Crystal Mountain Treks

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Country: Nepal | Destination: Annapurna | Activity: Lodge Trek | Grade: 4 - Strenuous

This trek, also called Annapurna Base Camp trek, goes into the Annapurna Sanctuary – a natural amphitheatre surrounded by some of the most spectacular Himalayan peaks. While Macchapucchre - the fish-tail peak - and Annapurna South dominate the horizon at the beginning of the trek, Annapurna I, which rises over 8,000m into the sky, captivates all trekkers at the Annapurna Base Camp. Despite being called the Annapurna Base Camp, most expeditions on Annapurna I choose to establish a base camp on the other side of the mountain near the Annapurna Circuit trail.

The trek passes through several Gurung villages. The Gurung people are one of sixty ethnic groups in Nepal and are the predominant Nepali recruits in the famous Gurkha regiment of the British and Indian army. On this trek, you will climb up and down the infamous, and seemingly endless, Gurung staircases along the Modi Khola. In the beginning, the trek goes through terraced rice fields, gradually ascending to old growth and bamboo forests to the Macchapucchre Base Camp and the Annapurna Base Camp. Macchapucchre is considered a holy mountain by the Gurung people and climbing Macchapucchre is prohibited.

This is a great first time trek in Nepal. Come join us on this spectacular journey and experience the culture and hospitality of the Gurung people!

Our standard program is 12 days. But if you wish to trek at a slower pace incorporating two extra days on the trek and a day for exploration of Kathmandu prior to the start of the trek, we would recommend the 15 day program. Write to us for details.


Day 01 – Kathmandu (4,593ft /1,400m)

You will be greeted on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport by a representative of Crystal Mountain Treks holding a placard at the arrival gate. You will then be escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu. Once in the hotel you can refresh and take a rest as the day will be free. In the evening you will be entertained with a welcome dinner (included).  During dinner, you will be briefed on the day to day trip and events.

Note: B refers to Breakfast, L refers to Lunch and D refers to Dinner.

Day 02-Kathmandu

After breakfast, you drive to Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door.  Shiva, meaning "The Auspicious One"), also known as Mahadeva ("Great God"), is a popular Hindu deity and is considered to be the Supreme God within Shaivism, one of the three most influential denominations in Hinduism. Here, you'll probably witness a Hindu cremation along the banks of the Bagmati River and many Asetics and Sadhus.

Then on to Bhaktapur, which is located about 20 km east of Kathmandu in the Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is known as the 'City of Devotees', the 'City of Culture', the 'Living Heritage', and 'Nepal's Cultural Gem'. It is one of the 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. The others are Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Patan. Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, most terra-cotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs and open courtyards. As a World Heritage site listed by the UNESCO, Bhaktapur has been heavily restored since a 1934 earthquake severely damaged the city.

Overnight at Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 03 – Kathmandu-Pokhara to Ghandrung (6,400ft/1,950m)

According to your fight schedule you will be transferred to the domestic terminal at Kathmandu airport. The flight to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft.) is approximately 30 minutes. After arriving at Pokhara, you will be transported by private vehicle to the starting point of the trek at Kimche. Today is a short day of hiking on gradual uphill (2 hours). (All meals)

Day 04 - Ghandrung to Chhomrong (6,900ft/2,090m)

(Annapurna South from Chomgrong)

You trek up through terraced fields to a Pass. Descend steeply through a forest, to the Kimrong Khola (5,807ft/1,770m) before climbing up again to Kimrong Danda (7,425ft/2250m). The trail continues to climb higher before dropping down to Chhomrong. After lunch ascend steeply to another Gurung village of Chhomrong which is the highest permanent settlement in the valley, although there are tea-houses beyond this point. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of Annapurna. Upon arrival at Chhomrong, you will witness the peak of South Annapurna with the Fishtail (Machhpuchure) facing across the valley. You will stay overnight at a lodge here. (All meals)

Day 05 - Chhomrong to Bamboo (7,600ft/2,310m)

(Trekking up the Modi Khola Valley)

Leaving behind the permanent settlements, you follow the Modi Khola valley towards the Annapurna Sanctuary. You will shortly be at the foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of the Himalayas. You cross a suspension bridge and then trek up to Sinuwa Danda (7,742ft. /2.360m). The climb from Sinuwa turns somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar (8,333ft/2,540m).  Soon after you head on from Khuldighar, you enter through a deep bamboo population. After about an hour you reach your   overnight lodge at Bamboo. (All meals)

Day 06 - Bamboo to Himalaya (9,375ft/2,840m)

Today, as you leave Bamboo, the trail passes through thick bamboo, rhododendron and oak forest to the village of Dobhan (8,530ft/2600m). You continue to ascend gradually following the trail above the river up the side of the canyon.  You cross by two streams over small bridges. The trail further passes through solitary places. The wilderness and silence is soothing. There is also the possibility of seeing a variety of species of wildlife such as wild pigs, deer and snow leopard. The trail continues through stands of bamboo, and beyond avalanche chutes and a few landslides to Himalaya.  You spend a night here at a Lodge. (All meals)

