REGISTERED OFFICE: OUTPOSTS LTD, LYDEARD FARM, BROOMFIELD, BRIDGWATER, SOMERSET, TA5 2EG TEL: +44 (0) 1823 451959 FAX: +44 (0) 1823 451809 INFO@OUTPOSTS.CO.UK WWW.OUTPOSTS.CO.UK NEPAL ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY NEPAL ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY ITINERARY The once mountain Kingdom, now Young Republic, of Nepal is home to half of the worlds 8,000m peaks, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. This small country of 147,000sq.km contains a diverse range of topography and climates, from the freezing high Himalaya to the hot and humid plains of the south. The Annapurna massif forms an almost complete ring of peaks. The only breach in the wall is that of the Modi Khola canyon to south. The “Sanctuary” within is a strange, yet fascinating amphitheatre of ice, snow, glacier and moraine. Our approach route takes us along the highly cultivated terraced hillside of rural Nepal through a region populated by Gurung, a tribe whose manpower contributes greatly to the Ghurkha Brigades. Higher up the cultivated areas give way to rhododendron and bamboo forest and eventually to rocky and barren terrain. Detailed Itinerary before descending to Chomrung (1971m), the last Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m). Transfer permanent settlement up the valley. Overnight at to hotel and check-in. Kathmandu city tour. a lodge. Approx 5 – 6 hours walking. Day 2 Kathmandu to Pokhara. (1100m): A Day 5 Chumrung-Bamboo Lodge (22190m): fascinating and at times spectacular flight from From Chomro we descend to cross the Chumrung Kathmandu to Pokhara. On a clear day views of Khola and then once again ascend to rejoin the Ganesh Himal, Himalchuli, Manaslu, Lamjung Modi Khola valley. We continue to climb a little Himal, Annapurna will be seen. Overnight at an more gradually to reach our lunch spot at Kuldi Hotel. Ghari (2377m). In the afternoon we ascend through bamboo forest to Bamboo Lodge. Day 3 Pokhara to Nayapul to Ghandruk Overnight at lodge. Approx 5 hours walking. (2000m): In the morning we drive form Pokhara to Ghnadruk.From here we walk through rice Day 6 Bamboo Lodge – Himalaya (2680m): fields, tropical forests of alder and Mimosa to The trail climbs steeply through stands of bamboo, Tirkhedunga then the ascent is aided somewhat by and then through rhododendron forest, we pass a well-maintained Gurung staircase trail to Dovan. The trail then crosses a landslide track to Ghandruk. Approx 6 – 8 hours walking. Himalaya. Overnight at lodge. Approx 4 -5 hours walking. Day 4 Ghandruk-Chumrung (2040m): Descend to Kyumnu Khola for lunch. Afterwards make a steep ascent through Kyumnu village passing terraces and scattered small settlements DIRECTORS: MJF Kingscote (Managing), CH Kingscote, TR Sykes. REGISTERED IN ENGLAND & WALES COMPANY REG NO: 3718929 VAT No: 779 332100 Climbing/Trekking/Watersports/Off-Road Cycling/Caving Confirm with AALA on: Tel 029 2075 5715 Day 7 Himalaya -Machhapuchare Base Camp Day 9 Machupachhare B.C, - Bamboo: We (3480m): retrace to Himalaya. Overnight at lodge. We continue to ascend through forest sometime Approx 8 hours walking. steeply and eventually reach a rock overhang known as Hinku Cave (2960m). We are now Day 10 Bamboo-Chomrung: above the tree line and follow the rock-strewn trial Retrace our steps to Chomrung. Overnight at along the west wall of the valley, which has now lodge. Approx 6 hours walking. widened considerably. A large lateral moraine lying roughly east-west divides the valley, with the Day 11 Chomrung-Landrung (1646m): river in a deep ravine to the right and the We descend to Kyumrung Khola ascends steeply Sanctuary on the left. The trail continues to through woods and then descent to one of the ascend to reach the site of the 1957 British largest Gurung Community villages in the country, Machhapuchhare Base Camp. Overnight at a from here you will get close view of Annapurna lodge. Approx 4 hours walking. south, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli etc. Overnight at lodge. Approx 5 – 6 hours walking. Day 8 Machupachhare B.C. hike to Annapurna Sanctuary. Day 12 Landrung – Dhampus - Pokhara: We make an early start and ascend along the Trek through different villages and forest to cross moraine, ridge the Sanctuary. There are a small pass at Deurali, and then descend via tremendous views of the near-vertical south face Dhampus to Phedi. From here we drive back to of Annapurna that towers above the sanctuary to Pokhara. Overnight at a Hotel. the northwest. Overnight at lodge. Approx 4 – 6 hours walking. Approx 2 hours walking. Day 13 Fly back to Kathmandu. Afternoon Free. Day 14 Trip ends in Kathmandu.