- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Ascending the Marshyangdi River valley
- Get acquainted with the mountain people in the heart of Himalayas
- Views of the world’s highest mountains: Dhaulagiri I (7th), Manaslu (8th) and Annapurna I (10th)
- Crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters
- The pilgrimage town of Muktinath
At a glance
Annapurna Circuit Trekking, also recognized as Round Annapurna Trek – as being the classic trekking route; trekking to this entire Annapurna Himalayan range and exclusive views of impressive wanderings through the astonishing variety of landscape with mixtures of different ethnicities on the trail.
The mountains you get to perceive from the Annapurna Circuit is Annapurna I (8090 m, 26545 ft) (the 10th highest peak in the world) and was first climbed by the French summit in 1950. Other peaks like Mount Dhaulagiri ( 8165 m,26795 ft) (7th highest peak in the world ), Mount Manaslu ( 8165 m,26780 ft) (the 8th highest peak ) and Mount Machhapuchare (also known as Fishtail) (6995 m, 22945 ft).
This trek takes you to the abundant sub-tropical area to the huge dense alpine forest where you will be crossing the challenging Thorong La Pass (5415 m) which is the highest point of this trek. This trekking is to some extent moderate or rather a tranquil trek. With sound health, any trekkers can attempt this trek.
he way to the Annapurna Circuit Trek begins from a scenic drive to Besishar. We then start our trek from Khudi, from where you slightly get the glimpse of Manaslu range. Then our trail takes us to the subtropical forests, ascending and descending, after crossing several suspension bridges, we reach Sirung village. The communities living here are mostly from the Tamang ethnic group and you get to discover their culture and livelihood. As we continue on the trail, we will be crossing through terraced fields and after few suspension bridges, we reach Dharapani and headed towards Chame, which is the headquarter of the Manang district. We then head to Pisang, spotting several temples on the way. Finally, we reach Manang, where we will be acclimatizing here.
At this Annapurna Circuit, there is no such high altitude but novice climbers may suffer some altitude sickness. So, we will halt here at Manang and do short hikes to some villages. And continuing our trek, we will reach Yak Kharka, where we will be spotting several yak herders on the trail. As continuing our trekking and crossing some more suspension bridges, we will be heading to the high cliff Thorang La (5416 m), where we get the splendid view of Mount Gundang, Mount Syagang, Mount Thorung and Mount Khatungkan. And from Thoangpedi, we will reach Muktinath, one of the sacred places for Hindus and Buddhists. We are then headed to Marpha, a well known place for apple farming.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
In accordance with your flight schedule, we will be at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu to extend a warm welcome to you in our beautiful country for the beautiful trip. In the evening you will be invited to dinner hosted by Namaste Trek & Expedition with amazing Nepalese cuisine.
Day 02: Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
This annapurna Circuit Trek begins at the office of Namaste Trek & Expedition with a discussion/meeting about your trek and we will be sightseeing the Kathmandu heritage places like Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple one of the Hindu temple and also the cremation site of Hindus, Bouhanath and Swambhunath sacred temple. And after that take arrest in your hotel as the actual trek begins from tomorrow.
Day 03: Drive to Syange (1,100 m) from Kathmandu by private vehicle
Today, we'll go to Syange in a private Vehicle from Kathmandu. Depending on the traffic and the state of the roads, the drive will take between 7 and 8 hours. The route up to Besisahar is paved and made of concrete. After Besisahar, we will enjoy an exciting, off-road trip for no more than two hours to get to Syange. The most suitable car for the road will be assigned. All of our drivers have a great deal of expertise and carry certified licenses for highway driving. If the weather allows, you can also see glimpses of mountains like Mounts Annapurna II and III, Mount Machhapuchhre, and Mount Lamjung during this trip, in addition to the picturesque terrain, rivers, and waterfalls.
Day 04: Trek to Tal (1,700 m)
Today, we'll begin our leisurely stroll along the lovely Marsyangdi River. We will experience spectacular waterfalls on this hike, which will have a slight ascent. We'll take a nap tonight at Tal.
Day 05: Trek to Danaque (1,860 m)
Today we will go on from the Marsyangdi River and continue traveling to see the Annapurna II and Pisang Peak, as well as the lovely countryside and historic settlements. Don't pass up the chance to capture Nepal's mountains, waterfalls, and rural way of life in gorgeous photos. At Danaque, we will rest.
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2,670 m)
We'll keep walking while taking in the scenery of the mountains and waterfalls along the way. It will be a simple day today. We will arrive in Chame, the administrative center of Manang, after 4 hours of walking. It's a lovely small town with more amenities than the day before.
Day 07: Trek to Upper Pisang (3,300 m)
We resume our hike to Upper Pisang after breakfast. We will travel through a thick forest, cross the Marsyangdi River, and pass by stunning panoramic vistas of meadows and mountains along the way. We will get our first glimpse of the enormous, bowl-shaped Paungda Dada rock face during this trip. After 6 hours of walking, we will eventually arrive in Upper Pisang, where we may rest today and observe Majestic Annapurna II towering high to the south.
