Annapurna Circuit (Around the Annapurna) Trek has been highly praised and is a spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977.
This three week trek starts right from Besisahar which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the white Himalayas. It continues to the north of the main Himalayan range to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.
The highest point of the trek is Thorung La pass at the top of the valley at 5416 meters high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day. As we descend to the west at Muktinath from pass, we continue to the barren Tibetan like village of the Kali Gandaki - the world's deepest gorge passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains.
After you cross the Thorung La pass from Manang to Muktinath the final seven days of the circuit trek are the same as the Jomsom Trek from Pokhara, but in reverse.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at 9.45 AM in the morning. We provide a private vehicle and professional tour guide. We visit Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square are the the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty five windows, art galleries, the Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near by your hotel.Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (830m) by Public Bus - 7 hrs
Our trekking staff will arrive at your hotel at 7am in the morning to pick you up. After a 7-hour drive (185 kms) from Kathmandu, we reach Besishar. Upon arrival at Besisahar you will witness the stunning snow-capped mountain panorama. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek to Bahundanda (1,310 m) - 5 hrs
Today our journey starts at Besishahar, from where the trail makes the climb to Khudi at 790m, then reach the first Gurung village (many of Nepal’s Gurkha Soldiers are Gurungs). As we continue from Khudi, the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). It climbs to Bhulbhule at 825m, then goes to Ngadi before reaching Lampata at 1,135m and nearby Bahundanda at 1,310m. A brilliant start to the culture of Nepal. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 05: Trek to Chamje (1,400m) - 5 hrs
The trail drops steeply to Syange at 1,070m from Bahundanda. On the way, you can see a large waterfall (season permitting). After crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge, we follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through the forest to Chyamje at 1,400m . Overnight at a guesthouse
Day 06: Trek to Bagarchhap (2,160m) - 5 hrs
Our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marshyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1,675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1,890 m. A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2,160 m the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans can be seen along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 07: Trek to Chame (2,630m) - 5 hrs
The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2,360m, then continuing through forest, but near the river to Kopar at 2,590m. 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 and two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community of which the residents are said to have migrated from Tibet centuries ago, noticeable by their distinct physical features and lifestyle as well as architecture and livelihood unique to Tibet. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 08: Trek to Pisang (3,300m) - 5 hrs
The day starts through a deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2,910m. We then cross another bridge at 3,040m from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda's rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200m and 3,300meters. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 09: Trek to Manang (3,540m) - 5 hrs
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks and raise crops for a part of the year. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails form the north and the south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip at 3,325m, 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 3,475m to the nearby Manang at 3,540m. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 10: Acclimatization day at Manang village
We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and viewing the magnificent sights around the village. Towards the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a night's rest. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000m) - 5 hrs
Continuing on from Manang, the trails ascends by nearly 500m to Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450m) - 5 hrs
After a two-hour ascent the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450m where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorung La pass (5,416m) - 8 hrs
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10am otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorung La Pass (5,416m). We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags will reward you with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking will take you to the holy town of Muktinath.
Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 14: Trek to Marpha (2,670m) - 6 hrs
Our descent continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha, home to the legendary apple orchids. You will be able to taste the apples and the myriad apple products like pies and wine. Apple Brandy is another local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 15; Trek to Ghasa (2,010m) - 6 hrs
We descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 16: Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m) - 5 hrs
We will walk through the world’s deepest gorge, Kopchepani. We then continue descending through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani. This place is famous for its hot springs, where it gets its name (tato - hot; pani - water). This is the best place to relax your body after a long day's trek. We will spend another day relaxing at this spot. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 17: Rest and relaxing day at Tatopani. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Bathe is natural Hot spring at Tatopani.
Day 18: Trek to Ghorepani (2,810m) - 6 hrs
Today is a big day, it take about 7 to 8 hours from Tatopani to Ghorepani. We climb about 1650 meters up. We will pass couple of Magar and Gurung village on the track. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 19: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210m) and trek to Tikhedunga (1,570m) - 5 hrs
Very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210m - a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas, weather permitting. There we spend about 1 hour, then return to Ghorepani where we take a hot breakfast at the hotel then trek down to Tikhedunga (1,570m). We head off towards Tikhedunga, walking down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests of a large Magar village of Ulleri at 2,070m, finally reaching Tikhedhunga after a descent. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 20: Trek to Nayapul (1,010m) - 3 hrs. Drive to Pokhara - 1hr
After some light trekking, we reach Nayapul (1,010m). Then after an hour drive, we reach Pokhara, the serene valley which boasts fabulous views of the Himalayan mountains. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 21: Pokhara city tour
Your sightseeing trip starts at 9am in the morning after breakfast. The places we visit are Fewa Lake, Bagnes Lake, Devi’s water fall, museums, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. You will have a relaxing afternoon. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 22: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) by Tourist Bus and farewell dinner
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you.) Overnight back at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 23: Transfer to the international airport for your final departure
The trip concludes. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
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