Annapurna Circuit Trek
|12 - September 2019||16 Days||USD 1000 Per Person|
“Adventure in the heart of massive Annapurna Himalaya with high Thorong la pass 5416m “
Annapurna Circuit Trek is the best destination to explore the beautiful mountains and multicultural ethnic group around the Annapurna region. Walking around the small villages, stunning landscape, and south face of the massive Annapurna Mountains is happy feelings itself. You will witness huge diversity in the lifestyles of the locals throughout the trek.
What to expect in Annapurna Circuit Trek?
Annapurna Circuit Trek offers you constant views of snowcapped peaks from the start to the end of the journey. If you are the person who loves to see the authentic part of Nepal then Annapurna Circuit is the best ever option. Annapurna Circuit Trek actually covers a large area which is from Besisahar to the Pokhara.
Annapurna circuit route head to a long descend from Thorang-La pass to reach Mustang areas at the holy Muktinath Temple and Buddhist religions. From Muktinath, the path goes through the Kali Gandaki river and beautiful desert valley to Jomsom headquarter. Thorong la Pass Trek takes you to explore the fascinating culture of Manang valley and its old impressive monastery of Buddhist religion with ancient customs and colorful traditional life.
1st Day: Reach Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel
2nd Day: In Kathmandu with a sightseeing tour at places of interest.
3rd Day: Drive to Dharapani 1,860 m via Bhesisar – 07hrs
4th Day: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.
5th Day: Trek to Pisang 3, 200 m – 05 hrs.
6th Day : Trek to Manang Village 3540m – 05 hrs.
7th Day: Rest day at Manang for short excursion and acclimatization.
8th Day: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,010 m – 04 hours.
9th Day: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m): 3 – 4 hours
10th Day: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass 7 – 8 hours
11th Day: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m): 4 – 5 hours
12th Day: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m): 5 – 6 hours
13th Day: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m): 6 – 7 hours
14th Day: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m): 7 – 8 hours
15th Day: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m): 6 – 7 hours
16th Day: Tadapani to Pokhara (827m) via Ghandruk: 5 – 6 hours trek, 1-hour drive
17th Day: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
18th Day: Final departure
Are there beautiful places in Annapurna Circuit?
On these scenic walks, you will witness the impressive villages of Jagat-Dharapani and Chame. Small lodges, deep gorge, suspension bridge, fresh watersheds, and nurturing greeneries will surely amaze you the circuit.
But it’s surprising in the Muktinath area where you will witness the rough and dry desert-like terrain. Mustang District is famous in Nepal for having its desert-like landscapes. Moreover, in winter snowfalls in Mustang and Manang district where even the waterfalls will freeze.
Why is Mustang so popular in this Circuit?
Many trekkers, sportsmen, and adventurers love the Mustang district as they can go trekking as well as biking adventures too. It is also very popular for the production of the apple around Marpha, Shang, Jhore, and Kagbeni village.
Not only the local products but also the desert landscapes themselves is the major attraction of the Mustang. People go there to visit the holy Muktinath and Rinpoche statue.
Where does Annapurna Circuit Trek end?
Round Annapurna Trek continues to the world’s deepest gorge of the Kali-Gandaki River. It is in between towering Mt. Dhaulagiri and Mount Annapurna. After, ascending Muktinath the trails will follow that gorge.
Further, walks continue to the warmer areas at Tatopani village. Natural hot spring is located there and one can enjoy a hot water bath at (Tatopani) hot springs Myagdi.
Finally, the way leads to high alpine areas at Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking route. Magnificent panorama of mountains with stunning sunrise views will arise after reaching Ghorepani villages.
The Ghorepani path leads into a dense green forest full of rhododendron trees and on a downhill walk to warm areas where a short drive leads to picturesque Pokhara. The most popular scenic city of Nepal and probably on this planet earth where Annapurna Circuit Trek.
Short Annapurna Circuit trekking goes through green vegetation, tall tree lines to the windswept dry, Dhukur Pokhari, Pisang, Ghyaru village, and Manang villages.
Annapurna Circuit Trek from Nepal High Trek
10 Days Itinerary and Short Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost includes three times meals, permits, transportation, trekking guide service, and trekking gears as well. We arrange itineraries according to the comfort of our clients. Besides itinerary, we also offer special discounts for students and volunteers.
Our Trekking guides have been trekking in these routes for nine years and more. So, there is no doubt for service and facing dangers.
Where? After Annapurna Circuit?
If you are interested in more trekking routes, then Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Circuit Trek can be the best options.
Not only Annapurna Circuit but also Annapurna Tilicho Trekking is also regarded as world popular adventure destinations. They are on the Top Ten list as per leading and renowned Travel Magazines and Travel Guide Books.
The Anapurna circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek is a beautiful journey to experience a mind-blowing adventure too.
Anyway, the Annapurna Circuit Trek leads you to the highest point of the adventure at Thorang-La pass above 5,416 m. This trekking offers a superb panorama of the Annapurna-Damodar range of peaks with Mustang Himal and massive Dhaulagiri mountains. So the single penny you spend on this trip is worth it.
In addition, the beauty of nature you witness along the trek will refresh you and give you new feelings for life.
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