Annapurna Circuit Trek (Annapurna Round ) 21 Days

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Highlights

Trekking Destination Annapurna Region, Nepal
Trip Start & End Point Kathmandu
Duration of Trip 21 Days
Group Size 1 Person or Above
Accommodation Hotel in City & Lodge in Trekking
Mode of Trekking/Tour Teahouse / Lodge
Maximum Altitude 5416 m
Trek Type & Trek Hours Tea House/Lodge (approx. 5-7 hrs)
Transportation & Drive Hours Private Vehicle & Local Vehicle (approx. 6-8 hrs)
Trip Grade Moderately Difficult
Best Season March/April/May/September/October/November
Highlighted Places Kathmandu-Besisahar-Manang-Muktinath-Poonhill-Pokhara

 

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DETAIL PROGRAM ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,300m
After a breathtaking Himalayan flight to Kathmandu, upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), you will be warmly greeted by our representative who will also escort you to your Hotel. After check in and refreshment, there will be a briefing session by our tour consultant and the rest of the day is at your leisure to rest or explore the sights of the valley. Overnight at Hotel
 
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation Day
Second day is basically a sightseeing and Trek Preparation day. After breakfast, we embark on a guided tour to major historical, cultural and spiritual attractions of the valley which includes World Heritage Sites like the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath) etc. Overnight at Hotel
 
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Khudi (800 m) via Besisahar: 8 - 9 hrs drive
An early morning we start our journey on the highway that follows the Trisuli River with great scenic view along the way. The road winds and curves through Mugling from where we divert to the Pokhara route to Dumre and head nortwards to Besishar and Khudi where we get our first view of the Manaslu range. Overnight at Tea House
You also have the option of walking from Dumre to Khudi on wide trails which will take  approximately one hour.
 
Day 04: Trek from Khudi to Sirung (2200m): 6 - 7 hrs
After a hearty breakfast, we start our first day's hike through villages, fields and sub tropical forests, gradually ascending all the time. The mountains gets closer as we ascend and we get close up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu before coming to the Tamang village of Siring which is our stop for the night. A simple home stay will be arranged here and we may have to separate into several home stays if groups are of a larger size.
The evening will be spent interacting with the simple Tamang folk and if possible take part in some of their culture programs. Overnight at tea House
 
Day 05: Trek from Sirung to Chamje (1,410m): 5 - 6 hrs
Today is a 5-6 hrs trek through the valleys and along side steep cliffs following the Marshayangdi river. At first it is a gradual climb upto Syange and then the ascent picks up pace through Jagat and finally to the village of Chamje. Overnight at Tea house.
 
Day 06: Trek from Chamje to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
From Chamje it's another picturesque hike that takes us through fields of corn, paddy, barley, potatoes, bamboo groves and rhododendron forests into Dharapani which is a Manang territory. Overnight at Tea House
 
Day 07: Trek from Dharapani to Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
From Dharapani we move ahead westward through tougher trial with some steep sections. The trial also consists of some small hot springs that add relief to our hike. The toughness of the hike is also compensated by the fabulous views of the Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. Overnight at Tea house
 
Day 08: Trek from Chame to Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
From Chame it’s a hard ascent through a steep and narrow path and dense forest to a dramatically curved rockface, rising a sheer 1500m from the river floor. You will notice the dramatic change in the vegetaion as we walk along the trial. We also cross the river at several points on suspension bridges before the trail finally opens up where we are surrounded by the majestic Himalayan Peaks.
Manang is located in a U-shaped valley between two giant snow peaks. We walk through to reach the village of Pisang. Overnight at Tea house
 
Day 09: Trek from Pisang to Manang: 6 - 7 hrs
The ninth day is the day of choices! Our trail forks to two divergent paths and we are presented with a choice of taking the upper or lower trail? The upper trail takes us via Geru (recommended) and it's highlight though a little strenuous brings us on level with the Annapurna and Pisang peaks - a view not to miss for. En -route you will also have time to visit the Barge monastery which is Manang's largest monastery. Overnight in Mountain Lodge
 
Day 10: Rest Day in Manang.
Today is a day of rest. Short walks can be taken to explore Bhojo Gompa (monastery) or Gangapurna Lake or a short hike to Vraga village, and its monastery.
The Himalayan Rescue Association is also located here and we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. Overnight at Manang
 
Day 11: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m): 3 - 4 hours
After a hearty breakfast we now continue our trek climbing through the village of Tenki and onwards to the Marshyangdi valley to the Jarsang khola. As we climb and gain elevation we can notice the slowly changing vegetation to the dry juniper shrub.
Heading northwards the trail follows through a few pastures, scrubs of juniper trees and passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. We also cross several pastures, a small river over a wooden bridge and an ancient old Mani wall to reach the small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at  the Yak Karka.
 
