Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Annapurna Sanctuary trek is one of those treks which entirely takes place in the Annapurna conservation area. This trek can be completed in short period of time as well as can be connected with other treks in the area and can be prolonged for around 20. Nevertheless, this is one complete trek in Nepal that will bring you close with the nature, the aboriginal people nestled in the heart of conservation area and the rare flowers, vegetation and the wild animals.
Annapurna sanctuary trek offers a lot of options when it comes to beginning the trek and you have options of beginning this trek either from Ghandruk or from Nayapul. No matter what, in a very short time you will make your way from the rice terrains of subtropical hills to the glacier moraine of the Alpine. As it is often said that the beginning is the most difficult, the beginning of this trek as well is a little difficult but not technical. Walking on the manmade stone steps would however prepare you for longer strides towards the later part of the trek.
You will slowly and gradually walk through forests of Rhododendron, bamboo, birch, fir and bamboo and make your way through patches of beautiful villages. These villages are inhabited by culturally rich Gurung communities who are as well famed as the brave Gurkha battalion in the British and Indian army. Their houses crafted out of stone slates, tinned roofs and doors and windows carved out of wood is worth stopping and staring. Furthermore, their wardrobe and practices from womb to the tomb as well is very significant. These trails of Annapurna sanctuary trek eventually takes you to the high grounds and the high altitude view points. These highly acclaimed viewpoints are known for offering with the best views of the snow clad mountains in the Annapurna region.
In such a short time, without having to acclimatize, this trek offers all the aspect of a trek in Nepal. For all these reason and for the reason that Annapurna is the only mountain which is entirely inhabited and offers modern amenities, it makes to the top of the list of trekking destinations in Nepal.
- Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
- Day 02: Trek Preparation and shopping
- Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara
- Day 04: Pokhara - Nayapul – Tikhedhunga
- Day 05: Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani
- Day 06: Ghorepani - Poonhill - Ghorepani - Tadapani
- Day 07: Tadapani - Sinuwa
- Day 08: Sinuwa - Himalaya
- Day 09: Himalaya to Machhapuchhre Base Camp(3,700m/12,139ft): 4 -5 hours
- Day 10: MBC to ABC (4,130m/13,550ft): 3 – 4 hours
- Day 11: ABC to Bamboo(2,310m/7,579ft): 5 – 6 hours
- Day 12: Bamboo to Jhinu danda(1,780m/5,840ft): 5 – 6 Hours
- Day 13: Jhinu - Ghandruk
- Day14: Ghandruk - Pokhara
- Day 15: Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Day 16: Departure your destination.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Thank you for choosing Annapurna Sanctuary trek as your next adventure destination! On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your accommodation. You rest and rejuvenate for days to come. You can as well explore the surrounding and get to know a little about the country and culture.
Day 02: Trek Preparation and shopping
You will meet your trek leader on this day and he would brief you about trekking in Nepal and your chosen destination. Meanwhile, the back office staff will prepare all required permits for your trekking. later in the day, you will do the last minute shopping for your trekking along with your guide. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to the most happening market in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara
On this day we have our breakfast by 6:00 a.m. in the morning and head towards tourist Bus Park at Thamel and board a tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus ride will take around 7 hours through curvy roads of hilly terrain with couple of breaks in between for snacks and lunch. The drive to Pokhara on one of the major highways is exhilarating with beautiful views of never leaving tributaries, lush green hills and roadside settlements.
Day 04: Pokhara - Nayapul – Tikhedhunga
The day starts early by taking a vehicle out of Pokhara. The drive takes around one and half hours to Nayapul and then the Annapurna Sanctuary trek officially starts on foot from here onwards. The first day of the trek we ascend somewhere around 500 + meters, all the way to Tikhedhunga. Most of the day’s walk is on the jeep track, and is a very easy and good first day walk
Day 05: Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani
We start climbing on the significant man made steps - around 3500 steps, all the way to Banthanti via ulleri. It is very beautiful to see the landscape change on this day, the barren ridge turns into sparse trees, which further turns into dense subtropical forest. We would as well traverse through dense forest of Rhododendron and pine. These forested land is a home of wild habitats like langoor monkeys, barking deer and different species of birds. Keep your eyes open for wild animals. Overnight in Ghorepani
Day 06: Ghorepani - Poonhill - Ghorepani - Tadapani
On this day we make approximately 550 m ascent and 710m descent at around 4-5 hours of trek. But before initiating the day’s trek we take a short hike to Poon hill; a grassy knoll famous as viewpoint. We leave our teahouse at Ghorepani by 5:00 a.m. in the morning to witness sunrise over the mountains of Annapurna massif. On this day we have breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and immediately leave for Tadapani. We walk on the trail that is almost entirely in the middle of Rhododendron and oak forest and walk sheer uphill all the way to Deurali. The view of Annapurna gamut and the deepest gorge; Kaligandaki, from Deurali as well is unparalleled. Further downhill from Deurali and except for some treacherous descend the walk is smooth and crosses some streams with swimming prospect along with some beautiful water fall.
