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Annapurna Circuit via Poon hill Trek - 19 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trek with Poon Hill: Spectacular trekking with the high mountain pass

Highlights

One of the famous trekking trails of the world
Cross Thorong La Pass at 5416m
High mountain ranges, beautiful landscapes, and diverse cultures
Explore the famous hill station (Punhil) and beautiful Pokhara

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classic trek covering a 128-mile horseshoe-shaped route that encircles the mighty Annapurna Mountain Range. Listed on the world’s best trekking trails in the world, Annapurna circuit trekking offers splendid Himalayan views, diverse landscapes, and cultures.

Opened to foreigners only in the 1980s, the chances of witnessing more than ten different cultures of ethnic locals and going through the wide variation in vegetation and geographical terrain ranging from the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge to the world’s highest mountain pass of Thorung La at 5416m soon made the Round Annapurna Trek the Holy Grail among trekkers.

Embark your journey through sprawling rhododendron forest. Enjoy the close-up looks of Annapurna ranges. Cross the challenging yet rewarding Thorong La Pass (5416m) and seek salvation at the sacred Muktinath Temple. Begin your trek from the lowland of Jagat and continue walking through the valleys that cut through the mountains into the other side of Annapurna.

Acknowledging your love for nature and solitude, we have handpicked the Annapurna Circuit Itinerary that allows us to avoid the road construction sites as far as possible, well-acclimatized itinerary, and overnight at Phedi instead of high camp. Annapurna Thorong La Trek is a bit challenging yet rewarding experience. Crossing Thorong La is the most difficult part of this trek. Be prepared to walk for 6 to 7 hours on average a day.

Our Annapurna Circuit Trek itinerary has been devised keeping every aspect in mind; avoiding motor roads, side excursion to the old villages, proper acclimatization and a carefully planned itinerary to ensure you don’t miss out on anything.

Side excursion to Ghyaru and Ngawal, the views are simply amazing on this route. We also have scheduled a day hike on Day 07 to Ice lake or Milarepa cave. Our Annapurna circuit itinerary combines the best of the region with a trek to Poonhill at the end. Visit Poonhill, a famous hill station for panoramic views of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and etc.

We offer a fully guided trek for Annapurna circuit trekking with a high staff to client ratio. We have achieved over 95 % success rate on Thorung La Pass without the use of high altitude medicines with our well-devised itinerary.

Trip Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)
Day 02: Drive to Jagat via Besisahar 8/9 hrs
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani (1,860m), 6 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Chame (2,715m), 6/30 hrs
Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3,185m), 4/30 hrs
Day 06: Trek to Manang (3,350m) via Gyaru and Ngawal 6/7 hrs
Day 07: Hike up to Ice Lake (4,600m) for acclimatization and free evening
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,130m), 4 hrs
Day 09: Trek to Thorung Phedi. (4,400m), 3/30 hrs
Day 10: Cross Thorung-la (5,416m) and trek to Muktinath (3,800m), 7/8 hrs
Day 11: Trek to Marpha (2,670m), 6/7 hrs
Day 12: Trek to Lete, (2,480m), 5/6 hrs
Day 13: Trek to Tatopani (1,190m), 5/30 hrs (Natural hot spring)
Day 14: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m), 6/30 hrs
Day 15: Early morning hike up to Poonhill 3,210m, an hrs and trek to Tikhedhunga 5/6 hrs
Day 16: Trek to Nayapul 3 hrs and drive to Pokhara (8,50m), 2 hrs
Day 17: Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m), 6/7 hrs
Day 18: Sightseeing at Kathmandu heritage sites
Day 19: Departure from Kathmandu

Join us on the Annapurna Circuit via Poon hill Trek in 2022/2023

Customize your trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always be “tailormade” personally. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped according to your taste, for more information please email us at info@alpinetrav.com/

Day 1
Arrive at Kathmandu (1350m)

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport and after completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage at the airport, please exit the arrival hall. Your tour leader will wait for you outside the arrival hall and take you to your hotel. Please look for the AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions placard when exiting the arrivals hall. And upon arrival at the hotel, welcome drinks will be served and after you freshen up, your trek leader will brief you about your journey in the evening at your hotel lobby. And your free time. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street.

Day 2
Drive to Jagat via Besisahar 8/9 hrs

Today, after breakfast in Kathmandu, we will follow the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli River to the west, looking at the central Himalayan homeland Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre mountains. This road offers a panoramic view of rural Nepal with green hills, rivers, villages and snow-capped mountains in the background. We will part ways with the highway in Dumre and will choose the exit of the Beshishahr branch and go to Jagat where we will spend the night in a lodge.

Day 3
Trek to Dharapani (1,860m), 6 hrs

Today our first day of Annapurna Circuit Trek, Early in the morning, we will lower down from Jagat village and follow the winding path along Marsyangdi River to the forest. A brief walk through sprawling forest will take us to Chamje village (1430m) from where we will cross the river and continue walking along its eastern edge. The trail takes brief ascend to the big village of Tal (1675m). Being clustered with tea houses and lodges, it will be fine idea to take our lunch at Tal. Enjoy the lunch in a serene atmosphere with mesmerizing natural views of surrounding valleys at Tal and take gradual ascend to Karte village. We need to cross the river at several points and move past the valley and pretty tiny villages to arrive at Dharapani.

Day 4
Trek to Chame (2,715m), 6/30 hrs

Today we will reach the Masryangdi River through Abbal Path from Dharapani to the west. We will follow the river uphill to Manang Valley. We will be blessed with breathtaking views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV. Trade with Tibetans is the main occupation of the locals in this region. Following an old trade route, we will climb up to Dhankyu (2290m) through the forest edge of oak and maple. We will reach Latemrang village (2360m) by going further along the rocky road. Crossing the wooded hills, we will reach Koto (2590m). The descent from Kotho takes us to Chame (2670m) which is the administrative headquarters of the region. The view of Chame’s Lamjung Himal, Annapurna 2nd Himal and Annapurna 4th Himal will welcome you. and stay overnight in Chame.

Day 5
Trek to Pisang (3,185m), 4/30 hrs

Leaving Chame, we will cross over to the northern side of the river from where the trail stretches uphill through apple orchards to Bhratang village (2840m). This is marked as an old Khampa community. There will be a change in terrain from this point. We will follow the rock-strewn path through the tapered valley that is covered in thickets. Exiting from the forest, we will meet the river which we will cross over a suspension bridge that is located somewhere above 3040m from sea level. We will get the first view of magnificent Paungda Danda which is the 1500 m wall of rock that stems up from the river. We will traverse the ridge decorated with prayer flags and stone cairns to arrive at Pisang. We will visit local gompa and stay overnight in a lodge.

Day 6
Trek to Manang (3,350m) via Gyaru and Ngawal 6/7 hrs

From Pisang, we continue along the northern bank of the upper river to Manang via Ghyaru (3,670m) and Nagwal (3,660m). It’s going to be a long and slow climb as we pass the 3600m elevation mark today for part of our acclimatization. The climb is rewarding with breathtaking views of Annapurna 2, Annapurna 4, Annapurna 3 and Gangapura surrounding mountains. We descend into the valley before heading towards the village of Hongde (3325m). A small airstrip is located in this village. Walking through the Mani wall, we reach Mungali from where we have to cross the river. Walking along the northern shore, we will reach Braga (3475 m). The lifestyle of this village is heavily influenced by the neighboring Tibetans. Braga also boasts of housing the largest Gompa in the district. The gompa preserves a collection of Tibetan thanksgivings dating back more than 500 years. A short walk from Braga takes us to the village of Manang, made up of around 500 houses, gem walls and chortens. Chortens are supposed to ward off evil spirits.

