Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Once you arrived in Kathmandu International Airport, our representatives will be waiting for you in the arrival section. You will be greeted and be transferred to the hotel. O/N at 3-star hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
We start a guided tour to different ancient and divine attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these milestones are enlisted as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO including the holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the well-known Monkey Temple--Swayambhunath, and the Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath. In the evening, there will be a pre-trip meet-up where you will be introduced to your team members who will brief you about the trek. O/N at 3-star Hotel.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Jagat 1300m (8/9 hours) by 4W land cruiser
Early in the morning, we drive 170km westwards to the starting point of our trekking in Jagat. The road is curvy and passes through the hills that connect us to countryside villages and farming lands. The drive moves along and crosses several main rivers flowing from the glacial mountains to the north; including the Trishuli River, a popular rafting point. At Dumre, we turn north towards Marshyangdi River to reach Besi Sahar. The drive follows Marshyangdi River towards Syange (with a high waterfall), and we drive on to Jagat (a previous toll place on the ancient salt-trade way to Tibet). Overnight at Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani 1860m (5/6 hours)
Moving along the east bank of Marshyangdi River, the track ascends slowly, before the valley opens into a large highland at Tal (1511m), the first village of Manang district. After crossing the broad flat gorge and the barley and potato fields, the trail climbs sharply on a stone stairway high above the stream. There are some sudden ups and downs on this section passing through jungles of blue pine to Dharapani (1946m). Overnight at Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Dharapani to Chame 2670m (5/6 hours)
From Dharapani, the track passes a school, ascends, and again descends gently to Bagarchhap. Bagarchhap is a small village with distinctive Tibetan houses and peaceful vibes of Buddhist culture. The trail ascends to the mule track through pine and fir forests and then follows the stream for some time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. We pass through dispersed small villages before arriving in Chame (2670m). Overnight at Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Chame to Pisang 3200m (5/6 hours)
We follow the trails of Marshyangdi to Brathang from where we get a spectacular close-up view of Annapurna II (7937m). We continue the trek via the forest with the amazing Paungda Danda rock face escalating more than 5,000 feet from the stream. After passing a suspension bridge, we ascend for some time and then walk downhill to the valley floor. Finally, we walk across dry grazing land dwelling at Dhukur Pokhari. After walking for around half an hour from Dhukur Pokhari, we reach Pisang (3,190m). There are good views of the Annapurna range and Pisang Peak (6091m) seen from the village of Pisang. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Pisang to Manang 3540m Upper trail (6/7 hours)
We trek on a difficult road onto the dry Nyesyang region that starts from Upper Pisang and offers some of the best landscapes. Ghyaru is a captivating cluster-village with attractively built stone houses enclosed by meadows of wheat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes, and beans. Then, along high cross with great landscape, up and down the valley, to Ngawal--an exciting village with Gompa and age-old juniper trees. The trail now slowly descends to Mungji from where we head to reach the renowned Thakali village of Manang. You will be enjoying with the best view of Annapurna range. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 8: Acclimatization Day: Hike to Chhunker viewpoint - Gangapurna Lake & Cave Gompa
Today is acclimatizing/rest day. We hike to Chhunker viewpoint where we get to relish the view of the pristine Gangapurna Lake with a backdrop of the Annapurna Range, Tilicho Peak (7134m), Pisang Peak (6091m), Chulo Peak (6584m), Thorong Peak (5416m), and so on. Then we retrace back to our lodge for lunch, a typical Thakali meal. After lunch, we hike to Cave Gompa (4500m), which is again an excellent viewpoint to enjoy the Annapurna Range panorama. Then, we return back to the lodge for the overnight stay.
Day 9: Trek from Manang to Thare Gompa 4070m (4/5 hours)
We walk towards Khangsar village for about 2 hours and visit the monastery here. Crossing several suspension bridges over Khangsar Khola, we continue moving uphill on an unclear path until we reach Thare Gompa. From Thare Gompa, we can have a 360-degree view of the mountains of Annapurna region. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 10: Trek from Thare Gompa to Tilicho BC 4150m (5/6 hours)
Following Khangsar Khola upstream, we continue climbing through an unclear trail. We cross a big landslide zone and make our way through a narrow path to arrive at Tilicho Base Camp. We will be rewarded with a close-up view of Tilicho Peak (7134m) along with other peaks of the region. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 11: Hike to Tilicho Lake 4920m (3/4 hours) & back to Tilicho BC
Early in the morning, the vertical track ascends for about 3 hours until we reach Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world for its size. It is a breathtaking spectacle when the surrounding hills and mountains reflect upon the pristine lake. We spend some time around the lake, letting the tranquility of the environment sink in. Later, we hike back to our lodge in Tilicho Base Camp for the overnight stay.
Day 12: Trek from Tilicho BC to Thare Gompa 4070m (5/6 hours)
Leaving Tilicho Base Camp with fond memories of Tilicho Lake and the surrounding mountains, we retrace our way across the big landslide zone to arrive in Thare Gompa. We are still accompanied by the surrounding mountains, throughout the trek. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 13: Trek from Thare Gompa to Yak Kharka 4018m (4/5 hours)
From Thare Gompa, we ascend alongside Thorung Khola and join the main Annapurna Circuit trekking trail. The trail ascends steeply to the village of Tenki, which is the last permanent settlement, around Thorung La. We walk a little further and then slowly outline the meadows to Yak Kharka (3900m). Overnight at Lodge.
Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi 4450m (4/5 hours)
It is a difficult trek to Thorang Phedi. After walking further, we pass a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We climb furthermore and pass via immense cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi. On this trip, we are able to witness one of the finest views of peaks like Gundang (5312m), Syagang (6026m), Thorung (644m), and Khatungkang (6484). The word Phedi in Nepalese denotes the foot of a mountain. Overnight at Lodge..
Day 15: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong-La Pass 5416m to Muktinath 3800m (7/8 hours)
We start early from Phedi as we walk up a tough trail today. Climbing up on a steep and narrow trail, we reach the highest pass of the world, Thorong La Pass (5416m). From Thorong La Pass, we can enjoy the amazing views of the Annapurna range to the south and Mukut Himal (6473m) bordering Dolpo to the west. The trail goes downhill over glacial moraine, which gives way to lush fields before we reach Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved taps surrounding the temple. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni 2800m (4/5hours)
Early in the morning, we visit the holy temple of Muktinath. You can bathe in the 108 taps which supposedly washes your sins away. Below the temple, there is an additional Buddhist monastery where we can witness the mixture of earth-water-fire that gives Muktinath its spiritual importance. We also see the superb view of Nilgiri Himal (7061m) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m). We then walk steadily to Jharkot where we visit the old nunnery and continue our walk to reach Kagbeni. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 17: Trek from Kagbeni via Lubra 2790m to Jomsom 2710m (5/6 hours)
We walk alongside the bank of Kaligandaki River until we arrive in Lubra. We visit Bon-Po monastery and continue our trek to Jomsom which takes about 2 hours. Jomsom is famous for the wild winds amid the barren rocky hills and sand dunes. Overnight at Lodge.
Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight (40 minutes) and sightseeing in Pokhara
Early in the morning, we take a flight back to Pokhara enjoying the scenic landscape. You can spend the day in the Lake City either sightseeing or take part in adventure sports. The town offers splendid views of Annapurna (8091m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), and Manaslu (8156m). In the evening, you can stroll around the lakeside area. Overnight at 3-star Hotel.
Day 19: Afternoon, Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight
Late afternoon, we take a 25 minutes flight from Pokhara and fly over the mountains one last time before landing in Kathmandu. You can spend your leisure time exploring the vibrant markets of Kathmandu. Overnight at 3-star Hotel.
Day 20: Final Departure from Kathmandu
We drop you at the airport few hours before the scheduled time of your flight. Farewell, and we hope to see you again!
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Important Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.