Overview

Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp Trek:

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing”

• Trekking Days:            22 and ½ Days.
• Kathmandu Stay:       03 Days.
• Pokhara stay:               01 Day.
• Departure Day:           01 Day.

Annapurna I is the 10th highest and most technical mountain among the 14 highest peaks in the world. The prominence of Annapurna embarked after the French climbers Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal scaled Annapurna I in 1950. The ascent of Annapurna I (8091 m) was indeed the first ever victorious ascent of 8,000 m peak in the history of mountaineering. This extended 27 days Annapurna circuit and Annapurna base camp trek is by far the most admired and beautiful trekking destination of all.

During departed years the legendary Annapurna Circuit was the world’s no. 1 trekking destination.  It delivers so much diversity offering anyone with varied topographic setting, culture and pictorial luxury. Furthermore, the legends states that the route once served as a fundamental salt trading route between Nepal and Tibet. Annapurna circuit which is approximately 248 km/154 miles in total length comprises of five different constituency of Nepal. They are – Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi and Kaski. Consequently, there is everyday shifting transformation in the vegetation and landscape which is mesmerizing.  Anyone can experience the change that ranges from sub-tropical to alpine to desert which is remarkably very touching. Significantly, it’s exceptional diversity demonstrates its worth making it one of the most awe-inspiring destination of all. 

Annapurna Base Camp:

The second part expedition to the base of the 10th highest mountain in the world is a trip of a lifetime which is extremely overwhelming. This epic trip to Annapurna sanctuary or base camp is another rewarding trek that offers you villages within the natural amphitheater, panoramic mountain views, and fabulous forested trails with exceptional magnificence. The dominant ethnic tribe, Gurungs, is very honest by nature and has diverse customs and belief. Moreover, the British Gurkhas gives you abundant history of their loyalty and sincerity. Annapurna base camp is by far the most sanctified place for the Gurungs who are the aborigines of this region.  They have various legends and superstitious belief over these majestic valleys which still survives in the midst of all modernization.

Short Itinerary

  • DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m/4,593 ft)
  • DAY 02: Half day city tour / afternoon trek briefing and preparation / welcome dinner
  • DAY 03: Drive to Beshishahar/ hour and a half drive to Nagdi (930 m/3,051 ft) and overnight stay.
  • DAY 04: Trek to Jagat (1,300 m/4,265 ft) : 6 - 7 hours
  • DAY 05: Trek to Dharapani (1,960 m/6,430 ft) : 7-8 hours
  • DAY 06: Trek to Chame (2,710 m/8,891 ft) : 5 - 6 hours
  • DAY 07: Trek to Pisang (3,200 m/10498 ft) : 5 - 6 hours
  • DAY 08: Trek to Manang (3,540 m/11,614 ft) via Nagwal (3,660 m/12,007 ft) : 7 - 8 hours
  • DAY 09: Rest day at Manang: Acclimatization day - side excursion after breakfast.
  • DAY 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110 m/13,484 ft) : 3 - 4 hours
  • DAY 11: Trek to Thorang Phedi (4450 m/14,599 ft) or High Camp (4,600 m/15,092 ft) : 3 - 4 hours
  • DAY 12: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m/12,467 ft) via Thorong La pass (5,416 m/17,764 ft) : 8 - 9 hours
  • DAY 13: Trek to Marpha (2,670 m/8,760 ft) : 5 - 6 hours
  • DAY 14: Trek to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft) or Ghasa : 5 - 6 hours
  • DAY 15: Trek to Tatopani (1,200 m/3,937 ft) : 6 - 7 hours
  • DAY 16: Trek to Shikha (1,935 m/6,348 ft) 4 – 5 hours
  • DAY 17: Trek to Ghorepani (2860 m/9,383 ft) 4 hours
  • DAY 18: Morning excursion to Poonhill (3,200 m/10,498 ft) and Trek to Tadapani (2,630 m/8,628 ft)
  • DAY 19: Trek to Chhomrong (2,170 m/7,119 ft) 5 – 6
  • DAY 20: Trek to Bamboo (2,310 m/7,578 ft) 5
  • DAY 21: Trek to Deurali (3,230 m/10,597 ft) 5 – 6
  • DAY 22: Trek to Annapurna base camp (4,130 m /13,459 ft) 4 hours
  • DAY 23: Trek to Sinuwa (2,340 m/7,677 ft) 6 – 7 hours
  • DAY 24: Trek to Jhinu (natural hot spring) (1780 m/5839 ft) 3 – 4 hours
  • DAY 25: Trek to Nayapul 6 hours and drive to Pokhara 1 and ½ hours
  • DAY 26: Fly to Kathmandu - 25 minutes flight and transfer to the hotel.
  • DAY 27: Departure Day

