Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Max Altitude: 4,130m/13,551ft
  • Difficulty Level : Moderate
  • Arrival City : Kathmandu
  • Departure City : Kathmandu
  • Meals: 13 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 10 Dinner
  • Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel and Teahouse during Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is a spectacular journey on foot to the South Face of Annapurna I – a pleasant hike through the diverse Nepalese landscape and its culture. After sightseeing in Kathmandu you will fly to Pokhara for starting the trek. You will reach the base camp of the world’s 10th highest mountain, Annapurna (8,091m/26,545ft), enjoy breathtaking Himalayan vistas during the trek and experience the sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges from Poon Hill. The itinerary for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is designed for trekkers who wish to reach the Annapurna base camp in a relaxed manner with visits to World Heritage Sites and Poon Hill. However, for guests who have limited time, they can opt for Annapurna Base Camp 10 days trek.

Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Swayambhu
  • Scenic flight Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • 8 days trek 3-6 hours each day
  • spectacular waterfalls and Gurung villages overshadowed by high snowy peaks
  • Highest altitude we reach in this trip is 4,130 meters at Annapurna Base Camp

Trip Cost Includes

  •  4 Star Hotel Accommodation for 3 Nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  •  Tea house during trek for 8 Nights
  •  Kathmandu-Pokhara flight with airport taxes
  •  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during trek and Breakfast in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  •  Welcome and Farewell Dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant in Kathmandu
  •  Highly experienced trekking guide and 1 Porter for 2 trekkers
  •  Annapurna Conservation Park permit and TIMS permit for trekking
  •  All ground transportation/airport pick up drop will be in comfortable private vehicles
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All government and Local Taxes
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket [to be returned after trek]
  • Eve Holidays T Shirt, Cap and Duffel Bag.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • Tips, drinks and Personal expenses (Laundry, battery recharge, bottle water, shower etc)
  • Lunch, dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara not mentioned in itinerary
  • Monument entry fee on day 2

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300 meters)

On arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, a representative from Eve Holidays will greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing to 4 World Heritage Sites

Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath, a pagoda style Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is considered to be the powerhouse of Hindu spiritual power in religious terms. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple is 6 kms from Kathmandu city.Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

Boudhnath Stupa: Listed in the UNESCO World Heritage list, this enormous stupa where thousands of pilgrims gather daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the dome, beneath the watchful eyes of the Buddha, which gaze out from the gilded central tower. This is one of the few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible and unfetered, and the lanes around the stupa are crammed with monasteries and the surrounding is a paraphernalia for Buddhist life.

Kathmandu DurbarSquare: is one of three royal palace squares in the Kathmandu Valley. This site was the royal residence until the 19th century where important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch use to take place. 

Swoyambhunath Temple: This Buddhist Stupa, said to be 2000 years old is a perfect architecture of gilded spire and white washed dome located under thousands of fluttering prayer flags. From the spire, four faces of Buddha stare out across the valley in the cardinal directions. 

Overnight: 4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2050 m/6725 ft): 30 min flight and 6 hours trek

Today we  take a short flight to Pokhara and drive to Nayapul, just outside of the town and we begin our trek. Todays walk follows a stone pathway, and for the most time we are climbing roughly – it can be tough on the knees so bring walking poles. Along the way we pass through lots of little villages – Mathathanti, Lamdali, Sudame, Hile, and Tikhedhunga – getting a nice glimpse at the local rural lifestyle. We stop for lunch at Tikhedhunga and start going up through the steep steps of  Ulleri which will need a great deal of stamina. 

Overnight: Teahouse in Ulleri

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani ( 5 Hours )

This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (about an hour’s walk above Ghorepani) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. As the sun pops out from behind the mountains the sky glows red and pink in the first rays of the sun and the panorama from the summit must be one of the world’s great mountain vistas. Best seen at dawn, it’s well worth the effort of the climb. After breakfast we head east, following a forested ridge to cross a pass at 3,193m. The trail then descends through dense forests of fir, spruce, oak and rhododendron home to many birds and a few mammals. Passing through Banthanti at 2,620m, we climb back to 2,745m, where we reach another small pass at Tadapani where we have a superb view of Annapurna South and the peak of Machhapuchhare.

