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Annapurna Circuit Trek

Fact of the Trip:

Trekking mode: Teahouse/Lodge

Trekking Activities: Trekking/Sightseeing

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

Max Elevation: 5,416m

Transportation: Flight/Car/Tourist Bus

Group Size: minimum01- maximum15

Best Months: March – May and September - November

Duration: 19 days

  • Overview
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Annapurna Circuit Trek is voted as one of the best long treks in Nepal. It is one of the most diverse and classical teahouse trek in Himalaya. Trekkers get privilege to witness the enthralling ethnic culture, language and tradition. The view of stunning 8,000m peaks including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges are simply mesmerizing. Annapurna circuit trekking trail also explores the natural diversity and geography from lush, tropical and moss-laden rhododendron forests to Tibetan fortresses clinging to rocky cliffs. Moreover, the trail wanders through lush cultural diversity of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking route varies from between 160-230 km depending on the motor transportation used and the ending point of the trek. The trek ascends to an altitude of 5,416m on Thorung La Pass, touching the vicinity of Tibetan Plateau. Moreover, this fascinating trek crosses two different river valleys and take a loop of Annapurna massif crossing Thorung La, the high point of the trek. The close mountains seen throughout the trails are Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, Paungda Danda, Annapurna (I, II, III, IV and V).

The trekking route to Annapurna Circuit follows the anti-clockwise route through the ancient and beaten path used by Nepal and Tibet in ancient times. It instigates from comfortable altitude of 1100m, rising slowly and gently 300m – 500m to each overnight stop, making a proper acclimatization. The scenery slowly changes into alpine scrubby and bare land and Hindu settlements begins to appear gradually gives way to Buddhist. Moreover, the architecture changes to match the extreme conditions. Teahouses and lodges along the way welcomes you with great hospitality and offers clean accommodation and fresh foods.

(March to May) at spring and (September to November) at autumn are the best months of the year for Annapurna circuit trek. December to February are cold but views are good with clean air. Good hiking boots, thermal clothing and a sleeping bags are highly recommended along with water bottles, sun-hat and camera.

Day01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1300m)

Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. After airport terminal, our airport representative will receive you and transfer you to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel

Day02: Kathmandu – Besisahar (820m/2700ft) – 7 hour drive

After breakfast, drive from Kathmandu to Besishar enjoying the mid hill scenery and the first glimpse of snowy peaks
Overnight at lodge

Day03: Besisahar – Syange, Chamje (1385m/4540ft) – 4 hours

This day, we leave Besishar behind and drive to Syange, where you start the first and easy trek of the journey. We cross Suspension bridge of Marsyangdi River and follow the path of the river to the stone village Jagat before ending at Chamje.
Overnight at lodge/teahouse.

Day04: Chamje – Bagarchhap (2160m/5.5 hours trek)
Today, we follow the Marshyangdi River and climb steadily towards Tal, the first village of Manang. Further, the trail heads up to Dharapani via wide, flat valley and zigzag uphill and downhill trail.  We’ll know we have arrived when we see the chorten or stone entrance, typical Tibetan influenced architecture.
Overnight in neighboring Bagarchhap.

Day05: Bagarchhap – Chame (2650m/7090ft) – 6 hours trek
Today, we hike through Tyanja first on Day 5 and then through the dense forest parallel to the river on the way to Kopar. We stop for the evening at Chame located at heart of Manang district.
Overnight at hotel

Day06: Chame – Pisang (3250m/10660ft) – 4 hours trek
Today, we hike through the dense forest across a steep valley, river and several bridges to Pisang. The trail to Pisang is not boring one. Trekking difficulty is often compensated by the view of soaring Himalayan peaks. 

Day07: Pisang – Manang (3540m/11600ft) – 4 hours trek
We move through the higher, drier portion of Manang that lies at rain shadow area and receivers very less monsoon hydration.
Overnight at lodge/teahouse

Day08: Acclimatization day at Manang
Today, we halt at Manang for acclimatization. We stay active with some scenic and peaceful day hike around the sprawling village. We explore the sight and at a same time we adjust our body to the altitude.

