Annapurna Circuit Trek [10th November to 25th November 2012] - Registration is ON
This trek circling north of the Annapurna massif offers a great opportunity to discover the diversity and beauty of Nepal. We climb from the exotic valley of the Marsyandi River - where Hindu farmers cultivate their rice fields with water buffaloes - to the Buddhist highlands of Manang and Pisang, where traders from Tibetan origin live in medieval dwellings. In Braga we visit the oldest monastery of the area, probably 500 years old. On our track to the Thorung La (5460m) we walk through high alpine scenery while Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m) and Gangapurna (7454m) tower above us. After conquering the Thorong La, situated at 5416m, we have a splendid view over the Kali Gandaki canyon. We head to the pilgrimage place Muktinath and descend to Kagbeni, the gateway to Mustang and finish in Jomson from where we fly to Pokhara.
10th Nov 2012: Arrival in Kathmandu
11th Nov 2012: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
12th Nov 2012: Drive to Besi Sahar & Trek Bhulbule
13th Nov 2012: Trek Jagat
14th Nov 2012: Trek Dharapani
15th Nov 2012: Trek Chame
16th Nov 2012: Trek Pisang
17th Nov 2012: Trek Manang
18th Nov 2012: Rest Day in Manang
19th Nov 2012: Trek Yak Kharka
20th Nov 2012: Trek High Base Camp
21st Nov 2012: Trek Muktinath
22nd Nov 2012: Trek Jomsom
23rd Nov 2012: Fly Pokhara
24th Nov 2012: Drive back to Kathmandu
25th Nov 2012: Fly back home
Day 01 (10th November 2012) – Arrival in Kathmandu (Participant should reach before 05:00PM today)
Pick-up at Tribhuvan International Airport, meeting with your guide and transfer to the hotel. First impressions of Kathmandu (1350 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 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 02 (11th November 2012) – Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Today 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 03 (12th November 2012) – Drive to Besi Sahar & Trek Bhulbule
Early 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 04 (13th November 2012) – Trek Jagat
Beyond 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 Sisneri Khol 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 descend 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 (1080 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 05 (14th November 2012) – Trek Dharapani
After descending to the Ghatta Kola river, we climb steeply up through forests and pass beautiful cascades just before reaching Chamje (1410 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 (1590 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 (1850 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
Day 06 (15th November 2012) – Trek Chame
After 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 (2160 m) you are rewarded with a close view of Annapurna II. At Bagarcchap (2082 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 then one hour brings us to Chame (2650 m) Manang’s district center. All Manang villages are characterized by both entrance and exit chorten. After 5.5hrs. trek we take rest in a pleasant lodge run by a Tibetan family.
Day 07 (16th November 2012) – Trek Pisang
Above Chame the Marsyandi valley becomes very narrow with many tall waterfalls. We take a 5 hours 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 (3240 m) where you have plenty of time to explore the village, the mani wall and chorten.
Day 08 (17th November 2012) – Trek Braga - the High Route
Today 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 09 (18th November 2012) – Trek Manang
We start the day with a two hour walk through open forest and along barley and buckwheat fields to Bragha (3460 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 (19th November 2012) – Trek Yak Kharka
Today we hike in 4 hours to Yak Kharka (4020m). 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 (4230 m). We prefer to stay here as the lodges are much better than in Letdar, one hour further away.
Day 11 (20th November 2012 – Trek Thorung Phedi High Camp
An easy two or three hour walk up to at Thorung Phedi (4 540 m), a desolate rock-strewn meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs. We have lunch and spend the afternoon drinking tea in Thorung Phedi Basecamp Hotel. Tonight we sleep at the ‘Phedi’, which literally means ‘foot of the hill’.
Day 12 (21st November 2012) – Trek Muktinath
We start early for the three to four hour walk to the top of Thorung La at 5400m, 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 1550 m the same day to reach Muktinath at 3760 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 both 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 (22nd November 2012) – Trek Jomson
From 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 2710 m. We celebrate here our last moment with our trekking crew.
Day 14 (23rd November 2012 – Flight to Pokhara
The trip concludes with a flight back from Jomson to Pokhara and relaxing in the beautiful settings of Pokhara and Phewa Tal. Here there are many optional activities like cycling, paragliding and sightseeing in this idyllic town!
Day 15 (24th November 2012) – Drive Kathmandu
Early morning we drive with a comfortable tourist bus back to Kathmandu where you enjoy your last evening in vibrant Thamel.
Day 16 (25th November 2012) – Flight out Kathmandu
Transfer to Tribhuvan Airport – End of the trip
Participation fees: USD1650 per person
In Kathmandu: 3 nights Hotel accommodation, welcome dinner in Kathmandu, transportation with private car in Kathmandu for sightseeing and airport transfers.
In Pokhara: 1 night Hotel accommodation. Flight ticket Jomsom – Pokhara. Tourist bus ticket Pokhara – Kathmandu. Private bus transfer from Kathmandu to Besisahar
In Annapurna: Accommodation in lodges, meals from your choice from the menu (except bar bill) and assistance of all necessary staffs. Trekking guides and assistant guides as well as their expenses including insurance, entry fee Annapurna Conservation Area Project, TIMS Card (Trekking Information Management System), domestic airport taxes and all ground transportations and governmental taxes. Traveling insurance (11 days).
International Flights (India to Kathmandu & return), Personal expenses like laundry, communication, shopping, meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara (except welcome dinner in Kathmandu). Tips for Guides and Porters or staffs, World Heritage entry fees in Kathmandu sightseeing,
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