Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Trip overview
Trip Starts
Kathmandu
Trip Ends
Kathmandu
Group Size
1-16 Persons
Max Altitude
3600m
Fitness level
Good
Destination
Annapurna Region

About : Annapurna Circuit Trek

“Great fabulous walks from low-warm to cooler alpine green hills and at arctic zone of ice, glaciers around North and Southern range of Annapurna Himalaya facing fantastic views of high peaks within world top ten adventure destinations from beautiful Manang valley to scenic Mustang area. Crossing high Thorang –La Pass enclosed between towering peaks of North Western Himalaya. Explore nice and fascinating villages of various cultures and religions of great heritage interest”

Introduction:

Mt. Annapurna Circuit Trek is listed as world top ten adventure destinations which you will find and witness joining on this marvelous trips overlooking fantastic views of snow-capped peaks almost on daily walks, truly a wonderful region from beautiful scenery to impressive cultures as you walk along from one village to another.

Jugal Holiday present stunning adventure around Nepal Far North Mid-West the ‘Mt. Annapurna Circuit Trekking’ one of the best variation walks takes you around both scenic sides of massive Annapurna Himalaya range of mountains.

Besides awesome views of snow capped mountains walk takes you to high green hills covered with serene woodland of tall rhododendron, magnolia, oaks, hemlocks, spruce, juniper, blues pines and fir tree lines which makes an excellent pictures to captures a great contrast with white snow peaks.

Although a popular and mostly visited area Mt. Annapurna Circuit Trekking due to its alluring views and spectacular scenery where walks takes you along different climatic range and vegetation as well with varied cultures on daily walks, that makes this adventure worth an experience.

Mt. Annapurna Circuit Trekking begins with exciting overland journey heading towards low warm and sub-tropical area of Nepal Mid-West around Lamjung district, and then starting our wonderful trek heading higher towards cooler alpine hills covered with lush vegetation and dense tree lines.

As walk progress enjoy visiting nice and lovely villages with well tended farm fields and terraces observing local culture of great interest, then route takes you further higher region to enter into beautiful and most magnificent at Manang Valley locked in between giant peaks of Annapurna and Chulus peaks.

From Manang onward lead to interesting walks where villages and native of Manang practice strong Buddhism religion as route leads on nice path lined with prayer symbols of stone walls, stupa monuments and rows of spinning wheels.

A delightful trek exploring local high village of Manang with rest day for acclimatization and for short hike around scenic view points and then heading further west at the end of valley with strenuous long climb to reach highest spot of the adventure on top Thorang-la pass at 5,416 m festooned with thousands of Buddhist prayer flags that marks high Thorang-la.

Enjoy breathtaking panorama of mountain range of Annapurna-Chulus, Damodar Himal with Dhaulagiri mountains, slowly walk downhill to reach at Muktinath, a holy place with a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (on of main three great gods in Hindu religion).

Muktinath located in Mustang district, surrounded by scenic landscapes of arid and barren landscape with white peaks, from here journey continues heading down towards Kaligandaki River valley past lovely town of Jomsom and charming villages of Marpha and Tukuche to reach around world deepest gorge at Kaligandaki sandwiched in between towering peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

Slowly heading back into low warm farm area at Tatopani a village with natural hot-spring where Tato-Pani means hot-water due to spring nearby, enjoy refreshing time at Tatopani village and then back on the trail with climb into cooler hills lined with thick forest of rhododendron and pine tree lines.

After a steep climb with grand views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri’s peaks then reaching at Ghorepani a lovely village in the midst of rhododendron woods, where next early morning hike takes you at famous Poon Hill for stunning sunrise over chain of Himalayan peaks that towers above towards skyline.

An enjoyable spot of grand mountain panorama, and then from Poon Hill and Ghorepani heading with long descend to reach low warm farm villages to catch a ride to scenic and beautiful city at Pokhara, a lovely place blessed with high Annapurna Himalaya peaks that reflects on its calm Phewa and Begnas Lakes.

At Pokhara, our great marvelous adventure completes on this renowned tourist city, after a most mesmerizing time and experience on Mt. Annapurna Circuit Trekking with great services of Jugal Holidays. 

Best time and season for Mt. Annapurna Circuit Trekking:

The best time in spring season from March to May as well during autumn in September till early November months, March to May where days are warm with enough day lights cold in the morning and late afternoon till night time, can expect snow sometimes on high hills and over the pass.

September to early December best time with clear fine days for views and pleasant walks but short sun-light hours due to autumn and pre-winter seasons, much colder morning till night times can expect snow sometimes during walks on higher altitude areas.

