The Government of Nepal has announced an issue for the flight operation to Lukla. Most of the flights to Lukla will commence from Ramechhap until further notice to avoid the heavy traffic congestion in Kathmandu airport. The airport in Ramechhap is located 130km from Kathmandu (approximately 3-4 hours drive).
A friendly trek on the Annapurna sanctuary route, through diverse habitats and communities to the southern side of Mt. Annapurna
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is an impressive trip on foot to the South Face of Annapurna I – an enjoyable trek through the rich Nepalese landscape and its traditions. On your 14-day trip you will reach the base camp of the world’s 10th highest mountain, Annapurna (8,091meters); visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu, get pleasure from incredible Himalayan views during the trek and witness the sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges from Poonhill.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is on the wish list of trekking hobbyists dreaming of the Himalayan voyage. A legendary Nepal trek, Annapurna Sanctuary trekking takes you from hills and mountains to a stunning glacier. Stand under the empowering Annapurna Base Camp massif. Mystical mountains praised as gods. In addition, a trip to the village of Ghorepani and its perception of PoonHill adds spice to this classic itinerary. Through the viewpoint, enjoy a 360-degree vista of the Annapurna Mountains.
Categorized moderate, this Annapurna Sanctuary Trek can be done if one is physically active and has a bit of trekking experience. Join this trek and get the best out of the ‘Annapurna experience!’
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Pokhara Shanti Stupa, Standing on top of the Anadu Hill, Shanti Stupa adds beauty to the Pokhara Valley. It is a perfect holiday place providing a clear view of the Himalayan range, Fewa Lake and Pokhara city. The hilltop provides a splendid view of sunrise and sunset. Trip Advisor has ranked Shanti Stupa as the second top attraction in Pokhara. The Peace Pagoda shrine was built as a symbol of peace. Situated at the height of 1100 meters on the Anadu Hill, Nichidatsu Fujii laid the foundation stone along with relics of the Buddha on 12 September 1973; Nepal has two of the eighty peace pagodas in the world: Shanti Stupa in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha and Shanti Stupa in Pokhara. Shanti Stupa in Pokhara has also become a tourist attraction. It provides a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city, and Fewa Lake.
Private car with driver
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Our trip to Nepal begins today. An official of Mountain Hike will be looking for us at the airport. Our staff will then drop us off at our hotel where we can take a rest. In the evening, we can enjoy a welcome dinner, while having dinner; we can enjoy Nepalese cuisine that will introduce us to the country’s food culture.
Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing guided tour and trek preparation
Our Kathmandu City Tour gives a near glimpse of Nepal. It now not most effectively showcases the rich way of life of the Nepalese people however also takes you returned in time through its architectural marvels. The excursion takes you to 4 locations: Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Syambhunath temples that preserve each non-secular and cultural importance to the Nepalese people.
After breakfast, we commence our visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites beginning within the Kathmandu District. This tour encompasses Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhnath and Syambhunath temple
In the evening we will prepare the check list of trekking for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2050 m): 30 min flight and 6 hours trek
Early morning we fly to Pokhara on the first flight. As soon as we land in Pokhara, we see the spectacular view of the Himalayas that adorns the city. We can see Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, the five pinnacles of Annapurna, and others. From Pokhara, we take a private vehicle that drives us to Nayapul and starts a trek. We walk through the forest of the valley, cross the river Bhurundi Khola before reaching the village of Tikhedhunga. The Ulleri Hill, with thousands of steps and boulders that keep going up, will really prove our stamina test. We’re going to reach Ulleri late in the afternoon. Overnight at the Ulleri
Day 04: Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m): 4 – 5 hours trek
After breakfast, we climb the stone stairs to Ghorepani village. As we climb, we appreciate the beautiful scenery as Annapurna South is coming and going from our sight. Until entering Ghorepani, we visit waterfalls, tiny villages, and many tea-houses. We stop at the top of Ghorepani village, which provides scenic views of the surrounding mountains like Annapurna South and Nilgiri Mountains. The village has small shops selling local items like handbags and crafts. The village has good wi-fi. Ghorepani overnight
Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m with a visit to Poon Hill (3,210m): 6 – 7 hours
We get up early in the morning to reach Poon Hill in time to see the Himalayan sunrise. Poon Hill is the most popular tourist destination to enjoy close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from these beautiful mountains. Through Poon Mountain, we get amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara, and over 20 of the highest mountains. Following a cup of coffee, we’re back to Ghorepani. We have tea, then walk east and climb a hill. Our path follows rhododendron woods and waterfalls until we reach Tadapani. Tadapani overnight
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m): 6 hours trek
