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Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Annapurna circuit trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is one of the most popular choices of almost all trekkers. The main attraction of Annapurna Circuit trek is to cross the Thorong/Thorung La Pass with visiting a beautiful Manang Valley, Muktinath temple and Kali Gandaki valley. The Annapurna circuit trek trail also known with several names Around Annapurna, Round Annapurna and Thorong La Pass. This trek route is available good facilities of the Tea Houses/lodges so that visitors easily get accommodation and meals/food. Trekking to Annapurna Circuit is one of Nepal's finest mountain walks, with all of the elements that go to make up a classic Himalayan trekking holiday in Annapurna region offers tremendous opportunities due to its rich natural flora and fauna. Annapurna region is best described as the most happening incentive trekking and hiking destination of Nepal. It is providing a combination of spectacular high mountains scenery, picturesque lowland forms and villages, a wealth of cultural interest and a challenging pass crossing.

Annapurna Circuit trek offer a best panoramic views of Mount Manaslu (8163m), Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7061m),  Bharha Shikhar (7647m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Annapurna South (7219m)  Hiunchuli (6434m), Fishtail (6997m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Lamjung Himal (6983m) and other beautiful mountains.

The Annapurna circuit trek leads day by day with different landscape and Himalayan backdrop as well as passing the several ethnic groups. After make a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule our trek starts from here the trek follows Marsyangdi River up to Manang valley then go higher up to the Thorong La Pass 5416 meters above the sea level, afterwards bring down into melodramatic valley of Kali Gandaki (The deepest gorge on earth) and eyeful landscape view of Mustang. After motor road construction to Chame and Muktinath to Tatopati and Beni still complete the old route is interesting. Below given itinerary start from Bhulbhule and end at Dhampus Phedi covered meaning of Annapurna circuit, the great journey to around Annapurna with Annapurna circuit and Ghorepani Poon Hill.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
Day 03: Drive to Beshi Sahar (820m) then Bhulbhule (840m)
Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1330m)
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1960m)
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2670m)
Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3200m)
Day 08: Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 09: Acclimatization in Manang (3540m)
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4110m)
Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m)
Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) Over the Thorung La Pass (5416m)
Day 13: Trek to Marpha (2680m)
Day 14: Trek to Ghasa (2010m)
Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (1190m)
Day 16: Trek to Ghorepani (2855m)
Day 17: Visit Poon Hill (3210m) trek to Tadapani (2610m)
Day 18: Trek to Ghandruk (1940m)
Day 19: Trek to Pothana (1900m)
Day 20: Trek to Dhampus phedi then drive to Pokhara (850m)
Day 21: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 22: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
Day 23: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Day 24: Depart Kathmandu


Destination: Nepal
Trekking Region: Annapurna
Trek Start Point:  Bhulbhule
Trek End Point: Dhampus Phedi
Trekking Accommodation:  Teahouse / Camping
Trekking Grade: Medium-hard
Best Season:  March - June / September-November
Max Elevation: 5416m
Duration: 24 Days

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
After you arrive in Kathmandu airport please check our company board outside the main gate there will be our airport representative you will meet with him and he will transferred to hotel by private vehicle and our representative will help you to check-in your hotel after that if time enough, representative will take you to our office for short briefing about the trip but if not enough time then give a short trip brief in hotel and request to pay the due balance for the trip. Overnight at Hotel

Day 02: Sightseeing to Swayambhunath, Kathmandu and Patan
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including swayambhunath known as monkey temple, Kathmandu durbar square & Patan durbar square then drive back to Hotel. Overnight at hotel

 

Day 03: Kathmandu drive to Beshi Sahar (820m) then Bhulbhule (840m)
Early morning drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Besisahar. It takes about seven to eight hours to reach the Bhulbhule by bus. We have daily public bus service to Bhulbhule from Kathmandu new bus park (Gongbu Bus Park). So our guide will come to your hotel to pick you up to take you bus park if you wish to use public bus but if you are choosing the private vehicle then private vehicle and trekking crews come in your hotel for overland journey to Bhulbhule. After long beautiful drive you will reach at Bhulbhule (840m). Overnight at teahouse.


Day 04: Bhulbhule trek to Jagat (1330m)
Today, we cross the Marshyangdi River and continue along its right fork. We soon pass some tropical trees and terraced fields. Soon we glimpse of first sights of one of the 8000 peaks, Mount Manaslu (8161m), as well as Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli. From Ngadi, our path climbs steadily to Bhaudanda-a small Hindu village (1300m) with shops and tea houses. From Bhaundanda our trail abruptly dips to Syange (1080m). We'll cross the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge and continue trek along the peaceful river and climb to the stone village of Jagat (1330).  Overnight at teahouse.