Trip Outlook:

Trek Mode: Hotel in Kathmandu with local lodge on treks.
Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks and climb.
Trekking Region: Nepal North Mid-West within Annapurna Himalaya range
Highest elevation: On top Thorang -La Pass at 5,416 m high.
Total Trip: 20 Nights and 19 Days (from arrival to main departure)

Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

After arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Our representative will receive you and transfer to the hotel. After hotel check-in and short refreshment, you may visit the Jugal Holidays office in Thamel. In the evening, enjoy welcome dinner hosted by Jugal Holidays which is a great introduction to the country’s food culture. Overnight at a star hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

 

Day 02:Kathmandu: Sightseeing and preparation for the trek

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing around the famous UNESCO world heritage sites of Kathmandu. We visit Pashupatinath Temple – the sacred Hindu temple located on the bank of holy river Bagmati, Boudha Stupa – the biggest stupa architecture in Nepal and Swayambhunath Stupa – the 2,000 years old legendary Stupa perched on the hillock.

The sightseeing tour includes the visit to Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, the Krishna Temple, the Kumbheswore Temple, the Golden Temple and many more. The sightseeing tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square that is home to living goddess Kumari, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swer Bhairav, the Freak Street and more. Overnight at a star hotel in Kathmandu

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

After breakfast, we start our journey with a drive into the hills with a frequent switchback. On the way, we get to explore terraced farms and beautiful countryside village. We follow the Pokhara trail until Dumre. From here, we leave the current trail and will drive north to Besisahar. We ill have half an hour drive from Besisahar which takes us to Khundi . Khundi is the starting point of the trek. Khudi offers you the first glimpse of Manaslu range. Overnight at lodge in Khudi.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

 

Day 04: Khudi – Sirung (2200m/7216ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

The first day of the trek involves several ascend and descend across rice paddies and subtropical forest. We also cross a few suspension bridge and waterfalls. The mountains that we see from Khudi start appearing closer. We walk across the beautiful Tamang settlement of Taranche before entering into a village of Sirung. Overnight at lodge in Khudi.

Included Meals: Breakfast.

Day 05: Sirung – Jagat (1,300m/4,265ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

We walk on a relatively easy trail to Jagat. Walking through the terrace of the village, we enter a forest filled with a cluster of ferns and woodland. On the forest trail, we get the opportunity to witness a variety of bird species. Crossing suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra and Marshyangdi River at Syange, we reach the beautiful settlement of Jagat. Overnight at lodge in Jagat.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

 

Day 06: Jagat – Dharapani 91960m/6,430ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

After breakfast, we descend down to the river and continue through the forested trail. Further, we climb above the sharp-edged cliff overlooking the riverbank. We cross a suspension bridge and climb steeply through a challenging path to reach Seattle. Further, we walk along the boulder-strewn trail and descend to a grassy riverbank that leads us to Tal. The trail beyond Tal becomes rugged and winding. Waking through the seeply forested village of Karte and crossing waterfalls and cliffs, we reach Dharapani. Overnight at lodge in Dharapani.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 07: Dharapani – Chame (2,710m/8,891ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

After breakfast, we walk through a forested ridge to reach Chame, the district headquarter of the Manang. We can get to have the great views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). We walk across a small natural hot spring where we relax our tired muscles. Overnight at lodge in Chame.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 08: Chame – Pisang (3,300m/10,824ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

A steep and narrow path leads us to the dense forest and takes us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. It is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi valley, so steep that the trail is carved in a vertical rock. After passing the rock, the valley widens up and displays great vistas. Few hours trek leads us to the village of Lower Pisang. Overnight at lodge in Pisang.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 09: Pisang – Manang – 6 – 7 hours trek

Today, we follow the trail that leads us to Upper Pisang via Geru. On the way, we get the great views of mighty mountains like Annapurna and Pisang. Now onwards, we begin to notice the change in landscapes, vegetation, and climate. We visit Bagra Monastery, the largest monastery in the entire Manang District. Overnight at lodge in Manang.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 10:Manang: Rest and acclimatization

Today we set a day aside for rest and acclimatization. In order to acclimatize our body at a higher altitude, we keep ourselves busy with a short hike to Bhojo Monastery or Gangapurna Lake. If time permits, we can even hike to Vraga village that houses the Himalayan Rescue Association which provides some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight at lodge in Manang.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 11: Manang – Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft) – 3 – 4 hours trek

