Annapurna Circuit


 

 


Annapurna Circuit is one of the classic treks of Nepal which offers the most diverse trekking landscapes as it passes through the lush sub-tropical region of Nepal to the most challenging Thorung La Pass. It offers to encounter with the rhododendron forests, villages surrounded with mountains, temples, monasteries, lifestyle of the local people and their distinct cultures. The magnificent views of Annapurna Range and Mt. Dhaulagiri along the way keep on motivating the trekkers to continue the journey and make it up to the pass through Thorong La making one feel the ultimate pride and pleasure of accomplishing the task.

Annapurna trek is neither easy nor that hard to be panicked as a fairly fit person who dares facing long walks uphill and downhill can go for it without a second thought of dilemma. Among the most promising places of trek like Jomsom, Kali Gandaki gorge, Thorung La Pass and Muktinath, Manang is quite isolated valley in Annapurna region. It is a place for ethnic group of people like Tamang, Gurung and Magar who are devoted to Buddhism. The valley offers the views of mountains like Chulu range, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Kangaru peak and Thorong peak.

The Annapurna Circuit is all about the views of mountains in the Annapurna region, the holy Muktinath temple, the deepest gorges of the world, Kaligandaki gorge, the Thorong La pass (the highest pass in the world) and the ultimate descend called Jomsom which is unique in itself.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to the Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat
Day 03: Jagat to Dharapani
Day 04: Dharapani to Chame
Day 05: Chame to Pisang
Day 06: Pisang to Manang
Day 07: Manang – ( Rest Day )
Day 08: Manang to Yak Kharka
Day 09: Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi
Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath
Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom
Day 12: Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 01: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport and transfer to the Hotel in Kathmandu.
On arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport, we will be at the airport to pick you up and take you to the hotel in Kathmandu. After some time of refreshment, we brief you about the trip and let you stay overnight.

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat
After a breakfast we drive to Besisahar which is approximately 173 km far and it takes about 5 hours to get there. You will get to enjoy river, hills and countrysides along the way and after we get to Besisahar we take a local jeep to Syange. As soon as we get to Syange we start trekking to Jagat which is 5 Km far and after an hour of walk we get to Jagat for an overnight stay. The hotels in Jagat are ordinary but have managed to provide the basic facilities for the visitors.

Day 03: Jagat to Dharapani
We wake up early in the morning and after a breakfast we start our walk of the day to Chyamje. We cross the suspension bridge and walk up the hill through the oak forest. After some walk we get into the valley and rest for a while. After a rest we continue walking through Kodo village and ascend down to the village called Dharapani for an overnight stay.

Day 04 : Dharapani to Chame
We start a day with the breakfast and start walking up along the mule track into a fir forest and follow the river alongside the higher oak and maple trees. You will be amazed by the spectacular views of major Himalayan peaks. At the end of the day we stay overnight at a hotel in Chame which is a headquarter of Manang district.

Day 05: Chame to Pisang
We wake up to the fine morning and after a breakfast we start the trek by following a steep and narrow river valley winding through deep woodland. The very moment when you get to see the view of Pisang peak and Annapurna II makes you feel completely out of the world. After all the wonderful views that we encounter the whole day, we stay overnight in Pisang.

Day 06: Pisang to Manang
We start the day with the breakfast and follow the upper route to Manang through Ghyaru, Ngawal, and Mungji. On the way we encounter with the majestic peaks and panoramic views of Annapurna and Pisang peal which are breathtakingly beautiful. This day brings a change in the landscape and vegetation for a different experience and the cold and dry weather even make the environment challenging. After a visit to Barage monastery which is the largest in the Manang district, we stay overnight at Manang.

Day 07: Manang – ( Rest Day )
We wake up little late in the morning as it is a rest day today and the day is counted as a acclimatization time to the higher altitude. We spend the day visiting monastery and the great Gangapurna Lake together with the local villages and Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. After the well spent day, we stay overnight at Manang.

Day 08 : Manang to Yak Kharka
After a good night sleep at Manang, we wake up to the beautiful weather and take a breakfast. We then start day with a trail crossing the stream and ascend down to the village of Tenki which is above Manang. The trail continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi valley and turns northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. We follow the valley northward and pass through pastures and a scrub of juniper trees and gradually gain elevation. While we continue our trek, we pass the small village called Ghunsa which is a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Furthermore, the trail moves through the meadows which is a place for horses and yaks to graze and cross the river on a wooden bridge passing an ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow to get to a small village called Yak Kharka for an overnight stay.

Day 9 : Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
The day is quite a challenging day as we wake up and after breakfast we step to the pass of Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is a small settlement but busy with the needs of tired trekkers and climbers as some trekkers make it a point to stay here just to take it easy and avoid any risk of sickness or higher altitude. While some trekkers hike to the high camp to make the nest day a easier one. We spend a peaceful night at Thorong Phedi Guest House and get prepared physically and emotionally for the Thorong La Pass of the next day.

Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath
Today is quite a tough day, so wake up very early in the morning and start climbing to the pass. We need to be very careful and in a control as the ascent is very steep and as we get to the starting point of the peak the trail becomes slushy from the melting snow. After walking up through rocky ridges we get at the top of the pass at an elevation of (5416 m) above the sea level. We can enjoy the magnificent view of 360 degree panorama of snowcapped peaks extending north towards Tibet following the several peaks of Annapurna ranges and beautiful gorge of Kaligandaki in front. We then descend steeply down to Muktinath which is a sacred pilgrimage sight for Hindus. Muktinath is a home to many ethnic Tibetan and devout Buddhists and at an elevation of (3800 m ) above the sea level.

Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom
We visit the holy temple Muktinath and come almost close to the completion of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. We take our time and and hike to Jomsom for an overnight stay which is at an elevation of (2600 m.)

Day 12 : Jomsom to Pokhara
After the good night sleep in Jomsom, we wake up to the beautiful morning and take a breakfast. We then take a morning flight to Pokhara and check in the hotel. After some leisure time that we spend by ourselves, we stay overnight at Pokhara.

Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu
After a breakfast of our choice, we take a tourist bus to Kathmandu and check in the hotel. We serve you with the farewell dinner and stay overnight with all those wonderful experiences of Annapurna Circuit Trek.


Cost Includes:
• Airport pick up and drop- off by private transportation
• Two nights accommodation including breakfast at a hotel in Kathmandu
• Transportation by a private car from Kathmandu to Besisahar and a local jeep from Besisahar to Syange
• ACAP permits and TIMS (Trekkers Information and Management System) permit
• Full board meals which includes (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation during the trek.
• One guide, a porter for every two people and their food, accommodation, salary, necessary equipment and insurance
• Flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara including departure tax
• Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Cost Excludes:
• Personal equipment and gears
• Any kinds of drinks during the trek
• Tips, travel insurance and unforeseen losses.

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