Program Code: GA-NTA01
Duration: 21 days
Start point: Besisahar
End point: Nayapul
Starting elevation: 760 m (2,490 ft.) at Besisahar
Apex elevation: 5,416 meters (17,769 feet) at Thorung La Pass
Mode of Travel: Flight/Land
When to go: Fall peak trekking season (October to early December); spring trekking season (March and April)
Trek grading: Hard
Take on the classic and enthralling journey of Annapurna circuit trek blessed with unmatched natural beauty and the breathtaking trekking experience. It has been renowned as one of the sensational trekking routes since 1977, when it was first opened for foreign trekkers. Annapurna circuit trek is ventured every year by 70 percent of trekkers and for a good reason. From bare height of 800 meters to the high altitude of 5,416 meters, Annapurna circuit trek is the marriage of trekking, sightseeing, cultural tour, and holidaying.
The Annapurna trek starts from lush green tropical valley of Besisahar, going upstream along the Marsyangdi river, crossing the uneven terrains and moving on to the north side of Himalayan pass, Manang savoring the great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east .This course is also called the marsyangdi trail. It leads you to the magnificent experience of the wide cultural and ethnic diversity of people including the spectacular view of Himalayas whereas the scenery of high and dry plateau around manang provides equally thrilling experience. In the Hindu holy trail of manang to mustang, cross the highest point in the Annapurna Circuit known as the Thorung-La Pass at 5,416m (17,769ft).
As we descend to muktinath, from the Thorung La Pass, trekkers meet the deepest gorge in the world, The Kali Gandaki gorge. Now, just imagining the thrill and excitement of walking through the kali gandaki gorge with giant Annapurna I (8091m) to the east and Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the west sure brings the Goosebumps don’t they?? On the final parts of the Annapurna trek, enjoy the fabulous Himalaya views including Mt. fishtail from the summit of Poon Hill at 3,210m (10,531ft) before finally arriving at yet another natural paradise, Pokhara.
Day 01:- Arrival in Katmandu, Elevation: 1310m
Day 02:- Sightseeing in Katmandu Valley, Elevation: 1310m, Duration: approximately 6 hours
Day 03:-Drive to Besi Sahar, Elevation: 823m, Duration: approximately 6 hours
Day 04:- Trek Besi Sahar to Bahundada, Elevation: 1315m, Duration: approximately 6 hours
Day 05:- Trek Bahundada to Tal, Elevation: 1600m, Duration: approximately 6 hours
Day 06:- Trek Tal to Chame, Elevation: 2670m, Duration: approximately 6.15 hours
Day 07:- Trek Chame to Pisang, Elevation: 3190m, Duration: approximately 5.30 hours
Day 08: Trek Pisang to Manang, Elevation: 3500m, Duration: approximately 5 hours
Day 09:- Acclimatization day in Manang, Elevation: 3540m, Duration: approximately 4 hour
Day 10:- Trek Manang to Yak Kaharka, Elevation: 4100m, Duration: approximately 5 hours
Day 11:- Trek Yak Kharka to Through Phedi, Elevation: 4460m, Duration: approximately 4.30 hours
Day 12:- Trek Throung Phedi to Muktinath, Elevation: 3800m via Throung-La Pass, Elevation: 5416m, Duration: approximately 6.30 hours
Day 13:- Trek Muktinath to Marpha, Elevation: 2080m, Duration: approximately 6 hours.
Day 14:- Trek Marpha to Ghasa, Elevation: 2080m, Duration: approximately 6 hours
Day 15:- Trek Ghasa to Tatopani, Elevation: 1190m, Duration: approximately 5 hours
Day 16:- Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani, Elevation: 2834m, Duration: approximately 6.30 hours
Day 17:- Hike to Poonhill, Elevation: 3210m at dawn and then Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani, Elevation: 2640m, Duration: approximately 6 hours
Day 18:-Trek Tadapani to Ghandrung, Elevation: (1950m), Duration: Approximately3 hours
Day 19:- Trek Ghandrung to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara, Elevation: 820m, Duration: approximately 5.30 hours
Day 20:- Drive back to Kathmandu, Duration: Approximately 6 hours
Day 21:- Departure to the International airport
Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Day 01:- Arrival in Katmandu 1310m
Our airport representative will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to Hotel. It is 7km and takes about10 minutes.
Day 02:-Sightseeing in Katmandu Valley 1310m approximately: – 6 hours
We explore the culturally diverse city of Katmandu with a native guide to make sure that you receive the best explanation about the marvelous sites seen on tour. Katmandu is the origin of ancient history, diverse cultures, exotic art, architecture, where city ablaze with mix of Hinduism and Buddhism influence. We explore some of the best popular destination; these include Patan, the city of fine arts. Pashupatinath, the biggest Hindu temple and cremation center for the Hindus at the bank of the holy Bagmati River. Boudhanath, the biggest Buddhist stupa, is also called “Little Tibet” and Swayambunath the oldest Buddhist stupa in Kathmandu valley as well known as “monkey temple”. O/N at BB Plan.
