Easily accessible from Pokhara, the Annapurna Sanctuary is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. It’s a deep glacier-covered amphitheater surrounded by a ring of impressive high peaks including Hiunculi, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Ganagapurna, Annapurna III and Machhapuchhare. From the terraced farmland above Pokhara, we trek on good trails through scattered Gurung settlements and abundant forest, climbing gradually into a world of ice and snow. The combination of picturesque rice-fields and villages, with the panorama of high peaks beyond, offers fascinating scenery.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Namaste and welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal. You will be met at the airport and be transferred to your hotel for check-in. After some time to get refreshed, you will meet in the evening for a welcome dinner in one of the finest Nepalese restaurants which includes a cultural show. Then afterwards you will be briefed about your trip and brought back to the hotel for your overnight stay.
Not Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Today, after breakfast you will go on a guided sightseeing tour of the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding valley. You will visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the Monkey Temple, with its fine views over Kathmandu valley. The temple has many interesting features as well as the great stupa with the highest point to the Kathmandu valley.
After this, you can join the devotees, pilgrims and wandering saddhus (holy men) at Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath is the most important Hindu temple in Nepal as well as being one of the most important Shiva temples on the subcontinent. It is situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River where you may have a chance to see a cremation on the river bank.
Take time to walk around Bodhnath (Boudha) stupa, the largest in Nepal and one of the largest in the world. Boudha is also the center of Tibetan culture in Nepal and a wonderfully vibrant, interesting community. Explore the temples and courtyards of Patan, also known as the City of Fine Arts. In the evening we’ll drive back to Kathmandu where we’ll have a group briefing on what to expect when our trek begins tomorrow. The remainder of the evening is free for you to explore the surrounding area or simply relax at the hotel.
Not Included: Lunch and Dinner
This morning we’ll drive (approximately seven hours with breaks) through beautiful Nepalese countryside to reach the relaxing lakeside resort of Pokhara. Arriving in Pokhara we will check in to our hotel and the remainder of the day is free to relax and perhaps explore the local area.
Not Included: Lunch and Dinner
This morning we will drive for about 45 kilometers. This drive offers you the best views of the Annapurna Himalayan range with terraced landscapes and villages and then descending to Nayapul. From there, our trek begins in this warm subtropical region. The walk follows the Modi River upstream to Birethanti & follows the east bank of Bhurungdi Khola with the scenery of waterfalls and high green forests. It follows the picturesque trails and finally reaches Tikhedhunga. Lunch will be eaten en route. Walking distance is approximately four hours and we will stay overnight at Tikhedhunga village where you can enjoy the cool splash of the cascading waterfalls.
After breakfast, you will continue the trek. The path ascends steeply for a couple of hours to Ulleri village with the scenery of the terraced landscape and Annapurna Himalaya. From here the path is more gradual uphill on the winding trail through the cool shade of the forest. The walk continues mostly uphill, in the midst of the giant rhododendron forest and you finally reach Ghorepani Deurali. Ghorepani is a busy spot on the ridge in the midst of the beautiful rhododendron forest, offering grand views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range to the north and west.
Today your guide will wake you early in the morning for a 40-minute hike up to Poonhill with the help of your flashlight or moonlight offering a morning glimpse of stars and walking through the Rhododendron forest. Poonhill is named after the hill tribe Pun, inhabitants of Ghorepani and the surrounding area. It is also a vantage spot for the most panoramic scenery from the far western Himalaya of Dolpo, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna including Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish Tail) Manaslu all the way to Ganesh Himalayan range. Nearly 600 kilometers of mountain ranges can be viewed from this great spot with the spectacular sunrise on the midwestern Himalaya range. After a great time here return to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue trek to Tadapani. The walk passes through the rhododendron, pine, fur & bamboo forest with a few short ups and downs and finally, you reach Tadapani. This is a wonderful place with close views of the Annapurna and Fishtail mountains, situated in the midst of the rain and alpine mixed forest. This takes around five hours walking up & down with a lunch break at Banthanti.
Tadapani offers good views of the upper Modi valley. The route starts the long descent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola River. The Chomrong village lies at the base of Hiunchuli (6,441 m.). The trek from Tadapani is gradual downhill most of the way through the pristine forest of oaks and rhododendron with occasional views of the Annapurnas. This part of the walk is very pleasant until Kimrong hola where we will stop for lunch. The trail from here leads uphill for 1-2 hours, once at the top of the ridge the walk is fairly easy all the way to the village of Chomrong the last village and the gateway to the sanctuary.
