A fabulous short 5 day lodged Himalayan trek in the famous Annapurnas, trekking up to Poon Hill to witness the spectular sunrise.
At just 11 days, even with time in Kathmandu, the trek and some down time in the picturesque lake side town of Pokhara, there is still scope to extend and stay within 2 weeks.
Having arrived in Kathmandu (2 nights), experience the Nepalese countryside as we drive to Annapurnas and get trekking. Sleeping in lodges (called tea houses), the trek is at an easy pace as the route meanders its way through rural villages amidst spectacular world class mountain scenery and yet remains low enough not be worried about altitude sickness. After 3 days you reach the highest village; Ghorepani. From here, the jewel in the crown is experiencing the sunrise over the Annapurnas from Poon Hill (3200m). This wonderful photographic hotspot sits in between two of the biggest mountain ranges in the world (Annapurna and Dhaulagiri) as well as overlooking the deepest river gorge in the world (Kali Ghandaki).
At the end of the trek, it takes just 90 mins to transfer to Pokhara. For 2 days it’s time to relax in your well appointed 4* hotel (with a pool), just minutes away from the centre of town. There are lots of adventure activities available including paragliding, microliting, the world’s longest zipwire and mountain bikes. Or you can simply relax and enjoy the shops and restaurants. A domestic flight back to Kathmandu, an overnight stay before your final departure.
- Witness the sunrise over the Himalayas
- Colonies of Grey Monkey in the thick rhododendron forest
- Numerous adventure activities in Pokhara
- Time in both Kathmandu and Pokhara
Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
Land Only – we will collect you at the airport on arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 1 – Depart UK
Fly from London bound for Kathmandu (overnight flight).
Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected by our Representative and transferred to the hotel. Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance you need. Time to explore your surroundings and generally settle in. Meet your trekking Guide soon after settling in for a trekking brief and timings for tomorrow. Final preparations for trek.
Day 3 – Drive to Pokhara and on to start of trek (Ghandruk, 1940m)
An early start to get you to Pokhara (approx 6 hrs drive with stops) and then onto the start of the trek. This a further few hours including 90 mins of off road driving. The tea house (lodge) is just below the village of Ghandruk, which is located high up on the side of the Modi Khola valley. Once darkness falls, it’s a good view of the lights from distant villages up and down the valley. BD
Day 4 – Trek Ghandruk – Bhaisi Karkha (2500m)
Meander through Ghandruk, the largest village in this region before setting out through the thick rhododendron forest. Lots of steps through the forest but taken at a leisurely pace, you should make Bhaisi Karkha within about 5 hrs including a decent stop. 5hrs, BLD
Day 5 – Trek Bhaisi Karkha – Deurali (3180m)
A short climb out of the village and within an hour you should reach Tadapani, with its small trinket market. Watch out for the colonies of monkies on the way. Once you leave Tadapani, it will take about an hour to clear a steep gully and from there, it is a slow ascent over several hours until you reach a small collection of tea houses. Deurali is the 2nd set of tea houses and it is here that you will stay for the night. 6hrs, BLD
Day 6 – Trek Deurali – Ghorepani (2860m)
Quite a short day. From the village, you will ascend onto a ridge where you’ll get great views of the Annapurnas. You will eventually break free of the forest and see the blue tops of the houses in Ghorepani below you. You will also be able to see Poon Hill. A final 40 min descent takes you to the village. 5hrs, BLD
Day 7 – Trek Ghorepani (2860m) – POON HILL (3200m) – Tikhedhunga
A day of two halves. It’s a pre-dawn start to get you up to Poon Hill (3200m) for the sunrise. It is a fabulous photographic opportunity as both the Annapurna and Dhaulagari ranges are in full view. As you look across at Dhaulagari, the valley in between is the deepest river gorge in the world (over 4 miles deep). The sun will rise directly over the Annapurnas.
After you have returned to Ghorepani for breakfast, you will begin the glorious descent towards Tikhedhunga. It’s an easy trek today but a potentially long one when you consider Poon Hill. From Ghorepani 5-6 hrs, BLD
Day 8 – Trek Tikhedhunga – Naya Pul – Road to Pokhara
A very easy few final hours of trekking down to Naya Pul, where the transport will be waiting to transfer you to Pokhara (transfer time is about 90 mins). Time to grab a shower in our 4* hotel, throw off those trekking clothes and relax by the pool! The centre of town is just a few minutes away (literally) so you can stroll and eat/drink at leisure within easy walking distance of your home. B
Day 9 – Pokhara
Free day in Pokhara to relax and recover. Pokhara is a lovely relaxed town, located on the banks of Lake Phewa. The opportunities are numerous from the adventurous paragliders and microlites, to a slow boat on the lake to strolling along the shops. B
Day 10 – Pokhara – Kathmandu
After early breakfast, domestic flight transfer to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is free. B
Day 11 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal, B
Whilst the above itinerary is the intended aim of this trip, a variety of factors may force changes. Adventure trips of this nature, which include (but not restricted to) adverse weather conditions, political instability and difficulties with transportation, may all cause plans to be changed and are out of our control or that of the Guide. Any changes affecting the group will be explained but ultimately the subsequent action will be the Guide’s decision with safety and the original aim in mind.
Furthermore, our trips do carry inherent risk as they as they are invariably carried out in remote, mountainous (high altitude) or desert conditions where professional medical assistance is not immediately available.
A good degree of flexibility, patience, robustness, understanding and ‘go with the flow’ attitude is often what is required.
If you are not willing to accept these type of conditions or risks then these trips are perhaps not for you.