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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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This popular trek can be done in several ways, but a particularly scenic route is to follow the first part of the Jomson Trek up Poon Hill for the views of Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki canyon, then follow a connecting trail to the Annapurna Sanctuary trail.

The route to the dramatic and isolated cirque known as the Annapurna Sanctuary leads up a narrow, glacier-carved valley directly beneath the famous spire of Machapuchare, or "Fishtail." Eventually the Machapuchare Base Camp ("MBC") is reached just past the entrance to the Sanctuary.

Another few hours leads to the Annapurna South Base Camp ("ABC"), where there is a memorial to the celebrated Russian climber Anatoly Boukreev, who was swept to his death by an avalanche while attempting the vast South Face of Annapurna I - one of the most difficult walls ever climbed.

The views of the various peaks of the Annapurna range are awesome, and in spring the lower part of the Sanctuary is full of pretty wildflowers. There are lodges all the way for trekkers. Avalanches are a rare but occasionally lethal hazard on this trek in spring. Be sure to enjoy a soak in the riverside hot springs of Thinu Danda on the way back down.

Written by  Mike Lyvers.

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I am writing to highly recommend Sanjib Adhikari, He is licensed holder trekking guide in Nepal. He had been a guide for more than 12 years and has vast knowledge of

all the trekking trails of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Sanjib was recommended to me by a friend who used him 2 times. He is a fantastic guide. I term him an "all-in -one" package guide. I did the Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna base camp and sanjib planned a perfect itinerary for me according to my budget and pace. He is so well versed with the trekking trails of Nepal and I just needed to tell him my interest. I was more than satisfied with what I got!!! He took me to all the interesting and amazing sites as we trekked along. Knowledgeable with the history of Nepal's trekking trails, he was able to explain to the tiniest detail.

He is very honest, caring, conscientious and a humorous guide in Nepal. The midst of your exhaustion as you trek along, he provides some medication for laughter that keeps you going on and on and on.

He ensures that you eat well and drink plenty of water daily. He would help carry your bag pack when he notices you struggling uphill. He is a fit guide. His encouragement and humorous character will boost you and increase your energy level.

So for those of you who are planning a visit to Nepal for trekking or leisure trip I highly recommend you Sanjib adhikari. It’s a guarantee that you will have no regrets at all.

Huh! I would like to mention that he is also a handy man who can help repair your bag pack if the zipper gives ways.

Sanjib can be contacted via

April/ May 2012

I went to Everest Base Camp and was going to Annapurna this past April/May. I can tell you that I found good prices in Kathmandu. I went shopping with my guide though and he seemed to get good deals. I think he rents-out sleeping bags.

You can get them in Pokhara too, but you will find a bigger selection in Thamel. this means you can get better deals and will be able to talk them down on the price. It is a Nepali custom (I read in a guide) to bargain. It is fun. You will have no problems wih the weight on the plane. My bag was a bit big, I have a hard time traveling light.

I did hire a guide and he took care of hiring a porter. He works with trusted people. I can recommend my guide. He was knowledgeable, friendly, and most of all looked-out for my safety. He seemed to know just about everyone in Kathmandu and many, many guides and people on the mountain. Because Sanjib knows so many people he was constantly getting updates from up the mountain, or down the mountain. It was great to travel with a guide that has so many established relationships. I found him by chance through a travel forum and then got references from him. That is, I emailed past clients. In no time, I received emails from Italy, Germany and the U.S. singing this guy's praises, so that is how I went about finding my guide. I found the price very reasonable and I liked the fact that you do not pay until you get there, so you avoid the big down payments and the advance payments as well. I was happy to travel solo. Traveling in a group is great, but for sure, you will not get personalized attention. You can meet a lot of people at the tea houses, or as you go along the trek you will become familiar with others "going your way." You can contact Sanjib Adhikari at

I am sure he will be happy to provide you with references. Let me know if you have more questions and enjoy!

a perfect trip…….not to be missed

This year at the end of february i went in Nepal for 18 days for the second time and i did a small trekking in the Annapurna region, I went to visit Pokhara, Kathmandu, Bakthapur and Nagarkot and I saw the National Park of Chitwan and in this trip I had the pleasure to meet Sanjib Adhikari.

