Annapurna Circuit Trek

Trexmount Ventures welcomes you in our remarkable and fascinating trekking to Annapurna Circuit to experience an adventure of a life time, listed as world’s 10th top scenic travel destinations by Lonely Planet with outstanding views and walking through friendly traditional hill villages in the land of legendry Gurung, Manang, Thakali and Pun, Magar tribe’s renowned as Gorkha soldiers in various countries.
Annapurna Circuit trek offers magnificent grandeur close up views of Annapurna I (8,091m-26,545ft) Annapurna South (7,219m-23,684ft), Gangapurna (7,455m-24,458ft) and Annapurna III (7,555m-24,7867ft) Lamjung Himal 6,931 m and towards east worlds 8th highest Mt. Manaslu 8,163 m, Pisang peak 6,091m, Chulu East 6,584 m, Chulu West 6,419m and the massive range of world’s 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 meters with adjoining Nilgiris, Tukuche peaks and Vara Shikar / Annapurna Fang with Mt. Machhapuchhre ‘Fish-Tail’ 6,997 m.
Annapurna Circuit trek starts from Lamjung and Manang area and concludes at picturesque Pokhara valley one of the main touristic spot in all Himalaya, where the mountains reflects on its tranquil Phewa and Begnas lakes. The walk leads to high green mid hills villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar tribes. As the walk progresses heading closer to mountainous and into the alpine zone find the pretty scenic villages of Dharapani and Chame.
After the alpine area, leaving behind the tree lines and forested area, move into the dry arctic terrain at Manang valley. This vaslley is a complete Buddhist region of strong Tibetan influence in culture, tradition, religions and in daily lif. At Manang with rest day, acclimatize before heading higher to Thorang-la pass.
Annapurna Circuit trek offers awesome scenery nearly every day with glorious views of snow capped peaks and valleys as the walk follows River Marsyangdi right up to its source near Manang lake fed from the glacier of Tilicho, A II and Gangapurna Himal.
After being well acclimatized head higher into the barren arctic terrain to reach the highest point of this trek at Thorang-la 5,416m-17,700ft with awesome picturesque panorama that surrounds this scenic windy spot. The walk then descend to holy Muktinath area, regarded as holy since ancient times with 108 spout flowing pure natural spring.
Muktinath meaning Liberation, pilgrims visit to offer prayer and to liberate themselves from the sin of a life time. The walk continues through the dry windy valley of Kaligandaki river to Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip.  The people here are from the Thakali tribes,  traders for many years on this Trans Himalayan Salt Trade Route.  At present they run hotels and lodges with appealing food menu.
Walk past several interesting villages of Marpha, Tukuche, Larjung and Kalapani famous for apples and its products and back into green forested area with awesome views of both Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range of mountains on either side of this Kaligandaki valley forming as the world’s deepest gorge.
Journey continues back into warm paddy fields area at Tatopani ‘hot spring’. Then move along onto the trail to Pokhara with an uphill climb through an enchanting rhododendron forest to Ghorepani. Visiting Poon Hill fora  super Himalayan panorama with stunning sunrise and on the long downhill path, conclude this amazing trek at Nayapul with a drive to scenic Pokhara valley and then back in the hustle bustle city life of Kathmandu after a wonderful and remarkable trek completing full Annapurna Circuit with great service of Trexmount Ventures with its friendly staff and guides.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu and our representative will transfer you to respective hotels. 
Day 02: Kathmandu free day for trek preparations or Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley, pay locally.
Day 03: Drive to Chamje (1,560 m-5,118 ft) via Beshishar (823 m-2,700 ft) – 09 hrs journey.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,860 m-6,102 ft) – 05hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2,715 m-8,907 ft) – 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3,185 m-10,449 ft) – 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Manang (3,350 m-10,991 ft) – 04 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Manang for acclimatization and hike.
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,130 m-13,550 ft) – 04 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Thorung High Camp (4,600 m-15,092 ft) – 04hrs.
Day 11: Trek to Muktinath (3,800 m-12,467 ft) via Thorang-la 5,415m – 06 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Marpha (2,670 m-8,759 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Lete (2,480 m-8,136 ft) – 06hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m-3,904 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750 m-9,022 ft) – 06 hrs.
Day 16: Trek to Tirkhedhunga (1,500 m-4,921 ft) – 05 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Nayapul (1,100 m-3,608 ft) and drive to Pokhara (860 m-2,821 ft).
Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotels.
Day 19: Transfer to airport for departure.

Itinerary Detail

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, Our Tour leader will make pre departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meeting will cover  trip related information & the collection of your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, Travel insurance). 

