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The trek Annapurna Circuit also popularly known as "Annapurna Round". This is one of the classic and most rewarding treks in the Himalayas . It provides an opportunity to explore the scenery of both the southern and northern Himalayas . You can encounter rhododendron forests, the thin Tibetan Highland atmosphere as well as many ethnic groups on the way. we acclimatize at the important trading village of Manang (3351 m.) before crossing the Thorong-La (5416 meters) Pass.
When you reach the pass, line after line of snow ridges stretch before you while far below lies the sub-tropical Kali Gandaki Gorge. From the heights of the Pass we descend to Muktinath and its sacred Buddhist and Hindus shrines. Further south, the contrast of the Nepal Himalaya becomes even more apparent as forests or mandarin and banana groves replace high windswept passes. Finally we trek out of the gorges and look back to the peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri before traversing the forest ridges down to Pokhara
Arrive to Kathmandu, an exciting and memorable experience with the panoramic view of snow-capped Himalayan range greets your sight.
Independent Himalayan Adventure's Airport Representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.
Sightseeing tours of Kathmandu including Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath.
Pashupatinath Temple is One of the most sacred Hindu shrine in the world. The two storied pagoda houses a sacred lignum or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Although the temple dates back to the 4th century, it was brought into its present shape in the early 18th century. The temple is most noted for its gold-plated roofs and silver-coated doors.
Bouddhanath Stupa is the world's largest stupa of its kind. The unique aspect of this great Buddhist monument is that it is set in the octagonal mandala design.
After your blessingful tour, you have to final prepare your trekking equipment for Annapurna Circuit trek.
We drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the rough road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar. [drive approx 7 hours].
By bus/jeep to Syange, our first night stop, enjoy your first day.
Trek from Syange to Bagarchhap.
The Marsyangdi then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marsyangdi Khola enters a gorge and the path consists of steep stone steps. Pausing for breath, we can look back for views of Manaslu. When the steep incline ends we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons to Ratamron and then continue on a gently rising path, crossing a stream before entering a pine forest. We then cut across a loose hillside to the hamlet of Kotho from where we can look straight up at nearby Annapurna II - a sight convincing us that we are deep in the Himalayan mountains! From here the trail climbs through a fir and pine forest to Chame where there are government offices, shops, and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. [walk approx 6 hours]
With Lamjung Himal [6893m] sparkling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang. In the past this was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution, but the dilapidated buildings are all that remain of that era. A short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. We can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak to the northeast. Continuing on, we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. [walk approx 5 hours]
Nyesyang is the dry , arid region of Manang area. Since this area falls in the rain shadow area of the Himalaya, it seldom rains in the summer months, though it snows in the winter and the snow remains on the ground for a long time. The population is mostly farmers and traders.
There are two routes leading out of Pisang towards the Manang Valley. We follow the upper route to Ghyaru and Ngawal Village.
We visit the Upper Pisang village, Ghyaru Village and the ruins of castle of Ngawal King and descend down to Humre Airport for our overnight stay.
After breakfast we go to explore Annapurna IV base camp which is around 4 hours trek.
After this side trip we trek to Braga 3450m which is an hour walk. In the evening we may join the prayers at the Braga Monastery.
Early morning we trek up to the Milarepa Cave and Monastery which is just above Braga village. The cave is seen from the Monastery situated around 4500m. We enjoy the Annapurna glacier view and trek down to Manang.
Tibetan culture begins in earnest as we start to trek towards Manang through fields of grazing yak and a wide variety of crops.
This large Tibetan settlement commands good views of Annapurna II, IV and Tarke Kang.
The afternoon is free to explore the beautiful Village Manang situated at 3540m.
An important rest and acclimatisation day today before crossing the Thorung La.
There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous ice-fall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley.
There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes an interesting and educational visit.
From Manang, we climb to the next village of Tengi, with the magnificent Annapurna Himal in view all the way, while behind us we can see Peak 29 and Himalchuli in the distance. We are now past the treeline and the vegetation consists of alpine grasses and scrub juniper.
Climbing the path past the summer village of Gunsang, we cross the Gundon Khola via a wooden bridge. From here we can see ahead the mountains surrounding the Thorung La which we will cross tomorrow.
The trail is up and down as the elevation gradually increases and we soon enter an alluvial delta where there are yak pastures. An hour beyond this, we come to the small settlement of Letdar.
[walk approx 3 hours]
Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. [walk approx 3 hours]
An early start today for our crossing of Thorong La pass (5416 m). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple. [walk approx 7-8 hours]
We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki valley, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom and are rewarded with tremendous views of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom is a large town sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki River, and it is here we will spend the final night of our trek. [Trek approx 3 and half hours]
We take an early morning flight to Pokhara. It is a spectacular flight along the Kali Gandaki Gorge and provides wonderful views of both the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.We then catch a further flight back to Kathmandu.
or TREK TO KALOPANI [2530m]
Descend to Marpha, a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields. Continue down the Kali Gandaki reaching the old Thakali trading centre of Tukuche. As the trail continues, the Himalayan rainshadow end and open spaces make way for coniferous forest and Kalopani (2560m.) From here there are spectacular 360 degree views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas high above.
The trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. We enter the steepest and narrowest part of the gorge shortly after Ghasa and at the hamlet of Rupse a magnificent waterfall tumbles down beside the trail. Continuing on we come to Dana, a Magar village from where the large peak of Annapurna South can be seen across the valley. The trail then descends to Tatopani-1160 meters; where apple pie awaits and we can bathe in hot springs at the side of the river.
A short distance downstream from Tatopani, we cross the river on a large suspension bridge and leave the Kali Gandaki behind. After passing through the villages of Shikha and Chitre, we begin to climb through the forest to Deurali, a 2834m pass from which there are excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Just 10 minutes beyond the pass is the village of Ghorepani altitudes of 2775 meters. Ghorepani or Ghodepaniliterally means "horse water" and is a welcome watering spot for the teams of mules which ply the route between Pokhara and Jomsom.
Early mornig hike up Poon Hill (one of the best view point ) for a 360 degree panorama. It will give you real opportunity to view wonderful mountains above 8000 meters including Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna- I as well as other less then 8000 meters higher mountains including Annapurna south, Machhapuchhapure (fishtail), Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Barasikhar, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Tukuche Peak and with a maze of other peaks slowly begin to appear, like magic, before our eyes. After morning hike up to poonhill, we ahead our trek to Tadapani- 2630 meters
Today our trek decend through forest to the village of Ghandruk (a Gurung village). Because it is a forest and safety, we suggest our trekkers to walk in group (if possible).
Today we are in last day of trekking. From Ghandruk we trek to Nayapul around of 5 hous and then another one hour drive to Pokhara. Enjoy your whole day and evening in beautiful lake Fewa.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.
You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes.
After breakfast; morning is free for individual activities. Transfer for your final flight departure. The trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.
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