Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trip Facts

Starting Price:
$1578.00PP
Travelers Rating:
Destination:
Nepal
Trip Grade:
Moderate
Max Elevation:
5,416m/17,769ft
Total Duration:
21 days
Best Time:
March to May Sep to Dec
Group Size:
Minimum 2 pax
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Annapurna Circuit Trek is the best detour of Himalayan walking holiday. The trail encompasses popular high pass of Thorong La as the well religious destination of Muktinath. The route touches Manaslu Circuit Trekking and Jomsom Muktinath Trekking as well. An exciting journey that takes us around the entire Annapurna massif, Annapurna Circuit Trek gives you the prospect of traversing through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, ethnic Tamang and Thakali villages influenced by the Tibetan culture, exploring the blend of Hinduism and Buddhism, observing the variety of Himalayan flora and fauna and being compelled by the heart throbbing glory of the Himalayan grandeur. The trek is characterized by the adventurous crossing of the high altitude pass at Thorong La and the mystical visit of the nunnery and temple in Muktinath.

This trek allows us to discover the diverse culture and nature of Annapurna region while taking us to Manang, Jomsom and the Muktinath regions that comprise some of the most popular trekking destinations of the country. It is an ideal trek for those who want to explore the richness of Annapurna region in detail whether it is in terms of cultural, religious or natural diversity of the region. Jomsom is also considered as the windiest town of Nepal habituated by the Thakali origin of People. The trip ends at the starting point of Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal as well.

