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Annapurna Sunrise Trek

Traverse on the popular Annapurna trails

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  • Group Size: 2-12 Persons
  • Trip Duration: 9 Days
  • Max. Altitude: 4130M
  • Country: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip End: Kathmandu
  • Trip Level: Adventures
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Annapurna Sunrise Trek which may otherwise be known as the Poon Hill Trek is undoubtedly one of the best trekking packages in Nepal. It offers some of the best opportunities to experience an a typical rural community and top-notch racial generosity. This trek is regarded as one of the best short treks in Nepal. It is, indeed a moderately easy hike rambling through old-world Gurung hamlets, multihued rhododendron forests and awe-inspiring panoramic sights of the colossal Himalayan mountains. Wrapping up in the mesmerizing spot at Poon Hill, the supplementary charisma of the neatly terraced paddy fields, fabulous mountain vistas, amiable Gurung hamlets, and blossoming rhododendron forests makes this short and easy trekking package in Nepal every photographer’s ecstasy.

The Annapurna Sunrise Trek itinerary commences with a sensational sightseeing exploration to some of the famous cultural and historical landmarks solicited by UNESCO as world heritage sites in Kathmandu. A short captivating flight from the capital city will carry visitors to the lake city of Pokhara, from where it is a short drive to the start point of this popular trekking in Nepal. Awaiting trekkers on this spree is a jumble of Nepalese magnificence through the sub-tropical valleys, paved stone staircases, and chirping bird reverberations in the impenetrable forests. Beginning the spectacular hike from Nayapul, there are several picturesque villages to stumble upon such as Birethanti, Sudame, Ulleri, Banthanti, Nangethanti, Ghorepani, Tadapani, Tikhedhunga, and Ghandruk. These villages have their own uniqueness and their own natural settings. Hiking trail in the popular trekking route in Nepal’s Annapurna region navigates through rhododendron, maple and oak forests, precipitous staircases treading along conventional hamlets with mind-blowing views of the epochal mountain peaks such as Machhapuchhre, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli and many more.

Annapurna Sunrise Trek, also at times acknowledged as Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek is a fantabulous hike and it can be boarded throughout the year although the best season for trekking in Nepal would, of course, be during the spring or autumn seasons. This particular trek isn’t as challenging as others and influences of the altitude would be minimal, thus it can be participated by all age groups. The only prerequisite would be a superior matchup of hiking shoes, a fluffy day pack, balmy clothing, and a comfy sleeping bag. For enthusiasts looking out for a less-demanding trekking package in Nepal, or a short and beautiful family trekking package in Nepal, this trekking package in the Annapurna region is unbeatably the best trekking option in Nepal. Not to mention that a previous hiking experience would rather make your trekking voyage more enthralling and more adventurous.

Similar trips in the Annapurna region trekking are the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which are the favorite trekking destinations in Nepal for hikers. These Annapurna trek routes offer enough opportunities to come in close proximity to nature and the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Come and join hands with Royal Holidays and experience the brilliance of the ecstatic sunrise views over the snow-attired Himalayas and hike through the foothills of the massive Annapurnas.

 

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Day To Day Itinenary

Arrival on: Kathmandu | Departure from: Kathmandu
  • 1
    Arrival in Kathmandu

    On arrival in Kathmandu and fulfilling immigration formalities, you will be met by one of our representatives near the exit gate of the airport with a placard for precise identification. You will then be transferred to your pre-assigned hotel room where you may stretch your legs and relax to regain your energy due to a possible jet lag. If your arrival time is early, then you may hit the streets of Thamel in the evening and saunter around, buy things that may entice your eyes or simply sit back and relax at some pub or music bar with your favorite beer and soothing melodies. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • 2
    Sightseeing & trip preparation in Kathmandu

    After a satisfactory breakfast in your hotel, you will embark for a guided tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions of the city that are listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites. A visit to the highly venerated Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the high-flying monkey temple at Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath – a Buddhist shrine and one of the largest stupas in the world, and the charismatic Basantapur Durbar Square leaves impressive reminiscences at the back of your head for a considerable period of time. Later in the afternoon, you will visit our office where you will meet your trip manager, other trekkers, and crew members. Your trip leader will brief you shortly about your upcoming trip in the Annapurna region, check your equipment and interact for any unclear thoughts in your head before you go back to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • 3
    Fly to Pokhara; trek to Ulleri

    After early breakfast in Kathmandu hotel, you will board on a domestic flight to Pokhara that offers fantastic views of the Himalayan ranges such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. On arrival at Pokhara, you will drive along a snaky road leading to Naya Pul, the starting point of most of the Annapurna region treks. Walking through sub-tropical forests, you will reach a riverside village of Birethanti which is situated at the convergence of the Modi and Bhurungdi Rivers. After crossing Bhurungdi River, you will ascend up to Sudame and make another gradual climb to Tikhedhunga village. Then you will cross a suspension bridge before making a dead steep ascent along thousands of tiring staircase up to the large Magar village of Ulleri. This village offers terrific views of the landscape of the valley floor that you just walked, along with stunning views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli mountain. Overnight in Ulleri.

