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It is one of the best long distance trek in the world i.e a wide variety of climate zones to the arctic at the Thorong La Pass and cultural variety from hindu villages at low foothills to the Tibetian culture of Manang valley and lower Mustang. Because of construction of road, mountain biking is becoming popular, with Mustang in particular becoming one of the world’s most popular mountain biking destinations.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - KATHMANDU: ARRIVAL DAYAltitude: 1350m/4428ft

  • Welcoming you, we send our company representative to receive you at TIA, who’ll guard you to a booked hotel in KTM.
  • Final briefing in the evening and then turn in early in advance of a big day tomorrow.

DAY 2 - KATHMANDU TO BESISAHARBesisahar 820m/2700ft Driving (7 to 10 hours)

  • A lengthy drive today from the capital to Besisahar as we come nearer to the trek’s physical starting point
  • Catch your first glimpse of snow-capped mountain scenery today!

DAY 3 - BESISAHAR TO SYANGE TO CHAMJEChamje 1385m/4540ft Drive (1 hour) and Trekking (5 to 6 hours). 8 Km Hike/5 miles

  • Leave Besisahar bright and early and drive to Syange, where we’ll take the first, easy stroll of the journey which is downhill and steep to start, as we head in the direction of Bahundanda.
  • Sight of a roaring waterfall is our cue to cross over the Marsyangdi River via suspension bridge.
  • Path of the river will bring us initially through the stone village of Jagat before ending the day in Chamje.

DAY 4 - CHAMJE TO BAGARCHHAPBagarchap 2160m Trekking (6 to 8 hours). 15 km/9 miles

  • Still following the Marsyangdi as a new day begins, climbing steadily towards Tal, the first village of the Manang district.
  • We’ll know we have arrived when we see the chorten, or stone entrance, typical of Tibetan-influenced architecture.
  • We’ll stay the night in neighboring Bagarchhap.

DAY 5 - BAGARCHHAP TO CHAMEChame 2710m/7090ft Trekking (5 to 6 hours). 13km/8 miles

  • We pass through Tyanja and then through the forest and parallel to a river on the way to Kopar.
  • Chame, our stop for the evening, is the seat of the Manang district where the people followed the Nepal-Tibet trade route a long time ago, and settled here.
  • They brought with them the customs and building style of the Tibetans, and have upheld the culture through the centuries.
  • Chame has lovely views of Annapurna II, and is crossed by a pair of burbling hot springs.

DAY 6 - CHAME TO PISANGPisang 3250m/10660ft Trekking (5 to 6 hours). 13km/8 miles

  • Through the forest, across a steep valley, over a river and some bridges… our path to Pisang is not a boring one!
  • On the way we’ll be treated to spectacular views of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face.

DAY 7 - PISANG TO MANANGManang 3540m/11600ft Trekking (6 to 7 hours). 15 km/9 miles

  • We’re moving through the higher, drier portion of Manang.
  • The farmers here breed yaks and raise crops, while taking advantage of special trading dispensations that they’ve had since the 18th century.
  • Back following the Marsyangdi as of Mungji village, and then on our way through either Hongde, with a little less climbing, or Ghyaru.
  • Either one will bring us to our guesthouse at Manang.

DAY 8 - MANANG: ACCLIMATIZATION DAYManang 3540m/11600ft Rest Day

  • We’ll linger in Manang today for a much-needed acclimatization day and also keep our legs stretched with some scenic, peaceful day walks around the sprawling village.
  • At night time, we’ll return to our guesthouse to rest up for a steeply-ascending leg of our trek.

DAY 9 - MANANG TO YAK KHARKAYak Kharka 4050m/13290ft Trekking (3 to 4 hours). 10km/6 miles

  • Our trail ascends a steep, dizzying 500m to the Yak Kharka, and then up through the Tenki Manang as we exit the Marsyangi Valley.
  • Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka where there are a lot of yaks .
  • The vegetation grows sparse, however, as we continue to hit higher altitudes.

