Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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2023 - September 10-23 | 14 Days

INR 1,08,000 + 5% GST

Single Supplement: INR 28,000 + 5% GST

Highest Altitude: 4100 M

Difficulty: DemandingHiking and trekking to elevations exceeding 4000-5000 meters, away from vehicular access, over multiple days. Encompasses demanding whitewater with Class IV rapids.

Group Size: 8-16 persons

The Annapurnas rise in the heart of the Himalayas. They may not be the tallest, but they form the central core of the great Himalayan arc, towering in the very middle of the 2550km chain that is the planet’s highest range. Annapurna region is a microcosm of Himalayas, and one that is easily accessible. Unlike many other Himalayan ranges, the 55km range is entirely within Nepal and with a relatively easy trail that goes all around it, called the Annapurna Circuit. The Annapurna Sanctuary trek we do takes us right in the midst of Annapurna mountains. Apart from Annapurna I (8091m/26,781ft), the world’s tenth highest mountain, the Annapurna Himal, as the range is popularly called, houses five other major peaks – Annapurna II, III, IV, South and Gangapurna, all exceeding 7200m (23,260ft).

With the increase in the standards of lodges on the popular trails in Nepal, it is now possible to offer treks which are much more comfortable than camping, certainly if it snows or rains. For those people put off by the idea of camping and not having showers for considerable period of time, this trip opens up a fantastic area of the Himalayas. The tea houses offer clean & comfortable accommodation mostly in twin bedded rooms or in 4 bedded dormitories. It should be noted that there are basic facilities of shared toilets and shower rooms which are sometimes located in separate buildings. Most tea houses however provide hot water for showering (at an additional charge).

DAYS 1-5

  • Day 1: Kathmandu Airport – Hotel (1550 M)

Arrive Kathmandu. Check in, relax. Last minute shopping at Thamel, sleep and hydrate.

  • Day 2: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Birethanti (1000 M)

Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and continue driving to Nayapul before hiking to the pleasant riverside village of Birethanti, at the edge of the Annapurna trekking region.

  • Day 3: Birethanti – Banthanti (2300 M)

Our first day on the trail, we trek through oak and rhododendron forests and follow the Bhurungdi Khola (river) to Banthanti.

  • Day 4: Banthanti – Ghorepani (2850 M)

We continue along the Bhurungdi Khola and ascend Ulleri Hill, eventually arriving at Ghorepani from where we get perfect views of the Annapurna range.

  • Day 5: Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani (2700 M)

Rise early to climb up Poon Hill to watch a magnificent sunrise over the Himalaya. From west to east you can see Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Annapurnas and Machapuchare – breathtaking! We then continue to Tadapani, trekking through open grassland and deep forests. On the way there are excellent views of Annapurna South and the Manaslu range.

DAYS 6-9

  • Day 6: Tadapani – Chomrong (2000 M)

Today, we have a steep descent through rhododendron forest to the valley bottom, with fabulous mountain views. Later the path climbs steeply again before we arrive at the lively trekking hub of Chomrong.

  • Day 7: Chomrong – Doban (2500 M)

Our trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chomrong Khola before climbing through deep rhododendron and bamboo forests to Doban.

  • Day 8: Doban – Machapuchare Base Camp (3600 M)

Our aim today is to pass through the gates of the sanctuary. We trek up the muddy surface of the Modi Khola, then along a rocky trail to Hinku cave. From here we climb towards the base camp of Machapuchare. There are stupendous views of the Hiunchuli, Annapurna I & III, Gangapurna and Machapuchare, the ‘fish tail’ mountain peak.

  • Day 9: MBC – Annapurna Base Camp (4100 M)

We continue our exploration of the sanctuary and ascend to the Annapurna Base Camp.

DAYS 10-14

  • Day 10: ABC – Bamboo (2500 M)

Retracing our steps, we return along the only route to Bamboo.

  • Day 11: Bamboo – Jhinu (1750 M)

The final day’s walking returns you to Lukla for your early morning flight back to Kathmandu the next day.

  • Day 12: Jhinu – Dhampus (1600 M)

Our last full day trekking, we follow the route to the village of Pothana and continue till Dhampus.

  • Day 13: Dhampus – Phedi – Pokhara (900 M)

A short morning trek to pick up our vehicle for the journey to Pokhara. Rest of the day at leisure in this beautiful lakeside city.

  • Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu – Kathmandu Airport

Transfer to Pokhara to catch your flight to Kathmandu and a connecting flight onward to your destination.

  • Pokhara – Kathmandu fight included in the above mentioned cost
  • All travel from Kathmandu Airport and back by road/air as applicable in a Non-AC vehicle as per the itinerary
  • All arrangements for staying and camping while on trip
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in tea houses / hotel
  • All meals as mentioned in itinerary & safe drinking water
  • One shower/day/person where possible
  • All trekking arrangements with India’s most experienced guiding team, camp staff and cooks
  • Professional guide fee
  • Porterage upto 12kg/person
  • Peak fee/sanctuary fee/royalty/permits where applicable
  • Reaching Kathmandu flight not included in the above-mentioned cost
  •  Sleeping bag; Bottled water/hot drinking water/wifi (rates increase the further you get from Kathmandu)
  • Any transfers or meals outside of itinerary
  • Showers more than once a day
  • Porterage above 12kg chargeable at INR 1500/day
  • Any expense incurred due to force of nature such as landslides, bad weather or reasons beyond our control
  • Tips & gratuities (we recommend 5-10% of your trip cost- to be distributed among the team) – personal choice
  • Travel & cancellation insurance


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Our team of guides has years of experience of travel throughout the Indian Himalaya, from running rivers to leading treks – from the barren Zanskar to the tropical rainforest of Arunachal Pradesh. They speak English, have completed graduate school, are current with First Aid and CPR certification and form the most experienced guiding team in the country today.

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