Annapurna Circuit Trek

Nepal

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Trip Grade
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Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu, Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu.

Once you arrive at the country of Mt. Everest, you will be greeted by our representative of Himalayan trekkers in the traditional way and transfer you to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Sightseeing in Kathmandu & trek preparation.

You can spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites such as Syambhunath Stupa, Bouddhanath and Durbar Square in Kathmandu valley for some time and prepare for the trek in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Drive to Syange (1,100m).

With a certain determination and a huge amount of enthusiasm, you will start your trek today. Taking the Prithvi Highway until Dumre, then you will take an uneven road by the River Marshyangdi. While on this trail, you will pass through the low-lying villages on the banks of the river and the paddy fields that are a common feature in this area. Following this trail, you will reach Besi Sahar after a drive of around 6 hours. Besi Sahar is the Headquarter of Lamjung District and is a small commercial center along the banks of the River Marshyangdi. And from here, you will be heading to Syange, which is another 2 hours journey by an automobile. Overnight at the teahouse.

(Note- Apart from the Monsoon season, you can drive till Dharapani reducing one more day as the motorable road has reached Chyamche/Dharapani now. Furthermore, although this is the private drive till Synge and if you have limited time then you can walk further 1.5/2 hrs to Jagat / Chyamche).

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs drive

Day 4

Trek to Tal / Karte (1,700m).

From Syange you will travel down to Jagat (1.5 hours) and further continue till Chyamche. Today also you will be walking along the banks of the River Marshyangdi. You will descend until the trail reaches the river. Further, you will walk through a lush green forest for an hour and reach the village of Chamje. From here, you will further continue to Seattle. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, you will descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As you walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then you approach Karte which is a village in the midst of a deep forest. This is your last destination for the day.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Chame (2,630m).

After breakfast, you will proceed further and continue through the narrow village trail keeping the Dudh Khola to our left. The Dudh Khola originates from the southern face of Manaslu. Further on, the Marshyangdi River enters a gorge and the trails follow the rock-strewn path. You will stop for a while to enjoy the majestic and impressive view of the Manaslu before the inclined ends and the forest of Rhododendron starts. Walking further up, you will reach the hamlet of Koto, from where you can have the most awe-inspiring view of Annapurna II and surrounding peaks. From here you will walk for nearly one hour until you reach a white gate with a corrugated iron roof, the entrance to Chame, a small village that serves as the Headquarter of the Manang District. It is dotted with most of the government offices of the area.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Pisang (3,190m).

One of the most mesmerizing moments would be when you wake up with the sun rising beautifully over the Lamjung Himal (6,993m). This is how our 6th-day trek will start. After the overnight rest, you will be heading towards Pisang, which will be your overnight destination for today. On your way to Pisang, you will cross through the barley fields gently swaying in the winds, cross-mountain passes, enjoy the sight of apple orchards and small hamlets until you reach the untouched hamlet of Bratang. After passing through this village, you will continue your journey enjoying the majestic beauty of Annapurna II, Gangapurna Glacier, and stunning snow-capped peaks. Similarly, after a walk of almost 3-hours, you will arrive at Pisang village.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Manang (3,540m).

Our day starts with the journey towards Manang. On the way to this town, you will pass the beautiful and scenic Manang Valley and have a glimpse of the sky-high Tilicho Peak (7132m). You can see this while you will be descending through Manang's airstrip, Humde. After a while, you will reach the spot where the north-eastern face of Annapurna III is visible. Further on a while, you keep on walking through the Sabje Khola Valley, you can also see the Annapurna IV, which stands at 7525m, in all its majestic glory. Further on, you will cross a wooden bridge, as the Marshyangdi Khola gushes below you after which you enter the village of Mungji. You will continue downhill till you reach Manang and experience the awe-inspiring sight of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Gangapurna [7455m] and Tilicho Peak [7134m] standing majestically in their full glory as of the backdrop of your trail. Manang is one of the typical villages where one can find traditional houses made up of clay with mix up Manangi and Tibetan culture in addition to the unique lifestyle of the local people.

Accommodation: Tea house/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Letdar (4,250m).

Today is going to be a thrilling day as you have reached that point in the trek where you will start your ascent towards Thorung La. You will start your walk after the breakfast and start climbing uphill to Tengi, and 120 meters above Manang. Furthermore, you will cross Marshyangdi Valley turning north-west up the valley of the Throng Khola and continue further to Gunsang (3960 m). This is a small mountain hamlet with houses that have flat roofs made up of mud. You will walk past picturesque meadows and rich forests of barberry, juniper, etc. On the way, you will encounter horses and yaks grazing. This whole scene depicts the picture-postcard perfection also renowned as Yak Kharka. Keeping yourself on the same track, you will continue walking across the large stream coming down from the Chulu west. Keeping it to your side you will follow the trail until you reach a rich pasture that is 4000 meters above sea level.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Thorong Phedi (4,500m).

Leaving Letdar behind, you will gradually climb to a ridge before going downhill to the gushing headwaters of the River Marshyangdi. You will then cross the river using a covered wooden bridge. After a short climb up the mountain path on the right bank of the river, you will follow a narrow trail across an uneven steep slope and then climb down to Thorung Phedi. Similarly, if time allows then you will climb to High Camp (4883m) and stay overnight to shorten the walk for tomorrow to cross the Throng La.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs

Day 10

Trek to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass(5,416m).

This is the most exciting day of the trek as you will be crossing the Thorung La [5416m], the highest trekking pass in the world. It has been listed as one of the best trekking trails in the world in terms of culture and unique landscape, many times by many organizations, individual authors, Magazines, BBC, Trip Advisor, and the Lonely planet as well. So, you will start early for the climb and then the downhill trek. The trail is very steep but well defined and easy to track as it has been used by the villagers for hundreds of years now. The walk is uphill and strenuous for the next four hours until you reach a place with prayer flags and a small stupa/chorten. From up here, you can see the majestic snow-capped mountains, rolling hills of Mustang and the beautiful Valley of Kaligandaki. After a brief rest, you will start your descent in the direction of Muktinath (3800m). You will take a path along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage in the Himalayan region for both Hindus and Buddhist.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs

Day 11

Trek to Jomsom (2,713m).

Coming down the mountain in the morning you will find yourself in Jharkot and Khingar, where there are beautiful monasteries which gives you an opportunity to experience the interrelation and similarity of the Tibetan culture to that of the people living in this area. One cannot really get over the awesome view of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri throughout the trail. You will walk past Kagbeni to reach Jomsom along the banks of River Kali Gandaki. Jomsom is the Headquarter of Mustang district and you can spend some time here to explore the area and interact with the locals.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 12

Fly to Pokhara.

Since Jomsom lies in the mountainous region so there is always an early flight to Pokhara as in the morning the days are clear and also the flight duration is about 20 minutes. Similarly, Pokhara is also known as “city of Lake” and is one of the most popular places for foreigners after Kathmandu. There are lots of interesting things to see in Pokhara. So when you are in Pokhara don’t miss to visit the popular landmarks of Pokhara.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 20 min flight.

Day 13

Fly/drive to Kathmandu.

Today either you can fly to Kathmandu, which will be 30 minutes worthy flight, where you can see the changing natural vegetation with Himalayan Range or you can drive from Pokhara. The drive will be scenic and you will get the opportunity to experience the highway of Nepal.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight/ 6-7 hrs drive.

Day 14

Final departure.

You can depart from Kathmandu to your home country or extend the trip and head for another trip within or outside Nepal.

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Gear List

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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