Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek also known as the classic trek that lays in central Nepal has been opened for the trekkers in 1977. Extended 300 km around the Annapurna Himalayan range, the region attracts tourists with its rich natural beauty including majestic Himalayas, rivers as well as its diverse culture, flora and faunas. It is believed that 60% of the trekkers in Nepal prefer going to Annapurna every year. Annapurna Circuit trekking starts from low altitude and makes ways up to Throng La Pass which the highest point lying at an elevation of 5416m.
The main route to Annapurna circuit trek actually starts from Besisahar and we walk along with the Marsyangdi River where you can view the superb views of Himal Chuli and Manaslu set to the eastern region of the trek. Our trek follows the Valley of Marsyangdi River through rich fields of paddy, numerous waterfalls, streams, and striking villages, eventually towering to high desert part at Manang (3597m). Also, this village bestows a wonderful sight of the snow-capped Himalayas which hallucinates you. To reach at the village you need to climb a number of hills for several days. Then, the path goes above the pass; it is a demanding day of the entire trek. Then we will get back to the other side where it unites with the Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge which passes all the way through the gigantic Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains. After that the trek follows Kaligandaki River downstream and then returns back.
During the trek the path climbs from some 900 to 5416 meters which bestows a chance to see a range of faunas and floras; different varieties of ethnic people and most of all ample range of climatic zones. And, this rustic area is filled with numerous Lodges, Hotels, Tea House, Guest house to let the trekkers accommodate comfortably. The trek starts at Besisahar and ends at Beni Bazaar.
Annapurna Circuit Trek provides amazing scenery of Annapurna (8,097) as well as numerous other eye-catching mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Lamjung, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Tukuche peak and many more. You will be passing all the way through the splendid oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest. Also, the narrow valley of Marsyangdi River flowing through plentiful fields of paddy, many small waterfalls, streams, and striking villages, ultimately rise towards high desert region at Manang (3597m).
A lot of people want to go for Annapurna Circuit treks just because the route takes the trekkers all the way through magnificent sceneries. The trek will take you to Muktinath, one of the holiest places for both Buddhists and Hindus in the lower region of Mustang.
The best season to go for Annapurna Circuit trek is October and November though it can be preferred throughout the year. Spring is also good choice because of warmer temperatures. Talking about summer, some trekkers prefer to go but this the season when the place will have lots of leeches.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel (1300m.)
Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by our representative of Peaceful Himalaya Trekking at Tribhuvan International airport and then you will be transferred to hotel. You can relax for the rest of the day and in the evening you can enjoy dinner with Nepali cultural dance. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Monkey temple, Basantapur Durbar, Patan Durbar and Back to Hotel
Today, you will be go around different world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley; the sacred temple of Hindu, Pashupatinath; the world’s biggest Stupa, Boudhanath; Swoyambhunath Stupa which is also known as the monkey temple; and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square where you will also visit Kumari broadly known as Living Goddess in Basantapur, Kathmandu. You will also go around Patan Durbar Square which is rich in historical art and architecture. Overnight at hotel again.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m.)
We will drive for about 7 hours all along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to reach Dumre and then again follow the fine and paved road next to the Marsyangdi River to arrive at Besisahar, district headquarter of Lamjung. You can observe some of gigantic peaks, natural sceneries adjacent to the valley. It is actually known for being the center to provide the daily usable commodities all around villages. Overnight at Besisahar.
Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1310m.)
We leave Besisahar and trek for about six hours to reach at Bahundanda. You can take pleasure from the beautiful sceneries and explore the local Gurung culture. You will take your lunch at Ngadi and then again follow the vertically upward track to Bahundanda walking for around 2 hours. The main occupants of this set are Brahmins. Overnight at Bahundanda.
Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1420m.)
Chamje which is set at an altitude of 1430m can be reached trekking for about six hours from Bahundanda. The track to Chamje is vertical which moves down first and then goes all along flat path until we go across the stream. The trail then ascends again and goes across the hillside high over the river before arriving at the village of Lali Gaun. Further on from this point, we will follow the zigzag mountain path all the way through Syange. En-route, you will catch the glance of stunning waterfall and cross path through cliffs. After that you will descend to a stone village known as Jagat over 1330m from sea level. From here the track leading to Chamje has small ups and down and we also pass through the forests. Overnight at Chamje.
Day 06: Trek to Bagarchhap (1930m.)
We keep on walking on a rising and falling path over the river with an exhilarating cross through the suspension bridge. We go down to a riverbank which takes us to Tal which has hotels and teahouses. Following Tal, the ravine becomes narrower and the way elevates. Before the lane drops once more to the river, we have to walk a bit on a cliff. We move all the way through a suspension bridge once more and climb the little distance to arrive at stone kani marking the entry to Dharapani. The well-known Dudh Khola which is started off from the south face of Manaslu can be seen then we cross the grassland from the village. The Marsyangdi then veer off to the left and as Annapurna II can be witnessed ahead, we then reach to Bagarchhap.
Day 07: Trek to Chame (2670m.)
With the beautiful vistas of Manaslu and Annapurna II (7939), today we will walk to the forest of Firs. Later, we get there to the capital and headquarter of Manang district, Chame set on the bank of river. Today, we will walk for around 5 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Lower Pisang (3200m.)
Leaving Chame, we trek for 5 hours where you will witness the dazzling views of Lamjung Himal and move to Lower Pisang. Close to Brathangs village, an astonishing waterfall can be seen. Plus the east peak of Annapurna II as well as the northeast peak of Pisang can be seen which is arresting. Ultimately, we will be captured by the sight of mani wall next to the bridge and lower Pisang. Overnight at Lower Pisang.
