20 Days Nature tour itinerary for nepal: Trail The Supremo Trek!
Annapurna, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Pisang, Ghorepani, Tatopani, Chame
Trail the Annapurna Circuit Trek, a horse shoe-shaped, classic trek in the Annapurna Range in central Nepal that encircles Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III and Annapurna IV while making its way through two different river valleys - Marshyangdi river valley and Kali Gandaki river valley.
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
We heartily welcome you to Nepal. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), you will be greeted by one of our company representatives who will further escort you to the hotel.
Later that day (if possible) or the following day, a meeting is scheduled at our head office to brief you the details of your upcoming trek. Here, you will also be introduced to your trekking guides and Sherpas.
If your flight arrives on time, a welcome dinner is also scheduled for you at one of the most popular local restaurants where you can enjoy Nepali food along with a glimpse of cultural music and ethnic dance.
On request, dinner can also be postponed to the following day (as per your convenience).
Sightseeing tour of various historical, natural and cultural world heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, itself offers a wide range of unique historical, natural and cultural sites. You will be guided to some of these sites for the purpose of sightseeing. The sites include the World heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square – one of the most important historical structure that offers eye appealing architectural wonders, the Pashupatinath temple - a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva (the lord that holds the power of destruction), Swyambhunath (Monkey Temple) and the Boudhanath Stupa – dedicated to Lord Buddha.
However, you also have an option to skip one of these sites and visit another World Heritage site, ‘Patan Durbar Square’ along with Mahabouddha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple that simply offers some of the historical masterpieces to the connoisseurs of art.
After spending 3-4 hours observing these beautiful sites, we will meet one more time to finalize your clothing and trekking gears (sleeping bag, down jacket and trekking boots).
The evening will be spent in Kathmandu.
Drive to Besisahar (760m/2,493ft) 7/8hours
Our guides will come to pick you up at your hotel and escort you to the bus station from where we catch our bus to Besisahar. From the bus station, we head towards the west of Kathmandu valley to catch Prithvi Highway and then continue the journey towards west till Dumre.
On reaching Dumre, we leave the highway to Pokhara and take a turn towards the north to Besisahar. This winding highway along the Trisuli River offers a spectacular view of mountains, rivers, jungle, waterfalls as well as hamlets situated higher up on the hills and amphitheater-shaped terraced field flaunting different seasonal crops.
We stay overnight at a lodge in Besisahar.
Trek to Bahundanda (1,398m/45,86ft) 6 and half hours
After having breakfast at the lodge, we begin the first day of the trek. We start our trek through the dusty road heading towards the north and then the trail eventually makes its way through the sub-tropical woods and the rice terraces until we reach Khudi and Bhulbhule where trekkers can enjoy the imposing view of 60m high waterfalls, and the first view of Manaslu (8156m), Himchuli and Nagdi Chuli.
We then move towards the small town of Nagdi. We cross a long suspension bridge across Nagdi River and gently climb uphill towards Bahundanda. It is also considered as an exceptional set up to the culture of Nepal as you will come across the Gurung and Tamang settlements along the trail.
We stay overnight at a lodge in Bahundanda.
Trek to Chamje (1,410m/4,625ft) 5-6 hours
Shortly after having breakfast at the lodge in Bahundanda, we continue the trail which first drops steeply to Syange at 1,070m. Syange offers you a mind-blowing view of the waterfalls. The trail also gets tougher from Syange. However, the view of rice terraces, lush forest, fantastic landscape and culturally intriguing villages is definitely worth the effort.
Then, on crossing the suspension bridge across the Marsyangdi River, we follow the river to the village of Jagat. The trail along the river allows you to relish the hum of the mighty Marsyangdi River.
From Jagat, a steep climb will finally take you Chamje.
The night is spent at a lodge in Chamje.
Trek to Bagarchhap(2,080m/6,824ft) 6 and half hours
Today is the day to enter the Manang District. Therefore, without wasting much time after breakfast, we continue the rocky trail that drops down to the roaring Marsyangdi River. On crossing the bridge, the trail along the Marsyangdi River bank climbs up towards the Tal Phedi and a short steep climb from here takes you to the Tal – the first village of Manang District, which is situated on an even plain subsequent on the sandy beach and river at the base of a huge cascade. The trail marvelously exhibits corn, barley and potato fields along with bamboo and rhododendron forests.
Here, a classic entrance door influenced by Tibetan culture awaits your arrival. The trail continues up and down to Dharapani village that eventually continues up to Bagarchhap. This place parades Apple orchards, maize fields, colorful prayer flags flapping in the wind and villages consisting of archetypal flat-roofed stone houses that belong to local Tibetans.
