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Annapurna Circuit Trek via Poon Hill (19 Days)

Annaurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek counted among the best trekking trails amongst the trekkers from the entire world. Amongst other diverse trekking options in Annapurna region, Annapurna Circuit Trek is the magnificent treks which bestow different adventurous experiences with natural beauty and has equal significance of both enriching values too. Annapurna trekking ways are adorned out by the arresting Himalayan scenes. The locations are full of plentiful lifestyle; pleasant way of life of striking communities making the trek meaningful journey in Nepal. Furthermore, we will wander all the way by way of the Rhododendron woods, the trivial air of the Tibetan flat terrain and countless more.


Similarly, you will have a tour to delightful Ghandrung, filled with Gurung inhabitants plus you will get to see prehistoric buildings and idyllic setting under the peak of Machhapuchhre lying at 6,993m as well as Gurung museum too is the enthralling part of the trek. Typically, this place is admired for its amazingly lined courtyards. Besides, the trek will allow you view the enjoyable settlements of Magars, terraced slopes, rhododendron woods, and other assorted ethnic group who are sociable in nature. You will go up to 17, 000 m passes, glaciers, and the like. The major appeal of the trek goes by Thorung La Pass (5416m). Far below to the west way, we will view the Kaligandaki River. We will walk downward for the travel around to Muktinath, the sacred spot for Hindus and Buddhists equally.


Third Eye Adventure arranges this moderate 19 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking captivate you with its amazing background of Annapurna(8,097) plus Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Lumjung, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Tukuche peak, and the like. Plus, the trek will present an option to view the natural riches of Nepal and to hike around rustic villages.

Trip Facts

Duration: 19 Days
Climbing Destination: Bahundanda
Grade: Moderate to challenging
Mode of trek: Teahouse or guest house
Maximum Altitude: Thorung La Pass (5,416 m)
Climbing Season: October to early December; March and April

Trip Overview

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu Airport

Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

Day 03: Drive to Bhulbhule (800m/2,624ft): 8-9 Hour Drive

Day 04: Trek to Syange (1,410m/4,625ft): 6-7 Hours

Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 5-6 Hours

Day 06: Trek to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5-6 Hours

Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3,300m/10,827ft): 5-6 Hours

Day 08: Trek to Manang (3,535m/11,598ft): 6-8 Hours

Day 09: Rest and relaxation in Manang (3,535m/11,598ft)

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,200m): 3-4 Hours

Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi or high camp (4,400m-4600m): 4-5 Hours

Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) crossing Thorung La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft): 7-8 Hours

Day 13: Trek to Marpha (2,665m/8,743ft): 4-5 Hours

Day 14: Trek to Kalopani (2,560m/8,399ft): 5-6 Hours

Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (1,180m/3,871ft): 6-7 Hours

Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani (2,830m/9,285ft): 7-8 Hours

Day 17: Ascend Poon Hill (3,200m/10,499ft) then trek to Tirkedunga (1,550m/5,085ft): 5-6 Hours

Day 18: Return to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft): 7 Hour Drive

Day 19: Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home.

Annapurna Circuit Trek - 19 Days

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1320m).

Welcome to Nepal! Here our representative will meet you with a name card as you leave the airport. You will be welcomed by receiving a garland (floral wreath) around your neck, this means welcome to Nepal.  You will then be driven to your hotel by car.  Here you can have a rest and enjoy the day around Thamel; the tourist centre of Kathmandu.

