Trip Fact

Trip Duration 14 Days
Destination Nepal
Trip Grade Moderate
Transportation Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
Accomodation Teahouse
Price US $ 1099
Trip Style Tea house trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Max. Altitude 4130
Per Day Walking 3 - 7 Hours
Best Season March to May, September to November
More Facts Less Facts

Trip Highlights

  • Cancellation services according to company policy.
  • Easy and secure online booking system.
  • No credit card fees while booking the trek.
  • Customizable packages at the best price guaranteed.
  • NTA's experienced and licensed holder guide with fluent English speaking.
  • Three times meals during the trek.
  • Majestic view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and its base camp, Gangapurna Himal, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and many more.
  • Stunning view of the Tibetan plateau.
  • Beautiful and incredible flora, fauna, and diverse ecosystems.
  • Rare and endangered animals preserved in the conservation area.
  • The viewpoint for sunrise and sunset on the mountains.
  • Amazing setting for photography and videography throughout the trekking route.
  • Chance to get along with clam and beautiful natural environment.
  • Explore the lush green forests of rhododendron and oaks, settlement areas, rivers, suspension bridges, etc.
  • Experience the local lifestyle of the people along with their culture, tradition, norms, values, and lifestyle.

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.

Himchuli (6641m) Annapurna Base Camp Trek 12 Days - Photogrpher:Bijay chaurasia

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.

Outline Day to Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu
  • Day 02:Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 03:Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga or Ulleri
  • Day 04:Ulleri to Ghorepani
  • Day 05:Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani
  • Day 06:Tadapani to Sinuwa
  • Day 07:Sinuwa to Deurali
  • Day 08:Deurali to Annapurna base camp
  • Day 09:Explore hidden valley and back to Bamboo
  • Day 10:Bamboo to Jhinu Danda
  • Day 11:Jhinu Dada to Pothana
  • Day 12:Pothana to Phedi and drive to Pokhara
  • Day 13:Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara
  • Day 14:Departure to your country

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu Today is your first day in Nepal. Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, our company representative will transfer you to the hotel. You can freshen up and rest for the day. You can also roam around Thamel streets and local markets and fares if you have enough time. Stay overnight at a luxurious 3 to 4 starred hotel in Kathmandu.

    Accommodation: Arushi Boutique Hotel / Samsara Boutique Hotel / Hotel Shambala / Hotel Crowne Imperial or similar
  • Day 02:Drive to Pokhara After having breakfast in the morning, you will head towards Pokhara which will take about 6 hours to complete (by road). During this road trip, you will witness stunning white mountains and green hills through the corridor of the Trishuli. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will get some spare time that you can utilize by roaming around the city. Stay overnight at a 3 to 4 starred hotel in Pokhara.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lake Paradise / Hotel Lake Shore / Busy Bee Resort Pokhara / Hotel Jal Mahal or similar
  • Day 03:Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga or Ulleri After completing morning routines and breakfast, you will drive toward Nayapul which will take approximately one hour (depending upon the road condition). From Nayapul, the trekking journey starts. En route, you will follow the southern bank of the Modi Khola river. After crossing the high suspension bridge through the woods of the subtropical valley and walking for around 2 to 3 hours more, you will reach Tikhedhunga. You can also halt at Ulleri after crossing the vertical stone steps and paved ladders. Stay overnight at Tikhedhunga or Ulleri.

    Accommodation: Local tea houses / lodges / hotels
  • Day 04:Ulleri to Ghorepani Today, you will have a moderate hike towards upper Ghorepani. After having breakfast, you will start the walk which will take around 7 hours to complete, inclusive of lunch on the way. On the route to Ghorepani, you will be accompanied by the view of Annapurna South and Himchuli through rhododendron, oak, pine, and bamboo woodland. Even though the distance is short today, the altitude is a bit higher so you will be trekking slowly. It takes around 7 hours to reach today's destination. Overnight stay at upper Ghorepani.

