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 fully 12,000 ft. 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 the valley is located so that these treks can be easily combined with treks into the Kali Gandaki region to the west.
In spite of the great heights of the surrounding peaks and ice walls, the valley floor between 12,000 and 14,000 ft. can provide comfortable camping spots in good weather.
Day 01 : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours.
You depart for the six hours drive to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu Valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marshyangdi River. You follow the Marshyangdi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Blessed with pleasant weather, Pokhara is a tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites that cover lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus surrounded with majestic mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with its beauty. As an option, you can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 02 : Trek from Pokhara (915 m.) to Nayapul (1050m.)
by car which takes approximately one and half hours drive. Your trek begins from Nayapul (1050m.) to Tirkhedhunga (1577 m.) via Birethanti (1065m.) which takes about four and half hours. After breakfast, you could drive for one and a half hour to Nayapul and then you start your trekking. The first part of your trek is easy passing through numerous small villages and settlements. Afterwards you could ascend gently to the final destination of the day. The majority people here are Gurungs and they are Buddhist by faith. The inhabitants here engage themselves in agricultural activities; tourism business and some are employed in the British and Indian armies. Stay overnight at lodge
Day 03 : Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Ghorepani (2675 m.) and it takes about six hours.
To begin your trek, you could ascend steeply for the first 2 hours and then ascend gently passing through Ulleri (2070m.) and Banthanti, Magar villages. On the way you could see good views of Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.) and Annapurna (7219m) south. Now your trail is quite easier passing through rhododendron and shadowy trees and descends gently up to the final camp. You could see some wildlife here such as monkeys and various bird species. Overnight at lodge
Day 04 : Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) which takes about five and half hours.
Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650m.). After walking for almost one and half hour you reach Gurung Hill which has the splendid mountain views similar to Poon Hill. From here you follow small forests with rhododendron and bamboos until you reach Deurali. The trail goes steeply down through deep forests all the way to Banthanti. It takes one hour from here to reach Tadapani. After breakfast, trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2731m.) through deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En-route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green sceneries. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which gives you magnificent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and Annapurna II and several other peaks. Overnight at lodge
Day 05 : Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) and it takes about three hours.
It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for bird lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum that's found here. From this village you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Overnight at lodge
Day 06 : Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (2040 m.) which takes approximately four hours. Early in the day, you could ascend gently for an hour up to Ghandrukkot (2100m.) and descend steeply to the Kimron Khola (1700m.). Immediately, ascend steeply and walk at a level for an hour till you ascend gently to the final camp. Chhomrong is a gateway to Annapurna Sanctuary trek and inhabited by Gurungs, one of the major ethnic groups of Nepal. Overnight at lodge
Day 07 : Trek from Chhomrong to Bamboo (2340m.) this takes about five hours.
Leaving Chhomrong, the trail descends on a stone staircase and crosses the Chhomrong Khola on a swaying suspension bridge, then climbs out of the side valley. High above the Modi Khola on its west bank, the trail passes through the tiny settlement of Tilicho in forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. Climbing further on a rocky trail (beware of the stinging nettles) you reach three hotels at Sinuwa, at 2350m. Climb in rhododendron forests to Khudi, at 2520m. This was once a British sheep breeding project; now the stone houses are an ACAP visitor centre and check post. In winter, it's common to find snow anywhere from this point on. Descend a long, steep stone staircase into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests. It is then a short distance on a muddy trail to Bamboo Lodge (2340m.). Overnight at lodge
Day 08 : Trek from Bamboo to Deurali (3230m.) which takes about five hours.
You trek gently ascend through bamboo forests with varieties of rhododendron and oak trees. The first town you reach is Dovan (2630m.) where there are few lodges and camp sites. Now you pass through muddy trail which traverses high above the river. There is debris of avalanches that can be seen around here but not during the winter season. After short trek, you reach Himalayan Hotel (2900m.), the town named after the Himalayan Hotel. Beyond it, the trail is steeply ascends up to Hinko Cave (3160m.), which is named as a huge overhanging rock provides some protection against rain and avalanches. It takes approximately twenty minutes through a normally ascending path to reach Deurali (3230m.) Overnight at lodge
Day 09 : Trek from Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp (4170 m.) via Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.)
Annapurna Sanctury TrekkingAnd it takes about four hours. From here, the valley widens and becomes less steep and you can see the gates to the sanctuary. The trail is less steep. As the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that hurdles up against the cliffs. After short trek you will be at Bagar (3310m.), a meadow and some abandoned hotels. The normal trail follows the left side of the valley. Now, the trail appears gently ascended until you reach Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3820m.). Here you find almost 6 to 7 lodges. This is one of the places, where you can enjoy the view of Mount Hiunchuli (6441m.), Annapurna South (7229m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna III (7555m.), Gangapurna (7454m.) and Machhapuchhare or Fish Tail (6997m.). The path follows through alpine meadow and after some distance your trails go gently up. After a short trek, you begin to approach Annapurna Base Camp (4170m.). From here, you can see the views of several peaks at 360 degree. Overnight at lodge
Day 10 : Trek from Annapurna Base Camp to Dovan (2630m.) which takes about five hours
It's much easier going down. You should have no problem reaching Sinuwa in a single day from Annapurna Base Camp. Now you trek through Himalayan Hotel to Dovan. Overnight at lodge
Day 11 : Trek from Dovan to Jhinudanda (1750m.) and it takes about six hours.
The path is descent up to Bamboo passing through forests with varieties of rhododendron, oaks and bamboo plants. After Bamboo, the trail goes steeply up to the Kuldi Ghar and now the trail is quite flat until you reach Sinuwa. You trek gradually descending to the Chhomrong Khola where you follow a stone staircase for almost an hour to reach Chhomrong. The last part of the trail goes steeply down to Jhinudanda. From the town you should walk down for 20 minutes to reach Hot Spring at the bank of the Modi Khola. You can relax at the Hot Springs. Overnight at lodge
Day 12 : Trek from Jhinudanda to Pothana (1600m.) which takes about five hours.
The first part of the trek is descending and then appears through flat land until you reach Himal Pani. Here you find beautiful waterfalls. Beyond this town, the trail ascends gently crossing numerous streams and terraces. After short trek, you will be at Landruk (1640m.), a pretty big village inhabited by a mixed community of Gurungs, Magars and Brahmins as well. Now the trail gently ascends to Tolka (1850m.) and then ascent and level path to Bherikharka. From here, the trail goes steeply up to Deorali (2100m.) with a view of different mountain peaks in panorama. Now, the trail gradually descends to Pothana passing through different oak forests. Pothana is a small town resided by Gurung, an ethnic community of Nepal. From here, too, you can enjoy the splendid views of various mountain peaks. Overnight at lodge
Day 13 : Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi
Which takes approximately three hours and drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by car. The trail gently descends up to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurungs. Now you trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. Now you take vehicle to drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 14 : Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple. En-route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and the rural folk happily engaged in their daily chores. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, gateway to capital city of Kathmandu.
US$ 1340 Per person, minimum number of participants : 2 * .
US$ 540 Kathmandu - Pokhara Birethanti - Pokhara - Kathmandu. Price per vehicle, divide by the number of passengers to get the price per person. (Flight is Extra US$ 105 per person on way)
US$ 315 In case of not shaing of accommodation And single person trip.
Equipment hire costs :
US$ 1 Per item per day, Down jacket - waterproof jacket - kit bag etc.
* If you are with less than the minimum number of participants please contact us. We can bring you into contact with other people who would be interested to do the same trek and by posting a message to our message board you might find other people who would like to join you.