Hotel in Kathmandu, Meals B

Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

Your tour guide for the day will meet you at your hotel. Your first stop will be Nepal’s most important Hindu sight, Pashupatinath. This site sits on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and is used as a cremation ground. Our next stop will be Bodhnath, the largest Buddhist stoupa in Asia. This is your chance to see some of the thousands of pilgrims who gather to walk around the dome each day. Climb up to one of the many rooftop cafes for lunch and be rewarded with a bird’s-eye view of the entire square. After lunch we turn to the medieval temples in Patan’s Durbar Square. Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley, it’s filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Our last stop for the day is the Buddhist temple Swayambhunath, mobbed by monkeys and soaring above the city on a hilltop, the ‘Monkey Temple’ is a fascinating, chaotic jumble of Buddhist and Hindu iconography. This is a great place to enjoy your day, so enjoy the view and maybe catch a sunset before heading back to your hotel for dinner. In the evening you will have a meeting with your trekking guide who will make sure you are prepared, explain how your trek will run and also answer any questions you may have.

Hotel in Kathmandu, Meals B

Day 03: Drive to Bhulbhule (800m/2,624ft): 8-9 Hour Drive

We leave early and drive to the village of Bhulbhule, just north of Pokhara. The spectacular journey, which takes approximately 8 hours, offers travellers an exciting adventure along Nepal's cliff-side road network.

Tea House in Bhulbhule, Meals B,L,D

Day 04: Trek to Syange (1,410m/4,625ft): 6-7 Hours

The trail to Chame is surrounded by amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces, steep cliffs, villages and lush forests. We follow the Marsyangdi River as we travel through the village of Syange (1,100m/3,609ft). The demanding trail from Syange to Jagat (1,300m/4,265ft) ends as we approach Chame.

Tea House in Chame, Meals B,L,D

Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 5-6 Hours

Higher in the Manang region, local crops transition from rice to corn, barley and potatoes. We continue up the Marsyangdi river valley through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. On the way is the village Tal, which sits along a sandy beach and beautiful waterfall.

Tea House in Dharapani, Meals B,L,D

Day 06: Trek to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5-6 Hours

We follow a set of steep forested ridges, where it is common to see several landslides along the trail. This trail offers sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft).

Tea House in Chame, Meals B,L,D

Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3,300m/10,827ft): 5-6 Hours

The trek to Pisang is dominated by a dramatic curved rock face, rising nearly a mile from the river. As we travel into the alpine regions of the Himalayan range, the forests and vegetation we experienced earlier disappears. You will get spectacular photos as we cross and re-cross the river via several suspension bridges.

Tea House in Pisang, Meals B,L,D

Day 08: Trek to Manang (3,535m/11,598ft): 6-8 Hours

The trek to Manang offers several variations depending on the level of adventure you crave. The lower and less-strenuous route, which takes around five hours, follows a trail contouring the valley and stunning views of the Manang valley. As you continue on the trail and over multiple ridges, breathtaking views of Annapurna III (7,555m/24,787ft) will greet you as the trail rises to the left, passing through the village of Hongde.

The high route offers a serious eight-hour adventure for any trekker looking for an extra challenge. The high route follows the east bank of the Marsyangdi River valley. As you leave the village, the trail continues to rise until crossing a beautiful mountain stream. Then strenuous zigzag climbing leads to the village of Ghyaru. A visit to the gompa at the top of the village offers wonderful views of Annapurna II and Annapurna IV. The trail continues, passing through the Ngawal village. After Ngawal, you will descend back to the valley floor and re-join the main trail, bringing you to the villages of Braga and Manang.

Tea House in Manang, Meals B,L,D

Day 09: Rest and relaxation in Manang (3,535m/11,598ft)

The village of Manang offers a nice spot to rest, relax and adjust to the higher altitude. It is essential to acclimatize, as we are now high in the Himalayas. Take some time to walk around and enjoy the village. There are several beautiful lakes near the village, as well as souvenir shopping and a clinic run by the Himalayan Rescue Association.

Tea House in Manang, Meals B,L,D

Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,200m): 3-4 Hours

After acclimatization in Manang, we continue to Yak Kharka.  As you get higher in the Himalayas, it's important to be aware of the effects of altitude sickness. It is essential for proper acclimatization to make stops between Manang and Thorong Phedi. As we leave Manang, the path gradually ascends higher up the valley; however, at this altitude, you will definitely feel the effects of the higher elevation. We will stay overnight at the village of Yak Kharka. If you still have some energy, there are several additional shorter hikes you can take around the village in the afternoon.

