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Annapurna Circuit & Thorang-La

around North & South scenic areas of massive Annapurna Himalaya range

on world top 10th destination trekking around Annapurna, picturesque daily walk through interesting rural farm villages, dramatic change of climate, vegetations and fascinating culture beautiful rhododendron, pines forest with views of snowcapped peaks, around scenic Manang valley with impressive Buddhist culture, crossing of high Thorang-la and towards world deepest Kaligandaki gorge.

  • Trek Fact - 19 days
  • Trip Mode: On Teahouse / Lodge basis.
  • Trekking grade: Moderate to Adventurous
  • Trekking duration: 14 / 15 days.
  • Highest altitude gain: 5, 416 m / 17,700 ft on top of Thorang-la.
  • Total Trip: 18 / 19 days (Kathmandu-Kathmandu).
  • Seasons: Mid March to June and September to November

Annapurna Circuit & Thorang-La

A unique Annapurna Circuit & Thorang – la Trekking listed as world top ten destinations, leading you to amazing scenery within high snowcapped peaks and impressive Buddhist culture of Manang and Kaligandaki valley areas.

This trip begins with an interesting drive from Kathmandu to Lamjung area at Beshishar and Jagat village, and then heading higher towards alpine climate country with beautiful forest of rhododendron, pines and fir trees in the back drop of stunning mountain views.

Walk passes through charming villages of Dharapani-Chame and Pisang to reach at Manang village an impressive place with arid dry climate surrounded by mountains.

Manang villagers with strong Tibetan Buddhist culture and its way of life, here explore the villages and monasteries, then heading towards the highest point of this adventure over Thorang-la pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft with mind blowing views of mountains.

Return journey leading past holy Muktinath at Mustang area, passing Jomsom and Marpha villages famous for delicious apples and the product and finally up to Ghorepani and Pun Hill with fabulous sunrise before concluding this awesome adventure at picturesque Pokhara where the Annapurna mountains reflects on its pristine lakes of Phewa and Begnas.

Itinerary

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our staff and representative for a short drive to respective hotels in Kathmandu city, after refreshment our guide will brief regarding Annapurna Circuit trekking, hotels, lodge and necessary information required while you are with us in Nepal with welcome dinner.

Morning depart for interesting guided tour of Kathmandu city with world heritage sites. Kathmandu city and the valley steeped in history and culture, after an impressive time with lunch around restaurant in the city area, back to hotel with afternoon free preparation for Annapurna Circuit & Thorang – la Trekking.

Starting this wonderful Annapurna circuit with an interesting long drive towards north mid west from Kathmandu, leading past Beshishar town (headquarter of Lamjung district).

From here transfer to another vehicle for the rough and exciting drive on dirt trail passing Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following Marsyangdi River upstream, and then leaving the river with a climb to reach at Jagat village for overnight stop in a nice lodge, Jagat a small farm village with few good lodges for trekkers.

From Jagat where our trek begins, starting on winding path to Chamje, and to raging Marsyangdi River, and into forested area with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu range, walk continues reaching at Tal village located on a nice valley, after Tal another 2 hours walk to Dharapani village for overnight stop.

Dharapani a nice village with Buddhist culture, situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.

Start the morning walk a into cool rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagachap and Danque, then to Timang village from here onwards into more Buddhist area, with super view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft, from this village few hours trek leads to a large town at Chame for overnight stop, a major town and headquarter of Manang district.

From here air gets cooler as the walk leads closer into mountains through beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream to Bhratang village.

From this village an uphill into pine trees to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few lodge and views of Chulu and Pisang peak, after a lunch stop walk downhill to Pisang village for overnight stop.

Pisang village located within Manang valley with stunning mountains views as altitude gains for here onwards.

Walking into forest with short uphill with views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu and Pisang peak, then reaching Hongde village with a small air strip, from here tree lines fades to barren, arid landscapes.

On route Manang village visit old Braga monastery with Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting, frescos and super panorama of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk to Manang village.

The houses here are of traditional Tibetan style with culture and traditions.

An important rest day for acclimatization before reaching high altitude and up to Thorang –la, here with short hike exploring Manang village beneath towering Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks, a nice short hike up for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang glacial Lake.

After a good rest at Manang, walk towards Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walk with views of mountains, crossing small streams to reach at Yak Kharka, a small settlement with incredible views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.

Morning walk leads closer to Thorang-la as the walk progress crossing a bridge and then a climb along the Jarjung river, then leading at Thorung Phedi for short rest and then climb the last hour uphill to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.

Start the early morning walk on this Big Day! A thrill and highlight of this great adventure, after breakfast a long climb up to Thorang-la with steep haul to reach at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft on top of Thorang-la festooned with Buddhist prayer flags.

Highest point of the adventure certainly requires high spirit and strong mind to reach this high point.

The top offers superb vista landscapes and snowcapped peaks, from here a long descend to Muktinath at 3,800 m.

Muktinath a holy place for both Hindu and Buddhist the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kaligandaki river valley, from here walk to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. After Jomsom walk to Marpha, one of the most charming village, a gem village, with white painted houses, paved streets and well kept lodges. At Marpha celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples.

