Annapurna Circuit Trek (21 Days)

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Embark on a magical 21 days Annapurna Circuit Trek which takes you around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the Zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft). Just imagine the thrills of walking through world's deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, with Annapurna I rising to 8091m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167m to the west! Cross the highest pass, Thorong La on the way from Manang to Muktinath, savor the fabulous mountain views from the summit of Poon Hill at 3,210m (10,531ft) and discover more than ten different culturally rich ethnic groups that reside in different climate zones of Annapurna Circuit. Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the most popular classic treks in the world takes you around the world's tenth highest mountain, the Annapurna. From a mere height of 800 meters to the high altitude of 5, 416 meters, you will pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with an amazing range of flora and fauna in between. Beginning the trek from Khudi after about 8 to 9 hours of drive from Kathmandu, the initial days of the trek involves walking through rice farms, forests and friendly villages in the lower realms of the Annapurna Conservation Area.


So what makes our trip different? Road construction in Annapurna Region has been a matter of disappointment to many trekkers who aspire to trek in Annapurna Region. Thus, recognizing trekkers's concern we have designed this itinerary taking utmost care to avoid the road construction sites. While we avoid the new road construction sites, the various new and off-beaten rural routes are being discovered which is matter of delight for keen trekkers. Such as, to avoid the vehicle roads we take the route through Khudi to Sirung Village in the initial stage of our trek. While bypassing the traditional trekking route through Bahundada which has now been linked by a road, we enjoy home-stay at Sirung Village, where the villagers would welcome us with several ethnic cultural programs. Similarly at later part of trek, this itinerary takes you through unspoiled route at Kalopani whilst avoiding the dusty new roads around Marpha. Besides these, as our guides are experienced and thoroughly knowledgeable about the area, the alternative routes can be taken whenever a need is felt. Hence, we assure that trekkers need not bother regarding the road construction in some sections of Annapurna Circuit Trekking route.

Trekking Days: -› (18)
Total Days: -› (21)
Min. Altitude: -› (850m./2789ft.)
Max. Altitude: -› (5416m./17769ft.)
Walking Per Day: -› Approximately 4-6hrs
Route Nature: -› Lodge [Tea House Trek]
Difficulty: -› Medium
Season: -› Automn/Spring..

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation

Day 03: Kathmandu - Besisahar - Khudi (800m): 8-9 hrs drive

Day 04: Khudi - Sirung

Day 05: Sirung to Chamje

Day 06: Chamje - Dharapani

Day 07: Dharapani - Chame

Day 08: Chame - Pisang

Day 09: Pisang - Manang

Day 10: Rest Day in Manang

Day 11: Manang - Yak Kharka

Day 12: Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi

Day 13: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath

Day 14: Muktinath - Marpha

Day 15:  Marpha - Kalopani

Day 16:  Kalopani to Tatopani

Day 17: Tatopani – Ghorepani

Day 18: Ghorepani - Tadapani

Day 19: Tadapani - Ghandruk – Pokhara

Day 20: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Day 21: Last day of Yours Trip

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
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: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation
Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital, Kathmandu. We will be visiting of the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu Nepal.

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 begins 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 and dreaming.We will take lunch at Durbar Square in 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. Evening: Time for you to prepare the trek and we introduce in front of you our crew members. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu - Besisahar - Khudi (800m): 8-9 hrs drive
After breakfast, We start our journey into the hills through the winding roads along the Trishuli River. Enroute we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greenery, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenarios. From Mugling, we head along the road toward Pokhara. We leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre, and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour's drive from Besisahar takes us 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 along the wide trail. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.

Day 04: Khudi - Sirung
After having a breakfast, trek start from Khudi to Sirung (2200m). It takes seven hours walk. Today, Your first day`s walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges, waterfalls, several up and down hill sections, across rice paddies and subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual then it becomes steeper. The mountains that were seen from the Khudi become closer as we walk higher. The villages and people are an interesting mix. On the way to Sirung, we come across an ethnic Tamang settlement, Taranche. We enjoy the close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu in Sirung. Sirung offers us a home-stay where we also enjoy the cultural program organized by the villagers for the visitors. If the number of visitors is more than four, the group may have to split to stay at different houses for the night. First glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.

Day 05: Sirung to Chamje
After breakfast, trek start from Sirung to Chamje (1,410m). It takes six hours walk. Today,We trek through amphitheater-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages. Always following the Marsyangdi, we walk in a fantastic landscape through little waterfalls, forests and villages. We will not feel tough until we reach Syange (1100 m), but after Syange the climb gets tougher up to Jagat (1300 m). From Jagat, we make a steep climb to Chamje. Overnight in Chamje.

Day 06: Chamje - Dharapani
After breakfast, trek start from Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m). It takes six hours walk.Today we enter the Manang region passing through fields of corn, barley and potatoes, and then through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. On the way is the village namely Tal. Tal lies on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and river at the base of a large waterfall. While we are hiking, sometimes we may have to give a pass to a large group of donkey caravan. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 07: Dharapani - Chame
After breakfast trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m). It takes five hours walk.Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lampung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek.

Overnight in Chame at Guest House.

Day 08: Chame - Pisang
Morning have breakfast, Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m). 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. 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 09: Pisang - Manang
After breakfast trek from Upper Pisang to Manang (3,500m).Today, there are two routes that we can follow today. 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. 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 six hours walk.

Overnight in Manang at Guest House.

Day 10: 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. Bhojo Gompa or Annapurna 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 11: Manang - Yak Kharka
After breakfast trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m).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. It take flour hours walk.

Overnight in Yak Kharka at Guest House.

Day 12: Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi
After breakfast trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m).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. It takes three hours walk.

Overnight at Thorong Phedi at Guest House.

Day 13: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath
This morning trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m). Today, 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. 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 in Muktinath at Guest House.

Day 14: Muktinath - Marpha
After breakfast trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2670 m). Today, our trek begins with descent down continuously through the Kali Gandaki Valley to 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 guest House.

Day 15:  Marpha - Kalopani
After having a morning breakfast,From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani (2530m) via Chokhopani village. It takes six hours walk.Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see apple gardens. Waiting here is the 360 degrees panorama of Himalayan peaks: Dhaulagari, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. From Chokhopani we continue to Kokhethanti. After crossing a river, we meet come across the newly constructed road site at before reaching Kokhethanti of Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.

Day 16:  Kalopani to Tatopani
After morning breakfast trek start from Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m). It takes seven hours walk. Today, again to avoid the new roads we take a new route to Tatopani from Kalopani. The journey is mostly downhill. We cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. We continue along Rupse Chahara (popular waterfall). We avoid the road and 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 electricity in the area. We notice more villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local village people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.

Day 17: Tatopani – Ghorepani
After Breakfast trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m).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. 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 in Ghorepani Guest House.

Day 18: Ghorepani - Tadapani
Trek From Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,710m).Today, early morning at dawn we ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m.) 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. We like to keep inspecting at the horizon as sceneries are equally dazzling throughout the, which takes six hours walk.

Overnight at Guest House.

Day 19: Tadapani - Ghandruk – Pokhara

After breakfast trek from Tadapani- Ghandruk to Pokhara (850m).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. After lunch, we continue 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 six hours walk and one hour drive.

Overnight in Pokhara Guest House.

Day 20: 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 dinner together with yours Trekking staffs. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 21: Last day of Yours Trip

You ll be transferred to the Airport before 2 hours of flight with nice farewell. You ll never forget the trek of Wonderful country. And have plan for next time 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."
Trip Cost Includes:
All airport/hotel transfers
Three nights 3-star hotel in Kathmandu Welcome and farewell dinner and one night Hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
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
Trip Cost does not Include:
Nepal Visa fee (bring small denomination USD cash and two passport photographs)
International airfare.
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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