Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek (13 days)

The Annapurna Sanctuary is “high glacial basin lying forty km directly north of Pokhara. This oval-shaped plateau sits at an altitude of over 4000 metres, and is surrounded by a ring of mountains, the Annapurna range, most of which are over 7000 m, with the only entrance a narrow pass between the peaks of Hiunchuli and Machapuchare, where run-off from glaciers drain into Modi Khola River, the Sanctuary was not penetrated by outsiders until 1956.Because of high mountains on all sides, the Annapurna Sanctuary receives only 7 hours of sunlight a day at the height of summer. The unique combination of heights and depths in the Annapurna Sanctuary give rise to an extraordinary variety of ecosystems. The south-facing slopes are “covered in dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo”, while the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have “a drier colder climate similar to that of the near-by Tibetan Plateau.”

The entire sanctuary was held as sacred to the Gurung people, one of the many native people to inhabit the area.They believed it was the repository of gold and various treasures left by the Nāgas, the serpent-gods known in India. The sanctuary was believed to be the home of several deities, from Hinduism and Buddhism as well the older animistic gods. The peak of Machapuchare at the entrance was believed to be the home of the god Shiva, and the daily plumes of snow were thought the smoke of his divine incense. Until recently, the local Gurang people forbade anyone from bringing eggs or meat into the Annapurna Sanctuary, and women and untouchables were prohibited from going there as well.

In recent years, the number of trekkers to the Sanctuary has increased substantially, in part because the Sanctuary forms the base of one of the major routes to the peaks of the Annapurna range. The Annapurna Sanctuary is now part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), which places restrictions on number of outside travelers, gathering of firewood, and domestic animal grazing.

Regarded as one of the most popular treks, while you walking through charismatic villages, rich oak, pine and rhododendron forests and grants you fabulous views of the giant snow peak of Annapurna,walking like a bird, smiling like a follower, breathing like a wind. You will have a unforgettable trek in your lifetime.

 

General Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 02: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1540m)
Day 03: Tikhedhunga to Ghorapani (2870m)
Day 04: Ghorapani to Tadapani (2710m)
Day 05: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2210m)
Day 06: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m)
Day 07: Bamboo to Himalayan Hotel (2840m)
Day 08: Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchchhre Base Camp (3700m)
Day 09: Machhapuchchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Himalayan Hotel
Day 11: Himalayan Hotel to Chhomrong
Day 12: Chhomrong to Ghandruk
Day 13: Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070m) to Pokhara

 

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DAY 01: Kathmandu - Pokhara
Ahead to Pokhara (200km) in the earlier morning after breakfast. Approximately 7 hours by tourist bus. Arrive afternoon at Pokhara. You can take a walk round Pokhara lakeside villages sits, "front row centre" to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. You're free in Pokhara Valley also called "Magic Land" or Dreamland" of Nepal, to explore the various interesting place as your own like boating in Fewa lake over looking the region of Annapurna range of Himalayas. In the evening you will prepare yourself for your trek to Poon Hill.

DAY 02: Pokhara - Tirkhe Dhunga (1491m.)
Drive to Nayapul (42km) 1.5 hr by car via large village of Lumle and walk about 20 minutes to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town. The trail follows the main street of Birethanti, going through bamboo forests and past a large waterfall and swimming hole. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches Sudami where you have Lunch. After lunch climb steadily up the side of the valley , reaching Hile at 1495m near by Tirekhedhunga. Along the way, various hamlets offer ample camping possibilities but if Ghorepani is the objective for the next day it is better to push on to Tikhe Dhunga.

DAY 03: Tirkhe Dhunga - Ghorepani (2855m)
Breakfast served in morning 7:00 AM . From Tirkhedhunga the trail crosses a stream on a suspension bridge near the camp site at Tirkhedhunga. The trail ascends a steep stone staircase to the large Magar village Ulleri at 2070m. Above the village where the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields. There are magnificent more pleasantly through rhododendron and oak forest. There is a hut with water and a small camp site about 1 hr. above Ulleri. The trail crosses two sparkling clear two streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti. Your lunch spot in Nangethanti. Thanti is a Nepali words meaning "rest house" "Dharmasala". In the winter the trail can be covered with snow. From Nangethanti about one hours trek, climb to Ghorepani at 2850m. Arrive at the top of the Ghorepani pass and camp there.

DAY 04: Ghorepani - Poon hill - Ghorepani
Being of the early morning 5:30 AM wake up and start to you journey climb to Poon Hill (3195m) around 1 hr. to provides better unobstructed views and sunrise over the high Himalayas. You can see a lots of white mountain peaks from Poon Hill. After sunrise, you?ll return to our camp and time for breakfast. Ghorepani means "horse water" and it is no doubt a welcome watering stop for the teams of horses, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom. O/N in Ghorepani.

DAY 05: Ghorepani - Tadapani

From Ghorepani the trail climbs south on muddy path through the deep forests. It finally emerges on a grassy knoil which offers good mountain views, is including views of Machhapuchhare (not visible from Grohrepani pass), and a panorama all the way south to the plains of India. It is similar views from Poon Hill. Climbing along the ridge in pine and rhododendron forests to a top 3030 metres then descend to at a second pass also called Deurali, at 2960 metres.

