Annapurna Sunrise Trek - 9 Days

One of the most incredible treks in Annapurna region, Annapurna Sunrise Trek is also known as Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.

This Annapurna Sunrise Trek starts from a scenic flight to the Lake City (Pokhara) followed by a short drive to Nayapul.

This wonderful trek route goes via spectacular landscapes, charming Gurung and Magar villages, lush forests of rhododendron, bamboo, and pines. By the end of the trek, you’ll get the blissful scenario of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

The trail passes via traditional Gurung and Magar village where you’ll get the opportunity to explore the Himalayan lifestyle and culture closely.

If you’re reasonably fit and looking for an adventurous trek lasting for over a week, then this short Annapurna Sunrise trek is the right option for you.

It is an easy and the perfect choice for novice trekkers. Though it is one of the easiest trails in the mountain terrain, you’ve to walk entire uphill and downhill and climb several stone cases. Thus, to complete this trek successfully, you should have “can do” attitude.

Although the best time for this beautiful trek is spring and autumn season, it is doable whole year around. During the spring, you’ll get the fantastic view of rhododendron blooming which make the whole trial colorful.

Nonetheless, if you want to spend more time in the beautiful Annapurna massif region, then you can opt for Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Jomsom Muktinath Trek.

I assure you this Annapurna Sunrise Trek will be your life-changing experience!

Highlights

  • Explore the beautiful lake city Pokhara
  • Adventurous trek into the heart of the Annapurna region
  • Breathtaking sunrise view over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range from the Poon Hill
  • Jaw-dropping views of spectacular mountain including Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli
  • Experience an ethnic Magar and Gurung culture, tradition, and lifestyle
  • Walk via the beautiful dense rhododendron forests

DaysItineraryTime
Day 01Arrival to Kathmandu (1,338 m)-
Day 02Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1,338 m)-
Day 03Drive to Pokhara, drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2,050 m)7.5 hrs drive and 4-5 hours trek
Day 04Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m)4-5 hrs
Day 05Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700 m)6-7 hrs
Day 06Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940 m)3-4 hrs
Day 07Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (827 m)4 hrs trek and 1.5 hours drive
Day 08Fly to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening-
Day 09Final Departure-

Day 1
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu

Max Elevation: 1,338 m, Kathmandu

A representative of Osho Vision Travel will receive and transfer you to the respective hotels. After freshening up, you’ll visit our office. There’ll be a small team meeting with a guide, and we’ll discuss the trekking itinerary and equipment. If you’re confused about anything, you have plenty of time for questions. Our guide will answer all of your questions.

If you arrive at night, we’ll have a team meeting on the next morning, after your breakfast. You’ll spend the night at Kathmandu.

Day 2
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

On this day, we’ll go for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. We’ll visit Pashupatinath, and Swayambhunath Temple enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We’ll also visit the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. On a journey back to the hotel, we’ll visit Kathmandu Durbar Square and also explore the local areas.

In the evening, we’ll host the welcome dinner in one of the finest typical Nepalese restaurants.

Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Day 3
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara, Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ulleri

Drive Duration: 6-7 hours (Pokhara)

Travel Duration: ½ hours (Nayapul)

Trek Duration: 5-6 hours

Max Elevation: 2,050 m, Ulleri

Early in the morning, we’ll take a tourist bus and drive towards Pokhara. On this 6-7 hours drive, you will catch the stunning views of terraced farms, diverse hills on the banks of Trishuli and Marshyangdi river.

Once at Pokhara, we’ll drive to Nayapul which takes about one and half hour from Pokhara. Then, we’ll gradually start our trek via the dense forest. At first, we’ll pass through Tikhedhunga village and reach Burundi Khola.

Further, we’ll cross the bridge over the Burundi river. Soon the trail takes us via a series of stone steps and reaches Ulleri. The tiny yet beautiful Ulleri village offers breathtaking views and friendly local. We’ll spend a night at the teahouse in Ulleri village.

Day 4
Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani

Trek Duration: 4-5 hrs

Max Elevation: 2,750 m, Ghorepani

On this day, leaving behind Ulleri we’ll head toward another fascinating destination Ghorepani. On the trail, we’ll pass through many waterfalls, tiny villages, and several teahouses.

