Annapurna Circuit Trek In Nepal
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a legendary trekking experience that is sure to submerge you into the sacred Himalayan energy while stunning you with a serene beauty that will engrave into your heart and mind forever. If trekking the Himalayas has been a dream of yours, this trek is arguably one of the best and most popular treks in the region. Starting from the Besi Sahar this trek circles the Annapurna massif and ends at Pokhara. In most of the treks, the trekkers are given a close view of the Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, and Annapurna. The highest point of the trek is the Thorong La Pass which is 5416m. Before landing down to Pokhara the trek covers the places like the Kaloi Gandaki valley which is the world deepest river gorge and the Muktinath which is the greatest Hindu pilgrimage site.
|START TIME||Please arrive by 7:45 AM.|
|END TIME||Approximately 6:30 PM.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Besides getting the views of the mountains, the Annapurna circuit trek also introduces trekkers to the communities of Thakali, Manangi and Gurungs. This is rather strenuous and a long trek in comparison to the other treks in nepal and is the greatest walk that a person needs to take in order to reach the heart of the Himalayas.
Other famous landmarks around the area are the Temple of Living Goddess Kumari, the wooden temple of Kasthamandap, Ashok Vinayak. There are also museums inside the Durbar Square Palace.
After Kathmandu Durbar Square we will be visiting Swoyambhunath Stupa. Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. Swoyambhunath (UNESCO World heritage site) has developed into an important center of Buddhism. Drive back to the hotel.
Our next destination is Patan Durbar square. (UNESCO World heritage site in 1979) Patan Durbar Square complex is perhaps the most photographed of the three durbar squares. Located in the heart of Patan city, this was once the palace of the kings of Patan. The square is a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts.
Then proceed for the sightseeing tour to Great Stupa of Boudhanath (UNESCO World heritage site). Boudhanath Stupa holds a great importance to the entire Buddhist around the world. The Stupa is a vast dome-shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha, is the primary pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddhists of the Himalayas and a major draw for Tibetan Buddhists from all over the World. The history of the Stupa from its origin in the fifth century to the present day is also presented here for the first time.
Kathmandu – Besi Sahar (750m) 6 hrs drive
Besi Sahar – Bahundanda (1310m) 6 – 7 hrs
Bahundanda – Chamje (1400m) 6 hrs
Chamje – Bagarchhap (2160m) 6 – 7 hrs
Bagarchhap – Chame (2630m) 4 -5 hrs
Chame – Pisang (3185m) 4 hrs
Pisang – Manang (3530m) 4 – 5 hrs
Manang- Yak Kharka (4000m) 4 – 5 hrs
Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi or High Camp (4700m) 3 – 4 hrs
Thorung Phedi – Muktinath (3800m) 6 – 7 hrs
At the Thorung La pass with its traditional prayer flags and stone cairn, we will have outstanding views. You can see the Annapurna, Gangapurna and Khatung Kang a heavily glaciated peak. Amazingly there is a tea shop here on the top of the pass at 5416 m. From here we start a long descent of about 1600 m with the outstanding views of Dhaulagiri mountain standing alone in the distance across the valley. After the trail becomes less steep we will enter the grassy fields and cross meadows to our final destination of Muktinath, which means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the temple, which is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 water spouts around it from which holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai temple which contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas.