Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

13 Days

Trip Overview

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves- in finding themselves.”

The Annapurna Sanctuary is revered for its unique beauty and spiritual significance which is widely regarded as one of the easier Himalayan treks in Annapurna region. One of the supreme Himalayan trips is the classic Annapurna Sanctuary Trek north of Pokhara into the inner regions of the Annapurna. Our magnificent Himalayan trekking escapade to the phenomenal Annapurna Sanctuary technically is worthy of its reputation as the archetypal trek which passes through several amusing villages with tidily terraced rice pastures to the woodlands of rhododendron and oak with overwhelming mountain vistas.

Following the conventional routes used for centuries primarily by the indigenous Tibetans, our 13-day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek commences with a scenic drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Officially our trek shall start from a place called Naya pool which can be reached by a drive from Pokhara which shall take 3-4 hours to reach. Our trek shall combine Annapurna Sanctuary visit with a short hike up to the traditional Himalaya viewpoint of Poon Hill which shall surely give you a view to be remembered for the rest for your life. This trek shall fill up the entire 13 days of our journey with a full range of Nepalese trekking experiences into pleasing hiking up the trails. Our destination is the heart of the mountainous amphitheater that holds Annapurna Base Camp. Afterwards we shall head further up the Modi Khola into the bamboo forests and then you shall come forward all the way through a formerly clandestine gateway to enter the Annapurna Sanctuary. This region falls within the Annapurna Conservation Area, a project for environmental and cultural protection, accommodation both native and foreign visitor needs. Delimited by a gigantic loop of Himalayan colossal peaks, it shall be an inconceivable experience which shall become the main highlight of our entire trek and also the reasons that draw trekkers from all corners of the globe to traverse upon these miraculous trails with in Annapurna. Here at the base of snow covered behemoths, the mountains of the Annapurna are revealed in close up detail and clarity. On the 10th day of our trek we shall head towards Phedi from Australian Camp via Dhampus which can take us up to 4-5 hours to reach. We then return to Pokhara following the dropping Modi Khola River, through lands full of terraced hills scattered with villages of orderly houses and fields. Now we shall officially end our trek by taking a flight/drive back to Kathmandu for your onward flight the next day.

Our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek itinerary has been competently premeditated for most favorable trekking time for those who have normal physical fitness. On an average the finest time to go on an Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is from the beginning of March to mid May and from the beginning of September to mid November. As during these times the glimpse of Annapurna is at its paramount for trekkers who want to capture its dreamlike beauty. Join Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with our Himalayan Trekking Alliance for an out of this world view of Annapurna.

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Itinerary Overview

Day 01: Arrival at TIA Kathmandu (1350m) & Transfer to the Hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu City tour
Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (800m) by Bus/Car/Air
Day 04: Pokhara to Naya pool (1100m) by private Jeep then trek to Tikhedhunga. 1550m (3/4 hrs)
Day 05: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani. 2780m (5/6 hrs)
Day 06: Hiking an hour to Poonhill for sunrise (3210m) and trek to Tadapani. 2650m (5/6 hrs)

Day 07: Trek from Tadapani to Ghinu(4/5 hrs)
Day 08: Trek from Ghinu to Tolka.1850m (4/5 hrs)
Day 09: Trek from Tolka to Australian Camp. 2050m (4/5 hrs)
Day 10: Trek from Australian Camp to Phedi via Dhampus. (4/5 hrs) then drive to Pokhara by private Jeep.
Day 11: Pokhara Rest.
Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu by Bus/Car/Air.
Day 13: Final Departure.


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Frequently Asked Questions

We believe emergency medical coverage is very essential for any traveler traveling to Nepal. Travel insurance exists to ensure that trekkers/travelers get medical help if things go wrong. For our treks and trekking peak expeditions in Nepal, you are highly recommended to get yourself insurance that takes account of trekking to 5000–6000m with helicopter evacuation. Lastly, make sure that you compare your insurance plans with others to get the right policy for you.

Yes! A 25 % deposit of the full payment is required to book the respective trip package. We have very simple cancellation policy in case of your trip cancelled.
The full payment due is after your arrival in Kathmandu and before the commencement of the particular trip package that was booked by the client. And if you deposit your full payment two month prior to your arrival we will give you the surprise gift upon your arrival at Hotel.

No, you don’t have to book anything else yourself because we provide a fully guided tour packages to all of our clients. From the airport pick up to your hotel rooms for your stay, all are inclusive to our trip packages, so, even during the entire trip, our guide will accommodate you entirely without the need to book anything yourself.

Cancellation policies are defined as the circumstances in which the “Host Company” will return (or in some cases doesn’t return) the money to their guest when the booked trip package is cancelled. Generally these policies tend to protect the “Host Company” in the event of unpredicted and unanticipated cancellations of a particular trip package. It is expected for our clients to keep in mind that each tour package available through Himalayan Trekking Alliance has a cancellation policy, and we try to do our best when you choose to cancel a tour package booked by or on your behalf.

  • $25 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • $50 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
  • $75 USD per person will be deducted and refund up until 6 days prior to your scheduled arrival.

As we asked for a 25% advance to confirm your trip, this amount will not be refunded if you don’t notify us about your cancellation or any re-scheduled date within five days before your scheduled arrival. However, if you provide us with your re-scheduled dates, we will keep your advance for up to one year from your scheduled arrival and apply it to the cost of your rescheduled trip.  We may ask for an additional advance amount if the overall cost of the trip increases.

To apply for Nepal’s entry Visa, you can submit an application for a visa directly on the official website of the Department of Immigration in Nepal before traveling to Nepal. Click here for online application. You can also acquire and obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu.  You can also obtain an entry visa at the following border points of entry in Nepal if you traveling overland:

  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa District (Eastern Nepal)
  • Birgunj, Parsa District (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk District (Northern Border–for group tourists only)
  • Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi District, Western Nepal)
  • Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke District, Mid-Western Nepal)
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali District, Far Western Nepal)
  • Gadda Chauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur District, Far Western Nepal)

Our trekking packages are all inclusive in the basic standards, but we suggest each of you carry Nepalese currency of about Rs 40,000/- to Rs 50,000 (about $400 to $500) for extra expenses for the trip. These includes:

  • A down jacket rental ($1.5 per day) and sleeping bag rental ($1.5 per day).
  • Three meals with cups of hot tea are included, but you have to pay yourself if you want to have extra food and snacks, cold drinks, chocolate bars, bakery items, etc.
  • Tip are generally expected in the tourism industry in Nepal so we suggest you kindly tip the crew. The standard tip is at least $100 per crew for about 2 weeks trip or $15 per days for Guide and $10 per day for porter.
  • Buying mineral water in the mountains will cost $2 to $4 per bottle or you can buy water purification tablets in Kathmandu for about $5 and put them in water that we can get from the teahouses.
  • Additional costs not included while trekking includes hot shower cost ($3 to $5), battery charging ($3 to $7), Wi-Fi cost ($3 to $5 per hour), etc.
  • Extra hotel night in Kathmandu due to health issue, flight cancellation, weather conditions or an early return from the trip for any reason cost ($50 per night)

For your safety, this is the suggested trekking gear list for any type of trekking in Nepal. Either you bring most of your trekking gear with you or you can buy all of the following gear in Thamel, Kathmandu from one of the many shops open from 10am to 8pm.

  • Sleeping bag and down jacket rated for about minus 10 degrees
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Towel, shampoo and toiletries
  • Trekking pole
  • Camel-bag or water bottle
  • Wind breaker jacket and fleece coat
  • Warm woolen beanie, sun hat, socks (a few pairs)
  • Long and short trekking pants (a few pairs)
  • A few t-shirts (quick dry), gloves, sun glass and sun cream
  • Day bag (carry yourself with all of your valuable belongings)  size: 40L

Note: Sleeping bag and down-jacket can be rented in Kathmandu.


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