“An aura nature, astonishing culture and feel of paradise, what one is expecting/ asking for……”
Annapurna Classic Trek with Thorong La Pass is a trek that encircles the majestic Annapurna range. Acknowledged as the best treks of the world, Annapurna classic trek is more than just an exhibition to demonstrate the Himalayas of Nepal. Annapurna circuit trekking grants an opportunity to be a part of many local ethnic groups of Nepal like Thakalis, Magar, Gurung etc.
This trek is ideal for the trekking enthusiasts, and also those who seek those who pursue salvation at revered Muktinath temple. The nature lovers will be fascinated by the close-up views of Annapurna massif (Annapurna I-IV), Gangapurna at 7,455 meters (24,458ft) and Tilicho Peak at7,134 meters (23,405ft), Dhaulagiri at 8,167 meters (26,794ft), Manasalu at 8,163 meters (26’781ft) and several other peaks of 6,000 meters to 8,000 meters altitude. Marshyangdi river valley, Kali Gandaki river valley are the stunning allures of this trek.
As the trail of this trek progresses, the vibrant rhododendron forest, gigantic cliffs, dense subtropical forest, verdant hills, perennial rivers, deep gorges will be revealed to you. Thorong La at 5416 meters is the highest pass of this region which provides a great overall view of the Annapurna region. In addition to it, Ghorepani Poonhill is also another great point for enjoying the best possible views of the region.
Given that this tour also encompasses the enigmatic caves of Pokhara, cultural hubs of Kathmandu, Muktinath and Jomsom, there is so much mystique to this trek which is still to be discovered thus making it raw and fresh for experienced trekkers as well. This trek itinerary adjusted by Himalayan Diamond Adventures is flexible and you can adjust it as per your compatibility.
Annapurna classic trek is a moderately difficult trek which is not to be dreaded at all. With some experience, proper trekking advice or guide, fitness condition, necessary trekking gear, even novice trekkers can get through with this trek.
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Altitude sickness, trekking precautions and measures, trekking weather and season, experience in higher altitude etc. are some factors that can plummet or decline the difficulty level of Annapurna classic trek.
Just like many other treks of Nepal, the best time for Annapurna Classic trek is Spring and Autumn season (March to May and September to November). Spring and Autumn seasons are particularly famous because of good weather conditions, mountain visibility, sharp or vivid panoramas etc. Spring provides the sights of blossoming rhododendron. Autumn, on the other hand, has a clear sky. Summer and Winter seasons are least preferred for this trek due to weather unpredictability, unsafe trails etc. However, this trek is available throughout the year and some solace loving trekkers even opt for the starting and ending winter weeks.
Meals and accommodations during Annapurna Classic Trek will differ depending upon whether you are in Kathmandu, Pokhara or in your trekking route. During Kathmandu, you will be staying in a 3-star category hotel. Your meal will be managed in restaurants with Nepali as well as international options. The meal and accommodation scenario of Pokhara is pretty similar to that of Kathmandu. During the trekking route of Annapurna circuit trek and Annapurna classic trek (or any other trek in that note), the accommodation is mainly on a lodge or guest house. Even if the trekking region is a pristine and untouched region, the meals options are diverse with veg as well as non-veg options. Some meals that you are likely to see are Daal-Bhaat (veg or non-veg), noodles, hot soup, Fried rice, chow mein, bread jam, bread butter, chapati, paratha etc.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,350 meters/4,429ft], transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Sightseeing of the UNESCO world heritage sites.
Day 03: Drive to Chame [2,670 meters/8,760ft] about 250km, 11 to 12hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Pisang village [3,200 meters/10,498ft] 4 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Manang [3,540 meters/11,614ft)] 9 hours.
Day 06: Acclimatization day in Manang with a wonderful side trip.
Day 07: Trek to Chuli Ledar [4,200 meters/13,779ft] 5 hours.
Day 08: Trek to Thorong High Camp [4,925 meters/16,158ft] 4 hours.
Day 09: Thorong La pass [5,416m/17,769ft] descend to Muktinath [3,760m/12,335ft]
Day 10: Trek to Jomsom [2,720 meters/8,923ft] 7 hours.
Day 11: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara [820 meters/2,690ft] transfer to Hotel.
Day 12: Sightseeing around Pokhara valley.
Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu [1,350 meters/4,429ft] 6 hours.
Day 14: Departure to Home.
