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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 on 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’! 

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 ten days. Most of the time, you will be walking up and down well-laid stone staircases.
  • The maximum you walk for 8 hours and a minimum of 1 hour. On average, you walk for 5 to 6 hours each day. If you want to take it slow, our experienced guide will allow you to 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 meals and shelter for travelers passing by. 
  • The highest point you will reach is the Annapurna Base Camp at 4,130m.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Day 2 Fly to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft), drive to Hile and trek to Ulleri (1,970m/6,462ft)
Day 3 Trek to Ghorepani (2,874 m/9,427ft)
Day 4 Hike to Poon Hill before sunrise (3,210m/10,529ft) and trek to Tadapani (2,600m/8,528ft)
Day 5 Trek to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,118ft)
Day 6 Trek to Bamboo (2,310m/7,577ft)
Day 7 Trek to Deurali (3,230m/10,595ft)
Day 8 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,547ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,136ft)
Day 9 Trek to Bamboo (2,310m/7,577ft)
Day 10 Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,773ft)
Day 11 Trek to Matque (1,070m/3,510ft) and drive to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft)
Day 12 Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Day 13 Final Departure


Route Map

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek 13 days Route Map Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Map

Detailed Itinerary

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

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 schedule your arrival to Nepal in the morning or during the daytime.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

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

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

 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 the 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 and climb up a flight of stone steps from Tikhedhunga. It is an uphill climb 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.

Day 3: Trek to Ghorepani (2,874 m/9,427ft)

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.

Day 4: Hike to Poon Hill before sunrise (3,210m/10,529ft) and trek to Tadapani (2,600m/8,528ft)

Walking distance: 5-6 hours (9.5 km) trek
Poon Hill Morning view from Poon Hill

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 a rest.

Overnight in Tadapani.

Day 5: Trek to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,118ft)

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 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, savor views of deep gorges and the Himalayan peaks. Head to a teahouse and take a rest.

Overnight in Chhomrong.

Day 6: Trek to Bamboo (2,310m/7,577ft)

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

The near-vertical view of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) from Chhomrong heightens 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.

Day 7: Trek to Deurali (3,230m/10,595ft)

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 colorful 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.

Day 8: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,547ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,136ft)

Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (8 km) trek
Annaruna Base Camp View from Annaruna Base Camp

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 feel as if you are entering a divine place. Step on the Machhapuchhre Base Camp situated at the foot of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak), 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 the Milky Way is visible from ABC on clear nights.

Overnight in Annapurna Base Camp.

Day 9: Trek to Bamboo (2,310m/7,577ft)

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.

Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Danda (1,760m/5,773ft)

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

Today 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 makes your way to a teahouse and celebrate your last day on the trail with your teammates and crew.

Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

Day 11: Trek to Matque (1,070m/3,510ft) and drive to Pokhara (800m/2,624ft)

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

Leave Jhinu Danda and head to Matque. Today’s walk marks the conclusion of your trek. At Matque, 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.

Day 12: Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)

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.

Kathmandu 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 program.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Final Departure

Our representative will drop you at the airport three hours before your flight’s departure. If you wish to explore more of Nepal, do let us know. Choose from one of our standard itineraries or allow us to customize a tour for you.

Best Time To Travel

Spring (March to May) and autumn (mid-September to November) are considered the best seasons to trek to Annapurna Sanctuary. The weather stays dry and clear during these times, making 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 the 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 may be 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 tourist coach or a local bus. The journey takes around 6 to 7 hours. The tourist bus to Pokhara departs daily from Sorahkhutte and Thamel at 7 AM. If you want to travel like locals, 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 that leave for Pokhara at intervals 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 in a 70 to 47 seater ATR, 30 seater Jetstream, or 18 seaters 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 is 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 the tenth highest in the world, Annapurna I (8,091m). The highest point of your trek is Annapurna Base Camp, at 4,130 meters 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 meters. 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 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.

Experts and veteran guides have designed this itinerary. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is well-paced and allows your body to gradually get used to low oxygen levels in the mountain air.

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

Altitude

Oxygen Level

1,000m/3,281ft

88%

2,500m/8,202ft

73%

3,000m/9,843ft

68%

3,500m/11,483ft

64%

4,000m/13,123ft

60%

4,500m/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 liters 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 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 tends 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 (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 an 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 the internet.


Packing Checklist for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

As opposed to popular belief, you don’t need any complicated gear and equipment for an Annapurna adventure. Here’s a basic checklist of the 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 liters) 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 is available on hire in Kathmandu. You can keep your baggage light by only packing the 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 in 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-meter 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 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 mountain guides. They can communicate in English and have received training on wilderness first aid and crisis management.

A chief guide or trek leader will lead the trek. 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 the 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 of 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 meters, 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 in 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 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 to choose a company that offers insurance cover on domestic and 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 of 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 follow the safety protocol. He will closely monitor the client’s condition and take the required steps for the client's well-being.

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 airlifted 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 wake-up 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 enjoy clear mountains' views, 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 7 PM). 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. Afterward, 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.

Altitude Map

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek 13 days Altitude Map

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek FAQs

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.

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.

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 would recommend all our clients to purchase travel insurance before booking any of our treks. Trust us you will have a pleasant holiday knowing that you have a good insurance cover. In the event of any sickness or injury while trekking in the mountains, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation will be considerable. Therefore, traveling with an insurance cover is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up for any of our trips. But be careful while choosing a policy as some policies make special exceptions for adventure travel.

Do read the fine print. Before buying insurance make sure your insurance company is aware of your travel itinerary and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken during the trip. Such as if you are planning to trek or climb (mountaineering expedition) in the Himalayas, your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tour in an urban area, insurance cover of air ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory. While booking a trip with us you need to send us a copy of your insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come for the trip.

No, you cannot get insurance in Nepal. Please also note that Third Rock Adventures does not arrange or sell insurance.

Please do note, all our trekking itineraries incorporate adequate number of acclimatization days. You will get an extra day’s rest at a lower elevation to prepare your body for a walk up in the higher reaches.

AMS or Acute Mountain Sickness usually occurs due to the lack of oxygen in the atmosphere in high altitudes. Our body is not used to walking in high altitude and it requires a lot of time to adapt to thin air in the mountains. Technically there is no way of stopping AMS but you can surely prevent it by following the given tips:

  • Keep your body hydrated. Drink at least 4 liters of water daily.
  • Give up smoking, alcohol and caffeine, the major causes of dehydration and headache.
  • Go slow- it’s not a race. Take plenty of time to acclimatize to the increase in altitude.
  • Don’t skip the acclimatization day. Take Diamox, an over-the-counter pill used to prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.

We carry a first-aid box with us while trekking. But if you want you can carry along some essential medicines like ibuprofen, codeine, paracetamol, lozenges, anti-diarrhea tablets and diamox for AMS.

Most of the guides in our adventure company come from the mountainous areas. They are carefully selected on the basis of their experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. We provide guides that are experienced and fluent in English. With the objective of sustaining local communities, we employ guides from different ethnic backgrounds who have adequate knowledge about the culture, ecosystem, flora and fauna, geography and history of Nepal.

Our guides have the required government license to guide tourists. They have all gone through intensive training programs like wilderness first aid, trekking guide training, eco training workshop and rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering, which are certified and approved by the government of Nepal.

You can store it at your hotel (most hotels in Kathmandu have storage facilities) or you can leave it at our office.

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.





Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.
100%

Based on 8 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
Guan Chai
flagsSingapore
Oct 22, 2019
Annapurna Trekking with poonhill
Me and my team finally decided to use Third Rock Adventures for our ABC and Poon hill trek after a long conversation. The initial communication via whatsapp was hassle-free, which made preparations for the trip very smooth and easy. We were assigned to our guide Dol, who was very patient and caring towards us throughout the entire journey. There were other assistants and porters together with us. They provided us with very clear guidance on things like how to dress and what to eat throughout the trek. They were also constantly looking out for our safety during the trek. All in all, my friends and i had a great experience, and are really thankful for for our guides and porters. We will come back to Third Rock Adventures for other trips.
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!
Varner Altergott
flagsGermany
Oct 02, 2019
Trip to Annapurna region was wonderful
I loved this experience. Yes so perfect from start to the end of 8 days! Our guide Bimal organized all so friendly and clear. Drivers are so friendly, took wonderful way and drive very shure. Our guide (and porter) was so great, very good feeling, helpful, reservate lodges and organice food, .... He took really care about us and made us feel save all the time. He give us a lot of information about culture and we communicate with many people in the villages on the way. Very lovely guide!!! We recommend Third Rock Adventures to all who want to travel Himalayas. We are certain to use your service again in future. Thank you everyone.
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,
Michael A. Lafleur
flagsUnited States of America
Mar 26, 2019
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Namaste! A huge congratulation to myself for successfully trekking to Annapuran Sanctuary. It was a dream of mine to trek in Nepal, especially the famous Annapurna region. I contacted Third Rock and asked if I could trek (for being a novice trekker) and they helped me for days to plan, and prepare myself for the trek. I did 2 week easy exercise before heading to Nepal. I carried around 7k bags for 14 days and walked for a couple of hours and that helped me in Nepal to tackle the rugged trails. Besides, my guide was best. He made everything easy. My best memory is at Poon Hill where I saw incredible views of the mountains. For some time I could not believe my eyes. I was introduced to Magar and Gurung families who owned the hotels. They were so friendly and offered me great hospitality. My 13 days in Nepal are the best days of my life and all thanks to Third Rock Adventures.
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

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