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Annapurna Sanctuary TrekAST

  • 14 Days - US$2,999

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Trip Introduction

Experience one of the greatest treks on the planet on a two-week adventure to the famed Annapurna Sanctuary. This amphitheatre is made up of three Annapurna mountains (South, I and III), Gangapurna and Machapuchare (Fish Tail), with the famous Annapurna Circuit trail winding its way through the valley beneath these mountains. We’ll start our trip by exploring the temples and markets of Kathmandu, Nepal’s bustling capital city, before flying to the lakeside city of Pokhara at the foot of the Himalayas.

Our journey will take us deep into the Himalayas, hiking up the glacial Modi Khola River gorge, passing through tiny Gurung settlements and into an alpine area that will take your breath away. You’ll be accompanied by an Active trip leader who will meet you in Kathmandu and introduce you to your Nepalese team of guides and porters. In true Active style you’ll stay in local accommodation, which in Nepal means rooms in comfortable and cosy Gurung tea houses (small hotels), and enjoy hearty meals to top it all off.

Highlights

  • Trek to ABC along the Annapurna Circuit Trail
  • Visit Gurung settlements and local villages
  • Soak in natural hot springs in Jhinudanda
  • Explore the bustling city of Kathmandu
  • Walk to Swayambhunath “Monkey” Temple
  • Explore Pokhara and the Himalayan Mountain Museum
  • Watch the sunrise over Machapuchare
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Elevation Profile

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What's included in our trips?

  • All guiding services
    Two experienced guides per trip.
  • All accommodations
    For the entire trip.
  • All meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • All activities
    Hiking, kayaking, biking, rafting.
  • All transport
    From trip start to end.

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Daily itinerary

Monday — Arrive Kathmandu

Your trip starts in the lively and bustling city of Kathmandu with an explosion to the senses - take a deep breath! You will be met at Kathmandu Airport by a friendly face from Active Adventures Himalayas who will accompany you to our hotel. If you arrive early, you can head out to explore the city's labyrinth of back street courtyards, colourful market stalls and ancient temples on your own for your first taste of Nepal's culture and friendly people. This afternoon, your trip leader will meet you at our hotel and run through what to expect from the days ahead. Tonight, your guide will take you for dinner at a local restaurant for your first experience of Nepalese dining - a culinary crossroad between the influences of China, India and Europe which makes for some really interesting flavour combinations.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Lunch, Dinner)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Tuesday — Visit Swayambhunath Temple, fly to Pokhara

Today we'll walk a short distance out of town to an ancient stone pilgrim stairway that leads to the Swayambhunath Temple. Keep an eye out for macaque monkeys as they often join us on the walk up the stairway – they've even been known to steal hats on occasion, so stay alert! According to local legend, Swayambhunath (meaning 'self-arisen'), was said to have risen up from a lake that once covered the land where Kathmandu now stands. Up on the hilltop temple, the smell of incense and butter lamps will follow you as you gaze out over the sprawling city of Kathmandu below. Local devotees come here daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the centre piece stupa (a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine) and spin the prayer wheels set into its base. After lunch, we'll head to the airport where we'll take a short flight to Pokhara, the beautiful gateway town of the Annapurna Himalayas. We'll enjoy dinner on the lakefront at one of our favourite lakeside restaurants.
Lakeview Resort, Pokhara (All meals)
Elevation: Pokhara - 827 metres (2713 feet)

Wednesday — Hike to Kyumi

Today we hit the trail! We’ll journey from Pokhara to Naya Pul, on the banks of the Modi Khola River, which we’ll follow to its source below Annapurna I. After meeting our Gurung porter team, we’ll start our trek. A gentle trail takes us past rice paddies on our way up the valley, with high peaks looming ahead. After lunch at Syauli Bazaar, we’ll leave the main trail used by locals and follow the river to Kyumi, a settlement famous for its highly prized native beehives. Tonight you can enjoy a traditional dal bhat (lentil curry) meal cooked by our Nepalese hosts.
Tea house, Kyumi (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Kyumi - 1200 metres (3937 feet)

Thursday — Hike from Kyumi to Chhomrong

This morning we’ll follow the Modi Khola River to New Bridge, stopping for a cup of ginger or lemon tea (a great way to stay hydrated) before hiking the steeper section of the trail to the village of Chhomrong. Oddly enough, this town is world famous for its German bakeries - chocolate croissants and apple pie are a heavenly reward after a big day. Whilst we relax and admire the view straight up the valley to Machapuchare, keep an eye out for huge Lamagier vultures as they circle on thermals high above. Machapuchare, also known as ‘Fish Tail’, is unconquered - it’s considered a sacred mountain by the Nepalese and therefore climbing to the summit is forbidden.
Tea house, Chhomrong (All meals)
Hiking distance: 9 kilometres (5.6 miles)
Elevation: Chhomrong - 2210 metres (7250 feet)

