Annapurna Valley Trek
- Days 21
- Max. Altitude 4442 m
- Grade HARD
- Group Size Minimum 2 pax
- Activities Trekking Adventure
- Start / End Kathmandu / Kathmandu
One of the best and rewarding treks in Nepal is Annapurna Circuit. In this, the trekkers have an opportunity to explore the wonderful views of the southern and northern Himalayas and the beautiful hills. Thorong-La Pass (5,415 m) is the highest pass in this trekking, where the trail goes all the way down to Muktinath, which is holy place for both Hindu and Buddhists. Close to the Muktinath temple, tourists can view eternal burning flame over the underground water spring.
This trek provides tourists with an opportunity to explore many different Nepali ethnic groups, their culture and traditions. Trekkers encounter the red rhododendron forest fully bloomed in March to April. The landscapes in this trek is amazing. Some parts of this trekking grant you a dense forest where as in another part, the naked hills and snow-capped mountains. In this trekking, one can enjoy a bath in the natural hot water pond at Tatopani. The Poon Hill at Ghorepani is the best place to view the amazing scenery of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan ranges, both above 8,000 m.
- Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu (1350 m)
- Day 02 Kathmandu
- Day 03 Kathmandu - Besisahar (823 m) approx, 6 hrs drive
- Day 04 Besisahar - Bahundanda (1311 m)
- Day 05 Bahundanda - Chame (2173 m )
- Day 06 Chame - Bagarchap (2164 m)
- Day 07 Bagarchap - Chame (2713 m)
- Day 08 Chame- Pisang (3185 m)
- Day 10 Manang
- Day 11 Manang - Churl Ladder (3868 m)
- Day 12 Churl ladder - Thorang Phedi (4442 m)
- Day 13 Thorang Phedi - Muktinath (3798 m)
- Day 14 Muktinath - Jomsom (2713 m) Marpha (2667 m)
- Day 15 Marpha- Kalapani or Lete (2438 m)
- Day 16 Lete - Rukse (1800 m)
- Day 17 Rukse - Tatopani
- Day 18 Tatopani - Ghorepani (2853 m)
- Day 19 Ghorepani - Pokhara
- Day 20 Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Day 21 Departure
Arrive Kathmandu (1350 m)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, receive, welcome and transfer to hotel by the representative of Vistas Himalaya. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel
Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu also called the ‘City of Glory’, visit includes Durbar square, Kumari Temple and Taleju Temple. Thereafter, visit Swoyambunath Stupa, said to be one of the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the world which is majestically set high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu valley. Afterwards, proceed to Bhaktapur, also called the “City of Devotees”.
Overnights at hotel
Kathmandu - Besisahar (823 m) approx, 6 hrs drive
After a long drive from Kathmandu, following wild hairpin bends, we arrive at small village of Dumre (585 m). Then, we drive through gravel road covering around 30 kms slowly gaining elevation, getting good view of Bouddha Himal (6736 m) and Himalchuli (7968 m) and to Besisahar (823 m) our first night halt.
Besisahar - Bahundanda (1311 m)
The trail continues northwards up the valley, crossing several suspension bridges and passing several beautiful waterfalls. Above us, we can see the peaks of Lamjung (6859 M). The village bahundanda supports the last shops of any size before Jomsom.
Bahundanda - Chame (2173 m )
Today, we descend to the Marshyangdi to access the river level before deciding our route. If water level is low, we can cross on a make shift bridge to the east bank. If not, we continue on the west bank climbing high over a ridge, to rejoin the east bank trail over a suspension bridge at Sange. We, then climb high again, through rhododendron and pine forest. The valley is now very deep and steep gorge.
Overnight halt at Chame.
Chame - Bagarchap (2164 m)
We climb steadily all day long to Tal, a small village at the forest of large waterfall. We are now entering the Manang district. After leaving Tal, we cross a large bridge to the village of Dharapani (1943 m) where we stop to enjoy a cup of tea. We then climb through forest to Bagarchap, the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture.
Bagarchap - Chame (2713 m)
The trial is now bearing west, Manaslu forming a splendid backdrop and Annapurna II (7937 m) appearing occasionally to the south. We continue through forest of pine and fir, resting at the hamlets or Charku, Thangie and Kuparkot. As we continue on the trail, views of the Annapurna improve dramatically.
Chame- Pisang (3185 m)
We continue crossing the river all day, passing through the narrow and steep sided gorge nearing the village of Pisang (3183 m). We top a ridge to get our first views of the Manang valley, a wide “N” -shaped valley hanging between two lines of snow peaks.
