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15 Days Nepal Annapurna Circuit Trek (Express)
This circuit of Annapurna offers more variety than any other walks of equivalent length and takes you through virtually every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer. At the climax of the trek there’s a formidable 5416m pass, the Thorong La, to cross. The Annapurna Circuit is an excellent introduction to walking in Nepal for those who are confident of their fitness.
Trek Type: Lodge
Trek Grade: Challenging
Trek Days: 11
Max Altitude: 5500m
Best Season: Oct–Mid Dec & Mid Mar–May
This circuit of Annapurna – rightly known as Nepal’s classic trek – offers more variety than any other walks of equivalent length and takes you through virtually every type of scenery that Nepal has to offer. There are superb views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, and the constant variety of landscapes ranges from sub-tropical through alpine to an arid semi-desert similar to Tibet; at the climax of the trek there’s a formidable 5416m pass, the Thorong La, to cross.
Though it is certainly demanding enough for the seasoned trekker, the Annapurna Circuit is still an excellent introduction to walking in Nepal for those who are confident of their fitness. This is a lodge-based trek, so you spend time in villages inhabited by many of Nepal’s different tribes, both Buddhist and Hindu. Every day brings opportunities to gain an insight into the local culture and interact with the local communities whose land you are walking through, whether by bartering for souvenirs, talking to the inquisitive children or relaxing at a tea house during a well-earned break.
Day 1 | D | Hotel | ▲ 1300m
Upon arrival, meet and transfer to hotel. Check in & trek briefing. Late afternoon leisure walk in Thamel, a popular tourist district in Kathmandu Valley and a bustling bazaar which offers a glimpse of Nepal’s vibrant ethnic culture.
Day 2 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 800m | ◎ 1hr Trek
Kathmandu to Besisahar to Khudi (7 hrs drive)
We start our journey into the hills through the winding roads along the Trishuli River. Enroute we see more of countryside of Nepal that offers greenery, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain scenarios. Upon arrival at Mugling, we head along the road toward Pokhara. We leave the highway to Pokhara at Dumre, and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour’s drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek which offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.
Day 3 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 1310m | ◎ 7hrs Trek
Khudi to Bahundanda
Our first day`s walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges, waterfalls, several up and down hill sections across rice paddies and subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual then it becomes steeper. The mountains that we see from Khudi become closer as we walk higher. The villages and people are an interesting. On the way to Bahundanda, we come across an ethnic Tamang settlement, Taranche. At this juncture, we will have first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range.
Day 4 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 1410m | ◎ 5hrs Trek
Bahundanda – Chamje
We trek through amphitheater-shaped rice terraces, along a steep vertical cliff, lush forests, and some culturally intriguing villages. Always following the Marsyangdi River, we walk in a fantastic landscape through little waterfalls, forests and villages. We will not feel tough until we reach Syange (1100 m), but after Syange the climb gets tougher up to Jagat (1300 m). From Jagat, we make a steep climb to Chamje.
Day 5 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 1960m | ◎ 6hrs Trek
Chamje – Dharapani
Today we enter the Manang region passing through fields of corn, barley and potatoes, and then through forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. On the way is the village namely Tal. Tal lies on a flat plain next to the sandy beach and river at the base of a large waterfall. While hiking, sometimes we may have to give a pass to a large group of donkey caravan.
Day 6 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 2600m | ◎ 6hrs Trek
Dharapani – Koto
Today we negotiate a few steep forested ridges along with several landslides on route on the west. We should not forget to look up though, as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m).
Day 7 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 3300m | ◎ 6hrs Trek
Koto – Pisang
A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. The forests and heavy vegetation would now be gone. We cross and re-cross the river again and again on suspension bridges. As the trail opens up we get surrounded by majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in U-shaped valley of Manang hanging between two giant snow peaks. Upon walking through these wonderful sites we reach at Pisang.
Day 8 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 3460m | ◎ 6hrs Trek
Pisang – Manang
Today we experience a contrast with the landscape and vegetation from today.On the way, the cold and dry climate creates a much harsher environment.
Day 9 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 3600m
Today is the scheduled acclimatization day. It is advisable to stay active and drink more water. The upcoming next two days will be very challenging and tiring trek with rapid gain in altitude. We can also visit at the Himalayan Rescue Association to learn more about Mountain Sickness.
Day 10 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 4110m | ◎ 4hrs Trek
Manang – Yak Kharka
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures, a scrub of juniper trees.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.
Day 11 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 4600m | ◎ 4hrs Trek
Yak Kharka – Thorong Phedi
We make our way to the foot of the pass, Throng Phedi today. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we can sleep sound rather than a risky sleep in higher altitude at High Camp.
Day 12 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 3800m | ◎ 8hrs Trek
Thorong Phedi – Thorong La (5416m) – Muktinath
We reach the climax of our Annapurna circle trek today. It will be a lifetime unforgettable experience- crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5416m). An early start is important to complete the mission through the icy high-altitude trail. Upon setting sun we will be at Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhist. The area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby.
Day 13 | B, L, D | Lodge | ▲ 2800m | ◎ 5hrs Trek
Muktinath – Jomsom
Today we trek down to Jomsom. The Jomsom town extends over both the banks of the Kali Gandaki River and houses several lodges and the Jomsom airport.
Day 14 | B, L, D | Hotel | ▲ 1300m
Jomsom – Pokhara – Kathmandu
Morning short walk to airport and connect 20min flight to Pokhara followed by 25 min domestic flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival transfer to hotel, check-in hotel and lunch. After lunch, visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and if you are lucky, you will get a glimpse of the famous Kumari, the world’s only living Goddess. Evening explore Thamel.
Day 15 | B
Kathmandu – Departure
After breakfast, transfer to airport for departure.
- Private A/C transportation including airport transfer
- 1 way domestic flight with taxes (Jomsom – Pokhara)
- 1 way domestic flight with taxes (Pokhara – Kathmandu)
- Personal English speaking tour guide
- Hotel accommodation
- Meals as per itinerary
- Entrance fees
- English speaking trekking guide (Assistant guide included for 4 and above persons)
- Porter (1 porter to every 2 trekkers, each trekker’s bag max 15kg)
- Insurance for trekking crew
- Lodge accommodation
- Sleeping bag with fleece inner liner
- Trek permit and national park fees
- 1 trekking map per trekker (provided in Nepal)
- Nepal visa (apply upon arrival)
- Travel insurance
- Alcoholic and other beverages
- Personal & trek expenses (including hot shower, drinking water, battery charging)
- Liabilities of loss, theft and damages