Annapurna Circuit

Trip Overview

This is one of the classic treks in the western Himalaya of Nepal. We walk round the Annapurna massif, passing through virtually every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer. We begin at the town of Besisahar, following the valley of the Marsyangdi River, climbing north and then westwards to circle right around the back of Annapurna and over the Thorong la Pass (5416m), down to the holy shrine of Muktinath, the second most important Hindu temple in the country. From here we descend southwards down to Jomsom towards the tremendous gorge of the Kali Gandaki River. Finally we take scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara in between the snow-capped mountains.

Day to Day Activity

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1350m),
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar and trek to Bhulbule (840m)
Day 04: Trek to Jagat (13011m)
Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1943m)
Day 06: Trek to Chame (2713m)
Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3190m)
Day 08: Trek to Manang (3540m)
Day 09: Acclimatisation Day
Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4018m)
Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4450m)
Day 12: Cross Thorung-La (5416m) and trek to Muktinath (3802m)
Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2713m)
Day 14: Fly to Pokhara
Day 15: Free in Pokhara
Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 17: Final depart,

Note: You only get Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. You’re on full board on trek.

Trip Highlight

» One of the world's great treks around the western Himalaya of Nepal
» Dramatically changing scenery of the Annapurna region
» Sunset and sunrise from Manang over Gangapurna and the great barrier of the Annapurna
» Cross the formidable Thorong La

Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
    Check in to your Hotel (Yak and Yeti) right in the centre of the town, just off Thamel.It’s easy to get all the important sights in Kathmandu valley.CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast

    Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (1350m),

    Today there is a half day guided tour to visit the old part of Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the old city.Here is the old Royal palace,with its intricate woodcarving and four fine towers.There’re several Hindu temples to house for different Hindu deities and images  including the resident for Kumari, the young girl who is revered as a living Goddess from mid 18th  century.You’ll get mangnificent example of Nepali architecture from medieval period around this Durbar square.Leading away from the square in all directions are narrow alleys, full of the most amazing variety of shops and stalls.

    You’re free in the afternoon to visit the most important Hindu temple in the valley at Pashupatinath, one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world at Bodnath or you may wish to visit the monkey temple at Swayambunath.CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel,  Included meal: Breakfast

