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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a combined trek of Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp. This beautiful trek is alternate version of Annapurna Base Camp Trek that is slightly longer than original Annapurna Base Camp Trek itinerary. For years, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is in the heart of travelers from all over the world and we are glad to make you part of this adventurous journey of your lifetime. Get ready to experience one of the most pleased adventures in the planet with our two weeks adventure to world's favorite peak; Annapurna. This is a magnificent hike that leads you towards the southern face of Annapurna I peak. . Trekking experiences in Annapurna Sanctuary is truly inspiring and the sanctuary is surrounded by huge Himalayan peaks. Trekkers can enjoy the beauty of both Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Poon Hill Trek in this package. The itinerary for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is pretty much similar to Annapurna Base Camp Trek, one is little shorter than another and the trail differs in few places. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is safer itinerary in terms of daily altitude gain comparing to Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking has several ascends and descends during the trek but you will have wide variety of marvelous landscapes. The sanctuary itself it an example of mind blowing heritage in the earth. Good conditioned lodges, spacious trail and superb views make the Annapurna sanctuary trekking one of the best treks in the world. The Annapurna range is a vast massif with several Himalayan peaks scaled above 7,000 meters. Some of the peaks along the range are above 8,000 meters. This amphitheater created by the Annapurna Himalayan range is called Annapurna sanctuary and that is the goal of our journey. Annapurna sanctuary trek is an example of stunning Himalayan trek that has no comparison. The trek to Annapurna sanctuary will take us through green hills and deep gorges along with towering Himalayas and fresh water rivers following the trails of trekkers from all over the world.

Total Duration : 15 Days

Difficulty : Leisurely to Moderate

Highest Altitude : 4,130M / 13,549FT

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on trek, Breakfast in city

Accommodation : Lodges on trek, Hotels in city

Transportation : Public / Private Vehicles

Best Months : February, March, April, May, September, October, November, December

Group Size : 01 to 12 People

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1310M / 4,297FT), transfer to Hotel (30 minutes drive)

Welcome to the city of temples and the country of Himalayas. Himalayan Leisure Inc. will happily welcome you at the only international airport of Nepal; Tribhuvan International Airport. Our airport representative will be waiting for your arrival with a placard written Himalayan Leisure Inc. outside the airport terminal. From there you will be transferred to the Hotel by a air conditioned private vehicle. Depending on the flight time and activities we will be joining for a cultural dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy cultural shows, singing, dancing and typical Nepali meals before heading back to hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (820M), explore lakeside in the evening (7 Hours Drive)

Your trekking guide will pickup you from hotel in the morning about 6:30. Then you will transfer to tourist bus park to drive to Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara is a scenic experience through small settlements around the sides of Nepalese highway. The drive is about 7 hours with couple of stops on the way. It is a drive through beautiful hillsides, silvering Himalayas and thundering rivers passing rafters and pilgrimages along the road. Enjoy views of several suspension bridges, rope ways and small communities settled on the cliff of the rocks. The drive will pass through several small towns. Enjoy beautiful views of Annapurna Himalayan range before you are welcomed by Pokhara. In the evening enjoy some walks around lakeside and enjoy the beauty of this clean and transparent stunning city.

Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1,070M / 3,510FT - 1 hour), trek to Tikhedhunga (1,540M / 5,052FT - 4 Hours)

Enjoy your complimentary morning meal in the city of Lakes; Pokhara. We will then start our drive to Nayapul for the memorable adventure. It's about 1 hour scenic drive with beautiful views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himalayan ranges. The road passes through green hills, rice paddies, thundering Seti river and numerous small settlements. From Nayapul, we will start our flat walk towards Birenthanti from where trekking route to Ghandruk / Chhomrong and Ghorepani separates. From Birenthanti the trail slightly starts to climb up. The trail is pretty easy. Our trekking route passes through different small villages like Matathanti, Ramghai, Sudame and Hille before we reach Tikhedhunga. It is a short and easy day for trekkers

Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani village (2,860M / 9,383FT - 6 Hours)

One of the main attractions of our trek; Ghorepani is a beautiful village with panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges. This village is one of the most popular villages in the whole route. Our day starts after having breakfast in Tikhedhunga. Right after we cross Bhurundi Khola we will climb steep uphill until we pass Ulleri village and reach Banthanti. Enjoying the beautiful views of Fishtail, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. We will continue our walk through beautiful Rhododendron and Oak forests before we reach Nangethanti for our lunch. Continuing our walk towards the destination we will first reach lower Ghorepani. Trekking about 15 minutes from lower Ghorepani will settle us towards our destination where stunning views of Himalayas are served.

Day 05: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210M / 10,531FT - 3 Hours) early morning for spectacular views of Himalayas, trek to Tadapani (2,590M / 8,497FT - 5 Hours)

This is an important day. Early in the morning when stars are shining we will climb towards Poon Hill to enjoy fabulous sunrise over Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range. Poon Hill is a view point where more than 300 trekkers visit every day during main season. From here we will be enjoying close views of numerous peaks including Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, V, Dhampus Peak, Nilgiri, Barahsikhar, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail etc. We will then get back to our hotel where our breakfast will be served. Then we will continue our walk towards Tadapani. The trail today gives us magnificent views almost on every steps. Enjoy small waterfalls, Himalayan views and small settlements of small communities. During the walk we will be passing different stops like Deurali and Banthanti. From Banthanti we will be walking some ups and downs before climbing steep uphill to reach Tadapani.

Day 06: Trekking to Chhomrong (2,170M / 7,119FT - 4 Hours)

We will enjoy our breakfast in the hotel with close views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Fishtail before we start our journey to Chhomrong. The trekking trail descends down until we cross Kimrong Khola [stream]. Here we will cross this stream and short after that we will reach Gurjung; small village of Gurung communities. From Gurjung the trail heads towards Chhomrong in a flat way. Chhomrong is known as the gateway to Annapurna Base Camp. It's one of the large Gurung [often referred as Gurkha] village with majestic views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Day 07: Trek to Dovan (2,510M / 8,234FT - 5 Hours)

Enjoy the morning views of majestic Himalayan peaks before we start our walk. The trail from Chhomrong village heavily drops down to Chhomrong Khola [stream] from where the uphill walk to Sinuwa starts. Today's walk is full of uphill and downhill walks. It's zigzag trail but with beautiful Himalayan views in the front. Passing along the Modi Khola on our right we will be passing through settlements like lower Sinuwa, Sinuwa, Khudi Ghar etc. From Khudi Ghar the trail again drops passing thick rhododendron and bamboo forests until we reach Bamboo. From Bamboo we head little ahead through green forests to reach Dovan for overnight.

Day 08: Trek to Deurali (3,230M / 10,597FT - 6 Hours)

The trail from Dovan to Deurali is short and enjoying. As much as we climb uphill the beautiful views of different Himalayan peaks comes in front of you. The trail from Dovan starts with uphill walk to Himalaya Hotel. Pass this small settlement we will continue our journey through the trail between Annapurna South and Fishtail peaks around small streams. The views after Himalaya hotel are simply outstanding. Right after crossing the Himalaya hotel numerous Himalayan peaks will be welcoming us before we reach Hinku cave and then Deurali.

Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Sanctuary (4,130M / 13,549FT - 5 Hours)

We pass through beautiful high alpine forests along with beautiful Himalayan views of snowy peaks. The walk through several spots known for avalanches is not less adventurous and challenging. If it is a trek in monsoon season we may need to find the alternative way to protect ourselves from avalanches coming from the top of the hills. Walking uphill for some hours we will reach Machhapuchhre Base Camp; a place surrounded by peaks in 360 degrees. The place offers views of several Himalayan peaks. The trek here becomes challenging both because of uphill walk and high altitude. Climbing further from Machhapuchhre Base Camp we may head towards Annapurna Base Camp where you will be surrounded by snow-capped white peaks from every side. It's the place with few lodges and magical / outstanding views. Enjoy your beautiful evening on this heavenly place.

Day 10: Trek back to Bamboo (2,340M / 7,677FT - 5 / 6 Hours)

Enjoy our last morning in the high Himalayas before we follow the same route to reach Bamboo. You can enjoy taking pictures and watching sunrise over the Himalayas before getting the breakfast. From here we will descend down via Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, Himalaya Hotel and Dovan to reach Bamboo for another night.

Day 11: Trek to Jhinu Danda [Hot Spring] (1,780M / 5,839FT - 5 Hours)

The trail from Bamboo to Jhinu is same as we followed on earlier days. From Bamboo we will start the walk after short climbing before we reach Khudi Ghar. From Khudi Ghar the trail slowly drops down to Sinuwa. From Sinuwa the trail again goes down until we cross Chhomrong Khola from where another uphill walk to Chhomrong village starts. From Chhomrong village we will have to do a sharp descend down to Jhinu. Here if time permits then you can enjoy natural hot spring bath.

Day 12: Trek to Syauli Bazaar (1,170M / 3,838FT - 4 Hours)

It is a short and easy trek to Syauli Bazaar. After we enjoy our morning meal in Jhinu we will start trekking through beautiful hillsides and on the bank of Modi River. The trail passes through beautiful rice paddies and small villages. Syauli Bazaar was one of the popular destinations before road construction. Here you can enjoy peaceful environment without many trekkers. Syauli Bazaar is a small town situated on the bank of Modi River.

