Journeys

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

15 days Duration
4.130m Maximum Altitude
2-8 Group Size

The most intensely scenic sub-two week trek in Nepal takes you into the very heart of the Annapurna range and Gurung country, up to the magnificent glacial basin, the Sanctuary, where at dawn, the clouds part to reveal molten peaks all around.

Overview

The early part of your journey crosses the terraced farm fields of the Gurung, Magar, Newar and Tamang. From the Gurung heartland village of Ghandruk, you plunge into canyons and then back up above the tree line and the permanent settlements, emerging onto stretches of grassy meadows and ancient moraine, stopping at Chomrong, Dovan, and Deurali as you approach your goal: the base of the 1970 British Annapurna Expedition. You’ll retrace your steps back down from the high barren terrain to the pretty villages of Landruk and Majhgaon, then back to Pokhara and a flight to Kathmandu.

Day by Day Itinerary

Trip Info

Included

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfers
  • 3 nights Hotel Gokarna Resort, Kathmandu, in Twin room, with breakfast
  • 1 night Temple Tree Resort & Spa in Twin room, with breakfast
  • 4 nights Mountain Lodges as per program, on full board, plus happy hour
  • 6 nights in local lodge as per program on full board
  • Trekking guide and porters
  • All staff daily wages/Insurance
  • National Park & TIMS Permit Fee
  • Flight: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu, with airport tax
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Equipment: duffel bag, daypack, walking stick, water bottle, rain poncho, first aid kit, souvenir hat and scarf, down jacket, hat & gloves in MLN lodges, and sleeping bags with liners & hot water bottles for the tea-house accommodations

Not included:

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal equipment & insurance
  • Alcoholic & soft drinks outside of happy hours
  • Nepal Visa Fee, US$40/person
  • Tips for staff
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Visit October–November and March­–April to avoid the storms and snow of winter. Your guide will keep watch for any pre-monsoon avalanche risks. Although clouds roll in early in these months, the curtain often parts at sunset and sunrise to reveal radiant, molten peaks.

This well-travelled extension from the main Annapurna circuit is one of the most rewarding and pristine treks in Nepal. Your two-week journey covers an unrivalled range of landscapes, immersing you in a variety of cultures and people. At Ghandruk, you’ll say goodbye to the comforts of the Mountain Lodges, but the simpler accommodations, winding uphill climb and depleting oxygen are well rewarded by the sweeping scenery, as the great flanks of the Annapurnas, Gangapurna and Machapuchare dominate the cobalt skyline. Annapurna Base Camp, “Cradle of the Gods”, is your ultimate goal. Wherever you stand in this glacial basin, the magnificent 360-degree views are unspeakably beautiful.

The early part of the Sanctuary trek has you following terraced farm fields, pausing in stone flagged villages, and tracing foaming rivers fed by snow melt and waterfalls. As you head into the ‘Sanctuary’, you’ll ascend carved steps, hike lush forests of hanging moss. Emerging above the tree line, you’ll be met by grassy meadow, ancient moraine, and the crunch of snow. After reaching your stunning goal, you’ll retrace your steps, making a detour to soak tired muscles in the natural hot springs of the Modhi Khola. At Landruk, say yes to some natural honey offered by the bee-keeping families.

Lodges on This Journey

lodge exterior

Birethanti Lodge

1097m (3,599ft)

outdoor seating with mountain view

Ghandruk Lodge

1981m (6,499ft)

outdoor seating with mountain view

Landruk Lodge

1639m (5,377ft)

lodge with mountain view

Majhgaon Lodge

1408m (4,619ft)

front garden with mountain view

Tomijong Lodge

1432m (4,698ft)

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