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Annapurna Circuit – Jomsom Trek – 15 days

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15 days
Availability : September through June
Kathmandu, Nepal
Min Age : 9+
Max People : 14
Tour Details

The Annapurna Circuit is famous as Nepal’s classic trekking route, offering some of the finest views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and passing through more varied terrain than most routes of an equivalent length. The landscape ranges from sub-tropical forest and rice fields through alpine meadows, snow-capped peaks and glacial valleys to the arid semi-desert of the high Tibetan plateau. Since the region was first opened to foreign travelers in 1977, this has become one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas.

The two-week trek is designed to give you in a short period an experience of the Annapurna region in all its variety. It begins in the lush, green valley around Besishahar with a gradual ascent along a rocky trail that follows the course of the Marsyandi River up to the village of Tal at an elevation of 1675m. This is a comparatively easy introduction to the area. The trek is suitable for anyone looking for an adventurous Himalayan experience that is not too taxing on the feet or the lungs. After your first overnight stop, the trail continues along a broad, open valley and up through the traditional stone-built villages of Dharapani and Bargarchhap, and along fast flowing river paths and across pine forested slopes before the country changes, becoming the typical dry and rocky open terrain of the high plateau around Jomsom, where the trek ends.

Breathtaking views of the Himalayas form a constantly changing backdrop to the interesting little villages, temples and natural wonders along the way. Every day of your trip offers up something special and fascinating, such as the sacred Hindu temple at Muktinah, the hot springs of Chame, the several rope bridge river crossings, which are always a thrilling challenge to the trekker used to more solid ground underfoot, and of course the gradual change in climate as you climb higher into the mountains. Here you will experience the magnificent desolation of the Thorung La pass, whose highest point at 5416m is marked by a traditional chorten or shrine, bedecked by prayer flags that make a brightly colored beacon in the otherwise untouched landscape of rock and ice.

Departure & Return Location

Capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu. (Google Map)

Departure Time

between 7 – 8 am

Price Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop- off by car
  • 2 nights twin sharing room in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with a cup of tea / coffee in each meal during the trek
  • Twin sharing room at guest houses / lodges during the trek
  • 1 English speaking guide and 1 shared porter for 2 persons
  • Surface transfer between Kathmandu and Benshisahar on private car; then drive to Jagat on local jeep
  • Annapurna Conservation & TIMS permit
  • 1 night twin sharing standard accommodation in Pokhara, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Surface transfer between Pokhara and Kathmandu on private car

Price Excludes

  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare to and from Nepal
  • Nepal visa
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any kind of bottled drinks
  • Staff tipping

Complementaries

  • Trekking Duffle Bag
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Farewell Dinner
What to Expect

The Annapurna Circuit is famous as Nepal’s classic trekking route, offering some of the finest views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri and passing through more varied terrain than most routes of an equivalent length. The landscape ranges from sub-tropical forest and rice fields through alpine meadows, snow-capped peaks and glacial valleys to the arid semi-desert of the high Tibetan plateau. Since the region was first opened to foreign travelers in 1977, this has become one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayas.

  • One of the best trek rated in the World
  • Trekking pass over 5000 meters
  • Breathtaking view of Himalaya ranges
  • Visit Muktinath; a pilgrimage site
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu

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

Day 2Jeep drive Kathmandu to Jagat

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

Day 3Trek to Tal (1675m)

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 4Trek 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 5Trek 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 6Trek 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 7Trek 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 8Acclimatization 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 9Trek 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 10Trek 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 11Trek 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 12Trek to Jomsom (2713m.)

Trek to Jomsom (2713m.). Treks ends here. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 13Fly Back to Pokhara.

Fly back to Pokhara from Jomsom (about 20 minutes short, but scenic flight). Overnight at hotel. B.L.D.

Day 14Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu by private car through Prithivi highway. Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 15Departure

Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey. Farewell!

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Rob Harrison

Family Traveller

Dear Tilak,

I am writing to say how much we enjoyed our trek in the Annapurna region. We were very fortunate to have such a good guide (Ram) and such good porters (Amar and Babu).

In particular I would like to let you know some of the things that we especially valued.

Flexible itinerary:
Flexible itinerary designed to enable us to do the things we wanted to do, and modified as we went along when circumstances changed.

Safety:
This was always a very high priority for our guide. Ram monitored us, our environment and our circumstances continually and closely. We felt reassured that he took our safety very seriously, particularly with respect to the physical terrain, our health and our potential to get lost in unfamiliar city streets.

Accommodation:
Accommodation was always clean, and respect was shown for our privacy. Care was taken to ensure we were comfortable.

Information and advice:
Information and advice was invaluable. This included Ram’s local knowledge of the area, his awareness of Western food requirements and potential difficulties, his encouragement at times, and his guidance with respect to local customs and expectations.

Friendly, helpful and unobtrusive:
Our guide and porters were friendly at all times and helpful. They were never intrusive or pushy. If we needed to be hurried along it was always done gently and carefully (e.g. ordering meals).

We were particularly grateful for the “airport to airport” service of your company, for the protection and advice regarding touts at the airport, and for the welcome and care taken to establish the initial framework for the trek.

In addition when we needed a solution to a problem it was provided quickly and without fuss (for example when we left our passes in Kathmandu and we were in Pokhara).

It was wonderful not to have to organise a thing from the moment we arrived until we left.

We were also very pleased to find that your company ensures that your guides and porters have appropriate clothing and are well looked after during the trek.

Thank you again Tilak for the experience of a lifetime. I hope to return to your wonderful Nepal very soon.

I would very much appreciate you passing on our thanks to Ram, Amar and Babu.

With our very best wishes,

ROBYN HARRISON AND TIM PULSFORD
Australia

August 25, 2017
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