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 farmland above Pokhara on good trails through scattered settlements and abundant forest, 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 peak. 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.
Arrival and pick up from the international airport in Kathmandu, after some refreshment we will invite you for a traditional Nepali dinner o/n in a hotel.
After breakfast sightseeing Kathmandu: first we visit Soyambhunath, which is a beautiful Buddhist monastery, also known as the monkey temple, perched at the top of a hill –an excellent view point to see Kathmandu. Next we drive to Pashupatinath Temple (the National Hindu temple) & Buddha Natha (the biggest Buddhist monastery). These places are of interest because they were built in the 5th century, rich in their architecture and religious meanings. After visiting these historical heritages of great importance, we leave the rest of the day at your leisure. At your interest, you can wander around the small, lively streets in Thamel and shop along full with hundreds of colorful shops.
Today we drive to Pokhara (200km), approximately 7 hours away by tourist bus. We will see good scenery of countryside while driving. We will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara around 2:00 p.m, Pokhara is an enchanting Himalayan Valley of remarkable beauty. We can explore its scenic land on bicycle/on foot or as your own like boating in Fewa Lake over looking the region of Annapurna Himalayan ranges. In the evening prepare for the trek overnight in Pokhra
we begin our trek at Naya Pool, an hour drive from Pokhara. After 20-minutes walk along the Modi stream, we reach at Birethanti – a beautiful village that has plenty of tea shops and guest houses. We then follow the left route through the village. Our trek will continue heading to Ulleri following the bank of the Burungdi stream. We climb slightly up to the valley of Hile (1495 meters) and Tikhedhunga (1525 meters). The trail leads steep up to Ulleri (2073 meters), a large beautiful Magar village, through the stone slabs. Generally, today’s trek offers you an memorable experience of trekking in Nepal.
Today, trail leads us to the Ghorepani, one of the popular destinations of Annapurna region situated at an altitude of 2856 meters. Our trek gently ascends up to Banthanti (2250 meters) through Oak and rhododendron forest. We then continue trek towards Ghorepani through Nangeythanti (2460 meters).
Climb up to Poon Hill (3210 meters) early in the morning to see the panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himalayan ranges as well as sunrise over the tolerable Himalayas. Experiencing the great views of Himalayan panorama from Poon Hill, we descend to Ghorepani. After breakfast, continue downhill trek to Tadapani (2625meter). The trail goes a long the ridges of rhododendron and pine forest till the Tadapani.
Today’s trail descends to Kimrong stream through the forest of rhododendron. We then walk towards Chhomrong crossing through the Gurjung village. Chhomrong offers you close views of Mt. Annapurna south and Hiunchuli and the virgin peak, Fishtail (Machhapuchchhre).
we head out of Chhomrong along the Modi Khola leaving behind inhabited foothills into the high step and wooded slopes of Himalayas. We cross the suspension bridge then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter. The trail passes through thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then, we descend a long and steep stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests through which we reach Doban shortly.
The day starts with gentle gradual ascend following the trail above the river through a thick bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests up the side of the canyon. Pass by Himalaya Hotel. We cross two streams over small bridges. The trail passes through solitary places. Wilderness of the Mother Nature gives piece to our mind. There is also the possibility of seeing a variety of species of wildlife such as wild pig, deer, snow leopard, etc. Climb again to the Hinko Cave, an overhanging rock. Climbing further arrive at Deurali.
The day begins with climb to Machhapuchhre base camp (3900 meters) and to Annapurna base camp. The area is surrounded by the mountains and is known as Annapurna Sanctuary. This place gives you an spectacular view of Himalayas including Annapurna I, Annapurna South and Barah Shikhar.
Get up in the early morning and savor the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from ABC. After taking breakfast, we start descending from ABC to Bamboo back through MBC, Deurali, Dovan and finally reach Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. You will see the waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We pass through the forests with great views of Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains.
From Bamboo we make a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa following the stone steps that leads to Lower Chhomrong. Then we ascend on the thousand stony steps taking us to Upper Chhomrong. From Chhomrong we descend to Jhinu Danda. We today get opportunity to enjoy hot springs lying just a 15-min walk from Jhinu Danda
Today, we trek about 6 hours. From Jhinu danda, the trails descend through the forests then terraced fields, it has excellent close -up views of Annapurna South, Machhapurchhe and Himachuli, then we cross suspension bridge and then we comes dense forest, bamboo, finding our self in complete isolation amidst the serenity of nature can be quite an experience.
From Tolkha, it’s an easy walk, first the trail climbs through the forests and after crossing a stream on suspension bridge, the trail climbs Bheri Kharka. Again the trail climbs through forests to a clearing on the top of the hill at 2010 meters, where there are views of mountains can be seen from Deurli and break for lunch. From Deurali, all the way is downhill to Dhampus. At Dhampus, we are rewards with great views of the mountains and trek all the way steeply downhill through the village to Phedi and drive to Pokhara.
after breakfast the driver takes us 6hrs back to Kathmandu or by flight 30 minutes.
Free day in Kathmandu o/n in a hotel (B)
Day 17: Transfer to international airport in Kathmandu +B
|Oct - May|
Would the Annapurna Sanctuary indeed be as beautiful as they say? On a sunny December morning, my (customized) trek started towards ABC. Many stone steps, wonderful sunrises and sunsets, snow,…
Would the Annapurna Sanctuary indeed be as beautiful as they say?
On a sunny December morning, my (customized) trek started towards ABC.
Many stone steps, wonderful sunrises and sunsets, snow, ice, nice people, tasty dal bhat’s and being surrounded by these snow-covered high peaks when you walk up to ABC. It is indeed as beautiful as they say.
Thanks to the Himalayan leaders, my guide and porter for making this possible.