Annapurna sanctuary trek is well known tea house trekking trail in the southern face of Annapurna base camp. Trekking that has begun in Pokhara will bring you to miraculous Modi Khola gorge which lead you to panorama of vast mountains. In this trekking trail you pass through bamboo and rhododendron ultimately leading to awesome view of Annapurna range. In his trail we walk in the path sandwiched between Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli. The maximum altitude we reach in this trial is 4170m The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek / Base camp trek is a hike into the dazzling natural amphitheatre formed by the staggeringly beautiful peaks of the giants - Annapurna 1, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Fang and the fishtail peak of Machhapuchhare. Although there is only one entrance to the sanctuary itself, we follow locally known, lesser-used approaches and exit routes on our premier Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
The vast amphitheater of the Annapurna base camp trek is encircled by the famous Himalayan peaks - the 'fishtail' spire of Machapuchare (6997m), Gangapurna (7454m), Annapurna 1 (8091m), the unclimbed Fang (7647m) and Annapurna South (7273m). The only approach follows the Modi Khola Valley through forests of oak, rhododendron and bamboo, passing through local Gurung villages to a world of soaring peaks. The flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara takes us past three 8000m giants. We start our Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with a short drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. We walk to a village by the Modi River, Birethanti (1000m). Walking through oak forest we cross several side valleys, which run into the Modi Khola, and climb a stone 'staircase' to the Gurung village of Chomrong (2060m). Trekking past Hinku cave, we reach what is known as the 'gate' into the Sanctuary - a pass between the spectacular peaks of Hiunchuli and Machapuchare.The glaciated and snow covered peaks of the Sanctuary form a spectacular barrier. Dazzling views confront us as we trek up through the last permanent settlements to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3729m) where we are rewarded with superb views of 'Fishtail' mountain. While here we will also visit the Annapurna South Base camp.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu airport and transfer your Hotel 1350m
From Tribhuban International Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you will invite to visit our office for briefing about the each day program. Today you will receive your Annapurna Conservation Permits and TIMS.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara 900m
Early in the morning after having breakfast you will start a scenic drive to the beautiful city of Pokhara and transfer your hotel. Afternoon if time permits boating in Phewa lake and visit Barahi temple situated in Center of Phewa Lake, also side trip around lakeside.
Day 03: Trek from Pokhara to Tolka (1700m) via Pedi.
Half hour drive From pokhara to Pedi and the trail directly goes uphill to Dhampus (1750m) which stretches for several kilometers from 1580 to 1700m and has number of lodge along the ridge. Trail climb to Pothana 1990m and downhill steeply through a forest towards Bichok. It emerges in the modikhola valley and continue drop to Tolka village. Overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Tolka to Chhomrung (2170m)
From Tolka the trail descends to long stone staircase and then follows a ridge to the Gurung village of Landruk (1620m). Ten minutes path from here splits north take you to Chhomrung. The sanctuary trail goes uphill to modikhola valley and then continues jhinu danda near hot spring before steeps climbs to Taklung village and further uphill to Chhomrung village. Chhomrung at 2210m last permanent settlement in the valley and overnight at Lodge.
Day 05: Trek from Chhomrung to Bamboo (2310m)
The trail drops down a set of stone steps to Chhomrung Khola and than uphill to Sinuwa and on through rhododendron forest to Kuldi (2470m). The trek now enters the upper modikhola valley. The section of the trail is a bottleneck and only few lodges in the Bamboo, which opening during the high season. In the winter it is very common find snow from this point.
Day 06: Trek from Bamboo to Himalaya Hotel (2920m)
The trail climbs through rhododendron forest to Dovan 2840m. This stretch of the trail passes several avalanche chutes. If you arrive early in Himalaya hotel. It’s possible to continue on to Deurali to make the following day easier and comfortable.
Day 07:Trek from Himalaya Hotel to Machhauchhare base camp (3700m)
From the Himalaya hotel it’s on to Hinko (3100m) then to lodge at Deurali at the gate way to Sanctuary. At the Machhauchhare base camp isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted and there is decent accommodation available. Some time altitude sickness will start from here to heading uphill to Annapurna base camp.
Day 08:Trek from MBC to Annapurna base camp (4130m)
The trail leads you uphill to Annapurna base camp at 4130m and it will take 3 hours and better to do early in the day before clouds roll in. if there is snow trail is difficult to follow. The lodge you can get here very crowded at high of the trekking season. The frozen dawn is best observed from the glacier moraine a short stroll for your cosy room.
Day 09:Trek from Annapurna base camp to Dovan (2600m)
Early morning sunrise view from Annapurna base camp, have great breakfast and trail directly leads you downhill to Dovan via village of Deurali, Himalaya Hotel and overnight at Dovan.
Day 10:Trek from Dovan to Chhomrung (2170m)
After morning breakfast in Dovan trail leads you to Sinuwa via bamboo. Which is 3 hour walking from Dovan through Rhododendron forest and Himalayan Bamboo? Small tea/coffee or cold drinks breaks in Sinuwa the trail directly goes downhill to Chhomrung Khola, cross Chhomrung Khola and trail directly goes uphill to Chhomrung village with the set of stone steps.
Day 11: Trek from Chhomrung to Ghandruk (1990m)
After morning breakfast in Chhomrung say good bye to modikhola upper valley and trail leads you to Kim rung Khola. First part of the trail take through rural mountain village and directly drops you to Kim rung Khola and trail goes directly uphill to Kim rung hill through rhododendron forest. Short break in Kim rung hill trail slightly turn to joyful Gurung village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk village decorated with Buddhist monasteries, Chorten and prayer flag. Celebrate your trekking with Gurung culture and traditions.
Day 12:Trek from Ghandruk to Pokhara (900m)
After morning breakfast the trail leads you downhill for about three hours; the trail has some small tea house. Prolong your walk to reach Birethati. With a half an hour walk arrive to Nayapul with private transport drive back to Pokhara from Nayapul. Your last day trekking celebrates in Pokhara with your trekking staff.
Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1350m)
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu and transfer your hotel, spare time for your family shopping evening celebrate farewell dinner with Nepali Family.
Day 14:Departure for your onwards flight.
My husband and I trekked the ABC Santuary Trek for 11 days and had an amazing time with Adventure Nepal Eco Treks. Our guide, Ramesh and porter, Tilok were fantastic. They were professional, attentive and informative and made sure that were well taken care of, from holding our hands as we were trekking down ice slabs to paving our way to ABC after a snowstorm the night before covered the trail. They were also very fun to be around and excellent company for the trek -we could not have asked for a more incredible experience.The price we paid for the tour was also very reasonable compared to other quotes we got from other companies. Devi, the owner of the company was also very responsive to emails and took the time to personally get us from the airport and at the end of the trip, invited us over to his house for a home cooked meal. We could not have imagined a more memorable experience.
Average walking per day: 6 hrs
Maximum altitude: 4130m
Best Seasons: February-June, September- December
Type of trek:Tea house/Lodge
Duration: 13 days