Day 05: Jagat trek to Dharapani (1960m)
From Jagat our trail descends, crossing Ghatte Khola Stream and climbs again through forest-finally reaching Chamje (1410m). From Chamje our path crosses to the east fork of Marsyangdi River. Soon we climb steep stone steps past the village of Sattale (1680m), past fields and rhododendrons along the river bank and later climb to the open plateau of Tal (1700m). We continue gradually uphill, passing the villages of Khorte and Karte to finally you are reaching at Dharapani (1960m).  Overnight at teahouse.

Day 06:  Dharapani to Chame (2670m.)
Today, we pass a village school and also you can see the way of coming down from Larkya Pass (Manaslu trekking) and continue climb gradually through a forest to the typical Tibetan-style village of Bagarchhap (2160). Remaining along the left bank of the river, we gradually climb to Danaque (2210m). After Danaque cross suspension bridge and climb up to Temang village (2600m) and continue trek koto (2640m). It is the gate way for Nar Phu valley trekking. After koto easy walk to Chame (2670m) the largest village and headquarters of Manang District.  Overnight at teahouse.

Day 07: Chame trek to Pisang (3200m.)
Today, trek west from the bridge but if you wish to see the small hot spring you can walk 2 minutes east side of bridge after cross the bridge in Marsyangdi River at Chame but sometime it will be closed by overflow by Marsyangdi River water. After you follow west trail from the bridge now continues trek along the river banks through Telekhu (2840m) to Bharatang which is surrounded by apple orchards. Continue on the trail for about 30 minutes taking you through the banks of the Marshyangdi River, cross the bridge and proceed with the gradual ascent about 30 minutes to reach at Dhukure Pokhari (3200m). The trail now gradually turns planar and you would reach Pisang in about an hour. Pisang offers magnificent views of the Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. Overnight at teahouse


Day 08: Pisang trek to Manang (3540m.)
Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) and it takes about five and half hours. Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7134m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Hongde (3420m), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, you can see the village of Bryaga (3500m) with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7454m) and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7134m). Overnight at teahouse


Day 09: Acclimatization in Manang (3540m.)
Today is our like a rest day to acclimatization for trekking in higher elevation so you can make short visit to Gangapurna Lake, monastery and Manang village but if you wish to make day hiking trip such as visiting Milarepa cave, Ice Lake you need to extend your rest day in Manang because Ice Lake it is hard full day trip from Manang and also Milarepa cave not suggest in one day rest in Manang because you need some rest at Manang for acclimatization. Overnight at teahouse

 

Day 10: Manang trek to Yak Kharka (4110m)
The trekking trail now begins an ascent above 1876m to Thorung La from Manang village. From Manang village the trail crosses a stream before climbing to Tengi (3650m). We then continue to climb the Marsyangdi valley, passing the small village of Gunsang (3960m). After crossing a large stream that flows from Chulu west and Gundang, the trail passes an ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow at 4000 m. Beyond here is Yak Kharka, (4110m) also known as Koche.  Overnight at teahouse

Day 11: Yak Kharka trek to Thorung Phedi (4420m)
After less than one hour walking you are reaching  at Chauri Ledar (4250m). From Ledar the trail continues to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310 metres. After making a short ascent on a good trail to a teashop, the route then follows a narrow path across a high, unstable slope path before reach at Thorung Phedi (4420m). Overnight at teahouse

 

Day 12: Thorung Phedi trek to Muktinath (3800m) Over the Thorung La Pass (5416m)
The set off is exceptionally early in the morning to go across Thorung La Pass at 5416m. The trail becomes steep instantly after leaving Phedi but easy to follow. 4-6 hours ascent leads to the top of the Pass, which is complete with prayer flags, a chorten and stone cairn built by trekkers. At the top of Thorung La there is one tea shop but only running in trekking season time where you will have hot tea / coffee in your small rest at top. The views from the trail and from the pass are majestic. You will see Thorung peak, Annapurnas, Gangapurna, Khatung Kang and Kali Gandaki valley etc. After Thorung La top the trail descends steeply proceeding towards Chabarbu (4290m), available tiny seasonable teahouse. From here on, the trail crosses meadows, drops into a deep gorge, climbs out and follows a wide trail into Muktinath, a pilgrimage site held in great reverence by both the Hindus and Buddhists. Overnight at teahouse


Day 13:  Muktinath trek to Marpha (2680m)
Today, trek is begin with the descent down hill to dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot (3500m) and Khingar (3280m), villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom through Ekle Bhatti (2740m) which is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki .From here there are fine views of the Nilgiri peaks. You continue down to Marpha (2680m), a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge and Marpha is particularly well known for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach rakshi (wine) overnight at teahouse


Day 14:  Marpha trek to Ghasa (2010m)
The trekking trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then your trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. The surrounding area of Ghasa is famous destination for bird watching. Here you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.) overnight at teahouse

Day 15:  Ghasa trek to Tatopani (1190m)
The trekking trail descends steeply up to Rupse Chhahara (Rupse Waterfall) which is amazing to look and enjoying with beauty. There is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) facing each other near Rupse Waterfall. Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani (1190m) through different human settlements. You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani as the word Tatopani is termed after the natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. It is popularly believed that taking bath in Hot Spring helps you to get rid of skin diseases. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 16:  Tatopani trek to Ghorepani (2855m)
The trekking trail passes through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. Now path goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and agricultural land.  While on trekking you will see the best panoramic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. The trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Ghara (1780m), Shikha (1950m), Phalate (2390m), Chitre (2420m) and so on. While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wildlife such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are accompanied by more panoramic views of different mountains. Ghorepani (Watering to Horse) are a small pass known as Ghorepani Deurali (2855m) so more tourists stay here than down hill situated Ghorepani for better views. Overnight at teahouse.

