Trip Facts

  • Duration:15 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Trip Profile:Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
  • Geography:Himalayas/Hills/Forests/Glaciers
  • Location:Kaski
  • Max. Altitude:4,130m
  • Religious:Buddhism
  • Ethnic people:Gurung/Magar
  • Accommodation:Hotel/Tea house/Lodge
  • Meals:All meal included during the trekking
  • Transportation:Flight/Tourist bus/Private vehicle
  • Group Size:1-10 Pax

Highlight

  • Drive to very famous and stunning city Pokhara
  • Trek to vantage hills with picturesque views of nature
  • Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Annapurna Conservation Area,
  • Mesmerizing views of the sunrise as seen from Poon Hill
  • Cross through Machhapuchhre Base Camp
  • Journey to the foothills of the majestic Annapurna Range
  • A pleasant journey through attractive settlement decorated  with unique Gurung culture and traditional way of life
     

Overview

Spawning a wide myriad of trekking routes, the Annapurna Region can only be described as a trekker's paradise. One of the most desired trekking destinations throughout the years, the region has been frequented by countless trekkers and adventure-seekers to fulfill their thirst for adventure. 

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is one of the classic trekking routes around the region. It connects an unforgettable Himalayan sunrise as seen from Poon Hill to the Base Camp of Annapurna I (8,091m).

Sanctuary Trek is not only a single destination trek. Instead, it is a whole nature package. Trekking to this region makes you embark on the vegetation change from bottom hill to high Himalaya. Foot trails to the Annapurna area give you to experience culture, tradition, nature, diversity, people and many more. We Himalaya Land Treks are always there to make your journey safe and efficient.

Major Attractions In Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Sightseeing at Kathmandu (City of god)

Kathmandu has a lot to explore within it. Here we try to conclude a valley sightseeing in one day. A single day tour gives a visit to its stunning heritage. Kathmandu is decorated with a treasure of ancient art. At one day stay in this city, you will visit some of the UNESCO world heritage enlisted sites: Swyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Kathmandu Durbar square, etc. 

Each street of Kathmandu is carved with magical art. The unique tradition, culture, art, and food of Kathmandu will always be less to explain in words. A short visit, to this city of god, gives you a heart full of beautiful memories.

City of beauty Pokhara 

We can call it the most beautiful city in Nepal. Nothing can beat the beauty of Pokhara. This city is so rich that leaves people amazed. The fresh air from the Himalayas touches you with love. Those mystic silent lakes turn your stress into peace. Those springs make your heart dance with happiness, small arduous caves take sterilizes your mind and soul.

We begin our Himalayan adventure by heading towards the stunning city of Pokhara. The captivated views of nature start here. Pokhara offers the whole beauty of nature. From silent lakes to nasty springs, from musty caves to busy streets Pokhara makes your heart stay there.

Explore ethnic Gurung community

Before reaching Annapurna sanctuary, you trek through the lush green forests guided by the majestic Himalayas on the horizon, the journey takes us to the picturesque Gurung homestays. Here ancient culture is reflected in the unique way of the villager's lives. Your journey is cherished with the warm welcome of the Gurung community. It is somewhere you get to learn unity and harmony. 

You get to explore many majestic villages covered with enormous harmony and culture. Experiencing the panoramic views of the Himalayan landscape, we pass through various ethnic villages like Bamboo, Pothana, Phedi village, etc. You will also enjoy the pleasantly hot water springs at Jhinu Danda. 

Foot trail to Tikhedhunga

Tikhedhunga is a small village in the northwest of Pokhara. It is famous for being the first-stop place for trekkers in the Annapurna region to stay overnight. Driving towards the trailhead at Nayapul, we begin the journey heading towards the stay of Tikhedhunga for our first night on the go. 

Ghorepani and Poon Hill

Ghorepani and Poon Hill trek (3210 m) is one of the most aesthetically pleasing journeys. The sights of entire forests covered in veritable shades of red, white, and pink foliage simply demand your attention. Ghorepani and poon Hill is a popular destination for trekkers to make their holidays remarkable.

Climbing the heavy staircase over to Ulleri, we will reach Ghorepani. Then we head towards the Himalayan Poon hill. The royal spontaneous beauty of the sun spreading its rays from the horizon in the early morning is what Poon Hill is famous for. And trekkers are just captured by this immense scenario. We also enjoy the remarkable Himalayan panorama of the majestic Annapurna Himalayas. 

Annapurna Base Camp (4130)

Further on, the path crosses the Machhapuchhre Base Camp and the trail then takes us to the Mount Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 4130m. Annapurna Base Camp trek is a paradise trekking destination to most of the trekkers visiting Nepal.

As mentioned earlier Annapurna Sanctuary trek is not a single destination trek it gives you a lot of extra packages of trails throughout the trek. The trail takes you to both Macchapuchre and Annapurna Base Camp. The majestic view from closer, mountain air, picturesque nature is what you take for the rest of your life from this trek.

