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Annapurna Round & Mustang Trek - 23 Days

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The classic Annapurna Round Trek first became accessible to the world of adventure travelers as recently as 1977, when the Nepalese Government derestricted the Manang valley, which had previously been closed on account of its proximity to the Tibetan border. Providing a combination of spectacular high mountain scenery, picturesque lowland farms and villages, a wealth of cultural interest and a challenging pass crossing, the Annapurna Round Trek is justifiably popular.

Annapurna Round and Mustang Trek begin at the middle hill of Besisahar, ascending the surprisingly wild and unspoiled Marsyangdi valley to reach the north side of the Annapurna massif. In terms of its sheer scale, the valley of the Marsyangdi is surpassed only by the valley of the Kali Gandaki, which we trek through on the second part of this exceptional trip.

Throughout our walk, we enjoy regular contact with friendly villagers, as well as ever-changing panoramas of some of the world's greatest peaks, including Manaslu and the Annapurnas. Even from Pokhara, the views are tremendous, with Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I and Manaslu dominating the northern skyline.

Travelling from the Hindu-dominated farmland of Nepal's "middle hills", into the high alpine world on the north side of the Annapurna, which is the domain of Tibetan Buddhism, this trip also offers exposure to the whole range of trekking environments for which Nepal is famous. Beyond the Tibetan Buddhist village of Manang, the highest point of the trip is reached after a stamina-sapping ascent to the Thorong La Pass (5416m).

Mustang trekking saunters you to one of Nepal's most mysterious and least known former kingdoms. The landscape of Mustang is a barren moonscape of eroded sandstone pillars and discontinuous moraine terraces, which together present a colorful mosaic principally made up of earthen reds, yellows and browns. It is relatively easy trekking along the permitted route to Lo- Manthang, which lies in the very heart of Mustang.

The trek to Mustang is through an almost treeless barren landscape. Strong winds generally howl across the area in the afternoon, generally subsiding at night. Being in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Mustang has much less rain then the rest of Nepal. Mustang, lying in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, is perhaps the last enclave of pristine Tibetan culture. Forbidden & isolated from the rest of the world, it was able to evolve its own distinctive culture and tradition, which are rich and unique. Lo-Mustang, the capital, is a walled city ruled by the religious king. Untouched by modern civilization, life in Mustang goes on as it has for centuries in unhurried pace.

Arrival location:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Departure Location:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Included in your experience:

1. Airport pick-up and drop services

2. Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city.

3. Applicable domestic airfare as per the itinerary.

4. Entrance and monumental fees during the sightseeing in Kathmandu as prescribed in the itinerary.

5. Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on “BB” basis as per itinerary.

6. All ground transportation costs in accordance to the itinerary.

7. All trekking accommodation costs on full board (B, L, D) basis as per the itinerary. The accommodation will be in the guesthouses/ lodges/ teahouses on twin sharing basis but occasionally in the common dormitory ( esp. during peak tourist seasons).

8. Four seasonal sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion) duffel bag, t-shirt and Cap (provided as complimentary gears).

9. A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the trekking guide).

10. Salary to guide and porters for the trekking period.

11. Personal insurance for crew members.

12. All applicable tourist fees, conservation fees, "special permit" fees & TIMS fees necessary for trekking. Special Trekking Permit fee for Mustang is US$ 500 per person for 10 days. Any additional stay beyond this will cost US$ 50 per day, per person. Permit fee outside of the restricted area in Dolpo is US$ 10 per person per week.

13. All government and local taxes.

14. Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.

Ground Transportation, Gift bag, Airport transfers, English Speaking Guide, Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Not included in your experience:

1. International airfare and departure taxes.

2. Personal travel insurance.

3. Lunch & dinner expenses incurred before or after the trekking period.

4. Emergency rescue evacuation (to be covered by the client's travel insurance).

5. Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days costs US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days costs US $40 and $ 100 respectively. You will need a valid passport and 2 copies of your recent PP sized photos).

6. Tips to the guide, porter, driver, hotel and tea-house staff (Tipping is expected).

7. Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.

