Nepal Annapurna Circuit

Himalaya, Nepal

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Close  Machapuchare. This majestic peak in Nepal is also known as “Fish Tail Mountain.”

Nepal Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit is a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. The trek typically takes 14-20 days and is approximately 160 to 230 km in length depending on the exact drop-off and pick up point. Most trekkers travel in anticlockwise direction which provides a gradual gain in altitude to cross over Thorung La Pass, 5416m the highest on the trek.

In Kathmandu city, there are shrines to both Buddhism and Hinduism, such as Swayambhunath, holy for the Hindus, Pashupatinath temple the famous Shiva temple and the Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, a holy structure with eyes that watch over Kathmandu.

The Annapurna trek passes through Marshyangdi Valley with spectacular views of the Manaslu (8162 m). At Manang village, below Thorung la pass, provides spectacular scenery of Annapurna high mountains. Cross over to Muktinath to Jomson to complete the Annapurna Circuit. Fly back to Kathmandu.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 17-DAY TREK AROUND THE MT ANNAPURNA…
And, explore Nepal’s two great river valleys; the lush Marsyangdi & the arid Kali Gandaki.
 

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  • This 16-day tour can be customised for any travellers for adventure enthusiasts or romantics
  • Tigerland Safari Resort has created a sanctuary amidst lush green jungle where 32 deluxe air-conditioned villas, built on stilts blend perfectly with nature
  • Mountain Resort in Jomsom. The views of the mountains from here, including Dhaulagiri (8,167m) are awe inspiring. In the evenings, the entire panorama is filled with a golden, glittering light which forms a dramatic contrast with the barren, black and dry mountains of the surrounding Kali Gandaki valley
Need to Know
  • Your international airfare is not included. AwimAway can book your international and domestic flights.
  • Tea Houses are the houses of local people converted into local lodge/Guest houses. Rooms available at these tea houses are small & cozy but neat & clean Most of the lodges are equipped with clean common bath/toilet. Lodge provides Hot water in a bucket by paying extra cost. Some lodges provide solar heated water for bathing purpose but there is no guarantee. Lodges do not have pre-reservation system so we have to find the best available lodge for overnight. Do not expect high service standard but you are guaranteed hospitality and a lifetime experience
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday

Review

The Annapurna circuit is a tale of two river valleys: you trek up the steep Marshyangdi river, then over the pass and down the wide, arid Kali Gandaki. The highest pass is Thorong La. At 5,400m, it is the highest altitude reached by many trekkers in their lifetimes.

The new road covers some distance which has shrunk the trek but it makes it so much easier for the fast forward world of travellers who are in a rush to see, enjoy and move on.

Our first day started out misty and wet but ended only after three hours of trek at a teahouse. I was anticipating a bowl of rice and lentils for dinner and a dung-burning hovel in which to sleep. It turned out to be a two-story motel with fully furnished double rooms.

The beds with mattresses were comfortable, the heating was right and the restaurant had a four-page menu and there was a list of imported beverages. While some went for the Western style, I stuffed myself with vegetable chou mein and an Indian potato curry, washed down with Nepali masala milk tea.

The trek along the Marsyangdi is interesting but you begin to really see the Annapurnas after Chame. From here onwards I was in a dilemma whether to focus on the ground and ensure I don’t slip or look up in the sky and not miss out on the best views of the Annapurna. Manang was packed with trekkers and we spent a day here, acclimatising and playing cards with fellow travellers. The man with a pony tail and the woman with a crew cut turned out to be financial advisors to a large corporate.

In the afternoon we attended a lecture at the Himalayan Rescue Association and learnt about the importance of ascending slowly. For those who have climbed Kilimanjaro would remember “Poly, Poly” or Slowly, Slowly. They stressed on drinking water copiously to avoid altitude’s dangers: headaches, bloody lungs, cerebral edema and even death.

Crossing Thorong La was by far the hardest day of the trip, climbing almost 1,000m and then a drop of about 1,700m to Muktinath, a Hindu and Buddhist temple site on the other side. It was cold and it was beginning to snow but luckily we had reached our destination in time for a hot cup of tea.  The next day we reached Jomosom from where we took the flight back to Kathmandu.
 

