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This 332 km Annapurna Circuit Trek is not only the most famous trek in Nepal but also the most diverse trekking routes in Nepal. If you are in quest for diversity in both landscapes and people, then this trek is the perfect choice. Annapurna circuit trek takes you completely around the renowned Annapurna massif, rewarding you with incredible views of the Himalayas, fascinating ethnic groups, crystal clear lakes, deep gorge, turbulent rivers, hot springs, not to mention the frequently changing panoramas ranging from moss-laden rhododendron forests and lush tropical rice paddies to Tibetan forts hanging on rocky cliffs.
The splendid mountain scenery of Annapurna, an outstanding ice pyramid of Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare envisioned by many to be the most fabulous mountain in the world defend Annapurna region as the paradise in the nature. The excitement of crossing a high mountain pass, the sheer diversity of the landscapes and the unsurpassed views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu ranges are the trademarks of this trek.
This trek reaches the maximum altitude of 5416 mtrs. on the Thorong La Pass, touching the frame of the fabulous Tibetan plateau. Annapurna Circuit Trekking follows the primeval trade route between Tibet and Nepal which played important role in facilitating the flow of religions and cultures in the remote region. The present pilgrimage sites of Buddhists and Hindus in this region reveal the religious harmony among Buddhism, Tibetan Mahayana, Hinduism and the mysterious Bon-Po religion from the early time.
Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, Check into Hotel (O/N)
Catch an international flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, our guide will pick you up at the airport with a warm welcome, and then show you to your hotel room. The rest of the day is reserved for your rest.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing/Shopping (O/N)
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is famous for the Durbar Square site, Swayambhunath Stupa, Pashupatinath and such other monuments expressing the excellence of the Nepalese art and culture. There are so many places to visit in Kathmandu alone that one day is not quite enough. All the same, our guide will have you tour through the best part of Kathmandu in a single day.
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu – Bhulbhule (5 to 6 hours) (O/N)
Take your seat and enjoy the 5 hours’ scenic bus ride, as it traverses the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway and drives alongside the spectacular Marsyangdi river on its way to Besi Sahar. Earlier, trekkers had to walk on from Besi Sahar but now that roads have been built, a few hours’ drive further will bring you to Bhulbhule (840m, lodging at a teahouse).
Day 4: Bhulbhule – Jagat (O/N)
Introduce yourself to the mountain terrain, as you take a 6 to 7 hours’ hike up the rough trail leading from Bhulbhule. First, we walk through the rice fields, catching the incredible sight of Lamjung Himal posing against the northern horizon and then we trek past the Ngadi village, from whereon the trail forms a steep ascent. Expect multiple crossings over the raging waters of Marshynagdi river via suspension bridges, as you continue upstream to Bahundanda, then to Syange, and finally reach Jagat (1300m).
Day 5: Jagat – Dharapani (O/N)
We ascent up Chamje, follow the trail alongside the valley and then, when the route becomes too steep, make a descent towards Marshyangdi river, and climb upstream again heading past teahouses on the route towards the charming hamlet of Tal (once a pristine lake). From hereon, Buddhist shrines and prayer flags will be a common sight, as you make your way to Dharapani (1860m)– resides at the confluence of Marshyangdi river and Dudh Khola.
Lodge in a teahouse at this Gurung settlement of Dharapani, where you will behold the Annapurna massif for the first time.
Day 6: Dharapani – Chame (O/N)
Stick to the western trail, and you soon stumble upon the village of Bagarchap, beyond which are pine forests. Walk further on across Tyanja and Kopar villages, and you will catch the magnificent view of Annapurna II welcoming you into the village of Chame (2750m). By the way, Chame is a headquarter of the Manang district and thus offers internet facility here (to check your mails, and post your status or tweets) as well as a hot spring nearby (to soothe your tired body).
Day 7: Chame – Pisang (O/N)
At the onset of the trail, the path uphill will be quite difficult. We will have to cross the Marshyangdi river twice over a suspension bridge, as we make our way to Pisang village (3200m).