  • 4
    Ulleri to Ghorepani

    Leaving behind the village of Ulleri after breakfast, you will commence the climb towards Ghorepani which is a scenic journey. Ascending with gentle pace through beautiful oak, rhododendron and magnolia forests, you will reach Banthanti. After a short walk from this small village, you will arrive another tiny hamlet of Nangethanti. You will be revitalized with the much-needed energy with the most panoramic views during your uphill ascent. After hiking for about an hour, you will arrive at Ghorepani, a fascinating stop with small shops and stalls that sell local products and crafts. The charming village offers outstanding views of the Annapurna South and Nilgiri Mountain peaks. It is here that you will begin to feel the chilled weather, as this village rests at a much higher altitude. Overnight in Ghorepani.

  • 5
    Ghorepani to Tadapani; Poon Hill Hike

    Marked as one of the remarkable highlights of the entire trip, you will begin with a pre-dawn, steep uphill climb for almost an hour through rhododendron forests till you reach the grassy top of Poon Hill. Considered to be the most popular trekking destination in the Annapurna region, the vantage point of this hill offers tantalizing views of far-off Mustang, Pokhara and over 20 highest mountains that include Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu. The most inspiring moment today would be the unperturbed and elucidated sunrise views over the Himalayas. After spending some time at Poon Hill, it is time to descend to Ghorepani for breakfast and then proceed to hike to Tadapani. Walking mostly over hilly terrain meandering through forests and village farmlands passing charming waterfalls, Tadapani lies below the rhododendron forests. Overnight in Tadapani.

  • 6
    Tadapani to Ghandruk

    Today is relatively an easy hiking day with frequent steep downhill rambles amidst intense dark forests. The mind-blowing views of wildflowers and impressive views of mountain peaks are perceptible throughout the entire day. Arriving near Ghandruk, the walking path alleviates and it is fairly an easy hike. Ghandruk is a slope settlement that embraces stone houses which are more often than not, inhabited by the populous Gurung people. You will visit the Gurung Museum once you are in Ghandruk and this opportunity gives you moments to learn about the unrivaled culture and the affluent cultural traditions and rituals of these indigenous Gurung tribes. It is also possible to grab a sight and appreciate the gripping beauty of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli peaks. Overnight in Ghandruk.

  • 7
    Ghandruk to Pokhara

    Leaving behind the alluring Ghandruk village after breakfast, it is a gentle descend through Syauli Bazaar from where the trail along the Modi Khola is flat and crossing terraced farms. You will keep walking along staircases paved with stone slabs till you arrive at Birethanti along with scenic mountain views and landscapes. From here it is an easy stroll for about 30 minutes to Nayapul from where you will drive in a private vehicle leading you to Pokhara. At your hotel in Pokhara, you may relax in leisure or walk around the city and go for a boat ride in Phewa Lake. Evening time is fun around the lakeside where you may sit in a decent bar and sip your favorite beer along with some live band playing soulful melodies. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • 8
    Fly to Kathmandu

    You will board on an early flight to Kathmandu today. On your flight back, you have time to saunter into flashback the nostalgic moments during your mesmerizing trek to the Annapurna region. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel room. In the afternoon, you are free to catch up on some last minute shopping or explore exceptional landmarks that you would not want to miss in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • 9
    International Departure

    You will be dropped off at the airport well ahead of your scheduled flight time by one of our representatives. If you have an evening flight, you may wish to visit certain heritage sites of Kathmandu on your own. However, if you wish to extend your holidays in Nepal, then Royal Holidays are ever ready to create another wonderful trip in the Himalayas.

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Itinenary Note

This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.

