Annapurna Circuit Trekking

Trip Highlights

  • City culture sightseeing.
  • Views of Annapurna Himalayan chain.
  • Ethnic lifestyle
  • Flora and fauna.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is a classic trekking in the Annapurna region that belong to the world class ranking. It takes you to the high Himalayan pass named as the Thorung La of 5416 metres. It links the sub-tropical landscape of the Manang region and the dry landscape beyond the Annapurna massifs in the Mustang region. Walking through the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge is another feature of this trek along with visiting the holy site- Muktinath.

Beginning the round Annapurna trek from Chamje, you trek around the picturesque landscape of the Manang and Mustang region. The trek goes along the Marshyangdi valley and sub- tropical forests, exploring the Tibetan Buddhist culture, language, religion and daily practices. The Himalayan sceneries of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, Hiunchuli and Tilicho peak bestow its glorious perfection in the western region of Nepal, in the Annapurna Conservation Area. Muktinath temple, located beyond the Annapurna Himalayan chain, is a holy destination for Hindu and Buddhist devotees. Making a pilgrimage tour to Muktinath, the devotees believe to be free from the sins of their lifetime. Combining the Kagbeni, which is similar to the Upper Mustang, you trek down to the Jomsom valley, trek further through the Kali Gandaki gorge and join the lower Annapurna trekking route via Poon Hill. You have also the option to fly from Jomsom to Pokhara.

Annapurna Circuit trek undoubtedly lets you a chance to be the part of the ethnic culture of the Tibetan Buddhists, enjoy the view of flora and fauna and taking charming photographs of the Annapurna Himalayas. For the superb trek arrangement of the Round Annapurna and customize the trip, feel free to contact us. 

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m).

Welcome to Nepal. Representative of Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition receives you at the Tribhuvan international airport, Kathmandu. Then you transfer to the hotel. After a short rest, we take you to the Thamel tour (about 30 minutes) to show you the shopping centre, bank and ATM, restaurants and money changers. Then, in the hotel a brief introduction about the upcoming itinerary is given. If you have a late flight, we do it on the following day.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 02:  Kathmandu Sightseeing.

Pashupatinath Temple:It is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located beside the Bagmati River. It is one of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotes around the world and the UNESCO site. The golden pagoda style temple is richly carved with silver doors. On the day of Shivaratri, a big fair is held around the month of February/March.

Boudhanath Stupa:One of the biggest Stupas in the world is located on the east in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four prime direction, keeping watch for virtuous behavior and human success. King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogini had built this remarkable Stupa. The Stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Chamje. 7-8 hrs    

After breakfast, we drive to Chamje, which is the starting point of the Round Annapurna Trekking. Before, the treks used to start from Besisahar, the district headquarter of Lamjung but the road expansion has made it possible to drive directly to Chamje. Overnight at lodge.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani (1960m). 5-6 hrs

The first day of the trek, we head to Dharapani. From Chamje, we trek down to the River, cross the steel bridge and ascend to Sattale. The trail moves winding with cliffs. While walking, the waterfall view attracts us. In karte village, after passing Tal, there is another bridge to cross.  We take a gradual walk to Dharapani, which is our campsite today. Overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Trek Dharapani to Chame (2170m). 5-6 hrs

From Dharapani, we gradually walk to the Bagarchhap, which is a wonderful ethnic (Gurung) village. Then we climb up through the jungle in Timang. The stunning views of the Annapurna and Manaslu can be explored during the excursion. We pass Koto village to reach Chame. Now, we are at the district center of the Manang. We can take a bath in the natural hot spring nearby. Overnight at lodge.

Day 06: Trek Chame to Pisang (3190m). 4-5 hrs

The walk from Chame goes along the bank of the Marshyangdi River and sometimes through the pine forest from its uphill. All the way from Talekhu to Barthang is dotted by the pine forest. The pleasing sound of the water in the river provokes us to head further that is combined with the Himalayan panoramas. Passing the beautiful Dhukurpokhari, we reach to Pisang to stay. Overnight at lodge.

Day 07: Trek Pisang to Manang (3540m). 4-5 hrs

Walking after the breakfast, we climb up gradually to Braga Manang through the juniper forest. The village is similar to the Tibetan settlement and the culture is unique. At the top, there is a monastery that shows the spiritual aspect of the villagers. The region is drier and the walk is tougher to reach our campsite at Manang village. Overnight at lodge.

