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Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit

$1190 per person
15 days

The Annapurna region lies north of Pokhara in Central Nepal and includes some of the world‘s highest and most beautiful mountains. These include the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre – the famous fish-tail mountain that dominates the skyline above Pokhara. In addition, this area boasts the Kali Gandaki, the world’s deepest gorge.
This classic trek circles the entire Annapurna massif and in so doing offers a spectacular variety of people and landscapes. Previously this was a much longer trek, but this is now a shorter, albeit still a classic, trek that starts in Chame and passes through the settlement of Manang at 3500m where we acclimatise and enjoy the mountain views. We continue to ascend and on day 10 of the trip, we cross the famous Thorung La, at 5416m, to Muktinath, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. From here we descend into the northern part of the Kali Gandaki, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri towering on either side and reach Jomsom, from where we fly back to Kathmandu via Pokhara. This new shortened trek has the key attraction of fitting into a 2-week vacation window.

Fixed Trip Dates

Spring  2021    4 – 18 Apr, 18 Apr – 2 May, 2 – 16 May, 16 – 30 May

Autumn 2021   3 – 17 Oct,  17 Oct – 31 Oct, 31 Oct – 14 Nov,  14 Nov – 28 Nov

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Tour Plan

Day 01 : Arrive Kathmandu, transfer from airport to hotel
Day 02 : At leisure in Kathmandu, preparation for trek
Day 03 : Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (760m) and continue drive to Chame (2630m)
An interesting but long drive to Chame at 2630m, the administrative headquarters for the Manang district.
Day 04 : Chame to Upper Pisang
From Chame we start our trek in earnest. From here the valley is steep and narrow and leads through dense forests. The trail eventually crosses back to the south side of the river on a suspension bridge at 3040m and then continues on to our destination for the evening, the village of Upper Pisang at 3310m, where there are many lodges.
Day 05 : Upper Pisang to Manang (3540m) via Ngawal (3660m)
The trail continues on the south side of the river and makes a long climb over a ridge to reach approx 3400m. It then descends to the valley floor and continues on to Hongde at 3325m where there is an airstrip, several lodges and a police checkpost. The feature of the village is a long mani wall. The trail crosses to the north bank of the river near Mungli and continues on to the stunning Tibetan-style village of Bryaga at 3475m, where there is an ancient gompa. From here it is only a short walk to Manang at 3500m. Manang is a very large and important village with numerous shops and lodges.
Day 06 : In Manang
This is an acclimatisation day which will allow us to become adjusted to the thinning air as we continue upwards towards the Thorung La. It is often useful to make use of this day by taking a gentle excursion to a number of the interesting areas near to Manang. However it is also useful to rest up and relax before we trek higher.
Day 07 : Manang to Khangsar
We take a two day detour from the circuit trail and trek to Khangsar at 3734m. The trail allows to enjoy the picturesque view of Tilicho Peak along with the beautiful Annapurna range.
Day 08 : Excursion to Tilicho Base Camp trek back Khangsar
In the morning we take an excursion tour to Tilicho Lake. Tilicho Lake situated at an altitude of 4920 meters above the sea level is one of the major highlights of the trek. It is one of the best mountain lake that are known to the geographers that is caused by the glacial activity. After spending a few hours exploring the area and capturing some of the best photographs we trace back towards Khangsar for the overnight stay.
Day 09 : Khangsar to Yak Kharka
Crossing a wooden suspension bridge from Khangsar we lead towards the Yak Kharka. The land is covered with spars bushes in this region followed by now distinctly alpine in appearance, the vegetation consisting of scrub juniper and alpine grasses. The views en route across to the immense peaks of Gangapurna (7454m) and Annapurna III (7555m) are fantastic, as we continue up to Yak Kharka at 4090m.
Day 10 : Yak Kharka to Thorung Phedi
