Annapurna Circuit Trek
Nepal Excursion Treks
The cost is inclusive of:
- Pick-up and transfer from the airport
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Accommodation in a hotel of preferred category in a twin sharing room including breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Private transport for airport transfers, Kathmandu-Bulbule, Nayapool-Pokhara-Kathmandu, sightseeing
- Teahouse accommodation and meals as mentioned in the itinerary during trek
- Trekking permits - Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) and TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
- English speaking local guide, his insurance, equipment and remuneration
- Polish language speaking tour guide upon customer’s request for the entire trip, his/her insurance, equipment and remuneration
- One porter for two people, max. luggage weight 25 kg, his insurance, equipment and remuneration
- City guide and sightseeing entrance fees during the sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Nepal government tax and Nepal Excursion Treks service charge
The cost is exclusive of:
- International flight tickets
- Nepal visa Fees
- Meals and services other than mentioned in the itinerary
- Lunch and dinner apart from welcome and farewell dinner during your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Personal expenses such as drinks and bar bills, travel insurance, laundry, battery charging service etc.
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses if any
- Any extra costs due to changes in the itinerary beyond the control of Nepal Excursion Treks such as natural disasters, flight cancellation, early or delayed arrival or departure etc.
- Other services not mentioned as included in the price
Views on snow-capped mountains
Annapurna, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Thorong, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most fascinating treks in the Annapurna Region. It is a bit challenging trek with a rewarding view of Annapurna IV, III, II, Mt. Manasalu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Throng Peak, Nilgiri, Mt. Dhaulagiri and many other snow capped peaks, unique landscapes and cultures. Our trip to Annapurna Circuit trek start from a scenic drive to Bulbule which is 195 km from Kathmandu. In a clear weather during the drive to trekking starting point in Bulbule we can see Ganesh Himal, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna Range and many residential villages and rice fields. Thorong La Pass (5416m) is the highest point of this adventure trek. During this trip you have an opportunity to explore with local culture, traditions and the daily life of people in western part of Nepal.
Local traditions, customs and everyday life
Trail from Pisang to Muktinath
If you are keen on participating in an adventure and rewarding trek in Nepal, you will surely not be disappointed choosing this trip. The highlight of this trip is the route from Pisang to Muktinath from where you can see the closest view of mountains, a variety of fauna and flora and Buddhist cultural monuments like stupas, chortens, and monasteries. Once we reach Manag we will have an acclimatization day which we will use for a local excursion. This is going to be one of the best days in your trip too. The higher we go from Manang towards Thorong La Pass, the less human settlements we pass on our way. Once you reach Throng Phedi or High Camp, you will find it already demanding but still you will feel it is worth doing due to the amazing surroundings.
Sunrise at 3210m
Poon Hill amazing view of the Himalayas
Finally, the day to Muktinath from Throng Phedi or High Camp is a pretty long and the most challenging day of this trip but the amazing nature and the mountains always inspire you to keep going to the high pass of 5416m. After getting to Muktinath you will see completely different landscapes of Mustang - a desert part of Nepal. Depending on the length of your holiday, you can end the trip by flying from Jomsom to Pokhara or take a bus directly from Muktinath to Pokhara. However, the road isn’t very smooth for a drive. It is recommended either to take a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara or to take a short circuit trek towards Poon Hill as mentioned in our itinerary. Getting to Poon Hill after this circuit trek and watching the sunrise over the Himalayas from Poon Hill (3210 m) is a nice and, frankly speaking unique ending of this adventure trip – just like the icing on the cake!
Trip at a glance:
|24 days||Hotel+teahouse||Oct-Dec & Mar-May|
|Advanced||5416 M.||Private transport|
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A trekking plan
TREK ROUTE PLAN
Arrival in Kathmandu
(1350 m), pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel, welcome dinner in the evening (D)
The first day of Annapurna Circuit trek trip begin with your flight landing in Kathmandu airport. You have to finish the immigration formalities for getting Nepal visa and head towards luggage receiving point and after luggage is being received than continue toward arrival hall exit where our airport representative will be waiting to receive you. Our representative will welcome you with season flower garland and then we drive to hotel, complete the official formalities and welcome dinner in the evening if it is in the plan
Drive to Bulbule
(840 m, 6 hrs) and trek to Nadi Bazar (940 m, 45 minutes) (B, L, D)
After the breakfast in Kathmandu hotel, we begin our day with drive to Bulbule . It's a scenic drive though countryside and though villages. In a nice weather the amazing view of the Ganesh Himal, Langtang , Lamjung Himal and Annapurna add the pleasure of journey. Besides the Himalayas view we can also see the nice villages, valleys, landscape, rivers during our drive to Bulbule. Once we finished the drive then we begin our trek to Ngadi Bazar which is small village located in the meadow of rice fields and on side of Marshyangdi River.
