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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trekking around the Annapurna massif

17

Days

TREK

Trip highlights

• Visit the old Buddhist monastery in Braga.
• Explore beautiful village of Manang.
• Cross the Throng La Pass, one of the highlight of this trek.
• Visit the Hindu and the Buddhist temples at Muktinath.
• Enjoy the hospitality of the Thakali people.
• Take a soothing dip at the natural hot springs in Tatopani
• Enjoy the spectacular sunrise view from Poon Hill.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered as one of the best classic trek that takes you around the Annapurna massif reaching its pinnacle at Thorong La(5416m) pass. This trek offers a wide variety of landscapes with excellent view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You will have the opportunity to experience the changing landscape from subtropical to alpine and to desert like in the Kali Gandaki region in just one trip.

Annapurna Circuit Trek begins from Manang with the views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Tilicho Peak, and goes across several villages and forests following the Marshyangdi valley towards Thorongla Pass. After crossing the pass you descend down and enter into Mustang. Visit Mutinath, an ancient sacred place for both the Hindu and Buddhist pilgrimags, from here you descend further down the Kali Gandaki valley past the quaint village of Marpha with stone cobbled street and apple orchards to the hot springs of Tatopani and to Poon hill that provides the best possible sunrise and sunset views.

Outline Itinerary


Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu.
Upon arrival at the airport our guide/representative will meet and transfer you to your hotel. As there are no activities planned for today, you may either enjoy the evening at leisure or take a self guided tour around to get familiar with the city. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2. In Kathmandu(trek preparation).
Today in the first half of the day we will visit some of the major UNESCO World Heritage sites, this may include the Swayambhunath temple, the oldest Buddhist monument in the valley and Boudanath, the largest Stupa in Nepal. Next we will drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, situated at the heart of Kathmandu, full of ancient history, culture and architecture. Later in the evening we will spend planning and preparing for the trek. Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3. Kathmandu-Besi Sahar(176km/5 hrs)-Chame(67km/3 hrs)
Today we have a long drive, perhaps the longest in this trip. The drive to Chame is about 7-8 hours depending on the road condition. Therefore we start early morning, we shall have lunch at Besi Sahar. After lunch switch on to a 4WD vehicle and drive to Chame along the newly opened dirt road that connects Besisahar and Manang district. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 4. Chame-Pisang(3300m/5-6 hrs).
Today we begin the first day of our trek, the trail ascends gradually and takes about 5-6 hours to reach Pisang. The trail passes through several settlement on the route like Bhartang, Dhikur Pokhari and Pisang. You can either choose to spend the night in Lower Pisang where there are number of lodges or continue to Upper Pisang. Overnight in trekkers.

Day 5. Pisang-Manang(3500m/6-7 hrs)
The trail from Pisang to Manang is the most beautiful part of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. As we approach Manang, the climate gets cold and dry. Along the way visit the old Braga monastery, the largest monastery in Manang district. Enjoy the beautiful view from the Braga monastery and continue your journey to Manang. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 6. In Manang(acclimatization day)
Today is kept as acclimatization day to adjust ourselves with the environment. There are several ways to do it. We can either hike to the beautiful Gangapurna Lake for a closer view of the Annapurna range and Gangapurna Peak or hike to Braga village and explore around. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 7. Manang-Yak Kharka(4150m/3-4 hrs)
From Manang we cross a stream and climb up to the village of Tenki. From here it is an uphill climb out the Marshyangdi valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola past the small village of Gunsang. After crossing a small river over a wooden bridge, we continue on and arrive at a lovely meadow known as Yak Kharka. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 8. Yak Kharka-Thorong Phedi(4420m/4-5 hrs)
Today we proceed towards the base of the Thorong La Pass, Thorong Phedi, the last small settlement before crossing the Thorong La Pass. In the beginning we climb up a ridge and descend down and cross over the Marshyangdi river. We ascend up the mountain path over a cliff and descend down to Thorong Phedi. Overnight in Trekker’s lodge.

