Annapurna Circuit Trekking or Round Annapurna trekking is renowned for its beautiful mountain sceneries, rich flora and fauna and insightful cultural exposure. The trek starts from the drive to Besisahar and to Chame, from where the trail follows the Marsyangdi River through the terraced fields and the stunning villages on the foothill of Annapurna and Manasalu range. We can see the changing landscape and vegetation as we move further.The beautiful mountain view from the Thorong pass (5416 m) is one of the highlights of the trek. From Thorong-La Pass the trail goes all the way down to Muktinath which is an important holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists. The trail then goes to Ghorepani Poonhill which is famous for the exquisite sunrise view over the Himalayas. The trek ends at the village of Phedi but our adventure continues in the tranquil city of Pokhara and the vibrant Kathmandu.
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a great combination of culture, nature and the mountain scenery. The trek gives a great opportunity to explore the rich culture and tradition of the local people. The villages of Manang and Ghandruk along the trail are renowned for their unique culture, tradition and hospitality. The rhododendron and Magnolia forest are sure to mesmerize any traveler with their beautiful colors, especially during the spring when they are in bloom. The magnificent view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range will accompany you throughout the walk. The amazing combination of culture, landscape and the beautiful mountain scenery is sure to leave any traveler astonish.
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking Cost Includes:
- All the International Arrival and Departure Transfers
- 5 nights Deluxe Hotel Accommodations in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
- Domestic airport Transfers
- Private transportation to Besisahar and Jeep drive to Chame
- Domestic Flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara
- Half Day Guided Cultural Sightseeing in Kathmandu World heritage sites
- Comprehensive Trekking Map
- Authentic Nepali Welcome Dinner
- All the accommodations, full board meals and hot beverages on the trek
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit and TIMS permit
- Our expert Trekking Guide and porter services during the trek.
- Field staff Insurances
- Private Transportation from Kande to Pokhara
- Domestic Airport Tax
- Dawn Jackets, Sleeping bag, walking poles, duffel bag, facilities
- Extensive First aid medical kit
- Quick Rescue supporting services in case of Emergency
- Extra snacks services
- Satellite phone/Communication services in case of Emergency
- Applicable government Taxes
- Himalayan Eco Trek Team Management
The Annapurna Circuit Trekking cost excludes:
- All the personal expenses like Alcoholic beverages, Bottled drinks etc.
- Medical and Travel Insurances
- International Airfare and taxes
- Visa Fees
- Emergency Helicopter Rescue charges
- Main Meals in Kathmandu
Welcome to Kathmandu. Upon our arrival at Kathmandu, we will be received at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transferred to a hotel in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. A short pre-trek briefing regarding any outstanding trekking formalities will follow the hotel check in. After the briefing we can spend the leisure time resting in the comfort of our hotel or stroll around to explore the lively surroundings. In the evening, we will be picked up for a wonderful welcome dinner with a cultural program at an authentic Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu
After a breakfast, we will be picked up for a guided tour around the UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Bhaktapur boasts a rich Newari culture along with the artistically designed temples and palaces. The art and architectures of the valley display the unique fusion of Hindu and Buddhist influences in the society. We have plenty of time to explore the site in our pace. After the insightful tour around, we will meet our guide who will give us a trek briefing helping us with our final trek preparations. Overnight in Kathmandu
After a breakfast in Kathmandu we take the 6 hour drive to Besisahar. We drive through the winding roads along the Trishuli River, enjoying the verdant hills and terrace farmlands. Upon arrival at Besisahar we will witness the stunning snow-capped mountain panorama. We will continue our drive from Besisahar avoiding the rough and dusty motor-able road to Chame.It is another 3 hours rough drive. Fine views of the Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV welcome us to the head quarter of the Manang district, Chame (2670m).
We start from Chame with a climb to Talekhu (2840m) to continue a pleasant walk in a levelled terrain through the forest to Brathang (2950m). A steep and narrow path through a dense forest will bring us to the dramatic rock face of Paungda Danda, rising 1500m from the river. We cross a suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River to gradually climb over a ridge through the blue pine forest. The trek will be levelled as we head into the U-shaped Valley of Manang sitting between two giant snow peaks to finally reach Pisang. The town of Pisang marks the beginning of the Nsesyang region of the upper Manang District. (5 hrs)
Today our route will slowly climb to the Tibetan-style village of Bryaga (3500m). The astonishing views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others allure us along the way. The Bryaga Monastery on the hill overlooks the whole Bryaga Village. We visit the wonderful monastery with a brilliant display of colorful statues. We continue on our path through an arid countryside with cliffs of yellow rocks to the village of Manang. (5 hrs).
We stay in Manang for the purpose of acclimatization. We take a short hike about 200 meters to Khangsar to have a wonderful view of the Valley. Visit to Bhojo Gompa and Gangapurna Lake is good choice to acclimatize the body. Travelling high and sleeping low is the best way to acclimatize the body to the thinning air of the mountain. Today’s hike will help the body adjust to the increase in the altitude and prepare us for our journey further.
