Want to enjoy a rocking trip to the Himalayas??? Annapurna Circuit Trek, an amazing adventure trip to Annapurna Massif. This 21 days Annapurna Circuit Trek lets you enjoy the alpine climate and the cool breezes coming from the snowy peaks of Annapurna Ranges. So, here comes Step On Himalaya providing you the golden chances to walk through the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki Gorge, to reach the summit at Thorong La Pass at an elevation of 17,769ft/5,416m, to enjoy the sunrise and sunset from Poon Hill and another viewpoint of Annapurna region. The regions of Manang, Jomson, Muktinath are simply awesome and a must to visit once in a lifetime. Grab the opportunity not to miss the experience of exploring the diversified Annapurna region.
Annapurna Circuit Trek offers the wonderful treats of experiencing the ethnic people here and come across ancient customs and traditions. The lifestyle of the local people is totally different from that in city areas. The Apple Brandy of Marpha village is famous all over Nepal. The temples and the monasteries on the way of trekking boost up our spiritual beliefs. The feeling of reaching the apex of Thorong La pass, the highest and most challenging pass of this Annapurna circuit is incredible. The alpine climate, the cool environment, the emerald or cyan glaciers, the rivers, the waterfalls, paddy fields or pasture lands, the unique landscapes are so enchanting. The months of September to mid-December are usually chosen for trekking in this Annapurna massifs for the clarity of the views of the mountains and less hazardous climate.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is an epic journey mostly selected among the trekkers. Trekking in the Annapurna region is simply challenging but charismatic. Depending on your stamina, your budget and your choice, you can choose any packages from our website. It also depends on how long you want to spend the time and enjoy the serene environment of the Annapurna massifs. There are other packages in Annapurna region like Annapurna Circle Trek for 14 days or Annapurna Base Camp Trek for 11 days. All the packages are equally thrilling and captivating. Step On Himalaya will take care of your needs and choices in any packages. You choose and we arrange it for you. Your satisfaction is our goal.
You will land at the Tribhuwan International Airport at Kathmandu. You will be then taken to the hotel after customs clearance and claiming luggage. The representative of Step On Himalaya will accompany you to the hotel in a private vehicle. Welcome dinner by Step On Himalaya in the evening is hosted. Overnight at the hotel.
After early morning breakfast, you will be escorted into a private vehicle and then the sightseeing tour starts. You will be taken to mainly the places which are enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, etc. are the main places. These places have their own cultural and historical significance. The ambiance is so pious to boost up your spiritual feelings. Lunch will be taken during the tour. After the tour, you will be briefed about the trekking and you can check your required equipment. Overnight at the hotel and all set for the trekking.
An early morning drive after having breakfast, starting from the bus station at Kathmandu to Khudi. It will take about 7 – 8 hours. You will enjoy the scenic drive viewing the green hills, rivers, waterfalls, beautiful Himalayas and settlements along the road. You will take Lunch at Mugling and then go straight towards Pokhara. You will change the previous trail at Dumre and then head towards North to Besisahar and then to Khudi where the first glimpse of the striking Manaslu Himalayan range can be seen. This is the beginning point of the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
The first day of trekking from Khudi will start after having early morning breakfast. You will come across some suspension bridges and gorgeous waterfalls along with the ups and downs. There are many rice paddy fields and forest on the way. There is a village named Taranche, Tamang settlement before arriving at Sirung village. Keeping on the walk, you will see the amazing science of Nadi Chuli and other snowy peaks of Manaslu range. It will take about 6 – 7 hours from Khudi to Sirung.
It is comparatively easier trail today passing through the villages, terraced fields, forests enjoying the chirping of birds and then the rivers. you will cross some suspension bridges over the Sangu Khola at Mipra and then Marshyangdi Khola at Syange. Following the route of Marshyangdi Khola, you will arrive at Jagat after walking for about 6 – 7 hours.
Dharapani is today’s destination. After having early morning breakfast, you will start the trek and then descend until you reach a river. Continuing the trek passing through the dense jungle, you will now start ascending towards the cliff. On the way, there are some settlements. Chyamje comes first with the amazing views of Mt. Annapurna and adjoining peaks. You will then cross a suspension bridge and climb up a steep road towards Sattale. This part of the trek is a little bit challenging. You will then reach Tal and continuing the trail, you arrive at Karte, a densely forested village. Enjoying the waterfalls and the small cliffs, you will finally arrive at Dharapani after crossing one suspension bridge.
After having early morning breakfast, now you will be ready to trek towards Chame. It will take about 5 – 6 hours. Chame is the district headquarters of Manang district. You can still have the striking views of Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna IV and Lamjung Himal. You will come across some small hot springs where you can spend some time dipping in and soothing the cramped and tight muscles.
