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Since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977, Annapurna Circuit Trek is renowned as one of the most spectacular and varied walks in the world with lush green valleys and fascinating villages that offer impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas.
Starting from less than 1000m, 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 Besisahar which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.
This magnificent trek leads us 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 trek is Thorung La pass at the top of the valley at 5416m. 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 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 we cross the Thorung La pass from Manang to Muktinath the final seven days of the circuit trek are the same as the Jomsom Trek from Pokhara, but in reverse.
Price: USD 1699
Activities: 18 Days Trekking and Kathmandu and Pokhara Sightseeing
Duration: 23 Days
Trek Style: Classic
Accommodation: 3 Nights in a Hotel in Kathmandu, 2 nights hotel in Pokhara and 17 nights in Lodge/Guest House during Trek
Meals: Full Board during Trek and Breakfasts, Welcome and Farewell meals in Kathmandu/Pokhara
Transportation:Private Vehicles/ Flights
Maximum Altitude:5,416m (17,770ft) at Thorung La
Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
Day 1 Arrival KATHMANDU (1300m/4265ft)
Arrive at Kathmandu International Airport where you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore this historic and vibrant city. Meals: NO
Day 2 Acclimatize KATHMANDU
After breakfast we depart the hotel for a full-day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the “city of glory.” We visit Durbar (Palace) Square, the epicenter of religious and cultural life, an area filled with old temples and historical significance with old glorious Newari architecture. Some of the sights include Kal Bhairav, Hanuman Dhoka, Taleju Temple, Kasthamandap and Kumari Ghar; home to the Living Goddess. Afterwards we visit Swoyambhunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist stupas in the world, which is majestically set high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu Valley. We proceed towards Pashupatinath Temple, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This massive temple complex sits alongside the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Only Hindus are allowed to enter the courtyard of the temple, whereas tourists can see the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati River. Later we visit Boudhanath, a Buddhist Stupa said to be one of the largest in the world. This massive structure stands tall with four pairs of eyes each facing the four cardinal directions, watching for righteous behavior of mankind and for human prosperity. Meals: Breakfast, Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Drive to BESI SAHAR (800m/2625ft)
It takes around six hours and we drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway. Besi Sahar, the headquarters of Lamjung, has long been the starting point for the Annapurna circuit trek. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 Trek to BAHUNDANDA (1270m/4167ft)
Today our journey starts at Besishahar, from where, the trail makes the climb to Khudi at 790m, then reach the first Gurung village. As we continue from Khudi the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). It climbs to Bhulbhule at 840m, it then goes to Ngadi before reaching Lampata and nearby is Bahundanda. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Trek to CHAMJE (1410m/4626ft)
The trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070m from Bahundanda. Leaving Bahundanda a large waterfall may be seen. Crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge we follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chamje. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Trek to BAGARCHHAP (2160m/7087ft)
Our day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trail verse crossing a wide, flat valley. The journey continues up and down to Dharapani. A stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages. Upon reaching Bagarchhap at 2160 meters the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design along with the village surrounded by apple Orchards and maize fields. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 Trek to CHAME (2710m/8892ft)
The trail climbs to Tyanja and continue through forest to Kopar. As we reach Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as we approach Chame and two small hot springs by the town. Along this route we are introduced to a local community said to have migrated from Tibet a long time past, noticeable by their different features. With them, they have bought local Tibetan house designs and maintained their ways. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8 Trek to PISANG (3310m/10860ft)
The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910meters. We then cross another bridge at 3040meters, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300meters. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9 Trek to MANANG (3540m/11615ft)
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. People of this region herd the yaks and raise crops for part of the year. They also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784. Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325meters which involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475meters to nearby Manang at 3540meters. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinnerr
Day 10 Acclimatize at MANANG
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend doing some fine day walks and over viewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11 Trek to YAK KHARKA (4020m/13190ft)
Today we leave Manang, & the trail makes an ascent of nearly 500meters to the Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka where we see the many yaks and vegetations steadily more sparse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Trek to THORUNG PHEDI (4540m/14896ft)
After asending for two hours the trail descends to cross the river at 4310meters we then climb up to Thorong Phedi. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13 Trek to MUKTINATH (3800m/12468ft) via THORUNG LA PASS (5416m/17770ft)
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise to reach the pass by 9-10 am otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. Crossing over at an altitude of 5416 meters we can be exposed to strong winds if too late. We start to climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problems to cross the pass if it is covered by heavy snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As we reach the top, we are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top with another 4 hours trek will take to the holy town of Muktinath.
