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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 18 days

Group Size: 2-12 People Max-Altitude: 5,416m/17,764ft
Region: Annapurna ​Trek Grade: Strenuous
Duration: 18 Days Trekking Style: Tea House
Best Season: Oct to Nov, Feb to May

DAY 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu!

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft
Welcome to Kathmandu, the lovely and historic capital of Nepal! We'll be at the airport waiting for you when you step off the plane, ready to transfer you to your hotel. You've had a long flight, so get some rest: your adventure begins tomorrow!

DAY 2 - Kathmandu to Beshisahar

Altitude: 820m/2700ft: Driving (6 hours)
We have a lengthy drive today from the capital to Besisahar as we come nearer to the trek's physical starting point. You'll catch your first glimpse of snow-capped mountain scenery today!

DAY 3 - Beshisahar to Chamje and Tal

Altitude: 1,700m/5,576ft: 2-3 hours trek
This is it! We leave Besisahar bright and early and drive to Chamje, where we'll take the first, easy stroll of the journey. It's downhill to the bridge and steep to start up the hills. The sight of a roaring waterfall is our cue to cross over the Marsyangdi River via suspension bridge. The path of the river will bring us initially through the small village below Tal before ending the day in Tal.

DAY 4 - Tal to Danaqyu

Altitude: 2,300m/7,544ft: 5 hours trek
We're still following the Marsyangdi as a new day begins, climbing steadily towards Dharapani, the first village of the Manang district. Beyond that, our trail crosses a wide valley, and then zip-zags up and down towards Dharapani. We'll know we have arrived when we see the chorten, or stone entrance, typical of Tibetan-influenced architecture. The views give way to many flat-roofed homes, set against orchards of apple trees and fields of waving maize. We'll stay the night in neighboring Danaqyu.

DAY 5 - Danaqyu to Chame

Altitude: 2710m/7090ft, 4- 5 hours trek
We pass through Timang Besi first on Day 5, and then through the forest and parallel to a river on the way to Kopar. Chame, our stop for the evening, is the seat of the Manang district. The people of Chame followed the Nepal-Tibet trade route a long time ago, and settled here. They brought with them the customs and building style of the Tibetans, and have upheld the culture through the centuries. Chame has lovely views of Annapurna II, and is crossed by a pair of burbling hot springs.

DAY 6 - Chame to Pisang

Altitude: 3250m/10660ft: 4- 5 hours trek
Through the forest, across a steep valley, over a river and some bridges... our path to Pisang is not a boring one! On the way we'll be treated to spectacular views of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face.

DAY 7 - Pisang to Manang

Altitude: 3540m/11600ft: 4 hours trek
We're moving through the higher, drier portion of Manang, which receives little monsoon hydration due to the natural shield of the Annapurnas. The farmers here breed yaks and raise crops, while taking advantage of special trading dispensations that they've had since the 18th century. We're back following the Marsyangdi as of Mungji village, and then on our way through either Hongde, with a little less climbing, or Ghyaru, which has more picturesque views. Either one will bring us to our guesthouse at Manang.

DAY 8 - Manang: Rest and Acclimatization Day

Altitude: 3540m/11600ft: Rest Day
We'll linger in Manang today for a much-needed acclimatization day. We'll keep our legs stretched with some scenic, peaceful day walks around the sprawling village. Not only will we see the sights, but we'll gradually adjust to the altitude. At night time, we'll return to our guesthouse to rest up for a steeply-ascending leg of our trek.

DAY 9 - Manang to Yak Kharka

Altitude: 4050m/13290ft: 3-4 hours trek
Our trail ascends a steep, dizzying 500m to the Yak Kharka, and then up through the Tenki Manang as we exit the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. As the name suggests, there are a lot of yaks here! The vegetation grows sparse, however, as we continue to hit higher altitudes.

DAY 10 - Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

Altitude: 4450m/14600ft: 3-4 hours trek
We'll climb high for about two hours before descending slightly to cross the river. It's all uphill again after that until we reach Thorong Phedi. Some of the newest guesthouses of our trek are located here. We'll be up extremely early tomorrow, so a full night of rest is important!

DAY 11 - Climb Thorong La Pass and Decend to Muktinath

Altitude: 3800m/12460ft, Thorung Pass 5416m/17800ft: 7-8 hours trek)
We'll start trekking at 4am today in order to reach the pass before 10am. It's a necessary evil, because if we arrive any later, we'll risk detrimental weather conditions negatively impacting our progress. Considering that we are 5,416m up at this point, the strong winds later in the day can be dangerous! It's a steep climb, but one that it safe and routinely used. Heavy snow can also be a problem. Conquering the foibles of nature reaps rich rewards at this point, however, for the magnificent view from the top of the pass and our arrival in the holy town of Muktinath. The name means "place of Nirvana," and it is said that pilgrims visiting the temple there are relieved of all sorrows. It is a place sacred to Hindus and Buddhists, and filled with fascination and ethereal power. We'll overnight here.