Day 09: Pisang – Manang (3351 m)
Descending to the broad forested valley floor, we follow the trail through the flat valley, past a small STOL airstrip, under construction, cross the river once again to Braga (3472 m) and enroute visiting Braga Monastery. This is a village of about 290 houses stacked on top of each other, flat forming verandahs.
Rest and acclimatization day at Manang and today we spend the whole day exploring Manang.The village consists of about 500 flat roofed houses and is picturesquely set amongst spectacular scenery: Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7855 m), Gangapurna (7485 m) to the south: Tillicho (7134 m) and Grand Barrier, to the west; Chulu West (6420 m) and Chulu East (6558 m) to north.
Manang - Churl Ladder (3868 m)
We branch away from the Marshyangdi river steadily climbing into district alpine areas. Keep your eyes open for Thar and Ghoral mountain sheep.
Churl ladder - Thorang Phedi (4442 m)
Today we ascend about 3 hours then descend about 45 minutes to cross the Jarsang river, we climb to a small grassy valley and overnight halt.
Thorang Phedi - Muktinath (3798 m)
Though the crossing of the pass is not technically difficult, we take it slowly to take into account the complication of altitude and possible snow. After about 4 hours, we reach the top (5416 m) and enjoy some absolutely stunning high Himalayan scenery. The entire Annapurna range in the south, the Mukut and Mustang Himal to the west, and the incredibly deep Kali Gandaki Valley and the peaks of Throngtse (6542 m) and Chlu to the north . The trials descends steep and rough but we soon can have excellent views of Dhaulagari (8167 m). Muktinath (3798 m) is an important pilgrimage spot for both Hindus and Buddhist Gompa and pagoda style temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The most interesting aspect of the area, however, is the spot were burning of natural gas issued from the rock from the same place as a small spring. earth, air, fire, water and important religious combination.
Muktinath - Jomsom (2713 m) Marpha (2667 m)
The trail descends very quickly to the valley floor over 1538 m below. The trail descends through dramatic landscape and continues to Jomsom (2713 m) where you will have lunch. After the last few days, Jomsom seems almost busy, in fact, it is a major village on the Kali Gandaki trading route. After lunch to Marpha (2667 m) village for overnight halt.
Marpha- Kalapani or Lete (2438 m)
We pass through Tukche a beautiful Thakali villages and overnight halt at Kalapani or Lete.The Thakalis are the dominant tribe of the valley, related to the Gurung and Magars of the Southern slopes.
Lete - Rukse (1800 m)
As we pass between the Dhauligiri and Annapurna, a dramatic change in the vegetation occurs today from dry desert to pine and coniferous forest. Passing through Kalapani and here, the views of the Annapurna are breathtaking. We have overnight halt near a spectacular waterfall at Rukse.
Rukse - Tatopani
As we pass between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, a dramatic change in the vegetation occurs today from dry desert to pine and coniferous forest. The views of Annapurna are breathtaking. Tatopani means “Hot water” and it is possible to bath in the springs and overnight halt at Tatopani.
Tatopani - Ghorepani (2853 m)
After crossing the trail ascends steadily to Ghorepani (2853 m). We stop for lunch at Shikha. As we climb steadily all day, we leave behind the terraced fields and enter into thick rhododendron forest and village of Ghorepani. We halt at the pass where we can get the best views of sunset and dawn of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
Ghorepani - Pokhara
Today’s descend is almost as tiring as the day from Muktinath. However, mule trains laden with goods keep us entertained. We cross Tirkhedhunga and Bierthanti village and arrive Nayapul in the evening and drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara
Pokhara - Kathmandu
Transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu. Meet upon arrival and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at hotel
Departure transfer to international airport for onward flight
1. All transfers to and from the airport accompanied by an English speaking representative
2. Accommodation based on twin sharing as detailed in the itinerary.
3. Activities as shown in the itinerary, note this may vary from day to day
4. Sterilized drinking water during trek
5. All necessary transportation, whether private or public
6. All trekking related permits and fees
7. Experienced English speaking guide
8. Assistant guides and porters to support the group size
9. Applicable taxes
1. Personal Travel Insurance (cover your adventure activity as well as medical, emergency evacuation and personal belongings). It is imperative to be insured with suitable cover
2. Personal clothing and footwear such as down jackets, waterproofs, hat, gloves, hiking boots
3. Personal equipment, for example rucksack, day backpack, torch, water bottle, sleeping bag and mat
4. Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
5. Personal expenses such as bar bills, tips to guides, porters and drivers, laundry
6. Expenses incurred during emergency evacuation due to any reason