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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek :A Journey to the Heart of the Annapurna Region

15 days
Tea house/ Lodges


 “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

 About Trip 

If you're an adventure seeker looking for a challenging trek that offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and a chance to immerse yourself in Nepalese culture, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek should be on your bucket list. This route takes you through the heart of the Annapurna region, one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal, and offers a unique opportunity to witness the majestic beauty of Mt. Annapurna, the 10th highest mountain in the world.

The journey to Annapurna Base Camp is an experience of a lifetime that combines adrenaline with natural beauty and cultural diversity. You will encounter stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and local ethnic communities as you trek through the Himalayas.

Key Takeaways

  • Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a challenging adventure that takes you through the heart of the Annapurna region.

  • You'll witness the majestic beauty of Mt. Annapurna, the 10th highest mountain in the world.

  • The trek offers stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and cultural encounters with local ethnic communities.

The Annapurna region of Nepal is an area of stunning natural beauty and rich cultural heritage and is one of the most popular trekking destinations in the world. The region is home to the world-famous Annapurna mountain range, which includes the 10th highest peak in the world, Mount Annapurna.

The Annapurna trek is known for its diverse landscapes, which range from lush subtropical forests, terraced rice paddies, and beautiful waterfalls to barren rocky landscapes, high altitude deserts, and snow-capped peaks. Trekking in the Annapurna region provides an exciting opportunity to experience Nepal's natural beauty while also encountering the warm and welcoming local communities.

The Annapurna region is located in central Nepal and includes two major river systems, the Kali Gandaki and the Marsyangdi. The region is also known for its rich cultural history, with a variety of ethnic groups residing here, including the Gurungs, Magars, and Thakalis. These communities have preserved their unique traditions and customs, which reflect both Hindu and Buddhist influences.

Getting to Pokhara
 is the gateway to the Annapurna trek and can be reached via several transportation options. The most convenient option is to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which takes around 25 minutes and offers stunning aerial views of the Himalayas. Alternatively, one can take a scenic 6-7 hour drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, with the option to stop at various towns and viewpoints along the way.

For those coming from India, there are direct buses from several cities such as Delhi, Varanasi, and Kolkata to Pokhara.

It is worth noting that the best time to travel to Pokhara is from September to November and from March to May. During the winter months, flights and land transportation may be affected by the weather conditions and treks may be more challenging due to snow and cold temperatures.

Once in Pokhara, it is recommended to take a day or two to acclimatize to the altitude before starting the Annapurna trek. This will also allow time for necessary preparations, such as obtaining permits and purchasing or renting trekking equipment.

Starting the Trek
The starting point of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is Nayapul, which can be reached by a 1.5-hour drive from Pokhara. From Nayapul, trekkers can either take a 10-minute taxi ride to the village of Birethanti or hike for about an hour. The trek officially begins from Birethanti, which is situated at an altitude of 1,015 meters above sea level.

Before starting the trek, trekkers need to obtain two permits: the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. These can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara through registered trekking agencies or the Nepal Tourism Board. It is advised to carry multiple copies of the permits and cards for emergencies.

Trekkers are also advised to prepare for the trek by wearing proper hiking gear, including sturdy hiking shoes and warm clothes. It is essential to carry a backpack with sufficient water, snacks, and other necessary items. Hiring a porter to carry the backpack is recommended for those who are not comfortable carrying heavy loads.

Trekking Experience
The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is considered a moderate to difficult trek, demanding a certain level of physical fitness and stamina. The trail covers a distance of approximately 110 km and involves both uphill and downhill sections, with a maximum altitude of 4,130 meters above sea level at the base camp.

The trek provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the stunning beauty of the Himalayas and experience the local culture and traditions of the ethnic communities living in the Annapurna region. Along the way, trekkers can expect to encounter breathtaking landscapes, diverse wildlife, and remote villages that have remained unchanged for centuries.

One of the key challenges of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the altitude, which can cause altitude sickness. Trekkers are advised to take proper precautions, such as acclimatizing adequately and carrying necessary medications. The weather can also be unpredictable, with sudden changes in temperature and occasional snowfall.

Another challenge is the duration of the trek, which typically takes around 10 to 12 days to complete. Trekkers need to be prepared to walk for several hours each day, often on steep and rugged terrain.

