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Annapurna Circuit Trek

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Trip Highlights:

Duration: 21 Days

Type of Trek: Tea house / Camping

Max Altitude: 5416 m.

Minimum Pax: 1 +

Mode of travel: Land Transportation

Grade: Moderate

You can encounter a gamut of topological variations in the Annapurna Circuit trek within the duration of a normal trek. Aptly titled as Nepal’s classic trek the Annapurna Circuit trek displays 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. Fixed Departure Trek

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Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Beshisahar to Bahundanda (1305m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 03: Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) takes about six hours.Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) takes about five hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) takes about five and half hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) and it takes about three and half hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) takes about 3 and half hours.Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass and it takes about seven hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2667m.) takes about approximately six hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: Trek from Marpha to Ghasa (2013m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.) takes about five hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: Rest day in Tatopani. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853m.) takes about seven hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 17: Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Tadapani (2675m.) takes about five and half hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 18: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) takes about three hours.  Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 19: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) takes about six hours. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 20: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) takes about four hours. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 21:  Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about six hours.

Day 01: 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 center from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and numerous towns. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 02: Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1305m.) takes about six hours.

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

Day 03: 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 juts into the precipitous Marshyangdi valley. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 04: 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.). Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just traveled on. You descend to a grassy river bank that leads to Tal with its hotels and tea houses. 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 your camp for the night. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) takes about five and half hours.

You climb through forests of pine and oak as you pass through Danaque (2210m.). Soon, there comes a small wooden bridge that will take you on a steeply ascending path up to Timang which lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal. The trail goes then on a flat level until you reach Chame, where you will find government offices, shops and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) takes about five hours.

With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. 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.). 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 you. 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.

Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) takes about five and half hours.

Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that 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. After a short steep climb you reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town.

This is an important rest and acclimatization day today before crossing the Thorong 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 or you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) and it takes about three and half hours.

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

Day 10: 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 Thorong Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass and it takes about seven hours.

You start early today for your crossing of Thorong La [5416m]. 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 you. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Trek Muktinath to Marpha (2667m.) takes about 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. From here there are fine 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. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 13: 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 at almost a flat level 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.), and Nilgiri South (6839m.), Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.) Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (1189 m.) takes about five hours.

The trail descends steeply to Rukse Chhahara (Rukse Waterfalls). The deepest gorge of the world is situated between the 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. It is popularly believed that taking bath in hot spring helps you to get rid of skin diseases. Along with this, it gives you physical and mental refreshment as well. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 15: A rest day at Tatopani to enjoy the natural hot spring bath.

After several days of trekking, it is a great idea to take bath at hot spring and relax. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 16: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m.) for about seven hours.

Your trail passes on a flat level for some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. The path then goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different castes and agricultural land. The majority of the people here serve in the Gorkha and Indian Regiments. While trekking you cross through the Kali Gandaki river with panormic views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 17: 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 green scenarios. Tadapani is a small village surrounded by beautiful forests and grants you magnificent views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Fishtail and Annapurna II and so on. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 18: Trek from Tadapani (2675m.) to Ghandruk (1950m.) takes about three hours.

It is a very easy trek by descending gently all the way through rhododendron, oak and other kinds of dense forests. You can hear different kinds of birds chirping on the way. This is a popular destination for the bird lovers. Ghandruk is a big Gurung village where there is a handicraft center 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.

Day 19: Trek from Ghandruk (1950m.) to Pothana (1990m.) takes about six hours.

The first part of your trek is steeply down following a stone staircase to Kimbu (Bee hive). Kimbu is located at the elevation of 1200 meters on the bank of the 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 panoramic views 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.

Day 20: Trek from Pothana to Dhampus Phedi (1113m.) takes about four hours.

Your trail descends gradually for at least an hour and follows a gravel road for two hours before steeply descending 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 21: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 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 Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy the 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 Kathmandu.

The Trip includes following services:

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off services by private A/C car or Van
  • Trekking guide/s
  • Porter/s (1 porter carries 25 kilograms of luggage)
  • All meals three times a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Accommodation in tea houses (lodges) 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 wherever applicable
  • 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.)
  • One farewell dinner in Kathmandu with live cultural performance at authentic Nepali restaurant on the last evening
  • Souvenir (t-shirt, mug, pen, bag, etc.)
  • All tax, VAT and company service charge

The Trip does not include:

  • Personal nature expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara
  • Meals and hotel accommodation in Kathmandu

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.

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Clients Reviews

Fantastic Guide & Amazing Trekking in Annapurna Circuit

(5/5)

I was lucky enough to have done the circuit with an excellent guide called Ratna. He was extremely knowledgeable, very intelligent, kind, helpful and perceptive. I think with all these qualities he has enhanced my experience of the Annapurna circuit tenfold. Ratna knows a great deal of many things to do with trekking and an equal measure of knowledge outside of it. I would personally recommend him and the company to my friends and anyone interested in doing treks in Nepal as the experience does not get better than this.

The company is very professional, honest and provides the trekking experience you ask for. I asked for a "non-touristy" package that was gritty and I certaintly received it in way of the routes we took.

There are no attempts by the company to steer you one direction over another. They are not pushy and respect your decision of choosing a particular trek (a quality not so easily found in the tourist district of Thamel) and guides who are extremely sociable, professional and knowledgable.

What more could you ask for?

Visited November 2015

Hope to come back for Annapurna circuit and even Everest treks

(5/5)

Many thanks . I had an amazing time and the guide and porter were wonderful. Its an experience which I will never forget and I hope to come back one day and do the full Annapurna Circuit or may be even Everest!

I will definitely recommend Nepal Environmental Treks to others.

Jessie Perrin
Australia
23rd February 2013

Experience through Annapurna Circuit

(5/5)

Thank you so much for your experience through Annapurna Circuit trek (21 days). Our guide (Ramesh) and porters (Harry & Krishna) were the best; so informative, cheerful, helpful, happy and good to walk together with. The company has really been helpful, organizing everything properly. We will always remember Nepal as a country with amazing nature, astonishing mountains and friendly, beautiful people. We will recommend this trip to everyone we know, an unforgettable memory! Thank you!!

All the best
Vibek & Marianne
Stryn, Norway
05/09/2011

To Nava & Bhimsen,

(5/5)

Thank you very much for the great trip. We guess we will remember this wonderful experience again and again.
We liked the Annapurna region very much and hopefully we will be back one day to experience the other side of the Thorong-La for several days as well!!!
If so, we will know where to find you.

Best Wishes,

Clemens Adrian Schoppe
Florian Boehl
Germany
01/11/2011

Thank you for taking such great care of us.( two elderly ladies)

(5/5)

This was our first to Nepal, we have enjoyed every day. We trekked with Ratna and Gopal to the Annapurna region- 21 days. The scenery on the trek was amazing the people we met were beautiful. Everyday was magical and adventurous.

Ratna, our guide was outstanding, he was truly kind and supportive to the needs of two elderly ladies. He was a joy to be with. Gopal was also an outstanding porter, he was so caring and so funny. Both Ratna and Gopal took great care of us + we felt safe at all times. Nepal Environemental trekking company met all our needs, an excellent company that we could truly trust.

Thank you for taking such great care of us Nava. We will certainly inform others of this Trekking Company.

Margot Wood
Canada
24/11/2011

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