Annapurna Circuit Trek

Active, Kathmandu to Kathmandu

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

On this incredible trekking adventure, spend 13 challenging days traversing rhododendron forests, isolated hamlets, and mountain villages. For six to seven hours a day, follow the trails of this challenging circuit on and around one of the world’s highest mountains while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes. Led by expert guides and assisted by support staff throughout, you’ll be greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life and majestic views few ever experience.

What’s included

  • English-speaking local guide and full support team of porters and assistants for the Annapurna Circuit trek between Besi Sahar, Muktinath, Jomson, Pokhara
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Take in stunning himalayan views
  • Experience high passes and prayer flags
  • Stay in tea house lodges and tiny hamlets
  • Visit sacred temples and monasteries
  • Enjoy a day to trek poon hill or unwind

Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Kathmandu/Jagat Travel to Besi Sahar before heading out on a short trek to Jagat. Take in the beautiful hot springs along the way. Included Activities: Jagat Trek Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
Day 3 Jagat/Bagarchhāp For almost 2 weeks, we immerse ourselves into the spectacular mountain wilderness of the Annapurna Range. At 8,091m (26,545ft) Annapurna 1 is one of the highest mountains in the world. Its surrounding sister mountains are equally imposing, creating magnificent panoramas from any view point. Throughout the trek we come across isolated mountain communities, each observing different ancestral customs and traditions, resulting in not only a visually superb expedition but also a culturally rich one. Amid the rugged mountain scenery, we meet warm and welcoming locals herding yaks and goats on grassy pastures, and visit their monasteries and temples. Along the way, we see waterfalls of melted snow, cross icy rivers, broad plains, and high mountain passes and reward ourselves with a soak in natural hot springs (you've earned this!). The trekking is challenging, averaging 6-7 hrs a day, often at high altitudes. The highest point we reach, occurring on Day 9, is the 5,416m (17,769ft) Thorung Pass. Given the dangers of altitude sickness, it is imperative that we take at least 3 days to ascend to this height. A couple of days are also allowed for rest and acclimatisation. Additional Notes: Details for the trek are as follows. Please note however that the exact itinerary can vary due to unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions or bandhs (strikes) called by the government. Included Activities: Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 1
Day 4 Bagarchhāp/Chame Trek from Bagarchhap to Chame (2,670m, 8,760ft). Included Activities: Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 2
Day 5 Chame/Pisang Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m,10,827ft). Included Activities: Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 3
Day 6 Pisang/Manang Trek from Pisang to Manang (3,540m, 11,614ft). Included Activities: Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 4
Day 7 Manang Enjoy a rest day at Manang. Included Activities: Acclimatization Day
Day 8 Manang/Yakkharka Trek from Manang to Yak Kharta (4,018m, 13,182ft). Included Activities: Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 5
Day 9 Yakkharka/Phedi Trek from Yak Kharka to Phedi (4,450m, 14,600ft). Included Activities: Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 6
Day 10 Phedi/Muktināth Trek from Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m, 12,467ft). Included Activities: Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 7
Day 11 Muktināth/Ghasa Take a local bus to Ghasa and view the contrasting yellow hills against green farmland of the valley floor. View the Kali Gandaki, home to the deepest canyons. Included Activities: Acclimatization Day Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Ghasa/Tatopani Cross a suspension bridge and switchback across the river. Spend 3-4 hours trekking through waterfalls, bridges, varieties of trees, and small communities to reach Tatopani. Included Activities: Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 8
Day 13 Tatopani/Sikha Climb a stairway of stone steps and cross a suspension bridge. Reach a mesmerizing view of ascending levels of teahouses and lodges with the mountains surrounding. Today's hike will be 4-5 hours. Included Activities: Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 9
Day 14 Sikha/Ghorepani Today trek from Sikha to Ghorepani (2,785m, 9,137ft). View local villages, teahouses, and settlements along the uphill route. Included Activities: Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 10
Day 15 Ghorepani/Birethanti Today venture through Poonhill to Ramghai and end the day in Birethanti. Cross through forests, streams, and bridges to reach the final destination. Included Activities: Poon Hill Excursion
Day 16 Birethanti/Pokhara Enjoy an early morning excursion to Poon Hill. It takes about 8 hrs to Nayapul, where our bus will be waiting to take us to Pokhara. Rest and take a well-deserved shower in this lakeside resort town. Included Activities: Annapurna Circuit Trek Day 11 Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 17 Pokhara/Kathmandu We travel back to Kathmandu where the rest of the day is free for shopping, sightseeing, or relaxing in one of the many rooftop cafés. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s))
Day 18 Kathmandu Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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