Annapurna Circuit Trekking - 18 Days

Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Annapurna Circuit Trekking
  • Cost From US$ 1090.00
  • Duration 18 Days
  • Trip Difficulty Strenuous
  • Travel Style Trekking
  • Destination Nepal
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel + Teahouses + Lodges
  • Maximum Altitude: 5416 mt.
  • Minimum Pax.: 1-15 Pax.
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Trip Highlights

  • High altitude trek to Thorang-La Pass (5,416 meters)
  • Magnificent views of three different Himalayan Ranges, with each one including one Himalaya above 8000 meters: the Annapurna Range, the Manaslu Range, and the Dhaulagiri Range
  • Passes through two interesting valleys: the Marshyandi River Valley and the Kali Gandaki Valley which also includes the deepest Gorge of the world
  • Animals of interest: domesticated Yaks and a number of wild birds and animals including endangered Musk Deer, Tahr as well as several species of Eagles and Vultures
  • Vegetation: from tropical to subtropical to Temperate to sub-alpine to alpine beyond the tree-line as well as apple farms in some places
  • Passes through settlements that highlight the cultures of more than six different ethnic groups

About Trip

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is famous the world over and for good reason! This trek has a well-deserved reputation for its staggering beauty including mountain views, wide biodiversity and cultural highlights experienced along the journey. This wondrous Annapurna Circuit Trekking around the Annapurna range takes trekkers through lush lowlands on up to alpine highlands surrounded by the snowy Himalaya.

The gradual rise from the hills allows for proper acclimatization to altitude on the way up to the highlands. Eventually, the scenic trails arrive at majestic mountain surroundings with up-close views of the Himalaya.

The Annapurna Circuit Trek includes some of the best mountain scenery in the world. Along with this iconic trek, we can enjoy a wider range of biodiversity and topography than almost any other area of the Himalaya. Along the way, we will have memorable views of lofty peaks that soar into the blue skies.

The Annapurna Circuit Trekking follows along two major river valleys and makes a counter-clockwise journey. Our Annapurna Circuit Trek starts after a scenic drive through terraced farmland to the pleasant town of Besisahar. The drive takes half of a day and then our trekking begins as we follow the Marsyangdi River valley through charming villages and rural farmland with terraced paddy fields. We pass astonishingly landscape and visit a riverside hot springs on the way up to the highland settlements of Braga and Manang.

From here take a suitable pace for adequate acclimatization to the high elevation as we make our way up to and over the thrilling high pass known as the Thorang La (5,416m, 17,769ft). We savor the achievement of reaching the desolate pass and then make our way into a completely different Himalayan valley of the Kali Gandaki River.

We descend through a more wondrous landscape with different cultural traditions as we follow the Kali Gandaki River to the south. This route includes the deepest gorge on the planet is along an ancient trade way with Tibet.

 From the Annapurna Circuit Trekking route, the majestic mountain scenery includes Annapurna I, (8,091 m, 26,545ft) 10th highest mountain on the planet and first peak over 8,000 m to have ever been summited (reached by a French team in 1950). Additional mountain peaks viewed include Dhaulagiri, (8,167 m, 26,7795ft), world’s 7th  highest, Manaslu, (8,163 m, 26,781ft), world’s 8th highest, and Machhapuchhre, 6,993m (22,943ft), a sacred mountain off-limits to mountaineering.

There is a lot to explore along the Annapurna Circuit trek including sacred caves, hot springs, alpine lakes, and magnificent monasteries.

Please Note: Our Annapurna Circuit Trekking has set departure dates from both Pokhara and Kathmandu and this trek can be personalized to accommodate your specific wishes and timetable. We can arrange a shorter version of the 21-day Annapurna Circuit Trek and often travelers like to combine both the Annapurna Circuit Trek and the Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1430 mt.). Driving 8-9 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 03Chamje to Dharapani (1860 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 04Dharapani to Chame (2670 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 05Chame to Pisang (3300 mt.). Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 06Pisang to Manang (3540 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 07Rest day in Manang for acclimatization & exploration. Overnight at guest house.

Day 08Manang to Yak Kharka (4050 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 09Yak kharka to Throang Phedi (4450 mt.) .Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 10Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3800 mt.) via Thorang-La pass (5416 mt.). Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 11Muktinath to Marpha (2670 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 12Marpha to Tatopani /Hotspring, (1189 mt.). Driving 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 13Tatopani to Sikha (1935mt). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 14Sikha to Ghorepani (2835 mt.). Walking 4½ hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 15Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210 mt.) to see 220 degree panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range and sunrise, trek to Tadapani (2520 mt.).Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.

Day 16Tadapani to Syane via Ghandruk (1920mt.). Walking 5 ½ hours. Drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Driving 6 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.

Day 18Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.

Cost Includes

    • Pick up and Transfer to and fromTribhuvan International Airport (TIA) to your hotel in Kathmandu. 
    • Two nights accommodation at 2/3 star hotel in Kathmandu (breakfasts included).
    • One night accommodation at 2/3 star hotel in Pokhara (breakfasts included).
    • Transportation as per the itinerary.
    • Tea-house lodging during the journey.
    • Standard Meals during the journey (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
    • Expert Guide (registered and licensed by the government) with accompanying porters (generally, one porter for every two clients). (High Camp Adventure covers the staffs’ meals and accommodations as well as wages, transport, insurance, and essential gear.)
    • Equipment (Sleeping bag, Down jacket, Walking poles).
    • Conservation Area and National Park entry fees.
    • Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card.
    • Trekking Map.
    • Medical kit.
    • Government taxes.
    • Our service charge.
    • Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu the eve of your international departure.

Cost Excludes

    • International plane ticket to and from Nepal.
    • Major meals in Kathmandu (other than breakfast).
    • Personal Expenses including laundry,telephone calls,bar bills,drinks and snacks.
    • Personal clothing and gear.
    • Travel Insurance.
    • Shower fees at lodges, fees for recharging electronic equipment, and personal expenses along the trail.
    • Tips for Guides, Porters and staff.
    • Expenses incurred by cancelation and events beyond our control, for example, weather delays, trail detours, political unrest, illness and et cetera.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.A representative from our company will receive you once you arrive in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu and takes you to your pre-arranged place of accommodation.

Day 2Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje (1430 mt.). Driving 8-9 hours. Overnight at guest house.Our destination today is Chamje via Beshishar. We start early on a local bus, which stops for breakfast and lunch on the way, and brings us to Beshisahar in about seven hours’ time. We change the bus and drive further to the destination.Along the way, the ride to Chamje Village on a public transport includes the Ghermu and Chamje waterfalls, the Marshyandi River and the sight of the beautiful Mt Manaslu beyond the hillls. This ride comes to a stop after around two and a half hours. For today, this is where we stop for the night.

Day 3Chamje to Dharapani (1860 mt.). Walking 5-6 hours. Overnight at guest house.From Chamje, our trailhead, the walk to Tal Village lasts for around two hours. Up a gentle uphill and through a dense forest, we arrive in Tal Village, on our walk to Dharapani/Bagarchhap where we stop for lunch, is on a trail along the Marhyandi River all the way. Lasting for around three and a half hours, this mostly a gradual uphill is certainly not a difficult walk. where we stop for the night.

Day 4Dharapani to Chame (2670 mt.). Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.Once leaving Dharapani/Bagarchhap and reaching Danaque Village, the trek walks everyone up a sharp ascent until TimangDanda. The vantage point offers an excellent view of Mt Manaslu and other mountains in its close proximity. On a flat trail and reach Thanchok Village in about an hour and a half. Many choose to stop here for a cup of tea. Along the way, the addition of the mighty Annapurna II beyond the hills to the West is a treat to watch. We walk again, on a similar trail, for the next two and a half hours to Chame, the headquarters of Manang District and our stopover for the night.

Day 5Chame to Pisang (3300 mt.). Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.Our walk to DhukurPhokhari, where we stop for lunch, is on a trail that passes through pine forests, crosses several suspension bridges, and is a combination of ups and downs with a steep incline just before we reach the Village on a ridge. After lunch, we walk, with the Pisang Peak and Mt Chulu in sight, for about two and a half hours and reach Lower Pisang. This is where we stop for the night.
A tour to Upper Pisang is often a part of everyone’s itinerary. This traditional village, with monasteries and houses reflecting Tibetan style, also happens to be a vantage point for a panoramic view of the Annapurna range, Gangapurna range and the valley below.

Day 6Pisang to Manang (3540 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Our stop in Humde Village for lunch comes after around a walk of three hours. The walk to this village, with a short airstrip, is an experience many choose to remember: through a pine forest and with Mt Gangapurna, Mt Tilicho and the gigantic Annapurna II and III in view.
With the trail leveling off and the woods thinning out, the path, from here on, first takes us to Braga, with a centuries-old monastery, and then to Manang Village in roughly two hours. We stop for the night in Manang.

Day 7Rest day in Manang for acclimatization & exploration. Overnight at guest house.An altitude of around 3,500 meters is an ideal high for an acclimatization. We start our day with a tour of the Village, the biggest in the entire District. With prayer wheels, flags, stones, and mani walls at regular intervals, the faith of the people are clearly visible.
Before lunch, a walk to Ganagpurna Lake and a climb of around 300 meters to a vantage point just above the lake is an experience worth looking forward to. From around 3,800 meters, a big portion of the Annapurna Range is a treat no one should miss out on.

Day 8Manang to Yak Kharka (4050 mt.). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.As the thin air in high altitudes comes into play, even our gradual uphill today is exhausting for many. A stop at Gunsang on the way for tea after around two hours or so is a welcome relief. Now that the view also includes the Manaslu Range, the break can often stretch to as long as half an hour. After the break, we walk the next two hours to Yak Kharka and stop for the night.

Day 9Yak kharka to Throang Phedi (4450 mt.) .Walking 4 hours. Overnight at guest house.On a route that brings Thorang Peak closer with every step forward and Chulu West round a hill, we take a break and stop for tea in one of the two huts on the way. Along the way, a herd of Tahr jumping about does ease the relative uneasiness of the path, due largely to higher altitudes. Our walk of the day finally stops in Thorang Phedi, with two constructions sufficiently serving the passersby that we stop for the lunch and night stay.

Day 10Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3800 mt.) via Thorang-La pass (5416 mt.). Walking 7-8 hours. Overnight at guest house.This early morning trek starts at around five after an early tea and packed lunch. The hour-long ascent to Thorang High Camp from here on is arduous. This most demanding of all the ascents so far takes all willing to Thorangla Pass in about three hours and a half. We have our breakfast at this altitude of 5,416 meters, weather permitting. After breakfast, it’s time for a walk downhill, crossing into bordering Mustang District. ThorangPhedi on the other side is where we rest for a while. After this tea break, we hit the road again, walking past Muktinath Temple and reaching Ranipauwa where we stop for the night.

Day 11Muktinath to Marpha (2670 mt.). Walking 6 hours. Overnight at guest house.Our walk to Jomsom, where we stop for lunch, starts out a downhill. Kagbeni on the way is an inviting settlement and we stop for a look around. Nestled in the valley of the Kali Gandaki River, Kagbeni boasts of its Red Monastery, which offers a peek into the ways of the practitioners of the belief. The relatively flat path from here on through a barren, almost lifeless, landscape walks everyone against fierce winds from the opposite direction and brings them to Jomsom in about four and a half hours.

After lunch, we leave Jomsom, the administrative as well as the commercial center of the District, and reach Marhpa in roughly two hours. Known for apples, this is where we stop for the night.

Day 12Marpha to Tatopani /Hotspring, (1189 mt.). Driving 4-5 hours. Overnight at guest house.We start out along the banks of Kali Gandaki on a gentle descent. The next 4 hours of Jeep/Bus drive leaves few other notable settlements –Tukuche, Largung, Kalopani, and Lete – before reaching Ghasa. RupseChahara (a beautiful waterfall) at least for some time is another attraction before moving on to Tatopani where we stop for lunch, dinner and the night. The hot springs of the area invite many for a relaxing dip.

Day 13Tatopani to Sikha (1935mt). Walking 5 hours. Overnight at guest house.Today’s trek starts out alright until crossing Kali Gandaki and Ghar Khola. The steep uphill from here on is very demanding for many, with the dense forest around serving as the only relief. Lunch in Ghara Village also comes as that rest for those legs. We trudge on after lunch. Sikha, where we stop for the night, also presents Mt Dhaulagiri and Annapurna South for a view.

Day 14Sikha to Ghorepani (2835 mt.). Walking 4½ hours. Overnight at guest house.Our journey today begins with a two-hour walk to Chitré, where we stop for a bit with the addition of Mt Nilgiri in view to the North. We move on aiming for Ghorepani. A final steep ascent of around half an hour brings us to Ghorepani amidst a forest largely dominated by rhododendrons. This is where we stop for the night.

Day 15Early morning hike to Poon Hill (3210 mt.) to see 220 degree panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range and sunrise, trek to Tadapani (2520 mt.).Walking 5 ½ hours. Overnight at guest house.Early morning is a time for a walk to Poon Hill for that sunrise view: the brightening of the tops of the Dhaulagiri Range in an array of bright shades with the peaks of the Annapurna Range to the East in shadow. Back in Ghorepani and we leave for Tadapani after breakfast. It starts out up a steep incline for almost two hours before eventually arriving atop a ridge. It’s a downhill from here on through a forest one more time until Banthanti, where we stop for lunch. After a downhill for some time then a sharp uphill, we arrive in Tadapani. This is where we stop for the night.

Day 16Tadapani to Syane via Ghandruk (1920mt.). Walking 5 ½ hours. Drive to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.With Mt Machhapuchré, Mt Huinchuli and the Annapurna South still magnificently on display, leaving Tadapani is a compulsion; our itinerary suggests we reach Pokhara today. Down a steep descent for nearly three and a half hours, we finally reach Ghandruk and a gently downhill from this point on takes us to Syané. We catch a local bus from here and head off for Pokhara, reaching the place in some two hours and a half.

Day 17Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Driving 6 hours by tourist bus. Overnight at hotel.Our return to Kathmandu is on a tourist bus, a ride that should last for around six hours. With breakfast and lunch on the highway, the bus stops in Sorhakhutté in Kathmandu. Thamel, the tourist hub, is a stone’s throw from here.

Day 18Transfer to airport for your final departure from Nepal.Depending largely on your travel fixture, you will be leaving for Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure from Nepal either in the morning or in the afternoon or in the evening.

Departure Note : Please take a look at our fixed departure dates for this trek. If they do not fit with your schedule, then please let us arrange an itinerary that is more suitable to you and your requirements.

Trip Map

Annapurna Circuit Trekking Map Map
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Usefull Note

Accommodation

All the accommodation as per the itinerary is included in the package cost. We have chosen the 2/3 star hotel in the cities for your comfort and safety. The hotels can be upgraded to more deluxe ones upon your request. While trekking in the Mountain, our guides will choose the best available lodge of the village from their past experience. As some villages have limited number of lodges, in a peak season like in Spring and Autumn, you may have to share the room with some stranger trekker as well. Comfortable two men tent with mattress and four seasons sleeping bag will be provided for the camping trek. Our crew will try to set the camp in a scenic place. All the hotel and camping accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender.

Meals

Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. Only breakfast is served in Kathmandu whilst farewell dinner on the eve of your international departure is served from our side. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the trek.

Trekking Crew

An experienced and licensed Guide and necessary porters will assist you during the trek. In a group with more than 8 clients, 2 guides will be provided for the betterment in service. In a teahouse trek, generally, one porter is provided for every two clients who carry between 15 to 20 kg. However, on a camping journey, more porters are required. All the camping equipment such as kitchen, dining, dome and toilet tents, kitchen equipment, fuel, and all consumable goods has to be carried from Kathmandu which needs more manpower. All of our guides and porters are fully insured so you don't' have to worry about them in case of emergency. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.

Physical Fitness and Experience

Annapurna Circuit Trek is a strenuous trek which is fit for those who has the ability to walk 5-6 hours of walking uphill and downhill in a day carrying the personal day pack. Some days are longer with 7- 8 hours of walking as well. Annapurna Circuit Trek is high altitude trek which demands more physical, however having strong determination, positive vibe and average physical fitness can complete this trek. Some time mental aspect also plays a vital roll in an altitude. Doing some physical exercise a few weeks prior to the trip is better but technical skill is not required for this trek. If you are taking medicine for heart, lung or blood diseases, please kindly consult your doctor and inform to High Camp Adventure.

Travel Insurance

This is a real adventure in high altitude so obtaining a travel insurance is always a good idea for your safety and is highly recommended too. Your travel insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation and medical expenses in an emergency. There is not any Nepalese insurance company to sell travel insurance policy so you better buy the good one from home. There are some insurance policies which covers only in low altitude below 4000 mt. and some only in high altitude above 4000 mt. So before you purchase it, please double check the policy what it covers and where are you going.

Best Seasons

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for Annapurna Circuit Trek. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. This trek can be done in Monsoon (June to August ) but you should not expect the great weather and Mountain view.  You can do it in Winter (December to February) if you are used to with extreme cold temperature.

Ground Transportation

Highway in Nepal is safe, however, sometimes transport can be halted due to landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra days cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home. 

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