Annapurna foothill region is the focus of the article “Honey Hunters of Nepal”, written by Eric Valli and Diane Summers and another article “Annapurna Sanctuary for the Himalaya” written and photographed by Galen Rowell. Both articles were published in National Geography magazine. It has been subject of writers, photographers and climbers since Mourice Herzog first ascent to 8000 m peak Annapurna 1 back in 1950s
The glacial basin of Annapurna Sanctuary is formed by the circle of Annapurna Himalaya range, Gangapurna and Macchapucchre. We start our trek at Dhumpus and walk the beautiful trail that opens up the entire Machapuchere peak and the vista of Annapunra to Chumro as you travel from Chumro towards the Sanctuary the trail pass through narrow valley which is prone to avalanche in winter and early spring. You follow Modi Khola (river) through thick bamboo and rhododendron forests into the center of lateral moraine and base camp of Annapurna to view the spectacular Annapurna range all around. Stop at Ghorepani to see beautiful sunrise view over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The Gurung villages and frequent stops at tea-shop dotted along the way gives unique cultural experience. Like the Sherpa in Everest, Gurung are in Annapurna and Limbus in Kanchanjunga.
As a matter of fact the Macchapucchre and Annapurna base camp were summer pasture land of the Gurung ethnic community living in Armaula, Dhumpus and Ghandrung long before the Annapurna region was reconnaissance by the British around 1925. Despite the lower height Macchapucchre peak always attracted the attention of the visitors. The sanctuary is surrounded by the four highest peak in the Annapurna massif which are all above 7500 meter; the British survey team gave them the name Annapurna 1, 2, 3 and 4 - Annapurna 1 is the highest (8091m). It was climbed by the French expedition lead by Maurice Herzog in 1950. Instead of Dhaulagiri they climbed Annapurna 1 instead of the British who had set to climb the peak but went to the wrong place to set their camp. Ever since the route to the sanctuary was traced by Col. Robert around 1964 the trekkers have found their holy-land in the mystery that engulf them there. The land is also holy for the local Gurung who have been living there since human habitation started.
The glacial basin of Annapurna Sanctuary is formed by the circle of Annapurna Himalaya range, Gangapurna and Macchapucchre. We start our trek at Dhumpus and walk the beautiful trail that opens up the entire Machapuchere peak and the vista of Annapunra to Chumro as you travel from Chumro towards the Sanctuary.
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*Departure: Anytime as per you choice of dates
Best time:Spring (March -April) Autumn (October- November)
Note: The schedule stops as shown above are a guideline only. It may change dues to logistic reason and other condition like weather, etc which are beyond our control. There are several flights throughout the day between Kathmandu and Pokhara. The flight may be delayed due to weather and technical condition specially in winter and monsoon time. In winter the thick fog in Kathmandu airport in the morning may delay subsequent flight. Trek to Annapurna is a popular trek. There are several good quality lodge accommodation on the trail. Many lodges provide hot shower by using solar panels.
Caution:In winter and early spring the section near Hinko can be dangerous due to avalanches from Hiunchuli and Annapurna South which are above but can not be seen from here. The avalanche, can come crashing into the valley with unbelieving speed. Extra precaution at this point can avert the possible danger.
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