Annapurna Circuit Trek-16 days

Trip Level
Moderate
Destination
Nepal
Max Altitude
5416M
Trip Duration
16 Days

Overview

Trekking Highlights:

“Great adventure on high and scenic Manang valley enclosed with mountains Walk within varied landscapes from warm to cooler hills and at arctic zone Adventure around North and Southern region of massive Annapurna Himalaya Explore traditional farm villages enriched with age-old culture and colorful custom Crossing high Thorang-la pass at above 5,416 m with a breathtaking panorama From beautiful Lamjung areas to scenic Manang district and at Mustang areas”.

Trip Profile:  

Trip Mode: On hotels and lodge basis on treks.

Trek Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.

People and Culture: Populated by Gurung, Magar with Manang people and Thakali of Kaligandaki valley of both Hindu and Buddhism religions of varied impressive cultures.

Highest spot: On top Thorang-la pass at 5,416 m and 17,769 ft high.

The region of Trekking: Nepal Far North Mid-West within Annapurna Region.

Duration of walks: 11 Nights and 12 Days (with drives both ways).

Total Trip: 15 Nights and 16 Days (Arrival to final departure).

Seasons: March to May and September to mid December months, March to May wild-flowers in seasons with clear morning for views and pleasant day for walks, October to mid December another best months for clear views of mountain scenery, morning and night times will be cold as per altitude wise.

Introduction:

Annapurna Circuit Trekking with Nepal High Point leads you to scenic and cultural adventure around massif range of Annapurna Mountain and between Dhaulagiri and Manaslu range.

A great marvelous adventure to experience once in your lifetime walking around picturesque landscapes on both sides of Annapurna Himalaya from North to South within low warmer sub-tropical temperatures to cooler alpine hills and ending at the arctic zone of ice and glaciers at Thorang-la high pass.

Annapurna Circuit Trekking a popular and mostly visited region due to its outmost beautiful scenery of varied landscapes and change of climates along with a la local impressive culture that makes this place world famous adventure destinations.

Starting with a long exciting drive to reach Nepal Mid-West around warmer low areas of Lamjung district and then heading into cooler hills filled with lovely pine and rhododendron woods to reach Dharapani village at Manang district.

Where our actual walking adventure begins heading higher elevation with super views of Manaslu-Lamjung and Annapurna peaks, slowly walk enters into the scenic valley of Manang with time to explore its rich custom and culture visiting interesting Braga monastery.

Manang village within beautiful valley enclosed with a high mountain range of Annapurna-Gangapurna and Chulus peaks, and then heading towards the highest point of the journey traversing over Thorang-La pass at above 5,416 m with mind-blowing views of surrounding landscapes and mountains.

After a tough walk with a climb over Thorang-la heading with bid descend to Kaligandaki River valley after visiting holy Muktinath a famous pilgrimage spot for Hindu and Buddhist religions.

As journey proceeds past lower Mustang areas with awesome views of mountains on both side of the trail entering within world deepest gorge of Kaligandaki River valley to reach warm low areas at Tatopani village, a place with refreshing natural hot-spring pools.

From Tatopani, our trek continues heading high to Ghorepani surrounded within beautiful rhododendron forest with a climb on top Poon Hill a famous view-point for stunning sunrise over an array of Himalayan peaks.

Enjoying super times on high hills of Annapurna, slowly walk leads to the end of the adventure where drive leads to scenic Pokhara city by its calm and simmering Phewa Lake, where our fantastic adventure Annapurna Circuit concludes with great friendly services of Nepal High Point Trek guides and staff.   

Trek Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu trek preparation with an optional tour around world heritage sites.

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani1, 860 m- 07 hrs.

Day 04: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.

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

Day 06: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.

Day 07: Rest day at Manang for local hike and acclimatization.

Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hrs.

Day 09: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.

Day 10: Cross Thorang-La Pass 5,416 m and walk to Muktinath 3,800 - 06 hrs.

Day 11: From Muktinath drive to Tatopani 1,190 m (Hot spring) - 04 hrs.

Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani village 2,880 m - 06 hrs.

Day 13: Hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,460 m - 05 hrs.

Day 14: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara - 03 hrs walks and 02 hrs ride.

Day 15: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Day 16: Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.


Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

On reaching at Kathmandu international airport received by Nepal High Point staff and guide with warm welcome then transfer to your hotel in centre of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed in your rooms join for group briefing regarding your stay in Nepal, where guides will provide information about the trek-local lodge-hotels-culture and other necessary information related to this trekking.

Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu trek preparation with an optional tour around world heritage sites.

In Kathmandu, a free day reparation for Annapurna Circuit trekking with optional sightseeing around Kathmandu, as the valley is steeped with many world heritage sites and important monuments and religious-historical sites.

Day 03: Drive to Dharapani1, 860 m- 07 hrs. 

Morning a long and interesting overland journey from Kathmandu to reach Nepal Mid-West around Lamjung district at Besar town and then towards Manang areas, where drive leads to Syange by the bank of Marysangdi River, with climb from here for few hours to reach a nice village at Jagat, after a refreshing stop at Jagat continue drive on gradual winding trail with superb views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges to reach at Dharapani village for overnight stop.

Day 04:  Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.

Morning walk leads on a finding path within rhododendron, pine forest through Bagachap and Danque village, towards Tamang village, from here onward into more Buddhist cultural areas facing views of Mt. Manaslu 8,163m.  After Timing village a few hours walks to Koto and then at Chame town for an overnight stop, a large and major town and headquarter of Manang area.

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

The adventure continues into the cooler area from here onwards heading closer to mountains, as trek leads into nice alpine forests of rhododendron and pine trees, following Masrsyangdi River upstream with few short ups and down hills to Bhratang village. From Bhratang village walk follows with uphill within green pine woodland overlooking Chulus and Pisang peaks, an afternoon with lunch break where route descends to lower Pisang village for an overnight stop. 

