Annapurna Circuit Trek

Special Tour 20 Days
Annapurna Nepal

Hotels
Kathmandu: Royal Penguin Boutique Hotel / Aria Boutique Hotel or similar
Pokhara: Lake View Resort or similar

Nepal is a home to the extensive network of trails also called the Great Himalaya Trails. It covers Nepal from Humla and Darchula in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. The diversity of trekking in Nepal cannot be simply experienced in any other part of the globe.

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2 – 3 pax

US $ 1730 (per person)

4 – 8 pax

US $ 1620 (per person)

9+ pax

US $ 1500 (per person)

Single Supplement

US $ 365 (per person)

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport

You will meet our representatives and they take you to the Royal Penguin Boutique Hotel & Spa and Aria Boutique hotel & Spa. After refreshment in the hotel, short briefing about the programs will take place.

KATHMANDU DURBAR SQUARE: Durbar Square, a historic monument of the Kathmandu city, is a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist temples, stupas and statues, and is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies.

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1315m)

Today, we will be exploring the Kathmandu city.
SWOYAMBBHUNATH: Climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (the monkey temple) with its commanding views of Kathmandu, its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism.
PASHUPATINATH: It’s a sacred temple complex on the banks of the holy Bagmati river. Here, monkeys run up and down the steps of the burning ghats, and trident-bearing saddhus draped in burnt-orange and yellow sit serenely meditating.
BOUDHANATH: The striking Buddha eyes of Boudhanath Stupa watch over a lively and colorful Tibetan community and attract pilgrims from all over the Himalayan Buddhist realm. In the midst of traditional gompas, and hung with long strings of multi-colored prayer flags, Boudhanath attracts Sherpas, Tibetans and tourists alike for daily circumambulations (koras) of the stupa.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Chame (2,710 m-8,891 ft): 5-6 hrs:

Today we will have a nine-hour drive to Chame. Overnight stay in Chame.

Day 04: Chame – Pisang (3,300m-10824ft): 5-6 hrs

Venture into a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest and see the curved rock face that rises 1500 m from the river. The forests and heavy vegetation would now be out-of-the-sight.  You have to again and again cross the river on suspension bridges. With the trail opening up, you get surrounded by the splendid Himalayan Peaks. Here you find yourself in the U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks.  Sfter walking through these wonderful sites, you reach Pisang. Overnight stay in Upper Pisang.

Day 05: Pisang – Ghyaru – Ngawal:

In Pisang, you have to make a decision on the trek around Annapurnas. You need to decide particularly whether you will go on the faster and shorter lower path, or on so-called higher path via Upper Pisang, Ghyaru and Ngawal with beautiful views.  It is more desirable to set off oneself for the higher path from where it is also possible to take a few side acclimatization trips.

Day 06: Ngawal – Manang:

The path from Ngawal descends more than 200 meters back down to Marsyangdi valley along bizarre rocks sculpted by wind and stunted pines. Along the way, you could enjoy the magnificent views of Annapurna ridges. It is also possible to visit a very nice village- Bhraka- before arriving to the downtown area of Manang. It is the only short way from Bhraka to Manang where lodges are there to serve the guests. It has high concentration of tourists who are getting acclimatized here and making trips before the main ascent to the pass Thorong la.

Day 07: Manang Acclimatization:

Today represents the scheduled acclimatization day. Do not stay idle but rather take a short walk to higher altitude to get acclimatized with the altitude. Manang is a good place to do that as the next two days will be very challenging with the rapid gain in altitude. Not downplaying the possibility of serious health hazards posed by high altitude with cautiousness is simply crucial.

Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from the acclimatization perspective. An excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery, is also worthy. Also worth visiting is the Himalayan Rescue Association where you can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness. Overnight stay in Manang.

Day 08: Manang -Yak Kharka (4,110m-13,484ft): 3-4 hours

From the Manang village, the trail is eclectically interesting. It crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki, and then continues to climb to the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail passes through this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees as it gradually elevates.  The trail passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now, it crosses through the meadows where the horses and yaks are seen to be grazing. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, you will spot  an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reach another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but a gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. Overnight stay in Yak Kharka

Day 09: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi(4,600m-15,092ft): 3-4 hrs

We head to the foot of the pass, Thorong Phedi, today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. People use this point as a base camp with some of them even doing a hiking to the high camp so that the next day can be easier for them.  However, we do not recommend this with overnight stay there because sleeping in higher altitude could well prove life-threatening.  As we will have a tough day tomorrow, we take a shelter in the Thorong Phedi for sound sleep.  Overnight stay at Thorong Phedi.

