For the hiker with more time to spare, this is widely regarded as Nepal’s ’trek-with-everything’ - green forests, tremendous mountain scenery, a mosaic of fascinating cultures and, of course, a thorough and healthy work-out!
The trail leads northwards initially, crossing paddy fields before dissecting the Marshyangdi River Gorge and passing through interesting villages, including Bhubhule, ’a place where water bubbles up through the ground;’ Taal, situated near a waterfall; and Pisang, a two-part village, the upper portion of which has dramatic views of Annapurna II.
The ascent is fairly steady and eventually emerges, with a dramatic change of scenery, in the arid Manang Valley, a region which is predominantly Tibetan in lifestyle and outlook. The following few days are spent travelling through this delightful valley, which has fascinating settlements and tremendous views.
A day is taken side-trekking to Manang for acclimatization purposes before we continue crossing the Thorang-La (5416 m). This is a long but very rewarding day with splendid views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Dhampus Peak, among others.
From the pass, a steep descent of two-three hours leads to Muktinath, the most sacred place for Hindus in Nepal apart from Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. Muktinath has been a holy place since ancient times (it is very significant for Buddhists, too), stemming from the discovery of the small flames of natural gas within a Nyingma Buddhist shrine on the south side of the temple complex. This has always been viewed as a miraculous conjunction of fire, air and water.
Our return follows the Kali Gandaki via many intriguing Lower Mustang and Thakali villages, including Kagbeni, which has great examples of Tibetan style architecture and culture, Marpha, renowned for its production of world class (and extremely potent !) brandy, and Tatopani (which means ’hot water’).
Tatopani is a small town with three main clusters of houses: at the southern end of the northern group of lodges and stores are the hot springs from which the settlement’s name is derived. Tatopani is a stopping point for pilgrims as well as for the trekkers who, lured by its tangerine trees as well as the promise of a natural hot bath, have regarded it as an idyllic halt ever since trekking began to be popular in the early 1970s.
We spend a day enjoying the hot springs - and some great food - in Tatopani, before a further two-day hike to Ghorepani.On the next morning we are up early for the trek to Poon Hill, one of the best spots to see - and photograph - the sun rise over the Himalayas.
On our return we rest for our final night in the beautiful large Gurung village of Ghandruk.
Our last day is an easy descent to Nayapul, where transport awaits for the one-and-a-half hour journey back to Pokhara.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE TRIP:
Classic trek on ancient trade routes - Ascending the Marshyangdi valley - Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli - Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga - Explore beautiful Manag village - Crossing the Thorung- La ( 5416m) - The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, View of Dhawagiri Ice- flow - The world deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley - Natural Hotspring at Tatopani - Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views.
Kathmandu/ Besishar/ Manang/ Throung La pass/Muktinath /Tatopani( natural hotspring)/ Ghorepani Poonhill/ Ghaundrung village/Pokhara/Kathmandu
Annapurna Around trek is suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. It does not require you to be super fit or have any previous trekking/mountaineering experience. If you are healthy and can walk 5 to 6 hours daily, you can do this trekking. However, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful before you depart. Our program always include rest days and build up gradually, in order to acclimatize to the altitude. On trek, you can go at your own pace, with plenty of stops for resting.
Hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan as per your requirement from Budget class to laxurious and mountain lodge Tea-house in trekking.
Breakfast in Kathmandu / Full board in Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Transport: Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car- By tourist bus from Kathmandu to Besishar/Pokhara to KTM and by car from trek ending point to Pokhara
Facts of Trip:
Day 01: Arrival & transfer to hotel in kathmandu
Day 02: Free day in kathmandu or self sightseeing around kathmandu valley.
Day 03: Kathmandu. to Besisahar By bus and local jeep drive to chemje
Day 04: Chemje to Danaque
Day 05: Danaque to Chame
Day 06: Chame to Pisang
Day 07: Pisang to Manang
Day 08: Manag Rest day for acclamatization ( day hike to Ganga purna Glacier )
Day 09: Manang to Yak kharka (4200m)
Day 10: Yak Kharka to chauri leder (4415m)
Day 11: Chauri leder to Throng Pedhi or High Camp (4780m)
Day 12: Thorong phedi or Hight camp (Thorong La 5514m) to Muktinath 3802m.
Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m)
Day 14: Jomsom to Kalapani(2530m)
Day 15: Kalapani to Tatopani (1190m)
Day 16: Tatopani- Rest day ( relax day in Hot spring )
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani(2800m)
Day 18: Ghorepani/ Poon hill and trek down to Hille
Day 19: Hille to Nyapul and drive back to Pokhara
Day 20: Free day in pokhara .
Day 21: Fly back to kathmandu
Day 22: Free day or self visiting to Bhaktapur city and Patan city
Day 23: Tour ends (Departure for onwards destination)
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|Moderate and High passes Altitude Trekking (3500-6000M)|