Muktinath means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several religious shrines, sacred pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 Trek to MARPHA (2680m/8793ft)
Our descent continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is home to many apple orchards as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 15 Trek to GHASA (2000m/ 6562ft)
We descend through the valley following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa. We walk along the bank of Kali Gandaki River. Overnight at Guesthouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 16 Trek to TATOPANI (1190m/3904ft)
Today, we walk through the world’s deepest gorge in the Earth at Kopchepani; we then continue descending through the Kali Gandaki River valley to Tatopani. This place is famous for its hot springs. This is the best place to relax after a long days trek.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 17 RELAX AT HOT SPRINGS AT TATOPANI
On this day we relax at hot springs in Tatopani and stroll around in the evening to explore the village. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 18 Trek to GHOREPANI (2750m/9023ft)
We ascend to Ghorepani arriving mid afternoon.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 19 Trek to POON HILL (3210m/10532ft); Trek to TIKHEDHUNGA (1540m/5053ft)
Early in the morning, we start an hour hiking to Poon Hill at an elevation of 3210meters, vantage point that provides views of the early morning sunrise over the high Himalayas. Spending one hour at Poon Hill we return to Ghorepani and trek down through rhododendron forests to large Magar village of Ulleri at 2070meters. After that we descend steeply down to Tikhedunga. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 20 Trek to NAYAPUL 3-4 hours; 1000m descent; Drive to POKHARA
We take the main trail that leads to south dropping at first on a staircase, and then traversing high above the river on a stone paved trail. We cross a stream at Chane (1690m) and continue to Kimche (1640m) and follow the ridge downhill to join the Modi Khola at Syauli bazaar (1140m). From here on the walking is flat and following the river valley through a lovely birch forest and rice terraces we reach Birethanti. Now walking 30 minutes on a rough and rocky road takes us to Nayapul from where we drive back to Pokhara. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 21 Sightseeing in POKHARA (884m/2900ft)
Early at dawn we hike up to Sarangkot viewpoint to witness nature’s ethereal lightshow as the sun rises over the Annapurna range turning its peaks from white to gold. After breakfast we go to see the deep, narrow gorge of roaring Seti River from where we drive to Devi’s Falls and further to Gupteswar Cave and the Bat Cave. In the evening we go lazing by the Phewa Lake for the leisurely row on its sparkling waters. Meals: Breakfast
Day 22 Fly back to KATHMANDU
Fly back to Kathmandu and drop to the hotel. This is a leisure day which can be utilized buying gifts and souvenirs for your friends and family. In the evening you will be invited to join FAREWELL reviewing great photos and share experiences of the trip. Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
Day 23 Fly back HOME or extend your HOLIDAYS
If you prefer to stay longer, you can consult us for short tours such as game drive at National parks, rafting, mountain biking, Tibet, India or Bhutan tours etc. Meals: Breakfast
I would like to Thank Mr Sujan and entire Serene Himalaya team for their service during our trek to Annapurna trek. They are the best one. Kamal was excellent guide with the in-depth knowledge. Very nice guy who was always there for us and always concerned about our safety. Annapurna Circuit Trek is renowned as one of the most spectacular and varied walks in the world with lush green valleys and fascinating villages that offer impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas. it gives us a chance to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from many different angles and perspectives. We successfully completed this trek. I would like to recommend Serene Himalaya to all.