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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a highly popular trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The name of the Annapurna Sanctuary trek is popular as the Annapurna Circuit trek leads trekkers to the Annapurna Sanctuary, a high-altitude glacial basin located beneath the Annapurna massif. The trek offers incredible views of the Annapurna range and passes through a variety of landscapes from lush subtropical forests to alpine meadows. The trek can be completed in 10-14 days, depending on the route taken and the number of days spent in the Sanctuary itself. It is a moderate to strenuous trek, with some sections requiring mountaineering skills but the rewards of reaching the Sanctuary are worth the effort.

Trekking Route of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek is accessible from both Pokhara and Kathmandu. The trek typically starts at Phedi, a few hours’ drive from Pokhara. The route then passes through the terraced hillsides of the Modi Khola valley, the Gurung village of Landruk, and Ghandruk before finally reaching the Sanctuary. The route also passes through enchanting forests of rhododendrons, oak, and pine trees. On the way, trekkers get a chance to see the incredible views of the Annapurna range and the Kali Gandaki river gorge. The Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a great introduction to the world of trekking in the Himalayas and is a must-do for any trekker.

Annapurna Sanctuary Accommodation

On the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, trekkers can either stay in basic teahouses or camp out. Teahouses are basic mountain lodges that usually offer a bed, a meal, and a hot shower. Camping is also an option, though it is more expensive and is only recommended for more experienced trekkers. The Annapurna Sanctuary is also home to a few meditation retreats, where trekkers can enjoy a peaceful stay while meditating in the beautiful surroundings.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Permit cost

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek requires a permit, which costs around $30 USD if you go through the company. But if you forget to make a permit and the trek starts, the permit fees will be doubled at the checkpoint. The permit is valid for 10 days and can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara. The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) is required to trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary. The permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Alternatively, trekkers can also hire a trekking agency to obtain the permit on their behalf.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Difficulty

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is considered to be of moderate difficulty, with some sections requiring mountaineering skills. The trek involves several days of trekking at high altitudes, so it is important to be physically fit. The highest point on the trek is 4,130 m (13,550 ft), so it is important to be well-acclimatized before attempting the trek. It is also important to bring the necessary gear and clothing, as the weather in the Sanctuary can be unpredictable.

Annapurna sanctuary Trek Itinerary

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek typically takes about 10-14 days, depending on the route taken and the number of days spent in the Sanctuary itself. The trek usually starts from Phedi or Birethati, a few hours’ drive from Pokhara. The trek then passes through the Modi Khola valley, the Gurung village of Landruk, and Ghandruk before finally reaching the Sanctuary. The trek passes through enchanting forests of rhododendrons, oak, and pine trees and offers incredible views of the Annapurna range and the Kali Gandaki river gorge. The trek ends with a descent to Nayapul, from where trekkers can take a taxi or bus back to Pokhara.

Flora and fauna of Annapurna Region

The Annapurna region is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including the endangered snow leopard and the red panda. The forests of the region are home to many species of trees and plants, including rhododendrons, oaks, pines, magnolias, and orchids. The region is also home to a variety of birds, including the Impeyan pheasant, the Himalayan monal pheasant, and the spiny babbler. The Annapurna region is also home to several species of mammals, including the Himalayan Thar, the Himalayan marmot, and the Himalayan black bear.

Challenges of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a strenuous trek and requires physical preparation and acclimatization. The highest point on the trek is 4,130 m (13,550 ft), so trekkers should be well-acclimatized before attempting the trek. The weather in the Sanctuary can be unpredictable, so it is important to bring the necessary gear and clothing. The terrain can be challenging, so trekkers should have some mountaineering skills. Finally, it is important to be aware of the altitude.

Annapurna Conservation Area

The Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) is the largest protected area in Nepal, covering an area of 7,629 sq km. The ACA is home to a variety of flora and fauna and is a popular destination for trekkers. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is one of the most popular treks in the region and offers stunning views of the Annapurna range.

