Annapurna Circuit Trek - 16 days

Annapurna Circuit Trek - 16 days

You will circumnavigate entire massif of Annapurna. The journey pass through Marshyangdi valley, high snow covered pass at Thorangla, deep gorge made by Kaligandaki river and foothill of Annapurna. Low mountain range and tropical vegetation slowly disappear as the journey approiaches Manang. Depending upon snow and weather condition you will cross Thorang Pass (5335m) and reach Muktinath (3798m) on the other side. This is the arduous section of the entire trek. Descend and walk through Kaligandaki valley. The ancient trade route brings you in contact with traders from Mustang and Tibet and far beyond. The walk along the ridge in the backdrop of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna is a memorable experience. The journey pass through various ethnic communities. Cultural and religions are as varied as the topographical and landscape through which you pass in this 16 days journey.

Upper section of this trek has Tibet like country and people. The fascinating Kaligandaki gorge, high pass at Thorang La and beautiful villages at the foothill of Annapurna makes this trek one of the most popular and memorable holiday destination. Buddhist monasteries, unique houses and people in this high land give an ever-lasting impression. From Manang (3520m) entire Annapurna range and its glacier can be seen.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel, o/n in Kathmandu

Day 02: Drive to Khudi (790m)
Drive to Besisahr in the morning by bus. Catch a local jeep to drive further to Khudi, approx 3 hours drive. Besishar is the head quarters of Lamjung District. There are good views of Lamjung Himal on the left and Himalchuli to the right. Overnight at lodge in Khudi.

Day 03: Trek to Syange (912m)
The trail which is a good one climbs gently towards the village of Khudi on the Marsyangdi river. Opposite Khudi (on the west bank of the river) where the Khudi Khola enter the main river the Marsyangdi swings north, the trail rises high above the river and round the corner revealing further views of Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) now very near and rising massively more than 6,700m. Continue up east bank of river, crossing Ngadi Khola bridge after 1.5 hours. Climb to Bahundanda ridge (1,310m) in about 2 hours. Descend towards river once again and reach vicinity of bridge at Syange after another 2.5 hrs. Total about 7/8 hours. Syange is the northern limit of rice cultivation in Marsyangdi valley.

Day 04: Trek to Tal (1646m)
Trail now climbs slowly into increasingly narrow canyon. Cross river on good suspension bridge near Chyamje and continue ascent past canyon descending from rock barriers of Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) and Numun Bhanjyang. Tal, the gateway to Manang District, a beautiful flat meadow with several Bhotia houses and a splendid waterfall coming off the lower reaches of Peak 29. This is a superb site. The trail passes Jagat after 1.5 hours and Chyamje after another 1.5 hours. Tal is another 2 hrs. Short day but all climbing.

Day 05: Trek to Bagarchap (2165m)
Ascend east bank of Marsyangdi through main gorge. The trail here is at times cut-out of vertical cliffs. Cross to west side of river at Dharapani 6200 ft. just south of Thonje, the confluence of Marsyangdi and Dudh Khola (the latter coming from Larkya Pass, two days northeast). Do not cross river to Thonje but turn west and follow trail ascending on south side of Marsyangdi through forests and meadows for about one hour then climb steeply towards Namun Bhanjyang to Tebang Meadow, a series of lust pasture pearched high above the river. Excellent views of Manaslu- and the peaks situated above the Larkya Pass.

Day 06: Trek to Chame (2714m)
The trails runs diagonally from Tebang through Thankchok village (2865m) and down towards river to Kupar which lies above the junction of the Marsyangdi with the Nar river, coming in from the north. Police check point here, coming from Tebang, this is a short day of only about 4-5 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3171m)
Cross bridge to north side of river near horticultural apple farm at Brathang (2744m). The covered bridge with a door in the middle was built by Tibetan Khampas who had a camp close by the Marsyangdi. Begin spectacular ascent to Pissang. Before Pisang, the valley makes a ?dog?s leg? turn. This begins the transition into the rain shadow experienced between Ghasa and Tukuche in the Kali Gandaki in fully cry below, gaining momentum to break its way through the line of the main Himalayan Range between Annapurna II and Manaslu. There is a Choice of camp sites at Pisang below the village, either south or north of the river, or about half an hour before in a pleasant wooded country, sheltered from the prevailing wind.

