|Fitness Level||: Moderate||Max-Altitude||: 5416m / 17768.81ft|
|Country||: Nepal||Group Size||: 2-12 people|
|Trip Start||: Kathmandu||Trip Finish||: Kathmandu|
|Meals||: Breakfasts in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals during trek|
|Accommodation||: Standard hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, tea houses on trek|
The Annapurna Circuit and the Upper Mustang Trek brings one of the most exhilarating experiences passing through the homes of Gurungs in the lowlands, and meeting the Thakalis in Jomsom who are warm and hospitable. Discover the local culture of Manang in the east and mountain lifestyle those of Loba and Tibetans in Upper Mustang. This trek is a wonderful trek in Nepal for trekkers seeking for adventure amidst stunning mountain vistas and meeting local people learning so much about their fascinating culture and traditions. Trekking along the trails of Annapurna Circuit and Upper Mustang, you’d get one of the best experiences to savour.
The Annapurna Circuit route will make you walk on well-maintained trails trekking in and around the breathtaking Annapurna massif separated from the humungous Dhaulagiri (8167m) by the Kaligandaki, the deepest gorge in the world. Most trekkers have enjoyed the legendary Annapurna Circuit. There is the challenge trekking to cross the Thorong La Pass at 5416 rendering you a great sense of achievement. You can see the outstanding panorama of the stunning peaks and the cultural traditions of a whole spectrum of ethnicities. As you finish your trek of the Annapurna Circuit then you enter Jomsom to start your trek to Upper Mustang. The terrain now becomes arid and wind-swept through the Kali Gandaki Valley. As you head north at the border with China, you’d reach the Last Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang; here you can visit the famous walled city of Lo Manthang that still remains intact and shrouded with mystery. The route to Upper Mustang certainly is Nepal’s trail that is never far away.After you’ve trekked the popular routes of the Upper Mustang and Annapurna Circuit, you’d find that it was indeed a good choice to do this trek. You’d take back home wonderful memories that few can ever experience. So you can us join for a spell-binding trekking experience with our perfect, trek itinerary of the Annapurna Circuit combined with a trek to Upper Mustang.
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Welcome to the land of Himalayas! As soon as you arrive, we will be there to receive you and escort you to your hotel room. Once rested and settled down, you can take a lazy stroll around your hotel and take in as much of Kathmandu as you can without getting any culture shock. We make sure that your first acquaintance with the capital city is a memorable one! Overnight in Kathmandu.
Altitude: 1,300m/4265ft| Drive 8 - 9 hrs
Today you will be met early in the morning to pick you up so to start your journey. It takes 8-9 hrs of driving on a private vehicle to Jagat, a stone village in Lamjung district. By the time we reach here we are already ahead of Besi sahar which is also known as the gateway to Annapurna circuit trekking, Bhulbhule and a picturesque village of Bahundada. Right after we enter Besisahar we will witness stunning snow capped mountain panorama and culture and traditions of Gurung community, people from one of the community of few selected communities who takes pride to join in British Army. Overnight stay in Jagat.
Altitude: 1,960m/6,430ft| Trek 7 - 8 hrs
Today you will start our day after breakfast climbing through the forest to Chyamje. You trek through amphitheater-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages. You follow the Marsyangdi river walking through fantastic landscapes through little waterfalls, forests and villages. As you climb through the steep hills of Chamje to reach Dharapani, you pass through the first village of Manang district named Tal through the fields of corn, barley, potatoes and forests filled with bamboo and rhododendrons strongly popular for being Nepal’s national flower. During your trek we will experience the serene mountain climate and culture. As you walk, you’d head higher in slow pace sometimes giving passes to caravan of large group of donkey as it helps us getting acclimatized to altitudes. Overnight in Dharapani.
Altitude: 2,710m/8,891ft| Trek 6 - 7 hrs
Today with pleasant walk, you trek gradually uphill through steep forest ridges and several landslides to the west. The trail offers superb sensational scenery of Lamjung himal (mountain) and frequent views of Annapurna range, including Annapurna II and Annapurna IV. Treat yourself with small hot springs, waterfalls and a big wall full of prayer flags as you reach Chame, the headquarter of Manang district. Overnight at Chame.
Altitude: 3,300m/10824ft: Trek 5 - 6 hrs
Today, you will leave the village of Chame passing through the pine tree with amazing view of rocks, walking out past the prayer wheels and cross wide rivers and pine forests on the way to Pisang. Walking on steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. The forests and heavy vegetation would now be gone. You’d be crossing and re-crossing the river again and again on suspension bridges. As the trail opens up you’ll get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. The view of the soaring Paungda Danda's rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200m and 3,300meters. You’d find yourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. Upon walking through these wonderful sites you’d reach at Pisang. Overnight in Lower Pisang.
