Nepal Trekking – Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

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Annapurna region is best described as the most happening incentive trekking destination of Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit Trek has been proved as a highly praised and spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977.

This three weeks trek starts right from Besishahar and goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great view of Manashlu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.

annapurna-circuit-b The highest point of the trek is Thorungla pass 5416m.

The highest point of the trek is Thorungla pass at the top of the valley at 5416m high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many peoples to manage in one day.

As we descend to the west at Muktinath from Manang, we continue to the the barren Tibetan like village of the kali Gandaki – the world’s deepest gorge passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorung La pass from Manang to Muktinath the final seven days of the circuit trek are the same as the Jomsom Trek from Pokhara, but in reverse.

Annapurna regionMap – Map of Annapurna Range (click to enlarge)

Trip Facts
Tour Duration: 24 day
Group Size: 1 – 14 people
Destination(s): Nepal
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking
Season: September – June
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1550 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1607 US Dollar (USD)

Day 1: Your arrival to Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be met by our Airport Representative, Annapurna region 1and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel. B.B.

Day 2: Drive Kathmandu to Besishahar (790m). About 5 hours scenic drive by car / van. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 3: Besishahar to Bahundanda (1310m). Today our journey starts at Besishahar, from where, the trail makes the climb to Khudi at 790m, we then reach the first Gurung village (many of Nepal’s Gurkha Soldiers are Gurungs). As we continue the from Khudi the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). It climbs to Bhulbhule at 825m; it then goes to Ngadi before reaching Lampata at 1135m and nearby Bahundanda at 1310m. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 4: Bahundanda to Chyamje (1400m). Today the trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070m from Bahundanda crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. We then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chyamje at 1400m. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 5: Chyamje to Bagarchhap (2160m). The day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trailverse crossing a wide, flat valley. The trail then climbs a stone stairway to 1860m till another stairway. The journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m.

There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition Zone before the dry highlands. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 6: Bagarchhap to Chame (2630m). With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, & then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. 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. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 7: Chame to Pisang (3300m). The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, 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 & 3300m. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 8: Pisang to Manang (3500m). Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut annapurna-circuit Pisang to Manangoff from the full effect of the monsoon by the Anapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784.

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 Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Overnight at Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 9: Manang – Acclimatization day. Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and overviewing 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 Guest House. B.L.D.

Day 10: Manang to Ledar (4250m). Today we leave Manang, & the trai makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4250m, there we see the vegetations steadily more sparse. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 11: Ledar to Phedi or High camp (4600m). The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4600m, we can recently found some good Guesthouses built. Your overnight stay will be there. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 12: Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3710m).annapurna-circuit-b
The journey from Phedi “foot of the hill” or at the foot to the 5416m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the 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 problem to cross the pass if it is covered by 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. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 13: Trek to Tukuche (2600m). tukuche
This place is also nice settlements of more than 100 houses of Thakali people. It has also 2 monasteries, and one apple brandy factory. If you are interested to see how apple brandy are produced, you will be taken there.

Day 14: Trek to Ghasa (2100m).
Overnight at Guest House.

Day 15: Trek to Tatopani (1200m).
This place is famous for its hot spring. This is the best place to relax your body after a long days trek. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 16: Rest day at Tatopani (hot spring).
Overnight at Guest House.

Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani.
Overnight at Guest House.

Day 18: Hiking to Poonhill – back to Ghorepani, and trek to Tadapani. Annapurna south from Poon-hill
This morning, we will get up early in the morning, and go for hiking to Poon Hill. From here you will see superb view of sunrise, and panoramic view of Himalayas, including Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fishtail, and so on. After visiting Poonhill, we will come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and continue walking to Tadapani. Overnight at Guest House.

Day 19: Trek to Ghandruk (2000m.).
Overnight at Guest House.

Day 20: Trek to Pothana (1950m.).
Overnight at Guest House.

Day 21: Trek down to Phedi, and half an hour car drive to Pokhara.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 22: Drive back to Kathmandu by Private Car / Van – about 5 hours scenic drive. Overnight at hotel.

Day 23: Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley (Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath, Swayambhu, and Kathmandu durbar square). Overnight at hotel.

Day 24: Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey. Farewell!

The price includes:
– Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off by car / Van / Bus.
– 3 nights accommodation with breakfast at deluxe hotel in Kathmandu.
– Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee during the trek.
– Best available accommodation during the trek.
– An experience Guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), porters (generally 1 porter for 2 pax), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipments.
– Surface Transfer to and from Kathmandu by private car / van
– Annapurna conservation permit, Trekking Registration Certificate, and all necessary permits.
– 1 night accommodation in Pokhara (inclusive of Government taxes, breakfast, lunch & dinner).
– Tourist service charge, Vat.
– Office Service charge.

The price doesn’t include:
– Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
– Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
– International air fare to Nepal.
– Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu.
– Disembarkation Airport Tax in Nepal – approx. US$ 24.
– Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry.
– Tips for trekking staffs, driver etc.

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  1. Recently we returned from a four-day trek with a friend in the Annapurna Himalayan range. Boasting spectacular scenery, rugged terrain and extremely welcoming locals, I’ve never visited another place on earth like Annapurna.
    Helping us get the most out of our trek was our friendly and knowledgeable guide Sanjib Adhikari, a specialist trekking guide and expedition organizer based in Thamel, the bustling heart of Kathmandu. He skillfully guided us across treacherous mountain passes, pointed out the rich variety of flora we passed and, in the evening after hiking, served our meals and played cards with us.
    Knowing that there are quite a few other less capable and experienced guides than Sanjib, I’d certainly recommend him to other trekkers. His website is: http://www.nepalguideinfo.com
    sanjib-adhikari@hotmail.com
    977+98416138822
    # Address: Annapurna Range
    # Phone: 977+98416138822
    # Directions: Annapurna base camp
    # Website: http://www.nepalguideinfo.com

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