Annapurna Circuit Trek is an amazing trek that showers you with a wide variety of natural amusement that Nepal has to offer. Immerse into the rhododendron forests and vibrant mountain villages to explore the beauty that lies in the towering pinnacles of Annapurna panorama. Encounter the temples, monasteries and some fascinating landscapes that would cater your hunger and lust for natural and cultural fantasies. The acquaintance with the rural lifestyle and unique tradition of ethnic group people will inspire you for living with joy!
Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you from lush sub-tropical region of Nepal to the desert like alpine region to cross the challenging Thorong La Pass. The dramatic views of Annapurna range and Mt. Dhaulagiri is a fascinating treasure that will keep you going throughout your journey. Your walk up to the Thorong La pass is nerve shaking and exhausting however the achievement of being there and accomplishing a circular trek around Annapurna region is a trophy that you will hold for lifetime.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a moderate kind of trek; neither very demanding nor less demanding. You should be fairly fit and should be able to endure long walks uphill and downhill. Nepal Hiking Team has designed Annapurna Circuit Trek separating proper days for acclimatization and the major highlights of the trek includes Manang valley, Thorong La Pass, Muktinath, Kali Gandaki gorge and Jomsom.
Manang valley is an isolated valley in Annapurna region with desert like wild terrain. It is inhabited by ethnic group people like Tamang, Gurung and Magar who mostly follow Buddhism. The isolated valley is a best place to admire the views of mountains like Chulu range, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Kangaru Peak and Throng peak. Similarly, Thorong La Pass is the highest pass in the world that offers the majestic views of mountains in the Annapurna region. It is marked by the few heap of stones and prayer flags. Crossing the pass, we reach a famous spiritual hub of both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims – Muktinath. It consists of a Gompa and temple of Lord Vishnu. There is an ever burning fame that lights up with a natural gas. The views of the mountains from this place is also awe inspiring. Next, we descend down to the deepest gorge of the world – Kaligandaki gorge. The environment is wild and deserted but it will lead us to the warm and lively town of Jomsom.
Come and experience the magnificence of Annapurna Circuit with Nepal Hiking team. You will be rewarded with everything that the Mother Nature has to offer!
- Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
- Day 02 : Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
- Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Synge/Jagat (1100m) Duration: 8 hours
- Day 04 : Jagat to Dharapani (1960m) Duration: 6 hours
- Day 05 : Dharapani to Chame (2630m) Duration: 5 hours
- Day 06 : Chame to Pisang (3300m) Duration: 5 hours
- Day 07 : Pisang to Manang (3570m) Duration: 4 hours
- Day 08 : Manang - Acclimatization day
- Day 09 : Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
- Day 10 : Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
- Day 11 : Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) crossing over Thorong La Pass (5416m) Duration: 7/8 hours
- Day 12 : Muktinath to Jomsom (2600m) Duration: 5 hours
- Day 13 : Jomsom to Pokhara
- Day 14 : Drive back to Kathmandu
- Day 15 : Leisure day
- Day 16 : Farewell
- All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle
- Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
- A night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide and all temples/monuments entrance fees
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
- Best available twin sharing room for accommodation during the trek
- Surface transfer from Kathmandu – Beshisahar by private car and from Beshisahar to Syange by local jeep
- Jomsom - Pokhara airfare including departure tax
- Surface transfer from Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus
- An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Nepal Hiking Team duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
- All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, Trekking permit)
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All government and local taxes
- Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
- 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.)
- Hot showers during the trek
- All kind of cold drinks e.g. water, coke, fanta, juice etc.
- Personal trekking equipments
- Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is appreciated but it is not mandatory)
Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu
You will be picked up and welcomed by our airport representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. You will then be given further details about the program. There are no planned activities for the day so you can enjoy your stay at the hotel and take in its surroundings.
Day 02 : Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
We start our sightseeing tour in the Kathmandu Valley which includes the cultural heritage sites in the area i.e. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa and Pasupatinath Temple. Enjoy a taste of the rich local culture - the artistic palace, paintings, sculptures and the history of Nepal. Overnight at hotel with breakfast included.
