This (AC) Annapurna circuit trek gives vacationers a good chance to explore various Nepali ethnic culture and their way of life and customs. The day in Muktinath is fabulous to understand the local people and their way of life. Trekkers witness red rhododendron blooms that sprouted in March to April. The scene in this trek is astonishing. A few sections of this trek give you a thick wilderness. What’s more, another part contains simply the juniper slopes and snow-capped mountains.
This is one of the best and compensating treks in Nepal. In this trek, the trekkers have a fantastic chance to explore the superb perspectives of the southern and northern Himalayas and the delightful Nepali slopes. Thorung-La Pass (5,416m) is the most noteworthy go in this trekking. From Thorung-La Pass the trail goes the distance down to Muktinath, the essential blessed spot for both Hindu and Buddhists. Near to Muktinath sanctuary, the visitors can see the endless fire blazing over the under-grounded water spring.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing/ Trek preparation
Day 03: Drive to Jagat via Besi Sahar (760m,10hr)
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1860m, 6hr)
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2670m, 6hr)
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3200m, 6hr)
Day 07: Trek to Manang (3540m, 6hr)
Day 08: Manang Acclimatization day
Day 09: Trek to Yak kharka (4050m, 3hr)
Day 10: Trek to Throng Phedi (4450m, 3hr)
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung La Pass (5416m, 9hr)
Day 12: Explore Muktinath (3800m) and Drive to Jomsom(2743 m, 1hr Drive)
Day 13: Drive from Jomsom-Tatopani via Ghasa in Local jeep (2590m, 4hr)
Day 14: Trek to Sikha (4hr)
Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani (2750m, 4hr)
Day 16: Trek to Tikhedhunga (1540m, 4hr)
Day 17: Trek down to Nayapul (1070m, 4hr)-Drive back to Pokhara (830 m, 1.5hr)
Day 18: Exploration Day in Pokhara on your own
Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu (7hr)
Day 20: Departure at any time or for additional travel plan contact us
Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Throng la pass (5400m)- Biggest pass in the world
- The central and the unique cultures of Gurungs, Thakalis and Marphas.
- Stunning view of Annapurna I –III, Bara Shikhar, and Fishtail Mountain
- The deepest gorge in the world- Kali Gandaki
- Lake city Pokhara
- Historical pilgrimage site of Muktinath
- Can enjoy a wide range of climatic zones and fluctuating elevations in such a small region.
- The view of Himalayan peaks led by Annapurna to the north and the deep Marsyangdi Valley to the south.
Itinerary Program of Annapurna Circuit Trek
First Arrival at Kathmandu.
Upon your arrival at TIA airport in Kathmandu, a member of the staff from the company will arrive to pick-up you and transfer to the Hotel. Later in the day, for a pre-trek briefing your guide will come to brief about the necessary arrangements for the holiday trip. For instance; about Time and Information and adventure pre-planning.
Kathmandu sightseeing/ Trek preparation.
Right now, after your main morning meal, you pay a drive to visit UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites inside the Katmandu valley. At first, the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The architecture technology is traditional and of the Malla period who guided over Nepal from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries. Next, Swoyambhunath stupa that is sometimes known as Monkey temple where the immense monkey population residing in the vicinity. Another, Pashupatinath Temple, certainly one of the very important monuments of Hindu superior god Lord Shiva.
Drive to Jagat via Besi Sahar (760m, 10hrs).
Starting from Kathmandu you will drive to Syange (Overnight stay Place) through Besi Sahar, the bustling supply town for the villagers of the Marsyangdi Khola. The Green Mountain View along the drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar is amazing and awe-inspiring.
Annapurna Circuit Trek - Jagat to Dharapani (1860m, 6hrs).
After your early morning breakfast, you will follow the Marsyangdi River through terraced rice paddies, bamboo forests and gurung and tamang villages. After passing several suspension bridge crossings with several beautiful waterfalls, you will reach the village of Chamje. Below the gorge becomes narrower and steep trail in many places before climbing through the forest to Chamje. During your short break, you can feel the nature of surrounding of the premise. Next, you will continue the long hot climb on the rocky trail by following the Marsyangdi River steadily uphill to Tal. After passing through the village of Tal you enter the Manang district and Buddhist influence becomes apparent. After that, you will continue across the valley flow to the stone gateway leading up to the Dharapani (Overnight stay place), the typical Tibetan influenced villages, where you can also go to visit the nearby Buddhist monument as well.