The trail ascends to Banthanti via rhododendron and oak forests. Trekking via the forest trail, first we’ll reach Nangethanti and Ghorepani. It is the famous place for those who want to see the sunrise from Poon Hill, just above the village.

In this beautiful village, you’ll witness the unique culture and tradition of the Gurung people. We’ll spend a night at the teahouse in Ghorepani village.

Day 5
Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani

Trek Duration: 6-7 hrs

Max Elevation: 2,700 m, Tadapani, 3,200 m Poon Hill

Early in the morning, we’ll hike to Poon Hill- one of the famous vantage point for stunning sunrise views over Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. Once we reach the summit of Poon Hill, we’ll get 360- degree panoramic view of snow-capped mountains.

Enjoy the first rays of the sun lights up the snowy peaks. In the time of sunrise, the snow-covered Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, and Gangapurna change color from red, pink, and orange to a golden yellow. The moment is truly breathtaking!

After enjoying the wonderful moment, we’ll head down to Ghorepani and descend to Tadapani via Banthanti village. Enroute we’ll pass Deurali Danda, another viewpoint offering awesome views of the Annapurna massif.

Colorful prayer flags will greet you as we reach Tadapani a village lying at the foot of Machhapuchhre (a holy mountain). We’ll spend a night at the teahouse in Tadapani.

Day 6
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk

Trek Duration: 3-4 hrs

Max Elevation: 1,940 m, Ghandruk

After enjoying the early morning breakfast with the view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Fishtail, we’ll head towards Ghandruk village. Ghandruk is mostly inhabited by Gurung Communities.

Likewise, this small traditional village Ghandruk offers superb views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli. We’ll also get a chance to witness a unique Gurung culture and traditions. We’ll spend a night at the teahouse in Ghandruk village.

Day 7
Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara

Trek Duration: 4 hours

Max Elevation: 827 m, Pokhara

On this day, we’ll trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and then drive back to Pokhara. We’ll follow the trail paved by stones and pass some beautiful villages and terrace farm. After crossing Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti. And after half an hour walk from Birethanti, we reach Nayapul.

From Nayapul, we’ll drive back to Pokhara. In the evening, you are free to stroll around the lakeside of Pokhara. We’ll spend a night at one of the deluxe hotels in Pokhara.

Day 8
Day 08: Drive to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner in the Evening

Early in the morning, we’ll drive back to Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu, we’ll check into the hotel and spend the day at leisure. You can relax at your hotel and explore the city on your own. You can also stroll around local streets and buy some souvenirs for your closed one.

In the evening, you’ll have farewell dinner with our team and your fellow trekkers in a traditional Nepali restaurant. You’ll spend a night in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 9
Day 09: Final Departure

According to your flight schedule, our representative will drop you at the airport.

If you want to explore more of Nepal or the neighboring Himalayan countries- Tibet, Bhutan, and India, please lets us know. We have a range of trekking and tour packages.

Trip Note: We can customize the trip according to our client requirements. So, you can start your trek either from Kathmandu or Pokhara.

After the Annapurna Sunrise Trek, you also can opt for a cultural tour, jungle safari, river rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding after this trip.

For further information, please contact us.

Cost Included

  • Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing
  • Tour-guides for sightseeing
  • Airfare from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS card fee
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • All government taxes, VAT, and service charges
  • First aid kit box

Cost Excluded

  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal gear for trekking
  • Extra baggage charges
  • Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Gratitudes to the guide and porter

Here is a comprehensive packing list for trekking in the Annapurna region. This packing list equally applies to all trekkers as well as all seasons and routes for the Everest Base Camp trek.

Depending on the number of trekking days, you can adjust the number of items for clothing and equipment respectively. You can use this list as a guideline. Please keep in mind that it is not necessary to have all of it. Also, since packing is subjective use your judgment to decide on what to take.

