16-Day Annapurna Trekking
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At a Glance
At a Glance
Annapurna is the tenth highest mountain. In Annapurna conversation area there is one mountain above 8000m, 13 mountains above 7000m, and 16 mountains above 6000m. Annapurna trekking is one of the best and rewarding treks in Nepal, where we can see two other highest mountains over 8000m height - Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Dhaulagiri, as well as Annapurna Massif (I-IV), Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Lamjung Himal, Thorong Peak and numerous peaks in elevation rise from the Annapurna range.
The trek stands on an altitude of 5416m on the throng-la pass, touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. The trek goes counter clockwise. It is a classic trekking which provides magnificent views of mountains, traditional farming villages, Marsyangdi and Kaligandaki river, Kali Gandaki gorge, cold desert, religious places and various types of ethnic groups.
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Where You'll Meet
Where You'll Meet
- Anywhere in Kathmandu
What You'll Do
What You'll Do
- Leave Kathmandu early in the morning for a 6 hour drive to Besisahar. Drive further to Bhulbhule before a 12 km trek to Ngadi, which takes about 3 hours.
- Cross on a huge suspension bride over the Ngadi Khola a side river of the Marsyangdi Khola. Continuing on the trail you will join again the road. When the road dips to the river and you can already see the bridge, on which the road crosses again the Marsyangdi to reach Syange, you turn sharply to the right and take the road going up. This road is constructed for a hydropower project further up. Instead of taking the side road to the right you just continue straight seeing already the houses of Bahundanda which are above a high ridge. You will have to climb this ridge, and in whatever month you will do it you will sweat a lot! So try to be there early in the morning, before the sun is heating up the south slopes like an oven. And you probably will get hallucinations of cold coke while climbing. But once you are on the top you will be in a nice village with rewarding views. It is on 1310m and has 5 old style basic lodges and 2 newer which are a little bit above the village. Most people like very much Bahundanda and it is a perfect place for lunch. Bahundanda to Germu /Synge 2-2.5 hours
- After Bahundanda you will descent on a very steep trail with some stairs, which can be very slippery when it is raining. You reach again flat paddy fields and then the trail is going more or less on the same level through fields and forests and often high above the river. Finally you will reach Ghermu phant (plain land) with lodges stretched over more than 2 km. It is a pleasant place to relax in the afternoon as Ghermu is rather sunny.
- After breakfast we start our walk with descending to Syange to cross a big suspension bridge over Marshyangdi River. Then we climb up to a stone village called Jagad which is located on a ridge. On the way we enjoy beautiful scenery with overhanging rocks till we reach a small village of Chamje whose culture resembles to that of Tibetan. From Chamje we walk downhill to cross Marshyangdi River on another suspension bridge. After the bridge we walk uphill through a bamboo forest and enter a wild valley with a little village called Tal (1.700 m). Here we step into Manang district. Tal lies on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and river at the base of a large waterfall. We stay overnight at a lodge.
- Today the walk starts with crossing a suspension bridge over Marshyangdi River to reach Khotro and then via Dharapani to Bagarchhap (1.960 m). After Bagarchhap we spare some time to visit a monastery to see beautiful frescos (Thankas). Then we walk alongside a narrow valley with a lot of rhododendron trees and reach Danaque (2.300 m) which is marked by for Tibetan villages typical stone entrance called Chorten.
- After Danaque we climb up around 500 m to Timang from where we can see awesome view of Lamjung Himal (6.983 m), Annapurna II (7.937 m) and Annapurna IV (7.525 m). Then we pass through pine forest of traditional Thanchock village and reach Koto. After Koto the trail splits and we take the direction to Chame (2.713 m) the headquarter of Manang District.
- We leave Chame on a steep path through a narrow valley in a very dense forest. We cross the Marshyangdi River at 2.910 m and then re-cross the river again on a suspension bridge at 3.040 m. From here the view of the spectacularly curved rock face of Paungda Danda begins to appear rising 1.500 m from the river. As the trail opens again we find ourselves in a U-shaped valley of Manang surrounded by two giant snow peaks. We continue walking through this amazing scenery to reach a beautiful village Pisang (3.213 m).
- Today we continue our trek through the drier part of the Manang District. We experience a contrast with the landscape and vegetation cut of the full effect of monsoon by the Annapurna range. Villagers from this region hers yaks and raise crops for a part of the year. The winter here is marked by heavy snowfall and the people leave temperate areas. Leaving Pisang towards Manang we can take two alternative routes which meet again at Mungji. The path on the south of Marshyangdi River involve less climbing but the northern path of Marshyangdi River offers better views on the mountains and outstanding sceneries. But it consumes 2 more hours of walking. From Mungji the trail leads us through the village of Brayanga at 3.475 m and ends in Manang (3.540 m).
- The day is scheduled for acclimatization to prevent ourselves from the Acute Mountain Sickness. We spend the day doing some easy walks to Gangapurna Lake, Milirepa Cave, Ice Lake or village’s monastery. We reserve enough time to relax as the upcoming two days will be challenging and tiring. We stay overnight at our lodge.
- Leaving Manang we trek mostly above the tree line. From here there is a gradual ascent to Yak Kharka (4090m) to camp. The surrounding area is used mostly for grazing horses and yaks, but there are quite often herds of 'blue sheep' nearby. We will have time in the afternoon for an excursion from camp in search of local wildlife. About 4 1/2 hours walk.
- After breaking camp we cross the Jargeng Khola on a wooden bridge (4,265m). Cross the remains of an old, rocky landslide to reach Thorong High Camp (4,400m) an open, rocky, flat area beside the river and our base for the crossing of the Thorung La the next day. There will be an acclimatization walk towards the pass during the afternoon. 5 to 6 hours of steady ascent.
- We reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5416m/17764ft). An early start is important to complete the mission. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail. But the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. Upon setting sun we will be at Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal.
- Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. In the morning, we pay our visit to Vishnu Temple and Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni.
- Start from Kagbeni to Jomsom before finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki, the world`s deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal.
- From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see apple gardens. Waiting here is the 360 degrees panorama of Himalayan peaks: Dhaulagari, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. Upon crossing a river, we come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kokhethanti of Kalopani.
- Again to avoid the new roads, we take a new route to Tatopani from Kalopani. The journey is mostly downhill. We cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. We continue along Rupse Chahara (popular waterfall). We avoid the road and continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. We experience more villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.