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Annapurna Round Trek


Thorang Pass

The wide range of climate and unusual geographic features of this area make it a naturalist's paradise. Trekking in this area is relatively easy and it allows you to witness the grandeur of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains along with scenic Gurung villages and beautifully terraced rice fields. 

From Besisahar we walk through the subtropical valley of the Marsyandi river with its rice fields, bamboo forests and muli caravans.  Now we enter into another world: people with Mongolian faces, houses in cube form with flat roofs and Tibetan high valleys.  Again and again the way passes Maniwalls, shrines and prayer wheels - signs of the present buddhism in this region.  After the villages Braga and Manang we climb step by step uphill until we reach the 5,416 ms high Thorong La Pass.  Hundreds of prayer flags blow in the wind - some are disruped and sunbleached, other yet newly and in illuminating colors.  The trail leads through pilgrim place Muktinath and Kagbeni into the valley of Kali Gandaki, that notched itself deeply between the summit of the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna. In Tatopani with its hot springs, we let the Kali Gandaki canyon behind us and hike up to Ghorapani and further to Poon Hill (3,200 m), where we enjoy a magnificent panorama view.  After passing the pretty Gurung villages Ulleri, Hille and Birethanti we come back to Pokhara and Kathmandu. 

Trip Facts

Annapurna RegionCode: AP 04
Duration: 24 Days
Max. Elevation: Thorang La Pass (5,416 m)
Walking Hours: 3 - 10 hrs per day
Difficulty: 3boots
Price: on request
Min. Group Size: 2 people
Best Season: Feb-May & Sept-Dec

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu, Airport Pickup, Drive to hotel, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing Kathmandu (Durbar Square, Swayambunath), Welcome Dinner in the evening, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 03: Sightseeing Kathmandu (Pashupatinath, Boudanath), overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 04: Drive with tourist bus from Kathmandu to Bulbule (820 m) via Beshisahar (8 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 05: Walk from Bulbule to Germu (1,130 m) (6 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 06: Walk from Germu to Tall (1,600 m) (6 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 07: Walk from Tall to Danaque (2,350 m) (6 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 08: Walk from Danaque to Chame  (2,670 m) (5 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge.
Day 09: Walk from Chame to Pisang (3,280 m) (4 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 10: Walk from Pisang to Manang (3,540 m) (5 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 11: Rest day in Manang (acclimatization), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 12: Walk from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,200 m) (3 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 13: Walk from Yak Kharka to Thorang Basecamp (4,450 m) (3 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 14: Walk from Thorang Basecamp (Phedi) to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorang Pass (5,416 m) (10 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 15: Walk from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2,900 m) (3 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 16: Walk from Kagbeni to Marpha (2,670 m) (4 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 17: Walk from Marpha to Gasha (2,010 m) (6 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 18: Walk from Gasha to Tatopani (1,190 m) (4 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 19: Walk from Tatopani to Gorepani (2,750 m) (7 h), overnight stay in teahouse/lodge
Day 20: Early in the morning 30 Min. Walk from Gorepani to Poonhill (3,200 m) (view point), after breakfast walk from Gorepani to Najapool (1,070 m) (7 h), Drive from Najapool to Pokhara, overnight stay in Pokhara
Day 21: Free day in  Pokhara for sightseeing or other activities, overnight stay in Pokhara
Day 22: Drive by simple tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 - 7 h), overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 23: Free day in Kathmandu, overnight stay in Kathmandu
Day 24: Drive to airport, departure to home country

Additional information

Tour- Highlights:

  • Discover  Nepal’s capital city Kathmandu (UNESCO World Heritage)
  • 16 days teahouse trek in Annapurna region
  • Cross Thorang La Pass (5,416 m)
  • The deepest canyon in the world – Kali Gandaki valley
  • Fascinating mountain views to  Machhapuchare (6,993 m), Dhaulagiri  (8,167 m), Annapurna I   (8,091 m), Annapurna South  (7,229 m), Dampus Peak (6,012 m), Baraha Shikhar (7,647 m)

Tour details:

The Kathmandu Valley is divided into three regions:  Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan) and Bhaktapur. In contrast to Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur are ancient regions. Each of these regions has its own cultural heritage and they are of equal historical importance.

Kathmandu
Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal and the main centre for hotels, restaurants and shops. In this city, the modern, the ancient and the historical stand side by side. Modern restaurants, bars, hotels with swimming pools, sauna and Internet can be found, but also old squares with narrow roads, tiny little shops, old temples that are 2,000 years old, stone gods and old houses with wonderfully carved peacock windows..

Pokhara
The name "Pokhara" means "Valley of the Lakes" and is derived from Pokhari, which translated means "lake". In the Pokhara Valley there are eight lakes altogether (Phewa, Begnas, Rupa, Maidi, Khaste, Gunde, Dipang and Kamal Pokhari).

Pokhara lies approx. 200 km west of Kathmandu and is best reached by bus (tourist bus) or by plane. Although the bis drive (Kathmandu – Pokhara) which takes about 5 to 6 hours, is considerably longer than the flight which only takes 35 minutes, it is advisable to go by bus at least once, due to the wonderful scenery. Pokhara lies at an altitude of 884 m and is warmer than Kathmandu. The relaxing atmosphere of the Phewa Lake and the fascinating views of the holy mountain, the "Macchapuchhre“ (Fish Tail – 6,993 m), the Matterhorn of Nepal, invite you to linger a while.

