Annapurna Trek

Duration

17 Days/16 nights

Activities

  • Hiking

Accommodation

  • 7 nights exclusive semi-permanent campsites

Meals

    Vegan/Vegetarian

  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast

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Overview

Enlarge your imagination to savore all the bewitching landscapes of this journey. A journey from below and above, an expedition that will bring you face to face with an eight thousander. This moderate difficult trek takes us around the entire Annapurna Massif reaching the zenith at Thorong La Pass(5,416m/17,769ft). This fascinating Annapurna massif includes the world’s tenth highest peak.

From climbing the terraced rice fields carved out of greenery to walking on a cannon so narrow, it is quite an experience. Enjoy the magnificent sunrise from the Poon Hill and trek through oak and rhododendron forests. This steady and gradual climb brings us to the splendid peaks of the Annapurna range.

This is a classic tea house trekking expedition since you will be staying in fancy lodges, interact with the locals, taste the Buddhist culture and experience diversities. Annapurna range quenches your thirst for thrill with the unending peaks of the mountains right from Pokhara and before the start of the trek itself. When you reach Ghandruk, the definite canvasses of Machapuchare, Annapurna South, and other peaks will be possibly seen.

Machapuchare, an important peak in the range is also known as the fish-tailed mountain. Natives believe that it is an abode of Lord Shiva. From the base camp of Machapuchare, one can capture the views of Annapurna 1, Annapurna South and Hiunchuli. The Annapurna Glacier situated on the opposite side alongside the towering glaciers called Gangapurna, Gandharvachuli, and Machapuchare offers there lofty views.

Itinerary

No. of DaysDays Schedule
Day 1 – Arrival in KathmanduPick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport, meeting with your guide and transfer to the hotel. First impressions of Kathmandu (1 350 m) – walk to medieval Kathmandu Durbar Square and explore the beautiful complex of palaces, temples, shrines, and courtyards built by the ancient Nepali kings between the 12th and 18th century. We bring you to our office and Thamel – the vibrant tourist area with hotels, restaurants, bakeries, and outdoor shops. We get to know each other over a welcome dinner, check formalities and equipment and discuss your itinerary.
Day 2 – Sightseeing in Kathmandu ValleyToday we discover the highlights of Katmandu and the valley. We adapt the program to your interests and desires or what you have seen on a previous visit to Nepal. Usually, we go to Pasupatinath on the bank of the Bagmati River, where the most important Hindu temples and burning ghats of Nepal are situated. In Bouddhanath we circumambulate together with Tibetan and Nepali Buddhist pilgrims the whitewashed stupa. Our sightseeing usually ends in Patan, the city of Beauty, an astonishing center of fine art and Buddhist and Hindu culture.
Day 3 – Drive to Besi Sahar & Trek to BhulbuleEarly morning, we drive in 6 hours to Besi Sahar (760 m), the headquarters of Lamjung district and the starting point for Annapurna Circuit trail. We start our tour in the characteristic central hills of Nepal. In Besi Sahar the trail drops to the Puwa Kola. After a walk through sub-tropical forests, we reach the tiny Gurung village of Khudi (830 m). We continue to follow the Marshyangdi valley and enjoy great views on Manaslu and Himalchuli. After a pleasant hike of 3 hours, we reach Bhulbule.
Day 4 – Trek to JagatBeyond Bhulebule the trail travels up the east bank of the river, passing a cascading waterfall. As we traverse extensive rice terraces, the best views of the Manaslu occur here. We cross the SisneriKhol at the end of the lovely village of Ngadi (900 m). After Ngadi we make a hot and steep ascent to Bahundanda – the Hill of the Brahmins – which is situated on a high ridge. We traverse the village and desend on a steep rocky trail past golden amphitheatre – shaped rice terraces. A climb over a ridge leads to the pleasant village of Kanigaon (1 170 m). After Kanigaon, the Marsyangdi valley forms a V. We cross the Marsyangdi over the suspension bridge at Syange (1 080 m) and follow the river. The path climbs up to a bhati and then crosses a high trail blasted out of nearly vertical cliffs. We descend past a waterfall to Jagat (1 330 m); a former custom post in the days of salt caravans. We stay here in a Tibetan style lodge after walking almost 6 hours.
Day 5 – Trek to DharapaniAfter descending to the Ghatta Kola river, we climb steeply up through forests and pass beautiful cascades just before reaching Chamje (1 410 m). We descend to the Marsyangdi River and cross a suspension bridge and climb a steep stone staircase to the small teahouses of Sattale. After drinking tea, we climb past fields, bamboo and rhododendron trees and descend again to Tal Besi (1 590 m), where we follow the steep mountain path to a military check post and Tall. At the check post you have a nice view of the wide plain by the river. The village gets its name from the lake (tal) that once filled the broad, flat valley. After lunch we leave Tal, and the path becomes high and winding following a narrow valley. Beyond Karte (1 850 m), the path drops again to the Marsyangdi river. We cross a suspension bridge and climb for short distance, after 6 hours we reach Dharapani (1 960 m).
Day 6 – Trek to ChameAfter Dharapani we continue to climb through forests of pine, oak, hamlet and maple. After an hour of walking through lovely, open forests, we reach a teahouse where we enjoy our last views on Manaslu. As the trail curves around the ridge to enter Bargarcchap (2 160 m) you are rewarded with a close view of Annapurna II. At Bagarcchap (2 082 m) you will want to visit the gompa with its colorful wall murals. Bagarcchap has flat-roofed houses indicating that there is less rain here during the monsoon because the clouds have unloaded their water to the south. Here we start to enter the “rain shadow” of the Himalaya. The forests become mostly pine and spruce. Less than one hour brings us to Chame (2 650 m) Manang’s district center. All Manang villages are characterized by both entrance and exit chorten. After 5,5 h trek we take rest in a pleasant lodge run by a Tibetan family.
Day 7 – Trek to PisangAbove Chame the Marsyandi valley becomes very narrow with many tall waterfalls. We take a 5 hour long pleasant hike through woods with some small ascents and enjoy our first views on Annapurna II (7 937m). We lunch on the road and arrive early afternoon in Lower Pisang (3 240 m) where you have plenty of time to explore the village, the mani wall and chorten.
Day 8 – Trek to Braga – the High RouteToday we follow the scenic upper route (5 hours) from Pisang to Braga. From upper Pisang the trail enters pine groves and yields views on the small turquoise lake of Mring Tso. We pass a line of eight chortens and ascend to the atmospheric village of Gyaru, an old village just off the main Annapurna trail. Another two or three hours brings us to Ngawal (3 600 m), a charming Manangi village.
Day 9 – Trek to ManangWe start the day with a two hour walk through open forest and along barley and buckwheat fields to Bragha (3 460 m). Bragha is a medieval Tibetan-style village with about 200 houses which are partially deserted. The village has the oldest monastery in the area, estimated more then 500 years old. It has an outstanding collection of statues, thangkas, and manuscripts. After visiting the monastery, we make a short gentle climb to Manang (3 540 m), past colorful chortens and a long stretched maniwall. The valley around Bragha is very arid, dominated by eroded cliffs and the striking peaks of Annapurna. We take a rest in headquarter Manang, a vibrant village packed with trekkers, teahouses, bakeries, and lodges. Manang is dominated by high peaks. Here you can attend the 3 o’clock lecture on altitude by the Himalayan Rescue Association.
Day 10 – Trek to Yak KharkaToday we hike in 4 hours to Yak Kharka (4 020m). It’s not a long day today, but we gain some altitude, so you should take it slowly. On the way we will meet local traders riding horses, going from Manang to Muktinath in one single day. We climb to the chorten and look back towards Manang and continue our way past Tengi and Gunsang to Yak Kharka (4 230 m). Traveltimes Treks prefers to stay here as the lodges are much better than in Letdar, one hour further away.
Day 11 – Trek to ThorungPhedi High CampAn easy two or three hours walk up to at ThorungPhedi (4 540 m), a desolate rock-strewn meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs. We have lunch and spend the afternoon drinking tea in ThorungPhedi Basecamp Hotel. Tonight, we sleep at the ‘Phedi’, which literally means ‘foot of the hill’.
Day 12 – Trek to MuktinathWe start early for the three to four hours walk to the top of Thorung La at 5 400m, from where you can see the Kali Gandaki Valley, Mustang and the surrounding peaks. The descent from the pass is gradual at first but then becomes steeper: you’ll drop 1 550 m the same day to reach Muktinath at 3 760 m for the evening’s camp. In total we walk 7 hours today. We enter lower Mustang, which we have actually reached just after the pass, and the serene temple complex of Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the holiest and most famous pilgrimage destinations for both Hindus and Buddhists. In the temple complex there is a pagoda-style temple containing an image of Vishnu and nearby a sacred stream feeds 108 water sprouts carved in the shape of cows. In the temple of Jwala Mai a small spring burning jet of natural gas flowing from an opening in a rock. This is a demonstration of divine omnipotence where the fire burns on water, earth, and stone. The panoramic views of both the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri are unexcelled from here.
Day 13 – Trek to JomsonFrom Muktinath we descend through more Mustangi medieval villages to Kagbeni, the last town before entering the Mustang area to the north. On the way you still have superlative views of the mountains. After a steep descent, we reach the windy Kali Gandaki River. We climb to the rooftop gompa of Kagbeni from where we have a marvelous view over the river junctions. After crossing the awesome Kali Gandaki canyon, you reach Jomson at 2 710 m. We celebrate here our last moment with our trekking crew.
Day 14 – Flight to PokharaAfter short flight we check in Hotel Pokhara View and lunch. In the afternoon, we can ride taxi to Begnash Taal or Lake, the city of 7 beautiful lakes and boat riding.
Day 15 – Pokhara Sightseeing around beautiful Pokhara (paragliding, boating, and walking to world’s peace Buddhist stupa hill are the main activities in Pokhara!).
Day 16 – Flight to KathmanduThe trip concludes with a last flight back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Farewell dinner at Third Eye Restaurant in Thamel.
Day 17 – Flight out KathmanduTransfer to Tribhuvan Airport

