Annapurna Circuit Trek

Daily Tour 22 Days/ 21 nights
Annapurna Conservation Area, Jomsom 33100, Nepal Annapurna Region

Introduction

Annapurna region of Nepal is home to the majestic Annapurna Range with huge intimidating mountains as Annapurna I (8091M), beautiful landscapes and some of the most breathtaking mountain scenery in the entire planet. Every part of the region is like a painting that will leave you amazed and breathless. Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trek in Nepal. During the trek you will come face to face with the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I to VI), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 M), Mt Manasulu. Mt Macchapuchre (Fish Tail) and much more. Annapurna Circuit trek also give you the chance to experience the unique culture of the Gurung, Magar and Sherpa ethnicity. The colorful villages of these communities rests on the lap of the Himalayas where you will get the chance to observe and come close to the authentic lifestyle and traditions of the Mountain people.

Our journey starts at Besisahar, a vibrant city in Lamjung. The route passes along paddy fields into dense forests, several cliffs and clear waterfalls. The trail crosses several rivers over steel or wooden suspension bridges. Our journey then leads to Thorung La pass (5416M), touching the edge of Tibetan plateau. It is the highest altitude of our journey. The temple of Muktinath that holds great value for both Hindu and Buddhist culture is another point of interest in our trek. We then trek to Poonhill, a famous viewpoint where we will observe the sunrise over the beautiful Himalayas.

The Annapurna Circuit trek is a long trek and fairly challenging. It is a perfect combination of beautiful natural scenery and cultural diversity. Experience the amazing Annapurna and the vibrant culture of the mountain people with Himalayan Sewa and Expeditions.

Highlights:

  • Majestic view of the Annapurna Massif, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Macchapuchre and much more.
  • Thorung La pass (5146 M)
  • Beautiful landscapes with dense forests, several rivers and waterfalls
  • Tranquil temple of Muktinath
  • Amazing sunrise as seen from Poonhill
  • Vibrant culture of Gurung, Magar and Sherpa ethniciti
Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours
Day 04: Khudi to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 – 7 hours
Day 05: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours
Day 06: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 08: Pisang to Manang 6 – 7 hours
Day 09: Manang: Acclimatization day
Day 10: Manang to Tilicho Base Camp(4150m/13583ft) 5-6 hours
Day 11: Tilicho Lake to Siri Kharka (4920m/16138ft) (4050m) 6-7 hours
Day 12: Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 – 4 hours
Day 13: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 – 4 hours
Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 – 8 hours
Day 15: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 – 5 hours
Day 16: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 – 6 hours
Day 17: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 – 7 hours
Day 18: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 – 8 hours
Day 19: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 – 7 hours
Day 20:  Tadapani to Pokhara (827m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 – 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive
Day 21: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
Day 22: Final departure

Details Itinerary

 Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Himalayan Sewa Expedition and Trekking will pick us up from the airport and take us to the hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest or visit some sights near your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included:  Airport transportation and hotel accommodation on BB basis.

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest Stupa in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by your guide, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip at Himalayan Sewa office or hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included: City tour guide, Private vehicle for your sightseeing, Accommodation on BB basis.

Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours

We start our journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way, we admire terraced farms and beautiful huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling then Besisahar to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Alternatively, we can get off at Besisahar, and then trek for an hour to get to Khudi. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.

Included: Bus to Khudi, Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house.

Day 04: Khudi to Jagat (800m/2624ft): 6 – 7 hours

We leave Khudi for Jagat on a relatively easy trail. We leave behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns, and woodland. On the forest trail, we spot a variety of birds. We also pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Gharmu then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house.

Day 05: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

After breakfast, we slowly begin our trek today. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Seattle. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach the steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house.

Day 06: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 – 6 hours

Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek, we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek, we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house.

Day 07: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 – 6 hours

A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right, where the valley widens, stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house.

Day 08: Pisang to Manang: 6 – 7 hours

There are two routes to Manang but we follow the trail that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang.  We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house.

Day 09: Manang: Acclimatization day

In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house.

