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:

    • Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
    • Three night hotel in Kathmandu on twin sharing basis with B.B.
    • One  night Hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing  Basis with B.B
    • full board during the trek like Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
    • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System
    • Tea house/lodge accommodation during the trek on twin sharing basis 
    • Half Day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
    • Government license holder guide 
    • Salary, food, accommodation and insurance for guide and porters
    • Duffel bag for packing your things for the trek 
    • Trekking Map
    • Hire sleeping bag and down jacket for the trekking.,
    • Transportation from Kathmandu to  Beshishar  and from pokhara to kathamndu  Tourist Bus 
    • from Beshishar to syange Local Jeep 
    • from Muktinath to Tatopani local jeep or Local Bus 
    • from Pokhara to Kathmandu tourist Bus 
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Project ( ACAP) Entry  Permit.
    • Government taxes and official expense
    • Welcome Dinner

Cost Excludes:

    • Domestic flight from  Pokhara Kathmandu 
    • Nepal entry visa personal travel and medical insurance
    • Expenses of personal nature and as well  gratitude (tips) for your Guide and potters 
    • 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  
  • Olia. Auckland.
    Olia. Auckland.
    New Zealand Published: Thursday, November 28, 2019

    It was a trip of a lifetime!

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    Thank you very much Bam, Amrit and Daki Pa to make it possible! I dreamed to walk this track for almost 5 years after the last large avalanche killed many tourists. 
    How I felt throughout the walk? It was great, I felt looked after, cared and listened, even on the way back home when Amrit formal duties of care finished, he still assisted me with what he could. The walk up and down the hills is not always easy for your knees..Amrit has the first aid on him to assist if any signed of issues felt. Daki Pa has less communication skills but his care and warm personality was making for it. He is young, but fit for the job! Amaizing landscapes and people working outside of their homes shown a glimpse of a different world. Amrit was there to explain the nuances of their customs, believes and traditions. Our minds were totally busy watching out for the wonders of the way, what distracted us from the hardship of the walk itself. After the 3800 m heights we both felt the signs of heights sleekness...again Amrit was there with helping hand. He had the pills, which removed unpleasant simptoms. 
    I cannot thank you guys enough for the joy I had throughout my 2 weeks adventure. For those of you who is still thinking, Explore Adventure is a team who you can trust in the mounting. They won’t run away from you, will listen and will care!

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    United Kingdom Published: Saturday, November 23, 2019

    Annapurna Circuit Trek

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    We just completed the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Amrit and Dahlkeepa . We had a fantastic time. The trip was very well organised and we were very well looked after throughout. The scenery was amazing and the views of the Annapurna range were simply stunning. Amrit and Dahlkeepa were friendly, relaxed and professional and made it a trip we will never forget. We would Thoroughly recommend this company . 
    Thank You Amrit and Dahlkeepa 
    Lisa and Richard

  • Tatiana Baidakova
    Tatiana Baidakova
    New Zealand Published: Saturday, November 9, 2019

    Thank you Explorer Adventure

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    Thank you Explorer Adventure! Personally to Amrit, Daki Pa and of course to Bam Magar. You all are amazing! We have great experience and trekking tour in Nepal - Annapurna circuit - it was wonderful, sometimes it was very hard but amazing. Thank you for your patience, help, and support. Great country, great people, great weather. Hopefully, I will be back!

  • Mark Davies
    Mark Davies
    United Kingdom Published: Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Best trip ever

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    We recently took a family trekking trip with bam our guide around the Annapurna circuit Nepal. We were met at the airport by bam upon arrival in Kathmandu and taken to our hotel. Bam arranged a Nepalese cultural evening, and visits to the temples for us whilst in Kathmandu, these were escorted with with English speaking local guides. Private transfer to and from the visits. The guide was very informative and helpful. On the trekking tour bam took care of everything for us, providing porters, booking all accommodation and safely guiding us around the annapurna circuit. We had five star service with bam from start to finish, he provided us with an experience of a lifetime and we can’t thank him enough. I would definitely book another with explorer adventure and very highly recommend the company. There are a lot of trekking companies in Nepal, we spoke to a lot of travellers with their own guides and they completed bam on his knowledge, professionalism, and organisation skills. I would look no further for a safe memorable trip of a lifetime to be organised for you by explorer adventure.

  • Kim Davies
    Kim Davies
    United Kingdom Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    Magnificent Nepalese Adventure

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    My parents and I recently went on the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Bam as our guide. He was absolutely fantastic in every way, from his patience and expertise on the mountain to his excellent knowledge about the history of the route to superb and authentic choice of accommodation. We couldn't have asked for a better guide to take us through such a wonderful and beautiful country. Thankyou for such a fantastic experience, we will certainly be coming back!