Day 03:- Drive to Besi Sahar 823m approximately: – 6 hours
The journey commence from Kathmandu by tourist bus to along the Prithvi highway to Dumre. From Dumre, the road follows along Marsyandi River; passing picturesque village en-routes traces of rice to Besi Sahar. Besi Sahar is the Headquarter of Lamjung district. O/N at full board plan.
Day 04:- Trek Besi Sahar to Bahundada 1315m approximately:-6 hours
From Besi Sahar, we overjoyed by diverse culture and typical lifestyle of Nepali People with warm smile of multi-faced group that you encounter along trail. We carry on by the side of the Marsyandi River, passing through picturesque fields and subtropical forests of scrub and juniper. O/N at full board plan.
Day 05:- Trek Bahundada to Tal 1600m approximately:-6 hours
The trail descends steeply down the hill passing the picturesque rice fields, then after we cross-tiny stream, passing in and out of the deep river gorges, and then we cross the Marsyandi on a suspension bridge. It finally reaches the village of Syange. O/N at full board plan.
Day 06:- Trek Tal to Chame 2670m approximately: – 6.15 hours
After breakfast at hotel then we begin to ascend towards steep forested village, as we walk away from this village the trail gently up along pine and fir forests to the Bagarchhap.Chame is the administrative headquarter of Manang district. Therefore, it provides variety of amenities such as telephone, internet, shops, health post, post office, banks, Ozonated water in cheap price and good accommodation. O/N at full board plan.
Day 07:- Trek Chame to Pisang 3190m approximately: – 5.30 hours
We take a breakfast under the sapphire blue sky, which guarded by magnificent mountains; provide unlimited happiness to begin our today journey to Pisang. We continue our journey that enters the fascinating apple orchard garden in Bhratang. Further, up, we walk along the river for a while then we cross the steel bridge, and ascend gradually up string you by superb scenery of the snow-capped mountains. O/N at full board plan.
Day 08: Trek Pisang to Manage 3500m approximately:-5 hours
After breakfast, we commence the trail towards the Manang. As we walk further up the trail leave the river slowly and slightly climb up the hill, then we descends to enter the wide valley through the pine forest offer, inconceivable collection of natural beauty of Himalaya. O/N at full board plan.
Day 09:- Acclimatization day in Manang 3540m approximately:-4 hours
It is very important that you should rest at least two nights at Manang for acclimatization with the altitude. Yyou can make a short visit in HRA that provides the daily lecture about altitude sickness during peak season. O/N at full board plan.
Day 10:- Trek Manang to Yak Kaharka 4100m approximately: – 5 hours
From Manang village the trail crosses a stream, climbs to Tengi village, and ascends further towards the north west of the valley of Jar sang khola. We pass several lodges en-route as we approach the diaphones landscapes of barberry, juniper etc offer the nice view of Chulu west and Gundang then pass on ancient Mani wall in meadow at 3990m. Beyond that, we reach Yak Kharka. O/N at full board plan.
Day 11:- Trek Yak Kharka to Through Phedi 4460m approximately: – 4.30 hours
We continue further up towards ThroughPhedi. From yak kaharka, the trail less steeply continues to Letdar and then our trail becomes steeper for a while and then it descends to the river. Then we steeply climb up until the first teahouse. From there for an hour, continue efforts through a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope. We reach Through Phedi. O/N at full board plan.
Day 12:- Trek Throung Phedi to Muktinath 3800m via Throung-La Pass 5416m approximately: – 6.30 hours
We start early in the morning for the crossing of Thorung La 5416mwith aim to reach the Throung La top before 10 am at the latest time otherwise the weather conditions will greatly affected and begin to play very heavy wind by then. Approximately 4 hours continues pace we reach the Throung La at 5416m, the biggest pass in the world offer a fabulous mountains in surroundings. After we spend some time on top on taking picture and sharing, overjoyed one another then we continue climb down to Muktinath, offers the transparent beauty of Dhaulagiri before us. O/N at full board plan.
Day 13:- Trek Muktinath to Marpha 2080m approximately: – 6 hours.
We continue descent down to kali Gandaki River via Jharkot and Khingar, the typical Tibetan village and then continue descends down until Eklai Bhatti, of course magnificent view of Nilgiri accompany with us. Then we follow the valley floor of Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom. Jomsom is the administration center of the Mustang district and provide a better way to flight to Himalaya from pokhara for those travelers and Pilgrimage to fulfill their years dream without hard efforts. O/N at full board plan.
Day 14:- Trek Marpha to Ghasa 2080m approximately: – 6 hours
We continue descends along to Kali Gandaki River via Tukuche, the center of historic salt trade in the past. We continue follow the river to larjung is very beautiful place, a excellent architecture, narrow alleyways and house built in traditional styles, presents great significant of this village. O/N at full board plan.
