Annapurna Circuit Trek

17 Days
USD 1.240
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Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the best and rewarding treks in Nepal.
It offers a unique insight into the natural and cultural diversity of Nepal. Hiking in this area is the great chance to explore the rare combination of long array of snow capped peaks, crystal clear lakes, turbulent rivers with deep gorges, hot springs and picturesque villages inhabited by simple and friendly local people.

For doing this trek you should be sportive and need a good condition because you walk about 6 to 7 hours everyday. The panorama during this trek with over 6000 meter high mountain tops is breath taking. The most difficult challenge will be the ascent to Thorong La with a height of 5416m.
During the trek you will stay in simple but homely lodges during the nights. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a great challenge if you want to make a real trekking.



Shortcut itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Nagarkot
Day 02: Nagarkot - Bhaktapur and sightseeing in Bhaktapur
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Bhulbhule via Besisahar
Day 04: Trek from Bhulbhule to Ghermu (1130m)
Day 05: Hike from Ghermu to Tal (1700m)
Day 06: Trek from Tal to Chame (2670m)
Day 07: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3200m)
Day 08: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3500m) via Gyaru (3670m).
Day 09: Acclimatisation day in Manang
Day 10: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4018m)
Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m)
Day 12: Trek from Thorong Phedi via Thorong La Pass (5416m) to Muktinath (3760m)
Day 13: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2800m) and drive to Jomsom (2720m)
Day 14: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 16: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure 
Details:

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to Nagarkot

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, and drive to one of the most beautiful and famous places of the Kathmandu valley: Nagarkot.
There are various places around the edge of the Kathmandu Valley, which offer great mountain views, but the resort village of Nagarkot is generally regarded to be the best mountain view points there. 
Nagarkot is a popular tourist resort of Nepal situated about 32 kilometer east of Kathmandu and with an altitude of 2175m above sea level. The panorama of the major peaks of eastern Nepal Himalayas including Mt. Everest (8848m), Manaslu (8463m), Ganesh Himal (7111m) and Langtang (7246m) is visible from there. 
Overnight in Nagarkot

Day 02: Drive to Bhaktapur and Sightseeing there
After having breakfast you will go for sightseeing in Bhaktapur which is located in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is an ancient Newar city abought 8 miles far from the capital city Kathmandu. Bhaktapur was the largest of the three Newa kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley, and was the capital of Nepal during the great "Malla" Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. It is famous for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artworks and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Overnight in Bhaktapur


Day 03: Drive over Besisahar (750m) to Bulbule (840m) 
Ride through rice terraces and sub-tropical vegetation into the Trisuli valley and from there across Besisahar to Bulbule. The drive will take 6 to 7 hours. 
Overnight in Bhulbule
       
Day 04: Trek from Bhulbhule to Ghermu (1100m)
After crossing Nadi Khola we walk on the right side of the valley on a simple way to Lampata. In small villages, we gain insight into the simple life of the Gurung, the landscape is characterized by terraced fields of the resident farmers. A steep climb takes us to Bahundanda (1310 m), an ideal place for short rest. From here we walk a short leisurely descent to Ghermu. Walk to 4-5 hours
Overnight in Ghermu
        
Day 05: Trek from Ghermu to Tal (1680m)
Through Jagat, we continue to Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. From Tal, we can see a great mountain view of Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Lamjung. Hike for 4-5 hours
Overnight in Tal

Day 06: Trek from Tal to Chame (2710m)
Over Dharapani (1960m), we carry on up the west bank taking the path to Bagarchap (2105m). Here the Tibetan style flat roofs are a clear indication of the reduction in rainfall to the area as we enter the rain shadow of the Annapurna range. Past excellent views of the east face of Lamjung Himal; we get to Timang (2355m) for lunch, and then take the easy path to the district administrative centre of Chame, our lodge for the night. Walk to 5-6 hours. 
Overnight in Chame
        
