Annapurna Circuit Trek : 18 days

Trip Highlights:

This is the unique trekking experience to cherish for lifetime. This trek covers view of Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Manaslu, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak seen at close quarters. Trek begins at Besisahar or Bhulbhule and concludes in Kaligandaki Gorge. It consists of four regions – Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi passing through and crosses two different river valley. Trek is famous on splendid forests, amazing waterfalls and majestic cliffs. We can observe Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Buddhist culture of Mananag Valley and lower Mustang with ethnic cultures like Gurung, Magar, Sherpa, Lama and Thakalis. The trek also follows the ancient paths used as trade routes between Nepal and Tibet. Throughout the walk the contact with friendly villagers from different ethnic groups can be perceived.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Opened to foreigners since 1977, the Annapurna Circuit Trek has been proved as one of the best trekking routes of Nepal that offers you an experience to cherish for lifetime. The trek is unique as it covers altitudes from 900m to 5416m (Throng- La Pass touching the border of Tibetan plateau) in just over 300 km where you can enjoy an unusually wide range of climatic zones from tropic to arctic in a short time.

 

Annapurna Circuit Trek takes you to the captivating view of Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Manaslu, Gangapurna and Tilicho Peak seen at close quarters. Numerous peaks of 6000-8000m in elevation rise from the Annapurna range. Annapurna Circuit Trek begins at Besisahar or BhulBhule in Marshyangdi river valley and concludes in the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the world’s deepest river gorge. It consists of four regions – Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi passing through and crosses two different river valley.

The trail is famous for splendid forests, amazing waterfalls and majestic cliffs. One of the amazing thing about this trek is that you also get to see and rejoice cultural variety from Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Buddhist culture of Mananag Valley and lower Mustang with ethnic cultures like Gurung, Magar, Sherpa, Lama and Thakalis. Throughout the walk, you can enjoy the regular contact with friendly villagers from different ethnic groups and get dazzled by ever-changing panoramas of some of the world’s most magnificient mountain scenery up close. 

This trek also follows the ancient paths used as trade routes between Nepal and Tibet. The breathtaking, majestic Himalayan scenery can mesmerize anyone at just one glance, captures you at the moment and you will forget not only all your weariness of the journey but also the stress of the modern life your living. The highest point of this trek is Throng-La pass at 5416m.For a convenient journey to cross the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. So, take a break from your modern busy lifestyle, breathe in the lap of Himalayas and fall in love with the nature.

Brief Itenary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft) 

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours 

Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 - 7 hours 

Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 - 7 hours 

Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours 

Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours 

Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours 

Day 09: Pisang to Manang : 6 - 7 hours 

Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization day 

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 4-5 hours 

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours 

Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours 

Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom. Stay at Jomsom

Day 15: Fly back to Pokhara. Sightseeing in Pokhara. Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Day 16: Fly/ Drive back to Pokhara

Day 17 : Final Departure

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Your wonderful journey to the amazing Himalayas starts from your flight to Kathmandu. Onto your arrival our company representatives will greet you at the Tribhuwan International Airport and escort you to the hotel for check-in and stay overnight. You will have a rest at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur city
You start a guided tour to four of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Durbar Square holds the palaces of the medieval Kings who ruled over the Kathmandu Kingdom. Pashupatinath houses a sacred Lingum, or the phallic symbol of Lord Shiva. The Aryaghat alongside Pashupati and on the banks of the Bagmati River is a famous funeral site for the Hindus. The Buddhists shrine of Boudhanath is one of the largest stupas in the world, and one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Kathmandu. The area of Boudhnath is also famous for over 50 Tibetan Gompas or monasteries. Swayambhu meaning the "the self-existent" is popular among the foreigners as the Monkey Temple owing to the large number of monkey population residing in the area. Bhaktapur Durbar square and Patan Durbar Square are also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bhakatpur is an irresistible city with an authentic local lifestyle preserved over centuries of isolation from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. While in the city square, you get to admire the Nyata-Pola Temple, the Golden Gate, water spouts and the 55 Window Palace which merge together to provide an ambience of a magical outdoor theater to its visitors. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours
We start our journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli. Trishuli is the centre of attraction for those who want to experience water adventure. On the approach we take to admire terraced farms and beautiful huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, we move straight ahead towards Pokhara. At Dumre, we leave preceding trail and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour's drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting reason for our make your way. Alternatively, we could possibly off at Besisahar, following which trek for an hour to get to Khudi along broad trail. Khudi offers us a first glimpse for this gorgeous Manaslu range. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 - 7 hours
Our first day's walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across rice paddies and a subtropical plan. Initially, the walk is gradual but will then be followed by steeper paths. The mountains that we see from Khudi seem a lot closer well. Before reaching Sirung village we pass an ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche. We admire close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 - 7 hours
We leave Sirung for Jagat on a relatively easy trail. We leave behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns and do. On the forest trail we spot several different of pets. We also traverse several small villages and even a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi Ocean. There is and a waterfall at the bridge. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours
After breakfast, we slowly begin our trek without delay. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and after continues the lush high. Further ascent in order to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain product ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply for any slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend along with grassy riverbank that for you to Tal. Once we walk away Tal, the path becomes rugged and rotating. Then we approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering symptomatic waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension brdge. Overnight in Dharapani. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours
Today we walk any few forested ridges on our way to Chame, that's the headquarters of the Manang Area. Throughout the trek we can admire amazing views of this Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours
A steep and narrow path any very dense forest offers us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest a part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep how the trail is carved in the vertical good ole'. After passing this last chunk of rock, the valley opens with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We trek for while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 09: Pisang to Manang : 6 - 7 hours
There are two routes to Manang but we follow the trail that can take us to Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views for this beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang. We start by getting to notice a contrast your past landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. Our short trip to Barge monastery, the largest monastery on the inside entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization day
Today is the day to rest. You can go for quick hike with the idea to Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. Once we have the energy, could even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us an idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 4-5 hours
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues to climb associated with your the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest within the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures in addition a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes nearby the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. The trail by meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing hook river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes early old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours
It is actually definitely an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for whatever reason time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar township. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip are usually rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Said too often . Phedi in Nepalese is known as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi. Overnight in Thorang Phedi. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours
Crossing Thorong La pass, one for the highest passes in the world, is actually going to our ultimate objective at the moment. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest new trend. We get up around three in the morning and walk within the mountain. We all finally ensure that it is to the top, understand that our journey was worth the device. We can have a few photos before maneuvering to Muktinath Valley at the foot with the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 14: Muktinath to Jomsom
Muktinath a good important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple together with a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and can then be to Jomsom .The trail today is quite surreal once we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world's deepest mountainous. The barren landscape of the particular resembles Tibet. Overnight at Jomsom. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner.

Day 15 : Jomsom to Pokhara
After having breakfast we will head towards Pokhara from Jomsom by flight. We will do rest in Pokhara hotel. Thereafter we will go for sightseeing in Pokhara. We will arrange one experienced guide who will guide you to the Pokhara city. We will visit David's fall, peace pagoda, Guteshwor Mahadev, Talbarahi temple . We will do 1 hour boating in Fewa Lake. You are allowed to take pictures in fewa Tal. Overnight in Pokhara hotel.

Day 16: Fly/ Drive back to kathmandu
After having breakfast in the morning we will head towards Kathmandu. You can rest full day in Kathmandu. You can go for shopping in the market over there. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 17:Final Departure
Today is the day of departure. We will escort you to the Tribhuvan International Airport after farewell program.

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