Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking

The aptly named Annapurna Sanctuary or Annapurna Base Camp trek is the most intensely scenic trek in Nepal. The Annapurna Range of mountains is a vast massif of numerous spectacular peaks that lies between the Kali Gandaki and the Marsyangdi river valleys forming a solid mountain bastion. Within its span of 40miles, it encompasses more than a dozen peaks higher than 7000m and numerous others of over 6000m. Leaving the beautiful lake city of Pokhara, we experience many changes as we trek up to Annapurna Base Camp through colorful rhododendron forests and bamboo groves to high desert like landscapes. The initial people of Aryan stock give way to those of Mongolian ancestry while the 4 dominant religion changes from Hinduism in the lower areas to Buddhism as we progress higher. We trek it Machapuchare Base Camp on a ridge below the dramatic unclimbed holy mountain, Machapuchare, or Fishtail Mountain and up to our destination, Annapurna Base Camp set within the vast spectacular natural amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary – an unbelievably beautiful setting where we are surrounded by fabulous, glistening peaks – a truly unforgettable scene.

Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to Hotel, just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. Our Representative will give you short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N in Hotel in Kathmandu.(BB)
After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch we explore this medieval capital. We visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Later we visit Patan Durbar Square. Evening: welcome dinner hosted by Basanta Adventure. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu.(BB)
Fly or drive to Pokhara and a short drive to Phedi (1135m) and we are already trekking. The first hour is steep uphill so take it really easy. Though all uphill today is short enough, so we should take our own time. Up through beautiful forests it takes about an hour to reach Dhampus, a lovely village with rich farmland and well built houses. The views back over the Mardi Khola valley are already opening out, and continue to get better as we gradually rise to Pothana (1970m), where we have lunch. Continuing along to the ridge itself through gorgeous oak and rhododendron forests, we reach the cross over into the Modi Khola valley at Bhichok Deorali. This is our excellent first night stop, with fantastic views in both directions, including our route ahead, the snowy peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli guarding the gorge into the sanctuary. A really excellent first day's trekking, which has brought us to a good height already forming a sound base for our acclimatization. O/N in Lodge at Deorali
In the morning we descend again, mostly gradually but with a few steep sections on forest trails to reach the pretty village of Landruk (1630m). This is quite an early lunch stop ready for a longer afternoon. We can see our night stop just across the valley, but it’s a fair old descent to cross the Modi Khola itself, and even further slowly climbing the other side to the large handsome village of Ghandruk. This is the district centre of the Gurung region. There is plenty to explore including the headquarters of the Annapurna Conservation Project, but be sure not to get lost in the maze of little streets on route. O/N in Lodge at Ghandruk
A short day today before we start the climb into the Sanctuary. From Ghandruk we cross the ridge to the north with the view of the twin 'fishes tail' peaks of Machapuchare gradually unfolding as we go. Crossing the Khyumnu Khola, we ascend the wide hillside opposite, and then contour out to the ridge over the Modi Khola. Just round the corner we come to the comfortable lodges of Chomrong the last Gurung village on the route. Its a longish morning, but worth getting there for lunch, giving us a relaxing afternoon in this splendid location with the peak of Annapurna south now directly in front of us. O/N in Lodge at Chomrong
We actually start by descending the many steps through the old Chomrong village and crossing the stream at the bottom, before beginning our gradual diagonal climb of the opposite hillside though hamlets and the last isolated farmland. At the outer ridge, high above the Modi Khola, we can see all the way back to Ghandruk. Then entering the great oak and rhododendron forests beyond, we start the route up to the Sanctuary itself. The gorge becomes more and more alpine in feel as we gradually ascend deeper into it. The huge trees are frequented by grey monkeys who make their daily route at dawn and dusk from the river to the high ridges above. We reach some lodges known as Shinu Danda for lunch. Not surprisingly this is where these plants start to pre-dominate the undergrowth. In the forests beyond our lunch stop the path is craftily made, cunningly winding over smooth rocks and tree roots. Care should be taken as it can be quite slippery, especially in the wet. The forests turn to rhododendrons, and we should keep our eyes open for the many species of orchids that thrive in this clean mountain air. This heralds our arrival at Doban (2605m), our excellent lodge stop, is in a clearing in the narrowing valley. We are now right alongside the dramatic peaks of Machapuchare; from here its beautiful peaks visible across the valley from here up. O/N in Lodge Doban
