Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration: 16 days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max Altitude: 4130
  • Min Altitude: 1335
  • Walking per day: 5-6 hrs
  • Accomodation: Hotel/Tea house
  • Trek Nature: Trekking
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn /Winter
  • Group Size: 2+

Trip Overview

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with Himalayan Alpine Adventure takes place in one of the most appreciated locations of Annapurna region of Nepal. Generally, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek gives the meaning of a walking adventure in the Annapurna region that starts from Phedi or Nayapul of Pokhara and ends on the Annapurna Base Camp from where the travelers take their planned route leading back to Phedi or Nayapul of Pokhara. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a fantastic walking travel to the South Face of Annapurna I. This is a delightful walking experience through mountain foothills of Annapurna region passing through beautiful forests, traditional ethnic highland settlements and fascinating photogenic landscapes and Himalayan panoramas. At the end of the travel experience, the travelers will reach the base camp of Annapurna Himalayas which is world 10th highest peak.

Annapurna is a name of a Himalaya range that is made up of more than 13 highest peaks of the world which are above 6000 meters above sea level. It is a known fact that all the highest peaks above 6000 meters above sea level reside in South Asia in the borders of Tibet, China, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bhutan and other countries of South Asia. The Annapurna Himalayan range broadens from east covering the valley of Kaligandaki River and Marshyandi River. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek takes place on the hidden mountain vegetation covered within the folds of the southern face of Annapurna Massif known as Annapurna Sanctuary residing 26 miles north of Pokhara City. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a popular trekking destination due to easy accessibility from Pokhara and wonderful walking experience through the exotic natural vegetation of lush mountains in the splendid high Himalayan locale. The Himalayan summits that form the rim of the Annapurna sanctuary is incorporated of eight peaks of 7000meters height and above and they are Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna V, Annapurna III, Mt. Machhapuchhare etc. The walking experience through the Annapurna Sanctuary provides a taste of the great variety of photogenic landscapes that includes lush mountains, green natural vegetation, excellent Himalaya panoramas and ethnic traditional tribes of Himalayan people.

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek starts from the capital city of Kathmandu where the travelers take a vehicle or airplane ride to Pokhara. After a good night rest, the travelers reach Nayapul or Phedi of Pokhara from where they start walking through mountain trekking trails till they reach Annapurna Base Camp home of the Annapurna Sanctuary. During their walking adventure, the travelers encounter sub-tropical climate, pretty villages, terraced rice fields, rhododendron woodland, and scattered farming lands till the last settlement of vegetation. After crossing all the human settlements, forests and green vegetation the travelers enter into the world of ice and snow which denotes the foot of the Annapurna I Himalaya of Annapurna Sanctuary. The travelers stay there for an overnight while continuing their exploration and investigation of Annapurna Base Camp. It is a beautiful region of ice glaciers and focal eye view of Annapurna Himalayas which is the most outstanding plane in the nation. After the satisfied stay at Annapurna base camp, the travelers take the alternative routes consisting of the fascinating views of Kali Gandaki Valley with views of the additional Himalayan range of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak. The travelers finally reach Phedi or Nayapul of Pokhara and after taking a good night rest at Pokhara. The travelers can continue their sightseeing at Pokhara or take the ride back to Kathmandu.

