Annapurna Sanctuary trek

Starting From $.00 per person

Start trek from Pokhara through charming terraced villages, we finally pass between the peaks of Machhapuchare and Hiunchuli, which protect the entrance to the Annapurna Base Camp. Annapurna Sanctuary is a vast ice-clad valley of some of the highest mountains in the world, including the overwhelming Annapurna South. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a perfect introduction to Himalayan trekking.

This outstanding glacial valley is called a ‘Sanctuary’ not because of acts that protect wildlife within its boundaries, but because of its natural tranquility, beauty and the heavenly presence of the goddesses, Annapurna and Gangapurna, both important figures in Hindu myth and folklore.

Most of the villages in this area are to the Gurung people, a very well-off group living mostly in the foothills surrounding Pokhara. These people depend largely on agriculture and sheep herding for their survival, although large numbers of the men have served as Gurkha soldiers in the British and Indian Army. The Gurung men are easily distinguishable by a white piece of material wrapped as a short skirt and a triangular shawl, which loops over both arms.

The trek back to Pokhara is by a different route and includes a early morning hike up Poon Hill for sunrise over the Himalaya. This is one of the best first treks to do in the Himalaya, as the trail gets outstandingly close to the mountains but does not go dramatically high.

  • Day 01 Fly to Pokhara. Drive to Phedi (914m). Trek to Pothana. (6,000ft/1,829m). 4 to 5 hrs.
  • Day 02 Trek tO Jhinu Danda. (1,780m) 6 ½ hrs.
  • Day 03 Trek to Sinuwa (2,340m). 4 to 5 hrs
  • Day 04 Trek to Deurali via Bamboo. (3,200m). 7 hrs.
  • Day 05 Trek to Macchapuchare Base Camp. (3,658m). 3 to 4 hrs.
  • Day 06 Trek to Annapurna base camp. (4,130m). 3 to 4 hrs.
  • Day 07 Trek to Dovan. (2630m). 6 to 7 hrs.
  • Day 08 Trek to Chhumrong. (2170m) 6 to 7 hrs.
  • Day 09 Trek to Tandapani. (2600m) 5 to 6 hrs
  • Day 10 Trek to Gorepani. (2750m). 6 hrs.
  • Day 11 Hike Poon Hill (3210m), Trek to Tirke Dunga/ Hille (1050m) (5-6 hrs walk from Ghorepani to Hille).
  • Day 12 Trek to Nayapul about 3 hour, Drive to Pokhara about 1 hour.


  • All airport transfers
  • 3 star Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Guided City tour in Kathmandu covering 4 UNESCO heritage sites
  • All necessary paper work and permits(Annapurna Conservation permit,TIMS)
  • Private transport Kathmandu to Besi Shahar and sharing Jeep to Jagat
  • Full meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on your choice
  • Supplementary snacks: energy bar and cookies
  • Seasonal fresh fruits deserts every day
  • Unlimited Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water
  • All mountain accommodation(Soft comfortable private twin sharing room)
  • Two star Hotel in Pokhara for 2 nights with breakfast
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide & porter salary, insurance, equipment, transport and lodging
  • Sharing jeep transport Mukitnath to Tatopani
  • Private transport Phedi (trail head) to Pokhara
  • Pokhara/Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • A comprehensive First Aid kit
  • All government and local taxes
  • Trekking equipment: down filled sleeping bag, walking poles and duffel bag


  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Hot and bottle drinks
  • City monument fees in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • City tour guide
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Travel insurance and medical evacuation
  • Tipping

Our Travel Team

For a standard travel, we always make sure that there is one guide who is well experienced and speaks multi- language, one assistant guide to assist the head guide and porters for luggage carrying (if necessary). We will travel accordingly even if any member on travel cannot continue and the guide will make sure the member(s) reach Kathmandu safely. We can run activities for group of any size. But generally it will be better to have ten to twelve people, as we have found this to be the best size for a successful trip. However, if you would like to make a group booking for more than ten people together, we are here for you.

Please Consider

Your safety is of utmost priority while you are traveling with our team. Please consider that the head guide has total supreme authority to postpone or even halt and cancel any part of the above mentioned itinerary if it is essential for safety concerns according to the guide. We work hard to keep up with the above itinerary but there might be some alternation due to factors beyond our control, such as adverse weather conditions, natural disasters, personal concern, difficulty with transportation and sickness of any member can lead to enforced modification and cancellation. So, it is not possible to guarantee as per the itinerary, we can guarantee that trip guide will manage it to minimize your inconvenience.