Day 07: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3200m)
We follow up the narrow forested valley to the old Khampa settlement at Bhradang (2845m), our lunch stop, once a centre for these fierce Tibetan warriors’s resistance to Chinese occupation. We cross over and begin to climb up through the forest away from the river. The silence itself is dramatic as we round this pine forested ridge. We continue down to Pisang, our night stop. The Tibetan feel of the village is unmistakable, fine tapering walled houses and long lines of prayer wheels and mane walls. There is an excellent short detour for those with some spare energy, up to Pisang Gompa (3230m) across on the north bank, with amazing views back of the huge north face of Annapurna II. Hike to 5-6 Hrs.
Overnight in Pisang
        
Day 08: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3540m)
There is a choice of two routes: a shorter direct one along the south bank valley floor via Hongde airstrip, or a more interesting, but longer route higher on the north bank through the villages of Gharyu (3670m) and Ngawal (3657m). A visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Braga (3360m) cliff side village, below its 900 year old gompa (monastery) of the Kargyupa sector of Buddhism, sadly now little used. Walk to 6-7 Hrs.
Overnight in Manang

Day 09: Acclimatization day in Manang
Manang is a fascinating village, the chief Buddhist village that gives its name to the area. As such it’s ideal for our essential acclimatization rest day before taking on the Thorong La. There are excellent side trips such as the short climb to the Cliffside Bod-zo Gompa where the lama performs a blessing ceremony to protect us on our journey. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. An easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery is also possible.The more energetic may wish to visit the high village of Khangsar on the opposite bank. A good day's round trip and well worth the effort. 
Overnight in Manang

Day 10: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4200m)
This is quite a short day as its essential to set up proper acclimatization on the approach to the pass and limit the height gain between our night stops. Up to Tengi (3640m) the last permanent settlement before the pass, we get stunning views across to Tilicho and the Great Barrier on this alternative high altitude traverse over to the Kali Gandaki. Passing through Gunsang (3900m), above here there are only Goth (shepherd's shelters), Karkha (summer pastures) and our seasonal lodges. We reach our night stop at Yak Kharka (4200m) where there are the best lodges in the area. In the afternoon we can explore fantastic views of Annapurna ranges and Chulu West (6419m) as well as pasture areas and yak kingdom. Walking 5-6 hrs..
Overnight in Yak Kharka

Day 11: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m)
Across Ledar (4200m) we ahead Thorong Phedi (4450m). Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. On the way we can see Chorten and prayer flags near to Thorong Phedi. We can see the beautiful Mountain View of Dhaulagiri (8167m) through our trek. People use this point as a base camp. High camp also can be option to get acclimatization and overnight there because sleeping in higher altitude is not really advisable. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow we stop at Thorong Phedi. Hike to 4-5 hrs
Overnight in Thorong Phedi

Day 12: Trek from Thorong Phedi via Thorong La (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m)
After leaving Thorong Phedi, on the way to Muktinath we have to cross Thorong La Pass (5416m), between beautiful mountain ranges -Kathung Khang (6484m), Yakawakhang (6482m), from where we can see mountains like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Nilgir north (7061m), Tukuche Peak (6920m) and Dhampus Peak (6012m) and we can also see Jomsom Village from here. After Thorong La Pass, we start descending down the barren Kali Gandaki Valley, which is far below to the west. Eventually the moraines yields to grassy slopes and the final descent walk to Muktinath is a pleasant walk along the upper part of the Jhong Valley. We cross the meadows, drop into a deep ravine the starting of the Jhong Khola, climb out and follow a wide trail into Muktinath. Muktinath Temple is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Behind the temple, there are 108 waterspouts, which are ever known as Mukti Dhara. People believed that by taking bath in this waterspout god absolve the sins of the people, that's why many people visit there for worshipping Lord Vishnu. 
Overnight in Muktinath

