Annapurna Base Camp
The Annapurna Sanctuary is “high glacial basin lying forty kilometers directly north of Pokhara. This oval-shaped plateau sits at an altitude of over 4000 meters, and is surrounded by a ring of mountains, the Annapurna range, most of which are over 7000 meters. With the only entrance a narrow pass between the peaks of Hiunchuli and Machhapuchhare, where run-off from glaciers drain into Modi Khola River, the Sanctuary was not penetrated by outsiders until 1956. Because of high mountains on all sides, the Annapurna Sanctuary receives only 7 hours of sunlight a day at the height of summer. The unique combination of heights and depths in the Annapurna Sanctuary give rise to an extraordinary variety of ecosystems. The south-facing slope are “covered in dense tropical jungles of rhododendron and bamboo”, while the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have “a drier colder climate similar to that of the near-by Tibetan Plateau.”
The Annapurna, the most popular trekking region, offers the greatest variety of scenery, people, culture, flora and fauna. The Annapurna massif stretching 70 miles along the northern border of Nepal rising to the height of 8091 meters with stunning views makes the trekking highly rewarding.
The Sanctuary denotes its natural serenity, beauty and abode of Hindu Goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna. The trail leads to Annapurna Base Camp and Machhapuchhare Base Camp passing colorful Gurung villages, terraced fields, dense forest of pine and rhododendron, the world’s deepest river gorge kali Gandaki and ancient trade route to Mustang. For the spectacular panorama a extending to Manaslu in the east and Dhaulagiri to the west including unrivalled views of Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail) Annapurna, Hiunchuli and others, Annapurna sanctuary offers some of the best trekking in Nepal. At the Annapurna Base camp you will be surrounded by a spectacular ring of mountains including Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna III (7555 m), Gangapurna (7454 m) and Machhapuchhare (6997 m). One of the highlights of this trek will be a visit to Poon Hill to see the sun rise over Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif.