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Annapurna Circuit Trek – 19 Days

Trip Highlights

Trip Code: NHN 24903Duration: 20 Days Trekking
Region: AnnapurnaMaximum Altitude:  5,416 M. / 17,872 Ft.
Start: Kathmandu –  SyangeEnd:  Pokhara –  Kathmandu
Best Season: Sep – Nov,   March – MayTrekking Type: Tea House/ Camping
Group Size: Min 2Price From: $ 1460/Person

Annapurna Circuit Trekking is the 20 days Nepal trekking package which goes through high Mountain, passes, beautiful lakes and beautiful villages of various ethnic groups and splendid sceneries. The Annapurna region of Nepal is one of the most popular trekking areas in Nepal, only second to Everest. The region contains some of the most beautiful mountain peaks in Nepal along with diverse flora, fauna, and settlements in the territory. Above from the lakeside city of Pokhara, trail routes go by high passes and glaciers of the Annapurna Range. Thus, Annapurna circuit trek offers an incredible taste of what you actually want from Nepal.

This particular 20 days Nepal tour package extends from subtropical to alpine mountain passes. Starting from the elevation of 800m, it rises to the 5,416m high of Thorong La Pass. Thorong La is probably the best viewpoint of entire Annapurna massive.

If you have less time available, check out our Annapurna Circuit Short Trek or Ghorepani PoonHill Trek!

Day 01: Drive to Besi Sahar (6 hrs. drive) with local bus, continue drive to Syange (1100 m.) 02/03 hrs. Drive.

Day 02: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1860 m.) –  06 hrs. Walk.

Day 03: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2670 m.) – 06 hrs. Walk.

Day 04: Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3300 m.) – 05 hrs. Walk.

Day 05: Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang (3540 m.) Two alternatives: recommended upper route: along Ghyaru and Ngawal. (no trail, more beautiful.) – 06 hrs. Walk; lower route: along Humde (easier because of road) – 04 hrs. Walk.)

Day 06: Acclimatize in Manang: Hike to Gongopurna glacier – 02 hrs. Walk OR Ice Lake (4600 m.) – 06/07 hrs. Walk. (pack lunch)

Day 07: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4040 m.) – 04 hrs. Walk.

Day 08: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4525 m.) – 04 hrs. Walk OR Thorong High Camp (4925 m.) – 05 hrs. Walk. (steep from Phedi to High Camp – 01 hour.)

Day 9: Trek from Thorong Phed/High Camp to Muktinath (3760 m.) – 09/08 hrs. Walk via Thorong La Pass (5416 m.)

(from Muktinath We can drive by jeep/bus back to Pokhara if you want to shorten the tour – 12 hrs. Drive)

Day 10: Trek from Muktinath to Jomson (2720 m.) (Two alternatives: Via Kagbeni (2760 m.) – 06 hrs. Walk OR via Lupra – 05 hrs. Walk) you can also stay one more night in Kagbeni to visit the region of lower Mustang.

Day 11: Trek from Jomsong to Largjung (2550 m.) – 06 hrs. Walk (or if you want to shorten the trek you can take a plane from Jomsong to Pokhara – 35 min.)

Day 12: Trek from Largjung to Ghasa (2010 m.) – 05 hrs. Walk.

Day 13: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (Hot Spring) (1190 m.) – 06 hrs. Walk.

Day 14: Trek from Tatopani to Shika (1935 m.) – 04 hrs. Walk; Alternative: Trek/drive to Beni (830 m.) – 02 hrs. Drive or 05 hrs. Walk (and then back to Pokhara – 04 hrs. Drive.)

Day 15: Trek from Shika to Ghorepanoi (2760 m.) – 04 hrs. Walk.

Day 16: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2630 m.) – 04 hrs. Walk (or alternatively to Hille (1430 m.) – o5 hrs. Walk.)

Day 17: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940 m.) – 03 hrs. Walk (or alternatively from Hille to Nayapul – 03 hrs. Walk and back to Pokhara.)

Day 18: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070 m.) – 04 hrs. Walk and drive back to Pokhara – 02 hrs. Drive 

Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu – 08 hrs. Drive.

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (06 hrs. drive) with local bus, continue drive to Syange (1100 m.) 02/03 hrs. Drive.

An early start gets us on the drive to Syange, the starting point of the trek. On the way we see lush green  countryside, rivers, villages, farms and beautiful mountain-scapes. The road to Besishahar is tar, thereafter gravel.

