Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek


The Annapurna Sanctuary trek, also known as Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is one of the shortest major treks in Nepal and leads into a close encounter with the mighty South Face of Annapurna. The trek initially passes through the lowland bamboo forests and rhododendrons before making its way up through the Modi Khola Gorge into the mountain amphitheatre that is the Annapurna Sanctuary. This high glacial cwm is a wild Himalayan environment ringed by ten of the most impressive peaks in Nepal, including Annapurna I, Annapurna II, and Machapuchhre. This trek is suitable for all trekkers regardless of experience as it is a relatively low level trek.


Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport 1,400m

Day 02: A half day sightseeing followed after lunch by a briefing session

Day 03: Drive/fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 04: Drive to Naya Pul and then trek to Ulleri 1,960m 1.30min 4+ hours trekking

Day 05: Trek to Ghorepani 2,860m 6 to 7 hours

Day 06: Poon Hill 3,210m and then trek to Tadapani 2,630m 6+ hours

Day 07: Trek to Sinuwa 2,360m 6 - 7 hours

Day 08: Trek to Deurali 3,230m 7 hours

Day 09: Annapurna Base Camp 4,130m 5 + hours

Day 10: Sunrise on the South Face of Annapurna and return to Bamboo

Day 11: Trek to Jhinu Danda 1,780m 4 hours

Day 12: Trek to Naya Pul 1,070m 4 hours

Day 13: Onward Journey

Day 14: International Departure!

Kathmandu /Pokhara - 3 nights based on twin sharing B & B basis. Sightseeing trip in Kathmandu and Pokhara – in Kathmandu as an organized trip, as a group 100-140 US $ depending as to whether a micro bus or private car is required, to include entrance fees. (Optional)


In principle the costs stated above will cover the following options


  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • The appropriate number of nights’ accommodation in 4-star hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara or in other locations as identified in the itinerary, nights in guest house in Nepalgunj/Jupal and tented accommodation in mountain
  • All domestic flights as identified either in the itinerary or as discussed with clients
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals and boiled water in mountain
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary program by private vehicles
  • All necessary qualified English speaking guide and climbing leader other staff to include cook, assistant trekking leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers (1 trekker: 2 helpers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary qualified English speaking guide and climbing leader other staff to include cook, assistant trekking leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter), other helpers (1 trekker: 2 helpers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Off the Wall Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map
  • Camping equipment North Face Client tents, kitchen, dining, toilet tents, mattresses, and kitchen equipments
  • Travel and rescue arrangements (client insurance is not included)
  • Exclusive Medical Kit Bag
  • All government and local taxes


  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges (if you have more than 20 kg luggage, cargo charge is around $1.5 per kg)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary (or in other appropriate destinations due to weather caused delays)
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or oxygen where appropriate
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from the trek than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled water, shower, heater, etc.)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Tips for guides and porters


Accommodation is included in the trip cost in good best value hotels where appropriate. Tented accommodation will include a foam mattress and dining equipment, just bring your own personal gear. We aim to provide a good standard of comfort based on the conditions enforced on the trek in terms of the weather and local conditions. All hotel and camping accommodation is on twin sharing basis, however, we can provide you single supplement or if there is different sex pairing we will provide this without extra charge. Single supplement is 350 US$.


You will be provided with freshly cooked hygienic and nutritious meals on a full board basis while on trek this will consist of typical Nepali food, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of continental cuisine. If you have a vegetarian request please indicate that when booking your trek.

I visited Nepal as a solo trekker and enlisted the expertise of Ian and Sarita to help me plan my trip.  Ian gave me lots of practical advice regarding the different treks that I wanted to do and helped me to decide on the perfect itinerary.  Ian and Sarita's assistance was invaluable - they organised everything from my airport transfer and guesthouse in Kathmandu when I first arrived to my guide and porter on the trek, my flights, insurance, permits, the lot.  Sarita's help in getting my trekking permits was particularly useful as it meant I didn't have to travel all the way across town to the permit office and queue for hours! Ian and Sarita continued to look after me throughout my trip and it was great to have someone always looking out for me.  It ended up being the trip of a lifetime and I could not have done it without them.


Ian and Sarita's help and knowledge was invaluable, they really smoothed the way, and Ian was fantastic company and a great guide on my first trip to Nepal and trek through the simply beautiful Helambu region. Unforgettable!


While leading an expedition on Kyajo Ri, Nepal in 2011 it was good to know that Ian and Sarita were backing us up in Kathmandu when things got difficult due to bad weather.


Ian and Sarita provided full logistical support for our exploratory expedition to Jobo Rinjang in 2011, everything ran really smoothly and the clients who accompanied our team to base camp with Sarita had a brilliant time. The experience and support Ian and Sarita provide always exceeded my expectations. Their flexibility and organisational skills overcome even the most complex of problems which allowed my team and clients to get the best experience out of their expedition and trek.


In 2010 I planned a trip to Nepal and through mutual friends I met Ian and Sarita. I was going over to run the Everest Ultra Marathon but found out 2 days before I left home that the race had been canceled. I decided to continue with my visit as Ian and Sarita had planned a 24 day trek in the Everest region for our group. Once in Nepal Ian and Sarita met with us in person, they explained how everything would work and what to expect and they introduced us to our guide and porter. Ian also went over all the safety stuff and what gear to take. The airline lost my luggage so Sarita took me to a local place to buy all new gear including running shoes; she brokered a deal and set me up. It was incredible how far they went to help us out and make us happy. Once we were on the Everest Trek and we did every- thing one could do in the Everest region... three passes, Kala Pattar, Everest base camp, Gokyo Ri, it was amazing. We met other organized trekking groups, but we had way more fun and did way more stuff. Ian...


I have known Ian as a friend for many years and now that he lives in Nepal I have found him to be a really good source for peak information. This helps inspire me to do more interesting routes, usually solo, but knowing both Ian and Sarita are there with all their skills, connections and ability to deal with logistics is very reassuring. Ian has an excellent knowledge, and an eye for the mountains that few other agents have; he actually goes into the hills!Ian and Sarita are good friends and always provide a welcoming haven after what is often a long and arduous trip in Nepal.


Ian and Sarita arrange a trek in the Helambu area of Nepal for us in 2009, we had a great time on trek and were particularly well looked after by their guide Pemba.