Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a spectacular journey on foot to the South Face of Annapurna I – a pleasant hike through the ethnically diversified villages and forests assorted by flora and fauna. Explore the way upstream along the Modi Khola into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a valley surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks including the breathtaking Fishtail Peak-Machhapuchhare (6,993m/22,943ft). Experience the opportunity of watching sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges from Poon Hill as the bequest of the trip. Annapurna Sanctuary trek begins from Nayapul, which is an hour’s scenic drive from Pokhara with some fabulous views of Annapurna south and fish tail en the route. After half an hours walk from Nayapul, we reach at Birethani, situated at the confluence of Modi and Bhurung rivers. The route devides from here. We take the west trail towards Ghorepani which is a trading village situated at an elevation of 28550m. The sun rise view at Poon hill is very stunning. The trail leads towards east from Ghorepani to the hamlet of Tadapani. From Chhomrong, we commence our journey into the Annapurna sanctuary and onwards to Annapurna base camp.
The journey to base camp follows the valley in between the huge ramparts of Himchuli & Machhapuchhre, eventually emerging into an awesome Amphitheater, where a labyrinth of mountains and Annapurna I tower almost vertically above us
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Welcome and receive at airport and transfer to Hotel. Briefing and introductory program.
Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu. Visit historical and cultural sites of Kathmandu
Day 03: Drive Kathmanduto Pokhara. [823m/2,700ft]. Visit lake side area and explore around.
Day 04: Pokhara – Naya Pul-Ulleri [2050m/6725ft]: 1 hrs drive and 6 hours trek
Today we drive to Naya Pul to start our trek. From Naya Pul we follow the south bank of the river. After several hours we will pass through sub tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After lunch, we cross the Modi Khola river via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga. We trek further along the trail quite steep at times. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon for overnight at teahouse. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Ulleri – Ghorepani (2750m/ 9020ft): 4-5 hrs trek
We make our ascent to the Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means ‘horse-water’ owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and craft. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings. Overnight in Ghorepani, overnight at teahouse. (B, L, D)
Day 06: Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani (2700m/8,860ft) and to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft) 7-8 hrs trek
Today is a special day because we conquer Poon Hill- an icon of Annapurna region. We climb the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3200mtrs). The efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views of Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and the Annapurnas. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forest, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani
From Tadapani, we make a descent through the dense and dark forest. The route passes through the west bank of the Modi Khola. Then we descent down the village of Chuile coming over to the Kimrong Khola. Then a steep climb continuing up to Chhomrong. Towering above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare) facing it across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong, teahouse. (B, L, D)
Day 07: Chhomrong to Himalaya Hotel (2,873m). Forward to Kuldi Ghar for about 3 hrs and down to the bank of Modi river viewing thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge. Passing by the pasture of Tomo and Panchen .Barah climb up to Himalayan Hotel. Overnight at teahouse. (B/L/D)
Day 08: Himalayan Hotel to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) (4130m). Keeping up on the west bank of Modi follow a more .open valley at the side of Machhapuchhre Base Camp leaving you the choice- either to stay or continue to the Annapurna Base Camp. Overnight at teahouse (B/L/D)
Day 09: ABC to Bamboo (2310m/7575ft): 6 hrs trek
We wake up at ABC and savor the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. Today, we start descending from ABC to MBC, Deurali, Dovan and finally to Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is must easier than climbing up. Waterfalls cascading down the 500 foot granite faces on both sides to the forest below and great views of Fishtail and Hiuchuli are today’s attraction. Overnight in teahouse. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Bamboo to Jhinu Dada (1760m/5770 ft) Hot spring: 6 hrs trek
From Bamboo we trek back to Sinuwa and then descend to Lower Chomrong. Then ascend on the thousand stony steps taking us to Upper Chomrong. From Chomrong we take a different route and instead of going to Ghandruk, we descend to Jhinu Danda. We get opportunity to enjoy hot springs lying just a 15-min walk from Jhinu Danda. Overnight in Jhinu Dada, Teahouse (B, L, D)
Day 11: Jhinu Dada to Naya Pul and to Pokhara: 6 hrs trek 1 hour drive
We trek from Jhinu danda to New bridge and then to Kyumi village. After lunch we trek to Sayali bazar and then down to Birethanti. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour’s trek takes us to Naya Pul. The trek ends at Naya Pul. From Naya Pul we take a vehicle and reach Pokhara in about an hour. Explore around Pokhara.
Day 12: Drive back to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel. Free time for relaxation and shopping etc.
Day 13: Departure day. Transfer to airport and fly back home
Please note: All the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Please make contact with us if you have any special requirements or interest.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis as per the itinerary
- City tour in Kathmandu with guide by private car
- Entry fees when sightseeing in Kathmandu
- National Park Trekking/Entry Permit
- Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) registration fee
- Round trip / internal flights / overland transport / if needed / as per the itinerary
- Accommodation in guest houses/lodges during the trek
- Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day during the trek
- Qualified and experienced trekking guide and porter services
- Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staff
- All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes
- Airport transfers for internal flights
- Sleeping bag, down jacket and rucksack if required
- Airport pick-up on arrival and drop-off on departure