Day 02: Trek from Syange to Dharapani (1860 m.) –  06 hrs. Walk.

A leisurely trekking pace takes us into the Manang district with its fields of barley, rice, potato and pine forests. We pass the village of Kodo and will overnight in Dharapani.

Day 03: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2670 m.) – 06 hrs. Walk.

From Dharapani, the track passes a school, ascends, and again descends gently to Bagarchhap. Bagarchhap is a small village with distinctive Tibetan houses and peaceful vibes of Buddhist culture. The trail ascends to the mule track through pine and fir forests and then follows the stream for some time amongst the higher oak and maple trees. We pass through dispersed small villages before arriving in Chame (2670 m.). Overnight at Lodge.

Day 04: Trek from Chame to Upper Pisang (3300 m.) – 05 hrs. Walk.

We follow the trails of Marshyangdi to Brathang from where we get a spectacular close-up view of Annapurna II (7937 m.). We continue the trek via the forest with the amazing Paungda Danda rock face escalating more than 5,000 feet from the stream. After passing a suspension bridge, we ascend for some time and then walk downhill to the valley floor. Finally, we walk across dry grazing land dwelling at Dhukur Pokhari. After walking for around half an hour from Dhukur Pokhari, we reach Pisang (3,190 m.). There are good views of the Annapurna range and Pisang Peak (6091 m.) seen from the village of Pisang. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 05: Trek from Upper Pisang to Manang (3540 m.) Two alternatives: recommended upper route: along Ghyaru and Ngawal (no road, more beautiful) – 06 hrs. Walk; lower route: along Humde (easier because of road) – 04 hrs. Walk.)

We trek on a difficult road onto the dry Nyesyang region that starts from Upper Pisang and offers some of the best landscapes. Ghyaru is a captivating cluster-village with attractively built stone houses enclosed by meadows of wheat, barley, buckwheat, potatoes, and beans. Then, along high cross with great landscape, up and down the valley, to Ngawal-an exciting village with Gompa and age-old juniper trees. The trail now slowly descends to Mungji from where we head to reach the renowned Thakali village of Manang. You will be enjoying with the best view of Annapurna range. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 06: Acclimatize in Manang: Hike to Gongopurna glacier – 02 hrs. Walk OR Ice Lake (4600 m.) – 06/07 hrs. Walk. (pack lunch)

This is the day to acclimatize to the higher altitude. There are splendid views of the surrounding peaks from Manang. Manang is a large village situated on a rise immediately across from the huge glacier descending from Glacier Dome and Gangapurna. A beautiful emerald lake lies at its foot. Overnight in Manang. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 07: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4040 m.) – 04 hrs. Walk.

After Manang the trail climbs steeply to the village of Tenki, which is the last permanent settlement, this side of the Thorung La. We climb a little further and then contour slowly past pastures to Yak Kharka situated at 4040 m.. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 08: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4525 m.) – 04 hrs. Walk OR Thorong High Camp (4925 m.) – 05 hrs. Walk. (very steep from Phedi to High Camp – 01 hour.)

It is a difficult trek to Thorang Phedi. After walking further, we pass a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We climb furthermore and pass via immense cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi.  On this trip, we are able to witness one of the finest views of peaks like Gundang (5312 m.), Syagang (6026 m.), Thorung (6644 m.), and Khatungkang (6484 m.). The word Phedi in Nepalese denotes the foot of a mountain. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 09: Trek from Thorong Phed/High Camp to Muktinath (3760 m.) – 09/08 hrs. Walk by Thorong La Pass (5416 m.) (from Muktinath we can drive with jeep/bus back to Pokhara if you want to shorten the tour – 12 hrs. Drive)

We start early from Phedi/High Camp as we walk up a tough trail today. Climbing up on a steep and narrow trail, we reach the highest pass of the world, Thorong La Pass (5416 m.). From Thorong La Pass, we can enjoy the amazing views of the Annapurna range to the south and Mukut Himal (6473 m.) bordering Dolpo to the west. The trail goes downhill over glacial moraine, which gives way to lush fields before we reach Muktinath. This is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Holy water flows from the 108 carved taps surrounding the temple. Overnight at Lodge.

Day 10: Trek from Muktinath to Jomson (2720 m.) (Two alternatives: Via Kagbeni (2760 m.) – 06 hrs. Walk OR via Lupra – 05 hrs. Walk.) you can also stay one more night in Kagbeni to visit the region of lower Mustang.

