Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trekking 24 days


Trip Type:
Tea House

Grade:
Moderate

Altitude:
5,416 m

Trek Duration:
18 days

Walk Per Day:
5 – 8 hours

Season:
Feb - May, Sep - Nov
  • Overview
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Cost Info

This renowned as one of the world’s preeminent trekking destination lies in the Annapurna Region towards the northern part of Nepal. This trek gives you awesome views of the peaks Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchchhre (fish tail), and those of Annapurna South. It is the most rewarding way to experience Nepal’s natural embellishment and cultural assortment walking along through the forest of rhododendrons, isolated hamlets, small mountain villages, birds, animals, breathtaking landscapes. You will also meet ever smiling friendly and warm hearted people of different cultures offering a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Meet assist and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu / Besisahar (760 m). (approx. 6 hrs drive)

Day 04: Trek Besisahar / Bahun Danda (1310 m) – 5 hrs walk

Day 05: Trek Bahun Danda / Chamje (1430 m.) – 6 hrs walk

Day 06: Trek Chamje / Dharapani (1860 m.) – 6 hrs walk

Day 07: Trek Dharapani / Chame (2670 m.) – 5 hrs walk

Day 08: Trek Chame / Pisang (3200 m.) – 6 hrs walk

Day 09: Trek Pisang / Manang (3540 m.) – 4 hrs walk

Day 10: Rest at Manang.

Day 11: Trek Manang / Yak Kharka (4018 m) / Thorang Phedi (4450 m)

Day 12: Trek Thorang phedi / Thorang pass (5416 m.) descend to Muktinath (3800 m.) – 10 hrs walk

Day 13: Trek Muktinath / Kagbeni (2800 m.) – 3 hrs walk

Day 14: Trek Kagbeni / Jomsom (2710 m) / Marpha (2670 m.) – 5 hrs walk

Day 15: Trek Marpha / Kalopani (2530 m.) – 6 hrs walk

Day 16: Trek Kalopani / Tatopani (1190 m.) – 6 hrs walk

Day 17-18: Trek Tatopani / Shikha (1935 m) / Ghorepani (2750 m) – 8 hrs

Day 19: Trek Ghorepani / Ghandruk (1940 m.) – 7 hrs walk

Day 20: Trek Ghandrunk / Pothana (1900 m). – 5 hrs walk

Day 21: End trek at Phedi (approx. 3 hrs walk) and drive to Pokhara (approx. 30 min drive).

Day 22: Half Daysightseeing tour in Pokhara.

Day 23: Drive back to Kathmandu. Evening Nepalese cultural program followed by farewell dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 24: Transfer to airport for departure flight.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Meet assist and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: AM – Half Daysightseeing tour of Pashupatinath and Boudhanath

PM – Half Daysightseeing tour Kathmandu city and Soyambhunath.

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu / Besisahar (760 m). (approx. 6 hrs drive)

After breakfast, drive for 6 hours through beautiful landscapes and arrive Besisahar (approx. 185 km).

Overnight at guest house/lodge.

Day 04: Besisahar / Bahun Danda (1310 m) – 5 hrs walk

Trek to Bahun Danda by passing through typical villages and the different faces of the local people. The trail has a mix of ascent and decent as we pass small valleys. Nadi is a settlement of families originally from Manang village while Taranche, immediately above it, is a Gurung village. The last hour and half we climb uphill to reach Bahun Danda.

Overnight at guest house/lodge.

Day 05: Bahun Danda / Chamje (1430 m.) – 6 hrs walk

We walk the ridge on which Bahundanda is perched and follow the river to Syange. From here we climb uphill for about an hour to the village of Jagat. There are some great views of the river below as well as of the waterfall across the river. Chamje is another one and half hour following the river.

Overnight at guest house/lodge.

Day 06: Chamje / Dharapani (1860 m.) – 6 hrs walk

ToDaywe are meeting the people who are said to have migrated from Tibet long ago as you pass through their village and notice the difference in the lifestyle of the people and their settlements. We cross the suspension bridge below Chamje and climb two steep sections of the trail to reach the village of Tal. Tal is populated with Gurungs and Tibetans. From the end of the valley above Tal, the trail rises steeply initially and then rises and falls as it cuts across the mountain side to Dharapani.

