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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Overview
Trips Details

activity
Activity : Trek, tour, Sightseeing
trip length
Total Days : 16 Days
trip days
Trekking Days : 11 Days
difficulty
Difficulty : Easy-Moderate
start end
Start - End : Kathmandu-Kathmandu
hightest altitude
Highest Altitude : 4340 m ABC
season
Season : All

Annapurna sanctuary trek is also known as Annapurna base camp trekking to a pleasant journey through diverse Nepalese culture and natural beauties. Approximately, 25 miles north from Pokhara where you can get completely different environment and the tremendous scene will surely attract you. Annapurna region, which is also considered as a paradise on earth is rich in its own culture and has a unique social life. Taking through green foothills, infertile of the world’s deepest Kaligandaki and subtropical forest adorned with rhododendrons and many other wildflowers, it reflects other unique species of flora and fauna.  

Annapurna sanctuary trek basically takes 7 to 11 days. The starting point for this trek will be Pokhara which is also a good starting trek for other short treks. This area is easily accessible because of, guest houses in the hills are plentiful, and treks here offer incredibly diverse scenery, with both lowland and high mountains. And also, the entire area is occupied, trekking in the region offers unique cultural exposure and experience. The raptors or birds of prey in the sky are most likely to catch your eyes.Bird species found in this region are the multi-coloured Impeyan, koala, and blood pheasant among a multitude of other birds, butterflies and insects. Nepal’s King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation launched the Annapurna Conservation Area Project in 1968. Our itinerary for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is designed for those trekkers who wish to reach the Annapurna base camp in a stress-free manner with visits to World Heritage Sites and Ghorepani Poon Hill.The trek starts through forested hillsides before arriving into the Sanctuary with its panoramic views of the Annapurna.

The close-up mountain views at higher altitudes are perhaps the finest in the world. There is a day to explore this breathtaking mountain before returning to Pokhara via a different route. So you can plan for an amazing trip to Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. 

Annapurna sanctuary trek itinerary Outline: 

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 02: Exploration tour in Kathmandu

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 04: Trek to Pothana

Day 05: Trek to Landruk

Day 06: Trek to Jhinu Danda/Hot spring 

Day 07: Trek to Sinuwa/Bamboo

Day 08: Trek to  Deurali

Day 09: Trek to Annapurna base camp

Day 10: trek to Bamboo                                     

Day 11: Trek to Chhomrong             

Day 12: Trek to  Tadapani

Day 13: trek to Ghorepani Poon hill

Day 14: Trek to Pokhara                                       

Day 15: Back to Kathmandu  

Day 16: Farewell !!!                     

 

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

You will find our representatives there at the Airport, ready to greet you when you land at the International Airport in Kathmandu. They will receive you with your name and take you to the hotel where you will be briefly explained about the itinerary package. You will spend the rest of the time at the hotel.

Day 02: Exploration Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu 

On the second day, you will be taken out for an excursion to some of the chief sites in and around Kathmandu. Visits include the Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath, the Monkey Temple and the Narayanhiti Palace Museum in Kathmandu. Later we will head for the ancient cities of Patan and Bhaktapur.

Pashupatinath is one of the most prominent Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva in the world. Its significance can be known by the fact of it being enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Monkey Temple is popular among Nepalese as Swayambhunath. It is located at the top of a hillock that lies to the west of Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath was named monkey temple after the holy monkeys that dwell in the north- western parts of the temple complex.

Narayanhiti Palace Museum is the former abode of the deposed Shah King of Nepal which was later converted to the museum after Nepal was declared Republic. The crown jewel it possesses is regarded as the most valuable objects in Nepal.

Patan which is also known as Manigal is the ancient city located in Kathmandu Valley which is famous for its rich cultural heritage and arts.

Bhaktapur translated into English becomes a city of devotees. The Nyatapol Temple, The Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Siddha Pokhari, 55-windowed palace, and museum are some worth-the-watch sites.

 

Day 03: Drive/Fly to Pokhara

We will take a bus ride and pursue along Prithvi Highway for 6-7 hrs drive to reach Pokhara, Or 30 minutes Flight. We will spend our night in a hotel at Pokhara. If you feel like exploring, we can take a boat ride on Phewa Lake while in Pokhara. Pokhara is one of the famous tourist destinations in Nepal.

Day 04: Drive to Phedi and Trek to Pothana

Today we will drive from Pokhara to Phedi. From there we will start our trek and will walk to Dhampus which is a Gurung settlement located at 1500 m altitude. After a brief rest, we will upper ward to reach Pothana which locates itself at 1900 m altitude.

Day 05: Trek to Landruk

The trail follows through stone steps all the way up to a pass. Later we will pass through a Gurung village and lower down to reach the stream. We will cross the suspension bridge and climb up the hill. We will pass on the narrow trail that is carved around the hill to finally arrive at Landruk where we will stay overnight.

