|At the head of the Modi Khola, beneath the fearsome, towering rock walls and snowfields of the south face of Annapurna, lies an incredible spectacular enclosed basin that has become famous the world over. This is the Annapurna Sanctuary, first discovered in 1957 by Jimmy Roberts, first used as a base camp by Chris Bonington's expedition in 1970, and today visited by thousands of trekkers every year. The hike into the Annapurna Sanctuary is undoubtedly the quickest way to surround yourself with real Himalayan giants in Nepal without facing the twin unpredictables of fights and altitude that a whistle-stop visit to the Khumbu entails.
The trek into Annapuma Sanctuary is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. The trek begins in Pokhara and leads up through the breathtaking Modi Khola gorge into the vast mountain ringed amphitheatre of the Sanctuary. As we trek through bamboo and rhododendron forests we have superb views of the Annapuma range. We eventually pass between the mountains of Macchapucchare and Hiunchuli which guard the entrance to the Sanctuary, and after 6 days reach our goal, the high glacial basin that is the site of the Annapuma south face base camp.
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