An idyllic option for spending your long holiday amidst the Himalayas, Annapurna Circuit Trek brings to the experience of traversing through the high and low lands of Annapurna Region in central part of Nepal. If you think this 21 days long trek is too much for you, you can choose from other shorter trekking options for Annapurna Regiondesigned by Bharal Adventure.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
  • Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
  • Day 03: Drive to Khudi [800m/2,624 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 04: Khudi to Sirung [2,200m/7216 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 05: Sirung to Jagat [1,300m/4,265 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430 ft]: 6 hrs
  • Day 07: Dharapani to Chame [2,710m/8,891 ft]: 5 hr
  • Day 08: Chame to Pisang [3,300m/10,824 ft]: 5 hrs
  • Day 09: Pisang to Manang: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang
  • Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 12: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15, 092 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
  • Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath [3,800m/12,467 ft] crossing over Thorong-La Pass [5,416m/17,764 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha [2,670m/8,760 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 15: Muktinath to Kalopani [2,530m/8,300 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
  • Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani [1,200m/3,937 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 17: Tatopani – Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
  • Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
  • Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara via Ghandruk: 5 – 6 hrs trek and 1 hr drive
  • Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5 – 6 hrs
  • Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu
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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,300m/4,264 ft]
A representative from Bharal Adventure will pick up the guests at the airport and escort them to their hotel. They will be explained about the program for their journey, however, no activities are planned for the day. Nevertheless, an evening stroll could be arranged if the guests show an interest.
Day 02: Trek Preparation and Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour
A guided tour around the historically and spiritually significant landmarks in Kathmandu will be scheduled after breakfast. These landmarks constitutes of Pashupatinath Temple, Swayambhunath – the Monkey Temple, Boudhanath and Kathmandu Durbar Square where you could enjoy the artistic palace, art, culture, paintings and history of ancient medieval Nepal. In the afternoon, pre-trip discussion session will be arranged enabling the interaction between the guests, trek leader and crew members.
Day 03: Drive to Khudi [800m/2,624 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
Winding on the road along the Trishuli River, we pass through terraced farms and beautiful huts as we reach close to the juncture at Mugling from where we move straight ahead towards Pokhara. We leave the previous trail and head north towards Besisahar from Dumre. From here, a half-an-hour drive will take us to Khudi which is the starting point of the trek. Another route is taking off at Besisahar from where we can trek for an hour to get to Khudi along the wide trail. At Khudi, we will be rewarded with the first glimpse of the splendid Manaslu range.
Day 04: Khudi to Sirung [2,200m/7216 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls up and down across the trail, we pass through rice and paddy fields and a subtropical forest. The walk is easier in the beginning, however, as we proceed, it gets steeper. Passing through an ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche, we come closer to Sirung village where we will be rewarded with the views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains.
Day 05: Sirung to Jagat [1,300m/4,265 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
Walking along a relatively easy trail along the terraced fields and villages, dense forest of ferns and woodland accompanied by the chirping of variety of birds, we come across a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra. Further ahead, we across Marshyangdi River over another bridge at Syange. Close to the bridge is a waterfall from where we follow the trail alongside Marshyangdi River and cross one more bridge before arriving at Jagat.
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430 ft]: 6 hrs
Fifth day starts with trek to Chame followed by a quick breakfast. The trail ascends along the mule track through fir forest following the river amidst the highest oak and maple trees. The stunning views of major Himalayan peaks such as Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV shall accompany the journey that comes to an end for the day at Chame. We also come across small hot springs where we can beat the anxiety of the trek so far.
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame [2,710m/8,891 ft]: 5 hr
We begin the trek of the day after breakfast following the trail that descends until reaching the river and continues through a lush forest. Ascending further, we come across a sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. On the way, we will see Chyamje with a mesmerizing backdrop of Annapurna mountain range. Crossing a suspension bridge, we climb up a steep trail coming close to Sattale from where we descend to a grassy riverbank leading to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding through which we approach steeply-forested village of Karte. We finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge.
Day 08: Chame to Pisang [3,300m/10,824 ft]: 5 hrs
Following a steep and narrow path through a dense forest, we will come across a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river which probably is the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley as it is carved into a vertical rock. Passing through this last bit of rock, the valley opens up to majestic views of the Himalayas. At the opening of the valley, Paungda Danda welcomes us from where we walk further to lower Pisang.
Day 09: Pisang to Manang: 6 – 7 hrs
Among the two routes going to Manang, we follow the trail that takes us to Upper Pisang through Geru. This trail rewards us with the excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang. The mesmerizing contrast in the landscape and vegetation is noticeable from here. We will make a short visit to the largest monastery in the entire district, the Barge Monastery which will be one of the most memorable experiences of your journey.
Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang
This day is spent on acclimatization for which we will indulge in a short hike either to Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. We can also hike to Vraga Village for a visit to Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic to learn about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
The trail crossing over a stream and climbing to a village of Tenki above Manang is followed which continues to go up out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. From here, the trail follows this valley northward passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees as it steadily gains elevation passes further closer to the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. It now goes through the meadows where horses and yaks graze crossing gradually a small river through a wooden bridge and traversing through an ancient Mani wall in a pleasant meadow progressively reaching another small village of Yak Kharka where the trek ends for the day.
Day 12: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15, 092 ft]: 3 – 4 hrs
On this day, the trek to the foot of Thorong Phedi Pass, a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers, is made. This point is used by some trekkers as a base camp. Although some trekkers attempt a hike to the High Camp on the very day of their arrival here, Bharal Adventure does not advice that because it understands that a sound sleep here is more important and helpful rather than a risky sleep in higher altitude at the High Camp.
Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath [3,800m/12,467 ft] crossing over Thorong-La Pass [5,416m/17,764 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
The climb to the pass begins early in the morning. Although the ascend is very steep in the initial stage, the peak becomes sloppier as the climb proceeds through the rocky ridges up to the top of the pass at 5,416m. The 360 degree panorama of the snow capped peaks extending northwards into Tibet is a breathtaking sight along with the peaks of Annapurna range and the unfathomable Kali Gandaki gorge staring right in front of us. From here, the trail descends steeply down to Muktinath which is a reverent pilgrimage sight for both Hindus and Buddhists pilgrims at the same time being a home to many ethnic Tibetans and holy Buddhists.
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha [2,670m/8,760 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
An important pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists, Muktinath is one of the most popular destinations for trekkers along the Annapurna and Manang region. After our visit to this Vishnu Temple which also accommodates a Gompa, we will begin our descent from Ranipauwa village down through the steep and barren hillside. We move down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. We trek along the plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge. Marpha is also known as apple capital of Nepal where varieties of items made of apple are famous along with local apple brandy.
Day 15: Muktinath to Kalopani [2,530m/8,300 ft]: 4 – 5 hrs
Taking a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village, we traverse through the traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Along the trail, we are welcomed by beautiful apple orchards with the backdrop of panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani village, we continue our walk to Kokhethanti from where we cross a river and walk along a recently constructed road site to reach Kalopani.
Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani [1,200m/3,937 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
This day’s journey is mostly downhill in which the early part of the trek requires crossing a bridge at Ghasa. We come close to subtropical forests, lush with vegetation as we drop to lower elevations. We continue on our trail along Rupse Chahara (waterfall) and continue down the east bank from Kopchepani to a bridge at Dana via Garpar. A powerhouse for supplying electricity in the area is visible from Narchyang Besi. As we reach Tatopani, we can relax and relieve ourselves of the anxiety and tiredness of the trek.
Day 17: Tatopani – Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350 ft]: 7 – 8 hrs
Leaving the Kali Gandaki, the trail to Ghar Khola Valley is followed which leads through a terraced farmland surrounded by mountains on all sides. Passing through the villages of Shikha and Chitre the lush red and green rhododendron forest appears ahead. Further walk takes us to Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at the top of a ridge.
Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860 ft]: 6 – 7 hrs
An early morning climb along the steep trial to the view point in Poon Hill (2,310m/10,529 ft) will be rewarded with the sunrays glistening over the bravura mountains. One of the most popular trekking destinations of Annapurna Region, it is endowed with astonishing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than twenty of the highest mountains including the up-close view of the Annapurna and Dhaularigi ranges. It is a perfect spot for capturing the high mountains looming in the backdrop glistening with the morning light in the camera and beating the chill with some hot chocolate, coffee or tea. Breakfast awaits us as we follow the trail back to Ghorepani. We then head east climbing a nearby ridge and descending through the rhododendron forests passing on our way, the spectacular waterfalls as we arrive in Tadapani.
Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara via Ghandruk: 5 – 6 hrs trek and 1 hr drive
The trek through the dense rhododendron forests takes us to the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses inhabited in majority by the Gurung people. Further trek down in the company of the Fishtail Mountain, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains takes us to Naya Pul from where an hour long drive takes the travelers to Pokhara.
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5 – 6 hrs
The fourteenth day of the journey is the day we drive back to Kathmandu along the scenic highway in the company of Trishuli River. The six hours drive is accompanied by varied landscape, lush vegetation and sight of people preparing for or zooming along in their raft boats.
Day 21: Departure from Kathmandu
On this day, the Bharal Adventure team bids farewell to the guests and one of the representatives will escort the guests to the airport approximately three hours before their scheduled flight.
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Please use this checklist as a guideline for getting information on the required equipment to carry on a trekking. Adjustments could be made to the list according to your needs, interest and duration and season of the trip among other factors. Variety of these gears could be hired or bought in Kathmandu. Since the majority of these gears found in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured, they are a lot cheaper. Also some gears are imported from China which are of better quality.

