|Fitness Level||: Demanding||Max-Altitude||: 0m / 0.00ft|
|Country||: Nepal||Group Size||: 2-12 people|
|Trip Start||: Kathmandu||Trip Finish||: Kathmandu|
|Meals||: Breakfasts in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals during trek|
|Accommodation||: Standard hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, tea houses on trek|
The Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek would be the best way to explore the famous Annapurna region in Nepal. Many have found the two treks when combined as the ultimate Annapurna trek with all the elements of a true trek in the Himalayas- so much can be discovered.
The circuit trek of the Annapurna circles the massif which takes you through varied landscape crossing forests of rhododendrons, oak, crossing suspension bridges and passing by isolated villages discovering unique mountain culture. Of course, trek of the Annapurna Circuit culminates crossing the famous Thorong La Pass at 5416 m which surely challenges almost every trekker doing this trek. Then you’d walk along the world’s deepest gorge- the Kali Gandaki Gorge, to see the huge mountains Annapurna 1 and Dhaulagiri which is spell-binding view.
Trekking towards the Annapurna Base Camp, you’d be walking on trails entering the Annapurna scantuary. You’d pass through verdant forests, interesting settlements of Gurungs, Magars whose culture and tradition is simply fascinating. En route you’d visit the famous vantage point- Poon Hill at 3210 m; from here you’d have one of the most spectacular, sunrise views over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri- truly captivating! Then the trek to the ABC commences with landscape changing from lush terraced farmlands, mossy jungle, misty forests, crossing rocky streams with waterfalls to snow-dotted dry terrain. Finally, you will reach a basin circled by a ring magnificient peaks-Annapurna I (8091 m), Annapurna South (7219 m), Machapuchhre (6993 m) and Hiunchuli (6441 m)- is the Annapurna Base Camp.It would be awesome to merge the trek to Annapurna Base and the Annapurna Circuit into one with the best season being spring and autumn. This trek would certainly reward any trekker in Nepal for a unique experience to cherish for a lifetime.
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Welcome to the land of Himalayas! As soon as you arrive, we will be there to receive you and escort you to your hotel room. Once rested and settled down, you can take a lazy stroll around your hotel and take in as much of Kathmandu as you can without getting any culture shock. We make sure that your first acquaintance with the capital city is a memorable one! Overnight in Kathmandu.
Altitude: 1,300m/4265ft| Drive 8 - 9 hrs
Today you will be met early in the morning to pick you up so to start your journey. It takes 8-9 hrs of driving on a private vehicle to Jagat, a stone village in Lamjung district. By the time we reach here we are already ahead of Besi sahar which is also known as the gateway to Annapurna circuit trekking, Bhulbhule and a picturesque village of Bahundada. Right after we enter Besisahar we will witness stunning snow capped mountain panorama and culture and traditions of Gurung community, people from one of the community of few selected communities who takes pride to join in British Army. Overnight stay in Jagat.
Altitude: 1,960m/6,430ft| Trek 7 - 8 hrs
Today you will start our day after breakfast climbing through the forest to Chyamje. You trek through amphitheater-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages. You follow the Marsyangdi river walking through fantastic landscapes through little waterfalls, forests and villages. As you climb through the steep hills of Chamje to reach Dharapani, you pass through the first village of Manang district named Tal through the fields of corn, barley, potatoes and forests filled with bamboo and rhododendrons strongly popular for being Nepal’s national flower. During your trek we will experience the serene mountain climate and culture. As you walk, you’d head higher in slow pace sometimes giving passes to caravan of large group of donkey as it helps us getting acclimatized to altitudes. Overnight in Dharapani.
Altitude: 2,710m/8,891ft| Trek 6 - 7 hrs
Today with pleasant walk, you trek gradually uphill through steep forest ridges and several landslides to the west. The trail offers superb sensational scenery of Lamjung himal (mountain) and frequent views of Annapurna range, including Annapurna II and Annapurna IV. Treat yourself with small hot springs, waterfalls and a big wall full of prayer flags as you reach Chame, the headquarter of Manang district. Overnight at Chame.
