A Higher Calling

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and Volunteering in Nepal

Trek up to the sacred Annapurna Sanctuary and contribute to local community empowerment initiatives in Pokhara.

Durations:  6 weeks

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Hike up to the natural amphitheater of Annapurna Sanctuary, surrounded by the Annapurna peaks, one of which, Annapurna I, is the 10th tallest mountain in the world. Spend nearly two weeks trekking through the surprising tropical slopes up to the icy regions above 3000 metres elevation. Afterwards, volunteer on a range of sustainable development projects.

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Program overview

Journey to the mythical Annapurna Sanctuary, traditionally held to be the home of the gods. Your trip starts in Pokhara, a meeting place for international visitors looking to climb the Himalayas, with a tour of the old bazar and several Hindu temples. You then start your trek to Annapurna Base Camp through the Annapurna Conservation Area, known for its unique biodiversity and diversity of cultural communities that speak their own distinct languages. It is home to the world’s largest rhododendron forest and the world’s deepest river gorge both of which you pass on your trip up to the Sanctuary.

There is the opportunity of an immersive cultural experience on the Annapurna trip. The population along the trail to Everest Base Camp traditionally subscribe to a mostly Tibetan Buddhist way of life, while The Annapurna Sanctuary trek features Gurung, Thakali, and Manangba communities, among others, and practice a range of cultural and religious traditions.


  • Ascend to over 4000 metres above sea level and view the peak of the 10th tallest mountain in the world.
  • Experience the natural beauty of the Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Immerse yourself in the range of Nepalese cultural traditions unique to the Annapurna region.
  • Contribute to the international development of Nepal by contributing to education, gender equality, healthcare, as well as economic and professional development in Pokhara.
  • Live with other participants from all over the world in a Nepalese homestay in Pokhara, a bonding experience that often results in life-long friendships.

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GVI Asia, Nepal, Pokhara
Women’s Empowerment
Global Health


The following itinerary is an example of the activities and project work that participants might get involved in on this program. More specific details of the program are finalised several months before each start date. The itinerary shown below has been followed by our staff and group volunteers in the past.


Day 1

Join the GVI team at a prearranged meeting point. You’ll also be introduced to the local guide who will be leading you on your trek to Annapurna sanctuary.