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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Trekking

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Trip Facts

Mode of Trip: : Tea House/Lodge

Trek Grade: : Moderate to Adventurous walks.

Highest elevation: : 5,416 m / 17,700 Fit

Activities: : Trekking/Hiking

Trek duration: : 13 Nights & 14 Days

Total Trip: : 16 Nights & 17 Days

Best Time : Aug-Dec/ Feb-Jun

Trek Start : Dharapani

Trek End : Nayapul

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  Annapurna Circuit Trek

“amazing and dramatic landscapes with change of climate on daily walks,
from semi-tropic- cooler alpine temperature to high cold arctic zone,
matchless views of high snowcapped peaks on day to day trekking,
interesting villages of Buddhist culture around high Manang valley,
from high Thorang-la pass to world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River”
Annapurna Circuit Trekking listed as world top Ten Adventure Destination by various popular travel magazines and guide books, including Lonely Planet.

Certainly a country of mind-blowing scenery with dramatic landscapes which changes on daily walks, from paddy fields-alpine vegetation of lovely rhododendron and pine tree forest to barren high arid windswept landscapes at scenic Manang valley.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking with Adventure Great Himalaya will be enjoyable and comforting lead by expert team of guides and staff with wide knowledge of the area to offer you.

This marvelous journey starts with an overland drive on nice highway and then on rough scenic road to Manang area at Dharapani village to begin the trekking towards famous Annapurna circuit trail.

Trek leads through interesting villages and towns of Temang and Chame and towards higher cooler areas at Manang village after exploring its interesting monastery of Braga in the backdrop of high snowcapped mountains.

In Manang with rest day visiting its nice Tibetan Buddhist culture villages with close views of Annapurna-Gangapurna-Chulu peaks, then heading over high Thorang-la pass to reach the Kaligandaki River valley at Jomsom after walking past holy Muktinath temple area.

Walk leads past windswept town and villages including charming Marpha and Tukuche famous for apples and its products, then downhill to warmer area at Tatopani villages with hot spring to refresh after long days of trekking.

Finally this marvelous Annapurna circuit trek ends at famous touristic city in Pokhara after walking through Ghorepani and Poon Hill for stunning sunrise views over chain of mountains.

  • Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  • Drive to Dharapani 1,920 m via Beshishar 800 m – 08 hrs.
  • Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.
  • Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.
  • Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
  • Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
  • Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hours.
  • Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.
  • Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.
  • Trek to Marpha 2, 670 via Jomsom 2, 715 m – 06 hours.
  • Trek to Lete 2,480m – 06 hrs.
  • Trek to Tatopani 1,190m – 06 hrs.
  • Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m – 06 hrs.
  • Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m – 05 hours walk.
  • Trek to Nayapul or Bhirethati and drive to Pokhara.
  • Drive/Fly back to Kathmandu.
  • International departure homeward bound.

At Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you will be well received by AGH guide and staff for transfer to your hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide / leader briefs of Annapurna Circuit trek, hotels, lodge, includes responsible trekking with welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant includes culture programs.

Starting our wonderful journey with a drive on Nepal’s main and interesting highway to reach at Dharapani in Manang area, drive leads through many farm villages and towns with views of snowcapped peaks. Finally drive ends at Dharapani with many nice lodges around for trekkers and travelers.
Dharapani located on the junction of Manaslu and Annapurna circuit route by the raging Marshyangdi River.

First day walk leads through cool rhododendron and pine forest passing Bagachap and Danque villages to reach Timang village into more Buddhist area, with super view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft, from this village few hours trek Chame for overnight stop, a major town and headquarter of Manang district.

From here onward air gets cooler leading close to mountains with beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream to Bhratang village.

From here uphill into pine trees to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few lodge and views of Chulu and Pisang peak, after a lunch downhill to Pisang village for overnight stop.

After overnight in Pisang village within Manang valley offering mountains views as altitude gains from here onward.

Walking into forest with short uphill with views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu and Pisang peak, then reaching Hongde village with a small air strip, from here tree lines fades to barren, arid landscapes.

On route Manang village visit old Braga monastery with Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting, frescos and super panorama of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk to Manang village.

The houses here are of traditional Tibetan style with culture and traditions.

An important rest day for acclimatization before reaching high altitude and up to Thorang –la, here with short hike exploring Manang village beneath towering Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks, a nice short hike up for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang glacial Lake.

After a good rest at Manang, walk towards Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walk with views of mountains, crossing small streams to reach at Yak Kharka, a small settlement with incredible views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.

Morning walk leads closer to Thorang-la as the walk progress crossing a bridge and then a climb along the Jarjung river, then leading at Thorung Phedi for short rest and then climb the last hour uphill to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.

Start the early morning walk on this Big Day! A thrill and highlight of this great adventure, after breakfast a long climb up to Thorang-la with steep haul to reach at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft on top of Thorang-la festooned with Buddhist prayer flags.

Highest point of the adventure certainly requires high spirit and strong mind to reach this high point.

The top offers superb vista landscapes and snowcapped peaks, from here a long descend to Muktinath at 3,800 m.

Muktinath a holy place for both Hindu and Buddhist the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kaligandaki river valley, from here walk to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. After Jomsom walk to Marpha, one of the most charming village with white painted houses, paved streets and well kept lodges. At Marpha celebrate with apple products cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples.

From Marpha onward, walk is enjoyable following Kaligandaki river downstream with views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri walk to Larjung village, after few hours walk getting back into tree lines of pine, oaks and rhododendron forest and then reaching at Kalapani village, another lovely village with grand views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri, a short downhill brings at Lete village for overnight stop.

Walk from Kalapani and Lete onward leads to dramatic change in vegetation and climate, as walk leads between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna forming world deepest gorge.

The first two hours of trek leads through Ghasa village with view of snow capped peaks into forest.

After Ghasa a southern end of Mustang area mostly dominated by Thakali people ethnic tribe till Tatopani village.

This pleasant walk continues leading back to paddy fields in warm sub-tropical climate to Tatopani passing beautiful waterfalls of Rupsi.

Tatopani (Hot Spring) village the valley is quite constricted and it is quite warm with sub-tropic climate and vegetation, Tatopani is another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.

After a wonderful time at Tatopani, trek continues on the nice winding trail for an hour, our route diverts heading uphill with steep climb then with gradual up all the way through dense forest to reach at Chitre, from here an hour climb to Ghorepani village with fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South with Vara-Shikar known as Annapurna Fang.

Ghorepani famous and popular Pun Hill a view point offers super views of world’s three highest peaks and range of other mountains with striking sunrise and sunset.

Morning an hour hike to Pun-Hill at 3,210m for sunrise views over array of mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal in the far eastern horizon including the majestic Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail”.

From here walk into lovely rhododendron forest, and then a long descend from Ulleri village to Tirkhedhunga for last overnight in the hills of Annapurna Himalaya.

Our last day of trekking leads downhill through nice farm villages and views of waterfalls near Bhirethati and then to Nayapul where this fabulous walks ends with couple hours drive to Pokhara after a wonderful time up in high mountains.
Overnight in Pokhara, a scenic and lovely spot with hotels by the lake Phewa where Annapurna Himal reflects on its pristine calm water.

After a marvelous time on high mountains and hills of Annapurna Himal, morning depart Pokhara after breakfast with overland drive back to Kathmandu.
(Flying options 30 mins by air to Kathmandu)

Today, last day in unique Nepal of Himalayan wonders, after great adventure and experience on Annapurna Circuit trekking and as your flight time AGH staff transfer you to Kathmandu airport for your international departure homeward bound or to your next port of call.

What’s include

  • Airport/ Hotel/ Airport Transportation
  • Two Nights Standard Hotel in Kathmandu including Breakfast.
  • Your standard meals during the Trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
  • All Permit and Company necessary paper works
  • All Ground transportation by tourist bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu and by car from
  • Pokhara to Nayapul where your trek start and trek ending point to Pokhara.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
  • An experienced, helpful, friendly and English speaking Trekking guide , everything for him like his
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance.
  • One Trekking porter between 2 guest. their food, accommodation and well paid salary.
  • One night standard accommodation in Pokhara.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Trekking equipment: Sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and walking stick, if necessary.
  • Adventure Certificate.
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • All government taxes.
  • Service charge.

What’s excluded

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport Kathmandu).
  • Travel insurance.Emergency rescue Evacuation
  • Lunch Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All the bar bills like coke, beer, bottle of water, hot water etc.
  • International airfare
  • Tips for the guide and porter.

Reviews of Annapurna Circuit Trek

sam
Awesome trekking Annapurna Circuit

”My husband and I took a trip to Nepal in April this year (2007) and were guided around half of the Annapurna Circuit (Besisahar to Jomsom) by Babu on a…

reg
Annapurna Circuit Trek

"Absolutely brilliant" My wife and I went trekking in Nepal during autumn 2009 for three weeks. We are in our 50's and neither of us had ever done anything like…

ambrose
Round Annapurna Trekking

I have just returned from the trek around Annapurna which I enjoyed immensely. Babu Ram Karki,s company has looked after me extremely well. I am travelling alone, so I did…

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