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: Drive to Phedi (1130m), trek to Landrung village (1565m) - 6/7 hours walk – Lodge/Guest house accommodation
Drive to Phedi by car (30 minutes) and trek up to Dhampus, Pothana walking mostly uphill through cultivated fields and local villages. This scenic Gurung Village is inhabited by a mix of people: Gurung, Brahman, Magar communities and it offers a spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges including the Annapurna and Machhapuchhare range after having a lunch at Dhampus or Pothana, continue walk to Lovely village Landrung, another Gurung village in the Annapurna trail.
Day 02: Trek to Chhomrong (2170m) - 6 hours walk – Lodge/Guest house accommodation
After breakfast continue trek to Jhinu hotspring, if time permit you can Enjoy a natural hot spring at Jhinu danda from here another hour uphill to Chhomrong. Stay at Chhomrong towering above the villages is the mighty peak of Annapurna south, with the Fishtail facing it across the valley.
Day 03: Trek to Dovan (2600m) - 6 hours walk – Lodge/Guest house accommodation
We walk through the forest of Kuldighar . The track winds steeply up through deep bamboo and rhododendron forest to the village of Dovan.
Day 04: Trek to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m) - 6 hours walk – Lodge/Guest house accommodation
A trek of the narrow Modi khola valley will bring you almost to the base of the Machhapuchre Base Camp. Here you will spend a day gazing away at the snow covered peaks above and the beauty of the landscape around.
Day 05: Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4130m) and return o Dovan- 6 hours walk – Lodge/Guest house accommodation
Early morning working to Annapurna Base camp where you stand in the century, the 360 degree views are breathtaking, Although clouds roll in early, the curtain often lifts at sunset to rival radiant, glowing peaks Dovan.
Day 06 :Trek to Chhomrong (2170m) - 6 hours walk – Lodge/Guest house accommodation
Walking through a flat level after an hour climb down to Kimrong Khola and start ascending you will walk through rhododendron forest and nice terrace rice fields.
Day 07: Trek to Nayapul (1070m) - 6/7 hours walk. Drive to Pokhara - 1 hour drive.
Trek via Ghandruk village, an ideal vantage point in this pristine village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli,it is one of lovely and large Gurung village in the region. Continue trek to Birethanti along the terraced fields beneath the splendid panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges, from Nayapul drive back to Pokhara.
Private trek Arrangement cost - Departures:any time upon your request
1 pax: US$575 p/pax
2 pax: US$530 p/pax
3-5 pax: US$485 p/pax
6-9 pax: US$440 p/pax
10-15 pax US$405 p/pax
01: All meals and accommodation in lodge/tea house during the trek
02: Service of trek guide
03: Porters to carry personal baggage each 15 kg.)
04: Accident insurance for staffs and porters
05: Annapurna Conservation entry permit (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
06: Private transfers to trek start/end point from Pokhara airport or Hotel
Cost does not include:
01: Personal clothing and sleeping bag
02: Airfare and transportation to and from Pokhara
03: Personal accident and health insurance
04: Emergency evacuation and medical-box
05: Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips.
06: Hotel accommodation, sightseeing and meals in Katmandu and Pokhara
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- Price : USD 530
- Destinations : Annapurna and Machapuchere base camp
- Max Elevation : 4100
- Weather : spring and Autumn are good
- Trip Duration : 7 days
- Trip Grade : Moderate
- One of the best short trek : Great value
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