Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - Black Diamond Expedition
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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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  • Duration
    Duration:16 Days
  • Accomodation
    Accommodation: 5 Nights (Standard Hotel)
    10 Nights (Lodges/Tea Houses)
  • Meals
    Meals :15 Breakfast, 13 Lunches
    13 Dinner
  • Location
    Service: Airport to Airport
  • Trip Grade
    Trip Grade :Moderate
  • Max Altitude
    Max Altitude: 4,130m/13,550ft

Overview

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is the combined trek of Annapurna Foothill and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. This trek basically takes you through the Annapurna Sanctuary which offers geographical diversity and splendid flora and fauna. The cultural diversity assorted with the natural beauty with magnificent Himalayas and the rays of the sun during Sunrise add unique experience to you. You will really be amazed to see the local people being so welcoming, honest and helpful. The New York Times highlighted this trekking route as a place full of natural grandeur, culturally immersed and luxurious site that is hardly found anywhere else.

Highlights

  • Diverse geography with beautiful flora and fauna
  • Cultural diversity, welcoming, honest and helpful locals
  • Natural beauty with massive Himalayas and magnificent sunrise
  • Cultural immersion and relative luxury in a union found nowhere else

Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu

Upon arrival in the Kathmandu Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed and greeted by our representative and then transfer to the hotel. After check in, you can either take rest; hang around in the city as it all depends upon your interests. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal.
Hotel Encounter Nepal

Meals: Dinner
Max Altitude:1350m/4429 ft

Day 2Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast, break the day with guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu. The first visit is made in Swayambhunath Stupa- oldest stupa situated on the hillock. Enjoy the bird eyes view of Kahtmandu Valley and mountains. After then visit Kahtmandu Durbar Square – Palace of Malla and then Shah King of Nepal. Visit Kumari Ghar (living goddes), Kasthamandap (made up of single tree), Hanuman Dhoka (Gate to enter the palace) and many more temples. Finally visit in Patan Durbar Square- city of fine art and architecture. Visit Krishna Temple, Palace square, Mahabauddha, Mahabihar and many more temples and master piece monuments. Late afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond briefs us regarding the trip as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure. Overnight in Kathmandu; Hotel Encounter Nepal.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3Kathmandu to Pokhara

Early morning at around 7 am, we set off for Pokhara on a tourist bus. En route we will see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. Afternoon, we reach Pokhara. Pokhara offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara is city of lakes and has numerous beautiful lakes. We can explore the most accessible and beautiful, Fewa Lake during the afternoon -enjoy boating too. Explore, relax and dine by tranquil Lake Fewa. We can even do some shopping during evening hours. Overnight in Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 823m/2,700ft
  DriveDuration: 6 hrs 

Day 4 Pokhara to Naya Pul drive and trek to Ulleri [2050m/6725ft]: 1 hrs drive and 6 hours trek

Today we drive to Naya Pul to start our trek. From Naya Pul we follow the south bank of the river. After several hours we will pass through sub-tropical valley forests, sometimes on the carved trail on the side of the cliff. After lunch, we cross the Modi Khola river via a suspension bridge to the village of Tikhedhunga. We trek further along the trail quite steep at times. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon for overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Ulleri to Ghorepani (2750m/ 9020ft): 4-5 hrs trek

We make our ascent to the Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means horse-water owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker’s stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and craft. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2700m/8,860ft): 5-6 hrs trek

Today is a special day because we conquer Poon Hill- an icon of Annapurna region. We climb the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3200mtrs). The efforts will be rewarded with spectacular views of Machhapuchre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and the Annapurnas. After taking photos and having some coffee, tea or hot chocolate, we return back toGorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forest, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani for overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 6 hrs trek

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. The route passes through the west bank of the Modi Khola. Then we descent steeply down the village of Chuile coming over to the Kimrong Khola. Then a steep climb continuing up to Chhomrong. Towering above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhare) facing it across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8Chhomrong to Dovan (2580m/8460ft): 6 hrs trek

We head out of Chhomrong along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of Himalayas. We cross the suspension bridge then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick & dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then the track passes through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Dovan.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9Dovan to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 4 hrs trek

