It is not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves.
This is a lifetime adventure you will be forever grateful for. This is not a regular trek with a group, this is an experience that will leave traces in your daily life once you return home.
You will enjoy the support, safety and unique group dynamic that make all Escapes unforgettable.
You will spend 9 days with like-minded women in a small group where the wellness of each participant counts as much as the precious
connection and dynamic of the group.
You will learn about yourself, unlock your inner potential and have it available forever to overcome life’s obstacles.
You will discover that you are way stronger than you think (both physically and mentally).
You will focus on your values, what really matters for you, and grow it in your life.
You will have fun, you will be moved, you will be changed.
Why choose us
We have an unequaled group dynamic in all our adventures.
We encourage, support, respect and lift each other.
We partner with a Nepali women-owned trekking company who hires, trains, pays fairly and empowers Nepali women. Our 2 Nepali guides and 8 assistants are amazing professional women who know every inch of the trail.
You will be accompanied by Manon Marchand-Aylsworth, a life and wellness coach who dedicated her life to women’s inner strength. Founder and head guide of Escape, she lived and hiked in Nepal for 2 years.
Responsible Tourism - hike and give back
Escape Hiking for Women is proud to work in partnership with the women owned Nepali company
3 Sisters Adventures Trekking. For 25 years, they
have pioneered and specialized in training and employing female guides and assistants for treks in and around the Himalayas in Nepal, India,
With their groundbreaking approach, they have empowered the women in Nepal to develop their talents and become self-reliant. It is one of the only hiking companies in Nepal that provides a fair salary and adequate equipment for their staff. 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking has received several local, national and international awards, including the WTM 2012, Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Award and Winner of 2008 National Geographic Geo-Tourism Challenge Competition.
Group dynamic and individual wellness
After you book your trip you will meet your trip leader and fellow participants on 2 30-minute zoom calls: one in May and one in September.
These calls are great opportunities to ask questions, learn about each other and start dreaming together about the upcoming trip.
You will be hiking with a small group of 8 women from the U.S. and our guides and assistants from Nepal (all women crew). Keeping the group small has proven to be the best way to create a deep connection with each other while respecting everyone's needs.
During the trip we will meet everyday for a caring and empowering group dynamic discussion led by Manon. We will lift each other in a judgment-free and negativity-free atmosphere.
Namaste! Welcome to Nepal, land of smiles and of the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, which rises to 29,028 feet above sea level. With 8 out of the 10 highest peaks of the world, Nepal is a paradise for mountaineers and is referred to as the Himalayan Kingdom.
Nepal is a must visit for all adventurers, but it’s also a place to relax in nature’s lap and enjoy the incredible scenic beauty.
It is also a land of spirituality, chosen by travelers who want to reset their lives and go back to the essential. Nepal will stay in your mind and heart forever.
Himalayan Sunrise Trek, 5-day/4-night trek
(9 day trip total)
Max elevation: 9940 ft (3030 m)
Hours walk/day: 5 to 6 hours
Your trekking route, Ghorepani Ghandruk, is known for its easy climbing and unique, varied landscape. Enjoy fascinating traditional Gurung villages, walk through rhododendrons, magnolias, oak forest… Admire breathtaking views of Machapuchare/Mt. Fishtail (6993m), Annapurna South (7219m), Himchuli (6441m).
At Poon-Hill, be ready for the most beautiful sunrise you’ve ever experienced. When the sun flows up the panoramic views of the Annapurna range, it’s simply magical.
The trek offers well-managed local teahouse lodges, cafes, and restaurants all along the way. This journey is also perfect if you have limited time but dream of a glimpse of snow-capped mountain peaks and still want a real Himalayan cultural experience.
Meeting with your group and your Life and Wellness coach/Nepal specialist at the hotel.
We will all meet at the hotel at 3pm. We will go out for a Nepali dinner together.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Approximately 7 hours by Minibus, and we arrive in the charming city of Pokhara, at the foothills of the Himalayas. Trek orientation begins at 4 pm in 3 Sisters Trekking office, followed by a Nepali welcome dinner at 6 pm in 3 Sisters Guesthouse, where we will stay for the night.