Overnight at guest house/lodge.

Day 07: Dharapani / Chame (2670 m.) – 5 hrs walk

Ascending most of the time we reach Bagarchap, a Tibetan village, within the first hour of trek, followed by Dangyung, a small Tibetan settlement. We then enter dense forest, cross bridges over tributaries and at the foot of a waterfall ascend steep stone steps to reach the new trail to Chame. It will take us about 3 and half hours with some fine views of Annapurna II on the approach to Chame.

Overnight at guest house/lodge.

Day 08: Chame / Pisang (3200 m.) – 6 hrs walk

Passing through several rivers climbing up and down between them we reach Taleku in an hour. In just less than two hours, we cross a bridge to the sparsely inhabited settlement of Bartang, former settlement of Khampas which is now an orchard and marks the traditional boundary between Manang area to the north and the predominantly Gurung area to the south. Following the river for about an hour, we cross the bridge and then ascend to the floor of the Manang valley and Lower Pisang. A spectacular rock wall is in view for much of the climb. We notice a real change in the landscape as the area becomes much more arid as we climb.

Overnight at guest house/lodge.

Day 09: Pisang / Manang (3540 m.) – 4 hrs walk

We continue to climb encountering the windy and dry atmosphere of the area like in Tibet. The trail rises, first gradually and then more steeply from Lower Pisang to reach the crest of a ridge overlooking the upper Manang Valley. The airfield and settlement area of Ongre are clearly visible from this vantage-point. We then head down to the flat valley floor and reach Ongre, shortly after this we cross the Sabche Khola River with a great view of the amphitheatre formed by Annapurna III and IV. \

Overnight at guest house/lodge.

Day 10: Rest at Manang.

We take rest in Manang for acclimatization. We may take short hikes around the area during the Dayif we are not tired.

Overnight at guest house/lodge.

Day 11: Manang / Yak Kharka (4018 m) / Thorang Phedi (4450 m)

The way slowly descends through the Manang village. The houses are made by clay and stone and joint each other. The path keeps on going up slowly by crossing the innumerable tiny streams, which come from the Chulu east and Chulu west.
Trek for about an hour to Churi, a small village with few houses. After a while there are two ways for Thorang Phedi. One goes from the next side of the stream and other goes from the same side but have to trek up. The trail from next side of the river is little bit dangerous because the rocks keep on falling down very often from the cliff.

Overnight at tented camp.

Day 12: Thorang phedi / Thorang pass (5416 m.) descend to Muktinath (3800 m.) – 10 hrs walk

ToDayis a challenging Daywith the involvement of long and difficult ascend to the Thorong Pass. It would take around 7 hrs to complete the climb and 3 hr decent to Muktinath. The views of the Himalaya are magnificent as you climb up and cross this popular pass. Muktinath is a pilgrimage centre for both Buddhists and Hindus, it is home of Lord Vishnu and Buddhist monasteries. It is believed that you get freedom from all suffering of life by visiting this temple.

Overnight at guest house/lodge.

Day 13: Muktinath / Kagbeni (2800 m.) – 3 hrs walk

We have already completed the hardest trekking and most of the ascending. Now we mostly have descends in our remaining days. From Muktinath, the trail goes down through Kali Gandaki valley to Kagbeni, another religious site on the bank of Kali Gandaki.

Overnight at guest house/lodge.

Day 14: Kagbeni / Jomsom (2710 m) / Marpha (2670 m.) – 5 hrs walk

Trek from Kagbeni to Jomosm and continue trekking to Marpha. It is tiny little village famous for apple growing. Apple brandy made here is very popular and worth testing.

Overnight at guest house/lodge.

Day 15: Marpha / Kalopani (2530 m.) – 6 hrs walk

We follow the path on the west side of the river then on the new road through beautiful Thakali Villages with decorated houses and wide paved streets. We cross the river for lunch in Koketanti, then back again to follow the stone path through pine woods and fields to Kalopani. Kalopani is a very smart town nestling below the Dhaulagiri Icefall.

Day 16: Kalopani / Tatopani (1190 m.) – 6 hrs walk

It is nearly all downhill today, mostly on paths through fields and orchards, but sometimes on the road being built by hand up to Muktinath. We stop for lunch at Rukse Chhahara, close to a huge waterfall. We continue on down into the deepest valley in the world to the town of Tatopani (hot water), where we can soak in the hot springs by the river before indulging in fish and chips in the town.

