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Annapurna Circuit is the one of the famous cycling trials and one of the longest trekking trials in the world. Since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977, the Annapurna Circuit Trek has become renowned as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world with lush green valleys and fascinating villages that offer impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas.
Starting from less than 1000 meters, it gives us a chance to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from many different angles and perspectives. This three-week trek starts right from Syange which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.
This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village, inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic views of the Himalayas. Continuing to the north of the main Himalayan range to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.
The highest point of the Annapurna Circuit is the Thorong La Pass at the top of the valley at 5,416 m.
Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter-clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many people to manage in one day.
As we descend to the west at Muktinath, from the pass we continue to the barren Tibetan like village of the Kali Gandaki – the world’s deepest gorge, passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorong La Pass from Manang to Muktinath, we head to Tatopani for hot springs and climb Poon Hill before descending to Pokhara.
Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m) Overnight at a Hotel.
Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley Overnight at a Hotel.
Drive to Besisahar (830 m) in a Public Bus and Take a Jeep to Syange (1100 m) 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Tal (1700 m) 5 hours Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Danaque (1860 m) 5 hours Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Chame (2670 m) 4 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Upper Pisang (3300 m) 6 hours Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Ngawal (3660 m) 5 hours Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Manang (3500 m) via Bhraka (3360 m) 5 hours Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Acclimatization Day at Manang Village Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 m) 5 hours Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 m) 5 hours Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorung La Pass (5416 m) 8 hours Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Marpha (2670 m) via Lubra Pass (4020 m) 8 hours Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Kalopani (2530 m) 7 hours Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Tatopani (1190 m) 6 hours Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Trek to Ghorepani (2810 m) 6 hours Overnight at a Guesthouse.
Hike to Poon Hill (3210 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1570 m) 5 hours Overnight at Guesthouse.
Trek to Nayapul (1010 m) and Drive to Pokhara 4 hours Overnight at a Hotel.
Drive Back to Kathmandu (1400 m) in a Tourist Bus 7 hours Overnight at a Hotel.
Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure.
Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m)
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and he will be displaying an Adventure White Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.
Note: If you happen to arrive after 4 pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer.
Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
Your sightseeing trip will be started from 08:30 am after the breakfast.. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.
Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going around the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.
Swayambhunath Stupa is Buddhist Stupa where lots of monkey we can see over there that’s why people called monkey temple. Its lies in high hillock where we can see Kathmandu valley views as well. There you can see the two eyes symbol it means almost people are equally treated no one is inequality they try to symbol of for the human being’s man and women low cast and high cast poor and rich able people and disable people almost are similar. So, you can get from there nice view and good lesson.
Note: The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.
Drive to Besisahar (830 m) in a Public Bus and Take a Jeep to Syange (1100 m) 8 hours
Today we will take a public bus from Kathmandu to Besisahar and from there we will take a jeep to Syange. We will witness beautiful landscape, rivers and waterfalls on the way.
Trek to Tal (1700 m) 5 hours of trek
Now tighten up the shoe’s laces. We will start walking gradually following the beautiful Marsyangdi River. This walk will be slightly ascending and we will come across the beautiful waterfalls on this walk. We will rest at Tal tonight.
Trek to Danaque (1860 m) 5 hours f trek
This will be our exciting day. We will leave Marsyangdi River behind and continue our journey to witness Annapurna II and Pisang Peak and beautiful landscape and old villages. Don’t miss an opportunity to take beautiful pictures as we observe mountains, waterfalls and countryside life style of Nepal. We will rest at Danaque.
Trek to Chame (2670 m) 4 hrs. of trek
We will continue our walk enjoying the view of mountains, and waterfalls on the way. Today will be an easy day. After 4 hours of walking, we will reach Chame, the headquarter of Manang. It’s a beautiful little town with more facility than our previous days.
Trek to Upper Pisang (3300 m) 6 hours
After breakfast, we continue our trek to Upper Pisang. On the way, we will walk through the dense forest, Marsyangdi River and come across the beautiful panoramic views of meadows and mountains. During this walk, we will see the first view of gigantic Paungda Dada rock face, which is curved like a bowl shape. Eventually, after 6 hours walk, we will reach Upper Pisang from where we can see Majestic Annapurna II standing high on our south and we will rest here today.
Trek to Ngawal (3660 m) 5 hours
Today, wake up early in the morning, watch the beautiful sunrise and first ray of sun on Annapurna II. After breakfast, we will continue our trek towards Ngawal. The trail to Ngawal is about 400 m higher than the lower trail but you will have great opportunities to witness high altitude flora and fauna, beautiful gorges, Annapurna II and III and Pisang Peak. We will take rest in Ngawal.
Trek to Manang (3500 m) via Bhraka (3360 m) 5 hours
We continue our trek walking through the big hills, jungle and wetlands. On the way, we can see beautiful landscapes, stupas and lama school. After 6 hours of walking, we will reach Manang, one of the happening places of the trek.
Acclimatization Day at Manang Village
We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang by doing some walks and sightseeing around the village. We will visit a monastery and go to Gangapurna Glacier Lake during our walk. Towards the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a night’s rest.