DAY 12 - Muktinath to Marpha

Altitude: 2670m/8760ft: 6 hours trek
Today we travel the scenic, beautiful trail between Muktinath and Kagbeni, via Jhong. This is a less-frequently traveled leg of the Annapurna Circuit, but one that we feel is richly worthwhile for its outstanding views. There are a number of distinctive homes here, all typical of the sect of mountain people who live here, as well as an old gompa.

DAY 13 - Marpha to Ghasa

Altitude: 2010m/6600ft: 6 hours trek
Marpha at (2960m) is a charming village with many canals and where you can find a variety of fruit. Make sure you visit the big gomba in the city centre. After lunch we will head towards Ghasa a small Thakali settlement with welcoming people and lodges. You will notice on climate as it becomes drier and colder.

DAY 14 - Ghasa to Tatopani 'Hot Spring'

Altitude: 1200m/3940ft: 5 hours trek
Today is a relatively short trek, which means that we have the ability to move at a leisurely pace and really enjoy the sights we pass. The name "Tatopani" means "hot spring," and that is what today's destination is best known for. The villagers are ethnically Thakali and Tamang, and have enjoyed their home's reputation as a significant trading post between Nepal and Tibet. This Buddhist village has about six hundred homes. Although we are moving up rather steeply in elevation, the walk is enjoyable as we pass colorful villages, gorgeous flowers, and plenty of lush greenery.

DAY 15 - Tatopani to Ghorepani

Altitude: 2870m/9410ft: 6- 7 hours trek
This is it, believe it or not, the last truly challenging leg of our adventure. We'll pass through sizeable Shikha, watching village children running off to school and farmers working their fields. Ghorepani is a major stop for trekkers doing all varieties of the Annapurna Circuit, and is always bustling with activity.

DAY 16 - Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Pokhara

Altitude: 3200m/10500ft: 6-7 hours trek
We'll be up before dawn today, but with good reason: our day kicks off with an excursion to Poon Hill and an indescribably wonderful panorama of three Himalayan peaks (Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, and Manalsu) illuminated by the glowing rays of sunrise. From here, we'll also be treated to views of the 6,000m-deep Kali Gandaki Gorge and the visual border of Nepal and Tibet as divided by the trans-Himalayan ranges. The last walk of our trek is an easy one as we stroll downhill from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul. Here, our trek officially ends. We'll load our tired feet into a taxi and an hour away to gorgeous Pokhara, and a comfy hotel.

DAY 17 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

Altitude: 1000m/3280ft: 30 minutes flight
We fly from Pokhara back to the Nepali capital today, so that you can spend one more night in our beautiful country before heading home. It's our pleasure to take you out for a farewell dinner tonight, and get your feedback on our trip.

DAY 18 - Kathmandu: Departure Day

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft Today we'll ensure that you get to the airport with time to spare, taking our final leave. Hopefully you have made the kind of memories that will last a lifetime.

DAY 1 - Welcome to Kathmandu!

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft
Welcome to Kathmandu, the lovely and historic capital of Nepal! We'll be at the airport waiting for you when you step off the plane, ready to transfer you to your hotel. You've had a long flight, so get some rest: your adventure begins tomorrow!

DAY 2 - Kathmandu to Beshisahar

Altitude: 820m/2700ft: Driving (6 hours)
We have a lengthy drive today from the capital to Besisahar as we come nearer to the trek's physical starting point. You'll catch your first glimpse of snow-capped mountain scenery today!

DAY 3 - Beshisahar to Chamje and Tal

Altitude: 1,700m/5,576ft: 2-3 hours trek
This is it! We leave Besisahar bright and early and drive to Chamje, where we'll take the first, easy stroll of the journey. It's downhill to the bridge and steep to start up the hills. The sight of a roaring waterfall is our cue to cross over the Marsyangdi River via suspension bridge. The path of the river will bring us initially through the small village below Tal before ending the day in Tal.

DAY 4 - Tal to Danaqyu

Altitude: 2,300m/7,544ft: 5 hours trek
We're still following the Marsyangdi as a new day begins, climbing steadily towards Dharapani, the first village of the Manang district. Beyond that, our trail crosses a wide valley, and then zip-zags up and down towards Dharapani. We'll know we have arrived when we see the chorten, or stone entrance, typical of Tibetan-influenced architecture. The views give way to many flat-roofed homes, set against orchards of apple trees and fields of waving maize. We'll stay the night in neighboring Danaqyu.

