Annapurna Sanctuary Trek


Overview

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is a vast awe-inspiring amphitheater, surrounded by a multitude of snow packed Himalayan peaks. Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a wonderful classic hike through the Annapurna Conservation Area, right into the heart of the mountains and your gentle walk start from lowland to the wonderful high mountains with a breathtaking view of the Himalayas and the Glaciers. It is one of the most beautiful treks passing through the diverse ethnic group's culture and verity vegetation forest and wildlife. Whilst Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) itself lies at 4,130 m, the hike into the Sanctuary arrives first at the lower 3,720 m Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC) giving spectacular views from rice terrain to glacial moraines and outstanding high mountains. The Annapurna Circuit trail takes you through an ever-changing landscape of rice fields, misty forests, and tiny villages. Starting out at Nayapul, we encounter sub-tropical heat, pretty villages, neatly terraced rice fields, and colorful Rhododendron forest. The panorama of prominent Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri peaks from the vantage Poon Hill viewpoint [3190m] above Ghorepani are the most spectacular mountain escapes on Earth. The Ghorepani Hill point mesmerizes with a heavenly view of sunrise and golden color views of Annapurna ranges. We retrace back to Ghorepani and follow route Tadapani – Chomrong. Above Deorali, the valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary. Machhapuchhre Base Camp is another heavenly trail with stupendous mountain views including Hiuchhuli, Gangapurna, and the ever-changing Machhapuchhre, whose sheer triangular face takes on yet another aspect here. The trail finally stumbles across moraines and reaches the world of ice and snow Annapurna Sanctuary from where you will see incredible 360-degree views of the Annapurna ranges and above the massive Annapurna glacier, some distances of the Annapurna Base Camp (4130m). Collecting lifetime experience, we retrace from Annapurna Base camp to Chomrong then trek to the Jhinu where is the natural hot spring and catches easily walking to Phedi.


Details Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu.

Our office staff will come to pick up and lead you up to the hotel. You will have a welcome and refreshment drinks upon your arrival. Evening time will be bringing about the trek evening dinner greeting with Nepali culture programmes. O/n at Hotel in Kathmandu.O/N in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Kathmandu City Tour.

After breakfast, you will have your sightseeing programme. Your sightseeing package will include Swayambhunath(monkey temple),  Boudhanath, KTH  Durbar Square, Boudhanath afternoon briefing about the ongoing trek and arrangements will be made accordingly. O/N at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara.

You have breakfast being of the early morning before 7:00 AM. This morning you will be driven to Pokhara (200km), depart 7:00 AM in the morning, approximately 7hrs away by tourist bus. Lunch spot on the way to Pokhara. You will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara approximately 2:00 O?clock. Pokhara lakeside villages sit, "front row center" to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. O/N stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04: Pokhara - Tikhe Dhunga (1491m).

After breakfast approx.7:30 AM drive to Nayapul (42km) 1.5 hr by Car via the large village of Lumle and walk about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudami where you have Lunch. After lunch climbs steadily up the side of the valley, reaching Hile at 1495m nearby Tirekhedhunga. Along the way, various hamlets offer ample camping possibilities but if Ghorepani is the objective for the next day it is better to push on to Tikhe Dhunga. O/N at a guesthouse in Tirkhedhunga.

Day 05: Tikhe Dhunga - Ghorepani (2855m).

Breakfast will be served at 7:00 AM in the morning. From Tirkhedhunga, the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge near the campsite at Tirkhedhunga. The trail ascends a steep stone staircase to the large Magar village Ulleri at 2070m. Above the village where the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There are magnificent more pleasantly through rhododendron and oak forest. There is a hut with water and a small campsite about 1 hr. above Ulleri. The trail crosses two sparkling clear two streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti. Your lunch spot in Nangethanti. That is a Nepali word meaning "rest house" "Dharmasala". In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangethanti about one hours trek, climb to Ghorepani at 2850m. Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass and camp there. O/N in Ghorepani.

Day 06: Ghorepani - PooHill- Ghorepani.

Being of the early morning 5:30 AM wake up and start to your journey to climb to Poon Hill (3195m) around 1 hr. to provides better unobstructed views and sunrise over the high Himalayas. You can see a lots of white mountain peaks from Poon Hill. After sunrise, you?ll, return to our camp and time for breakfast. Ghorepani means "horse water" and it is no doubt a welcome watering stop for the teams of horses, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom. O/N in Ghorepani.

Day 07: Ghorepani - Tadapani.

From Ghorepani, the trail climbs south on a muddy path through the deep forests. It finally emerges on a grassy knoil which offers good mountain views, is including views of Machhapuchhare (not visible from Grohrepani pass). Climbing along the ridge in pine and rhododendron forests to a top 3030 metres then descend to at a second pass also called Deurali, at 2960 metres. The trails a ridge hides the mountains as makes a steep, sometimes treacherous, descent on a narrow path alongside the stream, as the descent continues. The stream has some clear pools alongside the trail and finally becomes a series waterfalls over a jumble of boulders. The steep descent becomes a more gentle way to reaches Banthanti and stop for Lunch approx.: 1 hour. From Banthanti, the trail follow the stream down to a bridge where the trails start climbing, leaving the moist high mountain forests and entering a field of cane, making some ups and downs past to a vantage point "Tadapani (2540 metres) that offers a brief view of the mountains. Tadapani means "far water". The village water supply is a long distance, it takes porters more than half an hour to fetch a load of water. O/N at hotel in Tadapani.

Day 08: Tadapani - Chhomrung.

