|Kathmandu||Everest Base Camp||1400m-5380m|
|Kathmandu||Dhaulagiri Base Camp||1400m-4748m|
Best Season: Autumn ( September- December) and Spring (February-May)
|No. of People:||1-12|
|Trip Duration||20 Days|
|Hotel Type||5-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Teahouses during the trek|
Trek around the Annapurna massif crossing a 5400 meters high Himalayan pass and be engulfed by the extremely scenic Himalayan atmosphere. While you are on this adventurous Himalayan trekking trip, you can experience the diverse range of landscapes from low river basins to soaring high mountain peaks. As you go higher into the elevation on the trekking trail, you will experience the difference in the life style and culture of people. The fresh air high up in the mountain is so enticing that you will feel the pleasure of it on each inhalation.
The first few days of the Annapurna circuit trekking can be a little different than the real Himalayan trail trekking as the result of the construction of motor road up to Manang. But when you reach Manang and start the trekking further ahead on the trail, you will come to realize and experience what it is like to trek in the serene atmosphere on the Himalayan trail. The highlight of this trip is the day when you cross a high mountain pass called Thorong La pass at the elevation of 5416 meters above sea level although rest of the places you pass through are no less stunning. Every trekker on the Annapurna Circuit trekking trip has to cross this high pass and they look forward to it but for the people living in the region, this pass comes on their regular trading route.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival – 1400 m
Today is your arrival day in Kathmandu. Once you finish the custom and visa process and come outside at the airport in Kathmandu, you will find a person waiting for you with our company sign board. Follow him to the car and you will be driven to your hotel. Check in, relax and spend some leisurely time.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
We will take you for a historical and cultural sightseeing tour of Kathmandu after breakfast today. The tour will take you to some of the cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Those sites are Pashupatinath to see the Hindu cremation rituals on the bank of a holy river, Boudhanath which is the largest Buddhist stupa in the world, Swoyambhunath famously known as monkey temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square which is a medieval palace square where you visit the temple of living goddess, Kumari.
Day 03: Kathmandu – Syange 1101m
We take breakfast and check out the hotel to start our long day drive. It will take us approximatedly 9 hours to reach Syange to the west of Kathmandu where we are going to stay overnight today. The drive will introduce us with the countryside and rural life of Nepal. The incredible charm of nature and the mountains will make our drive even more enjoyable although the drive gives us some good work out even when we are on our bus seat as the result of the bumpiness of our highways. Reach Syange and check into a tea house and relax.
Day 04: Syange – Dharapani 1860m/6103ft: 7 – 8 hours
Today is the first day of the trekking on the trail that goes around Annapurna mountain range. The trek will take us through beautiful terraced crop fields, charming local villages and some waterfalls. Sweating on the mountains will be highly rewarded by some of the most beautiful scenes on earth. Before reaching Dharapani which is the stopover for tonight, we will have already experienced so much of mountain charm to make us forget the tiredness of walking long hours.
Day 05: Dharapani – Chame 2650m/8694ft: 5 – 6 hours
The walk today to Chame from Dharapani is spectacularly stunning as we will be able to have full-fledged view of some of the mountain peaks in the Annapurna range. The majestic view of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV and Lamjung Himal is the day maker. Despite the challenge of walking on some tricky mountain trails, we will enjoy the view to its fullest.
Stay overnight at Chame.
Day 06: Chame – Pisang 3250m/10663ft: 5 – 6 hours
We are trekking to Pisang today and the trek starts after breakfast at the tea house. About 6 hours of walk today will lead us through some scenic places in the route. We will be rewarded with the magnificent view of Annapurna II and Pisang peak and also be captivated by the spectacular Himalayan mountain landscape.
Stay overnight at Pisang.
Day 07: Pisang – Manang 3519m/11545ft: 6 – 7 hours
The walk from Pisang to Manang via upper Pisang gives us the opportunity to have spectacular view of Annapurna, Pisang and several other high soaring mountain peaks. A more or less 6 hours of walk via Geru takes us to Manang where we are staying overnight today. We will also pay a short visit to the biggest monastery, Barge monastery, in the district.
Day 08: Acclimatization Day in Manang
Today, we will stay in Manang as an extra day to help ourselves adjust with the high mountain climate. We can go for a side hiking trip to a higher elevation and come back to Manang for overnight stay. There are several options to go for hiking today. We can choose to do one of them. The hiking and staying overnight at the same place as previous night should prepare us to go to higher elevation tomorrow.
Day 09: Manang – Siri Kharka 4060/13320ft: 4 – 5 hours
Today, we will take the route to go towards Tilicho Base Camp to visit Lake Tilicho, the highest situated lake in the world at the elevation of 4949 meters above sea level. The first half of the trek today goes downhill to the river and later passes through forested area. To reach Siri Kharka, we need to walk on an uphill trail with an excellent view of some spectacular mountain peaks.
Stay overnight at Siri Kharka.
Day 10: Siri Kharka – Tilicho Base Camp 4140m/13,583ft: 5 – 6 hours
An approximately 6 hours of walk takes us to Tilicho Base Camp today. Although the walk today is not strenuous, we can feel a little tired as we have to walk through some tricky trails with several landslides. We have to be extra careful to walk on these kinds of narrow and loose mountain trails.
Stay overnight at Tilicho Base Camp.
Day 11: Tilicho Base Camp – Lake Tilicho 4919m/16138ft – Siri Kharka: 5 – 6 hours
We are going to visit Lake Tilicho today. Lake Tilicho is highest situated lake in the world at the elevation of 4949 meters above sea level. The very first part of the day is a tough steep climb uphill on the trail before reaching the lake. Once we reach the lake, we feel overwhelmed with the majestic beauty of the lake. There is another lake called “The Great Ice Lake” on the other side of Lake Tilicho beautifully cuddled on the lap of Tilicho Peak.
