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Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventure where the walk takes around a massive range of Annapurna Himalaya from North to Southern green area, a great scenic country where trekkers will be captivated by a high mountain that surrounds you.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a perfect mountain holiday listed as world’s Top Ten Adventure Destinations by leading well-known Travel magazines and Guide Books you can find it yourself joining on magnificent walks to high and scenic Manang Valley with a climb to Thorang-la pass to achieve and experience highest altitude gain.
Annapurna Circuit is certainly a journey that takes you around most scenic places with varied landscapes and climates, from low warm farmland to high cooler green hills then reaching close to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers at high Manang Valley.
The adventure begins with exciting overland on the busy and interesting Nepal main highway then diverts towards the Annapurna Circuit route at Besisahar town, around low warm areas of Nepal Mid-West where the walk follows the raging Masrsyangdi River upstream towards higher hills.
Walking around nice villages with fabulous views of Manaslu and Annapurna peaks to reach Dharapani village unto Chame a large town and headquarters of Manang district where the air gets much cooler with close mountain views.
The journey continues heading into lovely alpine woodland of tall rhododendron and pines trees with a climb and descends to enter beautiful Manang valley at Pisang village where you will soak within views of the high peaks of Annapurna and Chulus with Pisang peak.
From Pisang onward within the scenic Manang high valley encircled by high peaks, a walk leads to visit the interesting monastery of Braga and then reaching at main Manang village with rest days for acclimatization and to explore local villages of an immense culture of colorful Buddhist heritage.
After a pleasant and wonderful time at Manang walk leads to the remote west close to a mountainous area with the climb to the high Thorang-la pass at 5,416 m facing breath-taking scenery of surrounding landscapes and giant peaks.
Enjoying super views descend to Mustang area at Muktinath a holy pilgrimage spot for Hindus with views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s a nice village within a weather-beaten country where the adventure leads to wide Kaligandaki River valley to Jomsom, a headquarters town of Mustang area and the hub for Thakali people a tribe of Kaligandaki valley.
The journey continues following the Burigandaki River downstream to a lower warm area after going through the world’s deepest gorge Kaligandaki River, sandwiched between the giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
Fascinating scenery with a great change in altitude and landscapes on reaching Tatopani village a place with natural hot spring, as the village called Tatopani means hot water in Nepalese.
A perfect place to enjoy refreshing moments before heading back to cooler high hills at Ghorepani a village located in the midst of a rhododendron forest famous for Poon Hill where a short hike takes you early morning for spectacular sunrise views over an array of Mid and Western Himalaya peaks.
Slowly our adventure comes to an end with a much downhill walk to reach the end of our trekking at Bhirethati village where a short drive takes you to the beautiful city of Pokhara, a leading and renowned tourist place in the whole Himalayas.
A wonderful place Pokhara is blessed with mountains and lakes where our amazing experience and adventure Annapurna circuit concludes with grand memories of high hills and mountains of Nepal’s high Mid-West Himalayas.
From March to May and September to November months of the year, where March to May are longer days with many sun-light hours till late afternoon with clear days for excellent views of snow-capped peaks and pleasant walks, can get cloudy with light rains and can snow on higher elevations sometimes.
March to May when hills are alive with seasonal wild-flower in bloom especially rhododendrons of various species from tall trees to the bush, September to November is another best time for clear views of peaks and walks but shorter days and sunlight hours due to autumn or fall season.
Much colder nights and mornings including around shades can snow sometimes around higher hills with more freezing temperatures.
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At evening group welcome dinner in a nice authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural program to give you the glimpse of local culture with music and dance while having your dinner.
From Besisar drive for few hours to Syange village located next to Marysangdi River with views of waterfalls transfer to a nice simple lodge for overnight stop.
After refreshing stop at Tal continue walk to reach much cooler area at Dharapani for overnight halt, Dharapani a nice large village on the junction of Annapurna and Manaslu route
From Timang few hours walk to Chame for overnight stop in a nice lodge, Chame headquarter town of Manang district.
Reaching Pisang village transfer to nice lodge, where Manang valley begins from here with views of Annapurna-Pisang and Chulu peaks.
Manang of Buddhist culture and take a short hike to a hill for close views of Gangapurna and
Annapurna III glacier, afternoon rest and relax marveling views of Annapurna and Chulus peaks.
Yak-Kharka, a large yak grazing field with nice lodge to stay facing wonderful mountain views of
Gangapurna, Annapurna II with Tilicho peaks, lunch and overnight at Yak Kharka with short
walks around for acclimatization
after nice breakfast then cross a stream with short climb to reach at Thorang Phedi, from
Thorang Phedi an hour climb up to Thorang High Camp for lunch and overnight stop in a simple
but nice and cozy lodge.
few hours climb then at the top of the pass and on the highest point of the adventure with
glorious panorama of mountain views, from Thorang-la downhill to holy Muktinath after
5-6 hrs long day walks to Muktinath and transfer into a nice lodge
Afternoon visit Muktinath temple of great importance to Hindu and for Buddhist followers
drive to reach at Tatopani village, drive leads through scenic Kaligandaki River valley past
Jomsom town, as journey leads into world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki near Lete and Ghasa
Villages, then reaching at Tatopani village for overnight stop a place with natural hot-spring
Sikha and Chitre to reach at Ghorepani village with grand views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna
Peaks, at Ghorepani transfer into nice lodge located with beautiful rhododendron forest
Poon Hill enjoy super sunrise views over chain of mountain with Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s, Annapurna
and Manaslu with majestic peak of Machhapuchare the Fish Tail, then descend to Ghorepani
for breakfast, and continue walk within lovely cool forest to reach at Ulleri village after 2-3 hrs
walks for possible lunch stop. From Ulleri downhill to Tirkhedhunga village within low warm
farm land and transfer to lodge after few hours downhill from Ulleri village with views of
(Flying option from Pokhara to Kathmandu of 30 minutes scenic flight)