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Our Round Annapurna Trek circumnavigates the Annapurna mountain range, passing dense forests, marvelous mountains, and mixed cultures. At first you will be guided towards the paddy pasture before cutting across the Marshyangdi River and then passing through attractive villages including Bhubhule, Taal and Pisang.
Muktinath is a major highlight of the trek as it is considered as a sacred place and a pilgrimage site for Hindus. We follow the Kali Gandaki River upstream all the way through a natural and diverse sequence of landscapes. Visitors will be amazed seeing the distinction from lowland 1000m forests to 3800m lunar-like desert landscapes is the most fascinating part of the trek. The surrounding Annapurna mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri tower over us with their snow capped peaks.
Round Annapurna Trek is an exciting trek which provides the mixture of adventure by combining parts of Jomsom Muktinath Trek with the parts of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is entirely around the famous Annapurna Massif with the area's charming cultural allure, everyone with their own language, unbelievable views of abundant Himalayan peaks and continuously changing landscape. Starting with a drive to Besisahar you gradually go up along the Valley of Marsyangdi River. There are countless attention-grabbing things along the trek. Do not miss out! You can even visit Braga (Buddhist monastery), while travelling around the Manag village. We'll also see Thorong La, Dhaulagiri ice flow, viewing sunrise and many more. You cannot count the number of wonders on this trek on your two hands.
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Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, the Adventure Himalayan representatives will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After refreshment, you will be briefed in short about your tour by our guide or tour leader. If you have any questions or doubts about your trip then they should be asked and clarified at this time. Overnight stay at hotel.
Kathmandu Valley includes several UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Pashupatinath (famous Hindu temple and cremation ground) Boudhanath (massive Buddhist stupa). We can also visit Swyambhunath, also known as Monkey Temple, which was built roughly 2000 years ago. Finally, we can visit Patan, city of fine arts. In the afternoon, you will be meeting with your trekking guide and will check all the necessary things. Overnight stay at the hotel.
You will take a bus and drive to Besisahar or to Bhulbhule from Kathmandu. On the way we can see the lifestyle found in rural communities, which are surrounded by rivers and pastureland. Besisahar is a “sahar” which supply the daily requirements for the villagers near to it. You can find an average type of climate in Besisahar. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Leaving the ridge, we descend to the river towards Syange, a village along the banks of the river. There is a beautiful waterfall. Crossing the suspension bridge, we climb uphill for an hour and a half until we reach Jagat. There is a hot spring near Mashyandi River, about 15 minutes walk from the main village. There is also a temple for the goddess. The beautiful sceneries viewed from Jagat are Chipla and Jhitai villages, with high and steep slopes where magnificent, well-engineered terraced hillsides can be found. We continue on, crossing another suspension bridge, and eventually reaching Dharapani. About 10 minutes up the hill from Dharapani, there is a Thorong La Village, where there is a 104- year old Buddhist Monastery.
On the 5th day of our trek, we will move into Chyamje (2713m). In Chyamje, basically we will be surrounded by lush forests with massive mountains in our background. We will travel through a thick forest, enjoying the waterfalls on the way to our destination. Chyamje is working as a trade center for the Manang district. Overnight at guesthouse.
For the trek to Pisang we'll follow the path over a narrow river valley with dense forests. Our exhaustion goes away after we see the best mountains views of Pisang (3292m). It takes about three hours to arrive there. Overnight at guesthouse.
For the trek to Manang, there consists two ways. Both routes can be followed. Afterward, we cross the Jharsang Khola. There lies a Gurung village known as Khangsar where you can find a small monastery and prayer flags. Through this trek you will get an opportunity to view magnificent view of Annapurna Himal. Overnight at guesthouse.
This is a rest day to acclimatize to the higher altitude. Use the time visiting monastery, and/or a side trip to Gangapurna Lake. You can also visit Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. Taking some rest in this day will help us feel energized for the trekking to come. In the evening you can explore around the area. Overnight at guesthouse.
You will take a walk throughout the colorful settlement of Manang by following the path of stone walls and sandy path. You will arrive to Yak Kharka village after passing through Koche village. Koche is famous for grazing animals. In the pasture land grasses and varieties of seasonal flowers are found. It has glaciers and other water resources, making this place very attractive. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Today you will carry on to the direction to Thorong Phedi High Camp (4780m). After reaching there you would not be able to view any trees. It is a majestic high alpine landscape. Then, you will ascend to the Base Camp. Thorong Phedi is popular as a tiny village situated near the Marshyandi River. Below the river there is a huge meadow land. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.
Muktinath is a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhist. We need to climb another 1000 meter to reach Muktinath. First of all we walk all the way through Khingar (3400m) continuing to Jharkot (3500m) which will be an inspiring stronghold for natives. If you are planning to carry on the first part of Muktinath, we will be staying that night at Ranipur to acclimate more steadily. It has other advantages too. That will give us some time to visit Hindu places and to see the sights near the areas. Overnight at hotel.
On the 12th day the trek continues throughout the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is supposed to be home for many apple orchids as well as all the range of food products. Apple Brandy is a local area of expertise. It is said that if you got an opportunity to taste that Brandy you are a lucky one. Overnight at guesthouse.
We head back to Pokhara for sightseeing about the area. There are temples we can visit, and there are also plenty of other activities such as canoeing, biking, and generally wandering around. Phewa Lake is a beautiful place to hangout, and it offers stunning panoramic views of the Annapurna range.
From Pokhara you will return to Kathmandu taking nearly 6 to 7 hours. On the way you can enjoy the beautiful scenery from the window and during the stops we can get out and capture some photographs. On the way you can take your lunch. Overnight stay in a hotel.
We will transport you to the airport. Thanks for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels. We look forward to seeing you again!
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Tilicho Lake and Thorong la Pass Trek-17 Days
We have done 11 days trekking in Annapurna region, which was absolutely amazing. The trek was organised perfectly and we are very grateful for that to our guide Durga. Would love to come back for more trekking, and I would defently choose Rana’s agency again.
LauraLithuania,Nov 02, 2022
Tilicho Lake and Thorong la Pass Trek-17 Days
Couldn't ask for a better partner (Rana) and team to partner up with on my Yoga & Trekking trip. Every one of my clients has been treated in the best possible way, and always felt welcomed and well taken care of. The whole trip has been amazingly planned. I as a teacher could fully focus on guiding yoga classes and I even had time to myself and to enjoy the trek since everything was in Adventure Himalayan teams hands and I could fully trust them.
I’m very excited to work on many more adventures together!