We explore Tokha-Chandeswori and the nearby trails in a day 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 a hike to the amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary surrounded by many famous Himalayan peaks – including Machapuchare (6,997m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,273m), and the unclimbed Fang (7,647m).
Our journey begins in the city of Pokhara, a short flight away from Kathmandu. Our trek starts from Birethanti (1,000m), a village by the Modi River, walking through forests, and climbing a stone ‘staircase’ to Ulleri, Chomrong (2,060m), a local Gurung village.
We pass the Hinku Cave; we then reach the ‘gate’ into the sanctuary – which is a spectacular pass between the peaks of Machapuchhre and Himchuli. Highlights of the trek include the spectacular sunrise from Poon Hill, oak, rhododendron, and bamboo forests full of exotic wildlife, trekking to Machapuchhre Base Camp (3,729m) and Annapurna Base Camp (4,620 m).
Food and nutrition on the trek
We are pioneers in gastronome trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, interesting 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 part of the ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while also assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. The combination of 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 at all times 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.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu; your trek leader will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Check-in, and then attend the trip briefing with the group, led by your expert trek leader.
Fly to Pokhara and trek to Banthanti. 2300 meters. 3 hours. We go to the domestic terminal after breakfast to fly to Pokhara. We take a 30-minute flight to Pokhara. We have a drive of two hours to the starting point of our trek. Then, we have a steep ascent of two hours to the village of Ulleri, where we stop for lunch. We continue climbing (on a less steep gradient) to our stop Banthanti for the night. We stay in a lodge run by an amiable family. Most people do not stop at this village. 2300 meters.
We start our hike to Ghorepani after breakfast. The trail takes us through thick Oak and Rhododendron forests with cascading streams along the way. We will be climbing at different gradients all the way to Ghorepani. This is a lovely settlement at the top of a ridge. Wonderful panorama can be enjoyed when the weather is clear. If the weather is clear, you can hike up to Poonhill for sunset over Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machapuchare, and numerous other peaks to the east. Thus, you can avoid the crowds who usually come for sunrise.
We will have an early-morning excursion to Poon Hill (3210m) for the amazing sunrise and panorama of the high Himalayan peaks. It takes about 45 minutes to walk up the 400 meters. After that, we return to the lodge for breakfast; then, we trek to Tadapani (2540m).
If you want to avoid the crowd at Poonhill, you can trek towards Tadapani and enjoy the sunrise in solitude from a high point on the trail. This will also make your trek shorter for the day. You can discuss this option with your trek leader the day before.
The trail descends through the forest soon after leaving Tadapani. We can hear birds chirping and might even see Langur monkeys. The trail turns very steep after walking down about 45 minutes, passing through terraced fields to Kimrung Khola. Next, we cross a suspension bridge and hike towards Gurjung village. Finally, we reach Chomrong village after a series of ups and downs. We descend to the Chomrong river on steps and have an uphill climb for our final stop at Sinuwa at the elevation of 2170m. It takes about a 6-7 hours hike from Tadapani to Sinuwa.
We continue ascending on the trail until the top of Sinuwa village. The trail is a mixture of gentle ascends, flattish, and descends. We will be hiking in a thick forest and might see langur monkeys in the trees. The peaks will greet you when you come to the openings in the forest.
We have a steep downhill hike to Bamboo. We continue to Dovan for another hour and stop for lunch. We continue climbing after lunch through the rhododendron forest. We can see a waterfall on the opposite side of a small shrine45 minutes after lunch. These waterfalls look like a ‘weeping wall’.We reach the Himalayas in about 1 and a half hours after Doban.
Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) – approx. 5/6 hrs
We start the day by another ascend, listening to the sounds of the raging Modi River. We make our way through streams and waterfalls until a steep ascends to Hinku cave, followed by a combination of a short descend and a short steep hike to Deurali.
You will notice the change in the flora from here on. The vegetation is drier and becomes sparse. Despite continuing our climb, the inclination is gentler. The afternoons can become covered by the fog coming from the lower valley. You might start to feel dizzy when you make sudden moves, respiration increase in the slightest of exertion. You are advised to take it slow and steady from here on for the next couple of days.
Your breath will be taken away by the proximity of Mount Machapuchare (Fishtail). Hiunchuli, Annapurna South at MBC. We start our hike to Annapurna Base camp after breakfast. The longer we walk and the higher we get, the mountain vista will leave you awestruck.
The inclination becomes gentler after 45 minutes of steep climbing. The gentler and steady climb comes with a 360-degree view all the way to Annapurna Base camp. We have the whole afternoon to enjoy the views and relax. Sometimes the clouds roll up the valley during the afternoon and glide down the valley towards the evening. The sunsets are spectacular when the weather is cloudy.
We wake up early in the morning to witness the sunrise on Mount Machapuchare, Annapurna III, Singhuchuli, Annapurna I, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli from ABC.
We retrace our steps back to Bamboo after breakfast. We have a long day of descending today. For those who have knee problems, it is advised to bring a good knee pad for support. You will find that observing the views is much easier on downhill. We have a descent of 1600 meters and a long day of trekking.
We start with a 45-minute steep climb from Bamboo. This is good as it helps to warm your body and aching muscles from yesterday’s descend. The trail levels out from Kuldi Ghar with a series of flats and descends until upper Sinuwa. We have one long descent all the way to the Chomrong river, and remember the steps we walk on our way to Sinuwa? Again, we have a 45-minute climb on steps until we reach the top of this village for lunch.
We have a steep descent of one hour to Jhinu danda. Most of you will be motivated by the thought of going down to the hot springs for a soak to relieve your aching muscles.
We descend steeply to Kimrong river and continue for 3 hours until we reach Landruk village in a series of descends and ascends in forests and terraced fields. The trail levels out for about one hour until the short uphill stretch to the village of Tokha, where we pause for lunch.
We have an uphill climb for about 2 hours to Deurali, followed by an hour of hiking to reach Pothana for the day.
You will have last night party with your support crew.
We have a short descend of 90 minutes to the village of Dhampus. Our vehicle will be waiting to drive us back to Pokhara. You will bid farewell to your support crew when you reach Pokhara.
Pokhara is a very relaxed place. You have the afternoon to walk around the lakeside area, shop, or sip coffee or cocktails in the countless cafes. There are many good places for food, music at the Lakeside in Pokhara.
We fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. You will have a few hours to do last minute shopping or relax. Then, you will go out together for a final dinner together with your trek leader.
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 (healthiest and 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 you with 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 10th May 2021 and 31st December 2021, 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.
Full 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.
From 3 years old to some in their 70s, most of our clients have completed their treks 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.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to 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 travelers?
You are safe as long as you respect the culture, do not show affection in public, and dress decently(this won’t pose too much 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 trek?
What is a typical day on a trek like?
What is the food like on the trek?
The Benefits of using trekking poles.
What do I need to know about high altitude?
High altitude myths.
How to trek safely?
For more articles, you can go to our blogs.