Around Annapurna ( 24 Days / 23 Nights ) Best Season: mid-September to mid-November, April to June
 

The Annapurna region of Nepal contains some of the greatest trekking trails in the world; none more so than the Annapurna Circuit or the “Around Annapurna” trek which has often been called “the greatest walk in the world.” Many of the people who enjoyed the beauty of the Annapurna circuit originally  started their trek in Dumre on the highway from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then walked through the lowland Brahmin and Chettri villages, sub-tropical forests and then higher to emerge at the high desert region across the Himalayan range. Most walked a total of 27 days from Dumre to Baglung or the relatively shorter 24 days from Dumre to Phedi. Along the trails there were whispered rumors of two valleys to the north which were forbidden to foreigners but which reportedly held great promise.
Then development came. Roads were extended into the more remote reaches and newer air strips were installed such as the one at Jomsom making a Circuit of the Annapurna range possible, first in 20 days and then 17 days! Lodges were built, showers were installed and better lodges were built. Now one can trek from Besisahar to Jomsom without having to once spend a night “outdoors”. This has taken away some of the romance and charm associated with a trek in Nepal. 
Almost as if in protest, changes in rules by the Government of Nepal has now made it possible to get away from the main trail of the Annapurna circuit and yet, enjoy the stunning scenery of the original trek by taking some small detours. The southern horizon is continually dominated by the giants of the Annapurna range including Annapurna II 7937 m., Annapurna III 7555 m., Annapurna IV 7525 m and Gangapurna 7455m among others. One of the bonuses of staying off the beaten path is the visit to the villages of Phu and Nar which had been forbidden to trekkers and had only been visited by some people pretending to climb Pisang Peak from the north!
The trail follows the established route to the village of Koto from Besisahar along the Marsyangdi river valley and then heads north up the Phu river valley  past Postman"s Cave (although there is no record of anyone sighting a postman here or the Nepalese postal system actually delivering mail up this valley!), the villages of Metha 3570 m. and Junam. Continue up the Phu valley past the abandoned settlement of Cheko whose claim to fame is that it was once a forward base for CIA financed Khampa warriors fighting the Chinese occupation of Tibet. The CIA abandoned the fighters and the Nepalese army chased them out after they started harassing the local population.  Proceed then to the village of Kyang and onward to Phu. Of interest in Phu is the Tashi Lakhang Monastery which is said be the last among the 108 monasteries built by Padmasambabha or Guru Rimpoche – the ascetic from Swat (in modern day Pakestan) who is credited with founding the Gelug or the yellow hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Then there is the Dhub Chu (Chu = stream) which, as if by magic, pours out of a rock face and feeds the Phu river. Backtrack to Junam and cross over to the Nar valley and to the village of Nar at 4080m. Cross the Kang La 5340 m. back to the Marsyangdi river valley and the village of Manang.  Spend a day in Manang at one of the many lodges and then continue past Khangsar and Tilicho Base Camp to The far side of Tilicho Lake. Cross over the Mesokanto La 5300m. and descend to Jomsom and fly out to Kathmandu via Pokhara.

Land Cost From US$ 2919.00
Single Supplement US$ 480.00
Domestic Air US$ 237.00
 
LEVEL: Strenuous
For healthy and fit adults. May involve travel over difficult terrain and / or travel in altitudes in excess of 4500 m. and may involve crossing multiple high altitude passes.
 
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Itinerary
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu.

Depending on the arrival time of your flight, sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day 02 Final preparations day

Last minute preparations for your trek or if you are sufficiently prepared then sightseeing of Patan Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and Bodhnath.

Day 03 Drive to Besi Sahar

Drive from Kathmandu to Sangye via Besi Sahar.

Day 04 Trek to Taal

Trek to Taal (1700 m.).

Day 05 Trek to Bagarchaap

 Trek to Bagarchaap (2160 m.).

Day 06 Trek to Koto

Trek to Koto (2640 m.)

Day 07 Trek to Dharmasala

Trek to Dharmasala (3230m)

Day 08 Trek to Kyang

Trek to Kyang (3740).

Day 09 Trek to Phu village

Trek to Phu village (4050m)

Day 10 Explore around Phu Valley.

Explore around Phu Valley.

Day 11 Trek to Junam

Trek to Junam (3680m).

Day 12 Trek to Nar Village

Trek to Nar Village (4110m).

Day 13 Explore Nar village.

Explore Nar village.

Day 14 Trek to Kang La Phedi / Base Camp (4530m).

Trek to Kang La Phedi / Base Camp (4530m).

Day 15 Trek Ngawal

Trek Ngawal crossing over the Kang La (5340m).

Day 16 Trek to Manang

Trek to Manang (3540m).

Day 17 Rest day in Manang

Rest day in Manang (3540m.).

Day 18 Trek to Khangsar

Trek to Khangsar (3734m).

Day 19 Trek to Tilicho Base camp

Trek to Tilicho Base camp (4150m).

Day 20 trek to Nama Phung

Trek past Tilicho Lake to Nama Phug (3510m) crossing over the Masokanto La (Pass) (5300m).

Day 21 Trek to Jomsom (2713m).

 Trek to Jomsom (2713m).

Day 22 Fly Jomsom to Pokhara & Pokhara to Kathmandu

Fly to Pokhara and onwards to Kathmandu.

Day 23 Spare day in Kathmandu

Spare day in Kathmandu to allow for delays in domestic flight or during your trek.

Day 24 End of your trip & departure for next destination.

At an appointed time transfer to the airport for your departure from Nepal.