Annapurna Sanctuary

Trip Overview

This trek follows the impressive Modi Khola gorge and allows us to get close up views of the magnificent Annapurna massif which has several peaks above 7000m. Part of the Annapurna range forms a natural amphitheatre known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, this area is encircled by giant peaks such as Annapurna 1, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Fang and Machhapuchhare. On our way to the Sanctuary we will trek through huge Rhododendron, Bamboo, Pine and giant Himalayan Oak forests. We will see typical local villages and view many farms and terraced landscapes and there will be numerous opportunities to view the magnificent mountain panoramas. Once at the Sanctuary we will have a plenty of time to enjoy and explore this impressive and unique area.

On our descent back to Pokhara we will have the opportunity to see the sun rise over the mighty Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range from Poon Hill. This is a fairly strenuous trek offering close up mountain views equal to any in the Himalaya.

Day to Day Activity
Day 01:  Arrive Kathmandu (1350m),
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara
Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ghandrunk(1951m),
Day 05: Trek to Chhomrong (2170m),
Day 06: Trek to Dovan(2505m),
Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchare Base Camp (3700m),
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m),
Day 09: Trek to Bamboo(2335m),
Day 10: Trek to Chhomorong,
Day 11: Trek to Tadapani (2700m),
Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani(2855m).
Day 13: Sunrise at Poon Hill and descent to Pokhara.
Day 14: Drive back Kathmandu,
Day 15: Depart from Kathmandu

Note: Bed and Breakfast is provided in Kathmandu and Pokhara.  Full board is provided during the trek.

Trip Highlight

» Early morning fabulous sunrise view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu range from Poonhill.
» A full day to explore of mighty Annapurna range surrounded by different peaks of Annapurna 1, Himchuli, Gangapurna, and holy peak Machhapuchare.
» Trekking through conservation area, forested hillsides, human made terraces, stopping at small typical villages en route following Modi khola gorge to see langur monkeys play ground.

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel. It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 02 Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
    Today there is a half day guided tour to visit the old part of Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the old city. Here is the old Royal palace, with its intricate woodcarving and four fine towers. There’re several Hindu temples to house for different Hindu deities and images  including the resident for  Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living Goddess from mid 18th century. You’ll get magnificent example of Nepali architecture from medieval period around this Durbar square. Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys,full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls.

    You’re free in the afternoon to visit the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath or you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 03: Drive to Pokhara,
    We drive westwards over Chandra pass from where the chinese built Prithivi high way snakes to Naubise and continues following Trisuli river to Mugling. From here we take right turn to Pokhara, set in a beautiful valley and is overlooked by Machhapuchhare, one of the most distinctive mountain of the western Himalaya. From here on a clear day you’ll get good view of Dhaulagiri 1, and Annapurna range. If you wish to do something for an hour or so this afternoon,you may hire a rowing boat to go around Barahi temple in Phewa lake.
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 04: Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Ghandruk (1951m),
    We leave early today and drive north-west to Nayapul first. We start our trek by following the Modi khola pass Birethanti village situated confluence between the Modi khola and the Burungdi khola. We continue through terraces along Modi khola to Syauli Bazaar for lunch. After lunch we climb up through terraces and small local villages all the way to big Gurung village at Ghandrung. This is the largest Gurung village in Annapuna region. Gurung’s one of the indigenous group of Nepal, are well known for their job in British Gurkha’s for long time from this part of the country.
    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 05: Trek to Chhomrong village,
    We walk through village climbing steadily to Kimrong Danda where we’ll have a tea break. From here the trail descends through the forest to Kimrong khola, a tributary of the Modi Khola. Just other side of the river there are few lodges where you may have lunch stop. From here a steep ascent brings us to Chhomrung at 2170m, another Gurung village and the last permanent settlement in the valley. Beyond here we shall see yersas, the shelters used by herdsmen in the summer months. From this village we have closed views of Annapurna south, Himchuli and Machhapuchare, which from this point onwards clearly shows the twin-peaked “fishtail” which gives the mountain its name.
    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 06: Trek to Dovan,
    The trail from Chhomrong village descends first on a stone staircase to cross the Chomrong Khola by a suspension bridge and then climbs out of this side valley to re-enter the main Modi Khola Valley. We pass through jungle of oak, hemlock and rhododendron trees, following the river high above its course, to Kuldi Ghar (2540m), previously the site of a sheep breeding project. Beyond here our route lies through dense bamboo thickets. These are cut extensively to make 'Dokos' in Nepali - the carrying baskets as used by our porters - and woven mats for floors and roofing. We climb up through the bamboo and then through forests of rhododendrons. Later in the year we may meet snow on the trail from this point onwards. At 2,505m, we reach Dovan, a clearing in the forest where there are several tea houses.
    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 07: Trek to Machhapuchhare Base Camp(3700m),
    It’s good to start early today. We continue up through the forest, passing the few lodges at Himalaya Hotel and then further on past Hinko Cave, where the first expeditions to the Base Camp used to overnight. Crossing a ravine the trail climbs among boulders, leaving the trees behind us. The valley broadens out and the scenery becomes wilder as we approach the gates of the sanctuary. Passing between the heights of Hiumchuli and Machhapuchhare, we reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m) at the entrance to the great amphitheatre, where we spend the night. The views are stupendous and the panorama includes Huinchuli, Annapurna 1, Annapurna 3, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare itself.
    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 08: Trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m),
    In the early morning we walk a couple of hours following the valley up to Annapurna Base Camp surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of some of the highest mountains in the world. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna Fang, Annapurna 1 and 3, Gangapurna and Machhapuchhare all encircle us with soaring ramparts unbroken but for the route by which we entered. The sunset and sunrise are truly magnificent in this mountain arena. We spend the day in this special place with a chance to watch the sunrise magnificently over the mountains surrounding us the following morning. There should be time to make an excursion to the ridge overlooking the base camp and the glacier from Annapurna 1 and Fang from which Chris Bonington led the ascent of Annapurna's South Face. (Occasionally there is too much snow to stay at Annapurna Base Camp. In this case we would walk back down to Machhapuchhare Base Camp in the late afternoon).
    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 09: Descend to Bamboo(2335m),
    We wake up early again to get good sunrise view on the snow capped mountains and leave the Sanctuary today, descending past Hinko Cave, down through the rhododendron jungle and bamboo thickets to Bamboo Lodge.
    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 10: Trek to Chhomrong village,
    The trail ascends through the oak forest  and descends pass Sinuwa to the chomrong Khola again. From here a steep ascent on the  stone staircase brings us back to Chomrong village, at 2,170m. From Chhomrong we have good views again of Annapurna South, Himchuli and Machhapuchare.
    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 11: Trek to Tadapani (2745m),
    The trail turns right  high above the river valley through terraces and undulates via small villages en route with short descend across the Kimrong Khola by a suspension bridge and then climbs up steeply through terraces to the pretty clean Guest house almost half way up to the top, where you’ll have lunch break. After lunch we’ll continue climbing through the huge forest of oak, hemlock and rhododendron trees. At the top at 2745m, in the clearing there are few lodges at Tadapani where we have a superb view of Annapurna south, Himchuli and the peak of Machhapuchhare.
    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani (2855m),
    After breakfast we head west, descend again through huge rhododendron forest to the stream and climb back up to the lonely tea house. If you wonder along the walk this morning you may see langur monkeys jumping from one branch to another. Now the trail contours through more open country then ascend again through jungle to a few lodges in a clearing called Banthanti at 2,620m. From here we’ll follow the narrow gorge through huge pine forest of fir, hemlock and rhododendron all the way up to the pass called Deurali at 3193m, where you’ll have lunch break. We’ll continue climbing to the westwards through jungle along the ridge from where you’ll see view point tower at Poonhill straight ahead. We descend steeply on the stone staircase. Finally we emerge from the forests at Ghorepani (2855m) and suddenly a splendid mountain vista appears before us - Dhaulagiri, Niligiri, Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhare, Lamjung and other Himalayan giants tower above us.
    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

