Annapurna region in the Gandaki Province of Nepal is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. The Annapurna Conservation Area is the oldest and largest conservation area in Nepal. It extends from an altitude of 1,000 meters to 8,091 meters above sea level. The geography, climate, biodiversity, lifestyle and culture of the locals have made it a major tourist attraction.
Annapurna I (8091 m), the eighth highest mountain in Nepal, is the eighth highest mountain in the region. Similarly, Annapurna II, III, IV, South, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Pisang, Chulu, Machhapuchhre and many other mountains can be observed in this trek. During the trek, the river Marsyangdi, Kaligandaki as well as the innumerable waterfalls rising through the heart of the mountain make the journey even more special. Tilicho Lake (4919 m), the highest lake in the world in Manang district, is another scenic area of the region. The national flower Laligurans as well as seasonal flowers can be observed. Similarly, Dhendu, monkey, deer, noir, bear, squirrel etc. can be observed closely. Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Tiloch Lake, Ghodepani Punhil, Mardi Himal, Nar Phu, Ghandruk, Jomsom Muktinath, Sikles, Ghale villages are some of the famous places in this area. Of which, the Annapurna Circuit trek has covered many places in the region.
Here is the detailed information about the Annapurna Region Circuit trekking..
First day; Kathmandu – Ngadi (Besisahar lamjung) (191 km)
The Annapurna region cycle starts from Ngadi. 191 km from Kathmandu. After crossing the distance, you reach Ngadi. It takes about 7 to 8 hours to cover this distance. The destination can also be reached by reserve van for a comfortable and fast journey. There are plenty of hotels and lodges in Ngadi for tourists to eat and stay.
Day 2: Ngadi-Jagat (Altitude-1300 m, Distance-12 km)
After breakfast from Ngadi, the second day’s journey begins. After walking for about 12 kilometers, you reach Jagat village. It takes about 5-6 hours to cover that distance. In the meantime, you have to cross places like Bahun Danda, Lili Bhir, Ghermu, Syange, Shrichaur. On the second day of the trek you can see the green forest, the fields, the beautiful view of the river Marsyangdi and the breathtaking waterfalls falling from the hills.
Day 3: Jagat – Dharapani (Height – 1860 m., Distance – 15 km)
You have to walk 6-7 hours to reach Dharapani from Jagat. The distance between them is about 15 kilometers. After walking for half an hour by road from Jagat, you reach Ghattekhola. It takes half an hour to reach Chemje by taking the road uphill from Ghatte Khola to Chemje. Surrounded by narrow and high mountains on both sides of the Marsyangdi River, high waterfalls can be seen on the third day’s trek. After descending from Chemje village to the river and crossing the suspension bridge of Marsyangdi river, walk for about 2-3 hours to reach Sundar Taal village, the border of Lamjung and Manang districts, the entrance of Manang. The wide boulder of Marsyangdi and the river flowing through Nagbeli, the beautiful lake village on the bank and the enchanting view of the sloping waterfall falling from the right side make it easy to forget the fatigue of the hilly road cut with great difficulty.
After lunch in Taal village, it still takes two to three hours to reach Dharapani. It takes one hour to cross the Marsyangdi in half an hour from the lake and reach Khotre by road. After walking through the lake, there is a footpath to reach Khotre by crossing the right bank of Marsyangdi. But this road is considered difficult and dangerous because of its narrowness and the fact that rocks often fall from the hills. (annapurna region)
Day 4: Dharapani-Chame (Height – 2670 m., Distance – 16 km.)
To reach Chame from Dharapani, one has to climb about 800 meters. About 16 km It takes 6-7 hours to cover the distance. From here, you have to go through the forest road through Bagarchhap, Danakyu, Timang, Thanchowk, Koto villages, so you can see the green forest and Lamjung, Annapurna, Manaslu mountains. After crossing Danakyu by road, one can reach Timang by a steep uphill road. In this region where Buddhism is predominant, Buddhism and culture can be seen everywhere. When walking around such places, it is customary to walk to the right of religious places.
Chame, the district headquarters of Manang district ( Annapurna Region ), has good facilities for eating and living as well as various government offices. There is also a natural hot spring near Chame on the banks of the Marsyangdi River. The locals have built a stream and a small pond for bathing. There is a belief that bathing in hot water cures various diseases in the body. (annapurna region)
Day 5: Chame – Pisang (Altitude – 3200 m, Distance – 15 km)
From Chame, you can reach Bartang in 2 hours via Talakhu. On this day, you have to travel to Pisang by motor road through the pine forest. Snow scenes like Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Pasang Peak etc. can be seen during the trek. Swargadwari hill is attracting the attention of tourists, it can be clearly seen from their repeated visits and looks. The dove pond is considered to be a suitable place for lunch after a short rest. It is also very beautiful from a natural point of view.
