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Day 01 - Arrival Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal. Upon completing the visa formalities and collecting your luggage in the airport, kindly proceed to the exit of the arrival hall. Your trip leader will await you just outside the arrival hall and will escort you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Please lookout for a placard of Highland Expeditions at the exit of the arrival hall. Welcome drinks will be served and after you’ve refreshed, your trek/climb leader will brief you about your trip in the lobby of your hotel in the evening. Get familiar with your surroundings by taking a walk down the street
Day 02 - In Kathmandu for trek/climb preparation [1,350m/4,430ft]
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for gear preparation. In the evening, you will be briefed by your trek and climb leader about your trekking program the next day. In case you have fallen short of any trek and climb equipment that you may need, this time can be used to arrange for it.
Day 03 - Drive to Jagat [1,290m/4,233ft]
After early morning breakfast, we will head west and follow the Prithvi Highway along Trishuli River to the homeland of Central Himalaya including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre. The road offers an opportunity to have a view of rustic Nepal that comprises green hills, river, villages and snow-clad mountains at the backdrop. We will part our ways with the Highway at Dumre and choose the branched off route to Besisahar and continue to Jagat where we will stay overnight at a lodge.
Day 04 - Trek to Dharapani [1,860m/6,103ft]
Early in the morning, we will lower down from Jagat village and follow the winding path along the Marsyangdi River to the forest. A brief walk through the sprawling forest will take us to Chamje village (1430m) from where we will cross the river and continue walking along its eastern edge. The trail takes brief to ascend to the big village of Tal (1675m). Being clustered with tea houses and lodges, it will be a fine idea to take our lunch at Tal. Enjoy the lunch in a serene atmosphere with mesmerizing natural views of surrounding valleys at Tal and take gradual ascend to Karte village. We need to cross the river at several points and move past the valley and pretty tiny villages to arrive at Dharapani.
Day 05 - Trek to Chame [2,715m/8,908ft]
Leaving Dharapani, we will head west through the rugged trail to arrive at Marsyangdi River. We will follow the river uphill to Manang Valley. We will be blessed with mesmerizing views of Annapurna II (7937m) and Annapurna IV Mountains. Trade with Tibetans is the chief occupation of locals in this region. Following the old trade route, we will climb uphill through the forested ridge of oak and maple to Dhanakyu (2290m). Moving further through the rock-strewn path, we will reach Latemarang village (2360m). Passing through the forested ridges, we will reach Koto (2590m). Descending trail from Kotho will take us to Chame (2670m) which is the administrative headquarters of the region. We will be greeted with views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II Mountain and Annapurna IV Mountain at Chame. Stay overnight at Chame.
Day 06 - Trek to Upper Pisang [3,185m/10,450ft]
Leaving Chame, we will cross over to the northern side of the river from where the trail stretches uphill through apple orchards to Bhratang village (2840m). This is marked as an old Khampa community. There will be a change in terrain from this point. We will follow the rock-strewn path through the tapered valley that is covered in thickets. Exiting from the forest, we will meet the river which we will cross over a suspension bridge that is located somewhere above 3040m from sea level. We will get the first view of magnificent Paungda Danda which is the 1500 m wall of rock that stems up from the river. We will traverse the ridge decorated with prayer flags and stone cairns to arrive at Pisang. We will visit local gompa and stay overnight in a teahouse.
Day 07 - Rest and acclimatization day at Upper Pisang [3,185m/10,450ft]
The first acclimatization day of our trip. Together we head out further towards base camp with an aim to gain altitude and retrace back to Pisang for overnight.
Day 08 - Trek from Upper Pisang to Pisang Peak Base Camp [4,380m14,367ft]
After breakfast, we will make our way to the Pisang Peak Base Camp. This short trail takes us through thin forests and alpine grasslands. This grassland is called “Kharka,” which means pasture for yak grazing. We will reach the base camp by lunchtime, and you can get a beautiful view of the Pisang peak (6091m) from here. We set our camp here. Overnight stay at Pisang Base Camp.
Day 09 - Climbing course and final preparation at Base Camp [4,380m14,367ft]
A climbing course will be conducted today giving you knowledge on the usage of equipment. Later, we sort out our gears and do our final preparation for the climb.
Day 10 - Move up to Pisang Peak High Camp [5,400m/17,713ft]
We begin another uphill climb towards Pisang peak High Camp. The weather in this region depends on the season. You will experience heavy snowfall from December to March in these regions. Enjoy the majestic view of the mountains surrounding you. Overnight stay at Pisang High Camp.
Day 11 - Pisang Peak Summit [6,091m/19,978ft] and back to Pisang Peak base camp
Today is finally the day to make our ascent of Pisang Peak. We head out for summit bid early in the morning after an early breakfast. The upper part of the ridge is guarded by huge rock slabs. The route to the summit from high camp involves technical rock section and the upper part is steep and fairly exposed slopes of ice and snow (55°). From the summit, you get a majestic view of the Annapurna Himalayan range. After the summit, we retrace all the way to the base camp.
