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Trek the Annapurna Sanctuary Route

Explore remote Himalayan valleys and follow mountain trails and wild rivers to see some of the most incredible views on the planet

Duration

13 nights

Annual Leave

2 weeks off work

Location

Nepal

Starts & Ends

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Average Rating

19 Reviews

Difficulty

Moderate

It certainly takes effort, but the trip is well-paced, with plenty of time to recover and enjoy the view.

Why it's Much Better

Experience views that will leave you speechless, including Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and the Annapurna Massif

Hike to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) - summit of the entire trek and part of the reason this is one of the most famous treks on the planet

Witness the endless colours of a Himalayan sunset from the village of Ghorepani and watch dawn break from the top of Poon Hill

See the landscape change by the minute from rhododendron forest, to mountain valleys, lush pastures and thick jungle and enjoy a night sky chock full of stars

Climb the rough stone steps to Chomrong Khola and soak in the bubbling thermal springs at Jhinu Danda

Celebrate with a drink around the lake in Pokhara having completed the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek – you’ve earned it

What's Included

Guides

Local, expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

2 nights in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara and 9 nights on the trail

Meals

Welcome and farewell dinner with your team in Kathmandu

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Porterage

Your overnight luggage will be carried for you

Permits

All entrance fees and permits are taken care of

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Itinerary

Day 1

Kathmandu awaits

Activity

Easy day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Check into your hotel in Thamel - heart of the sensory overload that is Kathmandu.

After meeting your guides and making any last minute plans for the trek, finish the day with a group dinner alongside the rest of your team.

Day 2

The road to Pokhara

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Drive to the lakeside city of Pokhara (approx.7 hours) – gateway to your trek.

After crossing some mind-bendingly beautiful Himalayan scenery and terraced farmland, settle into your hotel and soak in the tranquillity as you prepare for your first full day of hiking in the morning.

Day 3

The trek begins

On your Feet

Approx. 4 hours of hiking

Distance

9km

Elevation

800m up / 400m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

From the trailhead at Nayapul, take your first steps onto the trail as you gradually ascend through the dense forest, passing remote waterfalls along the way.

After lunch with an epic view of Mount Machpucchre (6993m) head on to Ulleri village and your first night in a Nepalese teahouse.

Day 4

Ulleri to Ghorepani

On your Feet

Approx. 4 hours of trekking

Distance

6km

Elevation

820m up / 80m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Enjoy a morning coffee as you soak up the panoramic view from your teahouse and get ready to tackle one of the most challenging stretches of the trek.

Camera ready, head straight up the nearby mountain, catching glimpses of Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219).

After another lunch with a view, continue on to Ghorepani, home to the Magar people, in time for sunset over Himalayas.

Day 5

Ghorepani to Chuile

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

12km

Elevation

923m up / 1453m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Set off before dawn and trek to the top of Poon Hill, famous for its epic mountain views in time for the sunrise of a lifetime.

Head back to Ghorepani for breakfast and then trek through the rhododendron forest and up the short but steep ascent to Tadapani village.

From there it’s a slow descent to tonight’s destination, the village of Chuile.

Day 6

Chuile to Sinuwa

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of hiking

Distance

8km

Elevation

1387m up / 1330m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

See the landscape change by the second as the forest thickens to become untamed jungle.

After following the trail to Ghurjung, climb up to tonight’s destination, Sinwa, overlooking the beautiful Machapuchare Peak.

Day 7

Sinuwa to Himalaya

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of hiking

Distance

7km

Elevation

840m up / 280m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Follow the banks of a wild river as it passes through some of the most challenging terrain on the entire trek on the way to the village of Bamboo where the mountaintop views make all the hard work worthwhile.

After resting up, continue on to tonight rest stop - the perfectly named village of Himalaya.

Day 8

Machapuchre Base Camp

On your Feet

Approx. 4 hours of hiking

Distance

5km

Elevation

875m up / 40m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Return to the river and push on over the mountaintop to Machapuchre Base Camp.

Try not to lose the power of speech as you look out on some of the most spectacular views on the entire trail, including Hiunchuli, Gandharyachuil, Gangapurna and the Annapurna Massif.

Relax, recover and enjoy a Himalayan night sky filled with stars.

Day 9

Annapurna Base Camp

On your Feet

Approx. 4 hours of hiking

Distance

4km

Elevation

430m up / 20m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Leave the greenery behind and head into the snow-capped and rocky landscape above.

Hike the final stretch to Annapurna Base Camp - summit of the entire trek and a major reason why this is one of the most famous treks in the world.

Day 10

Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of hiking

Distance

8km

Elevation

40m up / 1860m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Enjoy some final views from Annapurna Base Camp and then its back on the trail, this time downhill.

