AROUND ANNAPURNA TREKKING
Round Annapurna trek is difficult to match for its rugged mountain scenery, trekking
challenges and the expose it provides on the variety of ethnic Nepalese
cultures. Starting in the lowland paddy fields the trek steadily gains
altitude passing through oak and pine forests and eventually emerging into
high desert country at Manang (3597 m.). The descent is equally amazing and
Strenuous trekking is well rewarded at both low and high altitudes, on the
approach to the Thorung La (17,769 ft) as well as during the descent from
it. Close up views of the Annapurna range (40 miles between the two river
valleys contain at twelve 7000 m peaks and many more above the 6000m mark).
Varied ecosystems, diverse cultures and an ever-changing landscape - lush,
green paddy fields and oak forests, arid deserts and the deepest gorge in
the world make this one of the most popular treks in the world.
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Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Full day guided sightseeing around world heritage sites inside
the Kathmandu Valley.
Join the welcome dinner with Live Nepalese cultural program hosted by Makalu
Adventure. Hotel Overnight.
Day 03: Drive: Kathmandu / Besishar (760m / 5 hrs)
After breakfast you will board your private transport and start the drive to
Dumre. This drive can take up to five hours and packed will be lunch
provided. Your adventure vacation truly starts the moment you reach Besishar
where your crew will be waiting for you. Your first day's stay will be at
Day 04: Besisahar / Kuhdi (790m / 3 hrs)
Pass through the village of Besisahar and descend to the river valley.
Crossing the river the trail climbs steeply and continues contouring in wet
subtropical forests and paddy fields. The trail continues north above the
Marsyangdi Khola towards Khudi Khola, a major tributary that drains the East
End of the Lamjung Himal. Then, crossing suspension bridge to come back to
the Marsyangdi Khola you reach the village of Khudi.
Day 05: Khudi / Bhaunadanda (1310m / 4 hrs)
The changes in the valley's ecosystem and its physical characteristics
become evident now. Himalchuli is the major summit to the east. Crossing the
river to its east bank you pass through the village of Bhulbhule and heading
north continue past Ngadi (930 m.) to the ridge top settlement of Bahundanda
(1311 m.). The name of this village literally means "Brahmin Hill".
Day 06: Bhaunadanda / Tal (1700m / 6 hrs)
Descend to the valley floor and then, crossing the river, climb steeply out
of it to follow a trail beautifully carved out of the rock wall of the
valley. Passing through Khani Gaoon and Ghermu you reach Sangye. Continue
along the West Bank of the Marsyangdi River through the village of Jagat to
Chamje where you will cross the river to its eastern bank to enter the
Manang District at the village of Tal.
As you head upstream, you will begin to notice the changes in the people as
well as the land, architecture and culture. You notice that there is a
concentration of people of Tibetan origin, their houses are built of rock,
the vegetation is less tropical and the culture is predominantly Tibetan.
Day 07: Tal / Bagarchap (2160m / 6 hrs)
The trail from Tal crosses the Marsyangdi Khola to its West Bank after the
village of Karte and continues towards the village of Dharapani. From
Dharapani you continue up the river valley past the Gurung village of Thonje
to the village of Bagarchap. Bagarchap means "Butcher's place".
Day 08: Bagarchap / Chame (2670m / 7 hrs)
Continuing along the left bank, climb up the heavily wooded Manang Valley
past small settlements with excellent views of Manaslu and the peaks above
Larkya La. Lodge at the village of Chame, administrative headquarters of the
region and the last major market before Jomosom. Chame also has a police
check post and bank.
Day 09: Chame / Pisang (3300m / 6 hrs)
From Chame the trail condition changes, somewhat. The contnuing trail is not
as well maintained as the one up to Chame. Pass through pine forests, over
fairly level ground, through the village of Taleku to Bhratang. Like all
vilages since Dharapani these predominantly Buddhist villages have an
entrance chorten and an exit chorten. Annapurna II can be seen to the south
and you are now behind the main Himalaya peaks in their rainshadow area.
After crossing a series of woodden cantilever bridges you enter a spruce and
fir forest that eventually gives way to a pine forest. After days in the
gorge the forests provide a welcome change. Crossing the river to its left
bank you reach your lodge at the village of Pisang. You may want to visit
the village before dinner.
Day 10: Pisang / Manang (3540m / 5 hrs)
You are now in the dry arid region of Manang called Nyesyang. Since this
area falls in the rainshadow area of the Himalaya it seldom rains in the
summer months, though it snows in the winter and the snow remainas on the
gorund for a long time. The population is mostly farmers and traders though
it is the men that do most of the trading. People in this area keep
comparatively less domestic animals and the consumption of meat is very
There are two routes leading leading out of Pisang towards the Manang
valley. The one you will follow stays to valley floor, on the left bank.
