Educational Tour – Annapurna Sunrise

Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal

Targeted towards beginners and students, the Annapurna Sunrise Tour from Orbit Alpine can be done in a little more than a week. The trekking experience is real, taking students from Kathmandu to the heights 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 at an altitude of 3,210m for a magnificent sunrise over the Annapurna mountain range. 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 time-worn villages with equally old cultures. A more prominent mountain in the region is the majestic Mt. Fishtail, or Machhapuchchhre. From Poon-Hill, you will witness glory and beauty, as the rays of the sun gradually flow outward and in 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 permanent for many years.

Students are advised to carry battery packs or power-banks during the tour so that they can charge their cameras and mobile phones during the day. At night, they can charge the devices at the lodge. Orbit Alpine strongly recommends drinking bottled mineral water because although the water is fresh and natural, it is unprocessed. Other essential things to carry would be sun-screen 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 the tour. Orbit Alpine recommends traveling there from mid-autumn to early Spring, and again in mid-summer. Orbit Alpine recommends booking the trip at least two months before your departure, as early bookings will ensure accommodations for a bigger group size.

For the first trip to Nepal, this 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 of Nepal, students from all over the world are welcome in this Himalayan nation. Apart from the core trekking programs, students will also have exposure to UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu, the ancient and medieval architecture of Nepal, and the incredible culture of the people.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

After breakfast, today you will trek through bamboo forests before arriving at Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village popular for homestay. Spend the night here in warm hospitality and comfortable bed.

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 stay at the lake side for the night.

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. At night, you can join a typical Nepalese dinner before returning to the hotel.

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

Useful Info

This program is entirely customizable to suit for the group size. Almost every aspect of the trip (such as choice of vehicle, choice of meals, choice of hotels, and date of tour) can be tailored to fit your need. Please contact us to enquire more about this program and to get early-booking group-discounts.