Annapurna Circuit 19 Days

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19 Days

Introduction:

I trekked the Annapurna circuit with my sister and a friend. We had the time of our lives, and we will never forget that trip. Every day we passed the most stunningly beautiful scenery; fields of rice, snow capped mountains, bamboo forests, birds, monkeys and buffalo. We stopped along the way in cosy tea houses for nepalese tea – (delicious), food, and rest.
All our guides were extremely professional in their responsibilities and expert in their knowledge of the terrain. And we also had a lot of fun with them!
I’ve traveled a far amount in my life, but this trip remains at the top of the list. Thank you!

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 01: Meet in Kathmandu after arrival from international flight.
  2. Day 02:In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
  3. Day 03:Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Beshsishar 800 m – 08 hrs.
  4. Day 04:Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 05 hours.
  5. Day 05:Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.
  6. Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.
  7. Day 07:Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m – 05 hrs.
  8. Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
  9. Day 09:Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hours.
  10. Day 10:Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.
  11. Day 11:Traverse Thorong-La 5,416 m to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.
  12. Day 12:Trek to Marpha 2, 670 via Jomsom 2, 715 m – 06 hours.
  13. Day 13:Trek to Lete 2,480m – 06 hrs.
  14. Day 14: Trek to Tatopani 1,190m – 06 hrs.
  15. Day 15:Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m – 06 hrs.
  16. Day 16:Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m -05 hours walk.
  17. Day 17:Trek to Nayapul 1,100m and drive to Pokhara 860m.
  18. Day 18:Drive or fly back to Kathmandu afternoon free at leisure.
  19. Day 19: International departure homeward bound.

What Is Included in Trip:

  1. All Arrival and Departure Transfer to and from airport / hotels.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation at Tourist standard or 2-3 -5 stars standard Hotel in Kathmandu-Pokhara on bed and breakfast only basis. (Unless book for single supplement at extra cost)
  3. All domestic airfare as per the chosen trip itinerary.
  4. Overland Transport on Tourist Coach as per the itinerary and size of the group.
  5. Applicable Trekking-National Park and Conservation Fees.
  6. Wages-meals-insurance and transport allowance of all trekking staff and porters.
  7. Guided tour around Kathmandu at places of interest with city / cultural guide.
  8. Comprehensive medical kit and service of guide and porters.
  9. Trekking on Teahouse / Lodge basis includes meals and accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  10. Wages, Insurance and transportation allowance of all our guides / porters.
  11. Welcome Group dinner in authentic Nepali restaurant with culture show.
  12. Reconfirmation of your international flight.

What Is Not Included in Trip

  1. Nepalese visa fee,-Travel and Medical Insurance, airport tax.
  2. Meals in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, expenses of personal nature and gratitude.
  3. Personal Travel or Trekking gear, sleeping bags and down jackets.
  4. Emergency evacuation by any means of transport and personal medical kit.
  5. Excess baggage charge(s)
  6. Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  7. Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  8. International flights
  9. Travel and rescue insurance
  10. Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
  11. Tips for guides and porters

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

From the moment on landing at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, our staff will receive you with a warm welcome and transfer you to respective hotels in the hub of Kathmandu city. After refresh join the other group member for trip orientation and briefing by our guide / leader regarding trek, hotels, do and don’ts along with evening group dinner.

Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour and trip preparations.

In Kathmandu morning sightseeing tour at places of interest, Kathmandu is steeped with historical and cultural monuments listed in World Heritage by UNESCO, all tour accompanied by expert cultural tour guide, after a great time back to hotel, afternoon free at leisure and trek preparations.

Day 03: Drive to Jagat 1,290 m via Beshsisar 800 m – 08 hrs.

An interesting and scenic drive of 8 hours to Jagat village on Nepal’s main highway, drive follows Trisuli river for a while and then heading west with views of Ganesh, Langtang Himal and Annapurna, Manaslu range of peaks.

On reaching at Dumre in the middle of Kathmandu / Pokhara highway, our route diverts towards Jagat passing large town of Beshisar and then on the dirt jeep road to Jagat village located in the mid hills.

At Jagat village transfer to a nice lodge for overnight stop in this interesting farm village.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m – 05 hours.

From Jagat village starting first day walk on the gradual winding trail to Chamje, by the raging Marsyangdi River.

After Chamje crossing towards east bank of the river into woodland with views of Annapurna and Manaslu Mountain range of peaks.

