Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 16 Days
  • Trekking Duration: 10 Days
  • Trip Grade: Medium
  • Max Elevation: 4130m
  • Best Season: October to December, February to May
  • Walking Hours: 5-6hrs everyday
  • Styles: Tea House
  • Starting point of trek: Phedi
  • Finishing point of trek: Naya Pul
  • Meals and Drinks: guest houses managed by local people

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  • Destination:Nepal

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a very popular trekking route in the area of Annapurna region in the middle part of Nepal.  It is about 2-week trek starts from Phedi 30 minute drive from Pokhara.

Medium style of the trek offers the best tea house with luxurious lodges and guesthouses in wonderful and charming prosperous villages where inhabitants are mixed of different tribal but dominated by Gurung community who are friendly people show respect in highly good culture.

The village used an uneven path with stone paved steps leads meandering on through cultivated land terraces.  Encountering some charming villages of Dhampus, Potana, Landruk,  Jhinu,  Chhomrong, Sinuwa and the other more to Annapurna Base camp. In Jhinu, there is a natural hot spring on the bank of the Modi River to enjoy a bath and dip in it. We follow the Modi River from Newbridge skirting on high above the river alongside villages, forests of bamboo, dense rhododendron, maple, and alpine junipers. Annapurna Base camp (4230m) is situated at the bottom of Hiunchuli and Annapurna South on the part of Annapurna Glacier. Every trekker feels endeavors to be put their footsteps on the base camp, which is festooned with colorful prayer flags and numerous cairns.

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek starts at 1100m sea level to the highest altitude at 4230m at Annapurna Base Camp. Trekking routes are wide and safe run on stone paved stairs, across bridges over rivers. The time of high trekking season lodges and routes are crowded with trekkers. The highlights of to do this trek offer various flora and fauna which differs according to a level of altitude. Deep, dark forest, huge green cliffs from the bed of Modi Khola towering to snowcapped peaks, sparkling waterfalls from the mountain down to the river, entice every trekker’s eye. Two popular base camp Machhapuchhare (3700m) and Annapurna (4230m) include in the course of Sanctuary.  

Fascinating views of the mountains to watch very closely from MBC and ABC lined up in the triangle direction are Machhapuchhare (6997m) Gandharva Chuli (6248m) Annapurna III (7555m) Gangapurna (7454m) Tharpu Chuli (5695m) Singu Chuli (6501m) Annapurna I (8091m) Fang (7647m) and Hunchuli (6441m). Sunrise and sunset on mountains are delightful views above MBC if the weather is fine. This trek also presents an amazing landscape of Annapurna glacier.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1200m)
  • Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha and Durbarsquare
  • Day 03 Drive to Pokhara by car (max 6hrs)
  • Day 04 Phedi to Tolka (1030m)(5-6hrs)
  • Day 05 Tolka to Chhomrong (2170m)(5-6hrs)
  • Day 06 Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m(4-5hrs)
  • Day 07 Bamboo to Deurali (3236m)(5-6hrs)
  • Day 08 Deurali to Machhapuchhare (3720m)(2-3hrs)
  • Day 09 Machhapuchhare to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)(2hrs)
  • Day 10 Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (6hrs) (descent1820m)
  • Day 11 Bamboo to Chhomrong (2170m)(4- 5hrs)
  • Day 12 Chhomrong to Ghandruk (1940m)(4-5hrs)
  • Day 13 Ghandruk to Naya Pul (1070m)(Max. 4hrs)
  • Day 14 Day Rest day or Sightseeing in Pokhara
  • Day 15 Fly to Kathmandu
  • Day 16 Departure from Kathmandu

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu (1200m)

When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport then transfer to your hotel. A short briefing is given concerning trekking itinerary.

Day 02 Sightseeing Swayambhu, Boudha and Durbarsquare

Day 03 Drive to Pokhara by car (max 6hrs)

Kathmandu to Pokhara is by car. Rest at the hotel and visit the market. Pokhara is one of the busiest tourist centre and most beautiful city of Nepal. Mt Fishtail and some parts of Annapurna range is attractively seen from here. It is both trekking starting and ending point. There are trekking shops, banks, all kinds of standard hotel for tourists. Phewa Lake has joined to the Pokhara city. People enjoy boating, paragliding, golf and horse riding.

Day 04 Phedi to Tolka (1030m)(5-6hrs)

Phedi to Dhampus trail climbs steeply for about 1 hour as it begins on stone staircase. Dhampus is in inhabited by Gurung and few other people. Dhampus has many hotels and lodges equipped with comfortable rooms. From Dhampus the trail climbs to Pottana (2000m) through beautiful green forests. You should present your permit at ACAP Check post. The view of Machhapuchhare (6997m) is excellent from Pottana a cluster of hotels serves you comfortable rooms and nice food. The trail to Tolka climbs past forests to Deurali (2150m) from this point charming views of Annapurna South (7219m), Hiunchuli (6434m) and Phewa Lake. Descends to Bheri Kharka means ‘sheep meadow’ then gently flat trail to Tolka ( 1790m) is a big Gurung village has lodges with common rooms.

Day 05 Tolka to Chhomrong (2170m)(5-6hrs)

From Tolka the trail flat past rice terrace to Landruk village of Gurungwhere 5 or 6 popular lodges are throughout the village. A few steps down on the left side to Ghandruk and on the right side to Chhomrong. The opposite side of Landruk is Ghandruk. Far beyond you can see Jhinu Danda from Landruk. The trail ascends inside a lovely forests and waterfalls. New Bridge is crossed over a Modi Khola after 10 minutes climbing up there are three lodges. A short heading through forests leads you down to Kimrong Khola. A wooden bridge is used to cross the river. The route cliff side leads to Jhinu Danda (1750m) where there are comfortable lodges on a ridge. From Jhinu Danda 20 minutes walk down through forests you reach bank of Modi Khola where there are two hot spring ponds with cement bathing pools. Hot water natural comes out from the ground. From Jhinu Danda steep climb to a cluster of teashops at Taglung this place is meeting point of main GhandrukChhomrong route. A few minutes walk from here to Chhomrong (2170m) is a big Gurung village. Lodges, cottages and shops scattered along the trail. Panorama view of Hiunchuli closely seen to the north side.

