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Join us for the most exciting way to circumnavigate the Annapurna Range--hiking and biking the Annapurna Circuit. The showcase peak of the journey is Annapurna I at 8,091 m (26,545 ft), ranked as the world’s 10th highest mountain, and the first summit over 8,000 m (26,247 ft) to have been climbed. That landmark feat occurred in 1950 and was led by Frenchman Maurice Herzog.
The Yeti Annapurna Special Round Annapurna Trek (aka, the Annapurna Circuit Trek and Round Annapurna Trek) follows the iconic journey that is Nepal’s most popular route. This hiking and biking journey around the majestic Annapurna Range travels through a wide range of landscapes and ethnicities.
Along the way, astonishing natural diversity reveal diverse cultural traditions. The high point is the Thorang La, 5416 meters (17,769 ft) a watershed pass between two major river valleys, the Mustang (Kali Gandaki River) and Manang (Marsyangdi River) valleys.
Along the Kali Gandaki Valley is the Dhaulagiri Range with the world’s seventh highest peak at 8167 m (26,795). Dhaulagiri is the highest mountain located entirely within in Nepal’s borders. The Kali Gandaki Valley is considered the deepest valley in the world with Annapurna I (ranked as 10th highest) on one side of the and Dhaulagiri on the other-- two towering peaks, and we bike right through this gorge.
We begin the journey by hiking up to the Thorang La which allows time for proper acclimatization. Here at the pass, cycles that have been delivered and are waiting for an exhilarating descent by mountain bike. It is truly all downhill from the pass and then breezing through the majestic Kali Gandaki Valley.
The historical, natural and cultural attractions of the Annapurna Region make it Nepal’s favorite destination even after recent road building in the Annpurna region. The Yeti Annapurna Special trek-bike tour takes advantage of the roads for the cycling sections. This journey is an exceptional experience with unsurpassed panoramas in one of the world’s most beloved areas.
We offer regular departures and can also design a tour package according to your preferences and schedule including side-route options, for example, Tilicho Lake and shorter/longer itineraries.
Please join Secrets of the Himalaya (SOH) for some of the most exciting hiking and biking on the planet. Contact an Himalayan specialist with SOH anytime with questions and concerns and details about booking. We truly look forward to hearing from you, and ultimately, SOH truly hopes to be given the pleasure of guiding you on a combination trekking/cycling tour in Nepal.
Adventure is calling in the Himalaya, and Secrets of the Himalaya is here ready answer that call with you.
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu’s International airport (1350 m / 4450 ft)Welcome to Nepal. You will be greeted at the arrival area of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu's international airport by our representative and escorted to your hotel. Take time to refresh yourself after your international travel. The first evening is open to enjoy as you like, rest and relax at the hotel or explore the surroundings.
Day 02Full Day Tour, Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley After a leisurely breakfast, our skilled guide leads a tour of Kathmandu Valley’s highlights and attractions, including magnificent World Heritage Sites of cultural and historical significance. After the tour, we will hold a pre-departure discussion with our Trek Leader and staff.
Day 03Drive to Besisahar and Bhulbhule (800 m / 2720 ft) We make a scenic drive following an early breakfast. As we travel outside the valley, picturesque views include farmland, jungle and occasional glimpses of snowy peaks. We leave the main highway at Dumre and continue the drive heading north to Besisahar and on to Bhulbhule.
Day 04Trek to Chamje (1410 m / 4623 ft) Our trek begins along pleasantly level trails through lush landscape. Eventually we climb steeply and then pass through an astonishing trail cut into the cliff face. Then we hike through more scenic villages reaching Jagat and a pleasant route to Chamje.
Day 05Trek to Dharapani (1960 m / 6430 ft) We pass through more beautiful fields and forests of rhododendron and bamboo. Along the way, we pass the idyllic village of Tal as we enter Manang District. Tal is in an open valley next to a serene bend in the wide, still river. Tal has a Buddhist monastery and large, nearby waterfall.
Day 06Trek to Chame (2,710 m / 8891 ft) The trail climbs up through forest to a splendid ridge. We have great views of the Annapurna Range here as well as Lamjung Himal. Chame is the headquarters of Manang District and a busy market town. With a hot springs along the riverside, it is a great place to take a soak and rejuvenate.
