We explore Tokha-Chandeswori and the nearby trails daily to interact with the local farming community and observe their way of life, traditions, and culture.
Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill, Wellness Trek
- Per Person Min 4 persons
- Private Tour Min 2 persons
Book this Nepal trek and get a complimentary one hour Trekker’s’ massage after the trek is over. The masseuses will be from a marginalized community. This is part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Annapurna Base Camp Wellness Trek
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an extraordinary journey that takes you through breathtaking scenery and diverse landscapes, culminating in the awe-inspiring amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary. This sanctuary is encircled by several magnificent Himalayan peaks, such as Machapuchare (6,997m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,273m), and the unconquered Fang (7,647m).
Our adventure commences in Pokhara, easily accessible via a short flight from Kathmandu. From Pokhara, we make our way to the starting point of our trek in Birethanti (1,000m), a charming village alongside the Modi River. As we embark on our journey, we traverse lush forests, gradually ascending via a stone “staircase” to Ulleri. This traditional Gurung village, Chomrong (2,060m), marks our next significant stop along the trek.
Continuing, we encounter the Hinku Cave before reaching the awe-inspiring “gate” that marks the entry to the Annapurna Sanctuary. This pass, nestled between the majestic peaks of Machapuchhre and Himchuli, presents a mesmerizing sight. The trek’s highlights further include witnessing the captivating sunrise from Poon Hill, passing through enchanting oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forests, which are home to a vibrant array of exotic flora and fauna.
The journey reaches its pinnacle as we trek to Machapuchhre Base Camp (3,729m) and, ultimately, Annapurna Base Camp (4,620m). These destinations provide an unparalleled experience, surrounded by the grandeur of the towering Himalayan peaks that dominate the sanctuary.
Throughout the trek, you will be treated to breathtaking vistas, immersive cultural experiences, and the opportunity to connect with nature. It is a truly remarkable adventure that combines the serenity of the Himalayas with the sense of accomplishment that comes with reaching the Annapurna Base Camp.
Food and nutrition on the trek
We are pioneers in gastronome trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, exciting menu on treks throughout the Himalayas. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Trekking is not only fun, but it is beneficial for you. It helps in detoxifying the body while also nourishing the soul. Although to provide a better experience, we also tailor our meals to include superfoods as ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. Combining hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking with us a complete adventure. Read More on Food and nutrition on our treks.
Why Choose Us?
- Our expert trek leader will ensure your safety while enhancing your trekking experience.
- Your private social bubble by staying in less busy lodges and trekking away from the crowded trails where possible.
- Experience the Himalayas in style.
- Your food is prepared with superfood ingredients to give the best nourishment, recovery, and acclimatization to high altitudes for our gastronomical Wellness trekking adventure.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will meet your trek leader, who will transfer you to your hotel. After checking in, you will attend a trip briefing led by your experienced trek leader. During the briefing, you will receive critical information about the itinerary, logistics, safety measures, and necessary preparations for the trek. This is the perfect opportunity to ask questions, address concerns, and get to know your fellow trekkers. The briefing aims to ensure a smooth and well-informed trekking experience, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared purpose within the group.
On this day of your trek, you will have an exciting itinerary that involves flying to Pokhara and then trekking to Banthanti at an altitude of 2300 meters. The hike will take approximately 3 hours. Here’s a summary of your day:
After breakfast, you will proceed to the domestic terminal for a 30-minute flight to Pokhara. Pokhara is a scenic lakeside town and a gateway to various trekking routes in the Annapurna region.
Upon landing in Pokhara, you will embark on a two-hour drive to reach the starting point of your trek. This drive will take you through beautiful landscapes, giving you a glimpse of the stunning natural beauty of Nepal.
From the starting point, you will begin your trek with a steep ascent towards the village of Ulleri. This uphill climb will take approximately two hours. Upon reaching Ulleri, you will stop for lunch and take a well-deserved break. Ulleri is a charming village known for its picturesque setting and traditional houses.
After lunch, you will continue your trek on a less steep gradient. The trail will lead you towards Banthanti, where you will spend the night. Banthanti is a relatively lesser-known village, making it a tranquil stopover. You will have the opportunity to experience the warm hospitality of a lodge run by a friendly local family.