From Yak Kharka we trek slowly upwards reaching the small settlement of Letdar, at 4250m, after about one hour. The trail continues to climb along the east bank of the Jarsang Khola, making its way steadily up to Thorung Phedi, a collection of lodges, at 4420m. This is our last stop before crossing the Thorung La – “phedi” means “foot of the hill”, and indeed this is the starting point for the long trek up to the pass at 5416m. This is another short day, and allows us to rest and relax before ascending to the pass tomorrow. Lodges here are usually very crowded and there is an air of excitement and a lot of activity as most trekkers arrive here by lunchtime.
Day 11 : Trek to Muktinath, crossing Thorung La
We set off early, at about 6am, and begin the long climb up to the Thorung La (“la” means “pass”) 1000m above us. We trek slowly and steadily and aim to reach the pass in 4 hours from Phedi, although it can take less or more depending upon fitness and acclimatisation. The trail has been used for centuries by local people and is well defined in the trekking seasons. Upon reaching the pass we see the traditional chorten, prayer flags, and cairn, and other trekkers resting before the descent to Muktinath 1600m below. The views from the pass can only be described as breathtaking, and take in a panorama of Himalayan giants, as well as providing our first view of the immense Kali Gandaki valley to the west. The reduction in altitude becomes obvious as soon as we leave the Thorung La and it is amazing how much difference this makes in only a few hundred metres. As we descend, we obtain great views of Dhaulagiri to the south-west, and Tukuche Peak at 6920m. The descent is long and tiring but not difficult and we soon find ourselves down in Muktinath, although this does take about 3 hours. There are many lodges here and we spend the rest of the day relaxing and looking back with satisfaction on a great achievement - crossing the Thorung La.
Day 12 : Muktinath to Jomsom
We can now look forward to a reduction in altitude and easier going, as we descend down the trail to Jomsom. From Muktinath we descend to Jharkot (3500m), a picturesque village with many interesting features and from here continue down to Khingar at 3200m, and eventually Kagbeni at 2801m. Kagbeni is at the junction of the Jhong Khola and the Kali Gandaki, and is the northernmost village that can be visited in this region with a normal trekking permit. From here we follow the river down to Eklai Bhatti (2730m), where we join the alternative and more direct route from Muktinath. From here it is an easy walk to Jomsom, the administrative headquarters of the region, at 2713m.
Day 13 : Fly to Pokhara
We fly to Pokhara, the beautiful lakeside town, arriving late morning and can relax at the hotel and explore Pokhara.
Day 14 : Fly to Kathmandu
We return to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu with a 25-minute flight back to the domestic airport. Here you will be greeted and transferred back to your hotel in Kathmandu. Arrival times back into Kathmandu vary, however it is usual to arrive back at your hotel by mid-afternoon at the latest.
Day 15 : Transfer from hotel to airport, fly home
We recommend that you book a flight out of Nepal in the late afternoon or early evening to ensure that you have enough time should there be any delay when flying back from Pokhara.

What is included in the price?

Airport Transfers

When you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport you'll be greeted by our representatives and transferred to your hotel. Likewise when you return home you'll be transferred to the airport and looked after by our staff. For your flight to Pokhara, you will also be similarly looked after by our ground staff and trek staff for transfers to and from the Domestic Airport Terminal.

Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara

3 nights in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara in a 3-star hotel, bed & breakfast, sharing in a twin room is included or a single supplement can be added to your package.

Internal transport

The flight from Jomsom to Pokhara and then a further flight on to Kathmandu, and transfers to and from the trailhead.

On the trek

Our trips are all operated on the GAP system - Guides, Accommodation, Porterage. Over our many years of experience we have realised that clients prefer to choose and pay for their own food and drink on the trail. Not only does this result in a more cost effective regime but it takes into account the many factors that can influence our clients choice. Some clients prefer a hearty breakfast with relatively light lunches and dinners, whilst others prefer the opposite and so we allow our clients to make their choices and the sirdar helps to settle bills as we progress along the trail. We recommend that you allow US$25 per day for food and drink.

Permits and Entrance Fees

All trekking permits and entrance fees are included.


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