Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin lying north of Pokhara. Situated below a ring of eleven of Nepal’s major peaks, it has spectacular views of each of these giants. This magnificent amphitheater is called a ‘sanctuary’ not because of laws that protect wildlife within its boundaries, but because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. One can sit in the Sanctuary meadows at 4000m enjoying the views of these legendary mountains towering some kilometers above in all directions. (The varieties of alpine flowers and lichens make these meadows brilliant with color at certain times of the year). This isolated cirque of peaks can only be approached by one route, a deep gorge that carves into the fortress of mountains between Machapuchare and Hiunchuli.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive at Kathmandu airport. Meet our representative to assist and transfer you to hotel.
Leave hotel for a half-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city and Swyambhunath Stupa. (Depends upon arrival time) Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Drive or Fly to Pokhara
After breakfast at hotel, Drive to Pokhara by Tourist Bus, upon arrival meet your guide and transfer to hotel. Enjoy a look around Lakeside then take a 1-hour boat ride on Phewa Lake. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Pokhara – Nayapul – Tirkhedhunga (5170ft) (3–4 hrs walk)
After breakfast drive for one hour to Nayapul, from where you will begin your trek to Tirkhedhunga. Walk about 20 minutes on an easy trail to Birethanti, where two rivers meet and flow together. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) check post will check whether you have paid the ACAP fee. The trail from here is relatively flat, following the left side of the Bhurundi River. The trek takes about 3 1/2 hours to reach Tirkhedhunga. Lunch will be taken in a restaurant en-route. Dinner and overnight at local teahouse at Tirkhedunga.
Day 04: Tirkhedhunga – Ghorepani (9357ft)(6 hrs walk)
After breakfast we begin a more stiff ascent, and trek for about 2 1/2 hours to a Magar/Gurung village called Ulleri. Then trek to Banthati for lunch. After lunch we continue ascending to Ghorepani, a lovely village set in a saddle between two mountains, from where a 170 degree view of 50 mountain peaks may be seen on a clear day. Dinner and overnight in Ghorepani.
Day 05: Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Ghorepani – Tadapani(8856ft)(6 hrs walk)
Rise early (5am) for a 45 minute to climb Poon-Hill (10660ft), a world famous destination for panoramic views of sunrise on the Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, etc. back to Ghorepani for breakfast. The first part of todays trek takes us up to a grassy knoll at 10,397ft that offers great views of the surrounding mountains. A short distance up the ridge our trail will descend the north side of the ridge through Deorali and we connect with the trail that leads to Tadapani (6950ft), having lunch at Banthanti on the way. The views from Tadapani are stunning, and we spend the rest of the day here enjoying them. Dinner and overnight at Tadapani.
Day 06: Tadapani – Chomrong (7248ft) (6 hrs walk)
Breakfast in Tadapani before beginning a 2 hour descent. After crossing the Modi river, gradually ascend to Kimru ridge through a sparse forest. Descend through forest to the Kimru river and stop for lunch. After lunch is a steep ascent for about 3 hours then the trail levels off till you reach Chomrong and a spectacular view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Macchapuchere.
Day 07: Chomrong – Doban (8350ft) (6 hrs walk)
From Chomrong village, the trail descends to the Chomrong river and again ascends. We then pass through thick forest vegetation and follow the western bank of the Modi river to Khuldi for lunch. After lunch, another 3 hours trek through bamboo and bushes takes us to Doban for dinner and our overnight stay.
Day 08: Doban – Deorali (10,300ft) (5hrs walk)
A steady ascent of about 3 1/2 hours from Doban takes you to Deorali. Upon reaching Deorali the forest disappears and the valley opens up and becomes very picturesque. You are now at the foot of the Modi Himal and Machhapuchhare. Take some time here to check out the scenery while acclimatising. Overnight at Deorali.
Day 09: Deorali – Machhapuchhre Base Camp (12,135ft) (4hrs walk)
The trail is not quite as steep today and the mountain views are stupendous, so take your time, stop frequently, and be prepared to take a lot of photographs. We will stop early today for further acclimatizing. Overnight at MBC.
Day 10: MBC to Annapurna Base Camp (13,546ft) (2hrs walk back and forth)
We will make a day excursion to Annapurna Base Camp, having lunch at one of the surprisingly nice restaurants there. From here you can gaze upon an amazing panorama which includes Annapurna South (23,678ft), Annapurna I(26,538ft), Annapurna III(24,780ft), Huinchuli(21,126ft), Gangapurna(24,448ft), and Macchapuchre(22,936ft).After exploring the Annapurna Base Camp area and taking in the wonders of this incredible landscape we return to MBC for dinner and overnight.
Day 11: Base Camp to Himalayan Hotel (9315ft)(3–4hrs walk)
It is much easier going downhill, This will leave us with plenty of time for getting a better look at the countryside and those ever amazing Himalayan peaks.
Day 12: Himalayan Hotel – Chomrong (7248ft)(6 – 7hrs walk)
We will begin with a descent through rhododendron forest, and after lunch we climb once again to land us back in Chomrong for that spectacular view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Macchapuchere.
Day 13: Chomrong – Landruk – Pothana (6232ft)(5 ½hrs walk)
We descend for 1-½ hours, and again ascend to Landruk for our lunch stop. We now follow a relatively flat trail for about 2 1/2 hours to Bheri Kharka. Another 1 ½ hours ascent will bring us to Potana for a unique view of Macchapuchere and an overnight stay.
Day 14: Pothana – Dhampus (1hour walk), Drive to Pokhara
After breakfast we will trek for about 1hr to Dhampus. We will then take a local taxi from Phedi to Pokhara which takes about half an hour.
Check in at hotel upon arrival in Pokhara,
Sightseeing around Pokhara. Have lunch at Lakeside, then visit Davis Falls, Chamero-Gufa (Bat-cave), Tibetan Handicraft Centre, Seti River Gorge, or a 1hr. uphill hike to World Peace Stupa. A 1 hour boat ride on Phewa Lake is also a favourite activity.
Dinner at one of the fine restaurants at Lakeside in Pokhara. Enjoy traditional Nepali dancing and festivities while having dinner, then for a more western experience, check out the nightlife many clubs at Lakeside offer.
Day 15: After breakfast and check out, Drive to Kathmandu. Check in at hotel, relax, and refresh. Lunch will be served en-route.
Dinner at restaurant of your choice and overnight at hotel.
Day 16:Breakfast at hotel. Day at leisure for individual activities, shopping, etc. Farewell Dinner at Nepali restaurant followed by Cultural dance. Overnight at hotel.
Day 17: Breakfast at Hotel.
Transfer from hotel to airport to board flight for onward journey
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