Day 02: Kathmandu: Free day or City Sightseeing (pay Locally for sightseeing)
After morning breakfast, free day for trek preparation. OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley with visiting into fascinating heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Square ( One is in Kathmandu, in Patan and also in Bhaktapur), Museum,  monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note:  this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally.

Day 03: Drive to Chamje (1,560 m-5,118 ft) via Beshishar (823 m- 2700 ft) – 08 hrs journeys.
As time set by our guide who accompanies you throughout this trip, depart from the hotel for an interesting drive on the busy road towards Chamje via Beshishar, drive leads through Himalayan foothills and green valley’s till Dumre town, and leaving the main Kathmandu / Pokhara highway towards Beshisar a large town and headquarter of Lamjung district, from here driving on the newly built dirt road leading to Chamje via Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marsyangdi River upstream, the drive continues passing rice terraces and villages and then uphill on leaving the Marsyangdi River to reach at Chamje for overnight stop via Jagat village, Chamje a small farm village with many lodges and the people from here are Manang of Tibetan origin.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1,920 m-6,299 ft) – 05 hours.
After a first night in local lodge with homely hospitality service, morning starts walking back to Marsyangdi River crossing and in the alpine woodlands, with super views of Annapurna, Lamjung and on the back Manaslu mountain ranges, walk leads on the wide trail to a nice village of Tal Besi, after having a break a few hours walk brings to Dharapani village for overnight halt, located on the mid way of around Manaslu and Annapurna circuit trek.

Day 05: Trek to Chame (2,670 m-8,759 ft) – 05 hours.
From Dharapani on wards temperature gets cooler with alpine temperature climate walk leads on the winding wide trail through serene rhododendron, pine woodland through small villages of Bagachap, Danque, and then climb higher to Timang village with super views of snow capped peaks towards North, from this village on wards in the land of Buddhist tradition and culture, an hour walk reaches to Koto and then towards Chame, a large town and the district headquarter of Manang area. Browse around the streets of Chame with wonderful views of AII and Lamjung Himal.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3, 230 m-10,597 ft) – 05 hrs.
From here onward feel the cool and fresh mountain air, morning walk leads through enchanting alpine forests of rhododendron and pine tree lines following the Marshyangdi River upstream with several ups and downs to Bhratang village, after this small village walk follows uphill’s through the woodlands at Dhukure Pokhari with couple of teahouses overlooking views of Chulu’s and Pisang peak and of Pisang village, after a break here descending to reach the lower Pisang village for overnight stop, afternoon at leisure and rest as the high altitude starts from here onwards.

Day 07: Trek to Manang Village (3,450 m-11,319 ft) – 05 hrs.
Morning with wonderful views of snow capped peaks with close look of A II North Face, heading towards a hill through nice pine woodland where one can catch awesome views of Manang valley with surrounding high snow capped mountains, from this view point heading downhill towards Manang valley reaching Hongde village with a small airstrip, (flight to and from Pokhara is only twice a week and unpredictable), from here onwards tree lines disappears into arid and barren landscapes with cold, dry climate temperature, however gets enough sunshine during the day with strong UV in this thin air altitude.

From here with constant views of snow capped peaks reaching at Braga close to Manang village, here it will be interesting to visit the old Braga monastery treasures old Buddhist artifacts, relics and stature with ancient amazing wall Thanka painting ( Buddhist religious painting) and frescos, from here breathtaking views of Annapurna range with Chulus and as far to Manaslu towards east, after a nice time here a slow and steady walk brings you at Manang village for lunch and overnight stop with alluring views of Gangapurna, A II and Tilicho peak and turquoise Manang lake nearby.

From Pisang and at Manang houses are built in traditional Tibetan style as people of Manang practice rich Buddhism religion, culture and traditions.

Day 08: Free and rest day at Manang for acclimatization.
A complete free and rest at Manang an ideal place for acclimatization which is essential at this altitude above 3,000 meters and to head more higher towards Thorang –la pass, Manang offers various optional short hike to Gangapurna glacier and Manang lake.

(Ice Lake takes more than 5 hours both ways we do not recommend unless people are very eager or fit to trek on this rest day)

Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110 m-13,484 ft) – 04 hours.
After a nice break and stop for two nights at Manang, our morning walks is easier on the gradual path passing the last village of Manang at Tenke and then in complete wilderness with gentle uphill walk to Ghunsang village with great views of Gangapurna, Tilicho and Chulu West peaks, then slowly reaching at Yak Kharka for lunch and overnight stop with great views,

Day 10: Trek to Thorong High Camp (4,600 m-15,091 ft) – 04 hrs.
Slowly and steady journey gets closer to the main highlights and highest elevation of this trip at Thorang-la pass, walk is pleasant except for the altitude the trail follows crossing a bridge after Ledar and then a short steep climb after the river reaching at Jarjung around this place chances of seeing some wildlife like Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, Mountain Goats or the rare and elusive Snow Leopard if lucky. Walk then reaches at Thorang Phedi (base of Thorang-la), after a break here walk on the scree zig zag slope path which is quite steep for an hour till High Camp is reached for lunch and overnight stop.

