Annapurna Circuit – Jomsom trek is one of the most popular treks in the famous Annapurna region, situated in northwestern region of Nepal. The trail completely encircles the Annapurna Himalayan range offering superb scenery and wild adventure.
The Annapurna Circuit – Jomsom trek follows the Marshyangdi valley into Manang district which is well above 3000m from sea level. Not only does the barren landscape of Manang resemble that of Tibet, the people here also follow Tibetan Buddhist, culture and dialect. Initially the trail passes through fir and pine forest followed by high rocky cliff. This is a Buddhist land so you will see many monastery, chortens and mani walls along the way. Superb views of Manaslu, Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Pisang Peak, Annapurna III & IV and Gangapurna greet you at every step.
Since the trail encompasses the main part of Annapurna conservation area, you will enjoy walking through dense forests of oak, pine and cedar at the lower belt with occasional sightings of rare wildlife species.
You will face the challenge of crossing Thorong La (5416m), one of the highest Himalayan passes before descending down to Kali Gandaki valley to Kagbeni and Jomsom. On this side of the mountain you will observe Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. You will also experience the culture and customs of Thakali community, who are known for their astute trade skills.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule 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 Bhulbhule via Besisahar, takes about eight hours.
After early morning breakfast, our guide will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the bus station. Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Besisahar, takes about eight hours. Stay overnight at lodge in Bhulbhule.
Day 02: Trek from Bhulbhule to Chamje (1410m.) takes about seven hours.
Ahead the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape. Follow the winding mountain path down to Syange (1100m) and then climb steeply through sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. From here it is a few ups and downs before you reach Chamje. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 03: Trek from Chamje (1410m) to Dharapani (1960m) takes about six hours.
The first part of the trail descends to the Marshyangdi river at which point cross a suspension bridge and make a steep climb to Sattale (1550m). From here descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to the village of Tal (1700m) with its hotels and teahouses and a waterfalls. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path takes to winding cliffs. Pass through the small village of Karte (1900m.) and cross a suspension bridge as you approach the Mani entrance to Dharapani (1960m.). Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.
Trek along the Dudh Khola that originates from the south face of Manaslu. With Annapurna II as your backdrop you will arrive at the village of Bagarchhap, distinct with its prayer flags fluttering in the breeze and Buddhist monastery. Continue to climb through forests of pine and oak, before passing by Danaque (2210m.). The trail goes through flat path 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.) takes about five hours.
With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. The trail then enters fir and pine forest, and emerging out to a high, rocky cliff which is extremely steep that leads to Bhratang (2950m.). You now walk through a short stretch of pine forest as the path opens up to a wonderful vista of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.). Afterwards follow a long section of Mani wall to lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 06: 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 to Hungde (3320m.), you come to wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley from where the north-east face of Annapurna III and Annapurna IV (7525m.) rises majestically. Further to this point you crosse Marshyangdi Khola over a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Mungji has large Chortens and mani walls and is surrounded by tall peaks Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m.) and Tilicho Peak (7145m.). A short steep climb from here reaches Manang. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 07: Rest day at Manang.
This is an important rest and acclimatization day today before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall 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.) 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 day. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 09: 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 Marshyangdi. After a short ascend 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.) Pass takes about seven hours.
You start early today. The trail becomes steep immediately and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, you see chorten and prayer flags fluttering from the Thorong La pass. Once you are at the pass, you will start your descent to Muktinath. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes as you walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2895 m.) takes about four hours.
You now begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country that is geographical similar to Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan cultural and architectural influence, we follow path steeply down to Kagbeni. People living there follow the Tibetan life style and culture and the places hosts a 15th century monastery. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom (2713m.) takes about three hours.
Your trail passes through the bank of Kali Gandaki via Ekle Bhatti. The trail is windy during the day. Jomsom is the headquarters of Mustang and it is split into two towns separated by Kali Gandaki River. There is access of internet and banking facilities in Jomsom and you can also enjoy the magnificent views of Nilgiri and Tilicho peak. Stay overnight at lodge.
Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara takes about 35 minutes.
The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows all day and frequent change of the weather prevents the flight in the afternoon. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 14: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast early morning, drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you pass through Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and finally Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you will enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. Leaving Kurintar you head towards Thankot via Naubise. Thankot is the entry point to Kathmandu. If you choose to fly back to Kathmandu, it takes about 25 minutes. There are several flights from Kathmand to Pokhara from morning to afternoon.
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