Amazing Annapurna

Annapurna Conservation Area Trek Package (21 days, 20 nights)

The Annapurna region is like a giant version of a model designed by an enthusiastic kid who wanted to put as many different types of landscapes together as possible. From terraced hills to verdant forests to the aridity and emptiness of the mountain desert and from some of the highest peaks and passes to the deepest gorges on the planet, the Annapurna region is a geographical wonder. Trekking through it is as much to go from one place to another, to ascend or descend, as to move between two worlds.
 
A large part of the trail passes through the Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal’s biggest protected area. This 7,629 sq. km. protected area has the bio-diversity to match its physical splendors. It is home to mammals like the elusive snow leopard, Tibetan wild ass (kiang), Asiatic wild dog, grey wolf, wild yak, musk deer, red panda, Himalayan tahr, argali, and chiru (Tibetan antelope). There are 486 bird species here—half of Nepal’s total. The human population here is equally diverse. Ethnic groups like Gurungs, Manangis, and Thakalis embellish the region with their ancient cultures.

     

    Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

    Assistance at the airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel.
     
    Cultural show and dinner at local restaurant

    Day 02 Half-day tour of Kathmandu City

    Breakfast at hotel, followed by half-day sight-seeing of Kathmandu City.
     
    Kathmandu City
    The name ‘Kathmandu’ comes from the Kasthamandap Temple—a fitting source for a city that has an estimated 3,000 temples. But how can a visitor possibly enjoy this abundance of religious buildings? The answer is the Basantpur Durbar Square. In this one square are the wonders, eccentricities, and diversity of Nepali temples. You are moving along centuries-old temples when you look up and see the biggest reason for blushes, grins and giggles in the square—the erotic carvings.

    Overnight at hotel

    Day 03 Fly to Pokhara. Drive to Besi Sahar and trek to Bulbule

    Breakfast at hotel. Fly to Pokhara, and from Pokhara drive to Besi Sahar. Trek from Besi Sahar to Bulbule. Drive duration: 3 hours. Walk duration: 3 hours 
     
    If the weather is clear, you will get your first glimpse of the Himalayas from your plane. From Pokhara you drive to Besi Sahar (760m), where your trek begins. Passing by terraced fields and lush tropical forests you arrive in Khudi, a small Gurung village.  Crossing the Khudi Khola, the trail ascends north toward the Marsyangdi Valley. Like a massive welcome sign of rock and ice Himalchuli comes into views as you near Bulbule.
     
    Overnight in Bulbule

    Day 04 Trek from Bulbule to Jagat

    Trek to Jagat. Duration: 7 hours
     
    From Bulbule the trail crosses over to the east bank of the Marsyangdi River. Enjoying views of Mt. Manaslu (8156m), you arrive at Ngadi, then proceed to the ridge-top village of Bahundanda. After crossing over to the western side of the Marsyangdi, the trail climbs steeply to Jagat, an ancient village where once the tax levied on the trade of Tibetan salt was collected. 
                                                
    Overnight in Jagat

    Day 05 Trek from Jagat to Dharapani

    Trek to Dharapani. Duration: 7 hours
     
    The morning’s trek begins with a welcome descent before climbing up through a forest to Chamje. The Marsyangdi needs to be crossed shortly afterward as the trail rises once again, taking you to Tal (lake), thus named because it was once a lake bed. Passing a few villages and crossing the river twice, you arrive at a stone chörten—the entrance to Dharapani.     
     
    Overnight in Dharapani

    Day 06 Trek from Dharapani to Chame

    Trek to Chame. Duration: 7 hours
     
    Following the Marsyangdi and moving west toward the upper reaches of the Manang Valley, the day’s trek offers splendid views of Annapurna II (7937m) and a few other peaks of the Annapurna range. The day’s trek is about gaining altitude: Dhanakyu (2290m), Lattemarang (2360m), Kotho (2640m), and finally Chame (2710m), its entrance sanctified by a mani wall.  
     
    Overnight in Chame

    Day 07 Trek from Chame to Pisang

    Trek to Pisang. Duration: 6 hours  
     
    The trail immediately after Chame is easy on the legs and eye. It passes through apple orchards and arrives at Bhratang (2840m), an abandoned village that was once inhabited by the fierce Khampas. After Bhratang the trail enters a narrow valley hemmed in by dense forests. Exiting this deep and dank world you are treated to an enrapturing sight. Rising 1500 meters is the rock wall of Paungda Danda. Pisang is nestled just over a ridge swathed in prayer flags and stone cairns. 
     
