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Christmas & New Year 2017 Special

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Christmas & New Year 2017 Special

Merry Christmas!! and Happy New Year 2017. On the occasion of Christmas and New Year we are offering this unique and exciting trip which gives you a real taste of Nepal with much more fun. We will be organizing your trek for different destinations on the occasssion of Happy Merry Christmas and New year 2014 whereas Everest trekking, Langtang trek, Annapurna Trekking, Mustang Trek, Gosainkunda Trek, Pike Peak Trekking etc.

The Around Annapurna Trek

Introduction

The Annapurna Region in central Nepal is the most geographically and culturally diverse region for trekking. The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) working along with the King Mahendra Trust for Nature Conservation has declared this region as area of conservation and sustainable development. Stretched over 2,600 sq. km., the area boasts of a variety of diverse cultures, tribes and castes as the Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Thakalis, Manangis and the Tibetans.

This area has sub-tropical lowlands, valleys, bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus and the towering Annapurna Mountains. This area has the world's deepest river gorge, Kali Gandaki, lying some 6900 meters /22,563 ft, below some of the world's largest and most beautiful mountains as the Annapurna I (world's 8th highest) and the most beautiful Fishtail Peak.

Animals and birds are in abundance in this region. 440 species of birds and animals like the marten, deer, langur and the elusive snow leopard live in this area.

Itinerary:

Day 01:   08:00 Hrs - Drive to Khudi via Besisahar (7 hrs) along the newly constructed scenic road. Break journey for lunch at Besisahar. Besi Sahar (823 m) is the main town of Lamjung district. Until recently this market town of 2000 inhabitants was called Besigaon. However since the opening of the road to Manang, in the late seventies, the village became a compulsory stop over for those who go trekking around the Annapurna and was renamed Besi sahar. There are several administrative offices here, as well as post-offices and a police check-post where your trekking permit will be examined for the first time. Walk across fields of paddy, barley and corn to reach the village of Bhalam in about an hour’s time. Then we cross Khudi Khola on a suspension bridge to reach the first Gurung village also named Khudi

(792m).

Day 02:  NAGADI (860m)

It takes about two and half hours to reach the Nagadi village (860m) from Khudi.

After breakfast, commence the Around Annapurna Trek. The Annapurna Region in central Nepal is the most geographically and culturally diverse region for trekking. The area boasts of a variety of diverse cultures, tribes and castes as the Brahmins, Chettris, Newars, Gurungs, Magars, Manangis and the Tibetans. This area has sub-tropical lowlands, valleys, and forests of bamboo, oak and rhododendron, alpine meadows, windswept desert plateaus and the towering Annapurna Mountains. This area has the world's deepest river gorge, Kali Gandaki, lying some 6900 metres/22,563 ft., below some of the world's largest and most beautiful mountains as the Annapurna I (world's 8th highest) & Fishtail (one of the most beautiful). 440 species of birds and animals like the marten, deer, languor and the elusive snow leopard live here. After we reach to Baun Dhara and rest overnight.

Day 03:  JAGAT (1,340m)

Start by moving north up to a suspension bridge crossing the Nagdi Khola. At this point, the track on the right leads to the village of Utsa. The path going up towards Mardyangdi leads to the village of Lampata in the Manang District. The climb is quite steep and it takes about two hours to reach Bahundanda, a village sitting on the headline at a height of 1314 meters. Bahundsnda means “Brahman’s hill” which explains the origin of the people. We stop here for lunch and to enjoy the view of Mount Phungi (6379m), towards the North.

After lunch climb down a steep slope for about thirty minutes until we reach the Dhule Khola, cross over to reach the village of Besi. In about an hours time we get to see the magnificent water fall at Syange (1136m) flowing from the high plain hamlet of Ghulima. From here it takes about two hours to reach Jagat, a village along the ridge of the mountain, at a height of 1340m.   

Day 04:  DHARAPANI (1,943m)

               In the morning after ascending for about forty five minutes, we will reach bhatti, from where it will take another thirty minutes to reach the village of Chamje (1433m). It takes about one hour to reach the hamlet of Sattare (‘top of the hill’, in Tibetan) from Chamje. We have our lunch since this is the idle place to have lunch.

 

               After lunch we start by walking along the ridge of the hills and then uphill for about an hour through the bamboo forest, to reach the village of Tal set in the middle of the broad valley at a height of 1707 meters. Tal means ‘lake’ in Nepali language. From Tal, it takes about two hours forty five minutes to reach  Dharapani (1943m), which means ‘stream’.