Flying to Kathmandu itself is an exciting and memorable experience as you will enjoy a panoramic view of snow-capped Himalaya ranges and peaks before your landing In Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu. The representative from Himalayan Diamond Adventure will have reached there to welcome you. We will help you collect your luggage and drop you off at the hotel. We will conduct a dinner in Nepali cultural dance restaurant to welcome you. You will also be debriefed a bit about the trekking program.
As Kathmandu has a huge historical history and carries cultural and religious essence a popular destination for tourists. The city presents a remarkable blend of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism via its heritage sites like Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Our tour guide will provide you the relevant facts and historical significance of the places like Pashupatinath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in town- Boudhanath, the 15th-century palace of 55 windows in Bhaktapur and Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu which we will visit today.
A scenic bus ride from Kathmandu through Besishahar will lead us to Chame- the headquarter of Manang district. Driving along the road, we can have stunning Mountain terrain views facing us such as Ganesh Himal range, Baudha Himal, Rani peak, Himalchuli ranges, Ngadichuli and Manasalu. Beside this, while the glowing Himalayas, you also see many white rivers and tributaries, green hills, cultivated terraced lands and villages. Overnight stay at a lodge in Chame after 11 to 12 hours of journey.
From Chame, we have two options to get to Pisang Tibetan Buddhist inhabited settlement. One is walking along the newly opened road and the other is taking a jeep since this road is also motorable. On taking a jeep, we will reach there within 30 to 45 minutes. On marching, it will take us about 4 hours. Nevertheless, our trail passes on leaving a tree line and gradually ascends towards the place with a more prominent snowline. After checking in a room in Pisang Village, we will hike to upper Pisang to gain altitude (This helps in acclimatization and provides surplus views). As we will trek to upper Pisang on your back, the fascinating views of Annapurna II- (7,937 meters) Annapurna IV (7,525 meters), and Annapurna III (7,555 meters) will grace us. Today we will spend overnight in a lodge including dinner and breakfast service at Pisang village.
Our destination today is Manang which is inhabited by Tibetan Gurung village. We will trek there through an upper panoramic trail which comprises isolated peaceful villages (Ghyaru, Ngawal and Chulu). After crossing a suspension bridge in Pisang over Marsyangdi River, we will ascend to Ghyaru (Tibetan primitive village). This ascend offers superb views of Pisang valley if we turn behind. The Majestic views of Annapurna II and Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and Tilicho follow us throughout on a clear day. In addition to these, Buddhist Stupas, Buddhist Mani walls and Monasteries also come into sight. Overnight at Lodge with dinner and breakfast service in Manang village.
Today we will acclimatize in the Manang region so that increasing altitude and the decreasing temperature doesn’t hit us hard. For this, we will explore some interesting places around Manang valley like Marshyangdi River and Gangapurna Lake. We will also hike up to Deurali (4,200 meters) for splendid sights of Chulu west peak and Chulu east also called as Manang Himal. We will also take a side trip to Milarepa Cave and Ice Lake. Hiking up to Ice Lake offers the charming massive views of Manang, Tilicho valley and Annapurna Himalayas. Plus, it also helps with the altitude. We will stay in the same lodge as the previous night.
Today the trail will gradually go up-hill to Tengki Manang, that offers fine views of Manang village behind us, Marsyangdi river and Gangapurna greenish-blue Lake. We will continue trekking and reach from Marsyangdi River valley to Chuli ledar lodge passing the Yak kharka (summer Yak grazing lands). The views are great all around us with Annapurna range beyond the Manang Himal. While trekking to the Thorong La pass, you might even witness Snow leopard, Blue sheep and Himalayan griffon on the way. Finally, we will reach Chuli Ledar lodge after 5 hours of trekking where we will stay overnight.
We will cross the suspension bridge over Kone Khola, screed, rock falls zones and frozen streams (in winter) to new Phedi overlooking the Yak and Blue sheep grazing lands. Finally, we will ascend uphill for the high camp primitive lodge (the ascending can get somewhat challenging however the landscape is completely worth it). There is a small viewpoint on the high camp which provides a substantial view of Chulu west trekking peak (6,419 meters). Chulu west is the demanded trekking peak in Annapurna classic circuit trekking route. Overnight stay in a lodge with dinner and breakfast service.