We will trace our way back down to Tilicho Base Camp and walk even further to Siri Kharka for overnight stay.
Day 12: Siri Kharka – Yak Kharka 4010m/13156ft: 4 – 5 hours
We are walking to Yak Kharka today after breakfast. A descend welcomes us to start the hike for the day. Walking past Khangsar village, we follow a trail on rocky wall to reach Thorang Khola. An uphill trail welcomes us again to take us to Yak Kharka for our overnight stay today.
Day 13: Yak Kharka – Thorang Phedi 4450m/14600ft: 3 – 4 hours
A relatively shorter walk today takes us to Thorang Phedi, the base of Thorang La pass. Although a shorter walk, its mostly uphill walk today all the way up to Thorang Phedi. The trek today brings us a spectacular view of several mountain peaks including Thorung peak, Mt. Khatungkan, and Mt. Syagang. On reaching Thorang Phedi, we will check into a tea house and relax to get ready for the ascent of Thorang La pass early morning tomorrow.
Day 14: Thorang Phedi – Thorang La 5416m/17760ft – Muktinath 3,700m/12,139ft: 7 – 8 hours
We start the day very early today to ascend the trail toward Thorang La, the highest elevation on the trip. The day is also the highlight of the trip as it takes us to the highest elevation on the trip. A slow paced four hours’ walk up the mountain brings us to the incredible Thorang La pass. We feel the thrill of joy taking over us; pose in front of Thorang Pass sign for pictures and then head down towards Muktinath on the other side of the pass. Reach Muktinath, relax and be happy on your achievement on the Himalayas.
Day 15: Muktinath – Tatopani 1190m/3904ft: 6 – 8 hours
Today is not a trekking day. Instead, we are driving to Tatopani on a rough yet incredibly scenic mountain road. The drive starts after visiting the Muktinath temple, a highly spiritual and sacred place, which is considered as the place to achieve the spiritual liberation.
Stay overnight at Tatopani.
Day 16: Tatopani – Ghorepani 2860m/9383ft: 7 – 8 hours
We walk to Ghorepani village today, a beautiful village just below Poon Hill. The walk today is mostly uphill through amazing villages and farmlands. We walk past Sikha and Chitre villages to enter a forested area covered mostly with rhododendron trees. The whole forest looks colorful when the rhododendrons are in bloom during March to May, the season for flowers and Himalayan trekking. We will also be able to have some spectacular views of the Himalayan range.
Stay overnight at Ghorepani.
Day 17: Ghorepani – Poon Hill 3210m/10531ft – Tadapani 2600m/8,530 ft: 6 – 7 hours
Wake up early for a rewarding hike to Poon Hill this morning. Our effort early this morning to hike uphill to Poon Hill will be rewarded with the spectacular panoramic view of the Himalayan range and an incredible sunrise over the mountains on a clear day. Sip your cup of tea and be enthralled by the incredibility of the mountains from the top of Poon Hill. Hike down to Ghorepani after sunrise; take breakfast and get ready to start the trek to Tadapani. The first part of the trek takes you uphill almost to the height of Poon Hill on the other mountain just opposite to it and then the trek descends for the lunch break of the day. After lunch walk further down just to go for another short step walking uphill to Tadapani. We will be welcomed by a close up view of Annapurna South and the soothing breeze coming from the grace of this stunning mountain.
Day 18: Tadapani – Ghandruk – Pokhara 827m
Take the breakfast at tea house and start the trek of the day to Ghandruk, a beautiful Gurung village about four and half hours away from there. The trail passes mostly through forested part today before reaching Ghandruk village. Upon reaching Ghandruk village, we can explore sometime around to know more about the Gurung culture and life style. We can also enjoy a very close up view of the Himalayan peaks from here.
Take a jeep ride for one hour to Nayapul and another one and half hours’ drive to Pokhara on a different vehicle.
Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Day 19: Pokhara – Kathmandu: 6 – 7 hours
We will drive to Kathmandu today by tourist bus. It will keep us on the highway for 7 hours before reaching Kathmandu. We also have an option to fly for 25 minutes at an extra payment for the flight.
On reaching Kathmandu, we will check into hotel, freshen up and have some relaxing time before we go for celebration and farewell dinner tonight.
Day 20: Departure Day
Get ready at the hotel lobby 3 hours prior to your flight time and we will transfer you to airport for your departure flight.
• Airport Pick up and drop
• 3 days in 5 star or similar hotel in Kathmandu
• Lodging and fooding during the trek.
• Welcome and farewell dinners.
• Transportation on a comfortable vehicle (Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus ) as per the itinerary.
• Trekking guide,assistant guide,poters with their salary.
• All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS )
• Medical kit
• All government and local taxes
• Nepal Visa fee.
• International flight ticket both way Kathmandu to home.
• If early come back to Kathmandu or late due to any reason,then the hotel charges will be personal expenses.
• Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu
• Travel and rescue insurance
• Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
• Tips for guides and porters
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I traveled to Nepal in October 2013 and it was truly a trip of a lifetime. We did part of the Anapurna circuit. Prior to going, I was concerned about trekking however Prem was absolutely the VERY BEST GUIDE we could have asked for. He was concerned about the entire group making sure we were all doing well and enjoying ourselves. He was truly professional and personable at the same time. He made us laugh and ALWAYS had our best interest in mind. He was always prepared for the unexpected and had the complete respect from the men who assisted him. Prem Tamang is the VERY BEST GUIDE for safety, fun, and an overall excellent experience.
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