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Duration
13
Days
Trip Facts
  • Activities: Trekking and Hiking
  • Min. Age: 8
Accommodation
  • 3 Nights 3*** Hotel
  • 9 Nights Best Available Teahouse
Meals
  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 10 Lunches
  • 10 Dinners
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Trip Introduction

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek takes you to the abode of the Mountain Gods. Walk through a typical Nepalese landscape filled with terraced fields, rustic traditional farms and the snow clad Himalayas stretching in the horizon. Let your guide lead you to a spectacular glacial sanctuary known as the 'Abode of the Gods'. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is on the bucket list of trekking enthusiasts dreaming of an adventure in the Himalayas. A popular trek in Nepal, Annapurna Sanctuary trekking transports you from the verdant hills to a spectacular glacial basin. Stand under the inspiring Annapurna Massif at Annapurna Base Camp. These sacred mountains are revered as gods. In addition, a hike to the village of Ghorepani and its viewpoint Poon Hill adds flavor to this classic itinerary. From the vantage point, enjoy a three-sixty degree panorama of the Annapurna mountains.

A short drive from Pokhara brings you to the trailhead at Nayapul. Your first day’s trek involves a long ascent up the stone steps to Ulleri. Before climbing on the epic staircase, enter the lush jungle of the Annapurna Conservation Area. This Annapurna Sanctuary Trek takes you through picturesque Gurung and Magar traditional settlements; home to the brave ‘Gurkha’ soldiers. Further, hike to Poon Hill for 360-degree views of the Himalayas. Experience mountain culture coupled with amazing Himalayan views.The trail cuts along steep gorges of glacial rivers. Walk across  terraced fields and hillside villages with mud and stone cottages. Step on winding stone staircases and under canopies of blooming rhododendron trees. Following close on the heels of your experienced guide, you eventually reach the awe-inspiring  Annapurna Sanctuary. Finally, wrap up your trek with a relaxing soak at the Jhinu hot springs. Graded moderate, one can do this Annapurna Sanctuary Trek if one is physically fit and has a bit of trekking experience. Join this trek and get the best of the ‘Annapurna experience’! 

Check out some more awe-inspiring Annapurna treks.Annapurna base camp Trek-11 days, Annapurna Circuit Trek-16 days, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek -7 days, Mardi Himal Trek - 9 days and Khopra Ridge trek-10 days. 


Trip Highlights

  • Step into the Annapurna Sanctuary – a sacred glacial basin surrounded by Himalayan peaks
  • Visit Poon Hill, the most popular viewpoint in the Annapurna Region
  • Walk past mountain settlements of Gurung and Magar ethnic communities during your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
  • Trek through one of the largest rhododendron forests in the world
  • Take a dip in the mineral-rich waters of Jhinu hot springs

Is This Trip Suitable For You?

  • Graded moderate Annapurna Sanctuary Trek can be done by anybody who is in good health and is used to walking on hilly terrain.
  • The actual trek lasts for 10 days. Most of the time you will be walking up and down well-laid stone staircases.
  • Maximum you walk for 8 hours and minimum 1 hour. On avearge, you walk for 5 to 6 hours each day. If you want to take it slow, our experienced guide will allow you walk at your own pace. You won’t have to worry about catching up with your group. There will always be someone from the crew to guide you if you fall behind. 
  • The first day’s trek is the toughest as you will have to ascend more than 3000 steps. If you have trouble with your knees, you should consider opting for a much easier trek. 
  • You will have your meals and stop for rest at locally run teahouses. These are small mountain lodges offering basic facilities - hearty meal and shelter for travellers passing by. 
  • The highest point you will reach is the Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130m.

Day to Day Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal | Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 1:

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) expand

Transfer to Hotel and Trek Preparation

Kathmandu is set in a deep valley surrounded by rolling green hills. A mix of old and new, the city is filled with historic localities dating back to medieval times and new urban structures. Once you land at the airport our representative will meet you at the airport terminal. Drive to the hotel and check in. Later there will be a pre-trek briefing by your trek leader

During the briefing your trek leader will apprise you in detail about the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek itinerary, the trail’s condition and what to expect during the trek. Put forward your queries if you have any. Check your gear and if you have missed out on any items you can hire or buy from any of the shops in Thamel. A popular tourist hub, Thamel has a range of shops that sells and rents out trekking gear. Ask your trek leader for suggestions. To recover from jet lag and attend the pre-trek briefing, please do schedule your arrival to Nepal in the morning or during daytime. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel

DAY 2:

Fly to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft), drive to Hile and trek to Ulleri(1,970m/6,462ft) expand

