|Accomodation||Hotel in Pokhara and Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek|
|Distance||110km / 68Miles|
|Start / End point||Kathmandu/ Kathmandu|
|Max. Altitude||4,130m at Annapurna Base Camp|
|Meals Included||Breakfast in Pokhara Hotel and all Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek|
|Group size||2 - 24|
|Nature of Trek||Lodge to Lodge Trekking|
|Best Season||Feb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec|
|Trip Code||dwt 17|
|Activity Per Day||Approx. 4-6 hrs walking|
|Transportation||Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus, Pokhara - Dhampus, & Ghandruk Phedi - Pokhara by Private Transportation|
Annapurna Sanctuary Hike Tour Insight
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a spectacular short hike that starts from the bank of the scenic Phewa Lake, upstream along the Modi Khola to the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary and around the central part of the Annapurna ranges. The hike will take you through a huge terrain variety ranging from terraced rice fields, glacial moraine, and shimmering lakes.
Highlights of Sanctuary Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m)
- Relax at hot spring in Jhinu Danda
- Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Khangsar Kang, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare peaks
- Get a taste of rural Nepali life
- Machhapuchhare Base Camp (4,000m)
Benefits of booking this trek with DWT
- Free airport arrival and departure transfer to/from hotel in a private vehicle
- Online trip briefing after booking confirmation
- Pulse oximeters for monitoring blood oxygen saturation level to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potential health risks
- Medical kit
- Free extra luggage storage at the Discovery World Trekking storage during the trek
- Easy booking and reservation system
- Multi-channel communication (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, WeChat, Viber, Skype, Zoom)
- 24/7 phone communication at +977- 9840055491
- Easy payment system.
- Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own
Online Trip Briefing
The online briefing will clear all your doubts about the trek, including things to bring (equipment checklist) for the hike, the itinerary details, and what you can expect on the trails. As soon as you complete the booking, we will email you the available date and time for the trek briefing. Please note that we conduct trip briefing only once either online or in person.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Details
This trek starts with an ascent from Modi Gorge into Annapurna Sanctuary, amidst majestic snow-capped mountain vistas, awe-inspiring glaciers, and dramatic Himalayan landscapes.
You will walk along the banks of pristine rivers originating from the Himalayas, dip into natural hot springs, and encounter mule trains transporting supplies to remote villages. As the trek progresses, you will be relaxing in cozy mountain teahouses and interacting with friendly locals along the way, which will provide you with an insight into Nepal's diverse culture and tradition.
This sanctuary trek that reaches Mount Annapurna (8,097m/26,566ft) Base Camp is a perfect trek suitable to introduce yourself to the more challenging Himalayan treks.
The trails are moderate in difficulty and suitable for beginners and even experienced trekkers as it offers close-up mountain views with very low risks of altitude sickness.
This nine days trek starts at Dhampus after a scenic drive from Kathmandu. Dhampus is a culturally rich Gurung village that provides stunning views of the Annapurna ranges, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchuli.
Our next trek destination is Landruk, from where we will be able to catch fantastic views of the sunsets over Machhapuchhare (Fishtail), Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. From Landruk, we will be trekking to Chomrong and then to Himalaya.
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is only one day's trek from Himalaya, and on the trail lies Macchapuchhare Base Camp (MBC). From MBC, you can enjoy the excellent views of Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Mt. Hiunchuli, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna.
Similarly, from Annapurna Base Camp, you will get glorious views of Hiunchuli (6,441m), Annapurna South (7,647m), Fang (7,647m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Fluted Peak (6,499m), Tent peak (5,663m), Glacial Dome (7,202m) Gangapurna (7,455m), Annapurna III(7,555m), Gandharva Chuli (6,248m) and Machhapuchare (6,993m). The best part of this trek is that you will get to spend a night at a hotel at Annapurna Base Camp.
After a night at ABC, it is time to return. The next day's trek will take you to Bamboo, passing through Himalaya and Dovan villages.
On the seventh day of your trek, you will reach Jhino Danda. Jhino Danda provides you an opportunity to soak your tired muscles in riverside natural hot springs.
You will be spending the night at Jhino Danda itself. The following morning you will be trekking to Ghandruk Phedi and catch local transport to Pokhara. After spending a night at Pokhara, you will be returning to Kathmandu the next day.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek begins with a 6-7 hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara (approx 200 km), which is included in the package. However, if you want to take a domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (20 mins approx) and vice-versa, we can arrange the flight for an additional cost. Discovery World Trekking recommends our valuable clients arrive in Kathmandu before 3 pm, a day earlier than the trek departure date, for last-minute preparations. If, in case, you missed the online trip briefing, it will also provide us time to conduct an in-person briefing. Please note that the itinerary below is a general guideline that might need slight changes according to circumstances.
Some Glimpses of trek in Nepal
Drive to Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft) (200 km / 124 miles ) west of the Kathmandu Valley, then drive to Dhampus (1650m / 5,413ft ) (25 km /15.5miles)
Itinerary Facts Driving Hours (215km / 133miles) - 7 to 9 Highest Altitude 1650m / 5,413ft
You will start with a scenic drive after early morning breakfast, traveling by tourist bus out of the Kathmandu Valley and along the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. Along the way, you get to enjoy majestically flowing rivers, terraced fields, villages, and sights of the snowy mountains, including Ganesh and Manaslu peaks.
We will stop at Pokhara - the tourist capital of Nepal- and head to Dhampus, which is 2 hours away from Pokhara. Dhampus is a picturesque Gurung village that offers fabulous views of mountains such as Annapurna South Peaks, the Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and other peaks. We will stay in Dhampus this day, enjoying the sunset views of the Himalayas.
- Overnight stay at a lodge in Dhampus
- Included meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Trek from Dhampus (1650m / 5,413ft ) to Landruk (1565m / 5,134ft )
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 8km / 4.9miles) Highest Altitude 1650m / 5,413ft Trek Duration 5 hrs
After breakfast, we set off our day's hike, and the trail will first take us to Pothana through rhododendron (the national flower of Nepal) and orchid-hung forests. The route is stone-paved on the steeper sections. You can catch the best views of Machhapuchhare from Pothana.
As we continue forward, we reach a clearing on a pass- called Deurali, from where you can get fantastic views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. At this point, we are high up on the east side of the Modi Khola, and a descent follows through the forest alive with birds, ferns, and orchids taking us to a grand Modi Khola canyon. Little ahead lies Landruk - our destination for this day. Landruk offers outstanding views of Machhapuchhare (6920m), Annapurna South (7219m), and Hiunchuli (6441m).
- Overnight stay at a lodge in Landruk
- Included standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Trek from Landruk (1565m / 5,134ft) to Chhomrong (2165m) / Sinuwa (2340m)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 6km / 3.7miles Highest Altitude 2165m / 7,103 ft Trek Duration 5 hrs
From Landruk, we descend to the river and cross it. Then our route climbs quite steeply, high above the river, through bamboo forests and isolated farmsteads. We will be stopping at Jhinu Danda for lunch. If you are enthusiastic, you can walk for 20 minutes to reach the hot springs at Jhinu Danda and take a bath.
After Jhino Danda, the trail ascends to Chomrong Village. Chomrong is built on the steep hillside and has a few shops and several tea houses, wooden lodges, and the whole village faces Macchappuchare (Fish-Tail Peak). In case, we arrive at Chomrong early, we will trek further to Sinuwa to spend the night.
- Overnight stay at Panorama View / Sinuwa Guest House
- Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Trek from Chomrong (2,170m) / Sinuwa (2,340m) to Himalaya (2,890m) / Deurali (3,174m)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 12km / 7.4miles Highest Altitude 2,890m / 9,425ft Trek Duration icon-walk-hours
If at Chomrong, we descend through the spread-out picturesque Chomrong Village to a river crossing before climbing again and heading north of the Modi River Valley. We cross a suspension bridge and then trek to Sinuwa Danda.
If we stayed at Sinuwa Danda the previous night, we will start the trek from Sinuwa. The trail from Sinuwa Danda becomes somewhat wider as it passes through thick and dark rhododendron forests until we reach Khuldighar. From Khuldighar, we descend long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach Bamboo. After a gentle ascent from Bamboo, we finally reach Himalaya. If we spent the last night at Sinuwa, we will trek to Deurali, otherwise, we will stay at Himalaya for the night.
