Around Annapurna circuit Trekking
Around Annapurna circuit Trekking is a long course that follows Marsyandi River, crosses Thorung pass from the Manang basin and descends to the Kaligandaki. It is rich in variety and vistas from the ruling hill of Marsyangdi to the Himalayan interior, providing the complete trekking experience. The change of scenery at the limits of Thorung pass and the remains around the sacred area of Muktinath are also extremely interesting.Around Annapurna circuit Trekking is the one of the finest trek in the Annapurna Massif .
Trekking north, we acclimatize in the important trading village of Manang 3351m, before crossing the Thorong pass, 5416m. Further south, the contrast of Nepali Himalayas become even more apparent, as high windswept passes are replaced by forest or mandarins and banana grooves. Finally, we trek out the gorges and look back to the peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri before traversing the forest ridges down to Pokhara.
Annapurna Massif is situated in north central nepal includes one peak above 8000m ie Annapurna II(8091m) , 13 peakes above 7000m , 16 peaks above 6000m .Around Annapurna curcuit Trek is the total length of 160-230km 100-145miles) depending on upto where motor transport is used & where the trek is ended.Around Annapurna Circuit trek crosses 2 rivers;Marshyangdi river & Kaligandaki river. This trek rises from 760m to 5416m at Thorungla Pass encircling the Annapurna Massif.The major Himalayas seen in this trip are Annapurna I , Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South,Dhawalagiri, Macchapuchhre , Manaslu,Gangapurna ,Nilgiri, Hiunchuli & many other named & unnamed peaks of 6000-7000m. We take you through high trail from Pisang visa Ghyaru & Ngawal to Manang as the views are spectacular ,and the two villages of best preserved example of the Tibetan styles villages in the original state.
Highlights of the Around Annapurna circuit Trekking :
-Visit Gurung, Chhetri, Tibetan Styles Manage communicties & enjoying their customs & culture In the evening you can enjoy their songs & dances
View of the Annapurna Massif
Manang for Tibetan Types of villages
Marshyangdi & Kaligandaki River Valley
Best sunrise view from Poonhill
Guring Museum in Ghandruk
|Day 01:||Arrival at Kathmandu|
|Day 02:||Kathmandu Sightseeing|
|Day 06:||Trek 5 hours to Chame to Pisang at 3185m.|
|Day 07:||Pisang to Manang 3351m|
|Day 08:||Acclimatization day in Manang|
|Day 09:||Trek Manang to Churilattar 4180m|
|Day 10:||Churi Lattar to Thorang Phedi (4416m)|
|Day 11:||Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3800m)|
|Day 12:||Muktinath to Marpha 2660m|
|Day 13:||Marpha to Kalopani is about 4 and half-hours trek|
|Day 14:||Kalopani to Tatopani is about 5 and half -hours trek|
|Day 15:||Tatopani to Gorepani (2855 m) is about 6 hours trek|
|Day 16:||Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210 m)|
|Day 17:||From Ghorepani to Gandrung (1951m) is about 6 hours trek|
|Day 18:||Gandruk to Pokhara (900m)|
|Day 19:||Free stay in Pokhara|
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu
Arrival at Kathmandu. Meet at the airport and transfer to Hotel. After refreshment, short walk tour to Kathmandu Durbar Square, if time permits. Welcome dinner and briefing in the evening.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Sightseeing of Kathmandu. You will visit the Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Patan and Swayambhunath Stupa. Overnight Hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu-Besisahar-Jagat
Early morning drive from Katmandu through Beshishahar (823m) via Dumre. Then drive further to Syange,(1314m). Your trek starts climbing to Bahundanda at the altitude of 1311m in a saddle between two Gurung hillside communities. You will descend and cross-Marshyangdi River to arrive into a narrow and cramped valley. Here the trail has been carved by crowbar into the rock face. In a narrow jumble of rock and trees is the village of Jagat 1342m.
Day 04: Jagat-Dharapani
Trek Jagat to Dharapani (1943m). The trail passes a series of waterfalls amidst a forest that becomes more temperate with oaks as you travel onward Chamche village. An ascent from Chamche village brings you to a lake at 1707m. Long ago a landslide blocked the river here, forming a lake. Only its flat bed remains today, with a magnificent waterfall. From here the Manang district begins. Continue trek, the valley begins narrow again and you are at Dharapaani 1943 m. Here is a police check post and the people of here are mostly Tibetans and Mananges.
Day 05: Dharapani-Chame
Trek Dharapani to Chame (2713 m). After half an hour walk from Dharapaani you enter to Bagachhap village at 2100m. It is cooler and the air is dry, as it is the rain shadow of Annapurna. From here you can see towering Annapurna II. Continue trek to Lattamarang at 2454m and to Chame at 2700m.
Day 06: Trek 5 hours to Chame to Pisang at 3185m.
Cross-Marshyangdi River and continue trek through a beautiful pine and spruce forest. Finally your trek arrives to Brathang village amidst beautiful apple garden. Further trek brings you to next bridge to cross Marshyangdi again. From on here begins Manang. Gentle climbing begins through pine forest and glimpsing view of Mt. Annapurna. Finally you are at Pisang village 3185m. The main village is opposite to the river at a distance of 12 minute.
