Day 1: After breakfast, we transfer by road with guides & porters to our trek start point . Our walk will follow a ridgeline in the lower foothills of the Annapurnas with surrounding views of the Pokhara Valley. This route then drops to the Modi River Valley, where Ker & Downey's Sanctuary Lodge is located at 3470 ft / 1060 meters. The lodge has magnificent views of the sacred and unclimbed Fishtail Mountain, or Machhapuchhre, as it is locally known. Lunch is at the lodge followed by an optional walk to the nearby village of Birethanti or the afternoon is free to explore the surrounding river valley. (Trek time 3 hours)
Overnight Sanctuary Lodge ( L, D)
Day 2: In the morning, we leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon we begin to climb out of the valley & up towards the mountains. Lunch is a picnic en route with spectacular views of the surrounding valleys. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests. We arrive in the afternoon at Ker & Downey's Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk at 6600 ft / 2000 meters (Trek time 5 hours). It is from this lodge that there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains.
Overnight Himalaya Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 3: We wake up this morning with tea and coffee served in the garden and watch the sunrise over Annapurna South, Annapurna 1, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and the Fishtail. After enjoying a relaxing breakfast and the glorious views from the Himalaya Lodge, our guide will take us on an exploration of this mountain village and the surrounding countryside. Our maximum altitude will be about 8000 ft or 2400 m. Ghandruk is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers. The women of Ghandruk maintain a local industry of weaving traditional Nepalese rugs.
Overnight Himalaya Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 4: After breakfast, we leave the Himalaya Lodge walking out through the village of Ghandruk towards the Modi River. Midway down, we pass through the village of Kimche. After about 3 hours, we reach the Sanctuary Lodge, in time for lunch. The rest of the afternoon can be spent relaxing by the river or in the garden, or take an optional trek to the village of Birethanti and the nearby waterfall.
Overnight Sanctuary Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 5: After a leisurely breakfast, we leave the Sanctuary Lodge following along the Modi River until arriving at a cable bridge about 20 minutes up river. After negotiating the bridge, we ascend partly on well-paved steps and partly on switch-backs, until reaching the welcome sign of the Gurung Lodge after about 2 hours. We will spend the rest of the day exploring the nearby picturesque villages of Majgaun and Patleket. There will also be a visit to the school and should there be more than 6 guests, the school children will visit the lodge and perform a number of local dances and songs typical of the region.
Overnight Gurung Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 6: This morning we start out trekking through the unspoilt village of Tanchok. Our walk then takes us through sub-tropical forests that include tree orchids, rhododendrons and magnolias. We also pass through the village of Pothana where many Tibetan traders live and sell their souvenirs. After about 4 hours, we reach the Basanta Lodge in time for lunch. After lunch there will be an optional trek to the old village of Dhampus. From the lodge, there are sweeping views of the entire Annapurna Range. The altitude of Dhampus is 5000 ft / 1525 meters.
Overnight Basanta Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 7: After an early breakfast, we depart along the ridge & descend through the wooded hillside and terraced farmland to the valley floor. Trek time 1 ½ hours. We then transfer by vehicle to Pokhara (30 minutes). We arrive back in Pokhara in time for lunch. (B)
Note: Customized Trek and Rafting programs of varying lengths can be provided on request.
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