Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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Annapurna Sanctuary, Ghandruk, Nepal
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Duration

9 Days 8 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Nepali

About this tour

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a captivating and iconic trekking journey in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Also known as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, it offers trekkers an opportunity to explore the awe-inspiring beauty of the Himalayas, picturesque landscapes, and rich cultural diversity.

The trek takes adventurers into the heart of the Annapurna Conservation Area, a protected region known for its abundant flora and fauna, including rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and diverse wildlife. The highlight of the trek is reaching the Annapurna Base Camp, situated at an altitude of approximately 4,130 meters (13,550 feet), surrounded by some of the world’s highest peaks, such as Annapurna I (8,091 meters) and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) (6,993 meters).

Throughout the journey, trekkers will pass through traditional villages inhabited by different ethnic communities, including Gurungs, Magars, and Thakalis, providing a glimpse into their unique cultures, traditions, and warm hospitality.

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is well-loved for its diverse terrain, breathtaking mountain views, and the opportunity to witness the natural beauty and cultural heritage of Nepal. Whether you are a seasoned trekker or a first-time adventurer, this trek promises an unforgettable experience amidst the majestic Himalayas

Essential Tips for a Successful Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

  • Prepare yourself with regular physical exercise and cardiovascular training to build stamina for the trek.
  • Gradually ascend and take acclimatization days to adjust to higher altitudes and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Obtain the necessary trekking permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the TIMS card, before starting the trek.
  • Consider hiring a local guide with knowledge of the region, culture, and trail conditions.
  • Pack lightweight trekking gear, warm clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, a waterproof jacket, and appropriate footwear.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification tablets or filters to avoid single-use plastic bottles.
  • Stay in teahouses and lodges along the route. Book accommodations in advance during the peak season.
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions, especially during the monsoon and winter seasons.
  • Respect local customs and traditions. Learn a few basic Nepali phrases for communication with the locals.
  • Follow the instructions of your guide, trek with a group, and avoid trekking alone.
  • Carry important emergency contact numbers, including those of local authorities and rescue services.
  • Stay hydrated and maintain a balanced diet throughout the trek to keep your energy levels up.
  • Capture stunning mountain vistas, landscapes, and unique cultural encounters.
  • Know your physical limitations and avoid pushing yourself beyond your capabilities.
  • Practice “Leave No Trace” principles by disposing of waste properly and minimizing your impact on the environment.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Safety Considerations

  • Ensure you are physically fit and prepared for the trek to handle the challenging terrain and long hours of walking.
  • Gradually ascend and take acclimatization days to allow your body to adjust to higher altitudes and reduce the risk of altitude sickness.
  • Consider hiring a local guide with knowledge of the region, trail conditions, and safety protocols.
  • Be aware of the weather conditions, as the Himalayas are known for rapid weather changes. Be prepared for rain, snow, and cold temperatures.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle and use water purification methods to avoid drinking untreated water.
  • Stay in established teahouses and lodges along the trail for safe and comfortable accommodations.
  • Trek in a group or with a trekking partner for added safety and support during the journey.
  • Carry important emergency contact numbers, including those of local authorities and rescue services.
  • Understand the symptoms of altitude sickness and take necessary precautions. If you experience severe symptoms, descend to a lower altitude and seek medical assistance if needed.
  • Be cautious while trekking on uneven and rocky terrain, especially during monsoon season when trails can be slippery.
  • Be respectful of local customs and traditions and seek permission before taking photographs of people or their property.
  • Carry a basic first aid kit, personal medications, and any necessary safety equipment.
  • Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers trekking activities and emergency medical evacuation.

Highlights

  • Reach the base camp of the majestic Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world, at an altitude of approximately 4,130 meters (13,550 feet).
  • Enjoy breathtaking vistas of snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Hiunchuli, and other neighboring Himalayan giants.
  • Traverse through diverse landscapes, from lush green forests of rhododendron and bamboo to high alpine meadows and glacier valleys.
  • Soak in natural hot springs at Jhinu Danda, offering a relaxing respite after days of trekking.
  • Pass through traditional Gurung and Magar villages, experiencing their unique culture, warm hospitality, and traditional way of life.
  • Encounter a variety of wildlife, including langur monkeys, Himalayan thar, and various bird species in the Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • During the spring season, witness vibrant rhododendron blooms, transforming the forests into a riot of colors.
  • Experience mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views from strategic viewpoints like Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Enjoy a sense of tranquility and serenity as you trek through less-crowded sections of the trail.
  • Stay in comfortable teahouses and lodges along the route, providing an opportunity to connect with fellow trekkers and enjoy local cuisine.
  • Interact with diverse ethnic communities and learn about their customs, traditions, and festivals.
  • Trek through the protected Annapurna Conservation Area, home to a wide range of flora and fauna.

