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- Day 1: Individual arrival in Kathmandu, first meeting and dinner together
- Day 2: Do as you like – Bhaktapur, Patan or Namobuddha
- Day 3: Over the Nagdhunga Pass with a view of the 7,000-meter peaks of the Langtang chain to Jagat
- Day 4: Cut ravines, lunch break on the plateau and Buddhist heritage
- Day 5: Tibetan architecture, panorama of Annapurna and Manaslu
- Day 6: Through deep gorges, over suspension bridges, to the monastery in Upper Pisang
- Day 7: Up into the high valley to Braga (3,440 m) near Manang (3,540 m): Annapurna within your reach
- Day 8: Acclimatization day: time to rest and relax
- Day 9: Leisurely hike to the village of Khangsar (3,735 m)
- Day 10: Trekking to Base Camp Tilicho (4,150 m)
- Day 11: Trekking to Nepal’s highest lake, Tilicho (4,920 m) & view of the Annapurna peaks
- Day 12: Trekking over green meadows with yaks, up and down with a view of Manaslu (8,163 m)
- Day 13: Dream at 4,450 m, in Thorong Phedi
- Day 14: High altitude rush under prayer flags at the geographical highlight: Thorong La (5,416 m)
- Day 15: Relax in the hot thermal springs in Tatopani (1,190 m)
- Day 16: Hike to the village of Sikha (1,935 m)
- Day 17: Hike in the shade of rhododendron forests with a view of snow-capped peaks
- Day 18: Sunrise with a view of Annapurna & hike to the most beautiful village in Nepal: Ghandruk
- Day 19: Last hike and drive to Pokhara
- Day 20: Flight to Kathmandu & Do as you like – Pashupatinath and Boudha, Swayambhunath or children’s home and Kundalinee school
- Day 21: Namaste! Farewell to Nepal
Days 7 and 8 open the gates to an almost desert-like area that is strongly reminiscent of Tibet: oasis villages with typical Tibetan houses, grunting yaks. After suspension bridges and steep climbs, we reach the village of Braga and the village of Manang, which is just behind it: the silhouette of Annapurna III and Gangapurna overshadows everything. Places to rest and acclimatise in preparation for Thorong La.
The Annapurna circuit is one of the most beautiful and popular trekking routes in the world. “But because everyone is going in the same direction, you often only meet a few other trekkers during the day”, knows WWW Nepal specialist Sandra Pieber, who only went on the tour a few years ago. The accommodations are comfortable, there are shops with beer and pastries – hence the nickname “Apple Pie Trek”.
Hardly any other tour offers more scenic diversity, different climates and cultures. Desert-like area alternates with water buffalo, banana trees and giant ferns. The higher the level, the stronger the Buddhist influence. Buddhism and Hinduism join hands here, as we can see in the temple complexes of Muktinath: They are both a place of pilgrimage.
Geographic highlight: the Thorong La pass. The ascent is not easy, some people hesitate: Shouldn’t a yak carry me up? Nobody would have to know… Most of them decide for their own feet. Done! Here we are, on one of the highest passes in the Himalayas.
Meals: B = breakfast / L = lunch / packed lunch / D = dinner
Individual arrival in Kathmandu, first meeting and dinner together
Individual arrival at the airport in Kathmandu.
At the airport in Kathmandu we are picked up with a worldwide hiking sign and escorted to a cozy guest house in the center of Bhaktapur (approx. 16 km east of Kathmandu).
In the evening we meet at 6: 30 p.m. in the guest house and go to the welcome dinner together, where we get the latest information about the upcoming tour and get to know the tour group. The evening together rounds off the first day in Nepal and makes you want more.
Note: Please note that the international flight to / from Kathmandu (KTM) is not included in the tour price. We would be happy to make you a flight offer.
Overnight in guest house in Bhaktapur
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Do as you like – Bhaktapur, Patan or Namobuddha
We have deliberately chosen the small royal city of Bhaktapur for the arrival of our guests in Nepal. The historic center of Bhaktapur is now an extensive pedestrian zone that can be explored in a relaxed manner. The whole city is like an inhabited museum! Our familiar guest house is very conveniently located close to all major sights.
Since some of our guests already know the beautiful Bhaktapur, we offer three options for the day:
*) Variant of visit to the royal city of Bhaktapur (city tour by a German-speaking guide)
: ! We recommend visiting Bhaktapur to all guests who are for the first time are in Nepal and don’t know the city yet!