     

     

     

     

  • Leo
    Leo
    Canada Published: Monday, January 19, 2015

    Annapurna Circuit

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    Annapurna Circuit, 2013 This was our first trip to Nepal and being an older person (67 years young!!!) we (my friend and I) carefully research the different trekking companies for an affordable private trek. We chose Explorer Adventure for their ability to provide a total package to visit the different sites around Kathmandu and arrange the Annapurna Circuit trek. We had a fantastic tour of the city: the historic Durbar square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (BouddhaNath) which is one of the large Stupas in the world. Our guide, Mr Bam Magar, was very knowledgeable about the area and we learned a lot about the customs of the different ethnic groups living in Nepal. During the trek, Bam took the time to explained the different customs in each areas, named the different peaks around us and always kept us informed of what we could expect the next day. Bam and our porter gave us the opportunity to experience the friendliness of the local people in smaller more isolated villages. The level of detail, services offered, quality of the guide and porter provided, allowed us to focus on the enjoyment of the trek without any of the normal logistical planning required for a trip of this magnitude. We enjoyed the choice of Tea Houses selected, the food was fantastic and we always had warm and friendly service. Obviously, our guide and porter were very familiar with the area and are well known in the different villages and Tea Houses. After this great experience, we are pleased to recommend the Annapurna circuit trek and specially the friendly team at Explorer Adventure to anyone wanting to discover the wonderful Himalaya's and it's friendly people. Leo, BC, Canada [email protected]

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.

INSURANCE POLICY:

Traveling to Himalayan countries specially on treks and other adventure with Nepal-Bhutan and Tibet, where clients should purchase travel and medical insurance covering immediate evacuation by any means of transportations, like helicopter or fastest way vehicle to reach nearest city and town hospitals.

Insurance Policy should cover all medical expenses incurred during your holidays in Himalayan countries, including travel insurance where sometimes Himalayan weather even in best times can be unpredictable, where trekking routes can be re-routed of cancelled in this case local company will not entertain you with refund, however provides you with letter so that one can claim from your respective insurance companies.

Insurance policy for Medical and Travel:

Should cover medical insurance for illness and emergency evacuation by Helicopter or other means of transportations including other expenses on treatment at respective countries hospitals, as for travel insurance against bad unfavorable weather conditions, delay or cancellation of domestic flights on mountainous area where flight involves on the start of trek and at the end.

Travel and Medical Insurance also needs to cover when clients break the journey in the middle of the trip, due to sickness-personal domestic problem etc………

 Guide and Porters: 

On treks or climb where you will be accompanied by our expert guide who knows the area on route of the trek chosen, we have professional and veteran guides to led the trek where you can feel comfortable, as our guide are knowledgeable offers you various information of the country from history-geography, culture to flora and fauna.

All guides have gone through basic medical training that includes high altitude symptoms or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can help you with simple medical First Aid and for severe condition will support taking you to safe area or to nearest hospitals by any means of quick transportation.

Our guides are well versed in Eco-Trekking and Responsible Tourism as well and are committed in keeping the environment on trekking route in pristine form as it was.

Porters are picked can be regular porter of the company of hired in Kathmandu-Pokhara or in Lukla on start of the trekking, with always a strong and cheerful porters to carry your heavier luggage, baggage of 15 to 25 kg maximum weights to carry by each porters, we do not allow underage porters of below 16 years of age or above 50 years.

Porters and guide are well looked after by the company with good wages, medical insurance, travel allowance including meals on treks and climb company also provides warm gear in winter as well for high and cold altitude trips.

We are also member of PACT (Porters Act commitment).  

Altitude Sickness or AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness):
    Information of AMS and Precaution Measures:

High Altitude or Acute Mountain Sickness for short as AMS a symptom faced and can catch any people on high altitude adventure walks.

Due to high pressure and low oxygen level as certain height where some people feel uneasiness with shortness of breathiness, light headache, nausea, dizziness, lack of good sleep and with less appetite.

To avoid these whole symptoms where we always designed itinerary days accordingly with enough space, flexible days for acclimatization at high elevation, taking short walks up and sleeping and resting at low places.

The other good way to avoid AMS taking slow and steady pace on walks, stopping frequently to catch your breath and adding lot of fluid or safe drinking water at least 2-3 liters a day to support against AMS.

On high altitude take enough rest and with short slow hike above high hills to catch views as well to support acclimatization and sleeping and resting at low altitude will certainly helps you in avoiding AMS.

The company provides as precaution measures against AMS with comprehensive medical kit, oxygen and Gamma Bags / Pressure Bags in some high altitude adventure treks, where some people as per their own doctor advice use Diamox also known as Acetazolamide to prevent and reduce symptoms of AMS can lower headache when in high altitude walks and climb

Useful in situations when you cannot make high ascent, the best ways to prevent altitude sickness doing it slowly, stopping for overnights at certain altitude to adjust to the new height, and taking it easy for first one or two 2 days.

This Diamox also used for other medications to treat certain type of eye problem (open-angle glaucoma). 

Acetazolamide a "water pill" (diuretic), it decrease amount of fluids that can build up in eyes, also helps to decrease buildup of body fluids (edema) caused by congestive heart failure or certain medications. Acetazolamide can work less well over time, so it is usually used only for a short period of time.

Using this pill should get advice from your doctor before trip departure to high Himalaya.

In our list we always mention general medication to bring from home as well from your doctor advice also, your doctor might recommend you some basic medication list like medicine against diarrhea, headache, fever, cold-flu as well constipation including first aid for cuts-wounds and burns as well.

Equipments List
  • Down Jacket
  • Scarf
  • Shorts or Skirt (for ladies)
  • Sun hat
  • Sun Screen Cream
  • Sunglasses
  • T-shirt
  • Track Suit Bottoms
  • Trekking pole
  • Ultra Fleece Trousers
  • Warm Gloves a pair
  • Water bottle
  • Waterproofs trouser
  • Waterproofs Jacket
  • Well fitting, comfortable boots
  • Wind Proof Jacket & Trouser a set each

 

 

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