Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • Trip Cost:US$ 1150 (P/P)
  • Duration:21 Days
  • Destination:Nepal
  • Max. Altitude:5416
  • Grade:Fairly Strenuous

Meals: Full Board ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on trek and breakfast on cities.

Accommodation: Hotel in cities and Lodge/tea house on trek

Why This Trip?

  • To pass over the Thorong La on Annapurna circuit.
  • To see historical UNESCO world heritage Sites in Kathmandu.
  • To have Scenic drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule.
  • To visit of Manang village and Gangapurna Glacier.
  • To visit Muktinath Temple and gompa, the holy places.
  • To trek through Kali Gandaki Valley and the deepest gorge.
  • To visit of Marpha village, capital of apple in Nepal.
  • To visit Natural hot spring at Tatopani.
  • To see cultures and life style of different ethnic groups.
  • To trek through the Rhododendron and pine forest.
  • To have sunrise view from poon hill over the Himalayas.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classic tea-house trek run in our special way instead of camping out in the cold, we enjoy the dining-room stoves and famed hospitality of the local people of the Annapurna region, your gear is carried by porters, and we have local guides to explain the various cultures, mountains and sights to us along the way on this circuit trek. The Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the best circuit trekking in the world, From the typical Nepalese countryside to the dry and windswept villages of Pisang and Manang where people still follow the Tibetan culture of Yore, Crossing the Thorung La Pass, the circuit trek envelops an experience so varied and rich that will certainly leave you spell bound for a long time to come.

The Annapurna circuit trekking is probably the world’s best trekking destinations, which offers wide range of spectacular scenery of mountain and takes you to the high mountain pass, the Thorung La pass (5,416 m), arid Manang valley, cultural mix of varied ethnic groups, their traditional stone walled and thatched houses and the village itself is worth exploring, beside the Tibetan-style Buddhist monasteries, Mani and Chhorten, these all are of worth exploring. Annapurna Circuit trek takes around the entire Annapurna massif and offers you great trans-Himalayan scenery which is found alongside of the trail while crossing the new detour.

We at Escape Nepal have designed 21day itinerary for the Annapurna circuit trek including your arrival and departure days and a day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, the Annapurna circuit trek after a day drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule, then trekking to Chamje, Dharapani and then continue trek to Chame and then enter into Manang valley, where you will have a rest day to explore all around the arid cultural mix of varied ethnic groups for acclimatization. Next day, you will continue trekking to Yak Kharka and then via Throng Phedi continue trekking to Muktinath, Kagbeni, Marpha, Tatopani and Ghorepani, From Ghorepani you will have a short hike to Poon hill, the best viewpoint in the north-western Nepal to have spectacular views of majestic Himalayas and the sunrise views, after having excursion and exploration, you will trek down to Hille, Nayapul and finally get down to Pokhara and then retrace back to Kathmandu.

We have set small group adventure trekking departure to the Annapurna circuit almost every week, so, Contact us to secure your seat for the upcoming date or do let us know if you would like to have private departure, we can departure this trek any day you want if the set departure dates are not suitable for you and this type of departure is suitable for solo traveler, couples, family members and the group of friends.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01.Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1345meters), transfer to hotel: When flying into Kathmandu on a clear day, the views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawl down below you & are almost breathtaking, beginning a whole link of memorable experiences that stay with you for a real, long time. Our escort and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Our representative will help you check into your designated hotel and will be briefed about your daily program, overnight at hotel, (A).

Day 02.Full day sightseeing in historical Kathmandu valley: After having breakfast at hotel, we will take you to the tour of Kathmandu and the Kathmandu is historical heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents an interesting holy mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and western influence in the valley. We will take you for guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, the Boudhanath, Swoyambhunath and the Kathmandu Durbar Squire and these historical sites you visit are UNESCO recognized World Heritage sites, you will return to hotel and you will have some time to shop your trekking equipment if you need and overnight at your hotel (A, B).

