Annapurna Sanctuary and Muktinath Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary & Muktinath Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary (ABC) and Muktinath Trek is a moderate level trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek requires a good walking experience and good physical condition to make your trip a success. The scenery of the trek covers the view of Machhapuchhre (fishtail), Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and other beautiful mountains. The trek route passes through various ethnic villages, forests, and cultivable land. It holds natural attractions during the trek. Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal, which blooms in March-April. The route climbs up to Annapurna Base Camp at 4130m and then descends back to Chhomrong village and then climbs to the Ghorepani Poon hill, this is the best viewpoint of the entire Annapurna region where you can enjoy a good view of the sunrise and the excellent mountains.

After visiting Poon Hill, you will need to follow a downhill trail to Tatopani (natural hot springs). This is a great place to take a bath in the natural hot spring. From Tatopani, you will continue your journey through the Kali Gandaki River valley to the pilgrimage town of Muktinath. The trail leads slowly uphill to Muktinath. Presently, it is connected by a motor road from Tatopani to Muktinath which is a hassle for trekking as one needs to walk on a motor road. However, it is still good to walk on the Mountain Motor Road which is another experience that you will get from this trek.

Muktinath is a Vishnu temple, sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists. It is situated at the foothills of Thorong La Pass in the Mustang district of Nepal. It is located at 3800 m. Every year thousands of devotees come to this temple to worship. Undoubtedly this is a unique place to visit where you will get amazing views of the dry Mustang valley, Mustang Tibetan culture, Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples and beautiful mountains. After visiting Muktinath Temple and the surrounding area, take the downhill trail to Jomsom where your trek ends. From here we will fly to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you will return to Kathmandu by tourist bus.


Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (850m) by tourist bus
Day 04: Drive to Dhampus Phedi then trek to Tolkha (1700m)
Day 05: Trek to Chhomrong (2170m)
Day 06: Trek to Dovan (2600m)
Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base camp (3700m)
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
Day 09: Trek to Dovan (2600m)
Day 10: Trek to Chhomrong (2170m)
Day 11: Trek to Tadapani (2610m)
Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani (2855m)
Day 13: Visit Poon Hill (3210m) then trek to Tatopani (1190m)
Day 14: Trek to Ghasa (2010m)
Day 15: Trek to Tukuche (2590m)
Day 16: Trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
Day 17: Trek to Muktinath (3800m)
Day 18: Trek to Jomsom (2713m)
Day 19: Flight to Pokhara (850m)
Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m) by tourist bus
Day 21: Depart Kathmandu

Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Dhampus Phedi
Trek End Point: Jomsom
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 4130m
Duration: 21 Days

The price of the trip depends on the size of the group and the level of service in the cities where you are going to use the accommodation (deluxe, standard, and budget) and the entire trekking can be done with either a normal teahouse or the best available teahouse Or camping (fully tented camp). Better to tell us what you're looking for? Please Click here to request a price.


  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation including before and after the trek
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Historical monument city sightseeing with a tour guide
  • Historical monuments city sightseeing transportation by Non A/C Comfortable Vehicle
  • Kathmandu sightseeing/monument visits Entrance fees
  • Accommodation in Pokhara as per the itinerary with complimentary breakfast (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation by tourist bus
  • Pokhara to Dhampus Phedi transportation by private vehicle
  • Domestic air tickets from Jomsom to Pokhara for guests and guide
  • Way expenses to bring trekking crews from Jomsom to Kathmandu
  • Trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge/Teahouse (2 and above participants get twin sharing room)
  • Three time meals a day during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner/Main course
  • Dessert (Fresh Fruits/Chocolate) after dinner on behalf of the company
  • One Experienced English-speaking, government licensed and ministry of tourism trained trekking guide and his food, accommodation, and salary.
  • Porters carrying your luggage while trekking (Two guests get one porter carrying a maximum of 25 kg of luggage)
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Nepal Government taxes and office service charge


  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • International and domestic air tickets except for Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Personal trekking equipment and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all types of hot drinks in Trekking
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Hot water, battery charge and hot shower charge during the trek (If need to pay)
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Expenses resulting from delays beyond our control in case of weather, flight cancellations, or natural calamities
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and trek Preparation
After breakfast, Kathmandu visits Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath Stupa, and Boudhanath Stupa which are all World Heritage Sites. Durbar Square throws light on the life of the royals in ancient times. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage places for all Hindus. Swayambhunath is also known as Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa is one of the largest stupas in the world. Late in the afternoon, we introduced you to your mountain/trek guide. overnight at Hotel

