The classic trek in the Annapurna region is the Annapurna circuit. The complete circuit has only been possible since mid 1980’s when the Manang area was officially opened up to non-Nepali visitors. For and all-round experience of the scenery and culture of Nepal this trek has a lot to offer. Starting in the lush Marsyandi valley, that separates the Annapurna range from that of Manaslu, the scenery is composed of lush cultivated fields with dense forests on either side. In the winter season, orange tree are laden with fruits and fragrant frangipani blossoms cast their scent along the trails. As you travel higher the valley becomes more rugged until the villages and forests finally give way to the arid hills of Manang. The Thorong La pass, at 5416 meters, marks the highpoint of the treks after which the trail joins the kali Gandaki river that flows through the deepest gorge on earth.
This is a challenging trek that is not without some risks. The crossing of Thorong La can be dangerous at times, especially during unexpected snowfall so potential trekkers must make sure that they are well prepared and equipped for all eventualities. The trek can be completed in a minimum of fifteen days, starting in Kathmandu and finishing in Pokhara. If a few extra days are allowed for it is then possible to enjoy several of the possible side trips and add immeasurably to the experience. And entry permit for the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) is needed for this trek.
six /seven hours driving to khudi buy local bus. Your adventure vacation truly starts the moment you reach Dumre. Drive up to the Marsyangdi river valley to Besisahar and continue to Khudi. The drive from Bensisahar to Khudi is seasonal.
The trail continues north above the Marsyangdi Khola after crossing bridge. The changes in the valley’s ecosystem and its physical characteristics become evident now. Himalchuli is the major summit to the east. Crossing the river to its east bank you pass through the village of Bhulbhule and heading north continue past Ngadi (930 m.) to the ridge top settlement of Bahundanda (1311 m). The name of this village literally means “Brahmin Hill”.
Today, we descend to the valley floor and then, crossing the river, climb steeply out of it to follow a trail beautifully carved out to the rock wall of the valley. We will reach Syange passing through Khani Gaon and Ghermu Phant. We then continue walk to Chyamje along the west bank of the Marsyangdi River through the village of Jagat where you will cross the river to its eastern bank to enter the Manang District at the village of Tal.
As you head up stream, you will begin to notice the changes in the people as well as the landscapes, culture and architecture. You will notice that there is a concentration of people of Tibetan origin, Rock built houses, less tropical vegetation and the predominantly Tibetan Culture. The trail from Tal crosses the Marshyangdi River to its west bank after Karte Village and continuous towards the village of Dharapani.
Today, you continue up the River valley past the Gurung Village Thonje to Bagarchhap. Continuing walk along the left bank, climb up the heavily wooded Manang valley past small settlements with outstanding views of Mt. Manaslu (8163meter) and the peaks above Larkya La. As Chame is administration town of Manang district has facility of bank.
The trail condition changes from here. The following trail is not maintained properly as one one up to Chame. Passing through forest of Pine, Juniper, over fairly level ground through Bhratang village. The village has an entrance and an exit CHHORTEN like all villages have after Dharapani. An excellent view of Annapurna II can be seen to south as you are now behind the main Himalayan peaks in their rain shadow area. You will enter a spruce and fir forest which eventually gives way to a pine forest after crossing a series of wooden cantilever bridges.
After crossing Thorong La pass – 5416meter, overnight at guesthouse. ( prefer to start early morning around 4 o’clock )
Overnight at guesthouse. ( This area is called windy valley and Marpha is the popular for Apple so you can enjoy with Marpha brandy)
Overnight at guest house. ( You can swim in the hot spring with a bottle of beer)
Climb up to Poon Hill (3210meter) early in the morning to see the panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himalayan ranges as well as sunrise over the tolerable Himalayas. Having its great views of Himalayan panorama from Poon Hill, descends to Ghorepani and continuous trek to Tadapani (2625meter) after having breakfast. We will trek towards Tadapani along the ridges of rhododendron and pine forest.