Day 03.Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule (870m) - 7 Hours: Our guide will come to pick you up at the your hotel 7 AM in the morning, we then drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway till Dumre bazaar then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar and Bhulbule, it is about 185Km from Kathmandu . From here, we will get to view some of the well known mountain peaks, & natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of the local folks, overnight at Hotel (A, B).

Day 04.Trek from Bhulbhule to Chamje (1410m) - 6 hours: After having breakfast at hotel, we will start our trek and it will about 6 hours to Chamje, The trekking trail goes flat for the first part then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually, we descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley, Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests, overnight at Guesthouse, (A, B, L, D).

Day 05.Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m) - 6 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, We start our trekking by descending to the river and cross another suspension bridge; we begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. We continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water, climbing a meandering path to the top of the hill, we will see the level plain of Tal (1700m.). Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river and we cross a another suspension bridge and arrive at Dharapani, overnight at Guesthouse (A, B, L, D).

Day 06.Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m) - 5 hours: We start our trek after having breakfast at lodge and our trekking at first light after a cupper through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, we arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery, continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which makes us follow a steep ascending path up to Timang village which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal & then the trail goes through a flat level until we reach Chame, overnight at Guesthouse (A, B, L, D).

Day 07.Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m- 5 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking, the mountain disappears as we climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. We continue through fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as we follow the path to Bratang (2950m.) then a short climb from the village brings us to a rock-strewn area where we cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. We now trek through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up wonderful vistas & then we come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang, overnight at Guesthouse, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 08.Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m) - 5 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking with climbs to steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Humde (3320m.) will arrive & then we come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises to the skies above us. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point we cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, we will see the village of Braga with its splendid monastery, Large Chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us, then After a short steep climb we will reach Manang for our overnight at a Guesthouse (A, B, L, D).

Day 09. A day for rest at Manang for acclimatization: This day gives our lungs a breather while we rest our weary bones a bit till we do some short hikes to get used to the thin air as we slowly go to the higher elevations, overnight at guest house, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 10.Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m) - 3 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge we start our trek and today the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, we will see panoramic views all the day and it seems it is short hiking, however, we will feel a bit fatigued as we are going higher and into less oxygen air, overnight at Guesthouse, (A, B, L, D).

Note- the trail for Tilicho Lake trek is seperated from Manang.

Day 11.Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4420m)/High camp - 3 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking with a climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi or if you still have some energy left then we can continue trek to high camp after stopping at Phedi for lunch which will be much helpful to pass the Thorong la the nest day, overnight at Guesthouse, ( A, B, L, D).

Day 12.Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3850m) via Thorung La (5416m) Pass- 8-9 Hours: Today, we start our trekking quite early in the morning for crossing the Thorung La (5416m.). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined, No trail hassles down here. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we will reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it's compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines, overnight at Guesthouse (A, B, L, D).

Day 13.Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2895 m) - 3 Hours: This morning, we will go visit the famous temple of Muktinath and return to the lodge and have hot breakfast then we will begin our trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, we follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures and there is a monastery hereabouts said to have been built in the 15th Century. Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang, overnight at guest house (A, B, L, D).

Note:  the trail for the Mustang trek is separatee from Kagbeni.

Day 14.Trek from Kagbeni to Marpha (2650m) - 5 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we begin our trek with flat path along the banks of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet up to Marpha and we stop at Jomsom for our lunch then continue our trekking to Marpha which is enriched with a Buddhist Monasteries and its own cultures, Marpha is rich in cultivating apples & this is where our apple pies originate from. The apple brandy available there is famous among the local folks and travelers, overnight at Guesthouse (A, B, L, D).

Note- those doing the Mini-Annapurna Circuit Trek, stop at jomsom and will take early morning flight to Pokahra the next day.

Day 15.Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m.)- 6 Hours: After having breakfast at the lodge, we start our trek and the trekking Trail now, descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then the trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches. The surrounding area of Ghasa is famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana, overnight at Guesthouse ( A, B, L, D).