Day 03- Drive to Pokhara (850m)
Trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 6:30 am to pick you up to tourist bus station for journey to Pokhara. Normally bus leave at 7:00 am from Kantipath and it takes about 7 hours from Kathmandu. Today, you can take a breakfast in your hotel that you order earlier night or request to manage packing breakfast that you eat in bus journey because on the way we are not stopping for breakfast as well not available good breakfast but we stop for a lunch so try to eat Nepalese food (Dal Bhat). Afternoon you arrive in Pokhara then check in your hotel and refresh and look around lakeside. Pokhara is a beautiful valley, with panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Pokhara drive to Dhampus Phedi then trek to Tolkha (1700m)
Today, we will take private vehicle to drive Dhampus phedi from where your trekking is begins. First parts of trekking you have to climb uphill to Dhampus village after that little easy up hill to Pothana (1900m) then continue trek up hill to Deurali (2100m). On this trail you are enjoying with panoramic view and different forests with beautiful birds. After Deurali you will descends to Bhichok suspension bridge and slightly flat trail to reach at Tolkha (1700m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 05: Tolkha trek to Chhomrong (2170m)
Today, easy walk to Landruk village (1545m) a pretty big village inhabited by mixed community of Gurung, Magar and Brahmin. There is one trail lead you to Ghandruk but we are follow the trail for Chhomrong just little down and flat walk till the suspension bridge in Modi Khola and cross the bridge  then climb uphill to Himalpani (1340m) continue trek  till arrive another bridge at Kimrong Khola and cross the bridge then steep climb to Jhinu Danda (1780m).  Here is natural hot spring just 15 minutes walking distance from Jhinu Danda. If you are interested to go hot spring please just consult with your guide. After rest in Jhinu Danda then steep climb uphill to Chhomrong (2170m) it is little hard but it gives real adventures. Overnight at teahouse

Day 06: Trek to Dovan (2600m)
Today the trail drops down to the Chhomrong Khola and again we continue climbing to Khuldighar at 2380meters where there used to be an ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area) Check post. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from which, the route travels very steeply down a rock bank then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. Overnight at teahouse

Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchhre Base camp (3700m)
The trail continues for about 2 hrs. from here, the route winds up steeply to a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of Bamboo at the bottom of the gorge keeping always on the west side of the river. It then reaches the small shrine at Panchen Barah and from here the trail climbs to Himalaya Hotel it's about an hour walk, first on a rocky trail through forests then up a steep ravine, to Hinko at 2,960m. The trail crosses a ravine & a major avalanche track just beyond Hinko, then climbs through large boulders. About half an hour beyond Hinko we reach Deurali at 3,000m. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two wide avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that huddles up against the cliffs. The trail then descends to meet the Modi Khola & follows the river to Bagar. From Bagar we climb across more avalanche paths cross a moraine & a stream, and then climb towards an area known as Machhapchhre Base Camp at 3700m. One can have panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna & Machhapuchhre (6,997m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 08:  Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
On the way to Annapurna base Camp (ABC) from Machhapuchhre base Camp (MBC), the vegetation disappears. We'll see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the sanctuary, follows a stream, and then climbs to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding panorama of the 360 degrees. Savor the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks. Climax of our trip almost ends today. Overnight at teahouse

Day 09:   ABC Trek to Dovan (2600m)
Get up in the early morning and savor the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna base camp. After taking breakfast, we start descending from Annapurna base camp to Bamboo back through Machhapuchre base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel and finally reach at Dovan (2600m). Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. You will see the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We pass through the forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 10: Dovan trek to Chhomrong (2170m)
The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descend to the Chhomrong Khola there is suspension bridge that you have to cross then you have to ascends through stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Higher Chhomrong village (2170m) Overnight at teahouse

Day 11: Chhomrong trek to Tadapani (2610m)
First part of trekking you will walk on slightly flat then descend to suspension bridge at Kimrong Khola  that you have to cross and ascend to Tadapani (2610m). You will cross some Gurung villages and landslide. This place is surrounding by rhododendrons forest so you will have an opportunity to see lounger monkey and different birds.  You will see fabulous views of fishtail, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, Annapurna south.  After you reach at Tadapani sure you feel you are in heaven because all teahouses are in hilltop with beautiful jungle and closed up view of Himalayas. Overnight at teahouse

