The Annapurna Sanctuary trek traverses a variety of terrain, from lowland villages start from Nayapul / Birethanti and rock cover trail thousands of steps to Banthanti and beautiful view of terraces agriculture. This trek which is one of the famous shorter distance from Pokhara and viewpoints of Annapurna ranges and Dhaulagiri mountains, the view of Annapurna from Poon hill its outstanding. Trekking through Ghorepani Poon hill it helps you to acclimatize and explore different terrain, before you getting to high altitude Annapurna Base camp.
The trek through Gurung villages and climb through the Modi Khola gorge into the Annapurna Sanctuary, an amphitheater of huge Himalayan peaks, this trek offers fine close-up mountain views without the acclimatization problem of the Everest region. The route to the Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna South – Face Base Camp is a spectacular short trek. Although it has some long steep climbs and descents, primarily on stone steps, the trek is not difficult if you take your time.
First few days this trek are actually the hardest because of all the climbs and descents into the side valley and are much tougher than seen in the map might suggested. Second half of the trek is a more gradual ascent up the Modi Khola.
Trekking in the Nepal especially in the Annapurna sanctuary doesn’t require prior experiences, better to have a guide or someone already been in the route. Trekking trails/routes are straight forward either start from Phedi or Nayapul. This trek probably the bets option for short vacation and want to see mountain close-up. We organize this trekking for people who wants to get lifetime experiences with no stress. You can trek whole year round up to Ghorepani poon hill that’s shorter options and for the Sanctuary suitable time is Feb – June & Sept mid – December end.
- Destination:Annapurna Region
- Max Elevation:4130m/13629ft
- Total Duration:10 - 14 days
- Best Time:Sept- Mid Dec & Feb- May
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Pokhara (25 minutes) and transfer to a hotel at Lakeside.
Day 3: Load on the vehicle at 7 am and drive to Nayapul (2 hours) and trek to Uller (5-6 hours). Final Altitude: 1960m; 1120m ascent, 370m descent.
Day 4: Trek Uller to Ghorepani (6 hours) Final Altitude 2860m; 900m ascent.
Day 5: Trek Poon Hill 1 (1.5 hours) for the sun rise views of Mt. Annapurna/range, Fishtail Mt. and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Return to guest house, have breakfast, trek to Tadapani (5 hours.) Poon Hill 1 Altitude: gain/lose 340m; Tadapani Altitude: gain 230m
Day 6: Trek Tadapani to Chhomrogn (4-5 hours) Final Altitude: 2170m; 460m descent.
Day 7: Trek Chhomrong to Dhobhan (5 hours) Final Altitude: 2600m; 430m gain.
Day 8: Trek Dhobhan to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (6 hours) Final Altitude: 3700m; 1100m gain.
Day 9: Trek Machhapuchhare base camp to South Annapurna Base Camp altitude. Final Altitude 4130m. Early morning and back to Dheurali.
Day 10: Trek Dheurali to Jhinu (5 - 6) hours and stay Final Altitude: 1780m.
Day 11: Trek Jhinu to Potana (6 - 7 hours) and stay. Final altitude 1890m.
Day 12:Trek Potana to Phedi (3 - 4 hours) and drive to Pokhara (30 minutes) and stay in Pokhara Lakeside.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu (25 minutes) and transfer to hotel.
Day 14: Optional full day sightseeing in Kathmandu: Monkey Temple, Kathmandu durbar square, Bhaktapur, have lunch and quality time in Bhaktapur, sightseeing on the way back including Pashupatinath. Transfer to Hotel, at the evening get-together with staff for farewell dinner in Thamel.
Day 15: Transfer to the International airport for final departure
- Experienced English-speaking guide (1 guide : 4 trekkers), local porter (1 porter : 2 trekkers).
- Domestic flights Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu return flight tickets and airport charges.
- Airport transfer picks up & drops by private vehicle.
- 3 night hotel in Kathmandu & 2 night hotel in Pokhara bed & breakfast.
- Essential group First aid.
- Trekking permit and TIMS (Tourism Information Management System)
- Our staff’s Guides & Porter’s salary and insurance.
- Food during the trekking Lunch, Dinner, and Breakfast, as you like to choose from menu and hot drinks tea & coffee unlimited.
