Annapurna Circuit Trek

Mount Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the ABC trek. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most popular trekking trails in Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Annapurna region is indeed famous for both national and international trekkers. To tell the truth, who does not love a 360-degree-angle amazing view of the mountains? right? in fact, Annapurna I is also famous for being the first ever 8000-meter peak to be climbed.

Mount Annapurna Base Camp Trek is also known as the ABC trek. As a matter of fact, it is one of the most popular trekking trails in Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp Trek in Annapurna region is indeed famous for both national and international trekkers. To tell the truth, who does not love a 360-degree-angle amazing view of the mountains? right? in fact, Annapurna I is also famous for being the first ever 8000-meter peak to be climbed.

 

Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation

Day 03:  Kathmandu – Besisahar – Khudi (800m): 8-9 hrs drive

Day 04:  Khudi – Sirung 

Day 05:  Sirung to Chamje

Day 06:  Chamje – Dharapani

Day 07: Dharapani – Chame

Day 08: Chame – Pisang

Day 09: Pisang – Manang

Day 10: Rest Day in Manang

Day 11: Manang – Yak Kharka

Day 12: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi

Day 13: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath

Day 14: Muktinath – Marpha

Day 15:  Marpha – Kalopani

Day 16:  Kalopani to Tatopani

Day 17: Tatopani  – Ghorepani

Day 18: Ghorepani – Tadapani

Day 19: Tadapani – Ghandruk – Pokhara

Day 20: Pokhara – Kathmandu

Day 21:  Last day of Yours Trip

Detail Itinerary

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu & Transfer to Hotel
You will be welcomed by the boss of company at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1300m).After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our company display board at the arrival gate. You will be transferred to Hotel. After check in, you will visit our office; meet your trekking guide as well as other participants. Later in the evening we will organize a “Welcome Dinner” at an excellent Tourist Restaurant where you will enjoy a fine meal. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley and trek preparation
Full day of sightseeing in the very famous capital, Kathmandu. We will be visiting of the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu Nepal.

Morning

We will start from your hotel by a morning walk in the blocked alleyways of Kathmandu. Your first contact with the smiling Nepalese people. We begins to cross the nice area of Thamel, full of nice shops, bars and restaurants.

We will see during this walk many temples and stupas: it will be for you the beginning of religious lessons, making the difference between Buddhists stupas and Hindu temples. You will discover with a great surprise how these two religions live together.

We will make a stop at Thahiti Tole, then in front of Kathesimbhu stupa. Always meeting statues and local shops (suits, spices, incenses, and so on) and listening the noise of bells (and of horns), we will see Asan Tole with wonderful Hindu temples.Then Indra Chowk and Pyaphal Tole.After 2 hours of walk and of wonder, we will arrive at Durbar Square.All the most important monuments of the city are in this area. You will be filled with wonder by all these numerous such majestic and so ancient temples registered in the Heritage of the UNESCO. It is possible to spend hours, sat on the walk of one of these monuments, admiring architecture, considering the animation of places and dreaming.We will take lunch at Durbar Square in the top of a restaurant, with a great plunging view.

Afternoon,You will begin the afternoon by another walk in the streets of Kathmandu, to look at the real face of this city, with local buildings and narrow streets.   Then we will arrive at Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. At the summit of this hill, the painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world come.From this place we can have a wonderful panoramic view on all the capital. So great at the end of the day, with the sunset. We will come back hotel by bus. Evening: Time for you to prepare the trek and we introduce in front of you our crew members. Dinner at hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03:  Kathmandu – Besisahar – Khudi (800m): 8-9 hrs drive
After breakfast, We start our journey into the hills through the winding roads along the Trishuli River. Enroute we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greenery, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenarios. From Mugling, we head along the road toward Pokhara. We leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre, and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour’s drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Alternatively, we can get off at Besisahar, and then trek for an hour to get to Khudi along the wide trail. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.

Day 04:  Khudi – Sirung  
After having a breakfast, trek start from Khudi to Sirung (2200m). It takes seven hours walk. Today, Your first day`s walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges, waterfalls, several up and down hill sections, across rice paddies and subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual then it becomes steeper. The mountains that were seen from the Khudi become closer as we walk higher. The villages and people are an interesting mix. On the way to Sirung, we come across an ethnic Tamang settlement, Taranche. We enjoy the close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu in Sirung. Sirung offers us a home-stay where we also enjoy the cultural program organized by the villagers for the visitors. If the number of visitors is more than four, the group may have to split to stay at different houses for the night. First glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.