 

 

Day 05:  CHAME (2,713m)

It takes 45 Minutes to reach the village of Bagarchap (2164m) which literally means ‘the river bank’. Bagarchap marks the barrier between the humid valleys of the souch, which we have crossed on the way, and dry regions of the high- Marsysngdi. That the monsoon is more or less absent in this region is evident by the change in vegetation.

From Bagarchap, it will take an hour to climb up to the hamlet of Dhanagya (2300m) where we stop to have our lunch. After lunch it takes us about 2 ½  hrs to 3 hrs through the hamlet of Thanchock and Besi Salla ( which means “the Garden of Pines”) to reach Kodo( and also called Koto) meaning ‘Millet’ and then to the village of Kyupar (2600m). Outside the village a police check post controls the assess to the Nar Phu Khola Valley which leads to Tibet. We have to show our trekking permits here again before proceeding to Chame (2713m), the District Headquarters of Manang District, which is another forty five minutes away.               

Day 06:  PISANG (3,185m)

After the school at Chame we have to cross the bridge to get to the northern bank of Marsyangdi. We walk along the river to reach the village of Bratang (2919m), mainly populated by Tibetans. Here we stop to have a hearty Lunch. On the way Bratang we pass through a splendid pine forest with splendid views of Lamjung and Annapurna II and IV.

After lunch its about two hours walk to reach the top, where trekkers traditionally plant a pine sapling, not only to establish that they have made it to the top, but also to contribute to the reforestation of the area. We have to go down to Pisang (3185m) from here and it takes about an hour to reach there. There are neither houses nor any water resources on the way down.              

Day 07:  MANANG (3,530m)

After crossing the Pisang Khola there is a forty-five minutes steep climb up to a steep pass. From the top of the pass we get a glimpse of Paunda Danda (4655m), mount Pisang and Manang valley, with right before you Mount Tilicho. On the way down to Hongde we come across a check post where the trekking permits will be again examined. We will have our lunch here until the permits are examined.

After Hongde the valley widens and we get to see the Annapurnas III and IV (7555m and 7525m) to the left, East and West Chulus(6584m and 6419m) on the right, towards the horizon, there are views of highest peak of Mount Thoroung(6481m) and to the east, the crown of Mount Pissang. From Hongde we climb up to the ancient village of Braga (3505m).

We can take time to wander around Braga to see this picturesque village with its flat roofed houses and to visit he Gompa, not only the largest in the region but also the richest with its fine collection of thangkas (religious scroll paintings) and prayer books. It takes only forty-five minutes to reach Manang from here, which sits on the plateau of 3530 meters.                         

Day 08:  Rest day at Manang.

This is the day for rest and acclimatization before proceeding to higher altitudes.

We can go for a walk in the afternoon to the north of the village, which offers a panoramic view of Annapurna IV and II to the southeast and Gangapurna (7455m) and Tarke Kang or Ice dome (7202m) to the southwest.  

Day 09:  THORUNG PHEDI (4,220m)

After leaving Manang the path climbs up till we reach the hamlet of Tengi (3642m). From here it takes about an hour to reach Gunsang (3850m). From here it is another one hour forty five minutes up hill to Churi Lattar (4250m) where we stop to have our lunch and stay for the night. This is a short day to help with the acclimatization.

Day 10:   It takes about two hours to reach Thorung Phedi. Thorung Phedi means ‘foot of the

hill’ and it is situated at a height of 4220m on a small hill overlooking a high plateau. These Himalayan pastures are domains of yak, a bovine of Tibetan origin, reared for its wool, milk and to transport goods. The thar, a kind of wild goat that lives in herds, is also found here. This is also another short day to prepare oneself for the hard climb to the Thorung La (pass) the next day.

Day 11:  MUKTINATH (3,802m)

Early morning wake up and start the ascent to the pass. We have to cross about twenty hills on the way to reach the summit, Throungla, at 5,415 meters and it takes about 4 ½ -5 hrs to reach here. On the way up we get to see many prayer flags several cairns (small mounds of rock). From the top, one can see the panoramic view of Yakgawa Kang or Thorungse (6481m) to the north, and Khatung Kang (6484) to the south and the Annapurnas along with the Gangapurna to the southeast.  In the horizon to the west, Dhaulagiri (8169m) and Mount Tukuche (6920m) are also visible.

From the summit the descent to Muktinath (3802m) takes about three hours and the difference in altitude is of 1600m. Here we will find another check post where permits are checked.

