Annapurna Circuit


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Annapurna Circuit

 Nepal

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If you thought trekking is boring and a whole lot of waste of time and energy, then you are mistaken.

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If you thought trekking is boring and a whole lot of waste of time and energy, then you are mistaken. This may not be proved until you set your feet into the Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal.

This is a very inviting place to be; you won’t want to leave. Don’t just talk of Himalayas! Come and experience it in real life. There can’t be greater pleasure than this. Excavate the famous Kathmandu that looks like some kind of a whirlwind of attraction.

Annapurna circuit trek in Nepal will definitely charm you! It’s all about moving around the Nepalese region and getting awed by the sites that it has to offer. Trekking could not be any better than the experience you get in Annapurna circuit trek. Get to know the culture of different Nepalese nationals in the remote areas along the trails! If you love nature, then this is the place to draw your inspiration.

Day 01 : Kathmandu Arrival (1300m). Overnight in Hotel

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing. Overnight in Hotel

Day 03 : Kathmandu – Besisahar (823 m Drive) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 04 : Besisahar to Bahundanda (1350m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 05 : Bahundanda to Chamje (1410 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 06 : Chamje to Dharapanie Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 07 : Dharapani to Chame (2675 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 08 : Chame to Pisang (3100 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 09 : Pisang to Manang (3440 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 10 : Rest Day at Manang Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 11 : Manang to Yak Kharka (4350 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 12 : Tak Kharka To Thorong Phedi (4420m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 13 : Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang La (5416 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 14 : Muktinath To Kagbeni (2895) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 15 : Kagbeni to Marpha (2650 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 16 : Marrpha To Kalopani (2530 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 17 : Kalopani to Tatopani (1189m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 18 : Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 19 : Ghorepani to Poonhill (3180 m) and hille(1475 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Day 20 : Hille to Nayapul (1050m) and drive drive to POkhara Overnight in Hotel

Day 21 : Pokhara to Kathmandu drive in Tourist Bus. Overnight in Hotel

Day 22 : Kathmandu free day of your own. Overnight in Hotel

Day 23 : International Departure

Day 01 : Kathmandu Arrival (1300m). Overnight in Hotel

Lumle Holidays representative will greet you in an airport and will transfer to your hotel. After the arrival, the group will be formally introduced to Guide for the activities over the next few days. One should pay attention in particular to the safety aspects of the briefing. Any questions or doubts should be asked and clarified at this time. We check your insurance details and other requirement for your trekking.

Day 02 : Kathmandu Sightseeing. Overnight in Hotel

After breakfast, we start an interesting tour around Kathmandu. Escorting by an English speaking guide be, try to give them a full taste of our vivid culture image and an enchanting manner of its people. In our sightseeing tour we go to Monkey temple Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Kathmandu Durbar square.

Durbar Square: This complex of palaces, courtyards and temples, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu. An intriguing piece here is the 17th century stone inscription set into the wall of the palace with writings in 15 languages. The Durbar square, protected as an UNESCO world Heritage site, is the social, religious and urban focal point of the city. There are also museums inside the palace building. There is an entrance fee of Rs.250 for foreign visitors. Your ticket to the Square entitles you to visit all the museums.

Swayambhunath, 6.5 kilometers west of Kathmandu, situated on a hillock, this 2000 years old Stupa is the world’s most glorious Buddhist shrine and is surrounded by several small pagodas. The main temple is capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt and is painted on the four sides with all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha.

Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is the holiest and most famous Nepalese temple. Situated 5 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, it is an impressive pagoda style structure with gilt roof and richly carved silver doors. It has bathing and cremation ghats, which are of absorbing interest to the tourist, particularly in the mornings and on festival days.

Day 03 : Kathmandu – Besisahar (823 m Drive) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (823m.) and it takes almost six hours. You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marsyangdi River to Besi Sahar (823m.). Beshishahar is the district headquarters of Lamjung district. All the local government offices are situated here. From here, you can see some of mountain peaks, natural sceneries surrounding the valley and the daily activities of local people. This headquarter is the centre from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and numerous towns.

Day 04 : Besisahar to Bahundanda (1350m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Beshishahar to Bahundanda (1305m.) and it takes about six hours. The first part of the trail passes thorough flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi river. You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of Gurung community. After lunch, the trail goes steeply upwards to Bahundanda which takes about 2 hours. At this point, you can see the area surrounded by eye-catching scenarios with snow-capped mountains.

Day 05 : Bahundanda to Chamje (1410 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m.) which takes about six hours. A steep trail descends for early half an hour and then follows flat path through rice terraces, before crossing a stream at the bottom of a small waterfall. It then climbs again and traverses the hillside high above the river before reaching the village of Lali Gaon. Ahead, the Marsyangdi valley forms a steep V-shape, and you follow the winding mountain path down through Syange (1100m.) where there is a beautiful waterfall above it and along the river for some distance. The trail then climbs steeply and the path is cut into the sheer cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Eventually you descend to the stone village of Jagat (1330m.) situated on a shelf which juts into the precipitous Marsyangdi valley. Now the trail begins to observe small ups and down to Chamje through the forests.