Overnight:  Teahouse Lodge in Ghorepani

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (5 Hours Walk); Poon Hill View Point

This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (about an hour’s walk above Ghorepani) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. As the sun pops out from behind the mountains the sky glows red and pink in the first rays of the sun and the panorama from the summit must be one of the world’s great mountain vistas. Best seen at dawn, it’s well worth the effort of the climb. The trail then descends through dense forests of fir, spruce, oak and rhododendron home to many birds and a few mammals. Passing through Banthanti at 2,620m, we climb back to 2,745m, where we reach another small pass at Tadapani where we have a superb view of Annapurna South and the peak of Machhapuchhare.

Overnight:  Teahouse Lodge in Tadapani

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 6 hours trek

Today we trek for 6 hours with an initial descent of 3 hours through rhododendron forests. For another 3 hours we walk through suspension bridges and millet fields to reach beautiful village of Chhomrong. 

Overnight:  Teahouse Lodge in Chhomrong

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 - 5 hours

Today we walk though stone steps and cross the Chhomrong River on a swaying suspension bridge. It is an uphill climb that takes us to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa we walk through forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo.

Overnight: Teahouse Lodge in Bamboo

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 - 4 hours

Today is a short day walk of 3 to 4 hours climbing past lodges and over the stream to the boulder lined path. The trail then crosses several rivers and a beautiful waterfall and forest to reach Deurali. 

Overnight: Teahouse in Deurali

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp; Descend down to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (5-6 hours walk)

Starting early morning, today we climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is a bit strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the  Machhapuchhre (machha, fish’ and puchare, ‘tail’) along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. The vegetation disappears on our way to Annapurna Base Camp and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding 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 descend down to lower altitude at Machhapuchhre Base Camp for sleep overnight.

Overnight: Guest House in Machhapuchhre Base Camp at an altitude 3720m

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Trek to Jhinnu Danda ( 6 hours walk )

Descending through rhododendron forest full of noisy birds – mostly Black-capped Sibia, we then cross the Chommrong Khola and climb up to Chommrong village (2060m) where we take a rest break. We then begin a short climb back up through forest to the small village of Komrong Danda (2654m). Shortly we reach Jhinnu Danda.

Overnight: Guest House in Jhinu Danda at an altitude 1700m

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Trek to Nayapul; drive to Pokhara (5 hours walk)

Today on our final day of trekking we first descend to the Kimrong Khola which we cross and then tackle a short ascent. Descending further we follow the Modi River until we reach Nayapul where we meet our car and make the short drive back to Pokhara where we have hot shower and relax in the hotel or stroll around at lakeside.

Overnight:  4 Star Hotel in Pokhara

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Drive back to [ can be changed to Flight on request]/Farewell Dinner

After breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu that takes 7 hours or can be changed to 25 minutes flight paying extra. We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight:  4 Star Hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 13: Airport Transfer at your flight time

Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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Accommodation during Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will stay in 4 Star Hotels with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses/lodges that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on a twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional and depend upon availability. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu/Pokhara and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu/Pokhara can be upgraded to 5 star in an additional cost.

Food during Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

In Kathmandu/Pokhara breakfast, welcome dinner and farewell dinner are provided. While on trekking, we provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. Usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at  teahouses/lodges where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always find hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.

Best Months for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

The spring time from March to May and the Autumn months from September to November is considered the best months for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Experience Required for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.

Acclimatization during Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others. So we suggest to avoid alcohol and drink enough water and get good night sleep during the trek.

Frequently Asked Questions

How difficult is Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate trek which goes only up to an altitude of 4,130 meters and if you have a habit of exercise and walking, you will have no problem at all.

Can I change the travel date?

Yes, we give you the flexibility to change the travel date or amend the itinerary and that has to be in written and at least 25 days before departure date. The cost incurred due to the changes has to be borne by you

Do I get refund if I cancel the trip?

Booking deposits are transferable to anyone you want for any time in future. For cancelling the trip, cancellation policy in our booking terms and conditions will apply.

What is the best time for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

March April May and Sept Oct Nov are the best months for Annapurna Sunrise Trek with Wildlife Tour

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    Harry F

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    Hi I did Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with this company. This was my first experience trekking in Nepal and I was a bit anxious about altitude problem and safety issues. I also wanted the trek to be in my budget. But when I started exchanging emails with them, my doubts were made clear and I finally decided to book with this company. It was a wonderful experience trekking in Nepal and I thank Eve Holidays team for this. My guide in the mountains, Pasang was very caring, funny and he knew the area very well. I enjoyed his stories about people and his experiences with people from different parts of world. Food and accommodation was very good (don’t expect as back home, you are trekking in the remote mountains) and families running these tea house lodges were very friendly and welcoming and the mountain views was just amazing.

    March 8, 2023
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