Our favourite walking holiday in the Himalayas, taking us into the ‘Throne Room of Mountain Gods’. For majestic high mountain scenery and picturesque landscapes, this trek is hard to beat.
This wonderful Himalayan trekking adventure to the wondrous Annapurna Sanctuary rightfully deserves its reputation as a classic and is widely regarded as one of the easier (but equally great!) Himalayan treks.
Passing through delightful villages with neatly terraced rice fields to forests of rhododendron and oak, awe-inspiring mountain panoramas unfold each day with the rising sun. Heading further up the Modi Khola into bamboo woodlands, you emerge through a previously secret portal to enter an amazing throne room of mountain gods, the Annapurna Sanctuary. Here at the base of snowcovered behemoths, the mountains of the Annapurna are revealed in close up detail and clarity.
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to Kathmandu.
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the group hotel. In the evening there will be a pre-trek briefing.
A short but dramatic flight takes you to Pokhara, from where you’ll transfer to the trailhead at Nayapul and commence your trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Following the river’s course to Birethanti, ascend on a stepped trail to reach the village of Hille. Cross a suspension bridge and ascend through an area of dense forest to reach Ulleri.
Trek along an undulating trail over small hills to ascend another stepped trail, passing teahouses and small tribal homes. Enjoy glimpses of the Annapurna South and move higher into a wooded area with large bamboo trees before emerging at Nangathanti. Climb more steps and then reach Ghorepani.
View the spectacle of the early morning light turning the snow-covered Himalaya pink as the sun rises and a magnificent mountain panorama unfolds. Enjoy close-up views of Annapurna South and the satellite peak of Hiunchuli, as well as the iconic Fishtail and, on clear days, Pokhara and its lake.
Return to Ghorepani and follow a trail along a ridgeline offering magnificent views of the Annapurna massif. Descend to a small settlement and enter a forested gorge, where you’ll descend a little more before making the short upward climb to Tadapani.
Descend through rhododendron forest and see the hills that form one side of the scenic Modi Khola Valley. Cross the Kimrong Khola and a short ascent brings you into the Modi Khola Valley, which ultimately leads to the Annapurna Sanctuary. Pass through Daaulu and arrive at Chomrong.
The trail descends to cross the Chomrong Khola, and then climbs around into the Modi Khola Valley and up to the main ridge high up above the river. Reach the village of Sinuwa and enjoy views of Fishtail’s twin summits, and follow the valley steadily uphill to Dobhan and onwards to Himalayan Hotel.
Gain altitude as you move ever deeper into the realms of the mountain gods. Pass the Hinko Cave and trek across the upper reaches of the Modi Khola to reach a grass-covered moraine with a number of lodges in an area referred to as Machhapuchhare Base Camp.
Walk to one of the most dramatic mountain environments on earth. Climb upwards to reach the ‘Throne Room of Mountain Gods’, for an unbelievable sight in this impressive amphitheatre of Himalayan mountains – see the peaks of Hiunchuli, Annapurna I and more. The rumble of rock and ice slides coming off the Annapurna South frequently breaks the silence of the Sanctuary. Afterwards trek back to Dovan.
From Dovan trek to Jhinu Dhada. Afterwards relax in the hot springs.
Enter Kimrong Khola Valley where the trail evens out for easier walking and continue your journey in short, steep switchbacks and through open fields to the ’Gurung’ village of Ghandruk.
Descend from Ghandruk on a wide paved trail into lush landscapes to reach the banks of the Modi Khola River. Continue to Birethanti and back to the road head to transfer to the laidback lakeside resort area on the outskirts of Pokhara. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax or explore the area, you could also take a boat out on the lake or go for a swim.
Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, with the rest of the day free for last minute shopping and exploring this beautiful old city.
Depart Kathmandu on an overnight flight back to the UK.
Day 15: Arrive UK
Price and Other Information
- Duration and price excluding international flights: 13 days from £1,599 per person
- Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 15 days from £2,099 per person
- Single room supplement: From £110
- Walking grade: Demanding to Strenuous
- Guiding: Guided Group Private-Guided
- Max alt: 4,130m
- Group size: 2-12
When to go: View Dates & Prices
- Hotel x 3 nights, trekking lodges x 9 nights
- 3 breakfasts
- Experienced English speaking guide
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