Before embarking on the trek, it is essential to make sure that you are physically fit and have adequate trekking gear, including sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, and a backpack. It is also necessary to obtain the necessary permits and pay the trekking fee.

Training for the trek by building endurance and strength through regular exercise, such as hiking, running, and cycling, can help prepare for the physical demands of the trek. A positive attitude and mental preparation can also go a long way in making the trek a successful and enjoyable experience.

Spectacular Landscapes
The Annapurna trek offers some of the most magnificent views of the Himalayas. Trekking through lush forests, fertile valleys, and traditional villages, you will be greeted by stunning snow-capped peaks towering above you. The Annapurna region is home to some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mt. Annapurna, and the views of these majestic mountains will leave you breathless.

One of the highlights of the Annapurna trek is the sunrise view of Poon Hill. From this vantage point, trekkers are treated to a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, including Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. The trail to Poon Hill is also worth mentioning as it takes you through beautiful rhododendron forests, which are especially vibrant during the spring season.

Key features of Annapurna's spectacular landscapes:

Landscapes Description
Snow-capped peaks The Annapurna range is home to some of the highest peaks in the world and provides breathtaking scenery for trekkers.
Valleys and Rivers The Annapurna region is blessed with fertile valleys, picturesque hamlets and flowing rivers which enhance the trekking experience.
Forests The Annapurna trek takes you through dense forests, predominantly rhododendron and oak, and offers unique wildlife experiences.

The Himalayan landscapes encountered during the Annapurna trek are truly awe-inspiring. The beauty and diversity of nature in this region will leave a lasting impression on all who venture here.

Himalayan Wildlife
The Annapurna region is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, making it a haven for nature lovers. Trekkers on the Annapurna route are often fortunate to catch a glimpse of some of the rare and endangered species found in the region.

The elusive snow leopard, known for its snowy white coat and piercing blue eyes, is one such endangered species that is found in the Annapurna region. These solitary animals are known to roam the high altitudes of the Himalayas, making them difficult to spot. The Himalayan musk deer, another rare species, is also found in this region. These small deer are known for their distinct scent, which comes from a gland in their stomach and is used to attract mates.

Other animals commonly seen along the Annapurna trek include the Himalayan tahr, a type of wild goat that is adapted to living in rocky terrain, and the langur monkey, which can often be spotted leaping from tree to tree in the lush forests.

The Annapurna region is also home to a wide range of birds, including the multi-colored impeyan pheasant, the national bird of Nepal, and the Himalayan monal, another brightly plumed bird that is often seen in the region. The endangered vulture species, including the Himalayan griffon and the bearded vulture, also call the Annapurna region their home.

Cultural Encounters
The Annapurna region is not only famous for its natural beauty but also for its diverse ethnic groups and unique cultures. The trekking trail takes you through several traditional villages where you can experience the local lifestyle and culture up close. The most prominent ethnic groups encountered along the Annapurna trek are the Gurungs and Magars, who are known for their warm hospitality and distinct cultural practices.

The Gurung Community
The Gurungs are one of the largest ethnic groups in Nepal, and they have a strong presence in the Annapurna region. They follow their own religion and have their own language and script. The Gurung culture is rich in music, dance, and food. If you are lucky, you may get a chance to witness their cultural performances, such as the traditional Gurung dance, during your trek.

The Gurungs are also renowned for their bravery and loyalty and have a long history of serving in the British and Indian armies. You can learn about their remarkable contribution to the world wars by visiting the Gurkha Museum in Pokhara.

The Magar Community
The Magars are another ethnic group with a strong presence in the Annapurna region. They are known for their vibrant culture, which is reflected in their unique music, dance, and festivals. The Magars are also skilled craftsmen and are famous for their wood carvings.

In addition to their unique cultural practices, both the Gurung and Magar communities are also known for their organic farming techniques. You can try some of their locally produced delicacies, such as yak cheese, honey, and organic coffee, during your trek.

Embarking on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is not merely a physical challenge but also a cultural and personal experience. The cultural encounters along the trekking trail add a unique dimension to the overall experience, and you are sure to leave with a deep appreciation for the rich cultures and warm hospitality of the Nepalese people.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an adventure of a lifetime that should be experienced by all trekkers. The journey through the majestic Annapurna region offers breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, lush forests, and picturesque villages. It is also an opportunity to encounter diverse wildlife, including rare species like the snow leopard and Himalayan musk deer, while exploring unique cultural experiences with local ethnic communities, such as the Gurungs and Magars.

