Annapurna Base Camp
Reach out and touch the mountains on this trek to the Macchapucchare (Fish Tail) and Annapurna Base Camps, the starting points for mountaineering expeditions to the major peaks in the region, including Annapurna 1, the 10th highest mountain in the world.
At the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) hike up the glacial moraine to view the Annapurna South Glacier and a spectacular view of Macchapucchare. Experience the challenge of an overnight stay at an elevation of 4150m (13,600') and view the crystal clear view of the mountains at sunrise. Trek through the Rhododendron jungle on the way down with amazing and spectacular views of the mountains continuously along the way. The return trip brings you to Ghorapani with its famous hike up Pun Hill to view the sunrise over Annapurna Range.
Jonsom and Back
The trek follows the same route to Tatopani as described earlier including stops at Pun Hill and the Hot Springs of Tatopani.
From this point onwards you travel through the territory populated by the mountain people similar in culture to that of Tibet.
Travel through the world's deepest valley and get unique and close-up views of the Dhawalagri and Nilgiri peaks. Visit the home of the famous Muktinath temple, the destination of Hindu pilgrims.
The trek back allows sufficient time to spend time relaxing an extra day at the Tatopani Hot Springs before heading back by a different route to Pokhara.
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JonsPun Hill and Hot Springs
A unique panoramic view of the Annapurna Range including the sunrise view from Pun Hill. Trek through the magnificent Rhododendron jungle near Ghorapani and through a series of mountain villages en route to Tatopani.
Experience the comforting and relaxing hot springs and enjoy the modern conveniences and excellent food at a beautiful lodge in Tatopani before returning by an alternative route to Pokhara.
Pun Hill to Gandruk
Follow the route to Ghorapani to view the sunrise at Pun Hill en route to Gandruk, a mountain village famous for its Gorkha soldiers.
Visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project to hear about the various conservation projects in the region.Ghandruk is home to the Gurung Museum, which provides a means to learn more about the mountain people of this region of Nepal.
This less travelled route is appealing to the traveler interested in the Nepali culture.
The trek is a complete circuit of the famous Annapurna Range including crossing the Thorang Pass at an elevation of 5416m.
The trip is designed to allow for a gradual acclimatization to high altitude and sufficient time is taken in the region of Menang to prepare for the crossing.
This trip can take from 18 to 21 days depending upon snow conditions in the Pass and individual acclimatization time.
This trek enters the restricted district of the Upper Mustang and a special permit must be purchased in advance. This is not a trek for the budget traveler as the cost of the permit (in 2006) is $700US for a minimum of 10 days. The trek starts and ends in Kagbeni and then takes the full 10 days to complete, spending two days in the capital of Lo Montang.
Typically travelers fly into and out of Jonsom to do this trek although the option is there to trek the whole way to and from Jonsom or to fly in or out as time or budget dictates. This trek is truely breathtaking in its beauty.
The Upper Mustang people are in some ways the caretakers of the true Tibetan culture and life in the villiages of the Upper Mustang are carried out in the classical Tibetan Buddhist style.
This is the trip of a lifetime.