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ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK

annapurna circuit trek 21 days

(Annapurna Circuit Trek 21 days) Annapurna region is best described as the most happening incentive trekking destination of Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit Trek 21 days has been proved as a highly praised and spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. This three weeks trek starts right from Besishahar and goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great view of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking. The highest point of the trek is Thorong La pass at the top of the valley at 5,416m. high. Due to the difficulties of crossing the pass, the circuit is usually walked in a counter clockwise direction. Traveling clockwise the longer ascent and shorter descent from west to east is too much for many peoples to manage in one day.

As we descend to the west at Muktinath from Manang, we continue to the barren Tibetan like village of the Kali Gandaki – the world’s deepest gorge passes between the giant Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountains. After you cross the Thorong La pass from Manang to Muktinath the final seven days of the circuit trek are the same as the Jomsom Trek from Pokhara, but in reverse.

Annapurna Circuit Trek 21 days

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Your arrival at Airport of Nepal.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation.

Day 3: Drive to Khudi (800m. / 2,624 ft) 7-8 hrs.

Day 4: Khudi to Sirung (2,200m. / 7, 216 ft) 6-7 hrs.

Day 5: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m. / 4,256 ft) 6-7 hrs.

Day 6: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m. / 6,430 ft) 7-8 hrs.

Day 7: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m. / 8,891 ft) 5-6 hrs.

Day 8: Chame to Pisang (3,300m. / 10,824 ft) 5-6 hrs.

Day 9: Pisang to Manang. 6-7 hrs.

Day 10: Manang – Rest day in Manang (Acclimatization day).

Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka. (4,200m). 3-4 hrs.

Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m. / 15,092 ft) 3-4 hrs.

Day 13: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3,710m.) via Thorong La pass. 7-8 hrs.

Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,600m.) 4-5 hrs.

Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530m. / 8,300 ft) 5-6 hrs.

Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m.) 6-7 hrs.

Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani.(2,850m.) 7-8 hrs.

Day 18: Hiking to Poonhill – return to Ghorepani, and trek downhill to Tadapani. (2,700m.) 6-7 hrs.

Day 19: Tadapani to Nayapul, and 1 hour car drive to Pokhara. (5-6 hrs. trek)

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu by Private Car / Van – about 5 hours scenic drive.

Day 21: Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey. Farewell!

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Day 1: Your arrival at Airport of Nepal.

On arrival in Kathmandu received by our guide with short drive to your hotel in the hub of Kathmandu city, where you will join with other members of Annapurna Circuit Trekking, here our guide will brief with information regarding trekking – hotels-culture with do’s and don’t, includes welcome dinner in a nice and typical Nepali restaurant with culture programs.


Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation.

In Kathmandu free day for individual activities and shopping souvenirs or join in our interesting tour of Kathmandu – Patan and Bhaktapur, full of world heritage site of historical-culture and religious importance, afternoon preparation for Annapurna Circuit Trekking.


Day 3: Drive to Khudi (800m. / 2,624 ft) 7-8 hrs.

Our drive takes us through the hills on a windy road along the river Trishuli offering the scene of terraced farms and small local villages. After reaching Dumre, leaving the trial to Pokhara, we head north to Besisahar. It takes around half-an-hour’s drive to reach Khudi from Besisahar or we can take an hour long trek from Besisahar. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.


Day 4: Khudi to Sirung (2,200m. / 7, 216 ft) 6-7 hrs.

We begin our first day of trek, crossing a suspension bridges and waterfalls following a path of ascents and descents across sub-tropical forest and rice paddies. At the beginning, our walk is gradual which is then followed by steeper trials.

We can see a close view of the mountains that have ben seen form the Khudi. We will pass an ethnic Tamang settlement of a Taranche reaching Sirung village. We enjoy with the close-up views of Nadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung.


Day 5: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m. / 4,256 ft) 6-7 hrs.

Our trial is relatively easy trial, leaving behind the terraces of the village and forest, woodlands and ferns to Jagat. We can spot the variety of birds on the forest trial following the several small villages and a few temples on the way.

