Quick InfoMinimum: 2 persons
Price: USD 1285
Duration: 16 days
One of the most classic treks offered in Nepal, this trek combines culture and landscape beautiully and is gauranteed to leave a lasting memory. The views of the Annapurna range you encounter along the way will blow you away and its beauty is truly an experience of a lifetime!
The Annapurna region located in Central Nepal is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions for trekking in the country. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) working along with the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation has declared this region an area of conservation and sustainable development. Stretched over 2600 sq. km, the area is home to a variety of diverse peoples and cultures: Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Manangis and Tibetans. The region is also host to diverse environments: sub-tropical lowlands, stunning valleys, bamboo, oak, and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus, the world's deepest river gorge, and the towering Annapurna Mountains. The most sought in the region are: Annapurna I (world's 8th highest) and Machhapuchhre (aka: Fishtail), which is one of the most beautiful.
Day 1: Ngadi - Drive to the start of the trek
Day 2: Ngadi to Jagat
Day 3: Jagat to Tal
Day 4: Tal to Chame
Day 5: Chame to Pisang
Day 6: Pisang to Manang
Day 7: Acclimatization in Manang
Day 8: Manang to Yakkharka
Day 9: Yakkharka to Thorung Phedi
Day 10: Throrung La Pass
Day 11: Muktinath to Marpha
Day 12: Marpha to Ghasa
Day 13: Ghasa to Tatopani
Day 14: Tatopani to Ghorepani
Day 15: Ghorepani to Ghandruk
Day 16: Ghandruk to Pokhara
Day 1: Ngadi
Drive to Khudi (792m) – a Gurung village across the Khudi Khola (suspension bridge). From Khudi it’s a 2 hours walk to Ngadi village (860m), where we spend the first night of the trek.
Day 2: Jagat
Trekking begins early today as we move north up to a suspension bridge crossing the Ngadi Khola. We take the path upwards which leads to the village of Lampata in the Manang District. The climb up is steep and takes 2 hours to reach Bahundanda- a Brahmin village. Here, we stop for lunch and enjoy the view of Mount Phungi (6379m), towards the North. After lunch climb down a steep slope for about 30 minutes until we reach the Dhule Khola. We cross over to reach the village of Besi. In about an hour’s time we get to see the magnificent waterfall at Syange (1136m) flowing from the high plain hamlet of Ghulima. From here it takes about 2 hours to reach Jagat, a village along the ridge of the mountain, at a height of 1340m
Day 3: Tal
In the morning after ascending for about 45 minutes, we will reach Bhatti, from there it will be another thirty minutes to reach the village of Chamje (1433m). It takes about one hour to reach the hamlet of Sattare ('top of the hill', in Tibetan) where we will have lunch. After lunch we start walking along the ridge of the hills and then uphill for about an hour through the bamboo forest, to reach the village of Tal. Tal which means 'lake' in Nepali language is set in the middle of the broad valley at a height of 1707m.
Day 4: Chame (2,713m)
It takes 45 Minutes to reach the village of Bagarchap (2164m), which literally means 'the river bank'. Bagarchap marks the barrier between the humid valleys of the south, (which we now have crossed) and dry regions of the high- Marsysngdi. That the monsoon is more or less absent in this region is evident by the change in vegetation. From Bagarchap, it will take an hour to climb up to the hamlet of Dhanagya (2300m) where we stop to have our lunch. After lunch it takes us about 2 1/2 hrs to 3 hrs through the villages of Thanchock and Besi Salla (which means "the Garden of Pines") to reach Kodo (and also called Koto) meaning 'Millet' and then to the village of Kyupar (2600m). Outside the village a police check post controls the access to the Nar Phu Khola Valley, which leads to Tibet. We have to show our trekking permits here again before proceeding to Chame (2713m), the District Headquarters of Manang District, which is another forty-five minutes away.
Day 5: Pisang (3,185m)
After passing the school at Chame we have to cross the bridge to get to the northern bank of Marsyangdi. We walk along the river to reach the village of Bratang (2919m), which is mainly populated by Tibetans. Here we stop to have lunch. On the way to Bratang we pass through a splendid pine forest with excellent views of Lamjung and Annapurna II and IV. From here it is about two hours walk to reach the top, where trekkers traditionally plant a pine sapling, not only to establish that they have made it to the top, but also to contribute to the reforestation of the area. We have to go down to Pisang (3185m) from here and it takes about one hour standard walking. There are neither houses nor any water resources on the way down.
Day 6: Manang (3,530m)
After crossing the Pisang Khola there is a forty-five minutes steep climb up to a steep pass. From the top of the pass we get a glimpse of Paunda Danda (4655m), Mount Pisang, Mount Tilicho, and the Manang Valley. On the way down to Hongde we come across a check post where the trekking permits will be again examined which gives us the opportunity to have our lunch. After Hongde the valley widens and we get to see the Annapurnas III and IV (7555m and 7525m) to the left, East and West Chulus(6584m and 6419m) on the right, towards the horizon, there are views of highest peak of Mount Thoroung(6481m) and to the east, the crown of Mount Pissang. From Hongde we climb up to the ancient village of Braga (3505m). We will have plenty of time to explore Braga’s picturesque village and visit their Gompa, which is the largest in the region and has the finest collection of thankas (religious scroll paintings) and prayer books. It takes only forty-five minutes to reach Manang from here, which sits on the plateau of 3530 meters.
Day 7: Manang (3,530m)
This is the day for rest and acclimatization before proceeding to higher altitudes. We can go for a walk in the afternoon to the north of the village, which offers a panoramic view of Annapurna IV and II to the southeast and Gangapurna (7455m) and Tarke Kang or Ice dome (7202m) to the southwest.
