Annapurna Semi Circuit Trek & Thorang La

Annapurna semi circuit

BUNA Treks & Expeditions Annapurna Semi Circuit & Thorang – La one of the most picturesque area in all Himalaya where you can travel with views of snow capped mountains daily on trek in the comfort of nice cozy lodge, a trekking destinations for all types of travelers from family, school / collage groups to corporate people, as this trek although exceed above 5,000 meters high, chances of getting altitude sickness is slim, as our itinerary days are flexible with enough time to get acclimatized before heading into higher area, where the height reaches 5, 416 meters the highest  point of this adventure at Thorang-la, where you will be surrounded by high mountains of Annapurna range Annapurna I (8,091m / 26,545ft) world’s tenth highest and one of the toughest mountain to climb to its summit. Other major peaks overlooking the Sanctuary include the Annapurna South (7,219m / 23,693ft), Gangapurna (7,455m /- 24,457ft.) and Annapurna III (7,555m / 24,787ft) including towering Vara Shikar, Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters, NIlgiri’s and Tukuche Peaks.

 

Annapurna Semi Circuit & Thorang-La, a popular trekking destination due to its easy accessible route to its area, but with never a dull moment on trek, always some exciting moment, walking into beautiful rhododendron, magnolia, oaks and pines forest and visiting traditional mid hills villages of Manang, Thakali and Gurung people.

This awesome trekking where you will feel the great difference with BUNA team of experience staff and strong  friendly porters certainly make you feel you are in the safe hand showing you the wonders of the Himalaya and its rich culture and more………..

Trekking journey on Annapurna Semi Circuit & Thorang – La starting from Beshishar town beyond, this trek combines spectacular mountain scenery with incredible and cultural diversity and walking through country farms and villages. The walk enters deep gorge between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya at Kaligandaki forming world deepest gorge at Kaligandaki River valley, once in the Northern Annapurna area with colossal mountain fortress with awesome panorama.

After crossing the high pass of Thorang-la return journey taking a scenic short flight to Pokhara valley from Jomsom town the headquarter and main centre of Mustang district famous for mountains views, apples and its product, a short wonderful with panorama mountain views brings you at scenic and picturesque Pokhara with its pristine Phewa Lake, in the shade of stunning Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu mountain range including the majestic peak Machhapuchare (Fish-Tail).

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:         Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02:         Half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.
Day 03:         Drive to Jagat 1,450m – 07 hours journey.
Day 04:         Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m – 05 hrs.
Day 05:         Trek to Chame 2,775m – 05 hours.
Day 06:         Trek to Pisang 3,130m – 05 hours.
Day 07:         Trek to Manang Village 3,720 m – 04 hrs.
Day 08:         At Manang village for acclimatization and excursion.
Day 09:         Trek to Yak Kharka 4,190 m – 04 hours.
Day 10:         Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,460 m – 04 hours.
Day 11:         Cross Thorang-la 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,860 m – 06 hrs.
Day 12:         Trek to Jomsom 2,715 m – 04 hrs.
Day 13:         A scenic short flight to Pokhara and transfer to hotel.
Day 14:         Drive back to Kathmandu – 06 hrs.
Day 15:         Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.
Day 16:         Transfer to airport for international departure.

Trip Highlights

In and around Mid West Himalaya within North & Southern Annapurna area from warm sub tropical to alpine and arctic terrain in high mountains area awesome panorama where you will be encircled with snow capped peaks visiting local traditional mountain villages the land of legendary Gorkha into enchanting forest of rhododendron, magnolia, oaks and pine tree lines.

Trip Mode:                           Tea-House / Lodge basis.
Trip Grade:                          Moderate to Adventurous
Trek duration:                   10 nights and 11 days.
Highest point:                    5, 416 meters at Thorang –La Pass
Total Trip:                            15 Nights & 16 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu).
Best Season:                        All season except July & August the wet months.

Price Includes

  1. Airport pick ups & drops and hotel transfer as per itinerary by private vehicle
  2. Sightseeing in KTM
  3. Accomodation in hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in local lodges during trekking
  4. Three times meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking
  5. Kathmandu to Besishahar transfer in private vehicle
  6. Pokhara to Kathmandu transfer by tourist vehicle
  7. Jomsom-Pokhara by domestic flight
  8. A highly experienced, helpful and friendly government license holder trekking guide and porter as per necessity including their food, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance, equipment, medicine, etc.
  9. Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System.)
  10. All government taxes and office service charges

Price Excludes

  1. Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  2. Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.
  3. International airfare and airport departure tax
  4. Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  5. Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  6. Personal Expenses (phone call, battery recharge, laundry, bottled or boiled water, personal trekking equipment).
  7. Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  8. Any others expenses which are not mentioned in ‘Price Includes’ section.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to hotel.

