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Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking

Annapurna
Trip Grade
Trip Type
Trekking
Maximum Elevation
4130 m
Accomodation
Tea House
Destination
Annapurna
Best Time
Oct-May
Trip Start
Kathmandu
Trip Ends
Pokhara

Overview

Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking

One of the demanded trekking in Annapurna Region is the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking. This trekking route takes trekkers through the majestic Annapurna Mountain range in Nepal. Mostly renowned for its mind-blowing landscapes, for Flora and Fauna, and the Annapurna Base Camp itself, we can recognize it as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek too. The mountain Annapurna itself is recognized by local people as the Goddess.

The question arises: Why did people start saying “Annapurna” to this mountain? According to Hindu religion, Annapurna is the goddess as explained above. In this word “Annapurna,” there are two different words – Anna and Purna. It finally became “Annapurna.” According to a mythical Hindu story, Annapurna holds a particular meaning – she is the goddess of nourishment, providing food to living beings. Thus, the Annapurna Base Camp area started being regarded as the sanctuary of Annapurna – The holy Goddess Annapurna.

As far as the development of tourism in Nepal, many people, especially tour and trekking operators, started to promote the Annapurna Sanctuary as the Annapurna Base Camp. This is because the expedition over Mount Annapurna had come to be associated with the area.

Surrounded by giant mountain peaks, the Annapurna Sanctuary or Base Camp emerges. The highest mountain in this region is Annapurna I (8091 m). In this area, the iconic Mt. Machhapuchhre, also 6993 m high, stands tall. People believe and pray to this fishtail-shaped mountain as a Holy Mountain. Hence, ascending Machhapurchhre has long been prohibited. Annapurna-South (7219 m), Hiuchuli (6441 m), Gangapurna (7455 m), Tharpu Chuli (5695 m), Gandharva Cuhli (6248 m), Singha Chuli (6501 m), Barha Shikhara (7647 m), Annapurna II (7937 m), and Annapurna III (7555 m) complete the panorama.

The explanation of trekking’s beauty is beyond words. To witness The Annapurna I, one must be present here. Otherwise, no description can capture the sight of this sacred mountain from a distance.

The trip to Annapurna Sanctuary attracts people from around the globe. Most of them come for trekking, spending about 10-12 days on the entire trek. Some also organize huge expeditions on peaks like Annapurna I (8091 m), Tharpu Chuli, Shingha Chuli, or Tent Peak. For those who prefer to reach here by Chopper, that option is available too.

In Nepal, there are two peak seasons for trekking, namely spring and autumn. These are the times when the trekking activity is at its highest. During these seasons, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking route sees more than 40 thousand trekkers. It’s not only the numbers of trekkers that stand out in this trek but also the presence of over a dozen expedition teams each year, particularly for Annapurna I.


Starting the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking

Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is crafted for those all enthusiasts who love walking in the off the beaten path in the Himalaya region- Annapurna Sanctuary. The journey can be initiated by driving from your hotel in Pokhara to Bathati, Nayapul, Kade, or Ghandruk Village. Nowadays, the infrastructure is much better developed, allowing us to drive from Pokhara to Banthati before embarking on the trek towards Annapurna Sanctuary via Ghorepani Poon Hill.

Some trekkers opt to begin the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking through Ghandruk Village or Kumai, then proceed towards Chomrong and ultimately reach Annapurna Base Camp. Alternatively, others start their journey by walking from Kade and conclude the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking via Ghorepani Poon Hill back to Pokhara. The choice of starting point depends on the preferences of the trekkers. Regardless of the chosen route, Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking never fails to deliver an unforgettable experience.


History of Expedition of Annapurna I

Annapurna I (8091 m) is one of the world’s highest peaks among the 14 highest peaks. The different expedition team from different country had tried many time to ascend the mighty Annapurna I but, only few climbers had succeeded and they got back to Base Camp to their home to see again their family but nature is not always at our favor. Apparently, many of them, got farewell forever from the earth for not to see again to their family, not to hug their beloved again in their live again and again! Very SAD for them who didn’t get back to Annapurna Base Camp.
Eventually, the first try of ascending the Annapurna I was in 1950 by French Expedition Team. Maurice Herzog had led this dream expedition along with his team mates Francis de Noeyell, Marcel Ichac and two other friends. It was the first victory on the mighty Annapurna I.

