Annapurna Circuit Trek

15 Days

Trip Info

ACTIVITY
Trekking
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
MAX. ELEVATION
5416m
BEST SEASON
Feb-May & Aug-Nov
ACCOMMODATION
3 Star | Teahouse & Lodge
TRANSPORTATION
Car | Jeep | Hiace

Overview

Annapurna is a massif in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal, with an elevation of 8091m. Annapurna Circuit Trek completes a circle that encompasses the country’s various natural and artistic features. From Besisahar to Jomsom, the trail heads anticlockwise until it reaches the Thorong La pass, which is at an elevation of 4,500 meters (5416m). The Annapurna circuit walk traverses across a series of 8000m mountains, including Manaslu and Dhaulagiri.

Furthermore, it transports us to the Manang, Jomsom, and Mustang regions, where we are introduced to the unrivaled Nepalese landscapes, cultures, and lifestyles, as well as frozen lakes, Alpine valleys, and centuries-old monasteries.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Route

Langtang Himal, Annapurna II and IV, Annapurna III and Gangapurna, and Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri are also included in the Annapurna circuit walk. Poonhill concludes with a spectacular view of Annapurna and Fishtail Mountain. The trail leads to a number of well-known Buddhists and Hindus holy sites, significantly Muktinath. During the trek, one can spot the high cascading impressive waterfalls which make your trek more wrathful and exciting.

Exotic Flora and Fauna of Annapurna Circuit Trek

During the trek, we can find wildlife such as some rare endangered species of animals like snow leopards and musk deer. Also, some other animals like Himalayan Tahr, Yeti, Blue sheep, etc can be found in this area. In spring we can also see flowers like rhododendrons, orchids, etc.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Religion and Cultures

Gurung, Magar, and Brahmin are the major cultural groups you may encounter. Other minority groups are also present in the area, adding to the richness of your trek experiences. You may experience this people’s vibrant culture in a very short period of time while on the trek, where you will also meet Buddhists and Hindus living together. Agriculture, animal husbandry, tourism, and “Gurkha soldiers” – the world-famous brave soldiers operating for the British, Indian, and Singapore governments – are the main occupations here.

Annapurna Circuit Trek Trail

Best Time to Trek

The best time of year to plan a trek to Annapurna Circuit is thought to be the autumn, particularly the month of October. This time of year is ideal for trekkers in terms of both scenery and weather. The region’s fall season begins shortly after the start of September and typically lasts through the end of November.

