A small but very nice trek, which passes through areas not too crowded and where we can enjoy much more tranquillity than in other itineraries. The itinerary ends with a well-deserved hot spring bath next to the river that flows powerfully down next to us.
4 days’ trek
Medium. With no technical difficulties
Highest altitude 2080m
Highest altitude overnight 1760m
Local mountain guide English-speaking
Meals and overnight in lodges during the trek
Transfers in private vehicle
This itinerary is one of the many combinations that can be made through the southern area of the Annapurna and that roughly includes the two slopes separated by the Modi Khola River that comes out of the Annapurna Base Camp glacier. If while the part that has Ghandruk as a central point is usually more crowded, the area where the route we propose here is quieter.
The route goes through forests and terraced crops, with beautiful villages, dominated mainly by Gurung people. It has good views of some Himalayan peaks, with the impressive presence of the Machhapuchre and the Annapurna South.
Lwang, where we spent our first night, is a representative village of the area, well cared, a little labyrinthine with its houses close together, and where the community has been arranging to welcome the hikers in a “homestay”. The route gains altitude to reach the ridge of the mountain, from where we recover some good views and pass through the beautiful surroundings of Photana until we reach Deorali, the highest point of the route and naturally with better views. From this point we start to lose altitude towards the villages of Tolka and Landruk, hanging on the slope of the mountain and surrounded by crops. We will only have to cross the Modi Khola and to go uphill again towards Jhinu Danda, where their pools of thermal water just next to the river wait for us.
The stages of this itinerary are designed for hikers used to hiking in the mountains, but you can also make softer days by adding an overnight stay in Photana.
In the program that we present, the transfer is done in a private jeep to Anante to start the trek, and from Kyumi at the end, but it can also be done in a normal vehicle to Hemja, which implies walking about three hours over flat terrain to Anante and then climb to Lwang, and to finish, we will have to walk about three more hours from Kyumi to Nayapul (you could also take a local bus if you pass one) where our vehicle is waiting for us to return to Pokhara.
Like all our routes, the itinerary can be personalized and adapted to the taste, needs and preferences of the traveller, especially regarding to the stay in Nepal outside the trek. You can opt for the complete trip or just book the trek and travel on your own in Nepal.
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