|Accomodation||Hotel in Pokhara and Hotel/Lodge/ Tea House during the trek|
|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|
About the Trip
9 days trek to Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a spectacular short trek, leads from the bank of the scenic Phewa lake, upstream along the Modi Khola to the heart of the Sanctuary and around the central part of the Annapurna Himal, entails walking through a huge variety of terrain, from terraced rice fields to glacial moraine. This is certainly one of the most extraordinary and highly praised trekking destinations in the world for outstanding high mountain views, dramatic landscapes, and shimmering lakes.
- Reach annapurna base camp(4130m)
- Relaxing Hot spring at Jhinu danda
- Amazing View of Hiunchuli, Annapurna South Annapurna I ,Khangsar Kang,Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare.
- Relaxing Hot spring at Jhinu danda.
- Get a taste of rural Nepalese life.
- Airport arrival and departure transfer to/from Hotel by private transportation.
- Provide pulse oximeter for blood oxygen saturation level monitor to high altitude. It is an important indicator to recognize early signs of impending altitude sickness and other potentially health risks.
- Medical Kit.
- Arrangement of sleeping bags and down jackets if you do not have your own.
This wonderful trek through Gurung villages and climb through Modi George into Annapurna Sanctuary in the heart of amphitheater of huge Himalayan Annapurna encircled by mind-blowing views of the majestic snow-capped mountain vistas, awe-inspiring glaciers, and dramatic Himalayan landscapes, walk through the banks of pristine rivers originating from Himalaya, dip into natural hot springs and encounter mule trains transporting supplies to remote villages, relax and refresh in cozy mountains teahouses and interact with friendly locals along the way, the days explored in Annapurna sanctuary trekking is truly an adventure traverse with insight into unparallel Nepali&rsquo's some of the greatest varieties culture, nature and tradition. The best mountain view unfolds with the rising sun on the towering giants of Annapurna&rsquo's I to IV, Gangapurna, and Machhapuchre or Fish Tail Mountain from Machhapuchre base camp and Annapurna base camp are just marvelous and spectacular.
The Annapurna sanctuary trek to the base camp of Mount Annapurna (8,097m/26,566ft) - the tenth highest mountain in the world, is a great introduction to one of the easier adventurous Himalayan trekking routes on the most popular trekking destination of Nepal after Everest. The trail in the journey is relatively moderate with well-known routes, suitable for beginners and even experienced trekkers meet equally the adventure satisfaction that offers close-up mountain views without the acclimatization problem.
9 days trekking itinerary in the foothills of Annapurna starts at Dhampus after a scenic drive from Kathmandu, then reach culturally enriching Gurung village of Dhampus on the top hill and Landruk village which is famous to enjoy sunset view on the peaks, en route from Doven to Deurali, we meet with troops of monkey in the dense forest. Passing through thundering rivers, a forest of Rhododendron and oak to high alpine and glacial basin over 4000m in the heart of Annapurna sanctuary, following Modi Khola valley up to Machhapuchare base camp and eventually, spending overnight at the base camp of Annapurna is certainly a rewarding experience while observing nearby surrounded peaks to the south, Hiunchuli (6,441m), Annapurna South (7,647m) to the northwest, Fang (7,647m), Annapurna I (8,091m) to the north, Fluted peak (6,499m), Tent peak (5,663m), partly concealing Glacial Dome (7,202m) and Gangapurna (7,455m) to the northeast, the peak of Annapurna III(7,555m) to the east, Gandharva Chuli (6,248m) and finally southwards, Machhapuchare (6,993m)- the trip of once in a lifetime experience. After several days of hiking in the high remote places, reaching Jhino Danda is the best place to soak our tired muscles on riverside natural hot springs. Trek returns at Pokhara, the city of the lake, with a transportation ride from Ghandruk Phedi, to mark the completion of our trekking package.
This high mountain trek into the base camp of the mighty Annapurna is naturally and culturally blessed along with the backdrop of the towering Himalayan ranges making up one of the most dramatic sceneries in the world.
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Its Notice to all our valuable clients who are joining Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with us that our journey 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 also from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we can provide that with an additional flight cost which is not included in the package. Discovery World Trekking would like to recommend all our valuable clients that they should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier in the afternoon before the day we departed and start our Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking the next day, To make sure that you’ll attend our Official Briefing as an important Pre-meeting. The reason we do so is we want to make sure that you get proper mental guidance and necessary information just to have a recheck of equipment and goods for the journey so that if you have forgotten something then we'll provide you with that ASAP.
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Day to Day Itinerary
- day 1
Drive to Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) (200 km /124 miles ) west of the Kathmandu Valley, then drive to Dhampus (1650m / 5,413 ft ) (25 km /15.5miles)
Itinerary Facts Driving Hours (215 km /133 miles) - 7 to 9 Highest Altitude 1650m / 5,413 ft
We start our scenic drive after early morning breakfast, traveling by tourist bus out of the valley and along the picturesque Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers. The beautiful scenery along the way includes the majestically flowing rivers, terraced fields, villages, and sights of the snowy mountains, including Ganesh and Manaslu peaks. Pokhara is a lakeside tourist's paradise with many facilities for travelers. Drive to Dhampus which is 2hrs driving distance from Pokhara. We drive past lovely farmland and villages to reach Phedi, a beautiful forest and pleasant Gurung village of Dhampus that offers the view of the mountains in a very close and spectacular such as Annapurna South Peaks, the Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and other peaks. We relax on the beautiful hill, explore the village, and enjoy the sunset on the Himalayas.
- Overnight stay Lodge at Dhampus.
- Included meals: (Dinner)
- day 2
Trek from Dhampus (1650m / 5,413 ft ) to landruk (1565m / 5,134 ft )
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 8 km/ 4.9 miles) Highest Altitude 1650m / 5,413 ft Trek Duration 5 hrs
After having had breakfast, we set off our day hiking, the trial goes to Pothana through rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal, and orchid hung forest which is often made up of stone steps on the steeper sections. From Pothana, the view of Machhapuchhare is splendid. Passing through Potana, we reach a clearing on a pass, at a place called Deurali, a small pass at 2150m where there are views of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. At this point we are high up on the east side of the Modi Khola, then Descent path following through forest alive with birds, ferns and orchid brings into a huge side canyon of the Modi Khola and finally we will reach in the picturesque Gurung settlement of Landruk which offers outstanding views of Machhapuchhare (6920m), Annapurna South (7219m) and Hiunchuli (6441m).
- Overnight lodge at Landruk.
- Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
- day 3
Trek from Landruk (1565m / 5,134 ft ) to Chhomrong (2165m / 7,103 ft)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 6 km/ 3.7 miles Highest Altitude 2165m / 7,103 ft Trek Duration 5 hrs
We descend all the way down to the river, to cross at New Bridge. Our route now climbs quite steeply, high above the river, through bamboo forest and isolated farmsteads. Lunch is served at the tea-houses at Jhinu Danda. Those who are energetic can take the path 20 mins down to bathe in the hot springs here next to the river after lunch. After Jhino Danda, the trail goes steep ascent up to Chhomrung village. The trail joins the main route from Ghandruk so the trail becomes wider. This Gurung village has evolved into three distinct parts: upper, lower, and middle spread out over 200m of elevation difference. Chhomrong is built on the steep hillside and has a few shops and several tea-houses, wooden lodges and the whole village has stunning, prominent views towards Macchappuchare (Fish-Tail Peak). The window of the lodges offers spectacular closer views of the mountains we have already become familiar with. Hot solar showers are available.
- Overnight at “Panorama View”
- Included all Standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
- day 4
Trek from Chomrong ( 2,165m / 7,103 ft) to Himalaya (2,890 m / 9,425 ft)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 12 km / 7.4 miles Highest Altitude 2,890 m / 9,425 ft Trek Duration icon-walk-hours
We make our way down through the spread out, the picturesque village as we descend to a river crossing before climbing again and making heading north up the valley of the Modi River. We cross the suspension bridge then trek to Sinuwa Danda. The trial becomes somewhat wider passing through thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. We descend long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests through which we reach Bamboo. After a gentle climb of walking, finally, we reach Himalaya.
- Overnight at “Hotel Himalayan”
- Included all Standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
- day 5
Trek from Himalaya (2,890 m / 9,425 ft) to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/13,550 ft)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 12.5 km / 7.7 miles Highest Altitude 4,130 m/13,550 ft Trek Duration 5 hrs
Climb gently through the bank of the Modi Khola upstream, through the rugged path, then over a steep trail over to the mountainside. The walking from Bagar to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous. From Machhapuchhre base camp, we get excellent views of the majestic Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli, and Gangapurna which is certainly a rewarding experience. From the base camp we again get to savor mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli, and other peaks.
- Overnight at “Hotel Paradise Garden Guest House”
- Included all Standard Meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
- day 6
Trek from Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m/13,550 ft) to Bamboo (2,350 m / 7,700 ft)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 14 kilometers / 8.6 miles Highest Altitude 4,130 m/13,550 ft Trek Duration 6 hrs
After savoring another sunrise on the Himalayas from our otherworldly viewpoint, we will enjoy breakfast. Then we will have continued views as we make our way out of the ‘sanctuary’ and retrace our steps out of the Modi River valley. We eventually make it to our serene stopover point name Bamboo.