Day 8: Yakkharka
Day 9: Thorung Phedi
Thorung Phedi means "foot of the hill" and it is situated at the height of 4220m on a small hill overlooking a high plateau. These Himalayan pastures are domains of Yak, a bovine of Tibetan origin, reared for its wool, milk and to transport goods. The thar, a kind of wild goat that lives in herds, is also found here. This is altogether a short day to prepare you for the hard climb to the Thorung La (pass) the next day.
Day 10: Thorung La Pass
Early morning wake up and start the ascent to the pass. We have to cross about twenty hills on the way to reach to the summit, Thorungla, at 5,415meteres and it takes about 41/2 – 5 hours to reach here. On the way up, we get to see many prayer flags several cairns (small mounds of rocks). From the top, one can see the panoramic view of Yakgawa Kang or Thorungse (6481m) to the north, and Khatung Kang (6484m) to the south and the Annapurnas along with the Gaganpurna to the southeast. In the horizon to the west, Dhaulagiri (8169m) and Mount Tukuche (6920m) are also visible.
From the summit the descent to Muktinath (3802m) takes about three hours and the difference in altitude is of 1600m. Here we will find another checkpost where permits are checked.
Day 11: Marpha (2,667m)
After crossing the hamlet of Ranipauwa, adjacent to Mukntinath, we arrive at the village of Jharkot (3612m), mainly populated by Tibetans. It takes about two hours walking through rocky terrain and horse caravans to reach Kagbeni (2807m). It will take us about two -three hours to reach Jomsom (2713m) from Kagbeni, the administrative headquarters of the region. Here there is an airport with regular flights to Pokhara, a bank, post office, hospital and a few hotels. We have to show our permits again before moving on to Syang (30 minutes away) and then to Marpha (2667m) our camping place for the day. Marpha is famous for its apple liquor and it has a unique charm with its black-salted streets and unusual architecture.
Day 12: Ghasa (2,012m)
We start by walking along the bank of the river Kali Gandaki for an hour and half to reach the village of Tukche (2951m), dominated by the name of the same peak, which stands at the height of 6930m. This beautiful village is populated by Thakalis, whose houses reflect just how significant this centre of Trans- Himalayan trade is. After Tukche, the path meanders along the Kali Gandakhi valley for about one and half-hours to reach the village of Lajung (2560m). The hamlet of Sokung (2951m) is another thirty minutes away. From here it takes about forty-five minutes to reach Dhampu. Here we have to cross the river to enter into Kalopani (or 'black water') located at 2530m.We will have lunch here and enjoy the impressive views of Dhaulagiri, the Nilgiris (South: 6839m, Central: 6940m and North: 7061m) and Annapurna I (8091m). From Sokung, the path climbs up and down over a low altitude tropical forest to reach the village of Ghasa (2012m), which is two and half hours away.
Day 13: Tatopani (1,189m)
It will take about forty five minutes to reach the village of Panoi Thaala and fifteen minutes from there we reach Deorali, the boarder village between the Mustang and Myagdi district. After crossing several hills from here, we start to descent until we reach the bridge leading to the west of the river. A few minutes walk from the river will take us to the village of Rupse Chhara (1550m), near a huge a waterfall. We stop to have our lunch here. From Rupse it takes us about forty five minutes to reach the village of Dana (1446m), distinctive because of its large houses and decorative windows. From here it takes us about two hours easy descent to reach the camping place for the night, Tatopani (1189m). The names of the village means 'hot springs' for which the village is famous.
Day 14: Ghorepani (2,874m)
Today will be a hard day since we will cover a long distance with a difference in altitude of 1700 meters. From Tatopani it takes two to three hours to reach the village of Ghara (1768m) and another hour to reach the village of Sikha(1920m) where we stop to have our lunch. After lunch you climb through terraced cultivation for about an hour and half, which will bring you to the village of Chitre (2316m). From here we cross a rhododendron forest to reach Ghorapani, which is about an hour away. Ghorepani (2874m), means "horse water" or water place for horses' is, in fact, a stop over for donkey caravans traveling from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Overnight at lodge
Day 15: Ghandruk (1920m)
After breakfast trek towards Kyumrong Khola for lunch. After lunch trek to Ghandruk Village via Kyumrong Danda. This area is offers some of the finest trekking in Nepal. The Annapurna range and Machapuchhere dominate the mountain views, and there are glimpses further east to Lamjung Himal and Manaslu Range. Ghandruk village is rich through its excellent farming land and the generations of its sons who have sent and received pay and pensions from the British and Indian Gurkha armies.
Day 16: Pokhara
After breakfast, trek a pleasant down hill trail which eventually levels out and follows the banks of the river. After having spent a long time at higher altitudes, the heat sometimes makes traveling on the open riverbed an uncomfortable one. After about 3 hours arrive at the riverside settlement of Birethanti for lunch. This is also the main entry point to the Annapurna Conservation Area. After lunch, walk along the high banks of the Modi Khola for about 30 minutes and end trek at Naya Pul where you meet waiting vehicles for the one-hour drive back to Pokhara. Trek Duration - 4 hours + 1 hour drive. Situated at 925 metres, Pokhara is the country's second largest city, located on the west bank of Seti River. Only foothills separate Pokhara from the full height of the Himalayas, and the magnification 8000-metre peaks of Annapurna Range. It is a vacationer's paradise with its crystal clear lakes and fantastic views of Annapurna range including Fishtail Mountain. Upon arrival, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to the lakeside bazaar with its quaint shop's and lakeside restaurant.
Included (during trek)