You’ll descend to Jomsom via Lupra village, visiting a local Bonpo Monastery. While you have to ascend the mountain again for a short way to get back on the trail, it is a great route that trekkers on the Annapurna circuit miss out on, so you will be far away from the crowds and the jeep trail to Jharkot and Muktinath.

Bonpo is an ancient pre-Buddhist religion not represented by many monasteries these days, so it is a rare and special chance to learn about this ancient animist religion while taking a stunning alternate route back to Jomsom.

Day 11: Trek from Jomsong to Larjung (2550 m.) – 06 hrs. Walk. (or if you want to shorten the trek you can take a plane from Jomsong to Pokhara – 35 min.)

We start from Jomsom, where the landscape is increasingly arid and impressive with its mixture of browns, yellows and greys contrasting with the white snowcapped peaks of Tilicho and Nilgiri. First we trek to Marpha for having lunch. Soon we will come across a stone gate that marks the entrance to Marpha. You can spot several white-walled houses. Marpha has well-maintained drainage system and is most popular for its local apple brandy. When trekking to Larjung you get to see narrow alleyways and houses built around enclosed courtyards as a protection against the unpredictable wind of the Kali Gandaki gorge. The trek finishes with passing through Khobang and Tukuche.

Day 12: Trek from Larjung to Ghasa (2010 m.) – 05 hrs. Walk.

After having breakfast, we start our trek and the trekking Trail descends steeply through forests to Ghasa, the last Thakali village and the southern-most limit of Tibetan Buddhism. The beginning part of the trail is stretched at almost flat level up to Kalopani and then the trail begins descending steeply to Ghasa, The first part of the trek passes through the windy area covered with pine forests, rhododendron forests, and birches. The surrounding area of Ghasa is a famous destination for bird watching and wild Marijuana. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 13: Trek from Ghasa to Tatopani (Hot Spring) (1190 m.) – 06 hrs. Walk.

After having breakfast, we start the trek and the trail descends steeply up to Rupse Chhahara (Rupse Waterfall) which is amazing to look at. Further there is situated the deepest gorge of the world between two massif mountains Annapurna I (8091 m.) in east and Dhaulagiri I (8167 m.) in west facing each other near Rupse Waterfall. Now the trail ascends slightly to Tatopani through different settlements, check in to the lodge and will have time to go and take bath on the natural hot spring and overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 14: Trek from Tatopani to Shika (1935 m.) – 04 hrs. Walk; Alternative: Trek/drive to Beni (830 m.) – 02 hrs. Drive/ 05 hrs. Walk. (and then back to Pokhara – 04 hrs. Drive.)

This day we head south, with the trail climbing a stairway of stone steps. After a while we come to a long suspension bridge which takes us across the Kali Gandaki River. There we enter the small village of Ghar Khola (1,175 m.). We now cross the Ghar Khola Bridge and climb a steep hillside with terraced fields and exotic trees. At the next fork we bear right and ascend a formidable seemingly endless stairway of stone slabs. Then from Tatopani the trail leaves the forest and we first reach Santosh Hill (1,500 m.). After a short trek we arrive at the village of Ghara (1,700 m.). From here we have a continuing climb to reach our overnight stop Shikha. This substantial village is built on ascending levels with teahouses and lodges in the lower part and a few simple shops and a school in the upper region.

Day 15: Trek from Shika to Ghorepanoi (2760 m.) – 04 hrs. Walk.

Today the trek continues to climb and after a while leaving Shikha we pass through the small settlement of Ghopte Kharka from where there are more sightings of Dhaulagiri. Next we reach Phalante (2,270 m./7,448 ft.) with its large school, one shop, a teahouse and two lodges. Further ahead we arrive at Chitre where refreshments are available. The last section of today’s trek from here is still uphill and finally it will take us to Ghodepani/Ghorepani, a bustling village with shops, lodges and camp grounds and because of the attraction of nearby Poonhill/Pun Hill (3,210 m./10,532 ft.), the route at this point is the most heavily trekked in Nepal.

Day 16: Trek from Ghorepani to Tadapani (2630 m.) – 04 hrs. Walk. (or alternatively to Hille (1430 m.) – o5 hrs. Walk.)

