Itenary to Annapurna Circuit Trek as follows:
Everest three high passes trek is one of the beautiful trekking routes in Nepal. This trek allows you to discover the best of Everest Region. If you love to be around the high mountains during a trek, then this trek should be in your trekking list.
Everest Three High Passes Trek or Everest Base Camp trek?
If it is your first trek in Nepal and you have any never trekked before above 4000m, then it is recommended to do the Everest Base camp trek.
If you are physically fit, have already trekked in high altitude and are capable to walk 6-7 hours a day, I recommend you to do Everest three high passes trek rather than just a classic Everest base camp. This trek will allow you to know about the main and beautiful trekking routes in the Everest region.
How difficult is Everest high passes trek?
This is a bit difficult than Everest Base camp trek. But nothing to worry, if you have an earlier high altitude trekking experience and are physically fit, this trek can be attempted. The trails aren’t rough. You might need to use crampons during the descent from Cho La Pass.
During this trek, you will cross three passes above 5000m (Renjo La, Cho La and Khongma La Pass) and will be walking around 6-7 hours on average.
It is obvious that you might have doubts about altitude for Everest three high passes trek. Our program and with possibilities of different side trips allow you to perfectly acclimatise before crossing the passes over 5000m.
“ STOP WORRYING ABOUT
THE POTHOLES IN THE ROAD
AND ENJOY THE JOURNEY”.
|Maximum Altitude:||5,416 meters|
|Best Season:||Spring, Autumn & Winter|
|Group Size:||1 – 15 people|
Itenary to Annapurna Circuit Trek as follows:
Our first day of the trek starts early in the morning. After breakfast, we take a bus from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule. The route takes us out of the Kathmandu valley along the picturesque Trishuli river to Besisahar, and finally to Bhulbhule. Throughout the ride, you will get to see the terraced farms, traditional villages, and Ganesh & Manaslu snow peaks.
After a nourishing breakfast, we will set foot on the trails this day. The route follows a pleasant path through the fertile jungle and terraced fields upriver, along the flowing Marsyangdi river. We take a leisurely lunch break and pass through several rural settlements and more farmlands to gradually reach the peaceful village of Jagat.
We begin our 3rd day of the trek following the Marsyangdi River, and after a steep climb, we enter the vicinity of the Manang region at Tal village. Here we can see several waterfalls forming a river by the sandy beaches. We will hike through the barely, rice, and potato fields in Manang Valley. Moving forward, we cross a suspension bridge, and after a short climb of the stone Kani, we reach Dharapani- the destination for this day.
We leave Dharapani and follow the trails through the forests with pine, fir, oak, and maple trees along the Marsayngdi river to reach Chame-the district headquarter of Manang district. You will find yourself surrounded by the green forests around and over you, and as you look up, you will see remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m).
This day, after breakfast, we walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of a massive rock wall- The Paungda Danda Rock, considered very sacred by the local people. The paungda Danda Rock is a curved rock face rising 1500m from the marshyandi river. From the trails, we also see clear views of Annapurna II in the south and Pisang Peak in the northeast.
On our sixth day, we will be trekking on the upper trails through Upper Pisang via Geru, from where we can catch outstanding views of the north face of Annapurna II, II, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, and Pisang Peak. As the path ascends, you will fell the air turn cold, dry, and harsher. This trail goes through the Tibetan settlements, and we get a chance to explore Buddhist culture. You will find that the path is dotted with Buddhist shrines as we pass more monasteries and finally reach Manag bazaar-an area that caters to tourists.
We will be acclimatizing on this day. However, we will remain busy throughout the day exploring Manag village. In the morning, we will visit Gangapurna & Ice Lakes, and spend the rest of the day soaking in the magnificent views of Annapurna III, Tilicho, Pisang, and Chulu Peaks.
After a day in and around Manag, acclimatizing to the high elevation and allowing our bodies’ time to rest and get used to the environment, we move Yak Kharka. First, we cross a stream and climb to Tenki village, then head out of Marshyangdi valley northwest to Jar Sang Khola valley. The trail ascends slowly, as we head northwards.
Today we head to the foot of Thorong La pass, Thorong Phedi. From Yak Kharka, we will climb up to a ridge, and then head down and cross the Marsyandi river on a wooden bridge. After climbing up the mountain, we follow a narrow trail across a slope and descend to Thorung Phedi.
This day will be remarkable as we will trek from Throng Phedi to Muktinath Temple via Throrung la high Pass. It is also one of the most challenging parts of the trek as Throng la Pass is one of the highest passes in the world, and it is the highest point of the trek.
We start early in the morning and push ourselves through the icy air and high altitude, but the views from the pass are totally worth it. Northwards, towards Tibet, we will see a panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks, and if you look back, you will see the Annapurna range.
In the morning, we visit Muktinath Temple and then continue our journey on a local bus ride to Tatopani. It will be a rough drive as the road passes through some of the deepest gorges in the world. We will be moving from the arid highlands to lush green forests. Tatopani is famous for natural hot springs, and it is a place where we can immerse ourselves in the hot springs and relax. The waters of Tatopani are sad to have curative properties against skin diseases.
We leave the hot springs behind and cross to the east side of the Kali Gandaki River and ascend to GHorepani through the ethnic Thakali villages of Sikha and Chitre/ Our trek takes us through terraced farmlands with mountains all around and passes through lush forests filled with rhododendron, birch, and magnolia. We will stop at Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top, to spend our night.
This will be our final day on the trail. We ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m) in the early morning to view sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massif-including Mt Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Poon Hill is one of the favored spots for photography because of the incredible views it offers. We will also be taking pictures to our heart’s content and then return to our Ghorepani lodeg for breakfast. After breakfast, we will trek to Birethanti and then take a bus to Pokhara.
Your Annapurna circuit Package ends today. We wake up in Pokhara this day, and after breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. It’s a 200 km route that initially follows the Marshaydin River and Trishuli River later. You may also choose to return by a 25-minute flight (not included in the package) from Pokhara. Our trek package completes at Kathmandu.