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Annapurna Circuit trek
HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP:
Classic trek on ancient trade routes - Ascending the Marshyangdi valley - Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli - Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga - Explore beautiful Manag village - Crossing the Thorung- La ( 5416m) - The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, View of Dhawagiri Ice- flow - The world deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley - Natural Hotspring at Tatopani - Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views.
Max.elevation : 5416m
Type of trek : Moderate+challenging
Duration of day :14-21days
Duration a day walking:3-8 hours
This is one of the classic and most regarding treks. The trek starts from the lowlands and gradually passes through thick forest adorned with rhododendron and fir trees as we enter into the desert region of our way to the Manag valley. This trek offers classic view of the Annapurna Range and the Dhaulagiri Range. Besides the mountain views there is a lot of diverse culture to be seen as we start from the domains of Brahmins and Chhetris in the lowlands to the culture of the Managis people who have a distinct culture of their own and are mainly Buddhists. The views from the Thorang Pass of the Himalayas and into the Mustang valley are outstanding.
(Please Note: If the above schedule does not meet your need and interest, I can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.)
Day 01- Drive to Besisahar (830meters) 4.5 hours from Pokhara or 6 hours drive from Kathmandu. Lunch in Besishar if you drive from pokhara and will have lunch on the way if you drive from kathmadu. And next drive by public transport to Bulbule. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 02- Trek to Jagat ( 1400m).Today our journey starts from Bulbule, Our first day introduces us to the cultural elements of Nepal; we encounter a typical local house and the different faces of the various people, exchanging greetings Namaste as we pass, the trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070meters from Bahundanda crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat at 1400meters. It takes total 7 hours.
Day 03- Trek to Dharapani (1860 meters). 6 hours.Our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1700 meters, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The trail then climbs a stone stairway to 1860 meters till another stairway. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1860 meters. There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 04- Trek to Chame (2630meters). 6-7 hours. After 1 hours, we can reach Bagarchhap at 2160 meters that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition Zone before the dry highlands. The trail climbs to Timang 2270meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town.Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 05- Trek to Upper Pisang (3300 meters) 6 hours.The day starts through deep fine forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters.
Day 06- Trek to Nagwal (3700 meters) . it takes around 4 hours ( Upper trails) Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 07- Trek to Manang (3540 meters). 4-5 hours.Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which 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 Braga at 3475meters to nearby Manang at 3540meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 08- Acclimatization day at Manang village. Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 09- Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 meters) 5 hours Returning from Shree kharka, you can keep high and follow a track so above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gumsang and Yak Kharka. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 10- Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters) 5 hours.Today, after ascending for 3.5 hour the trail descends to cross the river at 4310 meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 11-Trek to Muktinath (3800 meters) via Thorung La pass (5416 meters) 8 hours.Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by snow but it is all depending on the weather condition. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. We then reach the Bagarchhap at 2160 meters that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition Zone before the dry highlands.
Day 12- - Trek to Kagbeni through Jhong( avoid the jeep road)-(2800m) Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 13- Trek to Marpha 2670m. It take around 7 hours .Today, we follow the trail slop down to the Eklebhatti, and then follow the Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is large town with many facilities, it is also headquarter and official town for whole Mustang district where all the government office are available for local people in Mustang. Lunch in Jomsom and continue to walk Marpha from different trekking routes. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 14- - Trek to Largung(2550m.) . We will walk different sides of jeep road through Chairo (Tibetan settlement) village .Walk a valley dominated by Thakalis, Gurungs and Magars tribes. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 15 -Trek to Ghasa (2010m) .5 hrs walk, a dramatic change in the surrounding with green vegetation and very beautiful view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna region. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 16- Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.) 5/6 hours walk, gradual descend to Tatopani through valleys, fields and the beautiful Rupse Chhahara (water falls) and then the time to have lunch at Dana village which is the deepest gorge in the world. Rest and overnight at Tatopani
Day 17-.Tatopani to Ghorepani (2793 m.) 7/8 hrs. walk, A challenging ascent upto Ghorepani. Lunch at Sikha village, and overnight at Ghorepani from where one can observe the best sun set view over the profile of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Overnight at Guesthouse
Day 18-. Morning hike to the top of Poon Hill(3210m) for the best view of sunrise on Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhare (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snow capped mountains Descend back to Ghorepani and after having breakfast we will continue our five hour journey unto Ulleri (1750m).Overnight at Ulleri.
Day 19- Trek to Nayapul . it takes about 4-5 hours. Today all parts of day trek is easy passing through several small villages and settlements. After some gentle decend, you can reach Birethati and Lunch will be Birethati. After lunch, 30 minutes walk to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara
Day 14 - flight to Pokhara from Jomsom . All of the flight from jomsom to pokhara early in the morning.
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