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Inclusion & Exclusion

What's Included

  • Airport to hotel / Hotel to airport pick up & drop off service on a private air-conditioned tourist vehicle.
  • Full day Kathmandu city tour by private car
  • Accommodation for two nights in 3-starred hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast (standard twin-sharing based room)
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu both ways flight tickets
  • Accommodation for one night in 3 starred hotel in Pokhara with breakfast (standard twin-sharing based room)
  • Accommodation during the trek in teahouse/lodge/guesthouse run by local people, mostly in twin-shared rooms or occasionally in dormitory rooms.
  • All standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the entire trek.
  • All ground transportation on a private comfortable air-conditioned vehicle.
  • A highly professional, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking guide.
  • Local staff including required number of porters to carry luggage during the trek.
  • All staff cost including their salary, insurance, equipment, accommodation, food, drinks, transportation, domestic airfare, and medicine.
  • All required documentations including trekking permits and TIMS card.
  • A self-sufficient medical first aid kit containing vital medications.
  • All government taxes including VAT, tourist service charges etc.

What's not Included

  • Nepal entry visa fee (available upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu)
  • Excess luggage charges during domestic flights
  • International airfare and departure tax
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure or any other reason causing to return from the trek earlier than the scheduled time.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel insurance that covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation
  • Personal expenses including phone calls, laundry bills, alcoholic hot and cold drinks, battery recharge, personal trekking equipment, extra porter, bottled or boiled water, hot shower (during trekking) etc
  • Tips for guide/porter/driver etc.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kind of accommodation can I expect during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

    During your Annapurna region trekking, very basic accommodation, in the form of guesthouse, is available in almost every village. These lodges have neat and clean beds and comfortable mattresses. The bed is small and the bathroom must be shared. Some lodges are better than others. Although blankets are provided, it is better to have your own sleeping bags as it gets very cold at higher elevations and there is no provision of heating system inside the rooms. Usually at peak seasons, lodge owners expect you to dine at their lodge in order to guarantee you a sleeping place. At most lodges, there is a chimney heater in the common dining hall. Some lodges may offer hot showers for an additional fee as well.

  • What varieties of food can I expect during the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

    During your Annapurna region trekking, you will find plenty of food items to eat. Lodges have menu offering Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, Nepali cuisines including some continental food. Normally, you will have your dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight while lunch will be served on the way where your trekking guide deems right for you. Eating Nepali dishes is a lot healthier and energetic that typically includes steamed rice and lentil soup aka Dal Bhaat along with local cooked vegetables like cabbage, green beans, carrots, potatoes, greens etc,. This powerful Nepali diet will be your basic lunch and dinner menu. Meat is readily available for non-vegetarian lovers. You may have Tsampa porridge, corn bread, buckwheat bread, barley bread or eggs & rice for breakfast. We suggest you to carry some energy bars, nuts etc. on your own in case you run into a situation where you have fewer options to choose from a menu.

  • When is the best time to trek in the Annapurna regions?

    Autumn in Nepal falls during the months from September to November while spring falls during March to May. These months have the best weather for trekking in the Annapurna regions. During these months, the skies are clearer than other seasons and you will be blessed with some of the most outstanding views of the Nepal Himalayas including the peaks like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. During the winter and monsoon months, the trekking routes are quieter, and food and accommodation is much cheaper. Due to the inconsistency in weather conditions during these months, the views may not be as impressive as during the autumn and spring seasons.

  • How difficult is trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp?

    Trekking to the base camp of the world’s tenth highest mountain Annapurna is definitely not as easy as one may think. It is a journey with lots of twists and turns, ups and downs and walking on different terrains. It does not involve technical climbing but having a prior hiking experience will do good while trekking. The trek gets harder as one keeps ascending to higher altitude. Any person with a strong body and a positive mindset, any level of trekkers can accomplish the trek without a problem. With increasing altitude, the air gets thinner and the possibility of altitude sickness increases. Each day of walking involves 12 to 15 km and 6 – 7 hours of trekking.

  • Can I trek in the Annapurna regions independently or without a guide?

    Yes, it is possible to trek in the Annapurna regions independently. But it is highly advised for those trekkers with prior experience of walking for a few hours every day. In addition, trekkers must be willing to carry their own baggage of at least 15 kg while trekking alone. Trekking without a guide would be the cheapest option to trek in the Annapurna regions but then, be ready to manage everything on your own including accommodation in the mountains, transportation to the trailhead and of course your meals. Nonetheless, if it is your first time in trekking in the Annapurna region, then it is best if you use a trekking guide for several reasons you wouldn’t regret later.

  • I have an extra baggage. Where can I store my luggage that I don’t require during the trek?

    You will carry only important items required for your trek during the trekking. Any extra items that you have can be safely stored in our store room at our office or in our hotel. Your belongings will remain safe with us and there will not be any extra cost for storing your extra baggage with us.

  • Who will carry my luggage during the trek?