Altitude: 3,540m/11,328ft|Trek 6 - 7 hrs
Today our trek will cross the Marsyandi River on the way out to Manang. Pisang to Manang (3,400m) starts through almost flat road. Tall rocks and Hongde airport are the main attractions of the day. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip at 3,325m, involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3,475m to the nearby Manang at 3,540m. We have disjunctures of two routes that we follow. If taken upper route (Wind Horse recommends), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, we will have outstanding sceneries. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us. We experience a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today. On the way, the cold and dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight in Manang.
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day. The dramatic setting of Manang makes for a pleasant rest and acclimatization day with the added benefit of hot showers. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude is suggested to get acclimatized with the altitude. The upcoming next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. Further, we pay an easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, upon wherre we will be at a village's monastery. Overnight in Manang.Accommodation: Hotel Tilicho
Altitude: 4,110m/13,484ft|Trek 3 - 4 hrs
After a day rest at Manang, you continue your adventure the next day. From Manang, first you’d head out to the village of Tenki. The trail leads uphill leaving the Marshyangdi Valley to reach Jarsang Khola. As you carry on ascending you’d traverse pastures and juniper forests. The trail continues passing by Ghunsa a small hamlet which later passes meadows where you can find yaks and horses grazing. Later you’d cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village we walk further up towards Yak Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Altitude: 4420m/14501ft|Trek 3-4 hrs
Today, you’d leave Yak Kharka after breakfast and move ahead with our trek first to Ledar. You’d walk through fantastic sceneries. The walk is relatively flat and short, yet seems to take forever. It’s a short walk from Yak Kharka to Ledar. Then, you’d slowly to make your way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi. It is a small busy settlement with amazing view of mountains and landscapes. People use this place as a base. Phedi means foot of the hill is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb. You’d stay overnight at guesthouse. From Ledar, you’d ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La. On this trip you are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
Altitude: 3,800m/12,467ft| Trek 8 -9 hrs
Today, you’d walk the longest and hardest day of the entire trip. Crossing Thorong La pass it is a lifetime experience, one of the highest and famous passes in the world will be your ultimate objective today. You will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. You’d need to get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When you finally make it to the top, you’ll realize that our journey was worth it. You can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.
Altitude: 3,050m/10,004ft| Trek 6-7 hrs
After a healthy breakfast and permit check, you’d start the day’s journey walking along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Walking uphill and downhill on windswept, sandy trails the views are so scenic and picturesque you’d be stunned. Before reaching, the next village- Tangbe, you’d cross two tributaries of Simkoshiu River and Dhingho River. After passing through this quaint village of whitewashed dwellings, apple orchards with fields of wheat, barley and buckwheat, you’d be heading to Chhusang. Then, you continue walking northwards crossing the Narsing River and reach Chhomnang. From here, you carry on heading in the same direction crossing a modern, steel bridge and after climbing on some small ridges you’d reach the destination of the day- Chele. Today, you cannot miss the views of the unique, colorful rock formation with many cave dwellings high up in the cliffs and dry, attractive windswept villages. Overnight in Chele.
Altitude: 3,475m/11,398ft| Trek 6-7 hrs
After filling up yourselves with a hearty breakfast, we’d trek back to Ekley Bhatti, and from here it’s time to climb steep steps to reach Samar for over 600 m. En route to Samar you’d have to traverse the Taklam La (3624m), Dajori La (3838m) and then from Samar you’d have to climb and cross the Bhana La (3838m) to reach Syanboche. On this trail you’d be walking on plateaus to see views of the Damodar Danda, Tilicho Peak and Yakawa Kang- it’s magical. It takes around three hours to reach Syanboche from Samar passing through small streams and juniper trees. The famous Ramchung Cave also can be seen on the trail. Overnight in Syanbochen.
Altitude: 3,520m/11,546ft| Trek 5-6 hrs
On this day, following breakfast, get ready for some interesting climb passing small, quaint villages to Yamday La (3,850m /12,667ft). The houses of the villages are of the Tibetan architectural style with an open verandah, so you can feel you are in Tibet for a while. While crossing the pass you traverse fields of barley and poplar trees worth the view. Now, you’d be ascending the Nyi Pass (4,010m/13,193ft). From here you can see Mustang in the north and the Annapurna in the south. Then, descending you’d take the trail to Ghaymi- an attractive village with many chortens, mani walls and a gompa (monastery). Overnight in Ghaymi.
