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Annapurna Circuit Classic Trek

The Annapurna Circuit - rightly known as one of the worlds best treks - offers superb views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri. The Annapurna trek is also known for its amazing variety of landscapes and the challenging highlight of the trek, the Thorung La (5416 meter). After crossing the Thorung La follow the Kali Gandaki Valley before ascending to Ghorepani and the world famous viewpoint of Poon Hill to witness a magnificent Himalayan sunrise. After Poon Hill visit the Gurung village of Ghandrung for a last view of Mount Macchapuchare during the Annapurna circuit trek. Then return to Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu.

Trip Level:

Easy

Destination:

Nepal

Max Altitude:

5416m

Starts At:

Besi Sahar

Ends At:

kathmadnu

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 Arrival Kathmandu (1330m)

Day 02 Kathmandu – Besi Sahar (760m) – Ngadi (930m)

Day 03 Ngadi – Jagat (1300m)

Day 04 Jagat – Tal (1700m)

Day 05 Tal – Danagyu (2300m)

Day 06 Danagyu – Chame (2670m)

Day 07 Chame – Pisang (3200m)

Day 08 Pisang – Manang (3540m)

Day 09 Manang (restday)

Day 10 Manang - Yak Kharka (4018m)

Day 11 Yak Kharka - Thorung Phedi (4450m)

Day 12 Thorang Phedi – Thorang La – Muktinath (3800m)

Day 13 Muktinath – Jomsom (2770m) – Marpha (2686m)

Day 14 Marpha – Ghasa (2010m)

Day 15 Ghasa – Tatopani (1190m)

Day 16 Tatopani – Ghorepani (2750m)

Day 17 Ghorepani – Tadapani (2600m)

Day 18 Tadapani – Ghandruk (1940m)

Day 19 Ghandruk – Nayapul – Pokhara (820m)

Day 20 Pokhara – Kathmandu (1320m)

Day 21 Kathmandu – Departure

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu (1330m): Meet our representative at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. All the required documents, photos, passport copies etc. are collected for the preparation of all legal documents required during the trek. On the same day you'll be meeting your guide for the trek.

Day 02: Kathmandu - Besi Sahar (760m) – Ngadi (930m): After the breakfast we will be heading to Besi Sahar by private transport which takes around 5-6 hours. On the way we would be seeing the beautiful view of the Trishuli and Marshangdi rivers which are flowing side by side and one after another throughout the most of our way to Besi Sahar. We even get to witness the people doing rafting in Trishuli river. After we reach Beshi Shahar we take local vehicle to Bulbule. Then we trek 1 hour by the side of the river to Ngadi.

Day 03: Ngadi – Jagat (1300m): We start our trek following the Marshangdi River with several villages on the way and the scenic view of the Rocky Mountains. We see the several small settlements and the green farming lands of the local people as majority of the people of this area are engaged in agricultural sector for their livelihood. After around the walk of five hours we reach Jagat and overnight at Jagat.

Day 04: Jagat – Tal (1700m): After the breakfast, we begin our trek along the rocky trail following the Marshangdi River steadily uphill to Tal. It is the first village of the Manang district. It takes around 4-5 hours to reach Tal. It is the small flat valley situated in the bank of the river.

Day 05: Tal – Danagyu (2300m): As usual our treks begins in the morning as soon as we have our breakfast. After leaving the valley our journey continues making up and down to Dharapani. As we continue to walk we find a stone entrance leading us to Tibetan influenced villages. Then we continue trek to Danagyu leaving the Bagarchap behind through the pine forest and Mani walls. Overall we walk for about 5 hours this day.

Day 06: Danagyu – Chame (2670m): We begin our trek through the rough and rocky trail and reach Chame leaving behind Koto which is the starting point of the Nar Phu Valley trek. Chame is the headquarter of the Manang district from where we can see the Mt. Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Besides, there are also two small hot springs in the town. It is a 5-6 hours walk altogether until Chame.

