- Trip Style: AC3
- Ways to Travel: Guided Trek
- Activities: Trekking
- Group Size: 2-12
- High Altitude 5416 M ( Thorang Pass )
Our Annapurna circuit trek is an extraordinary trek, one of the world’s best in terms of culture and environmental diversity. Annapurna Circuit trek provides you dramatic changes in landscape, culture and climate. Following a careful acclimatization program, we head northwest over the 5400 meter Thorung La (pass) and descend steeply down to the sacred shrine of Muktinath in the Mustang district. From Muktinath to Pokhara you can enjoy terraced hills, forests, alpine pastures and villages from different cultures.
Taking a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara can shorten this trek. Jomsom is one-day walk away from Muktinath. The road has built up in the Thak Khola Valley- Jomsom to Beni. Our idea is to assist you in finding the optimum adventure with blend of unique cultures you’ve been looking for. Finally your quest for a place where a blend of religious values, cultural dignities and enthralling adventures fuses at a junction ends right here.
- Starting From : Kathmandu
- End at : Pokhara
- Duration : 16
- Grade : Moderate
- Max. Elevation : 5416 M
- Activity : Trekking Adventure , Culture , Mt.Annapurna , Mt Dhaulagiri , Mt Machhapurchhre , Manang, Mustang
- Mode of Trek : Tea House
Day 01 Drive from KTM to Bhulbule (840 m) or Ngadi (930 m) – 7 hours Local Tea House
The day begins with the drive along the Prithivi highway from Kathmandu to Besisahar – Bhulbule or a bit further to Ngadi depending on the road conditions. Enroute we will enjoy the Trishuli River, stunning traditional villages, terraced fields and if the weather is good, we will have some fantastic picturesque views to the Himalayan Range. We divert off the highway at bustling town of Dumre and continue north to Besisahar. After lunch, we complete the drive through dirt road to Bhulbule in the Marshyangdi Valley. After arriving in overnight stop, we will check in to our local teahouse and then head out to explore if time permits and then relax over dinner.
Day 02 Trek from Bhulbule to Syanje (1.095) - 5 hours Local Teahouse
After early breakfast we hit the trail. After crossing a suspension bridge at Bhulbhule, the trail passes a cascading waterfall, and as we traverse the rice terraces, the views of Mount Manaslu, Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli are magnificent. Following a gentle incline we come to the village of Ngadi with its picturesque shops. From here we climb, steep and hot, to Bahundanda. Bahundanda literally means “hill of the Brahmins” and it is the most northerly Brahmin settlement in the Marsyangdi Valley, situated high up on a ridge. From Bahundanda our trail abruptly dips to Syange (1080m).
Day 03 Syanje trek to Tal (1.700 m) - 5 hours Local Teahouse
Ahead, the Marsyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape, and we follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300 m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the atmospheric village of Jagat, situated on a shelf, which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Then steeply up through a forest to a wonderful teahouse just before Chamje and marked by a magnificent waterfall on the opposite bank. Chamje is an atmospheric village of traditional-style teahouses, often packed with saddled local horses. After descending to the river and crossing a suspension bridge, we continue on an
undulating path above the river, climb the switch-backing path to the top of the hill, and are treated to the sight of Tal below us on a wide plain by the river. Tal is the district border between Lamjung and Manang.
Day 04 Tal trek to Danagyu (2.285 m) - 6 hours Local Teahouse
we have just traveled. Beyond Tal and the check-post, the valley narrows and the path become high and winding, and in several areas is actually hewn from the rock. Beyond the small village of Karte, there is a bit more exposed trail walking before the path drops again to the river. We cross a suspension bridge, and climb the short distance to the stone Mani marking the entrance to Dharapani. Travelling due west, Bagarchhap is an hour away from Dharapani offering exotic views of the Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Then we will reach the village of Danagyu after half an hour.
Day 05 Danagyu trek to Chame (2.670 m) - 5 hours Local Teahouse
Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we turn left and head up the high trail to Koto. After an hour of lovely, open forests, we reach a clearing at the top of the trail and a charming Tibetan teahouse where we will stop for a break. Pausing for breath, we can look back for views of Manaslu. An hour away is the wonderful Gurung village of Timang, where the villagers might be harvesting their crops of buckwheat or stuffing local sausages. Heading back down to the village of Koto Qupar, our base for the trek up to Nar Phu, we can look straight up at nearby Annapurna II – a stunning sight convincing us that we are deep in the Himalayan Mountains! Many of the villagers are the from Nar Phu valley; this is the gateway to their region. Less than an hour brings us to Chame, the local administrative center of Manang, and a large village packed with small shops and teahouses, an army post and a large school. We bed down here for the evening.
Day 06 Chame trek to Pisang (3.200 m) - 5 hours Local Teahouse
The trail now continues along the river backs through to Bharatang, which is surrounded by apple orchards. It’s a beautiful walk from Chame to Pisang, through woods with some small ascents, and wonderful views of the peaks soaring above us. It’s just a five hour day, so we’ll have the afternoon in Pisang to explore the village, with it’s Tibetan Mani stones and Gompa, perhaps taking a walk up to Upper Pisang for amazing views of Annapurna II and Annapurna III.
