The Annapurnas are a range of Himalayan mountains, which lie just about in the centre of Nepal and the full Annapurna Circuit travels around the entire Annapurna massif taking about 20 days, but shorter routes from 4 – 13 days are also available.
This classic trek around the Annapurnas is also one of the 10 greatest treks in the world and one of Nepal’s finest with unmatched diversity. You can experience the exhilaration of crossing high mountain passes at the windswept edges of the Tibetan plains, trek across high ridges, through deep gorges and also descend to sub-tropical forest, rice fields and banana plantations. All along the way you will encounter many of the different tribal groups that make up Nepal and pass sacred Buddhist and Hindu shrines.
This trek visits the Tibet-like country on the northern slopes of the Himalayas and the dramatic Kali Gandaki Gorge. This 18 day variation remains mostly in the low lands but will offer spectacular views of the high Himalayas.
Includes: Airport transfers and all transport, all national park fees, communal gear on the trek, stoves, pots, food and fuel. Hotels as per itinerary, 3 nights hotel (3 star), an experienced Sherpa on the entire trip as a guide.
Excludes: All airfares, visas, insurance, personal equipment, tips, soft drinks, bottled water or alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature, health requirements, hospitalisation and evacuation if required, personal gear, any additional expenses, fees for changes to flights and excess baggage payments, delay expenses outside itinerary, tips, restaurant meals and spending money, additional days in hotels.
Day 1 – Arrival and hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2 – Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (823m). At Beshisahar you can see the remains of the Lamjung Palace on the hilltop to the Southwest.
Day 3 – Beshishar to Bahun Danda (1310m). You get some good views of nearby valleys and waterfalls as well as a look back at Besisahar as you follow the path through terraced rice fields and thick forest.
Day 4 – Bahun Danda to Chanje (2657m). This day starts with a 200m descent before beginning the day’s climb. You cross back over the Marsyangdi and continue through thick forest in a deep valley until reaching Chamje,
Day 5 – Chanje to Thonje (1920m). There is a natural dam on the river that we follow. The dam has formed a small lake with an actual beach.
Day 6 – Thonje to Chame (2651m). You will feel like you have entered another ecological zone. It is cooler and the air is dry, as it is the rain shadow of Annapurna. From here you can see Annapurna II towering above. Continue trekking to Lattamarang at 2454m, and then to Chame.
Day 7 – Chame to Pisang (3185m). This is about a 5 hours trek. We cross the Marshyangdi River and continue to trek through a beautiful pine and spruce forest. You arrive at Brathang village amidst a beautiful apple orchard. We then continue with a gentle climb to Pisang village.
Day 8 – Pisang to Manang (3351m). This day offers magnificent views of the Annapurnas. The beautiful landscape takes you to Humde village and further along to Braga village. Braga has a 600 years old monastery, which can be visited. A further 40 minutes will get you to Manang village.
Day 9 – Explore Manang. The Tibetan way of life strongly influences the people in the Manang valley. There are walls mounted with spinning prayers wheel to spin and sacred Tibetan scripture carved in stone slabs on the temples.
Day 10 – Manang to Thorang Phedi (4416m). This is about a 3 hour trek. The trail leads through high pasture, in some places there are small teahouses to accommodate trekkers. A further 2 hours takes you to Thorang Phedi.
Day 11 – Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3800m). This is the Start of the trek across the Thorang La at 5416m. You start early in the morning around 4.30 am, to avoid wind in the pass and to reserve the time for possible delays. The Thorang La at an altitude of 5416m offers views of the Annapurna range, Daulagiri Range, Chulu West, Chulu East and many more spectacular mountains. We continue down to Muktinath.
Day 12 – Muktinath to Jomsom 2713m. Walking around 2 hours from Muktinath most of the trekkers enjoy their lunch in Jomsom.
Day 13 – Jomsom to Marpha (2667m). The trek to Marpha is about 2.5 hours. Marpha is one of the typical villages of the Thakali people. They are one of the main dwellers of the Kaligandaki Valley.
Day 14 – Marpha to Lete (2438m). There are clear views of the Nilgiri Range across the river bottom on this day. As the trail descends you start seeing more fields and signs of agriculture.
Day 15 – Lete to Tatopani (1189m). The trail descends until Dana and starts to flatten to Tatopani Bazaar. On the way you can see a series many beautiful waterfalls. Tatopani is a well-managed village for tourists. They have hot springs here and you can relax in these natural baths.
Day 16 – Tatopani to Ghorepani (2855m) is about a 6 hour trek. The main villages on the way are Ghara, Shikha, Phalate and Chitre. In these villages there are mixed ethnic groups such as the Kami, Chhetri, Magar and others but the main ethnic group is Poon Magars. Gorepani has one of the best viewpoints of the Annapurnas available.
Day 17 – Ghorepani to Birethanti (1037m). We spend the next couple of days travelling through many villages as we descend to Pokhara for our return to Kathmandu.
Day 18 – Birethanti to Pokhara (915m).
Day 19 – Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 20 – Flight home
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