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Annapurna Circuit Trekking, takes you from low warm sub-tropical temperatures farm areas of paddy fields to cooler alpine hills to end at an arctic zone of ice and glaciers at high Manang valley and beyond to Thorang-la pass. Annapurna Circuit trekking, a great scenic place on earth listed as world’s top ten adventure destination where travelers will experience varied landscapes views with different cultures on daily walks.

A journey of great fascination with an enjoyable walk and in the comfort of a nice local lodge with the warm hospitality of the local villagers that makes this trip a great memorable experience being on this marvelous Annapurna Circuit trekking. Starts with a long exciting overland drive to reach at low warm Nepal Mid-West around Lamjung Himal district at Besisar, where the journey continues to starting point of the trek over high cooler hills in the shade of high snow-capped mountains.

Walk continues visiting nice hill villages adorned with a varied culture of both Hindu and Buddhism religions and then heading higher into cooler areas covered with a lovely forest of pines and rhododendron trees to reach high and scenic Manang valley.

On reaching beautiful Manang valley where tree lines drop for smaller juniper bushes where villages interwoven with strong Buddhism religion visit its impressive old monastery of Braga includes pleasant rest day at Manang village to explore its timeless culture with grand views of Annapurna and Chulus peaks.

Finally walk heads beyond Manang valley with a climb to the highest point of the adventure on Thorang-la pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft high facing tremendous views of mountain range with Dhaulagiri peaks. A long descend takes you at Kaligandaki valley after walking past the holy spot of Muktinath to reach Jomsom (headquarter town of Mustang district) home of Thakali people.

Where journey leads back into tree lines reaching warmer areas at Tatopani a village with natural hot spring to enjoy time in its refreshing warm pools before climbing uphill into lovely rhododendron forest to reach Ghorepani where short hike takes you at famous Poon Hill for stunning sunrise over an array of peaks.

After Ghorepani walk descends back into a low warm country where short scenic drive takes you to beautiful Pokhara a renowned touristic city, blessed with natural beauty of mountains and lakes, a great spot to complete our marvelous adventure Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.
Day 02: In Kathmandu options for sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,240 m via Besisar 800 m - 08 hrs
Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 06 hrs.
Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.
Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.
Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.
Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.
Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hrs.
Day 10: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.
Day 11: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs.
Day 12: Drive to Tatopani 1,190m via Jomsom 2, 715 m - 04 hrs.
Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m - 06 hrs.
Day 14: Hike to Poon Hill and trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m -05 hrs.
Day 15: Trek to Nayapul 1,100m and drive to Pokhara 860m.
Day 16: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 17: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.

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Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to hotel.

On reaching at Kathmandu international airport received by White Lotus staff/guide for short transfer in the heart of Kathmandu at Thamel area an interesting place after checking into your hotel room, meet at hotel lobby for group briefing regarding Annapurna Circuit Trekking with other information to make your stay in Nepal enjoyable.

Evening includes welcome dinner in authentic Nepalese restaurants with culture programs of the country.

Day 02: In Kathmandu options for a sightseeing tour and trek preparation.

Free day in Kathmandu for leisure activities where you can join in our sightseeing tour around the city places of Interest as Kathmandu valley steeped with world heritage sites, rest of the day preparation for Annapurna Circuit trekking.

Day 03: Drive to Syange 1,240 m via Besisar 800 m - 08 hrs.

Morning a long exciting overland journey on Nepal main highway to reach at Nepal Mid West within low warm farm country at Lamjung district in Besisar town, where drive continues following Marysangdi River to reach at Syange for first overnight halt in a nice simple lodge, facing views of waterfalls.

Day 04: Trek to Dharapani 1,920 m - 06 hrs.

After a refreshing stop at Syange village starting with climb for few hours to reach at Jagat and then on gradual winding trail to Chamje, and back to Marysangdi River crossing towards eastern bank and into forested area, with views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges. Walk continues to Tal Besi village, another few hours walk reaching at Dharapani village for overnight stop, a nice alpine large village with more Buddhism culture.

Day 05: Trek to Chame 2,670 m - 05 hrs.

Morning walk along winding trail within rhododendron, pine forest to Bagarchap and Danque villages, then climb to Timang village. From here onwards into strong Buddhist area with view of Mt. Manaslu and Annapurna peaks, as walk leads beyond Timang village for few hours to Koto and then at Chame town for overnight stop, a large major town and headquarter of Manang area.

Day 06: Trek to Pisang 3, 230 m - 05 hrs.

Adventure continue heading much cooler area and getting closer to mountains region, trek through alpine forest following Masrsyangdi River upstream with short up for lunch break at Dukuri Pokhari, and then descends to lower Pisang village for overnight stop.

Day 07: Trek to Manang Village 3,450 m - 05 hrs.

Pisang village offers views of Chulus and Pisang peaks as walk leads through woodland with short uphill and views of staggering Annapurna II and III, Gangapurna Chulus and Pisang peak. Descend to Hongde village, from here tree lines drops for barren landscapes with cold, dry arctic climate.

Before Manang, visit old Braga monastery with old Buddhist relics and then an hour walk brings at Manang village. The houses here are built up in traditional Tibetan style and Manang people are known for their rich cultural and traditions.

Day 08: Rest day at Manang for local hikes and acclimatization.

A necessary rest day for acclimatization before heading higher elevation, explore Manang village, located beneath Annapurna and Gangapurna mountain range and Manang glacial Lake.

Day 09: Trek to Yak Kharka 4,110 m - 04 hours.

After a good rest at Manang, morning leads past Ghunsang village with slow uphill to Yak Kharka, an interesting high altitude trek with views of snowcapped mountains, then crossing a small stream river to reach Yak Kharka, a small settlement with tremendous views of Gangapurna, Annapurna III and Chulu Peaks.

Day 10: Trek to Thorang High Camp 4,600 m - 04 hrs.

Morning heading higher area, to reach at the base of Thorang-la uphill walk along river bank, as walk leads to Thorang Phedi, from here an hour of steep climb brings you at Thorang High Camp for overnight stop.

Day 11: Cross Thorang-La 5,416 m and to Muktinath 3,800 m - 07 hrs.

One of the highlight the adventure, starting with early breakfast walk follows to long climb up at Thorang-la with steep haul on winding path to reach at Thorang La Pass at 5,416 m / 17,700 ft. The highest point of the journey where this high spot offers super views of snowcapped peaks, after feeling in top spirit a long descend takes you at Muktinath located above 3,800 m high.

On reaching Muktinath for overnight stop, a holy place for both Hindus and Buddhists the word Muktinath literally means ‘the place for Nirvana or Liberation’.

Day 12: Drive to Tatopani 1,190m via Jomsom 2, 715 m - 04 hrs.

From Muktinath our walks stops for a day, as motorable road been constructed taking the pleasure of drive down towards lower Mustang areas of Kaligandaki River valley past nice town of Jomsom and Marpha village. Journey continues downhill to reach over world deepest of Kaligandaki River sandwiched between mighty peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna and then reaching warm places at Tatopani, a village with natural hot-spring where can enjoy in its hot pools.

Day 13: Trek to Ghorepani 2,750 m - 06 hrs.

After Tatopani, morning walk leads across a bridge over Kaligandaki River and then route heads uphill on terraced hillside, dotted with farms and villages, after a steep section through dense alpine forest reaching at Chitre and to Ghorepani- village with super views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South and Vara-Shikar also known Annapurna Fang.

Day 14: Trek to Tirkhedhunga 1,500m - 05 hours walk.

Morning hour hike to Poon Hill at 3,210m, offers striking sunrise views over chain of mountains includes Mt. Machhapuchare “The Fish Tail”, after a glorious moments, descend to Ghorepani and continue walk within beautiful rhododendron forest on gradual path and then a long descend from Ulleri village to Tirkhedhunga for last overnight stop on the hills of Annapurna Himalaya.

Day 15: Trek to Nayapul and drive to Pokhara.

From here, our last day walk of the adventure leads past many farm villages and finally ending our trek on the road that connects Baglung and Pokhara at Nayapul town, where few hour drives takes you at famous and scenic touristic spot at Pokhara after a wonderful time up in high mountains.

On reaching Pokhara transfer to your respective hotels by the lake Phewa with enough time for rest and walks around the lake side.

Day 16: Drive / Fly back to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.

Morning after breakfast drive back to Kathmandu on the same interesting highway past farm villages and town with last few hour climb to reach the valley rim that takes you into the city of Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel.

(Flight options 30 minutes to reach Kathmandu from Pokhara by air)

Day 17: International Departure homeward bound or respective countries.

As per your international flight time for homeward bound or to next respective destinations, depart from the hotel where White Lotus staff transfer you to Kathmandu International airport with final farewell after a great adventure and experience on Annapurna Circuit Trekking.

17 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Adventure around both scenic sides of massive Annapurna Himalaya range
  • Enjoy walks from low-warm area to cooler hills and at an arctic zone of ice, glaciers
  • Trek into lovely green woodland and too barren arid beautiful landscapes
  • Explore the immense colorful culture of high Manang villages enriched with Buddhism
  • Crossing high Thorang-la pass to scenic Kaligandaki valley within Dhaulagiri range
  • Sweeping sunrise views over array of Himalayan peaks from green Poon Hill

Cost Includes:

  • All airport/hotel/land transfers via private or public vehicle unless otherwise requested
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast.
  • Welcome and farewell dinner.
  • Teahouse/Lodge accommodation during the trek with all meals included.
  • Sightseeing tours in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur which includes a tour guide and entrance fees.
  • Experienced trek leader, assistant guide and Sherpa porters including their salaries, insurance, equipment, flight, food and accommodation.
  • All necessary permits required for visit (national park entrance fee, TIMS).
  • A comprehensive medical kit for general and emergency purpose.
  • All government and local taxes wherever applicable.

Cost Excludes:

  • Nepal visa fee ($30 and two passport photographs are required).
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch in Kathmandu, unless requested for
  • Extra accommodation nights other than stated in the itinerary.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.

Trip Details

  • Accommodation: Hotels and lodge on treks
  • Trekking Grade: Moderate to Adventurous walks.
  • Activities: Sightseeing tour, exciting drive, and scenic treks.
  • Highest elevation: At Thorang-la Pass 5,416 m high.
  • Trekking duration: 12 Nights and 13 Days (with drive both ways)
  • Total Trip: 16 Nights and 17 Days (arrival to final departure)
  • Seasons: March to May best time when wild-flower are in season October to mid December another best months for clear mountain views but cold in the morning and night time and chance of snow.