Thorong Peak (6,144m), nestled amidst Nepal’s most diverse and scenic Himalyan region; Annapurna is a popular climbing peak. Most of the professional trekkers and climbers come to climb this peak shortly to mix-up with the route of Around Annapurna. This trail gives us chance to observe Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna range, Nilgiri peak, Tilicho Peak,wonderful landscape of Mustang region with the world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki valley etc which will be your memorable trail.
Starting from the beautiful subtropical Pokhara valley we pursue the Annapurna circuit trail up to Manang Valley. En route we cross lush green paddy fields through the villages of Jagat and Chame. Notice the landscape change to an arid valley as we cross the 3000 meters mark from Pisang onwards. Once in Manang, listen to the winds howl and observe panoramic views of the majestic Himalayas, including peaks of Annapurna II, III and IV. After Manang go higher towards
After descending, we cross through Thorang La Pass (5416m), another highlight and reach Mustang, take in the valley, stay a night in Jomsom before flying to Pokhara and onto to Kathmandu the next day, thus ending a once in a lifetime expedition.
In the meantime:
AM: Tour Kathmandu valley and travel through time as you visit UNESCO Heritage sites like the Durbar Squares and Swayambhu Temple.
PM: Briefing about the trek and allow time for last minute purchases of necessary equipments.
An hour drive away we reach Bhulbhule, have our trekking permits checked at the ACAP office. Proceed to cross the river on a ‘suspension bridge’, the first of many, and check into a lodge to retire for the night.
After lunch, we descend toward Besi, cross a small stream; pass through a few villages to cross the Marshyangdi River via a suspension bridge. Turn right and start an ascent to reach atop a hill. The trail widens and we reach Jagat, a village along a mountain ridge (1340 m), our stop for the night.
Following lunch, we head north along the river, cross a 60 metre long suspension bridge. As we proceed, some parts of the trail are exposed to a vertical cliff, which calls for caution. Reach Dharapani (1943 m). Dharapani means ‘a stream of water’.
After lunch we walk towards Kodo which means ‘millet’ and then to Kyupar (2600 m). A police check post guards access to Nar Phu Khola Valley which leads to Tibet. Show our permits again and proceed to Chame (2713 m) – the District Headquarters of Manang.
Walk for about an hour through a pine forest to Pisang after lunch. Pisang is divided into two villages – upper and lower. Upper Pisang is the main town; however the recent construction of the main highway to Manang has resulted into residents migrating to Lower Pisang.
After lunch, reach Manang in a short while which sits atop a plateau.
After lunch, a gentle climb through a vast meadow, cross the suspension bridge and reach Leadher (4220 m) in an hour. A short day trip to help with acclimatization.
It’s a short day and upon reaching base camp we will settle and start preparing for the climb.
Early morning ascent to Thorang La. Several prayer flags offering prayers to the mountains as we reach the highest point. At the highest point (5416 m) watch a panoramic view of the Himalayas – Thorangse, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tukche, Gangapurna.
Drop down 1600 meters in 3 hours to reach Muktinath.
Enjoy a laid back afternoon alongside Pokhara lakeside.
Best Period: Feb, Mar, April, May – Oct, Nov, Dec
Time Period: 19 Nights / 20 Days.
Trek Period: 15 Night / 16 Days
In Kathmandu: 03 Nights
In Pokhara: 01 Night
Flights: Jomsom / Pokhara / Kathmandu
Trek Type: Strenuous
Highest Altitude: 6144 meters
Warning: Altitude Sickness.
Trek Start Point: Chame
Trek End Point: Jomsom
Accommodations: Hotels in Kathmandu / Lodges on trek / Camping while climbing
National Park: Annapurna National Park (7269 sq. kms)
Mountains: Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Yaka Khawa, etc.
Pass: Thorang la Pass (5416 m)
Summit: Chulu Far East (6059 m)
Rivers: Marshyangdi Khola and Kali Gandaki.
Villages: Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, etc.
Tribes: Brahmins, Chettris, Gurungs, Magars, Thakalis, Lobas and the Tibetans.
Forest: Of Rhododendron and Pine.
Landscapes: Varying from temperate valleys to snow clad mountains
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