Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Duration 12 Days Difficulty4,130mm

Trip Highlights

  • Stay overnight at Annapurna Base Camp surrounded through mountains.
  • Explore the Annapurna Sanctuary, a large amphitheater ringed with the aid of glistening peaks.
  • Enjoy dawn views of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhare and the Annapurnas from Poonhill.
  • Trek via spectacular forests, terraced fields, and quite villages
  • Time to explore the historic Kathmandu and beautiful lakeside in Pokhara

If you’re looking for a trek that encompasses lovely villages, beautiful waterfalls, lush vegetation, magnificent farmlands, and splendid mountain views, then Annapurna Sanctuary trek is the one for you. This trek is an extension of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek with the inclusion of places like Ghorepani, Poonhill and Ulleri, among others.

More than Just the Peaks of Annapurna

The Annapurna region is famous all over the world as one of the best trekking routes. Scenic beauty coupled with the friendliness of the villagers on the way, this trek is bound to be in your memories forever. Further, with a maximum elevation of 4120 meters at the base camp, it is not a challenging trek. As you hike on this route, you’ll go through rhododendron forests, cultural villages, lush green hills, and rocky slopes and ridges. So, Annapurna Sanctuary Trek has everything for you to enjoy.

A Little Bit of Everything

The Sanctuary Trek starts from Nayapul Ridge which is about 41 km from Pokhara. Our trek is in the protected site of the Annapurna Conservation Area which is also the largest protected site of Nepal. Moreover, we begin our trekking from the beautiful city of Pokhara. We follow a path of dense forest, terraced land, and traditional Gurung villages.

Annapurna Sanctuary trek ensures that you have fun, satisfaction and a new-found and outstanding perception of our culture. It is certainly one of the most beautiful treks in Nepal.

You’ll enjoy some easy-paced hiking along with sundry of landscapes that will fulfill your every adventure thirst. You’ll encounter a variety of forest, vegetation, and wildlife. Relish in the warmth of nature as you explore some ancient cultures and traverse through rhododendron forests. You’ll forget your worries and feel a sense of tranquillity.

Annapurna Base Camp and Poon Hill are the major attractions of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. The Base Camp allows you to be face to face with the majestic mountains, while Poon Hill provides you with some fantastic views of the mountains along with splendid sunrise and sunset.

The seasons of autumn and spring are the most favorable times for this trek. We provide Annapurna Sanctuary Trek all over the year. Moreover, we ensure that you get the best trekking service at an affordable price.

You decide what is best & we’ll take care of the rest

  • The itinerary mentioned is a standard guideline. We can readily modify it according to your needs and requirements.
  • The cost of the trek can also be changed according to your group size, needs, and time boundary.
  • You can easily add additional activities to the Itinerary. You just have to let us know before confirming the trip.
  • This trip can also start in the capital city of Kathmandu. You have to let us know if you want to begin there. In that case, the Itinerary will extend by a few days. Consequently, the cost will also increase.
  • The addition or removal of activities will increase or decrease the cost of the trip respectively. This will be done through mutual understanding between the agency and the client(s).
Price From US$ 650

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  • Duration 12 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Pickup Point Pokhara
  • Best time to visit Sep, Oct, Nov
  • Max-Altitude 4,130mm
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 1Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges


North Nepal representative will be there at airport for your convenience to greet you and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, You will have meeting with your programme coordinator and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and briefing about our designed program. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.

After breakfast, we will drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. During the flight, you will have majestic views of glorious Manaslu Peaks and the snow capped Annapurna and Langtang Himalaya range. Or we will take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour drive via scenic Prithivi Highway enjoying short stops for lunch and breakfast and scenic beauty all the way around. you will transfer to the hotel, after freshen up, you will be free and can look around the lakeside city by yourself, you can visit the Phewa lake where you can enjoy the spectacular views of Annapurna Himalaya Range reflected in all its glory in the clean green water of the lake.

Enjoying the breakfast in early morning, your trip for Annapurna sanctuary trek begins. A Jeep drive for 90 Minutes through some village Naudada, Kande & lumle brings you to Nayapul. The trek starts from here, dropping at first on a staircase and then traversing high above the river on a wide stone-paved trail to a large and prosperous town Birethanti (1000m). The trekking trail today follows winding bamboo forests and waterfalls with plunge pools inviting you for a refreshing swim. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches a small village Sudame, climb steadily up the side of the valley to reach Hille (1510m) and after a short waking you will arrive Tikhedunga. The trail crosses the Tikhedunga River on a suspension bridge. The trail ascends on a stone staircase that is said to have more than 3300 steps. The unrelenting staircase continues to the large Magar village of Ulleri (2080m). Overnight at Ulleri.

From Ulleri the trail gently climb through pastures and cultivated fields. You walk up besides the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and Rhododendron forest. The trail crosses two sparkling clear streams, a small ridge and another stream before making a short climb to Nangathanti (2460m). We have a little rest with lunch here at Nangathanti. In winter the trail can be covered with snow. The day destination Ghorepani (2750m) is reached after about an hour past Nangathanti. Overnight at Ghorepani.