Day 13: Trek to Nayapul (1,070M / 3,510FT), drive to Pokhara (820M)

Probably, this is the easiest day during the whole trek. The trail from Syauli Bazaar passes through Chimrong and Birenthati before we conclude our trek in Nayapul. It is a flat walk through rice paddies and green hills on the side. From Nayapul you will be transferred to Pokhara by a private vehicle. Enjoy another night in this beautiful city before we head to Kathmandu to end up this magical adventure.

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu (1310M / 4,297FT - 7 Hours)

We will follow the same highway through beautiful rivers, hills and small Nepalese settlements. The drive will take about 7 hours to drop us in Kathmandu. Form the tourist bus park you will be transferred to your hotel. In the evening you can explore the town probably buying souvenirs.

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu

Enjoy your last morning meal in this beautiful Himalayan country before we conclude our memorable Himalayan experience. We will drop you to the airport prior to your flight.

Important Note:
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Himalayan Leisure, Inc. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be in safe environment thus we gave full authorize to your leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Himalayan Leisure promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary however natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we would seek for your understanding on these concerns. Our leaders will be happy to give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.

Services Included:

  • Airport pickup and drop services on a private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus (optional flight)
  • Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast
  • Pokhara - Nayapul - Pokhara transportation by private vehicle
  • Meals on full board [Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner] during the trek
  • Accommodation on tea houses as per the itinerary
  • Experienced English speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Strong experienced Sherpa helpers [porters] with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Assistant trekking guide for groups over 6 people with meals, accommodation, salary and insurance
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • Comprehensive first aid medical kit carried by the guide
  • Necessary paper works, all government and local taxes
  • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu at a cultural restaurant [optional]

Services Excluded:

  • International airfare, Nepal visa fees ( two passport photographs ), travel and medical insurance, emergency evacuation
  • Personal nature expenses ( bars and beverage bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc. )
  • Costs arising from natural calamities, mishaps or anything beyond our control ( Costs are not refundable and transferable in any mean if you leave the trek voluntarily and want to return from the trek )
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara ( also in the case of early returns and late departures than scheduled itinerary )
  • Services not mentioned in 'Services Includes' section ( Please ask us if you are confused about any services )

Altitude Map

Experience Required

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek need good level of fitness to complete it successfully. The sanctuary trekking is an easy to moderate level trekking route that will give you pain and pleasure at the same time. This is an absolutely brilliant trekking route that will take us via different settlements in the Himalayas. The route involves several steep incline and decline {uphill and downhill) sections along the way. Some days include several hours of walking inside the forest. Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking also involves high altitude sickness risk as we will have steep altitude gain for couple of days. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is for travelers looking for outstanding scenery in mid level altitude. This is a beautiful trekking route in Annapurna region that is completed by thousands of trekkers every year. The path will take us through gorgeous villages along the valley. This trekking is suitable for all trekkers; from beginners to experienced. Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is a perfect blend of wild, nature and peace and the Himalayas. This is simply amazing trek and one of the best trekking in the world for people magnificent experience on their trek. The route includes uphill, downhill and and some flat parts as well. Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is classic and stunning trekking route. If you do not have previous walking experiences then the guides from Himalayan Leisure, Inc. will help you gladly to complete the trekking successfully. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek will surely give you pleasant experiences of moderate level trekking in Nepal. Without serious pain to your body, it is for sure that Annapurna Sanctuary Trek will leave some good memories in your holiday. You do not need to have expert knowledge for this trek, a person with limited or no trekking experience is welcome on the trek. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek has some steep ups and downs thus if you have any sort of knee problems please bring knee support along with you. The sanctuary trek will be much easier with some minor trainings or walking practices at home. You can practice climbing stairs in your office or at home. These involves some exercises to your knee that will help a lot during your trek in Nepal. If you have regular practice of walking in the mountains or hilly regions then Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is going to be a lot easier for you.

Meals on Trek

Wide range of meals are available in tea houses during the whole trek as Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is one of the popular routes of Nepalese Himalayas. These meals are prepared on time are there are very rare cases of meals not being fresh in the mountains. Various meals including noodles, soups, handmade breads, rice items, curries, spaghetti, pizza, egg items, potatoes are served on the trek. Please do not expect western meals prepared in the remote villages similar to the one you may eat in your home or restaurants in western countries. Tea houses are more developed than in other newly established trekking routes. This means you will have more food options and more lodges to compare accommodation. The quality of meals will be higher as well. Both lunch and dinner will be served at lodges. We will provide 3 meals; i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks on the trek. Generally, dinner and breakfast is served in a lodge and lunch is served during the trek. You will have full options or freedom to select your preferred items from a small menu provided by the lodge. Meals in the mountain tastes awesome as raw materials are also freshly prepared in most of the cases.

