This is probably one of the world's most beautiful trek. It will take you through a wonderful variety of landscapes and culture, from the subtropical lower Marsyangdi Valley where Gurung and Thakali people dominate to the northern arid Buddhist areas.
Along the Marsyangdi River, on easy trail and suspension bridges, through rice terraces and forest, we will slowly gain altitude and acclimatize well. After Pisang we will get stunning up-close views of snowy and glaciated high peaks including Annapurna II, III and IV. This remote area lies in a rain shadow formed by the Annapurnas and the landscape supports little in the way of forest apart from pine, juniper and scrub rhododendron.
Huge glacial moraines abound, etched deeply by wind erosion into fantastic pillars. The Thorong La (5416 m) wilderness is one of the highlight of this trek. After the pass, we reach Muktinath and then Jomsom.
Itinerary Annapurna Circuit Trek
Day 01 Kathmandu 1350m.
You will be welcomed by our representative at Tribhuvan Internationa Airport upon your arrival, then transferred to hotel. Our representative will brief you the logistics of your different phases before dinner.
Day 02 Kathmandu 1350m.
You will be taken to sight seeing in world heritage places including Soyambhunath, Pashupatinath and Boudhanath by our tour guide, Preparation for trekking in the Evening. (If any stuff needed to be purchased for Trekking)
Day 03 Kathmandu to Beshisahar 850m.
Early morning after breakfast, drive to Beshisahar. It takes Approximately 6 hours by bus.
Day 04 Besishahar to Bahundanda 1310m.
Today our journey starts at Besishahar, from where, the trail makes the climb to Khudi at 790m, we then reach the first Gurung village (many of Nepal's Gurkha Soldiers are Gurungs). As we continue from Khudi the trail offers fine views of Himalchuli and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli). It climbs to Bhulbhule at 825m. Then it goes to Ngadi before reaching Lampata at 1135m and nearby Bahundanda at 1310m.
Day 05 Bahundanda to Chyamje 1400m.
Today the trail drops steeply to Syange at 1070m from Bahundanda crossing the Marsyangdi River on a suspension bridge. Then follow the river to the stone village of Jagat before climbing through forest to Chyamje.
Day 06 Chyamje to Bagarchhap 2160m.
The day begins with the rocky trail following the Marsyandi Rivers steadily uphill to Tal at 1675m, the first village in the Manang district. We make a trailverse crossing a wide, flat valley. The trail then climbs a stone stairway to 1860m till another stairway. The journey continues making up and down to Dharapani at 1890m. There we find a stone entrance chorten typical of the Tibetan influenced villages from here northwards. We then visit the Bagarchhap at 2160m that offers the typical flat roofed stone houses of local Tibetans design although the village which is still in the transition Zone before the dry highlands.
Day 07 Bagarchhap to Chame 2670m.
With often rough and rocky, the trail climbs to Tyanja at 2360m, & then continues through forest, but near the river, to Kopar at 2590m. As we reach the Chame, the headquarters of the Manang district, we are rewarded by the fine views of Annapurna II as you approach Chame & two small hot springs by the town.
Day 08 Chame to Pisang 3300m.
The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3040m, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3200m & 3300m.
Day 09 Pisang to Manang 3540m.
Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Anapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784.
Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3475m to nearby Manang.
Day 10 Manang (Acclimatization day)
Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and overviewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest.
Day 11 Manang to Ledar 4200m.
Today we leave Manang, & the trai makes an ascent of nearly 2000m to the Thorung La pass. We make the climb steadily through Tenki, leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Ledar at 4200m. There we see the vegetations steadily more sparse.
Day 12 Ledar to Phedi or High camp 44500m.
The trail descends to cross the river at 4310m we then climb up to Phedi at 4450m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4925m. We can recently found some good Guesthouses built. Your overnight stay will be there.
Day 13 Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath 3760m.
The journey from Phedi "foot of the hill" or at the foot to the 5416m Thorung La pass, begins the day. We then make the climb steeply that is regularly used and easy to follow. However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the Chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top.
Day 14 Trek from Muktinath to Marpha 2670m.
Our destination is Marpha, a lovely village surrounded by apple orchards and the sweet smell of cider. Several great bakeries produce apple strudel and apple cakes, which along with a rest day will be most welcome.
Day 15 Trek from Marpha to Kalopani 2530m.
We gently make our way downhill to Kalopani, which means 'black water'. About half way there, we reach Tukuche, which was at one time the most important village in the area. It was a staging area for Tibetan traders bringing goods to barter such as salt and yak hair Alpine Interface - your local expert in the Himalaya.
Day 16 Trek from Kalopani to Tatopani 1190m.
We begin our hike today with a steep descent to the village of Lete and its flagstone-paved streets before following the Kali Gandaki Gorge and the last remnants of Tibetan influence in the valley. Our trail takes us through the villages of Ghasa and then Dana. Our evening's accommodation will be in a delightful setting in the large village of Tatopani (meaning hot water in Nepalese).
Day 17 Trek from Tatopani to Chitre 2390m.
After leaving the village of Tatopani a fork in the trail takes us away from the Kali Ghandaki Gorge and towards the Gar Khola River. The scenery change once again as large terraces appear, signaling the return of rice production.
Day 18 Trek from Chitre to Gorepani 2860m.
Today will be another uphill day. From Chitre we will be climbing many, many steps, until we finally see the blue roofs of Gorepani right above us. Gorepani has a strong Tibetan influence, and you will be able to purchase jewelry almost everywhere. This is a difficult day as the stairs are not evenly spaced and there are many of them.
Day 19 Ghorepani to Poonhill and Tikeh Dhunga 1540m.
Early morning, you will climb one hour to reach the famous Poon Hill, you will have a wider view, from east to west, Machhapuchhre (6993m), Hiunchuli, Annapurna South Peak and Annpurna I. After taking some beautiful snaps of the snow peaks and the natural scenery, you will descent to Tikhe Dhunga via Ghorepani.
Day 20 Tikhe Dhunga to Birethanti and drive to Pokhara 850m.
The trail passes through Hile village and along the rivers down hill to Nayapul before reaching to the Nayapul you cross the suspensions bridge. We will make stop for lunch in Bire Thati and you will catch Transport from Nayapul to Pokhara.
Day 21 Drive back to Kathmandu 1350m.
After break fast drive to Kathmandu it takes approximately 7 hours by Tourist Bus.
Day 22 Kathmandu 1350m.
Final day for relax, re-organise your bags, shopping in Kathmandu and Remember to re-confirm your flights.
Day 23 Fly back to Home.
This is your final day in Kathmandu before catching your flight to home, ensure you have all the stuff packed and arrive at the airport in plenty of time, Fly to home.