Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trip At Glance
  • Group Size2-15 Persons
  • Max Elevation5416 Meters
  • GradeModerate to Adventurous
  • DestinationNepal
  • TransportationBus/Jeep
  • AccommodationTea House/Lodge
  • CostContact Us
  • Trip Length15 days
  • Best MonthMarch to May & September to November
  • WIFIAvailable
  • RegionAnnapurna Region
  • Trip ModeTea House Trek
  • MealB/L/D
  • Trekking StyleTea House Trek
overview

Trip Overview

'adventure on north and south of Annapurna Himalaya with high Thorang-la pass’

Annapurna Circuit Trekking, one of the most picturesque and beautiful adventures in the whole Himalaya where you can find comfort in nice and cozy lodges on route with scenic mountain views throughout the walks on this magnificent journey.

Listed as world top Ten Adventure destinations by leading travel magazines and guide books with much praise and highlighting Annapurna Circuit Trekking as the most scenic walks on this planet, where treks lead you from low warm sub-tropical areas to cooler alpine hills filled with enchanting green woodland of tall Rhododendronmagnolia-firs and pines trees to remorseless fields of the arctic zone with ice and glaciers at high Manang valley.

Truly, one of the best destination to choose which leads you to the adventure of a lifetime experience with a sweeping panorama of mountains and being high on top Thorang-La pass above 5,416 meters encircled with series of giant peaks.

Not only just mountain views on daily walks, exploring villages of immense Buddhist culture with age-old heritage and traditions makes this trip worth-while and enjoyable with exciting times on Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Starting Annapurna Circuit Trekking taking an interesting drive to Nepal Mid West where walks lead you into rolling hills and following Marshyangdi River right up to its glacial source at Manang valley, as walk progress with acclimatization days and crossing high Thorang-la pass towards Mustang areas at Muktinath and Jomsom.

After being in high mountainous areas walk leads back into warmer areas and within the world deepest gorge at Kaligandaki River, and then our marvelous walk leads to a scenic viewpoint at Poon Hill for stunning sunrise views over an array of the mountain range, and then walking into lovely woodland to conclude our adventure at a famous touristic spot in Pokhara with the fabulous moment and fond memories of Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Trip at a Glance

Trip Mode: Hotel – Lodge (Tea-House) on treks.

Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous

Trekking Region: Annapurna Himalaya around Mid West Nepal

People & Culture: Gurung-Tamang-Thakali and Magar ethnic tribes of Hindu and Buddhism religion with interesting old traditional life and cultures. Lower areas mixed Hindu / Buddhist people of varied customs.

Highest Elevation: 5,416 m / 17, 872 ft high on top Thorang-La Pass.

Trekking Duration: 11 Nights & 12 Days (With drives and walks).

Hours of Walks: From minimum 04 hrs to maximum 06 hrs.

Total Trip: 14 Nights & 15 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Seasons: March to June and September to December months. March to May flowering time on hills October to December with a clear blue sky (cold morning and nights with chances of snow)

HIGHLIGHTS

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trekking

  • “Trekking from low warm areas to cooler alpine scenic green hills enriched with serene forest
  • Explore Gurung, Manang, Thakali & Pun/Magar traditional villages of Hindu and Buddhist cultures
  • An enchanting pristine forest filled with tall rhododendron-magnolia-pines-oaks and fir tree lines
  • Around north and south of massive Annapurna Himalaya with high and scenic Thorang-La pass
  • Adventure from high beautiful terrain to world deepest gorge of Kali-Gandaki River valley
  • Stunning sunrise views over Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu mountain range from Pun Hill
  • Ever-present views of Annapurna Himalaya with Machapuchare Himal (fishtail) on treks”
ITINERARY

Detailed Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport received by our staff and guide with warm welcome and greetings and then transfer to your hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city. After checking into your rooms getting refreshed from Jet-Lag, a quiet environment after getting refreshed join at main hall or in lobby where our guide will provide briefing on treks-hotels with necessary information. Evening includes group dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant with folk culture program with various dances of Nepal while having your authentic Nepalese dinner with local entertainment.

