Annapurna sanctuary Trek

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Trip Overview


The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a breathtaking adventure that takes you deep into the heart of the Annapurna mountain range in Nepal. This trek is a popular choice for nature enthusiasts and avid hikers due to its stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and rich cultural heritage. The journey begins in the charming town of Pokhara, where you will also embark on a scenic drive to Nayapul, the starting point of the trek. The trail meanders through lush green valleys, terraced fields, and quaint traditional villages, offering glimpses of local life and culture. You'll pass through bamboo forests and rhododendron-filled woodlands, accompanied by the soothing sound of gushing rivers and cascading waterfalls. As you ascend higher, the panoramic views become more awe-inspiring. Towering peaks, including the majestic Annapurna I (8,091m) and Machapuchare (6,993m), surround you, creating a surreal setting. The trek leads you to the Annapurna Base Camp, nestled at an altitude of 4,130 meters, right at the base of the magnificent peaks. Standing there, you'll also get surroundings of a natural amphitheater of snow-capped mountains, an experience that leaves an indelible mark on your soul. Throughout the trek, you'll have the opportunity to interact with friendly locals, known for their warm hospitality. You can also immerse yourself in their vibrant culture, observe traditional farming practices, and savor authentic Nepalese cuisine. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate to challenging trek, suitable for both seasoned trekkers and those with prior hiking experience. It typically takes around 10 to 14 days to complete, depending on the chosen itinerary and your pace. It's essential to be physically fit and adequately prepared for the changing weather conditions and altitude challenges.

Conclusion and Summary

In conclusion, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that combines breathtaking natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a sense of accomplishment. It offers an incredible opportunity to explore the Himalayas, witness stunning vistas, and create lasting memories amidst the splendor of Nepal's Annapurna region.

Trip Highlights

  • Step into the Annapurna Sanctuary – a sacred glacial basin surrounded by Himalayan peaks
  • Visit Poon Hill, the most popular viewpoint in the Annapurna Region
  • Walk past mountain settlements of Gurung and Magar ethnic communities during your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
  • Trek through one of the largest rhododendron forests in the world
  • Take a dip in the mineral-rich waters of Jhinu hot springs
  • Visit Annapurna Conservation Area- Conservation Area in Annapurna Region
  • Explore Wildlife Beauty
  • Sightseeing of Many Himalayan Peaks like Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Soom
  • Rich Cultural Heritage and Beauty of Pokhara Valley


Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m)- Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation

Kathmandu is set in a deep valley surrounded by rolling green hills. A mix of old and new, the city is filled with historic localities dating back to medieval times and new urban structures. Once you land at the airport, our representative will meet you at the airport terminal. Drive to the hotel and check-in. Later there will be a pre-trek briefing by your trek leader.

During the briefing, your trek leader will apprise you in detail about the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek itinerary, the trail’s condition, and what to expect during the trek. Put forward your queries if you have any. Check your gear, and if you have missed out on any items, you can hire or buy from any of the shops in Thamel. A popular tourist hub, Thamel has a range of shops that sells and rents out trekking gear. Ask your trek leader for suggestions. To recover from jet lag and attend the pre-trek briefing, please schedule your arrival to Nepal in the morning or during the daytime.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Fly to Pokhara (800m) and Then Drive to Hile and Trek to Ulleri (1970m)- 25min Flight, 2hrs 30min Drive (3-4hrs, 4km trek)

Wake up early and have breakfast. Later on, you will be driven to the airport to catch your flight to Pokhara. Enjoy mesmerizing views of Annapurna mountains, Langtang range, Dhaulagiri from aboard the plane. Once you reach Pokhara, you board a private vehicle and drive to Hile. The drive takes you past the verdant countryside and traditional farms.

After reaching Hile, you carry your daypack and start your trek. The trail goes past the ecologically rich Annapurna Conservation Area. Walk through traditional Gurung and Magar villages and climb up a flight of stone steps from Tikhedhunga. It is an uphill climb to Ulleri. It is one of the toughest days of your trek as you climb more than 3,000 steps! Find solace in the thought that every step brings you closer to Annapurna Sanctuary, your destination. Once you arrive in Ulleri, head straight to a teahouse and rest your aching limbs. Men from this village usually join the British or the Indian army. The world knows them as the fearless ‘Gurkha’ soldiers.

Overnight in Ulleri.

Day 03: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2874m) (4-5hrs, 9km trek)

Compared to yesterday’s arduous ascent, today’s hike is easy. The trail goes through one of the biggest rhododendron forests in the world. Trekkers who have been through this route in spring describe this part of the trail as ‘a walk through paradise’. Red and pink rhododendron blooms cover the trail making it seem like you are walking through an enchanted forest.

Get your permits checked at the checkpoint and walk through the arched gateway welcoming visitors to Ghorepani. The village of Ghorepani (literal translation ‘Horse Water’), which has a large Magar (an ethnic community) population, is a popular stop for trekkers visiting Poon Hill.  In the olden days, the place was a watering hole for horses and mule packs of caravans making their way to Tibet.

Overnight in Ghorepani.

Day 04: Hike to Poon Hill before Sunrise (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2600m) (5-6hrs, 9.5km Trek)

Wake up early and head to Poon Hill, one of the most popular viewpoints in Nepal. About an hour’s hike brings you to the top of the hill. This vantage point was named ‘Poon Hill’ by Tek Bahadur Poon, a retired major who served in the British Army. Watch dawn breaking over the snowy ridges of the Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Gangapurna, and Dhaulagiri. Take selfies and click as many pictures as you can.

Later descend to Ghorepani and head to Tadapani. Take an upward trail through a dense forest of rhododendron and pine. After reaching Deurali Pass, make a descent to Tadapani. Once you reach the village, head to a teahouse and take a rest.

Overnight in Tadapani.

Day 05: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m) (5-6hrs, 10km trek)

From Tadapani, head to Chhomrong, a Gurung village offering close-up views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak). The trail to Chhomrong goes via a thick rhododendron forest. Take a descent enjoying views of the hillside settlements on the Modi Khola Valley and the Annapurna Himal.

Cross the bridge at Kimrong Khola and ascend the Modi Khola Valley. Follow a trail carved on the side of the mountain till you reach Chhomrong. From the village, savor views of deep gorges and the Himalayan peaks. Head to a teahouse and take a rest.

Overnight in Chhomrong.

Day 06: Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m) (5-6hrs, 7km Trek)

The near-vertical view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) from Chhomrong heightens your excitement. Each step takes you closer to these mountains, and soon you will be standing at the foot of these snowy giants.

Today’s destination is Bamboo, a rest stop for trekkers and travelers with few teahouses. You cross the Chhomrong Khola and take the trail winding high up the Modi Khola. The path goes through thick forests of bamboo and rhododendron. Walk by Khuldighar and climb down a stone staircase to Bamboo. Follow your trek leader to the teahouse where your rooms have been booked.

Overnight in Bamboo

Day 07: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m) (8.5km, 4-5hrs Trek)

Walk through a trail shaded by thickets of bamboo. The canopy of bamboo leaves soon disappears, and you can see the open sky once you reach Himalaya Hotel. As you climb higher, you gain altitude. Walk past Hinku Cave, a spot used by the first Annapurna expedition groups as an overnight camp and supply depot when there were no teahouses along the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking route. The trail drops down to the river and goes up till you arrive at Deurali.

Before reaching Deurali, pass through scenic waterfalls, rocky cliffs, and a forest filled alive with chirping birds and colorful butterflies. Once you arrive at a teahouse in Deurali, get some much-needed rest as you will be heading to Annapurna Base Camp tomorrow

Day 08: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) (4-5hrs, 8km Trek)

Leave Deurali and head down to a stream. Walk on the rocky banks till you reach what looks like a natural gateway. The trail cuts right through the middle of gigantic mountains. When you see the icy Annapurna Massif and Machhapuchhre staring down at you, you feel as if you are entering a divine place. Step on the Machhapuchhre Base Camp situated at the foot of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak), a sacred peak of the Gurungs. Climbing on this mountain is not allowed as the locals believe it is the abode of gods. Continue walking to Annapurna Base Camp.

As you approach ABC, you find yourself staring at the icy walls of the Himalayan peaks. You feel a rush of adrenaline as you step on the Annapurna Sanctuary, a glacial basin surrounded by the snowy walls of Annapurna Massif (including Annapurna I, the tenth highest peak in the world), Gangapurna, and Hiunchuli. Take pictures and celebrate with your friends and crew. You have finally made it! Enjoy the glorious sunset before heading to the teahouse. Try stargazing at night if the sky is clear, and you can brave the night chill. The galaxy of the Milky Way is visible from ABC on clear nights.

Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 09: Trek from Annapurna base Camp to Bamboo (2310m) (7-8hrs, 16.5km Trek)

Wake up before dawn to witness the wonderful spectacle of the sun rising over the Annapurna peaks.  After spending some time at the Annapurna Sanctuary head back to the teahouse, gather your things, and get trekking. Take the trail down to Bamboo. It is a long descent. Tread carefully as you descend the stone staircase. Take a well-deserved rest once you arrive at Bamboo.

Overnight in Bamboo.

Day 10: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m) (5-6hrs, 9km Trek)

Today From Bamboo head to Jhinu Danda. The settlement is famous for its hot springs. After reaching the village, take the steps leading down to the river. The hot spring lies beside the river. Soak your tired muscles in the heated pool. Let the mineral-rich waters dissolve your aches and pains after the soothing dip makes your way to a teahouse and celebrate your last day on the trail with your teammates and crew.

Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Day 11: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Matque (1070m) and Drive to Pokhara (800m) (1-2hrs, 3km Trek, 2:30min Drive)

Leave Jhinu Danda and head to Matque. Today’s walk marks the conclusion of your trek. At Matque, board a vehicle and drive to Pokhara.

Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Please note there are no activities planned for today. If you are not too tired, you can stroll around the lakeside and enjoy a boat ride on the serene Phewa Lake on your own. Gaze at the mountains, under whose shadows you had walked for the past week before darkness falls.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 12: Fly Back to Kathmandu from Pokhara (1400m) 25min Flight

Return to Kathmandu by flight. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day as you wish. Rest and relax or go souvenir hunting in Ason Bazaar and Thamel.

Kathmandu city is known for its iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore some of these by booking a guided city tour at an extra cost. Make your last evening memorable with a farewell dinner (complimentary) at a traditional Nepali restaurant. Try out authentic Nepali cuisine and enjoy a cultural program.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Final Departure to International Airport

Our representative will drop you at the airport three hours before your flight’s departure. If you wish to explore more of Nepal, do let us know. Choose from one of our standard itineraries or allow us to customize a tour for you

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • 2 nights accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you
  • 2 Night  Hotel in Pokhara , closed to fewa lake lake side
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking.
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Annapurna Base Camp  trekking map.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag Logo ( Friendship World  Treks ) and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.

Price Excludes

  • Meals yourself Kathmandu (L+D).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.
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