Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

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Kathmandu: 20-Day Tilicho Lake Trek

1. Kathmandu: 20-Day Tilicho Lake Trek

Following two days in Katmandu, the trek starts from Besisahar and follows the Marshyangdi River. These first few days will offer some great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. You will then trek through villages inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, with the trail offering spectacular views of the snow-clad Himalayas. This customized route is basically the same as Annapurna Circuit from Manang, but instead of taking the valley north to Tanki Manang and Yak Kharka, this route traverses the main valley to the west passing through Khanshar Village (the last village of Nepal). Before trekking up to Tilicho Lake, you’ll stop in Yak Kharka then up to the high pass of Thorung La, at an elevation of 5,416 meters. From the pass of Thorung La, the trek leads down to Muktinath then to Jomsom from where a 35-minute scenic flight takes you to Pokhara. Your tour will later conclude with you flying from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, where you will have a final overnight before the conclusion of your experience.

Kathmandu: 9-Day Mardi Himal Trek

2. Kathmandu: 9-Day Mardi Himal Trek

Embark on a 9-day Mardi Himal trek that takes you across the unspoiled lands of the Annapurna Region. Providing spectacular vistas of the mountain ranges and central hills, find an off beaten experience with no crowds and secluded trails. Day 1: Fly to Pokhara (884 meters/2900 feet) Drive to Phedi and Trek to Deurali Eat breakfast and head towards the domestic airport andto catch a flight to Pokhara. Along the way, witness spectacular views of the snowcapped mountain ranges to the north. Upon reaching Pokhara, proceed on a short drive toward Phedi. Phedi is the starting point of various treks of the region. From there, following a series of well-maintained stone stairs start the trek. As you progress on the trail, traverse along the deep wilderness of the region before reaching the village of Dhampus. After a short lunch break, start the trek. Passing forested sections and agricultural belts, you reach the small village of Deurali perched on a ridge. After a brief rest relax and enjoy the grand views around you of the snowcapped peaks of Annapurna South, Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, and the lush colorful hills of central Nepal. Day 2: Deurali to Forest Camp (2,500 meters/ 8,202 feet) Day 3: Camp to Low Camp (2,990 meters/ 9,809 feet) Day 4: Low Camp to High Camp (3,580 meters/ 11,745 feet) Day 5: High camp to Upper viewpoint, Return back to High Camp (3,580 meters/ 11,745 feet) Day 6: High camp to Sidhing Village (1,885 meters/ 6,184 feet) Day 7: Trek Siding Village to Lwang village (1,460 meters/ 4,790 feet) approx. 5 hours Day 8: Lwang Village to Khora Muk (1 hour) and drive back to Pokhara (820 meters/ 2,690 feet), approx. 2 hours. On the last day of the trek, head towards Khora Muk. Next, head on a short drive towards Pokhara. Along the way witness views of the central hills and greater Himalayan range. Once there, find your accommodation. In the afternoon, head out to explore the city of lakes. Stroll by the banks of Phewa Lake and visit various pubs and restaurants around. Day 9: Fly back to Kathamandu

Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek: Wellness and Culinary Adventure

3. Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek: Wellness and Culinary Adventure

This shorter 16 day option enables those who don’t have time to complete the full Annapurna Circuit to trek with the group up the Marshyangdi Valley to Manang, across the Thorung La pass to Muktinath and down into Jomsom in the Kali Gandaki Valley. The 'Circuit' Trek After Manang, the terrain turns to high altitude ice desert over Thorung La Pass at 5416m, down to Muktinath, Jomsom reaching the forested areas below Tukuche. Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit trek include the Kali Gandaki River on the other side of the Thorung La Pass which is considered the deepest ravine in the world, five times deeper than the Grand Canyon. The Kali Gandaki River cuts deeply between Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the west and Mt Annapurna (8091m) to the east. Continue down the Kali Gandaki gorge amidst some stunning views of mountains and diverse flora and fauna in the lower forests, passing through Ghorepani with a magnificent sunrise view from nearby Poon Hill. The Annapurna Circuit trek ends here and you can relax near the lake city of Pokhara. Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel. (1330m) Day 2: Drive to Besi Sahar. (810m) Day 3: Trek to Bahundanda. (1310m) 5-5.30 hours. Day 4: Trek to Chyamje. (1430m) 6-6.30 hours Day 5: Trek to Bagarchhap. (2160m) 6-7 hours Day 6: Trek to Chame. (2630m) 5 hours. Day 7: Trek to Pisang. (3190m) 5 hours Day 8: Trek to Manang. (3500m) 5 hours (Low Route) or 7-8 hours (High Route). Day 9 :Trek to Rest Day for Acclimatization. Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka. (4090m) 4 hours. Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi. (4420m) 4 hours Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung la (5415m) Approximately 8-10 hours. Day 13: Trek to Jomsom 2800m Day 14: You take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, and transfer to your hotel Day 15 :After a morning relaxing in Pokhara, you will take the exciting flight back to Kathmandu giving you the opportunity to view the Annapurna massif you have just trekked around. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel and then have the opportunity to relax and reflect on your adventures and to complete any sightseeing and last-minute shopping. Overnight Hotel. Day 16: International Departure

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