Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is an adventurous hiking in Nepal Himalayas that encompasses a wonderful concoction of sights, sounds and unanticipated moments. A popular trek in Nepal and probably one of the top trekking destinations for the globe-trotters worldwide, this trek is an incredible experience of an elite walk on the foothills of the Annapurna massif. This brilliant hike is considered as one of the best trekking packages in Nepal and also one of the most beautiful treks passing through miscellaneous racial groups of people and their culture and lifestyles.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is venerated for its inimitable beauty and spiritual significance and the fabulous journey on foot to this extraordinary destination in the Annapurna area proffers ample prospects to experience tantalizing sunrise views over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges from the charming viewpoint of Poon Hill. Besides, the top trekking route in Nepal and the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek itinerary lead hikers through Modi River valley crossing splendid oak, bamboo and rhododendron forests through beautiful villages of Gurung communities. Treading through the ever-changing landscapes up to the Annapurna Sanctuary, the home of several significant deities of Hinduism, Buddhism and ancient shamanistic traditions, impressive views of the paddy fields, glacial moraines and high mountains can be sighted. The best season to do trekking in Nepal is during the autumn and spring seasons when the weather is moderate, the skies remain clear and blue and astounding views of the Himalayan peaks like Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, Manaslu Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli and Annapurna I & III can be savored to the fullest.
Plan your adventurous journey in the Nepal Himalayas with Royal Holidays and hike through narrow stone-paved trails in the valleys and the remote picturesque villages. We will let you visit the ancient monasteries past terraced farming, garrulous rivers, and charming rhododendron forests. Experience the lifestyle and culture of the most popular Gurung and Magar communities on the Annapurna trails. All you need is good health and a strong determination to walk amidst marvelous Himalayan landscapes.
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Duration: 30 minutes Drive
Altitude: 1340 M
On arrival in Kathmandu and fulfilling immigration formalities, you will be met by one of our representatives near the exit gate of the airport with a placard for precise identification. You will then be transferred to your pre-assigned hotel room where you may stretch your legs and relax to regain your energy due to a possible jet lag. If your arrival time is early, then you may hit the streets of Thamel in the evening and saunter around, buy things that may entice your eyes or simply sit back and relax at some pub or music bar with your favorite beer and soothing melodies. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Duration: 3 - 4 hr
Altitude: 1340 M
After a satisfactory breakfast in your hotel, you will embark for a guided tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions of the city that are listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites. A visit to the highly venerated Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the high-flying monkey temple at Swayambbhunath, Bouddhanath – a Buddhist shrine and one of the largest stupas in the world, and the charismatic Basantapur Durbar Square leaves impressive reminiscences at the back of your head for a considerable period of time. Later in the afternoon, you will visit our office where you will meet your trip manager, other trekkers, and crew members. Your trip leader will brief you shortly about your upcoming trip in the Annapurna region, check your equipment and interact for any unclear thoughts in your head before you go back to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Altitude: 1800 M
After early breakfast in Kathmandu hotel, you will board on a domestic flight to Pokhara that offers fantastic views of the Himalayan ranges such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu. On arrival at Pokhara, you will drive along a snaky road leading to Naya Pul, the starting point of most of the Annapurna region treks. Walking through sub-tropical forests, you will reach a riverside village of Birethanti which is situated at the convergence of the Modi and Bhurungdi Rivers. After crossing Bhurungdi River, you will ascend up to Sudame and make another gradual climb to Tikhedhunga village. Then you will cross a suspension bridge before making a dead steep ascent along thousands of tiring staircase up to the large Magar village of Ulleri. This village offers terrific views of the landscape of the valley floor that you just walked, along with stunning views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli mountain. Overnight in Ulleri.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 2800 M
Leaving behind the village of Ulleri after breakfast, you will commence the climb towards Ghorepani which is a scenic journey. Ascending with gentle pace through beautiful oak, rhododendron and magnolia forests, you will reach Banthanti. After a short walk from this small village, you will arrive another tiny hamlet of Nangethanti. You will be revitalized with the much-needed energy with the most panoramic views during your uphill ascent. After hiking for about an hour, you will arrive at Ghorepani, a fascinating stop with small shops and stalls that sell local products and crafts. The charming village offers outstanding views of the Annapurna South and Nilgiri Mountain peaks. It is here that you will begin to feel the chilled weather, as this village rests at a much higher altitude. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Altitude: 3210 M
Marked as one of the remarkable highlights of the entire trip, you will begin with a pre-dawn, steep uphill climb for almost an hour through rhododendron forests till you reach the grassy top of Poon Hill. Considered to be the most popular trekking destination in the Annapurna region, the vantage point of this hill offers tantalizing views of far-off Mustang, Pokhara and over 20 highest mountains that include Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu. The most inspiring moment today would be the unperturbed and elucidated sunrise views over the Himalayas. After spending some time at Poon Hill, it is time to descend to Ghorepani for breakfast and then proceed to hike to Tadapani. Walking mostly over hilly terrain meandering through forests and village farmlands passing charming waterfalls, Tadapani lies below the rhododendron forests. Overnight in Tadapani.