Day 07: Chame – Pinang (3200m): Today our journey begins through the deep forest in the steep and narrow valley following the Marshyangdi River. Crossing the several bridges we reach Dhukurpokhari which is the one of the best view point to see the Annapurna II. As we leave Dhukurpokhari the trail enters through the pine forest which leads us to Pisang at the exit point. Walking approximately 4-5 hours we reach Pisang.

Day 08: Pisang – Manang (3540m): Today we have the two alternative ways to Manang one is through the steep hills passing the Ghyaru and Ngawal and another through the Humde which is quite short and easier. But we prefer to through the first one because on the way we can see the ancient villages, beautiful view of the Annapurna range, Mt. Gangapurna along with Tilicho. We walk around 6-7 hours to reach Manang.

Day 09: Manang (restday): Today we spend our whole day at Manang as acclimatizing day. We go on a day hike walking around 2 hours to a cave where a so called 100 Rupees Lama lives as we pay 100 rupees to the lama and receive cup of tea with blessed holy rope. People believe that every person who receives the blessed rope from the Lama can pass the Thorang La (5416m) successfully. We can also see one of the best views of the mountains like Annapurna range, Gangapurna and Tilicho from this place. Back to hotel, we relax the remaining day prepare for the next day.

Day 10: Manang - Yak Kharka (4018m): As the altitude increases the weather gets colder and vegetations are getting thinner. We cross Tenki Manang and Gunsang on the way to Yak kharka where the trail is quite uphill up to Gunsang and then gets easier to walk. Overall we walk for about 4 hours during the journey to Yak kharka.

Day 11: Yak Kharka - Thorang Phedi/High Camp(4450m): Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorang Phedi takes about 4 hours. The landscape gets drier and barren as we continue to walk towards Thorang Phedi. On the way we cross Letdar from where we can see the beautiful view of Mt. Chula East and West. Typical Nepali meaning of the word “Phedi” means the settlement in the bottom of the long climbing.

Day 12:  Thorung Phedi - Thorung La (5416m) – Muktinath(3800m):Today we will be heading to our major destination of the trek after which the name of the trekking itself is taken i.e. Thorang La pass. Today we start our trek very early in the morning with packed lunch. As we begin the trek the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches at high camp from where the trail gets easier as compared to initial one. After about 3-4 hours walk to Thorang top a great feeling of victory emerges in everybody’s heart and soul which gets greater by the additional beauty of the view that can be seen from that point.

Day 13: Muktinath - Jomsom(2770m) – Marpha(2686m): Early in the morning we go to pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists where we come across Natural flaming which really exhilarates you. At this point, you can see splendid view of Dhaulagiri (8165m), Nilgiri (7061m.) and others. Then, we start our trek to Jomsom which takes about approximately four hours. From Jomsom views of the Nilgiri peaks are fine. We further start trek to Marpha which takes around 1 hour. Marpha is a large Thakali village which still retains the typical architectural features of narrow alleyways, flat roofs, and whitewashed buildings.

Day 14: Marpha – Ghasa (2010m): Today we start our trek along the side of the Kali Gandaki River but crossing it several times further as trail continues. On the way we cross villages like Tukuche, Khobang, and Larjung etc. with the majority of the Thakali people living there. It takes around 5-6 hours to reach Ghasa which is also a small Thakali village which lies by the side of the small pine forest.

Day 15:Ghasa – Tatopani(1190m): We start our trek to Tatopani after we have our breakfast. Today, the trail continues down the Kali Gandaki gorge. This is considered to be the deepest in the world which is situated as it is between the 8000m peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Walking slightly down we reach Rupse Chhahara from where we can see stunning waterfall. We continue trek to Tatopani crossing Dana on the way. Overal it takes around 4-5 hours to reach Tatopani from Ghasa.

