Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
This is probably the most ideal, lovely, short and intense, a direct route into the heart of the Himalaya. Spectacular mountain vistas and easy access make it among the most popular treks. it can become impassable because of snow and avalanches in winter and early spring. It is the only major trekking route in Nepal that has significant avalanche danger, so have to inquire locally whether the trail is safe. Some trekkers have died because of avalanches, and others have been stranded in the sanctuary for days. The sanctuary trek traverses a variety of terrain, from lowland villages and rice terraces to glaciers, and offers outstanding high mountain views. The trek requires ten to fourteens days and begins from Pokhara, passing through lowland villages and rice terraces to mountain glaciers. The trail rises nearly 2000 m in the last 8 km and one needs to plan for acclimatization.
Trip ItineraryDay 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,350m.), meet our staff then transfers to Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu – Pokhara by tourist Bus then transfer to Hotel.
Day 03: Pokhara to Nayapul - Tirkhedhunga (1,577m.) / Ulleri (2,073m.)
Day 04: Tirkhedhunga/Ulleri Village – Ghorepani (2,855m.)
Day 05: Ghorepani – Poon Hill (3,210m.) – Tadapani (2,700m.)
Day 06: Tadapani – Chhomrong Village (2,210m.)
Day 07: Chhomrong – Himalaya Hotel (2,900m.)
Day 08: Himalaya Hotel – Machhapuchhre Base Camp (4,000m.)
Day 09: Machhapuchhre Base Camp – Annapurna Base Camp (4,200m).
Day 10: Explore around Annapurna BC – Himalaya Hotel.
Day 11: Himalaya Hotel – Chhomrong Village.
Day 12: Chhomrong – Landruk Village (1,646m.)
Day 13: Landruk Village – Pathana (1,890m.).
Day 14: Trek to Dhampus Village (1685m.) and drive to Pokhara then transfer to Hotel.
Day 15: Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist Bus then transfer to Hotel.
Day 16: Kathmandu free.
Day 17: Last Minute transfers to airport for your onward journey.
Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.
Trip Date & Cost
- All land transportation by Car, Van Hiace and tourist Bus (Airport/Hotel/Airport, trekking pick up and drop).
- 2 Night’s hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara, at Bed & Breakfast basis.
- 3 Major meals; B/L/D (by Lodge menu) and accommodation at best available teahouse lodge during the trek en-route.
- One professional English speaking trekking guide and a Porter. (1 Porter between two member)
- Life insurance for all support crews and their daily wages.
- Per member 15 Kg. luggage allow while in the trekking.
- Trekking Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fees.
- Medical Kit Box for Nepali support crews.
- All official taxes and service charge.
TREK COST DOESN’T INCLUDE:
- Personal transportation except above programs.
- Air Ticket: Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu and airport tax.
- Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- Personal trekking gears as well as sleeping bags.
- Personal Nature expenses.
- Emergency evacuation (If incase).
- Drinks except tea and coffee.
- Airfare: to & from your country.
- Nepal entry, re-entry visa fees & international airport departure taxes.
- Personal travel insurance.
- Tips for trekking crews.
Equipment for this trip.
The following gives you a general idea of the trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek.
This is a porter-supported trek. Two clients share one porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.
The weight limit for the porter is 30 kg or 66 pounds. 15 kg or 33 pounds for each client. So, we recommend you to pack as carefully as you can and not exceed the weight limit. You can leave your non-trekking stuff at the locker facility in the Kathmandu hotel.
- 4-season sleeping bag (We can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek.)
- Duffel bag
- Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000 m; We can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek.)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Sun hat
- Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Neck warmer
- Liner gloves
- Heavier shell gloves
- Lightweight expedition thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
- Synthetic sports bras (For women)
Lower Body – Legs
- Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
- Nylon hiking shorts
- Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
- Water/windproof trousers
- Casual pants
- Liner socks
- Heavyweight socks
- Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
- Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
- Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)
Medicines and First Aid Kits
(Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
- Anti-infection ointments
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
- Sunscreen (SPF 40)
Miscellaneous, but Important!
- Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Water bottle/bladder
- Water purification Iodine tablets
- Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)
- Adjustable trekking poles
- Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
- Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
- Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
- Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
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