Trek to Yak Kharka (4000 m) 5 hours
After acclimatization and rest at Manang, we will be energized and excited to continue our walk towards Yak Kharka which ascends by 500 m. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000 m. Herds of yaks and vegetations appear to thin out.
Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 m) 5 hours or high camp (4990 m)
After a two-hour ascent, the trail descends to cross the river at 4310 m. We then climb up to Thorong Phedi at (4450 m) where decent guesthouses have been built in the recent years.
Trek to Muktinath (3800 m) via Thorung La Pass (5416 m) 8 hours
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at 4 am to reach the pass by 9-10 am. Otherwise weather conditions (strong winds) will greatly affect the journey, particularly at the Thorong La Pass. We climb steeply on a regular route which is quite easy to follow. However, some problems may arise due to altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. After four hours of climbing to the pass marked by the chortens and prayer flags, we will be rewarded with stunning views from the top of the pass. Another four hours of walking will take us to the holy town of Muktinath.
Muktinath means place of nirvana and is home to the Muktinath Temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows we feel are relieved when visiting the Temple. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. The prime pilgrimage month is September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple which has a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame fueled by natural gas.
Trek to Marpha (2670 m) via Lubra Pass (4020 m) 8 hours
So now, we are at the other side of the Thorong La Pass, most of the land we see will be dry and looks somewhat like the desert. We will continue our trek walking by the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Most of the time, we will descend with closer view of stupas and old traditional houses and civilization of Mustang. Marpha is the home to the legendary apple orchids. We will be able to taste the apples and the myriad apple products like pies and wine. Apple Brandy is another local specialty that we may be lucky enough to taste on route.
Trek to Kalopani (2530 m) 7 hours
We descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River. On this trail, we will have an opportunity to view Annapurna I and beautiful landscapes. There is so many kinds of landscape landslide, deep George, small valley, dense forest, Pine forest and many and more over there, Then overnight stay at Kalopani.
Trek to Tatopani (1190 m) 6 hours of trek
We still continue to descend through Kali Gandaki River Valley. On the way, we will encounter the world’s deepest gorge, Kopchepani. Tatopani is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax our body after a long trek. We will spend couple of hours in hot spring there is natural hot spring where lots of people taking hot bath in Tatopani over night stay at Tatopani teahouse.
Trek to Ghorepani (2810 m) 6 hours
Today is another big day. It will take about 7 hours to walk from Tatopani to Ghorepani. We climb about 1,620 meters up. From Ghorepani, we will be able to see Annapurna South, Himchuli and Tukuche Himal. We will pass a couple of Magar and Gurung villages on the trail.
Hike to Poon Hill (3210 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1570 m) 5 hours
Very early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3,210 m – a brilliant spectacle. This vantage point provides unobstructed views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas, weather permitting. There we spend about an hour. We return to Ghorepani where we take a hot breakfast at the hotel. We trek down towards Tikhedunga, walking down along the ridges and through rhododendron forests before finally reaching Tikhedhunga.
Trek to Nayapul (1050 m) and Drive to Pokhara 4 hours
After a couple of hours trekking, we reach Biraethanti where we might have check TIMS and permit, then we trek to within 20 minutes Nayapul (1050 m). When we will be in Nayapul our vehicle is waiting for us within 3 hours we will be in Lake city Pokhara. If we arrived before 3 pm we explore around Pokhara for lake view otherwise we will stay at hotel have rest shower and then dinner at 7:00pm.
Drive Back to Kathmandu (1300 m) in a Tourist Bus 7 hours
We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning.
If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, mountain biking and other activities.
In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight stay in Thamel
Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure
The trip concludes here. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
Cost Included (✓)
✓ Entry permit Annapurna conservation area
✓ TIMS (Trekking Information Management System)
✓ All meals three times a day (Breakfast, lunch and Dinner)
✓ Accommodation in tea house
✓ All land transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Pokhara to Kathmandu and Pokhara to Naipaul and Naipaul to Pokhara
✓ All pick up and drops (airports to hotel and airport to hotel)
Cost Excluded (✗)
✗ Emergency mountain medical rescue (provided by your insurance company please buy it in your country you can’t buy it in Nepal)
✗ Personal nature of expenses such as drinking water, hot shower Wi-Fi etc.
✗ Lunch and dinner in city
✗ Your personal trekking gears
✗ Food and accommodation in city
✗ Light weight trekking boot
✗ Sleeping bag and down jacket Two pairs of loose-fitting long skirts
✗ Two pairs of cotton T-shirt
✗ Sun glass and sun hat
✗ One pairs of sandals
✗ Two pairs of thin and two pairs of thick woolen socks
✗ First aids kits
✗ Flash light
✗ Sunblock cream
✗ Water bottle
✗ Chlorine for the water purification
✗ Some dry food and candy as well
Note: Tips for the guide and porter (tips are not compulsory but this is your satisfaction with them if you are really happy with them service of them you can give as respect as tips).
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