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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

 

The anticlockwise Annapurna circuit trekking route follows the masryangdi river upstream, gaining altitude gradually as you trek north through lamjung district populated mainly by gurung, after Ghermu. The trail crosses the left bank and ascends through narrow gorge that extends up to bagarchap in lower manang district, the marsyangdi bends towards west so does the trail, gradually entering a drier, rugged terrain ,after crossing chame, headquarter of manang district, the land scope gets even more arid as you enter upper Manang also called nyeshang.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking, at humde there is an airfield with flights to pokhara. At manang village which you eventually reach after short walk from humde, where a day rest to acclimatize the body before the onward trekking to the Thorang - La pass (5416m) the highest point of the trail. From thorang Phedi (4430m)a bleak, chilly polecat the base of the pass, it is a rather steep climb to Thorang - La and very long descent to Muktinath (3800m)this is the most strenuous part of the entire trek and snow is not unusual here. From this part hills turn green again the descent is mostly gradual as you follow the Kaligandaki, passing village like Marpha (which is famous for apple fruit in Nepal) Tukuche, Ghasa and Dana the trail works its way through narrow George and pass great waterfall. After the trek you get in Tatopani (hot spring) where is better to have bath after the trekking for tired legs.

The best time to Annapurna Circuit Trek is beginning of March to end of May and beginning of September to end of December. You can choose the details of itinerary as per your desire and holidays.

Facts of Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Trekking Destination: Manang, Thorangla-Pass
Minimum altitude: 823m.
Maximum altitude: 5416m.
Grade Info: Moderate, strenuous
Season: September to late December and February to late June.
Transportation: Bus
Total Days: 15-17 Days (Pokhara-Pokhara)
Walking Hour: Approximately 6 - 7 hours each day.
Highlights: Manang, Thoran_la Pass, Muktinath, Jomsom valley, hot spring, Pokhara
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Day to Day Itinerary
Days Activities
01. Drive Pokhara to Besi Shahar (823m):
Outshine Advneture staff will arrive at your Hotel to pick you up, about 6 hours of driving to Besishar we can continue our trek to Bhulbhule either stay in Besishahar ( Besishar). It is about 165km the road from Pokhara, the road from kathmandu to Beshishar is intresting to out scenery views , you follow the trishuli river for first 4 hours and again the next river Marshandi, following the Trisuli river you have chance to see some rafting boats on river with many people chiling out with rafting pleasure. When you get in Besishar the scenery of snowcap mountains starts to appeare from this small city.
02.

Besishar to Baundada (1430m):
Your trekking start today, from where, the trail goes up following Khudi, Gurung village,Bhulbhule and Ngadi. When we continue the trail it offers beautiful views of Himalchuli also you feel walking with nature following the melodic sound of Khudi river.After about 6 hours walk we reach our first day destination at Baundada.

03. Baundanda to Chamje (1560m):
walking around 6 hours we get our destination today. Crosing rivers, waterfalls and following some small village, The trail climbs steeply up. you continue to the stone village of Jagat located on Marsyangdi valley. After this, the trail start to monitor some steepy ups and down to Chamje through the scenic forests.Following the different nature and heading to altitude mountain is a different experense for you in your life.
04.

Chamje to Dharapani (1881m):
Today,It takes about 6 hours to get our destination. We follow the river crossing bridge and we pass through a small village like Tal. Following the mountains nature as other days you forget the steepy path that you walking because of georgous scenery and peace Environment.

05. Dharapani to Chame (2725m):
The distance is around 6 hours. The trail now leads to the west in Manaslu Himalaya.forming a superb scenery of Annapurna II appearing infrequently to the south. As we continue, Annapurana range offers a fabulous view of Annapurna range.
06.

Chame to Pisang (3100m): 
Today,It is about 5 hours walking trail. We start to Follow steep climb of Bhratang reaching upto Dhukur Pokhari. some people they use a hiking pole for this kind of steepy up going on this trek. After having lunch at Dhukur Pokhari we continue the way of our destination.

The hike from Dhukur Pokhari to Pisang is very easy - pretty flat with two climbs. We crossed frozen waterfalls and great coniferous forests. One can see the Pisang peak along the way very clearly. This peak is used for climbing training in Nepal. Can see more tibetian style architecture now. There is upper pisang and lower pisang two villages. It is a pretty nice.

07.

Pisang to Manang (3500m):
Today, It takes around 5 hours to reach our destination. The inital part of hike from pisang to Manang is pretty flat, however there is a steep climb an hour before reaching Humde. The view after the climb is very much rewarding. Beautiful view of the valley with mountains in the backdround. Last one hour of walk to reach Humde from this high point is pretty much flat. There is an airport at Humde with flights to pokhara during tourism season early in the morning. Continueing our beautyful path we reach at lap of Himalaya Manang valley.

