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Annapurna Circuit trek

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Overview

The Annapurna Circuit is a popular name for a trek within the Annapurna mountain range of central Nepal. The total length of the route varies between 160–230 km, depending on where the motor transportation is used and where the trek is ended. The trek rises to an altitude of 5,400m on the Thorung La pass, touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. This trek crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna massif, crossing Thorung La (5416m), the highest pass on this trek. Practically all trekkers hike the route counter clockwise, as then the daily altitude gain is slower and crossing the high Thorong La pass is easier and safer. The mountain scenery, seen at close quarters includes the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak (7134m). Numerous peaks of 6000-8000m in elevation rise from the Annapurna range. The trek begins at Besisahar or Bhulbhule in the Marshyangdi river valley and concludes in the Kali Gandaki Gorge.Nagdi can be reached after a eight-hour drive from Kathmandu. 

Itinerary

 Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Our  representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be transffered to  hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.(Breakfast  included)
Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Kathmandu city sightseeing Tour.
In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek . For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting. After the Pre-Trip meeting and breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start  in the morning. We visit, Boudhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhnath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Overnight Hotel. (Breakfast included)
 Day 03:Departure from Kathmandu to Nagdi (930m) By bus
We start our journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way we admire terraced farms and beautiful huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, we move straight ahead towards Pokhara. At Dumre, we leave the previous trail and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour's drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Alternatively, we can get off at Besisahar, and then trek for an hour to get to Khudi along the wide trail. Nagdi  offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.It takes 8 hours,O/N at Lodge on Nagdi.(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Included)
Day 04: Trek Nagdi to Jagat(1350m.)
Treks starts from Nagdi  heading towards Jagat. After crossing the big suspension bridge over the Nagdi Khola in Annapurna region the trip to Bahundanda takes about two and a half hours, and the trail passes through numerous local tea shops. The Annapurna trek continues steeply dropping through terraced rice fields to reach Syanje in about two hours time. Syanje offers spectacular views of a waterfall and has a few lodges are located right above the river. Also accompanying the next leg of the trip are few hot water springs, after following the river and gently climbing across the river, which are amongst the numerous hot springs found in this valley, amongst which most remain submerged during monsoon. Jagat can finally be seen above the ridge as the climb gets steeper, but the ascent actually takes  two hours from Syanje.When we continue the trail it offers beautiful views of Himalchuli also you feel walking with nature following the melodic sound of  Khudi river.It takes 7 hours ,O/N at Lodge on Jagat. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Included)
Day 05: Trek from  Jagat to Dharapani(1900m.)
 Trek start acrossing the long suspension bridge and with a gradual climb. The wider valley now becomes a narrow gorge with the river thundering through it. Followed by a steep climb, Chamje is just an hour away, and the climb continues for almost three hours before reaching a wide valley, Taal. Taal is the district border between Lamjung and Manang. The local inhabitants are Buddhists of Tibetan ancestry living in houses made up of mud and thatch. The houses have flat roof, rainfall is considerably lower and subtropical vegetation start to give way to the coniferous forests in the highlands. Passing through the Taal valley, full of maize, barley and potato fields, the valley becomes narrow again. Passing through a few lodges at Karte the trail heads northwards to reach Dharapani, signified by stone gateways, characteristic entrance to villages in Manang.Dharapani is ending point to Manaslu Treks,It takes 7 hours, O/N at Lodge on Dharapani.(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Included).
Day 06: Trek from Dharapani to Chame(2670m.)
The Annapurna trekking trail now swings due west from the on going northwards travel, with the route heading towards Chame. Travelling due west, Bagarchhap is an hour away from Dharapani. Bagarchhap offers exotic views of the Annapurna II and Lamjung himal, and also on offer is the Tibetan influence in the village: stone houses with firewood stacked in the flat roofs, there are stone houses with firewood sacked on their flat roofs, and a Buddhist Monastery.we arrive on danaqyu,after that we can reach Timang , amidst the coniferous forest .above the village. The village also offers some lodging facilities. Continuing on the trail, you would reach Thanchowk ,koto manang .after there is entry point for Nar phu valley ,passing through a fair bit of coniferous forest full of pine and fir trees, where you can find a few small lodges as well. The entry book at the checkpoint is to be signed to continue the trek, and after 30 minutes of walking, a large gate with corrugated iron roof welcomes you to Chame, the district headquarters of Manang. It takes 6- 7 hours walk, O/N at Lodge on Chame.(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Included). 
Day 07: Trek  from Chame to Pisang (3250 m.)
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over1500 meters above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night pisang. It takes 6 hours walk, O/N at Lodge .(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Included).
Day 08: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m) VIA Ghyaru,Ngawal  
Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bhraka at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. It takes 7 hours walk, O/N at Lodge on Manang. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Included). 
Day 09: Acclimatization day
In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).,It takes 7 hours.O/N at Lodge on Manang.(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Included)
Day 10: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m)
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka.It takes 4-5 hours.O/N at Lodge on Yak Karka(Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Included) 
Day 11: Trek   from Yak kharka to Thorong Highcamp(4850m.)
It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass.  On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain After thorong phedi it stiff climb to high camp,It takes 7 hours.O/N at Lodge, on High camp.(Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner Included)  
Day 12: Trek from High camp to Thorong Top(5416m) Down to Muktinath(3800m)
 Passing many small cairns built by the travellers as a mark for future visitors, the trip in Annapurna extends towards a stream after crossing a small valley. The climb then continues for 4 hours until you reach a large Chorten, which then leads you to markings on the top of the icy pass, Thorung La, passing through some prayer flags after a short duration. The view from Thorung La in Annapurna includes two peaks rising up from the saddle of the pass. To the north is Yakawa Kang (6482 m AMSL) and to the south is the Khatung Kang (6488 m). The magnificent view of the Kaligandaki Valley of Annapurna can also be seen far below.The trip from Thorung La to Muktinath is a gradual downhill path, which gets steep and you pass within about 50 m of a large glacier. Passing through a few Yak-herders huts, the steep trail continues downwards, crossing a stream to reach another collection of huts. Strolling through the trail along the meadows, you finally reach Muktinath in about 4 hours. The trail offers magnificent views of Mount Dhaulagiri, the seventh highest mountain in the world, standing 8167 m tall above sea level. The twelfth day of the Annapurna trip marks a leisure day, offering you plenty of rest. If interested, on offer is the visit to the beautifully walled temple complex of Muktinath. Muktinath is a temple dedicated to the Hindu deity; Lord Vishnu, and has been attracting Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims all year round. It takes 8 hours, O/N at Lodge,on Muktinath (Breakfast,Lunch, Dinner Included)
Day 13: Trek  from Muktinath to Marpha(2670m)VIA Kagbeni(2800m)
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world's deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal,It takes7-8 hours,O/N  Lodge on Marpha .(Breakfast Lunch dinner Included)
Day 14: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2530m)
From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here we get panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. We cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani.It takes 7 hours ,O/N lodge on Kalopani. (Breakfast Lunch dinner Included)
Day 15:Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m)
Our journey today is mostly downhill. During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). We continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.It takes 7 -8 hours,O/N Lodge on Tatopani.(Breakfast Lunch dinner Included)
Day 16:Trek from Tatopani to Shikha(1935m)
We leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. Shikha is a beautiful village of pun magar.It takes5 hours,O/N Lodge on Shikha.(Breakfast Lunch dinner Included)
Day 17:Trek from Shikha to Ghorepani(2750m)
we start to see the villages with patio farmlands. We gradually walk steep up to ascend Ghorepani. We continue the trek to Phalate and Chitre, before few hours to get Ghorepani we see rhododendron forest. We can see beautiful views of Annapurna south, Dhaulagiri 1,Tukuche peak,Himchuli on the way to Ghorepani.It takes 4 hours,O/N at lodge on Ghorepani (Breakfast Lunch dinner Included)
Day 18:Trek from Ghorepani to Ghandruk(1940m) VIA Poon hill(3210m)
 Early in the morning about 1 hour before of the sunrise we climb up to Poon Hill (3,210m) to catch the moment of impressive sunrise over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Poon Hill has been admiring destination for short time trekkers. After poon hill it will takes 7 hours to our destination today. After breakfast, we continue trek to Tadapani through the rhododendron forests which makes you forget the tiredness.It takes7 hours,O/N Lodge on Ghandruk.(Breakfast Lunch dinner Included)
Day 19: Trek  from Ghandruk to Nayapul(1070m) Drive to Pokhara
After morning breakfast the trail leads you downhill for about three hours; the trail has some small tea house. Prolong your walk to reach Birethati. With a half an hour walk arrive to Nayapul  drive back to Pokhara, visit pokhara city,It takes7 hours,O/N Hotel Pokhara .(Breakfast Included)
Day 20: Drive from  Pokhara to Kathmandu  By Tourist bus
It takes about 7 hours to drive back to Kathmandu crossing over some mountain passes and rivers along.arrive on Kathmandu O/N at Hotel,(Breakfast Included)
Day 21:Departure day your Destination
 Free day for shopping and departure After breakfast in to your hotel, we will drop you at the airport to take your onward flight as per time. If you have late flight, you will have time to do last minute shopping if you deserve. (Breakfast included)