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu
Transfer to hotel by representatives and staff of Himalayan Alpine Adventure Trek and rest of the day free.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu 
Time to explore this fascinating city with its temples and local markets or take an optional excursion into the Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara and trek to Hile 1475m 3 hours walking 
We take the 25-minute spectacular flight to Pokhara and drive a short distance to the trailhead at Birethanti. We meet our trekking crew and start trekking up Bhurungdi Khola valley where the trail gently climbs to Hile. We camp for the night at Hile or in nearby Tikhedunga Village.
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani 2750m 4 hours trek 
Beyond Hile, the trail steepens until reaching Ulleri where we are rewarded with views of Annapurna South and Himchuli Mountain. It is good to do this climb before the heat of the day. From Ulleri the trail climbs less steeply, passing through pasture and cultivated fields before reaching rhododendron forest and the blue roofs of Ghorepani villages. If the clouds are obliging we will be rewarded with fantastic views from this vantage point. Day 05: Ghorepani to Poon Hills 3193m and Tadapani 2590m 2-3 hours trekking 
We rise early for the 45-minute trek to Poon Hill (3193m), one of the most famous places to watch the sunrise across the magnificent Himalayan panorama, including Mt Dhaulagiri to Mt Manaslu in the east and the Mt Annapurna range between. After returning to Ghorepani for breakfast we set off on the short climb to Deurali for more fantastic panoramic views. We then descend to a steep river gorge before the climb to Tada Pani. Day 06: Tadapani to Chomrong 2170m 5/6 hours trekking 
From Tadapani the trail heads north-east until we reach the village of Chhomrong. Chhomrong village is beautifully set against the peaks of Annapurna South, Mt Himchuli and Machhapuchhre which towers above. Day 07: Chhomrong to Bamboo 2340m 5 hours trekking
We leave Chhomrong, the last permanent settlement before the sanctuary, and walk up the Modi Khola valley through beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forest. Day 08: Bamboo to Deurali, 3230m five hours trekking
We arrive at Himalaya Lodge and walk up the Modi Khola. The valley narrows into a steep-sided gorge. By the time the large fire-blackened rock overhang known as Hinku Cave is reached, the vegetation has thinned and the gorge narrowed to be only a few hundred meters wide.Day 09: Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp 3700m 4/5 hours trekking
Now the valley narrows into a steep gorge rising above the vegetation line until we pass through into sanctuary ‘gates’. Once through the sanctuary, we cross moraines to a cluster of huts called Machhapuchhre Base Camp, with Annapurna South, Himchuli, Annapurna Fang (Varaha Shikhar) and the magnificent Machhapuchhre, the Fishtail mountain, towering above us.Day 10: MachhapuchhreBase Camp to Annapurna Sanctuary 4130m 2/3 hours trekking
In places, the path is a little rougher as it crosses rocks and a small stream. Tantalizing glimpses of the massive peaks that form the sanctuary appear and urge us on. When we reach the moraines the view on all sides of snow-capped mountains, fluted walls of ice and enormous rock buttress are incredible; this is a mountain amphitheater of spectacular size. Whenever you stand in the sanctuary the 360-degree views are breathtakingly beautiful. Starting from Hiuchuli 6451m and turning clockwise we see Mt Annapurna South 7667m, Fang 7646m, Mt Annapurna I 8105m, Tent Peak 5673m, Mt Gangapurna 7467m, Mt Annapurna III 7568m and the most spectacular of all Machhapuchhre 7055m. Bask in the sunset and sunrise when the mountains glow in pink and gold – unforgettable! As you lie in your sleeping bag listen to the glacier cracking throughout the night.Day 11: Annapurna Sanctuary to Doban six hours
We retrace the trail which we came up but of course this time it will be much easier as we will be descending to the lower altitude.Day 12: Doban to Chhomrong 6/7 hours trek
Still retracing our steps down the Modi Khola valley, passing rhododendron and bamboo forest, we reach Chhomrong, the Gurung village.

Day 13: Trek to Tadapani 2900m
We descend down to the Kyumun Khola and trek through the rice fields before we finally start climbing up to Ghandruk. The picturesque Gurung village is surrounded by paddy fields and set against the peak of Mt Annapurna South and Himchuli.

Day 14: Ghandruk to Birethanti 5 hours trek and 3 hours drive
Our descent continues to Syauli Bazaar for approximately 1500m and we continue down to Birethanti, crossing the Modi Khola Bridge and finally reaching the road. After the arrival of all our kit, we depart by car to Pokhara where we are accommodated in a very comfortable hotel.

Day 15: Morning flight back to Kathmandu
We fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, where we return to our group hotel. Rest of the day free.

Day 16: Depart Nepal

Cost Included

  • Three-night Hotel in Kathmandu on B/B basis.
  • Airport to Hotel and airport transfer by tourist vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Trekking permit, National park entry fee.
  • Wages and the insurance of guide.
  • Porters to carry the trekking equipment.
  • Accommodation and foods during the trekking.
  • All the necessary air/ground transport.

Cost not Include

  • International air/train ticket.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • major meal during Kathmandu Hotel stay.
  • Personal trekking equipment.
  • personal medical insurance which covers evacuation.
  • Tips for the workers.

 

Equipment List

  • Personal trekking equipment pack list for guideline only.
  • Trekking shoes.
  • Sandal.
  • Rucksack.
  • Trousers.
  • Gloves.
  • Sunglass.
  • Down jacket.
  • Windproof jacket.
  • Windproof trousers.
  • Water bottle.
  • Walking pole.
  • Towel.
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush.
  • T-shirt.
  • Woolen cap.
  • High neck.
  • Socks 3-4 pairs.
  • Headlamp with an extra battery.
  • Lip guard.
  • camera.
  • Personal medical kit.

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