    Day 03: Drive to Besi Sahar and trek to Bhulbule (840m)
    Leaving Kathmandu valley this morning we drive west over Chandra pass on a Prithivi High way along Trisuli river first and then following Marsyangdi river, towards the beautiful mountain landscapes of Central Nepal, home to the towering peaks of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and the iconic Machhapuchhre (the famous ‘Fish Tail’ mountain). Stopping for lunch along the high way, on arrival in the foothills around Besi Sahar (760m), the administrative centre of Lamjung district. We begin our trek up to the Gu-rung village of Khudi (790m). Following the gorge we pass a sprinkling of small hamlets and tropical forest, before making our way across the Khudi Khola to follow the trail north along the Marsyangdi Valley to Bhulbule (840m).BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 04: Trek to Jagat (1311m)
    Just after the village we pass beautiful waterfall on the right this morning. We cross the Ngadi Khola by way of a high suspension bridge and continue along its east bank up to the Brahmin settlement of Bahundanda on the ridge of the hill. The route takes us through the villages of Ngadi and Lampata and to the north-east we are treated to some stunning views of Manaslu (8156m). From Bahundanda we then descend to a stream, before climbing to the village of Lili Bir, from where we continue to follow the trail high above the river. The track then descends to another bridge, at Syange (1190m), where we cross over to the western side of the Marsyangdi river and hike up a steep trail to the ancient village of Jagat (1311m). BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1943m)
    From Jagat the trail descends along a meandering track that follows the Marsyangdi, mir-roring the river’s course before winding up through forest to the small village of Chamje (1430m). Crossing the river to the east bank again, we then continue up to the large Buddhist set-tlement of Tal village (1700m), now you have entered Buddhist religious zone.In this village we find a number of lodges and shops sharing the land-scapes with some breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys. This presents us with an ideal spot to stop for lunch, before we resume our journey onto the village of Karte. The afternoon sees us crossing the river back and forth, snaking our way up the valley and passing through a collection of small villages en route to our final destination at Dharapani. BL
    Overnight Teahouse (BL) Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 06: Trek to Chame (2713m),
    Beyond this village we continue our climb over a spur to Bagarchap, at 2164m, straight ahead you get good views of lamjung and Annapurna 2. The name of this village means 'butcher's place' and, although Buddhist, the people of this region do hunt animals. Continuing we follow the trail through forest to Dhanagyu and climb up to Temang, where we have lunch with magnificent views of Manaslu and Peak 29.The trail then descends though fir and pine forests to Koto and Chame (2713m), administrative centre of the Manang district. BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3190m)
    Departing Chame, we cross over to the northern side of the river and follow a relatively easy trail up through apple orchards to the village of Bhratang (2840m), an old Khampa settlement that is largely abandoned these days. From here we then start along a trail that provides us with some of the most dramatic scenery of the journey so far. Blasted through the surrounding rock, the trail leads through a steep, narrow valley, blanketed in dense forest. As we exit the forest and cross the river over a bridge suspended some 3040m above sea level, we are treated to our first view of the spectacular Paungda Danda known as “great wall of Pisang”, a 1500 metre wall of rock that rises up from the river below. After crossing a ridge that lies festooned with prayer flags and stone cairns, we then reach the large village of Pisang. The village is split into lower and upper Pisang and from the gompa at the top of the village there are some lovely views out across the meandering streets and rambling houses of the lower town. BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 08: Trek to Manang (3540m)
    Continuing along the south side of the river today we make a long climb up and over a ridge that takes us past 3400 metres. From here we enjoy some truly spectacular views of the surrounding peaks, before we descend into the valley and on to Hongde (3325m), a village that has the distinction of an airstrip, a police post and a truly impressive long mani wall. Continuing on to Mungli, we then cross back to the north bank of the river and continue to the Tibetan-style village of Braga (3475m), where we find an engaging collection of interestingly stacked houses and the largest gompa in the district. The houses lie one on top of the other, the terraces of the upper houses forming the roofs of the ones below, whilst the monastery contains a wonderful collection of Tibetan Thankas that date back some 500 years. From here it is just a short walk on to the large community at Manang (3540m), our final destination for the day, where we find a settlement of some 500 houses, a chorten and a long mani wall etched with the Buddhist chant of “Om Mani Padme Hum”which generates compassion. BL
    Overnight Teahouse (BL) Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 09: Acclimatisation Day,
    We spend this day around Manang acclimatising to the altitude. Most people climb the hill behind Manang to enjoy the magnificent views of the whole Annapurna range and the enormous icefall that crashes and rumbles down from Gangapurna. This is the part of the trek where we are closest to the mountains. Across the valley the huge bulk of Gangapurna and the Annapurnas tower way above us-the sunset and sunrise over this great amphitheatre is one of the most beautiful mountain views in the country. BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 10: Trek to Yak Kharka (4018m)

    Taking it steady today we trek to Tengi village(3620m), last permanent settlement towards the pass and begin a slow climb towards Gunsang at (3930m), enjoying the alpine landscapes and abundance of scrub juniper and alpine grasses that grow on these high slopes. The ever expansive views present us with a magnificent panorama that takes in the peaks of Gangapurna (7454m) and Annapurna III (7555m), as we make our way on to our overnight stop in Yak Kharka. BL
    Overnight Teahouse (BL) Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 11: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450m)
    Our first port of call today is the small settlement of Ledar (4250m), which we reach after an hours steady climb out of Yak Kharka. From here we continue to climb along the eastern bank of the Jarsang Khola, making our way up to Thorong Phedi (4450m). Trans-lating as ‘foot of the hill’, this is the starting point for tomorrow’s long trek up to Thorung-La Pass.The night here can be very cold. BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 12: Cross Thorung-La (5416m) and trek to Muktinath (3802m)
    We make an early start this morning and begin the long climb to Thorung-La, a journey that should take us some 4 to 5 hours (depending upon the fitness and the conditions of the group). The trail up to the pass follows a route that has been used by local herders for centuries, crossing through moraine and snow and snaking its way steeply up over the rocky ridges. As we approach the pass we are greeted by the sight of a traditional chorten and fluttering prayer flags and as we crest the summit the views before us a sim-ply staggering. A panorama of Himalayan giants lies before us, with the immense Kali Gandaki Valley, 2500m below lying off to the west and the towering peak of Yakgawa Kang (6481m) to the north. After stopping to rest and enjoy the stunning vistas, we then begin the long trek down to Muktinath, a 1600 metre descent that affords us some glorious views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Tukuche Peak (6920m). The moraine trail eventually gives way to grassy slopes, with the final part of our journey taking us along the upper reaches of the Jhong Valley to Muktinath and Ranipauwa, where we end our crossing of the Thorung-La. BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2713m)
    After visiting the second most important Hindu temple of Muktinath we walk through the village of Jharkot (3550m), Khingar (3200m) and Kagbeni (2800m), at the confluence of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki river. Kagbeni is filled with character, its narrow alleyways and tightly packed houses affording it an atmosphere of timeless charm. To the north of here begins the trail into upper Mustang, on the borders of Tibet and the Central Asian Plateau, but our path continues along the river down to Eklai Bhatti (2740m), where we join the more direct route for our last legs to Jomsom. Straddling the Kali Gandaki, Jomsom is the region’s administrative headquarters and its bustling urgency will doubtless come as something of shock after our days in the remote mountains. For Kali Gandaki river also called “Thak Khola”, home to the Thakalis people, it once lay along the traditional trade routes that ran across the Gangetic Plains between Tibet and India and from here we can gaze up towards the Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri ranges and across the barren mountains of the Kali Gandaki Valley. A fitting end to a truly unforgettable trek. BL
    Overnight Teahouse, Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Day 14: Fly to Pokhara
    Today we take the short but scenic flight to Pokhara in between the snow-capped mountains. Pokhara is Nepal’s fifth largest town and presents a far more relaxed aspect than Kathmandu. its beautiful lakeside setting, beneath the imposing shadow of the stunning Annapurna Range, making it the perfect ending point for our trek. There should be time to enjoy some of the town’s many attractions today, with options to visit the thriving Tibetan village of Tashiling, mountain museum, or perhaps take a boat trip out onto the lake to visit the small temple of Barahi Mandir. Today may also be needed as a 'buffer' day should there be any delays to the flight back from Jomsom, in which case we will spend the time visiting the Thakali village of Marpha (2680m), a unique community of paved streets and apple orchards that is famed for its apple brandy.In the exceptional case that the flight was to be delayed even further we will travel out of the mountains by locals jeeps on the rough road that now reaches Jomsom. SH
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast

    Day 15: Free in Pokhara
    From this town you have superb views of the snow capped Annapurnas, with only foothills separating the town from the high mountains ranges beyond including, Machhapuchare’s famous fishtail. A walk through the small Gurung and Chettri settlements to a ridge above Pokhara, presents some majestic views across the Annapurna range and the surrounding ridges and valleys towards the nearby villages and the serene tranquillity of Phewa Tal.This is a town of Gurkha’s settlement from the surrounding hills of Annapurna region. Once part of the bustling trade routes between India and Tibet, Pokhara has always been a centre of trade and even today mule trains can be seen around the outskirts of the village, bringing in goods to the local Gurung and Magar farmers. You may wish to spend part of the day doing some trading of your own, enjoying a walk amongst the markets in search of some last minute souvenirs. SH
    Overnight Simple Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast

    Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu
    An early morning transfer to the domestic terminal sees us boarding for the half an hour flight back to Kathmandu.On the left of the flight you can get a good views of the Annapurna range, Manaslu, and Ganesh Himal towards Kathmandu. This afternoon there is then an opportunity to take an optional excursion to the almost perfectly preserved typical Newari town of Bhaktapur in the eastern corner of the Kathmandu Valley. Also know as Bhadgaun or the “City of the Devotees”, Bhaktapur evokes the feel of a medieval village, a snapshot of a time when the city lay along the prosperous trade routes between Tibet, China and India. The ancient centre of the town is blessed with a dazzling collection of temples, palaces and monasteries that has earned it a place on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. CH
    Overnight Exclusive 5 Star Hotel, Included meal: Breakfast

    Day 17: Tour ends Kathmandu
    You’ll be transferred to the airport for the flight t back home.
    Included meal: Breakfast

Include/Exclude

Price Includes

» Accommodation in Kathmandu - Twin share
» Sightseeing in Kathmandu
» Accommodation on the trek. Twin or multi share occasionally
» All domestic transport as listed in the itinerary
» Domestic flights from Pokhara to kathmandu and applicable taxes.
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear
» Maximum 15 kg luggage allowance while on trek
» Duffle Bag for your gear
» Sleeping Bag and inner liner if necessary
» Trek Leader and guides
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage, laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

Equipment List

NOTE:
You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING
Sun glasses
Chap stick/Sunscreen
Face mask or Scarf
Hand towel
Fleece beanie
Wind stopper/waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
Trekking trouser
T-Shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
Wind stopper and fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Trekking boot
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners/Snickers for camps
Head torch
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking/Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal first aid kit

Latest News
TAAN Pokhara Chapter Explored New Trail
A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district.

A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
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