Annapurna Sanctuary trek is one of the most celebrated and happening trek that takes us to base camp of Annapurna which is the tenth highest peak in the world. The trek goes through the ethnically varied villages, dense forest providing habitat to diverse range of flora and fauna. The trek continues along the Modi Khola upstream into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a valley surrounded by soaring Himalayas which including Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri.
We will start this journey with a spectacular flight from Kathmandu to the lake city of Pokhara through the snowcapped Himalayas. This classic trek winds around Gurung villages and Rhododendron forest which is further accompanied by a hike to Poon hill for the superb Himalayan panorama of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Annapurna south and Macchapuchhare.
This trek can be the ideal option for those who like to get into the Himalayas within the short time frame, without much of a physical and mental stress and devoid of longer acclimatization period. The highest altitude we will get into in this trek is 4,130m at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival
As your aircraft lands in Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will receive you and help you to transfer into the hotel of your choice.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Today we will start the day by visiting Pashupatinath temple which is situated 5km east of Kathmandu in the bank of holy Bagmati River. Pashupatinath is a pagoda shaped temple with tiered golden roofs and silver doors. Only the Hindu’s can visit the temple, but the visitors can clearly see the temple and activities performed in the temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River where the dead bodies are cremated. From here we will visit Boudhanath Stupa which is located 8km east of Kathmandu. Boudhanath stupa is dome shaped monument representing the mind of Buddha and pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddha. . In the afternoon we will drive to Patan Durbar Square which is situated in the southern area of the city. The square is dotted with ancient palaces, temples and shrines which are known for their antique and exquisite carvings. From here we will proceed to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is the historic seat of Nepalese royalty. Here we will visit Kastamandap Temple (a temple rumored to be constructed from the wood of single tree), Taleju temple, statue of Kal Vairab, Basantapur palace and Kumari Temple (residence of living goddess Kumari). After this we will pay our visit to Swoyambhunath temple which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple dates back to 2500years and is situated in the hilltop offering the astonishing view of Kathmandu. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara, drive to Nayapool and trek to Tikledhunga(1540m)
We will take a early morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara through the Himalayas. Upon arriving Pokhara we will have our breakfast and start a drive to Nayapool for about an hour and half. From Nayapool the trek starts following Modi Khola and winds around bamboo forest, waterfall and terraced farmland to Sudami where we will have our lunch. After having lunch we will continue the trek through the sub tropical valley forest to Tikledhunga.
Day 4: Trek to Ghorepani(2750m); 4-5hours
From Tikledhunga the trail steeply goes uphill offering the magnificent vista of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare to the Magar village of Ulleri. From Ulleri the trail gradually goes uphill through pasture and cultivated land to Banthanti and Nangethanti where we will stop to have lunch. After having lunch we will continue the walk through rhododendron and oak forest to our camping site in Ghorepani which is surrounded by rhododendron trees itself.
Day 5: Trek to Tadapani(2590m); 5-6hours
Early in the morning we will hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) to witness the awe-inspiring vista of sun rising over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif along with the hodgepodge of much other snow- capped peaks. After accomplishing glorious summit of Poon Hill we will hike back to Ghorepani, have breakfast and descend down through the Rhododendron forest to Tadapani for overnight stay.
Day 6: Trek to Chomrong(2170m);5-6hours
Leaving Tadapani behind us we will steep descent through dense forest to village of Chuile via Modi Khola. From Chuile the trail steeply goes uphill to a Gurung village of Chomrong which is also a highest permanent settlement of the valley. Situated in the lap of Annapurna massif, the village offers the austanding view of Annapurna south and Machhapuchhare.
Day 7: Trek to Bamboo (2335m); 5-6hours
Early in the morning we will leave Chomrong and descend down the trail following Modi Khola, and then climb up through the dense forest of bamboo, Rhododendron and oak to Sinuwa(2250m). From Sinuwa the trail further goes through Rhododendron forest to Kuldi and then to Bamboo. Stay overnight in Bamboo.