Day 09: Trek to Upper Pisang and get Manang (3545m.)
We will today walk for 4 hours and experience the superb path with the fields for yaks, horses and cattle's. The track even bestows several incredible views of the peak of Annapurna. After little trek from Pisang village the trail deviate and we have one more climb to the Nawal for the supreme view of Annapurna. We stay overnight today at Manang once we reach there.
Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang and visit old Manang village and monastery
Today we will have a rest day in Manang to be properly acclimatized. One can go around seeing the sights of the valley. Gangapurna Lake which is really pleasant can be observed. Here you can also visit Mountaineering school which offers basic mountaineering training approved by Nepal Mountaineering Association. Overnight at Manang again.
Day 11: Trek to Yak kharka (4018m.)
From Manang we head off for Yak Kharka (4018m) which takes around 5 hours. We ascend slowly through Tenki Manang and leave off the Marsyangdi Valley. And then walk along the Jarsang River then eventually we will reach at Yak Kharka. Overnight at guest house in Yak Kharka.
Day 12: Trek to Thorung la Phedi (4450m.)
We today ascend gradually to a point prior to moving down to the Marsyangdi crossing through an enclosed wood bridge. After a short climb up the mountain trail on the right shore, we have a fine trail transversely an unstable slope and then drop down to Thorung Phedi. Overnight at Thorung la Phedi.
Day 13: Cross Thorung la pass (5416m.) trek to Muktinath (3800m.)
This is the most significant day of the entire trek and we will start early in the morning since we need to walk for 7-8 hours. We will go up to the top of the Thorung la Pass (5416m) which is the top point of the trek. We will also see the landscape changing vividly from snowy mountains to some desert. Then, the way down takes us to the famous Hindu temple” God of Salvation”, Muktinath and is also sacred place for Buddhists.
Day 14: Trek to Kagbeni Lunch camp together Kagbeni (2800m.) and visit monastery and Old Cave
Today, we will be trekking for around 3 hours at the side of the bank of Kaligandaki and arrive at Ekley Bhatti village. Afterward, we trek one more hour to get to Kagbeni which is situated at the shore of two rivers Nilgiri and Kaligandaki.
Day 15: Trek to Marpha (2670m.) in the morning visit monastery and Apple garden
This day we walk down to the spectacular Kali Gandaki valley. And after passing all the way through Khingar and Jharkot, community with archetypal Tibetan architecture, we tail towards Jomsom and we will be rewarded with fantastic scenes of both Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Jomsom actually is a huge town extended all along both shore of the Kali Gandaki River. Likewise, we keep on moving through apple garden to Marpha after having lunch in Jomsom.
Day 16: Trek to Kalopani (2010m.)
We today follow the west side of the river then go across the alluring Thakali Villages with wide paved streets and decorated houses. We pass all the way through the river in Koketanti, and then catch a trail through grazing land to reach Kalopani, a very elegant settlement nestling below the Dhaulagiri Icefall.
Day 17: Trek to Tatopani (1190m.)
We will move downhill today, typically through fields and orchards, but irregularly on the street up to Muktinath. Rukse Chhahara, very near to a giant waterfall will be our spot for lunch. We go on descending to the lowest vale in the world, the city of Tatopani means hot water in Nepali where we can bath in the hot springs and bathing in the stream is believed to take away all the pains.
Day 18: Rest day at Tatopani enjoy with in Kaligandaki River site in hot spring
Tatopani means hot water in Nepali where we can bath in the hot springs and bathing in the hot spring within Kaligandaki River site is believed to take away all the bodily pains. Rest of the day you can relax.
Day 19: Trek to Sikha Deurali (1935m.)
Day 20: Trek to Ghorepani (2800m.)
Today is one of the exciting days of the trek. We will ascend up to 2810 m to reach Ghorepani and on the way we will pass through Magar and Gurung Village. Overnight at guest house in Ghorepani.
Day 21: Trek to Poon Hill (3210m.) back to camp site and Trek to Banthati (2500m.)
We begin our trek in the early morning to Poonhill (3195) where we will enjoy the arresting views of mountains, stunning sunrise. After about an hour we will trek downward to Ghorepani and start on 6 hours walk to reach Tadapani. Tadapani exactly means “Far water” as water is brought up from far distance to the village. We go up along the ridges and walk all the way through rhododendron and pine woods to reach Deurali and move down to reach Banthanti prior to the path of Tadapani.
Day 22: Trek to Gandruk (1950m.)
We will today trek to Ghandruk one of the largest Gurung villages in Nepal. To the south of modern Ghandruk there is a stunning Gurung village popular as Gairi Gaun with arranged rows of slate-roofed houses and also sees the terraces where barley and wheat are grown.
Day 23: Trek to Pokhara via Birethati (1025m.)
This is 23rd day of our trek and we will to walk downward the river to Birethanti, where we traverse without difficulty to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 24: Drive or Fly Kathmandu transfer to Hotel
After having breakfast we will drive back to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus or private vehicle which taking around 6hrs, or you may take a flight to Kathmandu directly which takes only half an hour and stay in the hotel overnight.
Day 25: Final Departure
You will drive to Airport by our representative of Peaceful Himalaya Trekking and take the flight to reach your destination from Kathmandu.
In Gosaikunda 2014 November...
We took two groups to Gosaikunda at December 2014. We sent two guides with each seven and five groups. It was very successful trip of our company as before. Every travelers of Korea and Norway became lot of happy to visit there. Again they will arrive here in same company to visit ghorepeni poonhill trek.