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Annapurna Circuit

OVERVIEW

Also known as “Annapurna Circuit” trek this 12- days trek program takes you right round the great Annapurna massif visiting a Tibet – like country on the northern slopes of the Himalaya and then into the dramatic world deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki.  Early in the morning drive from Kathmandu, which is about 5 hours to Beshisahar, then continuous drive leads northwest into Marsyangdi river valley following the river upstream into the beautiful Manang valley which is surrounded on all sides by major Himalayan peaks such as Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Gangapurna (7455m), Glacier Dome (7193m) and Tilicho peak (7134m). The people of Manang valley are similar to Tibetans in culture and in dress though their historic origins are unknown. They are known for their shrewd business instincts. The Himalayan rain shadow make effect is very apparent as lush vegetation of the upper Marsyangdi valley gives way to fields of barley buckwheat and potatoes in Manang and Khangsar. The trail leads higher to cross Thorung La (5416m), the mountain pass that leads into a sharp descent to the spectacular Kali Gandaki gorge. Following the route along the banks of Kali Gandaki passes through spectacular landscape and contrasting villages of ethnic mixes religions and climate, thus making the descent an interesting trekking course.

Also known as “Annapurna Circuit” trek this 12- days trek program takes you right round the great Annapurna massif visiting a Tibet – like country on the northern slopes of the Himalaya and then into the dramatic world deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki.  Early in the morning drive from Kathmandu, which is about 5 hours to Beshisahar, then continuous drive leads northwest into Marsyangdi river valley following the river upstream into the beautiful Manang valley which is surrounded on all sides by major Himalayan peaks such as Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Gangapurna (7455m), Glacier Dome (7193m) and Tilicho peak (7134m). The people of Manang valley are similar to Tibetans in culture and in dress though their historic origins are unknown. They are known for their shrewd business instincts. The Himalayan rain shadow make effect is very apparent as lush vegetation of the upper Marsyangdi valley gives way to fields of barley buckwheat and potatoes in Manang and Khangsar. The trail leads higher to cross Thorung La (5416m), the mountain pass that leads into a sharp descent to the spectacular Kali Gandaki gorge. Following the route along the banks of Kali Gandaki passes through spectacular landscape and contrasting villages of ethnic mixes religions and climate, thus making the descent an interesting trekking course.

Highlights of the trekking

Spectacular views of Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri ranges, fascinating landscapes of Mustang, Muktinath temple (Hinduism and Buddhism), Manang, Marpha, Braga village, large numbers of monasteries, Kaligandaki gorge etc.

Itinerary of Annapurna Circuit

Our Company representative will be standing in front of arrival gate to meets you at Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu holding a board of our company SNOWPAL TREK AND EXPEDITION Pvt. Ltd. along with your Name and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Hotel on BB Basis

After Breakfast first we check all the trekking equipment and if missing some of trekking gear, we can buy during the sightseeing. Full day sightseeing proceeds to the prominent UNESCO world heritage site to Syambhunath Stupa the Buddhist sanctuary said to be nearly 2000 years old. The hill itself is pleasant place overlooking the entire valley of Kathmandu. The all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha painted in prominent blue atop the dome are visible from long distance from around the Kathmandu city. Then proceed to patan durbar squar also call Lalitpur the city full of fine arts. It covers the dozens of temples like Krishna Mandir, Kumbeswor temple, Golden temle. Next site proceed to Pashupatinath Temple the holiest Hindu Temple situated on the bank of sacred holy river Bagmati. Sightseeing continues to the Boudhanath Stupa the biggest Stupa around inhabited by Tibetan Refugee since 1959AD. The day ends at Kathmandu Durbar Squar where can visti the Living Goddes Kumari who appear on the balcony of her temple to greet her devotees, Kastamandap temple (Though now it is under reconstruction process after collapsed in earthquake in 25 April 2014), the temple made out of single tree and named Kathmandu as it was known as Kantipur in earlier times. Kathmandu Durbar Squar cover dozen of temple concluding Kumari temple, Hanuman Dhoka, Maizu dewal, Taleju temple, Nautale Durbar, Kaal Bhairav, freak street and many more.

Overnight in a Boutique Hotel on BB Basis

Drive 200km west to the trekking starting point. The road passes upto Dumer is the same way to Pokhara From Dumre turn to north road into the Marsyangdi Nadi Valley to Beshi Shahar. Then continue to to Syange and on to the Jagat then Chamje to Bagarchhap. The road follows the Marsyangdi river having traveled upstream, we observe many changes in the people, architecture and vegetation. Houses are now built of rocks, the vegetation is less tropical and the culture more Tibetan-like. Overnight in Bagarchhap.

Leaving Chame, the gorge becomes more impressive. We cross into the district of Manang and see more Bhotia people. These are primarily agro- pastoralists and the real trans- Himalayan traders of the region. The route climbs gradually to the town of Bagarchap. The houses here have flat roofs, indicating that there is less rainfall here than the south. There is a temple here worth visiting, and views of the Annapurnas and the Lamjung Himal.

Leaving Bagarchap, We pass a few small settlements along the route and Chame. Chame is a government town and district centre for Manang. The valley becomes narrow and picturesque. The vegetation is temperate, broad – leaved forest. There are interesting religious buildings and hot springs. We continue in an unrelenting narrow valley of pine, hemlock and cypress forest. The trail through a serene forest leads to Pisang. This arid region is in the rain shadow of the Himalaya. The men here are traders- and may sell or trade almost anything and part – time farmers and the women are full – time farmers.

