- Trekking in Nepal
- 3*Category Hotel in Kathmandu& Pokhara, Normal accomodation and food during the trek .
- Kathmandu and Pokhara B&B plan and during the trek( B.L.D).
Annapurna Circuit Trekking highlights
- Spectacular Marshyangdi River valley and Kali Gandaki Valley
- The View of massive Annapurna Mountain Range and more
- Wonderful Adventure ofThorong La Pass
- Mystical Tilicho Lake
- Historical and Cultural Muktinath Temple.
- Amusing Jomsom.
- Cultural Thakali origination – Marpha.
- Beautiful Apple fields in Marpha
- A Natural Hot spring spot- Tatopani.
- Pokhara- A city of Lake.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking Overview
Annapurna Circuit Trek, listed as the worlds top Ten travel destination by popular and famous travel magazines and Guide books is a leading adventure destination within the whole Himalaya and probably on this planet earth. Truly an awe-inspiring place to be. Where in this whole world that you can find a country with the dramatic change of people-religion-cultures and temperatures in a short duration of times, from low warm areas of Hindu people to mid-hills of cooler alpine zone of mixed races of Hindu and Buddhist religions.
We will start our trek from Besisahar which is about 5 hours drive from Kathmandu and will be ending our trip in Pokhara. Moving deep into the great land in the western region of Nepal. We will reach the highest pass in the world Throng-La situated at an altitude of 5416 m. This place is quite cold, more adventuress and the temperature might even fall up to -20 degrees Celcius. But don't worry we will be bringing all the necessary equipment that is important for making us warm during the trek.
Annapurna round trip was starting from basisahar this trekking is second most popular trai in Nepal ,during the trekking you can observe the different kind of local people life style ,Gurung culture ,Biodiversity of the himalayan lake in tilicho lake when you reach there feel like to heven of earth,Tilicho lake, one of the world's highest lakes will also be visited during our Annapurna Circuit Trekking. This lake freezes in winter, and you can even walk and run above the frozen lake. We will also be visiting all the highlighted places in the Annapurna Region. Exploration of local culture, lifestyle, high Himalaya is easier in this route as we will be crossing many villages during our trekking route.
The great destination for all Hindus, the holy Muktinath temple will also be visited where we will be taking bath in 108 Dharas(taps) inside the temple premises to wash out every sin we committed in past. We will also be walking along the beach of the Kali Gandaki river, which is important for finding Shaligram,ammonite fossils of the Devonian-Cretaceous period. Shaligram is considered holy as Hindus believe this as an incarnation of Lord Bishnu. We will come across lots of beautiful Buddhist Monastries and Gompas along the route. Some of them lie in Muktinath, Jomsom, Manang, and Pisang. We will also be walking alongside the deepest gorge in the world, The KaliGandaki Gorge.
Sunrise/Sunset viewpoint, Poon Hill is another beauty of this trekking. This place allows you to see the mesmerizing view of sunrise and the Annapurna Mountain. We will be walking into the dense lustrous Alpine, sub-Alpine forest for most of our trek. Floras in these places are considered medically important. You will also see lots of endangered animals, variety of birds in the Annapurna conservation area which was established by Late King Mahendra in 1976 A.D. Different types of landscapes and climatic patterns ranging from subtropical to alpine type and biodiversity are the key features of this Trek
Our adventure leads you to a higher and beautiful Manang valley, where you will be soaked within the immense colourful, and rich culture of Buddhism in the shadow of the high Annapurna range. Annapurna Circuit Trekking leads you to a fascinating and mind-blowing experience from low warm sub-tropical climate to cooler alpine areas to remorseless fields of ice and glaciers at Manang and towards high and scenic Thorang-La pass at above 5,416 m high.
Annapurna Circuit can be divided in two parts : From Besisahar to Thorong- La and From Thorong-La to Annapurna Base camp. So, there is options for trekkers to do the whole circuit or do some parts. Those who want to trek the first half and want to trek up to Tilicho and and end return back we provide Off-road Motorbike trip to Tilicho where you will be riding a proper offroad capable motorcycle upto Manang and trek to Tilicho.
Another option for those with time limit but want to trek to Annapurna Base Camp , we offer Annapurna Base Camp Trek at reasonable price.
Places of Interests in Annapurna Circuit Trekking :
Annapurna Circuit trek is full of beaitufula villages and places of interests that reflects the historical and cultural importances .
1. Chame : Being the headquarter Manang district , Chame reflects the thakali culture in raw form. Most of the trekkers prefers to start their trek from Chame .
2. Manang : Manang town is famous as the main resting and acclimatization place in Annapurna Circuit Trek , Tilicho and Thorong- la trek, Ice lake trek. Situated at religiously famous Marsyangdi river valley , Manang provides luxurious hotels to local tea houses , different cuisines , bakeries , bars etc. The famous Gangapurna Lake , formed due to accumulation of water of Gangapurna galicer is a palce worth visiting. Another astounding view point , Ice lake view point which is 4 hours day hike from Manang provides the most beautiful close up panoramic view of high mountains like Gangapurna , Pisang peak, Annapurna , Tilicho etc. Historically Manang was a resting place for Tibetan and local traders . Most of the people in Manang town exercise Buddhism and are peace loving.
3. Tilicho Lake : Known as one of the highest situated lake in the world , Tilicho is a not to miss place to trek. The pristine blue colored lake surrounded with snowy peaks provides a pleasing view to the eyes .
4. Thorong- La : Known as the world's highest pass , Thorong-la connects Manang and Mustang district of Nepal. Ancient Tibetan used thisroute to access Kathamndu for trade. This is also a part of ancient salt trade route. Crossing Thorong- La is a huge achievement in itself as the trail is long and tiresome , barren with no treelife .
5. Muktinath : Muktinath is considered the most famous pilgrimage site for both HIndus and BUddhists from all around the worls. Every year thousands of internal visitors and foreigners visit this place. There are 108 stone tap . It is believed that taking bath in those 108 stone taps opens up the dateway to heaven . Situated on the riverside of Kaligandaki river , this place offers decent accommodations and meals.
6. Kagbeni : The ancient town of Mustang region, Kagbeni is another place worth visiting. You can still see ancient royal Palace in Kaagbeni . Many pilgrims every visit Kaagbeni to offer homage to their departed relatives. It is also a gateway to Upper Mustang which is partially restricted to foreigners .
7. Jomsom : JOmsom is another famous town in Annapurna Circuit . Known as the headquarter of Mustang district , Jomsom is a good place to rest after hectic and tiresome Thorong-La pass. You can enjoy different Cuisine and good accommodation woth electricity and wifi . The view of Nilgiri , Dhaulagiri , Annapurna mountains amazes anyone travelling Jomsom.
8. Tatopani : The most famous place in Annapurna Circuit Trekking is Tatopani. Tatopani got its name from a natural hot water spring . There is a source of natual hot water spring. Every year thousands of people from all over the world visit tatopani to swin in the hoot water spring with a belief that it cred many skin related diseases , pain , tiredness etc. Trekkers also get relief by swimmingin hot water pool.
Equipment and packaging lists for Annapurna Circuit
Transportations: Transportation is mainly by public vehicle. But if you want a private vehicle, we can provide you with a little extra cost.
Accommodations in Annapurna Circuit Trek
The teahouses are basic but adequate; please be realistic about what to expect in the mountains.
The hub of the teahouse is the dining room, usually decorated with colourful traditional rugs, sometimes with a stove or heater (some lodges charge a fee to put the heater on). All teahouses sell snacks and other essentials such as tissues, soap and toilet paper. All lodges have electricity but it is not wholly reliable and lighting may not be bright enough to read by – a torch is essential. In many locations on the Annapurna Circuit, there are electrical plug sockets in the teahouse bedrooms so you can recharge devices free of charge but in some locations, charging facilities may only be available in the dining room for a small fee (approx. Rs100-200 per hour per device). Most of the lodges on this route have Wi-Fi for around Rs100 per day. Sometimes the Wi-Fi may not work because of the poor network coverage or power cuts.
The bedrooms are mostly twin-share but occasionally during peak seasons, you may be asked to share a dormitory room (3-5 people max) for the odd night. Beds with foam mattresses, bedsheets and a pillow are provided. Bedrooms are generally unheated and can get cold at night so you will need to bring or hire a sleeping bag.
Most lodges have only one or two basic toilets and sometimes these are located outside the main lodge building. Toilets are usually Asian ’squat’ style; although many lodges have now installed ‘western style’ seated ones. Toilet paper is not provided so you should bring your own or buy it locally (please dispose of it in the bin provided – do not put it in the bowl). If there is not a flush handle, there should be a container of water to pour down – if it is empty (or frozen) please either refill it or ask the lodge to do so. Laundry facilities are available in Manang if you need to wash a few items.
Most lodges now have hot gas or solar showers (charged at approx. Rs100 per shower) but don’t expect them every night. Sometimes a hot shower is simply a bucket of hot water and not a showerhead.Standards of cleanliness vary especially in the peak trekking season and in winter when the water freezes at night. Please report any problems to your leader or the lodge and be vigilant in your personal hygiene regime – use soap or hand sanitizer gel before and after toilet breaks, snacks and mealtimes.
On this particular trek, the standard of lodges varies quite a bit from one night to the next - with some of the most basic accommodation being in Larjung, Birethanti and Thorong Phedi.
Meals in Annapurna Circuit Trek :
Although most lodges have almost identical menus, they are reasonably extensive and offer a varied selection, ranging from traditional Nepalese dhal bhat to pizza and apple pie. Dhal bhat is the staple diet in Nepal and comes in many different forms but generally comprises some curried lentil dhal and meat or vegetables, some rice, and a pickle/chutney. Another popular snack is momos; a type of Nepalese dumpling, fried or steamed, filled with meat or vegetables.
In the teahouses breakfast will comprise of a choice of bread (a slice of toast, chapatti or Tibetan bread), a choice of egg (boiled, fried or omelette), and a choice between either muesli or porridge each day. Hot tea/coffee will also be served. On specific days, there will not be a choice for breakfast and either a trekkers breakfast (egg, hash brown, baked beans and toast) or a pancake with jam/honey will be served - these options are not available in all teahouses and so we have only included them in locations where they can be guaranteed.
Frequently Asked Quesions :
1. How difficult is Annapurna Circuit Trek ?
The grade of difficulty if a trek mostly rely on trekker's ability , physical fitness, weight if backpack a trekker is carrying and other factors. Trekking is higher altitude with rocky, barren and loose soil and rocks with the low amount oxygen concentration level on atmosphere is always hard. Ascending in such harsh conditions for 7-8 hours a day is always difficult. Normally , the Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered moderately difficult due to many factors. Adequate number of teahouses , resting places makes this trek a little more easier. There will be less risk of altitude sickness as we will have almost two weeks of acclimatization before reaching the highest point, Thorong- La , which is 5400 m in altitude. Most parts of the trail are fairly easy to trek and shorter as well. However, on the day to summit Thorong- La , you will trek more than 12 hours on a continuous uphill trail on a rocky , barren , loose gravelled trail which is exhausting and tiring.
2. How long is Annapurna Circuit Trek ?
In Nepal , the lenght if the trek is counted by number of days rather than Kilometer. So Annapurna Circiut Trek is 20 days long. The days can be added or decreased on your requests
3. What is the maximum altitude gained in Annapurna Ciruit Trek ?
The maximum altitude gained in Annapurna Circuit Trek is while crossing Thorong-la which is situated at an altitude of 5,416 m above sea level.
4. Is it safe to trek Annapurna Circuit Trek ?
Travelling in Nepal for any foreigner is always safe. People of Nepal are kind, generous and grateful to the guests visiting Nepal. Guests are treated as gods so people will do no harm rather help you in any conditions. During the treking season , all the trails are filled with fellow trekkers and there are numerous tea houses all along the trail. The trail is well marked so there is little to no chance of getting lost unless you wander away from the main trail.
5. Is electricity and wi-fi available aling the Annapurna Circuit Trek trail ?
Yes , eectricity is available all along the trek route. However, it is based on solar power so dont expect it to last longer. There are cnarging ports available in your room while you are trekking in lower region from Besisahar to Manang but after that you can chrge your devoce in dining hall. Wifi is available but thesignal strength is weak due to high hills and variable weather conditions .