Duration: 25 minutes flight, 2:30 hrs drive, 3-4 hours (4 km) trek

 Wake up early and have breakfast. Later on you will be driven to the airport to catch your flight to Pokhara. Enjoy mesmerizing views of Annapurna mountains, Langtang range, Dhaulagiri from aboard the plane. Once you reach Pokhara, you board a private vehicle and drive to Hile. The drive takes you past a verdant countryside and  traditional farms. After reaching Hile you carry your daypack and start your trek. The trail goes past the ecologically rich Annapurna Conservation Area. Walk through traditional Gurung and Magar villages. Climb up a flight of stone-steps from Tikhedhunga. It is an uphill climb all the way to Ulleri.  It is one of the toughest days of your trek as you climb more than 3,000 steps! Find solace in the thought that every step brings you closer to Annapurna Sanctuary, your destination. Once you arrive in Ulleri head straight to a teahouse and rest your aching limbs. Men from this village usually join the British or the Indian army. The world knows them as the fearless ‘Gurkha’ soldiers. Overnight in Ulleri.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 3:

Trek to Ghorepani (2,874 m/9,427ft) expand

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (9 km) trek

Compared to yesterday’s arduous ascent today’s hike is easy. The trail goes through one of the biggest rhododendron forests in the world. Trekkers who have been through this route in spring describe this part of the trail as ‘a walk through paradise’. Red and pink rhododendron blooms cover the trail making it seem like you are walking through an enchanted forest. Get your permits checked at the checkpoint and walk through the arched gateway welcoming visitors to Ghorepani. The village of Ghorepani (literal translation ‘Horse Water’) which has a large Magar (an ethnic community) population is a popular stop for trekkers visiting Poon Hill.  In the olden days the place was a watering hole for horses and mule packs of caravans making their way to Tibet. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 4:

Hike to Poon Hill before sunrise (3,210m/10,529ft) and trek to Tadapani (2,600m/8,528ft) expand

Walking distance: 5-6 hours (9.5 km) trek

Wake up early and head to Poon Hill, one of the most popular viewpoints in Nepal. About an hour’s hike brings you to the top of the hill. This vantage point was named ‘Poon Hill’ by Tek Bahadur Poon, a retired major who served in the British Army. Watch dawn breaking over the snowy ridges of the Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) Gangapurna and Dhaulagiri. Take selfies and click as many pictures as you can. Later descend to Ghorepani and head to Tadapani. Take an upward trail through a dense forest of rhododendron and pine. After reaching Deurali Pass, make a descent to Tadapani. Once you reach the village head to a teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Tadapani.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 5:

Trek to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,118ft) expand

Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek

From Tadapani head to Chhomrong, a Gurung village offering close up views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak). The trail to Chhomrong goes via a thick rhododendron forest. Take a downward descent enjoying views of the hillside settlements on the Modi Khola Valley and the Annapurna Himal. Cross the bridge at Kimrong Khola and ascend the Modi Khola Valley. Follow a trail carved on the side of the mountain till you reach Chhomrong. From the village savour views of deep gorges and the Himalayan peaks. Head to a teahouse and take rest. Overnight in Chhomrong.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 6:

Trek to Bamboo (2,310m/7,577ft) expand

Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (7 km) trek

The near vertical view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) from Chhomrong heighten your excitement. Each step takes you closer to these mountains and soon you will be standing at the foot of these snowy giants. Today’s destination is Bamboo, a rest stop for trekkers and travelers with few teahouses. You cross the Chhomrong  Khola and take the trail winding high up the Modi Khola. The path goes through thick forests of bamboo and rhododendron. Walk by Khuldighar and climb down a stone staircase to Bamboo. Follow your trek leader to the teahouse where your rooms have been booked. Overnight in Bamboo.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 7:

Trek to Deurali (3,230m/10,595ft) expand

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (8.5 km) trek

Walk through a trail shaded by thickets of bamboo. The canopy of bamboo leaves soon disappears and you can see the open sky once you reach Himalaya Hotel. As you climb higher, you gain altitude. Walk past Hinku Cave, a spot used by the first Annapurna expedition groups as an overnight camp and supply depot when there were no teahouses along the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking route. The trail drops down to the river and goes up till you arrive at Deurali. Before reaching Deurali, pass through scenic waterfalls, rocky cliffs and a forest filled alive with chirping birds and colourful butterflies. Once you arrive at a teahouse in Deurali, get some much needed rest as you will be heading to Annapurna Base Camp tomorrow. Overnight in Deurali.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 8:

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,547ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,136ft) expand

