The Annapurna Panorama Trek, also known as Poon Hill Trek or Annapurna Sunrise Trek, is a relatively easy walk meandering through villages and rhododendron forests that bloom with red flowers during the springtime. This energizing trek showcases some of the best views of Annapurna and neighboring Himalayas makes the Poon Hill a photographer's paradise.
The 9-day Trek itinerary is designed for trekkers who want a less demanding but short and beautiful trek, especially with their family and kids in the rural mountainside with up-close Himalayan views. The trek is a colourful short foray into the Annapurna region. The trail winds through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and past icy waterfalls where you can stop to cool your face. Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which will be revealed to you as you reach the high points of your trek.
At the climax of this trek we will climb Poon Hill at dawn to enjoy one of the most spectacular mountain scapes on Earth. As the sun touches the snow-capped summits the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Annapurna (8,091m) along with a maze of other peaks, slowly begin to appear, like magic, before our eyes. The best part of the trek is constant views of snow capped mountains with panoramic views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna I (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Manaslu (8157m) and other numerous mountains along the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki.
As you hike through the villages, you will get an exposure to the lifestyle and culture of communities living in those areas. The welcome greet from people on the way will make you feel welcomed and homely. The lush environment along your descend down to Ghandruk village with the warm treatment of Gurung people is a garnish to the natural beauty that one can endeavour in Annapurna Panorama Trek.
Day 1 - Landing at Kathmandu
On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will pick you up with your name on a sign board and will escort you to the hotel.
At the hotel, we have organized a small welcome program just for you.
Day 2 - Kathmandu Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will be taking you to a short walk around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kumari’s Palace and the Durbar Square Museum that once used to be a palace where the kings lived.
On this day, we will be having a short presentation describing entire journey for the great expedition ahead. We will also be visiting local hire shop to pick up last minute equipment required.
Day 3 - Fly to Pokhara and Trek to Ulleri (2050 m)
After having breakfast, we will depart from Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight which takes 25 minutes to reach. Pokhara is one of the popular tourist destinations of Nepal admired as a natural paradise by its amusing views of Himalayas including Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, as well as the five mountains of Annapurna.
Upon landing Pokhara, we will be meeting our trekking guides and drive for Nayapul from where, we will begin our first day trek to Ulleri. Crossing the Bhurungdi Khola (river) via a bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga and climbing monstrous thousand steps hill that will really test of our stamina, we reach a beautiful settlement of Ulleri.
Day 4 - Trek to Ghorepani (2750 m)
Trek of about 4 to 5 hours passing several hill, we reach Ghorepani. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means ‘horse-water’ due to it being an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker's stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and crafts. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains.
Day 5 - Sunrise at Poon Hill View Point (3210 m) to Tadapani (2700 m)
Getting up early in the dawn and climbing a steep ascent to the top of Poon Hill, we will be able to catch the magnificent view of glimmering white mountains turing into a golden stack. After imprisoning the mesmerizing scenery into our camera, mind and heart, we descend back to Ghorepani.
After a break on Ghorepani, we will be moving for ending of our journey. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani where we will be able to check on the sunset of Himalayas. The entire day trek is about 6 to 7 hours.
Day 6 - Ghandruk (1940 m)
Trekking for 3 to 4 hours through the dense and dark forest and a thick forest of old rhododendron trees, we reach a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people called Ghandruk. Along with enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains, we also acquaint ourselves with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people at the Gurung Museum in Ghandruk.
Day 7 - Ghandruk to Pokhara
Today will be the last day of your trek. On this day, we will be trekking for 4 hours from Ghandruk to Nayapul. From Nayapul, we will be taking an hour long drive to pokhara, where we will be spending a lovely evening by the lake-side of Pokhara enjoying the sensational landscape.
Day 8 - Back to Kathmandu
In the early morning, we will be returning back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We take the Prithvi Highway which is approximately 7 hours drive to reach Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we return to Hotel and have time to rest and relax. You can enjoy spa and massage treatments to soothe the body pain from trekking.
Day 9 - Final Departure
It may be an end to one journey, but another will surely begin! Your journey to Annapurna Panorama Trek has officially came to an end on this day.
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, our representative will transfer you to the airport.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu. All accommodations are on twin-share basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.
For our trek, There will be one guide (5 trekkers: 1 guide) and porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers: 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that even if anybody in the group gets sick or is unable to carry on, the trip can still go ahead as planned for the rest of the group. We can run the trek for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Physical Condition & Experience Requirements
Travelers who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day on an uphill and downhill trail will find this trek fulfilling. It is best that we prepare ourselves for the Annapurna trek by jogging and exercising regularly at least a month prior to the start of the trek. Trekking to Annapurna Region will be relatively easier for those who have experience walking/trekking in a high altitude environment. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skills are required for this trip. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases should inform Messenger Travel & Tours before booking the trek.
Best Time to Travel
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature. However, please note, there may be snowfall / avalanches during the winter.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min 2 Pax)