Annapurna Round Trekking - 24 Days

  • max altitude 5416
  • Group Type 1-12
  • Trip grade Moderate
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For the hiker with more time to spare, this is widely regarded as Nepal’s ’trek-with-everything’ - green forests, tremendous mountain scenery, a mosaic of fascinating cultures and, of course, a thorough and healthy work-out!

The trail leads northwards initially, crossing paddy fields before dissecting the Marshyangdi River Gorge and passing through interesting villages, including Bhubhule, ’a place where water bubbles up through the ground;’ Taal, situated near a waterfall; and Pisang, a two-part village, the upper portion of which has dramatic views of Annapurna II.

The ascent is fairly steady and eventually emerges, with a dramatic change of scenery, in the arid Manang Valley, a region which is predominantly Tibetan in lifestyle and outlook. The following few days are spent travelling through this delightful valley, which has fascinating settlements and tremendous views.

A day is taken side-trekking to Manang for acclimatization purposes before we continue crossing the Thorang-La (5416 m). This is a long but very rewarding day with splendid views of Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Dhampus Peak, among others.
From the pass, a steep descent of two-three hours leads to Muktinath, the most sacred place for Hindus in Nepal apart from Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu. Muktinath has been a holy place since ancient times (it is very significant for Buddhists, too), stemming from the discovery of the small flames of natural gas within a Nyingma Buddhist shrine on the south side of the temple complex. This has always been viewed as a miraculous conjunction of fire, air and water.

Our return follows the Kali Gandaki via many intriguing Lower Mustang and Thakali villages, including Kagbeni, which has great examples of Tibetan style architecture and culture, Marpha, renowned for its production of world class (and extremely potent !) brandy, and Tatopani (which means ’hot water’).

Tatopani is a small town with three main clusters of houses: at the southern end of the northern group of lodges and stores are the hot springs from which the settlement’s name is derived. Tatopani is a stopping point for pilgrims as well as for the trekkers who, lured by its tangerine trees as well as the promise of a natural hot bath, have regarded it as an idyllic halt ever since trekking began to be popular in the early 1970s.

We spend a day enjoying the hot springs - and some great food - in Tatopani, before a further two-day hike to Ghorepani.On the next morning we are up early for the trek to Poon Hill, one of the best spots to see - and photograph - the sun rise over the Himalayas.
On our return we rest for our final night in the beautiful large Gurung village of Ghandruk. 
Our last day is an easy descent to Nayapul, where transport awaits for the one-and-a-half hour journey back to Pokhara.

Trip Highlights

  • Classic trek on ancient trade routes.
  • Ascending the Marshyangdi valley.
  • Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli.
  • Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga.
  • Explore beautiful Manag village.
  • Crossing the Thorung- La ( 5416m).
  • The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath.
  • View of Dhawagiri Ice- flow.
  • The world deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley.
  • Natural Hotspring at Tatopani.
  • Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views.

PLACE COVERS:
Kathmandu/ Besishar/ Manang/ Throung La pass/Muktinath /Tatopani( natural hotspring)/ Ghorepani Poonhill/ Ghaundrung village/Pokhara/Kathmandu

Outline Itinerary

Day 01:     Arrival & transfer to hotel in kathmandu
Day 02:     Free day in kathmandu or  self sightseeing around kathmandu valley.
Day 03:     Kathmandu. to Besisahar By bus and local jeep drive to chemje 
Day 04:     Chemje to Danaque 
Day 05:     Danaque to Chame 
Day 06:     Chame to Pisang 
Day 07:     Pisang to Manang 
Day 08:     Manag Rest day for acclamatization ( day hike to Ganga purna Glacier )
Day 09:     Manang to Yak kharka (4200m)
Day 10:     Yak Kharka to chauri leder (4415m)
Day 11:     Chauri leder to Throng Pedhi or High Camp  (4780m)
Day 12:     Thorong phedi or Hight camp  (Thorong La 5514m) to Muktinath 3802m.
Day 13:     Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m)
Day 14:     Jomsom to Kalapani(2530m)
Day 15:     Kalapani to Tatopani (1190m)
Day 16:     Tatopani- Rest day ( relax  day in Hot spring )
Day 17:     Tatopani to Ghorepani(2800m)
Day 18:     Ghorepani/ Poon hill and trek down  to Hille
Day 19:     Hille to Nyapul and drive back to Pokhara
Day 20:     Free day in pokhara .
Day 21:     Fly back to kathmandu 
Day 22:     Free day or self visiting to Bhaktapur city and Patan city
Day 23:    Tour ends (Departure for onwards destination)