 

Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Morning as per group size either by car, coach or bus an interesting overland journey on Nepal’s most popular and busy highway, heading towards Nepal Mid West to reach Lamjung district at Besisar, headquarter town of Lamjung area and then following Marysangdi River upstream to Syange village for overnight stop

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
1460

From Syange morning leads to a climb at Jagat village unto Chamje village and then crossing over Marysangdi River into forested areas, as walk proceeds on gradual path above the river to reach at Tal Besi, entering into Manang district as air gets cooler from here on with gain in altitude slowly. Walk leads to cross over the river with few hours of nice walk reaching at lovely Dharapani village for overnight stop, where the trail of Manaslu joins.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
1920

As air gets cooler walking into nice forested areas of tall rhododendron-pines and fir tree lines with views of snow capped peaks of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna, slowly walk leads to more Buddhist cultural areas at Bagarchap-Danaque and Timang. From Timang with possible lunch breaks overlooking mountain views, afternoon walk leads near Marysangdi River and into cool shade of alpine woods to reach at Chame for overnight halt, headquarter and administrative town of Manang areas.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
2670

Morning continues with slow gradual walks into green woodland of pines-rhododendron and fir trees following the river upstream to cross a bridge, where uphill climb leads at Dukari Pokhari with views of Pisang and Chulu peaks. From this vantage spot heading down to a valley at Pisang village encountering rows of prayer wheels and Mani walls all the way to our lodge at Pisang village for overnight stop.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
3230

With glorious views of snow capped peaks of Pisang-Chulu and Annapurna II and IV, heading into a small forested area with climb for an hour to a ridge with grand views of Manang valley with Humdre airstrip close to the village. Walk is easier from here on with touch of high altitude as elevation gains slowly on walks to reach at Braga village, where a short walk uphill leads to its old and interesting monastery enriched with religious monuments and idols of Buddha and Guru Ringpoche (Padmasamava) with fresco and religious painting on walls and ceiling. This spot offer amazing panorama of Annapurna Himalaya with Chulu and Pisang peaks, as walk continues for another hour to reach at main Manang village for overnight stop.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
3450

A necessary and important rest day for acclimatization on this nice village enriched with Buddhist culture and traditions similar to Tibetans across the border. Explore its village of great interest with time for short hike towards a hill for close views of Gangapurna and Annapurna II – III icefalls and glaciers which feeds the icy lake below of Manang. Afternoon free at leisure and relax marveling the beauty of the landscapes and snow peaks from Manang village.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
3450

With enjoyable stop at Manang village, today a short walks of 3-4 hours to Yak Kharka, a small settlement, actually a summer pasture and grazing fields of Yaks and other cattle’s, morning leads to a slow uphill on wider trailfacing views of Gangapurna-Annapurna II – III with Chulupeaks. After a great scenic walks reaching at Yak Kharkafor overnight and lunch stop with time in the afternoon for rest and short walks on this peaceful environment with views of mountains.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
4110

Morning with wonderful scenery of mountains, another short day walks but with a difference as the altitude gains higher to reach at the base of Thorang-La pass at Phedi or High Camp, our route leads North west crossing a small stream with climb, where sometimes one can spot some wild-life of antelopes Himalayan Thar or mountain goats. Walk finally reaches at Phedi with few lodges, after a rest here a steep climb on zig-zag path for an hour to our overnight stop at High Camp of Thorang-La pass.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
4600

Today our big day of the adventure as walk leads to a winding up from one ridge to another can be quite strenuous due to high altitude gain, overlooking views of peaks as our route leads finally on top of Thorang-la pass, the highest point of the trek. Festooned with thousands of Buddhist prayer flags with board with heights and name of Thorang-La offers incredible views of Dhaulagiri-Damodar and Mustang Himal with Annapurna and Chulu peaks, with time here for rest and then downhill to reach at holy place of Muktinath. Regarded as one of the holiest pilgrimage place for Hindu as well for some Buddhist visit the temple premises with 108 water spouts, which is one of the tributaries and source of Kaligandaki River. The name Muktinath comes from ancient Sanskrit word means place for Liberation or Freedom, a high spot with grand views of Dhaulagiri range of mountains.