Day 08: Explore Day in Manang.

On this day, we set out for the hiking around the village and we walk up to the Gangapurna Lake. We are already in the alpine region in the Himalayas that highly requires acclimatization. In Manang, we explore the monastery, Chhortens and enjoy learning the lifestyle of Tibetan Buddhists. Be the part of the local culture. Overnight at lodge.

Day 09: Trek Manang to Letdar or Yak Kharka (4200m). 4-5 hrs

Crossing the Manang village, we reach to the Tenki Manang. The walks become tougher into the alpine zone and reach the Gunsang. The pleasing sceneries of the mighty peaks open meadows and gorges seen superb. The blue sheep graze in this area. Based on the walking situation and physical fitness, we stop at Ledar or Yak Kharka. Overnight at lodge.

Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4450m). 3-4 hrs, or to Thorong High Camp (4850m). 4- 5 hrs

Based on the physical condition, we begin our trek after breakfast. We are now enough higher part of the altitude, so have to be aware of the mountain sickness. We climb up from the Jarang Khola to the base of the Thorung pass, the cliff region. We have a short walking distance and duration to acclimatize ourselves so that we can have a better walk on the following day to cross the challenging high pass. We can reach to the high camp after lunch if it is possible. Overnight at lodge.

Day 11: Trek Thorong Phedi via Thorong La Pass (5416 m) to Muktinath (3800m). 7-8 hrs

The most challenging of the whole trip, we start the trek early in the morning. Before the temperature gets higher, we have to reach at the top of the Thorung pass (5416m), where the prayer flag always flutters. Strong wind blow is common. We bring the packed lunch, prepare the warm clothes and hot drinks. From the top, we can enjoy the views of the mighty peaks as Annapurna, Gangapurna and Khatung Kang, Lamjung Himalayas and the neighbouring peaks. Then we walk down to the holy place called Muktinath, all the way through the steep steps. Overnight at lodge.

Day 12: Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m) via Kagbeni. 6-7 hrs

It’s a pretty log foothill excursion from Muktinath to Jomsom. However, descending is easier to ascend. First, we climb to the Lubra Danda and walk down to the Lubra village, one of the picturesque Thakali villages in this area. The stunning views of the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche and the vicinity snowcapped peaks. The wide and flat trail from there continually leads us to the district headquarter of the Mustang region along the windy route beside the Kali Gandaki River bed. Our walking trip concludes here at Jomsom. Overnight at the teahouse/lodge.

Day 13:  Jomsom to Pokhara (20min fly) or adventure drive (8-9 hrs)

It is an early morning flight from Jomsom over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri sceneries. The morning weather is very much suitable for the flight. Or the adventurous road drive from Jomsom is also available. Then we transfer to the hotel. After a rest, we set out for the refreshing sightseeing and boating in the Fewa Lake and enjoying the tranquil views. In the evening, we set out for a walk around the lakeside area. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Pokhara sightseeing.

After breakfast, we set out for the refreshing sightseeing in Pokhara. You can visit Davis falls, Mahendra cave, Seti gorge and some of the places as Tibetan refugee camp and local market place. In the evening walk around the lakeside area. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15: Pokhara to Kathmandu drive. 6-7 hrs or 45 min fly

We are leaving for Kathmandu from Pokhara today. It is again pretty long drive by a tourist bus. In the beginning, we get amused by the Marshyangdi river valley and its surrounding scenarios and of the Trishuli river valley in the second part. After reaching Kathmandu, you transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the evening as you wish. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16. Love Kathmandu Tour (Hidden place in Kathmandu and Durbar square)

Walk with us around the local town in Kathmandu to feel the local life and culture. If you are looking for the theme-based walking tour in the center of the Kathmandu valley, the tour lets you a great moment to enclose with the religious and cultural affluence to unveil the social and historical mysteries. Bustling city, to view the artistic Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour bequeaths you an opportunity to capture the snaps of the centuries old monuments and historical crafts in the Kathmandu city. We take you walking tour to Local market Ason, Oldest supermarket Vishal Bazar, Kilagod, Hidden Stupa etc.

