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Sanctuaire des Annapurna

Sanctuaire des Annapurna (Nepal)

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  • Hiking / Trekking
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5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
30 kilometres from Pokhara by car
When to go
October to November and March to May
Minimum stay
5 to 7 days

Reviews of Sanctuaire des Annapurna

Seasoned Traveller
200 written opinions

The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek leads up to the Annapurna Base Camp, which lies at an altitude of 4,100 metres.

My suggestion:
Walk at a pace you find comfortable to reduce the risk of altitude sickness – especially at heights of 3,000-3,500 metres and above – and be fully prepared to head back down if you begin to experience any symptoms.
My review

I have no hesitation in describing the Annapurna Sanctuary as the most beautiful trek I've had the opportunity to do. The scenery is magnificent and the mountains simply breathtaking. As it was February when I did it, I got to see the area around me entirely covered in snow, which made the landscape and scenery particularly beautiful. The trek takes between eight and twelve days to complete, depending on your walking speed and whether you decide to extend it or not: it's actually possibly to continue on to Poon Hill from Ghandruk.

As you proceed along the hike, you'll encounter small villages, areas of bamboo forest, rhododendron woodland, and even hot water springs. Although some sections can be hard on the legs, this is a trek that practically anyone can do: you just need to be sufficiently motivated and really enjoy walking! In my opinion, this trek is one of the essential things to do when visiting Nepal.

*Following the powerful earthquakes that struck Nepal in April and May of 2015, the country is gradually being rebuilt. This article was written before that natural disaster occurred.

Some of the mountains along the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Clemence Zisswiller Seasoned Traveller
33 written opinions

The arrival point for hiking fans and departure point for hardened climbers.

My suggestion:
Trek organisers will often play down the physical effort required to undertake this hike. Make sure you're well prepared, as nights are glacial at this altitude. Condensed soups and cereal bars are great energy boosters!
My review

I began the trek at Birethanti (1,050m) and arrived at the base camp (4,150m) after 5 intensive days. I can't describe what a pleasure it was to reach the yellow 'Annapurna Base Camp' sign! But most exhilarating of all were the breathtaking views that greeted me! The surrounding peaks, Machapuchare included, are almost 7,000m high and are blanketed with layers of immaculate snow. Words don't do justice to the view or beauty of the area.

The Annapurnas Sanctuary is a stopover, somewhere to bed down for the night. The ambience in the communal hall was welcoming and cosmopolitan; no better way to recharge your batteries! It's a great moment to swap information and chat with other tourists or guides. I clearly remember the words of a local man who defined his country as "Nepal, Never End Peace and Love".

A once in a lifetime experience for hiking fans - a personal challenge that's worth every step!

Word of warning: altitude sickness may kick in and it can creep up more sneakily than a yeti...

The magnificent peaks at the Annapurnas Sanctuary.
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