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Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

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21 Days
Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary
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Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most spectacular treks in the Annapurna region that is full with adventure, majestic mountains, waterfalls, dense cherry and rhododendron forest, and splendid sunrise views. The thrill of crossing the Thorong La Pass (5,416m), the warm soothing feel of bathing in a natural hot spring, the experience of trekking through world's deepest gorge of Kali Gandaki River, and the geography of Muktinath, Jomsom and Manang are at their best to captivate you. Throughout the trip you get to pass through several small/large villages inhabited by different ethnic groups, learning about their culture and lifestyle. Brace yourself, this is one of the lifetime journeys.

The 21 days itinerary of this trek starts after your arrival in Kathmandu. An extra day shall be spent exploring the valley and visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Next day, you shall drive to Khudi via Pokhara and Naya Pul. You shall then trek to Sirung. Via Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Pisang, you shall reach Manang. Acclimatization is very important, and thus you shall spend an extra day at Manang. The route then goes through Yak Kharka to Thorong Pheid. Next day, on your way to Muktinath, you shall cross the Thorong La Pass. Via Marpha, Kalopani, Tatopani, Ghorepani, you shall arrive at Poon Hill to witness the best sunrise views. Then via Tadapani, Ghandruk, you shall return back to Pokhara. Next day, a 6-7 hour drive shall take you to Kathmandu.

Ace Treks is one of the leading trekking agencies in Nepal, equipped with a group of dedicated, organized, knowledgeable, and proactive members with years of trekking experience. Our impeccable success history, reasonable cost, best guides and other arrangements are what that have been making us stand at forefront. For any trekking journey in Nepal, do contact us. We can customize the itinerary as per your request in reasonable time.

Outlines of Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2:Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3:Drive to Khudi
Day 4:Khudi to Sirung
Day 5:Sirung to Jagat
Day 6:Jagat to Dharapani
Day 7:Dharapani to Chame
Day 8:Chame to Pisang
Day 9:Pisang to Manag
Day 10:Explore Manang
Day 11:Manag to Yak Kharka
Day 12:Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi
Day 13:Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass
Day 14:Muktinath to Marpha
Day 15:Marpha to Kalopani
Day 16:Kalopani to Tatopani
Day 17:Tatopani to Ghorepani
Day 18:Ghorepani to Poon Hill/ Tadapani
Day 19:Tadapani to Pokhara via Ghandruk
Day 20:Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 21:Departure
 
Day 1:Arrival in Kathmandu
You shall find our representative waiting for your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. You shall be taken to your hotel. You can walk around the street after you rest. We shall be dining together enjoying some of the local cuisines that might give a rough idea about what to expect for the rest of your stay. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
 
Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,320m

Day 2:Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Pashupatinath Temple, Basantapur Durbar Square, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath, etc. are the world heritage sites enlisted by UNESCO that you would love to pay visit. The day is yours, explore the city as deep as you can. You can buy some gears for the trek. We shall again be sitting together for a short debrief session and ensure we have everything we want. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
 
Altitude: 1,320m

Day 3:Drive to Khudi

The twisting and winding highway overlooking the Trishuli River lets you have views of scattered huts and terraced fields on the hills. From Mugling, the vehicle shall move towards Pokhara, and then to Besisahar. You shall arrive at Khudi after a half hour drive from Besisahar. Ideally it takes 7-8 hours to reach Khudi from the capital city, however, if you wish to trek from Besisahar to Khudi rather than driving, the time might change. Stay overnight at Khudi.
 
Attitude: 800m

Day 4:Khudi to Sirung

The beginning of the trek is easy, but the trail gets steeper as you advance further ahead. Crossing rivers and waterfalls, making few ascents and descents, you shall realize getting closer to the mountain views. Passing the Taranche Village inhabited by Tamang people, you reach Sirung Village. The beauty of Manaslu peaks and Nadi Chuli welcomes you here. Stay overnight at Sirung.
 