Today we will enter the Sanctuary and there is a feeling of hushed anticipation as we head on up the valley's narrowing gorge. Soon we come to a little shrine to the gods of the Sanctuary at a wonderful waterfall in the Modi Khola itself ('beautiful but dangerous' as the sign reads, careful on the edge). We now wind our way up, close to the river, with the sound of water crashing down alongside. The trees gradually shrink to shrubs, juniper and azalea and the valley widens a little as we reach Hinko cave, the original shepherd's shelter on the route, the views opening out all rounds. Just beyond at Deorali (3230m) we have lunch, the last lodges before the 'entrance' to the Sanctuary. The beautiful peak of Gangapurna is straight in front of us, across the gap ahead, a tantalizing first glimpse of what's to come. We can see the valley swinging round to the left up there and widening out. We move on expectantly. To say we enter the sanctuary 'suddenly' sounds daft, but that is really how it feels. As we round the ridge of Hiunchuli to the left we become aware of the wide space of the Sanctuary, so hidden up to this point. Already, even in this southern corner stunning peaks surround us. Above us on a ledge is Machapuchare Base Camp (3705m) where we will stop for the night. The name is purely historical as it is not permitted to climb sacred Machapuchare since its one ascent in 1955. Already, just in this corner of the Sanctuary, we are aware of our amazing surroundings. Tomorrow will reveal the full extent of this mountain paradise. O/N in Lodge at MBC
Its only a few hours up gradual slopes to our final lodge stop at Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), and the extent of the mountains surrounding us are continually revealed as we make our way up. Though this trek stays relatively low compared to others, it can still be fairly breathless stuff. This is a new altitude level that we are still adapting to, and there is absolutely no hurry. We walk deliberately slowly, controlling our eagerness to get there. It takes a long time to take it all in, stop and rest regularly. From just beyond the lodges the ridgeline of peaks is almost uninterrupted - from the snowy slopes up to Hiunchuli behind, to Annapurna South, then the appropriately named 'Fang' peak, to the massive south face of Annapurna itself, across Fluted and Tent peaks in the foreground, to Annapurna lll, Gandhara Chuli and finally the gorgeous north face pyramid of Machapuchare, guarding the narrow entrance. All before lunch! In the afternoon we can take the option to ascend the gentle northern slopes of Hiunchuli straight up from the base camp, where, from successive levels, the view keeps on get better. Soon the whole ridge line becomes visible, and we can see the full sweep of Glacier Dome as far as Gangapurna, connecting the two Annapurnas. In the foreground the majestic sweep of the peak terrain drops down to the glacier. Our lodge alongside seems dwarfed in this vast arena. It is possible to reach a fine height on these even slopes just by plodding on up. Sometimes there is snow on them and then the descent can be even easier - the old 'seated glissade', aka the 'bum slide'. Energy saving if you are not tempted to go up and do it again! O/N in Lodge at ABC
Another whole day in the Sanctuary. In the morning we should go up to the Hiunchuli viewpoint if we did not do so yesterday or if it was cloudy. Afterwards we can explore right up the valley toward the awesome south face of Annapurna. Or we can just relax and enjoy being here. O/N in Lodge at ABC
As there is still time, the most hardy will be tempted by a pre-dawn excursion up the hillside to catch the magical moment of the sunrise at its best; be sure to take every item of warm clothing with you. The descent to Machapuchare Base Camp takes half the time of the way up, and we continue down to the comfortable and grandly titled lodge at Hotel Himalaya (2870m) for lunch. We should be very careful, however, as the descent can be slippery. Take it slowly. We carry on down as far as Bamboo, our lunch stop on the way up. O/N in Guest House at Bamboo.
The descent is nicely split over these two days and soon we're back at the splendid comforts of Chomrong for lunch. From here we depart from our previous route to take the most direct return to Pokhara. Just beyond Chomrong the path drops steeply down the ridgeline, arriving shortly at the Brahmin (high caste Hindu) village of Chinu. There is not far to go this afternoon so we could choose to detour to a wonderful hot spring just north of the village, where a good soak can ease away any trail weariness. Back on the trail we continue along and down to the river at Himalkyo, popularly known as New Bridge (1540m), our night stop. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N in Lodge at Jhinu Danda
Alongside the river the trail is good and we usually cover the distance to Birethanti in a long morning's walk. After some lunch we cross the river to the road and take the short drive back to lakeside Pokhara; comfort, hot showers and cold drinks at your Hotel. O/N in Hotel at Pokhara.(BB)
Pokhara is the most popular destination for visitors to Nepal. The natural beauty of its lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains has made in the natural choice for trekkers and adventures. Here you will have a sightseeing tour at Barahi Temple, Davi's fall and Mahendra Cave. O/N in Hotel at Pokhara.(BB)
We take the short but thrilling internal flight past Manaslu and Ganesh Himal to Kathmandu. We are met and brought back to a warm welcome and the comforts of the Hotel. Time in the afternoon for more sights, shopping or shenanigans in the relaxed bars of Thamel. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu.(BB)
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu city, shopping etc. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu.(BB)
Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight. You will require Rs. 1700 each for airport departure tax.
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“Thank you very much for organizing the Poon Hill Trek for us.  It was an absolutely fabulous trek for us and our German friends.  Climbing 4000 steps to Ulleri was a bit tough for the kids (and us), but we all made it.  The help we got during the trip made all the difference –   our guide and wonderful porters helped with the children and we didn’t have to worry about any of the trek related details; everything worked as it was meant to.  The kids still talk about Subash.  We enjoyed every moment of it – the walking, the company, the tea house lunches, the clean beds and good meals at night, and the fabulous Himalayas.”


