Annapurna region

Summary of the Trip

  • Trip Grade
  • Trip Region
  • Trip Days
    9
  • Trip Altitude
    5416 m
  • Accomodation
    Available
  • Per Day Route
    4-6 hrs

Around Annapurna (Circuit) Trekking 21-25 Days 

Annapurna circuit trek, one of the most popular adventure circuit Trek in the world, to experience all in one including different geographical landscape, Mountain vistas, river valleys, Himalayan glaciers,  high Mountain passes, pilgrimage sites- Muktinath, deepest gorges, Natural hot spring, Sunrise views, culture of different ethnic people, diverse floras and faunas.

 Annapurna circuit trek, one of the most popular adventure circuit Trek in the world, to experience all in one including different geographical landscape, Mountain vistas, river valleys, Himalayan glaciers,  high Mountain passes, pilgrimage sites- Muktinath, deepest gorges, Natural hot spring, Sunrise views, culture of different ethnic people, diverse floras and faunas.

   Annapurna Circuit is a world-classic trek around the Annapurnas and an unforgettable odyssey through amazing diversity in landscape with a unique blend of ethnicities along the way. The mountains on display in Annapurna Circuit include Annapurna I, 8,091m (26,545ft) the 10th highest mountain in the world and first over 8,000 m to have been climbed. The French summit it in 1950. Additional peaks featured here are Dhaulagiri, 8,167m (26,7795ft), world’s 7thhighest, Manaslu, 8,163m (26,781ft), world’s 8th highest, and Machhapuchhre, 6,993m (22,943ft), a beautiful and sacred mountain that is off limits to climbing.

  The Annapurna Circuit Trek start with a day drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule and it follows two major river valleys during our 21 days Annapurna Circuit Trip. First, We follow the Marsyangdi River valley for the first half till the thorong phedi, this valley is a part of a trade route linking different places and we follow The Kali Gandaki river valley for the another half after the thorong la pass and The Kaligandaki is the world's deepest gorge which can be found nowhere in the world, flanked by the giant Dhaulagiri in the west and Annapurna Himalaya range in the east, we will trek along the gorge.
   The highpoints of the Annapurna Circuit Trek is the Thorung La pass at 5,416m (17,769ft), the highest trekking pass, furthermore, we will visit one of the popular pilgrimage in Nepal “ Muktinath Temple”  God of Salvation, Legends says that once we visit this temple, all the sins will be washed up and become pure, so thousands of pilgrims come here form different part of Nepal and India, Furthermore, we will have opportunities to take bath in one of the famous natural hot spring at Tatopani and the water on this spring is proved that it is very good for the skin and there are many examples of cured of many skin diseases, A part from this, we will hike to Poon hill for the excellent sunrise views over the mighty Himalayas form where we will see the 360 degree panoramic views of the Himalayas “ wow, it is amazing”. The Annapurna Circuit Trail is full of varieties as we will trek though many villages of different ethnic groups which includes the Brahmins, Manangis, Thakalis, Gurungs and Magars their own culture and lifestyle living together with great peace and harmony. The another attraction of this circuit trek is the forest of the Rhododendron ( the national flower of Nepal) that blooms in spring- you should do the trek from March to May, you will see the colorful Rhododendron blooming which is amazing So, we can say that , The Annapurna circuit is full of varieties.

 

  • The adventurous Thorung la pass (5,416m/17,769ft)
  • Typical mountain huts in Manang
  • Views of plateau like in Tibet
  • 360 degree views of the Annapurna Himalayan range
  • The pilgrimage site of Muktinath
  • Monasteries in Tukuche, Marpha, Kagbeni, Jharkot and Muktinath
  • Typical Thakali settlement in Tukuche and Marpha
  • The views of Dhaulagiri Ice-fall
  • The world’s deepest Kaligandaki gorge
  • The natural hot spring pond at Tatopani
  • Impressive Sunrise and Panoramic views from Poonhill
  • Scenic Mountain views along the route
  • Typical Magar settlement in Ulleri
  • Terrace farming en-route

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft).

