This demanding trek encapsulates you and places you in the midst of some of Nepal’s finest mountains. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a 12 day trek through contrasting environments of Rhododendron forests of Pothana and Ghandruk to the alpine climates of Annapurna Base Camp. Alongside Annapurna Panorama Trek, the AST is another opportunity to see Nepal’s mountains and villages with relative ease compared to some of the more demanding hikes like the Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp.
Once you are past Landruk, you enter into a valley surrounded by massive Himalayan peaks and this during periods of heavy snow can cause avalanche risks so always check with local guides to ensure your safety. At Chhomrong, ensure you have adequately have had enough time to acclimatize as altitude after you leave increases by over 2,000 metres.
Prior to reaching Annapurna Base Camp you will come across Machhapuchhare Base Camp which really is just a small village and this doesn’t mean you can climb Machhapuchhare because it is a sacred mountain and climbing is strictly prohibited. Half way along into your trek is Annapurna Base Camp which is the gateway to a variety of trekking peaks such as Pisang Peak (6,091 metres) and Singu Chuli (6,501 metres) which are both difficult climbs requiring advanced mountaineering skills.
ABC is a pretty cool place to hang out with early mornings being clear and crisp with exceptional Himalayan. There are a few chortens and stupas to visit in ABC and one in particular is dedicated to one of the most famous mountaineers to ever live, Anatoli Boukreev who was a leading figure in the rescue on Mount Everest noted by John Krakauer in his book, Into Thin Air.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Highlights:
- The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek leads you right into the frozen heart of the Annapurna Range, a magnificent arena of rock and ice on a staggering scale.
- The trail starts in rice paddies and leads through a gorge of bamboo and forests to end among glaciers and soaring peaks – an unparalleled mountain adventure.
- It’s an amazing experience to have an open-air breakfast surrounded by 7000m or 8000m peaks in every direction
- You can click a 360-degree view of Annapurna ranges, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre Himal from the Annapurna Base Camp.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trip Facts:
||Annapurna Base Camp – Lodge Trek|
||11 Nights / 12 Days.|
||Kathmandu, Pokhara, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Poon hill, Annapurna Sanctuary.|
|MODE OF TOURS:||KTM – PKR – KTM Drive + 10 Days Annapurna Trek|
||2 to 20 persons.|
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Total Distance for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
route covers around 115 km and you will be walking 10 to 20 km each day. This trail is a popular one and is usually packed with trekkers from all over the world.The trekking trails are easier on this trek. However, the rocky terrains in the mountains is a bit difficult than normal hilly trails. The moraine trails are rocky and sometimes steep.
During winter, all the paths will be covered by snow and it will be quite challenging. But the trekking trail is popular and busy in most season.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Difficulty:
During the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, you will trek to the highest altitude of 4130 meters at the Base Camp. Walking to high altitude remote places isn’t so easy. With high altitude comes several challenges as well.
Get ready! High altitudes are full of challenges. The weather and temperature variations are frequent there. With increasing altitude, the air gets thinner. You must have to walk through strenuous uphills.
The possibility of getting altitude sickness is always there after you reach 2500 meters. Be careful! You might go through some symptoms of altitude sickness.
Remember! Keep distance with alcohol while trekking. Do not consume any sleeping tablets. Keep yourself hydrated. Keeping safety precautions in mind, the ABC trek is a lot easier.
The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate level trek. It is a perfect trek for beginners. Get some training and keep a strong mindset. You can beat every difficulty that might come along. This trek is once in a lifetime kind of experience.
Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)
Initially before starting our Annapurna sanctuary trek, we take a long 6 hrs comfortable drive to Pokhara. Watching the beautiful green valleys, ridges, rivers, fields and settlements in between, we enjoy our tourist bus ride to Pokhara. We do have lunch stop in restaurant. And upon arrival at beautiful lake city, valley of seven lakes, Pokhara, enjoy overall atmosphere, take stroll around lake side of fewa lake or simply shop and hop into any nice restaurant, pubs etc.
Drive: 6 hours, 510m descent
Day 02: Drive Pokhara to Nayapul & Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m)
Pokhara then a drive of less than an hour to Nayapul. You start your trek here. In 15 minutes or so, you reach Birethanti, a large village featuring many shops and tea houses. The trail goes along the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola, climbing steadily until Hille is reached. At the end of a short climb is Tikhedhunga where you stay for the night.
Drive: 45min, Trek: 3-4 hours, 540m ascent
Day 03: Trek to Ghorapani (2850m)
After Tikhedunga, there is a steep climb to the large village of Ulleri. The ascent then continues, but more gently. You will pass through forests of oak and rhododendron before reaching Banthani. You then continue to Nangethanti. An hour after that, you come to Ghorepani where you stay for the night.
