Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking departure dates and price for 2016/2017 for solo, private and group joining trekkers by Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking Operator.
Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin lies 40 km north of Pokhara. The oval-shaped plateau sits at an altitude of over 4000m, a trek in Annapurna region normally starts and ends at either Phedi or Nayapul and reaches the Annapurna Base Camp offers 360 degree panoramic himalayas view. The challenging Annapurna Sanctuary trek, averanging 5-6 hours walking a day on through the remote steep terrain and imposing mountains of the Annapurna range.
October/November and March/April are supposed the best time to trek Annapurna Sanctuary with few clouds and clear views. Annapurna Sanctuary is a Tea House trekking. Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most tea houese except in high altitude. The guest houses are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little furniture. Most bathrooms and toilets are shared. Most Tea Houses have running water facility and have hot water available for bathing.
During Annapurna Sanctuary Tea House trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat -rice and lentils, as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants. And of course Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.
Day 1: Arrive In Kathmandu
On the day of your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be received by us and transfer to hotel. The drive takes less than an hour. In case you will arrive early in the morning we can arrange a day programm. This however is optional.
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour
Your trekking guide will visit you at hotel to brief you about the trek after your breakfast. After a short briefing you will be accompanied by your city guide for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley. On sightseeing tour we visit Kathmandu Durbar square, Pashupatinath Temple, Monkey Temple and Boudhanath Stupa.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Pokhara
Drive or fly to Pokhara. By road drive it takes 6 hours scenic drive and by flight it is 30 minutes panoramic flight. You are free in Pokhara Valley also called Magic Land or Dreamland of Nepal, to explore the various interesting place as your own like boating in Phewa lake overlooking the region of Annapurna range of Himalayas. In the evening you will prepare yourself for your trek to PoonHill. O/N stay in Pokhara
Day 4: Pokhara - Tikhedhunga (1491m, 4/5 hours trek)
Drive nearly 45km for 2 hours by car or bus, then trek for 4/5 hours to Tikhedhunga on an easy trail passing the river, waterfalls, villages and rice fields.
Day 5: Tikhedhunga - Ghorepani (2855m) trek
Trek on steep uphill for 6 hours passing through Ulleri (2070m, the magar village, pastures, cultivated fields, rhododendron and oak forest with spring streams. The second part of trek is less steep than the first part to Ghorepani (2850m). On the way trekking to Ghorepani, we stop for lunch at Banthati or Nangethati.
Day 6: Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking
We wake up at 4:30 or 5:00 am in the morning and climb Poonhill (3195m) takes 1:30 to 2 hours provides better unobstructed Himalayan views and sunrise over the high Himalayas. You can see panoramic Himalayan views include Mount Dhaulagiri, Mt. Nilgiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, mount Fishtail and other snow capped trekking peaks like Hiunchuli, Tent peak and Dhampus peaks from Poon Hill. After sunrise, return to Ghorepani means horse water and it is no doubt a welcome watering stop for the herds of horses, mules and ponies that carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom. O/N in Ghorepani.
Day 7: Ghorepani – Tadapani Trek
Trek to Tadapani for 5/6 hours. Tadapani means far water. The village water supply is a long distance; it takes porters more than half an hour to fetch a load of water.
From Ghorepani the trail climbs south on muddy path through the deep forests. It finally emerges on a grassy knoll which offers good mountain views, is including views of Machhapuchhare (not visible from Grohrepani pass), and a panorama all the way south to the plains of India. It is similar views from Poon Hill. Climbing along the ridge in pine and rhododendron forests to a top 3030 metres then descend to at a second pass also called Deurali (2960m).
The trails a ridge hides the mountains as makes a steep, sometimes treacherous, descent on a narrow path alongside the stream, as the descent continues. The stream has some clear pools alongside the trail and finally becomes a series waterfall over a jumble of boulders. The steep descent becomes more gentle way to reaches Banthanti and stop for Lunch approx.: 1 hour.
From Banthanti, the trail follow the stream down to a bridge where the trails start climbing, leaving the moist high mountain forests and entering a field of cane, making some ups and downs past to a vantage point, Tadapani (2540 meters) that offers a brief view of the mountains. O/N in Tadapani.
Day 8: Tadapani - Chhomrong
From Tadapani, the trails dropping down rhododendron, oak forests, one the way offers good views of White Mountains trails to Chhomrong. It takes 4/5 hours trek. Our lunch and dinner spot in Chhomrung. Chhomrung is a Gurung Village has evolved into two separate parts. This is highest permanent settlement in the valley. There is a tremendous view of Annapurna South, which seems to tower above the village, and there are good views of Machhapuchhare (Machha means fish and puchhare means tail) across the valley.
