Annpurna Circuit Trekking is one of the most beautiful trek. It was opened to foreign trekkers in 1977, the three weeks trekking in Annapurna Circuit has become the most popular trek in Nepal. It passes through country side inhabited by a wide diversity of people, offers spectacular mountain views, scenery and goes to the north of the main Himalayas range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau. The circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction because of the difficulties of crossing the Thorang-la Pass. It will take you through a wonderful variety of landscapes and cultures, from the subtropical lower Marsyangdi valley where Gurung and Thakali settlements dominate to the northern Buddhist areas. Along the Marsyangdi River, on easy trails and suspension bridges, through rice terraces and forests, you will slowly gain altitude and acclimatize. After leaving Pisang one can get stunning and extremely up-close views of snowy and glaciated high peaks including Annapurna II, III and IV. This remote area lies in a rain shadow formed by the Annapurna and the landscape supports little in the way of forests apart from pine, juniper and scrub rhododendron. Huge glacial moraines abound, etched deeply by wind erosion into fantastic pillars. The Thorong La Pass (5416m) is one of the highlights of this trek. The main attraction of the Annapurna Circuit treks are the spectacular views from Manang and Thorong la, beautiful landscape, sceneries, rivers comes from the mountain, diversity of culture and religions, Hindus people are low land and the Buddhist people are inhabited in high land, good understanding and respect between the religions, Pilgrimage site on Muktinath, Kaligandaki George, Kaligandaki valley, Natural hot spring, Two major mountains over 8000 m height, sunrise and sun set views from the Poon-hill and many more.
DAY 01: Scenic drive to Besisahar to Khudi from Kathmandu (800m/ 2624ft), 8-9 hrs drive
From Kathmandu we drive to Besisahar through the Prithivi Highway. It takes 7-8hours to reach to Khudi. You follow the Trishuli River up to Mugling and Then Marsyangdi River. On the way you can enjoy the massif Annapurna, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. Overnight at lodge.
DAY 02: Trek to Jagat (1290m/ 4232ft), 6 hrs
As we continue the trek from Khudi the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (NgadiChuli). It climbs to Bhulbhule; it then goes to Ngadi before reaching Lampata and nearby Bahundanda. It is highly inhabited by the Brahmans. Then we head to Jagat passing through the terraces, Bamboo forest as well as the village of Buddhist populated by the ethnic groups Buddhists Gurung, Magar, Tamang. We cross the long suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River in Syange and ascend to Jagat. Over night at tea-house.
DAY 03: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/ 6,430ft), 6 hrs
From Jagat we ascend through forest to Chyamjevillage. Then we continue to walk in the flank of the mountain. The landscape is very mineral and the gorge is narrow, we can hear the sound of the Marsyangdi River below. We cross many suspension bridges up to Dharapani, a big village. Overnight at tea-house.
DAY 04: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft), 6 hrs
This day we continue our walking towards Brathangwhich is the last village before we arrive in the Manang Valley.. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring PaungdaDanda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m and3300m. Overnight at tea-house.
DAY 06: Pisang to Manang (3519m/ 11545ft), 5-6 hrs
Today at first we climb to higher Pisang where we visit the Buddhist monastery. 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 to nearby Manang at 3500m. Overnight at tea-house.
DAY 08: Manang to Yak-Kharka
Today we leave Manang and we ascend to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the JarsangKhola Valley, we reach Yak-kharka at 4050m, there we see the vegetation steadily more sparse. ( Acclimatize for 1 hrs ). Overnight at Tea-house.
DAY 09: Yak-Kharka to Phedi
Its 4 hrs walk to the Phedi from Yak-Kharka along the river. Today walk will be easy as we ascend up to the Phedi very slowly. When you reached at Phedi then you will feel like you are surrounded by big mountains. ( Acclimatize for 1 hrs). Overnight at Tea-house.
DAY 10: Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/ 12465ft) (8 hrs)
We begin our journey from Phedi (foot of the hill)and make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags. As you reach the top, you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Nilgiris and the massif of Dhaulagiri (8167m). In Muktinath We could see the pilgrims purifying themselves in the 108 sacred water fountains. Overnight at Tea-house.
DAY 11: Muktinath to Jomsom (2670m/ 8758ft), 6 hrs
From Muktinath we head to Jomsom. Overnight at hotel.
DAY 12: Fly to Pokhara from Jomsom (25 mins fly) and visit Pokhara in remaining time
DAY 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu
This day you return to Kathmandu in a Tourist bus.
- All your Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
- Clean Tea-house accommodation around, during the trek.
- Government license holder English speaking guide and his food, accommodations, salary, insurance, equipments, medicine and transportations.
- Porters in the ratio of (2trekkers: 1porter) and salary and other private expenses of porter, like lodging, food cost and transportation cost.
- Flight cost and land transportation cost as per Itinerary.
- Guide food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments, and medicine.
- Annapurna Conservation area fee (ACAP)
- Trekker’s information management system (TIMS) card fee.
- Travel & Rescue arrangements.
- All our government taxes and official expenses.
- Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Entrance fee while during sightseeing around Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks, tips, etc.,
- All beverages and bar bills.
- Travel Insurance (Essential).
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Tips for staffs and driver’s.
- Any loss arising due to unforeseen circumstances that is beyond our control.
- Other costs that are not mentioned above as include(s).
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