Trip Duration: 18 Days
Trekking Duration: 14 Days
Region: Annapurna Region
Grade: Easy to Moderate
Max-Altitude: 5,416 Meters
Seasons: Spring || Autumn
Start Point: Kathmandu
End Point: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Tea House
Size: Minimum 01 Persons
Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered one of the best treks in the world though road construction is threatening its reputation and its future as a classic trek. Yet no one disputes that the scenery is outstanding: 17 to 21 days long, this trek takes you through distinct regional scenery of rivers, flora, fauna and above all - mountains.
There are four regions that are passed through on the Annapurna Circuit Trek; Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. Lamjung and Myagdi of the lower elevations are both predominantly Hindu and with lush green subtropical valleys with villages and terraced farming.
Manang and Mustang are of the higher elevations and are predominantly Tibetan Buddhist. The Manang people are Gurung and are very proud of their unique cultural heritage and merging of lower land Gurung and Tibetan cultural influences.
Annapurna Circuit Trek goes counter-clockwise from Besisahar to Nayapul and reaches its summit in Thorung La (pass) at the height of 5416m, or 17,769 feet. The route goes past the following mountains: Manaslu (an 8,000-plus meter peak), Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, and, of course, Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri -- passing through the world's deepest gorge in between those two 8,000-plus meter peaks.
Poon Hill, at the end of the trek, affords views of those two mountains, as well as South Annapurna and Macchupucchre, the "Fishtail Mountain."
Annapurna Circuit Trek also goes through Buddhist villages and Hindu holy sites, most notably the village of Muktinath, a holy site for both Buddhists and Hindus, and Braga, one of the oldest monasteries in the region.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff then transfer to respective hotels Kathmandu city, after refreshment rendezvous with other members for briefing by our guide / leader regarding Annapurna Circuit & Thorang-la trekking, lodges on route with do and don’ts and evening group welcome dinner.
Day 02: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Beshishar 800 m - 08 hrs.
Morning a long and interesting overland towards Nepal mid west, leading at Beshishar town, from here on the dirt road to Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following Marsyangdi River upstream, continue drive through rice terraces and villages, on leaving Marsyangdi River reaching our first overnight halt at Jagat village.
Day 03: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 05 hours.
After a refreshing stop at Jagat starting the morning walk on a gradual winding trail to Chamje, and towards Marsyangdi River crossing the eastern bank leading into forested area, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. Walk continues to Tal Besi village, another 3 hours walk brings at Dharapani village for overnight stop.
Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hours.
Morning walk leads along winding path into rhododendron, pine forest through Bagachap and Danque village, then to Timang village. From here onwards into Buddhist culture area with view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft. From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for overnight stop, a large and major town and headquarter of Manang area.
Day 05: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.
Adventure continues into cooler area from here onwards closer to mountainous region, trekking through nice alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, after lunch break at Dukuri Pokhari walk descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.
Day 06: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.
Pisang village with great views of mountains walk leads through woodland with short uphill and views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak. As the walk leads to Hongde village, from here tree lines disappear for barren, landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate. Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics and then an hour walk brings at Manang village. The houses here are built up in traditional Tibetan style and Manang people are known for their rich cultural and traditions.
Day 07: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher elevation, explore Manang village, located beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range and Manang glacial Lake.
Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hours.
After a good rest at Manang, morning walk leads towards Ghunsang village on the uphill path to Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude trekking with super views of snowcapped mountains, then crossing a small stream river to reach Yak Kharka, a small settlement with tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.
Day 09: Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.
Morning heading high area, to the base of Thorang-la after a climb along the river bank, walk leads at Thorung Phedi, from here an hour of steep climb brings at Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.
Day 10: Cross Thorong-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs.
The main day of this adventure, with early breakfast trek follows a long climb up to Thorang-la with steep haul on the winding path to Thorung La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft. The highest point of this trip, the pass offers super views of awesome sceneries of snowcapped peaks after feeling high reaching the main highlight, and then a long descend leads to Muktinath at 3,800 m. On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
Day 11: Trek to Marpha 2, 670 via Jomsom 2, 715 m - 06 hours.
After Muktinath, rest of the walks is moderate walks with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, and to Jomsom headquarter town of Mustang region with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. From Jomsom few hours walk reaches at Marpha, one of the most charming villages of all Himalaya regions with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well kept lodges. Here celebrate with local apple products like cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apple and its product.
Day 12: Trek to Lete 2,480m - 06 hrs.
From Marpha walk is enjoyable following Kaligandaki river downstream, reaching Tukuche village, beneath Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri with Mt. Nilgiris, from here back into tree line of pines, oaks and rhododendron, and then to a nice Kalapani village, after a short stop walk to another lovely village with grand views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri, a short downhill brings at Lete village for overnight stop.
Day 13: Trek to Tatopani 1,190m - 06 hrs.
From Lete onwards leads to dramatic change in landscapes, walking between two high peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna forming world deepest gorge. From Ghasa village a southern end of Mustang area, dominated by Thakali people and then heading at Tatopani (Hot Spring) village with sub-tropic climate. Tatopani another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.
Day 14: Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m - 06 hrs.
After Tatopani, morning walk leads across a bridge over Kaligandaki River and then our route diverts heading uphill on terraced hillside, dotted with farms and villages, after a steep section through dense alpine forest reaching at Chitre and to Ghorepani- village with super views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar also known Annapurna Fang.
Day 15: Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m - 05 hours walk.
Morning an hour hike up to Poon Hill at 3,210m, offering stunning sunrise views over chain of mountains including majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre “The Fish Tail”, after a wonderful time at Poon Hill, walk through beautiful rhododendron forest on gradual trail and then a long descend from Ulleri village all the way to Tirkhedhunga for last overnight stop in the hills of Annapurna Himalaya.
Day 16: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.
From here, the last walk of this amazing adventure morning leads through many farm villages and terraces into warmer area and ending the trek on the road connecting Baglung-Pokhara at Nayapul town, from here a few hour drives to famous touristic Pokhara after a wonderful time up in the high mountains.
Day 17: Drive of fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable trip Annapurna Circuit trekking, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure. (Options by air of 30 minutes scenic flight back to Kathmandu).
Day 18: International departure homeward bound.
Today, last day in amazing Nepal with great experience and fond memories of Annapurna Circuit & Thorang-la trekking, as per your time for international flight, our staff transfer you to airport for your final departure homeward bound or to your next destinations.
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