Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking - 12 Days

Annapurna Sanctuary trek is an outstanding trek to admire the beauty and adventure in Annapurna region. The moderate trek reaches an elevation of 4310 m. to its destination Annapurna base camp and Jomsom.

We witness spectacular mountain vistas, traditional settlements, and lush forests and sub-tropical valleys. The comfortable trail passes through Ghorepani, Tadapani, Jhinu Danda and other tourist spots. The mesmerizing mountain vistas of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and surrounding sceneries make Poonhill the best vantage point in Nepal.

The trek with its easy trails explores gorgeous lowlands to wonderful high mountains. The trail traverses terraced fields, Dhampus ridge, Gurung villages, dense forests, and Hinko cave.

Poonhill is famous for the gorgeous sunrise from the mountains and the surrounding vistas. Marpha village in the trail is known for its beautiful apple orchards and their Apple brandy. The excursion to the sacred Hindu and Buddhist temple, Muktinath, is a religious experience.

The highlights of the Annapurna Sanctuary trek are

  • Views of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Fishtail, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal and Tukuche peak.
  • Forests adorned with rhododendrons, roses, apricots, and other flowers.
  • Gurung and Magar settlements.

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Once we complete the arrangements for the trek, we start the day with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It takes around 6 – 7 hours. It is a scenic route with the green fields, rivers, traditional villages along the way. We reach Pokhara in the evening and enjoy in the restaurants and pubs in the lakeside area.

Day 2: Pokhara to Tikhe Dhunga (1525m) Breakfast

Early morning we drive to Nayapul after breakfast which is the starting point of our trek. We take a short walk along the banks of Modi Khola. We finally reach Birethanti, a large village with shops and teahouses. Then, we walk along the north bank of Bhurungdi Khola and then climb up a valley to Hile at 1495 m. A short climb takes us to Tikhedhunga at 1525 m. We spend the night here.

Day 3: Trek to Ghorepani (2750m)

The trek from Tikhedhunga begins with a steep climb to Ulleri at 2070 m. Ulleri is a large Magar village with unique cultures. We make a gentle climb, through forests of oaks and rhododendrons, to reach Banthanti at 2250 m. Then the trail reaches Nange thanti (2460m) and then after an hour to Ghorepani.

Ghorepani is a traditional village with wonderful panoramic views of Annapurna South and Nilgiri. The people welcome us with warm hospitality and unique cultures. We can buy souvenirs in the shops here. We stay here overnight.

Day 4: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2520m)

The main highlight of the day is the top of Poon Hill, one of the best vantage points in Nepal. The views of the mountains turning golden with the first rays of the sun are exquisite. We start the hike early and reach Poon hill in about 45 minutes. Then we enjoy the views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Pokhara valley as well as Mustang.

Then, we trek back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we move east and climb a ridge. Then we descend through forests and waterfalls to finally reach Tadapani. We spend the night here.

Day 5: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2210m)

The trail descends through a rhododendron forest and then opens to beautiful terraced fields. We make an uphill climb and pass through waterfalls and a suspension bridge. A few more uphill and downhill treks and we reach our destination, Chhomrong.

Day 6: Chhomrong to Dovan (2540m)

We trek down to Chhomrong khola and then continue our climb to Khudighar. We cross stone steps and a suspension bridge to reach Sinuwa Danda where we have lunch. We pass through rhododendron and bamboo forests and sloppy cliffs and finally reach Dovan.

Day 7: Dovan to Deurali (3170m)

From Dovan, we pass through dense forests with many waterfalls. Slowly, the beautiful mountain vistas come into view as we visit the Hinko cave and Barahi temple. We reach Deurali after a while and get to see Mt. Fishtail ridge and interesting wildlife if the weather is clear. We stay here overnight.

Day 8: Deurali to Annapurna Base camp

The leveled trail past old avalanche debris finally enters Annapurna sanctuary. After a while, we reach Machchhapuchhre Base camp. We see Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Himchuli, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna mountains from here.

From the base camp, we turn left and ascend gently to Annapurna Base camp. After a steady walk to acclimatize, we cross a gorge to finally reach the Annapurna Base camp. We can see Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail and Himchuli mountains from here.

Day 9: Annapurna Base Camp descend to Sinuwa

From the exquisite Base camp, we trace our way back to Bamboo along Modi River Bank. We take an easy descend with the changing shapes of the mountains. There are few loose trails as we continue towards the tranquil viewpoints. We finally reach Sinuwa where we stay overnight.

Day 10: Sinuwa to Ghandruk (1940m)

We descend through forests to Chhomrong Khola and retrace our steps to Chhomrong. Then we make our way across Jhinu Danda with a hot spring along the bank of Modi River. We follow the river bank to reach Kyumi River Bridge where we can spot monkeys, deer, and butterflies. Finally, we reach the Gurung village of Ghandruk. The village is a heaven with beautiful terraced fields, unique cultures, and glistening mountains. It is a warm experience to spend the night in the cultural village of the Gurkhas.

