Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek
Activity
Trekking
Destination
Nepal
  • Trip Grade
    Moderate 
  • Max Altitude
    5416 Meters
  • Group Size
    Min. 1 Pax. 
  • Meals
    Inclusive 
  • Accommodation
    Hotel/Teahouses 
  • Best Time
    March - May & Sept - Nov 
Featured Trip
All Inclusive Price: $1,350USD

Trip Overview

One of the pinnacles of trekking in Nepal, the 18 days Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek extending up to the Tibetan plateaus, is indeed an experience at its finest. Categorized as one of Nepal’s longer-distance and strenuous treks, the trek takes from Jagat to Chame, Manang, Muktinath, and Ghorepani. The trek includes traveling to off-the-beaten paths in certain places and barren terrains, alpine landscapes, and terraced farms as you make your way through the foothills of the Himalayas. The Circuit trail that crosses the two great river valleys makes way across the Thorong La Pass, the highest pass of the journey. The beauty of the region, topped with the views of the mountain peaks amidst the lush forests and diverse landscapes, is likely to make the Annapurna experience a brilliant one.

The classic trip starting at Kathmandu takes us to the local settlements of the region as we follow the river course of oak and maple trees. Our trail now takes us to a narrow river valley through the deep woodlands. We enjoy the supreme views of the Pisang peak and Annapurna II as we head to the homeland of the traders in Manang. The vistas of the majestic views of Lamjung, Himalchuli, Manaslu, and Annapurna’s other massifs accompany us as we traverse further into the region. Crossing the rocky terrains, we arrive at the trek’s highest pass, the Thorong La pass (5416 meters), and enter the Kali Gandaki valley as we descend to Muktinath. One of the highlights of this trek is our trip to an important heritage site of Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage site to both Hindus and ethnic Buddhists.

Our trek further takes us to Marpha (2670 meters), Ghasa, and the hot springs “Tato Pani.” You can choose to relax and unwind in this place for a much-needed break as we have an extra day at the hot springs. After relaxing at the hot springs, we ascend to Ghorepani (2810 meters), known for its brilliant panoramic sunrise and sunset. The hike to Ghorepani-Poonhill (3210 meters) can get tiring as you pass through many steep courses. However, the journey is rewarding as you walk into villages breathing in the fresh air and experience a typical local lifestyle of the ethnic Gurung people. The Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is often classified as a moderately challenging trek that encompasses the region’s wealth and rich heritage.

The classic trek is nothing short of a magical journey. You meander through the rivers, encompassing beautiful sceneries, pine, spruce, oak, maple, and rhododendron forests, spiritual and cultural sites of Nepal. The region serves as a good journey for people who like traveling in diverse climatic conditions, tropics, and the Arctic. As it is one of the challenging treks of the Annapurna region, we recommend people to stay fit and train regularly before they make a trip. The trip ends at Pokhara, as we stay the night and leave for Kathmandu the next day.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu

Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Jagat (1,100 M/3,610 FT) Duration: 8-9 Hours

Day 03: Dharapani to Chame (2,630 M/ 8,625 FT) Distance: 15 KM, Duration: 5 Hours

Day 04: Chame to Pisang (3,300 M/10,825 FT) Distance: 15 KM, Duration: 5 Hours

Day 05: Pisang to Manang (3,570 M /11,710 FT) Distance: 16 KM, Duration: 4 Hours

Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3,370 M/11,710 FT) Distance: 16 KM, Duration: 4 Hours

Day 07: Manang - Acclimatization Day, 3-4 Km, 2-3 Hours 

Day 08: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110 M/13,480 FT) Distance: 11 KM, Duration: 3 - 4 Hours

Day 09: Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi (4,450 M/14,465 FT) Distance:  8 KM, Duration: 3 - 4 Hours

Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 M/12,465 FT) Over Thorong La Pass (5,416 M/17,765 FT) Distance: 16.5 KM, Duration: 7/8 Hours

Day 11: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670 M/8,760 FT) Distance: 22 KM, Duration: 6 Hours

Day 12: Marpha to Ghasa (2,010 M/6,590 FT) Distance: 23 KM, Duration: 6 Hours

Day 13: Ghasa to Tatopani (1,190 M/3,900 FT) Distance: 14.5 KM, Duration: 5 Hours

Day 14: Rest and Relaxing at Hot Spring

Day 15: Tatopani To Ghorepani (2,810 M/9,215 FT) Distance: 17 KM, Duration: 7 Hours

Day 16: Ghorepani to Pokhara, Distance: 22 KM, Duration: 7-8 Hours

Day 17: Pokhara to Kathmandu Bus Ride 6-7 Hours

Day 18: Farewell/Departure

Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers by private vehicle
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • A night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara
  • 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
  • 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

Cost Excludes

  • 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 equipment
  • WI-Fi internet during the trek
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver

Cost & Dates

  • Small Group Journey
  • Private Journey

Start Dates are your arrival date in Nepal and End Dates are the returning date from Nepal.

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Reviews

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