The Annapurna circuit considered one of the best treks in the world is a 17 to 21 day hike through the Himalayas in Nepal surrounded with countless rivers, flora, fauna and stunning mountains. The trek encompasses 4 regions including Lamjung, Manang, Mustang and Myagdi. The lower regions offer views of lush subtropical valleys and terraced rice fields. The upper regions are predominantly Tibetan Buddhist areas with unique cultures found at each stop. The trek goes counterclockwise from the town of Besisahar to Nayapul reaching its peak at the Thorung La pass at 5416 meters. The trip offeres views of Manaslu, Langtang Himal, Annapruna I, II, III, IV, Gangapurna and the worlds deepest gorge. The infamous Poon Hill vantage point offers spectacular panoramic views of the region and the famous Macchupucchre Fishtail. The trek also features many prominent Buddhist and Hindu religions sites featuring many temples, monasteries and other areas of spiritual significance. The full Annapurna Circuit offers a great way to experience diversity in terrain and culture while viewing some of the worlds most impressive mountains and scenery.
- Destnation: Nepal
- Activities: Trekking
- Duration: 14 - 21 Days
- Region: Annapurna
- Max. Altitude: 4500m
- Best Season: Spring / Summer / Autumn
- Group Size: 02+ Pax
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft] Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport (TIA), you will be greeted by a representative from the Good Karma Trekking team holding a sign with your name in the parking lot. After a brief introduction, you will be escorted to your hotel. After check in, and welcome drinks you will be free to explore around the backpacker haven of Thamel.
Day 2 Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]Today after breakfast we will start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu including Durbar Square, and Pashupati temple that are both Unesco World Heritage Sites. You will also visit the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) that is one of the large Stupas in the world. Afterwards, you will meet with your trek leader for a briefing and a short question and answer section about your trip. You will also have time to shop for any additional trekking equipment with staff assistance if necessary.
Day 3 Drive to Besi Sahar [820m] [drive approx 6 hours] Today we will review our plan and begin our Annapurna trekking adventure. After driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre past the Marsyangdi River. We will pass through several scenic low-lying villages and rice fields. After 6 hours, we will reach Besi Sahar; the capital of the Lamjung District.
Day 4 Trek to Khudi [790m]From Besi Sahar, we follow the trail along the canal on the outskirts of the village before descending the narrow path to the Pam Khola. After crossing the stream, we ascend towards the village of Denauti, which will be your first experience with authentic Nepali villag. The route continues along the banks of the Marshyangdi Khola, passing through paddy fields and subtropical forests. As the trail nears the Khudi Khola, we approach the Gurung village of Khudi.
Day 5 Trek to Bahundanda [1310m] As continue through the Marsyangdi Valley, we get our first views of the magnificent Annapurna mountain ranges. The trail then continues past a series of suspension bridge and follows terraced rice fields offering breathtaking view of Manaslu and picturesque cascading waterfalls. As the trail continues uphill, we pass Ngadi village. Before passing through the challenging trails to Bahundanda. Bahundanda literally means "Brahmin hill" and as the name suggests Bahundanda is largely inhabited by Brahmins; the people who will host us for the evening.
Day 6 Trek to Jagat [1290m] A steep trail descends from Bahundanda, through rice fields, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then rises s again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape. We follow the winding mountain path through Syange along a relaxing river. The trail then climbs steeply and the path cuts into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. We will descend to the famous stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf, jutting out into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley.
Day 7 Trek to Dharpani [1920m] The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a charmingly lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. Along the way Chyamje comes into vies amidst the towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we continue our climb towards the challenging path to Sattale. After treading along a succession of rock-laden trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank passing through Tal as the trail becomes increasing difficult and narrow. We then approach the steep forested village of Karte before passing along waterfalls and cliffs for our arrival at Dharapani.
Day 8 Trek to Chame [2630m] We continue through a narrow field offering vies of Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. Views of Annapurna II become visible as we approach Bagarchhap; a Bhotia village with colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze. As we continue through forests of pine and oak, we pass through Dhanakyu before coming to a thundering waterfall. Further on, the Marshyangdi River enters a gorge and the trails follows rock-strewn path.We will stop for a rest and take time to admire the picturesque Manaslu. When the steep incline ends, we follow a path amid magnificent rhododendrons and continue on a gently rising path. We cross a stream before entering a pine forest before entering the pristine hamlet of Kotho that offers the most enthralling view of Annapurna II. As we continue, the route reaches a large white gate with a corrugated iron roof, which is the entrance of Chame. Chame is the administrative headquarter of Manang district. There is electricity, wireless station, schools, shops, health post, post office, police check post, hotels, lodges and banks in Chame. The hot springs are the major attraction and a great way to relax after your hike.
Day 9 Trek to Pisang [3190m] After a mesmerizing sight of the glowing Lamjung Himal [6893m] in the morning, we head off for Pisang crossing a large suspension bridge along Marshyangdi as we pass quaint houses and lodges on the northern side of the river. Our trekking trail meanders through barley field leading to Teleku at 2775 meters. As we leave rolling mountain passes, we enter a fascinating apple orchard and near a bridge at 2840 meters. While crossing the bridge, the pristine hamlet of Bratang appears. History has it that Bratang used to be a Khampa settlement. A stone memorial of a Japanese climber has been built in this place.After leaving the forested village, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape as the Annapurna mountain range comes into full visibility. Further on, we continue our steep rock-strewn trails to the south side and cross a long suspension bridge at 3040 meters. The bridge offers excellent views of the Paungda Danda rock rising more than 1500 meters from the river. En route, we will soak in splendid views of Annapurna II rearing up on the east and Pisang Peak before arriving to the village of Pisang.
