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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Trip Fact -

  • Trip Code: PMTREKS9
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
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About Trip -

Annapurna sanctuary trek is well known tea house trekking trail in the southern face of Annapurna base camp. Trekking to Annapurna Sanctuary trail with Pink Mountain Treks and Expedition has begun in Pokhara will bring you to miraculous Modi Khola gorge which lead you to panorama of vast mountains. In this trekking trail you pass through bamboo and rhododendron ultimately leading to awesome view of Annapurna range. In his trail we walk in the path sandwiched between Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli. The maximum altitude we reach in this trial is 4170m The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek / Base camp trek is a hike into the dazzling natural amphitheatre formed by the staggeringly beautiful peaks of the giants - Annapurna 1, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Fang and the fishtail peak of Machhapuchhare. Although there is only one entrance to the sanctuary itself, we follow locally known, lesser-used approaches and exit routes on our premier Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

The vast amphitheater of the Annapurna Basecamp Trek is encircled by the famous Himalayan peaks - the 'fishtail' spire of Machapuchare (6997m), Gangapurna (7454m), Annapurna First (8091m), the unclimbed Fang (7647m) and Annapurna South (7273m). The only approach follows the Modi Khola Valley through forests of oak, rhododendron and bamboo, passing through local Gurung villages to a world of soaring peaks. The flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes us past three 8000m giants. We start our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with a short drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. We walk to a village by the Modi River, Birethanti (1000m). Walking through oak forest we cross several side valleys, which run into the Modi Khola, and climb a stone 'staircase' to the Gurung village of Chomrong (2060m). Trekking past Hinku cave, we reach what is known as the 'gate' into the Sanctuary - a pass between the spectacular peaks of Hiunchuli and Machapuchare.The glaciated and snow covered peaks of the Sanctuary form a spectacular barrier. Dazzling views confront us as we trek up through the last permanent settlements to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3729m) where we are rewarded with superb views of 'Fishtail' mountain. 

Outline Itinerary -

Day 01:Arrive in Kathmandu airport and transfer your Hotel 1350m

Day 02:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 900m

Day 03:Trek from Pokhara to Tolka (1700m) via Pedi.

Day 04:Trek from Tolka to Chhomrung (2170m)

Day 05:Trek from Chhomrung to Bamboo (2310m)

Day 06:Trek from Bamboo to Himalaya Hotel (2920m)

Day 07:Trek from Himalaya Hotel to Machhauchhare base camp (3700m)

Day 08:Trek from MBC to Annapurna base camp (4130m)

Day 09:Trek from Annapurna base camp to Dovan (2600m)

Day 10:Trek from Dovan to Chhomrung (2170m)

Day 11:Trek from Chhomrung to Ghandruk (1990m)

Day 12:Trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara (900m)

Day 13:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m)

Day 14:Departure for your onwards flight.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu airport and transfer your Hotel 1350m Arrival at Kathmandu Internation airport and meet with representative of Pink Mountain Treks and Expedition.Then transferred to hotel. In the afternoon you will invite to visit Pink Mountain's office for briefing about the each day program. Today you will receive your Annapurna Conservation Permits and TIMS.

Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 900m Early in the morning after having breakfast you will start a scenic drive to the beautiful city of Pokhara and transfer your hotel. Afternoon if time permits boating in Phewa lake and visit Barahi temple situated in Center of Phewa Lake, also side trip around lakeside.

Day 3Trek from Pokhara to Tolka (1700m) via Pedi. Half hour drive From pokhara to Pedi and the trail directly goes uphill to Dhampus (1750m) which stretches for several kilometers from 1580 to 1700m and has number of lodge along the ridge. Trail climb to Pothana 1990m and downhill steeply through a forest towards Bichok. It emerges in the modikhola valley and continue drop to Tolka village. Overnight at lodge.

Day 4Trek from Tolka to Chhomrung (2170m) From Tolka the trail descends to long stone staircase and then follows a ridge to the Gurung village of Landruk (1620m). Ten minutes path from here splits north take you to Chhomrung. The sanctuary trail goes uphill to modikhola valley and then continues jhinu danda near hot spring before steeps climbs to Taklung village and further uphill to Chhomrung village. Chhomrung at 2210m last permanent settlement in the valley and overnight at Lodge.

Day 5Trek from Chhomrung to Bamboo (2310m) The trail drops down a set of stone steps to Chhomrung Khola and than uphill to Sinuwa and on through rhododendron forest to Kuldi (2470m). The trek now enters the upper modikhola valley. The section of the trail is a bottleneck and only few lodges in the Bamboo, which opening during the high season. In the winter it is very common find snow from this point.

Day 6Trek from Bamboo to Himalaya Hotel (2920m) The trail climbs through rhododendron forest to Dovan 2840m. This stretch of the trail passes several avalanche chutes. If you arrive early in Himalaya hotel. It’s possible to continue on to Deurali to make the following day easier and comfortable.

Day 7Trek from Himalaya Hotel to Machhauchhare base camp (3700m) From the Himalaya hotel it’s on to Hinko (3100m) then to lodge at Deurali at the gate way to Sanctuary. At the Machhauchhare base camp isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted and there is decent accommodation available. Some time altitude sickness will start from here to heading uphill to Annapurna base camp.

Day 8Trek from MBC to Annapurna base camp (4130m) The trail leads you uphill to Annapurna base camp at 4130m and it will take 3 hours and better to do early in the day before clouds roll in. if there is snow trail is difficult to follow. The lodge you can get here very crowded at high of the trekking season. The frozen dawn is best observed from the glacier moraine a short stroll for your cosy room.

Day 9Trek from Annapurna base camp to Dovan (2600m) Early morning sunrise view from Annapurna base camp, have great breakfast and trail directly leads you downhill to Dovan via village of Deurali, Himalaya Hotel and overnight at Dovan.

Day 10Trek from Dovan to Chhomrung (2170m) After morning breakfast in Dovan trail leads you to Sinuwa via bamboo. Which is 3 hour walking from Dovan through Rhododendron forest and Himalayan Bamboo? Small tea/coffee or cold drinks breaks in Sinuwa the trail directly goes downhill to Chhomrung Khola, cross Chhomrung Khola and trail directly goes uphill to Chhomrung village with the set of stone steps.

Day 11Trek from Chhomrung to Ghandruk (1990m) After morning breakfast in Chhomrung say good bye to modikhola upper valley and trail leads you to Kim rung Khola. First part of the trail take through rural mountain village and directly drops you to Kim rung Khola and trail goes directly uphill to Kim rung hill through rhododendron forest. Short break in Kim rung hill trail slightly turn to joyful Gurung village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk village decorated with Buddhist monasteries, Chorten and prayer flag. Celebrate your trekking with Gurung culture and traditions.

Day 12Trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara (900m)

Day 13Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m)

Day 14Departure for your onwards flight.

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