Annapurna Sunrise Trek
At a Glance
    Highlights
    • Annapurna Sunrise Trek is among Nepal’s most popular and relatively easy Trek
    • Suitable for beginners with no trekking experience
    • Moderately challenging and doesn’t pose a risk of altitude sickness with the highest elevation around 3200 meters.
    • Trekkers can proceed at their own pace along the trail
    • Enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Lamjung Himal, Machhapuchre, Gangapurna, and Annapurna South, especially during sunrise 
    • The route passes through dense forests of Rhododendron, Nepal’s national flower enhancing the beauty of the journey
    • Offers a unique opportunity to experience the rich culture, and lifestyle of Gurung and Magar communities amidst the trekking adventure.
    • Embark on a journey through Ghandruk, one of the most expansive villages of the Gurung community. 
    • In Ghandruk, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the genuine Gurung culture and engage with the locals who have called this place home for countless generations.

    OVERVIEW

    Annapurna Sunrise Trek is a short trip to the Annapurna trekking of Nepal. Note, this trek also goes by the name Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek as well or Annapurna Panorama Trekking. And that’s for a good reason. Ghorepani / Poon Hill is getting popular day by day for photographers and nature lovers’ paradise. Sunrise Trek offers a striking panorama full of Annapurna (I, II, III & IV), Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal Gangapurna, and Manaslu Range. And on top of that, Ghorepani Poon Hill is easily accessible from Pokhara. Beautiful spots of Tadapani, Nayapul, Ulleri, Tikhedunga, and Pokhara are accessible in the Annapurna Region, which is well covered by the same trekking route.

    EXPLORING THE ROAD TO ANNAPURNA SUNRISE TREK

    To begin with Annapurna Sunrise Trek, firstly, we drive for about 2 hours to reach Nayapul from Pokhara. From here, the trekking begins. By the end of the next day, we will reach Ghorepani. It is possible to hike up to Poon Hill on the same day for a sunset view. As for the sunrise in the Annapurna the next morning, it’s not something you’d want to miss. Trekking in Annapurna will let you feel the Himalayan panorama while providing you the opportunities to get close to Annapurna’s local Culture and lifestyle. Even though the sunrise trek is short, some parts of the trip are difficult. For instance, climbing the Ulleri hill with thousands of steps tests your limit.

    Trek hardcore up the 3000 stairs, and make sure your packing list contains good boots, sticks, water, sunscreen, and warm clothes. Plus don’t underestimate the downhill fun. The Poon Hill trek is short and exciting as it is challenging and rewarding. Weather in the region is favorable around late winter, spring, and fall.

    Capture some of the best snaps of impressive Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.  The Provocative glimpse of high mountains mesmerizes. Embark on a journey through Ghandruk, one of the most expansive villages of the Gurung community. In Ghandruk, you have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the genuine Gurung culture and engage with the locals who have called this place home for countless generations.
    Experience the great culture and festivals of Nepal as explore our beautiful country.

    DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF ANNAPURNA SUNRISE TREK

    Annapurna Sunrise trek is graded moderately difficult, as it requires climbing up the steep stairs. However, our trip is organized in such a way that enough rest is available each day. This trip can be easily conquered with some level of fitness and commitment. It’s a popular destination for family, friends, and new mountain enthusiasts.

    From Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani, the trail involves a strenuous trek up the stone stairway requiring approximately 6 to 7 hours of trekking every day to complete this significant ascent. Since the journey’s highest point is around 3200 meters, some trekkers might experience signs of Acute Mountain Sickness, but the condition does not worsen. However, it is still necessary to maintain good health to avoid any risks of Mountain Sickness.
    The trek's challenge is influenced by factors like altitude, terrain, and weather conditions. Heavy rainfall, landslides, and slippery trails, on the other hand, might make the expedition difficult. To avoid getting lost, trekkers always need to remain on their trekking track.

    For travelers who wish to ease the journey, training the body to enhance stamina and endurance is recommended. Before the trek, it is recommended to engage in cardiovascular exercises and undertake day excursions involving steep hill climbs to help prepare for the diverse paths along the hiking trail.

    BEST SEASON FOR ANNAPURNA SUNRISE TREK 

    The best times for Annapurna Sunrise Trek are during the Spring season (March-May) and Autumn (September – November). This timeframe offers clear weather ideal for capturing the best views of the majestic mountains. The landscape is transformed by the stunning display of gorgeous rhododendron blossoms painting the entire landscape in shades of red. 

