Embark on a fantastic Annapurna tour, which will take you all over the Annapurna Massif to the zenith of Thorong La Pass (5,416m). The Annapurna circuit, without doubt, has become the number one trekking route in the world. This hiking trail was first opened for foreign hikers since 1977. It offers an impressive snow-capped view of the Himalayas, breathtaking views of pastoral life and rice terraces cut into the vegetation. This horseshoe-shaped route covers the entire Annapurna mountain range. It covers about 300 km of walk through different terrains. This trip follows the old used routes, previously used as a commercial route between Nepal and Tibet, mainly to exchange "salt".
Annapurna hiking is a popular hiking route in the Annapurna region. The walk around Annapurna is known as the Annapurna circuit walk. In the vicinity of Annapurna you will find additional information about the following places: Tukuche Peak 6920m, Tilicho Peak 7134m, etc. and see different types of animals such as musk, leopards, jackals, mount thar, birds like pheasant, birds with long tail as well as relaxing with a mixed culture such as Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, Magar Thakalis, etc. The Annapurna Thorung Pass is an adventure of the Himalayas in the Annapurna region, rich in contrasts and that introduces us to the full and glorious spectrum of the landscapes of Nepal by sneaking through a mountainous mosaic of picturesque landscapes with often wonderful beauties and shifting the wide-eye walker from the farms and lowland terraced forests to the arid desert steppes, deep gorges and valleys, and the alpine tundra and giant Himalayan peaks to the north. On this trek, we can see the three powerful peaks of Manaslu (8163 m), Dhaulagiri (8 167 m) , Annapurna (8091 m), Dhaulagiri 8167m, Manaslu 8163m, Nilgiri 7041m, Fishtail / Machhapuchhare 6998m, Annapurna I 8091m, Annapurna II 7939m, Annapurna III7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Annapurna south 7219m, Hiunchuli 6441m, Lamjung Himal 6986.
Why Annapurna Circuit Trek:
1. Cross the highest trekking pass in the world- Thorung La Pass.
2. House of the Tibetan-Buddhists.
3. One of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal.
4. Hiking on a much admired and beautiful hiking trail in the Annapurna region.
5. The deepest gorge in the world, the valley of Kali Gandaki.
6. Spectacular view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Manaslu, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhare, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak and so on.
7. Transportation material likes of Tourist bus, private car/van, plane.
8. Seasonal local fresh fruits like Apple which is most famous for.
Once you arrive in Kathmandu, a representative of the Taleju Adventure will pick you up at the airport and take you to the hotel. In the afternoon you can rest or visit the office of the Taleju Adventure for a local tea. In the evening, a welcome dinner will be organized by the Taleju Adventure. For dinner, enjoy the authentic Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Today, after breakfast, we begin our tour to some of the most historical and spiritual attractions of Kathmandu, also classified as UNESCO World Heritage. We visit historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and the Buddhist Sanctuary (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At the evening we got to meet each other in the hotel and discusses our trip for the next day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
We begin our journey in the hills by a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way, we admire terraced farms and beautiful cabins. After arriving at an intersection in Mugling, we continue straight to Pokhara. In Dumre, we leave the previous road and head north towards Besisahar. A half-hour trip from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our hike. Alternatively, we can get off at Besisahar, then walk for an hour to get to Khudi by the wide road. Khudi gives us a first glimpse of the magnificent range of Manaslu. Overnight in Khudi.
Our first day of walking consists of crossing some suspension bridges and waterfalls, including several ascents and descents through rice fields and a subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is followed by steeper paths. The mountains we see from Khudi seem much closer now. Before reaching the village of Sirung, we passed through an ethnic camp belonging to Tamang, Taranche. We admire the close-up views of Sirung in the Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains. Night in Sirung.
We leave Sirung for Jagat on a relatively easy path. We leave behind the village terraces and follow the path through the forests, ferns, and woodlands. On the forest trail, we spot a large variety of birds. We also cross several small towns and some temples along the way. We cross a suspension bridge in Sangu Khola in Mipra and then Syange in the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall near the bridge. Now our road crosses the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross another bridge before reaching Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.
After breakfast, we began our walk slowly. The path of Jagat descends towards the river, then crosses a leafy forest. Another climb leads to a sharp cliff facing the coast. On the way, we enter to Chyamje which offers us a magnificent scenery of the imposing mountain ranges of Annapurna. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb abruptly towards the slippery and physically difficult road that leads to Sattale. Following a succession of paths strewn with stones, we descend to a grass bank that leads to Tal. When we move away from Tal, the road becomes bumpy and winding. Then we approach the wooded village of Karte. Along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. We will spend the night in Dharapani.
