The Annapurna Region in central Nepal is the most geographically and culturally diverse region for trekking. This trek is one of the classic treks of Nepal Himalayas since the trail was formed in 1977. The trek has fascinating and diverse landscapes and cultures encompassing terraced village lowlands of the Marshyangdi valley, through the forests and agricultural areas of the middle hill country, to the glacial basins of the Annapurna Mountains. In the lower and mid valleys Hindu (Gurung and Thakali) settlements dominate and in the northern arid semi-desert Tibetan Plateau Buddhists are predominant bringing with it the taste of different cultures and religions.
The trek starts from the sub-tropical Pokhara Valley and passes through paddy fields, hanging bridges before gradually ascending through terraced hillsides of wheat and barley. We cross the villages of Jagat, Dharapani and Chame below the altitude of 3000 meters before reaching Pisang, the first village above 3000 meters in altitude. As we ascend and gain altitude we reach the semi-desert landscape with stunning and breathtaking close-up views of snowy and glaciated high peaks including Annapurnas II, III and IV. The next stopover is at Manang (3,540m) where we have an extra day to acclimatize before we do the Thorung La pass at 5416m, which will be the highlight of the trip with incredible panoramic views of the Himalayas.
As we come down towards the village of Muktinath we will be entering the Kali Ghandaki valley said to have one of the deepest gorge in the world. Our final overnight stay is at Jomsom which is the gateway to the Mustang region. From here we fly to Pokhara on a twin otter, while imprinting lasting images of the mountain ranges as we fly across, a perfect finish to an exhilarating trek.
|Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu|
|Day 02: Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu|
|Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Beshishar (820m)|
|Day 04: Bhulbhule to Jagat (1,340m)|
|Day 05: Jagat to Dharapani (1,943m)|
|Day 06: Dharapani to Chame (2,713m)|
|Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3,185m)|
|Day 08: Pisang to Manang (3,540m)|
|Day 09: Rest Day at Manang (acclimatization)|
|Day 10: Manang to Churiletdar (4,220m)|
|Day 11: Manang to High Camp (4,220m)|
|Day 12: High camp to Thong La (5,416m) to Muktinath (3,802m)|
|Day 13: Muktinath to Jomsom (2,713m)|
|Day 14: Jomsom to Pokhara by Flight|
|Day 15: Fly back to Kathmandu|
|Day 16: Half Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu|
|Day 17: Final Departure|
Best Period: Feb to May & Oct to Dec
Time Period: 16 Nights / 17 Days.
Trek Period: 11 Night / 12 Days
In Kathmandu: 04 Nights
In Pokhara: 01 Night
Flights: 02 Ways (Jomsom / Pokhara / Kathmandu
Trek Type: Strenuous
Highest Altitude: 5,416m
Warning: Altitude Sickness
Trek Start Point: Bhulbhule
Trek End Point: Jomsom
Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek
Trek Cost: Details of cost upon request
National Park: Annapurna National Park (7,629 sq. kms)
Mountains: Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Yaka Khawa, etc.
Pass: Throng la Pass (5,416m)
Rivers: Marshyangdi Khola and Kali Ghandaki River
Villages: Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, etc
Tribes: Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Thakalis, Manangays (Lobas) and the Tibetans
Forests: Of Rhododendron and Pine
Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountain