Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna region is the most famous trekking area for nationla and international trekkers. Annapurna round or Annapurna circuit includes walking completeley arounbd the Annapurna massif crossing the popular pass Thorang La pass at 5416m.The main attraction of this trek is hiking through the world's deepest valley - Dana to the highest pass Thorang la,Tibet-like country Mustang to the north of the main Himalayan range and watching wildlifes, floras and faunas. Mustang also known as the kingdom beyond the mountains is popular for Buddhist culture,religion and desert like land of colorful landscapes and mosaics .The trek begins with passing through lowland villages to the remote Manag region crossing the Thorang la pass and down the Kali Gandaki region.
About Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trip Cost : USD 1200
Duration : 18 Days
Destination : Nepal
Trip Highlights: The main attractions of this region are mountain ranges like Mt. Dhaulagiri,Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Himchuli, Mt. Annapurna I,II and III , Mt.Fishtail, Fang, Mt. Gangapurna, Annapurna glaciers, best sunrise viewpoint - Poon Hill, local gurung village and traditions, hot spring and home land of great Gurkha soilders.
Difficulty level: Moderate
Best Months: Mar to May and Sep to Dec
Day 01: Welcome to Nepal
Welcome to the beautiful himalayan country Nepal.Our representative will receive you at Tribhuvan Internation Airport and take you to the hotel. If you have time you can roam around Kathmandu on the same day. However you will have day tour the next day around Kathmandu valley.
Day 02: Sightseeing around Kathmnadu Valley
Today you will be going for a day tour around Kathmandu heritage and religious sites. Your tour guide will come to your hotel around 9:30 Am in the morning and you will be taken for a signtseeing. You will visit Patan Durbar Square - one of the World's heritage site at Lalitpur, Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambunath - from where you can see the incredible view of Kathmandu valley and mountain ranges to the north and holy Pashupatinath temple - pious and holy place for hindus. After a day long tour you can arrange your trekking gears today as you will be starting your trekking the next day. You trekking guide will brief you about your trip for the coming days in the evening.Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu to Beshisahar/ Bhulbhule (840m)
Driving time: 6 - 7 hrs
Your trip for the day starts from early morning today. Be ready early, after breakfast you will be heading towards Besishar today by local bus. It is 6 to 7 hours drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu and the highway is bit bumpy with many turns. You will see rivers, streams, farming lands, forests, green hills and some mountains along the way. You will be proivided basic accomodation here at Bhulbhule.
Day 04: Ghermu (1160m)
Walking time: 5.5 hrs
Today is your 1st day hike on Himalayan trial. To make your hiking easy and enjoyable try to hike slowly enjoying the scenaries around. We will start early morning today. After breakfast cross the suspension bridge on Marsyangdi River and follow the bank of river all the way to Ngadi which is flat gravelled track. From here you will be climbing uphill around 1.5 hours to Bahundada. Bahundada is the village of Brahmins. You will stop for lunch here. After lunch the trail goes zigzag downhill for 15 minutes then rest of the trail goes flat until Ghermu. Mainly you will see farming terraced lands, waterfalls, rivelets, local villages and mountain view on the way.
Day 05: Dharapani (1910m)
Walking time: 6.5 hrs
The trail crosses west bank of the Marsyangdi river leading to Chamche through the gravelled road. You will get sight of green hills, natural waterfalls, deep forests, beehives, wild animals and different variety of wild birds. From Chamche you will leave the road behind and cross the suspension bridge to follow the graudally uphill trail through the forest to reach the village named Tal which is border of Manag and Lamjung.You will see some mane wall and Buddhist pray flag along the way. You will stop for a lunch here. After lunch you will follow the ascending trail through the forest till Dharapani. Overnight at Dharapani.
Day 06: Chame (2670m)
Walking time: 6 hrs
If you wish you can go for Bhimthang which is part of Manaslu circuit without special permit from Dharapani. For this you need to inform early on to us. If not you need to follow the gravelled track that passes through a deep narrow valley till Danaqu. From Danaqu to Timang the trail is pretty zigzag uphill through the huge pine and rhododendron forest. When you get Timang you will see panoramic Mountain View like Annapurna, Manaslu and other mountains on the great himlayan range. Continue to follow the road which is quite easy trail enjoying the cool fresh weather that boost your energy. After hiking for around 2 hours you will get to the headquarter of Manang district called Chame. if you have some energy left then try to visit around the local village. Stay overnigh at hotel here.
