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Annapurna Circuit trek

Duration

16 days

Starting at

Kathmandu Airport

Ending at

Kathmandu Airport

Trip Grading

Strenous

Accommodation

Hotel and Guuest Houses

Meals

All meals during the trek

Attraction

Thorang La pass 5416m

Acctivities

Trekking

Annapurna Circuit Trek: A World-Class Adventure

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most renowned treks globally, offering an unparalleled journey through Nepal’s largest protected area. This trek showcases dramatic terrain changes, from lush green forests to the arid, rocky landscape beyond the Himalayas. The route encircles the famous Annapurna massif, passing through sub-tropical plains, the trans-Himalayan region of Manang, and the rain-shadow area of Mustang. The trek reaches its highest point at Thorong La Pass (5,416m), then descends through the deepest gorge on earth along the Kali Gandaki River, nestled between two giant peaks.

The adventure begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and continues to Khudi, a small settlement where the trek officially starts. Along the way, trekkers encounter countless tall waterfalls and a skyline dominated by the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. After Manang, the trail ascends through high alpine pastures to the teahouses at Thorong Phedi. A day of acclimatization in Manang offers an optional side trip to a glacial lake fed by the Gangapurna icefall. The next challenge is crossing the Thorong La Pass, followed by a descent to Muktinath, a significant pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The trek concludes in Jomsom, with a flight back to Pokhara.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Highest Point: Thorong La Pass (5,416m)
  • Key Villages: Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Muktinath, Jomsom
  • Natural Wonders: Kali Gandaki Gorge, Annapurna, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Ice Lake
  • Flora and Fauna: Hemlock and silver fir trees, diverse bird species including the white-capped river chat and large pied kingfisher
  • Comprehensive Trekking Package: 13 days of trekking with porters, accommodation, and all meals

16 days Quick Outline itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Trek:

  • Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel
  • Day 02: Drive to Khudi (790m)
  • Day 03: Trek to Syange (912m)
  • Day 04: Trek to Tal (1,646m)
  • Day 05: Trek to Bagarchap (2,165m)
  • Day 06: Trek to Chame (2,714m)
  • Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3,171m)
  • Day 08: Trek to Manang (3,537m)
  • Day 09: Acclimatization day at Manang
  • Day 10: Trek to Ledar (4,230m)
  • Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi
  • Day 12: Cross Thorong La Pass (5,335m) and trek to Muktinath (3,760m)
  • Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2,713m)
  • Day 14: Fly to Pokhara
  • Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu
  • Day 16: Departure from Kathmandu

Departures: Flexible dates available upon request.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu, transfer to Hotel, o/n in Kathmandu

You will be picked up at airport and then transfer to your designed hotel in Kathmandu. Rest of the day at leisure. Evening there would trek briefing and introduction time with your guide.

Day 02: Drive to Khudi (790m)

Drive to Besisahr in the morning by bus. Catch a local jeep to drive further to Khudi, approx 3 hours drive. Besishar is the head quarters of Lamjung District. There are good views of Lamjung Himal on the left and Himalchuli to the right. Overnight at lodge in Khudi.

Day 03: Trek to Syange (912m)

The trail which is a good one climbs gently towards the village of Khudi on the Marsyangdi river. Opposite Khudi (on the west bank of the river) where the Khudi Khola enter the main river the Marsyangdi swings north, the trail rises high above the river and round the corner revealing further views of Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) now very near and rising massively more than 6,700m. Continue up east bank of river, crossing Ngadi Khola bridge after 1.5 hours. Climb to Bahundanda ridge (1,310m) in about 2 hours. Descend towards river once again and reach vicinity of bridge at Syange after another 2.5 hrs. Total about 7/8 hours. Syange is the northern limit of rice cultivation in Marsyangdi valley.

Day 04: Trek to Tal (1646m)

Trail now climbs slowly into increasingly narrow canyon. Cross river on good suspension bridge near Chyamje and continue ascent past canyon descending from rock barriers of Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) and Numun Bhanjyang. Tal, the gateway to Manang District, a beautiful flat meadow with several Bhotia houses and a splendid waterfall coming off the lower reaches of Peak 29. This is a superb site. The trail passes Jagat after 1.5 hours and Chyamje after another 1.5 hours. Tal is another 2 hrs. Short day but all climbing.

Day 05: Trek to Bagarchap (2165m)

Ascend east bank of Marsyangdi through main gorge. The trail here is at times cut-out of vertical cliffs. Cross to west side of river at Dharapani 6200 ft. just south of Thonje, the confluence of Marsyangdi and Dudh Khola (the latter coming from Larkya Pass, two days northeast). Do not cross river to Thonje but turn west and follow trail ascending on south side of Marsyangdi through forests and meadows for about one hour then climb steeply towards Namun Bhanjyang to Tebang Meadow, a series of lust pasture pearched high above the river. Excellent views of Manaslu- and the peaks situated above the Larkya Pass.

