Annapurna Sanctuary walking holidays 17 Days

Equipments & Packing List

This list is a guideline to help you pack for your adventure. Also understand that the items listed below will vary a little according to the season and the trek duration.. The weight limit for your luggage is 33 pounds or 12 kg. Remember that your luggage will be carried by your porter but you are required to carry a day-pack (with your valuables or anything important) on your own. We also suggest that you pack only what is necessary. The below stated list of equipments are prepared on the basis of our experience. Himalayan vacation treks & expedition team leader will check  all the necessary equipments at the beginning of trekking and our guide will  suggest to add some  other necessary  equipments at the place where it is available.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.


  • Bandana or head scarf, also useful for dusty conditions
  • Warm hat that covers your ears (wool or synthetic)
  • Sun cap
  • Headlamp with extra batteries and bulbs
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Prescription sunglasses (if required)

Upper Body

  • Polypropylene shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves)
  • Towel for shower
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable


  • 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
  • 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves
  • 1 pair of mittens, consists of 1 Gore-Tex over mitt matched with a very warm polar-fleece mitt liner (seasonal)

 Lower Body

  • Non-cotton underwear briefs
  • 1 pair of Hiking shorts
  • 1 pair of Hiking trousers
  • 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms (seasonal)
  • 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers
  • 1 pair of waterproof shell pants, breathable fabric


  • 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks
  • 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  • 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”)
  • 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  • Cotton socks (optional)
  • Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version


  • 1 sleeping bag (good to -10 degrees C or 14 degrees F)*
  •  Fleece sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Hot water bag under sleeping bag

Rucksack and Travel Bags

  • 1 medium rucksack (50-70 liters/3000-4500 cubic inches, can be used for an airplane carryon)
  • 1 large duffel bag
  • A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables, should have good shoulder padding
  • Small padlocks for duffel-kit bags
  • 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional)


  • Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  • Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  • 1 skin-blister repair kit
  • Anti-diarrhea pills
  • Anti-headache pills
  • Cough and/or cold medicine
  • Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  • Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  • Water purification tablets or water filter
  • 1 set of earplugs
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies

Practical Items

  • 1 small roll of repair tape, 1 sewing-repair kit
  • 1 cigarette lighter, 1 small box of matches
  • 1 compass or GPS(optional)
  • 1 alarm clock/watch
  • 1 digital camera with extra cards and batteries

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu(1337m)

You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu(1337m)

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03: Kathmandu-Pokhara (820m) by bus 6-7hours /air 35munutes

This day we travel for 6-7 hours if we are going bus. But if we are going by air it will take just 35min to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Immediately after you left Kathmandu you climb to the pass over the mountain ridge that surrounds Kathmandu valley. If it is a clear day, you can enjoy the phenomenal view of Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Annapurna on the way. The road descends to about 400 meters and runs along the Trishuli River. Sometimes we can see group of people in rafts in the Trisuli River. The bus stops for lunch on the way. Finally we reach Pokhara the most beautiful city of Nepal by the afternoon. From today onwards, after the dinner or before we go to bed, the Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will take report and give briefing in every evening about the trek that we are going to make next day.

Day 04: Pokhara – Tikhedhunga (1540 m) 4-5hours

We set off early in the morning by bus or a taxi to go to the starting point of trek. The road winds sometimes hairpins up to a point where the villages called Naudanda, Khare and Lumle lie. Breathtaking view of Annapurna range can be seen clearly. The driving takes about an hour. After that we have descended steps to walk to the new bridge over the Modi Khola. Then begins our fast walk. First we follow the path to the big village called Birethati. The path runs through the rice fields slowly up to the few houses of Tikhedhungha. The Total trekking duration is 4-5 hours.

Day 05: Tikhedhunga-Ghorepani (2860m) 4-5 hours

After the 400m. uphill climb over the well-known stairs Ulleri begins. The steps are uneven and that makes us quite tiring. The path winds up through several steps. Above Ulleri there is thin habitation of people. Hence, it is quite and calm. We can see very few people working to in cultivation. Often there are ancient tattered huts as shelters. We walk through oak and rhododendron forest, growing along the river that leaps down in waterfalls. Especially in the spring, it is a fairy tale with the beautiful flowers wealth of rhododendrons. Ghorepani literally means “horse water”. It lies atop a pass and traditionally the horses which are the caravans to Mustang are drenched here. It is in the altitude of 900 meters. The duration of trekking is about 4 ½ hours.

Day 06: Ghorepani (2860m) (Poon Hill) –Tadapani (2630m)  3-4 hours

We have to wake up before the dawn to watch the sunrise. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition trekking guide will lead us to the view point. It takes about 45 minutes to climb the hill. Before the breakfast we we can enjoy the most beautiful views of the central Himalayas from Poon Hill.We reach at the altitude of 3193m at Poon Hill from where we can see the splendid view of mountains.in the form of panorama. We back to Ghorepani and after breakfast we slowly climb heading to Tadapani. The sunlight keeps on changing the color of snowy peaks dark grey to light grey. We can see the last foothills of the Dhaulagiri-chain including Churen Himal, the right of the dark deep crevice of the Kali Gandaki valley, the peaks of Annapurna, the Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Macchapucchare (the “fish tail mountain”) and then further to the right the peaks of Manaslu. After we enjoy the breathtaking views we descend to the lodge for breakfast. At a gentle pace we go down through incredible rainforest with many rhododendrons. After having been a few hours in nature we find a few lodges in the wasteland. This is Tadapani (“far away water”).

