  1. Rest, Rest , Rest
  2. Go down, down, down
  3. Diamox

Diamox may be given to help you breathe better. It can help reduce mild symptoms. This medicine can make you urinate more often. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug. This medication works best when taken before reaching a high altitude.

Prevention and pre-cautious 

Keys to preventing acute mountain sickness include:

  • Climb the mountain gradually and slowly
  • Sleep at a lower altitude when possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness
  • Drink plenty of fluid – 3 liters per day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Eat regular meals, high in carbohydrates
  • Sleep well
  • Be well equipped

First aid

Owing to a sudden change in climate, altitude and other factors, it is obvious that there could arise some alterations in your health. It would be hard to know all aspects of Nepal's health problems.You will be eating and drinking in various outlets. Diarrhea is a common illness that a tourist would be facing. So, it is recommended to drink purified water and eat in clean outlets. Drinking and eating precautions will surely help to take care of many health problems that could arise during the trip. Staying hydrated during the travel, trekking, tours is highly recommended too. If any problem should arise during the trip. Being on good health before leaving for a trip would help you to enjoy your trip to the fullest.Though Nepal alternative treks will be carrying first aid medical kid, you are also suggested to take personal basic first medicines for in case.


We will leave you free to choose hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara as there will be various choices. We will arrange twin share basis room in lodges during the trek. We will arrange shared washing room and toilet.


During our trek, we can enjoy authentic Nepalese food as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) in lodges. Threre will be provided breakfast, lunch and dinner three times along the route on your choice from MENU .

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Annapurna Base Camp is moderate level of trek,  suitable for passionate walkers who have the ability to walk at least 5-6 hours a day with a light rucksack. As we will  get the highest elevation 4130 meter, you are preferred an excellent health with average physical fitness, have a positive attitude and strong determination, we can accomplish the trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Nepal alternative treks before booking the trek.

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Ms. Tania and Ms. Sofia, Belgium

I want highly recommend about the service of this office Nepal alternative trek. I took the package to Annapurna Base Camp for 10 days that everything include along with a great guide who called Dillip and strong and nice porter called homey. It was 10 das which they take care of everything and it was amazing experience and with very good price highly recommend. 
This company boss Mr. Tej also helped me to get Indian visa. I appreciate him.

Mr. John Rucynski

It is my 5th. time to Nepal for trekking. This time, I did 10 day trek. Everything was very good and the guide Hari was very good too. Some guides we met on the trek gave gad advice about base camp but my guide was able to know the information and get me there. It was great trek as previous time. I strongly recommend this company’s services.

Siobhan Murphy

The trek was excellent. The service has been brilliant from before we left the Uk and the whole trip. I can’t fault the services-problems sorted out immediately Mr. Dillip and Lal porter were excellent, helpful, and always cheerful. We will always remember this trip. I will recommend this company to everyone and I hope you continue to be successful Tej.

Nigel Chamberlain

This is my first visit to Nepal and this trek has been nothing short of perfect. Mr Dilip and our porter Mr. Lal were excellent nothing was too much trouble and the views were incredible! The highlight was the dawn trek up to poon hill to see the sun rise over the mountains. Mr. Tej arranged everything and after the trek for our trip to Bhaktapur for the Nepali new year. A fantastic trip with a fantastic company 11/10 if I ever come to Nepal again I’ll use this company without hesitation.

Mr. James and Ms. Mariya

I found my experience in Nepal to be an overall favorable experience.  Our guides were very hospitable, knowledgeable and helpful. This company arrangement for our trip was perfect. I would like to come back again for longer time. Thanks !

Mr. Pim Wischhoff

Good food and hotels. Dilip was a good guide. We had memorable time in Nepal . The weather supported for good view of Himalaya range. Thanks to this company! We will use service again for next time.

Mr. James Rule

This was very memorable trip! Most of all, the service we received from Nepal alternative was expectative. Everyone in the organization was friendly, flexible and polite. First of all, they were extremely helpful and understanding. They easily adjusted our trip, one day late and attended to my needs while waiting for my daughter to arrive. As well, on our trek, we were treated “royally”. They had a sense of humor. We felt “light at home” and they explained many details to us which enriched our experience. We highly recommend this team for trekking to anyone who is wishing Nepal.

Mr. Kunal Pinto

I had a great trip over my 5 days in Nepal. Only regret was that It went my so quickly and that I am not able to stay for longer. My guide Dilip shrestha was awesome and I highly recommend him for anyone else planning a trekking adventure in Nepal. Tej put together a great itinerary considering my stay was so short. All my emails and correspondence with Nepal alternative treks went very smoothly and professionally and all my questions were answered promptly and with all the information required. I had an amazing trip thanks in large part to Dilip and Nepal alternative trek; nothing but good things to say.
Cheers, Kunal




Thank you Tej and Nauser For ever ...


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