Round Annapurna Trek / NPL – 23
The Annapurna round is one of the finest. The sheer diversity of the mountain escape, the exhilaration of crossing the high mountain pass, & the superb views of Annapurna Himalaya, Mount Dhaulagiri and mount Manaslu Ranges are the essentials of this outstanding trek. We acclimatize at the important impressive village Manang (3540m), before crossing the Thorong La pass (5416 m). As you reach the pass, lineage of snow ridges stretch before you, while far below lies the sub-tropical Kali Gandaki Gorge From the heights of the pass we descend to Muktinath and its sacred Hindu and Buddhist shrines. The south contrasts of the Nepal Himalaya become even more apparent, as high windswept passes have replaced by forests, or mandarin, Apple and banana groves. Finally, we trek out of the gorges and look back to the peaks of the and mount Dhaulagiri, before traversing the forest ridges down to Pokhara.
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Brief Itinerary
Day

Activities

01 Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.
02 Fly Kathmandu - Pokhara and start trek to Sundari Danda.
03 Trek Sundari Danda - Laxmi Bazaar (1300m)
04 Trek Laxmi Bazaar – Baglungpani (1595 m, 5 hours approx.)
05 Trek Baglungpani – Khudi (800 m, 6 hours approx.).
06 Trek Khudi – Syange (1150 m).
07 Trek Syange – Tal (1646 m)
08 Trek Tal – Chame (2670 m, 6 hours).
09 Trek Chame – Pisang (3171 m, 6 hours approx.)
10 Trek Pisang – Manang (3537 m, 6 hours approx.)
11 Rest day in Manang
12 Trek Manang – Ledar (4230 m, 4 hours approx)
13 Trek Ledar - Thorong Phedi High Camp (4850 m, 6 hours approx)
14 Trek Thorong Phedi High Camp – Thorong La Pass (5335 m) – Muktinath (3760 m, 7 hours approx)
15 Visit Muktinath and trek – Kagbeni (2885 m, 4 hours approx).
16 Trek Kagbeni – Marpha (2670 m, 7 hours approx.)
17 Trek Marpha - Kalo Pani (2530 m, 6 hours approx.).
18 Trek Kalo Pani - Tato Pani (1189 m, 6.5 hours approx).
19 Trek Tato Pani – Ghorepani (2853 m, 7 hours approx.).
20 Trek Ghorepani - Poonhill - Ghandrung (2000 m)
21 Trek Ghandrung – Deurali (3220 m, 6 hours approx.).
22 Trek Deurali - Phedi and drive to Pokhara (827 m).
23 Rest day in Pokhara.
24 Drive Pokhara – Kathmandu.
25 Visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur city.
26 Departure.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, visit Kathmandu city and Swayambhunath. Visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swayambhunath. Kathmandu Durbar Square, or Basantapur Durbar Square is the plaza in front of the old royal palace from 16th century and is one of three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Durbar square is surrounded by spectacular architecture and vividly showcases the skills of the Newari artists and craftsmen over several centuries. Swayambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west. Return to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Fly Kathmandu - Pokhara and start trek to Sundari Danda.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to take flight for Pokhara. It’s a half an hour flight which takes you to a city of Lakes. On arrival at Pokhara, drive to Sundari Danda. It can be reached after a fifteen minutes of drive. Today, we stay here and plan for trekking.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 03: Trek Sundari Danda - Laxmi Bazaar (1300m)
This day we trek with an aim of reaching Laxmi Bazaar. Once we reach Laxmi Bazaar, today’s journey comes to end. There is a small local market in this place where local people gather to purchase their required items. We may have got a chance to view the hills from here on the clear day.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 04: Trek Laxmi Bazaar – Baglungpani (1595 m, 5 hours approx.)
Today is another beautiful day of our journey. Our trek begins with the steep descend with spectacular views of Annapurna and Manaslu Region. Then we ascend to Rudi stream crossing the suspension bridge and then, follow for another half an hour its ridge. Then, we reach to Baglung pani.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 05: Trek Baglungpani – Khudi (800 m, 6 hours approx.).
After Baglungpani it is a long descend towards Khudi, 800 meters high. Khudi is located on the Marsyangdi river - the huge river you'll walk along in the next days until the pass. It is also the place where you'll meet all the other trekkers who started in Besi Sahar. You can sleep at Khudi, but we recommend to continue a little further to a place calledBhulbhule, and find a guest-house there. It is located just near the river, with the great sound of the rumbling water. Back to khudi.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 06: Trek Khudi – Syange (1150 m).
The trail which is a good one climbs gently towards the village of Khudi on the Marsyangdi river. Opposite Khudi (on the west bank of the river) where the Khudi Khola enter the main river the Marsyangdi swings north, the trail rises high above the river and round the corner revealing further views of Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) now very near and rising massively more than 6,700m.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 07:  Trek Syange – Tal (1646 m)
Cross river on good suspension bridge near Chyamje and continue ascent past can you descending from rock barriers of Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) and Numun Bhanjyang. Tal, the gateway to Manang District, a beautiful flat meadow with several Bhotia houses and a splendid waterfall coming off the lower reaches of Peak 29. This is a superb site
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 08: Trek Tal – Chame (2670 m, 6 hours).
This day we trek to Chame (2670 m, 6 hours). It takes 6 hours walk. Trail from Bagarchhap, Danakyo, Thanchowk, Koto (ACAP Permit Check Point) and we arrive in Chame which is also district headquater of Chame.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 09: Trek Chame – Pisang (3171 m, 6 hours approx.)
The covered bridge with a door in the middle was built by Tibetan Khampas who had a camp close by the Marsyangdi. Begin spectacular ascent to Pissang. Before Pisang, the valley makes a ?dog?s leg? turn. This begins the transition into the rain shadow experienced between Ghasa and Tukuche in the Kali Gandaki in fully cry below, gaining momentum to break its way through the line of the main Himalayan Range between Annapurna II and Manaslu.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 10: Trek Pisang – Manang (3537 m, 6 hours approx.)
Upper Manang Valley. The southern tier of this valley is walled by Annapurna II (7937m), and IV (7525m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Tarke Kang (Glacier Dome) (7193m) to the west and visible just south of distant sharp rock peak is the Great Barrier and the basin containing Tilicho Lake (7193m) is out of view at the head of the valley. To the north Thorung La (5416m) and Thorungtse (6483m) and barring the way to Tibet in the north, a long ridge of 20-22,00? peaks. Descending from this view point, the path crosses a plain and passes Hongde airstrip (3280m).
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 11: Rest day in Manang
It is essential to spend time on acclimatization in this area. There are splendid views of peaks from Manang. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across from a huge glacier descending from Tarke Kang and Gangapurna. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. Possible side trips to a lake an about 3 hours north of Braga at 4818 m. to the main Manang Gompa, or to Khangsar (3740m) on the trail to Tilicho lake.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 12: Trek Manang – Ledar (4230 m, 4 hours approx)
Trek to ledar. A side trip up the steam following down from the West Chulu peak.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 13: Trek Ledar - Thorong Phedi High Camp (4850 m, 6 hours approx)
