Annapurna circuit trekking - 20 Days

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  • TRIP ID: SSNP180
  • TRIP NAME: Annapurna circuit trekking
  • DURATION: 20 Days
  • TRIP DESTINATION: Kathmandu - Besisahar - Khudi - Sirung - Chamge - Chame - Pising - Manang - Yak Kharka
  • BEST SEASON: October, November, December, February, March & April
  • MAX ALTITUDE: 5416m
  • GROUP SIZE: Minimum 2 person
  • DAILY WALKING HOUR: 7 hrs
  • TRIP GRADE: Strenuous.

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Annapurna circuit trekking

Annapurna circuit trekking is alsopopularly known as Annapurna round trekking and one of the longest classical trekking trails in the entire Annapurna region.

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Annapurna circuit trekking

Annapurna circuit trekking is alsopopularly known as Annapurna round trekking and one of the longest classical trekking trails in the entire Annapurna region. At first this trekking was opened for foreigner in 1980 AD. In the beginning of trekking days you walk through low lying green hills then eventually make way to drier arid conditions landscape. The highest place of Annapurna round trekking is Thorong La pass at an altitude of 5416m. Crossing this high pass is the dream of any trekkers. After crossing the Thorang La pass you come tothe sacred site of Hindu as well as Buddhists site Muktinath. The majorattraction of this trekking is beautiful mountains, walking through rhododendron forests, walking through the Kaligandaki valley, warm hospitality of local people and their culture, hot springs in Tatopani and sunrise from Poon Hill.

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Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Day 2: Drive to Basishahar (830m) and hike toKhudi (800m) 6-7hrs

Day 3: Khudi to Sirung (2200m) 6-7hrs

Day 4: Sirung to Chamje (1410m) 5-6hrs

Day 5: Chamje to Dharapani (1960m) 5-6hrs

Day 6: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m) 5 - 6 hrs

Day 7:Chame to Pisang (3,310m) 5 - 6 hrs

Day 8: Pising to Manang (3500m) 5-6hrs

Day 9: Rest in Manang (3500m)

Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m) 3 - 4 hours

Day 11: Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi (4,600m) 3 - 4 hrs
 
Day 12:ThorongPhedi to Thorong La (5416m) &Muktinath (3,800m) 7 - 8 hr

Day 13: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m): 4 - 5 hrs

Day 14: Marpha to Kalopani (2530 m) 5 - 6 hrs

Day 15:  Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m) 6 - 7 hrs

Day16: Tatopanito Ghorepani (2,850m): 7 - 8 hr

Day 17: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,710m): 6 - 7 hrs

Day 18: Tadapani to Ghandruk to Pokhara (910m) 5 - 6 hrs trek, 1.5hr drive

Day19: Pokhara to Kathmandu : 6 hrs drive

Day 20: Departure:

Trip Hightlights

  • Walking through the rhododendron forest.
  • Explore Marshyndi river valley and its natural wonders
  • Enjoy mix culture of Tibetan Buddhist and Bon culture
  • Crossing Throng La Pass, one of the highest altitude of this trek (5416m)
  • Visit Muktinath the sacred temple of Hindus and Buddhists
  • Warm hospitality of Thakali people and  their culture
  • Walking  through the Kaligandaki valley
  • Natural hot springs in Tatopani
  • Enchanting spectacular view of Sunrise from Poon hill

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, you have an option to be escorted on a stroll around Thamel and the local streets of Kathmandu. Welcome dinner in the evening with a typical Nepali cultural program.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Drive to Basishahar (760m) and hike toKhudi (800m) 6-7hrs & 2 hours hike
In the morning drive from Kathmandu to Basishahar (830m) via Prithvi highway (178km/6hrs drive). On the way driving offers more about countryside  of Nepal, greenery, rivers, villages, farms and spectacular mountain views. When you reach to Basisahar, you have option of half an hour drive from Basishahar  reach to Khudi or one hour trek from Basisahar to Khudi, you can enjoy the spectacular view of Manasalu mountain ranges.
Overnight at Lodge in Khudi.

Day 3: Khudi to Sirung (2200m) 6-7hrs
Start trekking from Khudiserung exploring waterfall, rice paddies, subtropical forest and several  up and down hills. Enjoy the glorious Mansalu ranges in Serung.
Overnight at lodge at Serung.

Day 4: Sirung to Chamje (1410m) 5-6hrs
In the morning after breakfast we start trekking. He we will explore the rice trace, vertical cliffs lush forest, various culture of village people particularly Tamang village. Our trail passes through the Marsandi river until we reach the Syange (1100m)
Overnight at lodge in Chamje

Day 5: Chamje to Dharapani (1960m) 5-6hrs
Early in the morning start trekking passing through fields of corn, barley and potatoes, and then through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. On the way is the village namely Tal. Tal lies on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and river at the base of a large waterfall.
Overnight at Dharapani.

