Bharal Adventure
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Annapurna Sunrise Trek

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USD $ 955 per person

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Duration
8 days
Max. Elevation
3210m
Group Size
Min 2
Level
EASY
Transportation
Tourist Bus and Private Transport
Best Season
All around the year
Accomodation
Hotel and Guesthouse
Meals
Breakfast in city & BLD during the trek
Starts at
TIA, Kathmandu
Ends at
TIA, Kathmandu
Trip Route

Highlights

  • Fantastic trek into the heart of the Annapurna
  • Visit Poon Hill for stunning views of the whole Annapurna range
  • Lodge-based trek
  • Huge hike in short period

Overview

One of the most incredible treks traversing in the Annapurna region, The Annapurna Sunrise Trek, also known as Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. A relatively easy walk meandering through ethnic villages and rhododendron forests. This trek could be accomplished without any struggle even by a novice trekker who would, by the end of the trek, be mesmerized and blissful with the mind-blowing scenario of the mysterious mountains. Lush red and green rhododendron forests. Those who prefer less walking than compared to Annapurna Base Camp Trek this is an ideal walking package.

The presence of rice terraces, the view of Mustang and Pokhara with the sights of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. As their milieu makes this trek a photographer’s paradise and one of the most memorable journeys. where the travelers could experience and observe the lifestyle and culture of the Himalayan people up-close. Annapurna Sunrise Trek can be the best trekking in Nepal. Package to witness the marvelous view of the sun glowing on the lofty peaks like Neelgiri, Himchuli, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna Series and others.

This eight days Annapurna Sunrise Trek Himalayan retreat starts with a sightseeing excursion in Kathmandu. Followed by a scenic flight to the Lake City (Pokhara) and a short drive to Naya Pul.From where the actual trek begins. It is one of the simple treks that offer you a wonderful opportunity to experience the Himalayan lifestyle and culture closely. Bharal Adventure Pvt. Ltd. has highly skilled trekking crew members for the best experience of the Annapurna Sunrise trek. Therefore, The leader and crew have been to this destination for more 400 times. This would add the staged authenticity while you travel around the beautiful Poon Hill area.

Trip Itinerary

Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be warmly welcomed by our representative. You'll then be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu, where you can relax and acclimate to the altitude. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu.

Embark on a scenic drive to Pokhara, a picturesque city nestled beside Phewa Lake with stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range. The journey takes approximately 5-6 hours, allowing you to enjoy the changing landscapes along the way.

After an early morning drive to Nayapool, commence your trek to Hille. The trek takes around 3 hours, winding through charming villages and lush landscapes. Enjoy the gradual ascent, and upon reaching Hille, relax in the tranquility of the Himalayan foothills.

Embark on a full day of trekking from Hille to Ghorepani. The trail passes through rhododendron forests and traditional Gurung villages, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Ghorepani welcomes you with its warm hospitality and stunning mountain vistas.

Begin your day early with a hike to Poon Hill, where you'll witness a breathtaking sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. Afterward, trek to Tadapani through lush forests, enjoying the natural beauty and serene surroundings.

Descend from Tadapani to Nayapool, soaking in the scenic landscapes. From Nayapool, drive back to Pokhara, where you can unwind and reflect on your trekking adventure.

Embark on a scenic drive back to Kathmandu, enjoying the picturesque views along the journey. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check back into your hotel, and you may have some free time to explore the city or do some last-minute shopping.

After breakfast, our representative will transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure. Bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes of Nepal, carrying with you the memories of a rewarding trek in the Annapurna region.

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Includes

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star catagory hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle or in a tourist bus as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English/French/Chinese, German-speaking and government-licensed trek leader 
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) if you require
  • Bharal Adventure’s trekking bag/duffel bag and t-shirt is yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

Doesn't Include

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu,Highway and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot and cold drinks, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Reviews