- Overnight stay at Hotel Royal Family/Sangrila Hotel
- Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Trek from Himalaya (2,890m) / Deurali ( 3174m) to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m / 13,550ft)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 12.5km / 7.7miles Highest Altitude 4,130m / 13,550ft Trek Duration 5 hrs
Our path will differ in length based on where we spent the night. If we stayed in Himalaya, we ascend upstream gently along the banks of the Modi Khola and then through the rugged path over to the mountainside to reach Deurali. However, if we stayed at Deurali, the trek progresses from there.
The walk until Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre Base Camp, we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre, Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna, which is certainly a rewarding experience.
We continue our trek leaving Macchapuchhare Base Camp until we reach Annapurna Base Camp. From the Annapurna Base Camp you will savor the mesmerizing views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks.
- Overnight stay at Hotel Paradise Garden Guest House
- Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Trek from Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m / 13,550ft) to Bamboo (2,350m / 7,700ft)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 14km / 8.6m Highest Altitude 4,130m / 13,550ft Trek Duration 6 hrs
After savoring another sunrise on the Himalayas from our otherworldly Annapurna Base Camp, we will have our breakfast. Then it is time to retrace our path out of Annapurna Sanctuary and Modi River valley. Since we will be descending, the trek is quite easy, and on the way, you can enjoy the views of several waterfalls. We will eventually make it to Bamboo, our destination for the day.
- Overnight stay at Hotel Green View
- Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Trek from Bamboo (2,350m / 7,700ft) to Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 6,393ft) and nearby natural hot springs
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 8.5km / 5.2miles Highest Altitude 2,350m / 7,700ft Trek Duration 3-4hrs
We continue our descent, passing through the same serene rhododendron, bamboo, and oak forests, that we pursued during our ascent. Then we ascend slightly to Chomrong village before dropping down to the small, peaceful settlement of Jhinu Danda. This village has nearby riverside hot springs where you can soak your tired muscles.
- Overnight stay at Hotel Park Himalaya (room with attached bathroom)
- Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
Trek from Jhinu Danda (1,780m / 6,393ft) to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi (1,150m / 3,770ft) , drive to Pokhara (820m) via Nayapul (1,050m)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 4km / 2.4miles Highest Altitude 1,780m / 6,393ft Trek Duration 3-4hrs Driving Hours 2-3 hrs
We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. Today, you will make a pleasant hike along the Modi River as we head down the beautiful Modi River Valley. The descent takes us through the fertile landscape until we reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi. We then say goodbye to the trails and make a return drive through picturesque countryside to Pokhara.
- Overnight at Silver Oaks Inn (room with attached bathroom)
- Included all standard Meals (Breakfast + Lunch)
Drive from Pokhara (820m / 2,690ft) to Kathmandu (1,350m / 4,450ft)
Itinerary Facts Driving Hours (205 km / 127 miles) 6-7 hrs
Today is an early start as we depart on a tourist bus and return to Kathmandu. The 200 km route first follows the banks of Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli River offering fabulous natural scenery and farmlands. The bus makes a final climb, and we reach Kathmandu. We hope that your Annapurna Sanctuary trek was extremely enjoyable.
- Accommodation at your own hotel in Kathmandu
What's included in my Sanctuary Tour Package?
- Both way transport - Kathmandu and Pokhara by tourist bus
- Transport from Pokhara to Dhampus (trek start) and Ghandruk Phedi (trek end) to Pokhara.
- A night of accommodation (room with attached bathroom) with breakfast at Hotel Silver Oaks in Pokhara
- Accommodation: Three nights room with attached bathroom at Dhampus, Landruk, and Jhinu Danda. Four nights standard accommodation at Himalaya, Annapurna Base Camp, and Bamboo (twin Sharing rooms). Total seven nights
- All standard meals: breakfast in Pokhara hotel, all standard meals (9 Lunches, 8 Dinners, and 9 Breakfasts) during the trek
- Nepal government licensed and experienced Discovery World Trekking trek leader (guide), an assistant trekking guide for a group of more than 11. A porter for every two trekkers. Per trekker luggage weight limit is 9 kg.