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (8 km) trek

Leave Deurali and head down to a stream. Walk on the rocky banks till you reach what looks like a natural gateway. The trail cuts right through the middle of gigantic mountains. When you see the icy Annapurna Massif and Machhapuchhre staring down at you, you really feel as if you are entering a divine place.  Step on the Machhapuchhre Base Camp situated at the foot of Machhapuchhre(FishtailPeak), a sacred peak of the Gurungs. Climbing on this mountain is not allowed as the locals believe it is the abode of gods. Continue walking to Annapurna Base Camp

As you approach ABC, you find yourself staring at the icy walls of the Himalayan peaks. You feel a rush of adrenaline as you step on the Annapurna Sanctuary, a glacial basin surrounded by the snowy walls of Annapurna Massif (including Annapurna I, the tenth highest peak in the world), Gangapurna and Hiunchuli. Take pictures and celebrate with your friends and crew. You have finally made it! Enjoy the glorious sunset before heading to the teahouse. Try stargazing at night if the sky is clear and you can brave the night chill. The galaxy of Milky Way is visible from ABC on clear nights. Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 9:

Trek to Bamboo (2,310m/7,577ft) expand

Walking Distance: 7–8 hours (16.5 km) trek

Wake up before dawn to witness the wonderful spectacle of the sun rising over the Annapurna peaks.  After spending some time at the Annapurna Sanctuary head back to the teahouse, gather your things and get trekking. Take the trail down to Bamboo. It is a long descent. Tread carefully as you descend the stone staircase. Take a well deserved rest once you arrive at Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 10:

Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,773ft) expand

Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (9 km) trek

From Bamboo head to Jhinu Danda. The settlement is famous for its hot springs. After reaching the village, take the steps leading down to the river. The hot spring lies beside the river. Soak your tired muscles in the heated pool. Let the mineral rich waters dissolve your aches and pains. After the soothing dip make your way to a teahouse and celebrate your last day on the trail with your teammates and crew. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DAY 11:

Trek to Matque (1,070m/3,510ft) and drive to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft) expand

Walking Distance: 1-2 hours (3 km) trek, 2: 30 hours drive

Leave Jhinu Danda and head to Matke. Today’s walk marks the conclusion of your trek. At Matke board a vehicle and drive to Pokhara. Check into your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Please note there are no activities planned for today. If you are not too tired you can stroll around the lakeside and enjoy a boat ride on the serene Phewa Lake on your own. Gaze at the mountains, under whose shadows you had walked for the past week, before darkness falls.  Overnight in Pokhara.

Accommodation: Hotel Pokhara Batika
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

DAY 12:

Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) expand

Duration : 25 minutes flight

Return to Kathmandu by flight. Once you arrive in Kathmandu check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day as you wish. Rest and relax or go souvenir hunting in Ason Bazaar and Thamel. The city is known for its iconic UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Explore some of these by booking a guided city tour at an extra cost. Make your last evening memorable with a farewell dinner (complimentary) at a traditional Nepali restaurant. Try out authentic Nepali cuisine and enjoy a cultural programme. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel
  • Meal Included :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

DAY 13:

Final Departure expand

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Route Map

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Altitude Map

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek 13 days Altitude Map

What's Included

  • Airport pick up & drop off service in a private vehicle
  • 3-star accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 3-star accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast

  • All ground transportation by comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary

  • Best available clean and comfortable Tea house accommodation during the trek
  • Farewell Dinner at the end of the trip

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea/coffee during the trek
  • Domestic flight(Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • Highly experienced, English-speaking, government-licensed, trained in first-aid Trek Leader (Guide)
  • Assistant Trekking Guide (4 trekkers : 1 Asst. guide) for personalized cares
  • Porter service to carry your main luggage during the trek (2 trekkers : 1 porter)
  • Staff cost including their food, accommodation, salary, flight, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Trekking permits - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fee and TIMS
  • First Aid kit, Pulse Oximeter and essential medicines (Paracetamol, Diamox etc.) carried by the Trek Leader
  • Souvenirs - Third Rock Adventures’ kit bag (Duffel bag), T-shirt, and trekking map
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trek completion)
  • All Local and Government taxes, administrative charges

What's not Included

  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case of early arrival or late departure
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights
  • Excess baggage fee
  • Personal expenses (phone call, internet, laundry, bar bills, snacks, battery recharge, bottled or boiled water, souvenirs, hot showers, extra porter etc.)
  • Personal trekking gear and equipment
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver (tipping is expected)
  • Any unseen expenses due to circumstances beyond our control

Accommodation

During your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, you spend 2 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara. You will be accommodated at a 3 star hotel - Oasis Kathmandu Hotel or Thamel Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu and Hotel Pokhara Batika in Pokhara. These hotels are centrally located and feature rooms with comfortable beds and en suite bathrooms. Other amenities include in-house restaurant, café, bar and free wi-fi.

