Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking
The scenic Annapurna sanctuary trek leads into the hidden alpine amphitheater of the Annapurna base camp.
Annapurna sanctuary is one of the finest 2 weeks tea house trek in Annapurna region. This trek leads to the fabulous high mountains amphitheater also known as Annapurna base camp. The trekking route passes through many varied climatic condition from sub tropical 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 the trek with gradually ascend through the beautiful varied landscape of cultivated terraced field and lust forest of oaks, magnolia and rhododendron trees. The early morning hike to Poon hill (3230 meter) give you the best possible panoramic sunrise view on whole fabulous Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This hike to poon hill also allow time of proper acclimatisation on the way to Annapurna Sanctuary. The combination of tiny thatch-roofed villages set among the narrow terraced fields with the backdrop of stunning snow-capped mountain ranges makes it is one of the most picturesque treks in the Himalayas.
Trekking to the Sanctuary of Annapurna range
We continue the Annapurna sanctuary trek following the beautiful green Modi Khola valleys. The valley surrounded by spectacular towering peaks and sheer high rock walls with gushing sparkling waterfalls tumbling down into the roaring river below. We ascend to fascinating Machhapuchhare Base Camp beyond that the valley widens as it reach the lateral moraine of Annapurna south glacier. The mountain views are simply breathtaking from here. Hiumchuli, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Macchapuchhare (Fishtail) complete a fabulous panorama. A further gradual 3 hours steady climbing and you will reach Annapurna Base Camp. A vast spectacular natural alpine amphitheater of spell bound surrounding of the Annapurna sanctuary. A truly wonderland of glistering peaks, snowfields and glaciers – an unforgettable Himalayan paradise.
- Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu / welcome dinner.
- Day 02:
Visit to Buddhist and Hindu shrines.
- Day 03-04:
Drive to Pokhara / stay at hotel to start the Annapurna sanctuary trek.
- Day 05-06:
Trek to Ghorepani, exploration hike to POON HILL - a great Himalayan vista
- Day 07-09:
Trekking to Macchapuchhare Base camp: enjoy the stunning Panomara.
- Day 10:
Trek to Annapurna base camp / Annapurna sanctuary
- Day 11-13:
Descend to Nayapul/ short drive to Pokhara / explore the lake city.
- Day 14:
Drive to Kathmandu / PM free.
- Day 15:
Annapurna sanctuary trekking ends / Airport departure.
Finest 2 weeks tea house trekking in Annapurna region
Trekking to the Annapurna sanctuary with Poon hill exploration hike
Exploration of the cultural sights and sound in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Full board meals with boiled drinking water while on trek
All trek permit and medical trained trek guide and trek crew support.
- How difficult is Annapurna Sanctuary trek? Who can join?
Annapurna I (8091m), the 10th highest mountain in the world and the expedition to its base is a trip of a lifetime which is extremely irresistible. This epic trip 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 is 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.
- Food and accommodation on Annapurna Sanctuary trek?
During the peak season time there are chances of Annapurna Sanctuary tea houses being full as this region have very limited lodges due to the ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) policy over environmental concerns. Single supplement sometimes is not viable and sharing a room with someone or dormitory accommodation is very common state of affairs in Annapurna Sanctuary trek. However, in ABC trek Mountain Monarch uses the best family oriented lodges with twin bed sharing rooms with hygienic common toilets. Lodges are at its best offering you the comfort experience and its typical local environment. You have variety of choices for the food that ranges from continental, Chinese to local and most lodges prepare luscious food. So far there has not been any complaints whatsoever in regards to food and accommodation provided by us.
- Is it the same destination of both Annapurna sanctuary and ABC trek?
Yes, this is simply two names for the same trekking destination of Annapurna base camp which is a great mountain sanctuary thus known as Annapurna sanctuary.
- Does any groundwork required for this Sanctuary trek?
Annapurna base is a moderate trek suitable for any average people with sound fitness. Though trekking involves tremendous amount of up and down walking with gain or loss in the altitude yet no previous wide-ranging experience is needed for Annapurna Sanctuary trek. However, we suggest that it is not appropriate for someone with very weak ankles, knee, heart or lungs problems and for all these the necessary pre check-up and consent from your doctor is mandatory. Though our itineraries are so designed setting 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.
- Will I be at risk from altitude sickness on Annapurna Sanctuary trek?
Mountain Monarch Annapurna sanctuary itinerary is intended to make it physically effortless via the most beautiful Poonhill and the gain in the 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 provides medically professional leaders with medications, oxygen cylinders and oxygen chamber bag to deal with any altitude related or mountain ailments. Besides, your leader will put forth some basic guidelines in terms of choosing food or to get away with altitude sickness and other related ailments while trekking for precautions.
- Why choose reputed company and a professional Leader?
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 permit, booking hotel, flights, transportation etc and someone is always there to ensure your wellbeing and cater you since the time of your arrival till your departure. Experienced Leaders, besides giving you all the necessary information, are there to cater you at times of any crisis no matter if it’s a mountain ailments or any weather mayhem.
- What is the best time to trek to Annapurna Sanctuary? Is it doable in winter?
Post-monsoon and pre-monsoon 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 world's 10th highest peak and its neighboring mountain is at its best state.
Annapurna Sanctuary is feasible even during winter (December till February) however, in case of heavy snow fall 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 temperature getting down below the freezing point is probable. To capture the incredible beauty of Annapurna during winter one should be well equipped with winter gears and be well organized mentally to confront the worst of chill weather circumstance.
- How do you deal with the slow walkers in the group?
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.
- How many hours per day do you walk?
Usually not more than 5/7 hours excluding lunch. Since Annapurna Sanctuary is a moderate trek with reasonable walk everyday 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 everyday 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.
- What equipment do you provide for the trip?
To keep you warm and cozy from the freezing temperature Mountain Monarch provides you with very warm sleeping bag with fleece liner and feather duvet jackets which people have used it even while climbing peaks, which is the mother of all warm clothing's. We also provide you with duffle bag to fit all your gears in.
- What about drinking water facility?
With no any hidden costs our staff will supply you with appropriately boiled water every morning and evening because of environmental concern we very strongly oppose the use of plastic mineral water bottles. We suggest you to 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 ran out. Besides the hot water we fill up in the night after dinner does really serves as a hot pack which you can use it in your sleeping bag and can still drink it in the morning when it's still warm.
- Do I need to have travel insurance for emergency for this trip?
We strongly suggest you to 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 back up for just in any case though it is not mandatory to have the insurance to join the Annapurna Sanctuary trek.
- Can I charge my devices and have hot showers in Annapurna sanctuary trek?
The charging privilege for any of your electronic devices is possible only in few settlements because not every settlement has the privilege of hydro electricity 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 has solar charging facility which may not be very reliable as well. So it is always wise to carry some extra batteries or the 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 on having shower at higher elevation settlements regarding the health issues.
- Can we customize the private Annapurna sanctuary trek?
Yes with Mountain Monarch everyone 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 trip can be shorten by 2 / 3 days too.