Annapurna Sanctuary

Annapurna Sanctuary view from Ghandruk
This article is an itinerary.

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek is in Nepal.

For information on preparing for this trek, including when to go, what to bring, what permits are required, and safety precautions including altitude sickness, and water contamination, see Trekking in Nepal.

Understand

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a trek in the Annapurna region which commonly starts or finishes in either Phedi or Nayapul and reaches the Annapurna Base Camp.

Get in

Take a bus to either Phedi or Nayapul. It takes 2 h to Nayapul by bus and costs NPR110-200. Note there are several bus stations in Pokhara. The bus to Nayapul is taken from the Baglung bus station north of Lakeside, about a 45-minute walk. (taxi ride from Lakeside to bus station NPR200).

Taxi on the route Pokhara-Nayapul costs NPR1500 1.5hrs (November 2010), however on the way back Nayapul-Pokhara it's possible to arrange it for as little as NPR300(September 2013). Taxi Pokhara-Phedi NPR700-1000 20mins (August 2013), Pokhara-Dhampus NPR2000 (August 2013).

It's also possible to catch a jeep from Kimche to Pokhara NPR700/per person but the connection is infrequent and probably it's better not to rely on this option.

Itinerary

Annapurna Sanctuary trek, view from Dhampus

There are a myriad of trails that traverse the Annapurna and lead to Chomrong from where there is only one path up to Annapurna Base Camp.

Nayapul is marked by a collection of road side shacks that function as bus/taxi stop backed by a slightly more substantial village that has a jeep track through the middle of it.

Start your trek by following the jeep track down until you spot a swingbridge to your left, there is a foot path leading to it and you cross the river here. Turn left as you come of the bridge and pick up the track along the Modi Khola for about half an hour before you come to the outskirts of Birethanti and an ACAP check point where you have to get your Conservation permit checked. You can now see another swingbridge that you have to cross. Directly opposite the swingbridge is the TIMS office where you can either buy TIMS certificate or just check it if you have it already.

Birethanti has a number of lodges although if you have just started your hike you may wish to walk on to Tikhedunga.

Keep the river to your left hand side as you follow the start of a jeep track, and the destruction of the trail, for an hour or so before it peters out at the small hamlet of Baajgara where there are two tea shops. The trail keeps following the river, make sure the river is always to your left, and eventually you arrive in Hile where there are four lodges. The lodge owners here like to make out you are already in Tikhedunga in order to catch some of their customers. In fact Tikhedunga and it's myriad of lodges is another fifteen minutes down the track.

Annapurna Sanctuary trek, new bridge

If you come from Poon Hill:

# Gurjung
# Rimrong (after Melache/Kimrong steep down on one side, and step up on other side of the river)
# Jhindu (very steep stairs up to Jhindu and Chomrong)

Timetables

Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp (via Phedi, Dhampus,Tolka)
From, altitude To, altitude Time (hrs) Comments
Pokhara, 860mHyangja, 1070m0.5
Hyangja, 1070mPhedi, 1130m0.5
Phedi, 1130mDhampus, 1650m1.5steep ascend, lots of steps
Dhampus, 1650mPothana, 1890m1.5easy walk
Pothana, 1890mBhichok, 2080m1
Bhichok, 2080mTolka, 1700m1forest walk leading down, can be a bit hard
Tolka, 1700mLandruk, 1640m1easy
Landruk, 1640mNew Bridge, 1340m1.5easy
New Bridge, 1340mJhindu, 1780m2starts quite serious ascend to Chomrong
Jhindu, 1780mChomrong, 2170m2lots of steps leading up
Chomrong, 2170mSinuwa, 2360m2.5
Sinuwa, 2360mKuldhigar, 2540m2
Kuldhigar, 2540mBamboo, 2310m1
Bamboo, 2310mDobhan, 2600m1
Dobhan, 2600mHimalaya, 2920m1.5
Himalaya, 2920mHinku Cave, 3170m1
Hinku Cave, 3170mDeurali, 3200m1
Deurali, 3200mBagar, 3300m1
Bagar, 3300mMBC, 3700m1.5
MBC, 3700mAnnapurna Base Camp, 4130m2
Annapurna Base Camp sign, on the way to Dhampus
Annapurna Base Camp to Pokhara (via Ghandruk, Birethanti, Nayapul)
From, altitude To, altitude Time (hrs) Comments
Annapurna Base Camp, 4130mDobhan, 2600m7.5
Dobhan, 2600mChomrong, 2170m6.5
Chomrong, 2170mKimrong, 1800m2Steep descend
Kimrong, 1800mGhandruk, 1940m2.5At first, steep ascend for 450m up then quite easy walk
Ghandruk, 1940mSyauli Bajar, 1220m1.5lots of steps down, but not too strenuous
Syauli Bajar, 1220mChimrong, 1130m0.5easy
Chimrong, 1130mBirethanti, 1120m1easy
Birethanti, 1120mNayapul, 1070m0.5easy
Kimrong to Ghandruk (via Ghorepani)
From, altitude To, altitude Time (hrs) Comments
Kimrong, 1800mKomrong, 2255m1
Komrong, 2255mTadapani, 2630m2
Tadapani, 2630mGhorepani, 2860m3
Ghorepani, 2860mDeurali Pass, 3090m1.5
Deurali Pass, 3090mBan Thanti, 3180m1.5
Ban Thanti, 3180mTadapani, 2630m1.5
Tadapani, 2630mGhandruk, 1940m2
Ghorepani to Poon Hill
From, altitude To, altitude Time (hrs) Comments
Ghorepani, 2860mPoon Hill, 3200m1.5
Poon Hill, 3200mGhorepani, 2860m1

Sleep

Sinuwa:

Bamboo:

Dovan:

Himalaya:

Deurali:

MBC:

ABC:

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