Day 07: Tadapani - Sinuwa
At the beginning we embark on the same trails left the previous day and downhill for about an hour and half. Once we reach a small cluster of village by Kimrong Khola and cross the suspension bridge we begin uphill walk. For another 2 and half hour or so we climb until we reach the village of chhomrong, where we will halt for lunch. Along with lunch, you can as well enjoy the beautiful views of Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and others. After lunch, we stroll downhill through the village for around half an hour. We walk one final uphill but gradual, all the way up to Sinuwa. The final section of the trek is entirely inhabited.
Day 08: Sinuwa - Himalaya
The day starts easy on the knees and on flat turf, surrounded by dense rainforest. This section of the trek is believed to home different species of wild animals, whereas some species like langoor monkey’s and barking deers are frequently spotted. After around an hour of jungle walk, the trail goes downhill all the way to Bamboo. From Bamboo onwards the trail climbs uphill and becomes strenuous. Its an uphill walk all the way upto Himalaya. We walk around 4 hours of uphill from Bamboo and in total around 5-6 hours. Overnight in Himalaya.
Day 09: Himalaya to Machhapuchhre Base Camp(3,700m/12,139ft): 4 -5 hours
We start the day by hiking a pleasant ascend, making our way through streams and falls until a steep ascend to Hinku and further small but steep hike to Deurali. Immediately after Deurali, the damp trees of lush green forest change into more dry and grassy land. The trail is more relaxed from here onwards but undergoes one of the most adventurous section being it prone to avalanche. The views of distant Machhapuchhre becomes more dominant and we get the first glimpse of majestic Annapurna. On this day we start to feel the effect of altitude. Overnight at Machhapuchhre base camp.
Day 10: MBC to ABC (4,130m/13,550ft): 3 – 4 hours
The trek to Annapurna base camp (ABC) from Machhapuchhre base Camp (MBC) takes over 2.5 hours. The walk is basically easier compared to days earlier and the incline is gradual. The views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna Dakshin, Annapurna I, Tent Peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Barasinga, Machhapuchhre and few others is very impressive. Overnight at ABC
Day 11: ABC to Bamboo(2,310m/7,579ft): 5 – 6 hours
After taking breakfast at regular time, we trek the same route to Annapurna base camp on the previous day. We first head to MBC followed by Deurali, Himalaya, Dovan and finally Bamboo. We descend for almost 7 hours until we reach Bamboo. Alike every day, we take frequent breaks in between the initial point and final destination. After a long day on trails we rest at a teahouse in Bamboo.
Day 12: Bamboo to Jhinu danda(1,780m/5,840ft): 5 – 6 Hours
Down through the rivers, crossing streams and bridges and steep uphill for almost 1 hour, we enjoy majority of our trails through lush green forest. Most of this day's walk is on flat trails with gentle up’s and down’s except for one final steep climb for half an hour to Chomrong. We take steep trail downwards from Chomrong to Jhinu danda where waits natural hot springs. We have possibility of enjoying the natural hot springs and rejuvenating for the rest of our journey.
Day 13: Jhinu - Ghandruk
From Jhinu we begin downhill and all the way to Kimrong Khola. From this little stream the trek gets uphill, all the way to Ghandruk. The view from across the river and at the beginning of the ascend is very beautiful. We walk to small patch of forest, and mostly through terrace fields and sparse communities. The walk from Kimrong Khola to Ghandruk takes around 3 hours. The village of Ghandruk as well as the view from there is very beautiful. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Day14: Ghandruk - Pokhara
From Ghandruk the trail is completely downhill and is very gradual. Once we reach Birethanti we exit Annapurna Conservation area and furthermore we walk to Nayapul to board our bus. An hour and half of bus ride and we reach to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 15: Pokhara - Kathmandu
The bus ride takes around 7 hours to Kathmandu. The bus traverses through beautiful lush green hills and views of mountains (only in season). Once we reach Kathmandu we transfer you to your accommodation and hence officially come to the end of Annapurna Sanctuary trek.
Day 16: Departure your destination.
On this day, According to your flight sheduled the representative of Karma Eco Adventure will drop you at airport to fly back your home with a great joy with an experience.
- Airport pickup and drop by private vehicle (depends on the group size).
- Welcome dinner at typical Nepalese restaurant in Kathmandu.
- 2 nights Hotel accommodation at 3 star category in Kathmandu inclusive breakfast.
- 2 nights Hotel accomodation in pokhara inclusive breakfast, food is not included.
- All government and local taxes.
- A comprehensive medical kit.
- An experienced Trekking Guide and Porters.
- Best available local lodges/Teahouse in mountain.
- Accidental and medical Insurance of Nepalese staffs.
- Both way private bus/jeep transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu.
- Certificate of trek Completion.
- Travel and rescue insurance.
- Lunch and dinner during the trek.
- Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival (4 copies of passport size photo).
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water etc).
- Nepal entry visa fee and airport tax during the departure.
- Lunch & Dinner in kathmansu hotel.
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides etc the extra charge should be borne by themselves.
- Note: Hotel & airfare rates might increase in-between than now given prices.
- Tips for trekking crews.
- Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included.