Annapurna is the world’s dangerous mountain to climb that includes one peak over 8,000m, thirteen peaks over 7,000m, and sixteen more peaks over 6,000m. There are three majors trekking routes in the Annapurna region: The Jomson Trek to Jomsom and Muktinath.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you are supposed to complete all the customs formalities and meet our representative outside who will be welcoming you in our traditional way with a flower garland. The representative then will be transferred to the hotel where you can have rest or visit around and get refreshed.
After breakfast, we will be visiting the World Heritage Sites: Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, and Boudhanath. At the end of the day, discussion for the trip along with your guide will be wrapped up the session and you will be driven to the hotel.
In the morning, we will drive to Besisahaar (approximately 5.5 hrs) to immediately immerse ourselves in the wonderful mountain wilderness that encompasses the Annapurna Range. The surrounding of the Sister Mountains is equally imposing, creating enormous panoramas from any viewpoint. After lunch we will begin our trek straight away, heading Nagadi. All way to the trek, we will come across isolated mountain communities, each with different ancestral customs and traditions, meaning a visually and culturally memorable expedition. We can interact with warm and welcoming locals herding yaks and goats on the grassy pastures and visit the monasteries and temples, pass waterfalls of melted snowcross icy rivers, walk along broad plains and hike up high mountain passes. After we arrive in Besisahar, we will hit the trail that takes us through Besisahar bazaar leading downstream, followed by the climb up the rocky steps. There are several ups and downs as the trail makes its way through sub-tropical forests and rice paddies of Sera. Further along, traverse a suspension bridge across Khudi Khola and arrive at Bhulbule. Resume on the trail that traverses the Marshyangdi River on a long suspension bridge as Bhulbule is left behind. Once the ngadi River is crossed, the trail gently leads upwards through scrub forest and cross landslides for a short distance, which then leads to few teashops and cold-drink stalls located opposite the rice paddies of Lampata, eventually leading to Bahundanda, an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge.
Dazzling cascades en route as the trail makes a way through a deep wooded canyon with few stretches steep climb. Overnight at the tea house.
We will trek continuously through deep wooded canyon embellished by stunning waterfalls as you venture into the Manag district throughout the day.
We will ascend to steep Mountain to Timang, making the end of the great Marsyandi gorge. The trail settles into gentler slopes as the vegetation transforms from dense pine forests to drier slopes. We finally reach to the district headquarters of Manang, Chame which is the largest settlement after Besisahar. We will have overnight at Chame.
Today we will go with the trail that goes through a deep gorge with a slew of breathtaking scenery and passes the great sweeping slope of Paungi Danda. Gradually we continue our trek with an easy walk. Overnight at pisang.
From Pisang we will take the northern trail via upper Pisang and Ghyaru, where we can witness the spectacular views. The air is drier as we move upward and we surly come across local farmers herding yaks. Overnight at Manang
We will have a rest day at Manang. We can climb higher altitude and get down to a lower altitude of Manag and have rest. We can also enjoy the excellent view of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Chulu East.
From Manag, we will trek to Yak Khara which is approximately 7 km. We steadily climb into the alpine region, taking around five hours. We will stay overnight at Yak Kharka in a tea house.
Due to the altitude, take the next section of the climb at a leisurely pace, which means we'll have time to admire the magnificent views from this part of the route. Once at Phedi, there will be plenty of time to rest and acclimatize to the higher elevations ready for the next part of the climb where we will encounter the Thorung La Pass, the highest point on this Annapurna Explorer.
Setting off very early to cross the Thorung La Pass (5,416 m), the trail is steep but easy to follow. After between four to six hours climbing, reach the Pass's peak, adorned with prayer flags, a traditional stupa (chorten) and stone cairns built by travelers. Stop to admire the stunning views and marvel at how far you've climbed. Further along, the trail descends steeply proceeding towards Chabarbu. From here on, the trail crosses meadows, drops into a deep ravine, climbs out and follows a wide trail into Muktinath, a pilgrimage site held in great reverence by both Hindus and Buddhists.
Veer off the main trekking trail to make a side trip to an ancient village of Purang. Further up from the village, continue to take the less frequented route going past another village with a medieval feel to it, Jhong. From Jhong, descend to the Jhing Khola (river) following the course which you emerge on to Kagbeni. From Kagbeni, rejoin the Annapurna circuit route to make a gradual descent through scenic, desert-like terrain, past charming villages and following the windy riverbed to Jomsom.
Toast your achievement over a celebratory dinner in the character-filled Nepalese town of Pokhara (827 m). Pokhara is a peaceful lakeside location which rests beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Range. Sip on a cold brew and gaze up at the dramatic pass that you have just conquered. There are plenty of lakeside cafes where you can enjoy international cuisine, while the main street is full of shops and stalls selling a wide range of Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs. Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. This is the land of Magars and Gurungs, hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned worldwide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship. Take time to wander around the town and get to know its friendly residents. Your simple hotel in Pokhara is set 100 m back from Fewa Lake and with a back-drop of Machhapuchhare (Fishtail mountain) rising beyond. It has twin-bedded rooms with attached bath and a hot shower facility.
Enjoy a free day in Pokhara to unwind, relax, and give those muscles a rest after all that trekking. Your leader can advise you for sightseeing opportunities. It is worth taking a boat for a row out on the lake, especially if the weather's fine. The lakeside area has great shopping opportunities and internet cafes. Pokhara has an interesting old area as well as an elaborate Hindu temple and a Buddhist monastery. Perhaps visit the Peace Pagoda, where spectacular views of the mountains await. You can see the Annapurnas from here, and the famous fishtail peak, Machhapuchhare, and back across to Pokhara. You will also visit the fascinating International Mountain Museum to learn some amazing tales of past climbing expeditions.
Return to Kathmandu by private vehicle (approx. 7 hours including stops) for further sightseeing or for some last-minute shopping for friends and family at home. The options are plentiful – Kathmandu has many markets where Nepali specialties include clothes, embroidery, carpets, and ceramics. On arrival in Kathmandu, check back into your hotel.
This will be our final goodbye. Our team representative will drop you to the airport from the hotel and express our gratitude hoping to see you back to Nepal for the next adventure.