Day 07Trek to Pisang (3100 m / 10,165 ft) We continue through dense forest in a marvelously scenic area with great views of a large slate peak that rises over 1000 m (3280 ft) and is sacred to the local people and especially the Gurung ethnicity. We then pass along dense forests and cross the Marsyangdi River. The scenery and views of magnificent peaks is magnificent.
Day 08Trek to Manang (3440 m / 11,280 ft) We begin with a climb to a ridge with outstanding sights of the valley of Manang and Tilicho Peak. From here we descend to the airport and large market at Humde. The trail is pleasant with great views of Annapurna III and Annapurna IV along the way. We pass scenic fields and reach the idyllic village of Braga. Buddhist monuments line the trail and we pass below more monasteries before a short climb to Manang on a plateau with great views.
Day 09Rest and acclimatization at ManangThe charming village of Manang leaves much to be explored, and we can choose from several options to spend the day. We can climb above the village to get a full panorama of the valley and mountains around it, or we can cross the river valley to a lake and icefall coming down from the peaks. The Himalayan Rescue Association offers a lecture on altitude at its aid post and ACAP has an information center. There is a museum in the village and Milarepa caves or Ice Lake are an exhilarating day's hike there and away.
Day 10Trek to Yak Kharka (4350 m / 14,260 ft)The trail passes through the old section of Manang and then gently up through Gunsang on the way to the magnificent setting of Yak Kharka. The non-stop beautiful scenery along the way is a real treasure.
Day 11Trek to Thorong Phedi (4420 m / 14,490 ft) an early night’s rest for the big day tomorrow. Overnight at Guesthouse. B.L.D We pass through territory that reveals a change from the green vegetation we passed on the way up the valley. It is a gradual climb as we reach the headwaters of the Marsyangdi near Thorung Phedi. We stay here at the foot of the mighty Thorung La pass and get an early night’s rest for the big day tomorrow.
Day 12Trek to the Thorong La (5416 m / 17,756 ft) where mountains bicycles await. Descend on two wheels to Muktinath (3850 m / 12623 ft) viaToday, we start at the break of down for an early morning climb to the Thorung La Pass. The path is steep but well defined. The route has been used by locals for hundreds of year and becomes steep immediately on leaving camp. The trail is more gradual near the pass, marked with a monuments and prayer flags. It is an exhilarating achievement with dramatic views of the surrounding snowy mountains and valleys below us on this watershed pass. We then change gears (pun intended!), and get on our bicycle saddles for a long, exhilarating descent to Muktinath, a major pilgrimage temple featured the Hindu epic the Mahabarata.
Day 13Ride to Kagbeni (2895 m / 9492 ft) We pay a visit to the famous temple of Muktinath before a descent along the scenic Jhong River valley, through arid landscape that is different than the Manang scenery and more similar to Tibetan landscape. We pass ancient villages down to Kagbeni, the site of an ancient trade post and 15th century monastery. Kagbeni lies at the border for the restricted area of Upper Mustang.
Day 14Ride to the hotsprings of Tatopani (1200m / 3937 ft) by way of MarphaWe follow a pleasant trail along a river basin that can get windy, especially in the afternoon and take breaks in fascinating villages along the way including a break for lunch.
The culture and scenery will change from Tibetan Buddhism to Hinduism and the terrain becomes more fertile and green.
The trail descends steeply through the world’s deepest gorge between the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna to arrive at Tatopani with a rejuvenating hot springs where we can soak our bodies after days of rugged trekking and biking.
Day 15Drive to PokharaToday we say goodbye to the Annapurna Circuit as we make a scenic drive to Pokhara from Beni. After checking into our hotel, you have the chance to refresh and then discover the lakeside city of Pokhara.
Day 16Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu We take an early morning departure on a tourist bus to Kathmandu passing through scenic fields and villages along the way to the ancient capital of the Himalaya. The rest of the time is available to explore the city on your own, search for souvenirs for friends and loved ones back home, and relax and enjoy yourself after the high elevation trekking. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner.
Day 17Transfer to the international airport for your final departure Our representative will escort you to the airport for your departure back to home. We sure hope that you’ve enjoyed a trek in the Himalaya. As you travel to your own country, we hope that you will remember us and Nepal fondly. Farewell friend.
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