Day 17: Visit Poon Hill (3210m) trek to Tadapani (2610m)
Early morning ascend to Poon Hill (3210m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Bahra Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks.  After enjoying the view in Poon Hill then descends Ghorepani.  After breakfast we make climb along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960m) and after Deurali we descend to the Banthanti and continue descend till small river bank then after climb up to Tadapani (2610m) En- route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grants you a magnificent view of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, and so on. Overnight at teahouse

 

Day 18: Tadapani trek to Ghandruk (1940m)
It is very easy short trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You could hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is one of the popular destinations for the birds' lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village (1940m). There is a Gurung museum so afternoon you can visit museum and Ghandruk village then relax in teahouse. From this village you could see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Overnight at teahouse

 

Day 19: Ghandruk trek to Pothana (1900m)
Today, first part of your trekking is steeply down following stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu or Bee hive is located at the elevation of 1315 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. Now your trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for early two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2100m.) passing through Tolkha (1700m.) and Bherikharka. From this point you can see panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), Fishtail (6997m.), Annapurna III (7755m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.) and Lamjung Himal (6930m.). Now the rest of the trail descends gently down to Pothana (1900m.). Overnight at teahouse

 

Day 20: Pothana trek to Dhampus phedi and drive to Pokhara (850m)
Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi and it takes approximately three hours and drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara by private vehicle. The trail is gently descent up to Dhampus, a village mainly inhabited by Gurung. Now you trek through flat land for some distance and steeply descend to Dhampus Phedi. Now you take vehicle to drive from Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara it takes about 35 minutes driving distance. Overnight at hote

 

Day 21: Drive to Kathmandu by tourist bus
It takes about seven hours, while driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city. You can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight Hotel

 

Day 22: Sightseeing to Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur
After breakfast, tour guide will take to you for full day sightseeing in historical monuments sightseeing places including Boudhanath (biggest Buddhist stupa), Pashupatinath temple (A biggest Hindu temple) & Bhaktapur durbar square then drive back to Hotel.

 

Day 23: Leisure day in Kathmandu
Today, you have leisure day for relax or shopping in Kathmandu so you can do your own activities by yourself or consult with company to arrange extra activities. Overnight at hotel

 

Day 24: Depart Kathmandu
After breakfast, End of our services with departure transfer to the Kathmandu airport to board flight for your onward destination

PRICE INCLUDES :-

  • Airport pick up and airport drop by private transportation
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Historical monuments cities sightseeing with tour guide
  • Sightseeing transportation by Non A/C comfortable vehicle
  • Sightseeing entrance fees for historical cities sightseeing
  • Kathmandu to Bhulbhule overland transportation by public mini bus
  • Twin sharing trekking accommodation in normal Trekkers lodge / Teahouse
  • Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Desert /fruit after having diner as company provide
  • Government license holder trekking guide /leader for the team
  • One porter who will carry your luggage during the trekking (Two tourist get one porter)
  • Annapurna Conservation area project entry fee
  • Trekker's Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • Dhampus Phedi to Pokhara transportation by Car/Van/bus depend on group size
  • Insurance for Nepalese staff (Trekking guide and Porters)
  • Twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu overland transportation by tourist bus
  • Nepal Government tax and Office service charge

 

PRICE EXCLUDES :-

  • Lunch and Dinner during the stay in Kathmandu
  • International or domestic air tickets and airport taxes
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 25 (duration 15 days ) and US$ 40 (duration 30 days )
  • Personal trekking equipment s and Clothing
  • Wire Transfer charge or Credit card service charge as company rule
  • Alcoholic beverages, laundry, Telephone calls and all type of hot drinks
  • Soft drinks such as cola, mineral water etc
  • Personal nature expenses and Tipping (Tips)
  • High risk medical / travel insurance and First aid kit
  • Emergency rescue evacuation (if needed)
  • Any other things not mentioned

The price will be depending on service quality that you are going to use accommodation (Deluxe, Standard & Budget) in cities and entire the trekking either way normal teahouse or best available or Camping (Fully tented camp) so better to mention us what you are expecting? PLease click here to request the price.

If above trip itinerary that doesn't suit to your holiday schedule or you wish to modify the itinerary or combines with any travel plans, then please let us know and we'll be happy to create a tailor made itinerary, designed  especially for you. Please click here for tailor made trip form.

 


 

 

 

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