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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna circuit trekking is one of the popular trekkings in Nepal. Annapurna voted by the international travelers as one of the top ten travel destinations in the world is one of the world's classic and the most diverse trekking routes in Nepal. The magnificent mountain scenery of Annapurna I ( 8,091m. ), the magnificent ice pyramid  of Dhauligiri  ( 8,167m ) once the home of the legendary Buddhist guru Padmasamba, and Machhupuchhare  ( 6,993m. ) conceived  by many to be the most beautiful mountain in the world justify Annapurna region the paradise of nature. The sheer diversity of the landscape, the enchantment of crossing a high mountain pass and the unsurpassed views of the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu ranges are the hallmarks of Annapurna circuit trekking.

The Annapurna Circuit trekking has been famed as a 300 kilometer trekking in Nepal around the Annapurna mountain range in the Himalayas which reaches an altitude of 5,300 meters on the Thorung La pass, touching the edge of the fabled Tibetan plateau. Annapurna round trekking follows the ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet which played significant role in facilitating the flow of culture and religions in the remote region. The existing pilgrimage sites of Hindus and Buddhists in the region reveal the religious harmony among Tibetan Mahayana, Buddhism, Hinduism and the mysterious Bon - Po religion from the ancient time.

Annapurna trekking trail follows Marshyangdi valley north of Manang, crosses snow covered Thorang La pass (5430 m.) offering the spectacular views that spreads from the northwest of Mustang to incredible mountain ranges of Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri to the south, passes Muktinath, an important site of  Hindus and Biddhist pilgrimages. The journey continues to the south exploring the arid beauty of Tibetan plateau and crossing the world’s deepest gorge back dropped by enchanting views of Mt. Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri and returns to pokhara via Kali Gandaki River.

  • Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu
    Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a staff / representative from Himalayan Trekking Team as you come out at the airport after the immigration formalities. You will be transferred to a hotel. A briefing of the trekking trip will be arranged at a convenient time.

    Day 02: Kathmandu – Beshisahar – Khudi ( 790m. ): 8 hrs.
    We drive to Besi Sahar (157 km.) along the bank of Trisuli and Marshyandi River enjoying the scenic beauty. Commence the trek. The trail narrows and the valley becomes a deep river gorge. We cross a long suspension bridge and enter the largest trading village of Khudi inhabited by the Gurungs.

    Day 03: Khudi – Bahundanda ( 1310m. ); 5 – 6 hrs.
    The trail continues northwards up the valley, crossing several suspension bridges and passing several beautiful waterfalls. Above up towers the peak of Lamjung (22,291'). We arrive at Bahundanda.

    Day 04: Bahundanda – Chamje ( 1420m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.
    Today, we descend to the Marshyangdi and continue to walk the west bank climbing high over a ridge and cross a suspension bridge at Sange. We then climb high again through rhododendron and pine forest. The valley now becomes moredeep. We arrive at Chamje.

    Day 05: Chamje – Bagarchhap ( 2160m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.
    We climb steadily to a small village at the foot of a large waterfall. Now we are entering to Manang district. We cross a suspension bridge and climb through rhododendron and bamboo forests to Bagarchhap (7120'), the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture.

    Day 06: Bagarchhap – Chame ( 2670m. ); 5 – 6 hrs.
    The trail is now heading west, Manaslu forming a splendid backdrop and Annapurna II (26,040') appearing occasionally to the south. We continue through the forests of pine and fir. As we continue on Chame (8,859'), views of the Annapurnas improve dramatically.

    Day 07: Chame – Pisang  ( 3169m ); 5 – 6 hrs.
    We continually cross the river all day, passing through the narrow steep sided gorge. Nearing the village of Pisang (10,400') we top a ridge to get our first views of the Manang Valley, a wide N-shaped valley hanging between two lines of snow peaks.

    Day 08:Pisang –  Ghyaru ( 36709m. ) – Ngawal ( 3657m. ) - Manang ( 3540m. ); 7 – 8 hrs.
    Today we take a new route leaving the traditional route of Annapurna circuit trekking behind. We cross Marshyangdi River trek along the bank and then steeply climb up passing through small bushes to Ghyaru and then to Ngawal, old villages in Tibetan setting. The visit to these villages of off the beaten trail gives you the cultural insight as well as spectacular views of Annapurna ranges. We gradually descend to Mananag passing Braga which houses an old monastery.
     
    Day 09:  Rest day for acclimatization at Manang.
    Today we spend the day exploring Manang and enjoying the spectacular scenery: Annapurna II, Annapurna III (24,787'), Gangapurna (24,457) to the South: Tilicho (23,400'), to the west; Chulu west (21,599') and Chulu East (19,880') to north. We can climb up the hills nearby for acclimatization.