Best time for 15 Days Annapurna Sanctuary trek

The best time to do the Annapurna Sanctuary trek is pre-monsoon (February- May). Post monsoon period (September – December) is also good to make this trek. Monsoon makes the way slippery and it is quite difficult to trek during monsoon. Therefore, pre-monsoon and post-monsoon will be best to do this trek.

Alternative Route

Besides this trek route if you want to access the trek through different ways and experience equally adventurous short routes then you can go to our other packages through the following link Ghorepani Poon Hill TrekShort Poon Hill sunrise Trek.

 For those who want to experience a more adventurous trek then you can please check our next trek package through the following link Short Annapurna Base Camp trekMardi Himal TrekAnnapurna Panoramic trek with rafting.

We, here at Himalaya Land Treks, have been accompanying trekkers and adventurers for over a decade. Fine-tuning ourselves to meet the needs of our clients, we provide an authentic experience which you are sure to remember for years to come. Himalaya Land Treks also looks to provide you safe and comfortable travel experience. We are so desperate to make your Annapurna Sanctuary trek as most memorable trekking in Nepal.

Itinerary of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft)

Overnight at 3 star Hotel

Touching down at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed by a Himalaya Land Treks’ representative who will guide you directly to the hotel. Freshening up from the day's adventure, you will be further introduced to other members of the staff, including your guides for the trek. Wrapping up the day with a short briefing session on the journey ahead, you are free to head down to the local regions enjoying the pleasant evening.

Day 2: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation

Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast

The first day of our journey and we begin with a scenic tour around the capital city, touring the stunning UNESCO world heritage sites. The journey takes us to the holy temple of Swayambhunath- revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. Enjoying the tranquil atmosphere, we make our way down to another holy site of Pashupatinath. For the cultural side of things, we make our way over to the Kathmandu Durbar Square where traces of ancient way of life can be seen through the medieval architectures. The journey comes to a close at Boudhanath as we enjoy the tranquil environment alongside the views of the sunset

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara (820m/2690ft) 6-7 hours

6-7 hrs
Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast

An early start to the day, we will begin our journey heading over to the valley of Pokhara. Exiting Kathmandu, the journey follows the winding bends of the Prithvi Highway to find the banks of the Trishuli River. Heading past countless vibrant hamlets and picturesque towns, you will reach Pokhara. From here, we make our way directly to the hotel for refreshments before heading to the banks of the Fewa Lake to enjoy the pleasant evening.

Day 4: Drive to Nayapul (1hr 30min) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m/5052ft) 3-4 hours

5 hrs 30 min
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/dinner

The first day of the trek and we begin our journey with a scenic drive headed towards the hilly hamlet of Nayapul located just beyond the scenic Modi Khola. Kicking off our journey with a lovely ascent through the lush green forests, we make our way to Birethanti for a brief rest. Next, we follow the pleasant hilly landscape to Tikhedhunga for our first night on the go.

Day 5: Trek to Ghorepani (2880m/9449ft) 6 hours

6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/dinner

One of the more challenging days of the trip today, we climb over to Ghorepani for the night. The journey begins with a steep ascent as we make our way up the staircase leading to Ulleri. The tiring journey may make them seem like more, but the trek is worth the effort. Past Ulleri the trail ascends further, but this time gently through the stunning lush green forests heading up to Ghorepani.

Day 6: Trek to Poon Hill (3210m/10532ft) and to Tadapani (2620m/8596ft) 6-7 hours

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/dinner

An early start to the day, we begin our journey with a scenic hike to the Himalayan viewpoint of Poon Hill. Spread across the horizon, the majestic peaks of Annapurna South (7,219m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7,555m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Lamjung Himal (6,983m), and Machhapuchhre (6,993m) glisten with the early morning rays of the sun to create a spectacular Himalayan panorama. Enjoying the pleasant Himalayan views, we descend back to Ghorepani before setting off through the lush green forests to reach Tadapani.

Day 7: Trek to Sinuwa (2360m/7743ft) 5-6 hours

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/dinner

Exiting Tadapani, we begin our journey once again following the lush green forests towards Sinuwa for the night. Ascending from Tadapani, the journey takes us over to Jhinu Danda crossing the Modi Khola once again before reaching Chhomrong. A lovely viewpoint to observe the stunning beauty of Machhapuchhre (6,993m), we take some time off at Chhomrong before heading towards Sinuwa.

Day 8: Trek to Deurali (3230m/10597ft) 5-6 hours

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/dinner

Making our way out of Sinuwa, we begin our journey once again ascending through the lush green forests towards Dovan. Enjoying the scenic beauty of the Annapurna Himalayan Range, the trail takes us to upper Dovan where we take some time off to enjoy the pleasant landscapes around us. Picking up where we left off, the journey once again takes us through the pleasantly forested trail to reach the banks of a stream which marks the final stretch of our journey.

