Annapurna Circuit Trek - 14 Days

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If trekking is your first love, then the Annapurna Circuit Trek is an adventure in the wilderness you don’t want to miss, at any cost. This is a memorable hike that circumnavigates the Annapurna massif, displaying some of the most astounding scenery on the planet. With tarred roads built on both sides of the geographical division, the expression ‘circuit’’ that this trek is so famous for will soon lose its shine; & the backpackers of today will soon look for the conveniences of the jeeps & buses sooner than later; however, take heart from the fact that in the massive never-ending Himalayas, there are always off the beaten paths that find new routes in the wild, leading trekkers into cut off village settlements that are still unnoticed by contemporary development, which attracts die-hard trekkers who are always prepared to go the extra mile in their quest for the unknown…

The Annapurna circuit trek is an epic circuit loved by trekkers all over the world. This trek is also known as the ‘Round Annapurna trek’. The adventurous 160-230 Km hike circles the grand Annapurna massif. Annapurna is physically placed in the north-central part of Nepal. And this trek is said to be the best long-distance hike on the planet & was opened to globe trotter since the 1980s. The trek starts from the rural mid-hills and it reaches a height of 5,416 meters at the Thorung La pass.

Thorong La is the highest and most challenging pass on the circuit. This impressive pass is the most advantageous point on earth to view the stunning beauty of the great Himalayas. The trek crosses two different river valleys encircling the Annapurna range. Trekking Annapurna Circuit begins at Beshisahar in the Marshyangdi river valley and ends up in the Kali Gandaki gorge.

This is the deepest gorge in the world. The trail moves along paddy fields, sub-tropical forest, incredible waterfalls, huge cliffs, and several lovely friendly villages. Depending on the hiker’s speed, duration of side trips and rest days taken, it usually takes 10 to 15 days to complete the journey. Cozy Teahouse accommodation and hygienic meals are available along the trek…& those delicious apples pies are the best found anywhere on earth in these teahouses…

The journey also offers wonderful opportunities to interact with different ethnic people, their culture and observe their lifestyles & livelihood. Manang valley and Lower Mustang is influenced much by Tibetan culture. Visitors get fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Machhepuchhre (6,993m), Manaslu (8,156m), Gangapurna (7,455m) and Tilicho peak (7,134m) around the circuit.

Most visitors who love to walk in the Annapurna region make sure they do this trip. After Thorong pass we visit famous Muktinath. It is a well-known temple of Hindus as well as Buddhists. It would be better if you have one more day visit to Marpha. This place is famous for Apples in Nepal and a beautiful village in the valley is almost a must-visit. Due to an increasing inflow of trekkers every year, the number of teahouses/lodges has increased in the Annapurna trekking region, offering juicy options to trekkers…

The months of September, October, and November till the second week of December are the peak trekkers season with the trails bursting with trekkers. And spring is also a favored season which falls from February to May because the weather is pleasant and offers excellent crystal clear mountain views. But it is also possible to do the trek any time of the year. This trek can also be done in the summer but the monsoon period invites problems due to lots of blood-sucking leeches.

Rock Everest Treks offer some exceptional trips to this region. Check us out for more details on our website…Check out our design itinerary for Annapurna Circuit Trek or just send us an email and we’ll tailor-make an itinerary based on your requirements.

Best Trekking Season for Annapurna Circuit Trek:

Generally, the autumn and spring are the perfect and high trekking season for Annapurna Circuit trek. June, July and August are the low months to visit Annupurna region as the trail remains slippery and muddy due to the monsoon.

Overview

  • Explore the cultural and natural beauty of the Annapurna region.
  • Visit Hindus and Buddhist holiest Muktinath temple.
  • Superb views of Mt. Manaslu, Pisang peak, Annapurnas, Himalchuli peak, and fishtail mountain.
  • Thorong La pass (5,416m.) – one of the longest pass in the world.
  • Hike along with the world deepest gorge – Kali Gandaki river
  • Explore beautiful remote villages.
  • Sightseeing in UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu - (1400m/4593ft)

Upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by a representative from Rock Everest and be transferred to the hotel. After check-in and some refreshments, our senior sherpa guide/ manager will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can wander around Thamel down the street to get familiar with the neighborhood and shop some souvenir. In the evening, we host a welcome dinner at a local cultural restaurant, where we will enjoy excellent traditional Nepalese cuisine with a classic cultural dance show. This is your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows.

Day 2
Sightseeing Day in Kathmandu

The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Western cultures and influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. These two cities, like Kathmandu, have a rich historical, cultural and religious legacy which is reflected in the many temples, monuments, and artifacts that they contain. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Soyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur. An orientation session for the trek, which commences the following day, will be organized in the evening where you get an opportunity to ask any questions concerning our forthcoming adventure.

Overnight in Kathmandu hotel inclusive breakfast.

