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Annapurna Tea House Trek (Annapurna Circuit Part 1)
Start of the Trip: Kathmandu
End of the Trip: Kathmandu
Duration: 10 – 14 Days
Difficulty: Medium – Hard
Seasons: October – November, March – April
Maximum Elevation: 5416m
Experience a unique teahouse trek, savouring the scenic views of the mountain ranges while crossing over the Thorung La passes, at 5416m. This is one of Nepal’s highest trekking passes. Begin your expedition from the nearest town of Besi Sahar, which is 6 hours of bus ride away from Kathmandu. Along the trip you will come across several Manang, Tibetan and Gurung settlement villages. This trek route stretches for 300km. and is done anti clock wise to avoid the difficult ascent to Thorung La. The region may be snow bound during mid-December to late February. You will also be exploring the rich virgin forest of Manang Valley and Thanchowk. From Manang make a side trip to Milarepa’s cave, a popular pilgrimage site for Tibetan Buddhist. Detouring and trekking from Hongde to Manang, will give you one of the most scenic trails of the Himalayas. When spending a day acclimatizing at Manang, try making a worthwhile trip to Khangsar and Tilicho Tal. Khangsar is a collection of traditional stone buildings surrounding a large village square. En route visit the Thare Gompa, and then head to Tilicho Lake. The lake’s turquoise water reflects the surrounding majestic peaks. The end destination of the expedition is Muktinath, a large walled temple complex where Hindus and Buddhists come to pay homage to Gods.
“the Great Barrier” a high snowbound ridge between Khangsar Kang (7485m), Tilicho Peak (7134m) & Nilgiri North (7061m), Manang Cultural Museum, Tilicho Tal (4920m), Muktinath (3800m), Bahundanda (“Hill of Brahmas”), mini hydro projects, Ney Guru Sang Phuk (Cave), Milarepa’s cave, Gompas, Thare Gompa 93930m), Tilicho Tal (4920m), Muktinath and more.
Peaks at sight
Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna 1 (8091m), Tarke Kang (7193), and Hiunchuli (6441m).
Photos of Annapurna Tea House Trek (Annapurna Circuit Part 1)
|Day||Section and Altitude||Hours|
Kathmandu to Besi Sahar
|2||Besi Sahar to Khundi (830m),
Khundi to Bhulbule (840m).
|3||Bhulbule to Ngadi (900m),
Ngadi to Bahundanda (1270m),
Bahundanda to Kanigaon (1170m),
Kanigaon to Ghermu (1140m).
480m ascent, 180m descent
|4||Ghermu to Syange (1080m),
Syange to Jagat (1330m),
Jagat to Chamje (1410m),
Chamje to Tal Besi (1590m),
Tal Besi to Tal (1700m).
640 ascent, 80m descent
|5||Tal – Khotro (1860m),
Khotro to Karte (1850m),
Karte to Dharapani (1960m),
Dharapani to Bagarchhap (2160m),
Bagarchhap (2160m) 0.45– Danaque (2210m),
Danaque to Timang (2630m),
Timang to Thanchowk,
Timang to Koto (2640m),
Koto to Chame (2710m)
1100m ascent, 90m descent
|6||Chame to Telekhu (2840m),
Telekhu to Bhratang (2950m),
Bhratang to Dhukur Pokhari (3200m),
Dhukur Pokhari to Pisang,
Pisang to Upper Pisang (3310m),
|7||Upper Pisang – Ghyaru (3670m),
Ghyaru to Ngawal (3660m),
Ngawal to Mungi (3500m),
Mungi to Bragha (3470m),
Bragha to Manang (3540m).
540m ascent, 310m descent
Acclimatization Day in Manang
|3 ½ Days
4 - 5.00
|9||Manang to Tengi,
Tengi to Gunsang (3920m),
Gunsang to Yak Kharka (4020m),
Yak Kharka to Letdar (4230m).
|10||Letdar – Thorung Phedi (4540m),
|11||Thorung Phedi – High Camp,
High Camp to Yakawa Thorung Ri teashop,
Yakawa Thorung Ri teashop to Thorung La,
Thorung La to Chabarbu,
Chabarbu to Muktinath (3800m).
1040m ascent, 1620m descent
|12 & 13||
Muktinath to Kathmandu
*** To plan your return either trek from Muktinath to Jomsom, from where you can board a flight back to Kathmandu. Or if you wish to trek further - complete the Annapurna Circuit 2 (Kali Gandaki).
Day 7 Acclimatization Day in Manang
- Milarepa’s Cave (4-5 hours, 800m ascent, 800m descent)
Milarepa’s cave is a popular pilgrimage site; nearby the cave a small gompa is located which enshrines the statue of Milarepa. According to the legends while Milarepa was meditating in a cave above Bharga, a hunter and his dog stalked a deer into the ascetic’s cave, only to be persuaded by Milarepa to relinquish his bows and become Milarepa’s disciple. Hundreds of pilgrims set up camps here during June to visit the temple which enshrines saint’s foot prints and celebrate festivals in his honour.
- Khangsar & Tilicho Tal (3 ½ Days)
Day 1: Manang to Khangsar (3745m), 200m ascent
Day 2: Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp Hotel (4050m),570m ascent, 190m descent
Day 3: Tilicho Base Camp Hotel to Tilicho Tal (4920) 870m ascent.
The side trip to Tilicho Tal is an adventurous add-on to the Annapurna Circuit and will certainly aid your acclimatization process, though it is a challenging trip. Your rewards are superb high-altitude views of both the lake and its ‘Great Barrier’, a name given by Maurice Herzog to the high snowbound ridge between Khangsar Kang (7458m) and Nilgiri North (7061m).
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