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Annapurna Round Trek - 17 Days

Annapurna Round Trek 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. The Annapurna circuit offers the greatest diversity of flora, fauna and landscape of any trek in Nepal. From sub-tropical to alpine forests, from lush jungle to arid wind-swept valleys, few other treks enable you to walk through such a changing environment. From Kathmandu we cross fertile, terraced valleys, following the Marsyangdi River.

We acclimatize at the important trading village of Manang (3351 m.) before crossing the Thorong-La (5407 m.).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. One of the most striking significance of this trek is that we have a spectacular view of most mountains range every day.

Clients will carry daypack only and walk at their own pace. Total trekking hours will be about 6-7hr.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive and transfer to Nagarkot
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport of Kathmandu, and drive to one of the beautiful and famous place Nagarkot. Nagarkot is famous for Sunrise and Sunset views, many people go to see the beautiful scenery views. Drive to 1 and half hours. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 02: Drive to Bhaktapur and sightseeing Bhaktapur
Drive to Bhaktapur, visit to the magnificent royal city in the Bhaktapur area. Different palaces, temples and pagodas, impressive examples of Nepalese architecture wood are famous to view. Overnight in Hotel, Bhaktapur.
Day 03: Drive over Besisahar (750m) to Bulbule (840m) and trekking begins
Ride through rice terraces and sub-tropical vegetation and surrounding landscape into the Trisuli valley and from there across Besisahar to Bulbule, 6 hours drive. Here begins our trek, we walk through the valley inward Ngadi (860m), view of Natti Chuti (7800m). Walking for 3 hours. O/N Lodge in Nagdi.
Day 04: Trek to Ghermu (1100m)
After crossing Nadi Khola we walk on the right side of the valley on a simple way to Lampata. In small villages, we gain insight into the simple life of the Gurung, the landscape is characterized by terraced fields of the resident farmers. A steep climb takes us to Bahundanda (1310 m), an ideal place for short rest. From here we walk a short leisurely descent to Ghermu. Walk to 4-5 hours, O/N Lodge in Ghermu.
Day 05: Trek to Tal (1680m)
Through Jagat, we continue to Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. From Tal, we can see Mountain View of Mt. Manaslu and Mr. Lamjung. Hike for 4-5 hours. O/N Lodge in Tal.
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2710m)
Over Dharapani (1960m), we carry on up the west bank taking the path to Bagarchap (2105m). Here the Tibetan style flat roofs are a clear indication of the reduction in rainfall to the area as we enter the rain shadow of the Annapurna range. Past excellent views of the east face of Lamjung Himal; we get to Timang (2355m) for lunch, and then take the easy path to the district administrative centre of Chame, our lodge for the night. Walk to 5-6 hours. O/N at Lodge in Chame.
Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3200m)
We follow up the narrow forested valley to the old Khampa settlement at Bhradang (2845m), our lunch stop, once a centre for these fierce Tibetan warriors’s resistance to Chinese occupation. We cross over and begin to climb up through the forest away from the river. The silence itself is dramatic as we round this pine forested ridge. We continue down to Pisang, our night stop. The Tibetan feel of the village is unmistakable, fine tapering walled houses and long lines of prayer wheels and mane walls. There is an excellent short detour for those with some spare energy, up to Pisang gompa (3230m) across on the north bank, with amazing views back of the huge north face of Annapurna II. Hike to 5-6 Hrs.O/N at Lodge in Pisang.
Day 08: Trek to Manang (3540m)
There is a choice of two routes: a shorter direct one along the south bank valley floor via Hongde airstrip, or a more interesting, but longer route higher on the north bank through the villages of Gharyu (3670m) and Ngawal (3657m). A visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Braga (3360m) cliff side village, below its 900 year old gompa (monastery) of the Kargyupa sector of Buddhism, sadly now little used. Walk to 6-7 Hrs. O/N at Lodge in Manang.
Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang
Manang is a fascinating village, the chief Buddhist village that gives its name to the area. As such it’s ideal for our essential acclimatization rest day before taking on the Thorong La. There are excellent side trips such as the short climb to the Cliffside Bod-zo Gompa where the lama performs a blessing ceremony to protect us on our journey. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. An easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery is also possible.The more energetic may wish to visit the high village of Khangsar on the opposite bank. A good day's round trip and well worth the effort. O/N at Lodge in Manang.
