Annapurna Circuit 23 Days


The Annapurna Circuit, considered one of the best trekking/hiking trails
in the world, is the classic long distance trek in the Annapurna region of
Nepal. The trek is one of contrasts between the green, terraced farmland of
the Marshyangdi valley and the semi-arid environs of Lower Mustang. The two
areas are separated by the Thorong La River (5416m), which we must cross
on a long day, to reach the sacred site of Muktinath. The temple complex is
a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists and when seen from here
the sunrise on Dhaulagiri is particularly striking. We descend into the world’s
deepest river gorge, carved by the mighty Kali Gandaki, as it slices between
the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. The river meanders to the relaxing hot
springs at Tatopani before ascending to Poon Hill for our last sunrise over the

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All about the Annapurna Circuit 23 Days.

The Annapurna Circuit is a classic trek on ancient trade routes. Ascending the
Marshyangdi valley. Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli. Visit old Buddhist monastery
in Braga. Explore beautiful Manang village. Crossing the Thorung-La (5416m).
The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, View of Dhawagiri Ice-flow. The world’s
deepest gorge and the Kaligandaki valley. Natural hot spring at Tatopani.
Sunrise at Poonhill with magnificent mountain views.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Four nights hotel accommodations with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Licensed and trained trekking guides
  • Porters for carrying goods and supplies
  • All accommodation during trek
  • All meals and hot beverages whilst trekking
  • Transportation to and from trail head
  • All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
  • National Park/Conservation Area entry permit
  • Equipment such as sleeping bag, tents, mattresses
  • Cooking equipment (if required)
  • Camp-site charges (if required)
  • Insurance, medication, and equipment for staff
  • Coordination of Quick Rescue service (costs covered by your insurance plan)
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International airfares
  • Travel/trekking insurance
  • Excess baggage charges more than 16kg and hand bag more than 5kg in domestic flights
  • Visa fees
  • Airport departure tax
  • Rescue charge
  • Drinks (cold and alcoholic)
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Permit and liaison officer fee (where applicable)
  • Lunches and dinners whilst not trekking
  1. Day 01 Arrival in kathmandu

    Upon arrival at Kathmandu International Airport transfer to your hotel. A short
    briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your Annapurna
    Circuit trek itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free
    time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.

  2. Day 02 Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley

    Half day sightseeing around Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on
    a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local
    traditions. There is time to explore the city’s many places of interest on your
    own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalised. In the evening sample
    a delicious traditional Nepali dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  3. Day 03 Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (830m)

    Breakfast. Our trekking guide will come to the hotel at 07:00 hrs to pick you
    with private transport to leave for Besi Shahar (185km) and will take us about
    6 hours. Along the journey you will witness some spectacular scenery of white
    mountains, green hills, rivers and hamlets. We overnight at a guesthouse.

  4. Day 04 Besi Shahar to Bahundanda (1430m)

    Our first day’s trekking introduces us to the diverse cultural elements of Nepal
    and we pass by many typical local houses and the faces of varied ethnic tribes
    exchanging greetings (Namaste) as we pass. We will share the trail with mule
    caravans that transport supplies to the remote villages. Our route makes its way
    through subtropical forests and the rice terraces of Sera to the village of Khudi
    (840m). After we pass the village of Bhulbule we will see a majestic 60m high
    waterfall. Along the way we have views of Manaslu (8156m). The mountain
    views disappear as we come closer to the small town of Ngadi, here we will have
    to cross the Ngadi Khola by a long suspension bridge. From here on the trail
    moves gently upwards to Bahundanda, an attractive village in the saddle of a
    long ridge at 1300m (7 hrs).

  5. Day 05 Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m)

    We start the day by descending on a steep slippery trail past amphitheatreshaped rice terraces. There will be a small hot spring after this descend. The
    rest of today’s trek will have us pass the river a few times and we will see a
    few waterfalls as well. As we near the village of Jagat we will have a steep
    200m climb to a trail that has been blasted out of the rock face. 15 minutes
    below this village we can visit another small hot spring. From Jagat we climb
    up to Chamje (6 hrs).

  6. Day 06 Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m)

    Today we will do the 940 meter ascent to Bagarchap through bamboo and
    rhododendron forests, on a trail high above the river bank. We will pass the
    village of Tal at 1700 meter which lies at the foot of a large waterfall. The trail
    crosses a broad, flat valley that was once a lake (Tal means lake) after which we
    will cross the Marsyangdi by a 60 meter long suspension bridge. The trail will
    climb up from a second suspension bridge to a stone kani (an arch over the
    trail) which marks the entrance to Dharapani at 1960 meter. All old villages
    from here to Kagbeni have these arches and they become more elaborate and
    picturesque as the Tibetan influence becomes stronger. The trail slowly climbs
    from here on through a forest of blue pine, spruce, hemlock, maple and oak to
    Bagarchhap. This is the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture:
    closely spaced stone houses, with flat roofs piled high with firewood. (7 hrs).