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft).

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Besishahar - Khudi (800m) 8-9 hours drive.

Day 04: Trek from Khudi to Sirung (2, 200m) 6-7 hours trek

Day 05: Trek from Sirung to Chamje (1, 410m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani (1, 960m) 6 hours trek.

Day 07: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2, 710m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3, 300m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3, 500m.) 6-7 hours trek.

Day 10: Rest & acclimatization day at Manang.

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4, 110m) 4-5 hours trek.

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4, 600m) 4-5 hours trek.

Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3, 80012m.) via Throng La pass (5,416m) 6-7 hours trek.

Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2, 670m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2, 530m.) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 16: Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1, 200m) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 17: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2, 850m.) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 18: Hiking up to Poonhill & trek to Tadapani (2,710m.) 5-6 hours trek.

Day 19: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk - Pokhara (850m) one and half hour drive & 5-6 hours trek.

Day 20: Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu and we go for a farewell dinner in the evening.

Day 21: Transfer to airport for your onward flight home sweet home.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft). Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Rising himalaya Treks. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight in the valley of the gods! *Included Meal Dinner. (D)

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft). Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full day guided tour to the histori Durbar Square, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess), the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath), in the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip.Overnight at hotel, included meal: (B)

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu - Besishahar - Khudi (800m.) 8-9 hours drive. We drive from Kathmandu for about 8 hours to the village of Khudi via Besishahar. We drive along the Trisili River through the beautiful countryside of Nepal. En route, we can see many beautiful villages, farms, rivers and magnificent mountain scenarios. From Mugling we head along the roadway Pokhara. We leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre and continue drive towards north to Besishahar, after half an hour drive from Besishahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Besishahar offers us a first glimpse of the beautiful mountain range. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 04: Trek Khudi - Sirung (2, 200m.) 6-7 hours trek. Today`s walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges, waterfalls, several up and down hill sections, across rice paddies and subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual then it becomes steeper. The mountains that were seen from the Khudi become closer as we walk higher. The villages and people are an interesting mix. On the way to Sirung, we come across an ethnic Tamang settlement, Taranche. We enjoy the close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu in Sirung. Sirung offers us a home-stay where we also enjoy the cultural program organized by the villagers for the visitors. If the number of visitors is more than four, the group may have to split to stay at different houses for the night. We stay overnight at guesthisue (B, L, D)

Day 05: Trek Sirung - Chamje (1, 410m) 5-6 hours trek. After breakfast, we trek through the beautiful lush forest, rice terraces and some culturally intriguing villages. The trail follows the Marshyadgdi; we walk in a fantastic landscape through the tiny waterfalls, forests and villages. The trail is relatively easy till the village of Syange, but after Syange the climb gets tougher up to Jagat (1300 m). From Jagat, we make a steep climb to Chamje. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 06: Trek Chamje - Dharapani (1, 960m) 6 hours trek. Today we enter the Manang region passing through fields of corn, barley and potatoes, and then through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. Further trek follows the upstream up to the Dharapani, which is through the rocky trails and crossing few suspension bridges and small teashops bring you at quite large village at Dharapani. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 07: Trek Dharapani - Chame (2, 710m) 5-6 hours trek. We continue trek further to Chame. Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges, along with several landslides on route. The trail follows the river Marshyadgdi upstream passing by the villages of Latamanang and Koto before further half an hour brings us at Chame. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 08: Trek Chame - Pisang (3, 300m) 5-6 hours trek. Today we will experiences a dramatic change of scenery. The trail then follows the steep narrow valley through pine woods and small villages with several ups and downs till you reach orchard village of Bhartang where you can have apple garden. We continue through the garden path up to a bridge and we cross the river where the impressive curved rock faces of Paungda Danda rises from the riverbank, and climb to the village of Pisang at (3,300m.) We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 09: Trek Pisang -Manang (3, 500m.) 6-7 hours trek. After Pisang, there are two routes that we can follow to reach Manang. If taken lower, less strenuous route follows valley floor via Hongde, and upper route through upper Pisang via Geru, upper route is almost 3 hours longer than normal lower route, the sceneries are outstanding on the way to upper Pisang. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the magnificent peaks .The panoramic views of towering peaks such as Annapurna 2, 3, 4, Pisang peak Gangapurna, and several others will definitely attract us. Passing carved Mani walls we arrive at the village of Manang. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 10: Rest &acclimatization day at Manang. It is important to have an extra day in Manang for acclimatization as we start the climb towards the higher altitude, Thorong La. There are spectacular views of the majestic Himalayas peaks around the Manang valley, it’s not good idea to stay idle but short walk to higher altitude is recommended to get acclimatized with the altitude. Manang is right place to do that as next two days will be considered as a challenging trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. There are lots of options for day walks around Manang. One possibility is to walk to Khangsar village on the way to Tilicho Lake or a longer walk to Ice Lake above Braga. Also worth visiting is the Himalayan Rescue Association to get some ideas about rapid mountain sickness. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 11: Trek Manang - Yak Kharka (4, 110m) 4-5 hours trek. From Manang, the trail ascent steady to the Tenki above Manang, and then continue to climb out of the Marshyadgdi valley to see the view of the Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho peak from close distance. The trail follows this valley northward; passing through beautiful forest and turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 12: Trek Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi (4, 600m) 4-5 hours trek. Today we trek slowly to make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi. It is a small busy settlement with an amazing view of mountains and landscapes. People use this place as a base. Some travelers also attempt a hike to the High camp to make easier for next day although we don’t recommend ascending High camp to stay overnight there because sleeping at higher altitude is not really advisable. Phedi means foot of the hill is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 13: Trek Thorong Phedi - Muktinath (3, 80012m.) via Throng La pass (5,416m) 6-7 hours trek. Today is the longest and hardest day of the entire trip. We leave Phedi early in the morning for climb to the pass with packed lunch. It is lifetime experiences- crossing the famous high pass, Throng –La. An early morning is highly recommended to complete this challenging pass. The first part of the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches at the high camp. Each moment we have to work hard through icy high- altitude eventually, after numerous false summits, we reach the pass itself at 5416. Ahead there is an outstanding panorama of majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet, and looking back we can see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We reach Muktinath with the setting sun. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhist. . Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 14: Trek Muktinath - Marpha (2, 670m.)5-6 hours trek. We visit temple before heading to Marpha and continue our journey descending through Kaligandaki River to the ancient town to Kagbeni(2,800m) where we can visit thousand years of old monastery. We walk through gentle trail to the large town of Jomsom which is a head quarter of the mustang region with a tiny airstrip. After lunch at Jomsom we continue walk towards south east brings us at Marpha. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 15: Trek Marpha - Kalopani (2, 530m.) 5-6 hours trek. From Marpha, we continue trek to Kalapani via Chokhopani village. Today we encounter some traditional villages of the Thakali people and get to see some beautiful apple gardens; this area is full of trees and vegetation with amazing panoramic view of the snowy mountains all round, they include, Niligri, Annapurna I in the east, and Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche peak (6920 m) on the west and among others. From Chokhopani we continue to Kokhethanti. After crossing a river, we meet come across the newly constructed road site at before reaching Kokhethanti of Kalopani. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 16: Trek Kalopani - Tatopani (1, 200m) 5-6 hours trek. Today, we avoid the newly made roads and we will trek through new route to Tatopani from Kalopani. The trail is monthly descending till we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we trek to lower elevation, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. The journey is smoothly downhill to Rupse Chahara (Famous waterfall) via garpar to a bridge at Dana. Here we will see the local powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. The trail again descends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 17: Trek Tatopani - Ghorepani (2, 850m.) 5-6 hours trek. After spending wonderful day at hot spring we walk down before crossing a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki river, the trail leads us by the river for a while just arriving at the junction of the two trails, the other wide path follows the river all the way to Beni. We diverts from here taking the left uphill climb, the first of the climb is quite steep to the top, and continue with farms and villages, from this spot a gradual climb leads us most of the day, leaving behind the terraced fields walking in the dense rhododendron forests and reaching at Ghorepani. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 18: Hiking up to Poonhill & trek to Tadapani (2,710m.)5-6 hours trek. An early morning we take ascend to poon Hill (3,210m) to catch the spectacular sunrise view over the whole Annapurna , Dhaulagiri massif including Mt Machhapuchhre (Fish tail) , Mt Manaslu with surrounding rice terrace. After a great time return back to Ghorepani for the breakfast, we continue trek to Tadapani through the rhododendron forest. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

Day 19: Trek Tadapani - Ghandruk - Pokhara (850m) one and half hour drive &5-6 hours trek. The trail leads all the way down through the Rhododendron forest to Ghandruk. This is the second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. After lunch we continue trek to Nayapul to complete the trail which is fllowed by a short bus ride back to Pokhara, a peaceful lakeside city harboring a unique setting of tropical climate and vegetation with the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayas. We stay overnight at hotel (B, L)

Day 20: Drive to Kathmandu and we go for a farewell dinner in the evening. Early morning at around 7:00 am, we drive by tourist bus to Kathmandu along the Trishuli and Marshyadgdi River through the beautiful countryside of Nepal that offers villages, Rivers greeneries, rice fields and wonderful mountain sceneries. After nearly 5-6 hours drive we arrive to Kathmandu. Your day is free, however, at even tide; you will be taken to a well known Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of the original Nepalese cuisine. As you enjoy your meal, you will also be entertained to an exciting cultural dance performed by the local belles. You will enjoy this experience which is complimentary on behalf of the ADVENTURE CLUB. We stay overnight at hotel (B, D)

Day 21: Transfer to airport for your onward destination. Our office representatives will escort you to the airport for your connecting flight home. It’s been wonderful meeting you & knowing you all of these weeks. We are doubly sure you’ve had the vacation of a lifetime & we hope you will pass on your experiences to the generations to come. We will remember you & also hope you will remember us in the days ahead. Bon Voyage!! & take care!!! (B)

Thank you for doing this venture with US. We’ve got to know each other well over the weeks. Please do stay in touch & we wish you a wonderful journey back home. Take care!

Note of above itinerary: B = Breakfast, B.B = Bed & Breakfast, B.L.D = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

We wish you a wonderful Himalayan experience with us!!

Note: Annapurna Circuit trek can be customized by request to accommodate your specific needs.  The above itinerary is only a guideline; it might change due to fluctuating weather conditions, availability of lodging and campsites, unforeseen political, trail and environmental conditions or any other conditions beyond our control. It is very unlikely changes will occur that would substantially alter the original itinerary, but we cannot be responsible for the results of delays or changes beyond our control. In case of any trek Itinerary alteration or need to reroute to other areas, your Group Guide will make the final decision on the best alternative after consulting with the group and keeping in mind the best interests of the whole group. Should a change be necessary, we will do everything within our means to minimize its effect.

4 night's twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu as per your requested categories
2 night's twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara as per your requested categories
All local transportation by private vehicle in Kathmandu & Pokhara
Complementary welcome dinner in Kathmandu
A day Kathmandu sightseeing as per itinerary with tour guide, vehicle & entry fees
Kathmandu to Beshishahar by local bus (Optional private vehicle)
Pokhara to Kathmandu by regular tourist bus (Optional flight/Private vehicle)
Nayapul to Pokhara by private vehicle after trek
Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
Accommodation on teahouse/lodge during the trek
Trek leader (English speaking, First Aid and eco trained), Sherpa helper, all payments
Annapurna Conservation entry fee and permit
Exclusive medical kit bag
All government and local taxes
Intl. flight ticket re-confirmation

Visa fees, intl. airfare & departure taxes
Excess baggage charges
Lunch and dinner in city
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
Tips for driver, guides and porters
Anything does not includes in service inclusive column

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