On arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal International Airport our guide and staff will receives you with traditional welcome. After knowing the staff of Himalayan Forever Treks, a short drive to your hotels. Located in the heart of a city within an exciting Thamel area, an interesting place where most good hotels and restaurants situated. Reaching at the hotel, check your lovely rooms, after getting refreshed join in for group briefing. Provided by your guide or Group Leader, offers useful and important information of the trek, hotels and local lodge.
Morning after breakfast, our city and cultural guide receives you at the hotel for exciting tour. The drive leads in the heart of Kathmandu city, where interesting historical Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard located. The right spot to observe Nepalese cultures. Tour of ancient monuments listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, next tour takes you to old Swayambhunath Stupa of more than 2,600 years history. A Buddhist monument situated on a hillock west of Kathmandu city outskirt, the famous landmark of the country. From here back to hotel, afternoon at leisure and preparation for the trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
An interesting overland journey to Nepal Mid-Western Nepal, the drive leads on the main highway for some hours. On reaching close on route Pokhara, our route diverts heading north towards Besisar the headquarter town of Lamjung district.
An exciting town to explore and observe the hill people culture populated mostly by Gurung, few Tamang, Newar. Includes some Hindu Brahmin and Chettries.
From Besisar town morning another exciting drive following the Masrsyangdi River upstream through smaller farm villages. Reaching a nice village of Syange, where drive heads on winding uphill to Jagat village, from here to Tal Besi.
Tal Besi is the start of Manang district, a short hour reaches Dharapani village for overnight stop. A lovely place situated above Masrsyangdi River, as well the route to Manaslu valley, another famous trekking destination.
At Dharapani where is much cooler, but provides nice and cozy lodges located on a river gorge.
Enjoying a pleasant overnight stop, first day walk starts on a winding trail through lovely woods of pines and rhododendron. The route leads through villages of Bagarchap and Danque, one can notice strong Tibetan Buddhism cultures and custom. As walk climb to Timang village for lunch stop, offers superb views of Lamjung and Manaslu Himalayan peaks. From Timang a short down to Kodo village and then short up to Chame, the headquarter town of Manang district.
After a wonderful overnight halt at Chame, adventure continues heading towards west, following the river for sometimes. Then climb up into a nice forest to the top of a ridge a small place with few small lodges. Facing grand views of Pisang village with Chulu and Pisang peaks, afternoon walk down to Pisang village for overnight halt.
From Pisang village onwards the altitude gains gradually, taking a slow stride on uphill climb to a high ridge. The top offers grand vista of beautiful Manang valley enclosed by an array of snow-capped peaks. The trail heads down to Hongde village with a small airport, as walk continues reaching Braga. This nice village with the oldest monastery of Manang area, enjoy visit of the monastery.
Located above the village, facing spectacular views of Annapurna’s, Chulu’s and Pisang peaks, after an interesting monastery tour. An hour walk reaches main Manang village for overnight halt as well for a rest day.
Manang main village of the district after Chame town, situated on a scenic and picturesque location. A great place for rest day to support acclimatization at 3,540 m high before the climb of Thorang-La pass. The village enclosed by giant peaks of Annapurna range in the south with Chulu’s peaks towards north.
A lovely areas for exciting hike to its view-point close towards Gangapurna Ice Fall and glaciers. Afternoon explore the village and witness the houses and cultures similar to its Tibetan predecessors.
After an enjoyable time at Manang village, today a short pleasant walk but gain in altitude makes it quite tough. The tail leads through several smaller settlement and hamlets, facing magnificent views of Gangapurna, Tilicho and Chulu West peaks. Finally the morning completes reaching a small settlement of Yak Kharka, situated on a small valley. Enjoy the lunch and overnight halt in the comfort of a nice cozy lodge, facing grand vista of surrounding towering snow peaks.
Another short day walk, but can be quite tough due to rapid rise in elevation, start the morning hike. Following a winding gentle uphill and down to Jarsang stream, and then a short steep up as trail leads to Thorang Phedi. The base of Thorang-La Pass, a small settlement at the end of Manang valley having number of smaller lodges. From Phedi an hour steep climb to our overnight stop at High Camp, reaching for lunch as well. Afternoon rest and enjoy the surrounding views of rugged rocky mountain landscapes and peaks of Chulu’s.
Today the toughest walk of the adventure, and a big day to cross over the highest point of the trek. Starting early as possible, before the cold breeze reaches the top of the pass, the walk follows on winding up. The trail is well defined as trek continues on undulating winding ups, then finally reaching on top Thorang-La Pass. Feeling in high spirits enjoy the glorious morning vista of snow mountain ranges that encircles Thorang-La top. After a marvelous moment a long descent towards Mustang district reaching Muktinath for overnight stop.
Muktinath a holy Hindu temple premises, considered as the holiest of all holy pilgrimage sites around the Himalayas. A little further from the holy areas a nice village situated having good lodges of great comforts and foods.
At Muktinath a motorable has been constructed since few decades, where trekkers can take the comfort of a four-wheel drive. To save time and energy, as well to avoid the walking trail obstructed by motor roads. Morning boarding in a local jeep or similar vehicle for easy, exciting and bumpy ride heading down to Kaligandaki valley. The drive heads through Jomsom town and then towards lovely Marpha and Tukuche villages famous for apples and products.
As drive heads south east facing astounding scenery of towering peaks of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna Himalayas. The road passes through Kaligandaki River within world deepest gorge, sandwiched by Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. Finally the drive ends reaching a lovely village of Tatopani, means Hot-Water, as this village is close to natural hot-spring.
At Tatopani enjoy the refreshing dip and a bathe in a hot and warm pools after checking into a good fine lodge.
After a refreshing break from the walk for a day and enjoyable time in Tatopani village. Morning follows the Kaligandaki River for short while, and then our route diverts heading to steep climb. Reaching a farm villages of Sikha and Chitre village, walk into a cool forest of pines and rhododendron. Last climb of an hour brings you at Ghorepani village, situated on a high ridge.
Early morning at the break of dawn for an hour hike up to Poon Hill, to catch stunning sunrise views. The top of Poon Hill offers panorama of world’s three highest mountain range from Dhaulagiri, Annapurna to Manaslu Himal.
From Poon Hill after a glorious and refreshing morning, walk down to Ghorepani for breakfast, and then continue trekking. The trail follows through lovely forest downhill to a nice large village of Ulleri. As descent continues reaching Tirkhedhunga for overnight halt, after completing the last day of walking of the adventure.
From Tirkhedhunga a small village with few nice lodges close to a beautiful waterfalls. Morning a short stroll and then taking a four-wheel drive on the rough exciting dirt tracks reaching Bhirethati village. Then driving get better after Nayapul town on the main highway to beautiful Pokhara.
The drive takes more than few hours facing exciting views of rolling hills and snow peaks of Annapurna Himalayas. As the journey comes to the end on reaching Pokhara by the serene Phewa Lake side, where all good hotels located.
Depart from the hotel in Pokhara, for interesting overland journey back to Kathmandu on the same scenic highway. On reaching the hotel in Kathmandu by late afternoon, rest of day free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
(Option for short flight of half hour to Kathmandu from Pokhara)
We have reserved a free day in Kathmandu, where all can relax and enjoy leisure activities. Interested people can join in for exciting sightseeing tour of Patan / Lalitpur and Bhaktapur cities, worth a visit.
Last day in Nepal and at Kathmandu, get ready for final departure as per your international flight time. Himalayan Forever Trek guide and staff transfer you to the airport. Bidding farewell to the guide and staff as you depart for homeward bound flight, after a wonderful experience and adventure on Annapurna Round / Circuit Trekking.
Last year I went on a trek to Annapurna. It was one of the best trip of my life. The mountain view was so stunning. And the owner of this company was also very friendly, helpful, welcoming and warm. I recommend everyone who is thinking of visting Nepal to choose this company. I am sure you won't be dissapointed.
Very professional and reliable in offering trekking tours and more. I was enthusiastic of the places visited, the explanations and knowledge of the trekking guide. Truly recommended.
Depending upon the starting point of the trek till the end before reaching Pokhara. An average of 160 km / 99.5 miles or less, walking from Dharapani village starting point of trekking till Tirkhedhunga or beyond on last day walk. Not counting the driving distance from Kathmandu or to Pokhara at the end of trek.
The trek overall is not too tough or difficult, the trail is well defined leading to nice villages, along with great views. Making the walk enjoyable even on climb, taking rest for short while will overcome the toughness of walking. The only hardest section is steep climb up Thorang-La Pass with the rise in altitude for few hour. But taking slowly and having rest will overcome the tough climb, as well stopping to enjoy the surround dramatic views.
It is one of the most popular trek in all Himalaya region, due to its easy accessibility. As well with several options to start and end the trekking, can drive all the way to Manang village. As well can take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, various ways to enjoy the trek on Annapurna Round / Circuit.
On top of scenic walk, the lodge comfort is of great tourist standard along with long list of food menu.
Every villages and settlements have hydroelectricity or solar power, where trekkers can charge electronic items. A fee is charged for each gadgets as per hour basis, the price differs from one place to another.
Annapurna region is a famous and popular trekking destination, where every villages, offers best lodge accommodation. Only at Thorang High Camp the lodge accommodation are simple and basic, with common bath and toilets.
But all lodges restaurants provides comprehensive food menu to choose from, with options for overnight accommodations from budget, moderate to standard rooms. Trekkers can enjoy having rooms with attached bath / toilets, or using common bathe and toilets all the way till Pokhara.
Foods are served in a large warm dining room, the foods served as per the menu from Continental, Chinese, Indian, Tibetan and Nepali. Some lodge restaurants also serves fresh homemade bakeries products.
The most famous and popular is Nepali Dal / Bhat (boiled or steam rice, served with various lentil soups, vegetable or meat mild curry, includes pickles of choice).