Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is also known as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is a thrilling journey that takes you to the heart of the Annapurna region. The trek goes through varied climatic zones, from subtropical to alpine. In the same way, the trail passes through diverse landscapes, mountain vistas, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Mt. Annapurna (8091m) is the 10th highest mountain in the World. A journey to its base camp is one of the most popular walks on earth. Therefore, this trip is for those who want to go to the Annapurna Base Camp for a short duration.
Furthermore, it provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the local people living in this region. In addition to, it also offers you close-up 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, and walk through lush forests. And 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. From Birenthanti, we will hike through terraced farmlands and villages towards Ghandruk. From Ghandruk, we continue past several Gurung villages like Chomrong, and 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 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 close-up views of snowcapped peaks.
- Enjoy the close-up views of Mt. Machhapuchre, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Lamjung Himal, from Annapurna Base Camp.
- Experience the culture, tradition, and living style of the local people.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have the 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, we shall begin our sightseeing tour with a visit to some UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu. We will visit the Kathmandu Durbar Square and the Swyambhunath Stupa.
Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces and temples of the medieval Kings who ruled over Kathmandu. Swayambhu is popular among foreigners as Monkey Temple. 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, we shall drive to Pokhara(208km) via the Prithvi Highway. It takes about 6hrs to reach Pokhara (an option is also available to fly to Pokhara with extra cost). Along the way, we will stop for lunch and get fresh. En route, we will come across more of the countryside of Nepal. Upon arrival, check into your hotel, and the evening is free to stroll around the lakeside area. 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 along the bank of the Modi Khola to Ghandruk. The trail heads north, following the bank of the Modi Khola over a dirt road, and then it is a gradual uphill climb over stone steps until Ghandruk. Explore the local village and enjoy the sunset over the Annapurna range. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Day 5: Ghandruk to Chomrong(2170m/5hrs)
Today we will have a 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. The trail descends to Kimrong and then ascends until Taulang. It is another hour's journey from Taulang to Chomrong. 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 past small terraces to reach Tilche (2010m/40min) and then across a Bamboo forest and reach Sinuwa(2360m). We continue through the oak and rhododendron forest to Khuldighar (2540m) with a few of several lodges and ACAP posts. Some sections of the valley are affected by landslides. Make sure that the trail is clear and safe to pass. We continue past Bamboo(2310m), Dovan(2600m), and reach Himalaya village. Overnight in Himalaya.
Day 7: Himalaya to Machapuchhere Base Camp(3700m/4-5hrs)
Today the trail goes past Hinku cave(3170m) and Deurali. We will come across two similar rock pillars that mark the Gateway to the sanctuary. Abruptly the trail opens to a broad grassy slope 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 and stay at MBC. Overnight in Machhapuchre Base Camp.
Day 8: Machhapuchre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp(4130m/3-4hrs)
The trek from MBC to ABC takes about 2-3 hrs. The vegetation disappears, 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. We get to savor the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks from the base camp. We will explore the glacier and the surrounding area. Overnight in ABC.
Day 9: ABC to Bamboo (2345m/5-6hrs)
Annapurna base camp is our ultimate destination for this trek. Leaving the base camp behind, we will retrace our steps downhill to Bamboo with extraordinary views and landscapes along the way. Overnight in Bamboo.
Day 10: Bamboo to Landruk (1565m/5-6hrs)
Today we descend further past Sinuwa (2360m), Taulung (2180m/1.5hrs from Sinuwa)and Jhinudada (1780m/1hr). The trail further descends to Modi Khola, past dense forest, springs, and low land vegetation. After crossing over the Modi Khola, past a 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 for 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 descent to Phedi (1130m). Explore around the village and the farmlands, interact with the locals, and then drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
We shall retrace our drive to Kathmandu along the river with a great countryside view, past villages, farmlands, and diverse landscapes. On reaching Kathmandu, check in to the hotel, and the evening is free to rest and relax.
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.
- 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.