Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - 11 Days
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The Annapurna Sanctuary trek takes you into the heart of the Annapurna Himalaya and fulfills every traveller’s desires. This 11-day expedition is intended to take you the sacred region at the base of world famous Annapurna mountain, Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre, considered by many to be the most beautiful peak in the the region.
Machchapuchhre – Sacred Mt. Fishtail
The Machhapuchhre is so sacred infact that the sanctuary region was forbidden for outsiders till 1956, The local Gurung people believe that the peak of the Machhapuchhre was home to several Hindu and Buddhist deities.
The legend surrounding this sanctuary also speak of repository of gold and various treasures left by the Nagas, believed to be ancient civilization.
Annapurna Conservation Area
The Annapurna Sanctuary is part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project which places restrictions on number of travellers, gathering of firewood, and domstic animal graazing.
The Annapurna Conseravation Area is the largest protected region in Nepal. It is home to more than 1,200 species of plants and 400 species of birds. The conservation area is surrounded by high mountains and deep valleys. Because of which, the Sanctuary region receives only about 7 hrs of sunlight a day during the summer months.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Trail
You begin the sanctuary trail by a visit around the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath stupa, Bouddhanath stupa, and Durbar Squares in Bhaktapur and Patan.
Your actual sanctuary trek starts from Nayapul after you make your way past subtropical forests. The forests are replaced by terraced paddy fields that stretches as far as the eye can see. And in the distant backdrop, you witness the snow peak mountains.
In this trail, you get to meet different ethnic groups, from the Magars to Thakalis to Gurung and to the Tibetan people that call their home here. You feel as if you are a part of living breathing history of Nepal. This experience is unique to Annapurna Sanctuary alone which you won’t get anywhere else.
The early morning hike to Poon Hill, lying at an altitude of about 3200m, gives you the best vantage point that any trekkers can ask for. From here, you can see a panoramic view of the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a journey to the South face of Annapurna I. The subtropical forests and the paddy fields gradually turn to fields of rhododendron.
The south facing slopes are covered in dense rhododendron and bamboo forests and is usually damp with the clouds hanging low. While the north-facing slopes that fall in the Annapurna’s rain shadow region have drier climate.
People travelling to Nepal usually confuse the Sanctuary trekking with the other two famous Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp trek. While some places do overlap, the Sanctuary trail is relatively shorter.
The altitude gains are quicker here, rising from Pokhara at 940m to Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130m in just 5-6 days. You also do not require to cross any high passes.
This unique combination of ascent and descent in a span of 5-6 days gives rise to a unique combination of ecosystems found only in this region.
A main highlight of the Annapurna Sanctuary are the small chortens and monasteries that lie off the beaten path. These sanctums adds another layer of spiritual experience to the travellers already in awe. Taking on this transcendental journey, it is no wonder that the locals believe that gods live here.
- Traditional Gurung and Magar villages add to your experience of local and traditional culture.
- Small chortens and monasteries along the trail add a layer of spirituality to your journey.
- Annapurna Conservation Area. It is the largest Protected Area in Nepal. It covers an area of 7,629 sq. km. and is home to over 100,000 residents of different cultural and linguistic groups. ACAP is rich in biodiversity and is a treasure house for 1,226 species of flowering plants, 105 mammals, 518 birds, 40 reptiles and 23 amphibians.
- A chance to get a glimpse of exotic and elusive animals like the Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Thars, the barking deer, Ghorals, the blue sheep, Musk deer, Red Pandas and Snow leopards are some that occupy the woodlands.
- Popular Ghandruk and Chhomrong village.
- Jhinu natural hot springs where you can get a well earned slumber after a successful and demanding trek.
- Himchuli, Annapurna South, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna I, Glacier Dom, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre.
- Price Details
Arrival in Kathmandu
- Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
- Nepal Tour Guide team will greet you and drop you at your hotel.
- Half day visit of major world heritage sites in Kathmandu such as Royal Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Syambhunath, and Boudhanath stupa.
- Prepping for the next day's trek.
- Overnight stay at your hotel.
Drive to Pokhara.
- 6-7 hrs bus ride via Prithvi Highway. It is a romantic drive through scenic route of terraced paddy fields, Trisuli and Marsyangdi Rivers, and incredible view of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal and most of Annapurna Himalayan Range.
- The tourist coach stops for breakfast at 09:00 am
- Lunch at around 12:00 pm on the way to Pokhara.
- Explore this beautiful lake city for a vibrant nightlife.
- We will spend the night at the hotel.
Trek to Tikhedunga (1700m) 5 hours walk.
- Half an hour drive to Phedi and we start trek to Tolka/1810m.
- The trail is steep until Dhampus and then pleasant easy walk up to Deurali.
- The trail descends steep down to Bherikharka and 30 minutes walk takes us to Tolka.
- Stay there overnight in lodge.
Trek to Chhomrong (2100m), 6-7 hours walk.
- We walk a pretty flat trail until Landruk.
- We then descend down and trek along the river through Himalpani and cross suspension bridge over Modikhola.
- We walk 1.5 hours until we reach Chh0mrong - one of the biggest Gurung Village via Jhinu Danda located on the ridge.
- Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek to Dovan (2630m). 6-7 hours walk.
- The track goes descends about 310 meter down through stone steps.
- The trail then crosses Chhumrong Khola on a suspension bridge and climbs up to Sinuwa at height of 2340 meter.
- Breezy walk from here through rhododendron festooned with orchids and ferns.
- Then we take a steep path down stone staircases to Bamboo.
- Lunch at Bamboo. Then walk throughout the cool forest for about an hour to Dovan at the elevation of 2630 meter.
- Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek to Deurali (3230m) from Dovan. 5-6 Hours walk
- We have a silent jungle walk today to Himalaya from Dovan.
- The mountains here are believed to be sacred and holy.
- Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek to ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) 4130m, walk 5-7 hrs.
- Above Deurali the valley widens and becomes less steep.
- After walking some stone staircase we reach the shrine where some travellers lost their lives in an avalanche a decade ago.
- We do not stay for long as this region is avalanche prone. We continue our trek ahead.
- As you walk further, the pristine mountain peaks can be viewed more up close.
- The trail turns to the left in the valley after Machhapuchhre Base Camp and it is a pleasant walk up ABC.
- Breathtaking views of giant Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna South 7219m, Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) 6997m and several other wonderful peaks.
- Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek down Bamboo (2310m), 6-7 hrs walk.
- Hot steaming breakfast with the mountain backdrop to keep our senses scintillated.
- We then trek down to Dovan or Bamboo via MBC, Deurali and Himalaya.
- We take tea and lunch break on the way.
- Stay overnight at lodge.
Trek to Ghandruk (1940m), 5-6 hours walk
- The trail goes is relatively flat at first then descends down Kimrong Khola.
- After reaching Kimrong Khola, we hike up to Komrong Danda.
- Lunch break at Komrong Dada.
- We continue our trek to Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village also known as a “Gurung Heritage”. Here, we can visit Gurung museum and a monastery.
- Stay there overnight.
Ghandruk - Pokhara
- Today is our last day of trekking.
- We descend down to Kimche.
- There we can catch the jeep to Nayapul. Or if you wish continue your hike, then it is for 3-4 hrs walk till Nayapul.
- Drive to Pokhara.
- Stay overnight in hotel.
Drive back to Kathmandu
- After breakfast, we travel back to the capital via Prithvi Highway.
- You can let the view of terraced fields and hills pass by as you soak in your past experiences of the trek.
- After a 6-7 hour ride to Kathmandu, you can choose to explore the capital further and buy gifts and souvenirs to take back home.
- Airport Pick Up & Drop in a private Car.
- All Ground Transportation as per above itinerary.
- Accommodation on local lodges in the Trekking area.with Breakfast
- 2 night's accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star category hotel with breakfast
- 2 Night accommodation in Pokhara in a 2-star category hotel with breakfast
- Experienced English Speaking Guide and a porter
- All Government local Taxes
- Annapurna conservation fees
- (TIMS)Trekkers information Management System
- 1 porter for 2 guests
- All Staff insurance.
- Kathmandu To Pokhara Tourist Bus,
Price Not Includes
- Any type of personal expenses such as Alcoholic Beverage drinks,phone and Laundry.
- Tips (Not mandatory)
- Lunch and dinner during the trek
- Meals in trekking area.
- Arrangement of emergency helicopter service which will be paid by your travel insurance company.
- items not included in cost includes.
- First Aid kit
What is the best time of a year to do Annapurna sanctuary trek?
