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Annapurna Circuit 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:

Moderate

Destination:

Nepal

Max Altitude:

5416m

Starts At:

Besisahar

Ends At:

Beni

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: Thorung Phedi - Thorung La(5416m) – Muktinath(3800m)

Day 13: Muktinath – Jomsom(2710m)

Day 14: Jomsom – Pokhara(820m)

Day 15: Pokhara – Kathmandu(1330m)

Day 16: 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 local bus or 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 trek 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 – Pisang (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 landscapes get 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. Chulu 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): Early in the morning we go to

Day 14 Jomsom – Pokhara (820m): As our trek has already completed, we head back to Pokhara via domestic flight in the morning. We can spend a quality time relaxing and sightseeing in Pokhara.

Day 15 Pokhara – Kathmandu (1320m): Today we will be back to Kathmandu and as trip comes to an end. We can prefer to go by private transport (6-7 hours drive) or can fly by domestic air (35minutes flight) too.

Day 16 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
  • 2 night accommodation in Pokhara (Lakeside)
  • Transfer Kathmandu to Besi Sahar by bus
  • Accommodation during trekking in lodges, teahouses
  • Flight Jomsom – Pokhara
  • Airport tax flight Jomsom – Pokhara
  • Transfer Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • 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
  • HR Farewell Dinner in the Typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural program

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.