Important Note

The above itinerary is simply a guideline and is subject to alteration as per the circumstances. Your Group Leader is solely liable to bring about changes in the best interest of the group.

Highlights

⭐ The early departure from Kathmandu hotel to Beshishahar and 6/7 hours drive through the unfamiliar narrow highway is out of the ordinary with enormous landscape view at the backdrop.

⭐ Another hour and a half drive in a local transportation to Nagdi is an interesting experience.

⭐ It provides you with abundant opportunity to witness the rich cultural diversity and to experience the legendary trails that passes through time-honored settlement with exceptional scenic beauty.

⭐ Getting to Chame, Pisang, Manang and the sight of enormous soaring snow-clad mountains around and the transformation in vegetation is miraculous.

⭐ Going over the daring Thorang La (5416 m/17,769 ft), the highest point in the Annapurna circuit trek is a great accomplishment of a lifetime.

⭐ The Muktinath Temple to the other side of the pass which is a very sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists is another highlight of the trip.

⭐ Walking through the world’s deepest gorge and enjoying the natural hot spring at Tatopani (1190 m/3,904 ft) is very relaxing to your fatigued muscles.

⭐ Walk to Ghorepani and the sunrise view from Poonhill is exceptional and looking up to how far you have walked up till now is very appreciative, cheering yourself of your attainment from deep within.

⭐ Walking into the deep valley through the forested trail of maple, oak, rhododendron, birch and ample floras towards Annapurna Base Camp is remarkable and very thrilling.

⭐ Despite the risk of avalanches on the way to Annapurna base camp, the surrounding is incredibly spectacular with panoramic 360 degree angle mountain view.

⭐ Being in Pokhara (820 m), the second biggest city also very popularly known as the second home of the tourists is the land of extravagant beauty that triggers excitement and fun.

⭐ The classy Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.

Detailed Itinerary

“Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing”

 

Soon you land in Kathmandu airport your group leader will be there with Nepal Pyramids board to greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Despite, the capital city of Nepal certainly being the busiest with hectic traffic it undoubtedly has a strong appeal with local splendor and vigorous activities around, where you can simply relax and take pleasure in the fun of driving through the unfamiliar roads.

Highlights:
• Pick up from the international airport.
• Transfer to hotel by your Group Leader.
• Short preliminary briefing.
• Arriving early gives you an opportunity to explore Kathmandu.
• Welcome dinner and getting to know each other.

Today would be the most exhilarating day where your leader introduces you to our city tour expert who guides you to the most pious Hindu and Buddhist religious place that are listed in the world heritage sites and elucidates you the entire mysticism over its existence.

Highlights:
• Breakfast depending on your choice and preference.
• Meet-up at 9 am for the tour.
• Visit to Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath.
• Lunch on your preference.
• Getting together for trek briefing as per the time given by your leader.
• Distribution of company’s trek equipment’s.

Driving 173 km/107 miles to Besisahar, the prosperous town of the British Gorkhas is very entertaining giving you ample opportunity to know how locals live up to drive through these winding roads in local bus which are often enormously packed.

Highlights:
• 7/8 hours’ drive.
• Early drive to Nagdi to skip any uncertainty of traffic jam.
• Fabulous scenery and mountain view at the backdrop as you navigate through this new roads.
• Lunch stop in one of the highway restaurant with its excellent food choices is very comforting.
• From Besisahar an hour drive in a local bus/ jeep is another fascination with so much to witness.
• Being at Nagdi, a basic settlement and the starting point of our trek will definitely add more excitement to your anticipation.

