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Trip Facts

  • Trek Name: Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Trip Grade: Strenuous
  • Altitude: 5416 m.
  • Activities: Trekking
  • Total Duration: 22 Nights/23 Days Days
  • TGroup Size: Minimum - 1 / Maximum-12

Annapurna Circuit Trek 22 Nights/23 Days Days

Since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977, the Annapurna Circuit Trek is renowned as one of the most spectacular and varied walks in the world. Starting from less than 1,000 meters in lush green valleys, it gives us a chance to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from many different angles and perspectives. This three week trek starts right from Besisahar which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village, inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the white Himalayas. Continuing to the north of the main Himalayan range to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.

The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trek is Thorung La pass at the top of the valley at 5416 meters high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day.

As we descend to the west at Muktinath, from pass we continue to the barren Tibetan like village of the Kali Gandaki – the world’s deepest gorge, passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorung La pass from Manang to Muktinath the final seven days of the circuit trek are the same as the Jomsom Trek from Pokhara, but in reverse.

About Trip Overview

Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu airport 1340 m and transfer to hotel

On arrival in Kathmandu the one and only country international airport, meet our guide and
staff for short drive to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city.
After checking into your nice rooms with rest after a jet-lag, and then rendezvous with other
group member of Everest Base Camp Trekking, where our guide / leader will brief you with
information regarding the treks, about hotels and lodge with Nepalese culture, do’s and don’ts.
Evening enjoy grand welcome dinner in typical Nepalese restaurants with various native
cultures as entertainment.

Day 2 At Kathmandu,trek preparation.

In Kathmandu allowing you a free day with interesting sightseeing tour, where in Kathmandu
one can visit its historical and religious monuments listed in world heritage sites.
Afternoon at leisure and preparation for Everest base camp trekking, starting next early
morning with flight to land at Lukla.

Day 3 Drive to Besisahar (830meters) by bus. 7 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

The day begins with drive to Besisahar about 5-6 hrs from Kathmandu by jeep along to the Prithwi highway. We divert off the highway at the bustling town of Dumre and continue for a further one and half hours to Besisahar. overnight at lodge/teahouse with dinner.

Day 4 Besisahar to Bahundanda (1310 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 5 Trek to Chamje (1400meters). 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 6 Trek to Bagarchhap (2160meters). 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The trail then climbs a stone stairway to 1860m till another stairway. The journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. There we find a stone entrance Chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition zone before the dry highlands.

Day 7 Trek to Chame (2630meters). 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, and then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame and two small hot springs by the town.

Day 8 Trek to Pisang (3300 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m and 3300m.

Day 9 Trek to Manang (3540 meters). 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks and raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m.

Day 10 Acclimatization day at Manang village. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village and the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation and have a night rest.

Day 11 Trek to Ledar(4250m)Overnight at Guesthouse.

Today we leave Manang, and the trail makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorong La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marshyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse.

Day 12 Trek to Phedi or High camp (4600m).Overnight at Guesthouse.

The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4600m, we can recently found some good Guesthouses built. Your overnight stay will be there.

Day 13 Trek to Muktinath (3800 meters) via Thorung La pass (5416 meters) 8 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorong La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the Chortens and prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top.

Day 14 Trek to Tukuche (2600m).Overnight at Guesthouse.

Tukuche is also nice settlements of more than 100 houses of Thakali people. It has also 2 monasteries, and one apple brandy factory. If you are interested to see how apple brandy is produced, you will be taken there.

Day 15 Trek to Ghasa (2010 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

From Tukuche the trek begins today downward walk along the Kaligandaki river beach with a trail of motor able road or if tired on self payment basis you can ride a bus or jeep up to Ghasa where your overnight accommodation is set.

Day 16 Trek to Tatopani (1190 meters). 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

From Ghasa the trek begins today downward walk along the Kaligandaki river beach with a trail of motor able road or if tired on self payment basis you can ride a bus or jeep up to Tatopani where your overnight accommodation is set.

Day 17 Trek to Ghorepani (2810 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Today is a bit hard day for trek up to Ghorepani with about 50-60 degree slope up via Ghara, Shikha and Chitre the Braman and Magar Indigenous habitant. Lunch on the way and overnight at teahouse/lodge at Ghorepani is set.

Day 18 Early in the morning hiking up to Poon Hill (3210meters) and trek to Tikhedunga (1570meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Early morning trip to Poonhill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri , Tukuche Peak Nilgiri, Varaha Shikhar , Mt. Annapurna I , Lamjung Himal and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After breakfast trek to Tikhedhunga with 4-5hours walking where the overnight accommodation with dinner is scheduled.

Day 19 Trek down to Nayapul (1010 meters) and an hour drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

This morning the trek starts after having breakfast in Tikhedhunga toward Nayapul about 4 hours with lunch on the way from where you are taken to Pokhara by private vehicle driving and keep you in Hotel as per agreed category with BB Plan.

Day 20 Pokhara City tour. Overnight at hotel.

sightseeing in Pokhara.

Day 21 Drive back to Kathmandu (1345meters). Overnight at hotel.

After having breakfast your trip starts by drive back from Pokhara to Katmandu by jeep about 6 hours driving and overnight is arranged in Kathmandu as per agreed category with BB Plan.

Day 22 Transfer to airport.

Final departure.

Date and Cost

Includes
  • Pick up and drop transport as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Accommodation and breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Accomodation and three meals a day during the trekking
  • Trekking guide and porters
  • National parks’ fees, TIMS card and government royalties
  • Domestic air ticket and airport tax for tourists and guides as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Insurance of our trekking staff members
  • Trekking and sightseeing in Kathmandu valley or other parts of Nepal as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags
  • Down jackets
  • Duffle bags
  • Oxygen cylinder
  • Trekking map
  • First Aid Kit
  • Farewell dinner with cultural program or dinner with Nepali family
Excludes
  • International air ticket, airport tax and Nepal visa fees
  • Travel insurance and the cost of medical services of tourists
  • All kinds of cloth and personal trekking equipment
  • Other personal expenses and tips
  • Charted helicopter, plane and other transports in case of emergency

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