Arrive at Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
Namaste and welcome to Nepal. On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be received by our staff and escorted you to the Hotel you will be given a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day or full guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. Sometime, depending upon your flight arrival if it’s late in the night we will do this tour in the afternoon instead of morning to give you a nice sleep and rest before you venture out of the Hotel for our interesting tour. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu to Khudi via Besi-Sahar (823m) 6-7 hrs journey.
After an early breakfast, travel by a Tourist Bus towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. Just two hours before the road that leads to Pokhara, our route diverts from the town village of Dumre towards north to Beshishar. On arriving Beshishar another forty minutes drive towards Khudi for the overnight stop at near the village or by the river Marsayangdi. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
Khudi to Bahundanda (1250 m) 4-5 hrs
From Khudi the path follows the River Marsyangdi upstream the trail that offers fine views of Hiunchuli and peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli) as it climbs to Bulbule at 825 m. It then continues to Ngadi before reaching Bahundanda at 1250 m on reaching at Bahundanda after an hour of good climb, overnight stop at Bahundanda. This is nice village on a top of the hill and you will have enough time to explore the afternoon time around local village. Overnight in teahouse lodge.
Bahundanda to Chamje (1425m) 5-6 hrs
From Bahundanda the trail drops steeply for half an hour, and then the walk leads to a winding path with few short ups and downs passing through interesting farm villages, just before Syange, 30 minutes of down hill walk towards the Syange village at 1070 m. The trail crosses suspension bridge on the Marsyangdi and then follows the river to the stone village of Jagat crossing after the cliff.
From Jagat, after a good rest, an hour walk brings you at Chamje via big water fall scenery across the River. From this village onwards there comes the Tibetan origin tribe known as Mananges’ from Manang area.
Manang area begins from Tal, (further two hours walks) which is one of the smallest districts in Nepal by area and population wise.
Chamje to Dharapani (1910m) 5-6hrs
From Chamje the trail follows the Marsyangdi River steadily uphill to Tal (1700 m), a small village at the foot of a large waterfall. Now the trek enters the Manang district. The trail crosses a wide, flat valley before climbing a stone stairway to 1860m. The trail continues with several ups and down before reaching at Dharapani for overnight at Dharapani or one can decide to continue further to Bagarchhap which is another half hour walk for the overnight stay.
Dharapani to Chame (2670m) 4-5 hrs
From Dharapani the vegetation, people and the landscapes changes and the air will gets cooler, the trail then climb through forests to Bagarchhap, the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant cool morning walk to Bagarchhap, the altitude slowly gains as we come closer to the apple country at Dhanaqi and to the alpine region passing through farm, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of towering peaks of Lamjung and Annapurna II, the trail follows the river Marsyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto before Chame. From Koto, half hour of easy walk brings you to the village town of Chame an important place of Manang region.
Chame is the headquarter of Manang district. There are fine views of Annapurna II from Chame. Evening time explores the market and visit the small natural hot spring.
Chame to Pisang (3200m) 4-5 hrs
The trail runs through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crossing a river on a long suspension bridge at 3040m. Nearing the village of Pisang one has a view of the whole of the Manang valley, a wide U-shaped valley between two huge snow peaks. Lunch will be at Dhukure Pokhari, perfect spot for the Mountain View and of the surrounding landscapes. After an hour walk reaches at Lower Pisang and overnight at the best available Lodge. You can visit same day to the Upper Pisang village which is more Tibetan types of houses with age old traditional and culture with the finest monastery with amazing view of Annapurna range.
Pisang to Manang (3350m) 4-5 hrs
From Pisang onwards, walk leads to constant view of the high snow capped peaks. The path climbs steeply for half an hour, after a short gradual walk from the Pisang village. On reaching the ridge top, offering grand view of the Manang valley, a wide U shaped valley hanging between the two lines of snow peaks. This grand spot offers a dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdre village with it's short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilicho, and on the right Chulu east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk is downhill and gradual all the way to Hongdre, from Hongdre the trek is more or less gradual on the wide path most of the way to Manang, adding a slight touch of altitude as you near the village of Braga and Manang, here we will have time to spend the morning visiting Braga Monastery. The largest in the district, it has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas and the religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang for the overni ght stop.
Manang (Acclimatization Day in Manang)
A necessary rest day to get acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses, is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III [7555 m], Gangapurna [7454 m] to the South - Tilicho [7132 m] and the Grand Barrier to the West - Chulu West [6583 m] and Chulu East [6059 m] to the North.
Manang to Yak Kharka (4020m) 3-4 hrs
The trek now begins an ascent of almost 2000 m towards Thorong La. From Manang village the trail crosses a stream before climbing to Tenki Manang. We then continue to climb the Marsyangdi valley, passing the small village of Gunsang, with breaks for tea or drinks and for the excellent Himalayan scenery. After crossing a large stream that flows from Chulu west and Gundang, the trail passes an ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow at 4000m beyond here is Yak Kharka, also known as Koche and overnight at the lodge, with rest of the afternoon free at leisure or for short hike around. Here one can see some wild life like, Himalayan Thar, wild goats (bharal) if lucky The Snow Leopard as well.
Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4430m) or High Camp (4860m) 3-4 hrs
From Yak Kharka after an hour walk, reaches you at Ledar at 4250m. From Ledar the trail continues to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310 meters. After making a short ascent on a good trail to a small lonely teashop, the route then follows a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before Thorong Phedi. There are few lodges at present. Depending upon the group physical conditions and duration to reach here, if all is well in good health after a good break and a lunch, we can continue for another hour and half towards High Camp to make it easier for the next hard day to traverse Thorang-la in good time.
Thorong Phedi /High Camp to Muktinath (3800m) 7-8 hrs
Phedi, which means ‘foot of the hill’, is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb. The trail becomes steepest immediately after leaving Thorong Phedi, and takes four to five hours from Thorong Phedi to the pass. Thorong-La pass with its traditional Chorten prayer flags is at an elevation of 5416m which is the highest point of this trip. The views from the trail and from the pass itself are outstanding of the high Himalayan scenery. One can see to the South the entire Annapurna range, a heavily glaciated peak, the barren Kaligandaki valley far below to the West and the peak of Thorungtse (6482m) to the north. The trail descends to Muktinath with a nice mountain desert view of Upper Mustang part from here
Muktinath the holiest of all holy places, during auspicious time according to Hindu & Buddhist calendar this place is full and busy with pilgrims from Nepal and India. Overnight stop at Muktinath overlooking excellent views of Dhaulagiri I, Tukuche Peak and Nilgiri.
Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800m) 3-4 hrs
Early morning wake up with a divine sound of temple bell and visit the famous pilgrimage center to Muktinath Temple area, and after breakfast easy trek down to Kagbeni. The trail descends very quickly to the valley floor. The descent is through a dramatic, arid landscape all the way to Kagbeni. To reach Kagbeni one must travel on either side of the Kaligandaki River. The left fork continues up the river to Kagbeni. Late afternoon visit two hundred years old monastery and visit the small alleys in a village and overnight at Hotel.
Kagbeni to Jomsom (2730m) 4-5 hrs
The last day of this wonderful trek, after few hours walking from Kagbeni finally reaching at Jomsom for lunch and as well for the overnight stop for the flight back to Kathmandu and then to Kathmandu. Jomsom, a large town and a headquarter of the Mustang region with an airstrip just above the Kaligandaki River, it is also a major village on the Kaligandaki area linking the age old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade route to Tibet.
Fly to Pokhara
Early morning after breakfast, transfer to the Jomsom airport for the scenic sweeping flight of 20 minutes to Pokhara, on reaching Pokhara transfer to respective Hotels for the over night, with enough time for optional walk near around the Lake Phewa or for a boating or a hike to Peace Stupa just above the lake. Overnight in hotel.
Drive back to Kathmandu.
After a wonderful time in the mountains, Pokhara is certainly great spot to relax after the trek. Morning after breakfast board on the Bus for the five to six hours scenic journeys back to Kathmandu.
Transfer to airport for final Departure.
Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, departure tax (in local currency) and your passport handy. Our Staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
ANNAPURNA SEMI CIRCUIT TREK
‘on the most scenic trail from the sub tropic to arctic zone amidst high snow capped peaks’
This trip offers you ample time to immerse with the fantastic Himalayan environment. Annapurna region, an excellent trek through the huge Himalayan range with high pass Throngla-la at 5416m (17,700ft). Trek begins following the raging Marshyangdi River all the way to its source near Manang, trek leads through the beautiful valley following well established trails and passing traditional villages, forests, and snow covered passes. The walk continues with constant views of the massive mid Himalayan range along with its rich multi culture, Himalayan wildlife and serene verdant forest of oaks, rhododendron, hemlocks, pines and Himalayan maple which makes you feel so much alive being in the midst of this wonderful natural surrounding.
Although the Annapurna Circuit is one of the popular not only in Nepal but in the whole Himalayan range, and the Kali Gandaki Valley is renowned as being Nepal’s most prosperous regions that’s because of the Trans Himalayan & Salt Trade Route passes through this region to Tibet, this section of the area is surprisingly wild and scenically varied. There are many settlements and isolated lodges and tea houses, with open areas with enchanting forest and impressive views.
One of the classic and most rewarding treks in Nepal and probable in this planet, offering grand view of the three highest 8000m mountain range Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Manaslu including arrays of over 6000m snow capped peaks. The trek leads towards glacial lake in Manang, through the rural farm villages and terraced farm fields from the sub-tropic climate to the arctic landscape and through the rain forest to the alpine woodlands.
The dramatic deep valleys and mountain scenery is the reason for this trek, and the experience is truly awe-inspiring.
Further north lives the Manang people of Tibetan origin. Our trek follows the Yak country and finally over to the Thorung-la, 5416m pass with amazing views of the surrounding landscapes and magnificent peaks. After the strenuous walk up to the top of Thorang-la we reach the highest point of this trek.
The trail descends towards Jomsom passing through the holy site of Muktinath. Muktinath is one of the sources of the Kali Gandaki River. Through the deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki River valley and we end our trek at Jomsom for the flight back to Kathmandu via Pokhara.