HALF TOUR OF AROUND ANNAPURNA

Designed for those with time constraints, this is a shortened version of the Great Annapurna Trek. Although condensed, the trip still offers magnificent views of the entire Annapurna range. It is still a 17- day trek in the Himalayas!

ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT IN SHORT VERSION

‘Half’ may be a misnomer as it is still a great adventure and still more than two weeks on the trail. From Besisahar, we gradually climb up towards Manang walking through the Marsyangdi valley, going from sub-tropical to the more arid landscapes at 3000 m and higher. As we climb higher, we come across Brahman, Gurung and Tibetan villages. Prayer flags flutter in the wind, a sure sign of Buddhist inhabitants. As we progress, we begin to see Himalayan peaks such as Manaslu, Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna and more. After crossing the Thorong-La (pass), at 5,400m, we enter the lower Mustang valley. You notice dramatic landscape changes: the valley is wider, the land more arid, the mineral colors of the rocks turn from ocher to red, to green. Stark, simple villages such as Jharkot and Kagbeni punctuate the barren frontier. Fly back to Pokhara for rest and recuperation is a relaxed atmosphere.

HIGHLIGHTS
- Diversity of landscapes and ethnic groups.
- Trek across the Thorung La (5,400m).
- The Manangi and Thakali villages of Ngawal, Jharkot & Lupra.


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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Difficult
  • Best Period: March - May & September - November
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Number of walking days: 11
  • Highest Altitude: 5416 Meters
  • Flights: Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
  • Accomodation: Hotel in Kathmandu& Lodge during trek

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Day

Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel.
- Meals on your own
- Accommodation: Hotel

Early morning transfer by minibus to Besisahar (950 m) where our porters await our arrival. Then transfer with the team by private jeep to nearby Dharapani. Enjoy views of Tilje peak.
- Duration of drive: 6 hours on the highway and 4 hours track
- Accommodation: Lodge

Climb steeply up a trail to reach Timang. Walkthrough a beautiful pine forest.
- Ascent: + 900 m
- Descent: - 150 m
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day

We walk through several Gurung villages. Splendid views of the Himalayan range from Manaslu to Annapurna II. As we climb higher, the landscape gradually becomes more arid, but we still come across settlements of cultural significance.
- Ascent: +750 m
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day

We now reach the upper Marsyangdi valley at high altitude, north of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna and Mt. Tilicho. If weather permits, we visit the Pisang monastery. In the afternoon, we arrive at Ngawal, an old Tibetan village known for its monastery, its chortens, and above all, for its fantastic view of the Annapurnas II, III, IV, Gangapurna and Mount Tilicho.
- Ascent: +400 m
- Descent: -100 m
- Duration of hike: 4 hr
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day

Along the way, we find ourselves overlooking the Manang valley, then reach the bottom of the valley at Mungji and Braga, beautiful villages of Tibetan traditions; and visit a 500-year-old monastery. We finally reach Manang.
- Ascent: +150 m
- Descent: -250 m
- Duration of hike: 4 to 5 hr
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day

Today’s hike is along the Marsyangdi river, ascending to Khangsar, the last village of the region. We stop for lunch and rest; then continue walking on the mountainside to get to Tilicho Base Camp.
- Ascent: +700 m
- Descent: -50 m
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day

It’s a pleasant climb by the moraines to reach Tilicho Lake, one of the highest lakes in the world at around 5000m. Tilicho Lake is formed by glacial meltwaters accumulated from the entire northern Annapurna. The lake is a Hindu pilgrimage site mentioned in the Ramayana. Spectacular views of the Annapurna ice walls and the Tilicho peak (7,134 m). The lakefront which gets a burst of colorful, wildflowers during spring and summer, is ideal for camping.
- Ascent: +700 m
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day

From Tilicho Lake we descend and then climb up again to reach Letdar.
- Ascent: +500 m
- Descent: -500 m
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day

We walk along gradual but often steep slopes to reach High Camp. Afternoon Free or go for a walk.
- Ascent: +600 m
- Duration of hike: 4 hr
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day

We start climbing up early in the morning and reach the Thorong La (Pass) in about 3 ½ hr. Then we negotiate a steep descent to Muktinath. This is the first village we encounter in Mustang district, a religious pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. We visit the famous Muktinath temple which attracts Buddhist, Hindu and Bob pilgrims. We walk on to Jharkot, and overnight in this gorgeous traditional village.
- Ascent: +600 m
- Descent: -1800 m
- Duration of hike: 8 hr
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day

We first climb up to reach a short, wild pass, then descend (occasionally steep) down to the Bönpo village of Lupra. We then follow the Kali Gandaki’s windy banks till we come upon the Thakali village of Jomsom.
- Ascent: 400 m
- Descent: 1200 m
- Duration of hike: 5 hr
- Accommodation: Same as the previous day

*NB: Alternate trail, same duration but less difficult, via Kagbeni at the gates of Mustang.

Flight over the mountains from Jomsom to Pokhara. Transfer to your hotel. Free day at Lakeside, Pokhara.
- Meals on your own
- Accommodation: Hotel

A short 25 min flight in the morning takes us back to Kathmandu.
Sightseeing in the city: Visit Boudha stupa and the old city of Patan.
- Accommodation: Hotel on BB Plan
- Meals on your own

Transfer to TIA (Kathmandu Airport) for your return flight.
End of our services.

What's included

- All transfers by private vehicle as per itinerary
- Transfer from Besisahar to Dharapani by local jeep
- Domestic airport taxes.
- 2 nights at Holy Himalaya hotel or similar category in Kathmandu on B&B
- 1 night at Lake Side Retreat B&B
- Full board in lodge during the trek
- English -speaking guide for the entire stay and his flight
- 1 full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Trekking team: an assistant guide for groups of 4 or more, 1 porter for 2 people
- Carrying luggage up to 13 kg/person during the trek
- Trekking Permits ACAP & TIMS 
- Staff Insurance.

What's not included

- Domestic flight Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara (except breakfast)
- Obtaining Nepali visa at the airport ($30 + photos)
- International flight
- Compulsory repatriation insurance
- Tips
- Personal expenses and equipment
- Drinks
- Sleeping bag
- Hot showers
- Battery charging during the trek

Suppliments

>> Single room for 3 nights : 90$

>> Flight Jomsom - Pokhara - Kathmandu : 250$ / Pax
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