We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra following next at Syange over the river Marshyangdi. We can enjoy the waterfall nearby the bridge. Before reaching Jagat, our trial moves alongside the mighty river Marshyangdi  following one more bridge to cross.


Day 6: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m. / 6,430 ft) 7-8 hrs.

We begin our walk, a descent path until reaches the river from Jagat and continues through a lush forest and begin to walk in an ascent path. En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges.

Next, we climb steeply towards physically challenging and the slippery path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trials, we descend down to a grassy river bank which leads to Tal. As we walk from Tal, the trial becomes windy and rugged, and we approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Wondering along with cliffs and waterfalls, we finally reach Dharapani crossing through a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.


Day 7: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m. / 8,891 ft) 5-6 hrs.

On the way to Chame, the headquarters of the Manang District we walk through a few forested ridges. We can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV, throughout the trek. We also come across a hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame.


Day 8: Chame to Pisang (3,300m. / 10,824 ft) 5-6 hrs.

The day starts through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley, crosses a river on a long  bridge at 2910m. We then cross another bridge at 3,040m, from there the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face really begins to appear. From there the trail joins to climb to Pisang, which sprawls between 3,200m & 3,300m.


Day 09: Pisang to Manang. 6-7 hrs.

Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Anapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1,784.

Leaving Pisang, we have an alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meet up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3,325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga at 3,475m to nearby Manang at 3500m. Overnight at Manang.


Day 10: Manang - Rest day in Manang( Acclimatization day).

Today, we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and overviewing the magnificent views around the village & the day time is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest.


Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka. (4,200m). 3-4 hrs.

We leave Manang this day to Yakkharka through Tenki, walk up and leaving the Marsyangi Valley. Continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley, we reach Yakkaharka at 4,200m., there  we  see the vegetations steadily more sparse. The trial further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs. Now, we pass through meadows where yaks and horses graze. Our trial passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Kharka.


Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m. / 15,092 ft) 3-4 hrs.

The trail descends to cross the river at 4,310m. we then climb up to Phedi at 4,420m. At High Camp on the elevation of 4,600m, we can recently found some good Guesthouses built. Your overnight stay will be there.


Day 13: Thorang Phedi to Muktinath (3,710m.) via Thorong La pass. 7-8 hrs.

The journey from Phedi, all the trail steeply up until top Thorung La pass(5,416m.). However, the problem may arise due to the altitude and snow. It often causes terrible problem to cross the pass if it is covered by snow. About four hours climb up to the pass marked by the chortens & prayer flags. As you reach the top, you are rewarded by the magnificent view from the top. From top of the Throngla, you can see good view as looks Tibetan plateau and all the way goes descends to Muktinath. Overnight in Muktinath.


Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,600m.) 4-5 hrs.

Muktinath, an important pilgrimage of both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we visit to a Vishnu temple and a Gompa. Descending down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom.

Finally, we arrive at Marpha. Next, we follow a quite surreal trial as we trek along a plateau above river Kali Gandaki, the world’s deepest gorge. Marpha, popular as the apple capital of Nepal where we can enjoy different items made from apple. The barren landscape of this area resembles a Tibet. Overnight at Marpha.


Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530m. / 8,300 ft) 5-6 hrs.

From Marpha, we head toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village a newly opened route. We come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people where we get to see beautiful apple gardens. We can admire the panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I. Next, we cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.


Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m.) 6-7 hrs.

This place is famous for its hot spring. This is the best place to relax your body after a long days trek. We may tire because of 14 days trekking, we can relax our body by doing Natural hot spring.


Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani.(2,850m.) 7-8 hrs.

Leaving behind the river Kali Gandaki we will head up the Ghar Khola valley which leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. All the way up we pass through the villages of Sikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. Further, following a way we will reach at Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.


Day 18: Hiking to Poonhill - return to Ghorepani, and trek downhill to Tadapani. (2,700m.) 6-7 hrs.

We make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill where we can catch the sunrise over the Himalayas. It is one of the popular trekking destinations of the Annapurna region. We can admire the close-up views of the Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri ranges where the high snowy mountains or peaks loom above and around us glowing in the morning light.