Today, we will get up early in the morning (about 05: 00 A.M.) and have a light but warm breakfast with a cup of tea. After breakfast, we will head out to ascent the popular Thorong La pass at an altitude of 5,416 meters. From high camp, the trail ascends to Thorong La pass which is indicated with prayer flags and stone cairns. The pass is usually snowbound during the winter season (Mid December -late February). After enjoying the scenery from this highest pass of Annapurna region, we will trek down the trail which steadily drops to Phedi (bottom of a hill). The views of Mustang valley with dry landscape lies towards us and eye-catching views of Khatungkang 6,484 meters (21,273ft) also lay ahead of us. After continuous 2 to 3 hours of steep descending, we will stop for a hot lunch and relax for some hours in Phedi. We will then continue descending towards Muktinath. We will trek down and visit Muktinath temple which is a noteworthy amalgamation of Hinduism and Buddhism. We will spend overnight at a lodge in Muktinath region.
We will descend down to the Kali Gandaki river with a dry landscape. As we will trek down, we arrive at Jharkot and Kagbeni which are the main entry gateway of upper Mustang valley. And yes, you guessed it right- the views are mind-blowing. The cultivated lands, hills, Tilicho and Nilgiri accumulate to provide you one hell of a trekking experience. After sightseeing of Kagbeni village, we will descend to Jomsom; the headquarters of Mustang district following the Kaligandaki River. Finally, we will reach to Jomsom windy valley after 7 to 8 hours of trek from Muktinath. Jomsom is one of the best tourist destinations of Nepal because of the evergreen views and prospects. Plus, it is tourist-friendly.
We will take a 30-minute scenic flight early in the morning from Jomsom to Pokhara. This flight is very memorable and bestows us with a wide array of mountain views like Annapurna (8,091 meters), Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), Nilgiri (7,060 meters), Annapurna south (7,219 meters), Machhapuchhre 6,997 meters etc.
Another alternative to reach Pokhara in a single day is catching a Jeep to Beni from Jomsom and then Beni to Pokhara by micro bus. Overnight stay at the lodge in Pokhara.
Pokhara is a famous tourist hub of Nepal and it has a lot of possibilities for the tourists. There are a lot of outdoor adventure activities in Pokhara like paragliding, boating, cycling, caving and mountain flight which you can get engaged in for today. We can also visit around the hills and streets of Pokhara valley, peace stupa, International mountain museum, lakeside, Mahendra cave etc.
After a fabulous Annapurna circuit classic trek, we will drive back to Kathmandu with a scenic driving of 6 hours from Pokhara by tourist bus and escort you to your hotel room. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner in Nepali cultured restaurant. Overnight stay in a lodge.
As per your flight time, we will drop you off to the airport and bid you goodbye as you see off to your home.
Note:- The conditions stated in the itinerary are mainly for the trekker who prefer full package service. At the same time, we also serve you based on your choice. The selection of itineraries and the staffs depends on your need and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement and financial condition.
Himalayan Diamond Adventure is stand-by for all times, the best quality services for our regular clients as well as new guests. We are quite thoughtful with our distinguish trekkers or hikers or Mountaineers joy, fun, and safe trip through our company. We are very aware that only our clients and guests can make a pleasant trip with the company’s extensive service and a local professional guide and faithful, helpful cook and porters. We accompany you with local experienced, faithful, helpful and intelligent good English-speaking guides and porters, informative in all sectors including weather forecast and caring personals.
We have a different category of guides, such Porter guides, Trekking guides, Support Climbing guides, Mountain guides, French-speaking guides, German-speaking guide, Chinese speaking guides, Culture tour leaders, as your requirement.
We provide you (-25*C) down-filled sleeping bag and (-20*C) down filled jacket (Pay extra $2 each item each day). For mountaineers if you do not have own climbing gears we will provide you climbing gears on hire at a reasonable price particularly for your convenience, such Union of International Alpinist Association (UIAA) tested gears. Like a Black Diamond, Helmet, Harness, Crampon, Jumar ATC guide or Figure of 8, Ice axe, Carabiners, and La Sportiva alpine boot.
We provide you with sufficient and hygienic meals and dessert with hot drinks as your choice and book clean and comfortable rooms (hotel) on a mountain in advance of your trip in mountain lodges.
There are more than 300 different trekking routes and 326 peaks open for climbing including 20 royalty free peaks. Climbing peaks have been divided into 3 categories: A, B and C. in Nepal, we will help you to organize the trip according to your time, budget and choice. We organize trip for especial solitary (alone) personal as well as packaged trip for a big group.
We also help you to get permits, hiring trekking equipments and other related services i.e. bus reservation, airplane ticketing, and hotel booking in Kathmandu and in Mountain.
The conditions stated in the itinerary are especially for the trekker who prefer full package service. At the same time, we also customize itinerary based on your choice and time. The selection of itineraries and the staffs depends on your need and financial procurement. We have options for any partial visit as per your requirement and financial condition.