• Duration 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Price from $599 / person
  • Difficulty Level Medium Hard
  • Max Altitude 4130 Meters

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is famous for its splendor and miraculously beautiful. Annapurna Sanctuary; enclosed by a massive ring of Himalayan giants, 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 our years of experience and commitment to excellence make this trip excellent.

Our carefully crafted 8-day Annapurna Sanctuary trek itinerary takes you through remote villages, terraced farmlands, 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 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 the 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 one-week-long trek to Annapurna sanctuary 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 an altitude of 1700m from sea level and the trail joins to the Phedi – Dhampus route near Pothana. 

When to trek / What is the best time to trek?

The best time to trek to Annapurna Sanctuary is from mid-September 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 suggests you 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/level of difficulty? 

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

How is accommodation in the Annapurna Sanctuary trekking route?

The lodges in the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking route 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 a wide range of food varieties, from Western food to Authentic Nepal meal, Chinese and Tibetan, etc. There are choices everywhere; Pasta, Pizza, Macaroni, Cheese, Eggs, Curry Rice, Chicken, Potato, Item, Spring Roll, Chapati, Muesli, Porridge, Omelet, and pancakes for breakfast are few to name. Meat is not allowed to be carried out to Annapurna Base Camp as the locals believe the Himalayas are 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 to Annapurna Sanctuary Trek? 

Most people take tourist buses to Pokhara; 200km long and it takes 7 to 8 hours depending on traffic on the way. There are tourist coaches available. Cost ranges (US$ 10 to 15 per person with breakfast) run every morning from/to Kathmandu. Wilderness Excursion arranges private car, jeep, or private van on request. Taking domestic flights to/from Pokhara saves time and most airlines fly to Pokhara from Kathmandu every day (U$105). Take the right side seat for a striking view of a wide range of Himalayas from the plane on the board to Pokhara.

Cost of the tour

The trip cost here we offered USD 599 is the standard trek price on a double occupancy basis. The single supplement cost will be an extra USD 155.00 to use the same service. The cost will be according to budget, standard and deluxe tour plans, and group sizes. Taking flights to and from Pokhara saves your time and comfort rather than taking an exhausting long bus ride however riding a bus reduces the trip price. Accommodation in Kathmandu is excluded. We can arrange a hotel booking in Pokhara if you ask us. 

How long is the Annapurna Sanctuary trek?

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek will be 8 to 10 days from and to Pokhara and daily walk will be 10 to 22 km a day. In addition; two transport days from/to Kathmandu depend on the time you have and the level of your physical fitness. Most 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 to 8 days long including domestic flights to Pokhara from Kathmandu and start the trek on the same day. We also offer tailor-made trips to Annapurna Sanctuary, please kindly send us your details for a modified trip plan.

Highlights

  • Join 8 days, teahouse trek to the delightful Annapurna Sanctuary.
  • Take in magnificent 360-degree views of the 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. 

Itinerary

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Drive an hour to Phedi 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.

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Namaste Lodge
  • 1700m
  • Tolka

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 and continue another one hour steep up to Chhomrong a beautiful Gurung Village which is last human settlement. Stay overnight at lodge.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Trekking Lodge
  • 2100m
  • Chhomrong

The trail 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. 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 to Dovan at the elevation of 2630 meter. Stay overnight at lodge.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Trekking Lodge
  • 2630m
  • Dovan

We have a silence jungle walk today to Himalaya from Dovan. It is believed that mountains are sacred and holy. As it is already believed that Annapurna means "full of food" (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is "... the universal and timeless kitchen-goddess ... the mother who feeds. Without her there is starvation and a universal fear. Her most popular shrine is located in Kashi, on the banks of the river Ganga." Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth so from the religious view it is important to respect the Mother Nature, create peaceful and calm surroundings. Stay overnight at lodge. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Trekking Lodge
  • 3230m
  • Deurali

Above Deurali the valley widens and becomes less steep. After walking some stone staircase we reach at the place where some people were killed by avalanche a decade ago. We should not stop in this dangerous place for long time. This place is warned of avalanche so continue trek ahead with aware until you get to safe place. As you walk further, more beautiful White Mountains more seen and close. The trail turns to the left in the valley after Machhapuchhre Base Camp and it is pleasant walk up ABC though the air is thin. You can see 360˙degree Mountain View from Base Camp. There are tremendous view of giant Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) 6997m and several other wonderful peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Trekking Lodge
  • 4130m
  • Annapurna Base Camp

After enjoying Brilliant Mountain view and taking hot cup of tea or coffee we take hot breakfast and trek down to Dovan or Bamboo via MBC, Deurali and Himalaya. We take tea and lunch break on the way. Stay overnight at lodge.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Trekking Lodge
  • 2310m
  • Bamboo

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.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Trekking Lodge
  • 1940m
  • Ghnadruk

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.

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Not included
  • 800M
  • Pokhara
Customized Trip

What's Included

  • A registered experienced local Annapurna Sanctuary trekking guide.
  • Sharing Sherpa porter between 2 trekkers to carry your main pack.
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches 7 Dinners during the trek.
  • Sharing lodge accommodation during the trek on twin/double occupancy basis.
  • Guide and porters fee and all their expenses.
  • All necessary Annapurna Trekking permit fees.
  • Insurance and trekking gear for guide and porters.
  • All local taxes, vat and office service charge

What's Excluded

  • Transfers, accommodation and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Bar and beverages bills (eg coke, fanta, mineral water, beer etc)
  • Hot shower, hot water during the trek.
  • Personal travel insurance, laundry service, phone calls and internet.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Tips for your guide/ porter/driver.

Availabilities

Wilderness Excursion (P) Ltd is a local tour operator so we guaranty small private groups departures any dates that suits your date and time.
Start Date End Date Status Note Price  
June 01, 2024 June 08, 2024 Available US$599
June 08, 2024 June 15, 2024 Available US$599

Useful Information

Our guided Annapurna Sanctuary Trek can be modified as per your requests which suits your time and the budget you have. The trip cost USD 599 per person we have offered here on a double occupancy basis and 8 8-day / 7-night tour that will end in Pokhara.