Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the most well-known classic treks in the world. The region is also rich in terms of unique culture, tradition and lifestyle of people. Magnificent scenery, assorted cultures, forests, lakes and glaciers combine to make it one of the most charming areas for the travelers. The Annapurna Circuit Trekking route encircles the Annapurna Range, a collection of massive, snow-covered summits, many over 26,000 feet. While walking on the Annapurna circuit trekking route, you will encounter 17,000-foot passes, glaciers, the world's deepest valley, pine forests, rice paddies, tundra, remote villages, and ancient monasteries. Most trekking start up the Marsyandi River, then continue north in the wooded Manang Valley through Chamje, Pisang, and Braga (or other villages in the valley). Close up views of the Annapurna range, varied ecosystems, various cultures and an ever-changing landscape - lush, green paddy fields and oak forests and the deepest gorge in the world makes this one of the most popular treks in the world. This classic adventure trekking allowing you to reach the heart of the mountains and safely back to Lake city Pokhara.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1300m).
Up on arrival in Kathmandu, we will welcome you at the airport then transfer to you hotel. Evening welcome dinner with cultural show.Overnight at hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing.
Having breakfast then start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. We will arrange a tour guide of your chosen language to give you a tour and introduction to our rich culture amongst our ancient and fascinating history and religion. Am: Boudhanath & Pashupatinath. Pm: Patan Durbar Square and Soyambhunath then back to hotel.Overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Synge/ Jagat (1100 m) 8 hrs
Having breakfast then we heading to a scenic drive to Beshisahar via the Prithivi Highway. From Beshisahar we drive to Syange by local jeep. While driving we will have many chances to observe rural people & various cultures along the highway. From Syange we trek to Jagat. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1960 m) 6 hrs.
Heading to Dharapani.After breakfast start the working through jungle after we left Chyamje from Chyamje the trail goes bank of Marshyangdi river mostly climbing before arrive in Tal from here, we enter Manang district trail continues through barley, rice, potato fields and pine forests past the village of Kodo taking us to Dharapani, which is one of the big villages in the Manang valley. O/N at Guest house.
Day 05: Trek to Chame (2630 m.) 5 hrs
Wake up early in the morning then head to Chame.Today The trail climbs along the mule track through in and fir forest and then follows the river for a time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. On the way you will have spectacular views of views of major Himalayan peaks. Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang (3100m.) / 5 hours:
We will first pass the older part of Chame and climb up to Telekhu at 2840 meter and continue with a long pleasant and mostly level walk through the forest to Brathang, which lies at 2950 meter. After the trail rounds a bend here we will see the first view of the dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curved slab of rock rising more then 1500 meter from the river. We will cross back to the south bank of the Marsyangdi on a suspension bridge at 3080 meter and then make a long gentle climb over a ridge through blue pine forests. After this the trek will be reasonably level as it heads to the upper part of Manang valley to Pisang. This town marks the beginning of the region known as Nyesyang, the upper portion of the Manang district (5 hrs).O/N at lodge.
Day 07: Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) / 5 hours:
Heading to Manang.Today our trek will slowly climb up to the Tibetan-style village of Bryaga at 3500 meter following the valley floor. At Bryaga we will see houses stacked one atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbour’s rooftop. The gompa, perched on a high crag overlooking the village, is the largest in the district and has an outstanding display of statues. O/N at Lodge.
Day 08: Rest day at Manang.
Today, you hang around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one.
Day 09: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) / 3 hours:
Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, you can see panoramic views all the day.
Day 10: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) / 4 hours:
Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.
Day 11: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass / 8 hours:
Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at maybe 04:00 hrs to reach the pass by 09:00/10:00 hrs at the latest, as otherwise weather conditions will greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416m so can be exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. Local people have used this trail for hundreds of years to bring herds of sheep and yaks in and out of Manang. Thus the trail, while often steep, is well defined and easy to follow. Snow can block the pass at any time of the year if there has been an unseasonable storm. It takes from four to six hours from Thorung Phedi to the pass, but the many false summits mean the climb seems to go on for ever.At the Thorung La pass, with its traditional prayer flags and stone cairn we will have outstanding views. You can see the Annapunas, Gangapurna and Khatung Kang, a heavily glaciated peak. Amazingly there is a teashop here on top of the pass at 5416 meter. From here we start a long descend of about 1600 meter with outstanding views of Dhaulagiri mountain standing alone in the distance across the valley. After the trail becomes less steep we will enter grassy fields and cross meadows to our final destination of Muktinath, which means place of Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple and this contains a spring and an eternal flame fed by natural underground gas (9 hrs).
Day 12: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2713m)/ 5:00 hours:
You now begin the trek descent down from Muktinath and get Jomsom.
Day 13: Fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.
Get up early in the morning and fly to Pokhara.
Day 14: Sightseeing in Pokhara.
You can explore the various interesting places like David Falls, Mountain Museum, Barahi Temple, Bindhabasini Temple and many interesting Caves including Mahandra Cave. Boating in Fewa Lake viewing the Mt. Fishtail along with the members of Mt. Annapurna is an exciting and fascinating lifetime experience. This city is really blessed with natural jewels and is regarded as a Shangri-La for nature’s lovers. O/N at Pokhara.
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by a tourist bus – 6hours. Optional: can use fight which takes 25 min.O/N at Kathmandu Hotel.
Day 16: Farewell friend.
We will transfer you airport as per your flight time.
Any dates Except the winter season.
What makes this trip different than others: We are working together with Village Environment Nepal a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the remote village of Panch Khuwa Deurali and many others villages (Gorkha and all over Nepal) through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.
For more details, visit Village Environment website www.ven.org.np and Face book page: https://www.facebook.com/VillageEnvironmentNepal?ref=hl.
Kathmandu& Pokhara: we will arrange any category hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara as per your request.
Mountain Region: During the trekking, we will arrange you accommodation at standard tea house or lodge. Room on twin sharing basis.
Kathmandu& Pokhara: We offer you breakfast in the hotel in Kathmandu& Pokhara but you have to pay your own lunch and dinner.
Trekking: We will provide all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trekking in Mountain area.
Guide & Porter during the trekking:
We will provide a professional trekking guide (license holder) and insured staffs as well. The number of porter depends on group size. We will provide their salary, accommodation, insurance, medicine and meals during trekking.
Personal gears & equipments need during trekking:
• Sleeping bag
• Down Jacket
• Warm Jacket
• Cotton t-shirts
• Cotton pants
• Sun hat
• Sun cream lotion
• Sun glasses
• Comfortable hiking boots
• walking poles (if necessary)
• Flash light with extra batteries
• Extra batteries for camera
• Medicines ad first aid kits
• Backpack- with outsider pockets to handle smaller items. You may buy this stuff in Kathmandu and you can hire some stuff from shop.
All trekkers / travelers are requested to insure their travel insurance before heading to Annapurna Circuit Trek. Please note that the insurance should be covered medical, air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and all treatment costs.