Annapurna Circuit Trekking by Trexmount

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Trexmount Ventures would like to welcome you in this beautiful trekking trail which is listed as world’s 10th top scenic travel destinations by Lonely Planet. Annapurna Circuit trek offers magnificent grandeur close up views of Annapurna I (8,091m-26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,684ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,458ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,7867ft) Lamjung Himal 6,931 m and towards east worlds 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m, Pisang peak 6,091m, Chulu East 6,584 m, Chulu West 6,419m and the massive range of world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters with adjoining Nilgiris, Tukuche peaks and Vara Shikar / Annapurna Fang with Mt. Machhapuchhre ‘Fish-Tail’ 6,997 m.

Annapurna Circuit trek starts from Lamjung and comes to concludes at picturesque Pokhara valley. The trekking leads to high green mid hills villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar tribes. As the walk progresses heading closer to mountainous and into the alpine zone find the pretty scenery all rounds. After the alpine area, leaving behind the tree lines and forest, move into the dry arctic terrain at Manang valley. This valley is a complete Buddhist region of strong Tibetan influence in culture, tradition, religions and in daily life.

After being well-acclimatized head higher into the barren arctic terrain to reach the highest point of this trek at Thorang-la 5,416m-17,700ft with an awesome picturesque panorama that surrounds this scenic spot. The trek will bring to holy Muktinath area, regarded as holy for both Hindus and Buddhist since ancient times with 108 spouts flowing pure natural spring. Muktinath itself meaning Liberation, all the pilgrimage visit to liberate themselves from the sin of their lifetime.

We have easy downhill through the dry windy valley of Kaligandaki river. The people here are from the Thakali tribes who were traders for many years on this Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route. At present they run hotels and lodges together with Apple gardens with an appealing food menu.

We trek into the deeper part of the Kaligandaki valley from late forming as the world’s deepest gorge both Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range of mountains on either side of this.

Our Journey continues back into warm paddy fields area at Tatopani ‘hot spring’ where we can enjoy the two different natural hot pool. We have 1700m meter uphill climb through beautiful village Shika and Ghara before entering into rhododendron forest to reach Ghorepani, Visiting Poon Hill for a super Himalayan panorama with a stunning sunrise. We will trek at Nayapul with a drive to cool city Pokhara valley and stay around lakeside before heading back to Kathmandu.

