The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, also known as Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek, is a powerhouse—it’s one of the shortest major treks in Nepal and gets up close and personal with some of the biggest mountains.
Here you will have a spectacular view of these giants including the immensely impressive south face of Annapurna 1. The Annapurna Sanctuary is a high oval-shaped glacial basin surrounded by the Annapurna massif. The only entrance to the sanctuary is between the Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre mountains.
Along with the natural exploration, you will reach different altitudes every day. You will begin your journey from Pokhara, which is at an altitude of 890 meters. But, as you continue your trip, you will eventually start gaining altitudes every day. And, it will take you to your ultimate vantage point; Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 meters.
On these 14 days of delightful journey of Annapurna Base Camp, you’ll follow a great travel route. As mentioned, you’ll start it from Pokhara. Then, you first head to Poon Hill via Hile-Ghorepani. Poon-Hill is indeed one of the major attractions of the trek to view the majestic peaks.
Before planning any trek in Nepal, you should always understand and study the risk factors. The local weather and climate being the key factors. Depending upon the region and the season, weather and temperature in Nepal vary drastically. And as you go higher, it gets unpredictable. So it’s best to be prepared accordingly before you make your decision.
Annapurna Sanctuary Quick Facts
|Trip Duration||13 nights / 14 days|
|Total Distance:||115 kilometers (Approximately)|
|Trek Location||Kathmandu + Pokhara + Ghandruk + Poon Hill +
Chhomrong + Annapurna Sanctuary
|High Elevation||Annapurna Base Camp 4,130 m (13,550 ft)|
|Pickup Points||Tribhuvan International Airport|
|Trip Activities||English Speaking Trek Guide + 10 days hiking + City Tour.|
|Group Size||2-15 Persons.|
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Highlights
- Himalayan flight Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu.
- Popular trekking route in Annapurna Region, most beautiful treks.
- Walking through the ethnic groups with their culture and verity vegetation forest.
- Unquestionably beautiful 360 degree views of the mountain ranges.
- Massive Annapurna glacier some distance of the Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m).
- Teahouse Trekkers lodge facilities managed by ACAP.
- This is combination of the mountain scenery and cultural.
- Drive beautiful city Pokhara to Phedi or Nayapul.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation 1,350m/4,429ft
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and trek to Ulleri 2,050m/6,726ft 6 hrs hiking
Day 04: Trek Ulleri to Ghorepani 2,850m/9,351ft 4-5 hrs hiking
Day 05: Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani with a visit to Poon Hill 2,700m/8,859ft 6-7 hrs hiking
Day 06: Trek Tadapani to Chhomrong 2,170m/7,120ft 6 hrs hiking
Day 07: Trek Chhomrong to Bamboo 2,310m/7,579ft 4-5 hrs hiking
Day 08: Trek Bamboo to Deurali 3,230m/10,598ft 3-4 hrs hiking
Day 09: Trek Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp via Machhapuchhre Base Camp 4,130m/13,551ft 5-6 hrs hiking
Day 10: Trek Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo 2,310m/7,579ft 7-8 hrs hiking
Day 11: Trek Bamboo to Jhinu Danda 1,760m/5,775ft 5-6 hrs hiking
Day 12: Trek to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara 827m/2,713ft 6 hrs hiking
Day 13: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu 1,350m/4,429ft 25 min flight
Day 14: Final departure
- International & domestic airport transfers as per the itinerary.
- 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast plan.
- 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara with Bed and Breakfast plan.
- 13 breakfast, 10 Lunch, 11 dinner during the trip.
- Kathmandu Sightseeing by professional English speaking tour guide.
- Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu domestic flight.
- Pokhara – Nayapul – Pokhara private car/jeep.
- 3 meals a day during the trip (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as mention in itinerary.
- Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing basis in guesthouses.
- Annapurna conservation area permit and TIMS card.
- Professional government license holder English speaking trekking guide.
- Sleeping bag and duffel bag during the trek. (Refundable after finish the trip)
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- 1 farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- All government and local taxes.
- All entrance fees for sightseeing places
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
- Your international flights
- Nepal visa fees & airport taxes
- Personal travel insurance (strongly recommended)
- Gear or equipment for your trek
- Personal expenses along the trek
- Tips for your city guide, drivers, hotels, restaurants, etc.
- Extra night accommodation then mention plan
|2-4||Guaranteed||USD 1190||INR 95000|
|5-8||Guaranteed||USD 1050||INR 82000|
|9-15||Guaranteed||USD 960||INR 75000|
Best time to go Annapurna Sanctuary
The best time to trek the Annapurna Base Camp is during the shoulder seasons of either April – May (Spring) or October – November (Autumn) which are considered to be pre-monsoon and before winter respectively. The weather is mildly hot during the day while hiking and cold at night depending on the altitude.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Difficulty
The Annapurna Sanctuary trek in considered moderate. It is one of the easier treks in the Annapurna region, but still requires a basic level of fitness as you will be trekking roughly 5-6 hours a day.
Altitude is not a huge issue on this trek and is therefore ideal for people who want to trek the region without reaching any dizzying heights!. The trekker covers a total distance of 67 km over 10 days of trek.
Travel Insurance for Annapurna Sanctuary
It is very important that you have travel insurance when you are trying to tackle such a feat and the travel insurance has to cover activities such as hiking in a country like Nepal.
We would recommend WorldNomads.com if you are looking to find the right kind of travel insurance for this. They have a simple and flexible search system that allows me to find the exact insurance.
Travel insurance is mandatory when you want to go hiking in Nepal. It is recommended you choose a good insurance cover. You can also compare travel insurance company before considering one for yourself.
What to Pack for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
- Hiking Cloths: The sun is strong and you will be sweating a lot while hiking so we would recommend something light and breathable like a weather-proof outer-shell jacket together with a fleece jacket and a regular shirt inside. Here are jackets we recommend you get for the trip: fleece jacket and the beautiful orange Columbia outer-shell jacket.
- Teahouse Clothing: When you are idle, you will need something that can keep you warm. A big down jacket is recommended for when you are in the teahouse. Most teahouse’s bedrooms are NOT equipped with a heater so you will definitely need a good down jacket.
- Head Lamps: Important in the early mornings and in case you have to hike at night (I do not recommend this). Here is a headlamp I use during this hike: Ultra Bright Cree Headlamp.
- First Aids: Bandages in case of blisters, Tylenol for headaches, Diamox for Altitude Sickness etc.
- Sunglasses: The sun is extremely strong up there.
- Buff: To warm up air before you breath in to prevent the nasty case of Khumbu Cough afterward.
- Wet Wipes: The next best thing from actually having a shower in the mountains. You will thank yourself for it after 10 days of not showering.
- Good Sturdy Shoes: Make sure you have waterproof sturdy shoes in case of rain. Break into your shoes first if you bought a new one. You wouldn’t want to be the hikers with blisters all over his/her feet at the end of the trek. This Timberland Shoes is my go-to hiking boots in most situations and I recommend you carry high ankle shoes like the Columbia Newton Ridge shoes just in case.
- Money: Get enough cash out in Pokhara for all the days you are trekking as they are no way you will be able to get money out along Annapurna Base Camp trek.
- Sleeping Bag: Bedrooms in teahouses can get really cold at night and there’s nothing worse than not being able to sleep after an 8-hours hike day. We would recommend getting the -10°C one in either Thamel, Kathmandu or Pokhara. We got mine in Pokhara and still using it today (2019). You can also get the Coleman North Rim Sleeping Bag online prior to your trip.
- Toiletries: Wet wipes, tissue papers, toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreens, lip balms etc.
- Snacks: Prepare some snacks to Treat yo self so you don’t have to buy an overpriced Snickers bar up there. You deserve it!
- Get Maps.me: Download Maps.me app on your phone and download the Nepal map for offline navigation. They do have the trail map available and it’s quite accurate. The app is available on both Android and iOS.
- Large Backpack (60+L): And of course, a backpack big enough to fit all these stuff so you can carry up the mountain. I highly recommend the 65L Osprey Atmos AG Backpack with their mesh grid back support that makes your backpack lighter, a good capacity to carry everything you need for you trip, and you can’t beat the Osprey lifetime guarantee.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek Cost
The Annapurna Base Camp trek is a moderate trek and more people decide to do it independently nowadays. This is certainly a good option but traveling with a guide also has its advantages.
The guides know the terrain, the trekking route and can tell you a lot of things about the places you come across along the way. Additionally, you might struggle with your backpack while climbing to base camp and you might need to hire a porter as well.
If you want to hire a guide and a porter, you will need between $25 and $30 per day for the guide and between $15 and $20 per day for the porter. This includes all of their meals, accommodation, and insurance.
Finally, keep in mind that by selecting a local tourist agency, you are also helping the local economy.
To get a rough idea of the costs involved in this journey, here’s a rough cost estimate of all transportation options.
- A one-way flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara costs between $100 and $120 USD.
- Renting a private vehicle from Kathmandu to Pokhara costs around $140-$160 USD which is feasible if you’re traveling in a group but not really if you’re traveling solo or with one companion.
- A tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara costs $10-$15 USD.
- Finally, the local bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara will cost you only $5 USD but keep in mind that the journey lasts 7-8 hours and these buses aren’t very comfortable.