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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - 14 Days

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For the experience of trekking in the high Himalayas, close to the snowy peaks, with spectacular
mountain views and a great variety of landscapes and cultural diversity, the Annapurna Basecamp
trek in combination with Poon Hill is worth a try.
The Annapurna Basecamp trek is a moderate trek of 9 till 14 days that follows the Modi Khola Valley
up to the north of the main Himalayan range. Trek through Gurung villages and climb the Modi Gorge
in to the Annapurna Sanctuary, an arena of huge mountain peaks. Surrounded by this circle of giant
snowy rocks, standing on the roof of the world is a defining moment, feeling puny and grand at the
same time.

The Annapurna Basecamp trek is a moderate trek of 9 till 14 days that follows the Modi Khola Valley
up to the north of the main Himalayan range. Trek through Gurung villages and climb the Modi Gorge
in to the Annapurna Sanctuary, an arena of huge mountain peaks. Surrounded by this circle of giant
snowy rocks, standing on the roof of the world is a defining moment, feeling puny and grand at the
same time.

Day 1
Arrival

pick up from international airport & transfer to hotel

Day 2
sightseeing

Day 3
drive to pokhara/fly

Day 4
Pokhara to Naya Pul and trek to Ulleri

The trek starts from Naya Pul, a one and a half hours drive from Pokhara. The first part of the trek is an unpaved road that winds through a green valley with rice paddies and terraced farmland. Crossing small bridges over waterfalls, the trail leeds you to Gurung villages with colorful houses where the inhabitants greet you friendly. After a couple of steep stairs up hill, you reach the Magar village of Ulleri with lovely guesthouses from where you can see the first glimpse of the snowy peak of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Day 5
Ulleri to Ghorepani

The second day the trail continues to climb through cultivated fields and follows a gorge of bamboo

and Rodondendron forests. The Bhurrungdi Khola flows below into large waterfalls and turquoise

blue swimming holes. Now and than shepherds with their herd of sheep and donkeys cross the trail.

At the end of the day you reach the village Ghorepani with a lot of proper guesthouses and hotels

with all the facilities you need and pretty mountain views. Ghorepani means ‘horse water’. The

village is a former watering stop for the mule caravans transporting goods between Pokhara and

Jomsom.

Day 6
Ghorepani to Tadapani

Wake up before dawn the following day, for a early morning one hour’s climb under a sky full of

stars, up to the view point of Poon Hill. From a 360 degrees view you see in one hour of time how the

light of the rising sun changes the colors of the mountain range around you from red, pink, golden,

yellow to white. The panorama stretches from Daulhagirir 1, Tukuche, to Nilgiri, Annapurna South,

Annapurna 1 and Hiunchuli.

Return to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue the trek to meander along the mountain ridge in a

pretty pine and rhodondendron forests that offers mountain views similar to those of Poon Hill and

views over the green valley below. After crossing the north side of the stream, the trail stars

climbing, leaving the forest and entering cane fields. The last part is a rocky climb through the forest

again before reaching the friendly village of Tadapani. From the Shiva Temple just above the village

you have a spectacular sunset view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare.

Day 7
Tadapani to Sinuwa

After Tadapani, you go all the way down the hill to cross the Kimrong Khola and climb up again to

reach the Gurung village Chomrong, the bottlenek where the different trails from the valley come

together to head to Annapurna Base camp. Here you find plenty of lodges, teahouses, shops and

cottages selling pizza’s and chocolate cake’s. Leaving Chomrong the trail descends a long stone

staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola. Slowly ascending and descending the hills, the landscape

changes from dens bamboo, rhodondron and oak forest to yellow grasslands with plenty of

waterfalls streaming down the rocks in front of you. With every step following the river to its source,

you come closer to the arena of rock and ice surrounded by high peaks. A further climb takes you to

Sinuwa with two hotels on a ridge.

Day 8
Sinuwa to Deorali

The trek continues on a stone paved trail in the forest of bamboo and rhodondendron, festooned

with orchids and ferns. Local people harvest the dens bamboo to use it for mats for their floors and

roofs and the baskets you see the porters carry on the way. Keep an eye out for black-faced langur

monkeys in the trees beside you. In the forest is a small temple where local people ring the bells

when they enter and leave offerings of flowers and leaves. Opposite of the temple you face several

cascades fall down the high rock walls. The trail climbs through large boulders to Deorali.

Day 9
Deorali to Annapurna Base Camp

From the lodges of Deurali you enter the gateway to the Annapurna sanctuary. From

Machapuchhare base camp at 3700 meters, you have a sublime view on the fish-tailed

Machhapuchere and if you are lucky you spot Himalayan pheasants and the Himalayan thar. After

two hours following the trail on a glacial moraine, you reach the magnificent amphitheatre

surrounded by the 7000 and 8000 meter Annapurna peaks. If you spend the night there in one of the

lodges of the Annapurna Base Camp, you can enjoy the Annapurna peaks turn golden by the last

sunbeams of the pink sky sunset.

Day 10
Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

On the way down the next morning, the frozen down on the grassblades causes a serene scenery.

Heading back down the valley is much easier than going up to reach Himalayan Hotel, Dovan or

Bamboo to stay for the night.

Day 11
Bamboo to Jhinudanda

Follow the Modi Khola river down the valley till Jinnu Danda, and grab the opportunity to indulge

your muscles with a deserved bath in the hoth springs of Jinnu.

Day 12
Jhinudanda to Pothana

From there the following day, the flora and fauna gets more varied and plenty of waterfalls pour

down next to the trail. You find nice accommodation at the Gurung village of Landruk or Tolka if you

want to continue. Take the last climb of stairs to pritty Pathi Deurali and descend to Pothana.

Day 13
Pothana to Dhampus and drive to Pokhara

Pothana to Dhampus and drive to Pokhara

Day 14
pokhara to kathmandu by bus/flight

Day 15
transfer to international airport

time to re-united with family

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