Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is truly an amazing journey that takes you to the heart of the Annapurna. Also known as Annapurna Base Camp Trek, this trek goes through varied climatic conditions from subtropical to alpine. The trail goes through the diverse landscape, mountain vistas, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. This trip is designed for those who want to go straight to the Annapurna Base Camp in a short duration. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) is the 10th highest mountain in the World, and a journey to the base camp is one of the most popular walks on earth.
Furthermore, this trip provides excellent opportunities to learn about the lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the local people living in this region. Moreover, it also offers you close up rewarding views of Mt Machhapuchre, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and many more. At the same time, you get to enjoy the mountain atmosphere, relax in natural hot springs, walk through lush forests of pine, fir, and rhododendron. Above all, you will enjoy the warm hospitality of the friendly Gurung people.
Our journey begins with a short drive from Pokhara to Birenthanti, the starting point of our trek. Next, we hike through terraced farmlands and villages towards Ghandruk. From Ghandruk, we continue past several Gurung villages like Chomrong, Himalaya and finally arrive at Annapurna Base camp. After reaching, the pinnacle of our trek we descend past villages like Bamboo, Landruk, Pothana, and Dhampus Phedi. After a short break at Phedi, we board into a private vehicle and drive to Pokhara.
• Explore Gurung traditional villages enriched with ancient culture.
• Trek through the Annapurna Conservation Area and witness its biodiversity.
• Breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks at Annapurna base camp and beautiful sanctuary.
• Enjoy the closeup views of Mt. Machhapuchre, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Lamjung Himal, from Annapurna Base Camp.
• Also, experience the culture, tradition, living style, and the warm hospitality of the friendly Gurung people.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an option to stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek preparation
After breakfast, begin our sightseeing tour with a visit to some UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu that may include Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swyambhunath Stupa. Kathmandu Durbar Square area holds the palaces and temples of the medieval Kings who ruled over Kathmandu. Swayambhu meaning "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as Monkey Temple owing to a large number of monkey population residing in this area. It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. The painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world come. In the afternoon we will have a short briefing regarding the planning and preparation of the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara
After breakfast, drive to Pokhara(208km) via Prithvi Highway, it takes about 6hrs to reach Pokhara (option is also available to fly to Pokhara with extra cost). Along the way, we will stop at scenic spots, for lunch and get fresh as well, en-route we will come across more of the countryside of Nepal. Upon arrival check into your hotel, in the evening, you have the option to stroll around the Phewa Lake and visit the local market in Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 4: Drive to Birethanti(1.5hrs)-Trek to Ghandruk(1940m/5.6hrs)
After breakfast drive to Birethanti on the Pokhara-Banglung highway, the starting point of our trek. From Birethanti we hike towards Ghandruk along the bank of the Modi Khola, the trailhead north following the bank of the Modi Khola over a dirt road, and then it is a gradual uphill climb over a stone-paved trail until Ghandruk. This village is an amazing example of stonework and is worth spending a day here exploring the local Gurung people in the heart of the Annapurna region. Enjoy the spectacular sunset views over the Annapurna ranges. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Day 5: Ghandruk to Chomrong(2170m/5hrs)
Today we will have a very close-up view of Annapurna South (7219m), Himchuli (6644m), and Machhapurchhre Himal (6996m). There are several route options to reach Chomrong from Ghandruk. We will follow the most popular and fast trail options via Kot Dada and Kimrong. Once we leave the village, we will follow the trail to Tatopani. It is a steep downhill walk to Kimrong village(1800m) and then it is a steep uphill hike for about one hour to reach Taulang(2180m) and further an hour's journey to Chomrong village. Overnight in Chomrong.