Day 11: Muktinath to Tatopani 1189 m. 

After breakfast drive from Muktinath to Tatopani 4-5 hrs

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
3800

Food
B/L/D
Elevation
1189

After a pleasant and enjoyable at Tatopani with hot spring, morning walks continues on winding trail for an hour, then with uphill climb on steep terraced hillsides, dotted with farms and villages. After a steep section walk on gradual path to Chitre, from here hour climb brings you at Ghorepani village with fantastic views Mt. Dhaulagiri with Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar / Annapurna Fang. Ghorepani located on a high spot within beautiful forest surrounding, inhabited by Pun / Magar tribal people.

 

Food
B/L/D
Accomodation
Tea House/Hotel
Elevation
2750

From Ghorepani our last day trekking of Annapurna circuit leads downhill most of the way past scattered farm villages with views of waterfalls, and then finally reaching at a nice village Banthati by the Modi River. With short break in this nice village, where an overland drives of few hours brings you at beautiful Pokhara for overnight stop by the serene Phewa Lake. Pokhara, a popular touristic destination blessed with natural beauty and picturesque scenery of mountains-hills and lakes.

 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
820

Morning transfer into a vehicles either by car-coach or in tourist bus (as per the size of the group), for overland journey back to Kathmandu with scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields within nice villages and towns as drive brings you back at hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs. (Flying to Kathmandu from Pokhara 35 minutes scenic flights)

 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Last day in the country of high beautiful Himalayas as per your international flight transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to next port of call after a wonderful and mesmerizing adventure on Annapurna Circuit trekking with great service of Tramping Himalaya Adventures

Food
Breakfast
Cost Included
  • Airport Pick up & Drop with private transport ( International & Domestic )
  • Hotel in Kathmandu  2 Nights 3-star standard with B/B  Twin Sharing Basis 
  • Hotel in Pokhara 1 Nights 3 Star Standard B/B
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar Bus Tickets 
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar BusTickets for Guide 
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu Tourist Bus Tickets 
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu Tourist Bust Tickets for Guide 
  • Besisahar to Syage Jeep Sharing 
  • Muktinath to Tatopani Bus Tickets Sharing 
  • Banthanti to Pokhara Jeep Sharing 
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek ( Twin Sharing Basis )
  • Meals, Breakfast, Lunch, and dinner during the trek 
  • Well English Speaking of government license holder guide 
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide/Assistant guides and Porters their salary, Insurance, Equipment, and lodging & fooding
  • Tramping Himalaya Adventures Duffel bag & T-shirt
  • All the necessary paperwork, Trekking/permits
  • Carried by your guide Medical Kit
  • All government taxes
  • Down Jacket If you need it ( To be returned after the trip )
  • Oxi-meter to check the pulse, Oxygen saturation, and heart rate
  • Unlimited chlorine-treated safe drinking water
Cost Excluded
  • Nepalese visa fee ( Bring the right cash in USD and 2 passport-size photographs )
  • 15 Days USD 30, 30 Days USD 50, 90 Days USD 125, 
  • Airfare International
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu in case  of early arrival, late departure, or early return from the mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara 
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, internet, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower and Wi-Fi, etc.)
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extended
  • Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of  Tramping Himalaya Adventures 
  • Tips and gratuities
MAP

TREKKING MAP

Map of Annapurna Circuit Trekking
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Some Additional Information

I booked with Tramping Himalaya for my Annapurna Circuit Trek as a solo hiker with a guide. My trip was well-organized and although there were some itinerary changes along the way, they were communicated to me in advance and Dawa Pun (President and Founder) made sure that I was comfortable and in agreement. The tea houses we stayed in along the route were amongst the very best that each village had to offer. My guide, Sital, did not talk very much but he was friendly and I trusted that he would help me to complete the circuit safely and on schedule. If you are interested in doing a trekking vacation I recommend booking with Tramping Himalaya. With 100% guaranteed departure, no hidden costs and excellent communication and attention from their corporate office you can sit back, relax and just enjoy your journey!

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