Annapurana Sanctury Trek is a spectacular venture into the south face of Annapurna through the diversified picturesque villages, neatly terraced fields, dense forests, flashy rhododendron bushes and roaring rivers, along the challengingly pleasant trails embellished with the back drop of captivating mountainous vista. Our trek to this secret mountain fortress begins from Nayapul, located at about half an hour’s drive from the hullabaloo of Pokhara. A predawn ascent from Ghorepani to the vantage point of Poon Hill (3210m) and the mountainous vista of the majestic Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri and Fishtail brings a “once in a lifetime” experience for you. Trudging up to the Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700) and then even higher to the Annapurna Base camp (4130m) would definitely demand much of your stored calorie and keep you panting, but the scenic rewards that you are offered once you get there will compel you to smile with loud “wow!!!”, no matter how drained out you could be!
The Annapurna Sanctury is an oval shaped plateau perched at an altitude of 4000m. The chain of the towering Annapurna massif encompassed this expanse from all sides. Owing to such unique topography, this region receives only seven hours of sunlight a day, yet it is blessed with an extra-ordinary variety of ecosystems. This sanctuary was once regarded as sacred for the people following Hindu and Buddhist religion, as they clung to the belief that their deities dwelled here. Derestricted only in 1956, the Annpurna Sanctury is now one of the most favored trekking destinations in Nepal.
As you pass by the cluster of human settlements along the way, you will find it alluring to mingle up with them. They might not be so good at articulating thing for you, but their efforts and gestures and some help from your guide, will help you understand things. Gurung, Magars, Thankalis and of course, the Sherpas are some of the ethnic groups smiling at the visitors!