The shortest route to the sanctuary is the trail up stream along the left bank of the Modi Khola river from Nayapul (1070m/ 3840ft) running north, it leave the river after Syauli bazaar (1170m/ 3840ft) climbing towards Ghandruk but at khilu, half way to Ghandruk a path branches out and runs back towards the Modi Khola, following it to new bridge (1340m/ 4395ft)after which there is a steep ascent to Chomoring (2170m/ 7120ft) the gate way to the sanctuary.
An alternative approach to Chomrong could be via Ghardruk continue beyond Kilu on the straight path to Gahndruk, there is a path to Chomrong; its involves a steep descent followed by an ascent a second alternative could be by way of Landruk: a lighting at Phedi (20km/ 12miles)from Pokhara climb to Dhampus (1700m/ 5580ft)and then on to Bhichok Deurali (2130m/ 6990ft)both places command superb mountain views. The trail now descends to Landruk, and crossing the river, meets the new bridge route to Chomrong. This is a longer but more scenic route. To enter the sanctuary Safter completing the Annapurna circuit, ahead east from Ghorepani through a forested path to Tadapani; the path descends and continues to Chomrong.
Beyond Chomrong you enter the deep forested gorge of the Modi Khola there is no habitation here except for the clusters of trailside lodges. After 2-3 days you reach habitation here except for the clusters of trailside lodges. After 2-3 days you reach Machhapuchhre base camp (3700m/12,135ft)just inside the sanctuary, Annapurna base camp(4130m/13,550ft)the final destination is just 4 km/2.5 miles away. When descending you have the options beyond Chomrong to retrace your step or choose one of the two alternative routes or even go on the Ghorepani via Tadapani, and head down to Nayapul after enjoying the views from poon hill there.
Facts Of The Trek:
- Trekking Destination: Machharpurche base camp- Annapurna base camp
- Group Size: Min - 1
- Minimum altitude: 1010m
- Maximum altitude: 4130m
- Season: September to late December and February to late June
- Grade Info: Moderate **
- Transportation: Bus, Car, Land Cruiser or Aeroplane
- Total Days: 12 Days (Kathmandu -Pokhara- Kathmandu)
- Walking Hour: Approximately 5 - 6 hours each day.
Day 1: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Day 2: Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1540m).
Day 3: Tikhedhunga to Ghorapani (2870m).
Day 4: Ghorapani - Poonhill - Tadapani (2710m), (Poonhill, the viewpoint for sunrise taking in the views of Mount Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Himchuli and Machhapuchchhre).
Day 5: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2210m).
Day 6: Chhomrong to Bamboo (2310m).
Day 7: Bamboo to Himalayan Hotel (2840m).
Day 8: Himalayan Hotel to Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3700m).
Day 9: Machhapuchhare Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), back to ABC and trek down to Himalaya hotel.
Day 10: Trek back to Chhomrong.
Day 11: Trek to Ghandruk (1940m).
Day 12: Trek to Nayapul (1070m), drive to Pokhara or Kathmandu.
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