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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

14 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Annapurna base camp and famous hill station (Poonhill)
  • Panoramic views of mountain range
  • An ideal place to Chill-Pokhara
  • Traditional villages and beautiful landscapes

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate grade trek in the inner Annapurna region of Nepal that takes you to the southern base camp of the world’s 10th highest mountain with a side visit to Annapurna Poonhill. Therefore; Look through the amazing sunrise on the south face of Annapurna I from Base Camp and marvel at the wonderful and pleasant differences between Nepal’s climate zones, its rich wildlife and sublime landscapes. Visit the famous Himalaya viewpoint, Poonhill (3210m) and the south base camp of Mt. Annapurna (4,130m) in a single itinerary…

This venture takes us north of sizzling Pokhara, a great trek into Himalayan journeys of a unique kind as you enter into the inner chambers of the legendary Annapurna. Hereabouts, massive mountains such as 8,000 meters, Annapurna 1, Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhre, surround the original geographic amphitheatre known as the Sanctuary of the Annapurna, a feast for the eyes that beholds nature at its zenith. Therefore ‘the blending of this outing into the sanctuary with a visit to the classic Himalaya viewpoint of Poon Hill is the jackpot of a dream vacation; this trek is a wonderful combo that provides us with two weeks of some quaint walks into the great Himalayas of Nepal, at its best.

We experience sub-tropical forest swarming with interesting wildlife, lovely villages with trimly terraced rice fields, and pleasurable ridge hiking accompanied by stunning Himalayan vistas that leave us panting for breath. Strolling through the ‘gates’ of the Sanctuary, we culminate into a haven of ice and snow that finds us enclosed by huge Himalayan peaks which leave us gaping awestruck, then return to the evolution of nature as we hike by the plummeting Modi Khola (river), through a portrait-perfect countryside of overlapping hills dotted with villages of clean colourful houses and flower beds, surrounded by terraced fields. And, we head back to the city of lakes – Pokhara.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu (1,350m) and transfer to Hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Pokhara (827m) from Kathmandu & explore
Day 3: Drive to Nayapul from Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2,050m), 5-6 hours
Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m), from Ulleri 5-6 hours
Day 5: Hike to Poonhill (3,210m) and trek to Tadapani (2,700m), 6-7 hours
Day 6: Trek to Chomrong (2,170m) from Tadapani 5-6 hours
Day 7: Trek to Dovan (2,580m) from Chomrong 6-7 hours
Day 8: Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m), 4-5 hours
Day 9: Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) and trek back to Deurali, 7-8 hours
Day 10: Trek to Bamboo Hotel (2,310m) from Deurali 5-6 hours
Day 11: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,760m) from Bamboo 5-6 hours
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul from Jhinu Danda and drive to Pokhara (827m)
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6-7 hrs
Day 14: Drop at the airport for the final departure

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Trekking Seasons in Nepal!

There are 4 distinct seasons in Nepal and trekking in each season has its own advantages and disadvantages. So check our page for trekking seasons. And please contact us for the month, date and duration to match your trip.

Trip Info

We would like to provide some information that will help you with each of your considerations. Please read below for the more information.

  • The cost of the trip always depends on the size of the group and the client's desire (budget)
  • The itinerary included above is a guideline that AlpineTrav Treks provides you with advice and suggestions.
  • Additional activities could be either added or reduced as per client's request before the confirmation of the trip.
  • The price shall be adjusted in our mutual understanding; if the client intends to add some services, we shall charge for those additional services, if intends to lessen some services, we shall wave the charges accordingly.
  • The itinerary is published in full board operation services for a clear understanding of the client. But, required for Trekking cost depends on porter request or exclusion too.
  • The above offer price is full board standard format of itineraries which are all inclusive. But, the cost depends also on request category hotel accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Please feel free to contact with us for any information about your selected package.

Detail Itinerary

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggages in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Please look out for a placard of your name at the exit of arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek leader will brief you about your trip.

After breakfast, we take a twenty minute flight from Kathmandu Airport to Pokhara. During the flight, the views from your window seat give you a breathtaking view of the majestic Manaslu and snow-capped Annapurna mountains. We arrive at our hotel, refreshed and familiar with our surroundings. We can go for a walk down Phewa Lake and do some boating. We could also visit David’s fall and visit the peace stupa. The city of lakes – Pokhara is a wonderful city to explore around.

Today we drive to Nayapul to start our trek. From Nayapul we follow the south bank of the river. After several hours we will pass through sub-tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After lunch, we cross the Modi Khola stream via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga. We trek further along the trail quite steep at times. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon for overnight.

Today, we will make our ascent to the Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means a place with a water trough for resting weary horses owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker's stop, too, for a breather. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and handicrafts. The town has two parts: one in a saddle like shape and the other a few hundred feet lower. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to get the first feelings of the chilly weather down here, especially in the evening times.

Today is a special day because we surmount Poon Hill- an icon of the Annapurna region. We climb the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210m). The efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views of Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and the Annapurnas. After taking photos and we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forest, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani.

After breakfast we will hike steeply down to the river, crossing via another airy suspension bridge. The next couple of hours see us contour though the landscape before we reach the steep section of steps that bring us to Chomrong where we stop for lunch. From here, the true splendor of the mountains can be seen, with full views of Machhapucchre, Hinchuli and Annapurna South. From Bhanuwa, it is a steep descent, largely on steps, to the valley bottom.

We head out of Chhomrong along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high steppes and wooded slopes of the Himalayas. We cross the suspension bridge & then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick & dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then the track passes through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Dovan for our night stop.

Today we start our trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC). The day starts with a gentle gradual ascending following the trail above the river through a thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the canyon. The trail climbs gently through a river bed and then it rises steeply over the mountain side. There are also avalanche prone areas at some points on the trail. After about half an hour walk from Deurali, we will find ourselves in the middle of a river bed surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. When the sun rises, the snow on the mountains glitter and the river valley is filled with warm sun rays. The hike to MBC is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding views of the majestic Machhapuchre are certainly a rewarding experience.

On the way to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchre Base camp, the vegetation disappears. Due to drastic change in weather patterns, we see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the sanctuary, follows a stream, and then climbs to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the panorama of 360 degrees. The Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and other peaks brings a wonderful climax of our trip which almost ends today. When this is done, we head down by strolling back to Deurali through a quiet well marked trail.

We wake up with the birds at Deurali and savor the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. Today, we start descending from Deurali, heading downhill, mostly negotiating stone steps as we descend to the Chomrong Khola. What goes down must go up again, however and, having crossed this side stream, we continue our steady ascent of the Modi Khola Valley and the ‘hill top’ at Sinuwa village. There are terrific views here of the Annapurnas and Machhapuchhre and this makes the perfect spot for lunch. After lunch we continue through the forest (with chance of spotting troops of langur monkeys that live here) mostly following the contour and then making a final descent to the collection of lodges known as Bamboo and finally to Bamboo hotel. Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up.

From Bamboo we trek back to Sinuwa and then descend to Lower Chomrong. We then ascend on the thousand stony steps which takes us to Upper Chomrong. From Chomrong we take a different route and instead of going to Ghandruk, we descend to the pretty village of Jhinu Danda. We get an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs that is situated just a 20-min walk away from Jhinu Danda. Taking a dip in these hot springs is pretty good for health. Overnight at here.

We trek from Jhinu danda to Nayapul. After lunch we trek to Sayali bazaar and then down to Birethanti. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour trek takes us to Naya Pul. The trek ends at Naya Pul. From NayaPul we take a vehicle and reach Pokhara in about an hour. We might enjoy the prospects of visiting some more places around Pokhara until evening or just chill out at some restaurant near the lake.

Today we will drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We grab seats on the left aisle of the tourist bus for the best views of the rivers along the highway because it’s our last time we’ll probably see them. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we get transferred to our hotel; and we spend the day at our own leisure.

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. You will be assisted in your last-minute preparation. Our staff representative will help you pack your luggage, drop you off at the international airport. And we wish you a safe flight. Likewise we hope to see you soon again!

Services we offer in a package:

Cost Inclusion

  • AlpineTrav Treks provides pick-up and drop services from international and domestic airports on your arrivals and departures.
  • Representative of AlpineTrav Treks will be waiting for you on arrived at international and domestic airports with a your name's placard so that you can easily find our person. And you will be transferred to the hotel.
  • According to the above trekking package schedule, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will arrange two nights accommodations in Kathmandu and two nights hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
  • AlpineTrav Treks will provide Experienced and government authorized (licensed holder) high altitude trekking guide during the trekking period.
  • AlpineTrav Treks also provides an assistant guide on a group basis to assist members in trekking. (necessary)
  • According to the trip program, AlpineTrav Treks arranged flight tickets from Kathmandu to Pokhara for trekking members.
  • Transportation will be provide during the trekking and major city for members as per the itinerary.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions will provide you with a clean and cozy teahouse/lodge to stay in and eat during the trekking.
  • Most of the trekking trail, lunch is done on the way between the starting and ending the day of hiking while dinner and breakfast at the teahouse/lodge where you have overnight stay. AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides a fresh breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/coffee at the tea house's menu throughout the trekking. (clean, Nutritious, and fresh food)
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions allow up to 15kg of personal trekking equipment per person during the trekking period carried by porters or mules.
  • As Annapurna Sanctuary is at the Annapurna conservation territory, AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide you a permit for Annapurna conservation.
  • The Trekkers' Information Management Systems permit issued by the trekking agency association of Nepal is necessary to enter the area of Annapurna Conservation, so AlpineTrav Treks provide you a TIMS permit too.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provides all wages, equipment, and insurance for elaborate trekking staff.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions provide first aid medical kits for the group and the staff, taking care of your trekking and health safety.
  • AlpineTrav Treks for members convenience always provide maps of related trekking.
  • The above offer price includes our service charges, government charges, and all taxes and vat. Except for the above amount, there are not any hidden costs charged by us.
  • We want to offer you to have dinner with us before you departed from Kathmandu. It will be an opportunity for you to see and learn about Nepali culture and tradition.
  • AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions offer you farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant in Kathmandu before departure.

Cost Exclusion

  • Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal and Pokhara is also the second city of Nepal. Since this city's offers high quality and delicious food from different countries and groups, we were hoping you could taste the meals you like. For that reason, during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will have to arrange lunch and dinner (except the farewell dinner).
  • Suppose you want to take any packed food, snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, and carbonated soft drinks, any types of alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, and nutria-bars during the trek. In that case, you have to buy it yourself.
  • Expenses incurred towards usage of Items of personal trekking equipment, laundry expenses, tips, Landlines, mobiles, satellite phones, and the internet service exclude in the package.
  • Trekking is an adventurous activity that always takes place in remote areas. So, safety is the primary factor for us. Therefore, you have to have your travel insurance covering the cost of emergency rescue, medical treatment, medical tests, and hospitalization before you arrive for the trip to Nepal.
  • The package cost offered above does not include your international flight ticket and Nepal's tourist visa, so that you have to pay for your international flight ticket and tourist visa yourself.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural disasters, landslides, political disturbances, changes in government regulations exclude.
  • The short sentence, "The services we provide in the above package cost inclusive," will cost extra if you want more than additional services you have to pay extra.
  • Those Employees who are involved in your trekking are hoping for tips, gifts, or something at the end of the trip, which is an opportunity to say how happy you are with our staff and what kind of service you have rendered.
  • Your guide and porters will expect the tips according to the international system in the trekking package for your information.

Equipment List

The gear listed below is recommended. We encourage you to get all the equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu as they are available in the many trekking shops.

— Sun hat or scarf
— Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
— Sunglasses
— Head Torch
— Suncream (40+) and Lip Balms

Upper Body:
— Cotton t-shirts and thermals
— Fleece jacket
— Waterproof jacket
— Down jacket

Lower Body:
— Lightweight cotton pants (long)
— Waterproof pants
— Inner thermals

— Thin inner socks (3 pairs)
— Thick, warm wool hiking socks
— Comfortable hiking boots
— Shower sandals

— Gloves (Cotton and Waterproof)
— Creams
— Sanitizer

— Sleeping bag rated to -10°C +
— Trekking bag (Rucksack)
— Duffel bag
— Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
— Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
— Water bottle or camel bag
— Toiletries and Tissue Papers

First Aid Kits:
— Personal Regular Medicines
— Knee Caps
— Bandages
— Ointments
— Blister Tape

— Medicines: We recommend you bring your regular medicines; we will provide a first aid kit from our side.
— Light-weighted Towel
— Swiss Knife
— Passport and extra passport photos
— Water Purifying Iodine Tablets, Drop or Sterilizer

— Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
— 2 copies of passport-size photos (For sim card and travel purposes)
— Credit cards in case of emergencies
— Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport
— Flight tickets
— Travel Insurance
(Please carry the photocopy of all the documents along with you and leave a copy to next of kin)

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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
From $1,295.00
/ Per person

Trip Facts

  • 13 nights, 14 days
  • Moderate
  • 4,130m/13,550feet
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Flight/ Jeep/ Bus
  • Teahouse/Lodges
  • Min 1 - Max 12

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