Annapurna circuit trek lies in the central part of Nepal. This is one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions for trekking.The Annapurna area was opened to foreign trekkers in 1977 after the disputes between CIA backed Khampa guerrillas operating from the area into Tibet, and the local populace and Nepal army were settled. Since then the Annapurna region trekking has been recognized as one of the world’s best trekking trails according to a recent survey by Modern Maturity (USA). The trek takes you through Rhododendron forests and over the foothills of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. The Annapurna trail provides you with fantastic views of the following Himalayan peaks Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri (the spectacular ice pyramid), Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail), including others.
During the trek you will not only experience great trekking but also visit natural hot springs, see the world’s deepest Gorge named the Kali Gandaki gorge, visit the world’s highest altitude lake (Tilicho Lake), see many varying landscapes and stunning waterfalls (including the Ruptse waterfall).
This trek with Nepal Eco Adventure is ideal for beginner as well as experienced trekkers.
Length: 17 days
Difficulty: Moderate to challenging.
Starting elevation: 760 meters (2,493 feet) at Besisahar up to 3,450 meters (11,319 feet) at Manang, depending on your starting point.
Peak elevation: 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) at Thorong La Pass.
Access: Pokhara, a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu or full day by ground transportation.
Paperwork: The Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and TIMS card can be purchased from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pohkara or through a registered guide; each requires two passport photos.
Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu airport pick up to hotel, over night at Kathmandu(1360m)
|After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transfered to the hotel. After check in and some refreshments, our senior sherpa guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Annapurna Circuit Trek. You can then go for a stroll down the street to get familiar with the historically beautiful Kathmandu city.
Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley (Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath Temple &Patan durbar square
|The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, being the historical and cultural heart of the country, is a popular destination for tourists, trekkers and other types of adventure seekers. The city is a marvelous amalgamation of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western cultures and influences. Patan and Bhaktapur are its two major neighboring cities. You will be taken on a half-day guided tour of Kathmandu and Bhaktapur cities. In Kathmandu, you will be visiting Pashupatinath, the most famous and revered Hindu shrine in the country; Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Soyambhunath, which contains both Buddhist and Hindu shrines and stands as testimony to the religious harmony that exists in the country; and the 15th-century 55-window palace in Bhaktapur.|
|Day 3 : Kathmandu to Besisahar – (760m) 7 hrs Drive
You will be driving along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and then follow the narrow and paved road by the Marshyangdi River to Beshisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. From here, you will be able to observe some mesmerizing well known mountain peaks, a lot of naturally green landscapes surrounding the valley and the daily activities of the happy local folks. This headquarters is the center from where the daily usable commodities are supplied to the different villages and numerous towns.
|Day 4 : Trek to Bahundanda – (1300m) 6 hrs Trek
The first part of the trail passes on a flat level along the bank of the Marshyangdi River. You can enjoy one of the best sceneries and the local culture of the Gurung community. After lunch the trail goes steeply upwards to Bahundanda which takes about 2 hours. From this point, you can see the area surrounded by eye-catching scenarios with snow-capped majestic himalayas.
|Day 5: Trek to Jagat – (1400m) 5 hrs Trek We will have our healthy hot breakfast and start our trek for Jagat. The route goes through paddy and muddy fields while observing fantastic high hillocks, breath taking mountains and beautiful waterfalls on the way of todays journeyS. It is about 5 hours trek to Jagat. We will have our lunch on the way at Syange.|
|Day 6 : Trek to Dharapani – (1960m) 7 hrs Trek
The first part of the trail descends to the river and after crossing a suspension bridge, you begin a climb to Sattale (1550m.) on a path so steep that it seems one slip would send you hurtling down into the valley. You continue on an undulating path above the river, and at one point, where a tributary flows in from the opposite bank, the main river becomes covered with huge boulders that hide the water. Climbing the zigzag path to the top of the hill, you see the level, plain of Tal (1700m.). Though it is enclosed by cliffs, the level area looks reassuring after the harrowing mountain paths just traveled on. You descend to a grassy river bank that leads to Tal with its hotels and teahouses. Here you can enjoy the exhilarating waterfalls. Beyond Tal, the valley narrows and the path becomes high and winding and in several areas hewn from the rock itself. Beyond the small village of Karte (1900m.), there is a bit more cliff-walking before the path drops again to the river. You cross a suspension bridge and climb the short distance to the stone Mani marking the entrance to Dharapani (1960m.), and your camp for the night.
|Day 7 : Trek to Chhame – (2630m) 5 hrs Trek
You climb through awe-inspiring forests of pine and oak as you pass through Danaque (2210m.). Soon, there comes a small wooden bridge that will take you on a steeply ascending path up to Timang which lies at the bottom of stunning Lamjung Himal. The trail goes then on a flat level until you reach Chame, where you will find government offices, shops and hotels. Chame is the administrative headquarters for the Manang district.
|Day 8 : Trek to Pisang – (3200m) 6 hrs Trek
With Lamjung Himal (6893m) sparkling in the morning sun, you set off for Pisang. You continue through a fir and pine forest, climbing to a high, rocky area as the opposite bank becomes an impassable cliff. From this point the valley becomes extremely steep-sided as you follow the path to Bhratang (2950m.). You now walk through a pine forest and as the forest ends, the valley changes from a V-shape to a gentle U-shape, opening up a wonderful vista before you. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Pisang Peak (6091m.) to the north-east. Continuing on, you come to a long Mani wall by a bridge and the lower village of Pisang.
