Annapurna Sunrise

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Style: Trekking
  • Transportation: Tourist Bus, Car & Jeep
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation: Hotel & Lodges
  • Group Size: 1-40
  • Max Altitude: 3,200m/10,499ft

Highlights of Annapurna Sunrise

  • Poon Hill (3,210m) for the best sunrise view of the Himalayas in the world
  • Gurung and Magar ethnic villages
  • Homestay facilities
  • Stunning view of Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) Massifs
  • Well maintained trails that can be crossed by from children to senior citizens
  • Gurung Museum of Ghandruk Village

Designed for beginners and students, Educational Tour- Annapurna Sunrise  can be done in a little more than a week. The trekking experience is real, taking students from Kathmandu to the province of the Annapurna region. The route passes through typical villages, quaint valleys, and dense moss-lined forests. In higher altitudes, the route even passes through waterfalls whose water is literally ice-cold and fresh beyond reckoning!

This educational tour provides plenty of opportunities to photograph the mountains that are the essence of Nepal. Beginning from Nayapul in Pokhara, the trek takes the students to Poon-Hill (3,210m) for a magnificent sunrise over the Annapurna (8,091m) Massif. Undoubtedly, Poon-Hill is one of the most popular vantage points in the Annapurna region.

popular trekking route of all time, the trail to Poon Hill feels even more beautiful with the lush greenery, amazing flora and fauna. Rhododendron forests, terraced paddies, and timeworn villages with equally old cultures. A more prominent mountain in the region is the majestic Mt. Fishtail, or Machhapuchchhre (6,993m).

From Poon Hill (3,200m), you will witness glory and beauty, as the sun gradually shines from all possible directions. The white and shining peaks become more and more sumptuous as the sun gets higher in the sky. For more than an hour, the spectacle continues; but the memory of it all becomes lifelong.

The ethnic villages resided by the Gurung and Magar are the prime socio-cultural beauties of this region. Ulleri is a Magar village popular for well maintained route and clean surrounding. The 3,000-stone-staircase is something worth visiting while in Annapurna region. Most of the men of the village are related with the British and Indian Army. So, it is also known as the village of the Brave Gurkhas.

Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Tadapani and Ghandruk are the Gurung villages keeping their socio-cultural aspects intact. Among them, Ghandruk is one of the largest Gurung Villages in Nepal. It is popular for homestay facilities that travellers can get a chance for cultural exchange. You can visit the Gurung Museum for the knowledge about lifestyle, culture and tradition of theirs. Likewise, there is an office of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).

Students are advised to carry power-banks so that they can charge their cameras and mobile phones during the tour. At night, they can charge the devices at the lodge. Orbit Alpine Adventure strongly recommends drinking bottled mineral water because although the water is fresh and natural, it is unprocessed. Other essential things to carry would be sunscreen and light jackets or coats. Pack lightly, as most part of the tour is pure trekking.

It’s a moderately difficult trek, which begins from either Kathmandu or Pokhara depending upon where you choose to begin it. We recommend travelling there from mid-autumn to early Spring, and again in mid-summer. You are also suggested to book the trip at least two months before your departure. The benefit of early booking ensures accommodations for a bigger group size.

Annapurna Sunrise Excursion is an ideal program for students of schools and colleges of Nepal and other countries. With a beautiful and diverse geography, Nepal is simply a foremost choice for student-tours. To gain a wider perspective on the rural culture and traditions, worldwide students are welcome in this Himalayan nation.

Apart from the core trekking programs, students will also have exposure to UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu. They can observe the ancient and medieval architecture of Nepal, and the incredible culture of the people.


1. Why should I do Educational Tour-Annapurna Sunrise?

Educational Tour-Annapurna Sunrise is mainly designed for the students from inside and outside Nepal. This is a perfect combination of trekking and tour in Annapurna region. There are many things you can see and do during this travel in Nepal. You can observe the typical Gurung and Magar culture and traditions to the best sunrise view of the Himalayas.

You can have the best sunrise view in the world during this journey. Ghorepani Poon Hill trek (also called Annapurna Sunrise View Trek) is the main attraction of this region. Ghandruk trek shows you the Gurung Museum that shows their lifestyle, culture and tradition. You can also talk to the people to get firsthand information about this indigenous community.

As there is homestay facility, it gives you an opportunity for cultural exchange. You can also learn to cook the typical cuisines by helping them in their kitchen.

2. Can other people than the students do Annapurna Sunrise Educational Tour?

Yes, they can! This tour is appropriate for the people from children to senior citizens. The trails are well maintained and comparatively easy that can be scaled by the people of all ages. It is also a good tour package in Nepal for families as well. You don’t have to go across any high pass and ice-covered section.

3. Can I customize Educational Tour-Annapurna Sunrise?

Of course, you can do it so. You can customize this trip to Annapurna Base Camp trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Tent Peak Climbing, etc. For more details, visit

4. What are the prominent mountains I can see during Educational Tour-Annapurna Sunrise?

Annapurna Sunrise Educational Tour lets you have the amazing panoramic view of the Himalayas. Mountains of Annapurna (8,091m) Massif, Dhaulagiri (8,167m) Massif, Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhre: 6,993m) and many other peaks come into your sight.

Day to Day Itinerary

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Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a staff or representative of Orbit Alpine will receive you at the Airport and drive you to your hotel. If ample time is available on this day, you can take a stroll around Thamel, the tourist hub until dinner. Stay overnight in the hotel.

  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

Immediately after an early breakfast we leave Kathmandu by bus for Pokhara. The drive takes around six to seven hours with scenic views of Trishuli river along the winding way. to reach Pokhara. On a clear day you can see Mt. Fishtail as soon as you reach Pokhara in mid-afternoon. Spend some time around Lake Fewa and catch a drink in one of its numerous bars before dinner.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 950m/3,117ft
  • Time: 6 Hrs

After breakfast we will drive to Nayapul, our starting point for the trek ahead. First you will walk along Modi Khola and reach Birethanti marked by a number of tea-houses, shops and lodges. We then follow Bhurungdi Khola until Hille and then a steep climb before reaching Tikhedhunga for the overnight stay.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tikhedhunga
  • Altitude: 1,540m/5,053ft
  • Time: 1 Hr + 3 Hrs

After breakfast, first we will trek to Ulleri at an altitude of 2,070 meters and then hike up to Banthanti. The trail is now lined with rhododendron forest until we reach Nangethanti and further trek a few hours more to arrive at Ghorepani where we stay for the night. We recommend you sleep early.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Ghorepani
  • Altitude: 2,750m/9,022ft
  • Time: 6 Hrs

You will wake very early today and hike up to Poon Hill for a spectacular sunrise view. Ghorepani at dawn is always swarming with people from around the world who want to capture and witness a beautiful sunrise above the mountain range. Poon Hill serves the best sunrise view of the Himalayas in the world.

Later in the morning, you will return to Ghorepani for breakfast and then trek to Deurali. Along the way, you will pass through pine forests and scenic valleys before arriving at Banthanti and then trek further ahead to reach Tadapani where you will spend the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Tadapani
  • Altitude: 2,700m/8,858ft
  • Time: 3 Hrs + 5 Hrs

After breakfast, today you will trek through bamboo forests before arriving at Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village popular for homestay. Here, you can visit the Gurung Museum to observe the lifestyle, culture and tradition of this community. Similarly, you can converse with the friendly people of this village to listen to the interesting stories.

You know, most of the male members of this community serve in the British and Indian Army. They fought bravely in the World Wars. Therefore, it is also known as the village of the Brave Gurkhas. Spend the night here in warm hospitality and comfortable bed.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Ghandrunk
  • Altitude: 1,940m/6,365ft
  • Time: 4 Hours

Leaving behind the beauty of Ghandruk, you will once again walk along Modi Khola before arriving at Nayapul. From there you will drive to Pokhara and roam around the important sites you didn’t go last time. Stay at the lakeside for the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 950m/3,117ft
  • Time: 4 Hrs + 1 Hr

After breakfast, catch a flight to Kathmandu. In the afternoon, you will go on a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city. The top sites you will go around are Patan Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa (the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Stupa. At night, you can join a typical Nepalese dinner before returning to the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

After breakfast, a staff of Orbit Alpine will take you to the Airport on time.

  • Meals: Breakfast