Annapurna Sanctuary Trek
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek brings you into the heart of Annapurna Himalaya, is intended to fulfill the dream of many people to experience the significant mountain holiday at the base of the world´s famous Annapurna Himal 8091m, the region’s most beautiful peak Machhapuchhre (6997m), Annapurna South, Gangapurna and Hiuchuli etc. in the region. The place is high glacial basin lying 40 km directly north of Pokhara. This oval-shaped plateau has an elevation of over 4130 meters and is enclosed by a ring of mountains, the Annapurna range, most of which are above 7000 meters. With the only access a narrow pass between the peaks of Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhre, from where Modi Khola River run-off glaciers drain into, the Sanctuary was not penetrated by outsiders until 1956. Because of high mountains on all sides, the Annapurna Sanctuary receives only 7 hours of sunlight a day at the height of summer. The unique combination of heights and depths in the Annapurna Sanctuary give rise to an astonishing diversity of ecosystems. The south-facing slope is “covered in dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo”, while the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have “drier colder weather similar to that of the near-by Tibetan Plateau.”
The entire sanctuary was considered holy to the Gurung people, one of the many resident people to inhabit the area. They believed it was the storage area of gold and a variety of resources left by the Nagas, the serpent-gods known in India. The sanctuary was believed to be the home of several deities, from Hinduism and Buddhism as well the older animistic gods. The peak of Machhapuchhre at the doorway was said to be the home of the god Shiva, and the daily plumes of snow were thought the smoke of his divine incense. Until recently, the local Gurung people forbade anyone from bringing eggs or meat into the Annapurna Sanctuary, and women and untouchables were prohibited from going there as well.
In recent years, the number of trekkers to the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek has increased substantially, in part because the Sanctuary forms the base of one of the major routes to the peaks of the Annapurna range. The Annapurna Sanctuary is now part of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which places restrictions on the number of outside travelers, gathering of firewood, and domestic animal grazing. This program is only for guidelines so our itinerary is flexible and can be redeveloped as per your interest and time you have. For people having time restrictions can still enjoy the Everest Base Camp Trek-9 Days.
Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is one amongst the finest two weeks tea house trek in Annapurna region. This trek ends up in the fabulous high mountains amphitheater conjointly known as the Annapurna base camp. The trekking route passes through several varied weather conditions from semitropical to alpine. therefore inevitably the vegetation changes accordingly giving trekkers an exquisite variety of flora and fauna. you’ll meet many alternative ethnic groups – it’s rather like trekking through a live, open depository. you may experience a number of the diverse but equally friendly individuals and cultures of Nepal.
We begin the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with step by step ascending through the attractive varied landscape of cultivated terraced field and lust forest of oaks, magnolia and rhododendron trees. the first-morning hike to Poon Hill (3230 meters) provides you the most effective attainable panoramic sunrise view on whole fabulous Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This hike to poon hill conjointly permits the time of proper acclimatization on the way to Annapurna Sanctuary. the mixture of small thatch-roofed villages set among the slender terraced fields with the scene of gorgeous snow-capped mountain ranges makes it’s one amongst the foremost picturesque treks within the Himalayas
The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a trek in the Annapurna region which commonly starts or finishes in either Phedi or Nayapul and reaches the Annapurna Base Camp. Phedi is situated at a distance of 165 Kilometers ( via Baglung Highway ) from the capital city, Kathmandu. A total of 9 to 10 days is necessary for the whole trek to finish.
There are official safe drinking water stations located at Landruk, Ghandruk, Jhinu, and Chomrong. Past Chomrong, plastic water bottles are not permitted to be sold so trekkers will have to supply their own containers to be refilled. Lodges offer boiled or reverse osmosis water for around Rs. 130 per liter and untreated water for free.
Above Deurali, snow may be present as early as mid-November. Foot traffic quickly compacts the snow into the ice making the trail treacherous, especially traveling downhill. Trekking poles and micro crampons can make the going considerably easier and some trekkers resort to wearing socks on the exterior of their boots or wrapping them in rope for extra traction.
The trail in Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is exposed to avalanche danger where it crosses several slide paths, trekkers should practice appropriate Snow safety as conditions warrant.
- Day 1:
Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Day 2:
Trek to Tolka (1700m) 5 hours walk
- Day 3:
Trek to Chhumrong (2100m), 6-7 hours walk.
- Day 4:
Trek to Dovan (2630m). 6-7 hours walk
- Day 5:
Trek to Deurali (3230m) from Dovan. 5-6 Hours walk
- Day 6:
Trek to ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) 4130m, walk 5-7 hrs
- Day 7:
Trek down Bamboo (2310m), 6-7 hrs walk.
- Day 8:
Trek to Ghandruk (1940m), 5-6 hours walk
- Day 9:
Ghandruk to Pokhara
- Day 10:
Drive Back to Kathmandu