Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most adventuresome trekking journeys in the Himalayas of the Annapurna region. Being one of the most beautiful and picturesque trekking journeys in the planet, the Annapurna Circuit presents one of the most beguiling views of the mountain ranges of the Annapurna massif along with its many astronomical mountain peaks. Majestic views of Mount Dhaulagiri (8167m), Mount Manaslu (8163m), Annapurna Mountain (8091m), Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III (7555m), Annapurna IV (7525m), Nilgiri (7041m), Machhapuchhre Mountain (6998m) and many more, the Annapurna Circuit Trek incorporates the stunning terrains of the region along with its cultural and traditional aspects within its parameters. The hospitable and welcoming nature of the people in the region, especially called the “Manange” lets you feel the homely ambiance along your trek. The absolutely thrilling experience of crossing the Thorung La Pass and passing the opulent valley of the upper Manang, the Annapurna Circuit Trek lets you encounter the Tibetan Buddhist Culture of the people residing in those areas up close.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Beshisahar, the journey filled with beautiful views of the natural environments. Walking to the Bahaundanda village, you would be excursing through the verdant acreages of land enveloped in rich emerald forests to reach Jagat Village. Ascending through the woods to Chonju, you will be hiking on a rocky track following the ebullient Marshyangdi River. Dainty settlements like Dharapani and Bagarchap will be approached along the trekking trail and you can see flat-roofed houses made of stone standing serenely in the amethyst terrains. The Tibetan-Buddhist culture and traditions of the people are clearly embedded into the many temples and monasteries that you will come across along your journey. The religious ambiance of the monasteries, temples, Gumbas and Chortens, decorated lavishly with colorful prayer flags swaying in the crisp wind of the Himalayas are a cast contrast to the ivory landscape.

Since the trails are quite challenging and the maximum point to be reached during the Annapurna Circuit Trek is 5416 meters, you will have an acclimatization time at Manang set at 3570 meters to avoid altitude sickness. Walking up to Thorang La Pass lying at the altitude of 5416 meters, where views of the astronomical peaks like Syagang, Gundang, Thorung Peak and Khantunkan will greet our eyes. Before returning back to Kathmandu, you will also visit the Muktinath temple- a scared pilgrimage spot to both Hindus and Buddhists.

Escape Himalaya provides an excellent rendering of services to its customers and everybody at Escape Himalaya thrives for the optimal satisfaction of our customers, Join us on this beguiling adventure filled with magnificent views of the mountains, ravishing natural beauties and experience the cultures and traditions of the people up close in the Annapurna Circuit Trek package! We also have alternate packages for trekking in the Annapurna Region with our Annapurna Base Camp Trek which lets you trek to the foot of the summit of Mount Annapurna. Our ABC Express Trek is another one you can opt for. You can also have the itinerary be customized to suit your need too. The Jomsom Muktinath Trek is another one where you will have the opportunity to excurse to the holy temple. So come join us in this wonderful adventure of exploring the Annapurna Region!

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Synge/Jagat (1100m), Duration: 8 hours
  • Day 03: Jagat to Dharapani (1960m), Duration: 6 hours
  • Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2630m), Duration: 5 hours
  • Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3300m), Duration: 5 hours
  • Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3570m), Duration: 4 hours
  • Day 07: Manang - Acclimatization day
  • Day 08: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m), Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Day 09: Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m), Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) crossing over Thorong La Pass (5416m), Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom (2600m), Duration: 5 hours
  • Day 12: Jomsom to Pokhara
  • Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Leisure day
  • Day 15: Farewell

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle.
  • Two night accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara.
  • Surface transfer to and from Pokhara by tourist bus then by private car to and from Nayapul.
  • Full board meals with tea/coffee (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • Best available twin sharing lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • An experienced English-speaking (trekking guide), porter to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, meals and accommodation.
  • Escape Himalaya duffel bag, T-shirt, down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, and trekking map. (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion).
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • All necessary paper work and permits. (ACAP and TIMS, please bring 3 passport size photographs)
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the itinerary'
  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare
  • Nepal entry visa fees: You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry tourist visa good for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, multiple-entry tourist visas for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
  • All kind of cold drinks including water, coke, Fanta, juice etc.
  • WI-Fi internet during the trek
  • Domestic airfare to or from Pokhara
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for airport representative, tour guide, trekking staff, driver etc.
  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

    One of the representatives from Escape Himalaya will welcome you at Tribhuwan International Airport. Then, you will be transferred to the hotel in Kathmandu. You have no plan scheduled for the day. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Synge/Jagat (1100m), Duration: 8 hours

    We will, on this day, drive from Kathmandu to Beshisahar taking around 7 hours where you will get to see stunning snow-topped peak scenery. We will then begin trekking with a steep way down to Synge lying at 1070m. On the way, we will also walk by Bahundanda where a large cascade comes into our sight. We will traverse the Marshyangdi River via a suspension bridge. And, walk beside the river to get to Jagat village set at the height of 1100m. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 03: Jagat to Dharapani (1960m), Duration: 6 hours

    On this day, we will leave Jagat and ascend through forest to Chamje lying at 1400m. We will then move ahead on a rocky track following the Marshyangdi River and after that walk uphill to a place named Tal located at 1675m which is the first settlement in the Manang district. Also, we will traverse a wide and a flat valley. We will keep on walking on a rising and falling route to reach finally at Dharapani which has a stone doorway with chortens and typically looks like Tibetan influenced. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 04: Dharapani to Chame (2630m), Duration: 5 hours

    Walking ahead from Dharapani, we will reach Bagarchap located at 2160 m where we can see flat roofed houses made of stones. We will also notice the village surrounded by maize fields as well as apple orchards. From here, we will ascend to Tyanja set at 2360 m, then we will keep on walking through woods and reach close to the river at Kopar. We will then finally reach the headquarters of the Manang district, Chame where we will be rewarded by the excellent views of Annapurna II. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 05: Chame to Pisang (3300m), Duration: 5 hours

    We will trek from Chame on this day. We will be passing all the way through wooded area which will take us to the spectacular rounded rock face. This is possibly one of the steepest parts of the Marshyangdi Valley. Walking ahead, we will notice the valley opening with magnificent vistas. We will also get to see Paungda Danda, a huge inclined rock face rising above 1500m above the trail. Walking further from here, we will reach Pisang lying at the height of 3300m. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 06: Pisang to Manang (3570m), Duration: 4 hours

    On this day, we will continue walking through the upper part of the Manang district which is rather drier. We will notice people herding the yaks and depending on agriculture. We will then walk alternatively on north and south route of the Marshyangdi River. We will also move through the striking but partly hidden settlement of Bryanga lying at 3475m before reaching Manang set at 3570meters.Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 07: Manang - Acclimatization day

    This is the day to rest and get acclimatized with high elevation. We will relax and also experience short walks to witness the glorious views in the region of Manang and in order to avoid altitude sickness. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 08: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m), Duration: 3-4 hours

    On this day, we will walk further on from Manang and trek to the Yak Kharka lying at the altitude of 4,110m. We will ascend gradually through Tenki Manang and depart from the Marshyangdi Valley. We will also walk all along following the Jarsang River Valley. After that, we will reach Yak Kharka. Over all we will walk for around 4 hours today. In Yak Kharka, we will notice vegetation gradually getting sparser. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 09: Yak kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m), Duration: 3-4 hours

    We will have a way that moves uphill to Thorang Phedi set at the height of 4,600m from Yak Kharka taking approximately 4 hours. We will also walk across the river via a suspension bridge which takes us to Ledar village. We will also pass through soaring rocks face before getting to Thorang Phedi. ‘Phedi’ in Nepalese language means the foot of a mountain. Here, you will be rewarded by the paramount views of peaks like Gundang, Thorung Peak, Syagang, and Khantunkan. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) crossing over Thorong La Pass (5416m), Duration: 7-8 hours

    This is the most important day of the trek and yet challenging. We will be walking early in the morning on this day to avoid bad weather problems. Walking ahead from Thorang Phedi, we will reach at Thorang La Pass lying at the altitude of 5416 m. After ascending for around 4 hours, we will reach at the pass which is decorated with the chortens and prayer flags. As you reach the top, you will be pleased by the wonderful views of the Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. We will then descend to holy town - Muktinath. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 11: Muktinath to Jomsom (2600m), Duration: 5 hours

    We will, on this day, visit the holy Muktinath temple which holds several monasteries. It is a sacred pilgrimage spot to both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is devoted to Lord Vishnu and has 108 water taps around it. Another appeal close by is the Jwala Mai Temple which has an everlasting flame of natural underground gas. We will then walk to Jomsom which is popular for apple and apple produces. Overnight at Guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 12: Jomsom to Pokhara

    We will take a flight to Pokhara from Jomsom. Pokhara is the stunning city known as ‘The Lake City’. Here, you can go for sightseeing in different places. At the hotel, you can just relax for this day. Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, included.

  • Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu

    We will drive to Kathmandu from Pokhara taking around 6 hours. Then, you will be transferred to hotel. At the hotel, you can just relax for this day. Overnight at hotel. Breakfast, included.

  • Day 14: Leisure day

    This is a leisure day in Kathmandu. You can simply relax or go around Kathmandu city if you want to. Or, you may go for shopping. Overnight at hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 15: Farewell

    Accomplishing one of the best trekking options of the Annapurna Circuit Trek in Annapurna Region, you will return from Nepal. We will help you be transferred to the airport. Then, you will fly back, hopefully with beautiful memories.

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