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Annapurna Circuit trek is widely known as naturalists’ paradise for terrace field, rhododendron forest, diverse Himalayan culture, range of Massif Mountains. Most spectacular mountain scenery, fascinating insight into the life of middle hill Nepalese culture of Gurung, Manangi and Thakali are the reward that a trekkers get from Annapurna Circuit Trek. Considered by many as one of the world's classics, Round Annapurna Trek is an awe inspiring trek of incredible diversity and recognized as one of the World’s best trekking trails according to a survey by Modern Maturity (US).
The anticlockwise route of Annapurna Circuit trek, also know as Round Annapurna trek follows the masryangdi river upstream, gaining altitude gradually as you trek north through lamjung district populated mainly by gurung, after ghermu. The trail of Annapurna circuit trek crosses the left bank and ascends through narrow gorge that extends up to bagarchap in lower manang district, the marsyangdi bends towards west so does the trail, gradually entering a drier, rugged terrain ,after crossing chame, headquarter of manang district, the land scope gets even more arid as you enter upper manang also called nyeshang. At humde there is an airfield with flights to pokhara. At manang village which you eventually reach after short walk from humde, where a day rest to acclimatize the body before the onward trek to the Thorang - La pass (5416m)the highest point of the trail. From thorang Phedi (4430m)a bleak, chilly polecat the base of the pass, it is a rather steep climb to Thorang - La and very long descent to Muktinath (3800m)this is the most strenuous part of the entire trek and snow is not unusual here. From this part hills turn green again the descent is mostly gradual as you follow the Kaligandaki, passing village like Tukuche, ghasa and dana the trail works its way through narrow George and pass great waterfall.
Only a few places in the world offer a variety of superb natural beauty as the Annapurna Region. This magnificent, Annapurna circuit trek takes you through distinct scenery of rivers, flora, fauna and above all-majestic mountains. Annapurna Circuit trek goes counter-clockwise and reaches its summit in Thorung La (pass) at the height of 5,416m, or 17,769 feet. On this route, you’ll pass mountains like Manaslu (an 8,000-plus meter peak), Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, and, of course, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri -- passing through rivers with the world's deepest gorge in between those two 8,000-plus meter peaks. Poon Hill, at the end of the Annapurna Circuit trek, affords views of those two mountains, as well as South Annapurna and Macchupucchre, the "Fishtail Mountain.". Annapurna Circuit trek also goes through Buddhist villages where you can see friendly locals from different ethnic groups and Hindu holy sites, most notably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus.
A Quaint, Timeless Place
Setting foot on the Annapurna trail is like stepping back in time. The trappings and distractions of modern society vanish. Life goes on in the mountain villages much as it must have a century ago. Gone are the sounds of cars, motorcycles, or machines of any sort. Here the sounds of rivers and waterfalls, of women tending gardens, children walking to and from school, men porting goods or playing cards is common. Local products are made by hand; buildings are erected without the aid of machines. Because everything has to be carried up the mountains on the backs of porters, luxury items such as sweets and beer are a bit scarce.
Views during Annapurna Circuit trek
As the route continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking. Its unique blend of crystal clear lakes is also an attractive sight not to miss. The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek is Thorungla pass at the top of the valley at 5,416m high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the Annapurna circuit trek is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day.
As you descend to the west at Muktinath from Manang, you will continue to the barren Tibetan-like village of the Kali Gandaki River- the world's deepest gorge which passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorung-La pass from Manang to Muktinath the final seven days of the Annapurna Circuit Trek are the same as the Jomsom Trek from Pokhara, but in reverse. Moreover, the way to the sanctuary is through a patty of rice fields.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1345 meters) Arriving Kathmandu from your homeport, where himaladventure representative meets you at the airport, transfer you to the hotel nearby Thamel as per your requirement. Great food from all over the world, fabulous shopping and Durbar square with its several temples and markets are nearby Thamel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley You will meet your trekking guide, discuss the trekking program and coordinate any last-minute arrangements. After staff meeting, with our professional tour guide we visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath Stupa, Swaymbhunath and Patan Durbar Square. Rest of the time you can use for travelling around Thamel and buying needed equipment and other necessaries. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (823m) 8 hrs approx Six to seven hours scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar is the beginning of the Annapurna Circuit trek. Overnight at Guesthouse

Day 4: Besishar to Bahundada (1430 m) approx 7 hrs rail start from Besisahar with ascend to Khudi famous as Gurung village, elevated at 790 meters. Then we keep on hiking onwards towards Bhulbhule (825 m), Lampata (1135 m) and finally we reach Bahundada, the Brahmin village situated at a top of the hill. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 5: Bahundanda to Chamje (1560m) approx 6 hr Fram Bahundanda trail descend steeply to syange at the elevation of 1070 mt passing the suspension bridge on Marshyangi River entering the Nyingma. Nyingma is one of the Buddhis influenced are in northern part of Nepal. Following the river to stone village of Jagat and hiking thought the forest we reach Chamje at the height of 1560 meters. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 6: Chamje to Dharapani (1881m) approx 6 hrs We begin the day with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers gradually uphill to reach Tal at 1675 m. This is our first day in Manang district. Crossing a wide, flat valley, climbing a stone stairways gives you taste of exciting adventure of Annapurna circuit trek. Journey goes up and down until we reach Dharapani at 1890 meters. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 7: Dharapani to Chame (2725m) approx 6 hrs Trail continues with often jagged and rocky, climbs to Tyanja at 2360m and then through the forest near the bank of river we reach Kopar at 2590m. Annapurna Circuit trek now enters into conifer woodland and reaches Chame the official district capital of Manang district. As we approach Chame, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II and two small hot springs by the town. Overnight at Tea house.