- Coverage of guides and porters meals, insurance, salary, lodging, transportation, and other necessary equipment
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) fee
- Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) card fee
- All government, local taxes, and official expenses
- Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day
- Rescue operation arrangement in case of complicated health conditions (funded by travel insurance)
- Souvenir - a company's T-shirt & cap
- Discovery World Trekking trek appreciation certificate
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek
What is Excluded?
- International flight airfare
- Nepal entry visa fees at Tribhuvan International Airport
- Excess luggage charges (Limit is 9 kg per person)
- All accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after the trek
- Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
- Extra night accommodations and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure, or early return from the trek
- Personal expenses such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, hot ( tea/coffee), cold and alcoholic drinks, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, battery re-charge fee, extra porters, etc
- Personal clothing and gear.
- Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude heli-rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
- Tips for guide and porters
- Additional costs due to delays caused by circumstances beyond our control such as bad weather conditions, illness, change of government policy, political instability, strike, etc
- All the costs and expenses not listed in "What's included in my Annapurna Sanctuary Tour Package?" will be counted as excludes
Official Trek Map
Equipment list for Sanctuary Trek
We recommend you to consider the following list of clothing and accessories equipment while packing for this trek. We understand that you may have your own personal preference for clothing that may be equally suitable. Please bring only the essentials. We assign porters to carry luggage, but your luggage weight limit is 9 kg.
Sun hat or scarf
Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat
Headlight with extra batteries
Sunglasses with UV protection
Heavyweight winter gloves
Hooded rain jacket
Lightweight cotton pants
T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)
Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)
Waterproof jacket and pants
Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)
Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)
Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trek)
- Medium size drying towel
- Biodegradable bar soap
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
First aid kit
Extra passport photos and passport photocopies
Notebook and pen
Trek Difficulty, Cost, Best Time & Tour info
Guided Sanctuary Trek
The mighty Mt Annapurna massif lies in central Nepal, and its base camp is roughly 50 km from Pokhara. Annapurna Sanctuary is one of the most iconic places to visit. his trek, which makes it up to Annapurna Base Camp, is moderate and relatively easier.
From Kathmandu, you can drive or fly to Pokhara and then reach Ghorepani on local transport. Apart from geographical safety, Discovery World Trekking takes the following precautions to make your travel safe.
- Our guides are Intensive Wilderness First Aid trained
- Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience
- We use high-quality masks, gloves, and use sanitizers
- Encouragement and motivation will be everyday perks
- We recheck food & accommodation in the trek regions for hygiene
Sanctuary Trek Start
As soon as you land at Tribhuwan International Airport, we will welcome you with a Marigold garland and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. However, you will have to visit Discovery World Trekking for payment clearance and last-minute preparations.
On your trip departure day, we'll drive to Pokhara on a tourist bus. The ride to Pokhara will last for 6 to 7 hours and starts at around 7 a.m. From Pokhara, we will catch a jeep or taxi to reach Dhampus, our destination for the day.
This trek package includes both-way Kathmandu - Pokhara travel by tourist bus. You can fly or take private transport (Kathmandu - Pokhara- Kathmandu) for an extra cost.
We offer free airport transfer service
We offer a complimentary TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) to hotel pick-up and drop-off. Upon your arrival, you will find our company representative holding a pamphlet with your name on it at the international arrival gate. After welcoming you, they will take you to your hotel in a private vehicle. For departure transfer, a Discovery World Trekking representative will come to pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.
Sanctuary Trek Accommodation Information
Sanctuary trek package includes eight nights lodge to lodge stay at the best lodges/tea houses in trek regions and a night in Pokhara hotel.
We provide four nights twin sharing rooms with private attached bathrooms at Dhampus, Landruk, Chhomrong, and Jhino Danda, and three nights twin sharing standard rooms at Himalaya, Annapurna Base Camp, and Bamboo. You will spend a night at a hotel in Pokhara. The room comes with an attached bathroom, TV, 24-hour hot water, power, and laundry facility.
For solo trekkers, we will arrange a single private room with an attached bathroom, wherever available, and a single private room in other places.
Two nights of hotel stays in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required but not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and interests.
Hot showers and Wi-Fi will be available at trek regions and come with extra costs.