Annapurna Circuit Trek - Dharapani to Chame (2670m, 6hrs).
Today, you pass the Bagarchhap village that consists of unique stone houses that are flat-roofed and of typical Tibetan design. And you will go through the forest of pine and fir with the view of Lamjung, Manaslu and Peak 29 before you approach the Chame, where you spend your night. As you reach Chame, the headquarter of Manang District, fulfilled by the fine perspectives of Annapurna II and two little hot springs by the town and a vast Mani divider with numerous standpoint to God wheels.
Annapurna Circuit Trek - Chame to Pisang (3200m, 6hrs).
After your breakfast, you will start the barley fields and apple farm by following the tributary through a complete narrow gorge. After crossing a river on a long bridge, you will have time to explore the excellent views of the rising Paungda Danda, a pillar face of impressive glacial erosion that looks finest. Then you will led through a peaceful forest to enter the upper Manang district. Climbing, you will end up in the sprawling village of Pisang. Where you will spend your night.
Annapurna Circuit Trek - Pisang to Manang (3540m, 6hrs).
Today, you will proceed to the drier upper part of the Manang district, where the full airwaves of the storm come from the Annapurna Range. Moving on bitter atmosphere; up and down the trail in transit are holy questions of Tibetan Buddhism – chorten and Mani dividing wall. Also, when you will come at Braga, a captivating Gompa remains above Tibetan houses which stick to the slope. Their balconies framed by the top of the house beneath. Sometimes, you may see the wheat, grain, buckwheat and potato crops which are reserved by one for each year. And villagers rely upon their crowds of yaks, goats, dairy animals, and horses. Toward the evening, when you attain at a guest house in the Manang town, Annapurna II, III and IV turn out to be progressively imposing.
Manang Acclimatization day.
The beautiful setting of Manang is for a pleasant rest and acclimatization day before pushing onwards to the Thorung La pass (the longest pass in the planet of earth). There is massive viewpoint centers around the town, for example, the Gangapurna Glacier. Likewise, the Monastery where an extensive number of Buddha statues worth seeing. The town is a trading center, so any desires stuff that you need for the trekking can buy and fixed here. It is your greatest advantage place to permit yourself a lot of rest for the trip to next day.
Annapurna Circuit Trek - Manang to Yak Kharka (4050m, 3hrs).
Again, you will continue from the Manang. Head up steadily through the tangki Manang. You will branch away from Marsyangdi Khola and ascend steadily into quiet alpine area onto the Jar sang Khola valley. Afterward, you will reach a valley that expanding majestically on both sides and the commanding mountain views that showing off the snow covered peak. In this region, if you are lucky then you will see The Himalayan Blue Sheep. Consequently, you will reach Yak Kharka, where you will spend your night with dinner and morning breakfast.
Annapurna Circuit Trek – Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4450m, 3hr).
Today, you will ascent first two-hour. After that, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310m. You then head up to Thorung Phedi (The Overnight stay place) at 4450m, where a rock-strewn grazing land surrounded by vertical cliffs with little charm. However, The Blue Sheep and even snow leopards have been known to appear in the valley.
Annapurna Circuit Trek – Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung La Pass (5416m, 9hr).
Today, the most difficult day. At an early hour in the morning before the wind blowing heavily on the top you’ll have to move from the lodge to accomplish at the pass 9-10 am. Generally, climate conditions (strong winds) will incredibly influence the trip. Especially, at the Thorung La Pass (5,416m). Climb steeply on a regular sequence which is quite easy to follow and walk.
[But, may be the highlights of this trek; as you cross the Thorung La pass (5416m). It is a long, intense climb by means of various little slopes. However, when you approach the prayer flag at the top. You are rewarded with totally dazzling High Himalaya view and over to the Kali Gandaki valley through the whole Annapurna Circuit range, Mukut and Mustang Himal toward the west.]
It is then a long drop to Muktinath (Overnight stay place).
