Trip Facts

Grade: Vigorous / Strenuous
Duration: 15 days (on trek 10 days)
Max. Altitude: 5,414m/17,763ft
Group Size: 2 - 12

Description

This is the ideal trek for those who wish to discover the variety and beauty of the Annapurna mountain range, on a shorter, less strenuous version of the full Annapurna Circuit. Following the Marshyangdi River our trek begins in Besisihar, through paddy fields and sub-tropical rhododendron forest. Above the village of Manang the scenery changes as we enter higher, more arid landscapes and ascend steadily to cross the Thorong La at 5,416m/17,765ft, with fantastic views of the entire Annapurna massif.

 

Descending from our high point we spend a night at the small pilgrimage town of Muktinath, where Hindus and Buddhists come to see the ‘burning’ water, before completing our trek in the Tibetan township of Jomsom. Whilst trekkers on the full circuit continue on foot from here through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, we take to the air for the less demanding but spectacular flight above the deepest gorge in the world to Pokhara and Kathmandu beyond.

Day 1-2: Arrive in Kathmandu. Explore points of interest through a guided tour.
Day 3-5: Drive to Syange and begin the trek to Chame, 2,725m /8,940ft.
Day 6-7: Trek to Manang, 3,500m /11,483ft via Pisang.
Day 8: Spend the day in Manang to aid acclimatisation, taking a day walk to the lake or Manang gompa.
Day 9-10: Trek to Yak Kharka and then on to Thorong Phedi, 4,441m /14,570ft.
Day 11: Cross Thorong La, 5,414m / 17,763ft. This is the highest point on the trek, and involves a 3-5 hour ascent.
Day 12: Trek to Jomsom via Muktinath - an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 13: Fly to Pokhara. The rest of the day is free to relax and wander around the lakeside town.
Day 14-15: Fly to Kathmandu. Spend the rest of the day at leisure, relaxing or exploring the city. Transfer to airport for flight back home.

Cost Includes: * A trek leader and Sherpa support staff * All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers * Good standard hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, bed and breakfast, twin share basis * All road transport by private vehicles * Costs of all porterage and their insurance * Kathmandu sightseeing tour * A free Ananya Holidays welcome kit bag * Best quality tea houses booked in advance * Full porterage * All meals on trek including tea and coffee * An evening fill up of your water bottle with drinking water * Supplementary snacks on trek * Bedding pack: sheet, pillow slip, four season sleeping bag and fleece liner, (hot water bottle in winter) * Showers while on trek * Park fees

Accommodation: Hotels, teahouses

If wishing to travel at other times alternative itineraries are available.

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