Annapurna Circuit Trekking
- Trek Code: BATE NEP03
- Trek Name: Annapurna Circuit
- Grade: Strenuous
- Max Elevation: 5416m/17769ft
- Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge
- Meal: All meal on trek & Bed & breakfast in cities
- Transport: Flight or Private vehicle
- Trek Days: 17
- Total Days: 23
Considered to be among the best long-distance treks in the world, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the perfect option for those looking to spend a long time exploring the Annapurna region.
The Annapurna region itself opened to outsiders only in 1977, allowing travelers with a fascination for history/culture and a love for the mountains to tread on ancient trade routes and submit themselves to the majestic beauty of mountains such as the mighty Mt. Annapurna (Hindu God of food and nourishment), the beautiful Mt. Machhapuchchhre (Fishtail), the two-horned Mt. Manaslu (mountain of spirit), Mt. Dhaulagiri (Dazzling Mountain) and others – some of these mountains are featured in the top 10 highest peaks in the world.
What is included in the tour
- All airport transfers as per the itinerary
- 4 nights’ accommodation in Hotel in Kathmandu (twin sharing BB)
- 2 nights’ accommodation in Hotel in Pokhara (twin sharing BB)
- Half day guided sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu
- Half day guided sightseeing and boating in Pokhara
- All necessary transportation during sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- All necessary entrance fee during sightseeing
- Accommodation as per the itinerary in best available lodge enroute during trek
- All meals during trek (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
- Trained, Experience & registered Trekking guide
- Porter @ 2 clients (weight max. 15 kg per clients)
- Insurance for Nepali staffs
- National park fee
- Transportation to and from trek initiation and end point by necessary vehicle
- Nepali staff daily wages
- Transportation Pokhara – Kathmandu by flight
- Transportation Pokhara – Kathmandu by local bus for Sherpa & Porters
- Transportation Kathmandu – Besisahar by private vehicle for clients & staffs
- Fully loaded medical kit box
- Trekking kit bag to each group member
What is NOT included in the tour
- Travel insurance (must cover all risk undertaken)
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Expenses of personal nature like phone calls, laundry etc.
- Bar bills (hard and soft drinks)
- Gratuities for staff
- Services not mention herein
- One of the longest pass Thorong Pass
- Ancient Monasteries and Temple
- Naturally most beautiful villages
- Natural Hot spring
- World popular view of Poon Hill
- Mountain ranges along trekking route.
|01||Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m/4264ft||Hotel (BB)|
|02||Briefing session. Full Day Tour of world heritage sites in Kathmandu||Hotel (BB)|
|03||Drive to Besisahar, Lunch at Kurintar, 760m/2492ft, 6 hrs||Lodge|
|04||Drive to Chame, (2615m/8579ft), 6 hrs|
|06||trek to Manang, 3500m/11483ft 6 hrs (lunch at Nawul)|
Rest day for acclimatisation
Like to Gangapurna Lake, 3 hours
|08||Trek to Yak Kharka, 3970m/13025ft, 4 hrs (lunch at same place)||Lodge|
|09||trek to Thorong Phedi, 4405m/14452ft 4 hrs, lunch at same place)||Lodge|
|10||Trek to Muktinath, 3800m/12467ft cross Thorong La pass, (5,416m) 9 hrs. Packed lunch||Lodge|
|11||Trek to Marpha, 2665m/8743ft, 6 hrs, Lunch at Jomsom||Lodge|
|12||rek to Kalopani, 2530m/8300ft, 6 hrs, 4405 meters (lunch at Okhethanti)||Lodge|
|13||trek to Tatopani, 1190m/3904ft, 6 hrs ( (Lunch at Dhana)||Lodge|
|14||Trek to Gorepani, 2820m/9252ft 7 hrs (s (lunch at Shikha)||Lodge|
|15||Trek to Poon Hill (3200m/10496ft) and return to Ulleri, 820m/2690ft, 3 hrs. Drive to Pokhara||Hotel (BB)|
Sightseeing, visit to Gorkha Museum, International Mountain museum, Paragliding, Ultra light flight, Zip line :
|17||Fly to Kathmandu. Transfer to hotel.||Hotel (BB)|
|18||ree day to explore Kathmandu, go shopping or rest||Hotel (BB)|
|19||Transfer to airport for final departure (there is also the option for holiday extension||--|
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: 1300m/4265ft,
Arrival in Kathmandu where you will be met and transferred to Hotel just walking distance to any styles of good restaurants and shops. We will give you a short briefing on hotel facilities and safety. Tonight we only have a short introduction to the area, just what you need to know before the main briefing tomorrow. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu (BB)
Day 02: Sightseeing of World Heritage sites
After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you're fully prepared for the trip, and any last minute questions answered. After lunch, we explore this medieval capital. We visit Patan Durbar Square. Later we visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath, holy temple of Hindu where the cremation takes place by the holy river Bagmati. Ev O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu (BB)
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar, 760m/2492ft, 6 hrs, lunch in Kurintar
Driving out of the Kathmandu valley gives us some excellent mountain views on the road to Pokhara. Drive through upgraded road heading north to Besi Sahar. O/N in Hotel in Besisahar.
Day 04: – Chame, 2615m/8579ft, 7 hours, lunch at Kurintar.
After breakfast, we continue to drive to Chame, climbing through mountainous hills enjoying scenic view rural life of Nepalese villages. O/N Lodge in Chame.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang: 3135m/10285ft, 6 hrs, Lunch at Dokkur Pokhari
We follow up the narrow forested valley to the old Khampa settlement at Bhradang (2845m), our lunch stop, once a center for these fierce Tibetan warriors' resistance to the Chinese occupation in Tibet. We cross over and begin to climb up through the forest away from the river. The silence itself is dramatic as we round this pine forested ridge. We continue down to Pisang, our night stop. The Tibetan feel of the village is unmistakable, fine tapering walled houses and long lines of prayer wheels and mane walls. There is an excellent short detour for those with some spare energy, up to Pisang gompa (3230m) across on the north bank, with amazing views back of the huge north face of Annapurna II. O/N in Lodge at Pisang.
Day 06: Trek to Manang: 3500m/11483ft, 5 hrs, Lunch at Nuwal
This is the Nyesyang region of Manang; the people are well-traveled traders. There is a choice of two routes today: a shorter direct one along the south bank valley floor via Hongde airstrip, or a more interesting, but longer route higher on the north bank through the villages of Gharyu and Ngawal. This is maybe two hours long but offers such magnificent views of the mountains to the south. Both meet at Braga cliff side village (3450m), below its 900-year-old gompa (monastery) of the Kargyupa sect of Buddhism, sadly now little used. O/N in Lodge at Manang.
Day 07: Manang Acclimatization day 3500m/11483ft
Manang is a fascinating village, the chief Buddhist village that gives its name to the area. As such it’s ideal for our essential acclimatization rest day before taking on the Thorong La. There are excellent side trips such as the short climb to the Cliffside Bod-zo Gompa where the lama performs a blessing ceremony to protect us on our journey. Everyone should aim to manage some ascent to further our acclimatization, if only to this little monastery. The more energetic may wish to visit the high village of Khangsar on the opposite bank. O/N in Lodge at Manang.
Day 08: Trek to Yak kharka: 3970m/13025ft, 5 hrs, Lunch at Yak kharka
This is quite a short day as its essential to set up proper acclimatization on the approach to the pass and limit the height gain between our night stops. Up to Tengi (3640m) the last permanent settlement before the pass, we get stunning views across to Tilicho and the Great Barrier on this alternative high altitude traverse over to the Kali Gandaki. Above here there are only Goth (shepherd's shelters), Karkha (summer pastures) and our seasonal lodges. We reach our night stop at Yak Kharka where there are the best lodges in the area, in time for lunch. This is ideal to give us the maximum acclimatization time. In the afternoon we can explore up the ridge towards West Chulu peak which gives us magnificent views. This is the ideal acclimatization program - climb high, sleep low. O/N in Lodge at Yak Kharka.
Day 09: Trek to Phedi: 4405m/14452ft, 4 hrs, Lunch at Phedi
Again it is really not far to Thorong Phedi - meaning literally 'the bottom of the Thorong pass'. These are the last possible lodges before the pass, and it would not be recommended to sleep higher at this stage anyway. We are here well in time for lunch, again maximizing our acclimatization time. It is a truly spectacular setting perched in a craggy arena between the peaks. There is only one route up from here, toward the pass, and everyone is encouraged to ascend some way in the afternoon. It is possible to double back onto a great outcrop high above the lodge which offers the most amazing views. O/N in Lodge at Phedi.
Day 10: Trek to Muktinath: 3800m/12467ft, Thorong pass (5,416m) Lunch is Packed Lunch
Early morning start to give enough time to complete the ascend. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving Thorong Phedi, but as this trail, has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path, though often steep is well defined and easy to follow. It will take us almost 4 hours from Thorong Phedi to reach the pass (5,416m). The views from the trail and from the pass itself are outstanding high Himalayan scenes. We then start descending down the barren Kali Gandaki Valley, which is far below to the west. The descent is steep and rough. Eventually, the moraines yield to grassy slopes and the final descent walk to Muktinath is a pleasant walk along the upper part of the Jhong Valley. We crossing the meadows, drop into a deep ravine the starting of the Jhong Khola, we climb out and follow a wide trail into Muktinath. O/N in Lodge at Muktinath.