On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport BUNA staff will meet and transfer to a nice and pleasant Hotel Amaryllis in the hub of Thamel area an exciting place to be while in Kathmandu, after refreshment our guide will provide with necessary information regarding Hotel, Kathmandu, Trekking including brief note on Nepal.

Day 02: Half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu.

Morning as per the time informed by our guide and staff, depart hotel for half day sightseeing tour at places of interest in and around Kathmandu valley, Kathmandu is full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites which includes Old Palaces and courtyard (Durbar square) ancient temples and monasteries which you will find interesting and impressive during our 2-3 hours of exciting tours.

Day 03: Drive to Jagat 1,450 meters – 07 hrs.

Morning after breakfasts depart hotel (please don’t forget to hand over the key at receptions) if you have any extra baggage to leave, hotel will store it till you return from the trip, any valuables that you don’t need to carry, hotel have safe deposit. The drive to Jagat is interesting on the main popular highway with so many impressive places to see and observe the local way of life, the drive passes many villages, farms and towns and after a good drive of 5 hours reaching at Beshishar town and from here on the jeep track rough road following Marsyangdi river upstream with a climb up to Jagat village for overnight stop.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,860 m - 05 hrs.

First day walk of this wonderful adventure starting with a gradual trail with few short ups into cool shade of tree lines overlooking fabulous waterfalls towards the rocky high hills above the river Marsyangdi, slowly the walk reaches at Chamje village where you can observe touch of Tibetan influence  as the people and  houses are of Tibetan traditions and culture and as well the Tibetan Buddhism religions from this villages onwards, from here crossing a short bridge over the river and then on the nice path towards another nice village of Tal Besi, stopping here for lunch. From Tal entering the Manang district where one can observe the difference in culture and custom from the below lower down.

Walk from here on the easy gradual path with few strenuous ups in between and into alpine woodlands of rhododendron, pines and oaks tree lines then finally ending the good day walk at Dharapani village for overnight stop, Dharapani quite a large village with more than 30 houses mostly with lodges and tea houses, as this village lies in the junction to Annapurna circuit and Manaslu route.

Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,775m - 05 hours.

After a lovely stop at Dharapani starting the morning walk on a nice pleasant trail with slow and gentle ups through the pristine alpine woodlands with great views of Manaslu peaks behind towards North East and of Lamjung and Annapurna II peaks ahead North West, walk brings at Bagarchap and then to Danaque villages with fabulous views of waterfalls and snow clad mountains, Danaque with many apples orchard, from here with a steep climb towards a nice village of Timang for lunch break with marvelous views of Manaslu, Lamjung and Annapurna II mountains. From here another three hours of good walk through the pristine forest brings to Chame town, the headquarter and main town of Manang district with many lodges, shops and stores situated on the northern side of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II peak.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3,130m - 05 hours.

From Chame the air gets cooler as the altitude gains slowly, morning with gradual walk on leaving Chame after crossing over Marsyangdi River and then with a short steep climb passing several small farm villages and Buddhist monuments of prayer walls and Stupas, walk brings into a gorge to cross a suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River, a gentle climb into a woodlands of rhododendron and pines trees to reach at Tenki for lunch with grand views of Pisang village below on the river valley with Pisang and Chulu peaks around. After a pleasant stop here walk descends towards the flat valley with few tree lines and to arid countryside to reach at Pisang village for overnight stop.

Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,720 m - 04 hrs.

With a fine morning with great views of Pisang and Chulu’s peaks including Annapurna II, walk starts following a nice path into woodlands of pines and with a climb to reach a ridge top with fantastic views of Manang valley and of Humde village next to the village a small airstrip with mountains on each side of the valley, walk heads downhill and to near level ground most of the way passing the village of Humde and its small airport, the views gets better as the walk progress overlooking Chulus’, Pisang peaks with Gangapurna and Annapurna II at close distance, walk reaches to Braga village with its old monastery which is worth a visit  a short climb to the monastery area with outstanding panorama of Northern Annapurna Himalaya including the Chulu’s peak. This is nearly 500 old Monastery treasures ancient artifacts of statues of Buddha’s, mask, tapestry and fresco and many scrolls and old Tibetan Buddhism holy books.

After an impressive time here heading back on the main trail with another hour of good walk brings at Manang village for overnight stop with amazing views all around this pretty valley with more than 100 houses of Tibetan culture designs.

Day 08: At Manang village for acclimatization and excursion.

A great place for rest day in the high Manang valley and its village with awesome panorama of snow capped mountains which circles this arid, dry terrain overlooking close views of Gangapurna North peak with its tumbling glacier feeding the Manang lake and Marsyangdi river, along with Tilicho peak, Annapurna III and II and towards North the peaks of Chulu Himal and towards east Pisang peak, in Manang a nice spot for acclimatization with short hike around.

Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,190 m - 04 hours.

After a fine and enjoyable stop at Manang, today a short walk of 3 to 4 hours heading towards west, on leaving the Manang village reaching to its sister village of Tenki then into wild windswept terrain with fantastic views of Gangapurna, Tilicho and Chulu peaks, the walk is on the gradual path with slow uphill taking almost 4 hours with few stops along the way, finally reaching at Yak Kharka for overnight stop in a nice cozy lodge. Yak Kharka has about 7-8 lodges with grand view of Gangapurna Himal, afternoon free for short walk around and climb the hill for better views and might spot some wildlife around this area like Blue Sheep wild goats and elusive Snow Leopard.

Day 10: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,460 m - 04 hours.

From this nice place, morning walk leads to higher ground, the walk is not difficult however the altitude makes the difference, the trek leads on the open valley with gentle up and then descending to a small river, and then a steep haul for 20 minutes with good trail for an hour to reach at Phedi the base of Thorang –la, Phedi with several nice lodges. Stopping here for a while with lunch break, the walk leads on the steep up trail for another hour reaching at Thorang High Camp which the highest overnight stop of this trip at 4,460 meters high.

After checking into rooms relax or short walk around for acclimatization for the big day next early morning to Thorang-la pass.

Day 11: Cross Thorang-la 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,860 m – 06 hrs.

Early morning having breakfast, setting out for the big day and the highlight of this adventure towards the highest point of this trip at 5,416 meters or 17,700 ft, walk leads on the gradual winding uphill path with tremendous views of surrounding high peaks of Bhirkuti and Damodar Himal range, and then reaching to a small icy pond with a small shade serving as shelter and tea house, after a brief stop, walk continues with an ascent towards the top of Thorang-la the pass festooned with many Buddhist prayer flags offering awesome sceneries of Gangapurna, Tilicho peaks towards east and with Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche peak in the west and number of smaller peaks of Mustang region. After a strenuous climb the walk to Muktinath is moderate with steep descent most of the way till it reaches the Phedi with few tea houses. After a nice break here journey continues on the good level path most of the way to Muktinath for overnight stop.

Muktinath one of the holy spot for Hindu’s and as well for Buddhist, where there is a 108 water spouts known to be the source of Kali-Gandaki river, the place houses a sacred temple within its Temple complex which is located in a tranquil environment with great views of the mountains.

On reaching at Muktinath with ample time for visit to the temple or just relax after the long morning hard walk.

Day 12: Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m - 04 hrs.

After several days of in the high altitude, today a pleasant walk with downhill towards the Kaligandaki River valley, trek passes few interesting villages of Jharkot and then reaching the level ground at Kaligandaki river valley, the walk leads on the river bed for few hours to reach the town of Jomsom with its small airstrip, and regular morning flight from to and from Pokhara, Jomsom the headquarter and main town of Mustang area, famous for apple orchard and its product like apple juice, dry apples, cider, brandy and local brew. In Jomsom with ample time for a visit around this nice village or just relax and enjoy the apple cider, pies.

This area is also known as Apple Pie Trail, at Jomsom for optional walk around the town.

 

Day 13: Morning fly to Pokhara 860 m and transfer to respective hotels.

After a wonderful time at Jomsom and magnificent trekking around Annapurna with the high scenic Thorang-la pass, morning transfer to Jomsom airport for 22 minutes flight to Pokhara, an awesome panorama of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri’s, Annapurna Himal range during this sweeping flight, on reaching at Pokhara transfer with a short drive towards the serene Phewa (Fewa) Lake where all the nice hotels are located, once after checking into respective hotel rooms, afternoon free at leisure in this wonderful spot at Pokhara and its tranquil lake. Pokhara a scenic and famous touristic spot in all Himalaya with grand views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountains reflecting on the surface of tranquil Phewa lake.

Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu – 06 hrs.

From Pokhara with an option of short flight to Kathmandu or a drive of 6 hours to reach Kathmandu, whatever the options the drive is interesting with more of Nepal and its nice village and towns along the six hours journey, on reaching Kathmandu check in Hotel Amaryllis your home in Himalaya, with afternoon free at leisure.

Day 15: Free day at leisure in Kathmandu.

A free day in Kathmandu, please inform our staff if you would like to go on another short tour in and around Kathmandu Valley or for a scenic mountain flight for views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu and Mt. Cho Oyu and array of adjoining peaks that makes the Himalaya world’s highest Mountains.

Day 16: Transfer to airport for international departure.

Today as per your international flight time, BUNA staff will accompany with a transfer to Kathmandu international airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

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