Annapurna Circuit Trek 5416mm 16 Days

US $  1980 per person
Trip Code : ANN-CIR-21
Price : US$1980
Destination : Annapurna Region
Duration : 16 Days
Grading : Hard
Max Altitude : 5416mm
Activity : Adventure/Trek/ explore Himalaya flora and Fauna.
Starts at : Kathmandu
End at : Kathmandu
Trip Route : Kathmandu, Chame, Manang, Muktinath, Jomsom, and Pokhara.
Best Season : Feb to June/Sept to Nov
Offers : None

Overview

The Annapurna Circuit is famous route which is looming around the outer Himalaya of Annapurna region of out circle for exploring flora; fauna along with magnificent views of Annapurna varies. The travelers have been praising the 128 mile route, Nepal's landscape high Annapurna range, as the holy trail of trekkers since it was first opened to foreigners in the early 1980s. The great trail offers to you views of film roll in your eyes such as cultural entity of Gurung, Thakali and Tibetan peoples along this trail. There are more rugged or more remote, huts that have more religious faith of Buddhism wildlife that's more exotic and even scenery that's more beautiful. The total length of the route varies around160-230km (100-145miles). This trail crosses two different river valleys and encircles the Annapurna Massif. The path reaches its highest point at Thorung La Pass (5416m/17769ft), touching the edge of the Tibetan plateau. The mountain scenery, seen at close quarter includes the Annapurna massif Annapurna I, II, III, VI,, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, Pisang peak, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak and numbers of numerous other peaks of 6000-8000 in elevation rise into the Annapurna range.
The trek begins from Besisahar, Bhulbhule in the Marshyangdi River and concludes in the Kaligandaki Gorge. Due to the continuing construction, the road has shortened the trail. This trail passes along paddy fields and into subtropical forests, several waterfalls and gigantic cliffs and various villages. Annapurna Circuit has been voted as the best long distance trek in the world, as it combined, with a wide variety of climate zones from 600m/1968ft at the arctic at 5416m/17769ft at the Thorung La pass and cultural varieties of Hindu villages at the low foothills to the Tibetan Buddhism culture of Manang valley and lower Mustang villages, and Shamanism faiths. The trek passes via Besi Shahar, Bhulbhule, Nadi, Bahundanda, Ghermu, Syange, Jagat, Chyamche, Tal, Dharapani, Chame Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorung, Muktinath, Jomsom, Tatopani and Pokhara. This trek goes through varieties of villages through terraced rice field, jungle, being narrow and deep valley, bamboo bush, pine forest, tall and dense. Finally, we trek the high Himalaya emerged in sneak peeks and tantalizing vistas.
The important thing is we are circuiting the Annapurna I (8091m/26545ft), 10th highest peak in the world and Dhaulagiri I (8167m/26794ft), 7th highest peak in the world.

Note: If you want more activities such as Annapurna circuit trek or special explore of World cultural heritage site of Kathmandu valley, Chitwan and Lumbini let us know by our email visit2017nepal@gmail.com before your trekking start or After complete your trekking if you have extra time utilization in Nepal.

Trip Highlights

  • The vibrant, colorful, chaotic city of Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Phewa lake and it's enjoyment.
  • Staying in mountain tea houses
  • Gurung, Bhote, Thakali, Magar villages and Monastery.
  • Incredible mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and Kathmandu.
  • Magnificent views of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Nilgiri, Tilicho, Machhapuchhre(Fish Tail) Annapurna South, Barahasikhar, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Chulu east, Chulu west & Pisang peak
  • The vibrant, colorful, chaotic city of Kathmandu, Manang, Kagbeni & Pokhara

Itinerary

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu (1334m/4376ft)


Today is your arrival day in Kathmandu from your home. We welcome to you a small Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. Our company representatives will receive you at Tribhuwan International Airport, and drop you to your hotel with some important brief for the further preparation of three pass trek. [Overnight at Kathmandu]


Day 2 : Explore Kathmandu


Today we will tour in Kathmandu valley's cultural heritage site, which are enlisted by UNESCO world heritage site in 1979. The Buddhist and Hindu monument of medieval period of creations are worth seeing to know about Nepal. [Overnight in Kathmandu]

Day 3 : Drive Kathmandu to Jagat (1330m/4265ft) 9hrs


Our journey starts after breakfast early as much as possible. We begin our journey at early dawn as we have a long drive ahead of us. We see picturesque views of Nepali countryside, lush greeneries, rivers, villages, farms and mountain vistas en route throughout the drive. After 8-10 hours of drive we reach Jagat via Besishahar. Drive up to Besishahar will most likely be bumpy whereas after Besishahar, the roads get dusty and coarse but the scenic view from our window is more than compensating for the bumpy ride. [Overnight in Jagat]


