Annapurna Circuit Route

Trip Start May 12, 2009
Trip End May 31, 2009

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Annapurna Region lies towards the northern part of Nepal, renowned as one of the world's preeminent trekking destination, it escorts you through rhododendron forests and over the foothills of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. Annapurna Circuit Trekking gives you awesome views of the peaks Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri (the spectacular ice pyramid) and Machhapuchchhre (fish tail), and those of Annapurna South.

This trekking is the most rewarding way to experience Nepal's natural embellishment and cultural assortment walking along through the forest of rhododendrons, isolated hamlets, small mountain villages, birds, animals, breathtaking landscapes, you will also encounter friendly and warm hearted people of different cultures offering a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life.

Annapurna circuit ideally would take 3 weeks to complete.  Given that leave time doesn't allow for such a long trek, we're doing more than 2/3s of the route from Besi-sahar to Jomsom, while leaving out Poon Hill.  I will at some point do the rest of the circuit which should take 7 days and combine it with Tibet or India. 

Day 01: (MAY 12, 2009) Fly out from DC to Delhi 
Day 02: Arrival in Delhi
Day 03: Fly out from Delhi to Kathmandu
Day 04: Kathmandu to Besi-Sahar (175 km/ 7-8 hours): Drive by bus.
Day 05: Besi-Sahar to Bahundanda (1250 m.): Trek.
Day 06: Bahundanda to Chamje: Trek.
Day 07: Chamje to Dharapani (1890 m.): Trek.
Day 08: Dharapani to Chame (2715m.): Trek.
Day 09: Chame to Pisang (3185m.): Trek.
Day 10: Pisang to Manang (3350m.): Trek.
Day 11: Manang (Acclimatization Day in Manang): Rest.
Day 12: Manang to Yak Kharka: Trek.
Day 13: Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi/ High Camp: Trek.
Day 14: Thorung Phedi/High Camp to Muktinath (3800m.): Trek.
Day 15: Muktinath to Kagbeni: Trek.
Day 16: Kagbeni to Jomsom (2710m): Trek
Day 17: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara which takes about 35 minutes.
Day 18: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 19: Fly from Kathmandu to Delhi
Day 20 (MAY 31, 2009): Leave Delhi
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