Annapurna Sanctuary Trek combines the best part of the Ghorepani-Poonhill trek and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. In these 13 days of trekking, you will experience warm hospitality of the Gurung whose domination can be found in this region. You will also become face to face with some of the highest and most beautiful mountains Mt. Annapurna, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna and many more.
Annapurna Sanctuary is a mountainous plateau – an oval shaped flat-topped land encircled by high mountains from all sides, save the narrow pass between Mt. Himchuli and Machhapuchhre. Annapurna, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Annapurna South are some mountains that make up this ring.
The southern part of the sanctuary is full of lush green vegetation, mainly rhododendron, and mountain wildlife. Further north the vegetation is more Tundra like. The northern slope of the sanctuary receives little rainfall; therefore is drier and vegetation is dominated by short bushes and shrubs.
The Annapurna region is of special religious importance to the Gurung people. They believe it to be home to the ancient Naga people; who are part of the Indian mythology and folklore. The place is also a holy destination for Hindus and Buddhists with various symbolic associations. The sanctuary is part of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Visits are regulated and development activities are restricted to preserve the pristineness of the place.
Highlight of Annapurna Sanctuary in Comfort
- Travelling to and staying in beautiful Gurung and Magar villages in Ghorepani, Poonhill and Sinuwa.
- 360 degree view of the mountains in the Annapurna range.
- Travelling to the Annapurna Base Camp.
- Walking past the narrow pass between Himchuli and Machhapuchhre Mountain.
- Spotting rare animal and plant life.
The Annapurna Sanctuary is a magnificent amphitheatre surrounded by a ring of eleven of Nepal’s major peaks including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna II, Roc Noir, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare. The Annapurna Sanctuary is a deeply spiritual place blessed by the the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna and prior to 1956, no one of low caste, no foreigners, and no “impure” foods such as pork, beef, chicken, garlic, and eggs were allowed into the sacred confines of the Annapurna Sanctuary.
Your trek begin through the foothills of the Annapurna range. Trekking from village to village through the lush green hillsides of the Annapurna Foothills perfectly frame the white peaks of the mighty Himalayas you are soon immersed in the rhythms of rural Nepali village life.
The trek to Annapurna Sanctuary continues through spectacular mountain scenery via Ghundruk, Chomrong, Bamboo and Deurali before passing through the narrowest point in the canyon, Panchenin Barha, into the sanctuary itself. Here you can sit in the Sanctuary meadows at 13, 200′ / 4000m enjoying the views of these legendary mountains towering several kilometers above you in all directions.
After a night at Annapurna Base Camp you can look forward to four and a half days of sublime trekking back to Pokhara.