1. Travelling to and staying in beautiful Gurung and Magar villages in Ghorepani, Poonhill and Sinuwa.
2. 360 degree view of the mountains in the Annapurna range.
3. Travelling to the Annapurna Base Camp.
4. Walking past the narrow pass between Himchuli and Machhapuchhre mountain.
5. Spotting rare animal and plant life.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek combines the best part of the Ghorepani-Poonhill trek and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. In these 13 days of trekking, you will experience warm hospitality of the Gurung and Magar people - who make up most of the population in the region. You will also be face to face with some of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the world.
Annapurna Sanctuary is a mountainous plateau - an oval shaped flat-topped land encircled by high mountains from all sides, save the narrow pass between Mt. Himchuli and Machhapuchhre. Annapurna, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Annapurna South are some mountains that make up this ring.
The southern part of the sanctuary is full of lush green vegetation, mainly rhododendron, and mountain wildlife. Further north the vegetation is more Tundra like. The northern slope of the sanctuary receives little rainfall; therefore is drier and vegetation is dominated by short bushes and shrubs.
The region is of special religious importance to the Gurung people. They believe it to be home to the ancient Naga people; who are part of the Indian mythology and folklore. The place is also a holy destination for Hindus and Buddhists with various symbolic associations. The sanctuary is part of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Visits are regulated and development activities are restricted to preserve the pristineness of the place.
Trip Route : Kathmandu- Pokhara - Poon Hill - Chhomrung- MBC - ABC - Jhinu
Best Month: September to December and March to May
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300 m / 4,665 ft), transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (820 m / 2,690 ft), 6-7 hours, and transfer to Hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul (1,070 m/ 3,510 ft), one and half hours, and trek to Tikhedhunga (1,540 m/ 5,052 ft), 3-4 hours.
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2,860 m/ 9,383 ft), 6-7 hours walk.
Day 05: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m/ 10,531 ft) and trek to Tadapani (2,590 m/ 8,497 ft), 6-7 hours.
Day 06: Tadapni to Sinuwa (2,340 m/ 7,677 ft), 7-8 hours.
Day 07: Sinuwa to Deurali (3,100 m/10,170 ft), 6-7 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/ 13,549 ft),4-5 hours, and base camp exploration.
Day 09: Sunrise view from Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/ 13,549 ft) and trek back to Bamboo (2,340 m/ 7,677 ft), 6-7 hours.
Day 10: Bamboo to Jhinu (1,780 m/ 5,839 ft), 6-7 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara (1,070 M / 3,510 ft), 3-4 hours of walk and one and half hours of drive.
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu (1,300 m/ 4,665 ft), 6-7 hours, and transfer to hotel.
Day 13: Departure or extend your trip.
Important Notes and Safety Concerns
We prioritize your safety all the time while traveling with Ambition Himalaya Treks & Expeditions. We want our valuable guests and staffs to be safe thus we have given full authority to your tour leaders to modify, cancel or update any part of the itinerary if it is considered necessary due to safety concerns. Ambition Himalaya promises that we will do our best to stick with planned itinerary. However, natural disasters, weather disturbances, health conditions or any other mishap may force us to change the planned itinerary and we hope you understand these concerns. Our leaders will give you necessary information and discuss with you before changing the itinerary.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m
You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,300 m). Our representatives will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. Ambition Himalaya will welcome you with a typical Nepali cuisine at a traditional Nepali restaurant. Dinner will be followed by cultural show and traditional dance. We will provide you information about the upcoming trek. You will then rest, preparing for the next day’s travel.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 820 m/2,690 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
Pokhara is another valley like Kathmandu and lies west of the capital city. We will wake up early today and board on a tourist bus which will take us to Pokhara (900m). We travel along the picturesque Prithvi Highway for most part of our journey. The highway serpents by the bank of Trishuli river; one of the deepest river in Nepal. The river is a famous rafting destination. You also have the option of travelling by air or private vehicle but you will have to pay extra for it.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tikhedhunga
Altitude: 1,070 m/3,510 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We wake up in Pokhara - welcomed by the majestic sight of Mount Machhapuchhre. After having our breakfast we drive to Nayapul (1,070m). It is a one hour drive and we travel along the raging Seti river, beautiful villages and paddy/millet fields. From Nayapul, we head to Tikhedhunga (1,540m). The trek is 4-5 hours long and provides beautiful view of the Annapurna and Lamjung mountains. We walk past beautiful villages and forests.
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani
Altitude: 2,860 m/9,383 ft
Ghorepani (2,860 m) is one of the prime attraction of our trek. It is a beautiful village famed for its homestays. Ghorepani provides wonderful view of the mountains in the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri region. We leave Tikhedhunga and head for Ghorepani today - walking through dense rhododendron and oak forests. Mountain creeks like Burundi Khola and waterfalls add beauty to our road.
Day 05: Hike to Poon Hill and Tadapani trek
Altitude: Poon Hill (3,210 m/ 10,531 ft)/ Tadapani (2,590 m/8,497 ft)
Time: 6-7 hours
Poon Hill is one of the best places for mountain view in the Annapurna region. We wake up very early in Ghorepani and head for Poon Hill before sunrise. Sunrise from Poon Hill and the view of the first morning rays touching the Dhaulagiri, Dhampus, Nilgiri, Annapurna, Himchuli and Fishtail peaks is stunning. After enjoying our early morning in Poon Hill, we come back to Ghorepani. We will have our breakfast and start a five hour trek to Tadapani (2,590 m).
Day 06: Trek to Sinuwa
Altitude: 2,340 m/7,677 ft
Time: 7-8 hours
We will travel to Sinuwa today. Sinuwa is a mountain village at the altitude of 2,340 m. It is famous for its mountain view. Trek to Sinuwa from Tadapani takes us through deep and solitary rhododendron forests. We will encounter many rare wildlife and plants on our way. This is cattle trail and don't be surprised if hundreds of goats suddenly obstruct your road.
Day 07: Trek to Deurali
Altitude: 3,100 m/10,170 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We will trek from Sinuwa to Deurali today. Deurali (3,100 m) is our gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary. It is a beautiful little village providing a wonderful view of the mountains in the Annapurna range. Before we reach Deurali we pass by Hinku cave. We spend a few hours exploring the cave and head for Deurali where we will rest before trekking to our destination tomorrow.
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp
Altitude: 4,130 m/13,549 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
We travel to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m) today. Our road passes through alpine forests and snowy mountains. We rest for a few minutes and start exploring the base camp which provides a view of the mountains on all directions. Base of Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Dhaulagiri etc are very near from the Annapurna Base Camp. We set up our tents and slide into it after preparing dinner for ourselves.
Day 09: Trek to Bamboo
Altitude: 2,340 m/7,677 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We wake up early today as we will not want to miss the wonderful sight of the morning sunlight lighting up the nearby mountains. Annapurna Base Camp provides wonderful view of the Annapurna I, Annapurna South and the Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) mountain. We will descend down to Bamboo (2,340 m) after breakfast. As we move to the lower terrain the vegetation changes from Alpine to more mid-hill like with green forests dominating our landscape.
Day 10: Bamboo to Jhinu
Altitude: 1,780 m/5,839 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
Jhinu Danda (1,780 m) is famous for its natural hot-spring. We leave bamboo behind and head for Jhinu - passing the mountain river Chomrong Khola near Chomrong village. We will cross the river via a suspension bridge. We need to climb nearly 2,000 stone steps to reach Chomrong Hilltop. From Chomrong it is a sharp descend to Jhinu. We will meet many terraced farms and people working in the farms on our way to Jhinu. We bathe and relax at the hot water spring in Jhinu.
Day 11: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara
Altitude: 1,070 m/ 3,510 ft
Time: 4-5 hours
Our journey goes full circle today. We head for Nayapul from Jhinu, walking along the Modi river and beautiful villages like Syauli Bazar. We meet road in Nayapul and we board a vehicle waiting for us which will take us to Pokhara. The trek takes about four hours and its a 45 minute drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. We will enjoy a relaxing stroll in the Phewa lakeside in the evening.
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu
Altitude: 1,300 m/4,665 ft
Time: 6-7 hours
We head back to Kathmandu today. We again board on a tourist bus which will take us to Kathmandu via the banks of Marsyangdi and Trishuli river. You also have the option of travelling by air or private vehicle but you will have to pay extra for it. We will enjoy a musical evening in Thamel and shed our tiredness of the long trek. You will go back to your hotel room after the musical show.
