The Annapurna Circuit Trek - Round Annapurna Trek including Tilicho Lake Nepal

 

The Annapurna Circuit
Round Annapurna Trek Including Tilicho Lake

Fly into Manang / Fly out of Jomsom

 

April 1 Day 1: Arrive KTM, reception at airport and transfer to the centrally located 3 star Manang Hotel where you will receive a briefing on your program and be provided with the duffel bags used on the trek. Please note weight should be kept below 15 kg per person. There will be a welcome dinner with your Kathmandu representative at a local restaurant. O/N Yak & Yeti Hotel

 

April 2 Day 2: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a 35-minute flight to Pokhara, the rural capital of western Nepal. Transfer to the luxurious Shangri-La Village Resort. After lunch, there will be a trek briefing. We will also be provided with walking sticks, rain ponchos, sleeping bags, sleeping bag liners, warm hats and gloves, gators, as well as souvenir sun hats and scarves. Any items not needed on trek can be checked in at hotel Store Room.

 

April 3 Day 3: After an early morning breakfast, we transfer to the airport for the 30-minute flight to Humde at 10,925 ft/3330 m.  Here we find the Manang airstrip and a few houses and lodges in a small spread out settlement. One of the longest prayer wheels in the region, consisting of 266 wheels, runs through the center of the village.

 

From Humde, we will trek to lower Pisang (10.500 ft/3200 m), via the high route. First we climb to the village of Ngawal at 11,998 ft/3657m before reaching Ghyaru and onto Pisang. The mountain scenery is along this route is superb. Ngawal is a medieval village, with flat roofed stone buildings and ladders to reach the living quarters. From here, we continue to climb to Ghyaru at 12,041 ft/3670 meters. Also a medieval village, Ghyaru has stunning views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna lll, and Gangapurna. Finally, we descend to Pisang. It takes about 4 hours from Humde to Lower Pisang.

 

April 4 Day 4:  Today is an acclimating day in Pisang. We値l explore Upper Pisang and trek to the temple above the village, which contains a terracotta statue of the Maitreya (the future Buddha). We can also continue beyond the temple to an old ruin with good views of Paungda Danda.

 

April 5 Day 5: Today we climb to Braga at 11,614 ft/3540 m). We値l take the quicker route to Humde, which, except for a climb to the viewpoint, is fairly level. It is a pleasant walk through the forest, climbing gently at first, with one steep section to reach the viewpoint at the top of the spur. There are tall prayer flags and a small shrine here. We値l then cross the Marsyangdi River just before the small village of Munji. The high trail from Ghyaru and Ngawal join here.  In about 1 ス hours from Humde, we reach the village of Braga (11,310 ft/3450 meters).

 

The flat roofed houses of this photogenic village are built in steep tiers against the craggy cliffs that form a natural amphitheatre around the meadow below. Above them is the region痴 oldest and most interesting temple (Gompa), a complex of several buildings with the 3-storied temple at the top.  We値l drop our things off at our guesthouse, have lunch, and visit the Gompa.

 

Believed to be 500 years old, this Gompa comprises 3 main buildings and belongs to the reformist Kagyu-pa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Kagyu-pa was inspired by the monk Marpa who, in the 11th century, sought to make Tibetan Buddhism more spiritual. The main temple is dark, mysterious and powerfully atmospheric. In the afternoons, the monks worship and building is filled with the fragrance of burning juniper. 

 

April 6 Day 6:  This morning we値l trek to a Tsamkhang. Halfway up the northern cliff that rises above Manang, in a cave, is a Tsamkhang (Hermitage) where a colorful old lama conducts a short puja on trekkers about to cross the Thorung La. Even without the blessing the steep climb will help us acclimatize and the views across the valley are stupendous. We値l return to Manang for lunch at 11624 ft/ 3540 m). Manang is the largest village in the valley. The 200 or so flat roofed houses are packed tightly together with prayer flags on long poles above them. In the afternoon, we can visit the HRA health post for their daily lecture on AMS.  

 

April 7 Day 7: Today we will trek to the village of Khangsar, about 2 hours from Manang at 12,234 ft/3730 m. On the way, we can make a detour to small lake at the Gangapurna glacier. There about 70 houses in Khangsar as well as a monastery named Tore Gompa.  From the village, there are superb views up the Khangsar Khola (river) to Tilicho Peak and the Grand Barriere.

 

April 8 Day 8: In between Tore Gompa and Tilicho lake, there is a big, grassy field where Blue Sheep are often seen. About one kilometer from the field, we reach a hill. Climbing this hill (15,744 ft/ 4800 meters affords us a view of the entire valley. A steep descent will bring us to Tilicho Base Camp, where we find our lodging for the night.

