The Annapurna Trek is one of the best trekking tails not only in Nepal but in the world. You can experience the dramatic changes from lush forests to arid rocky deserts on the other side of the Himalayas. Meet the Gurung and Thakali people, spend time with them to know more about their world, try some local recipes, and enjoy the spectacular views. The classic trek in the Annapurna region is the Annapurna Circuit. The trek encircles the famous Annapurna massif passing through sub-tropical plains in the Himalayan foothills, trans-Himalayan Manang and then entering Mustang Valley. It then crosses the highest elevation Thorang La pass (5,416 m). The trail then joins the Kali Gandaki River that flows through the deepest gorge on earth.
The Trek Starting in Kathmandu and winding up in Pokhara. An entry permit for ACAP is needed for the trek. Most trekkers start the trek by taking a bus to Besisahar or Khudi which is 7-8 hours drive from Kathmandu. The Trek From Besisahar follows the partly constructed road as far as the small market town of Kudhi, the first few days of the trek goes along the Marsyangdi River. The region has lush green valleys inhabited by Gurung along with a large number of other ethnic groups. You encounter countless high waterfalls that cascade down into the main river while the skyline is dominated by the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. From Manang, the trail goes uphill through high alpine pastures until the small tea-houses at Thorang Phedi. The trek on the following day goes towards Thorang La pass (5,416 m), from where the long descent to Muktinath for a night halt. There are a good number of tea-houses at Muktinath as it is a very popular pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. From Muktinath you can see the skyline to the west dominated by the Dhaulagiri range while to the north can be seen arid hills of Upper Mustang. Alpine Trav Treks and Expeditions is always ready to manage your treks as per your interests and requirements.
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Today, the sightseeing trip will start in the morning after breakfast. The major sightseeing attractions are; Pashupatinath temple, Swoyambhunath (the Monkey temple), Boudhanath, Kathmandu durbar square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. The afternoon includes a final briefing and preparations for the trek. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
After we have our breakfast, today we will drive to Khudi taking 7 hours. On your arrival at Dumre, you will feel the beginning of your trek. You will be driving to the Marsyangdi river valley then move to Besisahar and ultimately proceed to Khudi. Overnight at Khudi.
You leave the road then across the expansion bride in Khudi . slippery up and down trail pass Amphitheater shaped rice terraces through Bahundada, Thamigaon. Somewhere in Thamigaon can have lunch break too. Descend till Syange then trail will lead ascend till tea shop then walk flat and descend to the Jagat. As we near the village of Jagat we will have a trail that has been blasted out of the rock face. 15 minutes below this village we can visit another small hot spring. Overnight at Jagat.
We start the day by descending flat on a road. We will see a few waterfalls as well too. After Chamje need to cross the bridge then ascend, descend & ascend slowly till Taal. We will pass the village of Taal at 1700 meter which lies at the foot of a large waterfall.Where we might have a lunch too. The trail crosses a broad, flat valley that was once a lake (Taal means lake) after which we will cross the Marsyangdi by a 60 meter long suspension bridge. The trail will climb up from a second suspension bridge to a stone khani (an arch over the trail) which marks the entrance to Dharapani at 1960 m.
We will do some ascent in total. to Bagarchap through bamboo and rhododendron forests, on a trail high above the river bank. The trail slowly climbs from here on through a forest of blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple and oak till Bagarchhap, danaque, timang Besi, Thanchok and chame. Bagarchhap is the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. Closely spaced stone houses, with flat roofs piled high with firewood.
We will first pass the older part of Chame and climb up to Telekhu at 2840 meter and continue with a long pleasant and mostly level walk through the forest to Brathang, which lies at 2950 meter. After the trail rounds a bend here we will see the first view of the dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curved slab of rock rising more than 1500 meter from the river. We will cross back to the south bank of the Marsyangdi on a suspension bridge at 3080 meter altitude. And then make a long gentle climb over a ridge through blue pine forests. After this the trek will be reasonably level as it heads to the upper part of Manang valley to Pisang. This town marks the beginning of the region known as Nyesyang, the upper portion of the Manang district. Pisang has a upper and lower village.
Today our trek will slowly climb up to the Tibetan-style village of Braga at 3500 meter following the valley floor. At Braga we will see houses stacked one atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbor’s rooftop. The gompa(monastery) perched on a high crag overlooking the village, is the largest in the district and has an outstanding display of statues. We then continue through a very arid countryside, dominated by weird cliffs of yellow rock, eroded into dramatic pillars alongside the trail to reach today’s destination, the village of Manang, where the shops are surprisingly well stocked with all the things you might want to refuel on.
Today we have an acclimatization day and to explore Manang. We might go to Chonkor View point (3800m.) and go around the village of about flat-roofed houses which is the arresting set surrounded by some magnificent scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna to the South, Tilicho to the West – Chulu West and Chulu East to the North.
