Annapurna Circuit Trek
‘adventure around north and south of Annapurna massive mountains with Thorong-la pass’
- An enjoyable and scenic country walks on the high hills of great Annapurna Himalaya
- Exploring high hills Gurung and Manang traditional villages enriched with ancient culture
- Walking into lovely woodland of tall rhododendron-magnolia-firs-pines and fir trees.
- Breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks around beautiful Manang valley and Thorang-la pass
- Dramatic landscapes from rice paddies to alpine hills to high areas of arctic climatic zone
- Around charming villages of Marpha-Tukuche and at world deepest Kali gandaki River gorge
World most famous and popular adventure destination as listed by leading travel and guide books “Annapurna Circuit trekking” certainly a fantastic area for beautiful and pleasant walks visiting high and gorgeous Manang valley within giant snow capped peaks of Northern Annapurna and Damodar Himal. Annapurna Circuit trekking truly a mesmerizing journey, although the motorable road has come up in some parts within the route, however Awesome Adventure Treks will avoid the main road and using the old trekking trail for your delight and enjoyable walk with us in Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
Annapurna Circuit trekking leads you to enjoy fascinating scenery of dramatic landscapes from warm rice paddies to cooler alpine zone with enchanting woodlands of tall pine-firs-juniper-oaks and rhododendron trees and then walking into lovely hill villages interwoven with old Buddhist culture and religion with impressive traditional way of life of the local natives of Manang and around lower Mustang areas of Kaligandaki River valley.Our wonderful Annapurna Circuit trekking starts with an exciting overland drive to reach the Lamjung areas at Besisar town and then following the raging Marshyangdi upstream at Syange farm village where our trekking adventure begins heading higher into Manang valley past Dharapani-Chame and Pisang villages to reach at cultural Manang enclosed within high peaks of Annapurna II – III and IV with Gangapurna and its ice falls and in the north Chulus and Pisang peaks.
Adventure continues with a climb over the highest point of our trip at Thorang-La Pass of above 5,416 m high with incredible views of mountains on both sides of the pass top and then heading downhill to reach at holy Muktinath temple areas and further walks leads at Kaligandaki River valley and past charming villages of Jomsom-Marpha and Tukuche famous for delicious apples and its products.A wonderful walk reaching warmer areas of rice fields and terraces around Tatopani ‘hot spring’ village, and then heading towards scenic Ghorepani hill top for a hike to scenic Poon Hill offering stunning sunrise views over chain of mountains from Dhaulagiri-Annapurna to Manaslu range with majestic Machhapuchhre ‘Fish Tail’ peaks, from here our walk of this fabulous and mesmerizing adventure Annapurna Circuit trekking concludes at picturesque and popular touristic spot at Pokhara.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,140m via Besisar - 08 hrs.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,943m - 08 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,720m - 06 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3,190m - 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Manang 3,540m - 04 hrs.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Manang with short hikes.
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,210 m - 07 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to High Camp or Phedi 4,450 m - 05 hrs.
Day 11: Cross Thorong La 5,416m and trek to Muktinath 3,800m- 09 hrs.
Day 12: Trek to Marpha 2,670m - 07 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Lete 2,400m - 06 hrs.
Day 14: Trek to Tatopani (hot-spring) 1,190m - 07 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Ghorepani 2,860m - 08 hrs.
Day 16: Hike to Poon Hill and continue trek to Tikhedhunga 1,440m - 05 hrs.
Day 17: Trek to Nayapul 1, 000 m and drive to Pokhara - 04 hrs.
Day 18: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to respective hotels.
Day 19: International departure homeward bound.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, received by our staff and then transfer to your respective hotels in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide briefs with information regarding Annapurna Circuit Trekking, lodge on route with do and don’ts with evening group welcome dinner.
Day 02: In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour at places of interest.
A free day in Kathmandu to relieve you from jetlag on long flights, our morning sightseeing tour starts after breakfast in the hotel, where you will be engrossed with tour around world heritage sites around Kathmandu visiting Old Durbar (palace) Square, and ancient stupa of Swayambhunath, after a tour head back to hotel with preparation for Annapurna Circuit Trekking.
(other options on tour of Hindu Holy Temple of Pashupatinath dedicated to Lord Shiva and Bouddhanath large Buddhist Stupa the area also known as Little Tibet)
Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,140 m via Besishahar (by bus) - 08 hrs.
Starting this wonderful adventure with an interesting overland drive towards Nepal mid west, leading to Besishahar town (headquarter of Lamjung district). From here transfer to another vehicle and continue drive on dirt road passing villages of Khudi, Bhulbhule and Ngadi following the Marshyangdi River upstream, drive continues through rice terraces fields and villages to Syange a small village for overnight stop in the comfort of nice lodge.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,943 m - 06 hrs.
From Syange our walk begins with climb leaving Marshyangdi River behind reaching at Jagat village, a farm village with many lodges for trekkers.After Jagat walk leads on winding path to Chamje, and back at Marshyangdi River crossing to east side into forested area, with super views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges.As the walk continues reaching a nice village at Tal Besi, from here another 3 hours walk leads to our overnight stop at Dharapani village.Dharapani a nice village located on a junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.
Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,720m - 05 hrs.
After Dharapani walk leads into rhododendron and pine forest passing villages of Bagarchap and Danque, then at Timang village with more Buddhist cultured village including views of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m / 26,781ft. From Timang village few hours trek leads to Koto and then to Chame town for overnight stop, Chame a large major town of Manang area and a head quarter town of the district.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3,190 m - 05 hrs.
From Pisang onwards walk leads close to mountains through alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Marshyangdi River upstream with short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows uphill through alpine woodland to Dhukure Pokhari a small place with few teahouses and lodge overlooking Chulu’s and Pisang peak, with possible lunch stop, and then descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.
Day 07: Trek to Manang 3,540 m - 04 hrs.
Morning views of mountains, from here onward altitude gains as the walk leads through forest with short uphill and views of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulu’s and Pisang peak.
Walk downhill to reach flat valley at Hongde village, from here onward tree lines fades for barren, arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate.Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches at Manang village.
Day 08: Acclimatization day at Manang with short hikes
A necessary rest day at Manang for acclimatization before reaching higher areas to Thorang-la pass, in Manang short hike around Manang village, this is a large village situated on windswept valley by the bank of Marshyangdi River below Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and Manang glacial Lake.
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,210 m - 04 hrs.
After a good rest at Manang, walk towards Ghunsang village with short uphill to reach at Yak Kharka, an interesting walk with views of snowcapped mountains, on crossing a small stream reaching Yak Kharka for overnight stop, a small settlement with views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.
Day 10: Trek to Thorung- La High Camp or Phedi 4,450 m - 04 hrs.
Morning walk lead to more high elevation getting closer at the base of Thorang-la after crossing a bridge with a climb along the river bank of Jarjung, finally walk leads at Thorung Phedi, here depending upon the physical conditions of the clients, if all goes well an hour steep climb to Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.
Day 11: Cross Thorong La 5,416m | 17,769 ft and trek to Muktinath 3,800 m - 06 hrs.
One of the highlight and Big Day of this adventure! After early breakfast walk leads to a long climb to Thorang-la on steep winding path to reach Thorong La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,769 ft.The highest point of the adventure with views of snowcapped peaks, and then with long descends to reach at holy Muktinath around Lower Mustang area.On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, this is a holy spot 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 is easier with moderate walks all the way with a big drop of 1,200m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, this pleasant walk leads to Kaligandaki river valley, from here walk to Jomsom, headquarter town of Mustang area with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. After Jomsom walk to Marpha, one of the most charming village, a gem village, with white painted houses, paved streets and well kept lodges. At Marpha celebrate with local apple products cider, brandy and juice this area from Kagbeni to Larjung is famous for delicious apples.
Day 13: Trek to Lete 2,480m - 06 hrs.
From Marpha onward, walk is enjoyable following Kaligandaki river downstream with views of Tukuche peak, Dhaulagiri and Mt. Nilgiri walk to Larjung village, after few hours walk getting back into tree lines of pine, oaks and rhododendron forest and then reaching at Kalapani village, another lovely village with grand views of Mt. Annapurna I, Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri, a short downhill brings at Lete village for overnight stop.