Day 05:  Sirung to Chamje 
After breakfast, trek start from Sirung to Chamje (1,410m). It takes six hours walk. Today,We trek through amphitheater-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages. Always following the Marsyangdi, we walk in a fantastic landscape through little waterfalls, forests and villages. We will not feel tough until we reach Syange (1100 m), but after Syange the climb gets tougher up to Jagat (1300 m). From Jagat, we make a steep climb to Chamje. Overnight in Chamje.

Day 06:  Chamje – Dharapani
After breakfast, trek start from Chamje to Dharapani (1,960m). It takes six hours walk.Today we enter the Manang region passing through fields of corn, barley and potatoes, and then through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. On the way is the village namely Tal. Tal lies on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and river at the base of a large waterfall. While we are hiking, sometimes we may have to give a pass to a large group of donkey caravan. Overnight in Dharapani.

Day 07: Dharapani – Chame
After breakfast trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m). It takes five hours walk.Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lampung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). Small hot springs add relief on our long day hard trek.

Overnight in Chame at Guest House.

Day 08: Chame – Pisang
Morning have breakfast, Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m). This day a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks and after walking through these wonderful sites we reach Pisang. This takes  five hours walk.

Overnight in Lower Pisang at Guest House.

Day 09: Pisang – Manang
After breakfast trek from Upper Pisang to Manang (3,500m).Today, there are two routes that we can follow today. If taken upper route (we recommend), i.e., the route through Upper Pisang via Geru, the sceneries are outstanding. We feel like we are horizontally in front of the majestic peaks. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely allure us. We notice a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold, dry climate creates a much harsher environment. A visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. It takes six hours walk.

Overnight in Manang at Guest House.

Day 10: Rest Day in Manang
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day. It is not recommended to stay idle but a short walk to higher altitude is suggested to get acclimatized with the altitude. Manang is a good place to do that as the next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek for us with rapid gain in altitude. We should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Annapurna Lake is worth visiting sites from acclimatization point of view. An easy excursion to a little distance away to a village called Vraga, a small old village with a monastery is also possible. Also worth visiting is the Himalayan Rescue Association where we can get some ideas about Mountain Sickness.

Overnight in Manang at Guest House.

Day 11: Manang – Yak Kharka
After breakfast trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m).This is from Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems. It take flour hours walk.

Overnight in Yak Kharka at Guest House.

Day 12: Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi
After breakfast trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m).Today, we make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng 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. Some people also attempt a hike to the High Camp today so that the next day can be easier for them but we do not recommend attempting High Camp and overnight there because sleeping in higher altitude is not really advisable. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can sleep sound rather than a risky sleep in higher altitude at High Camp. It takes three hours walk.

Overnight at Thorong Phedi at Guest House.

Day 13: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath
This morning trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m). Today, we reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La. An early start is important to complete the mission. Each moment we have to work hard today through the icy high-altitude trail but the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are such tempting that our eyes love to watch more over the horizon than on our trail. We reach Muktinath with the setting sun. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage place for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. It takes eight hours walk.

Overnight in Muktinath at Guest House.

Day 14: Muktinath – Marpha 
After breakfast trek from Muktinath to Marpha (2670 m). Today, our trek begins with descent down continuously through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is famous for many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from the Apple; like apple chips, apple jam, and apple brandy. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may taste in route. It takes six hours walk.

Overnight at guest House.

Day 15:  Marpha – Kalopani
After having a morning breakfast,From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani (2530m) via Chokhopani village. It takes six hours walk.Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see apple gardens. Waiting here is the 360 degrees panorama of Himalayan peaks: Dhaulagari, Tukuche Peak, the three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. From Chokhopani we continue to Kokhethanti. After crossing a river, we meet come across the newly constructed road site at before reaching Kokhethanti of Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.

Day 16:  Kalopani to Tatopani
After morning breakfast trek start from Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m). It takes seven hours walk. Today, again to avoid the new roads we take a new route to Tatopani from Kalopani. The journey is mostly downhill. We cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. We continue along Rupse Chahara (popular waterfall). We avoid the road and continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. We notice more villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local village people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.

Day 17: Tatopani  – Ghorepani
After Breakfast trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m).Today, we walk we observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. Ghara and Sikha are the villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. We gradually walk steep up to ascent Ghorepani. Passing through the Phalate and Chitre, we walking through a no-habitation area through rhododendron, brich, and magnolia and some meadows. As we gain height the peaks ahead look wonderful. We stay at Ghorepani for we have to make the climb to Poon Hill early tomorrow morning. It takes eight hours walk.

Overnight in Ghorepani Guest House.

Day 18: Ghorepani – Tadapani
Trek From Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,710m).Today, early morning at dawn we ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m.) to catch the moment of spectacular sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and surrounding rice terraces. Nick name of Poon Hill is itself a photographer`s paradise. After breakfast, we continue ups and downs trail trek to Tadapani for overnight through the rhododendron forests. We like to keep inspecting at the horizon as sceneries are equally dazzling throughout the, which takes six hours walk.

Overnight at Guest House.

Day 19: Tadapani – Ghandruk – Pokhara

After breakfast trek from Tadapani- Ghandruk to Pokhara (850m).This day through the Rhododendron forest we trek down today to Ghandruk, second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. Gurung is one of the popular and culturally rich ethnic groups in Nepal. After lunch, we continue to Nayapul where we finally conclude our trek followed by a short drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Pokhara, a peaceful city of lakes with the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayas is worth spending a night for rest and relaxation after a long trek. It takes six hours walk and one hour drive.

Overnight in Pokhara Guest House.

Day 20: Pokhara – Kathmandu
today after breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu. It takes six hours drive. Better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we get transferred to our hotel; and we spend the afternoon leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and in the evening celebrate dinner together with yours Trekking staffs. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 21:  Last day of Yours Trip

You ll be transferred to the Airport before 2 hours of flight with nice farewell. You ll never forget the trek of Wonderful country. And have plan for next time visit.

Included in the Cost:

  • All ground transport in a private vehicle including airport transfers (Pick up and Drop)
  • Four nights’ accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu city tours, including all entry fees, tour guide and private transportation
  • Three daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with tea /coffee during meal time
  • Best available twin / three sharing beds at lodge / guest house for accommodation during the trek.
  • Snacks – Cookies / biscuit / dry fruits at evening time before dinner.
  • Seasonal fruits as desert after dinner.
  • Highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide. Porters (1 porter for 2 trekkers) and food, accommodation, salary and equipment and also accident insurance for all field staffs.
  • Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu by deluxe tourist bus
  • Private Car / Jeep – Pokhara – Nayapul – Pokhara
  • Sleeping bag use while trekking
  • Duffle bag for trekking
  • T-Short and trip achievement certificate
  • First aid medicine kit
  •  Annapurna Conservation Area entry Permit fee
  • TIMS Fee- Trekkers’ Information Management System (Please make sure to bring 3 passport size photos for permit)
  • Government taxes & office service charge

 

The cost is not included:

  •  Nepal entry visa fee, you can get Nepal visa on arrival in the Airport.
  •  International Airfare/Airport tax.
  •  Foods during the stay in Kathmandu Lunch and Dinner.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks, hot water, hot and cold showers.
  •  Personal expenses such as laundry, the internet or WIFI telephone calls, sweets, snacks, beverages and bar bills, camera battery charging.
  • Travel Insurance (Essential – Should include emergency evacuation coverage while trekking up to 5500+ meters).
  •  Personal trekking gears
  •  Tips for tour/ trekking staffs and driver
  •  Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Equipments list

1: Trekking bag pack

2: Day Backpack

3: Warm Jacket

4: Warm Flees

5: One pair of quick dry T- Short

6: One Trouser

7: One pair Hiking paint

8: Glove and Hat

9: Head Light

10: Water Bottle

11: Sun Glass

12: Sleeping Bag

13: Trekking Pole

15 Personal medicine

We advise travel insurance to all travelers are interested of trekking in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal is walking in the trail (path) of mountains. In mountain areas, health treatment facilities are not standard. There are less available of good hospitals and doctors. So if in case the trekker suffers from severe sickness, he should bring to Kathmandu by helicopter for better treatment. And the helicopter charter fare is expensive in Nepal. If you have already travel insurance, your money will be saved.

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