While trekking you will be staying at the best available teahouses. These are run by local families and is a source of sustenance for mountain communities. At Ulleri, Ghorepani, Chhhomrong and Jhinu Danda your rooms will have attached bathrooms and you can enjoy free hot showers.

At higher elevations, only basic facilities will be available at the lodges– bed, shared washroom (western style toilet) and a communal sitting and dining area. You need to pay extra for using the wi-fi hotspot and charging your electronic devices. To save on cost, you can bring extra batteries.

Carry toilet paper rolls as most teahouses’ toilets don’t have toilet paper rolls. 

The rooms have thin walls and are not insulated.  Most rooms have two single beds with a small table in between. The beds come with mattresses, pillows and blankets. Using your sleeping bag and pillow liner will be more hygienic. Layer your sleeping bag with the blanket for warmth as it can get quite cold during the night.

Accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If travelling solo, you get to share the room with a fellow traveler of the same gender. Single room will be available on request, at added cost. It’s possible to get a single room in Kathmandu, Pokhara and at lower elevations while trekking. But at higher elevations there are few lodges and single rooms are not available during high season.


Meals

During your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, breakfast will be complimentary. There are many multi-cuisine restaurants and eateries around Thamel in Kathmandu and lakeside area in Pokhara, which serve good food. From fine dining options to budget eateries, you will be spoilt for choice. On your last night in Kathmandu, we invite you for a complimentary farewell dinner at an authentic Nepali restaurant. 

On the trail, enjoy full-board trekking. Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation cost are already included in the package. While breakfast and dinner will be served at the lodge you will be staying at, lunch will be taken at a teahouse en route.

If you are gluten-intolerant, we advise you to bring your own gluten-free snacks and extra food as there will be limited food options for you at the teahouses.

The meals served at the teahouses are freshly prepared. Items on the menu include the traditional Nepali and Tibetan fare like dal-bhat (rice, lentils, curry), momo, Tibetan bread etc. as Indian and continental dishes (chapattis, apple pie, pancake, pizza, mac & cheese, noodles etc.).

At breakfast you can expect bread, eggs, hash brown, cereal or porridge with tea or coffee. During lunch and dinner, you can choose from the extensive menu. Nepalese traditional meal of ‘Dal-Bhat’ (rice, lentil soup, curry and pickle) with unlimited refills is the most filling and energy-giving.

We urge you to stick to vegetarian foods as the meat served on the trail could be several days old and not safe for consumption. If you feel you need your dose of protein, you can bring canned tuna or sardine. These are readily available at departmental stores in Kathmandu.

It is advisable to stay away from alcohol and carbonated drinks while trekking, as these will adversely affect your body’s acclimatization process.


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Best Time To Travel

Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are considered as the best seasons to trek to Annapurna Sanctuary. The weather stays dry and clear during these times which makes it ideal for trekking and enjoying unobstructed views of mountains. The days are warm and the nights chilly. On the downside however, these are peak seasons and the trails get crowded and busy.

During spring, the rhododendron forests covering the trail burst into colorful pink, white and red blooms. Walking through the hills covered with rhododendron blooms, against the backdrop of the snowy Himalayas will seem like a walk-through paradise.

Autumn is the most popular season for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. With the end of wet monsoon season which clears the skies of dust and impurities, you can enjoy crystal clear views during this season. Timing your trek around late September or October will allow you to experience the most important festivals of the Nepalese Dashain and Tihar. These festivals celebrated by Hindus last for several days. Expect good food, merry-making, dance and music at all the villages along the trail. 

You can also opt for a monsoon or winter trek, if you want to avoid the crowds. You can enjoy some off-season discounts at teahouses which remain mostly empty during these times. But you should be ready to face some discomforts (rain, snow and extreme cold) if you take to the trail at these times.


Getting to Annapurna Sanctuary

First you need to travel to Pokhara, which can be done by taking a flight or driving overland. Many private airline companies operate daily flights on the Kathmandu- Pokhara route. Taking a flight maybe expensive but it saves you time and is more comfortable. In less than 30 minutes you reach your destination.

