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Combined Annapurna circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary trek – 25 days

Combined Annapurna circuit and Annapurna sanctuary trek

Trip Overview

Trek around the world most popular mountain range, the Annapurna range and on the same walk also march into the very heart of the mountain through our combined Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary Trek. Annapurna Circuit which loops through 188 miles circle is trekked east to west around a gigantic Himalayan range which includes Annapurna I (the 10th highest peak of the world and which is also the first climbed 8000m peak); three other peaks namely Annapurna II, III, and IV; Gangapurna and Annapurna South. Directly to the west and east of the Annapurna are Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Manaslu (8156m) which are the 7th and 8th highest mountains in the world. And also you have here sacred and spectacular peak called Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) straight on the eastern edge of the sanctuary trail. The Annapurna Sanctuary is “high glacial basin lying 40 kilometers directly north of Nepal’s second city, Pokhara. This oval-shaped amphitheatre sits at an altitude of over 4000 meters, and is surrounded by a ring of mountains, the centre piece being Annapurna I at 8,091 and most of the rest over 7000 meters.

This beautiful trek mixes easy to moderate trekking on pathways through stunning local villages, forests, valleys, high pass, riverbed, etc. Each day we walk through different types of trails, different vegetation, different cultures and climates with keenness of getting closer and closer to the Himalayan giants after having first sight of each of these immensely impressive peaks and then we notice their changing faces. The south-facing slopes are covered in dense tropical jungles of bamboo and rhododendron, while the north-facing slopes, in the rain shadow, have a drier colder climate similar to that of the near-by Tibetan Plateau. Because of high mountains on all sides, the Annapurna Sanctuary receives only 7 hours of sunlight even in summer. The unique combination of heights and depths in the Annapurna Sanctuary give rise to an extraordinary variety of ecology.

Our mega trip begins in Kathmandu. We spend a day touring around the UNESCO world heritage sites of vibrant Kathmandu. Next day we drive to Synge and start the real combined Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp Trek. First few days we trek through Annapurna foothills on the lower part of Annapurna circuit trail through luscious green rice paddy hillside and villages. As the trail rounds north and begins to head west towards Manang, the valley becomes more barren, more Tibetan, more Buddhist, and more magnificent. Annapurna II and IV dominate the horizon for miles, ultimately leading to huge views of Gangapurna, the incredible Gangapurna Icefall, and the daunting Grande Barrier. The elevation climbs steadily above 3500 meters, and acclimatization becomes crucial, prior to crossing Thorung La, the high point of the trek at 5416 meters (17,700+ feet). Each day’s trek is more spectacular than the previous day a s we make our way deeper into this mountainous wonderland. Mountains project like massive pillars from the deep, river-gorged valleys. We make our way along narrow paths etched from the steep hillsides in a mystical world of Himalayas and mountains.

We cross the Thorung La amidst the freezing temperature and strong wind; we continue down to Muktinath, a pilgrimage site important both for Hindus and Buddhists. Through apple orchards, winding through Tibetan-like villages, across braided rivers we soon come to view more big mountains. Dhaulagiri (8167 meters, 7th highest peak) becomes the dominant fixture on the skyline for the next few days. Gradually, the trail lead back into the middle hills, and take an tough climb to Ghorepani and Poon Hill, where there are impressive views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. After enjoying Himalayan sunrise view from Poon Hill, the Annapurna Sanctuary part of our trek starts. We trek through beautifully terraced hillside village of Chommrong. The air begins to get thinner, the vegetation sparser and the beautiful mountains close. While taking care of acclimatization, we climb up to MBC and finally to Annapurna Sanctuary to get to Annapurna Base Camp. The grand finale of the combined Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary trek is amazing with 360 degree panorama to admire and photograph in every direction! Huge views of a 4000 meter wall of ice and rock block the northern wall of the sanctuary. And the Annapurna Sanctuary which stopover the hidden amphitheatre to view the incredible South Face of Annapurna. We trek back to Pokhara via jhinu Danda and let our tired body rest and relax in the civilization of Pokhara.

Although Annapurna Circuit Trek and Annapurna Sanctuary trek are done quite separate generally, if you have time and energy you can take advantage of new jeep roads which allow high access to the valleys of the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki and do both of the world famous trails in one trek. If you are physically fit and really excited to do long trek then, our Combined Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary trek is a ideal program for you.