Today, we cross some wooded ridges to go to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang district. Throughout the walk we can admire the impressive views of the Himalayas, including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7,525 m / 24, 68 m). Today we also find small thermal springs where we can dive and relieve our sore muscles. Night in Chame.
A narrow and steep path through a dense forest will lead us to the spectacular curved rock, which rises 1,500 meters from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the path is dug into the vertical rock. After passing this last rock, the valley opens on majestic views. And where the valley widens, there is Paungda Danda, a huge crag that rises more than 1500 meters above the trail. We walk for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we will spend the night.
There are two routes to Manang, but we follow the path that takes us to Upper Pisang through Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the majestic mountains, including Annapurna and Pisang. We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation today onwards. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harder environment. Our brief visit to the Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the entire Manang district, will be memorable. Night in Manang.
To keep in shape on the trails that follow, today we are busy with a short hike to Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have enough energy, we can even go to the village of Vraga to visit the Himalayan Relief Association that will give us an idea of Acute Mountain Disease (AMS). Night in Manang.
From the village of Manang, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues outside the Marshyangdi Valley by turning the Jarsang Khola Valley to the northwest. The trail follows this valley to the north through some grasses and juniper maquis as its altitude gradually increases. The trail goes closer to the small town of Ghunsa, a group of clay roofs just below the trailhead. Now the path crosses meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the path crosses an old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow, and then joins another small village of Yak Kharka. We will spend the night in Yak Karka.
You have to walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for a while, we cross a suspension bridge and arrived at the town of Ledar. We climb again and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before the Thorong La pass. On this trip, we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepali is called foot of a mountain. We will spend the night in Thorong Phedi.
Interchanging Thorong La Pass, one of the highest in the world, will be our final goal today. We will cross the pass from east to west (from Manang to Muktinath), the easiest and safest direction. We got up around three in the morning and climb the mountain. When we finally reach the top, we realize that our trip was worth it. We can take some photos before heading to the Muktinath valley at the foot of Thorong Pass. overnight in Muktinath.
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists. In the morning, we visit a Vishnu temple and a gompa. Going down from the village of Ranipauwa on the steep and arid hill, we go to Kagbeni, then we arrive at Jomsom to finally reach Marpha. The trail is quite surreal today as we walk on a plateau over the Kali Gandaki River, the deepest gorge in the world. The arid landscape of this region resembles Tibet. Marpha is also known as the apple capital of Nepal, where you can taste different apple products. Marpha's local apple brandy is famous throughout Nepal. Night in Marpha.
From Marpha, we take a new route to Kalopani via the village of Chokhopani. Today, we meet traditional villages of the Thakali ethnic group. We also see beautiful apple gardens. From here we have a panoramic view of the Mt. Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. We cross a river and cross the newly built road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight in Kalopani.
Our trip today is mainly downhill. During the first part of today's march, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we descend, we return to lush subtropical forests. Our trail continues along the Rupse Chahara (waterfall). We continue along the eastern shore of Kopchepani through Garpar to a bridge in Dana. In Narchyang Besi, we see a power station that supplies electricity to the area. There are bigger cities in this region where we can observe the daily life of the local people. When we arrive at Tatopani, we relax and bath in the hot springs. Overnight in Tatopani.
We leave Kali Gandaki and head to the valley of Ghar Khola. The path leads us through terraced farmland surrounded by mountains. We cross the villages of Shikha and Chitré before arriving in a beautiful forest of rhododendrons. When they are in bloom, the rhododendrons with an average height of 100 cm will be covered with pink or red flowers, then we will arrive at Ghorepani, a beautiful hilltop village during the night. We will spend the night in Ghorepani.
To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we climb early in the morning on the steep path that leads to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210 m), the most popular trekking destination in the Annapurna region. It's also a great vantage point to enjoy the incredible views of Mustang, Pokhara and over 20 of the highest mountains, including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains rise above us and shine around us in the morning light. After taking pictures, we go back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head towards the east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through the rhododendron forests, cross spectacular waterfalls and arrive in Tadapani to spend the night.
From Tadapani, we make a strong descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the walk will be through a dense forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendrons are in bloom, these forests are transformed into extraordinary gardens. In the afternoon, depending on the season, we can also enjoy flowering cherry blossoms on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After a few minutes on foot, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a settlement of hills with stone houses inhabited mainly by the Gurung. Here we enjoy the incredibly narrow views of Fishtail, South Annapurna and Hiunchuli Mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul from where we can drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
After breakfast, we bid farewell to the beautiful city of Pokhara as known as Lake City of Nepal and head towards Kathmandu. After arriving in Kathmandu, we have the entire day to rest or even visit around beautiful Thamel. To celebrate the success of our trip, we will have a farewell dinner at night. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our adventure in Nepal ends today. A representative of the Taleju Adventure will accompany you to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On the way back, you have enough time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
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