The trail begins with a descent through a large rhododendron forest. The forest trail ends, and our trail opens to terraced fields. After about 5 km we walk uphill, past waterfalls, and enter a suspension bridge. Suspension bridges are popular in Nepal’s hilly, mountainous regions. A few miles uphill and downhill trekking and we reach our destination today, Chhomrong. It’s a beautiful village below the huge Annapurna giant. Chhomrong overnight
Day 07: Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 – 5 hours
We end up leaving Chhomrong and walk on several stone steps before reaching Chhomrong Khola. We cross a river suspension bridge and begin a climb to Sinuwa. Our path crosses a beautiful Kuldihar wood. From here we descend easily to Bamboo. Bamboo overnight
Day 08: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours
We walk through a damp, cold bamboo forest. We walk uphill on a steep trail sometimes. It’s only after entering Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we’re back in the sun with spectacular views of the glacial river below. It’s a steep climb through a drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. Our path descends to a river before ascending to Deurali. We can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding hills and Dhaulagiri. We note the dense vegetation for beautiful views of the gorge, the river below, and cliffs filled with waterfalls. Deurali overnight
Day 09: Trek From Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m): 5- 6 hours
We follow the trail in a steady climb. The trail sticks to a cliff, sometimes steep. We walk for a while on a somewhat flat path before climbing to Machhapurchre Base Camp. We get awesome views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna. Then turn left and go up gently to the Annapurna Base Camp. During our ascent, we will admire stunning Himalayan panorama views. Continuing us reaches Mt. Annapurna’s base camp and it’s amazing. We are surrounded by majestic peaks, and the only way to get there is through the gorge we just walked. Annapurna Base Camp overnight
Day 10: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours
From Annapurna Base Camp our trail descends rapidly past Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel, and Doban, and finally, Bamboo where we spend the night. Today’s trek is downhill, so it shouldn’t be hard. Bamboo overnight
Day 11: Trek from Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m): 5 – 6 hours
We return to Chhomrong, where we stop for lunch. It’s a steep decline from Chomrong to Modi Khola Valley. Chhomrong’s stone steps are as difficult as ever. The trail then falls to Jhinu Danda, where we rest for the night. On the way, we enjoy walking in rainforests and farms. Upon entering Jhinu Danda, we will spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing. Jhinu Danda overnight
Day 12: Trek from Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive
We leave Jhinu Danda and enjoy west Nepal’s beautiful hillscape on our way to Naya Pul. We’ve lunch on the way. The actual Annapurna Sanctuary trek ends today. We’re boarding to by our Private Vehicle to Pokhara. Pokhara overnight
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu
Midday, we fly to Kathmandu. We’ll be dropped off at our hotel after arriving at the airport. We can spend the day at some last-minute shopping taking the much-needed rest or catch up. Nonetheless, we mark the end of our great trip with a farewell dinner where we can share our trekking experiences before flying home the next day. Kathmandu Overnight
Free Half day tour to Peace Pagoda Stupa includes (9 am to 11 am)
Day 14: Departure
You will be dropped at the Airport in our private vehicle according to your time.
Good quality trekking shoes, slippers and extra pair of socks
Sunscreen lotion or any other skin moisturizers
Water bottles, trendy backpack, and energy bars/snacks
A pair of sunglasses and a camera
Caps or hats
Personal toiletries and basic medication (if any)
Flashlight (with spare batteries)
Insect repellent and emergency medical kit
Annapurna Base Camp Trek has a moderate difficulty as it is located at an elevation of 4,130m above sea level with a total trek distance of 115 KM. Which makes up to 8-12 KM per day but it is still very much attainable. If you have never done a high altitude trek then you must prepare beforehand by watching your diet, exercise. If you have done trekking but not as high as this one then you should work on your determination because it would be more difficult than other treks. And if you are a regular trekker then this should not be as challenging for you as it could be.
Spring (Best Season): Starting from March to May, the spring season has a slightly warmer temperature ranging from 17 °C to 20 °C. But it is still the best time to trek after autumn as the forests come to life with blooming flowers and green trees. The air is filled with the fragrance of the flowers and the clear sky gives an uninterrupted view of mountains.
Summer/Monsoon (Low Season): Starting from June to August, the summer season is also known as the rainy season with daily temperature from 18 °C to 25 °C. It is also known as ‘off-season’ as the rain leads to landslides in the lower region and avalanches in the higher reason making it a very less preferable season. Though you can still trek in the season if you would have prepared accordingly having muddy and slippery routes with unclear sky you will find a lesser crowd.
Autumn (Best Season): September to November is the best season to plan a trek. The temperature starts from 15 °C to 17 °C with rain or snowfall. As the sky will be clear, sunrise and sunsets could be seen perfectly. Though you will find the trail very crowded but the trek is worth doing.
Winter (Low Season): Starting from December and lasting till February, winter days have temperature from 9 °C to 12 °C, whereas the temperature at night could fall down till -15 °C to -20 °C with foggy morning and unclear sky. Although lower regions are dry but upper regions are covered with a thick layer of snow which requires crampons to hike upon and winter clothes are a must.
