Annapurna Circuit Trek

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9000/ per person

  • 17 Days
  • NHT118
  • March - May & Sept - Dec
  • Lukla/Lukla
  • Minimun 2

Highlights

Trip Highlights:

  • Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley and Pokhara.
  • Bathe in the natural hot springs at Tatopani.
  • Visit the pilgrimage town of Muktinath.
  • Catch the beautiful sunrise from right between Poon Hill.
  • Catch the outstanding view of the world’s highest mountains i.e., Dhaulagiri I (7th), Manaslu (8th) and Annapurna I (10th).
  • Pass-by the world’s deepest gorge, Kali Gandaki valley.
  • Crossing the ever famous, Thorong La Pass ( 5416 m).
  • Climb the Marshyangdi river valley.
  • Familiarize with the mountainers and the locals in the heart of Himalayas.

Description

Trip Information:

This trek destination was initiated to foreign trekkers in 1977, and now it is celebrated as one of the most sensational trekking routes in the world with rich green valleys and engaging villages that offer powerful snow-capped views of the heavenly Himalayas.

On approaching a few 1000 meters of the trek, one can examine the whole Himalayas from every viewpoint. Syange is the starting point of this three-week trek tour, which goes onward to the Marshyangdi River, with excellent views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.

The trek directs you to the fine village resided by an ample diversity of people from varying ethnic groups, contributing spectacular and grand views of the Himalayas. The view is evenly breathtaking when we proceed to the north of the Himalayas to the dry Tibetan plateau.

Thorong La Pass which is at the summit of the valley at 5,416 m is the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit.

The challenges of intersecting the pass will make you walk the circuit in a counter-clockwise direction. Progressing clockwise the more distant ascension and shorter inclination from west to east is too much for many people to achieve in a day.

Descending to the west at Muktinath, from the Pass we will proceed to the arid Tibetan sort of village of the Kali Gandaki, known as the world’s deepest gorge. It passes between the monstrous Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After we pass the Thorong La Pass from Manang to Muktinath, we will head to Tatopani for hot springs and ascend Poon Hill before descending to Pokhara.

Day 1Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport

Firstly, on arriving in Kathmandu, our representative will pick you up from the airport. He/She will be holding up the signboard outside the airport terminal. You will then be escorted to your hotel. You can visit our office to get more information about the trek. In case you happen to arrive after 4 pm, you will be briefed about the trip by our authorized guide. Please make sure to carry along your passport, 3 copies of passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. Also, make sure to clear any due balance and then sign on the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer form. You can stroll around the city in the evening. Stay overnight at the Hotel. No meals are included.

Day 2Tour around the valley

We will start our day with a satisfying breakfast and leave around 8.30 am on a private vehicle and an authorized tour guide at your company. We will visit some world heritage sites around the city. Bhaktapur Durbar Square- the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, is a famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows. Pashupatinath Temple is the sacred temple located on the bank of the holy Bagmati river. Although one cannot enter the main temple unless they are Hindus, you can see the temple and observe the activities performed from the eastern Bagmati river. Boudhanath Stupa is the biggest and holiest stupa built in the 5th century. You will find Buddhists pilgrims from all over the world especially Tibet, taking rounds of the stupa and spinning the prayer wheels. Then we can go for further exploration around the Thamel and shop for the next day’s trekking gears Stay overnight at the hotel. Breakfast included.s aren’t very hectic like the highways and not complete trekking is done on it but we will try to avoid them and make your experience as better as possible. We have switched our tracks wherever possible. To reach Manang, the itinerary will go through Upper Pisang and Ngawal via natural trails. To reach Jomsom from Muktinath, our itinerary will go via a mountain gorge called Lubra Pass. The road is busier than any other place at Jomsom to the Tatopani section and it is inescapable. So we have hired a local shared 4WD drive which will take 5 hours and save you an entire day

Day 3Drive to Besisahar (830 m) on a Public bus and then take a local 4WD to Syange (1,100 m) 8hours