Banthanti is located at an altitude of 2300 meters, offering you the chance to acclimatize gradually to the increasing elevation as you continue your trekking journey.
Overall, this day combines a scenic flight, a short drive, and a rewarding trek, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Annapurna region and experience the unique charm of lesser-visited villages like Banthanti.
After enjoying breakfast, your day’s adventure begins with a hike to Ghorepani. The trail will lead you through dense Oak and Rhododendron forests, accompanied by the pleasant sound of cascading streams. Throughout the day, you will be ascending to Ghorepani at various gradients.
Ghorepani is a charming settlement situated at the top of a ridge. It offers a beautiful vantage point for panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, provided the weather is clear. The spectacular vistas include Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machapuchare, and many other peaks to the east.
If the weather permits, you can hike up to Poonhill in the evening to witness an awe-inspiring sunset. This hike allows you to avoid the crowds that typically gather for the sunrise experience. It is an excellent opportunity to savour the area’s tranquillity and soak in the beauty of the Himalayan landscape as the sun paints the mountains with vibrant colours.
The vistas from Poonhill are genuinely breathtaking. You will be treated to panoramic views of some of the most magnificent peaks in the Annapurna region. It is a remarkable experience that adds an extra touch of magic to your trek.
So, get ready to embark on an enchanting hike through lush forests, relish the sounds of nature, and be rewarded with stunning vistas at Ghorepani. And if the weather permits, don’t miss the chance to hike to Poonhill for a memorable sunset view over the majestic Himalayas.
In the early morning, you will embark on an exciting excursion to Poon Hill, which stands at an altitude of 3210 meters. This popular vantage point offers breathtaking views of the high Himalayan peaks during sunrise.
The hike to Poon Hill from your lodge takes approximately 45 minutes and involves climbing around 400 meters. Once you reach the top, you will be greeted by a magnificent sunrise and a panoramic display of the towering Himalayan peaks. This awe-inspiring sight will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.
After savouring the sunrise’s beauty, you will return to the lodge for a well-deserved breakfast. Once you have refuelled and packed up, your trek continues towards Tadapani, which is at an altitude of 2540 meters.
Suppose you prefer to avoid the crowds at Poon Hill. In that case, an alternative option is to discuss with your trek leader the possibility of trekking towards Tadapani and enjoying the sunrise from a high point along the trail. This allows you to experience the beauty of the sunrise in a more secluded and serene setting while shortening your trek for the day. Your trek leader will be able to provide guidance and help you make the best decision based on the prevailing conditions and group preferences.
Whichever option you choose, witnessing the sunrise over the Himalayan peaks is truly a remarkable experience that will create lasting memories. So, be prepared to wake up early, embrace the tranquillity of the morning, and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of the mountains before continuing your trek towards Tadapani.
From Tadapani, your trek continues as the trail gradually descends through the lush forest. The air is filled with the pleasant sounds of birds chirping, and if you’re lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Langur monkeys swinging through the trees.
After walking downhill for approximately 45 minutes, the trail turns sharp and steep. This section will lead you through terraced fields before reaching Kimrung Khola, where you’ll cross a suspension bridge.
Once across the bridge, you’ll continue your hike towards Gurjung village, experiencing ups and downs. The trail offers a glimpse into the local way of life, passing through charming villages and providing opportunities to interact with the friendly locals.
After Gurjung village, you’ll make your way to Chomrong village. The descent from Chomrong village to the Chomrong River is quite steep, but steps have been carved out to make the descent more manageable. Once you reach the river, you’ll cross it and begin the uphill climb towards your final destination for the day, Sinuwa, situated at 2170 meters.
The hike from Tadapani to Sinuwa typically takes 6 to 7 hours, depending on your pace and rest breaks. It’s a challenging but rewarding trek section that showcases the region’s stunning natural beauty and cultural aspects.
As you descend through the forest, pass by vibrant terraced fields, navigate through charming villages, and make your way to Sinuwa, take the time to appreciate the surroundings and immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the Annapurna region.
Leaving Sinuwa village, your trek continues with a gradual ascent along the trail. The path will offer a mix of gentle climbs, flat stretches, and some descents. As you hike through the thick forest, look for langur monkeys in the trees, adding an element of wildlife spotting to your journey. Additionally, as you come across openings in the woods, you’ll be rewarded with stunning glimpses of the majestic peaks surrounding you.
