Annapurna Base Camp with Ghorepani (Poon Hill)

With Kuman Gurung

$1850 USD
per person
Departed
Duration 16 days
StartKathmandu
FinishKathmandu
Cancellation Moderate

Your Guide

I am Kuman Gurung, and I've been guiding for the last 25 years in Nepal’s Himalaya and Tibet, and have trekked extensively in Nepal. I can speak English, Nepali, Hindi and Gurung.

I am a certified trekking guide and license holder, receiving my training from (NATHAM) Ministry of Tourism.

In Nepal, I have been to the Everest region, Annapurna region, Langtang region, Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley, Upper Mustang, Dolpo, Makalu, Kanchengjunga and round Dhaulagiri. In Tibet I have trekked to the Everest Base Camp Tibet side, Holy Mt. Kailash.

Being a trekking guide, I am dedicated to my work to share my experience and knowledge to explain about Nepalese culture, people, tradition, lifestyle and the mountains to my valued clients.


Guides for: Agency Employed
Guiding Experience: 25 years
Nationality: Nepali
Speaks: English, Nepali, Hindi and Gurung language
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Overview

  • The perfect first Himalayan trek through classic high mountain scenery
  • Explore the heart of the Annapurnas
  • Highly experienced Trekking Guide
  • All meals, 4 hot showers, and ‘bed tea’ included on trek

Setting out from Pokhara through typical Nepali terraced villages, we trek for five days through varied scenery toward the Annapurna Sanctuary, a high glacial basin lying forty kilometres directly north of Pokhara.

Beyond the pretty village of Ghandrung – from where the views of Machhapuchare are exceptionally beautiful – the trail enters a dense mountain bamboo forest clinging to the steep Modi Khola gorge. Along the way you will often see troops of Langur, or Rhesus Macaque monkeys and numerous birds. Waterfalls cascade down the cliffs to join the river far below. Kuldi Ghar, the name given to a few sheepherder huts and Tomo, a large clearing in
the forest, are almost the only signs of human habitation along this narrow pathway into the remote Annapurna Sanctuary.

The entrance to the Annapurna Sanctuary is ‘guarded’ by the mountain giants Machhapuchare and Hiunchuli, and we pass through them into a huge ice-clad cirque of some of the highest mountains in the world. We spend two days here exploring, with a visit to Sir Chris Bonington’s Annapurna Base Camp, 4,130m/13,550ft, with some staggering views of the South Face of Annapurna.

This magnificent glacial valley is a ‘Sanctuary’ because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the goddesses, Annapurna and Gangapurna, both important figures in Hindu myth and folklore.

The trek back to Pokhara is by a different route and includes a dawn hike up Poon Hill for sunrise over the Himalaya. This is one of the best first treks to do in the Himalaya, as the trail gets spectacularly close to the Mountains, but does not go dramatically high.

Most of the villages in this area are populated by the Gurung people, who depend largely on agriculture and sheep breeding for their subsistence, although large numbers of the men have served as Gurkha soldiers in the British Army. Ghandrung is the largest Gurung village and is extremely wealthy due, in large part, to salaries and pension funds collected over the years from the British Army.

Accommodation
On the more popular trekking routes in Nepal, enterprising villagers have built tea houses, which now offer decent accommodation and tasty food. We try to use the good tea houses available at each overnight stop on our itinerary and where possible these are booked in advance. Staying in these locally owned tea houses ensures that your trip will directly benefit the local community and offers you the chance to interact with the Nepalese people, gaining an insight into their lives.


Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Shuttle
  • Guide's Salary
  • Meals
  • One Porter
  • Permit Fees
  • Public Bus

Price Excludes

  • ACAP Permit
  • Access Flights (Both-Ways)
  • Access Flights (One-Way)
  • Equipment
  • Four Porters
  • Guide's Transport
  • Guide’s Accommodation
  • Guide’s Insurance
  • Guide’s Meals
  • International Flights
  • MCAP Permit
  • MRAP Permit
  • Porter Insurance
  • Porter's Insurance
  • Private Jeep
  • Private Taxi
  • Public Jeep
  • Three Porters
  • TIMS Card
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Two Porters
  • Visa Fee

Planning

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