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Annapurna Circuit Trek with Kathmandu

Trip Highlights:

Duration: (21+4=25days)

Type of Trek : Tea House /Camping

Max Altitude: 5545 m.

Minimum Pax: 2 +

Mode of travel: Drive

Grade: Strenuous

You can encounter a gamut of topological variations in the Annapurna Circuit trek within the duration of a normal trek. Aptly titled as the Nepal’s classic trek the Annapurna trek displays a divergent landscape ranging from the sub-tropical region to the alpine region and the semi-desert region.

The Annapurna Circuit trek is demanding even for a seasoned trekker but it is an exceptional introduction to walking in Nepal for those who are physically fit. This lodge based trek offers you magnificent vistas of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges and the opportunity to observe at close quarters the lifestyle and cultures of the different tribes of Nepal. 

  • Outline Itinerary
  • Detailed Itinerary
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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport.

Day 02: City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m.) takes about six hours.

Day 04: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1305m.) takes about six hours.

Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m.) takes about six hours.

Day 06: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) takes about six hours.

Day 07: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.

Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) takes about five hours.

Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) takes about five and half hours.

Day 10: Rest day at Manang hanging in and around town.

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) takes about three and half hours.

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) takes about 3 and half hours.

Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass takes about seven hours.

Day 14: Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2667m.) takes approximately six hours.

Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m.) takes about six hours.

Day 16: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.) takes about five hours.

Day 17: A rest day at Tatopani to enjoy the natural hot spring bath.

Day 18: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m.) for about seven hours.

Day 19: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.

Day 20: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) takes about three hours.

Day 21: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) takes about six hours.

Day 22: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) takes about four hours.

Day 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.

Day 24: Recreation & shopping day. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 25: Transfer to the Airport for final departure. (Fly out from Kathmandu).

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport.

Arrive in Kathmandu International Airport. Transfer to the hotel and stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley.

City sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley. (Kathmandu, Bhaktapur & Patan). Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m.) takes about six hours.

You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Beshisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are situated here. From here, you can see some mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people. This headquarters is the centre from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and numerous towns. Stay overnight at lodge in Besisahar.

Day 04: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1305m.) takes about six hours.

The first part of the trail passes through flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi River. You can enjoy the scenery and the local culture of the Gurung community. After lunch the trail goes steeply upwards to Bahundanda which takes about 2 hours. At this point, you can see the area surrounded by eye-catching scenarios with snow -capped mountains. Stay overnight at lodge in Bahundanda.

Day 05: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m.) takes about six hours.

A steep trail descends for early half an hour and then follows a flat path through rice terraces before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Lali Gaon. Ahead the Marshyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape and you follow the winding mountain path down through Syange (1100m.) where there is a beautiful waterfall above and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually you descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and downs to Chamje through the forests. Stay overnight at lodge in Chamje.

Day 06: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) takes about six hours.

The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. You 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 the zigzag path to the top of the hill, you see the level plain of Tal (1700m.) before us. Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just traveled on. You descend to a grassy riverbank which leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Here you can enjoy the exhilarating waterfalls .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. You cross a suspension bridge and climb the short distance to the stone mani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m.), and our camp for the night. Stay overnight at lodge in Dharapani.

Day 07: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.

As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marshyangdi then veers to the left and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around a Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, you pass through Danaque (2210m.). You come upon a small wooden bridge which leads you up a steeply ascending path to Timang which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal. The trail procedes on a flat level until you reach Chame where there are governmenal offices, shops and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. Stay overnight at lodge in Chame.

Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) takes about five hours.

With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. You continue through a 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 you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.).In the past this was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution, but the dilapidated buildings are all that remain of that era. A short climb from the village brings you to a rock-strewn area where you cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge in Pisang.

Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) takes about five and half hours.

Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang's airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi 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, you can see the village of Bryaga with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before you - Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna (7455m.) and to the rear, Tilicho Peak (7145m.). After a short steep climb you reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. You camp here for the night amidst the fluttering prayer flags which adorn the houses. Stay overnight at lodge in Manang.

Day 10: Rest day at Manang hanging in and around town.

This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) aid post in the village which makes an interesting and educational visit. Moreover, you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one. Stay overnight at lodge in Manang.

Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) takes about three and half hours.

Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, you can see panoramic views all day. Stay overnight at lodge in Yak Kharka.

Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) takes about 3 and half hours.

Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi 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. Stay overnight at lodge in Thorong Phedi.

Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass takes about seven hours.

You start early today for your crossing of 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. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing you 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 with its shrines and temple. Stay overnight at lodge in Muktinath.

Day 14: Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2667m.) takes approximately six hours.

You now begin the 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, you follow the valley floor most of the way to Jomsom which is sprawled along both banks of the Kali Gandaki .From here there are nice views of the Nilgiri peaks. You continue walking down to Marpha, a delightful Thakali village, complete with a drainage system beneath the flagstone streets. Its narrow alleys and passageways provide welcome shelter from the strong winds of the Kali Gandaki Gorge. Marpha is particularly well known for its apples, apple cider and apple, apricot and peach rakshi. Stay overnight at lodge in Marpha.

Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m.) takes about six hours.

Your trail 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 to an almost flat level up to Kalopani and then your 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 a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Here you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Mount Nilgiri North (7061m.), Nilgiri Central (6940m.), Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.) Stay overnight at lodge in Ghasa.

Day 16: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.) takes about five hours.

The trail descends steeply to Rukse Chhahara (Rukse Waterfalls) which is amazing to look at. Here is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) which face each other near Rukse Waterfalls. Now, the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani as the word Tatopani is termed after the natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki River. Stay overnight at lodge in Tatopani.

Day 17: A rest day at Tatopani to enjoy the natural hot spring bath.

It is believed that one who takes a bath in this hot spring gets rid of skin diseases along with providing physical and mental refreshment .After several days of trekking; taking a bath in the hot spring is a wonderful way to relax. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 18: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m.) for about seven hours.

Your trail passes through flat level land for some distance and then begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. The path leads you through different villages inhabited by the people of different castes and variety of agricultural land. The majority of the people here serve in the Gorkha or Indian Regiments. While trekking you cross through the Kali Gandaki River with panormic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. 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 wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are also greeted by more panoramic views of many different mountains. From Ghorepani (Watering to Horse) there is a small pass and the village of Deurali. Although there is time enough to continue, it is better to stay here overnight so that you can make the morning trip to Poon Hill (3180m.) for an outstanding panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I,II,III, IV, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri ranges,Annapurna I, Bahra Sikhar (Twelve peaks or renowned as French Fang),Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and Mardi Himal. The view you can see from here is probably the best view in the world. Because of this, Poon Hill is often crowded by different visitors wanting to enjoy the sunrise and sunset views over the snow-capped mountains. Stay overnight at lodge in Ghorepani.

Day 19: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.

Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over 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 snow-capped mountain peaks. After breakfast trek Ghorepani to Tadapani (2650 m.) through the deep forests of rhododendrons, bamboos and oaks. En route, you frequently see waterfalls, rocks, wild animals, local birds and luscious green scenery. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests which grant you magnificent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail and Annapurna II and so on. Stay overnight at lodge in Tadapani.

Day 20: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) takes about three hours.

This is a very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You can hear different varieties of birds chirping along the way. This is one of the most popular destinations for bird lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village. There is a handicraft centre and Gurung museum. From this village you can see good views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna (7455m.), Annapurna III (7755m.) and Fishtail. Stay overnight at lodge in Ghandruk.

Day 21: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) takes about six hours.

First part of your trek descends steeply down following a stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu or Bee hive is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of Modi Khola. Now your trail steeply ascends following the stone staircase up to Landruk. The trail ascends gently for early two hours and again ascends steeply for an hour to Deurali (2150m.) passing through Tolkha village (1850m.). From this point you can see a panoramic view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Hiunchuli (6441m.), Fishtail (6997m.), Annapurna III (7755m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.) and Lamjung Himal (6930m.). The rest of the trail descends gently down to Dhampus passing through Pothana village (1900m.). Stay overnight at lodge in Pothana.

Day 22: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) takes about four hours.

Your trail descends gradually for at least an hour and follows a graveled road for two hours to then steeply descend to Phedi passing through Dhampus village, paddy fields and forest protected by the local community. Upon your arrival at Dhampus Phedi, you can take a vehicle to reach Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 23: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours.

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city. You may also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 24: Recreation & shopping day. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Recreation & shopping day. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 25: Transfer to the Airport for final departure. (Fly out from Kathmandu).

Transfer to the Airport for final departure. (Fly out from Kathmandu).

Trip Cost Includes

a) Kathmandu

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private vehicle
  • 4 night hotel accommodation with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • One full day city sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley with tour guide and private vehicle
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)

b) Trekking

  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation in Lodge (Tea house) during the trek
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks etc.
  • Entry Permit for Annapurna conservation Area
  • Trekkers' Information Management system (TIMS) card
  • All land transportation: Kathmandu – Besisahar by regular public bus, Phedi – Pokhara by private Vehicle and Pokhara - Kathmandu by A/C deluxe tourist bus
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Insurance and equipment's for the trekking staffs
  • First aid kit
  • Rescue assistance (Should any emergency arise during your trek, we will provide prompt and professional rescue and medical services. For this, it would be better to have your own travel insurance that can cover helicopter evacuation and medical treatment cost in case required.)

The price does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Entrance fees while sightseeing in and around Kathmandu valley
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. I am happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. I will book it as per your suggestion.

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