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Few place in the world such a splendid variety of natural beauty as the Annapurna region. It is rare combination of long array of snow capped peaks, crystal clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep gorges, hot springs and picturesque villages inhabited by simple and friendly local people. This three-week trek takes you far way from the road, in to the heart of the high mountains.
It is said that Annapurna Circuit/Round is one of the famous trekking routes in the world. The trek around the Annapurna Massif is one of the finest in the Himalayas and is reguarly described as one of the top ten treks in the world It is observed that about 64% of the trekkers who come every years Nepal for trekking visit Annapurna regions of Nepal. So it is the most trekked area of Nepal. Annapurna area/region offers a great variety of beautiful landscapes, nature & culture of the central Himalayan area of Nepal with the best & splendid Himalayan panorama of Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Hiun Chuli and several other mid western Himalayan ranges of Nepal . From the heights of the pass we descend to Muktinath and its scared Buddhist and Hindu Shrines. Further south, the contrasts of the Nepal Himalaya become even more apparent, as high windswept passes are replaced by forests, or mandarin and banana groves. Finally we trek out of the gorges and look back to the peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, before traversing the forest ridges down to Pokhara.
On the way we would have passed through every type of vegetation zone from lush sub-tropical to harsh semi-desert and passed over one of the highest trekking passes in the world. We will have entered a world without roads or cars and witnessed the way people have worked, played and survived for hundreds and hundreds of years. We would have essentially walked through a time warp coming out the other side with a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world we live in.
Mostly visited Trekking route, Picturesque villages, turbulent river gorges, Ascending the Marshyangdi valley, Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga – Explore beautiful Manang village- Crossing the Throng- La (5416m) – The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, Typical Thakali village in Tukuche, The Apple kingdom of Nepal in Marpha, Views of Dhaulagiri Ice- fall, The world deepest gorge in the Kali Gandaki River, Natural Hot spring at Tatopani and Sunrise and best mountain views from Pooh hill.
Trek Name: Annapurna Circuit (Round) Trekking
Best Season:February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Trek Grade :Moderate + Fairly Strenuous
Accommodation : Tea House
Max altitude: 5416 m
Mode of Travel:Drive:Car/Van/Bus to Besisahar
Drive from Pokhara to Besi Sahar:
Drive to Besisahar about 5 hours stay at an altitude of 820m, We can work to Bhulbhule or take a bus to there.
Besisahar/Bhulbhule to Bahundanda:
We walk through the deep river gorge, rice fields, subtropical forest and small hamlets, past a majestic waterfall with towering peaks of Himalchuli and Manaslu.stay at 1320m
Bahundanda to Chamje:
A steep and slippery trail runs up and down through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Chamje at 1440m height.
Chamje to Bagarchhap: The path climbs the river through bamboo groves, we cross barely and potato fields to reach Dharapani and work an hour to Bagarchhap (2160m) site of our first Tibetan Monastery and with the views of Annapurna 2 and Lamjung Himal
Bagarchhap to Chame: The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. Stay at 2710m
Chame to Pisang: The trail follows through the river valley stay at pisang(3210m) with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna 2.
Pisang to Manang: Working through the fields of grazing Yak and a wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna2, 3, 4, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. Stay at 3570m.
Acclimatization day at Mannag : This is a rest day to acclimatize to the higher altitude. Time to visit monasteries take advice from Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya.
Manang to Churi Letder, We move through alpine pastures to scrubby forests of juniper and rose. We stay at an elevation of 4250m.
Churi atter to Thorong Phedi B.C – Working near by the river, It is some time possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep stay overnight at Phedi 4400m
Crossing Thorung La, arrive Muktinath, We ascend steeply to high camp at 4590m then along an undulating trail to the flat top of throngla( 5416m) from here the trail descend steeply down to Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Hindus. It is also home to many ethnics Tibetans and holy Buddhists stay at 3800m
Muktinath to Marpha 2665m: gradually through field and popular groves, then in to Kaligandaki valley. Visiting an old Buddhist Monastery after lunch Descend to Marpha a lovely village of white washed house and fertile fields as the trail continues, The Himalayan rain shadow end and open spaces make way for conifers forest.
Marpha to Ghasa 200m: nice village with greenery and open space.
Ghasa to Tatopani (1180m) , Working through subtropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias,. The trail follows the river through a world deepest George and have a very nice view one of the longest waterfall. Stay at Tatopani and visit natural hot spring.
Tatopani to Ghorepani 2775m: all the way up hill to Ghorepani about 7 to 8 hour working day.
Ghorepani to Hile 1495m : Early morning trek up to Poonhil, One of the best Himalayan view points in Nepal poonhill provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas . From poonhill one can enjoy spectacular view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Peak Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m), Gangapurna (7454m), Lamjung Himal (6986m), Mt Fishtail ( Macchapuchre 6997m), Tent Peak and many more High Himalayas, trek down to Ghorepani after breakfast start trekking Hile, all the way downhill working.
Hile to Pokhara: Trek to Birethanti via Nayapul walk through the lust, green Modiriver valley. Past waterfalls with plunge pools that invite you to swim. Stay at Pokhara, hotel
Note: (To make the trek shorter we can take a local jeep from Besisahar to Syange on day 01 and can reach Dharapani/Bagarchhap on Day 02. but still working visa Bahundanda offer best view of waterfalls, rice fields, local houses and Mountain View. Similarly from Muktinath we can take a local jeep directly to Tatopani, from there trek continues to Ghorepani/Poonhill via Pokhara. If you have short time and want to do a shorter version of Annapurna Circuit ( Round) Trekking please contact us for details itinerary)