Sanctuary trek takes you to high elevations near some of the world’s highest peaks. So you will need nutritious food. We will arrange enough nutritious and tasty food for you, but your choices are limited compared to the cities.
There will be nine breakfasts, eight lunches, and eight dinners during the trek.
Some of the popular menu items are:
Nine breakfasts - Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati, Local Tsampa porridge, Eggs, Pancakes, Muesli Breads, Fruits, and Vegetables, Hot drinks (varieties of teas and coffees, hot chocolates, etc.)
Eight lunches - Dhal, Bhat, & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni dishes, Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles, Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Desserts, (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc
Eight dinners - Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari, Tibetan Bread, Various Soups, Sherpa Stew, Steaks, Sandwiches, Momo (dumplings), Macaroni, Tenduk Spaghetti, Noodles Thukpa, Pasta, Vegetable curry, Potatoes items, Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed), Snacks (Papad, Prawn), Korean Ramen, Desserts (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks, Steaks, etc
We select the best lodges/restaurants/tea houses that provide fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious food. The menu items include traditional, Asian, and Western cuisine. But as you climb up, the menu list gets shorter.
We highly recommend you take fresh vegetables and liquids -green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea, and garlic soup (must) - at high elevations.
Plenty of non-veg items are available at trek regions, but we won’t recommend them because the meat in those regions might not be hygienic. We highly encourage you to avoid dairy and strongly suggest not consuming alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, or hot chocolates at high elevations.
Note:- This package does not include lunch and dinner in Pokhara.
All personal bills (alcoholic, hot (tea/coffee), and cold drinks) in tea houses/ lodges or cafes except standard meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from the package.
Sanctuary Trek | Best Time | Climate Information
The weather is the crucial factor to take into account when deciding on Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. People trek to Annapurna Base Camp throughout the year. However, there are seasons when the treks are easier, and the views are prettier.
We recommend you trek during the spring and autumn seasons. During this time, skies are crystal clear from dusk to dawn. The Magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. Trek during the winters becomes challenging due to heavy snowfall and cold temperatures, but it also excites some trekkers.
Although trekking is possible throughout the year, each season has different advantages and attractions. In brief, here is detailed information about the climatic condition at high elevations.
March to May (Spring)
Annapurna Sanctuary treks in Spring (March-May) attract mountain lovers and travel enthusiasts in large numbers. During this season, the climate is mild, the rainfall is low, and the trekking conditions are perfect. The mean daily temperature at the Annapurna Base Camp is between 8°C to 0°C. Lower regions along the trek are warmer, making trekking very enjoyable.
The trekking season begins in March. By April, the trek route throughout the Himalayas will be full of rhododendron blossoms even at elevations over 3,000 meters. The temperature starts rising from mid-March up to mid-May.
June to August (Summer)
The summer season in Nepal falls in June, July, and August months. Summer with the highest temperature provides the most pleasant trekking conditions compared to other months. But the monsoon coincides with the summer, so you have to be more careful as the trekking trails might be wet and slippery.
Monsoon begins around the end of June and continues up to the second week of August. The temperatures during the days usually range from 10 to 23°C, and nights are cooler with temperatures at around 5 to 10°C. Morning skies are usually clear, but clouds build up during the afternoon and disappear at night. Though the rain might cause some problems, various plants bloom during this season, providing green cover to the valleys.
September to November (Autumn)
Autumn (September, October, November), like Spring, is a great trek season that invites travelers around the world to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation make autumn a wonderful trekking season.
The sun shines brightly, the skies are clear, and you get superb views of the mountains. At night, you will also enjoy the clear views of the stars. The monsoons will be over by early September, and you can enjoy mild to warm days.
Daytime temperatures can reach up to 20°C in high altitudes. Nights are cooler at around 5°C. The greens that grew during the monsoon fade to golden/amber providing a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies. You will also come across grains ripening in the enclaves.
The environment is clean, and the lowlands are lush. Moreover, the biggest Nepali festivals - Dashain and Tihar - also fall during this season.
December to February (Winter)
Winter Annapurna region treks are less popular than spring or autumn treks. The trek regions can be cold, but it excites some trekkers. The temperature at Annapurna Base Camp itself can be as low as -10 °C.
