Trip Type : Group Tour
Crowd of Durbar Square View, Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Epic Adventures
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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
17 days
From: $ 999 $ 59 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square, Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’
  • Enjoy your drive to Syange or Jagat via Besishahar
  • Explore Dharapani which is one of the large villages in the Manang valley
  • Enjoy the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • See your selves in the U-shaped valley of Manang between two giant snow peaks
  • See panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak
  • Experience of a lifetime – crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La

Short Description

Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the most well-known classic treks in the world. The region is also rich in terms of unique culture, tradition and lifestyle of people. Magnificent scenery, assorted cultures, forests, lakes and glaciers combine to make it one of the most charming areas for the travelers.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Kathmandu
End City Kathmandu

Trip Includes

  • All accommodation in 3 star (by Nepalese Standard) hotels in cities- twin sharing rooms
  • All Ground transportation
  • Kathmandu sightseeing with city tour guide
  • Full board meal 3 times a day during the trek and 3 cups of tea / Coffee
  • Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
  • One cultural show and dinner
  • National park entry fees and TIMS permit card
  • All Domestic Flights according to the itinerary in fixed wing aircraft

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Epic Adventures. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Epic Adventures display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek

Meals: Breakfast

Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be also briefed on the nature of the trek, equipments and team composition. Some of landmarks we visit include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath).  In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be flying to the Himalayas tomorrow.

Day 3: Drive Kathmandu to Syange/ Jagat [1100m/3608 ft]: 8 to 10 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Overnight stay at Syange or Jagat Guesthouse.

We begin our journey at dawn as we have an 8 to 10 hour drive to arrive at our trek starting point at Syange or Jagat via Besishahar. While enroute we see the beautiful countryside Nepal has to offer – rivers, villages, farms and spectacular mountain scenery. The road to Besishahar is coal-tarred road, whereas after Besishahar the road is dusty and rough, though we can easily overlook it as we watch the outstanding scenery go by.

Day 4: Trek Syange or Jagat to Dharapani [1,960m/6,430ft]: 7 to 8 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Overnight stay at Dharapani.

After breakfast we begin our trek. We enter the Manang district after crossing a large bridge near Tal. Our upcoming trail continuously traverses through barley, rice and potato fields to the village of Kodo to Dharapani. Dharapani is one of the large villages in the Manang valley.

Day 5: Dharapani to Chame [2,710m/8,891ft]: 5 to 6 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Overnight at Chame.

Today we trek on steep forest ridges. Don’t forget to look up though as we will be treated to some of the most sensational views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV (7,525m/24,688ft). Small hot springs add relief on our long day of hard trekking.

Day 6: Chame to Pisang [3,300m/10824ft]: 5 to 6 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Overnight at Lower Pisang.  

A steep and narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to a dramatic curved rock face, rising 1500m from the river. As the trail opens up we welcome the surrounding views of the majestic Himalayan Peaks. We find ourselves in the U-shaped valley of Manang between two giant snow peaks. After walking through these wonderful sites we reach Pisang.

Day 7: Upper Pisang to Manang [3,500m/11,482ft]: 6 to 7 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Overnight at Manang.

Today we will have the choice of two routes. If we take the upper route (highly recommended), through Upper Pisang via Geru, we will be treated to outstanding Himalayan sceneries. The panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others will definitely tempt us. We experience our first contrast with the landscape and vegetation today, the cold and dry climate creates a much harsher, barren environment. Our short visit to Barge monastery, the largest in the entire district of Manang will be memorable.

Day 8: Manang: Rest Day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Today is our scheduled acclimatization day. It is not recommended to stay still so a short walk to higher altitude is suggested to help get acclimatized with the altitude. The next two days will be very challenging and tiring, with a significant gain in altitude. We should always be cautious. Bhojo Gompa or Gangapurna Lake are sights worth visiting for acclimatization and offer beautiful views. We have an easy excursion to a village called Vraga, where we will see the village’s monastery. At this site, we also visit at the Himalayan Rescue Association where we receive important information about Mountain Sickness.

Day 9: Manang to Yak Kharka [4,110m/13,484ft]: 3 to 4 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Overnight stay at Yak Karka.

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

Day 10: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi [4,600m/15,092ft]: 3 to 4 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Overnight at Thorong Phedi.

