Annapurna circuit trekking departure dates and price for 2016|2017 by Nepal Annpurna circuit trekking organizer from Kathmnadu for private, solo and small group trekkers.
Annapurna circuit trek crosses Thorong La or Thorung La is a mountain pass, the highest pass in the world with an elevation of 5416m above sea level. The 21 days trekking adventure through the Annapurna circuit is a once in a lifetime experience, there you will see beautiful scenery, meet locals and trek through beautiful landscapes. An easy entry level trek route known as the Annapura ciruit is one of the oldest trekking trails in the Annapurna Himalayas opened for trekking for nearly 40 years, is the best trekking routes in the world. The 128 mile horse-shoe-shaped trail is an opportunity to walk through the naturally rich terrain of Nepal while experiencing some of the most beautiful mountains in Nepal including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, two of the 10 highest in the world.
The trekking to Annapurna circuit starts from Besisahar, nearly 6 hours drive from Kathmandu or a three hours drive from Pokhara, a popular tourist destination.Many trekkers still trek from Besi Sahar and complete the trek in about three week which takes them through small villages where locals provide food and accommodation. But in the past decade, an unpaved road runs to Chame, the headquarters of Manang district, which gives many trekkers the ability to rent jeeps and cut short the trek by at least a few days.
The circuit goes through Manang, from where trekkers can choose to hike to the Tilicho lake, one of the highest lakes in the world, sitting at an altitude of 4,919m.Once across the Thorung La Pass, trekkers descend to Muktinath and then to Jomsom, from where they can catch a flight to Pokhara or continue to walk to complete the full Annapurna circuit trek at Nayapul, Pokhara.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu Nepal
On arrival at Kathmandu airport, we will have warm reception from us and then transfer to hotel. Free day and in the afternoon, tour briefing and final payment settle down.
Day 2: Kathmandu City Tour
After breakfast, Kathmandu tour visit Swoyambhunath stupa is said to be a 2000 years old stupa on a hilltop looks over Kathmandu City. Then next we visit Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath Stupa and lunch at Boudha. After lunch we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you could see erotic figure on temple struts and see the living goddess Kumari.
Day 3: Kathmandu BesiSahar (823m)
Drive nearly 200km for 6 hours to BesiSahar. Scenic drive passes through villages, river and farming fields.
Day 4: Besi Sahar - Bahundanda (1311m, 6 hrs trek)
The route follows the Marsyangdi River upstream, crossing a long suspension bridge and passing a beautiful, thin waterfall with a fine bathing pool. We ascend to Bahundanda, which means ‘Brahman Hill’. There are good views to the north and a little-known hot spring here.
Day 5: Bahundanda - Chamje (1390m, 6 hrs trek)
The gorge becomes narrower as we cross a cantilever bridge followed by a suspension bridge. We pass a few small settlements along the route and Chamje, the destination for the day, is one of them. Having travelled upstream, we observe many changes in the people, architecture and vegetation. Houses are built up of rocks, the vegetation is less tropical and the culture more Tibetan-like.
Day 6: Chamje - Bagarchap (2103m, 6 hrs trek)
Leaving Chamje, the gorge becomes more impressive. We cross into the district of Manang and see more Bhotia people. These are primarily agro-pastoralists and the real trans-Himalayan traders of the region. The route climbs gradually to the town of Bagarchap meaning (butcher’s place). The houses here have flat roofs, indicating that there is less rainfall here than the south. There is a temple here worth visiting, and views of the Annapurnas and the Lamjung Himal.
Day 7: Bagarchap - Chame (2615m, 6hrs trek)
Leaving Bagarchap, the valley becomes narrow and picturesque. The vegetation is temperate, broad-leaved forest. Chame is a government town and district centre for Manang. There are interesting religious buildings and hot springs
Day 8: Chame - Pisang (3133m, 5/6 hrs trek)
We continue in an unrelenting narrow valley of pine, hemlock and cypress forest. The trail through a serene forest leads tower Pisang; a side trip to higher Pisang (100m higher) is a must for an amazing view of Annapurna II. This arid region is in the rain shadow of the Himalaya. The men here are traders - and may sell or trade almost anything - and part-time farmers, and the women are full-time farmers.
Day 9: Pisang - Manang (3500m, 5/6 hrs trek)
There are 2 routes to Manag - a low road and a high road, the latter taking longer but affording outstanding views of the Annapurna Himal and few trekkers. Both routes converge in the large and interesting village of Braga, which is the seat of the oldest monastery in the area. The gomba is about 900 years old and belongs to the Kakgyupa sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and contains some unique works of art. Manang is 30 minutes from here.
