Annapurna Region, TrekkingModerate

Glimpse of Annapurna Trekking ( Annapurna Sanctuary Trek )

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Quick Inquiry
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Max Elevation:4,130 m/13,545 ft
  • Total Duration:13
  • Best Time:March to May / September to November

Annapurna Region (Around 4100 m) is one of the most popular trekking trails in the entire world. Annapurna I ( 8,091 m) towers as the 10th highest peak which watches over the thousands of travelers from all around the world each year. In extreme adventure choice, it only comes second to Everest base Camp however, it is recorded that in terms of visitors count each year, it is still the most explored trekking destination, easily beating off the rest of the trekking routes.

Most trail walks in Annapurna range are moderate in difficulty level with no age bar. However, a sound health is always a must while walking at high altitude. In the trip, each day you are required to walk at least 4 hrs and 6 hours at the max. It is ideal to hike in a pair or in a group, even if you like enjoying nature alone, this trip is just for you too.

Annapurna range comprises with multiple trekking routes of different difficulty levels and period of stay. The extreme adventurous travelers can choose Annapurna Circuit Trek which may last as long as 24 days stay and reach up to as high as 5416m at Thorong La Pass. Annapurna Base camp trek, on the other hand, is a short trip and requires around 9 to 11 days direct walk to the base camp. Annapurna Sanctuary trek provides the perfect blend of excitement and adventure with feasible staying period.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is moderate in difficulty with no age bar. The trekkers are required to walk for 5 to 6 hours a day which allows the trekkers especially the young children and old people to enjoy the different landscapes, beautiful views and mountains sights, listen to melodies of birds, observe wildlife, interact with people of different culture all the while walking on their own pace. Though trekking in Annapurna can be done in all season, autumn (Sept to Nov) and spring (March to May) season is considered the best time for most of the visitors.

The time duration to complete the journey of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is 13 days including the day of arrival at the City of Temples, Kathmandu city. After few arrangements, we depart the hefty crowds of Kathmandu and head for Pokhara, a city renowned for its beautiful lakes that mirrors the beautiful Machhaphure mountain. An hour taxi ride from Pokhara, we reach Birethathi, the actual trek starting point. From this point onwards, every step we proceed along the trek upward we enter the unprecedented kingdom of the great Himalayas filled with rich natural beauties, mesmerizing diverse landscapes, deep forests of bamboos, oak and blooming rhododendrons that also provides shelter to centuries-old villages rich in culture and full of welcoming smiles.

Ghorepani is all the way to the north which takes us to the famous viewpoint Poon Hill at 2800m altitude. The hilltop offers a panoramic view several snow clad mountains of Annapurna, Machapuchhre and Dhaulagiri and other peaks at a glance and is also quite popular for the sunrise view over the Annapurna mountain range. Then comes the walk towards the east to the beautiful Chomrong village with thousands of stone staircases and finally the walk to the north again pass through a narrow gorge into the Modi Khola valley traveling between two peaks, Hiuchuli and Machhapuchhre which leads up to our destination Annapurna Base camp at 4200m.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day - 01: Arrive at Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.
  • Day - 02: Acclimatization day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing
  • Day –03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (1400m / 7 hrs) Drive on tourist bus or 25 minute flight by Nepal domestic air to Pokhara. Sight-seeing
  • Day –04: Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1540 m / 3 hours) Kick start the trekking. Further instructions. Walk short distance for the day as limber up for the long trip ahead
  • Day –05: Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani (2800m / 4 ½ hrs). Hike to Ulleri - Blue-roofed village. Overnight stay
  • Day – 06 : Ghorepani – Tadapani (2630m / 4 ½ hrs) Wake up early and walk to Poonhill (3200m). Spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre ranges and sunrise. Proceed to Tadapani.
  • Day – 07: Tadapani – Chhomrong (2140m / 4 hours). Walk in the jungle, descend through narrow trails and through local village. Overnight stay.
  • Day - 08: Chhomrong - Himalaya (2900m – 4 ½ hrs). Descend to Modi river. Thick jungle and usually muddy. Several high waterfalls. Difference in climate. Overnight stay in Tea house
  • Day - 09: Himalaya – Annapurna Base Camp ABC (4200m - 5 hrs). Ascend to ABC Via MBC. 360 degree mountain views. Extreme weather / chilly wind
  • Day - 10: ABC – Bamboo or Sinuwa (2310m / 6 ½ hours). Sun rise views from the ABC. Descend after breakfast to Bamboo or Sinwa (according to your liking). See and participate the local dance organized by Gurung women group. Tea House stay.
  • Day - 11: Bamboo/Sinuwa – Jhinu (1780 m / 4 hrs). Descend to Jhinu. Warm bath and swimming in hot spring at Jhinu Danda. Hotel stay.
  • Day - 12: Jhinu – Nayapul (3 hrs) Walk for few hours and an hour drive to Pokhara
  • Day - 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 to 8 hrs) by Tourist Bus (by Flight it takes 25 minutes)
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Detail Itinerary

Day - 01: Arrive at Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.

