Annapurna Sanctuary Trek starts and ends from/at Pokhara. This trek goes through Pokhara-Ghandruk-Chhomrong-Dovan-Deurali-ABC-Jhinu Danda-Nayapul.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Swayambhu
- Scenic flight Kathmandu to Pokhara
- 8 days trek 3-6 hours each day passing spectacular waterfalls and Gurung villages overshadowed by high snowy peaks
- Highest altitude we reach in this trip is 4,130 meters at Annapurna Base Camp
Trip Cost Includes:
- Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu (2 Nights)
- Twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara (12 Nights)
- Lodges and guesthouses during trekking (8 Nights)
- An English speaking knowledgeable trekking guide
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- All paper work and permits for trekking.
- All airport pick ups and drops in tourist cars and Pokhara Kathmandu by tourist bus.
- Farewell Dinner in a Traditional Nepalese Restaurant with Dance
- All Government and Local Taxes
Trip Cost Does Not Include:
- Meals and drinks
- Tips and personal expenses
- Any costs not mentioned in inclusion
Day 01: Arrival ~ Kathmandu (1300 meters)
On arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, a representative from our office will greet you at the airport and escort you to your pre booked hotel. You’ll have rest of the day at leisure to freshen up and relax.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (7 hours)
Today we drive to Pokhara.
Overnight: in Pokhara
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ulleri (2050 m/6725 ft) 6 hours trek
Drive to Nayapul and start trek. Todays walk follows a stone pathway, and for the most time we are climbing roughly - it can be tough on the knees so bring walking poles. Along the way we pass through lots of little villages – Mathathanti, Lamdali, Sudame, Hile, and Tikhedhunga – getting a nice glimpse at the local rural lifestyle. We stop for lunch at Tikhedhunga and start going up through the steep steps of Ulleri which will need a great deal of stamina.
Overnight in Ulleri
Day 04: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m/ 9,020 ft): 4 - 5 hours trek
After breakfast, we start climbing up thousands of additional stone steps again to enter the village of Ghorepani. As we are ascending we admire the spectacular scenery as Annapurna South looms large, coming and going from our view. We pass waterfalls, tiny villages, and several tea-houses before reaching Ghorepani. The village has good wi-fi and shops selling handicraft items.
Overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 05: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft) with a visit to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft): 6 - 7 hours
Getting up early in the morning we reach Poon Hill which is a viewpoint for the spectacular Himalayan panorama extending from Dhaulagiri to Annapurna to Machhapuchhre; that stretches from Dhaulagiri I ( 8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) to Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). We then trek back to Ghorepani, have breakfast and then walk towards east and climb a ridge. Our trail descends through rhododendron forests and waterfalls before we reach Tadapani.
Overnight in Tadapani
Day 06: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 6 hours trek
Today we trek for 6 hours with an initial descent of 3 hours through rhododendron forests. For another 3 hours we walk through suspension bridges and millet fields to reach beautiful village of Chhomrong.
Overnight in Chhomrong
Day 07: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 - 5 hours
Today we walk though stone steps and cross the Chhomrong River on a swaying suspension bridge. It is an uphill climb that takes us to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa we walk through forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo.
Overnight in Bamboo
Day 08: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 - 4 hours
Today is a short day walk of 3 to 4 hours climbing past lodges and over the stream to the boulder lined path. The trail then crosses several rivers and a beautiful waterfall and forest to reach Deurali.
Overnight in Deurali
Day 09: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp; Descend down to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (5-6 hours walk)
Starting early morning, today we climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountain side. The hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is a bit strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp we get excellent views of the Machhapuchhre (machha, fish' and puchare, 'tail') along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. The vegetation disappears on our way to Annapurna Base Camp and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South , Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. We descend down to lower altitude at Machhapuchhre Base Camp for sleep overnight.
Overnight: Guest House in Machhapuchhre Base Camp at an altitude 3720m
Day 10: Trek to Jhinnu Danda ( 6 hours walk )
Descending through rhododendron forest full of noisy birds - mostly Black-capped Sibia, we then cross the Chommrong Khola and climb up to Chommrong village (2060m) where we take a rest break. We then begin a short climb back up through forest to the small village of Komrong Danda (2654m). Shortly we reach Jhinnu Danda.
Overnight: Guest House in Jhinu Danda at an altitude 1700m
Day 11: Trek to Nayapul; drive to Pokhara (5 hours walk)
Today on our final day of trekking we first descend to the Kimrong Khola which we cross and then tackle a short ascent. Descending further we follow the Modi River until we reach Nayapul where we meet our car and make the short drive back to Pokhara where we have hot shower and relax in the hotel or stroll around at lakeside.
Overnight: in Pokhara
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu. We spend our last evening in Kathmandu in a farewell dinner together sharing photos recalling the excitements of trip and exchanging emails enjoying the cultural dance program in one of the traditional Nepalese restaurant.
Overnight: Hotel in Kathmandu
Meals: Farewell Dinner
Day 13: Airport Transfer
Today after breakfast you are in leisure on your own. You will be escorted to airport for your flight home at your flight time.
