Annapurna Seven Passes Trek - 23 days

Annapurna Seven Passes Trek - 23 days


The Annapurna Seven Passes Trek is an incredible adventure that takes you across seven high mountain passes in the Annapurna Region. You will be crossing passes that are higher than the tallest mountain in the Alps. It’s an amazing trek for those seeking a challenging hike across the Himalayas. The trail goes through some rarely explored valleys and villages showcasing ancient Bon and Tibetan Buddhist culture.

The trek follows a brand new route mapped by the community leaders of Manang district and the tourism ministry. This new trail has been introduced to fill the gap left by the shortening of the Annapurna Circuit due to the building of roads. The introduction of roads in the mountainous villages of Annapurna has led to the disappearance of the ancient foot trails. While this has made life easier for the locals, the development has also left most villages on the trail without tourist traffic. Now trekkers prefer to take a jeep or a bus ride and trek only a section of the original trail.

The Annapurna Seven Passes trail goes through some remote villages that hardly see any tourist traffic. By introducing this route, the government as well as the local bodies hope to boost the local economy and improve the lives of the villagers. Only a few trekkers have trekked along this route, and you will be one of the select few to walk on this trail.

Your journey begins in Kathmandu with a scenic ride to Tal via Besisahar. Tal, surrounded by mesmerizing waterfalls, is the trailhead of your trek. You will begin your trek from Tal and walk through the Gurung villages of Khotro, Nache, Tilje, and Tachai. The trail weaves past welcoming villages, rolling fields, lush forests, vast valleys, and hillsides surrounded by the breath taking Himalayan mountains

The pastures and forests around Shongle Kharka, Kuchumro Phedi, Namakyu, and Meta are a treasure trove of exotic Himalayan flora and fauna.The high passes of Kuchumro, Yarcha, and Meta are harvesting grounds for Yarchagumba, a valuable caterpillar fungus known as Himalayan gold. During autumn, spring and summer the forests between Namakyu and Meta turn colorful. Autumn brings with it a shift in color for the trees and leaves, turning them from green to red, orange, yellow, and brown. Wildflowers bloom along the trail in abundance during spring and summer.

How Much Does This Trip Cost?

The trip's price depends on the type of services chosen by our clients and the group size. The cost of each trip we organize is different because we see travelers as individuals having their own particular needs and preferences.

Get ready for an incredible journey tailored to your interests and preferences, whether you're looking for a budget-friendly adventure or a luxurious getaway. Leave the planning to us as we take care of all the details, ensuring your dream trip becomes a reality. You can relax and focus on creating unforgettable memories that will stay with you forever.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore a new trekking route that is secluded and less crowded
  • Traverse across seven high Himalayan passes, including Kuchumro Pass. Yarcha Pass, Meta Pass, Phu Pass. Kangla Pass, Nar Pass and Thorang La pass
  • Four passes above 5000 meters - Phu Pass (5200m), Nar Pass (5400m), Kangla Pass (5320m), and Thorang La (5416m)
  • Stay overnight in hilltop Gurung villages surrounded by waterfalls and lush forests
  • Enter the hidden valleys of Nar and Phu, and walk past the abandoned settlements of Tibetan Khampa warriors
  • Experience authentic Tibetan culture, Bon and Buddhist traditions
  • Spectacular scenery through out the trek, with panoramic views of the Annapurna Range, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Pisang Peak, Gangapurna, and other giants
  • Trek past the arid mountain desert area of Lower Mustang and walk through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the world’s deepest river gorge
  • Hike past a diverse landscape and climatic zones