Following a wide path all the way to Tal Besi a nice village located on Marsyangdi valley, from here hours walk reaches at Dharapani village for overnight stop.

Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m – 05 hours.

After a nice night at Dharapani, morning walk along a wide trail into tranquil rhododendron and pine forest and villages of Bagachap and Danque, then to Timang village with grand view of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft.

After Timang village another hour walk leads to the village of Koto and then to Chame for the overnight stop, Chame a large major town of Manang area.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m – 05 hrs.

From Chame onwards walk leads into cool and refreshing mountain air, as the morning walk leads through charming rhododendron and pine tree lines. Following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and downs path to Bhratang village, from here on the winding uphill and fine woodlands to reach at Dhukure Pokhari for lunch stop, this place with few lodges overlooking views of Chulu’s and peak of Pisang including Pisang village below the Marsyangdi River valley. After a nice stop descend for two hours to Pisang village for overnight stop with more Tibetan influence in culture, religion.

Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m-05 hrs.

Pisang village with grand scenery of mountains and surrounding landscapes, from here on as altitude gains, morning walk leads into forest with short uphill and views of Hongde airstrip. View includes staggering peak of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s with Pisang peak, then walk downhill towards flat valley at Hongde village. From here onwards tree lines disappears with barren, arid with cold and dry climate.

Just before Manang, visit the old Braga monastery which houses old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos, offering stunning views of Annapurna’s Himalaya. An hour walk brings to Manang village where the houses are built in traditional Tibetan style and Manang people are known for their rich cultural and traditions.

Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.

A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading to higher ground and Thorang –la, in Manang optional short hike to explore the Manang village and its valley, this large village situated on the wide windswept valley at the bank of Marsyangdi River beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk up for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Lake. 

Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m – 04 hours.

After a good time at Manang, morning adventure leads towards Ghunsang village on the uphill path to Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walk with super scenery of the snow capped mountains, then crossing the river to reach Yak Kharka a small settlement, offering tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.

Day 10:Trek to Thorong High Camp 4,600 m – 04 hrs.

As the walk progress and getting closer to the base of Thorang-la on the trail beyond a small place at Ledar, then crossing a bridge walk heads to a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, leading up on the narrow path to cross a steep rocky slope and finally reaching at Thorung Phedi, depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to the overnight stop at Thorang High Camp, staying here to make it easier for the next day climb over Thorang pass.

Day 11: Cross Thorong-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m – 07 hrs.

Today, highlight of this great journey after early breakfast heading to a long climb to Thorang-la with a steep ascend all the way to Thorung La Pass top at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft. the highest altitude gain of this memorable adventure.

The top offers mind blowing scenery of beautiful landscapes and snow capped peaks, from here the walk leads to a long descend to Muktinath at 3,800 m. on reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, this is a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

Day 12: Trek to Marpha 2, 670 via Jomsom 2, 715 m – 06 hours.

After Muktinath rest of the journey will be easier with moderate walks all the way. Morning walk with a drop of 1,200m of downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk reaches vast Kaligandaki river valley with a small break at Ekale bhatti.

From here onwards gets windy in the afternoon time, a few hours walk to Jomsom, the headquarter town of Mustang region with an airstrip located above Kaligandaki River. After a break here an hour of gradual walk reaches at Marpha. One of the charming villages of this trip a little gem, with whitewashed houses, paved streets and numerous well kept lodges.

Here you will have time to celebrate with the local apple products like cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for its delicious apple and its product.

Day 13: Trek to Lete 2,480m – 06 hrs.

From Marpha, walk is enjoyable following Kaligandaki river downstream soon reaching at Tukuche village, beneath Tukuche peak and Dhaulagiri, with views of Nilgiri peaks including massif icefalls of Dhaualgiri’s east face. After an hour walk from Tukuche to Larjung village, crossing the broad river bed, either by way of a series of temporary plank bridges over numerous channels if the river level is low, or via a high suspension bridge, an hour walk reaching the tree line of pines, oaks and rhododendron. The path meanders away from the river for a while for an hour then getting back to the river bed just before Kalalpani village, from the bridge a short walk brings to Kalapani village.

Kalapani, another lovely village of more than 20 houses with excellent lodges with grandeur view of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiri’s and Dhaulagiri above the beautiful forest surrounding. A short descends brings at Lete village for overnight stop.

Day 14: Trek to Tatopani 1,190m – 06 hrs.