Today we make our way to the foot of the pass, Thorong Phedi. Thorong Phedi is a small busy settlement catering to the needs of tired trekkers and climbers. Trekkers use this point as a Base Camp. Some visitors also attempt a hike to the High Camp today to assist in acclimatization and help make the next day easier. Although we will have a tough day tomorrow, we stop at Thorong Phedi so that we have the best chance of a good night sleep rather than a risky sleep at the higher altitude of High Camp.

Day 11: Thorong Phedi to Thorong La (5416m/17764ft) to Muktinath [3,800/12,467ft]: 7 to 8 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Overnight at Muktinath.

We reach the climax of our Annapurna circuit trek today. It will be an unforgettable experience of a lifetime – crossing the famous high pass, Thorong La (5416m/17764ft). An early start is important to complete the task ahead and ensure the best of the day’s weather. Each moment we have to work hard through the icy high-altitude trail but the outstanding high Himalayan scenes are so mesmerizing, that our eyes watch more over the horizon than on our trail. Once we have reached the top of Thorong La we are rewarded with panoramic Himalayan views. From here we begin the slow decent to Muktinath. Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists, the area hosts a Vishnu temple and a Monastery nearby. Muktinath itself demonstrates the harmony of religions throughout Nepal.

Day 12: Drive Muktinath to Tatopani [1,200m/3937ft]: 6 to 8 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Overnight stay at Tatopani.

Today, as there are vehicles available (bus or jeep), we take advantage of it to drive along a plateau above the Kali Gandaki – the world`s deepest gorge. The barren landscape of this area resembles the Tibetan Plateau. We have to adjust ourselves in a public vehicle on a sharing basis. Along this route the road can be rough and dusty and at some point we’ll have to change vehicles. On arrival at Tatopani, we relax our weary muscles with a dip in some of the hot spring pools.

Day 13: Tatopani to Ghorepani [2,850m/9,350ft]: 7 to 8 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Overnight at Ghorepani.

While walking, we see the lifestyle of the people in the midland villages of Nepal. Ghara and Sikha are the villages with terraced and inclined farmlands. We gradually walk up the steep ascent to Ghorepani. Passing through Phalate and Chitre, we walk through a non-inhabited area, through rhododendron, birch, magnolia forest and meadows. As we reach the top of our climb, the peaks ahead look spectacular. We stay at Ghorepani as we have a climb to reach Poon Hill early tomorrow morning.

Day 14: Ghorepanito Tadapani [2,710m/8,891ft]: 6 to 7 hrs

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Overnight stay at Tadapani.

At dawn, we ascend to Poon Hill (3,210m/10,531ft) to catch the moment of the spectacular sunrise over the whole Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs and surrounding rice terraces. Poon Hill is a photographer`s paradise with incredible panoramic views. After breakfast we continue along the up and down trail trek to Tadapani through the rhododendron forests. Be sure to keep one eye on the horizon as the scenery is equally dazzling throughout the day along the trek.

Day 15: Tadapani to Ghandruk toPokhara [850m/2,789ft]: 6 to 7 hrs trek and 1 hr drive

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. 

Overnight in Pokhara

Through the Rhododendron forest, we trek down today to Ghandruk, the second-largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. Gurung is one of the most popular and culturally rich ethnic groups in Nepal. After lunch, we continue to Nayapul where we finally conclude our trek followed by a short drive from Nayapul to Pokhara. Pokhara is a peaceful city of lakes with the dramatic backdrop of the Himalayas.

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6 hrs drive

Meals: Dinner. 

After breakfast, we start our drive back to Kathmandu. It will be better to sit on the left side of the bus to enjoy the scenery along the way. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, we will be escorted to our hotel and we spend a leisurely afternoon, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, in the evening, there will be dinner and Cultural show hosted by Epic Adventures.

Day 17: Farewell Friend

Meals: Breakfast

We are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organise the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Epic Adventures will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. 

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Flights & Transport

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Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

Any cancellation by a client must be made in writing and acknowledged by the company.  The date on which the request to cancel is received by the company or agent will determine the cancellation charge applicable.  The cancellation charges detailed as a percentage of the total tour price:

  • Cancellation 60 days or more before departure: Loss of Deposit
  • Cancellation 59-21 days before departure: 50% of the cost of the booking
  • Cancellation less than 21 days before departure: 100% of the cost of the booking

The client is strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of making the booking.  Please note that no refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip has begun.  No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transportation, sightseeing, meals or services not utilised

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

  • International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee $40 for 30 days
  • Major meals in Cities
  • Monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu tour
  • All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
  • Personal clothing and gears, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Cost raised by flight cancellation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not within our control
  • Personal Travel Insurance

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