From Marpha onward, walk is enjoyable following Kaligandaki river downstream with views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri walk to Larjung village, after few hours walk getting back into tree lines of pine, oaks and rhododendron forest and then reaching at Kalapani village, another lovely village with grand views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri, a short downhill brings at Lete village for overnight stop.

Walk from Kalapani and Lete onward leads to dramatic change in vegetation and climate, as walk leads between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna forming world deepest gorge.

The first two hours of trek leads through Ghasa village with view of snow capped peaks into forest.

After Ghasa a southern end of Mustang area mostly dominated by Thakali people ethnic tribe till Tatopani village.

This pleasant walk continues leading back to paddy fields in warm sub-tropical climate to Tatopani passing beautiful waterfalls of Rupsi.

Tatopani (Hot Spring) village the valley is quite constricted and it is quite warm with sub-tropic climate and vegetation, Tatopani is another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.

After a wonderful time at Tatopani, trek continues on the nice winding trail for an hour, our route diverts heading uphill with steep climb then with gradual up all the way through dense forest to reach at Chitre, from here an hour climb to Ghorepani village with fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South with Vara-Shikar known as Annapurna Fang.

Ghorepani famous and popular for hike to Pun Hill a view point offering super wide angle views of world’s three highest peaks and range of other mountains with striking sunrise and sunset.

Morning an hour hike up to Pun-Hill at 3,210m, offers fantastic sunrise views over array of mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal in the far eastern horizon including the majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre “The Fish Tail”.

From here walk through lovely rhododendron forest, and then with long descend from Ulleri village to Tirkhedhunga for last overnight stop in the hills of Annapurna Himalaya.

After Tirkhedhunga, last day walk of this adventure leads downhill most of the way through farm villages, then finally reaching a nice village at Bhirethati by the river Modi, from here a short walk to Nayapul ending the final walk of this great adventure with a drive of two hours to Pokhara for the overnight stop by the Lake Phewa.

Pokhara, a popular touristic city, where the peaks of Annapurna Mountain range reflects on its beautiful serene lakes of Phewa and Begnas.

Morning after breakfast drive back to Kathmandu on the interesting and exciting highway through many farms, villages and towns and then drive leads to uphill to reach Kathmandu valley.

On reaching hotel, afternoon free with farewell dinner in a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture / folk dance program to entertain with authentic Nepali meals.

After an enjoyable and great time in Nepal, as per your international flight time our staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to next port of call.

Climate

Himalayan region climate varies as per the altitude wise from the low southern land of Gangetic plains of Terai at 60meters above sea level to the mid hills-valleys at 9, 00m, 1500-200m and to the high mountain settlement at 3000-4000m and above. From over 40oC warm sub-tropic, 25oC meditarrean to the arctic climate of -0oC to -20oC conditions exists. Here’s our Climate Guide that can help you with your selection of treks in the Himalayan region and Good Luck!

Nepal and its Himalayan range have a typical monsoonal two season a year. There’s the dry season from October to May and the wet season, the monsoon, from June to September. September-November, the start of the dry season, is in many ways the best time in Nepal and around the Himalaya.

Temperatures Chart

(In Celsius)  

1,330m                       850m                          200-300m (above sea level)

Months            Kathmandu                  Pokhara                       Chitwan

                        max  min                     max  min                     max  min

Jan                   19      2                                    20     8                         24    7

Feb                  20        4                      21     8                        26    8

Mar                 25        8                      27    11                                    33   12

Apr                  30      11                      33    12                                   35   18

May                 30      16                      30    19                                   35    20

Jun                   30      20                      30    20                         35    23

Jul                    29        21                    30    21                                   33    24

Aug                  29        20                    30    21                                   33    24

Sep                  27      19                     29    20                                   32    22

Oct                  23        15                    27    18                                   31    18

Nov                  23        4                      23     11                       29    12

Dec                  20       2                       20      8                                   24     8                         

Rainfall Chart (in mm.)

Months            Kathmandu                  Pokhara                       Chitwan

Jan                   25                               15                                10

Feb                  25                               15                                 10

Mar                 75                               30                                10

Apr                  50                               50                                15

May                 100                              300                              200

Jun                   225                              575                              300

Jul                    375                              800                              500

Aug                  360                              700                              450

Sep                  175                              575                              400

Oct                  50                               220                              100

Nov                  10                                 20                                 05

Dec                  10                                             05                                 05

 

Climate Chart:   Kathmandu. Chances of dry day & Hours of Sunshine

Jan       Feb      Mar     Apr      May     June     July      Aug      Sept     Oct      Nov      Dec

95%     91%     93%     85%     74%     54%     33%     37%     62%     88%     98%     99%

5:54     5:39     7:37     9:30     5:43     4:54     2:37     2:23     3:18     5:12     5:12     5:06

 

Pokhara. Chances of dry day & Hours of Sunshine

Jan       Feb      Mar     Apr      May     June     July      Aug      Sept     Oct      Nov      Dec

94%     94%     89%     80%     53%     5%       3%       3%       7%       64%     96%     99%

5:49     6:23     7:19     8:59     5:17     4:02     2:04     1:34     1:44     4:30     4:51     5:12

 

                                 

 

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