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,592 ft)
Day 2 Free Day in Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,592 ft) and trip preparation
Day 3 Drive to Tal (1,700 m/5,577 ft) - 8 to 9 hours drive
Day 4 Trek to Tilje (2,300 m/7,546 ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 5 Trek to Tachai (2,340 m/7,677 ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 6 Trek to Shongle (3,360 m/11,023 ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 7 Trek to Kuchumro Phedi (4,217 m/13,835 ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 8 Trek to Namakyu (4,445 m/14,583 ft ) via Kuchumro Pass (4,900 m/16,076 ft ) and Yarcha Pass (4,860 m /15,944 ft ) - 10 hours trek
Day 9 Trek to Meta (4,204 m/13,795 ft ) via Meta Pass (4,800 m/15,748 ft ) - 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 10 Trek to Phu (4,204 m/13,795 ft ) – 8 to 9 hours trek
Day 11 Trek to Loang (4,680 m/15,354 ft ) via Phu Pass (5,200 m/17,060 ft ) – 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 12 Trek to Chekchu (4,410 m/14,468 ft ) via Nar Pass (5,400 m/16,404 ft) - 6 to 7 - hours trek
Day 13 Trek to Nar Village (4,110 m/ 13,484 ft.) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 14 Trek to Kangla Phedi ( 4,530 m/14,862 ft ) - 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 15 Trek to Ngawal (3,360 m/11,023 ft ) via Kangla Pass (5,320m/17,552ft) – 7 to 8 hours trek
Day 16 Trek to Manang (3,519 m/ 11,545 ft ) - 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 17 Trek to Yak Kharka (4,020 m/13,188 ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 18 Trek to Thorang High Camp (4,920 m/16,158 ft ) - 4 to 5 hours trek
Day 19 Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m/12,467 ft ) via Thorang La Pass (5,416 m/17,769 ft) – 8 to 9 hours trek
Day 20 Trek to Jomsom (2,710 m/889 ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 21 Fly to Pokhara (823 m/2,700 ft) - 20 minutes flight
Day 22 Fly or Drive to Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,592 ft) - 25 minutes flight or 6 to 8 hours drive
Day 23 Final Departure

Trip Overview

On your way to the hidden valleys of Nar and Phu, you will come across abandoned settlements of Khampa warriors who were part of the Tibetan armed force protecting the Dalai Lama. The valleys of Nar and Phu encompass some of Nepal’s unique and spectacular landscapes. Walk across narrow trails carved into steep cliffsides, visit centuries-old Buddhist gompas, and get awed by the staggering views of the mountains. The immensity and beauty of the natural landscape and there silience of the local villagers will surely touch your core.

After crossing the Kangla Pass, you will join the Annapurna Circuit trekking route and head towards Manang. From Manang, you will proceed towards the seventh and final pass of your epic trek via Yak Kharka and Thorung Phedi.

Thorang La Pass will be the highest and most challenging of all the seven passes. After ascending the pass, a long descent to the temple town of Muktinath will bring you to the arid desert area of Lower Mustang. Walk along the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki River Gorge, and reach the charming Thakkali town of Jomsom. Here, your trek will finally come to an end. A beautiful mountain flight from Jomsom will bring you to Pokhara, from where you will catch a flight or drive overland to Kathmandu. Your epictrip will finally conclude inKathmandu.

The Annapurna Seven Passes Trek is a challenging trek involving more than two weeks of intense high-altitude trekking. As the trail goes through seven high mountain passes, all above 4000 meters, one should be fit and experienced enough to tackle the steep ascents and descents. The route passes through a pristine and wild area with no human habitation. Most of the nights will be spent attented camps out in the open.

The Annapurna Seven Passes Trek is recommended for those who have already done some strenuous high-altitude treks in the Himalayas and is accustomed to walking in difficult terrain with low-oxygen levels. If you have already been to the Three High Passes in the Everest Region or have crossed the Amphu Labtsa Pass, you will certainly love this adventure.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,592 ft)

After your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you can make your way to the airport’s terminal. Look for our guide holding a placard with your name or ‘ThirdRockAdventures’ written on it. He will escort you out of the airport and take you to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome drink and check in. Get settled in your room, take rest and sleep on the jet lag.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Free Day in Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,592 ft) and trip preparation

This day is kept aside for your trip preparation. Your permits will be arranged, and you can do some last-minute shopping for your trek today. You will also meet your trekking guide, who will brief you about the route you will take. You can go over the packing list with him for the final time and check whether you have left anything out.

If you would like to buy or rent trekking gear and equipment, you can do so in Thamel. You will find many shops and rental outlets that sell and rent gear. Also stock up on your favorite snacks, as there won’t be that many shops on the trail. Have an early night, as you will be leaving for your trek early tomorrow.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 3
Drive to Tal (1,700 m/5,577 ft) - 8 to 9 hours drive

Wake up very early in the morning and get dressed for your trip. You will start early from Kathmandu so as to avoid the morning traffic rush. After driving past the final checkpoint of Thankot, you will exit the Kathmandu valley and descend down the Tribhuvan Highway. The road winds down the hilly countryside with a lot of switchbacks. Enjoy the picturesque scenery as you ride along the Trishuli and later the Marshyangdi River.

You will stop at Besisahar, one of the largest towns on the Annapurna trekking trail, for lunch. From here, you will take a jeep ride all the way to Tal. The route to Tal follows a rough jeep track. There are several iron bridges and construction for a hydropower plant. You will cross Khudigaon and stop briefly at Chyamje for afternoon tea. After riding along the rough road, you will finally reachTal, a pretty riverside Gurung village. The village sits on the banks of the Marshyangdi River. You will spend the first night in the mountains at a lodge run by the Gurung family

Overnight in Tal.