A very flexible and fun experience

As Australians doing an overseas multi day trek for the first time we really had no idea where to start. We had a recommendation from a friend back home to use this company and just do the whole trip in one package opposed to doing ourselves. So glad we did, we had outstanding service from Arjun who was very flexible with our choice of experiences. We went with a city tour of Kathmandu and Pokhara, two smaller treks (3-4days) for nagarkot and poon hill, an Everest flight and some shopping in between. They also organized travel, drivers, trekking permits and accommodation. Food was packaged in for the trekking days, and our guide would order for us which was very very helpful. Special mention to Suraj, our very friendly and helpful guide, and Gokul the Ironman who carried our essentials all the way along the treks. Looking back it would have been so hard to organize a porter and even harder to carry what we had. It also would have been very difficult and may have dampened our experience to have the stress of working out where to stay, how to get trekking permits, where and when to stop to rest or eat and in many cases which path to take! On the day coming down from poon hill there was very slippery ice and snow, suraj had to guide us down (and thankfully he came shopping with us for crampons and poles before we went!). The city guide (we forgot your name sorry!) was very knowledgeable and spoke immaculate English which meant we spent longer than expected on the day because we were just asking questions or chatting the whole time. We hope Bharal adventures and the staff continue to grow. 10/10 would recommend. Send me a private message if you have any more questions.

Rebecca
Australia

Amazing 4D3N Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Interesting story: Arjun, founder of Bharal Adventure is the guide who led my sister to safety during the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. My sis spoke of his calmness amidst chaos and good decision-making skills, and I know with 100% certainty that he can be counted on. So I emailed him to arrange for a trek in March 2020 and the replies come fast and polite, honest and informative. Arriving, I met Arjun and he introduced me to Deepak, my trek guide. We enjoyed chai in their office, I said my gratitude, Deepak even brought me to Swayambunath (monkey temple) after. From Thamel to Pokhara, and onwards the 4D3N Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek and back, it is a 6 days' itinerary. I was worried about having to speak too much, or nothing to speak with the guide. I soon realised that Arjun made a good arrangement. With Deepak, we enjoyed nice conversations and beautiful length of silence where I can hear the birdsongs, tree rustlings, river flowing, the sounds of feet crunching on the ground. Our topics are lighthearted and meaningful - about family, nature, pointing out birds and the national flowers, discussing cultures, beliefs and dreams. I truly enjoyed his company. Skills wise, I felt safe and supported throughout the trek. I struggled with the steps and when I tried to go as fast as other trekkers, Deepak assured me to go at my own leisure pace to avoid altitude sickness. Where there was unexpected snow, he saved my ass many times by catching me when I fall. Deepak is well experienced with the trek route. We always arrive at our next lodge with enough time to enjoy the village, despite the many breaks along the way (for a snack, for a photo, to marvel at nature). I am glad for the decision to be on a guided trek. Simple things like having a guide to make sure dinner and breakfast are ordered in advance, so food is always on the table, not having to check the maps and so you'll get to fully enjoy the nature, and when the going gets tough, I am motivated by cheerful jokes and motivating nudges. Also, Deepak takes great photos! To trekkers who are considering going guide-less, I recommend to hire a guide because (1) support the local tourism business, they survive on just a short season of tourism a year (2) you'll get to enjoy the country and her land with full presence and being. Also, upon returning, Arjun and Deepak made a little dinner party at the office and gave me a certificate too! How wonderful. What a long review. From my heart I truly would recommend the Bharal Adventure to anyone who's visiting the mountains. They are honest Nepalis with a genuine love and respect for their country and the mountains. I'll be back. Dhanyabaad, Arjun and Deepak!

Shena N
Singapore

Bharal Adventures Tour

My partner and I just completed our first trekking holiday in Nepal with Bharal Adventure Company. Would highly recommend! We completed two treks; a 3 day stint through Sundarijal, Chispani to Nagarkot outside of Kathmandu. Then a 4 day trek out of Pokhara from Nayapool, Hille, Ullei, to Ghorepani then up to Poon Hill (Amazing view!) and back, the returned via Tadaoani to Nayapool. We also managed site-seeing and shopping in both Kathmandu and Pokhara! I have to say, the staff of Bharal Adventures made the treks so much easier, taking all the hassle out of the holiday so we could just enjoy ourselves. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable, and were very flexible with the itinerary and made sure we were prepared for the conditions on the different treks. I could not recommend Bharal Adventure more, with yours set at all different levels, I would especially recommend them for people new to Nepal or multi-day trekking. (Though they have next level treks and climbs for the seasoned adventurer as well) A special thanks to the company manager Arjun, our Mountain Guide Suraj and Porter Gokul.