After reaching the top of Sinuwa village and taking in the incredible views, you’ll begin a steep downhill section towards Bamboo. This part of the trail requires caution as you navigate the descent. Once you reach Bamboo, you’ll have a decision regarding lunchtime and your overnight stop.
At Bamboo, you can break for an early lunch, replenishing your energy before continuing your trek. Alternatively, if you have the stamina and prefer to maximize your hiking time, you can push on for an additional 75 minutes to Doban, where you can enjoy a slightly later lunch and spend the night.
Ultimately, stopping at Bamboo for an early lunch or continuing to Doban depends on your preferences, physical fitness, and overall trekking pace. It’s essential to listen to your body and assess your energy levels to make the most suitable choice for yourself. Both options offer their advantages, and your trek leader can also provide valuable input to assist in making an informed decision based on the specific circumstances of your trek.
Remember to pace yourself, stay hydrated, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings as you hike through the enchanting forested trails of the Annapurna region.
On this day, your trek takes you to the awe-inspiring Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) at the foot of the majestic Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peak. The hike to the base camp is estimated to be around 6 hours.
Starting your day, you’ll ascend through the enchanting rhododendron forest, enveloped by the vibrant hues of these beautiful flowers. Approximately 45 minutes into your hike, you’ll come across a small shrine, and on the opposite side, you’ll be treated to the sight of a waterfall. These cascading falls resemble a “weeping wall,” creating a picturesque scene amidst the natural surroundings.
Continuing further, you’ll be serenaded by the sounds of the roaring Modi River as you make your way through streams and catch glimpses of more waterfalls along the trail. After about one and a half hours from Doban, you’ll reach the Himalayas, where the grandeur of the mountain ranges begins to unfold before you.
As you progress, the hike takes you to Hinku cave through a steep ascent, followed by a short descent and yet another short, steep climb to Deurali. At this point, you’ll start to notice a change in the flora. The vegetation becomes drier and more sparse, reflecting the higher altitude.
It’s essential to be aware of the weather conditions during the afternoons, as fog from the lower valleys can roll in and obscure the surroundings. As you ascend further, you may experience symptoms of high altitude, such as dizziness and increased respiration with even slight exertion. To acclimatise appropriately, proceeding slowly and steadily over the next couple of days is advised, allowing your body time to adapt to the increasing altitude.
This leg of the trek offers breathtaking views and a remarkable transition in the surrounding landscape. Take the opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique beauty of the Annapurna region, but always prioritise your safety and well-being by adhering to proper acclimatisation practices.
Upon reaching Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), you will be captivated by the awe-inspiring proximity of Mount Machapuchare (Fishtail), Hiunchuli, and Annapurna South. This stunning mountain vista is sure to leave you speechless.
After a hearty breakfast, you will hike to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). The panoramic mountain views will amaze you as you continue walking and ascending to higher altitudes. The landscape unfolds before you, revealing the grandeur of the surrounding peaks.
Approximately 45 minutes into your hike from MBC, you’ll notice that the inclination becomes gentler, providing you with a more comfortable and steady climb. This allows you to appreciate the 360-degree view of the Annapurna Base Camp area, which is truly mesmerising.
Arriving at Annapurna Base Camp, you will have the entire afternoon to soak in the sights and relax amidst the breathtaking surroundings. In the afternoons, clouds often roll up the valley, creating a mystical atmosphere as they glide down towards the valley in the evening. If the weather is cloudy, the sunsets at Annapurna Base Camp can be truly spectacular, adding a touch of magic to the experience.
Take your time to savour every moment at the base camp, marvel at the stunning mountain panorama, and seize the opportunity to unwind and appreciate the natural beauty surrounding you.
Please be aware that weather conditions can vary, and you must always prioritise your safety. Stay informed about local weather forecasts and the advice of your trek leader or guides to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience at Annapurna Base Camp.
On this day, you will begin early to witness the magnificent sunrise over Mount Machapuchare, Annapurna III, Singhuchuli, Annapurna I, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli from Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). This breathtaking spectacle will be a truly memorable experience as the first rays of sunlight illuminate the surrounding mountain peaks, filling the sky with vibrant hues.
