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Annapurna Circle Trek 16 Days

Annapurna Circle Trek  
Trip Duration : 16 Days
Trek Length : 11 Days
Trip Rating : Moderate to Strenuous
Maximum Altitude : 17,764ft
Activity : Cultural tour and trekking
Lodging : Hotels and Tents
Transportation : by Vehicle and Flight
Begins & Ends : Kathmandu
Best Season : Sep-Nov & Mar-May
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Group Size : 2-16 Persons

Highlights:

Annapurna Circle Trek offers you an encyclopedic experience of Nepal's landscapes, its diverse cultures, floras and faunas. The trek begins in the low lands foothills at 1200 meters with paddy fields and goes up to 17764 ft. above sea level at Thorong Pass. The trek passes through beautifully terraced fields and villages offering you many chances to see how the Nepalese people live, exposing you to their daily life chores. In the lower part of this trek, we will meet Magar, Gurung, Chhetri, Brahmin, Gharti, Kami, and Dhomai ethnic groups while we will meet Manangye Gurung and Bhotya ethnic groups as we trek the upper highlands. The ethnic groups in the lower hills are mostly followers of Hinduism and the upper mountain region followers of Buddhism. The life styles of these people are as diverse as the landscape itself; definitely not by religion, but by virtue of the landscapes in which that they live in.

All along the Annapurna Circle Trek, we can experience spectacular views of the snowcapped mountains towering above the lush green hills that offer you opportunities for excellent snapshots to treasure. Moreover, the trail occasionally passes through deep river valleys and gorges with total silence. Thus, every step takes you to a new destination and scenery. This is a journey of discovery. So, bring plenty of films. The changes of shooting excellent pictures or videos do not end until you complete the trip.

In addition to the above described scenery, the Annapurna Region is home for many different varieties of floras and faunas. Among the floras, the rhododendron forests are interspersed with various other species. There are over 30 species of Rhododendrons found in Nepal. The Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal found in several colors such as red, white, and pinkish red, when in blossom in the spring. If you love to see the spectacular rhododendron flower covered forest scenery with snowcapped peaks in the background, you should consider to trek in Nepal in the spring season from March to April. Other species of floras found along the Annapurna trails are conifers, Sal, Acacia, Chestnut, walnut, Birch, Rosewood, Silky cotton trees, Oak Hemlock, Alder, Silver fir, Maples, Blue pines and junipers to mention a few.

Mammals: Among the mammals, the rhesus Macaque, common Langur monkeys, snow leopard, Himalayan Weasels, Yellow-Throated Marten, Pika, river Otters, jackal, wolf, fox, Ghoral, musk deer, blue sheep, Himalayan Tahr and many other species are found here. However, the most commonly seen ones are the blue sheep, Himalayan Tahr, weasels, and martens around Manang and the monkeys in the lower valleys.

Birds: Some of the birds that make their home in the Annapurna Region of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project are the White capped river chat, Thrushes, Whistling thrush, Little fork tail, White breasted king fisher, Eurasian king fisher, Brown dipper, the White breasted dipper, Lamergier, Himalayan Griffon and many others. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project covers a huge area from altitudes of about 1500m to 8091m above sea level. Therefore, there are great varieties of bird species live here as permanent residents and as migratory residents. Those of you (the bird watchers) love to see birds in detail, should join the bird watching tour. Nevertheless, we can sample a few of the above while trekking around the Annapurna.

Thorang La (Pass at 17764 ft) above sea level is the highest elevation we reach on this trek. After we cross the Thorang Pass, we enter the Kali Ghandaki River gorge, believed to be the deepest river gorge in the world. The first village we reach after the pass is Mukhtinath, where an eternal flame is seen on the water and on the rock, a famous pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. However, the local inhabitants in the region are Buddhists. This part of Nepal is the rain shadow area of the country which is dry most of the year with the exception of infrequent light showers in the summer with short growing season and harsh winter with some snowfall. As a result of the dry climate, people here built mud walled houses with flat rooftops. The architecture of the upper Kali Gandaki River at the edge of Mustang and Manang are similar. Therefore, we experience two different worlds of culture and religion on this trek, the Hindus in the lowlands and the Buddhists in the upper highlands. Trekking around the Annapurna massif with breathtaking landscapes, sampling Nepal’s diverse cultures, floras and faunas are an experience of lifetime to treasure.

Our trek ends in Jomsom, the district headquarter of Mustang from where we will take a short flight to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu. This trek is the shorter version of the Annapurna Circle Trek.

Itinerary:

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu (4,500ft) and transfer to hotel,
Day 2 Kathmandu World Heritage sightseeing,
Day 3 Transfer by road to Besi Sahar (2,493ft) and begin trek,
Day 4 Trek to Khudi Bahundanda (4,297ft),
Day 5 Trek to Chamje (7,085ft) (alternatively at Syange),
Day 6 Trek to Bagarchhap (7,314ft) (alternatively Taal),
Day 7 Trek to Chame (8,626ft) (alternatively Koto),
Day 8 Trek to Pisang (10,463ft),
Day 9 Trek to Manang (11,611ft),
Day 10 Leisure day in Manang for acclimatization,
Day 11 Trek to Thorung Phedi (14,445ft),
Day 12 Trek across Thorung La pass (17,764ft) to Muktinath (12,464ft),
Day 13 Trek to Jomsom (8,889ft),
Day 14 Flight to Pokhara and to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel,
Day 15 Kathmandu at leisure,
Day 16 Departure from Kathmandu.

 

Service Includes:

  • Four nights in 3-4 star hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast,
  • Trip activities as mentioned in the itinerary,
  • 11 days camping trek with overnights in tents,
  • Trekking equipment (two person tents, foam pads, dining tent, tables, chairs, kitchen utensils and toilet tent),
  • Meals (3 meals a day) freshly cooked and served while on camping trek,
  • Trekking crew (guide, cook, and porters),
  • Porters carry luggage on the trek,
  • Entrance fees to monuments and parks as per itinerary,
  • Domestic airfare Pokhara to Kathmandu including departure tax,
  • Ground transfers on arrivals, sightseeing, to trailhead and departures,
  • Trekking with overnights in lodge accommodation includes:
  • Twin bedroom sharing with breakfast at the lodge you are staying,
  • Lunch served en-route, and staff provided are a guide and porters,
  • Kathmandu lodging and sightseeing, transportation including domestic flight, and entrance fees,
  • Nepalese staff insurance.

Service Excludes:

  • Visa fees, international airfares and airport departure tax,
  • Dinners on lodge trek and lunch and dinner in Kathmandu,
  • Beverages such as alcohol and soft drinks,
  • All personal items such as travel gear, laundry, telephone, tips,
  • Personal medical and travel insurance,
  • Charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control such as bad weather, natural disasters, civil unrest and emergencies.

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