Day 07: Pisang (3200m)
Walking time: 5.5 hrs
After breakfast, today too you will follow the easy flat trail through the forest for around 3 hours till you reach the suspension bridge from where the trail climbs uphill for around 1 and half hour till Dhukur Pokharai. You will stop for a lunch here. Today the valley become more wide compared to previous day. After lunch you will follow the flat trail along the meadows leaving behind the vegetations till Pisang. Along the way you will see nice mountain views including the view of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna 2nd and Annapurna 4th. We recommend you to go to upper Pisang , which is 45 minutes uphill walk, as this helps you to acclimatize with higher altitude. You will be able to get closer with the remote village of the Manang and get familiar with the remote lifestyle. Besides the local village you will be able to get the beautiful mountain view.
Day 08: Manang (3540m)
Walking time: lower trail - 4.5 hrs / upper trail: 7 hrs
There are 2 trails to Manang - upper trail and lower trail. Lower trail is easier and shorter trail along the banbk of Marsynagdi river that takes around 4.5 hrs for you to reach to Manang. However there is tradeoff - easy trail provides less opportunity of mountain views. The upper trail is quite difficult and takes long time(about 7 hrs) to get to Manang. Howerver you will be able to see the panoramic mountain view, local villages - Ngawal and Ghyaru, variety of wildlifes and also helps you to acclimatize. We recommend you to take an upper trail. For this you need to cross the suspension bridge from the Pisang village and walk about an hour by the bank of the Marsyangdi river through the forest.After crossing another suspension bridge on the way, the trail climbs zigzag to Ghyaru(3670m). At Ghyaru you find chortens, Bhuddhist pray flags, Buddhist manuscripots and mane walls. There is view point at Ghytaru from where you can enjoy the stupendous view of mountains like Annapurna 2nd, Annapurna 4th, Annapurna 3rd, Pisang peak, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, Mt. Manaslu and other snowy peaks. The trail from Ghyaru to Ngwal is flat and bumpy. From Ngwal you have to descend down to the bank of the Marsyangdi river then follow the bank of the river all the way to Manang.
Day 09: Acclimatization
Today you can take rest and acclimatize with the high altitude. For this we recommend you to hike to the lap of Annapurna 3rd from where you will see Gangapurna glacier and lake very close to you. Also you will be able to see different landscapes and valleys. You can go for local movie house to watch documentaries about expeditions.
Day 10: Yak kharka (4020m)
Walking time: 5 hrs
Follow the narrow track through old Manang village until a small stream and follow the ascending trail to Tanki Manang. Continue the gardually uphill trail to Ghunsang and rest of the trail is flat till Yak Kharka. You will leave behind the treelines and enter the grassy lands. You will see blue sheeps, yaks and horses grazing on a pasture on the way. Also you might feel the less oxygen as the altiutude increases hence you ned to drink lot of waters and walk slowly. You will see better view of mountains as we ascend to higher altitudes
Additionally, from Manang you can go to Tilicho lake - world's highest lake which is at 4,919 m altitude from sea level in the Annapurna range. It will take 3 extra days in addition to your trip time. Please inform us early on for this.
Day 11: Thorung Phedi (4445m) or High camp (4860m)
Walking time: 4.5 hrs to Thorung Phedi/ and 5.5 hrs to High Camp
From Yak Kharka the trail ascends gradually uphill all the way to Thorungh phedi along the valley. If you still have some energy you can hike to high camp that helps to ease your next day hike. Overnight at Phedi or high camp depending on your choice.
Day 12: Thorong La (5416m) then to Muktinath (3800m)
Walking time: 8 to 10 hrs
Today we are ascending steeply uphill all the way to Thorang La pass. Be ready physically as well as mentally. Put your excitement on and gather more energy as you are going to your highest destination of your trip. It will take around 4 and half hours and 3 and half hours to reach to the pass from Phedi and High camp respectively. You need to hike through the moraines and rocky trails . Put on warm and windproof clothes as the weather is windy and much chilly around this area.Thorang la is one of the highest popular passes in the world. You can enjoy the closer and incredible view of mountains and mosaic landscapes. You will stop here for some time then descend steeply downhill to Muktinath- one of the popular hindu pilgrimage and holy site. Overnight at Muktinath.
