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Annapurna Circuit trek

Duration

16 days

Starting at

Kathmandu Airport

Ending at

Kathmandu Airport

Trip Grading

Strenous

Accommodation

Hotel and Guuest Houses

Meals

All meals during the trek

Attraction

Thorang La pass 5416m

Acctivities

Trekking

Annapurna Circuit trek

This is one of the best trek in the world. The Annapurna – this fascinating land of biodiversity is the largest protected area trek in Nepal, known as Annapurna circuit trek. During trek you will find dramatic change in terrain from lush green forests to arid rocky landscape on the other side of the Himalayas. The trek encircles the famous Annapurna massif passing through sub-tropical plains in the Himalayan foothills, trans-Himalayan Manang and then the dry, rain shadow region of Mustang . The highest elevation is reached at Thorang La (pass at 5416m) before the trail follows the Kali Gandaki River that flows through the deepest gorge on earth between two giant peaks.

Trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and further with a quick change of vehicle to Khudi, small settlement where you overnight. During trek countless tall waterfalls cascading down into the main river are encountered along the way while the skyline is dominated by the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. From Manang, the trail goes uphill through high alpine pastures until the small teahouses at Thorang Phedi are reached. We spend a day in Manang for acclimatization where a side trip to a glacial lake fed by the icefall from Gangapurna is optional for you. The following day, the trail goes through the highest point, Thorang La, after which there is a long descent to Muktinath. During the descent, the summit of Dhaulagiri (8167m) becomes visible on the southern horizon. Muktinath is a popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists and gets plenty of visitors. From Muktinath look to the west to enjoy a grand view of the Dhaulagiri massif while to the north can be seen the arid hills of Upper Mustang. Next day is your final day at Jomsom and you will fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Highlights:
# Highest Point in Annapurna Circuit trek 5416m
# Visit of popular villages like Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Muktinath, Jomsom
# Kali Gandaki River Gorge, Annapurna, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Ice lake
# Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP),hemlock and silver fir trees, and many species of birds – white-capped river chat, the whistling thrush, large pied kingfisher
# 13 days point to point walking with porters, accommodation and all meals,
# diverse landscape, one of the best trekking trails in the world.

Quick outline:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel, o/n in Kathmandu. Hotel accommodation
Day 02: Drive to Khudi (790m) – Lodge/Guest House accommodation
Day 03: Trek to Syange (912m) – Lodge/Guest House accommodation
Day 04: Trek to Tal (1646m) – Lodge/Guest House accommodation
Day 05: Trek to Bagarchap (2165m) – Lodge/Guest House accommodation
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2714m) – Lodge/Guest House accommodation
Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3171m) – Lodge/Guest House accommodation
Day 08: Trek to Manang (3537m) – Lodge/Guest House accommodation
Day 09: Acclimatization day at Manang – Lodge/Guest House accommodation
Day 10: Trek to Ledar (4230m) – Lodge/Guest House accommodation
Day 11: Trek to Thorang Phedi – Lodge/Guest House accommodation
Day 12: Cross Thorang pass (5335m) and trek to Muktinath (3760m)
Day 13:  Trek to Jomsom (2713 m) – Lodge/Guest House accommodation
Day 14: Fly to Pokhara, in Pokhara. Hotel accommodation
Day 15: Drive to Kathamndu. Free day – Hotel Accommodation
Day 16: Transfer to airport, depart Kathamndu

Departures: As per your choice dates. We know what we are offering: The one who deals with you is the main in charge who plans your trip, answers your questions, and overseeing operations, and advise you the best itineraruy for your life time experience. We do not boast and fake you with different departments of administration. We handle everything personally. We do not have call center staff, a reservations department, or an operations department. We make sure it will be only one person that works with you in planning your trip, and then overseeing operations, so you can be sure of getting first hand information and personal service from the first email all the way to the last day of your trip.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel, o/n in Kathmandu

You will be picked up at airport and then transfer to your designed hotel in Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure. Evening there would trek briefing and introduction time with your guide.

Day 02: Drive to Khudi (790m)

Drive to Besisahr in the morning by bus. Catch a local jeep to drive further to Khudi, approx 3 hours drive. Besishar is the head quarters of Lamjung District. There are good views of Lamjung Himal on the left and Himalchuli to the right. Overnight at lodge in Khudi.

Day 03: Trek to Syange (912m)

The trail which is a good one climbs gently towards the village of Khudi on the Marsyangdi river. Opposite Khudi (on the west bank of the river) where the Khudi Khola enter the main river the Marsyangdi swings north, the trail rises high above the river and round the corner revealing further views of Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) now very near and rising massively more than 6,700m. Continue up east bank of river, crossing Ngadi Khola bridge after 1.5 hours. Climb to Bahundanda ridge (1,310m) in about 2 hours. Descend towards river once again and reach vicinity of bridge at Syange after another 2.5 hrs. Total about 7/8 hours. Syange is the northern limit of rice cultivation in Marsyangdi valley.

Day 04: Trek to Tal (1646m)

Trail now climbs slowly into increasingly narrow canyon. Cross river on good suspension bridge near Chyamje and continue ascent past canyon descending from rock barriers of Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) and Numun Bhanjyang. Tal, the gateway to Manang District, a beautiful flat meadow with several Bhotia houses and a splendid waterfall coming off the lower reaches of Peak 29. This is a superb site. The trail passes Jagat after 1.5 hours and Chyamje after another 1.5 hours. Tal is another 2 hrs. Short day but all climbing.