- Overnight at “Hotel Green View”
- Included all Standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
- day 7
Trek from Bamboo (2,350 m / 7,700 ft) to Jhinu Danda (1,780 m / 6,393 ft) and nearby natural hot springs
We continue our way downriver, passing through the serene forests of rhododendron, bamboo, and oak that we came through on the ascent to Annapurna Base Camp. We then ascend to Chomrong village before dropping down to the small, peaceful settlement of Jhinu Danda. This village has a nearby, riverside hot springs where we can soak our tired muscles and cares away.
- Overnight at “Hot Spring Cottage” with attached bathroom.
- Included all Standard Meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner ).
- day 8
Trek from Jhinu Danda (1,780 m / 6,393 ft) to Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi (1,150m/3,770ft) , drive to Pokhara (820m ) via Nayapul (1050m)
Itinerary Facts Trek Distance 4 km / 2.4 miles Highest Altitude 1,780 m / 6,393 ft Trek Duration 3-4hrs Driving Hours 2-3 hrs
We have reached our final day on the trekking trails. Today we make a pleasant hike along the Modi River as we head down the beautiful valley. We gradually descend through the fertile landscape to reach Siwa/Ghandruk Phedi. We then say goodbye to the trails and make a return drive through picturesque countryside to Pokhara.
- Overnight at "Hotel Crown Himalayas" with attached bathroom.
- Included all Standard Meals ( Breakfast + Lunch).
- day 9
Drive from Pokhara (820 m/ 2,690 ft) to Kathmandu (1,350 m/4,450 ft)
Itinerary Facts Driving Hours (205 km /127 miles) - 6-7 hrs
Today is an early start as we depart by a tourist bus for a return to Kathmandu. The 200 km route follows first along the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli Rive offering a good look at the natural scenery and farmland. The bus makes one last climb and we are back in the valley of the gods, Kathmandu.
- Accommodation at your own selected Hotel in Kathmandu
What is Included?
- Both way transportation service between Kathmandu and Pokhara by Tourist bus.
- Both way private transportation service from Pokhara to Dhampus (trek start )and Ghandruk Phedi (trek end) to pokhara.
- A night accommodation with Breakfast (room with attached bathroom) at "Hotel Crown Himalayas" in Pokhara.
- Accommodation: Three nights room with attached bathroom, at Dampus, landruk, and Jhinu Danda. Four nights standard accommodation at Himalaya, Annapurna Base Camp and Bamboo (Twin Sharing room)- 7 Nights
- All Standard Meals: Breakfast in Pookhara hotel, all Standard Meals ( 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners and 9 Breakfasts) during the trek.
- Government License holder Discovery World Trekking experienced and qualified trek leader (guide), assistant trekking guide, (12 or Above trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porter to help trekkers luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter "9 kg per trekker max limit").
- 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
- Assistance in arranging rescue operation in case of complicated health condition (funded by travel insurance)
- Souvenir - A company's T-shirt & Cap
- Discovery World Trekking appreciation of certificate after over the trek.
- Farewell Dinner at the end of the trek
What is Excluded?
- International flight airfare
- Nepal Entry Visa Fees for multiple Entries on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport- (15 days - $25-30, 30 days- $40-50 and 90 days- $100-110)
- Excess baggage charges (Limit is 9kg per Person)
- All Accommodation and meals in Kathmandu, before and after we start our journey
- Lunch and Dinner in Pokhara.
- Extra night accommodation, Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure, early return from the trek.
- Personal expense such as shopping, snacks, bar bills, bottle or boiled water, shower, Wi-Fi, laundry, telephone call, bettery re-charge fee extra porters etc.
- Personal clothing and gear.
- Travel insurance which has to cover emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation compulsory.
- Tips for guide and porters (Recommended by the Culture)
- Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment etc.
- All the costs and expenses which are not listed in "cost includes" will be counted as excludes
Equipment list for Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking
It is recommended to consider the following list of clothing and accessories equipment while packing for Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking. These are just a reminder and essential to have a list of these equipment items prepared by focusing on the comfort, convenience, and enjoyment of your holiday. We understand that you may have your own personal preference for clothing which may be equally as suitable. We never recommend to our clients to bring over equipment which is unnecessary for the trek. Porter's help carrying luggage has a weight limit and not allow over 20 kg in the trek. This equipment is also available in Kathmandu for buying or hiring.