Day 8: Chame to Pisang (3100 m) approx 5 hrs Hiking though the deep forest and narrow valley at the bank of Marshyangdi river, we will see a long suspension bridges at 2910 meter and another at 3040 meter. Paungda Danda rock emerges from the second suspension brige and the trail joins to climb Pisang. Passing the Oble Dome rock wall the trail of Annapurna Circuit trek continued to upper Pisand, the place famous for architecturally magnificent village at 3100 meters. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 9: Pisang to Manang (3500m) approx 5 hrs After Pisang, we have alternate paths at north and south of the Marsyangdi River that meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325 m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, despite the fact that there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the quaint but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Walking along the valley through the drier upper part of Manang (the unofficial trekking capital of the Annapurna Circuit) we can view Annapurna range. People of this area herd yaks and raise crops for leaving, beside this during winter they move to other places for trades. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang Today we explore Manang valley to take some rest and acclimatization for next days. We spend our day walking and sightseeing around Manang village, learn some Manang culture and the daytime is best to gain altitude. Overnight at Teahouse.

Day 11: Manang to Yak kharka (4090 m) approx 4 hrs Leaving Manang the trail ascent steadily along the Jarsang Khola valley and reached Ledar at 4250 meter. Walking and glancing over the steadily sparse vegetations, we reach Yak Kharka at 4090 meter.

Day 12: Yak kharka to Throung Phedi(4420 m) approx 4 hrs Descending the trail, crossing the river at 4310 meters and again climbing through the trail takes you to Thorong Phedi at 4420 meters. At the foot of Thorung La Pass, this place gives your pleasant view of massive Annapurna region.

Day 13: Throung Phedi to Thorungla - la (cross over 5416m), then trek down to Muktinath 3802m) approx 8-9 hrs The journey starts early in the morning from the foot of the hill to the Thorung La Pass, highest place of our twenty days Annapurna Circuit Trek. Crossing the steeply made pass, covered with stone, we hike gradually looking at magnificent views. Pass marked by Chortens and prayer flags looks nice and magnificent views imprinted in your memory. Passing Thorung we reach the sacred site of Muktinath at the elevation of 3802 meters. Hindus and Buddhists alike visit Muktinath. The temple is built in the pagoda style dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Avalokiteshwara as the Buddhists call him. For Hindus, Muktinath is one of the most important places of pilgrimage.

Day 14: Muktinath - Kagbeni – Jomsom - Marpha (2670m) approx 7 hrs Finally, the Annapurna Circuit trek heads downhill, through the arid landscape to the ancient town of Kagbeni on the Kali Gandaki river. A maximum of three hours trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800), where you can visit some two thousand five hundred years old monasteries and get to know some Himalayan culture. Looking back, Jomsom going out of sight. The landscape is truly amazing. The Annapurna Circuit trek threads its way along the Kali Gandaki riverbank to reach Marpha.

Day 15: Marpha to Ghasa (2480m) approx 6 hrs Tall mountains line up on both sides of the river bed. Walking here, there are very few thoughts in the head and all you have to do is watch yor path ahead. The huge mountains stand quietly in the distance. Every once in a while you meet a trekker or two walk towards you, a nod and a hello starts and ends the brief acquaintance. The valley opens out, and great views of Dhaulagiri are visible.

Day 16: Ghasa to Tatopani (1219m) approx 6 hrs Continue down the Kali Gandaki to the resort town of Tatopani, with its welcome hot springs and excellent restaurants.

Day 17: Tatopani –Beni- Pokhara approx 6 hr The hike keeps going down, along single track, until Galeshwor. We take Jeep from Galeshwor and drive for around 16 Km before we reach Beni. Then another approximate five hours scenic drive by bus/car/van for Pokhara. Ovrnight at hotel.

Day 18: Pokhara rest & sightseeing Pokhara is remarkable place, situated at 827 meters, for its natural beauty. Our guide will take us around Pokhara where we will visit Phewa Lake, Barahi Temple, Devi's Fall, Mahendra Cave, Seti Gandaki Gorge and Begnas Lake. You have some time in the evening to enjoy nightlife of Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu Approx 6 hrs driving Around six hours scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. You can spend you rest of the time for personal shopping or individual sightseeing.

Day 20: Departure to destination country Farewell and transfer to airport for flight back to destination country.

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