Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
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Facts About Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Grade

Moderate

Max Size

1-15

Altitude

4130 m

Transportation

Privet Jeep/ Car

Accomodation

Lodge

Major Activity

Trekking and tour

Himalayan Sights

Annapurna Range

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu - Kathmandu

Duration:

13 Days

Trip Overview

Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a comfortable walking in Annapurna region which is protected under the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). The Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a unique trekking specially designed for nature and culture lovers. Trek on the foothill of the Annapurna south, this track provides best opportunity to explore the flora and fauna, panoramic view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges.

Trekking from the lowland up to the Base camp of Mount Annapurna, this Annapurna Sanctuary trek has its own identity. This is an ideal trek best known as a classic walk right into the heart of the mountains. Annapurna sanctuary trek is the best trekking option to explore the mid hill of Nepal. During this trek you will walk through the paddy fields, green tropical to alpine forest, cross the rivers and streams and sample the culture of local Gurung, Ghale and Magar community.

During your trekking days, you will walk by several ascents and descents and cross the several hills even though you will not feel too much, the nature will attract you towards the mountain and it’s not so hard to attempt as there are several alternative routes to the sanctuary, all meetings at Chhomrong.

If you are willing to go in the Himalaya and enjoy with the beautiful views of mountains then, the Annapurna Sanctuary trek is the wise selection. In overall this Annapurna Sanctuary trek is the excellent option to experience the fascinating glimpse of rich culture and Nepalese lifestyle. Sanctuary trekking is best during September to December and March to May, however you can do this trekking all the year round.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m) airport from international flight and transfer to hotel
Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Upon arrival at Kathmandu's Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), a Life Dream Adventure representative will warmly welcome and accompany us to our hotel. After checking in, we can rest or visit the Life Dream Adventure office. A leisurely stroll through the vibrant streets of Thamel offers souvenir shopping opportunities. In the evening, Life Dream Adventure hosts a welcome dinner featuring delicious authentic Nepalese cuisine, providing a taste of Nepalese food culture. Our night will be spent in Kathmandu, preparing for the exciting journey ahead.

Day 2 : Kathmandu Exploration and Trek Preparation
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
hotel
Elevation
1350

After a hearty breakfast, our day begins with an enriching guided tour of Kathmandu's most cherished historical and spiritual sites. Among these remarkable landmarks are the prestigious Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu sanctuary of Pashupatinath, the renowned 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), and the colossal Buddhist stupa of Bouddhanath, which ranks among the world's largest stupas.

Around noon, we convene for a pre-trip discussion where we have the opportunity to acquaint ourselves with our trek leader and fellow team members. Life Dream Adventure conducts an informative briefing about our upcoming trek, offering a platform to address any queries or concerns we may have about the exciting adventure ahead.

As nightfall descends, we return to our comfortable accommodations in Kathmandu, eagerly anticipating the thrilling experiences that await us on our journey.

Day 3 : Mornight Flight to Pokhara, then Drive to Hile, and Trek to Ulleri (2050m/6726ft)
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2050

We kick-start the day with an early morning flight to Pokhara, ensuring that we secure seats on the right side of the plane for the best Himalayan views. As we approach Pokhara, a breathtaking panorama unfolds before our eyes, showcasing the majestic Himalayan peaks, including Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Mountain), the Annapurna massif with its five towering peaks, and numerous others.

Upon arrival in Pokhara, we savor these awe-inspiring vistas before embarking on a short rest. Our journey continues as we drive to Hile, marking the starting point of our trek. En route, we traverse sub-tropical valley forests, often navigating along carved trails clinging to the cliffside.

After a satisfying lunch, we cross the Bhurungdi Khola via a sturdy bridge, leading us to the charming village of Tikhedhunga. The real test of our stamina awaits as we tackle the Ulleri Hill, a relentless ascent consisting of countless steps and boulders. By late afternoon, we conquer Ulleri, where we'll spend the night, rewarded for our efforts with a sense of accomplishment and the promise of more adventures to come.

Day 4 : Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani ( 2874m/9428ft) walk about 6hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2874

Following a nourishing breakfast, we set forth on our ascent towards Ghorepani. This quaint Nepali village, known as 'horse-water' in the local language, earned its name from its historical role as a vital campsite for traders. Over time, it has evolved into a cherished stopover for trekkers like us.

Ghorepani boasts a unique charm, featuring small shops and stalls where local products and crafts are on display. The village is divided into two parts: one nestled in a saddle, while the other lies a few hundred feet below. We choose to rest in the higher part of Ghorepani, which rewards us with sweeping panoramic views of the encircling mountains, including the imposing Annapurna South and the majestic Nilgiri peaks.

Given Ghorepani's higher elevation compared to our previous stop, the weather starts to take on a chill, particularly as the evening descends. With this delightful chill in the air, we settle in for a cozy overnight stay in Ghorepani, anticipating more mesmerizing vistas and thrilling adventures on the horizon.

Day 5 : Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani ( 2610m/8561ft) with a Visit to Poon Hill ( 3210m)
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2874

Today marks a significant highlight of our journey, as we embark on an early morning ascent along a steep trail to the captivating Poon Hill viewpoint (3,210m/10,529ft.). This adventure offers a front-row seat to witness a mesmerizing sunrise painting the Himalayan peaks with its golden hues. Poon Hill stands as the most sought-after trekking destination in the Annapurna region, and for good reason.

From this panoramic vantage point, we are treated to breathtaking vistas that extend far and wide, encompassing the enchanting Mustang region, the picturesque city of Pokhara, and a majestic lineup of over 20 of the world's highest mountains. Among them, the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges steal the show with their magnificent close-up views.

After capturing these awe-inspiring moments with photographs and indulging in a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, we trace our steps back to Ghorepani, where a hearty breakfast awaits us. Our journey then leads us eastward, ascending a nearby ridge. As we descend through lush rhododendron forests and pass by mesmerizing waterfalls, we eventually arrive at our resting place for the night – Tadapani. Here, in the embrace of nature's beauty, we settle in for a peaceful overnight stay, cherishing the memories of an extraordinary day.

Day 6 : Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft) walk about 5/6hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2170

Our day begins with a descent through a vast rhododendron forest, where the forest canopy surrounds us with its vibrant greenery. As we continue along the trail, we transition from the forest's embrace to the open expanse of beautifully terraced fields, creating a stunning contrast.

The journey takes us uphill for approximately 5 kilometers, guiding us past charming waterfalls that grace our path. Eventually, we reach a suspension bridge, a common sight in Nepal's hilly and mountainous terrain, showcasing the local expertise in engineering these sturdy structures.

A few more miles of both uphill and downhill trekking bring us to our day's destination – the captivating village of Chhomrong. Nestled beneath the imposing Annapurna massif, Chhomrong presents a picturesque setting that seems almost surreal. Here, amid the serene ambiance of this charming village, we settle in for a well-deserved overnight stay, gazing up at the majestic Annapurna range that looms overhead.

Day 7 : Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7579ft) walk about 6hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3210

Our journey from Chhomrong commences with a series of stone steps that guide us on our way. As we traverse this stone-laden path, we soon reach the banks of the Chhomrong Khola. Here, we cross a sturdy suspension bridge spanning the river, setting the stage for the next leg of our adventure.

Our route takes us on an uphill climb to Sinuwa, where we continue our trek through a mesmerizing forest that envelops us in its lush embrace. The trail leads us to Kuldihar, a point from which we gracefully descend, making for an easy and enjoyable journey that brings us to the enchanting destination of Bamboo.

In Bamboo, we prepare to spend a peaceful night, reenergizing ourselves amidst the tranquil ambiance of the surroundings.

Day 8 : Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/ 20598ft) walk about 6hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3230

Our trek leads us through a cool, damp bamboo forest, gradually ascending on occasionally steep terrain. Upon reaching Himalaya Hotel, the forest clears, bathing us in sunlight and unveiling breathtaking views of the glacial river below.

Next, a steep climb through a drier forest brings us to Hinku Cave. Our path then descends to a river before ascending once more to Deurali. From this vantage point, we're treated to awe-inspiring views of the surrounding hills and the majestic Mt. Dhaulagiri.

The landscape transitions to sparse vegetation, offering enchanting vistas of the valley, the meandering river, and cliffs adorned with delicate waterfalls. As the day comes to a close, we settle in for an overnight stay in Deurali, surrounded by the beauty of the Himalayas.

Day 9 : Trek drom Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp ( 4130m/ 13551ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
4130

Following breakfast, we embark on a steady climb along the valley trail. The path often hugs rocky cliffs, at times steep, before leveling out briefly. Soon, we ascend to the splendid Machhapuchhre Base Camp, where panoramic vistas greet us, showcasing the grandeur of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna.

Turning left, we continue our gentle ascent towards the Annapurna Base Camp, treated to awe-inspiring Himalayan views along the way. Our journey leads us to the remarkable base camp of Mt. Annapurna, encircled by towering peaks. This remote sanctuary, accessible only through the gorge we traversed, becomes our tranquil haven for the night.

Day 10 : Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo ( 3210m/ 7579ft) walk about 6/7hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
3210

Our journey commences with a brisk descent from Annapurna Base Camp, leading us past the Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel, and Doban, until we finally arrive at the welcoming haven of Bamboo, where we will spend the night. Today's trek primarily involves descending terrain, making it a relatively straightforward and manageable leg of our adventure. As nightfall blankets the surroundings, we settle in for a peaceful overnight stay in the comforting ambiance of Bamboo.

Day 11 : Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/ 5775ft) walk about 6hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1760

We retrace our path, returning to Chhomrong, where we pause for a nourishing lunch. From Chhomrong, our journey takes a steep descent into the picturesque Modi Khola valley. The stone steps leading to Chhomrong pose a familiar yet challenging terrain. As we continue, the trail guides us through lush rainforests and verdant farms, a feast for the senses.