6. Is there any risk of Altitude Sickness while doing Annapurna Circuit Trek ?
There is always a risk of Altitude Sickness while doing high altitude trekking. Above 2500 m, the oxygen concenteration level in atmosphere start decreasing . Thorong- La being the highest point, situated at 5416 m above sea level, there is high chance of suffering from altitude sickness. The tiresome 8 hours trek, barren and brown terrain and scorching sunrays make anoyone feel exhausted. But, no one should worry about these things as Adventure Altitude Treks provides you the best itinerary to avoid these things. We have put acclimatization and resting point at different places and we also provide an experienced guide who know how to avoid those situations.
7. Do I need to hire guides and porters to do Annapurna Circuit Trek ?
We recomend hiring a professional and licensed guide dothis trekking. The trekking is 20 days long with many ascents and descents. Guides not only show you the path but also provide informations about the history , culture and traditions of the local people and places. Apart from that, a guide will organize your accommodations and foods so that you can ejoy the treks without worrying. A porter is also recommended as it is a long trek and the continuous ascents and descents make any expereinced trekkers tired easily. imagine carrying your heavy backapck and walking for 7-8 hours a day. A porter can carry a maximum load of 25 kg total which means, two people can have one porter to carry their stuff so it is going to be 12 kg per person.
8. What should I do if I suffer from Altitude Sickness ?
The first and foremost thing to do when you suffer from Altitude sickness is to descend immideatly and inform your guide. Our guides are trained to dal with altitude sickness so you do not have to worry. Our guide will examine the symptoms. If the symptoms are primary, you will descend dwon to low point and rest there overnight to acclimatize so that you can continue to trek from the next day. But if the sym[ptoms are worse, you need to be evacuated immideatly. We will organize rescue operation in case of emergency.
9. How do I avoid altitude sickness ?
As we provide you the best itinerary, there's no need to worry about it. Not only the best itinerary but we also provide best and expereinced guide who can handle such situations and helps you finish your trek safely. You should keep in mind the folowing thing while doing high altitude trekking if you want to avoid altitude sickness:
- Trek slowly, never hustle
- keep drinking water regularly. Don't drink too much but sip often to avoid dehydration.
- Don't try to cover maximum distance. Plan properly with proper acclimatization point.
- Take Acetazolamide tablets that can be used in case of emergency.
- If you are confused if the shown symptoms are of altutide sickness or not, just descend immidiately and inform your guide.
But make no mistake , this only reduces the chance of suffering from altitude sickness not fully avoid it. So you shoud be very careful while palnning your trip.
Note: If you have any lung or heart illness, inform us so that we can plan itinrary that suits your physical conditions .
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Annapurna Circuit Trekking Itinerary
On reaching Kathmandu via various respective airlines, walk to airport terminal exit, here our guide and staff receive you with a warm greeting and then transfer into car or coach (depending upon group size) for the short drive into the heart of Kathmandu city.
On our second day, we will start preparing for your trek. One of Our representative will remind you to get all the permits necessary for this trek. You will be reminded to check your trek insurance policy and provide us a copy of it. You will meet your Team leader and other support professionals who will check your trekking gears to make sure they meet the requirements. After a brief introduction with the crew, one of our tour operator will take you to a city tour. You will be visiting 4 heritage sites, that hold historical, religious and cultural significances.
Boudhanath, also called as Jharung Khasor, is situated 8 km to the east from the city center . It is one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in Kathmandu. It can be viewed from the premises of TIA as you are about to land from your flight. The great Boudhanatha Stupa was built in 5th century which makes it one of the ancient and magnificent Stupa in the world. It is also the largest Stupa in the world. Considered the most holy pilgrimage for Buddhists all around the world, it is believed that the power and blessings of The Great Stupa are far beyond the understandings of human beings. It is widely believed that whoever prays and worship with a pure heart at Boudhanath creates good karma therefore the way to hell and dark realms are closed to them, fulfilling their wishes.
An early morning or late evening visit to The Great Stupa gives you a vibe of Tibetian culture . The smoke from butter candlelights and incandescents fill the aura with pleasing smell, offering peace to your mind and soul. You can stroll around the area for buying souvenirs, metal handicrafts, Thangkas etc. or just catch a good breakfast or dinner with an aerial view of Boudhanath from the rooftop cafés and restaurants.
