Day 6:   To Machhapuchare Base Camp
(O/nt Altitude 3,700m m/4hrs approx.)  A shorter day’s climb, slowly gaining altitude; the trail starts to become icier. We pass through a ‘sacred’ forest and encounter a big mossy cascade and a small temple. Soon, climbing onto an open area above the forest, we reach Deurali (3,170m) and, further above, Hinko (3,100m), and finally reach the narrow entrance-way into the Annapurna Sanctuary. Machhapuchare is clearly visible just above across the valley. Avalanches are a frequent phenomena on this section so extreme caution is advised.  

Annapurna Scantuary Trek

Day 7:  To Annapurna Base Camp 
(O/nt Altitude 4,130m/3hrs
approx.)  The climb
to the Annapurna
Base Camp is best done
early in the morning before
clouds blow in and obscure the
view and, more importantly, the risk
of avalanches are at their lowest level.
The Base Camp lies at the foot of the
Annapurna Glacier's lateral moraine, and
from the top of the moraine we can see the gray, rock-strewn bulk of this glacier far below. The rumble of rock and ice slides coming off
Annapurna South frequently breaks the
silence of the Sanctuary.  

Day 8:  To Bamboo
(O/nt Altitude 2,335m/7 hrs approx.) 
Heading back downhill along the trail to Doban,
we retrace our route as far as Bamboo. 

Day 9:  To Ghandruk (O/nt
Altitude 1,940m/7hrs approx.) 
Two long ascents followed by two
long descents bring us to Chomrrong,
from where the trail climbs to a spur ridge overlooking Jhinu Danda (1,780m). From here we have one last close-up glimpse of Machhapuchare,
Hiunchuli, and Annapurna South.  Entering
Kimrong Khola valley the trail evens out for
a while and the walking is easy!  We arrive
at the junction with the route from
Ghorepani and just beyond the village
of Kimrong (1,780m), the trail suddenly
drops in short, steep switchbacks, then
through open rock-strewn fields to the 'Gurung' village of Ghandruk (1,940m), a village which has grown large and prosperous thanks to the pensions of retired Gurkha soldiers.

Day 10:  To Nayapul (4hrs) and then to Pokhara 
From Ghandruk, the trail descends gradually at first on a wide flagstone-paved trail. Keeping to the contour of the ridge we descend slowly, passing through Kimche (1,670m). The landscape suddenly becomes more lush and eventually the trail becomes steeper as we descend towards  the valley floor. The trail finally reaches the river from where the way is once again quite level, but the going is rather difficult because of the river rock. After another 30 minutes or so, we reach Birethanti (1,109m), from where it’s just a 30-45 minute walk down the river to Nayapul.  Glancing back, Machhapuchare is still there, looming larger than

life.  We rejoin our road transport for the return to our Pokhara Base Camp and a final celebratory dinner. End of Expedition

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