Tour ID: TM4
Tour availability : Available on any dates
Duration (Days): 20
Itinerary Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will conduct a pre departure meeting in the Hotel. The meetings will covers trip related information & the collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance copy).
Itinerary Day 2: Kathmandu: Free day for Trek preparation Breakfast, free day for trek preparation. You can do your own activities OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting fascinating world heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as Hindus holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Squire ( One is in Kathmandu, in patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum, monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note: this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally. Meals included: Breakfast
Itinerary Day 3: Drive to Syange via Beshishar – 08 hrs journeys. Start driving from the hotel in the interesting busy highway road towards Syange via Beshishar through the Himalayan foothills and green valley’s till Dumre, and leaving the main Kathmandu / Pokhara highway towards Beshisar a large town and headquarter of Lamjung district, from here driving on the newly built dirt road leading to Syange via Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream, the drive continues passing rice terraces and villages and then uphill on leaving the Marsyangdi River to reach at Chamje for overnight.
Itinerary Day 4: Trek to Dharapani (1,920 m-6,299 ft) – 05 hours. After a first night in local lodge with homely hospitality service, morning starts walking back to Marsyangdi River crossing and in the alpine woodlands reach into Tal Besi, after having a break, few more hours to reach Dharapani village for overnight.
Itinerary Day 5: Trek to Chame (2,670 m-8,759 ft) – 05 hours. From Dharapani on wards temperature gets cooler with alpine climate. We start through an easy trail through serene rhododendron, pine woodland through small villages of Bagachap, Danque, and then climb higher to Timang village with super views of snow capped peaks towards North, from this village on wards in the land of Buddhist tradition and culture, an hour walk reaches to Koto and then towards Chame which is the district headquarter of Manang. Browse around the streets of Chame with wonderful views of AII and Lamjung Himal, you can enjoy with hot spring here.
Itinerary Day 6: Trek to Pisang (3, 230 m-10,597 ft) – 05 hrs. From here onward feel the cool and fresh mountain air through enchanting alpine forests of rhododendron and pine tree lines following the Marshyangdi River upstream with gentle walk to Bhratang village, after this small village walk follows uphill’s through the woodlands at Dhukure Pokhari with couple of teahouses overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peak and of Pisang village, we need 40 minute to reach the lower Pisang village for overnight.
Itinerary Day 7: Trek to Manang Village (3,450 m-11,319 ft) – 05 hrs. Morning with wonderful views of snow capped peaks with close look of A II North Face, heading towards a hill through nice pine woodland where one can catch awesome views of Manang valley with surrounding high snow capped mountains, from this view point heading downhill towards Manang valley reaching Hongde village with a small airstrip, (flight to and from Pokhara is only twice a week and unpredictable), from here onwards tree lines disappears into arid and barren landscapes with cold, dry climate temperature, however gets enough sunshine during the day with strong UV in this thin air altitude. We continue into mountain flat to reach manang via Braga. There is interesting old Braga monastery treasures old Buddhist artifacts, relics and stature with ancient amazing wall Thanka painting ( Buddhist religious painting) and frescos, from here breathtaking views of Annapurna range with Chulus, after a nice time here a slow and steady walk brings you at Manang village for lunch and overnight stop with alluring views of Gangapurna, A II and Tilicho peak and turquoise Manang lake nearby
Itinerary Day 8: Manang for acclimatization. 3 hours We spend another night here for acclimatization which is essential at this altitude above 3,000 meters. Today we will hike to Gangapurna glacier and Manang lake see the surrounding and back to Manang.
Itinerary Day 9: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110 m-13,484 ft) – 04 hours. After a nice break and stop for two nights at Manang, We ascend on the gradual path passing the last village of Manang at Tenke and then in complete wilderness with gentle uphill walk to Ghunsang village with great views of Gangapurna, Tilicho and Chulu West peaks, then slowly reaching at Yak Kharka for lunch and overnight with great views
Itinerary Day 10: Trek to Thorong High Camp (4,600 m-15,091 ft) – 04 hrs. Slowly and steady journey gets closer to the main highlights and highest elevation of this trip at Thorang-la pass, This is pleasant walking day except for the altitude the trail follows crossing a bridge after Ledar and then a short steep climb after the river reaching at Jarjung around this place chances of seeing some wildlife like Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, Mountain Goats or the rare and elusive Snow Leopard if lucky. Walk then reaches at Thorang Phedi (base of Thorang-la), after a break here walk on the slope path which is quite steep for an hour till High Camp is reached for lunch and overnight. A great place with super views of Gangapurna, Damodar and Bhirkuti Himal and range of snow capped peaks.
Itinerary Day 11: Cross Thorong-La (5,416 m-17,769 ft) and to Muktinath (3,800 m-12,467 ft) – 07 hrs. Big Day! Starting quite early after breakfast to reach the top of the pass earlier before the cold wind catches with chill factors, We will be walking in gradual ups to reach the highest point and one of the highlights at 5,416m-17,700 ft of this trip, the pass is festooned with hundreds of Buddhist prayer flags and with sign board ‘Thorang-la’ and its heights, this place with awesome views of snow capped mountains looking over West at Dhaulagiri, Mustang Himal as well. After a great success, emotional with happy moment descend a long way to reach few tea houses into other side of the pass. With some refresh and lunch, we will head towards Muktinath for overnight after a long hard but interesting and adventurous day. There are holy temples for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
Itinerary Day 12: Trek to Marpha (2, 670m-8,759 ft) via Jomsom (2, 715 m-8,907 ft) – 07 hours. After a Big long walk of previous day, today a pleasant trek on the downhill path passing by the village of Jharkot with a drop of 1,200 meters to Kaligandaki river bed, on reaching the wide Kaligandaki River valley at a small place of Ekale bhatti, continue walk on the flat wide valley for few hours reaching at Jomsom, head quarter of Mustang area. Jomsom with an airstrip above Kaligandaki River (operates daily morning schedule flight to and from Pokhara). From Jomsom, we have a nice walk to Marpha, can get very windy in the afternoon on reaching charming Marpha a gem of a village with large apple orchard and its product, Marpha lined with whitewashed houses, paved streets and well kept neat lodges.