If you are traveling on a budget, you can opt to travel by a tourist coach or a local bus. The journey takes around 6 to 7 hours. Tourist bus to Pokhara departs daily from Sorahkhutte and Thamel  at 7 AM. If you want to travel like locals then you need to go to Naya Bus Park in Gongabu and get yourself a bus ticket to Pokhara. There are also micro vans or Hiace vans which leave for Pokhara at an interval of 1 to 2 hours daily. Private vehicles are also available on hire. The vehicle comes with a driver and rental charges depend on the size and type of the vehicle.

As per our itinerary, you travel from Kathmandu to Pokhara and vice versa by flight. Due to the mountainous terrain, aircrafts used for domestic flights in Nepal tend to be small and light.  You will be flying either in a 70 to 47 seater ATR , 30 seater Jetstream or a 18 seater Beechcraft. The 25 minutes flight lets you enjoy incredible views of Himalayan peaks.

Upon reaching Pokhara, you board a private vehicle and drive to the trailhead of your trek, Hile. You drive on a pitched highway up to Nayapul, and later take an off-road to Hile. The drive lasts for a little over two hours. From Hile you start your trek and walk all the way to Annapurna Sanctuary.  On the last day of your trek, you will be picked up from Matque and driven to Pokhara.


Entry Permits & Requirements

The permits you need for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek are – 1) Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit, and 2) TIMS (Tourist Information Management System) card.

Both Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit and TIMS Card can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board’s Office in Kathmandu or Tourist Information Centre in Pokhara.

To get these permits you need to provide the following documents and information:

  • Copy of your passport
  • 2 Passport-sized photos
  • Dates when your trek starts and ends
  • Itinerary/route
  • Entry and exit points
  • Emergency Contact Information (local and home country’s)
  • Travel Insurance Details

Permit Fees: Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Entry Permit: NRS 3000 per person for foreigners, NRS 1000 for citizens of SAARC countries, and NRS 100 for Nepalese.

TIMS Card: NRS 1000 if you are trekking with a guide. NRS 2000 for free individual trekker (FIT). For SAARC country nationals, NRS 300 if trekking with a guide and NRS 600 for a solo trekker.

You won’t have to worry about queuing up to get the permits as the company or our guides will arrange all the permits for you.


Altitude Sickness & Acclimatization

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek takes you to the foot of tenth highest in the world Annapurna I (8,091m). The highest point of your trek is Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130 metres above sea level. Here the air is thin which will make breathing a bit difficult.

To let your body get used to the thin air, you need to walk slowly, steadily and keep your body hydrated. If you try to hasten and walk fast to reach your destination in less time, chances are you may suffer from AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness.

AMS symptoms like dizziness, headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue etc., are seen at elevations above 2000 metres. Taking diamox and a good night’s rest may work for mild cases. Drinking plenty of fluids (water, tea, soup etc.) and keeping your body hydrated will also help to keep the sickness at bay.

One should take necessary precautions to ensure that the condition does not worsen. But if the symptoms worsen, one may have to return to a lower elevation and get medical help. In the worst-case scenario, an air evacuation will be arranged, where the patient will be flown to Kathmandu or Pokhara to receive medical aid. AMS, if untreated or ignored can take your life.

This itinerary has been designed by experts and veteran guides. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is well paced and allows your body to gradually get used to low levels of oxygen in the mountain air.

The chart given below will give you a rough idea about the level of oxygen in the atmosphere on the trail.

Altitude

Oxygen Level

1000m/3,281ft

88%

2500m/8,202ft

73%

3000m/9,843ft

68%

3500m/11,483ft

64%

4000m/13,123ft

60%

4500m/14,764ft

57%


Drinking Water

It is important to keep your body hydrated on the trail as dehydration also causes AMS. One should drink at least 3-4 litres of fluid

To tackle the menace of plastic waste in the Annapurna Region, the sale of bottled water has been banned since 2015.  Inside the Annapurna Conservation Area, you will find several safe drinking water stations.  We highly recommend you to carry a reusable water bottle with you, one that can hold hot water. You can use one with a steri pen or an inbuilt filtration system like LifeStraw.

You can also use water purification tablets to treat the water. While the water in the mountains tend to be pure and without impurities, it’s better not to take chances and filter or treat the water before drinking.

Using chlorine or iodine tablets to treat the water may alter its taste. You can add flavored electrolyte powder (which are readily available at pharmacies in Kathmandu) to mask the bitter chemical taste. Adding electrolyte to your drinking water may also be beneficial as the minerals (sodium, potassium, magnesium etc.) you lose while walking gets replenished.

Teahouses offer boiled and filter drinking water at additional cost. Charges vary according to altitude (the higher you reach, the more expensive it will be) and quantity. You will be charged from USD 1 to 2 for a pot of hot and filtered drinking water.


