Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - 14 Days

Language English
Cost 1199 USD for tour
Capacity Any number of people
Duration 2 weeks

Overview

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek – 14 Days is an adventurous trip offering you a complete trekking expedition to the Annapurna region. If you would like a shorter and simpler trek you may opt for this 11-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek instead.

Join Alpine Club of Himalaya’s trekking expedition to Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world at 8,091m (26,545 ft) above sea level. Apart from the Annapurna 1 peak, the Annapurna massif includes thirteen peaks over 7,000 meters (23,000 ft), and sixteen more over 6,000 meters (20,000 ft). Our journey begins in Pokhara, widely known as the ‘Lake City’ that offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, and Annapurna.

Throughout our journey, we will encounter cascading waterfalls, beautiful villages, terraced farmlands, lush rhododendron forests, and amazing mountain vistas before reaching the base of the mighty Annapurna. Autumn (Sept. to Nov.) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views. If you wish to avoid crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature then taking this Annapurna Sanctuary Trek during winter (Dec., Jan., and Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be harsh; while during summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug.), there will be rain.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

You will be welcomed by an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Kathmandu. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of the Alpine Club of Himalaya. In the evening, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu. Meals- Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Preparation

We depart in the morning to the Pashupatinath temple, a famous 5th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the Bagmati River. We then tour Boudhanath, one of the holiest Buddhist stupas, and the Patan Darbar square that has heritage buildings representing the four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur) in Nepal. You can do your final preparations for the trek. In the evening, you will be introduced to the rest of the group, get your equipment checked by your climbing leader, and be briefed on the trip by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2050 m/6725 ft): 30 min flight and 6 hours trek

We take a flight to Pokhara; the right side of the plane will offer the best views of The Himalayas.

Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will pick you up at the Pokhara airport.

We take a 1 hour and 20-minute drive to Nayapul (new bridge) on the main road and walk through a valley forest, cross the Bhurundi Khola (river) before reaching Tikhedhunga Village. From there we brave through thousands of steps and boulders up to the Ulleri Hill. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon. Overnight in Ulleri.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m/ 9,020 ft): 4 – 5 hours trek

We ascend to the Ghorepani village via stone stairs, while admiring the spectacular view of Annapurna South, through waterfalls, tiny villages, and several tea-houses before reaching Ghorepani that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and the Nilgiri mountains. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft) with a visit to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft): 6 – 7 hours

We rise early and walk up to Poon Hill to catch the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. From Poon Hill, we also get incredible views of Mustang, Pokhara, and more than 20 of the highest mountains. After enjoying a cup of coffee, we trek back to Ghorepani. We have breakfast here then walk towards the east and climb a ridge. Our trail descends through rhododendron forests and waterfalls before we reach Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 6 hours trek

We descend through a large rhododendron forest to beautifully terraced fields. We walk uphill for around 5 km to a suspension bridge. After a few more miles of uphill and downhill trekking, we reach Chhomrong, a beautiful village right below the giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 7: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 – 5 hours

We descend 2500 stone steps and cross the bridge above Chhomrong Khola. From here it is an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Next, we pass through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours

We trek through a damp and cold bamboo forest, then ascend steadily through several steep sections. Upon reaching Himalaya Hotel, the forest opens up to the sun with an astounding view of the glacial river below. Then we take a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave where the trail drops closer to the river before climbing again to Deurali, the most scenic stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing magical views of the valley, the river below, and the sheer rock-face cliffs above with bands of wispy waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5 – 6 hours

We climb gently through a river bed then over a steep trail over to the mountainside, and then a somewhat strenuous hike from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp. From the base camp, we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna. The vegetation becomes scarce thereafter and the path widens as we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. From here, we get sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above us. The sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. From the base camp, we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours

From the Annapurna Base Camp, We retrace our steps downhill to Bamboo.

Overnight in Bamboo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770ft): 5-6 hours

From Bamboo, it is an uphill trek to Kuldighar followed by a downhill walk to Chhomrong Khol. Then we climb the stone steps to Chhomrong. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. You can also take a 15-20 minute walk downhill to enjoy the hot springs. Overnight at Jhinu Danda

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Trek to Nayapul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive

We trek from Jhinu Danda to Nayapul, while enjoying the amazing hill landscape of western Nepal. From Nayapul, we drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

*If the road construction connecting Jhinu Danda to Nayapul is complete, we can skip the trek and drive from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara.

Meals- Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu

We fly to Kathmandu in the afternoon. In Kathmandu, you may spend the day exploring more of Kathmandu or shop souvenirs, lovely pashmina, or intricate artwork. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 14: Final Departure

Representatives of Alpine Club of Himalaya will transport you to the airport.

Cost Include

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle

3-star Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast

Teahouse accommodation during the trek

All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek

Welcome and farewell dinners

All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

Domestic flights (Kathmandu- Pokhara -Kathmandu)

Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle

Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary

An experienced, English-speaking, and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)

Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)

Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food, and accommodation

Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)

Alpine Club of Himalaya trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are yours to take

All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)

Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)

All government and local taxes

Cost Exclude

Nepal Visa fee

International airfare to and from Kathmandu

Excess baggage charges

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara

Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary

Travel and rescue insurance

Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc)

Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)

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