If you are an extreme trekker then Annapurna sanctuary trekking is something which should not be missed. Annapurna sanctuary trekking site is very widespread among the people throughout the world for its ethos and mountain biome. Annapurna lies in the northern part of Nepal. The tower of Annapurna blocks the monsoon so this part of country faces least amount of rainfall. This is why districts like Manang and Mustang are known as the desert area of Nepal.
Not only for its environment purpose, this area, is also of great importance from the cultural perspective. Majority of Gurung people resides here. Sharing of different religion such as Hinduism and Buddhism can be seen here. They respect every culture and traditions in their own possible way. Annapurna Region is a sacred place for both people, Hindu and Buddhist. Hindu people have a strong belief that Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain is a habitat of Lord Shiva.Annapurna sanctuary is an oval-shaped plateau which is located at an altitude of 4,000m from sea level. Most of the mountains in this sanctuary are above 7000m. Annapurna sanctuary is guarded by Annapurna conservation sites, the initial conservation sites of Nepal.
Arrival Day in Kathmandu
A representative of Adventure White Mountain will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and will transfer you to the hotel. If you are fresh enough and not tired by the journey, you can take the short walk over Thamel and enjoy the evening. Overnight in a hotel.
Drive to Pokhara
After having a breakfast we leave Kathmandu for Pokhara City of lakes. We either go in a private vehicle or a tourist bus. It takes around six to seven hours to reach Pokhara. The journey in between is so marvelous. You can view Trishuli River cable car and various waterfalls on the way. Right before entering Pokhara the breathtaking view of Machhpuchhre (Fishtail) mountain will leave you speechless. You will be at Pokhara by noon.You can roam around Pokhara. If interested, you can enjoy boating at Phewa Lake. You can see the lifestyle of Pokhara.
Drive to Nayapul and Trek to Tikhedhunga
After breakfast, we leave for Nayapul from Pokhara. It is a starting point for Jomsom trail. Tikhedhunga is our instant destination where we will spend our night. A short walk along Modi Khola will lead you to Birethanti where many tea houses and tea shops are found. Again, we follow the north bank route of Bhurungdi Khola. We arrive at Hille after a steady climb and further a short climb will take us to Tikhedhunga.
Walking for around 15 minutes will take us to Birethanti where many tea shops and tea houses are found. Following the north bank route of Bhurungdi Khola, we reach Hille. A short and steady climb from Hille will get us to Tikhedhunga where we will spend a night.
Tikhedunga - Ghorepani
The first destination is Ulleri for today. So, after breakfast, we will move towards Ulleri where the majority of Magar people inhabits. Ulleri is sited at an elevation of 2,070m from sea level. Moving forward we reach Banthanti. Witnessing beautiful forest we come to Nangethanti. After walking for an hour we reach Ghorepani where we will halt tonight.
Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani
Now the important day has finally arrived. Today is a day to experience a rare beauty of nature. We get up early in the morning and head towards Poon Hill. Poon hill is a popular hill station. It is even a perfect destination to seize the unbarred beauty of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. The rays of sun beautifully strike on the surface of these mountains will leave everyone stunned. After spending some time here we get back to Ghorepani for breakfast. Ghorepani Poon Hill is one of the best trekking destinations in terms of Nepal. Hundreds and thousands of people come to visit every year. Mounting along the forests and ridges from Ghorepani, we arrive at Deurali. From Ghorepani, ascending along ridges and forests we reach Deurali. We go downhill for Banthanti and come to Tadapani.
Tadapani to Chomrung
Today we reach Gurjung. The path is steep but not so difficult. Gurung people are the inhabitants of this place. An easy walk from Gurjung will take you to Chomrung. The sanctuary valley actually begins from Chomrung.
Chomrung to Bamboo
It is a wonderful walking experience from Chomrung to Bamboo. We need to descend 2,500 stone steps and cross Chomrung Khola. Now we take an uphill climb to reach Sinuwa which is our next stop. Again after passing Kuldighar we arrive at Bamboo and conclude our day here.
Bamboo to Deurali
On the way to Deurali from Bamboo, you will encounter dense bamboo forest. With the end of the bamboo forest, there is a Himalaya Hotel. You can sun bask for some time. Below Himalaya Hotel view of the glacial river is seen which is so pure and magical. We again move through a dry forest and finally reach Hinku cave which is our next destination. After walking few miles we arrive at Deurali and spend a night.
Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp
Today is a tough day as you have to climb uphill whole day. Passing through a hidden valley we arrive at Machhapuchhre Base Camp. We take a short break there. Machhapuchhre Base Camp is just a name given to the camp because, in reality, the government has not permitted to climb Machhapuchhre till date. Annapurna Base Camp is now our prime destination which is only two hours far from Machhapuchhre Base Camp. The base camp is located at a height of 4,130 m. It is regarded as Annapurna Sanctuary because Annapurna region envelops Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain which is deliberated as home to Lord Shiva.
Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
After breakfast we get back to the track for Bamboo. It is downward slope trail and comparatively easy as well. Overnight in Bamboo.
Bamboo to Jhinu Danda
Today is again a turn to climb uphill. We move to Kuldighar and get a downhill path to reach Chomrung. We again go further to Jhinu Dada where we end our day
Jhinu Dada to Pothana
The journey from Jhinu Dada to Pothana excites you well as it offers you to take a look at beautiful landscapes, waterfall, hills, and mountains. Overnight in Pothana.
Pothana to Phedi and drive to Pokhara
We take an easy way to reach Phedi from Pothana. Phedi in English means settlement at bottom of the hill. We drive to Pokhara from Phedi on a vehicle. After arriving at Pokhara you can have nice refreshment. You will enjoy the evening and nightlife of Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Drive to Kathmandu from Pokahara
Now it is time to head back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. We will have a breakfast and drive back. The staff of Adventure White Mountain will accompany you in the evening as they will invite you for a farewell dinner for positively completing the trip.
Back to your destination
Here ends your Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking. A representative of Adventure White Mountain will drop you to the airport three hours before your arranged flight to help you reach your destination. See you again!