Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna is perfect example of a mountain region in its most natural state from the first time of ascend. The trek is very adored for its wilderness, indigenous tribal community, historical monasteries, age old temples, endangered animals and flowers and undisputedly the view of snow capped mountains escalading from an altitude of 6000 meters to 8000 meters.
Annapurna circuit trek is considered to be amongst the world’s favorite and most trekked trekking routes yet maintaining the tag of “classic trekking”. The trek surpasses from low altitude of 800 meters to an altitude of 5,416 which is the highest point of the trek.
The trek crosses 4 district of Nepal; Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi in a precession. Lamjung and Myagdi compared to others being low lands are both predominantly Hindu where lush green hills with terrace farming can be witnessed. Whereas Manang and Mustang are both upland, Manang is predominantly Gurungs and Mustang is a dominated by mixture of Tibetan Buddhist but whatever the religion and background the inhabitants are very proud of their unique cultural heritage and merging of lower land Gurung and Tibetan cultural influences.
Annapurna Circuit trek starts from Jagat or Syange. Then for the first few days the trail encompasses villages, terraced farms and slowly days of uphill reaches its summit at Thorang La (pass) at the height of 5416m, or 17,769 feet this is a very popular high altitude pass in Annapurna region uniting Manang to Muktinath. Then slowly the trail descends towards Marpha, and enters the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. Moving downhill slowly along the bank of Kali Gandaki River we reach Tatopani which means hot water in direct English to Nepali translation, is a place famous for its natural hot springs where trekkers rest dipping their body in the spring after a long trek. After some rest we hike and ascend to Ghorepani and then furthermore to Poon Hill at (3,210m). Poon Hill, towards the end of the trek, affords panoramic views of Annapurna range along with Macchupucchre, the "Fishtail” Mountain.
The trek witnesses Manaslu (an 8,000-plus meter peak), Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, and, of course, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri -- passing through the world's deepest gorge in between those two 8,000-plus meter peaks. The trek also goes through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites, most notably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus, and also the oldest monasteries in the region. The most beautiful trek of the world comes to an end at elevation of 1010m at Nayapul and finally by driving back to Pokhara
All the elements come together with combined efforts of Mother Nature and Silver Mountain Adventure making Annapurna Circuit Trekking a life time experience and amongst one of the most valuable memories of life. A sample itinerary has been illustrated for your convenience. The itinerary can be adjusted, but with certain limits, the itinerary can include or exclude few days or programme.
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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
On this day you arrive to Kathmandu and we transfer you to your hotel or hostel. On this day you rest and rejuvenate of days to come.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing and Preparation
On this day we get busy with couple of things; one making required permits for your trekking and two taking you out for sightseeing. While our back office staff get ready preparing permits from the government offices, our guides help you get acquainted with the country by taking you to different heritages.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Beshi Sahar to Syange
We should have our breakfast early in the morning in order to leave Kathmandu by 8:00 a.m. We take a vehicle of our choice and head to our destination which will take around 6 hours. We make our way through one of the prime highways, with major tributaries Trishuli and Marshyandi never leaving our way one after another. By the time we reach Beshisahar it is around 2 p.m in the afternoon. If we hire a private transport we drive all the way to Ngadi Bazaar and if we decide to take public transportation we change the bus from Beshisahar to Ngadi bazaar and walk for around 1 hour to Syange on easy road track.
Day 04: Synage to Chamje
On this day we wake up early in the morning and get moving by 7 am. We take the same jeep trail left on the previous day and ascend only 200m on a gradual pace. Once in a while we dodge the newly build motorway by taking the old trail which is still in existence. Today we rest at Chamje and enjoy the beautiful view of explosive cascades.
Day 05: Chamje to Dharapani
We start early this day in order to cover 5-6 hours of easy distance. On today’s day we cross the Marsyangdi river and take the trail along the river and slowly ascent. Seeing the highway carved on the hills, across the river, we make our way first through the fields, than the stands of bamboo and finally through Rhododendron blossoms all the way to Tal. From Tal we enter Manang district from where we hit the trail for another 2 hours until we arrive Dharapani.
Day 06: Dharapani to Chame
From Dharapani the trail is technical and strenuous as we ascent fair amount of altitude within 5-6 hours of time. We make our way through the forest of blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple and oak. The trail is steep, narrow and we stroll on the trails through landslide prone region as well. This section of the Annapurna Circuit Trek offers a beautiful view of the Annapurna Massif. We can also rejoice the small hot springs in Chame.
Day 07: Chame to Pisang
We make 600m ascent from Chame to Pisang within 4-6 hours. With the transitory view of Manaslu on the south, we make our way through Tibetan communities and beautiful manis; prayer apparatus of Buddhist followers, field of Buckwheat and large apple orchards.
Day 08: Pisang to Manang
Today we leave early in the morning after breakfast, to ascent 600 meters through a mediocre difficult trail. On this day we make our way through the fields of buckwheat, barley and potato and pine scented trails. On this day we make our way through remarkable Kani’s (gate) to rustic settlements on the lap of Annapurna massif, with the awe-inspiring view of massif itself. Finally we call it a day at Manang.
Day 09: Rest Day
Today is set aside as acclimatization where we will rest and adapt to the altitude. We have an opportunity to walk around and observe the life and culture of Manang-pa; people of Manang, explore the archaic monasteries and thangka’s that dates back to some 500 years, we would also hike short for a glacial lake named Gangapurna. Manang also has hotels and restaurants which would cater fix for your desires to have coffee and bakery.
Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka
The hike gets strenuous from this day onwards because of the altitude and kicking in of thin air and it is advised to drink more water. On this day we ascent somewhere around 500 meters and we do not descend at all but we make our way through one of the most amazing view of Annapurna on our south. We walk through Tengi; the last permanently inhabited village in Manang and make our way through pastures and miniature forest of Juniper, roses and barberry to Yak Kharka where we rest for the day where we can enjoy yak cheese and dishes made out of it.
Day 11: Yak Kharka to Thorung High Camp
The day includes strenuous hike 600+ meters and requires following some steep and sheer trails up and down hill. Taking the narrow trail exposed to the slopes and crossing the wooden bridge we make to Thorung phedi. Thorung phedi is a valley which is not inhabited but offers a majestic view of surrounding cliffs. We hike uphill further for an hour until we reach Thorung High pass where we rest for the night and acclimatize before we ascent to Thorung-La pass.
Day 12: Thorung Phedi to Thorung La to Muktinath (4:00 am and out by 5:00 am)
This is the most difficult section of the trek and we begin this trek as early as 4:30 am in the morning to make it to our final destination of the day. The main idea behind starting the day early is to make sure that we cross Thorung to La pass before the sun is up and at its best. We ascent 650+ meters to Thorung to la which is one of the highest passes in the world, from where the view of the mountains in the periphery is as well of the premier quality. From Thorung to La we make a sheer drop 1600 meters toward the holy shrine of Muktinath.
Day 13: Muktinath to Marpha
From Muktinath we further descend down to Jharkot and watch Kagbeni from the ridge and make our way towards Jomsom. We take jeep track all the way to Jomsom; a beautiful mountain settlement placed on the laps of Nilgiri Mountain. Jomsom also has a air strip which serves the entire region on everyday basis. Further down on jeep track dodging it time and again we reach Marpha. Marpha is famous for its apple orchards and apple brandy distillery. Marpha is the center of Thakali community which is famous for making apple cidar and apple pie amongst trekkers.
Day 14: Marpha to Kalopani
We start early on this day and we trek easy jeep trail along one of the major tributaries Kaligandaki. We stroll through 2 remarkable settlements of Tukuche and Larjung until we reach Kalopani. On this day we make a transition from arid landscape to lush green knolls.
Day 15: Kalopani to Tatopani
We further head downward and majority of the trail include unfrequented jeep track. From Ghasa we enter the district of Myagdi from Mustang. The inevitable attraction of this section in Annapurna circuit trek is the 3rd largest waterfall named Rupse, in Dana. Finally we make it to Tatopani which mean hot water; this place holds one of the best natural hot springs. Usually trekkers are found enjoying this natural hot springs after a long aching trip.
Day 16: Tatopani to Ghorepani
Today we start our day early in the morning to cover 1750m in ascent and 140m in descent with 7-8 hours. With the view of Nilgiri and Dhaluragiri on the back drop, we head through beautiful Magar settlement. Further we make ascend through beautiful forest of Magnolia and Rhododendron and further pasture grounds until we reach Ghorepani. We make a halt at Ghorepani which is a must after long walk.
Day 17: Ghorepani to Tadapani
On this day we make approximately 550 m ascent and 710m descent at around 4-5 hours of trek. But before initiating the day’s trek we take a short hike to Poon hill; a grassy knoll famous as view point, by 5:00 a.m. in the morning to witness sunrise over the mountains of Annapurna massif. On this day we have breakfast at 9:00 a.m. and immediately leave for Tadapani. On this day we walk on the trail that is almost entirely in the middle of Rhododendron and oak forest and walk sheer uphill to Deurali. The view of Annapurna gamut and the deepest gorge; Kaligandaki, from Deurali as well is unparallel. We walk downhill from Deurali and except for some treacherous descend the walk is smooth and crosses some streams with swimming prospect along with some beautiful water fall.
Day 18:Tadapani to Ghandruk
On this day we make only descends and about 720m in 3-4 hours of time span. The entire trail is inside the deep and dense forest of Rhododendron and oak through beautiful settlement Gurung community. In Ghandruk we do not accommodate in any teahouse but rather do a home stay and live in the homes of local and eat the way they do and explore their culture and even learn to make their cuisine if you are interested.
Day 19: Ghandruk to Pokhara
On this day we walk for 4-5 hours and downhill on easy and flat trails. We walk up to Kuimi and further to Syali Bazar, on and off on jeep track and old trail. Further down we take easy trail to Birethanti from where we checkout from ACAP and cross the rustic bridge and take a vehicle to Pokhara
Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandnu
On this day we have our breakfast by 6:00 a.m. in the morning and head towards tourist Bus Park and board a tourist bus back to Kathmandu. The bus ride will take around 7 hours through curvy roads of hilly terrain with couple of breaks in between for snacks and lunch.
Day 21: Farewell
On this day the entire team of Silver Mountain adventure and the guests will have time together relax and talk over the dinner. This dinner signifies end of the trip in Nepal but not our relationship.
Airport pick up and drop off by car
All meals during trek
Accommodation during trek on local lodge
English speaking local expert guide, porters
Annapurna Conservation permit and all necessary permits.
Trekkers' Information Management System fees
3 nights accommodation hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast
All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees.
Airport transfers and escort
Insurance for all staff & porters
International Airport Departure Tax
Major meals, Lunch and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu
Tips & Gratuities
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