Annapurna Circle Trek (19 Days)

Annapurna Circle Trek is one of the most popular classic treks in the world that takes you from (830m to 5,416m) through the deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal (mountain), provides you a chance to congregate with wide range of culturally rich ethnic groups and walk in a diverse terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high and dry landscape resembling the Tibetan plateau. It is a walk by the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, an exciting triumph over one of the world's highest pass -Thorong La (5,416m), the Manang valley, the spiritual Muktinath, the most fantastic and famous view point-Poon Hill and an opportunity to interact with assorted ethnic groups.  On completion of this magical 19-day trek, you will find you have gone through entire Annapurna massif and reached the Zenith. Since vehicles have started playing on some sections of the circle, we would cover some sections of the trip by available vehicle too.

 

We begin Annapurna Circle Trek from a day's brief sightseeing program in the main city of the country, Kathmandu. The next day we drive to Syange/ Jagat (as per situation) from Kathmandu about 8 to 10 hours' drive. The initial days of the trek involves walking through rice farms, forests and friendly ethnic villages in the lower realm of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Thorong La is the highest point of the trek from where we can marvel at the fabulous Mustang peak and the snow-clad bulk of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,795ft). While descending, we have the chance to visit the Hindu pilgrimage site - Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) and wonder in amazement at the presence of 108 small waterfalls and mysterious natural gas fires. From Muktinath, we take about 6 to 8 hours' drive to Tatopani, a famous place for natural hot springs - where we relax our tired body with a dip in one of them. We again start trekking to Ghorepani, Tadapani, Ghandruk and finally arrive Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. Nepal Assemble Trek will host a farewell dinner. Congratulations on the completion of your trek! Our 19 days Annapurna Circle Trek is a great introductory trek for those who want to experience the whole Annapurna circle Trek but has time restriction because one can take available vehicles during this trek to complete the whole circle.

Trekking Days: -› (16)
Total Days: -› (19)
Min. Altitude: -› (900m./2953ft.)
Max. Altitude: -› (5416m./17769ft.)
Walking Per Day: -› Approximately 5-8hrs
Route Nature: -› Lodge + Camping [TH or FOT]
Difficulty: -› Hard
Season: -› Autumn/Spring.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Syange /Jagat.

Day 04: Syange/Jagat - Dharapani.

Day 05: Dharapani -Chame.

Day 06: Chame- Pisang.

Day 07: Pisang - Manang.

Day 08: Rest Day in Manang.

Day 09: Manang-Yak Kharka.

Day 10: Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi.

Day 11: Thorong Phedi –Muktinath.

Day 12: Muktinath - Marpha.

Day 13: Marpha – Ghasa.

Day 14: Ghasa- Tatopani.

Day 15: Tatopani –Ghorepani.

Day 16: Ghorepani- Tadapani.

Day 17: Tadapani - Ghandruk –Pokhara.

Day 18: Pokhara-Kathmandu

Day 19: Friendship farewell day .
 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m)

You will be welcomed by the boss of company at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1300m).After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our company display board at the arrival gate. You will be transferred to Hotel. After check in, you will visit our office; meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening we will organize a "Welcome Dinner" at an excellent Tourist Restaurant where you will enjoy a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.

 

Day 02 : Kathmandu sightseeing.

Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital, Kathmandu.We will be visiting 2 of the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu.

 

Morning

 

We will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese people.

 

We begin to cross the nice area of Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and restaurants.

 

We will see during this walk many temples and stupas: it will be for you the beginning of religious lessons, making the difference between Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. You will discover with a great surprise how these two religions live together.

 

 

 

We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices, incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we will see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples.

 

Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal Tole.After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we will arrive at Durbar Square.

 

All the most important monuments of the city are in this area. You will be filled with wonder by all these numerous such majestic and so ancient temples registered in the Heritage of the UNESCO. It is possible to spend hours, sat on the walk of one of these monuments, admiring architecture, considering the animation of places, dreaming.We will take lunch at the top of a restaurant, with a great plunging view .

 

Afternoon.

 

You will begin the afternoon by another walk in the streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with local buildings and narrow streets.Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill, the painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world come.

 

From this place we can have a wonderful panoramic view on all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset.We will come back hotel by bus.Hotel include

 

Day 03: Kathmandu - Syange /Jagat.

Drive from Kathmandu to Syange/Jagat(1100m/3608 ft).Today we have to begin very early as we need to go a long drive to arrive at our trek starting point. After breakfast, we leave Kathmandu at around 7 am and about 8-10 hours drive we reach Syange or Jagat (as per situation) via Besishahar. In the route we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain sceneries. However, the condition of road is not equally fine in all portion of our drive today. The road up to Besishahar is coal-tarred road, whereas after Besishahar the road is dusty and coarse though we can easily overlook it as we watch the outstanding sceneries through the windowpane. Overnight stay at lodge.

 

Day 04: Syange/Jagat - Dharapani.

After breakfast, Trek from Syange/Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft).Today we start trek after breakfast. We enter Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. Lunch at Tal(1700m) where begins Manag Distric. 2.5 hour continue walk to Dharapani after the lunch.The trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests past the village of Kodo taking us to Dharapani, which is one of the big villages in the Manang valley. It takes seven hours walk.Overnight at lodge..

 

Day 05: Dharapani -Chame.

After breakfast trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft).Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides route on the west. Lunch at Thanchok (2600m) continue 2 hour walk after lunch reach at Chame.We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). It takes  five hours walk.Overnight in Chame at Guest House.

 

Day 06: Chame- Pisang.

Morning have breakfast, Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft).This day a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. Lunch at Dhikur Pokari (3060m) after the lunch, continue 1 hours walk to Pisang. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks and after walking through these wonderful sites we reach Pisang. This takes  five hours walk.Overnight in Lower Pisang at Guest House.