Tea House in Yak Kharka, Meals B,L,D

Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi or high camp (4,400m-4600m): 4-5 Hours

This is another short day on our way to Thorong Phedi. After leaving Yak Kharka, we take the higher route and pass through the small village of Letdar. The trail continues on the eastern side of Thorong valley, before dropping down to the valley floor and crossing the Thorong valley. We continue the short, but sharp climb to Thorong Phedi. We will arrive in Thorong Phedi around lunch. After lunch, adventurous trekkers may want to take a short hike around the village.

Tea House in Phedi/High Camp, Meals B,L,D

Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) crossing Thorung La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft): 7-8 Hours

If we stay in phedi. This early morning start begins a challenge. At dawn, we ascend steeply for approximately one hour to a notch in the trail at 4,679m/15,351ft.  From high camp we continue up the trail, ascending several false summits before we top out at the Thorong La pass at 5,416m/17,769ft. The pass is decorated with large cairn and Buddhist prayer flags. You will have spectacular views of the Annapurna Range to the south and the Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the west. After the four-hour trek to the pass, the decent to Muktinath takes three to four hours. The decent offers stunning views of Dhaulagiri (8,175m/26,821ft), Tukuche Peak (6,920m/22,703ft) and the valley of the Kali Gandaki below.

Hotel in Muktinath, Meals B,L,D

Day 13: Trek to Marpha (2,665m/8,743ft): 4-5 Hours

The trail to Marpha is an amazing journey. The trail passes along a plateau above Kali Gandaki gorge, recognized as one of the deepest gorges in the world. The dry and arid landscape throughout the valley resembles Tibet more that Nepal. Marpha is the apple capital of Nepal. Trekkers can enjoy the wonderful apple products created in the area. The more adventurous can partake in the famous Marpha apple brandy, popular throughout Nepal.

Tea House in Manang, Meals B,L,D

Day 14 Trek to Kalopani (2,560m/8,399ft): 5-6 Hours

We follow the Kali Gandaki gorge, enjoying the beautiful views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and Annapurna I. As we get lower in the valley, the vegetation dramatically changes with the arid landscape, transforming into a more subtropical climate.

Tea House in Kalopani, Meals B,L,D

Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (1,180m/3,871ft): 6-7 Hours

From Kalopani, the trail continues downhill to Tatopani. The trek travels through numerous villages and settlements. As we get lower, you will notice how the lower altitudes are much more populated than the higher valleys in the area. We cross the suspension bridge at Ghasa and continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana, on our way to the hot springs at Tatopani. Here you can have a well needed soak in the hot springs.

Tea House in Tatopani, Meals B,L,D

Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani (2,830m/9,285ft): 7-8 Hours

We continue to pass through a number of Nepali villages on our way back uphill to the village of Ghorepani. The walk will take 7-8 hours and is a strenuous uphill journey.

Tea House in Ghorepani, Meals B,L,D

Day 17: Ascend Poon Hill (3,200m/10,499ft) then trek to Tirkedunga (1,550m/5,085ft): 5-6 Hours

In the morning, we will make the short trek up Poon Hill over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Due to its proximity to Pokhara, Poon Hill is a popular photography site, with its unobstructed views over the region. Early morning we ascend Poon Hill (3210m) for about an hour.  Here we will catch the spectacular sunrise view of the Dhaulagiri ranges and Annapurna ranges with Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and many more peaks. Then descend to the hotel to have breakfast and pack our bags and trek to Hile (1510m) and get a jeep to Nayapul or direct go to Pokhara.

Hotel in Pokhara, Meals B,L

Day 18: Return to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,265ft): 7 Hour Drive

From Pokhara, it is a six-hour tourist bus ride back to Kathmandu. The highway is cut into the side of the river valley and follows a series of steep rocky gorges, landslides and roaring rapids, crossed by precarious suspension bridges. Once back at your hotel you can relax or go explore the maze of souvenir shops in Thamel.