Today after breakfast we start our first day trek crossing the Nagdi Khola suspension bridge. We ascend to Bahundanda (Hill of Brahamins), a settlement positioned at the high ridge. The trail next descends down to the famous Marshyangdi River and walk further to a big settlement of Syange for lunch. We cross a very old suspension bridge and climb all the way to Jagat.

Highlights:
• Wake up call as set by your leader
• 4 hours of pleasant undulating walk through series of traditional villages until lunch
• Crossing high suspension bridges is daring.
• The scenic beauty, deep gorges among soaring cliffs at the backdrop is phenomenal.
• Being at Jagat, the stone village with medieval atmosphere and few tea houses is remarkable and worth an effort.

Leaving Jagat we walk an opening gradual trial and climb to the village of Chamche and crossing the suspension bridge we ascend gradually to the village of Tal, the most beautifully positioned settlement at the banks of Marshyangdi River for lunch. We now enter into the district of Manang. After lunch we walk a gradual trail crossing multiple bridges and beautiful villages to Dharapani.

Highlights:
• Fabulous walk along the valley of Marshyangdi with so much to see and learn.
• Entering into a different district and to witness the Buddhist influence is another attraction.
• To see all the entrance Chorten gate in each village gives you the sense of Tibetan Buddhism.

From Dharapani we start off with a gradual trial to Bagarchap and eventually get to another settlement of Danagyu. Next we climb through the amazing woodland trail to the village of Timang for lunch. After lunch once again we start off with gradual trail and drop all the way to Thanchok and finally reach the pleasing settlement of Chame, the administrative headquarter for Manang district.

Highlights:
• Delightful walk with stunning views and series of cultural villages.
• Lunch at traditional settlement of Timang is another attraction.
• Getting to Chame with most of the facility is exciting.
• View of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal is unbelievable.

Leaving Chame we cross the suspension bridge and walk a gradual trial with apple and peach orchard everywhere that will take us to the village of Talekhu. Now the valley starts opening up and we walk the broader version of the trail to Brathang, legend says that it used to be the settlement for Khampas (the Tibetan warriors). Soon we walk the forested trail of pine and fir to Dhukure Pokhari (holy pond) for lunch. Next hour and a half of beautiful trail lands us to Pisang.

Highlights:
 Most enchanting walk through woodland and apple-peach orchard.
 Despite long hours walking break at Dhukure Pokhari for lunch is worth it.
 Being at the basic settlement of Pisang, situated at the base of Pisang peak is sensational.
 Grand view of Chulu far east and Pisang peak.

Today we start early as we take the upper Pisang trail via Ngawal to Manang for the awe-inspiring view. Vertical hike all the way to Ghyaru for the most graceful panoramic view of meadows and mountains. Gradual walk to Ngawal for Lunch and an effortless walk to the plateau of Manang, one of the happening place in the district.

Highlights:
• Walk to Ghyaru for the incredible view of snow-capped mountains.
• Lunch at Ngawal, the settlement in the hidden valley is another attraction.
• The upper trail simply offers anyone with a bird’s eye view of the deep gorges and landscape which is amazing.
• View of Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Tilicho, Tharke kang, Chulu and Pisang Peak.
• Despite long hours walking getting to Manang, one of the enchanting place in the region located at the base of high Himalayas is simply sensational.

ACCLIMATIZATION:
• Manang, the village where Maurice Herzog came in 1950s in search of food.
• 1 and ½ hours amazing walk for acclimatization.
• Walk to the hill other side of Manang for the view of Gangapurna glacier and the lake.
• The close view of the magnificent mountain, extensive green hills, the Tibetan Buddhist culture is charismatic
• Free afternoon where you can enjoy cultural or mountain documentary movies in the movie hall or visit a museum at trivial cost.

