Annapurna Panoramic Trekking offers the same magic of the entire Annapurna Circuit Trek, however, does so in a shorter amount of time. This trek begins on the same route of the Circuit trek, but ends in Jomsom, followed by a jeep or flight directly to Pokhara. On the Annapurna Panoramic Trek, trekkers view old Buddhist temples, pass Sadhus and pilgrims on their way to Muktinath, follow in the ancient footsteps of salt traders, encounter donkey trains with their bells ringing and be able to peek into the mysterious Upper Mustang.
You will also be able to swim in hot springs, feel the howling wind which blows up the Kaligandaki valley and turn corners were amazing sights present themselves. The thrill of crossing the fabled Thorong La pass, adorned with its many prayer flags is a major highlight of this trek. Muktinath, a holy pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists is also a place we explore, before descending into the Thak Khola (river), home of the famous Thakali people.
On this trek, Rugged Trails Nepal added Ice Lake day hike from Manang, instead of spending a free lazy day in Manang. Ice Lake is one of the best view points on this circuit trails, and it will be easy for trekkers to cross Thorong La pass after visiting on this elevation. Ice Lake is suggested but not necessary to do on this trip. It's a whole day trip and we will be carrying pack lunch and carry water with you because there are no shops and tea houses on the way.
Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Rugged Trails Nepal who will take to your hotel. Welcome drinks upon arrival at the hotel, free time until 6 pm. Evening welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali Restaurant with authentic Nepali cuisine and cultural program.Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel.
If you arrive late night then your dinner will be on next day.