If you have enough money, you can buy very high quality branded gears too, in some of the famous stores in Nepal. It is advised that you keep your luggage as light as possible. You extra luggage could be left back in your hotel in Kathmandu which you can claim back at your return. We normally provide one porter for two trekkers to carry the luggage and the limitation of the weight is approximately 25 kg from two people.

Please go through the checklist below to learn what equipments you require during the trek:

General

  • Duffel or rucksack bag: Although Bharal Adventure will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffle/kit bag, one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for non-trek items that will be left at the hotel
  • Daypack of approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches
  • Down jacket (in case you don’t bring one, you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure which you have to return at completion of the trek)
  • 4 seasons’ sleeping bag (you can borrow one from Bharal Adventure if you forget to bring one, although it is strongly recommended for you to bring one)

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection

Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens
  • With a waterproof shell outer

Lower body

  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Upper body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (Optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Small pad or combination lock-to-lock
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottles
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries

  • Tooth brush/paste
  • Multipurpose soap
  • Nail cutter
  • Small mirror

Personal hygiene

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e., cards

Cost Includes

Cost includes following:

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle
  • 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
  • Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide and assistant trek guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide)
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Bharal adventure’s trekking bag/duffel bag, t-shirt and trekking map are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

Cost does not includes following:

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)
 

Cost Excludes

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