Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking - 14 Days

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Join14 day, teahouse trek to delightful Annapurna Sanctuary, Take in magnificent 360-degree views of surrounding Himalayan ranges, trek through forests of red sandal, bamboo, rhododendron, chestnut, magnolia  trees and along terraced rice farming fields, lifetime experience trip guided by our professional local trekking guide. 

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is famous for its splendor and miraculously beautiful. Annapurna Sanctuary; enclosed by a massive ring of Himalayan giants, it is an incredible experience that attracts many trekkers from all corners of the world. We hike with the help of our local, expert Nepalese Guide from Wilderness Excursion with our years of experience and commitment to excellence make this trip really excellent.

Our carefully crafted 14 days Annapurna Sanctuary trek itinerary takes us through remote villages, terraced farm lands, and forests of bamboo and rhododendron trees. Along the way, we are treated to impressive mountain views and glimpses of local villagers. Our destination is the to the heart of the mountainous amphitheater that holds Annapurna Base Camp. Here, we enjoy 360° views of rising snowy peaks and a sense of immense exhilaration and solitude. Wake up to catch sunrise over the Annapurna south; an incredible mind blowing view that is not to be missed. Completing this trek is a lifetime memorable journey that few will ever experience.

Trekking through traditional paths used for hundreds of years by Tibetan traders, this 14 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp can only be explained as mind-blowing. The Annapurna Sanctuary is well-regarded for its unique beauty and spiritual significance. Our journey starts from Kande at the altitude of 1700m from seas level and the trail join to Phedi – Dhampus route near Pothana. 

When to trek?
Best time to trek to Annapurna Sanctuary is from mid Sept to Nov and March to May. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. Daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. If you wish to escape from crowds and enjoy some lonely time with nature then Wilderness Excursion suggest you to trek there in December, January and March. However, the temperature during winter could be tough for most guests. Trekking in the summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be a benefit for a keen botanist.

How hard is this trek?
Regarding the difficulty of this trek, this is medium hard for first time trekkers to the Nepal Himalaya. But if you have past hiking experience in Alps of Europe or like Bhutan then this trek is moderately easy compared to other trek such as Manaslu Circuit, Kanchenjunga, Dolpo and even Everest Base Camp trek etc.

Accommodation
The lodges in the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek are pretty good, clean and tidy; beyond Bamboo; there are mostly double, triple or four bed rooms only, single bed rooms rare when we go higher. But Single rooms are readily available in lower elevations. You may have to share the room with other trekkers if you are trekking solo as the lodges get full of visitors in Peak seasons. Hot showers are readily available in most of the places as well.

Meals in Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
During our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, you could enjoy wide-range of food verities, from western food to Authentic Nepal meal, Chines and Tibetan etc. There are choices everywhere; Pasta, Pizza, Macaroni, Cheese, Eggs, Curry Rice, Chicken, Potato, Item, Spring Roll, and Chapati, Muesli, Porridge, Omelet, Pancakes for breakfast are few to name. Meat is not allowed to carry out to Annapurna Base Camp as the local believe the Himalaya is sacred and holy, though you could enjoy chicken roast in low elevations. At any guesthouse you could expect the choices to fall into one of these menu categories: Please do not expect the meal world class standard but they always try to do their best to serve you in the high remote area.

How to get there?
Most people take tourist buses to Pokhara; 200km long and it takes 7 to 8 hours depending on traffic on the way. There are normal to deluxe tourist coaches available. Green Lines buses company (U$ 25 per person with breakfast) run every morning from/to Kathmandu. Wilderness Excursion arranges private car, jeep or private van on request. Taking domestic flight to/from Pokhara saves your time and most airlines fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu every day (U$125.00 for one flight). Sit on the right side to see striking view of wide range of Himalaya from plane during the board to Pokhara.

Cost of the tour
The trip cost here we offered USD 875.00 is standard trek price on double occupancy basis. Single supplement cost will be extra USD 155.00 to use same service. The cost will be according to budget, standard and deluxe tour plan and group sizes. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and comfortable rather than taking exhausting long bus ride however riding bus reduces the trip price. Accommodation in Kathmandu will be twin/double sharing deluxe room with buffet breakfast basis in Hotel Samsara Resort for3 nights. Wilderness Excursion will provide best standard hotel in Pokhara with buffet breakfast in twin sharing occupancy basis.