Hike Pokhara to Hille
An hour drive takes us to Nayapul—the starting point of our trek. We will follow the river and then slowly ascend through rice fields
to Hille (1475 m) and stop for the night.
Hiking hours: 5
Hike Hille to Ghorepani
We start our day with a steep ascent to Ulleri (1600 m) where we get our first view of the Himalayas. We then continue through rhododendron
forests until we reach our destination: Ghorepani (2855 m).
Hiking hours: 6
Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani
An early climb to the summit of Poon Hill (3030 m) to watch the sunrise across a magnificent Himalayan panorama. After breakfast we will
follow a long ridge through rhododendron forests to Deurali. We then walk through impressive river gorges with the chance to see Langur
monkeys in the trees. Our destination is Tadapani (2680 m).
Hiking hours: 5
Tadapani to Ghandruk
We walk along a shaded forest trail, followed by terraced fields of maize and potatoes to Ghandruk (2170 m). From here we have fantastic
views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. It is a major settlement of the Gurung, an ethnic group of Nepal. It is a very famous Gurung
village with terraces and offers excellent mountain views. After arriving, you can take a short walk to explore the village, visiting a
cultural museum and monastery.
Hiking hours: 4
Ghandruk to Nayapul to Pokhara
Today we leave the mountains behind us. A 5-hour hike and an hour’s drive takes us back to the relaxing Lakeside of Pokhara. At the 3
Sisters Guesthouse we will share an evening of food, fun and laughter.
Hiking hours: 5
We will leave Pokhara with the Minibus and be back at the hotel in Kathmandu around 4 pm. Free time, rest, shopping...
We will have our last group dynamic meeting in the morning. We will reflect on our adventure and talk about how to implement all the benefits of this wonderful adventure in our lives. After the group dynamic meeting we will say our goodbyes. Whether you decide to stay a little more in Nepal, travel around or come back home you will feel stronger than ever, empowered, peaceful and ready for life’s upcoming challenges… Namaste!
This trip includes:
- 2 30-minute video calls with your trip leader and your team (one in May and one in September)
- All guiding services: 3 Sisters Adventures’ all women crew: 2 professional guides and 8 assistants to help us carrying our backpacks.
- A professional life and wellness coach/Nepal specialist that will facilitate group discussions, and will make sure that you implement at home the powerful changes that will happen inside of you during the trek. Manon Marchand-Aylsworth is also the founder and head guide of Escape Hiking for Women and has lived and hiked for 2 years in Nepal.
- All accommodations: Two nights in one of the most comfortable hotels in Kathmandu; Two nights in the 3 Sisters Guest House in Pokhara. Local tea house accommodations during the trek chosen for their comfort, cleanliness, and charm.
- All meals during the trek: Breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as afternoon tea and snacks.
- All meals while being with the group (outside of trek days as well): nov 4th diner, nov 5th & 11th breakfast/lunch/dinner, nov 12 breakfast.
- All fees related to the trek: Trekking permits, Nepalese government royalty fees.
- Transportation: Minibus from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Jeep to and from the trailheads. Taxis for the group (in between hotel and restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara…)
You’ll be responsible for:
- Mineral water and other beverages (during the whole trip)
- personal snacks except during the trek (afternoon tea and snacks included during the trek)
- Meals, visits fees, and transportation during free times
- The flight to and from Nepal (see FAQ)
- The taxi to and from the airport
- Nepali tourist visa (see FAQ)
- Travel insurance (mandatory - see FAQ)
- Tips for our wonderful Nepali hiking guides at the end of the trek (~$80)
Once you book your trip you will get a super detailed checklist.
- Hiking boots (break them in beforehand)*
- Camp shoes (your reward after a long day)
- Wool socks (bring a few pairs of varying thickness)
- Lightweight, waterproof trekking pants
- Trekking shorts
- T-Shirts (lightweight wool is great)
- Long underwear/Wool thermals
- Fleece sweater
- Waterproof warm jacket
- Heavyweight warm pants for the evenings at the tea-houses
- Winter hat and baseball cap
- Winter gloves