Day 12: Tadapani trek to Ghorepani (2855m)
The trial descends through rhododendron forest to stream then you have to steep climb uphill to Deurali (2960m) through the Banthanti.  The trail leads in Jungle with beautiful different forests specially rhododendrons and oaks. After you arrive in Deurali you will have opportunity to visit Gurung Hill, it gives the same view as Poon Hill. From Deurali where you will see fabulous view of Himalayas including Mt. Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak etc. After Deurali the trail descends to Ghorepani (2,855m). Overnight at teahouse

Day 13: Visit Poon Hill (3210m) then trek to Tatopani (1190m)
Today, early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3210m), a brilliant spectacle; this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri, Annapurna south, Hiunchuli Peak, Machapuchare, Lamjung Himal etc. After enjoying the views then returning to Ghorepani we take a breakfast at teahouse then descends to till Kali Gandaki River to go for Tatopani (1190m) though Chitre (2420m) Phalate (2390m), Shikha and Ghara.  After cross the bridge in Kali Gandaki than flat walk and some ascend then you reach at Tatopani (1190m). You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani known as natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It is popularly believed that taking bath in Hot Spring helps you to get rid of skin diseases. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 14: Tatopani trek to Ghasa (2010m)
The trail ascends gently up the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world, towards the village of Dana, which is surrounded by orange groves. From autumn to winter, baskets of these oranges are offered for sale to passing travelers. Just beyond the small hamlet of Rupse Chhahara (Rupse waterfall), a thundering waterfall cascades down beside the trail. From here, the trail enters the steepest and narrowest section of the gorge, but the layered stone path is well-constructed and wide. When the rock cliffs end, we descend to the river before making the short climb back up to Ghasa. This is the first Thakali village we come across and the houses here are all built in the flat-roofed Tibetan style. Overnight at teahouse

Day 15: Ghasa trek to Tukuche (2590m)
The trek ascends crossing the wide valley of Kali Gandaki through  the enjoying the mighty Rhododendron trees and many ethnic villages with a sparse population of Gurung, Thakali and few Tibetans. On the way to Tukuche we trek along the banks of Kali Gandaki River passing through Lete (2480m), kalapani (2530m), Kokhethanti (2545m), Larjung (2550m), Kobang (2560m) and finally you reach at Tukuche (2590m). It is popular apples garden village and you enjoy here with Tukuche brandy. Overnight teahouse

Day 16: Tukuche trek to Kagbeni (2800m)
You continue to follow the wide valley of the Kali Gandaki, passing through Marpha, is a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge and Marpha is particularly well known for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach rakshi (wine) and continue easy trek to Jomsom then your trek to Kagbeni trail still follow along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. En- route, you pass through arid part of Kali Gandaki River with beautiful Ekle Bhatti. Kagbeni people are influence with more Tibetan and also Kagbeni is gateway for Upper Mustang and Damodar Kunda trekking. After reaching at Kagbeni (2800m) there is oldest monastery so better to visit this monastery and look around Kagbeni village. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 17:  Kagbeni trek to Muktinath (3800m)
The Trail steeply ascends for couple of hundred meters. While gradually walking you can enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, caves, old Tibetan Style villages, apple garden, yaks herds, sheep herds and so on. You can look at Thorong La valley straight up to the Muktinath. You can take a small rest or take a break for delicious lunch at Jharkot and visit Monastery believed to be built in 15 century. Now you head towards Muktinath following steep ascent path about half an hour. Muktinath temple is situated in 3800m but you are staying little down where available teahouse facilities so you can visit the temple and monastery as your suitable time but pilgrimages are going there in morning time. It takes about 15 minutes walk to reach at Muktinath temple from your teahouse / hotel, where you can enjoy a holy bath of 108 taps. You can see splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8165m), Nilgiri (7061m.) and others from Muktinath and people of Kagbeni, Jharkot and Muktinath are close to the life style, culture, religion and idea of Tibetan people. Overnight at teahouse

Day 18:  Muktinath trek to Jomsom (2713m)
Today, trek is begin with the descent down hill to dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot (3500m) and Khingar (3280m), villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom (2713m) through Ekle Bhatti (2740m) which is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki .From here there are fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. overnight at teahouse

Day 19:  Jomsom Flight to Pokhara (850m)
Today, you will take the early morning flight which again will give close-up views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna range and  you are flying about 25 minutes flight in a small aircraft. After arrival in Pokhara airport drive to hotel check-in your hotel and relax or do your own activities in Pokhara or look around lakeside. Overnight at hotel

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus
It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight Hotel

Day 21: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

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