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The Around Annapurna Trek


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Call Bruce to talk about what custom-made trip he can put together for you.  If you want to do a combination of trekking and touring, we have great trips that take you into Nepal and Bhutan.  We do custom trips - from day treks or to base camp.  Part of your group can trek and later meet up with those that are touring.

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We can do trekking all year around except monsoon season in June, July and August. However, March to May and September to November are treated as the best time to go.

Below is an example of one of our trips.

THE AROUND ANNAPURNA TREK

The Annapurna Region is the most diverse; culturally and geographically in the central region of Nepal with the total area of 7629 sq. km and the population of around 100,000. Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna II ( 7937 m), Annapurna III  7555m), Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna South( 7219m), Mt. Fishtail (6997m), Mt. Dhaulagiri( 8167m) are the massif of the range. This is one of the finest examples of Sustainable Tourism Development managed by Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and Nepal Trust for Nature and Conservation. World’s deepest Gorge, Kali Gandaki Gorge, diverse culture, dense forest, flora and fauna are the major highlights of the region. The trek starts from Besisahar in Lamjung and ends up at Jomsom in Mustang or to Nayapul. The construction of seasonal roads in the beginning of trek route shrinks the trekking days. This is the shortest route to cover all the magical beauty of Annapurna Region.  The highest pass, Thorung- la Pass, 5416 meters cross over to Muktinath Temple, the sacred Hindu and Buddhist Temple is praise worthy of the trek.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival

Kathmandu arrival and transfer to hotel. Check-in and refresh. In the evening, trek briefing and equipment checks followed by Nepali dinner with cultural program.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.      (Meal: Welcome Dinner)

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing

After breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing of Kathmandu city, includes Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holy temple for Hindus in the world dedicated to Lord Shiva at the bank of holy Bagmati River where people cremate the death body.

Boudhanath Stupa, One of the biggest Stupas in South Asia.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a city of devotees and a living museum.

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.      (Meal: Breakfast)                   

Day 3: Drive to Besisahar/Kudi (800 m)

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After breakfast, drive to Besisahar or Kudi (6/7 hours) along with the Trishuli River. Once you reach Chauradi after 2 hours, you can enjoy White Water Rafting at Trishuli River for 3 hours with beach lunch.

On the middle of the way to Pokhara, from Dumre, we start driving to Besisahar on right. Besisahar is the main town of Lamjung district where your trekking permit is examined for the first time. Kudi is 30 minutes more drive from Besisahar. Kudi offers you the first glimpse of Manalsu Range.

Overnight at Tea House/Lodge.       (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 4: Trek to Jagat (1340 m/6 hours)

After breakfast, start trekking by passing Nagdi village and a suspension bridge over Nagdi River. Nagdi is settlement of families originally from Manang Village while Taranche immediately above it, is a Gurung Village. Take the trail mostly up and reach Bahundanda (1311m), originally means the Settlement of Brahimins in Hill. After lunch at Bahundanda, continue trek down to the ridge of Bahundanda and follow the river of Syagne. Syangne is located at the suspension bridge crossing. A waterfall offering challenging bathing is just a few minutes from the village. The trails leads to Jagat, is a village of people with Tibetan Stocks.

Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Jagat.      (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 5: Trek to Dharapani (1960m/6 hours)

The trail continues towards the east bank of the Marsyangdhi, climbing gradually except where it is necessary to cross steep ridges. The valley suddenly opens into a large platue. In this picturesque setting at the foot of a large waterfall, is the village of Tal (1650m). Tal is populated by Gurungs and Tibetans. And you enter to the Manang District. In Manang, this district is called Gyasumda. From Tal, the trail rises steeply initially and then rises and falls as it cuts across mountain side to Dharapani.

Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Dharapani.     (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 6: Trek to Chame (2710 m/6 hours)

From Dharapani, the trail climbs over a forested ridge across the river from Thonje, a large village in Gyasumda (Manang), and then reaches Bagarchap (2170m).  The is a well maintained Gompa in the upper part of the village containing many Tibetan Buddhist painting and carving. The trail now turned west into the Manang Valley. To the south, it provides a glimpse of Annapurna II, to the east Manaslu valley. The route continues to Chame, the administrative headquarter of the district.

Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Chame.    (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

 Day 7: Trek to Pisang (3300m/6 hours)

Start the trail which leads a small settlement of Taleku. Cross a bridge to the sparsely Bartang. This former Khampa settlement is now orchard and marks the traditional boundary between the Manang area to the north and the predominantly Gurung area to the south.  On the trail, you will follow rock walls to climb. After crossing the river on the north bank of Marshangdhi, you get to the village of Pisang.

Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Pisang.     (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 8: Trek to Manang (3520m/6 hours)

The path rises firstly gradually and then more steeply from Pisang to crest of a ridge overlooking the upper Manang valley. Follow the trail down to the flat valley floor and the Ongre. Shortly after Ongre, a bridge crossing over the Sabche River gives a view of amphitheater formed by Annapurna III and IV. After crossing one bridge, the trail passes by Braga, a village built impressively into a cliff wall. From Braga, it is a short walk to the Manang Village from where you see prominent peaks like Gangapurna to the right of the glacier and Annapurna III to the left.

Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Manang.     (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 9: Rest Day in Manang

The day must be spent in Manage village and the vicinity to acclimatize for the higher elevations to be encountered towards Thorong La Pass. There are many opportunities for interesting day excursions from Manang. It is possible to climb the ridge to the north of the village for excellent view of Annapurna IV, Annapurna II and Glacier Dome (7193m) or to descend from the village to the glacial lake to the foot of the huge icefall descending from the northern slopes of Gangarpurna.