Day 11: Trek to Birethanti, Naya Pool then drive to Pokhara (910m)

On the last day of the trek, we walk along stone steps in the middle of terraced fields. We reach Syaulebazaar and enjoy the changing mountain sceneries along with the different flowers that bloom here.

Then, we trek down towards Birethanti and then to Nayapool. From Nayapool, we drive to Pokhara and enjoy the lakeside area in the evening.

Day 12: Fly back from Pokhara to Kathmandu

We visit some famous tourist destinations like Sarangkot, White Gumba, and Bindhebasini temple. Then, we take a short flight back to Kathmandu to end our trek.

Cost Includes

      • 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara(Hotel Dharama Inn)
      • All ground transportation by Bus and car
      • All accommodations in teahouse and all 3 times meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the treks
      • All cost for guide leader (First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking) All required major permit
      • All necessary paper works and permits
      • Travel & Rescue arrangements
      • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
      • All government and local taxes if necessary

Cost Exclude(s)

      • Visa fees/ International airfare to & from home city/ international airport departure taxes
      • Excess baggage charges & Monuments & Monastery fees
      • All the drinks while you are on trek
      • Hotels in kathmandu
      • Lunch And dinner while you are in Katmandu and pokhara
      • tips for guide
      • Entry fees in Katmandu sleight seeing sites

FAQs on Trekking in Nepal

Nepal is a paradise filled with natural flora and fauna. From the plain lands of Terai to the high Himalayas, there is diversification and singularity in every aspect. This is what makes Nepal so unique.

Due to variation in the topography and altitudes, Nepal has been famously spotted as a diverse Trekking Region. Nepal offers normal trekking routes starting from 2000m (Dhampus Trek, Ghandruk Trek) to 5500m (Everest Base Camp). And I can tell you that every single trek has its own peculiarity and adventure.

You may have a lot of queries regarding trekking in Nepal. In this article, I have tried to answer some of them.

Is it safe to travel in Nepal?

After the devastating earthquake in 2015, every visitor has had this common question in mind. And the answer is yes, it is safe to travel in Nepal. You can come here and enjoy without any hesitation or second thoughts.

After the quake, numerous reconstruction activities have been done and many are even going on. So, you will be witnessing a different outlook of the country. If you are willing, you can even lend a hand financially or through volunteering for reconstruction in the remote areas.

How is the current political scenario in Nepal?

The political situation in Nepal is facing a transitional shift. Nepal is in the process of adopting a federal structure of governance form.  From the political view, there are not many obstacles as you might think.

How can I get a Nepal visa for arrival?

You can get your arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Most of the people can obtain a visa on entry to Nepal. Some countries’ visa will need to be arranged prior traveling.

The price of visa depends on the number of days you will be staying. $25 is for 15 days from the date of issue, $40 for 30 days and $100 for 90 days tourist visa. You will need two passport size photos. Other documents are not required.

You can apply for an online visa through (http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ ).

Do you have any pickup facility from the airport on arrival and departure?

Yes, our company has a pick-up facility as a complementary policy. At your arrival, our agency airport representative will pick you up from the airport. You can recognize us at the spot easily through our company’s name card.

And when you complete your trip, we will drop you back.

What type of insurance should I get? How can I get it?

We advise you to get your general travel and medical insurance cover from your respective country. In Nepal, you should buy medical and mountain evacuation insurance for traveling. But, we don’t offer mountain rescue insurance here.

Who can go on the trips?

Our trips are designed for everyone who has a love for outdoor adventure and cultural experience. Of course, some trips may be a bit difficult for people who are physically unfit.

In such cases, you need to choose only those trips that suit you best. Please contact for prior management.

What if I am a solo traveler? Is there any supplementary service for singles?

Not a problem at all. Many of our customers are traveling single. You also have the option to join a small group or another solo traveler.

Even if you are a single traveling woman, you need not worry. You will not face any kind of awkwardness.

Yes. There is an extra charge for traveling alone. Please contact us to find out more.

Do I really need a trekking guide?

According to recent changes in policy, trekking guides are almost mandatory for trekking in Nepal for everyone. It is to ensure safety and protection of all visiting tourists.

Plus, the journey will be a lot more informative and memorable with guides. S/he will be your friend and company during the journey.

But if you are well experienced and have trekked before as well, you may not require one. But if you are with a guide, it will be easy for you to tackle any problems during the trek.

Do I need a porter?

This part completely depends on your choice. If you think you are able to carry backpacks on your own, you can avoid them. If not, it is better to hire one.

You can have double benefits as well. As porters may have knowledge about the trails and settlements, you may not even require a guide.

Do you have tailor-made trips?

Yes. If there is any specific place that you want to visit that is not on our itinerary or if you want to combine trips or do multiple treks, we can surely arrange that. Send us your ideas and we will work with you to put together a customized trip of a lifetime.

When is the best time to visit Nepal for trekking?

Spring and Autumn season can be considered as the best time for trekking in Nepal.

October to November is the most popular time for trekking in Nepal. As it is the post monsoon period, the climate is clear and the mountains have an amazing view.