Day 4 : Jagat to Dharapani (1860m/6102ft) 6hrs


The trail follows along the gorges of Marsyandi River through bamboo forests, irrigated, rice fields, beautiful small villages, making several suspension bridge crossings and passing several beautiful waterfalls. On our way to the Jagat we get the views of Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Peak 29, beyond the Jagat, the gorge becomes narrower and steep-sided in many places. We reach certain level of narrow and wide beautiful valley Tal. The trail leads us gently flat from Tal to Dharapani. [Overnight at Dharapani]


Day 5 : Dharapani to Chame (2670m/8759ft) 6hrs


The trails follow through the barley fields and apple orchards, along the steep, narrow gorge to enter the upper Manang district. In this cold, almost arid climate wheat, barley, buckwheat and potato crops are limited to one per year and villagers depend on their herds of yaks, goats, cows and horses. From Chamje we cross the Marsyandi River and then you need to take a gentle steep walk till Tal. Tal is one of the most scenic places among the many on our way. From Dharapani you get the magnificent view of Manaslu and Lamjung. We come across the beautiful waterfalls on the way to Dharapani.


Day 6 : Chame to Upper Pisang (3300m/10826ft) 5hrs


We trek through small village and dense forest along the river and dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river and get to Barthang. From here the way goes through the jungle and crosses the river and then gently climbs through dense forest of juniper and finally Dhukur pokhari arrives where we will stop for lunch. On the way you can see a lovely Buddhist temple with pray wheels, apple trees, Annapurna II and Pisang peak. After lunch we continue through small jungle and yak pasture with easy walk to Pisang. Pisang is a small Tibetan village which has been divided into upper pisang and lower pisang. We hike upper Pisang for exploring monastery, Annapurna II and typical Tibetan building small hiking. [Overnight at Pisang]

 


Day 7 : Upper Pisang to Ngawal (3660m/12007ft) 7hrs


On this comparatively difficult day, we walk along the long, tough ascent via a number of small hills, but when you reach the prayer flags at the top you are rewarded with absolutely stunning high Himalaya scenery and the entire Annapurna range, Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west and a steep descend takes you to the Muktinath. [Overnight at Muktinath]


Day 8 : Ngawal to Manang (3540m/11614ft) 6hrs


Pisang peak (6092m), Annpurna II, Annapurna IV and Lamjung peak gets a great view from the Pisang. Pines are the main plants in this Tibetan inhabited area which are supposed to be here since 400 hundreds years ago. A moderate hill is to be crossed and a gentle climbing leads to a Marsyandi river.Different Tibetan inscripted stones. Mani, Chorten are some frequent scene in this area. Braga is a place where Tibetan culture has flourished the most. You get the amazing view of Lamjung, Annapurna IV and Annapurna III. Within 25 minutes from here we reach Manang. [Overnight at Manang]


Day 9 : Rest day


Manang is a beautiful village which is surrounded by white snow-capped mountains. After breakfast, we hike up to the mountain cave monastery from where you can see Annapurna III, Tilicho peak, north slope face of Annapurna II, Ganga Purna its lake, Chulu east, Chulu west and Manang valley. After that we hike toward Ganga purna Lake with wishes of success of our trek. This hike helps for acclimatization. After day hike, we lunch then visit Baraga village and monastery. [Overnight at Manang]


Day 10 : Manang to Yak Kharka (4018m/13182ft) 5hrs


Manang is one of best places for altitude acclimatization. We stop for a day here and get the close view of Tilicho peak, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna V, and Gangapura. The main inhabitants of Manang are people of Tibetan origin whose life is based on herding the yak, sheep and goat and grow barley, buckwheat, and potatoes. The classic beauty of Gangapurna Lake, ever fluttering prayer flags, intricately carved mani stones, gumpas and chorten are something that we will be accompanied by on this trail. From Pissang to Manang, it's definitely a ‘viewing’ day. In Braga, a fascinating Gompa stands above Tibetan houses which cling to the hillside with their balconies formed by the roof of the house below. In the afternoon Annapurnas II, III and IV become increasingly imposing. The dramatic setting of Manang makes for a pleasant rest and acclimatization day with the added benefit of hot showers. [Overnight at Yak Kharka]


Day 11 : Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi (4450m/14599ft) 4hrs


It is a moderate ascent from Churi Ladar to Phedi. We follow the trail enjoying the spectacular vista of Chuli west and Chuli east to northeast, and Annnapurna III, Gangapurna, Annapurna IV to southeast.3-4 hour’s walk which gives you a view of yak, blue sheep, marmot and mountain deer. You may need to be cautious for high altitude sickness. [Overnight at Thorung Phedi]