The night is spent at a lodge in Bagarchhap.
Trek to Chame (2,720m/8,923ft) 5 hours
After breakfast at the lodge, we start the regular walk.
We climb up to Danaque in order to savor the excellent view of Mt. Manaslu. From here, on taking the higher route out of two available routes we pass through the village of Tyanga. We choose the higher route as it offers the splendid view of mountains like Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV.
From here easy walk through the pine forest leads you to Chame, the district headquarter of Manang, which is one of the largest settlements of this area. Today’s hike can be taken as a little rougher hike than previous hikes as the trail makes its way through lots of rough ups and downs and also requires crossing the river several times.
However, this trail introduces trekkers to the local population of inhabitants that are said to have migrated from the land of Tibet centuries ago. Moreover, trekkers can also experience hot spring healing thermal bath at the bank of the river and relax their tired muscles.
The night will be spent at a lodge in Chame.
Trek to Pisang (3,060m/10,039ft) 5 hours
After having breakfast, we continue to walk the steep trail that passes through dense Oak and Maple forest.
We continue walking towards Pisang. On the way to Pisang, after crossing two long bridges, when the trail bends we can finally spot the first sight of a Paungda Danda rock face, which is a curved slab of rock rising more than 1500 m from the river.
From here the trail joins to climb Pissang. From here you will have to walk further to get to the top of the Thorang La pass. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you take a walk to the village at the upper Pisang for the purpose of acclimatization.
The night will be spent at a lodge in Pisang.
Trek to Manang (3,440m/11,286ft) 5 hours
After having breakfast, our usual walk begins from Pisang towards drier upper part of the Manang district.
Leaving Pisang leaves you with two route options – situated north and south of Marsyangdi River. The first recommended route (northern route) via Ghyaru (old Tibetan village), is a bit longer and harder route that leads through some of the most interesting villages where you can enjoy old Gompa and a dramatic view of Annapurna.
However, if you are looking for an easier route you can take the lower route (southern route) via Hongde that requires less climbing. Eventually, these two routes again meet up at Mungji.
From here, the trail goes all the through Bryanga to reach Manang.
The night is spent at a lodge in Manang.
Today, in order to allow your body to adapt to the higher altitude and thinning air, we either take a short hike to the ridge nearby Gangapurna glacier or walk up to the cave which is higher than Manang village.
The remaining day can be spent by walking around the village appreciating the great view of the village, knowing people and their culture.
Overall, this day is solely dedicated to acclimatization before we move to the higher altitude.
The night is spent at a lodge in Manang.
Trek to Lader (4,230m/13,877ft) 5 and half hours
After having breakfast, we leave Manang and ascent towards Letdar.
For this, we make our way through Tenki Manang, continue along the Jarsang Khola Valley, pass through a scrub juniper and alpine grass, enter Ghunsa pass through few meadows where horses and yaks graze and finally reach Yak Kharka.
From here an hour walk will finally lead you to Letdar. This little and steady ascent will aid in acclimatization process and helps to avoid altitude problems.
The night is spent at a lodge in Letdar.
Trek to Thorang Phedi (4,450m/14,599ft) 4 hours
As we walk towards Thorang Phedi, the beginning is considerably easy as the trail drops down to the river to cross a wooden bridge and climbs up to the teashop.
After a short break, the trail heads towards Phedi Thorong cliff. On reaching Thorong Phedi, the walk of the day finally ends. However, you can also continue the walk till Thorong Higher Camp if you are looking for a less ascent the next morning.
Here you can experience the dramatic view of rock cliffs that are split by deep gorges. You cannot expect to see dense vegetation. However, at High Camp, you can enjoy some newly built guest houses.
The night will be spent at a lodge in Thorang Phedi.
Trek to Muktinath via Thorang La (3,760m/12,335ft) 8 hours
Today is the biggest day of the entire trek as we cross the Thorang La Pass (highest point on the Annapurna Circuit). We start as early as possible as we have to reach the pass before 10 am to save yourself from the violent wind that blows around noon.
We climb, though steep, is relatively easy and used on a regular basis.
About 4 hours of uphill walk will now take you to the top of the pass. The trail is accompanied by a number of Chotens and colorful flapping prayer flags.
Once you reach the top you are rewarded by the magnificent view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
We stop for a short photo break at the top and then make our way downhill to Muktinath (in Mustang).
After walking downhill for four hours we finally reach Muktinath.
The night is spent at a lodge in Muktinath.