Day 10 Trek to Manang [3520m] As we continue with our trek, we head along a steep ridge providing beautiful sights of the Manang valley and the Tilicho peak towering above at 7132 meters. As we descend through Manang's airstrip, we come to Hongde lying beneath the gigantic Annapurna III on the northeast face. The route leads to the wide plain of the Sabje Khola Valley offering timeless views of Annapurna IV [7525m].We continue past a wooden bridge, as the Marsyangdi Khola gushes below us before passing through the beautiful village of Mungji. We will continue passing along the cultivated fields before visiting the monastery at Bryaga. While trekking down to Manang, we will enjoy the majestic views of the Annapurna range including sights of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m].
Day 11 Rest day in Manang [3520m] After reaching Manang, we take a day off for complete rest and adequate acclimatization before crossing the Thorung La. We can spend this day exploring Manang or venturing down the river to see the tremendous icefall cascading down from the glaciated mountain peaks. A short visit to Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post makes for an interesting visit.
Day 12 Trek to Letdar [4250m] Thoroughly acclimatized, we advance towards Thorung La, crossing a stream before climbing to Tengii. We will continue past the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. Amid the spectacular vistas of Annapurna mountain range, we trek beyond the lush vegetation of scrub juniper and alpine grasses to reach the small village of Gunsang. Gunsang is a delightful collection of flat mud roofs just below the trail at 3960 meters. We then continue through picturesque meadows and rich forests of barberry, juniper and other indigenous plants and will see wild horses and yaks grazing in the meadow. The trail then continues further along a large stream that flows from Chulu West and Gundang, and leads to a rich pasture at 4000 meters.
Day 13 Trek to Thorung Phedi [4500m]The trail from Letdar continues as we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi River via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.
Day 14 Trek to Muktinath [3800m]We have an early start today for the crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp, but as local people have used this trail for hundreds of years, the path is well defined. The gradient flattens after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we reach chorten as prayer flags form our pass. From the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below we are surrounded by the brown and purple hills of Mustang offering a once in a lifetime vantage point.The descent to Muktinath is a 1600m trek. But the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, more then makes up for the tiring journey. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, home to many curious shrines and temple.
Day 15 Trek to Marpha [2665m] We now begin the descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar, we follow the to Jomsom. Jomsom is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki and presents views of the Nilgiri peaks. We continue down to Marpha; a delightful Thakali village, with a well-planned drainage system made up of narrow alleys and passageways providing shelter from its strong winds. Marpha is famous for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach rakshi.
Day 16 Trek to Lete [2470m] We continue down the Kali Gandaki Gorge to Tukuche that is a Thakali village with a large gompa. Beyond Tukuche we walk along the west bank of the Kali Gandaki towards Larjung. Here, as in many of the villages in this area, narrow alleyways and tunnels connect houses with enclosed courtyards, providing protection against the strong winds of the valley. We continue through pine, juniper and cypress forests to Kalopani, which offers enjoyable views of Annapurna I and Fang. After a short walk, we will arrive at Lete for the evening.
Day 17 Trek to Tatopani [1160m] Our trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village before entering the steepest and narrowest part of the gorge shortly after Ghasa. At the hamlet of Rupse a magnificent waterfall tumbles down beside the trail. As we continue, we pass by Dana, a Magar village where views of the massive peak of Annapurna South can be seen across the valley. The trail then descends to Tatopani where we can have apple pie and bathe in the hot springs.
Day 18 Trek to Ghorepani [2775m] A short distance downstream from Tatopani, we cross the river on a large suspension bridge and leave the Kali Gandaki behind. After passing through the villages of Sikha and Chitre, we climb through the forest to Deorali which is a 2834m pass providing excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. We will continue to the town of Ghorepani, which literally translates to "horse water" which serves as a watering hole for the packs of mules inhabiting the route between Pokhara and Jomsom.
Day 19 Trek to Birenthanti [1050m] & drive to PokharaOverlooking Ghorepani is Poon Hill [3193m]. An hour-long pre-dawn ascent under the starlight gives us the opportunity to see the fascinating views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri glowing in the morning sun. After breakfast, we begin the long descent to Birethanti through magnificent oak and rhododendron forests. From the village of Ulleri, a long steep stone path is prominent leading to a gradual descent to Birethanti, from here we will take a short walk to meet our bus to drive back to Pokhara.
Day 20 Fly or drive back to KathmanduWe will arrange for a 5 hour bus ride back to Kathmandu or you can choose to book a flight if you want more time in Thamel upon your arrival. This is a perfect time to do some souvenir shopping and visit a few temples before your departure.
Day 21 Depart KathmanduDepending on your flight time you may be able to see a few more attractions in Kathmandu before departing approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight time. You will be escorted to the airport with a representative from Good Karma trekking staff. After our farewells, you will have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in Nepal with Good Karma, as one time is never enough.
- Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel
- Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer )
- Government license holder Trekking Guide.
- Trekking porter /Sherpa who will carry your bag pack during the trekking.
- Three time meal during the trekking Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
- Trekker’s Information Management system (TIMS)
- Annapurna Conservation Fee
- Overland Transportations Bus ,car, & flights as you prefer
- Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Good Karma Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)&( optionally if you have your own bags, down jackets and wants to use your own you are free to bring them)
- Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned in itinerary
- Trekking guide and porters accommodation, fare, meal, equipments and salary & Insurance
- All program as mentioned in itinerary.
- Government Tax and office service charge.
- Welcome Dinner
- Airport drop
- Nepal Visa fee
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, Soft drinks such as cola, , shower & any Purely personal nature expenses etc)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Tips for guides and porters
- Emergency rescue evacuation if needed
- City Tour entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara while entering Temple and Monastery
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