Muktinath (3,800 m)
The main part of the village Muktinath is well known as Ranipauwa (3,710 m).  The large temple and the religious shrines can be reached on foot in 15 minutes.  For Hindus and for Buddhists, Muktinath is a sacred place and it is very famous for pilgrimage in Nepal.  It is believed that sacred water flows in 108 pipes around the temple.

Kagbeni (2,900 m)
With the clay houses, which are constructed close to each other, the dark buildings and avenues Kagbeni looks like a medieval village.  One Choerten (Buddhist monument/Stupa) and a large monastery lie above the city.  Kagbeni is named also the gate to Upper Mustang. 
A visit of the Kagchode Thubten Sampheling Gompa, a Sakyapa monastery established in 1429 and surrounded by impressive red walls is recommendable.  In the main hall some costumes and Kangling (trumpets) as well as a 500 years old text written in golden ink, are shown.

Marpha (2,670 m)
Marpha – well known as an apple paradise - is a large, well preserved village with traditional, narrow and paved avenues and runs.  The inhabitants belong to the ethnic group of the Thakalis.  Locally produced apple cider and fruit canned food as well as apple, apricot or peach liquor (Nepalese:  Rakshi) are available in Marpha.

Poonhill (3,200 m)
In Poonhill you are surrounded by snow covered high mountains. After the ascent a cup of hot tea or hot coffee, which are sold in small cottages, warms up. After the fascinating sunrise, it is very hard to leave this magic place.

Sightseeing possibilities in Pokhara

Barahi Temple

The two-storey Hindu Barahi Temple in pagoda style that lies on an island in the middle of the Phewa Lake, is the most important sanctuary in Pokhara and can be reached by boot. The Temple is dedicated to Ajima, the protector of the Goddess Shakti, in the manifestation of the boar. Shakti in the Hindu religion is the Mother Goddess who embodies universal creativity and female power. On feast days, animals are sacrificed to her.

World Peace Stupa

The Buddhist World Peace Pagoda is a significant landmark in the region and lies at an altitude of 1,113 m on the mountain ridge, Anadu Danda, on the other side of the Lake, and it is one of the most beautiful destinations for excursions in the Pokhara region. The way to the World Peace Stupa commences on the quiet south bank of the lake, which can be reached most easily by boat. From the stupa there are splendid views of the surroundings. This stupa was built by a Japanese organisation in memory of the pioneer of peace, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha, to spread the message of peace. In the four shrines around the stupa, Lord Buddha is shown in the four most important phases in his life – his birth in Lumbini/Nepal, the enlightenment in Boddhagaya/India, his first sermon in Saranath/India and his death in Kushinagar/India. The foundation stone was laid in 1973. However, the advanced building structure was completely destroyed in 1974 due to the urban and regional planning by the government. The Buddhists however, felt very emotionally attached to this place and continued to carry out their religious worship, services and rituals. In 1992, the foundation stone was laid once again by the then Prime Minister, Girija Prasad Koirala. The inaugural ceremony took place on 30th October, 1999.

Devi's Fall  (Patala Chhango) - there is a  modern legend in connection with this interesting waterfall. The locals say that in 1961 a Swiss tourist called Mrs. Devi drowned here while she was swimming in one of the pools. The Phewa Lake flows downwards here to form the Pardi Khola (river) and disappears underground. The dam - which had just been built - had suddenly opened and she was swept away by the torrent of water.

Sarangkot (1,590 m) lies high up on the mountain ridge, north of the Phewa Valley and is by far the most popular view point in the Pokhara surroundings. Sarangkot comes from the language of the ethnic Magar group. 'Sarang' means sword and 'kot' is the defense position and storage place for arms and ammunition. From above one can enjoy a splendid view of the lake, and the views of the snow-covered mountains at sunrise are really spectacular.

Includes / Excludes

Included:

  • All transfers (usually by private vehicle) according to tour plan (incl. transport during sightseeing)
  • Map
  • Accommodation (double room) in Kathmandu, in Pokhara and in simple teahouses/lodge during the trekking tour *)
  • Entrance fees in Kathmandu, Annapurna Conservation Permit and TIMS Card
  • English speaking travel guide in Kathmandu
  • English speaking guide and porter during the trekking tour
  • Food (full board) incl. country typical drinks (coffee, tea) during the trekking tour
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • Welcome- Dinner in Kathmandu

Not included:

  • Visa for Nepal
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, mineral water during the trekking tour
  • Food (lunch and dinner) in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • All kind of drinks in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • Food and drinks during the jeep/bus drive Kathmandu to Bulbule and Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Other domestic flights
  • Extra charge for hot shower during the trekking tour
  • Extra charge for recharging camera or mobile batteries during the trekking tour
  • Personal Travel- and health insurance
  • Emergency transport / emergency evacuation
  • Tips (for driver, city guide, trekking guide and porter)
  • Personal expenses
  • Flight from home country to Kathmandu and back

*) single supplement charge has to be added, if requested.