Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking- 14 Days

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is an enthralling mix of excellent trekking and spectacular wilderness with a backdrop of high peaks.  Following an ancient trade route to Tibet, we climb beyond the rhododendron and bamboo forests, terraced fields and quaint villages of the lowlands, to reach a world of glaciers and magnificent peaks at the Annapurna South Base Camp, 4130m.

This amazing trek follows a gorge leading into the mountain fortress known as the “Annapurna Sanctuary", the divine abode of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna.   It is a slightly longer version of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek as it includes a hike along high ridges to Ghorepani and a pre-dawn walk up to Poon Hill to watch the sun’s first rays touch the peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas.

The altitude at Annapurna South Base Camp is a little over 4000m which means acclimatization is vital.  Although it is possible to reach ABC in less time, our itinerary has been planned to allow our bodies time to acclimatize and our actual pace will be governed by our health rather than the itinerary.   We will generally be walking for between 5 to 7 hours each day.  The flagstone hiking trail is almost constantly either going uphill or downhill. In the lush forest of the approach to the Annapurna Sanctuary the underfoot conditions can be damp and slippery.

There are lodges and tea-houses all along this popular trekking route which provide welcoming places to rest and refresh, as well as an insight into the Gurung lifestyle, the predominant ethnic group in the area.  

Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions are highly experienced in making your trip safe, comfortable and enjoyable for a reasonable price. We can tailor the expedition to your specific preferences and needs.  Those with time constraints may consider Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is possible in all seasons however, in the winter the Base Camp is sometimes closed due to the level of snow. The most beautiful time of year is spring when the rhododendron forests are in full bloom.

Special Offers !!

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek on 5th October 2016

My Dear Guests!!! We have guaranteed departure for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek on 5th October 2016. There are 3 trekkers really eager fit to do the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. They would like to join a group 04 people. If you are interested in joining this group please let us know. This small group is sure to be a lot of fun, and it is a great saving too. The solo expedition cost is 1000 USD per person; however, if we can make it a group of 04, the cost per person will be only $ 850 USD which includes 2 nights Hotel in Kathmandu & 2 night Hotel in Pokhara.

 

 

Trip Highlights

 

  • Incredible variety of scenery and endless outstanding views of the Annapurna Range
  • Charming village guesthouses
  • View from Annapurna Base Camp: Annapurna I, 8091m, Annapurna South, 7219m, Machapuchhre, 6993m and Hiunchuli, 6441m
  • Natural hot spring at Jhinudanda
  • One night at Machhapuchhre Base Camp
  • view from Poon Hill

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Drive to Pokhara, 900m

Day 3 : Drive to Nayapul, 1010m; trek to Hile, 1400m, 3hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Ghorepani, 2855m, 6-7 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Tadapani: 2610m, 5hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Chhomrung, 2040m, 4hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Dovan, 2550m, 4-5 hrs

Day 8 : Trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp, 3700m, 4-5 hrs

Day 9 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, 4130m, 2-3 hrs

Day 10 : Trek to Bamboo, 2340m, 4-5 hrs

Day 11 : Trek to Jhinu Danda, 1780m, 5 hrs

Day 12 : Trek to Nayapul-Pokhara, 5-6 hrs

Day 13 : Drive back to Kathmandu, 1345m

Day 14 : Depart Kathmandu

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Cost Include(s)

  • Transportation from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster
  • A Welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, two nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel categories are the two star, eg. Hotel Shakti or Hotel Holy Himalaya
  • Accommodation in Pokhara, two nights (bed and breakfast and tax included) Hotel Lake Star or Hotel Meera
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide, Govt. Trained/License Holder
  • Porters: One porter for 2 persons basis, from Pokhara – whole Trek (Load Limit 30 KG per porter)
  • local lodges 10 days ( 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & any required permits or Official Documentation
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant (if group size is more than 4)
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff
  • Local Transportation Pokhara – Phedi : Car, Van, Hi-ace and Tourist bus for drop
  • Local Transportation Nayapul – Pokhara: Car, Van, Hi-ace and Tourist bus for pick up
  • Travel by road: Kathamndu – Pokhara- Kathmandu by Tourist Bus
     

     


Cost Exclude(s)

  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water and beer )
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu / Pokhara - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurant
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services
  • International round-trip airfare
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
05 March, 2017 18 March, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
15 March, 2017 28 March, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
25 March, 2017 07 April, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
04 April, 2017 17 April, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
12 April, 2017 25 April, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
21 April, 2017 04 May, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
30 April, 2017 13 May, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
07 May, 2017 20 May, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
18 May, 2017 31 May, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
27 May, 2017 09 June, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
07 September, 2017 20 September, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
18 September, 2017 01 October, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
27 September, 2017 10 October, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
01 October, 2017 14 October, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
15 October, 2017 28 October, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
25 October, 2017 07 November, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
05 November, 2017 18 November, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
15 November, 2017 28 November, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
20 November, 2017 03 December, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
27 November, 2017 10 December, 2017 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
05 March, 2018 18 March, 2018 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
15 March, 2018 28 March, 2018 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
25 March, 2018 07 April, 2018 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
04 April, 2018 17 April, 2018 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
12 April, 2018 25 April, 2018 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
21 April, 2018 04 May, 2018 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
30 April, 2018 13 May, 2018 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
07 May, 2018 20 May, 2018 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
18 May, 2018 31 May, 2018 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now
27 May, 2018 09 June, 2018 USD $ 850 per person Available Book Now

The Best Time to Do the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter is also possible. During winter there are very few tourists. Some people prefer this season, as they enjoy the beauty of the snow, and the environment of the remote areas without the influx of foreigners. However, if there is a lot of snow the path may be quite challenging above Dovan.

Cultural Aspects of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
The most prominent ethnic groups in the Annapurna region are the Gurungs, Thakali, and Manangba. The Gurungs are the most widely dispersed, being found from the hills of Gorkha district to as far West as Palpa. The Thakalis come from the upper Kali Gandaki Valley around Jomsom, where their traditional farming has been supplemented by trade, in particular the hotel and restaurant business.

This is a Tea House/Lodge Trek

Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. Annapurna Foothills Treks takes great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.

In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy two nights in Hotel Shakti or Hotel Norbu Linka before and after heading into the remote regions.

During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!

Spending Money per Day

Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 - 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 - 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.

Drinking Water

While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In the Annapurna Region there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily.  We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available.  We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.

Washing and Toilet facilities for Annapurna Sanctuary  Trek

Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. You can ask your trekking guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you.
Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.

Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.
Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.

Fitness/Health

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.

Safety

When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Trip Grading and Suitability

To assist you in choosing a trek and to give you an idea of what you can expect, we have categorized our trips by their level of difficulty, A is the easiest, D, the most hard. In addition to this, the levels have been sub-divided into four areas, suitability, walking times, highest altitude, terrain type, and remoteness.

C) GRADE: Challenging:

Suitability: reasonable level of fitness required.
1. Walking times: 5-6 hours per day for up to 14 days
2. Altitude: up to 4900m
3. Terrain: mostly following well-travelled trails, daily ascent and descent
4. Remoteness: reasonable level of local infrastructure, including lodge accommodation
 

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 14 Days

Price : US $850 p/p

Trip Grade : Moderate

Minimum Group Size:2 Persons

Maximum Group size:12 Persons

Minimum Height:900m

Maximum Height:4130m

Transport By:Road

Activities:Trekking

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu:2 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Pokhara:2 nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek:local lodges 9 night ( 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners, tea, coffee and twin-share rooms with beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows included

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