Duration: 5 - 6 hr
Altitude: 2050 M
After breakfast today, you will begin treading on a downhill path through some of the most beautiful rhododendron trees. You will now be able to see the farms once you leave the forests behind, that displays farming style landscapes with perfectly manicured terraced fields. The trekking trail gradually inclines upwards for the next few kilometers crossing several waterfalls to arrive at a suspension bridge. Eventually, it is time to stop at a place called Churjung for your lunch. From here, after walking on undulating paths for quite some time, you will arrive at Chhomrong, which is situated in the valley leading directly to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Much valued by trekkers, probably due to the presence of a German bakery, Chhomron is a beautiful village right beneath the giant Annapurna massif. Overnight in Chhomrong.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 2310 M
Your trek today begins with a walk towards the Chhomrong River passing through the village via the 2500 stone steps with teahouses on either side of the trail. After 20 minutes, you will reach the river from where the trail climbs steeply on stone steps after the bridge. A short moment of climb will bring you to Tilche village with very few settlements. Yet another 10 minutes of walk will lead you to Lower Sinuwa from where the trail again climbs steeply on the stone staircases before reaching Upper Sinuwa. Beyond upper Sinuwa, it is the Annapurna Sanctuary region and it is marked by dense forests and clustered teahouses. Views from Sinuwa village are phenomenal and you can observe a lot of trekkers making their way towards the base camp while a handful of them returning after the trip. After a short rest, you will continue further on a mud trail that climbs up gradually for half an hour till the trail heads down and transforms into a beautiful forest of bamboo that leads to Kuldighar. From here, it is a natural downhill ramble through dense forests and the sound of the gushing Modi Khola alongside till you reach Bamboo, your destination today. Overnight in Bamboo
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 3200 M
Leaving Bamboo after breakfast today, your trek starts towards Deurali through damp and cold forests of bamboo with the steady rise and progressive steep sections until you arrive at Himalaya hotel and get exposed to the rays of the sun. Exceptional views of the glacial river flowing below can be cherished from this point. With yet another steep climb, you will surpass the Hinku Cave from where you will follow the path into the valley crossing the rocky avalanche area. The valley looks theatrical with the misty clouds, steep rocky slopes, and the magnificent waterfalls. It is a climb back up through rocky boulders and sparse vegetation till you arrive at Deurali, a spot with an astounding glimpse of the surrounding hills and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Overnight in Deurali
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 4130 M
After a sumptuous breakfast, you are all geared up for one of the most scenic stretches of your hike climbing through boulders to cross the last lodge at Deurali. The trail from here opens up to the valley with Modi Khola and an enticing glimpse of Machhapuchhre and Gangapurna in the distance. It is a soft hike on a more leveled path till Bagar continuing past the abandoned lodges. After crossing a bridge over the Modi Khola, it is a strenuous ascent till you reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The most fascinating thing today is the terrain on this stretch is marked with small snow bridges that need to be crossed, while you are also entering grasslands, and small flowering plants adorn the trail in multi-hues. From here the Annapurna Base Camp is about 90 degrees to the left and the initial 1 km hike is a steep ascent. Climbing gently the path widens and sensational views of the towering Himalayan peaks can be sighted. Crossing the gorge that is the only way into this area, you will finally reach Annapurna Base Camp that offers mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna ranges, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and many other peaks. Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp
Duration: 6 - 7 hr
Altitude: 2310 M
You will be leaving the Base Camp today after breakfast with lots of wonderful moments to cherish. Today is perhaps the longest day of the entire trek. In the event that you wish to relish the great dawn over the Himalayas from ABC, you need to wake up early. Then after breakfast, it is all the way downhill tracing back the same route you took to reach ABC all the way to Bamboo crossing MBC, Deurali, Himalaya Hotel, and Dovan. Heading back down to the valley is moderately less demanding than the climb. During the trek today, you will see cascading waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the stones underneath going through woods with glorious perspectives of Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre mountains. Today’s trek includes long stretches of steep descent interspersed with short ascents. Himalaya Hotel is a good place to stop for lunch. Overnight in Bamboo.