Internet Connectivity

Internet connection (though erratic and irregular at some places) is available in the Annapurna Region. You can connect with your loved ones while trekking, post updates and upload pictures on social media. Wi-fi is available at all teahouses. Teahouses charge extra for using their Wi-Fi hotspot.

You can also get a sim card (preferably Ncell) in Kathmandu and purchase internet data to use on your trek. But the mobile internet data only works up to Bamboo. Beyond Bamboo you can use the Wi-Fi hotspot at the teahouses to access internet.


Packing Checklist for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

As opposed to popular belief, you don’t need a lot of complicated gear and equipment for an Annapurna adventure. Here’s a basic checklist of the most essential items that you should not forget to bring with you during your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek:

  • A sturdy pair of trekking boots with good ankle support
  • Rucksack or daypack (30 litres) with waterproof cover
  • Trekking pants and waterproof trousers
  • T-shirts or shirts
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/ waterproof light jacket
  • Fleece jumper or jacket
  • Inner Thermal (top and trouser)
  • Socks and underwear
  • Sunglasses, sun hat, woolen cap or balaclava
  • Inner and outer gloves
  • Headlamp, power bank and extra batteries
  • Sun protection cream, wet wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Towel, flip-flop or rubber sandal, toiletries
  • Water bottle and water purification tablets
  • 4 season Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner

These are only some of the essential items. Find a more detailed - Packing List For Trekking In Nepal

Most of the trekking equipment are available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the most essential items and renting or buying the rest in Kathmandu. Shops in Thamel offer branded as well locally made gear and equipment.

You can leave your spare luggage at your hotel’s storage room. It is completely safe and free. But do make sure to lock your luggage before leaving it at the storage unit.    


Guide(s) & Staff Arrangements

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek takes you to the base of an 8,000 metre peak, Annapurna I (8,091m). Having an experienced local guide accompanying you will enrich your trip in so many ways. Trekking with a person who has in-depth knowledge of the mountain will also keep you safe and secure.

When you book a trek with us, we pair you up with one of our local guides. All our guides have an experience of more than 10 years and have a vast knowledge of the area you are visiting. They have completed the trekking guide course and have the required government license to work as a mountain guide. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.

The trek will be led by a chief guide or trek leader. For every 4 trekkers, there will be an assistant guide assisting them personally. One porter will carry the luggage of 2 clients. Make sure that your luggage does not exceed 15 kg, as the porter can only carry a weight of 30 kg.

We believe in ethical treatment of our staff. All our Guides and Porters are provided with weather appropriate gear and clothing to battle the harsh weather in the mountains. Before the start of a trek, we ensure that our mountain guides are fully insured. They are given fair wages and treated with respect.

We seriously follow the guidelines set by IPPG (International Porter protection Group) and offer assistance to porters to develop other skills. A portion from the booking fee goes to fund the education of our field staffs’ kids.


Travel Insurance

For Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, you need a good travel insurance policy that offers you coverage for all activities and altitudes included in your itinerary. The highest altitude you reach is 4130 metres and your travel insurance should offer you suitable coverage up to this elevation.

Though we take your safety as our number one priority, we cannot rule out mishaps and emergencies that may occur at this altitude. There is less oxygen in the environment and trekkers usually suffer from Acute Mountain Sickness, which could prove to be fatal if not treated on time.

Walking on a treacherous mountain environment also exposes you to physical injuries. Therefore, make sure that your insurance covers the cost of all injuries and emergencies that you can possibly face during this trekking adventure.

 Your insurance policy should especially cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and hospitalization in case of an accident or medical emergency as these happen to be quite expensive. Check for vaccination requirements as some travel insurance policies makes it mandatory to immunize yourself before you leave your country. 

Before you decide on a policy, be mindful and don’t forget to read the fine print. It would be advantageous for you also to choose a company that offers insurance cover on both domestic as well as international flight cancellations and lost or stolen baggage.


Trip Safety

We ensure the safety of our clients by following all safety protocols during the trip. This itinerary has been designed by travel experts and veteran guides who have trekked on this route innumerable times.

Our guides always carry a first-aid kit and pulse oximeter (to measure the oxygen level in your blood) with them. The guides assigned to you have more than 10 years’ experience and know what steps to take during an emergency. They are well-trained in wilderness first aid and crisis management.

If a client shows symptoms of AMS and needs to descend to a lower elevation, an assistant guide will escort him/her and will follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and will take the required steps needed for the well-being of the client.