How long is Annapurna Sanctuary trek?
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek will be 8 to 10 days from/to Pokhara and 2 transport days from/to Kathmandu depending on time you have, and level of your physical fitness. Most of the people trek to Annapurna Sanctuary via Ghorepani Poon Hill which is relaxing and allows you to get adapted and the itinerary will be 10 to 12 days (See our Annapurna Base Camp Trek plan). Our carefully designed 14 Annapurna Sanctuary trek itinerary is for moderate trekkers. Wilderness Excursion´s shortest Annapurna Sanctuary trek itinerary will be 7 days long and the including domestic flights to Pokhara from Kathmandu and start the trek on same day. We also offer tailor-made trip to Annapurna Sanctuary, please kindly send us your detail for modified trip plan.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Meet and greet at purport, transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Get permits, preparation or visit ancient old temples (optional)
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (800m, 2624ft)
Day 04: Trek to Tolka (1700m) (5576ft) 5-6 hours walk
Day 05: Trek to Jhinu (1750m), 5 - 6 hours walk
Day 06: Trek to Sinuwa (2350m), 6-7 hours walk
Day 07: Trek to Himalaya (2900m), 5-6 hours walk
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Cam (4130m), 6-7 hours walk.
Day 09: Trek to Bamboo (2310m), 6-7 hours walk.
Day 10: Trek to Chhumrung (2170m), 4-5 hours walk.
Day 11: Trek to Ghandruk (1940m), 5-6 hours walk.
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 14: Fly back to home country

Day 01: Meet and greet at airport, transfer to hotel.
Wilderness Excursion representative will pick you up from airport and transfer to selected hotel. A short brifing about your trip. Rest and relax. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 02: In Kathmandu
Today, we will get your permits, you could prepare for your trip and you have a choice to visit ancient old temples to UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. Wilderness Excursion can arrange guided sightseeing on client request.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara/800m (2624ft)
After hot breakfast drive 200km to Pokhara and it takes about 6-7 hours from Kathmandu by tourist bus. It is an exciting and romantic drive that we can enjoy beautiful scenic view of terraced rice field, eye catching landscape, Trisuli and Marsyangdi Rivers and incredible view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and most of Annapurna Himalayan Range. The tourist coach stops for breakfast at 09:00 am and at around 12:00 for lunch on the way to Pokhara.

Day 04: Pokhara – Tolka (1700m (5576ft) 5-6 hours walk
Half an hour drive to Kande and start trek to Tolka (1810m). The trail is steep until Dhampus and pleasant easy walk up to Deurali then the trail descends steep down to Bherikharka and 30 minutes walk takes us to Tolka. Stay there overnight in lodge.

Day 05: Tolka – Jhinu/1750m, 5 - 6 hours walk
We walk a pretty flat trail until Landruk then descend down and trek along the river through Himalpani and cross suspension bridge over Modikhola near New Bridge. Then we walk until reaching Jhinu located on the ridge. We hike down to natural hot spring after getting there to take healing bath and come back to hotel. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Jhinu – Sinuwa/2350m, 6-7 hours walk
The trail ascends steep up to upper Chhumrung then it descends down 310 meter through thousands of stone staircase crosses then crosses Chhumrung Khola on bridge and climbs up to Sinuwa at the height of 2340 meter. The place has magnificent view of Mt.Fishtail. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Sinuwa – Himalaya/2900m 5-6 hours walk
It is easy walk through rhododendron festooned with orchids and ferns then steep down with stone staircase to Bamboo. After having lunch there we walk throughout the cool forest about an hour walk takes us to Dovan and 1 and half hours to Himalaya at he height of 2630 meter. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 08: Himalaya – Annapurna Base Cam/4130m, 6-7 hours walk.
In the morning after breakfast, the trail ascends up and the valley widens after Deurali and we can see beautiful view and Gangapurna. One hour hiking takes us beautiful to Machhapuchre Base Camp from the place of Ice Cave. You can enjoy the wifi service there to write back to family and friends. Stay there overnight in lodge.

Day 09: Annapurna Base Camp – Bamboo, 6-7 hours walk.
In the early morning, we enjoy the breath taking mountain view in Annapurna Base Camp. After exploring scenery and sunrise we take hot breakfast, we pack and hike down to Bamboo. Stay there overnight.

Day 10: Bamboo – Chhumrung 2170, 4-5 hours walk.
Today, we trek to Chhumrung passing Bamboo, Sinuwa and Banuwa. You can enjoy the cyber café at German bakery and update your trekking news with family. Stay there overnight.

Day 11: Chhumrung – Ghandruk/1940, 5-6 hours walk.
The trail goes through a pretty flat at first then descends down Kimrong Khola and hike up to Komrong Danda. We can stop there for lunch break then continue our trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village also known as a “Gurung Heritage” there we can visit Gurung museum and a monastery. Stay there overnight.

Day 12: Ghandruk - Pokhara
Today is our last day of trekking. We descend down to Kimche, there we can catch the jeep to Nayapul if you feel tired, if not, we continue walking until reaching Nayapul and drive to Pokhara. Stay overnight in hotel.