DAY 5 - Danaqyu to Chame

Altitude: 2710m/7090ft, 4- 5 hours trek
We pass through Timang Besi first on Day 5, and then through the forest and parallel to a river on the way to Kopar. Chame, our stop for the evening, is the seat of the Manang district. The people of Chame followed the Nepal-Tibet trade route a long time ago, and settled here. They brought with them the customs and building style of the Tibetans, and have upheld the culture through the centuries. Chame has lovely views of Annapurna II, and is crossed by a pair of burbling hot springs.

DAY 6 - Chame to Pisang

Altitude: 3250m/10660ft: 4- 5 hours trek
Through the forest, across a steep valley, over a river and some bridges... our path to Pisang is not a boring one! On the way we'll be treated to spectacular views of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face.

DAY 7 - Pisang to Manang

Altitude: 3540m/11600ft: 4 hours trek
We're moving through the higher, drier portion of Manang, which receives little monsoon hydration due to the natural shield of the Annapurnas. The farmers here breed yaks and raise crops, while taking advantage of special trading dispensations that they've had since the 18th century. We're back following the Marsyangdi as of Mungji village, and then on our way through either Hongde, with a little less climbing, or Ghyaru, which has more picturesque views. Either one will bring us to our guesthouse at Manang.

DAY 8 - Manang: Rest and Acclimatization Day

Altitude: 3540m/11600ft: Rest Day
We'll linger in Manang today for a much-needed acclimatization day. We'll keep our legs stretched with some scenic, peaceful day walks around the sprawling village. Not only will we see the sights, but we'll gradually adjust to the altitude. At night time, we'll return to our guesthouse to rest up for a steeply-ascending leg of our trek.

DAY 9 - Manang to Yak Kharka

Altitude: 4050m/13290ft: 3-4 hours trek
Our trail ascends a steep, dizzying 500m to the Yak Kharka, and then up through the Tenki Manang as we exit the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000m. As the name suggests, there are a lot of yaks here! The vegetation grows sparse, however, as we continue to hit higher altitudes.

DAY 10 - Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

Altitude: 4450m/14600ft: 3-4 hours trek
We'll climb high for about two hours before descending slightly to cross the river. It's all uphill again after that until we reach Thorong Phedi. Some of the newest guesthouses of our trek are located here. We'll be up extremely early tomorrow, so a full night of rest is important!

DAY 11 - Climb Thorong La Pass and Decend to Muktinath

Altitude: 3800m/12460ft, Thorung Pass 5416m/17800ft: 7-8 hours trek)
We'll start trekking at 4am today in order to reach the pass before 10am. It's a necessary evil, because if we arrive any later, we'll risk detrimental weather conditions negatively impacting our progress. Considering that we are 5,416m up at this point, the strong winds later in the day can be dangerous! It's a steep climb, but one that it safe and routinely used. Heavy snow can also be a problem. Conquering the foibles of nature reaps rich rewards at this point, however, for the magnificent view from the top of the pass and our arrival in the holy town of Muktinath. The name means "place of Nirvana," and it is said that pilgrims visiting the temple there are relieved of all sorrows. It is a place sacred to Hindus and Buddhists, and filled with fascination and ethereal power. We'll overnight here.

DAY 12 - Muktinath to Marpha

Altitude: 2670m/8760ft: 6 hours trek
Today we travel the scenic, beautiful trail between Muktinath and Kagbeni, via Jhong. This is a less-frequently traveled leg of the Annapurna Circuit, but one that we feel is richly worthwhile for its outstanding views. There are a number of distinctive homes here, all typical of the sect of mountain people who live here, as well as an old gompa.

DAY 13 - Marpha to Ghasa

Altitude: 2010m/6600ft: 6 hours trek
Marpha at (2960m) is a charming village with many canals and where you can find a variety of fruit. Make sure you visit the big gomba in the city centre. After lunch we will head towards Ghasa a small Thakali settlement with welcoming people and lodges. You will notice on climate as it becomes drier and colder.

DAY 14 - Ghasa to Tatopani 'Hot Spring'

Altitude: 1200m/3940ft: 5 hours trek
Today is a relatively short trek, which means that we have the ability to move at a leisurely pace and really enjoy the sights we pass. The name "Tatopani" means "hot spring," and that is what today's destination is best known for. The villagers are ethnically Thakali and Tamang, and have enjoyed their home's reputation as a significant trading post between Nepal and Tibet. This Buddhist village has about six hundred homes. Although we are moving up rather steeply in elevation, the walk is enjoyable as we pass colorful villages, gorgeous flowers, and plenty of lush greenery.

