Annapurna Circuit Trek
Poon Hill Trekking in Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek – 21 Days

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One of the top ten treks in the world, Annapurna Circuit Trek is well known by everyone all over the world.  The scenery is stunning, the mountains are magnificent and the hardworking decent people you will meet along the way will stay in your hearts and memories forever.   This is a challenging adventure you will never forget and can relive with all your family and friends for many years to come. About 4-5 hours drive from Pokhara and 6-7 hours from Kathmandu, you will be on the first step to meet with these beautiful, snow- capped peaks.

While doing this trek , you pass through sub-tropical forests , tropical forests, alpine forests and  ultimately find yourself in a stunning, barren landscape which looks like Tibet. Enjoy not only the forests , but as you gain altitude , you get the opportunity to experience the contrasting changes in climate.  Nature lovers will revel in the beauty of this trek, this country, this planet. Due to the high altitude pass the best time for this trek is October to November and April to May. This trek is considered to be quite strenuous. However, if you allow yourself enough time the circuit is suitable for the moderately fit.

 

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Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Sisne Rover will pick us up from the airport and take us to our hotel. In the afternoon, we may take a rest. Welcome Drink will be served. Overnight in Kathmandu.

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Day 02:Kathmandu - Trek preparation and Free Time

On your first day in Kathmandu, we take rest after a long flight from your home country. After breakfast, you can visit around Thamel (where your hotel will be located) and shop few items that you have missed to bring with you. We can add Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing tour on your request. We can have a tour to UNESCO World heritage sites – Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa and Bouddhanath stupa. In the afternoon, we will have a meeting with our fellow participants and check the final preparation for the trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast

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Day 03: Drive to Khudi (800m): 7- 8 hours

Our journey starts from Kathmandu with a 7 to 8 hours drive to Khudi   on a winding road along the Trishuli River. On the way we admire terraced farms and beautiful huts. After reaching a juncture at Mugling, we move straight ahead towards Pokhara. At Dumre, we leave the previous trail and head north to Besisahar. A half-an-hour’s drive from Besisahar takes us to Khudi, the starting point of our trek. Khudi offers us a first glimpse of the gorgeous Manaslu range .

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 04: Khudi to Sirung (2200m): 6 - 7 hours

Our first day’s walk involves crossing a few suspension bridges and waterfalls including several ascents and descents across rice paddies and a subtropical forest. Initially, the walk is gradual but is then followed by steeper trails. The mountains that we see from Khudi seem a lot closer now. Before reaching Sirung village we pass an ethnic Tamang settlement of Taranche. We admire close-up views of Ngadi Chuli and Manaslu mountains from Sirung.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 05: Sirung to Jagat (1,300m): 6 - 7 hours

The trail is relatively easy from Sirung to Jagat . We leave behind the terraces of the village and hit forest, ferns and woodland. On the forest trail we spot a variety of birds. We also pass through several small villages and a few temples on the way. We cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marshyangdi River. There is also a waterfall nearby the bridge. Now our trail moves alongside the mighty Marshyangdi River and we cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat. Overnight in Jagat.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 6: Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m): 7-8 hours

The trail from Jagat descends until it reaches the river and then continues through a lush forest. Further ascent leads to sharp-edged cliff facing the river bank – En route, Chyamje comes into picture amidst the glorious backdrop of towering Annapurna mountain ranges. After crossing a suspension bridge, we climb steeply towards the slippery and physically challenging path to Sattale. On treading along a succession of rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank that leads to Tal. As we walk away from Tal, the path becomes rugged and winding. Then we approach steeply-forested village of Karte. Meandering along the waterfalls and cliffs, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight in Dharapani.

Included meals:Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 07: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5 - 6 hours

Today’s walk will be through a few forested ridges on our way to Chame, which is the headquarter of the Manang District. Throughout the trek we will have amazing views of the snowcapped  mountains including Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV and we also come across small hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight in Chame.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 08: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours

From Chame , a steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. This is probably the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley – so steep that the trail is carved into the vertical rock. After passing this last bit of rock, the valley opens up with majestic vistas. And right where the valley widens stands the Paungda Danda, a massive sloping rock face that rises over 5,000ft above the trail. We continue walking for a while before reaching Lower Pisang where we spend the night.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 09: Pisang to Manang : 6 - 7 hours

There are two routes to Manang and we follow the trail that takes us to Upper Pisang via Ghyaru. This trail guarantees excellent views of the beautiful landscape and the mighty mountains including Annapurna and Pisang.  We begin to notice a contrast in the landscape and vegetation from today. The cold and dry climate also creates a much harsher environment. A visit to Barga monastery , the largest monastery in the entire district of Manang will be memorable. Overnight at Manang.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 10: Manang - Acclimatization day

In order to keep fit on the trails that follow, we keep ourselves busy today with a short hike to either Bhojo Gumba or Gangapurna Lake. If we have the energy, we can even hike to Braga Village where we can visit the Himalayan Rescue Association( HRA) from where we can get some information about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)and other related matters. Overnight in Manang.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 11: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m): 4 -5 hours

The trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki and continues to climb out of the Marshyangdi Valley turning northwest up the valley of Jarsang Khola. The trail follows this valley northward, passing a few pastures and a scrub of juniper trees, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail further passes near the small village of Ghunsa, a cluster of flat mud roofs just below the trailhead. Now the trail goes through meadows where horses and yaks graze. After crossing a small river on a wooden bridge, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall in a pleasant meadow and then reaches another small village of Yak Kharka. Overnight at Yak Karka.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 12: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m): 3 - 4 hours

