Annapurna Sanctuary Trek in Nepal
15 days from £839
- Explore lively Kathmandu on a guided tour
- Embark on an unforgettable 10-day round trek to Annapurna Base Camp
- Benefit from the assistance and expertise of local porters and an English-speaking guide
- Spend your evenings in teahouses surrounded by incredible landscapes
- Witness spectacular sunrises and sunsets
- Feel the satisfaction of having completed one of the world’s greatest hikes
Venture into the dramatic landscapes of the Himalayas on this unforgettable 15-day experience in Nepal. After a guided tour of lively Kathmandu, you’ll head deep into the mountains and embark on a truly incredible 10-day trek. You’ll hike through diverse landscapes and tiny local villages, passing beneath pink-tipped rhododendron trees and navigating snow-beaten slopes. Your destination is the mighty Annapurna Sanctuary, a spectacular glacial basin some 4000m above sea level. You’ll hike with a group of like-minded travellers, a team of helpful porters and an English-speaking guide, and you’ll spend your evenings in teahouses, where you can watch breath-taking sunrises and sunsets, and bask in the spectacular surroundings of the Annapurnas.
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Day 1: Welcome to Nepal! Arrive Kathmandu
Touch down into Kathmandu and make your way from the airport to your starting accommodation in the city. Settle in and freshen up after your flight. You’ll meet the rest of your group and guide at a welcome meeting this evening. Enjoy your first night in the city!
Day 2: Kathmandu
This morning you can opt to wake up early and enjoy an optional tour of the beautiful Swayambhunath temple. Your morning is free to explore and soak up the vibes of the city. At lunchtime, we’ll visit a community restaurant that supports survivors of human-trafficking by teaching them new skills. Fully-fed, we’ll then discover Kathmandu on a guided tour of the city, taking in highlights such as Durbar Square.
Day 3: Kathmandu
Time to leave the city behind and venture into the mountains. Settle into a private vehicle and watch the landscape melt past as you climb out of the Kathmandu valley and into the town of Pokhara on the borders of the Annapurna Circuit. You’ll catch your first glimpse of the dramatic mountainous horizon and gaze out over the sparkling waters of Phewa Lake. Get some sleep tonight - your trekking adventure begins bright and early tomorrow!
Day 4-13: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Today, we’ll embark on the incredible Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, one of the greatest hikes in the world. Over ten unforgettable days, we’ll journey deep into the mountains, passing through gentle grassy pastures, blossoming rhododendron forests and breath-taking alpine scenery. We’ll hike through small Himalayan villages, climb rugged mountain slopes and plunge through snow-swept valleys, all in the shadow of the mighty Annapurna 1 peak, which reaches an incredible 26, 542 feet. We’ll spend an average of 5-6 hours trekking each day, with plenty of breaks and rest stops along the way. An English-speaking guide will lead us and we’ll be joined by local porters who will help carry our gear.
The trek begins in the lowland rhododendron forests and pastures, before climbing through dense woodland. On the morning of day 6, we’ll hike to Poon Hill which offers impressive views of the snow-capped mountain range ahead. We’ll trek further north towards Chhomrong, passing by cascading waterfalls of melted snow and rushing white river waters. From Chhomrong, we’ll cross suspension bridges and pass through highland villages as we venture towards the bamboo forests near Machhapuchhare.
On day 9, we’ll pass through deep snow-swept valleys to reach the highest point of the trek: Annapurna Base Camp. Enjoy the spectacular views of the sun-kissed mountain peaks. Turning south, we’ll stop off at the village of Bamboo and the hot springs of Jhinudanda, before hitting the fertile greens of the Pothana area. Lush forest and exotic alpine wildflowers characterise this section of the hike. Our trek ends on day 13 with the short return hike to Phedi, where we’ll transfer back to Pokhara. Celebrate your epic achievement tonight with some drinks and dancing (if your legs have the energy!).
Day 14: Kathmandu
Return to Kathmandu today and spend your free time exploring more of the city and picking up some last-minute souvenirs. Tonight, you can head out with your group and raise a glass to this unforgettable experience!
Day 15: Kathmandu
Your trip ends this morning. Time to head back to the airport or stick around for some more independent travel. Your transfer to the airport is not included but is easy to arrange.
Please note activties and itineraries are subject to change.
- 14 nights’ accommodation
- Guided tour of Kathmandu
- Transfer to the trek route
- 10-day trek through the Annapurna mountain range
- Assistance of local porters
- English-speaking guide
- Lunch at a community restaurant
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Meals, snacks and drinks
- Optional activities
14 nights of accommodation are included on this trip. You will stay in a combination of hotels/guesthouses and teahouse accommodation on the trekking route. The teahouses offer simple shared dorm-style accommodation with shared bathrooms and cold-water showers. Toilets may be western-style or squat. There will be shared dining/lounge spaces heated by a Bukhara stove. Electricity may be available at some teahouses, and you can charge your devices at a small extra cost.
1 lunch at a community restaurant is included on this trip. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself. While on the trek, we will eat breakfast and dinner at the teahouses. Lunch will be eaten at one of the trail-side restaurants. Food will be mainly vegetarian local style food and cheap to purchase. We recommend budgeting USD355-465 for meals during this trip. Boiled water will be available at the tea houses for you to drink and fill up your water bottles.
You will need to book your flight to arrive into Kathmandu on your programme start date (day 1 of your itinerary); your welcome meeting will take place at around 6pm on your trip start date, so please arrange to arrive at the trip starting point in time for this meeting. You will then need to take a taxi from the airport to your starting accommodation in the city. A pre-paid fixed-rate taxi can be booked at the airport and will cost around NPR700-800 (£5-6). The journey takes 20-50 minutes depending on traffic.
Please note, we can also arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
Your trip ends back in Kathmandu on day 15, no activities are planned for this day and you are free to depart at any time. A return airport transfer is not included but is easy to arrange.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
The minimum age to join this trekking experience is 18 years old.
Due to the physical and challenging nature of this trip, a very high level of health and fitness is required. The trek is highly challenging and involves a combination of steep ascents and descents at high altitudes. We recommend embarking on practice hikes before you travel to prepare for the trek.
Travelling at Altitude
This trip goes above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse effects in their health due to the altitude. Please see further information on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).
On this trip you will be trekking at more than 2000 meters above sea level, you therefore need to ensure you have suitable travel insurance in place. If you'd like to purchase insurance through us you'll need to select the 'Adventurer' level of cover.
It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary visas for your time away. You will need to obtain a visa to enter Nepal. These can usually be obtained in advance of travel or at the airport on arrival for certain nationalities. Please contact you nearest Embassy or High Commission of Nepal for the latest visa information.
Is The Trek Difficult?
Sections of the trek are challenging and, while you don’t need to be an Olympic athlete, you will need a good level of fitness. You will be taking on steep ascents and descents at high altitude, and you may be walking in difficult conditions such as snow and wind. The length of the trek can also be challenging and you will need a good level of stamina. We recommend embarking on a few practice hikes before you depart to prepare for the trek.
Will The Altitude Affect Me?
You will climb to approximately 5,300 metres above sea level and you may feel the effects of this altitude. During your trek, you will have a few free days to acclimatise to new altitudes. Bring some tablets to deal with any headaches you may get and remember to drink plenty of water!
What Sort Of Food Will Be Available On The Trek?
The teahouses serve traditional Nepali meals such as Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as noodles, vegetables, potatoes and soup. Some western food such as pizza and fries may sometimes be available. Soft drinks, snacks and beers are also available, as well as Nepali milk tea.
What Should I Pack?
For your hiking days, you will need to bring clothes, sturdy hiking boots, comfortable walking gear, thermals, waterproofs, a reusable water bottle as well as toiletries and other essentials. You will also need to bring a sleeping bag, or you may hire one for approx. £2 per day. You may also wish to bring walking poles to help you on the hike. A more detailed packing list will be sent to you after booking. Your gear will be carried by one of the porters. One porter will be provided for every two hikers. The porters are allowed to carry a maximum of 7.5kg per hiker, so please pack light. You will be sharing a bag with another traveller, so we recommend packing your gear in a lightweight cotton bag to keep things separate. Some of your luggage can be stored in Kathmandu for a fee.
What Sort Of Travel Insurance Do I Need?
On this trip you will be trekking at more than 2000 meters above sea level so please make sure you have suitable travel insurance in place. If you'd like to purchase insurance through us you'll need to select the 'Adventurer' level of cover.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.