This trek travels around the Annapurna massif, visiting the Tibet-like country on the northern slopes of the Himalaya and the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. Much of the trek is through lowland country, but there is one high pass, Thorung La. With bad weather, the pass can be difficult, and this is still a long trek at high elevation. The change of scenery at the top of Thorung Pass and the remains around the sacred area of Muktinath are extremely interesting. The many hotels and teahouses along the course make camping equipment unnecessary.
We have also combined this trip with Ghale Gaon. A unique experience of Nepalese Culture and lifestyle, Ghale Gaon is home to Ghales, the famed Gurungs, the legendary mid-hill people of western Nepal. Travellers say, “They come to Nepal for the mountains, but return for the people.” Besides the extravaganza of the peaks on the Annapurna circuit, the warm and sincere hospitality of the Gurung, Manangi and Thakali people along the way is bound to captivate and touch you.
This year, due to the earlier earthquake, we will likely camp, rather than stay in private homes or lodges, although the situation may vary from place to place and at different times of the year. We will, however, cook in the lodges, so that the local people will benefit from the income. For more on Nepal, watch Toni Neubauer on A Conversation with Brent Boynton.
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ITINERARY at a Glance
Arrive in Kathmandu; Tour Asan Tol and Dhurbar Square. Welcome dinner.
Tour Swayambunath, Pashupatinath and Bodhanath.
Drive to Besishar and walk to Puma.
Hike to Ghale Gaon.
Jungle walk past honey cliffs to Khudi.
Trek to Sirung Village.
Trek from Sirung to Jagat.
Trek from Jagat to Dhorapani.
Trek from Dhorapani to Chame.
Trek from Chame to Pisang.
Trek from Pisang to Manang, visiting Braga on the way.
Free day in Manang.
Trek to Yak Kharka.
Trek from Yak Kharka to Churi Latar and on to Thorung Phedi.
Trek across Thorung La and down to Muktinath.
AM to enjoy Muktinath. PM return to Jomsom.
Visit Patan and Bhaktapur.
Optional Early AM Everest flight (not included in base costs). Transfer out.