After enjoying the sunrise, you will have breakfast at ABC and then retrace your steps back to Bamboo, your next destination. As you make your way downhill, you can observe the beautiful views more easily. However, it is essential to note that this day involves a long descent, covering a total altitude loss of approximately 1600 meters.
For those with knee problems or concerns, it is advisable to bring a good knee pad or additional support to provide comfort and stability during the descending portion of the trek. This precaution will help minimize discomfort and prevent any strain on your knees.
It’s worth mentioning that this will be a long day of trekking, so ensure you are adequately prepared with sufficient water, snacks, and appropriate gear. Take regular breaks, listen to your body, and pace yourself accordingly to maintain a comfortable and safe journey.
From ABC to Bamboo, you will witness a different landscape perspective as you leave the high-altitude region and return to a lower elevation. Appreciate the changing scenery and relish the memories of the remarkable sights you encountered during your ascent.
Remember to be mindful of your physical condition and practice caution while descending. Take the necessary precautions to ensure the well-being of your knees and enjoy the journey back to Bamboo, taking in the beauty that surrounds you along the way.
The day begins with a 45-minute climb from Bamboo, which serves as a good warm-up for your body and helps relieve any soreness or stiffness from the previous day’s descent. This initial ascent lets you gradually activate your muscles and prepare for trekking.
After the steep climb, the trail levels out from Kuldi Ghar, offering a series of flats and gentle descents until you reach upper Sinuwa. This stretch provides a pleasant respite from challenging inclines, allowing you to enjoy a more relaxed walking experience. As you continue onward, there will be a significant descent towards the Chomrong River, granting you beautiful views as you reach the riverbed.
Upon crossing the river, you will encounter another notable feature of the trail: a 45-minute climb with steps leading you to the top of the village. This ascent can be physically demanding but is manageable with a steady pace. Once you reach the top, you will have a well-deserved lunch break in this village.
From there, you will embark on an approximately one-hour steep descent, eventually reaching Jhinu Danda. This section of the trail will require careful footing as you descend, so be sure to maintain balance and take caution with each step.
The prospect of a rewarding visit to the hot springs at Jhinu Danda will likely motivate many trekkers. These natural hot springs offer the opportunity to soak and relax, providing a rejuvenating experience for your tired muscles. Take advantage of this opportunity to unwind and indulge in the therapeutic benefits of the hot springs, allowing your body and mind to recover fully.
As always, be mindful of your safety and the trail’s condition, particularly during descents. Take it at a comfortable pace, stay hydrated, and enjoy the anticipation of a well-deserved soak in the hot springs at Jhinu Danda.
You will descend steeply from Jhinu Danda towards the Kimrong River, a stretch demanding careful attention due to its challenging terrain. The trail then winds through a blend of descents and ascents, lasting about 3 hours, leading you to the delightful village of Landruk. The journey through forests and terraced fields promises ever-changing vistas.
Upon arrival in Landruk, enjoy an hour of the relatively level trail, offering a welcome break from the undulating path. At the village of Tokha, take a well-deserved break for lunch, revitalizing yourself for the next trek phase.
In the afternoon, gear up for a demanding uphill climb of approximately 2 hours to Deurali. This segment calls for endurance and a steady pace. As you ascend, savour the breathtaking panoramas, rewarding your efforts.
A further hour’s hike from Deurali will lead you to Pothana, your day’s destination. Expect serene mountain trails and picturesque views along this final stretch.
Upon reaching Pothana, gather with your support crew for a celebratory last night party, commemorating the successful conclusion of your trek. Embrace this joyful moment to express gratitude, share stories, and bask in the camaraderie forged throughout your journey.
As your trek draws to a close, take a moment to reflect on the incredible experiences and challenges overcome. Treasure the accomplishment and the cherished memories forged during this extraordinary adventure.
After the exhilarating trek and the final descent to the village of Dhampus, you will have a short and scenic 90-minute journey awaiting you. Upon reaching Dhampus, your vehicle will be ready to drive you back to Pokhara, marking the end of your trekking adventure.
Once in Pokhara, you will have the opportunity to unwind and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of this beautiful lakeside city. With the afternoon at your disposal, stroll along the lakeside area, allowing yourself to soak in the serene surroundings and breathtaking views of the tranquil Phewa Lake.