  7. Day 07 Bagarchhap to Chame(2170m)

    We will first follow the south bank of the river climbing to Syal Khola (the river
    of jackals) at 2210 meter, after which we will cross the river over a cement
    bridge near a spectacular waterfall. The route crosses several landslides as it
    works its way uphill through a walnut tree forest and aside apple orchards
    until we arrive at Chame. At the entrance of the village is a long wall with
    many prayer wheels. Throughout the day there are nice views of Lamjung
    Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV (7525m) (6 hrs).

  8. Day 08 Chame to Pisang (3190m)

    We will first pass the older part of Chame and climb up to Telekhu at 2840
    meter and continue with a long pleasant and mostly level walk through the
    forest to Brathang, which lies at 2950 meter. After the trail rounds a bend
    here we will see the first view of the dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a
    tremendous curved slab of rock rising more then 1500 meter from the river.
    We will cross back to the south bank of the Marsyangdi on a suspension
    bridge at 3080 meter and then make a long gentle climb over a ridge through
    blue pine forests. After this the trek will be reasonably level as it heads to the
    upper part of Manang valley to Pisang. This town marks the beginning of the
    region known as Nyesyang, the upper portion of the Manang district (5 hrs).

  9. Day 09 Pisang to Manang (3540m)

    Today our trek will slowly climb up to the Tibetan-style village of Bryaga at
    3500 meter following the valley floor. At Bryaga we will see houses stacked one
    atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbour’s rooftop.
    The gompa, perched on a high crag overlooking the village, is the largest in
    the district and has an outstanding display of statues. We then continue
    through a very arid countryside, dominated by weird cliffs of yellow rock,
    eroded into dramatic pillars alongside the trail to reach today’s destination, the
    village of Manang, where the shops are surprisingly well stocked with all the
    things you might want to refuel on (5 hrs).

  10. Day 10 Manang

    Today we stay in Manang where we can do a short hike to ascent slightly
    higher to for instance Khangsar, which is a 200 meter ascend. It is important
    to have a relatively restful day today, to allow your body to acclimatize to the
    higher altitudes and thinning air. It also gives us the possibility to wash some
    of our clothing.

  11. Day 11 Manang to Letdar (4250)

    Trekking slowly upwards to Thorung La we will leave the large trees behind
    and see vegetation consisting mainly of scrub juniper and alpine grass and we
    will pass a few meadows where horses and yaks graze. After we reach Yak
    Kharka we will see herds of blue sheep grazing the steep slopes as well. About
    an hour after passing Yak Kharka we will arrive at Letdar (4:30 hrs).

  12. Day 12 Letdar to Thorang Phedi, or Thorang High Camp

    Again a relatively easy day to get used to the altitude before we have to cross
    the highest point in the trek, and possibly the highest point you have been on
    in your life. From Letdar we will continue to climb along the east bank of the
    Jarang Khola to Thorung Phedi, a rock-strewn meadow surrounded by vertical
    cliffs at 4420 meter. Blue sheep and even snow leopards can be sometimes
    seen in this valley. High in the skies above us we can see lammergeyers and
    Himalayan griffons circling around (3-4 hrs).

  13. Day 13 Thorang-Muktinath (3800m) via Thorang La Pass (5416m)

    Today is a long trek starting before sunrise at maybe 04:00 hrs to reach the
    pass by 09:00/10:00 hrs at the latest, as otherwise weather conditions will
    greatly affect the journey. We cross over at an altitude of 5416m so can be
    exposed to strong winds if crossing too late. Local people have used this trail
    for hundreds of years to bring herds of sheep and yaks in and out of Manang. Thus the trail, while often steep, is well defined and easy to follow. Snow can
    block the pass at any time of the year if there has been an unseasonable
    storm. It takes from four to six hours from Thorung Phedi to the pass, but the
    many false summits mean the climb seems to go on for ever.
    At the Thorung La pass, with its traditional prayer flags and stone cairn we will
    have outstanding views. You can see the Annapunas, Gangapurna and Khatung
    Kang, a heavily glaciated peak. Amazingly there is a teashop here on top of the
    pass at 5416 meter. From here we start a long descend of about 1600 meter
    with outstanding views of Dhaulagiri mountain standing alone in the distance
    across the valley. After the trail becomes less steep we will enter grassy fields
    and cross meadows to our final destination of Muktinath, which means place of
    Nirvana and is home to the Muktinath temple as well as several monasteries. It
    is said that all sorrows you feel are relieved when visiting the Temple, which is
    a scared pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists. The main pilgrimage
    normally takes place in September. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu
    and has 108 waterspouts around it from which Holy water pours. Another
    attraction nearby is the Jwala Mai Temple and this contains a spring and an
    eternal flame fed by natural underground gas (9 hrs).