Day 10: Manang (3500m)
Today is acclimatization day, which is best spent being active and climbing to higher elevations for views but returning to lower altitudes to sleep. Manang itself is in a spectacular location with many attractions. There are lakes, caves, moraine-hills, monasteries or local activities in town.
Day 11: Manang - Letdar (4176m, 3/4 hours trek)
Leaving Manang, facilities become scarcer. We cross small tributaries and contour along pleasant meadows with occasional birch groves. There is a chance to see herds of blue sheep.
Day 12: Yak Kharka/Letdar - Thorong Phedi (4404m, 3/4 hours trek)
We gain altitude gradually, and spend the night at the Phedi, means foot of a hill. If you are lucky you may spot a snow leopard near here at dusk!
Day 13: Thorung Phedi - Muktinath (3802m, 8/9 hours) via Throng La (5416m)
The trail now leaves the river valley and climbs steadily over lateral moraine. The pass, marked by a large cairn, is the high point of our trek. It is an exhilarating geographical feature, dividing 2 mighty Himalayan valleys. Far below to the west is the Kaligandaki River. We descend in that direction for the village of Muktinath, located in a poplar grove. It is a sacred shrine and pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists.
Day 14: Muktinath - Jomsom (2713m, 4/5 hours trek)
From Muktinath to Jomsom, we see people from Mustang, a restricted area to the north, who comes to sell handicrafts to pilgrims. Among their merchandise is the highly-revered mollusk fossil called shaligram. We will pass some ancient caves and see the impressive White Mountain that is the Dhaulagiri. We also transit at the significant town of Kagbeni, which is at a junction of 2 rivers and the north-south and east-west trading routes.
Day 15: Jomsom - Kalopani (2530m, 5/6 hours trek)
We descend to Marpha, a lovely village of whitewashed houses and fertile fields, and continue down the Kaligandaki reaching the former Thakali trading centre of Tukche. As the trail continues, the Himalayan rain shadow blends into coniferous forest,and we reach the main river valley and Kalopani. From here there are spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas.
Day 16: Kalopani - Tatopani (1190m, 5/6 hours trek)
A beautiful walk on sub-tropical vegetation and the return of water buffalo, banyan trees and poinsettias. The trail follows the river through a narrow gorge and descends to cross a bridge near a spectacular waterfall, before winding through the valley to Tatopani. The hot springs that give the village its name provide the perfect opportunity for a good scrub.
Day 17: Tatopani - Ghorepani (2819m, 7/8 hours trek)
Steadily climbing all day, we eventually leave behind the terraced fields and walk through thick rhododendron forest to the village of Ghorepani, meaning (horse water). We camp at the pass for the best views of the sunset over the spectacular, snow-capped Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Range.
Day 18: Ghorepani Tadapani (2520m) via Poonhill (3210m) .
An early start and an hour hiking to Poon Hill(3220m) leads us to a brilliant spectacle, this viewpoint provides an unobstructed beautiful surise over the high Himalayas. After spending about 40 minutes on the hillside, we come back to Ghorepani for a hot breakfast and start walking to Tadapani. From Ghorepani the trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests and if the weather allows it we have a panorama all the way south to the plains of India. The trail follows a stream bed which becomes larger as we continue. The stream has some clear pools alongside the trail and finally becomes a series of waterfalls. Today final destiny is the village of Tadapani meaning far water and the water supply for this village is a long distance below 5 hours.
Day 19: Tadapani -Ghandruk (1950m, 4 hours trek)
The Ghandruk trail descends steeply through forest to the village of Ghandruk where we will arrive around noon. We will overnight here so have the afternoon to visit the Annapurna conservation office and museum. As well as take time to explore the maze like village for 3 hours.
Day 20: Ghandrung - Pothana (1700m, 5/6 hours trek)
The second last days of trekking on the Annapurna Circuit takes us through the villages of Landruk and Pothana (2110m). The views continue to outstanding even as we descend, to the village of Dhampus.
Day 21: Dhampus - Pokhara (850m, 3 hours trek and 1 hours drive)
Today the trail descends through forests, all the way to the valley floor, from where we make our way to the city of Pokhara.
Day 22: Pokhara
We relax in Pokhara after a hard but satisfying trek. There are numerous activities in this scenic city like a boat ride on the tranquil Phewa Tal Lake, and visits to the Tibetan refugee camps and handicraft centres.
Day 23: Pokhara - Kathmandu
Today we say goodbye to scenic city of Pokhara and head back to bustling Kathmandu.
Day 24: Kathmandu
Today free to discover the charm of this quaint city. Optional tours can be arranged.
Day 25: Kathmandu Airport
After breakfast you’re free before drop to airport for your final destination.