Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is the 12 days trek to the heart of Annapurna Himalayan region intentional to fulfill the fantasy of individuals to experience their holidays in the base of the Himalayas such as Mount Annapurna (8091m), Machhapuchhre Himal, Gangapurna, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli and many more of the region. This place lies 40 kilometers north of Pokhara which is the high glacial basin. Because of high peaks and mountains, Annapurna Sanctuary receives sunlight for just 7 hours a day in summer which is not even possible in winter.
The only access to the region is between the peaks of Hiuchuli and Machhapuchhre from where Modi River flows off which was perforated by outsiders in 1956. The sanctuary provides the astonishing diversity of ecosystem because of its unique combination of heights and depths including the slopes facing north and south where slope facing south is covered with the forest of rhododendron and bamboo and slope facing north have drier weather similar to that of nearby Tibetan plateau.
Annapurna Sanctuary is believed to be the home of various deities from Hinduism, Buddhism and older animistic gods, and the storage area of gold and different resources left by Nagas (the gerpent gods). It is also considered as the holy place for Gurung people because of which, they forbid anyone from bringing eggs and meat into the area, women and also some untouchables. The peak of Machhapuchhre at the entrance is considered as the home of Lord Shiva. It is one of the major routes to Annapurna region and ranges which is now part of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Because of which also, number of outside travelers, a gathering of firewood, grazing of domestic animals, is restricted.
This trek provides an overall view of natural diversity, Himalayan ranges and ecosystem so for viewing which we have prepared the flexible itinerary which can be modified as well as per your regard and time constraints.
Before going to the certain region, it is most necessary to know about weather, climate, and temperature of that area to ensure the absorbance of a spectacular view of nature.
Autumn - (September, October, November) and spring (March, April, May) are the best and highly recommended time to visit the place as the sky remains clear and temperature remains 19oC (10oF) which provides the best view of the surrounding Himalayas, flora, and fauna.
Winter - (December, January, February) and summer/monsoon (June, July, August) are not the best and recommended time to visit the area as the temperature falls to 5oC during the day and below 0oC at night. The climate remains foggy, wet and rainy which will not let you have the proper view around the area. There is the high chance of life risk in these seasons.
Sometimes intuition, or gut instinct, leads you to make the right decision. I met marketing staff’s of NTA in the streets of Thamel and like many others, he gave me a business card and invited my husband and I to visit their office and discuss our travel plans. There are so many touts on the streets of Thamel but NTA’s staff open friendly manner won the day. After entering to the office we found Manager is thorough, his services reliable and very affordable and his staff and team of guides and porters are friendly, trustworthy and committed to caring for their clients. They skillfully organizes all the details for a successful trip - pickups, buses, hotels, tour activities, a checklist for trekking requirements and, of course, wonderful treks. His team organized a everything for us like- Chitwan National Park, Pokhara,The Annapurna Base Camp Trek and the Helambu trek. What an experience! Chitwan was amazing and our only regret was that we did not allow more time there after our organised activities to relax and explore the local villages more. Yes we were tired at the end of both treks but every aching muscle and sore toe was well worth it. We trekked through some of the most spectacular scenery that either of us has ever seen. The climax was, of course, Annapurna Sanctuary. It is a very special place and definitely a fitting home for the gods! The old adage holds out – no pain, no gain. We felt blessed! Trekking is a great way to get a real feel of Nepal, its countryside, its villages, its people and its magnificent mountains. I am so glad that we have had the opportunity and time to have had these wonderful experiences. A big thanks you, once again, to Manager, to our wonderful guide and friend on both treks, and our incredible porters. Don't leave it to intuition of gut instinct like I had to, but take my advice and put your trust in the hands of Manager and the wonderful staff at NTA.
This trekking is classified as the moderate level of trekking. The challenging level of this trekking is rated as 6 out of 10. This trek can be easily accomplished by the non-trekkers, non-walkers, and beginners so, it’s recommended not to worry much about it. But as we all know, prevention is better than cure. Very few difficulties are likely to occur during a trek. Thus, it is highly recommended to take some hiking/trekking courses in your native land so that it will be much easier for you to complete your venture. You do not need to be highly professional but the basic knowledge about walking on the snowy land simply hiking is good to have. All these will help you fulfill your dream to the lap of Himalayas successfully overcoming all the possible difficulties.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek route is one of the most popular trekking routes towards Annapurna region covering the places like Pokhara, Nayapul, Tikhedhunga / Ulleri, Ghorepani, Poonhill, Tadapani, Sinuwa, Deurali, Annapurna Base Camp, Bamboo, Jhinu Danda, Pothana, Phedi and again back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.
Our journey starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara which will take about 6 hours to reach there. Reaching and resting for some moments is followed by roaming around the beautiful territory of Pokhara which is optional. You will have views of different mountains, lake (Phewa), Davis falls and many more. Then we drive to Nayapul from where our actual trekking begins. During trekking, we will pass through the village with small shops and teashops, rhododendron, bamboo and oak forest, and various vast landscapes. The view of the sunrise over the high Himalayas from the viewpoint of Poonhill and exploration of the hidden valley surrounded by the mountains from all sides make this trek more interesting and attractive.
Both Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek are the trekking routes to Annapurna region which provide the mind-blowing view of Himalayas and flora and fauna around the area. In Annapurna circuit trek, the march is extended to 4 districts i.e. Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Kaski making the full circuit around the area. It gives the panoramic view of popular peaks of the world namely Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). We also observe the massive Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA). More than 100,000 trekkers set their path to this route yearly. In Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, the march starts and ends in a district i.e. Kaski. It provides an opportunity to observe world’s tenth highest peak Annapurna from a close distance. You can also get the view of sunrise and sunset on the face of the Himalayas from the viewpoint named Ghorepani Poonhill.
Annapurna Sanctuary is 168km away from Kathmandu which is the actual covering distance of our journey but the total hiking distance is 27.5km. We start our trekking from Nayapul from where the distance of Sanctuary is 27.5km where we have to walk uphill. Traveling through private jeeps and walking for about 4 to 5 hours a day are included in this trek but the hours of walking may increase or decrease due to the demand of circumstances.