3, relatively easy ( technical 1 + altitudinal 2 ) | 16 Days in Nepal

Annapurna Round Trek

KATHMANDU - Dharapani - Chhame - Pisang - Manang - Tilicho BC - Tilicho Lake - Khangsar - Yak Karkha - Thorong Phedi - Thorong La - Muktinath - Jomsom - KATHMANDU
  • Activities

    Trekking

  • Altitude

    5,416 m
  • Group size

    4-10 pax
  • Trip Starts

    Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends

    Kathmandu
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A complete trek encircles the famous Annapurna Mountains. The trek offers great variety of sub-tropical plains in the Himalaya... foothills through the trans-Himalayan Manang and Mustang regions. The trek goes through Thorang-La Pass-5416m, between two valleys of Manang and Kaligandaki River gorge (the deepest gorge of the world). Above combinations make this trek one of the most famous in Nepal. It shows diverse culture, nature and traditional values.

Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)

ACAP was established in 1986 under the guidance of the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation. The project encompasses the entire Annapurna range, more than 7600 sq km. In an innovative approach to environmental protection, it was declared a "conservation area" instead of a national park. A large number of people live within the protected region, but traditional national park practices dictate that few, if any, people reside within park boundaries. In an effort to avoid any conflicts of interest, ACAP has sought the involvement of local people and has emphasized environmental education.

ACAP projects include the training of lodge owners, with an emphasis on sanitation, deforestation and cultural pride. They have trained trekking lodge operators and encouraged hoteliers to charge a fair price for food and accommodation. ACAP encourages the use of kerosene for cooking throughout the region, and requires its use above Chhomrong in the Annapurna Sanctuary and on the route between Ghandruk and Ghorapani. ACAP is supported by a "conservation fee" of Rs 650 that is collected from all trekkers who obtain trekking permits for the Annapurna region.

ACAP has encouraged the construction of toilets throughout the area; use them no matter how disgusting they are. ACAP has also made provision for the supply of kerosene in those parts of the conservation area where the use of firewood by both trekking groups and hotels is prohibited.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal. Meeting at the airport, transfer to hotel. Walk around the city. We recommend a walk through the old town, walk around Durbar Square, watch new Royal Palace, Parliament, and numerous temples.
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley
Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley. Sight Seeing in Kathmandu valley. Familiarity with Kathmandu Durbar Square old palace, visit the palace of the living goddess Kumari. The world's largest ancient Stupa Boudhanath - center of Tibetan Buddhism. At sunset - a site visit of the Force - Swoyambhunath stupa, located at 77 E-meter hill, inhabited by monkeys, overlooking the Kathmandu valley. It offers the best views of the city and the Himalayas. Evening visa. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 3 Drive: Kathmandu to Dharapani
Drive: Kathmandu to Dharapani (1995m) We start our journey into the hills through the winding roads along the Trishuli River. Enroute we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greenery, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenarios. Upon arrival at Mugling, we head along the road toward Pokhara. We leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre, and head north to Besisahar. An drive to Dharapani.
Day 4 Dharapani to Chame
Dharapani to Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5 - 6 hrs Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek. Overnight at Chame.
Day 5 Chame to Pisang
Chame to Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5 - 6 hrs A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. The forests and heavy vegetation would now be gone. We cross and re-cross the river again and again on suspension bridges. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. Upon walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang. Overnight at Lower Pisang.
Day 6 Pisang to Manang
Pisang to Manang: 6 - 7 hrs Today, we will have disjunctures of two routes that we follow. If taken upper route (Himalayan Glacier recommends), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, we will have outstanding sceneries. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us. We experience a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today. On the way, the cold and dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.
Day 7 Manang - Rest day for acclimatization
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude is suggested to get acclimatized with the altitude. The upcoming next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. Further, we pay an easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, upon wherre we will be at a village's monastery. At this site, we also visit at the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. Overnight at Manang.
Day 8 Manang to Tilicho Lake
Manang to Tilicho Lake (4200meters) After acclimatized at Manang we continue our adventure for Tilicho Lake, from Manang one heads out through the western gates and then one follows the path down to the river. After crossing the the Khangsar Khola on the bridge below Khangsar and ascend the slope to the village, a village still in the old Tibetan style and which is also known as last village of Nepal. Continue from Khangsar on a large path. Pass a Gompa (monastery). The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high ridge. At one point is an intersection. One path maintains the altitude, traversing the slopes towards a place where the valley is narrow; the other continues to ascend towards the line of the ridge. The former is the old path, and is much more difficult as it goes on really steep screed; the latter is the new path that goes a completely different way. Continue along the new path, reach a high crest, and descend on switch backs carved out through the screed slopes to a side valley of the main valley. At its bottom is a brook. On the other side of it is a building known as Tilicho Base Camp at elevation of 4200 meters. Overnight at basic Guesthouse
Day 9 Tilicho Lake
Tilicho Lake (4920m), descending to Khangsar (3730m) Today our journey start early in the morning around 6 AM as we trying to avoid the wind. From Base camp to the Tilicho lake takes another 3-4 hours. Tilicho Lake is a cold barren place in the afternoon and claimed as highest lake of the world. After we spend some time around Tilicho Lake we will return same way back to Khangsar.
Day 10 Khangsar to Yak Kharka
Khangsar to Yak Kharka (4150m) The trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. Overnight at Yak Karka.
Day 11 Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3 - 4 hrs We make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Trekkers like us use this point as a base camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them. But, Himalayan Glacier's team leader does not advise for this. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can sleep sound rather than a risky sleep in higher altitude at High Camp. Overnight at Thorong Phedi.
Day 12 Thorong Phedi to Thorong La to Muktinath
Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft]: 7 - 8 hrs We reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5416m/17764ft). An early start is important to complete the mission. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail. But the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. Upon setting sun we will be at Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. Overnight at Muktinath.
Day 13 Muktinath to Jomsom
Muktinath to Jomsom (2720meters) 5 hours. Today we follow the trail down to the Eklebhatti, and then follow the Kaligandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is large town with many facilities, it is also headquarter and official town for whole Mustang district where all the government office are available for local people in Mustang. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 14 Flight: Jomsom - Pokhara
Transfer to Hotel (5* Temple Tree Resort) Enjoy a walk along the lake.
Day 15 Flight to Kathmandu
Transfer to Hotel

Cost Include

  • Airport transfers - Pick up and drop
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu at a good tourist class hotel for 2 nights before and 1 nights after trekking.
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast in Pokhara at a good tourist class hotel for 2 nights in Pokhara.
  • Kathmandu City tour.
  • 1 Nepalese English Speaking Guide for group.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP) entrance permit fee.
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Pass.
  • Transportation Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Cost Does not Include

  • Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Hotel after 3 nights stay in Kathmandu.
  • Hotel after 2 Nights stay in Pokhara.
  • Travel/medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Meals in Kathmandu & while Trekking.
  • Porters on Trek
  • Overnight accommodation in Hotel/Lodges along the trail.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, donations, tips etc...

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Necessary travel papers (documents)

  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card.
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee.

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Mingma Gelu Sherpa

Mingma Gelu Sherpa is a mountaineer and entrepreneur. He has summited Mt. Everest 8 times. He is also the first Nepali to summit Mt. Elbrus in Russia. He has been on the mountains since his youth, coming from the Makalu region, and working on mountain expeditions since the age of 14.

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