A great place with super views of Gangapurna, Damodar and Bhirkuti Himal and range of snow capped peaks.

Day 11: Cross Thorong-La (5,416 m-17,769 ft) and to Muktinath (3,800 m-12,467 ft) – 07 hrs.
Big Day! Starting quite early after breakfast to reach the top of the pass earlier before the cold wind catches with chill factors, the walk is gradual with ups and even trail most of the way and then slowly with a climb reaching the highest point of this trip and one of the highlights at 5,416m-17,700 ft high, the pass is festooned with hundreds of Buddhist prayer flags and with sign board ‘Thorang-la’ and its heights, this place with awesome views of snow capped mountains looking over West at Dhaulagiri, Mustang Himal as well.

After a great success, emotional with happy moment descend a long way to reach the bottom with few tea houses to refresh and for lunch before setting towards Muktinath for overnight after a long hard but interesting and adventurous day. The walk to Muktinath is pleasant for few hours, on reaching at Muktinath check into respective nice lodges for overnight stop and nice rest. This place is a holy for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

Day 12: Trek to Marpha (2, 670m-8,759 ft) via Jomsom (2, 715 m-8,907 ft) – 06 hours.
After a Big long walk of previous day, today a pleasant trek on the downhill path passing by the village of Jharkot with a drop of 1,200 meters to Kaligandaki river bed, on reaching the wide Kaligandaki River valley at a small place of Ekale bhatti, continue walk on the flat wide valley for few hours reaching at Jomsom, head quarter of Mustang area.

Jomsom with an airstrip above Kaligandaki River (operates daily morning schedule flight to and from Pokhara). From Jomsom a nice walk to Marpha, can get very windy in the afternoon on reaching charming Marpha a gem of a village with large apple orchard and its product, Marpha lined with whitewashed houses, paved streets and well kept neat lodges.

Day 13: Trek to Lete (2,480m-8,136 ft) – 06 hrs.
From Marpha, walk is pleasant following the Kaligandaki river downstream to reach at Tukuche another charming village, located on the bottom of majestic Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri, with wonderful views of Nilgiris peaks and massif tumbling icefalls of Dhaulagiri’s South East Face, from here walk leads to Larjung village and back to wood land of rhododendron and pine trees, the path leads away from the river bed for an hour to reach Kalalpani village with spectacular views of of Mt.Annapurna I, Nilgiri’s and Dhaulagiri with nice forest surrounding, and then a short downhill reaches at Lete village for the overnight halt.

Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (1,190 m-3,904 ft)- 06 hrs.
After Lete onward brings you to a dramatic change in landscapes, lush vegetation, walking into warmer area between the towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna forming the world’s deepest gorge of Kaligandaki. The walk leads through Ghasa village with several isolated houses, lodges, the walk is pleasant walk on the paddy fields farm area with warm sub-tropical climate most of way Tatopani village, after passing the great super Rupsi Rupsi.

At Tatopani village which means ‘Hot Spring’ the area is quite constricted with sub-tropic climate, at Tatopani enjoy the large hot water spring pools near shore of Kaligandaki River.

Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani (2,750 m-9,022 ft) – 06 hrs.
Today offers one hard day of walking with last uphill climb of this journey all the way to Ghorepani from Tatopani after crossing and leaving the river behind. We enjoy a steep climb for an hour to Ghara village, continue walking on a winding trail with a gradual climb all the way through thick rhododendron and pine forest to reach at Chitre. From Chitre we have an hour uphill walk that brings us to Deurali in Ghorepani. This village offers superb views of world’s 07th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri with Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar / Annapurna Fang, this nice blue colored lodge and houses of Ghorepani.  Ghorepani lies on the old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route which extends to Upper Mustang and beyond to Tibet, this village inhabited mostly by Pun Magar tribe and widely famous for Pun Hill view point.

Day 16: Trek to Tirkhedhunga (1,500 m-4,921 ft) – 05 hrs.
Starting early morning with optional hike to Pun-Hill at 3,190 m-10,466 ft that leads through beautiful rhododendron and pine woodlands with impressive views of surrounding rolling green hills and snow capped peaks. Upon reaching Pun Hill marvel at the fantastic panorama with sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal in the far eastern horizon including the majestic Mt. Machhapuchhre “The Fish Tail” one of the most respected and unclimbed peak.  After a wonderful time at Pun hill descend back to Ghorepani for breakfast and continue walk on the scenic trail to Tirkhedhunga with downhill drop all the way through nice cool forest passing the villages of Bhanthati and Ulleri.