The trail turns northwest up the tributary valley of the Jargeng Khola. It is sometimes possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep along the cliffs. Cross a covered cantilevered bridge and ascend to Phedi.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 14: Trek Thorong Phedi High Camp – Thorong La Pass (5335 m) – Muktinath (3760 m, 7 hours approx)
Views of the Annapurna Range to the south and the Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the west. The peak immediately north of the pass is Thorungtse, to the south is an unnamed peak of 6625m. Descend into Mustang a steep downhill trail for three hours to Muktinath. Splendid views of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak. Muktinath is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. It is mentioned in the classic Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, and one may see pilgrims bathing in the holy water flowing from the 108 carved spouts surrounding the Vishnu Temple in a grove of sacred poplars.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 15: Visit Muktinath and trek – Kagbeni (2885 m, 4 hours approx).
Trek to Kagbeni which takes about 4 hours. While gradually walking, you can enjoy beautiful deserted landscape, Caves, old Tibetan Style Villages , apple Garden , Yaks Herds, Sheep Herds and so on. You can enjoy delicious lunch at Jharkot and visit Monastery believed to be built in 15 century. Now you head towards Kagbeni following steep descent path for half an hour. You stay overnight at Kagbeni village. The people of Kagbeni, Jharkot and Muktinath are close to the life style, culture, religion and idea of Tibetan people.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 16: Trek Kagbeni – Marpha (2670 m, 7 hours approx.)
Trek from Kagbeni to Marpha (2650m.) and it takes about five and half hours. You now begin the flat path along the bank of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet upto Marpha. Marpha is a big village enriched with a Buddhist Monastery in between the village which has its own cultural importance. It is rich in cultivating apples. The apple brandy available there is famous among the local people and travelers.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 17: Trek Marpha - Kalo Pani (2530 m, 6 hours approx.).
Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2530m.) which takes about six hours. Your trail stretches at almost flat level through forests to Kalopani, a Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. En route, you find Larjung which is situated near Dhaulagiri Glacier. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. At Kalopani, you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.).
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 18: Trek Kalo Pani - Tato Pani (1189 m, 6.5 hours approx).
Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1189 m.) which takes about six and half hours. The trail descends steeply upto Rukse Chhahara (Rukse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. There is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) facing each other near Rukse Waterfall. The trail again descends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani as the word Tatopati is termed after the natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki river. It is popularly believed that taking bath in Hot Spring helps you to get rid of skin diseases. Along this, it gives you physical and mental refreshment as well.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 19: Trek Tato Pani – Ghorepani (2853 m, 7 hours approx.).
Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853m.) and it takes about seven hours. Your trail passes through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. Now path goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and agricultural land. The majority of the people here serve Gorkha Regiment and Indian Regiment as well. While trekking you cross through the Kali Gandaki river with panoramic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and so on. While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are accompanied by more panoramic views of different mountains. Ghorepani (Watering to Horse) is a small pass and the village of Deorali. Although there is time enough to continue, it is better to stay here overnight so that we can make the morning trip to Poon Hill (3180m.) for an outstanding panorama of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri ranges, Annapurna I, Bahra Sikhar (Twelve peaks or renowned as French Fang),Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and Mardi Himal. The view you can see from here is probably the best view in the world. Not only this, Poon Hill is crowded by different visitors to enjoy the sunrise and sunset over the snow-capped mountain.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 20: Trek Ghorepani - Poonhill - Ghandrung (2000 m)
This morning, we will get up early in the morning, and go for hiking to Poon Hill. From here you will see superb view of sunrise, and panoramic view of Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and so on. After visiting Poonhill, we will come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue walking to Ghandrung, Ghangrung is a village of Gurung Community which offers an ample of opportunity to know about gurung culture and society.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 21: Trek Ghandrung – Deurali (3220 m, 6 hours approx.).
Trek begins to descend through stone staircase and then, the trail ascends to Modi Khola (stream), Kiwi (Bee hive, 1300 m). The path you follow till landruk is really exhilarating as you pass through many local villages rich in culture, terrace fields and numerous green hills. From here, the flat path arrives till Tolka Village. Then, you will have to ascend upto Bherikharka through forests.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 22: Trek Deurali - Phedi and drive to Pokhara (827 m).
With morning spectacular views of annapurna range and lamjung himal from deurali, hike down to Dhampus Phedi. Then drive to Pokhara. On reaching, check in to the hotel and rest of the day free to leisure activities.
Overnight at Tea House.
Day 23: Rest day in Pokhara.
Rest day in Kathmandu for leisure activities.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 24: Drive Pokhara – Kathmandu.
It takes about five hours drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara. The higway follows the Trisuli River, you follow its junction with the Marsyangdi River. On reaching, check in to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 25: Visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Bhaktapur city.
Visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath & Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu. It is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. It is not known for certain when Pashupatinath Temple was founded. But according to holy books, the deity here gained great fame there as Pashupati, the Lord of the Animals. Pashupatinath Temple's existence dates back to 400 A.D. Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. Located about 11 km from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. Bhaktapur which literally means a city of devotees is the oldest city of Nepal. The Bhaktapur Durbar Square is located in the current town of Bhaktapur, which lies 13 km east of Kathmandu. While the complex consists of at least four distinct square (Durbar Square, Taumadhi Square, Dattatreya Square and Pottery Square), the whole are is informally known as the Bhakapur Durbar Square, and is a highly visited site in the Kathmandu Valley.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 26: Departure.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for onward journey.
 

