Annapurna Circuit Trekking

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17 Days

Duration

Nepal

Country

Hard

Grade

5416 M

Max altitude

Private/Domestic Vehicles

Transportation

Hotel, Lodge, Tea Houses

Accommodation

Sept-Nov/March-May

Best season

01 to 12

Group Size

Overview


‘adventure around scenic north and south sides of massive Annapurna Himalaya’

Main Highlights

“Constant views of both scenic high faces of Annapurna massive mountain range Annapurna circuit trek one of world top ten beautiful adventure destinations Walk of variations from low warm to cooler hills and at arctic zone of ice, glaciers Adventure within magnificent Manang valley enclosed within high snow peaks Traverse from Manang to scenic Mustang area crossing high Thorang-la Pass Journey from high mountains to world deepest gorge of Kali-Gandaki River”

Brief Trip Profile

Mode of Accommodation: Hotels in Kathmandu / Pokhara with local lodge on trekking.
Trekking Grade:                  Moderate and Adventurous walks.
Highest Spot:                      On top Thorang-la Pass 5,416
m / 17,873 ft high.
Walking Hours:                   Minimum 4 hrs with Maximum of 6 hrs sometimes
Activities:                            Guided tour, overland journey and scenic trekking.
Trekking duration:              12 Nights and 13 Days (with drive both ways)
Total Trip:                            16 Nights and 17 Days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Best Seasons for Annapurna Circuit and Thorang-La Pass Trekking

March to May with September to early December months of the year, except wet monsoon months of mid June to mid September when days are cloudy that obstructs views of mountains.

But very green with lush vegetations (not recommended during monsoon wet months unless for botanical people to study flora and fauna)

Best time is from March to May when most of day is clear for views and pleasant walks with moderate temperatures, with longer sunlight hours where wild flowers are in blooming times, especially rhododendron of various species from trees to bush of different colored flowers (national flower of Nepal the rhododendron).

March to May in late afternoon can get cloudy with chances of rain and snow in higher altitude.

September to December around autumn /fall and pre winter best times with clear blue sky and sunny days (for short while from morning to mid day) can be cold and freezing during morning and night times above 1,800 m high.

Sunlight hours are short during autumn and winter seasons but most of the morning till late afternoon are clear for views and pleasant walks.

Late and early winter from mid December to February heavy snow-fall might obstructs to cross over Thorang-la and also tough walks to reach Manang valley.

People and Culture

Low warm farm areas of Nepal Mid West are of mixed ethnic tribes of people with mostly Gurung, Magar with some Tamang including Hindu Brahmin, Chettries and Dalits with various cultures and custom with same farm traditional life of both Hindu and Buddhism religion.

Higher Manang Valley populated by Manang ethnic tribes of Northern Annapurna follows Buddhism religion similar culture to Tibetans with colorful impressive custom and traditions, beyond Manang around Kaligandaki within Mustang area inhabited by Thakali.

A tribe of Lower Mustang and of Kaligandaki River Valley of Buddhism religion and cultures, and above Ghorepani other high and mid hills inhabited by Poon / Magar and Gurung people of both Hindu and Buddhism religions.

Gurung are hill tribe of Annapurna Himalaya range and of Nepal Mid-West practice Buddhism religion along with ancient sect of Bon (pre Buddhism) worshipping nature and natural spirits.

Poon / Magar and Gurung are traditional farmers and cattle herders where most men folk are famous as courageous and brave Gorkha soldiers in British, Indian Army and as well in Singapore police infantry.

Introduction

Annapurna Circuit and Thorang-La Pass Trekking a great scenic journey listed as world Top Ten Adventure Destinations by many popular Travel Guide books and magazines.

Certainly trekkers will witness and experience on this beautiful walks from low warm country to cooler hills and at arctic zone of ice and glaciers around high Manang valley and on top Thorang-la pass.

Annapurna Circuit and Thorang-La Pass certainly amazes trekkers from the beginning to an end of the journey with mind-blowing views of country beautiful landscapes with range of snow capped peaks.

Besides magnificent scenery walk leads you through nice and lovely villages where you can find great variations of culture, religions and traditions of farm life as altitude gain reaching within more Buddhism country around high and scenic Manang valley.

Starts with long and interesting drive to Nepal Mid West around Lamjung district and at the town of Besisar, where adventure further follows with climb towards cooler hills within nice farm villages facing views of snow capped peaks.

Journey continues walking into serene rhododendron and pine forest to reach at Chame town within Manang area, as route leads to climb to enter scenic valley of Manang from Pisang village onwards adorned with Buddhism prayer monuments surrounded by array of peaks.

Walking leads into main Manang village with time to explore around on rest day with acclimatization hike to view-points close to Gangapurna Himal Ice-Fall with super panorama of Chulus and Annapurna peaks.

Enjoying great moments at Manang village interwoven with lovely Buddhism religion where houses are built similar to Tibetan design along with traditional interesting custom and culture.

After Manang heading towards end of Manang valley with strenuous climb of the adventure to reach on top the highest point at Thorang-La pass above 5,416 m facing amazing mountain views and scenery.

Slowly walk leads towards Kaligandaki to reach Lower Mustang area at Muktinath a holy pilgrimage spot for Hindu religion and as well for some Buddhist followers, from journey heads into world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki sandwiched between giant Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains.

As journey progress loosing elevation to reach warmer farm areas at Tatopani village, a nice village with natural hot spring where trekkers can enjoy soaking into warm pools.

Adventure then heads uphill back into cooler area at Ghorepani in the midst of beautiful rhododendron forest where side hike takes you on top at Poon Hill for glorious sunrise over range of Himalayan peaks.

Finally walk comes to an end heading much lower altitude where short exciting drive takes you at beautiful Pokhara, a renowned touristic city located on the laps of massive Annapurna Mountains that reflects on its serene Phewa Lake.