Day 9: Chhomrong – Dovan Trekking
Start your journey to Dovan takes normally 6/7 hours trek. From Chhomrung the trail descends on a stone staircase and cross the Chhomrong khola. Climbing high above the Modi Khola on its west banks, the trails passes through forest of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail you reach at Sinuwa (2250m). The trails continues rhododendrons forest, climb Kuldi. From Kuldi, the trails descends a long steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests, then short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo and time for Lunch. From Bamboo the trail climbs steeply through stands of bamboo, occasionally dropping slightly to cross the tributary streams, its take aproximately 1 and an hour’s trek to Dovan.
Day 10: Dovan - Annapurna Base Camp
From Dovan the trail is muddy and high above the river, but is no problem, for those who suffer vertigo, because thick stands of bamboo block the view of the rushing river and waterfall, then crosses a landslide and another avalanche track, to the Himalaya Hotel (2680m). Lunch spot in Himalaya Hotel.
From Himalaya Hotel is about 1 hour walk first on a path referred to above for about 2 hours and then climb on to the lateral moraine and down the other side on to the glacier. Walking up the bed of the glacier is safe and quite easy and the British Expedition Base Camp is reached after another 2 hours. Base Camp is at 4, 237 m. The trip is best done from the lower camp, carrying only lunch, and the best views are probably obtained from to the north. O/N in Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 11: Annapurna Base Camp -Bamboo
Being of the early morning wake up and climb to view point spot where you can see sunrise over the mountains. You will also visit nearby ABC. 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. After the sunrise trip, return to our camp and time for breakfast. After breakfast, trek down on same way to Bamboo for 6 hours. O/N in Bamboo.
Day 12: Bamboo- Chhomrong
From Bamboo, the trail short distance is muddy, and then descends a long steep stone staircase in to uphill through the Bamboo, the bamboo and rhododendrons forest to Kuldi (2300m). The trail continues in rhododendrons forests down to Sinuwa (2250m). Your lunch spot in Sinuwa. After lunch trek to Chhomrong. From Sinuwa the trail is downhill till Modi Khola. After passes the river, the trail climb steep way approx an hour Chhomrong. O/N in Chhomrong.
Day 13: Chhomrung – Landrung trek
From Chhomrung the trail follow the downhill to Hot Spring through the village, terraced fields. The trail is very easy after Hot Spring till Nayapul where we have lunch. After lunch cross the New Bridge and climbs to Landrunk. O/N in Landruk.
Day 14: Landrunk- Dhampus
From Landrung, It is an easy walk past fields, a school and some unusual oval shaped houses and Ascends to Tolka a small settlement at 1710 meters, with several lodges along the trails. The trail emerges into the main Modi Khola Valley. The trails climb through forests alive with birds, fern and orchids in to a huge side canyon of the Modi Khola. After crossing a stream on a suspension bridge at 1690 meters, the trails climbs Bichok (also known as Bheri Kharka).
The trails climbs through forests to a clearing on the top of the hill at 2010 metres, where there are views of mountains can be seen from Deurali and break 1 hour for lunch. From Deurali all way downhill to Dhampus (1580m). It takes approx 2 hours. The trails down through Pothana pass a police cheek post. At Dhampus, you are rewards with great views of the mountains that continue to improve as you ascend along the ridge.
Day 15: Dhampus- Pokhara
From Dhampus, all the way downhill through the village to Phedi. Starting at an elevation of 1580 metres, in a village and then forests that is so overgrazed that is look like a manicured municipal park, the trail down steeply to the ridge at Phedi (1080m). It takes nearly 2 hours treks catch our vehicles and drive to Pokhara. Our lunch spot in Pokhara Hotel. After Lunch you are free as your own in Pokhara. O/N in Pokhara.
Day 16: Pokhara Tour
After breakfast we have sightseeing around Pokhara valley. You are free in Pokhara Valley to explore the various interesting place like a boating in Fewa Lake overlooking the region of Annapurna Areas, David Falls, Mahendra Cave and some Temples. After lunch you are free as your own. O/N in Pokhara
Day 17: Pokhara - Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus or by flight. Along the way you can enjoy with good scenery views. You will be arriving at Kathmandu late afternoon. You are free in Kathmandu for shop and pick up some last minute souvenirs or rest.