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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 meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. Depending on your arrival time you can either choose to relax at your hotel or take a short walk to visit Thamel area. Evening dinner at a traditional Nepali Restaurant. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2. In Kathmandu(trek preparation).
After breakfast half day sightseeing in and around Kathmandu city. We will visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city along with other interesting cultural monuments that dot the valley which may include Bouddhanath Stupa (the largest Buddhist shrines in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temple in the world), Durbar Squares (Palaces and fortresses of medieval Kings) as per your available time. After sightseeing, we will have a short briefing on planning and preparing for the trek.  Overnight in a hotel.

Day 3. Kathmandu to Jagat(760m)
Today we have a long drive, perhaps the longest in this trip. The drive to Jagat is about 7-8 hours depending on the road condition. The drive goes across forest, river banks, several villages and small towns. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 4. Jagat to Manang(3500m/4hrs)
After breakfast drive to Manang. The road from Jagat to Nache is a short uphill ride, and from Nache it is a gradual level drive across Bratang, Humde, and Manang with the views of beautiful mountain along the way.  Overnight in trekkers.

Day 5. Manang(acclimatization day)
It is imperative to spend a day to acclimatize in Manang before departing to Thorung La Pass (5416m). There are several trails for a day’s hike that offers magnificent views and it is best to gain altitude during the day and return back in the afternoon. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 6. Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m/4hrs)
The trek begins from Manang, the trail first crosses over a small stream and then it is an uphill hike until the village of Tenki, situated above Manang. From here it is an uphill climb out of the Marshyangdi valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. After crossing a small river over a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient stone wall carved with scriptures on the stones through a lovely meadow and reach Yak Kharka. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 7. Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi(4600m/4hrs)
The trek to Thorong Phedi will take about 4hrs. It is a small busy settlement catering the needs of the trekkers and climbers along the way. We halt at Thorong Phedi for the night. Overnight in trekkers lodge

Day 8. Thorong Phedi(acclimatization day)
Today we have a rest day in Thorong Phedi, this is highly recommended as we will be crossing the Thorong la pass which is at an altitude of 5416m. After breakfast we hike uphill towards the High Camp to gain altitude and return back for lunch. Rest of the afternoon is free to explore the village. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 9. Thorang Phedi to Muktinath(3800m/7-8hrs)
Today we start early to reach the Thorong La pass(5416m), it is a life time experience to have crossed the famous Thorong La pass. After crossing the pass, it is a downhill walk towards Muktinath which is about 9kms and takes about 1.5 hrs. Muktinath is an important religious pilgrimage site for both Hindus and as well as the Buddhist. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 10. Muktinath to Kagbeni(2810m)
From Muktinath it is a gradual descent to Kagbeni. It’s mud houses and dark tunnels gives you the feeling that you have been transported back in time except for some modern buildings that has sprung up recently. Overnight in trekkers 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 trek 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, along the way we will come across several waterfalls with the magnificent views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri. Due to the constant drop in the altitude, we get to experience the change in the air from cool to hot and humid. Explore the villages on the way and learn more about their day to day life. Upon arrival take a relaxing dip in one of the hot springs.  Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 14. Tatopani to Ghorepani (2860m/6-7hrs)
The trek to Ghorepani is a steep ascent gaining more than 1000m. The trail climbs uphill from the Gandaki river valley crossing the Durbin Dada and several small villages like Ghara, Sikha and Chitre and finally into Ghorepani. Overnight in trekkers lodge.

Day 15. Ghorepani to Tikhedunga(1500m/6hrs)-Drive to pokhara
Early morning hike up to Poon Hill (3210m) for sunrise view over the mountain peaks along with the panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Machhapuchre, Nilgiri south, Annapurna I and others. After the visit descend down for breakfast and after breakfast walk down to Nange Thati river basin and continue crossing several streams and rhododendron forest to Tikhedhunga. From Tikhedhunga hike further 2 kms to Birethanti, board on the waiting jeep and drive to Pokhara. Overnight in hotel.

Day 16. Pokhara to Kathmandu(200km/6-7hrs)
After breakfast drive 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.