(Muktinath, a temple of Lord Vishnu, is a very sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist people. Every year lots of pilgrims from Nepal, India and other Buddhist countries visit this sacred place. For Hindus, Muktinath is the God of Salvation and for Buddhists it’s the place of Nirvana. There are two Kundas (pond) and 108 water sprouts in the premises of Muktinath. It is highly believed that taking a dip in the Kundas and taking a bath over 108 water tap washes away all bad spirits and your sin. You can also enjoy Lakhang and Gonde gompa nearby along with Jwala Mai where the fire-flame created by natural gas from water, rock and soil will definitely surprise you.)
Trek to Marpha (3,500m/11,482ft) 6 hours
Today, from Muktinath path further descent in the direction of the Kaligandaki valley and passes through the bank of the holy Kaligandaki River. If you are lucky then you may also find fossils called ‘Shaligram’ that is considered as a part of Lord Vishnu.
We maintain the downward walk towards Jomsom, the windy valley, and walk towards Marpha continuing the trail along the river. At Jomsom you can also get the view one of the world’s most dangerous airfields. Marpha, a village development committee in the Mustang District, is a pretty village that consists of village settlement and huge Monastery. Marpha is also known as the apple capital in the nation where you can enjoy Apple Orchid as well as apple brandy factory.
The night is spent at a lodge in Marpha.
Trek to Ghasa (2,010m/6,594ft) 6 hours
After having breakfast, we continue the trail which descends through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa. The trail offers you a panoramic view of mountains like Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak along with the incredible sight of Dhaulagiri Icefall on the way.
Making your way along the Kali Gandaki River, you start to walk away from the mountains. The trail is rough and dusty but is conquered by a superlative scenery of peaks and land.
The night is spent at a lodge in Ghasa.
Trek to Tatopani (1,190m/3,904ft) 4 hours
On leaving the snow-paved trail of the Ghasa village, the trail drops down, crosses a suspension bridge and takes you to the biggest waterfall ‘Rupse waterfall’ and finally leads you through the deepest George (Kopchepani) in the World at Dana.
The trail then moves towards Tatopani where another treat, natural hot spring awaits your arrival. You can relax your weary muscles at Tatopani after days of tiring walk.
The night is spent at a lodge in Tatopani.
Trek to Ghorepani (3,194m/10,479ft) 7-8 hours
After the breakfast, the trail continues to the river to cross the bridge across Kali Gandaki River that finally brings you to the junction of the trail. Down the trail leads you to Beni and the upper trail leads you to Ghorepani.
We take the upper trail which is considerably difficult as the trail at this point demands almost vertical climbing up through particularly steep stone steps the entire day. The trail leads you to Sikha Village.
The trail makes its way up through the forest of Rhododendron to Ghorepani which offers the wonderful view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range. The trail also gives you a chance to enjoy several Gurung and Magar village en route.
The night is spent at the lodge in Ghorepani.
Hike to Poon Hill and Trek to Pokhara (1,890m/6,200ft) 7 hours
Today is the day to enjoy the view of early morning sunrise; therefore, we wake up earlier than usual. Then we walk for about an hour towards Poon Hill (Photographer’s Paradise), which is also considered as the best standpoint in the Annapurna Region that offers the unparalleled view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
On reaching Poon Hill you will be greeted with the splendid early morning rays of the sun over the snow-capped Himalayas. We spend some time taking pictures and enjoying the view.
After that, we get back to the lodge at Ghorepani, have breakfast and continue the walk towards Banthanti making our way through the forest. The path continues to drop to Nayapul where we come to the end of our Annapurna Circuit Trek.
From Nayapul, we drive to Pokhara and check in to the hotel. You may either spend your time enjoying dinner with other trekking members or spend some time alone recollecting the memories made during the entire trek.
The night is spent at a hotel in Pokhara.
Drive to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft) 7 hours
After having breakfast at the hotel in Pokhara, we return to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, by catching a comfortable Tourist Bus.
After 7 hours of drive through Prithvi Highway, we finally reach Kathmandu. You will be taken to your hotel where you can take a shower and wash away your tiredness.
After that, we meet for a short time to discuss your experience and feedback related to the trip. By this time the dinner will be ready.
The night will be spent at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Today is the last day of your trip to Nepal. One of our representatives will assist you to get to the airport as per your flight departure time if you have already booked your return ticket.
However, if you are looking to extend your trip, We can make the required arrangements.
If your flight is scheduled late in the evening, then you can also go for shopping to collect few gifts for your friends and family.
Annapurna, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Pisang, Ghorepani, Tatopani, Chame
Type of Tour
This tour is offered throughout the year.
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