|Day 9 : Trek to Manang – (3540m) 6 hrs Trek
Beyond Pisang, the trail climbs a steep ridge that affords good views of the Manang valley and Tilicho peak (7145m.). Descending past Manang’s airstrip at Hungde (3320m.), you come to a level area from where the north-east face of Annapurna III rises majestically above you. From the wide plains of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV (7525m.) also becomes visible. Just beyond this point you cross the considerably reduced flow of the Marshyangdi Khola via a wooden bridge to the tiny village of Mungji. After a short steep climb you reach Manang which is a surprisingly large village for this remote mountain region.
|Day10 : Acclimatization Day (Optional hike to Gangapurna lake or Melaripa cave)
We will hang around for one more day in Manang for acclimatization by observing beautiful views of green landscapes, silvery mountains, Chortens and Monasteries. We can also explore unique culture and lifestyles of local people.
|Day11 : Trek to Ledar (You may stop at Yak Kharka) – (4250m) 5 hrs Trek
The trek to ledar gives you much more memorable moments as you reach the apex of Annapurna circuit crossing the famous high pass Thorung La at (5,416m). After we cross the pass, we ascend a steep trail through Tenki Manang, leaving Marshyangdi valley behind. And walking along the Jarsang river, we will reach Yak Kharkha and then on to Ledar.
|Day12 : Trek to Thorang Phedi – (4420m) 4 hrs Trek
Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then descend to Thorong Phedi.
|Day13 : Trek to Muktinath (Visit Muktinath temple in the morning) – (3800m) 8 hrs Trek
You start early today for your crossing of Thorong La [5416m]. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before you. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath and its shrines and temple.
|Day14 : Trek to Jomsom (via Lupra or Kagbeni) – (2600m) 5 hrs Trek
Today is the last day of our trek on these wonderful mountains, we will move through the trail of Kagbeni or Lupra to reach Jomsom. This day we will trek along Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomosm. Jomsom is a strong windy little town in a cold valley. You can get startling memorable views of Tilicho Mountain and beautiful wet hills.
|Day15 : Fly back to Pokhara – (823m) 30 minutes flight
This takes about 25 minutes and stay overnight at our hotel in Pokhara. The flights are available during the morning time. The strong breeze blows during the after and frequent change of the weather prevent the flight being landed and taken off in the afternoon. During the flights in morning, the sky looks very clear which makes you able to enjoy the splendid views of different mountain peaks. Overnight hotel inclusive breakfast.
|Day16 : Drive back to Kathmandu
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach Manakamana Temple, this is a temple where most Nepalese come to have their wishes granted before leaving home or getting married. From Naubise we climb up to Thankot, the gateway to Kathmandu and finally reach our hotel & a lovely soft warm bed.
|Day17 : Departure to your destination
After breakfast and our last day in Kathmandu, our vehicle and escorts will be on standby to drop you to the international airport three hours before our scheduled flight back home. At Glorious Adventure, meeting you has been a great honor and we pray for your Safe journey home and will reflect on the wonderful times we spent together. Bon Voyage!!! We hope to see you again some day…
While much of the Himalayas cannot be trekked in the wet season, much of the Annapurna circuit actually sits within a rain shadow. This means that it is possible to trek most parts of the circuit all year-round, including the monsoon period. Trekking in the wet season is often encouraged as hikers avoid the crowds that plague the summer months. However, the days are often damp and many of the views are obscured by cloud.
So here are detail information about the weather for you:-
This is the most popular hiking season in Nepal. Due to the recent monsoons, everything along the circuit is refreshed, clean and vibrant. Views are usually clear and the night sky is extremely visible. Though the weather is generally warm, nighttime temperatures drop below freezing.
This is the coldest period on the circuit. Depending on the altitude, day time temperatures will be cold and night time temperatures drop well below freezing. The tradeoff is that the trails are much less busy. Thorung La Pass, which stands at over 5,000 meters, is often blocked with snow and may be closed for days on end. Unless the snow blocks most trails, tea houses still remain open during this period. Clouds prevail more frequently, but clear days are still common. Towards March the rhododendrons start flowering, which brings hill sides alive with flaming colours. Unfortunately, this period is also when avalanches are most common.
Because of the warming weather, April to May is the second most popular trekking season on the Annapurna Circuit. Most of the snow has dissipated, leaving crystal clear skies. There is often a strange haze that can be seen from the lower altitudes during May. However, this soon passes and cannot be seen from higher up the trail. As the monsoon period builds towards the end of May, the days become hotter and more humid which makes trekking at lower altitude quite uncomfortable.
This is the monsoon period. Although there are stories of torrential downpours, mudslides and hordes of leeches, this is rarely the case on the Annapurna Circuit, particular the northern section. Whilst the south section of the Annapurna Circuit near Pokhara does get a lot of rain, the northern parts often receive less than 10% of the precipitation due to the location within a rain shadow. The upside of trekking in the monsoon period is that many of the flora species flower during this period, making the trek exceptionally beautiful. This is also the time when the Tilicho Lake side trek is relatively easier.
Overall, this is a very rewarding trekking experience and we look forward to give you a fantastic trip.