Our guide opens the gates to the “City of Believers” for us. Bhaktapur, the third and smallest of the royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. Because of its numerous music and cultural groups, Bhaktapur is known as the capital of the performing arts of Nepal. The old town consists of narrow, winding streets with many small shops, in between flower garlands and statues of gods decorated in red. Again and again there are large, magnificent squares with palaces and temples in front of us. Exquisite, detailed wood carvings on and in the temples and on many traditional residential houses, handicraft businesses and shops lead us into another time. The incense sticks of the morning ceremonies conjure up a mild, mystical scent in the streets. We visit the Durbar-Platz (Königsplatz) with the golden gate, the entrance to the Royal Palace. We continue leisurely to Nyatopola Temple, the highlight of Taumadhi Square. At 30 meters high, it is the tallest temple in the entire Kathmandu Valley. Climbing the steps is rewarded with a great view over the city. Not far from the temple is the famous peacock window, a unique wooden window carved in great detail. Passing many small shops, we continue to the pottery square. Here hand-made pottery is laid out to dry. a unique wooden window carved in great detail. Passing many small shops, we continue to the pottery square. Here hand-made pottery is laid out to dry. a unique wooden window carved in great detail. Passing many small shops, we continue to the pottery square. Here hand-made pottery is laid out to dry.
In the afternoon there is time to stroll through the beautiful alleys and squares on your own, have a leisurely tea or coffee and explore the offers in the well-stocked handicraft shops.
*) Option to visit the royal city of Patan (city tour by an English-speaking guide):
As an alternative for our guests who already know Bhaktapur, we offer a visit to Patan, the third royal city in the Kathmandu Valley.
The main square Patan Durbar Square is one of the 7 Unesco World Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley. There are numerous Bahas, Newari monasteries, and temples in the historic city. Patan, also called Lalitpur, is a primarily Buddhist city, which is already clear in one of its founding legends. King Ashoka created a central stupa and four other stupas as corner points of the city, and in fact there are four such Ashoka stupas around the old town. The Buddhist character of Patan is also evident in his 150 or so former monasteries. Almost every courtyard entrance in the old town leads to a monastery.
*) Variant of a leisurely hike to the Namobuddha monastery in the Kathmandu Valley (supervision by an English-speaking guide)
We walk through terraced fields, past farmhouses and through the village of Kavre Bhanyang. From a distance we can see the colorful prayer flags of the large monastery of Namobuddha. According to legend, the primordial Buddha sacrificed herself to a hungry tigress and saved the tigress and her cubs. We visit the monastery complex with its remarkable meeting rooms and then drive directly from the monastery back to Bhaktapur.
Travel time for variant Namobuddha monastery: approx. 3 hours in total
Hike for variant Namobuddha monastery: approx. 2 hours (+300 m / -150 m)
Overnight stay in the guest house in the center of Bhaktapur (1,300 m)
(B / – / -)
Over the Nagdhunga Pass with a view of the 7,000-meter peaks of the Langtang chain to Jagat
We leave Bhaktapur early in the morning and cross the Nagdhunga Pass (1,600 m) by motorized vehicle. From there we have the first views of the mighty peaks of the Langtang chain (7,227 m) and the Ganesh Himal (7,422 m). We continue downhill to the village of Naubise, along the Trishuli river (which rises in the highlands of Tibet) to the village of Mugling. A somewhat bumpy road on the Marsyangdi River leads us to Damauli. In the late afternoon we finally reach the city of Besisahar. After lunch we change to a bus (or jeep) and drive to today’s destination in the small village of Jagat.
Driving time: approx. 7 hours
overnight in a lodge in Jagat (1,300 m)
(B / L / D)
Cut ravines, lunch break on the plateau and Buddhist heritage
It starts early in the morning. A deeply cut gorge leads further upstream. Our route meanders steadily in front of an impressive mountain backdrop through villages and rhododendron forests, over the Marschyangdi River, over rocks and on narrow paths up into the valley. The open plateau invites you to take a lunch break. In the afternoon the landscape changes with every step: the higher we get, the more evident the country’s Buddhist heritage becomes. The appearance of the fields, buildings and people is changing. Oak and mixed forests line our path to the left and right. We pass beautiful waterfalls here and there. After crossing the river several times, we reach Dharapani, which is already in the residential area of the Manangi, surrounded by rolling barley fields.
Hike: approx. 6 hours (+530 m / -210 m)
Overnight in a lodge in Dharapani (1,860 m)
(B / L / D)
Tibetan architecture, panorama of Annapurna and Manaslu
Today we cover quite a few meters in altitude. First it goes to the village of Bagarchhap at 2,160 m. Typical Tibetan architecture and a wonderful view of the giant mountains Annapurna II (7,937 m), Lamjung Himal (6,983 m) and Manaslu (8,163 m) await us here. The path continues through mixed forests to the villages of Temang and Lata Marang, past fields and fruit trees. In the afternoon we reach today’s destination Chame, the administrative center of the region.
