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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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  • Watching the dawn panorama of the Annapurna Himalayan from Poon Hill
  • Taking in the majesty of the Annapurna Sanctuary
  • Experiencing village life as you trek through the terraced fields of the Annapurna foothills
  • Hand-picked local trekking lodges, featuring handmade apple pie
  • Kathmandu; Durbar Square, Swayambhunath and Patan
  • Discovering Nepali village life as you walk from lodge to lodge
The lodge trek to Annapurna Base Camp and the Annapurna Sanctuary is one of the classic treks in Nepal. Magnificent mountain views, comfortable trekking lodges and immersive Gurung culture. Our ten day trek to Annapurna Base Camp takes the more scenic route via Ghorepani and Poon Hill, where you can enjoy the sunrise over the entire Annapurna Range, before joining the main route at Chomrong. This route makes the trek more interesting and enables better acclimatisation.
The trek to Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary is the most accessible and rewarding of the classic treks in Nepal. Given the maximum height of 4100m Acute Mountain Sickness is not as much of a worry, the lodges are excellent and there are no concerns over Lukla flight delays.

Tour Style:

Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your tour.


Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

This trip is suitable for:

Avid Adventurers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Spiritual Journeys
  • Personal Growth
  • Elegance & Unique Stays
  • Wildlife
  • Mountains


  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

This holiday is graded moderate to strenuous, due to the fairly long days at high altitude. You should be in good physical fitness and have experience of multi-day trekking or walking prior to undertaking the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. The effect of altitude should not be underestimated and prior experience of walking at high altitude is helpful.

The trails are generally well maintained and a good walking surface, although the going can be slippery and wet in places and some short sections can be steep so walking poles are helpful.


During your trek you will be accompanied by an experienced guide so you do not need to navigate.


In Kathmandu you will stay at either Hotel Annapurna, Hotel Yak & Yeti or Hotel Shanker. All of these are superior properties and are conveniently located for Kathmandu attractions. In Pokhara we use superior standard hotels such as the Shangri-La Village Resort.

Whilst on trek you will stay at traditional trekking lodges, these are traditional mountain lodges operated by local Nepali's. The lodges have a comfortable central living and eating room which is heated and individual twin share bedrooms. We will always try to book private twin share rooms wherever possible but occasionally dependent on availability you may stay in larger dorm-style rooms shared with other guests. Toilets and washing facilities are shared and hot showers may be available for an additional charge in some lodges.


Kathmandu and Pokhara accommodation includes breakfast. A farewell dinner in Kathmandu is included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included while on trek as well as tea and coffee at meals.

Food while on trek is simple but tasty. It does get more basic the higher you climb as fewer ingredients become available. Pancakes, bread and cereal form the basis for breakfast, lunch is normally a warming noodle soup at a convenient tea house on the trail and the evening staple dish while trekking is dal bhaat, this is a filling dish of lentil soup, rice and curried vegetables.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

Unfortunately this trip is not available to solo walkers, however if you do require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you, although there is a single room supplement payable.

Extra nights and extensions

If you would prefer a more relaxed trek to Annapurna Base Camp we would recommend adding an extra night at Annapurna Base Camp which allows for some wonderful walks in the area. On the way down an extra night at Himalaya and Ghandruk make the descent much easier.

You should also consider adding additional nights in both Pokhara and Kathmandu to allow yourself extra time to explore. Other popular extensions include Chitwan National Park, Birethani and Seti River rafting/float.

  • All airport transfers
  • 2 Nights superior accommodation on a twin share basis in Kathmandu
  • 9 Nights twin share accommodation in standard lodges during the trek on full board basis
  • 1 Night at Pokhara superior hotel including breakfast
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu including entrance fees
  • Return flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara with 10kg hold baggage and 5kg hand baggage
  • All National Park fees, TIMS and trekking permit
  • 1 Trekking guide, 1 Sherpa helper for every 4 trekkers and 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • All Nepali staff and porters insurance and wages
  • City maps and trekking maps
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack including Trailblazer guide book: Trekking in the Everest Region
  • International flights to/from Nepal
  • Lunches and dinners while in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal equipment
  • Nepal Visa
  • Extra drinks and snacks, hot showers, laundry
  • Excess baggage charges for internal flights
  • Tips for your trekking crew (expected, but not mandatory)
  • Accommodation upgrade in Kathmandu
  • Additional Nights

When To Go

The trekking season in the Annapurna region runs from the end of September to May. The most popular times are October/November, when the post monsoon mountain air is clear and fresh, and March to April when the weather is dry and pleasant and the rhododendrons bloom. You can start your trip on any date in the season.

Average daytime temperatures between October-November and April-May range from approximately 25c in Kathmandu to approx. 14c at 3000m, and approximately 3c at 5000m. From December through to April, the temperatures will be about 5c lower. Night time temperatures are lower and will get to below freezing once above 3000m.

Getting to the Start

Flights to Kathmandu are available daily from the UK and Europe via the Gulf or India. Airlines include Jet Airways, Emirates Airlines, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways & Etihad Airways. Kathmandu is also very well served from North America and Australasia.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, (for example, proper rain gear jacket and pants, sun hat, sunscreen). Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes or the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Altitude Sickness & Trekking at Altitude

Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness is a major concern when trekking in Nepal and although our itinerary is designed to minimise the chances of you suffering from AMS each individual is affected differently by altitude. The majority of trekkers will suffer from at least mild altitude sickness.

Your leaders are all trained in dealing with AMS but your health is your responsibility and you should educate yourself on AMS. If you have any pre-existing health conditions that you think may make you more susceptible to AMS we recommend that you consult your doctor before booking this trip. You should also report any illness to your guide right away.

Your Guide & Porters

Quality guides make the difference between a great trip and an unforgettable experience. Our Nepali guides are qualified and trained. All have many years experience of guiding trekkers in Nepal, and speak fluent English.

They bring a wealth of knowledge to your journey, opening your eyes to the legends, culture, food, flora and fauna of the Himalayas. Additionally they are first aid trained and trained and experienced in dealing with cases of Altitude Sickness.

Your luggage will be transported by porters (1 porter between 2 people).

Air Travel in Nepal

Due to the nature of our treks in Nepal, access to the start point is often only possible by taking an internal flight. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk due to the changeable nature of mountain weather and the fact that the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of the UK and other western nations.

However, we have taken steps to ensure that our customers travelling to Nepal are as safe as they can possibly be by becoming stakeholders in an independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators in 2015. This audit deemed several airlines as safe to fly to with including Yeti Airlines and Tara Air, and our itineraries will only include flights with these particular airlines. Tara and Yeti Airlines have also fulfilled the IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) which is a new global safety standard for commercial airlines operating smaller aircraft.

Whilst we have taken the above steps, you should be aware that flying in mountainous areas like Nepal does carry with it a certain amount of risk.

If you would like to find out further information on flying on Nepal and the associated risks, you can read advice on the UK Foreign Office Travel Advice page -


Please be aware that you need a tourist visa for Nepal to enter. You can get this upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, where a few forms need to be filled out before you can go through customs. You will need to make sure you have the right amount of USD with you and two passport photos in order to obtain your visa. Alternatively Nepali embassies will also issue visas.

Extra nights and extensions

If you would prefer a more relaxed trek to Annapurna Base Camp we would recommend adding an extra night at Annapurna Base Camp which allows for some wonderful walks in the area. On the way down an extra night at Himalaya and Ghandruk make the descent much easier.

You should also consider adding additional nights in both Pokhara and Kathmandu to allow yourself extra time to explore. Other popular extensions include Chitwan National Park, Birethani and Seti River rafting/float.


While trekking you will only have to carry a day bag with water, snacks, spare clothes and your camera. Your main bag will be moved by a porter. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 15kg per person. It is possible to store excess luggage at your hotel in Kathmandu. You will need normal walking and travelling gear as well as a sleeping bag and warm clothes. We will send you a comprehensive packing list on confirmation of your booking in your pre-departure information pack.

Trekking equipment is also available to hire in Kathmandu.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance which includes evacuation cover and covers trekking to the altitude of Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) is a requirement for this trip.

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Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu Day 2 Fly to Pokhara and Trek to Tikhedhunga Day 3 Trek to Ghorapani Day 4 Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani Day 5 Trek to Chomrong Day 6 Trek to Doban Day 7 Trek to Deurali Day 8 Machhapuchhare Base Camp Day 9 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) and descent to Doban Day 10 Trek to Jhinu Danda Day 11 Trek to Birethani & transfer to Pokhara Day 12 Fly to Kathmandu, Heritage Tour Day 13 Depart Kathmandu

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