Annapurna Sanctuary Trek from Pokhara takes you on an epic walk along one of the most loved trekking trails in the world. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek pops up time and again in the coveted lists of world’s best treks.
Grand views of the Annapurna Massif, authentic Gurung cultural experience and the chance to step into a sacred glacial sanctuary are but some of the few reasons for its popularity.
Within a short period of 9 days you experience a variation in topography.
The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek route goes from lowland villages and lush jungles to icy glaciers and soaring peaks. The amazing Himalayan panorama at sunrise from Poon Hill, canopies of bright rhododendrons lighting up the trail, soul stirring views of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail Peak) forked summit, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri further enhances your experience.
By the time you reach the Annapurna Base Camp and enter the Annapurna Sanctuary, you will have seen some of the most glorious sights that the Himalayas have to offer.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Route
Your epic Annapurna Sanctuary 9 days Trek begins with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Hile. Begin walking from Hille. It’s a climb up and up on well-laid stone steps all the way to Ghorepani. When out of breath, pause and rest under the shade of rhododendron trees. If you complete this Annapurna Sanctuary Trek itinerary during springtime you will witness the trail covered in pink and red blooms, a sight you will cherish for a lifetime.
From Ghorepani, hike to the viewpoint of Poon Hill for an incredible Himalayan sunrise. Interact with Gurung and Magar villagers as you pass their settlements en route. Eveready with a warm ‘Namaste’ (🙏) and a smile we are sure they will succeed in occupying a place in your heart.
Cross the Machhapuchhre Base Camp before walking to the Annapurna Base Camp. At the Annapurna Sanctuary, soak in the awe-inspiring beauty of the mountains as you stand dwarfed, surrounded by the towering icy walls of the Annapurna Massif.
As you retrace your steps and return to Pokhara, we are sure this amazing Annapurna Region Trek would have made it up there in your list of ‘favorite treks’.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Difficulty
Who can do this Annapurna Sanctuary Trek via Poon Hill? Graded easy to moderate, anyone who is physically fit and enjoys walking can do this trek. Since the elevation does not cross more than 4,130 meters, there is less risk of the altitude affecting you. Maximum day’s walk is 8 hours and minimum 2.5 hours.
On average, each day you spend around 5 hours walking on the trail. First time trekkers with some hiking experience or seasoned trekkers, all can do this trek.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Itinerary
Drive from Pokhara to Hile (1,480m/4,855ft) – Trek to Ulleri (1,970m/6,463ft)
Duration: 2:30 hours (52 km) drive, 3-4 hours (4 km) trek
Trek from Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,874m/9,429ft)
Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (9 km) trek
Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft) – Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,600m/8,530ft),
Walking distance: 5-6 hours (9.5 km) trek
Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (2,170m/7,119ft)
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (10 km) trek
Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2,310m/7,579ft)
Walking Distance: 5-6 hours (7 km) trek
Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3,230m/10,597ft)
Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (8.5 km) trek
Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,550ft) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3,700m/12,139ft)
Walking Distance: 4-5 hours (8 km) trek
Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2,310m/7,579ft)
Walking Distance: 7–8 hours (16.5 km) trek
Trek from Bamboo to Matque (1,070m/3,510ft) – Drive to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft)
Duration: 7-8 hours (12 km) trek 2: 30 hours (58 km) drive