Included/Excluded

  • International and Domestic Airport Pick Up and Drop.
  • Kathmandu Pokhara, Pokhara Kathmandu Flight Ticket.
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner from the Teahouses menu during the treks.
  • Overnight Sleep at Standard tea house with basic facility during the treks.
  • Government licensed holder trekking guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • One porter for two person who carry only two trekking member’s bags, including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance.
  • If single trekker booked then guide will help you to carry some of your stuffs.
  • Equipment like sleeping bags, down jackets, duffle bags, trekking poles, and Crampons will be provided (Returned after the trip is complete).
  • First aid kid box included and carry by guide.
  • Emergency helicopter rescue services provided, Pay By your Insurance or By Your Self.
  • All needed Trekking Permit and National park Entry fees.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • Government Tax and Company service charge.
  • Personal expenses as like the Phone Bill, Camera Charging, Hot Shower, Wifi.
  • All kind of drinks as like Mineral Water, Tea, Coffee, Juice, Coke, Fanta, Beer and Bar Bills.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during your stay in city like Pokhara, Kathmandu.
  • Extra Nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, in case if you return earlier from the Treks.
  • Tips to your Guide and Porter. (It is expected)
  • Travel insurance.

Itinerary

  • Take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, offering breathtaking views of the Himalayas.
  • Upon arrival in Pokhara, drive to Nayapul and start the trek to Poonhill.
  • Trek through lush forests and charming villages, reaching the picturesque village of Ghandruk.
  • Overnight stay in Ghandruk.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek, passing through terraced fields and rhododendron forests.
  • Reach Sinuwa, a peaceful village nestled in the heart of the Annapurna region.
  • Overnight stay in Sinuwa.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Ascend further through lush forests and stunning landscapes.
  • Reach Deurali, a beautiful spot surrounded by towering mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Deurali.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek, passing through the Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC).
  • Trek up to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), a spectacular amphitheater surrounded by Himalayan peaks.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking views of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and other majestic mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Descend back to Bamboo, retracing your steps through lush forests and charming villages.
  • Enjoy the serene surroundings of Bamboo.
  • Overnight stay in Bamboo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Continue the trek, passing through dense bamboo forests and scenic landscapes.
  • Reach Jhinu Danda, famous for its natural hot springs.
  • Relax and rejuvenate in the hot springs, soothing tired muscles.
  • Overnight stay in Jhinu Danda.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner at the teahouse.

  • Trek back to Nayapul, passing through picturesque villages and terraced fields.
  • Drive back to Pokhara, enjoying the scenic countryside views.
  • Overnight stay in Pokhara.
  • Breakfast and Lunch at the teahouse.
  • You Can Stay on your own at Pokhara also possible.

  • Take a short flight back to Kathmandu, offering more scenic views of the Himalayas.
  • Rest and relax in Kathmandu or explore the city one last time.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Durations

9 Days

Languages

English
Nepali

Frequently asked questions

The duration of the trek varies depending on the specific itinerary, but it typically takes around 10 to 14 days to complete.

The best time for the trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is stable, and the mountain views are clear.

The trek is considered moderate in difficulty. While it involves some challenging sections and steep ascents, it is suitable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness.

es, trekking permits are required for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card are necessary for entry into the region.

Hiring a guide is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended, especially for first-time trekkers. A local guide provides valuable information about the trail, culture, and safety, enhancing the overall experience.

Yes, the trek can be done independently, but it's essential to be well-prepared, have proper navigation skills, and be aware of the potential risks and challenges.

The highest point of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is Annapurna Base Camp, located at an altitude of approximately 4,130 meters (13,550 feet).

Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available at regular intervals along the trek route, offering basic accommodation and meals.

Yes, the Annapurna region is generally safe for trekking. However, it's essential to be cautious, follow safety guidelines, and be aware of weather and trail conditions.

There are no official age restrictions for the trek, but participants should have a reasonable level of physical fitness and be prepared for long hours of walking.

Tour's Location

Annapurna Sanctuary, Ghandruk, Nepal

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