The day starts with gentle gradual ascent following the trail above the river through a thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the canyon. We cross two streams over small bridges. The trail passes through solitary places. The nature’s wilderness gives peace to our mind. There is also the possibility of seeing a variety of species of wildlife such as wild pig, deer, snow leopard, etc. Overnight in Deurali.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10Deurali to MBC (3700m/12135ft): 3-4 hrs trek

Today we start our trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (MBC). The trail climbs gently through a river bed and then it rises steeply over the mountain side. There are also avalanche prone areas at some point on the trail. After about half an hour’s walk from Deurali, we will find ourselves in middle of river bed surrounded by giant snow-covered mountains. When the sun rises, the snow on mountains shine and river valley is filled with warm sun rays. The hike to MBC is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding views of the majestic Machhapuchre are certainly a rewarding experience. Overnight in MBC.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 MBC to ABC (4,130m/13,545ft): 2-3 hrs trek

On the way to ABC from MBC, the vegetation disappears. We will see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the Sanctuary, follows a stream, and then climbs to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding panorama of the 360 degrees. The Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiuchuli and other peaks. Climax of our trip almost ends today. Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp (4130m/13550ft).

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12ABC to Bamboo

We wake up at ABC and savor the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas. Today, we start descending from ABC to MBC, Deurali, Dovan and finally to Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is must easier than climbing up. Waterfalls cascading down the 500 foot granite faces on both sides to the forest below and great views of Fishtail and Hiuchuli are today’s attraction. Overnight in Bamboo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 2310m/7575ft
Trek Duration: 6 hrs 

Day 13 Bamboo to Jhinu Dada

From Bamboo we trek back to Sinuwa and then descend to Lower Chomrong. Then ascend on the thousand stony steps taking us to Upper Chomrong. From Chomrong we take a different route and instead of going to Ghandruk, we descend to Jhinu Danda. We get opportunity to enjoy hot springs lying just a 15-min walk from Jhinu Danda. Overnight in Jhinu Dada.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 6 hrs
Max Altitude: 1760m/5770 ft

Day 14 Jhinu Dada to Naya Pul trek and drive to Pokhara

We trek from Jhinu danda to New bridge and then to Kyumi village. After lunch we trek to Sayali bazar and then down to Birethanti. From Birethanti, a half-an-hour’s trek takes us to Naya Pul. The trek ends at Naya Pul. From Naya Pul we take a vehicle and reach Pokhara in about an hour. We might take opportunity to visit some more places around Pokhara until evening. Overnight in Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 6 hrs
Drive Duration: 1 hrs

Day 15Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu

Morning hours of today can be used very efficiently to visit some important spots around Pokhara city. Some places in Pokhara are really worth visiting. We might do some last hours shopping too. Around afternoon, we fly to Kathmandu. We catch left side of the airplane for the best views of Himalayas. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we get transferred our hotel; and we spend the day leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu and evening celebration dinner together. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Flight Duration: 30 mins

Day 16Departure Day

Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Black Diamond will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. We say goodbye to you expecting you will again come to visit this wonderful country next time.

Meals: Breakfast

Included

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist Coach
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availability.
  • 2 night accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast in Hotel Middle Path - www.hotel-middlepath.com or similar as per availability.
  • 10 nights in standard Teahouse/Lodges in mountain
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • Farewell dinner
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • An experienced guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) during trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide and porter
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are need to be returned after trek)
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • City tour guide
  • Entrance fees in the monuments during city tour
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

Accomodation

During your adventurous journey to Annapurna Base Camp, Black Diamond will ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. In Kathmandu, you will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category of accommodation. As you commence your hike, you will be staying in standard teahouses/lodges.  Most teahouses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 495. You may have to share a bathroom and toilets in the teahouses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations. Despite that, we will always make sure to book you the best possible accommodation at Annapurna Base Camp.

Meals

Your meal plan in Kathmandu includes breakfast, providing the perfect start to each day. During the trek, you will be served a  three-course meal. At the teahouses where we spend an overnight during the trek, you will be served a balanced and nourishing breakfast and dinner. For Lunch, we will stop at one of the teahouses along the way to our next destination. Black Diamond has also arranged a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for our guests. This will be accompanied by a captivating cultural performance with local food providing you with a memorable and delightful experience.