Day 4
Trek to Tilje (2,300 m/7,546 ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

Your Annapurna Seven Passes Trek begins today. Wake up in the morning and have breakfast. After packing your belongings, it’s time to hit the trail. The trail meanders beside the Marshyangdi River. After walking for about two hours, you will reach Khotro. From here on, you will take a steep path to Nache, a charming hill top village with about forty houses. You will stop for lunch at Nache and later continue your trek towards Tilje. En route, you will crossa 130-meter-long metal suspension bridge. From the bridge, you will get a bird's-eye view of the Marshyangdi River Valley. You can also get a good view of the villages of Dharapani, Bagarchap, andTimang.

Before reaching Tilje, you will cross a dense pine forest and a small Buddhist gompa (monastery). After crossing a small suspension bridge, you will arrive at the village of Tilje. The village of Tilje is an important stop for trekkers walking on the Manaslu Circuit. The villagers are mainly Buddhists and rely on tourism and agriculture to sustain them selves.

Overnight in Tilje.

Day 5
Trek to Tachai (2,340 m/7,677 ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Leaving Tilje, you will head towards Tachai. En route, you cross a bridge and visit a small stalagmite cave used by Buddhist monks to meditate. Later, you will continue trekking across a lush pineforest. You can pause at intervals to admire the mesmerizing views. After crossing some corn fields, you will come across a suspension bridge. Cross the bridge and keep walking through the pine forest. After walking for about an hour or two, you will reach Tachai, a picturesque hillside village.

Tachai, a Gurung village, is dotted with stone and wooden houses. It lies surrounded by towering mountains, verdant pine forests, and corn fields. A beautiful waterfall cascades down a hillside just behind the village. After reaching Tachai, you can rest for a while at a tea house and explore the village. There’s a hot spring on the outskirts of the village, which is perfect for a relaxing dip.

Overnight in Tachai.

Day 6
Trek to Shongle (3,360 m/11,023 ft) - 7 to 8 hours trek

Leaving Tachai, you will head towards Shongle. The views of the surrounding hills and villages are outstanding. The trail climbs up steeply, and it can be exhausting. Stop at intervals to catch your breath and soak in the views. After walking for about two or three hours, you will reach the saddle of Chonga Danda, which lies at an elevation of 3282 meters. The dense forest is the habit at of several wild animals, and you will be able to spot several birds and monkeys.

From the saddle, you will head down the pine forest and reach the Chonga Khola(river). The trail follows the river upstream. There are some gradual ascents and a river crossing via a wooden bridge. Continue walking on the wild terrain. As there are no villages or teahouses on the route, youwill stop for lunch at a good site, and the kitchen crew will prepare lunch for you. After lunch by the riverside, you will continue your trek and walk through a beautiful pine and rhododendron forest. After walking uphill for a while, you will reach Songle Kharka, your camping spot for the night.

Songle Kharka is a grazing pasture and a temporary yak herders’ camp. The crew will set up campand pitch the tents. Enjoy the experience of outdoor camping. While the kitchen crew prepares dinner, you can sit outside and savor the beautiful views.

Overnight in Shongle.

Day 7
Trek to Kuchumro Phedi (4,217 m/13,835 ft) - 4 to 5 hours trek

The kitchen crew will wake you up with a cup of tea. A warm basin of water will be kept outside your tent for you to wash up in. Later, you can have breakfast. The crew will pack up the tents and kitchen items, and the group will proceed towards the next destination.

Today’s destination is Kuchomro Phedi, a picturesque camping site at the base of a hill. This is a place where Yarsagumba (Cordyceps sinenses), or Himalayan Viagra, is harvested from May to July. Throngs of local villagers converge around this hillside to harvest this rare caterpillar fungus duringthe spring and early monsoon.

Yarsagumba is an expensive medicinal fungus used in Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Tibetan medicines. A kilogram of this wonder fungus can fetch as much as USD14,000 in the international market. Most local villagers have benefited economically by harvesting and selling the Yarshamgumba.

As you make your way up, you can feel the air getting thinner. Take slow deep breaths and drink plenty of water. Dehydration is one of the symptoms of AMS, so hydrate yourself. There are no signs of human habitation at this altitude, and you can enjoy the pristine beauty of nature. After a brisk climb, you will reach the camping spot for the night. Kuchomro Phedi lies at an elevation of 4217 meters, surrounded by soaring mountains. Once you reach the camping spot, the crew will set up camp and start preparing food for the team. Relax and enjoy your outdoor camping experience in the wilderness of the Nepal Himalaya. Have an early night, as you have a tough day tomorrow.

