Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - 11 Days

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek 11 Days Itinerary, Early Booking for 2024, 2025
Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking
What to see & doSpecific information about Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - 11 Days
  • Duration11 Days
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Max Altitude 4130m
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Trip Style Lodge to Lodge Trek
  • Group Size 10
  • Transportation Tourist Bus
  • Best Season March, April, May and Sept, Oct, Nov

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, also commonly known as the ABC or Annapurna Base Camp trekking, is a major short trek in Nepal. The expedition enables you to get close to some of the most enormous high mountains in the region. If you are looking forward to visiting Nepal and immersing yourself in the snow-capped mountain peaks, then this trek has ample time and opportunity to do so. The expedition takes you to the heart of the Annapurna range, passing below some of the highest snow-peaked mountains in the World. During the travel, we will spend adequate time acclimatizing and immersing ourselves in natural wonders, such as the hot spring at Jhinu.

Your journey begins in the lowlands of Pokhara with a few hours’ drive to Dhampus, where the trek starts. From Dhampus, you will walk past bamboo forests, making your way up into the lap of the mountains. Eventually, you will arrive at Landruk, a small network of Gurung villages where you will rest and acclimatize. The next day, you will go to Chhomrong from where the hike route passes up Modi Khola gorge.

Further, the Annapurna Sanctuary trek will lead you through rice terraces, lowland village settlements, and rhododendron forests. You will also come across icy rivers, ponds, and glaciers. The expedition is the perfect remedy to your busy schedule, allowing you to immerse in the elements of nature and the surrounding landscape. Besides, if you visit the Annapurna Sanctuary during fall and spring, you can enjoy crisp weather with panoramic views of the surrounding mountain peaks.

Insight on 11 Days Annapurna Sanctuary Trek in Nepal

The 11 Days Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is one of the best moderate treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is an alternative to the Annapurna circuit trek for travelers who are short on time. Most travel enthusiasts consider popular treks such as the Everest Base Camp or the Annapurna Circuit expedition. However, among the trek portfolio of Nepal, the sanctuary trek is one of the best in the Annapurna region.

So, in the past few years, tourists have shown more interest in this expedition. The Annapurna Sanctuary trek is one of the best options for enthusiasts who want to curate the Itinerary to their liking. For instance, you can pick between destinations during the trip. So, if you want to visit Poon Hill, we can adjust the package accordingly to enhance your travel experience.

Renowned for its amphitheater of high mountains, the Annapurna Sanctuary trek highlights have lured climbers and trekkers alike. On this journey, you will witness jaw-dropping views of the Annapurna Mountain range, majestic hills, rivers, and natural hot springs.

But only a few people might know about this short and moderate trek. So, you might have several questions in your mind. These might include information about the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek map and distance. To learn more about the trek, discover why the 11 days Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is the best place to spend your next Holiday in Nepal.

Benefits Of Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp

Compared to other trek routes in Nepal, the Annapurna Sanctuary expedition is a less traveled path. This is an attractive trek feature as the quiet trail experiences few travelers and tourists. So, it enhances your opportunity to immerse yourself in nature and the local culture and traditions of the indigenous communities of Nepal. You can also interact with the climber and other travelers as we make our way through lush meadows and dense forests.

Highlights of Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking

  • Explore historic places and landmarks in Lakeside Pokhara and Kathmandu
  • Scenic flights over several regions of Nepal.
  • Bask and relax in the hot spring at Jhinu Dada
  • Witness glorious Himalayan massif from the Annapurna Base Camp.
  • Experience the taste of rural life of the Nepalese people.
  • I am relaxing hike through villages, forests, and beautiful terraced fields.

Why Trek with OutFitter Nepal?

Trekking in the high-altitude regions of Nepal carries an unpredictable risk with it. So, our job is to make the best decision for your safe travel. With OutFitter Nepal, you will be taken care of as we organize the trek focused not only on the attraction of the destination but also on your safety. During your expedition, you will be trekking with highly trained professionals who have mapped the Annapurna Sanctuary trek time and again and know every minute detail.

Additionally, our decades of experience in leading trek expeditions in the Himalayan regions of Nepal make us a trustworthy and reliable trekking partner. Moreover, to provide you with additional details on our trusted service, here are some of the key pointers:

  • Carefully curated Itinerary to maximize comfort on the trails.
  • More than two decades of experience organizing trekking in Nepal.
  • Staff such as porters, guides, and leaders are paid a fair wage.
  • Experienced staff members who are well-spoken in English and are qualified in first aid training.
  • Provision of a first-aid kit and oximeter.

If our commitment convinces you, join our 11 day Annapurna Sanctuary trek in 2024, 2025 and live your Himalayan dream in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

Why Do Trekkers Love to Travel with Us?

  • Our package primarily focuses on acclimatization and a comfortable ascent and descent throughout the trek.
  • The Itinerary features attention to detail and is crafted for your needs and wants.
  • We ensure well-managed staffing, which enables you to explore and enjoy the trail.
  • Group size is limited to 12 members to ensure personalized service.
  • Exciting gift hampers and complimentary dinners.
  • Inclusion of critical trekking gear such as a sleeping bag, down jacket, and duffel bag, free of charge.

Know About the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Route

The exciting Annapurna Sanctuary Trek route begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, during which several high mountains, rolling hills, and rivers will welcome you. After you arrive in the glorious city of Lake Pokhara, you will drive to Dhampus, the starting point of the Sanctuary trek. From here, the route gradually passes through dense forest and landscape towards the village of Landruk.

Eventually, you will gradually ascend in the rugged terrains of the region, leaving villages and settlements behind and heading towards your destination. During the journey, you will pass through Chhomrong, Sinuwa, and Deurali destinations, where you will sleep for the night. After a few days of hike, you will finally reach your destination at the Annapurna Base Camp, and after spending some quality time, we head towards Bamboo and Jhinu Danda towards Pokhara. This will mark the end of our spectacular expedition.

Annapurna Sanctuary trek distance and Terrain

The 11-day trek is a perfect introduction to trekking in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, offering travelers jaw-dropping views throughout the trip. The Annapurna Sanctuary trek covers approximately 67km from the expedition's start to end. The longest day in the trek is when you will hike from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo during the later portion of the journey. On that day, you will be converting a royal distance of 15.5 km. Besides, the Terrain in the Annapurna Sanctuary trek is rugged and strenuous. Thus, you won't need any technical skills or equipment designed for rock climbing or mountaineering.

How Hard Is The 11 Days Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a moderate trek with a maximum ascent of 4100m. The elevation gained in the expedition will not be an issue, and you will have a low chance of having altitude sickness. So, it is ideal for people new to trekking in the Himalayan regions of Nepal as it offers gradual acclimatization throughout the journey. However, it would help if you still had a basic fitness level to hike 5-6 hours daily. In addition, travelers should also be aware of the dangers associated with the trek and must follow the guidance of the trek leaders.

Best time to trek Annapurna Sanctuary

Before you book your next holiday adventure in Nepal, picking the right time for your journey is crucial. Regarding the infamous Annapurna Sanctuary trek, the best time to travel would be from April to May and October to November. During these seasons, the landscape will be dry, with clear skies, and the temperature won't be so cold. On the other hand, in the winter season, the surroundings would be clear with spectacular scenarios, but you will experience snowfall at a higher altitude.

Besides, the least crowded time in the region is during the rainy season. During this time, the trails are wet, and the unpredictable weather could obstruct your views of the surrounding scenery. Nonetheless, every season has its charm. You must decide what kind of experience you seek and when you want to start the Annapurna Sanctuary trek.

ItineraryTrip day to day detail itinerary

Today, you will start your journey to Pokhara with an early breakfast at your hotel. Afterward, a bus will be waiting for you outside; our staff will help you with onboarding. Slowly, the drive will take you out of the city area and lead you towards picturesque villages and rivers such as Marsyangdi and Trishuli. Additionally, you will enjoy magnificent views of terraced fields and mountains along the way.

Besides, we will also make periodic stops along the way to help you relax and replenish your energy. After 8 hours of bus ride, we will finally arrive at the glorious lake city of Pokhara. Upon your arrival, we will escort you to your hotel, where you will be resting for the night.

Option: If you are interested for rafting then you have options to take 3 hour rafting in Trisuli river on the way to Pokhara – you do not need extra day to do this Raft as we can stop and do the Raring and continue on our journey.

  • Max. Altitude: 827m/2713ft
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Elevation Gain: 523m/1715ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

After waking up early in the morning, you will have breakfast and prepare for your ride to Dhampus. It will take around two hours to reach the small village settlements. As you get closer, you will be welcomed by picturesque views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Hiunchuli mountains. Upon your arrival, our staff will help you with your luggage as we make our way towards Landruk.

The trail will lead you through thick rhododendron and orchid forests. The route is stone-paved, making it easier for you to ascend and descend in the terrains of the region. As we move forward, we will arrive at several viewpoints from where you’ll have fantastic views of Hiunchuli and Annapurna South. At this point of the trek, you will be high up on the eastern side of Modi Khola. Eventually, you will descend toward Modi Khola Canyon through a forest filled with orchids and ferns. Further along the trail lies Landruk, our destination for the day.

  • Max. Altitude: 1130m/3707ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 1650m/5413ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Today, we will descend from Landruk and walk towards the river, where our route will gradually walk steep terrains through bamboo forests. After a few hours of hiking, we will stop at Jhinu Dada for lunch. Besides, you can walk another 20 minutes to reach the hot springs and relax. The trail after Jinu Danda will ascend towards Chhomrong village, a settlement on the steep hillside. The village has numerous tea houses and lodges, one of which is where we will spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude: 2170m/7119ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 605m/1,985ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

From Chhomrong, we will gradually descend and head north of the Modi River Valley. The trail will lead you to a suspense bridge from where we will go towards Sinuwa Danda. From here on, the trail will get wider as thick rhododendron forests and you might encounter several wildlife. Further, we will descend on steep stone through picturesque villages, and beautiful valleys. Moving forward, your trail will lead you through thick vegetation and tree lines. Finally, after several hours of hiking, we will arrive at Dovan where you will spend the night.

  • Max. Altitude: 2600m/8,530ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 430m/1411ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

On day five of the trek you will head towards the alpine areas of the Annapurna region where the forests are thin, and lands are barren. Along the way, you will enjoy stunning views of the Machhapuchhre and other snowcapped mountain peaks. Moreover, the trail also takes you to local village settlement, where you can experience the warm hospitality of the native people. During the hike you will also pass through Hinku Cave and Hotel Himalaya. After your arrival in Deurali, you will unpack your luggage and rest in the local tea houses. From here, you will be able to witness dramatic mountains, rocky landscapes, and pristine waterfalls.

  • Max. Altitude: 3200m/10,498ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 600m/1,969ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Deurali to Annapurna Base camp is a moderate hike, and you will ascend gradually for 5 hours until you reach the destination. Your journey will start from the tea house at Deurali making your way through challenging terrains and landscapes. Along the way you will be welcomed by the majestic views of Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Annapurna Mountain range, and Gandharvachuli. Finally, after hours of hiking, you will arrive at Annapurna Base Camp, where you will stay for the night. We recommend you wrap yourself in warm clothes and sleeping bags as the temperature will fall drastically at night.

  • Max. Altitude: 4130m/13,550ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 930m/3,051ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Today, you will wake up early to witness the glorious sunrise over the Himalayas from the Annapurna Base Camp. After enjoying a hearty breakfast, we will retrace our path towards Modi River Valley. The descent is slow and gradual, making the hike towards Dovan easier. You will pass through several waterfalls, ponds, and beautiful springs on the way. After reaching the destination, we will spend the night at a local tea house in the village.

  • Max. Altitude: 2600m/8,530ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 1530m/5,019ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Like on day seven, we will continue our descent through serene Bamboo, rhododendron, and oak forests. The hike from Dovan to Chhomrong follows a scenic route with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. After hours of hiking, we will make a quick stop to relax. Ater replenishing ourselves, we will walk towards the beautiful village settlement of Chhomrong. We will then unpack our belongings in a tea house and enjoy local food and beverages.

  • Max. Altitude: 2170m/7,119ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 570m/1870ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

On this day, start our trek with an early morning breakfast, and enjoy the sunrise view. Eventually, we will enjoy a pleasant hike alongside the Modi River as we leave the valley behind. The hike will take us through farmlands, village settlements, and hills until we reach Ghandruk Phedi. After arriving at our destination, we will have adequate time to explore the Gurung village and relax ourselves with local beverages.

