Annapurna Circuit Trek
Mode of Trip: : Tea House/Lodge
Trek Grade: : Moderate to Adventurous walks.
Highest elevation: : 5,416 m / 17,700 Fit
Trip Duration : 17 Nights & 18 Days
Best Time : Oct / Nov and March / April
Group Size : 1-12
Annapurna Circuit Trek is recognized as one of the greatest treks in the world, Annapurna Circuit Trek is a journey around the esteemed Himalayan range of Annapurna. The trek takes the trekkers into one such adventure that cannot be described by any superlatives. Amidst all the scenic delights, the trek also takes you to the homes of the Thakali and Gurung communities which have preserved their ancient culture for ages.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking a moderate trek unfolds via drive from Kathmandu and goes along Besisahar, Bhulbhule, Bahundanda, and Tal by a jeep and concludes at Chame. Crossing across the alluring waterfalls, small streams, suspension bridges, and the heavenly terraced landscape, the Marsayangdi River and the Kali Gandaki River are the significant features of this trek. As the trekkers ascend anticlockwise route from Chame, they spot the Tibetan typical flat-roofed stone houses still pristine, numerous tea houses with lodges, the glance of the Annapurna II walking steep into the subtropical woods up to Pisang – Manang – Yak Kharka. The famously known high Thorung La pass (5,416m) seems easier and safer as the trail descends from Thorung La High Camp to reach Thorung La Phedi (foothill) and ascends through a common trail to reach the pass. The overwhelming mountain scenery delightfully pleases the trekkers which include the Annapurna Massif, Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6997m), Mt. Manaslu (8163m), Mt. Gangapurna (7454m), and Tilicho Peak (6920m), and many others. While much of the Himalayas cannot trek in the monsoon, Annapurna Circuit actually owns a wide variety of climate especially experienced at the Thorung La pass, which is possible to trek most parts of the circuit all year-round even to avoid the crowd. However, the sunny and warm climate (Sept. to Nov.) and (March to May) are the best seasons for this trek.
Our Annapurna Circuit Trek package is distinctly designed for the en-rapt trekkers who wish to spectacle the dazzling view of the various mountain ranges and nature besides who wish to experience something distinct prevailing in the country whether it be the culture of the people or their lifestyle.
Our 18 days Annapurna circuit trek start from Kathmandu and end the Pokhara including visit the Annapurna Sunrise view Poonhill.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking also has an alternate package viz. the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trekking.
Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek
- The Thorong La Pass-5416m, The biggest Pass in the world
- Trek to Manang village and other villages with different ethnic groups
- Visiting Muktinath Temple, a sacred pilgrimage site
- Incredible views of dramatic Himalayas including Annapurna Massif, Mt. Dhaulagiri 8167m, Mt. Machhapuchhre 6997m, Mt. Manaslu 8163 m, Mt. Gangapurna 7454m, Tilicho Peak 6920m, and many others.
- The inspiring Thakali, Magar, and Gurung settlements
- The Marsyangdi River and The Kali Gandaki River
Best Time for Annapurna Circuit Trek
Unlike most of the other Himalayan treks in Nepal, the Annapurna circuit trek is doable in any time of the year. However, Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to May) are the most popular time for Annapurna circuit trekking. Because of the bright and sunny days with fairly stable weather conditions, Annapurna Circuit Trek is best during Autumn and Spring. However, the trek is doable throughout the year.
Difficulties During Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Thorung La Pass, 5416 meters is a high altitude pass. Crossing the pass is tough. You are at higher risks of altitude sickness. Moreover, climbing to the top of the pass and crossing it is highly challenging. It demands more physical strength.
This 18 days Annapurna Circuit Trek is a long duration trek. Also, it covers a long distance. Trekkers who are not used to long distance trekking might find it difficult to complete this trek. There are some trekkers who feel exhausted and quit in the middle of the trek.
Crossing the Thorung- La pass in monsoon and winter is quite challenging due to unstable weather and climate. In monsoon, the trekking trail becomes slippery and wet. In winter, the Thorung La pass might remain closed due to heavy snowfall.
The Trekking Route of Annapurna Circuit Trek
The trekking route of the Annapurna Circuit Trek can vary upon the package you choose. The trek itinerary generally ranges from 13-20 days. You can choose the one based on the number of days available for trekking on your schedule.
Generally , Annapurna Cirucit Trekking journey starts with a scenic drive from the capital city of Kathmandu to Dharapani (1920 m). We then enter into the stunning Chame (2,670 m) and (Pisang 3230 m) via Besisahar. We enter the beautiful Manang settlement (3450 m) where we acclimatize for the first time during the trek.
On the next day, we will acclimatize and explore the region through small hikes. The trek starts to get a bit taxing as we pass through the altitude of 4000m as we trek to the Sirikharaka village (4060m). If you choose the longer 20 day itinerary, you will get to observe the pristine Tilicho Lake (4949m) and explore around the surreal Tilicho Base Camp (4200m).
The shorter duration trek skips past these routes to arrive at the pastures of Siri Kharka and Yak Kharka (4200m). The treks are short but require long ascent and descent that may physically drain you. The most challenging part of the trek is the ascent of the majestic Thorong La Pass (5416m), which is the highest point of the trek.
