This 17 day variation of the Annapurna Circuit trek follows the same route
as the traditional trek as far as Jomsom where the trek ends with a return
flight to Pokhara.
annapurna Circuit, considered one of the best trekking/hiking trails in the world, is the classic long distance trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek is one of contrasts between the green, terraced farmland of the Marshyangdi valley and the semi-arid environs of Lower Mustang. The two areas are separated by the Thorong La Pass (5416m), which we must cross on a long day, to reach the sacred site of Muktinath. The temple complex is a pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists and when seen from here the sunrise on Dhaulagiri is particularly striking
Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit trek
The Annapurna Circuit is a classic trek on ancient trade routes. Ascending the Marshyangdi valley. Passing Manaslu and Hinchuli. Visit old Buddhist monastery in Braga. Explore beautiful Manang village. Crossing the Thorung-La (5416m). The Pilgrimage town of Muktinath, View of Dhawagiri Ice-flow.
Day 01 : Arrival in kathmandu
Day 02 : Sightseeing / Cultural Day in Kathmandu Valley
Half day sightseeing around UNESCO Bhaktapur / Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the city and many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalised. In the evening sample a delicious traditional Nepali dinner.Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 03 : Kathmandu to Besi Shahar (830m)
Day 04 : Besi Shahar to Bahundanda (1430m)
Our first day trekking introduces us to the diverse cultural elements of Nepal and we pass by many typical local houses and the faces of varied ethnic tribes exchanging greetings (Namaste) as we pass. We will share the trail with mule caravans that transport supplies to the remote villages. Our route makes its way through subtropical forests and the rice terraces of Sera to the village of Khudi (840m). After we pass the village of Bhulbule we will see a majestic 60m high waterfall. Along the way we have views of Manaslu (8156m). The mountain views disappear as we come closer to the small town of Ngadi, here we will have to cross the Ngadi Khola by a long suspension bridge. From here on the trail moves gently upwards to Bahundanda, an attractive village in the saddle of a long ridge at 1300m (7 hrs).
Day 05 : Bahundanda to Chamje (1410m)
We start the day by descending on a steep slippery trail past amphitheatre-shaped rice terraces. There will be a small hot spring after this descend. The rest of today trek will have us pass the river a few times and we will see a few waterfalls as well. As we near the village of Jagat we will have a steep 200m climb to a trail that has been blasted out of the rock face. 15 minutes below this village we can visit another small hot spring. From Jagat we climb up to Chamje (6 hrs).
Day 06 : Chamje to Bagarchhap (2160m)
Day 07 : Bagarchhap to Chame(2170m)
Day 08 : Chame to Pisang (3190m)
Day 09 : Pisang to Manang (3540m)
Today our trek will slowly climb up to the Tibetan-style village of Bryaga at 3500 meter following the valley floor. At Bryaga we will see houses stacked one atop the other, each with an open veranda formed by a neighbours rooftop. The gompa, perched on a high crag overlooking the village, is the largest in the district and has an outstanding display of statues. We then continue through a very arid countryside, dominated by weird cliffs of yellow rock, eroded into dramatic pillars alongside the trail to reach today destination, the village of Manang, where the shops are surprisingly well stocked with all the things you might want to refuel on (5 hrs).
Day 10 : Manang.
Day 11 : Manang to Letdar (4250)
Day 12 : Letdar to Thorang Phedi
Day 13 : Thorang-Muktinath (3800m) via Thorang La Pass (5416m)
Day 14 : Muktinath to Marpha via Jomsom (2665m)
From today we will follow the Jomsom trek in reverse order. We will first make a 990 meter descent through meadows, streams and fruit orchards down to Kagbeni, a fascinating medieval village infused with Tibetan culture. Then we will continue going down the Kali Gandaki gorge to Jomson (more correctly Dzongsam, or new fort).
Day 15 : Jomsom to Pokhara
Day 16 : Fly or drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 17 : Kathmandu
Kathmandu, Departure from Kathmandu.If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. Please let us know whether you would like to make it shorter or longer.
Activities Tour & Trekking.
Trip Duration 17 Days
Group Size Min. 2 / Max.12 + Above
Best Season mid February to May and October to mid December.
Activities Hiking & Trekking
Duration 17 Days
Max. Altitude 5416 meters
Group Size Min. 2 / Max.12 + Above
Best Season Mid February to May and October to mid Decembe
Trekking Type Tea House Trek