Annapurna circuit Trek is one of the classic and most rewarding treks in Nepal, which circles the Annapurna massif, starting from Besi Sahar and ending at Pokhara. For most of the trek we have close views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and the magnificent Machhapuchre (Mt. Fishtail). The highest point of the trek entails crossing of the 5416 M high Thorong Pass, from the arid valley of the upper Manang, home of the Tibetan Buddhist, down to the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath and the Kali Gandaki valley, the world’s deepest river gorge, before heading down to Pokhara. Besides the mountain views, we encounter on this trek a variety of mountain communities of Gurung, Manangi and Thakali People. This is long and relatively hard trek that climbs to high altitudes, but is one of the greatest walks in the world that goes into the heart of the Himalayas.
|Trip Code:||MATREK08||Trip Grade:||Challenging/Tough|
|Best Season:||Sep to Dec, Feb to Jun||Tour Starts/Ends:||Kathmandu|
|Places Covered:||Kathmandu, Besi Sahar, Bahundanda, Chamje, Bagarchhap, Chame, Isang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thronogla Phedi or High Camp, Muktinath, Marpha, Ghasa, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Hille, Pokhara||Activity:||Nature, landscape, trekking, adventure, Culture & Sightseeing|
|Transportation:||Private car/van/coach||Max-Altitude:||5416 M|
|Trek Staff||Guide (Trek Leader), Sherpa, Porters||Accomodation:||Tea House/ Lodge in Trek|
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Arrival and warm welcome to our guests and transfer to hotel by private car/van/coach. After check in to your hotel, briefing on the trip.
After breakfast drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historical place that was also a politically important site until today. The Kings of Nepal were crowned here and their coronation ceremony was solemnized in the Durbar Square. The Durbar Square with its old temples and palaces, epitomizes and religious and cultural life of the people. The temples, monuments and palaces are believed to be have been built by the Malla Kings of the Medieval Nepal.
Other famous landmarks around the area are the Temple of Living Goddess Kumari, the wooden temple of Kasthamandap, Ashok Vinayak. There are also museums inside the Durbar Square Palace.
After Kathmandu Durbar Square we will be visiting Swoyambhunath Stupa. Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. Swoyambhunath (UNESCO World heritage site) has developed into an important center of Buddhism. Drive back to hotel.
Our next destination is Patan Durbar square. (UNESCO World heritage site in 1979) Patan Durbar Square complex is perhaps the most photographed of the three durbar squares. Located in the heart of Patan city, this was once the palace of the kings of Patan. The square is a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts.
Then proceed for sightseeing tour to Great Stupa of Boudhanath (UNESCO World heritage site). Boudhanath Stupa holds a great importance to the entire Buddhist around the world. The Stupa is a vast dome-shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha, is the primary pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddhists of the Himalayas and a major draw for Tibetan Buddhists from all over the World. The history of the Stupa from its origin in the fifth century to the present day is also presented here for the first time.’
After breakfast in the morning around 7am, out guide will come to pick you up and drive you to Besi Sahar (185 km) and will take about 6 hours to reach. Along the journey you will witness some spectacular scenery of White Mountains, green hills, rivers and hamlets. Overnight at a Guest House/Lodge.
Today our journey starts at Besi Sahar, from where the trail makes the climb to Khudi at 790m, then reach the first Gurung village (many of Nepal’s Gurkha Soldiers are Gurungs). As we continue from Khudi, the trail offers fine views of Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). It climbs to Bhulbhule at 825m, then goes to Ngadi before reaching Lampata at 1,135m and nearby Bahundanda at 1,310m. A brilliant start to the culture of Nepal. Overnight at a teahouse.
The trail drops steeply to Syange at 1,070m from Bahundanda. On the way, you can see a large waterfall (season permitting). After crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge, we follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through the forest to Chyamje at 1,400m. Overnight at a teahouse.
Today we will pass through a rocky trail following the Marshyandi River steadily uphill to Tal at 1,675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1,890 m. A stone entrance Chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2,160 m the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans can be seen along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek. Overnight at Chame.
We will first pass the older part of Chame and climb up to Telekhu at 2840 m and continue with a long pleasant and mostly level walk through the forest to Brathang, which lies at 2950 m. 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 m from the river. We will cross back to the south bank of the Marsyangdi on a suspension bridge at 3080 m 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.
Today our trek will slowly climb up to the Tibetan styled village of Bryaga at 3500 m following the valley floor. At the Bryaga we will see house stacked one atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbor’s rooftop. The Gompa, 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 weirs 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 will stay in Manang where we can do a short hike to ascent slightly higher to for instance Khangsar, which is a 200 m ascend. It is important to have a relatively restful day today, to allow your body to acclimatize to the higher altitudes and thinning air.