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#In December 2011, my husband and I did a 3 trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal followed by 3 days at Chitwan National Park with Happy Holidays (Kuman Gurung).  We’re in our mid-sixties and began to question our decision when various friends and family members said that it’d be way too cold and difficult at that time of the year.  Actually November and December are excellent months to trek in Nepal as it is normally dry and sunny.  Kuman is an excellent choice as he did all the planning, gaining of licenses, arranging for lodging and planning of the length of our trekking days.  We liked that he not only planned, but accompanied our group of 6, along with two other wonderful assistants (porter and guide).  One needs to understand that Nepal is a third world country, and electricity and warm water become an issue all over the country.  Our days were very warm---how I wished I’d brought a short sleeved shirt---and the nights are cold.  We hadn’t anticipated that we’d spend much of our time climbing up or down----but Nepal translates to the Himalayas so that’s what you do. (much is rock steps which can be difficult for some)  The vistas make stopping often to rest a treasure,----it is beautiful---so beautiful.  You are remote and everything is packed into the area---your meals come mainly from the gardens and are delicious!  Kuman is willing to tailor the trip’s destination and length to your ability and time frame.  He provides one with a most memorable experience, and you come away with a true appreciation of the country and people.  He also arranged our stays in Katmandu and 3 days in the Chitwan National Park.  You begin and end your trek in Pokhara and we recommend the Temple Tree Resort and the Moon Dance restaurant as a great way to end your trek.  Thank you Kuman for making our adventure in Nepal so perfect!

Charlie and Patty SeeUSA

#Namaste to Kuman and Lokenra, I write as the expedition leader of a team of 6 (3 Canadians and 3 Americans) who recently traveled for 1 month in Nepal and Bhutan using the guiding and coordinating services of Happy Holidays Treks and Expeditions, in particular Kuman and Lokendra.  This was the second expedition which these gentlemen looked after us, the first being in 2010, another month long expedition which featured trekking through the Everest region, a jungle adventure in Chitwan and an extended whitewater rafting trip on the reverred Sun Kosiriver. Our October- November2013 trip featured trekking the Annapurna region, trekking for a week in Bhutan and whitewater rafting 2 rivers - the Kali Gandaki and the BhotoKosi rivers. Needless to say, the care and expert attention provided by Kuman and Lokendra was exceptional.  Every aspect of our trip was handled flawlessly and with good humor and insight of the Nepalese culture and traditions.  Over the last 15 years, I have lead many trekking and rafting expeditions around the world and without any qualification I give the highest marks to both Kuman and Lokendra. Not only did we get full value for our money, but it was done with genuine TLC by both these wonderful gentlemen.  Even when things went off track ( which in the 3rd world - in truly remote environments -  can happen in technicolor - in this case a National Strike of workers) alternate arrangements were undertaken with ease and care - maintaining our schedule and achieving our expedition objectives. I obviously think highly of Kuman and Lokendra and strongly recommend Happy Holidays as 'the go to' trekking/expedition/rafting company in Nepal. In this regard, if you require further amplification of my comments I would be pleased to endorse this recommendation via email or telephone. Clearly, if Nepal offers a Tourism Award for best guides/guiding companies,  Happy Holidays would be a first prize winner!

Temple W. HarrisToronto, Canada

#Dear Kuman, Happy New Year and Namaste.  It has been more than a month since the Team Tim returned home from the experience of a lifetime—organized by you and your company.  It was such an amazing trip with so many different aspects to it.   We started our adventure in Nepal where you and I first met, then quickly off to Bhutan, and eventually back to Nepal and home.  The trip you organized for us contained so many different elements--- hiking, rafting and learning about the cultural aspects of the two countries.  It was an organizational nightmare, but everything ran so smoothly under your direction.  Tim, Viv and I commented about how smooth the transition was between each activity and country.  It really was one of our best adventures. I was so impressed with the way in which the guides took such very good care of us. They were all so happy to teach us about Buddhism, their country and their politics.  I thought it very special how you joined us on the trekking part of the trip. You also went that extra mile when we rafted in Nepal.  You followed our route and met us at each stop along the way to feed us, take pictures, carry our “stuff”, or whatever else our team of 6 needed.  We all became family ----Lakendra, you, and the 3 Canadian and 3 American travellers. I know that you and Tim had thousands of emails between you as you planned this extensive trip.  Tim you knew from his last trip.  He was thrilled that you had opened your own office and that he was able to have you and Lakenda organize and guide the trip respectively. I would be privileged to serve as a reference for you if a potential client requests it. You receive a five start rating from me. Thanks again,

Marlene FogeToronto, Canada