Called as one of the most accessible areas in Nepal, the Annapurna range is a short distance from the lake town of Pokhara. With mountain ranges over 8000 meters and with lowlands and foothills full of ethnic inhabitants, the Annapurna region is the most visited trekking destinations of Nepal. From the deepest gorge in the world to the sacred Fishtail Mountain, the Annapurna sanctuary trek exposes all of the jewels of the Annapurna region. The high point of the trek is reaching the base of the sacred Annapurna Mountain. Ringed by giants such as the Annapurna 1, Macchapuchhre, and Glacier Dome, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek has been graded as a difficult yet a hugely adventurous one.

The itinerary has been created, so as to eliminate the threat of suffering from Acute Mountain Sickness. Proper acclimatization and good physique is the key to success in this trek.


  • Day Arrival and Transfer to the Hotel

    Today, upon arrival from your respective countries, our representative will transfer you to the hotel from the airport. The rest of the day will be spent in the hotel itself. You can either relish the unique and delicious Nepali cuisine that Nepal is famous for or decide to stroll around the streets of your hotel. Breathe in the ambience of Kathmandu as much as you can. There will also be a full trek briefing on this evening.

    • No meals included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Sightseeing Around Kathmandu

    Kathmandu has been listed as one of the most historic areas around the world. With several UNESCO World Heritage Sites to choose from, it is best to take time out to marvel upon the architectural delights put forward by the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur Durbar Square. Durbar Square basically means Palace Square and each of the Squares once belonged to the Kings of the respective kingdoms.

    Kathmandu Durbar Square is situated in Basantapur and consists of a complex of palaces, temples, courtyards and the KumariGhar. KumariGhar houses the only living Goddess in the world. Another important World Heritage Site is the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Full of architectural delights, the Bhaktapur Durbar Square has retained its beauty and charm even after the devastating earthquake that shook the nation on 2015.

    Patan Durbar Square, situated in Lalitpur, is a marvel of Newari architecture. Tiled with red bricks, the temples and idols in the area are worth drooling upon. We end the day with a relaxing drive back to the hotel.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Drive from Kathmandu to Nayapul & trek to Birethanti (1070m)

    Today marks the beginning of the trek. We will leave for the drive to Nayapul early in the morning, after breakfast. Driving westwards through the views of the roaring Trishuli River, we will reach Pokhara in about 6 hours. We will not be stopping in Pokhara but will move forward to reach Nayapul. Nayapul is the point from where we will commence our adventure. A 30-minute walk from Nayapul through the Modi Khola, will bring us to Birethanti where we will be spending the night.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Birethanti to Ulleri (2070m)

    Today’s trek will be a challenging one as we will need to cross steep stone stairs during the end of the day. The trek, which commences from Birethanti will initially be an easy one. The trek will pass through several waterfalls and through the sides of the Burgundi Khola. The road that we trek through is motorable up to Hile.

    After Hile, the trail will be an undulating one. Upon reaching Tikhedhunga and after lunch, the hard portion of the day starts. To reach Ulleri, we will need to cross a huge number of steep, slate steps. The climb from Tikhedhunga to Ulleri takes approximately two hours. The entire trek from Birethanti to Ulleri will complete in about 6 to 7 hours. We will be spending the night in Ulleri.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2860m)

    Today we will be covering the altitude of about 800 meters. When walking out to Ulleri, the trail will now enter the area filled with rhododendron forests. If you happen to cross the area in the spring season, the rhododendron flowers will be in full bloom and the entire area will be a blaze of color. The continuous ascent today will be interlude by trains of mules. The mules carry rice and other supplies towards the Kingdom of Mustang. Led on by the bells of the mules, we emerge from the rhododendron forests to the beautiful village of Ghorepani. Ghorepani is home to the views of the massive mastiffs including the likes of Annapurna, Dhaulaigiri, Lamjung, Macchapucchre and other Himalayan giants of the Annapurna region.

    Upon reaching Ghorepani, a sudden and splendid vista of icy mountain tops will greet us. A 6-7 hour trek will take you from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2860m). The trek will start off by crossing Banthati, ascending the rhododendron forests and reaching the big settlement of Ghorepani by passage through several beautiful waterfalls. Most houses here have blue tops and there is a health post situated in the middle of the village.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) & trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2600m)

    Today, we will be hiking up to one of the highlights of the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Poon Hill is a hill situated at the altitude of 3195 meters above sea level. An early morning, approximately one hour walk will take us from Ghorepani to the top of Poon Hill. From the Poon Hill tower, we will be able to catch mesmerizing views of the sun glistening over the tops of the icy peaks like the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. We return back to Ghorepani with heart's content for having seen one of the world’s magnificent vistas.

    With the magnetizing views of the mountain peaks in all their glory in mind, we embark on a 7-hour walk from Ghorepani to Tadapani after breakfast. The first hill to be climbed, the BahunDanda, offers more spectacular views of the mountain peaks of the Annapurna region. After this the path today will pass through the more open country. We will descend downwards to a jungle which hides the views of the mountain peaks. After passing through the area with a few lodges, we will come through to a clearing which consists of the village called Banthanti.

    We climb back to the height of 2745 meters and reach another pass of Tadapnai. Tadapani offers splendid vistas of the Annapurna South as well as the Macchapuchcre. We will spend the night in the beautiful village of Tadapani (2600m).

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Tadapani- Chhomrong (2170m)

    After breakfast, we will descend for a short time to reach Chuili. Chuili is another perfect spot for amazing views of the mountains. After this, the trail further descends downwards through forested areas filled with rhododendrons. We will finally reach the KyumnuKhola, which is the tributary of Modi Khola. After this, the path takes on an upward path. The ascent up to the village of Chhomrong is a steep one and the entire passage from Tadapani to Chhomrong takes about 7 hours.

    Chhomrong is a Gurung village which stands tall at the height of 2170 m. this village is also the last permanent settlement in the valley. Beyond Chommrong, we will be observing the views of Yersasa. Yersasa is the shelter of herdsmen, which are used in the summer months. Chhomrong also greets us with the views of the MacchapucchreMountain as well as the Annapurna South in its full glory.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2630m)

    Today, the track starts with a descending stone staircase. After some time of descending, we will come across the banks of the ChhomrongKhola. Upon passing it, we trail finally climbs out of this side valley to enter the Modi Khola Valley.

    After this point, the trekking trail will pass through rhododendron, oak, and hemlock trees to reach the settlement of KuldiGhar at the height of 2540m. KuldiGhar was initially a sheep breeding area. The trail now follows an undulating path through dense bamboo shoots. These bamboo thickets are utilized to make the carrying baskets which are used by our porters, called locally as the ‘doko’.  Bamboo shoots are also used for creating roofs and flooring. After climbing up through the densely packed bamboo thickets, we will come across rhododendron forests again. If you happen to come by this area in the spring season, we will be greeted with snow. The forest now clears out to Dovan(2505m), where we will spend the night. Dovan is home to several teahouses. The trek will take approximately 7 hours in total.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
    • Overnight local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Dovan to Macchapucchre Base Camp (3720m)

    The path today passes through the forest. We will firstly come across the lodges at the Himalaya Hotel. After this, we will come across the Hinko Cave. Initially, when there were no treehouses in the valley, trekkers used to spend their nights in the Hinko Cave. Upon crossing a ravine, the trail starts becoming steeper and steeper. Leaving the trees behind us, we will cross boulders as the valley becomes wider. Wild scenery greets our path after which we will be greeted with the gates of the sanctuary. We will pass through the heights of Macchapuchhre and Hiunchuli.  After relishing the views of the awesome peaks, we will reach the base camp of the sacred Macchapucchre Mountain. The Macchapucchre Base Camp (3700m) is where we will spend the night. The stupendous views include the panorama of Macchapucchre, Annapurna 1, Annapurna 2, Gangapurna and much more. The trek from Dovan to Macchapucchre Base Camp completes in 7 hours.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Hike to Annapurna Base Camp & return to Macchapucchre Base Camp (3720m)

    Today, we will get the chance to explore the high alpine wilderness put forward by the Annapurna Sanctuary. We will start off on an early morning trek today. A 2-hour walk will take us to the highlight of the trek, the Annapurna BaseCamp. The ABC is surrounded, by the extremely beautiful snowcapped peaks which are among the highest mountains in the world.  We will be encircled by the unbroken soaring ramparts like the Annapurna 1, Annapurna 3, Gangapurna and the Macchpucchre. The sunrise views from the Base Camp are truly splendid.

    At times, the Annapurna Base Camp is almost full with snow. This makes it difficult to spend the night in the heavenly place. This is why we will make a return back to the Macchapucchre Base Camp. Approx. 3-4 hrs. trek.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Macchapucchre Base Camp to Bamboo Hotel (2340m)

    After gathering our belongings, we move descend back down the valley. Descending past Hinko, we will leave the sanctuary behind. Through paths adorned by bamboo thickets and rhododendron forests, we reach Bamboo Hotel. Bamboo Hotel is called so, as the entire area is full of dense thickets of bamboo. We spend the night in the Bamboo Hotel. Approx. 7 hrs. trek. 

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Bamboo Hotel- JhinuDanda (1760m)

    After breakfast, the trek descends down the Modi Khola Valley today. We will trek up and down through several stone steps to reach the ChhomrongKhola. Crossing it will bring us back to the inhabited region of the valley. We climb up the stone steps to reach the village of Chhomrong. After spending some time to rest, the path descends steeply downwards to reach Upper Sinuwa, which offers magnificent views ofthe massive Annapurna and Macchpucchre peaks that we left behind. We will pass through several terraces in order to reach JhinuDanda (1760m). The path to the Jhinu Danda is a vertical steep descent and somewhat difficult.  JhinuDanda is home to the famous Jhinu hot springs where you can relieve your aching muscles. The trek from Bamboo Hotel to JhinuDanda takes approximately 6 hours.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included
    • Overnight at local teahouse
  • Day Trek from Jhunnu danda to Kyumi & drive to Pokhara

    Today marks the end of this adventure. This is a short day as we drop downwards to the Modi Khola River. We will pass through the banks of the roaring Modi Khola, to trek down to Kyumi through New Bridge and Kyumi. This takes about 4 hours approximately. From Kyumi, it is a 2.5 hours drive to Pokhara via Birethanti. We will be spending the night in a hotel in Pokhara. If time permits, you will be free to roam about and cycle in the streets of the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara.

    • Breakfast & Lunch included
    • Overnight at hotel in Pokhara
  • Day Explore Pokhara in the morning & fly back to Kathmandu

    You will be free in the morning and after breakfast; there is the option of boating in the beautiful Phewa Lake in Pokhara. Phewa Lake offers an extensive view of the vista of the Annapurna and Dahulaigiri mountain range that we were able to view from an up close distance. If time permits, we can also visit the Gupteshwore Cave and the Davis Falls before bidding farewell to the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara. A 25-minute flight will take you back to Kathmandu and you will be transferred to the hotel. The flight will certainly be a beautiful one with the views of the peaks of the Annapurna region glistening all around us. 

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Free day in Kathmandu

    This day is separated for optional sightseeing in Kathmandu. There are many places in the capital of Nepal, like the Boudanath, Syambunath as well as Pashupati, which are worth visiting. Boudhanath is the largest stupa in the world while Syambunath is commonly called as the Monkey Temple for the huge number of monkeys found there. Pashupatinath is the holy temple of Hindu people and a sacred spot which cannot the accessed by foreigners. The rest of the evening can be spent by doing some souvenir shopping for loved ones back home. Thamel is the perfect location to shop for supplies and souvenirs. You will spend the night in the hotel.

    • Breakfast included
    • Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
  • Day Depart transfer

    After the experience of a lifetime, you will finally bid farewell to the Himalayan country of Nepal. Keeping the memories of this adventure in mind and with a promise to come back for more, you can finally depart from the country. You will be transferred to the airport for your safe flight back home.

    • Breakfast included

Trip Info

  • Accommodation & meals

    • Pre and post trek three star hotel accommodations in Kathmandu.        
    • Standard hotel accommodation in Pokhara.
    • Accommodation in the local teahouses during the trek period.
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner during the trek & tour period.
    • Only Breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • What's included

    • Pokhara to Kathmandu Airfare including airport taxes
    • All monument entrance fees as per the itinerary
    • One English speaking trek guide & assistant guides depending on the group size
    • English speaking city guide for sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • One porter or pack animals for each two clients
    • Annapurna Conservation Area fee & TIMS card fee
    • First Aid Kit
    • All Govt. taxes including service charges
  • What's not included

    • Emergency evacuation fee
    • International airfare
    • Personal Insurance
    • Personal expenses (Alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks, telephone calls, laundry etc)
    • Visa fee
    • Any services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation

    All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle

  • Visa & documentation

    A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.

    Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.

    Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.

    Visa Facility   Duration    Fee

    Multiple entry   15 days      US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   30 days      US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency

    Multiple entry   90 days      US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

  • Clothing & Equipment

    Successful trek require proper clothing for ease, comfort & safety. Read along to find the checklist of items which are essential for a typical multi-day trek in Nepal.



    • Heavy down jackets  (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Lightweight down jackets
    • Hiking boots (well broken in)
    • Woolen socks (a few pairs of different thickness)
    • Slippers
    • Walking sneakers
    • Lightweight trekking pants/trousers
    • Lightweight thermal legging
    • Trekking shorts
    • T-shirts (long sleeve & short sleeve)
    • Under garments
    • Waterproof jacket and trouser/raincoat
    • Sun hat
    • Woolen/fleece hat 
    • Scarf
    • Warm gloves
    • Sweaters
    • Ear warmer


    Trekking Gears & Accessories

    • Backpack 
    • Hiking poles
    • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Kathmandu)
    • Sleep liner
    • Sunglasses
    • Water bottles 
    • Head lamp with extra batteries
    • Camera and extra batteries and lenses
    • Waist bag
    • Daypack and cover
    • Dry packs (essential for keeping your valuables dry)
    • Water purification (pump, tablets or steripen)
    • Maps (can be brought in Kathmandu)
    • Reading materials


    Personal supplies

    • Sun screen
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Toiletries
    • Wet wipes & tissues
    • Feminine hygeine products
    • Anti-itching cream/powder
    • Medications (don't forget to carry adequate supply of your prescription medicines)
    • Deodrants 
    • Moisturizers 
    • Energy bars


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