Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Trip Overview

This "classic" journey around the massif of the Annapurna Himal starts with a drive to Beshishahar - in the lowland paddy fields steadily gaining altitude leading up the Marsyangdi River Valley passing through oak and pine forests and eventually emerging into high desert country at Manang (3597 m.) through the villages of Chamje, Bagarchap Pisang to cross the Thorung La Pass (5416 m). The descent is equally amazing and varied. The trail then switches over to the Kali Gandaki River valley and descends through the villages of Muktinath, Jomsom and Ghorapani to terminate in Pokhara giving you enough time to observe the people and their customs. Lowland, farming communities of Brahmin and Chettri people of Aryan stock give way, slowly, to the highland trading communities of Magar, Gurung and Bhotia people of Mongoloid stock. As the people change, so does the dominant religion. Close up views of the Annapurna range, varied ecosystems, diverse cultures and an ever-changing landscape - lush, green paddy fields and oak forests, arid deserts and the deepest gorge in the world make this one of the most popular treks in the world.

Things To Do

Itinerary

Arrival in Kathmandu

Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by our staff and transfer to hotel

Drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu

About 5 hours scenic drive by car / van/bus Overnight at Guest House.

Drive from Besisahar to Chame (2630 m).The drive takes around 5 hrs.

Chame to Pisang

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910 m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300m.

Pisang to Manang

Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range.

Manang VillagePeople of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784    3500m

Manang – Acclimatization day

We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and overviewing the magnificent views around the village & the daytime is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest.    3500m

Manang to Ledar

We leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse.    4250m

Ledar to Phedi or High camp

The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4600 m, we can recently found some good Guesthouses built. Your overnight stay will be there.    4600m

Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath

The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416 m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top.

Muktinath

Drive from Muktinath to Jomsom.

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. Free day in Pokhara.

Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu. Free day.

Departure from Kathmandu.

Words from clients

Client Reviews

EXCELLENT : (5 / 5.0 ) 1

100% recommend this Package.
Score Breakdown
  • Benjamin Adendorff
    South Africa January 16, 2017

    Trek to Thorong La

    Very tough trek due to low temperatures. However, Makalu Guide and porters were excellent support for this difficult trek.
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