Annapurna Circuit Trek – 17 Days

Nepal boasts eight of the world’s tallest mountains and the world’s oldest Hindu and Buddhist sites. While Kathmandu valley is made of three ancient cities filled with enchanting medieval palaces, pagodas, temples, statues and stupas, the rest of the kingdom offers unparalleled adventure options with abundance in flora and fauna.

This is a classic trek and one of the best trekking trails in the world. The Annapurna Circuit Trek starts from a drive to Beshisahar and up through lush green forests and spectacular scenery. Every ridge unfolds panoramic views of the Himalayas with Annapurna and Himalchuli soaring above. While on the trek you will meet different ethnic groups as you pass through different traditional villages and diverse geographical and cultural variation.

The highest point of the trek is the Thorong la Pass at the top of the valley at 5416m; it is the biggest pass in the world and is surrounded by some of the most magnificent views.

Upon arrival at the Kathmandu International airport, you will be met by our representative outside the customs and immigration area for transfer to your hotel.

Overnight at the Hotel [-/-/-]

After breakfast at the hotel, explore Kathmandu City and Swayambhunath Stupa. Later make necessary arrangements for the trek.

Kathmandu, the largest city of Nepal is the political as well as the cultural capital of the country. Like any big city, Kathmandu has rapidly expanded over the last decade but despite the hustle and bustle of the city, its people have remained as friendly as ever.
Much of the heritage sites have been damaged by the April 2015 earthquake. Restoration is under process.

Also visit Swayambhunath Stupa, a UNESCO WORLD Heritage Site. This ancient stupa is the most sacred Buddhist shrine of Nepal.
The April 2015 earthquake caused major damage to this Heritage Site and reconstruction is currently taking place.

Overnight at the Hotel [-/-/-]

Drive Duration: 6 hours approx.
Trek Time: 2 hours approx.

Early morning begin drive to Beshisahar and begin trekking. The first part of the trail passes through a flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi river. You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of Gurung community. Here you walk through the rice terrace fields with amazing views of various mountains.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Trek Time: 6 hours approx.

A steep trail ascends from Ngadi, through rice terraces, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Lili Gaon. Ahead, the Marsyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape, and you follow the winding mountain path down till Syange.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Trek Time: 6 hours approx.

You descend to the stone village of Jagat, situated on a shelf, which extends into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. The trail from Jagat descends until it almost reaches the river and then begins to climb again through a forest. When the climb ends, you follow a level track to Chamje, which is marked by a magnificent waterfall on the opposite bank. You descend to a grassy riverbank, which leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Here you can enjoy the exhilarating water fall.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Trek Time: 6.5 hours approx.

Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding. Beyond the small village of Karte, there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. You cross a suspension bridge, and climb the short distance marking the entrance to Dharapani. As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marsyangdi then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Tibetan village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Trek Time: 6.5 hours approx.

Continuing along the left bank you’ll climb up the heavily wooded Manang valley passing by the small settlements with excellent views of Manaslu and the peaks above Larky La.  We pass through administrative headquarters of the region and the last major market before Jomsom. Chame also has a police check post and bank.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Trek Time: 5 hours approx.

With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point, the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bratang. A short climb from the village brings you to a rock-strewn area where you cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. You can see the east peak of Annapurna as well as Pisang peak to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Trek Time: 5 hours approx.

Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge, which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak. Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hongde, you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna rises majestically above you. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, you can see the village of Bryaga with its splendid monastery. After a short steep climb you reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. You camp here for the night, amidst the fluttering prayer flags which adorn the houses.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

You are in the dry arid region of Manang called Nyesyang. Since this area falls in the rain shadow area of the Himalaya it seldom rains in the summer months, though it snows in the winter and the snow remains on the ground for a long time. You will pass through the village of Hongde where there is a STOL airfield servicing the Manang district. Cross the river just past the Manang Mountaineering School and you walk along a fairly broad trail to the fields near the village.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Trek Time: 4 hours approx.

Climb up to Leder via Manang Tengi Gurung settlement. The route passes through the rose forests and few meadows where yak and horses graze. We continue our walk to Leder through Yak Kharka also known as Koche where you can see large herd of yaks graze in the fields nearby.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Trek Time: 3 hours approx.

We continue through pastures which eventually give way to high arid desert up to the camp at Phedi, at the base of Thorong La.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Trek Time: 8-9 hours approx.

Leaving the river valley you set out early in the morning, provided the weather is good and it is not snowing. From Phedi ascend to a notch and turning left head for the Thorong La.  The pass itself is marked by a milestone of rocks (this may not be visible if there is snow). Beyond the pass you enter the river valley of the Kali Gandaki river. The descent from the pass to Muktinath (3800m) is steep but not difficult.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Trek Time: 5 hours approx.

Trek down along a level but rocky trail through juniper woods to Jomsom via Jharkot and Kagbeni, which are inhabited by the people of Tibetan origin.

Overnight at Simple Lodge [B/L/D]

Flight Duration: 30 minutes approx.

Early morning fly Jomsom to Pokhara.
Rest of your day will be at leisure.

Overnight at Hotel [B/-/-]

Flight Duration: 25 minutes approx.

This day can be spent at leisure.

Overnight at the Hotel [B/-/-]

After breakfast drive to the airport for your onward journey.
[B/-/-]
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Destination Nepal
Trip Duration 17 Days
Arrival In Kathmandu
Departure From Kathmandu
Meals BB basis in Kathmandu & Pokhara; Full board during trek (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Best Season March to May and September to December
Activity Trek
Grade Strenuous
Includes •    Meet and assistance at the airport
•    Arrival and departures transfers by private vehicle as mentioned in the itinerary
•    1 half day sightseeing in Kathmandu with English speaking local guide in private vehicle
•    4 nights’ hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing bed and breakfast plan
•    12 nights/13 days’ tea house/lodge based trek on full board plan with necessary supporting staffs.(1 porter and 1 Sherpa/Sirdar
•    Surface transfer for the sector Kathmandu to BesiSahar by private vehicle
•    Annapurna Conservation Fees and TIMS card
•    Entrance fees at the monuments as per the program
Excludes •    Nepal entry visa fee
•    Airfare Jomsom-Pokhara (Will be quoted separately)
•    Airfare Pokhara – Kathmandu (Will be quoted separately)
•    Refreshments, tips, bottled drinks and bar bills
•    Insurance and rescue of any form
•    Cost arising out of flight cancellation/road blockades/landslides and reasons beyond our control
•    Expenses of personal nature and any other expenses not mentioned in the above cost
•    Gratuities, tipping to guides and drivers
•    Any meals and services not mentioned in the itinerary