Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
“Annapurna Deothali” as the place is known to the Nepalese is considered to be a sacred place. The Annapurna Sanctuary forms a natural amphitheater, ringed by Annapurna South and Annapurna I, Varahashikhar, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare or “Fish Tail” as it is commonly known.
There is a good mix of high mountains and Himalayan culture on this trek. The Annapurna Himal lies between the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi river valley’s forming a solid, mountain bastion. In its span of 40 miles, it encompasses some twelve peaks higher than 7000m and numerous others over 6000m.
As rhododendron forests give way to bamboo groves which in turn vanish into the high desert landscapes, people of Aryan stock give way to those of Mongoloid stock and the dominant religion changes from Hinduism in the lower reaches to Buddhism higher up.
Costs and what is involved
Cost: £870 per person – based on a group size of 8-10 people.
The above cost includes:
- Airport transfers where applicable in the Itinerary.
- A senior member of the Hindustan trekking company team as team leader,
- Full board and lodging as mentioned in the Itinerary,
- Full camping gear including sleeping tents on twin sharing, sleeping mats, dining tent, toilet tent, kitchen tent,
- Full compliment of camp and trekking staff,
- Accommodation in tea lodges,
- Porters / Ponies / Yaks, to carry our gear,
- Hiring of vehicles as per the itinerary,
- Visit to Monasteries as mentioned in the itinerary,
- Hiring of Monastery guides where applicable.
The above cost does not include:
- Emergency evacuation,
- Hotel in any place other than what’s mentioned in the itinerary,
- Cost due to illness or natural disaster,
- International flights.
| Arrive in Kathmandu on 27th February |
Depart from Kathmandu on 9th March
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Depart from Kathmandu on 23rd March
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Depart from Kathmandu on 11th October
| Arrive in Kathmandu on 15th October |
Depart from Kathmandu on 26th October
| Arrive in Kathmandu on 29th October |
Depart from Kathmandu on 9th November
The itinerary at a glance
Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be received at the Airport and transferred to your Hotel. Overnight: Hotel – Kathmandu.
Fly to Pokhara where we drive to Phedi. From here we trek to Dhampus (1525 m) for lunch. After lunch we continue to Potana. The entire Annapurna range can be viewed from Dhampus and Potana. Overnight: lodge – Potana.
We trek through rhododendron forests to Tokla and Landruk. From here we descend to Modi Khola. If we have spare time and energy, we have the option of climbing further uphill and spending the night at Jenu. Overnight: Lodge – New bridge / Jenu.
Ascend along the Modi Khola to the village of Chomrong, opposite the impressive south wall of Annapurna South. This is the last major settlement before the Sanctuary. From here we descend to the river and climb up the other bank to Sinuwa, our destination for the day. Overnight: Lodge – Sinuwa.
We continue our trek to Khuldi, the opening of the gorge, between Machhapuchhare and Himchuli, which leads into the Sanctuary. The trail passes through dense bamboo forests and past dramatic waterfalls. Overnight: Lodge – Deurali.
Beyond Deurali the trail follows the river to the Base Camp of Machhapuchhare. a magical spot overlooked by the majestic Machhapuchare and Annapurna South peaks. Overnight: Machhapuchare base camp (3700mts).
Today we head to the Annapurna South Base Camp with its stunning views of the summits of Himchuli, Annapurna South, Varahashikhar, Annapurna I, Tarke Kang, Singu Chuli and Tharpu Chuli. Overnight: Annapurna base camp (4130mts).
With extreme reluctance we leave this magical spot and start our return journey. Our trail today takes us past Machhapuchhare B.C. and Hinko to the settlement at Bamboo. Overnight: Lodge – Bamboo.
From Bamboo we continue down the same trail to our camp site at Chomrong. Overnight: Lodge – Chomrong.
Today we start with a climb to Khimrung village where we trek to Ghandruka Village then to Shaule Bazar, our destination for the day. Overnight: Camp – Shaule Bazar.
An easy, flat walk down to Naya Pul, followed by a short drive to Pokhara from where we catch our flight to Kathmandu. Overnight: Hotel – Kathmandu.
Transfer to Kathmandu airport for flight back home – after what are hopefully fond farewells!