Annapurna Panorama Trek, also known as Annapurna sunrise trek, is the one of the best short and easy teahouse trek in Annapurna region. This exotic trek offers a peek in to 50km long Annapurna massif located north of the lake city of Pokhara. The trail follows well-trodden path through magnificent forest and climb from village to village where we find locals eagerly waiting to welcome us. We stay at local teahouse which allows the firsthand experience of local culture and tradition.

The trip starts with a short drive to Nayapul; rise slowly and steadily through rhododendron forest to Ghandruk and Tadapani with the view of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre to the north. Ghandruk is a prosperous Gurung village with fascinating heritage sites full of ancient art and history. On the way, you will find many small village with thatched roofed settlement perched beautifully on terraced fields on the backdrop of mountain profile.

Stunning views from Poon Hill – Well-trodden trail

Poon Hill is trekker’s paradise. Poon Hill offers the magnificent views Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Manaslu (8,157m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and numerous mountains. The sunrise view over the Himalayas from this grassy viewpoint is simply mesmerizing.
This short Annapurna Panorama Trek is perfect for anyone who wish to experience trekking in Himalaya while getting close to Himalayas and culture. It is great trek for families with children,

Crown Himalaya Treks can customize this Annapurna Panorama Trek for the family members and extend the trip by combining Jungle Safari and River Rafting.
It is possible to conduct this trek throughout the year, however spring and autumn are considered as the best season for the trek.

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu(1400m) to Pokhara(850m)

Duration of time:3-4 hours

After breakfast, you leave Kathmandu and drive towards Pokhara via Prithivi Highway. On the way, you admire the stunning rocky hills, countryside and river. You stop at Kurintar for a cup of tea where you can see Cable-car’s sliding up and down to Manakamana.If time permits, you visit the important landmarks of Pokhara city. Fewa Lake, Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, Seti Gorge and Tal Barahi are important places to visit in Pokhara.

Overnight at lodge in Pokhara

Day 02:Drive from Pokhara(850m) to Kadee(1700m) then trek to Pothana(1890m)

Duration of time:3-4 hours

After breakfast, you drive northward through farmland that leads us to Kadee. Climb up to the Dhampus Phedi and walk along a ridge to the prosperous village of Dhampus (1,700m) for lunch. you then follow the ridge through the rhododendron forest and rise steadily upwards to the beautiful village of Pothana. Here you get the angular views of sacred Machhapuchhre and higher peaks behind.

Overnight at lodge in Pothana

Day 03:Trek from Pothana(1890m) to Ghandruk(2012m)

Duration of time:3-4 hours

Today you trek from Pothana to Ghandruk(1,950m) which takes around 7 hours. Initially, the trek from Pothana to Deurali gradually ascends and then climbs down to Bheri Khara. Starting from here, your path until you reach Landruk is flat. Then the path takes a steep descent leading you towards Modi Khola and it again ascends all the way up to Ghandruk village. Ghandruk is a beautiful village of Gurungs  from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Annapurna ranges and Machhapuchhre.

Overnight at lodge in Ghandruk

Day 04:Ghandruk(2012m) to Tadapani(2610m)

Duration of time:3-4 hours

Today you walk for about 4 hours to reach Tadapani (2,650m) from Ghandruk. The trek starts through the Gurung village with a magical rhododendron forest, chirping birds and views of snowy peaks. you walk across the Bheri Kharka which offers some tea shops and lodges for a rest. The trek then continues further through the forest of rhododendron trees to reach Tadapani.

Overnight at lodge in Tadapani

Day 05:Tadapani(2610m)  to Ghorepani(2874m)

Duration of time:3-4 hours

The trail from Tadapani to Ghorepani (2,853m) takes around five hours. You will be starting your trek with a short descend till you arrive at a small stream and then ascend upwards through the dense rhododendron forests. You will reach a small village of Banthahiti after some time, which has plenty of tea houses and lodges. From this point, the trail goes high up to the Gurung Hill from where you will descend through the forest till you arrive at Ghorepani.

Overnight at lodge in Ghorepani

Day 06:Trek from Ghorepani(2874m) to Nayapul(1070m) and drive to Pokhara(850m)

Duration of time:3-4 hours

After breakfast, you hike down to Nayapul via Ulleri and Tikhedhunga. On the way, you have to walk down through countless stairs amidst the rhododendron forest. At Nayapul, you board a private car that drives us back to the hotel in Pokhara.

Overnight at lodge in Pokhara

Day 07:Drive from Pokhara(850m) to Kathmandu(1400m)

Duration of time:3-4 hours

You can take a drive to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara with an amazing countryside view. The duration of the drive will be about 6-7 hours. You can explore green hills, rivers and terrace farming. After your arrival, you can rest at your hotel.

