Annapurna Seven pass Trek

TYPOLOGIES

Adventure Trekking

DIFFICULTY

Low

MIN. AGE

5 Years

Trip Introduction

After a full day jeep drive passing through bumpy lane and holding the beauty of Besisahar, Annapurna Seven pass trek starts from small village "Tal". Set a foot on all seven passes namely-Kuchurmo pass, Yarcha pass, Meta pass, Phu pass, Nar pass, Kangla pass, and the famous Thorong la pass among which three passes are above 4600 meter and four passes above 5,000 meters. In addition to this, exploring the multifarious villages, heart-warming cultures, flora and fauna, experiencing the optimum solidarity makes this trail unique than any other.
The off lying trail leads to the glacial lake of mount Manaslu- The Donalake after moving through a dense forest. Following the Kuchumro Pass and Yarcha Pass, the trek aheads to the villages namely Phu and Nar representing ancient Tibetan atmosphere which is only explored by the few trekkers. Walking through this trial also provides an opportunity to uncover the restricted area of Nar Phu valley with the special permit of seven days validity. The way travelled by a few and seeing the magnificent mountains, rarest animals, flowers, culture, villages itself is a wonderful thing to come across with amazing trekking experience. Taking a steps further towards Kangla Phedi(4530m/14858ft) the trial adjoins with Nagwal/the Annapurna circuit and ascends to Manang district. this area presents the view of cultivation fields with terraces, herding of yaks, culturally predominant gompas & monasteries, a view of Gangapurna lake, Gangapurna glacier resting just above the village,world highest mountain pass (ThorangLaa Pass), the view of the striking Annapurna Massif, Mt. Dhaulagauri, Mt Machhapuchhre, Mt Manaslu and many other snow-capped peaks that cannot be pass over. In addition, spend good time at the holy temple Muktinath (one of the world's highest temple), the astonishing place Jomsom that has so many captivating places to take note upon. Make a scenic mountainous flight towards Pokhara which is totally optional with bus driving. Annapurna seven passes route is mostly designed for the trekkers who wants to explore most of the rarest places and are in search of something very unique to connect own self with nature.

Trip Highlights

  • The world famous destination, Annapurna trek is made through different route although Annapurna Seven Passes route is not visited very often. However, this trial gives an opportunity to explore the mix of wilderness and cultures, forests, additional variety of animals, the fascinating Nar Phu valley and other high passes to go through a good time by avoiding the busy routes.
  • Experiencing all the seven passes where the four passes are above 5,000 meters, moving towards the exotic and unseen Dona Lake, admiring the mountains from every corner, stretching towards the world famous glacier lake and every untouched placesmakes the travel remarkable.
  • Inhabitant of different ethnic groups has made diversification in culture and tradition that each traveller run with great amaze and gets a taste of variety of Nepali culture from the base of the trekking point to the highest part. This includes the Muktinath temple, which is considered sacred to both Hindus and Buddhist and is one of the world's highest temples (altitude 3,800 m).
  • Getting a way back through a scenic mountainous flight from Jomsom to Pokhara adds more charm to a journey although it's totally optional with jeep drive.

Remember: Our travel planner can customize the itinerary outline as per your duration of stay, purpose of holiday and your preference. Cost of the package also depends upon level of service; Deluxe, Standard and budget as well as per the group size. You can easily CONTACT US at any time for any queries.

Inclusions:

  • Required numbers of time Airport pick up and drop off as per your flight schedule (international and domestic) and all required transfers in Kathmandu.
  • 3 Night’s accommodation in touristic town of Kathmandu in BB Plan (one can choose budget, standard and deluxe)
  • A day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle (places of interest), highly experienced city tour guide, and all the entrance fees of UNESCO heritage sites.
  • 1 Night accommodation in Lake side Pokhara in BB Plan (one can choose budget, standard and deluxe)
  • Kathmandu to Tal via Besi Sahar (trek starting point) drive by private vehicle
  • Jomsom to Pokhara flight
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu transportation (Flight/Private vehicle/Tourist coach – choose as per your budget and interest)
  • Standard tea house (lodge) accommodation during the entire trekking as per mentioned in itinerary
  • Three meals per day (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the entire trek as per mentioned in itinerary followed by 3 times tea/coffee per day.
  • One can choose the meal from menu there.
  • A duffel bag, Trekking Map and trekking pole
  • Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket, Nepali SIM card (Rental basis, if needed)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fee
  • TIMS (Trekker’s Information Manual System) permit
  • Nar Phu Valley restricted area trekking permit (Special permit)
  • An experienced government certified local Trekking Guide
  • Required numbers of highly experienced trekking porters (2:1 ratio)
  • Staff’s foods, salary, insurance, accommodation, meals, transportation etc
  • General first Aid Kit
  • A certificate of appreciation (experience certificate) after completing the Trek
  • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu with cultural program.
  • All government taxes and applicable paperwork

Exclusions:

  • International Airfare
  • Personal Travel Insurance (essential for high altitude trekking)
  • Lunch in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses (bar, laundry, personal shopping, internet usages during the trek, hot shower during the trek, battery charge during the trek etc.)
  • Alcoholic beverage
  • TIPS for Staff

Tour Map

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft altitude) and transfer to Hotel

Depending on your arrival time, our representative will be at the airport to receive you and transfer you to your booked hotel. In general we prefer BB plan for your stay in cities so you can choose varieties of tastes in different restaurants around the city.

Day 02 - Guided tour around world’s Heritage sites of Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Our guide will pick you up from the hotel for sightseeing of World Heritage Sites. Actually, there are seven World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and we arrange sightseeing spots according to your choice, choose only 3/4 spots for a day since it is not possible to visit all places in a single day–at least 2/3 days required to have sightseeing tour of all heritage sites in Kathmandu. World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in Kathmandu are; Kathmandu Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Swyambhunath Temple, Pashuapatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Changu Narayan Temple.

Day 03 - Drive to Tal via Besi Sahar (Full day Drive)

An early morning breakfast and we drive to Besisahar. We drive early as possible to avoid the dense traffic on the way to Besisahar. We stop over for a lunch at Besisahar where we change our vehicle and use the Jeep to Tal as the roads are off route. We stay overnight on the comfortable Tea house Tal village.

Day 04 - Trek from Tal to Tilje (2300m/7544ft altitude) 6-7 Hrs Walk

After breakfast, we start our walk across the village and continue beside the Marshyangdi River flowing through the valley. 2 hrs. of walking brings us to Khotro (2200m) after which we climb uphill towards Nache (2200m) for around 2.5 hrs. Nache is a small Gurung village which not only offers a beautiful view of the Marsyangdi Valley below but also of the Manaslu mountain above. We have our lunch here in Nache and continue our trek with a short descend to a long suspension bridge of 130 m. The major highlights of the day is this high suspension bridge from where village of Bagarchap, Dharapani and Timang along the Marshyangdi corridor is visible . We continue our trek along the pine bush where we can visit a small Monastery and continue walking to meet a motor road and cross a small suspension bridge to arrive at Tilje. Tilje is another small village that is used for the Manaslu trek route for overnights.

Day 05 - Trek from Tilje to Tachai (2340m/7675ft altitude) 5-6 Hrs Walk

After breakfast, we start our walk today through the village . Less than an hour after leaving the village, there is a small cave, which is interesting to visit where lamas are believed to have meditated. After the short detour we continue walking through the pine forest and corn fields to arrive at a suspension bridge. A short walk of 10 minutes brings us to a resting spot. We continue walking through the forest for another 1 hr to arrive at Tachai, a small Gurung village rested at a top of hill. The village has around 30 home stays where we will stay for the overnight. you can also enjoy a hot spring water from 20 minutes walk from the village.

Day 06 - Trek from Tachai to Shongle (3360m/11020ft altitude) 7-8 Hrs walk

We start our walk today with a delightful view of surrounding villages of Ghelinchok and as we head up we look back to see the beautiful Tachai where we stopover at overnight. Our walk today will be arduous as we climb uphill from the village itself for about two and half hours. We arrive at the ridge of Chonga Dada (3282m). Animal sightings such as Himalayan Griffon , monkey jumping around from trees to trees and flying squirrels chasing each other is not so uncommon. After resting for some time, we descend through the pine forest to meet the Chonga River. We continue our trail by the river upstream with gradual uphill and cross the river through a small wooden bridge. As we gain altitude, we continue our walk through the pine and rhododendron forest to arrive at an open space for Shongle Kharka where we spend our first overnight in tent.

Day 07 - Trek from Shongle to Kuchumro Phedi (4217m/13831ft altitude) 4-5 Hrs Walk

A fresh morning sorrounded by steep hills, we have our breakfast and start our trek as our staff pack up the tents. 45 minutes of walk and we will meet a small shepherd hut. We continue our climb towards Kuchumro Phedi at an altitude of 44217m where we spend our camp for the big climb next day. You can see the Annapurna range in the distant west from.

