Thorong-La Pass (5416m.)
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  • Trip Duration: 19 days
  • Max. Altitude.: 5416 m.
  • Group Size: 01-20 Pax
  • Best Travel Time: Jan, Feb, March, April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec.

Annapurna Full Circuit Trek - 19 Days

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  • June 1, 2007 at 05:34 pm

    Michael

    Australia

    Wonderful trek through the Annapurnas to Muktinath

    Annapurna Full Circuit Trek - 19 days

    Hi Tilak,
    Just a note to thank you for organising such a wonderful trek through the Annapurnas to Muktinath. Thanks to Bhairam our guide, Yem and Kri...
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  • November 17, 2004 at 10:43 am

    Susie and Tony

    United States

    A great Trip of Annapurna Circuit and Pisang Peak Climbing

    Annapurna Full Circuit Trek - 19 days

    All was excellent, except we wish the Sherpa spoke more English. Since communication on the climb is so critical, that made it a bit hard, though I ad...
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Annapurna region is best described as the most happening incentive trekking destination of Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit Trek has been proved as a highly praised and spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. This three weeks trek starts right from Besishahar and goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great view of Manashlu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.

The highest point of the trek is Thorungla pass at the top of the valley at 5416m high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many peoples to manage in one day.

As we descend to the west at Muktinath from Manang, we continue to the the barren Tibetan like village of the kali Gandaki - the world's deepest gorge passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorung La pass from Manang to Muktinath the final seven days of the circuit trek are the same as the Jomsom Trek from Pokhara, but in reverse.

Highlights

  • Beautiful Manang Village
  • Thorung-La Pass(5416m)
  • The pilgrimage town or temple above the clouds-MUKTINATH
  • Sunrise and mountains views from Poon Hill
  • Panoramic views of Annapurna, Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, Annapurna I, Machhapuchhare, Gangapurna, Tent peak, Gandharba Chuli)
  • The world deepest gorge in Kali Gandaki River
  • Hot spring at Tatopani

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu; you will be warmly welcomed by our Airport Representative, and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 02: Jeep drive Kathmandu to Jagat. 7 - 8 scenic drive through Prithivi high way. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 03: Trek to Tal (1675m).The day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 04: Trek to Danaque (2210m).

We walk through a wide and flat valley, then the journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition Zone before the dry highlands. Before we reach to Danaque we walk through a pine forest and mani walls. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 05: Trek to Chame (2630m).

With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, & then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. 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. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3300m).

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, 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 & 3300m. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 07: Trek to Manang (3500m).

Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Anapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784.

Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m 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 at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 08: Acclimatization day

Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and overviewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 09: Trek to Ledar (4250m).

Today we leave Manang, & the trai makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse.Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 10: Trek to Phedi or High camp (4600m).

The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4600m, we can recently found some good Guesthouses built. Your overnight stay will be there. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3710m).

The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 12: Trek to Tukuche (2600m)

This place is also nice settlements of more than 100 houses of Thakali people. It has also 2 monasteries, and one apple brandy factory. If you are interested to see how apple brandy are produced, you will be taken there.Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 13: Trek to Ghasa (2100m). Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (1200m)

This place is famous for its hot spring. This is the best place to relax your body after a long days trek. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 16: Hiking to Poonhill - back to Ghorepani, and trek downhill to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 17: Trek to Birethati, and 1 hour car drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel. B.L.D.

Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu by Private Car / Van - about 5 hours scenic drive. Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 19: Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey. Farewell!

Note: B.B> Bed and Breakfast, B.L.D> Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Includes
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pickup & drop-off by car / Van.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhra inclusive of breakfast.
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek.
  • Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • 1 English speaking guide
  • 1 supporter to carry your stuffs
  • Surface Transfer between Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu on private car
  • Permits (ACAP & TIMS).
  • Government taxes
Excludes
  • Any meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
  • Travel insurance
  • International air fare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu (please remember to carry 2 passport size photos)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  • Trekking Equipments (down sleeping bag and down jackets are available to hire or buy in Kathmandu, which would cost approximately US$ 1 per day per item to hire and US$ 60 to US$ 100 per item to buy).
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver...

    NOTE: Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.

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