Annapurna sanctuary trek
A trek that cuts across rhododendron forests and crystal clear gushing waterfalls; towered in the protection of massive snow capped peaks, and all this as you hike through trails that meander into the heart of nature…..so natural…..unforgettable…..never seen before.
This is a moderate trek that can be done by anyone. The combination of easy walking and majestic scenery makes the trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4200m), commonly known as Annapurna Sanctuary, one of the most popular treks in Nepal.Enjoy mountain views, thick bamboo and rhododendron forests and a mix of cultures unparalleled by other treks as you venture deep into the Annapurna Himal and its sacred sanctuaries. The Annapurna Base Camp is a high glacial basin lying north of Pokhara. This magnificent amphitheatre is called a “sanctuary” because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. This isolated cirque of peaks can only be approached by one route, a deep gorge that carves into the fortress of mountains between Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. Many of the peaks are over 7000m, including the famous twin-peaked Machapuchare, as well as Annapurna I and lll, Annapurna South, Gangapurna and the Glacier Dome. Head for this trek with rolls of reels for your camera….and go back home with memories of a lifetime experience.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport, More Than Mountain staffs meet and transfer to Hotel on BB basis.
Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about six hours.
This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to explore the various sites of Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Trek from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.) by car takes approximately one and half hours drive. Now you begin your trek from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. Stay overnight at lodge..
Day 05: Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) takes about six hours. To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the early 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way you can view the Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.) and Annapurna (7219m) south. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 06: Trek from Ghorepani to Ghandruk (1950m.) takes about 7 and half hours. Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.). From Tadapani to Ghandruk, it is a very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds’ lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. From this village you can see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2040 m.) takes approximately four hours. At the beginning of the day, you ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) and descend steeply to the Kimron Khola (1700m.). Chhomrong is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurung, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 08:Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2340m.) takes about five hours. Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) you reach three hotels at Sinuwa, at 2350m check post. You descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2340m.). Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 09: Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) takes about five hours. You trek gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and camp sites. Now you pass through muddy trail which traverses high above the river. It takes approximately twenty minutes to reach Deorali (3230m.) Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.)
via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.) takes about four hours. This is one of the places, where you can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine forest. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.). From here, you can see the panoramic views of several peaks. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) takes about five hours. Now you trek through Himalayan Hotel to Dovan. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) takes about six hours. The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descends to the Chhomrong Khola and you have to follow stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong. The last part of the trail is steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town you walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can unwind yourself at the hot springs. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 13:Trek from Jhinudanda to Dhampus Phedi via Pothana (1600m.) takes about seven and half hours. For the first part of the trek is a descent. Here you find beautiful waterfalls. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After short trek, you will be at Landruk (1640m.). Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then ascends to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deorali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks in panorama. Now, the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests. The trail now gently descends to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurungs. Now you trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. Now you drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu that takes about six hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal’s first cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. Arriving kathmandu transfer to hotel on BB basis.
Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 16: International departure…..