08.

Acclimatization day at Manang: 
Today is the day in Manang village surrounding Manang to acclimatize to the higher elevation you will encounter towards Thorung La; there are many opportunities both easy and strenuous day excursions from Manang. It is possible to climb the ridge to the north of the village for view of the Annapurna IV, Annapurna II and many more Mountains or to descend from the village to the glacier lake at the foot of the huge icefall that drops from the northern sloops of Gangapurna. And in the afternoon explore Manang village, excellent views of the Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna Lake and a small hike to 100 Lama’s monastery.

09.

Manang to Yak kharka (4090m):

It takes about 4 hours. After a day rest in Manange you feel more energy to continue your trek to your today's destination. Now houses is made more of stones rather than wood. The house frame is of wood supported by Yak skull and horns and it seams like decorated. Very innovative way to build- one can see lot of horns sticking out from the houses. Around afternoon time you reach Yak Kharka and you will have time to rest. 

10.

Yak kharka to Throung Phedi(4420m):

It takes around 4 hours today. Thorong Phedi is a small vicinity of busy arrangement for tired trekkers. Mounting the trail, crossing the river and again climbing through the trail, it takes you to Thorong Phedi. Some people also try to hike to the High Camp so that the next day can be easier for them but we do not recommend to High Camp today because of the altitude. At the bottom of Thorung La Pass, this place gives your pleasant view.

11.

Throung Phedi to Thorongla - la (cross over 5416m), then trek down to Muktinath 3802m):

It takes around 8 hours today. Today’s experience will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the memorable Thorong La. the journey starts early in the morning from Thorong Phedil to the Thorung La Pass. Each moment you feel hard to walk today through the high-altitude but the outstanding panoramic Himalayan scenes are such attractive that you love to observe. Also pass marked by Chortens and prayer flags looks magnificent views imprinted in your memory. You arrive at Muktinath at evening about sun set time. The temple is built in the pagoda style dedicated to Lord Vishnu. For Hindus, Muktinath is one of the most important places of pilgrimage.

12.

Muktinath to Marpha (2670m), via Kagbeni - Jomsom

It takes 5 hours today. Following downhill today trekkers start to feel easy to trek. We trek through the Kagbeni, which is also famous pilgrimage for Hindus. For the anniversary of death people that son’s try to get once in Kagbeni for ritual prayer for those father and mother. After Kagbeni you start to follow Kaligandaki River and after few hours walk get to Jomsom, some trekkers they fly to pokhara from jomsom if they have short time. We continue our trail to Marpha. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where you can have different items made from apple.

13.

Marpha to Kalopani (2480m)

It takes 6 hours gradually down to Kalopani, Today. The magnificent views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiris and Annapurna I is memorable from this way. The valley opens out, and great views of Dhaulagiri are visible. After Lunch in Kokhethanti we continue our trail to Kalopani, crossing a river, we meet come across the newly constructed road site at before reaching Kalopani.

14.

Kalopani to Tatopani (1219m)

It takes 6 hours from kalopani to tatopani today. Most of the way is downhill for today. After crossing the bridge at Ghasa we continue our trail down to Dana, before arriving Dana we see a beautiful water fall called Rupse Chahara. Keep going down the Kali Gandaki to the Tatopani, with its welcome hot springs and it makes your legs relax for you after many days walk.

15.

Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m)

It takes 8 hours today. Walking through Ghara and Sikha we feel different then Manang and mustang, we start to see the villages with patio farmlands. We gradually walk steep up to ascend Ghorepani. We continue the trek to Phalate and Chitre, before few hours to get Ghorepani we see rhododendron forest. Next morning we should wake up early in the morning to climb up to Poon Hill.

16.

Ghorepani to Ghandruk (1951m)

Early in the morning about 1 hour before of the sunrise we climb up to Poon Hill (3,210m) to catch the moment of impressive sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Poon Hill has been admiring destination for short time trekkers. After poon hill it will takes 7 hours to our destination today. After breakfast, we continue trek to Tadapani through the rhododendron forests which makes you forget the tiredness.
The trail leads all the way down through the Rhododendron forest to Ghandruk. This is the second-largest Gurung village in Nepal.

17.

Ghandruk to Pokhara (915m)

It takes 5 hours to Nayapul and 1 hour drive to Pokhara today. After breakfast we continue trek to Nayapul to complete out trek. After many days walking in mountain, you feel very much diverse to be in city. You can enjoy the lake with mountain views on background.


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