Day 12 : Thorung Phedi to Muktinath (3760m/12335ft) 9hrs


It is the hardest part of the trek. It takes about 8-9hrs from here to reach the Muktinath. It is located at the height of 5416m. It gives you the majestic view of Purkhung, Yakawakang, Putrun Himal, Gundrang, Chulu west, and Chulu east, in the east and Dhaulagiri mountain and upper mustang valley are seen on the west. The Kali Gandaki has Thakalis and Gurungs. Many of the hills bordering the northern end of the valley are yellowish due to desertification and make a striking contrast to the green farmland of the valley floor. The Thakali dominated the lucrative trade routes with Tibet and today have turned their entrepreneurial spirit to other businesses, the neglected Buddhist shrines of Tukuche testament to their 19th century conversion to Hinduism in their climb to power. The descent to Tatopani follows the increasingly narrow valley, through one of the world’s deepest river gorges, past the beautiful Rupse Chaharo waterfall, with fantastic views along the way and the lure of hot springs at the end. Take a dip at night with the sound of the river rushing below and starts above.) [Overnight at Muktinath]


Day 13 : Drive Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m/8923ft) 2 hrs or walk 5hrs


Muktinath is one of the most important religious places for both Hindus and Buddhists. Muktinath is a fascinating village; sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists, and attracts many pilgrims. Here spring water flows from a rock face via 108 spouts (108 is a sacred number to Buddhists & Hindus). This water wall surrounds a temple sacred to Vishnu and below the statue runs a trickle of water with pale flames caused by natural gas. There are shrines to Shiva and his consort and Padmasambhava as well as numerous chorten and the surrounding poplar grove supposedly sprang from the staffs of the 84 Siddhas. The mass of Dhaulagiri I make a striking contrast. The walk to Jomsom, renowned for the best apples in Nepal is mostly downhill with dramatic landscapes. You get the close view of Nilgiri to the north, some parts of Annapurna to the east. [Overnight at Jomsom]


Day 14 : Fly Jomsom to Pokhara (820m/2690mft) 20 minute


We take a pleasant flight of 17 minutes which promise you the magnificent views of Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, Annapurna south, Fewa lakes, and Pokhara valley. We get some rest and explore the beauty of Pokhara Valley in the evening. While we leisurely walk along the bank of Fewa Lake, the second biggest lake of Nepal, we'll surely admire the mountain view of Machhapuchhare. Pokhara is the second biggest city of Nepal and beautiful city. This land is one of the important get aways for Annapurna trek which is located above 820m from sea level. Pokhara is also recreational center for mountain biking, hiking, Bungee jump, Zip line, Paragliding, boating, fishing, rafting and ultra light. We can also go for a boat-ride in Fewa Lake or take a short hike to the World Peace Pagoda. [Overnight in Pokhara]


Day 15 : Fly Pokhara to Kathmandu (1334/4376ft) 25 minute


After exploring around beautiful city of Pokhara, we fly back to Kathmandu which takes about 25 minutes and do shopping for the final departure. By the evening we will have farewell dinner provided by our company. [Overnight at Kathmandu]


Day 16 : Departure to Home.


We head to airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. Our journey and services in Nepal ends from today for this trip, Visit Nepal Treks and Expedition Pvt.Ltd representative will drop you to Airport for your best memorable of glance of Himalayan. Meanwhile, if you have some negative experiences knowingly and unknowingly, we request to you remove it from your mind before leaving Nepal and carry beautiful memories with hope of your good life and prosperity with hope that you have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.


What's included

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara (3 star hotel)
  • Accommodation during trek (lodge, tea houses)
  • Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner (During trek)
  • National Park/ Permit Fee
  • English speaking licensed guide
  • Porter (between two client)
  • Airfare Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom-Pokhara.
  • TIMS
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • 15 kg luggage allowance

What's not included

  • Drinks expenses of personal nature
  • Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events
  • International flights
  • Visa and permit fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Hard, soft drinks such as Coke, Fanta, and Mineral water, dessert during trek.
  • Insurance, which can cover Helicopter Rescue incase.
  • Tips for Nepali staff

Good to Know

Important Note:

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Visit Nepal Treks and Expedition Pvt.Ltd. Please note that our leader and Guide have the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The Leader and Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required of the conditions. And we highly recommend to all clients to have travel insurance.

Additional Information

Visit Nepal Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. website contains as much information as possible about this trek. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email visit2017nepal@gmail.com . If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 977-9867068415


 
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