Annapurna Circuit Trekking

The Annapurna Circuit trek is one of Nepal’s finest mountain walks and a classic Himalayan adventure. It provides a combination of spectacular high mountain scenery, picturesque lowland farms and villages, great culture and a high pass. After a sightseeing day in Kathmandu we head to Besisahar, the starting point for this superb route that takes you through the mysterious and lovely Marsyangdi valley with its fertile green terraces and long distance views. We trek over the famous Thorong La at 5416m our highest point and descend into the mighty Kali Gandaki valley where the old caravan route squeezes its way between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, both 8000m giants. Throughout you will be rewarded with spectacular and varied scenery, a must do trek!

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: City tour & preparation in Kathmandu (1300m)

Day 03: Drive to Bensi Sahar: 7 to 8 hrs driving

Day 04: Drive to Syanje and trek to Chyamje (1430m)

Day 05: Trek to Dharapani (1960m)

Day 06: Trek to Chame (2630m)

Day 07: Trek to Pisang (3190m)

Day 08: Trek to Manang (3520m)

Day 09: Acclimatization Day in Manang

Day 10: Trek to Letdar (4250m)

Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4500m)

Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung Pass (5425m)

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2713m)

Day 14: Flight to Pokhara

Day 15: Flight to Kathmandu

Day 16: In Kathmandu

Day 17: Departure Kathmandu

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Ocean To Sky Adventures representative will meet you at the Tribhubhan International Airport and transfer to the hotel. You will have short briefing regarding your trip.

Day 02: City tour & preparation in Kathmandu (1300m)
In the morning you will meet your tour guide to visit historic, religious and architectural places of Kathmandu valley. You will visit Swoyambhunath (Bhuddhists Shrine, also called monkey temple), Baudhanath (Largest Stupa in the world), Pasupatinath (Hindu’s greatest pilgrimage site) and Patan Durbar Sqare (Historic place for ancient art and architecture). Your guide will check all your trekking and climbing equipment. You can rent or buy the required equipment in Kathmandu.

Days 03: Drive to Bensi Sahar: 7 to 8 hrs driving
After breakfast, early in the morning we will drive towards Besisahar. Your adventure begins! Passing through many small villages on the way will fascinate you with snippets of everyday living in these lowland villages. You will reach Besisahar in evening.

Days 04: Drive to Syanje and trek to Chyamje (1430m): 2 hrs drive then 4 hrs walking
Another day also you have to drive from Bensisahar to Syanje. To reach Chyamje you have to pass the rocky trail.

Days 05: Trek to Dharapani (1960m): 5 to 6 hrs walking
Today, we will cross a suspension bridge in Marshyangdi River just right after we leave Chamje. And we will enter to Manang district after walking uphill before to reach Tal after passing corn, barley and potatoes fields, and then through the forests of bamboo and rhododendrons. After reaching at Tal, we will cross the river and continue walking through the cliffy way right above the river and reach Dharapani at the late morning.

Days 06: Trek to Chame (2630m): 5 to 6 hrs walking
Today you will encounter some typical Tibetan village’s enroute before to reach Chame. Chame is districts headquarter of Manang. Beautiful views of the Mt. Lamjung and Annapurna II can be seen from your hotel.

Days 07: Trek to Pisang (3190m): 5 hrs walking
A narrow steep path through a very dense pine forest will bring you to the dramatic curved rock face rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up, we will be surrounded by Himalayan peaks all the way to Pisang. You will have an extra half an hour climb towards a big hill to reach Upper Pisang.

Day 08: Trek to Manang (3520m): 4 – 5 hrs walking
We start our trekking with climbs to steep ridge which offers good views of the Manag valley and Tilicho Peak (7135m). On the way we can see small monastery, chortens, mani walls and prayer flags. This valley is famous for its rich culture, monasteries, wildlife, highest lake (Tilicho Lake) and its highest pass, Thorang La Pass 5416m. Manang is divided in two categories upper and lower Manang.

Day 09: Acclimatization Day in Manang
After reaching Manang, we take a day off for complete rest and adequate acclimatization before crossing the Thorung La. We can spend this day strolling down the river to see the tremendous ice-fall cascading down from the glaciated mountain peaks or by simply take in the panoramic beauty of the Annapurna mountain range and the Manang Valley. A short visit to Himalayan Rescue Association [HRA] aid post makes for an interesting visit.

Day 10: Trek to Letdar (4250m): 4 to 5 hrs walking
Thoroughly acclimatized, we advance towards Thorung La. On the way, we cross a stream, climb to Tengi, and 120meters above Manang and ascend further past Marshyangdi Valley turning north-west up the valley of the Jarsang Khola. Amid the spectacular vistas of Annapurna mountain range, we trek beyond the lush vegetation of scrub juniper and alpine grasses to reach the small village of Gunsang. The trail takes us further along a large stream that flows from Chulu West and Gundang, and leads to a rich pasture at 4000 meters.

Day 11: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4500m): 4 hrs walking
Leaving Letdar, we climb gradually to a ridge before descending to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, we follow a narrow trail across an unstable steep slope and then descend to Thorung Phedi.

Day 12: Trek to Muktinath (3800m) via Thorung Pass (5425m): 8 hrs walking
We have an early start today for the crossing of Thorung La [5416m]. The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp, but as local people have used this trail for hundreds of years, the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after around 4 hours of steady climbing, we reach the chorten and prayer flags of the pass. From the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandaki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang, which spread out before us, we are presented with a dramatic tableau. The descent to Muktinath is a 1600m trek. But the excellent views of Dhaulagiri, more than makes up for the tiring journey. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant walk along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath, with its shrines and temple.

Day 13: Trek to Jomsom (2713m): 5 to 6 hrs walking
From Muktinath we descend to Jharkot (3500m), a picturesque village with many interesting features and from here continues down to Khingar at 3200m, and eventually Kagbeni at 2801m. It is worth spending some time to look around Kagbeni; at the narrow alley ways and the large gompa. From here we follow the river down to Eklai Bhatti (2730m), where we join the alternative and more direct route from Muktinath. From here it is an easy walk to Jomsom, the administrative headquarters of the region.

Day 14: Flight to Pokhara
Fly to Pokhara and spend the day at leisure, relaxing, and maybe enjoying enjoy sightseeing around Pokhara valley.

Day 15: Flight to Kathmandu
Fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 16: In Kathmandu
Today is the free day in Kathmandu. You can have shopping. In the evening you will have farewell dinner in authentic Nepali restaurants with variety of cultural programs.

Day 17: Departure Kathmandu
Ocean To Sky Adventures representative will drop you to the Tribhubhan International Airport and give you Khada, for good luck.

Cost Includes
- All necessary airport, hotel transfer
- Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 Nights including breakfast
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu with tour guide salary, entrance fees and transportation
- Transportation from KTM to Bensi Sahar to Syanje for both members and guide
- Flight from Jomsom to Pokhara for both members and staffs
- Domestic Airport Departure Tax
- ACAP Permit Fee
- TIMS Card
- Food and Accommodation during the trekking period for both the members and guide
- 1 Night hotel in Pokhara
- Half day Pokhara sightseeing with Boating and entrance fees
- Food and accommodation for guide in Pokhara
- Flight/Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara for both the member and guide
- Trekking guide salary
- Porters wages during the trekking
- Welcome/Farewell dinner
- Insurance for Nepali staffs

Cost Excludes
- Meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Personal Expenses and Equipments
- Alcohol and Beverages
- Boiled or Bottled water during the trek
- Travel Insurance and Medical Evacuation
- TIPS