Overnight in Kuchumro Phedi.

Day 8
Trek to Namakyu (4,445 m/14,583 ft ) via Kuchumro Pass (4,900 m/16,076 ft ) and Yarcha Pass (4,860 m /15,944 ft ) - 10 hours trek

Today is a challenging day as you will be crossing two high mountain passes: Kuchomro Pass and Yarcha Pass. After breakfast, you will pack up and begin your trek. You head uphill and cross the first of the two passes, Yarcha Pass (4860m). As you climb up, you will be greeted with incredible views of Manaslu, the eighth-highest mountain in the world. Towards the west, the white and icy peaks of the Lamjung Himal and the Annapurna Range soar majestically. After climbing for about three hours, you will reach the top of the Kuchumro Pass. There will be snow and ice, so you need to have proper gear and equipment with you while attempting the crossing. Crampons and gaiters area must.

After reaching the Kuchumro Pass, you will make a descent and reach the base of the hill. Expect to hike for around 30 minutes to reach the base. The trail again ascends up a hill . Make your way towards the Yarcha Pass. From the top of Yarcha Pass, you will get amazing views of Annapurna II and Mount Kanguru. After taking in the views, head down and make your way towards Namakyu. You will spend another night camping amidst the beautiful woods of Namakyu. The campsite islocated in a picturesque spot close to the river, directly facing the snowy peaks of Mount Kanguru and Lamjung Himal. Savor the inspiring beauty of nature from the campsite.

Overnight in Namakyu.

Day 9
Trek to Meta (4,204 m/13,795 ft ) via Meta Pass (4,800 m/15,748 ft ) - 7 to 8 hours trek

Try to wake up at sunrise to witness the snowy spires of Annapurna II and Gangapurna. Lamjung Himal and Mount Kanguru glistening in the early morning sun. It’s a view that one will cherish forever. The mountains change color as the sun slowly rises. As the sun goes up the mountains are bathed in hues of red, pink, yellow, orange, and golden, It’s indeed a mesmerizing sight to behold.

You begin your trek after a hearty breakfast. Take an uphill ascent and then head down to a small glacial river. Cross the river and again head up a hill from where you can directly view Annapurna II. Although the trek is tiring, the beautiful views will surely motivate you to keep walking. After ascending for a couple of hours, you will be greeted with a close-up view of Pisang Peak and the Pisang Monastery standing at its base. The trail now faces Pisang Peak, and you carry on enjoying the view of this majestic mountain.

After walking uphill for some time, you will reach the Meta Pass (4800m). You will take a break at the top of the pass and have your packed lunch. Enjoy the mountain views while having your lunch. Later, head down to the tiny village of Meta. It’s a long descent from the pass to the base of the hill. It takes nearly four hours to hike downhill. After reaching the base, you will cross a bridge and walk uphill for nearly an hour to reach Meta. The village of Meta sits above a river on a steep hillside, surrounded by craggy and Rocky Mountains and waterfalls.

The villagers rear yaks and operate small lodges for tourists walking through the village. The crew will select a good spot to set upcamp, and you will spend the night under the open sky.

Overnight in Meta.

Day 10
Trek to Phu (4,204 m/13,795 ft ) – 8 to 9 hours trek

Before leaving Meta, enjoy the magnificent views of Pisang Peak and Lamjung Himal glistening in the light of the early morning sun. Leaving Meta, you will walk on the side of a hill with an amazing view of steep gorges and rocky cliffs. After walking for a while, you will reach an inter section with asign where the left path directs you to Nar and the right leads you to Phu.You will take the trail leading to Phu.

An hour and a half later, you will reach the abandoned Khampa settlement of Jhunum. Khampas were Tibetan warriors from the Tibetan region of Kham who fled to the high Himalayan areas of Nepal bordering Tibet l during the occupation of Tibet by the Chinese Red Army. The Khams were expert fighters and were part of the Dalai Lama’s army. When Dalai Lama escaped to India in 1959, the Khampas made their way to Nepal, settled in mountainous villages bordering Tibet (Manang,Mustang, Olangchugola, and Rasuwa), and ran their resistance movement against the Chinese. Later, under the orders of King Birendra in 1974, the Khampas were disarmed and made to surrender.

The abandoned Khampa settlement of Jhunum is now used by the villagers of Nar as a winter camp. Continue walking on the side of the river and cross a suspension bridge. Later, you will come to another abandoned Khampa settlement, Chyakhu. Amidst the ruins of stone houses that were usedby Khampa warriors, there are now new structures—lodges and teahouses—run by local villagers. You will take a gentle upward trail and later descend to the riverside and cross a metal bridge. Aftercrossing the bridge, you will take an uphill path and arrive at the village of Kyang. Another former Khampa settlement, Kyang, lies in a valley surrounded by Rocky Mountains and stone chortens. You will stop for lunch at a small teahouse in Kyang.

After lunch, you continue your trek and cross the wide valley. Later, walk on a narrow path carved into a steep cliff. The path has an exposed side with a sheer drop-off. Below the trail, the Phu Riverflows downstream. The landscape, filled with steep and rocky mountains and deep river gorges, is breath taking. You can spy herds of Himalayan tahr running about on the steep sides of cliffs. The trail reaches a huge canyon with a mammoth boulder shaped like a menhir. Head down to the river and walk on the side of this vertical boulder. The trail climbs up, and finally you will reach a red and white traditional gate that marks the entrance to Phu village. You will have to hike for thirty minutes more to reach the village. Stone mani walls and chortens decorate the way to the village. Cross a suspension bridge and finally enter the village.

Phu village, built on the side of a barren hill, looks like a settlement suspended in time. The houses are carved on a hillside like an amphitheater. The traditional mud-and-stone houses blend perfectly with the stark landscape. The in habitants of Phu trace their ancestry back to South Tibet. Their fore fathers were traders and yak herders who migrated from the Tibetan plateau and settled in this isolated region of Nepal. The people have their own dialect and follow Tibetan Buddhist customsand culture. Tibet lies just a two-day hike from the village.

The crew will choose a good campsite and set up camp. Sit by the campsite with a hot brew and rest your tired legs while enjoying the evening view.

Overnight in Phu.

Day 11
Trek to Loang (4,680 m/15,354 ft ) via Phu Pass (5,200 m/17,060 ft ) – 7 to 8 hours trek

Wake up early in the morning and hike to the top of the settlement, where an ancient monastery islocated. The Tashi Lakhang Monastery is believed to be more than a thousand years old and is one of the oldest and most sacred monasteries in Manang district. The monastery houses severalancient Buddhist scriptures and brass statues of Buddhist deities. There is a lookout point above the monastery from where you can enjoy impressive views of Himlung Himal and Mount Kanguru. Later, return to the campsite and have your breakfast. After breakfast, you take the trail to Loang.

The first section of the hike involves climbing a scree field above Phu village. A brisk climb will bring you to a view point from where you can get incredible views of Phu village, Tashi Lakhang Monastery, and the snow-covered summits of Himlung, Mount Kanguru, and Bhrikuti. After walking for about an hour, you will reach Phu Pass at 5200 meters. Walk slowly and rest at intervals. Drink lots of water, as there's a risk of getting AMS at such an altitude.

Cross the pass and head down to the base of the hill. You will stop for lunch at a nice picnic spot. You will be having a packed lunch as there’s no good water source en route to prepare food. After reaching the base of the hill, you will cross a wooden bridge and reach Loang after walking for an hour. The camp will already be set up by the time you reach the campsite. Have a hot drink and warm yourself before dinnertime. Admire the night sky (if it’sclear) before retiring.

Overnight in Loang.

Day 12
Trek to Chekchu (4,410 m/14,468 ft ) via Nar Pass (5,400 m/16,404 ft) - 6 to 7 - hours trek

Wake up at dawn and enjoy the beautiful views of Himlung and Mount Kanguru from the campsite. After breakfast, begin your trek and make an ascent towards the Nar Pass. Scintillating views of Himlung and Mount Kanguru stay with you throughout the hike. Before reaching the pass, you will have to cross a scree field, which can be quite difficult. The scree field makes the hike to the pass more challenging. But once you reach the top of Nar Pass, you will be presented with a 360-degreepanorama of the Himalayan peaks. While Annapurna Range and Chulu rear towards the south-west,the eastern part of the horizon is filled with the gigantic snow-clad summits of Himlung, MountKanguru, and Bhrikuti Himal.

After taking photographs and enjoying the views, you head down to Chekchu. The descent is steepand involves walking through a scree field. Take care of your footing, as you can lose your balance. At Chekchu, you will spend yet another night camping outdoors.

Overnight in Chekchu.