Day 13: Pokhara - Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist coach or private vehicle or fly back to Kathmandu. It depends on package service you buy with us. Stay overnight in Hotel.

Day 14: Fly back to home country
We will drop you at international airport to see off and wish you a safe journey.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport-hotel-airport pick and drop by private van.
  • 3 Nights deluxe room in 3 star category hotel with breakfast basis on twin/double occupancy basis in Kathmandu.
  • 2 Nights deluxe room in best tourist standard hotel with breakfast basis on twin/double occupancy basis in Pokhara.
  • 1 Govt. registered and well experienced local guide.
  • 1 Assistant guide to help and support the group when and where necessary as per group size.
  • 1 Sharing Sherpa porter between 2 trekkers to carry your main pack.
  • Guided Kathmandu Valley sightseeing in UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites.
  • Daily 3 times meals: lunch, breakfast, dinner during the trek.
  • Tea, coffee, cookies and fresh fruits are served during the trek.
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara - Kathmandu by tourist coach.
  • Neat and clean trekker's lodge accommodation during the trek on twin/double occupancy.
  • Food, accommodation, salary of guide and porters.
  • TIMS permit, ACAP entrance permit.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.
  • All government taxes, vat and office service charge.
  • Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking Map
  • Emergency rescue arrangement
  • Farewell dinner in one of authentic Nepalese Restaurant with Live culture show after the trek.

Trip Cost Excludes

  • All bar bills, beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Hot shower, hot water during the trek.
  • Personal travel insurance, laundry service, phone calls and internet.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Advance deposit transfer service charge from client's country.
  • Gratitude and tips for your guide, porter and driver.
# Start Date End Date Status
1 11 Oct, 2017 22 Oct, 2017 Available book know
2 19 Apr, 2018 30 Apr, 2018 Available book know

Packing List and Equipment for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Footwear

  • A waterproof trekking boot with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek,
  • Trail shoes or trainer or casual shoes, for walking or strolling around(optional)
  • 2-3 Pairs of warm socks for colder areas depending on trekking duration.
  • Gaiters, in case of rain or snow
  • Sandal or flip flop to take shower and walk around,
  • 2-3 pair of smooth thin wool, nylon or Capilene Liner socks to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hot-spots and makes the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Leg wears

  • Trekking/hiking casual trousers and short, Thermal leggings for colder areas
  • Long skirt for women as an alternative to trousers and Waterproof trousers.

Body

  • Selection of hiking/trekking T-shirts, and long sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Thermal and warm shirts, possibly fleece shirt for colder areas.
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Hard shell jacket with hood and hard shell pants if trekking in colder months/winter.
  • Windbreaker or waterproof jacket for higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights and mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Hat or cap for sun protection while trekking
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Warm gloves
  • Buff and higher and colder place, not very important for Annapurna Sancuatary Trek.
  • Large handkerchief/bandana for neck
  • Head lamp/torch with spare batteries

Personal Trekking Equipment

  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters
  • Day sack to carry valuables such as passport, cash, camera, travel documents personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear inside your main bag, Personal first aid kit to include essential items, Adjustable 3 section trekking pole
  • 3-4 season sleeping bag, Camera and memory cards, charger, tripod if necessary, towel and toiletries., rain cover for yourself and luggage, multi-purpose hiking pocket knife.

Optional items

  • Binoculars, Books or an eBook, Altimeter, Compass and GPS.
  • Playing cards, backgammon and chess set etc.

For water

  • Two water bottles one liter each is fine or preferably camel bag water bottle. Water treatment tablets: Iodine, Dioxide tablets, Taste neutralizer tablets remove iodine taste if necessary. Vacuum flask and a cup preferably is doing teahouse.

Pee Bottle (Optional) but very useful.
Pee funnel for women (optional) Lightweight urinary director.
Hand/foot warmers (Optional) Recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet 1-3 pairs.

Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,

Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.

This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: info@wildernessexcursion.com

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Sunset view on Annapurna South
Ghandruk Village in Annapurna
Sunset on Mount Fishtail
View from Peace Stupa in Pokhara

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek 2017 Review

We had an amazing 12 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp in April 2017. Our communication upfront with Pradip went very easy and we got some good information. We met up in Kathmandu to make the payment and we left for Pokhara as we want to spend few relaxing days there before starting the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We met our guide in Pokhara before we leave and began the trek. Our guide did his very best to make sure everything was arranged well! We had an amazing time in Annapurna Base Camp; we would ...

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Trip Facts

  • Max. Altitude: 4130m
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Group Size: Minimum 2 Pax
  • Best Season: Spring and autumn
  • Accommodaion: Teahouse and Lodge
  • Transportation: Bus, Car and Jeep
  • Single Supplementary Cost : U$ 155

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