We will receive you at the International Airport and take you to your hotels. You will need a good rest after a long flight.

Day - 02: Acclimatization day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing

We will work on preparation and arrangements for the trip - arrange your documents, equipment, and shopping other stuff. We will also do the sightseeing at various places in Kathmandu.

Day –03: Kathmandu to Pokhara (1400m / 7 hrs) Drive on tourist bus or 25 minute flight by Nepal domestic air to Pokhara. Sight-seeing

We will take Tourist Bus drive or a good 25-minute flight by Nepal domestic air to Pokhara. We will go for brief sight-seeing. You will need to rest and preserve energy for the trip.

Day –04: Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1540 m / 3 hours) Kick start the trekking. Further instructions. Walk short distance for the day as limber up for the long trip ahead

We will pack our stuff. We further share details on plans of our trip and those dos and don’ts during the trip. Then we will take a ride to New Bridge or Nayapul.  This is the starting point of our journey. We begin walking from here to Tikhedhunga.

Today is the first day, we do not walk and climb much for today. This is just for warming up our muscles and readying our body for the long journey ahead. Low altitude and if the sunny day we will feel little humid. There are well-managed steps constructed by the local people and Annapurna conservation project.

Day –05: Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani (2800m / 4 ½ hrs). Hike to Ulleri - Blue-roofed village. Overnight stay

Today we have climbed tiring steps from Tikhedhunga to Ulleri. The walk in the morning is much easier than in the noon here.

Ghorepani is a Magar village, also called the Blue-roofed village as every house has blue tin roofs. There are clean hotels which have some sophisticated furniture giving you the modernized looks. Some guests book their stay here as you can see Mountains from your bedroom windows  - Dhaulagiri, Annapurna south and other peaks always appears in your eyes until you sleep.

Day – 06 : Ghorepani – Tadapani (2630m / 4 ½ hrs) Wake up early and walk to Poonhill (3200m). Spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre ranges and sunrise. Proceed to Tadapani.

Next day, we will wake very early in the morning and soon ascend one hour walk to Poonhill (3200m) to see the beautiful sunrise spectacular views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre ranges, before breakfast and proceeding to Tadapani.

We descend gradually through thick pine forests to Tadapani. The forest provides shelter to langoors - long tail monkey.  On our way, we can see the Annapurna South and Hiuchuli.

Day – 07: Tadapani – Chhomrong (2140m / 4 hours). Walk in the jungle, descend through narrow trails and through local village. Overnight stay.

In the beginning, we have to walk inside the forest but then trail descends. Though due to narrow trails and passages through local village makes the hike little uncomfortable, the great scenery of Kimrong Khola eases the discomfort. We soon reach the Chhomrong village after a tiring continuous walk.

Chhomrong is traditional Gurung village with brilliant views of South Annapurna and Hiuchuli Himalayas. This will be the great place to spend the night with fantastic views before we ascend to Annapurna Base Camp.

Day - 08: Chhomrong - Himalaya (2900m – 4 ½ hrs). Descend to Modi river. Thick jungle and usually muddy. Several high waterfalls. Difference in climate. Overnight stay in Tea house

We descend all the way to Modi river. Most part of this trail is covered with thick jungle and is usually muddy (rain makes it worse). We pass through some popular villages – Sinwaa, Bamboo, and Dovaan.

From here we can see several waterfalls which are hundreds of meters high. There are every chance that we see wild deer, monkeys and lot of beautiful butterflies. Once we reach Deurali above 3000 m, we may start feeling a bit different in the climate and also out of breathing. We soon reach the Himalaya tea house. We stay overnight. We can see shooting stars in the sky at night if we are lucky.

Day - 09: Himalaya – Annapurna Base Camp ABC (4200m - 5 hrs). Ascend to ABC Via MBC. 360 degree mountain views. Extreme weather / chilly wind

From the Himalaya, we ascend to Machhapuchhre base camp (MBC 3700m / 3 hrs) and eventually to ABC. On the walk up to MBC, there are fewer steps and we can have a great time looking at the forest, mountains and taking wonderful pictures. However, it is a bit unsafe area due to the risk of avalanches.

After some rest at MBC, we take a gentle ascend to the left towards ABC for 2 hrs. From this point on, we may feel hard to breathe due to high altitude. We should take our steps slowly and gently and should not rush.

Though we will hardly see any vegetation, the area provides a 360 degree of the mountains. The weather is very extreme with the high chilly wind, however, we can see the true greatness of mountains, mesmerizing natural beauty under the clear sky.

Day - 10: ABC – Bamboo or Sinuwa (2310m / 6 ½ hours). Sun rise views from the ABC. Descend after breakfast to Bamboo or Sinwa (according to your liking). See and participate the local dance organized by Gurung women group. Tea House stay.

Today is the very important day to catch the memorable Sunrise views from the ABC. We have to wake up early in the morning. Soon, we will climb little uphill to see the golden Mountains glittering as the sun rises and the glaciers. We can take as many pictures as we like before we head back to the teahouse for the breakfast.

Then we take downhill walk to Bamboo or Sinwa (according to your liking). The walk downhill may be difficult for some. We will get to see and participate the local dance organized by Gurung women group, a community charity that collects donation earned through their cultural performances and utilize the amount of community development activities.

Day - 11: Bamboo/Sinuwa – Jhinu (1780 m / 4 hrs). Descend to Jhinu. Warm bath and swimming in hot spring at Jhinu Danda. Hotel stay.

You will absolutely love the hot spring located 20 minutes downhill from Jhinu Danda. It will re-boost your tired and jaded body for the final day of trekking.

Day - 12: Jhinu – Nayapul (3 hrs) Walk for few hours and an hour drive to Pokhara

We will walk for some hours through the lush farms and an hour drive to Pokhara. We will shop for some souvenir and walk around the lakeside.

Day - 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 to 8 hrs) by Tourist Bus (by Flight it takes 25 minutes)

We take a private cab or Tourist Bus to drive back to Kathmandu for your final stay in the country.

Cost Includes

  1. Service in Kathmandu
  • Airport picks up and drops in the private cab.
  • Welcome dinner in typical Nepali café
  • Sightseeing heritage sites in the Kathmandu

2. Nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu @ Tibet Guest House 

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  1. During the Trip
  • Kathmandu to all destinations by Bus services provided.
  • 3 times, delicious/standard foods except for Alcoholic beverages, bottled, can soft drinks.
  • Standard hotel/Guest house/Lodge accommodation as per possibilities.
  • Permit and conservation Fees in Annapurna region
  • 2 nights Hotel accommodations in Pokhara @ Hotel Romantica at Lake side.
  • www.hotelromanticapokhara.com
  1. All Local Taxes.
  2. Our Sincere Guides service
  3. Kind and honest porters
  4. Wages for the guides & porters in Trekking.
  5. Food for guides & porters in Trekking.
  6. Accommodation for Guides & porters in Trekking.
  7. Insurance for guides & porters for trekking.
  8. Overland Transportation for Guides & porters in trekking.

Cost Excludes

  1. Foods in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  2. Alcoholic beverages and Bottled, canned, soft drinks and some essential things during the trek.
  3. Needful clothes.
  4. Sudden rescue Charge, If in case
  5. (Maximum 6000 U.S Dollar Travel Insurance will be enough)
  6. Clinical treatment and drugs.
  7. Purchasing of personally wanted materials, souvenir, gift etc.
  8. Tips for the Guide and Porters after your trek

Budget Details for your programs

The trip is a package based. It gives you quite a lot of time to relax, look around or roam around and interact with new people, fellow travelers, and locals. Furthermore, it ensures safety and also to help you to be away from hectic of managing the each day’s budgeting. The price of package covers the cost of the staffs/teams, hotels, and food as guided by the team.

Trekking package cost:  US $ 895 per person

Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu flight fare:  US $ 240 per person

(Note: Domestic Flights fares and private car cost doesn’t include in your Trekking package Cost)

Our trip to Nepal such a memorable one

I am part of a group of 4 girls who coordinated with Jagat for our 'mini' version of the Annapurna Circuit in early September 2017. We wanted to do the circuit badly but did not have enough time. Jagat and his team came up with a customized itinerary for us to start the trek from Jagat and end at Jomsom which we then flew to Pokhara to take a bus back to Kathmandu. The whole itinerary was very flexible and day to day arrangements can be altered by just communicating with our guide, Gopi. He will come up with the best plan to accommodate our wants and needs. 

From the moment we landed at the airport in Kathmandu to the moment we flew out of Nepal, everything was extremely well taken care of by Jagat and his team. Our guide, Gopi and porters, Raju and Tej (whom we call Dada) were like family to us during the entire trek. They were always checking on us to see if we have enough to eat, enough drinking water or can we cope with the trek. They even offered to carry our day packs when they saw us struggling. In fact, I think at most times, if not all, our interests were placed above theirs. They will go all the way out just to help you if there is anything you need at all on the trek. 

I don't think we'll be able to find another more patient, caring, trustworthy and detailed team of guides and porters. It was our pleasure to be able to trek with them. They had made our trip to Nepal such a memorable one that all of us didn't want the trip to end. Thank you for the great hospitality. I really look forward to visiting and trekking in Nepal again.

I would readily recommend Jagat and his team to anyone planning to trek in Nepal.

Love from Malaysia,

WanLing  

WanLing ,
Malaysia

This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable.

I recently had the great pleasure of climbing Island Peak in the Khumbu, Nepal. Jagat Lama was a passionate and dependable resource for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal. He was on the spot as far as preparation for the trip. This was my third trip to Nepal and most enjoyable. Hiring a light and independent team allowed for a cost-effective, flexible and efficient way to climb in Nepal. His assistance was with me from the airport arrival through to departure. He took care of my every need and allowed me to focus on my goal of the summit of Island Peak. My climbing guide, his brother Lal, was competent, caring and successful. I left Nepal with new friendships. I readily endorse his services and would encourage anybody to go with the Independent Trekking Guides. They are honest, caring and willing to make your holiday the most memorable you have ever had. Please, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about my experiences in Nepal.
Mark Lui,

It was my dream trip come true.
2010

I am 66 years old and have done a lot of hiking in the USA as well as climbing Mt. Fuji, Orizaba and Iztaacchuatl volcanoes in Mexico. We have hiked to the bottom and back of the Grand Canyon at least 25 times on most of the various trails to the bottom. For me, the crowning trek was to hike in the Himalayan range. We contacted Jagat Lama in Kathmandu, Nepal and signed up for our adventure to hike for two weeks with porters and guides. Our group of friends included three men and three women aged from 60 to 75. I'm sure this would be a daunting task for Jagat and his guides.

We all hiked from Lukla to Namche which was Bill's goal (he's the 75-year-old). One of the guides stayed with Bill, and we continued with the two outstanding guides, Chet and Chandra. These two guides did everything for us; got all of our bags from the porters and put in our rooms, took our menu selections to the cooks, and discussed the plans for the following day. The guides made allowances for some who were having some altitude adjustment issues and gave positive feedback to everyone. They were very patient with all of us and really tried hard to ensure we stayed healthy and happy. I can honestly say that these were two of the best guides weíve ever had. On our hikes, the guides had to work around some of us who liked to take pictures but needed to do some additional acclimation at higher altitude. As a result three of us were able to hike all the way to Mt. Everest base camp. It was like a moonscape. We met the Korean team that was going to climb Everest as soon as the weather looked better. The base camp is awesome with tents all over the place with prayer flags, and ice towers and rocks everywhere.

At 5:00 am we were going to climb Kalapathar (5545m.) When we went out it was snowing and foggy. The weather in the valley is usually clear in the morning, foggy in the afternoon, and big clouds in the later afternoon. Chandra said we should start for Kalapathar as he felt it would clear up - and sure enough, the snow stopped and the sun came out. We made it to the summit in snow and ice.

From this mountain, we took fantastic views of Mt. Everest and Lhotse. We saw an avalanche and heard the cracking sounds coming from the Khumbu glacier. The valley we hiked was very interesting. It surpassed my expectations. I had no idea how many memorials there would be erected for the Everest climbers. It's a sight to see. There were many stupas and monasteries. There are many rock faces that have a Buddha painted or adorned with prayer flags and the rows of prayer wheels to spin. The landscape goes from lush vegetation to flower trees, to pine trees and then the tree line to tundra and almost a moonscape. The children were fun to play with and photograph. As we headed down the valley to Lukla, my wife became sick and we saw that she couldn't hike all the way down. Our great guides arranged for a horse for her to ride so we wouldn't miss our plane. At Lukla, I took my wife to a new, wonderful hospital where she was treated and given medicine. When we reached Kathmandu, there was a strike by the Maoist Communist Party that closed all of the businesses. Jagat again came to our rescue by getting a van and getting us to the airport. He, Chet and Chandra babysat us to make sure we got through the security hassle and on to the right plane. I can't imagine anyone doing anything more or better that Jagat, Chet, and Chandra could have done to make this a wonderful experience that exceeded our expectations. I recommend his services to you if you're planning to go anywhere in Nepal or Tibet. It was my dream trip come true.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Bob Hacken / Catherine L. Bordner,
HOOD RIVER, OREGON 97031 USA

Dreams of trekking in the Himalaya.
May 2010

In April/May 2010 I was part of a group of nine individuals who used Jagat Lama to coordinate our trek to Kala Pattar and Everest Base Camp. From taking care of obtaining our TIMS cards on the first day all the way through to seeing us off to the airport in Kathmandu when our trip was finished, Jagat took care of everything. Trust me when I say that there are a lot of details that need tending to in between the two above events. Jagat and his crew exceeded all expectations and made our trip stress free. This fact allows one to concentrate of the arduous task of getting to Base Camp while trusting Jagat and his crew to care of the daily details such as obtaining food and shelter. I highly recommend that you do as I did and have Jagat and his crew work with you to meet your Nepali dreams of trekking in the Himalaya.
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Tom Tracey,
Rose Valley, WA USA

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