Maynardis1
Australia

Poon hill 4 days trek

Great trek organised by Arjun from start to finish. We were picked up from the airport and dropped off at the end of our stay in Nepal. Arjun was a good and friendly guide and made us feel very comfortable during the trek. Highly recommend.

monikagaj
United Kingdom

2 weeks: trek, safari, hills, volunteering, siteseeing “Annapurna Sunrise trek with world Heritage Site tours”

I was recommended this company by a friend. I made contact via email directly with Bharal Adventure. They replied promptly. In my first email I asked for a price of a generic tour that I had found from a bigger/known tour company - after knowing that, I asked for tweaks to get my specific plan. I must have sent 20 emails back and forth with additional tweaks and questions - before they mentioned payment – they were patient and understanding :) I arrived alone, and was accompanied by tour/trek guide Arjun for most of the two weeks: - 1 day in Kathmandu - organised site seeing of the three main temples. - 4 days trek to poon hill - great view of annapurna mountain range. - 2 days Safari in Chitwan. - 3 days in Dhading - within small village in the hills - "Jyamrung" - that no foreigner would normally visit - included volunteering in a school - (it was very remote - only one person spoke English) - 1 day sightseeing in Patan and Bhaktapur (near Kathmandu) From a guide perspective - Arjun, was ideal/perfect. He understood quickly that I was not an athlete and ensured I had a walking stick (cost roughly 700 rupees). He understood I was struggling with uphill and thus either reduced the pace or ensured that day 3 was ended early with a longer day 4 (but mainly flat/downhill). We had enough banter to keep my spirits up. We walked together and sometimes separately - so ideal balance for a hike. He also took some stuff from my bag, as he realised that I had over packed. He also ensure that meals were ordered quickly and reminded me of getting water in my thermal flask before walking and not seeing a shop for miles. I would definitely recommend Bharal Adventure for any trek in Nepal. The volunteering needs to be highlighted also. I asked to include some volunteering in a school and Arjun suggested his birth town - it was a bit hilly to get to - but totally worth the effort. Stayed with his parents, but had my own room/area. Understanding local farming and the reality of life in Nepal outside of the tourist spots was wonderful – truly very remote, only one person spoke English in the area. Also the kids in the local school really want to learn - so I would recommend more than a couple of days to have a real impact. The two days in chitwan, were fun, got to see a "sloth bear" - which is quite exciting, even the jeep tour guide jumped out with his camera (he does this every day, so for him to make a big deal was truly something). I choose to go at the end of March, as main trekking season starts in April, so the crowds were a bit less but the weather was decent.

Kunal H
United Kingdom

Poon Hill Trek

Recently I had the pleasure of doing a trek in Nepal with Arjun and his associates. I can honestly say it was a truly wonderful experience. The firm is trustworthy, experienced and makes you feel happy and safe at all times. They take great care in looking after your needs and will show you all the things Nepal has to offer. From day one we got a custom plan shaped to our experience, budget and wishes and the customer service was excellent. I highly recommend Bharal Adventures to anyone, from anywhere, with any level of trekking experience. We avoided all the offers on the street and booked straight with these guys and it was the best choice we could have made. I wish you all the best trekking experience.

Erwin G
Germany
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Equipment List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk are provided by Bharal Adventure inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items
  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.
Head
  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)
Upper Body
  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
Hands
  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)
 Lower Body
  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric
Feet
  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version
Sleeping
  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  • Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag *
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)
Medical
  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies
Practical Items
  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries
  • large Ziplocs
  • 2 water bottles (1 liter each)
  • 1 small folding knife
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • 4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks
Toiletries
  • 1 medium-sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Female hygiene products
  • Small mirror
Personal Hygiene
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash
Extras/Luxuries
  • Reading book
  • Trail map/guide book
  • Journal and pen
  • iPod
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  • 1 modest swim suit
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Frequently Asked Questions

The Annapurna Sunrise Trek typically starts from Nayapul, passing through Ghorepani and Poon Hill. The exact itinerary can vary, but it usually takes around 4 to 7 days, depending on the starting point and trekker's pace.

Trekkers typically need the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card.

The major highlight is the sunrise view from Poon Hill, where you can see the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges bathed in golden hues. The trek also offers glimpses into the local Gurung culture and stunning landscapes.

The trek is considered moderate, suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness. The trail involves ascending and descending paths, but it is not as challenging as some other treks in the region.

The trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill usually takes around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your starting point.

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