2. Patan Durbar Square:
Patan , also called Lalitpur, is considered to be the oldest city among the three cities of Kathmandu valley. It is a home to the city's, better to say Nepal's finest craftsmen who have been able to preserve the ancient Newari culture and ancient technique of metal handicrafts. The city inherits one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Patan Durbar Square. Patan Durbar Square is an old palace of the Malla kings who ruled the city during Malla regime. The artistic handicrafts and metal crafts seen everywhere makes this place a living historical museum. Another place to see inside the Durbar square area is the Patan Museum. The museum lies inside the palace and has a collection of fine historical metal craft, wood carvings and historical Malla throne of the Malla regime. The Krishna Temple in the west premises of Durbar Square is another fine example of this artistic heritage. The temple was built by King Siddhi Narsingh Malla in 1637. Another must see place is the Mahabouddha , a magnificent terracotta temple built with Sikhara style containing 1000 images of Buddha. Filled with historical crafts and monuments that can be traced back to the 16th century, the Square is a home to 136 bushels (courtyards) and 55 temples. It is one of the major sacred sites for both Buddhists and Hindus. Beyond the temples, lie a lot of restaurants and cafés with rooftops, who serve different continental foods along with Newari traditional food.
3. Pashupatinath :
Considered to be one of the four most important religious heritage for Hindus around the world, specially for the devotees of Lord Shiva, it is another UNESCO World Heritage Site worth a visit when you are at Kathmandu. Located 3 km north-west from the city, Pashupatinath is a home to 492 temples, 15 Shivalayas (shrines of Lord Shiva) and 12 Jyotirlinga (phallic shrines) which carry significant religious values. It is considered that the place has been existed there long before the millennia after the appearance of Shiva Linga. But the temple was built in 5th century by King Prachanda Dev of Lichhavi Dynasty and later renovated by the Malla kings of the Malla Dynasty. The temple is a common sacred site to Hindus and Buddhists. The main temple is fortified within the walls guarded by Nepal Police and Nepal Army and is denied entry to non-Hindus. Another new experience for the non-Hindu visitors is to watch the cremation ceremony. Though it is not recommended to faint-hearted people.
4. Swoyambhu Mahachaitya :
Situated on a hilltop from a distance of 3 km from the main city, Swoyambhu Mahachaitya (Swoyambhunath) is one of the holiest Buddhist site in Nepal. The stupa has been a paradigm of faith and harmony for centuries with Hindu temples and deities carved within this holy Buddhist site. It is believed that the glory and prosperity of Kathmandu valley was started from this point of time. Apart from being a sacred place, the hilltop also act as an overlook from where one can enjoy the panoramic view of the extensive valley. Swoyambhu "self-existent one" was built by King Manadeva of Lichhavi Dynasty in 460 A.D. By the 13th century, it had become an important centre of Buddhism. Since then a lot of Hindus and Buddhists of whole world visit this place every year for prayers. The largest image of the Sakyamuni Buddha in Nepal rests on a high pedestal on the western side of Swoyambhunath. A temple dedicated to Saraswati (often called ManjuShree by Buddhists), goddess of learning is built behind the hilltop. The stupa premises is filled with Buddhist shrines, and statues of Hindu deities. The prayer wheels, the vibrant prayer flags, chanting of Buddhist Monks, the monkeys chattering, gives this place a combination of natural and religious vibe. One can feel the inner pace and tranquillity after visiting this Sacred place.
After visiting all those places, we will head back to the office. We will hold a final pre-trek brief. After that either you want to explore the city on yourself or you want to go straight back to your accommodation, depends on your choice.
Start wonderful Annapurna Circuit Trekking adventure with an interesting overland drive towards Nepal mid west, leading to Besisar town (headquarter of Lamjung district). From here we will transfer you to 4x4 jeep as the road is narrow from here and completely offroad. We will continue to drive on dirt road passing the villages of Khudi, Bulbule, and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream. The Drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange, a small village for an overnight stop in the comfort of a nice lodge.
- All meals included
- thrillng offroad adventure in 4x4 jeep
- lush green forest, amazing paddy fields and the howling of Marsyangdi river add more fun to the adventure
From Syange our first-day trek begins, starting on a winding path to Jagat and Chamje village following the Marsyangdi River and within the forested area with super views of the Annapurna and Manaslu range. The walk continues reaching Tal village located on a nice river valley. Continuing our a few hours hike will lead us to Dharapani village for an overnight stop. Dharapani is a nice village with Buddhist culture, situated on the junction of the Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.