Duration: 4 - 5 hr
Altitude: 1700 M
After breakfast at Bamboo, you will begin climbing up steep steps to Kuldighar till you reach the abandoned check post which should take about 45 minutes. From here it is another 45 minutes downhill walk to reach Sinuwa through the bamboo forest. From Sinuwa, it is a hard descent to Chhomrong Khola followed by a steep ascent to Chhomrong village on the same 2500 stone steps that you walked earlier in the trek. Checking out from the ACAP office at Chhomrong, you will begin another steep downhill trod to Modi Khola and continue till Jhinu Danda enjoying the rainforests and farms on the way. Enjoy a hot water bath in the famous hot spring at Jhinu Danda, which is about 20 minutes walk from the village. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
Duration: 5 - 6 hr
Altitude: 800 M
The day is the last day of trekking in Nepal, trekking the Annapurna circuit route, definitely one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. After breakfast, you will begin a downhill climb to cross the Kumnu River enjoying the beautiful hilly landscapes. With great views of the Modi Khola valley and undulating paths, you will hike gently past the small Kyumi village and Syauli Bazaar. Two hours of a steady hike from here will take you to Naya Pul, which is the official ending point of your trek. Boarding on a private vehicle from Naya Pul, you will be driven to Pokhara, which is about one hour drive. On arrival at Pokhara, you will be transferred to your hotel room where you may stretch your weary legs and relax in leisure. Later in the evening, it is the perfect time to stroll around lakeside and perhaps sit beside a candlelit restaurant and sip your favorite beer and listen to some live bands performing some soulful melodies of Nepal. Overnight in Pokhara
Duration: 25 Min
Altitude: 1340 M
You will board on an early flight to Kathmandu today. On your flight back, you have time to saunter into flashback the nostalgic moments during your mesmerizing trek to the Annapurna region. On arrival at Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel room. In the afternoon, you are free to catch up on some last minute shopping or explore exceptional landmarks that you would not want to miss in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Duration: 30 by car or Jeep
Altitude: 1340 M
You will be dropped off at the airport well ahead of your scheduled flight time by one of our representatives. If you have an evening flight, you may wish to visit certain heritage sites of Kathmandu on your own. However, if you wish to extend your holidays in Nepal, then Royal Holidays are ever ready to create another wonderful trip in the Himalayas.
This is a standard itinerary designed with a view to allow sufficient acclimatization period for trekkers. However, if you are not satisfied with this itinerary or wish to modify it according to your needs, we will happily do it for you. You are free to choose your own hotels, guides or porters if you wish to. We are always there to customize or tailor-make your trips as per your plans and convenience.
During your Annapurna region trekking, very basic accommodation, in the form of guesthouse, is available in almost every village. These lodges have neat and clean beds and comfortable mattresses. The bed is small and the bathroom must be shared. Some lodges are better than others. Although blankets are provided, it is better to have your own sleeping bags as it gets very cold at higher elevations and there is no provision of heating system inside the rooms. Usually at peak seasons, lodge owners expect you to dine at their lodge in order to guarantee you a sleeping place. At most lodges, there is a chimney heater in the common dining hall. Some lodges may offer hot showers for an additional fee as well.
During your Annapurna region trekking, you will find plenty of food items to eat. Lodges have menu offering Chinese, Tibetan, Indian, Nepali cuisines including some continental food. Normally, you will have your dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight while lunch will be served on the way where your trekking guide deems right for you. Eating Nepali dishes is a lot healthier and energetic that typically includes steamed rice and lentil soup aka Dal Bhaat along with local cooked vegetables like cabbage, green beans, carrots, potatoes, greens etc,. This powerful Nepali diet will be your basic lunch and dinner menu. Meat is readily available for non-vegetarian lovers. You may have Tsampa porridge, corn bread, buckwheat bread, barley bread or eggs & rice for breakfast. We suggest you to carry some energy bars, nuts etc. on your own in case you run into a situation where you have fewer options to choose from a menu.
Autumn in Nepal falls during the months from September to November while spring falls during March to May. These months have the best weather for trekking in the Annapurna regions. During these months, the skies are clearer than other seasons and you will be blessed with some of the most outstanding views of the Nepal Himalayas including the peaks like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. During the winter and monsoon months, the trekking routes are quieter, and food and accommodation is much cheaper. Due to the inconsistency in weather conditions during these months, the views may not be as impressive as during the autumn and spring seasons.
Trekking to the base camp of the world’s tenth highest mountain Annapurna is definitely not as easy as one may think. It is a journey with lots of twists and turns, ups and downs and walking on different terrains. It does not involve technical climbing but having a prior hiking experience will do good while trekking. The trek gets harder as one keeps ascending to higher altitude. Any person with a strong body and a positive mindset, any level of trekkers can accomplish the trek without a problem. With increasing altitude, the air gets thinner and the possibility of altitude sickness increases. Each day of walking involves 12 to 15 km and 6 – 7 hours of trekking.