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Price Includes

  • Airport and hotel transfers as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • Three nights’ twin sharing accommodation with breakfast in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • One night twin sharing accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu including entrance fees and private vehicle
  • Full board meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Best available teahouse/lodge accommodation (twin sharing) during the trek
  • Staff– one professional, knowledgeable and friendly English speaking trekking leader along with assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, transportation, and insurance
  • Kathmandu to Beshishahar and Pokhara to Kathmandu transfers in private vehicle and Beshishahar to Syange public vehicle
  • Ground transportations from Kathmandu – Pokhara and Pokhara – Kathmandu transfers by private vehicle (but tourist bus for solo trek)
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket for use during the trek
  • Icicles Adventure T – shirt, trekking map and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit
  • All government taxes & office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepal visa arrangement (more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International/Domestic airfares
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Added night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara because of early arrival, delayed departure, early return from mountain (due to any cause) than the programmed itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the programmed itinerary)
  • All kind of drinks (alcoholic, hot, or cold)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, bar bills, laundry, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, hot shower, extra porters, etc)
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • Tips for guides and porters (tip is expected but not mandatory)

Combined Annapurna circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary trek – 25 days Day to day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft)

As you land at Kathmandu Airport (Tribhuvan International Airport), finish your custom formalities (visa, etc.) and get to the airport waiting terminal, you will find our representative waiting to greet you. He/she will be holding Icicles Adventure Treks and Tour signboard. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private vehicle. You can either rest in your hotel or shop around Thamel for any gears for your trek. Accommodation: City Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu (1,338 m/4,390 ft): Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast we start a guided tour to several medieval and spiritual sites in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. Later after sightseeing program, we will introduce you with your trekking guide and have a small pre-trip meeting. You can also take an opportunity to hire/buy any last minute trekking equipment or bargain for your souvenirs at the many stores. You are advised to pack your things and be set up for your actual Everest base camp trekking adventure that will begin the next day. Accommodation: Hotel in Kathmandu Included Meal: B

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Beshishahar to Syange (1100/3600 ft)

We make an early departure from Kathmandu this morning for BesiSahar. It is a beautiful journey to the trek road head. We set off for Pokhara after breakfast. Driving today is adventurous and pleasant as it winds down hugging the mountain side through terraced fields. Following the side of Mahesh River we come to the Trishuli River. We follow Trisuli River side all the way up to Mugling where Trisuli River confluences with the Marshyangdi River. After crossing a bridge over Marshyangdi River we head further west to Pokhara. If you are on the right pane of your vehicle the journey today provides plenty of opportunity to view cultivated terraced fields, rivers, streams, green valleys, rocky gorges, farmlands and typical rural life of Nepal. We take lunch break in a restaurant along the way. Leaving Besishahar we drive up to Syange. On this drive, the scenery will impress right from the moment of leaving Besisahar. The jeep track follows the Masryangdi river upstream through gradually a narrowing and increasingly lush valley all the while with the water of the Masryangdi raging violently below. Weather permitting provides great views of Himalchuli (7893m) and Ngadichuli (7541m) who belong to the Manaslu Range of mountains. Driving Time: 7-8 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 04: Trek start Syange to Dharapani (1,860m/6100 ft)

We start early after breakfast. A rising and falling trail leads to Chamje, after which we cross a suspension bridge and climb through oak forest. We will notice a dramatic change in the landscape today as the valley narrows to a very deep gorge, and cascading waterfalls as the one here across the valley are a common sight in the feature for the next few days. The trail then emerges into a level valley where ‘Tal’, the next village is situated at the foot of a grand waterfall (1700m). Further we walk ahead past some mani stones Just after Tal Village. The local custom is to walk on the left hand side of the Mani walls. We cross Marshangdi river over suspension bridges couple of times before reaching Dharapani. Walking Time: 6-7 hrs Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 05: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8890 ft)

It is a very gentle climb from Dharapani to Bagarchap, here we will be rewarded by sight of Annapurna II (7937m) looking up the valley. As we continue through Danakyue and climb up to Temang one cannot help but stop and look back to enjoy the view of the Manaslu Range. You will notice a general change in the vegetation today to pine and fir. The trail is fairly level from here for about an hour until after emerging out into a clearing which has a couple of tea houses and fields. We then descend to cross a bridge and climbing out we pass through Thanchok Village with its apple orchards. We reach Koto in about thirty minutes from Thanchok village and another thirty minutes to Chame, the headquarter of Manang District. Walking Time: 5-6 hrs Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft)

