Days: 21 / Difficulty: 3 of 5 (Moderate to strenuous)
Annapurna Circuit Trek is the most popular trek which circles the Annapurna Massif. You start from Marsyangdi valley through Manang, Tilicho Lake, crossing over Thorong-La Pass and descent to Muktinath and the Kaligandaki valley. Annapurna Circuit Trek Nepal has been proved as a highly praised. Annapurna Circuit Trek with Tilicho Lake starts right from Chamje and goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great view of Manashlu and Himal Chuli to the east. We also make a side trek to the tilicho lake the highest lake on earth. We cross from North to South Himalaya, over the difficult Thorong-La pass, we visit the holy temple of Muktinath and encounter buddhist monuments descending towards the world deepest gorge; the Kaligandaki valley. The high point of the trek entails crossing of the 5414m high Thorong La Pass.
Fact of the Trek;
Trip Region: Annapurna Region
Types of Trip: Trekking and Hiking
Duration: 21 Days
Highest Elevation: 5416m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Average Walking: 5-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and normal tea-houses/lodges during the trekking
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Private Vehicle and Domestic flights
Culture Experience: Majority of Manangis (Gurung) and Thakali and their way of life
Major Himalayan Sights: Annapurna II 7937m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Gangapurna 7454m, Lamjung Himal 6983m, Tilicho Peak 7134m, Chulo West 6419m, Chulo East 6429m, Pisang Peak 6092m, Thorong Peak 6144m, Dhaulagiri 8167m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Nilgiri 7061m.
Highlights of the Trip: Nepal's classic trek with a wide range of spectacular mountain scenery to cross highest Thorong La Pass, visiting an ancient Buddhist Monasteries, crossing over high suspension bridges, smooth gradual walking up through subtropical the dense Rhododendron and Pine forest to a Tibetan-influenced valley, scenic mountain flight out of Jomsom and Pokhara, meeting local people and their cultural mix takes in Gurung, Manangis and Thakali communities, passing several Buddhist monuments and their traditional stone-walled villages, a worthwhile side trip to Milarepa's Cave from Braga, a popular excursion trip to Praken Gompa and Chongar View Point from Manang, acclimatizing in style on spectacular side trip to Ice Lake outside, high glacial Gangapurna Lake, the temple and the religious shrines of Muktinath and its 108 brass waterspouts, Dhola Mebar Gompa (an ancient Buddhist monastery where a holy flame of natural gas burns behind a grill just above a spring).
Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Jagat 1300m (8/9 hours) by 4W land cruiser
In the morning, drive from Kathmandu to Jagat by private land cruiser passing by the Trishuli and Marsyangdi River. You can see three snow peaks like Lamjung Himal, Peak 29(Nadi Chuli) and Manaslu during the trail. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 4: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani 1860m (5/6 hours)
You start your trek in the morning after breakfast, the trail goes gradually up till Chamje and you cross on a suspension bridge and follow the steep rockey trail until to reach in the Tal village which takes 3 and half hours. You can see again very beautiful waterfalls in Tal. You have lunch break here. Then you continue again a rocky trail till to Kotro which takes about 2 hours. You continue straight and cross the suspension bridge near the Lower Dharapani and continue a little more climbing and finally you arrive in Higher Dharapani. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Trek from Dharapani to Chame 2670m (5/6 hours)
You begin your trek in the morning until to reach Bagarchhap which takes about 1 hour passing the pine and fir forests. You can visit the white washed monastery in that village. Then you continue your trek till Danaque which takes about 1 hour. The trail is ascending steeply until Timang which takes about 1 and half hour. You have a good view of Mt. Manaslu and Peak 29. Now your trail continues through pine forests till to Latamarang which takes about 1 and half hour. You have lunch break here. After lunch, you walk again through forests and you have a short glimpse of Annapurna II. Finally you arrive in Chame village after 2 hours walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 6: Trek from Chame to Pisang 3200m (5/6 hours)
In the morning, you continue your trek crossing on a suspension bridge and follow the trail through the pine and fir forests until reaching Bratang, which takes about 2 hours. Then after you cross again a bridge and follow the steep ascent till Dukurpokhari. It takes 2 hours and you have lunch break here. You have a very good and close view of Mt. Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV and Pisang Peak. After lunch your trail is almost flat until reaching Pisang. Then you go with your guide to Upper Pisang for visiting the newly constructed monastery and enjoying the view of the Annapurna Range. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 7: Trek from Pisang to Manang 3540m Upper trail (6/7 hours)/Lower trail (5/6 hours)
In this day, you can choose to go the upper or lower trail. Via Ghyaru is the upper trail. You can see the Mringchho Lake on the way. The trail which steeply ascends, brings you to Ghyaru Village which takes about 2 and half hour. You can visit the old monastery. Then you continue your trek until Ngawal village for 1 and half hour. You have lunch break here. After that, your trail is slightly descending until reaching Braga village. Visit the monastery. It takes 1 and half hour. Then 30 minutes walk from Braga to Manang. This is the right option for a great view of the Annapurna Range. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 8: Acclimatization Day: Hike to Chunker view point - Gangapurna Lake & Cave Gompa
Today is acclimatizing day. You can hike to Chhunker view point which takes about 1 and half hour. You can see the Gangapurna Lake as well, as the Annapurna range like Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Tilicho peak, Pisang peak, Chulo peak, Thorong peak and so on. Then you return back to your lodge and have lunch there. After lunch you hike with your guide to the Cave Gompa which is situated at the elevation of about 4500m. It takes 2 hours to reach there. This is also a very good place to have magnificent view of Annapurna Range. Then you return back to your lodge. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 9: Trek from Manang to Thare Gompa 4070m (4/5 hours)
You begin your trek to Khangsar viilage, about 2 hours. You visit the monastery here. Then you continue your trail slightly ascending until Thare Gompa which takes about 2 hours. You have a lunch here and stay also here for overnight.