- Accommodation at local tea-house twin sharing room during the trekking
- Travel/ trekking, accidental/ health insurance (mandatory)
- Lunch and dinner while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Personal Expenses (e.g. alcohol, snacks, chocolate, international phone call, internet)
- Mineral Water and Alcohol and all bottle beverages.
- International airfare and airport tax, Visa fee
- Guides/ Porter’s tip.
- Emergency evacuation.
What you need to bring
- Personal belongings (i.e.camera, water bottle, extra money, sunscreen, sunglasses, sunhat, hiking shorts/ synthetic T-shirt etc)
- Hiking boots, sports shoe/ trainers, 3/4 woolen socks, 2 pairs liners socks, 1 pairs gloves, warm hat
- 1 Day back pack and duffel bag for your clothing
- Warm layers, down or synthetic jackets, fleece, hiking pants, thermals.
Note: We customize your trip according to your interest, duration, and budget. This is brief itinerary gives you some idea and broader pictures of the trip while you are thinking to do so. Please do not hesitate to contact us for details and additional information of the area.
We will provide comprehensive gear list on booking, and most of these items you can buy or rental in Kathmandu.
Karnali River Experience.
They say that the journey is better than the destination. That all the experiences along the way are like an accumulation of rocks along a riverbed. This story is another stone in a river.
I have known Mani Aryal for several years, meeting him in the United States, in the state of Utah. Mani and I were both on a work contract to take a group of students down Desolation & Grey Canyon on the Green River. After spending three weeks with Mani I knew that I made a paddling adventure buddy and that he would be a person that I actively stay in contact with. The years have a way of floating by with adventure and intentions. Every time I spoke to Mani he persistently invited me to Kathmandu to see his home and to float the rivers. Three years after saying “no”, I finally could say “maybe”.
Kathmandu is large in legend and small in structure. The shuttle ride from the airport is an example of whitewater: dodging potholes, must-make moves, and pure adrenaline. It’s best not to watch.
There are two options to get to the river when signing up for a Karnali River Expedition trip: 1) take the plane or 2) ride with the guides and gear on public transport. I was on a tight budget, so option #2 was the only way to go. Putting together a multiday river trip is always difficult, especially when you start combining buses, shuttles, and rendezvous. The first leg of the journey was via public transportation to Koholpur. The guides and I, hanging out at the main bus depot, loading all of the gear we would need for the next 12 days was a new experience indeed.
You see a lot of different people and livestock on the long distance buses. Chickens and goats are not uncommon. If a woman is standing with a baby, it’s a norm to hand a baby to you, a seated passenger, to hold the child in order to give her a break.
The second half of the shuttle was a private bus to the put-in, the small village of Dungeshor that is located straight down a canyon. The route our bus driver picked was shorter to save fuel but longer because of road conditions. Our bus rocked, creaked and moaned down the road for 8 hours only to cover 85km. “Singletrack” may be a better description than “road” as there were only inches to spare between rock walls and open air.
Sideswiping other buses, scouting rock gardens and pushing our transport were common occurrences that quickly become norms. We reached Dungeshor after 10 pm to hastily inhale some food and beer from a generous restaurant owner who opened his doors after hours. Afterward, we set up our tents on the riverbank to welcome a solid, unwavering piece of ground to usher in some sleep.
The next morning, the guides were in their prime, having already started getting breakfast ready for everyone. Mani was no exception, greeting me with a great, white smile and a coffee to help orient my mind back to my body. The biggest surprise was all of the children hanging about camp. We were all warned not to leave our gear unattended. Later that day, I realized a carabineer walked off to hang out with the children. The guides seemed to include me that much more by laughing and sharing stories of gear gone lost.
Throughout the six days, Mani and his guides were exceptional hosts. It seemed as if they never stopped moving. Always quick to put a coffee in your hand, help you set up your campsite or to offer a meal. Every morning they would barter with local fisherman to add extra flair to the menu. On the water, I felt safe and involved in the risk management. All ideas were heard until a plan formed to be implemented with everyone on board. The standard followed by Mani was professional.
Six months after this trip, the strongest memories I have are of traveling to and from the river. Once I had oars in my hand and a blue sky above me I knew who I was and how I got there.
The total trip duration from Kathmandu to Kathmandu was 10 days included bus journey.
Thank you, Mani. I look forward to our next adventure.