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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Fact -

  • Trip Code: PMTREKS7
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Grade: NA
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About Trip -

Trek to Annapurna or Annapurna Region Trek or Annapurna Trekking is famous trekking route in Nepal.Trek to Annapurna Round  or Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the ultimate Trekking experience in Nepal. During Annapurna Circuit Trek you can experiences the different range of trekking and also sees Manang which oftern is called the Grand Canyon of the himalaya.Trek will start from Besi sahar of Lamjung District.

Outline Itinerary -

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu.Welcome by representative of Pink Mountain Treks and Expeditition.Proceed to Hotel. overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02:After breakfast Proceed for sightseeing tour to Kathmandu city, the ancient palace square also known as the Durbar Square where you will witness the ancient palaces and the temples, temple of the living goddesses the Kumari, Swoyambhunath stupa which is famous as Monkey Temple among western travellers,which is one of the Buddhist shrine situated on the hillock towards the west of Kathmandu and overlooking the sceen of Kathmandu valley. Unlike other stupas, this stupa has got a spiral shape which has typical significance. Then tour to Pashupatinath temple, the holiest shrine of the Hindu people where the non Hindu people are not allowed to get inside the temple and they are allowed to witness the temple from the view point, situated on the opposite side of the main temple. Later, proceed to Boudhnath stupa, the Buddhist pilgrimage and biggest of it’s kind in Asia. These all monuments are listed on UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Afterwards, drive back to the Hotel and rest of the evening will be at leisure

Day 03:After breakfast Proceed on to another city of the valley called Patan city which is also known as the city of fine arts where one can witness splendid artifacts of the medieval period. Then Proceed on sightseeing tour to Bhaktapur city, also known BHADGAON and the city of devotees. It is the third major city of Kathmandu valley and in many ways the most medieval city. These all monuments are listed on UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

Day 04:Drive to Besi Sahar [820m]

Day 05:Trek to Khudi [790m]

Day 06:Trek to Bahundanda [1310m]

Day 07:Trek to Jagat [1290m]

Day 08:Trek to Dharapani [1920m]

Day 09:Trek to Chame [2630m]

Day 10:Trek to Pisang [3190m]

Day 11:Trek to Manang [3520m]

Day 12:Rest day in Manang [3520m]

Day 13:Trek to Thorung Phedi [4500m]

Day 14:Trek to Thorung Phedi [4500m]

Day 15:Trek to Muktinath [3800m]

Day 16:Trek to Jomsom [2713m]

Day 17:Flight to Pokhara

Day 18:Pokhara sightseeing. overnight at Pokhara.

Day 19:Fly Back or drive back to Kathmandu. Shopping at Kathmandu/Souvenir from Nepal.Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 20:Fly back to your destination.

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Important Note

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a long trek that goes right into Nineth highest mountain of world and over the Thorung La pass (5416m), the highest pass on this trek. Physically quite tiring, it involves approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges. No previous experience is required, you should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in the high altitude conditions.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu.Welcome by representative of Pink Mountain Treks and Expeditition.Proceed to Hotel. overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2After breakfast Proceed for sightseeing tour to Kathmandu city, the ancient palace square also known as the Durbar Square where you will witness the ancient palaces and the temples, temple of the living goddesses the Kumari, Swoyambhunath stupa which is famous as Monkey Temple among western travellers,which is one of the Buddhist shrine situated on the hillock towards the west of Kathmandu and overlooking the sceen of Kathmandu valley. Unlike other stupas, this stupa has got a spiral shape which has typical significance. Then tour to Pashupatinath temple, the holiest shrine of the Hindu people where the non Hindu people are not allowed to get inside the temple and they are allowed to witness the temple from the view point, situated on the opposite side of the main temple. Later, proceed to Boudhnath stupa, the Buddhist pilgrimage and biggest of it’s kind in Asia. These all monuments are listed on UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Afterwards, drive back to the Hotel and rest of the evening will be at leisure

Day 3After breakfast Proceed on to another city of the valley called Patan city which is also known as the city of fine arts where one can witness splendid artifacts of the medieval period. Then Proceed on sightseeing tour to Bhaktapur city, also known BHADGAON and the city of devotees. It is the third major city of Kathmandu valley and in many ways the most medieval city. These all monuments are listed on UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE.

Day 4Drive to Besi Sahar [820m] With high level of physical fitness, adequate acclimatization and good logistic support, we begin our Annapurna trekking. Driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then following the rough route by the Marsyangdi River, we pass through the low-lying villages and rice fields. After 6 hours long drive, we finally reach Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the capital of Lamjung District.

Day 5Trek to Khudi [790m] From Besi Sahar, we trek along the trail turning right at the canal on the outskirts of the village and descending the narrow path to the Pam Khola. On crossing the stream, we ascend towards the village of Denauti where we get to see Nepali village life at close quarters. The route further leads to the banks of the Marshyangdi Khola, passing through paddy fields and subtropical forests. As the trail nears the Khudi Khola, we approach the Gurung village of Khudi.

Day 6Trek to Bahundanda [1310m] As we walk northwards up the Marshyangdi Valley, away from Khudi, we get to see the magnificent Annapurna mountain ranges. The trail winds through a suspension bridge and follows terraced rice fields, offering breathtaking view of Manaslu and cascading waterfalls. Further, as the trail goes uphill, we spot several shops and teahouses at Ngadi village. On leaving Ngadi after a brief rest, we skirt through the challenging trails to Bahundanda. Bahundanda literally means "Brahmin hill" and as the name suggests Bahundanda is largely inhabited by Brahmins. Here we conclude our trekking journey for the day.

Day 7Trek to Jagat [1290m] A steep trail descends from Bahundanda, through rice fields, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape. We follow the winding mountain path down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf, which juts out into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley.

Day 8Trek to Dharapani [1920m] The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steep forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge.

Day 9Trek to Chame [2630m] We skirt through a narrow field from the village. The Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu and then Marshyangdi veers to the left. Sinuous trails of the. Annapurna II becomes visible as we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhotia village with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. As we continue ascending through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi river enters a gorge and the trails follows rock-strewn path. We can pause for a while and take in the splendor of the picturesque Manaslu. When the steep incline ends, we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons and continue on a gently rising path. We cross a stream before entering a pine forest. We then enter the pristine hamlet of Kotho, from where we can capture the most enchanting view of Annapurna II. Treading further, the route reaches a large white gate with a corrugated iron roof, which is the entrance of Chame. Chame is the administrative headquarter of Manang district. There is electricity, wireless station, schools, shops, health post, post office, police check post, hotels, lodges and banks in Chame. The hot springs are the major attraction of this place.

Day 10Trek to Pisang [3190m] After a mesmerizing sight of the glowing Lamjung Himal [6893m] in the morning, we head off for Pisang. En route, we cross a large suspension bridge along Marshyangdi and approach houses and lodges on the northern side of the river. Our trekking trail meanders through barley field leading to Teleku at 2775 meters. As we leave undulating mountain passes, we enter fascinating apple orchard and near a bridge at 2840 meters. On crossing the bridge, the pristine hamlet of Bratang appears. History has it that Bratang used to be a Khampa settlement. A stone memorial of a Japanese climber has been built in this place. After leaving the forested village, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape. Before us, the Annapurna mountain range rears up. Further on, we continue our steep rock-strewn trails to the south side and cross a long suspension bridge at 3040 meters. At this vantage point on the bridge, we get to view Paungda Danda rock rising more than 1500 meters from the river. En route, we get to capture splendid views of Annapurna II rearing up on the east and Pisang Peak on the north-east. We cross a bridge and enter the village of Pisang.

Day 11Trek to Manang [3520m] As we continue with our trek, further afield from Pisang we head along a steep ridge savoring beautiful sights of the Manang valley and the Tilicho peak towering above 7132 meters. As we descend through Manang's airstrip, we come to Hongde lying beneath the gigantic Annapurna III on the north-east face. The route further leads to the wide plain of the Sabje Khola Valley from where we get the majestic view of Annapurna IV [7525m]. Further on, we cross a wooden bridge, as the Marshyangdi Khola gushes below us. We enter the beautiful village of Mungji. We continue treading along the cultivated fields and after a while we arrive at the village of Bryaga with a splendid monastery. On trekking down to Manang, we enjoy the majestic views of the Annapurna range - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m].

Day 12Rest day in Manang [3520m] After reaching Manang, we take a day off for complete rest and adequate acclimatization before crossing the Thorung La. We can spend this day strolling down the river to see the tremendous ice-fall cascading down from the glaciated mountain peaks or by simply take in the panoramic beauty of the Annapurna mountain range and the Manang Valley. A short visit to Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post makes for an interesting visit.

Day 13Trek to Thorung Phedi [4500m] Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

Day 14Trek to Thorung Phedi [4500m] Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

Day 15Trek to Muktinath [3800m] We have an early start today for the crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp, but as local people have used this trail for hundreds of years, the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. From the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang, which spread out before us, we are presented with a dramatic tableau. The descent to Muktinath is a 1600m trek. But the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, more then makes up for the tiring journey. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple.

Day 16Trek to Jomsom [2713m] We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom. En route, we sight tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and it is here we will spend the final night of our trek. [walk approx 3 hours]

Day 17Flight to Pokhara We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.

Day 18Pokhara sightseeing. overnight at Pokhara.

Day 19Fly Back or drive back to Kathmandu. Shopping at Kathmandu/Souvenir from Nepal.Overnight at Kathmandu.

Day 20Fly back to your destination.

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