Please Join Crew Treks on this trip to Nepal for the Annapurna Trek, and experience one of the most spectacular trekking destinations in the world. The Annapurna trek has often been voted as the best long distance trek in the world, as it combined, in its old full form, a wide variety of climate zones from tropics at 600 m asl to the arctic at 5416 m asl at the Thorong La pass and cultural variety from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture of Manang Valley and lower Mustang.
Leader: Domi Sherpa - Over the years of roaming through the mountains of Nepal and Tibet, he summited such peaks as Cho-Oyu (26,900feet), Island Peak (20,200feet), Mera Peak (21,247feet) and countless more. Domi has led multitude of treks in Annapurna, Mustang and Everest regions, and his experience and knowledge of the mountains and Sherpa culture is invaluable.
Day 1 (Oct 1) Arrival in Kathmandu-Transfer to Hotel in Thamel District of the city.
Day 2 (Oct 02) After breakfast, we will tour historical sites of the city; Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhu Stupa, and Boudanath. Before dinner, we will have gear check and briefing.
Day 3 (Oct 03) Drive to Syange via Besisahar 7-8hrs
The day begins early with drive to Besisahar and then on to Syange. Depending on traffic, it will take us about 7-8 hrs from Kathmandu along to the Prithwi highway. We divert off the highway at the bustling town of Dumre and continue for a further one and half hours to Besisahar. From here on, the “road” becomes too challenging to street vehicles and will switch to Jeeps.
We will overnight at local lodge.
Day 4 (Oct 04) Drive to Chame (2,670m/8,759ft) 5hrs
Today, we will continue in Jeeps on this mountain road getting deeper into the mountains. The drive itself will be a challenge; we will be crossing streams, driving carved into the mountain tracks and at times pushing the vehicle.
The journey will take us about five hours; just in time for lunch and beer!
Day 5 (Oct 05) Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m/10,500) 5hrs
The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, and then crosses a river on a long bridge. We’ll continue crossing yet another bridge and from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 10,300ft and 11,000ft
Day 6 (Oct 06) Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m/11,500ft) 5hrs
Today we continue our journey through the drier upper part of the Manang District, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks and raise crops, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we use alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. Along the way, we’ll look for side trails and away from main traffic.
Day 7 (Oct 07) Acclimatization day at Manang (3,500m/11,500ft)
Today we’ll spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. Those that need rest, can stay in the village and visit local bakeries, everyone else will go for 3 hrs acclimatization hike. Before dinner, we can visit one of the local movie theaters (must do-experience in itself!)
Day 8 (Oct 8) Manang to Tilicho Lake Base Camp Up to 10hrs
Now, fully rested we will trek to Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4,150m/13,600ft)
As we gain altitude, the views around will mesmerize even the most demanding trekkers. Depending on the weather forecast, after lunch we might continue all the way to Tilicho Lake (at 4,900m/16,000ft the highest lake in the World)
From the lake, we will return to Tilicho Base Camp for overnight. Up to 10hrs day!
Day 9 (Oct 09) Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka 6-7hrs
Today, we will utilize side trails and make our way towards Yak Kharka (4,050m/13,300ft) A small settlement used as an outpost for yak herders. Along the way, we will be looking at Chulu Peaks decorating landscape, dotted by Mani tablets and Tibetan flags.
Day 10 (Oct 10) Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4450m/14,600ft) 4hrs
After a brief climb, the trail descends towards the river and then traverses the slope to Thorung Phedi. We will rest at this quiet hamlet before we’ll tackle Thorung La Pass
Most of the day will be spent on rest and preparations for the gradual ascent.
Day 11 (Oct 11) Trek from Thorung Phedi to Thorung La Pass and then on to Muktinath (5416m/17,769ft)
We’ll begin the day at 4am climbing steadily up to the pass, along the way we’ll stop for tea and to warm up at local teahouses dotting the trail.
Once we will reach the pass, we’ll celebrate, take photos and descent to the other side and warmer temperatures.
Day 12 (Oct 12) Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2600m)
Jomsom is a nice settlement of more than 100 houses of Thakali people. Along the way, we will stop at several villages with distinctively Tibetan character.
The region is famous for apple brandy and if interested, we can taste some before we fly off to Pokhara.
Day 13 (Oct 13) Fly to Pokhara & stay overnight/sightseeing/celebrations.
Day 14 (Oct 14) Drive back to Kathmandu 7hrs+
Day 15 (Oct 15) Fly back home
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Sleep at guest houses/lodges along the trail. Eat breakfast and hike 4-6 hours on an average day. Since we will be staying at lodges, backpacks should be light! We will use porters to lighten the loads. Daytime temperatures should be in the 50’s and sunny, but nights can get cold! As we move higher, temperatures will drop!