Day 08 - Trek to Namakyu (4445m/14579ft altitude) Via Kuchumro Pass and Yarcha Pass 9-10 Hrs walk

Day 09 - Trek to Meta (4204m/13789ft altitude) via Meta Pass (4635m/15202ft altitude) 7-8 Hrs walk

Wake up early for the early morning views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Gangapurna towards the south west and Kangaru Himal facing top towards the north. The clear sky with the views of mountains makes it a perfect atmosphere to start your day. After breakfast, we walk for about 10 minutes uphill and then descend for another 15 minutes to cross a small glacial river. We cross the river for gradual uphill facing Annapurna II the whole time and keeping Kangaru Himal at the back. As we ascend for 2 hrs. we can observe the views of Pisang peak standing magneficiently above the Pisang monastery from where we take gradual walk all the time facing Pisang peak directly in front of us. We arrive at the Meta pass (4800m). Packed lunch is recommended today as there is shortage of water before the pass. After lunch at Meta pass, we start to descend towards Meta. It’s a long downhill from Meta pass to Meta with almost 4 hrs. We arrive a river with a small bridge from where we start to ascend for another 1 hr to reach Meta – a small village with few Tea house.

Day 10 - Trek to Phu (4204m/13789ft altitude) 8-9 Hrs Walk

TToday is a long an gentle walk. We get the early morning sunrise view of Lamjung Himal on the south and Pisang peak towards the west. After breakfast we start with a slow easy walk with view of Pisang monastery on the other side of the hill. We come across a Khampa settlement at Jhunum after 1.5 hrs. This Khampa settlement is now used as a winter stay by villagers of Nar. We continue our trek from here to cross a glacial river and continue walking to arrive at another Khampa settlement at Chyakhu. We ascend uphill gradually and then descend to arrive at a small bailey bridge to cross the river from where we start ascending for about 20 minutes to arrive at Kyang. Another Khampa settlement at the valley between huge rocky mountains. We will have our lunch here and after lunch we continue our trek to arrive at an interesting trail facing the river and made from cliff carved trail. We continue on this trail with Phu River on the left side for another 3 hrs to meet a wooden bridge. Cross the bridge and continue walking. During the monsoon, if the river is high we continue walking on the same side instead of crossing the bridge. As we approach the final descend for the Phu, we arrive at big canyon from where a straight uphill of 15 minutes brings us to the gate of Phu village and another 30 minutes’ walk brings us to a suspension bridge and we are official in Phu village.

Day 11 - Trek to Loang (4680m/15350ft altitude) via Phu Pass (5200m/17056ft altitude)7-8 Hrs Walk

An early morning walk to the Tashi Lakhang Monastery, an important Buddhist religion site. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the monastery and then return back for breakfast. We are served with the views of Himlung Himal and Kangaru Himal. We start our trek through the village of Phu and start climbing walking through the scree field to gain about 1000m above the Phu village. Continue walking will bring us to the viewpoint from where the Himlung, Bhrikuti and Kangaru Himal are visible quite prominently. The Phu pass is another 1 hour of moderate walk. We cross the Phu pass and start our descend to arrive at the base of the hill to cross a small wooden bridge and start descending for another 1 hour to arrive our camp for today at Loang. Packed lunch is recommended today due to shortage of water along the way.

Day 12 - Trek to Chekchu (4410m/14464ft altitude) via Nar Pass (5400m/17712ft altitude) 6-7 Hrs Walk

Wake up early morning to observe the views of Himlung and Kangaru Himal. We start our trek ascending towards the Nar pass. The view of Himlung and Kangaru Himal stays with us along our way till Nar pass (5400m) which takes about 3 hours of walk. As we approach the pass, the scree fields makes it quite daring to reach the pass. However, when we reach the top, we witness the 360 degree views of the mountains including Bhrikuti, Himlung, Kangaru towards the east and Chulu and Annapurna range towards the south west. After taking enough photographs and relishing the views, we descend from here to lose about 1400m through the scree field to arrive at Checkchu where we camp for the night.

Day 13 - Trek to Nar Village (4110m/13480ft altitude) 5-6 Hrs Walk

After breakfast, we leave to descend for about 1 hour until we reach a suspension bridge from where we start to ascend towards the Nar village for another 2 hrs to reach the top. From here we continue for another 20 minutes to arrive a small valley with surround big hills with cave formed on the top of it. A steep uphill here for another 3 hrs will bring us to the beautiful Nar village where we spend our overnight.