You can design your own trip exactly how you like it according to your requirements, travel dates and budget.
Best Months for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
The springtime from March, April, May and the autumn months from September, October, November is considered the best months for this trek.
Maximum Altitude in this trek: 4,130 meters at Annapurna Base Camp
Your safety is our most important concern while traveling with Eve Holidays. Please note that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather conditions, health condition of team member, unexpected natural disasters and delay or cancellation of flights can affect the itinerary. Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary but your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns, without any pre consultation with clients. So please be prepared to be flexible if required.
In case the trip has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, you are free to choose an alternative trip such as a trek in the Everest, Langtang, or any other region, or sightseeing tours, equivalent to the same price (If trip price is more it will cost you the difference between the two trips ). If you are not interested in the alternative trip, please note that there will be no refund. So, please make sure you have an adequate travel insurance.
Nepal Tourist Visa & Visa Fee
You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at International Airport in Kathmandu. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos with accurate USD for visa fee.
Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict. Spring season ( March to May) and Autumn ( September to November ) is considered the best months for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for trekking, only issue is cold. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing in higher elevations. Trekking in summer/monsoon (June, July, August) will be affected by rain but summer trek could be a good choice for botanist. The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during monsoon and winter the routes are not packed.
Anyone who is fit and healthy and have a habit of walking for few of hours a day can do this trek. However walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your stamina. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lungs and blood diseases are required to consult their doctor before taking the trip. It is also advised that you inform Eve Holidays about the medical condition before booking the trek.
All of Eve Holidays trekking itineraries are planned keeping in mind the risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Going up at higher altitude too fast causes a medical condition called AMS which is serious enough to kill if neglected. We are well aware that it is essential to allow you sufficient time for acclimatization to minimize the risk. However it is important to remember that some people are more vulnerable than others.
It is recommended that you carry a light 35-50L rucksack with your personal belongings that you may need handy such as camera, hat, glasses, gloves, sun creams, first-aid kit, toothpaste/brush, soap/ towel, and other personal items.
To keep yourself hydrated at high altitude, always remember to carry water container with at least 1 litre of water in your backpack. Around base camp you will need your down jacket. Here is the guideline of Equipment and Packing List
All our trekking guides are highly experienced, well trained and Government Licensed guides. As we focus on employing single women with the aim of helping them make a living for themselves and their children, we usually provide female trekking guides. But we provide male as well if you prefer male guide.
We use standard rooms in hotels/guesthouses in Kathmandu. Along the trekking routes, you stay in teahouses that generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Accommodation are on twin sharing basis. The accommodation in lodges in trekking routes can be single and double rooms, or a dormitory. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room. Single supplement will be provided on request and will cost an additional. Although single rooms are readily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation, it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations. Hotels in Kathmandu can be upgraded to 4 star and 5 star in an additional cost. .
Except farewell dinner in Kathmandu, meals are not included in trip cost so that you have the flexibility in food choice and the budget. While on trekking, usually, each day dinner and breakfast will be at a lodge where you will stay and lunch will be on the way. We make it sure that the food is hygienic and at the same time suits your palate. Foods cooked in lodges and guesthouses on the way are pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, daal bhat (rice and lentils), bread, soup, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and some interesting attempts at custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists with acclimatization. In many larger villages you may find some meat items on the menu. You can always find hot chocolate, tea, and hot lemon drinks, as well as soft drinks, and treats like chocolate and crisps.
Means of Transportation
We use tourist buses and private tourist vehicles for the trip.
Communication while trekking
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. Our guides will have their local mobile phones, in case you want to make international calls or want to provide your number to your family for the call back to you. Any international calls made you can pay to the guide
One MUST have travel insurance policy to join any of Eve Holidays trips. You must be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs and theft and loss) and also trip cancellation. We don't arrange or sell insurance.
The trekking will be arranged for you according to your needs. So, please contact us for your required departure date. Best Months: March to May & September to November. You can have a look at our fixed departure dates to see if that suits your plans.
Information required for this trip is provided here. If you want to consult any aspect of the trip, please feel free to email us or give us a call at +977 9841414582.
As women travellers, we had researched for our trip very carefully before booking our trip with Eve Holidays and now after our wonderful experience with them we can proudly say that their service is excellent in every aspect.
Sarah and Emma
Hi I did Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with this company. This was my first experience trekking in Nepal and I was a bit anxious about altitude problem and safety issues.I also wanted the trek to be in my budget. But when I started exchanging emails with them, my doubts were made clear and I finally decided to book with this company. It was a wonderful experience trekking in Nepal and I thank Eve Holidays team for this. My guide in the mountains,Pasang was very caring,funny and he knew the area very well. I enjoyed his stories about people and his experiences with people from different parts of world. Food and accomodation was very good (dont expect as back home, you are trekking in the remote mountains) and families running these tea house lodges were very friendly and welcoming and the mountain views was just amazing.