    Accommodation: Local tea houses / lodges / hotels
  • Day 05:Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani Early in the morning at around 4 AM, you will head towards the Poon Hill viewpoint. The time may vary as per sunrise time. It takes around 45 to 60 minutes to reach Poonhill from upper Ghorepani. From the Poonhill viewpoint, you will enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise over the mountains. You will have around 30 to 40 minutes to cherish the view and grab memorable photographs and videos. After enjoying the sunrise, you will return to Ghorepani and have breakfast. From Ghorepani, you will climb towards Deurali through hillside and pine and rhododendron woodlands, first descending to Banthanti. From there, you will turn toward Tadapani. The total walking time of the day remains 5 to 6 hours excluding the morning walk towards Poonhill and down to Ghorepani. Stay overnight at Tadapani.

    Accommodation: Local tea houses / lodges / hotels
  • Day 06:Tadapani to Sinuwa Today's trek starts with steep downhills and takes around 6 to 7 hours to complete. You will descend steeply through lush green forest until reaching the Gurung settlement area. From here, it is a relatively quiet trek to Chomrung and the twitch of Sanctuary Valley. After crossing this village, you reach Sinuwa village where you will stay overnight.

    Accommodation: Local tea houses / lodges / hotels
  • Day 07:Sinuwa to Deurali From Sinuwa, you trek a relatively slow path through a bamboo forest that directs a place called Bamboo. After that, the trail goes up through the deep bamboo forest and after crossing Doban you will reach the Himalayas. Now, a steady walk will take you to Deurali where you will spend the night. It takes about 6 hours to reach Deurali from Sinuwa.

    Accommodation: Local tea houses / lodges / hotels
  • Day 08:Deurali to Annapurna base camp Today the track climbs through the beautiful "Hidden Valley", and first to the Machhapuchhre base camp (which is not a base camp because mountaineering is not allowed). The plce is known as hidden valley as it is covered will hill hills and mountains from all the sides. Here, you will rest for some time and again move forward to reach Annapurna base camp. It takes around 2 hours to reach base camp Annapurna (4130 meters). Looking over the total coverage, it takes about 4 to 5 hours to complete the distance between Deurali and Annapurna base camp.

    Accommodation: Local tea houses / lodges / hotels
  • Day 09:Explore hidden valley and back to Bamboo Today, you will spend some time roaming the glaciers over hidden valleys and the base camp. With snow-capped peaks, cool drafts, and beautiful skies, it's a wonderful experience that will last forever. You will feel blessed to be here. After roaming around, you will endure walking through forest ways, stone-paved ways, settlement areas, and finally, reach bamboo. It will take 6 to 7 hours to reach today's destination at medium speed.

    Accommodation: Local tea houses / lodges / hotels
  • Day 10:Bamboo to Jhinu Danda Today, first of all, we traveled uphill to Kuldighar then on the way down to Chomrung. The trek route descends to Jhinu Danda. As the total distance between these two places is 8.5 kilometers, it takes about 5 hours to reach Jhinu Danda from Bamboo. Some natural hot springs are channeled into some primary pools, which can be a relaxing soak after a long day. We rest for the night.

    Accommodation: Local tea houses / lodges / hotels
  • Day 11:Jhinu Dada to Pothana The path from Jhinu Dada to Pothana is amazingly familiar as this route has a lot to offer you, such as landscape, hills, forests, rivers, and mountains. The average distance from Jhinu Danda to Pothana is 10.7 kilometers and it takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach there. Stay overnight at Pothana.

    Accommodation: Local tea houses / lodges / hotels
  • Day 12:Pothana to Phedi and drive to Pokhara Today, you will walk towards Phedi through a pleasant settlement surrounded by beautiful hills which is only a 3-hour walk from Pothana. After reaching Phedi, you will rest for a while and start driving towards Pokhara. Pokhara is 18.7 kilometers away from Phedi and it takes about 45 minutes to 1-hour drive to reach Pokhara, depending upon the road condition. Explore the beauty of Pokhara in your spare time and stay overnight in Pokhara.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lake Paradise/Hotel Lake Shore / Busy Bee Resort Pokhara / Hotel Jal Mahal or similar
  • Day 13:Drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara The trip to Annapurna sanctuary ends here as you will be driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu. It takes about 6 hours to complete the distance by road. en-route you will be passing through the corridor of the Trishuli river, cherishing the high and low lands encompassing the way. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be offered a farewell dinner with a cultural program by the NTA team.