In 1970, the British Expedition Team got success to measure the top of Mt. Annapurna I without using oxygen. The Expedition Leader was Chris Bonington and other two mates Don Whillans and Dougal Haston respectively. By American Women’s Himalayan Expedition Team g in In 1978, in 1981 by Poland expedition Team and in 2013 by Swiss climber Ueli Steck. So, they all were lucky to get back to home later.


Itinerary of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and Hotel Transfer
As you arrive at Kathmandu airport, our team will greet you warmly and take you to a comfortable hotel in the lively Thamel area. Free time in the evening to relax, settle in, and prepare for the adventure ahead. Enjoy a cozy stay with bed and breakfast included.

Day 02: Transfer to Pokhara from Kathmandu
Day 02: Transfer to Pokhara from Kathmandu
After the breakfast at the hotel, you’ll travel to Pokhara, the starting point of your trek. You can choose between a drive or a flight. 7-8 hours of driving and 25 minutes of flight from Kathmandu then check in hotel Pokhara. Evening time will be spent on the tranquil bank of lakeside with enjoying stunning mountain views set the tone for your journey. The rest of the day is yours to explore or unwind by the lakeside.

Day 03: Transfer to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga (Altitude: 1,540m)
The trek begins as you leave Pokhara and drive to Nayapul. From there, the trail winds through charming villages and terraced fields. Crossing the Modi Khola river, you’ll ascend gradually, getting your first taste of the Annapurna scenery. You’ll reach Tikhedhunga, your overnight stop.

Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani from Tikhedhunga (Altitude: 2,860m)
Climb the steep stone staircase to Ulleri village, then through rhododendron forests with glimpses of the Himalayas. Passing Banthanti village, you’ll reach Ghorepani. This village is known for its sunrise views over Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Day 05: Trek to Tadapani (Altitude: 2,630m)
An early hike to Poon Hill rewards you with a stunning sunrise panorama. After descending to Ghorepani for breakfast, continue through forests and settlements to Tadapani, where you’ll stay the night.

Day 06: Trek to Chomrong Village (Altitude: 2,170m)
The trail leads deeper into the Annapurna Sanctuary, offering dramatic views. Walk through lush forests, possibly encountering rhododendron blossoms. Your destination is Chhomrong, a picturesque village nestled amidst the mountains.

Day 07: Trek to Bamboo (Altitude: 2,310m)
Today, trek to Bamboo, a charming village surrounded by lush greenery. Walk through dense forests and along the Modi Khola river, enjoying the soothing ambiance.

Day 08: Trek to Deurali (Altitude: 3,230m)
As you continue, the landscape changes. Reach Deurali, surrounded by cliffs and waterfalls. The air thins, and the vegetation becomes sparser as you gain altitude.

Day 09: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (Altitude: 4,130m)
The anticipation builds as you approach the Annapurna Sanctuary. The stark, snow-capped peaks loom ahead. Upon reaching the sanctuary, you’ll be surrounded by an amphitheater of mountains, including Annapurna I.

Day 10: Trek back to Bamboo (Altitude: 2,310m)
Savor the breathtaking surroundings at Annapurna Base Camp. The towering peaks for spiritual ambiance gives ideal for reflection on nature power. The sense of achievement and the stunning views will leave a long lasting memory on mind.

Day 11: Trek to Jhinu Danda (Altitude: 1,780m)
Begin your return journey, experiencing new perspectives. Pass through charming villages and lush forests. Arrive at Jhinu Danda, where you can relax in natural hot springs.

Day 12: Trek to Tolka (Altitude: 1,700m)

Crossing a couple of suspension bridges by passing through Landruk Village, we get to tolka. This trail is the main route for Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking. Even the expedition of Annapurna I, Tharpuchili Peak Climbing group use the same trail and it offers a massive scenic view over the beautiful Ghandruk Village.

Day 13: Trek to Kade and Drive to Pokhara
Complete the trek and reach Kade passing the col of Pitam Deurali (2100 m), Potana and Australian Camp. Getting to Kade, then drive back to Pokhara for a comfortable hotel stay.