Cost Include

  • Star hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All the meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • All the ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek leader (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Salary, insurance, food, accommodation and equipment for all the staffs
  • Down jacket and sleeping (to be returned after completion of the trek)
  • All the necessary paper work and permit (ACAP & TIMS)
  • All the governmental, official and local taxes
  • Medial kit with necessary medicines (to be carried by trek leader)

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • International Flight
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Personal nature expense – alcoholic beverages, phone calls, shopping etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides, porter and driver

Accommodation

We will be accommodated in star hotel or similar in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouse during the trek. All the accommodation are offered on twin-shared basis. Single accommodation can be provided on request and will cost an additional charge. The charge depends on the hotel you are staying.

Private rooms are readily available in Kathmandu, Pokhara and the trekking region, except in high altitudes where there will be just dormitories. Usually there are no heaters in teahouse; they provide warm blanket. You can bring sleeping bag with extra liner for more comfort and warm. There is normally on electricity connection in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric powers. The rooms and dining halls are connected with solar lighting. Most teahouses now have source of power to charge small appliances – mobile phones and cameras.

Meals

During Annapurna Panorama Trek, we get to taste authentic Nepalese cuisine and as well as the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) but the choice of foods are limited. We provide the “Breakfast & Dinner” from the teahouse or lodge where we will be spending overnight and lunch will be served on the way to next destination.

We also offer welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu. All the meals (B, L, D) will be provided during the trek but only the breakfast will be served in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except for welcome and farewell dinner).

Drinking Water

Crown Himalaya Trek offers Chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All the teahouses provide mineral water and boiled water for trekkers on additional charge. We suggest you not to buy mineral water or bottled water while on the trek as plastic bottles are difficult to dispose- off.

What to bring

Firstly, you need to carry some documents to purchase Annapurna conservation permit (ACAP) and TIMS. Passport size phots and valid passport are required for ACAP. For Annapurna Panorama Trekking, you have to bring hiking boots, trousers, wind and water proof jacket and trousers, down jacket, sun glasses, hat, flash light, water bottle, refillable water and positive attitude. As it is difficult to find the charging port in high mountains, you need to bring back-up for your camera and mobile phones. Crown Himalaya Treks will arrange comprehensive medical kit for the trekkers.

This is very physical trip, meaning you will be walking on rough terrain, so pack as lightly as possible. Crown Himalaya Trek provide an experienced porter on (2 trekkers: 1 porter) basis. Your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag; the maximum of 15 kgs are carried by porters – 30 kgs by 2 porters. You can stock your unnecessary luggage in Kathmandu on absolutely free of cost.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness is the unusual physical condition that occurs at higher elevation (more than 2,000m) due to change in air pressures. The symptoms are nausea, diarrhea, dizziness and loss of appetite that may lead to fatal conditions.

The Annapurna Panorama Trek itinerary offered by Crown Himalaya Treks offers ample time to acclimatize and rest. We walk on slow pace; taking proper rest which lets your body acclimatize well. We ensure our “trekkers” zero risk of altitude threat.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

ABC trek is a moderate trek perfect for passionate hikers with the ability to walk at least 5 – 7 hours on mountain terrain with a light rucksack. With excellent physical condition, positive attitude, self-confidence and strong determination, anyone regardless of size and age can accomplish the trek successfully.

We suggest you to engage on physical training for few weeks prior the trip to boost your strength, stamina and confidence. Cardio, swimming, running and leg exercise are few recommended physical training to prepare yourself for the trek. Previous trekking experience is always an asset but not mandatory. And no technical skills are required as well.

Trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions like heart, lung and blood diseases are suggested to consult their doctor prior the trip.

Best Time to Trek

Annapurna Panorama Trek is possible to conduct throughout the year but autumn (Sept to Nov) and spring (March – May) are considered as the best time of the year for the trek. If you want to avoid the traffic, you can enjoy the trek during winter (Dec, Jan and Feb). However, the extremely cold temperature and frequent snow-fall might distract the trek. Trekking in summer or Monsoon seasons (June – August) are full of rain; which might invite the risk of landslide and flood. But the rainy season could be paradise for keen botanist.

Route Map

Crown Himalaya Treks will provide the complementary route map and T-shirt for the trekkers.


Trip Facts

Group Size: 1 – 12

Max Altitude: 3,210m

Difficulty Grade: Easy-Moderate

Best Season: Autumn & Spring

Destination: Nepal

Arrival In: Kathmandu

Departure From: Kathmandu

Meals: Breakfast in Pokhara and all meals (BLD) during the trek

Accommodation: Star hotel in Pokhara and teahouse during the trek