Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Trip Code: AAS
Annapurna Sanctuary Trekking is a picturesque walking journey that takes to the foothills of the Annapurna South. It is also popularly called Annapurna Base Camp Trekking. Trekking to Annapurna Sanctuary is highly recommended for those who love to explore the rich cultural diversities, typical Nepalese villages, enjoy the flora and fauna and enjoy the panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan range.
The journey to the Annapurna Sanctuary kicks off from Pokhara with a one-hour drive to Nayapul. From Nayapul the trek begins to Tikhedhunga (1540m.) through terraced fields of potatoes, mustard, corn and vegetables, past small villages of stone-built houses and then, higher altitude, through forests of bamboo and of flowering rhododendrons up to glaciated terrain. While on trek one can enjoy outstanding Himalayan mountain views in the distance. From Chhomrong, we walk up the Modi Khola gorge which takes us into the heart of the sanctuary and some of the most spectacular mountain scenery on earth.
Walking slowly and steadily takes us to Machhapuchare Base Camp and ultimately we reach at Base Camp of Annapurna South. The huge south face of Mt. Annapurna (8090 m.) provides an impressive backdrop, while the up close views of towering peaks over 6000 m. inspires a joy and lifetime experience for every trekker. With superb views of Mt. Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Mt. Hiunchuli in the backdrop, the base camp is a great place to spend one or two days.
The extraordinary variety of ecosystem is compressed into two weeks of Annapurna Base Camp walking. The Annapurna south facing slope of the base camp is covered with dense of tropical jungle of rhododendron and bamboo. On the other hand, the alpine region above 3000 m in the north offers dry rain shadow area with colder climate similar to the Tibetan plateau.
We return to Phedi via Dhampus (1650m.) and catch our vehicle for Pokhara. This area is well developed with lodge facilities.
Note: Annapurna Sanctuary trek is completely safe. Teahouses located along the route were undamaged by April, 2015 earthquake. The tourist infrastructure such as lodges, shops etc. along the Annapurna Sanctuary trail are all safe and have been running normally.
One of the best adventure treks in Nepal, Breathtaking mountain scenery, Dramatic sunrise view from Poonhill, Natural gorge and waterfalls, Great cultural diversity in mid-hill region, Opportunity to explore flora and fauna.