Breakfasts are included even in Kathmandu at your hotel. You will have a menu to select your meal or foods will be served in buffet system. The hotel itself will select the appropriate method depending on the volume of customers.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be standard hotel. We will accommodate you in 3 star category hotel. You will be accommodated in an air conditioned room. We provide one double room for two customers ( unless you are single customer ). These rooms will have either master bed or two single beds. If you have special preference on bed selection then please inform us in advance, we will try to book the room appropriate for your stay.

We provide twin sharing rooms for your holiday. Annapurna Base Camp Trek has several lodges in every villages to accommodate you after long day walk. Your trekking guide will select a good lodge during the trek. These rooms are prepared only to spend a night, nothing luxurious are available there. These lodges have small rooms that provide basic sleeping experience during your trek. Almost every rooms during the trek consists of two single beds. Even on the trekking one room will be accommodating two trekkers unless you are single trekker. If you are a single trekker then sometimes you may need to share your room with someone else in rare, let's say very rare cases ( same sex or very rare cases with opposite sex). Even if you are traveling in a group and prefer single room then upon paying single supplement charges we will try our best to provide you single rooms. If we are unable to provide single rooms then we will refund your single supplement charges. Annapurna Base Camp Trekking will give wide selection range in terms of accommodation.

Best Season

Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking in an easy to moderate altitude trekking (about 4,130 meters) route that is simply stunning. This trekking is doable throughout the year however January - May and October - December are better months comparatively. Even among these months March - April and October - November are even the best. During these best months the sky is generally crystal clear, the views are incredible and the weather is breath taking as well. You will generally have stunning Himalayan views and green scenery during these months. June to September is monsoon season although trekking is still doable in this area. We will have avalanche risks during monsoon season specially from Himalaya Hotel to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The trails have quite a lot of leeches during monsoon which can be very inconvenient for many trekkers. During this period it rains frequently in the late afternoon, night and early morning that leaves the trail wet and slippery as well. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is incredible trek throughout the year. The views are simply incredible most of the time. October to December will have more greens in the forest.

Highlights of the Trip

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is one of the mostly trekked trekking route in Nepal and one of the popular treks in the world. The sanctuary trekking is one of the mid-length and beautiful treks suitable for beginners to experienced trekkers including big groups. This region offers some fantastic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre Himalayas throughout the trail. More than that green forests, commercially unspoiled typical villages, Himalayan birds, wild and domesticated animals, Yak herder's traditional huts, distant views of horizon and smiling local people are always around you. Apart from natural scenery Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp are the highlights of the trek. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek takes you via some of the interesting villages and will give you chances to experience how people live in the remote areas of Nepal. You will also have chances to witness the actual trails that is used for daily use by the people in the Himalayas. The popular viewpoint Poon Hill is one of the biggest highlight of the trek. This hilltop is popular for incredible panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is definitely a great choice for beginners to experienced trekkers that you will never regret on your choice.

Equipment and Packing List

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek involves some of the wilderness treks in lower altitude. This trek needs various equipment and gears however these list can vary depending on your fitness, experience, health conditions etc. Please consult with us if you have any confusions. We tried our best to list down most gears needed for the trek. All the gears might not be required for all trekkers. Please select the appropriate items from the list below. This list is for your valued information only. A majority of gears can be purchased in Kathmandu though the quality can be compromised. Most gears found in local markets are produced in China so the quality might not be as you expect. Some branded shops like The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Sherpa Adventure Gear, Anta, Quechua etc. can be purchased in Kathmandu as well however there is no guarantee that you will find the equipment you are looking for in Kathmandu so we suggest you to get your gears in your home country where possible.

Head: - Sun hat or scarf - Light balaclava or warm fleece hat - Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body: - Under Garments - Hiking shorts - Lightweight cotton long pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper Body: - T-shirts - Fleece jacket or pullover - Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Hands: - Lightweight gloves - Heavyweight gloves (Winter only)

Toiletries: - 1 medium sized quick drying towel - Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable) - Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable) - Deodorants - Nail clippers - Face and body moisturizer - Feminine hygiene products - Small mirror

Personal Hygiene: - Wet wipes (baby wipes) - Tissue /toilet roll - Anti bacterial hands wash

Feet: - Thin, lightweight inner socks - Hiking boots with spare laces - Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)

Accessories: - Sleeping bag rated to 5 degree centigrade - Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare batteries - Trekking Bags/Duffel bag - Basic First Aid Kit - Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) - Trekking Poles (optional) - Water bottle (2) or camel bag - Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc) - Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Extras/Luxuries: - Binoculars - Reading book - Trail Map/Guide book - Journal and Pen - Walkman - Pencils and small notebooks - Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon (Kathmandu and Trek)

Have a memorable trip with Himalayan Leisure, Inc!