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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 18 days

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    • Adventure around world tenth high Annapurna and its massif range of peaks.

    • Trekking from green Himalayan hills towards arctic terrains of ice and glaciers.

    • Exploring from one beautiful villages to another lovely scenic settlements.

    • Walk on the Northern sides to Southern areas of Annapurna Himalayas.

    • Crossing high Thorang-La from scenic Manang Valley to exotic Mustang
‘adventure around world’s 10th highest Annapurna and its massif mountain range’
Annapurna Circuit Trek, where travelers might think of its toughness and difficulties. But surprisingly it is one of the best and marvelous adventure around the Himalayas. Where views of snow peaks remains constant throughout the trek from the start to an end of the journey. Annapurna Circuit Trek listed as world’s Top Ten Adventure Destination. Where trekkers can enjoy the scenic views, in the harmony of impressive local cultures of age-old heritage traditions.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek leads to gradual exciting walks, the only tough section of the adventure. Crossing over Thorang-La Pass, the highest point of the trek, apart from steep climb, rest of the walk is enjoyable.
Annapurna Circuit also called as Around Annapurna, where trail follows the four cardinal sides of the massive Annapurna Himalayan peaks. Starting from the East of Annapurna Himalayas and heading North at Manang and then West around Mustang. Then finally walk ends on the southern green hills of Annapurna at Ghorepani and Poon Hill to reach scenic Pokhara.
A marvelous journey around Annapurna, and most visited region around the Himalayas by mass flow of trekkers and adventurers. The Annapurna Circuit Trek where trekkers can experience varied changes of climate, vegetation, landscapes and cultures, than in whole Himalayas. Makes the adventure full of charm and beauty, with touch of high altitude as walk proceeds higher to Manang valley.
Adventure begins heading to low warm farm areas of Lamjung and then following the great Marsyangdi River towards cooler hills. As walk continues reaching at picturesque Manang Valley enclosed by towering snow-capped peaks, on reaching the north of Annapurna Himalayas. Where trekkers can feel the great dramatic changes of temperature and the country’s landscapes in just few days of walks. Although a high and dry with windswept terrains of Manang Valley, and yet beautiful surrounded by tiers of snow peaks. An enjoyable place to explore the villages steeped with colorful and impressive cultures of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Manang Valley a perfect place for rest day, as well as for exciting side trips for acclimatization. Various scenic and cultural places to explore on rest days from ice lakes to Gangapurna Himal Ice fall and glaciers. As well to old Braga Monastery of great religious interest with spectacular panorama of surround Snow Mountains.
From Manang village, adventure leads to the end of Manang valley to cross Thorang-La. The high pass located in between two scenic districts of Manang and Mustang, the top festooned with colorful prayer flags. As a symbol of respect to the abode of mountain spirits and hence the name Thorang-La.
After crossing Thorang-La pass, downhill towards the Mustang areas reaching the holy site of Muktinath. Regarded as the holiest of all holy pilgrimage places around the Himalayas, the temple dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu.
The Journey follows to dramatic descend at Kaligandaki River Valley, through lovely town and villages of Jomsom and Marpha. Reaching in between staggering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, which makes the world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River. Adventure leads to low warm sub-tropical farm areas at Tatopani, a lovely village with natural hot-springs. 
Slowly the adventure comes to near end with climb through beautiful rhododendron and pine forest reaching on top at Ghorepani. A famous and popular areas for moderate and short treks, at Ghorepani hike up to Poon Hill.
A scenic hilltop for glamorous sunrise views with worlds three highest mountain range Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayas. Enjoying the grand fascinating scenery, walk heads downhill at the end of trekking around warmer region. Then taking a short drive to beautiful Pokhara, on this scenic city our great marvelous adventure Annapurna Circuit completes.
Please Note:
Annapurna Circuit Trek starts with two days of exciting drives, can be done in a day. But it will be long and tiring drives with some bumpy section to reach Dharapani village at Manang. To make the trip for enjoyable breaking the long drives for two days, this way it will be more relaxing to enjoy the whole trekking adventures. 
Newly constructed motorable road has reached Muktinath and Jomsom linking the main highway to Pokhara. Everest Adventure Tour, likewise all trekking companies, will skip the walk of few days. Taking the comfort of jeep or four wheel drives, saving three days of walks to Tatopani village. From Tatopani the trek continues for few days with short drive to reach Pokhara to conclude the whole trip on Annapurna Circuit. 

Important Note

Trek Mode: On best available Tea-House / Lodge basis.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous and Challenging in snow condition.

Highest point: On top Thorang-La Pass 5,416 m / 17,697 feet.

Area of Trek: Far North Mid-West Nepal, around Manang and Mustang region.

Trek duration: 12 Nights / 13 Days with drives both ways till Pokhara.

Total Trip: 17 Nights and 18 Days from main arrival to final departures.

The Best Seasons for Annapurna Circuit Treks:
The best seasons are spring and autumn/fall. The spring starts from March to May, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours. Normally the morning till mid-afternoon days are clear for views and scenic walks can get overcast late afternoon sometime. Can expect snowfalls, with cold morning and nighttime, the mid-hills covered in the forest will be bright with wildflowers; in seasonal bloom. Especially the rhododendron of various colors from tall trees to bush, which is the national flower of Nepal.

The next high season is autumn/fall, from September to November, most days are fine and crystal clear. One can enjoy pleasant walks along with glorious views of surrounding snow-capped peaks. Days are much shorter due to limited sunlight hours, cold afternoons, and nights till morning time. Can get snowfall sometimes, but with a bright starry night sky.

Culture and Religion on Annapurna Circuit Treks:
The native of high Manang Valley, located Nepal Far North Mid-West populated by Manang tribes of Tibetan origin. Migrated to the southern Nepal Himalayas around 17th century. The Manang people are interwoven with the teaching of Lord Buddha. Which is known as Mahayana of Nyingma sects Buddhism. 

The Manang people enjoys various religious events and festivals, the main events are Saga Dawa, the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. As well the Tibetan New Year called Lo-Shar falls in February as per Tibetan Buddhism Calendar. 

After crossing Thorang-La Pass entering another strong hold of Buddhism religion, the Mustang people known as Lobas. As well the Thakali tribes of Lower Mustang around Kaligandaki valley, follows Buddhism, the villages adorned with Gompa /
monasteries. The Mustang and Thakali follows similar culture like the Tibetan predecessors across the border of Upper Mustang.  

Trip Itinerary

On arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport, after clearing the visa formalities, and claiming the baggage. Head towards departure exit, where our staff receives you for a short transfer to the hotel. After getting refreshed join on the lobby with other members for Annapurna Circuit Trek briefing, provided by our guide, leader. On briefing full information of the treks, and hotels in Kathmandu as well of local cultures with do’s and don’ts. Evening a lovely dinner introduction to Nepali foods with exciting cultural programs. 

Morning after breakfast, our city / cultural guide takes you on a tour visiting world heritage sites around Kathmandu city. Includes Old Durbar Square / Palace Courtyard, residence of Living Goddess the Kumari; and to Swyambhunath Stupa with more 2,600 years of history. Then head towards holy Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Bouddhanath a huge Buddhist Stupa. After an exciting and interesting tour back to hotel, preparation and packing for trekking.

Non-essential clothing and items not required for treks, can be stored in the Hotel or with Everest Adventure Tour.  

Morning after breakfast guide will receives you for an interesting drive beyond Kathmandu to Bhesisar town. The drive leads on the main busy highway that links to all parts of Nepal, following the Trisuli River for few hours. Then our road divert from the main highway to reach Bhesisar town for overnight stop. Bhesisar, a large town and headquarters of Lamjung district, an exciting place to explore after checking into a nice hotel or lodges.

From Bhesisar, morning taking a four-wheel drive or similar types of vehicles, on leaving the town outskirts. Following the Marsyangdi River upstream to Khude and Bulbule villages, heading towards Syange. Where drive climbs up to Jagat village and the Chamje, slowly the drive leads to Talbesi. From here enter the district of Manang and then short drive to Dharapani village for lunch and overnight halt. Dharapani a nice moderate village, where Annapurna and Manaslu circuit route joins.  

