Mar 20 - Mar 28, 2024  confirmed

Annapurna Sanctuary via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) and via Short Modi Khola Start (9 days)
Annapurna Region, Nepal

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Difficulty: challenging

Public trek | 2 confirmed trekkers

Annapurna Sanctuary via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) and via Short Modi Khola Start
$176 usd
For 1 person to join this trek
Guide & Permits Only
Includes guide and all required permits & entry fees:
$11.93 /day per person for guide
+ $10 per person for guide's insurance
+ $9.75 per person for vat tax
+ $48 per person for permits

Teahouse lodging, food, & transportation paid separately.

Included Services
  • Permits ACAP and TIMS Card
  • Guide Guide's wages, food, lodging, and insurance
  • VAT Tax 13% Nepal Government Tax
Optional Services (Porter)
  • Porter Each porter may carry no more than 20 kg (44 lb). One porter is usually enough for 2 people's gear. Government required insurance covers the porter in case of an accident while on the trip.
    $20 per day per porter

    + $30 per porter for porter's insurance
    + $2.21 per day per porter for vat tax (porter)

Guide
Lali (Laxmi)
Languages
English, Hindi, and Nepali
Ratings
very good
Currently 2 Trekkers
2 confirmed trekkers
confirmed

Ma Alejandra (México)

With 1 guest: Maria de Jesus (Mexico)
Hired 1 porter

Trip Board (1)

Ma Alejandra (México)
itinerary creator

I am a good walker, and look forward to this trip. Do join us in march!

For those with limited time, the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek offers a journey of shifting landscapes; from the lush middle hills to the cauldron of ice and rock at Annapurna Base Camp, referred to as the Annapurna Sanctuary for the high mountain walls that surround it. The trail passes through a steep narrow valley with Machapuchare (Fish Tail Mountain)] towering above the valley. The view at Annapurna Base Camp is awe-inspiring as you stare up at the whiteface of Annapurna I surrounded by snowclad peaks in every direction. This trek is most comfortably done in 9 days but for those with even more limited time it is possible to do this trek in as few as 7 days. Add the Short Modi Kola Start option to reduce the trekking by a day. Add the 'Annapurna Base Camp Day Visit' option to reduce the trek by another day. This is least desirable since the best weather is often early in the morning.

Side trip via Short Modi Khola Start: The shortest way but a less scenic way to Chomrong that follows the Modi Khola (river) bypassing Ghandruk. If you need to reduce the itinerary by a day this is a possible option. Taking a taxi to the road head will also save time instead of taking the public bus.

Side trip via Ghorepani (Poon Hill): A moderate hike in the Annapurna region for those who want a taste of trekking without the high altitude. While relatively easy by Nepal standards, this trek still packs a punch, with some steep climbs and awesome views, including the famed Himalayan panorama from atop Poon Hill.

Weather Conditions in March

March is the start of the ‘Spring Season’ when temperatures begin to rise from their winter lows. By the end of March, temperatures are significantly warmer at lower elevations and hot air from the valleys tend to create clouds in the mountains during the afternoons. Mornings are generally clear, with the clearest weather coming just after sunrise. At high altitudes, while generally warmer than the previous months snow is still possible, and heavy snow storms in March are not unheard of. Mornings and nights are still cold.

At a glance
On average there are 4 days with precipitation in March. The highest point on the trek is Annapurna Base Camp at 4130 m. During March, expect high temperatures of around 8.6°C (47°F) and lows down to -8.4°C (17°F) at Annapurna Base Camp.

Annapurna Sanctuary via Ghorepani (Poon Hill) and via Short Modi Khola Start
(Elevation Profile)

Itinerary
(9 days / 8 nights )
created by Ma Alejandra (México)

Wed Mar 20 (day 1)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 28.4°C (83°F) and lows of about 11.4°C (53°F) in March.

Pokhara
Public bus from Pokhara to Siwai (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $5.00
Travel time: about 4 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Private vehicle from Pokhara to Siwai (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $60.00
Travel time: about 2 hours

Siwai (1500 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 24.4°C (76°F) and lows of about 7.4°C (45°F) in March.

New Bridge (1340 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 25.4°C (78°F) and lows of about 8.4°C (47°F) in March.

