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Poon Hill -Annapurna Base Camp – Mardi Himal Trek

Nepal, Annapurna Trek

Poon Hill ABC Mardihimal Trek
Trip Facts
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Trek Duration 18 Days
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Trek Destination Poon Hill -Annapurna base camp - Mardi Base camp
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Maximum Elevation 4800
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Best Month November / December / April / May


Poon Hill-  Annapurna Base camp  and Mardi Himal Trek collaborates 3 of the most popular trekking trails of the western Himalayan Belt into one single one. This trek traverses into the highlands of Annapurna outskirts circumnavigating small Gurung and Magar settlements across the region.

Annapurna Base Camp, Poonhill and Mardi Himal are amongst the best treks in the Annapurna Region providing some of the most spectacular views of the region.

Trekking in the Annapurna Region
has always been a fascinating trip for trekkers all across the globe for its varied diverse offerings of natural variation, cultural mix and geographical distinction. And the best part of it is, the trail pierces through the heart of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) making this trip even more enthralling for naturalists.

The trek starts from the picturesque city of Pokhara, which can be reached by a domestic flight from Kathmandu or you may opt to take a bus via scenic route of Prithvi Highway. From Pokhara, we head westward towards Nayapul which acts as the crossroad for 3 popular treks in Nepal: Poonhill Trek, Upper Mustang Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Poon hill – ABC and Mardi himal trek start from from Nayapul  which drive an hour from pokhara city, we will visit Poon hill, the most popular annapurna himalaya sunrise / sunset  views Point

After Poon hill we will visit Annapurna base camp

The trail passes through village of Banthanti and Naagthanti till you reach your destination, Ghorepani. The first destination of the trek is Poon Hill, which is famous for its panoramic views of several Himalayan peaks, including Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna (8091m), and Machhapuchhre (6993m). The sunrise view from Poon Hill is breathtaking, and you can see the snow-capped peaks glowing in the morning light.

The next stretch of the trek takes you from Poonhill towards the base of Mt.Annapurna. The trail  to Annapurna Base Camp Trek from Poonhill passes through dense forests of rhododendron and bamboo, past waterfalls and rivers, and through traditional Gurung villages

Annapurna Base Camp is a spectacular destination that offers panoramic views of several Himalayan peaks, including Annapurna (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m), and Machhapuchhre (6993m). The campsite is surrounded by towering peaks and glaciers, and you can see the stars twinkling in the clear night sky.

After AbC trek, we will toward to Mardi Himal Base Camp, Mardi Himal Base Camp, located at an elevation of 4500 meters, offers a great view of the Annapurna Massifs, including Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Annapurna I, and Mardi Himal.


     Trek Highlights

  • Gaze at the picturesque Himalayan vista that includes 3 mountains above the elevation of 8000 metres: Annapurna I (8,091m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), and Manaslu (8,163m).
  • Diverse range of landscapes, from lush green forests to arid desert-like terrain.
  • Immersion in culture and lifestyle of several ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Thakalis, and Magars.
  • Find relaxation in Hot Spring at Jhinu Dada which is believed to have medicinal benefits .
  • Save you time and money with our combined trek that lets you venture to 3 major trekking destinations of Annapurna region within a span of 18 days.

Accommodation and Food during the trek

During Annapurna- Poonhill- Mardi Himal Trek, you will pass through charming Gurung settlements. The route leading up to Annapurna Base Camp, Poonhill and Mardi Himal Base Camp is dotted with teahouses. These traditional lodgings are managed by the Gurung and Magar people and offer basic amenities to trekkers. The rooms are typically equipped with twin beds, foam pads, pillows, and blankets.

While most teahouses have private bathrooms, those at higher elevations may have shared facilities. To stay warm, teahouses use a Bukhara stove, which is a cylindrical iron structure with a chimney duct that burns logs. The stove is typically located in the dining area, where guests can gather around to enjoy the warmth of the fire. Please note that there is power supple , internet services and cellular connection in this trek but is not reliable as there are several disruptions that occur time and again.


Poon Hill ABC – Mardi Himal Trek passes through small settlements of charming Gurung communities in the Nepalese region. Due to the area’s remote location, food supplies are transported either by helicopter or by pack animals such as mules.

The Annapurna region borders Tibet to the north, and the food habits of the Sherpa people in the area have been largely influenced by Tibetan culture. While every Tea House offers the traditional Nepali dish of Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), there are also a variety of other options such as vegetables, noodles, potatoes, soup, and even some Nepali versions of western food like pie, pasta, and french fries. We do not recommend meat products (even the canned meat) during the trek owing to the hygiene factor.


Best Time for the Trek

Nepal’s geographical location in a sub-tropical latitude makes it an ideal place for adventure activities due to its moderate and pleasant climate. The most favourable seasons for travel in Nepal are the autumn/fall and spring when the weather is clear and comfortable. However, during the summer months from May to August, the weather is harsh due to the scorching heat and monsoon rain brought by the Bay of Bengal clouds.

Winter in Nepal, which lasts from December to February, is also harsh as the Himalayan region of Nepal receives heavy snowfall, making it inaccessible for trekkers. For those planning to trek in the Annapurna region, the best time to do so is during the autumn and spring seasons.


How Difficult is Annapurna Base Camp – Poonhill – Mardi Himal Trek?

Relative to other major treks in Nepal, ABC- Poonhill- Mardi Himal Trek is moderate. The trek becomes arduous for travellers as they ascend to altitude above 4000 meters i.e: above Machhapuchre Base Camp and High Camp. In the elevation above 3500 metres, there is a probability for AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness) and the oxygen level in the air gets thinner which slows down your walking pace. You will trek through semi-arid landscape high in the Himalayas and traverse through some of the toughest terrains in Nepal. This trek is medium level difficult for those with limited or no prior high altitude trekking. An optimum level of fitness and endurance is required for choosing this trek.


The highlands of Annapurna Region is a remote area that is accessible only on foot or via helicopter. The trail that lead to Annapurna Base Camp and Mardi Himal Base Camp are narrow, rugged, uneven and rocky making it harder to walk on. Withal, this is a teahouse trek which provides very basic accommodation with limited food options: usually Nepali and Tibetan dishes. Owing to the remoteness of the region, cellular network disruption is common in the villages of the trail.


That being said, our team of professionals are willing to take all these risks into consideration and ensure a safe trek for our clients. We have set aside 1 days for acclimatization so that you can adapt well into the high altitude and travel comfortably. Our team of trekking experts at Adventure Great Himalaya are trained professionally in order to tackle any such unforeseen events that might occur during you trek.


( Poonhill -ABC – Mardi ) Trek Walking Hours/ Altitude

Stopovers Max Elevation Distance (Kilometres) Walking Hours
Nayapul to Ulleri 2055m/ 67422 ft 4.4 4 Hrs
Ulleri to Ghorepani 2860m/ 9383 ft 8 6 Hrs
Ghorepani to Poonhill 3210m/ 10531 ft 3 2 Hrs
Poonhill to Tadapani 2630m/ 8628 ft 9.7 6 hrs
Tadapani to Chomrong 2170m/ 7119 ft 10 7 Hrs
Chomrong to Dovan 2620m/ 8595 ft 9 6 hrs
Dovan to Machhapuchre Base Camp 3700m/  12129 ft 8 6 Hrs
Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp 4130m/ 13550 ft 7 3 Hrs
Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo 2300m/ 7546 ft 13.5 7 Hrs
Bamboo to Jhinu Dada 1780m/ 5839 ft 7 6 Hrs
Jhinu Dada to Pothana 1890m/ 6200 ft 18 5 Hrs
Pothana to Forest Camp 2600m/ 8530 ft 10 6 Hrs
Forest Camp to High Camp 3585m/ 11761 ft 7 6 Hrs
High Camp – Base Camp – High Camp 4500m/ 14763 ft 12 5 Hrs
High Camp to Siding to Pokhara 1750m/ 5741 ft 24 8 Hrs


Trek Itinerary

Day 1

International Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Tribuwan International Aiport, Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up at the airport. Drive to hotel from the airport. Trek briefing by our trekking experts in the evening.

Accommodation – 3 star Hotel

Day 2

Drive to Pokhara By Tourist Bus - 8 Hour

Our guide and porter will meet you at your hotel at 6 am. From there, we’ll take a short 5-minute walk to the bus park and begin our journey to Pokhara. The distance is 210 kilometers, and we’ll make a stop for lunch along the way.

