The Annapurna Sanctuary trek known as Annapurna Base Camp trek is a true classic, amidst some of the highest and most spectacular mountains in the world. Many of the peaks are over 7000m, including the famous twin-peaked Machapuchare, as well as Annapurna I and lll, Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Glacier Dome. Our trek begins in the terraced foothills close to Pokhara. The Ghorepani-Chhomrong and Dumpus ridge gives us good panoramic views of the mountains and, as we pass through local farming communities, the vista becomes more impressive.
The trek to Annapurna’s south facing base camp offers an opportunity to view dramatic Himalayan peaks in a short amount of time. It is not that difficult of a trek although some portions have steep climbs. This trek traverses a variety of terrain from lowland villages and rice terraces to glaciers.
This trek begins and ends in Pokara and can be completed in 8-10 days depending on which route you take. The mail trekking seasons of spring and autumn are the best times to do this trek. The maximum height of this trek is 4,130 meters.
This trek can be done in winter, but is very dangerous after snowfall. Avalanches can block the narrow entrance to the sanctuary. Some avalanches tend not to be visible and come crashing down at unsuspecting times and at frightening speeds, this is especially true around Mt.Himchuli.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara (833m.)
Today we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara and stay in hotel at Lakeside. (7 hours drive by bus or 30 minutes flight)
Day 02: Pokhara to Dhampus(1600m.)
Short drive to Phedi from where trekking starts and trek to Dhampus (1,600 m.) and overnight at teahouse.
Day 03: Dhampus to Landruk (1,565m.)
The trail gradually goes up from Dhampus to Deurali (2,100m). After then, we will walk through rain forest jungle heading down to Landruk 5 hours walk and overnight stay at teahouse.
Day 04: Landruk to Chomrong (2,170m.)
Heading down to the Modi River. The trail follows the Modi river banks till Jhinu Danda and passes through local villages and forests. After Jhinu Danda, the trail goes straight up approximately one hour walk. Chomrong is one of the best places for the mountain views (Annapurna south, Hiuchuli, Fishtail, etc.) and beautiful rural scene. Overnight stay at teahouse.
Day 05: Chomrong to Dovan (2,505m.)
From the lower part of the village, you descent to the suspension bridge over the Chomro Khola (river) and climb steeply at first, passing through Tilche, Bhanuwa, Sherpa Lodge. A little further up are the scattered lodges of Sinuwa, a perfect place to stop and admire the view back down the Modi Khola. From where a panoramic view of Mt. Fishtail can be seen. The trail also changes in character from wide stone steps and mixed rhododendron forest which sets the valley ablaze with color during April.
Day 06: Dovan to Deurali (3,230m.)
During the trek, along this trail, we do not find any permanent settlement. The trail passes through solitary places and one can really feel the Nature’s wilderness. If you walk without making any noise, you are likely to have the chances to see a variety of species of wildlife such as wild pig, deer, snow leopard, etc. After walking 4 hours, we can reach Deurali from Dovan and stay in local lodge.
Day 07: Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m.)
As this route is in the high altitude area, you might feel the shortage of oxygen, so, you are advised to walk slowly. However, you can feel that you are very close to the Nature. The scene of waterfalls and close mountain view may make your trek enjoyable. After walking along the trail for about three hours, you can reach ABC and stay in a local lodge.
Day 08: Trekking back to Dovan from ABC (2,505m.)
Wake up early in the morning and trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp to see beautiful sunrise and mountain views. After having breakfast, we go back to Dovan and stay at a local teahouse.
Day 09: Dovan to Chomrong (2,170m.)
After having breakfast at Dovan, we trek to Chomrong and stay in a teahouse.
Day 10: Chomrung to Ghandruk (1,939m.)
The trail goes straight and a little bit down hill. Then, we cross the Kimrung Khola and gradually go up. Then comes a very nice tiny village. After about one hour’s walk, we arrive to famous and beautiful Ghandruk village which is culturally and naturally rich Gurung settlement and also listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site. Cultural show in the evening on request.
Day 11: Ghandruk to Pokhara.
Walk through a paddy field and local settlement. After 4 hours of walk, you will come to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara, overnight stay in hotel.
Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1320)
Today drive or fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.
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