Few place in the world such a splendid variety of natural beauty as the Annapurna region. It is rare combination of long array of snow capped peaks, crystal clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep gorges, hot springs and picturesque villages inhabited by simple and friendly local people. This three-week trek takes you far way from the road, in to the heart of the high mountains.
It is said that Annapurna Circuit/Round is one of the famous trekking routes in the world. The trek around the Annapurna Massif is one of the finest in the Himalayas and is reguarly described as one of the top ten treks in the world. It is observed that about 64% of the trekkers who come every years Nepal for trekking visit Annapurna regions of Nepal. So it is the most trekked area of Nepal. Annapurna area/region offers a great variety of beautiful landscapes, nature & culture of the central Himalayan area of Nepal with the best & splendid Himalayan panorama of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiun Chuli, Mt. Dhawalagiri, Mt. Gangapurna and several other mid western Himalayan ranges of Nepal . From the heights of the pass we descend to Muktinath and its sacred Buddhist and Hindu Shrines. Further south, the contrasts of the Nepal Himalaya become even more apparent, as high windswept passes are replaced by forests, or mandarin and banana groves. 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.
On the way we would have passed through every type of vegetation zone from lush sub-tropical to harsh semi-desert and passed over one of the highest trekking passes in the world (5416m.). We will have entered a world without roads or cars and witnessed the way people have worked, played and survived for hundreds and hundreds of years. We would have essentially walked through a time warp coming out the other side with a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world we live in.
|Best time to travel||March to May, October to December|
Days 1: Arrival at Tribhuban International Airport and pick up you by our private vehicle and transfer to the Hotel 24 hrs hot and cold shower facilities.
Days 2: Sight-seeing of Kathmandu: Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Swyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay.
Days 3: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Sahar: We take early drive from Kathmandu to Beshi Sahar. It takes about seven hours to reach Bensi Sahar on a normal drive.
Days 4: Besisahar to Bahundanda (1310m.): Having breakfast at Bensisahar, we commence our trek to Bahundada. Lunch will be served on the way. En route, we trek through the deep river gorge, rice fields, subtropical forest and small hamlets, encounter a majestic waterfall with towering peaks of Himalchuli and Manaslu. Overnight at Bahundada.
Days 5: Bahundanda to Chamje (1430m.): It is our turn to trek to Chamje from Bahundada. We would trek along the steep and slippery trail running through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages. The trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Chamje.
Days 6: Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m.) We trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap. The path goes along the river through bamboo groves. We would also cross barely and potato fields near Dharapani. We would visit the Tibetan Monastery at Bagarchhap and view Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.
Days 7: Bagarchhap to Chame (2670m.): The trail climbs along the mule track through ine and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongs the higher oak and maple trees. Stay at 2710m.
Days 8: Chame to Pisang (3200m.): The trail follows through the river valley stay at pisang(3210m) with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna 2.
Days 9: Pisang to Manang (3540m.): Work through the fields of grazing Yak and a wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna2, 3, 4, Gangapurna and Tarkekang.
Days10: Acclimatization at Manang (3540m.): This is a rest day to acclimatize to the higher altitude. Time to visit monasteries take advice from Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya.
Days 11: Manag to ChuriLeder (4200m.): We move through alpine pastures to scrubby forests of juniper and rose. We stay at an elevation of 4250m.
Days 12: ChuriLeder to Thorong Phedi Bade Camp (4450m.): Working near by the river, It is some time possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep stay overnight at Phedi 4400m.
Days 13: Crossing Thorung La, Muktinath (3700m): Crossing Thorung La, arrive Muktinath, We ascend steeply to high camp at 4590m then along an undulating trail to the flat top of throngla( 5416m) from here the trail descend steeply down to Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Hindus. It is also home to many ethnics Tibetans and holy Buddhists stay at 3800m.
Days 14: Muktinath to Kagbeni (2810m.): Gradually through field and popular groves, then in to Kaligandaki valley. Visiting a old Buddhist Monastery at Kagbeni. Overnight stay in Jomsom (2712m).
Days 15: Kagbeni to Marpha (2670m.): Descend to Marpha a lovely village of white washed house and fertile fields as the trail continues, The Hima;auyan rainshadow end and open spaces make way for conifers forest.
Days 16: Marpha to Ghasa (2010m.): Nice village with greenery and openspace.
Days 17: Ghasa to Tatopani (1189m.): Working through subtropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias,. The trail follows the river through a world deepest George and have a very nice view one of the longest waterfall. Stay at Tatopani and visit natural hot spring 1189m.
Day 18: Tatopani to Sikha accending (1935m.)
Day 19: Sikha to Ghorepani (2750m.): Walking through the rodondendhorn forest.
Day 20: Early morning climb up to Poonhill Hile ( 1555): One of the best Himalayan view points in Nepal Early morning working to the Poonhil, which provides a unobstructed view of the high Himalayas. walk down to Hile, camp (3193m. poonhill)
Day 21: Trek to Birethanti via Nayapul Pokhara: Walk through the lust, green Modi river valley. Past waterfalls with plunge pools that invite you to swim. stay at Pokhara, hotel.
Day 22: Pokhara to Kathmandu: It is our day to explore this lively and exotic city. Our guide will take us to visit the World Heritage Sites of the valley and some other historically and culturally important places of the valley. In the evening, a farewell dinner would be served at Bhojan Griha, the delights of Nepali cuisine.
Bhojan Griha is one of the exclusive Nepali restaurants in the valley which serves the very best of traditional, organic and ethnic cuisine of Nepal. The grand old building which was built almost 150 years ago has been renovated and converted into a fascinating restaurant with intricate décor, subtle setting and nostalgic atmosphere. Traditional folk music and dances are performed in full costume every evening over savory meals. No doubt, to dine at Bhojan Griha is a cultural rejuvenation.
Day 23: Back home destination.
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