Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Overview And Highlights

Trip Facts

Trip Type

Tea house / Camping

Grade

Moderate

Altitude

4,170 m

Transportation

Land

Group Size

1+

Best Season

Spring and Autumn

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek usually takes 14 days to complete. For those trekkers who have limited time, but wish to reach Annapurna Sanctuary, the 12 days Annapurna Sanctuary trek will be a good choice. Allow us to organize your next altitude-friendly adventure trip with our competent and determined team in the safest mode. 

It is obvious that mountains always offer hikers a great opportunity to take on a challenge, test limits, and catch stunning views. Trekking and mountaineering are main segments of Nepal’s tourism. Including Annapurna, there are so many trekking regions and routes in Nepal recognized worldwide. Trip advisor, Lonely Planet and National Geographic often describe Nepal as one of the best destinations to visit during their lifetime. 

Annapurna trek is probably the most popular trek program in Nepal. Annapurna Sanctuary trek, also known as Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate trek which is suitable for all kinds of trekkers, and it can be done all seasons. Annapurna is not only popular for magnificent Himalayan scenery but it also offers ethic and indigenous culture, traditional villages, dense forest and bushes. Blossoming of rhododendron during spring helps travellers to catch memorizing shots and relieve their pain. Hot springs, caves and glaciers are other attractions of Annapurna Sanctuary trek for which so many people get admired. 

Itinerary Expand All Close All

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
914

After early morning breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel and taken to the tourist bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours. The drive will take most of our morning time, leaving much of the afternoon to get a warm glimpse of Pokhara Valley and its beauty. If you choose to fly, you can reach Pokhara in 25 minutes. There are several flights from morning to afternoon available from Kathmandu to Pokhara.

Pokhara is the tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples along with the magnificent views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many other mountain peaks. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Elevation
1050

Now you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
2675

To begin your trek, you ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then gently pass through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, both Magar villages. On the way you can view the Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.) and Annapurna (7219m) south. Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
1950

Early morning hike up to Poon Hill (3232 m.) takes about one hour. Poon Hill is a popular viewpoint to see sunrise/sunset and majestic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), and Lamjung Himal (6931m.). After spending sometime in Poon Hill, hike back to Ghorepani for breakfast and then continue trekking towards Tadapani (2650 m.). From Tadapani to Ghandruk, it is a very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. From this village you can see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
2360

Trek from Ghandruk to Sinuwa (2360 m.) via Chhomrong takes approximately 6 hours. At the beginning of the day, you ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) and descend steeply to the Kimrung Khola (1700m.). Chhomrong is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal. Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
3220

Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (3220m)) takes about six hours. Leaving Sinuwa, where there used to be a checkpost, the trail up to Khumdighar gentle. Afterwards you slowly descend to bamboo and then ascend to Deurali. Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
4130

Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) takes about five hours. You trek gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees up to Macchapuchre Base Camp. It is further 2 hours walk to reach Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna Base Camp is a vantage point to see the Himalayas at a 360 degree turn. Some of the impressive ones include Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.) etc. Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
3820

Trek from Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) to Bamboo via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.) takes about five hours. The trail completely descends through bamboo forests. Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
1780

Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780m.) takes about five hours. We will descend through Sinuwa and Choomrong. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descends to the Chhomrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Jhinu Danda. Jhinu Danda is famous for hot spring where you can relax. Stay overnight at lodge.

Elevation
1890

Trek from Jhinudanda (1750m.) to Pothana (1890m) takes about six hours. You will pass through local villages, farms and terraced fields. Views of Annapurna II and Macchapuchre and sunrise should not be missed along the trail. Pothana is beautifully located surrounded by green forests.

Elevation
914

Trek from Pothana to Phedi and then drive to Pokhara. The trek from Pothana to Phedi takes about 3 hours followed by an hour long drive to reach Pokhara. Stay overnight in hotel in Pokhara.

Elevation
1400

After breakfast early morning, drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you pass through Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and finally Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you will enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. Leaving Kurintar you head towards Thankot via Naubise. Thankot is the entry point to Kathmandu. If you choose to fly back to Kathmandu, it takes about 25 minutes. There are several flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara from morning to afternoon. 

What Is Included ?

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • 2 night hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Trekking guide/s
  • One porter for every 2 trekking participants (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
  • Trekking equipments: Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags and trekking poles
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area (ACAP)
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by deluxe A/C tourist bus and Pokhara – Nayapul and Phedi – Pokhara by private vehicle
  • Insurance and equipments for all guides and porters
  • First aid kit
  • Tax, VAT and our service charge
  • Rescue assistance (In case of emergency, we will organize prompt and professional rescue services. To arrange timely evacuation/rescue by helicopter, you must be well insured from a reliable travel insurance company that covers both helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost.)
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenirs (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

What Is Excluded?

  • Personal nature expenses (Telephone calls, internet, toiletries, battery recharge, hot shower, laundry, soft drinks, beers and any alcoholic beverages)
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for involved staffs
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (even in case of early arrival or late departure, early return from trekking due to any personal reason than the scheduled itinerary)

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Altitude Profile

Additional Information

Below is a list of equipment and clothing required for trekking. The necessity of these items depends on the type, altitude, timing and destination of trekking. Appropriate trekking gears are not only required for the comfort/pleasure of your trek but also to improve safety factor.  Please have a look over these items in order to fully prepare and thoroughly enjoy the trekking. 

General Items:

Daypack, Rucksack, Sleeping bag, Duffel bag, Walking Poles, walking boots, sandals, Toiletries (Soaps, Toilet papers, Sanitizers, toothpaste, tooth brush, etc.)

Clothing Items:

Thermal underwear, Down jacket, Shorts, Trekking trousers, Towels, Woolen gloves, Gaiters, Fleece jacket or Pullover, Wind/water proof jacket, Raincoat, Warm socks, buff   

Sun-worn Items:

Sun hat, Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Sunscreen, Lip balm

Gadgets:

Headlamp, Flash light, Binoculars, Cameras (chargers and batteries),  

Liquid/Snacks:

Water bottle/bladder, Water purification Iodine tablets, Energy bars and snacks

Medical Essentials:

First Aid Kit 

Optional:

Altimeter, Compass, Binoculars, Books/magazines, GPS, Pocket knife, Candles (for lodges), Notebook with pencil/pen, etc 

Additional items for camping trek:

Tent, Stove and fuel, Utensils for cooking, eating and drinking, sleeping mattresses

Note: We can also provide sleeping bag, down jacket, duffel bag, walking poles, and First Aid Kit in case if you don’t have one. These items are inclusive of total package price. 

Client Reviews

Guillermo D

United States

30th Jun, 2022

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek   The experience with the company was the best  


Ethan Charles Beswick

United States

30th Jun, 2022

Annapurna Sanctuary trek   This trip was certainly experience. I won't soon forget.     Address: Wilmington, DE,USA


Simon Walmsley , Li Tchian Walmsley , Kathy Sieh , Myah Jade Walmsley , Caitlin Yu , Keoni Grant

Australia

30th Jun, 2022

TO NAVA & NEPAL ENVIRONMENTAL TREKS   We had a great time trekking in the Annapurna Sanctuary with 3 adults & 4 children (aged 6, 6, 8, and 8).     Address: Australia


Ali + Sarah

United Kingdom

30th Jun, 2022

Annapurna Sanctuary 10Days   We have just arrived back in Kathmadnu after returning from a 10-day trek around the Annapurna Sanctuary. It was a fantastic experience and one we will never forget. We found the trek good value of money and through our guide    Address: England


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