Note: Airfare, taxes and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Cost Include:
- All necessary airport transfers
- Domestic airfares and airport tax wherever applicable
- Twin sharing accommodation on breakfast basis in hotels
- Twin sharing accommodation in Tea House/Lodge/Camp during trekking on full board basis with English speaking Sherpa guide and porters
- All sightseeing with English speaking local guide
- All applicable surface transfer by private vehicle
- Insurance for our trek crew members only
- National Park and TIMS fee wherever applicable
- Monument Entrance fee.
Cost Exclude:
- Any international airfare and airport taxes
- Nepal entry visa fees
- Meals (Lunch/Dinner) except during trekking
- Restricted area permit fees or Special permit fees wherever applicable
- Peak Climbing fees
- High altitude Climbing Sherpa/Porters and equipment
- Insurance and Tips
- Bottled drinks
- Emergency/Rescue in any form
- Expenses of personal nature such as bar bills, laundry, telephone calls etc
- Any cost arise due to flight cancellation, landslide, road blockage, political disturbance etc
- Any other arrangements not mentioned in the above cost include section
 
Trekking Destinations
Langtang Sector Everest Region Trek Annapurna Sector East Sector West Sector
- Tamang Heritage Trail
- Helambu Village Trek
- Helambu Gunjala Pass
- Helambu Paanchpokhari Trek
- Everest Base Camp
- Monastery Delight
- Classical Everest Trek
- Trekking through the 3 pases
- EBC with Island Peak
- EBC with Lobuche Peak
- Numbur Cheese Circuit Trek
- Sailung Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp
- Round Annapurna Trek
- Ghorepani Trek
- Panchase Trek
- Upper Mustang Trek
- Kanchanjunga Trek
- Makalu Trek
- Dhaulagiri Trek
- Upper Dolpo Trek
- Rara & Kagmara Trek
Trip Destinations
- Annapurna Base Camp
- Round Annapurna Trek
- Ghorepani Trek
- Panchase Trek
- Upper Mustang Trek
 
Highlight of this Trek
The Annapurna round is one of the finest. The sheer diversity of the mountain escape, the exhilaration of crossing the high mountain pass, & the superb views of Annapurna Himalaya, Mount Dhaulagiri and mount Manaslu Ranges are the essentials of this outstanding trek.
 
Trip Facts
Minimum altitude: 1300m.
Maximum altitude: 4850m.
Grade: Moderate
Mode: Tea House
Duration of Trek: 20 Day
Entry: Kathmandu - Pokhara
Exit: Pokhara - Kathmandu
 
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