Day 13
Trek to Nar Village (4,110 m/ 13,484 ft.) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Today you will make your way to another interesting viilage, Nar. Nar, or Nar Phedi, is one of the highest-inhabited villages in the world. Located at an elevation of 4110 meters, the village is surrounded by high Himalayan mountains that remain covered with snow through out the year.

Today’s trek is shorter and less tiring than the other days. You will follow an up-and-down trail through an isolated area. Herds of wild yaks, Blue Sheep, and Himalayan Tahr can be seen en route.

After crossing a suspension bridge, you will have to take a steep ascent for about two hours until you reach the village of Nar. A series of stone chortens and mani walls with Buddhist mantrasetched on them mark the entrance to the village. The village with a cluster of flat-roofed stone houses looks like a place from a story book.

Named after Naur, or the Blue Sheep, which is found abundantly in the area, the village of Naristucked away in a secret valley far from the well-travelled Annapurna trekking track. The people of Nar have been able to maintain their ancient traditions and rituals because of their isolation.There have been no (or very little) changes in the lifestyle of the people, and the village seems to be frozen in time. This picturesque village is dotted with traditional stone houses stacked one above the other.

The lifestyle and culture of the people are purely Tibetan, and the elderly villagers still wear traditional Tibetan attire. Surrounded by barren hills and mountains, the valley of Nar lies close to the river and is quite fertile.

You can take a stroll around the village and interact with the villagers before heading back to the camp.

Overnight in Nar.

Day 14
Trek to Kangla Phedi ( 4,530 m/14,862 ft ) - 3 to 4 hours trek

kangla-pass-lake Stunning view of surrounding mountains along with the turquoise blue kangla pass lake.

This is one of the easiest days of your adventure. Before starting your trek, you can explore more of the village and the surrounding area. As today’s plan is to walk to Kangla Phedi, which takes only three hours, the team will take it slow and begin the trek only after lunch.

Leaving Nar, you will follow a gradual incline. The path goes through the Pisang valley, and you can enjoy grand views of Pisang Peak, Chulu East, and other mountains. The landscape becomes desolate as you head close to Kangla Phedi. After trekking for about three hours, you will reach Kangla Phedi, which is situated at the base of the Kangla Pass.

Enjoy the panorama of the snow-covered mountains from the campsite. While the kitchen crew prepares dinner, you can explore the surrounding area or sit outside and savor the dramatic viewsof the mountains while sipping a hot drink. Retire early, as you will be crossing the Kangla Pass tomorrow.

Overnight in Kangla Phedi.

Day 15
Trek to Ngawal (3,360 m/11,023 ft ) via Kangla Pass (5,320m/17,552ft) – 7 to 8 hours trek

After an early breakfast, get ready and start your hike towards the Kangla Pass. Cross a stream and walk on a gradual incline. As you ascend higher, the path becomes steeper. You will be presented with glorious views of Pisang Peak, Chulu East and West, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna II as your each the top of the pass. After taking pictures and soaking up the views, you will make a descent via a scree field

The mesmerizing view of the Annapurna Range opens up as you make your way down to the other side of the pass. Loose rocks and ice may make your descent difficult. Be careful, and go slowly. As you lose elevation, you will come across shrubs and green pine trees. A long descent via a concrete staircase brings you to the busy settlement of Ngawal. The village is an important stop on the Annapurna Circuit route. Here, you will find plenty of teahouses, lodges, and restaurants with awide selection of dishes on the menu.

At Ngawal, you will be staying in a teahouse where you can enjoy a hot shower, wi-fi, good food, anda comfortable bed. There are great views of the snow-capped mountains all around, and you can savor the beauty of the landscape from the teahouse.

Overnight in Ngawal.

Day 16
Trek to Manang (3,519 m/ 11,545 ft ) - 4 to 5 hours trek

Leaving Ngawal, you will take the trail to Manang. This route is part of the classic Annapurna Circuit trail. You can expect loads of trekkers on this route during peak season. After hiking on a secluded trail for several days, you may find the crowd and noise on this route a bit overwhelming (if your trek is during peak trekking season). However, the views are stunning as ever, and the beautiful landscape is sure to keep your spirits high.

The trail to Manang will take you over a high bridge with incredible views of Pisang Peak and theAnnapurna Range. On the way, you will cross charming stupas, mani walls, and pine forests. A steep descent with several switch backs will bring you to the valley floor. Cross Upper Pisang and the village of Braga, which lies high above the trail. After walking on an even path, you will finally reach the large settlement of Manang. A host of brightly painted white and ochre stone chortens greets you as you approach the settlement. Climb up a gradual incline to reach the main settlement. Alarge traditional gate, or 'Kani', marks the entrance to the village. Head to a teahouse and enjoy a good rest.

