Annapurna foothill region is the focus of the article “Honey Hunters of Nepal”, written by Eric Valli and Diane Summers and another article “Annapurna Sanctuary for the Himalaya” written and photographed by Galen Rowell. Both articles were published in National Geography magazine. It has been subject of writers , photographers and climbers since Mourice Herzog first ascent to 8000 m peak Annapurna 1 back in 1950s.
The glacial basin of Annapurna Sanctuary is formed by the circle of Annapurna Himalaya range, Gangapurna and Machapuchre. As you travel from Chumro towards the Sanctuary the trail pass through narrow valley which is prone to avalanche in winter and early spring. You follow Modi Khole (river) through thick bamboo and rhododendron forests into the center of lateral moraine and base camp of Annapurna to view the spectacular Annapurna range all around. Stop at Ghorepani to see beautiful sunrise view over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The Gurung villages and frequent stops at tea-shop dotted along the way gives an unique cultural experience. Like the Sherpa in Everest, Gurung are in Annapurna and Limbus in Kanchanjunga.
Day 01. Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. In Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly to Pokhara. Drive to Nayapul trek to Hille (1430m) – 4 hours walk - Lodge accommodation.
Drive to Nayapul and start your trek.Descend down along the roadway, you cross the tributary Dholi Khola using the suspension bridge and which will bring you to Nayapul village. Following then the level path along the left bank of the Modi Khola originating from Annapuran Sanctuary. Moving on you will see Birethanti (1037m) in front and crossing the suspension bridge over the Modi Khola, you will reach Birethanti. Trek further along the tributary of Bhurungdi Khola, passing a small waterfall bringing you to Nayathanti. Descend to the riverbank and continue on for a while. Climb up then to the terraced fields and you will reach Ramgure. When you ascend the path with stone walls, you will arrive in Sudami with a school. A further ascent will take you to Hille.
Day 03: Trek to Ghorepani (2853m) – 5 hours walk – lodge accommodation
After breakfast start trek to Ghorepani. From here, after crossing the suspension bridge over the Bhurungdi Khola you will have to start a steep ascend to Ulleri (2073m) using continuous stone steps. This is the hardest ascend in this course. Keep on climbing until you reach the ridge of Ulleri village. On the opposite bank, you can see Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South Peak (7219m). Total time taken will be 5. This place is mostly inhabited by Magars, Chettris and some Gurungs the tribes of this region. The ascend from Ulleri becomes gentle as compared to earlier. At the end of the ridge you will enter through the densely populated forest area. You will soon reach Banthanti. The course from Banthanti goes through the rhododendron forest. Move on along the small stream, which is down below to your right cross the wooden bridge to the left bank and to open section on the flank and you will be in Nagthanti. From here the forest becomes denser, move on the path with stone steps and you will reach the lower village of Ghorepani. After climbing for about 20 minutes you will come to a check-post, the gateway to the upper village (2853m).
From here, you can see Dhaulagiri Himal in front and the Annapurna Himal above you to the right. The place is mostly inhabited by Magars. Ghore means horse and pani means water. This is the place where the traders used to take a rest and let their horses drink water. So the name is given to this place after this reason.
Day 04: Trek to Tadapani (2650m) – 6 hours walk – Lodge accommodation
In early morning hike to Poonhill for magneficient sunrise over the Himalayas. It is about one hour climb up. Machhapuchhare (69932m), Hiunchuli, Annapurna South Peak and Annapurna I (8091m) form the snow-covered main ridgeline are spectacular from this point. To the left, Nilgiri (7061m) looks like it is rising from the Kali Gandaki River. In front you can see the imposing Dhaulagiri I (8167m). It is accompanied by Tukuche Peak (6920m) on its right. On its left stand Dhaulagiri II to V and Putha Hiunchuli (7246m). Trek back for breakfast then start journey toward Tadapani. To reach Tadapani, you have to climb the forest area, which is on the opposite side of Poon Hill. In mid-April, this area is marvelously full of rhododendron flowers. From the forest, passing the ridge with a fine view, continue on the flank and go back to the lean ridge again. Repeating small ascends and descends several times, you will reach Deurali. Then descend from there along the stream and you will soon reach Banthanti, your lunch point. After lunch descends from the flank to the tributary Choromg Khola, cross it using the wooden bridge and climb back on the flank. You will come to a pass in the forest area that is Tadapani (2650m).
Day 05: Trek to Chomrong (2500m) – 5 hours walk – Lodge accommodation
Descend down to the bank of the Modi Khola for about 1.5 hours and then cross the wooden bridge. Climb up to the ridge and move straight for about 40 minutes to reach Gurjung, you see Tadapani on the back. Walk another 2 hours to reach Chomrong with continuous repeat of ascends and descends. Chomrong is like a junction. From here you can go to Ghandruk and Annapurna Base camp too. Beautiful village and mountain views can be seen from here, mostly Annapurna South 7219m, Himchuli 6441m, Annapurn III 7855m, Fishtail 6993m, Gangapurna 7485m, Gandhrava Chuli 6249m.
