Annapurna Circuit trek : 21 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 Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours 

Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours 

Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours 

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours 

Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours 

Day 19:  Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: five to six hours trek,1 hour drive

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours 

Day 21: Final departure 

 

 

Includes in the cost

Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
Teahouse accommodation during the trek
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
Welcome and farewell dinners
Guided city tour in Kathmandu by private vehicle
Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per the itinerary
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek leader and assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
Leaf Holiday’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
All government and local taxes

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Leaf Holidays will pick us up from the airport and take us to your hotel. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Today after breakfast we will take you to a guided tour to a few of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will be visiting to the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is one other one of the largest stupas in the society. Overnight stay in Kathmandu Included meals: Breakfast

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. Overnight at Khudi. 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 Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours
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 finally reaching Marpha. 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. Marpha is also famous as being the apple capital of Nepal where you are able to enjoy different items made from apple. The area apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours
From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we get a hold of traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we begin to see beautiful apple backyard gardens. From here we receive panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. We cross a river accessible across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours
Our journey today is mostly downhill. Through the early a part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop decrease elevations, we emerge back to 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 discuss see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in choose a. There are bigger villages in el born area where day-to-day activities observe the everyday lives of neighborhood people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath associated with hot new season. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours
We leave the Kali Gandaki and head within the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us the terraced farmland with mountains all present. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a stylish rhododendron hit. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to a whopping 100" will be covered with pink or red a flower arrangement. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a phenomenal village located at a ridge top notch. Overnight in Ghorepani. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours
To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make a good morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the favourite trekking destination of the Annapurna province. It is also a great viewpoint to use the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and over 20 for this highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri values. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing upon waking light. After taking photographs, we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a neighborhood ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to invest the twilight. Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: five to six hours trek, 1 hour drive
From Tadapani, we create a steep descent through the dense and dark timber. You will pass through rhododendron gardens along the journey. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing backyards. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we buy to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes conversely of the ravine. After trekking along with a minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited coming from the Gurung families. 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. Overnight in Pokhara. Included meals: Breakfast Lunch

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
After breakfast, observing the scenic beauty of pokhara we drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have sufficient time for the entire day to rest or do some souvenir going shopping. At evening we will have farewell dinner after entire trip discussion. Overnight in Kathmandu. Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 21: Final departure
Today is the day of departure. We will escort you to the Tribhuvan International Airport after farewell program.

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