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22 Days
Duration
Annapurna
Destination
hikking, trekking
Tour Type
April – Sept.
Dates

Annapurna Circuit Trek In Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a legendary trekking experience that is sure to submerge you into the sacred Himalayan energy while stunning you with a serene beauty that will engrave into your heart and mind forever. If trekking the Himalayas has been a dream of yours, this trek is arguably one of the best and most popular treks in the region. Starting from the Besi Sahar this trek circles the Annapurna massif and ends at Pokhara. In most of the treks, the trekkers are given a close view of the Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, and Annapurna. The highest point of the trek is the Thorong La Pass which is 5416m. Before landing down to Pokhara the trek covers the places like the Kaloi Gandaki valley which is the world deepest river gorge and the Muktinath which is the greatest Hindu pilgrimage site.

START TIME Please arrive by 7:45 AM.
END TIME Approximately 6:30 PM.
WEAR Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.
INCLUDED
Professional Guide Accommodation
Airport and hotel transfer Meals
NOT INCLUDED
International Airfare and taxes Instructor gratuity
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu Travel Insurance

Besides getting the views of the mountains, the Annapurna circuit trek also introduces trekkers to the communities of Thakali, Manangi and Gurungs. This is rather strenuous and a long trek in comparison to the other treks in nepal and is the greatest walk that a person needs to take in order to reach the heart of the Himalayas.

Day 1

Arrival

Arrival and a warm welcome to our guests and transfer to hotel by private car/van/coach. After check into your hotel, briefing on the trip.
Day 2

Kathmandu

After breakfast drive to Kathmandu Durbar Square, (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a historical place that was also a politically important site until today. The Kings of Nepal were crowned here and their coronation ceremony was solemnized in the Durbar Square. The Durbar Square with its old temples and palaces epitomizes and religious and cultural life of the people. The temples, monuments, and palaces are believed to be have been built by the Malla Kings of the Medieval Nepal.

Other famous landmarks around the area are the Temple of Living Goddess Kumari, the wooden temple of Kasthamandap, Ashok Vinayak. There are also museums inside the Durbar Square Palace.

After Kathmandu Durbar Square we will be visiting Swoyambhunath Stupa. Swoyambhunath is believed to have been established more than 2,500 years ago. Swoyambhunath (UNESCO World heritage site) has developed into an important center of Buddhism. Drive back to the hotel.

Our next destination is Patan Durbar square. (UNESCO World heritage site in 1979) Patan Durbar Square complex is perhaps the most photographed of the three durbar squares. Located in the heart of Patan city, this was once the palace of the kings of Patan. The square is a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of Malla kings who were great builders and patrons of the arts.

Then proceed for the sightseeing tour to Great Stupa of Boudhanath (UNESCO World heritage site). Boudhanath Stupa holds a great importance to the entire Buddhist around the world. The Stupa is a vast dome-shaped monument representing the Mind of the Buddha, is the primary pilgrimage destination for Tantric Buddhists of the Himalayas and a major draw for Tibetan Buddhists from all over the World. The history of the Stupa from its origin in the fifth century to the present day is also presented here for the first time.

Day 3

Kathmandu – Besi Sahar (750m) 6 hrs drive

After breakfast in the morning around 7 am, out guide will come to pick you up and drive you to Besi Sahar (185 km) and will take about 6 hours to reach. Along the journey, you will witness some spectacular scenery of the White Mountains, green hills, rivers, and hamlets. Overnight at a Guest House/Lodge.
Day 4

Besi Sahar – Bahundanda (1310m) 6 – 7 hrs

Today our journey starts at Besi Sahar, from where the trail makes the climb to Khudi at 790m, then reach the first Gurung village (many of Nepal’s Gurkha Soldiers are Gurungs). As we continue from Khudi, the trail offers fine views of Himal Chuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). It climbs to Bhulbhule at 825m, then goes to Ngadi before reaching Lampata at 1,135m and nearby Bahundanda at 1,310m. A brilliant start to the culture of Nepal. Overnight at a teahouse.
Day 5

Bahundanda – Chamje (1400m) 6 hrs

The trail drops steeply to Syange at 1,070m from Bahundanda. On the way, you can see a large waterfall (season permitting). After crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge, we follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through the forest to Chyamje at 1,400m. Overnight at a teahouse.
Day 6

Chamje – Bagarchhap (2160m) 6 – 7 hrs

Today we will pass through a rocky trail following the Marshyandi River steadily uphill to Tal at 1,675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1,890 m. A stone entrance Chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2,160 m the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans can be seen along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 7

Bagarchhap – Chame (2630m) 4 -5 hrs

Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on the route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek. Overnight at Chame.
Day 8

Chame – Pisang (3185m) 4 hrs

We will first pass the older part of Chame and climb up to Telekhu at 2840 m and continue with a long pleasant and mostly level walk through the forest to Brathang, which lies at 2950 m. After the trail rounds a bend here we will see the first view of the dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curved slab of rock rising more than 1500 m from the river. We will cross back to the south bank of the Marsyangdi on a suspension bridge at 3080 m and then make a long gentle climb over a ridge through blue pine forests. After this, the trek will be reasonably level as it heads to the upper part of Manang valley to Pisang. This town marks the beginning of the region known as Nyesyang, the upper portion of the Manang district.
Day 9

