Annapurna Circuit Trekking   |  17 Days

adventure around scenic Annapurna massive peaks with high Thorang-La pass to Kaligandaki valley

Annapurna Circuit Trekking, one of the most picturesque and scenic adventure where views of high snow capped mountains never cease all along the walks within less than two week duration, a fabulous walks from low warm country to alpine cooler hills and then towards arctic cold of ice and glaciers at high Manang valley.

Truly one of the most fascinating destinations declared as worlds Top Ten adventure destination by various Travel magazine and Guide books, due to its varied change of beautiful landscapes scenery, vegetations, constant views of mountains variations of climate change on daily walks along with people-culture and religion as well.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking leads within North and Southern areas of massive Annapurna range of peaks, where the northern areas around Manang valley dry and arid but beautiful enclosed within high peaks of Annapurna and Chulus, the south of Annapurna green with lush vegetations with enchanting woodland with various destination for short and long trekking holidays.
Annapurna Circuit leads you from high Manang valley to cross scenic high Thorang-la pass to reach at Mustang areas of holy Muktinath temple and Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang zone beneath massive Dhaulagiri mountain range.

Starting with exciting overland drive to reach Nepal Mid West around warmer country and then heading due north where temperatures are pleasant and cooler into forested areas to reach high Manang valley within windswept landscapes with stunning panorama of peaks, here explore Manang interesting villages of Buddhist culture and religion with old monastery.
After a time at Manang over high Thorang-la pass towards Mustang areas, where a short drive takes you to warmer and nice Tatopani village after going though worlds deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River sandwiched between towering Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains.

Our walk continues heading from Tatopani back to cooler areas at Ghorepani within woodland of tall rhododendron and impressive mountains views, where a hike leads to scenic Pun Hill for striking sunrise over chain of Himalayan peaks and then ending fantastic adventure at beautiful Pokhara by its serene lakeside of Phewa.

From Pokhara journey concludes with drive back to Kathmandu with fantastic memories and adventure of a lifetime experience on Annapurna Circuit trekking with cheerful and friendly guides of Explorer Adventure.

Trip Highlights

  • An adventure around most scenic destination North and South of massive Annapurna Himalaya
  • Daily views of Annapurna - Manaslu with Dhaulagiri Himalaya all three worlds highest peaks
  • Exploring traditional villages of native Manang -Thakali - Magar and Gurung tribes of great interest
  • From moderate to adventurous e walks within high and scenic Manang valley with amazing views
  • Following raging Marysangdi River right up to its glacial source at near Manang village and beyond
  • Picturesque country with super mountain panorama and into world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River