 

Day 07: Pisang - Manang.

After breakfast trek from Upper Pisang to Manang (3,600m/11,482ft).Today, there are two routes that we can follow today.If we follow usual route it will be shorten(within 4 hours can be reached in Manang) and  If taken upper route (we recommend), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, the sceneries are outstanding. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us.Lunch at Ngawal(3657m) about 2 hours walk from Ngawal can be reached in manang. We notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment. A visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. It takes 8 hours walk.Overnight at lodge.

 

Day 08: Rest Day in Manang.

Today is the scheduled acclimatization day. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude is suggested to get acclimatized with the altitude. Manang is a good place to do that as the next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. Praken Gumba or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. An easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery is also possible. Also worth visiting is the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness.Overnight in Manang at Guest House.

 

Day 09: Manang-Yak Kharka.

After breakfast trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft).This is from Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems.Lunch at same place(4110m) It take 4 hours walk.Overnight at lodge.

 

Day 10: Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi.

After breakfast trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft).Today, we make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. People use this point as a base camp. Some people also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them but we do not recommend attempting High Camp and overnight there because sleeping in higher altitude is not really advisable. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can sleep sound rather than a risky sleep in higher altitude at High Camp. Lunch at Thorong Phedi(4600m). It takes three hours walk.Overnight at lodge..

 

Day 11: Thorong Phedi –Muktinath.

This morning trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft).We start early morning about 2:30 am from Phedi to Muktinath.It is compulsory that to bring frontal light and its spare Batteries. It is long and very admirable day. We reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La. An early start is important to complete the mission. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail but the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail.Lunch at Phedi or Muktinath. We reach Muktinath with the setting sun. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. It takes eight hours walk.Overnight at lodge.

 

Day 12: Muktinath - Marpha.

After breakfast trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2670 meters). Today, Our trek begins with descent down continuously through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Lunch at Jomsom(2720m) after Lunch one hour walk to achieve Marpha. Marpha is famous for many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from the Apple; like apple chips, apple jam, and apple brandy. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may taste in route. It takes six hours walk.Overnight at lodge.

 

Day 13: Marpha – Ghasa.

Morning after breakfast Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2010 meters).today, we descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa. Lunch at Kokhethanti(2545m) and continue 2.5 hours descend to Ghasa. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. there we will see the fossils locally called “Saligram”.it takes six hours walk.Overnight at lodge.

 

Day 14: Ghasa- Tatopani.

After breakfast trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1190 meters). Today, we will walk through the world’s deepest gorge in the Earth at Kopchepani; we then continue descending through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani. Lunch at Rupse Chhahara(1630m) and 2 hours walk to Tatopani. This place is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax your body after a long days trek; we will bath in hot spring. It takes five hours walk.Overnight at Lodge.

 

Day 15: Tatopani –Ghorepani.

After Breakfast trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft).Today, we walk we observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. Ghara and Sikha are the villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. Lunch at Sikha(1935m) and 3 hours walk can be reached in Gorepani. We gradually walk steep up to ascent Ghorepani. Passing through the Phalate and Chitre, we walking through a no-habitation area through rhododendron, brich, and magnolia and some meadows. As we gain height the peaks ahead look wonderful. We stay at Ghorepani for we have to make the climb to Poon Hill early tomorrow morning. It takes eight hours walk. Overnight at Lodge.

 

Day 16: Ghorepani- Tadapani.

Trek From Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,710m/8,891ft).Today, early morning at dawn we ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m. /10,531ft) to catch the moment of spectacular sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and surrounding rice terraces. Nick name of Poon Hill is itself a photographer`s paradise. After breakfast, we continue ups and downs trail trek to Tadapani for overnight through the rhododendron forests. Lunch at Ban Thanti (3180m) and 3 hours walk to Tadapani.We like to keep inspecting at the horizon as sceneries are equally dazzling throughout the, which takes six hours walk.Overnight at Lodge.

 

Day 17: Tadapani - Ghandruk –Pokhara.

After breakfast trek from Tadapani- Ghandruk to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft).This day through the Rhododendron forest we trek down today to Ghandruk, second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. Gurung is one of the popular and culturally rich ethnic groups in Nepal. Lunch at Ghandruk or Kimche(1940m) After lunch, we continue 4 hours walk  to Nayapul where we finally conclude our trek followed by a short drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Pokhara, a peaceful city of lakes with the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayas is worth spending a night for rest and relaxation after a long trek. It takes 7 hours walk and one hour drive.Overnight in Pokhara (Hotel include)

 

Day 18: Pokhara-Kathmandu

today after breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu. It takes six hours drive. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we get transferred to our hotel; and we spend the afternoon leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and in the evening celebrate "Farewell Dinner" together with yours Trekking staffs. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

Day 19:  Friendship farewell day .

You will be transferred to the Airport before 2 hours of flight with nice farewell. You will  never forget the trek of wonderful country. And have plan for next visit.

"For a group size more than 10 persons, a group leader will be offered as complementary by company or if the group has own leader, he/she will be offered the trek free of cost."

The price included :

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • Three nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Accommodation during trek in hotel/guesthouse
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary in private vehicle
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

The price does not include:

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Note: All participants have to give a copy of their insurance, with the address, tel and fax number of insurance company. This insurance has to cover the helicopter rescue in case of accident or sickness. In case of your insurance don't cover helicopter rescue, you have to fill a form in Kathmandu and make agreement that you will pay yourself the amount of expenses paid by Nepal Assemble Treks for your helicopter rescue or research. Without this agreement, you cannot participate in trek.

In The trek the guide is allowed to change the itinerary, depending of the weather, climate and the physical condition of participants. Each participant who stop his trek or make changes any form of program may not ask any amount of money compensation to the agency.

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