Best time to trek Annapurna Sanctuary

The best time to trek the Annapurna Sanctuary  is Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May).  These seasons offer the most favorable weather and trekking conditions with moderate temperatures, clear skies, and mesmerizing natural scenery.  During   October, you will also have a chance to experience the major festivals of Nepalese people, Dashain and Tihar. During both seasons, the trails are easily navigable, and the teahouses along the route are fully operational.  

Packing Lists for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

While trekking to Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure to pack the stuff appropriately because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high-altitude areas and it will be difficult to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack include:

  • Down Jackets and Base Layer 
  • Insulating layer
  • Sun hat & sunglasses
  • Gloves and Hat 
  • Trekking poles
  • Hiking Sturdy Boots

For detailed lists of what to pack, check our comprehensive Annapurna Base Camp packing lists. 

FAQs

Is the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is suitable for beginners. It’s considered a moderate trek with well-developed trails and teahouse accommodation.

What is the best time to do the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

The best time to do the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is Spring (March, April, and May) and Autumn(September, October, and November). These seasons provide favorable weather conditions with clear skies and majestic views of mountains. 

What are the accommodation options during the trek?

Along the route, some teahouses and lodges offer basic but comfortable accommodation and meals. These provide shelter and food for trekkers.

Can I customize my itinerary or add extra days to explore the area?

Yes, you can customize your itinerary to your preferences and interests.

What kind of clothes and gear are needed on Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

Your packing list should include warm clothing, trekking gear, a good-quality backpack, personal hygiene items, and necessary documents. 

Is altitude sickness a concern on this trek?

Yes, altitude sickness is the main concern because of high altitudes. However, you can overcome this by remaining hydrated and ensuring proper acclimatization.

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Lila Hayes

Solo Traveller

As a wildlife enthusiast, this trek with Black Diamond Expedition became a haven. From the cultural richness of Kathmandu to the biodiverse landscapes of Pokhara, each day offered glimpses of Himalayan fauna.

Conquering Poon Hill, exploring Ghorepani, and reaching Annapurna Base Camp provided not only mountain views but also encounters with unique wildlife.
Black Diamond’s knowledgeable guides and the diverse ecosystems made it a haven for those seeking a blend of adventure and wildlife exploration. Special thanks to guide Rabi for his guidance.

October 29, 2023

Gabriel Fournier

Solo Traveller

I had an incredible time with my friends while doing this trip. I highly recommend it to all!

October 24, 2023

Clara Lambert

Family Traveller

Our family bonding adventure on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek was extraordinary. From the lively streets of Kathmandu to the tranquil beauty of Pokhara, each day strengthened our family bond. Conquering Poon Hill, exploring Ghorepani, and reaching

This trip created shared memories. Black Diamond’s family-friendly approach and the stunning Himalayan backdrop made it an adventure that brought our family closer amidst the mountains. Thank you Rabin for taking good care of all of us and guiding us excellently.

October 11, 2023

Capucine Lefevre

Solo Traveller

I did the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek on September with Black Diamond Expedition. It felt like a cultural exchange expedition. From the vibrant cultural hubs of Kathmandu to the serene villages along the trek, each day allowed us to exchange experiences. Conquering Poon Hill, engaging with locals in Ghorepani, and reaching Annapurna Base Camp became moments of mutual understanding.

Black Diamond’s emphasis on cultural interactions and the warmth of the people made it an expedition that went beyond physical landscapes.

September 8, 2023

Jaxon Turner

Group Traveller

I did this trek with my friends. The Annapurna sanctuary route was a journey into personal serenity. From the cultural immersion in Kathmandu to the tranquil landscapes of Pokhara, each day felt like a mindful exploration. Conquering Poon Hill, traversing Ghorepani, and standing at Annapurna Base Camp became not just physical milestones but personal triumphs. Black Diamond’s support and ashish’s guidance created a journey filled with serene moments and self-discovery.

August 30, 2023
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