Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna massif is perhaps the most astonishing and extraordinary mountain range in the Himalayas. The walking country in and around this mountain range is simply spectacular – it is well known among the trekking enthusiasts that the Annapurna are amongst the most highly regarded walking holidays in the world. The 300 km trek in Annapurna Circuit trail is one of the most popular classic treks in the world circumnavigating world's tenth highest mountain, the Annapurna and several other major peaks of Annapurna massif that offers most splendid Himalayan vistas. From a mere height of 800 meters to the high altitude of 5, 416 meters, you will pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with an amazing range of flora and fauna that prosper within the range.
Our Annapurna Circuit Trek 20 days program starts with brief introductory sightseeing program along some world heritage sights in Kathmandu. We begin the trek from Syange/Jagat after about 8 to 9 hours of drive from Kathmandu. The initial days of the trek involves walking through friendly villages, rice farms, forests, and in the lower realms of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Our Annapurna Circuit Trekking 20 days itinerary continues passing through dozens of lowlands and high mountain villages and some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the world. Just imagine the thrills of crossing the famous high pass, the Thorong La Pass (5,416m) on the way from Manang to Muktinath with Annapurna I, world’s tenth highest mountain rising to 8091m to the east and Dhaulagiri towering 8167m to the west accompanied by several neighboring peaks! Trekking ahead from Muktinath passing through the touristic town of Jomsom and the apple orchards of Marpha, enter the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest in the world, and before ending our trek in the foothills once more we stop en route to watch sunrise over the mountains from summit of Poon Hill at (3,210m). Circling back to Pokhara, we further explore more spectacular natural sceneries, hot springs, and culturally rich medieval ethnic villages.
It is often said that if you aim to do just one trek in the Himalayas, then the Annapurna Circuit is the one to complete. Though in recent years, the development of dirt road has garnered Annapurna hiking much negative press and this has been a matter of disappointment to many trekkers who desire to do Annapurna circuit trek. Recognizing the concern of trekkers, we have designed this itinerary taking utmost care to avoid the road construction sites. While we avoid the new road construction sites the different new and off-beaten courses are being discovered which we are sure delights passionate trekkers. Although all new roads cannot be totally avoided our guides who have through knowledge of the area take the alternative routes wherever possible
Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
You are welcomed by hospitable meeting and then you will be transferred to hotel. Our airport representative will explain briefly the program upon arrival. Overnight at hotel
Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Synge/ Jagat (1100 m) 8 hrs
After breakfast at your hotel we will depart at 8am; take a scenic drive to Beshisahar via the Prithivi Highway. From Beshisahar we drive to Syange by local jeep. While driving we will have many chances to observe rural people & various cultures along the highway. From Syange we trek to Jagat. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1960 m) 6 hrs
After breakfast start the working through jungle after we left Chyamje from Chyamje the trail goes bank of Marshyangdi river mostly climbing before arrive in Tal from here, we enter Manang district trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests past the village of Kodo taking us to Dharapani, which is one of the big villages in the Manang valley. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2630 m.) 5 hrs
Today The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. On the way you will have spectacular views of views of major Himalayan peaks. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3300m) 5 hrs
The trail follows through steep and narrow river valley with deep forest. Along the way you will be rewarded with the best mountain view of Pisang peak and Annapurna II. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 07: Trek to Manang (3570m) 4 hrs
Today we can follow the two routes to reach Manang; the easier low route follows the valley floor via Hongde and the strenuous route follow along the river north side of the valley which takes about 3 hour more than normal lower route. The trail goes through the fields of grazing Yak and a wide variety of crops before arriving Manang which provides the spectacular views of Annapurna 2, 3, 4, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. From Manang trail descent to a Chortens and turns to northwest and goes down to the River. After crossing the Jharsang Khola on suspension bridge the trail goes through blue pine forest and the wheat fields before arrive Khangsar, Khangsar is a Gurung village. There you find a small monastery, Chortens, Mani walls and prayer flags. Stay overnight at camp in Khangsar. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 08: Manang - Acclimatization day
This is a rest day to acclimatize to the higher altitude. Spend a time with visiting monastery, side trip to Gangapurna Lake, doing some excursions with the wonderful views around the villages. Also we visit Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 09: Trek to Ledar (4250m) 5 hrs
Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 10: Trek to Phedi (4420m) 4 hrs
From here the trail continue climb along the bank of the Jorsang Khola, It is some time possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) crossing over Thorong La Pass (5416m) 7/8 hrs
From Phedi the trail becomes steep, switch backing up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the pass. The views from the trail and from the pass are outstanding, you can see the long great barrier ridged, Gangapurna, Annapurna, Thorong peak Khatung Kang peak. From the top the trail descends steeply down to Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Hindus. It is also home to many ethnics Tibetans and holy Buddhists.
