ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

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The Annapurna Circuit, considered one of the best trekking/hiking trails in the world, is the classic long distance trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek is one of contrasts between the green, terraced farmland of the Marshyangdi valley and the semi-arid environs of Lower Mustang. The two areas are separated by the Thorong La River (5416m), from the western side is too strenuous and has too much elevations gain to consider in one day, to reach the sacred site of Muktinath. The temple complex is a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists and the scence of the sunrise on Dhaulagiri is particularly eye-catching.

This is one of the classic and most rewarding treks in Nepal which circles the Annapurna massif, starting at either Bhote Order or Gorkha, west of Kathmandu ending at Pokhara. For the most of the treks we can have close views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and the magnificent Machhapuchre. The high point of the trek entails crossing of the 5416m high Throng Pass, from the arid valley of the upper Manang, home of Tibeto- Buddhists, down to the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath, and the upper  Kali Gandaki valley, the worlds deepest river gorge, before heading down to Pokhara. Besides the mountain views, we encounter on this trek a variety of mountain communities of the Gurung, Manangi and Thakali people.

Drive out from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar early in the morning by bus or jeep and drive to Syange (1100m) by jeep overnight at lodge.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu

Drive out from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar early in the morning by bus or jeep and drive to Syange (1100m) by at lodge. Descend to Syange (1100m) and cross to the west bank of the Marsyangdi Khola on a suspension bridge. The trail descends before climbing through forest to Chamje (1410m). The rocky trail crosses the Marsyangdi khola again, then follows the valley steadily uphill to Tal(1700m), a former lakebd. Tal is the first village in the Manang district.
Day 2

Trek from Syange

Trek from Syange to Tal (1700m) and overnight.
Day 3

Trek from Tal to Bagarchhap (2,160m) and overnight at lodge

The trail crosses the valley floor then climbs a stone stairway before dropping down to another crossing of the Marsyangdi. The trail continues past Khotro and Karte to Dharapani (1960m), Which is marketed by a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibeteninfluenced villages from here northward.
Day 4

Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2,630m)

Chame is district headquarter and available Police station, School, Health Post, Post Office, Bank, telephone and internet services. There are fine views of Annapurna II (7,935m), IV (7,525m), Langtang Himal( 6,986m), as you approach Chame. The route crosses the Marsyangdi khola.
Day 5

Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,190m) .

The trail runs through deep forest in a step and narrow valley and recrosses to the south bank of the Marsyangdi khola at (3080m). Views include the first sight of the soaring Paungda Dada rock face, an awesome testament to the power of glacial erosion.The trail continues to climb to the popular lunch spot at Dhukur Pokhari before arriving at the lodge. The trail get better views and similar accommodation by staying at upper pissang (3310m), just above town.
Day 6

Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,535m).

A beautiful walking day along pine forest and flat trail with beautiful view of Annapurna mountain ranges. Manang is the last beautiful Himal settlement where you will have nice and comfortable lodges and restaurants. From pissang there are two trails, North and south of the Marsyangdi Khola, which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route via the airstrip at Hongde (3420m) involves less climbing than the northern route, but the mountain views on the upper trail via Ghyaru and Ngawal (3660m) are infinitely better and will aid your acclimatisation. The trail continues from Mungji(3500m) past the extraordinarily picturesque village and gompa of Bragha(3470m), to nearby Manang (354om).
Day 7

Acclimatization day in Manang.

It is important to spend a day acclimatizing in Manang before pushing on to Thorung La (5416m). There are some fine day walks and magnificent views around the village, and it is best to gain altitude during the day, returning to Manang to sleep. The views of Gangapurna Glacier is terrific,either from the viewpoint above the lake or from the praken Gompa, an hour’s walk above Manang. More strenuous day hikes include to Milarepa’s cave and the Ice Lake,high above the valley floor at 4600m.
Day 8

Trek from Manang to Yak Kharkha or Letdar (4800m).

From Manang it’s an ascent of nearly 2000m to Thorung La. The trail climbs steadily through Tengi and gunsang, leaving the Marsyangdi valley and continuing along the Jarsang Khola valley. The vegetation becomes shorter and sparser as you reach Yak kharkha(4020m) and then letdar(4800m). A night in Yak Kharkha or Letdar is important for acclimatisation.
Day 9

Trek from Leadar to Thorong high camp (5416m).

Cross the river at 4310m and then climb up through desolate scenery to Thorung Phedi (5416m).
Day 10

Morning climb to Thorong pass (5416m) via Muktinath (3800m).

The trail climbs steeply but is well used and easy to follow. The altitude will have you wheezing and snow can cause problems, When the pass is covered in fresh snow it is often impossible to cross. It takes about four to six hours to reach the pass.
Day 11

Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2804m).

Muktinath is a pilgrimage sight for Hindus and Buddhists alike. The trail see Tibetan traders here as well as sadhus from as far away as the south of India. The shrines, in a grove of trees, include a Buddhist gompa, a Vishnu temple, and the Jwalamai(Gaddes of Fire) Temple, Which shelters a spring and natural gas jets that provide Muktinath’s famous enternal flame
Day 12

Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom(2743m).

If you have some extra time, it’s worth continuing south to the traditional whitewashed stone village of Marpha (2680m), which has a gompa and several smaller shrines. Try to be on the trail early in the morning in the Kali Gandaki valley, as strong winds tend to pick up after 11 am.
Day 13

Trek from Jomsom to Nayapul or Pokhara.

The Annapurna Circuit south of Jomsom follows the new road south through the Kali Gandaki valley to Nayapul. Catch a bus from Naya pul to pokhara. Over night at the Hotel.
Day 14

Drive or fly back to Kathmandu O/N.

Drive or fly back to Kathmandu O/N.
Day 15

Free Day in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is one of the cities popular for tourist destination because of its preserved cultural heritage sites. Therefore, today you will be free to explore around Kathmandu, explore the UNESCO listed heritage sites as well as visit the museum where ancient treasures are preserved. You can even do some shopping’s and enjoy your late night in Kathmandu Durbar square. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 16

Final Departure.

Final Departure.

Includes

  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar to Syange by jeep.
  • Tea house accommodation during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner & tea or coffee during the trek
  • Welcome dinners.
  • An experienced, English speaking and government licensed trek leader and
  • Porter service including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits.
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

 

Excludes

  • Extra night accommodation excess baggage charge.
  • In Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery
  • recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, etc.)

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