Full Board Service Details

What's included

  • Airport Pickup and Drop by private Transport (International flight)
  • All the ground Transportation by tourist bus (Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Chitwan national park to Kathmandu)
  • All the Trekking transfer by private transport (to Trekking starting point, Trekking ending point to Pokhara
  • 4 night hotel in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with bed and Breakfast (Centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
  • 3 night hotel in Pokhara at tourist standard hotel with bed and Breakfast (Centrally located, attach bath room, Hot and cold shower)
  • 4 nights 5days trekking in lodges with Bed and Breakfast (Lodges are Simple but clean enough and has a hot and cold shower)
  • Annapurna National Park Permit and TIMS card (We need two photograph each for permit)
  • An experience trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), one porter between every 2 clients and their meals/accommodation/transportation/salary/insurance and their equipments are included in price
  • Trekking Map for Annapurna region
  • 3 nights accommodation at Chitwan national park in tourist standard hotel (centrally located, attach bathroom, hot and cold shower)
  • All the meals while at Chitwan national park (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • All the activities in Chitwan national park such as (Elephant Back Ride, Canoe Trip in Rapti River, Jungle Walk, Bird Watching Tour, Culture Dance, Elephant Wash, visiting Elephant breeding center, Jeep drive  and Nature Guide).
  • All the entrance fees at Chitwan national park.
  • Sleeping bag for trekking

 

What's not included

  • Personal bar bill, travel insurance/International airfare/Domestic airfare.
  • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tip etc.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 40 (duration 30 days from date of issue) - Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Sightseeing tour and all the entrance fees of temple in Kathmandu and Pokhara valley.
  • Lunch and Dinner During the trek and in Kathmandu valley and Pokhara valley (Allow US$ 110 for trekking).
  • Tips for trekking guide and trekking porter

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Detail Itinerary

Detail Itinerary

What is tea house trekking?
Tea house trekking is popular in Himalayan region. Local community run the tea house and lodge. They serve good foods (breakfast, lunch and dinner) these tea houses have good facility with hot water, comfortable rooms with attached bathroom, you can know the local culture, people and tradition and way of living in the trekking route.

What is camping trekking?
Camping trekking is organized and supported with team of professional guide, Sherpa, cook and porters. They accompany you, while trekking porters carry all the logistics like, tents, kitchen accessories, food, and fuel. Trekker should carry his/her minimal personal belongings while trekking.

What is the best time for trekking in Nepal?
The best season for trekking is March to May and September to November, during this period the weather is stable and clear, it is very wonderful time to experience the real Nepal to see the  amazing view of mountains, snow caped Himalaya and flora and fauna and culture of local people in the Himalayan region.

How difficult is trekking as I aspect the route?
Trekking is challenging walk in the different altitude, landscape and terrain so it depends on the location and choice of the trekker and the trekking route. There are easy, difficult and extreme treks in the Himalayas. One can choose out of different options of trekking packages provided by the trekking company.

Is there any age limit for trekking in Himalaya?
There is no any age bar in trekking in the Himalaya. We design trek for children, teenager as well as senior citizen. For children and senior citizen we offer short and easy treks like around Kathmandu and pokhara valley. For adult and teenager we offer moderate and extreme trek.

Is trekking permit required?
Yes, you need trekking permit while trekking. Depending on the trekking area you require special permit like restricted area, for other you need conservation / National park entry permit and TIMS (Tourism information management system) card. 

How can I book the trekking package?
First you need to log in to our web site HimalyanEcstasyNepal.com; you can get further information in our web site about booking the trekking package. If you are already in Nepal then you can visit our head office in Thamel in front of Kathmandu Guest House. Then we can arrange your trekking package according to your choice.
What type of insurance should I have to do before coming Nepal? Is there insurance facility there?
You should do your insurance from your respective country, which covers your risk, emergency evacuation by helicopter, medical treatment and other possible risks. Here is no policy as such.

