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Originally posted on Mountains and Rivers: Probably the highlight of our time in Nepal so far, the trekking route up through the Modi River Valley to the Annapurna base camp is fantastic! Magnificent forests, pretty flowers, lovely rivers, well maintained…
Our travels in Nepal have been both invigorating and taxing, a roller coaster of highs and lows. Our recent trip into the Annapurna Sanctuary ranks well up there amongst the highest highs though. The trek up to Annapurna Base Camp from the south is simply phenomenal. Not as busy as the main Annapurna Circuit Trek, we had mostly empty trails as we ascended the vibrant Modi Khola Valley. With a highest elevation of 4150m, altitude is less of an issue than for some of the other treks and, with our acclimatization well under control, we were able to move quickly and enjoy some running along the way. The climate is also very comfortable and so we could pack light, taking only a clean pair of clothes for evenings and our North Face down jackets and shells to keep us warm and dry up high.