The classic ten day Annapurna Sanctuary trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in Nepal luring intrepid hikers looking to "bag" their first base camp without having to climb to an excessively high altitude.
The trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary traverses a variety of terrain, from lowland villages and rice field terraces to glaciers and offers outstanding high mountain views.
You can make the trek from Pokhara to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and back in few days about 10 days, but it’s best to allow two weeks for fully appreciate the high-altitude scenery. And you can combine it include Ghorepani Pooni trek the most famous one in Nepal. For that it would be better idea to the Poon hill trek first (for better acclimatize) then continue to Annapurna Sanctuary.

If you have longer time, then you start it in Nayapul Birethanti – Ghorepani – Poon hill – Chhomrong – ABC – Chhomrong – Jhinu the hot spring – Lanadruk – Tolka – Phedi – Pokhara.

SUMMARY: Trek through typical Gurung villages, then climb through forest into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a valley surrounded by high Himalayan peaks. This trek offers a great opportunity to get into the mountains without the altitude problems as in the Everest region.


• Stunning mountain scenery at every stage of the trek.

• First views of Machapuchare, the fish tail mountain, which is truly spectacular from any angle.

• Visiting ethnic Gurung villages both poor and prosperous such as Ghandrung made wealthy by the pensions from Gurkhas of the British Army.

• Waking up to a hot mug of tea or coffee from a smiling Nepalese tea boy.

• Avoiding leeches in the damp forest areas!

 Quiet contemplation on reaching the heart of the Sanctuary, surrounded by some of the most beautiful snow capped peaks in the world. 


This is a most sincere recommendation for Prem, the owner/manager of Raniban Treks and Expeditions of Lake Side, Baidam-6, Pokhara, Nepal.

Last year my wife and I had just completed a six week tour of Tibet and Nepal. We decided to spend our last remaining week in Pokhara, in the shadow of the impressive Annapurna Ranges. I had not originally intended to trek on this occasion. But the beauty of the area and the mountains convinced me to change my plans at short notice, and take the opportunity while it was offering. At 72 years old, I felt I might not get another chance! I eventually extended my stay in Nepal and did an 11 day trek up to Annapurna Sanctuary (Annapurna South Base Camp - colloquially known as ABC). The trek took me up 10,000ft in 5 days, with an extended trek back through the foothills to Pokhara. The whole trip was a brilliant experience.

I became acquainted with Prem through an American Baptist Missionary whom we met in the main street of Pokhara. We were discussing the area - where to go, what to see and trekking options. After giving me some helpful advice, he suggested that I speak to Prem of Raniban Tours if I wished to proceed with a trekking expedition. This advice was invaluable.

Prem gave me an excellent run-down on the Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Sanctuary and a range of other walks. He also gave me a wealth of good advice regarding weather conditions, temperature, clothing, equipment, food, drinking water, accommodation and trekking permits required. When I decided to do the Annapurna Sanctuary trek, he rapidly organised an outstanding guide - Nara, and lent me a sleeping bag. In 36 hours I was organised, equipped and off 'up the hill'. But not before I had failed to extract any cash out of the ATMs in Lake Side. These had either run out of money (a Hindu festival was in progress) or would not accept my Visa Card. In these embarrassing circumstances, Prem was trusting enough to make me a loan until I arrived back in Pokhara!

I have nothing but praise for Prem's professionalism, helpfulness and personality. Apart from some wonderful trekking, my memory of Nepal is more enjoyable for having known him, his wife Maina and son Shyam. We still keep in touch, and I may well be back in the Annapurnas in the future!

Retired Royal Australian Navy Submarine Commander

Day 01: Drive – Nayapul 1100 m. – Trek to Tikhedhunga 1500 m/4 – 5 hours maximum.

Day 02: Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani Deurali 2870 m./5 hours.

Day 03: Ghorepani – Poon hill 3210 m/45 minutes – back to hotel for breakfast/30 minutes – continue to Tadapani 2590 m/5 hours.

Day 04: Tadapani – Chhomrong 2210 m/5 hours.

Day 05: Chhomrong – Khuldighar 2470 m – Bamboo 2310 m./5 – 6 hours.

Day 06: Bamboo – Deurali 3170 m/5 hours.

Day 07: Deurali – ABC (Annapurna Base Camp or Sanctuary) 4130 m./5 hours.

Day 08: ABC – Dovan 2540 m/6 – 7  hours.

Day 09: Dovan – Chhomrong 2210 m/5 hours.

Day 10: Chhomrong – Tolka 1810 m/5 – 6  hours.

Day 11: Tolka – Deurali – Dhampus – phedi/5 – 6 hours.

"Please let me know if you are interested in any of these treks. I can help you arrange any treks or itineraries in Nepal. You can make any of these treks longer or shorter to fit your stay in Nepal."

Prem Rai
Lakeside - 6, Khahare Chowk Pokhara, Nepal.

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Prem Rai was born at a beautiful little hamlet called Sintup 7, Tamku of Sankhuwasabha. It is located in the area of Makalu Barun National Park the most remote north part of East Nepal. He is self employed Trekking guide since 1999. He has over decade of experienced about trekking and tour organizing in Nepal through the Himalaya. On 26 Feb, 2004, he had received an “A” grade Trekking Guide License by His Majesty’s Government of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal.
“Feel open to contact him, whether you have any interest about Nepal and all related activities in tourism and adventures. He can help you arrange any treks and tours or itineraries in Nepal. You can make any of these trips longer or shorter to fit your stay in Nepal.".”
With warm regards – namaste!


Prem Rai
Lakeside - 6, Khahare Chowk, Pokhara, Nepal.

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Guidebook Trekking in the Annapurna area

Guidebook Trekking in the Annapurna area
On this page you will find information about the guidebook : Trekking in the Annapurnaarea along the new NATT-trails which avoid the road The second Ebook edition is published in September 2013. i decribes the Annapurna Circuit AC, Tilicho lake, The Annapurna panorama & poon hill trek. The Annapurna Base Camp trek and the new Khopra Dhanda and Mardi Himal trek. For that click this image