Day 14 - Trek to Kangla Phedi (4530m/14858ft alittude) 3-4 Hrs Walk

An moderate trek day today, we can visit the Nar Village and the surrounding after breakfast. We will leave Nar village after lunch, taking easy walk from Nar through the Pisang valley with Pisang peak on the left side and other snowcapped mountains on the right. We arrive at the Kang La Phedi (4530m) after 3 hrs. of walk and camp here for our next pass another day.

Day 15 - Trek to Ngawal (3360m/11020ft altitude) via Kangla Pass (5350m/17548ft altitude) 6-7 Hrs Walk

We ascend early in the morning today towards the Kang La pass in order to reach early for a great views of the Pisang peak and Chulu Far East peak before heading down to Ngawal. We start our trail crossing a small glacial stream. We gradually climb to the top ridge of Kang La for 3 hrs. The top of Kang La offers amazing views of Annapurna, Chulu range, Lamjung Himal. We descend from the Kang La pass through the scree field with wide valley and amazing panoramic view of the landscape. The descend takes about 3 hrs to reach Ngawal where we spend a night in Ngawal Mountain Home for the night where we will have comfortable beds, hot shower and great food.

Day 16 - Rest Day in Ngawal

Our rest day at Ngawal today can be spent walking around the village of Ngawal and meeting local people and interacting with them. This small village has the population of roughly 300 people which is one of the seven village development committee in Manang district of Northern Nepal.

Day 17 - Trek to Manang (3,551m/11,647ft altitude) 4-5 Hrs walk

Advancing on the south side of the river, the trail includes a long climb over a ridge which passes through Upper Pisang via Ngawal as it guarantees majestic views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak. On the way, we pass through pine forests, villages such as Braga and farming terraces. As we walk towards Manang, the climate becomes more cold and dry.

Day 18 - Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft altitude) 3-4 Hrs walk

Trail ascend gradually to reach Yak Kharka, it takes 3 to 4 hours by foot, which situated at an elevation of 4018 meters above sea level.We depart Manang by squeezing through the tight alleyways making our way out of civilization and shortcutting across the road. Trek path gradually rises along Thorong Khola crossing Tangki Manang, Ghusang 3900m, Ghyanchang then finally reach Yak Kharka Nepal. Fascinating culture of this area influences by the Tibetan Buddhism and paralleled natural possession and diverse wildlife of the Annapurna Conservation Area aid further to the beauty and delight of the trek. You can see grazing yaks and deer’s on pasture nearby the Yak-kharka village.

Day 19 - Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft altitude)3-4 Hrs walk

Breakfast at teahouse then start a trek to the foot of the pass Thorong Phedi which is a small but busy settlement provides food and shelter to trekkers and climbers. They says this village as the base camp by trekkers and climber. Some climber trek up to high camp today but it is safe to stay here to have a sound sleep in lower altitude than risking sleeping in the higher altitude.

Day 20 - Trek to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft altitude) via Thorang La Pass (5,416m/17,764ft altitude)7-8 Hrs walk

Early morning Breakfast at the teahouse, walk early in the morning at 4 A.M. We have to cross Thorong La pass, a highest and main attraction point during our trek in the morning, since if we become late to cross the pass, the snow will be melted by sunlight and overall weather goes worse. We spend a short and crucial time at the pass with photographs of splendid scenery, and then the trail follows a long descend all the way to Muktinath. Muktinath is a famous temple of Hindu and Buddhist Goddess with massive religious significant offers a grand view of Mt. Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Gangapurna, Katung and other snow-capped peaks.

Day 21 - Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2,730m/8,954ft altitude)

Breakfast at teahouse then we visit famous pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists Muktinath temple, Vishnu temple and Gompa. After that we follow descends trail Jharkot. After there we follow continuous motor road all the way to Jomsom, thus it is also an option to have a jeep drive from Muktinath to Jomsom. At evening explore around Jomsom Bazaar and enjoy the celebration on the occasion of complete Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trekking.

Day 22 - Morning fly to Pokhara. Sightseeing, boating or free for any other personal activities

We take a morning flight to Pokhara from Jomsom. Once we reach at the beautiful lake city Pokhara, a full day feel free to have personal activities, know the surroundings, rest and relaxation, boating at Fewa Lake, etc.

Day 23 - Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive/fly to Kathmandu. Remaining time is to feel leisure and personal activities such as Shopping, markets explore, spa, massage, rest and relax can be an option. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner together with the entire team of Adventure Mountain Nepal.

Day 24 - Farewell, departure transfer to Airport as per flight schedule

Our airport arrival and departure representative will drop you at Tribhuwan International Airport on your scheduled flight.