This is probably one of the world's most beautiful trek. It will take you through a wonderful variety of landscapes and culture, from the subtropical lower Marsyangdi Valley where Gurung and Thakali people dominate to the northern arid Buddhist areas.
Along the Marsyangdi River, on easy trail and suspension bridges, through rice terraces and forest, we will slowly gain altitude and acclimatize well. After Pisang we will get stunning up-close views of snowy and glaciated high peaks including Annapurna II, III and IV. This remote area lies in a rain shadow formed by the Annapurnas and the landscape supports little in the way of forest apart from pine, juniper and scrub rhododendron.
Huge glacial moraines abound, etched deeply by wind erosion into fantastic pillars. The Thorong La (5416 m) wilderness is one of the highlight of this trek. After the pass, we reach Muktinath and then Jomsom.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1350M.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1430m) 7/8hrs.
Day 03: Chamje to Bagarchap (2160m). 5/6hrs.
Day 04: Bagarchap to Chame (2670m) 5/6hrs.
Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3000m.) 5/6hrs.
Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3440m.) 5hrs.
Day 07: Manang: Rest day for acclimatization.
Day 08: Manang to Yak kharka (4040m) 4hrs.
Day 09: Yak kharka - Thorung Phedi (4450m) 3hrs.
Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3760) Via Thorong-La pass (5416m) 8/ 9hrs.
Day 11: Muktinath to Kagbeni (2,810m) - 4 hrs
Day 12: Kagbeni to Marpha (2,670m) - 6 hrs.
Day 13: Marpha to Ghasa (2010m) 5/6hrs..
Day 14: Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m.) 5/6hrs.
Day 15: Tatopani to Sikha to (1938m) 4hrs.
Day 16: Shikha to Gorepani (2800m) 3/4 hrs.
Day 17: Poon Hill Hike(3210m) trek to Tikhedunga (1520m) 4/5hrs.
Day 18: Tikhedunga-Birethati( New Bridge) and drive back to Pokhara.Overnight in Hotel.
Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus 6hr.Overnight at hotel
Day 20: Flight back to sweet home.
you will be welcomed by Halesi Treks at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport upon your arrival, and then transferred to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
We drive to Chamje The scenarios include the River, terraced rice fields, jungles and traditional villages. First we drive along the Trishuli River and then we follow the Marshyangdi River. In the past the trek used to start from Besisahar, and now it starts from Chamje due to the road expansion.overnight at guesthouse.
Today, we start our trek in the Manang region crossing the barley and potato fields. It is wonderful to pass through the rhododendron forest we enter the Manang region. We walk through the Tal and Karte village with the views of Mani walls and cross the landslide area.The trail includes steep stone way.overnight at guesthouse.
Today we will walk with mountain views of Manaslu forming a splendid background And Chame is capital of Manag district there you can find internet, telephone and shopping center.overnight at guesthouse
Continuously cross the river all day, passing through the narrow and steep sided gorge. Near the village of Passing top a ride to get first views of the Pisang Peak (6081)m and Pisang valley, a wide U - shaped valley hanging between two lion of snow peaks.overnight at guesthouse.
Descending to the broad forested valley floor, follows the trial through the flat valley, passes a small stool airstrip, undo Barge. This is a village of about 200 houses stacked on top or each other, flat roofs forming verandahs. After Visit Barge Monastery, it has an outstanding display of statues, thanka and manuscripts. From here it is only a short walk to Manang.overnight at guesthouse.
A necessary day to rest and acclimatize and explore Manang. The village, of about 500flat roofed houses, is picturesquely set amounts spectacular scenery; ii, Annapurna iii, Gungapurna, Chulu East to the north.overnight at guesthouse.
Branch away from the Marshyangdi Khola steadily climbing into quiet distinct alpine areas. Keep eyes open for Thar and Ghoral, areas. Keep eyes open for Thar and Ghoral, mountain sheep. Crossing the Jarsang Khola climb to a small grassy valley and camp. overnight at guesthouse.
Thorung Phedi is located at 4450 meters elevation and an important place to the trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit route. From Yak Kharka, we hike up through Ledar, and reach Thorung Phedi. It is a short distance, but the altitude trekking is strenuous.overnight at guesthouse.
Though the crossing of the pass is not technically difficult, take it slowly to take into account the complications of altitude and possible snow. After about four hours reach the top (17,771-Ft.) and enjoy some absolutely stunning high Himalayan scenery. The entire Annapurna rages in the south; the Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west, and the incredibly deep Kali Gandaki valley; and peaks of Thorungste (21,268 Ft.) And rough, but soon have excellent views of Damodar Himal to the north.overnight at houest house.