Day 11: Trek to Marpha: 2665m/8743ft, Lunch at Jomsom
Now we are entering the land of the enterprising Thakali, the Buddhist people who (like the Sherpas over in Khumbu) controlled the ancient trade route between the Tibetan plateau and the Nepali foothills and Indian plains beyond. The grain from below was exchanged with salt from above, and a great many precious commodities besides. The Kali Gandaki is counted as an important branch of the famous Silk Road, linking east and west, north and south on a massive scale. Down its wide flat valley heading south, the landscape changes yet again as we passed between twisted stratified rock formations to Jomsom (2715m), our lunch stop and the center for the Mustang District. After lunch, we carry on a short way past many orchards, apples and apricots, to Marpha, a gorgeous little whitewashed village, where the houses and lodges are built around beautiful courtyards which protect them from the strong afternoon wind, drawn up between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Marpha is famous for its fruit produce; the apple pie is highly recommended when fresh, though the apple brandy favors only the brave - don't be fooled by its innocent fruity flavor. O/N in Guest House at Marpha.
Day 12: Trek to Kalopani: 2530m/8300ft, Lunch at Othetani
We carry on, almost imperceptibly down at first, past the agricultural research farm just out of Marpha, to the large village of Tukche (2590m), historically important as an original Thakali trade center, made evident by its handsome architecture with its rich carving. We have lunch here. Soon after we come to the interesting village of Khobang (2560m) where the trail enters an internal corridor protecting the entrances to the houses from the wind. The forests increase in height now and the trail starts to undulate more as we approach Kalopani our night stop in its alpine forest setting to the backdrop of the vast face of Dhaulagiri. O/N in Lodge at Kalopani.
Day 13: Trek to Tatopani: 1190m/3904ft, Lunch at Ghasa:
On through Lete and Ghasa (2040m), the trail now high above the river passing through a narrow gorge, regarded as the deepest and steepest in the world, dwarfing us between the summits of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna high above. Kabre, the northern-most hill-caste village on the trail, marks the change back from dryer Tibetan landscape, becoming lusher as we move into Hindu areas again - Brahmin and Chettri hill farmers and Gurung and Magar tribes. We stop for lunch at the spectacular waterfall of Rupse Chhaharo (1630m), a truly beautiful spot. Descending through the small village of Dana, we head for our lodge stop at Tatopani - literally 'hot springs', which we can take a good relaxing soak in before supper. This is the last Thakali village south, and shows all the signs of their enterprising spirit - it feels a bit like the Kali Riviera, compared to the wide-open spaces up the river. O/N in Guest House at Tatopani
Day 14: Trek to Ghorepani: 2820m/9252ft, Lunch at Chitre
We've had all easy days coming down the Kali Gandaki, but now it’s time for some more uphill to cross the Ghorepani pass back to Pokhara. This can be quite a long day, all up hill, especially as it can get hot on the lower slopes if we leave it too late in the day. So we make a good early start, climbing up through the villages Ghara (1830m) and Sikha (2080m) before the day warms up. At Phalate (2255m) we have most of the climb behind us and magnificent views of the huge south face of Dhaulagiri, which have been getting better as we go up. We can stop here for lunch or up at Chitre (2330m), if we started early enough. By now we should be high enough to enjoy some breeze, and it is really not far to our lodge stop at Ghorepani. Meaning 'horse-water' this was originally a trader's staging post on the ridge, which has evolved into an important crossroads with many tourist lodges. This will be your last night with your trekking crew except for trekking Guide. Trekking crew will organize a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try a local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N in Lodge at Ghorepani.
Day 15: Trek to Birethanti then drive to Pokhara: 820m/2690ft, Lunch at Hille: <br />
In the morning we rise before the cool, and hopefully crystal-clear, dawn put on our head-torches and, even before breakfast, make our way up Poon Hill (3195m) standing just south of Ghorepani. To be there as the sun rises over the valley of Pokhara, and lights the whole panorama of peaks from Dhaulagiri through Annapurna and Machhapuchhare to Lamjung and way out east, is truly one of the most magical moments in the Himalaya. A wonderful finale to the trek. We descend for breakfast (pre-ordered), and from here it is all downhill on our last day, giving back all the height gained yesterday. We do the majority in the morning aiming for Tirkhedunga (1605m) for lunch, before continuing the last stretch to reach the good road just beyond Birethanti village (1100m),. O/N in Hotel at Pokhara. (BB)
Day 16: Sightseeing at Pokhara:
Pokhara is the most popular destination for visitors to Nepal. The natural beauty of its lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains has made in the natural choice for trekkers and adventures. Here you will have a sightseeing tour at Barahi Temple, Davi's fall and Mahendra Cave.
Optional: If you are adventure lover, Pokhara offers some of the most amazing adventure sport such as Paragliding, Ultralight flight, Zipline.
O/N in Hotel in Pokhara. (BB)
Day 17: Fly or drive Pokhara – Kathmandu:
We take the short but thrilling internal flight past Manaslu and Ganesh Himal to Kathmandu. We are met and brought back to a warm welcome and the comforts of the Hotel. Time in the afternoon for more sights, shopping or shenanigans in the relaxed bars of Thamel. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu. (BB)
Day 18: Day at leisure:
This pleasant day you may have full day at leisure and either relax at hotel or explore Kathmandu city, shopping etc. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu (BB).
Day 19: Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure:
Today either you’ll have your holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer you to airport for final departure flight.