Day 07: Tadapani- Chomrong (2170 m) 5-6 hours

Today we follow the outlines of the foothills of Annapurna South. The route is a bit up and down and the area is surrounded by two river valleys, including the Kimrong Khola.  Our path runs in the large drapes of nature. The route to Chomrong is sometimes blocked by landslides or washed away bridge. In such case, we will have to walk, through Ghandrung, a beautiful Gurung village. Chomrong itself is a charming village on the slopes of Annapurna South. It has a few nice lodges and the views are again overwhelming.

Day 08: Chomrong – Dovan (2600 m) 4-5 hours

From Chomrong, the first path drops to the river where we cross a suspension bridge. Then it goes back steeply to a higher wallop in the valley. From here you look back into the depths of the valley of the Modi Khola. This is also the point where the valley is closer to the Annapurna Sanctuary. A very nice spot for lunch. Then the path is narrower and sometimes runs along the steep ridges. It is not hard or terrifying but must be careful while walking. This small valley is covered with lots of bamboo forests. There are several lodges in this area. Then it’s another hour to go through Dovan, where 2 rivers meet. It is in the altitude of 2600 meters.

Day 09: Dovan – Deurali (3230 m) 4-5 hours

A heavy but interesting day.The valley narrows further, the route runs down to the bottom of the gap between Hiunchuli and Macchapucchare. The walls are so steep that we cannot see the tops from here. The land contain shrubs that includes cane –bamboo .  In the shrubs we can see some animals like monkey . When climb up , the view becomes more clearer and open.To the right, the Fish Tail Mountain can be seen clearly.. When the sun disappears here then it is soon cold and sometimes foggy too. So the warm clothes must be stand by. Furthermore, now we also can notice that we are in much higher altitude than before. As we are in moderate altitude walking is not so easy but not difficult to climb up. We stay overnight in Deurali

Day 10: Deurali- Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700 m) 2-3 hours

Today is the most adventurous and interesting day. It is a thick 400 meters up we have to walk and there we are in the Machhapuchhre Base Camp. On the way , we can find small shrubs. It contains small vertical streams and water rivulets .As we reach in Machhapuchhre Base Camp within 2 to 3 hours, we take sometime to have rest there.After having rest, we do hiking to over the Machhapuchhre Base Camp . We can see mountain views and glaciers. We can see the 10 peaks including South Annapuran ,Gandrava Chuli (6248m) and Fish Tail (6997m)here surrounded by the snowy mountain giants; however our journey is not yet over. We still have to climb. There are several lodges so we can sit quietly. All the lodge owners try to lure us with delicious meal. We can stay here in one of the lodges. We stay overnight at Machhapuchhre Base Camp

Day 11:.Machhapuchhre Base Camp (3700m) Annapurna Base Camp (4330m) -Dovan (2600m,) 7-8 hours

We have to wake up before the sunrise to enjoy the beautiful view in the morning. On this day,we do hiking to Annapurna Base Camp.We can see 10 peaks of 6000m to 8000 m including Annpurna 1 (8091 m).We can see glaciers and avalanche. The route contains the small shrubs. Then after, we return back to Dovan . We stay overnight at Dovan.

Day 12: Dovan –Jhinudada (1565 m)  6-7 hours

We go on the way and we can have rest there down to Chomrong from Dovan where there is a ACAP office , Kerosene Depot Gurung village.. Chomrong is a beautiful Gurung village. . We walk through Chemrong to Jhinudada.On the way there are forests and plants with different catagories.In Jhinudada, there is a Hot Spring andModi rivers. From Jhinudada , we need to  walk about 25 minutes  to see Hot Spring,.. We stay overnight at Jhinudada.

Day 13: Jhinudada – Pokhara (1565 m) 4-5 hours

Just after Jhinudada we walk 3 to 4 hours and we reach to Kimche.The way runs through the bank Modi river and green natural forest.  It contains some small villages which mesmorise the typical Gurung Culture  There are tea houses and coffee shops.From Kimche we drive to Pokhara through Nayapool. It takes around 3 hours to reach Pokhara.From Kimche to Nayapool , there is a offroad and from Nayapool to Pokhara we drive in pitch road..

 Day 14: Sightseeing in Pokhara(827m)

Time to relax in Pokhara.  The ambiance is pleasant, the weather mild.  In Lakeside, we can enjoy boating, cafes, shops, and the restaurants along the Lake with their tasty international cuisines.  For the more energetic, we can visit the famous Peace Stupa, the Tibetan Settlement.

 Day 15: Pokhara –Kathmandu (1337) 6-7 hours travel by tourist bus

We take the pleasant and comfortable Tourist Bus back to Kathmandu. Arriving about 4pm, a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff member will meet us and drive us to our hotel.  The rest of the day is unscheduled and you are free to spend it as you like.

Day 16: Shopping /Rest in Kathmandu Sightseeing in Bhaktapur 3-4 hours

This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 17: Departure from Kathmandu (1337m)

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.