Moreover, Kathmandu is the great place to buy trekking gear at an affordable price. So, let’s take a look:

Important Documents

  • Valid Passport
  • Airline Tickets
  • Photocopies of Passport and 2 passport photographs
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Enough Cash

Headwear

  • Sun Protection Hat
  • Woolen Hat
  • Beanie or Headband
  • Balaclava or Buff
  • Bandana Scarf

Upper Body

  • Short Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Long Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
  • Lightweight Thermal Tops
  • Down Vest
  • Sports Bra
  • Insulated Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Wind Jacket
  • Waterproof Jacket

Handwear

  • Lightweight Poly-liner Gloves
  • Lightweight Wool or Fleece Gloves

Lower Body

  • Thermal underwear
  • Hiking Shorts
  • Hiking Pants
  • Fleece Pants
  • Lightweight Thermal Bottoms (seasonal)
  • Waterproof Shell Pants (Breathable Fabric)

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots (waterproof)
  • Camp Sandals
  • Hiking Socks
  • Thermal Socks
  • Sock Liners (prevents blisters)
  • Gaiters

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • Duffel Bag
  • Backpack
  • Daypack
  • Small Lock for Duffel Bag
  • Waterproof Rucksack Covers (optional)
  • Stuff Sacks for Dirty Clothes/Shoes

Sleeping Accessories

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Bag Liner
  • Air mattress
  • Mat
  • Pillow (small)

Important Accessories

  • Walking sticks / Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp
  • Flashlight/ Torch
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder

Medical and First-Aid Kit

  • First-aid kit
  • Wound and healing ointment
  • Pain relief gel
  • Painkillers
  • Antibiotics
  • Antiallergic
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Electrolytes
  • Insect repellent spray
  • Water purification tablets

Personal Gear and Toiletries

  • Trekking Towel
  • Pee Bottle or Funnel (optional)
  • Small Locks
  • Waterproof Ziplock Bags
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm with sun protection
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Facial moisturizer
  • Hand lotion
  • Deodorant and Soap
  • Razor
  • Dry shampoo
  • Wet wipes
  • Disinfectant tissues
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Earplugs
  • Sleeping mask
  • Cotton buds
  • Toiletries bag

Extra/Luxuries

  • Books
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Guidebook/ Trekrout Map
  • Travel Games i.e. cards, chess, scrabble etc
  • Binoculars
  • Plug Adapter
  • Swim Suit
  • Portable Solar Charger

Q1. Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or do I need to apply online?

You have the option of both. You can get on arrival tourist visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You can obtain it at the airport. It is also available at the nearest Nepal Embassy.

You will need $25 for 15 days of tourist visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30 days, and $100 for 90 days. You might also need two photos.

You can apply online visa at http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ .

Q2. Do I need travel insurance for trekking in the Annapurna region?

Of course Yes, you need to purchase travel insurance. Make sure your travel insurance covers trip cancellation, travel delay, loss/damage of baggage, medical emergencies, and medical evacuation as well. In case of any confusion, please contact us.

Q3. What are the extra documents I should carry?

Beside the visa, for trekking here in Nepal you can bring a copy of your insurance, your passport, and copies of photos (passport size) for the permits. Talking about the requirement of permits for trekking in Annapurna region, as this place has no as such restricted region, you will just need a TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). We will be dealing with all the process regarding the permits and card. You don’t have to worry at all!

Q4. Is trekking in Annapurna Region safe?

After the devastating earthquake in 2015 April, many tourists and trekkers have this big question in their mind. Though the earthquake heavily affected the trails, now it is completely fine. Despite the news of accidents, freak weather events, and occasions hazards are common.

All in all, Nepal is safe for trekking and so is Annapurna Region.

Q5. Is it economic to trek in Annapurna region?

As Nepal is fully set up well for trekking, there are abundant of affordable lodges and tea houses providing good fooding and lodging. Trekking in Nepal is cheap as they charge lower amount compared to other countries.

Similarly, trekking in Annapurna region is economical. The rough estimation for the normal expenses are as follows:

  • For the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): USD 20
  • For TIMS (Trekkers’ Informational Management System) card: USD 10-20
  • For food and accommodation per day: USD 15-20
  • Trekking Guide per day cost: USD 25-30
  • Porter Charge per cost: USD 15-18

Q6. Do I need a guide to trek this region or can I go on my own?

Both of them are advantageous in their own ways. But hiring guide and porter is more enjoyable as you will have to bear less worries and heavy bags. With them you won’t have risk of getting lost and they will even help you in the case of any emergencies.

Q7. How long can trekking in Annapurna Region be?

This totally depends on the route you want to take, and the level of adventure you want to experience.

Some trek with the Annapurna region are as long as 20+ days whereas the short treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill, Royal trek completes within 3-4 days. Both have their own gig and enjoyment. It will completely depend upon your choice regarding time, finances, fitness, and interests.

As the Annapurna Region is fully functioning, the possibilities are almost endless. Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit are two most popular routes with numerous trails around.

Q8. How difficult is it to trek in Annapurna Region?

This is quite difficult to answer exactly as trek in higher altitude can be hard even for physically fit people. But if you are fully prepared both mentally and physically then the journey will get easier.

Also, there are various level of trekking grade here in Annapurna. You have the option of easy treks like Royal trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek to strenuous trek like Annapurna Circuit Trek. So depending on your stamina, confidence, and experience, you can make your choice. This will make your trip more fruitful and enjoyable.

Also to mention, the itinerary you follow will determine the easiness of your trek. Design your trek in such a way that you walk a comfortable distance each day and have enough power to endure next day.

Q9. When should I go trekking in Annapurna Region?

Among 14 highest peaks (> 8000m) in the world, Nepal homes eight of them. And, about half of them lies here in Annapurna region. So, the stunning views of high massifs are for sure.

As Annapurna Region itself have many trekking options, different region lie in various geographical conditions. But as Annapurna region belongs to rain shaded area, most of its trekking options like Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek can be done all over the year.

But if you wish more lush views and want to avoid unnecessary obstacles, spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the best season to prefer.

Q10. What is the condition of temperature and weather in the region?

Weather in high mountains is always hard to predict. This totally depends on the location, altitude, and time of year. Generally, the days are warm and nights are a bit cool.

Moreover, due to the Annapurna’s location, weather here is significantly different than other regions. Thus, the trekking region has variable climatic changes.

As the large portion of Annapurna is rain-shadow area, trekking is possible throughout the year.

The region takes you through sub-tropical region to the alpine peak section. Thus, you experience the every level of geographical and climatic zones.

The temperature drops as the altitude increases.

October- November

Being the busiest trekking season, the weather is calm and cool. The average day temperature is 14-17 degree Celsius and that of night is above freezing. With the crystal clear view, the chances of rainfall is very low.

December- February

The coldest weather period in the region is comparatively less preferable season climatewise. The day temperature is very cold and the nights are totally freezing. In this winter period, the days are even cloudy, dull, and dry.

Rain is not frequent but snowfall or avalanches are highly possible.

March- May

As this lies in the spring season, the average temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius and nights are below 1 or 2 degrees.

It could be hot at lower sections and even arid in some regions.

June- September

This is the monsoon period characterized by heavy downpours, huge mudslides, and crawling leeches. Though the rain does not really affect the region as most of them are rain-protected. The lower regions may receive 800mm of rain whereas the rate is 50mm at Jomsom and Marpha region.

Q11. What are the possibilities of getting altitude sickness?

The chances of having altitude sickness doesn’t relates with how fit you are. Though the effects of altitude sickness are mostly likely to come on when you’re above 3000 meters. It would be wise if you don’t ascend 300-400 meters per day after that altitude. This means short walk within couple of hours.

Always remember not to ascend too high or too quick. Also, good health, proper care, and drinking plenty of water are the obvious prevention ideas.

Moreover to be familiar with the heights, we have prepared itinerary focusing proper acclimatization. If you get any symptoms on the trail, then we will immediately descend to lower altitude. In the case of emergency, our professionals also provide medical support. Helicopter rescue is also available.

Q12. Where will I stay?

At Kathmandu and Pokhara, we will arrange a three-star hotel with breakfast included. Whilst on the trekking routes, for night stay, there are options of lodges, tea houses, or even camping. Amongst, the tea house is the most popular one. The accommodation will be simple, comfortable, and clean. They generally provide basic facilities with a mattress and a quilt/blanket. The rooms are either single or double bedded.

Here, in seasonal month, you may even have to share your room or sleep in the dining hall. Thus, it is better to carry a sleeping bar fulfilling your own sleeping requirement.

Talking about the latrine service in the teahouse, toilets are always outside the room with basic facilities. Most tea houses have western flushing toilet but in higher region the simple squat toilets are available.

Q13. What will I eat?

