Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking
Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking 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.
If you do not have the time to trek around the Annapurnas then the Sanctuary is your perfect mountain ‘fix’. The trek begins with the ascent to Poon Hill for the incredible view of the entire Annapurna massif. You then drop down into the Modi Kola valley where you can visit the natural hot springs and relax by the riverside. The approach to the sanctuary is through a sheer faced gorge choked with forests of bamboo, birch and rhododendron. As you enter the sanctuary the dramatic amphitheatre of the Annapurnas suddenly towers above you. Then go explore the surrounding glaciers and view points.
The spectacular mountain views fromAnnapurna and Macchapucchare base camps, natural hot springs, lush forests and wildlife, the incredible view from Poon Hill.
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Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Trip Duration: 16 days
Max. Altitude: 4230m
Season: Sep - May
Accommodation: 3 night in Kathmandu, 2 nights in Pokhara & 10 nights in trekking lodge
Transportation: Tourist bus or private vehicle or Flight
Group Size: Min 2 pax
# Arrival & Departure as per itinerary
# Twin Sharing accommodation in 2 Star& 4 Star in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Breakfast
# Kathmandu Pokhara kathmandu in Tourist Bus/Flight
# Pokhara Phedi and nayapool Pokhara
# All necessary Permit during sightseeing and trekking
# Escorted with English speaking guide during sightseeing and trekking
# one Porter between two each two person during trek.
# Accomodation & 3 meals during tea house trek
# food, accommodation ,salary & insurance of guide and Porters
# International Airfare
# Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
# Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
# Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
# Travel Insurance
# Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
# Personal spending money.
#Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
# Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance
# Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
# Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual
Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions and the health of trekkers can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.
Accommodation on the trek & Food
You will be accommodated in lodges during tea house trek & tent in camping trek . Typical food available for lunch and dinner is Nepali rice & lentils, pasta, potato dishes, soups or pizzas. Delicious pancakes, porridge, toast and eggs are the main breakfast fare, while tea, coffee and hot chocolate are always available. You will probably be pleasantly surprised at the variety of food at the lodges.
There are a lot of steep ascents and descents on the trek and a good level of fitness is required. Some days you may be required to walk up to six hours. Please note that the estimated walking time each day will vary according to the overall fitness of the group and weather conditions.
Footwear & Clothing: Bring well broken-in walking shoes, suitable for snow; thick socks, light socks, camp shoes; down or fiber filled waterproof jacket and pants; sweater or fleece jacket; underwear; warm and cotton or polypropylene pants or jeans; shirts and T-shirts; shorts; long underwear; wool hat; sun hat; gloves; bathing suit; comfortable track/gym suit.
|City||Per Adult / Single Room||Per Adult / Double / Triple Room||Child Without Bed||Child With Bed|
|Kathmandu||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 65||USD USD $ 75|
|Pokhara||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 30||USD USD $ 65||USD USD $ 75|
Arrive at Kathamandu 1350m Transfer to Hotel.
Welcome to Kathmandu, the capital city of the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal.You will be met on airport and transferred to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.
Sight seeing around at Kathamandu
After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide (can be provide any language speaking guide on request) be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square. Durbar Square: -This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums. Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.
Kathmandu –Pokhara Drive by tourist bus or fly. O/N at hotel.
Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours. You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. Your can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 30 min.
Pokhara - Birethanti – Ulleri drive 2 hrs and trek 4 hrs 2070m
Walk through the lush, green Modi river valley, past waterfalls with plunge pools that invite you to swim. Ascend steep staircase to Magar village of Ulleri. Where you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the valley below and the peaks of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.
Ulleri - Ghorepani 5 hrs 2850m
A gentle climb through pasture and cultivated fields. As the trail climbs higher, you walk up beside the cascading river through refreshingly cool oak and rhododendron forest to Ghorepani.
Ghorepani - Tadapani 6 hrs 2660m
All the way south to the plains of India. Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life. A short early-morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas, and to Tadapani for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare.
Tadapani – Chhomrung 5 hrs 2030m
The trail drops down from Tadapani, through dense rhododendron forest. From Ghandrung there are good views of the upper Modi valley. The route starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola, and continues up to the village of Chhumrung. Towering above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Fishtail facing it across the valley.
Chhumrung -Himalayan Hotel 7 hrs 2920m
We walk through the forest to Kuldi Ghar, before the route goes steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through riverside bamboo thickets along the base of the gorge. Then the track winds steeply up through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Doban. We camp above Himalaya Hotel.
Himalaya–Machhapuchere Base camp 4 hrs 3720m
The track remains on the west bank of the Modi, now flowing through a more open valley, and eventually emerges into the Sanctuary. Straight ahead is the high lateral moraine of the South Annapurna glacier and the Modi follows a deep cliff to the right. This is the site of Machhapuchhre base camp from which can be seen a spectacular panorama of mountains. We either camp here or continue northwest, staying above the glacial moraine.
Machhapuchere - Annapurna base camp. 3 hrs 4130m
The route begins on a broad grassy path, before climbing over lateral moraine and down to the beautiful ablation valley. We soon reach the British Expedition Annapurna South Face Base Camp (4234m.) The best views are probably obtained from the crest of the moraine, which we follow until it is cut through by the glacier flowing down from Himal Chuli to the north
Annapurna Base Camp- Bamboo 7 hrs 2300m
Descend down after beautiful view of Annapurnas during the Sunrise and back down with good memories of trip along the Modi river path, which climbed going up.
Bamboo – Jhinuwa (Hot spring) 6 hrs 1400m
The trail passes the small village of Khuldi Gahr, before continuing through rhododendron and bamboo fields to the Alpine-style village of Chhomrung. Stony steps climb steeply to Kabre Chautara and soon after we turn off for Landrung, leaving the Ghandrung path dropping away towards the Jhinuwa.
Jhinuwa- Pothana 7 hrs 1900m
After an easy descent to the Gurung village of Landrung, the trail crosses a pass before arriving at the tiny village of Dhampus, perched high on a ridge
Pothana - Pokhara 2hrs walk & 1 hrs drive
It’s a short trek down to Phedi via Dhampus village with good views of mountains, where we meet the road and drive back to Pokhara with private transport
Drive Pokhara-Kathamandu 6hrs drive or 30minute fly.
After trek can joins to other activities, Rafting or National park safaris. If not back to Kathamandu.
All too soon it's time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure kingdom