After taking a photograph as a memento, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we climb a nearby ridge heading towards east of our today’s destination. We take a descent path passing through rhododendron forests and a spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani for overnight stay.


Day 19: Tadapani to Nayapul, and 1 hour car drive to Pokhara. (5-6 hrs. trek)

All the way down, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest of old rhododendron trees. The forest looks amazing gardens when the rhododendron forests bloom in a season. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine.

We then enter to the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses and mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy beautiful scenic views of Fishtail, Mt. Annapurna south and Mt. Hiunchuli. After reaching Nayapul, we will drive to Pokhara. Overnight in lodge at Pokhara.


Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu by Private Car / Van - about 5 hours scenic drive.

After an enjoyable time on high hills and mountains around Annapurna Himalaya with grand views, morning depart for Kathmandu with an interesting overland drive to Kathmandu after a grand time on Annapurna Circuit trekking, on reaching Kathmandu afternoon free for individual activities and shopping souvenirs.


Day 21: Transfer to Airport for your onward Journey. Farewell!

As per your flight time our guide and staff transfers you at the airport after an enjoyable and great time on Annapurna Circuit Trekking around amazing Nepal Himalaya.


What are included ?

  • Airport pick up & Transfer to hotel.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on BB basis (Tourist Standard Hotel to Five Star deluxe Hotel in Kathmandu as you prefer).
  • Government  license holder Trekking Guide.
  • Cook, Kitchen staff, Sherpa and Porters for carrying your rucksack during trekking.
  • Hot and cold drinks. (tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, and juice).
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion &  if you wants to use your own material you are free to bring them).
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour with private vehicle as mentioned  in itinerary.
  • Accommodation, fare, meal, equipment’s  and salary & Insurance for trekking guide and porters.
  • Government Tax.
  • Airport drop.

What are not included ?

  • Nepal Visa fee & Entrancee fees during kathmandu Tour.
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch & Dinner during Kathmandu stay.
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water.)
  • Bar bills (alcoholic drinks,  mineral water, cigarettes, client’s personal insurance and any kind of unforeseen and personal expenses.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation if needed.

Important documents and items

  1. Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  2. Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  3. Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  4. Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler’s checks, etc.
  5. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).

General

  1. 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be  returned after the trek).
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body – Head / Eyes  / Ears

  1. Shade hat or baseball cap – to keep the sun off your ears and neck.
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover  your ears.
  3. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  4. Glacier glasses, Headlamp
  5. Fleece wind-stopper jacket or pullover. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)  shell jacket.
  6. Down vest and/or  jacket*.
  7. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth   if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves / mitts for additional warmth.
  2. 1 pair warm gloves
  3. Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek.
  4. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).

Core Body

  1. T-shirts (2).
  2. Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
  6. Long shirts (2)

Lower Body – Feet

  1. 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
  3. 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and  bottom  preferable.
  4. 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
  5. 1 pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom – this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  6. 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
  7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet

  1. 2 pairs of thin, lightweight inner socks.
  2. 2 pairs of heavy poly or wool socks
  3. 1 pair of Hiking boots with spare laces (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support, “broken in”).
  4. 1 pair of trainers or running shoes and/or sandals
  5. Cotton socks (optional).
  6. Gaiters (winter only), optional, “low” ankle high version.

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.)

  1. Small, personal first-aid kit. (simple and light)
  2. Aspirin, first-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids)
  3. 1 skin-blister repair kit
  4. Anti-diarrhea pills
  5. Anti-headache pills
  6. Cough and/or cold medicine
  7. Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide
  8. Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc. Do not bring sleeping pills as they are a respiratory depressant.
  9. Water purification tablets or water filter
  10. 1 set of earplugs
  11. Extra pair of prescription glasses, contact lens supplies.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  2. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  3. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
  4. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  5. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  6. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  7. 2 bandanas.

Extras/Luxuries

  1. Reading book
  2. Trail map/guide book
  3. Journal and pen
  4. iPod
  5. Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble, playing cards (to help you pass the time at teahouses and/or camps)
  6. 1 modest swim suit
  7. Binoculars (optional)
  8. Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  9. Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  10. Lightweight pillow case (in case your teahouses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow