Annapurna Circuit trek
HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP:
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.
Max.elevation : 5416m
Type of trek : Moderate+challange
Duration of day :12-21days
Duration a day walking:3-8 hours
This is one of the classic and most regarding treks. The trek starts from the lowlands and gradually passes through thick forest adorned with rhododendron and fir trees as we enter into the desert region of our way to the Manag valley. This trek offers classic view of the Annapurna Range and the Dhaulagiri Range. Besides the mountain views there is a lot of diverse culture to be seen as we start from the domains of Brahmins and Chhetris in the lowlands to the culture of the Managis people who have a distinct culture of their own and are mainly Buddhists. The views from the Thorang Pass of the Himalayas and into the Mustang valley are outstanding.
(Please Note: If the above schedule does not meet your need and interest, I can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.)
Day 01: Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Green Valley Nepal Treks airport representative well come to pick up you at Kathmandu International Airport then transfer to your Hotel. At evening we discuses about Annapurna Circuit Trek then we offer you well come dinner in Traditional Nepali restaurant.
Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar 790m. Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar takes about 6-7 hours with local bus or by private couch because there isn’t tourist bus. At evening you could have a walk around Besisahar. Besisahar is center of Lamjung district.
Day 03: Besishahar to Bahundanda (1310m). Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from Besishahar, the trail makes ascend to Khudi Village at 790m, then reach the first Gurung village as we continue from Khudi the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). Trekking trail continues ascends to Bhulbhule at 825m. Its goes through Ngadi, Lampata at 1135m and Bahundanda at 1310m.
Day 04: Bahundanda to Chyamje (1400m). Today the trail drops sharply to Syange at 1070m from Bahundanda crossing the Marsyangdi 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 House.
Day 05: Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160m). The day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers progressively uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail poetry crossing a extensive, flat valley. The trail then ascends a stone staircase 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 prejudiced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat covered stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the conversion Zone before the dry highlands. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 06: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m). With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Timang at 2360m, then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we get to the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are satisfied by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3300m). 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 towering Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, 3200m.Overnight at Guest House.
Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3500m). Today we continue through the upper part of the Manang district, the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year in addition, 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 Marsyangdi 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 House.
Day 09: Manang Rest Acclimatization day Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and over viewing the wonderful views around the village & 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.
Day 10: Manang to Ledar (4250m). Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the ascend progressively through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m.Overnight at Guest House.
Day 11: Ledar to Phedi or High camp (4600m). The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then ascend up to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4600m, we can recently found some good Guesthouses built. Your overnight stay will be there. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 12: Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3710m). The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorung La pass, starts the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may occur 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 House.
Look at jomsom trek itinary after this :
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2713m.). Treks ends here. Overnight at Guest House.
Jomsom with beautiful snow mountains and no tree land ! It is gateway of Mustang trek. Those, having not good enough time to trek down all the way to Pokhra can fly to Pokhara-Kathmandu on the next day.
Day 14: Fly back to Pokhara (about 20 minute’s short, but scenic flight). Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Drive back to Kathmandu by Toursit Bus – about 6-7 hours scenic drive.
Day 14:Jomsom to Tukuche (2591 m.) 5/6 hrs. walk a valley dominated by Thakalis, Gurungs and Magars tribes, lunch at Marfa on the way.
Day 15:Tukuche to Ghasa (1970 m.) 5/6 hrs walk, a dramatic change in the surrounding with green vegetation and very beautiful view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna region. Overnight at Ghasa.
Day 16: Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.) 5/6 hours walk, gradual descend to Tatopani through valleys, fields and the beautiful Rupse Chhahara (water falls) and then the time to have lunch at Dana village which is the deepest gorge in the world. Rest and overnight at Tatopani.
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2793 m.) 6/7 hrs. walk, A challenging ascent upto Ghorepani. Lunch at Sikha village, and overnight at Ghorepani from where one can observe the best sun set view over the profile of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Day 18:Rest at Ghorepani and Excursion to the Poon Hill The highest hill in the west in the whole trek , bird- eye view of Mustang and Pokhara valleys, also provides clear view of 30 snow-capped peaks including the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri. Or walk to Tadapani at the afternoon for 4 hrs.
Day 19:Ghorepani/Tadapani to Ghandrung (1951 m.) 6/3 hours, with ups and downs towards Tadapani for lunch and camp at Ghandrung which is the biggest Gurung settlement with a closer view of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli.
Day 20 :Ghandrung to Birethati (5/6 hours, walk downwards to Modi river) and drive back to Pokhara.