Day 7
Hike up to Ice Lake (4,600m) for acclimatization and free evening

Today we go to the Ice Lake to reach an altitude of 4,600 meters as it will help us in our journey to Thorung La Pass (5,416 meters). It takes 3/4 hour climbing time to reach the top and after eating our packed lunch at the top we descend. We have more than 95% success rate in Annapurna circuit trek. In this passage.

Day 8
Trek to Yak Kharka (4,130m), 4 hrs

Today we follow a narrow road to Tengi village (3620m) above Manang. After a short climb, we head northwest of the valley of the Jarsang River. We cross a path lined with juniper trees to reach Gunsang (3930m). We will walk through the alpine meadows. We can see the Gangapurna (7454 m) and Annapurna III (7555 m) mountains from most points. We will descend to Yak Khark where we will stay for the night.

Day 9
Trek to Thorung Phedi. (4,400m), 3/30 hrs

We will follow the rugged path from Yak Khark to Ledar (4250m). From Ledar, we will follow the ascending route of Jarsang River. Walking along the eastern bank of the Jarsang River we reach Thorang Phedi (4450m). This small settlement derives its name from its geographical position which is called the base of the Thorang Hills. We will spend the night at Thorung Phedi.

Day 10
Cross Thorung-la (5,416m) and trek to Muktinath (3,800m), 7/8 hrs

Today is going to be a challenging day. We will begin the long climb to the top of Thorong La. Following the cattle trail through moraine and snow, we will reach the summit in about 4hrs depending upon the weather condition and strength of climbers. The summit is festooned with prayer flags. We will rejoice the views of Kali Gandaki Valley to the west while we can get a view of Yakgawa Kang Peak (6481m) to the north.
Sharp descend from Thorong La will take us to Muktinath temple. The journey is rewarding with views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche Peak (6920m). Walkthrough the moraine path and grassy slopes to Jhong Valley. Walking further, we will reach Muktinath where we will stay overnight.

Day 11
Trek to Marpha (2,670m), 6/7 hrs

Muktinath has religious significance among us Hindus and Buddhists this morning. We will visit a Vishnu temple and a monastery. Later we descend to Ranipauwa village. This road goes through barren hills to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni we go to Marfa via Jomsom. We need to cross the world’s deepest Kaligandaki Gorge. Along with the religious significance, this area is also popular for the availability of ammonite (Saligram) which is considered one of the many other forms of Lord Narayana. Marfa village is known for apple production. In Marfa, one can taste various dishes made from apples, including apple brandy.

Day 12
Trek to Lete, (2,480m), 5/6 hrs

Today we will leave Marfa and leave the road to Chokhopani village and take a new route. We will walk through the Tibetan refugee camp in Chairo to Tukuche. Walking along Tukuche, we pass through the small settlements of Sauru, Kobang, and Larjung to Lete. The road gives us views of Dhaulagiri Himal, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri Himal, and Annapurna Himal. We will spend the night in Leyte.

Day 13
Trek to Tatopani (1,190m), 5/30 hrs (Natural hot spring)

Today we will take a new route to Tatopani. We will follow the river bank to Ghasa where we will cross the bridge. This path goes through a vast forest to the waterfall of Rupse Chhahara. We go down to Kopchepani and come to the bridge of Dana. Moving forward, we reach the Narchang base. The powerhouse at the Nanchang base supplies electricity to the area. Moving on we reach Tatopani where we will stay for the night. The name of the village comes from its hot springs.

Day 14
Trek to Ghorepani (2,750m), 6/30 hrs

From Tatopani, we reach Shikha Basti through a steep climb through the forest. Most of the people living in Shikha have made agriculture their main occupation. We will enjoy views of the Kaligandaki Valley and the stunning Dhaulagiri Mountains before walking through the terraced farmlands of Shikha to Ghorepani. We have to pass Falate and Chitre through the colorful forest of rhododendron and magnolia towards Ghorepani where we will stay for the night.