The trail from Manang climbs out of the Marshyangdi Valley through Thorung La to turn northwest to the valley of Jarsang Khola. We pass by pasture land with scrubs of Juniper and alpine grass to gradually ascend to the small village of Ghunsa. The trail slowly proceeds to the meadows where we can see horses and Yaks grazing. We cross a wooden bridge over a stream to pass several mani walls into a meadow to reach a small village of Yak Kharka. Further from Yak Kharka, we walk to reach a small settlement at Letdar, where we will spend the night. (4.30 hrs)
We continue our ascent from Letdar along the east bank of Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi. Thorung Phedi is a rock strewn meadow surrounded by vertical cliffs. The stay at the Valley is the perfect opportunity to encounter exotic wildlife such as Blue sheep and snow leopards. We can also see Lammergeyers and Himalayan griffon circling around in the clear valley sky. (3-4 hrs)
We will start our walk towards the Thorung Pass before dawn. This will help us avoid the strong wind adversely affecting our journey.We steeply climb on a regular route which may encounter snow in winter. Heavy snow may make the journey challenging, but the tremendous mountain view keeps us accompanied to encourage us through the trail. The colorful prayer flags and Chorten welcome us to the pass with a tremendous view of mountains such as Annapurna, Gangapurna and Khatung Kang.
After enjoying the mesmerizing beauty at the top of the pass, we continue towards the Muktinath temple. Upon setting sun, we will be at Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The temple, perfectly demonstrates the religions harmony in Nepal. The word “Muktinath” means place of Nirvana God. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. The 108 waterspouts around the temple pours holy water said to wash away all the troubles. The visit to Muktinath temples is said to relieve every pain and sorrow in life. Jwala Mai Temple, near Muktinath, hosts a gorgeous natural spring and an eternal flame. (9 hrs).
Today we will follow the “Jomsom trek” in reverse order. We will first go down to Kagbeni, which is a walk through meadows, streams and fruit trees like peach orchards. Then we will continue going down to Jomsom. Our descend continues through the Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste. Here we end our trek to fly to Pokhara next morning (6 hrs).
The road from Marpha to Tatopani is a dusty motor-able road which is not suitable for walking. Thus, we will drive from Tatopani to the famous hot spring at Tatopani.
We start our gradual climb towards Ghorepani as we leave the Kali Gandaki Valley. We will cross the old suspension bridge over the Ghar Khola river to reach the village of Ghara and Shika. Along the way we will pass through beautiful forest of rhododendron and magnolia to finally reach Ghorepani in mid afternoon. (7 hrs)
We start early to Poon hill (3210 meters) to view a spectacular sunrise over the mountains like Annapurna, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchre. After taking the views of these astonishing sceneries, we return back to Ghorepani to enjoy our breakfast and start our trek to Tadapani. We make our way towards Tadapani through colorful orchids and tranquil rhododendron forests. With several ascends and descends through the gorge to Banthanti and mixed rhododendron forest, we finally reach Tadapani. The Fishtail and the Annapurna south is best viewed from here (5 hrs).
The trail today follows a steep walk through the mixed forests to the village of Ghandruk. We will reach the wonderful village of Ghandruk in the early afternoon. This will give us a plenty of time to visit the Annapurna conservation Office and a museum in the village. The village is the home of the brave Gurkhas and carries its own unique culture. (3 hrs).
We will descend from Ghandruk through the terrace farms of the lovely Gurung villages to the Modi Khola. Along the way, we will pass through a tranquil forest of Bicchuk which is the host to various exotic birds. The trail will then gradually ascend to pass through the villages of Landrukand Tolka to finally reach Deurali. Deurali is a beautiful viewpoint of the stunning Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Range. (5 hrs)
Today is our last day trekking in this wonderful foothills of the Himalayas. We start our walk from Deurali with a gradual descent to a small settlement of Pothana. We will continue our walk as we observe the changing mountain views to Phedi via Dhampus. We will end our walk in Phedi. We will take a ride back to the lively city of Pokhara. Overnight at Lakeside Hotel in Pokhara. (4 hrs)
After a hearty breakfast at the hotel in the tranquil city of Pokhara, we take the 25 minute flight back to the vibrant Kathmandu city. We get transferred to our comfortable hotels in Kathmandu. This is a good day to rest our exhausted muscles from the trek with a spa or massage in Kathmandu. We can also wander around exploring the vibrant Kathmandu city.
Leisure in Kathmandu is an perfect time to visit any missed out destinations in Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Valley has numerous temples, palaces and shrines that hold historical, cultural and architectural value. This is also a good opportunity to go shopping for souvenirs. Himalayan Eco treks ad Tour Nepal offers extra drive and drop facilities round the Kathmandu valley.
Finally, it is time to bid farewell to this mystical land. Our tour Officer will meet us in the hotel and help us in our transfer to the International Airport. We play the pleasant memories of our exquisite adventure in this wonderful land as we fly to our next destination. Himalayan Eco Treks and Tour Nepal is always happy to serve you for the Himalayan adventure in Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan.
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