    Overnight in Pisang

    Day 08 Trek from Pisang to Manang

    Trek to Manang. Duration: 3-4 hours
     
    You move toward the higher and drier parts of Manang on this day. Hugging the south side of the river, the trail rises steeply to the top of ridge at 3400m. Hongde (3420m), with its airstrip, is the next village. The ancient gomba of Bragha and the magnificent views are likely to make you tardy. That makes little difference as Manang is close.    
     
    Overnight in Manang

    Day 09 Acclimatization day in Manang

    Spend day in Manang to acclimatize.
     
    A day is needed to acclimatize your body to the altitude, for tomorrow you need to cross the 5000-plus meter pass, the Thorung La. You can either spend the day resting in your lodge or going to a higher place for a while before descending to Manang to sleep. The latter option helps your body acclimatize better. The hour-long hike above Manang to Praken Gompa is ideal for this. 
     
    Overnight in Manang

    Day 10 Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka

    Trek to Yak Kharka. Duration: 4 hours
     
    You part from the Marsyangdi River, walking along the Jarsang Khola Valley. The trail and altitude rise gradually as you pass Tengi and then Gunsang. Sparse vegetation and fantastic views of Gangapurna (7454m) serve as altimeters as you near Yak Kharka.
     
    Overnight in Yak Kharka

    Day 11 Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi

    Trek to Thorung Phedi. Duration: 4 hours
     
    After a steady climb you arrive at Letdar. The Jarsang Khola needs to be crossed at 4310m. You continue over semi-arid landscape toward Thorung Phedi. Phedi means “foot of hill,” in this case the foot of the mighty Thorung La (5416m).
     
    Overnight in Thorung Phedi

    Day 12 Trek to Muktinath crossing Thorung La

    Trek to Muktinath over the Thorung La. Duration: 8-10 hours
     
    Plodding for several hours you reach the Thorung La. This, at over 5000 meters could be the highest you have ever been. It could be also be the high point in your life, an ordeal you never thought you were capable of bearing.
     
    Overnight in Muktinath 

    Day 13 Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni

    Trek to Kagbeni. Duration: 4 hours
     
    The day begins with a visit to the revered site of the Muktinath Temple. Within the premises are an ancient Tibetan gompa and the Jwalamai (Goddess of Fire) Temple, which houses the famous eternal flame.
     
    Overnight in Kagbeni

    Day 14 Trek from Kagbeni to Marpha

    Trek to Marpha. Duration: 7 hours
     
    The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River to Ekle Bhatti, then to Jomsom. Across the river from Jomsom is Thini, a quaint Thakali village with the stunning backdrop of Nilgiri. A short walk away is Marpha, the village of cobbled streets, apple orchards, and superb brandy.  
     
    Overnight in Marpha

    Day 15 Trek from Marpha to Kalopani

    Trek to Kalopani. Duration: 7 hours
     
    Crossing the river after Marpha brings you to the Tibetan Refugee Camp of Chairo. The next big Thakali village is Tukuche, a remnant of the glory days of the Tibetan salt trade. The trail undulates after Tukuche, passing through smaller villages like Kobang and Larjung. After lunch in Larjung, you head down toward Kalopani.
     
    Overnight in Kalopani

    Day 16 Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani

    Trek to Tatopani. Duration: 7 hours
     
    Walking close to the river you arrive at Ghasa. From here the trail descends all the way to Tatopani. The name means ‘hot water,’ and you can soothe your body in the hot springs here.
     
    Overnight in Tatopani

    Day 17 Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani

    Trek to Ghorepani. Duration: 7 hours
     
    You need to climb steady through thick forests to arrive at Shikha, which offers one of the most memorable views on the trek. Dhaulagiri and the Kali Gandaki Valley make up the panorama before you. Another few hours through rhododendron forests bring you to Ghorepani.  
     
    Overnight in Ghorepani 

    Day 18 Trek from Ghorepani to Tirkhedhunga

    Trek to Tirkhedhunga. Duration: 4-5 hours
     
    There is a side trip to Poon Hill today to experience the sun rising over the Himalayan peaks. Returning from this unforgettable sight, you head down through a forest trail to Nangethanti for lunch. From here it gets torturous for your knees as you descend a set of some 3600 steps to Tirkhedhunga.
     
    Overnight in Tirkhedhunga

    Day 19 Trek from Tirkhedhunga to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara

    Trek to Nayapul and from there drive to Pokhara. Trek duration: 4-5 hours; drive duration: 1.5 hours.
     
