Major things to see in Round Annapurna circuit Trekking:
Around Annapurna Trek
Known as one of the most diverse treks in Nepal, the Round Annapurna Trek ascends 5416m before dropping down onto a high-altitude plateau that takes you south along the Kali Gandkhi river valley.
We walk through numerous villages, jungle, river valley; the world's deepest Kali Gandaki gorge and keeping towering mountains Annapurna I, II, III, IV rising from the deserted land to snow capped tops. Annapurna I is the highest mountain before passing Thorongla ( 8091 m) and Dhaulagiri 8167 m to the west is highest peak seen in this Round Annapurna Trek. We savor the fabulous mountain views from Poon Hill around the end of Round Annapurna Trek and discover the diverse Annapurna region. Furthermore, Annapurna Circuit Trek also takes us to Manang, Jomsom, Kagbeni and the Muktinath region which are holy and historic places in Nepal. The diverse Nepalese landscape and culture can be witness in Round Annapurna Trek. Things will look completely different before and after the pass. Manang is a world famous town in the Manang District of Nepal, with an altitude of 3,519 metres. It is situated in the broad valley of the Marshyangdi River to the north of the Annapurna mountain range & has 5 minutes access to Glaciel lake; Gangapurna. 5,416-metre Thorong La pass (1st known circuit trekking pass in Nepal) leads to Muktinath shrine and to the valley of the Gandaki River. To the north of Round Annapurna Trek, is the Chulu East peak of 6,584 m. Chulu west climbing is one of the nicest climb of the region.
Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhist located in Muktinath Valley at an altitude of 3,710 meters.
Situated right at the foot of the Thorong La pass, this temple has holiness and history. People also do trekking till this point from Poonhill side and this is known as Pilgrimage trekking trail. Thousands of Hindus & Buddists come to visit this sacred Temple. Within Hinduism, it is called Mukti Kshetra (mokshya Chhetra), which literally means the "place of liberation" or Enlightenment Area.The ancient name of this place before Buddhist origin is Thiru Saligramam (for Hindus'). The Buddhists call it Chumig Gyatsa, which in Tibetan means "Hundred Waters". For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath is a very important place of Dakinis, goddesses known as Sky Dancers. Buddhists believes that this is a place for achieving Nirvana.
Peaceful Landscape and pristine nature will make you believe all these holy sects. About to the end of Around Annapurna Trek; we also continue to Poonhill which is one of the world's best view point for 360°view of Himalayas(including Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri range). From this point you will see how far can you walk in a day, feel proud about this. We will be following the local villages trails and Ghorepani trekking route leading toward the end of around Annapurna trek. Sunrise view from Poonhill will be a thing to make your trip great trip towards the end.
This is a general idea of itinerary for Round Annapurna Trekking, feel free to contact us if you want to customize, our team is happy to Help.
Day 01: Arrival at the TIA, Kathmandu. Our office representative will pick you up and drop you to your hotel.
Welcome to Nepal ! Our representative will be waiting you at the airport (either with you Name printed on Paper or with Hording board of Nepalgram). Representative will help you check in to your respective hotel and let you know the meeting time for Round Annapurna Trek preparation and the next day activity.
Day 02: Sightseeing day in Kathmandu. Pre-Meeting and Preparation for trek.
Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley includes 4 major monuments from 13th to 18th century old. Tour guide licences from Nepal government will take you in private vehicle. Sightseeing tour is a full day activity. After the tour we will have pre trek meeting where we will discuss about the Round Annapurna Trek and its your expectations and our reality.
Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (810m) and couple of hour hike to Bhulbule (840m).
8 hours drive (approx) to Besisahar is in one of the busy Highway of Nepal. Besisahar is a big town at the entrance of Round Annapurna Trekking trail. This town is the market for all the food and bevrage we gonna get up there. After getting to the town Besishar, we will hike for an hour to nearest village Bhulbule and spend night there. Now a days due to road construction all the way to Manang, we try to walk from the new trail constructed by the local tourism stake holders.
