Annapurna Circuit Trekking is the most popular trekking destination in Nepal Himalaya. Nowadays route of the Annapurna circuit modifies to meet the time period of tourists. On the first day of the trek, we drive from Kathmandu to Koto, the starting point of the trek. It takes about 9 to 10 hours by Bus or other private transportation.
Annapurna Circuit trekking is generally called the Marsyangdi trail. And it goes upstream along the Marsyangdi River. Firstly you will trek through canyons and gorges and move to the north side of the Annapurna Himalayas. Here you will pass Manang village which was once a kingdom.
When we get to Manang, we stay here for a day to reconfigure to the high altitude. Because we are going to cross Throngla Pass, which is 5416m above sea level and is one of the world’s highest passes. Then we cross the Throng pass, which is the Annapurna Himalaya’s northernmost pass. Then we go down to Muktinath, which in Hindu and Buddhist mythology is one of the holiest places in Nepal. So, Jomsom is the last place we’ll go on our trek. We take a direct flight back to Pokhara from Jomsom. A moderate trek that gives you a glimpse of the beautiful mountain village of Manang and the mountain behind it. From Throng Pedi, you can see a wide area.
Arrival and pick up from the international airport in Kathmandu, after some refreshment we will invite you for a traditional Nepali dinner.
After breakfast, we will start sightseeing tours around Kathmandu valley, the sightseeing program is focused to introduce some highlights and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu such as Durbar square, Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Bouddhanath.
Today you will be picked up from your hotel for the drive to Koto. Your journey takes you through deep gorges as you trace the Trisuli River westwards. You will pass through the small town of Mugling where the Trisuli and Marshyangdi rivers meet. The town also serves as the crossroads between Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan in the South. Upon arrival at Mugling, we head along the road toward Pokhara. We leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre and head north to Koto, the starting point of our trek.
This day is a shorter trek to Pisang. However, as it is so beautiful most trekkers take their time to admire the scenery and take lots of photographs. You will pass through a series of mani walls. The trail is pretty even until the apple orchards of Brathang. The trail heads uphill for about 45 minutes through the forest, leveling off before reaching a suspension bridge. A moderate climb follows after crossing the bridge through a forest consisting of Juniper, Pine, and Fir. The valley begins to broaden and Pisang Peak 6091m stands out in front of you. You pass a couple of small lakes where sometimes birds can be seen wading. Pisang is divided into upper and lower.
From Lower Pisang, we climbed steadily up the hill, past a lovely little green lake, and then more steeply, zig-zagging over the open ground all the way up to Ghyaru. we then walk along a contour path high up on the valley side, stop for lunch at Nawal, here we can see the paranomic view of Annapurna II, avalanche, Annapurna 3, Annapurna 4, Gangapurna, Lamjung Himal, Humde valley. After crossing to the north bank of the river near Mungli we will reach Braga at (3475m) – A Tibetan-style village with an ancient gompa. After a short walk, we will reach Manang.
To adjust to the thinning air and lessening pressure, the day is kept aside for acclimatization to continue upwards towards the Thorung La the next day. On this day, we can walk around to a number of the interesting areas near Manang, though it is also important to rest before the trek to a higher altitude.
The trail continues to climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley. The trail follows this valley north, passing a Goths as it steadily gains elevation. You have left the large trees below; the vegetation now consists of scrub juniper and alpine grasses. you can keep high and follow a track above Khangsar village passing through the ruins of old Khangsar and follow an unmarked trail which will lead you around and down to cross the river on an old log bridge between Gunsang and Yak Kharka. It’s fun to see large yaks grazing at Yak Kharka. The view of Annapurna III is excellent.
The first small settlement we reach after a steady walk upwards is Letdar (4250m). With a climb along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, we will reach Thorung Phedi (4450m) which means “foot of the hill”, and indeed this is the starting point for the long trek up to the pass at 5416m.
Depending on the fitness and acclimatization, the walk to Thorung La could take less than 4 hours, but we will make a steady climb up to the Thorung La (“la” means “pass”) with the aim to reach the pass in four hours from Phedi. The site one can see upon reaching the pass is of traditional Chorten, prayer flags, cairn, and the panorama of Himalayan giants along with the first view of the immense Kali Gandaki valley to the west. As we descend we can have great views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the south-west, and Tukuche Peak (6920m) as we reach down to Muktinath and Ranipauwa. And further 1 and half hours drive to Jomsom.
After having breakfast, enjoy the leisure t.ime until transfer to the airport.
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