There are 2 routes from here, a low road and a high road, the latter taking longer but affording outstanding views of the Annapurna Himal and few trekkers. Both routes converge in the large and interesting village of Braga, which is the seat of the oldest monastery in the area. The gomba is about 900 years old and belongs to the Karayupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and contains some unique works of art. Manag is 30 minutes from here.

Today is acclimatization day, which is best spent being active and climbing to higher elevations for views but returning to lower altitudes to sleep. Manang itself is in a spectacular location with many attractions. There are lakes, caves, moraine- hills, monasteries or local activities in town.

Leaving Manang, facilities become scarcer. We cross small tributaries and contour along pleasant meadows with occasional birch groves. There is a chance to see herds of blue sheep.

We gain altitude gradually and spend the night at the phedi, meaning ‘foot of hill’. If you are lucky you may spot a snow leopard near here at dusk!

The trail now leaves the river valley and climbs steadily over lateral moraine. The pass, marked by a large cairn, is the high point of our trek. It is an exhilarating geographical feature, dividing 2 mighty Himalayan valleys. Far below to the west is the Kaligandaki River. We descend in that direction for the village of Muktinath, located in a poplar grove. It is a sacred shrine and pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.

From Muktinath to Jomsom, we see people from Mustang, a restricted area to the north, who come to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among their merchandise is the highly- revered mollusk fossil called shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and see the impressive White Mountain that is the Dhaulagiri. We also transit at the significant town of Kagbeni, which is at a junction of 2 rivers and the north- south and east – west trading routes.

Jomsom is located on the bank of Kaligandaki river follows from “Tibetan plateau”.  It is very windy area through deepest Kaligandaki George.  Couple of airlines offered regular flights from Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara early in the morning because of strong wind in day time. Just 23 flight cross valley of the Mt.Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Mt. Annapurna (8091m). Scenery of the spectacular vista of the Himalaya is the outstanding of this flight.

We can do half day sightseeing in Pokhara. Explore the second largest city of Nepal dominated by the peaks of Annapurna range. Pokhara (931m/3,054ft), is only fifty kilometers from Annapurna (8,091 meters) clearly seen from the valley. The prominent peaks from east to west are Annapurna South (7,219m), Varaha Shikhar (7,647m.) Annapurna I (8,091m.), Khangsar Kang (7,485 m), Tarke Kang (7, 193m) Gangapurna (7,455), Annapurna III (7,555m ), Machhapuchhre (6,997m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Annapurna II(7,937m) and Lamjung Himal (6,983m). In addition to these Dhaulagiri I can be seen to the north- west and Manaslu and Himalchuli to the north –east.

Main Sightseeing spot and focused program,

Drive to world peace pogada and on the way back travel to David’s fall and see the Hindu shrine at Gupteshow Mahadiv Cave. Go to Seti Gandaki Gorge, and in the evening boating in the Phewa Lake than visit to a temple dedicated to Varahi temple on a small island, where devotees go for their worship. Explore the Mountain Museum, local tribals museum. Get the spectacular views of the Himalaya. 14:30 fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu

It take a 30-minute flight to return back to Kathmandu. Different air company operating several flights to Kathmandu daily. Passenger May carry 25kg as normal luggage and a carry-on bag of 5kg hand carry. A small bag or laptop bag is considered a hand carry bag but should not exceed 5kg. Excess baggage will be charged at the rate of Rs 75 per kg. All Passengers are required to present their passport (for foreigners) and citizenship or driving license (for Nepali citizens) at the check-in counter. Most planes have a seating capacity of 29/30 person and are equipped with toilet facilities. Passengers are required to arrive at the airport at least an hour before of departure time.

On your flight time transfer from hotel to international airport to board onward journey flight. Or combine with other trip like white water rafting or safari tour at Chitwan Park. The cost would be extra for rafting and safari.

Cost, Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure from International Airport
  • KTM city tour by car with Driver.
  • KTM to Beshishahar Bus Beshishahar to Pisang Jeep
  • Jomsom to Pokhara Flight Ticket.
  • Pokhara half-day sightseeing by required vehicle
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu flight ticket.
  • Kathmandu airport to hotel by required vehicle.
  • ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entry permit
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Permit.
  • 03 nights in Kathmandu on BB basis in 3 star hotel.
  • Accommodation in teahouses during the trekking period.
  • All meals (Breakfast /Lunch /dinner with tea/coffee) during the trekking period
  • An experience gov. licensed holder guide.
  • Potters (two guest one porter).
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • All necessaries fees for Nepalese staff (all meals, accommodation equipments).

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch/ dinner while in Kathmandu and Pokhara stay except farewell dinner.
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks any bottled drinks).
  • KTM city tour entrance fee and city guide (If you need a guide, we provide a very well-known city guide with extra cost
  • Client's personal insurance.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets.
  • Emergency rescue flight and expenses (but any time we are ready to arrange if require).
  • Trip Code: SNT-T-A-001
  • Destination: Throng Pass (5416m/17,769ft.)
  • Group Size: 1-15
  • Season: Around The Year
  • Max Altitude: 5,416m/17,769ft.
  • Trip Starts/Ends: KTM-KTM
  • Transportation: Jeep/Trek/Flight
  • Accomodation: Mountain Lodge
  • Trip Grade: moderate

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