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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Outfitter Nepal - 12 days

  • Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
  • 12 days / 11 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
Overview
Itinerary
Included
Accommodation
Safety
Training
Packing List
Outfitter Nepal
FAQ
How To Book

Overview

> Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara-Nayapool-Kathmandu.
> One of the fantastic treks in Nepal, walking through rhododendron forest.

Outfitter Nepal is proud to offer this world-renowned trek to the lap of the Himalaya where you will be amazed by unforgettable views of the surrounding peaks! Annapurna Sanctuary trek starts in the lush lowlands and continues up to a high elevation amphitheater at the foot of Annapurnas. We have unimaginable views of Annapurna I, the first peak above 8000 m to have been climbed, a feat accomplished by a French team in 1950. The feeling of being in the heart of the Himalayas will be cherished for a lifetime. This trek is specifically designed for those trekkers who want to explore the Annapurna Himalayas in more comfortable zones as the program is planned to involve you more with the flora and fauna, taking you to spots where the open vistas of the Annapurna Himalaya including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak and many other snow capped peaks are better positioned for you to get better sights of these world famous mountains as you hike the walks

The Annapurna Sanctuary is known to be the classic walk through the Annapurna Conservation Area, right into the soul of the mountains as your gentle walk starts from the lowland to the wonderful high mountain country with breathtaking views of the Himalayas and their Glaciers. The trek involves numerous ascents and descents but the challenges are immensely rewarding as there are many alternative routes to the sanctuary as well, all culminating at Chhomrung.

Itinerary

What’s the plan?

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara:

We drive along the scenic Trisuli and Marsyangdi River to reach Pokhara, it’s a pretty good drive as we go by the beautiful river which is also good for rafting; we view Ganesh Himal and the Manaslu peak as well during the Driving. Pokhara is a tourist’s paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, & temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with her lovely mountains; after 6 hours of driving; we will arrive in Pokhara, the city of lakes…Welcome to this beautiful town of serene lakes that gives so much meaning to your holidays.

Accomodation: Hotel
Driving-time: 6h
Meals: B

Day 02: Drive from Pokhara to Phedi and trek to Dhampus:

After having breakfast at hotel in Pokhara, you will have a short drive to Phedi in the Annapurna foothills and we will start our trek that will take about 3 hours to reach Dhampus.

Accomodation: Tea House
Trekking-time: 3h
Max. Altitude: 1500
Meals: B, L, D

Day 03: Trek from Dhampus to Langdruk:

After having an early breakfast at lodge, we start trekking from Dhampus to Landrung, and we will have some climb steadily out of chestnut forests to the small village of Potana and to Deurali and slightly down hill to Landruk.

Accomodation: Tea House
Trekking-time: 6h
Max. Altitude: 2000
Meals: B, L, D

Day 04: Trek from Landruk to Chhomrong:

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek departing the Landrung village and today, the trail leads us down hill to cross the Modi Khola on a suspension bridge then the trail ascends to a ridge top, passing through rhododendron forests and terraced fields. We reach Jinu Danda (hot springs) and continue another two hours to the Gurung village of Chumrung, the Gate way of Annapurna Sanctuary.

Accomodation: Tea house
Trekking-time: 6h
Max. Altitude: 2170m
Meals: B, L ,D

Day 05: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan

The trail descends on a stone stairway for the first one and half hour and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky path we will reach Sinuwa, at 2350m & then we trek gently through the forest and descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach Bamboo and walk on gently towards Dovan.

Accomodation: Tea House
Trekking-time: 6h
Max. Altitude: 2500m
Meals: B, L, D

Day 06: Trek from Dovan to Deurali

We will gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. It’s real pleasant hereabouts on our way to the Annapurna Base Camp. The first town you reach is Himalaya Hotel. Beyond it, the trail is steeply ascending up to Hinko Cave, this is named so because it’s a huge overhanging rock which provides some protection against rain and avalanches. It takes approximately twenty five minutes through a normally ascending path to reach Deurali.

Accomodation: Tea House
Trekking-time: 5h
Max. Altitude: 3230m
Meals: B, L, D

Day 07: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp

The valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary from here. As the trail continues into the sanctum, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After a short trek we will be at Bagar (3310m.), a green meadow with some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now the trail appears gently ascending until Machhapuchare Base Camp (3820m.) Which is one place where we enjoy some of the best landscapes in the venture; we will enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine meadows and after some distance our trails go gently up. After a short trek, we begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp.

Accomodation: Tea House
Trekking-time: 5h
Max. Altitude: 4170m
Meals: B, L, D

Day 08: Trekking from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan

It takes about five hours. It’s much easier as we go down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa from Annapurna Base Camp in a single day however; we have chosen this route as some trekkers may have problem on going down due to shaking or wobbling legs that could be fatigued.

Accomodation: Tea House
Trekking-time: 7h
Max. Altitude: 2630m
Meals: B, L, D

Day 09: Trek from Dovan to Chhomrong

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and we take the same route trek back to Chomrong crossing Chumrung Khola.

Accomodation: Tea House
Trekking-time: 5h
Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk

After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek descending to Kimrong Khola and after crossing the bridge we hike up to Kimrung dada and another few hours walk to our destination of Ghandruk, the Ghandruk is a truly picturesque traditional Gurung settlement and is considered a model village within the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, the first and largest conservation area established by the National Trust for Nature Conservation in Nepal.

Accomodation: Tea House
Trekking-time: 7h
Max. Altitude: 1800m
Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul & Drive to Pokhara

Today is our last day of our trek day and it is easy trek down by descending gently half of the way through the rice field and local villages to Syauli bazaar and trek flat part until Nayapul then drive to Pokhara, overnight at hotel.

Accomodation: Hotel
Trekking-time: 5h
Meals: B, L

Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

We take tourist bus at 7 AM to drive to Kathmandu and the driving will be fantastic along with many towns and we are able to see the settlements, Rivers, terraces and landscapes, after 6 hours driving we will arrive Kathmandu.

Accomodation: Hotel
Driving-time: 6h
Meals: B

Included

Included:

√ Pick up and transfer to and from airport
Your trekking companies able to pick you up from your hotel and return you after the trekking. If you need a transfer to and from the airport in Kathmandu, then this can also be organized.

√ Two hotel nights in Pokhara
Two night’s accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast on twin sharing basis

√ Bus drive to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu
The bus drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and back is included in the total price of this trekking. Your trekking company takes care of the booking of your ride.

√ Staying in Lodge or Guest House during the trek
During the trek, we stay in lodges or teahouses. These are simple in nature, but fully equipped. Do not expect too much luxury.

√ English speaking guide and a porter
One porter per two trekkers. This way you don’t have to carry your complete equipment yourself. The guide speaks English.

√ Salary, food, insurance, and accommodation for guide and porter
The total amount covers not only your own basics, but also those of your guide and porter. No unpleasant surprises.

√ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared during the trek. The meals are basic, but will give you enough energy for your appetite. Fruit is also available after each meal.

√ Coffee and Tea
Coffee and tea are also organized by the trekking company. Every morning fresh coffee and tea are made. There are scheduled breaks to enjoy this.

√ Permit and TIMS
The total amount includes costs for the permit. This also applies to the TIMS Card, to the Trekkers Information Management System.

√ Down Jacket and Sleeping Bags
In order to pull in the Himalayas as prepared as possible, it is important to bring a good down jacket and sleeping bag. These are provided by your trekking company.

√ Assistant Guide for a Group of over 6 People
If your group is larger than 6 people, we will take an extra assistant guide with you to support you.

√ Altitude Sickness & First Aid Kit
The guides carry an altitude sickness kit to monitor your pulse rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate twice a day (very useful for monitoring the symptoms of altitude sickness (AMS) at altitude).

√ Helicopter Service in Emergencies
Check whether this is reimbursed by your travel insurance and otherwise take out a supplementary travel insurance package for this.

Excluded:

× Visa for Nepal
Your trekking company will not take responsibility for the travel visa for Nepal. This should be organized by yourself. Contact your local Nepalese embassy for the latest visa information.

× Flights to and from Nepal
The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Nepal. To get an idea of which airlines are flying on Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast

Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Nepal.

× Tipping
Tips for guides and porters are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous and read our blog post about tipping when you are planning to go trekking in Nepal.

× Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Mineral Water and Wi-Fi
Certain luxuries such as desserts, a hot shower, hot running water, bottles of mineral water and Wi-Fi should be missed during a typical trek in the Himalayas. The water we encounter along the way is drinkable and is heated or boiled by us.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During the trek we stay in lodges or teahouses. The teahouses are basic of nature. Some of them have a squatter toilet, while others provide a western style alternative . Showers do not always have hot water and most tea houses charge for the use of hot water. Some teahouses have access to the internet, but always at extra charge. Please read our blog about the teahouses in Nepal.

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Safety

Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment. First aid kits are available on all treks. In addition, the routes are ideally designed to give you enough time to acclimatize.

While the intention is to stick to the described route, a certain degree of flexibility is built in. In some cases it may be necessary to change the route here and there. The mountains are full of surprises, and the weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. The guides continuously carry out risk assessments throughout the expedition. It is therefore best to plan a number of extra days in Nepal for possible unforeseen circumstances. Read all about altitude sickness here.

Training

Training

Do you reach Uhuru Peak or not? There is a chance that you won’t. Often this depends on the unpredictable weather on the mountain. However, it can also depend on your own physical condition.

Do you enjoy hiking, have you gone trekking at higher altitudes and do you exercise twice a week on average? With a little extra training, you are soon fit to challenge Mount Kilimanjaro.

Is this the first time that you are trekking at altitude? Make sure you are well prepared. This is important for your safety, but also for that of your team. Make sure you start six months in advance with an hour’s walk or hike twice a week. Read this blog post and get fit for your Kilimanjaro ascent.

Packing List

Packing List

Trekking in Nepal requires decent gear. Especially the basics like an 80-90l backpack and quality trekking socks. Read an extensive blog here about what to bring with you.