Day 10: Trek from Thare Gompa to Tilicho BC 4150m (4/5 hours)
Today, you start your trek passing the big landslide area till reaching Tilicho Basecamp(4 hours). You have lunch and overnight here.
Day 11: Hike to Tilicho Lake 4920m (3/4 hours) & back to Tilicho BC
Early in the morning the steep trail ascends to Tilicho Lake which takes 3 hours. Today we have packed lunch. You can enjoy the highest lake in the world and a spectacular view of mountains. Then you return back to your lodge in about a 2 and half hour walk. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 12: Trek from Tilicho BC to Thare Gompa 4070m (4/5 hours)
You start your trek passing big landslide area and you arrive in Thare Gompa after 4 hours walk. You have lunch and overnight here.
Day 13: Trek from Thare Gompa to Yak Kharka 4018m (4/5 hours)
You begin your trekking until to reach Yak Kharka which takes about 4 hours. You rejoin the classic trail now. You have lunch breakhere. You can do short acclimatization in afternoon. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 14: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi 4450m (4/5 hours)
The trail ascends to reach Letder which takes about 1 hour. Then you continue the trail until Kaligandaki River and cross the Wooden Bridge. It takes about 2 hours. The steep short climb up and difficult landslide trail brings you to Thorong Phedi after 1 and half hour walk. You have lunch here. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 15: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Thorong-La Pass 5416m to Muktinath 3800m (7/8 hours)
Today is better to leave early in the morning. The steep trail ascent brings you to Thorong High Camp which takes about 1 hour. Then the trail is gradually ascending until to reach Thorong-La Pass which takes about 3 hours. Then you can enjoy with taking pictures of you in the highest elevation, then better to descend as soon as possible. You continue to descend till to Chabarbu which takes about 3 hours. You find few lodges to have lunch. Then after lunch, you continue until to reach Muktinath village. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 16: Trek from Muktinath to Kagbeni 2800m (4/5hours)
Early in the morning, you hike to secret place for Hindus and Tibetan Buddhist in about 30 minutes in its compound. You can see the 108 spouts, Muktinath temple stands enshrining Vishnu, a Hindu god. Below the temple there is another Buddhist monastery where the combination of earth-water-fire that gives for Muktinath’s great religious significance. And you also see the magnificent view of Nilgiri Himal and Daulagiri I. Overnight in Lodge. Then you have breakfast and start from Muktinath to Jharkot which takes about 1 hour. You visit the old monastery and continue your trek until to reach Kagbeni which takes about 3 hours. You have lunch break here and in the evening time you go with your guide to visit old Monastery. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 17: Trek from Kagbeni via Lubra 2790m to Jomsom 2710m (4/5 hours)
In the morning, you begin your trek passing the River bank of Kaligandaki until to reach Lubra which takes about 3 hours. You visit Bon-Po monastery and continue your trek till to Jomsom which takes 2 hours. You have lunch here. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 18: Jomsom to Pokhara by flight (40 minutes) and sightseeing in Pokhara
Early in the morning, you fly back to Pokhara and transfer to Hotel. You can do sightseeing with your guide in Pokhara. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 19: Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus (6/7 hours)
Early in the morning, drive from the Pokhara to Kathmandu by AC tourist bus and it takes around 7 hours to arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 20: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private van
After breakfast, we are going to visit two historical monuments which represent early and late medieval history, architecture, culture and religion. Bhaktapur Durbar square is an ancient newari city, 13 kilometers far from Kathmandu stores numbers of Hindu temples, 55 windowed medieval durbar and offers you various examples of metal smith and wooden craft along with the opportunity of exploring traditional pottery work to the another corner. Patan durbar square is equally important which represents late medieval history, Culture and architecture. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 21: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Our Trek Package Cost Includes:
* Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & transfer by car / Van.
* 5 nights accommodation with breakfast at 3***hotel in Kathmandu and Standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* All transportation by tourist bus/car.
* Domestic flight from Jomsom/PKR and airport tax.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit and all necessary permits.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Office Service charge.
* Government taxes.
* Guide & support staffs and their insurance and salary.
Our Trek Package Cost doesn't include:
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fees.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.