 
Nepal Annapurna Circuit Himalaya, Nepal

The Annapurna Circuit Trek The Annapurna circuit is a tale of two river valleys – you trek up the steep Marsyangdi, then over the pass and down the wide, arid Kali Gandaki.
Kathmandu, Manang, Muktinath, Jomosom
(17 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Kathmandu Meet and greet on arrival. After a warm reception, our representative will escort you to your hotel for 2 nights stay.

The origin of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, has seen an interesting past. From a wooden rest house on the Indo-Tibet trade route it became a hippy destination and the next two decades, a starting point for trekkers and mountaineers.  In recent times, it has become a destination for the rich who also wish to have a glimpse of the Himalayas. They travel by helicopter, car and foot but with one ultimate aim; to see the unrivalled beauty of the Himalayas.
Hotel Soaltee (Nil)

Day 2 – Tour
Kathmandu Begin your private tour with a visit of Kathmandu city and the surrounding areas. There are shrines to both Buddhism and Hinduism at almost every corner but the one to see is Swayambhunath, holy for the Hindus and frequented by freely roaming holy monkeys. If time permits you can chose to visit Pashupatinath temple on the banks of the Bagmati River, the famous Shiva temple of Hindus and the Buddhist stupa of Boudhanath, a holy structure with eyes that watch over Kathmandu.

In the afternoon, visit Patan, one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. It is good to see these places but if you really want to get a feeling for the place, then take your time and walk through Thamel Street and observe everyday life. It provides a better understanding of the local people and their culture.
Hotel Soaltee (B)

Day 3 – Transfer
Besisahar We set out from Kathmandu after breakfast on a jeep and head towards Besisahar    on the Prithvi Highway  - the main highway that connects Kathmandu with Pokhara and the rest of Nepal. We drive along the wild Trishuli river for three hours before we take a 7 KM detour to visit the hilltop town of Bandipur for lunch.

After having lunch at this picturesque Newari town, we head back down the hill and drive for an hour and half, this time along the Marshyangdi River, to reach Besisahar - the trailhead of the Annapurna Epic.
Height: 800m. Trek: 5 hrs
Local Lodges/ Tea Houses (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Trek
Ngadi We start off on a track heading north up the Marshyangdi Valley with spectacular views of the Manaslu (8162 m.) and Ngadi Chuli, 7879m.  We continue further on again keeping to the riverbanks upto a suspension bridge.  After crossing the bridge the trail lead gently upward to a small settlement of Ngadi for overnight.
Height: 880m. Trek: 5-6 hrs
Local Lodges/ Tea Houses (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Trek
Jagat The trail continues leading down steeply, passing through some villages, terraced fields and some time in and out of the canyons then cross the Marshyangdi River on a long suspension bridge at Syange (1136 m.)  The trail climbs high above the river on the steep west bank, which is forested with rhododendrons and pine.  Because of the steepness of the valley, villages in this region are infrequent, as are suitable palaces to camp.  Jagat is a small village with a mediaeval atmosphere inhabited by people of Tibetan ancestry.
Height: 1,250m. Trek: 5-6 hrs
Local Lodges/ Tea Houses (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Trek
Bagarchap The trail continues into a valley in a forest of Maple, oak, hemlock and blue pine, alive with birdlife.  Further we continue climbing up a spur then descend to a Tibetan influenced village of Bagarchap.  This village consists of closely spaced stone houses, with flat roofs with the firewood piled at the top.
Height: 2,160m. Trek: 6-7 hrs
Local Lodges/ Tea Houses (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Trek
Chame The trail is now bearing West, Manaslu forming a splendid backdrop and Annapurna II (7937 m.) appearing occasionally to the south.  We continue through fine forests of pine and fir, resting at the hamlets of Charku, Thanje and the Kuparkodo.  As we continue on to Chame, views of the Annapurnas improve dramatically.
Height: 2,630m. Trek: 5-6 hrs
Local Lodges/ Tea Houses (B, L, D)

Day 08 – Trek
Pisang We continually cross the river all day, passing through the narrow and steep sided gorge.  Nearing the village of Pisang, we top at a ridge to get our first views of the Manang valley, a wide U-shaped valley hanging between the two line of snow peaks.
Height: 3,200m. Trek: 5-6 hrs
Local Lodges/ Tea Houses (B, L, D)