 

April 9 Day 9: If weather conditions are favorable, we値l make our day trip to Tilicho Lake, the highest lake in the world at 17,056 ft/5200 m. The lake is 4 kilometers long and 2.5 kilometers wide. It is the main source for the Marsyangdi River. It is about 3 hours from the lodge to the lake. We値l have a picnic lunch before returning to the lodge.

 

April 10 Day 10: Today we return to Khangsar and continue our trek to Gunsang village at 12,792 ft/3900 m. We値l celebrate having reached the highest place on earth if the sign at the Marsyangdi Hotel is correct, we are 3850 kilometers above see level!

 

April 11 Day 11: Beyond Gunsang, we come to Yak Karka which means Yak pastures. True to the name, grazing yaks are to be seen in this area, and across the river on the mountainside. We値l arrive at Letdar (13,780 ft / 4200 m). Although it is just a half-day痴 trek to Letdar, we値l stop here for the night, in order to acclimate for our further ascent.

 

April 12 Day 12: Today we trek to Thorung Phedi (14,600 ft/4450 m), which literally means 鍍he foot of Thorung. The place can get very busy but the staff at the lodges does a good job of creating a lively atmosphere.

 

April 13 Day 13: Since we should be well acclimatized by now, we値l shorten the trek across the Thorung La Pass by spending a night at a lodge about an hour痴 steep climb above Thorung Phedi, at 15,744 ft/ 4800 m.

 

April 14 Day 14: Today we値l cross one of the world痴 highest passes. It will take us about 2-3 hours to get to the top and as much as down to 4 ス hours to Muktinath. We値l cross a small valley, descend to the stream, and climb across the far slope. At 16,781 ft/5115m, there is a small teashop. From here, a seemingly never-ending series of false summits follow as the trail weaves through the stony moonscape. 20 minutes beyond is a large chorten and a short distance after this there are the prayer flags marking the top of the pass at 17,769 ft / 5416 m). We値l be standing on the equivalent of 4 Ben Nevises, 2 ス Mt Kosciuskos, 1 ス Mt. Cooks and 938 m / 3077 ft above Matterhorn and 608/1998 ft higher than Mt Blanc!

 

The descent can be tough on the knees, although it is not steep at first. At about 4300 m/14,108 ft are the ruins of a yak herder痴 hut. The trail continues steeply down from here, crossing a stream to another collection of huts. From here it痴 about an hour to the temples of Muktinath and the lodges of Ranipauwa.

 

April 15 Day 15: Today we値l visit Muktinath temple. The walled temple complex of Muktinath has been attracting pilgrims, both Hindu and Buddhist, for centuries. For Hindus, it痴 the next holy place in Nepal after Pashupatinath (near the KTM airport). Muktinath痴 fame rests mainly on a natural phenomenon that can be seen beneath the alter at one of the small temples within the complex. A nun lifts a grubby curtain to reveal a thin blue flame of natural gas burning from a hole that also emits a trickle of water. The Hindus believe this miracle of lighting a fire upon water was an offering made by Brahma (the Creator) himself. The fact that this is now very much a Buddhist temple doesn稚 seem to worry Nepali Hindus with their mix-and-match approach to religion.  When visiting the temples of Muktinath, you should be modestly dressed, take your shoes off when going inside temples and leave donations.  From Muktinath, we値l descend for about 1 hour to Jarkot for our overnight accommodations.  Jharkot, another medieval town, is at 3550 meters/ 11,644 ft.

 

April 16 Day 16: Today we trek to Jomsom. It is about 3 hours and we end up following the Kali Ghandaki River Valley. The Kali Gandaki riverbed is about a kilometer wide here but the water flows in several separate streams. Some parts of the trail are over the pebbles and rocks by the river, others high above the banks. The winds can be very strong.

 

April 17 Day 17: This morning we値l fly back to Pokhara and continue to Kathmandu, by flight. We値l have the afternoon free to explore Kathmandu. Overnight Yak & Yeti Hotel

 

April 18 Day 18: Another free day in Kathmandu before departing Nepal. Overnight Yak & Yeti Hotel

 

April 19 Day 19: Transfer to the airport for departure

 

Rate: 1700$ per person, based on twin sharing

 

Rate includes:

 

3 nights accommodation at the centrally located 5 star Yak & Yeti Hotel in Kathmandu, B&B

1 night accommodation at the 5 star Shangri-La Village Resort in Pokhara, full board excluding beverages

14 nights trekking, full board, excluding bottled beverages

Local Guide and porters, Western Escort (Rachel Baker)

Trek packs including: Duffel bag, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, walking stick, rain poncho, warm hat and gloves, souvenir sun hat and scarf

Round trip domestic flight Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Domestic flight from Pokhara to Humde

Domestic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara

All ground transfers

Trek permit

domestic departure taxes

 

Rate excludes: International airfare and international departure tax, meals in Kathmandu, and gratuities

 

Contact information

 

E-mail : poklodge@fewamail.com.np  

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