It is and outstanding circuit trek of the Annapurna trek of the Annapurna massif, crossing the throng-La at the elevation of 5416. Unlike many other Himalayan ranges, the 55km/35 mile Mt. Annapurna is entirely within Nepal and with a relatively easy trail that goes all around it called Annapurna Circuit. It is a trail that is among the most fascinating and popular trekking routes in the entire world, taking one through an amazing diversity of terrain and culture: from lush green foothills with pretty terraces and picturesque Gurkha villages to barren, Tibet-like landscape; through deep forested gorges and the high Thorung-La pass. Annapurna region is best described as the most happening incentive destination in Nepal. This trekking has been wildly recognized as paradise for nature lovers.
This three weeks trek starts right from Besi Sahar and goes along the Marsyangdi River, with great view of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. It leads to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups offering spectacular and majestic view of white Himalayas such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Fishtail.
The wide variety of flora and fauna, the ever changing views of the mountains and of course the trekker- friendly climate all makes this a truly memorable experience.
Safety on the Thurung-La
The 5416m thurung la is one of Nepal’s highest trekking passes and crossing it is potentially dangerous. It is easiest and safest to cross the thurung la from east to west, as in our route description. If travel from west to east, there is no accommodation between the very simple lodges at chabarbu, at 4190m, to a spot two the three hours beyond the pass on the manang side, at 4510m. This means that you have to make a1120m climb, plus at least a 900m descent, in a single day, a tough feat for most people and a dangerous one if you are not yet acclimatized. In the event of a problem on the manang side, you can call on the resources of the Himalayan rescue association post in manang
From manang of Muktinath, the pass is not difficult, but it is still a long trek and the high elevation can be cause problem, particularly for those without previous high- altitude experience. You might have to return to Besi sahar if it is impossible or dangerous to cross the thurung la because of altitude sickness or show.
It’s impossible to define exact dates, but the thurung la usually snowbound and closed from mid-December to late February there are years when the weather allows is to stay open through-out winter, and other times when unseasonable storms close it, temporarily at least, in October or April.
Be sure to read the altitudes sickness section in the health & safety chapter so that you are aware of the symptoms. Trekkers have died on the thurung la because of altitude sickness exposure, cold and avalanches.
Be creation you are prepared for this long trek. Once you start, the only ways out are to walk back to Besi sahar, fly from Hodge airport near manang or cross the pass to jomson and fly from there.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Rest, sightseeing, preparation, assignment and briefing.
Day 03: Drive to Bhulbhule via Dumre and Besisahar
Day 04: Commence trek Bhulbhule to Shange (1136m)
Day 05: Trek from Shange to Tal (1710m)
Day 06: Terk from Tal to Bagarchhap (2160m)
Day 07: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m)
Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m)
Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m)
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang
Day 11: Trek from Manang to Ledar (4250m)
Day 12: Trek from Ledar to Phedi or High camp (4600m)
Day 13: Trek from Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3710m)
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Tukuche (2600m)
Day 15: Trek from Tukuche to Ghasa (2100m)
Day 16: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1200m)
Day 17: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850)
Day 18: Explore Poonhill and Trek to Tikhedhunga (1495m)
Day 19: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara
Day 20: Tourist Bus Journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 21: Kathmandu to Your Port of Destination
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Welcome assistance by Himalayan Snow representative at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. Rest at the hotel and briefing about the trip. Overnight accommodation is set with BB Plan.
Snowy horizon organizes a half day city tour in and around Kathmandu Valley to make you live touch with the monuments, temples, and monasteries such as Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath or Swoyambhunath etc. and provide you leisure time for rest and preparation for next trip to Annapurna Circuit Trek and evening briefing at your hotel or at the office. Your overnight accommodation is set in BB Plan at same Hotel.
The day begins with a drive to Besisahar – Bhulbhule about 5-6 hrs from Kathmandu along to the Prithvi highway. We divert off the highway at the bustling town of Dumre and continue for a further one and half hours to Besisahar. After lunch we complete the short drive to the road head at Bhulbhule (846 meters) in the Marysandi Valley, overnight at lodge/teahouse with dinner.
Commence trek to Shange begins after having breakfast and the walk about 5-6 hrs as an easy start and then a taste of things to come – the climb up to Bahun Danda, a picturesque village at the top of this formidable ridge. Then it’s down, across terraces and over small streams, before rejoining the Marsyangdi and following it upstream for several km to our overnight camp with teahouse/lodge in full board near the village of Shange.
A wonderful walk with such changes in scenery and a range of gradients is begins today. From Tal we head across the river and ascend steeply to finally reach the ridge top high above. We cross another suspension bridge before a continued ascent up a narrow and beautiful valley where, after rain, many spectacular waterfalls will flow. Just before camp at Tal the first village in Manang, we come over a small rise and enter a wide, flat valley with a long, silvery waterfall to the right.
We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The trail then climbs a stone stairway to 1860m till another stairway. The journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. There we find a stone entrance Chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition zone before the dry highlands
With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, and then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame and two small hot springs by the town.
The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m and 3300m.
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m.
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village and the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation and have a night rest.
Today we leave Manang, and the trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorong La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse.
The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4600m, we can recently found some good Guesthouses built. Your overnight stay will be there.
The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorong La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the Chortens and prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top.
Tukuche is also nice settlements of more than 100 houses of Thakali people. It has also 2 monasteries, and one apple brandy factory. If you are interested to see how apple brandy is produced, you will be taken there.
From Tukuche the trek begins today downward walk along the Kaligandaki river beach with a trail of motor able road or if tired on self payment basis you can ride a bus or jeep up to Ghasa where your overnight accommodation is set.
From Ghasa the trek begins today downward walk along the Kaligandaki river beach with a trail of motor able road or if tired on self payment basis you can ride a bus or jeep up to Tatopani where your overnight accommodation is set.
Today is a bit hard day for trek up to Ghorepani with about 50-60 degree slope up via Ghara, Shikha and Chitre the Braman and Magar Indigenous habitant. Lunch on the way and overnight at teahouse/lodge at Ghorepani is set.
Early morning trip to Poonhill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri , Tukuche Peak Nilgiri, Varaha Shikhar , Mt. Annapurna I , Lamjung Himal and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After breakfast trek to Tikhedhunga with 4-5hours walking where the overnight accommodation with dinner is scheduled.
This morning the trek starts after having breakfast in Tikhedhunga toward Nayapul about 4 hours with lunch on the way from where you are taken to Pokhara by private vehicle driving and keep you in Hotel as per agreed category with BB Plan.
After having breakfast your trip starts by drive back from Pokhara to Katmandu by tourist Coach about 6 hours driving and overnight is arranged in Kathmandu as per agreed category with BB Plan.
Himalayan snow treks and expedition representative will drop you to the International Airport (TIA) to assist you for your final departure to your home or alternatively the next destination.