Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

USD 1,055
  • Activities
    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
  • Max Elevation
    4,130 m at Annapurna Base Camp
  • Trip Duration
    18 Days
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate to Adventurous
  • Lodging
    Eco Tea House Trek
  • Meals
    Full board on Trek, BB Plan in City
  • Transportation
    Private vehicles
  • Communication
    Available
  • Group Size
    Minimum 2
  • Best Season
    Autumn and Spring
  • Per Day Walk
    Approx. 4 - 7 hours

Trip Highlights of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek :

  • Traverse through the alpine region of the Nepalese Himalayas.
  • Get amazing vistas of the mountains, including various ranges of Annapurna like I, II, III, IV, North, and South.
  • See other surrounding mountains like Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, or Macchhapuchre. Nilgiri, Gangapurna, Himchuli, etc.
  • Visit the quaint Hamlet of Ghandruk.
  • Fraternize with the Gurung communities.
  • Finish the Ghorepani Poonhill trek within the ABC trek.
  • Relax in the hot spring at Jhinu Danda.
  • Reach the base of Mount Annapurna (8091m) – the 10th highest peak in the world.
  • 360 Degree panorama views of the Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m)

Trip Introduction :

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is also popularly known as the ABC Trek or the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It takes you to the mesmerizing lands housing the ethereal peak of the Annapurna mountain. Not only will you get to see one of the world’s tallest mountains up close, but also traverse through beautiful trails.

During your journey, you will be closer to several mountain ranges of Nepal. Some include Annapurna (8091m), Dhaulagiri (8267m), Fishtail or Macchhapuchre (6997m), etc. Other peaks like Nilgiri, Gangapurna, Himchuli Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Annapurna South are also visible. Amidst these peaks, you will be walking through the remote alpine trails of the Nepali Himalayas. You will find it to be a wonderful opportunity to explore the Himalayas and their culture.

Exploring the culture and tradition of the Himalayas is inevitable during this trek. You will come across several hamlets during your treks. Villages of Ghorepani and Ghandruk are some hospitable places you will pass through.

The Annapurna sanctuary trek proposed by Nepal guide treks and expedition is a 17-day long journey. We will begin our journey from the beautiful city of lakes, Pokhara. Pokhara is often regarded as the doorway to the Annapurna circuit and Mustang region.

After you arrive in Pokhara from Kathmandu, we will leave for Nayapul to start our trek. We will arrive at Tikhedhunga to commence our trek. The trail leads us through various alpine vegetation, including the largest forests of rhododendrons. You can also trace various villages, paddy fields, and terraces as you head towards Ghorepani. The region is home to several people of the Gurung community who are indigenous Nepalis.

You ought to hike a little higher to the hilltop of Poonhill at 3210 meters. The hilltop provides awesome vistas of the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif. From Ghorepani Poonhill, we will continue to head for the base camp. The route takes us to the Himalayan Hotel via Tadapani – Chhomrong -Bamboo. Then, we will finally arrive at the Annapurna Sanctuary or the base camp at 4130 meters.

The beautiful sanctuary on the lap of the beautiful peak of Annapurna peak is quite ethereal. Enjoy the victory of reaching your destination. After our victory of reaching the Annapurna Base Camp, we have to return where we started. Our journey will require retracing our steps back to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu.

The 17-day journey will be a challenging yet amazing adventure, all facilitated by us at Nepal Guide Treks. We create your itinerary and manage all your logistics. You might need some local hand to navigate a trek in a foreign land. We and our team will be that helping hand for you every step of the way.

If you are looking to do the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, stick with us. We bring you the details and everything you need to know about the trek.

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  • Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu [1345m/4411ft] & transfer to Hotel

    Meals: BB Plan + Welcome Dinner.

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Place: Kathmandu

    Altitude: 1,345 Meters

    The first day of your 17-day long trip begins with your arrival in Nepal. We will be at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu to receive you. Our personal vehicle will take you to transfer to a suitable hotel via our staff. After the check-in ends, you can take a rest to fight off your jet lag or visit our office for further info about your journey. We will host a dinner program on the day of your arrival. The team will join you and also brief you about your trek.