- Lots of waterfalls to enjoy
- A beautiful river valley Tal with a scenic view
- The closer view of mighty Annapurna
- The beautiful winding trails
Start the morning walk an into cool rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagarchap and Danque, then to Timang village. From here onwards we will head into more Buddhist area, with a Super view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m / 26,781ft, from this village few hours of trek leads to a large town of Manang district, Chame for an overnight stop, a major town and headquarter of Manang district. Here at Chame, you can find all sorts of trekking gears you need . So just check your gears and equipment and if needed you can buy here. On our trail to Chame, we will come across a pond of hot spring .
- Chame town : entrance to Annapurna Region and a base for trekkers
- Amazing view of Annapurna, Manaslu and Lamjung himal
- Trek through subalpine vegetation.
- Small hot spring pond to dip in yourself and get relief from tiredness and muscle fatigue
From here air gets cooler as the walk leads closer into the mountains through a beautiful forest of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream to Bhratang village. From this village, an uphill into pine trees to Dhukure Pokhari, a small place with few lodges and views of Chulu and Pisang peak. After our lunch break, we will start descending until we reach Pisang village for an overnight stop.
- beautiful rhododendron forest and small streams across the trail
- A gentle walk through juniper and pine forest
- amazing view of Paungda dada AKA the Great Wall of Pisang
- Trek through various landscape, from river valley to a steep climb and enjoy the adventure
Pisang village is located within Manang valley with stunning mountains views as altitude gains from here onwards. Walking into the forest with short uphill with views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna, Chulu and Pisang peak, then reaching Hongde village with a small airstrip, from here tree lines fades to barren, arid landscapes. On route Manang village visit old Braga monastery with Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting, frescos and a super panorama of Annapurna Himalaya, From here an hour walk to Manang village. The houses here are of traditional Tibetan style with culture and traditions. There is an alternate route from upper Pisang. The trail, in terms of difficulty compared to lower Pisang ,is hard as you have to climb steep hills for 2 hours to reach Gyarhu. Hard yet more rewarding , the trail takes 7-8 Hrs to reach Manang if you take this route. Furthermore, some people may find it challenging to breathe as the highest point of this trail is 3,700 m. Then you will slowly descends to Ngawal anf then to Braga where the trail from lower Pisang meets. Then you will continue towards Manang. Overnight at Manang.
- Breathtaking view of Annapurna range
- ancient Braga Gompa claimed to be 900 years old
- Stunning view of horses grazing at green meadows
- Traditional Tibetan lifestyle of local people .
- Manang valley situated between Mount chulu and Annapurna Range
- Many Mani walls , Prayer wheels and vibrant prayer flags with numerous Old monasteries along the way
An important rest day for acclimatization before reaching high altitude and up to Thorang –la. Here we will do short hike exploring Manang village beneath towering Annapurna and Gangapurna peaks, a nice short hike up for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang glacial Lake.
- Stunnning view of Annapurna Range
- Many view points to capture breath-taking photos and memories
- A closer look to Gangapurna Glacier and glacial lake .
- 360 degree view of Manang valley form several view points
After a good rest at Manang, walk towards Yak Kharka via Gunsang. An interesting high altitude walk with views of mountains, crossing small streams to reach Yak Kharka, a small settlement with incredible views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks. This trek contains two parts ; Manang to Gunsang and Gunsang to yak Kharka. Manang to Gunsabg is a little tough climb as you will gain 300 m altitude within a short time. So we will walk gently through this part of the trail with an occasional break in the middle. The trail from Gunsang to Yak Kharka is a gradual uphill and most beautiful. Overnight stay at Yak Kharka.
- An amazing view of Manang valley and Annapurna Range from the abandoned city of Manang .
- A walk through the trail of colorful thorny bushes that may hurt you , so be careful
- Yaks grazing everywhere and eagles soaring the blue sky of manang adds calmness to the adventure
- The thrill of crossing old suspension bridge above roaring Thorong Khola
- Yak Kharka , a beautiful sytetched settlement between Tarken and Kone Khola
Morning walk leads closer to Thorang-la as the walk progress crossing a bridge and then a climb along the Jarjung River, then leading at Thorang Phedi for short rest and then climb the last hour uphill to Thorang High Camp for the overnight stop.
