The Annapurna sanctuary trek is a spectacular trek to the base camp of the southern face of Annapurna I. On the trail, travelers pass through the highs and lows of the diverse Nepali landscape alongside the unique cultural influences of settlement areas. On your 12-day trek to Annapurna, you will reach the base camp of Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545ft), which is the 10th highest mountain peak in the world at more than 8000 meters. The journey starts from the bamboo groves and rhododendrons in the lowlands and it reaches the summit amphitheater of Annapurna sanctuary through the Modi Khola gorge.
The high glacier basin you will pass during the Annapurna sanctuary trek is a wild Himalayan country site surrounded by ten of Nepal's highest peaks. This elliptical plateau is more than 4,130 meters high and is surrounded by a mountain range of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, etc of elevation more than 7,000 meters above sea level.
The narrow paths between the snow-capped mountain peaks following the Modi Khola (river) were unknown to outsiders till 1956. However, after a few encounters with the natural and artistic magnificence, trekking to the sanctuary got its height. The most prominent part of the Annapurna sanctuary is that it receives only 7 hours of sunshine a day, during the peak summer season. It is because of the high mountain ranges and peaks surrounding the region. This unique combination of height and depth in Annapurna Sanctuary gives rise to an amazing variety of ecosystems. The slopes to the south are "covered by thick tropical forests of rhododendrons and bamboo", while the slopes to the north, in the shade of rain, have "dry cold weather like in the nearby Tibetan plateau."
The Annapurna sanctuary trek is a product of the conservation of Hinduism, Buddhism, and the ancient animism deities, as well as a treasure trove of gold and various resources left by the snakes (serpent deities). It is also reflected in the sacred settlement of the Gurung caste which is why women are also considered untouchable as they are forbidden to bring eggs and meat into the area. In recent times, the number of pedestrians in the sanctuary has increased, mainly because the sanctuary is the main route to the peaks of the Annapurna ranges. The Annapurna Sanctuary is now part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), which prohibits outbound travelers from collecting timber and grazing pets.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Route
Annapurna sanctuary trekking is famous among all travelers and is a unique trek toward Annapurna. The trek begins from 6 hours drive to Pokhara and covers many popular places like Pokhara, Nayapul, Tikhedhunga / Ulleri, Ghorepani, Poonhill, Tadapani, Sinuwa, Deurali, Annapurna Base Camp, Bamboo, Jhinu Danda, Pothana, Phedi and back to Kathmandu via Pokhara. The total walking time during the trek to Annapurna sanctuary is about 3 to 7 hours per day. Well, it depends upon the pace and altitude adaptation capacity of the travelers.
Major attractions of Annapurna sanctuary trekking
- Views of different mountains, lakes (Phewa, Begnas, etc), Davis falls, and many more natural allures.
- Stunning view of sunrise over the high Himalayas from the viewpoint of Poonhill and exploration of the hidden valley surrounded by the mountains.
- Passing through the village with small shops and tea shops, rhododendron, bamboo and oak forest, and vast and diverse mountainous landscapes.
- Overall view of natural diversity, Himalayan ranges, and ecosystem.
- Hinduism and Buddhism blend with residing peoples’ cultures, traditions, norms, and values.
- Enjoy a hot spring bath during the trek.
- Delicious and organic Nepalese food with lots of varieties.
- Rare and conserved flora and fauna of Annapurna Conservation Area (as per Annapurna Conservation Area Project).
Major peaks seen from the Annapurna sanctuary
Annapurna region of Nepal is covered by numerous mountain peaks and ranges of a height of more than 6,000 meters. Among which some are listed below:
- Annapurna I: 8,091 meters
- Annapurna II: 7,937 meters
- Annapurna III: 7,555 meters
- Annapurna IV: 7,524 meters
- Khangsha Kang: 7,485 meters
- Gangapurna: 7,454 meters
- Annapurna South: 7,273 meters
- Tarke Kang: 7,193 meters
- Machhapuchhre: 6,997 meters
- Hiunchuli: 6,441 meters
Apart from these peaks, there are so many named and unnamed high mountains that you will witness while passing through Annapurna sanctuary trekking in Nepal.
Annapurna Sanctuary trekking in Nepal is one of the most famous trekking in the world with its panoramic views of the mountains. The trials collide with the moraines and reach the world of snow with the amazing sunrise and sunset over the vast and amazing Annapurna glacier in the Annapurna Himalayas. Enjoy this evergreen trek to the sanctuary of Annapurna in Nepal with us at a reasonable cost incorporated with the modifiable itinerary.