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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Trek Route: Kathmandu - Pokhara - Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Chomrong - Machapuchare Base Camp - Annapurna Base Camp - Bamboo - Nayapul - Pokhara - Kathmandu

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Trip Fact

Trek Duration: 13 Days

Country: Nepal

Trip Level: Strenuous 

Max Altitude: 4,130 m/13,550 ft

Activity: Sightseeing and Trekking

Starts at: Kathmandu

Ends at: Kathmandu

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December

Trip Level: Strenuous 

Max Altitude: 4,130 m/13,550 ft

Activity: Sightseeing and Trekking

Starts at: Kathmandu

Ends at: Kathmandu

Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December

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.

Highlights Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

  • Amazing views of the snow capped mountains including Hiuchuli, Macchapuchre, Gangapurna and Annapurna Ranges.
  • Explore two base camps Macchapuchre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. 
  • Explore the warm hospitality of Gurung people and their cultures.
  • Explore and experience the local lifestyles of people living in mountain region.
  • Natural and cultural diversity of Annapurna Region

Best Time to trek to Annapurna Region

The best time to trek to Annapurna Region is during autumn (September- November) and Spring (March – May). Annapurna Region is beautiful throughout the year but during these seasons you get to see the most beautiful pictures of Annapurna Region. Some of the places of Annapurna Region like Upper Mustang, Muktinath, Kagbeni and Jomsom can be visited any time during the year. 

Autumn in Annapurna Region 

Autumn season gives you the most favorable weather for trekking with warm and dry climate. Autumn seasons falls during the months of September, October and November. Autumn season is also the season of festivals. You can feel the festival vibes everywhere while trekking in Nepal during Autumn. On the other hand you can get the best pictures while trekking Annapurna Region during Autumn Season. 

Spring in Annapurna Region

Spring in Nepal is regarded as one of the best season for trekking and mountain climbing. Spring season occurs in Nepal in the months of March, April and May. You can have a heavenly experience trekking in Annapurna Region during spring. You can see varieties of blooming wild floras and forests blanketed with rhododendron flowers during your trials. The mountains look absolutely stunning and the temperature is warm and moderate. You can expect lots of trekkers during the trial during spring season in Annapurna region.

Summer in Annapurna Region

Summer season is not very popular season for trekking in Annapurna Region. Summer season in Nepal takes place in between the months of June to August. The monsoon seasons combines with summer in Nepal. Thus, Nepal receives a wet summer with hot temperature. Although the temperature gets cooler as you gain altitude but the trials can be affected by heavy rainfall and mudslides.  However, some of the regions which lie in the rain-shadow area like Upper Mustang, Jomsom, and Muktinath can be visited throughout the year. If you love challenges and thrill then this season can be the best for you to explore Annapurna Region. In spite of the challenges you can get the best views and true colors of nature while trekking to Annapurna Region during summer.  

Winter in Annapurna Region

Winter Season takes place in Nepal in the months of December to February. Since it is freezing cold and some of the high passes are closed in the higher altitudes due to snow this season is not recommend for trekking in Annapurna Region. However, if you want to enjoy peaceful trekking trials with fewer trekkers then you can choose this season with proper gears and clothing equipment. Despite the challenges, the winter season in Annapurna Region gives you the best view of snowcapped mountains. 

Accommodations

Our accommodation will be in 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the trek you will be staying in tea houses or lodges. All accommodations are on twin share basis. Single supplement rooms can be provided on request with an additional charge. Although the rooms are easily available in Kathmandu and Pokhara it is very difficult to arrange single supplement rooms during the trek. In such case Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd will look for the best alternatives. 

Meals

All meals will be provided during our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek including welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu. The meals during our stay in Kathmandu will be provided in high class typical Nepali restaurants which serve you with delicious Nepali cuisines whereas we will have our breakfast and dinner in the tea houses/ lodges on trek. We will spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination.  We suggest you to try out the most popular local foods like Thakali food while you are trekking in Annapurna Region. The local foods are healthier and give a lot of energy during your trekking trials. 

Physical condition & Requirements

The Annapurna Region trek is relatively easier than any other treks in Nepal. Anyone with sound physical fitness and who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day can easily complete the trek.  Annapurna region trekking does not require any prior trekking experience however if you have it can add up a plus point for you. Some of the trekking destinations of Annapurna Region like Ghorepani Poonhill, Jomsom, Muktinath, and e.t.c can be the best destination for first time trekkers. 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (900 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 05: Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tadapani (2,610 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Chhomrong (2,140 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 07: Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2,950 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 09: Trek to Bamboo (2345 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 10: Trek to Jhinu (1,780 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 11: Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m), Drive to Pokhara – 5.5 hours and Guided Tour of Barahi Temple and Fewa Lake. Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 12: Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 13: Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.