Upon reaching Jhinu Danda, our sanctuary for the night, we can savor the rest of the afternoon with relaxation and rejuvenation amidst the serene surroundings. A tranquil overnight stay awaits us in Jhinu Danda.

 

Day 12 : Trek to Matque and Drive to Pokhara (822m/2698ft)
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
822

Following breakfast, we bid farewell to Jhinu Danda and embark on the final stretch of our journey through the captivating hillscapes of western Nepal. Upon reaching Matque, we transition to a private vehicle for a scenic drive back to the city of lakes, Pokhara. The journey takes approximately 2 hours, with a delightful lunch stop along the way.

Our trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary concludes today, and upon arrival in Pokhara, we check in at our hotel to rest and recharge. In the afternoon, we set off for a half-day sightseeing expedition around the enchanting Pokhara. As the day comes to a close, we settle in for a peaceful overnight stay in Pokhara, reflecting on the remarkable experiences of our journey.

Day 13 : Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1350

In the afternoon, we board a flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu, and for the best views of the majestic Himalayas, we recommend choosing seats on the left side of the plane. Upon landing in Kathmandu, we check in at our designated hotel.

With the remainder of the day at our disposal, we have the option to relax or use the time for some last-minute shopping and exploration of any landmarks we may have missed during our initial day in Kathmandu.

As the sun sets, we come together to celebrate the successful completion of our journey with a heartfelt farewell dinner. The night is spent in the comfort of our Kathmandu accommodations, cherishing the memories of our remarkable adventure.

Day 14 : final departure
Food
Breakfast

Our representative will drop you to the International Airport (TIA) to assist you for your final departure to your destination or alternatively the next destination.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pickup & drop-off by car / Van.
  • 3 night hotel in Kathmandu & 2 night accommodation Pokhara inclusive of breakfast.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek.
  • Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Trekking guide and porters including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance
  • All ground transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara and trekking starting point and ending point
  • Sleeping bags and duffel bags
  • Trekking Permits and official documentations such as ACAP & TIMS
  • Government taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara except breakfast
  • Your travel insurance
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Tourist visa fee to enter Nepal
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, and internet.
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver (Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory)

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Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a popular trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek takes you through diverse landscapes, including lush forests, rice paddies, and high-altitude mountains. The highlight of the trek is reaching the Annapurna Base Camp, a stunning amphitheater of towering peaks.

How long does the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek take?

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek typically takes around 14 days to complete, depending on the pace of the trekker and the route taken.

What is the difficulty level of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek, with altitudes reaching up to 4,130 meters (13,550 feet). However, with proper preparation and acclimatization, most people with a moderate level of fitness can complete the trek.

When is the best time to do the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

The best time to do the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is from September to November and from March to May, which are the two peak trekking seasons in Nepal. During these times, the weather is generally clear and dry, with good visibility of the mountains.

Do I need a guide for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

While it is possible to do the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek without a guide, it is highly recommended to hire a guide for safety and cultural insights. Guides can also assist with navigation and provide local knowledge about the area.

What is the accommodation like on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

Accommodation on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek ranges from basic tea houses to more luxurious lodges. Tea houses offer simple rooms with shared bathrooms and communal dining areas. Some lodges offer private rooms with en-suite bathrooms and hot showers.

What permits do I need for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

Trekkers need to obtain two permits for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These can be obtained through a trekking agency or the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

What should I pack for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

You should pack for changing weather conditions, including warm and waterproof clothing, sturdy trekking shoes, a good-quality backpack, a water bottle, and a headlamp. You may also want to bring a camera, sunscreen, and insect repellent. It is important to pack light and only bring essential items to make the trek easier.

Additional Information

Additional Information About Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Here are some additional details about the trek:

Trek duration:

The trek takes around 10-14 days to complete, depending on the itinerary and pace.

Difficulty level:

The trek is considered moderate to difficult, with a maximum elevation of 4,130 meters (13,550 feet) at Annapurna Base Camp.

Best time to go:

The best time to trek the Annapurna Sanctuary is from September to November and March to May, as the weather is relatively stable and the skies are clear.

Route:

The trek usually starts from Nayapul, a town located about an hour's drive from Pokhara. The route passes through various villages, forests, and scenic landscapes before reaching the Annapurna Base Camp.

Highlights:

Some of the highlights of the trek include stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range, diverse flora and fauna, picturesque villages, and the opportunity to experience the local culture and hospitality of the Gurung and Magar communities.

Accommodation:

There are teahouses and lodges along the trekking route that offer basic accommodation and food. Camping is also an option for those who prefer a more private and personalized experience.

Permits:

Trekking permits are required for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, which can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board or a registered trekking agency. TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) are also required.

Overall, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a challenging yet rewarding adventure that offers stunning natural beauty and cultural experiences.

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