    Day 10: Manang – Yak Kharka ( 4018m. ) ; 4 – 5 hrs.
    We branch away from the Marshyandi Khola steadily climbing into distinct alpine areas. We pass through old mani walls, a few pastures, meadows, a scrub of juniper. Keep your eyes open for Thar, Ghoral, mountain sheep. We arrive at Yak Kharka.

    Day 11: Yak Kharka – Thorung Phedi ( 4450m. ); 3 - 4 hrs.
    We gradually climb and arrive at Thorung Phedi, the base of the pass.  

    Day 12:  Thorung Phedi – Thorung La Pass ( 5416m. ) – Muktinath ( 3800m. ); 8 – 9 hrs.
    Though the crossing of the pass is not technically difficult, we take it slow to take into account the complications of altitude and possible snow. After about four hours, we reach the top (17,771') and enjoy some absolutely stunning high Himalaya scenery: the entire Annapurna ranges in the south, the Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west and the incredibly deep Kali Gandaki valley, the peaks of Tharungste (21,268') and Chulu to the north. The descent is steep and rough but we soon have excellent views of Dhaulagiri (26795').

    Day 13: Muktinath – Jomsom  ( 2710m. ); 4 – 5 hrs.
    The trail descends very quickly to the valley below; the descent is through a dramatic arid landscape and continues like that to Jomsom (8,900') which is a major village on the Kali Gandaki trading route.

    Day 14: Jomsom – Kalopani ( 2530m. ) ; 5 – 6 hrs.
    We pass through Marpha and Tukche, beautiful Thakali Villages. A dramatic change in the vegetation, from dry arid desert to pine forests as we pass between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. We arrive at Kalopani.

    Day 15: Kalopani – Tatopani ( 1190m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.
    Passing through Kalapani, the views of Annapurnas are magnificent. The trail descends steadily to Tatopani - means 'Hot Water' and it is possible to bath in the spring.

    Day 16: Tatopani – Ghorepani ( 2750m. ); 6 – 7 hrs.
    We then cross the Kali Gandaki and climb steadily to the Magar village of Sikha. Steadly climbing all day we leave behind the terraced fields and enter thick rhododendron forest and the village of Ghorepani.

    Day 17: Ghorepani – Hille ( 1475m. ) ; 7 – 8 hrs.
    We climb up to Poon Hill, the vantage point to see the Himalayas including Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagir range. We desend to Hille passing Ulleri and Tirkhedhunga.

    Day 18: Hille – Naya Pool – Pokhara; 5 hrs.
    We walk and arrive at Naya Pool and take land transportation to Pokhara. We check - in the hotel.

    Day 19:  Land transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

    We take land transportation to Kathmandu and check in the hotel. we arrange farewell dinner at a typical Nepalese restaurant with culture programs in the evening.

    Day 20: Airport transfer for your onward journey.

    We transfer you to the airport for your international departure.

     

  • Cost Includes

    -    International and domestic airport arrivals and departures
    -    Accommodation at hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan ( as per the choice of the trekkers )
    -    Domestic flight fare including airport tax as per the itinerary.
    -    All necessary paperwork for permit ( national park entrance, TIMS card )
    -    Accommodation at the hotels / lodges in the trekking trail
    -    All meals ( breakfast, lunch and dinner ) in the trekking
    -    An experienced English speaking trek leader ( trekking guide ) and assistant trekking guide ( 4 trekking members ), and porters ( one porter between two trekkers ) to carry luggage including their meals, accommodation, wages, equipment and accident insurance.
    -    First aid medical kit
    -    All government and local taxes
    -     Farewell dinner

    Cost Excludes

    -    International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    -    Nepal visa fee
    -    Excess baggage charges for the domestic flight
    -    Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
    -    Travel and rescue insurance for trekking members
    -    Any additional expenses due to domestic flight delay or cancellation
    -    Any other expenses of personal nature ( phone calls, laundry, bar bills battery recharge, hot shower and boiled water in the trekking ).
    -    Gratuity for the trekking staffs

 

Starting From :

2 - 6 persons : $ 2200

6 - 10 persons : $ 2100

 

 

Note: Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu flight may be delayed by few hours or even cancelled due to bad weather condition. You should be prepared for such flight delays or cancellations. We will do our best to avoid such conditions. In case of flight cancellation, we will try to get you on the flight for the next day. Getting early flight for the next day may be not possible during the high season. We can arrange flight by helicopter as well with extra cost. If we have a group of 4- 5 people, we can charter helicopter for you to fly from Kathmandu - Lukla or vice versa. It will be advisable to have extra days in Kathmandu before and after the trekking. Great Himalayan Guide can arrange you cultural / adventure tours ( such as sightseeing tours, rafting, jungle safari, ) with extra cost if the extra days are not used for the flight conditions to Lukla and back. If the flight is delayed and cancelled for several days which could disturb your onward journey, you are free to choose trekking in Annapurna, Langtang and other regions.Great Himalayan Guide will arrange the alternative trek for you as soon as possible.