Annapurna Circuit Trek
Mid April – May & September – October
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered as one of the world’s best trek. The mixture of high altitude trekking with a dose of Hindu and Tibetan cultures makes this trek stimulating. We set out to do the long trek which does a circuit around the Annapurna range and the high point of the trek is the crossing of Thorung La, on a day one of the most challenging walks that there is! The varied and stunning landscapes and peaks you pass through on this trek are seen to be believed.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCustomized Packages
Activity Level Tough
Group Size Small Group
- Classic Trek with amazing scenery
- Stunning landscapes
- Crossing the mighty Thorung La
- Visit to the pilgrimage site of Muktinath
- Type of Tour : Treks & Walks
- Grade : Tough
- Maximum Altitude : 5416m/17,770 ft.
- Tour Duration : 14 Nights
- Trek Duration : 10 Nights/11 Days
- Best Season : Mid April – May & Sep. – Oct.
- Ex-Destination : Kathmandu
- Accommodation (Night) : Hotel – 03, Guesthouse – 11
- Food Plan : Kathmandu & Pokhara – Bed & Breakfast basis; On the Trek – All meals included.
- Travel & Transport : Trek transfers in small vehicles/coach; Besisahar – Bhulbhule by local bus/jeep; Drive from Jhomsom – Pokhara by local bus/Jeep; Pokhara – Kathmandu by quoted separately.
- Airport and Trek transfers in small vehicles/coach.
- Besisahar – Bhulbhule by local bus.
- Jhomsom – Pokhara by local bus/jeep.
- Complimentary Duffel Bag, Sack and Cap.
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fees.
- Trekking Information Management Service (TIMS) fees.
- Local guide on the trek.
- Necessary portages on trek.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- Travel to & from Kathmandu.
- Airfare from Pokhara – Kathmandu (quoted separately).
- Airport tax at airports on arrivals and departures.
- Lunch & Dinner expenses in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
- Visa Fees for Foreign Nationals.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to porters, Sherpa team, driver, guide, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary, because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown, etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes”.
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Arrival in Kathmandu (1337m/4387 ft.)
Report at the Hotel in Kathmandu from 13.00 hrs to 16.00 hrs. In the evening at 17.00 hrs the group assembles for a briefing about the trek and an orientation program, approx. 1 hr. Post the briefing you can walk through the small lanes and by-lanes of Thamel. You get a fair idea of the nature of this crazy city where the adventure seekers, travelers, trekkers, tourists, political activists are juxtaposed against the grace of an old Nepal. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu - Bhulbhule (via Besisahar) (196 km; 6-6½ hrs); Trek to Nagdi (900m/2953 ft.; 4 km; 1½ hrs)
We drive to Besisahar. We take the newly constructed scenic road. We are at fairly low altitude and the air is rich and humid and the forest a verdant green. Besisahar (800m/2625 ft.) is the main town of Lamjung district. The town is a compulsory stop over for those trekking around the Annapurna. There are several administrative offices here, as well as a post-office and a police check-post.
As there is now a seasonal road from Besisahar to Bhulbhule which takes about an hour to drive (by local bus/jeep) the 12 km, it will save us 4-5 hours of trekking. From here we trek to Nagdi in 1½ hrs. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Nagdi.
Nagdi – Jagat (1330m/4364 ft.; 12 km; 5-6 hrs)
Start by moving north, up to a suspension bridge crossing the Nagdi Khola. At this point, the track on the right leads to the village of Utsa. The path going up towards Marsyangdi leads to the village of Lampata in the Manang District. The climb is quite steep and it takes about two hours to reach Bahundanda, a village sitting on the headline at a height of 1270m/4167 ft. Bahundanda means “Brahman’s hill” which explains the origin of the people. We stop here for lunch and to enjoy the view of Mt. Phungi (6528m/21,418 ft.), towards the North.