Day 15
Early morning hike up to Poonhill 3,210m, an hrs and trek to Tikhedhunga 5/6 hrs

Today we will walk from the hotel to Pun Hill. This is the best hill station for sunrise in Pokhara. We will enjoy the panoramic view of Annapurna 1, Annapurna South Machhapuchhare, and the Dhaulagiri mountains. We will have breakfast at the hotel in Ghorepani and drive back to Tirkhedunga through the colorful rhododendron forest.

Day 16
Trek to Nayapul 3 hrs and drive to Pokhara (8,50m), 2 hrs

Our last day on the road from Tirkhedunga to Nayapul. A 2-hour walk from Nayapul of Pokhara, known as the gateway to the city of Pokhara and the Annapurna region. After the trip, we will go to Pokhara. And one can experience the tropical climate in Pokhara. It is a peaceful town situated in the backdrop of Annapurna. Explore the market area in the afternoon. Stay overnight at a luxurious lakeside hotel.

Day 17
Drive to Kathmandu (1,350m), 6/7 hrs

Today we will return to Kathmandu. Kathmandu is two hundred kilometers away from Pokhara. Prithvi Highway connects Pokhara to Kathmandu. It takes 6 hours to reach by bus from Pokhara. We will start your journey from Pokhara at 7:30 AM. The seats of left-site vehicles are good for enjoying the scenery; The path follows the river Trishuli where you see many people rafting in the river. Around 2:00 PM you arrive in Kathmandu (next to Thamel) and transfer to your hotel. A free day to relax, perhaps do some last-minute shopping, or explore any places you may have missed on your first day in Kathmandu.

Day 18
Sightseeing at Kathmandu heritage sites

Today after breakfast we will start our tour of major historical sites of Kathmandu with our professional tour guide. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Historic Sites and as we visit them, the more diverse cultural environment of the valley welcomes us with warm hospitality. Such as the Palace Square, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath), and the Buddhist Temple (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. Your free time after the Kathmandu tour. You can also go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy items like handicrafts and art for your house.

Day 19
Departure from Kathmandu

Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been our pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. So stay tuned. Today is the last day of the journey, saying goodbye to the trekking and the Nepal tour is ending today! No plans except to trade emails and organize photos with travel buddies. If you have more time you can go shopping in the tourist center of Thamel where you can buy souvenirs for your family. Your AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions representative will transfer you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, (SAFE TRAVEL!! We hope to see you again)

Cost Inclusion

  • All meals (B, L, D) on open/choice menu whilst on a trek with tea/coffee)
  • Accommodation at Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, Thamel
  • Twin-sharing accommodation at a hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Accommodation at clean and cozy teahouses/lodge on the trek
  • Water purification tablets for safe drinking water
  • Snacks (cookies/dry fruit) and seasonal fresh fruit every day
  • All required permits for the trek (ACAP & TIMS card)
  • Local trek leader with 1:4 assistant guide to client ratio
  • Full support crew with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers
  • International transfers as per flight time
  • All land transportation by Land cruiser and tourist bus
  • Extensive first aid kit with high altitude medicine
  • Satellite phone for emergency purposes (if necessary)
  • Staff wages, equipment, insurance, and allowances
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag, and down Jacket (If necessary)

Cost Exclusion

  • Travel Insurance/Nepal Visa
  • Meals at Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Items and expenses of personal nature
  • Horse renting & additional porters due to natural calamities on the trek
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
  • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue')
  • Guide, porters tip/tips (expected)
Difficulty

Difficulty: Challenging

Trails generally go above 5000 meters and on a daily basis, you can expect to be walking for about 5 – 7 hours. The perfect setting for an introduction to moderate & challenging trekking in Nepal. Activity level/physical rating is slightly harder than leisure and involves occasional difficult days. Expect ups and downs as well for there will be hills to climb as well and the well-known ‘Nepali flat’ – a little bit up and a little bit down.

