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Annapurna Circuit Trek-17 Days

Adventure/ High Pass Trekking, 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

Trip Duration : 19 Nights & 20Days

Best Time : Oct / Nov and March / April

Type Of Trip : Guided Trek

All price inclusive
$1150
USD
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Annapurna Circuit Trek

“amazing and dramatic landscapes with change of climate on daily walks,
from semi-tropic- cool alpine temperature to high cold arctic zone,
matchless views of high snow-capped peaks on day to day trekking,
interesting villages of Buddhist culture around high Manang valley,
from high Thorong-la pass to world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River”

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 shape and 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.

This 17 days 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. We, at Adventure Great Himalaya, provide transportation and accommodation facilities along with a local experienced guide.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking also has an alternate package viz. the Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Trekking.

  • Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
  • Free Day- preparation for Trekking
  • Drive to Chame by Jeep. Over night Lodge. (7-8 Hrs)  2,670 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 Chame by jeep from Kathmandu via Prithvi Highway. We go through Dumre -Besisahar – Bhulbhule – Bahundanda – Tal– Dharapani – Bagarchhap and finally arrive at Chame for the day. Passing across pretty waterfalls, small streams that join the Marsayangdi River, suspension bridges, barley and potato fields, numerous overnight camps with teahouse occupies the entire way towards Chame. Overnight stay at 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.

What’s include

  • 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
  • All Ground transportation by Bus,Kathmandu to Bhulbhle and By  Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • 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)
  • 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, Duffel bag .
  • 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-17 Days

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”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…

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"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…

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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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