We spend the rest of the morning trekking through rich forest of blue pine and fir keeping alongside the river to Brathang. The old Brathang village used to be a Tibetan resistant camp fighting Chinese occupation of Tibet by making raids over the border. Today you see only an apple orchard with a couple of tea houses. We carry on walking through the forest, the trail clings on a cliff side for a while and as we cross the bridge, looking back the view of the huge rock face of Mui Tscho (Paunde Danda) is breathtaking rising about 1500m from the valley floor. After climbing steeply through the forest, there is a sudden change in the landscape as we enter the Upper Manang District. The valley becomes very broad and vegetation mainly pine, Juniper and berberis shrubs is very sparse. A beautiful and easy hour of walking in the shadows of Annapurna II brings us to Lower Pisang. By this point you would have trekked around to the north side of the Annapurnas and the views from here on are of Annapurna II and IV to the south and Pisang Peak and the Chulu East to the north. Walking Time: 5-6 hrs Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3,540m/11611 ft)

Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks and raise crops for a part of the year. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails form the north and the south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip at 3,325m, involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru and Ngawal villages. For better views we take the northern route, i.e. through upper Pisang that follows the northern bank of the river. We come across a very picturesque village clinging on to a cliff side where the houses appear to be stacked on top of each other. Its Bragha village dominated by the oldest monastery of the region which is more than 500 years old Upon reaching Manang, The rest of the day can be spent walking around the village and visiting the monastery and enjoying the view from the lodge and acclimatizing. Walking Time: 3-4 hrs Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 08: Acclimatization Day at Manang Village

We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. It is recommended to stay active and take short walk to higher altitude is suggested to get acclimatized with the altitude. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and viewing the magnificent sights around the village. The upcoming next two days will be very demanding and tiring trek for us with swift gain in altitude. We should never be too confident with the altitude and should always be watchful. Bodzo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. Manang village houses Himalayan Rescue Association. Volunteer western doctors work here during the trekking seasons helping educate trekkers and researching on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). An altitude talk is held here every afternoon, which is definitely worthwhile attending. Walking Time 3-4 hrs Accommodation Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft)

Continuing on from Manang we cross a stream and then the trail ascends by nearly 500m to Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki village. We descend as we head northward up the Jarsang Valley to cross the river then climb up to Yak Kharka. Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out. We will feel noticeable difficulty breathing and other symptoms of altitude effects on us. We need to be more cautious from this point and drink a lot of water, walk slowly and steadily enjoying the views. Walking Time: 4-5 hrs Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft)

Today is a gentle climb enjoying the mountain views as we ascend to Throng Phedi. After about one hour into the walk we arrive to cross a bridge at Ledar, and a great view of the Chulu mountain We can spot herds of Himalayan blue sheeps grazing in the slopes and we may also see herds of yaks too. The trail climbs steadily through Ledar and then drops down to cross the Jarsang Khola. After a steep climb and traverse of a scree slope we arrive at Thorong Phedi, a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. There will be an acclimatizing walk in the afternoon up the trail to the high camp; adhering to one of the golden rules of altitude “climb high and sleep low.” Sometimes depending upon the weather, season we may walk up to Thorung high camp to make the next day easier. Walking Time: 3-4 hrs Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 11: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Thorung La pass (5416m/17764ft)

Today is a long trek starting at dawn at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10am otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorung La Pass (5,416m). We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags will reward you with stunning views from the top of the pass. The view that awaits us is a fantastic 360 degree panorama. As we turn back to appreciate the effort of the morning, looming straight ahead is Chulu West, following to the right are several of the Annapurnas that have been with us these last few days. The pass is nestled in between Yakgawa Kang (6481m) to the north and Khatung Gang (6484m) to the south. The Kali Gandaki Valley spreads out in front of us and rising from the valley floor some 2500m below are a whole new range of mountains. It is a gentle descent to start with but gets steeper as we get nearer the base of the pass. There are fantastic views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche (6920m) and Nilgiri North (7069m) as we approach Muktinath. Muktinath is religiously significant for both Hindus and Buddhists and is a place of pilgrimage. You will see gompas, pagoda-style temples, and religious and culturally important architecture. Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. Walking Time: 7-8 hrs Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 12: Muktinath to Marpha (2660m/8250ft)

Today an early morning wake up with Muktinath temple and after breakfast easy trek down to Eklai Bhatti. The trail descends very quickly to the valley floor. The descent is through a dramatic, arid landscape all the way to Eklai Bhatti. Trek onwards to Jomsom and further to Marpha village, a major village on the Kaligandaki trading route. This is very windy path in the afternoon and therefore it’s good to cross before noon following the downstream of Kaligandaki with different views of mountain and sandy path. Visit Marpha village with Monastery, Apple Brandy factory and around.Stay Walking Time: 4/5 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 13: Marpha to Kalopani (2530m/7848ft)

The trails leave the village and pass some bhattis (local tea shop) on the flat trail along the Kali Gandaki River with nice view of t he Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Mountain. After crossing the Tukuche village you will be able to see one of the famous Dhaulagiri Ice-fall, walk continues through the Largung and Kobang village on the flat path all the way to Kalopani. Today you will be able to visit Tukche Distillery. Walking Time: 4/5 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 14: Kalopani to Tatopani (1190m3690ft)

After wonderful view of Mt. Annapurna I from Kalopani, today after breakfast trek slow down hill to Dana, where we are going to stop for lunch. Right after Kalopani you will see one of the deepest gorges of the world. After lunch another 02 hrs walks to Tatopani, at Tatopani the view of Mt. Nilgiri is magnificent. Natural hot spring bathing is a main attraction to the clients at Tatopani. Tato is ‘hot’ and pani is ‘water’ in Nepali. On reach at Tatopani, refreshment ant then trek about 10min to hot spring pool. Stay Walking Time: 3-4 hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 15: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2780m9480ft)

Trekking in Nepal is like mostly uphill and downhill walk in mountain, so today also you have to climb almost 1600m in a day to Gorepaani. On the way, you will pass through the villages of many ethnic groups in every short distance with different life style, housing style accordingly profession too. The main villages on the way are Ghara, Shikha, Phalate and Chitre. Today you will have different view of Mt Dhaulagri, Mt Nilgiri and Mt Annapurna. Stay Walking Time: 6-7hrs. Accommodation: Local lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 16: Hiking -Poonhill (3210m/10531ft), trek to Tadapani (2,630m/8,626ft)

We get up early at dawn today as we have to reach Poon Hill before sunrise so that we do not miss the magical moment.It is a wonderful experience watching first ray of sun over the mountains. This is one of the best mountain vistas and is well worth the effort taken to climb to Poon Hill (45 minutes climb). Himalayan view from Poon Hill is indescribable when the rising sun’s rays gradually strikes the Himalayan giants including Dhaulagiri range, Annapurna South, Tukuche, Manaslu, Fishtail, and so many others. We spend some time picturing at Poonhill and return to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue our trek to Tadapani through rhododendron forest. Specialty of this forest is that it hosts more than 15 species of rhododendron and if you are trekking in springtime the blooming colorful rhododendrons will fascinate you. You will also see abundance of faunas specially the Langur monkey along the trail. After one hour’s steep climb we come to a hill top, the place named Deurali. We see very nice view from Deurali. We climb down through bamboo forests from Deurali. We have our lunch at Banthanti and again continue through rhododendron forest. We have about thirty minutes climb before reaching Tadapani. From here we have great views of Annapurna South (7219m), Huinchuli and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail 6993m). Walking Time: 5-6 hrs Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 17: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170m/7120ft)

The trail starts descending off from Tadapani going down for about 4 KM at a loss of 2700 ft (823m). It wines through large and beautiful Rhododendron trees. We reach a stream (Kyumnu Khola) and cross the suspension bridge over it. Note that you cannot buy bottled water after here but boiled water is available in the teahouses along the route to buy. The trail opens climbing up to Gurjung Village and terraced fields. We have our lunch of the day at Gurjug village. A few more miles of uphill and downhill trek past waterfall and suspension bridge we reach our destination for today, Chhomrong which is a beautiful village located on the lap of the Annapurna range. The Fish Tail Mountain seems gorgeous from the beautiful Chhomrong Village. Walking Time: 5-6 hrs Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 18: Chhomrong to Dovan(2600m/6190ft)

Today we follow Modi Khola valley/gorge. Leaving Chhomrong we descend 150m on a stone staircase and cross Chhomrong Khola on a suspension bridge. Then we climb out of the side valley through the tiny settlement of Tilche through the forests of bamboo, rhododendron and oak. We climb further on a rocky trail to Sinuwa. Then we climb for about an hour through rhododendron forest up to a small waterfall. We can spot Langur monkeys in the forest. After a short undulation, we descend through long and steep stone staircase to Bamboo. We now find mixed vegetation of Bamboo and rhododendron. After a short less steep walk, we reach Dovan. Walking Time: 5 hrs Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 19: Dovan to Machhapuchre Base Camp (3700m/12135ft)