Day 16: Tatopani – Ghorepani (2750m): As always we start our trek after the breakfast and this time to Ghorepani. Today it will be a trek about 6-7 hours continuously walking up hill until the Ghorepani. On the way we cross the villages like Ghara, Shikha, and Chitre etc. Our last 2 hours of the trek before Ghorepani will be through the Rhodendron forest which is totally red due the flowers during the months of February to April.

Day 17: Ghorepani – Tadapani (2600m): Today, very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill, a brilliant spectacle; this vantage point provides a superb view of sunrise over the high Himalayas, including the Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare. In Poon Hill we will spend about 1 hour, we then return to Ghorepani we take a hot breakfast at the hotel and continue our trek to Tadapani. Along the trail towards Tadapani, we make climb along ridges and through pine- and rhododendron forests. Our final destination for today, Tadapani, offers magnificent views of Machhapuchhare and Annapurna South.

Day 18: Tadapani – Ghandruk(1940m): Today we take enough time to wake up and have breakfast as our trek is only 3 hours downhill today to Ghandruk. It is a large, prosperous Gurung village and after arrival we have time to explore the maze of narrow alleyways separating the neat slate-roofed houses and watch the sunlight on Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Day 19: Ghandruk – Nayapul – Pokhara (820m): Today is the last day of our trek and we start our trek from Ghandruk we descend down to Syauli Bazaar. From Syauli Bazaar it is a pleasant easy walk following the river to Birethanti where we cross the bridge. A short walk from the village brings us to the road at Naya Pull from where we go to Pokhara by private transport which takes 1 hour drive.

Day 20: Pokhara - Kathmandu (1320m):Today we will be back to Kathmandu and as our trip comes to an end. We  prefer to go by private transport (6-7 hours drive) or can fly by domestic air (35minutes flight) too.

Day 21: Kathmandu – Departure: After breakfast, a Himalayan Rock Treks and Expedition responsible person will drop you to the international airport. 

 

Cost Include

  • Airport pickup on arrival at Kathmandu airport by private coach
  • Airport departure drop at Kathmandu airport by private coach
  • 2 night accommodation in Kathmandu
  • 1 night accommodation in Pokhara (Lakeside)
  • Transfer Kathmandu to Besi Sahar by private transport
  • Food and accommodation during trekking in lodges, teahouses
  • Flight Jomsom – Pokhara
  • Airport tax flight Jomsom – Pokhara
  • Transfer Pokhara to Kathmandu by private coach
  • English speaking experienced guide
  • Porter(s), generally 1 porter for 2 pax (max 12 kg per person)
  • Food, salary, transportation, accommodation and insurance for our Nepali staff
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee
  • TIMS (trekking registration card)
  • Annapurna region trekking map
  • Service from our office in Kathmandu, Thamel

Cost Exclude

  • International flight to and from Nepal
  • Airport taxes
  • Vaccination and Nepal visa
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and other personal expenses
  • Tips for trekking staff (tipping is expected)
  • Extra cost due to Jomsom flight delay or cancellation

Trekking Equipment Checklist

The weather can be cold, unpredictable and challenging while in the mountains. Hence the travelers need to be prepared to cope up with the weather. While you can take the different kind of equipment to make things comfortable for you, there are some basic things that you must carry with you for completion of the trek in comfortable manner.

Sun Hat
Fleece/Wool hat that covers ears
Sunglasses
Scarf to cover face (dust/wind)

Upper Body:
At least 4 pair of T-shirts
2 lightweight thermal tops
2 Merino/Fleece long shelve tops
Water and wind proof shell jacket
Down Jacket
Raincoat (Poncho)

Lower Body:
Under garments
Hiking shorts
Lightweight walking pants
Light weight thermal leggings
Fleece or tracksuit pants
Water and wind proof pants

Feet:
At least 4 pairs of  thick warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots (with spare laces)
Walking sneakers
Sandals
Walking poles (Walking Stick)
Hands:
Lightweight fleece gloves
Water and wind proof gloves

Note: Sleeping bags come handy in case of difficult circumstances. We recommend every trekkers to take one with them while on the mountains. You can bring your own or it can be hired here.