Hotel in Kathmandu, Meals B

Day 19: Farewell from Nepal as you fly back home.

Our agency’s representative will greet you at your hotel and offer you a Khada (a kind of cloth which is worn on your neck). Wearing Khada means good luck and protection. Afterwards they will drop you to the airport.

Above itinerary can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. We will follow accordingly.

 

Note of above Itinerary:

B=Breakfast, 
L=Lunch
D=Dinner

Cost Include:

  • All the Ground Transportation from airport pick up to airport drop.
  • 3 nights Hotel in Kathmandu in twin sharing basis.
  • 2 nights Hotel in Pokhara.
  • All Meals during trekking days 9 days   (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) as indicated by the itinerary.
  • All Accommodation from day 1 to day 15 in twin sharing basis
  •  All trekking and climbing related permit & fees, (Entry Permit Annapurna conservation fees and TIMS Card).
  •  Professional Trekking leader, guides and necessary porters (1porter for 2 pax during trekking)
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  •  All government and local taxes for Trekking 
  • Guide& porter’s insurance.
  • Farewell dinner in authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural program.
  • Trekking/climbing certificate from the agency.

Cost Exclude:

 

  • International air fare to/ from Nepal.
  • Entry Visa fees - at present $25 for 15 day, US$ 40 for 30 day, and US$ 100 for three month visa on entry into Nepal.
  • Foods in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, lost, theft expenses.
  • Drinks: both alcoholic and bottled other than sterilized drinking water.
  • Laundry fees.
  • All food and beverages other than on the itinerary.
  • Personal gear and expenses.
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff.

Map

Annapurna Circuit Via Poonhill

 

Useful Information for Third Eye Adventure

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is one of the essential parts to craft before you travel so that you shall be protected against wide-ranging expenses likely to gain due to health issues or accidents which include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, treatment costs etc.

Accommodations 
There are two sorts of accommodations during the trek. You will stay two nights in Kathmandu in a 3-star hotel while during your trek you will stay in typical teahouse or lodge or guest house or hotel with unheated rooms with foam mattresses in wood beds. We make available attached bathrooms as much as feasible; still there are some places which can only offer shared washing and bathroom facilities.

Meals 
During the trek, you can get pleasure from typical Nepali cookery, diverse cultural cuisines as well as international food including Tibetan, Italian, Continental, Indian, etc. You will have your breakfast at the same teahouse or lodge where you spent your night while lunch will be dished up en-route to destination; and dinner will be served at the place where you will spend the night.

Equipments necessary for your trek:
1) Fro head and face-Sun hat or scarf, Sunglasses with UV protection cream 
2) Upper Body: - T-shirts, Light expedition thermal tops, pullover or Fleece jacket, Fleece Wind-Cheater jacket, Waterproof shell jacket 
3) Lower Body: - Under Garments, Lightweight cotton long pants, Hiking shorts, Light and trip weight thermal bottoms, Waterproof (if possible breathable fabric), Fleece or wool pants (seasonal),
4) Feet: - Thin inner socks, Thick warm woolen socks, Camp shoes (sneakers or sandals), Hiking boots, Gaiters for hiking to the base camp in winter
5) Hands: - Heavyweight gloves or mittens, Lightweight gloves, 
6) Accessories: - Sleeping bag, Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries, Trekking Bags, Basic First Aid Kit, Trekking Poles, Water bottles, Toiletries 
7) Extras/Luxuries – Binoculars, book, Guide book, Journal & Pen, Walkman etc


Acclimatization 
High altitude sickness is likely to occur. The fraction dispersion of hemoglobin with oxygen resolves the substance of oxygen in our blood. When we reach around 2,100 m high above sea level the diffusion of oxyhemoglobin begins to drop. Nevertheless, the human being has both.

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