Around Annapurna, in the heart of Annapurna, in the foothills of Annapurna, is mostly done by anticlockwise which begins at Bhulbhule via Besisahar, a town approachable from both Kathmandu (142KM/89 miles) and Pokhara (107KM/67 miles). The trail follows the Marshyangdi river upstrearough Lamjung district populated mainly by Gurungs! The people of the Annapurnas are our average Himalayan native, their Mongoloid features tinged with Indo-Aryan traits, their religion a mix of Buddhism, Hinduism and animism.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Highlights Include:
- One of the 20 things that you should do before die!
- Crossing the world’s highest trekking Pass (ThorungLa -5416M/17765FT), reaching to the world’s highest lake (Tilicho Lake -4949M/12235FT) and trekking through the world’s deepest gorge (Rupse Chhahara -6617M lower from two Himalayan giants; Dhaulagiri and Annapurna)
- Most fascinating and popular trekking routes in the world, taking one through an amazing diversity of terrain and culture; from lush green foothills with pretty terraces and picturesque Gorkha villages to barren, Tibet-like landscape; through deep forested gorges and the high Throung pass, through Buddhist villages with ancient cliff-top lamaseries to settlements that were one great marts of the trans-Himalayan barter trade.
- Close up views of 03 of the 14 eight thousander (8000M+ mountains); Dhaulagiri (8167m –world’s 07th highest), Manaslu (8163M -08th highest), Annapurna I (8091M –world’s 10th highest) as well as five other major peaks; Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South and Gangapurna. Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), Annapurna Fang (Barah Sikhar), Chulu Peaks (East & West) and many other countless peaks!
- Trek would appeal to anyone who is looking for a challenging trek in Annapurna region of Nepal
- Beautiful fir, juniper and rhododendron forests in Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP)
- Walk in a mountainous wilderness, reaching an altitude considerably higher than Mt. Blanc, moving sub-tropical forests to sub-zero temperatures.
OUTLINES OF ITINERARY:
DAY 01: ARRIVE TO KATHMANDU( 1300M/4265FT) (A)
DAY 02: ESCORTED KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING, TRIP PREPARATION (A,B)
DAY 03: FLY TO LUKLA (2840M/9315FT), TREK TO JORSALLE (2805M/9200FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 04: TREK TO KHUMJUNG (3,790M/12430FT) 6-7 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 05: REST, ACCLIMATIZATION AND EXPLORATION DAY (A,B,L,D)
DAY 06: TREK TO TENGBOCHE (3,867M/13070FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 07: TREK TO DINGBOCHE (4358M/14295FT) 4-5 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 08: REST, ACCLIMATIZATION EXPLORATION DAY (A,B,L,D)
DAY 09: TREK TO LOBUCHE (4910M/16105FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 10: ASCEND KALA PATTAR (5,600M/18368FT) OR TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364M/17595FT), BACK TO GORAKSHEP (5110M/16760FT) 8-9 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 11: ASCEND KALA PATTAR (5,600M/18368FT) OR TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP (5,364M/17595FT), DESCEND TO PHERICHE (4243M/13917FT) 8-9 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 12: TREK TO PHORTSE (3,675M/12054FT) 6-7 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 13: TREK TO NAMCHE (3440M/11280FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 14: TREK TO LUKLA (2840M/9315FT) 7-8 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 15: FLY TO KATHMANDU (A,B)
DAY 16: AT LEISURE IN KATHMANDU (A,B)
DAY 17: ONWARD DESTINATION (B)
(Abbreviation: A-Accommodation, B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
- Welcome at KTM Airport, airport pick up service & transfer to the hotel
- KTM 4 nights 2 stars hotel room with breakfast
- Walking tour around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath and local markets of south of Thamel for 3 hrs.
- All necessary trekking paper works such as trekking permit (TIMS), national park entry permit & conservation permit
- Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park Permit fee
- Trekking Permit (TIMS) fee
- Everest region experienced government licensed and trained local English speaking guide (Get your own guide)
- A local porter for each four of you
- Local people operated room in lodges
- All hot meals on trek as per itinerary order with our hygienic Eco-friendly Outdoor Menu
- Treated drinking water to fill in your bottle
- Camp/dine fire/warm up charge where available
- Guide staff/porter foods, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation & local taxes
- All road transport by public/private vehicle as per itinerary
- KTM-LUA-KTM round way internal flights
- KTM & Lukla domestic airport tax
- Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges)
- Hotel Domestic airport/bus park-hotel transfers service
- Travel and rescue arrangement support
- Trip crew medical supplies (first aid kit)
- Trip success certificate (case of trip success)
- Airport transfer to KTM Airport by vehicle after trip
THE PRICE DOESN'T EXCLUDES:
- Your all kinds of insurance
- Visa fees
- Single supplements except solo trip service
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
- Bar bills and laundry
- Optional trips
- All except explained in "PRICE INCLUDES" section above
DETAILS OF ITINERARY:
The Annapurna range, named after the Hindu goddess of food and harvests, rise in the heart of the Himalayas. They may not be the tallest, but they form the central core of the great Himalayan arc, towering in the very middle of the 2550KM/1550 mile chain that is the planet’s highest mountain range. And being there, they encapsulate the Himalayas, their ridges and prominences, their slopes and foothills typifying the Himaalyan median. The people of the Annapurnas exemplify that median too, they are our average Himalayan native, their Mongoloid features tinged with Indo-Aryan traits, their religion a mix of Buddhism, Hinduism and animism. Around Annapurna, in the heart of Annapurna, in the foothills of Annapurna, is mostly done by anticlockwise which begins at Bhulbhule via Besisahar, a town approachable from both Kathmandu (142KM/89 miles) and Pokhara (107KM/67 miles). The trail follows the Marshyangdi river upstream, gaining altitude gradually as you travel north through Lamjung district populated mainly by Gurungs.
DAY 01: ARRIVE KATHMANDU
Airport representative of Mountain Consultant Treks & Adventure will receive you and transfer by private vehicle to the hotel. Leisure day to adjust with altitude, weather and time difference as well as to take rest from jetlags. to the culture shock of medieval Kathmandu, with its bustling bazaars interspersed with shrines and temples and interesting architecture. In the evening you can either eat in at your hotel or venture out to one of the many restaurants in Thamel. Overnight at hotel
DAY 02: WALKING TOUR IN KATHMANDU 3 HRS
Walking tour of Kathmandu’s cultural heritage sites listed by UNESCO for 3 hours including Kathmandu Durbar Square, Monkey Temple & local markets towards South of Thamel. Later part of the rest of the day is for trekking permit (TIMS), national park permit and final packing for the trekking.
DAY 03: DRIVE TO BHULBHULE (840M/2755FT) 10 HRS VIA BESISAHAR & KHUDI, TREK TO NGADI (920M/3018FT) 1 HR
We start our bus drive dawn till dusk. At Dumre, 132KM from Kathmandu, the bus veers left down to a lane road and not in very good condition. The road winds through terraced fields, small village and we are already in the Marshyangdi valley from where there are views of the high Himalayas of Himalchui (7893m/25895ft) and Buddha Himal (6672m/21889ft) from the town of Chambas. We pass the town of Bhote Odar and the hydel power station coming up at Udaipur before reaching Besisahar. After lunch at Besi Sahar, we catch another bus to Bhulbhule from where first day of our trek starts for one hour. The trail beyond Bhulbhule is broad and mostly level as it winds along the east bank of Marshyangdi river, with the new road continuing on the west bank. Passing by several clusters of houses, then a waterfall, it dips to the level of the river. The village you see on the opposite bank is Tuni Kharka. Himalchuli remains in view as we continue ahead; soon we reach the outskirts of Ngadi. It is a hamlet just next to the Marshyangi River. We spend our night with beautiful sound of the gushing river. Apart from Gurungs, the village has a size-able population of Tamangs from southern Manangs district.
DAY 04: DRIVE TO CHAMJE (1440M/4723FT) TREK TO TAAL (1700M/5576FT) 5-6 HRS
In order to avoid afternoon weather change, we start our walk early. The another reason is because of the section up to Tal heat up quickly in the morning especially because it's steep climb and it is quite exposed. As we leave Ngadi, a distant village perched on a hill slope far ahead comes into view. Called Bhirpustang, the village is famous as the birthplace of Madhav Ghimire, one of Nepal’s greatest poets. Leaving Chamje, it is only a short walk before we begin a 300M/1000FT switchback and steep ascent to the village of Tal. Top to the pass, the border between Lamjung and Manang district, the Marsyangdi gorge has closed in quite tightly and amazing views of Manaslu and Lamjung Himal. Approaching Tal, the valley opens up considerably wider. This area had once been a lake and the village of Tal even sat in the old lake-bed.
DAY 05: TREK TO DANAQUE (2300M/7544FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
Just ahead of Tal has spectacular waterfall and as we emerge from the settlement and walk ahead, you can't take our eyes off from maize, barely and potato fields. Soon the hills close in, the valley narrows and we arrive at tiny settlement of Siran Tal -the upper Tal. The slopes are previpitous but the valley widens a bit again after the hamlet of Khotro and to a cluster of huts named Kharte. Beyond Kharte, the trail climbs steadily and we see the houses of Dharapani suddenly. Dharapani means water tap and it is where travellers in the olden days stopped to collect water for the hourney ahead. Opposite Dharapani, on the east bank, thunders an awesome waterfall, bringing the waters of the Dana Khola, fed by the Tulagi glacier of the Manaslu range, to the marsyangdi. Farther opposite from the third clusters of hotels is the village of Thonje, is situated at the confluence of the Dudh Khola and the Marshyangdi which is junction for the trekkers who come down after finishing Manaslu circuitt on their way back to Besi Sahar. It is a large village with Gompa and a Hindu shrine. During the Tibetan salt trade days, merchants stocked their goods here in late autumn and waited out the winter. It was from here that the trade route left the Marshyangdi valley to follow the Dudh Koshi into Larkya Pass and beyond. The trail continues along the right bank of Marsyangdi as we leave Dharapani, climbing gently through a forest of pine and oak and a stone stairway leads up to the Kani, village gateway of Bagarchhap. The village marks the end of the great marsyangdi gorge and now, again, the snowy mountains of Annapurna II, IV and Lamjung Himal are on the scene. Over half an hour up a forested slope, Danaque is already there.
DAY 06: TREK TO CHAME (2730M/8955FT) 6-7 HRS (A,B,L,D)
Leaving Danaque, we quickly begin a long, arduous climb on a forested and muddy section of trail. As we ascend, we get a bird's eye view of Danaque, Marshyangdi valley as well as Annapurna Himal, Manaslu. Another steep ascent follows before we step into a tableland with potato fields and groups of houses which is Timang, smaller settlement. The path winds and ascends through pine forests and watch out for Marmot! Another village of Thanchowk comes across as we move onwards. The ascent is gentle and before long we are already in Koto and the trail to Nar- Phu begins from here. As we head towards Chame, impressive rock formations on the opposite bank catch the ey and we notice the Naar river flowing down from the north through a canyon. The route to Naar-Phu proceeds through this canyon. Chame is a district headquarter of Manang district.
DAY 07: TREK TO UPPER PISANG (3300M/10825FT) 6-7 HRS (A,B,L,D)
Ascending through pine forests until the trail opens into a fertile agricultural valley. Rice fields and cow pastures marks a rather more hospitable stretch of terrain, but many of the residents has moved south for the winter, to Pokhara or even Kathmandu, escaping the harsh climate of high altitude. This gives the landscape a rather abandoned air that would remain with us for the rest of the trip. It was actually a bit of relief given how relatively touristy villages like Chame have become.
DAY 08: TREK TO NGAWAL (3657M/11995FT) VIA GHYARU (3730M/12235FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
The alternative high trail from Pisang to Manang via Ghyaru and Ngawal is a untrodden but rewarding option to glimpse whole Annapurna vista from Ghyaru. It involves the strenuous 350M climb to Ghyaru but the mountain views are breathtaking. Annapurna II towers straight in front while to the west is Annapurna III and Gangapurna as well as Lamjung Himal on the west. Another two hours gradual walk from Ghyaru, we reach to Ngawal which offers even extensive Annapurna panorama with Tarke Kang and Tilicho Peak.
DAY 09: TREK TO MANANG (3520M/11545FT) 4-5 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 10: REST, ACCLIMATIZATION EXPLORATION DAY (A,B,L,D)
DAY 11: TREK TO CHURI LETDAR (4200M/13776FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 12: TREK TO THORUNG HIGH CAMP (4800M/15745FT) 4-5 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 13: TREK TO MUKTINATH (3800M/12465FT) VIA CROSSING THORUNGLA (5416M/17765FT) 6-7 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 14: DRIVE TO TATOPANI/NATURAL HOT SPRING (1160M/3805FT) 5-6 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 15: DRIVE TO POKHARA (820M/2690FT) 7-8 HRS (A,B,L,D)
DAY 16: AT POKHARA (A,B)
A relaxing day
DAY 17: DRIVE TO KATHMANDU 6-7 HRS
Return to Kathmandu by standard tourist bus. Transferred to hotel.
DAY 18: AT LEISURE IN KATHMANDU
An opportunity to relax and reflect on your adventures and to complete any sightseeing and last-minute shopping. Overnight in hotel.
DAY 19: ONWARD DESTINATION
We will serve you appropriate vehicle to transfer you to Kathmandu International Airport as per group size.
Departure Dates Here