After we are done with an early breakfast, we will take a public bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar which will take around 6 hours and from there we will take a local shared 4WD vehicle to Syange which is 2 hours of drive. On the way, we will witness some exquisite landscapes, rivers, and stunning waterfalls. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 4Trek to Tal from Syange - 5 hours

Time to pull up your socks, as we will begin our trek towards Tal (1,700 m) that will take around 5 hours. We will gradually begin walking alongside the beautiful Marsyangdi River and also be witnessing some fine looking waterfalls. Rest and stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 5Trek towards Danaque (1860 m) - 5 hours

Today will be an exciting day as we leave Marsyangdi River behind and proceed with our journey to witness Annapurna II and Pisang Peak and artistic landscape and old villages. Don’t miss a moment to take beautiful pictures as we observe mountains, waterfalls and countryside lifestyle of Nepal. We will rest at Danaque. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be included.

Day 6Trek to Chame (2670 m) - 4 hours

We will start our walk while we enjoy the view of the divine mountains and fine-looking waterfalls on the way. It will be an effortless day. We will reach Chame, the headquarter of Manang, after 4 hours of straight walk. It is a pretty little town with more facilities than we had on our previous days. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be included.

Day 7Trek to Upper Pisang (3300 m) - 6 hours

After a warm satisfying breakfast, we will continue our trek to Upper Pisang. We will walk through the dense forest, Marsyangdi River and come across the beautiful pictorial views of meadows and mountains throughout the way. During this walk, we will see the initial view of humongous Paungda Dada rock face, which is curved like a bowl shape. Gradually, after 6 hours of walking, we will reach Upper Pisang from where we can see the noble Annapurna II standing high on our south. To gather some energy for the next day, we will rest here today. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 8Trek to Ngawal - takes around 5 hours

Today, we will wake up early in the morning, to catch the glimpse of the beautiful sunrise and first ray of sun on Annapurna II. After devouring breakfast, we will continue our trek towards Ngawal. The path to Ngawal is about 400 m higher than the lower trail but we will have a great opportunity to inspect high altitude flora and fauna, impressive gorges, Annapurna II and III and Pisang Peak. Then as the day comes to an end, we will take a rest in Ngawal. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 9Trek to Manang (3500 m) via Bhraka (3360 m) - 5 hours

Soon after a heavy warm breakfast, we will continue our trek through the high hills, jungles, and wetlands. On the way, we will witness beautiful stupas and lama school. After 6 hours of walking, we will reach Manang, one of the most happening places of the trek. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 10Acclimatization day at Manang Village

We will take a day off to acclimatize to the weather conditions at Manang Village. We will be visiting the monasteries, going to Gangapurna Glacier Lake and return back to our respective accommodation by the end of the day. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided.

Day 11Trek to Yak Kharka from Manang (4000 m) - 5 hours

After acclimatization day at Manang, we will be strengthened and inspired to continue the walk towards Yak Kharka which rises by an altitude of 500 m. We will make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we will reach Yak Kharka at an altitude of 4,000 m. Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out as we proceed further. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 12Trek to Thorong Phedi from Yak Kharka (4450 m) - 5 hours

We will continue our trek and after a two-hour-long ascent, the trail will descend to cross the river at 4,310 m. We will then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450 m where conventional guesthouses have been built in recent years. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 13Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) passing Thorung La Pass (5416 m) - 8 hours

Today will be a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass around 9-10 am. Otherwise, weather conditions (strong winds) will hugely influence the journey, especially at the Thorong La Pass. We will climb steeply on a usual route which is quite simple to follow. However, some problems may appear due to altitude and snow. It will often cause inconvenient problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. After four hours of ascending to the pass marked by the Chortens and prayer flags, we will be rewarded with remarkable views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of long walks will take us to the holy town of Muktinath. Muktinath means the place of nirvana and is home to the Muktinath Temple as well as many monasteries. It is supposedly said that all the sorrows we feel are relieved when visiting the Temple. It is a pious pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts surrounding it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a sumptuous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. You will stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 14Trek to Jomsom (2710 m) via Lubra Pass (4020 m) - 8 hours