Altitude: 3,620m/11,873ft| Trek 5-6 hrs
Following breakfast, get prepared for an enjoyable walk. You’d be crossing the Ghaymi River, and climb to a plateau walking past a scared stone- a very long mani wall (a scared Buddhist wall). As you walk east from the end of the wall the trail leads to Tsarang- a small, quaint village. This would be your final destination of the day. Enjoy your stay in this village where you can feel a strong Buddhist influence and also see houses separated by stone walls on top of the of the Charang Chu Canyon. You’d also pass by big a white dzong and red monastery. Overnight in Tsarang.
Altitude: 3,730m/12,234ft| Trek 3-4 hours
Enjoy your breakfast, and then set to discover the village of Tsarang and also visit the gompa. Then, we head to Lo-manthang, first descending down to the Tsarang Chu Canyon. After crossing the river then there is a steep ascent you’d have to climb. As you keep walking you’d be ascending and traversing the Lo Pass at 3850m- a very windy pass. You will be able to see the valley of Lo-manthang from the pass, and thereafter the trail takes you down reach Lo-manthang. As you reach the place the trail becomes broad and finally you will get have the first glance of the walled-city of Lo-manthang. To enter the city, since there is a single entrance, you’d have to walk all the way to the north-east corner to the gate. Overnight in Lo-manthang.
This day is a free day for you to visit sites that would be worth exploring like the famous Namgyal Monastery- monastery of high significance of the local people and also the local court. Later on, you can also visit the Tingkhar valley, located northwest of Lo-manthang and last among the popular villages in the area. Here you can also see the summer palace of the local king. The exploration is just an amazing experience. There are other options to visit other interesting sites with ancient ruins, interesting gompas- “God House” (Champa Lakhang), ochre coloured Thugen Monastery, the Entrance Hall and the Chyadi Monastery. Certainly the view of the panoramic snow-capped mountains and the four-storey palace of the local king, can regarded as a main attraction of the area. Overnight in Lo-manthang.Accommodation: Lotus Holiday Inn
Altitude: 3810 m/12,500ft| Trek 6-7 hrs
After breakfast, you’d commence your trek descending towards Drakmar. En route you can visit the Ghar Gompa , supposedly a 1200 year old monastery; here you see can eye-catching paintings on the rocks. Surely you will feel very mythical exploring the gompa it’s an awesome experience. The area gets very windy especially in the afternoons- so make sure you carry a good pair of goggles. You’d have to begin your day early from Lo Manthang which is prudent. You can explore the village and uncover the local lifestyle after wind stops late afternoon. Your final destination of the day is at Drakmar. Overnight in Drakmar.
Altitude: 3,806m/12,484ft: Trek 5-6 hrs
Today will be another long walk for you when trekking from Drakmar to Ghiling. However, the walk will be very much the same like those of the previous days with the same landscape and terrain. You’d have to start your day early to avoid the gusty afternoon in the region. Once you’d reach Ghiling you can rest for a while and explore this village later once it’s less windy. It’s an interesting village to explore. Overnight in Ghiling.
Altitude: 3050m/10,004ft): 5-6 hours
After breakfast you will be taking the trail heading to Chhuksang. You’d get to see better view than the previous day. Besides, the dry and arid wind-swept terrain the views of the mountains are just so mesmerizing. You’ll be spending the last night in the remote village of Chhuksang in Mustang. Overnight in Chhuksang.
Altitude: 2,700/8,856ft| Trek 6-7 hrs
You’d be finally leaving Upper Mustang. So today definitely would be a long walk. You pass through one of the popular settlements in the region called Kagbeni. After you leave Kagbeni, you’d be walking on the trail of the Annapurna Circuit. After having had a long walk you can enjoy some hot coffee at the outlet of Himalayan Java Coffee in Jomsom. Overnight in Jomsom.
Today you’d be taking an early flight to Pokhara; so after breakfast you’d be boarding the 20-minute flight. Once you are in Pokhara you’d receive at the airport and transferred to your comfortable hotel. while you are there just kick back and relax or hit the streets leading to the lakeside area. Have a drink! You have a lot to discover in Pokhara “The City of Lakes.” Overnight in Pokhara.
Following an early breakfast, get ready to drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. Enjoy the drive which is indeed fantastic passing by beautiful Nepalese countryside of little towns, river and villages. Once you reach Kathmandu, check in at your hotel. Free to explore on your own, indulge in some last minute shopping or visit some UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our cheerful representative will drop you off to the airport three hours prior to the flight departure. The mystic land of the Himalayas holds many more secrets to be told. Come back again for another adventure visiting our spectacular mountains.Accommodation: Aryatara Kathmandu Hotel
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