Annapurna Circuit Trek – 14 Days

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“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Annapurna Circuit Trek encompasses walking around foothills of grand Annapurna Himalayan range with satisfying experience after crossing Thorung La Pass and visit to pilgrimage Muktinath temple. Stun yourself while trekking through Kali Gandaki gorge which the deepest in the world. Annapurna circuit trek is combo of both physically demanding and delightful as we will also be viewing the best of sunrise panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayan range and other neighboring peaks.

We embark for trekking on Annapurna circuit as we begin our day by taking a drive from Kathmandu to Syange or Jagat as per viable conditions. During our initial days, we walk around Manang valley, rice, barley fields, and steep ridges along spectacular views of Annapurna II, IV and Lamjung Himal. Then it would be walking through dense forest we cross Pisang, enter upper drier part of Manang for acclimatization. The cautious adventurous ascend towards high altitude Thorungla pass, pilgrimage Muktinath has chance of avalanche. Therefore, our experienced and knowledgeable guides will diagnose the situation and ensure your safety. After our visit to famous pilgrimage site Muktinath, we descend towards Kali Gandaki valley to Marpha where the apple farming is well favored. Further trekking days through Tatopani provides us chance to relax at natural hot spring. We will then trek towards Ghorepani and early morning Poon hill hike for astounding sunrise views over the Himalayas. Finally, we trace our steps to Nayapool followed by drive to Pokhara and then Kathmandu.

Annapurna circuit is adventurous and challenging walk that encircles all the major attractions around Annapurna region. All the adventure enthusiasts with good fitness level are welcomed to join this adventure which is best experienced mainly during months from March to May and from September to December. Trek to Annapurna circuit with us and gain the challenging yet satisfying trekking experience in Nepal.

Itinerary Overview

  • Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.
  • Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Synge/ Jagat (1100 m) 8 hrs
  • Day 03: Trek to Dharapani (1960 m) 6 hrs overnight at Guest house.
  • Day 04:- Trek to Chame (2,630m) – 6 hrs
  • Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3300m). 5 Hrs.
  • Day 06: Trek to Manang (3500m) 4Hrs.
  • Day 07: Manang – Acclimatization day
  • Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (4250m) 5 Hrs.
  • Day 09: Trek to Phedi or High Camp (4600m) 4 Hrs.
  • Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3800 meters) via Thorung La pass (5416 meters) 8 Hrs.
  • Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2700m) 4 Hrs.
  • Day 12: Morning Flight to Pokhara.
  • Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu. 6 Hrs
  • Day 14: Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey. “Farewell”

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu.

Welcome for Annapurna Circuit Trekking. On the very first day, you will first land on Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will first be met by our office representative and he will transfer you to your respective hotel. Check in and either rest at your room or simply take a short walk around busy streets of Kathmandu city. Meet your trekking guide and he will ensure all your trekking gears, equipments and packing lists are ready. Further get a good book, eat a plate of momo and just absorb the essence of Kathmandu. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Synge/ Jagat (1100 m) 8 hrs

Today we head towards the initiating point of Annapurna Circuit at Annapurna region. We take a long drive from Kathmandu to Syange or Jagat located at 1100 meters above sea level. Enjoy the beautiful drive through hills, sub urban areas, villages and finally arrive at local guest house to take rest and relax. We stay overnight at local guesthouse in Syange or Jagat.

Day 03: Trek to Dharapani (1960 m) 6 hrs overnight at Guest house.

Today we start our day walking through the subtropical green forest. Gradually the trekking trail becomes rocky and we trek alongside the bank of Marsyangdi. The Tal village, we enter into the Manang district, and later at the end of the day we finally reach at Dharapani. All three course meals will be provided as usual and we will stay overnight at guest house.

Day 04:- Trek to Chame (2,630m) – 6 hrs

After having our early meal we start our trekking day today gradually walking from Bagarchap to Dharapani. We will enjoy the excellent views of Annapurna Himalayan range. We will further hike up to the Temmag and capture scenic Manaslu range. From this point, we can notice that there has been change in the vegetation along with an altitude. We will further cross a apple village and finally reach the headquarter of Manang, i.e. Chame. We stay overnight at local tea house.

Day 05: Trek to Pisang (3300m). 5 Hrs.

During the first few days, we walk through the dense forests, apple orchard. In this way, we carry on our Annapurna Circuit Trek trekking trail enjoying the natural and cultural aspects of local. There comes the steep climbs, we experience the difference in landscapes and vegetations as we gain altitude, slowly we will get surrounded by alpine atmosphere. Here we will see mostly herbs like pine and juniper with sparse short herbs. We will also experience quite comfortable and smooth walk as we arrive lower Pisang. Enjoying the Himalayan views we finally reach Pisang before sunset and stay overnight at local guesthouse.

Day 06: Trek to Manang (3500m) 4Hrs.

Today, after approximately walking for four to five hours through popular circuit trail, we finally arrive at the Manang. Here we can see the Tibetan Buddhist culture, tradition along with excellent views of snow capped Himalayas specially of Annapurna Himalayan range. After we reach Manang, we stay overnight at local teahouse. Today we will cover about 8 km of distance.

