Annapurna Circuit Trekking Nepal
Annapurna Circuit trekking is an adventurous trek offers a life time experience, a complete scenic journey beneath the world’s 7th and 10th highest mountains Annapurna I 8,091 and Dhaulagiri I at 8,167 meters, which plunges below Kali Gandaki River, forming world’s deepest gorge as the walk leads on the both side of massif Annapurna mountain range, walking towards North and ending on the southern area on this amazing trekking. You will trek through lowland villages to the high mountain region, through La pass (5,416 meters), and through the Muktinath and Kaligandaki valleys. There are two famous Himalayan valleys, Manang and Mustang, along the way which maintain the living heritages of the Gurung, Managis, Magar and Thakali cultures. This trek starts from Besishahar, about a five hour drive from Pokhara / Kathmandu. The first few days you trek with a view of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges and then you enter the Manang Valley. The trail continuously follows the Marsyangdi River with the beautiful Himalayan settlements of Pisang, Humde, Ngawal, Manang, etc. Along the way there are numbers of monasteries, lakes and caves that are worth visiting. The Tilicho Lake, at 4,949 meters, the lake situated in the highest altitude in the world, is also possible to do. Crossing the pass is challenging because of bad weather and altitude problems, but if you follow the prescribed itinerary and listen to your body you can still do it easily. After the long descent from the pass you reach Muktinath, where you join the Jomsom trek, and if you are running out of time, you can fly / drive from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Day 01. Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 02. Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley (A heritage city in Nepal)
Day 03. Kathmandu to Beshishar (823m) by Private Vehicle and further drive to Bhulbule (5 – 6hrs)
Day 04. Bhulbuleo to Chame (2713m) by drive, (5 – 6hrs)
Day 05. Chame to Pisang (3240m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 06. Pisang to Manang (3540m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 07. Manang – rest day to acclimatize (Explore Manang 5hrs)
Day 08. Manang to Khangsar (2010m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 09. Khangsar to Tilicho Lake Base Camp (1189m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 10. Excursion Tilicho Lake 4949m. and back to Base Camp / Khangsar
Day 11. Trek to Yak Kharka (4195m), (4 – 5hrs)
Day 12. Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi (4430m), (4 to 5hrs)
Day 13. Phedi to Thorong-La Pass (5416m) and Mukthinath (3802m), (8 – 10hrs)
Day 14. Mukthinath to Marpha (2650m), (5 hrs)
Day 15. Marpha to Ghasa (2010m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 16. Ghasa to Tatopani (Hot Springs), (1189m), (5 – 6hrs)
Day 17. Hot Springs – day of rest and relaxation with hot springs bath
Day 18. Hot Springs to Ghorepani (2850m), (8 – 9hrs)
Day 19. Ghorepani (early morning hike to Poon Hill for sunrise 3210m.) to Tadapani (2680m), (4 – 5hrs)
Day 20. Tadapani to Ghandruk (1951m), (3 – 4hrs))
Day 21. Ghandruk to Naya Pul (1093m), (3 – 4hrs) and drive to Pokhara (830m.) by Private Vehicle.
Day 22. Sightseeing in Pokhara
Day 23. Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus or by flight (1395m)
Day 24. Depart from Kathmandu
Some Option:- If you do not have more days you can make this trek shorter by
1) Fly out from Jomsom to Pokhara.
2) Trek out from Tatopani ( Hot spring) to Beni and drive back to Pokhara.
3) Drive from Muktinath / Jomsom to Pokhara.
1st day : Pokhara to Bulbule(840m.)
2nd day: Bulbule to Jagat(1300m.)
3rd day: Jagat to Dharapani( 1860m.)
4th day: Dharapani to Chame (2670m.)
5th day: Chame to Pisang( 3200m.)
6th day : Pisang to Manang(3540m.)
7th day: Acclimate day (rest)
8th day: Manang toYakkhrka(4018m.)
9th day: Yakkharka to Thorung –Phedi(4540m.)
10th day: Thorung – Phedi to Thorung –Top (5416) to Muktinath (3802m.)
11th day: Muktinath to Jomsom(2713m.)
12th day: Jomsom to fly Pokhara / Jomsom to Tukuche(2590m.)
13th day: Tukuche to Ghasa(2010m.)
14th day: Ghasa to Tatopani(1190m.)/ Two options to pokhara or Ghorepani
15th day:Tatopani to Beni (830m.) / Ghorepani(2874m.)
16th day: Beni to Pokhara (915m.) Ghorepani to Tikhedunga(1577m.)
17th day: Tikhedunga to Pokhara(915m.)
Highlight of this treks:-
1) Different landscape from low level (780 m.) to high level (5516 m.).
2) Mountain View in very closed distance- Full ranges of Annapurna and Manaslu and Dhaulagiri. In this trek you will be closed with mountain in must of your days with more then 16 different mountains.
3) Variation of culture-Brahman, Chhetri, Gurung, Bhotes, Thakalis etc.
4) Famous Muktinath Temple, Monasteries, Gompas & lakes etc.
5) Natural Hot spring where you will get bath.
6) World deepest George of Kaligandaki valley.
7) World highest Pass- Throng-la Pass (5516m.) & Tilicho Lake
What to bring:
If you are doing trekking in Nepal, you should have to better equip. so is a suggested list with perhaps the minimum necessary for your trek. You can buy or rent everything you need in Kathmandu and Pokhara. It is hard to find large shoe sizes. Once you choose your trekking destination, figure out what you might need for your trek. You can store extra gear at your hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
• Well-fitting boots (be sure beforehand that they walk well and are really comfortable) and good socks
• Long/ short trousers/skirt
• Light jumper
• Sunglasses (UV Protection)
• Hat and gloves
• Waterproof jacket/poncho
• Water bottle
• Walking stick
• Small rucksack (day pack)
• Down jacket
• Windproof trousers and gaiters
• Backpack (large)
• Personal medication/first aid kit
• Personal toiletries
• Sunscreen/ lip balm
• Torch/flashlight with spare batteries
• Camera/ film/ memory cards/batteries
• Iodine tablets/solution
• Sanitary items for women
• Entertainment (books, music, game sets, etc.)
If you are traveling in Nepal, these hints will be helpful for your safe journey or travel.
1. It is best not to trek alone. If you have an accident, no one will be there to get help!
2. Become informed about high altitude sickness.
3. Carry a good medicine kit.
4. Time your trek generously, taking rest while trekking is not a sign of weakness.
5. Carry out what you are carries in.
6. Don’t disturb wildlife.
7. Don’t hurt or remove animals and plants.
8. Respect the local people and those cultures.
9. While walking on trails, stand on the inside of the trail if any animal comes past you to ensure that you don’t get forced off the path.
10. “Nameste” is the universal greeting and parting gesture.
11. Temples, Mani walls, Chortens etc should be pass on the clockwise.
12. Ask permission before taking pictures of people or religious sites.
13. Don’t buy any items of religious or historical items while trekking. Such items are considered to be cultural monuments and are never sold legally!
14. The weight porters are allowed to carry in tea house trekking is 15-20 kg. max.
What is provided by your guide (Guide’s responsibility )?
Guides can help you in many ways: a guide can not only show you the trails and all the places of interest along the way, he can also provide commentary regarding culture, religion, geography, the flora-fauna that you come across, the environment, local history and so on. A properly qualified guide can also handle any problems that may arise on a trek, such as accidents, emergency evacuation, lost items, etc. Most important, the presence of a trained and experienced guide helps to ensure your safety and security!
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