Day 08: Trek to Manang (3537m)
On easy terrain through forests to small ridge at 3445 m. Below and stretching into the distance is Upper Manang Valley. The southern tier of this valley is walled by Annapurna II (7937m), and IV (7525m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Tarke Kang (Glacier Dome) (7193m) to the west and visible just south of distant sharp rock peak is the Great Barrier and the basin containing Tilicho Lake (7193m) is out of view at the head of the valley. To the north Thorung La (5416m) and Thorungtse (6483m) and barring the way to Tibet in the north, a long ridge of 20-22,00? peaks. Descending from this view point, the path crosses a plain and passes Hongde airstrip (3280m). Further on the Sabje Khola is passed and Braga arrives. Braga is a cliff- side village with several monasteries and excellent camp- site for camping in the fields below village

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Manang
It is essential to spend time on acclimatization in this area. There are splendid views of peaks from Manang. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across from a huge glacier descending from Tarke Kang and Gangapurna. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. Possible side trips to a lake an about 3 hours north of Braga at 4818 m. to the main Manang Gompa, or to Khangsar (3740m) on the trail to Tilicho lake.

Day 10: Trek to Ledar (4230m)
A short day on this high altitude treks. Passing through Yak Kharka and Churi ledar. A side trip up the steam following down from the West Chulu peak can be done if time permits.

Day 11: Trek to Thorang Phedi
The trail turns northwest up the tributary valley of the Jargeng Khola. It is sometimes possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep along the cliffs. Cross a covered cantilevered bridge and ascend to Phedi.

Day 12: Cross Thorang pass (5335m) and trek to Muktinath (3760m)
Ascend steeply for 2 hours to rock ledge and north at 4590m then along an undulating trail to the level top Thorung La. Views of the Annapurna Range to the south and the Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the west. The peak immediately north of the pass is Thorungtse, to the south is an unnamed peak of 6625m. Descend into Mustang a steep downhill trail for three hours to Muktinath. Splendid views of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak. Muktinath is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. It is mentioned in the classic Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, and one may see pilgrims bathing in the holy water flowing from the 108 carved spouts surrounding the Vishnu Temple in a grove of sacred poplars. Muktinath is also home to many ethnic Tibetans and is holy to Buddhist as well, particularly for the temple in which fire miraculously burns in a stream of water.

Day 13:  Trek to Jomsom (2713 m)
Descend gradually through fields and poplar groves, then steeply into the Kali Gandaki River Valley, reaching the valley floor at Eklebhatti at 2774 m. Follow the valley southward to the headquarters of Mustang District, Jomsom, a large settlement with a stol airstrip, police station and bank. The Kali Gandaki Valley here is called the Thak Khola, from the ethnic group of the Thakalis, many of whom live in this area. Enterprising and ambitious the Thakalis formerly dominated the salt trade with Tibet in this region and after its collapse diversified into running lodges along the trek route, construction and other business.

Day 14: Fly to Pokhara, in Pokhara 
After breakfast, fly to Pokhara. Transfer to Hotel, explore Pokhara own.
 
Day 15: Drive to Kathamndu. Free day
After breakfast , drive to Kathmandu - a beautiful journey. Check in to Hotel. In Kathmandu.
 
Day 16: Transfer to airport, depart Kathamndu
Free time until departure for shopping. Transfer to airport. depart Kathmandu.
 
 
 

1 week extention available for this trek:

Day 01: Jomsom to Larjung (2550m) 

Passing the Government vegetables and horticultural farm below Marpha, continue down the Kali Gandaki, reaching the former Thakali trading center of Tukuche with it?s large, richly carved homes now converted into trekking lodges. 

Day 02: Trek to Kalopani (2515m) Continue the transition from Himalayan rainshadow into coniferous forests, one returns to the main river valley and onto the village of Kalopani and Lete, which string out and merge over a distance of two miles through an area of beautiful pine woods and grassy meadows.


Day 03: Trek to Tatopani (1219m)
A lovely day with another major transition into sub-tropical vegetation, and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows high above the river through a narrow gorge, descending again to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall where one usually stops for lunch. In Tatopani (hot spring), there are natural hot water spring, time for a scrub up.

Day 04: Trek to Deurali (2713m)
A hard work ahead with an altitude gain of 1524 m to be made. The trail initially follows the Ghorepani route before branching left into much less traveled country. The path follows approximately up the line of the Ghaja Khola through thick rhododendron. The ridge line linking the Ghorepani area to that of Ghandrung also known as Ghandruk crosses the Deurali Pass and the trail reaches the crest east of the pass. There are some fine sites available in the area.

