Full of excitement throughout this trip from villages, green hills, forest, landscapes and mountains are the main attraction and highlights of this trip, beneath world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna at 8,091 m and 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, , trekking around Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massive mountain range, dramatic variation from sub-tropic – Mediterranean, alpine to arctic climate temperature and landscapes, daily amazing panorama views with views of world’s 3highest mountains Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu, fascinating traditional mid hills Gurung, Manang, Thakali & Pun Magar tribe villages, super mountain panorama with breathtaking sunrise from Pun Hill and trekking in world’s deepest gorge of Kali-Gandaki River.
Trexmount Ventures would like to welcomes 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 awesome picturesque panorama that surrounds around this scenic spot.
The Annapurna Circuit trek will brings to another scenic valley of kaligandaki and get to holy Muktinath area. This is regarded as holy for both Hindus and Buddhist since ancient times with 108 spout flowing pure natural spring. Muktinath itself meaning Liberation, all the pilgrimage visit to liberate themselves from the sin of their life time.
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 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 into 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 stunning sunrise. We will trek at Nayapul with a drive to cool city Pokhara valley and stay around lakeside before heading back to Kathmandu.
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 & collecting your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance copy).
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
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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
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..
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,
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.
Big Day! Starting quite early after breakfast to reach the top of the pass earlier before the cold wind catches with chill factors, the walk is gradual with ups and even trail most of the way and then slowly with a climb reaching the highest point of this trip and one of the highlights at 5,416m-17,700 ft high, 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 the bottom with few tea houses to refresh and for lunch before setting towards Muktinath for overnight after a long hard but interesting and adventurous day. The walk to Muktinath is pleasant for few hours, on reaching at Muktinath check into respective nice lodges for overnight stop and nice rest. This place is a holy for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
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 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.
From Marpha, walk is pleasant 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 walk leads to Larjung village and back to wood land of rhododendron and pine trees, the path leads away from the river bed for an hour to reach Kalalpani village with spectacular views of of Mt.Annapurna I, Nilgiri’s and Dhaulagiri with nice forest surrounding, and then a short downhill reaches at Lete village for the overnight halt.
After Lete onward brings you to 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 Rupsi.
At Tatopani village 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.
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.
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 for the last overnight stop before Pokhara.
Today offers the last walk of this fabulous journey. Enjoy it on the downhill path 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 40 minutes walk to Nayapul. Here board a vehicle and then completing last final trek of this wonderful adventure witha scenic drive of less than two hours. 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.
With great time up in the high hill, villages and at scenic Pokhara morning transfer for an interesting drive back to Kathmandu, after a wonderful experience up in the high green hill and mountains of Annapurna, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.
(For those who wish to fly to Kathmandu transfer to Pokhara airport with 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu).
Breakfast in the Hotel, Transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for departure towards your next destination.
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It was our first family tour to Nepal. We spent seventeen days trekking the Annapurna Circuit accompanied by our Guide Tilak. We found him to be an extremely competent, kind heart and friendly companion. He assisted us greatly in all area and ensured that our time was most enjoyable. The other two porters were amazing, they are giving us good feeling with their warm laugh even though they finds hard carrying our bags. We have found Trexmount Ventures to be a highly reputable and professional company and we would recommend their service to everyone. We have lovely time into all part of your trip. Jeff, Judy and Eline New Zealand