The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. It takes you through stunning scenery, including towering mountains, lush forests, and sparkling lakes. The trek is challenging but rewarding, and it offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of the Himalayas.

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek begins in the city of Pokhara, which is located in central Nepal. From Pokhara, you will take a bus or jeep to the village of Chame. This is the starting point for the trek. The trek begins by ascending through a series of forests and villages. As you ascend, the views of the surrounding mountains begin to open up. The trail eventually reaches the town of Dhampus, which is located at an altitude of 2,650 meters. From Dhampus, you can make a side trip to Poon Hill, which offers stunning views of the Annapurna range.

After Dhampus, the trail continues to ascend to the Annapurna Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a high-altitude valley that is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the world. The trail passes through the village of Gorakshep, which is located at an altitude of 4,410 meters. Gorakshep is the last village before Annapurna Base Camp.

Annapurna Base Camp is located at an altitude of 4,130 meters. It is a popular destination for trekkers and mountaineers. From Annapurna Base Camp, you can see some of the most impressive mountains in the world, including Annapurna I, Annapurna II, and Machapuchare.

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a challenging but rewarding experience. It is a great way to experience the beauty of the Himalayas and to challenge yourself physically and mentally. If you are looking for an unforgettable trekking experience, then the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is the perfect choice for you.

Here are some tips for planning your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek:

  • The best time to trek in the Annapurna region is during the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) seasons. The weather is mild during these seasons and there are fewer crowds.
  • You will need to obtain a permit to trek in the Annapurna region. You can purchase a permit from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • You will need to be in good physical condition to trek to Annapurna Base Camp. The trek is challenging and you will be hiking for several hours each day.
  • You will need to pack appropriate clothing and gear for the trek. The weather can change quickly in the mountains, so it is important to be prepared for all types of conditions.
  • You should hire a guide and porters if you are not experienced in trekking in the Himalayas. A guide can help you plan your trek and keep you safe. Porters can carry your gear, which will make the trek much easier.
  • The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is a challenging but rewarding trek that will take you to some of the most beautiful places on Earth.

Is This Trip for me?

Trip Difficulty: Moderate

Poses challenge for the amateurs. It may require fair level of fitness. Maximum altitude remains around 4000 m – 4500 m and the hike requires around 5-6 hours a day.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport. Star Standard meals at Kathmandu!

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu / Transfer to Hotel
Day 2 Kathmandu Day Tour
Day 3 Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara 30 mins
Day 4 Drive up to Phedi & Trek to Dhampus 1,650 m (5,577 ft) 2-3 hours
Day 5 Trek to Landruk 1,646 m (5,530 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 6 Trek to Chhomrong 1,070 m (3,510 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 7 Trek to Dovan 2,605 m (8,546 ft) 4 hours
Day 8 Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp 3,700 m (12,139 ft) 5-6 hours
Day 9 Trek to Annapurna Base Camp 4,130 m (13,549 ft) and Back to Dovan 5-6 hours
Day 10 Trek to Chhomrong 3-4 hours
Day 11 Trek to Tadapani 2,600 m (8,528 ft) 5 hours
Day 12 Trek to Ghorepani 2,800 m (9,156 ft) 4-5 hours
Day 13 Early Morning Hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m, Trek back to Tikhedhunga 5-6 hours
Day 14 Trek to Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara 7  hours
Day 15 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu 30 min
Day 16 Depart from Kathmandu

Note: Flight to/from Pokhara has been included in the price to avoid the road travel which may last over 9-10 hours. You can choose to lower the package price and take tourist bus instead.