From Chomrong the trail leads to the terraced farm fields as you descend to the river. After the bridge, it’s uphill most of the way for 2-3 hours till you reach the small place of Khuldi-ghar. After Khuldi the trail leads downhill for 1-2 hours till you reach Bamboo, a place in the midst of the bamboo, rhododendron and oaks forest with a couple of teahouses. After a brief stop here, you will walk for 1 hour on a gradual uphill path which brings you to Dovan, an isolated spot with 2-3 teahouses in the middle of the forest near the raging the Modi River. The trail continues for about 2 hours from here, the route winds up steeply to a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge keeping always on the west side of the river. It then reaches the small shrine at Panchen Barah and from here the trail climbs to Himalaya hotel where we will stay overnight.
From the Himalaya hotel, it’s about an hour’s walk, first on a rocky trail through forests then up a steep ravine, to Hinko at 2,960 m. The trail crosses a ravine & a major avalanche track just beyond Hinko, then climbs through large boulders. About half an hour beyond Hinko we reach Deurali at 3,000 m. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two wide avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. The trail then descends to meet the Modi Khola & follows the river to Bagar. From Bagar we climb across more avalanche paths cross a moraine & a stream, then climb towards an area known as Machhapchhre Base Camp (MBC) at the elevation of 3,480 m. You can have panoramic views of Hiunchuli, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna & Machhapuchhre (6,997m.).
Today’s walk leads you into the heart of the Sanctuary at the ABC, the trail follows uphill for a few hours, on the grassy path, depending upon the season. The trek is very pleasant as you reach the higher ground with magnificent views of an array of snow peaks all around you with Annapurna I, a great wall of a mountain from this northwest face. Annapurna Base Camp has 2-3 teahouses, with superb panoramic views. In the afternoon you can take an optional short walk around to immerse with the surrounding scenery.
After a great time here we retrace the journey back to Dovan via Machhapuchare Base Camp. The area is cold & windy & is often snowbound and reaches to Deurali where lunch will be served. The trek continues further to Dovan where we will stay overnight.
From Dovan, the trail descends all the way to the bridge and from the bridge, it is uphill to Chomrong. After a break here at Chomrong, the walk leads to a short downhill path, descending towards Jhinu. The trail is quite steep downhill for an hour, till you reach the village on the ridge. You can visit the hot springs down below by the river Modi near Jhinu village where we stay overnight.
In the morning you can enjoy good scenery having breakfast. We then trek down towards the Modi River at Phedi between Landruk and New Bridge. After crossing Modi Khola (name of the river) on a suspension bridge with a view of wild honey bee hives on the rocky cliff, from here the trail leads to a gradual climb all the way to Landruk village for lunch. From here the path leads to a gradual walk on the winding trail for an hour to a small settlement at Tolkha for the overnight stay.
Tolkha gives grand views of Annapurna south and Hiunchuli can be seen right from your room. With the lovely morning at Tolkha, our journey continues on the gradual winding path towards Bhaise Kharka a small settlement at the base of the hill, from here it is less than an hour climb through the beautiful rain forest to the top of the ridge at Deurali, the highest point of this trek. From here one can view Mt.Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Mt. Machhhapuchre.
After Deurali the trek continues down through the forest on a wide path with wonderful scenery. After an hour you reach Pothana village situated in the midst of the forest with awesome views of the Annapurna and Manaslu range. After having lunch, you trek down to the village at Dhampus with its fabulous mountain scenery. From Dhampus an hours descent brings you to Phedi for the smooth drive to Pokhara. After approximately an hours drive arrive at Pokhara by the Phewa Lake side and we will return to our hotel to stay overnight.
Not Included: Dinner
Today in the morning you will drive back to Kathmandu with river views of the Marsyangdi and Trishuli Rivers. The drive passes through numerous towns and farm villages with great scenery of the farm fields and terrace landscapes. Reaching Kathmandu, you will return to the hotel and have the evening to explore the surrounding areas and pack your bags for the next day fly to home.
Not Included: Lunch and Dinner
You’ll be transferred to the International Airport in time for your return flight home.
Not Included: Lunch and Dinner
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