Day 06: Trek to Dovan (2606m) – 6 hours walk – Lodge accommodation
From the upper end of the village, descend the long stone steps and cross the suspension bridge over the Chomrong Khola. Climb the mountain flank, pass the hamlets and restaurants in Callbong, Tialche, Bhanuwa, and Sinuwa and you will reach the end of the ridge. Follow the rocky path through the forest area until you come to Durdi Ghar. Then after, descend the stone steps and pass the check post. Continue the descend through the forest; follow the path into bamboo forest and you will reach the Bamboo Hotel. You will now make a gentle ascend through the forest area and move on crossing about three streams that flows down from the flank to your left. You will soon reach Dovan (2606m).
Day 07: Trek to Machapuchre Base camp – (3700m) – 7 hours walk – Lodge accommodation
After breakfast start trek to Machapuchre Bas e camp. The first section is a forest area. Cross a stream and pass the spot where water is overflowing on the path. You need to be careful while walking. Further walk will bring you to a flat clearing in the forest. Move on to a place called the Himalayan Hotel (2900m) with two lodges, ascend the rocky path and you will soon reach Hinko cave. This area is prone to avalanches during the time of snowfall and there have been disasters. You will soon reach Deurali (3100m). From Deurali you go to the riverbank following the path on the flank until you come to Bagal (3300m). You are heading for Machhapuchhare B.C, which are about 400m higher. From here follow the path on the flank where big rhododendrons are growing and you will come to end of the ridge. On the hill beyond the stream flowing from the South Annapurna Glacier, you can see the lodge of Machhapuchhare B.C. behind which Gangapurna (7455m) soaring. After crossing the stream, climb a little and you will reach Machhapuchhare Base camp.
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4130m) and descend to Himalaya (2900) – 7 hours walk – lodge accommodation
Start early morning for magnificent sunrise from Annapurna Base Camp, return to Machapuchere Base camp for lunch and walk down to Himalaya.
Day 09: Retrace trail to Dhovan.
An easy and relax day.
Day 10: Trek to Chomrong (2500m)- 6 hours walk – lodge accommodation
We will be taking the same route down to Chomrong for coming back. From himalaya to Sinuwa the lunch point will be 4 hours walk. And from the lunch point Sinuwa to Chomrung our campsite will be 1 hour down till the river and 1 hour up.
Day 11: Trek to Landrung (1646m)- 5 hours walk. Lodge accommodation
From here, change your route. Walk down for few hours to reach Jhinu hot spring and take quick bath if you want to. After finishing lunch move down to the new bridge for 1 hour and cross the bridge to follow the straight path. It is mostly gradual up till Landrung for about 2 hours. This place is inhabited by Gurungs and from here we can see good view of the mountains if the weather is favorable. Ghandrung(1951m) the most developed village in this area can also be seen.
Day 12: Trek to Dhampus (1600m) and Phedi - 5 hours walk – Drive to Pokhara.
Start your journey walking straight and slightly upward for about 1 hour to reach Thorka. Hiking up the ridge for about 1 and half hour to reach Bhichowk. move mostly up through the jungle to Deurali for about 1 and half hours. Descent down and slightly straight for about 1 hour to reach Pothana. From here it is 1 hour to reach Dhampus. The path descends as you near towards Phedi which takes about one and half hours. Phedi to Pokhara it takes 30 minutes drive. Check into hotel.
Day 13. Drive Kathmandu , in Kathmandu to hotel, free day to explore Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu with Greenline bus is another attraction on this trek. Greenline bus is one of reliable bus!!! the service this bus provides is excellent, it stops at a beautiful location for lunch which is included and of a mineral water. You will not regret the drive and scenery that you seethroughout your drive to Kathmandu.
Day 14. Transfer to airport, depart Kathmandu
Free time until departure for shopping. Transfer to airport. Depart Kathmandu
Private arrangement trek cost: 1 pax US$1055 per person 2 pax: US$ 925 per person 3-5 pax: US$ 865 per person 6-9 pax: US$ 830 per person 10-15pax: US$ 805 per person 16+ pax : US$ 790 per person SGL supplement: US$90 Cost includes: 01. All meals and accommodation in lodge during the trek 02. Service of trek guide, and Sharpa assistant for group 6+ 03. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.) 04. Accident insurance for staffs and porters 05. Airfare: Kathmandu to Pokhara, 06. Greenline or similar category bus - Pokhara to Kathmandu 07. Annapurna conservation area entry permit (ACAP), Trekking permit 08. Arrival and departure transfers 09. Local / public transportation as shown in the programmeb for staffs 10. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB (3 star category)as per programme Cost does not include: 01. Personal clothing and sleeping bag 02. Personal accident and health insurance 03. Emergency evacuation and medical expense 04. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips 05. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned 06. Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies
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- Price : USD 790
- Destinations : Annapurna and Machapuchere base camp
- Max Elevation : 3963
- Weather : Spring and Autumn are good time to visit this area
- Trip Duration : 14 days
- Trip Grade : Moderate
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