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Annapurna Circuit trek-21

annapurnaA rewarding trek, providing the opportunity to explore the secondary of both the northern and southern Himalaya. From thick fir and rhododendron forests to the harsh, thin atmosphere of the Tibetan plateau the ethnic groups encountered, lowland Hindu and highland Buddhist, are as varied as the landscape. From the dizzying heights of the Thorung pass (5416m) line upon line of snow ridges stretch before you while below lies the sub-tropical Kali Gandaki Gorge a busy pilgrimage and trade route controlled by Thakali and Mustand tribes.

Where are you going?

Day 1-2: Flying into Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience with the Himalaya spread out before you. You will be met at the airport on arrival and transferred to your hotel. In the morning of day 2 a half-day city tour will introduce you to some of the highlights of Kathmandu.

Day 3: Drive via dumre to Besi Shahar, the bustling supply town for the village of the Marshyandi Khola.

Day 4-7: Follow the Marshyandi River through terraced rice paddies, bamboo forests and Tamang, Baun and Gurung villages, making several suspension bridges crossing and passing several beautiful waterfalls. Above jaga the gorge becomes narrower and steep sided in many places. Views of Lamjung, Manaslu and peak 29 and, nearing Chame, Annapurna.

Day 8-10: Starting out through barley fields and apple orchards, follow the river through a steep, narrow gorge to enter the upper Manang district. In this cold, almost arid climate wheat, Barley, buckwheat and potato crops are limited to one per year and villagers depend on their herds of yaks, goats, cows and horses. From Pissang to Manang is definitely a ‘viewing’ day. All along the trail are sacred objects of Tibetan houses which cling to the hillside, their balconies formed by the roof of the house below. In the afternoon Annapurna II, III and IV become increasingly imposing. The dramatic setting of Manang makes for a pleasant rest and acclimatization day with the added benefit of hot showers.

Days 11-12: Branch away from the Marshyandi Khola, steadily climbing into quiet alpine areas. Again the mountain views are commanding.

Day 13: The most difficult day, but perhaps the highlights of the Trek as you cross the thorong pass (5416m). It is along, tough ascent via number of small hills, but when you reach the prayer flags at the top you are rewarded with absolutely stunning high Himalaya scenery and over to the Kaligandaki valley through the entire Annapurna range, Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west. It is then a long descent to Muktinath.

Day 14: Muktinath is a fascinating village; scared to both Hindus and Buddhists it attracts many pilgrims. Here spring water flows from a rock face via 108 spouts (108 is a scared number to Buddhists).This water with pale flames caused by natural gas. There are shrines to Shiva and his consort and Padmasambhava as well as numerous chorten and the surrounding polar grove supposedly sprang from the staffs of 84 Siddhas. The mass of Dhaulagiri I make a striking contrast. The walk to Jomson, renowned for the best apples in Nepal is mostly downhill with dramatic landscapes along the way.

Day 15-17: The Kali Gandaki is home to Thakali, Gurung and Magar. Many of the hills bordering the northern end of the valley are yellowish due to desertification and dominated the lucrative trade routes with Tibet and today have turned their entrepreneurial spirit to other businesses, the neglected Buddhist shrines of Tukuche testament to their 19th century conversion to Hinduism in their climb to power. The decent to Tatopani follows the increasingly narrow valley, though one of the world’s deepest river gorges, past the beautiful Rupse Chaharo waterfall, with fantastic views along the way and the lure of hot springs at the end. Take a dip at night with sound of the river rushing below and starts above.

Day 18-19: It is a challenging ascent to the pass at Ghorepani, yet the sunrise and sunset views from nearby poon Hill are truly magnificent and a fitting reward for the effort. Capped peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. From here descend through pastureland and bamboo forest along the Bhurungdi Khola to Pokhara.

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu, or you may choose to fly. One-way.

Day 21: Departure

Trip Facts

Trip name:Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trek Grade: Excellent + Fairly Strenuous

Trek type: Teahouse/lodge

Trip Duration: 21 Days

Activity: Trekking, City Tour

Per day Walking: 5 to 7 hours

Transportation: Car / Van / Plane

Group Size: Min. 2 Pax

Starting from: Kathmandu

Ending from: Kathmandu

Accommodation: 3 star hotel in Kathmandu (depends on itinerary), Guest Houses / lodges in the mountain

Best Time to Travel: Sep to Dec, Feb to May

Cost Includes

  • Entire Airport /Hotel transports
  • Two nights in Hotel [Depends on your interest] with B/B basis in Kathmandu
  • Best available lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • All lodging and foods/meals during the treks.
  • A trek leader- Well English speaking, experienced, Assistant trek guide (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and required Sherpa porters to carry the your bags (2 trekkers :1 porter) together   with their payments, assurance, gears, foods and accommodations
  • Down Jackets, sleeping bags, Trekking map and T-shirts ( Sleeping bags and down jackets are returnable)
  • All necessary entrée fees permits and paper works ( Annapurna conservation permits and TIMS)
  • Entire administration and Local taxes

Cost Doesn't Include

  • Nepal Visa Fees (you should bring accurate USD cash and two passport size pictures)
  • Personal expenses (Shopping, Laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, mineral water or  boiled water, Phone calls, shower etc)
  • Your lunch and dinners in Kathmandu (This apply also early come back from trek then the fixed itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival or late departure, early come back from trek (due to any case) than the fixed itinerary
  • International fare/arrival taxes/departure taxes to and from Kathmandu
  • Trip and rescue insurance
  • Tips and gratuities to the staffs and the guides