Walk from Kalapani onwards leads to a dramatic change in the vegetation, from dry, arid desert to pine and conifer forests, passing between the two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna. The first two hours of trek passes through Ghasa village, view of the snow capped peaks through the cool forest surrounding. Below Ghasa, which is the southern end of the area dominated by Thakali people with fewer of this ethnic tribe till Tatopani, the architectural style change, with much ornately carved wood work in evidence. This pleasant walk amidst the beautiful surrounding continues back to the terraced paddy fields and into warm sub-tropical climate all the way to the village of Tatopani passing through the beautiful waterfalls of Rupsi. Tatopani (Hot Spring) village the valley is quite constricted and it is quite warm with sub-tropic climate and vegetation. Tatopani is another nice village with large hot spring pools just by the bank of the River Kaligandaki.

Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m – 06 hrs.

After a wonderful time at Tatopani, trek continues on nice winding trail for an hour to cross a suspension bridge over Kaligandaki River. From here our route diverts heading uphill to a steep terraced hillsides dotted with farms and villages.

After the steep section then with a gradual up all the way through dense alpine forest reaching at Chitre, from here an hour climb brings at Ghorepani- Deurali village with fantastic scenery of world’s 07th highest Mt. Dhaulagiri and range of peaks, includes Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar also known as Annapurna Fang.  Ghorepani located on the high spot in the midst of old Trans-Himalayan Salt Trade Route which stretches all the way to Upper Mustang unto Tibet the people of this area are Pun Magar tribe. This village famous and popular for the hike to Pun Hill a view point  offering super wide views of world’s highest peaks and range of other mountains with striking sunrise and sunset.

Day 16: Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m -05 hours walk.

Early morning just before dawn an hour hike up to Pun-Hill at 3,190m, this wonderful hill top offers fantastic sunrise views over the mountain range from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal in the far eastern horizon including the stunning Mt. Machapuchare “The Fish Tail”.

One of the most respected and unclimbed peak, enjoy the lovely panorama of mountains and landscapes scenery. Walk continues after Ghorepani through enchanting rhododendron forest, trek continues on the gradual trail for a short period, and then a long descend from Ulleri village on the stone paved steps all the way to a suspension bridge at Tirkhedhunga for overnight stop.

Day 17: Trek to Nayapul 1,100m and drive to Pokhara 860m.

After Tirkhedhunga, a short with last day walk leads on gradual path and easy downhill most of the way through scattered farm villages with views of beautiful waterfalls, then finally reaching to a nice village at Bhirethati by the river Modi.  From here a short half hour walk reaches at Nayapul ending the final walk of this great adventure, a scenic drive of two hours brings at Pokhara for the overnight stop by the serene Lake Phewa.

Day 18:Drive of fly back to Kathmandu.

Morning a scenic drive to Kathmandu, after a wonderful memorable trip in the high hills of Annapurna area,  then on reaching Kathmandu transfer to respective hotels with afternoon free at leisure. (option fly back to Kathmandu our staff will transfer you to Pokhara domestic airport for 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu, on reaching Kathmandu meet our staff and then transfer back to respective hotels).

Day 19: International departure homeward bound.

Today, last day in Nepal with great memories and amazing experience trekking Annapurna Circuit, our staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your final departure homeward bound or to next port of call.

Duration = 19 Days
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Amazing trip remains at the top of the list

I trekked the Annapurna circuit with my sister and a friend. We had the time of our lives, and we will never forget that trip. Every day we passed the most stunningly beautiful scenery; fields of rice, snow capped mountains, bamboo forests, birds, monkeys and buffalo. We stopped along the way in cosy tea houses for nepalese tea – (delicious), food, and rest.
All our guides were extremely professional in their responsibilities and expert in their knowledge of the terrain. And we also had a lot of fun with them!
I’ve traveled a far amount in my life, but this trip remains at the top of the list. Thank you!

Trips Highlights:

  1. Awesome views of world highest mountains Annapurna-Dhaulagiri & Manaslu range of peaks. Trekking in enchanting rhododendron, pines and oaks tree forest.
  2. From sub-tropic – Mediterranean- alpine to arctic climatic zone, over the high picturesque Thorang-la pass at 5,416 m the highest point.
  3. Annapurna circuit region listed as world’s top ten destinations.
  4. Charming high hills villages of Manang, Thakali and legendary Gorkha tribes, and on the world’s deepest gorge at Kaligandaki River valley.
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