You may expect clear skies throughout this time of year, which will allow you to take in uninterrupted views of the notable Himalayan mountain peaks as well as beautiful sunrise and sunset landscapes. After the prolonged period of rain ended, the greenery appears new and enhances the natural attractiveness of the surroundings. Although the start of autumn is not very chilly in terms of temperatures, the fall season starts to cool off in November.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu
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  • Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport, we’ll heartily welcome you and transfer you to the Hotel.
  • Dinner and overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu to Besisahar drive and then trek to Bhulbhule
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  • We’ll leave early for our drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar by Jeep.
  • When we get to Besisahar (Alt. 760 m), we’ll continue our trek to get to Bhulbule (Alt. 840 m). 
  • Following the exhausting bus ride, once we reach Bhulbhule, we’ll freshen up and spend the night at a Teahouse/Lodge after approx 6-10 hrs of trek.
Day 3: Trek from Bhulbhule to Bahundanda to Jagat
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  • We will pass by a number of suspension bridges, and waterfalls, and continue by rice paddies and forests on the third day of the trek. 
  • The next part of the route is a little more difficult for Bahundanda. There are a few guesthouses and stores serving snacks and beverages where we’ll rest. (It's the highest point of the day's hiking).
  • You can see the Marsyangdi Khola below and the rocky hills all around once we arrive at the cliff at Jagat (Alt. 1300 m) . 
  • Today's attraction is the beehives at the peak of the cliffs. 
  • Overnight will be at a Teahouse/Lodge in Jagat after approx 7 hrs of trek.
Day 4: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani
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  • Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (Alt. 1860m) (approx 6 hrs).
  • We will arrive at the Chyamche after passing a number of impressive waterfalls. Along the trek, there are chances to see wildlife and local livestock among the greenery, as well as some breathtaking scenery. We'll reach the village of Tal by late morning, where we'll have lunch. The trail continues along the river after Tal, occasionally squeezing between the water and the cliffs.
  • We'll eventually reach Dharapani, where we'll check into our hotel by sunset. (Be sure to check in with the authorities; there is an ACAP checkpoint in Dharapani.)
  • Between Chyamche and Tal, the scenery is at its most beautiful; keep an eye out for waterfalls, amazing rock formations, and some steep drops!
  • You will arrive in the small village of Thonche after crossing the river. It's peaceful, has a wonderful mani wall, and is a wonderful place to just stand and listen to the sound of the Dudh Khola river rushing by.
  • Overnight will be at a Teahouse/Lodge in Dharapani.
Day 5: Trek from Dharapani to Chame
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  • Dharapani to Chame is an enchanting and fascinating trekking part of the Annapurna circuit route in the Himalayas. 9.7 miles or 15.7 kilometers is the trekking distance from Dharapani to Chame. This area is flat, and uphill treks through the dense woods offer the best views of the beautiful Manaslu & Annapurna range.
  • The trek from Dharapani to Chame village via Bagarchhap, Danakyu, Timang, Thanchok, and Koto villages takes 5 to 6 hours.
  • You can enjoy a range of climates, landscapes, cultures, and local lifestyles on the Dharapani to Chame trek across the Marshyangdi River Valley. The breathtaking view of the Trans Himalayan plateaus, flourishing valleys, spectacular rock cliffs, serene lakes, striking snow-capped mountains, and rushing rivers that unfolds as you hike the Annapurna Circuit Trail help to relieve all the exhaustion and apathy of yours.
  • Overnight will be at a Teahouse/Lodge in Chame.
Day 6: Trek from Chame to Pisang
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  • Trekking takes about 5 hours from Chame to Pisang (Alt. 3200m).
  • We first trek through Chame's historic area, ascend to Telekhu, and then continue on a long, level trail through woodlands to Brathang. 
  • Following a bend in the trails, we will need to cross a suspension bridge to the southern side of the Marsyangdi River. 
  • The trail next leads us on a gradual incline over a ridge covered with pine trees before leveling off as we move from the upper part of the Manang valley to Pisang.
  • Overnight will be at a Teahouse/Lodge in Pisang.
Day 7: Trek from Pisang to Manang
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  • Trek from Pisang to Manang (Alt. 3540m) will take approx 6 hrs.
  • The upper region of the Manang district begins with the town of Pisang. On this day, the trek climbs to Braga, a village with Tibetan influences. The houses in this area are built on top of one another, forming verandas from one another's rooftops.
  • The Gompa, the largest in the area, is the main attraction. It is set on a high crag with a view of the entire village and has one of the largest collections of statues on display.
  • We'll eventually arrive in Manang, where we'll freshen up and spend the night in a Teahouse/Lodge.
Day 8: Acclimatization day
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  • To reduce the risk of getting altitude sickness when we ascend to higher altitudes, we must acclimatize. Manang ( Alt. 3519 m) is the ideal location because of its stunning natural surroundings and afternoon hike up to Khangsar for a small detour.