Day 06: Trek to Jhinu Dand/Hot spring 

From Landruk, we will lower down the hill and pass through rhododendron and pine forest to arrive at a river. From there, we will cross the new bridge to arrive at Jhinu Danda which locates itself at 1720m altitude. We will stay overnight at Jhinu Danda.

Day 07: Trek to Sinwa

Today we will lower down the hill and pass through a dense forest of rhododendron to reach to Sinwa. Sinwa is a Gurung Village located at 2360m altitude. The whole journey takes about 4 hrs to complete. We will stay overnight at a guesthouse in Sinwa.

Day 08: Trek to Deurali

On the 8th day, we will have a gentle descent before climbing the hill to reach to Deurali which exists at 3200 m altitude. It takes about five hours of walking to reach Deurali from Sinwa. We will stay overnight in Deurali.

 

Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp

The journey from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp can be completed in about 3 hrs. From Deurali, we will follow the trail all the way up to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). ABC is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary as it is the protected area of the Nepal government. ABC offers the spectacular views of mountains and the nearby locality. We will stay overnight in a camp at ABC.

Day 10: Trek to Bamboo

After early breakfast, we will lower down the hill and follow the quiet easy trail to reach to Bamboo which exists at 2540m altitude. We will stay in Bamboo overnight. Today’s journey takes 7hrs of a walk to complete.

Day 11: Trek to Chhomrong:

It takes 4-5 hours of walking to reach to Chhomrong. We will begin our journey by long and steep stone stairs and pass through rhododendron forest. Later we will arrive at Banuwa. From there we will pass through a small village at Tilche and cross the suspension bridge over Chhomrong Khola to reach Chhomrong where we will stay overnight.

Day 12: Trek to Tadapani

We will pass through some small Gurung settlements, a landslide, and a suspension bridge before climbing the steep hill until Tadapani. Today’s trek will be 5-6hrs long. Amazing views of sunrise on Machhapuchhre Himal and other scenic views of Gangapurna and Annapurna Himal Range can be viewed from Tadapani where we will stay overnight.

Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani

This day, we will lower down through rhododendron forest and take a brief ascend before lowering down to reach Ghorepani which locates itself at 2850m altitude. We can have a sight of many beautifully decorated horse and mule caravans in Ghorepani where we will stay overnight.

Day 14: Move to Pokhara

From Ghorepani, we will trek through Nangethati, Banthanti, Ulleri, Tirkhedhunga and Birethanti to reach to Nayapul. The bus is available in Nayapul which will take us to Pokhara in less than 2 hours.

Day 15: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu

A 25-minute flight from Pokhara will take us to Kathmandu. Alternatively, we can take a bus ride for about 6 to 7 hours to reach Kathmandu. We will have our evening dinner at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu, Farewell!!

Our team members will assist you in last minute preparations and will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport. We bid you farewell and hope to serve you again!! 

Include/Exclude

Costs include/ exclude of trekking companies:

Annapurna Sanctuary trek cost includes:  

  • Pickup and drop at Airport
  • 3-night hotel stay in Kathmandu on B/B Plan
  • 2-night hotel stay in Pokhara on B/B Plan
  • Full Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during trekking period
  • Accommodations during the trek
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour inclusive of guide, entry fees, and transportation
  • A government license holder guide
  • Porter to carry your baggage
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, types of equipment, transportation and local tax for guides and porters
  • Ground Transportation Charge while returning back to Kathmandu from the trekking destination
  • TIMS card(Trekker’s information Management System)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Required Entry fees
  • Trekking Permits needed
  • All government taxes and service charges
  • Farewell dinner prior to departure  
Costs excluded in the trek to Annapurna Santuary trek package:
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee
  • International Airfare and Airport Departure Tax
  • Tips for trekking staffs
  • Drinks (hot/soft/cold) and liquors
  • Personal shopping and laundry, Personal trekking equipments, Gifts and souvenirs
  • All items not listed in Cost included section

Notes: Costs are prone to change in itinerary. So costs will be recalculated if the trekking days get modified.

Equipment List

The basic equipments check lists for Annapurna Sanctuary trek:

  Sun hat or scarf

  Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

  Sunglasses

  Sun protection cream 

  Gloves

  Camera

  Basic First Aid Kit

  Down vest and/or jacket *

  Rain cote

  Water bottles

  Trekking shoes

  Thick and thin both type of socks

  Warm clothes

  Tissue and Toilet papers

  Tooth brush/paste

  Large plastic bags – to keep items dry inside the trek bag

  Towel etc…..

 

  Extras Equipments:

   Binoculars

   Reading book

   Travel game i.e. chess, card etc

   Swimming customs

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