- A path full of colorful meadwos on one side and Jarung Khols on the other.
- Majestic sunrise view on barren Syangeng Peak
- lots of suspension bridge to cross that adds fun
- Occasional view of mountain goats on route
- A fairly easy walk till Thorong Phedi and a last hour steep climb up to Thorong High Camp.
- A complete different landscape with no or low vegetation with astounding view of mountains along the horizon
Start the early morning walk on this Big Day! A thrill and highlight of this great adventure, after breakfast a long climb up to Thorang-la with a steep haul to reach at 5,416 m / 17, 872 ft on top of Thorang-la decorated with Buddhist prayer flags. The highest point of our adventure, offers a superb vista of beautiful landscapes and snowcapped peaks, from here a long descend to Muktinath at 3,800 m. Muktinath a holy place for both Hindu and Buddhist the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation.
- The longest and tiresome day of the trekking
- The sense of feeling as if you are touching the fragments of soaring clouds
- Amazing view of a complete different landscape and mountains along the horizon
- Conquer the highest pass in the world , Thorong-la and enjoy the moment.
- A steep downhill descent to reach Muktinath with amazing view of occasional avalanche on the far side of the trail
- Muktinath, A common pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus.
After Muktinath, rest of the journey is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kaligandaki river valley, from here walk to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River.
After Jomsom walk to Marpha, one of the most charming villages with white painted houses, paved streets, and well-kept lodges. At Marpha celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples.
- One of the most picturesque landscape you will ever encounter.
- Apple farms and local Marpha brandy
- traditional Thakali cuisine and houses
- Walk through the amazing Kaligandaki river valley
- TRek alongside the deepest gorge made of the river
- Variable vegetation withing the walk
From Marpha onward, walk is enjoyable following Kaligandaki river downstream with views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri leading to Larjung village. After a few hours walk we will get back into tree lines of pine, oaks and rhododendron forest crossing a small local settlement of Kalopani village. From there, a short downhill walk will bring us to our stop of beautiful Lete village. We can see Anapurna I , Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks from Lete. Overnight stay at Lete.
- A traditional thakali settlement
- astounding views of Annapurna I , Nilgiri , Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak
- An easy hike to comfort your feet
Today's walk is mostly gradual descent. We can see the change in vegetation and climatic pattern as we continue our trek through this trail. The walk will eventually lead you to the world's deepest gorge made by Kaligandaki river that lies between two giant peaks, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The first couple of hours will lead you through another small village, Ghasa from where majestic view of snow-capped mountain can be seen. The major inhabitants of this area are Thakali. As our walk continues, we can feel the gradual change in climate and vegetation, a more warmer climate with sub-tropical vegetation. On our way to Tatopani , we can see a beautiful Rupse Jharana( waterfall). After a brief moment of walk on road, we will finally reach Tatopani where we will stay overnight before continuing our journey towards Ghorepani.
- Feel the change in climate and walk beside much greener area
- Know Thakali culture and foods
- Beautiful Rupse Jharan
- chill out on natural hot water spring at Tatopani.
- Rest for the day
Walk from Kalapani and Lete onward leads to a dramatic change in vegetation and climate, as walk leads between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna forming world deepest gorge. First, two hours of the trek leads through Ghasa village with a view of snow-capped peaks into the forest. After Ghasa a southern end of Mustang area mostly dominated by the Thakali people's ethnic tribe till Tatopani village. This pleasant walk continues leading back to paddy fields in warm sub-tropical climate to Tatopani passing beautiful waterfalls of Rupsi. Tatopani (Hot Spring) village the valley is quite constricted and it is quite warm with sub-tropic climate and vegetation, Tatopani is another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.
After an amazing and deserving rest at Tatopani, our trek continues towards Ghorepani through uphill winding trails. The first part of the trail is a steep uphill climb and the second part is gradual uphill. We will walk through lush green forest to reach Chitre. And another uphill climb to reach a beautiful village of Ghorepani. The village offers an astounding view of Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna with Vara-Shikhara also known as Annapurna Fang. Ghorepani is famous and popular for a hike to Poon Hill. The view-point at Poon Hill offers an amazing and beautiful wide angle view of Annapurna range along with picturesque sunrise and sunset view.