Day 15:- Trek Ghasa to Tatopani 1190m approximately: – 5 hours
After breakfast, we set our pace to Tatopani from Ghasa; however, we continue follow the kali Gandaki River by passing wonderful demonstration of cascade en-route shortly take us to Dana, the Magar settlements, you are welcomed by the massive view of Annapurna south across the valley. Then the trail continues descends to Tatopani. Tatopani means hot spring, the very famous placein terms of both religion reasons as well as for natural hot bath. O/N at full board plan.
Day 16:- Trek Tatopani to Ghorepani 2834m approximately: – 6.30 hours
We follow the river for a while and then we cross the river for isolation to set the pace through stone staircase to Ghorepani via Sikkha and Chitre. We continue climb up through the picturesque terrace, dense forest eventually take to the large Magar settlements, Ghorepani. In the late afternoon, you can visit Magar Museum and can explore Ghorepani. O/N at full board plan.
Day 17:- Hike to Poonhill 3210m at dawn and then Trek Ghorepani to Tadapani 2640m approximately: – 6 hours
An early wake up make an early-morning excursion to Poon Hill (3210m) about an hour’s climbing, string us to a spectacular unobstructed view of sunrise sparkling over the high snow-capped Mountains provide a inner freshness in mind after a quite impatience waiting. After spending an hour impatience time to explore inner beauty of high Himalaya, we come back to Ghorepani, have a hot breakfast, and commence to Tadapani. The trail climbs up for 45minutes along ridges to get to Deurali I 3170m that offers similar view of mountains to those from Poonhill. O/N at full board plan.
Day 18:-Trek Tadapani to Ghandrung (1950m). Approximately:-3 hours
We take aBreakfast and then we start our trek to Ghandrung. It takes about 3 hours from Tadapani, the trail descends continuously through the dense Forest, then we crossing and re-crossing the small stream by passing few teashops en-route take you to the beautiful Gurung village, the Ghandrung. O/N at full board plan.
Day 19:- Trek Ghandrung to Naya Pul then drive to Pokhara 820m approximately:-5.30 hours
After breakfast, the trail continues to drop down to Modi River through the stone paved trail by passing picturesque rice field, muti-faced people, of course provided great impression of Nepali culture and tradition. O/N at BB plan.
Day 20:- Drive back to Kathmandu. Approximately: – 6 hours
Breakfast, at hotel then we proceed to Tourist bus station to Kathmandu that is nearby hotel. Our bus leaves at 7.30 to Kathmandu. Fare well dinner in the evening. O/N at BB Plan.
Day 21:-Departure to the International airport
– Annapurna conservation area permits,
– Trekking Map of Annapurna region
– Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during trek,
– Join Nepali Cultural Program with dinner,
– Hotel in Kathmandu as your requirements,
– Hotel in Pokhara on BB plan,
– An experienced licensed holder Guide and required porters
– Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
– Transportation by bus, car or by flight,
– Medical kit box
– TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems)
– Trekking Equipment’s
– All government tax
– All guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and entry fees
– All necessary transportation while sightseeing
– Airport pick up and drop with an escort
– Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara,
– Your travel insurance,
– International flight and departure tax,
– Any expense of personal nature,
– Nepal entry visa fee,
– Any kinds of Bar bills,
– All the alcoholic and non-alcoholic Drinks,
– Rescue operation.
When trekking in Nepal Himalayas “Altitude related Problems” are the important factors to be considered because there is always a real danger of mild to serious problems related to altitude and it is important that trekkers understand that they will be affected to a greater or lesser extent when they ascend to altitudes over about 3000 meters. Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and it means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevation above 3000 meters. The victim can develop severe symptoms very rapidly if the mild effects are ignored.
We advise our clients to remember the following suggestion when you are on trekking in the high altitude areas above 3000 meters. The following are the basic symptoms of the altitude sickness and to avoid such sickness we recommend few important points.
1. Basic Symptoms:
Loss of appetite
Difficult to pass urine
2. Medium Symptoms:
Headache which is bad
3. Serious Symptoms:
Slight swelling of hands and face
Cannot stand upright without swaying while eyes are closed
Can hear gurgling sound in the chest
What to do about Altitude Sickness?
Altitude illness can be prevented by acclimatization; that is, by a graduate rate of ascent (not more than 400 – 500 meters), allowing sufficient rest at various intermediate altitudes. The dry air of the mountains tends to dehydrate you so an increased fluid intake is necessary. Try to drink at least four liters of water a day. On the trail you can drink hot garlic soup that will help you to some extent. When we reach to our destination it is better to make some hiking up to a bit higher point and come down to the camp or hotel. This is a really good way to get acclimatization. You may take Diamox 250mg tablets the night before flying / going to altitude. Sometimes the symptoms often disappear and the trek can be resumed.
If you feel obviously suffering from the serious symptoms of AMS then descent should not be delayed even if it means going down in dark. In such case, should an emergency situation arise, horse, or porter will be arranged; or we carry you and run to lower (descend) altitudes. There is communication facility at Namche Bazaar; Doctors at Khunde hospital in the Everest Area and HRA Clinics and in some trekking areas also have the Gamow Bag. The hospital or the clinic will take fees or charges for such services. We can arrange for immediate evacuation, by horse or helicopter, depending on the severity of the case.