After that, March to May is the second most popular time. This pre-monsoon time has warmer weather with good visibility.

Besides, short tea house treks can be done during the winter season as well. I suggest you guys not to make plans for treks during monsoon and winter as far as possible.

How difficult is trekking in Nepal?

Nepal is known worldwide for its adventurous and interesting trekking spots. You certainly need to keep in mind that the journey will be challenging.

The toughness of the trekking depends on its altitude, grade, and location. There are different gradings for trekking such as; easy, medium, challenging, and demanding. You can make your choice depending on these grades.

Regarding time, you will be trekking 5 to 7 hours per day for altitudes ranging from 3000m to 8848m. But again, it will depend on the type of trek.

So no need to be afraid! You will enjoy extreme wilderness untouched by modern development. You will be grateful for the thrill and adventure of exploring the exotic nature.

How long will be the trekking period?

The period of trekking will depend on its type and grades.

As I have already mentioned about the grading of trekking, the most challenging treks will be for more than 4 weeks. The easy type of trek completes in about 1-3 days whereas the moderate will take about a week. The days taken cannot be exactly calculated as it might depend on weather conditions and other emergencies.

How fit should I be for the trekking?

You should be mentally and physically prepared for the trekking. The success of trekking wholly depends on you. We suggest you choose the trekking routes that suit your fitness level. Obviously, shorter treks are easier than longer ones. The longer treks will require a better standard of fitness.

So, be in your best physical form. Believe in yourself and move on!

What are tea houses and camping trekking? Is it possible here?

Teahouse trekking and camping trekking are the two general types of trekking in Nepal.

Teahouse trekking is the most popular type of trekking in Nepal. It is available in the trekking regions of Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, and Manaslu.

In this type, you will get good accommodation and fooding with a variety of items in the menu including Nepali Dal Bhat.

Camping trekking means making a full camp, carrying everything for the whole trip and getting along for the destination. In this type, you will fully cater for camping. You (or porters or packed animals) will carry all the camping gears including food, tents, sleeping bags, medical kits, etc.

You will be pitching your camps wherever suitable. You will be accompanied by a guide, cooks, porters, and sometimes a packed animal.

As compared to the tea house trekking, camping trekking is a bit difficult.

What types of food will be served during the trekking?

All kinds of food, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food will be mostly available. But, I recommend you to eat vegetarian during the trekking period. It will be more hygienic and physically helpful.

About food standards in tea houses, the fruit and vegetables are hygienic and well soaked in iodine before cooking. Food will be simple and homely reflecting the Nepali culture. Continental and international cuisine can be also served (depending upon the places).

Most of the lodges serve boiled and filtered water, safe for drinking. If you want, you can buy bottled mineral water as well.

Will there be any telephone/internet facilities at higher altitudes?

Most of the villages along the popular trekking routes have good coverage of cell phone and internet.

The Wi-Fi service is slowly becoming popular. You can also find telephones for international calls. But, these extra services will cost you extra money.

What do I need to carry on the trek?

If you hire a porter, he will carry your luggage and belongings. A porter will carry up to 50 kg of load.

You should remember to carry a small day-sack, fleece jacket, waterproof clothes, warm hat, sunhat, sun-cream, water bottle, first aid kit and water purification kit. Besides, you can carry any other stuff you think is important.

What is AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)? Can I suffer from AMS?

Altitude sickness is one of the major problems you may face during trekking in higher altitudes. It is also referred to as AMS. AMS is a kind of dizziness due to failure to adapt to the surrounding.

A severe headache, nose bleeding, rapid heartbeat, instant respiration, nausea, vomiting, coughing etc. are the common symptoms of AMS. Your lungs and brain will be the most affected during AMS. If you get any such indications, you have to be immediately moved to lower altitudes.

The chances of AMS cannot be predicted exactly. It sometimes depends on the surrounding and on your diet as well.

I recommend you to take proper advice and medication regarding AMS before you hit the road.

What happens in the case of emergency?

If you get in an emergency, we are ready to reach out and help you anyhow. Plus, our guides are properly trained to tackle such situations.

In the case of physical problems, the guides will help you out with their basic knowledge. If a serious emergency occurs, rescue operation by helicopter is available. Their expenses will be recovered from your insurance company.

Additionally, you have to be mentally and physically prepared for everything that might come on your way.

What currency should I bring?

We advise you to bring US dollars/British pounds/Euros to pay for your visa, trip cost, and other expenses. Almost all the major currencies are usually accepted. But, it is always better to travel with US dollars.

What essential documents/items do I need to bring along with me?

You must bring a valid passport, a copy of your travel insurance, cash, necessary tickets, emergency contact numbers of insurance and family members and the required medications you will/might need.

Are your staffs fully insured?

Yes! Our guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are fully equipped and insured as well. They are all experienced and have adequate knowledge about trekking. You will surely have a great time with them.

Can I extend the period of trek?

The itinerary that we provide you is a type of guideline and a standard pattern only. So, the schedule can be modified according to your time and requirements. We provide both types of trekking, tea house, and camping.

Please do contact or email us for the latest updated info.

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