    A short walk along the river is Birethanti. After crossing the river here it is only a 30-minute walk to Nayapul. You return to civilization and its ways at Nayapul, taking a ride back to Pokhara.
     
    Overnight in Pokhara

    Day 20 Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    Breakfast at hotel. Take flight to Kathmandu. Assistance at the airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel.
     
    Overnight in Kathmandu

    Day 21 Depart from Kathmandu

    Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to international airport.

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    The best time to visit?

    From March to May and again in late September to October. But thousands of trekkers crowd the trails and lodges during these months. If you wish to avoid this trekker traffic, treks can be done in June-July or November-December—provided you are willing to brave rains and the winter cold.
     

    Attire

    The trek passes through some very high places, so clothes for extremely cold weather need to be packed. For protection against the intense high-altitude sun carry a sun hat or scarf. Other essentials include light balaclava or warm fleece hat, sunglasses with UV protection, a few pairs of socks, a warm jacket, hiking pants, pile jacket, shorts, and fleece jacket. Footwear: trekking or running shoes; sandals (for lodges).
     

    How strenuous is the trek?

    There are some days on this trek that involve walking for 7 to 8 hours, but they are less strenuous than they sound. The trek is tough only in small stretches. It can be exhausting in places if it is your first ever trek, but the guides are experts in interspersing periods of rest between walks, making it easier for you. Trekkers with a history of problems related to heart, lung, and blood pressure must inform the trekking agency about it. If possible, prepare your body for the trek by jogging or taking long walks.
     

    Is altitude sickness a threat on this trek?

    Like all treks to high-altitude places, this one does carry the threat of altitude sickness. But given that you ascend gradually, allowing your body to acclimatize, the risk of suffering from altitude sickness is minimized. If you do experience prolonged dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, you should convey it to the guide immediately. You only make altitude sickness worse by ignoring it. 
     

    Necessary Items

    Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, a medium-sized quick-dry towel, multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable), deodorants, face and body moisturizer, feminine hygiene products, wet wipes (baby wipes) and tissue, anti-bacterial hand wash, sleeping bag (can be hired in Kathmandu). Bring binoculars if you a closer view of eagles and vultures. Gloves are a must if you are keen on snapping photos in the freezing mornings. Walking poles are recommended; they reduce the strain on your legs going uphill and down. Water bottles (preferably thermoses) and headlamps are also important. Since there will be side trips on some days, bringing a small backpack to carry items like cameras and binoculars is advised.
     

    Accommodation During Trek  

    Trailside lodges, known as teahouses, will be our accommodation during the trek. These places usually have rooms with twin beds. You will need to bring a sleeping bag, although all lodges provide quilts. It must be noted that attached toilets, although not non-existent, are not common in teahouses; washing and toilet facilities are usually shared and may be located in a separate part of the teahouse or outside. If you are alone, and want to pay only for one bed, you are expected to share the room with another trekker of the same sex. However, if you pay for two people you can have a room entirely to yourself. It must be noted, however, that in higher and remoter places, sharing is almost an unspoken law; it’d be unthinkable to occupy a room all by yourself when there are other trekkers in need of a bed.
     

    Food and Water

    During the trek, you will be provided with three meals every day: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each meal will also include tea or coffee. Although many dishes familiar to you will be available, sometimes the choices will be limited. Rice and noodle dishes are most common, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. As drinking water goes, you can buy packaged water (mineral water) from local lodges, or, where it is unavailable, get boiled water (extra charge for boiling), which you can further treat with water purification pills.
     

    Luggage While Trekking

    Porters carry the main luggage during the trek, which leaves only small items like water bottles, cameras, spare jacket for you to carry. Valuables and objects not required on the trek can be deposited in the locker provided by your hotel in Kathmandu. You will also be given a complimentary kit bag before your trek starts to pack all your necessary things.
     

    Trekking Crew

    A team of local crew will be your companions on the trek. More than providing company, they will be responsible for ensuring your safety and comfort. The guide/trek leader is the go-to man, who will be responsible for making the trek as smooth and enjoyable as possible. He will inform and entertain. To make the trek easier on the body, the team of porters (one for every two trekkers) will carry your luggage, leaving you unburdened and free to enjoy the mesmerizing scenery.

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    Package Includes

    • Transport, pick-up, and drop
    • Sight-seeing in Kathmandu
    • Hotel accommodation (Hotel with B&B Basis)
    • Entrance and trekking permit fees for: Kathmandu Durbar Square and Annapurna Conservation Area

    Package Excludes

    • Visa fee at the International Airport
    • Laundry
    • Personal expenses
    • Airport tax for international flight during departure
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