After having our early morning breakfast, we will continue our trek alongside the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Mostly, we will descend with a more intimate view of stupas and old traditional houses and civilization of Mustang. Jomsom is a booming town with many facilities. It is also the headquarter and official town for the whole Mustang district where all the district government offices are present. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 15Drive to Tatopani (1190 m) in a Local Shared 4WD - 5 hours

We will continue to descend through the Kali Gandaki River Valley. On our way, we will discover the world’s deepest gorge, Kopchepani. Tatopani is popular for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax our bodies after a long trek. We will spend one more day relaxing at this place. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be included.

Day 16Rest day at Tatopani

We will rest for a day at Tatopani where you can bathe in the natural hot springs, enjoy the local food and drinks. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 17Trek to Ghorepani (2810 m) - 6 hours

Another big day for us. We will trek to Ghorepani (2,810 m) which will take 6 hours. We have to climb about 1620m. On reaching Ghorepani, we will get a view of Annapurna South, Himchuli and Tukuche Himal. On the way, we will pass several Gurung and Magar villages. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Day 18Hike to Poon Hill (3210 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1570 m) - 5 hours

Then early morning we will continue our trek to Poon hill (3210m). After a few hours of a steep climb will offer an awestruck view of the pastel sunrise. We will spend one-hour and then return to Ghorepani where we will have a warm breakfast. We will ascend along the ridges and walk along with pine and rhododendron forests on our way and finally reach Tikhedunga. Stay overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 19Trek to Nayapul (1010 m) and Drive to Pokhara - 4 hours

Then we will begin the trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) and drive back to Pokhara which will take 4 hours. Stay overnight at the hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 20Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara city

After a warm breakfast, we will begin our day-long tour around the city known for its beautiful lakes. You will be accompanied by our professional city guide on a private tourist vehicle and visit the following sites: Bindhyabasini Temple, lying in the center of the religious bazaar is said to have been built in the late 18th century by King Prithvi Narayan Shah. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Bhagwati, the protector of Pokhara. Davis Fall, a tremendous waterfall in Pokhara is surrounded by flora. It is different from the other falls due to its natural phenomenon. The waterfall is locally known as Patale Chhango. It is widely popular among tourists as well as locals. Gupteshwor Cave, located 2 km from the Pokhara airport is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It consists of some large rooms and passages where you have to crawl. The cave holds unique value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered. Seti River Gorges, carved by the Seti Gandaki River is one of the natural phenomena of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Prithivi Highway Bridge and Mahendrapool near bus park provide a perfect view of the river’s offensive rush and the deep gorge made by the uncontrolled flow of white water. Tibetan Refugee Camps- Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The first Tibetan homesteaders in this area relocated to Nepal in the late 50s. World Peace Pagoda is also known as Pokhara Shanti Stupa. It is a Buddhist pagoda-style monument. It is the reliquary built as a symbol of peace. The spot is located at the height of 2,100 m on the Ananda Hill. Nepal owns two of the 80 peace pagodas in the world which are Shanti Stupa in Lumbini (the birthplace of Buddha), and Shanti Stupa in Pokhara. It also provides a scenic view of the Annapurna range, Fewa Lake, and Pokhara city. Stay overnight at a hotel. Breakfast will be included.

Day 21Drive Back to Kathmandu (1400 m) in a Tourist Bus - 7 hours

After breakfast, we will return to Kathmandu, via a tourist bus which will take around 7 hours. In the evening, farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant will be organized with cultural performances. Stay overnight at the hotel. Breakfast and dinner are included. If you wish to extend the trip and have some more time spare, there are several options like adventure sports and other activities.

Day 22Transfer to the airport

We will provide you with the morning breakfast. Lastly, our representative will escort you to the International airport a few hours before the scheduled flight.

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    Saurav Shrestha

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    Jan-05-2020

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