    Day 13: Sunrise at Poon Hill and descend to Pokhara,
    This morning there is an optional ascent of Poon Hill (about an hour's walk above Ghorepani) to see the spectacular sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himals. As the sun pops out from behind the mountains the sky glows red and pink in the first rays of the sun and the panorama from the summit must be one of the world's great mountain vistas. Best seen at dawn, it's well worth the effort of the climb. The view down to north of Kali Gandaki valley is the deepest gorge in the world from the triangular angle of the Dhaulagiri 1 on the left and Annapurna 1 on the right.

    We follow the main trail down to the south enters rhododendron forests again. In spring the forest is a blaze of colour.Trains of mules provide colourful and noisy interludes to the continuous descent today. Carrying rice and other supplies north to the kingdom of Mustang from Nayapul the trail resounds with the sound of their bells. We then soon leave the forest behind at Banthanti and walk through Ulleri. From here we go steeply down hill on the stone staircase to the bottom at Trikhedhunga. And then we walk through terraces along Burundi Khola to Birethanti to join the path to Nayapul. From here it’s about one and half hours drive to Pokhara.
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 14: Fly back Kathmandu,
    You’ll have few hours to see Pokhara valley in the morning. It’s just a half an hour scenic flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara. You’ll get good view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal from the left on the plane.
    Overnight 4-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

    Day 15: Final Depart,
    You’ll be transferred to the airport for the flight back home.
    Meals included: breakfast


Price Includes:

» Accommodation in Kathmandu - Twin share
» Sightseeing in Kathmandu
» Accommodation on the trek. Twin or multi share occasionally
» All domestic transport as listed in the itinerary
» Domestic flights from Pokhara to Kathmandu and applicable taxes.
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear
» Maximum 15 kg luggage allowance while on trek
» Duffle Bag for your gear
» Sleeping Bag and inner liner if necessary
» Trek Leader and guides
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes:

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage, laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

Equipment List

You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipment's here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
Sun glasses
Chap stick/Sunscreen
Face mask or Scarf
Hand towel
Fleece beanie
Wind stopper/waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
Trekking trouser
T-shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2 pairs,
Fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Trekking boots/Shoes or Sandals for the evenings
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners/Snickers for camps
Head torch
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking/Ski pole (Optional- handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal First Aid Kit

Latest News
TAAN Pokhara Chapter Explored New Trail
A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district.

A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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Address: Minbhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal