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Annapurna Base Camp

14 Days

Trip Overview

The Annapurna Sanctuary is a high glacial basin lying north of Pokhara. Situated below a ring of eleven of Nepal's major peaks, it has spectacular views of each of these giants. This magnificent amphitheatre is called a ‘sanctuary’ not because of laws that protect wildlife within its boundaries, but because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. One can sit in the Sanctuary meadows at 13, 200' / 4000m enjoying the views of these legendary mountains towering several kilometers above in all directions. This isolated cirque of peaks can only be approached by one route, a deep gorge that carves into the fortress of mountains between Machhapuchhare and Hiunchuli.

This special trek combines our Ker & Downey Lodges with the best available Tea Houses. The trek will be guided by our own trained staff.

Inspiration

Outline Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu (4265 ft / 1300m)

Day 2 Kathmandu – Pokhara – Sanctuary Lodge (3080 ft / 940 m)

Day 3 Himalaya Lodge (6600 ft / 2000 m)

Day 4 Chomrong/Sanctuary “Gates” (7120 ft / 2170 m)

Day 5 Trek to Dovan (8580 ft / 2600 m)

Day 6 Trek to Deurali (10,597 ft / 3230 m)

Day 7 Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 ft / 4100 m)

Day 8 Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 ft / 4100 m)

Day 9 Himalaya (9580 ft /2920 m)

Day 10 Chomrong (7120 ft / 2170 m)

Day 11 Lhandruk (5415ft/1565m)

Day 12 Gurung Lodge, Majgaun (4620ft/1,400m)

Day 13 Kathmandu (4265ft / 1300m)

Day 14 International Flight

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu (4265 ft / 1300m)

Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by a Ker & Downey representative and transferred to the Gokarna Forest Resort. Gokarna Forest Resort is located inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest, the former Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs leads through the forest, up to the main complex, comprising a mix of subtly majestic Malla period architecture, Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature. A quiet peaceful haven set between ancient towering trees with glimpses of the second fairway in the valley below make the perfect getaway for golf, enchanting forest walks, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Spa, as well as time close to nature.
Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort

Day 2: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Sanctuary Lodge (3080 ft / 940 m)

Fly Kathmandu-Pokhara and begin trek Transfer to the airport for the 30-minute flight to Pokhara. After arrival in Pokhara, transfer to the Ker & Downey Pokhara office where there will be a briefing by your trek guide. This will also offer you the ideal opportunity to ask any last minute questions that you may have. After the briefing, transfer by road with hour). The 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' /1060 m. 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 at the K&D Sanctuary Lodge (B, L, D).

Day 3: Himalaya Lodge (6600 ft / 2000 m)

In the morning, leave the lodge walking out through the outlying farms following the Modi River Valley. Soon you begin to climb out of the valley & up towards the mountains. The trail passes through small hamlets, terraced rice fields and forests. Arrive in the afternoon at Ker & Downey's Himalaya Lodge in Ghandruk (Trek time 5 hours). It is from this lodge that there are magnificent close up views of the surrounding mountains. Snacks are provided en route with a late lunch served at the lodge. Overnight at the K&D Himalaya Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 4: Chomrong/Sanctuary “Gates” (7120 ft / 2170 m)

Our trail heads steeply downhill to the Kyumnu Khola, a tributary of the Modi Khola, where we will stop for lunch. In the afternoon, we climb to a ridgeline on the west bank of the Modi Khola, gaining a spectacular view of the Matterhorn-like spire of 23,000' Machhapuchhare. We continue along to Chomrong, the last permanent village below the Annapurna Sanctuary, set at the base of Hiunchuli (20,782' / 6300m).Overnight at a local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 5: Trek to Dovan (8580 ft / 2600 m)

Hiking through lush rhododendron forest festooned with ferns and orchids, we reach Kuldi Ghar, a small settlement perched on the steep-sided valley. We descend quickly across rock slabs into a bamboo forest. The trail continues through a dense bamboo forest, often over a tangle of roots and fallen bamboo that can be slippery when wet. From Bamboo, we continue up for another hour or s o until reaching Dovan.local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6: Trek to Deurali (10,597 ft / 3230 m)

