General

It is one of the popular trek in the Annapurna region is the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. It is relatively a short trek, which can be completed in as little as 12 days starting and ending in Pokhara. The trail leads to the Base Camp of Annapurna I and Machhapuchhre.  However, the trek may also be made as a part of the Annapurna Circuit or the Jomsom trek by trekking from Tatopani through Ghorepani and Tadapani and joining the main Sanctuary trail at Chomrong. An entry permit for ACAP is required for this trek.

There are two points to begin this trek either from Nayapul or from Phedi. Nayapul is 2 hours from Pokhara whereas Phedi is a forty-five minutes drive from Pokhara. If you are start from Phedi, the route goes through Dhampus, Pothana and Landrung, which are all Gurung villages. Once Landrung is reached, you have two choices; either cross to Ghandrung perhaps the most popular Gurung settlement or continue along the river to New Bridge and the hot springs at Tatopani. Both trails come together at Chomrong which is situated at the foot of the gorge that leads to the Sanctuary.

The trail up the Modi Khola passes through the dense forests of Rhododendron and bamboos on the first day. By the time the large rock overhang, known as Hinku Cave is reached you are entering the Sanctuary and you find yourself in a huge amphitheater enclosed by a solid wall of snow-capped peaks which include Annapurna I, II, III, IV and Machhapuchhre (also know as the fish-tail mountain). There are a good number of teahouses at Machhapuchhre Base Camp which is a two hours down from Annapurna Base Camp.

On the return journey, you can choose to follow the same route or take alternate routes through either Ghandrung or Ghorepani.Starting from Birenthanti. If you take the alternative trail we trek up to Ghorapani for a spectacular sunrise view of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Nepal. Trek along the ridge down through a river bed to reach Tadapani. The next day the trek descends through the woods to the Kyumnu khola before a climb up to the trail that leads on to Chomrong. After leaving Chomrong we say goodbye to all permanent settlements. The trek climbs through dense bamboo jungle to finally rise above the vegetation line and makes for a narrow notch between the sheer lower flanks of Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli.

Once past the sanctuary the trek ascends through glacial moraine and up to a cluster of huts  where many people stay overnight. An hour or so further from here you reach Annapurna Base camp (4130m). The views within the basin are spectacular, people either spend the whole day here and lodge overnight or a couple of hours before trekking back the way they came. There is an opportunity on the return to bathe in the hot spring at Jhinu.

 

Day to day itinerary

Day 01: Drive/flight to Pokhara.

Day 02: Drive to Nayapul walk to Tirkhedhunga (1577m)

Day 03: Trek to Ghorapani (2850m)

Day 04: Trek from Sunrise trek to Poon Hill then trek down to Tadapani (2595m)

Day 05: Trek from Tadapani to Chhomrong (1950m)

Day 06: Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan (2720M)

Day 07: Trek from Dovan to Machhapuchhre base Camp (3700m)

Day 08: Trek from Machhapuchhre base camp to Annapurna base camp (4130m)

Day 09: Trek from Annapurna base camp to Bamboo

Day 10: Trek from Bamboo to Hot Spring (Jhinu) (1600m)

Day 11: Trek from Hot spring to Nayapul then drive back to Pokhara

Day 12: Drive or flight to Kathmandu

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