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Annapurna Sanctuary

Start of the Trip: Kathmandu
End of the Trip: Kathmandu
Duration: 13 days
Difficulty: Medium
Hotels: Good
Seasons: October- November, March- April
Maximum Elevation: 4095m

Begin the trek from Phedi, which is a 1½-hour bus ride away from Pokhara. The entire region of Phedi is also known as Dhampus. Trek through the Gurung villages, past the Modi Gorge before heading towards Annapurna Sanctuary, also known as Annapurna Deuthali. Along the trek the trail transverse huge variety of terrains from glacial moraines to terraced farm fields. The trek is filled with steep declines and ascents, the first initial days of the trek are much more difficult than the rest. Small lodges, restaurants, and places to rest are readily available within an hour distance along each stop. The Annapurna Sanctuary is little more than a roadside Bazaar, it is only 30 minutes upstream to Birethanti, with fancy lodges, an art gallery and ACAP check Post. The trek is doable round the year, unless the normal route is disrupted by avalanche. Though telephone services are available as far as Chhomrong, there are no communication facilities in the sanctuary. In this trek, there is no acclimatization problem unlike the Everest region trek. From Machhapuchhare Base Camp enjoy stupendous views of some of world’s tallest peaks.

Attractions

Paungda Danda or Swarga Dwar (Gateway to Heaven) (huge slab of rock holy to locals), Hinku Cave (3100m), Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m), Annapurna Base Camp

Major Festivals

Yartung, (horse- racing festival in the Manang Valley), Meta (archery festival during March & April). Badhe (a warrior festival is held once in three years in Manang village).

Peaks at Sight

Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna 1 (8091m), Tarke Kang (7193), Hiunchuli (6441m). Annapurna South, , Annapurna 3 (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m), Tharpu Chuli (5663m), Singu Chuli (6501m).

Photos of Annapurna Sanctuary

Tour Itinerary

 

Day Section and Altitude Hour
1

Kathmandu Arrival

Kathmandu-Pokhara-Phedi

 
2 Phedi to Dhampus (1700m),
Dhampus to Pothana (1990m),
Pothana to Deurali (2150m),

Deurali to Bheri Kharka,

Bheri Kharka to Tolka (1790m).

1030m ascent, 370m descent

1.15
1.10
0.40
0.40
1.00
3 Tolka to Landruk (1620m),
Landruk to Himal Qu (1410m),

Himal Qu to Jhinu Danda (1750m),

Jhinu Danda to Taglung (2190m).

Taglung to Chhomrong

450m descent, 870m ascent

0.45
1.20
1.30
1.00
0.15
4 Chhomrong to Chhomrong Khola,
Chhomrong Khola to Bhanuwa,
Bhanuwa to Sinuwa (2340m),
Sinuwa to Kuldi,
Kuldi to Bamboo (2310m),
610m ascent, 510m descent
0.40
0.40
0.45
1.00
0.30
5 Bamboo to Doban (2500m)
Doban to Himalayan Hotel (2840m),
530m ascent
0.45
1.10
6 Himalayan Hotel to Hinku Cave (3100m),
Hinku Cave to Deorali (3140m),
Deorali (3140m) to Machhapuchhare Base Camp,
860m ascent
1.00
2.00
7 Machhapuchhare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp
430m ascent
1.30
8 Annapurna Base Camp to Machhapuchhare Base Camp
Machhapuchhare Base Camp to Deurali
Deurali to Himalayan Hotel
1320m descent
1.00
1.30
1.00
9 Himalayan Hotel to Doban
Chhomrong to Sinuwa
Sinuwa to top of Chhomrong
1140m descent, 510m ascent
1.00
2.15
1.45
10 Chhomrong to Kimrong (1810m)
Kimrong (1810m) to Kumrong Danda (2220m)
Kumrong Danda (2220m) to Ghandruk
700m descent, 480m ascent
1.30
1.15
1.00
11 Ghandruk to Kimche,
Kimche to Syauli Bazaar,
Syauli Bazaar to Birethanti,
Birethanti to Naya Pul
1000m descent
0.45
1.00
1.10
0.30
12

Nayapul to Pokhara

Pokhara to Kathmandu

1.30

7.00

13 Kathmandu Departure  

*** There are various ways to return back, you can choose to return to Pokhara from Chhomrong, or choose other alternative routes. If you wish to explore more of the region, then you may continue on to Ghorepani trek.

 

 

 

 

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