Altitude: Sirung: 2,200m

Day 5:Sirung to Jagat

The trail is easier, and distancing yourself from the terraced fields and the settlement, you penetrate forest. It’s a great chance to spot several kinds of birds. Leaving few small villages and temples, you reach Sangu Khola. After crossing this river, you have to cross another river—the Marshyangdi River. Walking on its river bed, you reach Jagat Village. Stay overnight at Jagat.
 
Altitude: Jagat: 1,300m 
 
Day 6:Jagat to Dharapani

After a short descent comes a river, and then the trail goes through a dense forest. A short ascent takes you to a cliff; the trail further goes to a river. Then comes a steep climb—which might be moderately challenging—to Sattale Village. A descent to a riverbank takes you to Tal. The rugged and twisting path takes you to Karte Village. Leaving the cliffs and waterfalls you arrive at Dharapani. Stay overnight at Dharapani.
 
Altitude: Dharapani: 1,960m

Day 7:Dharapani to Chame

There are some ridges in the forest you need to make through to reach Chame. The breathtaking views of Mt. Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Lamjung Himal shall accompany you until you reach Chame. The natural hot spring is another attraction of today's trek; nothing is as soothing as the warm water washes your body. Stay overnight at Chame.
 
Altitude: Chame: 2,710m

Day 8:Chame to Pisang

The narrow and steep trail goes through a lush forest and reaches a rock face. Ascent over the rock is quite challenging; steps are carved in the rock. Making through the rock takes you to a valley. Overlooking the Paungda Danda, you shall trek for quite some time to reach Pisang. Stay overnight at Pisang.
 
Altitude: Pisang: 3,300m

Day 9:Pisang to Manag

You shall follow the route goes through Geru to Upper Pisang. As you advance further you shall notice the change in vegetation and landscape around you. You shall visit the largest monastery in the Manag district—the Barge Monastery. Making through the dry and cold climate you shall reach Manang. Stay overnight in Manang.
 
Altitude: Manang:

Day 10:Explore Manang

With the growing altitude in short span of time, it is very important to have time for acclimatization. The high altitude air contains less oxygen, adapting to which takes time. Today you shall explore Manang and visit the Bhojo Gumba. You might also fancy a visit to Gangapurna Lake, and the Himalayan Rescue Association at Vraga Village. Stay overnight at Manang.
 
Altitude: Manang:

Day 11:Manag to Yak Kharka

The trail leads to a stream and ascends to Tenki Village, and exiting the Marshyangdi Valley, it continues towards the Jarsang Khola Valley. Scattered juniper trees and pastures appear, and the trail arrive at meadows. Crossing a narrow river, leaving an old Mani Wall, the trail takes you to Yak Kharka Village. Stay overnight at Yak Kharka.
 
Altitude: Yak Kharka: 4,110m

Day 12:Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi

An easy walk takes you to a river; crossing via the suspension bridge, you arrive at Ledar Village. There are cliffs you have to pass through before arriving at the last village in your journey to Thorong La Pass—Thorong Phedi. Throughout the trip, you shall be awarded with wonderful views of Mt. Syagang, Gundang, Thorung Peak and Khatungkan. Stay overnight at Thorong Phedi.
 
Altitude: Thorong Phedi: 4,600m

Day 13:Thorong Phedi to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

Today holds the major attractions and adventures of the entire journey. Thorong La Pass is one of the world's highest passes. The safest and easiest way to cross the pass is crossing from Manang to Muktinath. Early in the morning you shall start crossing the pass. The top offers breathtaking views of mountains and landscape. After a while, you shall descend down and continue your trip to Muktinath. It takes about 7-8 hours to arrive at Muktinath from Phedi. Stay overnight at Muktinath.
 
