Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking- 14 Days

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 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.


Trip Highlights


  • View from Annapurna Base Camp: Annapurna I, 8091m, Annapurna South, 7219m, Machapuchhre, 6993m and Hiunchuli, 6441m
  • Addition of Ghorepani poonhill to Annapurna Base Camp Trek 
  • Natural scenery and endless outstanding views of the Annapurna Range
  • Charming Guesthouses
  • Natural hot spring at Jhinudanda
  • One night at Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp
  • Sunrise and sunset view from Poonhill and Annapurna Base Camp

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2 : Drive to Pokhara, 900m/2,953ft

Day 3 : Drive to Nayapul, 1010m/3,313ft; trek to Hile, 1400m/4,593ft, 3hrs

Day 4 : Trek to Ghorepani, 2855m/9,365ft, 6-7 hrs

Day 5 : Trek to Tadapani: 2610m/8,561ft, 5hrs

Day 6 : Trek to Chhomrung, 2040m/6,692ft, 4hrs

Day 7 : Trek to Dovan, 2550m/8,365ft, 4-5 hrs

Day 8 : Trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp, 3700m/12,137ft, 4-5 hrs

Day 9 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, 4130m/13,547ft, 2-3 hrs

Day 10 : Trek to Bamboo, 2340m/7,676ft, 4-5 hrs

Day 11 : Trek to Jhinu Danda, 1780m/5,839ft, 5 hrs

Day 12 : Trek to Nayapul-Pokhara, 900m/2,953ft 5-6 hrs

Day 13 : Drive back to Kathmandu, 1345m/4,412ft

Day 14 : Depart Kathmandu

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
15 November, 2019 28 November, 2019 US $950 per person Guaranteed
22 November, 2019 05 December, 2019 US $950 per person Available
12 December, 2019 25 December, 2019 US $950 per person Available
22 December, 2019 04 January, 2020 US $950 per person Available
22 February, 2020 06 March, 2020 US $950 per person Available
05 March, 2020 18 March, 2020 US $950 per person Available
14 March, 2020 27 March, 2020 US $950 per person Available
26 March, 2020 08 April, 2020 US $950 per person Guaranteed
04 April, 2020 17 April, 2020 US $950 per person Available
12 April, 2020 25 April, 2020 US $950 per person Available
20 April, 2020 03 May, 2020 US $950 per person Guaranteed
28 April, 2020 11 May, 2020 US $950 per person Available
05 May, 2020 18 May, 2020 US $950 per person Guaranteed
24 May, 2020 06 June, 2020 US $950 per person Available
04 June, 2020 17 June, 2020 US $950 per person Available

Cost Include(s)


  1. Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  2. Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  3. Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  4. Accommodation in Pokhara, Three nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  5. Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 10 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  6. English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  7. One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  8. Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  9. Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  10. Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  11. Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  12. Annapurna Foothill’s T-shirt.
  13. Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek
  14. First aid medicine kit.
  15. Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  16. All ground transfers Kathamndu –Pokhara-Phedi and Nayapul- Pokhara - Kathmandu.
  17. All government and local taxes.

Cost Exclude(s)

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,  boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.

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 Holy Himalaya 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.


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.


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 10 days
2. Altitude: up to 4200m
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 $950 p/p

Trip Grade : Moderate

Maximum Height:4130 m

Minimum Height:900 m

Minimum Group Size:2 Trekkers

Maximum Group size:12 Trekkers

Activities:Trekking, Sightseeing, Hikking

Transport By:Private Vehicle, Tourist Bus



Best Season:March- May and September- November

Permits:Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits

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