Imagine standing in the front of mighty Himalayas as the first ray of sun falls upon them. The white reflection of snow changes into golden colour. Your body and mind can feel the warmth of the rising sun. Sunrise is always mesmerising. But with the background of Himalayas as you stand in the hilltop, it’s even more prodigious.

 

Annapurna Sunrise Trek is a rewarding and easy trek for travel enthusiasts. The trekking route is similar to Poon Hill Ghadruk trek. The trek bestows city heritage tour, panoramic Mountain View, and the pristine natural scenery. The views of mountain peaks such as Annapurna I, II, III and south, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Lamjung Himal, etc accompany us throughout the trek. The villages like Ghandruk and Ghorepani are blessed with a unique culture. The sub-tropical vegetation of Oak, Pine, maple, and Rhododendron makes the trek even more beautiful. And if you are lucky, you might also spot some wild animals in the forests.

 

Annapurna Sunrise Trek covers only a short distance within 10 days. So it’s relatively easier than other treks to the Himalayas of Nepal. People with all levels of trekking experience can complete the trek. Anyone with a sound health condition can go for it. The highest altitude during the trek is about 3,100m. So there are fewer chances of altitude sickness.

 

The trek is beautiful from March to May (Spring in Nepal) due to the colourful bloom of flowers. September to November is the most crowded months as the weather is stable and views are clear. Winter trekking during December to February is also prodigious if you love playing with snow. Monsoon trek can be quite difficult due to slippery paths but it’s equally rewarding.

Trip Overview

The journey of Annapurna sunrise trek begins from Kathmandu. After exploring the valley for a day, we head towards Pokhara. Pokhara is another beautiful city that offers a stunning sunrise view. From Pokhara, the journey moves ahead to Nayapul. This is where the trek begins. Then, you trek through the small villages such as Birethanti, Ulleri, and Ghorepani. From Ghorepani, we hike to Poon Hill for the most beautiful sunrise view. From Poon Hill we trek along a beautiful route towards the village of Ghandruk. After some time in this village, we trek down to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara. Then we shall drive back to Kathmandu -our journey comes to the end. 

Day 01: Welcome to Nepal

On the very first day, our representative welcomes you over the Airport. Our representative will safely and comfortably transfer you to the respective hotel in a private vehicle. Then you can either have some rest or explore the area near the hotel. You can do some shopping for the trek or just stroll around the streets.  In the evening we will provide you with further information about the journey. We will also enjoy our welcome dinner together. Then after, you can live the city nightlife in Thamel. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing tour at Kathmandu Valley

This day is set to explore the UNESCO listed World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu is known as the City of Temple and has many beautiful architectures that are worth visiting. First, we will visit Swayambhunath-a fine Buddhist Stupa. Swayambhunath is suited in the top of the hill to the west of Thamel. It is popular as ‘Monkey Temple’. Then, we shall visit Pashupatinath temple-another vibrant place in Kathmandu. Pashupatinath temple is the oldest and the finest temple of Lord Shiva in Nepal. It is a sacred place for Hindus in every nook and corner of the world. From Pashupatinath, we will drive towards Boudhanath which lies in the northeast of the valley. It is the largest spherical stupa of Nepal. The aesthetic monks, rolling Mani Wheels prayer hymn and effused incense stick make the area beautiful. Patan Durbar Square is our last stop for the day. Patan is known as the beautiful city of festivals, art, feast, and culture. We visit the monuments as Patan Durbar Square, Ganesh Mandir, Krishna Mandir, Patan museum, and different other temples and places.  After visiting the major heritage sites, we drive back to the hotel. Today, you shall complete the preparation for the trek and pack your bag Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive / Fly to Pokhara

After a delicate breakfast, we commence our drive to Pokhara. The tourist bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7 in the morning. The drive along the bank of Trishuli is beautiful. The view of River, hills, occasional mountain glimpse, temple and settlements will accompany us. About 8 hours of driving and you reach the beautiful city of Pokhara. The city is famous for its natural scenery including seven lakes. In Pokhara, you can enjoy boating in Phewa Lake. In the evening, you can stroll around the Lakeside and enjoy the nightlife of Pokhara.  Alternatively you can take a flight to Pokhara from Tribhuwan International airport. The flight is only 25 minutes long and thus you will have enough time to explore the beautiful city of Pokhara.(additional fee's may apply) Overnight in Pokhara

Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga, 6-7 hours (1,540m) 

After a delicious breakfast in the hotel, we start our drive from Pokhara and head towards Nayapul. The journey can be monotonous due to the bumpy drive. But in a private jeep/van it will also be comfortable. The scenery of dense forest, green rolling hills, rivers, and a pleasant environment will fuel you with happiness and excitement. About 2 hours of the driving takes you to Nayapul.  After some preparations in Nayapul, our trek begins. The trail then continues along with the local settlements on the bank of Modi Khola before we climb up to Tikhedhunga. The path with a well-paved staircase is quite easy and fun.  Overnight in Tikhedhunga