Day 06: Trek to Chame (2714m)

The trails runs diagonally from Tebang through Thankchok village (2865m) and down towards river to Kupar which lies above the junction of the Marsyangdi with the Nar river, coming in from the north. Police check point here, coming from Tebang, this is a short day of only about 4-5 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3171m)

Cross bridge to north side of river near horticultural apple farm at Brathang (2744m). The covered bridge with a door in the middle was built by Tibetan Khampas who had a camp close by the Marsyangdi. Begin spectacular ascent to Pissang. This begins the transition into the rain shadow experienced between Ghasa and Tukuche in the Kali Gandaki in fully cry below, gaining momentum to break its way through the line of the main Himalayan Range between Annapurna II and Manaslu. There is a Choice of camp sites at Pisang below the village, either south or north of the river, or about half an hour before in a pleasant wooded country, sheltered from the prevailing wind.

Day 08: Trek to Manang (3537m)

On easy terrain through forests to small ridge at 3445 m. Below and stretching into the distance is Upper Manang Valley. The southern tier of this valley is walled by Annapurna II (7937m), and IV (7525m), Annapurna III (7555m), Gangapurna (7455m) and Tarke Kang (Glacier Dome) (7193m) to the west and visible just south of distant sharp rock peak is the Great Barrier and the basin containing Tilicho Lake (7193m) is out of view at the head of the valley. To the north Thorung La (5416m) and Thorungtse (6483m) and barring the way to Tibet in the north, a long ridge of 20-22,00? peaks. Descending from this view point, the path crosses a plain and passes Hongde airstrip (3280m). Further on the Sabje Khola is passed and Braga arrives. Braga is a cliff- side village with several monasteries and excellent camp- site for camping in the fields below village.

Day 09: Acclimatization day at Manang

It is essential to spend time on acclimatization in this area. There are splendid views of peaks from Manang. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across from a huge glacier descending from Tarke Kang and Gangapurna. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. Possible side trips to a lake an about 3 hours north of Braga at 4818 m. to the main Manang Gompa, or to Khangsar (3740m) on the trail to Tilicho lake.

Day 10: Trek to Ledar (4230m)

A short day on this high altitude treks. Passing through Yak Kharka and Churi ledar. A side trip up the steam following down from the West Chulu peak can be done if time permits.

Day 11: Trek to Thorang Phedi

The trail turns northwest up the tributary valley of the Jargeng Khola. It is sometimes possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep along the cliffs. Cross a covered cantilevered bridge and ascend to Phedi.

Day 12: Cross Thorang pass (5335m) and trek to Muktinath (3760m)

Ascend steeply for 2 hours to rock ledge and north at 4590m then along an undulating trail to the level top Thorung La. Views of the Annapurna Range to the south and the Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the west. The peak immediately north of the pass is Thorungtse, to the south is an unnamed peak of 6625m. Descend into Mustang a steep downhill trail for three hours to Muktinath. Splendid views of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche peak. Muktinath is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. It is mentioned in the classic Hindu epic, the Mahabharata, and one may see pilgrims bathing in the holy water flowing from the 108 carved spouts surrounding the Vishnu Temple in a grove of sacred poplars. Muktinath is also home to many ethnic Tibetans and is holy to Buddhist as well, particularly for the temple in which fire miraculously burns in a stream of water.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2713 m)

Descend gradually through fields and poplar groves, then steeply into the Kali Gandaki River Valley, reaching the valley floor at Eklebhatti at 2774 m. Follow the valley southward to the headquarters of Mustang District, Jomsom, a large settlement with a stol airstrip, police station and bank. The Kali Gandaki Valley here is called the Thak Khola, from the ethnic group of the Thakalis, many of whom live in this area. Enterprising and ambitious the Thakalis formerly dominated the salt trade with Tibet in this region and after its collapse diversified into running lodges along the trek route, construction and other business.

Day 14: Fly to Pokhara, in Pokhara

After breakfast, fly to Pokhara. Transfer to Hotel, explore Pokhara own.

Day 15: Drive to Kathamndu. Free day

After breakfast , drive to Kathmandu - a beautiful journey. Check in to Hotel. In Kathmandu.

Day 16: Transfer to airport, depart Kathamndu

Free time until departure for shopping. Transfer to airport. Depart Kathmandu.

Min - Max (Persons) Adult Price
2 - 3 $1,370.00
4 - 5 $1,295.00
6 - 9 $1,225.00
10 - 15 $1,155.00
Single - Supplement $95.00

Included

  • 01. All meals and best avaialable accommodation in lodge during the trek
  • 02. Service of trek guide and Sherpa assistant for bigger group above 6 person
  • 03. Porters to carry personal baggage (each 15 kg.)
  • 04. Accident insurance for staffs and porters
  • 05. Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
  • 06. Annapurna conservation area entry permit, trekking permit
  • 07. Arrival and departure transfers.
  • 08. Tourist and public transportation as shown in the programme
  • 09. Hotel accommodation (2 star) in Kathmandu on BB as per programme
  • 10. Hotel accommodation in Pokhara (2 star category) on BB as per programme

Excluded

  • 01. Personal clothing and sleeping bag
  • 02. Personal accident and health insurance
  • 03. Emergency evacuation and medical expense
  • 04. Alcoholic and bottled beverage, mineral water, laundry, and tips
  • 05. Any other services and expenses that are not specifically mentioned

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