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Synge/Jagat (1100m) Duration: 8 hours
We will drive to Beshisahar. We then take a local jeep from Beshisahar to Syange. This drive gives you some insight of the rural people - their lifestyle and their culture. From Syange, we begin our trek. We’ll walk to Jagat and stay overnight at a Guesthouse - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included.
Day 04 : Jagat to Dharapani (1960m) Duration: 6 hours
We will leave Jagat on foot. Our trail winds up to Chyamje. After crossing a suspension bridge, the trail takes us uphill through the Oak forest. We’ll continue walking for a while until it emerges into a valley. We pass the village of Kodo and ascend to the village of Dharapani. Overnight at Guesthouse - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included.
Day 05 : Dharapani to Chame (2630m) Duration: 5 hours
On day 5 of the Annapurna Circuit trek the trail climbs along the mule track into a fir forest and then follows the river alongside the higher oak and maple trees. On the way you will be awe- struck by spectacular views of major Himalayan peaks. Overnight at Guesthouse - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 06 : Chame to Pisang (3300m) Duration: 5 hours
Our trial now follows a steep and narrow river valley winding through deep woodland. The view of Pisang peak and Annapurna II on our way is truly amazing. Overnight at Guesthouse - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 07 : Pisang to Manang (3570m) Duration: 4 hours
Today we will take the upper route to Manang via Ghyaru - Ngawal – Mungji. We will experience more breathtaking scenery as the towering, majestic peaks overwhelm our senses with panoramic views of Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others. We will notice a change in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Guesthouse - breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 08 : Manang - Acclimatization day
This day is set aside for acclimatization to the higher altitude. We’ll spend our time visiting the monastery with a side trip to Gangapurna Lake. We can also look around the local villages and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic. Overnight at Guesthouse - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 09 : Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, ascends to the village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. We’ll then follow the valley northward, passing pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. Further on we pass the small village of Ghunsa - a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks contentedly graze.
We cross the river on a wooden bridge and passan ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow before arriving at another small village - Yak Kharka. Gentle but gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. Overnight at Guesthouse - breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 10 : Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
On day 10 we will make our way to the foot of the pass to Throng Phedi. This is a small yet busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Groups such as ours use this point as a base camp.
Some members of the group might want to hike to the High Camp today to make next day easier for them –although the Nepal Hiking Team have reservations about this. There is a tough day planned for tomorrow and we stop at Thorong Phedi in order to sleep soundly (rather than risk a less peaceful night in the higher altitude at High Camp). Overnight at Thorong Phedi Guesthouse - breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 11 : Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) crossing over Thorong La Pass (5416m) Duration: 7/8 hours
We will make an early start on our climb to the pass. We need to be fresh for the initial stage of ascent is very steep. As we approach the peak the trail becomes slushy from melting snow.
After making our way through rocky ridges, we arrive at the top of the pass (5416m). The top offers an indescribably magnificent 360 degree panorama of snowcapped peaks extending northwards into Tibet.
Looking back, we can see several peaks of Annapurna and in front of us is the beautiful gorge of Kali Gandaki. Our trail then descends steeply down to Muktinath (3800m) - an important pilgrimage sight for Hindus. It is a special place and home to many ethnic Tibetans and devout Buddhists. Overnight at Guesthouse - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 12 : Muktinath to Jomsom (2600m) Duration: 5 hours
After visiting the holy temple of Muktinath, we are close to completing the Annapurna Circuit Trek as we hike to Jomsom. Overnight at Guesthouse -Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.
Day 13 : Jomsom to Pokhara
We board a morning flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival, we will check into the hotel. The day can be spent exploring the interesting sights of Pokhara city. Overnight at Hotel - breakfast included.
Day 14 : Drive back to Kathmandu
Today, we will drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. After a six hours drive, we will be in Kathmandu, our circuit complete. Overnight at Hotel -breakfast included.
Day 15 : Leisure day
Today is a leisure day where you can enjoy a well-deserved rest or, if you are energetic why not explore the ancient city of Kathmandu as your inclination takes you? You can also use the day for shopping. Overnight at hotel -breakfast included.
Day 16 : Farewell
Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport and bid you farewell. You will take away so many stunning memories of the Annapurna Circuit and a perhaps in your heart the desire to return once again to our unique land!
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