- Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit trek
You will be able to enjoy spellbinding views of the Himalayan Range, including three major peaks,Mt. Annapurna, Mt Dhaulagiri and Mt.Manaslu all of which measure above 8,000m. In fact this is the longest and perhaps the most rewarding and adventurous among a number of Annapurna treks which vary in the level of adventure and duration.Your trekking experience will further be enriched with multicultural experiences as you meet the local villagers who may be economically poor, but are kind at heart and are helping Nepal preserve some of her ancient traditions. The Himalayan wildlife and dense forests of oak, rhododendron, pine, maple and many other species of plants will help you gain a fair idea about the biodiversity that Nepal treasures.This richness makes the journey a kind of wildlife tour in the high mountain region.
Trek Name: -Annapurna Circuit Trek
Best season: -autumn (Sep to Dec) &Spring (Feb to May)
Transportation: -By tourist Vehicles (bus, Car, Van)
Accommodation: -Tea house /Camping
Grade: -Strenuous Trek
Highest access: 5416m
Duration: 21 Days
Group Size: Min 1 to Max 10
Culture: Gurung, Magar, Thakali
Himalayan sights: Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and fishtail
Attraction: Close Mountain View, Villages
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
The very next morning, after breakfast you will be taken for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit center of pilgrimage Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath, very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath might make you feel calm and peace and visit Patan the city of fine arts and Durbar Square is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments. On journey back to hotel, you can explore the local areas, gullies and lifestyle. After your dinner, you can perhaps take leisurely stroll through the famous streets like Thamel and Durbarmarga.
Take a vehicle or tourist bus to Besi Sahar, about 6 hours drive. If you reach Besi Sahar at lunch time, it’s possible to take a bus or hike along the road to Bhulbule same day.
Beyond Bhulule, the trail travels up the east bank of the river, past an impressive 60m waterfall that is surrounded by a tropical tree called a pandanus or screw pine. Watch the Langur monkeys playing in the treetops. The path wanders through extensive views of Mt. Manaslu and Ngadi Chuli. Cross the Sisneri khola and pass the unfinished base of a long-promised power plant to reach a tibtean settlement. A steep walk via subtropical forest and small hamlets to Bahundanda(1270m), an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge.
Descend on a steep, rocky trail past golden amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces. A climb over a ridge leads to the pleasant village of Kanigaon (1170m). The end of the town offers the best view of the huge waterfall across the Marsyangdi. A steep and slippery trail runs up and down through paddy fields, passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Chamje.
Cross to the east bank of the Marsyangdi and follow the trail along the river embankment. Climb past fields, then through stands of bamboo and rhododendron to an exposed trail that traverses high above the steep riverbank. A relatively long walk today, we cross barely and potato fields to reach Dharapani. Beyond Dharapani, the wide trail climbs gradually over a spur. An hour work to Bagarchhap through a forest of a blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple and oak, offers typical Tibetan architecture. The trail has entered the Manang region with site our first Tibetan Monastery and the occasional glimpses of Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6986m).
The trail stays on the south bank of the river, climbing through forests to Danaque (2210m), valley surrounded by apples orchards. Climb steeply crisscrossing section of the road through rhododendron forest. The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. At the entrance to Chame is along wall with many prayer wheels; the administrative headquarter of the Manang district. There are fine views of Lamjung, Annapurna II/IV (7525m).
There’s a long, peasant and mostly level walk in forests. The pine-scented trail rounds a bend to reveal the first views of dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curve slab of rock. The trail follows through the river valley with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna II at Pisang. Pisang marks the beginning of the region upper portion of the Manang district.
It’s about 6-7 hours trail. From upper Pisang the high trail enters pine grooves to reveal views of the small turquoise lake. The trail does a dogleg through the charming village, passing with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts. Hiking through the fields of grazing yak and wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. Stay at 3570m.
This day you spend a second night in the Manang region to acclimatize to the higher elevations you will encounter towards the Thoroung La. Take advice from Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya nearby. There are fine views of the milky blue glacier lake at the foot of spectacular Gangapurna icefall and traditional stone buildings.
The trail continues to climb out of the Marsyangdi Valley. The trail follows this valley north, passing a Goths as it steadily gains elevation. You have left the large trees below; the vegetation now consists of scrub juniper and alpine grasses. It’s fun to see large yaks grazing. The view of Annapurna III is excellent.
From Letdar the trail climbs along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge at 4310m. Blue sheep, and even snow capped leopards, sometimes magically appears. The crow like bird choughs, large lamer geiers and Himalayan griffons circles you overhead. Overnight at Phedi 4400m.
The trail becomes steep immediately after leaving Thorung Phedi, switch backing up moraines and following rocky ridges as it ascends to the Thorung La pass (5416m). You can see the long Great Barrier ridge, Tibet like region of Manang, as well as the Annapurnas, Gangapurna and the heavily glaciated peak of Khatung Kang (6484m). The trail descends crossing meadows steeply down to Muktinath. One of the most important pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhists.
After enjoying the temple and the religious shrines of Muktinath, we head down the steep, barren hillside to Kagbeni. Kagbeni still feels like a medieval village, with its closely packed mud houses and dark tunnels. Situated at an auspicious river confluence, it is also the gateway to Upper Mustang. The easy and lovely day walking trail continues the interesting and picturesque old town and large Dechenling and Tashi Lhankhang Monasteries. Marpha is the main inhabitants of the ethnic group of Thakalis which has been favourite amongst the trekkers.
The next day trail follows the Kaligandaki River through the narrow gorge, passing through traditional Thakali villages. The village of Ghasa marks a cultural and ecological milestone. It’s a nice village with greenery and wide open spaces. We spend our night here in Ghasa.
A lovely day walks along Kaligandaki riverside, gradually descending with transition into sub tropical vegetation. Very interesting suspension bridges to be crossed which gives you the exciting sense of trekking. The trail follows the river through a world deepest George and have a very nice view one of the longest waterfall. Stay at Tatopani and visit natural hot spring.
Trail ascends steeply through dense moss-covered rhododendron forest with rich bird life. We pass some small villages and walk alongside the Ghaja Khola. Its about 7-8 hours work all the way up to Ghorepani.
Early morning trek up to Poonhil, One of the best Himalayan view points in Nepal poonhill provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas . From poonhill one can enjoy spectacular view of Dhaulagiri I (8167m), Tukuche Peak Nilgiri (6940m), Annapurna South, Annapurna I (8091m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Tarke Kang (7193m), Gangapurna (7454m), Lamjung Himal (6986m), Mt Fishtail ( Macchapuchre 6997m), Tent Peak and many more High Himalayas. Trek down to Ghorepani and after breakfast start downhill trekking to Hile.
Trek to Birethanti via Nayapul walk through the lust, green Modi river valley. Past waterfalls with plunge pools that invite you to swim. Explore the various interesting places like Mahendra Cave, David’s fall and the various lakes of Pokhara. Stay at Pokhara hotel.
Take a flight or drive by tourist bus/Private car to Kathmandu. At the evening you can have your last night in Nepal enjoying the Nepali cultural dinner show, taking some beautiful snaps and making up your mind for the returning journey. You can have a greetings exchanging among friends and with all Nepalese people.
We will take you to the International Airport for your convenience. Wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of us Nepalese and Good-Bye with a hope to see you again.
- Arrival picks up from airport and drop to airport in final departure.
- Twin sharing basis accommodation at star category hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights) & Pokhara (2 nights) with breakfast.
- All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the treks on twin sharing basis.
- Your standard meals during the Trip with hot tea/coffee in breakfast .
- All necessary paper works and Trekking permit.
- Ground transportation by public bus.
- An experienced, helpful and friendly guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
- Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide, sherpa and Porter.
- Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
- Lovely Nepal sleeping bag, down jackets & duffle bag if necessary.
All government taxes & service charges.
- Hard and soft table drinks, tea and coffee (pot size), all confectionary and snacks,
- Private vehicle transfer or flight fares, heating charges for hot water for shower and boiled drinking water,
- Personal expenses, personal insurance, meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara, departure tax, and tips etc.
Trekking Gears suggested
1. Sleeping bag +10°C to –10°C
2. Rucksack and duffel bag
5. Water bottle
6. Headlamp with spare batteries
7. Water purifying tablets
8. Pocket knife (kept in duffel bag)
9. Wallet or money belt
10. Toilet paper, soap, tooth paste/brush.
11. Moisturizing lotion.
12. Snow glasses and sunglasses.
13. Spare pair of sunglasses.
14. Sunscreen and lip guard
15. Emergency contact numbers
16. Personal first aid kit
Clothing and foot wear:
1. Down jacket
2. Insulated pants
3. Wind pants
4. Thermal trouser
5. Long-sleeved woolen shirt
6. Short-sleeved cotton T-shirts
7. Regular underwear
8. Thermal underwear
9. Woolen hat
10. Sun and rain hat
13. Trekking boots (waterproof)
14. Woolen socks
15. Cotton socks
Optional trekking accessories
2. Reading and writing material
3. Repair kit with needle, thread and safety pins
4. Your favorite snack food like raisins or chocolate
5. Protein supplements for vegetarian