From Manang, we will cross a stream and climb to the Tenku Village and further continue to climb out of the Marshyangdi valley. We follow the northward trail and walk across a few pastures and scrub of juniper trees. We will crosses the small villages like Ghunsa, menders, through the grassy meadows and cross a small river on a wooden bridge to reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at lodge in Yak Kharka.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Day 12: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft) – 3 – 4 hours trek

Today we walk uphill to reach Thorong Phedi. After a short uphill walk, we cross a suspension bridge that takes us to Ledar village. We ascend and walk through the towering cliffs before reaching Thorong Phedi, the last village before Thorong La Pass. On the way, you will be rewarded with best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syangang, Thorong Peak and Mt. Katungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese dialects refers to the foot of the mountain. Overnight at lodge in Thorong Phedi.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 13: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,764ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

Today we start early around three in the morning and walk up to the mountain. We cross the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the safest and easiest route to travel. The summit of pass features incredible highland panorama and majestic Himalayan vistas. We take a few photos before taking a long descend to Muktinath valley. Overnight at lodge in Muktinath.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 

Day 14: Muktinath – Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft) – 4 – 5 hours trek

Muktinath is a significant pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist follower. In the morning, we pay homage to Vishnu temple and a Gompa. After lunch, we descend down via Ranipauwa village and walk through the steep and barren hillside. We cross Kagbeni and Jomsom before Marpha. The trail is fascinating as we are traveling along the Plateau of Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge. Overnight at hotel in Marpha.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 15: Marpha – Kalopani (2,530m/8,300ft) – 5 – 6 hours trek

From Marpha, we choose a new route towards Kalopani via Chokhopani Village. Today, we walk through the traditional village of the ethnic Thakali people. On the way, we admire the majestic view of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang, and Annapurna I mountains. Overnight at lodge in Kalopani.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 16: Kalopani – Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

Today we choose mostly downhill trail. At the early part of the trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. Then we drop to lower elevation and join the trail that enters into the subtropical forest. We continue walking and cross Rupse Chahara (waterfalls). Further descending down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar, we cross a bridge at Dana. The trail crosses Narchyang Besi and finally reach Tatopani where we soothe at natural hot spring. Overnight at lodge in Tatopani.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 17: Tatopani – Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft) – 7 – 8 hours trek

Today we leave the Kali Gandaki and move towards the Ghar Khola valley. The trail passes the village of Shika and Chitre before reaching the thick forest of rhododendron. Walking for a few more hours takes us to the beautiful village of Ghorepani. Overnight at lodge in Ghorepani.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 18: Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft) – 6 – 7 hours trek

A pre-dawn hike, ¾ hours steep climb, takes us to the Poon Hill’s grassy knoll. It is one of the frequently visited viewpoints of Nepal. This amazing landmark offers an unobstructed view of Dhaulagiri (8,172m) and Upper Dolpo to the west, past Annapurnas (Annapurna I, 8,019m), Machhapuchhre (6,997m) and Manaslu (8,156m) to the east.

After breakfast, we join an eastern trail to Tadapani through the thick forest of pine and rhododendron. Overnight at lodge in Tadapani.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

 

Day 19: Tadapani – Pokhara via Ghandruk – 5 -6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

Today’s trail concerns mostly downhill trek through the forest and cultivated farmland. We choose a route to Ghandruk – a densely settled modern village of Gurung community. Here we explore the surrounding area and visit the local museum. We then continue trekking to Nayapul for where we drive to Pokhara. Overnight at a star hotel in Pokhara.

Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

 

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu 5-6 hour drive

After breakfast, we depart from beautiful lake city Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, we take a rest day or do some souvenir shopping.  In the evening, we enjoy farewell dinner hosted by Annapurna encounter to celebrate the successful completion of our Annapurna circuit Trip.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Overnight at star hotel in Kathmandu

Day 21: Final Departure.

Your adventurous journey in Nepal comes to an end today. Our airport representative will drop you to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight.

What's Included

  • Airport pickup and drop off facilitates.
  • Accommodation at a star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • City tour in private vehicle.
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
  • Trekking equipment like the down filled the sleeping bag, walking poles and duffel bag.
  • An experienced government license holder guide and local porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Salary, Insurance, Equipment, Travel Fare, Food and Accommodation for guide and porter.
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek.
  • Hot Drinks (Tea and Coffee).
  • Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist vehicle.
  • All government and local taxes.

What's Excluded

  • City entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • Tour guide
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Boiled water
  • Tips for guide, porter, and driver
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Personal nature expense – alcoholic beverages, laundry, hot shower, shopping, etc.

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