Annapurna Circuit Trek

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  • Trip Duration 22 Days
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • Trip Cost Contact Us
  • Trip Style Trekking
  • Transportation Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus
  • Meals Breakfast in Kathmandu, Pokhara and all meals during the trek
  • Accommodation Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and lodge/teahouses during the trek
  • Max-Altitude 5,416m/17,769ft.
  • Arrival at Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Departure from Kathmandu, Nepal
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The Annapurna circuit trek has been one of the most famous trekking routes since the 1980s. The trek starts from lower than 1000m and climbs to 5416m above the sea level.  Green valleys and fascinating villages offer impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas. It gives us a chance to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from many different angles and perspectives. At the same time exploring the lifestyles of various villages – hilly, mountain and town is an extra appeal of this trek.

This trek is divided into two parts, before crossing Thorong La and after. The valleys are close in distance but have very different flora and fauna from each other. It is mentally and physically challenging for trekkers on the way to the highest passes but once you are there the views of Manang, Muktinath, Kagabani, Marpha, and Poon Hill are fantastic and leave life long memories. After crossing highest pass, the valley looks more or less similar to Tibet; it is the mini Tibet of Nepal. Most of the time the trails follows the Mursangdi and Kaligandaki valley; it is the two habitats that make this trek so beautiful.

The lodges and tea houses in the Annapurna Trekking Region are well equipped with extensive menus ranging from the typical Nepali dahl bath (rice with lentils) to pizza and mo mo, and much more.  The local products are mostly organic. Hot showers are readily available as well. Most of the teahouses along the way do have Wi-Fi so that you can contact your love ones at home and even send them some photos of the day.

 

It is possible to do this trek in all seasons; however, in the winter the Base Camp can sometimes be closed due to the snow level. In spring time, the huge rhododendron forests are in full bloom which gives the trek an extra appeal.

For those who love walking, nature and the Himalayas, there is no question that this is one of the best places in the entire world for all three.

Trip Highlights

  • Historical, cultural sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Experience a complete ecosystem in the Himalayas
  • View of the world’s highest mountains: Dhaulagiri I (7th), Manaslu (8th) and Annapurna I (10th)
  • Cross the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 meters
  • Visit the famous pilgrimage place of Muktinath
  • Walk through the world’s deepest gorge in the Kaligandaki valley
  • Bathe in natural hot springs at Tatopani
  • View impressive sunrise and mountain views from Ghorepani and Poon Hill

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu,(1,300m/4,264ft).
  • Day 02:Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation
  • Day 03:Drive Kathmandu to Khudivia Beshisahar(800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours
  • Day 04:Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 05:Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 06:Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours
  • Day 07:Dharapanito Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 6-7 hours
  • Day 08:Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 09:Pisang to Manang:(3,540m/11,614ft.) 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 10:Manang: Acclimatization day
  • Day 11:Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 12:Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours
  • Day 13:ThorongPhedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La passes (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours
  • Day 14:Muktinath to Kagbeni (2,810m/8,760ft): 4-5 hours
  • Day 15:Kagbeni to Marpha (2,670m/9,219 ft.): 4 - 5 hours
  • Day 16:Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours
  • Day 17:Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 18:Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours
  • Day 19:Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tikhedhunga (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours
  • Day 20:Tikhedhunga to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via NayaPul: 3-4 hours trek, 1.30 hour drive.
  • Day 21:Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6-7 hours
  • Day 22:Final departure

Cost Includes:

  • Airport / Hotel pick up & drop off by private tourist vehicle.
  • Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. All meals during the trek     
  • Three star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Teahouses during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek.
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle as per the itinerary.
  • Local licensed proficient English speaking guide.
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance, equipment and medicine for our staff.
  • Annapurna National Park permits ACAP and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Tourist Saga Tourism (which must be returned after the trek).
  • Complimentary snacks (cookies, fresh fruits) on the Trek.
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance
  • All Nepali government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.

Cost Excludes:

  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu and Pokhara (Requires approximately USD or equivalent currency $15 to $25 per person per day)
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation (compulsory).
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. See above for information.
  • Mineral water, Alcoholic, and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, shower, etc.)
  • Tips for guide, porter (Tipping is expected).
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Cost Includes' section.
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu,(1,300m/4,264ft).

    A hearty welcome to Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital and cultural hub. We’ll be waiting with a warm greeting and easy transfer to your hotel by private tourist car. We will then have an early evening briefing about your trek and introduction to your guide.

    • Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

      Today after breakfast we go on a cultural tour to some of the most historic and architectural attractions in Kathmandu valley which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. We visit the famous Temple in the town, 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath), historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is the largest Buddhist stupas in the world and Hindu divine temple of Pashupatinath. In the evening introduced to fellow participants, and briefly discuss our trip.

      • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Khudivia Beshisahar(800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours

        Today we start the formal part of our trip. Your guide will have explained everything to you the night before. All our backpacks must be ready before breakfast as breakfast will be served early in the morning at our hotel. We will be picked up from the hotel around 6:30am and head to the bus station. The bus leaves at around 7:00am from Kathmandu and normally stops two times on the way for lunch and snack breaks. We will have refreshing views of the river valley with rice, millet and other crops. Finally in the afternoon we will reach a beautiful place, Besishahar. From here, a half an hour drive takes us to our trek starting point in Khudi. Khudi is small settlement on the banks of Marsyangdi River. We will stay overnight in a teahouse.

        • Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 - 7 hours

          Today we start our trek after breakfast in Khudi. We cross several mountain villages, suspension bridges and a nice subtropical forest. At first the trail is gradual but soon becomes steeper. Before reaching Sirung village we pass the ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche. Stay overnight at Sirung.

          • Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 - 7 hours

            We start our day with an interesting view of forest and village. On the way, we may see several species of birds. After crossing several mountain villages we reach Syange, where there is a large waterfall. After a long walk along the Valley of Marshyangdi River we arrive at Jaget. Stay overnight at Jaget.

            • Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

              In the morning we are ready to start another long day along the Marshyangdi River Valley. First an hour easy walking; on the way we will see a very nice waterfall. We cross a suspension bridge before the trail goes steeply uphill. The trail continues uphill until we reach Tal, which is very nice village on the bank of Marshyangdi River. We will stop for lunch in Tal. From here, the trail is easy and mostly flat all the way to the village of Karte. We cross another bridge before we reach Dharapani village. We will stay overnight in Dharapani for a good rest and sleep.

              • Day 07: Dharapanito Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 6-7 hours

                After breakfast we leave from Dharapani on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of this area. For the first couples of hours, the trail is gradual. After Danaquy, the trail becomes a steep uphill to the wonderful village of Timang. We will stop at this fantastic place for our lunch. Here we feel very close to the big mountains with panoramic views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna and Manaslu. From here we walk through alpine and rhododendron forests crossing a few villages. Finally we make it to Chame which is small, nice town. In the afternoon we will explore Chame and bathe in its hot springs. We will feel relaxed and our tired muscles will feel relieved.

                • Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

                  Today we start our day slowly in the nice alpine forest. The trail is gradual and wide with the breathtaking views of Lamjung, and Annapurna Mountain. We cross a suspension bridge along the same Marshyangdi River and then walk steeply uphill to Dhuker Pokhari where we will have lunch. From here the valley becomes much wider with views of the high Annapurna Himalayas range. After an hour of easy walking, we reach Lower Pisang. Stay overnight at Pisang.

                  • Day 09: Pisang to Manang:(3,540m/11,614ft.) 6 - 7 hours

                    There are two trekking routes to Manang. The lower one is much easier and shorter than the upper one. The upper one is more difficult but has more scenic views. One route is on the left hand side of the valley and the other is on the right hand side of valley of the Annapura Mountain range. After a very nice and long walk we reach Manang which is the largest village in the Manang district. We will stay overnight in Manang for a good rest and sleep.

                    • Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization day

                      Today will be spent resting and allowing our bodies to become acclimatized to the high altitude. There are several of things to do around Manang to acclimatize. After breakfast we will take a short hike up to the Gangapurna Lake and climbing higher will really help with acclimatization. In the afternoon we will explore Manang and rest. Stay overnight at Manang.

                      • Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours

                        From Manang village, the trail winds gradually in a north-easterly direction to the village of Tenki. From here we see only small bushes; there are no more big tree because of the high altitude. The valley higher and we will see the panoramic beauty of the Himalayas. Finally we arrive at Yak Kharka which means the place where Yaks graze. After lunch we will hike about an hour more which will help our acclimatization and our sleep tonight in Yak Kharka.

                        • Day 12: Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours

                          Today is a short walk to Throng Phedi. We should walk very slowly so as to adjust to the altitude. At first the trail goes gradually uphill. After we cross a suspension bridge along the Throng Khola, the path becomes steep and rocky on the way to Throng Phedi. Now you may feel the high altitude. After lunch here, we will spend time resting and preparing for tomorrow which is our biggest day of this trip.

                          • Day 13: ThorongPhedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La passes (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours

                            Finally our dream comes true!! Our biggest and longest day starts early in the morning; we will start out walking with the help of a head lamp. The rocky trail heads uphill with some parts steep and some parts more gradual. It is a good idea to take it slow, drink enough water, breathe deeply and walk together in the group. Finally we reach the top of Throng La which is oldest and highest pass. The view of all the Himalayas is incredible. We will spend a short time here capturing amazing photos. There is always the potential for chilly winds which are quite common. As we start heading down, some parts are very steep; we must be careful because the way is narrow and may be slippery due to ice. By the afternoon we will reach Muktinath. Stay overnight in Muktinath for a good sleep.

