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

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a hiking in anticlockwise direction within Annapurna Massif located in the northwestern region of Kathmandu (capital city), Nepal. You will be touching the world’s biggest trekking pass known as Thorung La Pass (5,416 m) on the 7th day of this trek.

Stunning view of Lamjung Himal (6,983 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), IV (7,525 m), III (7,555 m), Ganggapurna (7454 m), Machhapuchhre (6,997 m), Tilicho Peak (7,134 m), Mt. Nilgiri (6,940 m), including the world’s 7th and 10th highest peak Mount Dhaulagiri (8,172 m) and Annapurna I (8,091 m) respectively are the gems of this tour.

An ancient and sacred temple, Muktinath Temple (reached on the 8th day) is yet another attraction of this trek. It is believed that taking bath under 108 waterspouts located in the backyard of the temple will rinse the past sins and achieve salvation.

Varied Nature and Culturally rich Annapurna Circuit Trek begins with 5/6 hours 176 km bus ride from Kathmandu to Besisahar. Next day again continues to 4/5 hrs drive to Chame. This is the trekking beginning point of this trip. After 4 days walking with proper acclimatization and steadily gaining altitude, you will be crossing Thorong La Pass (5416 m – the main point of this trek). Similarly, discovering Muktinath, Jomsom, Tatopani, and Ghorepani will reach Pokhara on the 13th day. After spending one overnight at this beautiful city drive back to Kathmandu.

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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