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4200m)
This is quite a short day as its essential to set up proper acclimatization on the approach to the pass and limit the height gain between our night stops. Up to Tengi (3640m) the last permanent settlement before the pass, we get stunning views across to Tilicho and the Great Barrier on this alternative high altitude traverse over to the Kali Gandaki. Passing through Gunsang (3900m), above here there are only Goth (shepherd's shelters), Karkha (summer pastures) and our seasonal lodges. We reach our night stop at Yak Kharka (4200m) where there are the best lodges in the area. In the afternoon we can explore fantastic views of Annapurna ranges and Chulu West (6419m) as well as pasture areas and yak kingdom. Walking 5-6 hrs. O/N Lodge in Yak Kharka.
Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m)
Across Ledar (4200m) we ahead Thorong Phedi (4450m). Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. On the way we can see Chorten and prayer Flags near to Thorong Phedi. We can see the beautiful Mountain View of Dhaulagiri (8167m) through our trek. People use this point as a base camp. High camp also can be option to get acclimatization and overnight there because sleeping in higher altitude is not really advisable. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow we stop at Thorong Phedi. Hike to 4-5 hrs. O/N in Lodge.
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3800m)
After leaving Thorong Phedi, on the way to Muktinath we have to cross Thorong La Pass (5416m), between beautiful mountain ranges -Kathung Khang (6484m), Yakawakhang (6482m), from where we can have Mountains view like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgir north (7061m), Tukuche Peak (6920m) and Dhampus Peak (6012m) etc and we can also see Jomsom Village from here. After Thorong La Pass, wethen start descending down the barren Kali Gandaki Valley, which is far below to the west. Eventually the moraines yields to grassy slopes and the final descent walk to Muktinath is a pleasant walk along the upper part of the Jhong Valley. We crossing the meadows, drop into a deep ravine the starting of the Jhong Khola, we climb out and follow a wide trail into Muktinath. Muktinath Temple is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Behind the temple, there are 108 waterspouts, which are ever known as Mukti Dhara. People believed that by taking bath in this waterspout god absolve the sins of the people, that's why many people visit there for worshipping Lord Vishnu. Walk to 8-9 Hrs. O/N Lodge in Mukinath.
Day 13: Trek over Kagbeni (2800m) to Jomsom (2720m)
Morning visit to famous Hindu and Buddhist religious site, Muktinath Temple and descent to the Kagbeni (2800m) through the Jharkot (3550m) and Khingar (3280m) villages. Kagbeni is the entrance gate of Upper Mustang and has a very old monastery. We explore the Kagbeni Village, the lifestyle of people is Tibetan and they also follow Tibetan culture and we can also visit Monastery. Trek to Jomsom, which is the administrative centre of this region. From Jomsom we can see the fascinating view of Tilocho Peak (7134m) and Nilgiri Himal. Here is an existence of Airport, government offices and Army Camp. Walk to 2 Hrs and overnight in Lodge at Jomsom. Walking for 5-6 Hrs. Overnight in Lodge at Jomsom.
Day 14: Early morning fly to Pokhara
Morning Flight to Pokhara. This scenic flight from Jomsom takes about 25 minutes to Pokhara. Full day explore Pokhara city, the most popular destination for visitors to Nepal. The natural beauty of its lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains has made in the natural choice for trekkers and adventures. Here you will have a sightseeing tour at Barahi Temple, Davi's fall and Mahendra Cave. O/N at Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu
Morning we drive over Muglin to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, you can spend the day as you like. You can shop for souvenirs, explore the old bazaars, or just relax and chill out. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu.
Day 16: Sightseeing and Shopping in Kathmandu
Visit the sights around the Durbar Square. With its ancient temples that impressed by the ornate wood carvings, this place embodies the essence of the religious life of Nepal. In the afternoon we visit the Pashupatinath and Bodhnath stupa. The biggest stupa of its kind dates from the 5th Century and is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrim centers in Kathmandu. Best of the stupa was recognized as a world heritage site and is known as the Little Tibet because many Tibetans live in the area. Then farewell dinner at a restaurant on the roof terrace in Bodhnath. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu
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