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  • Enjoy a guided tour to the UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu.
  • An impressive drive to Pokhara and peaceful walk along the Phewa lake.
  • An amazing walk along terraced fields, ethnic settlements and rhododendron forests and Annapurna Sanctuary exploration.
  • Ideal vantage point- Poon Hill for the glorious sunrise and majestic views of Annapurna massif.
  • Spectacular views of Annapurna Himalayan Range which includes Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna glacier.
  • Friendly Gurung people and their hospitality.


Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary Trek is an amazing way to emerge into the natural ecstasy of Annapurna region in Nepal. However it is also a best way to measure the threshold of wilderness in Himalayas. And check one’s physical endurance to rejoice the wildness that lies within. Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary Trek could probably be the pursuance of every traveler’s dream owning to its accessibility and natural glory it possesses. Firstly the trek starts with a flight/drive to the picturesque valley of Pokhara. Pokhara is a popular tourist destination in Nepal which attracts millions of travelers around the globe. Also the beautiful lakes, Himalayan views, lush landscape, forests and other adventurous activities are the major highlights of Pokhara city.

Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary Trek takes you through the foothills of Annapurna to high altitude region – Annapurna Base Camp. On the way, you pass through various ethnic villages, farmland and rhododendron forests. In the spring season, you can find the forests blossom with colorful rhododendrons. As you walk along the trail, you can get the views of several famous mountains in Annapurna region. Views of mountains like Annapurna Himal which includes Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Ganagapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhre. Annapurna Sanctuary is a highlight of Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary Trek! You will find yourself walking inside the sanctuary for most of the time. The sanctuary is enriched with unique species of plants, birds and animals. If lucky, you may encounter some rare species of birds or animals on your way.

Above all the actual trek of Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary Trek starts from Nayapul, after half an hour drive from Pokhara city. Moreover the trek goes through Gurung, Magar and Thakali communities. And pass Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani, a popular point in Annapurna region of Nepal. In fact Ghorepani and Poonhill offers some best views of mountains in Annapurna region. The grandeur of mountains standing tall one after the other looks flawless. Finally the trail further takes you to Annapurna Base Camp which could be probably the dream of anyone on the earth. The white glittering mountains surrounding you and the Himalayan Panorama looks stunning.

So, grab your packing bags and get set for a adventurous journey through terraced farmland, rhododendron forests and paddy fields to Annapurna Base Camp. The heavenly beauty of Annapurna massif awaits you!


Itinerary Overview

Day 1-2
Arrival and sightseeing of Kathmandu valley as well as trek preparation

Day 3
Drive or fly to Pokhara ( by flight 40min and by tourist bus 5-6 hrs)

Day 4
Drive to Nyapul and trek to Tikhedhunga

Day 5-11
Trekking ( most of the 5-6 hrs trek a day)
On the 11th day drive back to Pokhara
Accommodation in a guesthouse

Day 13-14
Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus and finally a departure day

Detail Itinerary

As you arrive in Kathmnadu, your guide will pick you up and escort you to the hotel for check in. You will be informed about your plans further. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast, we take a tour to Kathmandu valley which includes sightseeing of cultural heritages i.e. Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath stupa and Bhaktapur Durbar square. After sightseeing, we check our equipment requirements for the trek and make necessary preparation for the trek. Overnight stay at the hotel in Kathmandu..

You can either fly or drive to Pokhara at you will. You guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to airport or bus station. We take a tourist bus and drive along the Trishuli river. The scenery along the route is dramatic as we can enjoy the views of river, valleys, cascading rice terraces and rocky gorges. As we arrive in Pokhara, we check in the hotel. In the evening, you may enjoy leisure boating on the serene Fewa Lake and see the reflection of the Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Range on the crystal clear water of the Lake. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Today we begin our trekking journey at Nayapul, after an hour drive on a private vehicle from Pokhara. After a short 15-minute walk along the banks of the Modi Khola, we reach Birethanti (1,015m), a large village with many shops and teahouses. The trail continues through the village and follows the north bank of the Bhurungdi Khola. The trail climbs steadily up the side of the valley to Hille at 1,495m. After a short climb, we reach Tikhedhunga at 1,570m. Today's walk is relatively short and easy, a prelude to the trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Overnight at guesthouse in Tikhedhunga.

Today our trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge near the camp site at Tikhe Dhunga. Then we ascend up a steep stone staircase to the large Magar village called Ulleri. Our trail climbs up gently through pastures and cultivated fields above the village. We then crosses two sparkling streams and make a short and final climb to Nangethanti. From Nangethanti we follow our steps up until we reach Ghorepani at 2850m. As we reach Ghorepani, we can see the panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri I, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli right before our eyes. Overnight at guesthouse in Ghorepani.

We wake up early in the morning and hike up to Poon Hill for the sunrise view. Poon hill is a famous vantage point where we will be able see a glorious sunrise amidst the Himalayas. The views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and others from this point is spectacular. After visiting Poonhill, we will descend down to Ghorepani, and continue our trek to Tadapani. Overnight at guesthouse in Tadapani.

Leaving Tadapani, we descend down steeply through the forests to Chhomrong. Chhomrong is a small Gurung village in the Annapurna region. Overnight at guesthouse in Chhomrong.

We descend down to Chhomrong Khola and continue our climb up to Khuldighar. We cross a check post from where our trek descends down continuously to Dovan. Then, we climb up through bamboo and rhododendron forests to Hotel Himalaya Overnight at a guesthouse in Dovan.

We continue our trail to Hinko and then to Deurali. Deurali is a stretch of trail that is most subject to avalanche. From Deurali, our trail climbs up to the Machhapuchhre Base Camp and then to Annapurna Base Camp. Since, the base camp area is totally surrounded by mountain, it is also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. From the base camp, the views of the mountain is spectacular. Overnight at guesthouse in Annapurna Base Camp.

Today we explore the hidden valley and trek back to Bamboo for overnight halt. Overnight at a guesthouse in Bamboo.

We continue our trail along the fields and forests to Jhinu hot spring. Overnight at a guesthouse in Jhinu hot spring.

We retrace our journey back to Nayapul. We pass the same terraced farmlands and villages to Nayapul. From Nayapul, we take a short drive to Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

We drive back to Kathmandu along the scenic route of Trishuli river. Overnight at ahotel in Kathmandu.

You guide will transfer you to the airport for your journey ahead.

Service Includes

  • Accommodation for nights spent at the hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara inclusive of breakfast at the hotel.
  • All the road transport along with pick up and drop at the airport upon your arrival and departure.
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing tour inclusive of the entry fees, a travel guide and a private vehicle.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek.
  • Accommodation in guesthouses throughout trek.
  • A guide and a porter to assist you throughout your journey.
  • All Nepali staff insurance
  • Permit fees of Annapurna Conservation Area
  • Fees to be paid for Trekkers Information Management System - TIMS. (Note: You are required to bring two passport size photo for this purpose)
  • All other government fees and taxes.
  • First aid safety kit with basic medicines essential.
  • All necessary trekking gear

Service Excludes

Items that are not covered in the cost of trip price.

  • Nepal Entry visa fees.
  • Meals (lunch, dinner) in the hotel in cities
  • Airfare from your country to Nepal.
  • Snacks, soft drinkr during the trek.
  • Personal trekking equipment are not provided by HET.
  • Tips to the guide, porter, driver or any other trekking staff

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