Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a stupendous trip by walking toward the South Face of Annapurna I – a charming climb through the differing Nepalese scene and its way of life.
The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is an enthralling mix of excellent trekking and spectacular wilderness with a backdrop of high peaks. Following an ancient trade route to Tibet, we climb beyond the rhododendron and bamboo forests, terraced fields and quaint villages of the lowlands, to reach a world of glaciers and magnificent peaks at the Annapurna South Base Camp, 4130m.
This amazing trek follows a gorge leading into the mountain fortress known as the “Annapurna Sanctuary”, the divine abode of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. It is a slightly longer version of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek as it includes a hike along high ridges to Ghorepani and a pre-dawn walk up to Poon Hill to watch the sun’s first rays touch the peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas.
The altitude at Annapurna South Base Camp is a little over 4000m which means acclimatization is vital. Although it is possible to reach ABC in less time, our itinerary has been planned to allow our bodies time to acclimatize and our actual pace will be governed by our health rather than the itinerary. We will generally be walking for between 5 to 7 hours each day. The flagstone hiking trail is almost constantly either going uphill or downhill. In the lush forest of the approach to the Annapurna Sanctuary the underfoot conditions can be damp and slippery.