Annapurna Circuit Trekking


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Annapurna Circuit trekking has been recognized as one of the World's best trekking trails according to a survey by Modern Maturity (USA). This is a dramatic trek around the mighty Annapurna range, a journey that is regarded as one of the top ten walks in the world.
Annapurna circuit trekking range offers a unique insight into the physical and cultural diversity of Nepal. This lodged-based trekking is certainly a 'classic' and is enjoyed by trekkers from all round the world.Annapurna circuit trekking was opened for foreign trekkers in 1977. This trekking is renowned as one of the most spectacular and varied walks in the world with lush green valleys and fascinating villages that offers impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas. Starting from less than 1,000 meters, it gives us a chance to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from many different angles and perspectives.Our well design Annapurna circuit trekking itinerary completes the Circuit with a few new variations that will enhance this magnificent trek. From Kathmandu we travel to the road-head at Besishahar and then start the Annapurna Circuit trekking. The trek follows the Marsyangdi River through rice paddies, terraced fields and Hindu villages under the shadow of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. As we ascend, the valley becomes narrower, waterfalls plummet from high above, and the scenery gains a rugged alpine appearance.The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit trekking is Thorong La pass at the top of the valley at 5,416m/17,765ft high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling anti clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day.As we trek north of the Great Himalayan Divide there is a dramatic change as we enter the stark landscape of the Tibetan Plateau where the culture becomes predominantly Buddhist.We then head back down the great Kali Gandhaki Valley, said to be one of the deepest gorges on earth with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering some 7,000 metres.Our experience local guide will take you revised route along the Valley to avoid road being built between Muktinath to Kalopani. In this section of our trek now detours to follow footpaths through pretty villages away from the road, but returns to the traditional circuit villages for overnight lodge stays.
With mountain Hiking & trekking, you can expect the very best service and specialist knowledge on your Annapurna Circuit trekking. All our Annapurna Circuit trekking are led by experienced Local Sherpa guides, most of who have minimum 10 years experience.We provide you clean & comfortable room in best selected mountain Lodge for good night sleep in our Annapurna Circuit trek. Hygienic & High quality meal, hot drinks will be provided in ouAnnapurna Circuit trekking. For your assurance and safety we provide you medical kit bag for trekking as well as free emergency helicopter rescue service on time. All your trekking gears will carry by our strong porter. We highly recommend you to just carry your small day bag with Camera & necessary items during trekking day.We are organizing this trek for 20 years. Our Annapurna Circuit Trek itineraries are carefully designed to ensure you have adequate time to acclimatize comfortable thereby enjoying the trekking experience to the full.
Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
There you will be met by our Airport Representative and transferred to hotel by private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02  :  Drive to Besisahar by bus (830meters). 6 hours.
Trekking staff will arrive at your Hotel at 7.00 am in the morning to pick you up. We have 7 hours of driving to Besishar. It is about 185km from Kathmandu. On arrival at Besisahar you will witness stunning snow caped mountain scenery. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 03  :  Drive to Syange and trek to Chamje (1400meters). 5 hours
The trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070meters from Bahundanda. Leaving Bahundanda a large waterfall may be seen. Crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje at 1400meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 04  :  Trek to Bagarchhap (2160meters). 5 hours.
Our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675meters, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani at 1890 meters. A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2160 meters the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 05  :  Trek to Chame (2630meters). 5 hours.
The trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360 meters, then continuing through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590meters. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 06  :  Trek to Pisang (3300 meters) 5 hours.
The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 07  :  Trek to Manang (3540 meters). 5 hours.
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks & raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which 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 Bryanga at 3475meters to nearby Manang at 3540meters. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 08  :  Acclimatization day at Manang village.
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 09  :  Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 meters) 5 hours.
Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 500meters to the Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4000 meters, there we see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 10 :  Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 meters) 5 hours.
After asending for two hours the trail descends to cross the river at 4310meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4450meters where we have recently found some good Guesthouses built. Our overnight stay will be there. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 11  :  Trek to Muktinath (3800 meters) via Thorung La pass (5416 meters) 8 hours.
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9 - 10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath.
Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 12  :  Muktinath to Kagbeni(2665 meters). (5:30 hours).
Day 13 :  Trek to Tatopani( hotspring) 4 hours
Day 14  :  Tatopani to Shikha( 2020m/ 6116ft) (5 hours)
Day 15  :  Shikha to Ghorepani (2834m/9298ft). (4:30 hours)

Day 16 :  Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2520m/8268ft). 
An early start and an hour hiking to Poon Hill (3195m) leads us to a brilliant spectacle, this vantage point provides an unobstructed view of sunrise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 45 minutes on the hillside, we come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and start walking to Tadapani. From Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali (2960m). We descend to reach Banthanti, before winding our way to Tadapani (2540m). 6 :30 hours .
Day 17 :  Trek to Nyapul and drive to Pokhara.
From Tikedhunga it's easy walking all downhill to Naya Pul where our trekking ends. 3 hours. And we drive to Pokhara about an hour away. O/N at hotel
Day 18 : flight to Kathmandu . O/N at hotel B/B
Day 19  :  After breakfast transfer to the airport for departure from Nepal.

B/B = Bed & Breakfast, B = Breakfast, B/L/D = Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Special price offer Full Board Package            

   01-10 Pax   US$   1199    per person,                                                                               
   11-15 Pax    USD  1099    Per Person,                                        
Start Date End Date Availability Price  
Service Includes in the cost in details:
  •  Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car.
  •  Two nights 2 stars hotel in Kathmandu on BB plan.
  •  Two nights 2 stars hotel in Pokhara on BB plan.
  •  Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) in trekking for you.
  •  All accommodations during the trek. (Private Room)
  •  An experienced Government licensed holder guide.
  •  Trekking porter /Sherpa who will carry your bags during the trekking.
  •  Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.
  •  Ground transportation by bus from Kathmandu to Besishar and Pokhara to Kathmandu and local jeep from Besishar to Syange and Kagbeni to Tatopani and by car from trekking ending point to Pokhara.
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  •  All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  •  All necessary paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  •  IMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  •  All government taxes and tourist service charge.
  • sleeping bag,down jacket,water bottel,walking stick 

Service Excludes in the cost in details:
  • Meals whilst in Kathmandu allow US$ 15 - US$ 20 per day.
  • Your Travel insurance.
  •  International airfare and airport departure tax.
  •  Nepal entry visa fee.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory).
  • All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Note of above Itinerary:
  • Above itinerary can be designed along your preferences. Please let us know whether you would like to make a shorter or longer. And if you would like to stay more than 15 days, you can do city guided tour in Kathmandu, white water rafting, jungle safari or Everest mountain flight, we are happy to follow your suggestion accordingly.
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Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 19
Type: Moderate/ Hard
Activities : Trekking, Hiking & Cultural plus religious Tour
No. of Pax : from 1 Person & above

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