Itinerary Day 13: Trek to Kalopani (2,480m-8,136 ft) – 05 hrs. Our pleasant walk continue with following the Kaligandaki river downstream to reach at Tukuche another charming village, located on the bottom of majestic Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri, with wonderful views of Nilgiris peaks and massif tumbling icefalls of Dhaulagiri’s South East Face, from here we will be heading to Larjung village and back to wood land of rhododendron and pine treesall the way to reach Kalalpani village with spectacular views of of Mt.Annapurna I, Nilgiri’s and Dhaulagiri with nice forest surrounding.
Itinerary Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m-3,904 ft)- 06 hrs. We will follow the kaligandaki valley and descending through the forest. We have a dramatic change in landscapes, lush vegetation, walking into warmer area between the towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna forming the world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki. The walk leads through Ghasa village with several isolated houses, lodges, the walk is pleasant walk on the paddy fields farm area with warm sub-tropical climate most of way Tatopani village, after passing the great super Rupsi water fall. Tatopani which means ‘Hot Spring’ the area is quite constricted with sub-tropic climate, at Tatopani enjoy the large hot water spring pools near shore of Kaligandaki River.
Itinerary Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750 m-9,022 ft) – 07 hrs. Today offers one hard day of walking with last uphill climb of this journey all the way to Ghorepani from Tatopani after crossing and leaving the river behind. We enjoy a steep climb for an hour to Ghara village, continue walking on a winding trail with a gradual climb all the way through thick rhododendron and pine forest to reach at Chitre. From Chitre we have an hour uphill walk that brings us to Deurali in Ghorepani. This village offers superb views of world’s 07th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri with Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar / Annapurna Fang, this nice blue colored lodge and houses of Ghorepani. Ghorepani lies on the old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route which extends to Upper Mustang and beyond to Tibet, this village inhabited mostly by Pun Magar tribe and widely famous for Pun Hill view point.
Itinerary Day 16: Trek to Tirkhedhunga (1,500 m-4,921 ft) – 05 hrs. Starting early morning with optional hike to Pun-Hill at 3,190 m-10,466 ft that leads through beautiful rhododendron and pine woodlands with impressive views of surrounding rolling green hills and snow capped peaks. Upon reaching Pun Hill marvel at the fantastic panorama with sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal in the far eastern horizon including the majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre “The Fish Tail” one of the most respected and unclimbed peak. After a wonderful time at Pun hill descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue walk on the scenic trail to Tirkhedhunga with downhill drop all the way through nice cool forest passing the villages of Bhanthati and Ulleri. At Tirkhedhunga enjoy the comfort of nice cozy lodge before Pokhara.
Itinerary Day 17: Trek to Nayapul (1,100 m-3,608 ft) and drive to Pokhara (860 m-2,821 ft). We continue descending trail with great views of cascading waterfalls along the way to Bhirethati, a nice village by side of Modi River. After short break continue the last 25 minutes walk to Nayapul. Here board a vehicle and then completing last final trek of this wonderful adventure with a scenic drive for an hour. Reaches Pokhara for an overnight stop by the pristine Lake Phewa, time in the afternoon to browse around the lake side stores and shops and relax in this beautiful setting.
Itinerary Day 18: Free day in Pokhara to Enjoy the cool city pokhara
Itinerary Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu. 6 hours We start after the breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu through the prithivi highway, transfer to respective hotels. Fare well Dinner in the Evening. (For those who wish to fly to Kathmandu instead of drive with extra cost, transfer to Pokhara airport with 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu).
Itinerary Day 20: Departure: Breakfast in the Hotel, Transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for departure towards your next destination.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Cancellation and Refund Policy: C) 75% refund up until 30 days before trip
What's Included: Transport: – Airport Pick up and drop transfer. – Private Ground transportation as per itinerary Accommodations: – 3 Star Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara with Breakfast. – Private room during the trekking (Tea House section). Food: – 19 Breakfast, 15 Lunch and 15 Dinner with Hot Drinks (tea, coffee) – Seasonal fresh fruits during the trekking. Permit: – Annapurna conservation entry permits. – TIMS Permit. Staffs: – An experience Government Trained guide and required number of porters (one porter in between two pax), their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, insurance, and equipment. Equipment: – Warm sleeping bag, warm down jacket and walking stick, if necessary. – Trek bag Taxes: All Taxes are included
What's Excluded: – Meals as Mention in the inclusive list. – Tips to staff or any donations. – Nepal Visa – International Flight – Your travel insurance, Medical and emergency evacuation. – All types of drinks (such cold, Mineral water and alcoholic drinks) during the trek. – All personal expenses which are not mention into the price inclusion.
Gears and Equipment: EQUIMPENTS: Since you are traveling here and there and through the country side, consider carrying warm, lightweight, hand-washable and quick-drying clothes. FOOT WEAR: Trekking Boots (One Pair), Light Soaks (3 Pairs), Thick Socks (4 pairs), Camp Shoes (1 pair), and Sandals (1 pair). CLOTHING: Warm Cotton Trousers (2 pairs), Fleece Jacket or Pullover (1), Down or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket and Trousers (1), Shirts and T-Shirts (4 pieces), Long Under Wear (2 pieces), Lightweight Cotton Long Pants, Short Under Wear (4 pieces), Sunglasses (1), Sun Hat or Scarf (1) and Woolen Hat (1), Lightweight Gloves (1), Heavyweight Gloves or Mittens With a Waterproof (1), Rain Coat (1). OTHER EQUIPMENT: Daypack (1), Down Jacket (1), Sleeping Bag (4 seasons-1), Water Bottle (1), Sunglasses, Flashlight with Spare Bulbs, Sun Cream, Batteriesm Gaiters, Lip Salve.
Minimum Pax: 2
Maximum Pax: 15
Pick Up / Meeting Location: Kathmandu Airport
Region: Asia

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