Day 10: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath (3,800-12,467ft): 7-8 hrs

The climax of our Annapurna circuit trek comes today. Of course, crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La, will not be an ordinary feat for you. An early start is important to successfully reach the final destination. Passing through the icy high-altitude trail is a daunting task but the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are bound to be exhilaratingly to you visual senses. We reach Muktinath, an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhists, amidst the dimming light of the setting sun. The holy place hosts a Vishnu temple of Hindu and a monastery of Buddhist, thus demonstrating a great deal of religious harmony in Nepal. Overnight stay at Muktinath.

Day 11: Muktinath-Marpha (2,670m-8,760ft): 4-5 hours

In the morning, you will be visiting Vishnu Temple and Gompa.  Then you have to descend from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside.  You come down toward Kagbeni and also to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail is quite enigmatic as you trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki, the world`s deepest gorge.  Marpha is also reckoned as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items including the famous local apple brandy, Marpha. Overnight stay at Marpha.

Day 12: Marpha-Kalopani (2530 m-8300 ft): 5-6 hours

Today, you need to embark upon a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village from Marpha. You happen to pass through the traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people and also get to see apple gardens.  Here you can visually relish several Himalayan peaks: Dhaulagari, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. From Chokhopani, you continue to move to Kokhethanti. After crossing a river, the newly constructed road site at before reaching Kokhethanti of Kalopani waits you. Overnight stay at Kalopani.

Day 13: Kalopani – Tatopani (1,200 m-3937 ft): 6-7 hrs

You have to take a new downhill route to Tatopani from Kalopani. Then you cross the bridge at Ghasa. As the lower elevations start, you find yourself into subtropical forests with rich vegetation. You keep on moving along Rupse Chahara to reach down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar.  There is a bridge at Dana and at Narchyang Besi, you can see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. Upon reaching Tatopani, you can relax by having a bath in the hot spring.

 

Day 14: Tatopani-Ghorepani (2,850m-9,350ft) 7-8hrs:

In the course of this trek, you can observe the lifestyle of the midland village dwellers  of Nepal. You gradually walk steep up to Ghorepani and pass through the Phalate and Chitre.  While doing so, you can see the rhododendron flowers, birch trees and some meadows. As you elevate to the peaks, the scene is wonderful.

Then you have to stay at Ghorepani and the climb to Poon Hill starts early tomorrow morning.

Day 15: Ghorepani- Tadapani (2,710m-8,891ft): 6-7 hrs

Climbing to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,531ft) early morning to visually enjoy the spectacular sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and surrounding rice terraces. It is not for nothing that this hill is known as the “photographer`s paradise”. After breakfast, you cross the trail to Tadapani through the rhododendron forests. Sceneries are splendid here throughout the day.

Day 16: Tadapani – Ghandruk – pokhara (850m-2,789ft): 5-6 hrs trek, 1 hr drive:

The trail passes through the Rhododendron forest to Ghandruk, the place inhabited by the Gurung community. After the lunch, you walk to Nayapul to complete the trail which is followed by a short bus ride back to Pokhara, the place of beautiful lakes with the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayas. Overnight stay in Pokhara (850m/2,789ft).

Day 17: Pokhara Tour

Pokhara is a great tourist destination of Nepal and also a starting point of trekking in Annapurna. You can explore this queen city of the country through a drive or a hike to several viewpoints of immense natural beauty. Hillsides like Sarangkot, World Peace Stupa etc are simply worth visiting.
Pokhara sightseeing Points: International Mountain Museum, Sarangkot Sunrise View, Devi’s Fall, Tibetan Refugee Camp, World Peace Stupa

Day 18: Pokhara – Kathmandu:

In the early morning i.e after the breakfast, we will drop you at the local airport for flying back to Kathmandu. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 19: Kathmandu Sightseeing:

Early in the morning, you could enjoy optional mountain flight tours to the Mount Everest. In the afternoon, we will tour to Bhaktapur Durbar Square & some other places in Kathmandu.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square: This Square is an open museum holding exciting palace, courtyards, royal bath, sculptures, pagodas, Shikhara style temples and Buddhist monastery along with exclusive architecture. In other words, this is the most beautiful Durbar you visit in your Nepal tours. Though 1934 earthquake brought bad luck to its structure, still the remaining monuments are the finest examples of the medieval excellence. Just near the square, you will visit the traditional painting School, the dying art of Nepal which is the best souvenir from Nepal.  Besides palace complex, five storied temple with most appreciated architecture, the Pottery Square, Dattatraya Square and Peacock window are some other things to see in Bhaktapur. Overnight at hotel

Day 20: Departure:

After breakfast we’ll head towards airport for final departure or continue your onwards trips. Tour ends with THANK YOU!

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