Day 9. Thorang Phedi-Thorong La(5416m)-Muktinath(3800m)(7-8 hrs)
Today is the most challenging part of the trek, today we cross the Thorong La pass. We start early, it is a lifetime achievement to cross over the over the pass. Spend sometime to witness the splendid view from the pass and then descend down towards Muktinath. Muktinath is an important religious pilgrimage site for the Hindus as well as the Buddhists. Overnight in Trekker's lodge.

Day 10. Muktinath-Kagbeni(2810m/4-5 hrs).
Visit the temple premises in the morning and witness 108 water spouts and the pilgrims taking bath in the freezing cold water. After breakfast descend down through a desert like trans Himalayan landscape past Jharkot and Khingar village to Kagbeni. After lunch we have a half day to explore around the village learning more about the culture and tradition of the local people. Overnight in trekker's lodge.

Day 11. Kagbeni to Marpha(2670m/5-6hrs)
The trek from Kagbeni is a gradual downhill walk with some steady flat walk along the Kaligandaki River. The trail passes through Ekle Bhatti, cross over the Kaligandaki River to Syang and finally arrive at Marpha. An ethnic Thakali village known for their culture and their hospitality. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 12. Marpha to Kalopani (2530m/5-6hrs)
The trial to Kalopani passes through the Kali Gandaki valley with beautiful view of the high mountains, trees, villages and pastures. On the way we will visit some of the villages and learn about the cultural heritage and the unique lifestyle of the Thakali people.  Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 13. Kalopani to Tatopani (1200m/6-7 hrs)
From Kalopani it is a steep downhill walk through subtropical forest and lush vegetation. We get to experience the change in the air from cool to hot and humid due to the constant drop in the altitude. We shall explore the villages along the way and learn more about their day to day life. Tatopani is famous for natural hot springs, on arrival we shall take a relaxing dip in one of the hot springs.  Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 14. Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m/6-7hrs)
We leave the hot springs and cross to the eastern side of the Kali Gandaki river. The ascends from the river valley past Durbin Dada and several small villages like Ghara, Sikha and Chitre and finally arrives at Ghorepani. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 15. Ghorepani to Tikhedunga(1500m/6hrs)-Drive to pokhara
Today will be our last day on the trail. Early morning we shall hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) to view the sunrise over the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and the Machhapuchre. After spending some time we descend down for breakfast. Following breakfast we descend down through tikehdhunga to Birethanti. At Birenthanti board on to a jeep and drive to Pokhara. Overnight in hotel.

Day 16. Pokhara to Kathmandu(200km/6-7hrs)
After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival check into the hotel and rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight in hotel.

Day 17. Departure.
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.

  • Group Size2-8

  • RouteKathmandu-Jagat-Manang-Yak Kharka-Thorong Phedi-Muktinath-Kagbeni-Marpha-Kalopani-Tatopani-Ghorepani-Tikhedhunga-Kathmandu

  • Trip Type Trekking

  • Best MonthsApril, May, October, November

  • Good MonthsMarch, September

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August

  • Not RecommendJanuary, February, December

Prices & Dates

Cost Information coming soon !!

Included

• All airport and hotel transfer by private vehicle.
• Sightseeing with entrance fee accompanied by a local guide as per itinerary.
• Accommodation in above listed or similar hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in local lodges/tea house during the trek.
• Only breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all meals including 3 coffee/tea during the trek.
• One welcome/farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
• Experienced English speaking local trek guide along with porters(one porter for every two member) during the trek.
• Guide, porter and trekking staff insurance.
• All necessary paper work and permit (TIMS/ ACAP)
• Hire of sleeping bag if required with minimal cleaning charges.
• All Government taxes and service charges.

Not included

• Nepal entry visa.
• International flight to and from Kathmandu.
• Lunch and dinner or any other meal not specified above.
• Travel Medical Insurance covering rescue and evacuation recommended.
• Personal expenses such as bar, beverages, tips and gratuities, laundry, telephone, battery recharge, etc.
• Personla gears, shoes, clothing etc.
• International flight to and from Kathmandu.
• Hot showers during the trek.
• Any extra cost incurred due to changing the itinerary, like early return from the trek.
• All other personal expenses not listed in the included section

Accommodations

3-4* hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and in trekkers lodge/tea house during the trek.