Manang is the largest settlement on the Annapurna Circuit route. The village is dotted with traditional, flat-roofed stone cottages and new concrete buildings. There are many teahouses and lodges that cater to the bevy of trekkers that visit this area. You will find cafes and bakeries where you can treat yourself to good coffee and some delicious apple crumble and pie.

Overnight in Manang.

Day 17
Trek to Yak Kharka (4,020 m/13,188 ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

After a hearty breakfast, bid goodbye to Manang and head towards Yak Kharka. Get your permits checked at the exit point in Manang. and amble past a picturesque landscape. Take time out to enjoy the incredible views of the river cutting across the valley and the snowy mountains stretching endlessly on all sides.

The first section of the trail involves a gradual ascent to the small village of Ghunsang.You can stop for a short break here before continuing onward. Vehicles (two-wheelers too) are not permitted on this side of the trail, and you can enjoy your walk in peace. You will encounter wild yaks grazing close to the trail and mule trains transporting supplies to the settlements situated high above the trail.

After Ghunsang, the trail levels out, and you can enjoy an easy hike on the flat terrain. The trail hugs the side of a gentle hill. Keep a slow and steady pace. Soon you will come across the Jarsang Khola(river). Cross the river via a suspension bridge and take a gentle ascent up to Yak Kharka. You can enjoy close-up views of Gangapurna,Thorang Peak and the mountains of the Annapurna Range from the trail.

 

Yak Kharkais actually a summer camp for the yak herders. Since it falls on the route of the Thorang La pass, some locals have opened lodges and teahouses here for trekkers walking on this route. Stay overnight at one of the new guest houses.

Overnight in Yak Kharka

Day 18
Trek to Thorang High Camp (4,920 m/16,158 ft ) - 4 to 5 hours trek

thorang-la-pass Thorang la pass.

Wake up early in the morning to catch the sunrise over the snow-capped Gangapurna Himal. Later, have breakfast and head towards Thorang High Camp. The path is easy, with no steep ups and downs. However, the cold and thin air make the hike difficult. On the way, you cross the village of Letdar. After Letdar, there is a gentle uphill and downhill. You will cross the Jorsang Khola againand ascend an uphill trail to Thorang Phedi. On the way, you will come across a landslide zone. Beextra cautious while crossing this section, as the path is filled with loose stones and has a sheerdrop-off.

Thorang Phedi lies at the base of Thorang La Pass and has a couple of teahouses. Most trekkers attempting to cross the pass stay at this place. However, our team will be proceeding further up to Thorang High Camp. The High Camp lies about a two-hour hike from Thorang Phedi

The way to the high camp is narrow and steep. While the distance is not that great, the ascent to theHigh Camp is challenging because of the thin air. There is only one teahouse at Thorang High Camp.After reaching the high camp, take a well-deserved rest.

Overnight at Thorang High Camp.

Day 19
Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m/12,467 ft ) via Thorang La Pass (5,416 m/17,769 ft) – 8 to 9 hours trek

muktinath-tample Muktinath Tample

Today, you will cross the final of the seven high passes. The Thorang La Pass is one of the highestand most difficult mountain passes to cross in the Himalayas. The route to the pass is steep and exhausting. Should the weather worsen, there will be a lot of snow on the trail. Crampons and gaiters can be necessary if it snows in order to hike up the snow-covered trail.

Your ascent begins before daybreak. It’s better to start as early as possible, as the weather turnsrough as the day progresses. Use a headlamp to light your way in the dark. The trail climbs high above the high camp. It’s a tough and long climb to the top of the pass. It takes around four hours to cover the 5-kilometer stretch from High Camp to Thorang La.

A mass of brightly colored prayer flags greets you as you reach the pass. Thorang Peak rears close to the pass, as do Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, Tilicho Peak, Chulu Range, and Mount Kanguru. Take pictures and celebrate your achievement. You have now covered all seven high passes! What an achievement! Congratulations!!

After spending some time at the pass, head down to Muktinath. The descent follows a steep and zigzag trail on a scree field. After reaching the base of the pass you walk down for a couple of hours, and reach Charabu, a small village where you can stop for some refreshment. Later, continue walking towards Ranipauwa and Muktinath. On the way, you will cross the temple of Jwala Mai, a Buddhist monastery, and one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus, the Muktinath Temple. The Kali-Gandaki River flows close to the trail.

