Days: 14 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a unique trek on the foothill of the Annapurna south specially designed for those who love to enjoy the flora and fauna, panoramic view of the Himalayan range in a comfortable way including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail and other Himalayan ranges. The Annapurna Sanctuary trekking is a natural amphitheater created by a ring of high mountains. The centerpiece is Annapurna I at 8,091 meters which rises out of the glacier that extends from base camp, the trek’s highest point. This isolated plateau offers unparalleled mountain scenery and views of the famous Himalayan Annapurna range. Held as sacred by the Gurung people, who were the only occupiers of the sanctuary before the 20th Century, the Annapurna Sanctuary trek route is now the base of one of the major routes to the peaks of the Annapurna range and one of the most pristine and stunning of Himalayan plateaus. The Annapurna Sanctuary / Base camp trek is a hike into the dazzling natural amphitheatre formed by the staggeringly beautiful peaks of the giants - Annapurna 1, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Fang and the fishtail peak of Machapuchare. Although there is only one entrance to the sanctuary itself, we follow locally known, lesser-used approaches and exit routes on our premier Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. The vast amphitheater of the Annapurna Sanctuary is encircled by the famous Himalayan peaks — the 'fishtail' spire of Machapuchare (6997m), Gangapurna (7454m), Annapurna 1 (8091m), the unclimbed Fang (7647m) and Annapurna South (7273m). The only approach follows the Modi Khola Valley through forests of oak, rhododendron and bamboo, passing through local Gurung villages to a world of soaring peaks.
Highlights of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek:
- Exploring the Kathmandu city and its heritage sites,
- Panoramic and closed views of Annapurna massif, explore lake city of Pokhara,
- Unobstructed sunrise and sunset view from Poon Hill, pictureaque villages,
- Experiencing with life style and culture of Gurung and Magar people who is very famous for Gorkha arm,
- Walking in the narrow and stone paved trail in the valley and remote villages,
- Visiting ancient Monastery, old tradition Gurung Museum, waterfalls,
- Scenic mountain flight to and from Pokhara,
- Walking through dense Rhododendron forest and even more beautiful during Spring.
Join with Us on a Annapurna Sanctuary Trek in 2018
Fact of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek:
Trip Region: Annapurna Region
Types of Trip: Trekking
Duration: 14 Days
Highest Elevation: 4130m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Average Walking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trek
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Gurung and Magar and their way of life
Major Himalayan Sights: Dhaulagiri 8167, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Nilgiri 6839m, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) 6993m, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Hiun Chuli 6441m, Mardi Himal 5553m, Singu Chuli 6501m, Tharpu Chuli 5695m, Gangapurna 7454m, Annapurna III 7555m, Khangsar Kang 7485m
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3:- Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 820m, drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedunga 1540m (3/4 hours).
Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the morning with scenic flight to view mountain including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna massif. Once we reach in Pokhara, drive to Naya Pul which takes about 1 hour by private car and we start our trek from Nayapul to Tikhedunga via Birethanti which takes about 3 hours through the forests trail with viewing the small waterfalls during the trail. We will have lunch there. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 4:- Trek from Tikhedunga to Ghorepani 2750m (5/6 hours).
The trail ascent brings us to reach Ulleri village after 2 hours steep up walking and continue the trail gently up until Banthanti which takes about 1 hour and will have lunch there. Now we can see the good view of Machhapuchre, Hiun Chuli and Annapurna South. After lunch, then our trails goes gradually ascend until reaching Ghorepani, a village of Magar peoples which takes about 2 hours to reach. The mountains are visible from our accommodation and overnight in Lodge.
Day 5:- Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani 2590m (5/6 hours).
Early in the morning,45 minutes hike to Poon Hill through the Rhododendrons forests for the spectacular view of Mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, TukuchePeak 6920m, Nilgiri 6940m, Baraha Shikhar 7847m, Mt. Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Annapurna III 7855m, Machhapuchhre 6993m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna II 7937m, Lamjung Himal 6931m and unobstructed view of sunrise over the mountains. We can enjoy with brilliant view of mountains and sunrise view. Then we return back to Lodge and will have a breakfast. After that, the trail steeply ascending until Deurali-La which also same height with Poon Hill and takes about 1 & half hour. Then we follow the deep forest way until reaching Banthanti which takes about 2 hours and will have our lunch there. We can see the wild animals like monkeys and local birds during the jungle trail. After lunch it takes 1 hour to reach Tadapani village which is surrounded by beautiful forests. We can see more magnificent view of Machhapuchre, Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli and Annapurna II etc. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6:- Trek from Tadapani to Sinuwa 2340m (5-6hours).
In the morning after breakfast, we will climb down through the rhododendron forest until Chuile and then steeply climb down with many stone staircases until reaching to the river and cross by suspension bridge. The trail climbs gently ups and downs until reaching Chhomrong which takes about 3 and half hour. We will have our lunch there with stunning view of Mt. Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli and Machhapuchhre very closely. After lunch, we will descend again on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge, and then climb out of the side valley through the forests of Bamboo, Rhododendron and Oak. We are climbing up further on a rocky trail and will arrive in Sinuwa which takes about 2 hours. We will stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 7:- Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali 3230m (5-6 hours).
