Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

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    Annapurna Circuit trek is also popularly known as Round Annapurna Trekking. At past round Annapurna used to be the world’s one of the best long days trek. After the development of road in the trekking trails the trek days has shortened but i

Annapurna Circuit trek is also popularly known as Round Annapurna Trekking. At past round Annapurna used to be the world’s one of the best long days trek. After the development of road in the trekking trails the trek days has shortened but it is still equally popular trek that offers spectacular panoramic view. You will be amazed to see the dramatic changes in landscape, culture and climate.

Annapurna Circuit Trek was opened to foreign trekkers only in 1977; since then the Annapurna Circuit trek has become one of the prime trekking destination for the trekkers all around the globe. Lush green valleys and typical Nepalese villages with towering snow-capped Himalayas on the background are things that you will amaze you during the Round Annapurna Trekking. We start our trek below the altitude of 1,000 meters from sea level and reach to the staggering 5416 meters altitude from sea level. This trek starts from Besisahar, the district headquarter of Lamjung district. Then the trail goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli. The villages that lie on our trekking trail are mostly inhabited by a wide diversity of people from various ethnic groups. Gurung, Thakali, Manangba, are the major ethnic groups and hilly Brahmins & Chhetris and other ethnic groups are in minority. Most of the mongoloid featured ethnic groups are highly influenced by Tibetan culture and some of them speak Tibetan languages as well. You will also have to cross one of the challenging and exciting Thorungla Pass. 

The highest altitude that we will be scaling during our round Annapurna trekking is the Thorong La pass, at an altitude top of 5,416 meters from sea level. We will have to complete the Annapurna circuit by walking in counter-clockwise direction because its difficult to cross the pass by trekking from clockwise direction. If we trek clockwise we will have the longer ascent and shorter descent of the Thorungla Pass. Thorungla Pass is regarded as the one of the world’s highest altitude pass.

Until Manang you will see big trees in the trekking trail then as you start to climb up to Yak Kharka you only see small shrubs. And after Yak Kharka you will experience the cold desert. No any vegetation will be seen after it. After crossing Thorungla Pass we descend to the west at Muktinath. From the pass you can see the barren landscapes. Our trekking trail goes through Kali Gandaki – the world’s deepest gorge. Kali Gandaki George passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After Thorong La pass we reach Muktinath. Muktinath, the temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. Muktinath means the “god of salvation”. This is the holies temple for both Hindus and Buddhists. This also reflects the religious tolerance between Hindus and Buddhists. After Muktinath we trek down to Jomsom and from Josmom we will enjoy an adventurous flight to Pokhara.

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Day 1: Besisahar to Bahundanda
you leave Kathmandu early in the morning following the five-hour scenic bus drive to Besisahar. Overnight in budget hotel.

Driving time: approx.5 hours
Heights: Kathmandu 1350m, Besisahar 760m
Overnight in tea house.

Day 2: Besisahar to Bahundanda
The first day of the trek starts with 3 hours gradual walk which is accompanied by Marshyangdi River. Then you cross the river on a suspension bridge, pass a waterfall and pass through rice terraces with stunning views of Manaslu. Then you will climb steep up to Bahundanda, where Brahmins have dominant demography. Overnight at Bahundanda.

Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: BahunDanda 1310m
Overnight in tea house

Day 3: Bahundanda to Jagat
from Bahundanda your trail descends steeply to the bottom of small waterfall where you cross the stream. Further trail comes with river valleys and windy mountain path.  Then you will be at the village of Jagat, situated just above the Marshyangdi River. We spend overnight here.
Trekking time: approx. 5 hours
Heights: Jagat 1300m
Overnight in tea house.

Day 4: Jagat to Dharapani
you start the trek with uphill walk through forest to Chamje, meantime you can see stunning view of waterfall on the opposite side of the valley. Then the trail leads you down to the suspension bridge. Then ascend to the village of Tal, situated on a wide plain, surrounded by cliffs. Now the valley gets narrow with wide and open trail. You cross another suspension bridge and after a 1 hour you step in at Dharapani. Stay overnight here.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Dharapani 1860m
Overnight in tea house.

Day 5: Dharapani to Chame
Your trek start with climb through the pine and oak forests. You will pass by giant waterfall and continue the journey to Koto. You wander into the village of Timang with Manaslu on back and Annapurna II in the front. You stay overnight in Chame, the administrative centre of the Manang district. It is big and commercial village with full of shops and tea houses and a school.
Trekking time: approx. 5 hours
Heights: Chame 2670m
Overnight in tea house.

Day 6: Chame to Pisang
You will trek passing by small forest with gradual uphill walk. This is shorter trek and with beautiful view of few peaks. You will have leisure time at Pisang to explore the village, Tibetan Mani Stone and Gompa

Trekking time: approx. 5 hours
Heights: Pisang 3200m
Overnight in tea house.

Day 7: Pisang to Manang
Your trail goes though the classic Tibetan landscape, escorted with mosaic of chortens and mani walls. After performing a mild walk for 2 hours you arrive at Manang village, a village of 500, flat-roofed, and Tibetan style houses. Manang is the headquarters for the region, from where you could see Annapurna III and Gangapurna soaring over town. The icefall just across the river can also grab your attraction. You can attend a lecture about altitude by the Himalayan Rescue Association, which uses to happen every day.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Manag 3540m
Overnight in tea house.

Day 8: Manang rest day
No more walk today, we have to acclimatize our body. But if you still want to explore additional treasures of this area then a day-hike to the Ice Lake, a visit to the 'Hundred Ruppee Lama' ,  Milarepa's cave etc are ready to welcome you.

Day 9: Manang to Yak Kharka 4018m
this day does not has a long day to walk but as you gain height, take control over the pace and walk slowly. The trail is steep up with few gradual walks. You could obviously witness numerous sceneries on the way to Yak Kharka

Trekking time: approx. 4 hours
Heights: Yak Kharka 4018m
Overnight in tea house.

Day 10: Yak Kharka to High Camp
Today we have nice, short and easy track because we can, to go further from High camp, as we need to recollect the energy to cross the Pass next day. We take our lunch at Thorung Phedi and continue our journey to High Camp which could take 1 hour. We set ourselves in the bedroom earlier than other days since we have to wake up early in the morning next day.
Trekking time: approx. 3 hours
Heights: Thorung Phedi 4450m
Overnight in tea house.

Day 11: High Camp - Thorung La - Muktinath
Today you mark the early. The initial three hours walk will take you to the top of the Thorang La at 5400m. You will be speechless with the stunning views back over Manang and ahead over Mustang and the surrounding peaks. We descend is almost as demanding as the ascent to the top of the pass, as it has a steep rough trail down to Muktinath. Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus.

Trekking time: approx. 9 hours
Heights: Thorung La 5416m, Muktinath 3760m
Overnight in tea house.

Day 12: Muktinath trek to Jomsom
Restart the day with easy walk to the Kali Gandaki riverbed. Then you continue your journey to Jomsom. The Kali Gandaki valley gets very windy in the afternoons so we walk further to Jomsom, a remarkable place which has access to flight and ground transportations.
Trekking time: approx. 6 hours
Heights: Jomsom 2670m
Overnight in tea house.

Day 13: Jomsom - Pokhara
In the early morning you have an amazing 25 minute flight down the Kali Gandaki River Valley to Pokhara.

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