An amazing trek into the very heart of the Himalaya. The Annapurna Sanctuary trek takes you into the very heart of Himalayan giant territory.
You start your trek with a short drive from Pokhara to Nayapul from where you will start your trek. A steep ascent takes you to the village of Ghorepani, ready to make your ascent of Poon Hill for amazing views of Machhapuchchhre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and the Annapurna range.
From here you trek for several days following the gorge carved by the river, crossing and re-crossing on suspension bridges before reaching Machhapuchchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp for a 360 degree view of the Annapurna range.
Our Kandoo driver will meet you when you arrive at Kathmandu airport, and drive you to your hotel. After checking in, you will have a face-to-face meeting with your guide. This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions, and to go over your gear before the big day.
We'll collect you early in the morning for the short flight to Pokhara (and a chance to see some of the most majestic terrain in the world from the air). After that it is just an hour on the road before our trek really begins at Naypul.
We'll set out along the Modi Khola river's south bank, eventually crossing it on one of the high suspension bridges the region is known for. After crossing, we'll work our way uphill to the village of Tikhedhunga.
We'll gain more than a kilometre of altitude today, so pace yourself!
We cross a deep gorge just out of Tikhedhunga, then begin a steep climb to Ulleri. Luckily, the entire climb is on stairs, so we'll make good time. The next leg of the trek rises and falls through rhododendron forest, with some very scenic waterfalls along the way. From time to time we'll catch sight of Machhapuchhre (aka Fish Tail) through the trees.
We'll stop for the night at Ghorepani, but not before taking in the sight of Dhaulagiri and most of the Annapurna Range spread out before us.
We'll be up before dawn on day four to greet the sun atop Poon Hill. This is one of the most famous viewpoints in Nepal, and the sun rising over the Annapurnas (as well as Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre) is well worth the steep trek.
Next it's downhill to Tadapani through more densely forested river valley.
Today is mostly downhill, past the village of Chuile and to Lower Chomrong. Once there, though, things turn around. Upper Chomrong is a thousand carved stone steps above!
Today's trek is uphill overall, arriving at a village called Bamboo in time for the evening meal.
Day seven is a strenuous trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Machhapuchhre has been visible in bits and pieces for the last few days of trekking, but now you see how big it really is.
On the way to Annapurna Base Camp we will leave the vegetation below and behind. The terrain is mostly glacial moraine, so watch your footing. Soon, Annapurna's nearly vertical south face comes in to view above us. As we come to the Camp, we'll see mountains surrounding us in an amazing 360 degree view.
Next we'll return through Machhapuchhre Base Camp and down the valley we just came up. Of course, the going will be much easier this way.
Day nine will take us through Bamboo Village again, as well as through Sinuwa before reaching Chomrong.
On our last day of real trekking, we'll retrace the route to Naypul, then we'll drive your group back to Pokhara. Our flight back to Kathmandu leaves in the morning, so you will spend the night at a hotel on the shores of the lake.
An early flight takes us back to Kathmandu, and gives us our last sight of the Annapurna Range.
We'll drive you to your hotel in Kathmandu. If you are up to it, this is a good time to explore Kathmandu itself before your return flight.
We'll take you from your hotel to Kathmandu airport, and see you safely on your return flight.
The Annapurna Sanctuary trek in considered moderate. It is one of the easier treks in the Annapurna region, but still requires a basic level of fitness as you will be trekking roughly 5 hours a day. Altitude is not a huge issue on this trek and is therefore ideal for people who want to trek the region without reaching any dizzying heights!
The total trek distance for the Annapurna Sanctuary trek is 70 miles or 112 kilometres. You will walk for an average of 6 hours per day.
The Sanctuary is reached via a narrow pass between Hiunchuli and Machapuchhare. The sanctuary is believed to be the dwelling place of Shiva, the harvest goddess. The sanctuary itself is beautiful and has been used a highway for trading goods for centuries. The climate along the route varies from dry alpine zones to sub-tropical forests. You follow a lovely river for much of the trek whilst the surrounding mountains loom over the valley from every side. In spring time the forest erupt with beautiful red and pink rhododendrons.
Absolutely. This is one of our most popular treks and we recommend booking at least 1 month prior to departure.
October and November is the most popular time to hike the Annapurna Sanctuary trek. However, because of the lovely flora, spring time is now becoming more popular as well. Winter is possible, but temperatures will be cold at night.