- Trip Outline
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Since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977, the Annapurna Circuit Trek has become renowned as one of the most spectacular trekking routes in the world with lush green valleys and fascinating villages that offer impressive snow-capped views of the white Himalayas.
Starting from less than 1,000 meters, 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 Syange which goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.
This magnificent trek leads you 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 is the Thorong La Pass at the top of the valley at 5,416 m.
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 the 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 you cross the Thorong La Pass from Manang to Muktinath, we head to Tatopani for hot springs and climb Poon Hill before descending to Pokhara.
The construction of the roads in Annapurna has affected trekking in some places. The roads aren’t as busy as the highways and not all trekking is done on the roads but we want to avoid them as much as we can and make your experience better. So, we have changed our routes where it is possible. To reach Manang, our itinerary goes via Upper Pisang and Ngawal via natural trails. And, to reach Jomsom from Muktinath, our itinerary goes via a mountain pass called Lubra Pass. In Jomsom to Tatopani section, the road is busier than any other place and it is unavoidable. So we have kept a local shared 4WD drive which takes 5 hours and saves you 1 day.
Day 01 :Kathmandu to Besisahar by private car. 820m
Day 02 :From Besisahar to Dharapani by sharing jeep to Dharapani ( also possible with private) to Dharapani 1860m
Day 03 :Dharapani to Timang 3-4 hours. 2270m
Day 04 : Timang to Bhratang 3-4 hours. 2850m
Day 05 : Bhratang to Pisang 4-5 hours. 3200m
Day 06 : Pisang to Manang 5-6 hrs. 3540m
Day 07 : Manang - Rest day
Day 08 : Manang to Khangsar 2-3 hours 3756m
Day 09 : Khangsar to Tilicho Base Camp 5-6 hours 4140m
Day 10 : Visit Tilicho Lake then trek back to base camp: 5-6 hours 4919m
Day 11 : Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka 4-5 hours 4050m
Day 12 : Yak kharka to Thorang Phedi: 3-4 hours 4450
Day 13 : Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La pass 7 - 8 hours 3710m
Day 14 : Muktinath to Marpha, 5-6 hours 2670m
Day 15 : Marpha to Ghasa, 7-8 hours 2010m
Day 16 : Ghasa to Tatopani 6-7 hours 1200m
Day 17 : Tatopani to Ghorepani, 5-6 hours 2850
Day 18 : Early morning hike to Poon Hill and back to Ghorepani after breakfast hike down to Urlleri - Tikhedhunga to Naya pul then by car to Pokhara hotel.
Day 19 : Free day in Pokhara or back to Kathmandu by flight.
Trip Price Includes;
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle
- Standard twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu (3 nights only) and Pokhara (2 nights only) including breakfast
- All standard meals during the trek (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Basic teahouse accommodation during the trek.
- Local HMA licensed English-speaking trekking guide.
- The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permits and TIMS permit for trekking.
- Kathmandu to Besisahar by private car.
- Besisahar to Dharapani by sharing jeep.
- Nayapul to Pokhara by private car.
- Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
- All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
- Official expenses.
Trip Price Excludes;
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Travel insurance which covers emergency high-altitude rescue and evacuation.
- International airfare and airport departure tax.
- Nepal entry visa; you can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.
- Bar and Restaurant bills.
- Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
- Any others expenses that are not mentioned in the Price Includes section.