Day 05: Trek to Bagarchap (2165m)

Ascend east bank of Marsyangdi through main gorge. The trail here is at times cut-out of vertical cliffs. Cross to west side of river at Dharapani 6200 ft. just south of Thonje, the confluence of Marsyangdi and Dudh Khola (the latter coming from Larkya Pass, two days northeast). Do not cross river to Thonje but turn west and follow trail ascending on south side of Marsyangdi through forests and meadows for about one hour then climb steeply towards Namun Bhanjyang to Tebang Meadow, a series of lust pasture pearched high above the river. Excellent views of Manaslu- and the peaks situated above the Larkya Pass.

Day 06: Trek to Chame (2714m)

The trails runs diagonally from Tebang through Thankchok village (2865m) and down towards river to Kupar which lies above the junction of the Marsyangdi with the Nar river, coming in from the north. Police check point here, coming from Tebang, this is a short day of only about 4-5 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3171m)

Cross bridge to north side of river near horticultural apple farm at Brathang (2744m). The covered bridge with a door in the middle was built by Tibetan Khampas who had a camp close by the Marsyangdi. Begin spectacular ascent to Pissang. This begins the transition into the rain shadow experienced between Ghasa and Tukuche in the Kali Gandaki in fully cry below, gaining momentum to break its way through the line of the main Himalayan Range between Annapurna II and Manaslu. There is a Choice of camp sites at Pisang below the village, either south or north of the river, or about half an hour before in a pleasant wooded country, sheltered from the prevailing wind.

Day 08: Trek to Manang (3537m)

On easy terrain through forests to small ridge at 3445 m. Below and stretching into the distance is Upper Manang Valley. The southern tier of this valley is walled by Annapurna II (7937m), and IV (7525m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Tarke Kang (Glacier Dome) (7193m) to the west and visible just south of distant sharp rock peak is the Great Barrier and the basin containing Tilicho Lake (7193m) is out of view at the head of the valley. To the north Thorung La (5416m) and Thorungtse (6483m) and barring the way to Tibet in the north, a long ridge of 20-22,00? peaks. Descending from this view point, the path crosses a plain and passes Hongde airstrip (3280m). Further on the Sabje Khola is passed and Braga arrives. Braga is a cliff- side village with several monasteries and excellent camp- site for camping in the fields below village.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Manang

It is essential to spend time on acclimatization in this area. There are splendid views of peaks from Manang. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across from a huge glacier descending from Tarke Kang and Gangapurna. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. Possible side trips to a lake an about 3 hours north of Braga at 4818 m. to the main Manang Gompa, or to Khangsar (3740m) on the trail to Tilicho lake.

Day 10: Trek to Ledar (4230m)

A short day on this high altitude treks. Passing through Yak Kharka and Churi ledar. A side trip up the steam following down from the West Chulu peak can be done if time permits.

Day 11: Trek to Thorang Phedi

The trail turns northwest up the tributary valley of the Jargeng Khola. It is sometimes possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep along the cliffs. Cross a covered cantilevered bridge and ascend to Phedi.

Day 12: Cross Thorang pass (5335m) and trek to Muktinath (3760m)

Ascend steeply for 2 hours to rock ledge and north at 4590m then along an undulating trail to the level top Thorung La. Views of the Annapurna Range to the south and the Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the west. The peak immediately north of the pass is Thorungtse, to the south is an unnamed peak of 6625m. Descend into Mustang a steep downhill trail for three hours to Muktinath. Splendid views of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak. Muktinath is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. It is mentioned in the classic Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, and one may see pilgrims bathing in the holy water flowing from the 108 carved spouts surrounding the Vishnu Temple in a grove of sacred poplars. Muktinath is also home to many ethnic Tibetans and is holy to Buddhist as well, particularly for the temple in which fire miraculously burns in a stream of water.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2713 m)

Descend gradually through fields and poplar groves, then steeply into the Kali Gandaki River Valley, reaching the valley floor at Eklebhatti at 2774 m. Follow the valley southward to the headquarters of Mustang District, Jomsom, a large settlement with a stol airstrip, police station and bank. The Kali Gandaki Valley here is called the Thak Khola, from the ethnic group of the Thakalis, many of whom live in this area. Enterprising and ambitious the Thakalis formerly dominated the salt trade with Tibet in this region and after its collapse diversified into running lodges along the trek route, construction and other business.

Day 14: Fly to Pokhara, in Pokhara

After breakfast, fly to Pokhara. Transfer to Hotel, explore Pokhara own.

Day 15: Drive to Kathamndu. Free day

After breakfast , drive to Kathmandu - a beautiful journey. Check in to Hotel. In Kathmandu.

Day 16: Transfer to airport, depart Kathamndu

Free time until departure for shopping. Transfer to airport. Depart Kathmandu.

Min - Max (Persons) Adult Price
2 - 3 $1,370.00
4 - 5 $1,295.00
6 - 9 $1,225.00
10 - 15 $1,155.00
Single - Supplement $95.00

Included

  • 01. All meals and best avaialable accommodation in lodge during the trek
  • 02. Service of trek guide and Sherpa assistant for bigger group above 6 person
  • 03. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.)
  • 04. Accident insurance for staffs and porters
  • 05. Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • 06. Annapurna conservation area entry permit, trekking permit
  • 07. Arrival and departure transfers.
  • 08. Tourist and public transportation as shown in the programme
  • 09. Hotel accommodation (2 star) in Kathmandu on BB as per programme
  • 10. Hotel accommodation in Pokhara (2 star category) on BB as per programme

Excluded

  • 01. Personal clothing and sleeping bag
  • 02. Personal accident and health insurance
  • 03. Emergency evacuation and medical expense
  • 04. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips
  • 05. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned

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