Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - 15 Days

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

  • Duration15 Days
  • Trip GradeModerate
  • Maximum Altitude4,130 m
  • Best SeasonSpring & Autumn
  • Trip styleModerate
  • Start/EndKathmandu

About Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

"Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is the best trekking package to take a small break from your daily life and escape in nature & its spectacular beauty. Enjoy slow trekking yet grand mountain views with us on this extraordinary trek in the western Himalayas."

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek or widely known as Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a rewarding venture in the western Himalayas of Nepal. This trek explores the beautiful Annapurna region, and the trail ascends through the Annapurna Conservation Area, rich in flora & fauna. Our highly experienced and reliable trekking guides will lead you to the base of Mt. Annapurna (8,091 m), the tenth highest mountain in the world, on our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek 15 Days. 

The booking for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek 2022 & 2023 is open. Check out our departure dates or customize the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek itinerary as you wish. 

Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking offers a pleasant hike through diverse landscapes and cultures. The trail gradually ascends from rhododendron & bamboo forests to Modi Khola gorge into the mountains range. Impressive views of mountains like Annapurna Range (7,647 m - 8,091 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Gangapurna (7,455 m), Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Mt. Fishtail (6,993 m), and numerous gigantic mountains are seen throughout the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. 

If you are trekking for the first time, then Annapurna Sanctuary Trek 15 days is a good introduction to the trekking routes in the Himalayas. The gentle walk and low elevation make Annapurna Base Camp trekking an ideal trekking package for new trekkers. Away from the crowd of the city, you'll embark on an adventurous trip that suddenly makes life slow & simple.

You spend every night in different villages resided by people of mixed communities. Their tradition, lifestyle, and practices will blow your mind away. The locals are friendly and welcoming, so you can freely talk to them. Our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek itinerary leads you to the famous Ghorepani village (2,874 m) and Poon Hill (3,210 m) viewpoint. Poon Hill offers gorgeous sunrise and 360-degree views of snow-clustered mountains.

While returning from the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m), you get to enjoy natural hot springs in the Jhinu Danda (1,800 m) as well. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking has a good balance of everything. We recommend this trek to everyone, whether you are a beginner trekker or an experienced trekker. You can talk to one of our travel consultants to know more in detail about this trek.


You may also consider these treks - Namche Bazaar Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, and Annapurna Circuit Trek. Likewise, if you wish to explore the Himalayas but couldn't afford long treks, then helicopter tours are another great alternative.

Good to Know

  • Trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary, home to numerous flora & fauna
  • Adventurous trail full of ups & downs through lush forests and gorges
  • Enjoy peace and serenity far away from the bustle of the city amidst mountains and remote villages
  • Meet friendly locals from different communities and get to see their lifestyle
  • Witness gorgeous sunrise from Poon Hill
  • Reach the lap of the tenth highest mountain in the world (Mt. Annapurna), Annapurna Base Camp
  • Relax in hot springs in Jhinu Danda
  • Spend a couple of nights in Pokhara, the beautiful Lake City
  • The trek offers breathtaking mountain landscapes

Itinerary

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We pick you up at the airport on your arrival day. Our airport representative will welcome you on your arrival and escort you to the hotel. The remaining day is leisure. We'll meet you in the late evening over a welcome dinner and introduce each other.

  • AccommodationOvernight At Hotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Max. Altitude1,300 m

Kathmandu is a city of temples and palaces. We'll have less than a day to visit some of its must-visit tourist sites and get to know then Nepali art & architecture. Our tour guide will accompany you during the tour of Boudhnath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Later, in the late afternoon, we prepare for the trek and meet with the trek guide.

  • AccommodationOvernight At Hotel
  • MealsB

Our next stop is Pokhara. It is the second biggest and most loved city in Nepal. The drive between Kathmandu and Pokhara is very scenic and calming. Today after breakfast, we load our luggage onto a private vehicle and drive to Pokhara. We'll spend the night enjoying the tranquility of Phewa Lake.

  • AccommodationOvernight At Hotel
  • MealsB,
  • Max. Altitude822
  • Duration6-7 Hours drive

After another short drive from Pokhara, we finally reach the starting point of our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. The trek begins from Nayapul, and we hike to Birethanti. From here, we walk north along the Bhurungi Khola and gradually ascend through hamlets to Hile (1,520 m). We then walk on stone steps and climb to Ulleri, crossing a suspension bridge at Tikhedhunga.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight At Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude2,070m
  • Duration1 hour drive- 4-5 hours trek

The trek continues through lush forests of oak & rhododendron. If we are trekking in spring, we can see a range of flora along the way. Likewise, we may also come across animals & birds. Slowly, we walk uphill to Ghorepani village. This village offers stunning views of Annapurna South and Mt. Nilgiri.  

 

  • AccommodationOvernight At Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude2,775 m
  • Duration4-5 hours

Today, we wake up quite early in the morning and hike to Poon Hill to see a beautiful sunrise from there. This place offers 180-degree views of the Himalayan mountains. After some time enjoying the sunrise, we descend to Ghorepani village and have breakfast before leaving for Tadapani. The route drops down through lush rhododendron forests and passes by lovely waterfalls to Tadapani village.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight At lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude6-7 hours
  • Duration3,210 m

We begin the day following a downhill path through rhododendron forest to its end, from where the trail opens up to terraced fields. We gradually walk and pass by cascading waterfalls and cross a suspension bridge. After a few ups & downs, the trail leads to Chhomrong village for the night's stay.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight At lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude2,170 m
  • Duration6-7 hours

Following stone steps, we reach Chhomrong Khola and cross a suspension bridge over the river. The trek continues to Sinuwa. We then walk by the forested path to Kuldihar and descend to Bamboo village.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight At Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude2,310 m
  • Duration4-5 hours

From Bamboo, we walk by dense & damp Bamboo forests. It is a steep uphill walk to the Himalaya Hotel. From here onwards, we are out again in the sun and once again get to relish outstanding mountain views. We then ascend on a steep trail to Hinku Cave and drop down to a river. The trial from here climbs to Deurali, our last stop for the day. The view of Mt. Dhaulagiri is notable from this village.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight At lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude3,230 m
  • Duration4-5 hours

It's a steady climb all the way up to Annapurna Base Camp. We walk along the rocky cliffside. The trail passes via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700 m) to Annapurna Base Camp. We can see a breathtaking panorama of Annapurna Range, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, Gandharvachuli, etc on the way. We spend the night at ABC, relishing spectacular mountain views. 

 

  • AccommodationOvernight At lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude4,130 m
  • Duration5-6 hours

The trail today descends following the same route to Bamboo. We pass by Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, Himalaya Hotel, and Doban. It's a downhill walk with a handful of ascends in between.

 

  • AccommodationOvernight At Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude2,310 m
  • Duration6-7 hours

Leaving Bamboo, we head out towards Chhomrong, where we take a small break for lunch. The trail from Chhomron onwards steeply descends to Modi Khola valley and continues to Jhinu Danda. We'll be walking through rainforests today. In Jhinu Danda, we get to relax at natural hot springs. 

 

  • AccommodationOvernight At Lodge
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Max. Altitude1,760 m
  • Duration5-6 hours

The final day of the trek takes us back to Nayapul, where we begin trekking. The last part of the trail is gentle and passes by small settlement areas and lush forests. From Nayapul, we drive back to Pokhara. We spend the rest of the evening exploring the Lakeside Market and enjoying the sunset at Phewa Lake.

  • AccommodationOvernight At hotel
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Duration1-hour drive & 4-5 hours trek

After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu in a private vehicle or a tourist bus. The drive will be fantastic. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we drop you at the hotel. You'll have plenty of time to stroll in Thamel and do window shopping. The team later meet you at the farewell dinner for the last time and celebrate the trip's success. 

 

  • AccommodationOvernight At hotel
  • MealsB,L,D
  • Duration6-7 hours

Useful Information

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek route

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek begins at Nayapul, located around one hour drive from Pokhara. The trail ascends through Birethanti and Hile to Ulleri on the first day. We then follow a lush rhododendron forest route up to Ghorepani village. Before leaving this village, there's a small hike to Poon Hill village, and the trail drops down to Tadapani. 

Further, the trail gradually ascends along with verdant forests, passing by lovely waterfalls and crossing thrilling suspension bridges. We walk by remote villages like Chhomrong, Bamboo, and Deurali. On the way to Deurali, we come across the Hinku Cave. The last major ascent is from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp. 

Unlike the other famous base camp treks, we spend the night at ABC and the next day follows the same trail back to Bamboo. The trail from here descends to Jhinu Danda and further drops to Nayapul, marking the end of the trek. 

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek difficulty

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate trek. The trail has many ascents & descents. Even though Annapurna Sanctuary Trek 15 days is one of the beginner-friendly treks in the Himalayas, there are a few difficult sides to this trek as well. First of all, the long, 6-7 walking hours, each day means the trekker has to be fit and in good health. 

Second, the remoteness of the Annapurna regional and trekking route makes the services along the way very limited. Living more than a week without modern comforts may not be something for everyone. So, while booking the trek, try keeping a few weeks on hand to prepare for the journey.

You do not have to do any advanced training for the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. Simple short hikes and cardio will be enough. Your goal should be to increase your stamina and walking hours.

Altitude Sickness during the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek has lower elevation than other similar treks, however the gain in elevation is quite quick. In 5 to 6 days, you'll reach over 4,130 meters, and it is a huge elevation change. Therefore, selecting the right villages to stop is crucial to acclimate your body as you move further and stay away from altitude sickness. 

Our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek itinerary is perfectly designed to allow trekkers to enjoy the trek at the same time provide ample acclimatization opportunities without them noticing. Headache, insomnia, no appetite, nausea, breathing problems, etc are some of the common symptoms of altitude sickness. 

Do not drink alcohol or smoke while trekking. It'll lead your body to dehydration, which increases the risks of altitude sickness. With that being said, drink plenty of water every day.

Best time to do Annapurna Sanctuary Trek 

Trek from March to April and October to November for the best trekking experience in the Annapurna Sanctuary. The spring- March to April makes the trail magical and breathtaking with diverse flora & thriving vegetation. And the autumn- October to November enchants the route with the festivity of the villagers.

Both seasons have the ideal weather and climate for trekking in the Himalayas. The mountain views are fantastic, and the trail gets lively with travelers from all around the world. 

Food & Drinks

The menu in the lodge has a combination of Nepali dishes and western recipes. Dal bhat and burger & chips are the most common. You also get momo, noodles, curries, chapati, soup, porridge, pasta, mashed potatoes, etc. In some places, there is a good variety of bakery items available too. 

For drinks, you can get tea, coffee, soft drinks, milk, etc. Boiled drinking water is provided in all lodge & tea houses. For more safety, you can double purify the drinking water using a purification tablet. Try not to buy mineral water bottles while trekking and instead carry reusable ones. It'll not only save you a lot of money but also keep the environment clean. 

Accommodation

You'll be staying overnight in comfortable lodges runned by the local family. Every lodge has a communal area, which is the warmest area in the lodge. The rooms are twin shared, and the washroom has flush toilets. At some places, you may come across squat toilets as well. 

The rooms are small and basic. There's no heating system, so a sleeping bag is recommended. You get a pillow and blanket with a comfortable bed to spend the night in.

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