Annapurna Sunrise Trek is a moderate trek that is suitable for anyone who enjoys walking and has a reasonable degree of fitness. It offers an introduction to life in the central Himalaya and spectacular views of 70 peaks over 6000m. It is ideal as a first trek for families with children; over 6 years of age. The variety in the scenery and the interest that agricultural life can offer children should help awaken in them a lifelong interest in adventure in the great outdoors.
This Annapurna Sunrise Trekking begins with a 6-7 hour bus ride from Kathmandu through forests and agricultural hill country to the holiday city of Pokhara on beautiful Phewa Lake with the 80 km Annapurna Range rising to the north.
After breakfast, a scenic 1½h drive along a winding hill-road takes you to Nayapul and the start of the trek. The first day follows a river, often rising to the terraced villages along the ridges. The second day passes through dense forests of rhododendron, oak and maple as the path ascends to the prosperous village of Ghorepani.
The third day begins before dawn with a steep walk to the summit of Poon Hill (3210m) from where you should be rewarded with a spectacular sunrise that highlights the ice-clad giants above. After breakfast your trail to the east continues to offer great mountain views from the ridges. Two fairly easy days trek to Tadapani and then the larger village of Ghandruk. The final day follows the Mod River Valley that carries melt water from the ring of glacial Annapurna peak through the Annapurna base camp to the lowlands. From Nayapul, return to your hotel in Pokhara – for some last minute shopping at the myriad tiny shops along the lake front.
This trek can be offered throughout the year, although at times distant views could be marred by cloud or heat haze.All you need is a good pair of walking shoes, a day pack, warm clothing, sleeping bag and camera. Our trek includes transport, accommodation, meals, drinking water and showers.
- Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1 300m/4 264ft). MMT staff will meet and transfer you to your hotel.
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and trek preparation
- Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara (910m/2 986ft): 5-6 hrs drive
- Day 04: Pokhara - Nayapul and – Tikhedhunga (1 495m/4 905ft): 1½ hrs drive, 3-4 hrs trek
- Day 05: Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani (2 850m/9 350ft): 5-6 hrs.
- Day 06: Ghorepani – Poon hill (3 210m/10 528ft) – Tadapani (2 520m/8 268ft): 6-7 hrs.
- Day 07: Tadapani – Ghandruk (1 950m/6 398ft): 3-4 hrs
- Day 08: Ghandruk – Pokhara (910m/2 986ft): 5 hrs trek and 1hr drive
- Day 09: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1 300m/4 264ft): 5-6 hrs drive
- Day 10: Final Departure: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport and fly to your onward destination.
Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.