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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.

Route

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.

Day by Day Itinerary

Trip Info & Details

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport Transfers
  • 3 nights at Aloft Kathmandu, in Twin room, with breakfast
  • 1 night at Hotel Barahi in Twin room, with breakfast
  • 4 nights at Mountain Lodges, Annapurna as per program, on full board, plus happy hour
  • MLN Lodges Standard room amenities (Attached Bathroom, Hot Shower, Unlimited boiled & filtered drinking water, Bathroom slippers, Hair dryer on request)
  • 6 nights in local lodge as per program on full board
  • National Park & TIMS Permit Fee
  • Flight: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu with airport tax
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Personal Equipment & Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Visa fee
  • Emergency Evacuation if required
  • Other personal Expenses
  • Tips for Staffs

March to May offers clear weather and relative calm before Everest expedition teams descend on the region and then the days start to become rainy and overcast in May.

September to November may be the most ideal time to visit, with most of the tourists gone and the monsoon season over, making way for crisp, pre-winter days. During these four months expect comfortable temperatures and blue skies during the day and opportunities for some exceptional long exposure photography and many shooting stars at night.

May and September, expect damp and overcast weather on the trail, and with it weather-related delays for flights in and out of Kathmandu.

Footwear

  • Walking boots with suitable ankle support that have been worn-in prior to the trek, and which are waterproof
  • Trainer or casual shoes, for trekking and/or for traveling
  • Warm socks for colder areas

Leg wear

  • Loose, casual trousers for trekking
  • Waterproof trousers

Body

  • Selection of T-shirts, and long-sleeved shirts, preferably not cotton
  • Warm shirt, possibly fleece, for colder areas
  • Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper
  • Windproof, waterproof outer shell garment for Higher altitudes
  • Down jacket (optional for cold nights & mornings; can be hired in Kathmandu cheaply)

Head/Hands

  • Wool or fleece hat, or balaclava
  • Sunglasses or goggles
  • Sunscreen lotion and lip balm
  • Warm gloves
  • Strong rucksack or large hold all to be carried by porters

Other items

  • Day sack to be carried personally
  • Plastic bags or stuff sacks to store/separate trekking gear

Inside your main bag

  • One liter water bottle
  • Torch, ideally head torch
  • Camera and film! – for those not to be forgotten shots of the Himalaya

Optional items

  • Binoculars
  • Books (see Recommended Reading)
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Playing cards/backgammon/chess set

ITEMS PROVIDED (On Borrow)

  • Duffel Bag
  • Day Bag Pack
  • Walking Stick
  • Poncho (rain jacket)
  • Thermal Bottle
  • Sun Hat/ Cap
  • Khada/ Scarf
  • Umbrella
  • Buff
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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

Majgaon Lodge

1408m (4,619ft)

front garden with mountain view

Tomijong Lodge

1432m (4,698ft)

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