After lunch climb down a steep slope for about thirty minutes until we reach the Dhule Khola, cross over to reach the village of Besi. In about an hour’s time we get to see the magnificent waterfall at Syange (1080m/3544 ft.). From here it takes about two hours to reach Jagat, a village along the ridge of the mountain. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Jagat.
Jagat - Dharapani (1960m/6431 ft.; 15 km; 5-6 hrs)
Post breakfast we start our trek. In the morning after ascending for about forty five minutes, we will reach a bhatti, from where it will take another thirty minutes to reach the village of Chamje (1410m/4626 ft.). It takes about one hour to reach the hamlet of Sattare (‘top of the hill’, in Tibetan) from Chamje. We have our lunch. After lunch we start by walking along the ridge and then uphill for about an hour through the bamboo forest, to reach the village of Tal set in the middle of the broad valley at a height of 1700m/5578 ft. Tal means ‘lake’ in Nepali language. From Tal, it takes about two hours forty-five minutes to reach Dharapani, which means ‘stream’. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Dharapani.
Dharapani - Chame (2710m/8892 ft.; 16 km; 5-6 hrs)
It takes 45 Minutes to reach the village of Bagarchap (2160m/7087 ft.), which literally means ‘the river bank’. Bagarchap marks the barrier between the humid valleys of the South, which we have crossed on the way, and dry regions of the high- Marsyangdi. The monsoon is more or less absent in this region, which is also evident by the change in vegetation.
From Bagarchap, it will take an hour to climb up to the hamlet of Danaque where we stop for lunch. After lunch it takes us about 2½ – 3 hrs through the hamlets of Thanchowk and Besisalla (which means “the Garden of Pines”) to reach Kodo (also called Koto) meaning ‘Millet’ and then to the village of Kyupar (2640m/8662 ft.). Outside the village a police check post controls the access to the Narphu Khola Valley that leads to Tibet. We have to show our trekking permits here again before proceeding to Chame, the District Headquarters of Manang District, which is another forty-five minutes away. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Chame
Chame – Pisang (3240m/10,631 ft.; 13.5 km; 5-6 hrs)
After the school at Chame we cross the bridge to get to the northern bank of Marsyangdi. We walk along the river to reach the village of Bratang mainly populated by Tibetans. Here we stop for Lunch. On the way to Bratang we pass through a splendid pine forest with superb views of Lamjung and Annapurna II and IV.
After lunch it’s about two hours walk to reach the top. We have to go down to Pisang from here and it takes about an hour to reach there. There are neither houses nor any water resources on the way down. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Pisang.
Pisang – Manang (3540m/11,615 ft.; 15 km; 4-5 hrs)
After crossing the Pisang Khola there is a forty-five minutes steep climb up to a steep pass. From the top of the pass we get a glimpse of Paunda Danda, Mt. Pisang and Manang valley, right before you is Mt. Tilicho. On the way down to Hongde we come across a check post where the trekking permits will be again examined. We have our lunch here while the permits are examined. After Hongde the valley widens and we get to see the Annapurna III and IV (7555m/24,788 ft. and 7525m/24,690 ft. resp.) to the left, East and West Chulu’s (6584m/21,602 ft. and 6419m/21,061 ft. resp.) on the right, towards the horizon, there are views of highest peak of Mt. Thoroung (6481m/21,264 ft.) and to the east, the crown of Mt. Pisang. From Hongde we climb up to the ancient village of Braga (3470m/11,385 ft.).
We can take time to wander around Braga to see this picturesque village with its flat roofed houses and to visit the Gompa, not only the largest in the region but also the richest with its fine collection of thangkas (religious scroll paintings) and prayer books. It takes only forty-five minutes to reach Manang from here, which sits on the plateau. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Manang.
Manang – Rest day (Acclimatisation day)
We will spend some time at Manang for acclimatization. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Manang.
anang – Yak Kharka (4020m/13,190 ft.; 9 km; 4 hrs)
Today we climb up slowly crossing Tengi and Gunsang villages and head towards Yak Kharka. If we are lucky we might see a few Bahrals (Blue sheep) enroute. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Yak Kharka.