Details Itinerary Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at a Hotel.

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 02: Drive to Pokhara (900 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

After having breakfast you will drive to Pokhara in a tourist vehicle. The drive to Pokhara is one of the most wonderful drives you will ever have. The drive goes through the scenic route of Prithivi Highway en route you can also see some historical and religious sites of Nepal. Moreover, the beautiful city of lakes welcomes you with its divine natural beauty. Overnight at Pokhara.  

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

On the third day of Annapurna Sanctuary trek you will have breakfast at Pokhara and then drive to Nayapul.  From Nayapul you will trek to Tikhedunga. From Nayapul 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 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

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 05: Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tadapani (2,610 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guest house.

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 06: Trek to Chhomrong (2,140 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Today on the sixth day of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek we will trek to Chhomrong. The trek begins with a short climb up to Kimrung danda for an hour. From there the trial again descends to Kimrong Khola and again climbs up to Chere Danda. A final descent from Chere Danda will take us to Chhomrong village. The trial today gives an amazing picture of mountains like Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Fishtail Mountain and Gangapurna. Overnight in Chhomrong. 

Day 07: Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2,950 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

We will have our breakfast at Chhomrong and then start our trek to Himalaya Hotel. At first we will descend to Chhomrong Khola and then ascend to Khuldighar which is an old permit check post. You can see fewer trees as you gain more heights. The trial then descends following a steep trial down a rock bank and then goes through thick bamboo bushes along the west side of the river. A short walk through the bamboo and rhododendron forests will take us to Himalayan Hotel. Overnight at Himalayan Hotel. 

Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

We will have our breakfast at Himalayan hotel and then trek to Annapurna Base Camp. En route we will also visit Machhapuchare Base Camp. 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 09: Trek to Bamboo (2345 m) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

We will have our breakfast at Annapurna Base Camp and then we will leave Chhomrong 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 10: Trek to Jhinu (1,780 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

We will have our breakfast at Bamboo and move to Jhinu. Today the trail goes downhill. We will have our lunch at Sinuwa and then continue the trek further. Trekking futher for few hours we will reach to Jhinu . Overnight at Jhinu.

Day 11: Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m), Drive to Pokhara – 5.5 hours and Guided Tour of Barahi Temple and Fewa Lake. Overnight at a Hotel.

After having an early morning breakfast at Jhinu we will trek down to Naypul. From Nayapul we will drive back to Pokhara for about 2 hour. Upon reaching Pokhara we will roam around lake side and also visit Barahi Temple. Overnight at Pokhara. 

Day 12: Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

After having breakfast at Pokhara we will drive back to Kathmandu today. After reaching Kathmandu you can rest in the hotel or roam around the city. Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 13: Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.

We hope you had a wonderful time with us. We will be waiting for your feedback regarding our service before you leave so that we can do much better in the future if we lack anything. Also we will be waiting to serve you again and hope you will come soon with your family, friends or co workers

Cost Includes

  • Airport-Hotel-Airport pickup & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a three star hotel in Kathmandu; Breakfast included
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in two/three star hotel in Pokhara; Breakfast included. 
  • Local Actual adventure licensed English speaking guide.
  • All cost and insurance of the staffs.
  • Office service charge.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • All ground transportation in a private vehicle. 
  • Airfare Kathmandu- Pokhara including airport departure tax.
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost Exclude

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.)
  •  International airfare and airport departure tax Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment. 
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section

Nepal Visa Information

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

Gratis (Free) Visa

For first visit in one visa year (January to December), gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, the visa can be extended from the department of immigration with respective fares.

 Indian nationals do not require visa to enter into Nepal.

Nepal Visa for Chinese Nationals

As per official circular of the Embassy of Nepal in Beijing, China, Chinese nationals applying for tourist visa to Nepal are being provided “gratis tourist visa” from Jan. 5, 2016, from following Nepali missions in the People’s Republic of China:

Embassy of Nepal, Beijing

Consulate General of Nepal, Lhasa

Consulate General of Nepal, Hong Kong

Honorary Consulate of Nepal, Shanghai

1.      

Mineral Water/ Bottled water.

2.      

Boiled Water

3.      

Purified Water.

4.      

Filtered Water.

 

More Information

Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan will need to obtain visa from Nepal Embassies or Diplomatic Missions in their respective countries, as they do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal.