Pokhara is known for its laid-back ambience and offers a variety of activities to suit your interests. If you wish, you can explore local shops and markets to find unique handicrafts, souvenirs, and local artwork. The Lakeside area is renowned for its boutique shops, making it a perfect place for a shopping spree.
Numerous cafes line the Lakeside for those looking to relax, providing the perfect spot to savour coffee or indulge in a refreshing cocktail. You can take time to unwind, reflect on your trekking journey, and appreciate the natural beauty surrounding you.
In the evening, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Lakeside. You can choose from a wide range of restaurants that cater to various cuisines, ensuring that there’s something to satisfy every palate. After enjoying a delicious meal, you can explore the nightlife scene, where live music venues and bars offer a mix of local and international sounds.
As you conclude your trek, take a moment to bid farewell to your support crew, who have been by your side throughout the journey. Express your gratitude for their guidance, assistance, and commitment to ensuring your trek was a memorable and safe experience.
Embrace Pokhara’s tranquil charm, savour its delights, and allow yourself to unwind and reflect on the incredible adventure you have just completed. Cherish the memories, friendships, and experiences gained during your trek, knowing you have accomplished something remarkable.
Upon flying back to Kathmandu in the morning, you will have a few hours to do some last-minute shopping or relax. Afterwards, you will have a final dinner with your trek leader. This dinner provides an opportunity to express gratitude, reflect on the journey, and celebrate the accomplishments and memories created during the trek. Whether you choose to engage in shopping or take some time to unwind, the final dinner marks the end of your trekking adventure in Nepal.
You will be brought to the airport 3 hours before your departure time for your international flight.
- Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on a bed-and-breakfast basis
- Boutique hotel in Pokhara on a bed-and-breakfast basis
- Hotel/lodges during trekking on twin sharing basis
- All transportation
- Responsible Adventures’ expert trek leader or Trek with Raj
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
- One assistant guide between 4 trekkers
- Trekking Chef
- One porter between two trekkers
- Proper clothing for porters and crew
- Food for porters & crew members (we are less than a handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
- Insurance for team and porters
- All permits
- Twin sharing room on the trek
- All meals on the trek (the healthiest and most varied trekking meals in the whole of the Himalayas)
- Domestic airfare (where applicable)
- International airport taxes
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only); Leader’s tips at your discretion
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
A Responsible promise
Despite the exceptional circumstances in which we find ourselves at the moment, we don’t want you to give up your holiday – and we want you to be able to book your trip without any worries.
To provide additional security for your booking, we have introduced a new rebooking and cancellation policy so that you can easily rebook or cancel your trip free of charge if the worst comes to the worst.
Free Cancellation With the Responsible Promise 100% Money-Back Guarantee
For new bookings made between May 10th 2021, and December 31st 2022, you may cancel your complete package (activities, hotels, tours, excl. flight) free of charge up to 30 days before your departure and get 100% of your money back. However, to stay flexible, we recommend that you choose a flexible fare when booking your flight.
Complete flexibility on your booking
Stay flexible with our new rebooking service until shortly before your departure. For new bookings made between May 10th and December 31st, 2021, you may rebook your package (activities, hotels, tours) free of charge up to 30 days before your departure (subject to availability). Rebooking is only allowed once, and you must inform us 30 days before your planned departure. Any additional costs incurred due to changes in your schedule or upgrades, such as additional fees in high season or upgrades to your accommodation, will still apply. To remain flexible, we recommend that you choose a flexible fare when booking your flight.
Most of our clients have completed their treks from 3 years old to some in their 70s with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel names.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border, and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
A visa can also be obtained outside of Nepal at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, visit the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.
If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.
Is this trip safe for solo/female/LGBT+/minority/POC travellers?
You are safe if you respect the culture, do not show affection in public, and dress decently(this won’t pose too much of a problem as you will be covered up in layers to stay warm).
Here are some helpful articles:
Am I too old to go trekking?
Arriving at Kathmandu airport.
Should I bring cash or ATM cards?
What to pack for a trek?
Do I need to train for a hike?
What is a typical day on a tour like?
What is the food like on the tour?
The Benefits of Using Trekking Poles.
What do I need to know about high altitudes?
High altitude myths.
How to trek safely?
For more articles, you can go to our blogs.