Trek: 4-6 hours, 1360m ascent
Day 04: Poon Hill & Trek to Tadapani (2590m)
An amazing pre-dawn trek to Poon Hill reveals a stunning sunrise over the Himalaya. One of the finest views you are ever likely to enjoy. After a well earned breakfast your trek continues to Tadapani through pine and rhododendron forests.
Trek: Poon Hill: 1.5 hours, 400m ascent/descent. To Tadapani: 5-6 hours, 550 descent, 710m ascent
Day 05: Trek to Chomrong (2210m)
At first, the trail leads sharply downhill through forests but later it eases as you approach the village of Gurjung. The walk to Chomrong is fairly easy. You stay at Chhomorung for the night. There are many chalet-style, wooden lodges in Chomrong (2210m) which have great views out toward the prominent Machhapuchhre (Fish-Tail Peak). A brilliant place to end the day!.
Trek: 3-4 hours, 600m ascent, 900m descent
Day 06: Trek to Doban (2505m)
Today the trail descends steeply to the banks of the river Chumrung Khola. We cross over the river on a suspension bridge, then climb steeply through bamboo thickets leading to the small village of Sinuwa Danda. Here, the trail levels off and follows a ridge traveling through rhododendron and bamboo forests, always in view of the mountains. After descending through Khudi and Bamboo village, we hike for about 1.5 additional hours before arriving at Dovan for the evening..
Trek: 4.5 – 5.5 hours, 700m ascent, 500m descent
Day 07: Trek to Deurali (3140m)
The day begins with the trail winding through bamboo forest, before you climb gradually but steadily to the open spaces above treeline. After hiking across a grassy pasture at Tomo (8,400′ / 2545m), you reach the narrowest point in the canyon, Panchenin Barha, the natural “gate” to the sanctuary, with its small trailside shrine. Before 1956, no one of low caste, no foreigners, and no “impure” foods such as pork, beef, chicken, garlic, and eggs were allowed beyond this shrine into the sacred confines of the Annapurna Sanctuary.
Trek: 3.5 – 4.5 hours, 750m ascent
Day 08: Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3680m)
This day is shorter, to aid acclimitisation. The gorge widens as you finally feast your eyes upon the full glory of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Ahead of you lies the lateral moraine of South Annapurna Glacier, with the Modi Khola flowing to our right. Reach your home for the night, Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3680m), site of a 1957 British Expedition to Machhapuchhare that climbed to within 200′ of the summit. Because the peak is sacred to the Gurung people and considered the home of a Gurung goddess, Nepal’s government subsequently declared it off limits to climbers and it has remained unclimbed since.
Trek: 2.5 – 3 hours, 500m ascent
Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) and descend to Doban (2505m)
Wake up early in the morning for your final ascent to Annapurna Base Camp. The trail contours the broad, grassy, and sometimes snow-covered valley. When you reach base camp you are surrounded by a 360-degree panorama of incredible Himalayan peaks: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna II, Roc Noir, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare. After some time taking in the incredible views, begin your descent. Pass back through Machhapucharre Base Camp and, after you enjoy our last views of the Annapurna Sanctuary, head out the “gate” and follow your outward track back down the valley to Doban.
Trek: 7.5 – 8 hours, 500 metres ascent followed by 1720m descent
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1780m)
You continue downhill, then detour off your former trail and head steeply down to the “New Bridge” on the Modi Khola. From here, the route flattens out somewhat until reaching the small settlement of lodges, known as Jhinu Danda. There is a small hot spring so bring a bathing suit if you’d like to take a dip!
Trek: 6 – 7 hours, 900m descent, 550m ascent
Day 11: Trek to Birethani (1080m) & drive to Pokhara
The final day on the trail contours through fields and villages to Biethani, where you will meet your transport for the drive back to Pokhara. The lakeside town of Pokhara is the perfect place to relax, enjoy a cold beer or browse the Tibetan curio market.
Trek: 5 – 6 hours, 1000m descent, 300m ascent
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast you fly back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival a tour of Kathmandu awaits you. The capital of Nepal is a fascinating city bursting with energy.Your trip ends with a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant.
Both way transporation for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
Both way private transportation service between Pokhara and Nayapul (trek start and end point)
Two night accommodation in selected hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast.
Best Possible Teahouse, lodge accommodation (Generally twin Sharing room)- 8 Nights
All Standard Meals ( 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners and 10 Breakfasts) during the trek.
Government License holder Adventure Connexion experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide, (14 or above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation and other necessary equipment.
Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) Fee.
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee.
Snacks (cookies) and Seasonal fresh fruits every day
All government, Local taxes and official Expenses
Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
Adventure Connexion appreciation of certificate after over the trek.
Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Airport pick up and drop service
Hotel in Kathmandu
All kind of drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks).
Your accommodation & all foods in the mountain region.
Your Personal Equipment.
Personal travel and medical insurance.
Any kind of personal expense.
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.
Tips for trekking staff, driver (Tipping is expected).