Day 16.Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.)- 5 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and the trail descends steeply up to Rupse Chhahara (Rupse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. There is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two massif mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) in east and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) in west facing each other near Rupse Waterfall. Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different settlements, there is natural hot springs here in the bank of the Kali Gandaki River and we will go in these hot spring to take natural hot bath and it is believed that all the skin diseases (if we have any) will be recovered after taking bath in this hot spring, overnight at Guesthouse ( A, B, L , D).

Day 17.Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m) - 7 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trekking by passing through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour then goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and a lot of agricultural land that shows this village is pretty well off. The majority of the people here are Gorkhalis who serve in the Indian army. Then the trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and so on. While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are accompanied by more panoramic views of different mountains. It’s pretty beautiful down here, overnight at Guesthouse (A, B, L, D).

Day 18.Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Hille (1475m) - 5 Hours: Today, we will start our trekking with an early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Himalayas including Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. We then return to the lodge and have breakfast, we again follow gradual descending path through the forests of rhododendron and oak up to Banthanti. It is a small village where you can haul up for hot and cold drinks. Then the trail descends to Ulleri (1960m.), a big Gurung village where we will enjoy the views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. From here the trail up to Tikhedhunga is steeply descending passing through terraces and some robust villages, After a short walk of 15 minutes from Tikhedhunga we reach Hille, overnight at Guesthouse ( A, B, L, D).

Note- those want to continute trek to Annapurna Base Camp can take trail of Annapurna Base Camp from here.

Day 19.Trek from Hille to Nayapul (1050m.) via Birethanti and drive to Pokhara - 5 Hours: After having breakfast at lodge, we start our trek and today are the last day of our long Annapurna Circuit Trek and it is a pretty easy day as well. The trails gradually descend following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way to Birethanti before we cross the Modi Khola over the suspension bridge a short walk & we reach Nayapul, where our vehicle will be waiting to drive us back to… well, do we call it civilization? Or it was probably better on the mountains, overnight at Hotel, (A, B, L).

Day 20.Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (6 Hours): We take a tourist bus at 7 AM to drive to Kathmandu and the drive will be fantastic along many satellite towns on the way. And we are able to see healthy settlements, Rivers, terraces and landscapes, after 6 hours driving we will arrive at Kathmandu, overnight at hotel ( A, B).

Day 21.Transfer to international airport for your connecting flight home: We at Escape Nepal feel honored to have met you & served you. You counted on us & we reckon we didn’t let you down. We know you’ve enjoyed your vacation & we hope the relationships built up over the weeks will translate into a warm & mutual friendship in the years ahead. Please do remember us, Bon Voyage & take care!!! ( B).

Note- A- Accommodation, B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner 

Cost Details

Cost Include

  • All the airport transfers.
  • Three nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek on twin sharing basis.
  • Your standard meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits, monument entrance fees, and TIMS permit.
  • one night’s accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast  on twin sharing basis:
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –Bhulbhule -Pokhara - Kathmandu by bus.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide and porter (1 porter for 2 people).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag, down jackets if necessary (need to be returned after the trek).
  • All government taxes, VAT and Service charge.

Cost Exclude

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos- Please visit Nepal Visa info for the detail information.  
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory).
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic Drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate, apple pie etc...
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

Departure Note:

We have selected some of the dates for our Annapurna circuit trek for coming months/year so, please do look at the list of the dates and select one of the suited one for you or if you could not find suitable for you then we organise departure any date that is suitable for you so, write us for the departure  on your own date.

Trip Note

Extension after the Annapurna Circuit Trek: If you are interested to stay few days in Pokahra after the completion of the trek and do , Paragliding, take a tour of Pokhara city , Ultra light Flight or take Chitwan Jungle Safari, Seti River Rafting, a Lumbini visit, then you can start now…we are on vacation & this only happens once probably in a lifetime…enjoy it today because tomorrow never comes and please inform us for the arrangement for any of these extra tours.

