• Duration: 14 Days
  • Diffculty: Moderate Plus 
  • Best Time: Sept - May
  • Max. Altitude: 4130 m

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek via Poon Hill

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is one of the best 2 weeks hiking journeys to the hidden alpine amphitheater to the base camp of Annapurna. Trek to Annapurna Sanctuary via Poon hill itinerary amid the Annapurnas massif is graded as a moderate plus on its difficulty level. The hidden hiking routes lead to the fabulous high mountains amphitheater also known as Annapurna base camp through many varied climatic conditions from subtropical to alpine. Thus, inevitably the vegetation changes accordingly giving trekkers a wonderful variety of flora and fauna. You will meet many different ethnic groups - it is rather like trekking through a live, open museum. You will experience some of the diverse but equally friendly people and cultures of Nepal.

We start this Annapurna sanctuary trek by gradually ascending the beautiful varied landscape of cultivated terrace fields and lust forests of oaks, magnolia, and rhododendron trees. The early morning hike to Poon hill (3230 meters) gives you the best possible panoramic sunrise view of the whole fabulous Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This hike to Poon hill also allows the time for proper acclimatization. The combination of tiny thatch-roofed villages set among the narrow terrace fields with the backdrop of stunning snow-capped mountain ranges makes it one of the most picturesque treks in the Himalayas.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - 2 weeks of Teahouse Trekking

We continue this Annapurna sanctuary trek via Poon hill following the beautiful green Modi Khola valleys. The valley is surrounded by spectacular towering peaks and sheer high rock walls with gushing sparkling waterfalls tumbling down into the roaring river below. We ascend to the fascinating Machhapuchhare Base Camp beyond that the valley widens as it reaches the lateral moraine of Annapurna south glacier. The mountain views are simply breathtaking from here. Hiumchuli, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Macchapuchhare (Fishtail) complete a fabulous panorama. A further gradual 3 hours of steady climbing and you will reach the Base Camp of Annapurnas. A vast spectacular natural alpine amphitheater of the spellbound surrounding of the very sanctuary of Annapurnas. Breathtaking wonderland of glistering peaks, snowfields, and glaciers - an unforgettable Himalayan paradise.

Booking is open for 2022 and 2023 to Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Every year from Feb to May and Sept to December, we can do this Annapurna Sanctuary trek via poon hill hike as this is not a very high-altitude trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. We have many confirmed departure dates for the individual trekkers to join the group in the Spring or Autumn season of 2022 and 2023. No doubt we are flexible to customize the private trip to you are your family or friends' time duration and requirements. We can do this 2 weeks long teahouse trekking in the Annapurna region even in winter. Of course, a different and unique way to celebrate the New year in the Himalayas in a very festive mood.

Trip in Nutshell

  • 2 Weeks teahouse trip to the hidden Sanctuary of Annapurnas
  • Stand at the base camp of Annapurnas
  • Witness the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges from Poon hill
  • Full board meals on a trek with tea and coffee
  • Exploration of sights and sounds of Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Hotel, transportation, and permits are all looked after
  • Experienced trek guide with supporting porters with all gear
  • Trek gear sleeping bag, down jacket for use while on a trek
  • Complimentary Trek Duffle bag and T-shirt

Trip map

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek map


Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel and check the Mountain Monarch clipboard on your arrival at Kathmandu Airport.

  • Upon arrival information 
  • Welcome dinner with a cultural program. Make sure to have a camera with you
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsWelcome Dinner
  • Altitude1340 m

  • 3 – 4 hrs half-day sightseeing tour of world heritage site Pashupatinath and Boudhanath in the morning.
  • Trek briefing and gear distribution in the afternoon.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

  • 6 / 7 hrs drive to Pokhara and time to explore Pokhara in the evening. Early morning drive via Prithiviraj Marg Highway to Pokhara and then divert route to Pokhara by following the Marsyangdi River valley, we pass through the small towns, villages and terraced paddy fields. 
  • After arrival in Pokhara, your spare time can be used to explore the peaceful surroundings of Pokhara or boating on the Fewa Lake.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude920 m

  • Short drive to the Nayapul trek starting point.
  • At Birethanti will enter a conservation permit and continue following the Bhurungdi River, steep climb to the first teahouse stay at Ulleri village.
  • Ghorepani (2,840m) small town with excellent views of snowy peaks very close.
  • Excursion to Poon Hill (3,220m)Second highlighted mountain views 180′ panoramic views.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude2840 m

  • The trail drops down to the Gurdung Khola (river).
  • The highlight of the day is Towering peak Annapurna South right above the head ((7,219 m) and mighty Fishtail (6,993 m) facing it across the valley.
  • Machhapuchare Base Camp (3,703 m) geological variations fresh greenery to arid nature.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude3700 m

  • The most highlighted final destination of the trek, slow and steady ascend is the key factor to overcome in altitude.
  • The main highlight of the trek – Annapurna Base Camp (4,143 m) surrounded by beautiful mountains. Staying the night at the bottom of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli facing all beautiful mountains –including Annapurna I, Fang, Singa Chuli, Dome peak, 10th peak, Raksi peak, Machhapuchhare, Gandharva Chuli, Gangapurna, etc.
  • AccommodationTea house
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude4130 M

  • Retrace the trail back to Bamboo, a morning opportunity to snap sunrise photos on surrounding snowy mountains.
  • Jhinodanda, excited about dipping into the Natural hot spring which is 20 minutes away from the lodge.
  • It is quite a change to be dropped down low and into a warmer climate.
  • End up the trek at the same outlet and take a drive back to Pokhara and check into the hotel for spare time free to explore your own.
  • AccommodationTea house & Hotel
  • MealsB, L, D, Tea, Coffee & Drinking water
  • Altitude920 m

  • Drive for 6 – 7 hrs enjoying the scenic view of the diverse landscape and the villages of different ethnic people of Nepal.
  • AccommodationHotel
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Altitude1340 m

  • We customize the Airport transfer by a private vehicle as per your flight departure details.
  • MealsBreakfast

Annapurna Sanctuary Itinerary:

Guideline day-to-day detail itinerary of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Check out the walking hours, meals, accommodation, elevation, daily highlights, and other details of your journey to the Base Camp of Annapurna in the Himalayas.

What's Included
  • Customize airport arrival and departure transfers as per your flight details
  • Standard Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a twin share bed- and- breakfast basis as per the itinerary.
  • Welcome dinner with an ethnic-cultural program as listed in the itinerary.
  • Half-day guided city tour with heritage entrance fees as listed in the itinerary.
  • Private transportation to and from the starting and ending points of the trek as applicable.
  • Open and Choice Full board meals while o trekking.
  • Accommodation in a comfortable lodge or Tea house.
  • Supplementary Oxygen cylinder with a regulator on the trek as a safety backup in case of AMS
  • Free use of quality trekking gear - sleeping bag, fleece liner, down jacket, trek Duffle bag, etc on the trip.
  • Professional local trekking group leader well trained in Wilderness First Aid along with comprehensive First Aid Kit.
  • Trekking guides and other support staff for including trek porter with proper insurance and gear.
  • Complementary trek Duffle bag, T-shirt, and trek map.
  • Trekking permit and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
What's Excluded
  • Nepal entry Visa fees
  • International Airfare
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Drinks and main meals in cities.
  • Tips and Items of personal nature like postage and laundry

Dates & Availability

Annapurna Sanctuary Departure Date:

Looking for 2 weeks teahouse trekking adventure holiday in Annapurna region. We offer the group joining fixed departure trip dates with an all-inclusive package trip cost. Check the group joining in 2022 and 2023 trip departure dates to Annapurna Sanctuary with Poon hill hike.

October Departure
Start DateStart DateOctober 08, 2022End DateEnd DateOctober 21, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$1150
Start DateStart DateOctober 15, 2022End DateEnd DateOctober 28, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$1150
Start DateStart DateOctober 22, 2022End DateEnd DateNovember 04, 2022StatusStatusAvailablePricePriceUS$1150
Start DateStart DateOctober 29, 2022End DateEnd DateNovember 11, 2022StatusStatusGuaranteedPricePriceUS$1150


  • Q1. How difficult is Annapurna Sanctuary hike? Who can join?

    Annapurna I (8,091m), the 10th highest mountain in the world, and the expedition to its base is a trip of a lifetime that is extremely irresistible. This epic trip to Annapurna sanctuary is another rewarding trek that offers panoramic mountain views, fabulous forested trails, and the villages with dominant ethnic tribes called Gurungs, whose sincerity and loyalty are evident in the history of British Gorkhas. It is a moderate trek and is achievable for anyone with sound fitness. Though a moderate trek, some pre-physical training certainly helps. Besides, our itineraries are intended to make the trip more pleasing than building any grounds for energy draining.

  • During the peak season time, there are chances of Annapurna trek route tea houses being full as this region has very limited lodges due to the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) policy over environmental concerns. Single supplement sometimes is not available normally and sharing a room with someone or dormitory accommodation is very common on the journey to the base camp of Annapurna. However, ABC trek Mountain Monarch uses the best family-oriented lodges with twin bed sharing rooms with hygienic common toilets. Lodges are at their best offering you a comfortable experience and its typical local environment. You have a variety of choices for the food that ranges from continental, and Chinese to local and most lodges prepare luscious food. So far there have not been any complaints whatsoever in regards to food and accommodation provided by us.

  • Yes, these are simply two names for the same trekking destination of Annapurna base camp which is a great mountain sanctuary thus known as Annapurna sanctuary.

  • Annapurna base is a moderate trek suitable for an average person with sound fitness. Though trekking involves a tremendous amount of up and down walking with gain or loss in altitude yet no previous wide-ranging experience is needed for this hiking trip to Annapurna. However, we suggest that it is not appropriate for someone with very weak ankles, knees, heart, or lung problems, and for all these the necessary pre-check-up and consent from your doctor is mandatory. Though our itineraries are so designed to set the grounds for possibility yet we recommend some pre-physical training prior to your arrival in Nepal. The recommendation for the best preparation would be everyday undulating walking with the amount of weight you are thinking of carrying while on your trek which will certainly add up to your self-reliance.

  • Mountain Monarch's Annapurna sanctuary itinerary is intended to make it physically effortless via the most beautiful Poonhill and the gain in altitude is very gradual. So far there has been no record of altitude sickness with us other than mild food poisoning issues due to new diets. Besides, we provide medically professional leaders with medications, oxygen cylinders with a regulator, and oxygen chamber bags to deal with any altitude-related or mountain ailments. Besides, your leader will put forth some basic guidelines in terms of choosing food or getting away with altitude sickness and other related ailments while trekking for precautions.

  • Reputed companies and professional leaders are there to provide you with quality service and are there to guarantee your safety which I suppose is the biggest concern. Furthermore, doing so saves a lot of time from all the hassles in terms of issuing permits, booking hotels, flights, transportation, etc and someone is always there to ensure your wellbeing and cater to you from the time of your arrival till your departure. Experienced Leaders, besides giving you all the necessary information, are there to cater to you at times of any crisis no matter if it’s a mountain ailment or any weather mayhem.

  • Post-monsoon and pre-monsoon seasons are the best time to trek to Nepal i.e. March till May during spring and September to November during autumn before the harsh winter is the best time to trek to Annapurna Base Camp when the view of the world's 10th highest peak and its neighboring mountain is at its best state.

    This hiking to the Annapurna Sanctuary is feasible even during winter (December till February) however, in case of heavy snowfall due to the probability of avalanche there might be alteration in the usual trekking trails leading to ABC. Though the winter offers great weather yet the chances of the temperature getting down below the freezing point are probable. To capture the incredible beauty of Annapurna during winter one should be well equipped with winter gear and be well-organized mind to confront the worst of chill weather circumstances.

  • Besides, your group leader you will be assigned with the assistant guides in your group and your leader takes the sole responsibility for the slow walkers in the group. He will sort out assigning each of his assistants in the group systematically while he takes responsibility for the people at the back making it utterly non-strenuous for everyone involved. Nevertheless, your leader will set up grounds for everyone in the group to stay together and walk collectively as a team.

  • Usually around 6/7 hours excluding lunch. Since Annapurna trekking is a moderate trek with a reasonable walk every day it is less exhausting. However, the walking time difference varies as we allow you enough time to set up your own pace with multiple breaks in between to make every day more entertaining. We usually start early so that you could reach the destination on time leaving you enough time to explore and enjoy the serenity of the place.

  • To keep you warm and cozy from the freezing temperature Mountain Monarch provides you with a very warm sleeping bag with fleece liner and feather duvet jackets which people have used even while climbing peaks, which is the mother of all warm clothing. We also provide you with a Duffle bag to fit all your gears in.

  • With no hidden costs our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening because of environmental concerns we very strongly oppose the use of plastic mineral water bottles. We suggest you bring at least 2 metal or plastic Nalgene bottles so that you can have enough to last the duration of the day. With minimum charges, the tea houses along the way always supply you with properly boiled water in case you run out. Besides the hot water, we fill up in the night after dinner does really serves as a hot pack that you can use in your sleeping bag and can still drink in the morning when it's still warm.

  • We strongly suggest you have an all-inclusive travel insurance policy covering all the aspects of your adventure though we ensure you that there would be hardly any evacuations or any health catastrophe as your leader is medically trained and has ample knowledge to deal with any life-threatening situation. But it's always wise to have insurance as your backup for just in any case though it is not mandatory to have the insurance to join the Annapurna Sanctuary trek.

  • The charging privilege for any of your electronic devices is possible only in a few settlements on this Annapurna trip because not every settlement has the privilege of hydroelectricity and whoever has it is only reliable during post-monsoon season. During pre-monsoon when the water level is below maximum they have power cuts. Some have solar charging facility which may not be very reliable as well. So it is always wise to carry some extra batteries or fully charged power bank batteries since your batteries run out pretty quick in the cold. Availability of hot showers may be on and off in the trek and also your leader may restrict you from having the shower at higher elevation settlements regarding the health issues.

  • Yes with Mountain Monarch reserves the right to modify the itinerary as per the time convenient and the level of fitness. Mountain Monarch has always been unbeaten in customizing trek for the clients as per their requirements. The whole Annapurna sanctuary adventure trip can be shortened by 2 / 3 days too.

Customer Reviews

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    Ming 5.0AustraliaOctober 15, 2016logo

    Amazing Trek

    I had a brilliant time with MM on my first ever trekking holiday. I really appreciated being in a small group of two as it meant that our plans were easily adapted to suit more of what we wanted along the way. CP was a wonderful guide, who really looked after us especially when my fellow trekker fell ill, as well as being hugely entertaining, friendly, caring, and passionate about the trek, Nepal, and life itself! Just when I thought nothing could top our day at Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), our last day during the Dashain festival was so beautiful that it caused a lump in my throat of gratitude and emotion especially when we were playing on the festival swing with the children after walking through the beautiful paddy fields with the endless variety of pretty butterflies and dragonflies.

    Prasun, our porter, was amazing; I just wish I could have spoken Nepalese to him! In comparison with another tour company (compared notes with another group post-trek), ours was much better organized and the service was far better and respectful with private transfers between KTM and Pokhara. I definitely recommend MM and would use them again.

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    Gerald And Ava-Gail Abelsohn 5.0AustraliaOctober 18, 2009logo

    Wonderful Trip

    It was a wonderful trip-will never forget it and we are so pleased we went to base camp. We were really looked after and cared for and nothing was too much and for that we are appreciative. Nepalese people are really kind and caring.

    The food was always excellent and the combination of guide and porter were exceptionally good-they both looked after us so well. So Pradip we had a wonderful trip – well organized-were well-cared for-and a trip we shall never forget. Thank you for that.

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    Alex and Janet Lee 5.0MalaysiaApril 11, 2009logo

    Memorable Holiday

    It's one of my most memorable holidays + the toughest too. I probably would not have been able to complete the ABC trek without the Mountain Monarch Sherpa team, I am the slowest in my group and it is like being left behind every day But Yugal was always behind me thus giving me companionship more important He was like a silent block next to us.

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