Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - 9 Days

Trip Facts
DestinationNepal
ActivityAnnapurna Treks
AccommodationHotel in Pokhara and Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek
RegionAnnapurna Region
Distance110km / 68Miles
Start / End pointKathmandu/ Kathmandu
Duration9 Days
Max. Altitude4,130m at Annapurna Base Camp
Meals IncludedBreakfast in Pokhara Hotel and all Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the trek
Group size2 - 24
Nature of TrekLodge to Lodge Trekking
Best SeasonFeb, Mar, Apri, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
Trip Codedwt 17
Activity Per DayApprox. 4-6 hrs walking
TransportationKathmandu- Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist Bus, Pokhara - Dhampus, & Ghandruk Phedi - Pokhara by Private Transportation
GradeModerate

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 dates and times for the trek briefing, and once we receive your essential documents, we will conduct the online trek briefing.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Details

This nine-day trek starts at Dhampus after a scenic drive from Kathmandu. Dhampus is a culturally rich Gurung village with stunning views of the Annapurna ranges, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and Hiunchuli.

Our next trek destination is Landruk, from where you will see 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 way 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 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 Annapurna Sanctuary trekking, you will reach Jhino Danda. At Jhino Danda you can soak your tired muscles in riverside natural hot springs.

You will be spending the night at Jhino Danda itself. The following morning, you will trek to Ghandruk Phedi and catch local transport to Pokhara. After spending a night at Pokhara, you will return to Kathmandu the next day. You can see the Annapurna Sanctuary trek map below for geographical details and the Annapurna Sanctuary trail route.

History

The Annapurna region was opened for foreigners in 1977 after the Nepal Government settled its differences with the Khampa gorillas, operating from this region into Tibet. 

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Elevation

The elevation gain during the trek to Annapurna Sanctuary is not much compared to Everest Base Camp or Annapurna Circuit. When you start from Pokhara, you will be at an altitude of about 850m, and when you reach Annapurna Base Camp, your elevation will be 4,130m. So, you will be passing through several climate regions. 

Why Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a moderate trek, and more importantly, it will allow trekkers to observe a wholesome picture of Nepal as a nation with its diverse climatic regions, ethnic villages, and terrain.

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. 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.

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.

Trek Itinerary

  1. day1

    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 Dhampuswhich 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)
  2. day2

    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)
  3. day3

    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)
  4. day4

    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 Himalayan Guest House /Sangrila Hotel
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  5. day5

    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 MachhapuchhreAnnapurna SouthAnnapurna IHiunchuli, and other peaks. 

    • Overnight stay at Hotel Paradise Garden Guest House
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  6. day6

    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 Buddha Guest House
    • Included all standard meals (Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner)
  7. day7

    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)
  8. day8

    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)
  9. day9

    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. 

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf

  • Winter hat or insulating hat or a wide-brimmed hat

  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses with UV protection

  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves

  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts

  • Long-sleeved shirt

  • Hooded rain jacket

  • Fleece jacket

  • Lightweight cotton pants

  • T-Shirt (bring lightweight wool)

  • Polypropylene underwear

  • Down jacket (available for rent in Kathmandu)

  • Sweater

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots

  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not)

  • Thermal bottle

  • Water purification

  • Trekking pole

  • Sleeping bag (-15 degree bag is best in the high altitude trek)

Toiletries

  •  Medium size drying towel
  •  Toothbrush
  •  Toothpaste
  •  Deodorant/floss
  •  Biodegradable bar soap
  •  Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money

  • Watch

  • Cell phone

  • Camera

Extra items

  • First aid kit

  • Extra passport photos and passport photocopies

  • Notebook and pen

  • Binoculars

Tour info

Free airport pickup

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.

Trek Briefing

We conduct an online trek briefing before you arrive in Nepal to provide you with essential information about the trek. Additionally, we hold an in-person meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trip. During this meeting, we will check your luggage to ensure you have all the necessary clothing, gear, and equipment.

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.

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.

Food

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.

Luggage

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Tipping

Nepali culture accepts tipping and views tipping as proof of providing great service. However, tipping is at the trekkers' discretion and should reflect the service received. We advise you to trip collectively at the end of the trek.

Trek End

On the ninth day, we will drive you back to Kathmandu from Pokhara on a tourist bus, which will take approximately seven hours. Alternatively, you can opt for a 25-minute flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu at an additional cost.

Feedback

Discovery World Trekking will host a farewell dinner in Kathmandu at the end of the trek. After dinner, we will provide you a printed trek achievement certificate. It is also a great time to provide your feedback. 

Trip Extension

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. 

Departure

On the day of your departure, we will pick you up from your hotel in a private vehicle and transfer you to Tribhuvan International Airport. We hope you had a wonderful time in Nepal and look forward to welcoming you back for more adventures.

Sanctuary Trek | Trek Season

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.

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.

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.

Currency Exchange in Nepal | USD to NPR

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ 133 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.

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. 

Annapurna Sanctuary | Trek Difficulty | 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.

