Day 1 Kathmandu to By Bus Drive to Besi Sahar
Day2 Besi Shar To BahunDanda ( Stay overnight )
The first half of the trek follows the Marshyandi River which divides the Annapurna and Manaslu massifs. Keep on the west bank of the river and cross the 150 metre gorge. you the walk through teraced fields and forest to reach Khudi, the frist Gurung village of the trek you coninue to Bhulbule (825 metres) where you cross the river to the east bank. Further on you cross the Nadi Khola, just The Annapurna Circuit is considered By many to be the Best trek in Nepal, supassing the Everest Trek in trem of scenic and cultural variety, and it is the country's most popular trek, although it is also quit arduous. However the recent introduction of tourism means that many people now speak English, but traditional cultural values are repidly being discarded .
The best mountain views are during october and Novermber . The circuit is best done anti-clockwise so as to be in a good position for the crossing of the Thorung La Pass (5,410 metres), which is snowbound from mid- December to mid - April.
set in the Northern section of the Annapurna Circuit this trek offers stuning views of the Annapurna mountain Range. During The initial stage of the trek you are led through several traditionally Tibetan Village and past the ruined Gaonsahar fortress. You have to be very fit for this Trek, as the altitude varies daramatically between 790 metres and 3,360 metres. beyond the village of Nepal at its mounth.
The trail up the Marshyangdi Valley gives excellent view of the Himalayan peaks. Dominating the eastern skyline is Manaslu(8,156 metres), Himalchuli(7,893 metres), Peak 29/Manaslu II/Nadi Chuli( 7,835 metres) and Baudha Himal(6,672 metres).
Above Nagdi is usta and then a stedy climb to Lampta (1,135 metres ) and Bhundanda (1,310 metres ) is one Kilometre further on Both are Manangi Village, Lampata has better Accommodation . Bahaundanda is the most northerly Brahmin Village and has reasonable Camping sites.
Day 3 Bhaundanda to chyamje ( stay overnight )
From Bhaundanda the path drop steeply to syange (1,100 metes) . cross the Marshyandi by a suspension bridge. syange has a number of places to stay. The trail climbs high above the river along steep hillside of rhododendron and pine forest to Jagat (1,070 metres). Chyamje(1,300 metres) after one kilomtres has accommodation and shops.
Day 4 Chyamje to Bagarchap (saty overnight)
This walk is to Bagarchap where the Marshyangdi curves west and entres the Manang Velley . The climate and cultural landscape both change. Along uphill climb brings you to Tal (1,675 metres), a pretty village at the foot of a picturesque waterfall, the southernomost village of Manang district.
Cross the broad flat valley, once a lake bed, through fields of corn, barley and potatoes, then climb steeply up a stone stairway to 1,860 metres. The stairway then descends to orad where the vegetation consists of blue pine and fir Drop down Dharapani ( 1,890 metres), a Tibetan Buddhist village with chorten entrances at each end.
Over a spur is Bagarchap (2,160 metres), a small bazaar town of closely packed, wooden roofed Tibetan style houses. Timber for buliding is comparatively abundant in this region which marks the transition between the monsoonal region south of the main Himalayan axis and the more arid rainshadow area to the north. further on, wood is replaced by slate as a roofing materail.
Day 5 Bagarchap to Chame ( stay overnight)
walk a rough and rocky trail Through forest to Danejung (2,290 metres) and Tyanja (2,360 metres). Kopar (2,590 metres) lies in a meadown between Tyanja and Chame (2,685 metres ) which has a post office, accomodation and abank. There are fine views of Annapurna ii ( 7,937 metres) as you approach chame, the district headquarters.
Day 6 chame to pisang ( stay overnight)
Between Chame and Pisang the rainshadow effect can be seen as the forests become sparser and the density of juniper increases. The valley is steep and narrow and the path crosses the river twice. By the second bridge at 3, 040 metres . The trail climbs further into the upper Marshyandi Valley and to Pisang (3,200 metres) , a large sprawling village with plentiful accommodation , good camping grounds and mani wall.
