The principal peaks of the western portion of the great Annapurna Himal, including Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna, Ganagapurna, Annapurna 3 and Machhapuchhare, are arranged almost precisely in a circle about 10 miles in diameter with a deep glacier-covered amphitheater at the center. From this glacier basin, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary, the Modi Khola knifes its way south in a narrow gorge 12000 feet deep. Further south, the gorge opens up into a wide and fertile valley, the domain of the Gurungs.
The middle and upper portions of Modi Khola offer some of the best short trekking routes in Nepal, and Poon hill offers a fantastic panoramic view of the Himalayas in the Annapurna region including three mountains over 8000 meters high. This area has been wildly recognized as a natural paradise. The upper sub-alpine steppe environment harbors some of the rare snow leopards and blue sheep. Other areas of the region protect bird species such as the multi-colored impeyan, kokla, and blood pheasant amongst a multitude of other birds, butterflies and insects. Many plants native to Nepal are found in the forest.
Day 1: Kathmandu (1310 m/4298 ft). Our airport representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. It is 7 km and takes about 30 minutes. Our tour leader will brief the group about the trip at the pre-departure meeting. This will be held at 6:00 p.m., a notice regarding where it is to be held will be posted in the hotel reception. The briefing will cover the itinerary and re-confirm flight times and what time the city tour will depart on "Day 2".
Day 2: Kathmandu. Breakfast. Today we explore the culturally diverse city of Kathmandu by bus with a local guide to ensure you receive the best explanations about the amazing sites seen on the tour. These include, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple) and Patan Durbar square. It is about 35 km and takes approximately 6,5 hours.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Pokhara (910 m/2986 ft). Breakfast. Our trekking guide will meet you at the hotel early at 6:30 a.m., and we walk from the hotel about 10 minutes to the bus station. Our bus leaves at 7:00 a.m. to Pokhara. We head to Pokhara by tourist bus, enjoying an afternoon of sightseeing on the lakeside and boating at Phewa lake. From Kathmandu to Pokhara, it is 206 km and takes about 6 hours.
Day 4: Drive to Naya Pul. Drive to Naya Pul (New bridge), and trek to Tikhe Dhunga (1495 m/4905 ft). Breakfast. After an hours drive to Naya Pul we then commence our trek to Birethanti, a large and prosperous town beside the Modi River. We head up the main trail to Sudami where we climb gradually up the side of the valley, reaching Hile (1495 m) before pushing on to Tirkhe Dhunga. From here the trail crosses a stream and then ascends a steep stone staircase to the large Magar village at Ulleri (2070 m, 3,5 hours).
Day 5: Ghorepani. Trek to Ghorepani (2850 m/9350 ft). This is a pleasant walking day today. We trek through rhododendron and oak forests and across streams before making a short, final climb to Nangethanti. From Nangethanti we head up to Ghorepani (2850m, 5,5 hours).
Day 6: Ghorepani - Poonhill. Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2520 m/8268 ft). An early start and an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3195 m) leads us to a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 40 minutes on the hillside, we return to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and start walking to Tadapani. From Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960 m). We descend to reach Banthanti, before winding our way to Tadapani (2540 m, 6 hours).
Day 7: Tadapani. Tadapani to Sinuwa (2310 m/7579 ft). Dropping down from Tadapani Gurjung the route offers good views of the upper Modi valley. The path then starts the long ascent high above the west bank of the Modi Khola. We pass the village of Chhomrong, which lies tucked at the very base of Himal Chuli. From Chomrong the trail descends until Chomrong Khola, then the trail begins a slow climb as we head up to our destination for the day - Sinuwa, 6 hours).
Day 8: Sinuwa - Deurali. Sinuwa to Deurali (3150 m/10335 ft). We proceed to Kuldi Ghar about 2,5 to 3 hours walking. There is a clearing in the forest a little further on, from there the route goes very steeply down a bank of rock and then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. We pass by the pasture of Tomo, and then the very neck of the gorge at Pantheon Barah, where there is a small trail and a shrine. The track climbs to our overnight stop, 6 hours.
Day 9: Annapurna Base Camp. Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4090 m/13418 ft). Today we climb on past the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (which isn’t really a base camp since climbing the mountain is not permitted) to the Annapurna Base Camp. This area is called the Annapurna Sanctuary since it is totally surrounded by mountains. From here it is a two-hour trek to Annapurna Base camp, which offers spectacular views, 5 hours.
Day 10: Annapurna Base Camp descend to Bamboo (2610 m/8563 ft), 5,5 hours.
Day 11: Bamboo to Chomrong (2110m/6923ft) Once we have passed Khuldi Bikas where there is an experimental sheep Farm, the trail continues through rhododendron and bamboo fields. 4.5 hours.
Day 12: Chomrong to Ghaundrung (1940 m/6365 ft). This is an easy and short days trekking. From Chomrong the trail descends through forests to Gurjung Khola and then the trail ascends slightly until Kimche. We reach Ghandrunk about noon. Ghandrunk is a village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal, they have their own dialect, culture, costume, and life style. Ghandrunk is one of the famous destinations of trekkers for its beautiful mountain views and easy reach from Pokhara or Kathmandu. Our early arrival means we have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna Conservation Office and Museum and explore the village, 4,5 hours.
Day 13: Birethanti. Trek to Birethanti, Naya Pul, then drive to Pokhara (910 m/2986 ft). From Ghandrung it's easy walking all down hill to Naya Pul where our trekking ends, 4 hours. Our bus will meet us to drive us to Pokhara about an hour away.
Day 14: Kathmandu. Fly back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Breakfast. We drive to the airport. It is about 4 km away from the hotel and takes 5 minutes. The plane takes 25 minutes to get to Kathmandu. Tour ends on arrival back into Kathmandu.
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