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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

AST

4.60 out of 5 (from 229 reviews)

  • 14 Days - US$3999

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

What's included on our AST trip?

  • All guiding services
    - Two experienced guides per trip. One of our local Nepalese guides and an experienced Kiwi trip leader, as well as a team of local porters.
  • All accommodations
    - Local tea houses chosen for their comfort, cleanliness and charm.
  • All meals
    - Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rest assured you'll be well fed and well hydrated.
  • All activities
    - Trekking, trekking permits, Nepalese government royalty fees, temple visits (Swayambhunath), local markets and maybe even cricket with the locals! 
  • All domestic transport
    - Airport transfers.
    - Domestic flights to and from Pokhara.
  • Hiking poles
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Daily itinerary

Day 1—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)

Day 2—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)

Day 3—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)
Elevation: Kyumi - 1200 metres (3937 feet)

Day 4—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)

Day 5—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)
Elevation: Dobhan - 2600 metres (8530 feet)

Day 6—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)
Elevation: Deurali - 3200 metres (10,500 feet)

Day 7—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)
Elevation: Machapuchare Base Camp - 3700 metres (12,140 feet)

Day 8—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
Elevation: Dobhan - 2600 metres (8530 feet)

Day 9—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)
Elevation: Jhinudanda - 1780 metres (5840 feet)

Day 10—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)
Elevation: Tolka - 1700 metres (5580 feet)

Day 11—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)
Elevation: Pokhara - 830 metres (2720 feet)

Day 12—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)

Day 13—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)

Day 14—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

Day 1 — 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)

Day 2 — 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)

Day 3 — 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)
Elevation: Kyumi - 1200 metres (3937 feet)

Day 4 — 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)

Day 5 — 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)
Elevation: Dobhan - 2600 metres (8530 feet)

Day 6 — 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)
Elevation: Deurali - 3200 metres (10,500 feet)

Day 7 — 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)
Elevation: Machapuchare Base Camp - 3700 metres (12,140 feet)

Day 8 — 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
Elevation: Dobhan - 2600 metres (8530 feet)

Day 9 — 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)
Elevation: Jhinudanda - 1780 metres (5840 feet)

Day 10 — 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)
Elevation: Tolka - 1700 metres (5580 feet)

Day 11 — 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)
Elevation: Pokhara - 830 metres (2720 feet)

Day 12 — 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)

Day 13 — 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)

Day 14 — 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)

Dates

Trip Date Price Status  
Sep 10, 2018 – Sep 23, 2018 US$3999 Almost full Check Availability
Oct 01, 2018 – Oct 14, 2018 US$3999 Full Check Availability
Oct 15, 2018 – Oct 28, 2018 US$3999 Almost Full - Check Now! Check Availability
Nov 05, 2018 – Nov 18, 2018 US$3999 Almost full Check Availability
Nov 19, 2018 – Dec 02, 2018 US$3999 Great Check Availability
2019
Feb 11, 2019 – Feb 24, 2019 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Feb 25, 2019 – Mar 10, 2019 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Mar 12, 2019 – Mar 25, 2019 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
Apr 01, 2019 – Apr 14, 2019 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Apr 22, 2019 – May 05, 2019 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
May 20, 2019 – Jun 02, 2019 US$3999 Filling up Check Availability
Sep 09, 2019 – Sep 22, 2019 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Sep 30, 2019 – Oct 13, 2019 US$3999 Almost full Check Availability
Oct 14, 2019 – Oct 27, 2019 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Nov 04, 2019 – Nov 17, 2019 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Nov 18, 2019 – Dec 01, 2019 US$3999 Great Check Availability
2020
Feb 10, 2020 – Feb 23, 2020 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Feb 24, 2020 – Mar 08, 2020 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Mar 09, 2020 – Mar 22, 2020 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Mar 30, 2020 – Apr 12, 2020 US$3999 Great Check Availability
Apr 20, 2020 – May 03, 2020 US$3999 Great Check Availability

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.

Reviews

  • Memorable Trek with Great Guides and Porters to Great Places

    “Driving miles up a dry river bed from Pokhara to the trail head, seeing remarkable agricultural terraces carved out of steep hill sides, hiking through bamboo and cloud forests along and across river valleys and scenic canyons, and then sunrise over the predawn Annapurna massif at base camp. What an adventure. And all those inexorable stone steps stretching for what seemed all the way. Memorable!”
    Craig MacDonald – Massachusetts, United StatesJune 2018
  • Travelling Alone

    “I've done two trips with Active in the last 3 years. I have met some fantastic people, some of whom will be friends for life!”
    Dave Bacon – Alberta, CanadaMay 2018
  • A Wonderful Experience!

    “The Active Adventures Himalayas trek to Annapurna Base Camp was a truly fantastic experience. Our guides Melissa & Arjun and our porters Kedar & Sudharsun are all great people! The ascent to ABC at 4am to be present for sunrise is a memory I will always treasure. I'm very thankful and grateful for this experience. Thank you to everyone at Active Adventures!”
    Ticia Downie – Alberta, CanadaMay 2018
  • Awesome Nepal!

    “What an amazing trip! Just the accomplishment of trekking all the way to Annapurna Base Camp is amazing, but the view when you get there puts it over the top!”
    Jolene Bergeson – Alberta, CanadaDecember 2017
  • A life adventure!!

    “What an amazing once-in-a lifetime adventure I took with Active Adventures!!”
    Robb Muse – Pennsylvania, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Met awesome people & learned a lot about myself

    “Great trip! Learned a lot about myself & others. Our guides, people in our group & the Nepali people all taught me something. I will take away confidence, humility, pride & santi...santi is Nepali & means calm yourself, calm your soul...I now have new friends & found I CAN dance! Some days were harder than others but every day was new, an adventure! Achieving ABC was worth the harder days. Anything worthwhile takes a little hard work. The scenery, so beautiful!!! The porter, the boys, deserve SO much credit! Without them, the trip wouldn’t be possible! They are superheros! It’s not required to tip. You don’t have to. However, please understand how much the porters do. We trek to ABC with only our day packs. The boys do same trek but do so carrying everyone's stuff, for the entire trip! They do so as a way to support their families & the trek just wouldn’t be possible without them. They do this without complaint. They smile, support & encourage everyone along the way. They are amazing! Kim & Shree are great guides & work so well together! They are very knowledgeable.”
    Caden Perry – Oregon, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Learned a lot

    “Kim & Shree were amazing! Both took care of me when I was having a hard time. Not with the difficulty of trek but just realizing I needed a change in my life. They took time out to talk to me & listen. Kim & Shree make an excellent team & are very knowledgeable about Nepal. I felt comfortable with their skills. ABC was a great adventure! I proved I could accomplish something not everyone gets the opportunity to achieve. The ABC trek has lush jungles & the majestic Himalayas, how can you go wrong! Loved dancing w/guides & our porters! Loved meeting them & learning about their culture.”
    Tyller Perry – Oregon, United StatesDecember 2017
  • Worth it 100%

    “Honestly, this was probably the hardest thing I have ever done....but I don't regret going and experiencing everything that came our way. My guides were really great. They really cared for each person on the trip and checked in regularly with those who were having any sort of difficulty along the trek. The porters were also really awesome, they put in so much work for us and were always happy it seemed, we all really appreciated them! The trekking was hard....but we each made it to the next tea house each day. So it's all about perseverance over there.
    Some trials:
    *Several people including myself had travel belly. The guides always provided soap for hand washing and water tablets for our drinking water, but some of us still got hit. But the guides helped us right away and always checked in.
    *Weather. It was quite rainy for a good portion of the trip. It brought out the leaches...though they don't hurt and are easy to remove. It is kind of gross.
    *So many stairs!!! So much up and down. So it was rough sometimes. But now I love the stairmaster at the gym. Funny huh?
    In conclusion, you should go :)”
    Alina Ingelsman – British Columbia, CanadaFebruary 2017
  • ABC

    “ABC hike was a once in a life time experience! The views were breathtaking and only got better each day we hiked. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys hiking. ”
    Laura Wermager – Minnesota, United StatesDecember 2016
  • 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
  • Trekking in the Annapurna Sanctuary

    “Beautiful scenery, great itinerary, great guides = awesome trip!”
    Stephen Shird – 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Why travel with Active Adventures?

Legendary Kiwi Hospitality

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

Everything is Included

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

Diverse Experiences

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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