We get paradise of food especially in the cities areas especially in Kathmandu valley. We have a lot of restaurants with different cuisine in city but during the trek we get to eat from Continental and Nepali menu especially choices like Pasta, Pizza, Mo. Mo, soup items, Potatoes items, Dal Bhat, Hot drinks Tea & Coffee etc.

While there are many options and menus on fooding list too. From basic dal bhat to there are pasta, momo, curries, pizza, pancakes, porridge, eggs, and potatoes.

The foods are freshly cooked in the kitchen. There are different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The local, daal bhat (rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetables is the best choice. Also, the garlic soup will help you with acclimatization.

To go vegetarian in the mountains is an excellent idea in every aspect.

Talking about drinks, you will find all common types of drinks like coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, green tea, ginger tea, soft as well as hard drinks.

Good to veg all over the trek. Choose vegetarian dal bhat for lunch, a combination of rice, dal, and vegetables. They are real worth and healthy from all aspect.

Q14. What about drinking water on the trail of the Annapurna region?

You need to carry the means to purify water like iodine or a fine ceramic filters as the streams could be contaminated. You also have the option of bottled water but the disposal of plastic bottles is the problem.

We recommend the mineral water but boiled water is as always much preferable. That doesn’t make any harm to your digestive system.

Q15. What is the mode of communication while we are trekking?

For communicating, there are telephone in some village along the routes. They can even make international calls. Moreover, our guildes will carry the local mobiles. As the Nepali communication lines like Nepal Telecom and Ncell has good network coverage, you can have national as well as international call directly and easily.

Q16. What is the condition of charging electronic device on the trail?

As Nepal is a developing country, electricity on several trekking cities can be scare. Even in the trekking areas with electricity resource, you may face load shedding. Due to which you may have to pay 100-800 Nrs per hour to charge your gadgets and others. Same is the case in Annapurna Base Camp.

So, it is better to carry extra necessary electronic gadgets like power bank, batteries, torches, solar panels etc with you.

Q17. What to wear while trekking in Annapurna region?

This depends on where and which season you trek as not all treks are of higher altitude. But independent of your location, always remember to carry warm clothes like down jackets, thermals, and warmers. This is the preparation for unseasonable cold and unpredictable weather on your route. The above list on clothing and equipments will surely help you.

Q18. What type of preparation should I do for trekking in Annapurna Region?

Trekking regions are of various range. Trek like Royal trek are short and easy, whereas Annapurna Base Camp is of moderate range and Annapurna Circuit trek is comparatively hard.

Thus, an average people with moderate fitness is able to trek this region. No previous experience is even necessary. Though short hikes and walks are highly recommended. Also, some physical fitness programs targeting cardiovascular and strength training will make your journey more sophisticated.

You can go from normal swimming to stair training, pull ups, sit-ups, crunches, and even light weightlifting. The thing to remember is always listen to your body and don’t train over the limit.

Similarly, for mental conditioning, keep yourself healthy by following healthy habits. Keep yourself properly hydrated, have healthy intake like food rich in vitamins, proteins, and minerals.

Moreover, you can do some yogas and meditations to bring optimism and sooth your mind. It would be also useful to have conversations with trekkers who have already trekked the region. Also, keep on digging informations on your trekking region as much as you can.

Q19. What are the options and preparations regarding safety and security?

The foremost concern while trekking on higher altitude should always be safety and security. From the day of your arrival to the date of your departure, we are always there to help you by all means.

Regarding safety, we have remedial services like first aid kit, oxygen bag, etc. With trained staffs, you also can get remedy for in case physical loss or altitude sickness. Not to worry, we have full planned itinerary focusing on acclimatization to avoid unnecessary obstacles.

Helicopter service for emergency rescue is also available.

Q20. Are there tailor-made trips/program for trekking in Annapurna Region?

Yes, there is! Though we have pre-planned itineraries for all treks in the Annapurna Region, you are free to create your own. If you have any specific ideas on some regions or multiple treks or want to combine trips, we can surely arrange. So, send us your probable plans and we will work out on it.

Just contact us. We will be more than happy to help you in any way!

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Trip Facts

  • Annapurna Region
  • 3,210 meters, Poon Hill Trek
  • 9 Days
  • 2 to 10 persons
  • Moderate
  • 5-6 hours
  • Spring and Autumn Season
  • Pokhara

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