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Annapurna Sunrise and Everest View Trek


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Trip Introduction:

On The Annapurna Sunrise and Everest View Trek we tread on two of the most popular trekking regions in the world - the Annapurna and Everest. The 17-day journey features a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters. The Trek begins from the ancient city of Kathmandu, from where a short flight takes us to Pokhara. The real trekking experience begins from Nayapul. Arrival at Poon Hill (3210m) is a reward in itself as it is considered by many as one of the most beautiful viewpoints on earth. From Ghandruk we return to Pokhara and fly back to Kathmandu. We fly to Lukla from Kathmandu the next day. From Lukla, the trek continues through lush vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park, with pine forests, rhododendron flowers and an abundance of wildlife, to Namche Bazaar. The following days' trekking will bring us to the village of Tengboche, home to the highest Buddhist monastery in the world. From Tengboche, we retrace our path back to Kathmandu and end The Annapurna Sunrise and Everest View Trek.

Best Season:

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for this trip. Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.

Important Note:

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Arrival location:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure Location:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Included in your experience:

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle

3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast

Teahouse accommodation during the trek

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek

Welcome and farewell dinners

All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu and Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu)

Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle

Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary

An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)

Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)

Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, airfares and accommodation

Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)

Himalayan Glacier’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take

All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS, National Park Permit)

Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

All government and local taxes

Ground Transportation, Gift bag, Airport transfers, English Speaking Guide, Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Not included in your experience:

Nepalese visa fee

Excess baggage charge(s)

Private transportation except what is mentioned in the What Is Included section

Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)

International flights

Travel and rescue insurance

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)

Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

Required Equipment:

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration. Those items marked by an asterisk (*) are provided by Himalayan Glacier inclusive in the service. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 15 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary.

Important documents and items

•Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets

•Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance

•Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts

•Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


•Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions

•Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)

•Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs

•Sunglasses with UV protection

•Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

•Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)

•Light and expedition weight thermal tops

•Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover

•Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

•Down vest and/or jacket *

•Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


•1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.

•1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves

•1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

Lower Body

•Non-cotton underwear briefs

•1 pair of Hiking shorts

•1 pair of Hiking trousers

•1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)

•1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers

•1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric


•2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks

•2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks

•1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)

•1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals

•Cotton socks (optional)

•Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version


•1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*

•Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)

Rucksack and Travel Bags

•1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)

•1 large duffel bag *

•A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding

•Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags

•2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)


•Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)

•Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)

•1 skin-blister repair kit

•Anti-diarrhea pills

•Anti-headache pills

•Cough and/or cold medicine

•Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide

•Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.

•Water purification tablets or water filter

•1 set of earplugs

•Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

•1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit

•1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches

•1 compass or GPS(optional)

•1 alarm clock/watch

•1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries

•large Ziplocs

•2 water bottles (1 liter each)

•1 small folding knife

•Binoculars (optional)

•4 large, waterproof, disposable rubbish sacks


•1 medium-sized quick drying towel

•Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)

•Multi-purpose soap (preferably biodegradable)


•Nail clippers

•Face and body moisturizer

•Female hygiene products

•Small mirror

Personal Hygiene

•Wet wipes (baby wipes)

•Tissue /toilet roll

•Anti-bacterial hand wash


•Reading book

•Trail map/guide book

•Journal and pen


•Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)

•1 modest swim suit

•Binoculars (optional)

•Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)

•Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)

•Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

    None Available for this package
  • Day1 - 2
    Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,428ft). Upon our arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or visit Himalayan Glacier’s office. We may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Dinner
    Moonlight Hotel
  • Day2 - 3
    Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation. Today after breakfast we tour several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. We can also ask whatever queries we have about our trek and find out what we have to look forward to. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Breakfast
    Moonlight Hotel
  • Day3 - 4
    Fly to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft) and trek to Ulleri (2050m/6725 ft): 30 min flight, 1 hour drive, 6 hours trek. We take an early morning flight to Pokhara and enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas from the right side of our plane. Upon our arrival in Pokhara, the beautiful lake city, we are rewarded with magnificent views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. After taking a rest, we drive to Naya Pul and start the trek. We pass through sub-tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After lunch, we cross the Bhurungdi Khola (river) via a bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will really prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon. Overnight in Ulleri. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day4 - 5
    Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750m/ 9,020 ft): 4 - 5 hours trek. After breakfast, we ascend to the Ghorepani village. 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. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings. Overnight in Ghorepani. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day5 - 6
    Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft) with a visit to Poon Hill: 6 - 7 hours. To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs and having some coffee or tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani to spend the night. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day6 - 7
    Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940m/6360 ft): 3 - 4 hours. From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking some more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. 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. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day7 - 8
    Ghandruk to Pokhara: 4 hours trek and 1 hour drive. Today we trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pul then drive back to Pokhara. The trek will be downhill all the way to Birethanti. We step onto a staircase paved with stone slabs, curving in and out of the village and then terraced farms. It keeps on going down almost without any breaks from Ghandruk until Modi Khola river valley. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour's walk takes us to Naya Pul. The journey on foot comes to an end at Nayapul. Then, we drive to Pokhara for an overnight stay. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch
    Mt. Kailash Resort
  • Day8 - 9
    Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 30 mins flight. We fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon. The left side of the airplane offers some amazing views of the Himalayas. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel. We enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Breakfast
    Moonlight Hotel
  • Day9 - 10
    Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Phakding (8,700ft): 40 mins flight, 3 - 4 hours trek During the 40-minute flight from Kathmandu to Lukla (9,186ft), we enjoy one of the most beautiful air routes in the world culminating on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. At Lukla, a gateway destination from where our trek begins, we meet our other crew members and begin packing and arranging with them. From Lukla, we start trekking. At one hour’s gradual descent, we will be at a Cheplung village from where we have a glimpse of Mount Khumbila (18900 ft), a sacred mountain which has never been climbed. From Cheplung, we then gradually descend until we reach Phakding and spend the night. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day10 - 11
    Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft): 5-6 hours. After breakfast we walk through beautiful pine forests and then along Dudh Koshi River ending our nature-filled journey at Namche Bazaar. After walking for almost over an hour, we come across the glistening Mt. Thamserku (6,608 m) on our right and also experience the serenity of pine, fir and juniper forests throughout our journey. If the weather is clear, we may even catch a glimpse of Mt. Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. We continue walking until we reach the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Mt. Everest and main trading centre of this region. This day we cross five suspension bridges, the last one also known as the Hillary Bridge being the highest. It is an uphill walk from Hillary Bridge to Namche Bazaar. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day11 - 12
    Namche Bazaar (3,440 m/11,283 ft): Acclimatization Day. This is the day set aside for acclimatization. Health experts recommend that we stay active and move around even during the rest day instead of being idle. We stroll around Namche’s quaint villages and come in contact with the Sherpa people and their rich culture. While in the Namche village, we visit the local museum containing exhibits displaying the area’s native flora and fauna as well as the history of the Mount Everest region. Overnight in Namche Bazaar. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day12 - 13
    Namche Bazaar to Khumjung (3,810 m/12500 ft): 4 hours. Today's journey starts with a climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip is the Everest View Hotel from where we can enjoy an up-close view of the mighty Everest. We continue trekking to Khumjung village which is surrounded by Kondge, Thamserku and the sacred Khumbila mountains. While here, we visit the Edmund Hillary School and Khumjung Monastery (a monastery famous for housing the head of the Yeti!). Overnight in Khumjung. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day13 - 14
    Khumjung to Tengboche (3,870m/12694ft): 4 - 5 hours. We descend to Dudhkoshi River and pass through beautiful villages on the way. We walk on a forest trail which will take us to a riverbed. Next, we ascend for around two more hours through pine and fir forests to reach a small village of Tengboche. The village is also home to the famous Tengboche Gumba which is situated at 3,867 m and is the largest monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal. We tour the Gumba and enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalayas, including Tawache, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and Everest.Overnight in Tengboche. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day14 - 15
    Tengboche to Monjo (2,950m/9,676ft): 6 - 7 hours. We trek on a trail through hillsides blanketed by rhododendron and juniper trees. After crossing a prayer-flag festooned bridge over the Dudh Koshi River, we walk alongside the Dudh Koshi gorge descending rapidly through pine forests. On the way we may come across mountain goats, snow leopards, and colorful milieu. After passing a Chorten, we reach an army camp at Namche Bazaar. We get amazing views of the surrounding landscape from this juncture. We continue our trek with a steady descent on a hill and cross a few bridges before reaching Monjo. Overnight in Monjo. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day15 - 16
    Monjo to Lukla: 5- 6 hours. The trail descends steeply before it cuts up to the airstrip in Chauri Kharka. On the way we pass Phakding and Chopling villages. The climb from Chauri Kharka is the final climb of the trek. As the local staff you met in Lukla will not be accompanying you to Kathmandu, today is last day you celebrate your accomplishment together. Overnight in Lukla. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day16 - 17
    Fly to Kathmandu. We take an early morning flight to Kathmandu. Our trip leader will drop us off at our hotel and we have the rest of the day off. We can stroll around the streets in Thamel, a popular Tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. You may also visit popular tourist attractions nearby. Either way, there will be a farewell dinner to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Breakfast Dinner
    Moonlight Hotel
  • Day17
    Final departure. Our journey comes to an end today. A representative from Himalayan Glacier will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Included meals: Breakfast
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