Day 04: Trek from Bhulbule to Chyamje (1430 m)
Bhulbule is a small village on the side of river, we will have our first mountain breakfast at this place and hike towards Chyamje. Todays hike will be approx 8 hours. We hike up to Bahundada and down to river again, before we get to Chyamje village. This trail avoids the road and take us through the villages.
Day 05: Chyamje to Chame (2630 m) (trek and drive day; guide decides)
Chamje with a stunning view of waterfall will well spend your stay. After breakfast at Chamje we need to walk for approx 10 hours to get to Chame village. Most of the walk today is on the road. So you and your guide are free to decide either to walk all the way to Chame or take jeep. Chame is the headquarter of Manang district. Welcome to Manang !
Day 06: Chame to Pisang (3300m); 6 hours
Chame to manag is beautiful hike on the riverside. Even though walking on road has scenic view of the river Valley and the Mountains. Pisang has two major village, one on high land called upper Pisang and another the Lower Pisang. We will stay at Lower pisang and go for side hike to upper Pisang. Upper Pisang gives good view of the mountains and Lower pisang village. Upper Pisang also has Buddhist temple. This hike will help you to acclimatize.
Day 07: Pisang to Manang (3570m); 6-8 hours
There are two options to hike today, if you go from Ngawol this is uphill walking for a while and walk down to Manang village. If you choose it to be easy day go on the road. If you are in the high season of trekking in Nepal, dusty road might be annoying but the scenery is great. Walking into the jungle, towering mountains on both sides is nice walk in the middle of the valley. If you take upper trail, it has a magnificent view of Annapurna range and the river valley just beneath you. Trail is narrow through the jungle, very few tea houses in between villages; you will have a remotely access in here. This trail also avoids the road network in Round Annapurna Trek.
Day 08: Acclimatization day in Manang. Short hike to Gangapurna glaciar lake and the view point (one of them) 6 hours
Manang is small village on the side of river. This village is near to Gangapuna Glacial lake, thus it is a famous photo spot for trekkers. We will spend two nights at this place for ACCLIMATIZING for the altitude to gain in next two days. Acclimatization hike includes one of the view point. Gangapurna Lake is very near to this village, nice enough to spend the entire day, you want to spend easy day at the tea house ? choose the lake not the guest house.
Day 09: Manang to Ledar (4250m); 6 hours
Manang to ledar has great view of the surrounding mountains. We will split with people doing Tilicho lake at this point. View of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Tilicho peak, Chulu peak is amazing on today's hike. After Manang there is no road, we will have even nice energy in the remote. Enjoy the sightseeing of few wild animals today, blue sheep and mountain goats are likely to see.
Day 10: Ledar to Highcamp(4925m); 5 hours
No tree zone starts already from Manang village, but once we get to Ledar terrain look fantastic. No tree, small bushes and yak grazing on those fields looks amazing. Today's walk is above 4000 meters, so walk slowly in your pace. Soak yourself in the nature, silence and those stunning mountains. Rockfall zone starts right after the suspension bridge, be cautious in this section. We will take break at Phedi ( translates to Base camp in english), after lunch at Phedi it is 2 hours hike uphill to the High camp. We are near to highest point of the Round Annapurna Trek.
Day 11: Highcamp to Muktinath (3800m); 8 hours
Thorongla pass day begins early in the morning. We will have lots of breaks before the pass, do not forget to drink enough. Make sure you have right gears for snow and clod wind. Thorongla is not hard pass but definitely the high pass. If you are doing Round Annapurna Trek in Winter, chance of getting lost is high; stick with your group. Congratulation for your achievement, this is a matter of proud-ness for you to get to this altitude. Once you get to the top of Thorong-la, quick descend begins with wide spectacular view of Dhaulagiri range the other side. Round Annapurna Trek is towards the conclusion from this point. Muktinath has a temple which is common among Buddhist and Hindu's. Visit the temple, you will not regret.