Day 12 - Contingency Day
Day 13 - Trek to Manang [3,350m/10,991ft]
After having summited Pisang peak, we retrace all the way back to the main Annapurna circuit trail. We trek towards Manang which takes 3 hrs walk and the rest of the day is free to rest and explore and town.
Day 14 - Trek to Yak Kharka [4,130m/13,550ft]
We will follow the narrow path to Tenki village (3620m) that locates above Manang. Taking brief ascent, we will head northwest up the valley of Jarsang River. We will head north and pass through a trail lined with juniper trees to reach Gunsang (3930m). We will walk through the alpine meadow. We get to see Gangapurna (7454m) and Annapurna III (7555m) Mountains from most of the point. We will descend to Yak Kharka where we will stay overnight.
Day 15 - Trek to Thorung Phedi. [4,400m/14,436ft]
We will leave Yak Kharka and follow the rugged trail to Letdar (4250m). From Letdar, we will follow the ascending trail to Jarsang River. Walking along the eastern edge of Jarsang river, we will ascend to Thorong Phedi (4450m). This small settlement got its name from its geographical position which translates as Base of Thorong Hill. We will stay overnight in Thorung Phedi.
Day 16 - Cross Thorung-la [5,416m/17,770ft] and trek to Muktinath [3,800m/12,478ft]
We will begin the long climb to the top of Thorong La. Following the cattle trail through moraine and snow, we will reach the top of the pass in about 4hrs depending upon the weather condition and strength of climbers. The summit is festooned with prayer flags. We will rejoice the views of Kali Gandaki Valley to the west while we can get a view of Yakgawa Kang Peak (6481m) to the north. Sharp descend from Thorong La will take us to Muktinath temple. The journey is rewarding with views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche Peak (6920m). Walkthrough the moraine path and grassy slopes to Jhong Valley. Walking further, we will reach Muktinath where we will stay overnight.
Day 17 - Trek to Jomsom [2,700m/8,859ft]
Muktinath holds religious significance among Hindu and Buddhist devotees. We will visit Vishnu temple and a Monastery. Later, we will descend to Ranipauwa village. The trail lowers down through barren hillside to Kagbeni and then to Jomsom.
Day 18 - Fly to Pokhara [827m/2,714ft]
After morning breakfast we check in the airport to fly back to Pokhara. This dramatic 15 minutes flight to Pokhara between the gorge of the two huge mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri is a nervy tingling experience we will enjoy. On arrival at Pokhara airport, our guide will transfer us to the lakeside hotel. We use the rest of our time exploring the lake and then spend our overnight at our hotel down by the lake.
Day 19 - Drive to Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
We will return to Kathmandu on this day. Kathmandu is separated from Pokhara by 200km. Prithvi Highway links Pokhara with Kathmandu. It takes 6 hrs to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by road. You will be transferred to the hotel where you will have a pleasant stay.
Day 20 - Free day in Kathmandu [1,350m/4,430ft]
Enjoy a leisure day. You are on your own. Participating in a day tour in Kathmandu is a pleasant plan. You can also go for shopping in Thamel, a tourist hub where you can buy souvenir items like handicrafts and arts to your family.
Day 21 - Transfer to Airport for the International departure.
Thank you for joining us on this trek and it has been a pleasure getting to know you during this time. We hope this venture has enriched your experience with happy memories. We will drop you to the airport as per your flight time. Keep in touch and hope to hear from you soon. Bon voyage for a safe and pleasant trip home.
- Fully guided climb with climbing guides at 1:3 ratio (Guide to Client Ratio)
- All meals (B,L,D) and accommodation at Teahouses/Lodges during the trekking period.
- Meals and High-quality mountain tents during the climbing period
- Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu guest house or similar category for 4 nights with breakfast included
- Twin sharing accommodation at Pokhara for 1 night with breakfast included
- All required permits for the trek and climb
- Porterage of all equipment
- Kathmandu airport transfers and escorts
- Comprehensive first aid kit with a supplementary oxygen system
- Satellite phone for emergency purpose and a nominal charge for personal use
- Use of waterproof Duffel bag, a Sleeping bag with liner and Down Jacket
- Group climbing gears
- Use of personal climbing gears [Mountaineering Boots, Harness, Crampons, Helmet, Ascender, Rope, Ice Axe, Screw-gate Carabiners (Lock & Unlock), Prusik Loop)
- Guides summit bonus, insurances and allowances
- Summit certificate issued by Nepal Mountaineering Association
- Rescue arrangements
- International airfare, visa and travel insurance
- Meals at Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu or on the trek for any reason (Early arrival or delay, Early arrival from trek due to any reason)
- Personal expenses - Drinks & Souvenirs
- Gratuities for staff