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 III, Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Glacier Dome. Our trek begins in the terraced foothills close to Pokhara. The Ghorepani-Chumrung-Dhampus Ridge gives us good panoramic views of the mountains and, as we pass through local farming communities, the vista becomes more impressive.
After two days trek we arrive at Ghorepani. We spend the night here in order to make an early morning ascent of Poon Hill, to see the spectacular sunrise over the Himalaya. During our trek we pass through the Gurung villages of Chomrong and Landrung, the offering rhododendron and bamboo forests to Hinko Cave. Beyond Hinko, we soon see excellent views of Annapurna South and View from Dhampus Machapuchare. After spending the night in Chomrong, we climb high above the Modi Khola River, through the “gates” of the Sanctuary. Once inside, we are afforded incredible views of the mountains from Machupuchare Base Camp, 3700m, and Annapurna Base Camp, 4200m, where we will spend a day. After this we begin our descent to Pokhara, via Dhampus. Clients will carry day pack only and walk at their own pace. Duration of trekking hours is about 5-7hr a day.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Welcome to Nepal, our pickup team will be there to receive you from Tribhuwan International Airport. Please look for a placed card having your name: arrival section is on your right. Representative of Bulkventure adventure will be there to receive you and host you in hotel at Kathmandu. We’ll have a final briefing in the evening and then turn in early in advance of a big day tomorrow.
It’s time to kick off our journey! The first leg of this adventure is a 6-hour bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara, where you’ll rest up for our first day of trekking! We’ll have a final briefing in the evening to go over details and answer any last-minute questions.
We will depart Pokhara at around 8:30 by a private car. The road snacks through the scenic country side for about 1.5 hrs to the trekking trail head at Nayapul. This is the confluence of Modi river draining Annapurna base camp and Burungdi river
After breakfast, we will start our days walk with steep climb to Ulleri village. There are about 3,000 stone steps to Ulleri village which will take about 2 hrs to climb. From Ulleri the trail climbs gradually through the forest for another 4 hrs to Ghorepani at 2,800 m. Ghorepani is the mountain pass overlooking at the deep KaliGandaki valley wedged between two eight thousand meter peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Hills from where you can enjoy the majestic views of the Himalayas and sunrise. After spending about an hour you trek back to Ghorepani for breakfast and then trek to Tadapani. After walking for an hour you reach Deurali(2960m) passing through forrest( Pine and Rhododendron ) and then trek to Banthanti where you will have lunch and then start trek to Tadapani. From Tadapani you can enjoy very beautiful views of Machhapuchre ( Fish tail) overnight stay at Tadapani this evening you will enjoy with local people with welcome music and dance.
The trail starts off with a descent through a large rhododendron forest. The forest trail ends and our trail opens up to beautifully terraced fields. We walk uphill for around 5 km and pass waterfalls and reach a suspension bridge. Suspension bridges are very common in the hilly and mountainous regions of Nepal. A few more miles of uphill and downhill trekking and we reach our destination for today, Chhomrong. It is a beautiful village right below the giant Annapurna massive. Overnight in Chhomrong.
We leave Chhomrong and walk on quite a number of stone steps before reaching the Chhomrong Khola. We cross a suspension bridge over the river and begin an uphill climb to Sinuwa. Our trail passes through a beautiful forest to Kuldihar. From here we embark on an easy descent to Bamboo. Overnight in Bambo.
We pass through a bamboo forest which is damp and cold. We then walk uphill on a trail which is sometimes steep. It is only after reaching Himalaya Hotel that the forest opens up and we are out in the sun again with astounding views of the glacial river below. It is a steep climb up through a much drier forest before reaching Hinku Cave. From here our trail descends to a river before ascending to Deurali. From here, we can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hills and Mt. Dhaulagiri, magical views of the valley, the river below and cliffs adorned with waterfalls. Overnight in Deurali.
We follow the valley trail in a steady climb. The trail sticks to a rocky cliff and is sometimes steep. We walk on a somewhat flat path for a while before ascending to Machhapurchre Base Camp. From here we get excellent views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna mountains. We then turn left and begin ascending gently to the Annapurna Base Camp. During our ascent we can admire spectacular views of the Himalayan panorama. Walking further we reach the base camp of Mt. Annapurna and it is amazing. We are surrounded by magnificent peaks and the only way into this area is through the gorge we just hiked. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp to Sinuwa: 7 – 8 hours
From Annapurna Base Camp our trail rapidly descends past the Machhapuchhre Base camp, Deurali, Himalayan Hotel and Doban and Bamboo finally to Sinuwa where we spend the night. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult, but from bamboo to sinuawa its up hill inside jungle. Overnight in sinuwa.
We retrace our step back to Chhomrong where we stop for lunch. From Chomrong it is a steep descent down to the Modi Khola valley. The stone steps to Chhomrong are equally tricky as they were before. The trail then descends to Jhinu Danda, where we will be resting for the night. On the way, we enjoy our walking through rain forests and farms. After reaching Jhinu Danda, we can spend the rest of the afternoon taking a rest and relaxing. Overnight in Jhinu Danda.
We leave Jhinu Danda and enjoy the beautiful hill landscape of western Nepal on our way to Naya Pul. We have lunch on the way. The actual trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary and back ends today. We board our vehicle to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
*If the road construction connecting Jhinu Danda to Naya Pul is complete, driving from Jhinu Danda to Pokhara could be another option.
We fly to Kathmandu in the morning. After landing at the airport, we will be dropped off at our hotel in the city. We can spend the day taking the much needed rest or catch up on some last minute shopping. Either way, we mark the end of our successful trip with a farewell dinner hosted by Bulkventure where we can share our experiences of the trek before flying back home the next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our trip to Nepal ends today. We will be dropped off at the airport by a company representative 3 hours before the scheduled flight.