Day 13: Departure
You will head back to your destination today. We will drop you at the Tribhuvan International Airport after a small traditional Nepali ceremony marking your departure. You will board on a flight for your destination at the airport. You also have the option of extending your trip by taking part in other treks.
US$ 699/ per person (price valid for minimum 2 person)
- Airport pickup and drop in private vehicle.
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu.
- Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu on tourist bus.
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara.
- Pokhara-Nayapul and Nayapul -Pokhara drive on private vehicle.
- Necessary papers and trekking permits ( ACAP permit and TIMS permit )
- 3 meals and 3 hot drinks per day during trekking.
- Seasonal fruits after night meal.
- Accommodations in Lodge during trek.
- Well trained English speaking guides (including their salary, accommodation, meal, transportation and insurance).
- For groups over 6 people - assistant guide (including their salary, accommodation, meal, tramsportation and insurance).
- Porters throughout the trek - 1 porter will carry 2 trekker's baggage. (Including salary, food, accommodation, and transportation).
- Basic equipment for trekking such as down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag ( Duffel Bag, down jacket and sleeping bag must be returned after trek).
- Ambition Himalaya t-shirt.
- Basis first aid kit with guide.
- Expedition taxes, paper works, and company service charges for the trek.
- A complimentary traditional Nepali dinner on arrival..
- Certificate of achievement can be prepared with the signature of company director and your local guide (only if requested).
- Overseas airfare and visa fees ($25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days and $ 100 for 90 days ).
- Travel, emergency rescue charge and insurance.
- Food other than mentioned above, telephone bills, laundry charges and shower fees.
- Wifi charger and battery charging bill during the trek.
- Extra porter and activities outside itinerary.
- Lunch & dinner costs during Kathmandu stay.
- Extra costs caused by natural disaster, flight delay, early arrival etc.
- Extra incentives such as tips and gifts for the guides and porters.
- Any benefits not mentioned in 'cost includes' section unless indicated on booking.
- Lunch and dinner cost in Pokhara.
Equipment you need to bring
- Pair of trek boot, sleeping bag, down jacket, pullovers, neck scarf for evening/night/morning.
- Sun hat and casual warm clothes for day.
- Some pairs of good quality socks, slippers, suntan lotions, personal medications etc.
List of recommended gears for trekking in Nepal. These gear list can be different depending on route, season etc. Some items are only recommended for high altitude treks.
Sun hat, scarf, light balaclava or warm fleece hat. Sunglasses (real ones, with true UV protection).
Undergarments, comfortable hiking shorts, lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, fleece or wool pants (seasonal), Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants.
Thin and lightweight inner socks, thick and warm wool hiking socks, hiking boots with spare laces, sandals (flip-flops for use after trekking and to go to the bathroom & washroom), gaiters (For high altitude trekking and crossing passes).
T-shirts, light and expedition weight thermal tops, fleece jacket or pullover, gloves, fleece wind-stopper jacket (optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest and/or jacket.
One microfiber towel (most guesthouses on the trek do not give towels; quick-dry), sleeping bag rated to zero degree centigrade, DSLR / digital camera with spare batteries, Headlamp [e.g. Petzl Zoom] with spare bulbs and batteries, trekking bag with rain cover / duffel bag, comfortable day pack, trekking poles, water bottle, ear plug (rooms are divided by thin woods so better to avoid noise from other rooms).
Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, nail clippers, sun block / face and body moisturizer, Tooth brush / toothpaste (preferably biodegradable), feminine hygiene products, small mirror.
Wet wipes (baby wipes), tissue / toilet rolls, anti-bacterial hands wash, water purifier (Better than using mineral water to keep the mountains clean).
Extras / Luxuries:
Adapters (Nepal - two prong, 220 volt plug; or an international, universal adapter), multi tool (Swiss Army Knife, Leatherman tool), personal snacks (candy bars & cookies can also be bought in Kathmandu, Pokhara or at every guesthouse), sewing kit (sometime it’s very useful), superglue, books for reading on free time, cell / mobile phone, trail map / guide book, Ipod / walkman / Mp3 player / Mp4 player, pens / pencils and small notebooks, games i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards etc.