Continuing on from Manang, the trails ascends by nearly 500 m to Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. Herds of yaks and vegetation appear to thin out. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Again a relatively easy day to get used to the altitude before we have to cross the highest point in the trek, and possibly the highest point you have been on in your life. From Letdar we will continue to climb along the east bank of the Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi, a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs at 4420 m. Blue sheep and even snow leopards can be sometimes seen in this valley. High in the skies above us we can see lammergeyers and Himalayan griffons circling around.
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at around 4 am to reach the pass by 10 am at the latest, as otherwise weather conditions will greatly affects the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 m so can be exposed to strong winds if crossing is too 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.
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 a heavily glaciated peak. Amazingly there is a tea shop here on the top of the pass at 5416 m. From here we start a long descend of about 1600 m with the outstanding views of Dhaulagiri mountain standing alone in the distance across the valley. After the trail becomes less steep we will enter the grassy fields and cross meadows to our final destination of Muktinath, which means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as 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 water spouts around it from which holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai temple which contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas.
From today we will follow the “Jomsom trek” in reverse order. We will first make a 990 m descent through meadows, streams and fruit orchards down to Kagbeni, a fascinating medieval village infused with Tibetan culture. Then we will continue going down the Kali Gandaki gorge to Jomson (more correctly Dzongsam, or “new fort”). We will reach Marpha via Jomsom
From Tukuche the trek begins today downward walk along the Kali Gandaki river beach with a trail of motor able road. We will be slowly descending down toward Tatopani from Ghasa the next day.
From Ghasa today we will slowly descend towards Tatopani meaning hot spring. Many locals also visit Tatopani while travelling to the holy Muktinath temple.
Today is a bit hard day for trek up to Ghorepani with about 50-60 degree slope up via Ghara, Shikha and Chitre, the Brahmin and Magar Indigenous habitant. Lunch on the way and overnight at teahouse/lodge at Ghorepani.
Early morning wake up and hike to Poonhill, which is one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal. Poonhill provides an unobstructed view of the high Himalaya with the sunrise. After Poonhill hike back to Ghorepani and breakfast. After breakfast we will slowly descend towards Hille. Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life to Tadapani which provides you a close up sunset view.
After savoring the mesmerizing sight of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and other Himalayan giants from the popular vantage point of beautiful Himalayas you leave Hille and march ahead for Nayapul. You further descend towards Birethanti. Birethanti lies stretched beside the Modi River and has resourceful town. Almost an hour beyond Birethanti, you come to the main road. Now you can easily access any means of transportation to drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you are free to wander by the lakes of Pokhara.
Today you will be transferred back to the capital city Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, check in to the hotel and evening free on your own.
Today you can explore Thamel area and Kathmandu valley on your own. This day is free for shopping, relaxation or massage, or hanging out in Thamel’s cool and cozy cafe or pubs. In the evening fare well dinner at an Authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural show.
After breakfast, free time until your departure. Transfer to Airport for flight back home with beautiful memories.
– Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swaymbhunath Stupa and Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu.
-Manang, the beautiful center of Buddhist culture, home of Tibetan Buddhists, Hindu Pilgrimage site Muktinath, Beautiful mountain views, encounter with various ethnic groups of people. Rhododendron forest, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, bird’s eye view of Kali Gandaki and many beautiful village sights.
04 nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis
01 night accommodation in Pokhara on BB basis
16 nights’ accommodation in Trek in a Tea House or Lodge
All meals while on trek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Airport – Hotel – Airport Transfers (Arrival & Departure)
Full day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Entrance fees to all sightseeing places and monuments
English speaking Trek leader/Guide
Porters to carry your bags (1 porter for 2 guests)
Sleeping bags, Mountain Adventure duffel bag, Mountain Adventure T-Shirt (Sleeping bag to be
returned after the trek)
Food, Accommodation, Salary, Insurance and equipment’s for all staffs
ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) Fee
TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Fee
Farewell dinner (Authentic Nepalese cuisine with cultural show) on the last night in Kathmandu
All ground transfers on private air con car/van/coach
All government, hotel and other applicable taxes
International Airfare and taxes
Nepal Entry visa (Visa is obtained in Nepal Airport immigration on arrival. USD 25 per visa for 15 days, USD 40 per visa for 30 days and USD 100 per visa for 90 days. All the visas are multiple entry visas. Pls carry 02 passport sized photograph for the visa.
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
All items of personal nature like telephone bills, laundry, drinks etc
Tipping to guide and driver
Any other item that is not mentioned in the price inclusion list.