Day 9: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13550ft) 4-5 hours

4-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Wrapping up our things at Deurali, we begin our ascending journey through the snowy trail to reach the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m). Amidst the majestic Annapurna range, the mesmerizing Machhapuchhre (6,993m) peak shines- claiming its spot as one of the highest mountains yet to be conquered. Taking some time off at the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (4,130m), we continue our journey towards the Annapurna Base Camp. Trekking for about two hours through the desolate Himalayan landscape, we arrive at the Base Camp located at an altitude of 4,130m.

Day 10: ABC to Bamboo (2300m/7546ft) 6-7 hours

6-7 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

A scenic start to the day blessed with views of the Annapurna Range at sunrise makes the trek more beautiful. We will begin our descending journey heading towards Bamboo for the night. Past the snowy trail, the journey once again leads us to lush green forests adorned with pine and fir trees. A descending journey, the trail today is a pleasant one and takes us to Bamboo which takes its name from the surrounding bamboo trees.

Day 11: Jhinu Danda (1770m/5807ft) 4-5 hours

4-5 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Exiting Bamboo, the trail begins its descending journey heading towards Jhinu Danda for the night. Following the lush green forests south, the trail once again reaches the hamlet of Sinuwa before climbing onto Chhomrong. The final stretch of the journey takes us to Jhinu Danda with the stunning Machhapuchhre (6,993m) to our back. Home to natural hot springs, the hamlet is a lovely place to rest from our long journey. Overnight at Jhinu Danda.

Day 12: Jhinu Danda To Pothana (1890m/6201ft) 5-6 hours

5-6 hrs
Lodge/tea house
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Through the banks of the stunning Modi Khola, we once again begin our journey heading towards Pothana for the night. Following the banks of the Modi River, the trail takes us to the scenic hamlet of Lumle. Taking some time off to enjoy the picturesque Himalayan landscapes, we will begin our descending journey to reach Landruk before setting off for Bhichok. The final stretch of the journey takes us through the lovely forests to reach Pothana.

Day 13: Pothana To Phedi (3hours) and drive to Pokhara (1 hours)

4 hrs
Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

The final day of trekking, the journey descends over to Phedi located alongside the Baglung- Pokhara Highway. The journey is a pleasant one as we descend to the picturesque town of Dhampus, continuing the journey to reach the hamlet of Phedi. Taking the bus from Phedi, the journey takes us through the banks of the Seti Gandaki River to reach the picturesque Pokhara valley.

Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu | Farewell Dinner (6-7 hours)

6-7 hrs
Overnight at 3 star Hotel
Breakfast/Farewell Dinner

With an early start to the day, the journey begins as we make our way out of the Pokhara valley, once again finding the winding bends of the Prithvi Highway. The journey is a pleasant one and takes us along the banks of Rivers, including Seti and Trishuli. Following the Prithvi Highway past the picturesque towns, we will reach the Kathmandu valley, heading directly for the hotel. Later, you will participate in a farewell dinner hosted by the Himalaya Land Treks.

Day 15: Final Departure day

Breakfast

A company representative will drop you back to Tribhuvan International Airport just in time for your flight back home. We hope you had a lovely time with us and we look forward to seeing you again.

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Inclusion

  • Airport picks up and drops off, upon arrival and departure.
  • Pre trek meeting.
  • 3-star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights 
  • Full day city tour in Kathmandu by a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu travel on a deluxe tourist bus. 
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (Annapurna Conservation permit and TIMS ).
  • Trekking equipment: down-filled sleeping bag, walking poles, and a duffel bag.
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Guide and porter salaries, insurance, equipment, transport, food, and lodging.
  • Private transport Pokhara to Nayapul. 
  • Private transport Phedi to Pokhara. 
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice. 
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bar and cookies.
  • Fresh seasonal fruits after dinner.
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water. 
  • Oxi-meter: To check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation to ABC and return
  • All mountain accommodation (Soft, comfort, private room with shared toilet) 
  • 3-star Hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast 
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit
  • All government and local taxes 
  • Souvenir: Himalaya Land treks t-shirt and Trekking Route map 
  • Farewell dinner at one of the finest Nepalese Restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance.

Exclusion

  • Nepal visa (USD 30 for 15 days and USD 50 for 30 days).
  • Your international flight to and from Nepal.
  • Meals in the city except for breakfast and other mentioned special dinner.
  • The cost incurred during the tour around the city.
  • Cost for additional trips.
  • Hot showers, Wi-Fi & battery charging on a trek.
  • Travel insurance (for helicopter evacuation if needed whilst on trekking).
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, internet/e-mail, etc.
  • Bar and beverage bills.
  • Tip for guide, porter, and drivers.

Check List

  • Health Requirement arranged 
  • Money:  Cash/Credit Card 
  • Down Sleeping bag provided by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu 
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea.
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat, Sunhat/bandana,  Scarf, Sunglass, Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore-tex
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by Himalaya Land Treks in Kathmandu)
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months
  • T-Shirts 3 or 4
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Reading/ writing materials
  • Thermals Upper and lower  
  • Extra warm clothing during winter ( December to March) 
     

Fixed Departure Dates

We will easily organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date

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