Day 07: Pisang to Manang 3351m.
Pisang to Manang is about 5 hours trek. All the day with magnificent view of Annapurnas from different angles and beautiful landscape takes you to Humde village and further trek to Braga village where you can visit a 600 years old monastery. After 40 minutes trek you are in Manang village.
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Manang.
There are many opportunities for both easy and strenuous excursions from Manang.
Day 09: Trek Manang to Churilattar 4180m.
Manang Churi Lattar is about 3 hours trek. The trail leads through high pasture, in some places there are small teahouses to accommodate the trekkers. Today is acclimatizing trip helps you for tomorrow.
Day 10: Churi Lattar to Thorang Phedi (4416m)
Churi Lattar to Thorang Phedi, the shortest trek of the Whole trip, is about 2 and a half-hours trek brings you to the base of the Thorang pass.
Day 11:Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3800m)
Start trek to cross the Thorang Pass 5416m and to Muktinath 3802m. Your trek begins early in the morning around 4.30 am, to avoid wind in the pass or to reserve the time for possible delay. The Thorang pass at the altitude of 5416m offers all the views of Mt.Annapurnas range, Daulagiri Range, Chulu west, Chulu east and many more of the nature to relieve the trekker curiosity. Little tired but with happiness you are in Muktinath, a holy place for all devotees. The Muktinath, decorated by Mt. Nilgiri and Mt. Tilicho to the southeast, Daulagiri to the southwest and Thorang peak and Yakawa Kang to the north is a open museum for all of today with villages like Dzar, Dzong, Khingga and Purang.
Day 12: Muktinath to Marpha 2660m
Descend for about one and a half-hour to Kagbeni (2907m) which is one of the most important places for centuries. There is a monastery, a Police check post and ACAP (Annapurna conservation area project) office inside this visit worthy village. Walking around 2 hours from Muktinath most of the trekkers enjoy their lunch at Jomsom. After lunch continue trek to Marpha for about 2.5 hours trek. Marpha is one of the typical villages of the Thakali ethnic community who are one of main dwellers of the Kaligandaki Valley.
Day 13:Marpha to Kalopani is about 4 and half-hours trek
The trail is always flat by the Thak Khola riverbed until Kalopaani. After Marpha you will visit Tukche and Kobang villages other villages of the Thakalis. The valley is very scenic with Daulagiri and its Icefall, Tukche peak and Nilgiri.
Day 14:Kalopani to Tatopani is about 5 and half -hours trek
From Kalopani the trail descends until Dana and starts flat to Tatopani Bazaar. On the way you can see a series many beautiful waterfalls. Tatopani is one of the well-managed villages for Tourist. To have a rest day at Tatopani and to have a Hot Spring bath (natural) and relaxing day is extra complementary delight of nature.
Day 15: Tatopani to Gorepani (2855 m) is about 6 hours trek
It is not so far but has to climb the 1600m in a day to Gorepaani. On the way, you will pass through the villages of many ethnic groups in every short distance with different life style, housing style accordingly profession too. The main villages on the way are Ghara, Shikha, Phalate and Chitre. In these villages there are mixed ethnic groups for e.g. Kami, Chhetri, Magar and others but main ethnic group is Poon Magars. Gorepani is probably one of the best amazing viewpoints.
Day 16: Ghorepani to Poonhill (3210 m) & Rest
It is a curious trip and finally very exciting. Early in the morning around 4 or 5 am every people get ready to go to Poonhill viewpoint. It is about 45 minutes walk. The views from here are indescribable, as the state of inward peace can not be described in words Every people are very busy for half an hour, all amazed and happy, everybody is in a laughing group to have a memorable photograph. Descend down to Gorapani and have a good breakfast and half days rest.
Day 17: From Ghorepani to Gandrung (1951m) is about 6 hours trek
The trail goes to the east from Ghorepani and climb for half an hour with magnificent views. In March April the forest of Ghorepani will be blossomed in many colors. The Rhododendron flower, pine trees and the views of Mountains cheer you up. All the way to Gandruk leads through beautiful forest and panorama of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south and Hiu-Chuli to the northeast. Gandruk is village of Gurungs, one of the ethnic groups, has their own language, culture and costume.
Day 18: Gandruk to Pokhara (900m)
Trek down to Birethanti for about 5 hours and to Pokara for another one-hour drive. Overnight hotel in Pokhara.
Day 19: Free stay in Pokhara.
Sightseeing tours optional. Overnight hotel.
Day 20: Pokhara-Kathmandu
Drive 5 hours or flight 30 minutes to Kathmandu. Overnight hotel.
Day 21: Departure
Transfer to airport for departure.
Arrival transfer, 3 star category hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, A full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with guide, transportation from Kathmandu- Besi Sahar and Pokhara-Kathmandu by private jeep/car, 1 porter for each 2 trekkers and 1 guide for above 2 pax, accommodation and meals in lodges en route, Annapurna conservation fee, crew insurance.TIMS card.
Price does not include:
Flights, Nepal visa, travel health insurance, lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara, expenses of personal nature like drinks and tip, expenses due to nature or any unforeseen disturbances beyond our control, personal trekking gears.