Annapurna Circuit Trek

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TRIP OVERVIEW ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

Annapurna Circuit Trek:
Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the most popular treks in Annapurna region, is the magical trek that encircles the entire Annapurna range. As Annapurna Circuit Trekking is opened for foreigners only since 1997, it’s relatively less trodden trail than other popular treks like Annapurna Base Camp Trekking and Everest Base Camp Trekking. Offering you the opportunity to cross the highest point of Thorong La (5416m) pass, Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the thrilling experience through the deepest river-gorge in the world. The trek itself passes through the beautiful green valleys and warm villages providing you some of the most spectacular landscaping and snow-covered Himalayas.

Lasting for around three weeks, Annapurna Circuit Treks (Around Annapurna Treks) allow you to explore the beautiful Himalayas with different perspectives,from bottom to the top. The walk itself is going to be one of the most rewarding experiences in Nepal Himalayas. Besides the wonderful views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges, Annapurna Circuit Trek offers the great views of Manaslu and Himalchuli as well. During the trek, we walk in a counter clockwise direction in order to simplify the difficulties of crossing the pass.

Being the highest point of the entire Annapurna Circuit Trek, Thorong La Pass is going to be one of the toughest sections of this trek. After crossing this mighty pass of Thorong La, we descend to the west of Muktinath, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Nepal. Being equally sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath attracts both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims inand out of Nepal every year. Another highlight of Annapurna Circuit Trekking is the world’s deepest river-gorge at Kali Gandaki River. Continuing through the rural villages of Marpha and Ghasa, we make our way to Ghorepani, a typical Gurung and Magar settlement. With Ghorepani, we are done with the Annapurna circuit.

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Outlined Itinerary:

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

Day 02: Full-day Guided Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

Day 03: Drive to Beshishahar (830m) from Kathmandu – 7/8 Hours

Day 04: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1310m)–5 hours

Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1400m)– 6 Hours

Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) – 5 Hours

Day 07: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m)–5 Hours

Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m) – 6 Hours

Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m) – 6 Hours

Day 10: Acclimatization Day at Manang

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4000m)–6 Hours

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m) – 6 Hours

Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m) – 8 Hours

Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) – 6 Hours

Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2010) – 6 Hours

Day 16: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) – 5 Hours

Day 17: Rest day at Tatopani

Day 18: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2810m) – 8 Hours

Day 19: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1570m) – 6 Hours

Day 20: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul (1010m), and drive back to Pokhara–4 Hours

Day 21: Full-day sightseeing tour of Pokhara Valley

Day 22: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara

Day 23: Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival

As you land on Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu, a representative from Adventure Himalaya Trek will be there to welcome you and help you transfer to the hotel in Kathmandu. You can visit our office and discuss your trip with us. You stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 02: Full-day Guided Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour

With our expert tour guides, you will spend this whole day doing sightseeing tour of major attractions of Kathmandu valley. Being popularly touted as the city of temples, Kathmandu offers some of best examples of cultural heritages. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Sites of Pashupatinath (one of the most famous temple of Shiva), Boudhanath Stupa and Monastery (One of the oldest and largest of its kind), Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Beshishahar (830m) from Kathmandu – 7/8 Hours

After having our morning breakfast, we take drive to Beshishahar from Kathmandu. It takes approx. seven hours to drive the distance of 185 kilometers. The beautiful views of snowcapped mountains await you at Beshishahar. We stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1310m) – 5 hours

Starting from Beshishahar, we follow the trail climbing up to Khudi, the first Gurung village up there. Observing the fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29, we progress our trek to Bhulbhule and Lampata. After few hours, we reach Bahundanda. The beautiful village of Bahundanda offers you the wonderful cultural aspect of rural Nepal. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1400m) – 6 Hours

Our trail drops steeply to Syange today. Witnessing a large waterfall on the way, we cross the suspension bridge over Marsyangdi River. Following the river to the stone village of Jagat, we climb through the forested area until we reach Chamje, where we stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m) – 5 Hours

Starting with a rocky trail and following the Marshyangdi River constantly uphill, we reach Tal, the first village we encounter in the Manang District. After crossing the wide and flat valley, our trail continues up and downs until Dharapani (1890m). We eventually witness the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans upon reaching Bagarchhap. The village itself is surrounded by apple orchards and maize fields. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 07: Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m) – 5 Hours

We chose to climb to Tyanja today. So, we continue ascending through the forest until we reach Chame—the district-headquarter of Manang. In Chame, we will be rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II. Witnessing two small hot springs by the town, we get introduced with the local community of which the residents are said to have migrated from Tibet long time ago. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3300m) – 6 Hours

We begin our day with a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley crossing a river on a long bridge. We again have to cross another bridge offering some of the beautiful rock faces of soaring Paungda Danda. We then join the trail to climb to Pisang from there. We stay overnight in a local guesthouse at Pisang.

Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m) – 6 Hours

Continuing through the upper part of Mustang, we encounter people herding yaks and raising crops for a part of the year. There are two alternative routes from Pisang, one is from north and another is from the south of Marshyangdi River. Both routes meet again at Mungi. Once we reach at Mungi, we continue past picturesque but partially hidden valley of Bryanga, where we stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 10: Acclimatization Day at Manang

For proper acclimatization purpose, we take this whole day for doing some fine day walks and enjoying the magnificent sights of surrounding areas of Manang village. Exploring the gorgeous valley of Manang and interacting with local people, we spend the whole day relaxing at Manang and not continuing the trip. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4000m) – 6 Hours

After spending an entire day acclimatizing, we continue our journey from Manang today.The trail ascends nearly 500m up to Yak Kharka. Ascending constantly through Tenki Manang and leaving the Marshyangdi Valley behind, we continue along the Jorsang Khola Valley. Once we reach at Yak Kharka, we can witness the herds of yaks and vegetation thinning out. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m) – 6 Hours

Continuing our climb for about a couple of hours, we now have to descend down to cross the river. After crossing the river, we again have to climb up to Thorong Phedi offering your some decent guesthouses. We spend overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m) – 8 Hours

The journey today is going to be relatively longer. Starting early in the morning before sunrise, we reach the Thorong La pass by around 9am. If the weather is favorable, we can continue our fine walk to cross the mighty pass of Thorong La, at the altitude of 5416m. Climbing steeply in a regular route, it takes around four hours to cross the entire pass. And again, after walking for around four more hours from Thorong La, we reach the holy pilgrimage site of Muktinath Temple, one of the holiest Buddhist and Hindu shrines in Nepal. Possessing several monasteries and temples, Muktinath area is considered highly sacred pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists. You will find 108 water sprouts around the temple, eternal flame fueled by natural gas, and natural spring so interesting part of Muktinath. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2670m) – 6 Hours

Leaving Muktinath behind, we descend through the Kaligandaki Valley to Marpha, the home to legendary apple orchards, is also popularly known as the Apple Capital of Nepal. Don’t miss out an Apple Brandy, if you want to taste the local liquor of Nepal. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2010) – 6 Hours

Descending down through the valley, we follow the Kali Gandaki River until Ghasa, where we stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 16: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m) – 5 Hours

Walking through the deepest gorge of the world at Kopchepani, we continue descending till we reach Tatopani. Enjoy bathing in natural hot springs at Tatopani, the best place to relax your body after the trek of a long day. We stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 17: Rest day at Tatopani

Today, just take one more day to have rest at Tatopani. Stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 18: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2810m) – 8 Hours

It’s going to be a big day as we will walk for around eight hours from Tatopani to Ghorepani. Climbing up about 1650 meters and passing a couple of Magar and Gurung villages en route, we eventually reach at Ghorepani, where we stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 19: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tikhedhunga (1570m) – 6 Hours

We have to wake up early in the morning today as we are hiking up to Poon Hill to catch the phenomenal sunrise view. Offering an amazing panorama of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, Poon Hill is known to be the finest viewpoint in the entire Annapurna Region. It’s also popularly touted as ‘the Photographer’s Paradise’. Do not miss out to take some of the most beautiful snapshots of the entire trek at Poon Hill. Enjoy the unobstructed views of glittery-white snowcapped peaks. Not only sunrise, but Poon Hill is also best known for the awesome sunset views as well. Take few worthy moments to enjoy the Himalayan panorama from Poon Hill and return back to Ghorepani again. From Ghorapani, we make our way to Tikhedhunga, where we stay overnight at a local guesthouse.

Day 20: Trek from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul (1010m), and drive back to Pokhara – 4Hours

From Tikhedhunga, it takes only few hours to reach Nayapul. Nayapul marks the end of our trek. Nayapul marks the end of our trek. From Nayapul, we take drive to Pokhara where we check-into the hotel.

Day 21: Full-day sightseeing tour of Pokhara Valley

Pokhara, being known as one of the most popular touristic destinations of Nepal, and one of the most beautiful cities Nepal has to offer, is worth spending a whole day doing some exploration and sightseeing tours. So, we spend this entire day exploring some of the highlighting attractions of this city. Take your time to catch the beautiful early morning sunrise view from Sarangkot. Sure, you’re gonna cherish forever the sunrise views from Sarangkot. Then, return back to Pokhara valley again and visit Bindhawashini Temple, Mahendra Cave, Bat Cave, Davis’ Falls. And how can you not enjoy the reflection of Machhapuchhre in Phewa Lake? Enjoy boating in the Lake and explore the beautiful sights from Taal Barahi Temple located at the middle of Phewa Lake. In the remaining time, you can go for shopping in Pokhara. Stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 22: Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara

From Pokhara, we drive back to Kathmandu again. Upon reaching Kathmandu, take your remaining time for exploring around the city or just go for last minute shopping. We celebrate the Farewell dinner together with our trekking team. Stay overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 23: Final Departure

Final day of your entire trip! You can continue your new trip to some other destination or take the flight back to your hometown. A representative from Adventure Himalaya Treks will drop you to the airport.

Cost Included:
  1. Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car.Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car.
  2. Two night’s standard selected Hotel in Katmandu and one night hotel in pokhara
  3. Meals During Trek: Your stander meals in mountain (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking.
  4. Trekking permit: ‘Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit of (ACAP).
  5. All necessary paper works.
  6. Domestic airport pick up and drop by car.
  7. kathmandu to besisahar and Pokhara to kathmandu by private vehicle or as you wish
  8. Accommodation In Trekking: All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  9. Hot shower during the trek
  10. During the trek necessary toilet paper
  11. Fresh fruit during the trek
  12. Adventure Himalaya Treks Dawn jacket and sleeping bag (If you needed)
  13. Adventure Himalaya Tresks gifts, as like a pashmina and T-shirt
  14. An experienced,expert, helpful and friendly Guide. Porters: Experience Trekking Porters(1 porter for 2 clients). And Their well-paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  15. Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  16. Medical kit bag.
  17. All government taxes.
  18. Service charge.
  19. Welcome and farewell dinner

Cost Excluded:

  1. Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Katmandu).
  2. Your Travel and rescue insurance.
  3. International airfare and airport departure tax.
  4. All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled Itinerary.
  5. All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight)
  6. Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than schedule Itinerary.
  7. All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, bottle of water, hot water, shower..
  8. Tips for the guide and porter.