Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trip Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Traverse the jaw-dropping Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5,400m.
- Enjoy the thrilling jeep ride from Dhading to the picturesque hamlet of Jagat.
- Take the spectacular view of the deep valleys, lush greenery, and sunrises.
- Trek to Manang while getting a glimpse of the Nilgiri, Gangapurna, Annapurna, and Ganesh Himal
- Admire the desolate terrain stretching across Mustang to Jomsom from the Kali Gandaki river’s shore.
- Explore the stunning Himalayan settlements along with monasteries of Tibetan and Nepalese communities.
Overview of Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit Trek takes trekkers into the vast wilderness of the Annapurna Region. The trek is one of the most well-known in Nepal, drawing trekkers from all over the world. The exhilarating trek will expose you to the spectacular Flora and Fauna of the region beneath the Mountain ranges. The wooden suspension bridge, waterfalls, calm communities, and breathtaking views of the hidden valleys make this trek unforgettable. This expedition brings together 5 or 6 districts of Central Nepal, including Manang and Kaski. The walk has a modest degree of difficulty, but the crucial thing of the expedition is that it offers a comprehensive array of adventures from beginning to end.
Encountering with inhabitants of the Annapurna Region
The trek begins in the picturesque Jagat lowlands and ascends to the Thorong La pass, crossing a maximum elevation of 5,400 meters. The spectacular Himalayas to the north, including Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, and Ganesh Himal, will be visible from the route. The villages of the locals, including Gurungs, Tamang, Chettri, and Brahmin, astonish you as you progress through the lovely Rhododendron and pine tree woods. Likewise, The number of dwellings and settlements begins to decline as you ascend to higher altitudes. The beauty of Tibetan-Nepalese communities adds nostalgia to the trek after crossing the altitude of 3500m and entering the Manang region. Exploring the monasteries and historic architecture of the Manang Region will be wonderful. Together with miniature figurines evoking the Tibetan-Nepalese Buddhist tradition, Monasteries will also have prayer wheels and flags.
Exploring the holy Muktinath
During this tour, one may take in the exquisite atmosphere of Muktinath’s sacred site. The temple is modest but houses a giant statue of Vishnu, known as Shri Mukti Narayana. Numerous additional temples are linked with Hindus, and monasteries are associated with Buddhists. The holy site of Muktinath gives many positive vibrations and a spectacular view of Mount Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Ganesh Himal. The neighboring temples and Gompas can also bestow attractive benefits to anyone visiting. The route from Muktinath to Jomsom will involve passing arid countryside along the Kali Gandaki River’s edge.
Itinerary of Annapurna Circuit Trek
Days 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (KTM) Kathmandu
This is the day you will arrive in Kathmandu. Our tour agent will be waiting for you at the TIA. After completing the necessary visa procedures, our representative will drive you in a private vehicle from the airport to the hotel. The drive will take around 20 minutes, depending on the traffic volume in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Synge/Jagat (205 Kilometers )
The morning in Nepal’s capital city will be pristine. The car will be waiting for us at the Hotel, and we will ride the deluxe car up to Arughat. The road will pass through the Alpine Region’s lush woodland. Within a few hours, we will be in the lovely town of Dhading. Taking a lunch break and admiring the scenery will stimulate our enthusiasm. After crossing the Dhading, the entirely unpaved road offers excellent adventure. Leaving Arughat Bazaar, we will board a jeep that travels via Sotikhola and Maccha Khola before arriving at the Jagat. At Jagat, we’ll spend the night.
Day 03: Jagat to Dharapani
The altitude will rise by 300m throughout today’s trek, covering more than 1,500 m. As the trail winds through the picturesque agricultural countryside of the Manang region, it will become steeper and more uphill. Today’s trek will include encounters with yaks and sheep. Rhododendron woodland gradually emerges, and its beauty will astound you.
Within a short time, we will trek more than 1,600m and arrive at the lovely village of Tal. After crossing the river and ascending the trail to the north, we will arrive at the Dharapani. The peaceful night in the lap of the hillside would be great while admiring the surroundings of picturesque Dharapani.
Day 04: Dharapani to Chame
As we traverse through the northern trial from the settlement of Dharapani, the altitude will progressively rise. Once we reach an elevation above 2,500 meters while crossing the Bagarchap, the weather will start to alter, and the riverside trail will be a beautiful place to trek. Within a short period, the vista of the Himalayas will be completely visible.
The Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Dhaulagiri, and Ganesh Himal will all be there to surprise us on our trek. After a few more hours of trekking, we will arrive at the picturesque settlement of Chame, where we will spend the night.
Day 05: Chame to Pisang
The morning brunch at the Chame will allow us to refuel our energy and spirits for the day’s adventure. We will gradually gain altitude as we proceed through the Manang Region’s mountainous terrain.
The lovely Tibetan-Nepalese population will greet us at 3,300 meters above sea level in the Dukhu Pokhari. One of the two trials leads to the lower Pisang, while the other leads to the upper Pisang, and they both depart from here. To get to the Upper Pisang, we will take the right direction. The Upper Pisang’s lovely settlement will be a fantastic place to spend the night.
Day 06: Pisang to Manang
The early morning hike will be nostalgic, and the temperature will begin to decrease as we ascend elevation. Discovering the quiet Ghayaru settlement would give us an incredible sensation. Touring some monasteries and enjoying the stunning scenery will be possible.
We will cover an altitude of more than 3,400 meters within a few hours while trekking across Humde and Ngawal. Within some hours, we will finally make up to the Manang and spend the night traversing the cliffs and taking in the stunning view.
Day 07: Manang - Acclimatization day
We’ll relax in the heart of the Manang a little bit today. Since we are at one of Nepal’s most well-known tourist destinations, we will visit parts of the neighborhood today. First and foremost, there will be a short trek to Gangapurna Lake, where we will get a spectacular perspective of the Himalayas, including the Nilgiri, Manaslu, and Hiunchuli.
The next significant attraction will be the monasteries close to the hamlet. Prayer wheels, statues of gods associated with Buddhism, and flickering prayer flags all contribute to the heavenly atmosphere. In the evening, we’ll have some local cuisine and interact with the locals.
Day 08: Manang to Yak Kharka
Manang’s quiet morning will be memorable with the toast and the yak milk tea. Today, we’ll trek further, toward the northwest, reaching an elevation of more than 4000 meters. Altitude sickness might be an issue.
Therefore we need to take frequent breaks at some spots. We’ll take a little break and eat lunch in the charming hamlet of Gunsang. Following the yak pastures from here, we will cross the desolate land and arrive at the yak Kharaka. The peaceful ambiance of Yak Kharka will make for a peaceful night.
Day 9: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi ( 11.7 Kilometers )
The excellent impression is the early glimpse of the snowy Himalayas. The temperature will gradually decrease, and today’s trial will gradually ascend uphill, crossing an elevation of more than 4000m. We’ll arrive at the Letdar after a short trek.
As we elevate our feet higher on trial, we will follow the magnificent vista of the Himalayas. After a few hours of uphill trek, we will arrive at the height of 4,400 meters, not far from Thorong Phedi. Arriving in Thorong Phedi will be a refreshing experience, and the surroundings will be spectacular. Thorong Phedi will be our overnight destination.
Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath Crossing over Thorong La Pass ( 16.4 Kilometers )
Today’s trek will be a little more challenging because we will be crossing an altitude of 5,400m. Early in the morning, after waking up, we will proceed to the trial, passing through the barren terrain and dusty trial. Although the ascent may be challenging, we will keep our composure and retain the proper grip.
The Thorong La Pass will eventually greet us after more than three hours of trekking. The view from here will be enchanting. Majestic mountains, including Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Macchapuchre, as well as their lower ranges, will be visible. We will gradually descend to an altitude of 2500m to Muktinath, where we will spend the night.
Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom ( 21.4 Kilometers )
The prayer bells in the holy place of Muktinath will wake us up in the morning. After visiting surrounding temples and receiving blessings, we will trek northwest. After traversing the dusty Muktinath region, we will be able to reach the Kagbeni within a few hours.
There will be lovely Buddhist settlements where we can relax and recharge with refreshments. Following the trial, we will ascend to the picturesque valley of Jomsom from the banks of the Kali Gandaki river. For the overnight, we’ll stay at Jomsom.
Day 12: Jomsom to Pokhara
Waking up early in the morning in the lovely Himalayan setting of Jomsom will be unforgettable. We can either fly to Pokhara or take a straight jeep there. If we take the jeep, it will take us deep into the marvelous landscapes of the Alpine region, passing through Marpha, Tukuche, Ghasa, Tatopani, and up to Pokhara.
With its rocky roads and breathtaking scenery, a jeep ride will be full of adventure. On the other hand, the flight will take you across the Highlands and valleys to Pokhara in 20 to 25 minutes. Pokhara is where we’ll spend the night.
Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu
The setting of the heavenly city of Pokhara in the morning will be aesthetically appealing. It will be remarkable to experience the final panorama of the northern Himalayas, including Annapurna and Macchapuchre.
During the bus ride, we will pass through the stunning Alpine area of the Greenery Hills as we go east. The chaotic metropolis of Kathmandu welcomes us in just five hours. We’ll spend the night in a Kathmandu three-star hotel.
Day 14: Departure
Our tour representative will drive you to Tribhuvan International Airport two hours before takeoff on this day. Once the checking process is complete, you’ll wait for your flight at the airport’s waiting area. After waving your final goodbyes, you will leave Nepal with a pleasant grin.
- All ground transportation with private vehicle.
- Welcome dinner and farewell Nepali culture dinner.
- Hotel accommodation 3-Star category hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
- Full board meals with tea/coffee (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek.
- Best available Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
- One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, porter (1 porter for 2 people) and their food.
- Jomsom – Pokhara airfare including departure tax
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit (ACAP) and TIMS.
- All entrance fee.
- A comprehensive medical kit
- All applicable government and local taxes.
- Airfare (Domestic and International) and Nepalese visa fee.
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal expenses (like telephone calls, internet, laundry, soft drinks, beers, and any alcoholic beverages.)
- Extra hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Tips for the guide, porter & driver. (tipping is expected).
- Emergency rescue.
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