The trekking experience requires physical fitness and perseverance, with challenges such as altitude sickness and unpredictable weather conditions. However, the reward of reaching the Annapurna Base Camp and witnessing the stunning panoramic view of Mt. Annapurna and its surrounding peaks is an unforgettable moment that will stay with you forever.

Embarking on the Annapurna trek is a chance to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse oneself in nature's beauty. It is an opportunity to challenge oneself and discover new perspectives while creating memories that last a lifetime.

So pack your bags, prepare your mind and body, and embark on the Annapurna trek. It is a journey that will leave you in awe and inspire you to continue exploring the world's hidden treasures.

 Included in the Cost (Received) 

  •  ®    All airport transfers (arrival and departure).
  •  ®   Twin sharing convenience in Kathmandu 
  •  ®   The best local teahouse accommodation during trekking.
  •  ®   Experience leader guide (English speaking, first aid, eco-trained), Sherpa porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers), assistant according to group size.
  •  ®   Breakfast, Dinner, and Lunch are served with seasonal fruits and tea cups.
  •  ®   All expenses for Nepalese crew members including salaries, insurance, food, accommodation, equipment and transportation.
  •  ®   Roundtrip Domestic Flight  with airport taxes (if mention in itinerary).
  •  ®   All necessary National Park Permit and Paperworks.
  •  ®   All necessary trekking transfers.
  •  ®   Down Jacket and Seasonal Sleeping Bag (return after use).
  •  ®   Travel Duffel Bag (return after use).
  •  ®   Nepalese Cultural Dinner with farewell programme
  •  ®   A complete first-aid medical kit.
  •  ®   All relevant fees, taxes, and levies. 
  •  ®   Route map for hiking (As a souvenir)
  •  ®   Experience certificate (after completion the journey)
  •  ®   First Aid service (Basic)
  •  ®   Oximeter - To decide your oxygen level.

 Not Included In the Cost (Canceled) 

  •  ©   Nepal Visa Expense and Worldwide Airfare.
  •  ©   lodging & fooding in Kathmandu Valley.
  •  ©   Individual Trekking Gears and Equipments.
  •  ©   Trekking Costs like Drinking Water, Soft & Hard Drinks, Juice, Phone Calls, Web Utilize, Battery Charging, Clothing, Hot Shower, Gift, Extra Porters etc
  •  ©   Any Kinds of Health or Travel Insurance (It is obligatory to decrease the conceivable cost in case of crisis clearing)
  •  ©   Cost emerges due to hindrance and delays within the program schedule due to climate issues or Health problem issues.
  •  ©   Any additional expenditures or activities aside from  "Service Provided"


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 Package Description

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 Short Itinerary 

  • Day 01 :  Arrive at kathmandu,Trasnfer to Hotel .
  • Day 02: A day sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for trek..
  • Day 03:  Drive from kathmandu  to PokharaD(823m/2,700ft), 5-6 hrs drive .
  • Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577m/5,173 ft), 1 hr drive and 4 hrs walk..
  • Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft). 5-6 hrs walk..
  • Day 06: Poon hill hike and trek to Tadapani (2540m/8332ft), 6-7 hrs walk..
  • Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2,210m/7,249 ft), 5-6 hrs walk..
  • Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2,600m/8,528 ft), 5-6 hrs walk..
  • Day 09: Trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC- 3,700m/12,139ft), 4-5 hrs walk..
  • Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC- 4130m/13550ft) 3 hrs walk.
  • Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,300m/7,544 ft), 5- hrs walk..
  • Day 12: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859 ft), 5-6 hrs walk..
  • Day 13: Trek to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), 6-7 hrs walk & 1 hr drive..
  • Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft), 5-6 hrs drive..
  • Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu.

