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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

A trek to Annapurna Base Camp in the heart of Annapurnas starting  from Pokhara is a hidden alpine amphitheatre, overshadowed by surroundings ice-bound giants of 20,000ft and more. Actually this  trek is with few altitude problems, providing you with unparalleled access to spectacular horizons of snowy peaks, so high that you'll  find yourself looking twice before you believe that they are not clouds. As well as providing the views for which the trek is famous,  the trail takes you through an ever-changing landscape of rice fields,  misty forests and tiny local villages. You will climb gradually along the ridges that are the foothills of the Annapurnas. You will pass through many villages where you will have ample time to take photographs and chat with the local people. There are many different ethnic groups along the trail, but the predominant people in this area are the Gurungs. Together with the Magar and Chhetrie people, the Gurungs are famous as soldiers in the British Army, better known as Gurkhas.

Along the trail the views of Machhapuchre, Annapurnas as well as Dhaulagiri and Lamjung are magnificent. Climbing higher, the winding trail passes through magnificent forests of oak and rhododendron that line the southern foothills of the Himalaya. You will visit the famous Poon Hill where you will hopefully be blessed with a fantastic sunrise view of all the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range to the West. Finally your will trek down to Birethanti from where we drive back to Pokhara.

 

Trek Type

Tea House Lodge/ Camping Trek

Trek Grade

Moderate/ Demanding

Total Days

17 Days

Trek Duration

13 Days

Tariff

Request Cost

Max. Altitude

4200m (Annapurna Base Camp)

Best Season

Spring: Mar-Apr- May
Autumn: Sept-Oct-Nov

 

TREK ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport
Arrival in Kathmandu airport and then transfer to the Hotel. You will have a nice clean room with attached bathroom and 24 hrs running hot water.

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
The following morning of arrival you will be taken on Sightseeing tour of the many holy temples and interesting surrounding sights of Kathmandu to show its back ground and history.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Pokhara
Drive in tourist bus for about 6 hrs to Pokhara, a beautiful town set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu and is the perfect starting point for our trek. Your first day in Pokhara can be spent just relaxing or you may enjoy a visit to the Tibetan Refugee Camp and David Falls.

Day 04: Pokhara - Birethanti - Ulleri
Drive an hour to Birethanti (1140m) from Pokhara. Trekking starts through the lush, green Modi river valley, past waterfalls with plunge pools. Ascend steep staircase to Magar village of Ulleri (2070m,) where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the valley below and the peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Day 05: Ulleri - Ghorepani
A gentle climb through pasture and cultivated fields. As the trail climbs higher, you walk up beside the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and rhododendron forest to Ghorepani (2840m.)

Day 06: Ghorepani - Tadapani
Early-morning climb to the Poon Hill and enjoy sunrise over the peaks and magnificent mountain panoramic view. A short ascend to Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas. Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life to Tadapani (2540m) for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.

Day 07: Tadapani - Chhomrung
The trail drops down from Tadapani, through dense rhododendron forest. The route starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola, and continues up to the village of Chhomrung (2040m.) Towering above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Fishtail facing it across the valley.

Day 08: Chhomrung - Himalayan Hotel
We walk through the forest to Kuldi Ghar, before the route goes steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through riverside bamboo thickets along the base of the gorge. Then the track winds steeply up through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the Himalaya Hotel (2680m.)

Day 09: Machhapuchhre Base Camp
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 of the South Annapurna glacier and the Modi follows a deep cliff to the right. This is the site of Machhapuchhre base camp (3480m) from which can be seen a spectacular panorama of mountains.

Day 10: Annapurna South Base Camp Visit
The route begins on a broad grassy path, before climbing over lateral moraine and down to the beautiful ablation valley. We soon reach the British Expedition Annapurna South Face Base Camp (4234m.) The best views are probably obtained from the crest of the moraine, which we follow until it is cut through by the glacier flowing down from Himal Chuli to the north.

Day 11: Annapurna South Base Camp-Dovan
Descend and follow the same route to a pleasant Himalaya hotel, which lies on the boundary of the Sanctuary.

Day 12: Dovan - Modi Khola
The trail passes the small village of Khuldi Bikas, before continuing through rhododendron and bamboo fields to the Alpine-style village of Chhomrung. Stony steps climb steeply to Kabre Chautara and soon after we turn off for Landrung, leaving the Ghandrung path dropping away towards the river.

Day 13: Modi Khola - Dhampus
After an easy descent to the Gurung village of Landrung, the trail crosses a pass before arriving at the tiny village of Dhampus, perched high on a ridge.

Day 14: Dhampus - Pokhara
It's a short climb down to Phedi, where we meet the road and drive back to Pokhara. Sadly this is the last day of your trek you return to Pokhara. Pokhara will seem like a teeming metropolis after the serenity of the hill trails. You're last night in Pokhara is a great opportunity to throw a party for the guide and porters.

Day 15: Drive back or fly to Kathmandu

Day 16: Rest day.
Join the farewell dinner in the evening most probably with cultural program.

Day 17: Transfer to the airport for Departure.


Price include:

- All land and air transfer as per itinerary.
- Arrival and departure transfers.
- Accommodation with attached bathroom in Kathmandu.
- While on the trek 3 meals, tea, coffee and boiled water provided.
- Fully escorted trek with English speaking guide and necessary porters. And also in need we provide other language speaking guide for trek.
- Entry permit and National Park Fees.
- Wages, equipment, insurance and other facilities to trekking staffs.


Price not include:

- Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
- Bottled beverages, mineral water, dessert, items of personal nature, delay due to weather, equipment failure or situation beyond our control.
- Travel / medical Insurance (this is a mandatory condition of booking).
- Medical evacuation in case of emergency.

 

EVEREST MANI RIMDU
FESTIVAL TREK

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Fix departure date:
6 November 2015
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