Day 13: Trek from Muktinath via Kagbeni (2800m) to Jomsom (2720m)
Morning visit to famous Hindu and Buddhist religious site, Muktinath Temple and descent to Kagbeni (2800m) through the villages Jharkot (3550m) and Khingar (3280m). Kagbeni is the entrance gate of Upper Mustang and has a very old monastery. We explore the Kagbeni Village, the lifestyle of people is Tibetan and they also follow Tibetan culture. We can also visit the Monastery. Then we trek to Jomsom, which is the administrative centre of this region. From Jomsom we can see the fascinating view of Tilocho Peak (7134m) and Nilgiri Himal. Here is an existence of airport, government offices and Army Camp. 
Overnight in Jomsom

Day 14: Early morning flight to Pokhara 
This scenic flight from Jomsom takes about 25 minutes to Pokhara. Then we have the full day to explore Pokhara city, one of the most popular destination for visitors in Nepal. The natural beauty of its lakeside location and its proximity to the mountains has made in the natural choice for trekkers and adventures. Here you will have a sightseeing tour at Barahi Temple, Davi's fall and Mahendra Cave.
Overnight in Pokhara

Day 15: Drive to Kathmandu
Today we drive back to Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, you can spend the day as you like. You can shop for souvenirs, explore the old bazaars, or just relax and chill out. If you want you can also go with your guide to Kathmandu Durbar Square and after that visit the touristic area of Kathmandu, Thamel with its numerous shops and restaurants.
Overnight in Kathmandu

Day 16: Sightseeing and Shopping in Kathmandu
Today you will visit the most important sightseeing locations of Kathmandu. First you will drive to Swayambunath, which is also called "Monkey Temple" and serves as a buddhist pilgrimage place.
Then you will continue your drive to Pashupatinath. It is an important pilgrimage place for Hindus and a lot believers from whole Nepal and India come there every week. There are lots of temples and at the shore of the holy Bagmati River, the believers burn there dead relatives.
Then you will go to the big stupa of Boudhanath, which is also known as little Tibet and enjoy your dinner at the rooftop of the hotel with view of the Stupa.
Overnight in Kathmandu


Day 17: Departure
Our staff will drive you to the airport for your flight back home.
Please book your trip at least 2 weeks before your preferred start date!
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Price:
Minimum 02 pax: USD 1240 per person
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Cost Included

 

-          Transfer from/to airport 
-          English speaking guide during your trip (german speaking guide on request)
-          Sightseeing fees for sightseeing described in the program
-          Welcome and farewell dinner
-          Trekking permit
-          Hotel in Bhaktapur: 1 night
-          Hotel in Nagarkot: 1 night
-          Hotel in Pokhara: 1 night
-          Lodges during the trek: 11 nights
-          Hotel in Kathmandu: 2 nights
-          Breakfast and dinner during your stay in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bhaktapur, Nagarkot (excluded during the trek)
-          Information and guidance before and during your trip (for your trip as well as optional trekking tours or visits which are not included in the program)
-          1 porter for 2 persons (12,5kg allowed per person)
-          Insurance of stuff
-          All government taxes and office expenses


 

Cost Excluded

 

-         Visa for Nepal (EUR 35,- or USD 40,-)
-         Sightseeing which is not described in the program
-         Personal expenditure: e.g. drinks, souveniers, laundry, snacks, etc.
-         Meals during the trek
-         Vaccination and travel insurance
-         Extra payment in case of illness, rescue, changes of the program because of acts of nature beyond control, and additional expenses for overnight accommodations, etc. resulting from this 

Trip's Quick Facts

Duration: 17 Days
Seasons : Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
Type: average
Activities : Trekking, Walking
No. of Pax : 01-15
Maximum Access :
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : Kathmandu

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Trip Highlight

Enjoy the frequent changing sceneries day by day.
In the beginning of trekking days you walk through low lying green hills and then come to drier, arid landscape. The highest place of Annapurna round trekking is Thorong La pass at an altitude of 5416m. Crossing this high pass is the dream of any trekker. Later you will walk and experience 
the warm hospitality of local people and their culture.
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