Varieties of Flowers in Annapurna conservation area
The Annapurna Conservation Area is home to a variety of flowers, including rhododendrons, magnolias, orchids, and blue poppies. The region also has numerous species of wildflowers, including Primula denticulata, Saxifraga ciliaris, and Meconopsis aculeata. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a great opportunity to explore the region’s unique variety of flora.

‘Adventure around picturesque and scenic Annapurna Sanctuary within sweeping mountain panorama’


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On arrival at Nepal's one and only International airport known as 'Tribhuvan' where our staff and guide will receive you with warm welcome with garland, and then transfer to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu in Thamel area or near about. After getting refreshed from the flight, our guide will brief with information regarding Annapurna Base Camp Trekking with other norms do's and don'ts with evening group dinner in a pleasant Nepalese restaurant with culture shows as entertainment.
Starting early morning transfer to domestic airport for short and scenic flight or bus station of Pokhara, during 30 minutes on air with amazing panorama of Himalayan series of peaks with Mt. Annapurna and majestic Machhapuchare Himal 'Fish Tail', as the plane lands at beautiful Pokhara, where you will transfer in a vehicle for the ride outskirt of Pokhara to reach at trekking point at Nayapul. From here a slow start with few hours of walks winding gradual trail and with climb past many farm villages with well tended crops and vegetable fields and terraces with occasional views of snow capped peaks of Annapurna, and then reaching our first overnight stop of the trek at Ghandruk in the comfort of nice and cozy lodge with views of Annapurna peaks.
After breakfast in Ghandruk village with pleasant overnight with views, morning walk leads to a short climb above the village and then on gradual path heading into a cool forested area for a while and then a climb of 45 minutes to the top ridge at Kimrong village, with few teahouses and lodge after a short break continue trek with descend through cool alpine woodland to reach at Kimrong valley. Probably a lunch stop as time wise, afternoon walk leads on uphill for few hours all the way to reach the top of Chomrong village, and then a short descend to Chomrong village for overnight stop, this is the last permanent Gurung village and the gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp trekking.
After a lovely overnight stop with fabulous views of Annapurna South and Huinchuli peaks, morning walk starts with short downhill past terraced farm fields to Chomrong river, after crossing a bridge an uphill for an hour to Sinuwa-Danda, a small place with few lodges offering great views of green landscapes and rolling hills. From here heading into cool forest and then downhill to Bamboo, a temporary settlement with lodge located by the Modi River in the middle of bamboo, rhododendron and oak forest. From here an hour walk with gradual up to reach our overnight stop at Dovan, situated in the midst of forest above Modi River gorge.
From here onward air gets cooler and fresher as the walk leads towards Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp, the path from here with gradual winding and some gentle ups to reach at Himalaya Hotel located near a large Hinko Cave at 3,160 m high, beneath Hiunchuli peak, walking over glacier and moraine sections formed from earlier old avalanches. After crossing a small bridge with short climb to reach our lunch and overnight stop at Deurali the last lodge before Machhapuchare Base Camp with afternoon time to explore the area with short walks around the Modi River gorge.
After a wonderful overnight at Deurali, walk leads around areas where vegetation and tree lines drops for high altitude alpine bushes and shrubs, our route climbs follows raging Modi river upstream right up to its source at base camp, walk gets better in some sections and then with last steep climb to reach at Machhapuchare Base Camp for overnight stay where you can find few good lodges located beneath Mt. Machhapuchare North Face. Here onward starts of Annapurna Sanctuary, afternoon relax or take a short excursion around this tranquil wilderness with views of Annapurna South-Huinchuli, Singu Chuli / Fluted peak as well Annapurna I with Vara Shikar (Annapurna Fang) towards North West.
With amazing close views of Annapurna Mountain range, morning leads to a short walk up to Annapurna base camp, climb on grassy hill to reach a high and level ground actually a small plateau, as the walk progress reaching to our main highlight and goal of the adventure at Annapurna Base Camp, rewards you with stunning views of Annapurna range of peaks that encircles the base camp and the sanctuary with giant rocky and ice fortress wall of Mt. Annapurna I. Annapurna Base Camp a magnificent spot with few large lodges, offering tremendous and awesome scenery of snowcapped peaks that encircles lovely spot at base camp, afternoon at leisure to enjoy the mountain views. Annapurna area was first explored by the British Adventure Col. James O.M. 'Jimmy' Roberts in the year 1956 and exposed to the world as the 'Sanctuary of Gods'. The Sanctuary has been christened as "Annapurna Sanctuary" ever since.
After an enjoyable and exciting time at Annapurna Base Camp within sanctuary, a long downhill reaching lower areas at Deurali past Machhapuchare Base Camp, and then with short ups and down following a winding path back into tree lines and forested area at Bamboo for overnight stop. Bamboo a small spot and a temporary settlement with good few lodge to cater the needs of the trekkers located by the Modi River gorge within green bamboo and rhododendron forest surrounding.
With cool morning in the shade of forest at Bamboo, morning walk leads with short steep climb to a place called Khuldi Ghar, and then on winding forested path to Sinuwa-Danda. From this scenic spot walk descend to Chomrong Khola (stream), on crossing over a bridge an uphill on stone steps to reach at Chomrong village, where you can rest or have lunch break. After Chomrong a short up for to reach at the top of Chomrong ridge, and then from here our route diverts with downhill walk to Jhinu-Danda for overnight stop, here transfer to your rooms in a local nice lodge, afternoon walk down to refreshing hot springs which is about 20 minutes’ walk near Modi river.
After a refreshing stop at Jhinu enjoying its natural hot-spring, morning starts with long downhill most of the way to reach back at Bhirethati village, as the walk follows Modi Khola downstream, entering into warm and green landscapes. Bhirethati, attractive villages of mixed tribe of Nepalese Thakali-Gurung-Magar and some Hindu Chettris-Brahmin with Dalits, this village at present slowly turning into a town as the motorable road has been built linking to Pokhara. From here our last walk leads for short while to Nayapul (New Bridge) for the drive back to scenic Pokhara by the Phewa Lake, where most of the good hotels located with many shops, stores and excellent restaurants
Pokhara extension:
In Pokhara people with time can join in for a day adventure sports activities Paragliding-Zip Flyer-Kayaking-Ultra Light flights with cultural and scenic tour of Pokhara at places of interest.
After a wonderful time on Annapurna Base Camp Trekking and on high hills, morning an overland journey back to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu after six hours of exciting drive, then transfer to your hotels with fee afternoon at leisure with last day shopping souvenirs and handicrafts. (Options by air 30 minutes flight back to Kathmandu with great views)
Last day in amazing  country Nepal, full of Himalaya seekers depart from the hotel as per your international flight for homeward bound or to your next destination country, our staff transfer you bidding with farewell gar land or Buddhist silk scarf 'Khada' for your safe and good journey.
Trip cost

Includes & Excludes

Cost Includes

  • All transfer airport to Hotel
  • Two Night Hotel in Kathmandu with B.B plan
  • All Accommodation and three times food during the Trek
  • Tourist Bus to Pokhara
  • An experienced English speaking Government license holder Trekking Guide
  • Two person get one porter
  • Guide and porter salary, their food and accommodation in mountain
  • All necessary paper work and permit for Annapurna Conservation Area and TIMS
  • A comprehensive medical kit-box
  • All government and local Taxes

cost excludes

  • International and national airfare
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel Rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses like Phone calls, Laundry, Extra drink, Battery charge, Wi-Fi, extra porters, hot and cold water, Hot shower
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and Driver, it is mandatory
    Note: Above Itinerary can be customize at your need. Your Accommodation will provide as your exact requirement. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. We will follow your request.
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