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
Long sleeved shirt
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
- Tooth brush
- Deodorant/ floss
- Bio degradable bar soap
- Nail clippers
- Small mirror
First aid kit
Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
Notebook and pen
Covid-19 updates & safety precaution for Annapurna Sanctuary Camp
The mighty massif Mt Annapurna lies in Central Nepal, it’s base camp is roughly 50 km from Pokhara. Annapurna base camp is one of the most iconic places to visit, 2019 National Geography added Annapurna as a “once in a lifetime experience destination of the world”. The popularity of Annapurna Base camp is really overwhelming but a question might arise on how to travel Nepal post-covid-19 to make up to ABC, how can we be sure of safety? We got you! Here are the things which make Annapurna safer than most of the destination in the world:
To make up to Annapurna Base camp is a moderate level of trekking which means, it relatively easier to hike for this route, the ideal route is to go from Kathmandu to Pokhara (Drive or you can also choose to take flight) and makeup to Ghorepani where technically our real trek starts. While making up to Ghorepani, apart from Pokhara our route consists of a population of hardly 2000 people till Ghorepani which means it’s totally aloft place where social distancing is the law of Nature and after Ghorepani, it’s all trails with very few Lodges and hotels which makes Annapurna the most aloft destination of Nepal to travel on Post Covid-19 Travel.
Apart from Geographical safety, Discovery World Trekking has taken precaution in following things to make travel as safe as possible making the most out of it without any worry!
- Our guides are well trained with Intensive wilderness First Aid
- Trek leaders and guides have years of trekking experience who can help you if there is any kind of uneasiness and assure happiness & satisfaction is guaranteed.
- We'll have High-quality masks & Gloves with sanitizers for everyday use throughout the journey for the DWT team assisting you.
- Encouragements and motivation will be everyday perks
- Food & Accommodation in mountains will be rechecked for extra hygiene.
The beginning of the journey towards Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
The first day is your arrival day in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport-TIA), Nepal. On the second day, we drive to Pokhara by Tourist bus for 6 to 7 hrs that departures around 7 a.m. every day from Kathmandu, then 2hrs Taxi/Jeep drive takes to Dhampus for overnight stay.
Check our blog to see how are planning to make your travel plans safer than ever. After such lockdown, we are very ready to make your journey towards Annapurna Circuit exciting like never before.
Both way Tourist bus for Kathmandu- Pokhara is included in the package. The flight/private transportation is provided at an extra cost.
Don't Worry, We'll Pick You!
We offer a complimentary Kathmandu TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) airport pick up and drop off service. Upon your arrival, you are welcomed and greeted at your arrival gate (Holding your name on the company pamphlet) by our representative member from Discovery World Trekking, then transfer to your selected hotel in Kathmandu. For departure transfer, we will come to pick you up at your stay hotel in Kathmandu and take you to the airport for your international flight.
Accommodation Details During The Trek
9 Days Annapurna Sanctuary trek includes Eight nights lodge to lodge stay at a mountain and a night in Pokhara hotel where we use the best available lodge and select the best accommodation in trekking. We provide Four nights twin sharing room with private attached bathroom at Dhampus, Landruk, chhomrong and Jhino Danda, Three nights twin sharing standard accommodation at Himalaya, Annapurna Base Camp, and Bamboo.
We spend a night hotel in Pokhara, accommodation with attached bathroom, TV, 24 hours hot water, power, and laundry facility.
For solo trekker -a single private room with attached bathroom in the available lodge, single private accommodation in other places of the itinerary.
Two nights of Hotels in Kathmandu before and after the trek is required which is not included in the package. Kathmandu has a wide range of hotels for all budgets and your interest. We prefer your choice.
Hot showers, Wi-Fi will be available at an extra cost in possible places.
Our trek is all over high elevations near one of the world’s highest peaks which means your body needs enough carbohydrate, protein, nutrition as food is fuel for the body to hike on such humongous Himalayan trails. The meal on this trek is very convenient but not as in cities.
There will be 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunch, and 8 Dinners will be provided in the trek.
Some of the popular menu items are -
Nine breakfasts - ( Oatmeal, Corn Flakes, French toast with Jam, Butter, Cheese, and Honey Tibetan bread or Chapati Local tsampa porridge, Hashed brown eggs, Varieties of eggs (Omelets) Pancakes Muesli Breads Fruits and Vegetables Hot drinks like varieties of teas and coffees Hot chocolates, etc)
Eight lunch - (Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari (Dal Bhat power 24 hours) Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snakes (Papad, Prawn) Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), etc)
Eight dinners - ( Dhal, Bhat & Tarkari Tibetan Bread Various Soups items Sherpa Stew Steaks Sandwiches Momo (dumplings) Macaroni dishes Tenduk Spaghetti Noodles Thukpa Pasta Vegetable curry Potatoes items Vegetable and salad Pizza (, Tomato, Mushroom, Mixed) Snacks (Papad, Prawn) Korean Raman Desserts items (Rice Pudding, Apple pie), Hard Drinks Steaks, etc.) are available on the menu during the trek.