  • Day 02: Sightseeing around the world heritage sites of Kathmandu
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    Meals: BB PlanAccommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Place: Kathmandu

    Altitude: 1,345 Meters

    Today, we have a day to visit tourist sites within the valley. There are several sites in Kathmandu that are considered world heritage sites. We will choose around 3 to 4 sites that will fit in the day’s timeframe. The journey will be facilitated with our own vehicle services and guides and begin from your hotel and end with drop off at your hotel.

  • Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

    Meals: BB Plan

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Place: Pokhara

    Altitude: 820 Meters

    Travel time – 5-hour drive

    Our destination for today will be the beautiful city of lakes, Pokhara. We will follow a winding road that takes you through scenic routes alongside Nepal’s hills. You will observe several hills, rivers, and hamlets as you take the road via Prithvi Highway. After around five hours worth of drive, the city will welcome you with beautiful Himalayas. You will find several lakes, including the mesmerizing Phewa Lake in the city’s center. We will be located in one of the hotels on the lakeside for the day.

    Several tourist destination that includes cultural and natural heritage sites awaits the city. It houses many lakes, caves, temples, stupas, viewtowers, etc. We will visit a handful of these sites in our spare time. We have a full day of exploration just in Pokhara after our trek.

  • Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga

    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodge

    Place: Tikhedhunga

    Altitude: 1577 Meters

    Travel time – 1.5-hour drive and 3 to 4 hours trek

    Today we will officially begin with our trek. First, we will take a swift drive from Pokhara to reach Nayapul, the starting point of our trek. From Nayapul we will begin our trek via the sub-tropical trails alongside Modi Khola. The trail takes you towards Birenthanti which has a checkpoint. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project’s checkpoint is here and you ought to process your permits here. Then we continue our trek uphill passing through terraced rice paddy fields towards Tikhedhunga.

    Upon arrival, we check into the local tea house or lodge for an overnight stay.

  • Day 05: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani

    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodge

    Place: Ghorepani

    Altitude: 2855 Meters

    Travel time – 5 to 6 hours trek

    We will head to Ghorepani from Tikhedhunga today. The trek consists of a trail that crosses a stream. Then you need to climb some inclined stop staircase that leads to a hamlet called Ulleri at 2070 meters in height. The Hamlet is inhabited by the local Magar community. Then we pass through several rhododendrons and oak-filled forests via Nangethanti and then arrive at Gorepani. Our overnight stay will again be at a local tea house or lodge.

  • Day 06: Morning hike to Poonhill [3210m/10528ft] & Trek to Tadapani [2590m/8495ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]

    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodge

    Place: Tadapani

    Altitude: 2590 Meters (Tadapani) / 3210 meters (Poonhill)

    Travel time – 5 to 6 hours trek

    Our day today will consist of two major hikes. The first one will be a short sunrise hike towards Poonhill. The early morning hike gives you beautiful views of peaks like Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Annapurna South 7219m, Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail)6993m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Hiunchuli 6441m, etc. Rays of early sunshine hitting these peaks will look ethereal.

    The next hike of the day will be continuing our trek to reach the base camp. Today we will target to reach Tadapani. The trek will again contain trails with dense rhododendron forests. You will also find several wild animals, birds, waterfalls, and scenic natural entities.

    Upon arrival, we will transfer to a local tea house and call it a day.

  • Day 07: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong [2340m/7675ft] [5-6 Hrs Trek]

    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodge

    Place: Chhomrong

    Altitude: 2340 Meters

    Travel time – 5 to 6 hours trek

    Today we will make a downhill hike through the alpine rhododendron and oak filled forest. The trek will be quite easy and we will arrive at our destination of Chhomrong during midday for lunch. Chhomrong is a hamlet inhabited by the Gurung community. It is one of the highest permanent settlements in the region. You get vast views of mountains like Machhapuchre and Annapurna South from the hamlet.

    Our overnight stay will be at a local tea house or lodge of the hamlet.

