The epic journey around the massive Annapurna has met with wide acclaim from the trekkers. There are many routes that one can follow and all of them has their own perks. Even among the alternatives, the route through Poon Hill has its own essence. This combines two of the most sought destinations.
Our guides here at Happy Land Treks will pick you up from the airport and drop you at your hotel where you will be briefed about the trek. The lodging, food, and luggage will be taken care of so you can concentrate on this journey.
The 220km journey around the Annapurna massif, in itself, is a challenge. Throughout this tour we get the view of the mighty mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri(8,167m), Mt. Annapurna I(8,091m), Mt. Macchapuchhre (6,993), Nilgiri Mountains and other mountains in the Annapurna range. With the beautiful Rhododendron and Bamboo forests, we also get to experience the unique villages in the Annapurna regions with their own lifestyle, culture, and traditions. This trek is one of the best combination of the culture and natural beauty, making this one of the best treks in the world. The highest altitude in the Annapurna Circuit is Thorong La (5,416m) rivaling the mighty Kala Patthar(5,643m) in the Everest region.
The trekkers will also get to visit the land of Manang with howling wind and rocky trails. Crossing the Thorong La we reach the Holy Land of Muktinath and finally on our way back to Pokhara we take a stop at PoonHill. Poonhill is one of the best places to watch the beautiful mountains, sunrise and all the nature has to offer and combining this with one of the best walks in the world, and we have a journey to remember.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu transfer to hotel and over night in Kathmandu preparation for trekking
Day 02: Kathmandu to Bulbule by bus and over night in Bulbule (840m)
Day 03: Trek Bulbule to Jagat (1300m)
Day 04: Trek Jagat to Dharapani (1860m)
Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Chame (2670m)
Day 06: Trek Chame to Pisang (3300m)
Day 07: Trek Pisang to Manang (3540m) via upper pisang.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Manang explore around.
Day 09: Manang to leader (4200m)
Day 10: Trek Leader to Thorang phedi (4420m)
Day 11: Trek High Camp to Muktinath (3800) via Thorang La Pass 5416m.
Day 12: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m)
Day 13: Trek Jomsom to Kalopani (2530m)
Day 14: Trek Kalopani to Tatopani (1200m)
Day 15: Trek Tatopani to Shikha (1935m)
Day 16: Trek Shikha to Ghorepani (2874m) Early in the morning hike uphill to the Poon-Hill to see the sunrise view and Annapurna Himalayan range include the world's 7th height mountain Dhaulagiri (8167.m) after enjoying the view downhill to the Ghorepani and breakfast after breakfast trek to Hile.
Day 17: Trek Ghorepani to Hile (1475m)
Day 18: Trek Hile to Nayapul (1070m) from Nayapul by private transport to Pokhara (825m) and over night in Pokhara.
Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1336m) by tourist bus
Day 20: Departure to international airport or if you have few days extra in Kathmandu you can chill, shopping, Sightseeing, etc
We trek per day between 4 to 8 hours it’s depending on the walk, we can always tailor the date to you and your needs. While trekking with Happyland Treks we recommends you to drink 3 to 5 liters water per day. Water is known to help when combating mountain altitude sickness.
During the trek almost every village you will have access to boiled purified drinking water, bottle of water and hot water for the drink which is cost started from 60 – 500 rupee per liters depends where you are. Cold shower is free but we are not recommends cold shower during the trek because it too cold up there, so it’s better to have hot shower which is possible by Gas Geysers or Hot Bucked and prices started from 100 – 500 rupee per head.
For the camera/mobile battery we always recommends you bring some extra batteries if possible, you can have Mobile/Camera Battery charge almost every tea house the places where you staying in the night. When trekking you will go through terrain that can be flat, downhill uphill and at points with lots of stairs. We are always there to help and support you and your journey.
Learning about local culture and their people. Visiting Gomba, monastery, prayer flag and prayer wells. Reaching to Thorang La Pass 5416m. poonhill 3210m. (sunrise view point)
During the trip we will sleep at a maximum altitude of 4450m. (Thorang Phedi)
We are in the tea house trekking
Tea house trek basically means small hotel with cozy room established along the trekking route that provide room and food. Most of this established family owned and home cooked meals are serve as well as different type of food European and western food its bit of different but it’s good.
Mountain Sickness and prevention
Mountain Altitude Sickness can affect anyone above 3000 meters. Altitude Sickness affects people regardless of sex. age and fitness. If you are showing signs of mountain altitude sickness your safety is our first priority and we will facilitate you getting down as fast as possible. We suggest prior to trekking to ensure you are in good health and have consulted with your GP. It is recommended prior to departing walking training is done so you have the most enjoyable time whilst trekking. Please don’t hesitate ask more.
ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS!
Many people suffer from mild symptoms of AMS (ACCUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS)
A light headache, loss of appetite and disturbed sleep may occur when suffering from AMS. If you experience any of these symptoms do not continue ascend. Instead, stay where you are or go down to acclimatize.
Hace – High Altitude Cerebral Edema (swelling of the brain)
Hape – High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (fluids in the lungs)
Persistent severe headache, difficulty breathing, confused thinking, loss of appetite, rapid breathing or breathlessness at rest, vomiting, coughing up pink, brown or white sputum, sound of liquid in the lungs, blueness of face and lips, severe lethargy (not wanting to do anything), persistent bubbling cough, or persistent increased heart rate (110 per minute)
Prevention:- Drink plenty of water (not alcoholic beverage) and eat fruit - especially when crossing high pass.
Accommodation in Kathmandu
(Accommodation in Kathmandu not include in this prices because accommodation in Kathmandu always different prices according to the tourist season and it’s depends where would you like to stay. But we are always happy to help you if you need any help for book the accommodation or any information according to your choice.)
What I will remember from my trek is, of course, the wonderful view on the Annapurna range and the sunrise in Poon hill where I’ve been very lucky with the weather (I went there beginning of March); but also the many encounters on the way, and the evenings playing cards, drinking tea and sharing crazy anecdotes with other trekkers. The guide from Happyland Treks has been of great company all along, always in a good mood and able to adapt to my pace, faster on my good days, slower on the harder ones. As an unexperienced trekker that was really significant to me.
The Annapurna circuit deserves its worldwide fame, and there is no better guide than Happy to show you the way. As a woman travelling alone I obviously needed someone with whom I could feel comfortable trekking for three weeks, and he has been the best company I could hope for. During the evening breaks, he knows when he needs to be around and when to leave space and sometimes needed solitude to his customer. While very professional during the trek, he is also able to snap out of his guide’s role and be a real friend when the trek is over. I met some of the best people I know in Nepal, and Happy is definitely one of them.