Annapurna Circuit Trek
The Annapurna Circuit trek takes us through virtually every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer. There are stunning views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, a constant variety of landscapes ranging from snowy alpine to arid Tibetan, the mighty 17,650 ft. Thorong La Pass, and visits to villages inhabited by many ethnic groups. This trek, though demanding enough for the seasoned trekker, is an excellent introduction to walking in Nepal for those who are confident of their fitness.
Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrive in Kathmandu airport; the staff from our agency will meet you then transfer to the Hotel.
The following morning you will be taken on a half day Sightseeing tour of the many holy temples and interesting Surrounding sights of Kathmandu.
Kathmandu – Beshishar 840m 7hrs drive
Early morning drive through beautiful country side scenery and reach to Beshishar, a small beautiful town the district head quarter of Lamgung district, set on the banks of the Marshyangdi river.
Beshishar - Bahundanda 1310m 6hrs trek.
We walk through the deep river gorge, rice fields, sub-tropical forest and small hamlets to the Gurung village of Khudi. From here, the trail continues along the riverside past a majestic waterfall to Bahundanda.
Bahundanda - Chamje 1440m 6hrs trek
The trail is up and down along the valley side through paddy fields, dips to cross the river and then snakes steeply up the cliffs on the other side passing through tiny Tibetan villages, the then trail ascends through the rhododendron forest to Chamje, a small settlement at 1430m.
Chamje – Bagarchhap 2160m 7hrs trek.
The trail climbs beside the river through bamboo groves viewing a dramatic waterfall before reaching Tal, a large village on a suddenly emerging open plateau. We cross Dharapani and begin to climb to Bagarchhap.
Bagarchhap - Chame 2610m 6hrs trek
The trail climbs along the mule track through pine and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. We pass through scattered small villages before arriving at Chame.
Chame – Pisang 3200m 6hrs trek.
The trail undulates through the river valley, ascending through deep forest to Pisang with good views along the way of Pisang peak and the high Annapurna II.
Pisang - Manang 3500m 6hrs trek.
Tibetan culture begins in earnest as we start to climb towards Manang through fields of grazing yak and a wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement commands good views of Annapurna II, IV and Tarke Kang.
This is a rest day to acclimatise to the higher altitude. You have great opportunity to visit Monasteries, take advice from the Himalayan Rescue Association and observe the spectacular views of the Himalaya.
Manang - Latdar 4230m 5hrs trek.
The trail climbs to Latdar along the riverside and as the altitude increases, we move through alpine pastures to scrubby forests of juniper and rose
Latdar - Thorung Phedi 4410m 4hrs trek.
The trail undulates near the river, before climbing a steep screed slope north west of the tributary valley of the Jargeng Khola. It is sometimes possible to see herds of blue mountain sheep along the dramatic cliffs that surround the camping meadow at Thorung Phedi.
Thorung Phedi - Muktinath 3750m 9hrs trek
We ascend steeply to the flat top of Thorung La (5416m. pass providing a magnificient views of the Annapurna range to the south and Mukut Himal bordering Dolpo to the West. The trail descends steeply over glacial moraine, which gives way to grassy meadows before we reach Muktinath.
Muktinath - Jomsom 2790m 6hrs trek.
Descend gradually through fields and poplar groves, then into the Kali Gandaki river valley. Follow the valley southwards to Jomsom. The Kali Gandaki valley here is called the Thak Khola, from the ethnic group the Thakalis, the main inhabitants of this area.
Jomsom -Kalopani 2530m 7hrs trek.
Descend to Marpha and further following the Kali Gandaki to reach the old Thakali trading centre of Tukuche. As the trail continues, the Himalayan rain shadow end and open spaces make way for coniferous forest and Kalopani.
Kalopani - Tatopani 1170m 6hrs trek.
The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge, and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani, the hot water springs.
Tatopani - Ghorepani 2740m 7hrs trek
Steadily climbing all day, we eventually leave behind the terraced fields and walk through thick rhododendron forest to the village of Ghorepani with the best views of the sunset over the spectacular, snow-capped Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range.
Ghorepani - Tadapani 2540m 5hrs trek
A short early-morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas. Trail descends steeply through dense moss-covered forest rich with bird life to Tadapani for beautiful sunset views of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhre.
Tadapani - Ghandrung 1940 6hrs trek.
Trail descends steeply through dense damp forest, where you may see monkeys, and continues down over a series of rock-cut steps that follow a leaping stream. Arrive in Ghandrung and explore the maze-like streets of this thriving Gurung settlement.
Ghandrung – Dhampus 1500m 7hrs trek.
The trail descends to the Modi khola then ascends steeply to another Gurung village, Landrung. We then follow the hillside south to the Dhampus. The mountain views are superb and far away to the south lies Fewa Tal (lake.)
Dhampus - Phedi - Pokhara
An easy short walk along the Dhampus ridge then desend steeply to Phedi, and drive to Pokhara.
Pokhara – Kathmandu 6hrs drive
Early morning stqrt driving to kathmandu through beautiful country side scenery. Arrive in kathmnandu and transfer to hotel.
Free day in Kathmandu
Rest day at leisure or final souvenir shopping. Join the farewell dinner in the evening most probably with cultural program. Evening Join the farewell dinner with live Nepali cultural program hosted by the company.
Departure to Airport
If you have time and are interested for other adventure like white water rating, wild life safari or any other activities can extend your holiday or transfer to airport and fly back to sweet home.
Check-list of personal equipment:
– Good standard trekking boots
– Camping shoes/thongs
– Down Jacket
– Trekking trousers
– Shorts (both casual and for treks)
– Swim wear
– Sun Hat
– Woollen Hat
– Nylon Windbreaker
– Strong Rucksack
– Sleeping Bag
– Water Bottle
– Torch/headlamp (with spare batteries)
– Toilet paper
– Sun block
– Travel Towel
– Medication (cough medicine, throat soothers, water purification tablets)
– Camera & lenses
– Memory cards
– GPS Tracking Units may be helpful
– Book/music player/pack of cards
– A plastic bag for waste
– Energy/snack bars
The following equipment are needed during the Climbing period: –
(Warm Down Jackets, Sleeping Bags, Warm Trousers, Koflach Shoes, Trekking Shoes and Sandals, Perfectly fitting Crampons, Gaiters, Ice Axe, Jumar, Ice Screw, Rock, Picton, Snow Bar, 2 locking Carabiners, Gloves, Sun Glasses, Head Light, Helmet, Rope, Stove, Harness, Figure -8, Gore – Tex Jackets)
1. Arrival/departure transfers
2. 4 night 2-3 star category hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu.
3. Sightseeing tours by private vehicle with tour guide, entrance fees
4. Lodge accommodations and all meals during the trek, down jacket, sleeping bag
5. Cost for a first Aid and Eco trained English speaking guide and Porter
6. Emergency rescue arrangements, medical kit bag
7. All necessary paper works and trekking /entry permits
8. All government and local taxes where applicable.
9. Welcome or farewell dinner
1. International airfare and Nepal visa fee
2. Lunch / dinner in Kathmandu
3. Emergency rescue and medical expenses
4. Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills personal porters
5. Tips for the trekking crew
Other optional trips/activities and sightseeing if required
Travel Insurance: –
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all clients who choose to trek or climb with us. The insurance should cover you in case of emergencies like accidents, altitude sickness and ambulance and helicopter rescue charges if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers while travelling in Nepal and do send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case of any sort of emergencies.