    The temperatures remain moderate, with slightly chilly mornings and evenings while the days offer clear splendid views of the mountains. 
    Summer (June-August) is unsuitable for trekking due to heavy rains, resulting in poor visibility, soggy trails, landslides, and path blockages. Meanwhile, trekking in winter (November-February) involves coping with freezing temperatures, but the reward of clear skies unveils breathtaking Himalayan panoramas for those prepared to brave the cold.

    You will arrive at the capital city, Kathmandu. Our representatives will aid you in your transfer to the hotel. Kathmandu is a vibrant city with a large population and where the roots of culture and traditions still run deep. You can visit a few of the beautiful landmarks this city has to offer such as, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and the Basantapur Durbar Square.

    • Max. Altitude:1365
    • Accommodation:Hotels
    • Meals:Dinner

    From Kathmandu, you will have the option to either take a comfortable drive or a short flight towards another major city, Pokhara. Considered to be a tourist hub, this city sees droves of tourists from in and out of the country. Once in Pokhara, you can visit the beautiful Phewa Lake that lies in the heart of the city, with hills overlooking it on all sides. These hills house the Peace Pagoda and a little above the skyline, a beautiful view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri can be seen.

    • Max. Altitude:825
    • Accommodation:Hotels
    • Meals:Breakfast

    Pokhara is a beautiful valley of lakes and a trekker's paradise. From Pokhara, we will drive towards Nayapul for 2 hours and start our trek from there. Trek to Ulleri is mostly uphill stair climbing and can be strenuous to your knees. Carry a trekking stick to remedy that. This will also be useful when climbing downhill. We will reach Takledhunga in 3-4 hours.

    • Max. Altitude:1070
    • Accommodation:Hotels
    • Meals:Breakfast,lunch and dinner

    After breakfast, we will continue trekking towards Ghorepani via the beautiful villages of Ulleri, Banthant, Nangge and Lower Ghorepani. Today's challenge is climbing the 3,000 steps of stones and boulders up the Ulleri Hill. The landscape of Upper Ghorepani fills up with views of Annapurna and Nilgiri Mountains.

    • Max. Altitude:2800
    • Accommodation:Tea house
    • Meals:breakfast, lunch and dinner

    We will wake up early morning and start hiking towards Poon Hill for the spectacular sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains. Poon Hill is one of the most sought after destination in the Annapurna Region. We will spend a good hour watching the sunrise before returning back for breakfast. Besides sunrise, Poon Hill also offers overview of nearby Manang, Mustang and Pokhara from the top.

    Our next destination is Tadapani, another beautiful village in the region. Tadapani is well-equipped with lodges and tea houses. On top of that, it offers great view of Mount Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) and Annapurna South.

    • Max. Altitude:3210
    • Accommodation:Hotels
    • Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    The journey towards Ghandruk will be mostly downhill as we pass the trails that runs through beautiful hilly forest. During spring, bright rhododendron and other flowers decorate the forest with green. Whereas during winter, there might be snow on both sides of the trail (depends on the time). Soon enough, we will reach the beautiful village of Ghandruk - tucked perfectly on the laps of Annapurna.

    Enjoy the rest of the day in the company of one of the most hospitable people in the world, enjoy great views of mountains, and visit farms and a local museum.

    • Max. Altitude:1940
    • Accommodation:Tea house
    • Meals:breakfast, lunch and dinner

    After breakfast, we will continue our journey (mostly downhill, again) towards the highway in the south. At the bottom, we approach Modi Khola and the valley, and keep walking towards Nayapul. We will get a jeep to drive towards Pokhara. We should be arriving Pokhara by the afternoon. We will spend the rest of the day exploring Pokhara and its beautiful hightlights: Fewa Lake, Lakeside Market & Restaurants, and more. Our journey will come to an end as we are transferred to the hotel in Pokhara. If your itinerary includes driving back to Kathmandu, we will do it the next day.

    • Max. Altitude:800
    • Meals:Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Service Details

    Includes
    •  Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van
    •  Three nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
    •  Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary
    •  Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea & coffee during the trek
    •  Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
    •  One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
    •  All surface transfer to/from Kathmandu by private vehicle
    •  Down jacket and sleeping bag during Annapurna Base Camp Trek
    •  Annapurna conservation permit
    •  TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System
    •  Two nights accommodation in Pokhara at two star category hotel
    •  Government taxes & office service charge
    •  Hiking Adventure Special Gift or T- Shirt
    Excludes
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    •  Travel insurance,
    •  International airfare,
    •  Items of personal nature & all bar bills ie. Soft/hard drinks, tips for Nepalese staff's
    •  Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
    •  All cold drinks such as: alcoholic beverages, mineral water and beverages
    •  Hot and cold showers during the trek
    •  Personal shopping and laundry,
    •  Personal trekking equipment
    •  Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
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