Day 8: Pisang – Manang (O/N)
Considering the fitness level of the group, we can either take the upper route through Nagwal, which stands at an altitude of 3638m and thus delivers am impressive panorama of the Annapurna range. Or, we may take the short route down through Hongde (3325m) and past the Mungje village to arrive at the charming village of Manang, adorned with prayer flags and surrounded by exotic Himalayas.
Day 9: Acclimatization Day/Rest (O/N)
Altitude sickness can ruin our adventurous trip to the Himalayan kingdom. Hence, it will be better for us to spend the day at Manang village, acclimatizing to the mountain environment and the lifestyle of the Manangi people.
We can roam around the village, take a refreshing look at the Gangapurna Lake, and even pay a visit to the lovely monastery perched high above the village.
Day 10: Manang – Yak Kharka (O/N)
We will rise early to catch the sunrise, and resume our hike up to Tanki Manang (the old Manangi village) and then to Ghunsang (it’s tea time!). A little ahead is Yak Kharka, our destination for the day.
Day 11 : Yak Kharka – Thorang Phedi (O/N)
Continue your ascent over the mountainside until you reach an old wooden bridge through which you shall cross the Marshyangdi river. Then, follow the mountain trail to your overnight stay at Thorang Phedi (4450m).
Day 12: Thorang Phedi – Thorong La Pass (5416m) – Trek to Muktinath (O/N)
Today we shall rise up early than the sun, owing to the 8 or 9 hours long hike stretched before us. First, we gotta reach the High Camp (4750m), and then make an ascent up to Thorung La Pass (which marks our way out of Manang; so take a tea-break here and start the photo session).
Provided that the weather is fine and there’s no ice blocks in the pass, we may then descent smoothly down to Muktinath (3800m), the holy pilgrimage point for both the Hindu and Buddhist alike. Besides the religious charisma of Jwala Mai temple, Muktinath also delivers exotic view of the surrounding peaks, especially that of Mt Dhaulagiri.
Day 13: Muktinath – Jomsom – Marpha (2700m) (O/N)
Descent about a thousand meters down, and you will enter the Mustang district by way of Kagbeni (2800m), a beautiful village with Buddhist monastery and omnipresent Hindu temples. Then, further down, there is Jomsom (the headquarter of Mustang). A little ahead is Marpha, the apple paradise of Nepal (make sure you taste the famous apple brandy of the Thakali tribe).
Day 14: Marpha – Kalapani (2560m) (O/N)
A pleasant walk down Marpha will bring you to Kalapani, a place made famous by the brave Gorkhalis.
Day 15: Kalapani – Tatopani (1190m) (O/N)
Further down from Kalapani are some charming Thakali villages. You will descent down through Ghasa (2000m), and then to the village of Myagdi, where sadly the “untouchable caste” system of ancient Nepal is still prevalent. Anyways, walk further downhill, and you will ultimately reach Tatopani, a bath in this natural hot spring will soothe your fatigued body. The major attraction of the day will be the exotic waterfall of the Annapurna area.
Day 16: Tatopani – Sikha (2870m) (O/N)
For the past three days, we had been going downhill all the time. Now, we take an ascent up to the village of Sikha.
Day 17: Sikha – Ghorepani (O/N)
Trek through a lovely forest, blooming with rhododendron flowers and pine trees. In no time, you will arrive at Ghorepani, a common stopover point of Annapurna region. Lodge at one of the teahouse for the night.
Day 18: Ghorepani-Poonhill – Nayapul – Drive back Pokhara (O/N)
The following morning, you will rise up earlier than the sun, and hike up to Poon Hill public park area, which is less than 1-hour climb. This spot is famous for the scenic view of the Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri mountains. Watch as the first few rays of the rising sun illuminates the summit of these majestic peaks, and the sky above is exquisitely colored with shades of yellow, orange and red.
After devouring the majestic mountain landscapes, trekkers will then descent back to their lodge at Ghorepani for breakfast. And, then head down to Nayapul, from where we will catch a ride back to Pokhara. Spend the day, exploring Pokhara, a paradise-like city of Nepal.
Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu (O/N)
Enjoy a scenic ride down from Pokhara to Kathmandu, and once you reach the capital city (which does not take more than 6 or 7 hours), you will be then able to catch an international flight back to your home country. Namaste!