Day09: Manang – Yak Kharka (4050m/13290ft) – 3 hours trek
Annapurna Circuit Trail ascends steep, dizzying 500m to the Yak Kharka through Tenki Manang as we leave behind the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing the trail along Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kahrka at 4,000m.
Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day10: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi (4450m/14600ft) – 3.5 hours trek
Today, we ascend about two hours before descending down to cross the river. It’s uphill again until we reach Thorong Phedi. We will start early tomorrow so take a full a full night rest
Overnight at Teahouse/Lodge

Day11: Throrong Phedi – Muktinath via Thorong La Pass (5,416m/17,80ft) – 8 hours trek
Today, we will start our trek at 4.5 AM in order to reach the pass before 10 AM. If we arrive later, there is risk of detrimental weather conditions affecting the trail progress negatively. Conquering the beauty of nature, we reach Muktinath, “the place of Nirvana”.
Overnight at hotel/teahouse.

Day12: Muktinath – Marpha (2670m/8760ft) – 6 hours trek
Today, we trek through the scenic and spectacular trail between Muktinath and Kagbeni via Jhong. This less frequented route of Annapurna circuit but travelers feel the richly worthwhile for its outstanding views.
Overnight at hotel/teahouse.

Day13: Marpha – Ghasa (2010/6600ft) – 6 hours trek
Marpha (2960m) is a beautiful village with many canals where you can find variety of fruits. After lunch, our trail heads towards Ghasa, a small Thakali settlements decorated with small lodges and ethnic people. Here, we find climate drier and colder.
Overnight at lodge/teahouse

Day14: Ghasa – Tatopani (1200m/3940ft) – 5 hours
Today, we enjoy relatively short trek in leisurely pace enjoying the en route sites and landscapes.
Overnight at lodge/teahouse

Day15: Tatopani – Ghorepani (2870m/9410ft) – 6 hours trek
It is last and truly challenging route of our adventure. We travel through sizeable Shikha, exploring local children ruing off to school and farmers working their fields. Ghorepani is major hotspot for trekking in Annapurna region and is always bustling with activity.
Overnight at lodge/teahouse

Day16: Ghorepani – Poonhill (3200m/10500ft) – Pokhara (900m) - 6 hours trek
Take an early morning hike to Poon hill for outstanding sunrise view. Enjoy an indescribably wonderful panorama of three Himalayan peaks (Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I and Manaslu) festooned by the fresh rays of the sunrise.
The last walk of our trek is an easy downhill section to Tikhedhunga where our Annapurna Circuit Trek officially ends. From Tikhedhunga, we drive to our hotel at Pokhara.
Overnight at hotel/lodge

Day17: Pokhara – Kathmandu (1300 /3280ft) – 25 hour flight
Today, we fly back to Kathmandu and enjoy our leisure day strolling around the medieval city.
Addend farewell dinner organized by 4seasons trek at the restaurant of your choice.
Overnight at hotel.

Day18: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley and preparation for the departure

Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu valley including UNSECO designated world heritage site (Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple Complex), Shayambhunath (2,000 years old monkey temple), Boudhanath and Patan Darbar Square. Transfer to the hotel and preparation for the departure.
Overnight at hotel

Day19: Kathmandu: Departure Day
Transfer to airport for final departure. 

Cost Includes

  • Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Accommodation at Kathmandu and Pokhara at star hotel on B & B basis
  • City tour by private transportation
  • All ground transportations as per itinerary
  • All necessary paper works and permit (Annapurna Conservation Area Permits (ACAP) and (TIMS)
  • An experienced and government registered guides and porters
  • Guide and porter: salary, insurance, transportation, accommodation and food
  • All meals during the trek
  • Supplementary snacks
  • Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus/flight
  • Medical kits
  • All local and government taxes

Cost Excludes 

  • City entrance fee at Kathmandu
  • Tour guide for city sightseeing
  • Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Hot shower during trek
  • Boiled water
  • Personal nature expenses: alcoholic beverages, laundry, telephone bills, internet and more
  • Tipping for guides, porters and staff crew
  • Tipping for guides and porters (not compulsory but expected)
  • Travel insurance and emergency evacuation
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International flights

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  • Wire Transfer

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  • NMA
  • TAAN

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