Hike: approx. 5-6 hours (+550 m / -200 m)
Overnight in a lodge in Chame (2,670 m)
(B / L / D)
Through deep gorges, over suspension bridges, to the monastery in Upper Pisang
We hike on the other side of the valley to the village of Bhratang, further through spruce and pine forests to Dhukure Pokhari. Here we stop for lunch with a view of Annapurna II (7,937 m) and the spectacular, almost vertical wall of Paungda Danda (4,986 m). In the afternoon the path leads into a deep gorge. After crossing a suspension bridge, we reach Lower-Pisang, where we explore the area and visit the colorful monastery in historic Upper-Pisang.
Hike: approx. 6-7 hours (+750 m / -150 m)
Overnight in a lodge in Pisang (3,200 m)
(B / L / D)
Up into the high valley to Braga (3,440 m) near Manang (3,540 m): Annapurna within reach
Today a much drier, almost desert-like area awaits us, which is strongly reminiscent of the “roof of the world”: Oasis villages with typical Tibetan houses, characteristic buckwheat fields and the bleating of goats are our companions. The path leads us first along the eastern side of the Marschyangdi River, past Chorten (Tibetan cult building) and Mani stones.
For Tibetan Buddhists, the latter are stones with sacred texts or traditional prayer formulas. Over a suspension bridge and after a steep ascent, we reach the old Tibetan village of Ghyaru. When the weather is nice, a great panorama awaits us: the Annapurna chain (8.091 m) and countless ice-covered peaks. We continue along a long high-altitude path to the village of Ngawal and on to Braga (3,440 m), where we spend the next two nights to acclimate. The silhouettes of the Annapurna (8,091 m) and Gangapurna (7,454 m) mountain peaks, which are now only a few kilometers away, dominate this high valley. The mighty icefalls of the glaciers seem within reach here. An ideal place to enjoy the landscape and to rest.
Hike: approx. 7 hours (+820 m / -300 m)
Overnight in a lodge in Braga (3,440 m)
(B / L / D)
Acclimatization day: time to rest and relax
We have already hiked for four days and now use the time to visit, rest and enjoy the nearby village of Manang. Or do you want to hike? If we want, we can hike up to a glacial lake under the Gangapurna (7,454 m) or to the over 800 year old gompa (monastery) in the village of Braga.
Overnight in a lodge in Braga (3,440 m)
(B / L / D)
Leisurely hike to the village of Khangsar (3,735 m)
Today we plan a leisurely hike. It leads us to Khangsar, the last village after Lake Tilicho. After Manang it goes up in sections, then downhill to the Khangsar Bridge and up again to the village of Khangsar. If you still feel like it, you can go on another hike in the area in the afternoon to acclimate yourself.
Hike: approx. 4 hours (+350 m / -140 m)
Overnight in a hut / lodge
(B / L / D)
Trekking to Base Camp Tilicho (4,150 m)
Immediately after breakfast we decide between two routes to Tilicho Basecamp with different degrees of difficulty. * If we take the upper route, then we have a hard day ahead of us today. The path mostly leads uphill over a high pasture (4,920 m) and a steep section down to the hut. It is cozy and small and has around 30 beds. No wonder it is always full.
If we take the lower path, it leads slightly up the mountain, we pass slopes with scree and it goes up and down. The last section goes downhill to the Tilicho Basecamp.
* Should the weather or the physical condition of the guests not allow it, the guide can make changes to the route.
Hike upper path: approx. 5-6 hours (+1,185 m / -900 m)
Hike lower path: approx. 4-5 hours (+400 m / -300 m)
Overnight stay in a very simple lodge in Tilicho Basecamp 4,150 m) (If no rooms are available, we will sleep with our sleeping bags in the common room of the lodge.)
(B / L / D)
Trekking to Nepal’s highest lake, Tilicho (4,920 m) & view of the Annapurna peaks
We use the early morning hours to hike to Lake Tilicho at a relaxed pace. It is the highest lake in Nepal. After about 3 hours we reach the Tilicho Lake Southern Basecamp (4,990 m). The Tilicho Khola Basecamp (4,920 m) is only an hour away. When the weather is clear, we will remember the view of the surrounding mountains for a long time. We can let our gaze wander over the entire Annapurna chain and the turquoise-blue lake in front of it. To listen to the sound of the loosening avalanches from a safe distance, to be so close to such a natural event, is a unique experience. We slowly make our way back to the Tilicho Basecamp via the same route. The rest of the day we relax.
Hike: 6-7 hours (+/- 850 m)
Overnight in a simple lodge
(B / L / D)
Trekking over green meadows with yaks, up and down with a view of Manaslu (8,163 m)
Today we take the short or the long way over a pasture. Our trekking tour leads again through the village of Khangsar. Again it goes uphill, first along a river, then through small, old villages. Before we reach the village of Gunsang, we take a last look at the mighty Manaslu (8,163 m) and Peak 29 (7,871 m). We continue to Yak Kharka through green meadows with grazing yaks and curious horses. Today’s slightly shorter hike is ideal to help our bodies acclimatise.
Hike: 5-6 hours (+705 m / -350 m)
Overnight in a lodge in Yak Kharka (4,050 m) (B / L / D
Dreaming at 4,450 m, in Thorong Phedi
We make our way to the highest sleeping place of the entire tour. The path continues to climb and turns in a north-westerly direction into a side valley. With a bit of luck we can watch herds of the “leaping” blue sheep here. To acclimatize, we will climb a bit or all the way to the high camp (4,925 m) of Thorong La, depending on the time and condition, in order to be well prepared for tomorrow’s crossing of the high mountain pass.
Hike: approx. 5 hours (+520 m / -130 m)
Overnight in a lodge in Thorong Phedi (4,450 m)
(B / L / D)
High altitude rush under prayer flags at the geographical highlight: Thorong La (5,416 m)
Today you have to get up very early. We start between around 2: 30 a.m. – 3: 30 a.m. and climb up to Thorong La (5,416 m), the geographical highlight of our trip. A rush of heights under prayer flags, whose mantras carry the winds in all directions, chörten and a breathtaking view of Annapurna (8,091 m), Gangapurna (7,454 m) and Yak Gawa (6,484 m) await us. Deep below us the Kali Gandaki valley and further to the north the rocky peaks of the Thorungtse (6,144 m). We made it! We are now standing on one of the highest and most famous passes in Nepal, in the middle of the gigantic Himalayan massif! After this memorable experience, we begin the descent to Muktinath (3,760 m), which lies in the former kingdom of Mustang.
Hike: approx. 9-10 hours (+1,000 m / -1,700 m)
Overnight in a lodge in Muktinath (3,760 m)
(B / L / D)
Relax in the hot thermal springs in Tatopani (1,190 m)
Today we use motorized vehicles. A whole new world awaits us full of grazing water buffalo, ripening banana trees, green bamboo and giant ferns. Through narrow and deep gorges, past huge waterfalls, we reach our stage destination, the village of Tatopani. Translated it means “hot water”. Rightly. We relax and recharge our batteries with a soothing bath in the hot thermal springs. Wellness the Nepali way. Tip: bring your swimwear with you!
Driving time: approx. 6-7 hours
overnight in a lodge in Tatopani (1,190 m)
(B / L / D)
Hike to the village of Sikha (1,935 m)
After breakfast we leave the dreamy village of Tatopani and cross the Kali Gandaki River. It is the headwaters of one of the four largest rivers in Nepal. From here it goes uphill again. At the village of Ghar Khola we leave the Kali Gandaki Gorge behind us. Our way towards Sikha leads through small villages and an attractive landscape.
Hike: approx. 4 hours (+845 m / -90 m)
Overnight in a lodge in Sikha (1.935m)
(B / L / D)
Hike in the shade of rhododendron forests with a view of snow-capped peaks
After breakfast we slowly make our way to the village of Ghorepani. We hike in the shade of magnificent rhododendron forests, occasionally with views of the closer and closer snow-covered peaks. The last piece of steep uphill we finally reach our destination Ghorepani.
Hike: approx. 4 hours (+945 m)
Overnight in a lodge in Ghorepani (2,860 m)
(B / L / D)
Sunrise with a view of Annapurna & hike to the most beautiful village of Nepal: Ghandruk
If the weather is nice and if you feel like it, you can experience the sunrise on the famous Poon Hill (3,210 m) in the early morning – after a hike of about an hour. When the sunbeams dance over the peaks, furrows and gorges of the Annapurna mountain range, and the main actors slowly light up Annapurna (8,091 m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), time seems to stand still for a moment. Getting up early is worth it. The rest of the day we hike down and up. We reach Tadapani over hundreds of stone steps. The path is adorned with rhododendron forests, house-high bamboo trees and terraced fields to the most beautiful village in Nepal. At least that’s what they say about Ghandruk (1,960 m).