Friday — Hike from Chhomrong to Dobhan

We’ll start the day descending from Chhomrong, past the local school and away from civilisation, down towards the river. We’ll stop at Sinuwa for a cuppa and some soup, before continuing through a landscape of dense bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests dotted with orchids and ferns. We’ll follow a cobbled pathway and series of staircases past the village of Bamboo, and onto Dobhan, where silvery Langur monkeys can often be spotted at dawn and dusk.
Tea house, Dobhan (All meals)
Hiking distance: 11.5 kilometres (7.1 miles), 4.5 hours
Elevation: Dobhan - 2600 metres (8530 feet)

Saturday — Hike from Dobhan to Deurali

Our day begins with a short hike up out of the canyon, with the sights and sounds of the forest providing a fantastic distraction from the climb! After lunch at the settlement of Himalaya (meaning ‘mountain range’), we’ll trek a steep section of the trail to Hinku Cave, a shelter that’s been used by yak herders for centuries. The vegetation starts to thin out as we follow the trail out of the canyon to Deurali, our home for the night. This is our closest point to Machapuchare, which now towers above us to the east.
Tea house, Deurali (All meals)
Hiking distance: 5 kilometres (3.1 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Deurali - 3200 metres (10,500 feet)

Sunday — Hike from Deurali to Machapuchare Base Camp

Today we’ll break through the treeline and into the alpine region. We’ll leave the forest and its wildlife behind and take in the mountain views, which at this point become even more spectacular. As we progress, the valley becomes gradually flatter and widens as we hike towards the “gates” of the Sanctuary. We’ll criss-cross the valley a little while longer before we arrive at Machapuchare Base Camp! The mountain panorama that greets us includes the peaks of the Annapurna massif and the triangular south face of Machapuchare itself. We’ll spend the night at the foot of these icy giants before we set off for Annapurna Base Camp in the morning.
Tea house, Machapuchare Base Camp (All meals)
Hiking distance: 5 kilometres (3.1 miles), 3.5 hours
Elevation: Machapuchare Base Camp - 3700 metres (12,140 feet)

Monday — Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

Today is the day! After loading up on a hearty breakfast of porridge and Nepalese bread, we'll make our final push to Annapurna Base Camp, sitting at 4130 metres (13,549 feet). It's an amazing accomplishment, so congratulate yourself and your fellow trekkers! You'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the south face of Annapurna I (the 10th highest peak in the world) and the glacier falling beneath it. There are few places on the planet that can match this – the peaks of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I and Machapuchare seem like they are barely a stone's throw away and yet utterly unreachable at the same time. Make sure you have plenty of space on your camera as you'll be taking heaps of photos. After a cup of tea at Annapurna Base Camp, we'll descend down the valley and back into the bamboo and cloud forest to Dobhan for a well-deserved shower and dinner. Well done!
Tea house, Dobhan (All meals)
Hiking distance: 3 kilometres (1.8 miles) to ABC, 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) to Dobhan, 10 hours
Elevation: Dobhan - 2600 metres (8530 feet)

Tuesday — Hike from Dobhan to Jhinudanda

Today we'll retrace our steps down carefully maintained cobblestone paths through the forests and canyons, passing waterfalls and crossing rivers along the way. As we get lower, the air becomes more oxygen rich and slightly warmer, giving you a bit more bounce in your step. We'll have lunch in Chhomrong and afterwards explore the local handicraft markets (keep an eye out for some Tibetan influences here). Tonight we'll stay in Jhinudanda and soak in the renowned natural riverside hot pools. Relaxed and refreshed, it's time for a song and dance with our Nepalese hosts.
Tea house, Jhinudanda (All meals)
Hiking distance: 14 kilometres (6.2 miles), 5.5 hours
Elevation: Jhinudanda - 1780 metres (5840 feet)

Wednesday — Hike from Jhinudanda to Tolka

This morning we’ll cross back over the Modi Khola River, leaving it behind for the first time on our trek. As we ascend to the Gurung village of Landruk, you’ll notice many of the locals still wear traditional dress. After a hot drink, we’ll have a chance to take on the locals at soccer or cricket (don’t worry, we’ll teach you the rules!). We’ll aim to get to Tolka early in the afternoon so we have a chance to kick back and take in the epic views all around.
Tea house, Tolka (All meals)
Hiking distance: 9 kilometres (5.6 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Tolka - 1700 metres (5580 feet)

Thursday — Hike from Tolka to Phedi, journey to Pokhara

Our hike this morning rewards us with great views of the Annapurna Himalayas Range and is also an excellent opportunity for bird-watching; there are many different species in this area. Rhododendron forest gives way to grassy meadows before we reach the village of Dhampus, an excellent ridgetop vantage point where we'll farewell the now familiar peaks. After lunch, we'll weave our way down a series of stone staircases to the village of Phedi, where we'll take the short journey back to Pokhara. Tonight, we'll all head out to the Silk Road Restaurant and Bar for a celebratory dinner with our guides and porters.
Lakeview Resort, Pokhara (All meals)
Hiking distance: 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Pokhara - 830 metres (2720 feet)

Friday — Free time in Pokhara

Today is all yours to relax and explore. Pokhara is the main town on the shores of Lake Phewa and the adventure playground of Nepal. There are some fantastic street and lakeside cafes, outstanding bakeries and heaps of outdoor activities to choose from - just ask your guide for suggestions. Or, if you're not feeling too lively today, your guide can arrange for you to visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Museum and the Pokhara World Peace Monument instead. This evening you might like to try some of Pokhara's restaurants, where local lake fish is a speciality. Or you might like to try our favourites like the Everest Steak House or Monsoons.
Lakeview Resort, Pokhara (Breakfast)
Elevation: Pokhara - 830 metres (2720 feet)

Saturday — Return to Kathmandu

This morning we’ll farewell the Himalayas in Pokhara and take a short flight back to Kathmandu. For those who are keen this afternoon, we’ll walk to Durbar Square, a fascinating place where Nepal’s kings were crowned in past times. The square is at the centre of Old Town Kathmandu and is the city’s greatest example of traditional architecture – so much so that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Today is a great opportunity to find a bargain amongst Kathmandu’s many markets. Tonight we’ll meet at a local restaurant for our final dinner together to celebrate our achievements and adventures in the Himalayas.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (All meals)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Sunday — Depart for home

Today is the final day of your Himalayas trekking trip. You’ll have completed one of the world’s most renowned treks – a feather in the cap of any outdoor enthusiast. If you have extra time after your trip, we’re happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of it. On the other hand, if you’re on your way home today, we’ll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great hiking, food and adventures you’ve had with us in Nepal!
(Breakfast)


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Itinerary

Monday — Arrive Kathmandu

Your trip starts in the lively and bustling city of Kathmandu with an explosion to the senses - take a deep breath! You will be met at Kathmandu Airport by a friendly face from Active Adventures Himalayas who will accompany you to our hotel. If you arrive early, you can head out to explore the city's labyrinth of back street courtyards, colourful market stalls and ancient temples on your own for your first taste of Nepal's culture and friendly people. This afternoon, your trip leader will meet you at our hotel and run through what to expect from the days ahead. Tonight, your guide will take you for dinner at a local restaurant for your first experience of Nepalese dining - a culinary crossroad between the influences of China, India and Europe which makes for some really interesting flavour combinations.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (Lunch, Dinner)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Tuesday — Visit Swayambhunath Temple, fly to Pokhara

Today we'll walk a short distance out of town to an ancient stone pilgrim stairway that leads to the Swayambhunath Temple. Keep an eye out for macaque monkeys as they often join us on the walk up the stairway – they've even been known to steal hats on occasion, so stay alert! According to local legend, Swayambhunath (meaning 'self-arisen'), was said to have risen up from a lake that once covered the land where Kathmandu now stands. Up on the hilltop temple, the smell of incense and butter lamps will follow you as you gaze out over the sprawling city of Kathmandu below. Local devotees come here daily to make a ritual circumnavigation of the centre piece stupa (a dome-shaped Buddhist shrine) and spin the prayer wheels set into its base. After lunch, we'll head to the airport where we'll take a short flight to Pokhara, the beautiful gateway town of the Annapurna Himalayas. We'll enjoy dinner on the lakefront at one of our favourite lakeside restaurants.
Lakeview Resort, Pokhara (All meals)
Elevation: Pokhara - 827 metres (2713 feet)

Wednesday — Hike to Kyumi

Today we hit the trail! We’ll journey from Pokhara to Naya Pul, on the banks of the Modi Khola River, which we’ll follow to its source below Annapurna I. After meeting our Gurung porter team, we’ll start our trek. A gentle trail takes us past rice paddies on our way up the valley, with high peaks looming ahead. After lunch at Syauli Bazaar, we’ll leave the main trail used by locals and follow the river to Kyumi, a settlement famous for its highly prized native beehives. Tonight you can enjoy a traditional dal bhat (lentil curry) meal cooked by our Nepalese hosts.
Tea house, Kyumi (All meals)
Hiking distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 5 hours
Elevation: Kyumi - 1200 metres (3937 feet)

Thursday — Hike from Kyumi to Chhomrong

This morning we’ll follow the Modi Khola River to New Bridge, stopping for a cup of ginger or lemon tea (a great way to stay hydrated) before hiking the steeper section of the trail to the village of Chhomrong. Oddly enough, this town is world famous for its German bakeries - chocolate croissants and apple pie are a heavenly reward after a big day. Whilst we relax and admire the view straight up the valley to Machapuchare, keep an eye out for huge Lamagier vultures as they circle on thermals high above. Machapuchare, also known as ‘Fish Tail’, is unconquered - it’s considered a sacred mountain by the Nepalese and therefore climbing to the summit is forbidden.
Tea house, Chhomrong (All meals)
Hiking distance: 9 kilometres (5.6 miles)
Elevation: Chhomrong - 2210 metres (7250 feet)

Friday — Hike from Chhomrong to Dobhan

We’ll start the day descending from Chhomrong, past the local school and away from civilisation, down towards the river. We’ll stop at Sinuwa for a cuppa and some soup, before continuing through a landscape of dense bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests dotted with orchids and ferns. We’ll follow a cobbled pathway and series of staircases past the village of Bamboo, and onto Dobhan, where silvery Langur monkeys can often be spotted at dawn and dusk.
Tea house, Dobhan (All meals)
Hiking distance: 11.5 kilometres (7.1 miles), 4.5 hours
Elevation: Dobhan - 2600 metres (8530 feet)

Saturday — Hike from Dobhan to Deurali

Our day begins with a short hike up out of the canyon, with the sights and sounds of the forest providing a fantastic distraction from the climb! After lunch at the settlement of Himalaya (meaning ‘mountain range’), we’ll trek a steep section of the trail to Hinku Cave, a shelter that’s been used by yak herders for centuries. The vegetation starts to thin out as we follow the trail out of the canyon to Deurali, our home for the night. This is our closest point to Machapuchare, which now towers above us to the east.
Tea house, Deurali (All meals)
Hiking distance: 5 kilometres (3.1 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Deurali - 3200 metres (10,500 feet)

Sunday — Hike from Deurali to Machapuchare Base Camp

Today we’ll break through the treeline and into the alpine region. We’ll leave the forest and its wildlife behind and take in the mountain views, which at this point become even more spectacular. As we progress, the valley becomes gradually flatter and widens as we hike towards the “gates” of the Sanctuary. We’ll criss-cross the valley a little while longer before we arrive at Machapuchare Base Camp! The mountain panorama that greets us includes the peaks of the Annapurna massif and the triangular south face of Machapuchare itself. We’ll spend the night at the foot of these icy giants before we set off for Annapurna Base Camp in the morning.
Tea house, Machapuchare Base Camp (All meals)
Hiking distance: 5 kilometres (3.1 miles), 3.5 hours
Elevation: Machapuchare Base Camp - 3700 metres (12,140 feet)

Monday — Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

Today is the day! After loading up on a hearty breakfast of porridge and Nepalese bread, we'll make our final push to Annapurna Base Camp, sitting at 4130 metres (13,549 feet). It's an amazing accomplishment, so congratulate yourself and your fellow trekkers! You'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the south face of Annapurna I (the 10th highest peak in the world) and the glacier falling beneath it. There are few places on the planet that can match this – the peaks of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Annapurna I and Machapuchare seem like they are barely a stone's throw away and yet utterly unreachable at the same time. Make sure you have plenty of space on your camera as you'll be taking heaps of photos. After a cup of tea at Annapurna Base Camp, we'll descend down the valley and back into the bamboo and cloud forest to Dobhan for a well-deserved shower and dinner. Well done!
Tea house, Dobhan (All meals)
Hiking distance: 3 kilometres (1.8 miles) to ABC, 11 kilometres (6.8 miles) to Dobhan, 10 hours
Elevation: Dobhan - 2600 metres (8530 feet)

Tuesday — Hike from Dobhan to Jhinudanda

Today we'll retrace our steps down carefully maintained cobblestone paths through the forests and canyons, passing waterfalls and crossing rivers along the way. As we get lower, the air becomes more oxygen rich and slightly warmer, giving you a bit more bounce in your step. We'll have lunch in Chhomrong and afterwards explore the local handicraft markets (keep an eye out for some Tibetan influences here). Tonight we'll stay in Jhinudanda and soak in the renowned natural riverside hot pools. Relaxed and refreshed, it's time for a song and dance with our Nepalese hosts.
Tea house, Jhinudanda (All meals)
Hiking distance: 14 kilometres (6.2 miles), 5.5 hours
Elevation: Jhinudanda - 1780 metres (5840 feet)

Wednesday — Hike from Jhinudanda to Tolka

This morning we’ll cross back over the Modi Khola River, leaving it behind for the first time on our trek. As we ascend to the Gurung village of Landruk, you’ll notice many of the locals still wear traditional dress. After a hot drink, we’ll have a chance to take on the locals at soccer or cricket (don’t worry, we’ll teach you the rules!). We’ll aim to get to Tolka early in the afternoon so we have a chance to kick back and take in the epic views all around.
Tea house, Tolka (All meals)
Hiking distance: 9 kilometres (5.6 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Tolka - 1700 metres (5580 feet)

