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21 Days
Availability : All Year Around
Kathmandu
Manag
Min Age : 18
Max People : 12
Tour Details

The Annapurna circuit trek is the longest trek in the region and was ranked as one of the top ten treks in the world by a number of travel publications. Beginning in the lowland farms and foothills, we will guide you through alpine meadows, cross the famous Thorung La pass, and wind through arid land of Tibet on the other slope of the Himalaya. You will experience Nepal’s unique diversity of landscapes, cultures, people, and wildlife—as well as spectacular mountain views—in one single hike.

The trek starts at Besisahar, proceeding along the Valley of Marsyangdi River through picturesque hill villages and lush green forests. After several days, you reach Manang village at 3500 m, which offers one of the most beautiful views in the Himalayas. You will also encounter the rich Buddhist culture on the way as you will pass by numerous monasteries that teeter precariously off steep cliff-faces. Walking slowly to ensure safe acclimatization, you cross the Thorung La pass at 5400m on day 10 and reach Muktinath, a popular Hindu, and Buddhist pilgrimage site. The next day we descend through Jharkot and the ancient Tibetan town of Kagbeni before reaching the dramatic Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. The way leads you through the beautiful hill villages of Marpha and Tukche, watched over by the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains.  Descending down along an ancient trade route to Tibet, you can enjoy hot spring and a massage in Tatopani and climb Poon Hill for an astonishing 360-degree Himalayan sunrise view.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu Airport, Nepal

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 4 nights in hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • 16 nights in standard lodges/teahouses in the mountains
  • Farewell dinner at Nepali restaurants
  • All ground transportation
  • All accommodation and standard meals during the trekking
  • Experienced English-speaking tour & trek guides
  • Porters to carry luggage
  • All necessary paper work and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • Any bar bills
  • Natural Calamities beyond our control and expenses incurred during rescue services
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Nepal Visa fees
  • International airfares to and from Kathmandu
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Gratuity to staff

Optional

  • Visit different places in Kathmandu in your last day if you flight are late afternoon or evening
  • Mountain flight to see the world’s highest mountains
  • Paragliding
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

Welcome to Nepal! After the immigration process, you will be picked up and transferred to your Hotel in Kathmandu. We will give you a short overview of the trip and discuss any further questions you may have. Don’t forget to bring your passport and four recent passport pictures so that our representative can issue your necessary trekking permit.

Meals: D | Sleeping: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 2Cultural sightseeing tour in Kathmandu

After breakfast, you are introduced to your personal tour guide, followed by a briefing on your detailed itinerary. Afterwards we will lead you up to the Buddhist Temple Swoyambhunath, also referred to as the Monkey Temple. The Stupa is atop a hill, and requires a considerable walk. The next stop will be Patan Durbar Square.

Meals: B | Sleeping: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar - 7 hours

Today you will take a five-hour bus drive to Besisahar, where you will spend the night at a teahouse.

Meals: L & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 4Trek from Besisahar to Bahundanda - 6 hours

After an early breakfast your journey begins. After crossing a suspension bridge at Bhulbhule, the route passes a cascading waterfall. Magnificent views of Manaslu appear as you traverse the rice terraces. After a gentle incline we come to the village of Ngadi, with its picturesque shops, and from here we climb steeply to Bahundanda. Translated as “hill of the Brahmins,” Bahundanda is the most northern Brahmin settlement in the Marsyangdi Valley, situated high up on a ridge.

Meals: B, L,& D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 5Bahundanda trek to Jagat - 5 hours

You descend along a steep trail from Bahundanda through green rice terraces before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. Leaving the hillside high above the river behind, you will reach the village of Hani Gaon. Ahead, the Marsyangdi Valley forms a steep V-shape and the winding mountain path leads down through Syange and along the river for some distance. The trail then gets steep, leading up to 300 m above the riverbed. Eventually we descend to the picturesque village of Jagat, where you will spend the night at a Tibetan-run lodge.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 6Jagat trek to Dharapani - 6 hours

The trek leads steeply up through a thick forest to a teahouse with magnificent views of a waterfall on the opposite bank. You reach the village Chamje, with its numerous traditional tea houses, many of which may be packed with horses. After winding back down to the river and crossing a suspension bridge, we begin a steep climb to Sattale. After tea, you continue your journey on a hilly path above the river, climbing up to the top of the hill, with Tal below on a wide plain by the river. Beyond Tal and the check-post, the valley narrows and the path becomes winding; in several areas the path is actually hewn from the rock. Beyond the small village of Karte, the path drops again to the river. Crossing a suspension bridge, you climb the short distance to the stone Khani marking the entrance to Dharapani.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 7Dharapani trek to Chame - 5 hours

The trek continues through thick forests of pine and oak, passing through Danagyu and a thundering waterfall, before it leads to Koto. After an hour you reach a clearing at the top with a charming Tibetan teahouse. During tea break you will have an amazing gaze over Manaslu. Heading back down to Koto Qupar, Annapurna II towers over your head—a stunning sight from deep within the majestic Himalayas. Many of the villagers here are from the Nar Phu valley; this is the gateway to their region. Less than an hour of hiking brings us to Chame, the local administrative center of Manang, and a large village packed with small shops, tea-houses, an army post and a large school.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 8Chame trek to Pisang - 5 hours

From Chame to Pisang the path leads through quiet, cool, refreshing woods, offering spectacular views of the peaks hovering above. After five hours walking, you will have the afternoon to explore the village of Pisang. You’ll have the option to walk up to Upper Pisang for amazing views of Annapurna II and Annapurna III.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 9Pisang trek to Manang - 6 hours

In the morning you will head to Manang, a village of 500 flat-roofed houses at 3500m. Manang is an interesting village packed with trekkers, bakeries and lodges and is surrounded by high peaks—Annapurna III and Gangapurna hover nearby, and a dramatic icefall is propped across the river. On the edge of town is an old Gompa, with many local teahouses and gorgeous winding streets leading out toward the Thorung La. Finally, you can relax in your guesthouse, hop in the shower, and enjoy cold beers, hot teas, and snacks. You will have the opportunity to join in on a lecture about altitude by the Himalayan Rescue Association.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 10Manang rest day

Today is our day to get acclimatized, with several options: a day-hike to the Ice Lake; a visit to the ‘Hundred Ruppee Lama’ at a cave above Manang; a two-hour hike to Milarepa’s cave across the river from Braga; the HRA lecture; or a tour through Manang’s many bakeries. We recommend hiking up 300 meters or so for acclimatization, but nothing too strenuous is advised. The guest house is a warm place to gaze at the peaks in the afternoon.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 11Manang trek to Yak Kharka - 4 hours

Although it’s a short hiking day, you do gain some altitude, so we take it slowly. Along the way we will likely share the trail with galloping Manangi horses, saddled with expensive and well-made Tibetan wool saddle blankets, and their jubilant Manangi riders, who often wear bells to alert hikers. We climb past Tengi and Gunsang to Yak Kharka.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 12Yak Kharka trek to Thorung Phedi - 3 hours

An easy two-hour hike up to the Thorung La Base Camp Hotel at Thorung Phedi. After an early lunch, it’s another hour or so before you reach High Camp. The next day starts early so you would want to get to bed early. If you have altitude sickness, you will have the option of staying at Thorung Phedi Base Camp, where we had lunch, which is situated at a lower elevation.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 13Thorung Phedi - Thorung la pass - Muktinath - 9 hours

Today you ascend to the top of Thorung La at 5400 m, where the views over Mustang and the surrounding peaks are breathtaking. Upon descending, you will drink Tee and eat a snack at the local tea house at Chabarbu to readjust to the altitude change. Today’s destination is lower Mustang, with its serene temple complex of Muktinath.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 14Muktinath trek to Marpha - 6 hours

In the morning the route follows down along the Kali Gandaki riverbed, leading for Jomsom, the administrative center for the region. The Kali Gandaki valley can get extremely windy in the early afternoon, so it’s important to arrive before noon. In Jomsom you will have lunch and there is also a bank if you need to change money. Afterwards, the route takes you to Marpha, a village of cobbled streets, small shops, horses, donkeys, a recently rebuilt Gompa and caves above the village.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 15Marpha trek to Ghasa - 6 hours

Walking further into the Kali Gandaki Gorge, you head towards Tukuche, a quaint village with a large Gompa, continuing towards Larjung. Like many villages in the region, Larjung was constructed to shield strong valley winds, with its many narrow alleyways, tunnels, and courtyards connecting houses. The trail then winds through juniper and cypress forests to Kalopani, where you will have fine views of Annapurna I and Fang. Ghasa is an hour beyond Kalopani.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 16Ghasa trek to Tatopani - 5 hours

After a long hike to Tatopani you can relax in a hot spring which is right alongside the riverbed. You can also get a massage and try pastries from numerous bakeries.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 17Tatopani trek to Ghorepani - 8 hours

This is going to be of the most difficult days yet, with plenty of hills. Today’s hike is hot and strenuous. After you reach Beni, the route takes you onto the Ghorepani trail, which takes you further up.

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 18Ghorepani Trek - Poon hill - Tikhedhunga - 7 hours

Today you will have the option to hike up to Poon Hill for a 360-degree sunrise view of the Himalayas, one of the most beautiful views in Nepal, from where the entire Annapurna range can be seen. After breakfast, you head towards Tikhedhunga for half a day, where spectacular views of Machapuchare will wait. Monkeys run free around here, so keep your cameras out and your snacks hidden!

Meals: B, L, & D | Sleeping: Tea House

Day 19Tikhedhunga to Nayapul - 4 hours / drive to Pokhara and the end of the trek

Today’s route takes you through high waterfalls, lush green rice fields and several suspension bridges are traversed, passing several mountain villages. Along the way it is likely to encounter mule or goat caravans carrying supplies to the mountains, accompanied by the chiming bells they wear. Stunning panoramic views of Machhapuchare and Annapurna peaking over the green ridges will appear from time to time, walking along Modi Khola River, as you hike up to Nayapul. After lunch you will have time for a scenic drive to Pokhara, where you can enjoy a shower and relax. There will be plenty of leisure time to explore the lovely lakeside town of Pokhara.

Meals: B & L | Sleeping: Hotel in Pokhara

Day 20Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast you will head to Kathmandu and check in to your hotel. In the evening Evening, a farewell dinner will be provided at the traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural dance and music.

Meals: B & D | Sleeping: Hotel in Kathmandu

Day 21Final Departure from Kathmandu

We will transfer you to the Airport for your flight back home. Today is the day to say Goodbye – hopefully in reminiscence of the unique experiences of beautiful Nepal and its people.

Meals: B

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