If he/she feels alright after a night’s rest, the guide will escort the client back to join the group. But if the condition worsens, the client will be escorted down to a lower elevation or get air lifted to Pokhara or Kathmandu for expert medical aid.


A typical day on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

A typical day on the trail begins with a wakeup call at around 6 AM by your guide. Freshen up and get ready. Pack your belongings and head to the dining area for breakfast by 7 AM. Check your luggage for the final time and fill your water bottle, before you hit the trail by 8 AM along with your guide.

To avoid walking in the heat and to enjoy clear views of the mountains, you make an early start. En route there will be short breaks to enjoy the views and take photographs. You stop for lunch at a local teahouse around noon or mid-day. After a quick rest of about an hour or 40 minutes, you get back on the trail and continue till you reach your overnight stop.

Upon reaching the stop for the night, you head to your teahouse, check in and have some rest. Tea with some light refreshments (cookies or biscuits) will be served at 5 PM. As the rooms are not insulated, you can warm yourself by the heater or stove in the communal area.

Exchange stories or play cards with other trekkers till dinner is served (around 7PM). After dinner, your guide will brief you about the next day’s trek – the route you will take, difficulty, where you will stop for lunch etc. Afterwards, retire for the night and have a well-deserved rest.

On average, you may have to walk 5 to 6 hours daily. The toughest will be the ascent to Annapurna Base Camp and the long descent to Bamboo (7- 8 hours) the next day. On Day 7 you will have to wake up earlier than usual to catch the sunrise.


Responsible Travel

Travel responsibly and try to limit any negative impact on the environment. Limit the use of plastic and be mindful about throwing waste in the mountains. When you trek with us, you will be supporting local communities (from the guides and porters to teahouse owners). We as a company support sustainable tourism and patronize local businesses. We partner with service providers who work towards saving the environment.  As an active member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) we make sure that our trips are environment friendly.


Annapurna Sanctuary Trek FAQs

If you have booked a package with us you won’t be spending much as accommodation and 3 meals are already included in your trip price. You may have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, extra snacks, hot showers, electronic device charging, wifi etc. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000-3000) per day will suffice.

Please do note that if you are traveling in a group, a member falling sick won’t disrupt your trip. While the sick person will be taken care of, the rest of the group will be able to continue with the trip.

If someone becomes ill on the trail your trekking guide will take the sick person’s condition on account and decide he or she shall continue with the trek or return to a lower elevation and wait for the rest of the group. If his or her condition is serious then the person will be flown by air ambulance to Kathmandu or Pokhara for expert medical attention. An assistant will take care of the sick person, while the rest of the group shall proceed onwards and complete the trip as per the itinerary. 

If you want to add extra activities and sites to your itinerary it can be done. Our Travel Consultant will help you customize your trip. Just let us know which places you want to visit and what you want to do and we will add these in your itinerary.

We usually provide private comfortable vehicles to individual tourists. For groups we provide comfortable luxury buses for pick up and drop-offs.

While tipping is not mandatory it is a nice way of showing your appreciation to the people who have helped you enrich your holiday experience. It all depends on how far you are pleased and satisfied with their services. There is no fixed amount, but many of our clients offer 8-10 percent of the total tour price as tips.   

Each day you can expect 5 to 7 hours of walking, covering around 10 to 14 km. However when you reach 3500m, you will be walking around 5 to 7 hours but the distance covered will be less as you will be walking slowly at higher altitudes. We want you to know that all our itineraries are flexible and can be altered by weather, geographical and physical condition of the individual participants.

The quality of teahouses in the Annapurna Region is pretty good and most of them offer facilities like western toilets, hot showers (may charge cost) and a wide range of items on their menu. The rooms are usually furnished with two separate beds with mattress, pillows, blankets and bed sheets. Most of the teahouses are family or community run establishments. Teahouses are like an extended home and have a warm and cosy feel to them.

We provide sleeping bag and down jacket but you need to bring your own personal gear. We can recommend some good stores where you can hire or buy new ones.

Teahouses offer boiled and filtered drinking water to trekkers for a price. Though you can purchase bottled water, we discourage the use of plastic bottled water on the trail because of the adverse effect on the environment. You can bring along with you a reusable bottle nd fill it up with drinking water. 

Your guide will check the condition of the water of the filtered water before you purchase it. Please be assured that our guide will thoroughly check whether the water has been boiled and treated properly before you drink it.