Thursday — Hike from Tolka to Phedi, journey to Pokhara

Our hike this morning rewards us with great views of the Annapurna Himalayas Range and is also an excellent opportunity for bird-watching; there are many different species in this area. Rhododendron forest gives way to grassy meadows before we reach the village of Dhampus, an excellent ridgetop vantage point where we'll farewell the now familiar peaks. After lunch, we'll weave our way down a series of stone staircases to the village of Phedi, where we'll take the short journey back to Pokhara. Tonight, we'll all head out to the Silk Road Restaurant and Bar for a celebratory dinner with our guides and porters.
Lakeview Resort, Pokhara (All meals)
Hiking distance: 11 kilometres (6.8 miles), 4 hours
Elevation: Pokhara - 830 metres (2720 feet)

Friday — Free time in Pokhara

Today is all yours to relax and explore. Pokhara is the main town on the shores of Lake Phewa and the adventure playground of Nepal. There are some fantastic street and lakeside cafes, outstanding bakeries and heaps of outdoor activities to choose from - just ask your guide for suggestions. Or, if you're not feeling too lively today, your guide can arrange for you to visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Museum and the Pokhara World Peace Monument instead. This evening you might like to try some of Pokhara's restaurants, where local lake fish is a speciality. Or you might like to try our favourites like the Everest Steak House or Monsoons.
Lakeview Resort, Pokhara (Breakfast)
Elevation: Pokhara - 830 metres (2720 feet)

Saturday — Return to Kathmandu

This morning we’ll farewell the Himalayas in Pokhara and take a short flight back to Kathmandu. For those who are keen this afternoon, we’ll walk to Durbar Square, a fascinating place where Nepal’s kings were crowned in past times. The square is at the centre of Old Town Kathmandu and is the city’s greatest example of traditional architecture – so much so that it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. Today is a great opportunity to find a bargain amongst Kathmandu’s many markets. Tonight we’ll meet at a local restaurant for our final dinner together to celebrate our achievements and adventures in the Himalayas.
Hotel Thamel Eco Resort, Kathmandu (All meals)
Elevation: Kathmandu - 1400 metres (4600 feet)

Sunday — Depart for home

Today is the final day of your Himalayas trekking trip. You’ll have completed one of the world’s most renowned treks – a feather in the cap of any outdoor enthusiast. If you have extra time after your trip, we’re happy to make suggestions on how to make the most of it. On the other hand, if you’re on your way home today, we’ll send you back refreshed and invigorated from the great hiking, food and adventures you’ve had with us in Nepal!
(Breakfast)

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Dates

Trip Date Price Status  
Sep 12 ’16 – Sep 25 ’16 US$2999 Filling up Check Availability
Oct 3 ’16 – Oct 16 ’16 US$2999 Full
Oct 17 ’16 – Oct 30 ’16 US$2999 Great Check Availability
Nov 7 ’16 – Nov 20 ’16 US$2999 Filling up Check Availability
2017
Feb 13 ’17 – Feb 26 ’17 US$2999 Great Check Availability
Feb 27 ’17 – Mar 12 ’17 US$2999 Great Check Availability
Apr 3 ’17 – Apr 16 ’17 US$2999 Great Check Availability
Apr 17 ’17 – Apr 30 ’17 US$2999 Great Check Availability
May 22 ’17 – Jun 4 ’17 US$2999 Great Check Availability
Sep 11 ’17 – Sep 24 ’17 US$2999 Great Check Availability
Sep 30 ’17 – Oct 13 ’17 US$2999 Great Check Availability
Oct 16 ’17 – Oct 29 ’17 US$2999 Great Check Availability
Nov 6 ’17 – Nov 19 ’17 US$2999 Great Check Availability
Nov 20 ’17 – Dec 3 ’17 US$2999 Great Check Availability
2018
Feb 12 ’18 – Feb 25 ’18 US$2999 Great Check Availability
Feb 26 ’18 – Mar 11 ’18 US$2999 Great Check Availability
Apr 2 ’18 – Apr 15 ’18 US$2999 Great Check Availability
Apr 16 ’18 – Apr 29 ’18 US$2999 Great Check Availability
May 21 ’18 – Jun 3 ’18 US$2999 Great Check Availability

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Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement! Having said that, if you specifically request your own room, you can opt to pay the additional single supplement fee for the hotel nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Trip start

If you arrive on the first day of the trip, a friendly face from Active will meet you at the Kathmandu airport (KTM) whenever you fly in to take you to your accommodation. If you’re already in Kathmandu, you’ll meet your trip leader and your group in the lobby of Hotel Thamel Eco Resort at 5pm.

Trip end

You’ll be in Kathmandu in time for flights departing at any time on the last day of your trip.

Recommended flights

You can fly into Kathmandu at any time on the first day of the trip. On the last day of the trip you can fly out at any time too. Keep in mind though that flights to and from Pokhara airport are weather dependent and can sometimes be delayed. Therefore you might want to book changeable flights just in case we’re in Pokhara for a bit longer than expected. If you want to arrive earlier or leave later, we’re happy to help out with booking extra hotel accommodation for you.

