If you want to explore the beautiful Annapurna massif and understand why it has fascinated adventurers, explorers and travellers throughout the decades, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the right adventure for you. Annapurna circuit trek provides an amazing views of Annapurna I(8,097), Annapurna II(7937m), Annapurna III(7555m), Annapurna IV(7525m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Lamjung (6822m), Manaslu (8156m), Machhapuchhre (6,993m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Gangapurna (7455m), Tilicho peak (7134m), Pisang peak (6091m), Paungda danda. The total length of this route varies in between 160-230 km depending on road transportation used and end point of trek. Annapurna circuit trek which is known by Nepal's classic trek offers more variety compared to other equivalent length trek, and every scenery that Nepal can provide. This trek will give you opportunity to see many different kinds of climatic zone, few indigenous group people their culture, language, custom, tradition, some highest mountain in the world, ancient caves, frozen lakes, alpine valley, centuries-old monasteries.
Annapurna circuit trek starts from Besisahar. Beautiful scenes, valleys, Mountain Ranges, caves, waterfalls, George,etc can be seen on the way. The path reaches its highest point at Thorung La Pass (5416 m / 17769 ft). The path then follows muktinath, Jomsom and reach to pokhara, most chilled out lakeside city of Nepal. Annapurna Circuit Trek by Everest Buddha Treks Pvt. Ltd. will offer you unforgettable lifetime memory of rejoicing your moment in the highland of Himalaya.
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, we will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and escort you to your designed hotel. The representative will help you check into your hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities. Overnight at hotel.
On this day, we visit UNESCO listed world heritage sites including holy Pashupatinath Temple which is biggest pilgrimage site for Hindus, Boudhanath Stupa & Swayambhunath (Monkey temple) which are pilgrimage site for Buddhist and Kathmandu Durbar Square which is full of arts and culture with wood carving on it. We move back to hotel for rest and overnight.
This day is important to you because your trek starts from today. In the morning after having the breakfast, you will be driven on tourist private vehicle to Besi Sahar which is located 180 km far from the capital city Kathmandu, in Lamjung district in the western north direction. You will reach Besi Sahar after around 6 hours drive from Kathmandu. On the way you can enjoy with the beautiful scenic hills, forest, rivers, local villages and towns.
Our first day’s trekking introduces us to the diverse cultural elements of Nepal and we pass by many typical local houses and the faces of varied ethnic tribes exchanging greetings (Namaste) as we pass. We will share the trail with mule caravans that transport supplies to the remote villages. Our route makes its way through subtropical forests and the rice terraces of Sera to the village of Khudi (840m). After we pass the village of Bhulbule we will see a majestic 60 m high waterfall. Along the way we have views of Manaslu (8156m). The mountain views disappear as we come closer to the small town of Ngadi, here we will have to cross the Ngadi Khola by a long suspension bridge. From here on the trail moves gently upwards to Bahundanda, an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge at 1300 m (7 hrs).
Leaving Jagat, you will walk descend until it reaches the river.This route follows the path that consists of lush forest, waterfall, rivers, landscape, hills and some village also where you can observe the village.
This is the sixth day of your trekking. Today, as yesterday we walk descend until it reaches the river,further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the river bank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, you descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal and Karte we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge.
Hike from Dharapani to Chame a distance that will take about 6 hours. The trail now leads to the west in Manaslu it forms an amazing backdrop of Annapurna II which appears occasionally to the south. As you continue, Annapurna range offers a breath-taking view. After reaching Chame you will be accommodated at local guest house.
We will first pass the older part of Chame and climb up to Telekhu at 2840 meter and continue with a long pleasant and mostly level walk through the forest to Brathang, which lies at 2950 meter. After the trail rounds a bend here we will see the first view of the dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curved slab of rock rising more then 1500 meter from the river. We will cross back to the south bank of the Marsyangdi on a suspension bridge at 3080 meter and then make a long gentle climb over a ridge through blue pine forests. After this the trek will be reasonably level as it heads to the upper part of Manang valley to Pisang. This town marks the beginning of the region known as Nyesyang, the upper portion of the Manang district (5 hrs).
Today our trek will slowly climb up to the Tibetan-style village of Bryaga at 3500 meter following the valley floor. At Bryaga we will see houses stacked one atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbor's rooftop. The gompa, perched on a high crag overlooking the village, is the largest in the district and has an outstanding display of statues. We then continue through a very arid countryside, dominated by weird cliffs of yellow rock, eroded into dramatic pillars alongside the trail to reach today’s destination, the village of Manang, where the shops are surprisingly well stocked with all the things you might want to refuel on (5 hrs).
Today we stay in Manang where we can do a short hike to ascent slightly higher to for instance Khangsar, which is a 200 m ascend. It is important to have a relatively restful day today, to allow your body to acclimatize to the higher altitudes and thinning air. It also gives us the possibility to wash some of our clothing.
Trekking slowly upwards to Thorung La we will leave the large trees behind and see vegetation consisting mainly of scrub juniper and alpine grass and we will pass a few meadows where horses and yaks graze. After we reach Yak Kharka we will see herds of blue sheep grazing the steep slopes as well. About an hour after passing Yak Kharka we will arrive at Letdar (4:30 hrs).
Again a relatively easy day to get used to the altitude before we have to cross the highest point in the trek, and possibly the highest point you have been on in your life. From Letdar we will continue to climb along the east bank of the Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi, a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs at 4420 meter. Blue sheep and even snow leopards can be sometimes seen in this valley. High in the skies above us we can see lammergeyers and Himalayan griffons circling around (3-4 hrs).
Thorang La (5,416 m), an unforgettable experience, is clearly the climax of our Annapurna Circuit trek. You will be huffing and puffing, and at the same time exulting in the experience you will be rewarded with the actual religious site of Muktinath & this area is kept free of hotels and camping sites. Muktinath is a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. There we can see Tibetan traders as well as sadhus from the far south of India. There are shrines in a grove of trees including a Buddhists gompa & the Vishnu temple of Jwalamai.
From today we will follow the “Jomsom trek” in reverse order. We will first make a 990 meter descent through meadows, streams and fruit orchards down to Kagbeni, a fascinating medieval village infused with Tibetan culture. Then we will continue going down the Kali Gandaki gorge to Jomson (more correctly Dzongsam, or “new fort”).
Fly to Pokhara and spend the day at leisure, relaxing, and maybe enjoying a massage or enjoy sightseeing around Pokhara valley. Overnight in Pokhara.
After breakfast, we check out from hotel and return back to Kathmandu covering 204 km distance in 6-7 hours travel time. After arriving to Kathmandu, we then stay at hotel for rest and overnight. You can also enjoy doing some last minute shopping around Thamel.
Today is departure day. Our office representative will pick you up from hotel and drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport for departure leaving you unforgettable memory of our trip.
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