  • Max. Altitude: 1940m/6365ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Elevation Loss: 230m/755ft
  • Accommodation: Mountain Lodge

Today is the last day of our expedition. Our hike will lead us through Syauli bazar, Birethanti, Chimrung, and numerous other village settlements. The hike is short and easy allowing you to interact with the local people and immerse yourself in their daily livelihood. After arriving at Nayapul, we will hop on a ride back to Pokhara.

  • Max. Altitude: 884m/2,900ft
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Elevation Loss: 590m/1935ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

You will wake up early and prepare to depart on a tourist bus back to Kathmandu. The drive route will pass through several villages and rural settlements. Additionally, you can enjoy views of the Trishuli and Marsyangdi rivers as you remember the fond memories you made during the trek. After you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be transported to a reputed hotel. We will have a team meeting tonight to discuss our experiences with a delicious farewell dinner.

If you want to take other tours in Nepal such as Chitwan Jungle Safari, Pokhara Day Tour or Lumbini tour then you can start from today and do let us know if you want to take any tour as we also arrange those tours.

  • Max. Altitude: 1350m/4429ft
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Elevation Gain: 523m/1716ft
  • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
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Trip MapDay to day route map and altitude graph
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - 11 Days map
Cost DetailsGood to know before trip booking
What's Included
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus.
  • Tourist vehicle ride from Pokhara to Dhamus and vice versa.
  • Accommodation for eight days in the trek route and 2 nights in Pokhara with Breakfast.
  • Standard meals such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trek.
  • A knowledgeable and friendly guide who speaks fluent English.
  • Salary, food, beverages, lodging, transportation, and insurance for the guide.
  • Local and government taxes and official expenses.
  • Trekker Information Management System and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit fee.
  • Seasonal fruits and snacks.
  • Your travel insurance funds rescue operation management.
  • A souvenir which includes a company t-shirt and cap.
  • Farewell dinner at the end of the trek.
What's not Included
  • Visa fee at Tribhuvan International Airport.
  • International flight airfare during your arrival and departure.
  • Accommodation and meal charges before and after the expedition.
  • Additional accommodation and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival or late departure.
  • Excess luggage charges, which are limited to 9kg per person.
  • Your expenses include clothing, gear, shopping, beverages, shower, battery, and recharge fees.
  • Porter to carry your luggage during the trek (if you require a porter to carry your stuff, it will cost you USD 180 each porter and 1 porter for 2 trekkers; the porter has a 20-22kg weight limit)
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Travel insurance, which will cover emergency air evacuation.
  • Circumstances beyond the control of OutFitters Nepal, such as strikes, political instability, weather conditions, changes in government policy, and illness, cause costs and charges.
  • All the costs not included in the "What's included in my Annapurna Sanctuary Tour Package?" list will be excluded.
Add-Ons & Options

Outfitter Nepal Treks & Expedition introduces an extensive selection of add-ons that you can add to the standard trekking packages at the time of checkout. These premium add-on options are designed to customize your trips according to your liking without any hassle. Add an extra night’s accommodation in Kathmandu or a private vehicle to the trailhead with just a couple of clicks. Enjoy your Annapurna Sanctuary trip to the fullest with our tailor-made add-ons!

Hotel in Kathmandu: Need accommodation for extra nights in Kathmandu? Add a single room for $40 per night and a double room for $45 per night in a 3-star hotel with breakfast.

Single Supplement: Want some privacy during the trek? You can now get a whole room to yourself at teahouses and lodges during the entire journey by paying an extra $250. By adding this add-on, you no longer have to share your teahouse room with fellow trekkers.

Porter Service: Too much weight on your shoulders? Hire a porter to carry your backpack for an additional $20 per day. You can share the porter’s wage with another trekker as a porter can carry a maximum of 25 kg.

Kathmandu to Pokhara Flight with Airport Pickup and Drop: Don’t want to spend a whole day on the road? Skip the lengthy and uncomfortable bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara and book yourself a flight for just $120. You can use that time to explore the beautiful lake city of Pokhara instead. The price includes a free airport pickup and dropoff. Isn’t that a deal?

Note: You can add the return flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu for another $120.