At Dharapani onwards into cooler climate, after a great difference from low warm area of Besisahar town. Morning walk follows into a nice forest of pines and rhododendron above Marsyangdi River past Bagarchap and Danaque villages.
A short steep climb to Timang, a large village of mixed hill tribes with Magar, Gurung and Manang peoples. Facing grand views of Lamjung and Manaslu Himal, possible lunch stop at Timang along with grand scenery.

Afternoon walk for few hours following down to Kodo village and then short gradual up to Chame. The headquarters town of Manang district, enjoy the comfort of a nice lodge and explore the town. Observe the local activities and the cultures of Manang people.

Leaving Chame town, crossing over a bridge and then the walk follows into a cool dense forest. Lined with tall hemlock, fir, pines and rhododendron trees to reach Brathang village, the walk continues crossing a bridge. Then climb starts for an hour reaching a high ridge facing grand views of Pisang peak. The top ridge with few lodge and restaurants, stopping for lunch. Afternoon walk on easy downhill to Pisang village for overnight stop in a nice local lodge. 

Morning from Pisang a short day walk to reach main Manang village, start the trek with gradual climb. Walking on nice forested path to the top of a scenic hill, offers grand panorama of Manang valley. Includes great views of Chulu and Pisang peaks with Annapurna II, III and IV. Walk down to Hongde village with a small airstrip, continue trek to Braga village, and enjoy tour of the monastery.

Located on top of Braga village, regarded as the oldest monastery of Manang areas, beside interesting visit of the monastery. From the top offers spectacular views of surrounding snow-capped peaks. From here a short walk of less than an hour to main major Manang village for two overnights stops.

A perfect place and right altitude for rest day to support acclimatization before crossing high Thorang-La Pass. Enjoy the day with short hike exploring the village steeped with Buddhism religion and cultures. A few hours hike south of Manang village to Gangapurna Himal Ice fall and glaciers is worth a visit. 

Rest of the afternoon have leisure walk around the village and marvel the gorgeous views of surrounding giant peaks.

From Manang main village, enjoying pleasant time with extra day, today another short walk to Yak Kharka. The trail follows past Tenki, the last village of Manang then walk on gradual uphill winding trail to Ghunsang. Enjoy the views of Gangapurna Himal with Chulu West peak, as morning walk ends on reaching Yak Kharka. Located on a wide nice field, which is also a pasture areas for Yaks grazing having few nice lodges. After checking into a nice simple lodge and having lunch enjoy the afternoon at leisure with fabulous views of snow peaks.

Another short day to High Camp of Thorang-La Pass, leaving Yak Kharka on a pleasant trail to a small settlement. The place called Ledar, which is on route to Chulu West peak base camp and towards Thorang-La. Walk follows on windswept terrain with short down to cross a stream and steep short up. As the walk follows on gradual path to Thorang Phedi or base with several guest houses and lodges.

After a short rest a steep climb of less than an hour to reach High Camp for lunch and last overnight around Manang areas. The High Camp with few simple and basic lodge accommodations for trekkers, afternoon enjoy short walk and having rest. 

The Big Day of the adventure, start the trek early as possible having good breakfast for the long day walk. Follow our guide on a gradual narrow path, and then climb beings on undulating ups, coming across a small icy ponds.

Having few short refreshing stops, continue climb to reach on top Thorang-La Pass, feeling tired but in great high spirit. The pass is marked with rock cairns and prayer flags, enjoy the mind-blowing panoramic views that surrounds the top.

Overlooking Annapurna, Chulus and Damodar Himal as far towards Manaslu Himalaya range. Includes views of Dhaulagiri and some peaks of Upper Mustang areas, from the top a long downhill to another Phedi. Reaching the bottom of Thorang-La pass, an easy walk of few hours to Muktinath and the village for overnight halt. Muktinath considered as a holy site for all Hindu followers, with time visit the temple premises. Thousands of pilgrims from all over India and Nepal visits every season of the year to pay homage and worship. 

