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Annapurna Sanctuary Photo Gallery - Annapurna Sanctuary to Kathmandu, with views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare.

Annapurna Sanctuary Photo Gallery from October 2002

501 Modi Khola Valley From Annapurna Sanctuary Lt.-Col. Jimmy Roberts, an officer in the gurkhas and a very experienced mountaineer, was the first European to penetrate the Annapurna Sanctuary. Its only exit is the Modi Khola, a narrow gorge leading down into the foothills and eventually to the plains of India.

501 Modi Khola Valley From Annapurna Sanctuary

502 Waterfall Just After leaving Annapurna Sanctuary Just after leaving the Annapurna Sanctuary, a beautiful waterfall tumbled down from the ridge high above.

502 Waterfall Just After leaving Annapurna Sanctuary

503 Chomrong From Sinuwa I left Annapurna Base Camp at 7:40, descending rapidly past Machapuchare Base Camp at 8:13, Deurali at 9:18, Himalaya Hotel at 10:13, Dovan at 11:00, to Bamboo at 11:45, where I stopped for a Coke and chocolate bar. I left Bamboo at 12:05, reached Upper Sinuwa at 13:15, Lower Sinuwa at 13:40, the Chomrong Khola at 14:05, and then brutally up a couple of thousand stone steps to the Himalayan View in Chomrong, arriving at 15:00. Phew!

503 Chomrong From Sinuwa

504 Looking Down Modi Khola Valley From Chomrong With New Bridge In Lower Left I left Chomrong (2210m) at 15:05 and continued down the Modi Khola Valley going down, down, down to cross the river. It seems like such a pity that I had to climb up to Chomrong, only to have to descend to the river again. My pack was uneven and I struggled all the way to New Bridge (1340m), arriving at 16:40, and staying at he Hiunchuli Guest House.

504 Looking Down Modi Khola Valley From Chomrong With New Bridge In Lower Left

601 Annapurna South and Hiunchuli Early Morning From Past New Bridge After leaving New Bridge, I looked back to see Annapurna South and Hiunchuli glisten in the early morning sun.

601 Annapurna South and Hiunchuli Early Morning From Past New Bridge

602 Annapurna South Close Up Early Morning From Past New Bridge After leaving New Bridge, I looked back to see Annapurna South glisten in the early morning sun.

602 Annapurna South Close Up Early Morning From Past New Bridge

603 Hiunchuli Close Up Early Morning From Past New Bridge After leaving New Bridge, I looked back to see Hiunchuli glisten in the early morning sun. Hiunchuli (6441m) was first climbed on October 10, 1971 by Americans Craig Anderson, Peter Cross, Jim Richards, John Skow, and Lane Smith.

603 Hiunchuli Close Up Early Morning From Past New Bridge

604 Machapuchare Close Up From Lower Modi Khola Valley As I trekked from New Bridge to Naya Pul, I turned around and had a great view of Machapuchare.

604 Machapuchare Close Up From Lower Modi Khola Valley

605 Machapuchare From Lower Modi Khola Valley I left New Bridge (1340m) at 6:05 and hiked up and down the banks of the Modi Khola to Beehive at 7:00, thru terraced fields with excellent views of Machapuchare, to Syauli Bazaar (1140m) at 8:25, to Birethanti (1000m) at 9:50, to Naya Pul at 10:15, finishing with a steep climb up to the road.

605 Machapuchare From Lower Modi Khola Valley

606 Pokhara Airport I caught a taxi at Naya Pul for the 42km trip back to Pokhara Airport, where I caught the next Cosmic Air flight to Kathmandu.

606 Pokhara Airport

607 Manaslu, Ngadi Chuli, Himal Chuli, Baudha Peak On Flight From Pokahara To Kathmandu The flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu turned into a mountain flight with Manaslu, Ngadi Chuli, Himal Chuli, and Baudha Peak visible to the north.

607 Manaslu, Ngadi Chuli, Himal Chuli, Baudha Peak On Flight From Pokahara To Kathmandu

608 Kathmandu From Air My Cosmic Air flight took only 30 minutes from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Kathmandu is Nepal's capital and largest city, situated at an altitude of around 1400m. The immensity of the Kathmandu Valley is evident as you fly into Tribhuvan International Airport, with Kathmandu stretching into the distance.

608 Kathmandu From Air

609 Thai Airways Plane At Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport I boarded my Thai Airways flight homeward from Kathmanduís Tribhuvan International Airport.

609 Thai Airways Plane At Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport