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:Nepal, Annapurna Region
- Trip Grade:Moderate, Easy
- Max Elevation:4160 meters
- Total Duration:10 - 15 days
- Best Time:Feb - June, Sept - Dec ,
- Best option for short trip:5 star
Itinerary at a glance
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Fly to Pokhara 25minute and transfer to hotel at Lakeside.
Day 3: Load on the vehicle at 7am and drive to Nayapul 2hours and trek to Uller 5-6 hours altitude 1960m 1120m ascent; 370m descent.
Day 4: Trek Uller to Ghorepani 6 hours altitude 2860m ascent 900m.
Day 5: One & half hour trek Poon Hill 1 for the sun raise views of Mt. Annapurna/range, Fishtail Mt. and Mt. Dhaulagiri and trek back to guest house have breakfast and trek to Tadapani 5 hours. Altitude gain 340m and loss 340m and gain 230m at the end and stay.
Day 6: Trek Tadapani to Chhomrogn 4-5 hours altitude 2170m altitude loss 460m.
Day 7: Trek Chhomrong to Dhobhan 5hours altitude 2600m gain 430.
Day 8: Trek Dhobhan to Machhapuchhare Base Camp 6 hours altitude 3700m gain 1100m.
Day 9: Trek Machhapuchhare base camp to South Annapurna Base Camp altitude 4130m Early morning and back to Dheurali.
Day 10: Trek Dheurali to Jhinu 5 - 6 hours and stay altitude 1780m.
Day 11: Trek Jhinu to Potana 6 - 7 hours and stay altitude 1890m.
Day 12:Trek Potana to Phedi 3 - 4 hours and drive to Pokhara half hour and stay in Pokhara Lakeside.
Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu 25 minute and transfer to hotel.
Day14: Optional full day sightseeing in Kathmandu Monkey Temple, Kathmandu durbar square, Bhaktapur and have lunch spent good amount time in Bhaktapur, way back sightseeing Pashupatinath and transfer to Hotel, at the evening get-together with staff for farewell dinner in Thamel.
Day15: Transfer to the International airport for final departure.
What is including|
- Experienced English-speaking guide (4:1 ratio), local porter(2:1ratio).
- Optional Domestic flights Kathmandu –Pokhara – Kathmandu returns flight tickets.
- Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu return tourist bus tickets.
- 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 their 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
What is not including?
- 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.
Cost and Dates
|Trip Start Date||Trip End Date||Price||Availability||Book|
|28th January, 2020||6th February, 2020||US$830||Available||Book Now|
|10th February, 2020||19th February, 2020||US$830||Available||Book Now|
|20th February, 2020||29th February, 2020||US$830||Limited||Book Now|
|2nd March, 2020||11th March, 2020||US$1030||Available||Book Now|
|18th March, 2020||27th March, 2020||US$1030||Available||Book Now|
|30th March, 2020||8th April, 2020||US$1030||Available||Book Now|
|12th April, 2020||21st April, 2020||US$1030||Available||Book Now|
|28th April, 2020||7th May, 2020||US$1030||Available||Book Now|
|12th May, 2020||21st May, 2020||US$830||Available||Book Now|
|24th May, 2020||2nd June, 2020||US$830||Available||Book Now|
|4th June, 2020||13th June, 2020||US$830||Available||Book Now|
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.