Jhinu Danda (1780 m)

About 3-4 hours from Siwai
Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.7°C (73°F) and lows of about 5.7°C (42°F) in March.

Thu Mar 21 (day 2)

Chomrong (2210 m)

About 2-3 hours from Jhinu Danda
Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.1°C (68°F) and lows of about 3.1°C (38°F) in March.

Chomrong

Sinuwa (2340 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.4°C (67°F) and lows of about 2.4°C (36°F) in March.

Bamboo (2310 m)

About 5 hours from Chomrong
Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.5°C (67°F) and lows of about 2.5°C (37°F) in March.

Bamboo
Fri Mar 22 (day 3)

Dobhan (Dovan) (2500 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.4°C (65°F) and lows of about 1.4°C (35°F) in March.

Himalayan Hotel (2840 m)

About 3-4 hours from Bamboo
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.4°C (62°F) and lows of about -0.6°C (31°F) in March.

Himalayan Hotel
Sat Mar 23 (day 4)

Deurali, ABC Trek (3200 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.2°C (58°F) and lows of about -2.8°C (27°F) in March.

Machapuchare Base Camp (3700 m)

About 3-4 hours from Himalayan Hotel
Expect typical high termperatures of about 11.2°C (52°F) and lows of about -5.8°C (22°F) in March.

Machapuchare Base Camp
Sun Mar 24 (day 5)

Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m)

About 2 hours from Machapuchre Base Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 8.6°C (47°F) and lows of about -8.4°C (17°F) in March.

Annapurna Base Camp
Mon Mar 25 (day 6)

Deurali, ABC Trek (3200 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.2°C (58°F) and lows of about -2.8°C (27°F) in March.

Himalayan Hotel (2840 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.4°C (62°F) and lows of about -0.6°C (31°F) in March.

Himalayan Hotel

Dobhan (Dovan) (2500 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 18.4°C (65°F) and lows of about 1.4°C (35°F) in March.

Bamboo (2310 m)

About 7-8 hours from Annapurna Base Camp
Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.5°C (67°F) and lows of about 2.5°C (37°F) in March.

Bamboo
Tue Mar 26 (day 7)

Sinuwa (2340 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 19.4°C (67°F) and lows of about 2.4°C (36°F) in March.

Chomrong (2210 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 20.1°C (68°F) and lows of about 3.1°C (38°F) in March.

Chomrong

Jhinu Danda (1780 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 22.7°C (73°F) and lows of about 5.7°C (42°F) in March.

Ghandruk (2000 m)

About 3-4 hours from Landruk (trail descends steeply towards the river for an hour then after crossing the river there is a steep ascent for about 2-3 hours with Himalayan views passing through several small villages)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 21.4°C (71°F) and lows of about 4.4°C (40°F) in March.

Ghandruk
Wed Mar 27 (day 8)

Tadapani (2590 m)

About 3-4 hours from Ghandruk (trail climbs through forest)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 17.9°C (64°F) and lows of about 0.9°C (34°F) in March.

Ghorepani (2874 m)

About 4-5 hours from Tadapani (after an initial steep descent the trail climbs through forests and along a high ridge via Deurali at 2990 m before descending again to Ghorepani)
Expect typical high termperatures of about 16.2°C (61°F) and lows of about -0.8°C (31°F) in March.

Ghorepani
Thu Mar 28 (day 9)

Poon Hill (3210 m)

About 1-1.5 hours up and a half hour back down to Ghorepani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 14.1°C (57°F) and lows of about -2.9°C (27°F) in March.

Poon Hill

Tikhedunga (1525 m)

About 5-6 hours from Ghorepani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 24.3°C (76°F) and lows of about 7.3°C (45°F) in March.

Birethanti (1025 m)

About 1-2 hours from Tikhedunga
Expect typical high termperatures of about 27.3°C (81°F) and lows of about 10.3°C (51°F) in March.

Naya Pul (1000 m)

About 45 minutes from Birethani
Expect typical high termperatures of about 27.4°C (81°F) and lows of about 10.4°C (51°F) in March.

Public bus from Naya Pul to Pokhara (Not Included)

Estimated cost: $2.00
Travel time: about 2 hours
Please pay the fare for your guide & porter (if you have hired one)

Pokhara (827 m)

Expect typical high termperatures of about 28.4°C (83°F) and lows of about 11.4°C (53°F) in March.

Pokhara