The coldest time is from December and lasts until early February. After late February, the climate gradually gets warmer, with temperatures around -5 °C at high altitudes. Daytime is pleasant and warmer. Despite being cold, the winter skies are clear, and the mountains look spectacular. However, some trail parts will be covered with snow. It may not be the best season for beginners, but experienced trekkers will have no problem.
The weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable and changes quickly.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trip Grade: Fitness level | Medical & Health Information
Annapurna Sanctuary Trip is a moderate-grade trek that takes you to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) - the highest point of the trip.
Hiking per day ranges from 4 to 7 hrs, with regular breaks to enjoy stunning mountain views. The routes involve long ascents, steep descents, and straightforward paths.
You will be trekking more hours in low land and fewer hours in the high mountain because trekking at a higher altitude is physically demanding. Past hiking experience would be beneficial, but you do not need any technical skills or experience.
Some days require longer waking hours, so you must be reasonably fit and prepared for long trekking days. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable your trek will be. Exercising and jogging regularly for a couple of weeks before the trip to enhance your stamina is a good idea.
Our trekking leaders and guides have extensive first-aid training and are well-experienced. We use oximeters to monitor your oxygen level and to detect health problems such as altitude sickness earlier. Rest assured, your health will be in reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will also suggest ways to take precautions.
All participants need to be healthy and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination. Trekkers with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
Group & Private Treks
We organize group as well as private treks. If you have a group, the bigger your group is, the more discount you will get. However, you are not eligible for group discounts if Discovery World Trekking forms the group. Each group will have a group leader and porters to carry your luggage. For every two trekkers, we assign a porter. We can handle all trek group sizes and add an assistant guide for groups of over 11 trekkers.
A typical day
Each day will reward you with a unique trekking experience - enjoying the scenery, taking photos, and exploring the local villages. Our Sherpa/guides will accompany you, and they will be sharing information about the places you will be visiting. Porters will carry our luggage.
However, you will be carrying a small regular bag pack with your valuable items. The day starts with an early morning tea/coffee. After a wholesome breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk around 7 AM to 8 AM, depending on the duration and nature of the day’s walk.
We serve lunch around midday- after trekking for about three or four hours. Then, you will be resting for an hour. The afternoon walk is generally shorter - about two to three hours. Once you reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, you can snack on the extra dietary food. Then you are free to explore nearby places.
We serve dinner from around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, you can indulge in friendly conversations and discuss your experience of that day. The trek leader/guide will brief you about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, you can enjoy reading books or playing board games like Monopoly, cards, or watching available mountaineering documentaries. Most foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of the Nepalese language from our crew.
Communication during the trek
Internet is available at the lodges you will be staying in, but you need to pay a small service charge. However, at high altitudes, we will use phones to communicate. Discovery World Trekking will be in touch with every trek team at least once a day using a phone via trek lead. We do this to ensure that everyone is safe and the trek is progressing as planned. You can buy a local sim in Kathmandu, but the signals might not be strong enough.
Wi-Fi is available in teahouses/lodges but comes with an extra cost.
Electricity and water
Throughout the lodges at Annapurna Sanctuary trek, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available at an extra cost.
You can either buy packed mineral water from local lodges and en-route shops or fill your water bottle with boiled water that you can purchase in lodges /tea houses. If you require, we can provide you water purification pill as well.
You shouldn't drink water from the rivers, taps, and wells in trek regions because the water might not be drinkable as it seems.
Extra personal expenses
Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves. Kathmandu has all kinds of hotels/lodges to meet all tastes and budgets.
All our valuable clients need to bring spending money to cover the costs of meals and accommodations in Kathmandu, lunch, and dinner in Pokhara. Similarly, you will need money for visa processing, travel insurance policy purchase, snacks for the trek, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips for crew members, souvenirs, etc. We recommend you bring cash (major currencies) and exchange them for Rupees in Kathmandu. Trek regions only accept Nepali Rupees.
Sanctuary Trek Travel Insurance
Sanctuary Trek grade is moderate with low chances of high altitude sickness. However, as a mountain trek, it is not completely risk-free.
There are chances of injury, illness, flood, landslide, or sudden climate change. So travel insurance is compulsory. All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation - including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at the highest trek altitudes.
We can recommend insurance companies based on the experience of our clients. However, we do not sell insurance policies.
Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information within a week of trek booking. In case of an emergency, we will use your insurance policy and other informational documents you sent us to arrange a swift rescue.
While purchasing an insurance policy, please call the insurance companies and ask if they provide heli-rescue at the highest trek altitude (4,500m). Do not just rely on the insurance company's web content.
Visa | Nepal Tourist Visa Info
All foreigners except Indian nationals require a visa to enter Nepal. On-arrival visas are available for citizens from most countries at Tribhuvan International Airport and immigration checkpoints along Nepal borders.
Chinese and citizens of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) get free visas.
To apply for an on-arrival visa, you need a passport valid for at least six months, a passport-size photo, and application fees. The current cost is USD 50 for 30-day stay. You can pay this fee in cash. Children under the age of 10 will get a free visa.
Visa regulations can change without prior notice. For the most recent information, visit www.immigration.gov.np.
Citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan may not receive on-arrival visas. If you are a citizen of any one of these countries, contact your local Nepalese embassy.
We also recommend you add a few days extra before and after the trek so that you will not miss your international flight back home in case of trek delays.
Currency Exchange in Nepal | USD to NPR
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ 130 NPR).
You can exchange major foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Legal money exchanges display ongoing exchange rates visibly.
Please note that only Indian Rupee notes of 100 and 2,000 are legal in Nepal.
Despite the security advantage of traveler's cheques, we advise you to bring cash and exchange them in Kathmandu so that you do not need to go through lengthy processes and high bank commission rates.
You can also withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. Several of these ATMs are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions, the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the banks.
Please note most banks in Asia do not accept foreign currencies that are old, torn, or faded. We advise you to bring clean new notes.
How much luggage can I bring to the Sanctuary Trek?
We assign a porter for every two trekkers. The combined weight limit for a porter is 18 kg. So, your luggage weight limit is 9 kg. We also expect you to carry a small backpack with your valuables in it. Please bring only the essentials to the trek. You can store your excess luggage at the Discovery World Trekking store for free.
We'll recheck luggage, equipment, and gear before starting the trek.
We are committed to environmental sustainability and protecting fragile ecosystems. Without a doubt, tourism has brought opportunities for wealth generation, employment, infrastructure development, health care, and education in trek regions. We are also aware that irresponsible tourism can lead to adverse environmental effects.
Hence, Discovery World Trekking works together with Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) to organize eco-friendly trips that benefit the trekkers and local communities.
During the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, our well-trained and experienced guides/Sherpas will accompany you to make your journey comfortable. Porters will carry your luggage. We assign a porter for every two trekkers, but our porters will not carry more than 18 kg of combined luggage. If you need, we can also assign one porter per person.
Our crew members are locals raised in remote high Himalayas, and their physical endurance at high altitudes is high. All our staff members are valuable to us. We pay them well and take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging during the treks.
All our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure our staff members are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy.
Our trek leaders/guides have
- Nepal-government authorized Trekking Guide Training certificate
- Fluency in speaking English and other major languages
- Conservation and Biodiversity Training
- Rock climbing experience
Nepali culture accepts tipping and views tipping as proof of providing great service. However, tipping is at trekkers' discretion and should reflect service received. We advise you to trip collectively at the end of the trek.
100 % Secure Booking | MasterCard | Visa | American Express
Discovery World Trekking is a Nepal government-authorized, licensed, bonded trek and tour operator providing its services for over a decade.
We are members of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) and the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, you can book the Discovery World Trekking trips with confidence.
We require a 10 percent advance for confirming trek booking. You can pay 10 percent advance through bank transfer, Western Union, and online through our website. You can pay the remaining amount once you arrive in Nepal in cash or by bank transfer or credit card. Furthermore, we will email you the payment details - including modes of payment.
Please send us all required documents like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival, and departure flight details within a week of booking.
Last minute booking - Sanctuary Trek
Most of our valuable clients book Sanctuary Trek in advance but for those unable to book in advance, we provide a last-minute booking option. In case of a last-minute booking, you need to clear 100% of the trip payment 24 hours before the trip departure. We are always ready to operate trek anytime. However, there is a small chance that last-minute booking gets delayed due to circumstances beyond our control such as bad weather, unavailability of lodges, government rules, etc. Contact Paul at 977- 9840055491 for more information.
After completing the sanctuary trek,if you have extra days, we can arrange fun activities for you. You have several options, such as sightseeing in and around Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan Jungle Safari, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, or other treks.
Discovery World Trekking will host a farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek. After dinner, we will provide you printed trek achievement certificate. It is also a great time to provide your feedback.
Join Upcoming Trips
Book this trip with us. Here are the upcoming dates. Feel free to share this trip with your friends and family. For custom trips or general inquiries contact us.
|Departure Date||Price||Trip status|
|9 Days31 May, 2023 - 08 Jun, 2023||
|9 Days01 Jun, 2023 - 09 Jun, 2023||
|9 Days03 Jun, 2023 - 11 Jun, 2023||
|9 Days06 Jun, 2023 - 14 Jun, 2023||
|9 Days09 Jun, 2023 - 17 Jun, 2023||
Group Discount Prices
|No. of Persons||Price per Person|
|1 Pax||US$ 750|
|2 Paxes||US$ 570|
|3 Paxes||US$ 550|
|4 - 6 Paxes||US$ 525|
|7 - 12 Paxes||US$ 500|
|13 - 18 Paxes||US$ 480|
|19 - 24 Paxes||US$ 460|
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Experience with DWT & Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)
Rather than spend this review talking about the content of my trek (although please feel free to direct message me any questions about ABC as I am happy to help), I would instead like to talk about my experience working with Paul and DWT. One thing that repeatedly stood out to me has been a very clear mission of making the experience as easy and customer friendly as possible. This held true from booking through their website to the actual logistics of the trek. Some personal examples of this include: - Arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, I walk outside and right there is a member of the DWT team with my name on a piece of paper.
Annapurna Base Camp(4,130m)
We get into a waiting vehicle and I'm at my hotel in no time. No having to negotiate or deal with a taxi. - Prior to the trek starting, I met with Paul to talk through the schedule (which was very helpful). But before that, someone from Paul's team met me at the hotel to walk over to their office - easy. - Permits and licenses to trek through the Annapurna sanctuary - all handled by DWT - Transportation to get to and from Kathmandu for the trek - all handled by DWT-Booking where we would be staying each night - all handled by DWT For someone who is a busy professional with extremely limited free time, this level of service is incredibly appreciated. Additionally, when I met with Paul he gave me a heads up on what to eat and what to avoid on the trek, guidance on tipping, and DWT also loaned me a down jacket to wear in the event it got really cold (didn't end up needing it, but it's better to have and not need than need and not have). As for the guide and porter on my trek, Dol and Amrit were both outstanding. If Dol made a recommendation about something on the trek, it worked out. I understand this isn't going to be the case with everyone, but Dol certainly earned my trust. Additionally, Dol's pace was as constant and steady as the sun rising in the East and setting in the West. Superb. I feel no reservations in giving this five-star review. Paul and DWT truly are the best in the world.
“Annapurna Santcury trekking”
We did a 9 day trek to Annapurna Santcury Trekking with Discovery World Trekking. It was a great trek, Karanis a excellent guide and I highly recommend DWT Team, to any one thinking of doing Adventure in Nepal. Karan was constantly making sure our needs were met, that we were happy and providing a fantastic service. He is a very knowledgable guide with a great attitude and sense of humor. Thanks Karan for making our trek such a memorable experience!
Incredible experience with Discovery World Trekking
Discovery World Trekking has been by far one of the best companies I have ever experienced worldwide. Our itinerary was personalized, and our questions were answered almost immediately when originally emailing back and forth about initial information about certain treks, etc. Once we arrived in Kathmandu, we were greeted by our guide and another member of Discovery World Trekking at the airport. Everything was incredibly organized, and we were made to feel like the company’s top priority. Once on the trek (Annapurna Sanctuary Trek- roughly 7/8 days long), we had the best, most informative, patient, attentive guide - his name was Milan. I have never met a kinder, nicer person who genuinely loves his job as much as Milan. Without him, I do not think we would have made it to ABC. Our porter Amrit was super helpful, and always had a smile on his face. We will definitely be back Trekking with this company again. Highly recommend.