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ANNAPURNA SUNRISE TREK

ANNAPURNA SUNRISE TREK

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Experience a spectacular sunrise on Poon Hill, amidst the fabulous Annapurnas.

  • Superb 2 week trip, encompassing lots of Nepal.
  • Trek through rural Nepalese mountain villages providing a true insight of local life.
  • The achievement of reaching the top of Poon Hill (3200m), a tough but worthwhile climb.
  • Tea house accommodation (lodges), no camping.
  • Very experienced Guides.

If you’ve never been to Nepal before, this is the trek for you. An nice adventurous trek catering for most abilities that takes place in the lower Annapurna Region. A tough climb to Poon Hill (optional) but low enough not to be troubled by altitude sickness. Wonderful vistas of some 8000m peaks. All within 2 weeks.

Having flown into Kathmandu, experience the Nepalese countryside on the drive to the Annapurna mountains before you 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). Look forward to some excellent down time in Pokhara prior to returning to Kathmandu.

Try our winter dates – 5 – 15 Dec 2018. Crisp, clear conditions, no-one around! It will be colder of course but this is truly an excellent time to trek in the lower Annapurna region.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £1950
Land Only, from £1300
Trip Duration 11 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 6 Days
Max Altitude 3200m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels/Tea Houses
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

Experience a spectacular sunrise on Poon Hill, amidst the fabulous Annapurnas.

  • Superb 2 week trip, encompassing lots of Nepal.
  • Trek through rural Nepalese mountain villages providing a true insight of local life.
  • The achievement of reaching the top of Poon Hill (3200m), a tough but worthwhile climb.
  • Tea house accommodation (lodges), no camping.
  • Very experienced Guides.

If you’ve never been to Nepal before, this is the trek for you. An nice adventurous trek catering for most abilities that takes place in the lower Annapurna Region. A tough climb to Poon Hill (optional) but low enough not to be troubled by altitude sickness. Wonderful vistas of some 8000m peaks. All within 2 weeks.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £1950
Land Only, from £1300
Trip Duration 11 Days UK - UK
Trek Length 6 Days
Max Altitude 3200m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels/Tea Houses
All meals on trek, B'fasts hotels

Poon Hill
Stunning sunrise

No Compulsory Single Supplement

FREE 90l holdall

Domestic Flights
Included

Hotels/Tea Houses

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1 – Depart UK – Fly from London bound for Kathmandu (overnight flight).

Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu – transfer to hotel, settle in

Day 3 – Drive to Pokhara and on to start of trek (Ghandruk, 1940m)

Day 4 – Trek Ghandruk –  Bhaisi Karkha (2500m)

Day 5 – Trek Bhaisi Karkha – Deurali (3180m)

Day 6 – Trek Deurali – Ghorepani (2860m)

Day 7 – Trek Ghorepani (2860m) – Poon Hill (3200m) – Tikhedhunga – fantastic sunrise on Poon Hill

Day 8 – Trek Tikhedhunga – Naya Pul – Trek Finish – Road to Pokhara

Day 9 – Pokhara – enjoy Pokhara

Day 10 – Fly Pokhara – Kathmandu, rest of day free

Day 11 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal, arrive London same day

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

Important: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.

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
26 Sep - 6 Oct 2018 £1950 £1300
24 Oct - 3 Nov 2018 £1950 £1300
5 - 15 Dec 2018 £1950 £1300
27 Mar - 6 Apr 2019 £1950 £1300

Deposit – £250
Group Size – 2 – 12.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

What the Price Includes

  • Return international flights London – Kathmandu
  • Return international airport transfers
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation Kathmandu, total 2 nights, twin share, B&B basis
  • Hotel accommodation Pokhara, total 2 nights, twin share, B&B basis
  • All meals on trek, breakfasts in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall
  • Free route map
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Bottled/boiled water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

What the Price Includes

  • Return international airport transfers
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation Kathmandu, total 2 nights, twin share, B&B basis
  • Hotel accommodation Pokhara, total 2 nights, twin share, B&B basis
  • All meals on trek, breakfasts in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall
  • Free route map
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Excludes

  • International flights London – Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Bottled/boiled water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

The sole occupation charge is only payable if you request the service. If requested – £120.

The fee covers sole occupation for:
3 hotel nights in Kathmandu
2 hotel nights in Pokhara

It does NOT cover sole occupation for accommodation on trek as this cannot be guaranteed. You may request it from the Guide who will manage this with the local accommodation on a night by night basis. The chances are, it will be available. A small fee will be payable.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for your visa. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Nepal.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Nepal. Included as part of your confirmation is a document explaining the options for obtaining your visa.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

You will be walking between 5 – 7 hours per day, occasionally longer if it is necessary (usually not). Distances in mountainous terrain is measured in hours, not distance.

Temperatures during the day (sun up) will vary between 15°C and 25°C and the night temperatures will drop to single figures, potentially just below zero.

This trek can be physical in places but taken at your own pace, is perfectly achievable. The maximum altitude is 3200m (Poon Hill) but the max sleeping altitude is 2900m (Ghorepani) so the risk and effects from altitude is minimal. As a minimum, we would recommend an average level of fitness.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

High Altitude Trekkingmore information >>

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, etc.. plus a hot drink.
  • There is a tea/coffee/biscuits break mid morning.
  • Lunch is usually light such as sandwich or mixed rice.
  • Evening meal is two courses; starter + main meal or mail meal + desert. Hot drink.

Accommodation

  • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.
  • On trek – twin share basis, same sex.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation cost – £120 (hotel only, see below for on trek)
  • If sole occupation is preferred in the hills, that can be done en route and night by night basis (pay as you go) as it cannot be guaranteed.

International Flights – Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Kathmandu (KTM). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to KTM from London). Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible, such as Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

Domestic Flights – Included as part of this trip is a one way domestic flight from Pokhara (POK) to Kathmandu (KTM) after your trek has been completed.
The flight takes approx 25- 30 mins in a light aircraft, twin engines prop and they have a capacity of about 30 – 40 pax.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for Nepal:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
  • Consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies
  • Yellow Fever – consult the website below
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/nepal.aspx
  • Malaria – very much depends where you go in Nepal. Generally speaking if you going onto Nepal’s southern border with India (the Terai), then you may need anti-malarials. If you just going into the mountains, then the risk is very low. Consult the fitfortravel website above for a malaria map coverage.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

We recommend budgeting approx £300 for miscellaneous expenses during your trip. This includes meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, supplementary snacks and tips etc. but this amount does depend on your personal spending habits and your wish to buy souvenirs.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter should always be carried for emergencies.

Nepal’s currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). The currency is not on the open market and therefore you will not be able to obtain any prior to arrival.

We recommend that you do change your cash into NPR as local purchases will be much cheaper. Most major currencies are acceptable for exchange in Nepal (cash) including Sterling, US Dollars and Euros. Traveller’s Cheques are not accepted in Nepal. Note that you will exchange a fair amount of your money soon after arrival and if you prefer not to carry all your money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card, although be aware that they can be unreliable.

There are money exchanges at the airport (both before and after immigration), however you will get far better rates in local exchanges in Thamel. There is no commission charge on exchanges and you will find rates to be similar in the area.

During the trek, you will be able to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and even beer on most days. You will also be able to charge mobile phones and other batteries in tea houses for a small fee as well as pay for showers. Be aware that tea houses may struggle to change larger denomination notes in the hills so collect smaller notes during your first few days in Kathmandu.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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