About 2 hrs from Jhong you will see Kagbeni below on the left, below strings of prayer flags. The up-valley wind may be fierce and dangerous. Drop to the road to the north and look for a very narrow unlikely gully that drops you steeply to Kagbeni in 15 mins. The road can also be used but is very exposed to wind. If questioned by ACAP on arrival (since you appear to have come from Mustang), just say ‘Jhong aune’ (coming from Jhong) overnight at houset house.
Our descent continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha, home to the legendary apple orchids. You will be able to taste the apples and the myriad apple products like pies and wine. Apple Brandy is another local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route.overnight at guesthouse.
The whole day, we follow the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It is a bit windy trail and cross the traditional Thakali village. We cross the Tukuche, Kobang, Larjung and cross the wooden bridge. We can see the apple orchard and also the Himalayan Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri and others. After crossing Kalopani and Dhaiku, we reach to Ghasa. overnight at guesthouse.
After breakfast, we start our trek to Tatopani. On the way we cross the suspension bridge and walk through the natural wilderness. We are descended from the alpine region of the sub-tropical area. The Rupse waterfall (Chhahara) makes us astounding.We pass Kopchepani, Norchyang, Jalthale and reach the Tatopani village, where is a natural hot spring. It makes us, feel free from tiredness.overnight at guesthouse.
We will cross the kaligandaki river then we will climb the mid hill via Ghara village there are Magar and Chetri village. As well as we will enjoy with beautiful mountains views of Dhaulagiri and many more other Himalayas.overnight at guesthouse.
the forest of rhododendron and oak gives us the peaceful environment and they are pretty less habitation area. Reach to Ghorepani and take a rest.overnight at guesthouse.
Early in the morning, we hike to Poon Hill for about 45 minutes. From Poon Hill, we can explore the Annapurna Himalayan panoramas, Mt. Annapurna,Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Manaslu and other several white peaks. Then we descend to Ghorepani and have breakfast. Gradually, we descend to Hile via Ulleri, descending through the steep down the trail.overnight at guesthouse.
trek and 1 hour drive. The last day of our trekking, we trek down to Birethanti .we check out from ACAP counter and drive further to Pokhara. overnight at hotel.
After breakfast in the morning, you drive to the tourist bus park and drive further to Kathmandu. It is again about 6 hours drive on the highway. overnight at Hotel.
The last day of the trip. Drops to the airport.
This review is for a trip to the Annapurna region in November 2017. Overall, a positive experience. All aspects of my trip were well organized. My guide was informative & patient. Value for the money was great! I would definitely travel with Halesi Treks again. Thank you.
Gianni, United States
The trek itself is one of the best experiences I ever have had my entire life and a lot of credit for that goes to ManKumar and my guide Tek who organised the whole trip from the very beginning till the end. My guide Tek was down to earth and an amazing companion for the week. Highly recommended!
Ankit, Hong Kong
I want to recommend my good friend MAN KUMAR TAMANG. In 2004 friends of mine picked him up on the way as a very young, just only 20 years old porter guide because of his friendly, open face. After the trekking tour they exchanged their contact details because his cheerful nature and because they got on so well while trekking. Three years later they planed another visit in Nepal and contacted Man Kumar again and asked if he want to guide them another once.
This trekking tour was in 2007 and Man Kumar guided at least this friends and furthermore me , my aunt and my uncle on the Annapurna circuit. 3 years passed after 2004, Man Kumar grew up got the guide licence and learned English in Kathmandu very well. All of us got to be good friends during this trek and in 2008 I walked alone with him to EBC. It was an unforgettable trekking! Since then I have recommended him to many friends, which all were happy with him. He is a friendly, reliable and professional guide. He is trying to make all wishes possible and told us many interesting things about himself, his childhood and life in his village and about his family.
It was so interesting to speak with him! Together with Man Kumar we often got directly entrance to local kitchens and houses. Some of his costumers also had the possibility to visit his birth-village in Solukhumbu and to experience there with him and his parents, brothers and sister the real Nepal people, culture and life away from the touristic ways. Since 2010 Man Kumar is married and father of a very sweet daughter. In 2011, I was last time with him on a trek first trekking with my daughter. We had a great time together on this trek (Poon hill/Tatopani). Man Kumar and my little girl (this time nearly 3 years old) got on very well too. I had no fear to entrust my child to him. In Kathmandu we met also his wife and his daughter and the little girls were playing together. I hope he will guide many more costumers (friends!) in future and I wish his family all the best. I am looking forward to go with Man Kumar many more times!
Ulrike Diestel, Germany