After eating, you reach Pisang in about an hour. You can live in lower and upper Pisang according to your plan and desire. A monastery has been built at the top of the upper Pisang and a very good view can be seen from there. Even if you live in the lower Pisang, turning back to the Gumba reduces the risk of leaking.
Day 6: Pisang – Manang (Height – 3540 m. Distance – 20 km)
Manang is a famous place in terms of tourism in Annapurna region. There are two ways to reach Manang from Pisang. The road to Manang is short, passing close to the Marsyangdi River. Going to Manang from the right bank of the Marsyangdi river on the hill of Garu (3670 m), one can see the views of Annapurna Himal face to face. As the villages of Garu and Ngawal are higher than Manang, the scenery along this route is no less than that seen from any view point. It takes about eight hours to reach Manang by this route. Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Pisang, Chulu, etc. are the main mountains here. (annapurna region)
Day 7: Manang (Rest Day)
Manang has many beautiful places to visit and it is advisable to spend more than a day here to avoid the lake. The surrounding mountains can be observed from various destinations near Manang, while the living conditions, dress, manners, culture, traditions and lifestyle of the locals living here can be closely observed. There are plenty of places for tourists to go around and have fun. On the day of the rest, you can go to Chongkar View Point through Gangapur Himal Lake for sightseeing and other places like Parken Gumba, Kicho Lake (Ice Lake), Milerepa Cave are prominent and Naur can also be seen in this area. (annapurna region)
Day 8: Manang – Yakkharka (Altitude – 4050 m., Distance – 9 km.)
It takes 4 hours to reach Yakkharka from Manang. After crossing Manang village, you have to walk uphill for two hours to reach Gunsang through Tanki village. On the way to Yakkharka, you can see the captivating view of the beautiful mountains. Tanki village is the last village up to Thorang Pass. Locals from Manang have gone to Yakkharka, Leather, Thorang Wes Camp and High Camp to build lodges and run their businesses. The locals, who are dependent on agriculture and animal husbandry, have been bringing yaks, cows, sheep and goats to the lake for grazing according to the season and also collecting herbs. (annapurna region)
Day 9: Yakkharka – Thorang Fedi (Height – 4460 m., Distance – 6 km)
The distance from Yakharka to Thorang base camp is about 6 kilometers. But as it is close to high mountains, it takes 4 hours to reach Thorang Fedi. The road from Yakharka to Thorang Base Camp is not very steep, but it is difficult to walk due to lack of oxygen. (annapurna region)
Day 10: Fedi – Thorang Pass (Elevation – 5416 m., (Muktinath: 3820 m.) Distance – 16 km.)
After climbing about one thousand meters from Thorang Fedi, 6 km. Thorang passes in the distance. It takes 4 to 5 hours to get there. After descending another thousand meters from the pass, it takes about three hours to reach Charbu (Fedi). Another hour’s walk from Charbu leads to Muktinath. They usually walk from Fedi to the pass at 8-9 in the morning. You have to climb uphill for an hour to reach the high camp from Fedi. It takes three hours to reach the pass from High Camp. This distance is about 4 km. As much as Depending on the weather, this road is sometimes covered with snow and ice and sometimes not. The Thorang Pass is considered to be the widest and largest pass in the world. You have to go down 1600 meters to reach Muktinath from the pass. The Muktinath Annapurna Circuit is also considered to be a diverse place due to its religious and cultural features. The Muktinath Temple is a major pilgrimage site for Hindus, while Buddhist monasteries, Mane, Chhorten and idols can be seen in one place. It can be taken as an example of respect and esteem for each other’s religions and cultures. Devotees from Nepal and India always sneeze here. From Muktinath, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, Thapa Peak and many other mountains can be seen. (Annapurna region).
Day 11: Muktinath – Jomsom (Height – 2720 m, Distance – 20 km)
Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang district across the Himalayas, is green and beautiful. It is located on the banks of the river Kali Gandaki. It is considered as an excellent destination connected by road network. From Muktinath, one can trek to Jomsom via Lubra, Jhong, Kagbeni and Jharkot-Khinga. Some tourists reach Jomsom by jeep from Muktinath. Jomsom is not the end point of the Annapurna region Circuit Trek, but due to the short distance and short walk time, most of the passengers reach Pokhara by air, local bus or reserve jeep. And you can come back here in Kathmandu from Pokhara .
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