Day 06:  Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.

Morning walk from Pisang village leads through tall pines and rhododendron trees with short uphill and views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulus and Pisang peak. As walk continues reaching at Hongdae village, from here tree lines disappear for barren, landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate. Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics and then an hour walk brings at Manang village. The houses here are built up in traditional Tibetan style and Manang people are known for their rich culture and traditions. 

Day 07:  Rest day at Manang for local hike and acclimatization. 

A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher elevation, explore Manang village, located beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range and Manang glacial Lake.  

Day 08:  Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hrs.

After a pleasant rest at Manang, the morning walk to Gesang village on the gradual uphill path to reach Yak Kharka, as our route gains altitude with super views of snowcapped mountains, then crossing a small stream river to reach Yak Kharka, a small settlement with tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks. 

Day 09:  Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.

Morning adventure heading high areas at the base of Thorang-la after climbing along the river bank, as walk leads to Thorang Phedi (bottom/base), from here an hour of steep climb takes you at Thorang High Camp for oven overnight stop. 

Day 10:  Cross Thorang-La Pass 5,416 m walk to Muktinath 3,800 - 06 hrs.

Today main highlight of the adventure, having early breakfast where trek leads to a steep climb to reach at high Thorang-la at above 5,416 m, facing tremendous panorama of snowcapped peaks, after feeling in high spirits on reaching the main highest spot of the trip where walk follows on long downhill to Muktinath at 3,800 m.  On reaching Muktinath for an overnight stop, a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

Day 11:  From Muktinath drive to Tatopani 1,190 m (Hot spring) - 04 hrs.

After Muktinath, where walking parts ends for a day where motorable road has reached to this point at Muktinath through Jomsom town, making the adventure much easier where drive leads to a big drop of 1,200 m downhill to Kaligandaki river valley, and to Jomsom a headquarter town of Mustang region with a small airstrip above Kaligandaki River. From Jomsom ride continues past Marpha, a charming village as our journey drops further warmer areas and driving past Kaligandaki River Gorge, located between towering Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks forming this area as world’s deepest gorge, where few hour drives reach you at nice Tatopani village a place with natural hot spring to refresh yourself. 

Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani village 2,880 m - 06 hrs.

After Tatopani, morning walk leads across a bridge over Kaligandaki River and then our route diverts heading for a steep short climb on terraced hillside, dotted with farms villages, after a steep section within alpine forest as walk leads to some gradual path through villages of Ghara-Sikha to reach Chitre and then with steep short climb to Ghorepani- village, where you can enjoy views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, and Vara-Shikar also known Annapurna Fang.

Day 13: Hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,460 m.

Early morning an hour hike to Poon-Hill at 3,210 m, facing stunning views of the sunrise over a range of mountains from Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Manaslu to Annapurna extends far towards Ganesh Himal includes Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail”. After an enjoyable view of mountains with striking sunrise walk back to Ghorepani and then continue trek downhill to Tirkhedhunga village, where walk lead within the nice cool forest with long descend from Ulleri village to overnight stop at small nice farm village Tirkhedhunga with beautiful waterfalls.

Day 14: Trek to Nayapul and drive back to Pokhara 860 m - 5 hrs.

Last day within high hills of Annapurna, where morning walks start with descends towards low and warm farm areas past village of Hille and Bhirethati to reach on the road head at Nayapul, where few hour drives take you at Pokhara for overnight stops by the famous and scenic Phewa Lake.

Day 15: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Having early breakfast where interesting drive brings you back in Kathmandu, as drive departs from Pokhara (either tourist coach or in private vehicles), as journey leads past many nice farm villages and town, from Mugling Bazaar following Trisuli River for sometimes, and then on winding uphill to reach into Kathmandu valley as well back to your respective hotels. (Flying options of 30 minutes flights to Kathmandu from Pokhara).

Day 16: Depart Nepal for international flight home-ward bound.

Last day in the country of Himalayan wonders, after an amazing experience and wonderful adventure on Annapurna Circuit trek with great service of Nepal High-Point Trekking and then depart from the hotel as per your flight time our staff transfers you to Kathmandu international airport for your homeward flight or to next respective countries.

Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara - every hotel rates are effected by standard and ranking. We will be happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per your interest and budget. Thus, please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of accommodation that you would like to stay in.


Cost Details

  • Airport pickups and drops in a private vehicle.
  • Hotel or Tea Houses accommodation during trekking.
  • All Meals - Breakfast / Lunch and Dinner during trekking.
  • All ground transportation on comfortable private vehicles as per the itinerary.
  • A well trained and experienced, English speaking, Government licensed holders trekking guide.
  • Porter services (2 guest = 1 porter) would carry 20 - 25kg.
  • Staff cost - Their insurance, Food and accommodation, salary and insurance and airfare.
  • All necessary paper works - National park permit and Nepal Government permit ( Trekkers information management system (TIMS) permit.
  • Farewell dinner.
  • Trekking equipment - Sleeping bag and Down Jackets but to be returned after the trekking trip completion.
  • Two nights Hotel accommodation in Pokhara with bed and breakfast included. 
  • All Government and local taxes.
  •  Your personal nature expenses and travel insurance.
  •  Drinks, Beverage, Hot shower and heater charge.
  •  Meals while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara as well as Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu.
  •  TIPS.

Equiment Checklist

Here’s a complete equipment checklist for trekking in Himalaya area. Some of them may differe according to destination, you can let you know the specific details according to need. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.

Important documents and items

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.

ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)

CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)

FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes 
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)

SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack

DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes

FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;

  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Ear plugs for sleeping

OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

Map

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Departure Dates

No fixed departures.