The Annapurna Himal is a vast massif of several peaks above 7,000m, part of the range that forms a natural amphitheatre known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. It is surrounded by giants such as Annapurna I, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Fang and the sacred Machhapuchhare, popularly known as Fish Tail. We visit the marvelous viewpoint of Poon Hill before descending to the Modi Khola valley and through the gates of the Sanctuary. Passing directly below Machhapuchhare, we have a couple of days to explore the amphitheatre before returning to Pokhara via a different route. This is a fairly strenuous alpine trek that gives the fitter walker close-up and unbeatable mountain views.
• One of the best adventure treks in Nepal
• 360 degree mountain views at Annapurna Base Camp
• Stunning sunrise views from Poon Hill
• Natural gorges and water falls
Itinerary of Annapurna Sanctuary
Day01: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day02: Heritage sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day03: Drive to Pokhara (6-7 hours). Overnight hotel
Day04 – day09: Drive to Nayapul and begin trek to Annapurna Sanctuary or base camp. Overnight lodges
Day10 – 12day: Retrace back to Chhomrong and then to Jhinu
Day13 – day 15: Trek back to Pokhara and transfer to your hotel.
Day 16: Leisure day in Kathmandu.
Day 17: The trip ends in Kathmandu
Trail map of Annapurna Sanctuary
Annapurna Sanctuary trek basic
The Annapurnas are located in central-western area of Nepal with famous mountains such as Annapurnas, Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail), Hiunchuli and many more.
Trekking days are normally about 5-6 hours long, and can be sometimes strenuous, as you trek to over 4,000m. You begin trekking after a hearty breakfast, stop for lunch in the middle of the day and arrive at the lodge in the afternoon.
Why trek to Annapurna Sanctuary?
The Annapurna Sanctuary offers most astounding views of the Annapurna mountain ranges as you venture into the sanctuary formed by the high mountains all around you. Not only do you see the most magnificent scenery, but you get the chance to glimpse the fascinating and rich local culture of the Gurung villages along the way and natural forest rich in birds and other biodiversity. This trek is one of the most beautiful and offers fantastic value.
Level of grade – Moderate to Strenuous Adventure
The highest point on this trek is 4,100m. It depends on the level of fitness and determination, but trekking can be quite strenuous at some points, as Nepal is a hilly and mountainous country. However, anybody with some reasonable level of physical and mental fitness can enjoy this trek very well.
Food and accommodation
Lodges along the way provide good accommodation and offer a good choice of well-prepared meals.
Safety is our foremost priority. Our staff is constantly alert in assessing the situation to make sure that you are safe and enjoy the trip.
Altitude problems (Acute Mountain Sickness) can be life threatening if you ignore it. Even though this trek goes up to 4100m, some people will feel the altitude. Our trip itinerary has been designed in a way that allows you to have ample time to help acclimatize with the altitude. Our guides are experienced to act accordingly to the gravity of the mountain sickness . The best remedy for AMS is to go down. So never ignore the symptoms and please talk to your guide or tour leader if you have headaches, feel sick or loose your appetite.
Nepal is ever pleasant through out the year and hence all year round is trekking season.
Spring and summer are great months with most of flowers in bloom, especially rhododendrons in the mountains. Late summer and monsoon are wet but the mountains and hills are covered with lush and green forest. The trek is very much possible, actually good time as few people trek this time, making it perfect occasion who prefer in exploring the quieter paths, when nature is at its best.
Autumn and winter is the season of n settled weather and crystal clear skies which enables clear views of the mountains. This means these popular trails are almost saturated with the trekkers, which sometimes creates a problem to find a place to stay and eat, especially if one is traveling in a small group.
Annapurna Sanctuary trek COST
US$ 1223 per person
Minimum 2 person and maximum 10 person
Above COST includes:
• Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu tourist coach
• Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast
• English speaking and experienced Nepali tour leader
• Service of one porter for two clients
• Food and accommodation in local lodges during the trek
• Fee of nature conservation and TIMS permit
• Staff insurance, staff wages and food
COST does NOT include:
Meals in Kathmandu apart from breakfast, private transportation, your travel insurance, your cost of personal nature and cost incur due to any unforeseen events, emergency evacuation, flight charge, airport taxes etc, Rerouting and tipping
Departure dates 2013 – Annapurna Sanctuary trek
Spring and summer 2013
2 Mar– 18 Mar | 09 Mar – 25 Mar | 16 Mar –01 April | 30 Mar – 15 April | 06 April – 22 April | 1 April –17 April
20 April – 06 May | 27 April– 13 May |04 May – 20 May | 11 May– 27 May | 18 May – 03 June
Autumn and winter 2013
15 Sept– 01Oct | 22 Sept – 08 Oct |29 Sept – 15 Oct |06 Oct – 22 Oct | 13 Oct – 29 Oct | 20 Oct– 05 Nov
27 Oct – 12 Nov|03 Nov – 19 Nov | 10 Nov – 27 Nov | 17 Nov– 03Dec | O1 Dec–17 Dec |08 Dec –24 Dec|14 Dec–30 Dec
You may consider joining other activities or adventures such as , Chitwan national park’s nature safari or go white water rafting on Trishuli or Seti rivers before heading back to Kathmandu.