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Cultural Experience Annapurna Circuit Trek - 19 Days

Cultural Experience Annapurna Circuit Trek
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For scenery and cultural diversity, Annapurna Circuit Trek has long been considered the best trek in Nepal and it brings you closer to the magic of rivers, flora, fauna and, above all, mountains. Trek through the restricted Nar-Phu valley, explore the remote Manang region, witness the Buddhist Chortens and embrace the Himalayan ranges through the Nar-Phu and Annapurna Circuit trek.

Moreover, trekkers can experience deep cultural values and norms of Buddhists and Hindus. Muktinath is a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus and is one of the focal points of this trek. And so is Braga, one of the oldest monasteries in the region.

19 days Cultural Experience Annapurna Circuit Trek

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    Annapurna Circuit touches the 4 districts of Nepal, namely Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. The route follows counter-clockwise, starting from Besisahar to Nayapul and reaches its climax in Thorung La Pass at the height of 5416m, Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Annapurna,Gangapurna, and Dhaulagiri can be viewed clearly along the trail.

    This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village, inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the Himalayas. Continuing to the north of the main Himalayan range to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.

    The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit is the Thorong La Pass at the top of the valley at 5,416 m. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit 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 we descend to the west at Muktinath, from the pass we continue to the barren Tibetan like village of the Kali Gandaki – the world’s deepest gorge, passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorong La Pass from Manang to Muktinath, we head to Tatopani for hotsprings and climb  Poon Hill before descending to Pokhara.

    Day 1
    Arrived in Kathmandu

    You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day, anyway, we welcome you to Nepal! On this first day we transfer you to your hotel and brief you about the trek if the time permits. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country.

    Day 2
    Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley

    We will visit Osho Tapoban, one of the most popular spiritual centers in Kathmandu. Yoga masters and spiritual gurus will help you to meditate and practice yoga to unwind your mind, recover from jet lag and refresh yourself for the challenge ahead. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials. In the evening, you will return to your hotel for overnight stay.

    Day 3
    Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (1100m) by Jeep - approx 9 hours

    After early breakfast, a scenic drive along Tribhuvan Highway through the meandering foothills of the Himalaya. We will fork northward at Dumre town, towards Beshishar. After that we catch local bus go to Sange. overnight stay in guest house.

    Day 4
    Trek from Sange to Dharapani (1960m) - approx 8 hours

    Following breakfast, we enter the region as we pass through the fields of corn, barley and potatoes. A few hours walk and the trail passes through the bamboo and rhododendrons forest and a village called Tal, situated on the flat plain next to a sandy beach river beneath waterfall. The passing of consignments of donkeys will be memorable. Stay overnight at Dharapani.

    Day 5
    Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m) - approx 6 hours

    At Dharapani the vegetation, settlement, weather and landscape change. Further the trail climb into a forest rightly at Bagarchhap where houses resemble Tibetan architecture. We will slowly gain altitude and sightings of orchard farms and beautiful pine forest becomes regular. The views of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks become clear and the trail follows Marsyangdi River upstream passing by the villages of Ratamanang and Koto. About half hour of easy walk brings us to the village of Chame for the overnight stop. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang District. Stay overnight at Chame.

    Day 6
    Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m) - approx 6 hours

    The trek forward from Chame here follows the pine woods and small villages including Bratang. From here the trek continues on the gradual path up to a bridge, which opens up for a steep climb through the pine forest. By now we will on top of the ridge of Pisang village and a few steps further a great view of Pisang and Chulu peaks welcomes us. A gentle descent for almost an hour brings to the windswept village of Pisang. Stay overnight at Pisang.

    Day 7
    Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m) - approx 7 hours

    From Pisang onwards the trail will host constant view of the high snow capped peaks. A hill a few walk ahead offers the most dramatic views of the valleys, Hongdre village and its short air-strip along with the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II, III, Tilocho, Chuli east, and Pisang peak. The walk further is downhill all the way to Hongdre, adding a slight rise in altitude as you near to the village of Braga and Manang. We will visit the Braga Monastery, the largest in the district that has an outstanding display of statues, thangkas and the religious manuscripts. From here it is only an hour walk to Manang. Stay overnight at Manang.

