Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

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The Annapurna massif forms an almost complete ring of peaks. The only breach in the wall is that of the Modi Khola canyon to south. The “Sanctuary” within is a strange, yet fascinating amphitheater of ice, snow, glacier and moraine

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek  route takes us along the highly cultivated terraced hillside of rural Nepal through a region populated by Gurung, a tribe whose manpower contributes greatly to the Gurkha Brigades. Higher up the cultivated areas give way to rhododendron and bamboo forest and eventually to rocky and barren terrain.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara to Nayapul (1100m)

A fascinating and at times spectacular, Flightfrom Kathmandu to Pokhara. On a clear day views of Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna will be seen. Over night at a lodge.

Day 2: Pokhara to Nayapul to Ghandruk (2000m)

In the morning we drive form Pokhara to Ghnadruk.From here we walk through rice fields, tropical forests of alder and Mimosa to Tirkhedunga then the ascent is aided somewhat by a well-maintained Gurung staircase trail to Ghandruk. Overnight at a lodge.

Day 3: Ghandruk to Chumrung (2040m)

Descend to Kyumnu Khola for lunch. Afterwards make a steep ascent through Kyumnu village passing terraces and scattered small settlements before descending to Chomrung (1971m), the last permanent settlement up the valley. Over night at a lodge.

Day 4: Chumrung to Bamboo Lodge (22190m)

From Chomro we descend to cross the Chumrung Khola and then once again ascend to rejoin the Modi Khola valley. We continue to climb a little more gradually to reach our lunch spot at Kuldi Ghari (2377m). In the afternoon we ascend through bamboo forest to Bamboo Lodge. Over night at a lodge.

Day 5: Bamboo Lodge to Himalaya (2680m)

The trail climbs steeply through stands of bamboo, and then through rhododendron forest, we pass Dovan. The trail then crosses a landslide track to Himalaya. Over night at a lodge.

Day 6: Himalaya to Machhapuchare Base Camp (3480m)

We continue to ascend through forest sometime steeply and eventually reach a rock overhang known as Hinku Cave (2960m). We are now above the tree line and follow the rock-strewn trial along the west wall of the valley, which has now widened considerably. A large lateral moraine lying roughly east-west divides the valley, with the river in a deep ravine to the right and the Sanctuary on the left. The trail continues to ascend to reach the site of the 1957 British Machhapuchhare Base Camp. Over night at a lodge.

Day 7: Machhapuchhare Base Camp hike to Annapurna Sanctuary.

We make an early start and ascend along the moraine, ridge the Sanctuary. There are tremendous views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna that towers above the sanctuary to the northwest.

Day 8: Machhapuchhare Base Camp to Bamboo

We retrace to Himalaya. Over night at a lodge.

Day 9: Bamboo to Chomrung

Retrace our steps to Chomrung. Over night at a lodge.

Day 10: Chomrung to Landrung (1646m)

We descent to Kyumrung Khola ascends steeply through woods and then descent to one of the largest Gurung Community villages in the country, from here you will get close view of Annapurna south, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli etc. Over night at a lodge.

Day 11: Landurng to Dhampus to Pokhara

Trek through different villages and forest to cross a small pass at Deurali, then descend via Dhampus to Phedi. From here we drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at a Hotel.

Day 12:

After breakfast boating at Phewa Tal Lake or relax. After lunch fly back to Kathmandu.

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