Accommodation

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek is an active hiking trip that takes a popular route through the Annapurna mountains in an Active style. We’ll stay in local tea houses (small local guesthouse) on the trail and in comfortable hotels in the cities. All the tea houses are located in spectacular surroundings with stunning views.

Fitness

If you like hiking, are in reasonable shape and enjoy the flavour of adventure, then you’ll enjoy our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. We recommend a little training for the trip – a few hikes before you leave home will help to get you in shape! Our experienced Active Adventures team can recommend training and preparation tips for you when you book.

You can learn more about the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek on our blog post.

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Reviews

  • AST Who needs a bucket list?

    “Let's start at the top. Our two guides, Mel and Arjun were stupendous. Both their training and natural abilities with a diverse clientele stood out. As our questions poured in our leaders responded calmly and professionally. Whether on the trail or in the cities our needs were met.
    Secondly, our porters/servers provided us with care that I thought beyond what might be expected. At each stop our orders were taken and our food delivered. This shouldn't leave out my happiness with having my gear hoisted to each stop and deposited at our room.
    The journey itself was beautifully crafted. An easy pace acclimated us so that no one became sick or fell too far behind. I was daily reminded that such a trek is a journey and not a race, and that being in the mountains is its own reward.

    Thanks to the company and all involved. It should not be missed that the support staff, Lynette and a few others, helped prepare me so that I might fully enjoy the experience.
    Battle on,
    Steven Rodgers”
    Steven Rodgers – California, United StatesMay 2016
  • AST

    “Awesome trip! I loved everything about it, our guides (super cool), our porters (incredible), our group (determined), the food (delicious), the trek (beautiful beyond words) - what a perfect combination. It's so much better than the description in the brochure. Thank you AA Team for all the wonderful experiences, your expertise and thoughtfulness to our every need and want.”
    Jayne Carbone – South Carolina, United StatesMay 2016
  • Epic Adventure

    “I started to say I can't say enough about my Annapurna Sanctuary Trek but I'm actually struggling for words because the truth is words don't do it justice. The breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas go without saying but a friend asked me the other day what was the best part of the trip? The answer to that question was the people I spent time with while I was there. The warmth of the Nepalese people and there smiles in the face of adversity, post earthquake, was contagious. The most impressive part of the trip however was my guide Dan (The Man) Keys. His selfless, tireless, humanitarian work with the charity he created Active Hearts Himalayas was awe inspiring. This is the second Active trip that Dan has led me on and it won't be the last. I want to come back next year if at all possible and do the Mustang Trek! Thank you Active for being the kind of company that supports what Dan is doing in Nepal and caring about the people in the countries where you provide World Class experiences. You Guys ROCK!”
    Bart Shepherd – Florida, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Amazing Annapurna

    “There are no words to describe the unforgettable experience I had while in Nepal. Everything went perfect, and the team Dan, Arjun, Badrit and Borat were always there to make the trip flow with the highest quality possible. While waking it perfect, each individual was always there to also make it fun, exciting and unforgettable. I have to specially Dan to introducing me to the local culture and make me falling in love with Nepal. I cant wait to come back and see more!”
    Marjorie Pilli – Florida, United StatesDecember 2015
  • A cultural treasure

    “The Annapurna trek was a lovely, low-key hike though a part of Nepal that felt worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the Everest trek. I was a thrill to see the first 8,000 meter that had been summited.”
    Teresa Elwert – New York, United StatesDecember 2015
  • The trip of a lifetime

    “I had looked forward to trekking in Nepal for more years than I would care to admit. The AST trip was truly memorable and made me want to return to Nepal.”
    Tim Kallman – Maryland, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Great trip

    “Fabulous experience- cultural immersion, gorgeous and varied landscapes, pleasant walking and not too difficult!”
    Kate Grinberg – Maryland, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Grand Time in Himalayas

    “First time trekking and surrounded by beautiful mountains, greenery and villages. Wow factor was incredible. Couldn't wait to wake up and start each day. Felt safe and secure. Porters and guides had incredible smiles and tolerated my endless questions. Mentally checked out and felt energized by the simplicity of the outdoors. Best vacation in years. No worries !! Highly recommend it.”
    Sheri Devereaux – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2014
  • Trekking in the Annapurna Sanctuary

    “Beautiful scenery, great itinerary, great guides = awesome trip!”
    Stephen Shird – Iowa, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Trip of a lifetime!

    “It's hard to put into words how wonderful this adventure was. Everything was just so beautiful. The mountains, the nepali people, our fellow adventurers.”
    Lori Fjellman – Iowa, United StatesDecember 2014
  • AST - MLK

    “With the remote nature of the Annapurna Base Camp trek, Active does a great job from start to finish!”
    Marge Keskin – New York, United StatesDecember 2014
  • fantastic

    “This was my greatest outdoor adventure, it was everything, and more than I expected, I've been showing pictures to my friend's since I got back and they're all amazed”
    Denis Laverdiere – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2014
  • Nepal Review

    “The guides and porters were awesome. The trip was well organized, and the guides re-worked the trip so we could leave on time to start the trip.”
    Philip Schmidt – Colorado, United StatesNovember 2014
  • “Most Epic Adventure! I traveled alone and was never lonely on this trip. The guides were friendly and well knowledgable and the fellow travelers rounded out the whole expeirence. Unforgettable views of the Himalayas, delicious food and caring & warm people. I couldn't have asked for more!”
    Melanie Kaneshiro – California, United StatesNovember 2014
  • Annapurna Amazing!