Early morning before sunrise, we will hike to Poonhill (3210 m.) and enjoy the sunrise views over Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m.), Tukuche Peak (6920 m.), Nilgiri (6940 m.), Varaha Shikhar (7847 m.), Mt. Annapurna I (8091 m.), Annapurna South (7219 m.), Annapurna III (7855 m.), Machhapuchhare (6993 m.), Annapurna IV (7525 m.), Annap.urna II (7937 m.), Lamjung Himal (6931 m.) and other numerous snow-capped mountains. Poonhill has always been a symbol of beauty for the Annapurna region. Then we will return back to Ghorepani and have a hot breakfast at lodge and lunch at Tadapani (2650 m.). Most part of the trail is through blooming rhododendron forest; the beautiful flower makes the jungle colorful in spring. Later, overnight at Tadapani.

Day 17: Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1940 m.) – 03 hrs. Walk. (or alternatively from Hille to Nayapul – 03 hrs. Walk and back to Pokhara.)

After breakfast, we will start our walk through a forest of oak, rhododendron and other alpine flowers will take us to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the large Gurung village. Moreover we can get an amazing view of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli and other Mountains from a viewpoint in Ghandruk. For a big group of travelers, local Gurung community will welcome with fresh garlands and traditional dance will be performed in evening in our honor. Ghandruk is the biggest Gurung village in annapurna regions. There is a Monastery, Gurung Museum, and Conversation Unit Office. Overnight at a Teahouse.

Day 18: Trek from Ghandruk to Nayapul (1070 m.) – 04 hrs. Walk and drive back to Pokhara – 02 hrs. Drive. 

After hot breakfast at Ghandruk, we will hike up to Nayapul and then take a private vehicle to reach Pokhara. Within the trek to Nayapul is a lovely hike as you can enjoy the views of beautiful landscapes along the trail back. If you are hungry, we will stop at a hotel for lunch. Else, we will head to Nayapul in about 04 hours. Nayapul to Pokhara is about a one hour drive. Overnight at our hotel on bed and breakfast plan.

Day 19: Drive back to Kathmandu – 08 hrs. Drive.

In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner and reflect on a great adventure.

Cost Includes: 

☛Pickup / Drop international airport by private tourist vehicle.Car, van or bus. (Deepen on size of group)
☛Transportation for Kathmandu / Besi Sahar / Syange And Pokhara / Kathmandu by Tourist Coach.
☛Accommodation (02 persons per room) in Pokhara with breakfast.
☛Half day sightseeing in Pokhara and necessary transport and Guide.
☛Annapurna Conservation Area Fee.
☛TIMS (Trekking information management system) Fee.
☛Lodge trek with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and accommodation in tea house lodges.
☛Service of English speaking trekking guide and Porters. (We will provide one porter for two  Persons and the maximum weight carried by porter is 25 Kg. in total)
☛Accommodation, meals, transportation, equipment’s, and allowances of guide and porter.
☛Insurance of Guide and Porters.
☛All applicable government taxes and service charge.

Cost Excludes: 

☛Any accommodation, meals and other services in Kathmandu.
☛Personal Travel Insurance. (Compulsory)
☛Lunch and dinner in Pokhara.
☛Entry fee at the sightseeing sites.
☛Bottle Drinks (Mineral waters, any cold drinks and alcoholic drinks.)
☛Expenses of personal nature such as tips for guide, porter and driver,laundry, bar bill, Telephone calls etc.
☛Any airfare and departure airport tax.
☛Nepal Visa fee.
☛Any other cost not mention above in cost includes.

Testimonials

  • Just wanted to throw out a small plug for Ganesh and Gabish – a father and son owned trekking company in Nepal. In 2013, Susanne and I were lucky enough to have Ganesh as a guide for our quiet two week hike through the Tsum Valley. He really is fantastic at his job and has an amazing singing voice (a bonus on long days of hiking)!!! Many trekking providers are not owned by their guides, so your money does not always go into the pockets of those that work the hardest. If any of you guys out there are considering a holiday to Nepal or know someone who is, you should get in touch with Ganesh and Gabish at Nature Hike Nepal – https://www.naturehikenepal.com – and hopefully Ganesh will be free to show you around !! – Dan and Sussanne

  • We trekked with Ganesh in November of 2014 when we did the Everest Base Camp trek for our honeymoon. What an amazing experience! Ganesh was so knowledgeable, friendly and trustworthy.

    His English is great and he is a very good communicator. He took such good care to make sure we had a wonderful experience. When we started the trek, Ganesh was our guide. By the time we finished the trip, Ganesh was our friend. I’ve recommended Ganesh to several friends that visited Nepal after us and they all share the same feedback about Ganesh. He is fantastic!! – Mary Messer

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