Day 09 – Trek
Manang We 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 a short walk to Manang for overnight.
Height: 3,500m.  Trek: 5-6 hrs
Local Lodges/ Tea Houses (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Trek
Manang A necessary day to rest and 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.
Local Lodges/ Tea Houses (B, L, D)

Day 11 – Trek
Thorung Phedi We branch away from the Marshyangdi khola steadily climbing into quite distinct alpine areas.  Keep your eyes open for Tahr and Ghoral and the mountain sheep.  Crossing the Jarsang khola.  We climb to a small grassy valley Phedi for overnight.
Height: 4,550m. Time: 6-7 hrs
Local Lodges/ Tea Houses (B, L, D)

Day12 – Trek
Muktinath Though the crossing of the pass is not technically difficult, we take it slowly to take into account the complications of altitude and possible snow.

The trail becomes steep immediately upon leaving Thorung Phedi, and the low level of oxygen at such high altitude makes the climb even tougher. The gradient eases slightly after a while and we reach the pass in about 4 hours, we reach up to the height of 5,330m. from where we can view some of the absolutely stunning high Himalayan scenery.  The entire Annapurna rages in the south, the Muktinath and Mustang Himal to the West, and the incredible deep Kali Gandaki valley, and the surrounding peaks of Thorungtse (6,482m.) and Chulu to the north.  The descent is steep and rough, but we can have excellent views of the Dhaulagiri (8,167m.).
Thorung Pass: 5,400m. Time: 7-8 hrs.
Local Lodges/ Tea Houses (B, L, D)

Day 13 – Trek
Muktinath Explore surrounding.
Height: 3,700m
Local Lodges/ Tea Houses (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Trek
Jomsom After exploring the famous Muktinath, we make a leisurely start to the day descending down the Kali Gandaki Valley - initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. We pass through small villages with typical Tibetan architecture and after about an hour and half of pure downhill fun on the valley floor, we reach Jomsom.

Jomsom town spreads along both the banks of the Kali Gandaki and you will be able to enjoy views of the Nilgiri Peaks (7061m and 6940m), Tilicho Peak (7,134m) and the Dhaulagiri Range. After a short stopover for lunch in bustling Jomsom, we ride down the valley for about an hour to Marpha - a delightful Thakali village. Marpha is particularly well known for its apples and apple ciders.  
Height: 2,700m. Time: 6-7 hrs
Local Lodges/ Tea Houses (B, L, D)

Day 15 – Transfer
Kathmandu After breakfast. Transfer to Airport to connect flight back to Kathmandu.
Arrive Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.
Hotel in Kathmandu (B)

Day 16 – Tour
Kathmandu Am – Half day tour of Pashupatinath & Bodhnath
Pm – Free.
Hotel in Kathmandu (B)

Day 17 – Depart
Kathmandu Transfer to airport to connect onward flight.
Meals (B)
 

 

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When to go Nepal like the rest of the Gangetic plains has four seasons. The winter in the Himalayas is cold and damp, when the high passes are closed and certainly not a good time to visit Nepal. But beginning February as the weather gets warmer, travellers rush to make high-altitude treks. The skies may not be very clear but the forests are full of rhododendrons and other flowers are in bloom.

The heat wave runs through May and the high altitude plateau sees dust storms until the monsoon finally arrives in mid-June. Mountain streams become torrents, landslides take down mountain paths and the Himalayas itself get shrouded in mist and mystery. It is not a popular time to visit Nepal.

But in September, when the rains stop, the dust has settled, the weather is balmy, the air is crip and the sky is clear; it is the most perfect time to visit Nepal. Visitors, trekkers and mountaineers are rewarded with gorgeous uninterrupted views of the high Himalayas.

Getting There Kathmandu has an international airport and is easily accessed via flights with Jet Airways, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Lufthansa. On arrival you can exchange your money at a bank just before immigration. Nearby is the visa counter where you can pay for your visa if you haven't got one already. While departing, for an international flight check-in at least two hours before departure, if not earlier as the counter gets busy during high season.

Passport/Visa A valid passport is required for all tourists except Indian nationals to travel to Nepal. A valid passport is required for all tourists except Indian nationals to travel to Nepal. You can apply for a visa on any entry points upon arrival. Payment should be made in US currency (exact change). Any other currency or credit cards are not accepted for visa payment. You will also need a photograph. However, to save time, tourist visa can also be obtained from Nepalese Embassies or Consulates abroad.