Wake up before dawn the following day to make the early-morning excursion to Poon Hill (3210m), one of the best Himalaya view point in Nepal, offers great view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. The spectacular panorama stretches from Dhaulagiri I (8167m) and Tukuche (6920m) to Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiuchhuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m). Gangapurna (7454m), Lamjung Himal (6986m) and the Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhre 6997m) make your breath and eyes caught. Watching the beautiful sunrise is a defining moment with lots of pleasure and tranquility. After breakfast our trek to Tadapani starts. A short early morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest with rich bird life to Tadapani which also provides a close up sunset view. Overnight at Tadapani.

Very almighty rhododendron forests and first-class terraces went passing via our trail to the Chhomrong village. Above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South with the Mt. Fishtail, dealing with it across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village with lots of hotels serving good faciities. Chhomrong is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major ethnic group of Nepal. Overnight at Chhomrong.

From Chhomrong, the trail descends via a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola. Then climb out of the side valley passing thru deep forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. The portion of the day’s trek follows another ascent to Kuldi (2470m). Descend a long steep, slippery stone staircase right into a deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Dovan. Overnight at Dovan.

A trek of slender Modi Khola valley brings you nearly to the bottom of M.B.C. There’s technically no such aspect as ‘Machhapuchhare Base Camp’,since ascents of the mountains are prohibited. The mountain views are stupendous; the landscape includes Hiuchhuli, Annapurna degrees and Machhapuchhare. This area is known as Annapurna sanctuary because it’s fully surrounded by mountains. Overnight at MBC.

A couple of hour walk to ABC from MBC. As you reach Annapurna Base Camp, witness exquisite picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic view of snow-capped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked below the southern slopes of the Annapurna massive. Exquisite Annapurna range stops your heart beat for a while; complete day with out relaxation chill out around to discover ABC. Overnight at ABC.

Early in the morning, we will have a super glimpse of sunrise over Mt. Annapurna and its surrounding mountains.We will follow the same trail down today towards Bamboo. The trail drops by 1,700 meters to the banks of the Modi Khola. Bamboo is situated at an altitude of 2,345 meters, where there are a few teahouse/lodges available to stay at. Overnight at Bamboo.

Today, we will follow the same trail until Chhomrong. Once we have passed Khuldighar, we will find that there is an experimental sheep farm here. The trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields until Chhomrong. From the village, the trail then descends very steeply to the Jhinu hot spring, where you can bathe in the natural hot spring. Jhinu is said to have natural properties of healing due to the minerals in the naturally sprouting water. It is said to soothe the nerves and aching muscles. Overnight stay at the guesthouse at Jhinu.

Trek from Jhinu Danda to Siwai. (2~3 Hrs walking) from Siwai, drive to Pokhara via Nayapul takes 3 Hours to get to Pokhara. Overnight at Pokhara.


  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Most ground transportation on a comfortable vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation etc..
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Sleeping Bag and Trekking sticks  (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS).
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Other any transportation except Included in the section.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary).
  • International flights.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s).
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape,  bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to a safety concern, illness,  change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.


Enjoy the easy paced trails along the variety of landscapes to quench your thirst for the stunning views of Annapurna Panorama! Explore the ethnic villages as you walk from foothills of Annapurna to the dense rhododendron forests. Annapurna Panorama Trek is amongst the easiest trek that takes you to the heights with no possibility of altitude sickness and lets you enjoy the close-up views of mountains in Annapurna region at its best.

The main/primary season for trekking in Nepal is from October to mid-May additionally while daytime temperatures at maximum altitudes are usually comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. During the day time temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 30ºC inside the Kathmandu Valley to round 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go. Specific seasons provide distinct advantages for trekking. There may be snow in Annapurna Base Camp at any time of 9 months.

Post Monsoon/autumn: Mid-September to November.

This the high trekking season in Nepal. Day temperatures in Kathmandu are approximately above 20ºC. Skies are typically clean and days on trek are sunny and slight with clear mountain perspectives. Nights will be chillier with temperatures dropping as low as to minus fiveºC on the higher altitudes.

Winter: December to end February.

Regardless of the colder conditions, this is a perfect time to trek in Nepal. Skies are usually clear especially in December and the mountain views are at their satisfactory. Nights can be very cold with temperatures all the way down to -5ºC at Annapurna Base Camp, however days are pleasant and sunny. The paths are also an awful lot much less busy at the time of 12 months. In Kathmandu, most daylight hours temperatures are 19ºC.

Pre-monsoon/spring: March to May.

Each day and night temperatures might be warmer in widespread, however haze will often increase in the afternoons and there can be a few rain. It’s far particularly warm inside the lowlands and temperatures rise to 30ºC in Kathmandu. Flowers bloom in this on this season and this is one of the main reason people chose to trek in spring. The Annapurna region is famous for the rhododendrons in spring. Snow can be expected in spring on the way to and at the Base Camp. Please note that in any mountain region the weather is never wholly predictable, and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in climate beyond the situations defined above.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office.; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40 (to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries


  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes


  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves


  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants


  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  tooth paste, tooth brush, )


  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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