And we take you Kathmandu Durbar Square. It is famous for its unique history, cultural and religion and the living goddess “Kumari” lives here. We can found lots of small monuments and temples in this area. The whole square was listed in world heritage sites. We can see a antique architecture of statue, perfectly carved wooden windows and doors. This will be the right destination to study for those who love to extend the history of Nepal’s Old King family. It is a museum too. It is one of the Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacies of traditional architecture.

Day 17:  Departure.

At the farewell day, Mountain Delights Treks and Expedition’s representative drops you at the airport for your final departure. Thank you for your wonderful experience with us.

 

Cost Includes

  • Pick up and drop.
  • Guide and Helpers (porters) assistance, according to the group size.
  • All food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.)
  • Tea house/lodge accommodation.
  • Hot drinks (Tea and coffee) 3 times a day.
  • Jomsom-Pokhara flight ticket.
  • All land transportation.
  • TIMS (Trekking information Management System) card.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area entry Permit.
  • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipments, all transport for guide, and porters.
  • Nepal's three star standard hotel with BB plan in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Sightseeing with guide, transport and monument entry fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Down Jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag.
  • All government taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses.
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Tips for guide, Porter and driver (Tips are not compulsory but expected). 
 
 
What to bring
This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking hours. There are various selections and brands that you can have your own choice. Those equipments can be bought and hire easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu. 

General

  1. Down sleeping bag (you can borrow with us if required).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  (you can borrow with us if required).
  3. Daypack 
  4. Down Jacket (you can borrow with us if required). 
  5. Flish liner (you can borrow with us if required).
  6. Walking poles (Walking poles (optional, you can borrow with us if required).
  7. Water bottle with purification tablets.
  8. Hand wash liquids.
  9. Lip guard. 
  10. Sun block cream. 
  11. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Cap and ears covering hat.  
  2. Sun glasses
  3. Head torch.
  4. Ear-muffs and neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth (optional)

Hand

  1. Hand gloves

Core Body

  1. T-shirts.
  2. Light and weight thermal tops.
  3. Light jacket.
  4. Wind and rain jacket.
  5. Shirts

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Long and short hiking pants.
  2. Lightweight long underwear.
  3. Rain and windproof trousers.

Feet

  1. Thin and thick socks.
  2. trekking boots, light  shoes and sandle. 

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Our guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek.  We still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as you feel it necessary).
  1. Headache and fever medicine.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Burnt cream.
  4. Immodium or Peptobismol capsules for upset stomach and diarrhea.
  5. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide). Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  6. Antibiotics.
  7. blister treatments such as mole skin, hand plastsband-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. 

Miscellaneous

  • Passport and extra passport photos (2 copies).
  • Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport.
  • Pocket knife.
  • bandanas.
  • Favorite snack foods and energy bars
  • Paperback books, cards, mp3 player. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight 
  • Binoculars.
  • Camera.
 
All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
 

1 - 3 of 3 reviews

ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT
ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT
After 24 days we are back to Kathmandu. Running around Annapurna and going to Chitwan.I can just say that it was a great experience to trek Nepal once in a life. Certainly we try to come back to another trekking area and we would be happy to go with Mountain Delights Again. I can just tell everybody : If you are around Annapurna you should try to go to Tilicho lake. It's hard but it?s a blast! Thanks again and hop you to see again in next years.
Saudas from February
March 12, 2015 at 02:44 am
Fantastic Experience in Nepal
Fantastic Experience in Nepal
Thank you for all fantastic experience in Nepal. This is the 1st time i did trekking and it was so amazing that i could finish it. Although it has been hard time for me but thanks for your extra care and great great patient. your great support and an encouragement, and great humor during the whole trip has made this trip unforgettable and you really are the greatest guide i have met. Thank you for bringing this moment into my life and i hope to do trekking again with you soon.

Best Wishes to you and our cute Handsome Porter Ram Sharan.
Bomith, Sweden
November 4, 2014 at 02:33 am
Really a Unforgettable Experience
Really a Unforgettable Experience
This trip really gave us a unforgettable experience, Sunrise, hail stormy, Crazy shopping etc was all the happy moments. Our porter is really handsome guy and of course you too. you really take care us well and thanks so much. Best Regards,
Andy, Sweden
April 20, 2013 at 02:48 am

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