8. Excess baggage charges (luggage allowance for domestic airlines in Nepal is 20 kgs.)

9. Personal insurance and other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, hot shower etc.).

10. Cost of personal trekking gears and equipment

11. Cost incurred due to the addition of extra days or change in the real course of the itinerary because of bad weather conditions, political turmoil or any other unforeseen contingencies.

12. Garbage deposit fees (refundable).

13. Any other expenses not mentioned in the 'Cost Includes' section above.

    None Available for this package
  • Day1
    Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400 m) and transfer to hotel Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you need to accomplish your entry/visa formalities. You will then be received by a representative and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Welcome drinks will be served and a short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. You can then spend the remaining time resting. In the evening you can stroll around the vicinity of your hotel just to get the feel of this wonderful city. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
    Hotel in Kathmandu | Breakfast Included
  • Day2
    Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1400m) After breakfast, hop in to our transport vehicle and head off for a guided tour to the renowned historical and cultural landmarks of Kathmandu. You will be visiting the sites like- Pashupatinath Temple (the most revered Hindu shrine), Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square and the Boudhanath (the Maha Stupa). All these sites have been listed in the UNESCO world cultural heritage list. After the entertaining and informative tour, we drive back to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the time as you wish or probably preparing for the next day’s long drive to Besisahar. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
    Hotel in Kathmandu | Breakfast Included
  • Day3
    Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Syange (1130 m) via Besisahar (830m/8 - 9 hrs) Savor your last succulent city breakfast until you return from trek and then we kick off for a long drive of almost 200 kilometres to Syange, which happens to be the starting point of our trek. The drive on a private vehicle is much cozier compared to the public transport, yet the roads do get bouncy at times. You will be cruising alongside the beautiful Marsyangdi river, simultaneously relishing the views of lush green countryside and fascinating mountainous vista until you reach Besisahar , which is the headquarter of Lamjung district. Syange is another 3 hrs drive from Besisahar. The road to Syange from Besisahar is graveled and dusty. Well, the journey might give you few creeks and cracks when you wake up next morning. Overnight at teahouse in Syange; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Syange (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day4
    Day 04: Trek from Syange to Tal (1700m/ 5- 6 hrs) Hope you had a good rejuvenating sleep! Let’s have some breakfast and then we are all set to commence our footy venture. We continue our way deep into the Manang region, passing through the Marsyangdi river valley. We traverse through the rhododendron and bamboo clusters, enjoying the view of Mt. Manaslu and Lamjung Himal. We then arrive at a village of Tal, boisterously poised on a sandy beach with a backdrop of a beautiful waterfall. On this journey of almost six hours, you will notice the major crop transitioning from rice to corn, barley and potatoes! Overnight at teahouse in Tal; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Tal (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day5
    Day 05: Trek from Tal to Chame (2620m / 5 - 6 hrs) We resume our trek walking alongside the corn, barley and potato fields. Making our way through the pine forests, we pass by the villages of Kodo and Dharapani. In order to get to Chame from here, we make steep ascents along the set of forested ridges, relishing the views of Lamjung Himal, Annarpurna II and Annapurna IV. We can also witness several landslides along the trail. Once at Chame, you can take a plunge into the natural hot spring and fantasize of being at some luxury spa of Kathmandu! Overnight at teahouse in Chame; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Chame (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day6
    Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m / 5 - 6 hrs) Trekking to Pisang from Chame necessitates us to ascend along a narrow, steep and densely forested route. We can notice a curved rock face soaring almost 1500m above sea level along the trail. Crossing and re-crossing the river through many suspension bridges, as we emerge to the Pisang valley, we are certain to get wooed by the majestic views of the Himalayan peaks. Well, if you think you’ve just witnessed the most fascinating panorama, we suggest you to be patient, as this is just a teaser which will gradually unfold in the days ahead, leaving you almost flabbergasted! The settlements in Pisang give you the reminiscence of Tibetan way of life. Overnight at teahouse in Pisang; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Pisang (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day7
    Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m / 7 – 8 hrs) There are two ways to get to Manang. The lower route, which is shorter and less strenuous, stretches over multiple ridges, offering you a sensational view of Annapurna III. You ought to be fairly gutsy to take the upper route, which is lengthier and challenging. So the selection of the route is commensurate to the extent of thrill and adventure you aspire for. We don’t doubt about how daring you are; so let’s take up this fair challenge, let’s embark the upper route. We trail along the route, following the east bank of Marsyangdi river valley and continue ascending until we cross a mountain stream. The ascend is not yet over; in fact it has gotten curvy, asking us to trudge up the zigzag route to finally get to the village of Ghyaru. We then continue our way ahead and arrive at the village called Ngawal. From here we descend all the way down to the villages of Braga and Manang. Braga is a Tibetan style village perched on an ancient eroded hillside. It is renowned for the most ancient and biggest gompa in Manang, the Braga Monastery. From this monastery, you can relish the view of Annapurna II and Annapurna IV. Manang, on the other hand is much larger and sophisticated compared to its neighboring villages. One can find plenty of good restaurants (esp. German) that cater to wide range of menus. Overnight at teahouse in Manang; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Manang (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day8
    Day 08: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization Rest does not mean being totally static. We ought to keep moving in order to prepare ourselves for some seriously steep climbs in the days ahead. Let’s flex our muscles a bit and go on a short hike to Bhojo Gompa. The path to Bojo Gompa caters you the sensational view of Tilicho peak and Gangapurna Himal. Another wonderful excursion could be to the small and old monastery village of Vraga. Both, the Bhojo Gompa and Braga Village (3360m) are slightly on the higher ground, which provide us a good acclimatization. Overnight at teahouse in Manang; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Manang (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day9
    Day 09: Trek from Manang to Thorong Phedi (4450m / 6 - 7hrs) Hope you now feel well rested and fresh after that extra day halt in Manang. Let’s gear up for the journey to Thorung Phedi, which literally means the base of the mountain. Trailing along the wide dirt trail decorated with bright yellow and red colored plants alongside, often crowded with trekkers, for about three hours, we reach Yak Kharka (4350 m). From here, we walk for about a half an hour more and pass by a small chorten. Relishing the view of the grazing yaks from a fair distance, we trail across the yak pasture and then cross a bridge. As we make a small ascent from here, we can enjoy the view of Mt. Gangapurna (7454 m). We continue our ascent, beholding the small vegetable farms alongside and also enjoying the mountainous vista of Gangapurna and Annapurna III. As we pass by a small lake, we can take a sojourn and get engrossed in the mesmerizing view of the surrounding. We then continue along the east bank of Khone river till we arrive at the lower base of Thorung Phedi. Here we cross a suspension bridge over the river and then ascend to the upper base of Thorung Phedi. This place does not have a promising cluster of teahouses and the vegetation too is scanty. But it does offer a captivating view of the valley. Overnight at teahouse in Thorong Phedi; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Thorong Phedi (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day10
    Day 10: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La Pass (5416m/4-5 hrs) & descend to Muktinath (3800/3 - 4 hrs) Get ready for the climax or rather a double bonanza! First we will be stepping to the highest mountain pass in the world- the Thorong La, at a staggering 5416 m and then we will make a descent to one of most revered Hindu and Buddhist sites- the Muktinath. We start early in ecstasy and anxiety along the steep yet well defined trail. Almost 4 -5 hrs of uphill trudge, and here we emerge, to one of the most covetous places on earth-the chilly and beautiful, Thorong La Pass, embellished with cairns and Buddhist prayer flags! Enjoy the stunning views of southern Annapurna range and Mukut Himal to the west of Dolpo. The gradient now shows mercy on us and eases off a bit. Muktinath is another 3 – 4 hrs /1600m descent from this place. Relishing the view of Mt. Dhalulagiri, we embark on pleasant journey along the Jhong River Valley to the serene and holy milieu of Muktinath. Tiring day to say the least, but if we retrospect on the day’s achievement, we should definitely pat ourselves on the back! Overnight at teahouse in Muktinath; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Muktinath (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day11
    Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Chhuksang (2920 m / 5 - 6 hrs) After breakfast, we resume our trek walking on a flat route towards Lo man Thang, in the vicinity of Mukinath temple. We now trail downhill and then cross a suspension bridge. The trail then makes a fair ascent for about 30 minutes and gets flatter until we reach Gyu La Pass (4030 m). This is almost a vantage point to behold the mountainous vista of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukche peak, Thapa peak, Dhampus peak, Thorong peak, Mt. Tilicho etc. We now descend and cross couple of suspension bridges over small rivers and finally reach Chhuksang, a settlement dominated by Buddhists; around 200 of them live here with agriculture and business as their main occupation. Overnight at teahouse in Chhuksang; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Chhuksang (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day12
    Day 12: Trek from Chhuksang to Samar( 3290 m/ 5 - 6 hrs) Trekking from Chhuksang to Samar, you can vividly notice varying topography and the subsequent change in the culture and life patterns of the people. As you move ahead, the villages are sparse and small. We head north and cross the steel bridge over the roaring Kali Gandaki River. Once we make a steep climb up the rocky alley, we arrive at the village of Chele. Continuing our ascent along the side of a steep canyon, we now arrive at a pass and from here, we descend on a pleasant trail to Samar. This place is nothing less than an oasis for the mule and horse caravans. Overnight at teahouse in Samar; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Samar (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day13
    Day 13: Trek from Samar to Geling (3510 m / 5 - 6 hrs) We start our day making a climb above Samar to a ridge, followed by a descent to a gorge past a chorten, getting us to a valley embellished with shady juniper trees. Moving ahead, we cross a stream and make an ascent to a pass and then walk down the ridge, which gets us to Shyangmochen, a sparse settlement with a handful of teashops. From here, we proceed with a gentle climb and emerge to yet another valley. Making a short descent from the valley, we finally arrive at Geling. Overnight at teahouse in Geling; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Geling (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day14 - 15
    Day 14: Trek from Geling to Charang (3620 m) via Nyi La Pass (3973m/5 - 6 hrs) From Geling, the trail climbs gently through fields of barley and groves of poplar trees up the center of the valley and then passes below the settlement of Tama Gaun and an imposing chorten. After rejoining the direct trail, it becomes a steep slow climb across the head of the valley to the Nyi La pass at 3973 m. From here, we make a long yet gentle descent to Charang, a maze of fields, willow trees and houses separated by stone walls at the top of the large Charang Cho canyon. The huge five storey white dzong and red gompa are perched on the edge of the Kali Gandagi gorge to the east end of the valley. Overnight at teahouse in Charang; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Charang (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day15
    Day 15: Trek from Charang to Lo-Manthang ( 3730 m / 4 – 5 hrs) Today we'll trail down some 100 meters and cross the Charang Cho canyon. We then move slowly but steadily up a rocky trail to a cairn on a ridge opposite to the village at 3609 m. The trail turns north and climbs gently to a large isolated chorten that marks the boundary between Charang and and Lo Manthang. After a short recess, we travel across a desert-like landscape toned in grey and yellow and finally arrive at Lo Manthang, a city of whitewashed walls, with an admirable expanse of fields, almost swarmed with horses and yaks. Overnight at teahouse in Lo-Manthang; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Lo-Manthang (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day16
    Day 16: Rest / Exploration day at Lo-Manthag Since we’ve been walking for almost a fortnight now, a rest day is well deserved. Let’s explore the capital of the ex-Mustang Kingdom. We can either stroll around beholding the intimate alleyways and courtyards of the city or rent a horse and ride to some of the other villages in the vicinity. There are lots to see in Lo Manthang. Tungchen Gompa, Champa Lakhang (God House), Chodi Gompa and the Royal Palace of the Mustang, are some of the sites worth visiting. Overnight at teahouse in Lo-Manthang; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Lo-Manthang (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day17
