Annapurna circuit is one of the best trekking destination in the world without doubt. Annapurna has dramatic mountain chain, alpine desert ,cultivated terraces ,turbulent river gorge, crystal clear lake, waterfall . It’s equally enjoyable the distinct culture and life style of the people living there. The classic Annapurna circuit trek has been destroyed by the recently built road track thus we felt necessary to introduced Namun Bhanjyan La ( 5560m) route to make alive the famous Annapurna circuit.
The Namun Bhanjyang trek starts from Khudi, some about 5km from Besishaar then the trail ascend gradually via Baglupani following the ancient pilgrim route until Dudh Pokhari (a sacred pond for local people), beyond Dudh pokhari the trekl is demanding but at the same time spectacular mountain view awaits you to enjoy. After tremendous ascend of the Namun Bhanjyang pass the trail meet up with classic Annapurna circuit at Timang, the trail continue following the Marshyandi river valley to the high desert land at Manang , we explore Manang and its surrounding then prepare for the final challange the Throung la pass (5416m). , it takes some about 5 hours ascend to reach the Throung la top from the high camp, A long descend from the top of Throung La brings you to Muktinath, the holy place for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. The trek continues through the dry arid landscape to Kagbeni, a fascinating historical fortress town then to Jomsom where we end our trek.
DAY 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1300m/4264ft)
Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be warmly greeted by a representative from Beauty Nepal Adventure. After completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for our representative with Beauty Nepal Adventure display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to HOTEL IN kathmandu. After check in, we can either take a rest or hang around in the city site. It all depends upon our interests and condition. At the evening upon our reception,Beauty Nepal Adventure will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese restaurant where we enjoy a Nepalese cultural program as well as a fine meal. Included meal: Dinner (D)
Note: B refers to Breakfast, L refers to Lunch and D refers to Dinner
Day 02 : Visit around Kathmandu:
On this day we visit historical and ancient royal palace at Hanumandhoka and the Swyambhunath stupa, the UNESCO heritage sites in Kathmandu
Day 03 : Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m) :
We drive to Besishaar from Kathmandu which takes around 6 hrs, the journey is spectacular along the Trisuli and marshyandi river
Day 04 : Besisahar – Kapur gaun (1890m):
The trek begins with gradual ascend from Besishaar, passing through small villages of mid-hill Nepalese , their paddy terraced, after some about 2 hours gradual ascend the trail goes steeper to reached Baglungpani ,a tiny but spectacular Nepali village, Kapurgaon is still 2 hours further from Baglungpani, we enjoy the spectacular view of Mt Manaslu, Himalchuli and Nagdi peak ( peak 29) on this walk.
Day 05 : Kapur Gaun – Maidu Kharka (3100m):
As soon as we begins our trek the trails goes by the cultivated land of the local people, they grow mainly the maize, paddy and wheat on their terraced , the trail head toward the Ghalegaon( 2050m),one of the biggest village of region and popular for home stay tourism in a recent year. After Ghalegaun the trail lead you to the highest settlement of the region named Ghan-Pokhara , beyond this point trek goes inside the dense forest of rhododendron and oaks.
Day 06 : Maidu Kharka – Kyuper Kharka (3645m):
Trek starts with demanding ascend inside the forest, after few hours we reach the top where we stop for lunch , another less demanding ascend bring you to another hilltop, beyond this top the trek goes cooperatively easier to the camp site.
Day 07 : Kyuper Kharka – Taunja Lek (4220m/6.30hrs):
Today we reach above 4000m, the Manaslu, Himalchuli, Lamjung Himal get fantastically closer view. The first part of the trek goes through the forest , once we get at the top ascending gently the trail get even easier , the pleasant walk bring you to the lunch spot where our kitchen staff awaits you, we may cross by the high altitude sheep herds grazing their cattle., resuming our trekking toward the Taunja pass ( 5100m), the last part of the trek is step up, we camp before the pass called Taunja lek
Day 08 : Taunja Lek – Thurchu Lek (4265m/3hrs):
Our mission is to go over Taunja pass (5100m), it may takes 2 hours for good hiker to reaches the top from our camp, we enjoy the view from the top then descend to our camp which is another one and half hour, the step down hill trail need to concentrate on your step, all afternoon we can explore the Dudpokkhari ( lake)
Day 09 : Thurchu Lek – Danfe Lek (4515m/5.30hrs):
Today mission is to cross the highest elevation of the Annapurna trek , the day start ascending toward the pass from our camp., it takes approximately 4 hrs to reach the Namun Bhanjyang ( 5560m) locally known as Danfe pass. The trek is strenuous but fantastic view await you from the top, the Manaslu, Himalchil, peak 29, and many other are visible from the close range. After the pass we descend to our camp by recently built trail which is comfortably safer to walk .