Day 13: Kagbeni (2800m)
Walking time: 4.5 hrs
Today you will be visiting the Muktinath temple which is sacred palcxe for both hindus and buddhists. It is beleived that taking shower at 108 taps on the temple vicinity will wash away all your sins. Also you can see underwater flame on the small water stream inside the temple which is also considered as the power of god. From Muktinath you need to descend downhill to Kagbeni. Along the way you will be able to enjoy the beautiful sight of colorful landscapes of upper Mustang, desert valley of upper Mustang, windy valley, local habitations, mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and other snowy peaks. At kagbeni you will see oldest monastery, traditional villages, Tibetan life styles and cultures. Overnight at Kagbeni.
Day 14: Jomsom (2720m) then drive to Tatopani (1190m)
Walking time: 2.5 hrs
Driving time: 5 hrs
From Kagbeni you need to take a trail that goes by the bank of Kali Gandaki river till Jomsom which is also known as HImalayan yard. Jomsom is also known as "Apple capital of Nepal". From Jomsosm you will take a local bus to Tatopani passing through world's deepest gorge named Kali Gandaki gorge. The road is gravelled and bumpy, please be prepared for it. Tatopani offers natural hot spring. It is believed that taking bath at the hot spring will ease your muscle pain and body aches. You can try the bath here. Overnight at Taopani.
Day 15: Ghorepani (2750m)
Walking time: 7 hrs
Today you will start early morning and cross the suspension bridge at Kali Gandaki river and climp up to Ghorepani. You need to ascend around 1560m uphill from Tatopani to Ghoerpani which is the longest uphill trail you will walk in a day on your trip. Ghorepani is popular for panoramic mountain view and sunrise view. The literal meaning of Ghorepani is "horse water" where the ancient traders used to stop at this palce for watering their horses and mules.
Day 16: Nayapul (1070 m) then drive to Pokhara (820m)
Walking time: 6 hrs
Wake up early in the morning before sunrise as you will be hiking up to Poonhill- one of the popular sport for sunrise view. Poonhill is at about an hour of walking distance from Ghorepani. From Poonhill you will witness the first rays of sun striking the mountains and offers the glittery views of mountains that will make you speechless. You can enjoy the panoramic mountain views including the views of Annapurna south, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri range, Annapurna 1st, Hiunchuli, Annapurna 3rd, Machhapuchhre(Fishtail) , holy peak - Fang peak, and Mt. Manaslu and valley views. After returning back to Ghorepani from Poonhill, you will take breakfast and take a steeply descending trail all the way to Tikhedhunga through the dense forest of Rhododendron and pines. Rest of the trail is gradually downhill to Nayapool. From here you will take a taxi to Pokhara which takes about an hour and half. Overnight at Pokhara. We will offer you 3 start level accomodation to you at Pokhara.
Day 17: Kathmandu
From Pokhara you will be ported back to Kathmndu through the tourist bus, If you wish to take a flight to Kathmndu then you need to arrange it at your own cost. Overnight at Kathmandu. We will offer you farewell dinner - Nepali authentic meals and 3 star level accomodation for one night at Kathmandu.
Day 18: Farewell
Today you will be dropped to Tribhuvan International Airport for the departure. Hope you enjoyed your trip and our service.
Our Package Includes:
- Pickups and drops from airport/hotel
- Accommodation in 3 star or 3 star equivalent hotels
- All 3 meals per day during the trek (BLD)
- An experienced English speaking trekking guide
- Salary, accommodation, insurance and meals for guide and porter
- Rescue and Travel arrangements
- All necessary paper works and permits, all government and local taxes
- Medical kit
- Trekking gears(Sleeping bag and down jacket)
- Complimentary Trekking Map (one map per group)
- Water Purifier (Chlorine)
Our Package Excludes:
- Tips to the guide, porters and drivers.
- International air tickets
- Visa fees
- Medical evacuation when in emergency
- Travel insurance
- Personal Gears
- Extra drinks and liquors
- Any other expense not listed above
List of Equipment
- Waterproof walking boots with suitable ankle support .
- Loose, casual waterproof trousers for trekking.
- Thermal coats or fleece .
- Warm socks.
- Fleece jacket or warm wool jumper.
- Windproof, waterproof outers for higher altitudes.
- Wool or fleece cap.
- Day sack to be carried personally.
- Personal water bottle.
- Camera, spare battery and battery charger.
- Toilet items and towels.
- Hand sanitizer
- Warm gloves