Day 06 Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m(4-5hrs)

The Bamboo trail is wide steep up and down through villages, forests and bamboo bush. The trail descends on a stone staircase from Chhomrong to Chhomrong Khola and then a suspension bridge is crossed. Descending route is well managed with stone staircase to the Chhomrong Khola. The trail climbs up to Sinuwa (2460m) where there are two lodes. Climb for an hour in a forests of rhododendrons festooned with orchids passes Kuldighar (2540m) from here descend a long steep stone staircase both side bamboo bush before arriving Bamboo. Local people are running lodges.

Day 07 Bamboo to Deurali (3236m)(5-6hrs)

The trail climbs steep through bamboo bush and rhododendron forests. It is possible to see Langur big white hairy faced monkey jumping and hanging on trees. You reach Dobhan (2600m) means ‘confluence’ where lodges are run by local people. Beyond Dobhan the trail leads through standing and lurching bamboo and forests. Dobhan to Himalaya (2920m) distance is about 1:30minutes. From Himalaya it’s about 1 hour walk to Deurali. A rocky trail through forests then up a steep ravine to Hinku Cave which is huge hanging rock. Snow time the tail is glacier causes difficult to walk. In Deurali 4 lodges are comfortable and common rooms busy with trekkers.

Day 08 Deurali to Machhapuchhare (3720m)(2-3hrs)

The trail between Deurali and Machhapuchhare is danger avalanche area. The trail diverts north east along Modi Khola.. A few minutes walking a head a flat grassy land meets Bagar. From Bagar climb across avalanche path through forests of birch and bamboo. A stone staircase leads you to MBC where cosy and comfortable lodges run by Gurung people. The mountain views of Machhapuchhare, Gnagapurna (7454m), Annapurna iii(7555m), Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. \

Day 09 Machhapuchhare to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)(2hrs)

Two hours climb to ABC is a pleasant walk on grassy route if there is no snow. The trail follows up a stream. There are panorama views of Annapurna, Mapchhapuchhare, Annapurna South, Singu Chuli (6501m), Tent Peak (5695m) and Bhartha Chuli (fang) (7647m). The Base Camp is just left side of Annapurna South Glacier. Early morning excellent sun rise on Annapurna I.

Day 10 Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (6hrs) (descent1820m)

You are heading back down to Bamboo. Reverse down is easier and exploring mountain, forests and rocks on the way.

Day 11 Bamboo to Chhomrong (2170m)(4- 5hrs)

A steep stone staircase up to Kuldhighar and back down to Chhomrong Khola then climb back to the top of Chhomrong village. Ten minutes a head the Jhinu route on the left down to Jhinu Danda is a beautiful place with comfortable lodges. From Jhinu Danda 20 minutes walk down through forests you reach bank of Modi Khola where there are two hot spring ponds with cement bathing pools. Hot water natural comes out from the ground.

Day 12 Chhomrong to Ghandruk (1940m)(4-5hrs)

The trail to Ghandruk separates near the teashop at Taglung. From here on the left side down is to Jhinu Danda and on the right side west is to Ghandruk. Follow the straight route and climb to landslide hill and 10 minutes further you see a junction. Follow the left side trail to Gharndruk the other route is to Gurjung / Tadapani. Descend steeply through forests to the Kimrong Khola then ascent about one hour and half to Kumrong Danda which is good for a rest. From Kumrong Danda the trail descends to Kyuri Khola on it a bridge to cross. 10 minutes distance you meet Ghorepani –Ghandruk highway trail. Turn east then follow north east end of Ghandruk. To reach centre of the village is almost 10 -15 minutes.

Day 13 Ghandruk to Naya Pul (1070m)(Max. 4hrs)

The Naya Pul trail heads to south from Ghandruk and stone paved. Walking down and crossing a steam reaches Kimche village through hill down to Syauli Bazaar at the bank of Modi Khola. Here the lodges and cafes seem quite cosmopolitan. From Syauli Bazaar walking is flat along the road. The route continues river valley to Chirmrong and finally Birethanti. Its 30 minutes walk to Naya Pul. From Naya Pul a car or a van drive you to Pokhara.

Day 14 Day Rest day or Sightseeing in Pokhara

Day 15 Fly to Kathmandu

Day 16 Departure from Kathmandu

You are assisted to reach at the airport by our staff. You have to reach at the airport 3 hour before of your plane leave.

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • Three nights hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Licensed trained trekking guide
  • Porters to carry goods
  • Accommodation (breakfast, lunch, dinner in trekking) included coffee & tea
  • Transportation by land and air
  • All necessary documents permit for trekking
  • National park/ conservation area entry permit
  • City tour in Kathmandu (Durbar square, Swayambhu, Boudha stupa)

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Travel trekking insurance
  • Major meals, lunch, dinner during stay in Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charge more than airlines allowed both domestic and international
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages, drinks, phone & laundry
  • Visa fee (easily get on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Tips gratuities  for  field staffs
  • Rescue travel insurance trips cancellation costs
  • Lost theft and damage to baggage and accident or health emergency

Equipments & Gears

trekking shoes, down jacket, trekking pant, gloves, hat, woolen cap, sun glasses, raincoat, headlamp, walking stick, water bottle, sleeping bag, trekking bag waterproof and changing clothes

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