The trek then leads to the sacred temple of Muktinath (3800m) from Thorong La pass. We worship at the pilgrimage site of Muktinath where both Hindu and Buddhist tourists come to wash away their sins of the mortal world. You will get to acclimatize and rest properly at various points of the trek.
The trails around the Muktinath area converge with the motor roads in the area. The buses, and jeeps travelling in the route makes the trail dusty and uncomfortable. Hence, many trekkers avoid trekking this particular part of the trail. A direct jeep drive from Muktinath is our best option. You can also take a direct flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
If you wish to trek further, you can trek to the gorgeous Ghorepani-Poonhill viewpoint from where you can observe a awe-inspiring panoramic sunrise. We then descend downhill to Tikhedhunga (1550m). From Tikhedhunga, we take a drive to Nayapul and further to Pokhara (910m).
We celebrate the successful completion trek in Pokhara and drive to Kathmandu through the scenic winding roads. The trip comes to an official end in Kathmandu. You can then board a flight to your desired destination.
Accommodation Along the Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit trek is a well-marked trek with plenty of accommodation on offer along the trail. The lodges or guest houses have basic rooms consists of two beds and a shared bathroom.
On peak trekking season, you might find it challenging to get a room , so you have to book in advance for sure to get room.
These connectivity facilities are almost non-existent once you reach Manang. Although the accommodation facilities are pretty basic, the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the pristine Tilicho Lake and the entire Annapurna region will take your breath away.
Food Facilities Along The Trail?
For breakfast, trekkers get served porridge, pancakes, and eggs. You will generally have “Dal Bhat” for lunch and dinner. Refilling is also available if you eat Dal Bhat. Other common eastern and western food are also available in the menu.
You should also carry snacks like Granola Bars, Snickers Bars, Protein Bars, and Energy Drinks for instant energy during the trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek – 18 Days Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Free Day- preparation for Trekking
Day 03: Drive to Dharapani by Jeep. Over night Lodge. (7-8 Hrs) 1,960 m
Day 04: Trek to Chame ( 5, 6 Hour ) 2710 M
Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs .
Day 06: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hours.
Day 09: Trek to Thorung High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs
Day 10: Cross Thorung-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Marpha – via Jomsom 2, 715 m – 06 hours
Day 12: Trek to Lete – 2,480m – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Tatopani -1,190m – 06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m – 06 hrs
Day 15: Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m – 05 hours walk
Day 16: Trek to Nayapul or Bhirethati and drive to Pokhara.
Day 17: Drive back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
Day 18; International departure homeward bound.
$ 1350 for Single Travelers
$ 1150 Per Person for 2 people group
$ 1100 per person for 4, 6 people group
$ 1050 Per person for 8, 10 people group
Service Inclusive: Hotel in Kathmandu, All Transportation, Guide, Porter, All necessary Permit, Meals, Accommodation etc.
Service Exclusive : Travel Insurance , Personal Expenses. Bar Bills, TIPs
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- Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
- Free Day- preparation for Trekking
- Drive to Dharapani by Jeep. Over night Lodge. (7-8 Hrs) 1,960 m
- Trek to Chame ( 5, 6 Hour ) 2710 M
- 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 – 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 back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
- 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.
We can organize a half day tour to some of the monuments like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Swayambhunath. The half-day sightseeing is organized so that you receive enough leisure time for rest and prepare for the following day’s trip to Annapurna Circuit. We will be meeting our trekking guide the same evening briefing about the entire trek at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
The day begins with the drive to Dharpani by jeep from Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway. We go through Dumre -Besisahar – Bhulbhule – Bahundanda – Tal– Dharapani . Passing across pretty waterfalls, small streams that join the Marsayangdi River, suspension bridges, barley and potato fields, numerous overnight camps with tea house occupies the entire way towards Dharapani Overnight stay at Dharapni.
Today Our trekking destination is Chame, which is Headquarters of the Manang Distric, we will walk through of forest with amazing Views of Massif Annapurna 11, Annapurna IV and Lamjung Himala. On this day we will cross local village and some small hotspring as well. Over night Lodge in Chame.
The day starts with a trek to Bhratang and from here into a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley. We cross a river on a long bridge over Marsayangdi River and encounter the soaring Pangdi Danda (a rock face) escalating more than 5,000 feet from the stream. Continuing ahead, we walk across dry grazing land to reach the place called Dhukur Pokhari through which the trail joins to climb Pisang. Overnight stay at Pisang.
Today, we continue our trek through the drier upper part of the Manang district. On the route, we discover the typical Tibetan styled houses and the people who live within – herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year. Through high cross with ups and downs the valley of Ngawal to the descending Munchi, we reach Manang village. Overnight stay at Manang.
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.
- Airport/ Hotel/ Airport Transportation
- Three Nights Standard Hotel in Kathmandu including Breakfast.
- 3 Times Meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek
- All the Permit and Company necessary paper works
- Transportation From Kathmandu to Beshishar by Car, then Private Jeep to Dharpani and Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus.
- All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
- Trekking Guide: An experienced, helpful, friendly and English speaking Trekking guide , everything for him such as well paid Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance.
- Trekking porter: A porter carry your luggage. ( One porter for every 2 members, maximum load is 25 Kg)
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
- Adventure Certificate.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
- All government taxes.
- Service charge.
- 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.
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