Kathmandu to Pokhara in a Private Car: Not a fan of bus rides? Now, you can travel in comfort from Kathmandu to Pokhara in a private car for an additional cost of $130. Travel at your own pace with frequent stops to admire the scenery along the way. Extra bonus for a group, you can share the car fare amongst each other. 

Note: You can add the return trip from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a private car for another $130.

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  • We have set date to departure the Annapurna sanctuary trek. So, select your date and book the trek.
  • If your preferred date is not listed then contact us for the further process to book on your own date as the trek is available on any date of the year.
  • We have listed the price for up to 12 people only so, if you are more than 12 people then please contact us for the group price and further process to book the trek.
  • Private trek is available on any date of the year, contact us for the booking.
  • Single persons are welcome to join the trek and single people have single room in Kathmandu & Pokhara and have to share room in the mountain lodge on trek cause of the less number of lodge and rooms available on remote mountain lodges.
  • Guaranteed dates are guaranteed to departure and we already have people booked for date.
  • Available dates are available to book and become guaranteed once you book for that date.
  • Closed dates are closed and not bookable on that date however if you are available only on that date then contact us as we may have some other alternatives.
  • The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.
Useful InformationGood to know before you travel

Accommodation During the Journey

The 11-day Annapurna Sanctuary trek package includes an eight-night stay in some of the best tea houses and lodges in the Annapurna region. The remaining two days, you will be spending in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. The accommodations available in the trek are mostly twin-sharing rooms with private or separate bathrooms. The tea houses are well facilitated in places such as Landruk, Chhomrong, Dhamoys, Jhinu Dada, Bamboo, and Himalaya. Besides, if you are a solo traveler, we will arrange a private single room with an attached bathroom, wherever possible. Moreover, if during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, we can arrange the rooms accordingly as per your budget and preference.

What is the Cheapest Form of Accommodation in The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek in Nepal

During the expedition, you will spend the night in local tea houses and lodges run by local families. Each of these establishments has a central communal area for travelers with a large stove, which provides a cozy atmosphere. However, the rooms where you'll be sleeping are unheated and feature a blanket, pillows, and mattresses. So, you will need an additional blanket and a sleeping bag to keep yourself warm.

The prices for these rooms are standard charges of $4-$5 per night, which is considerably cheaper compared to rooms in major cities of Nepal. At the same time, there are other options for facilitated accommodations in the region, which feature hot showers and attached bathrooms. We recommend saving your expenses and staying at local tea houses, which help the local community and businesses of smaller establishments.

What are the Meals Available in the Trek?

The tea houses provide Nepalese food with a mixture of Western recipes. Some famous examples are dumplings, chowmein, thukpa, and fried noodles. Besides, you can also enjoy the authentic taste of Nepalese cuisine with dak Bhat, porridge, Tibetan bread, and dhedo. For breakfast and lunch, you will have many options to choose from. These include popular food items such as spring rolls, sandwiches, pizza, and macaroni. Moreover, we encourage you to carry snacks like crackers and energy bars, which will provide you with the needed energy during the hike.

11-Day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Cost

The cost of the Annapurna Sanctuary trek package will depend on the facilities you will use during the expedition. In general, the trek can range from USD 900 to USD 1000. It would help if you also remembered that you will be traveling to the remote regions of Nepal, meaning the prices will be more expensive than usual.

Do Trek Agencies Provide Discounts for the 11 Days Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Yes, trek agencies in Nepal provide special discounts for the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, but it will depend on several factors. It includes promotion, negotiation skills, time of the year, and group size. Trekking agencies will likely provide discounts if you travel with a large group of people. However, you must ensure the agency maintains high safety and service standards.

Top Airlines to Travel To and From Nepal For the 11 Days Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Several international airlines operate flights from and to Nepal, which makes it accessible for travelers from all around the World to start their Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.

Some of the best airlines you can choose to travel to Nepal are as follows:

  • Emirates Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Etihad Airways
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Air India

These airlines offer connections from several major cities worldwide to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. Besides, you must consider factors such as flight schedule, price, and layover duration. We also advise you to check for any entry requirements and travel restrictions.

