Annapurna Semi Circuit Trek
‘adventure around north and south of Annapurna massive mountains with Thorang-la pass’
“An enjoyable and scenic country walks on the high hills of great Annapurna Himalaya
Exploring high hills Gurung and Manang traditional villages enriched with ancient culture
Walking into lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir trees
Breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks around beautiful Manang valley and Thorang-la pass
Dramatic landscapes from rice paddies to alpine hills to high areas of arctic climatic zone"
Trip Mode: Hotels and in Lodge basis during trek.
Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous.
Highest point: 5,416 m / 17,769 ft at Thorang-La Pass.
Trek duration: 11 nights & 12 days (With drive both ways)
Activities: Scenic drive and trekking.
Season: All year round except June to August the wet months.
World most famous and popular adventure destination as listed by leading travel and guide books “Annapurna Semi Circuit trekking” certainly a fantastic area for beautiful and pleasant walks visiting high and gorgeous Manang valley within giant snow capped peaks of Northern Annapurna and Damodar Himal.
Annapurna Semi Circuit trekking truly a mesmerizing journey, although motorable road has come up in some parts within the route, however Awesome Adventure Treks will avoid the main road and using the old trekking trail for your delight and enjoyable walk with us in our Annapurna Semi Circuit Trekking.
Annapurna Semi Circuit trekking leads you to enjoy fascinating scenery of dramatic landscapes from warm rice paddies to cooler alpine zone with enchanting woodlands of tall pine-firs-juniper-oaks and rhododendron trees and then walking into lovely hill villages interwoven with old Buddhist culture and religion with impressive traditional way of life of the local natives of Manang and around lower Mustang areas of Kaligandaki River valley.
Our wonderful Annapurna Semi Circuit trekking starts with an exciting overland drive to reach the Lamjung areas at Besisar town and then following the raging Marshyangdi upstream at Syange farm village where our trekking adventure begins heading higher into Manang valley past Dharapani-Chame and Pisang villages to reach at cultural Manang enclosed within high peaks of Annapurna II – III and IV with Gangapurna and its ice falls and in the north Chulus and Pisang peaks.
Adventure continues with a climb over the highest point of our trip at Thorang-La Pass of above 5,416 m high with incredible views of mountains on both sides of the pass top and then heading downhill to reach at holy Muktinath temple areas and further walks leads at Kaligandaki River valley to end the walk at charming town in Jomsom famous for delicious apples and its products.
From Jomsom a short scenic flight brings you at scenic Pokhara located on the laps of Annapurna Himalaya and Machhapuchare "Fish Tail" peak that reflects on its pristine Phewa and Begnas Lakes.
|Day 01:||Drive to Syange 1,140m via Besisar - 06 hrs.|
|Day 02:||Trek to Dharapani 1,943m - 06 hrs.|
|Day 03:||Trek to Chame 2,720 m - 05 hrs.|
|Day 04:||Trek to Pisang 3,190 m - 05 hrs.|
|Day 05:||Trek to Khesewa Bhanjyang 2,100m - 05 hrs.|
|Day 06:||Acclimatization day at Manang with short hikes.|
|Day 07:||Trek to Yak Kharka 4,210 m - 04 hrs.|
|Day 08:||Trek to Thorang- La High Camp or Phedi 4,450 m - 04 hrs.|
|Day 09:||Cross Thorag La 5,416 m / 17,769 ft and trek to Muktinath 3,800m-06 hrs.|
|Day 10:||Trek to Jomsom 2,713 m - 04 hrs.|
|Day 11:||Fly to Pokhara 860 m - 22 mins and transfer to hotel.|
|Day 12:||Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.|
Day 01: Drive to Syange 1,140 m via Besisar (by bus) - 06 hrs.
Starting this wonderful adventure with an interesting overland drive towards Nepal mid west, leading to Besisar town (headquarter of Lamjung district). From here transfer to another vehicle and continue drive on dirt road passing villages of Khudi, Bulbule and Ngadi following the Marshyangdi River upstream.Drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange a small village for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge.
Day 02: Trek to Dharapani 1,943 m - 06 hrs.
From Syange our walk begins with climb leaving Marshyangdi River behind reaching at Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers.After Jagat walk leads on winding path to Chamje, and back at Marshyangdi River crossing to east side into forested area, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.As the walk continues reaching a nice village at Tal Besi, from here another 3 hours walk leads to our overnight stop at Dharapani village.Dharapani a nice village located on a junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.
Day 03: Trek to Chame 2,720m - 07 hrs.
After Dharapani walk leads into rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagarchap and Danque, then at Timang village with more Buddhist cultured village including views of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft. From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for overnight stop, Chame a large major town of Manang area and a head quarter town of the district.
Day 04: Trek to Pisang 3,190 m - 05 hrs.
From Pisang onwards walk leads close to mountains through alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few teahouses and lodge overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, with possible lunch stop, and then descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.
Day 05: Trek to Manang 3,540 m - 04 hrs.
Morning views of mountains, from here onward altitude gains as the walk leads through forest with short uphill and views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak. Walk downhill to reach flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines fades for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate.Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches at Manang village.
Day 06: Acclimatization day at Manang with short hikes
A necessary rest day at Manang for acclimatization before reaching higher areas to Thorang-la pass, in Manang short hike around Manang village, this is a large village situated on windswept valley by the bank of Marshyangdi River below Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and Manang glacial Lake.
Day 07: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,210 m - 04 hrs.
After a good rest at Manang, walk towards Ghunsang village with short uphill to reach at Yak Kharka, an interesting walk with views of snowcapped mountains, on crossing a small stream reaching Yak Kharka for overnight stop, a small settlement with views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.
Day 08: Trek to Thorang- La High Camp or Phedi 4,450 m - 04 hrs.
Morning walk lead to more high elevation getting closer at the base of Thorang-la after crossing a bridge with a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, finally walk leads at Thorung Phedi, here depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.
Day 09: Cross Thorong La 5,416m | 17,769 ft and trek to Muktinath 3,800 m - 06 hrs.
One of the highlight and Big Day of this adventure! After early breakfast walk leads to a long climb to Thorang-la on steep winding path to reach Thoraung La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,769 ft.The highest point of the adventure with views of snowcapped peaks, and then with long descends to reach at holy Muktinath around Lower Mustang area.On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, this is a holy spot for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
Day 10: Trek to Jomsom 2, 715 m - 04 hours.
After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kaligandaki river valley, from here walk to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. At Jomsom a nice town with paved streets and well kept lodges celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juice this area from Jomsom-Marpha- Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples.
Day 11: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara 860 m - 20 mins flight.
Early breakfast and transfer to Jomsom airport for sweeping short flight of 25 minutes to Pokhara, during airborne spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiris and Annapurna range of mountains with rolling hills dotted with farm villages,On reaching Pokhara airport transfer to respective hotels by the serene lake Phewa, afternoon free for individual activities or just relax and enjoy the views of the Annapurna Himalaya.
Day 12: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fantastic and exciting Annapurna Semi Circuit trekking, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs .
(Options of flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu of 30 mins)
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