We ascend steeply to high camp at 4590m then along an undulating trail to the flat top of Throngla (5416m) from here the trail descend steeply down to Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sights for Hindus. It is also home to many ethnics Tibetans and holy Buddhists stay at 3800m. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 12: Trek to Marpha (2670 meters) 6 hrs
Our descent continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 13: Trek to Ghasa (2010 meters) 6 hrs
We descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (1190 meters) 5 hrs
Today, we will walk through the world’s deepest gorge in the Earth at Kopchepani; we then continue descending through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani. This place is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax your body after a long days trek; we will have one more extra day here tomorrow to relax. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 15: Rest and relaxing at hot spring. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani (2810 meters) 7 hr
Leaving the hot spring behind, we ascend again to Ghorepani arriving mid afternoon. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 17: Hike to Poon Hill (3210meters) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1570m) 5 hrs.
This morning, we will get up early and hike to Poon Hill. From here you will see a superb view of the sunrise and a panoramic view of the Himalaya, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and others. After visiting Poonhill, we will come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and trek down to Tikhedhunga. Overnight at guesthouse, inclusive of full board meals
Day 18: Trek to Nayapul (1010meters) 3 hours and drive to Pokhara
Today, we are going to end our trek at Nayapul at elevation of 1010 meters, and then driving to Pokhara for an hour by private vehicle. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of full board meals
Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu, 6 hrs. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast
Day 20: Breakfast at hotel and transfer to airport for your home departure. "Farewell"
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DURING THE TRIP:
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by private car / van
- Three nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary
- Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
- Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people) and their food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and insurance
- All surface transfer to/from Kathmandu by private vehicle
- Nepal Hiking Team duffle bag, down jacket and sleeping bag during the trek
- Nepal Hiking Team T - Shirt (yours to keep)
- Annapurna conservation permit
- TIMS Fee- Trekkers' Information Management System (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
- A nights accommodation in Pokhara at three star category hotel
- Government taxes & office service charge.
OUR SERVICES EXCLUDE THE FOLLOWING DURING THE TRIP:
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Nepal entry visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (a multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
- All kind of drinks (hot and cold)
- Personal shopping and laundry
- Personal trekking equipments
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
*Trip Cost: US$ 1300.00*
Get USD 150.00 OFF per person
For a booking of two or more people.
Trip Length: 20 days
Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing
Difficulty: Moderate to Moderate
Max Elevation: 5416m/at Thorong La Pass
Meal: Full board on trek, Breakfast at Kathmandu
Transportation: Tourist vehicle, local jeep and plane
Best Month: Sept - Nov and Mar - May
Group Size: 01 Minimum and 12 Maximum
Sightseeing Tour of Historical, UNESCO World Heritages Sites in Kathmandu,
Scenic drive to Pokhara - Besishahar and Pokhara - Kathmandu
One of the finest treks in Nepal, walking through rhododendron forest,
Crossing over largest pass in the world (5416m)Unforgettable closer mountains View,
Hinduism and Buddhism pilgrim site - Muktinath temple
Tatopani (Hot spring), visiting Poon Hill for fabulous sunrise view on Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalaya range.
Our trek to Annapurna base camp could not have been better, it was a first class outdoor adventure with a guide who was a leader and a friend at the same time. I can highly recommend book through Nepal Hiking Team!
Hendrik Jannasch (Germany) email@example.com
I wanted to thank you and everyone on my trek to Annapurna Base Camp that made my trip awesome! The trek was better than I expected and everything went smoothly from start to finish.
Mike Rixson, 6 Academy Street, Lark hall, Scotland (15th Feb 2011)
Dear Ganga & Our Guide Bhim
We are really pleased chosen your company for our one week trek to Ghorepani Poon Hill. We had a wonderful trip beyond our expectation.
Marla and Hugo (Bariloche, Argentina)
Dear Ganga & Team
Our Annapurna Circuit Trek was excellent, well set-up, good acclimatization, flexible programme, guide and porters were Brilliant, Accommodation was out of thought, and food was fresh hygienic.
Marketa & Jack USA (05th May 2010, )
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