Day 10: Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m/13,583ft): 5-6 hours

Today’s trek will be a little easier, we take the upper route which follows a path then crossing a suspension bridge, then walk through coniferous forests. After three hours of walking, we arrive at the Tibetan settlement Khangsar. After Khangsar one and a half-hour more walking we reach Siri Kharka. After your good lunch, we continue to Tilicho Base Camp the same day. Now we walk an adventure path leads through the middle of the landslide area where we can view impressive rock formations. Throughout the trek, we will have clear views many snowcapped mountains of Gangapurna, Chulu, Annapurna 3, Tilicho peak and many more. Overnight in Tilicho Base camp.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house

Day 11: Visit Tilicho Lake (4,920m/16,138 ft) then back to Siri Kharka: 5-6 hours

We start the day today early to avoid afternoon wind. After the steps consistence climb of 3 hours, we reach Tilicho Lake, the highest Lake in the World also refreshed as the “The Great Ice Lake” by the leader of the French expedition team. This is the large sparkling Lake that lies at the foot of the North face of Tilicho peak. After spending sometimes mesmerizing views of Tilicho Lake, Peak and other snowcapped mountains, we take the same route back to Siri Kharka. Overnight at Siri Kharka.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house

Day 12: Siri Kharka to Yak Kharka (4060m/13,020ft):4-5 hours

We descend to the Tare Gumba, a thousand years old Monastery then towards Yak Kharka through the beautiful hill terrace and coniferous forest. We go across the river, hike up to a plateau, If you’re lucky, En route you could have a chance to spot a Snow Leopard, blue sheep (Ghoral, Thar), etc.  Overnight in Yak Kharka.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house

Day 13: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 – 4 hours

It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass.  On this trip, we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.

Overnight in Thorang Phedi.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house

Day 14: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 – 8 hours

Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house

Day 15: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 – 5 hours

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. You can see the religious Harmony of Buddhism and Hinduism.  Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house

Day 16: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 – 6 hours

From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here we get panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang, and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. We cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house

Day 17: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 – 7 hours

Our journey today is mostly downhill. During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). We continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies the electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house

Day 18: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 – 8 hours

We leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100″ will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house

Day 19: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 – 7 hours

To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.

Included: Lunch, Dinner, and Accommodation at the tea house/guest house

Day 20:  Tadapani to Pokhara (827m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 – 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking a few more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul from where we drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included: Lunch and Accommodation at the hotel on BB basis.

Day 21: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included: Lunch, Bus drive, accommodation at the hotel on BB basis.

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Sewa Expedition. Please note that your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

 

 

The trip includes following services:

1. Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
2. Well experience trekking guide/s
3. Porters/s (a porter carries up to 25 kg luggage for 2 person)
4. Entry permit for Annapurna Conservation Area Project
5. Trekkers information management service(TIMS) card
6. All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking
7. Tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast basis for single night.
8. Tea house/ guest house basis accommodation during trek (we recommend hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara according to your budget.)
9. Sleeping bag, down jacket duffle bags and trekking poles, etc. (as per your need.)
10. All land transportation where applicable
11. Insurance and equipment for our trekking staffs
12. First aid kits
13. One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at Authentic Nepal restaurant on the last evening.
14. Rescue Assistance incase required [provided by your insurance company]15. Souvenir such as t-shirt, mug, posters and many more

The trip doesn’t include following services:

1. Personal natural expenses
2. Hot/cold drinks, beverage, shower, heater, wifi, battery charge,etc
3. Tips for staffs
4. Lunch and dinner in kathmandu and pokhara
5. Travel insurance
6. Local area entry fee such as monastery, museum, park, etc

The following equipment list are suggested and essential for camping or tea house trekking in the Himalayas. Equipment can be bought in Kathmandu or Pokhara as well. Make sure that you at least have following listed items.
1. One large duffel bag for your personal gears
2. One small padlock for your duffel bag
3. One rucksack or day bag/pack according to the needs of your personal belongings
4. Power bars/ Chocolates/ candies
5. Sunhats, Sunglasses, warm hats, sunscreens, lip care
6. Lightweight gloves/ heavy weight gloves with a waterproof shell outer
7. T-shirts
8. Thermal under garments- top & bottom [synthetic is the best]9. Under garments
10. Long shirts
11. Warm trousers (loose & comfortable)
12. Down Jackets
13. Jacket (windproof, waterproof with hood), waterproof pants
14. Light weight walking boots(leather recommended)
15. Woolen socks(thin, thick)
16. Pair of comfortable shoes
17. Water bottle ( thermos recommended)
18. Water purification tablet or liquid (chlorine/iodine)
19. Water proof bag cover
20. Sleeping bag( temperature resistance as low as -15 degree Celsius)
21. Binoculars
22. Books, pen, journal
23. Trekking map/ guide book
24. Spare batteries or Power bank

2 Reviews

  1. avatar
    meowork
    10:31 am - June 17, 2019 / Reply

    awesome

    5
  2. avatar
    Dylan Andison
    2:53 am - July 11, 2019 / Reply

    Best time, most amazing views and the best guide to do it with. 100% reccomend

    5

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