  • Day 08: Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo

    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodge

    Place: Bamboo

    Altitude: 2335 Meters

    Travel time – 4 to 5 hours trek

    Our trek today consists of a lengthy and steep stoned staircase that passes through Chhomrung to Kuldi. The trail will again consist of mesmerizing beautiful rhododendron forests up to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa a short walk will lead us to Bamboo, our point of overnight stay. During our walk today we will get to see Langur monkeys jumping from one tree to another.

  • Day 09: Trek from Bamboo to Himalaya Hotel

    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Accommodation: Himalayan hotel

    Place: Himalayan hotel

    Altitude: 2920 meters

    Travel time – 5 to 6 hours trek

    We are nearing our destination to the base camp now. We will head to the Himalayan hotel, a step ahead of the base camp for today. The trek today takes you to a steep downhill route along the bank or rocks. You will then walk through somewhat plain trails and again through winding steps through rhododendrons and bamboo forests to the village of Doban. Around 5 to 6 hours of trek will lead us to the Himalayan hotel, our destination for the day.

  • Day 10: Trek from Himalaya Hotel to Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchre Base Camp

    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodge

    Place: Annapurna Base Camp

    Altitude: 4130 Meters

    Travel time – hours trek

    We will reach our long awaited destination of Annapurna Base Camp today. We will climb above a river as we leave the Himalayan Hotel. Then we pass through a lateral moraine and pass to the other side down to a glacier. You will reach up to the bed of the glacier and then finally arrive at Annapurna Base Camp. Our overnight stay will be here for today.

  • Day 11: Explore a day at Annapurna Base Camp

    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodge

    Place: Annapurna Base Camp

    Altitude: 4130 Meters

    Today is the day we will extensively explore the ABC region. We rise early to see the breathtaking sunrise vistas. The vistas include Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7,219m), Gangapurna (7,455m), and Annapurna III (7,555m). Undoubtedly, this will be a moment of a lifetime and a blissful feeling. Taking pictures here is a must if you want to preserve the amazing moments from the journey at ABC.

  • Day 12: Trek from ABC to Bamboo

    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodge

    Place: Bamboo

    Altitude: 2335 Meters

    Travel time – 5 to 6 hours trek

    After finishing our exploration at the Annapurna Base Camp it’s time to head back. We will retrace our steps and head back to Bamboo today.

  • Day 13: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinudanda (Hot Spring)

    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodge

    Place: Jhinu Danda

    Altitude: 1610 Meters

    Travel time – 5 to 6 hours trek

    Today we will follow the trails with a mixture of ascends and descends. It leads our way to Chhomrong, the Gurung hamlet. Then, we will walk through a swift downhill trek to reach the day’s destination at Jhinudanda. The place is popular for its natural hot spring. People enjoy taking time to immerse themselves in the hot water and get rid of their exhaustion. We will spend quality time at the place and call it a day.

  • Day 14: Trek from Jhinudanda to Ghandruk

    Meals: All meals [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner]

    Accommodation: Tea house/ Lodge

    Place: Ghandruk

    Altitude: 1940 Meters

    Travel time – 3 to 4 hours trek

    We will head towards Ghandruk from Jhinu Danda today. The trail consists of winding roads amongst alpine forests. You will reach the destination of the day in 3 to 4 hours. The Gurung village welcomes you with various tea houses, handicraft centers, a museum, and settlement areas. The village gives beautiful vistas of nearby mountains like the peaks of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, etc.

  • Day 15: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara

    Meals: BB Plan

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Place: Pokhara

    Altitude: 820 Meters

    Travel time – 3 to 4 hours trek and 1.5-hour drive

    Today will be the last day of trekking as we leave Ghandruk and head to Nayapul. It will be a swift downhill 3 to 4-hour trek to reach Nayapul. Then we drive back to Pokahra to check into our hotel for an overnight stay.

  • Day 16: Leisure day at Pokhara

    Meals: BB Plan

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Place: Pokhara

    Altitude: 820 Meters

    Today you get a free day to explore the attraction sites of Pokhara. Make great use of the time and resources we have to explore this beautiful city.

  • Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu

    Meals: BB Plan + Farewell Dinner

    Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

    Place: Kathmandu

    Altitude: 1350 Meters

    We will take the same road of the Prithvi Highway to get back to Kathmandu. This will mark the official end of the trip. In Kathmandu, we will check into your hotel and host a farewell dinner.

  • Day 18: International Departure as per your flight schedule.

    Today, you will officially leave Nepal. We will have our representative drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport for your departure.

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What's included?
  • Airport Arrival and Departure transfer by private vehicle
  • Hotel/Resort Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with BB Plan –as per mentioned in Itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu including experienced city guide, all entrance fees, and private vehicle
  • Teahouse lodges accommodation during trekking
  • All meals- B/F, Lunch & Dinner during the trek
  • TIMS – Trekkers Information Management System and Annapurna Conservation Area Fee
  • All required ground transportation by private vehicle
  • Highly experienced trekking guide
  • A required number of Porter
  • Staffs insurance, salary, and clothing
  • General first aid kids
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All applicable tax, Vat, service charge, and paperwork
What's not included?
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

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When is the best time for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

The seasons of spring and autumn are the best time to travel in the Nepali Himalayas. We highly suggest you pick a similar time for your Annapurna Sanctuary trek. These seasons fall during the months of March, April, and May for Spring. Similarly, September, October, and November are considered autumn. However, recent trends show the occurrence of monsoon rain even during September. So, make plans based on the weather and forecast.

The spring and autumn months are best for your treks due to the availability of clear vistas. You can get unobstructed vistas of the nearby mountains. The chances of rainfall and snowfall are also minimized during these seasons. Therefore, the trails become safer. You will be less likely to get into accidents and injuries caused by slippery and icy trails.

At this time of year, the weather is also lovely and temperate. In addition, autumn ushers in Nepal’s festival seasons, including Dashain and Tihar. According to the Nepali calendar, spring ushers in a new year. Thus, it will be a joyful and enjoyable atmosphere altogether, making a vacation to Nepal ideal. Make sure you align your schedule to make your ABC trek during this joyful time!

How difficult is the trek?

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek is one of the very popular destinations after the Everest Base Camp in Nepal. The reputation of such base camp treks makes these treks sound quite scary. However, you need not be very scared to head to this trek. Difficulty the Annapurna base camp trek difficulty is moderate. You need not be an athlete to complete this trek. However, being fit, practicing short hikes, and doing some cardio to build stamina are advisable.

People of all ages can partake in this trek if they’re moderately active in their day-to-day lives. However, cautions of altitude sickness is to be taken care of. The most challenging part of the Annapurna Sanctuary trek is the change in altitude levels. You have to climb uphill in the Himalayas, and that brings risks of altitude-related sickness. Hence, curating an itinerary to prevent it and taking a slower journey is necessary.

Our trek itinerary, which is designed to take you to the base camp via Ghorepani, is an ideal one. It allows you to exercise for higher altitude gains and also adapts you to the Himalayas. You will both enjoy unique travel destinations and also adapt your body to remote Himalayas. The highest point of the trek will be at the base camp at 4130 meters. You will easily conquer this journey, specifically with our carefully curated itinerary.

Food and Accommodation during the Trek

During your trek, you will have varied options for food and accommodation. However, these options become more limited as you travel to more remote areas. The food and accomodation in Kathmandu and other lower altitude regions will be more luxurious. Food options will have wider ranges, including staple Nepali cuisines and foreign items as well. Drinks like fresh coffee, tea, alcohol, sodas, etc will also be available. You will also get well-facilitated hotels with good toiletries and amenities.

The remote locations, however, have less reach in resources. So you will get the best facilities based on their limited resources. Food options will primarily be Nepali staple meals like daal bhaat, momos, or chowmein. You will also get options for tea, Nepali snacks, instant coffee, etc. Accommodation in remote locations will be tea houses or lodges. They are quaint and cozy but not as luxurious as the hotels in the city.

How many days is the Annapurna Sanctuary trek?

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek takes anywhere from 7 to 20 days. Our package includes a trek of 17 days.

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