Overnight at Tea House/ Lodge in Manang.     (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 10: Trek to Lattar (4250m /6 hours) via Yak Kharka (4250m)

After leaving Manang, the path climbs up till we reach the hamlet of Tengi (3642m). From here it takes about an hour to reach Gunsang (3850m). From here it’s another one hour forty-five minutes uphill to Lattar (4250m). These Himalayan pastures are domains of yak, a bovine of Tibetan origin, reared for its wool, milk and to transport goods. The Thar, a kind of wild goat that lives in herds, is also found here.

Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Lattar.      (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4200m/5 hours) or High Camp (4810m/6 hours)

After breakfast, continue trek to reach Thorong Phedi which normally takes around 4 hours and it is better to walk slowly and drink plenty of water to avoid altitude sickness.  Thorong Phedi means ‘foot of the hill’ and it is situated at a height of 4200m on a small hill overlooking a high plateau.

After lunch at Phedi, you have option to continue further 90 minutes to High Camp to save time to cross Thorong La Pass in the following day.

Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Thorong Phedi.    (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 12: Trek to Muktiunath (3802m) by crossing Thorong La Pass(5416 m/8 hours)

The trail becomes steep immediately after leaving Phedi, switch backing up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the pass. The trail although steep, is well defined and easy to follow. The only complications to the crossings are the high elevation and the possibility of snow. The pass with its traditional chorten and stone craine is reached at Thorong La Pass. The view from the trail and the pass itself are excellent high Himalayan scenes, the entire Great Divine with the Annapurna and Gangapurna to the south, the barren Kali Gandaki Valley and the peak of Thorungtse in the north. The trail begins to descent in snow, which gives way to interminable switchbacks down the steep rocky moraine. Finally, the moraines reach grassy slopes and the final descend to Muktinath, is a pleasant walk.

Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Muktinath.    (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2713 m/5 hours) and continue to Marpha (2670 m/1 hour)

Morning visit to the Muktinath Temple is a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. In one of the temple complex, a sacred fire and spring of water glows from the ground. It is believed that who takes a bath in 108 taps within the premises suppose to be pure.  After visiting Temple, start walk down with beautiful land scape crossing Jharkot and Kaagbeni. Continue walking to Marpha.

Overnight at Tea House /Lodge in Marpha.     (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 14: Trek to Kalopani(2530 m/6 hours)

As the trail proceeds south, the trail reaches Tukuche at the elevation of 2590m. This was a meeting place for commercial exchange of goods between Nepal and Tibet in earlier days. It was also a headquarter of Maurice Herzog in his first conquest to Annapurna I(8091m) in 1950. The trail now passes through interesting villages of Khoban (2550m), Larjung (2560m) built with narrow alleyways and tunnels connecting houses with enclosed courtyards, which provides protection against the rough wind from Kali Gandaki River. Further, climbing up to Sokung (2590m) through pine, juniper and cypress forest get you to Kalopani.

Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Kalopani.     (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (1190 m/6 hours)

Lete (2470m) is reached after 40 minutes walk and has an excellent view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. From Lete, the trail leads across the Kali Gandaki River. After descending to the Lete River, the trail becomes steeper in forests to Ghasa (2012m). This is the last Thakali Village in this trek. Below Dana, the trail passes through a small tunnel carved out of the rocky hill side then continues to Tatopani where you can enjoy Hot Spring.

Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Tatopani.    (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani(2853m/6 hours)

The trail climbs steeply for about 400m and then more gradually through Gara to Sikha, a spread out Magar village with a large school and several government offices. The trail continues to climb mostly in forest to the pass at 2830m. Ghorepani means ‘horse water’ and no doubt a welcome watering stop for teams of horses, mules and ponies those carry loads between Pokhara and Jomsom. Near Ghorepani, there is a Poonhill (3210m), 1 hour climb is a perfect place to witness Sunrise and Sunset over Annapurna Range.

Overnight at Tea House in Ghorepani.      (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 17: Trek to Tirkhedunga (1540m/ hours)

Early morning, you have option to climb up to the Poon Hill to see the magnificent Sunrise over Annapurna Range. It takes normally 45 minutes to get there.

Breakfast and continue the gentle descend down along with the rhododendron forest alongside a sparking clear steam to the hamlet of Narathanti at 2510m. Continue through forests then through pastures and cultivated fields, the trail enters the large Magar village of Ulleri.  From Ulleri, descent down with so many step to get to Tirkhedung.

Overnight at Tea House/Lodge in Tirkhedunga.    (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 18: Trek to Nayapul (5 hours) and drive to Pokhara (1.5 hours)

After breakfast, continue trek by passing Hile. Further, the trail continues to descent through Bhurungdi River valley, crossing the river to avoid a steep cliff, continues down to the north village besides waterfalls and bamboo forests to the large village of Birethanthi (1037m), situated at the bank of Modi river. Further, 30 minutes gentle walk along side of Modi River get you to Nayapul. It is the place where most of the treks starts and ends.

Board the awaited vehicle and drive to Pokhara (1.5 hours).

Arrive Pokhara and check-in to hotel.

Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.        (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 19: Fly back to Kathmandu (30 minutes)

Breakfast at hotel and transfer to airport for fly (30 minutes) back to Kathmandu. Kathmandu arrival and transfer to hotel. Free time on your own.
Eve: Group Farewell dinner.
 

Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.        (Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner)

Day 20: Final Departure

Breakfast and timely transfer to airport for departure from Kathmandu.    (Meal: Breakfast)

END OF THE ARRANGMENTS!!!

Later Event: March 25
The Annapurna Basecamp Trek