Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Overview
If the Everest region is the number one trekking destination for visitors to Nepal, then the number 2 popular spot is the Annapurna Region. For many, they find the Annapurnas to be even more enjoyable than Everest. The crown jewel of the Annapurna Region is Mt. Annapurna I, which is the 10th highest peak in the world. Rising 8,091 meters, its snowcapped peak is an brilliant white against the blue skies of the Himalayas. But there are more peaks that surround it, creating a landscape like no other. The Annapurna Circuit is more than just high mountains. As if that wasn't enough, there are deep gorges on the Kali Gandaki River. In Annapurna circuit trekking region there is sunrise over the Himalayas from Poon Hill. And there are the Gurung villages that dot the countryside. It is an incredible area, one where you will find yourself totally immersed in the beauty that only the Himalayas can offer. GA Travels will bring to life the immense beauty of the Annapurna Mountain Range. Nestled near the picturesque lakeside city of Pokhara, you will want to spend time enjoying everything this region has to offer. There is even a chance to do paragliding, boating, fishing and more in the region.
Be sure to discuss all the options with your representative at GA Travels. The Annapurna area is one of the most popular places to visit in Nepal, and the reasons will become obvious to you when you choose this place for your next trek.
Day to Day Itinerary
DAY 1 – Besi Sahar to Bhulbule:
The trek begins at Besi Sahar which you reach by either bus or jeep. This day you enter the Annapurna Conservation Area. Those who arrive without obtaining their permit ahead of time pay double, but that is never the case with GA Travels who have all of the permits pre-arranged for you. The day offers some great scenery of Mt. Ngadi Chuli (also called Manaslu II). Spend the night in Bhulbule.
DAY 2 – Bhulbule to Ghermu:
The trail crosses the Marsyangdi River as you continue toward Ngadi. From here, trek on to the village of Bahundanda where there are a number of shops and restaurants. There are high waterfalls and villages along the trail as you move toward the village of Ghermu (elev. 1140 m)
DAY 3 – Ghermu to Tal:
Cross the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge and then follow the trail up the steep cliffs to the picturesque stone village of Jagat. As you arrive at the village of Tal (elev. 1700 m), you discover that the village is built on an ancient lakebed. The lake was filled in by landslides many centuries ago. The river meanders through it, before disappearing under some large boulders. Upon entering the village of Tal, you have set food in the Manang district.
DAY 4 – Tal to Chame:
This is a long day of trekking as you cross the valley floor than climb up stone steps and again crossing the Marsyangdi River. There are a number of Chortens along the way, which is typical of Tibetan Buddhism. The trail climbs steeply through pine forests until arriving late in the day at the village of Chame (2,710 m). Chame is the headquarters of Manang District and has a bank, a number of shops. Internet, trekking gear shops, hotels and restaurants.
DAY 5 – Chame to Pisang:
This trail runs through deep forests and a steep, narrow valley. The trail continues to criss-cross the Marsyangdi River. The trail rises in elevation, affording some great views. The trail eventually arrives at the village of Pisang (3240 m) where there are good restaurant, even a chance to get a pizza!
DAY 6 – Pisang to Manang:
This area is the dry part of the Annapurna Mountains, as very few rains make it this far north beyond the high mountains. There is the incredibly picturesque village of Bragha before coming to Manang Village (3540 m).
DAY 7 – Acclimatization in Manang: It is recommended that you spend the day relaxing in Manang in order to allow your body to acclimatize to the high elevations. There are great views in this Gurung village and some day hikes to places like Milarethe's cave and Ice Lake. Manang is a major trading village, so you will be able to find a lot of things to buy here.
DAY 8 – Manang to Letdar:
The trail rises about 2000 meters to reach Thorung La pass. You leave the Marsyangdi Valley and now enter the Jarsang Khola Valley. Acclimatize further at Letdar (4,230 m) for the night.
DAY 9 –Letdar to Thorung Phedi: This is stil high elevation as you reach Thorung Phedi (4540 m). From here, spend the night…
DAY 10 – Thorung Phedi to Muktinath:
Muktinath is a Hindu as well as Buddhist Pilgrimage site with its famous temple. It is famous for many temples, including one to Jwalamai (the goddess of fire)as natural jets of natural gas emanate forth, allowing for an eternal flame to burn in her honor. There are no overnight facilities in Muktinath, but a short walk to the village of Ranipauwa will provide places to stay.
DAY 11 – Muktinath to Kagbeni:
Explore Muktinath before trekking on to the incredibly picturesque village of Jharkot with its dramatic views of the mountains and valleys. Today's trek stops at the medieval looking village of Kagbeni (elev. 2,840 m).
DAY 12 – Kagbeni to Jomsom:
Kagbeni is the gateway to the legendary capital city of Lo Manthang of the Mustang kingdom. From here, you can look toward Mustang without actually having to pay the US$500 permit fee. Enjoy the view before moving down toward the village of Jomsom where you can spend the night. There is an airport where you can catch your flight to Pokhara or take a jeep back to the lakeside city.