Day 06 : Chamje to Dharapanie Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Chamje (1410m.) to Dharapani (1960m.) and it takes about six hours. The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. You continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, you see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.) before us. Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just traveled on. You descend to a grassy riverbank which leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding, and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. You cross a suspension bridge, and climb the short distance to the stone kani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m.), and our camp for the night.

Day 07 : Dharapani to Chame (2675 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2675m.) which takes about five and half hours. As you cut through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu, enters on the opposite bank. The Marsyangdi then veers to the left, and as Annapurna II becomes visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap, a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continuing to climb through forests of pine and oak, you pass through Danaque (2210m.). There comes a small wooden bridge which takes you to follow steep ascent path upto Timang. It lies at the bottom of Lamajung Himal. The trail goes through flat level until you reach Chame where there are government offices, shops, and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district.

Day 08 : Chame to Pisang (3100 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Chame to Pisang (3100m.) which takes about five hours. With Lamjung Himal [6893m] sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. The mountain disappears as you climb the path up the valley, passing a huge apple orchard. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.).In the past this was the military station for troops who fought against the Khampa tribal revolution, but the dilapidated buildings are all that remain of that era. A short climb from the village brings you to a rock-strewn area where you cross a wooden bridge and follow a high, winding path, before crossing back to the right bank again. You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before us. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.

Day 09 : Pisang to Manang (3440 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Pisang to Manang (3440m.) and it takes about five and half hours. Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge which affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hongde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV [7525m] also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marsyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. Cultivated fields appear on both sides of the path and off to the right, below a craggy mountain, you can see the village of Bryaga with its splendid monastery. Large chortens and mani walls abound and the tall peaks of the Himalaya spread out before us – Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and, to the rear, Tilicho Peak [7145m].

Day 10 : Rest Day at Manang Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Rest day at Manang and hang in and around town. This is an important rest and acclimatization day today before crossing the Thorung La. There are optional day walks such as crossing the river to see the tremendous icefall coming down from the Annapurnas, or climbing high above the village for a full panorama of the Annapurna range and the Manang Valley. There is also a Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post in the village which makes an interesting and educational visit. Moreover you can visit Ganagapurna Glacier Lake to make your rest day a memorable one.

Day 11 : Manang to Yak Kharka (4350 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4350m.) and it takes about three and half hours. Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Yak Kharka passing through the Gunsang (3960m.) village. En route, you can see panoramic views all the day.

Day 12 : Tak Kharka To Thorong Phedi (4420m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4420m.) which takes about 3 and half hours. Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marsyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

Day 13 : Thorang Phedi to Muktinath via Thorang La (5416 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3850m.) via Thorong La (5416m.) Pass and it takes about seven hours. You start early today for your crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, you reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before us. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it’s compensated for with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple.

Day 14 : Muktinath To Kagbeni (2895) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni (2895 m.) and it takes about three and half hours. You now begin the trek descent down the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. After passing through Jharkot and Khingar villages with typical Tibetan architecture, you follow path steeply down to Kagbeni, a primitive village famous for Tibetan architectures. People living there follow the Tibetan life style and culture. There is situated a monastery said to belong to 15th Century. Kagbeni is the border for Upper Mustang.

Day 15 : Kagbeni to Marpha (2650 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Kagbeni to Marpha (2650m.) and it takes about five and half hours. You now begin the flat path along the bank of dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge, initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet upto Marpha. Marpha is a big village enriched with a Buddhist Monastery in between the village which has its own cultural importance. It is rich in cultivating apples. The apple brandy available there is famous among the local people and travellers.

Day 16 : Marrpha To Kalopani (2530 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Marpha to Kalopani (2530m.) which takes about six hours. Your trail stretches at almost flat level through forests to Kalopani, a Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. En route, you find Larjung which is situated near Dhaulagiri Glacier. The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests and birches are seen. At Kalopani, you are quite amazed at the panoramic view of Annapurna I (8091m.), Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) and Tukuche peak (6920m.).

Day 17 : Kalopani to Tatopani (1189m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani (1189 m.) which takes about six and half hours. The trail descends steeply upto Rukse Chhahara (Rukse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. There is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two mountains Annapurna I (8091m.) and Dhaulagiri I (8167m.) facing each other near Rukse Waterfall. The trail again descends slightly to Tatopani through different human settlements. You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani as the word Tatopati is termed after the natural hot spring situated at the bank of the Kali Gandaki river. It is popularly believed that taking bath in Hot Spring helps you to get rid of skin diseases. Along this, it gives you physical and mental refreshment as well.

