The Annapurna Circuit is an extremely popular trekking destination in Nepal. Lying at the central-north region of Nepal, it is home to the Annapurna Conservation Area and the Annapurna Sanctuary.
On this trip by High Venture Plus, you will have indelible views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Himal Chuli, Manaslu, Nilgiri, Pisang, and Tilicho Peaks. You will also trek through scenic valleys directly nurtured by glacier rivers - giving rise to the incredible diversity of flora and fauna. The terrain is lined by gorges, dense green forests, rivers, valleys, frozen lakes & waterfalls, mountain passes, and high-altitude yak pastures.
Each day, you will be crossing through a new type of cultural and natural diversity. The incredible experience you gain from this program will enrich your views of the world and at the same time, the natural beauty of the trek will keep you inspired. The best time for a trek along Annapurna Circuit is in the spring and also in the autumn.
After breakfast, we drive to Besi Sahar. Stay overnight at Besi Sahar.
After breakfast, the route follows the Marsyangdi River upstream, crossing a long suspension bridge and pass a beautiful, thin waterfall with a fine bathing pool. We ascend to the town of Bahundanda, which means 'Brahman Hill'. Here we stop for lunch. There are good views to the north and after lunch two and half hour to reach Syange. Overnight.
After breakfast, the gorge becomes narrower as we cross a cantilever bridge followed by a suspension bridge. We pass a few small settlements along the route and Tall, the destina- tion for the day, is one of them. Having traveled upstream, we observe many changes in the people, architecture and vegetation. Houses are now built of rocks, the vegetation is less tropical and the culture more Tibetan-like.
After breakfast, we leave Chamje, the gorge becomes more impressive. We cross into the district of Manang and see more Bhotia people. These are primarily agro-pastoralists and the real trans-Himalayan traders of the region. The route climbs gradually to the town of Bagarchap meaning (butcher's place). The houses here have flat roofs, indicating that there is less rainfall here than the south. There is a temple here worth visiting, and views of the Annapurnas and the Lamjung Himal.
After breakfast, we leave Kodo, we pass through Chame, it is a government district centre for Manang. There are interesting religious buildings and hot springs. We continue in an unrelenting narrow valley of pine, hemlock and cypress forest. The trail through a serene forest leads tower Pisang; a side trip to higher Pisang (100m higher) is a must for an amazing view of Annapurna II. This arid region is in the rain shadow of the Himalaya. The men here are traders - and may sell or trade almost anything - and part-time farmers, and the women are full-time farmers.
After breakfast, there are 2 routes from here: a low road and a high road, the latter taking longer but affording outstanding views of the Annapurna Himal and few trekkers. Both routes converge in the large and interesting village of Braga, which is the seat of the oldest monastery in the area. The gomba is about 900 years old and belongs to the Kargyupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and contains some unique works of art. Manang is 30 minutes from here.
After breakfast, today is acclimatization day, which is best spent being active and climbing to higher elevations for views but returning to lower altitudes to sleep. Manang itself is in a spectacular location with many attractions. There are lakes, caves, moraine-hills, monasteries or local activities in town.
After breakfast, we leave Manang, facilities become scarcer. We cross small tributaries and contour along pleasant meadows with occasional birch groves. There is a chance to see herds of blue sheep.
After breakfast, we gain altitude gradually, and spend the night at the Phedi meaning 'foot of a hill'. If you are lucky you may spot a snow leopard near here at dusk!
After breakfast, the trail now leaves the river valley and climbs steadily over lateral moraine. The pass, marked by a large cairn, is the high point of our trek. It is an exhilarating geographical feature, dividing 2 mighty Himalayan valleys. Far below to the west is the Kaligandaki River. We descend in that direction for the village of Muktinath, located in a poplar grove. It is a sacred shrine and pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
After breakfast, we travel overland from Muktinath to Jomsom, we see people from Mustang, a restricted area to the north, who come to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among their merchantdise is the highly-revered mollusk fossil called Shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and see the impressive White Mountain that is the Dhaulagiri. We also transit at the significant town of Kagbeni, which is at a junction of 2 rivers and the north-south and east-west trading routes.
After breakfast, we descend to Marpha, a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields, and continue down the Kaligandaki reaching the former Thakali trading centre of ukche. As the trail continues, the Himalayan rain shadow blends into coniferous forest, and we reach the main river valley and Kalopani. From here there are spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas.
After breakfast, a beautiful walks, with another transition into sub-tropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani. The hot springs that give the village its name provide the perfect opportunity for a good scrub.
After breakfast, we will steadily be climbing all day; we eventually leave behind the terraced fields and walk through thick rhododendron forest to the village of Ghorepani, meaning (horse water). We camp at the pass for the best views of the sunset over the spectacular, snow-capped Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range.
After breakfast, the trail undulates through giant rhododendron forest and orchid colonies to the pretty Gurung town of Ghandrung,where the Annapurna range and Machapuchare (the Fishtail) dominate the mountain views, although glimpses of Lamjung Himal and the Manaslu range can also be seen further east.
After breakfast, the views continue to outstanding even as we descend, to the Modi river and up hill to Landrung, a beautiful Gurlung village and lunch here. After lunch another two and half hours easy ascent up to Pothana via Bhichuk Deurali. Overnight at Pothana.
After breakfast, the trail descends through Dampush and forests, all the way to the valley Shuikhet phedi, then 15km drive to Pokhara. From where we make our way to the city of Pokhara. After lunch free relax in Pokhara after a hard but satisfying trek. If some one who want to activities around the city, there are numerous activities in this scenic city like a boat ride on the tranquil Phewa Tal Lake, and visits to the Tibetan refugee camps and handicraft centres. Overnight.
After breakfast, transfer to airport for fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight