Annapurna Circuit Trek
|12 - September 2019||16 Days||Available||USD 1000 Per Person|
Annapurna Circuit Trek leads you to experience mind-blowing adventure walking around Annapurna Himalaya range of peaks on both sides of the mountains North and South face of massive Annapurna Mountains. Annapurna Circuit Trek regarded as world popular adventure destinations which are on Top Ten list as per leading and renowned Travel Magazines and Travel Guide Books, as this trek offers you with constant views of snowcapped peaks from the start to an end of the journey.
On this scenic walks where you will witness impressive villages of Jagat-Dharapani and Chame, headquarter town of Manang district as trek leads you from green vegetation and tall tree lines to the windswept dry country at Manang valley with Pisang-Onde-Braga and main Manang villages. Truly a marvelous journey on Annapurna Circuit trek which leads you to over highest point of the adventure at Thorang-La pass above 5,416 m high offering superb panorama of Annapurna-Damodar range of peaks with Mustang Himal and massive Dhaulagiri mountains. The walk leads you to explore fascinating culture of Manang people and its old impressive monastery of Buddhist religion with ancient custom and colorful traditional life. The walk leads to a long descend from Thorang-La pass to reach Mustang areas at holy Muktinath Temple premises, considered as sacred for both Hindu and Buddhist religions. From Muktinath, one can travel overland or continue walk to Jomsom headquarter town of Mustang areas and then with enjoyable time at the charming village of Marpha famous for delicious apples and products. The journey continues heading into world deepest gorge of Kali-Gandaki River in between towering Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mt. Annapurna as an adventure with the drive or walks leads you to warmer areas at Tatopani a village named after ‘Hot Spring’ here enjoy the refreshing warm or hot spring with pools to dip in.
Finally, walk leads to high alpine areas at Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking for a magnificent panorama of mountains with stunning sunrise views. After Ghorepani path leads into a dense green forest full of rhododendron trees and on a downhill walk to warm areas where short drive leads to picturesque Pokhara, a popular scenic city of Nepal and probably in this planet earth where Annapurna Circuit Trek completes by the serene Phewa Lake.
Day 01: Reach Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day: 03 Drive to Dharapani 1,860 m via Bhesisar – 07hrs
Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3, 200 m – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Manang Village 3540m – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Rest day at Manang for short excursion and acclimatization.
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,010 m – 04 hours.
Day 09: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m): 3 – 4 hours
Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass 7 – 8 hours
Day 11: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m): 4 – 5 hours
Day 12: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m): 5 – 6 hours
Day 13: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m): 6 – 7 hours
Day 14: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m): 7 – 8 hours
Day 15: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m): 6 – 7 hours
Day 16: Tadapani to Pokhara (827m) via Ghandruk: 5 – 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive
Day 17: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
Day 18: Final departure
On reaching Kathmandu International Airport received by our staff and guide with warm welcome then a short drive to your hotel in the main areas of Kathmandu city, here joining with other members of Annapurna Circuit trekking, our guide will brief with full information about the trek - hotels-culture with do’s and don’ts, include welcome dinner in a nice Nepali restaurant with folk programs.
As per the given time for sightseeing tour around Kathmandu, after breakfast our city and tour guide will pick you with short interesting drive for an impressive and exciting tour, Kathmandu although a metropolitan city retaining its ancient culture and traditions, where most of the World Heritage Sites are located for your interest, includes medieval period custom and culture as it was for hundreds of centuries, Kathmandu valley a blend of Buddhism and Hinduism in perfect harmony, after an interesting tour afternoon free preparation for Annapurna Circuit.
Our Annapurna Circuit trekking starts with an exciting drive on Nepal’s busy highway to reach at Bhesisar a large town headquarter of Lamjung district. After Bhesisar taking another vehicle for the rough and interesting ride towards mid hills following Marysangdi River past Khudi, Bulbule, Nagdi villages to reach at Syange village.
From here leaving the river behind drive climbs on the steep road to reach Jagat and Chamje village and then on the scenic road to Dharapani village for overnight stop where the air is cooler with alpine temperature. This nice village located on the midway of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu route./p>
Morning walk leads on a winding trail into rhododendron and pine forest past Bagarchap and Danque village, then with the steep climb for few hours to Timang village with views of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna II. From here onward walk leads to complete Buddhist villages of interesting culture and old traditions. From Timang village downhill to Koto and then a short slow uphill to reach at large Chame town for an overnight stop, Chame a major and headquarter town of Manang district.