The best selected from the menu of the lodge which will be fresh, hygienic, tasty, and nutritious. The menu is a combination of traditional local, Asian, and western cuisine almost everywhere but as we go up close, the menu list will be shorted. We highly recommend liquids green tea, lemon tea, hot lemon, ginger tea and garlic soup(must), etc. at high altitude and also the fresh vegetable items for health benefit.
Tho plenty of non-veg items will be available we won’t recommend any of them because the meat in such places is not hygienic and healthy during the trek. We highly encourage to avoid dairy and cheesy items and strongly suggest not to consume Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated items, hot chocolates as experts suggest to avoid such items during such high elevation treks.
Note:- Lunch and Dinner at Pokhara shall not be provided by the company.
All Personal Bills (Alcoholic Drinks, Hot and Cold Drinks) in tea house/ Lodges or in cafe except Standard Meals(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with seasonal fruits) are excluded from Package.
Best season to trek Annapurna Sanctuary
The weather is one of the most important factors to look at when deciding to trek to Annapurna Sanctuary cause no one is beyond nature. People trek throughout the year up to Annapurna base camp trek but certainly, there are ups and downs in every season. It is best suited to trek during the spring and the autumn as the sky is crystal clear from dusk till dawn, the rainy weather stops, and thick sun-blocking clouds also fade. The Magic of clear azure skies provides the most spectacular vistas. With added those breathtaking views, Trek during the winters and monsoon, it becomes a bit challenging to trek due to heavy snowfall, cold temperature but that’s what excites many trekkers.
Although trekking is possible throughout the year each season has different advantages and attractions and advantages offer for trekking in the Annapurna region. The temperature in the mountains also depends according to the altitude range – the higher the altitude, the lower the temperature. In brief, below are the detailed information about the climatic condition of every quarter of months.
March-May - Spring
Destination towards Annapurna Sanctuary in Spring (March-May) is a season in which mountain lovers and travel enthusiasts come to Annapurna Base Camp in a very large number. In this season, the climate is mild, the rainfall is quite low and the trekking conditions are perfect. The mean daily temperature in the Annapurna base camp is between 8 to 0 degree C. Lower regions along the trek are even warmer making it pleasant for any nature lover.
Trekking season begins after March in the spring. By April, the trek route throughout the Himalayas will be rewarded with different full blossom rhododendron of red, pink, and white even at an elevation of over 3,000 meters. The temperature starts rising from mid-March up to mid-May. The weather is cool at this time. The sky is very clear and you can enjoy the clearest views of the mountains.
June to August -Summer
If you are coming to trek Annapurna base camp between July to August, you are signing up for summer. Summer season falls in the month of June, July, and August. Summer is the month of the hottest temperature and therefore has the most pleasant trekking conditions compare to other months. But the monsoon that coincides with the summer means that you have to be more careful with your preparation as the trekking trails might be wet and slippery.
It usually rains during this season. Monsoon generally begins around the end of June and continues up to the second week of August. The temperature during the days usually ranges from 10°C to 23! and gets relatively colder at night ( 5°C to 10?) mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon and disappearing again at night. Though the rain may cause some problems. various plants bloom during this season, the valleys will be a green and totally different view than during other seasons.
September to November -Autumn
Autumn (September, October, November), like Spring, is a season that invites travelers around the world to trek in the Annapurna Base Camp. Moderate temperatures, mild wind, and low precipitation make Autumn a season of wonderful trekking conditions.
This is a favorite among tourists with the most favorable weather and perfect climate condition. The sun shines brightly the skies are clear you get a superb view of mountains and the temperature is perfect for the daytime trek. You can enjoy spectacular starry skies since the sky is clear at night. The monsoons will be over by early September and the weather ranges from mild to warm days. Daytime temperatures can reach up to 20c in high altitudes, the nights are colder with temperatures that may go down around 5c. the greens that grew during monsoon fade to golden/amber proving a spectacular contrast against the crystal blue skies, grains are ripening in the enclave. The environment is clean and the lowlands are lush. The biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain, Tihar also fall during these seasons. It is also a busy season, the clearest month, with the crisp and sparkling sky. The daytime temperatures at this month are usually the most stable, from mild to cool conditions the humidity is also pretty dry with very cold nights
December to February- Winter
Winter (December - February) treks in the Annapurna region are as popular as the Spring or Autumn treks. The places along the Annapurna Base Camp trek can be cold during the winter but that's what excites most trekkers. The temperature of Annapurna Base Camp itself can be as low as -10 degree C which tempts trekkers to visit this region in pleasant climatic conditions.