Day 14: Trek to Tatopani 1,190m - 06 hrs.
Walk from Kalapani and Lete onward leads to dramatic change in vegetation and climate, as walk leads between two giant peaks of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna forming world deepest gorge. The first two hours of trek leads through Ghasa village with view of snow capped peaks into forest.After Ghasa a southern end of Mustang area mostly dominated by Thakali people ethnic tribe till Tatopani village.This pleasant walk continues leading back to paddy fields in warm sub-tropical climate to Tatopani passing 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 the nice winding trail for an hour, our route diverts heading uphill with steep climb then with gradual up all the way through dense forest to reach at Chitre, from here an hour climb to Ghorepani village with fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South with Vara-Shikar known as Annapurna Fang.Ghorepani famous and popular for hike to Pun Hill a view point offering super wide angle views of world’s three highest peaks and range of other mountains with striking sunrise and sunset.
Day 16: Trek to Tikhedhunga 1,500m - 05 hrs.
Morning an hour hike up to Pun-Hill at 3,210m, offers fantastic sunrise views over array of mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna and as far to Ganesh Himal in the far eastern horizon including the Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail”.From here walk through lovely rhododendron forest, and then with long descend from Ulleri village to Tirkhedhunga for last overnight stop in the hills of Annapurna Himalaya.
Day 17: Trek to Nayapul / Birethati 1,000 m and drive to Pokhara - 04 hrs.
After a pleasant overnight at Tikhedhunga with views and sound of beautiful waterfalls, our last day of this great trip leads into warmer areas of rice fields and terraces overlooking magnificent views of massive Himalayan range of mountains, an hour walk downhill to Bhirethati village and at Nayapul on the road head of Baglung-Pokhara, after getting into a vehicles few hour drive brings you beautiful and scenic Pokhara after a great and wonderful time up in the high mountains.
Day 18: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.
Morning a scenic drive to back Kathmandu with grand memories of this fantastic and exciting Annapurna Circuit trekking, an interesting six hour brings you back in Kathmandu with afternoon free at leisure for shopping souvenirs .
(Options of flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu of 30 mins)
Day 19: International departure homeward bound.
Your last day in amazing Nepal in the land of Himalayan wonders, after wonderful experience and fond memories of Annapurna Circuit Trekking around great Annapurna Himalaya, our staff transfer you to airport as per your time for international flight for your final departure towards homeward bound.
- Airport pick up and transfer
- Two Nights twin sharing Deluxe accommodation in Kathmandu on BB plan
- Annapurna Conservation Areas Project (ACAP) Permits & Fees & TIMs card)
- Kathmandu to Beshishahar transfer by avaiable public bus
- Annapurna Circuit Trekking on full board of meals (B, L, D, tea /coffee in cups only)
- Fresh fruit served after dinner
- Mountain accommodation
- Nayapul to Pokhara transfer by private vehicle ( Trek Ending point)
- 01 Nights twin sharing deluxe hotel in Pokhara on BB basis
- Pokhara- Kathmandu transfer by deluxe tourust bus
- One Trek Leader (Gov. Licensed, first aid, altitude trained/experienced and eco trained), assistance leader/s in a group, their entire expenses, equipment and insurance
- One trek porter to carry trek luggage’s for every two trekkers in a group, all payment, trekking equipment and insurance
- Sleeping Bags and Down Jacket for Trek use (Need to return after trek), Trek Duffle Bag and T- shirt, Trekking Maps
- Group Medicine kit Box, with Diamox- AMS Medicine
- All Gov. and local taxes as applicable
- Final departure transfer from Kathmandu to airport on your departure
- Nepal Visa, International flights in/out Nepal
- Lunch & evening meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara (If any)
- Cost of beverages such as mineral water, coca cola, Beer etc., cost of battery charge, laundry etc. on trek
- Travel insurance (Must include Helicopter evacuation, Medical Exp. and trip cancellation)
- Personal trekking gears
- Personal nature expenses & Tips
- Any extending trips
Requirements for Annapurna area high altitude Treks:
Annapurna Himalaya region one of the most popular and listed as world Top Ten adventure destinations by several leading Travel Guide Books and magazines including Lonely Planet.
Annapurna region offers varied trekking routes from moderate, adventurous to challenging walks that involve high passes above 5,000 meters.
For moderate treks for few days to a week where all trekkers should be physically fit and in sound health, as most of the longer treks takes from 5 hrs to 8 hrs of maximum walks.
Beginners and all interested people can join in Annapurna area trekking for few days or more, truly suitable for family-school / college groups as well to corporate executives, where on this trip requires minimum gear staying overnights in local nice lodges.
Most of the region in Himalayan where walks leads ups and downhills with some gradual portions depending upon your choice of trips and interest. For adventurous walks involves high altitude walks from above 2,500 to 5,000 meters high, with some gradual trails with ups and downhill with the touch of high altitude that makes it's more adventurous.
Challenging and demanding treks which leads you away from main villages in the pure wilderness on the off beaten tracks for some days in complete isolation in the harmony of giant mountains and in the tranquil environment and crossing high passes of above 5,000 m. Where trekkers should be fitted with sound medical background and with experience in outdoor activities and some exercise to join in Adventurous and Challenging treks within high Annapurna Himalaya or around remote destinations around Nepal Himalaya.
Passport & Visa Information:
Nepal visa is the easiest visa to obtain; you may buy your Nepal visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad or buy this upon on arrival to Kathmandu international airport as per your convenient. You have to have 2 passport size photographs, Visa fees in US$ & valid passport at least for 6 months valid at the starting of the trip.
Visa rules apply to all wide world travelers apart from Indian nationality, the transit visa is provided for foreign nationality for 3 days. Visa must be obtained for staying over the initial period of three days. Currently, foreign national can obtain a Nepalese visa from the following border.
Tourist Visa Fees: 3 days transit visa - Free of Cost
Multiple entries 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entries 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
(For further information, please, contact us or Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Impact Building, Kathmandu, and Tel: 00977-1-4221996 / 4223590 / 4222453,
Download visa form-: www.nepalimmigration.gov.np
For Annapurna region Trek, the minimum group size would be two and maximum group size of ten or more on request. We also organize the private trip to solo travelers with single supplement trip cost. Please check our estimated group departure dates available online or inquire for your own personal dates.
Our Guides, Trip & Safety:
Walking in Nepal hills take you to the remote Himalayan region, it is very essential that you are accompanied with the experienced and qualified leader and guide for safety measures to enjoy your trip with us.
Awesome Nepal Treks provides highly experienced native guides who knows the area much better than anyone else, all our staff and guides are qualified for all types of treks and tour around Himalaya with medical knowledge to assist the group when required on emergency purpose.
Awesome Nepal guides are all experienced with the license from concern department of Nepal Government, the company well accepted and certified by TAAN & Nepal Mountaineering Association, NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) and other tourism-related departments.
On each trip, led by Trek / Group Leader with assistance leader or head guide / Sirdar all our arrangement well planned for safe travel providing insurance to all our field staff and guides including porters.
There is no way to prepare for altitude other than to spend time at altitude with acclimatization days. Being in very good physical condition will help ameliorate some of the exhaustion that people often feel, but it will not prevent altitude caused medical problems such as Acute Mountain Sickness.
Our itinerary designed with a high degree of awareness on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) in mind and to ensure a comfortable and safe adventure trek in the Himalayas. Staying well and hydrated and rest will help a lot.
The maximum elevation on the trek at ABC 4,130m above sea level. Obviously, this altitude range is high, but this takes slowly as walk starts from 820m to various altitude range with enough days of good daily walks to get acclimatize on the route before reaching higher ground.
The other trek that involves high altitude is around or Annapurna Circuit which takes you to the highest point at 5,416 on top Thorong-la pass with downhill towards 3,800 m at Muktinath, but on this trips walks gaining heights slowly and gradually with enough time to get acclimatize with the rest day before heading higher level.
Travel Insurance & Vaccination:
All visitors must obtain personal travel insurance to join us for our Himalayan trips. You must be having a travel insurance which must cover helicopter evacuation, trip cancellation, and medical expenses. And it is suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your homeland country before traveling as it is difficult buying local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal.
Vaccination is required to plan for your trip to Nepal but it is not a must to have a thing to come, but highly suggested. Your doctor will have the information on vaccination you would require to the country you will be traveling.
Hepatitis A, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Rabies, Tetanus, Typhoid, and Malaria etc. are the recommended vaccination for traveling to Nepal.
Meals and Accommodations:
While in Kathmandu and in Pokhara, your accommodation is at the 3-star deluxe hotel that comforts your stays in the city and while in the trek, your accommodation is at Mt. Lodge and Guest House which is clean and comfortable. Our entire accommodation is at twin share unless stated but single supplement accommodation is also available on personal request at the additional cost of US$- 200.
In the city, only breakfast is included on the offered trip itinerary but while in trek full board of meals is included (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, and Tea- Coffee).
We provide meals from local tea- house/ Lodge on route treks, breakfast and dinner are to be provided from the same tea- house/ guest house we would overnight but lunch would be on the walk to our designated destination with the overnight stop.
Foods provided depend on the availability of lodges and season-wise in general providing you with Nepalese foods (Dal Bhat), Tibetan fried bread, various soups, Momo’s (steamed dumplings), potatoes, pasta and even a version of pizza! So, overall you have a different choice of food on the trek.
Best trekking Seasons:
Nepal has two best seasons for Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit Trekking, we will inform and suggest you choose the right time of the year as far as possible to enjoy this trip with best weather condition.
Spring: - (March, April, May) - Best warmest time to trek. Rhododendron flowers in bloom- excellent trails and clear skies, best visibility. Good Temperature, the warmest weather of the year.
Autumn: (Mid-September, October, and November) - Excellent trails, clear blue skies, best visibility. Best Time to Trek
Winter Months: - (December, January, and February) are also good, but it’s obviously colder. You have to be prepared for this. It is up to you to plan this trek at this cold time or not.
Summer: Monsoon, so rain and visibility can be a big issue (from Mid-June, July, and August). We do not suggest you this time for the trek unless you are botanical student or lovers of green and flowers which will be the right time but very wet especially around southern Annapurna areas than northern side.
Support staff (porter)
Our porter is fully equipped and insured for each trip they are undertaking with us. As you know that we are very sincere with the porter issues and their situation while on trek thus we make sure that our porter is fully prepared for the trip. We are closely working with the International Porter Progress Association for the welfare and befit for the touristic porters. The maximum load carried by our porter is 20 to 25 KG maximum so be sure that your trekking bag so not load more than 12 KG.
Contact us for further information via various means from phone, e-mail, and facebook for booking procedure and confirmation. We have an online trip booking option, you may go on that link, choose your trip and date and follow the instruction with the information required and submit us. Once your trip booking request would be received, we would suggest you the final trip booking procedure with advance payment of the trip. The non-refundable deposit of 25 % (per person) is required to confirm a place on selected trips.
Please feel free to contact us for further queries and information regarding our trip booking Process of the chosen treks with us.
The following are what we advise you obtain in the way of equipment and gear before trekking in Nepal, and are meant to keep you mobile and comfortable in a range of expected weather conditions. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price,there is plenty of choice and our staff can assist you with the necessary arrangements. Except for your day pack, all luggage will be carried by porters. There is an allowance of 33lbs/15kg per person. Additional personal items not needed for the trekking portion of the trip can be checked in the hotel’s storage room for no extra cost.
- Buff headwear /neckwear
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Head torch
- Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
- Fleece jacket
- Waterproof/windproof jacket
- Down filled jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants (long)
- Waterproof Pants
- Thermal underwear
- Thin inner socks
- Thick and warm wool hiking socks
- Comfortable Hiking boots
- Sneakers /slippers
- Gore-tex gloves
- Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C
- Trekking bags/duffel bag
- Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
- Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
- Water bottle or camel bag
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