Day 14: Return to Kathmandu
Travel back to Kathmandu by flight or drive, according to your preference. Enjoy a farewell dinner and reminisce about your Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking adventure.

Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu
With cherished memories, our team will assist you as you depart from Kathmandu International Airport, carrying the spirit of the Annapurna Sanctuary with you.

Highlights of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking


The Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking offers a beautiful and adventurous experience of your life while you do. We take our route through the beautiful landscapes, sceneries, forest and vegetations.

Starting in Pokhara: The trek begins in the charming city of Pokhara, known for its calm lakeside views and the impressive Annapurna and Machapuchare peaks towering in the background.
Sunrise from Poon Hill: One of the memorable experiences is watching the sunrise from Poon Hill early in the morning. The breathtaking sunrise from Poon Hill on the top of the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri range, is one of the best moment. View point of Poon Hill offers the panoramic view for photographers and touches the heart and soul.

Rhododendron Forests: As you trek, you’ll pass through vibrant rhododendron forests that come alive, particularly during the spring season. The colorful flowers and beautifully with the green surroundings add a touch of natural elegance during the trekking.

Charming Villages: Along the way, you’ll encounter traditional villages like Chhomrong that give you a taste of local culture. The people arevery friendly and hospitable. There are some villages where we feeel warm as you are at your home with your own family in different part of the planet.

Annapurna Base Camp: The ultimate destination of this trekking is Annapurna Base Camp. It is sourounded by many snow-capped mountain peaks including Annapurna I, Annapurna-South, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre and many other mountains.

Machapuchare Base Camp: On the route to Annapurna Base Camp, we make a stop at the Machapuchare Base Camp (3700 m). The unique ‘Fish Tail’ which mean “Machhapuchhre” in Nepali language, dominates the it’s base camp.

Diverse Landscapes: The Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking offers you to a diverse landscapes, from terraced fields to lush forests. The alpine and rugged terrain make us to get feeling good! Each day brings a new and feelings of environment to explore.

Local Cuisine: Indulge in delicious local Nepali cuisine at teahouses along the way. You will enjoy traditional local foods during the entire trekking in Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking that each and every trekkers never forgets.

Hot Springs at Jhinu Danda: Take a break to relax your muscles in the natural hot springs of Jhinu Danda which is about 20 minutes down hill side from the lodge. It’s a very good chance to get a bathe in naturally made hot spring.

Wildlife and Flora: Throughout the trek, you’ll come across various flora and fauna, including the elusive snow leopard and vibrant rhododendron blossoms. The rich biodiversity of the Annapurna region is a delight for nature enthusiasts.

Mountain Culture: Immerse yourself in the mountain culture as you witness daily rituals, traditional architecture, and friendly interactions with the local Gurung and Magar communities.

Moments of Serenity: The peacefulness of the Annapurna Sanctuary offers moments of reflection and serenity. The tranquil atmosphere and stunning vistas create the perfect backdrop for contemplation.


Permit of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking

Obtaining the ACAP permit and TIMS card is a mandatory requirement for trekking in the Annapurna Sanctuary. These permits not only ensure your safety and contribute to conservation efforts but also support local communities by generating funds for infrastructure development, environmental protection, and other initiatives.

  • ACAP Permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit):
    Foreign Nationals: Approximately USD 30 per person.
    SAARC Nationals (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation): NPR 1000 per person.
  • TIMS Card (Trekkers’ Information Management System Card):
    Regular Trekkers: USD 20 per person.
    SAARC Nationals: NPR 300 per person.


As of April 1st, 2023, trekkers are required to join a local trekking agency to obtain these permits. This new regulation ensures a more organized and safe trekking experience while also contributing to the local economy and conservation efforts. By trekking with a local agency, such as Glacier Family Treks, you can receive expert guidance, assistance with permit acquisition, and support for a responsible trekking adventure.

Cost of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking


Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking cost varies on multiple conditions. For example- if you look for better accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, the package cost changes accordingly. If you spend more time in Pokhara and Kathmandu, also makes changes in given cost. We have proposed here in tentative cost covering  minimum requirement of necessaries.

  • For o2 People USD 1165.00 per person. 

Note: If you are more or less then Two people, kindly keep contact to us- WhatsApp:+9779818727219 for faster communication.

