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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

The Annapurnas, the most popular trekking region, offers the greatest variety of scenery, people, culture, flora & fauna. The Annapurna massif stretching 70 miles along the northern border of Nepal rising to the height of 8091 meters with stunning views makes Annapurna base camp trekking highly rewarding.

Annapurna base camp trekking also known as Annapurna Sanctuary trekking  is one of the most popular trekkings in Nepal starting from beautiful city Pokhara with 800m attitude to over 4000m. on the lap of Annapurnas. Annapurna sanctury denotes its natural serenity, beauty and abode of Hindu Goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. The trail leads to Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhre Base Camp passing through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with colorful Gurung villages, terraced fields, dense forest of pine and rhododendron, the world’s deepest river gorge - kaligandaki and ancient trade route to Mustang. For the spectacular panorama extending to Manaslu in the east and Dhaulagiri to the west including unrivalled views of Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) Annapurna, Hiunchuli and others, Annapurna sanctuary trek offers some of the best trekkings in Nepal. At the Annapurna Base camp you will be surrounded by a spectacular ring of mountains including Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Gangapurna (7454 m) and Machhapuchhare (6997 m). One of the highlights of this trek will be a visit to Poon Hill to see the sun rise over Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif.

  • Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu
    Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Great Himalayan Guide as you come out at the airport after the immigration formalities. You will be transferred to a hotel. A briefing of the trekking trip will be arranged at a convenient time.

    Day 02: Kathmandu – Pokhara Flight ( 30 minutes) – Dhampus ( 1650m. ): 4 hrs.
    We fly to Pokhara in the morning enjoying the sights of beautiful Himalayas of west from Kathmandu and  drive to Phedi (approx 1  hr.). We commence trekking with gradual climb up for three hours to arrive at colourful village, Dhampus (1650m.).  At the top of the ridge the views of Machhapuchhre.  Annapurna South (7273m.) and Annapurna II (7937m) are magnificent and these peaks dominate the Skyline.

    Day 03: Dhampus – Landrung ( 1565m. ); 5 hrs.
    We move through the forest and pass Pothana. We climb through the rhododendron forest and descend towards the villages again.  We arrive at the picturesque village of Landrung (1565m.).

    Day 04: Landrung – Chhomrong ( 2140m ); 6 – 7 hrs.
    We descend and pass along the bank of Modi Khola and through the forest.  We cross the suspension bridge and climb up further and descend to cross Kimrung Khola. We arrive at Chhomrong.

    Day 05: Chhomrong – Doban  ( 2580m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.
    From Chhomrong Village, we descend to Chhomrong Khola and ascend after crossing it.  We pass through thick forest vegetation and follow the western bank of Modi Khola to Khuldi.  Then, we descend long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests and arrive at Bamboo Lodge.  Another one hour trek through bamboo and bushes takes us to Doban.

    Day 06: Doban – Deurali ( 3230m. ); 5 – 6 hrs.
    A steady ascent following the trail above the river through thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests from takes us to Hinko.  Once we reach Hinko the forest disappears and the valley open up and becomes very picturesque.  We are at the foot of  Machhapuchhre now.  We gradually climb up and arrive at Deurali.

    Day 07: Deurali – Machhapuchhre base camp – Annapurna base camp ( 4130m. ); 6 hrs.
    A steady ascent about three hours takes us to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3720m.) which offers the great vies of majestic Machhapuchhre. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna. The vegetation gradually disappears and the path widens as we enter the sanctuary. We gradually climb up for three hours and arrive at Annapurna base camp the ultimate destination of the trek. The spectacular views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Himchuli, Gangapurna and more make the trekking one of the best in Nepal.

    Day 08: Annapurna base camp – Himalaya Hotel ( 2920m ); 5 hrs.
    We enjoy the great views of sun rise over the Himalayas in the dawn and retrace or steps  descending to Machhapuchhre base camp, Deurali, Hinko Cave and passing through forest to Himalaya Hotel.

    Day 09: Himalaya Hotel  - Chhomrong ( 2140m. ); 5 – 6 hrs.
    We gradually descend through thick rhododendron and bamboo forest pass Doban and arrive at Bamboo. A steep ascend takes us to Khuldi and then to Sinuwa from where we relish the great views of mountains. We gradually descend following the stone steps and arrive at Chhomrong.

    Day 10: Chhomrong – Ghandruk ( 5 – 6 hrs. )
    We gradually ascend and then descend to Kimrung Khola, cross it and steep climb up to the ridge. The gradual descend from the ridge takes us to Ghandruk, one of the most beautiful villages of Gurungs who are famous for courageous fighting Gurkhas in British army.

    Day 11: Ghandruk – Naya Pool – Pokhara ( 7 hrs. )
    We descend gradually passing several villages following the bank of Modi Khola to arrive at Birethanti. After crossing Modi Khola and again following the bank of the River takes us to Naya Pool where we will catch the land transportation to Pokhara.

    Day 12: Drive / Fly Pokhara - Kathmandu.
    We either drive along the bank of Marshyangdi and Trisuli River or fly to Kathmandu. We check – in the hotel and enjoy the fare well dinner at one of the typical Nepali restaurants with cultural program.

    Day 13:  Airport transfer for your onward journeys.

    We transfer you to the airport for your international departure.

  • Cost Includes

    -    International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
    -    Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
    -    Domestic flight fare as per the itinerary including airport tax
    -    All necessary paperwork for permit ( national park entrance, TIMS card )
    -    Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail
    -    All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
    -    An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
    -    First aid medical kit
    -    All government and local taxes
    -     Farewell dinner


    Cost Excludes
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Nepal visa fee
    • Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    • Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
    • Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
    • Any other expenses of personal nature ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking ).
    • Gratuity for the trekking staffs

 

Starting From :

2 - 6 persons : $ 1500

6 - 10 persons : $ 1400

 

Note: Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions. In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu - Lukla or vice versa. It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. Great Himalayan Guide can arrange you cultural / adventure tours ( such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari, ) with extra cost if the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back. If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions.Great Himalayan Guide will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.