- Winding trails through dense green forest
- Beautiful villages with beautiful people
- Clear view of Annapurna Fang and other enormous peaks
- A base point for popular Poon Hill hike
With a good breakfast after and early morning wake, we will hike for an hour to reach Poon Hill situated at an altitude of 3,210 m to see the beautiful view sunrise kissing the top of snow capped moumtains. The array of lights spreading over the top of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal up to the far-eastern horizon including Machhapuchre makes your trip worth travelling. After spending some time at Poon Hill, we will continue our walk through colourful Rhododendron forest. The walk then lead us to Ulleri and long descent will take us to our final stop of the day. We will stay overnight at Tikhedhunga.
- Amazing sunrise view at Poon Hill
- Walk through vibrant rhododendron forest
- Arrive at Tikhedhunga for over night stay
This will be our last day of trek into the beautiful and variable wild lands of Annapurna Circuit. Waking up early , after having breakfsat, we will continue our final trek towards Nayapul. The easy part of the whole trek is mostly downhill that passes through farm villages and fields. We will then come across a nice village of Birethanti residing beside Modi river. A short walk from Birethanti will lead you to Nayapul. Our trek will end here. We will then take a bus to Pokhara. The drive will take two hours to reach the city of Lakes, Pokhara. Overnight stay at Pokhara, a vibrant touristic destination. Pokhara is also the resting point after and before the start of many treks like Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, Upper Mustang Trek, Muktinath trek , Motorbike tour to Upper Mustang and Muktinath etc.
- A short and easy hike
- watch Machhapuchhre and its clear reflection on Fewa lake.
- Enjoy your night at Carribean style pubs and bars on the bank of Phewa lake.
- HIke up to World Peace Pagoda on a hill top just across Fewa Lake
- Lots of activities to participate and visit including Caves. boating , hiking , pubs , bars , hotels etc.
- Overnight stay at 3* style hotel .
Morning a drive to Kathmandu after a wonderful experience on Annapurna Circuit trekking. Upon reaching Kathmandu transfer to your hotels. Do some shopping, stroll around places of historical and cultural significance during your free time. (Flight is optional. Takes 30 minutes from Pokhara to Kathmandu.)
A free and relaxing day in Kathmandu, relax and enjoy with individual activities ,shopping souvenirs or join in for another exciting sightseeing tour.
Last day in the beautiful Himalayan country of Nepal. Depart from the hotel as per your international flight schedule for homeward-bound flight or to your next destination country.
God speed. Safe travel
Includes & Excludes
- Airport pick up and drop off by a private vehicle
- 3 nights stay in Kathmandu at 3-star category hotel with breakfast on twin sharing basis
- Kathmandu Valley sightseeing (Private vehicle and English-speaking guide)
- Kathmandu to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu transport by luxurious tourist bus
- 1 Night stay in Pokhara at 3-star category hotel with breakfast on twin sharing basis
- All the transportations
- ACAP (Annapurna Conversation Area Permit) and TIMS Cards
- An experienced English-speaking guide and his all expenses including insurance during the trekking
- Porter (1 porter for 2 trekkers and carries 15kgs to 20 kgs) and their all expenses including insurance
- Full board basis during the trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included)
- Teahouse accommodation during the trekking on twin sharing basis
- Trekking route map
- Complimentary sleeping bags and down jackets
- First aid kit
- All the government and company service charges
- International airfare
- Travel Insurance
- Nepal visa fee
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara except for complimentary dinners
- Personal expenses (WIFI, bar bills, laundries, electricity charges for the gadgets, hot shower, hot water, etc)
- Tipping for guide(s), porter (s), driver(s)
- Anything does not include in the inclusion list.
Departure Dates for Annapurna Circuit Trekking - 20 days
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Was in Nepal in 2012 and had amazing time with Raju. Great guide in Nepal, kind, and professional. Enjoy!
Eliran Mor Yosef
Raju Was our guide when we tracked through Nepal and he was amazing. Compassionate, supportive, patient. I could not have felt safer and will definitely travel with him again
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