DAY 15 - Tatopani to Ghorepani

Altitude: 2870m/9410ft: 6- 7 hours trek
This is it, believe it or not, the last truly challenging leg of our adventure. We'll pass through sizeable Shikha, watching village children running off to school and farmers working their fields. Ghorepani is a major stop for trekkers doing all varieties of the Annapurna Circuit, and is always bustling with activity.

DAY 16 - Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Pokhara

Altitude: 3200m/10500ft: 6-7 hours trek
We'll be up before dawn today, but with good reason: our day kicks off with an excursion to Poon Hill and an indescribably wonderful panorama of three Himalayan peaks (Dhaulagiri I, Annapurna I, and Manalsu) illuminated by the glowing rays of sunrise. From here, we'll also be treated to views of the 6,000m-deep Kali Gandaki Gorge and the visual border of Nepal and Tibet as divided by the trans-Himalayan ranges. The last walk of our trek is an easy one as we stroll downhill from Tikhedhunga to Nayapul. Here, our trek officially ends. We'll load our tired feet into a taxi and an hour away to gorgeous Pokhara, and a comfy hotel.

DAY 17 - Pokhara to Kathmandu

Altitude: 1000m/3280ft: 30 minutes flight
We fly from Pokhara back to the Nepali capital today, so that you can spend one more night in our beautiful country before heading home. It's our pleasure to take you out for a farewell dinner tonight, and get your feedback on our trip.

DAY 18 - Kathmandu: Departure Day

Altitude: 1350m/4428ft Today we'll ensure that you get to the airport with time to spare, taking our final leave. Hopefully you have made the kind of memories that will last a lifetime.

What is Included?

All airport transfers from arrival to departure
Private, round-trip land transportation between Pokhara and Nayapul
Teahouse accommodation and three meals a day while trekking
All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (ACAP Permit, TIMS)
An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trek guide
Necessary porters to carry all personal gear and group equipment (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
Respective region (Annapurna) trekking map
Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, food and accommodation
All government and local taxes

What is Not Included?

Nepal entry Visa fees
Your travel insurance (compulsory)
International airfare and airport tax
Hotels in Kathmandu or Pokhara (if you need this service we are happy to help you booking your hotels as per your requirements.)
Sightseeing tours (if you need this service we can help you as per your requirements)
Trekking equipments
Tips for trekking staff
Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone, beverage drinks, desserts, laundry etc.
Any other expenses which are not mentioned on the service included section.

Travel Insurance

Proof of travel insurance is mandatory before starting the trek. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure the policy you get covers up to 6000m. We usually suggest World Nomads which costs around $125. You only need to be covered on the policy for the days you will actually be trekking.

Extra Costs and Exclusions

Nepal entry visa ($40 USD). Sleeping Bag Rental $12 and Down Jacket $12 if needed. All the meals are included on the trek but we only include breakfast while you are in Kathmandu. We suggest a tip for the guide and porter after the trek - Plan on a at least $80 (more will be appreciated). We don't include drinking water on the trek which you can buy a number of places for between $1 and $3 a bottle (it gets more expensive towards base camp). A better solution is to buy water tablets in Kathmandu for around $2 and treat the water (your guide can help you find the good places to fill your water bottle). The other things not included on the trek are like Wifi, charging batteries and hot showers. Wifi is available in some tea houses for $3 to $5 an hour. Hot Showers are also available in a few for around $4 and charging costs about $1.50 an hour. Unforeseen cost due to flight cancellation, weather conditions etc. You are responsible for extra hotel nights ($30/night) and meals in Kathmandu for any extra days in Nepal due to flight delays.

Solo Travelers

We generally don't charge solo travelers any extra fees. Solo travelers can expect their own hotel room in Kathmandu but will need to share a room with other group members during the trek. If availability allows we will arrange private rooms on the trek as well upon request. If you are a solo travelers and planning and not joining one of our group treks you will be charged an extra $10 a day for a porter.

Cancellation Policies

We understand things happen and plans change and will refund your fund minus a 25% cancelation fee. Once we have booked your flight between Kathmandu and Lukla your deposit is non-refundable. If your travel dates change we can generally reschedule you at no extra charge, but please provide at least 7 days advance notice.

Head

* Sun hat or scarf
* Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
* Sunglasses
* Head torch

Upper Body

* Cotton t-shirts or thermals
* Fleece jacket
* Waterproof jacket
Down jacket

Lower Body

* Lightweight cotton pants (long)
* Waterproof pants

Feet

* Thin inner socks
* Thick, warm wool hiking socks
* Comfortable hiking boots

Hands

* Gloves

Accessories

* Sleeping bag rated to 0°C
* Trekking bag/duffel bag
* Large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag)
* Trekking poles (optional, recommended)
* Water bottle or camel bag
* Toiletries

From
USD 1,495 per adult

DomesticFlights one way included.

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∗ We can customize the trip as per your need.
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