ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK
- ACT IS LONG DISTANCE TREK IN THE WORLD
- ANNAPURNA IS 8091 METERS ABOVE SEA LEVEL
- ANNAPURNA IS LOCATED PROVINCE GANDAKI
This 17-day Annapurna circuit trek begins from Jagat, starting from less than 1,000 meters, it provides an opportunity to explore the Himalayas from bottom to top and from varied angles and perspectives. The trek route trails along Marshyangdi River, with great views of Manaslu and Himal Chuli to the east.
Crossing through the world's highest pass Thorang La pass and passing along paddy fields and into subtropical forests, several waterfalls, gigantic cliffs, and various villages, Annapurna Circuit is one of the most rewarding treks in Nepal. This 17 days trek is designed to give you the closest experience of magnificent Annapurna and the surrounding vivid landscapes that gives you the adventure of a lifetime.
- Day 1 - ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
This is going to be the first day of Nepal's adventure. At the arrival section of Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, one of our representatives will be waiting with a placard carrying your name on it. The airport representative will explain the program upon arrival and escort you to the hotel on a private vehicle; Overnight in Kathmandu.
- Day 2 - KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
After breakfast, the Kathmandu tour begins. Kathmandu valley is an incredibly diverse city with a breathtaking Newari culture, centuries-old Hindu and Buddhist cultural sites alongside a plethora of ancient monuments. The capital of the country and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Kathmandu, bridges modern facilities with centuries-old traditions and cultures with its tourist-friendly accommodations and the ancestral etiquette “Atithi Devo Bhava” meaning "Guest is equivalent to God". Throughout the day, most of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu will be observed. Overnight stay at the hotel;
- Day 3 - KATHMANDU TO JAGAT
Early in the morning, we leave for Jagat from Kathmandu. Situated at an altitude of 1290 m, it takes us around 7-8 hours to get to Jagat. Throughout the day, we’ll observe beautiful big rivers, curvy roads, local shops, local life, local bazaars, and small hydropower dams on the way. Upon reaching Jagat, we get a step closer to the mountains. Overnight stay at teahouse;
- Day 4 - JAGAT TO DHARAPANI
The ultimate Annapurna circuit trek begins after breakfast. The descending trail from Jagat takes us to a river and the trail ascends continuing through a lush forest. The further ascent takes us to a sharp-edged cliff facing the riverbank. Advancing with the trail, amidst the glorious backdrop of magnificent Annapurna mountain ranges a beautiful village Chyamje emerges. After crossing a suspension bridge and climbing the slippery and physically challenging steep path, we reach Sattale. Treading along the rock-strewn trails, we descend to a grassy riverbank to Tal. Leaving Tal, we set through a rugged and winding path reaching the steeply-forested village of Karte. Admiring the waterfalls and cliffs on the way, we finally reach Dharapani after crossing a suspension bridge. Overnight at Dharapani.
