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Annapurna Round

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Trip Fact

Trip name: Annapurna Round
Duration: 14 days
Grade: sustained
Max. Altitude: 5416m
Best time to Travel : Jan, Feb, March, April, May, Oct, Nov, Dec

Strengths

  • Unique panoramic views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • A short trek crossing the Thorung La at 5416m
  • A diversity of ethnic groups, climate, settlements, fauna and landscape
  • Accommodation in comfortable lodges
  • Careful accilmatization

  • Level 12/20 9 days trekking with a maximum altitude of 5416m. Stages average 5 to 6hours except for the pass crossing (8 to 10h). Gradually climbing up.

    During 9 days of trekking, that short round provides a complete vision of Nepal, trekking paradise destination: big hillsides carved with terraced fields displaying the craftiness of the local people, high snow covered peaks, variety of climate from subtropical to barren Kali Gandaki valley crossing the Annapurna Range through the windy Thorung La (5416m), highest point of the trek, higher than the highest peak in European Alps!

    It presents an ethnic diversity with indo Aryan people at lower altitude and mongoloid people in upper villages. This is the trek that every trekker plans to enjoy a complete taste of Nepal.

    DAYS PROGRAM ALTITUDE SERVICE
    Day1 Arrive Kathmandu transfer to hotel
    Day2 Drive > Besi Sahar then jeep > Ghermu 1150m lodge
    Day3 Trek 1 Tal, 5hrs 1740m lodge
    Day4 Trek 2 Timang, 5hrs 2300m lodge
    Day5 Trek 3 Dhikure Pokhari, 5hrs30 3060m lodge
    Day6 Trek 4 Ngawal, 5hrs 3660m lodge
    Day7 Trek 5 Manang, 3/4hrs 3500m lodge
    Day8 Trek 6 Leder, 4hrs 4200m lodge
    Day9 Trek 7 Thorung Phedi, 3hrs 4500m lodge
    Day10 Trek 8 Thorung La 5416m – Muktinath, 8/10hrs 3800m lodge
    Day11 Trek 9 Jomsom, 5h 30 2740m lodge
    Day12 Flight: Jomsom – Pokhara- Kathmandu transfer to hotel
    Day13 Kathmandu Valley sightseeing hotel
    Day14 Departure transfer to airport

    Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel by private vehicle.

    Day 02 Bus drive : Kathmandu – Besi Sahar (760m)
    Early morning departure by private bus leaving the capital city of Kathmandu through the busy Prithvi highway downhill on a meandering road till the Trishuli river which we follow till Mugling at the confluence of Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers. At Dumre we leave the main highway for a narrower road till Besi Sahar. 6hrs drive. We have our lunch in this town before taking private jeep plying on the new track linking to Manang. This track presents no advantage trekking on it and we prefer to go till Syange avoiding walking on a dusty trail. Overnight in Syange 1100m.

    Day 03 Syange – Tal (1740m) 5h
    The trek really begins today on a pleasant trail in sub-tropical area. The trail goes up steeply to Jagat and now the forested area is getting less present. After crossing the Marshyangdi river over a suspension bridge the path is entering a narrow gorge through a rocky environment before arriving in Tal, a small village under rock cliff. We are now on a broad plateau with the river meandering.

    Day 04 Tal – Timang (2300m) 5h
    At the end of the plateau, we take on the opposite bank of the river. The ambiance is more mountainous now and the Buddhist influence is apparent. The trail crosses the broad, flat valley that was once a lake through fields of corn, barley. There is a kani that marks the entrance to Dharapani, a village at the crossroad of Annapurna and Manaslu trails. At the end of the village we can see the Lamjung Himal. The path enters a forested area and reaches Bagarchap at 2160m, the first village with typical Tibetan architecture. The trail now climbs through forests to Timang.

    Day 05 Timang – Dhikur Pokhari (3060m) 5h30
    Crossing a large stream we reach Koto, situated in a meadow surrounded by huge pine and spruce trees. The Manaslu Massif appears on the east. The next village is Chame, administrative district headquarters. The path is going up in between river and rock cliffs through a forested area. Further on we enter a big plateau. We stop at Dhikur Pokhari, a small hamlet under the Annapurna II.

    Day 06 Dhikur Pokhari – Ngawal (3660m) 5h
    The area is entirely Tibetan and Pisang is a beautiful village offering views of Pisang peak and Annapurna II. We leave the main trail to discover a better path, giving some peace in the villages out of the main busy track. The path climbs steeply up to Gyaru then on a balcony path facing the huge Annapurna range made of: Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Gangapurna (7455m). We continue till Ngawal, a beautiful and quiet village where we spend the night.

    Day 07 Ngawal – Manang (3540m) 4h
    We go down on a dusty path before reaching Braga, a superb Tibetan village clung to the hill, with a very old monastery on top. The path follows the river till Manang, towered by impressive Gangapurna.

    Day 08 Manang – Letdar (4200m) 4h
    The path leaves Manang and the round the year last inhabited village of Tengi and goes up gradually through alpine pastures and mineral environment. Today is a short day for a better acclimatization. Views of Chulu Massif on the east.

    Day 9 Letdar – Thorung Phedi (4500m) 3h
    Today is another short day to reach the base of the pass through meadows with less vegetation. The trail makes a short and steep down way section to cross the Kona Khola. We reach Thorung Phedi. Possibility to go up to high camp at 4800m for a better acclimatization.

    Day 10 Thorung Phedi - Thorung La (5416m) Muktinath (3800m) 8 to 10h
    We have to wake up very early to start climbing up to the pass with head lamp in order to avoid strong winds blowing after 9 o’clock. The most strenuous section is at the beginning to reach High Camp then it’s a tiring way up till the top of the pass with prayer flags flapping in the wind. It takes between 3h 30 and 5h to reach the top and our repeated efforts from the beginning are rewarded by the breath taking panorama of the Great Barrier, Tilicho, Dhaulagiri and the barren area of Mustang. Long way down to Muktinath where we visit the hindu and Buddhist temples amidst poplars.

    Day 11 Muktinath – Jomsom (2740m)
    The path goes down to the fort like village of Jharkot : it’s mineral landscape scattered with some apple trees, birches and poplars. At a point we overlook Kagbeni village, the gateway to Mustang, at the confluence of Kali Gandaki river and Jhonk Khola. The water presence allows various crops like an oasis amidst barren area. Kagbeni is worth visiting, making us dreaming about the Mustang.

    The end of the walk is alongside the river with strong wind blowing up. At Jomsom the Nilgiri is so close for our last night in trekking.

    Day 12 Flight Jomsom- Pokhara – Kathmandu
    Early flight to Pokhara between huge Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains over the Kali Gandaki river. At Pokhara we have to board another plane flying alongside the Himalayan range. Night at the same hotel.

    Day 13 Kathmandu sightseeing
    All day visiting the rich valley with the medieval city of Bhaktapur and its numerous pagodas and temples. On the way back we stop at the biggest hindu temple of Pashupatinath alongside the Bagmati river and finally circumambulating the huge white Buddhist stupa of Bodhnath with the Tibetan people doing the kora.

    Day 14 Transfer to airport for return flight.