Day 6: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5 - 6 hrs
Today, spectacular sensational views of LamjungHimal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft) are main attractions. From DharapaniWe enter dense forest, cross bridges over streams and rivers as well as waterfall ascend steep stone steps to reach the new trail to Chame.
Overnight at Chame.

Day 7:Chame to Pisang [3,310m/10824ft]: 5 - 6 hrs
A narrow path through dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face will follow the path.  The trail passes through majestic Himalayan Peaks, an awesome testament to the power of glacial erosion. Thrail Passes through the Dhukurpokhari. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manangbetween two giant snow peaks. Upon walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang.
Overnight at Lower Pisang.

Day 8: Pising to Manang (3500m) 5-6hrs
The trial now through the drier upper part of Manang district, cut of from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna range. Enjoy the mountain view on the upper trial via Ghyaru and Ngawal (3660m) are excellent and will add your acclimatization. The trail continuous from Mungji(3500m) past the outstanding picturesque village.
Overnight at lodge in Manang.

Day 9: Rest in Manang (3500m)
It is important to spend a day in Manang before departure to Thorung La (5416m). There are some magnificent views around the village and it is best way to gain altitude during the day and return to Manang for overnight. Manang is one of the major trading centre in the Himalaya region.  We will rest for this day in Manang and check into a guest house for acclimatization.
Overnight at guest house In Manang

Day 10: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m): 3 - 4 hours
Start trekking rom Manang, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of JarsangKhola. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka.
 Overnight at Yak Karka.

Day 11: Yak Kharka to ThorongPhedi (4,600m): 3 - 4 hrs
Continue our trekking from YskKharka to Throng Phedi which will take approximately 4hrs.ThorongPhedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. we stop at ThorongPhedifor today, enjoy & rest as leisure in the evening.
Overnight at ThorongPhedi.
 
Day 12:ThorongPhedi to Thorong La (5416m) & Muktinath (3,800m): 7 - 8 hrs
Today we will start our trekking early in the morning, we reach the climax& beauty of our Annapurna circle trek. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5416m/17764ft). From Thorong La continue trek to Muktinath, which is about 9km, takes approximately 1.5hrs. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself reveals the religions harmony in Nepal.
Overnight at Muktinath.

Day 13: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m): 4 - 5 hrs
Early in the morning, perceed to one of the pilgrimage site Muktinath.In Muktinath visit Vishnu Temple and Gompa.  Then continue descending throughRanipauwa village down the steep to Kagbeni, Jomsom and arrive at Marpha which will take approximately 5 hours.The trail passes through the worlds deepest George Kaligandaki. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple.
Overnight at lodge in Marpha

Day 14: Marpha to Kalopani (2530 m): 5 - 6 hrs
In the morning continue trek to Kalopani through Chokhopani village and explore the Nepalese typical traditional village cultural heritage and lifestyle of theThakali people of Nepal and explore the apple garden. From here you can explore the 360 degree panaroma view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Then continue trek to reach to Kalopani.
 Overnight at Kalopani.

Day 15:  Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m): 6 - 7 hrs
Start trek Kalopani to the step downhill to Tatopani. As we step down enter through the subtropical forest and lush vegetation. On the way enjoy the popular waterfall in RupseChhara. We explore more villages in this area with everyday lives and living style of the local people. Upon arrival inTatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring. Tatopani is very popular among the tourist for hot shower.
Overnight at lodge in Tatopani

Day16: Tatopanito Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft): 7 - 8 hrs
In the morning step down to Ghorepani, we observe the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. Ghara and Sikha are the villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. We gradually walk steep up to Ghorepani. Passing through the trail, we encounter with rhododendron, brich, magnolia and some meadows on the way.
Overnight at Ghorepani.

Day 17: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,710m): 6 - 7 hrs
Early morning we ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m. /10,531ft), takes about for spectacular sunrise view over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs, which will take 15minutes. After breakfast, we continue ups and downs trail trek to Tadapani through the rhododendron forests that will takes approximately 6 hours.
Overnight at lodge in Tadapani

Day 18: Tadapani to Ghandruk to Pokhara (910m): 5 - 6 hrs trek, 1.5hr drive
The trail leads all the way down through the Rhododendron forest to Ghandruk. This is the second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. In mid day we continue trek to Nayapuland drive (1.5hr) to Pokhara by private vehicle.
Overnight in Pokhara.

Day19: Pokhara to Kathmandu : 6 hrs drive
After breakfast, drive Pokhara to kathmandu (200km/6-7hrs).  It will be better to hold  the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be transfered to the hotel and spend as leisure in the afternoon. Overnight in Kathmandu. 


Day 20: Departure:
You will be transfer to the airport by private vehicle according to the flight schedule.

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