At Muktinath enjoy the comfort of a nice lodge facing views of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiris peaks.   

After a long walk and climb of previous day, today taking an exciting drive through Kaligandaki Valley. The reason for taking a drive is to skip the walk on dusty motorable road, which is annoying and disturbing. Taking an overland will save few days of walks, but not missing the grand beautiful views along the drives.

Taking a four-wheel drives or similar, the journey heads down to wide Kaligandaki River valley to Jomsom. The headquarter town of Mustang district and home to Thakali people the tribes of Lower Mustang. Drive continues past apple country of Marpha and Tukuche, then reaching back into forested area at Kalapani and Lete.

Enjoy the great views of Nilgiris and Dhaulagiri Himalaya at close range, then heading down towards the world deepest gorge. Which is made by the great towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, with a drop of more than 6,000 m.

From here onwards towards low warm farm areas reaching Tatopani, a lovely village with natural hot-spring. After checking into a nice lodge, with time to enjoy a bathe and dip in a warm pools of Tatopani.

A long day to reach Ghorepani village, from Tatopani morning walks follows the Kaligandaki River for an hour. The route diverts from the main motorable road, heading up with steep climb to reach a nice village of Ghara. The walk continues through Sikha and Chitre villages and into lovely forest of rhododendron and pines. Finally the long day of more than six hours climb ends on reaching a high cooler hill top at Ghorepani. Enjoy the lovely comfort in a nice lodge, located at the base of famous scenic Poon Hill.

Early morning rise up for short hike and climb for an hour to Poon Hill, a popular and famous view-point. Offers spectacular sunrise over chain of Himalayan white peaks with world’s three highest mountain range. Namely, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu Himalaya with an array of snow peaks, includes majestic Machhapuchare Himal the famed Fish-Tail peak. After a glorious morning sunrise views and breathtaking panorama of the Himalayas, down to Ghorepani for breakfast. From Ghorepani enjoy the last and final day of trekking, as walk heads down to lower warm areas. A pleasant morning walks into lovely woods of rhododendron and pines, the reach Ulleri village. From here a long descent to Tirkhedhunga a place with beautiful waterfalls, then ending the trek at Hille village. Staying in a nice simple local lodge within farm lands of rice terraces with warm temperatures.  

After a pleasant and enjoyable overnight around the Himalayan hills, morning a few hours drives to beautiful and scenic Pokhara. The road follows on a dirt road for an hour then joining on the main Baglung and Pokhara Highway. 
An interesting journey through farm areas and rural villages facing tremendous views of Annapurna Himalayan peaks. Slowly the drive ends reaching Pokhara and transfer into a nice hotels by the Phewa Lake side. Pokhara is a beautiful and leading tourist city of Nepal and probably in whole Himalaya region.

The city blessed by natural beauty of high snow mountains of Annapurna Himalayas with serene lakes of Phewa and Begnas. Afternoon at leisure for stroll around the streets of Phewa Lake side. Pokhara is also famous and popular for Paragliding and various adventure sport and outdoor activities. 

As time for short scenic flight to Kathmandu, transfer to Pokhara Airport for sweeping smooth air journey. After a grand panoramic views of country landscapes and snow peaks, then landing at Kathmandu airport.

From the airport, a short drive back to your hotels rest of the day at leisure for individual activities. 

Everest Adventure Tour, reserves a free day for the trekkers to enjoy more of Kathmandu exciting cultures and its heritage sites. Enjoy the spare day for shopping or join in for tour to Patan or Bhaktapur cities, worth a visit.

Final day in Kathmandu and Nepal, as time for your international flight for homeward bound or next port of call. Transfer to Kathmandu, Nepal international airport bidding farewell to your guide and staff, after a marvelous and enjoyable adventure on Annapurna Circuit

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    • All Arrival and Departure Transfer from airport to hotel and vice-versa, vehicles according to group size.  
    • Twin sharing room on best tourist standard hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis only. (For single supplement at extra cost on informing Everest Adventure Tour on booking).