Breakfast served 7:30 AM. From Tadapani, the trails Dropping down rhododendron, oak forestes, one the way offers good views of white mountains trails to Chhomrung. It takes approx. 4 and ? an hours trek. Our lunch and dinner spot in Chhomrung. Chhomrung is a Gurung Village has evolved into two sprate parts. This is the highest permanent settlement in the valley. There is a tremendous view of Annapurna South, which seems to tower above the village, and there are good views of Machhapuchhare (Machha "fish" and puchhare "tail") across the valley.

Day 09: Chhomrung - Dovan.

Breakfast served in the morning. Start your journey to Dovan apporximately 8:00 AM. From Chhomrung the trail descends on a stone staircase and cross the Chhomrung khola. Climbing high above the Modi Khola on its west banks, the trails passes through a forest of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail you reach at Sinuwa, 2250 metres. The trails continues rhododendrons forest, climb Kuldi. From Kuldi, the trails descends a long steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests, then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo and time for Lunch. From Bamboo, the trail climbs steeply through stands of bamboo, occasionally dropping slightly to cross the tributary streams, its take aproximately 1 hours to Dovan.

Day 10: Dovan - Annapurna Base Camp.

From Dovan the trail is muddy and high above the river, but is no problem, for those who suffer vertigo, because thick stands of the bamboo block the view of the rushing river and waterfall, then crosses a landslide and another avalanche track, to the Himalaya Hotel at 2680 metres. From Himalaya Hotel is about 1 hour walk first on a path referred to above for about 1 and 1/2 an hour and then climb on to the lateral moraine and down the other side on to the glacier. Walking up the bed of the glacier is safe and quite easy and the British Expedition Base Camp is reached after another 1 and ? an hr. Base Camp is at 4, 237 m. The trip is best done from the lower camp, carrying only lunch, and the best views are probably obtained from to the north. O/N in Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp -Bamboo.

Being of the early morning wake up and climb to view point spot where you can see the sunrise over the mountains. You?ll also visit near by ABC. The track remains on the west bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more open valley and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight ahead is the high lateral moraine. After the sunrise trip, return to our camp and time for breakfast. After breakfast, you'll return the same way to Bamboo. O/N at a guesthouse in Bamboo.

Day 12: Bamboo- Chhomrung.

From Bamboo, the trail short distance is muddy, then descends a long steep stone staircase in to uphill through the Bamboo, the bamboo and rhododendrons forest to Kuldi, 2300 metres. The trail continue in rhododendrons forests down to Sinuwa, 2250 metres. Your lunch spot in Sinuwa. After lunch trek to Chhomrung. From Sinuwa the trail is down hill till Modi Khola. After passes the river, the trail climb steep way approx. an hour Chhomrung. O/N at a guesthouse in Chhomrung.

Day 13: Chomrung - Landrung.

From Chhomrung the trail follow the down hill to Hot Spring through the village, terraced fields. The trails is very easy after Hot Spring till Nayapul where we've lunch. After luch cross the New Bridge and climbs to Landrung . O/N at a guesthouse in Landrung.

Day 14: Landrung- Dhampus.

From Landrung, It's an easy walk past fields, a school and some unusual ovalshaped houses and descends to Tolka a small settlement at 1710 metres, with several lodges along the trails. The trail emerges into the main Modi Khola Valley. The trails climb through forests alive with birds, fern and orchids in to a huge side canyon of the Modi Khola. After crossing a stream on a suspension bridge at 1690 metres, the trails climbs Bichok (also known as Bheri Kharka). The trails climbs through forests to a clearing on the top of the hill at 2010 metres, where there are views of mountains can be see from Deurali and break 1 hour for lunch. From Deurali all way is downhill to Dhampus at 1580 metres. It takes approx. 2 and ? an hour. The trails down through Pothana pass a police cheek post. At Dhampus, you are rewards with great views of the mountains that continue to improve as you ascend along the ridge. 

Day 15: Dhampus- Pokhara.

From Dhampus, all the way walk downhill through the village to Phedi. Starting at an elevation of 1580 metres, in a village and then forests that is so overgrazed that looks like a manicured municipal park, the trail decends down steeply to the ridge at Phedi at 1080mtres. It takes approx: 2 hours, catch any vehicles and drive to Pokhara. After Lunch, you are free as your own in Pokhara. O/N at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 16: Pokhara  City Tour.

After breakfast, you have a sightseeing around Pokhara valley. You're free in Pokhara Valley also called "Magic Land" or Dreamland" of Nepal, to explore the various interesting place like a boating in Fewa lake over looking the region of Annapurna Areas, David Falls, Mahendra Cave and some Temples. Enjoy the free time.O/n at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 17: Pokhara - Kathmandu.

After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Along the way, you can enjoy with good scenery views. You'll arrive at Kathmandu around 2:00 PM. Rest of the day you can keep yourself busy in shopping and walking around.

Day 18: Departure.

Our office staff will come to escort you from the hotel to the airpot for your onward journey to your hometown. Wishing you a safe and happy journey back to your home.


Cost Details

  • All airport/hotel transfers.
  • Three nights 3- 4-star hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night 2-3 star hotel in Pokhara (Both on B&B basis).
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees.
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek.
  • Transportation: Pokhara to Kathmandu in Tourist Bus and all other transport such as Kathmandu to Khudi via Besishahar and pickups and drops in a private car.
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging.
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, Trekking permit).
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs ).
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • 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 mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • International and domestic flights (Pokhara to Kathmandu-$102).
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc).
  • Tips for guides and porters.

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.
  • Trip Level
    Easy
  • Destination
    Nepal
  • Duration
    18 Days