Annapurna Circuit

 

The Annapurna circuit trek entices trekkers with dramatic mountains and glaciers, including some of the world’s highest peaks. The Annapurna trek is a great introduction to Himalayan trekking, as it can be completed in just over two weeks, the altitude reached is challenging 5,420m/17,782ft, and the trails along the way are good, trekking over one of the highest trekking pass in the world. We have the itinerary designed to give you the best chance of completing your goal and enjoying the journey, with a steady rate of acclimatization and the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The Annapurna circuit includes Annapurna, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri range, fascinating landscapes of Mustang, Muktinath Temple, Braga village, numerous monasteries and the Kaligandaki gorge. Completing the Annapurna Circuit is one trek not to be missed! JOIN US IN 2017

A little bit more about the trek

We have provided an itinerary designed to give you the best chance of completing your goal and enjoying the journey safely.  Our acclimatization itinerary has added days in support of your safe journey to altitude.  Our service matches the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. The villages, people and culture in this region are humbling. You will be welcomed into their homes and villages and experience Nepalese culture in a real way.

Itinerary

 


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Day 1

Kathmandu to Syange 1,100m/ 3,609ft – Driving time: 9 to 10 hours.  The mountain scenery along the drive is magnificent.  We will stop for lunch on route. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 2

Syange to Baggarchhap 2,160m/ 7,087ft – Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours.  From Syange, it is an easy trek north through the Marshyangdi Valley. The trail follows valley through Gurung villages. The next stop will be for lunch in Khudi which offers fine views of snowy peaks Himalchuli and Ngadi Chuli. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 3

Baggarchhap to Chame 2,670m/ 8,760ft – Hiking time: 7 to 8 hours.  The trail climbs first to Lattemanang 2,440m/ 8,005ft and advances through forest of pine and fir. Lunch at Dhukure Pokhari. Arriving in Chame you are greeted by a large mani wall with many prayer wheels. This village is the head quarters of the Manang district, consisting of hotels, a bank, a health post and two hot springs! You can relax in the natural, hot baths before heading to sleep in your lodge. Overnight stay at a Lodge.

Day 4

Chame to Pisang 3,200m/ 10,499ft – Hiking time: 6 to 7 hours.  The first part of the trek runs through forest in a steep, narrow valley. There are views of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face. The path then leads through forest to the upper Manang valley, climbing to the sprawling village of Pisang.  Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 5

Pisang to Ngwal 3,657m/ 11,998ft Via Ghyaru – Hiking distance: 5 to 6 hours.  The northern route by Ghyaru offers beautiful views and follows the northern bank of the river. Ngwal is one of the most beautiful valleys in this region. The scenery is beautiful. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 6

Manang 3,540m/ 11,614ft – Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours.  There are spectacular view points around the village, such as the Gangapurna Glacier.  The Monastery has a large number of Buddha statues worth seeing. It is possible to get last minute shopping here. You can attend a high altitude talk here. It is in your best interest to allow yourself plenty of rest for the climb the following day. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 7

Rest Day in Manang.  We do an acclimatisation walk, where you can be blessed by a Lama before going over the Thorung La Pass.

Day 8

Manang to Churiledar 4,200m/ 13,780ft – Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours.  The trail climbs steadily through Tengi Manang, leaving the valley behind and carrying on north, following the Jarsang river. We walk through a valley with snowy peaks rising on both sides. Himalayan blue sheep may be spotted here. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 9

Churiledar to Phedi 4,450m/ 14,600ft – Hiking time: 4 to 5 hours.  Crossing the glacial river you climb to Phedi (foot of the mountain). Here it is essential to assure that you have proper signs of acclimatization. Phedi lies at the bottom of the Thorong La pass. Overnight stay at a Lodge. (It may be possible to continue to climb to High Camp if everyone is fully acclimatized)

Day 10

Phedi to Mukinath 3,800m/ 12,467ft crossing Thorong Pass 5,420m/ 17,782ft – Hiking distance: 9 to 10 hours.  You will start the trek early at approximately 4:00am. The trail climbs steeply but is regularly used and easy to follow. The views of the peaks will leave you breathless. After reaching the highest point of the Thorung La, you will have a tough descent 1,600m/ 5,249ft to Muktinath. Muktinath is a village of great religious significance. It is a pilgrimage center for both Buddhists and Hindus. You will also come across Tibetan traders and Sadhus (Holy men). Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 11

Muktinath to Kagbeni 2,800m/ 9,186ft – Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours.  You visit the Temple of Muktinath, Buddhist Monastery and the famous natural gas light which is known as the flame of Muktinath. There are fine views of Nilgiri and Daulagiri mountains as well and after lunch we trek to Kagbeni. The hike is downhill and pleasant, passing Tibetan-style villages until you reach Kagbeni. You will now be in the Lower Mustang district. You can explore around the Monastery and village. The people are very friendly, giving the place a pleasant energy. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 12

Kagbeni to Marpha 2,690m/ 8,825ft – Drive by Bus or private Jeep.  From Kagbeni, you will walk along the left side of the Kaligandaki River. Keep your eyes open for fossil stones. The trek continues through the Mustang district to Jomsom town. You can stop to visit the Mustang eco-museum to see the display of cultural and geographic information of the area. The museum also has an herbal plant collection. From Jomsom, it is a flat and greener walk to Marpha. It is one of the largest villages of the area and home to the Thakali people. Made up of white painted houses, clean streets and orchards, gives the village brightness. Try the delicious locally produced Brandy.  Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 13

Marpha to Tatopani 2,010m/ 6,594ft by Bus or Private Jeep – Driving time 4 to 5 hours. Today we drive from Marpha to Tatopani passing through Dana (worlds deepest Gorge). Tatopani is enjoyable for the food and natural Hot Springs. The town is usually busy with resting trekkers. You can relax all of your well worked muscles in a hot natural bath while having a drink from the bar facility. There are many lodges to choose from and plenty of shops around. Enjoy the fresh seasonal fruit that grows locally. Overnight stay at a lodge.

Day 14

Tatopani to Pokhara 820m/ 2,690ft by bus or jeep 8 to 9 hours.  The trail leads along the Kaligandaki riverside. You may want to bring some snacks or a packed lunch, as there aren’t many restaurants on the way. You may want to stop in Galeshur for lunch, but you can also walk further onto the headquarter district of Beni and then drive to Pokhara. It is popular for its ambient lakeside and fine views of the Annapurnas.

Day 15

Drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight in hotel.

Day 16

Transfer to airport.

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