Day 12: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m): 3 - 4 hrs
As usual after breakfast we begin our climb to reach Thorong Phedi, a small settlement at the base of the Thorong La (High Camp). Here we take our time to get a complete rest for a tough day tomorrow.
Some visitors do attempt a hike to the High Camp so that the next day can be easier for them, but we do not recommend this its better to sleep soundly and safely, rather than a risky sleep at higher altitudes. Overnight at Thorong Phedi.
 
Day 13: Trek from Thorong Phedi  to Thorong La (5416m) to Muktinath (3,800): 7 - 8 hrs
This is the high point of our around Annapurna trek as we cross the famous ' high pass, Thorong La 5416 m. An early start is recommended as we have to hike through the icy high-altitude trail. We reach Muktinath by sunset and are all ready to settle in for the night.
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath demonstrates the religious harmony of Nepal. Overnight at Muktinath in Lodge
 
Day 14: Trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m): 4 - 5 hrs
Today early morning we pay a visit to the local shrines of both hindus and buddhists before starting our hike downhill to the village of Kagbeni and finally to Jomsom and Marpha. It is a surreal trek as we hike along a plateau above the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki.
The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Tea house
 
Day 15: Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2530 m): 5 - 6 hrs
Today Aafter a hearty breakfast we detour to a new trail route towards Kalopani via Chokhopani village. This is the land of the ethnic Thakali people. From here we get fantastic panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I.
Reaching Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. Upon crossing a river, we come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kokhethanti of Kalopani. Overnight at Tea house
 
Day 16: Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m): 6 - 7 hrs
Here once again we divert to avoid the new roads, to Kalopani. The journey is mostly downhill. We cross the bridge at Ghasa and drop to lower elevations to re-emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. We continue along Rupse Chahara (popular waterfall) and continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. From here you trek down to Tatopani. Tatopani as the name suggests is 'Hot Springs', where we can rejuvenate our body and soul with a refreshing dip in the hot spring pools. Overnight at Lodge
 
Day 17: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m): 7 - 8 hrs
Today we resume our trek, through the mid lands of Nepal, observing the lifestyle of the people. The Ghara and Sikha villages have terraced farmlands and we gradually ascend to the village of Ghorepani. We overnight at Ghorepani as we have to climb to Poon Hill early the next morning. Overnight at Lodge
 
Day 18: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,710m): 6 - 7 hrs
We make an early dawn getaway to Poon Hill, 3,210m, to catch the moment of rising sun over the whole Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri massifs. The sight is  never to be forgotten and a photographer`s paradise. Later after breakfast, we continue over the meandering trail which winds up and down rhododendron forests to Tadapani. Overnight at Lodge.
 
Day 19: Trek from Tadapani to Nayapul visiting enroute Ghandruk Villagethen drive to Pokhara (850m): 7 - 8 hrs trek, 1 hr drive
Today is a relatively easy hike down through Rhododendron forests, to Ghandruk, second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal.
The Gurung people are one of the popular and culturally rich ethnic groups of Nepal. Experience their warmth and hospitality as we spend a short time here before finally proceeding onwards to Nayapul after lunch, where our trek concludes. From here it is a short drive to the ethereal city of lakes i.e. Pokhara. Overnight at hotel
 
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hrs drive
After a leisure and hearty breakfast, you are all set to leave for Kathmandu. The drive (Flight optional) is a scenic drive of around six hours through plains, mid hills, terraced fields.
On arrival at Kathmandu you will be received by our representative and transfered to hotel where you can rest and relax. Alternatively, you can also explore the sights you have not seen or doing some last minute shopping for handicrafts and souvenirs. Do ask our Travel consultant for any latest events that maybe taking place around the city. Later in the evening we will have a celebratory and farewell dinner with our team. Overnight in Hotel
 
Day 21: Final Departure
The finale of our journey and we are reluctant to see you go! However our representative will drop you to the airport or if you are interested you can extend your trip by taking another interesting trek, tour or extensions to Tibet, Bhutan or Sikkim, all you need to do is simply ask us!