The Annapurna Sanctuary trek is also known as the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It is quite famous among trekkers. The trek gives a glimpse of the principal peaks of the western part of the great Annapurna Himal. it includes Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Ganagapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare.
They are arranged almost in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center. From this glacier basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Modi Khola knifes its way south in a narrow gorge 3,660 m deep. Further south, the gorge opens up into a wide and fertile valley, the domain of the Gurungs.
The middle and upper portions of Modi Khola offer some of the best short trekking routes in Nepal. These treks can be combined with treks into the Kali Gandaki region to the west.
Arrival in kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. A short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time, you may spend your free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.
Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley
Half-day sightseeing tour of UNESCO Bhaktapur and Kathmandu, including Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the city’s many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalized. In the evening, sample a delicious traditional Nepali dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu
Kathmandu to Pokhara
Fly or drive to Pokhara, from where you will depart on your trek. Overnight in Pokhara NOTE Based on the required travel time between Kathmandu and Pokhara, we may depart for the trek a day earlier than shown on the itinerary.
Pokhara to Tikhe Dhungha (1525m)
Breakfast. Our Trekking guide will come to the hotel around 6:30 a.m.to pick you up for a short drive to the airport from where we fly to Pokhara. Drive for an hour to Nayapul and commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi River. We head up the main trail to Sudami, where we climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1,495 m), before pushing on to Tirkhe Dhunga (4:30 hrs).
Trek to Ghorepani (2750m)
Today we will spend a pleasant day’s walking, trekking through rhododendron and oak forests and across the Bhurungdi Khola stream before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti (2,460 m). After having lunch in Nangethanti we will head up to Ghorepani (2,750 m) (5:30 hrs).
Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2520m)
After an early start at around 4:00 a.m. we will ascend to Poon Hill (3,210 m), this is steep climb, but not to hard and it will take us about 1 hour and leads us to a brilliant viewpoint, providing an unobstructed sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 40 minutes on the hillside and enjoying a good cup of coffee or tea, we come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and start walking to Tadapani. From Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2,960 m). We will trek to Banthanti before winding our way down to Tadapani (2,540 m) (6 hrs).
Tadapani to Chhomrong (2210m)
Dropping down from Tadapani Gurjung, the route offers good views of the upper Modi valley. The path then starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. We then arrive in the village of Chhomrong (2,210 m), which lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli. Chhomrong is the last permanent settlement in the valley. (5 hrs)
Chhomrong to Doban (2540m)
From Chhomrong, the trail descends until Chhomrong Khola, then the trail begins a slow climb as we head up to our first destination, Sinuwa. We will then walk to Kuldi Ghar (2,470 m), which will take us about 2 to 3 hours. The trek now enters the upper Modi Khola valley. We can expect snow from now on in the winter months (Dec.-Feb.). We will continue our trek by going down to Bamboo through an uninhabited forest area scattered with big rocks. From Bamboo, the road will take us through rhododendron forests to Doban (2,540 m) (6 hrs).
Doban to Deurali (3170)
After climbing 300 meters, we will pass the Himalayan Hotel at 2,840 meters. We then continue on to Hinko Cave (3,100 m) and then onto Deurali. During this day, if we are lucky, we can see interesting wildlife like deer, jackals, and peacocks. Here we will also have great views of Machhapuchhare mountain (6,997 m) and you will understand why the translation of its name means fishtail mountain. In Deurali, we will stay overnight (5:30 hrs.)
Deurali to Annapurna Base camp
Today we climb on past the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted) to the Annapurna Base Camp. This area is called the Annapurna Sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. From here, it is a two-hour trek to Annapurna Base Camp, which offers spectacular views (5:30 hrs).
Annapurna Base Camp descend to Sinuwa
Today we return to Sinuwa, which is easier because we descend the majority of the way (5 hours).
Sinuwa to Ghandrung (1940m)
From Sinuwa we continue to Chhomrong from where the trail descends through forests to Gurjung Khola and then the trail ascends slightly until Kimrong. Then we reach the top of the Deurali, from where it is an easy way to reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal; they have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandruk is one of the most famous destinations for trekkers known for its beautiful mountain views. (It is an easy reach from Pokhara or Kathmandu.) Our early arrival means we have the afternoon to visit the one of the Gurung Museum and explore the village (4:30 hrs).
Trek to Birethanti, Naya Pul; then drive to Pokhara (910m)
From Ghandruk, it’s easy walking, all downhill, to Nayapul, where our trekking ends (4 hrs). Our private transport to drive us to Pokhara about an hour away. Overnight at the hotel
Fly back from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Return to Kathmandu by early morning flight. Staying at a hotel for the night
Depart from Kathmandu. The trek itinerary is subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.
- Airport pick-up and drop-off Three night's
- Hotel accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
- Licensed and trained trekking guides
- Porters for carrying goods and supplies
- All accommodation during the trek
- All meals, mineral water on trek and hot beverages
- Transportation to and from trailhead
- All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
- National Park/Conservation Area entry permit
- Equipment such as sleeping bag, tents and mattresses
- Cooking equipment
- Camp-site charges
- Insurance, medication, and equipment for staff
- Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your Insurance plan)
- International airfares
- Travel/trekking insurance
- Excess baggage charges more than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in domestic flights
- Visa fees
- Airport departure tax
- Rescue charge
- Drinks (Cold & Alcoholic)
- Expenses of personal nature
- Permit & Liaison officer fee (where applicable)
- The terraced farmland above Pokhara. Visit the inner sanctuary of Annapurna panoramic views of 10 peaks over 6000m. Views of Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki from Poon Hill. Surrounded by a ring of impressive mountains, including Annapurna I (8091m). The combination of pretty villages and farmland at Ghaundrung, set against the panorama of high peaks beyond makes this one of the most picturesque of treks. Natural hot spring at Jhinudanda.
September to late December and February to late June
Starting point of trek
Finishing point of trek
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