     Details Itinerary 

  • Day 01 :  Arrive at kathmandu,Trasnfer to Hotel .Welcome to  rich city of art and culture-Kathmandu. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, one of the representatives of our MountainMate Trek & Tour will welcome you and will transfer you to Hotel. After the refreshment of your jetlagged, you will meet our office and will get more information about the trek. In the evening, you can stroll around the Thamel Bazaar testing Nepali cuisines.  Overnight at Hotel.
  • Day 02: A day sightseeing in Kathmandu and preparation for trek. After breakfast the day will start to our guided trip to cultural world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley, the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, the world biggest Bouddhanath stupa and visit Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple. After exploring the surrounding areas visit historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess). Evening pre-trip discussion and introduce with our fellow trekking staff for your adventure trip.
  • Day 03:  Drive from kathmandu  to PokharaD(823m/2,700ft), 5-6 hrs drive .Early morning drive by tourist bus to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explore the surrounding lakeside areas and overnight at hotel.
  • Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,577m/5,173 ft), 1 hr drive and 4 hrs walk.Today after breakfast our trekking guide will take you for an hour drive to Naya Pul and commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi River. We head up the main trail to Sudami where we climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1495m) before pushing on to Tikhe Dhunga.
  • Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft). 5-6 hrs walk.After breakfast we prepare for the long uphill and start with steeply ascends on the long stone steps to Ulleri village with the amazing landscape and the Himalayan scenery. We spend a pleasant day's trekking through rhododendron and oak forests. The scenery gives you inner power to climb up these steps and immerse you to walk more. After few hours of walking with several breaks in between reaching at Ghorepani, we can enjoy the fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan range.
  • Day 06: Poon hill hike and trek to Tadapani (2540m/8332ft), 6-7 hrs walk.An early morning start for 40 minutes hike up to Poon hill (3210m/10530ft), the route offers the glimpse of the pleasant rhododendron forest. This brilliant viewpoint provides us an unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalayas and the wide range of panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna including Mt. Machhapuchre (Fish Tail) and all the way to Manasalu. After a great time return back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to Tadapani for overnight.
  • Day 07: Trek to Chhomrong (2,210m/7,249 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.Dropping down from Tadapani to the Kimrong Khola offers good views of the upper Modi valley. After crossing the suspension bridge the trail follows up to the Gurjung village for your lunch stop. Further trek leads uphill for half an hour we then arrive in the village of Chhomrong (2210m) which lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli. Chhomrong is the biggest Gurung settlement in this valley.
  • Day 08: Trek to Dovan (2,600m/8,528 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.After breakfast our trail descent to the Chhomrong Khola and then the trail leads us to a small place of Sinuwa hill. After that the trek enters the upper Modi Khola valley. After lunch we continue our trek going down to Bamboo through an uninhabited forest area to Dovan for overnight stay.
  • Day 09: Trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC- 3,700m/12,139ft), 4-5 hrs walk.After your breakfast our day start for the route climbs to Himalaya Hotel (2840m). On the way we can explore the Hinku cave, where from the trail crosses a ravine and major avalanche track just further till Deurali (3,000m/9,840 ft) for lunch. After lunch the trail continues into the Machhapuchre Base Camp for overnight stay with the closest view of the Machhapuchre along Annapurna I and Gangapurna.
  • Day 10: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC- 4130m/13550ft) 3 hrs walk.After breakfast this day lead you in the heart of the Sanctuary at the Annapurna Base Camp for overnight stay. The trail follows uphill for few hours passing a few roofless shepherds huts along the side of a moraine and this area is windy and often snowbound. This is superb scenery of the Himalaya and can be seen rarely this amazing panoramic view of snow capped mountains surrounding you. Full day you have time to explore and relax at the base camp as per your interest.
  • Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,300m/7,544 ft), 5- hrs walk.Today wake up with the glimpse of sunrise over Mt Annapurna I and after a great time retrace the journey back to Bamboo for the overnight. As you know that here as well few guest house settled for the purposes of tourism service. You can rest and relax at the evening with a good memorable view of the many snow capped peaks and enjoy the dinner.
  • Day 12: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859 ft), 5-6 hrs walk.After breakfast our trail leads to the Khuldi Ghar and retract to Sinuwa hill continuous trek up to the Chhomrong. After lunch the trek steeply descend towards the Jhinu for overnight stay. You may have chance to visit natural hot spring down to the stream and enjoy the hot bath.
  • Day 13: Trek to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), 6-7 hrs walk & 1 hr drive.This will be a long day walk follows the river Modi most of the way reaching at Landruk village from here the route follow the down hill path leading back to Syauli Bazaar. The walk is pleasant most of the way following the Modi River until Birethanthi and an easy trek to Nayapul. Our adventure ends here and we drive back to Pokhara for the overnight.
  • Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft), 5-6 hrs drive.Early morning drive by tourist bus to Pokhara through the beautiful Nepalese countryside to reach the Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the time relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.
  • Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu.Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.
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