Prerequisite

No previous trekking experience is required but you should be moderately fit and enjoy walking and adapt to high altitude conditions. Previous experience is definitely beneficial but it is not necessary to take part in this journey. To fully participate in this journey, all passengers must be in good physical health. The fitter you are, the more enjoyable the hiking experience will be. All of our travel itineraries have been designed with each aspect in mind and given enough time for adaptation.

Weather

The best season for Trek is from March to November. In both seasons, Mornings are usually clear, with clouds building up in the afternoon and disappearing at night. The given temperature may raise or lower with the change in weather factors: (Sunny, Snow, Rain, etc.)

Autumn/Fall (Sept to Nov)
This is when the rain settles after the monsoon (July to Mid September )and the weather gets dry. Slightly colder than Spring but presents clear views of the mountains. The mornings are clear providing the best mountain views, days are warmer, and nighttime will get cold and frosty. Temperatures will drop considerably as you ascend higher every day.

Spring (March to May)
Another weather window for trekking in Nepal comes during the month of the latter March to May. The temperature will be relatively warmer during this period of time but still, nights will be cold and frosty at a higher elevation. During the spring season, The trekking trails all over the country are filled with vibrant mixes of red, pink, and white floras offering surreal experience along the trek. Spring season offers warm temperatures, blossoming flora and temperate days.

Travel insurance

It’s mandatory and highly recommended to get travel insurance before embarking on any adventurous trips in Nepal. We advise all our clients to get travel insurance that covers emergency helicopter evacuation that may be needed in case of the occurrence of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or any other reasons in high altitudes where there are no other means of transportation available. It is advisable to review carefully the insurance and its coverages before making the final decision. Carry proof of your insurance with you on the holiday and leave a copy next to your kin. You must ensure that your insurance provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.

Guide

We have a deep passion for alpine adventure and the outdoors, and with the small business group on board we have worked on the most isolated trails we are proud to be successful in every region of Nepal and this is all due to our diversity and qualified team of guides. So your journey will be led by a qualified guide with 1 porter for every 2 participants and 1 assistant guide for every 4 participants.

All-inclusive service for the trek

Trekking is an all inclusive journey which means you only need cash for your personal expenses and food in Kathmandu. At AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions, our goal is to provide a wonderful vacation in our part of the world and ensure that our customers enjoy the vacation with as little risk and worry-free travel as possible, whether monetary, physical or emotional. .All the logistical arrangements required for the trip will be provided to you hassle free before your arrival. On the walk, you will be led by an experienced and medically trained guide/leader with a high staff ratio. On the trek, we offer you an open/select menu option which means you can choose your food directly from the menu.
Our itinerary is designed keeping in mind every aspect like customization, good campsites, real life experiences, etc. (Down jacket, sleeping bag, and waterproof duffel bag), all the necessary permits for the trek, guide, and support staff, transfers, and transportation Kathmandu, etc. are included. The cost is mentioned in the inclusion

Accommodation

Kathmandu:
In Kathmandu, we stay at the Manang Hotel in Kathmandu, in the heart of Thamel, where you can relax and have fun. Breakfast will be served at the hotel and your accommodation will be based on a twinning partnership.
Whether you’re returning from the mountains or touching the base from the airport, come and relax at the hotel, and order some good Italian espresso or a cold beer enjoy.

On Trek:
(Annapurna area) does not require large logistics accommodation for hiking as there are many clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Rooms are basic, usually a bed with pillows and blankets, but there is a wonderful view from your window. All teahouses/lodges have ample warm dining room lounges. The rooms are very basic. Blankets are usually provided by the teahouse but we will provide warm sleeping bags for everyone.

The Bathrooms are often shared and in many places, toilets are squat type. Please note that some of these are very basic and require a sense of adventure.

