Annapurna Sanctuary

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  • No booking fees
  • COVID-19protected
  • Trekking
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • max group size 17
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
  • +7
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Annapurna Sanctuary trek Trek through stunning mountain scenery to reach the Sanctuary's natural amphitheatre
  • Pokhara Relax after the trek by the lakeside or visit the nearby Tibetan village and Buddhist Monastery
  • Kathmandu Spend time wandering through Durbar Square and exploring the capitals temples and stupas
Start and end in Kathmandu, the Annapurna Sanctuary trip is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 15 days. You will travel through Ghandruk, Jhinu Danda, Deurali and 6 other destinations in Nepal. Annapurna Sanctuary is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

An exciting 9-day trek to the vast natural amphitheatre of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Leaving the terraced fields and forests of the foothills behind, pass under the great bulk of the 'Fishtail' Mountain to Annapurna Base Camp to find yourself surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of some of the world's highest mountains. Teahouses - Enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow trekkers and Nepali hospitality in cosy mountain lodges Pokhara - Post trek relaxation by the lakeside or visit the nearby Tibetan village and Buddhist Monastery Kathmandu - Wander through Durbar Square and explore the capital's temples and stupas
5 - Excellent
Based on 294 reviews
  • Adam
  • On Dec 08 2019
5 - Excellent
Adam's review for another Explore tour
  • Gary
  • On Sep 03 2020
4 - Very Good
Gary's review for another Explore tour
“Very interesting and varied trip with quite a lot of air travel. It was a shame we were unable to do the El Tatio springs tour or the walk to the base of the Torres' peaks, due to adverse weather. I appreciate a lot the 'behind the scenes' work of our conscientious tour leader Alex especially accommodating plane seating requests and his concern and consideration regarding my medical issue.”
  • Sarah
  • On Aug 02 2020
5 - Excellent
Sarah's review for another Explore tour
“I would just like to say it was a wonderful holiday! It was brilliantly organised and most enjoyable.It was varied in what we did and what we saw.”
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  • Day 1 : Join trip Kathmandu
  • Day 2 : Trek briefing; walking tour of old Kathmandu
  • Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara; prepare for trek
  • Day 4 : Drive to Badaldanda; trek on stone steps to Ghandruk
  • Day 5 : Hike via Taulung to Chhomrong
  • Day 6 : Trek through rhododendron forest to Dovan
  • Day 7 : Trek past waterfalls and bamboo forest to Deurali
  • Day 8 : Trek to Machhapucchre Base Camp (3720m)
  • Day 9 : Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m); descend to Machhapucchre Base Camp
  • Day 10 : Descend to Bamboo
  • Day 11 : Trek to Jhinnu Danda via Chhomrong
  • Day 12 : Walk to Simai; drive to Pokhara
  • Day 13 : Free day in Pokhara to relax
  • Day 14 : Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 15 : Trip ends in Kathmandu
  • 14 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • Yellow Pagoda Hotel (3 nights)
  • Hotel Pokhara Batika (3 nights)
  • Ghandruk Tea House (1 night)
  • Chomrong Tea House (1 night)
  • Tip Top Lodge (1 night)
  • Deurali Tea House (1 night)
  • Machhapuchhre Tea House (2 nights)
  • Bamboo Lodge (1 night)
  • Jhinnu Danda Lodge (1 night)
  • Driver(s)
  • Bus
  • Explore Tour Leader
  • Local Guide(s)
  • Porter(s)
  • Any international flights to/from Kathmandu are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Annapurna Sanctuary tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Annapurna Sanctuary tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 11 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 11 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 59 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Annapurna Sanctuary tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Annapurna Sanctuary tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • The average size of this tour is just 12 people.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Various COVID-19 distancing measures have been implemented on this trip to ensure the safety of each traveller.
  • This tour has implemented COVID-19 protocols that are guided by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), UNWTO (World Tourism Organisation), the European Commission and local government regulations. It amongst others take into account personal protection, extensive disinfecting and social distancing measures.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How much money do I need to bring with me?

    Your personal budget obviously depends on your spending habits and what is included in your trip cost. If accommodation is included, but meals are not, we would suggest that you bring around 30 USD per day per person for meals. Having a hot shower or charging your device sometimes costs extra. There are also sometimes small crafts/souvenirs to buy along the trekking route which you may want to bring extra money for. Also, consider whether you would be staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after your trek.

  • How much should my backpack weigh?

    A properly packed backpack (not including your day pack) should ideally not weigh more than 13 kg. It is also important to note that if you are taking a flight to the start of your trek, many smaller aircraft have weight restrictions. For example, if you are flying from Kathmandu to Lukla, you are only allowed 10kg of checked luggage, and 5 kg of hand baggage. Thus, in case of a small flight, you should ideally pack a 10 kg backpack for checked luggage, and then add 5 kg in your hand baggage. You can then re-shuffel the weigt once you start your trek at the trailhead.  

  • Do I need a porter?

    The decision to hire a porter is up to you and usually based on your fitness level and/or budget. One porter can be shared between two people and can carry up to 25 kg. Many trekkers hire a porter to have a more comfortable trek.

  • Do I require a porter for carrying water?

    On most popular treks you can expect plenty of places where you can refill your water bottle, meaning you don’t need to carry a huge water supply with you. Bring an extra bottle of water if you are concerned. If you already have a porter, you can ask him/her to carry water as long as it is within the weight limit. Another option is to carry water purification tablets or LifeStraw, both of which can be found in Kathmandu.

  • When should I arrive in Kathmandu before the tour?

    We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the start day of the trek because the tour operators usually require one working day to arrange trekking permits. Arrive earlier if you want to explore Kathmandu on your own or acclimate to any time differences.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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