Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - ABC

One of the most spectacular short treks in the world, that will take you through subtropical forests to high swept alpine meadows. The sanctuary offers a panoramic 360 view of the Annapurna massif. The trek will take you through an amalgam of Nepali culture and diversity.

  • Courtesy - Jay San

The Annapurna region located in Central Nepal is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions for trekking in the country. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) working along with the National Trust for Nature Conservation has declared this region an area of conservation and sustainable development. Stretched over 2600 sq. km, the area is home to a variety of diverse ethnicity and culture: Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Manangis and Tibetans. The region is also host to a diverse environment: sub-tropical lowlands, stunning valleys, bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus, the world's deepest river gorge, and the towering Annapurna  and Dhaulagiri massif. Imposing peaks on this circuit are the Annapurnas, Fishtail and Dhaulagiri with a couple of them rising to above 8000mts.


  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation during trek.
  • Hot drinks (Tea and coffee) 3 times a day.
  • Guide and Helpers (porters) assistance, according to the group size.
  • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipments, all transport for guide, and porters.
  • All land transportation.
  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
  • Annapurna conservation Area  entry permit.
  • Sightseeing with guide, transport and monument entry fees.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag, duffel bag.
  • All government Taxes


  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, etc that is beyond our control. 
  • Tips for Guide and Porter (Tips are not compulsory but expected).
  • International airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Any other personal expenses

Drive to Nayapul which takes about an hour to two. This will be our starting point from Birethanti to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the beautiful village inhabited by mostly Gurung community. If we find some extra time during then we visit the Gurung museum today, else next day.

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  • lodge
  • car | trek

We start ascending for an hour up to Kimrungdanda passing the great view of Mount Annapurna south, Huinchuli, Machhapuchhere *(Fishtail), and Gangapurna. Our trail leads us to Kimrong Khola. After climbing Kimrong khola, we arrive at Chere Danda. We move bit further and we catch the easy walk path to Chhomrong. Walking for a while we arrive at Chhomrong. Chhomrong is the beautiful village which lies on the lap of Mount Annapurna.

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  • lodge
  • trek

We head forward leaving Chhomrong village behind. Walking on a stone steps for a while we cross the Chhomrong khola with the help of suspension bridge. We climb up hill to Sinuwa and passing a while through beautiful forest arrive Kuldihar. Afterward walk downhill for a while and gradual ascend until we reach Dovan. We keep it slow to ensure that we acclimatize well.

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  • lodge
  • trek

We walk through the bamboo forest for a while until forest opens up. During we enjoy the view of glacial river below. After climbing through the forest we will reach the Hinku Cave. Then the trail starts bit closer to the river until it gradually ascend until Deurali. After few hours with the view of waterfall next, we arrive Deurali. Overnight at Deurali.

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  • lodge
  • trek

We start our trek through the river bed then over steep trail over the mountain side. It takes few hours until we reachFishtail (Machhapuchre) Base camp. This camp view seems bit strenuous. We can see great view of the Mount Fishtail along with Mount Hiunchuli, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharyachuli and Gangapurna.

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  • lodge
  • hike

To enjoy the magnificent sunrise over the Sanctuary one has to go to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) which is only two hours away. Losing the greenery behind the path widens when we enter the Annapurna sanctuary. The spectacular views of 360-degree panorama of landscape with the mountains Fishtail, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other mountains in the forefront are so satisfying that one easily forgets the exhaustion. Spending few hours after good lunch, we retrace our trail back all the way to Dobhan The downhill trek can be difficult but the company of beautiful view will cheerfulness for us all.

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  • lodge
  • trek

This day we retrace our trail toward Bamboo. Trekking back wont be as easier as the ascent. It involves a lot of steep descend and so might tiring you out pretty quickly. Though journey is tiring there will still be surprising number of hills with magnificent view. Bamboo is much warmer than where you’ve just come from and is very pleasant.

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  • lodge
  • trek

We trek uphill to Kulldighar and again downhill walk to Chhomrong Khola. After arriving at we climb in stone steps to Chhomrong. Following the trail for a while we arrive at Jhinu Danda. We stay here for a night and we enjoy the springs for our tired muscles. The spring is 20 minutes away from the Jhinu Danda.

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  • lodge
  • trek

We begin our trek with the mesmerising view of landscape of western Nepal on our arrive to Tolkha for our last night on the trek. We viewed forests, villages and streams on the way. Once we reach our destination you will be blasted with an amazing view of sunset over Mt Annapurna south, Hiunchuli and Mt Machhapuchre.

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  • lodge
  • trek

Today is the end of our journey to country of Himalayas Nepal. We will trek to Kande via Pothana and Australian Camp and catch a car and drive back to Pokhara. You will be able to view people gliding over the Sarangkot Hill on our way back to hotel. After arriving at Pokhara we will be escorted to hotel. We have leisure time to go for shopping or visit the lake side for best time.

  • B | L

  • Self
  • car | trek
Day Location Activity Transport Hotel Meals
1 Ghandruk Drive to Nayapul & Trek to Ghandruk car | trek lodge L | D
2 Chhomrung Trek | Chhomrung trek lodge B | L | D
3 Doban Trek to Doban trek lodge B | L | D
4 Deurali Trek to Deurali trek lodge B | L | D
5 Machhapuchhre Base Camp Trek to MBC hike lodge B | L | D
6 Machhapuchhre Base Camp Hike to ABC and back to MBC trek lodge B | L | D
7 Bamboo Trek to Bamboo trek lodge B | L | D
8 Jhinu Dhada Trek to Jhinu trek lodge B | L | D
9 Tolkha Trek to Tolkha trek lodge B | L | D
10 Pokhara Trek to Kande | Drive to Pokhara car | trek Self B | L
Brief Itinerary Detailed Itinerary
  • "Trail to Ghandruk with Mt. Machhapuchhere on background"

  • Tolkha

  • "View of Annapurna South and & Himchuli from Chhomrung Village"

GEAR LIST | What to bring on this Trek?

Think only safety. Safety from the rain, the cold, the heat and the altitude. So simply put the bare essentials would be

  • RAIN - a rain jacket and if required during monsoon, rainproof pants
  • COLD - layers of clothings - thermals, tee shirt, fleece, windstoppers and down. Sleeping bag and liner for the night
  • HEAT - Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
  • ALTITUDE - Water bottle, snacks and a great Attitude! The rest is all about building an itinerary thats going up slow!

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