Single supplement:
Those who want to build their own room in Kathmandu will have to pay only one supplementary fee. Especially when traveling in groups, we always pair up to share a room with people of the same sex and age. If in the case of single by default, customers do not have to pay for a single supplement. Please note that trekking, due to limited rooms in teahouses / lodges, is sometimes not possible for singles.

Meals

Includes food
All meals are included in the trek and we will provide three meals a day (B, L, D) during the trek. Tea houses range from traditional Nepali dal bhat, and momo (dumplings) to Indian food to pizza and apple pie. During the trek, breakfast and dinner will be served at the tea house / lodge where you are staying and lunch will be on the way.

In Kathmandu, breakfast will be provided only to give maximum flexibility in deciding where and with whom to have lunch and dinner.

Typical Day

Daily wake-up calls will be between 6.00 am to 7.00 am while on the trek. The wake-up time and breakfast time will be decided the night before during the briefing time. The timetable for each day will entirely depend on your walking duration for that particular day.

Tea will be served in your room as a wake-up call. After a hearty breakfast, we set off on the day’s walk. Before breakfast, you are required to pack your duffel bag as it will be loaded by the porter while you are having your breakfast. During the trek, Breakfast and Dinner will be served at the Lodge where you stay and Lunch will be along the way. We will arrive at our destination by tea-time and the evening will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before heading off to bed for a well-earned sleep.

Equpment List

We encourage you to get all equipment listed below for the trip and kindly ensure you check and try every piece of equipment. You can also buy or hire the same in Kathmandu.

Clothing and Footwear:
-Long-sleeved shirts
-T-Shirts
-Trousers
-Warm Jackets
-Sweater
-Pullover
-Waterproof jackets
-Thermal
-Inner-wears
-Undergarments
-Warm socks
-Warm Hat
-Gloves
-Bandana
-Scarf
-Trekking shoes
-Slippers/Flip flops to wear at camp
-Daypack 30-35 liters (To carry your sunblock, water, camera, waterproof jackets, and others

Documents:
-Passport with visa and validity of 6 months after your trip completion
-4 copies of passport size photos for permits and official formalities

Flight tickets:
-Credit cards in case of emergencies
-Driving ID or any other ID in case of loss of your passport.

Others:
-Headlamps with extra batteries
-Sunglasses with UV protection
-Camera with charger or spare batteries
-A pair of trekking poles
-Water bottle one (1) liter
-Laundry bag to keep the dirty clothes
-Large plastic bags to keep the clothes dry
-Padlock
-Binoculars
-Reading materials, notebooks, and pens

Toiletries and hygiene:
-Quick-drying towel
-Small face towel
-Toothbrush & Toothpaste
-Deodorants, Soap, and Shampoo (Smaller bottle)
-Face and body moisturizer
-Sunscreen and lip balm
-Hand sanitizer
-Antiseptic wipes
-Hygiene products
-Basic first aid kit

Useful Info

  • Respect the privacy of local people and ask permission before photographing them or their children
  • Appreciate and respect local culture and customs
  • Always stay on the upper side of the road when crossing donkeys for your own personal safety.
  • In landslides, fields quickly cross them or climb around them if possible.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol are not recommended at altitudes above 3000 meters
  • Drink at least three liters of water a day
  • Be aware of symptoms associated with altitude sickness and be honest with yourself and your guide about any symptoms.
  • Although not mandatory, it is always beneficial to use the invaluable services of a guide on a hike.
  • However it is always beneficial to consult with an easy or difficult guide as needed.

Important Note: Your safety is of imperative concern while traveling with AlpineTrav Treks & Expeditions. Please take care to note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to your safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather, the health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. Therefore, the trek leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

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Annapurna Circuit via Poon hill Trek
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Trip Facts

  • 18N/19 Days
  • Challenging
  • 5,416m/17,770ft
  • Spring & Autumn
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Land cruiser & Tourist bus
  • Lodges During Trek
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