A marvelous way to conclude our remarkable adventure on nice and scenic city at Pokhara, after a great adventure and experience on Annapurna Circuit and Thorang-La pass trekking.

Short Guide Line Itinerary

Day 01: Reach Kathmandu via various countries and airlines.

Day 02: A day in Kathmandu preparation for trek with options for tour.

Day 03: Drive to Besisar 840 m and at Syange village 1,340 m - 07 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m via Jagat - 06 hrs.

Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.

Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.

Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.

Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hrs.

Day 10: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.

Day 11: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 06 hrs.

Day 12: Overland Journey to Tatopani 1,100 m via Jomsom 2, 715 m -04 hrs.

Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani 2,880 m - 06 hrs.

Day 14: To Poon Hill for sunrise view and to Tirkhedhunga 1,460m -05 hrs.

Day 15: Trek to Nayapul 1,100m and drive to Pokhara 860m - 05 hrs.

Day 16: Drive or fly to Kathmandu -06 hrs ride or 30 mins by flights.

Day 17: International Departure to respective country.

Detail Itenerary


On arrival at Nepal international airport in Kathmandu, where Professional Trekking Guide staff receives with warm welcome and then transfer to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu. On checking your rooms getting refreshed then join in at hotel foyer / lobby meeting with other members of the trek, where our guide will brief you with information regarding Annapurna Circuit and Thorang-la Pass Trekking. Evening group welcome dinner in a nice Nepalese environment restaurant with native folk culture programs along with the dinner.
A free day in Kathmandu you can enjoy at leisure as well preparation for the trek, on this day interested people can join in our exciting guided sightseeing tour for half or full day tour at places of great interest around World Heritage Sites.
Morning after early breakfast taking a charted bus or tourist coach (depending upon the group size) for drive to reach Mid-West area of Nepal at Lamjung district in Besisar a large town of Lamjung area. From here on the dirt newly built road following Marysangdi River upstream to reach at Syange a small farm village with views of waterfalls for overnight stop.
Our fist day starts with climb on leaving Marysangdi River down below, as route leads through rice terraces fields and villages to reach at another nice farm village of Jagat. From Jagat village walk leads further on winding uphill to a lovely valley of Tal-besi where district of Manang starts, with time for a refreshing break walk further for few hours to reach at Dharapani village for overnight stop, Dharapani a nice village situated on the junction of Annapurna circuit and Manaslu trekking trail.
Start second day walk from Dharapani following a winding wide trail within rhododendron and pine forest heading past Bagachap and Danque villages with steep climb to Timang, from here onward into Buddhist country with interesting cultures along with views of Mt. Manaslu. Afternoon walk leads to Koto village and then at Chame town for overnight stop, within a major and also a headquarter town of Manang area.
From here onwards air gets much cooler as route lead closer to mountainous area as walk lead into dense rhododendron and pine trees following Masrsyangdi River upstream with ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village climb into a hill covered within tall trees of pine to a hill top at Dhukure Pokhari, a small place with some tea-house and lodge facing views of Chulus and Pisang peak, after lunch descend to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.
Pisang village offers great views of mountains, from here altitude gains slowly as walk heads into cool forest with short climb to reach a high ridge offers view of Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna with Chulus, Pisang peak. From here descend to a flat valley at Hongde village, and then on a nice scenic trail, from here onward tree lines disappear for barren and arid landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate. Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics, ancient wall painting and frescos and stunning views of Annapurna Himalaya, from here an hour walk reaches at Manang village.
An important rest day for acclimatization before heading higher altitude to reach high Thorang-la pass, at Manang take a short hike and explore Manang village and its scenic valley. Manang a large village situated on windswept valley at the bank of Marysangdi River beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range, a nice walk uphill for views of Gangapurna Glacier and the Manang emerald Lake.
After a pleasant and interesting time at Manang, morning walk towards Ghunsang village on winding uphill path to reach Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude walks along with snow-capped mountain views, as route leads to cross a small stream river to end our morning walk at Yak Kharka. A small settlement offer close views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks where Yak Kharka means a place for Yak and grazing field or a pasture.
From here heading towards higher ground getting closer to reach at the base of Thorang-la, where slow a climb after crossing a river and walk along on the bank of Jarjung River. Finally reaching at the base of Thorang-la at Phedi means bottom of a pass or a hill, where steep climb for short hour reached you at Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.

Departure


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Cost Info


Cost Includes

    • Pickups and drops
    • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
    • 3 meals during the trek
    • TIMS and Permits
    • All sightseeing on private vehicle
    • Guided city tour of Kathmandu valley
    • Kathmandu to Siri chaur by jeep
    • Jomsom to Pokhara and Pokhara to Kathmandu by Domestic flights/Tourist coach
    • Staff cost including air ticket, food, accommodation, salary, equipment and insurance
    • Teahouse/Lodge accommodations during the trekking days
    • Welcome and farewell dinner
    • Licensed, English speaking guide
    • Porters ( 1 porter for 2 client with maximum weight of 20 kg)
    • All government taxes and service charges
    • All entrance fees
    • Best Nepal Guide T-Shirt
    • Medical first aid box
    • Trekking Map

Cost Excludes

    • Nepalese visa fee
    • Travel and rescue insurance
    • Personal communication, laundry, shopping
    • Nepalese SIM card
    • Hard drinks
    • International airfares and taxes
    • Tips

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FAQ

This trek is suitable for average people who are moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required. Some physical fitness programs such as running, swimming, hiking is recommended before you embark on your journey. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before being fully acclimatized.
To prepare for a strenuous trek like this you should begin training at least two to three months before your departure. As a guideline, an hour of aerobic exercise three to four times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in our tourist vehicle.