Pisang – Manang (3530m) 4 – 5 hrs

Today our trek will slowly climb up to the Tibetan styled village of Bryaga at 3500 m following the valley floor. At the Bryaga we will see house stacked one atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbor’s rooftop. The Gompa, perched on a high crag overlooking the village, is the largest in the district and has an outstanding display of statues. We then continue through a very arid countryside, dominated by weirs cliffs of yellow rock, eroded into dramatic pillars alongside the trail to reach today’s destination. The village of Manang where the shops are surprisingly well stocked with all the things you might want to refuel on.
Day 10

Manang

Today we will stay in Manang where we can do a short hike to ascent slightly higher to for instance Khangsar, which is a 200 m ascend. It is important to have a relatively restful day today, to allow your body to acclimatize to the higher altitudes and thinning air.
Day 11

Manang- Yak Kharka (4000m) 4 – 5 hrs

Continuing on from Manang, the trails ascends by nearly 500 m to Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. Herds of yaks and vegetation appear to thin out. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 12

Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi or High Camp (4700m) 3 – 4 hrs

Again a relatively easy day to get used to the altitude before we have to cross the highest point in the trek, and possibly the highest point you have been on in your life. From Letdar we will continue to climb along the east bank of the Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi, a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs at 4420 m. Blue sheep and even snow leopards can be sometimes seen in this valley. High in the skies above us, we can see lammergeyers and Himalayan Griffons circling around.
Day 13

Thorung Phedi – Muktinath (3800m) 6 – 7 hrs

Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at around 4 am to reach the pass by 10 am at the latest, as otherwise, weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 m so can be exposed to strong winds if the crossing is too late. Local people have used this trail for hundreds of years to bring herds of sheep and yaks in and out of Manang. Thus the trail, while often steep, is well defined and easy to follow. Snow can block the pass at any time of the year if there has been an unseasonable storm. It takes from four to six hours from Thorung Phedi to the pass.

At the Thorung La pass with its traditional prayer flags and stone cairn, we will have outstanding views. You can see the Annapurna, Gangapurna and Khatung Kang a heavily glaciated peak. Amazingly there is a tea shop here on the top of the pass at 5416 m. From here we start a long descent of about 1600 m with the outstanding views of Dhaulagiri mountain standing alone in the distance across the valley. After the trail becomes less steep we will enter the grassy fields and cross meadows to our final destination of Muktinath, which means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the temple, which is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 water spouts around it from which holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai temple which contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas.

Day 14

Muktinath – Marpha (2670m) 6 hrs

From today we will follow the “Jomsom trek” in reverse order. We will first make a 990 m descent through meadows, streams and fruit orchards down to Kagbeni, a fascinating medieval village infused with Tibetan culture. Then we will continue going down the Kali Gandaki gorge to Jomson (more correctly Dzongsam, or “new fort”). We will reach Marpha via Jomsom.
Day 15

Marpha – Ghasa (2012m) 6 hrs

From Tukuche the trek begins today downward walk along the Kali Gandaki river beach with a trail of a motor able road. We will be slowly descending down toward Tatopani from Ghasa the next day.
Day 16

Ghasa – Tatopani (1189m) 5 hrs

From Ghasa today we will slowly descend towards Tatopani meaning hot spring. Many locals also visit Tatopani while traveling to the holy Muktinath temple.
Day 17

Tatopani – Ghorepani (2775m) 6 – 7 hrs

Today is a bit hard day for the trek up to Ghorepani with about 50-60 degree slope up via Ghara, Shikha and Chitre, the Brahmin and Magar Indigenous habitat. Lunch on the way and overnight at teahouse/lodge at Ghorepani.
Day 18

Ghorepani – Hille (1510m) 4 hrs

Early morning wake up and hike to Poonhill, which is one of the best Himalayan viewpoints in Nepal. Poonhill provides an unobstructed view of the high Himalaya with the sunrise. After Poonhill hike back to Ghorepani and breakfast. After breakfast, we will slowly descend towards Hille. The trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life to Tadapani which provides you a close-up sunset view.
Day 19

Hille – Nayapul – Pokhara 4 hrs

After savoring the mesmerizing sight of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak and other Himalayan giants from the popular vantage point of beautiful Himalayas you leave Hille and march ahead for Nayapul. You further descend towards Birethanti. Birethanti lies stretched beside the Modi River and has resourceful town. Almost an hour beyond Birethanti, you come to the main road. Now you can easily access any means of transportation to drive to Pokhara. In the evening, you are free to wander by the lakes of Pokhara.
Day 20

Pokhara – Kathmandu

Today you will be transferred back to the capital city Kathmandu. Upon reaching Kathmandu, check in to the hotel and evening free on your own.
Day 21

Kathmandu

Today you can explore Thamel area and Kathmandu valley on your own. This day is free for shopping, relaxation or massage, or hanging out in Thamel’s cool and cozy cafe or pubs. In the evening fare well dinner at an Authentic Nepalese restaurant with cultural show.
Day 22

Departure

After breakfast, free time until your departure. Transfer to Airport for flight back home with beautiful memories.
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