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Annapurna circuit trek, one of the most popular treks in Nepal lets you enjoy the lifetime experience of trekking in the Himalayas and offers you to explore amazing natural diversity. This trekking is one of the main attractions for tourists travelling to Nepal. It provides full satisfaction to trekkers offering them outstanding view of mountains, lust forests, cascading waterfalls, hot springs, alpine pastures, glaciers, lakes and much more. Furthermore, this trekking lets trekkers to pass through several picturesque villages and gives them an opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and tradition of local people.
This amazing trekking in Annapurna region can be completed in 15 days based on our itinerary. After your arrival in Kathmandu, you are kindly welcomed and received at the airport by our representative. Next day of your arrival, we visit UNESCO’s world heritage sites in Kathmandu and we complete necessary arrangement for our trekking. The third day is scheduled for us to drive from Kathmandu to Khudi which is the starting point of our trek. On our first day of trekking, we walk crossing few suspension bridges including several ascents and descents to reach Sirung from where we can witness close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains. We continue our trek to Jagat. On our way to Jagat, we pass through several small villages, few temples on the way and several bridges with waterfall nearby.
From Jagat, we trek through Dharapani, Chame and Pisang to reach Manang admiring outstanding views of the Himalayas, waterfalls, picturesque villages and amazing landscapes on the way. We spend a day in Manang to acclimatize ourselves for higher altitudes. Then we continue our trek towards Yak Kharka and then Thorong Phedi. Next day, we trek to Muktinath via Thorong La pass (5416 m/17764 ft) which is one of the highest passes in the world. Muktinath is a sacred spiritual site famous for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. From Muktinath, we trek towards Marpha which is famous for apple.
Then we trek to reach Kalopani passing through attractive apple gardens and classic villages of Thakali community. We continue our trek to reach Tatopani where you can relax and take a bath in the hot spring. The further trail leads us to Ghorepani passing through a terraced farmland, local villages and rhododendron forest. From there, we ascend towards Poon Hill which is a popular viewpoint in Nepal. You will feel euphoric to witness the mesmerizing sunrise over Annapurna Mountain from Poon Hill. After enjoying amazing mountainous beauty from Poon Hill, we then reach Birethanti and then Pokhara. From Pokhara, we drive to Kathmandu from where you can leave for your home.
For Annapurna circuit or any other trekking areas around the Annapurna region North or South. Including Nar Phu Valley and Upper Mustang as well as on Manaslu Circuit, requires permits and entrance fees.
Nar Phu, Upper Mustang and Manaslu Circuit located within Restricted Region in Nepal. A special permits is required as per the number of days as on the itinerary of respective areas. As all the region within Annapurna Himalayas falls
within ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Where all trekkers needs ACAP fees on top of normal or special trekking permits.
The normal trekking permits, besides special permits is called TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems). These permits is issued by TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal), the needful permits will be obtained by your agents.
Depending upon the areas of trekking destinations on booking with Himalayan Friendly will obtained the Trekking Permits and Conservation fees. Himalayan Friendly will obtain all the needful entrance fees for the treks, after sending and providing the needful documents. Like Passport details, photos and areas of trekking and duration of travel.
On arrival at Kathmandu airport received by our Himalayan Friendly guide and staff. A short drive to your hotels around the hub of Kathmandu at Thamel area, an exciting place. After checking into your lovely rooms join with other members
of Annapurna Circuit & Tilicho Lake Trekking, for briefing. Provided by our guides or leaders of Himalayan Friendly.
Information of needful things to expect on treks and in Pokhara and Kathmandu, with other necessary details. Evening a welcome dinner, in a pleasant authentic Nepalese Restaurant with culture programs. While you enjoy the famous and national food of Dal Bhat in a luxury way to have a first night dinner.
A free day with options for sightseeing tour around places of interest. Kathmandu is steeped with famous World Heritage Sites of great wonders, where Hindu and Buddhism religions blends in a perfect harmony. After an interesting tour, preparation for Annapurna Circuit & Tilicho Lake trekking.
Early in the morning, we will leave Kathmandu towards syange via Besisahar. The road is winding and follows many hilly settlements until we make an appearance at the Besisahar. From there, Khudi is just a couple of kilometers away, but the road is very much rough. Once you arrive at Khudi, explore the local village and enjoy the views of lush hills all around.
After refreshing stop at Tal continue walk to reach much cooler area at Dharapani for overnight halt, Dharapani a nice large village on the junction of Annapurna and Manaslu route
Instead of catching the dirt road, you will follow the NATT (Natural Annapurna Trekking Trail) trails over the hills that demands you to cross a suspension bridge. Then, the trail crosses another river through the bridge to arrive at the plateau. Here, a line of Chortens and Mani walls shows you the path ahead to the Danakyu. From there, a steep ascent leads you towards the village of Temang. Through a beautiful village of Thanchowk, built on the ridge, proceed towards the classic settlement of Chame through the village of Koto. Chame offers some of the best views of the
Join the upper trail from Chame to Talekhu that leads through a pleasant pine forest. Soon after the Talekhu, the trail continues through the pine forest where some beautiful waterfalls lead you towards the apple farmland of Bhratang. Here, a landowner has started a big apple farm by purchasing 60 apple plants from Italy. Beyond Bhratang, the trail is carved out of a vertical rock wall. As interesting as it sounds, the trails are very much dangerous. A few kilometers ahead, a bridge named Swargadwari arrives, which means the “Gateway to Heaven”. Crossing this bridge, you will confront a dense forest of pine. As you arrive at Dhukur Pokhari, proceed towards the Pisang, which is just a few distances ahead. Instead of stopping by at Lower Pisang, we will go to the Upper Pisang because the views are much better from this point.
