Annapurna sanctuary trek in Nepal, Nepal Annapurna sanctuary trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

This is highly praised and spectacular trekking route which leads to the base camp of annapurna south. The route provides an interesting contrast from lowland to the outstanding high mountains with breathtaking view of the Annapurna range. Though this trek I not a very difficult one, it involves several ascents and descents. The fantastic panoramic view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail and other Himalayan range is unmatchable and unforgettable.

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,200m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel evening culture program with dinner and (overnight hotel.)

  • Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Drive to pokhara 
( Overnight at Pokhara hotel.)

  • Day 03: Pokhara to Dhampus

After having breakfast in the morning, drive up to Phedi about half and hour. Trek uphill from Phedi to Dhampus along the stone paved lanes through the small forest of oak, cherry-boom etc looking like a manicured park from its use as pasture. The area is inhabited by Brahmans, Chhetris and a few Gurungs. Reaching at Dhampus village, one can enjoy the panoramic view of western Himalayas such as Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Holy mount Machhapuchhare (69920m) Annapurna range and Lamjung Himal. The views improve as you ascend along the ridge.

  • Day 04: Dhampus to Landruk (1,646m) 5 hours walk 

After breakfast in the morning around 7:30 AM., the trail goes a climb to Pothana at 1900m. through rhododendron and orchid hung forest. The view of Mt. Machhapuchhare is excellent from Pothana – from this angle the mountain looks more like the Matterhorn than a fish tail. After Pothana about two hours ascent will bring you to a small pass at 2150m where there are views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. After the pass, a
steep decent starts and follows through forests alive with birds, ferns and orchid and brings you into a huge side canyon of the Modi khola, where a small village called Beri Kharka is situated. Descend to the head of the canyon and cross a stream at 1790m. Finally, we will arrive at Landruk at 1646m which lies on the east canyon wall above the Modi river. From the picturesque village of Landruk, the views of Machhapuchhare (6920m), Annapurna south (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m) are magnificent.

  • Day -05: Landruk to Jhinu Danda (1,951m) 4½ hours walk 

Trek along the village passing alongside rice terraces, then through forests, and gradually descend to Kimru river, crossing the Kimru river bridge and then continued to ascend to Jhinu Danda village through a sparse forest.

  • Day-06: Jhinu Danda to Chhomrung (1,951m) 3 hours walk 

After having breakfast, the trail goes steep ascent up to Chhomrung village. The trail joins the main route from Ghandruk so the trail becomes wider. This Gurung village has evolved in to three distinct parts: upper, lower and middle spread out over 200m of elevation difference. Many of the lodges are excellent with slate patios, colorful flower gardens, private rooms and dining rooms with picture windows overlooking spectacular closer views of the mountains we have already become familiar with. Hot solar showers are available.

  • Day 07: Chhomrung to Doban (2500m) 5 hours walk 

From Chhomrung village, descend to Chhomrung River and ascend to Sinuwa village. Pass through thick forest festooned with orchids and ferns on the western bank of Modi river to Khuldi. Descend a long, steep, slippery stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. After Bamboo the trail climbs gradually to Doban, overnight. In early autumn and late spring this part of the trail is crawling with leeches.

  • Day 08: Doban to Deorali (3,048m) 4 hours walk 

After breakfast in the morning, we have a steady ascent of about three hours from Doban takes us to Deorali. The bushy forest is home to troops of langur monkeys and it is likely you will have repeated close up views of these playful primates. Once we reach Deorali, the forest disappears and the valley opens up and becomes very picturesque. Now we are the foot of the Modi Himal and Machhapuchhare peak.

  • Day 09: Deorali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,900m) 3 hrs

After breakfast in the morning, we have gradually ascend to Machhapuchhare Base Camp crossing avalanche paths. The mountain views are stupendous; the panorama includes Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) and Machhapuchhare. We are now at an elevation where altitude problem can occur and because it is another 430m ascent to Annapurna base camp, we will overnight here for acclimatization.

  • Day 10: MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (4,000m) 1½ hours walk 

It is a pleasant walk up to ABC, following a stream and past a few huts alongside a moraine. Shepherds stay here during the warm season and graze large flocks of sheep on the grassy slopes nearby. There are tremendous views of the near vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary to the north-west. Mornings are usually clear, but clouds often obscure the peaks by noon, then clear in the late afternoon. The morning alpen-glow in this icy cirque is amazing at sunrise. There are several ‘trekking peaks’ in this area including Tent Peak (5663m), Fluted Peak (6501m), and Hiunchuli. They offer commanding 360 degree views of the sanctuary. All three of these peaks present significant mountaineering challenges and are available as separate expeditions to this area.

  • Day 11: ABC to Himalayan Hotel 

Before breakfast go out to see sun rising on the high mountains and for a few hours explore the area. After breakfast, trek steeply down to Himalayan Hotel.

  • Day 12: Himalayan hotel to Chhomrung 5 hours walk


  • Day 13: Chhomrung to Ghandruk (1,970m) 4½ hours walk


  • Day 14: Ghandruk to Pokhara 

From Ghandrung all the way down hill through idyllic villages and terraced hillsides to Syauli Bazaar. It takes approximately two hours. Along the way you can see more good views Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare. From Syauli Bazaar, the trails follow the Modi River till Nayapul. Our lunch spot in Birethanti. After lunch you have a short trek of about 20 minutes to Nayapul, catch our vehicle and drive to Pokhara. You’re free in Pokhara Valley also called “Magic Land” or Dreamland” of Nepal, to explore the various interesting place like a boating in Phewa Lake, and exploring David Falls, Mahendra Cave, various Temples. You are free to shop for souvenirs or rest in the afternoon.
Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu  . Transfer to hotel.


  • Day 16: Process for the depature
Trip Profile Description
Duration : 16 Days
Grade : Easy
Seasons : All Year, Summer, Autumn, Spring
Route : Kathmandu - Kathmandu

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