    You will carry your own luggage and backpack if you plan to trek independently. If you book your trip with us, we have not included porter cost in the package. However, if you require that your luggage should be carried by a porter and you are ready to bear the porter’s cost, then we will arrange a porter for you who will carry your luggage during the trek. But, you will be responsible for carrying you own daypack with all your valuable items, drinking water, camera, snacks and a medical pack.

  • Can I communicate with my relatives while trekking in the Annapurna regions?

    In the past, there were no communication facilities until you returned to Kathmandu from trekking. But since the past few years, communicating with your relatives back home is not a problem at all from most of the places of the Annapurna regions, except from some places. While you are in Kathmandu, we suggest you to purchase a local SIM card, preferably NCell, and top up with certain amount of money. So, when you are walking in the mountains, you can talk to your friends or family, use internet facilities to upload photos of trekking and so on. Some lodges on the trek route also have Wi-Fi facilities for which you need to pay. Only some of the areas may face network problems due to which you may not be able to make phone calls or use your phone data to use the internet.

  • Do my guide and porter speak English?

    Your guide is a qualified, well-trained and an authorized person with a trekking license from the government of Nepal. He speaks English fluently and is also first-aid trained with an ability to handle almost any situation while trekking in the mountains. Some of the porters are also able to speak English fairly enough and all our guides and porters are fully insured.

  • What types of toilet facilities are available at the teahouses in the Annapurna trekking trail?

    A majority of the teahouses on the Annapurna trekking route have squat type of toilet facilities. In the recently built teahouses and lodges they have western style flush toilets due to the increasing flow of tourists in the Annapurna trail. However, at certain places, there may be shortage of water so it is advised to carry your own toilet paper and other toiletries.

  • Is it necessary for me to carry my own sleeping bag during the trek?

    Although it is not really necessary for you carry your sleeping bag, but we do advice you to carry one as sleeping at altitudes above 4000m during cold months could be really cold. The guesthouses at various places do provide blankets in the rooms but it may not be sufficient to keep you warm. If you do not have your own sleeping bag, we will arrange it for you to rent from some rental outlet at a small cost.

  • Will I be able to take showers during the trek?

    You can expect to have only about 3 – 4 showers during your trekking trip. Showers are normally the traditional hot water bucket showers that are available on request at an extra cost. It is not necessary to have shower at higher altitudes and our guide will provide tips on how to maintain personal hygiene during such times.

  • Are there ATMs on the trekking route in the Annapurna regions?

    No, unfortunately there are no ATMs on the Annapurna trekking regions. Trekkers have to draw sufficient cash either from Pokhara or Kathmandu itself which have hundreds of ATMs. Every transaction in Nepal is done in Nepali rupees so you are advised to carry enough Nepali rupees bearing small denominations so that purchasing stuffs in the mountains is easier.

  • What is the provision of drinking water while trekking in the Annapurna regions?

    Teahouses and lodges in the Annapurna trekking regions provide filtered and boiled water, the major sources being taps, streams, and rivers from the Himalayas. Although it is possible to buy bottled mineral water at most of the teahouses on the trails, we do not encourage our fellow trekkers to use plastic bottles as they are not environment friendly. On the contrary, we recommend that you carry purifying agents like SteriPen UV, chlorine, iodine tablets or other purifying agents for environmental reasons.

  • What kind of shoes do you recommend me for my trekking?

    We advise you to wear a comfortable pair of shoes that is previously broken in case it is newly purchased. Previously broken shoes will avoid your feet from getting blisters while walking. We normally recommend shoes with Gore-Tex style lining as it provides ultimate comfort and has thicker soles thereby making your walking experience on rough terrains a pleasant one.

  • Can I trek to the Annapurna region during the rainy seasons?

    Rainy seasons in Nepal fall during the months of June to August. During rainy seasons, the rainfall makes the trails slippery and less relevant for hiking. However, the trekking route remains less crowded and one can enjoy beautiful views of the Himalayan ranges and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Therefore, it is possible for you to trek during the rainy seasons or winters for a quieter experience with fewer trekkers on the trail.

  • I am a solo woman traveler. How safe is it for me to trek in the Annapurna?

    Female tourists are subjects of esteem whether traveling alone, in pairs or as a couple. By and large, Nepali men are courteous and defensive of solo women travelers. There will be exemptions of course, but for the most part, there is no lack of enthusiasm related to traveling as a solo woman in Nepal. Nevertheless, for a solo woman or even a solo man, it is always wise to take a guide with you especially if it is your first trekking experience in the Nepal Himalayas. Overall, Nepal is safe for solo travelers where one can enjoy the companionship of other lone trekkers along the trail sharing the same passion.