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani, 5-6 hours (2,840m) 

Today you will have an easy, comfortable and short trek. From Tikhedhunga, you ascend slowly to a viewpoint where you can witness the sparkling Hiunchuli and Annapurna at distance. You further ascend through the dense forest of Oak and rhododendron. On the path, you trace small villages such as Banthati and Nangethati. These settlements with well-decorated houses will lure you with its beauty. The next climb takes you to the lower Ghorepani. After getting your papers checked, you need to take a right turn from lower Ghorapani and hike to upper Ghorepani. Upper Ghorepani has some finest tea houses for our overnight stay. Overnight in Ghorepani

Day 06: Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani, 6 to 7 hours (2,610m) 

This is the most important day of our trek. We wake up very early in the morning. Then, we hike through the dense forest towards the magnificent viewpoint of Poon Hill. As we trek on the beautiful stone-paved route, it takes us to the top after about an hour.  The wide hilltop called Poonhill is the perfect place to get the stupendous sunrise view. As the ray of sun falls over Mount Annapurna and other snow-covered peaks such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Fang, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Annapurna south, Dhampus peak, etc. We will stop in Poonhill for about an hour to enjoy the breathtaking views of vistas. After rejuvenating from the view, we walk down to Ghorepani.  Once we walk back to Ghorepani, we stop for our breakfast. From Ghorepani, the trail first ascends to another hill where the view of Himalayas is stunning. The path further ascends to Tadapani along the ridges. We pass through the dense rhododendron and Oak forest. After a few hours of trekking, we finally reach Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani

Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk - 3 hours (1,940m)

Today’s trek is very easy and short. We wake up early in the morning to enjoy the sunrise from Tadapani. Then we will have our breakfast and head towards the village of Ghandruk. First, we take a steep descent along the dense, shady forest. The forest turns into prodigious gardens when the Rhododendrons bloom at its best. A few hours trek on the path that is mostly levelled takes us to Ghandruk village.   Ghandruk village has many stone houses that are inhabited typically by the Gurung people. It’s an ideal place to enjoy the affluent Gurung culture. In the day, we will also visit Gurung Museum. From the village, we can enjoy the backdrop of Annapurna South, Fishtail, and Hiunchuli. Overnight in Ghandruk

Day 08: Trek to Nayapul and then drive back to Pokhara:

Today, we witness the mesmerising sunrise from Ghandruk. The mountain ranges appear clear and giant. As you sip your cup of coffee, you can see them turning from white to orange and then white. After a delicious breakfast in Ghandruk, we head towards Nayapul. The trek takes a couple of hours and is mostly downhill. Along the path, you will also see a beautiful waterfall.  When we reach Nayapul, our jeep will be waiting for us. The drive back to Pokhara will be scenic and adventurous. When you reach Pokhara, you can enjoy our time roaming around the place and enjoy the success of the trek. Overnight in Pokhara 

Day 09: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu:

After a delicate breakfast in a hotel over Pokhara, we will drive to Kathmandu. The drive takes about eight hours. The road along the bank of the river offers a beautiful drive. The view of the hills and the rivers look prodigious. Or you can take a 25 minutes flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara.(additional fees may apply) When you reach Kathmandu, you can spend your time shopping around Thamel. Thamel has many shops that offer classic crafts and artwork. You can buy a gift for yourself and your loved ones. You can also further explore Kathmandu city. In the evening, we will talk about the wonderful journey we accomplished. We will also enjoy a farewell dinner together. Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 10: Transfer to airport for final departure

Today we enjoy a delicate breakfast in the hotel. This may be your last meal in Nepal. As per your flight schedule, you can check out your room. Then our representative will drive you to Tribhuvan International airport. You will be transferred to the hotel three hours before the flight time. Waving a final goodbye to the county of Himalayas,and with memories to last a lifetime, you can go to your next destination. 

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport collection and drop off by a private vehicle.
  • Trekking duffle bag for you to take home
  • Kathmandu accommodation in a 3* deluxe hotel with breakfast.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
  • All ground transportation and domestic flights according to your itinerary
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Tea-house accommodation on the mountainside during the trek.
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff salary, staff insurance costs and transportation as well as staff food and hotels.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag (to be returned on completion of the trek)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (NATIONAL PARK, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit. (Carried by your guide)
  • All government tax and service charge

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Nepal visa fee.
  • International airfare and departure tax.
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu – as well as any bar bills along the trek.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival, late departure,and early return from the mountain (due to any reason) other than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Personal travel insurance and personal expenses – phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.
  • Tips for guides and porters.

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