Annapurna Circuit Trek

Overview

The Annapurna Circuit is a 160-230 km journey around the Annapurnas, a Nepalese segment of the mighty Himalayas. The circuit until now offers a world class trekking experience to hikers, despite being threatened by black topped roads that are quickly replacing the natural offbeat path surrounding it.

Although continuing road construction in the Annapurna region hardly enhances this trek, over the coming years the roads will encroach further and further into the mountains. You’ve probably heard most of the “complaints” about the road building from trekkers who trekked Annapurna Circuit before these roads were built. However, the countryside this trek goes through is absolutely awesome and the variety of the terrain that you trek through is unsurpassed.

The villages that you pass through during this trek are diverse – from Nepali to Tibetan, you see cultures change as the trek progresses. You start off by walking through paddy fields, then the grain-belt, pastureland, forests and finally come out above the tree line to cross Thorang La before trekking down to a completely different valley, the Kali Gandaki, the deepest valley in the world. After completing the circuit you’ll head to Annapurna Base Camp. Camping overnight in the base camp almost guarantees that you’ll see the sun rise over the Annapurnas, the next morning. From there you’ll retrace your steps back to Pokhara via Jinu and Ghandruk and your month long adventure finally comes to an end.

Itinerary

Day -01

Arrive in Kathmandu, 1340m, Pick-up at the International airport to Hotel in Kathmandu

Day -02,

Wake up early and drive from Kathmandu to Bulbule by bus with luggage and trek to Ngadi

Day- 03,

 Trek from Bulbule to Chamje, 1385m

Day -04,

 Trek from Chamje to Dharapani, 1900m

Day- 05,

 Trek from Dharapani to Chame, 2670m

Day- 06,

 Trek from Chame to Pisang, 3250m

Day- 07,

 Trek from Pisang to Manag (3550m) by upper route for exploring the panoramic view.

Day- 08,

 Acclimatization and rest day. You can spend the day by taking a day hike for panoramic Himalayan scenery. By relaxing and exploring Manang. Overnight Manang.

Day -09,

 Trek from Manag to Ledar, 4200m

Day -10,

 Trek from Ledar to High Camp, 4850m

Day -11,

 Trek from High Camp to Muktinath, 3800m vie Thorong Pass, 5416m

Day -12,

 Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom, 2720m

Day -13,

 Drive from Jomsom to Tatopani 1189m

Day -14,

 Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani 2875m

Day -15,

 Trek from Gorepani to Gandrug but an early morning excursion to Poon Hill (3210m), about an hour climb. Provides an even better, unobstructed view of the High Himalaya.

Day -16,

Trek form Gandrug to Nayapul than drive to Pokhara

Day – 17

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Day -18,

Shopping and Drop to International Airport.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest or visit JRN Treks office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by JRN Treks. For dinner, you will be served authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country’s food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals:Dinner
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and trek Preparation

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhist shrine (Bouddhanath), which is also one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip at JRN Treks office. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals:Breakfast
Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours

We start our journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way we admire terraced farms and beautiful huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, we move straight ahead towards Pokhara. At Dumre, we leave the previous trail 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.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 – 7 hours

Our first day’s walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across rice paddies and a subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is then followed by steeper trails. The mountains that we see from Khudi seem a lot closer now. Before reaching Sirung village we pass an ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche. We admire close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 – 7 hours

We leave Sirung for Jagat on a relatively easy trail. We leave behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns and woodland. On the forest trail we spot a variety of birds. We also pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

After breakfast, we slowly begin our trek today. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 – 6 hours

Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 – 6 hours

A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 09: Pisang to Manang : 6 – 7 hours

There are two routes to Manang but we follow the trail that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang. We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization day

In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 – 4 hours

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and 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 and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further 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. Overnight at Yak Karka.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 – 4 hours

It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass. On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi. Overnight in Thorang Phedi.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 – 8 hours

Crossing Thorong La pass, one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 – 5 hours

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 – 6 hours

From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here we get panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. We cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 – 7 hours

Our journey today is mostly downhill. During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). We 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. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 – 8 hours

We leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100″ will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 – 7 hours

To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 – 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking a few more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul from where we drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
Included meals:Breakfast Lunch
Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest of the day off to rest or do some souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals:Breakfast Dinner
Day 21: Final departure

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A JRN Treks representative will escort us to the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Included meals:Breakfast

  •  –  1X English speaking guide.

    –    Enough experienced porters.

    –    Airport Pick up.
    –    Insurance for all trekking staffs.
    –    Three meals a day during trek. (BLD)
    –    Accommodation twin separate bed room.
    –    Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner for all trekking staffs.
    –    Trekking permits.
    –    TIMS Fee (Trekking Information Management System).

    –    Airport drop

    –    Travel and Rescue arrangements

    –    All Government taxes and official expenses.

    Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara

    – Welcome drinks upon arrival

    – Accommodation for nights

    – 24 hours running hot and cold shower

    – Free Wi-Fi

    Transportation
    International Airport to Hotel
    Kathmandu to Bulbule

    Jomsom to Tatopani

    Nayapul to Pokhara

    Hotel to Pokhara bus Park
    Pokhara to Kathmandu
    Hotel to International Airport

    Exclude

    –    Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
    –    Personal travel insurance and any emergency evacuation.
    –    Tipping and donation.
    –    Bar bills, Drinks (coke, alcoholic, water etc)
    –     Personal trekking equipment.

    –    Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section

Equipments list

Down jackets05-rab-neutrino-endurance-jacket

Fleece jacket                        brird

Extra trekking paint and Trousers trekking-trousers-and-paint

Water proof/windproof jackets and pants images-4

Water proof foot wearoutdoor-boots-isolated-on-white

Sun hat                                          download

Woolen hat                woolen-hats

Rain poncho/coat       sku114393-1

Sleeping bags                                      sleeping-bag

Sunglasses                             sun-glassess                   

Drinking water bag    233534_12453_l

Headlight                                       head-light

Camp shoes       rax-summer-hiking-sandals-font-b-women-b-font-outdoor-beach-sandals-font-b-women-b

Towel                   towel_roll_2-1

Extra pair of socks                      socks

Sun block cream              sun-block-cream

Toiletries          toiletries-copy

Gloves                                                images-5

Cameras are for taking home memories  extra-batteries-for-trekking

Other items necessary first aid kit according to your doctor advise.   

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Books books-for-trekking

Trekking Bag             new-outdoor-backpack-55l-hiking-backpack-trekking-bag-camping-travel-water-resistant-pack-mountaineering-climbing-bags

Note : Equipment is possible on hire and purchase in Kathmandu. We can help you with to arrange it.

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. When selecting a travel insurance policy we require that at a minimum covered for medical expenses, Ambulance and Helicopter emergency rescue charge if required. Please carry a copy of your insurance papers or Identify Card while travelling in Nepal and send us a copy as well. This will help us in making all the necessary arrangements in case any sort of Emergencies. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. We shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects. We also let you know that Nepalese Insurance Company does not have travel insurance policy for foreign nationals. So we advise you do your travel insurance with Insurance Company in your own place.