Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek: 13 Days

Key Information

  • Duration:13 Days
  • Primary Activity:Trekking
  • Group Size:1-25 Peoples
  • Country:Nepal
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Challenging
  • Meals:As per itinerary
  • Accomodation:Tea House
  • Max-Altitude:5416 m.
  • Transportation:As per itinerary
  • Departure from:Kathmandu
  • Culture:Gurungs, Manangis and Thakalis

Annapurna Circuit Trek: 13 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trek trail opened up to the trekking public in 1977 and is an archetypal Himalayan trek. This itinerary is geared to give you the most out of this unique trip; it completes the Circuit with a few new variations that will enhance this magnificent trek. We ascend the Marsyangdi Valley before heading to the high country, windswept 5416m Thorong La (pass) and around the Annapurna massif. This trek offers baffling contrasts throughout the course of your venture. The trail starts and ends in the lush green foothills of the Annapurna range that are dotted with colorful Hindu villages.

Annapurna Circuit Trek venture will take you through beautiful Gurung & Magar villages bubbling with village life. This Annapurna trek is rewarding in a sense where, despite the fluctuating elevations & toughness of the trails, we don’t have to camp out in the cold, even though some areas are pretty remote; we can still enjoy the warm dining-room stoves and gentle hospitality of the local people. All your gear is carried by sturdy porters, and you’ll have local guides explaining the various cultures, mountains, and sights to you along the way. The climb is tough, but the rewards are greater.

The ‘Circuit’ also provides opportunities to explore the backdrops of both the northern and the southern Himalayan mountains where the amazing views just leave you gasping for breath. From the thick fir and rhododendron forests to the harsh, thin atmosphere of the Tibetan plateau; the ethnic groups we come across along the way, lowland Hindus and highland Buddhists, are as varied as the mind-blowing landscapes. From the staggering heights of the Thorung Pass (5416m) with snow ridges that go on for miles.

As we trek north of the Great Himalayan Divide, there is a dramatic change as we enter the bleak landscape of the Tibetan Plateau where the culture is overwhelmingly Buddhist. We then head back down the great Kali Gandaki Valley, which is said to be one of the deepest gorges on earth with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri standing naked & towering 7,000 meters above before we haul up to rest from this elating trek. Our route embraces the ancient trading link beside the Kaligandaki River. The location of the Kali Gandaki gorge between Tibet and India has made this area one of the most important passageways through the Himalaya for thousands of years. It’s a never-ending gorge that flows to oblivion from its origin, & as a tiny spring in Mustang, the river flows south to India carving its way between the two towering massifs of Dhaulagiri at (8172 m) and Annapurna (8091m). These two colossal peaks are only 35 km apart, turning the plunge to the Kali Gandaki at Tatopani from their summits into a brainstorming 6660m gorge – the deepest on Earth.

The trek finally concludes at the Kali Gandaki river valley. En route, you will hike along paddy fields and subtropical forests, view the beautiful mountain scenery, several waterfalls and gargantuan cliffs with your camera on overdrive. You can also stop over & experience interesting village life by striking up a conversation with the local folks as you come across some amazing cultural factors that can go into your notebooks. The entire trip is virtually enlivening & will keep you spellbound day after day.

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Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,300m /4,264ft).

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you will be welcomed by a representative from Travel Society Nepal. After sorting out your custom formalities (Visa, etc) you will be then transferred to the hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel and give you some time to freshen up. After this, we will attend an orientation about your trek led by our Trekking leader over a typical Nepali welcome dinner that will include a cultural dance performed by the local women. You then return to your hotel for your first overnight stay at the hotel (D)

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Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation (1,300m /4,264ft).

Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and has been a famous destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its borders to visitors. The city displays an interesting combination of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influences in the valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, the two important neighboring cities bear much cultural and religious significance to Nepal’s landscape. There will be a full-day guided tour to the historic sights such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath). In the evening, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we meet our trek leader and other stuff for your adventure trip. Stay overnight at hotel. (B)

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Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar (6-7 hours) 

We drive from Kathmandu for about 7 hours to Besishahar. We drive along the Trisili River through the beautiful countryside of Nepal. We can see many beautiful villages, farms, rivers and magnificent mountain scenarios. From Mugling we head along the road towards Pokhara. We leave the highway and drive north to Besishahar. Besishahar offers us a first glimpse of the beautiful Annapurna mountain range. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

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Day 04; Drive from Besishahar to Chame (6-7 hours)

We will take a local jeep from Besishahar to Chame. The road follows the river Marshyadgdi upstream passing through the villages of Latamanang and Koto before ascending to Chame. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

*Option to hike from Besishahar to Chame (3 extra days) – contact us for more information on this option*

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Day 05: From Chame to Pisang (5-6 hours)

Today is the first day of our trek! We will experience a dramatic change of scenery. The trail follows a steep narrow valley through pine woods and small villages with several ups and downs before reaching the orchard village of Bhartang. We continue through the village and up to a bridge where we cross over. The impressive curved rock faces of Paungda Danda rises from the riverbank, as you climb to the village of Pisang. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

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Day 06: From Pisang to Manang (6-7 hours)

After Pisang, there are two routes that we can follow to reach Manang. The lower, less strenuous route follows the valley floor via Hongde. The upper route goes through upper Pisang via Geru. The upper route is 3 hours longer than the normal lower route, however, the views are outstanding on the upper route. The towering peaks such as Annapurna 2, 3, 4, Pisang peak Gangapurna, and several others will definitely blow you away on the upper route. Passing carved Mani walls, we arrive at the village of Manang. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

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Day 07: Rest & Acclimatization day in Manang

Today, we rest and adjust to the altitude in Manang. Spend your time relaxing and enjoying the majestic Himalayas peaks around the Manang valley. If you’d like to hike, there are lots of options for day walks around Manang. One possibility is to walk to Khangsar village on the way to Tilicho Lake or a longer walk to Ice Lake above Braga. Also worth visiting is the Himalayan Rescue Association, where you can learn more about rapid mountain sickness. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

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Day 08: From Manang to Yak Kharka (4-5 hours trek)

From Manang, the trail ascends steadily to the Tenki above Manang, and then continue onto the Marshyadgdi valley to see panoramic views of the Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho peaks. The trail follows this valley northward; passing through beautiful forest and turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, we reach the small village of Yak Kharka. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

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Day 09: From Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4-5 hours)

Today we trek slowly to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi. It is a small busy settlement with amazing views of the mountains and landscapes. People use this place as a base before ascending up towards the pass. Phedi means foot of the hill and is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

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Day 10: From Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Throng La pass – 5,416m (6-7 hours) 

Today is the longest and hardest day of the entire trip. Be prepared to leave Phedi early in the morning for the climb up to the pass with packed lunch. This is an experience of a lifetime as you cross the famous high pass, Throng –La. The first part of the trail becomes steep initially as we head towards high camp. Eventually, we will reach the pass itself at 5416m. From here, you will see outstanding panoramic views of the majestic Himalayan peaks extending northwards into Tibet. Looking back, you will see several of the main peaks of Annapurna. We reach Muktinath with the setting sun. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. We stay overnight at guesthouse (B, L, D)

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Day 11: From Muktinath to Beni ( 7-8 hours drive)

After the toughest day of the trek yesterday, take rest as we drive to Beni along the Kaligandaki River where we will stay the night. (B, L, D)

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Day 12: From Beni to Pokhara or Kathmandu (5-6 hours drive)

Early morning at around 7:00 am, you will go by tourist bus back to Kathmandu or to Pokhara. Let us know in advance where you would like to go so we can arrange this accordingly. A representative will ensure that you are transported to your hotel from the bus station. (B)

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Day 13: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel

If needed, our driver will escort you to the airport or bus stop for your onward travel. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime. (B)

Day 13

Cost of Annapurna Circuit Trek – 13 days

Price Per Person: $1,105

 

(Contact us for Group Discounts!)

Note: Please feel free to ask us for a tailor-made itinerary that suits your interest, time, and budget.

Service Included

  • All airport transfer by private a/c car/van/bus
  • All transportation till to End
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara 2-3 star
  • Farewell Dinner.
  • Basic Tea-house accommodation
  • Licensed English-speaking guide, Experience knows about First Aid
  • Necessary Porters
  • Meals during the trek basic
  • Special permits for Trekking.
  • Down jacket, sleeping bag and all necessary trekking gears are available on a hire
  • Staff insurance, medication and equipment
  • All Govt. and Local Taxes
  • First Aid Kit
  • Trekking Map

Service Excluded

  • International air fares/ airport taxes
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Mountain rescue charges or insurance
  • Drinks hot and cold.
  • Bottled drinks on trek (cold and alcoholic)
  • Lunches and dinners when not trekking
  • Additional food or drink on trek in addition to three standard meals
  • Personal expenses, Emergency Expenses, road blocked, snakes, desert.etc
  • Special region permit and liaison officer fees (where applicable)
  • Tips(Tipping are expected)

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