Day 3
Kathmandu to Syange (1100m/3608ft): 8-10 hours

Early in the morning, we drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway following the Trisuli and Marsyangdi River. We enjoy the gorgeous countryside of Nepal with green hills, whispering rivers, terraced farms along the way then reach Besisahar after a long 6-7 hrs of drive, which is the headquarter of Lamjung. All the local government offices are based here. From here, you get to see some well-known mountain peaks, a lot of natural green landscapes surrounding the valley and the daily activities of the happy local folks. This headquarters is the center from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and other towns. A further one and half hours off-road drive from Besisahar will take us up to the exhilarating waterfall of Syange. Overnight at local lodge.

Day 4
Trek to Dharapani – (1960m / 6430ft) 7-8 hrs

The first part of the trail passes on a flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi River. You can enjoy the sceneries and the local culture of the Gurung community. The trail goes all the way through Jagat, Chyamche, Tal, Kyodo, and Karte, passing through barley, rice and potato fields. Not to mention the numbers of magnificent waterfalls and eye-catching scenarios surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Overnight at lodge.

Day 5
Trek to Chame (2710m/8891ft) 7-8 hours

Today we climb through forests of pine and oak as you pass through Danaque (2210m). Soon, there comes a small wooden bridge that will take you on a steeply ascending path up to Timang which lies at the bottom of Lamjung Himal. The trail goes then on a flat level until you reach Chame, where you will find government offices, shops, and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district. Stay overnight at lodge.

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

With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, we set off for Pisang. We 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 we follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.). 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 you. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 7
Trek to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft): 6 - 7 hours

Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hungde (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 Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. After a short steep climb, you reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 8
Acclimatization Day

We will hang around for one more day in Manang for acclimatization by observing beautiful views of green landscapes, silvery mountains, Chortens, and Monasteries. We can also explore the unique culture and lifestyles of local people. We bunk out overnight at our Lodge.

Day 9
Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours

The path gradually rises along Thorong Khola crossing Tangki Manang, Ghusang 3900m, then Ghyanchang finally to reach Yak Kharka. We get across a stream, climb to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continue to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. We then follow the trail north to the valley, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees, as it firmly gains elevation. The path further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just under the trailhead. The trail then follows through the meadows where horses and yaks graze. Soon we will reach Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.

Day 10
Trek to Thorang Phedi: (4420m/14501ft): 3-4 hours)

Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a suspension bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable scree slope and then descend to Thorong Phedi. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 11
Trek to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Thorong La (5,416m/17764ft) then drive to Jomsom: 7 - 8 hours trek, 1-hour drive

Today is the most important day of this trek that you are going to conquer the height of 5,416 meters and be ready to accept the challenge. You start early today for your crossing of Thorong La [5416m]. 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 you. Eventually, the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple. After reaching Muktinath, we will take a short tea break and then take a local bus/jeep drive to Jomsom. Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 12
Fly to Pokhara: 25 minutes

This takes about 25-30 minutes flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows and frequent change of the weather prevents the flight from being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in the morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks. Overnight hotel inclusive breakfast.

Day 13
Drive to Kathmandu: 6-7 hours

While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple, this is a temple where most Nepalese come to have their wishes granted before leaving home or getting married. From Naubise we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu and finally reach our hotel & a lovely soft warm bed.

Day 14
Departure to your destination

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, a representative from the Rock Everest Team will take you to the airport and bid you farewell. You will take away so many stunning memories of the Annapurna Circuit and a perhaps in your heart the desire to return once again to our unique land!

Cost Include

  • All airport and hotels transfer by private car/van (depends on group size)
  • Domestic airfare from Jomsom to Pokhara including airport taxes
  • Three nights of hotel accommodation at the 3-star category hotel in the city of Kathmandu based on bed and breakfast.
  • Highly experienced English speaking Himalayan trekking guide and porters (one porter for two-person) salary/accommodation/ insurance.
  • Kathmandu to Syange drive by local bus/jeep and Pokhara to Kathmandu drive by tourist bus.
  • The company guarantees the rescue services in case of emergency; please hand over your insurance policy copy to us
  • Best available twin sharing Tea house/Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • Rain protection duffel bag for client luggage
  • All the necessary paper works and conservation entry permits. (Trekking permit / TIMS card etc.)
  • One night hotel accommodation in Pokhara city based on bed and breakfast.
  • One day Kathmandu sightseeing escorted by city tour guide and private transport.
  • First Aid Medical Kit Box
  • All the government taxes and company service charge
  • Welcome dinner at typical local restaurant in Kathmandu.

Cost Exclude

  • Both way international airfares
  • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport upon arrival (bring 4 copies passport size photo).
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled mineral, and hot/boiled water, use of WIFI, hot shower and battery charges, etc during the trek
  • Riding horse along the trek.
  • Extra nights in Jomsom due to the flight cancel because of the bad weather.
  • Tips to the trekking guide and porters.
  • Entrance fees for Kathmandu sightseeing.
  • Meals during the trek.

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Trip Facts

  • Private vehicle
  • 2 +
  • 5416m
  • Nepal
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Moderate to Strenuous
  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek.
  • Hotel in Kathmandu and tea houses during the trek.