Following the trail uphill then downhill through bamboo forest, we climb gradually but steadily until we emerge into the open spaces above treeline. After hiking across a grassy pasture at Tomo (8,400' / 2545m), we reach the narrowest point in the canyon, Panchenin Barha, the natural “gate” to the sanctuary, with its small trailside shrine. Before 1956, no one of low caste, no foreigners, and no “impure” foods such as pork, beef, chicken, garlic, and eggs were allowed beyond this shrine into the sacred confines of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Overnight at a local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7: Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 ft / 4100 m)

Following the trail uphill then downhill through bamboo forest, we climb gradually but steadily until we emerge into the open spaces above treeline. After hiking across a grassy pasture at Tomo (8,400' / 2545m), we reach the narrowest point in the canyon, Panchenin Barha, the natural “gate” to the sanctuary, with its small trailside shrine. Before 1956, no one of low caste, no foreigners, and no “impure” foods such as pork, beef, chicken, garlic, and eggs were allowed beyond this shrine into the sacred confines of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Overnight at a local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 8: Annapurna Base Camp (13,550 ft / 4100 m)

The gorge widens as we climb towards Hinko Cave and finally we feast our eyes upon the full glory of the Annapurna Sanctuary. Ahead of us lies the lateral moraine of South Annapurna Glacier, with the Modi Khola flowing to our right. We pass through the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (12,150' / 3680m), site of a 1957 British Expedition to Machhapuchhare that climbed to within 200' of the summit. Because the peak is sacred to the Gurung people and considered the home of a Gurung goddess, Nepal's government subsequently declared it off limits to climbers and it has remained unclimbed since.
The trail then continues to Annapurna Base Camp and contours the broad, grassy, and sometimes snow-covered valley. When we reach base camp we are surrounded by a 360-degree panorama of incredible Himalayan peaks: Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna II, Roc Noir, Glacier Dome, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare.
Overnight at a local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9: Himalaya (9580 ft /2920 m)

After we enjoy our last views of the Annapurna Sanctuary, we head out the “gate” and begin our descent to the Modi Khola Valley. Overnight at a local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 10: Chomrong (7120 ft / 2170 m)

We have a number of steep ascents and descents today, retracing our steps to Chromong, passing through spectacular Rhododendron and Bamboo forests. Overnight at a local lodge (B, L, D)

Day 11: Lhandruk (5415ft/1565m)

We continue downhill, then detour off our former trail and head steeply down to the "New Bridge" on the Modi Khola. From here, the route flattens out somewhat until reaching the small settlement of lodges, known as Jhinu Danda. It’s about a 1 1⁄2 hour trek time to Jhinu. We’ll order lunch and while it’s cooking, have a chance to take a dip in the hot springs. To reach the hot springs, we trek down through the forest for about 25 minutes. Bring a bathing suit if you’d like to take a dip! There are changing rooms at the bottom. After lunch, we continue our trek to Lhandruk, which is a further 2 hours hours. Overnight at Ker & Downey Bee Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 12: Gurung Lodge, Majgaun (4620ft/1,400m)

After breakfast, we leave the Bee Lodge & trek to Ker & Downey's Gurung Lodge. Todays trek contours the side of the hill, with small ups and downs, passing through villages and farmland. There are a choice of routes: the main jeep track which is easier. Or the “nature trail” through rice fields and villages. Although somewhat more challenging, please let your guide know you prefer this route as the rewards are worth it. Trek time to the Lodge is about 4 hours. You’ll reach the Gurung Lodge in time for a late lunch. Overnight Gurung Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 13: Kathmandu (4265ft / 1300m)

We walk down to the road head at Lumle, passing through the village of Chandrakot. Once we reach Lumle, we continue by private vehicle to Pokhara. Once back in Pokhara, we bid farewell to our trekking staff and return to Kathmandu by air. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we'll visit Boudhanath: the largest Buddhist Stupa in Nepal. We'll then return to the hotel. The evening if free. Overnight Gokarna Forest Resort (B, L)

Day 14: International Flight

Transfer to the International airport for your final departure from Kathmandu. Post and Pre-nights can be arranged in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara.

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