Altitude: 3,300m/10824ft: Trek 5 - 6 hrs
Today, you will leave the village of Chame passing through the pine tree with amazing view of rocks, walking out past the prayer wheels and cross wide rivers and pine forests on the way to Pisang. Walking on steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. The forests and heavy vegetation would now be gone. You’d be crossing and re-crossing the river again and again on suspension bridges. As the trail opens up you’ll get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. The view of the soaring Paungda Danda's rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200m and 3,300meters. You’d find yourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. Upon walking through these wonderful sites you’d reach at Pisang. Overnight in Lower Pisang.
Altitude: 3,540m/11,328ft|Trek 6 - 7 hrs
Today our trek will cross the Marsyandi River on the way out to Manang. Pisang to Manang (3,400m) starts through almost flat road. Tall rocks and Hongde airport are the main attractions of the day. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip at 3,325m, 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 3,475m to the nearby Manang at 3,540m. We have disjuncture of two routes that we follow. If taken upper route (Wind Horse recommends), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, we will have outstanding sceneries. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us. We experience a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today. On the way, the cold and dry climate creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight in Manang.
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day. The dramatic setting of Manang makes for a pleasant rest and acclimatization day with the added benefit of hot showers. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude is suggested to get acclimatized with the altitude. The upcoming next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. Further, we pay an easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, upon wherre we will be at a village's monastery. Overnight in Manang.Accommodation: Hotel Tilicho
Altitude: 4,110m/13,484ft|Trek 3 - 4 hrs
After a day rest at Manang, we continue our adventure the next day. From Manang, first you’d head out to the village of Tenki. The trail leads uphill leaving the Marshyangdi Valley to reach Jarsang Khola. As you carry on ascending you’d traverse pastures and juniper forests. The trail continues passing by Ghunsa a small hamlet which later passes meadows where you can find yaks and horses grazing. Later you’d cross the river and continue walking on its southern side through coniferous forest. After reaching Kangsar Village we walk further up towards Yak Kharka and pass a monastery on the way. The uphill walk could be tiring but we will have Gungang Himal and Mt. Chulu in the backdrop to keep us company. Overnight in Yak Kharka.
Altitude: 4420m/14501ft|Trek 3-4 hrs
Today, you’d leave Yak Kharka after breakfast and move ahead with our trek first to Ledar. You’d walk through fantastic sceneries. The walk is relatively flat and short, yet seems to take forever. It’s a short walk from Yak Kharka to Ledar. Then, you’d slowly to make your way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi. It is a small busy settlement with amazing view of mountains and landscapes. People use this place as a base. Phedi means foot of the hill is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb. You’d stay overnight at guesthouse. From Ledar, you’d ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La. On this trip you are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
Altitude: 3,800m/12,467ft| Trek 8 -9 hrs
Today, you’d walk the longest and hardest day of the entire trip. Crossing Thorong La pass it is a lifetime experience, one of the highest and famous passes in the world will be your ultimate objective today. You will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. You’d need to get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When you finally make it to the top, you’ll realize that our journey was worth it. You can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.
Altitude: 1,200m/3937ft|Trek 6 - 8 hrs
Today, you will drive through new route to Tatopani. The trail is descending till you cross the bridge at Ghasa. As you drive to lower elevation, you’d emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. The journey is smoothly downhill to Rupse Chahara (Famous waterfall) via garpar to a bridge at Dana. Here you will see the local powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. The trail again descends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. Upon reaching Tatopani, you relax and have a bath in the hot spring. You’d stay overnight at guesthouse in Tatopani.
Altitude: 2,850m/9,350ft|Trek 7 - 8 hrs
Today, you’d leave the Kali Gandaki and headed up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. While you walk you can observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. You’d pass through the terraced and inclined farmlands villages of Shikha and gradually ascend to Ghorepani passing through Phalate and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest, brich, magnolia and some meadows. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100" will be covered with pink or red flowers. As you gain the height the peaks ahead look wonderful. Walking furthermore you’d reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Altitude: 2,700m/8,860ft|Trek 6 - 7 hrs
Today, to catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, you’d need to make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, you return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, you head east and climb a nearby ridge. You’d descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night. Overnight in Tadapani.