Now away from the tree line we leave Manang crossing a bridge and head towards the medieval settlement of Tenji, also known as Old Manang. Another short gradual walk takes us to basic settlement of Ghunsang. We further walk an effortless trail with suspension bridges and stunning view of Chulu range to our right and eventually get to Yak Kharka (yak grazing pasture).

Highlights:
• Short walk to Yak Kharka with free afternoon.
• Chances to see the blue ship.
• Being in the alpine with dramatic landscape setting is astonishing
• Walk in the pleasant Himalayan meadow with the View of Chulu range.
• Free afternoon to relax and feel the thin air.

Today’s short walk starts with a gradual trail to the village of Letder. We continue with the gradual trail and cross a footbridge, short steep climb to the ridge for a short break at the tea shop. Another 45 min walk through the technical landslides trail takes us the Thorang phedi (base camp). Precaution is to be taken at landslides trial.

Highlights:
• Short walk into the rugged trail is worth walking.
• A very rewarding moment being at Phedi with exceptional view.
• Slow walking is recommended for health safety; listen to your leader for guidance over walking the technical landslide area.
• Depending on your health and safety concern your leader will decide on base camp or high camp.
• Despite being very basic, being at Thorang Phedi with only limited lodge is charming.

We start very early today to get over quick and to skip the wind chill factor in the summit of the pass. The trail starts with steep ascend to high camp and then gets gradual up till we get to the solitary isolated tea shop for short break. We further climb to the pass, our ultimate goal and great achievement and descend all the way down to Muktinath entering into a different district of Mustang. Muktinath, highly venerated sacred place of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhist.

Highlights:
• Starting early with so many other trekkers on our head torches is fascinating.
• Visit to the monastery and lighting the butter lamp is an incredible experience
• Going over the daring Thorang La (5416 m/17,769 ft), the highest point in the Annapurna circuit trek is a great accomplishment of a lifetime.
• Descending 1700 m to Muktinath, being in a different valley and district with grand view of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Muktinath peak and Mustang peak is breathtaking.
• Explore Muktinath, a place of nirvana for both Hindus and Buddhist.

Today walking to Marpha you would see utterly different landscape background as Mustang happens to be a desert of Nepal with arid and dry terrestrial. We leave Muktinath and descend down to Kagbeni, the gateway of Mustang with very cultured Tibetan style community. We follow Kali Gandaki, the river older than the mountains and makes the world’s deepest gorge and head towards Jomsom, the administrative headquarter of Mustang and the windy valley of Nepal. Effortless walk to Marph, the valley of apples.

Highlights:
• Today’s walk is very relaxing through ancient Tibetan settlement where Nilgiri range dominates the horizon.
• Being on the other side of the valley with different land setting, mountains and the prehistoric Kali Gandaki River is mesmerizing.
• Walking to Kagbeni and Jomsom with all the lively activities is enchanting, watch out for harsh wind.
• Being at Marpha, the very cultured white village and to taste the organic apples is inconceivable.

After breakfast, following the Kali Gandaki we descend down to the village of Tukuche. Walking occasionally on the river bank and roadway we to get to Larjung for lunch. Next 2 hours of descend with ample vegetation and woodland takes us to Kalopani.

Highlights:
• Effortless walk with the grand view of Niligiri, Annapurna, Annapurna Fang (Barah Sikhar) Dhaulagiri and Tukuche.
• Besides magnificent view we get to see multiple settlements belonging to the communities of Gurungs and Thakalis.
• Depending on the situation your leader may decide to walk further to Ghasa to make the next day easier.
• Getting back to the tree line is pleasurable.

We further descend to the village of Ghasa the border between Mustang and Myagdi district. Entering into a different district we try our best to take the earlier trekking route to Tatopani skipping the jeep road. Taking a dip in the pool of Tatopani (hot water), the natural hot spring is an everyday activity for tourist both local and international.

Highlights:
• Still walking in the valley of the world’s deepest gorge is incredible.
• Now getting further down to lower elevation you may see orange orchards.
• Hot and humid temperature, so get back to your shorts and t-shirts.
• Outstanding view of Rupse Chahara, one among the most beautiful waterfall of Nepal.
• After a long day walking dip in the natural hot spring at Tatopani with chilled beer is very soothing.

Today we set off with a gradual trail till we cross a bridge and we ascend steep, gaining the elevation to Durpin Danda offering you an exceptional view. We again walk gradual up with infrequent climbs to the village of Sikha for lunch and overnight stay.

Highlights:
• Remarkable short walk to Sikha.
• Looking back to the majestic mountains and the deepest gorge gives you the idea of your achievement.
• Free afternoon to review your journal and chat.

4 hours walking through the beautiful woodland trail of rhododendron, maple and oak is overwhelming and getting to Ghorepani the leading protected area in Nepal with the world largest Rhododendron forest is extraordinary. Ghorepani, the place that has served as a crucial place for the meet up of traders during the salt trade era between Nepal and Tibet.

Highlights:
• Unbelievable hike through the dramatic forest setup.
• Lot to see if you are trekking in spring.
• Getting to Ghorepani, the blue roof settlement is electrifying.
• Know the legends of Ghorepani.
• Free afternoon for self – exploration.
• Overnight stay, marvelous dinner and chill out.

Morning sunrise view from Poon-Hill is one cherishing moment with panoramic view of mountains like Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Dhampus peak, Fishtail etc. After breakfast we leave Gorepani and steeply ascend through the world’s largest rhododendron to the ridge with stunning view of mountains and the deepest gorge in the world. We further walk and undulating trail also known as ‘Lord of the Rings trail’ into the dense forest of pine, maple rhododendron and oak to Tadapani.

Highlights:
 Early wake-up call for the dazzling sunrise view with ample snow-capped mountains that would move many emotionally.
 Fabulous walk through woodland is peaceful.
 Most of the time you are in the shade keeping you away from the harsh day sun.
 Overnight stay in this small settlement of Tadapani is quite an experience.
 Landscape and mountain views are stunning.
 Stunning sunrise view from the tea house veranda itself.

From Tadapani we start off with an extensive descend into the lush woods to Kimrong Khola (river) and after crossing the river we climb up to the small settlement of Kimrong for lunch. We continue with lush woodland gradual trail with infrequent climb that will take us to Taulung. Now entering into the Modi Khola Valley that runs from the Annapurna Sanctuary we ultimately get to charming agricultural village of Chhomrong with the grand view of Annapurna South and Hiunchuli.

Highlights:
• Delightful walk into the woodland.
• Skipping the harsh day sun and being at the soothing forest shades is comforting.
• Getting to Chhomrong and the view of Annapurna is unbelievable.

Leaving Chhomrong we climb down the regular set of steps to Chhomrong Khola (river) and after crossing a small foot bridge we steeply ascend to lower Sinuwa. We continue with our ascent to real Sinuwa, a settlement high up on the mountain edge. From Sinuwa we further remain in the lush forested undulating trail and finally descend down the narrow hill cut path to the village of Bamboo, a settlement with very limited tea-houses.

Highlights:
• Most enchanting walk through the sanctified forest.
• Arriving at Bamboo, a settlement surrounded by lush forest is soothing.
• Due to very limited lodge single supplement is absolutely impossible.
• Relax and enjoy the afternoon tea with biscuits.

Soon we are done with our breakfast we leave Bamboo and set off into the forest trial again with gradual trial with occasional steep climb in between. We walk a dense forest trail of bamboo, rhododendron and maple to Dovan with the gorgeous view of series of waterfall. From Dovan we start with gradual trail and soon climb a steep trail to Hinku cave (a small shelter for porters during rain or storm). Following Modi Khola we descend down to Machhapuchhre stream and climb to Deurali.

Highlights:
• Walking into woodland following the Modi Khola gorge is eccentric.
• View of Hiunchuli and the holy Fishtail.
• Fun being at Hinku Cave, the overhanging rock that provides protection against rain and avalanche from Hiunchuli and Annapurna South.
• The valley widens and you can see the doorway to Annapurna Sanctuary right before you.