    • Transportation on start of trekking and after trek from Kathmandu and to Pokhara. Includes domestic airfare from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

    • Full board trekking includes twin sharing accommodation on best available 
local lodges, includes Breakfast, lunch, dinner with afternoon tea / snacks.

    • Service of guide, trekking staff as per size of a group with porters.

    • Wages, meals, medical allowance of guides, trekking staff and porters.

    • Applicable Special Trekking Permits TIMS (Trekking Information 
Management Systems). Includes ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area 
Project) Entrance Fees.
    • Comprehensive Medical Kit carried by our guide if required for minor 
wounds and sickness.

    • Sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley as per the itinerary.

    • Welcome or Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Doesn't Include

    • Nepal Visa, Personal Medical & Travel Insurance.

    • Expenses of personal nature, meals in Kathmandu and gratitude or tipping
 for trekking staff, drivers, porters and guide, including extra snacks and refreshments.

    • Personal trekking gear, including sleeping bags and down jackets (if it is not
 included on the trip cost).

    • Emergency Evacuation if required by any means of transportation, including
 Helicopter Service.

    • Personal medical kit, as advised by you doctors.

    • Early return from the trek due to personal domestic or medical reasons, no refund will be entertained on breaking the journey.


Frequently Asked Questions

It is not so difficult crossing over Thorang-La Pass, only in deep snow condition can be quite tough and challenging. More or less it is quite moderate climb with long steep descend. Taking time and having frequent stops will overcome the tough sections and difficulty of breathing. Annapurna circuit an adventure with high pass of Thorang-La of above 5,416 meters high, we have set the itinerary days flexible. Having enough time for acclimatization, as well having shorter days in some parts of the walks. However choosing the right season and with best guide of Everest Adventure Tour will be best to enjoy this exciting adventure.

Trekkers will be surprised to find good food menu of varieties, from Tibetan, Nepali, Indian and Chinese to Continental. Includes long list of snacks and drinks for the customer delights in most lodges on treks. The lodge accommodation are nice and lovely according to the choices of the trekkers. From budget, standard to luxury accommodation, either attached or non-attached bath and toilets.

Trekkers should remember as the trek leads higher areas around Yak Kharka, High Camp and in Pisang village. The attached bath and toilets are not available due to freezing temperatures in the night and morning. Where all plumbing systems freeze, and stops the flow of water which will be filled with ice. 

On higher areas the lodge provides rooms with common toilets and bathrooms, which is much better than having in rooms. Due to harsh climate and terrain conditions, where all trekkers should understand and needs to compromise. 

However, all lodges are clean with good rooms, having large dining with potbellied stoves to make the environment warm and cozy.

The only simple accommodation and foods will be in High Camp, rest of the major villages and settlements. Provides better room accommodation and range of foods quality.

All lodges have hydro-power to run electricity, but at Yak Kharka and High Camp have electricity, run by solar power. Trekkers can charge their electronic items and gadgets. A fee is charged per hour for each items, as for internet and Wi-Fi, have connection. Depending upon the areas in deep gorge and valley, as well weather wise, can be disturbing with bad receptions. The best place is Chame, Manang and onwards from Muktinath. Other places works well with local SIM, which can be bought in Kathmandu at reasonable cost.

Annapurna Circuit involves high altitude and crossing over 5,416 meters pass. Some days can be quite longer as per ones physical fitness and experience on outdoor activities. The minimum age we allow is above 16 years, and maximum age of 70 years. But all should be in good physical shape and in sound medical health and having medical and travel insurance for this adventurous treks.

As this trek involves high altitude, anything can happen like normal sickness or altitude sickness like AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).

All trekkers when booked with Everest Adventure Travel needs to purchase Travel and Medical Insurance. Which should cover expenses of immediate and fast transportation like Helicopter with all medical bills incurred. The Travel insurance should cover in case if one has to use helicopter services, if the flight get delayed or cancelled. The other reasons is if the trail is blocked by sudden landslides or avalanches, as well with heavy snow-fall. Where trekkers have to return back to Pokhara or Kathmandu due to bad weather or unfortunate incidents.   

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