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Annapurna Round Trekking

  • Annapurna Round Trekking

Overview

This is one of the most fantastic treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Annapurna Round trek takes us to the Jomsom and then fly to Pokhara. This is one of the most liked typical trek in the world.  Our 14-days journey begins from Kathmandu where we visit wonderful World Heritage Sites around the city. We start trek from Syange and enjoy the ever-changing landscape and culture of the Annapurna region. During the Annapurna round trek we get victory over one of the worlds highest pass -Thorong La (5,416m/17,769ft) and enjoy the dry yet beautiful landscape of the Manang valley. After crossing the pass, we reach Muktinath a place of high religious importance for the Nepalese (both Hindus and Buddhists).

Greatest period

Mid Sept to mid Dec and March to May is the best period for Annapurna Round Trek. The climate is fine and lukewarm with terrific views. But the nights are cold and can fall to icy level in higher altitude. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good, only problem is cold temperature. Trekking in monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain. The hike paths are busy for the period of mid Sept to mid Dec.

Summarize circuit

1st Day: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expeditions will heartily welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel.You take rest and enjoy your meal in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu

 

2nd Day: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast, we set out for the city sightseeing to the historical monuments. You will visit UNESCO world heritage sites, which include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Darbar Squar, Bhaktapur Darbar Square, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath. We will give you briefing about the trekking you begin from tomorrow at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

 

3rd Day: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608 ft): 8 - 10 hours

We begin our long drive to Syange early in the morning. On the way we get to enjoy the countryside of Nepal with its green hills, winding rivers, terraced farms and ofcourse the beautiful Himalayas. Overnight in Syange

 

4th Day: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7 - 8 hours

The trail passes through barley, rice and potato fields and the waterfalls continue to accompany us during the trek. After crossing the village of Kodo, one of the biggest village in the Manang valley we reach Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani

 

5th Day: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360 meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight in Chame

 

6th Day: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley then crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters. Overnight in Pisang

 

7th Day:  Pisang to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours

Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga to nearby Manang. Overnight in Manang

 

8th Day: Manang: Acclimatization day

This day is set aside for acclimatization to the higher altitude. We’ll spend our time visiting the monastery with a side trip to Gangapurna Lake. We can also walk around the local villages and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic.

If you wish to make day hiking trip such as visiting Milarepa cave, Ice Lake you need to extend your rest day in Manang because hike to Ice Lake is hard full day trip from Manang and also Milarepa cave not suggest in one day.

 

9th Day: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, ascends to the village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. We’ll then follow the valley northward, passing pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. Further on we pass 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 contentedly graze. We cross the river on a wooden bridge and passan ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow before arriving at another small village - Yak Kharka. Gentle but gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems.

 

10th Day: Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours

Today we will make our way to the foot of the pass to Throng Phedi. This is a small yet busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Groups such as ours use this point as a base camp. Some members of the group might want to hike to the High Camp today to make next day easier for them –although the Nepal Hiking Team have reservations about this. There is a tough day planned for tomorrow and we stop at Thorong Phedi in order to sleep soundly (rather than risk a less peaceful night in the higher altitude at High Camp). Overnight at Thorong Phedi local Guesthouse.

 

11th Day: Trek to Thorong La (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) then drive to  Jomsom: 7 - 8 hours trek, 1 hour drive

We will make an early start on our climb to the pass. As we approach the peak, the trail becomes slushy from melting snow. After making our way through rocky ridges, we arrive at the top of the pass. The top offers an indescribably magnificent 360 degree panorama of snowcapped peaks extending northwards into Tibet. Looking back, we can see several peaks of Annapurna and in front of us is the beautiful gorge of Kali Gandaki.  Our trail then descends steeply down to Muktinath - an important pilgrimage sight for both Buddhist and Hindus. Next, we drive from Muktinath to Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom

 

12th Day: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara: 30 minutes

After breakfast, we fly to Pokhara from Jomsom. It is 30 minutes mountain flight. On arrival at Pokhara airport, we will be transferred to hotel. We get some rest and explore the beauty of Pokhara valley. Overnight in Pokhara

 

13th Day: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

Today we drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The drive is unforgettable through the villages, terraced fields and the forested hills above the road. More than that, on the way back to Kathmandu, we follow the river and streams, cross many bridges and junctions. After arrival, we go to hotel to check in and in the evening, we will have dinner together with typical Nepalese Cultural Show. Overnight at Kathmandu

 

14th Day: Final departure

Your beautiful journey to the country of Himalayas ends today. The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expedition will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport before 3 hours of your scheduled flight and wishes to have a safe journey.

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag  (to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

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