Inclusions

  • Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners all meals on trek
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Group medical kit
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Private vehicle transportation
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits and site entry fees
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter’s insurance

Accommodation

In Kathmandu, your stay will be comfortable and luxurious. At the hotel you will be guided with all the in and about of the expedition. We make sure to provide finest facilities available during the trail. These facilities will provide you good clean beds and personal/shared toilets. We ensure a cosy and pleasant accommodation.

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Essential information

To increase your likelihood of getting that coveted photo of yourself on top of Annapurna Trek, here are seven tips that can help you reach your goal!

  • Choose a longer route. For the highest chance of success and the lowest risk of altitude sickness, choose a longer journey to the summit rather than a shorter one.
  • Hike ahead of time. Exercises such as running and weightlifting can help, but the bulk of training, if not all of your training, should be hiking. Focus on your cardiovascular fitness, leg strength and spend time improving your balance
  • Hydrate on the mountain. At high levels of altitude, you dehydrate much quicker. Dehydration can increase your chances of headaches, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), overall fatigue, and even grouchiness, so drink plenty of water.
  • Gear up. While ascending , it is of the utmost importance to make sure you have the right gear.
  • Bring mountain treats. When at altitude, people often lose their appetite. Even with the extreme levels of exertion, getting the calories in to keep you going can be a strangely challenging task. We encourage you to bring some of your favorite, high-calorie snacks to munch on for your climb.
  • Believe! A positive mental attitude can keep you going when fatigue and doubts arise.
  • MOST IMPORTANT – DON’T FORGET TO CELEBRATE YOUR SUMMIT!

Why us

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Annapurna Trek

A Journey from Below and Above 17 Days/16 nights

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