Today’s trek is an uphill walk to Thorang Phedi. After some time we cross a suspension bridge and reach Ledar village. We ascend furthermore and pass through towering cliffs before reaching Thorang Phedi, the last village before Thorong La pass.  On this trip we are rewarded with the best views of Mt. Gundang, Mt. Syagang, Thorung Peak and Mt. Khatungkan. The word Phedi in Nepalese is referred to as the foot of a mountain. Overnight in Thorong Phedi.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 13: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath ( 3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m): 7 - 8 hours

Today is the most important day for this whole trek – Crossing Thorong La , one of the highest passes in the world. We will be crossing the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath) which is the easiest and safest direction. We get up around three in the morning and start walk up the mountain. When we finally make it to the top, we realize that our journey was worth it. We can take a few photos before heading to Muktinath Valley at the foot of the Thorong La . Overnight in Muktinath.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 14: Muktinath to Marpha (2,670m): 4 - 5 hours

Muktinath is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists alike. In the morning, we pay our visit to a Vishnu Temple and a Gompa. Descending from Ranipauwa village down the steep and barren hillside, we tumble down toward Kagbeni and then to Jomsom finally arriving at Marpha. The trail today is quite fantastic as we trek along a plateau above Kali Gandaki River, the world’s deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles Tibet. Marpha is also famous as the apple capital of Nepal where one can enjoy different items made from apple. The local apple brandy of Marpha is famous all over Nepal. Overnight at Marpha.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 15: Marpha to Kalopani (2,530 m): 5 - 6 hours

From Marpha, we take a new route toward Kalopani via Chokhopani village. Today, we come across traditional villages of the ethnic Thakali people. Also, we get to see beautiful apple gardens. From here we get panoramic views of Dhaulagari, Tukuche, Nilgiri, Fang and Annapurna I . From Chokhopani, we continue to Kokhethanti crossing a river and come across the newly constructed road site before reaching Kalopani. Overnight at Kalopani.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 16: Kalopani to Tatopani (1,200m): 6 - 7 hours

During the early part of today’s trek, we cross the bridge at Ghasa. As we lower the elevations, we emerge back into subtropical forests, lush with vegetation. Our trail continues along Rupse Chahara (waterfall). We continue down the east bank from Kopchepani via Garpar to a bridge at Dana. At Narchyang Besi, we get to see a powerhouse that supplies electricity in the area. There are bigger villages in this area where we can observe the everyday lives of the local people. Upon reaching Tatopani, we relax and have a bath in the hot spring.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 17: Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850mt): 7 - 8 hours

Today we leave the Kali Gandaki and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The trail leads us through a terraced farmland with mountains all around. We pass through the villages of Shikha and Chitre before reaching a beautiful rhododendron forest. When in bloom the rhododendron trees with its average height of up to eight feet will be covered with pink or red flowers. Walking further we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at a ridge top. Overnight in Ghorepani.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 18: Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani (2,700m): 6 - 7 hours

Poonhill is the best place to have a sunrise view over the Himalayas. So to catch this opportunity we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210m), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. It is also a great viewpoint to enjoy the amazing views of Mustang, Pokhara and more than 20  highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After taking photographs and having some coffee or tea, we head to Tadhapani via  Ghorepani. We descend through rhododendron forests, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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Day 19: Tadapani to Pokhara (850m/2,789ft) via Ghandruk: 5 - 6 hours trek, 1 hour drive

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. When the rhododendron trees are in bloom, these forests actually turn into amazing gardens. By afternoon, depending upon the season of travel, we also get to enjoy cherry blossoms in bloom on the slopes on the other side of the ravine. After trekking a few more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. Here, we enjoy the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli mountains. We continue our trek to Nayapul from where we drive to Pokhara.

We mark the end of our successful trip with a farewell dinner hosted by Sisne Rover where we can share our experiences of the trek before leaving Pokhara. The dinner will be accompanied by Live Nepalese Cultural show with Dance and Songs of Nepal. Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals: Breakfast Lunch, Farewell Dinner

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Day 20: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours

We drive to Kathmandu in the morning by tourist bus. After arriving in Kathmandu, we leave for our hotel. We enjoy the day leisurely or catch up on some last minute shopping or explore any landmarks we missed during our first day in Kathmandu. . Overnight in Kathmandu.

Included meals: Breakfast

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Day 21: Final departure

Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today. A representative of Sisne Rover will drop us off at the airport approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight. On our way home, we have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Included meals: Breakfast

Additional Information

We can customize this trip as per your schedule, budget and preferences. If you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.

Additional information

Dates

September-May

Duration

21 Days

Location

Annapurna Region

Physicality

Easy to Moderate

Group Size

Any

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
August 24, 2017

Thank you Sisne Rover Trekking (P) Ltd for organizing my trip from start to finish. It was extremely well managed and excellent customer service. Milan is a well experienced guide and very professional. He was very friendly and informative that made my trekking even more interesting and memorable. Best Trekking agency in Nepal. Got chance to visit Muktinath, a religious pilgrims for Hindu people and it was a new experience for me to take shower on the top of the mountains under 108 taps. The whole experience was awesome.

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