The Annapurna Region in central Nepal is the most geographically and culturally diverse region for trekking. Over 2,500 trekkers visit the Annapurna Sanctuary region yearly. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) working along with the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) has declared this region as area of conservation and sustainable development. Stretched over 2600 sq. km., the area boasts of a variety of diverse cultures, tribes and castes as the Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Manangis and the Tibetans. This area has sub-tropical lowlands, valleys, bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus and the towering Annapurna Mountains. This area has the world’s deepest river gorge, Kali Gandaki, lying some 6900-metres/22,563 ft. below some of the world’s largest and most beautiful mountains as the Annapurna I (world’s 8th highest) & Fishtail (one of the most beautiful). Animals and birds are in abundance in this region. 440 species of birds and animals like the marten, deer, langur and the elusive snow leopard live in this area.
Upon arrival in Katmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to hotel. After welcome refreshments and room check in the hotel, there will be a short briefing and orientation about the your program. Rest of the day is free for rest & refreshment.
After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City. It includes visit to the Bouddhanath Stupa, the biggest stupa in Nepal. This is also called by many as Khasti Chitya, is one of the oldest stupas in the country. The stupa, a well-known Buddhist pilgrimage site, is included in World Heritage Cultural site list by UNESCO. With diameter of about 100m and 40m height, Buddhanath holds its place among the largest Stupa in the world!
Later proceed to Pashupatinath Temple, with its astonishing architectural beauty, stands as a symbol of faith, religion, culture and tradition. Regarded as the most sacred temple of Hindu Lord Shiva in the world, Pashupatinath Temple’s existence dates back to 400 A.D. The richly-ornamented pagoda houses the sacred linga or phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world come to pay homage to this temple that is also known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings’, which is listed UNESCO world heritage Site. Later transfer back to hotel for some rest and refreshment.
After visiting Pashupatinath Temple proceed for sightseeing tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square. Listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. The Palace Complex was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and was the site of important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch. We can also visit Temple of Living Goddess “Kumari”, and the Kasthamandap Temple, which is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree from which Kathmandu derives its name
After breakfast, check out from and start scenic drive to Beshi Sahar via, where the trek starts en – route we will stop at Riverside Spring Resort in Kurintar for a hearty lunch.
After a hearty lunch, continue drive to Besi Sahar (823 m) which is the main town of Lamjung district. Until recently this market town of 2000 inhabitants was called Besigaon. However since the opening of the road to Manang, in the late seventies, the village became a compulsory stop over for those who go trekking around the Annapurna and was renamed Besi sahar. There are several dministrative offices here, as well as post-offices and a police check-post where your trekking permit will be examined for the first time.
After early breakfast, check out from the hotel and start drive to Bashishahar. From Bashishahar continue drive to Chame through the unpaved Mountain Road En-route stop at Dharapani Vilalge for lunch. After lunch continue drive to Chame. The District Headquarters of Manang District, which is another 45 minutes away.
We walk along the river to reach the village of Bratang (2919m), mainly populated by Tibetans. Here we stop to have a hearty Lunch. On the way Bratang we pass through a splendid pine forest with splendid / views of Lamjung and Annapurna II and IV.
After lunch it’s about two hours walk to reach the top, where trekkers traditionally used to plant a pine sapling, not only to establish that they have made it to the top, but also to contribute to the reforestation of the area. We have to go down to Pisang (3185m) from where it takes about an hour to reach there. There are neither houses nor any water resources on the way down.
After we have crossed the Pisang Khola there is a forty-five minutes steep climb up to a steep pass. From the top of the pass we get a glimpse of Paunda Danda (4655m), mount Pisang and Manang valley, with right before you Mount Tilicho. On the way down to Hongde we come across a check post where the trekking permits will be again examined. We will have our lunch here until the permits are examined.
After lunch at Hongde the valley widens and we get to see the Annapurnas III and IV (7555m and 7525m) to the left, East and West Chulus(6584m and 6419m) on the right, towards the horizon there are views of highest peak of Mount Thorung(6481m) and to the east, the crown of Mount Pisang. From Hongde we climb upto the ancient village of Braga (3505m). We can take time to wander around Braga to see this picturesque village with its flat roofed houses and to visit the Gompa, not only the largest in the region but also the richest with its fine collection of Thangkas (religious scroll paintings) and prayer books. It takes only forty-five minutes to reach Manang from here, which sits on the plateau at 3530m.
The Khangsar trail goes downhill to a chorten, then turns northwest and heads down towards the river. Stay on a north bank and head west, following a trail alongside the river. Follow the power lines along the ridge on a wide trail, and then traverse along the south side of the ridge through a blue pine forest and cross the suspension bridge then climbs to meet the ridge.
Khangsar is collection of traditional building surrounding a large village square. The top storey of each house has been whitewashed, but a complex web of power lines detracts somewhat from the picturesque aspect of the village after lunch continue gentle climb to Shree Kharkha, from where you can witness the bird eye view of Tilicho Peak and Annapurnas.
Beyond Khangsar and the Tilicho Base Camp the trails climb steeply to a small chorten, then climb more gently through juniper and sea buckthorn bushes to a crest at 3900 m. Traverse into a side valley, cross a stream and climb to some herders huts and a trail junction at 4050 m. From here the trail is narrow and through the several landslides area, so we have to carefully.
