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Annapurna Base Camp – Snow Leopard Trek

Trip Title: Annapurna Base Camp – Snow Leopard Trek

Trip Length: 17 Days

Trip Grade: B/C       [Grading Overview]


Area: Annapurna

National Park: Annapurna       [Parks Overview]

Activity: Snow Leopards

Activity Grade: 3+       [Grading Overview]

Special Focus: Hiunchuli Base Camp

Months: September, October, November, December, April, May,

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The classic trek to Annapurna Base Camp with its stunning views of Fish Tail, Annapurna and Hiunchuli. An easy trek with an extra eight day wildlife dimension along the ridges and crags under Hiunchuli to collect some data on the snow leopard and its prey species. The Blue Space have recently (autumn 2004) collected stories from locals in the area who claim that snow leopards are frequently heard and tracks seem under Hiunchuli. In 1996 a baby cub appeared in a Tea House lodge in Deurali and lay down exhausted, as night fell, and the local too frightened to open the door to let it out, the mother snow leopard growled outside; in the morning the cub was dead and the locals lay the animal 100m up a nearby slope, soon the mother came down and collected it. Snow Leopards have had a special interest for the villagers since then. The purpose of this trek is to assertain if there are indeed snow leopards in the area and what their prey species are and how the locals view them. This is a protected area and hence there is real hope of conservation.


From Kathmandu:

Day 1.
Ktm/Pokhara (819m.) by bus

Day 02.
45 minutes drive to Phedi and climb up to Dhampus Hill (1700 m).

Day 03.
Inclined hiking with beautiful views of Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and Annapurna south. Trek down to Landrung and overnight camp. (1640m).

Day 04.
Heading down to Modi Khola/Jhinu, observing hot water spring and beehives, up toward Chomrong (2170m) closer views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. – 4 walking hours.

Day 5.
200 m. down and hiking up to Siniwa (2,340 m.) for lunch and stay at Bamboo (2400m.) – 4 hours.

Day 6.
To Deurali (3230m.), observing avalanche on either side of the trail. – 4 hours walking.

Day 07:
Climb up 200m cliff and set camp in the flat ground under of Hiunchuli Peak.

Day 08 – 11:
Observing the footprints and other signs of snow leopard. Observe it’s prey species and any kills.

Snow Leopard Research – see what we do on this trek.

Day 12 – 16:
Deurali and trek back to Pokhara.

Day 17:
Bus to Kathmandu.


Per Person: (prices from Kathmandu)

2 – 6 persons: 1500

The price includes:
All Tea House expenses, camping equipment, food, transport, ACAP entry, Blue Space Guide, local guide for snow leopard tracking, cook, porters.

The price does not include:
Air fare return to Pokahara (if you choose to fly), telephone, laundry, hotel in Kathmandu, alcohol, personal clothing (a list will be sent of what gear you should bring).

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