Day 8: Trek to Deorali(3140m); 4-5hours
From Bamboo the trail goes through the isolated places and gives us the chance to witness a variety of wildlife. Stay overnight in Deorali.
Day 9: Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3480m)
From Deorali the trail gradually goes up through the river bank and then from mountain side. In the trail we will encounter some avalanche prone areas in the middle of regal snow capped Himalayas. The hike from Deorali to MBC is quite demanding but equally rewarding with exclusive view of Machhapuchhare. Stay overnight in MBC.
Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,100m);2-3hours
From MBC the altitude rise abruptly and vegetation disappears. On the way we will encounter with snow boulders melting and forming small streams. As we enter Sanctuary the trail widens and offers the opulent view of Annapurna south. The base camp possess vibrant 360degree panorama of Machhapuchhare, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli along with many other peaks. Stay overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 11: Trek to Dovan(2540m)
Today the trail goes downhill to our camping site in Dovan.
Day 12: Trek to Chomrong(2170m)
From Dovan the trail descends through the Rhododendron forest to Sinuwa where we will have our lunch. After finishing lunch we will trek downhill till Modi Khola and climb up to Chomrong.
Day 13: Trek to Landrung(1565m)
From Chomrong the trail goes downhill to Hot water spring through the villages and terraced slopes. From Hot spring trail is easy to Nayapool where we will have our lunch and cross the bridge and climb to Landrung.
Day 14: Trek to Phedi and Drive to Pokhara
We will start a easy walk from Landrung towards Phedi where we will catch a ride back to Pokhara. Stay overnight in hotel in Pokhara.
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu
Early in the morning we will catch a ride back to Kathmandu following the Trishuli River in the foot of green hills. In the evening you can do some family shopping in Kathmandu.
Day 16: Farewell
You will be transferred to Tribhuwan International airport for your onward journey
Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.
Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.
Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.
Visa in Nepal can be acquired on arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and also at the border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki border of Nepal - India and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also acquire at the nearest Nepal Embassy. For visa renewal purpose you can contact at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan at Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
In Nepal, “Namaste” or “Namaskar” is said to an older or high-status person with palms together, figure up. It is used to greet a person in place of goodbye or hello. There is no limitation how many times you say “Namaste” but, it is better if you say once per person, per day. If You want to say “Thank You” then you can say “Dhanyabaad /'ðɅnjɅbɑ:d/ (Dhan-ya-baad)”
Después de 15 días en Nepal no puedo imaginarme volver sin que actual vuelva a organizar mi viaje. No solo por los traslados y alojamientos que han sido todo un acierto. Destacar sobre todo la labor de nuestro guía BASHU que ha sido un verdadero profesional haciendo muy amenas la interminables caminatas, explicandonos un montón de cosas curiosas a así como nos a hecho sentir seguros y cómodos en todo momento...gran guía y mejor persona!! Gracias Actual Adventure y staff por vuestro soporte en nuestra aventura
Dear fellow trekkers,
We had a wonderful experience with Actual Adventure and can also recommended Kedar and his team for any kinds of holidays in Nepal and beyond. Kedar treat with all arrive issues personally , for expertly he quickly changed our flight ticket from Lukla to pokhara although many people were waiting there for Pokhara flight once due to bad weather all flights are canceled. We give our high recommendation to kedar and his Team for any kinds of holidays. He have good connection around the market and can solve any problem with in few minute, we will back next year to go To Everest. Defiantly we will use Actual Adventure again
Throughout the enter process, from Planning an itinerary to collecting us for the trip to the airport on departure, Actual Adventure were responsive, flexible and attentive
As a result we thoroughly Enjoyed our first trip to NEPAL we would have no hesitation in using ACTUAL ADVENTURE to make arrangements for us Again. We highly recommend Kedar and his Agency to anyone
Mr + Mrs C,
January 13, 2013