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Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Annapurna Circuit Trek

Overview

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is an incredible and extraordinary trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Annapurna Circuit Trek takes us to the wonderful places like Manang, Jomsom and Muktinath which helps to get us familiar with the various Nepalese and Tibetan background and culture. Annapurna Circuit Trek takes us around the entire Annapurna massive and reaches the highest Himalayan pass in the world Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,769ft). We also walk through the world's deepest Kali Gandaki ravine with Annapurna I rising to 8091 m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167 m to the west. We can enjoy the wonderful mountain views from Poon Hill. Annapurna Circuit Trek is perfect for the adventure lovers. Please, contact us for further information.

Greatest period

Mid Sept to mid Dec and March to May is the best period for the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The climate is fine and lukewarm with terrific views. But the nights are cold and can fall to icy level in higher altitude. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Annapurna Circuit Trek, the only problem is cold weather. Trekking in monsoon (June, July) will be affected by rain. The hike paths are busy for the period of mid Sept to mid Dec. If you want to be away from crowd and enjoy some alone time with nature, then taking this trip during winter (Dec., Jan., Feb.) could also be an option. However, the temperature during winter could be rude for most guests. Trekking in the summer or monsoon season (June to Aug.) will be affected by rain but the summer trek could be an advantage.

Summarize circuit

1st Day:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

We heartily welcome you to Nepal. Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative waiting you outside, greets you with great reverence and earnestly transfers you to the hotel. Before dinner, you could walk around Thamel or spend time as you wish. Overnight at Kathmandu

 

2nd Day: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

After breakfast, we set out for the city sightseeing to the historical monuments. You will visit UNESCO world heritage sites, which include Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Darbar Squar, Bhaktapur Darbar Square, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath. We will give you briefing about the trekking you begin from tomorrow at hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu

 

3rd Day: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours

The journey begins through the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. We reach Besishar via Muglin and Dumre. A half-an-hour drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of trek. Overnight in Khudi

 

4th Day: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 - 7 hours 

Today the trail ascents and descents across the rice paddies and a subtropical forest. crossing the suspension bridges, waterfalls and Tamang village we reach Sirung. You can enjoy the incredible view of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung. Overnight in Sirung

 

5th Day: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 - 7 hours

The trail passes through the jungle and you can see a varieties of birds. Crossing the small villages and a few temples the trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River. After crossing a bridge we reach Jagat. Overnight in Jagat

 

6th Day: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

Our trail goes up to Chyamje from Jagat on foot. After crossing a suspension bridge, the trail takes us uphill through the Oak forest where you feel like jungle safari. We’ll continue walking for a while until we reach valley. We pass the village of Kodo and ascend to the village of Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.

 

7th Day: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

Today, we pass a village school and also you can see the way of coming down from Larkya Pass (Manaslu trekking) and continue climb gradually through a forest to the typical Tibetan-style village of Bagarchhap. Remaining along the left bank of the river, we gradually climb to Danaque. After Danaque, cross suspension bridge and climb up to Tamang village and continue trek to koto. It is the gate way for Nar Phu valley trekking. After koto easy walk to Chame the largest village and headquarters of Manang District. Overnight at Tea-house

 

8th Day: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

The trek begins from west of the bridge but if you wish to see the small hot spring you can walk 2 minutes east side of bridge after cross the bridge in Marsyangdi River at Chame but sometime it will be closed by overflow by Marsyangdi River water. After you follow west trail from the bridge now continues trek along the river banks through Telekhu to Bharatang which is surrounded by apple orchards. Continue on the trail for about 30 minutes taking you through the banks of the Marshyangdi River, cross the bridge and proceed with the gradual ascent about 30 minutes to reach at Dhukure Pokhari. The trail now gradually turns planar and you would reach Pisang in about an hour. Pisang offers magnificent views of the Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. Overnight at Tea-house

 

9th Day: Pisang to Manang : 6 - 7 hours

Today we will take the upper route to Manang via Ghyaru - Ngawal – Mungji. We will experience more breathtaking scenery as the majestic peaks overwhelm our senses with panoramic views of Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others. We will notice a change in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Guesthouse

 

10th Day: Manang: Acclimatization day

This day is set aside for acclimatization to the higher altitude. We’ll spend our time visiting the monastery with a side trip to Gangapurna Lake. We can also walk around the local villages and visit the Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic.

If you wish to make day hiking trip such as visiting Milarepa cave, Ice Lake you need to extend your rest day in Manang because hike to Ice Lake is hard full day trip from Manang and also Milarepa cave not suggest in one day.

 

11th Day: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, ascends to the village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. We’ll then follow the valley northward, passing pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. Further on we pass the small village of Ghunsa - a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks contentedly graze. We cross the river on a wooden bridge and passan ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow before arriving at another small village - Yak Kharka. Gentle but gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems.

 

12thDay: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours

Today we will make our way to the foot of the pass to Throng Phedi. This is a small yet busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Groups such as ours use this point as a base camp. Some members of the group might want to hike to the High Camp today to make next day easier for them –although the Nepal Hiking Team have reservations about this. There is a tough day planned for tomorrow and we stop at Thorong Phedi in order to sleep soundly (rather than risk a less peaceful night in the higher altitude at High Camp). Overnight at Thorong Phedi local Guesthouse.

 

13th Day: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours

We will make an early start on our climb to the pass. As we approach the peak, the trail becomes slushy from melting snow. After making our way through rocky ridges, we arrive at the top of the pass. The top offers an indescribably magnificent 360 degree panorama of snowcapped peaks extending northwards into Tibet. Looking back, we can see several peaks of Annapurna and in front of us is the beautiful gorge of Kali Gandaki.  Our trail then descends steeply down to Muktinath - an important pilgrimage sight for both Buddhist and Hindus. It is a special place and home to many ethnic Tibetans and devout Buddhists. Overnight at local Guesthouse in Muktinath.

 

14th Day: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours

In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa and descend from Ranipauwa village. We tumble down towards the Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. Overnight in Marpha

 

15th Day: 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 come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here we get panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. We cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.

 

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

During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. We continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana.There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring. Overnight in Tatopani

 

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

Today we leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.

 

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

We make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas. We return back to Ghorepani from Poon Hill. We descend through rhododendron forests and reach Tadapani. Overnight at Tadapani

 

19th Day:  Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest to reach Ghandruk. After trekking for a while, we enter the Ghandruk village, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Then we trek from Ghandruk to Naya Pul via Birethanti then drive back to Pokhara. The staircase is beautifully paved with stone slabs so it’s easy to trek. Overnight in Pokhara

 

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

Today we drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The drive is unforgettable through the villages, terraced fields and the forested hills above the road. More than that, on the way back to Kathmandu, we follow the river and streams, cross many bridges and junctions. After arrival, we go to hotel to check in and in the evening, we will have dinner together with typical Nepalese Cultural Show. Overnight at Kathmandu

 

21st Day: Final departure

Your beautiful journey to the country of Himalayas ends today. The representative of Two Brothers Trek and Expedition will drop you to the Tribhuvan International Airport before 3 hours of your scheduled flight and wishes to have a safe journey.

 

Trip Inclusion

What is included?

  • Airport pickups and drops ina 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)
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes

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