Today, the track leads to the Tenki Manang where we can spot the view of the Annapurna, Tilicho peak, Gangapurna and more. The track relaxingly winds up presenting views and passing through land filled with juniper bushes, the only existing vegetation around this area and then you will reach at Yak-Kharka for the overnight.
From Yak Kharka, we start our trek with slow pace to reach Phedi which means ‘foot of the hill’. We still have same splendid view of peaks and landscapes. After an hour trek, we arrive at Ledar and go on to mount along the east shore of the Jorsang Khola, then descend and cross the river on a bridge. We stop for superb view and tea; we go across a narrow path, uneven incline before reaching to Thorung Phedi. Overnight at Thorung Phedi.
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at maybe 04:00 o’clock to reach the pass by 08:00/09:00 hours at the latest, as otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 m so can be exposed to strong winds if crossing to late. Local people have used this trail for hundreds of years to bring herds of sheep and yaks in and out of Manang Thus the trail, while often steep, is well defined and easy to follow. Snow can block the pass at any time of the year if there has been an unseasonable storm. It takes from four to six hours from Thorung Phedi to the pass, but the many false summits mean the climb seems to go on forever. At the Thorung La pass, with its traditional prayer flags and stone cairn we will have outstanding views. You can see the Annapurna, Gangapurna and Khatung Kang, Tarke Kang, thorang la peak, etc. Amazingly there is a teashop here on top of the pass at 5416 meter. From here we start a long descend of about 1600 meter with outstanding views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tilicho etc. mountain standing alone in the distance across the valley. After the trail becomes less steep we will enter grassy fields and cross meadows to our final destination of Muktinath, which means place of Nirvana and is home of the gods, as well as local people and several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a sacred pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple and this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground.
From today we will follow the “Jomsom trek” in reverse order. We will first go down to Kagbeni, which is a 990 meter descend through meadows, streams and fruit trees like peach orchards of apples. Then we will continue going down to Jomson (more correctly Dzongsam, or “new fort”). Our descend 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.
This day will be a rewarding day when we trek further down the Kali Gandaki valley alongside the Kali Gandaki river to Ghasa. We will pass the villages of Tukuche at 2580 meter and Larjung at 2560 m. We then cross the the Kali Gandaki river by a high suspension bridge and continue through an area covered with fir, juniper and cypress trees. Towards the village of Kalopani (2530m) we will have splendid 360˚ views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. After crossing another very long suspension bridge (107 meter long) we will reach Ghasa, our base for this night.
Today our trek leads us through the steepest and narrowest part of the Kali Gandaki valley; much of the way is cut through solid rock and subject to frequent landslides. Before we reach the village of Dana (1450 m) we pass the Rupse Chhahara (‘beautiful waterfall’). Descending further down past several landslides we will reach Tatopani, meaning hot water, which is situated on the riverbanks where we will stop to make the most of a well deserved hot bath.
Leaving the hot springs behind us we have a day of climbing ahead of us to Ghorepani. We leave the Kali Gandaki valley and we will follow the Ghar Khola river and cross this river on an old swaying bridge. We will continue ascending to Ghara (1780 m) and Shika (1935 m) where there still is a British army training centre. The last part of the trail today will have us climbing through rhododendron and magnolia forests to Ghorepani.
An early start and an hour’s hiking to Poon Hill (3210 m) leads us to a brilliant spectacle, this viewpoint provides an unobstructed beautiful sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about few minutes on the hillside, we come back to Ghorepani for a hot breakfast, and start walking to Tikhedhunga (1550 m). From Ghorepani the trails descend through pine, rhododendron forests and villages. Gently descend to the destination Nayapul through small villages. After you reach to Nayapul, you can get vehicle to go Pokhara.
Passing all the way through the striking countryside early in the morning and travelling for 6-7 hours we return back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu you will be transferred to the hotel.
- Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle as per group size.
- 3 night’s accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
- 1 night accommodation with breakfast.
- All necessary ground transportation.
- Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking.
- licensed and English speaking mountain guide.
- Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS).
- Conservation - Area entry permits.
- Insurance for all staff & Salary, allowances (First aid medical kit).
- One porter carry for 2 guest's luggage, 20 kgs - 25kgs).
- Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your Insurance plan).
- Farewell dinner second last day of departure.
- Meals at Kathmandu.
- Your international airfare.
- Nepal visa
- Personal expenses.
- Bar and beverage bills.
- Your Travel Insurance.
- Rescue & Evacuation.
- Gratitude tips.
Classic trek on ancient trade routes Ascending the Marshyangdi valley Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga Explore beautiful Manag village Crossing the Thorung- La (5416m) The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath View of Dhawagiri Ice- flow The world deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley Natural Hotspring at Tatopani Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views.
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