Is This Trek for You? How Fit Do You Need to Be

The 11-day Annapurna Sanctuary trek is moderate in the Annapurna region of Nepal, with the highest elevation of 4130m. The trails will involve steep descents and lengthy ascents. During the trek, you will hike with periodic stops and rest as your body needs to recover. So, if you have past hiking experience, you can handle all the issues on the route. Your fitness level will have a direct influence on your experience of the trek. So, it would help to start jogging and exercising for a couple of weeks to enhance your physical stamina.

As a result, by the time you start the expedition, you will be able to:

  • Hike comfortably for 6 hours with an elevation gain of 1000m.
  • Have a heightened mentality and boosted confidence.

You Can Enjoy the Trek with Your Family

The trek is not strenuous, and the pace of the hike will always be slow and gentle. Additionally, it only involves one consecutive day of hiking long hours on the steep path at a high altitude. Nonetheless, it would help if you were physically fit with no severe medical conditions to complete the trek comfortably. If you're looking forward to commencing the trek with young children, then the 11-day Annapurna Sanctuary trek will be perfect. It is a better option than the Annapurna Circuit trek. In addition, we can tailor the Itinerary according to your needs with gradual ascent and enough time to rest and acclimatize during the trek.

How To Avoid Altitude Sickness| Medical Information

Our staff members have received extensive first-aid training and are well-experienced in handling complicated situations in the expedition. For instance, your guide will use an oximeter to monitor your oxygen level to detect any underlying health issues or early symptoms of altitude sickness. Regarding altitude sickness, you do not have to worry about it, as our Itinerary is specially designed to allow your body to acclimate as you gain elevation during the trek. Our expert staff members will also commence regular check-ups to ensure everything is fine.

Some of the extra precautions you need to take into consideration for your safety are as follows:

  • Avoid alcoholic drinks as they dehydrate you.
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water while trekking.
  • Hike slowly, taking long breaths.
  • You must inform your trek leader immediately if you experience symptoms such as headache, dizziness, and breathing.
  • Carry prescribed medicines for colds, headaches, altitude sickness, and food poisoning.

Guide Service for Your Expedition in The Himalayas

All our staff members are proficient in English, government-licensed, and professionally certified. They have several years of experience trekking in the Himalayan regions of Nepal. So, they are incredibly knowledgeable about the terrains and landscape of the region. In addition, our guides are trained and are known for their friendly demeanor, safety and regulation, impeccable judgment, and technical proficiency.

How To Book 11 Days Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

If you have made up your mind, please get in touch with us by email or phone to book your Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. For booking confirmation, you must pay a partial amount of the package cost. Further, to help you with the process, a representative from OutFitters Nepal will assist you and help make the required preparations.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Solo/Private/Group

Most travelers who commence this expedition come in groups, but if you travel alone, we can arrange a departure date with other travelers worldwide. It will be a perfect opportunity for you to connect with other fellow trek enthusiasts and share your previous experiences. It is also cost-effective because you will pay for the package in a group.

On the other hand, if you prefer to travel alone, we will provide you with a guide who will assist you during the entire trek. This enables you to take your time to enjoy the hike and immerse yourself in the surrounding nature.

What permits do I need for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

To commence the expedition, you will need a TIMS card with an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit because you will pass through a conservation area.

The charges for these permits are listed below:

  • TIMS card costs: NPR 2000
  • ACAP permit costs for other nationals: NPR 3000
  • ACAP permit costs for SAARC nationals: NPR 1000

Important Notice: Our package will arrange and cover all the necessary permit costs for the trek, so you won't have to pay additional charges for them.

11 Days Annapurna Sanctuary Dates For 2024, 2025

All the listed dates on our page are guaranteed departures. If the published dates do not match your plans, we at OutFitters Nepal are more than happy to arrange your trek on your desired date. So, let us know what kind of adventure you seek, and our experts will help plan and curate the travel of your dreams.

