The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is considered as an enchanting mix of excellent trekking and spectacular wilderness with a backdrop of high peaks. Following an ancient trade route to Tibet, we climb beyond the rhododendron and bamboo forests, terraced fields and quaint villages of the lowlands, to reach a world of glaciers and magnificent peaks at the Annapurna South Base Camp, 4130m.
This amazing trek follows a gorge leading into the mountain fortress known as the “Annapurna Sanctuary”, the divine abode of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. It is a slightly longer version of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek as it also consists of hiking along the high ridges to Ghorepani and a Pre-dawn walk up to Poon Hill which gives you an opportunity to watch the suns first ray hit the peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurnas.
The altitude is a little over 4000m at Annapurna South base camp which means adjustment is vital. Although it is possible to reach ABC in less time, our itinerary has been planned to allow our bodies time to acclimatize and our actual pace will be governed by our health rather than the itinerary. We will generally be walking for about 5 to 7 hours each day. The flagstone hiking trail is either going uphill or downhill constantly. In the lush forest of the approach to the Annapurna Sanctuary the underfoot conditions can be damp and slippery.
There are lodges and tea-houses all along this popular trekking route which provide welcoming places to rest and refresh, as well as an insight into the Gurung lifestyle, the predominant ethnic group in the area.
Go Himalayan Adventures are highly experienced in making your trip safe, comfortable and enjoyable for a reasonable price. We can tailor the expedition to your specific preferences and needs. Those with time constraints may consider Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is possible in all seasons however, in the winter the Base Camp is sometimes closed due to the level of snow. The most beautiful time of year is spring when the rhododendron forests are in full bloom.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu|
|2||Drive to Pokhara, 900m|
|3||Drive to Nayapul, 1010m; trek to Hile, 1400m||3hrs|
|4||Trek to Ghorepani, 2855m||6-7 hrs|
|5||Trek to Tadapani: 2610m||5hrs|
|6||Trek to Chhomrung, 2040m||4hrs|
|7||Trek to Dovan, 2550m||4-5 hrs|
|8||Trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp, 3700m||4-5 hrs|
|9||Trek to Annapurna Base Camp, 4130m||2-3 hrs|
|10||Trek to Bamboo, 2340m||4-5 hrs|
|11||Trek to Jhinu Danda, 1780m||5 hrs|
|12||Trek to Nayapul-Pokhara||5-6 hrs|
|13||Drive back to Kathmandu, 1345m|
The Best Time to Do the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
The best seasons for trekking in the Annapurna region are spring (February to late April) and autumn (late September to late November). Winter is also possible. During winter there are very few tourists. Some people prefer this season, as they enjoy the beauty of the snow, and the environment of the remote areas without the influx of foreigners. However, if there is a lot of snow the path may be quite challenging above Dovan.
Cultural Aspects of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
The most prominent ethnic groups in the Annapurna region are the Gurungs, Thakali, and Manangba. The Gurungs are the most widely dispersed, being found from the hills of Gorkha district to as far West as Palpa. The Thakalis come from the upper Kali Gandaki Valley around Jomsom, where their traditional farming has been supplemented by trade, in particular the hotel and restaurant business.
This is a Tea House/Lodge Trek
Accommodation is included in the cost of your package. We take great care to arrange the most comfortable accommodation possible throughout your stay.
In Kathmandu, our clients enjoy two nights in ………………….before and after heading into the remote regions.
During the trek, the nights will be spent in clean and comfortable tea houses with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. The family run lodges are a great place to get to know the Nepalese people. In Nepalese culture, a guest is equal to god, and surely this has become even more of a reality since the tourism industry has improved their meager opportunities to earn. You will be made very welcome!
Spending Money per Day
Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 10 – 15 per meal in Kathmandu. On the trek, your meals are included, but you may wish to purchase extras which are not included in your package, such as chocolate bars, Coca Cola or a beer. US$10 – 15 a day should be enough, but keep in mind the cost of all items increases proportionately with the distance from the trail head.
While trekking, it is important to keep hydrated; you should drink at least 3 liters of water each day. In the Annapurna Region there are Euro-guard filters, so all you need is your own water bottle and you can refill it easily. We suggest you bring a supply of water purification tablets in case Euro-guard water is not available. We request that you avoid using bottled mineral water, as the bottles are not easily disposed of.
Washing and Toilet facilities for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. You can ask your trekking guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you. Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.
Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.
Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
When travelling in remote mountain regions, uncertainties such as weather, health problems and natural disasters require a certain amount of flexibility. While our goal is to follow the itinerary, that is not our first priority; your safety is always our first priority. Go Himalayan Adventures request your cooperation to accept the decisions and advice of our trusted and experienced guides if they deem it necessary to change or cancel any part of the itinerary due to safety concerns.
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Go Himalayan Adventures Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Trip Grading and Suitability
To assist you in choosing a trek and to give you an idea of what you can expect, we have categorized our trips by their level of difficulty, A is the easiest, D, the most hard. In addition to this, the levels have been sub-divided into four areas, suitability, walking times, highest altitude, terrain type, and remoteness.
1. Suitability: reasonable level of fitness required.
2. Walking times: 5-6 hours per day for up to 14 days
3. Altitude: up to 4900m
4. Terrain: mostly following well-travelled trails, daily ascent and descent
5. Remoteness: reasonable level of local infrastructure, including lodge accommodation