Duration: 15 Days
Starts In: Kathmandu
Ends In: Kathmandu
Maximum altitude: 5,416 m
Trek Type: Tea House
Best Season: March to May; June to Aug
Activity: Sightseeing and trekking/climbing
Transportation: Flights/ private car or tourist bus (as per itinerary)
Group Size: 12 pax Maximum
Featuring the world’s most dangerous roadway, Besisahar-Chame roadway, and the high mountain pass of Thorung La (5416m), Annapurna Circuit Trek is the ultimate trek for adventure lovers from all over the world. Annapurna Circuit Trek was opened in the early ‘80s and is located in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Annapurna Circuit Trek features breathtaking vista of the Himalayas, Himalayan valleys, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, rhododendron forests, ancient Buddhist monasteries, vintage caves, and diverse culture, language, and tradition.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular and easier treks in Nepal. The trekkers get to relish the alluring view of the Annapurna range, the Dhaulagiri range, Gangapurna (7454m), Tilicho peak (7134m), Nilgiri (7041m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Lamjung Himal (6986m), Tukuche Peak (6920m), and the other Himalayas. Tagging along with gigantic mountains, the trek also features trekking through beautiful Marsayangdi valley, which is home to Thakali, Gurung, and other ethnic groups of this region. The trek also features the small town of Manang which is famous all over the country for its typical Thakali food, and you would know why once you taste it yourself. Trekking through apple orchards and on sandy terrain, the trekkers will also reach the windy valley of Jomsom after their visit to the Muktinath Temple. Muktinath Temple is an example of religious tolerance among Hindus, Buddhists, and Bons in Nepal. Annapurna Circuit Trek is a perfect trek for travelers who want a bit of adventure in their lives whilst enjoying the warm hospitality of the locals.
Expedition Himalaya is one of the leading trekking organizers in Nepal. Our outstanding reviews and ratings are the proof of our quality services. We have been offering different kinds of travel packages all over the country based on the client’s flexibility. Our client’s comfort and safety is our utmost priority. Hence, we take care of all the permit required for their trek and provide our client with all kind of road and air transportation facilities with superb accommodations.
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1337m)
We pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and take you to the hotel. You can spend the evening resting in your hotel room or getting familiar with Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 02: Rest/preparation
We pay a short visit to Swayambhunath Temple and enjoy the wide view of Kathmandu valley from the top of the hill. Later, we spend some time discussing the trek and then we collect all kind of permit required for the trek. Any last minute shopping should be done on this day. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03: Drive Bhulbhule (840m)
Leaving Kathmandu, we drive for 7 hours along the free-flowing Trishuli River, and later Marsyangdi River, to reach Bhulbhule via Besisahar. Our drive will be smooth as we will be driving on black-topped pitched Prithvi Highway. Overnight at a hotel in Bhulbhule.
Day 04: Drive Chame (2710m)
Today, we will have a bumpy off-road drive on the most dangerous road in the world. We enter the Manang district and pass the first village of Manang district, Tal. Driving across a couple of waterfalls in Temang, we reach Chame after 6 hours of drive. Overnight at a hotel in Chame.
Day 05: Trek Upper Pisang (3310m)
We start our trek from Chame. We have an option of driving directly to Manang, but it’s not recommended as you may suffer from altitude sickness. We trek along Marshyangdi River and cross a couple of wooden bridges on our way to Upper Pisang. We also take a short tour of the largest apple farm in South Asia in Bhratang from where we cross the Swargadwari Bridge and continue ascending through the forested trail. After a total of 6 hours of trek, we finally reach Upper Pisang. Overnight at a lodge.
Day 06: Trek Manang (3540m) via Ngawal (3660m)
Chasing the breathtaking vista of Annapurna range and Gangapurna (7454m), we trek through lush forests of pine and juniper to reach Ghyaru. We then ascend on a gravel road until we reach the small village of Ngawal. From Ngawal, we trek for a couple of hours and reach the Thakali town of Manang. Overnight at a hotel in Manang.
Day 07: Rest/acclimatization
Today, we take a day off from trekking and acclimatize to high altitude. We use this day to learn about the Manangi culture. We explore the Manang vicinity and visit some Buddhist monasteries. We also walk up to Gangapurna Lake from where we can view the Gangapurna Glacier along with the majestic Annapurna massif. We will have the delicious Thakali food while in Manang. Overnight at a hotel in Manang.
Day 08: Trek Ledar (4230m)
Leaving Marshyangdi valley, we trek uphill on steep trails till we reach Ghunsang. We then trek through pine and juniper forests and cross a Mani wall as we climb towards Yak Kharka. Ascending on rocky trails on a landslide-prone area, we reach Ledar after a total 7 hours of trek. Overnight at a lodge in Ledar.
Day 09: Trek Thorung Phedi (4540m)
Ascending through rocky trails, we relish the magnificent view of Annapurna range, Gangapurna (7454m), and the other Himalayas, on our way to Thorung Phedi. We trek through lush Himalayan forests of pine, oak, and juniper to finally reach Thorung Phedi after 3 hours of trek. Overnight at a lodge in Thorung Phedi.
Day 10: Trek Muktinath (3800m) via Thorong La Pass (5416m)
Today is the most important day of our trek as we reach the highest point of our trek, Thorung La Pass (5416m). Trekking along Thorung La Pass is an accomplishment in itself as the trail goes through steep moraines. From the top of Thorung La, an astonishing vista of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri range, Machhapuchhre (6993m), Gangapurna (7454m), and the other Himalayas can be seen. After relishing the mesmerizing view, we descend to the holy temple of Muktinath. Overnight at a hotel in Muktinath.
Day 11: Trek Kagbeni (2840m)
We make an early morning visit to the sacred temple of Muktinath which is equally important for Hindus, Buddhists, and Bons all over the world. After visiting Muktinath, we trek downhill for about half an hour and enter a small Himalayan village of Jharkot. We relish the breathtaking view of the Himalayas and continue our trek to Kagbeni which is the gateway to Upper Mustang. We trek for a couple of hours to reach the apple orchards of Kagbeni via Khingar. Overnight at a lodge in Kagbeni.
Day 12: Trek Jomsom (2460m)
We leave Kagbeni for the windy valley of Jomsom. We trek along rocky ridges on a sandy terrain and descend passing several small villages to reach Jomsom after trekking for 3 hours. Jomsom welcomes us with strong wind, so we must fully cover our body, else, we may have a difficult time adjusting to the environment. Overnight at a hotel in Jomsom.
Day 13: Fly Pokhara (884m)
We take an early morning flight to the City of Lakes. Flying through the Kali Gandaki Gorge, we arrive in the beautiful city of Pokhara. In the afternoon, we will do boating on Lake Phewa, and later visit Mahendra Cave and Bat Cave in our private car. Overnight at a hotel in Lakeside, Pokhara.
Day 14: Fly Kathmandu
We will take a 25-minute flight over the mountains to reach the capital city. You will once again be transferred to the hotel from the airport. You can spend the rest of the day either resting or exploring the markets of Kathmandu. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Depart Kathmandu
We bid you farewell and drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.
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