He is an independent trekking guide and tour operator in Nepal and he has already obtained trekking guide license from the ministry of tourism, government of Nepal.

In his work Sanjib Adhikari is a person very responsible and serious, very helpful and attentive to his customers, he knows very well the mountain because he has many years of experience and is also an excellent guide for visiting the cities, the best thing for me is that he loves his country very much and loves his work and always manages to convey all his enthusiasm with simple ways and always with the smile.

Sanjib is also a very funny person and after this experience we became a very good friend

For these reasons I am very glad to report the site of Mr. Sanjib Adhikari


Annapurna poon hill trek

I hope I can go on the Annapurna Circuit one day, hopefully soon. Where do you leave all of your bags while you are hiking? I would be surprised to hear if you carried all of your items with you, unless your guide/porter carried some of it.

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Recently we returned from a four-day trek with a friend in the Annapurna Himalayan range. Boasting spectacular scenery, rugged terrain and extremely welcoming locals, I've never visited another place on earth like Annapurna.

Helping us get the most out of our trek was our friendly and knowledgeable guide Sanjib Adhikari, a specialist trekking guide and expedition organizer based in Thamel, the bustling heart of Kathmandu. He skillfully guided us across treacherous mountain passes, pointed out the rich variety of flora we passed and, in the evening after hiking, served our meals and played cards with us.

Knowing that there are quite a few other less capable and experienced guides than Sanjib, I'd certainly recommend him to other trekkers. His website is:

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Trekkers from London , England

The ultimate compliment for Sanjib came from fellow trekkers we met along the way who remarked how lucky we were to have a guide so personable, knowledgeable and dedicated to us and our experience. We could not have agreed with them more.

We did a 12 day trek to Jomsom and Ghorepani and having never trekked this length before, we were both novices. It is without a doubt, that had our guide been anyone other than Sanjib, we would not have had nearly the rich, authentic and thoroughly enjoyable experience we did.

When trekking with Sanjib we enjoyed:

•honest, knowledgeable and sincere discussions regarding anything from Nepal's history and current politics, local religions and culture, to geography and natural landscape

•a sensitivity and sensibility to allow a good balance between conversation and respecting an individual or couple’s need for privacy

•over 08 years of trekking guide experience

•a respect for an individual’s desired pace and physical condition

•an intimate knowledge of the best accommodations, tea stops and places of interest along the way, according to our own individual budget

•and most importantly, lots of laughter

We would highly recommend any potential trekker in Nepal to enlist the services of Sanjib Adhikari. It is without a doubt that you will be richly rewarded if you do so

he is contact address

Mark and Jon (London ,UK

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Thanks Jon, good recommendation.

We did great Everest base camp trek with Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions

We trekked to Everest Base Camp with Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions ın September 2008.It was awesome!

Our main concern in pre-arrange this trek from Australia was tryıng to establish that Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions were a real company, not a hoax set up to take our money - rest assured, they are a real company! Not only are they real but they are also a Sherpa company. That is why, important because when you are on the trek, you may find, as we dıd, that one of the best things is sımply being wıth Sherpas. Personally, although I enjoyed the scenery and the challenge, most of all I liked makıng friends with and learnıng from Pasang, Sumba, Tandi, Dorje, and all the other Sherpas that we met.

As for the logistic of the trek, our guide, Tandı, was essential in handling our altitude sickness. He was good at identifying wıth us when we were getting the symptoms, and working wıth us to manage the situation. Additionally, Tandi gave us a great deal of information about the mountain environment and the Sherpa culture. And our porter, Dorje, was a complete gem - worth every dollar of the trip hımself!

We would strongly recommend Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expeditions to anyone wantıng to really enjoy a trek in Nepal. For more information about this company Visit at: or

Yours sincerely,

Grant Wootton & Gretchen Ball

Great post about annapurna sanctuary trek. A shorter trek than the Annapurna circuit, the Annapurna Sanctuary trek gives you a great overall impression of the natural beauty in this area and some spectacular views of the Dhaulagiri Ranges and the Ganesh Himal Ranges. A visit to the Sanctuary gives you the opportunity to see some of the local wildlife. This 12 day adventure begins with an ascent to Poon Hill, a famous lookout point to watch the sun rise over the Annapurna mountains. From here you descend into Modi Kola Valley to enjoy some natural hot springs nestles beside a river.

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