Day 7 Pisang to Manang ( stay overnight)
The Manang region was only opened for trekking 1977, so the facilities are not as developed as on the pokhara to jomsom sector . The inhabitants of Manang Village, though , are among the most sophisticated in Nepal. The region receives relatively sparse rainfall, reflected in the crops barly, buckwheat and potatoes. The semi -arid conditions and altitude allows only one cropping season per year.
By Himalayan standards, this should be a poor village . However , in 1784 king Rana Bhadur shah granted the Manangi people special trading right which they enhoyed ever since . Today, they trade local gold, silver, turquise and other gems for cameras, watches and other electronic goods from other parts of Asia. Affluent, Westernized in dress and with many speaking English , the have also been quick to seize the opportunities presented by mass trekking . The village has a number of popular hotels and aslo sells Tibetan sweatres, hats and gloves
After leaving pisang, you climb up a ridge the cuts across the valley and has a good view of the valley and the Tilicho peak (7,132 metres). Descending into the upper valley, the trail divides into two , the northerly one taking a route via Ghyaru. it rejoins the southern trail at Mungji (3,360 metres). This route involves less climbing . It runs past ongre (3,325 ), with an airstrip that caters exclusively to the manang trading community . The village has a police checkpoint and number of lodges. A 30 mintutes walk beyond ongree on the left in the valley leading up to Annapurna lll ( 7,555 metres ) and Annapurna iv (7,525 metres). Close ny in the Nepal Mountaineering Association mountainerring school. The Himalayan Rescue Association has a clinic here.
At Mungi the path crosses the the Marshyangdi again to reach Barga (3,475 metres) which has accomodation and a camping ground below. The gompa here is believed to be around 500 years old and belongs to the kagyu-pa Tibetan Lamaist Buddist sect. A climb up Braga Hill offers a stunning panorama of the Annapurna group. Manang ( 3,535 metres ) is 30 minutes further on .
Day 8 Acclimatized Day in Manang ( Stay overnight )
You have now travelled from an altitude of 825 metres at Bhulbule at Manang, a gain of over 3,000 metres although in real trems you have climbed double that. However, Because of the gradual ascent, you should be well acclimatized having made a daily height gain of around 500 metres. NB This is the altitude to which people can travel fairly rapidly and feel little or no ill effect from. it But from now on you have to be much more careful . it is a three day walk to Muktinath with a crossing of the Thorung La pass ( 5,416 metres ) en route. This means that you will be gaining nearly 2,000 metres in less Two days .
This can and often does induce mountain sickness. you can choose to spend this day in and around Manang, becoming acclimatized and relaxing rather than charging on. There is a comfortable side trip to the glacial lake fed by the ice fall on Gangapurna (c,4000 metres).
Day 9 Manang To Ledar ( stay overnight) The next after Manang is Tengbi (3,805 metres) . just beyond it the path veers right . To the left is a track leading up a side valley to Tilicho Lake . Above Gunsang Village (3,960 metres) there is juniper forest , the source of firewood for the Nearby village in Ledar .
Day 10 Ledar to Phedi ( stay over night ) after leaving from Ledar . you are now in Jarsang Khola valley, one of the source streams of the Marshyandi . The track continues upwards along the east bank of the crosses it at 4,310 metres, traverses a scree slope, then descends to Phedi (4,420 metres).
Day 11 Phedi, cross th Thorung La pass to Muktinath ( Stay overnight ) it is not necessary to start for the pass to early ( for example 0300 as some do ), as it can be extremely cold. A0500-0600 start give you only an hour at most in bitter cold before it is light. The trail is well defined and it has been used for centuries by traders though it seems to go on for ever and has a number of disiriting false suming of the pass is well nigh impossible and at all times care is needed. There is a chorten and prayer flags to mark the pass and views are magnificent. you can see the north faces of the Annapurnas, the Kali Gandaki Valley and Thorungtse( 6,482 metres) . some well-equipped partis camp on the pass and climb higher on the peaks around it .
Great care is needed for the descent ( 1,600 metres) , which is far more tiring than the ascent . As the trail descend through snow, moraines and grassy slopes into Muktinath, the symmetrical summit of Dhaulagri ( 8,167 metres) appears on the southern horizon . The final part of the day,s walk is along the upper part of the jhong Khola valley, past a few bhattis which sell drinks and have beds, to Muktinath (3,800 metres)