At Tirkhedhunga enjoy the comfort of nice cozy lodge for the last overnight stop before Pokhara.

Day 17: Trek to Nayapul (1,100 m-3,608 ft) and drive to Pokhara (860 m-2,821 ft).
Today offers the last walk of this fabulous journey. Enjoy it on the downhill path with great views of cascading waterfalls along the way to Bhirethati, a nice village by side of Modi River. After short break continue the last 40 minutes walk to Nayapul.  Here board  a vehicle and then completing last final trek of this wonderful adventure witha scenic drive of less than two hours.  Reaches Pokhara for an overnight stop by the pristine Lake Phewa, time in the afternoon to browse around the lake side stores and shops and relax in this beautiful setting.

Day 18: Drive back to Kathmandu.
With great time up in the high hill, villages and at scenic Pokhara morning transfer for an interesting drive back to Kathmandu, after a wonderful experience up in the high green hill and mountains of Annapurna, on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure.

(For those who wish to fly to Kathmandu transfer to Pokhara airport with 30 minutes of scenic flight to Kathmandu).

Day 19: Departure:
Breakfast in the Hotel, Transfer to Tribhuvan International airport for  departure towards your next destination.

Includes and Excludes

Price Option 1: USD 960 Per Person.
Includes:
Transport: 

–        Airport Pick up and drops Transfer.
–        Private Ground transportation as per itinerary
Accommodations:
 –       3 Star Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Breakfast.
–        Private room during the trekking (Tea House section).
Food: 
–       Breakfast in the Hotel while at Kathmandu & Pokhara.

Permit:
–        Annapurna conservation entry permits.
–        TIMS Permit.
Staffs: 
–        An experience guide and required number of porters (one porter in between two pax), their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, insurance, and equipments.
Equipments:
–        Warm sleeping bag, warm down jacket and walking stick, if necessary.
–        Trek bag

Excludes:
–        Meals as Mention in the inclusive list.
–        Tips to staff or any donations.
–        Temple and monastery entry fee, & entry fees while sightseeing in kathmandu & Pokhara.
–        Your travel insurance, Medical and emergency evacuation (Just in case).
–        All types of drinks (such as Hot & cold drinks, Mineral water and alcoholic drinks).
–        All personal expenses which is not mention into the price inclusion.

Price Option 2: USD 1290 Per Person
Includes:
Transport: 

–        Airport Pick up and drop transfer by car, van or bus depend on group size.
–        Private Ground transportation as per itinerary
Accommodations:
 –       3 Star Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Breakfast.
–        Private room during the trekking (Tea House section).
Food: 
–       Breakfast in the Hotel while at Kathmandu & Pokhara. And Meal on full boards basis (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking.

Permit:
–        Annapurna conservation entry permits.
–        TIMS Permit.
Staffs: 
–        An experience guide and required number of porters (one porter in between two pax), their food, accommodation, transportation, salary, insurance, and equipments.
Equipments:
–        Warm sleeping bag, warm down jacket and walking stick, if necessary.
–        Trek bag

Excludes:
–        Meals as Mention in the inclusive list.
–        Tips to staff or any donations.
–        Temple and monastery entry fee, & entry fees while sightseeing in kathmandu & Pokhara.
–        Your travel insurance, Medical and emergency evacuation (Just in case).
–        All types of drinks (such as Hot & cold drinks, Mineral water and alcoholic drinks).
–        All personal expenses which is not mention into the price inclusion.

Equipments and Packing

Trip Map

Trip Fact

Trip Summary:
Trip accommodation:      Hotels & Lodge on route trek
Trek grade:                         Moderate to Adventurous
Trek duration:                   14 / 15 days till Pokhara
Highest altitude gain:      5,416 m at Thorang-la.
Total Trip:                           18 / 19 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu.
Seasons:                              All season except mid June to August.

Trip Highlights

Full of excitement throughout this trip from villages, green hills, forest, landscapes and mountains are the main attraction and highlights of this trip, beneath world’s 10th highest Mt. Annapurna at 8,091 m and 7th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri 8,167 m, , trekking around Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massive mountain range, dramatic variation from sub-tropic – Mediterranean, alpine to arctic climate temperature and landscapes, daily amazing panorama views with views of world’s 3highest mountains Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu, fascinating traditional mid hills Gurung, Manang, Thakali & Pun Magar tribe villages, super mountain panorama with breathtaking sunrise from Pun Hill and trekking in world’s deepest gorge of Kali-Gandaki River.

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