The coldest time is from December through early February, after late February, the climate gradually gets warmer Temperatures to get cold dropping to -5 degree C at high altitudes. Daytime is pleasantly and relatively warm with sunshine. Despite being cold the skies are usually very clear, mountain views are at their best. With snowy caps, it might snow and the ground will be snow the trails are the least busy at this time. It may not be the best season for beginners but experienced trekkers will have no problem.
The weather in the Himalayas is so unpredictable and the temperature may change quickly from day to night.
Trip Grade: Fitness level, Medical and Health
9 Days Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a moderate grade trek that takes us to 4130m at Base Camp of Annapurna, the highest point of the trip. Hiking duration per day ranges from 4 to 7 hrs, with regular breaks to take in the stunning mountain views. The routes that involve long ascents, steep descents, and straightforward path following a good trial. As per day to day itinerary, we trek more hours in low land and fewer hours in the high mountain, because trekking at higher altitude is physically demanding than trekking in the lower altitude. To accomplish trek, past hiking experience would be an added advantage although no technical experience and skills are necessary. Novice trekkers can join in this trek but should be able to hike 5 to 6 hours a day at a reasonable pace with a light day pack. Some days require longer waking hours, so you must be reasonably fit and prepared for long days. the fitter we are, the more enjoyable experience we will have during the trekking. Exercising and jogging regularly for a couple of weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance our stamina.
Our trekking leaders and guide have extensive first aid training and well -experienced in the Himalaya, we use oximeter to monitor your oxygen level and help in the early detection of the symptoms. We guarantee your health will be in reliable hands. Your trek leader or guide will suggest precautions. All participants should be in good health condition with normal physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination. It is very important to make sure you are as healthy as possible before starting the trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
Trekking group /single
We organize a group as well as a private trek. The price of group discount is applied with having your own paxes at your group and price will be the same whether group joining or private touring. We are able to lead and handle any size of the participants in a group. There will be a group leader Guide, a porter for every two trekkers, and an assistant guide for a group of 12 or above trekking members.
A typical day in Annapurna Sanctuary trek
Every day will be rewarded with a unique experience of trekking, climbing enjoying the scenery, taking photos, and exploring the local villages. During the expedition, we are accompanied by experienced, friendly, and qualified expert Sherpa’s sharing of information and historical facts about the places as we trek. We will also be accompanied by the porters who carry our luggage. However, we will be carrying our small regular day bag pack of necessary items. The day starts with an early morning hot cup of tea/coffee. After packing our bags and gorging on 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. After trekking for three to four hours, lunch will be served around midday on the route to the next destination and we continue after about an hour of rest. The afternoon walk is generally shorter; about two to three hours. Once we reach our overnight lodge/tea house/tent, we snack on the extra dietary food. We will have free time to explore nearby places. Dinner is served around 6 PM to 7 PM. After dinner and before going to bed, we indulge in friendly conversations and discuss the experience of that day. The expedition leader/guide will brief us about the next day’s plan. After this briefing, we enjoy onboard games like monopoly, cards, and watch available mountaineering documentaries. Most of the foreigners indulge in light and fun learning of Nepalese language from our crew or read books before heading off to bed for a well-deserved sleep.
Communication on trek
On the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, the use of internet service will be available at the lodges with some extra service charge. You can contact your family and friends via the lodges, but once we reach high altitudes communication will be through the phone for safety proposes.
We'll communicate all our valuable clients through our leader at least once a day to make sure you're fine, safe, feel right, and have everything up there. You'll always be connected to Kathmandu's DWT office for any kind of help during the trek. Also, depending on the kind of network you use, there will be a signal but not very strong before the high altitude. At your request, we can provide you with a separate local sim card (Most of the places have wifi service available with an extra cost) for good access to connect.
Normally Wi-Fi works every part of the trek in lodge/lodges which will be provided with an extra cost.
Electricity and battery recharge, water on trekking
Throughout the lodges at Annapurna Sanctuary, electricity for the camera and mobile battery recharge is available at an extra cost in all lodges. Most of the lodges have hydroelectricity and some of them have used solar panels. Water during the trek, you can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or filling boiled water at an extra cost. A water purification pill is will be provided to make water drinkable.
You shouldn't drink water from the river, tap, well up there cause it might not be drinkable as it seems.
