Annapurna circuit trekking is best described as the most happening incentive trekking destination of Nepal. It has been proved as a highly praised and spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. The trek starts right from Besisahar and goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great view of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.
Our trek has two options: either you can fly Jomsom to Pokhara or continue the trek in the Annapurna loop, Ghorepani ,Poon Hill then finish at Pokhara. The Annapurna Circuit starts with a drive to Besisahar and winds through lush, subtropical forests and traditional farming terrace villages of west Nepal. Every ridge brings a Himalayan panorama with Annapurna and Himalchuli soaring above. This is a magnificent trek that follows the Marshyangdi Khola (river) from the subtropical lowlands to the Manang basin and then crosses the Thorung La (5416m) by descending to the deepest gorge in the world, the Kali Gandaki.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is considered to be the traditional trek in the Annapurna region. The highlight of this trip is to reach the sacred site of Muktinath temple through the trek over the 5416m Thorong La pass. Also Annapurna circuit trekking is one of the classic treks in the world where it is possible to make the trekking itinerary short or long as trekkers demand because who those who a have short time frame can take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and those who have enough time have options to continue to Ghorepani Poon hill finish at Birethanti (Nayapul). Between Jomsom and Ghorepani there are natural hot springs in Tatopani where tourists enjoy taking hot baths.
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.
You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at Hotel. B.B
Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sihgtseeing tour.
Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple , Boudhanath Stupa & Pashupatinath Temple. Overnight at Hotel. B.B
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (790m) 6 Hrs.
Trekking staff will arrive at your Hotel to pick you up, we have 6 hours of driving to Besishar. It is about 185km from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you will witness stunning snow caped mountain scenery. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.D
Today our journey starts at Besisahar, from where, the trail makes the climb to Khudi at 790m, we then reach the first Gurung village (many of Nepal’s Gurkha Soldiers are Gurungs). As we continue from Khudi the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). It climbs to Bhulbhule at 825m; it then goes to Ngadi before reaching Bahundanda at 1310m. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.DDay 05: Trek to Chyamje (1400m) 6 Hrs.
Today the trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070m from Bahundanda crossing the Marshyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chyamje at 1400m. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.DDay 06: Trek to Bagarchhap (2160m) 5 Hrs.
The day begins with the rocky trail following the Marshyangdi rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trailverse crossing a wide, flat valley. The trail then climbs a stone stairway to 1860m till another stairway. The journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then arrive Bagarchhap, offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition zone before the dry highlands. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.DDay 07: Trek to Chame (2630m) 6 Hrs.
With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, & then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.DDay 08: Trek to Pisang (3300m) 5 Hrs.
The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300m. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.DDay 09: Trek to Manang (3500m) 4 Hrs.
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Anapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784.
Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marshyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.D
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village and the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.DDay 11: Trek to Ledar (4250m) 5 Hrs.
Today we leave Manang, and the trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.DDay 12: Trek to Phedi or High Camp (4600m) 4 Hrs.
The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m or at High Camp on the elevation of 4600m. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.DDay 13: Trek to Muktinath (3800 meters) via Thorung La pass (5416 meters) 8 Hrs.
The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.DDay 14: Trek to Marpha (2670 meters) 6 Hrs.
Our descent continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.DDay 15: Trek to Ghasa (2010 meters) 6 Hrs.
We descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Overnight at Guesthouse.Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1190 meters) 5 Hrs.
Today, we will walk through the world’s deepest gorge in the Earth at Kopchepani; we then continue descending through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani. This place is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax your body after a long days trek, we will have one more extra day here tomorrow to relax. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.DDay 17: Rest and Relaxing day at Tatopani.Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.D
Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani (2810 meters) 7 Hrs.
Leaving the hot springs, we ascend again to Ghorepani arriving mid afternoon. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at elevation of 3210meters, a brilliant spectacle; this vantage point provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas. There we spend about 1 hour, then return to Ghorepani where we take a hot breakfast at the hotel then trek down to Tikhedunga (1570meters). Before starting towards Tikhedhunga, we then walk down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests to large Magar village of Ulleri at 2070meters. After that we descend steeply down to Tikhedunga. Overnight at Guest Gouse. B.L.D
Day 20: Trek to Nayapul (1010 meters) 3 hours and drive to Pokhara
Today, we are going to end our trek at Nayapul at elevation of 1010 meters, then driving to Pokhara for an hour by private vehicle. We have short and easy walking day for today. Overnight at Hotel. B.L.D
Day 21: Drive back to Kathmandu (1345meters) 6 Hrs. Overnight at Hotel. B.B
Day 22: Transfer to International Airport for your home departure. "Farewell"
Note: B&B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Full Board Service ( Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
NOTE: Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
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