Upon arrival in Pokhara, you’ll check into your 3-star hotel and have some free time to relax. Enjoy an overnight stay in Pokhara



Day 3

Drive to Nayapul, Trek to Ulleri (2055m/ 67422 ft)

Early morning, take a private vehicle or a tourist bus from Kathmandu to Nayapul (around 6-7 hours drive).After reaching Nayapul, start trekking towards Tikhedhunga village (1,577m) following the Bhurungdi Khola (river). You will pass through small settlements, farmlands, and lush forests on the way. Cross the Tikhedhunga river and start climbing up a steep stone staircase towards Ulleri village. The trail consists of around 3,000 stone steps, but the views of the surrounding hills and the Annapurna range make it worthwhile.

Day 4

Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2874m/ 9429 ft)

The trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani is a gradual ascent, with some steep sections. We trek through dense rhododendron forest, passing by small waterfalls and streams, It’s important to take your time and acclimatize properly to the altitude to prevent altitude sickness. Drinking plenty of water, taking frequent breaks, and eating a balanced diet can also help with acclimatization.

Day 5

Day 05: Early morning hike to Poonhill (3210m/ 10531 ft), Descend to Tadapani(2630m/ 8628 ft)

The hike up to Poon Hill is an early morning ascent and can take around two hours. It’s important to dress warmly and bring a headlamp or flashlight. The views from the top of Poon Hill are well worth the early wake-up call!
The trek from Poon Hill to Tadapani is mostly downhill, but with some steep sections. You’ll pass through beautiful rhododendron forests and small villages, and may encounter some mule trains along the way. Tadapani offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and is a great place to relax and soak up the atmosphere.

Day 6

Trek from Tadapani to Chomrong (2170m/ 7119 ft)

The trek from Tadapani to Chomrong is a gradual descent, followed by a steep ascent to Chomrong. The trail is well-maintained and passes through beautiful forests and small villages. We trek through dense forest and small villages, views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain ranges, crossing the Modi Khola river. From Modi Khola river, its a steep ascent towards Chomrong which sits atop hill overlooking Annapurna South. Chomrong is a Gurung village and is one of the largest settlements in the Annapurna region.

Day 7

Trek from Chomrong to Dovan(2620m/ 8595 ft)

The trek from Chomrong to Dovan starts with a steep descent to the Chomrong Khola river, followed by a gradual ascent through dense forest. You’ll pass through small villages and cross several suspension bridges, and may encounter some mule trains along the way. We pass along several small villages on the trail: Sinuwa and Bamboo until you reach Dovan which is surrounded by beautiful forests and waterfalls.

Day 8

Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m/ 12129 ft)

From Dovan, the trail leads you through a dense forest of rhododendron, bamboo, and oak trees. After walking for around 4-5 hours, you will reach Himalaya, which is situated at an altitude of 2920 meters. From Himalaya, the trail continues uphill through a rocky path. Then after you will reach Deurali, which is situated at an altitude of 3230 meters. Deurali is a beautiful village surrounded by lush forests and snow-capped mountains. From Deurali you traverse through a huge landslide stretch to reach Macchapuchre Base Camp.

Day 9

Trek from Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base camp (4130m/ 13550 ft)

After walking for around 2-3 hours from Macchapuchre Base Camp, you will reach the Annapurna Sanctuary, which is a beautiful and serene valley surrounded by high mountains. From the Annapurna Sanctuary, the trail leads you to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), which is situated at an altitude of 4130 meters. Along the way, you will be able to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including Annapurna South(7219m), Annapurna I(8091m), Hiunchuli(6441m), and Machhapuchhre/ Mt.Fishtail(.

Day 10

Descend from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2300m/ 7546 ft)

The trek from Annapurna Base Camp starts with a descent towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) and further down towards Deurali. From Deurali, you will follow the same trail that you took while ascending to Annapurna Base Camp. After walking for a while, you will reach the village of Dovan and pierce through several Rhododendron forests to reach Bamboo, which is your stopover for the night.