You will pass through a dense forest walking on a steep and narrow road. You will ascend the vertical rock. Possibly this is the steepest part of the Marshyangdi valley. After crossing this last part of the rocky trail, you will arrive in an open land of the Marshyangdi valley surrounded by the magnificent Himalayas. The Paungda Danda is another slope that escalates towards 1500m. /5,000 ft. You will then reach Lower Pisang to stay overnight.
You will continue your journey towards Manang from the Lower Pisang after having breakfast. There are two trails leading to Manang. You will follow the trail leading towards the Upper Pisang via Geru. En route, you will see the picturesque views of the gorgeous snow-capped peaks like Mt. Annapurna, Pisang, etc. The unique landscape and the lush vegetation are superb with a little harsh environment. The Barge Monastery here in the Manang is the largest monastery in Manang District.
Today is the acclimatization day at the Manang district. You can go for short hiking either to Gangpurna Lake or Bhojo Gumpa. You can also visit Braga village if you will have some leisure time. There is the Himalayan Rescue Association where you will get some information about the Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
You will trek to Yak Kharka from Manang. There is a river before climbing to Tenki village. You will continue the trek towards the northwest i.e. Jarsang Khola valley from the Marshyangdi valley. Passing through the forest and pastures, you will now pass via Ghunsa village and then reach Yak Kharka. On the way, there is a small wooden bridge to cross and a pleasant meadow.
Your destination is Thorong Phedi. There is a suspension bridge on the way to Ledar village. The ups and downs through the cliffs offer the majestic views of the Mt. Syagang, Mt. Gundang, Mt. Khatungkan, and Thorong Peak. After walking for about 4 hours, you will reach the Thorong Phedi village. Phedi means the base or foot of the mountain.
From Thorong Phedi, you will head towards Muktinath today. The Thorong La Pass is one of the highest passes in the world situated at an elevation of 5416m. You will cross from East to West i.e. Manang to Muktinath. You will wake up around 3 a.m. and then start walking up. When you reach the top of the mountain, you will realize your achievement worth it. You will reach the Muktinath Valley at the base of Thorong La pass.
Muktinath is the sacred Temple for both Hindus and Buddhists located at the altitude of 3710m. at the foot of the Thorong La pass in Mustang district. You will visit the Lord Vishnu temple and then the Gompa. You will now descend from Ranipauwa village towards Kagbeni and then to Jomson. The bizarre trail along the plateau above the Kali Gandaki river will lead to the Marpha village. The barren lands are similar to the Tibetan lands. Marpha is famous for the apple and varied items made from apple. The Apple Brandy of Marpha village is popular in Nepal.
You will trek from Marpha towards Kalopani via new route passing through Chokhopani village. There are some traditional hamlets of the Thakali community. The panoramic views of mountains like Nilgiri, Fang, Tukuche, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna I, etc. is simply awesome. The trail will continue to Kokhethanti and then after crossing a river, you will reach Kalopani walking on a newly constructed way.
From Kalopani, you will head to Tatopani following the descending trail. There is a bridge at Ghasa. Crossing that bridge, you will walk down into a subtropical forest and an amazing waterfall named Rupse Chahara. Continuing the trek towards the east bank passing via Garpar from Kopchepani, there is another bridge at Dana. A powerhouse is built-in Narchyang Besi that supplies the electricity in this area. Upon arrival at Tatopani, you can roam around to explore the living style and ancient customs and traditions. “Tatopani” means hot water. You can take a bath in the hot spring here.
After having breakfast, you will leave Tatopani and trek towards Ghorepani. There are some villages like Shikha and Chitre on the way. You will pass through a beautiful forest of the rhododendron. The scene of the forest when the rhododendrons are blooming in red or pink, the view is amazing. After walking for about 7 – 8hours, you will arrive at Ghorepani.
Poon hill is a famous vantage point for sunrise. You will wake up early morning to climb up the steep towards Poon Hill from Ghorepani. The view of striking sunrays from the sunrise over the snow-covered Himalayas is heart touching and mesmerizing. You will be delighted by the view of golden-colored snowy peaks due to the sun rays falling over. Also, the view of Pokhara and Mustang from Poon hill is superb. After spending some time, you will climb down to Ghorepani, eat breakfast and then continue the trail towards Tadapani.
Pokhara city is your destination today. Walking through the dense forest of Rhododendron and oak trees, you will reach the Ghandruk village. The views of the slopes and the mountains are so heart-touching. Ghandruk is a beautiful village of Gurung people. Continuing the trek, you will arrive at Nayapool. A short drive from Nayapool to Pokhara and then you will be taken to the hotel to rest.
You will bid farewell to Pokhara today. An early morning drive on a tourist bus after having breakfast. You can do shopping in your spare time. After arriving at Kathmandu, you can rest at the hotel or stroll around the local markets. A farewell dinner from Step On Himalaya in the evening.
Finally, you will be departing back to your home country from Nepal. The representative will take you to the airport in a private coach about 3 hours before the time of the flight. Have a wonderful flight and hope to welcome you next time for another adventure.