Documents
– Passport
– Travel insurance
– Boarding passes for flights
– 2 passport photos
– Driving License
– Dollars in cash
– Credit card (make sure you have $500 available on your card in case evacuation by helicopter is required)

Sleep
– Sleeping bag
– Extra sleeping bag lining

Footwear
– Mountain shoes: 3 or 4 season lightweight
– Slippers or sandals for the city
– Aircraft shoes (optional)

Clothing
– Make sure you have non-cotton clothing for during the trek
– 2 t-shirts with underlayer (e.g. running t-shirts)
– Fleece / softshell jacket
– Waterproof jacket
– Down jacket for warmth
– Travel and citywear
– Underwear
– Trousers for underlayer (optional)
– Waterproof pants
– Trekking pants
– Trekking shorts (optional)
– 2 thick trekking socks
– Lightweight and breathable trekking socks
– Gloves and woolen hat

Accessories
– One backpack: 35 liters
– A duffel bag or backpack with straps to go over your back (Max 8kg weight for the porters to carry)
– Drybag or waterproof cover for your backpack
– Water bottle/thermos: at least 2 litres.
– Sunglasses
– Sunscreen
– Personal medication
– Inhaler, blister plasters, etc.
– General toiletries, contact lenses, spectacles (if necessary)
– Towel
– Electronics
– Headlight, travel adapter, phone & charger
– Lip balm
– Book
– MP3/Music and headphones
– Hand disinfectant, biodegradable wet wipes

Outfitter Nepal

Outfitter Nepal

Outfitter Nepal is a local based trekking, tour, travel and outdoor company with over a decade of extensive experience in Nepal’s tourism industry. The company, fully owned and operated by Nepalese professionals has led tourist visitors on adventure holidays through some of the most rugged and remote mountainous regions of the Himalayan country of Nepal; Tibet, India and Bhutan.

Outfitter Nepal is affiliated to the NPL, NTB, TAAN, NMA and is also a member of the Himalayan Rescue Association. One their values is to strictly adhere to the norms of the International Porters Protection Group.

Review

These guys are really good. Raj, the owner was right on target with his advise. THIS WAS EXTREME TREKKING. with us being 65 years old, it was indeed extreme.

Our porter/guide was simply the best. JITU. he never ever got tired and was always on the lookout for us.

I can highly recommend this company and people.

So much so that we plan to go back for the Everest Base camp trek.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Best Season
If you have read our blog post about the best time for trekking in Nepal, you will know that every season in Nepal is suitable for trekking. However, in certain times of the year the one area of Nepal is more favorable than the other. Most people who go trekking in the Everest region and Gokyo Valleydo so from March till the beginning of June and from September till the end of December. The Annapurna Region is best enjoyed in March to May and from October all the way to December. Just like Everest, you can trek in Annapurna all year round. The same seasons are most popular when talking the Manaslu Circuit and the Langtang Valley. The Upper Mustang is your choice during the Monsoon season when the rest of the country gets more rainfall. The Upper Dolpo is perfect most of the year, especially from March all the way to November.

Porters
Bookatrekking.com strives to only work with providers who treat porters in a fair manner. Without porters, there is no trekking in Nepal. They are the heart and soul of your adventure and they every day carry part of your gear. Bookatrekking.com always tries to find a balance between an affordable trekking adventure and the fair treatment of porters.

Tipping
Porters are partly dependent on tipping. The cheaper your trekking, the more likely it is that the salary for porters is low. In any case, this must be compensated with tipping. It is an unwritten law in the Himalayas. On your way you will notice that the amount of tipping is a hot topic. At the end of the trek there is an opportunity to give tips. The rule of thumb is to count 10 to 15% of the total amount of the trek. This can be divided into 60-40. The 60% of the amount goes to the guide and 40% is for the porter(s).

Currency and Payment Methods
We recommend you to bring US dollars or euros to pay for your visa, further travel and other costs. It is easiest to travel in Nepal with US dollars. Nepal has reasonable banking facilities with branches of a number of international local commercial banks. Credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted. ATMs can be found everywhere in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There are ATMs in larger cities during the hikes. However, it is a good idea to bring enough money from Kathmandu or Pokhara as in Nepal you never know if the ATMs will work.

Visa Nepal
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu you can get a tourist visa. USD 25 for 15 days from the date of issue, USD 40 for 30 days and USD 100 for 90 days tourist visa. You need two passport photos. You can apply for an online visa here.

Vaccinations
No immunizations are required vsiting Nepal, but it’s always worth checking which vaccinations are recommended and check you are up-to-date with all your boosters.

Although you can get vaccinations in Kathmandu, it’s generally better (and often cheaper) to get them before your trip. Either way, it’s always worth consulting with your local doctor or nurse for up-to-date travel and inoculation advice at least 6 weeks before your planned departure date.

The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles.Depending on your travel plans, you may also consider inoculations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis B, and Rabies. This is especially important if you have young children, plan to stay for an extended period of time, working in health care, or visiting rural areas and the lowlands of the Terai Region.

How To Book

How does it work?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case you can proceed to booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company.

Bookatrekking.com uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on support@bookatrekking.com

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

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