Day 11

Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Dada (1780m/ 5839 ft)

From Bamboo, the trail continues through a dense forest with occasional views of the mountains. You will pass through the village of Sinuwa, which is located at an altitude of 2360 meters. From Sinuwa, the trail descends to a small river, which you will cross over a suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge, the trail ascends to Chhomrong, which is a beautiful village situated on the lap of the mountains. From Chhomrong, the trail descends to Jhinu Dada. Jhinu Dada is a popular destination for trekkers, as it is known for its natural hot springs. You can relax in the hot springs and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

Day 12

Trek from Jhinu Dada to Pothana (1890m/ 6200 ft)

From Jhinu Danda, the trail ascends towards Landruk, which is a beautiful Gurung village situated on a hill. From Landruk, the trail continues to Tolka, which is another small village with a few teahouses and lodges. After Tolka, the trail descends to a small river, which you will cross over a suspension bridge. From there, the trail climbs up to the village of Dhampus, which is a popular viewpoint for viewing the mountains. From Dhampus, the trail descends to the village of Pothana, which is located at an altitude of 1890 m. Pothana is a small village with a few lodges and teahouses.

Day 13

Trek from Pothana to Forest Camp (2600m/ 8530 ft)

From Pothana, the trail climbs through a dense forest of oak, rhododendron, and bamboo. The trail is steep in some sections, but the surrounding forests offer plenty of shade and stunning views of the mountains. After walking for a few hours, you will reach the village of Pritam Deurali, which is situated at an altitude of 2100 m. From Pritam Deurali, the trail continues through the forest towards Forest Camp (Kokar), which is located at an altitude of 2600m.

Day 14

Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp (3585m/ 11761 ft)

From Forest Camp, the trail continues through a dense forest of rhododendron and bamboo. The trail is steep in some sections, particularly when you reach the ridge. As you climb higher, the forest thins out, and you will be walking in a more open area with stunning views of the mountains. After walking for a few hours, you will reach the village of Low Camp, which is located at an altitude of 3150m. From Low Camp, the trail continues towards High Camp, which is located at an altitude of 3580m. High Camp is a small village with a few lodges and teahouses. It is a popular resting point for trekkers on their way to Mardi Himal Base Camp.

Day 15

Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m/ 14763 ft), Descend back to High Camp (3585m/ 11761 ft)

From High Camp, the trail continues towards Mardi Himal Base Camp, which is located at an altitude of 4500m. The trail is steep and rocky, and you will need to take it slow and steady to avoid altitude sickness. As you climb higher, the views become more stunning, and you can see the entire Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre. After walking for a few hours, you will reach Mardi Himal Base Camp, which offers breathtaking views of the Mardi Himal and the surrounding mountains. After spending some time at the base camp, you will need to retrace your steps and walk back to High Camp.

Day 16

Descend from High Camp to Siding (1750m/ 5741 ft), Drive back to Pokhara

From High Camp, the trail descends through the forest towards the village of Low Camp. The trail is steep and can be slippery, so you need to take it slow and steady. After walking for a few hours, you will reach the village of Siding, which is located at an altitude of 1750m. Siding is a small Gurung village that offers a unique cultural experience. The village is surrounded by lush forests and offers stunning views of the Annapurna range. Our trek ends at Siding village from where we take a jeep and drive back to Pokhara.

Day 17

Fly Back to Kathmandu - 25 Minut

After 14 days of adventure, we’ll fly back to Kathmandu for some well-deserved rest. This morning , We’ll have breakfast at 7 am and then transfer to the airport for a quick 25-minute flight.

Upon landing at Kathmandu airport, our staff will be there to receive you and transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy an overnight stay in Kathmandu

Day 18

Departure from Nepal

Our representative will be informed about your departure time and your transfer to the airport will be arranged accordingly for your international departure.

Cost Include / Exclude

What’s include

  • Airport/ hotel airport transportation
  • 2 Nights 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara  including breakfast
  • Kathmandu to pokhara   tourist bus and Retun Kathmandu By Flight
  •  Pokhara to Nayapul  and after trek siding to pokhara jeep
  • Trekking Permit : Annapurna Conservation Fees and TIMS Permit
  •  Trekking Guide: An Experience, English Speaking Trekking Guide
  • Trekking Porter: Carry your backpack
  • Meals : 3 meals a Day ( breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
  • Hot Drinks -Tea / Coffee
  • Lodge to lodge accommodation
  • Trekking Equipment: Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, walking poles ( refundable after the trek)
  • Government Tax and vat
  • Office Service charge.
  • Welcome Dinner

What’s excluded

  • International air fare and Travel Insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • All bar bills and Bottle of drink
  • Lunch / Dinner In Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tipping

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