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Annapurna Round Trek (18 Days)

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Trip Fact

Duration: 18 Days

Type of Trek: Tea house / Camping

Max Altitude: 5416 m.

Minimum Pax:1 +

Mode of travel: Land / Fly

Grade: Moderate

The Annapurna Round trek is in much demand among trekkers who seek variety in one single trek. Annapurna Round Trek has as its major attractions the temple of Muktinath, the culture and lifestyles of Thakali people, the crossing of one of the highest and most challenging Thorang La Pass (5416m) and the stunning views of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri ranges

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m.)

Day 02: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1305m.)

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

Day 04: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.)

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) 

Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.)

Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.)

Day 08: Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town.

Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.)

Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.)

Day 11: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass 

Day 12: Drive/trek from Muktinath to Ghasa (2013m.)

Day 13: Drive/trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.)

Day 14: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m.)

Day 15: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.)

Day 16: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.)

Day 17: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul via Birethanti

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m.) takes about six hours.

You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Beshisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are situated here. From here, you can see some of mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people. This headquarter is the centre from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and numerous towns. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1305m.) takes about six hours.

The first part of the trail passes through flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi river. You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of Gurung community. After lunch the trail goes steeply upwards to Bahundanda takes about 2 hours. At this point, you can see the area surrounded by eye-catching scenarios with snow -capped mountains. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m.) takes about six hours.

A steep trail descends for early half an hour and then follows flat path through rice terraces before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfalls. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Lali Gaon. 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. Eventually you descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: 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, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, we see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.) before us. Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just traveled on. You descend to a grassy river bank leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. 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 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.

You climb through forests of pine and oak, you pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge takes you to follow steep ascent path up to Timang. It lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal. 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 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) takes about five hours.

With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. 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 07: 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. After a short steep climb you reach Manang is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: 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 icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. You can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: 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 10: 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 11: 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 views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang are spread out before us. 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 12: Drive/trek from Muktinath to Ghasa (2013m.) takes about approximately six hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Drive/trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m.) for about seven hours.

Your trail passes through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. Now path goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and agricultural land. The majority of the people here serve Gorkha Regiment and Indian Regiment as well. While trekking you cross through the Kali Gandaki river with panormic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.

Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snow-capped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail and Annapurna II and so on. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) takes about three hours.

It is very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 17: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul via Birethanti takes about six hours.

You begin your trail following gentle flat path passing through forests, rocks and terraces. After Kimche (1638m.) the trail descends through human settlements and terraces up to Seuli Bazaar. From here, the trail moves along the bank of Modi Khola to Birethanti. En- route, you pass through forests, rice terraces, waterfalls and green scenarios. Birethanti is a small town with few lodges, shops and human settlements. Now, you walk for almost twenty minutes through flat path up to Nayapul (New Bridge). Here you board vehicle to drive back to Pokhara takes approximately one and a half hour. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that 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. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.

The Trip includes following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • 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
  • 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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Clients Reviews

Annapurna trek

(5/5)

Thank you very much for the lovely trek through Annapurna .We had a wonderful time- and Bhimsen as well as Gopal did a fantastic job!

Christopher Marino
Palos Verdes, CA
08/06/2010

Thanks a lot Nava.

(5/5)

Thanks a lot Nava and Nepal Environmental treks team.Hari, Krishna, Gopal, Ratna and Santoshi for one month adventure in Nepal.
-Everest Base Camp Trek 2 weeks

-Around Annapurna by Mountain Bike
(Thorong- La Pass included 2 weeks)

Very good support and friendly service. Also good Dhal, Bhat with my hand.

Pablo Sepulveda
Chile
24/10/2009

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