DAY 10 - YAK KHARKA TO THORONG PHEDIThorong Phedi 4450m/14600ft Trekking (3 to 4 hours). 9km/5.5 miles

  • We’ll climb high for about two hours before descending slightly to cross the river until we reach Thorong Phedi where some of the newest guesthouse of our trek are located.
  • We’ll be up extremely early tomorrow, so a full night of rest is important!

 

DAY 11 - THORONG PHEDI TO MUKTINATH VIA THORUNG LA PASSMuktinath 3800m/12460ft via Thorung Pass 5416m/17800ft Trekking (7 to 8 hours). 16km/9.5 miles

  • We’ll start trekking at 4am today in order to reach the pass before 10am because we’ll risk detrimental weather conditions negatively impacting our progress.
  • Heavy snow can also be a problem but we continue for the magnificent view from the top of the pass and our arrival in the holy town of Muktinath.
  • The name means “place of Nirvana,” which is a place sacred to Hindus and Buddhists, and filled with fascination and ethereal power and we’ll overnight here.

 

DAY 12 - MUKTINATH TO MARPHAMarpha 2670m/8760ft Trekking (6 to 7 hours). 15km/9 miles

  • Today we travel the scenic, beautiful trail between Muktinath and Kagbeni, via Jhong which is a less-frequently traveled leg of the Annapurna Circuit but with outstanding views.
  • There are a number of distinctive homes here, all typical of the sect of mountain people who live here, as well as an old gompa.

 

DAY 13 - MARPHA TO GHASAGhasa 2010m/6600ft Trekking (7 to 8 hours). 20km/12 Miles

  • Marpha at (2960m) is a charming village with many canals and where you can find a variety of fruit.
  • Make sure you visit the big gomba in the city centre and we’ve lunch.
  • Then, we will head towards Ghasa a small Thakali settlement with welcoming people and lodges.

 

DAY 14 - GHASA TO TATOPONITatopani 1200m/3940ft Trekking (7 to 8 hours). 20km/12 miles

  • The name “Tatopani” means “hot spring,” and that is what today’s destination is best known for.
  • The villagers are ethnically Thakali and Tamang, and have enjoyed their home’s reputation as a significant trading post between Nepal and Tibet.
  • Although we are moving up rather steeply in elevation, the walk is enjoyable as we pass colorful villages, gorgeous flowers, and plenty of lush greenery.

 

DAY 15 - TATOPONI TO GHOREPANIGhorepani 2870m/9410ft Trekking (7 to 8 hours). 15km/9 miles

  • This is it, believe it or not, the last truly challenging leg of our adventure and we’ll pass through sizeable Shikha.
  • Ghorepani is a major stop for trekkers doing all varieties of the Annapurna Circuit, and is always bustling with activity.

 

DAY 16 - GHOREPANI TO POON HILL, POKHARAPoon Hill 3200m/10500ft Trekking (6 to 7 hours). 15km/9 miles

  • We’ll be up before dawn today, to see wonderful panorama of three Himalayan peaks (Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, and Manalsu) illuminated by the glowing rays of sunrise.
  • From here, we’ll also be treated to views of the 6,000m-deep Kali Gandaki Gorge and the visual border of Nepal and Tibet as divided by the trans-Himalayan ranges.
  • The last walk of our trek is an easy one as we stroll downhill from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul. Here, our trek officially ends so we’ll load our tired feet into a taxi and to go Phokara.

DAY 17 - POKHARA TO KATHMANDUPokhara 1000m/3280ft Bus (6 to 8 hours)

  • We will jump on the early morning bus to Kathmandu where we stay in a comfortable hotel.
  • It’s our pleasure to take you out for a farewell dinner tonight, and get your feedback on our trip.

 

DAY 18 - KATHMANDU: DEPARTURE DAYAltitude:1350m/4428ft

  • Today we’ll ensure that you get to the airport with time to spare, taking our final leave.
  • Hopefully you have made the kind of memories that will last a lifetime.

Included in Tour

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals( breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Domestic flights
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader ( 4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service(2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, domestic airfare, food and accommodation.
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag( to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park Permit, TIMS)
  • Medical kit(carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes.
 

Not included in Tour

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Excess baggage charge
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late  departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
  • International flights
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar  bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver
 

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