The route to the Annapurna sanctuary trek in the western part of Nepal The site of the Annapurna South Face Base Camp is a spectacular short trek. Though it has some steep climbs, the trek is not difficult, and traverses a variety of terrain, from lowland villages and rice terraces to glaciers, with outstanding high mountain views. This is a fine opportunity to surround you with Himalayan peaks in a short time, without having to contend with the altitude and flight problems of the Everest region. The ring of impressive crystalline Himalayan ranges of the Annapurna range is considered by the Nepalese as a “Sanctuary”, a place where the gods live. The impressive trek leads us from the terraced farmlands above Pokhara on good trails through scattered settlements and abundant forests, following the high ridge of Ghorepani. We take a good chance to visit famous viewpoint Poon Hill, to see the classic Himalaya sunrise view as well the panoramic mountain views including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the west. We trek continue through ancient oak and rhododendron forest, across sparkling streams and past waterfalls, the world of snow and ice starts to unfold above us. The trail of Modi Khola valley leads us to the sanctuary as the gorge widens, we ascend to Machapuchre Base Camp (3,700m) on the lateral moraine of Annapurna South glacier. The steady climb up to ABC reveals the full splendor of this natural amphitheater. When we reach our destination, we are spoilt with 360-degree views of the Himalayan peaks. This combination of pretty villages and terraced fields of millet and rice, majestic splendor of Machhapuchre (6,993m), Annapurna South (7,200m), Annapurna I(8,091m) and Hiunchuli (6,441m) make this an extremely rewarding trek. On our way back we pass Chhomrong and cross to the eastern banks of the Modi Khola.
A moderate trek that offers a glimpse mountain with the beautiful village, unique culture. Panoramic viewpoint from Annapurna Base Camp.
Note: B=Breakfast, L= Lunch, D=Dinner
On your arrival at the airport, Himalayan Leaders will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After Some refreshment you are invited for a Nepali dinner.
The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath might make you feel calm and peace.
This day, after Breakfast we take 25 minutes first flight to Pokhara, on arrival in Pokhara we further drive to our trekking starting point NayaPul for about half hrs, From here we trek by hilly ridges of Lumle/kande and walk about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudame where we have Lunch. After lunch climb steadily up the side of the valley, reaching Hile at 1495m. near by Tikhedhunga. Along the way, various hamlets offer ample camping possibilities but if Ghorepani is the objective for the next day it is better to push to Tikhe Dhunga.
From Tikhedhunga the trail crosses a stream (Bhurungdi Khola) on a suspension bridge to start the long steep climb to the large Magar village Ulleri at 2070m. Above the village where the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There are magnificent rhododendron and oak forest. Lunch spot in Nangethanti. Thanti is a Nepali word meaning “rest house”. In the winter the trail can be covered with a show. From Nangethanti about one hour walking to Ghorepani at 2848m. Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass and camp there. overnight in Ghorepani.
We will wake up early morning to hike up to the famed vantage point of Poon Hill excursion. You can hear the sounds of all tourists preparing for the pre-dawn assault on Poon Hill. The journey climb to Poon Hill (3210m.) takes around 45minutes. As the sun rises, the views are literally breathtaking, a wide Himalayan panorama stretching from Dhaulagiri 8167m. (the world’s seventh highest peak) to Manaslu 8156m (the world’s eighth highest peak) in the east, with the mighty Annapurna range in between them. Then we will return to our camp and time for breakfast. The first part is climbing along the ridges of the hills in pine and rhododendron forest to a top 3030 meters then descend to at a second pass also called Deurali. The steep descent becomes a gentle way to reaches Banthanti where we will stop for Lunch. From Banthanti the trail follows the stream down to a bridge where the trails start climbing to Tadapani (2540 meters) that offers a brief view of the mountains. Tadapani means, “Far water”. The village water supply is a long distance; it takes porters more than an hour to fetch a load of water.
This day, after breakfast, our trail leads us to Landrung through oak forest, terraced fields, pleasant village. Then we moves down to Jhinudanda from here our trail ascends up to Chhomrong with the huge views of Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail.
Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends via a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying Suspension bridge. Then climb out of the side valley passing through deep forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. The portion of the day’s trek follows another ascent to Kuldi (2470m). Descend a long, steep, slippery stone staircase into a deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Dovan.
A trek of narrow Modi Khola valley brings you almost to the base of M.B.C. There’s technically no such thing as ‘Machhapuchhare Base Camp’, since ascents of the mountains are prohibited. The mountain views are stupendous; the panorama includes Hiuchhuli, Annapurna ranges and the ever-changing Machhapuchhare. This area is called the Annapurna sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. A huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks which include Annapurna I, Annapurna III and the fish tail spire of Machhapuchhare.
The climb to Annapurna Base Camp takes under two hours. You descend a small ridge branching out from the mountain pass to mountainside with widespread terraced fields showcasing tranquil meadows and lush fertile farming land. As you reach Annapurna South Base Camp, witness awesome picturesque landscapes, majestic panoramic view of snow-capped mountainous peaks and varied Himalayan cultural settings tucked beneath the southern slopes of the Annapurna massive. Tremendous Annapurna Range stops your heart beat for a while; whole day without rest chill out around to explore ABC.
Heading back down the valley is much easier. We will have some amazing glimpse of sunrise over Mt. Annapurna and surrounding ranges. Even if you do exploring in the morning, you will have no problem reaching Bamboo passing through Himalayan Hotel and Dovan. You trek gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. Keep an eye out for troops of black-faced ‘Langur’ monkeys. At night you will find yourself in a guest house.
Retrace our steps back down to apple-pie country. The trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descends to the Chhomrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong. The trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo forest with majestic mountains scenery, especially Mt. Machhapuchhare. An hour walk will take you to Jhinu Danda. You enjoy the natural hot spring and explore the area around.
We begin your trail following gentle flat path passing through forests, rocks and terraces. After Kimche (1638m.) the trail descends through human settlements and terraces upto Seuli Bazaar. From here, the trail moves along the bank of Modi Khola to Birethanti. And short walk to Nayapul from here we drive to Pokhara.
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I arrived in Kathmandu alone knowing little .. they helped with taxi, hotels and even buying clothes for the trekking (was not prepared yet for cold) .. the trekking in…
I arrived in Kathmandu alone knowing little .. they helped with taxi, hotels and even buying clothes for the trekking (was not prepared yet for cold) .. the trekking in Annapurna was amazing thanks to Hem Loppa who was a guide and a friend during my stay in Nepal! More than the trekking I got the opportunity to real experience Nepal thanks to them and Hem. I Recommend to anyone going to Nepal who is looking for an unforgettable trip!
We have had the pleasure of trekking in the Annapurna region two times with Himalayan Leaders. Both times it was very well organized and a pleasure for us all. Guiding…
We have had the pleasure of trekking in the Annapurna region two times with Himalayan Leaders. Both times it was very well organized and a pleasure for us all. Guiding both when trekking on the mountain and also in Pokhara and Kathmandu area was done by knowledgeable and very nice people from Himalayan Leaders. It was just to show up at the airport, and we were taken very well care of all the way until departure some ten days later. At the first visit, we were also amazed that by arriving in Kathmandu airport in the evening, without any equipment for trekking in the mountains except shoes, at noon the next day we were on the plane to Pokhara with our guide and all required gear purchased/rented after breakfast with assistance from the guides.
We give our very best recommendations! Unforgettable memories for all of us and we will come back one day.
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