Day 17-18: Tatopani / Shikha (1935 m) / Ghorepani (2750 m) – 8 hrs

Again cross the long suspension bridge over the Kali Gandaki then again Do Khola (stream) the path goes rapidly up via Ghara and Shikha villages. You will gain about 1500m high today. The stunning view of Mt. Dhaulagiri is just in front of you.

Keep continue to uphill trek through thick, lush Rhododendron forest. In spring season, the place looks like a heaven, when the Rhododendron is in bloom. Ghorepani is one of the magnificent villages in the area. A good place to see owe inspiring view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massive.

Day 19: Ghorepani / Ghandruk (1940 m.) – 7 hrs walk

Early in the morning, we will climb for one hour to the top of Poon Hill. Poon Hill is one of the most popular vantage points of this trek, it is situated at an elevation of 3210m. From here we can see the tremendous views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range. After enjoying the views for a while, we return to Ghorepani village and after breakfast start our trek to Ghandruk.

The trail climbs south on path through deep forests. It finally emerges on a grassy knoll which offers good mountain views, including a view of Machhapuchhare (not visible from Ghorepani) and a panorama all the way south to the plains of India. It is a similar view to that from Poon Hill. We climb along the ridge in pine and rhododendron forests to a crest at 3030m, then descend to cross a second pass, at 2960m. The trail then descends steeply to a stream before the climbing again through the forest to Tadapani. The trail descends steeply from Tadapani through the forest to a clearing, a short steep descent among rocks leads to a stream crossing then we descend gently pass other streams and finally down towards Ghangdruk. The trail reaches the edge of Ghangdruk near the tin roofed handicraft factory, and then descends on stone steps into the maze of the village itself.

Day 20: Ghandrunk / Pothana (1900 m). – 5 hrs walk

The trek from Ghandruk to Landruk is the steepest part of the entire trek. The descent from Ghandruk to Kyumi at the bank of Modi khola is almost 70 degrees vertical. Then have to climb up to Landruk which is almost equally steep but shorter. Though a straight line distance between the two villages would not be more than 500 meters. From Landruk the trek is pretty easy for the first hour, somewhat steep for the next two or three (till Deurali) and a gentle downhill to Pothana through the forests. Pothana is a small town with 10 or 12 lodges and offer the best-so-far view of the Machhapuchre.

Day 21: End trek at Phedi (approx. 3 hrs walk) and drive to Pokhara (approx. 30 min drive).

The remainder of the trek is gradual downhill through the village of Dhampus to Phedi. It takes about two hours to reach Phedi. Dhampus is the exit point of the ACAP region and foreigners need to check out
here. Phedi is connected to the highway by a graveled road with some jeeps offering a ride to Pokhara and it is in the Bhupi Sherchan Highway (Pokhara to Baglung). From here drive to Pokhara

Day 22: Pokhara

Half Daysightseeing tour in Pokhara covering Devi's Fall, Seti Gorge, Bendebasini temple and local market.

Day 23: Drive back to Kathmandu. Evening Nepalese cultural program followed by farewell dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 24: Transfer to airport for departure flight.

Cost Include

  • Arrival, departure transfers and sightseeing tours as mentioned.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu at hotel as per your choice of category.
  • Transportation to and from Kathmandu by road or air as per the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in lodges/guesthouses during trekking.
  • 3 meals a Day (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during trekking.
  • Highly experienced trekking guide
  • Required number of porters during the trekking.
  • Camping equipments (if required as per the itinerary)
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Insurance of our staff and their salary, allowance.
  • National park and conservation area fees wherever applicable.
  • First-Aid box
  • Trekking permit fee.
  • Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) fee,

Cost Exclude

  • International airfare
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Nepal entry visa fee (please see visa information)
  • Insurance to cover rescue & trip cancellation, accident or health emergency, loss, theft or damage to baggage and personal effects. (We strongly suggest you to purchase travel insurance policy as it is not available in Nepal).
  • Expenses of personal nature such as beverages, phone call, laundry etc.
  • Tips and gratuities.

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