Explore Muktinath (3800m) and drive to Jomsom (2743 m, 1hr drive).
Muktinath is an interesting town; sacred to both Hindu and Buddhist. It attracts numerous explorers. Here spring water flows from a stone face through 108 spouts (108 is a sacred number to Buddhists and Hindu). This water divider incorporates a temple devoted to Lord Vishnu and beneath the statue runs a stream of water with pale flames carried about by the regular gas. There are sanctums of Shiva and his associate and Padmasambhava and also various chorten and the surrounding poplar woods. As far as anyone knows bounded from the 84 Siddhas. The mass of Dhaulagiri I makes a striking view as well.
After that, you will drive through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Jomsom which is well-known for the best apples in Nepal and is generally downhill with demonstrative scenes along the way. Overnight stay at the guesthouse.
Drive from Jomsom-Tatopani via Ghasa in Local jeep (2590m, 4hr).
Today, you will drive to Tatopani via Ghasa by local jeep. On the way, you will be stopping to admire the Rupse Chaharo waterfall. One of the famous waterfall of the country. And the journey continues passing through Kali Gandaki Gorge (The world deepest Gorge), up to the overnight spot at Tatopani. This place is famous for its hot springs, where it gets its name (Tato – Hot; Pani – Water). This is the best place to relax your body with natural hot water after a long day’s trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek - Tatopani to Shikha (4hr).
You will leave Tatopani crossing the Kali Gandaki River and Ghar Kola by suspension bridges. After that, you will gradually ascend to Sikha, a large and prosperous Magar village, where you will spend your night.
Annapurna Circuit Trek - Shikha to Ghorepani (2900m, 4hr).
You will leave the terraced hillsides, rhododendron and magnolia forests and mark the route to Ghorepani. The beautiful place, where you will spend your night with the pleasant dream around the world largest Rhododendron forest area.
Annapurna Circuit Trek - Trekking to Tikhedhunga (1540m, 4hr).
Early in the morning, you will start an hour hiking to the Poon Hill. Which provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas, truly magnificent and well reward the effort. Then return to the lodge and take a hot breakfast at the lodge. Then trek down to the Nayapul. On the way, you will be walking down along the ridges through rhododendron forests to the large Magar village of Ulleri. And again decent down stone staircases you reach Tikhedhunga. Where you stop for lunch and overnight camp at the tea house.
Annapurna Circuit Trek - Trekking down to Nayapul (4hr) and Drive back to Pokhara (830m, 1.5hrs).
At last, you will descend to Nayapul by walking over the first few minutes on the wide ridge. After that, muddy trail, cross the bridge and drive to Pokhara. The beautiful lake city, where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Exploration day in Pokhara on your own.
Pokhara is one of the tourist address of Nepal. There many things to do like; Sightseeing, Boating, Fishing, Paragliding, Ultralight, Bujee Jumping etc.
Drive back to Kathmandu.
Drive back to Kathmandu and overnight at hotel.
Departure at any time or you can extend your adventure. For more information, Contact us.
What is Included In Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost?
Arrival and Departure Transfer.
All ground transportation according to the trip itinerary.
Conservation area trekking permit.
Local Guide for Sightseeing at Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and Pashupatianth
Porters for baggage carriage (1 porter for 2 Trekkers).
8 kg luggage allowance while on trek.
Meals: Only Breakfast
Accommodation: Fine Hotel/Guest Houses in the cities and Tea House in the trekking- Twin Share.
Transportation: Jeep, car, coaches, and mini busses relying on the group size, and Walking/Hiking.
Competent Staffs: English speaking Certified Experience Guide, Trekking Support Staffs.
What is not Included In Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost?
All Lunch and Dinner
Expenses due to individual nature like budget for drinks, cigarettes, laundry, the internet, shopping, tipping or tips, and so forth.
Cost due to unforeseen circumstances like Emergency Fund.
Entrance fees for sightseeing at any places.
Tips for Guide and Porter.
Nepal entry visa fee.
Travel insurance.(Worth of 100,000 USD Insurance in case of Emergency Rescue and Medical treatment)
International/ Domestic flight tickets and airport charges.
Expenses for the services other than included above.