The adventure continues from Chame heading into the cooler zone and closer to the mountainous region, as the morning walk leads into the lovely alpine forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhartang village. After Bhartang village on crossing a bridge over torrential Marysangdi River heading uphill through alpine woodlands with views of Chulu’s and Pisang peaks, then reach a small settlement around Dukuri Pokhari for the possible lunch stop. Afternoon walk downhill to lower Pisang village for an overnight stop after passing rows of prayer wheels with closest views of Pisang and Annapurna II peaks.
From Pisang village with a nice walk for short while and then a gradual climb into the forest of pines and rhododendron to reach a small ridge with amazing views of beautiful Manang valley and mountains. After enjoying rest with the views walk downhill to Hongdae village with a small airstrip, from here on tree lines fades to barren and arid dry terrain.
Trek with super views to Manang, on route visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics and then an hour walk, bring at Manang village for an overnight stop. Afternoon at leisure for short walk or just relax and enjoy the views of close snowcapped peaks. Around Manang, villages houses are built in traditional Tibetan style and origin as Manang people with strong Tibetan influence including culture-Buddhist religion and way of life.
A perfect and ideal place with the right attitude for a rest day to get acclimatized before heading towards higher Thorang-la, a leisure day to explore around Manang village and hike to Annapurna II and Gangapurna Icefalls and glaciers including Manang turquoise glacial Lake.
After a pleasant stop at Manang, morning walk leads to Ghunsang village with the gradual climb to reach a small settlement at Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walk with super views of Gangapurna-A-II with Chulu peaks, after few hours of scenic morning walk reaching the overnight stop at Yak Kharka. Afternoon enjoys the mountain views at leisure.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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 electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people.
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
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.
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.
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.
Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Nepal High Trek & Expedition representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
- Airport Pick up drop (Airport /Hotel/Airport) by private car.
- Two night’s standard selected Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
- One night’s standard hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
- Meals During Trek: Your stander meals in the mountain (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).
- Trekking permit: ‘Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) and ACAP Permit
- Nayapul to Pokhara by private vehicle.
- Kathmandu to Besi Sahar and Pokhara to Kathmandu tourist A/C bus ticket.
- All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks.
- Four-time tea or coffee.
- During the trek necessary toilet paper
- Fresh fruit during the trek
- NHT’S Dawn jacket and sleeping bag (If you needed and to be returned after trek)
- One Government license holder trekking guide as included his salary, food, accommodation, and insurance.
- One Porter carry your baggage as included his salary, food, accommodation and insurance
- Ghorepani Poon Hill entrance fee
- Trekking map, trekking Pole, Medical kit bag.
- Welcome and farewell dinner
Cost does not include on:
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Katmandu).
- Your Travel and rescue insurance.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- All the Food in Kathmandu. Also in the case of early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled Itinerary.
- All the expenses in mountain over than scheduled itinerary (due to strike, delay or canceled flight)
- Extra night Hotel in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure than scheduled Itinerary.
- All the Bar bills and personal expenses (phone call, laundry service, battery recharge, a bottle of water, hot water, shower.
- Tips for the guide and porter.
- Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets, the voucher and passport-sized photos
- Binoculars, alarm clock, and torch/flashlight/headlamps, earplug and eye mask,
- Reading and writing materials, travel games like chess, backgammon, scrabble,
- Hand sanitizer, lip balm, face, and body moisturizer, light weight towel, toiletries like toothbrush, toothpaste, multipurpose soap, deodorant, nail clippers, sanitary pads
- Money-cash and money bag,
- Sleeping bag, Down Jacket & Light warm jacket
- Day pack (with waist straps), refillable water bottle
- Sunhat, sunglasses, scarf, Bag liner,
- Sewing kit, knife, lighter, a small padlock
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket and trousers
- Comfortable walking shoes, running shoes and sandals
- Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination
- Lightweight thermal gloves
- T-shirts, trekking pole, crampons
- Underwear and shorts, long-sleeved shirt, raincoat.
- Trekking/Hiking boots with spare laces
- Lightweight long trousers
- First Aid Kit
- Regular medicines