Annapurna sanctuary trek vs. Annapurna circuit. Which Is the Best Option For You

Starting these treks will depend on your fitness, level, experience, time constraints, and preferences. Here is a brief comparison to provide you with a brief overview of these treks.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Highlights: Diverse landscapes, high mountain passes like Thorong La pass (5,416m), Circumnavigation of the Annapurna Massif.
  • Altitude: Trekking in a higher altitude region will require extended acclimatization and physical fitness.
  • Duration: The expedition takes around 12 to 22 days to complete. So, the expedition is suitable for travelers who have spare time seeking a complete Himalayan trekking experience.
  • Difficulty: The trek is challenging due to the higher Altitude and longer hike duration.
  • Cultural Experience: You can interact with traditional villages and local monasteries.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek:

  • Highlights: Stunning views of Macchapuchhre and Annapurna Massif
  • Altitude: The maximum elevation of the trek reaches around 4,130m at the Annapurna Base Camp. It takes around 7 to 11 days to complete the trek, depending on the trek and your trekking experience.
  • Duration: The expedition takes around 12 to 22 days to complete. So, the expedition is suitable for travelers who have spare time seeking a complete Himalayan trekking experience.
  • Difficulty: The Annapurna Sanctuary trek is moderately challenging and suitable for travelers with reasonable fitness and no trekking experience.
  • Cultural Experience: You can immerse yourself in the authentic local culture and traditions of the native people.

Ultimately, both trek expeditions offer breathtaking scenery and an experience you will never forget. If you have more time and seek a challenging adventure, then the Annapurna Circuit trek will be the perfect choice. On the other hand, if you have little time on your hands and prefer a less demanding trek with short trails, then the Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a better option. Besides, before you decide, you must assess your preferences, fitness level, and trekking experience.

How OutFitter Nepal Strive for Corporate Social Responsibility

Apart from creating one of the best travel packages in Nepal, OutFitters Nepal strives to improve the lives of the people and the environment we explore. To learn more about our practices, read the sustainable highlights we have listed below:

How we minimize the carbon footprint

  • Foods and equipment in high-altitude regions are transported using yaks and mules, minimizing the carbon footprint from transportation.
  • We arrange your accommodation at family-run hotels rather than a large hotel chain, and during the trek, you will be staying in locally owned tea houses.
  • You will consume a mostly vegetarian diet during the trek.
  • Participation in initiatives to control wildfire and deforestation issues.
  • Most of the tea houses are solar powered.

How this trip improves the life of the local communities

  • This trek package offers opportunity and income for the community at the destination by emphasizing eating local food and staying at local establishments.
  • Using local guides and staff informs our clients about the local culture and traditions.
  • OutFitters Nepal also practices philanthropy as we seek to serve several welfare associations that operate in the communities of the remote regions of Nepal.

Tips for sustainable travel practice

  • Avoid the use of plastic bottles by avoiding the purchase of mineral water. We encourage you to use refillable water bottles during the trek.
  • We advise you not to leave any rubbish and trash in the trails. Always keep the wrappers of soap, shampoo, and snacks in a plastic bag and dispose of them in a bin.
  • If you wish to contribute your clothing equipment to us, we will share it on the clothing bank, which will later be distributed to villages and schools in rural Nepal.
  • Buy locally handmade items and be cautious of handicrafts that might be made from endangered animal species.

How do we protect and conserve local landscapes and wildlife?

  • By traveling in smaller groups, we intend to minimize our impact on the environment and its resources.
  • The trek permits help to preserve the wildlife and vegetation of the region.
  • We actively work to reduce waste and eliminate the use of single-use plastic water bottles.
  • Our packages adhere to animal welfare guidelines to ensure best practices have been implemented regarding pack animals used for transport.

Checklist For Your Trek with Us

To enable you to enjoy a memorable expedition, we have listed the equipment and essential documents you must pack for your trip to Nepal. Remember, some of these equipment may vary according to your travel season.

Visa & Passport

Foreign nations require a visa to enter Nepal, which can be obtained on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport or from a Nepalese embassy in your country. Besides, it can also be obtained from any entry point at the Nepalese borders.

  • Use your passport details to fill out the information while applying for your visa.
  • Your passport must be at least valid for six months.
  • Bring passport-size photos for visa, trekking permit, and other essential documents.

