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Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Annapurna Devathali is truly a hidden sanctuary 36 km. north of Pokhara. This deep valley at the head of Modi river was first explored by a westerner only in 1956. Except the gorge gap above Hinku, it is an ampitheatre entirely enclosed by snow ranges. The prominent peaks that guard it are (clockwise): Annapurna south (7,071 m), Varah Sikhar (7,647 m), Annapurna -I (8091 m) Khangsar Chyuli (7,485 m), Tarke Kang (7,193 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m) and Machhapuchre (6,983 m). The place is sacred to the Gurung shepherds who graze their animals here during summer.
The trek to this place involves about 10 days starting from Pokhara. One can drive to the bridge over Modi Khola near Birethanti about 2 hours from Pokhara, and then climb gradually to the Gurung village of Gandrung. The village of Chhomrong is 4 hour walk to the north. Beyond Chhomrong there are pleasant stopping places at Kuldighar, Dobhan and Hinku in clearings of dense forests rich in wildlife. Within the Sanctuary, one can camp on alpine glades close to glaciers. The return trek is more interesting along the east side of Modi Khola, passing the Gurung village of Landrung, Potana and Dhampus. The last lap of the trek includes a steep descent to Suikhet.
Day 01. Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m.) by & air 25 minutes. drive to Nayapul
and same day trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m.) it takes 4 hours walk.
This is your first day walking in to the mountain via Birethati, Sudame,
Hile and finally you are Tikhedhunga.
Day 02. Trek to Ghorepani (2850m.) it takes 6 hours walk. Second day walking of your
holiday in mountain and today you can see two mountain from Ulleri it call
Annapurna south (7219m. and Himchuli (6441m.), cross several place it call
Banthati, Tangethati finally you are Ghorepani where you can several mountain
including Dhaulagiri (8167m.) highest mountain in Annapurna Region.
Day 03. Early morning climb up to Poonhill for sunrise and 180 degree Annapurna
mountain view and back to hotel take breakfast and after continue
to Tadapani (2590m.) it takes 6 hours walk. Today is your one of the
memory which you never forget in your life because of the view of the Poonhill.
Day 04. Trek to Sinuwa (2340m.) it takes 6 hours walk. Half an hour walk between
jungle down to small village it call Chuile where you can see long distance nice
pretty several villages, continue to Kimrung village cross the rive up to Gurjung
village, Taulung, Chhomrong finally you are Sinuwa.
Day 05. Trek to Deurali (3200m.) it takes 6 hours walk. After Sinuwa you almost walk
between jungle until Deurali and after that tree is getting small up to Annapurna
base camp. Every two hours and one an half hours there are hotel / lodge where
you can eat or drink.
Day 06. Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m.) (ABC) via Machhapuchhre Base Camp
(MBC) 3700m.) it takes 5-6 hours walk. Trail to ABC is almost like desert but if
you are here June, July or August and you can see totally green, both side from
path are mountain will welcome to you in ABC.
Day 07. Early morning get up to see sunrise from close to mountain and 360 degree
mountain view from close to hotel take breakfast and trek continue to Bamboo
(2335m.) 6 hours walk. Same trail on the way up but try to catch up view in
your mind to explain your friend.
Day 08. Trek to Jhinu where you can get hot spring and relax it takes 5 hours walk.
Same trail until Chhomrong and after steep down from Chhomrong village.
Morning view from Jhinu is Annapurna south (7219m.) and Himchuli (6441m.)
with your breakfast which is another memory for holiday in Nepal.
Day 09. Trek to Deurali (2200m.) it take 6 hours walk. 40 minute down from Jhinu place
it come New Bridge and cross Bridget after village, Himalpani, Landruk, Tolka
and finally you are in Deurali half an hour steep up from Bheri Kharka.
Day 10. Trek continue down to Pothana, Dhampus, Phedi and by private car,
half an hour drive and local bus to Pokhara 40 minute drive.
Day 11. Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 12. By air 25 minutes to Kathmandu.
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