From Upper Pisang, the path to the Manang passes through a pleasant pine forest that opens up into Ghyaru. Here, the views of the Annapurna II, IV, and III appear spectacular. Without spending much time here, you will continue towards the Ngawal that shows up the way to a wonderful viewpoint overlooking the views of the beautiful farm fields in Ghyaru and a big Stupa. Ngawal is adorned with several Chortens (little Buddhist Shrines) and Mani Walls that impels a Buddhist vibe. Down through the pleasant pine forest, walk to the Braka (Braga), a nice and pleasant village offering wonderful side trips. Then, the trail heads to the classic and cultural village of Manang.
Manang is indeed a very gratifying destination. Here, the prayer flags adorn the front yard of the houses and Chortens line up the streets. The houses are made up of stones to prevent the icy wind of the mountains from hitting the families. There are several monasteries to visit, but above all, the splendid panorama of the mountain peaks appears more appealing. Manang is simply earthly heaven for mountains and cultures lover. Plus, many side trips lead off from Manang. You may either hike to the Praken gompa, Gangapurna glacier, Bocho Gompa, or the Ice Lake. Hiking to some higher altitude regions also aids in acclimatization, so we will hike to one of these side trip destinations.
From Manang, continue the trail to the Yak Kharka through the quaint village of Gunsang. Cross a suspension bridge after Gunsang and continue your journey through a big Mani wall and an astounding Chortens. Within a short while, the views of the Gangapurna glacier and other icy ranges begin to show up making the trek more interesting to walk along. Then, through the high pastures, will arrive at the Yak Kharka. Don’t head up to the Churi Ledar unless you are fine with the altitude at Yak Kharka.
Leaving Yak Kharka (translates to the Yak pastures), the trail proceeds along the ascending track and crosses a suspension bridge across the river. Then, a wooden bridge drains the pathway to the slippery landslide area, which is indeed a dangerous pathway. Follow the signposts leading to the Thorong Phedi, but be careful of the falling stones. The final suspension bridge, leading to the Thorong Phedi, offers some of the spectacular views of the snowy peaks. For the day, rest in the Thorong Phedi.
Crossing the Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit is probably the most demanding task of the overall trekking. Progressing too quickly can victimize you from the altitude-related complications. Therefore, walk slow and easy. The Mani walls are made even in the higher trekking zones and at Thorong La pass itself, you may see the stones wrapped by the prayer flags. These stones are kept to ward off the altitude spirits. Within a while, descend to the Muktinath Temple, to enjoy the incredible views of the 2 sacred lake, 108 stone taps, and classic architecture.
After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with exciting scenic drive all the way downhill a big drop of 1,200m to Kaligandaki river valley, as ride leads at Kaligandaki river valley, from here heading at Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with small airstrip above Kaligandaki River, Jomsom and around
Kaligandaki valley famous for delicious apple and its products cider, brandy and juice from its high altitude apples orchard.
Completing our super adventure Annapurna and Tilicho Lake trekking, where early morning short panoramic flight takes you at scenic Pokhara city and its beautiful valley with serene Phewa Lake, during short trip on air facing views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range as it lands at Pokhara airport and then transfer to your hotel by the lake. Afternoon with time to relax and enjoy stroll around lakeside with views of Annapurna Himalaya and magnificent Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’ the unclimbed and virgin peak of Himalaya.
Morning taking an exciting overland journey back to Kathmandu on route witness Nepalese country farm life as drive leads past farm villages and towns and then reaching at Kathmandu around afternoon, time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
(Options for short flight of 30 minutes from Pokhara to Kathmandu)
Today, last day in amazing Nepal with great experience and fond memories of excellent adventures around Annapurna Circuit & Tilicho Lake trekking, as per your time for international flight, our guide and staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.
Himalayan friendly is a small company operated by an experienced trekking guide (Mr. Ram Ghale). Ram has been trekking for 10 years. The staff in Himalayan friendly are well prepared to deal with any possible problem and make the trip beautiful
Yes, only Government Registrated Authorized Trekking Agency are allowed to run and organize trekking and tours in Nepal. Also only licensed guide from the Government and Tourism Department are allowed to lead the treks or tours.
The early symptoms of HAS or High Altitude Sickness with various reactions, such as short of breathing, tiredness. As well as with severe headache, nausea, lack of appetite and sleepless nights. Most important is dehydration, not enough fluid intake.
It is not shoes required for the trekking in the Himalayas, all trekkers needs a good
comfortable trekking boots. Which can withstand rain, snow and walking on
rough dirt trails. The shoes are needed before and after the treks, but good boots
are the important items to bring for the trekking.
Yes it is completely and 100% safe, from Tourist standard, deluxe star hotels to
low budget hotels. In Nepal customers are honored and taken as a highly guest
with warm hospitality of the Nepali peoples.
Tourists easily can apply their Nepali Visa upon the arrival in Tribhuvan Airport. It may take a few 30 minutes because same time a lot of tourists in the same process to obtain the Nepali Visa in Nepal Airport.
What you can do is please fill the all details to apply the Nepali Visa before landing the Tribhuvan Airport. It help you to obtain visa quicker than usual. You should bring passport photo copy and passport size Photo to apply the Nepali visa in the Nepal Airport.
Of course, you can modify the itinerary by adding an extra day with the guidance of a trekking guide. While adding extra days the cost will be slightly increased.