Spectacular views of Annapurna III and IV along with Gangapuran and Tilicho
peaks abound. This is possibly the best day for viewing mountains. You will
pass through the village of Hongde where there is a STOL airfield servicing
the Manang district.
Day 11: Rest to acclimatize
Today is a day for rest and acclimatization. Those who want may take a short
half-day hike from Braga. Retrace your steps to the Manang Mountaineering
School and walk up the gully, past the powerhouse, which supplies
electricity to upper Manag valley, towards the base of Annapurna III for a
real, close up look at this mountain. You should, however, not attempt to go
to far and exhaust yourself. Remember this is actually a rest day!!
Day 12: Manang / Letdar (4200m / 4 hrs)
Half an hour away from Braga, upstream and after a slight climb is the
village of Manang, which lends its name to the whole district upward of
Chame. Manang has a few shops where one can re-stock on supplies like
chocolates, films and alkaline batteries - all, of course, for a price. Past
Manang, the trail climbs steeply to the village of Tenki, which is the last
permanent settlement, this side of the Thorung La. Climb a little further
and then contour slowly past pastures to Yak Kharka (literally meaning Yak
Pastures) to lodge at Letdar
Day 13: Letdar / Thorung Phedi (4450m / 6 hrs)
Continue through pastures, which eventually give way to high arid desert at
Phedi, at the base of Thorung La.
Day 14: Cros Thorung La (5416m / 6 hrs). Continue to Muktinath (3800m / 2
Leaving the river valley you set out early in the morning provided the
weather is good and it is not snowing. From Phedi ascend to a notch and
turning left head for the Thorung La. A chain of rocks marks the pass, which
might not be visible if there is snow. Beyond the pass you enter the river
valley of the Kali Gandaki River. The descent from the pass to Muktinath is
steep but not difficult.
Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists who flock
there annually for their respective festivals. A rest day here allows you
the opportunity to explore the area and the ancient shrines. Of particular
interest is the temple of the Hindu God Vishnu and the one hundred and eight
waterspouts where devotees bathe. From Muktinath there are beautiful views
of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m.).
Day 15: Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m / 4 hrs)
Trek down along a level but rocky trail through juniper thickets to Jomsom.
In the late afternoon it gets very windy and there is likelihood of getting
small pebbles in the wind. Take care to guard your eyes and cover as much of
your skin surface as possible. Your sunglasses should, preferably, have
Day 16: Flight: Jomsom (2710m) – Pokhara (900m)
Take your flight back to Pokhara. Enjoy the attractions of Pokhara yourself
freely. Overnight Hotel.
Day 17: Flight: Pokhara - Kathmandu Overnight hotel.
Day 18: Final Departure.
You can trek down from Jomsom for a complete circuit. If so, the
part below will be added from Muktinath. Please write us for more
Day 01: Trek Muktinath to Marpha. (6 hrs) Camp.
Day 02: Trek Marpha to Ghasa. (5 hrs) Camp.
Day 03: Trek Ghasa to Tukche. (5 hrs) Camp.
Day 04: Trek Tukche to Tatopani. (4 hrs) Camp.
Day 05: Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani. (5 hrs) Camp.
Day 06: Trek Ghorepani to Hile. (6 hrs) Camp.
Day 07: Trek to Nayapul. (5 hrs). Drive to Pokhara. Hotel
01. All ground transfers by private vehicle as per our itinerary.
02. Three star Thamel Eco resort Hotel in KTM (Twin Sharing, including breakfast &
all Govt. Tax and VAT.)
03. Welcome Dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program hosted by Makalu
04. Guided sightseeing around world heritage sites of KTM including all
applicable entrance fees.)
05. All domestic airfares (Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu.).
06. Lodge-to-Lodge trekking arrangement. (Accommodation and foods as
best available on local lodges.)
07. National Park / Conservation Area Permit Fees.
08. Guide, porters and their daily wages, insurance with all necessary
09. Accommodation at Tibet Resort in Pokhara (including breakfast, and
01. Airport taxes.
02. Expenses of personal nature such as bottled drinks, mineral water,
laundry and etc.
03. Rescue and evacuation - if needed.
04. Personal medical and travel insurance.
05. Tips and Gratitude.
Fixed departure 2013:
All the itineraries are subject
to change to suit your schedule