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Annapurna Circle Trek 22 Days

Annapurna Circle Trek  
Trip Duration : 22 Days
Trek Length : 18 Days
Trip Rating : Moderate to Strenuous
Maximum Altitude : 17,764ft
Activity : Cultural tour and trekking
Lodging : Hotels and Lodges
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Kathmandu
Best Season : Sep-Nov & Mar-May
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Group Size : 2-16 Persons

Highlights:

Annapurna Circle Trek offers you an encyclopedic experience of Nepal's landscapes, its diverse cultures, floras and faunas. The trek begins in the low lands with paddy fields in the Gorkha foothills at 1200 meters and goes as high as 5416 meters above sea level at Thorongla Pass. The trek passes through beautifully terraced fields and villages offering you a complete experience of how the Nepalese people live, exposing you to their daily life chores. In the lower part of this trek, we will meet Magar, Gurung, Chhetri, Brahmin, Gharti, Kami, and Dhomai ethnic groups while we will meet Manangye Gurung and Bhotya ethnic groups as we ascend. The ethnic groups in the lower hills are mostly followers of Hinduism and the upper mountain region followers of Buddhism. The life styles of these people are as diverse as the landscape itself; definitely not by religion, but by virtue of the landscapes in which that they live in.

All along the Annapurna Circle Trek, we can experience spectacular views of the snowcapped mountains towering above the lush green hills that offer you opportunities for excellent pictures to treasure. Moreover, the trail occasionally passes through deep river valleys and gorges while hearing only the sounds of nature. Thus, every step takes you to a new destination and scenery. This is a journey of discovery. The chance of shooting excellent pictures or videos does not end until you complete the trip.

In addition to the above described scenery, the Annapurna Region is home for many different varieties of floras and faunas. Among the floras, the rhododendron forests are interspersed with various species. There are over 30 species of Rhododendrons found in Nepal. The Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal found in several colors, red, white, purple, and pinkish red, when in blossom in the spring. Those who love to see the spectacular rhododendron flower covered forest scenery with snowcapped peaks in the background should consider trekking in Nepal in the spring season from March to April. Other species of floras found along the Annapurna trails are conifers, Sal, Acacia, Chestnut, walnut, Birch, Rosewood, Silky Cotton trees, Oak, Hemlock, Alder, Silver fir, Maples and Blue pines to mention a few.

Mammals: Among the mammals, the rhesus Macaque, common Langur monkeys, snow leopard, Himalayan Weasels, Yellow-Throated Marten, jackal, wolf, fox, Ghoral, musk deer, blue sheep, and many other species are found here. However, the most commonly seen ones are the blue sheep, weasels, and martens around Manang and the monkeys in the lower valleys.
Birds: Some of the birds that make their home in the Annapurna Region of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project are the White capped river chat, Thrushes, Whistling thrush, Little fork tail, White breasted king fisher, Eurasian king fisher, Brown dipper, the White breasted dipper, Lamergier, Himalayan Griffon and many others. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project covers a huge area from altitudes of about 1500m to 8091m above sea level. Therefore, there are great varieties of bird species that live here year round or as migratory species. Those of you who are avid bird watchers and love to see birds in detail, should join the bird watching tour. Nevertheless, we can sample a few of the above while trekking around the Annapurna.

Thorang La (Pass at 17764 ft) above sea level is the highest elevation we reach on this trek. After we cross the Thorang Pass, we enter the Kali Ghandaki River gorge, believed to be the deepest river gorge in the world. The first village we reach after the pass is Mukhtinath, where an eternal flame is seen on the water and on the rock, a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. However, the local inhabitants in the region are Buddhists. This part of Nepal is in the rain shadow area of the country that is dry most of the year. The exception is infrequent light showers in the summer and harsh winter with some snowfall. As a result of the dry climate, people here built mud walled houses with flat rooftops. The architecture of the upper Kali Gandaki River at the edge of Mustang and Manang are similar. Therefore, we see two different worlds of culture and religion on this trek, the Hindus in the lowlands and the Buddhists in the lowlands and predominantly in the highlands.

We trek along the Kali Ghandaki river gorge passing through Kagbeni, Jomsom, Marpha, Tukuche, Kalopani and Tatopani villages, a region originally called Thakhola and famed by the Thakali ethnic group for their culinary delights and adept business skills. The views along the Kali Ghandaki gorge between the towering peaks of the Annapurna massive and Dhaulagiri range are exhilarating. After Tatopani, we trek through Magar and Gurung villages. These two ethnic groups are the major inhabitants on the southwest valleys of the Annapurna Massif because the entire region was their kingdom before Nepal was unified as one country by King Prithivi Narayan Shah. Thus, trekking around the Annapurna massif with breathtaking landscapes, sampling Nepal’s diverse cultures, floras and faunas are an experience of a lifetime to treasure.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu (4,500ft) and transfer to hotel,
Day 2 Kathmandu World Heritage sightseeing,
Day 3 Transfer by road to Besi Sahar (2,493ft) and begin trek,
Day 4 Trek to Khudi Bahundanda (4,297ft),
Day 5 Trek to Chamje (7,085ft) (alternatively at Syange),
Day 6 Trek to Bagarchhap (7,314ft) (alternatively Taal),
Day 7 Trek to Chame (8,626ft) (alternatively Koto),
Day 8 Trek to Pisang (10,463ft),
Day 9 Trek to Manang (11,611ft),
Day 10 Leisure day in Manang for acclimatization,
Day 11 Trek to Thorung Phedi (14,445ft),
Day 12 Trek across Thorung La pass (17,764ft) to Muktinath (12,464ft),
Day 13 Trek to Marpha (8,758ft),
Day 14 trek to Lajung (8,364ft)
Day 15 trek to Ghasa (6,593ft)
Day 16 trek to Tatopani (3,903ft)
Day 17 trek to Ghorepani (9,184ft),
Day 18 trek to Poon Hill Viewpoint (10,529ft) and continue journey to Tadapani,
Day 19 trek to Ghandruk (6,363ft),
Day 20 trek to Nayapool and drive to Pokhara (3,149ft),
Day 21 Flight to Kathmandu and at leisure,
Day 22 Departure from Nepal.

 

Service Includes:

  • Four nights in 3-4 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast,
  • Trip activities as mentioned in the itinerary,
  • 18 days camping trek with overnights in tents,
  • Trekking equipment (two person tents, foam pads, dining tent, tables, chairs, kitchen utensils and toilet tent),
  • Meals (3 meals a day) freshly cooked and served while on camping trek,
  • Trekking crew (guide, cook, and porters),
  • Porters carry luggage on the trek,
  • Entrance fees to monuments and parks as per itinerary,
  • Domestic airfare Pokhara to Kathmandu including departure tax,
  • Ground transfers on arrivals, sightseeing, to and from trailheads and departures,
  • Trekking with overnights in lodge accommodation includes:
  • Twin bedroom sharing with breakfast at the lodge you are staying,
  • Lunch served en-route, and staff provided are a guide and porters,
  • Kathmandu lodging and sightseeing, transportation including domestic flight, and entrance fees,
  • Nepalese staff insurance.

Service Excludes:

  • Visa fees, international airfares and airport departure tax,
  • Dinners on lodge trek and lunch and dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Beverages such as alcohol and soft drinks,
  • All personal items such as travel gear, laundry, telephone, tips,
  • Personal medical and travel insurance,
  • Charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control such as bad weather, natural disasters, civil unrest and emergencies.

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