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Trans Himalayan Trail (Annapurna Circuit Part 2)

Start of the Trip: Kathmandu
End of the Trip: Kathmandu
Duration: 10 Days
Difficulty: Easy – Medium
Hotels: Good
Seasons: October to May
Maximum Elevation: 3800m

The landscape of Annapurna’s trekking route has been changing with the construction of roads, but there are still great Trans – Himalayan scenery to enjoy when trekking through this region. This trek can serve as a second part to the Annapurna Tea House Trek (Annapurna Circuit Part 1). Or if you wish to begin Annapurna Circuit 2 right away, you could directly take a jeep to Jomson and begin routing your trek. If you are directly arriving to Jomsom by bus or plane, we advise you to spend an overnight at Marpha, and then at Kagbeni to help you better acclimatize. Muktinath is a 15-minute walk above Ranipauwa, and is a religious site for both Hindus and Buddhists. Pilgrims come to Muktinath to pray for salvation. Large crowds gather here especially during Janai Poornima, to worship Lord Muktinath. Dharamshala and Maharani Pouwa (resting places for pilgrims) provide lodging for travellers. About hundred meters south of Muktinath, there is another famous temple enshrining different gods and goddesses. On the ground of the temple are three holes from which flames shoot forth continually. Since ancient times, these divine flames of Jwala have been worshiped as Jwaladevi (the goddess of flames). If you make a side trip to Jhong from Kagbeni, you can see the 14th century fort and a 16th century monastery, and a lovely village of Purang. If you trail from Jomsom to Marpha via the East Bank then, you will pass a couple of monasteries and over the Dhumba Lake. The wind howls up the Kali Gandaki Valley especially after noon, so we advise you to put on your scarves and sunglasses, to fight off the dust. Saligrams fossil which are the remains of prehistoric ammonites believed by Hindus to be a manifestation of Lord Vishnu, can be exclusively found here. 

Attractions

Ranipauwa (3710m), Muktinath Chhyonkhar Gompa, Mustang Eco Museum, Katsaptrenga Gompa, Samtenling Gompa, Chhairo, Tukuche Distillery, Cultural Thakali Museum, Gompa Sambha, Rabgyel Tse Fort (14th century), Sherdup Choephel Ling Monastery (16th century), Kagchode Thubten Sampheling Gompa, Cultural Thakali Museum, Tatopani (Hot Spring).

Peaks at sight

Dhaulagiri (8167m), Tukuche (6920m), Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna 1 (8091m), Tarke Kang (7193), and Hiunchuli (6441m),

Photos of Trans Himalayan Trail (Annapurna Circuit Part 2)

Tour Itinerary

Day Section and Altitude Hours
1

Kathmandu Arrival

Kathamndu to Muktinath (3800m)

 
2 Muktinath (3800m) to Ranipauwa (3710m),
Ranipauwa to Jharkot (3500m),
Jharkot to Khingar (3400m).
870m descent
0.15
0.25
0.35
3 Kagbeni to Eklai Bhatti,
Eklai Bhatti to Jomsom (2760m),
Jomsom to Syang (2800m),
Syang (2800m) to Marpha (2680m).
220m descent, 60m ascent
0.40
1.30
0.40
1.00
4 Marpha to Chimang (2870m),
Chimang to Tukuche (2580m),
Tukuche (2580m) – Khobang,
Khobang to Larjung (2560m).
200m ascent, 310m descent
2.30
0.50
0.15
5 Larjung – Kokhethati
Kokhethati to Titigaon (2670m),
Titigaon (2670m) to Konjo (2590m),
Konjo (2590m) 0.45 to Lete (2480m),
Lete (2480m) to Ghasa (2000m).
200m ascent, 760m descent
0.45
1.00
0.45
1.00
1.30
6 Ghasa to Eagle’s Nest Guest House,
Eagle’s Nest Guest House to Kopchepani,
Kopchepani to Rupse Chhahara,
Rupse Chhahara to Dana (1450m),
Dana to Tatopani (1190m).
90m ascent, 900m descent
0.15
1.50
0.10
1.00
1.40
7 Tatopani – Ghar Khola (1780m),
Ghar Khola to Santosh viewpoint,
Santosh viewpoint to Shikha,
Shikha to Chitre (2420m),
Chitre (2420m) 1.30– Ghorepani.
1750m ascent, 140m descent
0.30
0.50
1.50
1.30
1.00
8 Ghorepani to Ulleri,
Ulleri to Tikhedhunga,
Tikhedhunga to Hille,
Hille to Birethanti
Birethanti 1.40– Naya Pul.
1900m descent
2.00
1.15
0.15
1.40
0.30
9

Naya Pul to Pokhara

Pokhara to Kathmandu

1.00

7.00

10 Departure from Kathmandu  

*** From Naya Pul, you can boards a bus and reach Pokhara within an hour.

Side Trips

  • Dhaulagiri Ice Fall (8-9 hours, 1200m ascent), Days: 2

A two day side trip up the side of the Kali Gandaki Valley will take you to the foot of the Dhaulagiri Icefall and provide great views of Dhaulagiri 1 (8,167m) and Annapurna Range. Dhaulagiri also is the 7th highest peak in the world. Since it can be a bit rough to climb on a single day, two days is recommended for the climb. There are no accommodations on the route, so you need a tent in order to spend the night.

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