Extra personal expenses on trekking
Discovery World Trekking tries to provide all extra expenses excluded from the package. Meals and accommodations in Kathmandu are up to our clients themselves as all kinds of hotels/lodges (both luxury & budget) can be booked easily online or even we can do it on request.
All our valuable clients will have to bring personal spending money with them to cover the costs of meals and accommodations in Kathmandu and lunch and dinner in Pokhara, visa process, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot and cold drinks, tips to the trekking crew members, souvenirs, etc. We recommend bringing cash (dollars) that can be changed to rupees here cause during the trek as only Nepalese currency is accepted.
This trip grade is ranked moderate. There is less risk of potential high altitude sickness. However, this mountain journey is not for usual visits, and other unforeseen or unexpected events such as injury, illness, flood, landslide or sudden climate changes, etc may face. Travel insurance is a significant part of our booking condition for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. All the members of trekking must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate to Discovery World Trekking. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation inclusive of helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitude for trekking members.
We can recommend insurance companies to help you but we don't directly get involved in the sale of an insurance policy. Members can be refused to be included in the trekking based on insufficient, improper, or absence of travel insurance policy.
Trekking members are kindly requested to send their detailed insurance information once they book for trekking. In case of emergency situations, we will be using the insurance policy and informational documents you sent us. This will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help, etc. Please ensure that the insurance company includes the cost incurred for mountain rescue service at the highest elevation of the trekking.
Before you buy travel insurance (Don't just believe them what they say on their website) make sure you call them and recheck if they have Helicopter-rescue and evacuation up to 6000m according to your trekking height.
Passport and visa
All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter Nepal. Visa is available on arrival spot at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal, and at some borders land crossings into Nepal (including borders with India and Tibet). In addition, Visa can be extended to the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np Visa application requires a passport at least six months of validity, one passport-size photo. The current cost of the visa fee is US$50 for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. Other nationalities should check entry requirements. The visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, intended to stay in Nepal. We also recommend the list of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after in case you encounter any delays or problems en route. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice.
Citizens of china as well as citizens of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) get a free visa. These countries are not entitled to get a visa on arrival spots such as Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan cannot receive visas on arrival. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100-112 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export, and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having the security advantage of a traveler's cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and a high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite a several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are 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 bank. Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn, or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
How Much Luggage can I take during 9 days-Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?
The weight limit for your luggage, Porters will be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. But a should carry your own knapsack or backpack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. Only carry what the essentials, you can leave any excess baggage either at your hotel or at the Discovery World Trekking store for free.
We'll recheck everything (Luggage, equipment, etc.) in our briefing before we start our journey from our Office.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Safety
Discovery World Trekking guarantees our valuable client's safety, security, and satisfaction. Safety is the utmost important concern for us. For the trek, we will be carrying all the necessary gears, equipment, and first aid kits. Our leaders and guides have vast knowledge and have extensive first aid training. If a trekker falls sick due to the altitude, it is entirely up to the trekker to decide if he/she will further continue as health is very important. In case of emergency, the rescue helicopter will always be ready to bring you back from the higher elevation. During the trek, every group will be together so that everyone is safe and won't wander off alone.
We take strongly and seriously our commitment to environmental sustainability for protecting fragile ecosystems, where we visit. Without any doubt, the positive contribution of tourism to the community has brought many advantages in terms of wealth generation, employment opportunities, infrastructure, health care, and education, etc. With an increase in tourists' arrival, a negative impact has noticeable on the community and the environment. We highlight the positive aspect of tourism with the minimization of negative impact.
Furthermore, Discovery World Trekking works together with the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP) and organizes eco-friendly trips about the most environmentally sensitive and culturally rewarding that meet the expectation of both travelers and communities.
Discovery World Trekking Crews
During the Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking, you will be accompanied by our local best trained and well-experienced guides/sherpas to make your journey even more comfortable and memorable. All guides are well trained licensed with a prior experience they have spent years trekking / climbing a peak all over the world. Porters will also be assigned to carry your luggage. Two people will be assigned one porter, combined luggage should not exceed more than 18 kgs. We never overload our porters. A proportion of one porter for two members and one assistant guide for a group of 12 or above members. If required we can also have one porter per person. Our crew members are the local people of high Himalayas remote areas and their physical endurance and heredity nature can live easily and comfortably at high altitudes without being affected. All our staff is very valuable to us, they are well paid and we take care of their insurance, clothing, food, and lodging throughout the expedition. All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured. We always make sure that they are happy as we believe that only happy people can make others happy The local expert trek leader to guide you is specialized under the following subject. We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with the sleeping gear we also provided them food and warm drinks.