    Note: If you want to skip the driving part, there will be the choice of a regular air flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. However, the cost will be additional.

    Accommodation: Arushi Boutique Hotel / Samsara Boutique Hotel / Hotel Shambala / Hotel Crowne Imperial or similar
  • Day 14:Departure to your country Today is your final day in Nepal. Our company representative will pick you up from your hotel and drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport as per your flight time. Then, you will board the flight with a final goodbye to the Nepal Trek team and Nepal.

Cost Includes

  • Free pickup and drop off services on the arrival and departure day 
  • Permits of Annapurna Conservation Area
  • TIMS  (Trekkers' Information Management Systems)
  • 2-night stay in Pokhara (3 to 4 starred hotels)
  • 2-night stay in Kathmandu (3 to 4 starred hotels)
  • According to the itinerary, tourist bus (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu) and other necessary on-site transport by private car
  • Complete free pre-briefing before the trek
  • Delicious and clean organic welfare dinner at the end of the trek in Kathmandu
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) throughout the trek
  • All nights at local tea houses/lodges while trekking (twin sharing)
  • An experienced license holder trekking guide with fluent English (Local Guide)
  • For an individual traveler, an experienced license holder (English speaking) guide cum porter services are available.
  • Trekking porter will be available only for groups of minimum 2 packs and above at the mentioned cost (1 Porter Partner 2 guests)
  • Basic medical first aid kit box 
  • Guide, guide cum porter, porter's food accommodation, and local taxes
  • Down jackets, sleeping bags, and all the necessary trekking gear are available at Hire
  • One Nepal Trek Adventure T-shirt

Cost Excludes

  • International flight tickets
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Any type of beverage (tea, coffee, water, hot water, etc.) and bar bill (alcoholic beverage)
  • Hot shower, WiFi, any electronic charges during trekking
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, porters, and drivers
  • Extra overnight stay or meal in Kathmandu and Pokhara, it arrived earlier than scheduled, depart late and return early from trekking (for some reason) 
  • Your Travel Insurance (Travel insurance is mandatory for going on an adventure trip and it should cover both medical and emergency evacuation with a minimum value of USD 100, 000.00).
Rated 5/5 based on 6 reviews
  • Annapurna sanctuary trekking with NTA
    Algeria

    Annapurna sanctuary trekking with NTA

    Rating:

    Annapurna sanctuary trekking with NTA was the perfect trek as everything was arranged properly and with no reason to complain. We didn’t have to worry about anything. Our guide, Bijay, also provided much information before and during the trek. The mesmerizing view of mountains, lush green forests, rivers, streams, village settlements, rare flora, and fauna made this trek worthy. We enjoyed the trek to the fullest. Highly recommended company and the trek in Nepal.

  • Annapurna Sanctuary trekking in Nepal
    Denmark

    Annapurna Sanctuary trekking in Nepal

    Rating:

    Annapurna Sanctuary trekking in Nepal was the best and most memorable trek. We got the chance to witness the fantastic view of the mountains. The trails through the forest were fascinating, exploring many villages, rare flora, and fauna. The local people were very friendly and welcoming. We were also satisfied by the arrangements of NTA. The whole Annapurna Sanctuary trek was a life-long experience.

  • Annapurna Sanctuary trek
    Canada

    Annapurna Sanctuary trek

    Rating:

    We did the Annapurna Sanctuary trek which was an incredible experience of our life. We were pleased by the prompt response of Mr. Binod. Our guide Shiva was very helpful and cooperative as he provided all the information related to the trek. The stunning view of mountains, rivers, streams, lush green forests, etc was phenomenal. We were amazed by the beautiful mountains. Thanks, NTA for this amazing Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

  • Amazing Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with NTA Team
    Belgium

    Amazing Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with NTA Team

    Rating:

    I along with my classmates of around 18 people went Nepal for our summer vacation. We had an actual plan of visiting Everest Base Camp but that could not get success because of some reasons. So, we caught the trip to Annapurna region of Nepal via Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. We observed lots of mountains, green hills, human settlements and a lot of other attractions. The trekking view was so beautiful and mesmerizing. Apart from that, talking about the company and its organization, it was awesome. The humble nature of Binod (the owner of the company), Krishna (our funny cum obliging guide), and overall assistance of the whole company staffs. Salute to you guys for your so much hard works and dedication. Thumbs up. See you again!

