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Annapurna Circuit Trek - 21 Days

Trip Introduction


Annapurna Circuit Trek-
Since it opened to outside trekkers in 1977, the Annapurna Circuit has turned out to be eminent as a standout amongst the most staggering trekking courses on the planet with lavish green valleys and intriguing towns that offer amazing snow-topped perspectives of the white Himalayas. Beginning from under 1000m, it allows us to investigate the Himalayas from base to top and from a wide range of edges and points of view. This three-week trek begins ideal from Syange which comes the Marshyangdi River, with extraordinary perspectives of Manaslu and Himal Chuli toward the east. This glorious trek drives you to the fine town, possessed by a wide decent variety of individuals from various ethnic gatherings, offering fabulous and great perspectives of the Himalayas. Proceeding toward the north of the principle Himalayan range to them between a rock and a hard place Tibetan Plateau, the landscape is similarly amazing.
The most astounding purpose of the Annapurna Circuit is the Thorong La Pass at the highest point of the valley at 5416m. Because of the challenges of intersection the pass, the circuit is typically strolled in a counter-clockwise bearing. Voyaging clockwise the more extended rising and shorter drop from west to east is excessively for some, individuals to oversee in one day.
As we slip toward the west at Muktinath, from the pass we proceed to the fruitless Tibetan like the town of the Kali Gandaki –the world’s most profound canyon, goes between the mammoth Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains. After you cross the Thorong La Pass from Manang to Muktinath, we make a beeline for Tatopani for hot springs and move to Poon Hill before slipping to Pokhara.


Group Size : 02 Pax Minimum Max - altitude : (4600m/15092ft) Max
Destination : Destiny Country Fitness level : Medium
Arrival : Kathmandu Departure from : Kathmandu
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation : Double/Twin Sharing in Hotel/Lodge
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2624ft), Duration: 7-8 Hrs
Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216ft), Walking Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1300m/4265ft), Walking Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1960m/6430ft), Walking Duration: 7-8 Hrs
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2710m/8891ft), Walking Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3300m/10826ft), Walking Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 09: Pisang to Manang (3519m/11545ft), Walking Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 10: Manang; Acclimatization day       
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m/13484ft), Walking Duration: 3-4 Hrs
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4600m/15092ft), Walking Duration: 3-4 Hrs
Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m/15092ft), via Thorong La Pass (5416m/17764ft), Walking Duration: 7-8 Hrs
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (1670m/8760ft), Walking Duration: 4+5 Hrs
Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2530m/8300ft), Walking Duration: 5-6 Hrs
Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1200m/3937ft), Walking Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2850m/9350ft), Walking Duration: 7-8 Hrs
Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill to Tadapani (2700m/8860ft), Walking Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara (827m/2789ft) via Ghandruk, Walking Duration: 5-6 Hrs, 1 Hour drive
Day 20: Drive Back from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1400m/) by Tourist Bus, Duration: 5-6Hrs
Day 21: Transfer to the International Airport for your Final Departure.
 
Note: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailor-made”. The Trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your need and taste, for more information please contact us at info@swagatholidaytreks.com
 

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1400m/)
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and he/she will be displaying a Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel by private tourist vehicle.
Note: If you happen to arrive after4 Pm you would be briefed about the trip by our guide, this will be the pre-trip meeting for you, so please make sure that you ask all the questions. But if you arrive earlier than 4 pm, your pre-trip meeting would be on that very day at our office. During the meeting, we will introduce your trek leader/guide. For the meeting, please make sure you bring the passport, three copies of passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Stay overnight at Hotel with Bed and Breakfast package.
Include: Bed and Breakfast
 
Day 02: Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
After a hearty breakfast, at 8:30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:
Pashupatinath Temple:                                                            
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu Temple of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.
Boudhanath Stupa:
Boudhanath Stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, the famous five-storied temple of Nyatapole in Pagoda style Batsala Temple, Bhairavnath Temple, Dattatreya Temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration. Some last-minute we get our equipment check by our climbing leader and shopping in the Thamel area for trekking essentials. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Include: Bed and Breakfast
 
Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m/2624ft), Walking Duration: 7-8 Hrs
We start our journey into the hills on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way, we admire terraced farms and beautiful huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, we move straight ahead towards Pokhara, At Dumre, we leave the previous trail and head north to Besisahar. A half an hour drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Alternatively, we can get off at Besisahar, and then trek for an hour to get to Khudi along the wide trail. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m/7216ft), Walking Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Our first-day walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across rice paddies and a subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is then followed by steeper trails. The mountains that we see from Khudi seem a lot closer now. Before reaching Sirung village we pass an ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche. We admire close-up views of Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1300m/4265ft), Walking Duration: 6-7 Hrs
We leave Sirung for Jagat on a relatively easy trail. We leave behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns, and woodland. On the forest trail, we spot a variety of birds. We also pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River.  There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 06: Jagat to Dharapani (1960m/6430ft), Walking Duration: 7-8 Hrs
After breakfast, we slowly begin our trek today. The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to a sharp-edged cliff facing the river bank. En route, Chyamge comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sat tale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Taal. As we walk away from Taal, the path meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. We will stay overnight at Dharapani.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2710m/8891ft), Walking Distance: 5-6 Hrs
Today we walk through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarters of the Manang District. Throughout the trek, we can admire amazing views of the Himalayas including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV. On today’s trek, we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles, we stay overnight at Chame.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3300m/10824ft), Walking Duration: 5-6 Hrs
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right, where the valley widens, stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over (1500m/5000ft) above the trail. We trek for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 09: Pisang to Manang (3519m/11545ft), Walking Duration: 6-7 Hrs
There are two routes to Manang but we follow the trail that takes us to Upper Pisang via Geru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang. We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. Our short visit to Barge Monastery, the largest Monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. We stay overnight at Manang.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 10: Acclimatization day in Manang
In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Vraga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association which will give us some idea about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). We will stay overnight in Manang.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4110m/13484ft), Walking Duration: 3-4 Hrs
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to the village of Tenki, and continues to climb out the Marshyangdi Valley northward; passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. We will stay overnight at Yak Kharka.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4600m/15092ft), Walking Duration: 3-4Hrs
It is an uphill walk to Thorong Phedi. After walking for some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorong Phedi, the last village before Thorong La Pass. On this trip, we are rewarded with one of the best views of Mt. Gudang, Mt. Syagang, Thorong Peak, and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepali is referred to as the foot of a mountain. We will stay overnight at Thorong Phedi.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3800m/12467ft), via Thorong La Pass (5416m/17764ft), Walking Duration: 7-8 Hrs
Crossing Thorong La Pass; one of the highest passes in the world, will be our ultimate objective today. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath), which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La Pass. We will stay overnight at Muktinath.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2670m/8760ft), Walking Duration: 4-5 Hrs
Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay out a visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha Village. The trail today is quite surreal as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal, where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. We will stay overnight at Marpha.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day15: Marpha to Kalopani (2530m/8300ft), Walking Duration: 5-6 Hrs
From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani Village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here we get panoramic views of Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang, and Annapurna I mountains. From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti. We cross a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. We will stay overnight at Kalopani.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
 Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1200m/3937ft), Walking Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Our journey today is mostly downhill. During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we drop to lower elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chhaga (waterfall). We continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2580m/9350ft), Walking Duration: 7-8Hrs
We leave the Kali Gandaki River and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the |rhododendron trees with its average height of up to 100 inches will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. We will stay overnight in Ghorepani.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 18: Ghorepani to Poon Hill and Tadapani (2700m/8860ft), Walking Duration: 6-7 Hrs
To catch the sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3210m/10529ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara, and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photographs, we return back to Ghorepani. After breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls and reach Tadapani to spend the night.
Included: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
 
Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara (827m/2789ft) via Ghandruk, Walking Duration: 5-6 Hrs, 1 Hour drive
From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. 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. After trekking a few more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul from where we will drive to Pokhara. We will stay overnight at Pokhara.
Included: Bed, Breakfast & Lunch
 
Day 20: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu, Drive Duration: 6-7Hrs
After breakfast, we say goodbye to the beautiful lake city of Pokhara and drive towards Kathmandu. After reaching Kathmandu, we have the rest day and in the evening we may visit souvenir shops. We will stay in a hotel in Kathmandu.
Included: Bed, Breakfast & Lunch
 
 Day 21: Fly back to home country
Last day in the country of high beautiful Himalayas as per your international flight transfer to Kathmandu international airport for homeward bound or to the next port of call after a wonderful and overwhelming adventure on Annapurna Circuit trekking with great service and management of Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition.
This will be your final day in this awesome country of the Himalayas Nepal. We will drop you at the airport a couple of hours before your scheduled flight. Before leaving for the airport, you need to confirm that you have secured a tour air ticket as well as other travel-related documents. We wish you have a wonderful departure back home. We can also arrange for another trip to Nepal in case you want to.
Included: Bed & Breakfast
 


Cost Include
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by a private tourist vehicle. (for both international and domestic flights).
  • Welcome Dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant with a cultural dance show.
  • 2 Night standard twin-sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast.
  • Basic guesthouse accommodation during the trek in mostly twin-share and occasionally dormitory-style rooms.
  • Three meals a day: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner during the trekking.
  • A Highly experienced, Helpful, Knowledgeable, friendly, well-trained Government license holding English-speaking trekking guide.
  • We provide an assistant guide for walking with the group to support where necessary as per group size.
  • National Park entrance fee and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS card).
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (We assign one porter for every two guests.)
  • Food, accommodation, insurance, equipment, and medicine for all staff.
  • Everest National Park permits and Khumbu permit for trekking.
  • Airfare from Kathmandu – Lukla - Kathmandu including airport departure tax in Kathmandu and Lukla airports.
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your Travel Insurance Company).
  • All applicable government taxes, vat, tourist service charges as per Itinerary.
 Cost Exclude 
  • Your Nepal Visa Fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International airfare to and from Kathmandu ( no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Lunch and Dinner during staying in Kathmandu
  • Personal travel and Health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra night’s accommodation, Lunch and Dinner in the city due to early arrival or departure as well as early back/return from Mountain/Trekking(due to any reason) than the given time period of Itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
  • Your personal expenses such as (soft beverages, confectionaries, laundries, phone calls, bar bills, Extra porter, etc.)
  • Extra baggage excess while flying to Lukla.
  • Medical expenses and trip cancellation.
  • Any other extended trips and accommodation.
  • Tips of the guide, porters, and driver as a token of appreciation.
Any other expenses or charges that are not mentioned in the “cost includes” list.

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Important Note:
Your safety is our paramount concern while traveling with Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition. In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. for rescue. The charge must be paid by the client or their travel insurance company.
 Please note that your leader/guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails traveling in remote mountain regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health conditions of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc. can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader/guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Equipment and Gears
  • Duffle Bag\Rucksack Bag\ Suitcase (We provide one complimentary Swagat Holiday Duffle Bag that is to be returned after the trip)
  • One pair of a walking stick
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandals
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Basic Medical Kits
  • Head Lamp
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Trekking towels
  • Sunglasses (UV Protection)
  • Warm Hand gloves ( Inner & Outer)
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex layer
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 5/6 pairs of good quality socks
  • 2\3 pairs of trekking trousers
  • 3\4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 5\6 pairs of underwear( non-cotton preferred)
  • Water bottle
  • Good quality Sleeping Bag
  • Camera and Batteries
 

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