Documents

  • Airline tickets
  • Copies of visa and passport
  • Credit and Debit cards for withdrawing funds from ATMs

Trek Essentials

Head

  • Headscarf or bandana
  • Woolen or synthetic hat
  • Sunglasses, headlamps, and batteries

Hands

  • Woolen or fleece gloves
  • A pair of mittens

Feet

  • Two pairs of heavy woolen socks
  • Two pairs of lightweight inner socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Running shoes and gaiters

Upper Body

  • Thermal tops and long sleeve shirts
  • Pullover and fleece wind-stopper jackets
  • Down vest and waterproof jackets

Lower Body

  • A pair of hiking trousers
  • A pair of hiking shorts
  • Waterproof pants
  • Thermal Bottoms

Medical

  • Anti-headache and diarrhea pills
  • First-aid box
  • Plasters and aspirin
  • Cold medicine
  • Ear plugs
  • Prescription glasses
  • Water purification tablets

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • One large duffel bag
  • Medium rucksack
  • Daypack for carrying your belongings
  • Waterproof rucksack covers

Practical Items

  • Folding Knife, Compass, and Lighter
  • Water bottles, digital cameras, and binoculars

Personal hygiene

  • Tissue, hand wash, and wet wipes

Toiletries

  • Mirro, nail clippers and deodorants
  • Toothbrush/paste and drying towel
  • Deodorants and soap

Extras

  • Journal, pen, and reading book
  • Trave games such as playing cards and chess
  • Voltage converter and plug adapter
  • Important Information You Should Know

Should You Tip in Nepal?

Outfitter Nepal realizes tipping might be an uncommon practice in most countries around the World. But, in Nepal, it is considered a standard practice that all tour operators encourage. However, deciding whether you would like to tip the staff members for their service and hospitality is always up to you. Moreover, the amount is also determined by you as there is no fixed amount you should tip. Besides, tips are discretionary, and if you are unsatisfied with the service provided, you can feel free not to give tips to the staff member.

Respect Culture and Traditional Norms

  • The Nepalese way of greeting is by holding our hands before our faces.
  • Ask permission before you enter holy sites and temples and remove your shoes.
  • Always walk in a clockwise direction around religious monuments and temples.
  • Do not point your fingers at a person.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes that cover your body while visiting temples and monasteries.
  • Eat with your right hand.
  • Always ask for consent before you take pictures of the local people.

How much Luggage can I bring to the Sanctuary Trek?

Your baggage will be weighed before the start of the trek; the maximum limit for the equipment you can carry is 9 kg per traveler. You will be charged a specific amount if the Luggage exceeds the designated weight limit. We also provide duffel bags during the trek briefing, allowing you to carry your equipment safely. If you have your own, it is up to you to decide whether you want to use our duffel bags. Besides, we highly recommend carrying all the necessary equipment in the main duffel bag. It should not be attached outside or carried in a hanging bag as it might get lost or fall off during the trek.

Travel Insurance for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Although the trek expedition is a moderate grade with low chances of complications in physical health, it is not entirely risk-free, as there will be chances of sudden climate change, illnesses, and natural disasters. Therefore, you must provide a copy of the travel insurance policy certificate to OutFitters Nepal. This will ensure medical and emergency repatriation coverage, including emergency evacuation and helicopter rescue. So, all trekking members are requested to provide us with the travel insurance details within a week after the booking. It will allow us to arrange a swift rescue for your safety and well-being.

Transport Facilities

The roads in urban areas such as Kathmandu and Pokhara will be congested with many vehicles during the peak tourist seasons. Outside of the city areas, the road might be affected by landslides or soil erosion during the monsoon season. We suggest you use a high-standard vehicle service during your travel to Nepal. This will ensure you a comfortable and safe trip. And, if you come across any difficulties during your travel, you can speak to the travel agency immediately.

Communication During the Trek

There are landline telephones in most village settlements along the trek routes of Nepal. You can also use mobile phone services, but the reception will vary according to the location. Internet and wifi facilities are also available in tea houses, but you will be charged a specific amount for using them.

Client ReviewsTravelers talk about Outfitter Nepal
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    IldikoUnited States,December 12, 2018
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    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

    Annapurna sanctuary trek was in the planning stages since February and the many messages sent to Arjun were always responded quickly. As well, a few suggestions were made by Arjun which was well worth his advise.

    The best part of our trekking in Nepal was our guide "Wiseman" and porters "Superman & Hercules", without these fellows, our trip would not have been a great experience. Not only did they carry our load, but they served us at each meal and ensured every day we were comfortable.

    Clearly Outfitter Nepal are an experienced company and we HIGHLY recommend those on their first trek to Nepal.

    Thank you !!!

    TripAdvisor
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