Trek to Jagat
(1300 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)
We will start every following day in trek after breakfast. This is quite long and interesting walk through local villages. Today our trail are mostly though villages and rice fields and we have few ascending and descending as most of the hiking trails feature in Nepal. In the beginning we will start with gradual ascending to Bahundanda (1270 m) and from there we have some steep and gradual descending to Ghermu Phat (1140 m) where we will stop for lunch. Nice view of waterfall and short lunch break will definitely give you some relaxation for the time being on. After our lunch we than gradual descend to Syange and from Syange about two hours of gradual including short steep ascending will take you to Jagat. Once we are closer to Jagat we have to descend for 15 minutes. Jagat is one of the bigger village comparing to Ngadi Bazar.
Trek to Dharapani
(1860 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)
We will continue our walk today through the road till Chamche and from there we will take the right side hiking trail that goes down to river. After crossing the suspension bridge we will than take the left side through small forest. The trail is more peaceful and offer nice view however some part are quite steep ascending. We will see many waterfalls and hills while our trek and we continue our walk though Tal Phedi where we may take short stop if we are tired and a short ascend and descend will take us to Tal where we will stop for lunch. Tal is a nice village that lies on bank of Marshyangdi River and it remains a bit like somewhere on beach. After our lunch we than begin our short ascending and descending to Marshyangdi River bridge and again continue the gradual ascending road mostly all the way to Dharapani
Trek to Chame
(2670 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)
Our walk today till Danaque is gradual ascending and on ward till Thanchowk is quite steep ascending. There is a village called Timang which is just 30 minutes before reaching to Thanchowk. In a nice weather we can see Manaslu Himalaya range, Annapurna IV and II. Afterward our road today is more gradual ascending with short descending till Koto (2600 m) and the final destination for today Chame is only 45 minutes from Koto. Depending on the group member condition today we may make lunch break either in Thanchowk or Koto. Chame is one of the big village again where are many tea houses, shops and it used to be the Manang district headquarters previously.
Trek to Pisang
(3200 m, 4-5 hrs) (B, L, D)
Well, now the fascinating part of the Annapurna Circuit trek starts from here. Mostly we will be walking through road that is gradually ascending and the scenery this day and on ward will be better and better every following days till Muktinath. These part of Annapurna circuit trek are considered as the most beautiful part however every day have a kind of their own charm. Pisang Village is very unique village built in traditional way and is the nice place for seeing the Annapurna Himalayas. There are two villages lower and Upper Pisang and if the weather is nice we will go to Upper Pisang (3300 m). In case of staying in Lower Pisang than we will go for short walk to Upper Pisang and visit the Monastery and back
Trek to Manang
(3540 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)
From Pisang there are two alternative routes we can get to Manang. One is though road which is easier though Pine forest and can see still the nice scenery however if we take the upper trail that passes though Ghyaru and Nawal village have nicer scenery but its more demanding than the lower trail that passes through road. Depending on the physical condition and weather we may decide either to take the easy road or demanding and more beautiful trail. The lower trail is more gradual and do not have much steep ascending and descending comparing to upper trail and both of these trail meet in Munge Village. From this place we have about two more hours of walk to Manang. Manang is the last biggest village you will ever see in Annapurna Circuit trek. There are many side trips you can take from Manang and its staying just opposite to Annapurna III (7555 m) and Gangapurna (7454 m)
at Manang, hike to Chonger view point and Gangapurna Lake (B, L, D)
We have few options to take for acclimatization walk. Usually most of the people start the hike with short descending to Gangapurna glacier lake and from there steep ascending to Chonger View point which is at an altitude of about 3800 meter and enjoy some time watching the panoramic view of mountains, glaciers and Manang village from the upper point and come back and just hang around Manang village and take a side walk to the stupa that is about 150 meter above than Manang Village. If you still have some energy than we can walk about an hour more towards 100 lama monastery and on the way there is a scenic view point with Chortens. In a clear weather fantastic view of Annapurna IV, II, III, Mt. Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak and Chulu range can be seen from this place. Afterward just take rest and save the energy for next day if you feel it's enough. Otherwise there are two another options one is to Mileriva cave which is about 4-5 hours to go and back from Manang and the walk is really nice through Pine forest and nice view of mountains and landscapes. Once you are in Mileriva Cave you can see closest view of Annapurna III and its glacier. Mileriva cave is in altitude of 4100 m and this side walk is really good idea if you are physically fit enough. The another option is hike to Ice lake which is in altitude of 4620 m and it is one of the most tough and most spectacular excursion that need about 8-9 hours from Manang. We have to be prepared with pack lunch and enough drinking water for this trip as along the trail after Bhraka there isn't any possibility to find tea shops. The trip to Ice Lake is for those who are absolutely physically fit.