Day 07: Manang – Acclimatization day

Proper acclimatization is the key and today will be an acclimatization day at Manang. It won’t be a rest day however. We will walk along the village, and get familiar with altitude as upcoming days will be demanding for us. We go around Gangapurna lake. During the peak trekking season, Himalayan rescue Association organizes the volunteering program from western doctors to research on altitude sickness. Later at the end of the day, we return to our tea house for overnight stay.

Day 08: Trek to Yak Kharka (4250m) 5 Hrs.

Leaving behind the beautiful Manang valley, we will cross the river tributaries, gain the altitude while moving towards Yak grazing area popularly known as Yak Kharka. We make our way through the Tanki local settlement with couple of ascends and descends that leads us towards Yak Kharka. We can see the Yak grazing around the fields and also we can feel the less oxygen while breathing as we are 4200m above sea level. Making our way slowly is the key to avoid altitude sickness. Overnight stay at localy owned tea house.

Day 09: Trek to Phedi or High Camp (4600m) 4 Hrs.

We have our early meal and being our hike towards the Thorang phedi which is known as the Thorong la pass. Walking at a slow paced for around 4 5 hours we will finally reach the place at Phedi. We stay overnight at phedi(base) today and get ready for tomorrow’s ascend to Thorong La pass.

Day 10: Trek to Muktinath (3800 meters) via Thorung La pass (5416 meters) 8 Hrs.

Today is the most important day of our Annapurna Circuit Trek. We will cross the highest point of our trek at Thorongla pass which is 5416 meters above sea level. Walking slowly, we will reach the pass after four to five hours. Upon reaching there it would be one of the greatest achievements for as the views of snow capped Himalayas are simply out of this world. Then after we continue our trek towards pilgrimage site of Muktinath. We stay overnight at local teahouse.

Day 11: Trek to Jomsom (2700m) 4 Hrs.

A five hours long nice downhill walk takes you to an exceptionally beautiful town of Jomsom. You have some free time to explore the town.Stay in a hotel in Jomsom.

Continuing our Annapurna Circuit Trek, we will leave behind the Muktinath. Where we can see the both cultural highlights of hindus and Buddhists. Trekking for around five hours takes us to Jomsom. We will explore the town strolling around enjoying the scenic landscapes. Finally stay overnight at tea house in Jomsom.

Day 12: Morning Flight to Pokhara.

After having our early meal, we head towards Jomsom air strip. We board a short and scenic morning flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. During this flight we also get an opportunity to enjoy excellent views of Annapurna Himalayan range. Upon arrival at Pokhara,  you have an option to experience few of the adventurous activities like paragliding, zip flying and bungee etc. Or else we can always explore the city’s main attractions. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 13: Drive back to Kathmandu. 6 Hrs

We will take a comfortable drive to Kathmandu valley today. After getting back to Kathmandu, we will invite you to farewell dinner. Simply we celebrate our successful completion of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 14: Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey. “Farewell”

Finally, our amazing Annapurna Circuit Trekking journey comes to the conclusion. Afteryou’re your preparations and packing is done, we will transfer you to Tribhuwan International Airport so that you can catch your flight back home. Farewell friend!

Or, you can also extend your visiting days at Pokhara or Kathmandu and even join in the Chitwan Jungle safari tour, mountain flight and other tours with us. We ensure you will have the best of holidays in Nepal. If you wish to extend your touring/trekking days in Nepal, simply let us know, we will make it happen.

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by Car / Van.
  • Two nights’ accommodation with breakfast at tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu.
  • One nights’ accommodation with breakfast at tourist standard hotel in Pokhara
  • Best available local lodge to lodge accommodation (twin sharing ) during the trek;
    Jomsom to Pokhara flight including departure tax.
  • 1 highly experienced helpful and friendly Guide, porters (1 porter for 2 people), their food, accommodation, salary, and equipments, insurance.
  • Surface Transfer from Kathmandu to Besisahar and from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Annapurna conservation permit and all necessary permits.
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Permit.
  • Government taxes & Office Service charge.

Price Excludes

  • All meals
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa , you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.).
  • All kind of cold drink like alcoholic and mineral water, Coke, Fanta, Juice etc…
  • Hot and cold shower during the mountain.
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver.

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Annapurna Circuit

Costin Miu

Visiting Nepal was a decision made by our group in a very short notice. And we decided to go for trekking in Nepal just after a month of devastating earthquake. I was quite unsure whether to join or not,, but as I inquired and researched on accessibility and viability of trekking around Annapurna, then we finally decided Nepal as trekking destination. Indira helped us in this a lot by quickly responding our emails with factual information. We felt mild earthquake tremors, while in Kathmandu, but our trekking guide, Shiva was well experienced and had leadership qualities who organized our trip without any shake. With negligible exception, Annapurna trekking trail was not damaged by earthquake and we find it more beautiful than in pictures. The sense of responsibility, transparency, hospitality and kindness, we are very much grateful to Icicles team. Also we are planning Everest Base Camp Trek in 2016 and highly recommend this company to all adventure lovers.

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