Annapurna Circuit Trek, One of the most popular treks in Nepal circuit trek around the Annapurnas. Dramatic deep gorges, desolate high mountain passes, relaxing hot spring, Buddhist and Hindu temples, delightful farming villages and at every turn a different view of the Annapurna summits.
Our first day of the Annapurna Circuit Trek starts early morning after breakfast we take a local bus to Bhulbhule. The route goes out of the valley along the picturesque trishuli river to Pokhara from where we head north to the large bazaar to Besisahar to Bhulbhule, situated along the Marsyangdi river. Throughout the ride, we will be able to see the beautiful scenery of terrace farms, villages and catch a sight of the snowy mountain peaks of Ganesh and Manaslu. At Bhulbhule we register our permits at the check post.Overnight at lodge.(B,L,D). This is how our first day of Annapurna circuit trek will go down along with the sun.
After a nourishing breakfast meal, we inaugurate our first steps on the trail. The route follows a pleasant trail through fertile jungle and terraced fields upriver, along the flowing Marsyangdi river. We take a leisurely lunch break and pass through several rural settlements and more farmland to gradually reach the peaceful village of Jagat, a former trading post. Overnight at Lodge. Meals (B,L,D), In this way our 2nd day of Anappaurna Circuit Trekking will be successful around jagat village and hill stations.
After breakfast we begin our 3rd day of Annapurna circuit trek, we go along the Marsyangdi river after a steep climb we enter the vicinity of Manang region at the village named tal .here we see several waterfalls forming a river by the sandy beaches. We follow trail through barley, rice and potato fields. and pass through the village of Kodo which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley.We cross a suspension bridge, and after a short climb of the stone Kani we reach Dharapani. Overnight at Lodge -, meals( B.L.D), Finally we complete 3rd day of our Annapurna trek with eneregy and enthusiasm.
Today we follow the trail through forest with pine , fir, oak and maple trees along the Marsyangdi river to reach Chame,district headquarter of Manang district. Well be surrounded by the green forest around us and over us we'll see remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We'll also stop by a small hot springs where we can relax for a while.Overnight at Lodge.(B,L,D).
We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of a massive wall of rock that is considered very sacred to the local people,Paungda Danda rock face, a curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. From here, we also see clear views of Annapurna 2 at the south and Pisang Peak at the north east. Next, we descend to the Manang Valley floor Overnight at Lodge.(B,L,D).
We trek on the upper trail through upper pisang via Geru, we choose this trail as it offers outstanding views of north face Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho and Pisang Peak .as we ascend well feel the air turn cold, dry and harsher.The trail goes through Tibetan settlement and and we get a chance to explore Buddhist culture in a short visit to Barge Monastery, largest in Manang.The trail is dotted with Buddhist shrines as we mass below more monasteries and reach the large settlement of Manang with a lively bazaar area that caters to tourists. Overnight at Lodge.(B,L,D).
For our body to acclimatize we spend this day exploring Manang , early morning we hike up to Gangapurna Lake and Base Camp spend the day admiring Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang and Chulu Peaks ,roam around Manang Village and Monasteries.during the afternoon we may visit the Himalayan Rescue Association in Vraja village where we will be briefed about acute Mountain Sickness., its symptoms and preventions Overnight at Lodge in Manang with meals: B.L.D
After a day in and around Manang, acclimatizing to the high elevation, and allowing our bodies time to rest and get used to the environment, From Manang we cross a stream and climb up to Tenki village then head out of Marshyangdi valley northwest up Jar Sang khola valley .the trail ascends slowly as we head northward. we will pass a few pastures and juniper trees . Following the trail we will pass though a small village called Gunsan with houses made of flat mud roof and then pass pastures with yaks and horses. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge,we make our way up the spectacular valley to an open, peaceful meadow known as Yak Kharka Overnight at lodge .Included Meals (B, L, D).
Today we head to the foot of Thorong la pass, Throng phedi. We climb up to a ridge then head down and cross the Marsyangdi river on a wooden bridge.After a climbing up the mountain path we follow a narrow trail across a slope and descend to Thorung phedi.The uninhabited, rugged terrain is otherworldly and much different than the lush lowlands that we passed on the way up during the initial phase of the trekOvernight at lodge Included Meals (B, L, D).
Today's the most challenging part of the trip, we cross Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, and the highest point of the trek.we have to wake up at very early morning complete this challenge . we have to push ourselves through the icy air , and high altitude but the view from the pass will make it totally worth it. We will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet,at the back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna.
We then descend all the way to Muktinath a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists.The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means "Hundred Waters".Overnight at Lodge.included meals(B,L,D).
We explore the temple that has long been a pilgrimage destination for Hindus and Buddhists alike. The temple’s walled complex has a Buddhists monastery and Hindu shrines, 108 bathing spouts and even an ‘eternal flame’. We then make a journey down the valley as we lose elevation and gradually join the Kali Gandaki River valley bottom and the trail to Jomsom, district headquarters of Mustang. Jomsom market area may seem like a big change from the serene trails and villages that we have visited. Rest and refresh at the lodge or explore Jomsom bazaar.Overnight at Lodge.included meals:(B,L,D)
We have a break from trekking today as we board a local bus for a ride to Tatopani. It will be a rough ride through the deepest gorges in the world. We will go from the arid highlands to lush green forests.We can see spectacular views of deep gorges , Mountains and green hills. Tatopani is famous for natural hot spring; it is place where we can soak in the hot springs. Overnight at Lodge included meals.(B,L,D).
We leave the hot springs behind and cross to the east side of the Kali Gandaki River. We ascend to Ghorepani through villages of Sikha and Chitre, the villages of ethnic thakali people.we go through a terraced farmland with mountains all around.then pass lush forests filled with rhododendron, birch, magnolia we stop at Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Lodge.included meals(B,L,D).
This will be our final day on the trail .We ascend to poon Hill (3,210m) early morning to view sunrise over the whole Annapurna , Dhaulagiri massif including Mt Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) , Mt Manaslu and surrounding rice terrace A favourite spot among photographers After visiting Poonhill, we return to our ghorepani lodge for breakfast then we will trek back to Nayapul then drive to pokhara , overnight at Pokhara Overnight at Hotel near the Lake.included meals(B,L).
After breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu in a tourist bus.Its a 200 Km route that first follows first along the Marsyangdi River and then the Trishuli River.You may also choose to return by a 25 minute flight (not included in package).Our trek package completes at Kathmandu