The trails a ridge hides the mountains as makes a steep, sometimes treacherous, descent on a narrow path alongside the stream, as the descent continues. The stream has some clear pools alongside the trail and finally becomes a series waterfalls over a jumble of boulders. The steep descent becomes more gentle way to reaches Banthanti and stop for Lunch approx.: 1 hour.

From Banthanti, the trail follow the stream down to a bridge where the trails start climbing, leaving the moist high mountain forests and entering a field of cane, making some ups and downs past to a vantage point "Tadapani (2540 metres) 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 half an hour to fetch a load of water. O/N in Tadapani.

DAY 06: Tadapani - Chhomrung

Breakfast served 7:30 AM. From Tadapani, the trails Dropping down rhododendron, oak forestes, one the way offers good views of white mountains trails to Chhomrung. It takes approx. 4 and ? an hours trek. Our lunch and dinner spot in Chhomrung. Chhomrung is a Gurung Village has evolved into two sprate parts. This is highest permanent settlement in the valley. There is a tremendous view of Annapurna South, which seems to tower above the village, and there are good views of Machhapuchhare (Machha "fish" and puchhare "tail") across the valley.

DAY 07: Chhomrung - Dovan

Breakfast served in the morning. Start your journey to Dovan apporximately 8:00 AM. From Chhomrung the trail descends on a stone staircase and cross the Chhomrung khola. Climbing high above the Modi Khola on its west banks, the trails passes through forest of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail you reach at Sinuwa, 2250 metres. The trails continues rhododendrons forest, climb Kuldi. From Kuldi, the trails descends a long steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests, then short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo and time for Lunch. From Bamboo the trail climbs steeply through stands of bamboo, occasionally dropping slightly to cross the tributary streams, its take aproximately 1 and ? an hours trek to Dovan.

DAY 08: Dovan - Annapurna Base Camp

From Dovan the trail is muddy and high above the river, but is no problem, for those who suffer vertigo, because thick stands of bamboo block the view of the rushing river and waterfall, then crosses a landslide and another avalanche track, to the Himalaya Hotel at 2680 metres. Lunch spot in Himalaya Hotel. From Himalaya Hotel is about 1 hour walk first on a path referred to above for about 1 and ? an hour and then climb on to the lateral moraine and down the other side on to the glacier. Walking up the bed of the glacier is safe and quite easy and the British Expedition Base Camp is reached after another 1 and ? an hr. Base Camp is at 4, 237 m. The trip is best done from the lower camp, carrying only lunch, and the best views are probably obtained from to the north. O/N in Annapurna Base Camp.

DAY 09: Annapurna Base Camp -Bamboo

Being of the early morning wake up and climb to view point spot where you can see sunrise over the mountains. You?ll also visit near by ABC. The track remains on the west bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more open valley and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight ahead is the high lateral moraine. After the sunrise trip, return to our camp and time for breakfast. After breakfast you?ll return same way to Bamboo. O/N in Bamboo.

DAY 10: Bamboo- Chhomrung

From Bamboo, the trail short distance is muddy, then descends a long steep stone staircase in to uphill through the Bamboo, the bamboo and rhododendrons forest to Kuldi, 2300 metres. The trail continue in rhododendrons forests down to Sinuwa, 2250 metres. Your lunch spot in Sinuwa. After lunch trek to Chhomrung. From Sinuwa the trail is down hill till Modi Khola. After passes the river, the trail climb steep way approx. ? an hour Chhomrung. O/N in Chhomrung.

DAY 11: Chomrung - Landrung

From Chhomrung the trail follow the down hill to Hot Spring through the village, terraced fields. The trails is very easy after Hot Spring till Nayapul where we've lunch. After luch cross the New Bridge and climbs to Landrung . O/N in Landrung.

DAY 12: Landrung- Dhampus

From Landrung, It's an easy walk past fields, a school and some unusual ovalshaped houses and descends to Tolka a small settlement at 1710 metres, with several lodges along the trails. The trail emerges into the main Modi Khola Valley. The trails climb through forests alive with birds, fern and orchids in to a huge side canyon of the Modi Khola. After crossing a stream on a suspension bridge at 1690 metres, the trails climbs Bichok (also known as Bheri Kharka).

The trails climbs through forests to a clearing on the top of the hill at 2010 metres, where there are views of mountains can be see from Deurali and break 1 hour for lunch. From Deurali all way is downhill to Dhampus at 1580 metres. It takes approx. 2 and ? an hour. The trails down through Pothana pass a police cheek post. At Dhampus, you are rewards with great views of the mountains that continue to improve as you ascend along the ridge.

DAY 13: Dhampus- Pokhara

From Dhampus, all the way downhill through the village to Phedi. Starting at an elevation of 1580 metres, in a village and then forests that is so overgrazed that is look like a manicured municipal park, the trail down steeply to the ridge at Phedi at 1080mtres. It takes approx: 2 hours treks, catch our vehicles and drive to Pokhara.

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