Day 18 : Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2853m.) and it takes about seven hours. Your trail passes through flat level of the land at some distance. Then the trail begins ascending steeply for at least one hour. Now path goes up through different villages inhabited by the people of different caste and agricultural land. The majority of the people here serve Gorkha Regiment and Indian Regiment as well. While trekking you cross through the Kali Gandaki river with panoramic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges. Now the trail ascends gently all the way to Ghorepani passing through small villages like Phalate, Chitre and so on. While trekking you pass through rhododendron forests and come across the wild life such as monkeys and birds of various species. You are accompanied by more panoramic views of different mountains. Ghorepani (Watering to Horse) is a small pass and the village of Deorali. Although there is time enough to continue, it is better to stay here overnight so that we can make the morning trip to Poon Hill (3180m.) for an outstanding panorama of Dhaulagiri I, II, III, IV, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Nilgiri ranges, Annapurna I, Bahra Sikhar (Twelve peaks or renowned as French Fang),Annapurna South, Himchuli, Fishtail and Mardi Himal. The view you can see from here is probably the best view in the world. Not only this, Poon Hill is crowded by different visitors to enjoy the sunrise and sunset over the snow-capped mountain.

Day 19 : Ghorepani to Poonhill (3180 m) and hille(1475 m) Overnight in Trekking Lodges

Trek from Ghorepani to Poon Hill (3180m.) to Hille (1475m.) which takes about five hours. Early morning trip to Poon Hill (3232m.) to enjoy the sunrise view over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m.), Tukuche Peak (6920m.), Nilgiri (6940m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091m.), Annapurna South (7219m.), Annapurna III (7855m.), Machhapuchhre (6993m.), Annapurna IV (7525m.), Annapurna II (7937m.), Lamjung Himal (6931m.) and other numerous snowcapped mountain peaks. After breakfast, you again follow gradual descent path through the forests of rhododendron and oak upto Banthanti. It is a small village where you can pause for hot and cold drinks. Then the trail descends to Ulleri (1960m.), a big Gurung village from where you can enjoy view of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre and Hiunchuli. From here the trail upto Tirkhedhunga is steeply descent passing terraces and some villages. After a short walk of 15 minutes from Tirkhedhunga, you reach Hille. It is also a small Gurung village with surrounding green hills. Most of the inhabitants of this village are occupied in agriculture.

Day 20 : Hille to Nayapul (1050m) and drive drive to Pokhara Overnight in Hotel

Trek from Hille to Nayapul (1050m.) via Birethanti and it takes almost three hours and drive from Nayapul to Pokhara which takes about one and half hours. This day’s trek gradually descends following Bhurung Khola (Bhurung Stream) all the way to Birethanti before you cross the Modi Khola over the suspension bridge. You are amazed to pass small villages, see the magnificent waterfalls and walk through the sparse forests.

Day 21 : Pokhara to Kathmandu drive in Tourist Bus. Overnight in Hotel

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist mini bus that takes about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to capital city.

Day 22 : Kathmandu free day of your own. Overnight in Hotel

This is the free day and you can use it for your shopping.

Day 23 : International Departure

All too soon it’s time to bid Nepal farewell and one realizes that we can never be intimate, only acquainted with this amazing adventure Himalaya.

What's included

  • Airport Pick up & Drop of Transportation by private vehicle
  • Two bed accommodation at Kathmandu & Pokhara in 3 stars hotels with breakfast
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Escorted with English Speaking Guide, private car
  • Kathamandu / Besi Shahar local bus transportation for member & Nepali Staff
  • Birethanti Pokhara Transportation local bus transportation
  • Accommodation in tea house during trek with all meals
  • Annapurna trekking map for group
  • All necessary paper work & Permits
  • ACAP & TIMS
  • All cost for a Lumle Holidays/Agent staff (A First Aid and Eco trained & Government licensed holder English Speaking guide and one Porter between each 2 members while on trek)
  • Accommodation, meals, salary, equipment, transportation & Insurance of Lumle Holidays/Agent staffs
  • Pokhara-Kathmandu tourist bus transportation

What's not included

  • International Airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 per person for 30 days)
  • Airport Departure taxes/Excess baggage charges
  • All government taxes
  • Lunch/Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Medical evacuation in case of emergency.
  • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
  • Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance
  • Beverage (soft/hard drinks/hot/cold)
  • All entrance fee to monuments
  • Expenses incurred due to mishaps, landslide, strikes, political unrest etc. In such case extra will be charged as per actual

Accommodation

Cities

The accommodation in cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and Bandipur in this itinerary includes in good 3 star category hotels. The accommodation in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bandipur includes bed & breakfast whereas in Chitwan includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, jungle activities and other cultural programmes.

Tea houses/lodges

The accommodation during trekking in this itinerary includes in tea houses/lodges. The accommodation in tea houses/lodges in the trekking region is very basic and it is not possible to book an accommodation in advance. Although, in some tea houses/lodges you will be able to have your own room, in many others you will be sharing a dormitory with other fellow trekkers. All amenities such as bathrooms, corridors but not limited are shared. The hot water and hot showers may be available but subject to extra charges so you will have to borne costs for these services. Your guide will arrange a place for your stay when you arrive in each place. Please note that, there may be no or very little choice as it all depends on what times of the year you are trekking, how full the lodges are and how late in the day you arrive at that destination. Normally, during peak season such as September, October, November, Feb, March and April lodges operate in extremely full occupancy

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