    Day 8
    Rest day at Manang

    A necessary day to rest and acclimatize, and also to explore Manang. The Manang village is of about 500 flat-roofed houses, set in the most picturesque and spectacular scenery. Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7454m) to the South – Tilicho (7132m) and the Grand Barrier to the West – Chulu West (6583m) and Chulu East (6059m) to the North are all within touching distance!

    Day 9
    Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m) - approx 4 hours

    After a wonderful time in Manang , we trek ahead slowly to the last village of Manang. The wonderful views of Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tiloche and the close up views of Chuli’s peaks will follow you. We will pass through juniper bushes, cross small wooden bridge and old Mani wall and then finally to small settlements of Yak-Kharka. Our night stop at Yak Kharka.

    Day 10
    Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m) - approx 4 hours

    The trail passes through the last settlement of Ledar, and gently levels offering grand views of the Annapurna II, Gangapurna, Tiloche and Chuli peaks. The bareen and windswept plains make for some spectacular treat before arriving at Thorong Phedi for overnight stay. Depending upon your fitness we will go for a quick climb on the zig-zag track towards Upper Phedi or High Camp.

    Day 11
    Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m) via Thorung La Pass (5416m) - approx 8 hours

    Today we will cross the highest point and the most stunning landscape. The high pass of Thorong La (5,416m) is very challenging passes of the Himalayas. Locals regard the crossing of the La as very sanctimonious. We must be careful today while crossing it since strong icy winds regularly occur in this pass. Once on top of the pass you will be rewarded with amazing views of Himalayan range. A descend down will lead us to Muktinath. Muktinath is a popular pilgrimage site for both Buddhists and Hindus. The temple contains 108 stone taps and people believe that taking bath her absolove on of one’s sins. Stay overnight at Muktinath.

    Day 12
    Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2650m)

    Early morning, we will slowly move downhill towards Jharkot village. Another 2- hours walking will reach to Ekle bhatti. The trek from Ekle bhatti to Marpha requires passing through the town of Jomsom. The trail mostly passes through a plateau above the Kali Gandaki. Marpha is popular for apple and its Nepali apple brandy. Stay overnight at Marpha.

    Day 13
    Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2530m) - approx 6 hours

    We will trek pass the settlements of Thakali people. On the way to Kalopani we will have chance to see apple garden, amazing panorama views of Himalayan peak including Dhaulagari, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. Keeping up with scenic views we will be crossing a river at Kokhethanti and finally stop Kalopani for the night.

    Day 14
    Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1189 m) - approx 7 hours

    The walk from Kalopani to Tatopani is downhill through the pine and conifer forest, with the views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Himalayan range. Within a few hours we will reach Ghasa and spend some time in its pleasant surroundings of terraced paddy fields and beautiful waterfall of Rupsi. By late afternoon we will be Tatopani which literally means Hot Spring. You can relax and even take bath in the Hot Spring, which is believed to have healing power. Stay overnight at Tatopani.

    Day 15
    Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853m) - approx 8 hours

    We start our trek towards the Ghorepani by crossing the suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki River. Further we climb through the Ghara and Sikha village passing through the terraced and inclined farmlands. On the way to the Ghorepani our trail leads through the rhododendron, brich, magnolia and meadows and fantastic views of snowcapped mountain. We finally reach Ghorepani by slowly climbing the stone steps. Stay overnight at Ghorepani.

    Day 16
    Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m) and Tadapani (2675m) - approx 7 hours

    We will wake well before dawn and hike to Poon Hill to enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. You will be able to spectacular panorama of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Varaha Shikhar (7847m), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7219m), Annapurna III (7855m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Annapurna II (7937m), Lamjung Himal (6931m) and other numerous snow capped mountains. Afterwards we descend to Ghorepani, have delicious breakfast and then begin our trek to Tadapani. The trail leads through the rhododendron forests with an ever scenic environment. Stay overnight at Tadapani.

    Day 17
    Trek to Nayapul then Drive to Pokhara - approx 5 hours walk and 1 hour drive

    We descend on this day to Ghandruk passing through the forest of rhododendron, oak etc. We will hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. Ghandruk is a traditional and most beautiful village of Gurungs. Enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m), Annapurna III (7755m) and Fishtail. This is the last day of our trek as we descend to Nayapul through rice fields and local villages until we reach Syauli-Bazaar. We will drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. We will spend the overnight in Pokhara. While in Pokhara you can enjoy your time on the Phewa Lake or taking a short hike nearby.