Day 07 Pisang trek to Manang (3.540 m) - 6 hours Local Teahouse
Trek the northern trail via upper Pisang and Ghyaru – an area renowned for its spectacular views. 6 hours walk past a series of unique and colorful Chortens to Manang, at 3500m, a village of 500 or so flat-roofed houses, the headquarters for the region, and an interesting village packed with trekkers, bakeries and lodges. Manang is dominated by high peaks – Annapurna III and Gangapurna tower over it, and a dramatic icefall sits just across the river. There is an old Gompa on the edge of town, many local teahouses, and some atmospheric, winding streets in the village leading out toward the Thorung La. Finally, guest houses, showers, cold beers! There is a 3 o’clock lecture on altitude by the Himalayan Rescue Association for anyone interested.
Day 08 Rest Day in Manang - Acclimatization Day Local Teahouse
Today is our acclimatization day, with lots of options; a long day-hike to the Ice Lake, a visit to the ‘Hundred Rupee Lama’ at the cave gompa above Manang, a two-hour hike to Milarepa’s cave across the river from Braga, the HRA talk, or a tour of Manang’s many bakeries. A hike up 300 meters or so for acclimatization is recommended, but nothing too strenuous is required. The guesthouse is wonderful, a sunny and warm place to gaze at the peaks in the afternoon.
Day 09 Manang trek to Yak Kharka (4.018 m) - 4 hours Local Teahouse
It’s not a long day today, but we gain some altitude, so should take it slowly. En route, we will undoubtedly be passed along the trail by galloping Manangi horses, saddled with wonderful (and expensive) Tibetan wool saddle blankets, and their jubilant Manangi riders, bells jingling as they gallop by. We climb past Tengi and Gunsang to Yak Kharka.
Day 10 Yak Kharka trek to Thorung Phedi (4.450 m) - 3 hours Local Teahouse
An easy two or three hour walk up to the Thorung La Base Camp Hotel at Thorung Phedi, and after an early lunch, another hour or so to hike up to the lodge at High Camp, where we will stay the night, getting to bed early for our early morning start the next day; pass day! If anyone is having problems with altitude, we have the option of staying at Thorung Phedi Base Camp, where we had lunch, a nice spot to spend the afternoon with its glass windows.
Day 11 Thorung Phedi - Thorung la pass (5.416 m) - Muktinath (3.800 m) - 9 hours Local Teahouse
Up early for the three or four hour walk to the top of the Thorung La at 5.400 m, where we are treated with spectacular views over Mustang and the surrounding peaks. The descent is almost as demanding as the ascent to the top of the pass, so a cup of chai and a snack at the local teahouse at Chabarbu, at the bottom of the descent, is a required stop. Then we will enter to lower Mustang, which we have actually reached just after the pass, and the serene temple complex of Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the most signiﬁcant pilgrim places on earth for the Hindus and the Buddhist. Its unique combination of cold-water springs, natural gas ﬁres and sea fossils that are millions of years old is considered sacred.
Day 12 Muktinath trek to Jomsom (2.720 m) - 6 hours Local Teahouse
Our last day on the trail! It is with a touch of sadness that we will saddle up and get going, knowing that we won’t be doing this tomorrow (although we DO have lakeside cafes and massages to look forward to in Pokhara!).
We bid farewell to Muktinath and have a nice morning’s walk down the Kali Gandaki riverbed, looking for saligram along the way to Jomsom, the administrative center for the region. The Kali Gandaki valley gets incredibly windy in the early afternoon, so important to arrive before noon. We’ll have lunch in Jomsom and there is a bank if anyone needs to change money for a refreshing body massage along with hot shower
Day 13 Jomsom fly to Pokhara (827 m) - 20 Minutes Or Drive to Pokhara (10 Hours) Local Teahouse
Sadly, it’s time to leave the magical mountains and bidding farewell to Jomsom, we head back to the greenery of the middle hills. This morning we need to be up and ready for the planes – they come early to make the best of the (usually) calmer weather in the early morning. We are by now familiar with the winds that race down the Kali Gandaki riverbed by midday and we sure don’t want to be in a plane then!
We enjoy this incredibly spectacular half hour flight to Pokhara and after checking into our hotel we have the rest of the day to just relax after our trek!!! Depending on your energy levels after your long days on the trail, you can do your relaxing in a lakeside café or bar, getting a massage or heading out for shopping or a spot of sightseeing. Lunch and dinner are free to explore the range of food available – dazzling after our time spent on the trail – and we can meet up for meals or take some out to reflect on the amazing experience we’ve just had. If you’d like to go exploring the food options on your own, we will give some good recommendations! (Note: today is a great day to put some laundry in and have time to pick it up before we head to Kathmandu!)
Inclusions & Details
- All ground transportation
- Full board 12 nights 13 Days with all meals while on trek (Breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea/coffee ; Accommodation in tea houses
- Government licensed guide
- Entry permits and TIMS
- All necessary requirements for Nepalese staffs (meals, insurance, equipments, ground transportation
- 1 Night Hotel in Pokhara with Breakfast
- Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks),
- Clients personal insurance
- Air fare for client & guides
- any kind of unforeseen expenses.
- Tips for Guide and porters
- Anything that is not mention above
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