Now we enter into the alpine zone away from the tree line. Continuing with the initial gradual trail we cross the avalanche trail that will close down during winter and an alternative trail is opened for safety concern to Machhapuchhare Base camp. We climb to M.B.C for a small stop and continue for the next 2 hours into the wide Himalayan meadow trial to Annapurna Base Camp. Here you are literally surrounded by the tremendous 360 degree mountain view which is unique.

Highlights:
• Walk to Machhapuchhare base camp situated at the base of soaring holy fishtail is enchanting.
• Be cautious while walking in avalanche trail if you are trekking in winter.
• Being in the alpine with dramatic landscape setting is astonishing
• Walk in the pleasant Himalayan meadow with the View majestic Annapurna I and its neighboring mountains.
• Explore Annapurna Base Camp for the grandiose view of mountains, glacier and the glacial lakes.

We retrace our trail back to Sinuwa. Despite long hour walking its worth losing elevation and getting back to the tree line. We descend through the sanctified lush forest to Bamboo and climb till we get to the ridge and walk gentle trail to Sinuwa.

We wake up leisurely to day as the walk to Jhinu is pretty short. After breakfast we descend retracing our trial through steady steps till we cross a small foot bridge and then we climb to Chhomrong with a grand view of holy Fishtail. From Chhomrong we descend down all the way down with consistent steps to the beautiful settlement of Jhinu where you have a natural hot spring to relax in the afternoon to sooth your tired muscles.

Highlights:
• Retracing our trail back to Chhomrong is a great time to recall our past adventures.
• Descending down to Jhinu for Lunch and afternoon exploration to the natural hot spring is something not be missed.
• Being it a last night fun activities follows with dancing, eating, drinking and tipping

Today we start early to get to the Lake City of Pokhara and relish. We descend down to the village of New Bridge and Kyumi through lush forest with a great view of Modi Khola. You may encounter some wild bee hive very well settled at the high rocky cliffs. We gradually climb and walk the ancient terraced field of corn and millet to Syauli Bazaar for lunch. Next we walk an effortless trial to Nayapul and then drive to Pokhara.

Highlights:
• Today’s walk is very relaxing also that you would be walking a different trai.
• Walking in the terraced farming fields with all the local crops is enchanting.
• Arriving at Nayapul and bidding goodbye to our local staff is sad.
• Getting to Pokhara with beautiful Phewa Lake and the magnificence of the Himalayas mounting at the backdrop create an atmosphere of peace and delight.

Sensational flight back to the capital city of Kathmandu with an outstanding panoramic view.

Highlights:
• Sensational flight to Kathmandu
• Explore the Capital City of Kathmandu as per your requirements.

Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. Your leader will be there to send you off home.

Dates & Cost

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Inclusive

Cost Includes

✅ National park entry fees, conservation fees, trekking permit, TIMS permit.
✅ Airport pickups and drops facility on both Domestic and International flights.
✅ Three star twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on Bed / Breakfast basis.
✅ Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
✅ Half day guided city sightseeing with paid entrance fee.
✅ All Government and Local tax.
✅ Domestic flights as per the itinerary.
✅ Fundamental trekking gears like sleeping bag, down jacket fleece liner etc.
✅ All Ground transportation to and from preferred destination as per the itinerary.
✅ Tea-house accommodation or tented camp as per the trek.
✅ Properly boiled hot water for drinking every evening and morning.
✅ staff insurance.
✅ Meals (Lunch, dinner, breakfast with hot beverages) during trek.
✅ An accomplished trekking Group Leader and assistant guides.
✅ Oxygen cylinders and an all-inclusive medical kit on all trips.
✅ Take away Nepal Pyramids duffel bag, T-shirt and trekking Map.
✅ Porter service.
✅ Porters’ Clothing.

Cost Excludes

❌ Fee levied on Nepali visa.
❌ All personal expenses including Food while in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
❌ International flight fares.
❌ Medical examination or emergency rescues.
❌ Donations.
❌ Staff Tipping.
❌ Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival.
❌ Travel or medical insurance.
❌ Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
❌ Other personal expenses – laundry, battery charges, shower etc.