For the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, there will be one leader, assistant chief (6 trekkers:1 assistant guide), and luggage carrier (2 trekkers:1 porters) This arrangement means that if someone in the group gets sick, the trip will proceed as scheduled. For groups of any size, we can run the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, but usually, it’s a maximum of 10 members as we found this to be the key phrase for a wonderful trip. If you would like to book this trip for a large group, even so, this can also be arranged.
Your safety is important while traveling with Mountain Hike Nepal. Please notice that your leader can change or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is considered suitable due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above trip; but, as this adventure includes traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot promise that we won’t deviate from it. Climate conditions, a member’s wellbeing, unforeseen natural disasters, etc., may all lead to changes in the itinerary. The leader must seek to ensure the trip runs according to schedule, but if essential, be ready to be adjustable.
During your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, you spend total 3 nights at one of the best four-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Facilities in 4 start Hotel Room:
All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional. While trekking you will be staying at the best available teahouses. We will have rooms with attached washrooms in most parts of the trek but this is not possible in a few remote locations. Also, understand that single rooms are not easily available in higher elevations like they are in Kathmandu and the lower elevation regions. At higher elevations, the lodges will have only basic facilities – bed, shared washroom, and a communal sitting and dining area. You will have to pay extra for using the Wi-Fi hotspot and charging your electronic devices.
In Kathmandu and Pokhara, only breakfast will be available, and there will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests.
During Trekking all meals will be served at the lodge you will be staying at; lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route. Items on the menu include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan foods like dal-Bhat (rice, lentils, and curry), momo, Tibetan bread, etc. as Indian and continental dishes (chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles, etc.).
Can you provide more information about your trekking guides?
Most of the guides in our adventure company come from mountainous areas. They are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills, and personal aptitude. We provide guides that are experienced and fluent in English. With the objective of sustaining local communities, we employ guides from different ethnic backgrounds who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora and fauna, geography, and history of Nepal.
Our guides have the required government license to guide tourists. They have all gone through intensive training programs like wilderness first aid, trekking guide training which are certified and approved by the government of Nepal.
Do I need to bring additional medicine for trekking?
We carry a first-aid box with us while trekking. But if you want you can carry along some essential medicines like ibuprofen, codeine, paracetamol, lozenges, anti-diarrhea tablets, and Diamox for AMS.
How do you avoid altitude sickness?
Please do note, all our trekking itineraries incorporate an adequate number of acclimatization days. You will get an extra day’s rest at a lower elevation to prepare your body for a walk-up in the higher reaches.
AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:
What happens if I need to leave the trekking beforehand?
If you have to leave the trekking due to ill-health or injury, an emergency air rescue will be arranged whereby an air ambulance/helicopter will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain rescue. If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group. Whether for health or personal reasons, please do keep in mind that refunds for the unused days of your trip will not be given. Even if you leave the trekking beforehand, we are committed to paying the porters, and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired.
How difficult is Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?
The trek starts 1070 meters from Nayapul. The highest altitude on the trek is 4130 meter Annapurna Base Camp. The trek to the 10th highest peak in the world’s base camp is generally easier. All stages of trekkers who are physically fit to walk 6 to 7 hours a day can actually make this trek.
How long is the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?
The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek takes 7-11 days, based on your route and hiking days. The route shown here takes 14 days from Kathmandu to Ghorepani and the popular PoonHill viewpoint.
How many miles is ABC Trek Routes?
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek trail includes about 115 km and you’ll walk 10-20 km a day. This route is famous and is regularly filled with worldwide trekkers. Trekking routes on this journey are easy.
How do I get from Kathmandu to Annapurna base camp?
Reaching Nayapul (starting point to ABC Trek) from Pokhara takes about 2 hours of drive. If you’re beginning the trip from Kathmandu, you can either drive or fly to Pokhara. Taking a tourist bus from Kathmandu takes about 7 hours to reach Pokhara and 25 minutes by flight.
When is the best time to trek Annapurna base camp? Is it possible in winter also?
Post-monsoon and pre-monsoon are the best time in Nepal, i.e. March to May in spring and September to November in the autumn before the harsh winter is the perfect time to walk to Annapurna Base Camp when the view of the 10th highest peak in the world and its neighboring mountain is at its finest.
Annapurna base camp trek is possible even in winter (December to February), but, in case of heavy snowfall due to the possibility of an avalanche, the normal trekking trails leading to ABC may change. Though winter provides great weather, chances of temperature falling below the freezing point are probable. To catch Annapurna’s stunning beauty in winter, one should be well-equipped with winter equipment and mentally well prepared to face the worst chill weather situation.