Day 12: Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m); 7 hours
You will feel like being at Tibet toady. Landscape is spectacular towards Lo Manthang road. Brown hills right infront of snow capped mountains are admiring view for today's hike. Upper mustang trekking trail splits at this point. We will walk on the road and take few shortcuts to avoid the road. More chance of heavy wind and dust, get ready with wind stoppers and goggles.
Day 13: Jomsom to Tatopani (1190m) by bus
Most of the trekking trail is spoiled by new road construction in this section. So we take bus to tatopani and stay overnight. Tatopani has hotspring. You can celebrate your successful Thorongla pass with chilled beers and natural hot spring.
Day 14: Trek to Ghorepani(2850m); 8 hours
After breakfast at Tatopani, we hike towards Sikha village. After Shikha road ends and the nature begins. Lots of steps walking all the way up to Ghorepani will make your day tiring but damn beautiful. Walking through the rhododendron forest is a best thing to do during spring.
Day 15: Ghorepani to Nayapul (1070m) and drive back to pokhara by private car or jeep; 10 hours
After Sunrise hike to Poonhill, we will have breakfast at the guest house and walk down to Ulleri village. Lunch at Ulleri and hike all the way to driving point is a long downhill walk. Pokhara is famous as a Lake city. We sleep in one of the hotel in Lake side, Phewa lake is very close by Lake side. Like at Thamel, Lake side has night life, enjoy your night here.
Day 16: Drive back to Kathmandu; 8 hours
Drive from Pokhara to kathmandu pass through lots of paddy fields and bunch of villages. There will be 3 breaks for food during 8 hours drive to kathmandu.
Day 17: Our office representative will drop you to International Airport for your further trip.
Our vehicle will drop you the airport. Time has come to say you farewell with promise to meet again. have a nice trip.
Cost of Round Annapurna Trek
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Note - Price displayed is for one person, Saying that, more people makes the price low.
Round Annapurna Trek 17 Days Cost Include for Best Value Price plan:
- Three Nights standard hotel at kathmandu (bed and breakfast)
- One night Standard Hotel in Pokhara B/B (bed and breakfast)
- Transportation from Kathmandu to Besisahar, Pokhara to Kathmandu & Jomsom to Tatopani
- Guided City tour of UNESCO world Heritage site at kathmandu
- Accommodation and Food (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trekking and fresh fruits every night after dinner.
- All necessary paper works, entry permits & entrance fees.
- English speaking and trained, Government license holder guide including all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance during the trekking and tour.
- A helpful porter with proper equipment (one porter for two people).
- Dawn Sleeping bag & Dawn Jacket(upto -20 deg celcius) - to be returned after the trip
- Luggage bag & walking poles - to take away
- Nepalgram souvenir - for memories
- Pick up and drop prior to trek.
- Medical supplies (first aid kit) with regular oxygen saturation check up with oxymeter
- All government taxes and office expenses.
Round Annapurna Trek 17 Days Cost Exclude for Best Value Price plan:
- Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at International Airport – Kathmandu). You need 2 passport size photos and $40 dollar.
- Your Travel and medical insurance for emergency, we assist you for the arrangement International airfare.
- All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic hot and cold drinks.
- Kathmandu sightseeing entrance fees.
- Tips for the guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
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- Activity ⇒ Trek/Walk
- Activity Level ⇒Exceptional
- Accommodation ⇒Teahouse/Lodge
- Group Size ⇒2 to 5
- Service level ⇒Basic
- Trip Code ⇒ABCT14
- Travel Style ⇒ Guided Tour
- Max Altitude ⇒4130 m
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I hiked the Annapurna Circuit with Arun and his amazing crew of people last year and it was an epic experiences. The Himalayas are hands down one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and Arun was one of the best hiking guides I’ve ever used. He was organized, thoughtful, kind, knowledgeable and very conscious of our health and well being. He also answers all of our cultural questions thouroughly, taught us customs and helped us in whatever way we needed. I’d highly recommend this agency and am planning on heading back to Nepal in 2020 to hike another trek with them