Yak Kharka – High Camp (via Thorung Phedi) (4850m/15,913 ft.; 7 km; 4-5 hrs)
It takes about 3 ½ hours to reach Thorung Phedi (4540m/14,896 ft.). Thorung Phedi means ‘foot of the Hill’ and it is on a small hill overlooking a high plateau. These Himalayan pastures are domains of yak, a bovine of Tibetan origin, reared for its wool, milk and to transport goods. The Bahral (Blue Sheep) which lives in herds is also found here. Lunch at Thorung Phedi.
After lunch at Thorung Phedi continue for another 1 – 1½ hours to the High Camp. This is not because it is very high, but it is closer to Thorung La pass and saves trekkers approximately 2 to 3 hours while crossing the main Thorung la pass, the following day. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in High Camp.
High Camp – Thorung La (5416m/17,770 ft.) - Muktinath (3800m/12,468 ft.; 15 km; 8-9 hrs)
Early morning start the ascent to the pass. We have to cross about twenty hills on the way to reach the summit of Thorungla pass and it takes about 3 ½ – 4 hrs to reach here. On the way up, we get to see many prayer flags several cairns (small mounds of rock). From the top, one can see the panoramic view of Yakgawa Kang or Thorungse (6481m/21,264 ft.) to the north, and Khatung Kang (6484m/21,274 ft.) to the south and the Annapurna along with the Gangapurna to the southeast. In the horizon to the west, Dhaulagiri (8169m/26,802 ft.) and Mt. Tukuche (6920m/22,705 ft.) are also visible.
From the summit the descent to Muktinath takes about three hours and the difference in altitude is 1600m/5250 ft. Here we will find another check post where permits are checked. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Muktinath.
Muktinath – Kagbeni – Jomsom (2760m/9056 ft.; 19 km; 5–6 hrs)
After crossing the hamlet of Ranipauwa, adjacent to Muktinath, we arrive at the village of Jharkot (3500m/11,484 ft.), mainly populated by Tibetans. It takes about two hours through rocky terrain and horse caravans to reach Kagbeni (2840m/9318 ft.). It will take us about 2–3 hours to reach Jomsom from Kagbeni, the administrative headquarters of the region. Here there is an airport with regular flights to Pokhara, a bank, post office, hospital and few hotels. Dinner and overnight stay at guesthouse in Jomsom.
Drive from Jomsom – Pokhara (884m/2900 ft.)
After breakfast, we will drive from Jomsom to Pokhara by local bus/jeep. This is an arduous road journey offering some of the most beautiful views enroute. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.
Pokhara – Rest day
Pokhara is the country’s second largest city, located on the West Bank of the Seti River. Only foothills separate Pokhara from the full height of the Himalayas, and the magnificent 8000m peaks of the Annapurna range. It is a vacationer’s paradise with its crystal clear lake and fantastic views of the Annapurna range including the Fish Tail Mountain. Upon arrival, check into the Hotel.
The rest of the day is free to relax in the hotel premises or take a dip in the pool or to roam the lake side bazaar with its quaint shops and lakeside restaurants, maybe do some boating. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.
Fly to Kathmandu; Final departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu airport. We walk to the International section to catch a flight for our onward journey. It’s time to say au revoir till we return for another trek…
End of arrangements…
Accommodation & Food:
- Kathmandu and Pokhara: In a hotel on twin sharing basis; Bed & Breakfast basis.
- On the Trek: In a Guesthouse on twin sharing basis; All meals included.
- Welcome & Farewell dinner.
|Location||Classic Category Hotel or similar||Premium Category Hotel or similar|
|Kathmandu||Hotel Tibet||Hotel Shangrila|
|Pokhara||Mount Kailash Resort||Fishtail Lodge|