The above cost is in package and the given cost includes as below- 

  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with Twin-Sharing room with Breakfast (1 night before and 1 night after the trek)
  • 2 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with Twin-Sharing room with Breakfast (1 night before and 1 night after the trek)
  • 13 days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu) food: Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner.
  • Tea or Coffee during the trekking while the meal time (Only CUP system not POT System)
  • Accommodation in local Tea houses during the trek.
  • License holder trained, experienced English speaking trekking guide with his wages, transportation, accommodation.
  • One porter to carry your stuffs (1 porter is allowed to carry only 15-20 kilos and normally 2 clients get 1 porter)
  • Local Insurance for guide and Porter (For Accidental Death during the trekking – is mandatory for guide and porter)
  • Lunch during the traveling by bus from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu on the way.
  • Tourist Coach: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.

The above cost does not include-

The things which are not mentioned in <Cost Include> section icluding tipping of your guide, porter and driver.

Cost on Guide and Porter Service Basis


If you are looking for only Guide, Porter and Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking permit service only-

  • Cost for 02 people is USD 450.oo per person.

The above cost includes- 

  • Trekking Guide (English Speaking) with his wages, accommodation, transportation.
  • One porter for 2 clients with his wages, accommodation, transportation.
  • Local Insurance of Guide and Porter.

Frequently Asked Questions about Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking

Q01: What is the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking?
A01: The Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is a popular trekking route in Nepal that takes you deep into the heart of the Annapurna mountain range, culminating at the breathtaking Annapurna Base Camp.

Q02: How long is the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking?
A02: The trek usually takes around 10-15 days, depending on the specific itinerary and trekking pace.

Q03: What is the best time for Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking?
A03: The best time for the trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) and post-monsoon (autumn) seasons, from March to May and September to November, respectively.

Q04: What permits are required for the trek?
A04: Trekkers need an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card, which can be obtained through a local trekking agency.

Q05: What is the altitude of Annapurna Base Camp?
A05: Annapurna Base Camp is situated at an altitude of approximately 4,130 meters (13,550 feet).

Q06: Are teahouses available along the trekking route?
A06: Yes, there are teahouses and lodges available at various points along the trekking route, providing accommodation and meals for trekkers.

Q07: Is previous trekking experience required for Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking?
A07: While prior trekking experience is beneficial, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is considered moderately challenging and can be undertaken by individuals with a reasonable level of fitness.

Q08: Are there any high passes to cross during the trek?
A08: No high passes are involved in the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking. The route is more about reaching the base camp and enjoying the surrounding vistas.

Q09: What type of clothing and gear should I pack?
A09: Proper trekking gear, including warm clothing, comfortable trekking shoes, a sleeping bag, and essential trekking accessories, is recommended.

Q10: Is altitude sickness a concern during the trek?
A10: Altitude sickness can be a concern, especially when ascending to higher altitudes. It’s important to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and follow a gradual ascent.

Q11: What are the cultural highlights along the route?
A11: You’ll have the opportunity to explore local villages, interact with the Gurung and Magar communities, and experience their traditional culture and lifestyle.

Q12: Are there any side trips or viewpoints to consider?
A12: Poon Hill, a popular vantage point, offers stunning sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. It’s a common side trip on the trek.

Q13: Is hiring a guide recommended for the trek?
A13: While it’s possible to do the trek independently, hiring a local guide can enhance the experience by providing insights, navigation assistance, and cultural interactions.

Q14: What is the level of difficulty of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking?
A14: The trek is considered moderate in difficulty, with well-defined trails and gradual ascents. However, the altitude and varying weather conditions can pose challenges.

Q15: What are the accommodation options like?
A15: Tea-houses and local lodges are available along the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking which offer basic accommodation and meals.

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FAQ

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

When you are up in the mountains in Nepal, we would suggest you to be ready for anything. Weather forecasts for Lukla are never correct and different sources will give you different information. If it is a really bad day in terms of weather, the airlines will themselves cancel the flight and you might have to wait till the weather clears. Yes, flying in high altitude is never easy, even on a clear sunny day, the plane might face turbulence because of the wind blowing from the mountains. But overall the flight to Lukla is very exciting and it’s an experience that you will never forget.

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