Anne and Valerie on the trail ph Steve Long
Approaching the Sanctuary
Annapurna Sanctuary
Annapurna Sanctuary area trek

Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary Trek – Nepal – 13 days


When? October 22

The ABC Trek follows valleys of rich, verdant forest and sparkling mountain rivers, trekking through traditional Gurung villages. We reach a natural amphitheatre surrounded by panoramic views of towering 7,000m and 8,000m peaks, including Annapurna 1 and the spectacular Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain).

If you are  longing to visit somewhere beautiful and intense with snow-capped peaks of the Himalaya as a back drop then this is the trek for you.

The sanctuary will lead you through meadows and rice terraces to a gorge of rhododendron forests with icy rivers and majestic peaks. We would consider the Annapurna Sanctuary trek as moderate in challenge. It is one of the easier treks in the Annapurna region and offers good and gradual acclimatisation. It still requires a basic level of fitness as you will be trekking roughly 5-6 hours a day.

Contact for more information

  • Reviews 0 Reviews
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
      Base camp, Trekking
    • Activity Level Moderately Challenging, not technical - Trip grade 1
    • 15
    All about the Annapurna Base Camp and Sanctuary Trek – Nepal – 13 days.

    Annapurna Basecamp, Nepal

    Duration:  13 days – 8 days of trekking

    Accommodation: 12 nights accommodation – Hotels, Mountain Huts

    About:  This classic trek in the Annapurna’s is one of the best for acclimatisation in Nepal The ABC Trek follows valleys of rich, verdant forest and sparkling mountain rivers, trekking through traditional Gurung villages. We reach a natural amphitheatre surrounded by panoramic views of towering 7,000m and 8,000m peaks, including Annapurna 1 and the spectacular Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain).


    • The natural amphitheatre of Annapurna Sanctuary, lush rice paddy fields and 7000m peaks.
    • Great trail and landscape, the closer you get to Annapurna Base Camp.
    • Group normally 2 to 12, plus leader and local staff. Min. age 16 yrs
    • Altitude maximum 4130m
    • Travel by private bus
    • Between 5 and 8 hours walking per day

    Nepal is a geographical and cultural kaleidoscope with numerous ethnicities, languages, and traditions. 

    Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports, there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must first join the queue to pay the visa fee and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90-day visa stamp.  If you use the paper form to obtain a visa on arrival then you will also need one passport photo (a photo is not required if you use the electronic registration machines but we recommend you bring one with you anyway in case, for any reason, the machines cannot read your passport).

    Things to do, things to see: Culture, adventure, trekking.

    • The richness of the Kathmandu Valley with hundreds temples and 7 sites including UNESCO World Heritage sites: Bodnath stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu valley sees the Buddhist culture meet and mingle with the traditions of Hinduism.
    •  From the jungles to the highest Himalayan peaks, the country offers unlimited possibilities of hikes and treks.
    • With the opening of the Great Himalayan Trail crossing he country from East to West; Nepal now offers a totally new set of destinations.
    • To discover regions far from main tourist paths, please enquire.

    The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to mid-May when daytime temperatures at most altitudes are generally comfortable for walking, the sky is clear much of the time and rain and snow are occasional occurrences. Daytime temperatures will vary from 15ºC to 30ºC in the Kathmandu Valley to around 10ºC at 3,600m and progressively lower the higher we go. Different seasons offer different advantages for trekking. There can be snow in Annapurna Base Camp at any time of year.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Airport pickup and dropoff services in a private vehicle according to the itinerary
    • B&B accommodation in Kathmandu valley
    • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu transport by tourist bus
    • Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary
    • Pokhara – Phedi and Nayapul – Pokhara transport in a private vehicle
    • Full board, breakfast, lunch and Dinner during the trek
    • Accommodation in tea houses
    • English speaking International Mountain Leader with satellite phone and group medical kit
    • Neccessary paperwork, all government and local taxes, VAT, service charges
    • Complimentary welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • International airfare, Nepalese visa, travel and medical insurance
    • Emergency evacuation
    • Personal expenses (bars and beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry)
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Services not mentioned in ‘Services Included’ section
    • Flights
    • 12 nights accommodation hotels and tea houses
    • Almost all lodges have electricity but it is not wholly reliable and lighting may not be bright enough to read by – a torch is essential. Electrical charging facilities are generally available only in the dining room (charged at approx. Rs150-350 per hour per device). Many of the lodges use solar power so sometimes there is not enough electricity for charging. Many lodges have Wi-Fi these days – in some areas it works well but in others it is slow and temperamental.
    • The bedrooms are now almost all twin share.
    • Above Chhomrong the lodges are controlled by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project and for conservation, there is a limit to the number of lodges that can be built and the number of rooms per lodge. This means that the rooms have more than 2 beds and often have 3/4/5 beds per room.
    • Due to the limited accommodation available, the lodges will not allow us to book twin rooms on these nights, even if we pay a higher price. Your leader will try his best to sort the rooms out fairly but please be aware that you will be in multi-bedded rooms for some nights.
    • Beds with foam mattresses, bed sheets and a pillow are provided. Bedrooms are generally unheated and can get cold at night so you will need to bring or hire a sleeping bag.

    Point-to-point walking with day sack only

    Porterage provided for your additional items. More detailed information provided on booking.

    We believe in following the guidelines set by Porters Progress

    Perfect for: 
    Experienced hikers who want to immerse themselves in the stunning Himalayan mountains – as well as tick off the bucket list one of the most famous treks worldwide.

    This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12. If you are the only person booked onto this tour, it will come with a single supplement cost of £250.

    Your host recommends to pack the following:

    • 1 backpack or travel bag up to 15kg
    • 2 pair lightweight trousers
    • Sunglasses
    • 1 small daypack (20-30l)
    • Trainers
    • Money belt
    • Sunhat / warm hat
    • Mosquito repellent
    • 1 head torch
    • 1 Swiss army knife
    • 1 Swimming costume
    • 1 pair shorts/breathable
    • Underwear (including thermals)
    • Personal medication / first aid kit
    • 1 Washing kit
    • 1 pair of strong walked-in mountain boots
    • 1 four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
    • 1 down jacket / All-weather anorak
    • 1 water bottles (1.5 ltrs.)
    • 1 pair waterproof over trousers and mini gaiters
    • 1 Inner sleeping bag (silk)
    • 1 Medium sized towel
    • 1 Fleece/warm sweater and down gillet
    • 2 Long sleeve light  breathable tops
    • Warm waterproof gloves
    • 2 pairs of trekking or running socks, 2 pairs light socks
    • Buff or similar
    • Waterproof pack cover
    • Sunblock / lotions
    • Water purifying tablets (if you don’t want to buy bottled water)
    • Personal snacks

    Getting there and away?
    Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

    Overall Rating