    Day 18
    Drive to Kathmandu - approx 7 hours

    We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning. If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.

    In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

    Day 19
    Final departure

    We will offer you vehicle service to the Tribhuwan International Airport for your departure for your home country. We extend our best wishes and warm love to you. We also hope you to see again in Nepal.

    Porter-supported trek

    Two clients share one porter. For an odd numbered client group, we provide an extra porter. We will supply you a trek duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. You will need to bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc.

    General

    • 4-season sleeping bag (we can provide one if you need it but has to be returned after the trek)
    • Duffel bag
    • Daypack
    • Down jacket (Must have for mornings, nights and evenings, and for altitudes above 4,000m, we can provide it if you need one but has to be returned after the trek)

    Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

    • Sun hat
    • Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Headlamp
    • Neck warmer

    Hand

    • Liner gloves
    • Heavier shell gloves

    Core Body

    • T-shirts
    • Lightweight expedition thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket or pullover
    • Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
    • Synthetic sports bras (For women)

    Lower Body – Legs

    • Lightweight expedition thermal bottoms
    • Nylon hiking shorts
    • Soft shell and hard shell trekking pants
    • Water/windproof trousers
    • Casual pants

    Feet

    • Liner socks
    • Heavyweight socks
    • Waterproof hiking/trekking boots
    • Light shoes/sneakers/sandals
    • Gaiters (For monsoon and winter)

    Medicines and First Aid Kits

    (Please note our guide will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)
    • Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
    • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
    • Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
    • Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness
    • Anti-infection ointments
    • Band-aids
    • Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
    • Sunscreen (SPF 40)

    Miscellaneous

    • Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
    • Airline ticket (Please makes a copy and leaves one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
    • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
    • Water bottle/bladder
    • Water purification Iodine tablets
    • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc)

    Optional

    • Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
    • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
    • Binoculars
    • Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
    • Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women

    Inclusive

    • Kathmandu International Airport Arrival & Departure Transfer by Private Comfortable Car/van/ Hiace.
    • Welcome and Farewell Dinner with Nepali Cultural Dance show.
    • Accommodations Twin Sharing Basis in Kathmandu at 3 to 4 Star hotel and 2 to 3-star hotel in pokhara with breakfast.
    • All kind of meal including breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trek with accommodation
    • Round trip Land transportation as per the destination and itinerary.
    • English Speaking experienced Trekking Guide (Govt. Trained/Licensed Holder), one extra assistant trek leader for above 8 pax group. 1 porter for 2 persons basis (Carry max. 25kg per porter) during the trek.
    • All official document process charges including Trek Permit, TIMS card & any required permits or Official Documentation for trekking.
    • Insurance, Transportation, Wages, Equipment and all meals & Lodges for Porters and Guides during the trek
    • One day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley.
    • Down Jacket, sleeping bag, Osho Adventure trekking kit bag/duffel bag, First Aid Kit Box, T-shirt and Trekking maps.
    • Emergency helicopter rescue and evacuation coordination service (This is only in case of emergencies, however, all guests are responsible for paying helicopter evacuation charge- US $2500 per/Hour if necessary. So all our valued guests are kindly advised to make sure that they have necessary Travel Insurance which should cover heli Evacuation expenses in case needed)
    • One day free Yoga & Meditation Course in Kathmandu.
    • Government taxes & Other Applicable Fees.

    Exclusive

    • International Airfare to and from your country
    • Nepal Visa fee: Nepal entry visa (US $25 or equivalent foreign currency for 15 days, US $40 or equivalent foreign currency for 30 days & US $100 or equivalent foreign currency for 90 days. you will also require 2 passport size photos.)
    • Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (Most recommended)
    • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara – keep $ 5 to 10 for per meal in Tourist Restaurant.
    • Extra accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in a case of early return from trekking than schedule itinerary.
    • Any Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Boiled & Mineral Water, Beverages.
    • Unforeseen cost such as flight cancellation or delay, health problems and helicopter rescue in Trek. Expenses beyond our control.
    • Personal expenses, such as the phone calls, laundry service, the internet, bar bills, battery recharge, hot shower etc.
    • Any other cost, which is not mentioned above.
    • Tips for guide.

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