Guided Sanctuary Trek Safety

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. This 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 sanitizers 
  • Encouragement and motivation will be everyday perks
  • We recheck food & accommodation in the trek regions for hygiene


Altitude sickness is common in high altitudes where oxygen levels are lower, causing symptoms like headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Although it cannot be entirely prevented, you can reduce the risk by ascending gradually, staying hydrated, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, taking regular rest breaks, and using altitude sickness medication if necessary. When you trek with us, our expert guides will provide essential tips and support to help you avoid altitude sickness and ensure a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Discovery World Trekking Team

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

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.

Group and Private Treks

We organize group and private treks. If you have a group, the bigger your group is, the more discount you will get. We do not add anyone to your 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.

Eco-tourism

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. 

Notes

This trek includes fixed departure dates from Kathmandu and Pokhara, but we can tailor the trip to accommodate your specific requests and schedule. Please review the designated departure dates for this trek. If these dates do not suit your schedule, contact us, and we will arrange a trip that fits your convenience.

We look forward to guiding you on the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on the planet!

Trip Departure Dates

Note to solo travelers:

If you are a solo traveler, please contact us via Call/WhatsApp/Viber at +977-9840055491 or email [email protected] before booking the trip to confirm the departure date. Please note that we organize private treks only.

You can also use our Free Trip Planner to plan your trip.

Book this trip with us. Here are the upcoming dates. Feel free to share this trip with your friends and family as we organize exclusive private group treks only. For custom trips or general inquiries contact us.

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Based on the opinion of at least 1316 people.

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Wright

Written Mar 21 , 2023

I have recently finished an incredible journey, hiking up the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with Discovery World Trekking, and it was truly an amazing experience. Our guide was not only knowledgeable about the trek but also kept us engaged and ensured our safety throughout the entire journey. His positive attitude played a significant role in boosting our morale along the way. Accompanying him were two porters who provided invaluable assistance with our belongings.

 

I would also like to express my appreciation to Paul for his meticulous arrangements in Kathmandu and the delightful dinner treats he arranged for us. The overall experience was nothing short of awesome, and I highly recommend Discovery World Trekking to anyone contemplating a trek in this region.

Ethan

Written May 16 , 2023

After an unforgettable experience last year, I made the decision to return to Nepal and embark on the Annapurna Sanctuary trek once again. Without hesitation, I chose Discovery World Trekking as my trekking company, and once more, they provided me with exceptional service.

 

Fortunately, I was able to have the same guide as last year, who treated me like a member of their own family and ensured my safety throughout the journey to base camp and back. Paul, the owner of the company, maintained regular contact with me during the trek, ensuring everything was going smoothly.

 

Upon completing the trek, Paul took me out for a meal and presented me with a medal as a congratulatory gesture, which was a truly thoughtful touch. Looking forward to the next year, I plan to return with my family for another trek with Paul and his outstanding team at Discovery World Trekking.

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Ethan

Feb 13 , 2024

Wow, where do I even begin? The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek was more than just a trek—it was a life-changing adventure! Our guides were absolute gems, not just leading the way but also sharing their stories and laughter with us. Their passion for the mountains and dedication to our safety made us feel like one big family on the trail.

And let me tell you about the views! Every turn revealed a new masterpiece of nature—towering peaks, gushing waterfalls, and vibrant forests teeming with life. But the real magic happened when we reached Annapurna Base Camp.

The accommodations were cozy, and the food was like a warm hug after a day of hiking. And meeting the locals along the way was a highlight. It's an experience that will stay etched in my heart forever, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone seeking adventure and soulful discovery. Thank you Paul and Discovery World Trekking.

Jean

Feb 12 , 2024

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek felt like stepping into a storybook adventure and Discovery World Trekking was the hero who made it all possible! From the get-go, Paul greeted us with a warm smile and a wealth of knowledge about the trek ahead. His passion for the mountains and the local culture shone through with every tale he shared, turning our trek into an unforgettable learning experience.

As we trekked through the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas, Our Guide's guidance was our compass, leading us safely through rugged trails and across gushing streams. But he was more than just a guide; he became a friend, sharing jokes, and stories, and even teaching us a few Nepali phrases along the way. Thank you, DWT for this wonderful time and memory. I enjoyed it a lot and learned a lot. Highly recommended.

4.9

Based on the opinion of at least 174 people in the Travel & Vacation Category.

4.9 out of 5 reviews from tripadvisor brand

Enton

GB

Mar 13, 2023

You won't find a better trekking company than this. From the moment you arrive in Kathmandu until the farewell, they make you feel like part of their family. They provide exceptional facilities that are second to none.

 

The hotels they arranged and the food they provided were of the highest quality. When I couldn't carry my bag, my guide didn't even hesitate and willingly carried it for me all the way to the pass. Don't have any doubts, just choose them without hesitation. I highly recommend them.

Peter

US

Oct 30, 2022

We have recently finished an incredible 9-day trek with Discovery World Trekking, and we are absolutely thrilled with the experience. Our guide, although not the best at playing cards, was an exceptional leader. He maintained a perfect pace throughout the trek and demonstrated extensive knowledge about the surroundings and Nepalese culture.

 

The process of planning the trek was effortless, thanks to Paul who provided us with a highly detailed itinerary shortly after our initial contact. Moreover, the price quoted by the company was exceptionally competitive, making it an even more attractive option.

 

We had an amazing journey, and the support of our porters made it even more enjoyable. We now consider Discovery World Trekking as our go-to choice for any future treks in this region. Cheers and enjoy!

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