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Annapurna Circuit - Jomsom Trek (14 Days)

Trip Highlights:

Duration: 14 Days

Type of Trek: Tea house / Camping

Max Altitude: 5416 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land / Fly

Grade: Moderate

Annapurna CircuitJomsom trek is in much demand among trekkers who seek to have added variety in their trek. During Annapurna Circuit Jomsom trek, you will be treated with delightful wonders of Rhododendron forests, the spectacular Tibetan fortresses built on the rocky cliffs and lush and vibrant rice paddy fields. In addition to the natural treasures you can also explore the interesting lifestyles of ethnic inhabitants of the region.

The trail of Annapurna Circuit-Jomsom trek takes you along the Annapurna massif giving you the opportunity for up-close and panoramic views of snow-capped Annapurna I, II, III and IV and other peaks of 6000m and above. Annapurna Circuit –Jomsom trek is a tea house trek.

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Ngadi via Besisahar

Day 02: Trek from Ngadi (930m) to Chamje (1410m.)

Day 03: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.)

Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.)

Day 05: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.)

Day 06: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.)

Day 07: Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town.

Day 08: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.)

Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.)

Day 10: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.)

Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2410)

Day 12: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2720m)

Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Ngadi via Besisahar

After early-morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Ngadi via Besisahar, takes about eight hours. Stay overnight at lodge in Ngadi.

Day 02: Trek from Ngadi (930m) to Chamje (1410m.)

Trek from Ngadi (930m) to Chamje (1410m.) takes about six hours. Ahead the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape and you follow the winding mountain path down through Syange (1100m.) where there is a beautiful waterfall above it and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed.. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and downs to Chamje through the forests. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.)

Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) takes about six hours. The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. You continue on an undulating path above the river. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, we see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.) before us. You descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal with its hotels and tea-houses. Here you can enjoy the exhilarating waterfalls. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. You cross a suspension bridge and climb the short distance to the stone Mani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m.), and our camp for the night. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.)

Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) takes about five and half hours. As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marshyangdi then veers to the left and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, you pass through Danaque (2210m.). The trail goes through flat level until you reach Chame where there are government offices, shops and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.)

Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) takes about five hours. With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.). You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.)

Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) takes about five and half hours. Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Large Chortens and Mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m.) and to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7145m.). After a short steep climb you reach Manang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town.

Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day today before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous ice-fall coming down from the Annapurna, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.)

Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) and it takes about three and half hours. Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, you can see panoramic views all the day. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.)

Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) takes about 3 and half hours. Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.)

Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass and it takes about seven hours. You start early today for your crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing you reaches the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2410)

Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2410) and it takes about three to four hours. The trail ahead descends along a barren land. You will be able to see Dhampus peak, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri. Jharkot village is one of the villages you will pass by on the way. Kagbeni, located in Lower Mustang, is settled by Thakali people and has 500 year old Gompa that hosts many ancient religious manuscripts. This is also the gateway to Upper Mustang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2720m)

Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2720m) and it takes about three to four hours. The trail passes through Kali Ganaki banks and much of the journey is windy. Jomsom is a district headquarters of Mustang and is the major settlement of Thakali people. Jomsom is a moderate town with facilities such as banks, post office, schools etc. Stay overnight in lodge in Jomsom.

Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara

Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 25 minutes. During the flight you will enjoy the views of Annapurna, Dhaualgiri, Nilgiri etc. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city, Kathmandu.

The Trip includes following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by vehicle
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in tea-houses (lodges) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks etc.
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Flight ticket from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • All land transportation wherever applicable
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The Trip does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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