 

 

Includes / Excludes

Cost includes:
*Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle .
*Accommodation in Kathmandu 3 Night,Pokhara 1Night on BB basis as per the itinerary.
*City tour in Kathmandu  and Pokhara with guide by private Vehicle.
*Necessary permits for trek.
*Kathmandu to Ngadi Return from Nayapul to Pokhara than  Pokhara to kathmandu By  tourist bus.
*Accommodation in guest houses/lodges  during the trek
*Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) per day during the trek(Teaand  Coffee only breakfast time)
*Fresh fruits after dinner.
*Experienced English/French Speaking and Government Licensed Guide.
*Qualified and experienced trekking guide and porter services(we will provide 1 porter for 2 trekkers maximum weight 25 kg in total).
*Transportation, accommodation, meal allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staff
*All the official paper work and all the applicable government taxes
 
Cost does not include:
* Lunch and dinner in  Kathmandu & Pokhara.
* Bottled drinks (mineral water, any cold drinks, and alcoholic drinks).
* Your travel insurance.
* Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver, laundry, bar bill, telephone calls etc. 
* Any airfare and departure airport tax 
* Liability for expenses against sickness, flight cancellation, road blockage, accidents and other occurrence beyond our control
*Monuments fees while sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara city tours.
*Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.
* Sleeping bag and down jacket,medician if necessary. 

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Duration 21 Days

Grade Moderate

Max-Altitude 5416m

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Country Nepal

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