Yes, it is possible to trek in the Annapurna regions independently. But it is highly advised for those trekkers with prior experience of walking for a few hours every day. In addition, trekkers must be willing to carry their own baggage of at least 15 kg while trekking alone. Trekking without a guide would be the cheapest option to trek in the Annapurna regions but then, be ready to manage everything on your own including accommodation in the mountains, transportation to the trailhead and of course your meals. Nonetheless, if it is your first time in trekking in the Annapurna region, then it is best if you use a trekking guide for several reasons you wouldn’t regret later.
You will carry only important items required for your trek during the trekking. Any extra items that you have can be safely stored in our store room at our office or in our hotel. Your belongings will remain safe with us and there will not be any extra cost for storing your extra baggage with us.
You will carry your own luggage and backpack if you plan to trek independently. If you book your trip with us, we have not included porter cost in the package. However, if you require that your luggage should be carried by a porter and you are ready to bear the porter’s cost, then we will arrange a porter for you who will carry your luggage during the trek. But, you will be responsible for carrying you own daypack with all your valuable items, drinking water, camera, snacks and a medical pack.
In the past, there were no communication facilities until you returned to Kathmandu from trekking. But since the past few years, communicating with your relatives back home is not a problem at all from most of the places of the Annapurna regions, except from some places. While you are in Kathmandu, we suggest you to purchase a local SIM card, preferably NCell, and top up with certain amount of money. So, when you are walking in the mountains, you can talk to your friends or family, use internet facilities to upload photos of trekking and so on. Some lodges on the trek route also have Wi-Fi facilities for which you need to pay. Only some of the areas may face network problems due to which you may not be able to make phone calls or use your phone data to use the internet.
Your guide is a qualified, well-trained and an authorized person with a trekking license from the government of Nepal. He speaks English fluently and is also first-aid trained with an ability to handle almost any situation while trekking in the mountains. Some of the porters are also able to speak English fairly enough and all our guides and porters are fully insured.
A majority of the teahouses on the Annapurna trekking route have squat type of toilet facilities. In the recently built teahouses and lodges they have western style flush toilets due to the increasing flow of tourists in the Annapurna trail. However, at certain places, there may be shortage of water so it is advised to carry your own toilet paper and other toiletries.
Although it is not really necessary for you carry your sleeping bag, but we do advice you to carry one as sleeping at altitudes above 4000m during cold months could be really cold. The guesthouses at various places do provide blankets in the rooms but it may not be sufficient to keep you warm. If you do not have your own sleeping bag, we will arrange it for you to rent from some rental outlet at a small cost.
You can expect to have only about 3 – 4 showers during your trekking trip. Showers are normally the traditional hot water bucket showers that are available on request at an extra cost. It is not necessary to have shower at higher altitudes and our guide will provide tips on how to maintain personal hygiene during such times.
No, unfortunately there are no ATMs on the Annapurna trekking regions. Trekkers have to draw sufficient cash either from Pokhara or Kathmandu itself which have hundreds of ATMs. Every transaction in Nepal is done in Nepali rupees so you are advised to carry enough Nepali rupees bearing small denominations so that purchasing stuffs in the mountains is easier.
Teahouses and lodges in the Annapurna trekking regions provide filtered and boiled water, the major sources being taps, streams, and rivers from the Himalayas. Although it is possible to buy bottled mineral water at most of the teahouses on the trails, we do not encourage our fellow trekkers to use plastic bottles as they are not environment friendly. On the contrary, we recommend that you carry purifying agents like SteriPen UV, chlorine, iodine tablets or other purifying agents for environmental reasons.
We advise you to wear a comfortable pair of shoes that is previously broken in case it is newly purchased. Previously broken shoes will avoid your feet from getting blisters while walking. We normally recommend shoes with Gore-Tex style lining as it provides ultimate comfort and has thicker soles thereby making your walking experience on rough terrains a pleasant one.
Rainy seasons in Nepal fall during the months of June to August. During rainy seasons, the rainfall makes the trails slippery and less relevant for hiking. However, the trekking route remains less crowded and one can enjoy beautiful views of the Himalayan ranges and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Therefore, it is possible for you to trek during the rainy seasons or winters for a quieter experience with fewer trekkers on the trail.
Female tourists are subjects of esteem whether traveling alone, in pairs or as a couple. By and large, Nepali men are courteous and defensive of solo women travelers. There will be exemptions of course, but for the most part, there is no lack of enthusiasm related to traveling as a solo woman in Nepal. Nevertheless, for a solo woman or even a solo man, it is always wise to take a guide with you especially if it is your first trekking experience in the Nepal Himalayas. Overall, Nepal is safe for solo travelers where one can enjoy the companionship of other lone trekkers along the trail sharing the same passion.