Is it possible to communicate to my family while trekking?
You can have easy access to communication but in remote areas we use satellite phone. So communication won't be an issue.

What should be the criteria for physical fitness to trek in Nepal?
The trekker should have general physical fitness, some experience of hiking, should not have any chronic disease, cardio respiratory diseases etc.

Can I trek in the Himalayas of Nepal without prior trekking experience?
Yes you can trek without experience, but you should acclimatize first, have good health, we guide you according to your need, you can do difficult and extreme treks.

Is it necessary to use guide and porter while on trek in Nepal?
It is highly recommended as guide knows the route very well, and communication with local people is easier with guide. Security is the major issue.

Does HEN arrange domestic and international flights and booking hotels?
Yes HEN arrange domestic and international flights and book hotels, we serve this service to our costumers only.

What is the standard of water, sanitation and fooding and lodging while trekking?
As trekking is done in different landscape and trails, those routes are far away from pollution. Water here is drinkable but taking into consideration of our client's health and hygiene we provide mineral water which is purified and filtered. We provide standard and healthy foods. We provide best and comfortable lodging service available in trekking route.

Can I trek without porter and guide?
Yes you can trek without guide, but we suggest you not to trek without guide, due to security reason. Communication with local people, and trek route topography and weather as well as natural disaster are the challenges; if you go with guide it would be more comfortable for you.

How can I avoid blisters?
Shoe and socks should be comfortable, select right size, thick sole and matter of inner sole. If you have sweating feet then you have to change your socks frequently keep your feet clean and dry. You should carry blister prevention tape; skin tape can be helpful.

Do I need trekking pole?
Yes you do need trekking pole, it helps you save energy in high ascend and descend, if you have weak hips and knees and it helps to reduce the strain.

How will you help me if I suffer from altitude sickness or accident ?
Depending on the seriousness of the accident we provide first aid if not then company can arrange the evacuation operation to the nearest medical facility and in case of any emergency company could bring you to Kathmandu.

Where to stay during trekking?
You stay in local lodge or tea house; they have basic facilities like food, accommodation for sleeping and hot safe drinking water. Your guide helps you to accommodate in good lodge or tea house while trekking.

What is the guide's qualification who guides us?
We have government certified and experienced guide who  can speak English very well, have good experience of trekking route and have good sense of humor, have knowledge to describe the local culture and community, biodiversity and flora and fauna.
What is the guides and porters safety and about their insurance?

We do insurance for guide and porters, we provide first aid kit for our staff's medicine, and provide emergency rescue. We are always conscious about the health and safety of guide and porters. 

Is there tipping compulsory for guides and porters?
Tipping is not necessary for HEN staffs, although tipping for guide and staff is good practice, porter and guide expect tip, your tip helps their family.

How to avoid motion sickness ?
While trekking or driving you may feel motion sickness, vomiting there may be many reason, due to curves and the altitude complete different terrain and topography. Drink enough water while trekking, take lemon pieces, chew ginger or you can use motion-sickness tablets, such as Dramamine. You should not be worry about motion sickness, it is self treatable and get rid of it .

Trekking equipment

  • XL /M size Duffle Bag
  • Rucksack (40ltr-55ltr)
  • Down Jacket
  • Water proof Jacket
  • Jumper or pile jacket
  • Hiking shirts
  • Hiking pants
  • T-shirts
  • Full –Sleeves shirts
  • Sun hat
  • Personal towel
  • Sleeping bag – 200 above  (3/4 season)
  • Camp shoes
  • Rain poncho or Umbrella(if you are summer travel)
  • Plastics for cover your personal bag when gets rain
  • Polypropylene /wool socks
  • Water bottle
  • Flash light
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Medical& First-aid kit
  • Swiss army knife
  • Sewing kit
  • Light weight fleece jacket
  • Wool long under wear
  • Light cotton socks for under wools socks
  • Woolen socks to wear with boots
  • Mountain trekking boots/ water prove shoes
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon wind stopper
  • Nylon wind pants
  • Long under ware
  • Woolen hat
  • Gloves /fleece/mitten
  • Gaiters
  • Goggles or sunglass UV protected
  • Sun block

Toiletries

  • Camera /memory stucks
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Toothbrush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorant
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • lip balls/ sun creams UV protect
  • Mosquito protect creams (required only summer)
  • Personal your nature things

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