This Annapurna Sanctuary Lodge trek takes you for fourteen beautiful days in the heart of the mighty Annapurna Mountains. These mountains are crowned with Annapurna I, the 10th highest mountain in the world (elev. 8,061 meters). It is surrounded with many other snowcapped peaks, including the majestic Machhapuchhre Peak (Fishtail Mountain) which looks like a fish flipping its tail out of the water.
The trip begins and ends in Kathmandu. While in the Annapurna Mountains, we offer a choice of tours to fit your interests and desires. Many people will take both trips in the course of a couple of years because they are so impressed with the intense beauty of the region.
These trips take the route less traveled. While there is one main entrance to the Annapurna Conversation Area, our knowledge of the region will take you along trails that are less traveled. Rather than seeing tourist after tourist, we plunge you into the very heart of the land where you will be able to enjoy not only its beauty, but the local hospitality as well.
The trek begins in a sub-tropical forest near the lakeside city of Pokhara and then rises through Rhododendron forests. The terrain first goes through farms and villages where you can stop and have tea and meet the local people. There are bamboo forests along with the deep, fern sided canyon of Modi Khola.
The climb gives way to pine forests and rocky crags where you start to get up close views of the high snowcapped peaks. You leave the valley behind as you climb upward to see some of the most breathtaking scenery that Nepal has to offer. There are the peaks of Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Gandharba Chuli.
It is all here, and can be done at your pace. With Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition, we design every trip with you in mind. It is our goal to make each trip the trip of a lifetime. We don't overlook details as we want you to experience Nepal to its fullest. Why not book your trip to the Annapurna Sanctuary with us today.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Full-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley
Day 03: Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m) and drive to Nayapul, trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m) – 4 hours
Day 04: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2750m) – 5/6 hours
Day 05: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2590m) – 5/6 hours
Day 06: Trek from Tadapani to Sinuwa (2340m) – 5 hours
Day 07: Trek from Sinuwa to Deurali (3230m) – 5/6 hours
Day 08: Trek from Deurali to ABC (4130m) – 4/5 hours
Day 09: Trek from ABC to Dovan (2505m) – 5/6 hours
Day 10: Trek from Dovan to Chhomrong (2170m) – 5/6 hours
Day 11: Trek from Chhomrong to Ghandruk Village (1940m) – 5 hours
Day 12: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m) – 4 hours, drive to Pokhara
Day 13: Morning hike to World Peace Stupa and flight back to Kathmandu
Day 14: Final Departure
DAY 1 – Arrival – Arrival in Kathmandu, where you will be picked up in a private car at Tribhuvan International Airport. Stay at a 3-Star Hotel where you will receive your orientation in the evening.
DAY 2 – Full Day Sightseeing – Before setting out on the trek, it is a good idea to become acquainted with the intense and diversified culture of Nepal. There is no better way than to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. There are seven such sites in the Valley and we will take you to the most interesting of them. Return with your team leader to your hotel as you prepare for your journey west the next day.
DAY 3 – Flight to Pokhara, then on to the Trek – Today will begin with a short flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara along the backbone of the Himalayas. The flight is around 35 minutes to Pokhara, where we will pick up a private vehicle to our starting point at the village of Nayapul. From here, trek four hours to Tikhedhunga (elev. 1540 m). The day's itinerary takes you through sub-tropical forests that give way to mountain views and small waterfalls that will capture your attention. The village of Tikhedhunga will give you a great place to have lunch and rest as you contemplate the great scenery.
DAY 4 – Trek to Ghorepani (elev. 2750 m) – It is pretty much uphill most of the day as you trek around 5 – 6 hours to the village of Ghorepani. The name means "horse water" and has been a favorite place to water horses for travelers over the centuries. Today we meet the Magar people at their village of Ulleri. From here it is dense rhododendron and oak forests. At Ghorepani, you can stock up on snack foods as well as get good views of Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and the Annapurna Ranges.
DAY 5 – Trek to Tadapani (elev. 2,590 m) – Most of our days are trekking for just five to six hours, giving you plenty of time to take pictures and to enjoy the vast scenery. Today is a special treat, as we will get up early for a sunrise view of the mountains at Poon Hill. This is one of the finest places in all of Nepal to view the sunrises over the mighty Himalayas. We spend an hour at Poon Hill, and then return to Ghorepani for breakfast. The oak forests today give way to pine as we make our way toward the village of Deurali (2960 m). Our final destination for the day is the quaint little village of Tadapani where we stay overnight at a guest house.
DAY 6 – Trek to Sinuwa (elev. 2,340 m) – We take a hearty breakfast at our guesthouse and then begin ascending through more rhododendron forests until we arrive at the village of Chuile. Once we reach Chuile, the trail will descend down a long series of stone steps until we reach a river that we cross on a suspension bridge. It is then a gentle descent until we reach the village of Chhomrong. All along the way will be stunning views of the many peaks of the Annapurna Mountains. We will pass through Chhomrong Khola as well as through forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oaks. The designation is Sinuwa where we enjoy a wonderful night's lodging at a lodge. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.
DAY 7 – Trek to Deurali (elev. 3,230 m) – The climb is upward through a variety of ever-changing forests that reflect the various elevations of the day. The trail crosses a number of small streams on narrow wooden bridges as well as past a number of old avalanche chutes. We will pass a small temple, be on the lookout for it as it is an important landmark. Nearby is Hinku Cave, where there is a remnant of a glacier. We will climb up through large boulders to Deurali where we will spend the night. Trekking time is 4 – 5 hours.