The sacred town of Muktinath has been a Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimage center for thousands of years. While Hindus regard this place asthe site to attain'moksh' or salvation, for Buddhists, this is a sacred shrine blessed by Chenrizeg or Avalokiteshwara. Padmasambhava, or the Second Buddha, is believed to have meditated here while traveling to Tibet.

After reaching the center of Muktinath, head to a lodge offering modern amenities and enjoy a hot shower and a warm dinner. You can also enjoy wifi and uninterrupted electricity.

Overnight in Muktinath,

Day 20
Trek to Jomsom (2,710 m/889 ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

With pilgrims heading to and fro, you will walk through the busy road of Muktinath and head out of the town. Take the long and dusty trail to Jomsom, a popular hangout for trekkers on the Annapurna Circuit.

The trail goes past the arid desert area of the Lower Mustang Region. There are brown hills everywhere, with some patches of green vegetation on the outskirts of the villages. Walk past ancient settlements that seem to be suspended in time. Mesmerizing views of Nilgiri Himal, Dhaulagiri Himal, and the Annapurna Range can be enjoyed through out your trek. After crossing Jharkot, you will reach the village of Kagbeni, which marks the entrance to the hidden kingdom of Upper Mustang.

You will have your lunch at Kagbeni. Explore this charming old village, which has a large monastery, Kag Chode Thupten Samphel Ling Monastery. The gompa was established in the fifteenth century to educate monks living in the area.

The monastery still functions as an important learning center for young lamas or Buddhist monks of the Shakya Pa sect. The monastery houses ancient relics and statues of Lord Buddha and other Buddhist saints. Thank as and bright murals decorate the walls of the monastery.

Later, carry on your journey to Jomsom. En route, cross the settlement of Ekal Bhatti. The trail goes through the dry river bed of the Kali Gandaki River. It’s a surreal experience to walk in a mountainous desert area. Walking past narrow paths, you will try to avoid the jeep track as much as possible. There are a few streams with no bridges. Crossing these may leave your feet wet. After walking for a couple of hours, you will finally reach Jomsom.

Jomsom is a large Thakkali town filled with guest houses, hotels, restaurants, and bakeries. There is also a tiny airport in the center of the town. This is the place where most trekkers end their Annapurna Circuit trek and return to Pokhara either by flight or by vehicle.

On reaching Jomsom, head to one of the large hotels and enjoy a hot shower and good food.

Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 21
Fly to Pokhara (823 m/2,700 ft) - 20 minutes flight

pokhara pokhara

Wake up early in the morning and head to Jomsom Airport to catch a flight to Pokhara. The airportlies in the middle of the town, at a walk able distance from most hotels. As it gets pretty windy in the afternoon, the flights to and from Jomsom are scheduled only in the morning.

During the flight, you can savor close-up views of the snow-covered mountains and barren hills. Greenery fills the landscape as the plane enters the airspace of Pokhara. After landing at Pokhara Airport, you will bedriven to your hotel.

Chill out and relax at the hotel. Afterwards, you can explore the lakeside area on your own. Pokhara’s lakeside is situated beside Phewa Lake. Like Kathmandu’s Thamel, the lakeside is a lively place where tourists hangout. The streets are filled with souvenir shops, restaurants, and cafes. The main attractions around Pokhara include the Phewa Lake, Peacce Stupa, Sarangkot View point, Bindyabasini Temple, Gupteshwar Cave, and Davis Falls. If you wish to take a guided tour of Pokhara, do let us know so that we can arrange it for you. The guided tour will incur an additional charge.

Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 22
Fly or Drive to Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,592 ft) - 25 minutes flight or 6 to 8 hours drive

You can return to Kathmandu by flight or by vehicle. The flight takes around 25 minutes, and the journey by road will take around 6 or 8 hours(depends on the traffic flow). You can enjoy great views of the Annapurna Mountains and the Langtang Range during the flight. Remember to sit onthe left side of the plane.

The overland journey to Kathmandu via the Prithvi Highway is also equally scenic and beautiful. The ride will take you past small towns and hillside villages. The road winds on the side of a greenhill with great views of the Marshyangdi and Trishuli Rivers and terraced farms.

Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you can rest at your hotel or explore the city on your own. You can also check out the streets around Thamel.

Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 23
Final Departure

This has been an awesome adventure, but now it’s time to say goodbye to Nepal. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and drop you off at the airport at least three hours before your flight’s departure.

If you wish to extend your vacation and visit more places in Nepal, please let us know. Our travel consultant will help you plan one more exciting tour for you. We run tours in Bhutan, the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, and India too.



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