Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Facts of Trip

Destination: Annapurna Region, Nepal

Duration: 15 Days

Trip Grade: Moderate

Group Size: 1 - 14

Best Season: March - May & October - November

Max. Altitude: 4130 meters

Transportation: Car, bus and flight

Trip Highlights

  • Fascinating flight to Pokhara from Kathmandu with mountain views
  • Scenic drive to Nayapul through the Prithivi Highway
  • View of Annapurna Massif
  • Sunrise view and mountain views from Poon Hill
  • Close interaction with ethnic group of Magar and Gurung
  • Annapurna Base camp, the hidden treasure
  • Walking through river gorge betwen 2 mountains peaks of Hiuchuli and Machhapuchare

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek (Annapurna Base Camp Trek) is an ideal trek best called as a classic walk right into the heart of the Annapurna mountains and our gentle walk start from lowland to the outstanding high mountains with breathtaking view of the Annapurna Himalaya ranges. The walk ends at Annapurna Base camp, which is at an altitude of over 4000 meters, where you are virtually surrounded by soaring Himalayan peaks of Annapurna which are over 7000 meters. Once we reach at Chhomorung, we walk through the gorge of between the 2 peaks of Hiunchuli and Machapuchare following the Modi Khola River. Once this trek was a real expedition into an uninhabited wilderness area!

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek (also known as Annapurna Base Camp trek) involves several ascents and descents but not so hard to attempt as there are several alternative routes to the sanctuary, all meeting at Chhomorong.

This trek provides an excellent opportunity to experience the fascinating glimpse of rich culture, typical Nepalese lifestyle and ultimate thrill of trekking in the Himalayas at the high elevation.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu)

Day 02 : Fly to Pokhara to commence the trek

Day 03 : Trek to Ghorepani

Day 04 : Hiking to Poonhill - back to Ghorepani, and trek to Tadapani.

Day 05 : Trek to Chhomorung

Day 06 : Trek to Dovan

Day 07 : Trek to Deurali

Day 08 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (Annapurna Sanctuary)

Day 09 : Explore the hidden Valley in the morning and track back to Dovan.

Day 10 : Trek to Jhinu Danda

Day 11 : Trek to Pothana via Landruk

Day 12 : Trek to Phedi and drive to Pokhara

Day 13 : Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 14 : In Kathmandu

Day 15 : Departure

Cost Include

  • Pickup & drop-off by car / Van as per the program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara inclusive of breakfast (2-3 star hotel).
  • Twin sharing accommodation at guest houses during the trek, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • 1 highly experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 members), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance (We have insured our staffs by Neco Insurance Company Nepal).
  • Surface Transfer by private car.
  • Permits of Annapurna Conservation and TIMS
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Government tax (13%)
  • Office service charge

Cost Exclude

  • Any meals other than breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance (it is mandatory, that you need to provide us a copy of your insurance before trek embarkation)
  • International air fare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu (please remember to carry 2 passport size photos)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call,
  • internet.
  • Trekking Equipments (please bring 4 seasons sleeping bag)

Day 01Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu)you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 02Fly to Pokhara to commence the trekDrive to airport to board 25 minutes amazing flight to Pokhara and an hour drive to Nayapul (trek starting place), we then begin trek to Tikhedhunga After having early morning breakfast at your hotel in Kathmandu, we drive to Nayapul (the trek starting place) via Pokhara, 6 hours scenic drive from Kathmandu. After reaching Nayapul, our trek starts! After 15 minutes short walk along the bank of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1065m) a large village that has many shops & teahouses. From there, the trail continues through the village. The trail follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. From there, the trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1495m & after the short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1525m. This trek offers a short & relatively easy day, during journey & allows us to become used to the experience of trekking in Nepal. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 03Trek to GhorepaniLeaving Tikhedunga, we begin our journey with steep climb to Ulleri. Ulleri is a large Magar village at 2070m. Then the trail continues to ascend more gently, through fine forests of oak & rhododendron towards Banthanti at 2250m. Then we make our trek towards Nangethanti at 2460m. After an hour gentle walk from Nangethanti, we will reach at Ghorepani at 2775m. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 04Hiking to Poonhill - back to Ghorepani, and trek to Tadapani.This morning, we will get up early in the morning, and go for hiking to Poon Hill. From here we will see superb view of sunrise, and panoramic view of Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Fishtail, and many more. After excursion to Poon Hill, we will go back to our hotel; take a hot breakfast, and continue walking to Tadapani. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 05Trek to Chhomorung Trek to Chhomorung

Day 06Trek to Dovan Today the trail drops down to the Chhomorung Khola & again we continue climbing to Khudighar at 2380m where there is an ACAP Check post, and continuous walking to Dovan. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 07Trek to DeuraliThe day begins with the climb through bamboo, then rhododendron forests to Dovan, Himalayan Hotel and on to Hinko at 3020m. The accommodation will be in Deurali, on the ridge above Hinko & is the stretch of trail that is most subject to avalanche. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 08Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (Annapurna Sanctuary)Today the trail climbs on past the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted) to the Annapurna Base Camp. Since it is totally surrounded by mountains, this area is known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. We can either end the day at Machhapuchhare Base Camp or trek two hours on to Annapurna Base Camp. There, we will view the mountain scenery which is even more spectacular. Overnight at Guest House, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 09Explore the hidden Valley in the morning and track back to Dovan.Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 10Trek to Jhinu Danda Jhinu Danda is situated just above the Modi river. The place is famous for its natural hot spring, which lies in the bank of Modi river just 15 minutes down hill walk from our guest house. After our weeks walk, we will take a relax at hot spring. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 11Trek to Pothana via LandrukOn this day, we will enjoy the views of waterfalls, landscapes, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and many more. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 12Trek to Phedi and drive to PokharaEarly morning we can enjoy the view of Sunrise, Annapurna South, Himchuli, Machhapurchre & the countryside. After breakfast, we take a 2 hours easy downhill walk to Phedi where the road links to Pokhara. It is simply half an hour drive to Pokhara from Phedi. Afternoon relaxing or shopping on your own in Pokhara. Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 13Drive back to KathmanduAfter having breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu on private car. It is a fascinating drive of 5 - 6 hours (200 k.m) by following the Marshyangdi and Trisuli river. Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 14In KathmanduRelaxing day in Kathmandu or shopping or day tour can be arranged (in additional cost).

Day 15DepartureWe will arrange airport transfer 3 hours prior to your departure time. Farewell!

Trip Map

Please bring:

  • Please bring all winter clothes including sleeping bag and jacket.

When is the best time for this trek? Considerable months for this trek are in Spring (March through May) and Autumn (October - November).

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