Itinerary

  • 1 Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be warmly received by our guide and staff and then transfer you to your respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. First check into your hotel rooms on getting refreshed from the flight and with Jet-Lag, then join with other members of Annapurna Circuit trekking for group briefing, where our expert guides will inform regarding your stay in Nepal, hotels, trekking, local lodge and overland drives with do’s and don’ts information, evening welcome group dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with Folk cultural programs to entertain you during your meals.
  • 2 Day 2: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour around world heritage sites.Morning after breakfast leave the hotel for exciting guided sightseeing around Kathmandu where our city guide will lead you to places of interest, Kathmandu a metropolitan city still retains its ancient heritage and varied ancient culture where you will visit world heritage sites around Kathmandu for half day or full day. After an interesting and wonderful tour of ancient historical and religious sites around Kathmandu, with afternoon free preparation for next day journey to Nepal Mid West on Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
  • 3 Day 3: Drive to Syange 1,140m via Besisar - 06 hrs.Morning taking an exciting drive with scenic views of Himalayan peaks, as ride leads on Nepal’s busy highway past many towns and farm villages then reaching at Nepal Mid West warmer areas at Lamjung district, and the continue drive past Besisar (headquarter town of Lamjung district) following Marysangdi River to reach at Syange village for overnight stop with views of wonderful waterfalls nearby.
  • 4 Day 4: Trek to Dharapani 1,943 m - 06 hrs.From Syange walk begins with climb on leaving Marysangdi River behind reaching at Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers, after Jagat walk leads on winding path to Chamje, and back at Marysangdi River crossing to east side into forested area, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. As walk continues reaching a nice village at Tal Besi, from here few hours walk leads to our overnight stop at Dharapani village, located on the midway of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.
  • 5 Day 5: Trek to Chame 2,720 m - 05 hrs.After Dharapani walk leads into rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagachap and Danque, then at Timang village with more Buddhist cultured village including views of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft. From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for overnight stop, Chame a large major town of Manang area and a head quarter town of the district.
  • 6 Day 6: Trek to Pisang 3,190 m - 05 hrs.From Pisang onwards walk leads close to mountains through alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few teahouses and lodge overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, with possible lunch stop, and then descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.
  • 7 Day 7: Trek to Manang 3,540 m - 04 hrs.Morning views of mountains, from here onward altitude gains as the walk leads through forest with short uphill and views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak. Walk downhill to reach flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines fades for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate. Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches at Manang village.
  • 8 Day 8: At Manang for acclimatization day with short hike.A necessary rest day at Manang for acclimatization before reaching higher areas to Thorang-la pass, in Manang short hike around Manang village, this is a large village situated on windswept valley by the bank of Marysangdi River below Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and Manang glacial Lake.
  • 9 Day 9: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,210m - 04 hrs.After a good rest at Manang, walk towards Ghunsang village with short uphill to reach at Yak Kharka, an interesting walk with views of snowcapped mountains, on crossing a small stream reaching Yak Kharka for overnight stop, a small settlement with views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.
  • 10 Day 10: Trek to Thorang- La High Camp or Phedi 4,450 m - 04 hrs.Morning walk lead to more high elevation getting closer at the base of Thorang-la after crossing a bridge with a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, finally walk leads at Thorang Phedi, here depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.
  • 11 Day 11: Cross Thorang La 5,416 m / 17,769 ft and descend to Muktinath 3,800 m- 06 hrs.One of the highlight and Big Day of this adventure! After early breakfast walk leads to a long climb to Thorang-la on steep winding path to reach Thorang La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft. The highest point of the adventure with views of snowcapped peaks, and then with long descends to reach at holy Muktinath around Lower Mustang area. On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, this is a holy spot for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.
  • 12 Day 12: Drive to Tatopani village (hot-spring) 1,190 m - 04 hrs.From this peaceful religious and holy sites of Muktinath with views of Dhaulagiri range, morning temporary stopping our treks taking a ride to reach lower areas of Mustang, since the motor-able came walking is disturbed by movement of vehicles, so taking a drive instead of walking. Drive leads towards wide Kaligandaki River within its windswept landscapes and heading past Jomsom the headquarter town of Mustang area, and then heading due west following the Kaligandaki River downstream to reach at attractive Tatopani a village famous for its natural hot spring. Before Tatopani drive leads past world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River situated between giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalaya, on reaching this nice village with time to enjoy a dip in the hot spring.
  • 13 Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani 2,860 m - 06 hrs.After Tatopani, walk continues crossing a bridge over Kaligandaki River and then our route diverts heading uphill on terraced hillside, dotted with farms and villages, after a steep section through dense alpine forest reaching at Chitre and to Ghorepani- village with super views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar also known Annapurna Fang.
  • 14 Day 14: Hike to Pun Hill and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,440 m - 05 hrs.Early before sunrise hike to the top at Pun Hill to catch the striking sunrise over range of Himalayan peaks of world 7th highest Dhaulagiri-10th highest Annapurna with range of peaks includes world 8th highest Manaslu with towering Machapuchare peak “Fish Tail”. After an enjoyable and exciting time with eye catching views from Poon Hill, head back to Ghorepani and continue downhill walk into lovely forested area for an hour and then reaching at Ulleri village with long descend to Tirkhedhunga for overnight stop in warmer areas.
  • 15 Day 15: Trek to Bhirethati - 03 hrs and drive to Pokhara 860 m - 02 hrs.Our last day walk leads through farm fields to a charming village at Bhirethati with gradual winding walk overlooking scenery of landscapes and then ending our final trek with downhill to Bhirethati a scenic spot situated on a gorge of Mod River offering views of Machapuchare Himal the Fish Tail. From here our walks concludes with a short drive back to picturesque Pokhara by the Phewa lake side.
  • 16 Day 16: Drive or fly to Kathmandu and then transfer to your hotels.Morning transfer either car-coach or tourist bus (as per the size of the group), for drive back to Kathmandu with scenic views of mountains, green scenery of hills and farm fields within nice villages and towns as drive brings you back at hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu transfer to your respective hotels with time for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.
  • 17 Day 17: Depart for international flight home ward bound or to respective countries.Your last memorable day in Nepal after a wonderful adventure and experience on Annapurna Circuit trekking with great service of Explorer Adventure, and as per your international flight then transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to your respective destinations.

Cost Includes:

    • In all your arrival and departure private transportation
    • Three night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis  in standard hotels on bed and breakfast basis.     
    • Full board trekking includes all meals with twin sharing rooms in local lodge on route trekking,
    • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
    • Accompanied by our expert guides and field staff with their wages-transportation and insurance
    • Half Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
    • Hire sleeping bag and down jacket for the trekking.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP) Entry Permit.
    • all land transportation there and back
    • One night standard Hotel in pokhara on bed and breakfast basis  
    • Government taxes and official expense
    • welcome Dinner.

     

Cost Excludes:

    • Nepal entry visa personal travel and medical insurances.
    • Expenses of personal nature and meals in Kathmandu as well gratitude (tips).
    • Emergency  evacuation by any means of transport including Helicopter and personal medical kit.             
    • Lunch and Dinner whilst in Kathmandu
    • Lunch and dinner whilst in pokhara  

Our itineraries of any trips are based on our leading experience in the Himalayas. But, we also organize the trips according to your special requests or your personally given itinerary. Please, feel free to contact us for your questions and queries.

 

  • Cost start from US $1450
  • Trip Duration 17 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Style Trekking
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