  • A must for the bucket list!
    Australia

    A must for the bucket list!

    Rating:

    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.

  • Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Review
    Faroe Islands

    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Review

    Rating:

    In September we did the Annapurna sanctuary trek with this company. We enjoyed it so much and we had the time so we decide to go on another. This time we chose the Helambu trek. We were fortunate to have the same guide again. Ram our guide looked of our every need. It is impossible to not enjoy a trek anywhere in Nepal. The scenery everywhere you look is amazing. Thank you Nepal Trek Adventures we are sad to be left of our two months stay, but we will be back!

Annapurna Sanctuary trek difficulty

Annapurna sanctuary trekking is considered moderate leveled trekking. This is an easier trek in the Annapurna area, but still requires a basic level of fitness as you will be trekking for about 3 to 7 hours a day. Altitude is not a big issue in this trek and so it is suitable for people who want to hike in this area without getting sick at altitude. You don't have to be proficient, but it is a good idea to have the necessary information about walking on the cold ground. All this enables you to effectively conquer all possible problems and satisfy your fantasy in the lap of the Himalayas.

Annapurna Sanctuary trek distance

Annapurna Sanctuary is 168 kilometers away from Kathmandu which is the actual covering distance of our journey but the trekking distance is 27.5 kilometers (starting from Nayapul). The driving distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu (of around 6 hours - oneway), Pokhara to Nayapul (around 1 hour), and Phedi to Pokhara (around 45 minutes to 1 hour) are also inclusive in the itinerary. Comprising all, the trek can be completed in around 12 days time frame.

Packing lists for the Annapurna Sanctuary trek

Below given is the list of gears that you have to carry during the Annapurna Sanctuary trekking in Nepal. These gear are easily available for buying or hiring in Kathmandu.

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • light with extra batteries
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • A few pairs of hiking shirts
  • few pairs of a long-sleeved shirts
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • Innerwear
  • T-Shirt (few pairs)
  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hiking Boots
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)
  • Toiletries like shampoo, toothpaste, small towels, etc

These are some of the essential equipment that you can carry during your hike to Annapurna sanctuary in the Nepalese Himalayas. However, apart from the above-mentioned gears, you can also pack things that are necessary for you. But make sure to keep the ack-pack as light as possible It will aid a lot in accomplishing the walking destinations easily.

Best season for Annapurna Sanctuary trekking

Autumn is the best season for Annapurna Sanctuary trekking as it offers excellent views of the Himalayas. Apart from Autumn, spring is considered to be the second-best season for this trek, since the trails are dry and the weather is mostly clear. We can also do trekking in other seasons (monsoon and winter) but it can be more difficult than the main season due to rain, insects, and cold weather.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek versus Annapurna Circuit Trek

Both Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek are the trekking routes to the Annapurna region which deliver the mind-blowing view of the Himalayas and flora and fauna around the area. In the Annapurna circuit trek, the trek is protracted to 4 districts i.e. Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, and Kaski making the full circuit around the extent. It stretches the panoramic sight of popular peaks of the world namely Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). We also witness the gigantic Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA). More than 100,000 trekkers customs their path to this route yearly. In Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, the march starts and ends in a district i.e. Kaski. It offers an opportunity to perceive the world’s tenth highest peak Annapurna from an adjacent distance. You can also acquire the vision of sunrise and sunset on the appearance of the Himalayas from the vantage point christened Ghorepani Poon Hill.

Departure Details

The Fixed Departure dates are listed for special quoted price specified on Small Group Joining trip. But we are flexible to receive any dates booking in Private Group Departure or Single Traveler basis for the year 2022, 2023 and 2024 on your suitable dates which can certainly be added by us in our fixed departure list.

Quick Contact:
Nepal Mobile +977 9851017030 24 Hrs
 Available on WhatsApp, Viber or WeChat. 
Contact Person - Binod Sapkota

Start Date End Date Price Availability Booking
30 June, 2022 13 July, 2022 US$ 1099 Guaranteed
Price From $ 1099 USD
Best Price Guaranteed

Trip Information

ta-widget