Day 12:  MARPHA (2,667m)

After crossing the hamlet of Ranipauwa, adjacent to Mukntinath, we arrive at the village of Jharkot (3612m), mainly populated by Tibetans. It takes about two hours through rocky terrain and horse caravans to reach Kagbni (2807m). It will take us about two –three hours to reach Jomsom (2713m) from Kagbeni, the administrative headquarters of the region. Here there is an airport with regular flights to Pokhara, a bank, post office, hospital and few hotels. We have to show our permits again before moving on to Syang (30 Min. away) and then to Marpha (2667m) our camping place for the day. Marpha is famous for its apple liquor and it has a charm of its own with its black-salted streets and unusual architecture.       

Day 13:  GHASA (2,012m)

We start by walking along the bank of the river Kali Gandaki for an hour and half to reach the village of Tukche (2951m), dominated by the name of the same peak, which stands at the height of 6930m. This beautiful village is populated by Thakalis, whose houses reflect just how significant this centre of Trans- Himalayan trade is.

After Tukche, the path meanders along the Kali Gandakhi valley for about one and half-hours to reach the village of Lajung (2560m). Outaide the village there is against pine where villagers sacrifice chickens and goats to propitate the Goddess Kali.

The hamlet of Sokung (2951m) is another thirty minutes away. From here it takes about forty-five minutes to reach the hamlet of Dhampu. Here we have to cross the river to enter into Kalopani (or ‘black water’) located at 2530m.We will have lunch here and enjoy the impressive views of Dhaulagiri, the Nilgiris (South: 6839m, Central: 6940m and North: 7061m) and Annapurna I (8091m).

From Sokung the path climbs up and down over a low altitude tropical forest to reach the village of Ghasa(2012m) which is two and half hours away. On the way we have to show our permits at the check post in the village of Lete (2438m). 

Day 14:  TATOPANI (1,189m)         

It will take about forty five minutes to reach the hamlet of  Panoi Thaala and fifteen minutes from here we will reach Deorali, the boarder hamlet between the Mustang and Myagdi district. After crossing several hills from here, we start to descent until we reach the bridge leading to the west of the river. Few minutes walk from here will take us to the village of Rupse Chhara (1550m), near a huge a waterfall. We stop to have our lunch here.

From Rupse it takes us about forty five minutes to reach the village of Dana (1446m), distinctive because of its large houses and decorative windows. From here it takes us about two hours easy descent to reach the camping place for the night, Tatopani (1189m). The names of the village means ‘hot springs’ for which the village is famous.

Day 15:  GHORAPANI (2,874m)     

Today will be a hard day since we will cover a long distance with a difference in altitude of 1700 meters. From Tatoapni it takes two to three hours to reach the village of Ghara (1768m) and another hour to reach the village of Sikha(1920m) where we stop to have our lunch. 

After lunch a climb through terraced cultivation’s, for about an hour and half brings us to the village of Chitre (2316m), and then across a rhododendron forest until Ghorapani, which is about an hour away. Ghorapani (2874m), means ‘Horse water “ or water place for horses’ is, in fact, a stop over for donkey caravans traveling from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Day 16:  HILLE (1524m)

               Today, start by going through a subtropical forest for about an hour and soon reach the village, Nayathanti (2450m), which is inhabited by the Magar tribe, traditionally recruited by the British army to serve in the Gurkha regiment. From here it takes another hour to reach Banthanti (2250m) for lunch. This is an ideal place for a break with Mt. Machapuchare (6993m) in the background. Nepalese regard Machapuchare or ‘fishtail’ as a sacred mountain because it is yet to be conquered by man.

After Banthanti, the forest disappears only to be replaced by terraced cultivation’s that spread to the village of Ulleri, about thirty minutes away. Climb down a steep flight of steps for about two hours to reach the village of Hille (1524m). Note : Watch out for the donkey and mule trains.

Day 17:  POKHARA (915m)

After breakfast, the trail is on a level terrain following the Bhurgundi river. As one nears Birethanti (1037m) the descent starts to become easier. After having spent a long time at higher altitudes, the heat sometimes makes traveling on the open riverbed an uncomfortable one. After about 3 hours arrive at the riverside settlement of Birethanti for lunch. This is also the main entry point to the Annapurna Conservation Area and after lunch, walk along the high banks of the Modi Khola for about 30 minutes and end trek at Naya Pul to meet waiting vehicles for the 1 ½ hour drive back to Pokhara.

Situated at 915 meters, Pokhara is the country’s second largest city, located on the West Bank of the Seti River. Only foothills separate Pokhara from the full height of the Himalayas, and the magnificent 8000 m. peaks of the Annapurna range. It is a vacationer's paradise with it’s crystal clear lakes and fantastic views of the Annapurna range including the Fish Tail Mountain.

Upon arrival, check into the Hotel

The rest of the day is free to roam the lake side bazaar with it’s quaint shops and lakeside restaurants.

Note: on the day of Merry Christmas and New Year you will have a great party during the trekking.

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