Annapurna Circuit Trek

Facts of Trip

Destination: Annapurna Region, Nepal

Duration: 18 Days

Trip Grade: Strenuous

Trek Duration: 13 Days

Best Season: March - May & October - November

Max. Altitude: 5416 metres

Transportation: Local bus, Jeep, tourist bus

Trip Highlights

  • Incredible trek from low land to highland
  • Manang village, the Tibetan settlement
  • Magnificent view from Thorong La pass (5416m)
  • The pilgrimage town of Muktinath
  • Exciting rough road drive from Jomsom to Tatopani
  • Natural hotspring at Tatopani in the bank of Kaligandaki river
  • World's deepest Kaligandaki gorge
  • View of 2 gaints Himalaya peaks (Mt. Dhaulagiri & Annapurna I)
  • Spectacular sunrise and mountain views from Poon hill
  • Experience cultural activities of different ethnical groups

Annapurna Circuit Trek is the best long-distance trek in the world encircling around 160kms to 230kms in Nepal. The circuit is located in central Nepal towards the north. The trek takes you to the elevation of 5416m. Furthermore, the trek is very diverse from the natural, geographical and cultural points of view.

 

Initially, the trek to Annapurna Circuit begins from Kathmandu to Besisahar on private vehicles. Further, The trekking route passes through the lush rainforest with waterfalls is stunning. The beautiful flora and fauna are as well amazing to see on the trails.

 

Similarly, the heartily welcoming people with smiles on faces make you realize that peace begins with a smile. Further, as discoverers climb more, the first beautiful sight of the mountains leaves them speechless. The bright-clear sky and the blowing aroma of wind hypnotize hikers.

 

Uniquely, a route to Manang is far more scenic and views of Annapurna I and Annapurna III are incredible. Whereas, the astonishing river valleys displaying mountain ridges is adventurous. Similarly, fascinating Ganggapurna Icefall amazes adventurers.

 

The 900-year-old Buddhist monastery in Barga Gompa brings peace to the mind. Whereas, houses are stacked one atop other is incomparable. Additionally, hikers stop at the crystal clear Icefall (4620m) and spellbinding Tilicho Lake (4919m), the highest Altitude Lake in the world.

 

Additionally, the large Himalayan Griffons, endangered animals like Musk Deer, Blue sheep, and Snow Leopard may surprise you. Finally, the Annapurna Circuit Trek altitude goes up to 5416m of Thorung La Pass. Thorung La Pass is the world’s biggest pass that projects the timeless view of the The Himalayas.

 

Continuing the Round Annapurna, you could reach the Muktinath Shrine (3760m), the lower Mustang which is the holy place for many Hindus and Buddhists. On the contrary, the upper Mustang is full of exciting trails and towns. Surprisingly, the explorers find the deserted garden of Mustang wonderful.

 

Round Annapurna trek is important to experience the village in Kagbeni, the Gateway to Upper Mustang. The closely packed mud house, dark tunnels, and lanes remind you of the medieval period. Likewise, the well preserved Thakali culture is overwhelming. Considerably, the best Nepali food is Thakali food.

 

Subsequently, the trail follows Kali Gandaki River, one the deepest Gorge in the world, taking you to the Gurung community in Gandhruk. At the place, the marvelous Gurung people, their tradition and culture along with the Gurung Museum wonders trekkers.

 

Depending on the route, discoverers can also see several mountains, the sunrise and the sunset from Ghorepani Poon Hill. Likewise, the view of the Himalayas during the sunrise from Poon Hill is mesmerizing. Similarly, tempting views of a range of the Himalayas such as Annapurna chain, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri is incredible. Also, trekkers also do some thrilling activities such as Paragliding, Zip flying, rafting, bungee jump, and hot air balloon flying in Pokhara.

 

The Annapurna Circuit Trek route is challenging and longest in the world with diverse forms of experiences. Accessible Adventure Pvt. Ltd designs several trekking projects along with the 18 days Annapurna Circuit Trekking. The trek through Circuit will astound you with its nature, landscape, people, floras, faunas, and other extraordinary scenic views of mountains. Our company recruits well-trained and licensed guides, plans well-organized itinerary, manages all the permits required for the trekking at suitable cost and price.

 

 Permits required for Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Nepal Governments issues two types of permit obligatory to trek to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. 

Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Permit (ACAP) Policy declares
ACAP policy charges certain entry fees in order to conserve the natural resources and develop tourism with the least negative impact. Also, to bring the sustainable social-economic development of the people living in that region. ACAP charges fee approximately USD 30 including VAT to Non-SAARC Nationals. Whereas, USD 5 to SAARC nationals. The permit can be acquired in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS)
TIMS is the record management system for the foreigners coming to trek in Nepal to ensure their safety and security. TIMS card can be taken from at TIMS counter in Tourism Board Nepal by filling the required forms and submitting necessary documents. Approximately USD 30 is the TIMS card fee charge.

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02 : Drive Kathmandu to Jagat.

Day 03 : Trek to Tal (1675m).

Day 04 : Trek to Danaque (2210m).

Day 05 : Trek to Chame (2630m).

Day 06 : Trek to Pisang (3300m).

Day 07 : Trek to Manang (3500m).

Day 08 : Acclimatization day

Day 09 : Trek to Ledar (4250m).

Day 10 : Trek to Phedi or High camp (4600m).

Day 11 : Trek to Muktinath (3710m).

Day 12 : Drive to Tatopani by local jeep / bus.

Day 13 : Trek to Ghorepani

Day 14 : Hiking to Poonhill - back to Ghorepani, and trek to Tadapani.

Day 15 : Trek to Ghandruk

Day 16 : Trek down to Birethanti - Nayapul - Pokhara.

Day 17 : Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus.

Day 18 : Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey.

Cost Include

  • Airport pickup & drop-off by car.
  • 2 nights twins sharing room in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast (2-3 star).
  • Twin sharing accommodation at guest houses during the trek, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • 1 highly experienced, helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter between 2 members), their food, accommodation, salary, equipments, insurance.
  • Surface Transfer from Kathmandu to Jagat by Jeep and drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara on tourist coach.
  • 1 night twin sharing room in Pokhara, inclusive of breakfast.
  • Annapurna Conservation permit and TIMS card.
  • Goverment tax
  • Office Service charge.

Cost Exclude

  • Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
  • Travel insurance
  • International air fare to and from Nepal.
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent
  • foreign currency with multiple entry for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entry for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, hot water, hot shower, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
  • Trekking Equipments (down sleeping bag and down jacket)
  • Tips for guide, porters, driver

Day 01Arrival in KathmanduYour arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by our Airport Representative, and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 02Drive Kathmandu to Jagat. Scenic drive through Prithivi high way and Trishuli river gorge. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 03Trek to Tal (1675m). The day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 04Trek to Danaque (2210m). We walk through a wide and flat valley, then the journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition Zone before the dry highlands. Before we reach to Danaque we walk through a pine forest and mani walls. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 05Trek to Chame (2630m). With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, & then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 06Trek to Pisang (3300m). The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300m. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 07Trek to Manang (3500m). Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Anapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 08Acclimatization day Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and overviewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 09Trek to Ledar (4250m). Today we leave Manang, & the trai makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 10Trek to Phedi or High camp (4600m). The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4600m, we can recently found some good Guesthouses built. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 11Trek to Muktinath (3710m). The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 12Drive to Tatopani by local jeep / bus. In the evening, you may enjoy natural hotspring at the bank of Kaligandaki river. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 13Trek to Ghorepani We walk by following the bank of Kaligandaki river for 30 minutes and climb up after crossing the bridge till Sikha and Ghara, a big settlement of Magar community. Then the trail continues to ascend more gently, through rhododendron forest to reach Ghorepani at 2775m. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 14Hiking to Poonhill - back to Ghorepani, and trek to Tadapani. This morning, we will get up early in the morning, and go for hiking to Poon Hill to see superb view of sunrise and panoramic view of Himalayas including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and so on. After visiting Poonhill, we will come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue trekking to Tadapani. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 15Trek to Ghandruk The day starts with short downhill. Leaving Tadapani, we descend steeply through forests and then the trail eases as we reach Ghandrunk (2000m), which is the village of Gurung people, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal, have their own dialect, typical culture, costume, and life style. This village is possibly the popular tourist destination that offers the beautiful mountain views and having easy connection with Pokhara. Overnight at guest house, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 16Trek down to Birethanti - Nayapul - Pokhara. Today we begin our journey, from Ghandruk offering easy walking all downhill to Nayapul, we then drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 17Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel, inclusive of breakfast.

Day 18Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey. End of the tour.

Trip Map

Please bring:

  • Please bring all winter clothes including sleeping bag and warm down jacket and all toiletaries.

Can this trek be customized? Yes, we can customize to meet your needs, interest and timeframe unless you join our group tour.

Can I do this trek privately without joining others? Yes, private trek is available for this trek if you are travelling alone or with your own family.

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