                            • Day 14: Muktinath to Kagbeni (2,810m/8,760ft): 4-5 hours

                              After breakfast, we will start hiking slowly. The way to Kagbeni is downhill through a few mountain villages. Here the valley is much wider. We call this is a cold desert in Nepal. Very little rain falls here so everything is dry but interesting. Finally, we are in the very old town of Kagbeni, one of the most unique and interesting villages of this whole trip. It is the gateway to the Upper Mustang Kingdom. In the afternoon, we will explore very old houses, temples and the almost 700 year old Kagbeni Monastery. Stay overnight in Kagbeni.

                              • Day 15: Kagbeni to Marpha (2,670m/9,219 ft.): 4 - 5 hours

                                Today we have only a short walk of about 4 hours; the trail is flat all the way along the Kaligandaki River. It is a windy valley so we will start in the morning to avoid the big winds that blow in the afternoon. We will pass through Jomsome, which is headquarters of Mustang District. The trail continues to the south; an hour’s hike takes us to beautiful Apple Valley of Marpha. Marpha is known as the capital city of apple; in the autumn season we can enjoy fresh apples, apple juice, apple pie, apple brandy and many more apple product. Here we can also find the tasty Thakali Khana Set, an authentic dish with rice and vegetable. In the afternoon we will visit the Buddhist Monastery and explore this unique town. It is a very peaceful, clean and amazing place. Stay overnight in Marpha.

                                • Day 16: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours

                                  Today we will follow the Holy River Kaligandaki on a flat and wide trail. We will pass several Thakali villages. We will be able to see Mt Annapurna I, Dhulagiri, Tukuche and more fantastic views along the way. Finally we reach Kalopani. Stay overnight at Kalopani for a good rest and sleep.

                                  • Day 17: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours

                                    Today is another long day trekking along the Kaligandaki Valley. Mostily, we are heading down through alpine forest. We cross a very high suspension bridge at Ghasa then continue heading down through Kopchepani. We can stop here to enjoy a view of the waterfall, Rupche Chhahara and the nearby old and deep Gorge in Dana. We will cross a few suspension bridges and villages. After a long walk, we are in a lower place with the lot of orange, gove and banana trees along the trail. The rice and millet fields are really wonderful. We will have the privilege of observing the lifestyle of the local people. By the afternoon, we will reach Tatopani which means the place of Natural Hot Springs. In the Evening, we can baths in the hot spring to relax our tired body and legs.

                                    • Day 18: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

                                      Today is another long day. Almost the entire trail is uphill, sometimes steep and sometimes gradual. A short walk from Tatopani, we will cross a suspension bridge over the Kaligandaki River. We will pass a few nice villages on the way to Sikha. Again we will have the privilege of observing the lifestyle of the local people. We will walk along the rhododendron forest where in the spring season it is very beautiful with plentiful flowers. Finally we reach Ghorepani at the top of the hill. It is a cold place; in the tea house we will warm ourselves by the wooden fireplace. Stay overnight in Ghorepani.

                                      • Day 19: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tikhedhunga (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours

                                        Today around 4.30 am, we will start our hike. We will hike for about an hour, with the help of our head lamps, to Poon Hill at 3,210m. It is a very steep uphill but you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Himalayas. POON HILL is the best view point to see the Annapurna range, Dhulagiri, Tukche, Lamjung himal, Fishtail and many more. Sunrise over the mountains is astonishingly beautiful. We will spend about half an hour at this viewpoint capturing some this incredible beauty before heading back to the teahouse. We will eat a hot breakfast before starting our trek to Tikhedhunga. The trail is downhill all the way. Walking through rhododendron forests, makes this part of the trek quite beautiful. Finally we come to Tikhedhunga after the long descent. This is our last night in the wonderful mountains. Over night at Tikhedhunga.

                                        • Day 20: Tikhedhunga to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via NayaPul: 3-4 hours trek, 1.30 hour drive.

                                          From Tikhedhunga we will walk downhill and pass several villages; this is one of the best and most relaxing walks along the hillside of western Nepal. After reaching Nayapul, an hour and half drive will take us back to Pokhara.

                                          • Day 21: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6-7 hours

                                            We will leave from Pokhara in the morning. After reaching Kathmandu, we can take a rest. In the afternoon, we can do some souvenir shopping. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

                                            • Day 22: Final departure

                                              Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! Wish you all the best!! We can exchange emails and photos with your travel companions and Zam Zam Trekking P. LTD. A representative from Zam Zam Trekking will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

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                                              Truily Amazing Experience !!

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                                              A friend and I did Annapurna Circut trek about 3 years ago with Dinesh and his crew. It was amazing experience and one I will remember for the rest of my life. It was made truly special by our guide Dinesh  and the person I now call my friend. He is the most caring, trustworthy, safety conscience individual I have met. He’s knowledge of Nepals' history made the trek engaging and gave me an experience that I had not expected. 

                                              Truily Amazing Experience !!
                                              Shun Ying Tung
                                              Canada

                                              Trip Note

                                              You are welcome to make your own custom-made itinerary. Kindly be advised that we suggest that you make provision for at least 1 to 2 extra days in your trip.

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