Days

15

Grade

Moderate

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$ 1100 usd

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek still remains ageless despite the influx in the region. The diversion of trekkers to Annapurna base camp has left this trek still to its original state. This trek is fabulous and offers magnificent views without difficult climbs. En route, you will be awestruck by the hospitality of generous Gurung communities. Furthermore, soothing hot springs, gushing tributaries, and lush green hills will amaze you.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek lies immediately south of the greater Himalayan trail. As a result, the region has subtropical climate. This trek is a short trek. However, in a very short time it traverses variety of terrains. You will walk through the rice paddy fields to the glacial moraine. In case of few extra days on hand, you can combine this trek with few other interesting treks in Annapurna.

The views are magnificent and the mountains appear up close. Furthermore, Annapurna, Fishtail and few other mountains in the region create best ambiance. Blossoms of Rhododendron and few other species make Annapurna Sanctuary Trek a heaven. Also, sighting of beautiful birds and langur monkeys make this trek more beautiful. This trek has been all time favorite of our guests because the trail difficult only in primary days.

What makes Annapurna Sanctuary Trek appealing?

  •  This is a short and sweet trek
  • The trek is entirely in Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Less traffic
  • Easy on the legs

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trip overview

Trip Code: BT-135 Total Duration: 15 days
Destination: Annapurna Region Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec
Trip Grade: Moderate Group Size: 2 - 12
Max Elevation: 4210

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Arrival in Kathmandu
Thank you for choosing Annapurna Sanctuary trek as your next adventure destination! On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your accommodation. You rest and rejuvenate for days to come. You can as well explore the surrounding and get to know a little about the country and culture.
Accommodation
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)

Trek Preparation and shopping
You will meet your trek leader on this day and he would brief you about trekking in Nepal and your chosen destination. Meanwhile, the back office staff will prepare all required permits for your trekking. later in the day, you will do the last minute shopping for your trekking along with your guide. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to the most happening market in Kathmandu.
Accommodation
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast only

Kathmandu - Pokhara On this day we have our breakfast by 6:00 a.m. in the morning and head towards tourist Bus Park at Thamel and board a tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus ride will take around 7 hours through curvy roads of hilly terrain with couple of breaks in between for snacks and lunch. The drive to Pokhara on one of the major highways is exhilarating with beautiful views of never leaving tributaries, lush green hills and roadside settlements.

Accommodation
  • Hotel in Pokhara ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast only

Pokhara - Nayapul - Tikhedhunga
The day starts early by taking a vehicle out of Pokhara. The drive takes around one and half hours to Nayapul and then the Annapurna Sanctuary trek officially starts on foot from here onwards. The first day of the trek we ascend somewhere around 500 + meters, all the way to Tikhedhunga. Most of the day’s walk is on the jeep track, and is a very easy and good first day walk.
Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani
We start climbing on the significant man made steps - around 3500 steps, all the way to Banthanti via ulleri. It is very beautiful to see the landscape change on this day, the barren ridge turns into sparse trees, which further turns into dense subtropical forest. We would as well traverse through dense forest of Rhododendron and pine. These forested land is a home of wild habitats like langoor monkeys, barking deer and different species of birds. Keep your eyes open for wild animals. Overnight in Ghorepani
Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

Ghorepani - Poonhill - Ghorepani - Tadapani
On this day we make approximately 550 m ascent and 710m descent at around 4-5 hours of trek. But before initiating the day’s trek we take a short hike to Poon hill; a grassy knoll famous as viewpoint. We leave our teahouse at Ghorepani by 5:00 a.m. in the morning to witness sunrise over the mountains of Annapurna massif. On this day we have breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and immediately leave for Tadapani. We walk on the trail that is almost entirely in the middle of Rhododendron and oak forest and walk sheer uphill all the way to Deurali. The view of Annapurna gamut and the deepest gorge; Kaligandaki, from Deurali as well is unparalleled. Further downhill from Deurali and except for some treacherous descend the walk is smooth and crosses some streams with swimming prospect along with some beautiful water fall.
Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

Tadapani - Sinuwa
At the beginning we embark on the same trails left the previous day and downhill for about an hour and half. Once we reach a small cluster of village by Kimrong Khola and cross the suspension bridge we begin uphill walk. For another 2 and half hour or so we climb until we reach the village of chhomrong, where we will halt for lunch. Along with lunch, you can as well enjoy the beautiful views of Annapurna south, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre and others. After lunch, we stroll downhill through the village for around half an hour. We walk one final uphill but gradual, all the way up to Sinuwa. The final section of the trek is entirely inhabited.
Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

Sinuwa - Himalaya
The day starts easy on the knees and on flat turf, surrounded by dense rainforest. This section of the trek is believed to home different species of wild animals, whereas some species like langoor monkey’s and barking deers are frequently spotted. After around an hour of jungle walk, the trail goes downhill all the way to Bamboo. From Bamboo onwards the trail climbs uphill and becomes strenuous. Its an uphill walk all the way upto Himalaya. We walk around 4 hours of uphill from Bamboo and in total around 5-6 hours. Overnight in Himalaya.
Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

Himalaya to Machhapuchhre Base Camp(3,700m/12,139ft): 4 -5 hours
We start the day by hiking a pleasant ascend, making our way through streams and falls until a steep ascend to Hinku and further small but steep hike to Deurali. Immediately after Deurali, the damp trees of lush green forest change into more dry and grassy land. The trail is more relaxed from here onwards but undergoes one of the most adventurous section being it prone to avalanche. The views of distant Machhapuchhre becomes more dominant and we get the first glimpse of majestic Annapurna. On this day we start to feel the effect of altitude. Overnight at Machhapuchhre base camp.   
Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

MBC to ABC (4,130m/13,550ft): 3 – 4 hours
The trek to Annapurna base camp (ABC)  from Machhapuchhre base Camp (MBC) takes over 2.5 hours. The walk is basically easier compared to days earlier and the incline is gradual. The views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna Dakshin, Annapurna I, Tent Peak, Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Barasinga, Machhapuchhre and few others  is very impressive. Overnight at ABC
Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

ABC to Bamboo(2,310m/7,579ft): 5 – 6 hours
After taking breakfast at regular time, we trek the same route to Annapurna base camp on the previous day. We first head to MBC followed by Deurali, Himalaya, Dovan and finally Bamboo. We descend for almost 7 hours until we reach Bamboo. Alike every day, we take frequent breaks in between the initial point and final destination. After a long day on trails we rest at a teahouse in Bamboo.
Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

Bamboo to Jhinu danda(1,780m/5,840ft): 5 – 6 Hours
Down through the rivers, crossing streams and bridges and steep uphill for almost 1 hour, we enjoy majority of our trails through lush green forest. Most of this day's walk is on flat trails with gentle up’s and down’s except for one final steep climb for half an hour to Chomrong. We take steep trail downwards from Chomrong to Jhinu danda where waits natural hot springs.  We have possibility of enjoying the natural hot springs and rejuvenating for the rest of our journey.
Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

Jhinu - Ghandruk
From Jhinu we begin downhill and all the way to Kimrong Khola. From this little stream the trek gets uphill, all the way to Ghandruk. The view from across the river and at the beginning of the ascend is very beautiful. We walk to small patch of forest, and mostly through terrace fields and sparse communities. The walk from Kimrong Khola to Ghandruk takes around 3 hours. The village of Ghandruk as well as the view from there is very beautiful. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Accommodation
  • Local Teahouse ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu.

Ghandruk - Pokhara
From Ghandruk the trail is completely downhill and is very gradual. Once we reach Birethanti we exit Annapurna Conservation area and furthermore we walk to Nayapul to board our bus. An hour and half of bus ride and we reach to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Accommodation
  • Hotel in Pokhara ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • 2 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch  or  any one item from the menu.

Pokhara - Kathmandu
The bus ride takes around 7 hours to Kathmandu. The bus traverses through beautiful lush green hills and views of mountains (only in season). Once we reach Kathmandu we transfer you to your accommodation and hence officially come to the end of Annapurna Sanctuary trek.
Accommodation
  • Hotel in Kathmandu ( 1 Night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast only

cost includes

  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Trekking Guide
  • All accommodations on the trails and  3 times meals during the trek (staple meal of Daal Bhat for lunch and dinner or  any one item from the menu )
  • 3 Cups Tea while on the Trail ( in most of the places where applicable)
  • Best available local lodges / Teahouse  in mountain
  • Taxi to and from airport
  • Certificate of trek Completion
  • Porters

cost excluded

  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, mineral water  etc)
  • Additional food
  • Tips for guide
  • Anything else that is not mentioned on what is included

Important Notes

  • Please bring 2 passport size photographs for your trekking permit to the group meeting.

Essential Trip Information

  • The trip begins from Kathmandu
  • You need to arrive at least 2 days prior to your scheduled trek initiation date
  • You will begin your trip from day 2 of your arrival and only after signing necessary formalities
  • You need to bring along at least 2 passport sized pictures and hand it to the company on day 2.
  • In case of trek cancellation or trek forfeit due to unseen circumstances, we shall compensate with an alternate itinerary or activities.
  • You need to bring along at least 500 dollars additional in cash. The funds will help you in case of delayed flights or unseen circumstances
  • You need to aware of the company of any medical conditions developed recently
  • You need to be of age 15 and above to join this trip
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Amazing

I booked with these guys in August for a September trek and it couldn't have been smoother! If you organise from your home country you'll have the pleasure of communicating with Shaurab, who was more than happy to answer any questions or queries that I had regarding my trek.I did the Annapurna base camp trek which was a lovely experience, my guide, Guvinda, was highly knowledgeable about the area and had fantastic relationships with the operators of the teahouses along the way.This company also runs a hostel: "Dormitory Nepal" of which I would highly recommend!All in all, nothing can be faulted and I look forward to hopefully one day returning to Nepal and trekking once again with these guys.

by Christophe on Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
if you're looking for a great treeking experience in Nepal, look no further

Budget Trekking was recommended to me by a friend i met through my travels and i couldn't have been more lucky. They made the pre trek arrangement hassle free for me.  Govinda was a great guide while in the mountain bringing an impressive knowledge of the local people and ways in the experience. He really made my time in Nepal unforgettable with his constant good mood and his willingness to share his passion about Nepal and the mountain. My only regret is that i couldn't stay longer for an other trek.. highly recommend their service to anyone looking for a great time in Nepal.