Day 05: Trek to Ghandrung (1920mm)
This area offers some of the best trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna range and Machhapuchre dominates the mountains views though glimpses further east to Lamjung Himal and the Manaslu range are also possible. The village of Ghandrung is rich through its excellent farming land and the generations of men who have served in the British and Indian Gurkha armies. The route toward Chomrong passes through the village and is rewarded with the most attractive scenes of rural village life in the hills of Nepal. 

Day 06: Austiran Camp (1950m)
The close view across the Modi valley to Landrung is intercepted by a 600m descent to the river valley and steep climb the other side. Then the trail traverses through farmland south high above the river before climbing through forest and crossing one of Machhapuchre?s many ridges and dropping down to Pokhara?s Phewa Tal (Lake) and the foothills of Nepal fade into the haze far to the south. 

Day 07: Drive to Pokhara , Overnight at Pokhara
From here one who wish to travel to Pokhara early can be arranged. For those who has plenty of time, a long walk along the valley floor leads to the little village at Mardi bridge from where the trail leads back to Hyangja and then a final hour back to the northern end of Pokhara where transport can be arranged to drive down to Pokhara.

Private Arrangement trek cost:

1  pax:      US$1180  per person

2  pax:      US$ 1045 per person

3-5pax      US$   970 per person

6-9 pax     US$   925 per person

10-15pax   US$   890 per person

16+  pax   US$   875 per person

SGL supp US$ 90

Cost includes:

01. All meals and best avaialable accommodation in lodge during the trek

02. Service of trek guide and Sherpa assistant for bigger group above 6 person

03. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.)

04. Accident insurance for staffs and porters

05. Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

06. Annapurna conservation area entry permit, trekking permit

07. Arrival and departure transfers.

08. Tourist and public transportation as shown in the programme

09. Hotel accommodation (3 star) in Kathmandu on BB as per programme

10. Hotel accommodation in Pokhara (2 star category) on BB as per programme

Cost does not include:

01. Personal clothing and sleeping bag

02. Personal accident and health insurance

03. Emergency evacuation and medical expense

04. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips

05. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned

 

1 week extention available for this trek:

Day 01:  Jomsom to Larjung (2550m)

Passing the Government vegetables and horticultural farm below Marpha, continue down the Kali Gandaki, reaching the former Thakali trading center of Tukuche with it?s large, richly carved homes now converted into trekking lodges.

Day 02: Trek to Kalopani (2515m)

Continue the transition from Himalayan rainshadow into coniferous forests, one returns to the main river valley and onto the village of Kalopani and Lete, which string out and merge over a distance of two miles through an area of beautiful pine woods and grassy meadows.

Day 03: Trek to Tatopani (1219m)

A lovely day with another major transition into sub-tropical vegetation, and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows high above the river through a narrow gorge, descending again to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall where one usually stops for lunch. In Tatopani (hot spring), there are natural hot water spring, time for a scrub up.

Day 04: Trek to Deurali (2713m)

A hard work ahead with an altitude gain of 1524 m to be made. The trail initially follows the Ghorepani route before branching left into much less traveled country. The path follows approximately up the line of the Ghaja Khola through thick rhododendron. The ridge line linking the Ghorepani area to that of Ghandrung also known as Ghandruk crosses the Deurali Pass and the trail reaches the crest east of the pass. There are some fine sites available in the area.

Day 05: Trek to Ghandrung (1920mm)

This area offers some of the best trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna range and Machhapuchre dominates the mountains views though glimpses further east to Lamjung Himal and the Manaslu range are also possible. The village of Ghandrung is rich through its excellent farming land and the generations of men who have served in the British and Indian Gurkha armies. The route toward Chomrong passes through the village and is rewarded with the most attractive scenes of rural village life in the hills of Nepal.

Day 06: Austiran Camp (1950m)

The close view across the Modi valley to Landrung is intercepted by a 600m descent to the river valley and steep climb the other side. Then the trail traverses through farmland south high above the river before climbing through forest and crossing one of Machhapuchre?s many ridges and dropping down to Pokhara?s Phewa Tal (Lake) and the foothills of Nepal fade into the haze far to the south.

Day 07: Drive to Pokhara , Overnight at Pokhara

From here one who wish to travel to Pokhara early can be arranged. For those who has plenty of time, a long walk along the valley floor leads to the little village at Mardi bridge from where the trail leads back to Hyangja and then a final hour back to the northern end of Pokhara where transport can be arranged to drive down to Pokhara.

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  • Price : USD 875
  • Destinations : Annapurna Circuit trail
  • Max Elevation : 5335 m.
  • Weather : Spring and Autumn are good time to visit this area
  • Trip Duration : 16 days
  • Trip Grade : Streneous
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