Trekking in Nepal

ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

Annapurna Circuit Trek

"This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking."

Annapurna Circuit trek completely around the famed Annapurna Massif offers the most diversity of any trek in Nepal fascinating ethnic groups each with their own language, incredible views of many of the Himalaya's most famous high peaks, and constantly changing panoramas - from lush, tropical rice paddies and moss-laden rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs.

Starting from Basilar after about 9 Hrs driving from Kathmandu, we ascend along the Marshyangdi river valley. We Annapurna Himal pass snow-capped Annapurna II, III and IV and a range of 6,000m/20,000ft peaks stretching north to Tibet. Crossing Thorong La pass (5418m/17,770ft) to reach the holy shrine of Muktinath. We then descend into the mighty Kali Gandaki Valley - the deepest river valley on the face of the earth - 7000m/23,000ft deep between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. At the end we trek through a wonderful rhododendron forest on the Ghorepani Ridge and the picturesque Gurung villages before finishing back in the Pokhara Valley.


This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.The highest point of the trek is Thorong la pass at the top of the valley at 5416m high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many peoples to manage in one day. To top it all, the crossing of the Thorong La pass (5,416m) is a challenging ascent, surrounded by some of the most magnificent.

Trip Fact: 19 Days

  • Group size: 1-12 people
  • Max-Altitude: 5418m/17,770ft
  • Destination: Pokhara, Annapurna Base camp,
  • Fitness level: Strenuous
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Included Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and full-board meal during the trek
  • Best time: September, October, November, December, February, March, April
  • Accommodation: Twin sharing in 2 star to 5 star hotel in city and tea house, lodge and home-stay during trek

Trip Highlights

  • Seven hour scenic drive to Pokhara with scenic view that offers
  • Greenery, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenarios.
  • Experience and explore the Base camp of Annapurna (8091m), 10th highest mountain in the world
  • Close up rewarding view of Mt Fishtail and Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Annapurna South, Gandharvachuli from Machhapuchhare Base Camp & ABC
  • Explore gorgeous springs, waterfalls and Modi river in Annapurna region of Nepal
  • Beautiful lush green forest, rice field terraces and farmhouses.
  • Friendly Gurung people, culture, tradition, living style and their warm hospitality

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 1 - Kathmandu: Arrival Day

Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing And Trek Preparation

Day 3 - Kathmandu to Besisahar (820m/2700ft) Driving 7- 10 Hrs

Day 4 - Besisahar to Syange to Chamje (1385m/4540ft) Drive 1 Hr And Trek 5-6 Hrs (Option of Trekking Is Also Available)

Day 5 - Chamje To Bagarchhap: -(2160m) 7-8 Hrs

Day 6 - Bagarchhap To Chame: -( 2710m/7090ft) 5-6 Hrs

Day 7 - Chame to Pisang: - (3250m/10660ft) 5-6 Hrs

Day 8 - Pisang to Manang: - 3540m/11600ft 6 - 7 Hrs

Day 9 - Manang: Acclimatization Day: -

Day 10 - Manang To Yak Kharka (4050m/13290ft) 3 - 4 Hrs

Day 11 - Yak Kharka To Thorong Phedi (4450m/14600ft) 3- 4 Hrs

Day 12 - Thorong Phedi To Muktinath (3800m/12460ft) Via Thorong La Pass(5418m/17,770ft) 7- 8 Hrs)

Day 13 - Muktinath to Marpha (2670m/8760ft) 6 - 7 Hrs

Day 14 - Marpha to Ghasa: - (2010m/6600ft) 7 - 8 Hrs

Day 15 - Ghasa to Tatopani: - (1200m/3940ft) 7 - 8 Hrs

Day 16 - Tatopani to Ghorepani (2870m/9410ft) 7 - 8 Hrs

Day 17 - Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3200m/10500ft) 6-7 Hrs to Pokhara: Drive

Day 18 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 19 - Final Departure


DETAIL ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu Airport - (1360m.)
After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Bouddhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Swyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening.
Included meals: Breakfast,