- Authorized certificate of Trekking Guide Training
- Fluency speaking English and other major Languages
- Conservation and biodiversity
- Rock climbing
Most importantly, tipping is at travelers’ discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters, and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honored way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service, and offer enriching journey- a trip of once in a lifetime experience.
Booking and payment process
Discovery world trekking is a government authorized, registered, licensed, and bonded as trekking and touring operator in Nepal. The company registered number is 87657/068/069. We are a member of the Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA). Therefore, the book the Discovery World Trekking trip with confidence as we are reliable.10 percent of payment in advance and other necessary documentations like passport copy, passport size photos, travel insurance policy, arrival, and departure flight details can be made later but must not exceed within two weeks’ period from the booking date. Payment is to be made by bank transfer, western union, and online payment directly from our website. The remaining trip cost can be paid whether in cash or by bank transfer and credit card when you arrive in Nepal. Furthermore, we put forward the necessary modes of payment details as per your convenience by mail.
Last minute booking
Most of the client book Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking in advance, it will not be messy and provide sufficient time to be prepared for them. Clients who are delay in booking Trek due to many reasons, however, they are eager to confirm booking trips within a short span of time. Discovery World Trekking has offered a special provision for last-minute booking with regard to Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking. Under this condition, the last minute booking with 100% percent trip payment within 24 hours is accepted. We are always ready to operate trek possible anytime. For last-minute booking, it is advised that the company always tries the best but not responsible for external factors causing delays beyond the control of company management. For this, you could contact us for more information at 977- 9840055491 (Paul) or email us.
After complete of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking, With an extra day in Nepal, you will free time to explore and visit for a tour of Kathmandu valley sightseeing, Nagarkot view trip, Chitwan jungle safari, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, another trek, and much more!
After completion of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking, there will be a farewell dinner hosted by Discovery World Trekking, and the company provides a company t-shirt, digitally printed certificate of trek achievement along with the key ring. We expect nothing in return but comment and complaint about our services and team performance. As a service provider, we give much more consideration to our overall performance that is ever significant for us to evaluate. Your feedback helps us to execute plans in the field in a better way by improving weaknesses as well as continuing strength aspects. We encourage you to share your real feeling and experience through the popular social networking sites on trip advisor.
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Amazing trip with Discovery!
100%! My boyfriend and I did the 9-day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and had a blast thanks to Discovery! Paul, the founder, is very professional and responsive. He answered all of my questions before the trip and made me feel very taken care of. He also set us up with an AMAZING guide, Simbir, and a fantastic porter, Umess. They were a perfect duo for taking us through the mountains - they were knowledge, friendly, and always positive (even during the tough parts of the trek!). We saw many guides along the way, and I truly think we lucked out with Simbir. He is so nice, his English was great, he knew everything about the mountains and terrain, and he was thoughtful and checked in with us throughout the trek to make sure we were doing ok. I can’t recommend Discovery enough - go through them for all of your trekking adventures!!
Annpurna Sanctuary Trek
Discovery World Trekking exceeded far beyond my expectations for the Annapurna Santuary trek. Right from the beginning Paul made us feel very comfortable with having everything for our trek lined up and ready to go. our guides were extremely knowledgeable and helpful on the trek. Anything you could ever need was already taken care of before you even knew you needed it. guide and porters were also so much fun to talk with and get to know. I felt as though we were all one big family by the end of the trek. Between teaching us card games as well as how to speak Nepali, they were far more than just trekking guides. I would recommend Discovery World Trekking and the trek to EVERYONE!
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
We had a wonderful experience with Discovery World Trekking. Paul, the owner, was very helpful and responsive in answering our many questions via email before our trek and checked in with us after arriving back in Pokhara. The best part was working with our highly professional guide Simbir and porter Umess. Simbir was able to provide trail knowledge and advice along the way, and most importantly, he was able to book accommodations along the way that we would not have been able to on our own. After a certain point in the ABC trek, it is required to call ahead for sleeping arrangements. Simbir is well known in the area, and his connections & expertise allowed us to stay at comfortable housing all the way up to base camp. His positive attitude and good sense of our needs helped a really difficult trek feel easy. He even brought fresh fruit that we could enjoy every night after dinner. The Simbir/Umess team was truly full service and they helped us from every interaction - ordering food, collecting safe water, and attending to minor medical needs like sore knees. We felt that the whole trekking process was flexible, and easily tailored to our needs due to Simbir’s expertise. We were lucky to have such an experienced and engaged guide, and would recommend Simbir and Umess to anyone trekking in the region. I thought the ABC trek was going to be a huge trial, but Discovery World Trekking made it simple. I would recommend their services to anyone looking to experience the Himalayas.