ROUND ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

ROUND ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT

1,800.00

21 DAYS/ EASY-MODERATE/ TEA-HOUSES LODGING

Welcome to the legendary Annapurna Circuit. While trekking this route you will enjoy all the landscapes Nepal has to offer. From the jungle to the Tibetan high desert, you are sure to finish your trek around the Annapurnas with a deep appreciation for the Himalayas.

 

 

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PROGRAM

Day 01:  Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

After arriving in Kathmandu, a representative from Nomad's land will pick you up from the airport and take you to the hotel. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to rest after a long flight. In the evening, we will have our welcome dinner which includes authentic Nepalese cuisine. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation

After breakfast we start a guided tour of several historical and spiritual sites in Kathmandu, several of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. We visit the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' of Swayambhunath and Buddhist stupa in Bouddhanath. At noon, we get our equipment checked by our climbing leader, get introduced to fellow participants, and discuss our trip. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2,624ft): 7- 8 hours

We start our journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way we admire terraced farms and Nepali villages. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, we move towards Pokhara. At Dumre, we leave the previous trail and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour's drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Alternatively, we can get off at Besisahar, and then trek for an hour to get to Khudi along a wide trail. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216 ft): 6 - 7 hours

Our first day trekking has us crossing several suspension bridges alongside waterfalls rice paddies and a subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is then followed by steeper trails. The mountains that we saw from Khudi are now significantly closer. Before reaching the Sirung village we pass the Tamang settlement of Taranche. We admire close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m/4265ft): 6 - 7 hours

We leave Sirung for Jagat on a relatively easy trail. We leave behind the terraces of the village and trek into the forests, ferns and woodlands. On the forest trail we may spot a variety of birds. We also pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft): 7-8 hours

The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the Marshyangdi River and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the backdrop of the towering Annapurna mountain range. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. While trekking along several rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours

Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). On today’s trek we also come across hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft (1500m) above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Pisang to Manang : 6 - 7 hours

There are two routes to Manang but we follow the trail that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and Annapurna and Pisang.  We will begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation today. The cold and dry climate creates a much harsher environment. After arriving in Manang we will make a short visit to Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang. Overnight at Manang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Manang: Acclimatization day

On the tenth day of our circuit, we will do a short trek 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 gives lectures on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Overnight in Manang.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours

From Manang, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to the village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing pastures and juniper trees, as we steadily gain elevation. The trail passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. The trail then goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient Tibetan prayer wheel and then reaches the small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours

It is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend further and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La Pass.  On this trip we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. Overnight in Thorong Phedi. 

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours

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 at 3:00 a.m. and walk up to the pass. You will have an opportunity to take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La pass. Overnight in Muktinath.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft): 4 - 5 hours

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we trek toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is surreal as we will trek above Kali Gandaki River, the world's deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles that of Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy Nepali delicacies made of fresh Nepali apples. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m/8,300 ft): 5 - 6 hours

From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani. Today, we trek through traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here we get panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m/3,937ft): 6 - 7 hours

Our journey today is mostly downhill. During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). We continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity to the surrounding area. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hours

We leave the Kali Gandaki and head 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, often one-hundred feet high, will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2,700m/8,860ft): 6 - 7 hours

To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. From the summit we will be able to enjoy amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20 of the highest mountains in Nepal including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Gorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19:  Tadapani to Pokhara (827m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through a thick forest of old rhododendrons. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms on the slopes of the ravine. After trekking a few more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a small settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul. From Nayapul we drive to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the remainder of the day off to rest or do souvenir shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 21: Final departure

Our adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A Nomad’s Land representative will escort you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight.

Included meals: Breakfast

 

INCLUDED

Airport transfer, bed & breakfast in Kathmandu & Pokhara, all transportation within Nepal, licensed mountain guide (fluent in english and nepali), permit & entrance fees, welcome/briefing diner one day before departure, fooding and lodging while trekking, tea while trekking, welcome dinner, welcome pack, Nomad's Land support and logistic.

 

NOT INCLUDED

International flight ticket, visa fees (40$), personal insurance, soft & alcoholic drinks, tips, personal expenses, everything not mentioned in the included section of this description. 

 

 

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