Guidebook

Amongst the Himalayan Giants in the Annapurna Sanctuary

One of the World's most famous mountain journeys into the hallowed cirque beneath the Annapurna peaks.

Description

The Everest region is invariably most people's first destination in the Himalayas but the Annapurnas are usually the second area that trekkers explore, and for good reason. The peaks are huge and dramatic, every village has a series of comfortable (albeit basic) lodges and there are some fascinating cultures to explore.

This trip, into the Annapurna Sanctuary, is around 10 days long and takes you from lush, warm forests into the throne of the gods - the high peaks of the Nepalese Himalayas. On the expedition you will see several legendary peaks, from Machhapuchchhre (the "Fish Tail" mountain) to Annapurna 1 itself, and it's famous south face.

The expedition is usually done by staying in lodges so generally you can hike with a light bag and enjoy the experience of trekking through one of Earth's finest mountain ranges.

Annapurna Sanctuary Day 7 - Machhapuchchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp
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Annapurna Sanctuary Day 7 - Machhapuchchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp

1 - 2 hrs
3.0 km
444 m
2 m
A short day taking you to one of the finest mountain sanctuaries in the World
Moderate
Private
Annapurna Sanctuary Day 6 - Himalaya to Machhapuchchhre Base Camp
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Annapurna Sanctuary Day 6 - Himalaya to Machhapuchchhre Base Camp

1 day +
5.8 km
1,341 m
506 m
A brilliant day which marks a shift in gear from low altitude strolling to high mountain trekking.
Difficult
Private
Annapurna Sanctuary Day 5 - Chhomrong to Himalaya
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Annapurna Sanctuary Day 5 - Chhomrong to Himalaya

4 - 5 hrs
12.5 km
1,300 m
686 m
The day where you move from low altitude forests to beautiful high mountains
Moderate
Private
Annapurna Sanctuary Day 4 - Tadapani to Chhomrong
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Annapurna Sanctuary Day 4 - Tadapani to Chhomrong

2 - 3 hrs
8.7 km
534 m
1,001 m
The beginning of the Annapurna Sanctuary hike proper and a chance to enjoy the bustling village of Chhomrong.
Moderate
Private
Annapurna Sanctuary Day 3 - Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Tadapani
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Annapurna Sanctuary Day 3 - Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Tadapani

3 - 4 hrs
11.0 km
854 m
1,040 m
An early start pays off with some of the best mountain views in the World.
Moderate
Private
Annapurna Sanctuary Day 2 - Hile to Ghorepani
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Annapurna Sanctuary Day 2 - Hile to Ghorepani

3 - 4 hrs
10.3 km
1,501 m
109 m
A tougher day but with the reward of increasingly impressive high mountain views.
Moderate
Private
Annapurna Sanctuary Day 1 - Nayapul to Hile
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Annapurna Sanctuary Day 1 - Nayapul to Hile

2 - 3 hrs
8.7 km
611 m
149 m
A straightforward start to a fabulous mountain journey
Moderate
Private
Chhomrong to Syauli Bhatti
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Chhomrong to Syauli Bhatti

4 - 5 hrs
13.6 km
496 m
1,562 m
A final day of trekking through peaceful forests leads to the road, and civilisation.
Moderate
Private