Teahouse trekking is one of the most popular ways of trekking in Nepal. Teahouse trekking has almost replaced old style camping treks in Nepal along the popular trekking routes of Annapurna and Everest regions. Teahouse Trek involves resting or stopping at teahouses or lodges scattered along the trail for the night. The teahouses are locally owned and they provide accommodation and food. While the standard of teahouses varies, most of these establishments usually offer basic services - small rooms (usually on a twin sharing basis with comfortable beds), shared washroom, a heated communal dining area and a menu with a range of dishes. Some may offer wi-fi and hot shower. As these teahouses are located in remote locations, one should not expect the service of a city hotel while staying in one. But in popular trails like Everest Base Camp trail and Annapurna Base Camp trail one can expect luxury standard accommodations too. 


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Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.
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Based on 5 reviews

George Lindqvist
flagsSweden
Mar 04, 2020
An unforgettable experience in Nepal Himalayas
My partner and I completed Annapurna Sanctuary with Third Rock Adventures and had the most amazing time. Our trekking guide was professional and incredibly knowledgeable. We made lifelong friends and saw some of the best parts of Nepal. We reached out to Naba. He was brilliant, easy to contact and very efficient. Everything was hassle-free. Overall, brilliant service from all involved and made our trekking experience an unforgettable one. Would love to travel with Third Rock Team again.
Best Destination,Good Value
Yes
Aimee Belliveau
flagsNew Zealand
Oct 08, 2019
Trek to Annapurna Base Camp through Poon Hill/Gorepani
We have hired Third Rock Adventures service for a trek to the Annapurna base camp, through Poon Hill, in Nov 2019. Great trek and great service from the agency! We asked for a guide able to tell us about the local culture and the mountains, and the agency actually delivered more than that: we trekked with a real friend who took care of us like if we were family members. One person in our group got severely sick and our guide did all the necessary so that he could receive the needed treatment, despite been up in the mountains. All we can say about the people at Third Rock Adventures is that they are gentlemen and professionals who deliver above expectations. I strongly recommend this agency!
Phillip Moore
flagsUnited Kingdom
Apr 28, 2019
Annapurna Sanctuary- A true gem of Nepal
Me and my wife walked the Annapurna Sanctuary with Third Rock Adventures. At first we were a little weary about taking the services of a local company instead of going with a travel company in Manchester. Turns out, we made the best decision of our lives. The services provided by them was excellent. We were taken care like we were family and they left us completely satisfied. We must advise everyone travelling to Nepal for trekking to choose a local company like Third Rock Adventures, you will get a whole lot more than what you paid for. Three cheers for Third Rock Adventures....
Best Destination
Good Value, I like itinerary,
Gordon Lancaster
flagsUnited States of America
Mar 22, 2019
A hard but rewarding trek
I discovered Third Rock Adventures’ website while searching for a good trekking agency on the internet. I decided to book the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with them as they were quick with their responses and the only company who took the trouble to call. Because I am 68 years old, I needed a lot of help in preparing for my trip. The communication before and during the trip was excellent. Their wise advice and expert guidance proved to be invaluable. My guide Deepak and the porter Ram, helped me a lot along the difficult trail. I am forever grateful to them as they made this adventure happen. It was hard work and not easy for 60 plus me and there were moments when I doubted that I would ever make it to Base Camp. But these humble mountain men gently encouraged me and helped me through the most difficult trails. It was a dream come true when I finally stood at the Sanctuary. It was a beautiful journey. Thank you to all the team at TRA for a memorable trip. Thank you so much Deepak and Ram for taking such good care of me. I give my highest recommendation to Third Rock Adventures and their guides.
Good Value.
Yes
I wanted to walk to the Annapurna Sanctuary.
The whole trip was memorable, but I shall never forget the sunrise from the Annapurna Sanctuary. It was spectacular!
Get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. You won't regret it!
Saurabh Jose
flagsAustralia
Apr 28, 2018
Annapurna Sanctuary- Best Experiences
This was our first trek abroad for my friend and I. We identified one local trekking company on Trip Adviser which had excellent reviews but unfortunately they were not terribly responsive to email and WhatsApp communications. We therefore decided to find a trekking company upon our arrival in Kathmandu. We had booked two nights at the Oasis Hotel. The manager there - Tulsi, recommended ‘Third Rock Adventure’. Tulsi helped create an itinerary that suited our capabilities and requirements. This was reviewed by our trekking guide (Jaysram Adhikari) and the porter (Vishnu Bhatta). We were told to us to ask any questions, which was reassuring as it was our first trek abroad
Best Destination,Good Value,I like itinerary,Recommended by Friend,Best and Selected Tours,
Yes
Want to Visit Himalayas
On Way of poon Hill and Annapurna Sanctuary
Very nice place must go
Recommendation

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