Optional hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and back: approx. 1.5 hours (+/- 350 m)
Hike: 6-7 hours (+480 m / -1,390 m) (without Poonhill)
Overnight in a lodge in Ghandruk (1,960 m)
(B / L / D)
Last hike and drive to Pokhara
The last hike takes us down towards Nayapul. Depending on the condition of the path and the weather, we switch to a mobile pedestal on the way. From Nayapul, a minibus then takes you to Pokhara, the third largest city in Nepal. Located on the picturesque freshwater lake Phewa, with a direct view of the Himalayan massif and three eight-thousanders, Pokhara is rightly called “the most beautiful city in Nepal”. Many trekking tours start here. No wonder the city is full of life. Cafes, handicraft shops and equipment shops invite you to stroll and linger. The afternoon can be used for this. Or maybe you prefer a boat trip across the lake? The Peace Stupa can be easily reached via a forest path. From there you have a wonderful panoramic view of the city, the lake and the Annapurna chain behind (8.
Hike (depending on the nature of the path and the weather): approx. 1-3 hours (+55 m / -200 m)
Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara, Lakeside
(B / L / -)
Flight to Kathmandu & Do as you like – Pashupatinath and Boudha, Swayambhunath or children’s home and Kundalinee school
In the morning a propeller plane takes us back to Kathmandu in about 30 minutes. We fly along the main Himalayan ridge and, when the weather is nice, we have another impressive mountain panorama in view: the Annapurna range (8,091 m), the Ganesh Himal (7,422 m), the Manaslu (8,163 m) and the Langtang range (7,227 m).
In the afternoon we are again offering different program variants – for newcomers to Nepal and those who have already visited the country:
*) Variant Pashupatinath & Boudha – the Hindu and Buddhist face of Kathmandu (supervision by a German-speaking guide)
: ! We put this variant To all guests who are in Nepal for the first time and have not yet visited the holy places!
We visit Pashupatinath, one of the most important temple and pilgrimage sites of Hinduism. Shiva is worshiped here as Pashupati (“God of Life”) and so it is not surprising that entering the actual temple is reserved for Hindus. On the Bagmati River, the air is filled with the numerous prayers said by the faithful, which are occasionally accompanied by the sweet smell of the ritually burned dead.
In the temple complex, in addition to the many, sometimes very cheeky monkeys, we will certainly also meet often very exotic-looking sadhus (begging monks).
Continue to Boudha, the largest Buddhist center in Nepal. Boudha is best known for the huge stupa that rises up into the sky here. We drive the prayer wheels and, together with pilgrims from all over the world, circle the stupa clockwise. With a bit of luck, we can also enjoy a puja ceremony and listen to the monk’s prayer accompanied by chants, bells, drums and trumpets.
*) Variant of the Swayambhunath temple complex (supervision by an English-speaking guide):
You can linger up here, high above the rooftops of the lively city. Swayambhunath is located on a hill on the western edge of Kathmandu. The Buddhist stupa is the centerpiece, next to it is a Hindu temple, which is dedicated to the goddess Harati. As the protector of children, she is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists alike. Gangs of monkeys dance around the complex, which is considered to be the oldest in the entire Kathmandu Valley and which is also called the Monkey Temple because of its large monkey population.
The pilgrimage to the stupa leads steeply up 365 steps, lined with Buddha statues. There is also a second entrance a bit next to it. Here you can reach the large stupa a little more comfortably via a park. We have a choice.
*) Variant worldwide hiking project children’s home, Kundalinee school & the temple complexes of Gokharna (supervision by an English-speaking guide):
We visit the children’s home and the Kundalinee school, which is supported by Weltweitwandern. The construction of the Kundalini school is the largest project of our association “Weltweitwandern Wirkt!” So far. The school center for 400 children is to become a model project for all of Nepal. On the one hand through an ecologically sustainable and earthquake-proof construction method, on the other hand through an innovative educational concept. The earthquake in spring 2015 destroyed many schools and orphanages, including the “Happy Bottle Houses” of our Nepal partner Sudama in Kathmandu. With the support of our association, it was rebuilt and now offers even more orphans and children from poor families a roof over their heads.
On the way back to the city we stop in the town of Gokharna, with its old temple complex.
In the evening we all meet again to say goodbye to the last evening in Nepal. At the large stupa in Boudha we eat together on a cozy roof terrace and look at the hustle and bustle below us.
Driving time: “Pashupathinath & Boudha” and “temple Swayambhunath” about each 1.5-2 hours total.
Driving time: “Children’s Home & Kund Alinee school” about 2-2.5 hours total.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu (1300 m)
(F / – / A)
Namaste! Farewell to Nepal
Depending on the individual departure time, the transfer to the airport and thus the return journey home takes place.
(B / – / -) (On departure very early only mini breakfast)