Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trek Highlights

Mountain Range, the trekking trails of Ghandruk and Ghorepani has for years, captivated the hearts of trekkers. Wild flowers, Daisies, Orchids linger in bloom long afterthe monsoon and can’t be missed along the rock formations. The surreal views of Annapurna South, Fishtail Peak are a sight to behold and will forever be embedded in your memories!

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Trek Itinerary

Day 01 KATHMANDU / BESI SAHAR

Transfer by vechicle till Besi Sahar and camp overnight.

Day 02: Trek to KHUDI

Walk by the river, passing by sal forests, rice terraces and sugar cane farms. Then climb to a ridge and make a few descents and ascents through more rice terraces, subtropical forests and small hamlets to Khudi.

Day 03: Trek to BAHUNDANDA

The trail continues northwards up the Marshyandi valley with Himalchuli and Ngadichuli peaks dominating the horizon. Climb gradually followed by a final steep ascent before you arrive at bahundanda, an attractive village, situated on a saddle along the ridge.

Day 04: Trek to JAGAT

Descend steeply and pass by amphitheater-shaped rice terraces. Cross a suspension bridge and ascend greaduall along forests of rhodendrons and pine. You then arrived at the Tibetan village of Jagat.

Day 05: Trek to DHARAPANI

Pass through stands of bamboo and climbs along the step riverbank. Then make a shot descent and the valley opens into a large plateau. At the foot of a large waterfall is the village of Tal. Through fields of corn, barley and potatoes, the crossing a small stream, you make a short climb and arrived at your campsite.

Day 06: Trek to CHAME

Trek through pine and fir forests and climb along the mule track. Continue along forests of oak and maple, ascending and descending among river boulders. After passing by the village of Kyupar, which is situated in a meadow, you arrive at Chame (2630m).

Day 07: Trek to PISANG

From Chame, the trail crosses a side stream and proceeds through fields of barley to Talung at 2775. After climbing pass a huge apple orchard, the trail descends to a bridge. Trekking through deep forests, you are the rewarded with fantastic views of Annapurna II and the Pisang peak. Climbing over a ridge, the trail ascends steeply to the village of Pisang (3190m), your campsite for the night.

Day 08: Trek to MANANG

The path rises slowly then more steeply from Pisang to, in about an hour, the crest of a ridge over looking the Manang valley. You can see the airfield and settlment at Hongde which you can reach in an hour. Visit the checkpost before crossing a bridge over the Sabche Khola where there is a view of the amphitheatre formed by Annapurna III and IV. An hour and a half on the path passes Braga built into the cliff wall and half an hour later you will be in Manang village where you can stay and enjoy the view of Gangapurna to the right of the glacier and Annapurna III to the left.

Day 09: Excursion @ MANANG or REST DAY
Day 10: Trek to LEDAR

If you have plenty of time you could have rest day here and acclimatize to the altitude before you attempt the pass. Setting out again ascend to Tangi and Gungsang in about an hour. The path levels off here and after two hours you can reach ledar

Day 11: Trek to THORANG PHEDI

Make some enquiries from other trekkers who have come the other way as to weather conditions and food availability at Basecamp. If you can try and reach basecamp which lies 2 hours above lattar as this will make the trip over the pass an easier day.

Day 12: Trek to THORANG PASS MUKTINATH

The day to cross the Thorung pass. This is a difficult day so do not attempt it if the weather is bad or you are not properly equipped. At high altitude climbing will be very tiring so go slowly and take plenty of rests.Muktinath is two and half hours down from the pass. MUKTINATH is a holy place for pilgrimage for Buddhist and the Hindu where flame, water and air meet. Kagbeni and Muktinath is mostly inhabited by the Buddhist community people, one can notice the prayer flags in most of the roof tops of the houses.

Day 13: Trek to MARPHA

Descend down the trail reaching JHARKOT and later on passing through through KHINGAR till you descend to Ekle Bhatti [meaning one tea house], from here follow the horizontal wide river bed trail back to Jomsom. Continue to descend down till you reach the pretty town of MARPHA, this town is well known for its apple orchard.

Day 14: Trek to KALOPANI

Start the days trek following the Kali Gandaki riverside crossing the town of Tukuche, Larjung you cross the river where it is narrow and crossing the suspension bridge. Finally after sometime you reach Kalopani. You will start to notice the change in the vegetation, as you start to see forests and beautiful views of the peaks. This days walk is mostly horizontal with slight ups and downs only.

Day 15: Trek to GHASA

The route now follows the deepest gorge in the world, Kali gandaki valley. Climbing along spectacular stretches of narrow cliff hanging trail, you might even spot grey langur monkeys. From here, a steep ascent through rhododendrons and magnolia forests interspersed with shepherds Goths, bhattis and pastures.

Day 16: Trek to TATOPANI

Descend steeply through the forest trail and after sometime you reach a beautiful spot with water fall known as RUPSE CHAHRA. It is an ideal spot for a lunch break here though it is quite a narrow place. After lunch descend down to the small bridge, you will notice the rivers are narrow at the beginning and starts to widen the more you descend further down till TATOPANI. Tatopani meaning “Hot Water” and the geothermal water in the well maintained pool near the river is well worth the days walk. Local believe dipping in such a water for sometime cures rheumatism, skin diseases .

Day 17: Trek to SIKHA

Crossing the Kali Gandaki river by suspension bridge, the days trek will start with a steep ascend till you reach the hilltop small village of Durkon Ghara inhabited by the Chettri tribe in about 2hours. Nice view is rewarded from this view point, continue with gradual ascending trail till you SIKHA for lunch which houses mostly Magar tribe people.

Day 18: Trek to GHOREPANI

After lunch it is again climbing steeply till Ghorepani, enroute once you reach Chitre you can see the Dhaulagiri range straight ahead. After along approximately 9hours ascending you reach your campsite GHOREPANI, from here magnificient views of Annapurna Range including Dhaulagiri I is visible.

Day 19: Trek to TARAPANI

This morning , rise early if you want to take an optional hour’s climb to Poon Hill (3015m). This high pount offers a panoramic 360 degree of the land around you . Your climb will be well – timed such that you will be able to watch sunrise approaching the mountains. It will be a memorable experience to relish; especially catching the sight of the distant snow peaks bathed in a coat of gold. Cut through forested patha and descend steeply to Tarapani. On the way, we will walk alongside a pebble – strewned stream and forest in this sub-alpine terrain.

Day 20: Trek to GANDRUNG

We would have leave the forest behind and approached the in this region, you can noticd the village is more prosperous than have served under the British Gorkha Brigade or Singapore Police. The composition of distant snow mountains and colourful cultural surrrounings make the area a truly superb backdrop for picture-taking .

Day 21: Trek to NAYAPUL / POKHARA

Drive POKHARA We will start descending down towards the Modi khola and in a short while we will be reaching SHUALI BHATTI for lunch. Onwards following the riverside trail, we reach Birethanti village and continue further till Naya pul. Cross the bridge and a short climb will bring you to the roadside where your bus will be awaiting to transfer you to POKHARA.

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