In the morning after breakfast, we will climb through the forest of rhododendron festooned with orchids and ferns to a stone-paved trail and descend a long, steep, slippery stone staircase into the deep bamboo and rhododendron forest until reaching Bamboo which takes about 1 and half hour. Then, we will continue to climb up through the stands of bamboo, then through rhododendron forest up the side of the canyon continuously. Then our trail drops slightly to cross tributary streams on narrow bridges and traversing several avalanche chutes until reaching Dovan which takes about 1 and half hour. We will make our lunch break there. After lunch, we will again continue our trail crossing a stream and avalanche chute and then climbs across a landslide through the rhododendron forest passing a small temple, local deity Barah Than until reaching Himalaya which takes about 1 and half hour. We will climb first a rocky trail through the forest, then up a steep ravine to Hinku Cave. Then, we will cross the remnant of a glacier just beyond the Hinku, the climbs through large boulders to Deurali which take about 1 and half hour. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 8:- Trek from Deurali to ABC 4130m (4-5 hours).
Morning after breakfast, we will ask to the lodge owner whether there have been any avalanches recently. The trail diverts to the east side of the valley to avoid a dangerous avalanche area and we will climb through the unusual mix of bamboo and birch. We will continue to climb across more avalanche paths, then cross a moraine and descend to a stream. Then short climbs bring us in Machhapuchre Base Camp after a 2 and half hour walked. We will have a lunch and the mountains views are stupendous; the panorama includes Hiun Chuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and the ever-changing Machhapuchhre, whose sheer triangular face takes on yet another aspect here. We will pleasant climb up following a small stream to the few huts and enter to the foot of a large moraine of ABC which takes about 2 hours. There are tremendous views of the near vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary to the northwest. We will have a lunch. After lunch, we will walk west past where player-flag-draped viewpoint on the moraine for the spectacular view over the glacier. We will stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 9:- Trek from ABC to Dovan 2505m (5-6 hours).
Early in the morning wake up for unobstructed Sunrise View over the mountains and Himalayan Scenery from the sanctuary. We can see the scenic mountains view like as Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli, Glacier Dom, Singu Chuli, Tharpu Chuli, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhre and other snowy peaks. Then, we will have breakfast and then we will trek all the same way down on the moraine until reaching MBC which takes about 1 and half hour. We again continue our trek down passing the avalanche area until reaching Deurali which takes about 2 hours. We will have our lunch there. After lunch, we continue our trek down through the rhododendron forest till Himalaya and then keep descending through the dense forest of rhododendron and oak until reaching Dovan which takes about 2 and half hour. We will stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 10:- Trek from Dovan to Chhomrong 2170m (5-6 hours).
In the morning after breakfast, we walk down through the rhododendron and bamboo forest until reaching Bamboo which takes about 1 hour. Then, we steeply climb up on the rocky trail through the bamboo and rhododendron forest until reaching Sinuwa which takes about 2 hour. We will have our lunch there. After lunch, we walk down again rocky trail till Chhomrong Khola and cross over a bridge. Then, we steep climb up on a stone paved staircase until reaching on the top of the village. It takes about 2 hours from Sinuwa to Chhomrong. We can see again very spectacular views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre. We can also organize dance program with mother’s group of Chhomrong Village in the evening on request from the guests. We will stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 11:- Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk Village 1940m (5 hours).
In this day, we will start our trek back after breakfast. Our trail will descend again on a stone paved staircase for a while and gently climbing up viewing very big landslide area of Komrong village. We walk just above the landslide area and steep descend to Kyumrong village after 2 hours walk. Then, we climb up through the rhododendron and oak forests until reaching Komrong Danda which takes about 1 and half hour to reach. We will have our lunch there with viewing stunning view of Machhapuchre and Annapurna South. After lunch, we continue to climb down with viewing a large Gurung settlement of Ghandruk village which is also known as Konda Village in their local language. Konda means Stone; we can see all the walking trail and house when we are entering in the village. After 2 hours walk down from the Komrong Danda, we arrive in very picturesque village of Ghamdruk viewing Annapurna Massif and Machhapuchhre. There is a very interesting old traditional Gurung Museum and recently built Buddhist Monastery in the middle of the village, which we can make side trip for the evening. We will stay overnight at very nice Lodge in town.
Day 12:- Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul 1070m/4hrs and drive to Pokhara,
In the morning after breakfast, we will leave the village and walk down on the stone paved stone staircase for a while and viewing Landruk village just opposite side of us. After a 2 hours walk down from Ghandruk village, we arrive in Syaulibazar. Then, we will follow the plain dusty road way along the Modi Khola until reaching Birethanti which takes about 1 and half hour. We cross a river over an iron bridge and have our lunch there. After lunch, we continue 30 minutes further to Nayapul along the Modi Khola and our car will be there to pick up. Then, we back to Pokhara by car which takes about 2 hours and transfer to Hotel. We will stay overnight in Hotel.
Day 13:- Morning Hike to World Peace Stupa and afternoon fly back to Kathmandu,
In the morning after breakfast, we will go to world peace stupa by car. We can see panoramic view of high Himalayan range from Manaslu to Dhaulagiri range including Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Massif as well as scenic Pokhara Valley and Phewa Lake. Then, we will walk down to Phewa Lake through the forest which takes about 1 hour and take a boat to cross a Phewa Lake passing the small Island where Temple Barahi is situated middle of the Lake. Afternoon transfer to airport, and then fly back to Kathmandu. Our car will be ready to pick up in the airport and transfer to Hotel.
Day 14: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
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Our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 4 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per above mentioned itinerary and all entry fees.
* Domestic flight tickets from KTM-PKR-KTM and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples), their food & accommodation, salary, equipments & insurance.
* All transportation by private vehicle.
* Annapurna Conservation Area permit.
* All necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Tourist service charge,
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize your Annapurna Base Camp Trek: The package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste. For more information please e-mail us at email@example.com
NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.