After lunch start climb to Tilicho Tal (Lake) starts up a valley then traverses onto a moraine making a long climb to 4710 m. There are outstanding views of Khangsar Kang, Tarke Kang, and Gangapurna as well as great views down the valley to Manang and Upper Pisang. The trail then makes a series of steep switchbacks, climbing for an hour to a false summit and on to a crest at 5010 m. From here to the lake the trail is lined with hundreds of large stone slabs set on end. Passing two Lakes, the trail crest at a cairn and prayer flags where you’ll let get your first view of the Lake (4920 m), said to be 4 Km long and 2.5 Km wide, which is in the world’s highest place so it is the world’s highest Placed Lake. After visiting Tilicho Lake, continue backtrack to Base Camp
After early breakfast start trek back to Shree Kharka for early lunch. After lunch take a upper trail towards left through the Pine, Jenifer and Rhododendron forest. You will arrive above Khangsar where you may see Yaks & Horses grazing around. From here steep descend to the River.
Cross the river on suspension bridge and continue to Yak Kharkha, where you can check in at a Teahouse lodge.
It normally takes about two hours to reach Thorung Phedi from Lattar, but owing to the high elevation we advise trekkers to walk slowly with frequent rests and water breaks in order to avoid getting sick at such an extreme elevation. Thorung Phedi means ‘foot of the hill’ and it is situated at a height of 4220m on a small hill overlooking a high plateau.
After lunch at Thorung Phedi continue ascent for another 2 hours to the High Camp. not because it is very high, but it is closer to Thorung La pass and saves trekkers appx 3~4 hours while crossing the main Thorung la pass the following day.
Very early morning wakeup call and start the ascent to Thorung la pass. We have to cross about twenty hills on the way to reach the summit, Thorong la, at 5,415 meters and it takes about 4 hours to reach the main pass from Thorung Phedi, but if we have spent the previous night at High Camp it will take appx 2~3 hours only. On the way up we get to see many prayer flags several cairns (small mounds of rock). From the top we get to see the Yakgawa Kang or Thorungse (6481m) to the north and Khatung Kang (6484) to the south and the Annapurnas along with the Gangapurna to the southeast. In the horizon to the west, Dhaulagiri (8169m) and Mount Tukuche (6920m) are also visible. From the summit the descent to Muktinath (3802m) takes about three hours and the difference in altitude is of 1600m. Here we will find another check post where we have to show our trekking permits. After some rest in Jomsom walk to the public jeep station and drive Jomsom.
After breakfast check out from lodge and walk to Jomsom domestic Airport, to board the short flight to Pokhara, which is an enchanting city nestled in the tranquil valley (827m/2,712 ft.) on the laps of the mighty Annapurna Himalayan Range. With its beautiful lakes, lush green surroundings and fantastic views of the Annapurna range including the Fish Tail Mountain; it is considered one of nature’s finest gifts to Nepal.
Pm: After lunch proceed for a boat ride on the Lake Phewa and visit beautiful Barahi Temple, which lines in the Island of Lake Phewa.
Eve: Stroll around colorful Lakeside Bazaar and dine at a nice restaurant (on your own)
Spend a relaxing day in Pokhara for a most deserved rest. Meanwhile you are free to go on excursion of this beautiful City surrounded by beautiful snowcapped Mountains, lush green hills and Lakes. This is also a free day in the event of delays on trek due to unavoidable circumstances.
After breakfast check out from hotel and get transferred to Pokhara domestic Airport to board the 25 min. scenic flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival meet waiting vehicle and get transferred to hotel. Rest of the day is free for personal activities.
Private Airport transfers in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per Itinerary accompanied by Company representative.
Drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar (pre trek) by private vehicle.
Drive from Beshishahar to Chame by locally available public jeep.
Three nights say at hotel in Kathmandu (as above) on twin / double room sharing basis inclusive of breakfast and taxes.
Two night stay at hotel in Pokhara (as above) on twin / double room sharing basis inclusive of breakfast and taxes.
10 nights / 11 days Annapurna Circuit trek inclusive of accommodation at teahouse lodges on sharing basis, all major meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Services of an experience English speaking Trek Leader, Sherpa assistant/s & Porters.
All applicable Trek permits (ACAP & TIMS)
Contribution to Porter insurance and equipment.
Welcome & farewell dinners in Kathmandu.
Services not Inclued
International Airfares to/from Kathmandu.
Domestic Airfares (Quoted separately)
Nepal entry visa fees.
Personal insurance, evacuation and medical expenses
Meals except welcome & farewell dinner while staying at hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
Any sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Items of personal nature such as bar bills, drinking water on trek, telephone calls, laundry, drinking water, extra mileage and any extra costs incurred due to natural calamities, flight delays etc.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance or “Umbrella Insurance” to cover – Illness, hospitalization, travel medicines, loss of valuables, thefts change of itinerary, flight and tour cancellations due to unavoidable circumstances and most of all Emergency Helicopter Charter for evacuation.
Items not specified in the above in “costs include column”.