  14. Day 14 Muktinath to Marpha via Jomsom (2665m)

    From today we will follow the “Jomsom trek” in reverse order. We will first go
    down to Kagbeni, which is a 990 meter descend through meadows, streams and
    fruit trees like peach orchards. Then we will continue going down to Jomson
    (more correctly Dzongsam, or “new fort”). Our descend continues through the
    Kali Gandaki Valley to Marpha. Marpha is home to many apple orchids as well as
    all the various food products made from the fruit. Apple Brandy is a local
    specialty that you may be lucky enough to taste en route (6 hrs).

  15. Day 15 Marpha to Ghasa (2080m)

    This day will be a rewarding day when we trek further down the Kali Gandaki
    valley alongside the Kali Gandaki river to Ghasa. We will pass the villages of
    Tukuche at 2580 meter and Larjung at 2560 meter. We then cross the the
    Kali Gandaki river by a high suspension bridge and continue through an area
    covered with fir, juniper and cypress trees. Towards the village of Kalopani
    (2530m) we will have splendid 360˚ views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, the
    three Nilgiris, Fang and Annapurna I. After crossing another very long
    suspension bridge (107 meter long) we will reach Ghasa, our base for this
    night (6 hrs).

  16. Day 16 Ghasa to Tatopani (1190m)

    Today our trek leads us through the steepest and narrowest part of the Kali
    Gandaki valley; much of the way is cut through solid rock and subject to
    frequent landslides. Before we reach the village of Dana (1450m) we pass the
    Rupse Chhahara (‘beautiful waterfall’). Descending further down past several
    landslides we will reach Tatopani, meaning hot water, which is situated on
    the riverbanks where we will stop to make the most of a well deserved hot
    bath (5 hrs).

  17. Day 17 Tatopani to Ghorepani (2834m)

    Leaving the hot springs behind us we have a day of climbing ahead of us to
    Ghorepani. We leave the Kali Gandaki valley and we will follow the Ghar
    Khola river and cross this river on an old swaying bridge. We will continue
    ascending to Ghara (1780m) and Shika (1935m) where there still is a British
    army training centre. The last part of the trail today will have us climbing
    through rhododendron and magnolia forests to Ghorepani, where we will
    arrive mid afternoon (7 hrs).

  18. Day 18 Ghorepani (2834m) to Poon Hill (3210m) to Tadapani (2520m)

    An early start and an hour’s hiking to Poon Hill (3195m) leads us to a brilliant
    spectacle, this viewpoint provides an unobstructed beautiful sunrise over the
    high Himalayas. After spending about 40 minutes on the hillside, we come
    back to Ghorepani for a hot breakfast, and start walking to Tadapani. From
    Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron
    forests and if the weather allows it we have a panorama all the way south to
    the plains of India. The trail follows a stream bed which becomes larger as we
    continue. The stream has some clear pools alongside the trail and finally
    becomes a series of waterfalls. Today’s final destiny is the village of Tadapani,
    meaning ‘far water’ and the water supply for this village is a long distance
    below (5 hrs).

  19. Day 19 Tadapani to Ghaundrung (1950m)

    The Ghaundrung trail descends steeply through forests to the village of
    Ghaundrung where we will arrive around noon. We will overnight here so have
    the afternoon to visit the Annapurna conservation office and museum. As well
    as take time to explore this maze like village (3 hrs).

  20. Day 20 & 21 Ghaundrung to Pokhara via Pothana (1910m) and Phedi (910m)

    Our last two days of trekking on the Annapurna Circuit take us through the
    village of Pothana (2110m) before reaching Phedi (950m).. On arrival in Phedi,
    mid morning, our private transportation meets us before driving to Pokhara.

  21. Day 22 Pokhara to Kathmandu by plane.

    Overnight stay at hotel.

  22. Day 23 Kathmandu

    Departure from Kathmandu.

    The trek program is – because of weather or unforeseen events – subject to change