Day 10 : Danfe Lek – Timang (2500m/5hrs):
Today we join with the classic Annapurna circuit trek , on our east direction splendid views of Mt Manaslu & Himalchuli can be viewed. We have to cross a small pass called Danfe Deurauli then continue downhill trek to join main Annapurna trail at the Marshynadi valley.
Day 11 : Timang to Chame (2800m/3hrs):
The trek continue through the dense forest of pine and rhododendron until Kotho village ( 2590m) then we follow the wide road to Chame where we spend overnight. Chame is district headquarter of Manang district ( administrative centre for local people) located at the bank of the river Marshyandi
Day12: Trek Chame to Pisang (3150m/5hrs):
With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard along the way. From there we continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep on both sides as we follow the path to Bhratang (2950m). In the past this was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution, but the dilapidated buildings are all that remains of that era. A short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where you cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. From here we can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m) to the northeast. Continuing on, we come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.
Day 13: Trek Pisang to Manang (3440m):
Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge, which affords good views of the Manang Valley and Tilicho Peak (7145m). Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hongde (3320m.), we come to a level area where the northeast face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, you can see the village of Bryaga with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us – Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m) and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7145m). After a short steep climb you reach Manang, which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. You camp here for the night, amidst the fluttering prayer flags, which adorn the houses.
Day 14: Acclimatization day in Manang:
Today we spend the day acclimatizing in splendid Manang.
Day 15: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (3900m):
Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the village of Gunsang (3960m). En route, we can see the amazing panoramic views all the day. The trek follows the Marshyangdi river gorge through lush fields of paddy then to the high arid
Day 16: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m) :
Leaving Yak Kharka, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi to cross via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.
Day 17: Trek Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m) via Thorong La:
Today we start early to cross Thorung La (5416m). The trail becomes steep immediately after leaving camp but local people have used this trail for hundreds of years making the path well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang, which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but the time passes quickly with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple.
Day 18: Trek Muktinath to Jomsom (2750m m/6hrs):
The trail descend to the Kaligandaki river valley passing through Jharkot village, the view over the Dhaulagiri range is dramatic on this walk. The descent continue down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with their typical Tibetan architecture, we follow a steep path down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architecture. People living there follow the Tibetan customs and traditions. Here a monastery is situated that is said to date to back to the 15th Century. Kagbeni is also along the border of Upper Mustang.Beyond Kagebeni we fwalk the Kaligandaki river bed until Jomsom, Jomsom is district headquarter of Mustang a government administrative centre.
Day 19 : Flight Jomsom –Pokhara (820m):
After the successful rek over the high route of Annapurna we t ake small aeroplane to Pokhar, Pokhara is a lake city 200km west of Kathmandu, we enjoy Pokhara all afternoon.Overnight: Hotel
Day 20 : Pokhara to Kathmandu (1334m):
the road journey is scenic between Kathmandu and Pokhara, it takes about 5 and hal hour with few stop on the way.
Day 21 : Kathmandu Sightseeing:
Leisure time in Kathmandu, visit Bouddhanath and Bhaktpur: We discover more monument and historical legend of Nepal on this day.
Day22: Final Departure
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Beauty Nepal Adventure escorts us to the Airport for our flight time. Approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Beauty Nepal Adventure will escort us to the airport and bid farewell greetings. On our way to home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country like Nepal. (B)
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
- 4 nights accommodation with breakfast at Standard HOTEL IN Kathmandu and 1 Night in Pokhara.
- Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary.
- Tented Camp accommodation during the trek.
- Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot water during the trek.
- 1 experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 persons) if necessary, their food & accommodation, salary, equipments and insurance.
- All Camping Equipments (Tent, mattress, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, kitchen utensils etc.)
- All transportation by private car/tourist bus.
- Annapurna conservation permit and all necessary permits.
- Tourist service charge, Vat.
- Office Service charge.
- All government tax.
- Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
- Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
- International air fare to and from Nepal.
- Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
- Items and expenses of personal nature.
- Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
- Personal Trekking Equipments like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
- Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
- Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
- Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
- Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
- Horse renting and additional porters due to natural calamities during the trek.
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