Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a breathtaking adventure that includes a comfortable stroll through the magnificent high mountains that are scattered throughout Nepal’s diverse scenery and culture. This two-week hike will take you to Mt. Annapurna’s base camp, which is located at an elevation of 8,091 meters. Outsiders did not gain access to the Sanctuary until 1956.
The Annapurna region of Nepal is an alluring draw for trekkers and climbers alike, thanks to its massive granite peaks. In Nepal’s trekking portfolio, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is the best-kept secret. The trekking route is surrounded by a ring of mountains that run the length of the Annapurna range, with most of them rising beyond 7000 meters.
The Annapurna Sanctuaryjourney is a fourteen-day trek designed for hikers who desire to spend time in the mountains at the base of the world-famous Annapurna Mountain. The trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary starts with a magnificent ascent past terraced farms, thick oak and rhododendron forests. The journey continues through the Madi Khola Valley, which is surrounded by stunning towering peaks and glistening waterfalls.
With its blend of Gurung communities snuggled among the stunning snow-capped Himalayan peaks such as Hiumchuli, Annapurna south, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhare, it is one of the most beautiful treks in the Himalayas. You’ll also get a taste of Nepal’s various yet equally hospitable people and cultures. If you are short on time, the trek can be completed in nine days with an alternative shorter path.
One of the most exciting times for trekkers to visit the Annapurna region is during the spring season (March-May). The Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking in the Annapurnas mountain range has a moderate difficulty rating and is ideal for someone of medium fitness. Acute Mountain Sickness is uncommon since the altitude gain in the Annapurna Sanctuary trekking is gradual.
Best Season for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Spring (March-May) is one of the greatest times to explore Annapurna Sanctuary for trekkers. During this season, the skies are clearer, and the overall mountainous views are more prominent. Trekkers may be subjected to the occasional shower of rain during the autumn months (September to November), but the area will be less busy, making it one of the favorite periods to hike the Annapurna Sanctuary.
In the Annapurna region, the summer months (June to August) are the warmest. Rain falls virtually every day during the monsoon season, making the climb up the Annapurna Sanctuary muddy and treacherous. Due to low visibility caused by frequent rains, the summer season is unsuitable for hiking. As the environment cools and there is a lot of snow, harsh winter is not recommended. To capture Annapurna’s magnificent beauty during the winter, winter gear is required to face the harshest of the cold weather conditions. In some instances, the weather in the Highlands can be unpredictable, and there may be frequent weather changes.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Difficulty
It’s a modest hike that anyone in good shape can complete. The trekking involves a lot of difficult terrains, thus the trip to Annapurna requires no prior hiking experience. The trial, on the other hand, involves 6-7 hours on rough terrain, so you should be in good form beforehand. The difficulty of the hike is influenced by its height, topography, and weather conditions.
Even though this is a mild trip, some physical preparation is beneficial. For a smooth journey, it is recommended that you do some pre-physical training before you arrive. Travelers can strengthen their bodies by engaging in cardiovascular activity to increase stamina and endurance, making the journey go more smoothly.
Although the risk of altitude sickness has decreased, maintaining good health is still necessary to avoid Mountain Sickness. In the event of any altitude-related or mountain-related diseases, oxygen cylinders are available. Always stay on your trekking path to avoid getting lost. It is possible to trek alone, but due to the high altitude and potential for unforeseen accidents, hiking alone to the Annapurna Sanctuary is not recommended.
Accommodation and meals during Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
On the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, sharing a room or staying in a hostel is common. When it comes to providing you with a comfortable stay in a traditional local atmosphere, lodges are at their best. The most popular lodging option for hikers in the Annapurna region is a teahouse. The Annapurna Sanctuary Route’s hotels and tea houses are well-equipped to meet even the most basic needs. There are two single beds in each room.
Electricity, solar hot showers, phone service, recharging, Wi-Fi, washing, and other necessities are all provided. Some hotels and resorts offer opulent amenities for a comfortable stay, especially after a long day of trekking. As you travel higher, the lodgings get more primitive.
You can choose from a wide range of cuisines and most resorts serve exquisite meals. There are regional delicacies on the menu, as well as a variety of other options. Because of environmental concerns, we strongly oppose the use of plastic mineral water bottles. On your journey, it is recommended that you bring at least two metal bottles. If you run out of water along the path, the tea houses will always give you well-boiled water for a modest price.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Cost
The cost of Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is determined by the type of accommodation, lodging, and other necessities required. The budget and the number of people in the group also have an impact on the cost of the trip.
You will gain the following benefits if you purchase the Annapurna Sanctuary trek package:
- Airport arrival and departure
- Standard lodges accommodation throughout the trip
- Private transportation to and from the hike’s start and finish places
- Full board meals during the trek.
- oxygen cylinder in case of AMS
- Professional local trekking guide who will assist you.
- Trek porter with proper insurance and gear.
- Trekking permit and Annapurna conservation entry fees.
Because the Annapurna Sanctuary is now part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which limits the number of visitors, a permit is required before the trip.
The Trek can be tailored to match your schedule and level of fitness. Moreover, the entire Annapurna Sanctuary journey can also be cut down by four days. Hiking in a remote location at a high altitude carries a lot of risks that demand purchasing insurance.
How long is the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?
The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a trekking adventure only of 10 days in total. However, if you wish you can shorten or lengthen the trekking journey as well. We are open to customizing our itinerary as per the client’s request.
Thus, if you wish to finish the trek soon then we can complete two stops in one day instead of just one and shorten the trekking period. Likewise, if you wish to spend an additional day at ABC itself, Chhomrong village or Jhinu Danda then we can make that happen as well. This way we can add one or two days in the overall trekking itinerary so that you can admire the natural beauty and local culture wholeheartedly.
What to pack for Annapurna Sanctuary Trek?
- Windproof Hiking essentials (Pants, Jackets)
- Sturdy waterproof boots
- Mosquito repellent cream
- Sun protection – sunglasses, sunhat
- An insulation layer: For extra warmth
- Gloves: To prevent freezing hands
- Torch or headlamps
- Reusable water bottles
- Rucksack and duffel bag
- Basic first aid kit in case of emergency
- Sleeping bag for camping
- Rehydration salts/electrolytes: Dehydration at high altitude is likely.
- Trek route map
- Snacks: The price increases at a high altitude so carry your hiking snacks.
- Quick-drying towel
- Hiking poles: To climb through the rough path
- Water purification tablets