Monday, April 4, 2011

Nepal: Himalayas - Trekking - Annapurna

Trekking tour around the Annapurna massif

Himalayas and Nepal - two inseparable concepts that inspire the imagination for ages, the adventure and the spirit of discovery of countless people. Experience the snow-covered peaks, high passes and green valleys, majestic dominated by the highest mountains of the earth (German-guided tour).

The highlights of this trip:
• Trekking on the classic Annapurna Round
• The 8,000 Annapurnamassivs of reach!
• Anthropological and geographic diversity
• cross-country trip to trekking starting point Bulbule
• Rest day in Manang at 3,500 m
• Exceeding the Thorong-La Pass (5416 m)
• Ancient villages Jarkot, Kagbeni and Marpha
• Hindu pilgrimage site Muktinath
• Trekking through the Kali Gandaki valley
• Grandiose 8,000 mountain panorama: View from Poon Hill (3193 m) on the Dhaulagiri (8,167 m)
• idyll and recovery after trekking at Phewa Lake
• Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with Swoyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath

On this tour you get to know the vast dimensions of the Himalayas in an impressive manner. The walk takes you through all climate zones of Nepal - while you walk around the huge massif of the Annapurna 8091 m high, changed the character of the landscape as well as the ever-changing perspective on the beauty of the alpine countryside. The green valleys of the rivers Kali Gandaki and deep Marsyangdi they will impress as well as the gigantic, 8,000-meter ice giant Manaslu (8163 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Annapurna (8091 m). Towards the end of the tour will be again the lush green of the lowland and the centuries old art and cultural treasures of the Kathmandu Valley.

Insider tip: Second week of rafting and / or visit the Chitwan National Park where you can experience the Nepalese jungle, watch tigers, crocodiles and rhinos, and take a riding safari on elephant back to - what a contrast to the icy regions of the Himalayas!


1. Outward

Flights from Germany to Kathmandu.

2. Arrival in Kathmandu

In the afternoon you will reach Kathmandu. On the trip from the airport to the hotel to get a first impression of the bustling city life of the capital. In the evening finds the welcome dinner held in a traditional Nepalese restaurant. Nights in a hotel. A

3. Bhulbhule - Ngadi

Early morning drive by minibus to the mountains to Bhulbhule (830 m), the starting point of the trek around the Annapurna massif. The first short day trip takes you about 1 hour after Ngadi (930 m). OB in a lodge. F / M / A

4. Ngadi - Jagat

From this date there is set a pleasant daily routine: after breakfast, the first part of the day back down until you load around noon at a cozy lodge an extensive rest. After your meal, then walk up to your daily goal. OB in a lodge Jagat (1,250 m). F / M / A
(Time: about 6 h).

5. Jagat - Dharapani

At the start of the tour you will be amazed by the sub-tropical vegetation, but with increasing altitude stay has started to return the rice fields. Through an impressive gorge hike up to Dharapani (1,890 m). OB in a lodge. F / M / A
(walking time about 4-5 h)

6. Dharapani - Chame

More and more the vegetation changes. The woods are lighter and first millet fields appear. In the evening you can reach Chame (2,700 m). OB in a lodge. F / M / A
(About 5 h)

7. Chame - Pisang

The Manaslu is now already behind you and the magnificent sight of the Annapurna will accompany most of the day up to Pisang (3190 m). OB in a lodge. F / M / A
(walking time about 4-5 h)

8. Pisang - Braga - Manang

On the way visit today the hamlet of Braga, where an impressive Gompa can be visited. In the evening you finally reach Manang (3,500 m), located at the foot of the 7454 m high Gangapurna. OB in a lodge. F / M / A
(About 5 h)

9. Acclimation and rest day in Manang

It can be a hike to the surrounding high mountain or to the Ice Lake (4,500 m, walking time approx 3-4 h) made ​​or just a day are loaded before the rest following soon pass out. OB as on the previous day. F / M / A

10. Manang - Yak Kharka - Chuli Ledare

At lunch time you get to Yak Kharka (4090 m), a small village with stunning views of the surrounding mountains. Yak Yak-Kharka translates pasture. The subsequent short trail takes you to Ledare Chuli (4,200 m). In the evening a little walk up the valley for acclimatization is possible. OB in a lodge. F / M / A
(About 5 h)

11. Chuli Ledare - Phedi - High Camp

Gradually approaching the Thorong-La Pass. The catch for lunch will be spent in Phedi (4420 m, walking time 2.5 h). The amount you will now be forced to go slower, because the almost 5,000 m should not be underestimated. After another hour to reach the high camp (4,900 m). OB in a lodge. F / M / A

12. About the Thorong-La Pass to Muktinath

In the dark, do you leave in the high camp to reach the pass in time. About craggy boulders and it is higher, and when the sun rises over the peaks, you have half the route is already behind. After about 2-3 hours of the 5416 m high mountain pass is reached. From here on, it's all downhill after a short rest, but the descent is steep and runs pretty hard on the length (about 4 h). OB in a lodge in Muktinath (3,800 m). F / M / A

13. Muktinath - Ekle Bhatti - Marpha

After 2 h trekking to reach the famous Kali Gandaki valley (Kagbeni, 2,800 m). Here also the path branches off from the legendary Mustang area. In Ekle Bhatti is the lunch break, then you get on down until after Marpha (3 h, 2,660 m) - made famous by the supposed best apples in the whole of Nepal, thrive here and become a part of the probably even more famous "Apple Brandy" processed . OB in a lodge. F / M / A
(Walking time about 7 h)

14. Marpha - Kalopani

More and continues down the path. While you are running some distance in the wide river bed, you get closer to the giant rock steady Colossus of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m). In Tukuche is possible to insert a break in the German Bakery in apple pie and coffee. OB in a lodge in Kalopani (2,560 m). F / M / A
(About 5 h)

15. Kalopani - Tatopani

The river valley narrows considerably and is now finally the impressive canyon where the wild roaring water falls with a loud noise in the depth. In the afternoon you reach Tatopani (1,180 m). If you want the participants can travel from Kalopani to Tatopani by jeep (payable locally). In recent years in the Kali Gandaki valley is passable road is formed, that extends up to Muktinath. Depending on the time the hot springs in Tatopani can still paid a visit or a swim will be taken. OB in a lodge. F / M / A
(Walking time about 6 h)

16. Tatopani - Ghorepani

Today we start climbing. Overcoming the 2834 m high Ghorepani Pass is on the agenda. Fortunately, often convenient stone steps leading up. The daily goal is almost to the summit in the small town of Ghorepani (2,775 m). OB in a lodge. F / M / A
(Walking time 7 h)

17. Ghorepani - Tikhedhunga

Very early in the morning you set off to experience the sunrise on Poon Hill (3193 m) (rise about 1 hour). First, decorate the giant wall of Dhaulagiri with the rays of the sun. After the sunrise, go back into the village and have breakfast before continuing on to Tikhedhunga. OB in a lodge. F / M / A
(Walking without Poon Hill about 4 hours)

18. Tikhedhunga - Nayapul - Pokhara

The last short stage (about 3 hours) takes you to Nayapul, where the vehicle is waiting. The Trekking around the giant Annapurna massif is complete. Drive back to Pokhara, where you can relax in peace and enjoy the view of Annapurna and Macchapuchare, the sacred mountain of Nepal can. The entire afternoon is at leisure. Ü today the first time in a comfortable hotel. F

19. Pokhara - Kathmandu flight

After a hearty breakfast, you have once again the whole morning to explore Nepal's second largest city. A walk to the lake or shop offer themselves as activities. Then go to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu. The panoramic flight (30 minutes) leads always to the Himalayan main ridge, so you can enjoy stunning views on a clear day on the mountain giants. Nights in a hotel in Kathmandu. F

20. Kathmandu

The tour of the most important religious sites in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath - for Nepal visitors actually almost a must! Also you will be impressed by the ornate temples and religious ceremonies. In the evening (or depending on the flight plan if necessary, until tomorrow), there are the traditional joint farewell dinner. Nights in a hotel. F / A

21. Kathmandu - Departure

Depending on the flight plan or even a half or full day is for a last shopping or further sightseeing at leisure. Subsequently, or by the next morning transfer to airport for flight back to Germany. F

22. Back home

Arrival in Germany.

F = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner / O = Overnight

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