    “This was a once in a lifetime experience. Our group ranged in age from 27 to 82! I enjoyed getting to know everyone. The scenery was spectacular (even in the rain). We truly learned the importance of great guides and porters in this unpredictable area of the world.”
    Ann Russell – Washington, United StatesNovember 2014
  • A lifechanging experience....

    “The amazing Himalayas, humble, happy, generous people, strong, rich culture and the best guide/porter team ever all added up to quite a lifechanging experience for me - wonderful, wonderful place and brilliant trek!”
    Jacqui Copas – London, United KingdomNovember 2014
  • Annapurna Sanctuary

    “I wanted to do this trip 27 years ago. The time was right. Friends of ours had just made this trip with Active Adventures & encouraged us to just go.Why did I wait so long? And after talking with others on the trail I was convinced we made the right choice of outfitter. I'm so glad I went. I cannot begin to describe how I felt when I arrived at ABC without getting mystical. Go”
    June Fait – New York, United StatesOctober 2014
  • “Absolutely fantastic trip. It was like walking in a postcard”
    Ally Gaylor – Indiana, United StatesOctober 2014
  • AST by Roy

    “The AST trip met and exceeded all my expectations. The guides and porters went out of their way to make sure that we were all safe and happy. I will recommend it to all my friends and anyone else that cares to listen.”
    Roy Fontaine – Pennsylvania, United StatesJuly 2014
  • I'll be back for Everest :)

    “I came for the mountains - and, yes, they were spectacular! - but I fell in love with the people. What an amazing trip! From a double rainbow on our first day of trekking to the first clear sight of the Annapurna range at Chomrong to making it to base camp - it was simply phenomenal! Thanks to our fabulous guide and porters, we all made it to ABC. And it only got better after that! Trekking back on the "other side" of the river through the Gurung villages was an unexpected treat. I honestly did not want to come back to the "real world". A million thanks to DK and his team for everything you did! I look forward to coming back for the EBC trek one day.”
    Violeta Ivanova – Massachusetts, United StatesJune 2014
  • “Amazing trip!! I loved it from the awkward first dinner to the tearful goodbyes... DK, Arjun and the boys made this an unforgettable trip!”
    Kim Rowney – Florida, United StatesJune 2014
  • awesome trip

    “I was very excited to be able to visit Nepal and was overwhelmed with Sudeep and Kedar, as they made the trip much more enjoable!!”
    Derald Goodman Jr. – Colorado, United StatesMay 2014
  • An incredible Experience

    “I would love to thank you for an incredible experience - I found the trip challenging but very much appreciated the Active Team's support along the way. They could not have been more helpful! We were given first hand experience of the Nepalese culture - something I will always value.”
    Veronica Lawson – Queensland, AustraliaMay 2014
  • AST 2014

    “The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek (AST) was a wonderful melange of sights, sounds and serendipitous moments. From the brilliant color and clamor of Kathmandu, to the crisp, clear morning at Machapuchare Base Camp, our trekking experience was unique and memorable. Our group was an interesting combination of people from across the globe, and as we hiked, we learned about our fellow trekkers, our guides, and about the lives of the Nepalese people, literally passing their doorsteps in the picturesque mountain villages. The AST is full of surprises. It was challenging, it was fun, and it was very gratifying.”
    Ada Adams – Arizona, United StatesMay 2014
  • A Challenge Worth Taking

    “Thanks to group leaders, Dan and Arjun, I was able to complete this sensational journey with pride and dignity. The hiking was difficult for this 75 year old, but it was also exhilarating to trek so close to the powerful and magnificent peaks. Enjoyed the consistently good and satisfying meals and congenial company of the group.”
    Norman Roth – New York, United StatesMay 2014
  • Awesome Adventure Trekking

    “The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek was absolutely amazing. I really enjoyed getting up early every morning and going outside the Tea house for the most exceptional views in the peace, quiet and serenity of the early day. As the upper peaks of the Himalayas slowly reveal themselves along this Trek, I was always in awe that I was going to walk to that place and experience it in full.”
    Laura Silverstein – Colorado, United StatesMay 2014
  • Touching the snowy highest mountains in the world...the Himalaya

    “Thoroughly enjoyed this adventure of a lifetime. We had always wanted to trek the foothills of the Himalays and immerse into the Nepalese culture. All of this happened and more. Totally taken by surprise at the amount of hiking (up down thousands of stairs) necessary to be at the base of these majestic giants, but if you want to touch them you have to hike six days to get there; making this hiking achievement the most difficult we have yet experienced. "All of the familiar signposts are not there"...making the reality of having truly been on an adventure so real and so never happened before. All of this was the result of an extremely qualified God given truly gifted leader, D.K., followed by the best people I have known Arjun, Bahrat, and the six other porters that teach lessons in life on humility, love, and perseverance. To the inn keepers at tea houses, how wonderful, fresh, wholesome the food prepared was...they make the best French fries. The rest will live in my head and the views of Annapurna 1,2,3, South; Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli--great times with fellow hikers (now friends)...I'll take them all to the next world.”
    Michael Adams – Arizona, United StatesMay 2014
  • Sensational Adventure

    “This trip was spectacular in every way -- challenging trekking amid the jaw-dropping magnificence of the high peaks, exposure to the warm and gracious Nepali people and culture, expert leadership and strong comraderie of the group. Simply said, an A++ experience.”
    Ellen Roth – New York, United StatesMay 2014
  • Annapurna Sanctuary October 2013

    “The trek through the Annapurna Sanctuary was outstanding. The guides and porters were excellent and all aspects of the trip were well planned and executed. I experienced some medical problems that were addressed by the guides and alternate plans made for me. Despite not continuing to the base camps, my experience was outstanding.”
    David Lloyd – Arizona, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Annapurna

    “The views were breathtaking. Only critique is that all the cold weather gear on list wasn't needed at all. It was pretty warm. Guides were great and a lot of fun. Overall had a great time and met great people.”
    Lori Crowcroft – Oklahoma, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Room With A View

    “Scenery is spectacular and the local people are the friendliest and most accommodating than in any other remote locale I have visited. More strenuous than expected is how I describe the trekking and awe inspiring is how I describe the mountains and trails. This is a trip I would recommend for the physically fit to conquer the terrain and mentally fit to accept the substandard accommodations.”
    Lee Spencer – Florida, United StatesNovember 2013
  • Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

    “I went initially for the scenery and the adventure, but I was touched by the people and the culture. It was an amazing experience I will never forget. Thanks Active Adventures!”
    Shawn Crawford – Alberta, CanadaNovember 2013
  • Annapurna

    “Annapurna Sanctuary Trek exceeded my expectations! The Himalayas are awe inspiring! DK and Gokul are exceptional at their job and made my time in Nepal an unforgettable experience.”
    Fiona Tennant – Ontario, CanadaOctober 2013
  • An amazing place

    “Strangely, hiking the Himalayas had never made it onto my list of must-see places but I signed up because of an email and I have really enjoyed my Active trips in the past. Now that I've been I think it is a place everyone should see; the mountain range will take your breath away and the people of Nepal literally welcome you with open arms.”
    Kimberly DeWein – California, United StatesOctober 2013
  • Fantastic Experience!!!

    “I have used Active before and for a trek as challenging as AST, I couldn't have selected better. Truly a life changing trip and our guides Kate and Sudip made a tough trek just pure fun :) Truly the trip of a lifetime!”
    Geri Balaj – New York, United StatesOctober 2013
  • Awesome!

    “The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a stunning walk through a beautiful part of the Himalayas, physically challenging, but so rewarding in many different ways. The mountains are epic, the people are inspiring, the food is great and the cuppas along the way are always hot and very well received!”
    Ele Tresidder – Otago, New ZealandJune 2013
  • Amazing Annapurna!

    “The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek was one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring trips I have ever done and it humbles you to be surrounded by the cathedrals that are Annapurna and Machapuchare! Truly heaven on earth!”
    Paul Cassot – New York, United StatesDecember 2012
  • Namaste

    “Active Himalayas proved to be equally as awesome as my experience with Active New Zealand! As I hoped, the excellent guides and Active staff took care of every last detail and made the trip incredibly memorable and smooth. Whatever the group or an individual needed, they flawlessly rose to the occasion - whether someone needed encouragement, information, reassurance, a good belly laugh, or a reminder to relax and go with the flow... And perhaps most memorable was the wonderful and vital incorporation of the porters and Nepali guides into our team as well - those interactions with locals helped us experience a better taste of the real Nepal, not just the tourist track.”
    Kathy Searl – California, United StatesDecember 2012
  • Great views, amazing people

    “There is no doubt that this trip boasted some of the most amazing views in the world. What might not be known about Nepal is just how kind the people are. This trip did an amazing job of giving everyone the chance to see the great views as well as spend time getting to know our porters and the many other friendly faces met along the trail and throughout the cities.”
    Matt Kelly – California, United StatesDecember 2011
  • Active's first Himalaya trek

    “This is my third trip with Active. The Machapuchare trek was the most awesome that I have been on. It was very special being Active's first Himalaya trip, and having Phil as our guide. I am now looking forward to my next Active Adventure.”
    Jerry MacNab – Wisconsin, United StatesDecember 2011

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