After an hour and half first gentle and then steep ascent, we reach Himalaya Hotel. Occasionally, we see fantastic views of Machhapuchare and the valley ahead along the trial today. Past Himalaya Hotel it’s a steep climb up through bamboo thickets before reaching Hinku Cave. We cross a small river after a small descent before climbing again to Deurali, the most amiable stretch of the day. The vegetation is sparser, allowing delightful views of the valley and the river below. We can also see wispy waterfalls cascading on sheer rock face cliffs. We cross the small bridge on the Modi Khola and continue climbing up the wide and boulder scattered glacial valley. The Machhapucchhre looks very different now as the vegetation is sparse of mainly upland rhododendron. We cross Modi Khola once again and after following it for a while we start climbing up to Machhapuchhre Base camp. The trail leaves the river and ascends steadily towards the moraine ridge ahead on the left side of the valley behind which the lodges are situated. We feel rewarded reaching Machhapuchhre base camp as we see majestic views of the magnificent Mt. Machhapuchhre along with Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna, etc. Walking Time: 3-4 hrs Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 20: Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m/13,545ft)

Today is a short day of about two to three hours to Annapurna Base Camp. The vegetation disappears on our way to Annapurna Base Camp and the trail climbs steadily up the gorge between the moraine ridge of Annapurna Glacier and Hiunchuli Peak with an incredible view of Annapurna South and Baraha Shikhar ahead and Machhapucchhre looking back. At Annapurna Base Camp, we are surrounded by Himalayan massifs. The sanctuary boasts of a vibrant view as there is nothing to block the 360-degree panorama including compelling views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna I, Annapurna south, Hiunchuli and so many other peaks. We can walk to the cairns at the edge of the moraine, and walk along this ridge for good views of Annapurna I and the glacier. The rest of the day we can spend relaxing and enjoying the view. In a clear day Machhapuchhre is great at sunset. Walking Time: 2-3 hrs Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 21: Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo (2310m/7576ft)

We wake up early to enjoy sunrise over the Himalayas. The peaks are lit golden by the sunlight. Take your time to snap as much pictures as you want. After breakfast, we retrace our steps back to Bamboo. Today’s trek is downhill so it shouldn’t be very difficult although you should take care of your shaky legs. Enjoy playing with the crystal clear torrential glacier water pounding through huge boulders. Soon after, we are back in the forest, starting with dry forest and then humid forest near Bamboo. It’s a long climb down, nearly 2000 meters, but we make it in 6-7 hours including short breaks for tea and lunch. Walking Time: 6-7 hrs. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 22: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1780m/5840ft)

We continue our detour from Bamboo through the trail that took us days to go up. In this direction, towards Chhomrong, the trail first climbs steeply along stone steps or irregular rocks with occasional sections of a gentler incline. At the top you can see Chhomrong straight across the valley. The trail then plunges down more endless stairs to the Chhomrong River below. Once across the river the trail heads up an alternate route through rice fields before meeting up with the main trail, a stone staircase that climbs to Chhomrong. The final walk of the day is another steep decent to Jhinudanda. If the sunlight helps you, you can take good photos of the dramatic valley views and terraced fields. After a short rest you might take 15-20 minute downhill walk from Jhinu Danda to a popular hot spring to get an opportunity to bath and soothe your tired muscles. Walking Time: 5-6 hrs. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 23: jhinu Danda to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara

The trail is downhill until the stream and the trail climbs back up to the terraced fields before leveling off a bit and continuing to follow the river down through the jungle. We reach Sauli Bazzar and you will enjoy the straight leveled walk today until Nayapul. We enjoy the beautifully terraced fields among the villages throughout the day today. Upon reaching Nayapul we board vehicle to Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara you can take shower, rest and relax in your hotel or roam around Phew Lakeside. Walking Time: 6-7 hr. Accommodation: Local Lodge. Included Meal: B, L, D

Day 24: Drive back to Kathmandu

We drive back to Kathmandu today. Try to get left pane of your vehicle to enjoy the greeneries, mountains, river gorges, villages and terraces during the drive. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Driving Time: 6 hrs Accommodation: City Hotel. Included Meal: B

Note: You have the option to extend your trip with an extra day at Pokhara (Pokhara is a beautiful city to relax after a long trek), Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Bunjee Jumping, Kayaking, Canoeing, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, Bhaktapur and Patan sightseeing, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities.

Day 25: Depart Kathmandu-Airport drop

Your Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Sanctuary Trek concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your departure flight from Nepal. We hope beautiful Nepal, the magnificent Himalayan sceneries, and unique cultural experience you got along your Annapurna Base Camp Trek will stay in your memory lifelong and you will go back home with a sense of achievement. Included Meal: Breakfast

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