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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Start From:   US$ 2585


Total Duration:23 Days

Trip Grade:Moderate to Strenuous

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Transportation:Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus

Accommodation:Hotel, Lodge and Tea House

Max. Altitude:5416m/17765ft

Activities:Sightseeing, Day hikes and Trekking including a high pass crossing

Trip Starts in:Kathmandu

Trip Ends in:Kathmandu

Trip Route:Kathmandu - Besisahar - Chame - Manang - Thorang La (Pass) - Muktinath - Jomsom - Marpha - Tatopani - Ghorepani - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Best Months:March, April, May, October & November

Group Size:1 to 20 Pax

Permits Needed:ACAP Permit & TIMS Card

Walking Hour:4 to 7 hours per day

Fitness Level:Excellent

Trip Code:AAAC05

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The Annapurna Circuit is one of the most popular classic and spectacular trekking trails of the world. Starting at about 800 meters from subtropical mid-hills and green valleys, it gives us a chance to explore the Himalayas from many different angles and perspectives. The Annapurna massif is perhaps the most astonishing and extraordinary mountain range in the Himalayas and walking around this mountain range is simply spectacular. It is well known among the trekking enthusiasts that the Annapurna Circuit trekking is amongst the most highly regarded walking holidays in the world circumnavigating worlds tenth highest mountain, the Annapurna I (8091 m) and several other major peaks of Annapurna massif that offers most splendid Himalayan vistas. From a mere height of 800 meters to the high altitude of 5416 meters, you will pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with an amazing range of flora and fauna that prosper within the range.

The 10 to 21 days trek of Annapurna Circuit can be started from Besisahar, Bhulbhule or Chyamje after about 6 to 10 hours of drive from Kathmandu. Then we follow the Marsyangdi River towards north through pretty Nepali villages, beautiful valleys, farmlands and lush forests. As we climb higher we not only perceive the vegetation changes but also notice the change in lifestyle, tradition, culture and costume of the local people. The initial days of the trek involves walking through friendly villages, rice farms, forests  and in the lower realms of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The trek continues passing through dozens of lowlands and high mountain villages and some of the most spectacular natural scenery in the world. Just imagine the thrills of crossing the famous high pass, the Thorong La (5416 m/17764 ft) on the way from Manang to Muktinath with Annapurna I, world’s tenth highest mountain rising to 8091 m to the east and Dhaulagiri, world’s 7th highest mountain towering 8167 m to the west accompanied by several neighboring peaks.

Further down from the pass, on the windy Kali Gandaki valley we come along Holy pilgrimage site of Muktinath in a quiet poplar grove. Muktinath is a complex of four main temples scared to both Hindus and Buddhists.  At the courtyard of the temple are 108 waterspouts, pilgrims believed to wash away all their sins and gain spiritual merit upon bathing in each of them. The mysterious natural gas fires beneath the altar of Jwala Mai temple amazes the visitors. Trekking ahead from Muktinath passing through the windy Kali Gandaki valley to Jomsom and the apple orchards of Marpha, enter the deepest gorge in the world, and before ending our trek in the foothills, we stop en route in the hot spring of Tatopani to take a dip in and soothe our weary feet and then to Ghorepani to watch sunrise over the mountains from the view tower of Poon Hill (3210 m/10529 ft). Circling back to Pokhara, we further explore more spectacular natural sceneries and culturally rich ethnic villages.

Trip Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley
  • Exciting and scenic drive to Besisahar
  • Trekking through beautiful hill villages of different ethnicity and visiting interesting temples and age old Monasteries
  • Epic trekking experience through diverse landscape and over a high pass at 5416m/17765ft
  • Breath-taking views of high Himalayan peaks
  • The early morning hike up to the famous view tower of Poon Hill for breathtaking sunrise and superb views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Range

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01:Pick up from the airport and transfer to the Hotel/ Briefing about the trip

Day 02:Kathmandu sightseeing: UNESCO World Heritage Sites/ Trek Preparation

Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (800 m/2624 ft) 6-7 hours

Day 04:Besisahar to Bahundanda (1270 m/4166 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 05:Bahundanda to Chyamche (1410 m/4625 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 06:Chyanche to Bagarchhap (2160 m/7085 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 07:Bagarchhap to Chame ( 2710 m/8889 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 08:Chame to Upper Pisang (3310 m/10857 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 09:Upper Pisang to Manang (3540 m/ 11611 ft) 6-7 hours

Day 10:Acclimatisation Day / Day hikes

Day 11:Manang to Yak Kharka (4020 m/13186 ft) 3:30-4:30 hours

Day 12:Yak Kharka to High Camp (4850 m/15908 ft) 4-5 hours

Day 13:Highcamp to Muktinath (3800 m/12464 ft) via Thorong La (5416 m/17764 ft) 7-9 hours

Day 14:Muktinath to Kagbeni (2840 m/9315 ft) 4-5 hours

Day 15:Kagbeni to Marpha (2680 m/8790 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 16:Marpha to Kalopani (2530 m/8298 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 17:Kalopani to Tatopani (1190 m/3903 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 18:Tatopani to Ghorepani (2870 m/9414 ft) 6-7 hours

Day 19:Ghorepani to Tadapani (2710 m/8889 ft) 5-6 hours

Day 20:Tadapani to Ghandruk (1990 m/6527 ft) 3-4 hours

Day 21:Ghandruk to Nayapul (1000 m/3280 ft) 4-5 hours, Drive back to Pokhara (885 m/2903 ft) 1:30-2 hours

Day 22:Fly/ Drive Back to Kathmandu (1335 m/4379 ft) 25 minutes/6-7 hours

Day 23:Farewell and Departure: Drive to the airport for onward travel journey or back home

Cost Include

  • Necessary ground transportation and airport transfers on private vehicle
  • Three nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with breakfast
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing including all entry fees, tour guide and private transportation
  • Lodge/ Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner with hot drinks) during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinners in Traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural program
  • All ground transportation on a comfortable private vehicle and/or tourist coach as per the itinerary
  • An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek Guide and necessary number of strong and friendly Trekking Porters
  • Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, meals and accommodation
  • Necessary trekking equipments including down jacket, sleeping bag, trek poles, gaiters, water bottles, emergency blanket, duffel bag, waterproof bag covers, micro spikes etc. (to be returned after the trek completion)
  • Authentic Adventures stickers, trekking map and Trip Achievement Certificate are yours to take
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP Permit and TIMS Card)
  • Basic First-Aid Medical kit
  • Government taxes and office service charge

Cost Exclude

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International and excess baggage charge
  • Domestic flights and excess baggage charge (if any)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and/or Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and diners in Kathmandu and Pokhara besides welcome and farewell dinner
  • Expenses of personal nature like communication bills, laundry bills, spa, bar bills, cold drinks, mineral and boiled water, extra snacks, special coffee drinks (espresso, latte, mocha, cappuccino, americano etc.) during the trek
  • Personal trekking equipment and clothing
  • Extra expenses due to unexpected and unavoidable circumstances
  • Heli evac (if in case of emergency)
  • Tips and gratuities to the staffs

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