Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek

Duration: 18 DAYS

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Classic Annapurna Circuit trek

The Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most prominent trekking journeys taking place in the Annapurna region of Nepal. With a magnificent encompassment of the country’s beautiful landscape and ethnic coalesce, the Classic Annapurna Circuit fulfills its presentation of the region’s best elements and aspects. Make your way through the foothills of the Himalayas across terraced farmlands, barren and rocky landscapes all the way towards the distant tapestry of the mountains. With trails touching the edges of the Tibetan plateau, the Annapurna Circuit has amazing trails crossing two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif crossing the Thorong La Pass- the highest Pass on the trekking journey. Circumventing the Annapurna massif in an anticlockwise direction, the trail runs from foothills of Annapurna to Manang, Thorong La Phedi, Mustang, Muktinath, Ghorepani and Poon Hill. You will get acquainted with almost everything that the Annapurna region has to offer. Fascinating views of the Annapurna vistas and Mount Dhaulagiri present themselves as you walk on the high pass and the views of the entire landscape from that point is something that simply cannot be described in words. The breath-taking beauty of the trek makes its prominence with the sights of extrasolar mountain peaks and the illumine terra. The extraordinary landscape ranges from sub-tropical dense and lush forests to alpine desert-like landscape, adding a sense of estrangement to your journey.

During the trek, you will have the pleasure of crossing the highest pass of the world – the Thorong La Pass. The picturesque view of the mountains like Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and other neighboring peaks from the pass is utterly resplendent. Besides, standing in a popular spiritual hub – Muktinath and admiring the views of mountains around this site is a brilliant experience. The eternal flame burning in the temple is a majestic view to see. The sunrise view amidst the mountains from Poon Hill and the hot water bath in the hot springs of Tatopani will make your journey adventurous and rejoicing. Being one of the most famous view points in the country, Poon Hill presents sights of the mountains and witnessing the manifestation of the sun rising from behind the ivory peaks and changing the tincture of the Himalayas from cerulean to a cascade of molten gold and burning ember is spectacular to see.

Often referred as the best long distance trek in the world, the Classic Annapurna Circuit Trek is classified as a moderately difficult trekking journey. Its combination of a wide variety of climatic zones from the tropics to the arctic and the cultural diversity from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan culture at Manang makes the trek a journey that completely illuminates the region’s rich opulence. As this trek takes you to high altitude region and involves long walks in rough and dry terrains, you need to be physically fit and should possess a good endurance capacity to accomplish your journey.

Nepal Hiking Team manages everything required for you on the way. Accompanied by a well-trained guide, you would be with a capable personnel all the while immersing yourself in the beauty of the Annapurna region. So come join us in this ethereal adventure in one of the most prepossessing regions of the country.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu
  • Day 02 : Drive from Kathmandu to Synge/Jagat (1100m) Duration: 8 hours
  • Day 03 : Jagat to Dharapani (1960m) Duration: 6 hours
  • Day 04 : Dharapani to Chame (2630m) Duration: 5 hours
  • Day 05 : Chame to Pisang (3300m) Duration: 5 hours
  • Day 06 : Pisang to Manang (3570m) Duration: 4 hours
  • Day 07 : Manang - Acclimatization day
  • Day 08 : Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 09 : Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 10 : Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) crossing over Thorong La Pass (5416m) Duration: 7/8 hours
  • Day 11 : Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) Duration: 6 hours
  • Day 12 : Marpha to Ghasa (2010m) Duration: 6 hours
  • Day 13 : Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) Duration: 5 hours
  • Day 14 : Rest and relaxing at hot spring.
  • Day 15 : Tatopani to Ghorepani (2810m) Duration: 7 hours
  • Day 16 : Ghorepani to Pokhara Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Day 17 : Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Day 18 : Farewell

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

Day 01 - Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport 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 - 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. Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 03 - 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 04 - Dharapani to Chame (2630m) Duration: 5 hours

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 05 - 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 06 - 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 07 - 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 08 - 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 09 - Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m) Duration: 3 - 4 hours

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 Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 10 - 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 snow capped 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 11 - Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) Duration: 6 hours

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, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 12 - Marpha to Ghasa (2010m) Duration: 6 hours

We descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 13 - Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) Duration: 5 hours

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, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 14 - Rest and relaxing at hot spring.

Rest and relaxing at hot spring. Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 15 - Tatopani to Ghorepani (2810m) Duration: 7 hours

Leaving the hot spring behind, we ascend again to Ghorepani arriving mid-afternoon. Overnight at Guesthouse, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 16 - Ghorepani to Pokhara Duration: 7-8 hours

Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Nayapul then Pokhara, 7 hours hike and an hour drive
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 Nayapul then short drive to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel, Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 17 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

Scenic drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus, 6 hrs. Overnight at hotel, Breakfast included

Day 18 - Farewell

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Nepal Hiking Team will take you to the airport. Breakfast included.

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Elizabeth Lanham , 43 Old Bethel Rd Griswold CT 06351, USA

Hello! I wanted to personally share how much I appreciated my latest trek with Nepal Hiking Team. I must also thank god for presenting the beauty of the mountains and the perfect weather I experienced during trekking. But in absence of NHT it would not have been possible to see and be a part of it! THANK YOU so much for letting me experience the extra mile! Plus, from forgetting my photos for the TIMS card to flight delays, lost luggage and leaving my headlight in Kathmandu, I’m especially obliged that all my delays and mistakes never bothered you or Santa. They were always positive and patient and never annoyed or frustrated. This was absolutely a once in a life time trip and I am SO GLAD that I booked through Nepal Hiking Team.

Santa was really wonderful guide and assisted in experiencing trip which went above-my-expectation. He went out of his way to turn my trip super-amazing letting me experience extra side treks whenever we had free time. I changed my room to a warmer one as I was freezing to death and he reminded me to take my medicine whenever I became super nauseous at 5000m, zip-lining (his first time), and also experienced boating in Pokhara. Most especially I am thankful for him on the way where he was always there for me but never made me rush but suggested me to walk on my own pace and just get pleasure from the trekking itself. He was funny and polite and turned my trip much better. I came back feeling like I’ve made a friend. Thank you!

I hope to come back for the EBC/ Cho La pass trek in a couple of years along with some friends to share the experience with. Until then, I will recommend anyone who might be looking for a superb and amazing trip to the Himalayas to book with you.

Thank you again! Regards and God bless,

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