Poon Hill Annapurna Base Camp Trek in November

  • February 04, 2019
  • Ram Khadka
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Annapurna Base Camp trek takes you along some of the most pleasant villages in the Annapurna region. Trekking through the forests of the ACAP region, it takes you to the foot of Mt. Annapurna. November is the perfect time to catch this trek in all its alluring beauty.

Annapurna Base Camp starts after a bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. You can also get to Pokhara on a 25-minute scenic flight. From Pokhara, you can either go to Ghandruk or Nayapul in a private jeep or a local bus and start your trek.

Beautiful villages like Chomrong, Tadapani, Ghorepani, Dobhan etc. will greet you along the way. These villages are located picturesquely against the backdrop of towering mountains of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

You will also get to Machhapuchhre Base Camp on your way to Annapurna Base Camp. You can also get to Poon Hill during your trek to Annapurna Base Camp.

Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and Poon Hill offer some of the most beautiful views of mountains. These places are also renowned for the sunrise views you get from here.

Annapurna Base Camp trek can be completed even with little or no trekking experience. Its wonderful location, moderate level of difficulty, ease of access, and the chance to catch the flora and fauna of this region make it the most popular trek in Nepal.

This trek gets all the more special in the month of November.

Main Attractions of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek in November

  • The weather is a perfect blend of mild sunshine, low precipitation, and lower cold winds.

  • Catch the celebration of the festival “Chhath” in Nepal in November.

  • Catch the first glimpses of the mountains of the Annapurna region in the flight to Pokhara.

  • Astonishing sunrise views from Poon Hill and ABC against the backdrop of gigantic peaks like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna (I) II, III, IV; Annapurna South,  Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Hiunchuli, and Manaslu.

  • Learn Tamang culture on your way to quaint villages of the region.

  • Get a chance to catch the diverse flora and fauna of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

  • Meet many travelers from around the world and make unforgettable friendships.

Things to Consider while trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in November

Weather of the Annapurna Region in November

November is the driest of all the months in the autumn season. The chances of precipitation in this month are next to nil.

It is also the mildest month of autumn in terms of the sunshine received in the Annapurna region.

Annapurna Base Camp November Weather and Temperature

Place

Elevation

Average Temperature (degree C)

Minimum temperature

(degree C)

Maximum temperature

(degree C)

Precipitation (mm)

Pokhara

1400 m

10

-1

20

6

Ghorepani

2750 m

7

-4

17

6

Chhomrong

2340 m

11

1.5

20

6

Dobhan

2600 m

8

-3

18

6

Annapurna Base Camp

4130 m

1

-10

11

0

Cost of Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in November

Clothing Costs

Check this list of all the clothes and trekking gear you will need for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in November. IF you have them already, you won’t need to invest in it. If you don’t you can either buy it first-hand, second-hand or choose to rent it in Thamel, Kathmandu.

Hiring a Guide/Porter

Hiring a guide for the Annapurna Base Camp trek in the month of November costs $20 to $30 per day. The cost of a porter is $15 to $25 per day. If you are looking to hire some porters/guides, you can contact us.

Trekking Permits

The first of the permits you will need is the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) card. This costs Nrs.200 (about US $2) for SAARC Nationals. This will cost Nrs.2000 (about US $20) for people outside SAARC.

The second of the permits needed for the Annapurna Base Camp trek is Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card that costs NRS. 2000 (about US $20)

Food and Accommodation

Food and accommodation costs between US$10-US$30 per day.

This fluctuation in the price of food and accommodation is down to the types of food you choose to eat and the style of accommodation you want to stay in.

Nepali Food (“Dal Bhat”) costs lower in comparison to Continental food like “Pasta”, “Pizza” and other types of food. You can also reduce your cost of accommodation by staying in a common room.

Transportation

You can either take a flight to Pokhara or drive there in a bus. A flight costs you US$ 124. The bus will cost you NRs.700 (US$ 7) - NRs. 2200 (US$ 22).

 

You might also have to take a bus from Pokhara to Ghandruk or Nayapul depending upon the start of your trek. The cost of a local bus from Pokhara to Ghandruk is NRs 240 (US$ 2.4). The cost of a local bus ride from Pokhara to Nayapul is Rs. 200.

You can also hire a private jeep to either of these places. That will cost you about NRs. 3000-5000. You can accommodate about 7 people in the jeep, so you can share the price.

Packing List for Annapurna Base Camp November Trek

Clothing

You will need multi-layered, high-quality and comfortable clothing in order to trek to Annapurna Base Camp in the month of November. These are all the clothing you will need:

  • A Base layer of clothing (for the higher altitude of the Annapurna region).

  • An insulation layer (to wear on top of the base layer)

  • The outermost layer (thin layer of clothing will protect you from the wind and cold)

  • underwear, trekking trousers and shorts, trekking shirts, Waterproof Shell jacket, and trousers.

Headgear

  • A hat, a beanie, and a neck gaiter (for protecting your head)

Gloves

  • Inner gloves ( used during moderate trekking temperatures)

  • Outer gloves ( used when the temperature is too cold)

Footwear

  • Sturdy, comfortable hiking boots

  • Trekking shoes and sandals (to roam around teahouses after the trek)

  • Hiking socks, thermal socks, and gaiters

Backpack

  • A large spacious and compartmentalized backpack of 50 - 65 liters

  • If you hire a porter to carry your backpack, you will still need a daypack which you will carry and contains items that you will regularly use.