  • Arrival airport pick and drop.
  • 2 complimentary dinners at Kathmandu.
  • 3 Nights at ★★★ hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 2 Nights at ★★★ hotel in Pokhara.
  • Comfortable domestic flight to/from Pokhara
  • Standard Tea-house/ Lodge during the trek.
  • A la Carte (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinners) meals during the trek.
  • 1 Certified Guide (Licensed & First Aid Trained)/1 Porter (For two)
  • TIMS Card/ National Park entry fee/Other Permits.
  • All the Gov. and Local taxes as per applicable.
  • Trekking Map and Group medical kit box (Diamox and First Aid Medicine).
  • Tea/Coffee p.meal basis.
  • Kathmandu Day Tour
  • Trip Completion Certificate
  • Arrangement of Rescue/Medical Helicopter service; covered by your Insurance agency.
  • Visa & Processing Fee
  • International flight fares
  • Meals other than during the trek and before/after complimentary dinner
  • Mineral water and refreshments during the trek
  • Travel insurance (Cover Helicopter evacuation and Trip Cancellation charges)
  • Guide/Porter Tipping


We completed the 11 day Annapurna base camp trek. It was our first time to Nepal and I am glad we booked our trek through Caravan Outdoors.

They took care of everything (airport pick up, accommodations, park pass, etc..) there was no thinking required on our part. It was fantastic! Our guide and porter were very nice and answered any questions we had. ~Jennifer Smith (Winnipeg, Canada)

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The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.

Responsible Tourism

Being a responsible tourism stakeholder, we strive to offer our utmost help to the under-privileged and impoverished community. We work along with the Pioneer Foundation, a non-profit entity based in Kathmandu.

Currently, we help raise fund and donate it to help build schools and shelters at the Earthquake stricken regions of Central Nepal province. You can join the cause help donate or volunteer to teach at the primary level schools. Visit Community Center for more information.

  1. Arrival in Kathmandu At your arrival in Kathmandu, a member of our team will greet and receive you at the airport. You will be transferred to your hotel. Our representative will brief on your arrival about the trip. The rest of the day is yours. The evening we be spent enjoying complimentary local dinner one of the finest local diner with cultural program
  2. Kathmandu Day Tour Kathmandu is the main cultural hub of Nepal and the historical city. The sightseeing tour of Kathmandu with the best tourist guide of the town will offer you a chance to visit Pashupatinath- the largest Hindu Temple of Nepal.  After the exploration of Pashupatinath you will walk along the busy streets of Kathmandu to Boudhanath. A large domed shaped Buddhist stupa, Boudhanath holds huge religious significance among the Tibetan Buddhists of Nepal. After a heavy lunch,  the tour will advance to the Patan Durbar Square. The exemplary wooden and stone craftsmanship at the site makes a place the prominent attraction for tourists and shows the historical side of the Malla kingdom and Newari lifstyle. The tour will end with a serene trip to Swayambhunath, the most important landmark of Buddhism in Nepal.
  3. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara After the early morning breakfast, you will drove from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a tourist coach bus. The 6-7 hours ride will be provided with mineral water and enough loo breaks. The noon at the lakeside city of Pokhara will invite you with a great ambiance. You can take a short walk around the city and enjoy your lunch. Pokhara is the most popular getaway in Nepal, therefore, you may find many like-minded tourists strolling around the city.
  4. Drive to Phedi/Trek to Dhampus A short early morning drive through Banglung Highway will lead you to Nayapul.  You can view the mountains, forest and scattered village settlements. It will takes around 1 hour to reach Phedi, from where you will start your hike towards Dhampus. You get to hike through lush forest and beautiful landscape. From here, you may get to see the surrounding peaks of Annapurna, Macchapucchre, Hiunchuli and Lamjung.
  5. Trek to Landruk After the breakfast, you will start your trek towards the next village of Landruk. It isa tiny settlement located just opposite to Ghandruk.  First you pass through Pothana and then Deurali. Here you find yourself around the Modi River originating and flowing down the Annapurna massif. After a while, you will reach the village of Landruk, a small Gurung settlement.
  6. Trek to Chhomrong After a hefty breakfast, you climb start your trek and advance up to the beautiful village of Chhomrong. The trail encounters some steep descends and ascends, therefore, it might prove challenging for a second day trek. It’s a very lively part of the region. You can interact with the trekkers visiting the region. The local houses are a sight to see with their intricate designs and texture. The village of Chhomrong isn’t lesser amazing. It is considered the best village in the entire region. You can find many modern amenities in here. You can rest the remaining day strolling around the village and enjoying your local meal.
  7. Trek to Dovan The Trek begins with the downhill hike along the stony staircases to Chhomrong Khola and cross the suspension bridge. It will be followed by continuous ascend. The first stop will be made at Sinuwa 2,324 m. The trail beyond it passes through lush vegetation and bamboo forest. A brief 30 minutes downhill hike will bring you to Bamboo village 2,340 m. The end of the day will be made at Dovan.
  8. Trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp The early morning hike amounting for two and half hours along the bank of the Modi Khola will lead you to Himalaya village. You are likely to encounter continuous uphill ascend. From here, the weather may start changing. Fog is common in this region; therefore, the trail may seem blur. Hinku Cave is the local landmark; a hard-ice cave formed by the falling ice water stream. The trail will pass through Deurli village and to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The lodges here are located right below the Machhapuchhre peak, therefore, you will likely get to see a serene mountainous views.
  9. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp & Back to Dovan Day 7 is the greatest day of the trek, as you ascend to the Annapurna Base Camp. You may wake up at the earliest hour if you do not wish to miss seeing the sunlight touch the Annapurna I. An early morning hike will facilitate a plenty of time for yourself and the nature. The base camp in the early morning is less occupied, therefore, you have more time to explore around. After a short hike, you can have your breakfast and start preparing to descend. You will descend the same way you came up, while meeting many trekkers on the way. Dovan is the final stop for the day.
  10. Trek to Chhomrong It will be a downhill walk following the Modi River and crossing green forest, you have to cross a suspension bridge through Bamboo and Deurali to reach Chhomrong. Then, climbing steep ups and down trail in a forested area, you will reach at Chhomrong. You will just pass a bridge and spend your overnight at local lodge.
  11. Trek to Tadapani It is an alternative route connecting to Ghorepani. You may start trekking through a flatland, passing forest and terraced field before reaching Tadapani. You may encounter a lush Rhododendron forest en route to Tadapani. It is an ideal vintage point to grasp a perfect view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Macchapucchre.
  12. Trek to Ghorepani After the breakfast, you will start ascending further towards Ghorepani. A popular tourist stop. You may encounter many tourists on this trail; along with the hordes  of mule caravan. En route you stop at Deuarli and from here you will gently walk for around 3 hours before reaching Ghorepani.
  13. Poon Hill Hike/Trek to Tikhedhunga Today, you’ll make a short hike towards Poon Hill. You must wake up early and start trekking towards Poon Hill to catch the sunrise. Along with a beautiful sunrise, you get to see snowcapped mountains; Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre etc.After a brief stop at Poon Hill and a breakfast, you will start you trek downhill towards Tikhedhunga. You will walk in a gentle trail till Ulleri and rest for a while, and, follow the stone paved path downhill till Tirkhedhunga where you will spend your overnight.
  14. Trek to Nayapul & Back to Pokhara The final leg of the trek will take you back to Naya Pul and a short ride will take you to Pokhara, where you can relax and sunbath beside the Phewa Lake. Most tourists choose to boat or cycle around the small city.
  15. Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu A 6-7 hours ride will take you back to Kathmandu. Our representative will transfer you in a Hotel, followed by a humongous farewell dinner.
  16. Depart from Kathmandu You will be transferred to the Airport to catch your flight back home.
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Trips Details

Trip Length 16 days
Trek Length 11 days
Activities Trekking, Sightseeing
Max. Altitude 4,130 meters (13,549 ft)
Trek Style Tea-house (Lodges)
Meal Full board on trek
★★★★★ Hotel ( Kathmandu) Standard BB Lodges on Trail
Transportation Domestic Flight, Private Vehicle
Best Month February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November
Group Size 2-10 Persons
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