 Essential Info

The electricity is available in most of our holidays and in the cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Palpa, Lumbini, Chitwan, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel and in some of the villages on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, climbing holiday and home stay trekking where you can re-charge your mobile phone and camera batteries, not all in all places of our trekking so, we advise you to have spare batteries when you do the trekking, hiking, home stay and climbing holidays  and there is not electricity available on our camping adventure trekking holiday so, you need to have enough spare batteries when you do those trips.

 

We offer professional licensed tour guide on all our sightseeing holidays and there will be local nature guide in the Jungle tours, rafting guide for the river holidays and there will be trained trekking guide (handles the logistics and guide you and your team on the trek)  on our trekking holidays, hiking holiday and adventure holiday and a Sherpa when there are 10 or more members in the group and porters to carry your luggage and there will be 1 porter for 2 members and a porter will carry about 20kg means 10 KG from each trekker and we will provide licensed climbing guide for climbing holidays.

We offer porters to your main luggage on our trekking holiday, hiking holiday, some stay treks and adventure holidays, you simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sun-screen, spare jacket, etc. - a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trekking. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes and anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room/safe deposit box in Kathmandu for free of charge. Weight allowance at Nepal’s domestic airlines is 15 Kg; excess weight is chargeable at USD 1 or more per Kilo depending on sectors and a porter will carry up to 20 KG and there will be 1 porter for each 2 trekkers which mean 10 KG form each and if you will be planning for longer trek and need to bring much stuff then you might need extra porter as well.

When you have tours holidays in Nepal then the luggage is not a problem as our vehicle will drive from one place to other places.

 

Each morning after packing our bags and hot breakfast at campsite or lodge, we set off on the day’s trek and after walking for 3-4 hours, we stop for lunch at around midday at the camp or available lodge/restaurants which may take 1-2 hours for lunch and will start the trek again, The afternoon’s walk is generally shorter and we usually arrive at our destination in time for afternoon tea. The remainder of the afternoon can be spent exploring the village and surroundings, doing a bit of washing or simply relaxing with a good book. On some days, we will arrive at our destination by lunchtime and the entire afternoon will be free. After dinner, the evening will often be spent playing cards and reliving the day’s adventures, before retiring for a well-earned sleep.

The Wonderful Environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and numbers of travelers threaten the very beauty of Nepal. At Escape Nepal, we are extremely conscious about the environment and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. As deforestation is one of the greatest environmental threats we face in this region, we do not encourage camp fires and encourage use of kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now have solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.

Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter for miles. Our staff members are well motivated towards eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite. Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy and we advise the same to you to keep the garbage on proper site and take return those with you to homes which are Non- biodegradable.

We at Escape Nepal would like to requests the following things and to be a responsible tourist:

  • Leave only footprints and take only photographs.
  • Use designated routes, campsites and resting places to reduce trampling and other negative environmental impacts.
  • Respect local culture and traditions, use home stays, locally owned hotels/ lodges or campsites as much as possible to support the local livelihood.
  • Avoid/ minimize using firewood. Use common space for heating. Opt for alternatives to minimize deforestation.
  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene. Use the litter box locally available. Carry back your own garbage while traveling through ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Encourage to place mobile toilets at a considerable distance from sources of water, river banks and springs while camping along the river sides.
  • Use the services of local guides and porters as much as possible to explore more about local environment and culture.
  • Money spent here will contribute directly to the local livelihood, women’s empowerment and environmental conservation.
  • Before you begin your journey we request you to abide by the above guidelines in order to safeguard the nature and culture of the area and be a responsible tourist.

This type of trekking and  holidays reasonably demanding trekking and you are required to have experience of trekking in mountain, at the same time you need to have physical fitness and strong desire to go.  These treks also involve several nights stay above 4000m. These trek holidays includes some trek on Everest Region, Annapurna region, Langtang Region regions plus some village trekking and adventure trek holidays and some 4+ grade River Raftings:

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