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Annapurna circuit is one of the finest and most popular trekking holidays of the world where we can encounter a gamut of topological distinctions ranging from the sub-tropical region to the alpine region and the semi-desert region. Appropriately titled as Nepal's classic trek, the Annapurna Circuit Trek offers a panoramic views of the Himalayas. Annapurna Circuit is rich in variety and vistas, from high altitude Himalayan to the lush green rice paddies of the Marshyangdi. Besides, its ecological and cultural diversity provides the complete trekking experience. Muktinath Temple, the common pilgrimage site for the Hindus and the Buddhists, is the sacred hallmark of the trek.
As you trek along the way, observing the beautiful mountain scenery and fascinating village life, it will keep you enthralled, day after day. For the team of Plan Nepal Trek & Expedition (P.) Ltd, it would be an absolute delight to serve our adventurers with an awesome tour.
Activities:Trekking in Nepal
We drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m.)that takes about six hours. We drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Beshisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are situated here. From here, we can see some mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people. This headquarters is the center from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and numerous towns. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1305m.)that takes about six hours. The first part of the trail passes on a flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi river. We can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of Gurung community. After lunch the trail goes steeply upwards to Bahundanda which takes about 2 hours. From this point, we can see the area surrounded by eye-catching scenarios with snow -capped mountains. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m.) that takes about six hours. A steep trail descends for early half an hour and then follows a flat path through rice terraces 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 Lali Gaon. Ahead the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape and we follow the winding mountain path down through Syange (1100m.) where there is a beautiful waterfall above 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 (1330m.) situated on a shelf juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) that takes about six hours. The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, we begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send us hurtling down into the valley. We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, we see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.). Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just traveled on. We descend to a grassy river bank that leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Here we can enjoy the exhilarating waterfalls. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. We cross a suspension bridge and climb the short distance to the stone Mani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m.), and our camp for the night. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) that takes about five and half hours. We climb through forests of pine and oak as we pass through Danaque (2210m.). Soon, there comes a small wooden bridge that will take us on a steeply ascending path up to Timang which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal. The trail goes then on a flat level until we reach Chame, where we will find government offices, shops and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.)that takes about five hours. With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.). We now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. We can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing on, we come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.)that takes about five and half hours. Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. After a short steep climb we reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. Stay overnight at lodge.
We rest at Manang and hang in and around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day today before crossing the Thorong La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley or we can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make our rest day a memorable one. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) and it takes about three and half hours. Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, we see panoramic views all day. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) that takes about 3 and half hours. Leaving Yak Kharka, 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 spree slope and then descend to Thorong Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass and it takes about seven hours. We start early today for our crossing of Thorong La [5416m]. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek Muktinath to Marpha (2667m.)for about approximately six hours. We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, 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. From here there are fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. We continue walking down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m.) that takes about six hours. Our trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost a flat level to Kalopani and then our trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches .The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here we are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.) Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.)that takes about five hours. The trail descends steeply to Rukse Chhahara (Rukse Waterfalls). The deepest gorge of the world is situated between the two mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) which face each other near Rukse Waterfalls. Now, the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. We can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani as the word Tatopani is termed after the natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It is popularly believed that taking bath in hot spring helps us to get rid of skin diseases. Along with this, it gives us physical and mental refreshment as well. Stay overnight at lodge.
We rest at Tatopani to enjoy the natural hot spring bath. After several days of trekking, it is a great idea to take bath at hot spring and relax. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m.) for about seven hours. Our trail passes on a flat level for some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. The path then goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different castes and agricultural land. The majority of the people here serve in the Gorkha and Indian Regiments. While trekking we cross through the Kali Gandaki river with panormic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) that takes about five and half hours. Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snow-capped mountain peaks. After breakfast, trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, we frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests and grants us magnificent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail and Annapurna II and so on. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) that takes about three hours. It is a very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. We can hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is a popular destination for the bird lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village where there is a handicraft center and Gurung museum. From this village we can see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) that takes about six hours. The first part of our trek is steeply down following a stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of the Modi Khola. Now our trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for early two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2150m.) passing through Tolkha village (1850m.). From this point we can see panoramic views of Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), Fishtail (6997m.), Annapurna III (7755m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.) and Lamjung Himal (6930m.). The rest of the trail descends gently down to Dhampus passing through Pothana village (1900m.). Stay overnight at lodge.
We trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.)that takes about four hours. Our trail descends gradually for at least an hour and follows a gravel road for two hours before steeply descending to Phedi, passing through Dhampus village, paddy fields and forest protected by the local community. Upon our arrival at Dhampus Phedi, we can take a vehicle to reach Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
We drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple. En route, we can enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu.
Includes & Excludes
- Accommodation in teahouses (lodges) during the trek
- Airport pick- up and drop-off service
- All land transportation
- All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
- First aid kit
- Necessary insurance for trekking staff
- One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
- Porter/s (1 porter carries the luggage up to 25 kgs of 2 participants)
- Sleeping bag & down jacket if required
- Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
- Trekking guide
- Drinks, beverages, etc.
- Hotel accommodation and meals in Kathmandu
- Lunch & dinner in Pokhara
- Personal nature expenses
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