Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

Trip Facts

Duration : 15 days/14 nights - 2 days Kathmandu, 10 days trek, 1 night Pokhara, 2 days Kathmandu.
Grade : moderate-strenuous
Trekking style : Local T-houses throughout

Description

The Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin lying north of Pokhara. Situated below a ring of eleven of Nepal’s major peaks, it has spectacular views of each of these giants. This magnificent amphitheatre is called a ‘sanctuary’ not because of laws that protect wildlife within its boundaries, but because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. One can sit in the Sanctuary meadows at 4000m enjoying the views of these legendary mountains towering several kilometres above in all directions. (The varieties of alpine flowers and lichens make these meadows brilliant with colour at certain times of the year). This isolated cirque of peaks can only be approached by one route, a deep gorge that carves into the fortress of mountains between Machapuchare and Hiunchuli.

Itinerary

01

Arrive in Kathmandu.

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by an Asian Tour Company representative  and transferred to your hotel.  

Overnight at The Shangri-la Hotel (BB) or Shivapuri Heights Cottage (dinner and breakfast).  

 

02

In Kathmandu.

A pre-trek briefing will be conducted today in which maps and other general information will be distributed.  This will also offer you the ideal opportunity to ask any last minute questions that you may have.  A half day sightseeing tour will also be arranged. 

Overnight at The Shangri-la Hotel (BB) or Shivapuri Heights Cottage (dinner and breakfast). 

 

03

Fly Kathmandu – Pokhara – Trek start point - Modi Khola.

A scenic flight to Pokhara gives you a preview of the dramatic mountains you are about to enter (if the flight does not operate, we drive to Pokhara). You will be met by your Sherpa crew and trace a path up the Modi Khola, a river fed by the huge glaciers of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Machhapuchhare, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and other snowy giants the Annapurna Range gleam as a surreal, snow-capped backdrop for this lush subtropical landscape. Trek past a small school, descend a ridge, and cross over to the east bank of the Modi Khola.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

04

Trek to Ghandrung.

Hiking through bamboo and rhododendron forests, we climb to the large, prosperous Gurung village of Ghandrung, home to many retirees from British Gurkha regiments. Views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machhapuchhare begin to loom ever closer. After you arrive at Lodge, you have the afternoon free. One of your activities might include a visit the headquarters of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. The project’s aim is to control the negative impact of tourism while promoting sustainable development for the local people. You can also explore picturesque Ghandrung town for a look into Nepali village life amid its ocher-washed houses and slate-paved courtyards.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

05

Trek to Chomrong / Sanctuary

The trail heads steeply downhill to the Kyumnu Khola, a tributary of the Modi Khola, where we can enjoy a midday swim. In the afternoon climb to a ridgeline on the west bank of the Modi Khola, gaining a spectacular view of the Matterhorn-like spire of 23,000-foot Machhapuchhare. Continue along to Chomro (6,500'), the last permanent village below the Annapurna Sanctuary, set at the base of Hiunchuli (20,782').

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

06

Trek to Dobhan.

Hiking through lush rhododendron forest festooned with ferns and orchids, you will reach Kuldi Ghar, a small settlement perched on the steep-sided valley. You will descend quickly across rock slabs into a bamboo forest. The trail continues through a dense bamboo forest, often over a tangle of roots and fallen bamboo that can be slippery when wet.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

07

Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp.

Following the trail uphill then downhill through bamboo forest, we climb gradually but steadily until we emerge into the open spaces above treeline. After hiking across a grassy pasture at Tomo (8,400'),  you will reach the narrowest point in the canyon, Panchenin Barha, the natural “gate” to the sanctuary, with its small trailside shrine. Before 1956, no one of low caste, no foreigners, and no “impure” foods such as pork, beef, chicken, garlic, and eggs were allowed beyond this shrine into the sacred confines of the Annapurna Sanctuary. The gorge widens as we climb towards Hinko Cave (10,400'), and finally we feast our eyes upon the full glory of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Ahead of us lies the lateral moraine of South Annapurna Glacier, with the Modi Khola flowing to your right. Stay Overnight tonight at Machhapuchhare Base Camp (12,150'), site of a 1957 British Expedition to Machhapuchhare that climbed to within 200 feet of the summit. Because the peak is sacred to the Gurung people and considered the home of a Gurung goddess, Nepal’s government subsequently declared it off limits to climbers and it has remained unclimbed since. From the lodge, you have an incredible view of the red-rock west face of Machhapuchhare, which often glows with the light of the setting sun long after dusk.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

08

Trek to Annapurna Base Camp.

The trail to Annapurna Base Camp (13,550') contours the broad, grassy, and sometimes snow-covered valley. When we reach base camp, enjoy a picnic lunch, surrounded by a 360-degree panorama of incredible Himalayan peaks: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna II, Roc Noir, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

09

Trek to Bamboo Camp.

After enjoy your last views of the Annapurna Sanctuary, we head out the “gate” and begin your descent to the Modi Khola Valley.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

10

Trek to Modi Khola Camp.

Continue downhill, heading back to Chomro (6,500’), then detour off our former trail and head steeply down to the "New Bridge" on the Modi Khola.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

11

Trek to Austrian Camp.

A short climb takes us up to the village of Landrung (6,380'), and you traverse through a mix of cultivated fields interspersed with scrub vegetation before ascending through thick rhododendron forest onto a ridge descending from Machhapuchhare. The birdlife in the rhododendron forest is abundant. A gentle downhill walk through grassy meadows takes you off the main trail to a beautiful campsite used by Austrian mountaineers in the 1960s.

Overnight at a local Lodge.

 

12

End trek & drive back to Pokhara.

We walk down to the roadhead near Suikhet village, bid farewell to our trekking staff, and continue by bus to the Pokhara area. Tonight enjoy a hot shower and the garden setting of our hotel, the Shangrila Village Resort, with its spectacular views of the ice-hung southern ramparts of the Annapurna.

Overnight at Shangri-La Village Resort.

 

13

In Kathmandu.

Return to Kathmandu by air. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.  

Overnight at The Shangri-la Hotel (BB) or Shivapuri Heights Cottage (dinner and breakfast). 

14

In Kathmandu.

Leisure day in Kathmandu.

Overnight at The Shangri-la Hotel (BB) or Shivapuri Heights Cottage (dinner and breakfast).  

 

15

International Departure.

Transfer to the International airport for your final departure from Kathmandu.

 

 

 

Note: The routing of the trek may be modified according to local conditions and at the discretion of your Sherpa leader.

Dates

Price Guide & Trip Facts

  • From
    $2135

    price shown is per person based on a sharing basis and a minimum of 2 persons in the final group. US$ 565.00 single supplement for those person preferring not to share.

 

Cost Includes

  • All airport transfers.
    Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu airfare.
    X10 nights/ 11 days fully inclusive trek arrangements staying in local Lodges enroute with all meals.
    Sleeping bag and liner.
    Sherpa leader and porter as required.
    National Park entrance fees.
    X1 night Shangri-la Village Hotel in Pokhara on a BB basis.
    X4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu.

 

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    Personal insurance
    Price rises beyond our control (e.g.; increase in permit fees, airfares)
    Charges for unexpected expenses
    Personal expenses such as gratuities, laundry etc.
    Personal clothing and equipment
    Visa fees
    International airfare

 

Departure Dates

  • 29th Mar 2016 To 12th Apr 2016

 
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