Drop back down to the forested slopes and return to the village of Bamboo for the night.

Day 11

Last night sleeping in the mountains

On your Feet

Approx. 4 hours of hiking

Distance

7km

Elevation

715m up / 1235m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Climb up to Kulldighar and then follow the trail downhill to the stone steps that lead to Chomrong Khola.

From there it’s a short walk to the bubbling hot springs at Jhinu Danda and some much needed downtime.

Day 12

Return to Pokhara

On your Feet

Approx. 7 hours of hiking

Distance

10km

Elevation

820mup / 1570m down

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Begin your last day of trekking with some mesmerising views of the mid-hills of Nepal.

Breathe in that mountain air, take some final photos and then enjoy your final descent into Naya Pul where you’ll be driven back to Pokhara.

Spend your last night relaxing, partying beside the lake, eating, sleeping – whatever you want, you’ve earned it!

Day 13

Back to Kathmandu

Activity

Easy day

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation Type

Hotel

Take a bus through the Himalayas (approx. 7 hours) back to Kathmandu and return to your hotel in Thamel.

Enjoy some downtime in Nepal’s capital and a last dinner with your team.

Day 14

Last chance to enjoy Nepal

Activity

Easy day

Enjoy a lay-in followed by breakfast at your hotel, then spend your last day exploring the city before returning to the airport and back to reality.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

Kathmandu

Accommodation

Hotel

Rooms

Twin or triple share

You’ll stay in a hotel in Thamel close to the main shopping area and heritage sites. Expect an en-suite room with air-con and wifi included.

Private room upgrade

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for $26USD per person per night (subject to availability). This is only for the 2 x nights in Kathmandu and is subject to availability. Please request this at the time of booking.

On the trail

Accommodation

Teahouse

Rooms

Twin or triple share

You’ll be staying in teahouses - mountain lodges with a communal dining area and basic toilets that are usually sorted by gender. Wifi, phone charging and hot showers are often available for a small cost.

Pokhara

Accommodation

Hotel

Rooms

Twin or triple share

You'll stay in a hotel near the lake, close to local bars and restaurants.

Need To Know

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Kathmandu Airport

When

Anytime

A private transfer is included, so you’re free to book any flight. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrivals area and will take you to your hotel. You’ll meet your trek leader and fellow adventurers for dinner later that evening.

End

Where

Kathmandu Airport

When

Anytime

At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped back at Kathmandu Airport in time to meet your return flight. You’re free to book any flight and a transfer will be arranged from your hotel.

Kitlist

Bags

  • 1 rucksack/duffle bag for the porters to carry your overnight kit (duffel can be purchased in Kathmandu for approx. $20)
  • 1 day pack (approx 30ltr) with waterproof cover

Clothes

  • 1 waterproof jacket
  • 1 pair waterproof trousers and1 pair lightweight trekking trousers
  • 1 down jacket
  • 1 set of thermals (merino is ideal)
  • 2 trekking t-shirts/shirts (shoulders covered)
  • 1 mid layer (fleece or similar)
  • 1 pair trekking boots (must be worn in)
  • 1 pair lightweight trainers for evenings
  • 1 pair waterproof thick gloves
  • 3 pairs thick walking socks / 3 pairs light walking socks
  • 1 warm wool hat
  • 1 buff or similar
  • 1 sunhat or similar
  • Spare underwear
  • Swimming costume

Sleeping

  • 3 or 4 season down sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner

Other

  • Trekking poles (if needed)
  • Travel towel
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Personal medication and first aid kit
  • Hand gel
  • 2 x 1ltr water bottles and a water purification system/ tablets
  • Headtorch
  • Small biodegradable bags to take toilet tissue off the mountain/to camp each day
  • A metal SIG bottle can also be useful to fill with hot water before bed and use as a hot water bottle.
  • 2 x passport photos for trek permits

What's available to hire?

You can hire a down jacket and sleeping bag in Kathmandu for the below approx. prices. Please ask your host if this is needed so that they can assist you with arranging hire.

  • 4-Season Sleeping Bag Rent: Approx $2 per day Deposit: $80
  • Down Jacket Rent: Approx $1.5 per da Deposit: $50

Please remove all unnecessary packing before you leave home and ensure you take all plastic off the mountain to be disposed of in Kathmandu.

Meet Your Host

Jagan and team

You’ll be led by Jagan and his team of highly-trained, experienced and friendly Nepalese mountain guides who’ve grown up in the foothills of Nepal’s epic peaks. They have an intimate knowledge of the mountains having led groups safely around the Himalayas for over a decade. Just by joining them on an adventure you’ll be supporting their mission to improve guiding standards and porter welfare, and also ensure young people in Nepal get the most from the country’s tourism industry.

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