  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Manang.
Day 9: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka
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  • Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (Alt. 4018m) may take upto approx 4 hrs.
  • We feel refreshed and ready to continue our trek after we have some rest. There are a few horses and yaks grazing in the meadows as we pass by the big trees and head towards the alpine grass and junipers.
  • Yak Kharka is the ideal location for us to spend the night because of its peaceful environment, which includes meadows and steep slopes.
  • We also have the option of walking an hour on foot to Letdar to spend the night there.
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi
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  • Trekking from Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (Alt. 4450m) will take around 3 hrs.
  • As we ascend along the east bank of the Jarang Khola, the trek to Letdar helps in our acclimatization to the rising altitude. 
  • After some time, we'll arrive at the Thorung Phedi, a meadow surrounded by rocky cliffs. 
  • While Lammergeiers and griffons are very common, sighting blue sheep and snow leopards in the area have also been reported. So hopefully we’re lucky enough to see it as well.
  • We’ll spend the night here at Thorung Phedi.
Day 11: Trek from Thorung Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
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  • Trek from Thorung Phedi (Alt.  (4450m) ) to Thorong La Pass (5416m) and then Muktinath (3760m) may take us up to 10 hrs, so it’s gonna be a long day.
  • You must climb 966 meters from Thorong Phedi to Thorong La and then descend 1656 meters to reach Muktinath. For both Buddhists and Hindus, this is a significant place of pilgrimage. In addition to having several Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples, Muktinath is a true nirvanic place.
  • We’ll reach the Ranipauwa village "Muktinath" after crossing the "world's biggest pass" Thorong La, in 7 to 8 hours on foot. (The highest pass in the Annapurna Conservation Area is Thorong La Pass)
  • Overnight at a Teahouse/Lodge in Muktinath.
Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom
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  • Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (Alt. 2670m) will be approx 7 hrs.
  • Today's journey from Muktinath to Jomsom is quite long. We take you first up to Lubra Danda, one of the beautiful Thakali villages in this region, and then descend to Lubra village. The Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche, and other nearby snow-capped peaks are truly breathtaking to see. 
  • From this village, a wide, flat trail leads continuously to Jomsom, the district headquarter of the Mustang district, which is situated along the banks of the windy Kali Gandaki River valley. 
  • Overnight at a local lodge in Jomsom.
Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
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  • We'll take a light airplane early in the morning to Pokhara, passing through breathtaking mountains over the deepest gorge in the world. It takes 25 minutes to fly from Jomsom to Pokhara. (One of the famous places in Nepal with natural beauty and unique features. The trek offers us to visit Pokhara where we can explore its beauty of lakes, temples, and others.)
  • Spend the day at the Pokhara hotel relaxing. Or explore the wonderful nature and amazing mountain panoramic view along the lakeshore.
  • Overnight in a hotel at Pokhara.
Day 14: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu
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  • Air travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu, with breathtaking views of the Himalayas, tall hills, terraces, local areas, and forests, flight lasts for around 30 minutes. 
  • Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Final departure
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  • From Tribhuvan International Airport, you will depart.
  • You may spend the entire day at the hotel on this lovely day relaxing at the hotel or exploring Thamel. 
  • Your trek comes to an end today, so we'd want to say goodbye and give you your trip certificate, trekking permit, and TIMS card as a souvenir of your memorable trek in Nepal. 
  • Until your departure flight, you have today free to do any last-minute souvenir or gift purchasing for your family, friends, or loved ones. 
  • With the help of our assistance, you will be transported to the international airport where you may catch a flight to your home country and take a once-in-a-lifetime memory with you.

Includes

  • Two nights of hotel accommodation at Kathmandu on a BB-sharing basis.
  • Land transfer by private vehicle to Kathmandu- Besishahar-Kathmandu.
  • Airport transfer.
  • Accommodation on a full board-sharing basis during the trek.
  • Three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • One Porter for 2 people.
  • One highly experienced English-speaking male guide.
  • ACAP entry permits fee and TIMS Fee- Trekkers.
  • All forms of Government taxes.

Excludes

  • All the personal expenses, phone call bills, internet bills, travel insurance, beverage bills,  bar bills, laundry, water, travel insurance, and heater during the trek.
  • Gratuity for the Guide, Drives, and Porter.
  •  in case of any emergency Helicopter rescue.
  • Personal Trekking equipment, rescue operation in case of emergency.
  • All the expenses that arise due to a change of itinerary because of the strike, lockdown landslide, political trouble, or any other obstacles.
  • All the Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu.

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