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Annapurna Circuit

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Annapurna Round is one of the most popular trekking which runs through Annapurna region. This is the region's classic long- distance trek for which you’ll need an absolute 2 weeks. The route follows two river valleys, Marshyangdi and Kaligandaki, crossing between them over the Thorong-La Pass, at 5416m, the highest pass in this trek. During the trek you will see many Himalayan peaks ranging in height from 6000- 8167m (Dhaulagiri) and will pass through villages of different tribes- Gurung, Brahman, Chhetri, Thakali, Tamang- learning something of their culture.The popularity of the Annapurna region is entirely understandable; being amongst some of the most dramatic scenery in the world there are trekking routes to suit all seasons and levels of fitness. The best seasons for doing this trek are October to December and mid-March to May.

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Day 1:  Arrival

Arrival in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport. Transfer to the hotel for refreshment and rest. Pre-trip briefing and trip preparation.

Overnight- Hotel in Kathmandu

 

Day 2:  Kathmandu

Preparation Day and sightseeing in Kathmandu. Optional sightseeing in the morning and final preparations for the trek. 

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

 

Day 3:  Kathmandu - Dharapani

We begin our long drive to Dharapani early in the morning. En route we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and of course the mighty Himalayas. We may have to change in to 4x4 vehicle from Besisahar depending on road conditions. 
Dinner and overnight at tea house in Dharapani.

 

Day 4: Trek Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 7 - 8 hours

Finally we begin our 8 days of trekking in the Annapurna region! Today we’ll negotiate a few steep, forested ridges and past the remnants of several landslides on the route to Chame. Along the way we will be greeted with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across a small hot spring where we can relax for a while. 
Dinner and overnight at tea house in Chame.


Day 5:  Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 5 takes us through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna II to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape. 
Dinner and overnight at tea house in Pisang.


Day 6:  Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours
From Pisang there are two routes to Manang. We will take the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we approach Manang the climate becomes more cold and dry. We’ll stop along the way for a short visit to Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the Manang District. 
Dinner and overnight at tea house in Manang.


Day 7:  Manang: Acclimatization day
Today we’ll stay close to Manang, rest and acclimatise for the coming days.  In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). 
Dinner and overnight at tea house in Manang.

 

Day 8:  Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems.
Dinner and overnight at tea house in Yak Kharka.

 

Day 9:  Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours

It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La.  On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
Dinner and overnight at tea house in Thorang Phedi.

 

Day 10:  Trek to Thorong La (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath

Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. 
Dinner and overnight at tea house in Muktinath.


Day 11:  Trek to Jomsom 3 hours via Kagbeni village
Today we trek down to Jomsom valley. On the way to Jomsom we can visit Kagbeni village the intrance of Upper Mustang. We can arrive at Jomsom by lunch time and afternoon is free to stroll around the area.There is an option of driving to Jomsom on sharing vehicle. 
Dinner and overnight at tea house in Jomsom. 


Day 12:  Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara: 25 minutes
Today we fly to Pokhara, the lake city in the earliest possible airplane. After checking-in at our hotel, we may take a rest or visit the Lakeside area in the vicinity of the Fewa Lake. Here, we can indulge in buying some souvenirs or sampling some local delicacies. 
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Pokhara.


Day 13:  Contingency Day in Pokhara.
Contingency day in Pokhara.  There are a lot of factors along the way which could cause a delay on the trail or, in the return journey.  Building in a day to account for this minimises the chance of missing our international flight.  If all goes well, then we have a spare day to explore Pokhara.

Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

 

Day 14:  Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive to airport to fly to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu we have the rest of the day off. There will also be a farewell dinner hosted by Adventure Milestone in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

 

Day 15:   Final departure
Like all good things this adventure, too, must come to an end.  We’ll transfer to the airport 3 hours prior to the scheduled flight.  

Route

  1. Kathmandu