DAY 8 – Trek to ABC (elev. 4,130 m) – Today we reach the maximum elevation on this trek as we make our way to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). Our route takes us to the east side of the valley through forests of white birch and bamboo. We cross a moraine along the way and then stop for incredible views at Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC). Here we take in the most incredible vista of the mountains where we will spend some time photographing as well as enjoying the views. From here, move on for lunch at ABC, view the mountains and glaciers once more and then overnight in a lodge. The trek today is 4 – 5 hours.
DAY 9 – Trek to Dovan (elev. 2,505 m) – The sun rises in full beauty over ABC with no obstructions to mar its magnificence as its effulgent rays permeate the Annapurna Sanctuary. We stand there taking breakfast and tea as the sunshine turns everything a brilliant white on the mountaintops. We return to MBC where we return to Dovan, spending a night in a lodge. Trekking time is 5 – 6 hours.
DAY 10 – Trek to Chhomrong (2,170 m) – This day continues downhill once more as we return to rhododendron and bamboo forests, finally arriving at the pleasant little village of Sinuwa where we stop for lunch. The rocky trail continues until we reach Chhomrong Khola, crossing it on a bridge then climbing on stone paved steps to reach the village of Chhomrong where we will spend the night. Trekking time is 5 -6 hours.
DAY 11 – Trek to Ghandruk Village (elev. 1,940 m) – The trek continues down paved stone steps then up again to witness a large landslide area around the village of Komrong. We stop for lunch and then climb through beautiful forests until reaching Komrong Danda for some of the finest views of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South. Our destination is the ancient Gurung village of Ghandruk with its famous mountain views. The village features a newly build Buddhist monastery as well as a traditional Gurung Museum that demonstrates the culture of these ancient mountain people. We will spend the night in the village. Trekking time is around five hours.
DAY 12 – Trek to Nayapul (elev. 1070 m) then Pokhara – This marks the end of the trek as we make our way for our final trekking destination: Nayapul. It is about a four hour trek to where we pick up our vehicle for the return trip to the beautiful lakeside mountain city of Pokhara.
DAY 13 – Pokhara and Kathmandu – The day begins with a trek to the World Peace Pagoda which overlooks the city of Pokhara, beautiful Fewa Lake and the mighty Annapurna Mountains. There will be time to do some boating on the lake or sightseeing. Finally, it is time to leave on your short flight back to Kathmandu. You can also choose to take the bus back to Kathmandu, which is around six hours through narrow mountain gorges and over some high passes. Either way, you get a chance to see so much of this beautiful country.
DAY 14 – Departure – All good things come to a close, and sadly, your trip to Nepal is no exception. However, before you go to the airport to catch your flight to your next destination, why not discuss your next visit to Nepal with your representative at Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition. The majority of visitors to Nepal have discovered that a lifetime is not enough to explore all this country has to offer. There is so much to see and do here in the Himalayas. We are your company to make your journey here the best one possible.
While traveling with SNFT, your all-round safety and satisfaction is of our paramount concern. Please note that the Trip Leader has the authority to cancel or amend any part of this itinerary if it is considered necessary due to any of the safety concerns. We leave no stones unturned to keep the itinerary mentioned above, but as this adventure includes traveling in remote Himalayan areas, we can't guarantee that we will make no change to it. Factors like extreme weather conditions, unexpected natural disaster, health condition of any of our group members, etc. can all contribute to make required changes in the itinerary. SNFT trip leader will try to ensure that the trip runs as per the plan, but we kindly request you to be prepared enough to be flexible if need be.
For the Annapurna Sanctuary Lodge Trek, there will be a trek leader and Sherpa Porters for carrying luggage (2 trekkers = 1 porter). This arrangement ensures that if anyone in the group is sick the trip can still go on as planned. However, Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition can run this trek for groups of any size. Usually, we have found that the maximum number of trekkers in any group is 12 people.
All accommodations for the Annapurna Sanctuary Lodge Trek are on twin-sharing basis. The lodges and tea houses have been selected by Swiss Nepal Family Trekking & Expedition after personal inspection. We look at the conditions of the inns, local hygiene, quality of food, type of service and more.
We offer two types of accommodations on this trek. In Kathmandu you will stay three nights at a Three Star Hotel and one night in Pokhara. As there are no Three Star Hotels available on the trek, you will spend nine nights in standard tea houses. These places have pleasant, unheated rooms and wooden beds with foam mattresses.
All rooms are double occupancy, but you can request a single occupancy room for an additional fee, which will be available only during the trekking. However, sometimes single rooms are not available in some places, depending upon local conditions. We do work to provide the best possible options when trekking in the High Himalayas.
Food will vary between typical Nepali in the mountains. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, there are far more choices, which include Indian, Continental, Italian, Tibetan and more. The city areas offer everything from good steaks and burgers to apple pie and pizza.
Nepali food is nutritious, and ranges from our traditional dal/bhat and momo to fantastic breads, fruits and more. The cooking is wholesome and the food is tasty.
The trek does include a farewell dinner where you will experience a cultural show with music, dance and the finest of local foods. There is also a daily breakfast in hotels and on the trail.