Fixed Departure Trips

Overview

Annapurna circuit trek is the most charming classic Himalayan trek in Nepal that takes you around the giant Annapurna massif rewarding you with the panoramic magnificence of Himalayas? Starting form the foothills of Besi Sahar and rising to the settlement of Manang at [3,540m] in six days, the route continues to ascend and on the 10th day you will cross the famous Thorung La Pass at [5,416m] where you will marvel at the sight of marvelous Mustang peak and the snow-clad massiveness of Mt. Dhaulagiri [8,167m/26,795ft]. Starting to descend, you will have the chance to visit Muktinath [3,800m/12,467ft], an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists and wonder in admiration at the presence of 108 small waterfalls and mysterious natural gas fires. Descending further down, via Marpha into Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world all the way to Tatopani and its natural hot springs, where you can relax with a dip in one of them. After witnessing fabulous mountain views from Poon hill in the early morning, it will be time of having farewell to the wonderful snow-capped Annapurna mountain range as you make your way to Pokhara.

Annapurna round trek circles the entire Annapurna massif and in doing so, the trek offers you the chance to get familiarized with variety of ethnic groups and variety of vegetations in different landscapes. From lowland farming country to alpine meadows on the northern slopes of the Himalaya, the trek takes you from [830m/2,723ft] to [5,416m/17,769ft] and back

Highlights

* Rim of Kathmandu valley
* Both mid-hills and Trans Himalayan semi-Tibetan cultural experiences
* Visit to old Buddhist monastery in Braga
* Explore beautiful Manang Village
* One of the world's most popular high pass journeys (Thorong-La) offering views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna Himal family (I,II,III,IV), Machhapuchhre Himal, Manaslu Himal, Dhaulagiri range, Dhaulagiri ice-flow, Tilicho peak, Tibetan ranges etc
* The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath
* Journey through deepest gorge of the world, Kali Gandaki valley
prings at Totopani
* Magnificent Himalayan sunrise sight from the Poon hill
* Lake valley of Pokhara

Trip Summary

Trip Grade moderate to strenuous
Trip Duration 16 Nights/17 Days
Trip code NAP-ANC-104
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu-BeshisaharNayapul-Pokhara
Maximum Altitude Thorong -La pass (5416m)
Trip Cost USD 1885 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers
Accessibillity Drive to Khudi/Chamje to trail-head from Kathmandu or Pokhara, start the trek according to the itinerary.
The Route Maximum altitude (5416m) Thorong -La passes 5-7-hrs average walking per day moderate to strenuous trail.
Season Sept – Nov/March - April
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Standard hotel in city, teahouse/lodges during the trekking period.

Itinerary

Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be greeted by a representative from Nepal Adventure Point who will drop us off at our hotel. After checking in, we take a rest or we may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping.

Starting the day early for the trek would be a good idea; we will travel by road from Kathmandu to Chamje village which will be the starting point of the trek. Chamje is a small village in the Annapurna Region at an elevation of 1430 meters. There is a waterfall which is an attraction for both locals and tourists alike. The beautiful greenery all around will fuel us for the trek ahead. 

We begin the trek early in the morning. The trail takes us through various vegetable plantations, waterfalls and mixed communities that are believed to have migrated from Tibet.  After crossing the suspension bridge below Chamje and climbing two steep sections, we reach the village of Tal. From Tal, we enter the Manang District. On the way we also pass through Kodo village and walk on the trail that rises and falls and cuts across a mountain side to one of the biggest villages in the Manang district, Dharapani.  

Today we negotiate a few steep, forested ridges along with several landslides on route to Chame. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be greeted with remarkable views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m). We also come across small hot springs which will be a sweet respite from the tiring trek and help us relax for a while. Chame is the headquarters of Manang District in the Gandaki Zone of northern Nepal Overnight in Chame.

Today the trail continues up and down, passing several rivers and sparsely populated settlements. We walk through a steep and narrow valley to have our first view of Paungda Danda rock face, a dramatic curved rock face rising 1500 meters from the river. From here, we also gain excellent views of Annapurna II to the south and Pisang Peak to the north east. We descend to the Manang Valley floor enjoying the captivating landscape.

From Pisang there are two routes to Manang. We choose the one which passes through Upper Pisang via Geru as it guarantees outstanding views of Mt. Annapurna, Pisang Peak, and others. As we near Manang, the climate becomes colder and drier. However, a short visit to Barge Monastery, the biggest monastery in the Manang District, should cheer us up. 

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). 

From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then 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, 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. Little but Gradual ascent is the key to avoiding altitude problems.

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.  On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. 

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. 

In the morning we visit the Muktinath temple which a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists. In Hinduism, the temple is believed to be a sacred place called Mukti Kshetra, which literally means the "place of liberation or Moksha". After a visit to the sacred place, we trek down to Jomsom.

After breakfast we drive to Tatopani through the Kali Gandaki river valley to reach to natural hot spring. Those with shorter time limits can fly to Pokhara form Jomsom

We leave the Kali Gandaki and headed 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 furthermore we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Those tied to climb up can ride bus to Pokhara form Beni/Baglung

To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210m), 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 Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani. After lunch at Tadapani we trek down from Tadapani until Ghandrung will be through a thick forest of rhododendron trees. After trekking for a while, we enter the village of Ghandrung, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. From here, we enjoy the towering views of the Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains.

The morning views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare are stunning, and will remain with us as we walk for around 4 hours on a broad trail that traverses and descends to Shauli Bazaar (1140m), on the banks of the Modi Khola. Passing through the lovely birch forest you will get to Birethanti an interesting village with traditional architecture, before continuing to the road-head at the busy market of Naya Pul. We transfer by coach to Pokhara and evening we will have a celebratory dinner with our trekking teams. 

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 meeting in the evening.

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Nepal Adventure Point 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.

Cost Included

* Documents: ACAP entrance permit and TIMS card 
* Activities: Sightseeing & trekking trip as per itinerary. 
* Accommodation: : 2 night’s hotel in Kathmandu, 1 night hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing bedroom and 13 nights lodges on twin or multi share bedroom on mountain
* Food: Full board on teahouse [Breakfast, lunch and dinner] during the trekking on mountain and 3 breakfast in city. 
* Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation 
* Transportation: Airport arrival/departure transfer, Kathmandu to Besishar and besisahar to Chamje by regular bus, Nayapul to Pokhara by car and Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
* Company and Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes and official service charges. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

* Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu flight
* Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
* Personal travel and trekking equipments.
* All lunch and dinner while in City
* Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
* Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
* Tips/Gratuities for your trekking crews
* Temple and Monastery entrance fees
* Optional activities
* And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

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