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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s most popular treks, the route begins with a dirt road that extends up valley of Beshisahar. Much of the way to Khudi makes use of this dirt road. The first part of the trek makes easy walking. The trek links the valley of the Marshyangdi river with that of the Kaligandaki making a long horse shoe loop of the Annapurna Himal. Thorong La (5416m) is the climax of the trek and one can gain Himalayan experiences going through subtropical to alpine and ultimately an arid semi-desert plateau- Mustang region. Varied ecosystems, diverse cultures and an ever-changing landscape - lush, green paddy fields and oak forests, arid deserts and the deepest gorge in the world make this one of the most popular treks in the world.

Day to Day Itinerary:

* Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu. Trip briefing.  Welcome dinner with culture dance
* Day 2.Morning city tours for half day. After lunch afternoon free.

* Day 3. Drive to Khudi (792meter), overnight at Guesthouse, 7hrs drive.After having breakfast you will board your transport and start the drive to Khudi. This drive can take up to 6/7 hours. Your adventure vacation truly starts at the moment you reach Dumre. Drive up to  the Marsyangdi river valley to Besisahar and continue to Khudi. The drive from Bensisahar to Khudi is seasonal. Your first day’s overnight stop will be at Khudi.

* Day 4. Trek to Bahundanda (1314 meter), overnight at Guesthouse, 15KM.The trail continues north above the Marsyangdi river after crossing bridge. The changes in the valley’s ecosystem and its physical characteristics become evident now. Himalchuli is the major summit to the east. Crossing the river to its east bank you pass through the village of Bhulbhule and heading north continue past Ngadi (930 m.) to the ridge top settlement of Bahundanda (1311 m). The name of this village literally means “Brahmin Hill”.

* Day 5. Trek to Chyamje (1400 meter), overnight at Guesthouse, 12KM.Today, we descend to the valley floor and then, crossing the river, climb steeply out of it to follow a trail beautifully carved out to the rock wall of the valley. We will reach Syange passing through Khani Gaon and Ghermu Phant. We then continue walk to Chyamje along the west bank of the Marsyangdi River through the village of Jagat where you will cross the river to its eastern bank to enter the Manang District at the village of Tal.

* Day 6. Trek to Dharapani (1943 meter), overnight at Guesthouse, 12KM. As you head up, you will begin to notice the changes in the people as well as the landscapes, culture and architecture. There is a concentration of people of Tibetan origin, Rock built houses, less tropical vegetation and the predominantly Tibetan Culture. The trail from Tal crosses the Marshyangdi River to its west bank after Karte Village and continuous towards the village of Dharapani.

* Day 7.Trek to Chame (2713 meter), overnight at Guesthouse, 15KM. Today, you continue up the River valley past the Gurung Village Thonje to Bagarchhap. Continuing walk along the left bank, climb up the heavily wooded Manang valley past small settlements with outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu (8163 meter) and the peaks above Larkya La. As Chame is district administration center of Manang district, has facility of bank.

* Day 8. Trek to Pisang (3185 meter), overnight at Guesthouse, 16KM. We have to walk along the trail which is properly not maintained up to Chame. Passing through forest of Pine, Juniper, over fairly level ground through Bhratang village. The village too has an entrance and an exit CHHORTEN like all the villages have after Dharapani. An excellent view of Annapurna II can be seen to south as you are now behind the main Himalayan peaks in their rain shadow area.You will enter a spruce and fir forest which eventually gives way to a pine forest after crossing a series of wooden cantilever bridges.