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Annapurna Sanctuary Day 1 - Nayapul to Hile

A straightforward start to a fabulous mountain journey

Hiking Moderate

8.7 km
611 m
149 m
2-3 hrs
Low Point
1 km
High Point
1.5 km
Annapurna Sanctuary Day 1 - Nayapul to Hile Map

The trip into the Annapurna Sanctuary is one of the classic Himalayan journeys and it features some famously tough sections of stone steps. There are short sections of these on the first day, but nothing like the number you will encounter later on. Enjoy an easy start to the expedition and the opportunity to spend some time in lower altitude jungle before heading up into the high mountains.


Nayapul, the start point for the hike is reached in a 1.5 hour drive from Pokhara (which is a great little town and well worth spending a few days in). From Nayapul (or nearby Dhampus) it’s possible to go directly towards the Sanctuary but virtually everyone takes a slightly circuitous route to the start of the Sanctuary hike so that they can visit the famous sunrise viewpoint at Poon Hill. This detour is highly recommended and is included in our description of the Sanctuary hike.

Start today by hiking easily alongside the Mhodi Khola river and then into the valley to the north-west which contains the Burundi Khola river. There is some ascent on the hike but it is minimal and feels easy enough at this altitude. There are also some of the famous Annapurna steps but not many.

Set up camp or check into a lodge in Hile village. On the trip to Annapurna Sanctuary there are lodges in every village, so the choice between camping (and probably using porters to help carry your kit) and staying in lodges is yours.



Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

in March, April, May, October, November and December


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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