Day 08: Trek to Ngawal (3,660 m)
Get up early today to see the stunning sunrise and the first sunbeam on Annapurna II. We will continue our trek toward Ngawal after breakfast. Despite being around 400 meters higher than the lower trail, the Ngawal trail offers excellent possibilities to see high altitude vegetation and fauna, stunning gorges, Annapurna II and III, and Pisang Peak. Our resting place will be Ngawal.
Day 09: Trek to Manang (3,500 m)
Today, wake up early in the morning, watch the beautiful sunrise and first ray of sun on Annapurna II. We continue our trek walking through the big hills, jungle and wetlands. On the way, we can see beautiful landscapes, stupas and lama school. After 6 hours of walking, we will reach Manang, one of the happening places of the trek.
Day 10: Rest day at Manang village
In Manang, we spend a day acclimatizing by taking walks and seeing the local area. On our walk, we'll stop at a monastery and the Gangapurna Glacier Lake. We head back to our lodging around the end of the day so we can get some rest.
Day 11: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,000 m)
We will be energized and eager to continue walking towards Yak Kharka, which ascends by 500 m, after acclimatization and relaxation at Manang. After leaving the Marsyangdi Valley, we continue our steady ascent into Tenki Manang. Yak Kharka is located around 4,000 meters as we continue through the Jarsang Khola Valley. Yak herds and greenery seem to be dwindling.
Day 12: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m)
After a two-hour ascent, the trail descends to cross the river at 4,310 m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at 4,450 m where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years.
Day 13: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m) via Thorung La Pass (5,416 m)
Getting to the pass by 9 or 10 am will require a tough hike that begins before dawn at 4 am. Otherwise, the route will be significantly impacted by the weather (high gusts), especially at the Thorong La Pass. We follow a predictable and simple route as we climb steeply. However, snow and altitude could cause some issues. When the pass is heavily snowed over, it frequently presents excruciating difficulties for travelers. We will be rewarded with breathtaking views from the summit of the hill after spending four hours hiking to the pass marked with chortens and prayer flags. We still have another four hours of walking to do to reach the sacred city of Muktinath. The name Muktinath, which means "site of nirvana," is the location of the Muktinath Temple and a number of monasteries. It is stated that going to the Temple makes all of our sorrows go away. Both Hindus and Buddhists visit this holy location to make pilgrimages. September is the busiest month for pilgrimages. The Lord Vishnu-dedicated temple is surrounded by 108 waterspouts. The Jwala Mai Temple, which features a beautiful natural spring and an eternal flame powered by natural gas, is another attraction in the area.
Day 14: Trek to Jomsom (2,710 m) via Lubra Pass (4,020 m)
We are now on the other side of the Thorong La Pass, where the majority of the ground is dry and resembles the desert in some ways. We shall carry on our journey by strolling along the Kali Gandaki River's bank. Most of the time, as we descend, we will get a closer look at Mustang's stupas, ancient traditional homes, and civilisation. Jomsom is a sizable city with lots of amenities. Additionally, it serves as the official town and administrative center for the whole Mustang district, where all district government offices are located.
Day 15: Drive to Tatopani (1,190 m)
The road and walking track are identical in the Jomsom to Tatopani section of the Annapurna Circuit, where traffic is heavier than everywhere else. We kept the drive from Jomsom to Tatopani, which would take around 5 hours, to improve your experience. We will go across the Kali Gandaki River Valley in a vehicle. We will either share the van with members of our own group or with travelers from other businesses. However, if our group size is larger—for instance, if there are four or more clients—we will set up a private transfer. We shall pass via Kopchepani, the deepest gorge in the world, on the route. Hot springs are famous in Tatopani.
Day 16: Rest Day at Tatopani
Take a shower, dip into the natural hot springs, enjoy drinks and local food.
Day 17: Trek to Ghorepani (2,810 m)
Today is another big day. It will take about 7 hours to walk from Tatopani to Ghorepani. We climb about 1,620 meters up. From Ghorepani, we will be able to see Annapurna South, Himchuli and Tukuche Himal. We will pass a couple of Magar and Gurung villages on the trail.
Day 18: Hike to Poon Hill (3,210 m), Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m)
We start our hour-long hike very early in the morning to Poon Hill, which offers spectacular views from 3,210 meters above sea level. If the weather cooperates, this vantage point offers unimpeded views of the early morning dawn over the high Himalayas. We spend around an hour there. We get a nice breakfast at the hotel when we get back to Ghorepani. Before arriving at Tikhedhunga, we make our way down towards Tikhedunga, going through ridgelines and through rhododendron trees. After a little break after we arrive in Tikhedhunga, we will board a vehicle or bus and travel to Nayapul. On a dirt road, the trip will take roughly 1.5 hours. We'll have a tea break and switch vehicles in Nayapul. A private tourist car will be used for the remainder of the drive, which takes about an hour on a concrete-paved road, until Pokhara. Your tour guide will go with you and organize all of the transportation.
Day 19: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,350m)
Today we head back on a 6 to 7-hour drive to Kathmandu with many fond memories of Nepal and its unique culture and geography. These memories will last a lifetime!
Day 20: Final Departure
It's your last day in Nepal! Grab some breakfast, and then take in some last-minute shopping in Kathmandu. We'll make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home. At this time, we'll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones. END OF OUR SERVICES
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