Trek to Yak Kharka
(4020 m, 4-5 hrs) (B, L, D)
This is one of the short day mostly trail are going gradual ascending and some short descending too as well. During our walk we will be passing the Tanki Mananag and Gunsang Village. We will stop here for lunch or for drinks and enjoy the views of Annapauna Himalayas and landscapes. From Gunsang village we have about two hours of gradual ascending with short descend to Yak Kharka. As soon as we finish our day and sometime of resting we will go for a side walk to hill for better acclimatize and it is going to be the scenic excursion too. We will ascend about 300 meters and back to adjust our body with higher level of altitude and prepared for the Throngla Pass. Yak kharkha is a small village with few tea houses and now we do not see any local inhabitant village before Muktinath.
Trek to Thorong Phedi
(4450 m, 4-5 hrs) (B, L, D)
Today tough trail is more gradual ascending with short descending we can feel it a bit demanding due to the increasing level of altitude. While our day to Throng Phedi or High Camp we will be passing Ledar village and afterward one tea shop just an hour before reaching to Throng Phedi. It's a nice walk as well with amazing scenery. In case of all team members are fit enough and do not have any symptoms of altitude than we make our stay at High Camp (4850 m). High Camp is about an hour distance from Throng Phedi which is really steep ascending. Once we are in High Camp, we will take short rest and then walk to near by hill where chortens are is one of the scenic point. While staying in Throng Phedi we have to miss this view because we will have early start and still this view will be in darkness on the day to Throng La
Crossing the Throngla Pass
(5416 m) to Muktinath (3760 m, 7-8 hrs) (B, L, D)
Today we will have the toughest day and we will reach the highest point of Annapurna Circuit Trek called Throng La Pass (5416 m). We will start with some light breakfast about 3-4 am depending on the place where we stay either in Throng Phedi or High Camp and then continue our walk with head light. Altitude can make our walk today quite demanding but the scenery will still be motivating us to reach our goal. From High Camp it takes is about three hours to get to Throng La Pass top and from Throng Phedi will takes about four hours of walk. Throng Peak will be seen very close along this day and on the top of Throng La Pass there is tea house and we will stop here for some drinks and we will descend down before the strong sun came out and made the trail slippery. Most of the time our trail will be on snow and ice and crampons are helpful. Our trail to Throng La top is gradual ascending however some short parts have steep ascending too. From the top to the Phedi is very steep descending which takes about 3-4 hrs. We will stop for lunch at Phedi and about one more hours of gradual walk will finally takes us to Muktinath. Muktinath is a holy place and many pilgrimage we can see they are coming for praying at Muktinath temple.
Trek to Kagbeni
(2800 m, 3-4 hrs) (B, L, D)
We will take a short visit of Muktinath temple and monastery and start our day to Kagbeni which is really nice and old village. Most of the part we have to walk through road. Today we have completely different view of landscapes that what we could see on the last few days on trek. This village in trans- Himalaya zone of Nepal so it's more dry but still has its own charm. This is one of the short day after the previous tough day. Once we take lunch and sometime of rest we will visit the monastery and Kagbeni Village.
Trek to Marpha Village
( 2670 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)
Here again we have to walk though road and because of transports movement and wind it will be quite dusty. Marpha is very popular village for growing apples in Nepal. It's a big village reach in culture and its tradition. If you want to see monastery still than we will be visiting the monastery and take a short walk around village after we finish the day.
Trek to Kalopani
(2530 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)
Like on the previous day here again our walk will be mostly though motor road. This day we will have nice view of Nilgiri and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Kalopani is a nice small village with better tea houses.