Altitude: 2170m/6944ft | Trek 3-4 hrs
On this day be prepared to trek downhill from Tadapani, you’ll be encountering trail that is steep trekking through dense rhododendron forest. Then, the trail takes you to terraced fields that are well cared and tidy. Next, there is a suspension bridge to cross before which you need to trek uphill steadily and pass by few cascading waterfalls. Walking uphill and downhill passing through amazing places your place for the night,Chhomrong, is reached. You can certainly see how beautiful is the village so up close to the giant Annapurna massif. Overnight in Chhomrong.
Altitude: 2920m/9344ft|Trek 7-8 hrs
Following your breakfast, this day also involves similar walking having to walk down on 2500 stone steps, then crossing the swaying suspension over the Chhomrong River. Then you’d trek uphill to Sinuwa, and the trail traverses a beautiful forest to Kuldihar, followed by an easy downhill walk to Bamboo. Then, you’d carry on walking traversing the bamboo forest here you are hid from the sun most of the time; the area is damp and cold. The day has some steady climb sections that are steep; make sure you are wearing sturdy pair of trekking boots. Once you have reached the Himalaya Hotel (name of the place) you can find yourself bathing in the sun again. There are amazing views you don’t want to miss like the remarkable view of the glacial river while trekking. Overnight in Himalayan Hotel.
Altitude: 4130m/13216ft|Trek 6-7 hrs
Today’s walk initially starts with a steep climb you’d reach the Hinku Cave trekking through a drier forest. The trail here goes down close to the river and climbs to Deurali offering scenic view of the mountains getting closer. You’d be entering in the valley, that’s just too astounding with less vegetation with rock cliffs so steep above with cascading, silvery waterfalls. The trail goes up a river bed then it steepens against the cliffs. Following a short trek you’ll reach Bagar. Now, be prepared for a bit arduous trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp- a real test for your legs. The views from Machhapuchhre Base Camp will leave you stunned the highlight being the grand, untouched Machhapuchhre with other peaks like Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gandharvachuli and Gangapurna you cannot miss those views at all. As we approach the Annapurna we traverse alpine meadows and later the trail gently climbing up. The vegetation becomes sparse en route to Annapurna Base Camp with trail really wide when entering the Annapurna sanctuary. This is where the view of south face of Annapurna appears really up close which makes this trek one of the scenic experience. The are other mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks from the Annapurna Base Camp. Overnight at Annapurna Base Camp.
Altitude: 2360m/7552ft| Trek 7-8 hrs
It’s our day to trek back to Sinuwa which is a long walk. Watch out! It’s time to challenge if your knees are shaky while trekking downhill to Dovan though it’s less strenuous. Then, trek uphill to reach Bamboo. Enjoy the beautiful, picturesque landscape which can indeed make you forget your tiredness. Next you’d be trekking uphill traversing rhododendron, oak and bamboo forests. From Bamboo, you’d reach Kuldighar trekking uphill followed by trekking to Chhomrong River downhill to reach Sinuwa. You’d be halting for the night. Overnight in Sinuwa.
Altitude: 827m/2712ft |Trek 5-6 hrs
After breakfast, from Sinuwa you’d be climbing up the stone stairs to Chhomrong. Then you’d reach Jhinu Danda descending downhill, and carry on your walk to Siwei. If time permits you can relax at the hot springs in Jhinu Danda. At Siwei, your vehicle would be waiting for you to take you back to Pokhara. It’s time to pamper oneself after the trek or hop into one of the bars or pubs by the lakeside to unwind and relax. Overnight in Pokhara.
Altitude: 1300m/4,264ft | Drive 6-7 hrs
Following an early breakfast, get ready to drive back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus. Enjoy the drive which is indeed fantastic passing by beautiful Nepalese countryside of little towns, river and villages. Once you reach Kathmandu, check in at your hotel. Free to explore on your own, indulge in some last minute shopping or visit some UNESCO Heritage Sites in Kathmandu Valley. It’s time to get triumphant of your journey, so a farewell dinner in the evening will be arranged for you. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Our cheerful representative will drop you off to the airport three hours prior to the flight departure. The mystic land of the Himalayas holds many more secrets to be told. Come back again for another adventure visiting our spectacular mountains.
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