This circuit was once considered one of the best treks in the world though road construction is threatening its reputation and its future as a classic trek. Yet no one disputes that the scenery is outstanding: 17 to 21 days long, this trek takes you through distinct scenery of rivers, flora, fauna and above all – mountains. The trek goes counter-clockwise and reaches its summit in Thorung La (pass) at the height of 5416m, or 17,769 feet. The route goes past the following mountains: Manaslu (an 8,000-plus meter peak), Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, and, of course, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri passing through the world’s deepest gorge in between those two 8,000 – plus meter peaks. Poon Hill, at the end of the trek, affords views of those two mountains, as well as South Annapurna and Macchupucchre, the “Fishtail Mountain.” The trek also goes through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites, most notably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus.
The eastern portion of the trek follows the Marsyangdi River upstream, to its source near the village of Manang. To get there several days of up-hill hiking are required. Then the route goes over the pass, a grueling day of hiking, and back down the other side, where it meets up with the Kali Gandaki River. The trek follows this river downstream. At the end of the trek, several options are available: following the river further to the road proper and catching a bus to Pokhara where one hikes up to Ghorepani and Poon Hill, or adding on a trek to the Annapurna Base Camp, known as the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek.
This is a “teahouse trek,” meaning there are villages with lodges and restaurants to eat and stay in along the entire route. You are expected to eat in the same lodge where you are spending the night. Prices of rooms are seemingly inexpensive because of this — lodge owners tend to make more money on the food and drinks they are selling you than on the room where you are sleeping.
Tilicho Lake (Tal)
This is the highest lake in the world at 4920 m. and requires 2-3 days from Manang. Walk through Khangasar. One to two hours after Khangasar you will find Tilicho Peak Hotel where you can have lunch or spend the night. Tilicho Base Camp Hotel is a further three hour walk from there. The lower route is the safest but has many landslide areas. The lake is reached by walking three hours up from the Tilciho Base Camp Hotel at approximately 4100 m. Snow leopards are around in this area but you are more likely to see blue sheep and yaks. Being at the lake can be cold as it can be very windy. Going back, it is possible to walk from Tilicho Peak Hotel directly to Yak Kharka via Old Khangasar so you do not have to backtrack all the way to Manang.
Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu & transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (830 m) and to Jagat by Jeep(1300m) 8hrs. a
Day 04: Trek to Dharpani (1860 m)/5 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2630 m)/5 hours.
Day 06:Trek to a Upper Pisang (3300 m)/5 hours.
Day 07: Trek to Manang (3540 m) /5 hours.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Manang village.
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 m)/5 hours.
Day 10: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 m) /5 hours.
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorung La pass (5416 m) /8 hours.
Day 12: Trek to Marpha (2670 m) via Jomsom (2710 m) /6 hours.
Day 13: Trek to Ghasa (2010 m) /6 hours.
Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (1190 m) /5 hours.
Day 15: Rest and relaxing day at Tatopani.
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani (2810 m) /6 hour.
Day 17: Hike to Poon Hill(3210m) in the morning and trek to Tikhedunga (1570 m) /5 hours.
Day 18:Trek down to Birethanti (1025 m) and an hour drive to Pokhara.
Day 19: Pokhara City tour.
Day 20: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1345 m).by flight or bus.
Day 21: rest day or shopping souvenir at Kathmandu.
Day 22: Transfer to airport for your final departure.
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