Trek to Tatopani
(1190 m, 6-7 hrs) (B, L, D)
As the last few following day we will be gain walking though motor road. The day mostly is gradual descending till Tatopani. Tatopani has hot spring and if you are interested on taking the bath in natural hot spring then we will be visiting the hot spring after we finish the day. From here there are two road one is towards Beni and the another one is towards Ghorepani. Those trekkers who have short time trek to Beni and from there they drive to Pokhara. Trekkers having the longer time continue their trek through Ghorepani
Trek to Ghorepani
(2860 m, 6-7 hrs) (B, L, D)
It's a long and demanding day with many steep ascending. We will be passing nice villages during our walk to Ghorepani. Most of the part of the trail till Chitre is through motor road. From Chitre to Ghorepani mostly we will be walking through Rhododendron forest. During the spring time Ghorepani surroundings are very colorful blooming of red, pink, white colors rhododendron. Ghorepani is nice village that offers you the view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayas
Early morning hike to Poon Hill
(3210 m) to see the sunrise and a panoramic view of mountain range and after breakfast trek to Tikhedhunga (1520 m, 5-6 hrs) (B, L, D)
We wake up early morning for seeing the sunrise from Poon Hill (3210 m). The walk is steep ascending and takes you about 45 minutes to reach. Poon Hill is very popular view point of Annapurna region and in a clear weather we can see beautiful sunrise and panoramic view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Tokuche peak (6920 m), Nilgiri South (6839 m), Baraha Sikha (7647 m), Annapurna I (8091 m),South Annapurna (7219 m), Himchuli (6434 m), Machhapuchhre (6997 m), Annapurna IV (7525 m), Annapurna II (7937), Lamjung Himal (6983 m), Manaslu (8156 m) and beautiful landscapes. After spending some time at Poon Hill, we will back to Ghorepani and trek to Tikhedhunga which is mostly steep descending from Ghorepani.
Trek to Nayapool
(1070 m, 4 hrs) and drive back to Pokhara (B, L)
It's the last day of our trek and easy day. In the beginning we will have short steep descending and afterward our road is more gradual descending. Most of the time we will be walking along the side of Modi Khola (river) . We might stop for Lunch at Birethati where we have to register your Annapurna Conservation permit. After the lunch we will will have about an hour of walk to Nayapool where we end our Annapurna Circuit trek and take a drive to Pokhara. The drive takes us about one and halp hour from Nayapool to Pokhara.
Sightseeing in Pokhara,
visit to the Davis fall, Gupteshowor cave, Tibetan refugee camp and International mountain museum and free afternoon (B)
After the breakfast we begin our sightseeing tour in Pokhara. We will take you to the most popular places that you shouldn't miss during your stay in Pokhara. While visiting Davis fall you can see the nice water fall that started from the water of Phewa Lake passing through the deep rocky gorge. After Davis fall we than begin our tour to Tibetan refugee camp which is the place where many refugee were staying during the crisis in Tibet in 1950 and now there is small carpet and blanket knitting industry run by the Tibetans. In the International mountain museum you can see the diverse culture of different ethnics group of people and about the international mountains and mountaineers. Those who have more time can visit to Peace Stupa and Sarangkot for sunrise. Pokhara its self is very peaceful and clean city of Nepal and for those who have few spare days can extend their stay for rest and relax.
Drive or fly back to Kathmandu (B)
Depending on the plan after breakfast we will plan the mode of transport to back to Kathmandu. As the drive can take 6-7 hours though country side road and traffic can make the time longer too for what we have to be prepared. If you do not want to spend long time on drive than we will arrange the flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu which is about 25 minutes flight. Free time in Kathmandu you can spend on hanging around Thamel or visit the garden of dreams.
in the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swyambunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath (B)
Now your sightseeing tour in Kathmandu will give you difference experience than what you have experienced in trek. Mostly you will see the historical palaces built in 16-17 century that are listed in UNESCO world heritage site. It is an opportunity to see the ancient carving and archaeology facts of Nepal. These places are surrounded by Hindus and Buddhist monuments. It's definitely going to be interesting day after the long trekking trips in Himalaya
in the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square (B)
The interesting and historical both cities Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square have ancient palaces built with antique carving and many Hindus temples are staying surrounding. During your sightseeing here you can also see the typical Newari culture. There is a pottery square in Bhaktapur and we can see how household clay pots are prepared
Free day in Kathmandu
for souvenir shopping or leisure, farewell dinner in the evening (B,D)
Here you have free and easy day. You may just rest or go for shopping. Upon request we can provide you mountain flight over Himalayas or some side trips. In the evening we meet for farewell dinner and we will discuss about your feedback on the service we provide.
transfer to the international airport (B)
Departure day! The end of Annapurna Circuit Trek trip. Our representative will drop you at international airport according to your flight time