Annapurna Sanctuary Trek [14 Days] - Adventures Snow Mountain

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek [14 Days]

 Trip Duration: 14 Days                                           Max-Altitude: 5,416m/17,764ft

 

Trip Info –
Annapurna Sanctuary is one of the most popular classic treks in the world. Our 14-day journey kicks off in Kathmandu where we visit amazing World Heritage Sites scattered around the city. The actual trek begins from Syange to Manang where we acclimatize for a day. The dry yet mesmerizing landscape of the Manang valley adds up an extra flavor in the recipe. Next day, we continue our trek towards the dynamic landscapes and culture of the Annapurna region. We circle the Annapurna to win over one of the world’s highest pass -Thorong La (5,416m/17,769ft), after victory we hit towards Muktinath, a place of highly spiritual significance for the Nepalese and foreigners, especially both Hindus and Buddhists. We then hike down to Jomsom and fly back to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu to chill out celebrating and ending our 14 days trek.

OUTLINED ITINERARY

13NIGHTS 14DAYS
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 8 – 10 hours
Day 04: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 – 8 hours
Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 – 7 hours
Day 08: Manang: Acclimatization day
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 – 4 hours
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours
Day 11: Trek to Thorong La (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) then drive to Jomsom: 7 – 8 hours trek, 1 hour drive
Day 12: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara: 25 minutes
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
Day 14:  Final departure

 DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

After arriving in Kathmandu, we will pick you up from the airport and transfer to the hotel. You can get refreshed and have some rest. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

Day 02: Kathmandu: sightseeing and trek preparation

We tour UNESCO World Heritage Sites today. These sites highlight Nepal’s cultural and religious heritages. Our first stop will be Kathmandu Durbar Square which showcases Kathmandu’s rich architectural prowess during the Malla dynasty (c1201–1769),and then Swayambhunath Stupa which tourists commonly refer to as the ‘Monkey Temple’ owing to a large number of the monkey population in the vicinity. Next is Pashupatinath Temple which is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Hindus all over the world followed by the Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath which is one of the largest stupas in the world. Lastly, in the late afternoon we visit the office for a brief orientation on our trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri (2050 m/6725 ft): 30 min flight and 6 hours trek

We fly to Pokhara early in the morning. As soon as we land in Pokhara, we notice the spectacular Himalayan vista the city is adorned with. We can see Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, the five peaks of Annapurna and others. From Pokhara, we drive to Naya Pul and start the trek. We walk through a valley forest, cross the Bhurundi Khola (river) before reaching Tikhedhunga Village. The Ulleri Hill with thousands of steps and boulders that continually go upward will really prove a test of our stamina. We reach Ulleri by late afternoon. Overnight in Ulleri.

 

Day 04: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,750 m/ 9,020 ft): 4 – 5 hours trek

After breakfast, we ascend to the Ghorepani village via stone stairs. As we are ascending we admire the spectacular scenery as Annapurna South looms large, coming and going from our view.  We pass waterfalls, tiny villages, and several tea-houses before reaching Ghorepani. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. The village has small shops that sell local products such as handbags and crafts. The village also has good wi-fi. Overnight in Ghorepani.

 

Day 05: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft) with a visit to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft): 6 – 7 hours

We get up early in the morning to reach Poon Hill just in time to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. Poon Hill is the most popular destination to enjoy close up views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges and enjoy the sunrise from these majestic mountains. From Poon Hill, we also get incredible views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains. After enjoying a cup of coffee, we trek back to Ghorepani. We have breakfast here then walk towards the east and climb a ridge. Our trail descends through rhododendron forests and waterfalls before we reach Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.

 

Day 06: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft): 6 hours trek

The trail starts off with a descent through a large rhododendron forest. The forest trail ends and our trail opens up to beautifully terraced fields. We walk uphill for around 5 km and pass waterfalls and reach a suspension bridge. Suspension bridges are very common in the hilly and mountainous regions of Nepal. A few more miles of uphill and downhill trekking and we reach our destination for today, Chhomrong. It is a beautiful village right below the giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong.

 

Day 07: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m/7578ft): 4 – 5 hours

We leave Chhomrong and walk on quite a number of stone steps before reaching the Chhomrong Khola. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and begin an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Our trail passes through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar. From here we embark on an easy descent to Bamboo. Overnight in Bamboo.

 

Day 08: Bamboo to Deurali (3230m/10,595ft): 3 – 4 hours

We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold. We then walk uphill on a trail which is sometimes steep.  It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here our trail descends to a river before ascending to Deurali. From here, we can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills and Mt. Dhaulagiri. We notice that the vegetation has become sparse allowing magical views of the valley, the river below and cliffs adorned with waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.

 

Day 09: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft): 5- 6 hours

We follow the valley trail in a steady climb. The trail sticks to a rocky cliff and is sometimes steep. We walk on a somewhat flat path for a while before ascending to Machhapurchre Base Camp. From here we get excellent views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna mountains. We then turn left and begin ascending gently to the Annapurna Base Camp. During our ascent we can admire spectacular views of the Himalayan panorama. Walking further we reach the base camp of Mt. Annapurna and it is amazing. We are surrounded by magnificent peaks and the only way into this area is through the gorge we just hiked. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.

 

Day 10:  Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo: 7 – 8 hours

From Annapurna Base Camp our trail rapidly descends past the Machhapuchhre Base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel and Doban and finally to Bamboo where we spend the night. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult. Overnight in Bamboo.

 

Day 11: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1760m/5770 ft): 5 – 6 hours

We retrace our step back to Chhomrong where we stop for lunch. From Chomrong it is a steep descent down to the Modi Khola valley. The stone steps to Chhomrong are equally tricky as they were before. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. On the way, we enjoy our walking through rain forests and farms. After reaching Jhinu Danda, we can spend the rest of the afternoon taking a rest and relaxing. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.

 

Day 12: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara: 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

We leave Jhinu Danda and enjoy the beautiful hill landscape of western Nepal on our way to Naya Pul. We have lunch on the way. The actual trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary and back ends today. We  board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

 

Day 13: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

We fly to Kathmandu in the morning. After landing at the airport, we will be dropped off at our hotel in the city. We can spend the day taking the much needed rest or catch up on some last minute shopping.  Either way, we mark the end of our successful trip with a farewell dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier where we can share our experiences of the trek before flying back home the next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

Day 14: Final departure

We will drop you off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. Farewell and see off at the airport. You have a very pleasing flight with lots of memories of Nepal within.

Hope you never stop your adventure and keep walking…beyond!

Inclusion

  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airport
  • Accommodations in 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouses during the trek
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meals during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Domestict flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

 

Exclusion

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)