Day 3 - Kathmandu to Besisahar (820m/2700ft) Driving 7- 10 Hrs
You'll catch your first glimpse of snow-capped mountain scenery. Lengthy drive today from the capital to Besisahar as we come nearer to the trek's physical starting point which will excite you for the journey a head.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Besisahar to Syange to Chamje (1385m/4540ft) Drive 1 Hr and Trek 5-6 Hrs (Option of Trekking Is Also Available)
We leave Besisahar bright and early and drive (option of trekking is also available) to Syange. It's downhill and steep to start where we'll take the first, easy meander of the journey, as we head in the direction to Bahundanda, the sight of a roaring waterfall is our indication to cross over the Marshyangdi River via suspension bridge. The path of the river will bring us ending the day in Chamje Village.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Chamje to Bagarchhap: - (2160m) 7-8 Hrs
We're still following the Marshyangdi as a new day begins, climbing steadily towards Tal, the first village of the Manang district. Beyond that, our trail crosses a wide, flat valley, and uneven trail towards Dharapani. The views give way too many flat-roofed homes, set against orchards of apple trees and fields of waving maize. We'll know we have arrived when we see the chorten, or stone entrance, typical of Tibetan-influenced architecture. Journey ends at Bagarchhap.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Bagarchhap to Chame: - (2710m/7090ft) 5-6 Hrs
Chame, our stop for the evening, is the seat of the Manang district, we pass through Tyanja, and then through the forest and parallel to a river on the way to Kopar. The people of Chame followed the Nepal-Tibet trade route a long time ago, and hold the customs and traditions. Chame has lovely views of Annapurna II, and is crossed by a pair of gush hot springs.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Chame to Pisang: - (3250m/10660ft) 5-6 Hrs
Through the forest, across a steep valley, over a river and some bridges with a view of mountain 0 our path to Pisang does not let us be jaded at any moment. On the way we'll be treated to spectacular views of the elevated Paungda Danda rock face.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Pisang to Manang: - 3540m/11600ft 6 - 7 Hrs
From Pisang, on the way you could outlook the farmers breed yaks and raise crops, while taking advantage of special trading privilege that they've had since the 18th century. We’re moving through the higher, drier portion of Manang, which receives little monsoon hydration due to the natural shield of the Annapurna’s We're back following the Marshyangdi as of Mungji village, and then on our way through either Hongde, with a little less climbing, or Ghyaru, which has more pleasing views.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 - Manang: Acclimatization Day
We’ll gradually adjust to the altitude. Today for a much-needed acclimatization day, we’ll keep our legs stretched with some scenic, peaceful day walks around the sprawling village.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m/13290ft) 3 - 4 Hrs
Our trail ascends a steep, dizzying to the Yak Kharka, and then up through the Tank Manang as we exit the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jar sang Khola Valley; we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. As the name suggests, there are a lot of yaks here! The vegetation grows meager, however, as we continue to hit higher altitudes.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 - Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m/14600ft) 3- 4 Hrs
It's all ascending trek and slight downhill until we reach Thorong Phedi we climb high for about two hours before descending slightly to cross the river. Some of the newest guesthouses of our trek are located here. We'll be up extremely early tomorrow, so a full night of rest is important.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m/12460ft) Via Thorong La Pass (5416m/17800 ft) 7- 8 Hrs
Early dawn start will avail from risk of terrible weather conditions negatively impact our trekking progress. Considering that we are 5,416m up at this point, the strong winds later in the day can be dangerous. Conquering the foible of nature reap rich rewards at this point, however, for the magnificent view from the top of the pass and our arrival in the holy town of Muktinath. It's a steep climb, but one that it safe and routinely used. Heavy snow can also be a problem. “Muktinath” the name means "place of Nirvana" and it is said that pilgrims visiting the temple there are relieved of all sorrows. It is a place blessed to Hindus and Buddhists, and filled with fascination and ethereal power.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 - Muktinath to Marpha (2670m/8760ft) 6 - 7 Hrs
Today we travel the scenic, beautiful trail between Muktinath and Kagbeni, via Jhong. This is a less-frequently traveled leg of the Annapurna Circuit, but one that we feel is richly worthwhile for its outstanding views. There are a number of distinctive homes here, all typical of the sect of mountain people who live here, as well as an old Gompa.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 - Marpha to Ghasa: - (2010m/6600ft) 7 - 8 Hrs
Marpha at (2960m) is a charming village with many canals and where you can find a variety of fruit. Make sure you visit the big gompa in the city centre. After lunch we will head towards Ghasa a small Thakali settlement with welcoming people and lodges. You will notice on climate as it becomes drier and colder.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 - Ghasa to Tatopani: - (1200m/3940ft) 7 - 8 Hrs
Today is a relatively short trek, which means that we have the ability to move at a leisurely pace and really enjoy the sights we pass. The name "Tatopani" means "hot spring and that is what today's destination is best known for. The villagers are ethnically Thakali and Tamang, and have enjoyed their home's reputation as a significant trading post between Nepal and Tibet. This Buddhist village has about six hundred homes. Although we are moving up rather steeply in elevation, the walk is enjoyable as we pass colorful villages, gorgeous flowers, and plenty of lush greenery.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 - Tatopani to Ghorepani (2870m/9410ft) 7 - 8 Hrs
This is it, believe it or not, the last truly challenging leg of our adventure. We'll pass through sizeable Shikha, watching village children running off to school and farmers working their fields. Ghorepani is a major stop for trekkers doing all varieties of the Annapurna Circuit, and is always bustling with activity.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 - Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3200m/10500ft) 6-7 Hrs to Pokhara: Drive
We'll be up before dawn today, but with good reason: our day kicks off with an excursion to Poon Hill and an indescribably wonderful panorama of three Himalayan peaks (Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, and Manaslu) illuminated by the glowing rays of sunrise. From here, we'll also be treated to views of the 6,000m-deep Kali Gandaki Gorge and the visual border of Nepal and Tibet as divided by the trans-Himalayan ranges. The last walk of our trek is an easy one as we stroll downhill from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul. Here, our trek officially ends. We'll load our tired feet into a taxi and an hour away to gorgeous Pokhara, and a comfy hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Pokhara to Kathmandu: Drive
Early morning after breakfast, we drive to Kathmandu (208km) via Prithvi Highway, takes around 6hrs approximately (option of flying from Pokhara to Kathmandu, takes extra cost). Along the way we will stop in scenic spots, for lunch and to get fresh as well, en-route you experience the countryside which is lays with greenery, rivers, local villages, farm lands and beautiful mountain scenarios. Upon on arrival in Kathmandu you have an option of your own.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 19: Final departure


Cost Includes

  • Welcome in Airport by garland
  • Airport Pick up & Drop Transportation by private vehicle
  • Twin sharing accommodation at Kathmandu in 2 star to 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide & Entrance fee
  • Two-way ticket in domestic fixed wings Air craft, Kathmandu by local bus or private jeep
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek, lodge and Home-stay
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) in trekking
  • 4 seasonal sleeping bags
  • trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • All cost for a staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each two clients while on trek )
  • Salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of trekking staff
  • National Park Fee
  • TIMS
  • First aids kit
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes.
  • Farewell dinner

Cost Does not Include:

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges.
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel Insurance
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal spending money.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Client's insurance, Items of personal nature i.e. Soft/hard drinks, Tips etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

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