Altitude: Muktinath: 3,800m

Day 14:Muktinath to Marpha

You shall start the day by visiting a Gompa and a Vishnu Temple in Muktinath. The descending trail takes you down to the Ranipauwa Village, and continues through Jomsom to Marpha. Above the Kali Gandaki River is a plateau; the bare views are similar to Tibet. Once you reach Marpha, you shall be amazed by the varieties of apples; this place is considered as apple capital in the country. Stay overnight at Marpha.
 
Altitude: Marpha: 2,670m

Day 15:Marpha to Kalopani

Today's trail takes you to Kalopani via a new route of Chokhopani Village. Passing the ancient villages inhabited by Thakali, the wonderful apple gardens, and witnessing the views of Mt. Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, Fang, Nilgiri, and Annapurna I, you shall arrive at Chokhopani. Via Khokhethanti, crossing a road site you shall arrive at Kalopani. Stay overnight at Kalopani.
 
Altitude: Kalopani: 2,530m

Day 16:Kalopani to Tatopani

The trail leads you to Ghasa, where you shall cross a bridge and descend down through subtropical forests. Then comes the waterfall—Rupse Chahara. Passing this, further down, leaving Dana, the trail takes you to Kopchepani. Narchyang Besi boasts a hydroelectricity plant. Passing several dense villages, the trail takes you to today's destination—Tatopani. You can have a warm and soothing bath in a natural hot spring here. Stay overnight at Tatopani.
 
Altitude: Tatopani: 1,200m
 
Day 17:Tatopani to Ghorepani

The trail takes you to Ghar Khola Valley, today. Terraced fields embraced by mountains shall greet you as you move forward. Leaving Shikha and Chitre Villages, it takes you through a lush forest full with rhododendron. A comfortable walk further takes you to a ridge top—Ghorepani. Stay overnight at Ghorepani. It takes about 7-8 hours from Tatopani to reach Ghorepani.
 
Altitude: Ghorepani: 2,850m

Day 18:Ghorepani to Poon Hill/ Tadapani

Poon Hill is one of the best places to view sunrise. You shall leave you bed early in the morning and start towards the viewpoint through the steep trail. It offers you magnificent views of over 20 mountains, and places like Pokhara and Mustang. The white-mountains are everywhere around you, radiating as the first light hits the peaks. Descending down through rhododendron forest, passing another waterfall, you reach Tadapani. Stay overnight at Tadapani.
 
Altitude: Poon Hill: 3,210m; Tadapani: 2,700m

Day 19:Tadapani to Pokhara via Ghandruk

The trail takes you through dark and dense forest downward. Through the forest of rhododendrons, and cherry, you arrive at a slope containing stone houses; this is Ghandruk. Gurungs are the major inhabitant of this place. Here again, the close views of Mt. Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli shall embrace you. The trail continues further to Naya Pul. From Naya Pul you shall drive to Pokhara. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
 
Altitude: Ghandruk: ; Pokhara: 827m

Day 20:Pokhara to Kathmandu

It is a 6-7 hour drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. After breakfast in the morning, you shall hop into a vehicle and enjoy the bumpy ride to the capital city. Our representative shall take you to your hotel, where nothing can beat a long rest. We shall be sitting together sharing our experiences enjoying local dishes in the evening. Stay the last night in Kathmandu.
 
Altitude: Kathmandu: 1,320m

Day 21:Departure

Our representative shall be waiting outside the hotel for you to get ready. Then, they shall take you to the airport and part away. Have a happy journey back to your home. Cherish the memories of the trek.
 
 
 

Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters : 2 person 1 porters with Insurance each
  • Three nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu  and Three Night pokhara in 3 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara/ Pokhara to Kathmandu with Guides and Porters in Tourist Bus. (From Pokhara to Trekking starting points and from Trekking end points to Pokhara by Taxi)
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • All needed Government fee.
Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu And Pokhara lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.

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Trip Facts

Duration: 21 Days
Accomodation: Tea Houses
Type: Moderate
Activities : Trekking, Hiking
No. of Pax : above 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : Kathmandu
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