Day 6: Chomrong to Himalaya(2920m/4-5hrs)
From Chomrong, we will follow the trail to the left bank of the Chomrong Khola along some small terraces to reach Tilche (2010m/40min) and then across a Bamboo forest and reach Sinwa(2360m). Continue through the oak and rhododendron forest and reach Khuldighar (2540m) with a few of several lodges and ACAP posts. From here onwards sections of the valley are affected by landslide debris falling from the flanks of Hiunchuli, do not forget to ask the staff at ACAP post whether the trail is clear & safe or not. From here we pass through Bamboo village (2310m), Dovan (2600m), and reach Himalaya village across dense forest and diverse landscape. Overnight in Himalaya.
Day 7: Himalaya to Machapuchhere Base Camp(3700m/4-5hrs)
The trail further continues through dense forest passing along Hinku cave(3170m) and Deurali, beyond this, is another avalanche-prone area. We will come across two similar rock pillars that mark the “Gateway to the sanctuary” and suddenly opens out to broad grassy slopes with several mountain lodges at the Machhapuhre Base Camp. You might feel the effect of altitude here so it is a good idea to enjoy the mountain views of the Machhapuchre, Hiunchuli, Gandharvachuli, and the Annapurna south. Overnight in Machhapuchre Base Camp.
Day 8: Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp(4130m/3-4hrs)
The trek from MBC to ABC is about 2-3 hours steep ascend. The vegetation disappears on our way to ABC and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything inhibiting the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp, we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks. We have the option to explore the glacier at the Annapurna Base Camp and the surrounding area for a couple of hours. There are very few lodges at ABC where we will spend tonight. Overnight in ABC.
Day 9: ABC to Bamboo (2345m/5-6hrs)
Annapurna base camp is our ultimate destination for this trek. Now we descend back to Bamboo which will take about 6 hours. From Annapurna base camp we retrace our steps downhill to Bamboo so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Furthermore, we will always have rewarding extraordinary pleasant lively views and landscapes. Overnight in Bamboo.
Day 10: Bamboo to Landruk (1565m/5-6hrs)
Descend further about one hour and reach Sinuwa (2360m), continue to Taulung (2180m/1.5hrs from Sinuwa)and Jhinudada (1780m/1hr). The trail further descends through Modi Khola, dense forest, springs, and low land vegetation. Crossing the Modi Khola and few small villages we arrive at the large Gurung village of Landruk(1565m). Overnight in Landruk.
Day 11: Landruk – Pothana(2890m)- Dhampus(1650m)– Phedi(1130m)- Drive to Pokhara
Today the trail climbs gradually up about 2 hours to reach Pothana (2890m). Enjoy the fine view of Mt. Machhapuchre and Annapurna to the north. Descend from Pothana along the large ridge trail to Dhampus (1650m/1hr) and then it is a steep descend to Phedi (1130m). Explore around the village and the farmlands, interacting with the locals, and then drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
Retrace our drive to Kathmandu with a great countryside view along rivers, villages, farmlands, and diverse landscape. Upon arrival check in to the hotel and spend the evening at leisure. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 13: Departure
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.
- All transfers by private vehicle.
- Half day sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local city guide as per itinerary.
- Accommodation in 3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and local village lodges/tea house during the trek.
- Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals while on the trek.
- English speaking trekking guide along with porter(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
- Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
- All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ACAP)
- All Government taxes and service charges.
- Nepal entry visa.
- International flight to and from Kathmandu.
- Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
- Personal Travel Medical Insurance.
- Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
- Hot showers during the trek.
- Any extra cost forced upon by changing the itinerary due to natural forces, political situation or early return from the trek..
- All other expenses not listed in the included section.
10th November, 2015
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14th October, 2015
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7th October, 2015
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12th August, 2015
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27th December, 2019
Hi ! This is Palm from America, this is my first trip to Nepal and has been perfect and life time memorable. I have travelled many places around the world and really been looking forward to this trip. Nepal is a very colourful country, I was concerned because of the earthquake and because of the impact might right now. I was pleasantly surprised that yes they did have an impact and there are lots of reconstruction are going on.