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Edwige and Martine, Solveil Vert, France

“We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river. Our young guide Dorge was like a friend, a brother, a mother. His day started early in the morning and he never went to bed before he had settled everything for us for the day and prepared for the following day, everything in the smallest details. Guide and driver were available almost day and night.”


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This is definitely a holiday I’ll never forget and would like to repeat. “


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I was very grateful to Basanta Adventures, six years ago, for arranging my first visit to Nepal, the trek from Lukla to Chukhung and my climb of Island Peak….the company was superb in every way. So it was with total confidence that I asked them to help me put together a much longer and more varied trip for 2016.

What resulted was a totally bespoke trekking and climbing package for ‘two old gits’ that was not just substantially cheaper than the usual UK company offerings but was delivered with more professionalism, safety awareness and customer consideration than anything we had received from larger companies. Oh – and Gyalzen Sherpa brings another dimension with his cultural insights and explanations of living in the Khumbu region.

Highlights of our four week expedition? The 4WD journey from Kathmandu to where the road(?) ends and we start walking….the week we spent travelling through the foothills and learning about non-commercial life where few trekkers visit since the airport at Lukla opened….crossing all three major passes (17,000’+) made much easier by Basanta’s carefull preparation and acclimatisation…the blue of Gokyo Lakes……Everest, of course – but Ama Dhablam is more beautiful…..the Khumbu Icefall…the views from the three 18,000’+ peaks we climbed….Island Peak summit…….but above all these natural wonders is the highlight of meeting so many fantastic people and learning so much from them.

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Edwige Martine, Founder, Solveil Vert, France

We like to share our experience with Basanta Adventure in Tibet. First we met Basanta during the heavy monsoon of August 2002. We did not have one drop of rain during our 10 days in lower Mustang and the organisation was great even if prepared only one day before! This encouraged us to choose Basanta Adventure for our trip to Tibet. Here the organisation was even greater than expected. Things are not really smooth in Tibet due to the control of the Chinese, particularly at the time of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet, and also due to bad weather conditions in this huge Himalayan region. We really appreciated our driver Denpa. Without his experienced driving all people in our car would have left their life in the river.

Pax 01pax 02 – 03pax 04 – 06pax 07 – 09pax 10 – 12pax S/S
Cost US$ 1225 US$ 1021 US$ 923 US$ 807 US$ 772 US$ 71


Cost Includes:

  • All airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • 4 nights accommodation in Nirvana Garden Hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing BB basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in Meera Hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing BB basis
  • One half day guided sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu
  • One full day guided sightseeing and boating in Pokhara
  • All necessary transportation during sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All necessary entrance fee during sightseeing
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary in best available lodge en-route during trek
  • All meals during trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • Trekking guide
  • Porter @ 2 clients (weight max. 15 kg per clients)
  • Insurance for Nepali staffs
  • National park fee
  • Transportation to and from trek initiation and end point by necessary vehicle
  • Nepali staff daily wages
  • Transportation Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist coach for clients & guide
  • Transportation Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by local bus for Sherpa & Porters
  • Fully loaded medical kit box
  • Trekking kit bag to each group member



Cost Excluded:

  • Travel insurance (must cover all risk undertaken) 
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Expenses of personal nature like phone calls, laundry etc. 
  • Bar bills (hard and soft drinks) 
  • Gratuities for staff
  • Services not mention herein.

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