    Day 17: Trek from Lo Manthang to Ghemi ( 3510 m / 5 -6 hrs) On our way to Ghemi, it would be unjustified to miss out Lo Gekar, a home to Ghar Gompa, the oldest Vajrayana monastery in the Himalaya. The trail to Lo Gekar is not a main trading route and is crisscrossed with herders’ trails. So our local guide is particularly useful here in order to identify the way ahead. In today’s trek, we will be crossing several lush green as well as barren valleys, including the Marang La pass (3291 m). We make a long rocky descent down a ravine to a grassy valley, where Lo Gekar is situated, within a cluster of large trees by a stream. Lo Gekar, meaning “Pure Virtue of Lo,” is also known as Ghar Gompa, or "House Temple”. We then continue ahead and pass by the magnificent Mani walls and chortens. Crossing the alpine meadows, we make a steep descent on the eroded alley and arrive at Dhamkar, our lunch spot. After lunch, we ambulate along the beautiful valley followed by a quick climb to a ridge, from where we descend to Ghemi. Overnight at teahouse in Ghemi; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Ghemi (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day18
    Day 18: Trek from Ghemi to Samar ( 5 - 6 hrs) The moment we kiss goodbye to Ghemi, we embark on a constricted path and continue thereon until we reach Geling. We then cross a small stream and finally arrive at Samar, a village that literally emanates the Tibetan way of life. Overnight at teahouse in Samar; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Samar (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day19
    Day 19: Trek from Samar to Kagbeni (2807 m / 6 - 7 hrs) Trek from Samar to Kagbeni is frequented by descents. We trail along a downhill route and arrive at Chhuksang. Crossing the suspension bridge over the roaring Kali Gandaki river, we continue walking along the bank of the river relishing the view of apple orchards and natural vegetation alongside, until we finally get to Kagbeni, a typical, stone built Mustang village. Its history dates back to the 14th century when it was formed as a check post for traders of Nepal and Tibet. This checkpoint still exists and is in operation, controlling the groups departing towards Muktinath and Mustang. It is also the main entry/exit point to the restricted area of Upper Mustang. The village has a monastery, a Police check post and ACAP (Annapurna conservation area project) office. Overnight at teahouse in Kagbeni; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Kagbeni (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day20
    Day 20: Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom ( 2710 m /3 - 4 hrs) Trek from Kagbeni to Jomsom is fairly flat and along the riverbed. We trail along the banks of Kali Gandaki and pass through the settlement of Eklebhatti before we finally arrive at Jomsom. The last trek and the shortest one of course! Overnight at teahouse in Jomsom; breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
    Teahouse in Jomsom (breakfast, lunch and dinner included) | Breakfast Included
  • Day21
    Day 21: Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara to Kathmandu After the days of strenuous walking and puffing, it’s now time to hit the sky! Board on two scenic consecutive flights from Jomsom to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu. 35 and 25 minutes on air for the first and second flights respectively, would get you once again to the hullabaloo and charisma of Kathmandu. A representative from Marron Treks will receive you at the domestic wing of the airport and then transfer you to your designated hotel. Rest of the day is free and you can spend the time relaxing just to do away the fatigue of the long trek. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.
    Hotel in Kathmandu | Breakfast Included
  • Day22
    Day 22: Free day in Kathmandu This would be the day when you would probably want to indulge yourself in some souvenir shopping. Thamel is your hot spot for shopping. Hoard anything that strikes you but make sure you portray yourself as a bit shrewd when it comes to bargaining. Once you are done, get back to the hotel and do some packing. We have the last bit of fun still in store for you. In the evening, enjoy a dinner program featuring a range of traditional Nepali cuisines and cultural show. Cut loose but sleep tight. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast and dinner included.
    Hotel in Kathmandu | Breakfast Included
  • Day23
    Day 23: Final departure to your homeland Unless you want to extend your trip to try out some of our other adventurous packages like Bungy Jumping, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari, White Water Rafting, Golfing & Paragliding etc., this would be your last day in Nepal. A representative will escort you to the airport, three hours prior to your flight schedule. Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your trek/adventure companion in Nepal again! Please let us know about your desire for trip extension so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
    Final departure to your homeland
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