Drinking water

Water is an essential part of your trek. You need to drink plenty of water during your.  Most of the diseases during your trek are caused by drinking impure water. However it is not that the water in the mountain region is impure. It is natural and clean the people there consume it direct from the tap. But, since you are not used to you may get directly affected and consuming water direct from the tap might ruin your trek.Here are the tips for consuming water during Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.

Mineral water or Bottled water is available at most of the tea houses. The bottled water costs normally 1 Dollar per liter. If you find it in any tea houses it is better to carry an extra bottle because it may not be available anywhere during the trek.

Drinking boiled water is probably the best method while trekking in the mountains. It is highly effective treatment for killing the bacteria from the water. You can boil the water in the tea house and carry it along with you during the trek. The tea hoses charges normally one to two dollars to boil the water.

You can bring your own water purification tablets like Aquatabs®, Chlorine tablets, Bhromine Tablets along with you. It helps to save your budget as well.

You can also use filtered water as well during your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.  This can be an alternate where boiling is not preferred and also there is not any availability of other purified water. The filters like hand pump are effective in removing protozoa, bacteria and chemicals/toxins from the water but may not be effective removing the viruses.

Leader & Staffs Arrangements with Porter Care

During this Annapurna Sanctuary Trek you will fly to Lukla from Kathmandu only with your guide. Other team members like assistant guide and porters will join you from Lukla.  We focus on giving employment opportunities to the local people as far as possible. We choose experienced field staff having good knowledge in their related field. We do have highly experienced team of porters and guides. Our field staff leaders are highly experienced and have undergone the trainings like. Intensive Wilderness First Aid, Trekking Guide Training, Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet, English Language, Conservation and Biodiversity, Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders).

Why do we use Porters?

Porters are the most helpful assistant for your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. They carry your luggage all the way through your trek. We use the local porters during Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. It is a small effort from our side to provide them employment opportunity and help them maintain their living standard and look after their families. We provide one porter for each two members of a group and also provide personal porter on request with additional costs.

Why don’t we use Yak as Porters?

During your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek you can also see several Yaks and Mules on your way used as porter. Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd doesn’t use yaks and mules as porters during the trek because we respect animal rights and emphasis on giving employment opportunities to the local people.

Guide and Porter info

It is in the hand of guide and porter to actually make or break your trip. A good guide can give you a memorable trek of your life time whereas a bad can ruin your trek and make it the worst. Actual Adventure Pvt. Ltd has a team of highly experienced a passionate trekking guides, expedition leader, porters and tour guides. With their years of experience and dedication in their fields they have been providing our customers with remarkable service and excellent results. You can have the detailed information of our guides in the company’s Trip Management Team (Field Staff). 

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Organización increíble ”

(5/5)

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


regards
pablo segovia 

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek- 07days (18-24 September 2012)

(5/5)

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

Best Regards, 

Marc 

Germany

Nepal experience tour with Actual Adventure

(5/5)

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,

United Kingdom

January 13, 2013

ABC 2019

We had a pleasure to trekking with Lakpa to ABC. At the very first day he told us many useful things, for example, how to behave in mountains and how to find your tempo. We spend the whole track together and he was always smiling, kind and we trusted him fully in every situation. He helped us in difficult parts of track and it was nice to have a conversation with him. We already want to spend our next track with Lakpa! Thank you so much! В марте мы ходили в трек к базовом лагерю Аннапурны с Лакпой. С самого первого дня он внимательно вёл нас через горы, рассказал много полезных вещей например как вести себя в горах и как найти свой ритм. Мы провели весь трек вместе и он всегда улыбался, был добр и на него можно было положиться в любой ситуации. Он помогал нам со сложными частями трека и мы постоянно проводили время за разговорами. Уже хочется снова пойти в горы с Лакпой, спасибо! Also, wir hatten unseren ersten Track to ABC mit Lakpa. Ab ersten Tag führte er uns vorsichtlich durch die Berge und erzählte viele interessante und nützliche Sachen - wie man sich in Gebirgen benehmen muss und wie man sein eigenes Tempo findet. Wir waren den ganzen Track zusammen und er war immer mit einem Lächeln aufm Gesicht, gütig und zuverlässig in jeder Situation wir hatten. Er half uns mit den schwierigen Teilen des Tracks und wir verbrachten viel Zeit sprechend. Wir wollen schon wieder mit Lakpa in die Berge gehen, vielen Dank dir für die 

schöne Zeit!

Germany

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