Day 07 and Day 08 - Himalaya to Machapuchare Base Camp to South Annapurna Base Camp (13,625 ft/4,130m)


(Enroute to Annapurna Base Camp)

Today, you will find yourself above the tree line. The mountain views from here are marvelous: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I (26,545ft/8,091m), Annapurna III (24,786ft/7,555m), Gangapurna (24,455ft./7,454m), and Machhpuchure are all visible from here. The trail from Himalaya climbs gently through a river bed and rises steeply over the side of the mountain. As you advance, you come to Hinku cave (10,400ft/3,170m). Further on you pass through Deurali (10,597ft/3,230m), a small village. About half an hour from Deurali, you will find yourself in the middle of a river bed surrounded by giant snow covered mountains. When the sun rises, it reflects the rays from the mountains and the valley is covered with warmth and light. The hike to the base camp is somewhat challenging but the spectacular scenery of the peaks around you takes your mind off it. From Machhapuchare Base Camp, it is approximately 2 hours trek to Annapurna Base Camp – a collection of four hotels on a hillock. The view of the south face of Annapurna is fabulous from ABC! On the way to ABC, the vegetation fades. You will enter the mountainous scene where the large snow bulks melt and form small streams. As we enter the sanctuary, the trail widens. The trial takes you along a stream and climbs to a few huts along a moraine. From here, you have the view of the south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary.  Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic 360 degree panorama view. (All meals)

Day 09 - Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

Wake up early to witness the sunrise on the Annapurna ranges, a glorious event!  Today is all downhill. After breakfast, you start your descent to Bamboo through MBC, Deurali, Hinku cave, Himalaya and Dobhan. On the way you will come to a point where you will witness the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. As you descend, you will pass through the forests with fascinating views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli. After lunch, you re-enter the bamboo forest. You halt overnight at a lodge at Bamboo. (All meals)

Day 10 and Day 11 - Bamboo to Chomrong to Jhinu (5,839ft/1,780m)

(Bridge crossing)

Today you continue down through the forest to Sinuwa and on to lower Chhomrong. Then again you ascend on the thousand stony steps taking you to upper Chhomrong. From here, it is a short 1 hour descent to Jhinu. At Jhinu you have the option to take a dip in the Jhinu natural hot springs which is just a 30 minute walk from Jhinu. Overnight at a Lodge. (All meals)

Day 12 - Jhinu to Pokhara (6,800ft/1,250m)

Trek to the road-head from where a chartered jeep will drive you back to Pokhara. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 13 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

You take the mid-afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. After you arrive in Kathmandu, you take some time off to get fresh and get ready for sightseeing in the valley. In the evening you will be entertained to a farewell dinner in Kathmandu. You will stay the night at Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner)

Day 14 - Final Departure

The final day, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight home. If your flight is later in the evening then you can take a walk around town. (Breakfast)

Total Package Cost Per Person: USD 1,750

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Per person price (valid until December 31, 2018)

1 persons: US$2,550 per person (includes single supplement)
2 - 3 persons: US$1,950 per person
4 or more persons: US$1,750 per person

Single supplement: US$250


This trek is guaranteed to run for 1 participant.

US$ 150 per person discount on November, December, January and February departures

Price includes: 

- All airport transfers

- One full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.

- 3 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet (3 star) in Kathmandu

- 1 night twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Temple Tree (4 star) in Pokhara

- Round trip airfare: Kathmandu to Pokhara

- Chartered Vehicle: Pokhara to Kimche and Pokhara

- Meals as indicated in the itinerary

·       Lodge trekking as indicated in the itinerary

·       Three meals a day

·       Boiled water for your bottles twice a day

·       Guide and staff wages, equipment and meals

·       Guide and staff insurance

·       Use of Steripen for water sterilization

-  Annapurna Conservation Area Fee

- Trekkers Information Management Card


Price does not include: 

- Your international airfare

- Nepal Visa

- Meals not indicated in the itinerary

- Tips and gratuities

- Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)

- Travel insurance (Required)

- Other expenses of a personal nature

Available Dates

08 October , 2018 To 21 October , 2018

22 October , 2018 To 04 November , 2018

12 November , 2018 To 25 November , 2018

26 November , 2018 To 09 December , 2018

10 December , 2018 To 23 December , 2018

04 March , 2019 To 17 March , 2019

25 March , 2019 To 07 April , 2019

08 April , 2019 To 21 April , 2019

22 April , 2019 To 05 May , 2019

13 May , 2019 To 26 May , 2019

07 October , 2019 To 20 October , 2019

21 October , 2019 To 03 November , 2019

11 November , 2019 To 24 November , 2019

25 November , 2019 To 08 December , 2019

09 December , 2019 To 22 December , 2019

Book this trip now as spaces are available.

This trip has the minimum sign ups required and is guaranteed to run.

Limited spaces are available so please contact us to inquire about the departure status.

This date is unavailable. please contact us to inquire about other trip departure dates or booking this trip as part of a Custom Itinerary.

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