  • A rain cover.

Others

  • Sleeping bags, trekking poles, sunglasses and moisturizers

  • Water bottle, pee funnel, basic first aid kit, toiletries, and towels will help you maintain personal hygiene.

  • Camera, books, and chargers (to pass your free time easily).

  • You will also need mosquito repellents and ointments to keep mosquitoes, leeches, and other bugs at bay.

Charging and Hot Shower Facilities

Charging your electronic devices is free in the lower altitudes of the ABC trek in November. The same is true of a hot shower as well.

But teahouse and lodge owners might charge you around US$ 1 - US$ 2 to charge your devices. As November sees a large number of trekkers, you might have to wait a long time in queues to charge your devices.

Therefore, you need to bring some spare batteries while trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in November.

The price of taking a hot shower is higher than the price of charging your devices. It might cost you close to US$ 5 to take a shower in the high altitude regions of Annapurna Base Camp in November.

Altitude Sickness

You are less likely to catch altitude sickness while trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in comparison to other high altitude treks like Everest Base Camp Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek or Kanchenjunga Base Camp trek.

This is mainly because the highest altitude of ABC trek (4130 meters) is lower than EBC (5545 meters), KBC (5143 meters). Also, the altitude gain per day in ABC trek is also quite low..

To prepare for altitude sickness, you should be involved in physical preparation. You should never rush while trekking.

You should make the descent to a lower altitude in the case you catch the symptoms of altitude sickness. Finally, keep the intake of food and water high during trekking.

Preparing for ABC trek in November

Make sure that you prepare for around 2 months prior to coming to the Annapurna Base Camp trek. You can prepare by strengthening your body, especially your legs.

You should also focus on strengthening your core as well as your upper body. Upper Body strength will come in extremely handy if you are carrying your backpack yourself.

In order to avoid altitude sickness, many people decide to stay in Machhapuchhre Base Camp overnight and head out to Annapurna Base Camp in the morning. During the morning, the skies are quite clear. So you can get sumptuous mountain views from ABC in the morning time.

Hiring Guides/Porters

It is better that you hire a guide/porter while trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in November. The trail is 115 kilometers long, more than half of which is uphill.

You can contact a reputed trekking agency like Sublime Trails for arranging this trek in November. We can help you arrange some excellent guides and porters to facilitate your trek.

Advanced Booking for Accommodation

This is one of the most important things to consider while trekking to Annapurna Base Camp in November. As the number of trekkers to ABC in November is huge, you need to make proper reservations to ensure a good time while trekking.

Your guides will help make appropriate reservations for your trek. Guides for ABC trek are generally born and brought up in the Annapurna region itself. So they have good contacts in the tea houses and lodges along the way.

Other Popular Treks in the Annapurna Region in November

Poon Hill trek

Poon Hill trek can be completed in merely 10 days. You will trek for 5 days only. The highest altitude you will reach during this trek is 3200 meters in Poon Hill.

This makes it one of the easiest treks in Nepal.

You can see various mountains like Dhaulagiri, Annapurna (I) II, III, IV; Annapurna South,  Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Hiunchuli, and Manaslu from Poon Hill.

The views of these mountains are perfect in November. Due to the ease of its accessibility and the chance to view the mountains in a short trek makes it one of the most popular treks in Nepal.

Khopra Hill trek

Khopra Hill trek is one of the most picturesque treks you can ever be a part of it. This trek is also the best viewpoint of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range in this region.

The major attraction of this trek is your visit to Khayer lake. The lake lies at an altitude of 4600 meters in the backdrop of some stunning mountains.

On your way to Annapurna Base Camp, you can make a quick detour of this off-the-beaten-track destination and resume your trek.

The lake as well as the mountains that surround it make for splendid viewing in the month of November.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

During the Annapurna Circuit trek, you will go to various places like Manang, Jomsom, Thorong La pass, and the religious temple of Muktinath. All of these places are set beautifully to give you mesmerizing views of mountains of the Annapurna region.

So this trek gives you a chance of viewing Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak etc. throughout the trip.

You can catch the Annapurna Circuit Trek in all its beauty in November. The awesome weather of this season coupled with a great touristic vibe makes Annapurna Circuit Trek in November a delight.

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal is gaining a reputation amongst trekkers as one of the best trekking destinations in Nepal.

During this trek, you can see splendid views of Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhapuchhare (6,993m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m), and Annapurna South (7,010m).

The weather of November is just perfect for viewing these mountains from Mardi Base Camp.

Going to Forest Camp, Low Camp and High Camp on your way to Mardi Himal Base Camp are equally wonderful in November.

Other Activities that Can be done in Nepal During November: 

Conclusion

November is one of the best times to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Glorious views of the mountains, awesome travelers around the world, and pleasant weather make this month one of the best in terms of trekking. Make sure that you catch this legendary trekking destination in November before the winter sets in this region in the months to follow.

Ram Khadka

Ram Khadka

Hi There ! I'm Ram Khadka Founder of Sublime Trails Ltd.  One of the Nepal's top featuring travel tips and blog, Featuring travel inspiration, Travel guides and itineraries.  I want to deliver best suggestion for Nepal tour planning on weather, best times, best places, best itineraries and best companion. 

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