For this trek spring season (March, April and May) is best time to trek. In this time, you can see the beauty of blooming flowers like rhododendron and orchids and clear panoramic view of Himalayas. Apart from this season, you can trek in other seasons too for the same adventure.
What are the trekking equipment’s required for this trek and where do I get them?
For trekking equipment’s, we have mentioned them below. We recommend you be equipped with these for the trekking: Day pack Duffle bag Sun glasses Towels Water bottle Washing soaps Moistening lotion Spare batteries Spare Warm clothes And most needy things like: Hiking boots, Flip-Flop slippers, wind proof jackets which will keep you warm, trekking suits, sun hat, water proof gears. These equipment’s are important for you while trekking and you will get these stuffs in trekking shops in Thamel area in Kathmandu or in lake side Pokhara. Our representatives will be happy to help you with the hiring of the materials.
Are the foods and water hygienically standard?
Yes, the foods and water in the trekking region are hygienical standard as our representative will take care of foods that are provided to you on the region.
What kinds of foods are available during Annapurna Sanctuary trek?
Typically, different kinds of ethnic foods like Dal Bhat are best served in the area. One can also get western and continental foods however the taste might not be up to the usual standards. And please inform our guide if in case you are allergic to any kinds of food.
How fit do I need to be for this trek?
This trek is suitable if you are a normally healthy adult. People of underage or overage can also do the trek if they have no any health issues. We recommend you to consult your medical practitioner if you have any health issues. Also, it is better to have travel insurance that covers high altitude medical insurance in case of any emergency.
Do I need any medical insurance for this trek?
Medical insurance is highly recommended for this trek because it will be easy for you in case of any medical emergency. The trek to Himalayas is itself a challenging task so it is better to be prepared for circumstance.
Do I need guides and porters for this trek and how can I get them?
Trek guide is necessary for this trekking while you can choose to have a porter if you feel necessary who will carry 15 kgs of your luggage. The price of the porter is not included in our packages. You can get one in the trekking area and our guides will help you in the matter.
How can I pay for this trek?
You can choose to pay via credit cards, Bank transfer or IME/ Moneygram/ Western Union. For more information regarding the payment please follow our payment information.
What happens in-case of medical emergency during the trek?
In case of any medical emergency our guide will be there to help you. You could be transferred to any nearby health post or health clinic or you could be rescued via chartered Heli from the trekking region in case we need to. Having a travel insurance that covers the high-altitude medical insurance could be helpful in this situation.
Can I get the guides who speak languages other than English?
Yes, you can get the guide that speaks other language if you need one. The price however will be extra.
What if I cancel the trip?
For any trip cancellations clients will have to inform 30 days prior to the departure. While 15% Booking amount is fully nonrefundable any extra amount received above that shall be refunded however the expenses incurred for the transfer of the refund amount shall be charged by the company. Any trips cancelled within 30 days of the date of departure shall be fully nonrefundable.
How difficult is to do Annapurna Sanctuary trek?
Annapurna sanctuary trek is a moderate trek which involves 6 hrs of walk per day to reach an altitude of 4310 m so clients with altitude sickness might face the difficulties.
How experienced are your guides/porters for this trek?
You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced guide licensed by the Government of Nepal. Our team has the members serving more than 10 years in the industry.
Are there ATMs on the way of this trek?
No there are no ATMs on the way so you have to carry extra cash with you.
Do I have to pay extra for the mobile, camera charging, hot shower and internet use and how much is it?
Yes, you have to pay extra charge 2 to 4 Dollars for charging, camera, hot shower or internet use.
What are the safety measures during my trip?
You might want to have a travel insurance. Also please be equipped with all the necessary trekking gears. Further please inform about any health issues to our representative before the start of the trek as a safety measure.
Do I need to tip guides and porters and how much is it?
It is not mandatary but recommended to tip the guides and porters. It is usually 10% of trip amount.
What is the highest altitude reached of Annapurna Sanctuary trek?
The highest altitude is 4310 m at the Annapurna Base camp.
How long do we walk every day during this trek?
We will walk up to 6 to 7 hrs in this trek in average every day. Throughout the trail there will be plenty of time to rest and enjoy the scenic beauties.
What kinds of transportation are available during Annapurna Sanctuary trek? Do you book transportation or I need to book the transportation by myself?
We will provide private vehicle for surface transportation in this trekking package. Air transportation or public buses are also available.
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