- Day 5 - DHARAPANI TO CHAME
On this day, we leave Dharapani and head towards Chame. After a gentle ascent, we reach the beautiful village of Chame. Chame almost looks like a Tibetan village as the people of Chame migrated from the Nepal-Tibet trade route a long time ago, and settled here. The customs, houses, and culture here are highly influenced by Tibetan culture. Chame has lovely views of Mt. Annapurna II, a pair of burbling hot springs where we can dip in and soothe our aching muscles. Overnight at teahouse in Chame;
- Day 6 - CHAME TO PISANG
A steep narrow path through a very dense forest will bring us to the dramatically curved rock face, rising 1500 m from the river. Ascending the steepest part of the Marshyangdi Valley, a trail carved into the vertical rock, the valley boasts majestic vistas. We trek for a while before reaching Upper Pisang where we spend the night. Overnight at the teahouse;
- Day 7 - PISANG TO NGAWAL
From Pisang, the high trail enters pine groves to reveal the glorious view of the small turquoise lake Mring Tso. The trail rises upwards to Ghyaru and enters well-cultivated barley and buckwheat field before we reach Ngawal. Ngawal is one of the most picturesque villages in Annapurna. The main reason for our stay at Ngawal is to acclimatize to the high altitude. One of the main attractions of this village is a centuries-old cave of Guru Rinpoche which is in the hills overlooking Ngawal village. The local people believe the cave leads to Mustang. Overnight stay at teahouse;
- Day 8 - NGAWAL TO MANANG
Manang is just a few hours easy walk from Ngawal. We pass through deep forests and artistic monasteries to reach Manang. It is basically the capital of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Gangapurna lake in Manang adds beauty to the already beautiful Manang village. There are plenty of monasteries nearby to explore. A local cinema hall in a remote place can really be an experience for the night. Overnight stay at Manang;
- Day 9 - MANANG TO YAK KHARKA
From Manang, we resume our trek and advance towards Yak Kharka. We make the climb steadily through TenkiManang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. Continuing along the JarsangKhola Valley, we reach Yak Kharka at 4,000 m. The trail passes through the meadows and pastures where horses and yak graze. After crossing on a wooden bridge over a small river, the trail passes an ancient old Mani wall leading to Yak Kharka by lunchtime. From Yak Kharka, we hike to the Chulu West Base Camp and return to Yak Kharka later. Overnight stay at teahouse in Yak Kharka;
- Day 10 - YAK KHARKA TO THORANAG PHEDI
From Yak Kharka, the trail ascends to ThorangPhedi. After a short climb, we cross a suspension bridge leading to Ledar village. Continuing with our climb uphill, we pass through towering cliffs before reaching ThorangPhedi (the last village before Thorong La pass). The trail overflows with the spectacular views of Mt. Gundang, Mt.Syagang, Thorung Peak, and Mt.Khatungkan. Overnight at teahouse;
- Day 11 - THORANG PHEDI TO MUKTINATH
It is the most challenging part of the entire trip as it involves crossing the highest pass in the world ‘Thorang La Pass’ (5416 m). We depart early in the morning, to cross the pass smoothly while the weather is favorable. We cross the pass from east to west (Manang to Muktinath). Later in the evening, we reach Muktinath (3710 m); the celebrated Holy Hindu Shrine at the foot of the Thorang La pass. Overnight stay at teahouse in Muktinath;
- Day 12 - MUKTINATH TO TATOPANI
Today, we drive from Muktinath to Tatopani. A bumpy jeep ride to Tatopani passes through a lot of famous villages like; Jomsom, Marpha, Ghasa, etc. ‘Tatopani’ is translated as hot water in Nepali. Upon reaching Tatopani, we can relax in the natural hot Spring and soothe our sore muscles after the strenuous trekking. Overnight stay at teahouse in Tatopani;
- Day 13 - TATOPANI TO GHOREPANI
We leave Tatopani and head up the Ghar Khola valley. The route takes us through terraced farmland surrounded by mountains. Passing through the villages of Shikha and Chitre and the beautiful rhododendron forest, we reach Ghorepani, a beautiful village located at the ridge. Overnight in Ghorepani;
- Day 14 - GHOREPANI TO TADAPANI
Early in the morning, we climb along the steep trail to catch the glorious sunrise over the Himalayas from the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3,210 m/10,529 ft), the most popular trekking destination of the Annapurna region. Poon Hill flaunts the spectacular views of Mustang, Pokhara, and more than 20 of the highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. After spending some time at Poon Hill, we transverse through the beautiful florid Rhododendron forest to the village of Tadapani. Overnight stay at teahouse in Tadapani;
- Day 15 - TADAPANI TO POKHARA
After breakfast, we leave Tadapani and trek through the dense forests towards the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk. After 3-4 hours of walking through rhododendron forests, we reach a slope settlement with the stone houses of Ghandruk. We then drive towards Pokhara. Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara;
- Day 16 - POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
After a 6-7 hours’ drive from Pokhara, we reach the heart of the country Kathmandu where the necessary preparation for the departure will be carried out. The rest of the day is for either relaxing or sightseeing around Kathmandu city. Overnight at Kathmandu.
- Day 17 - DEPARTURE
Depending on your flight time, Swotah will arrange the transfer to the airport. The airport check-in is 3 hours prior to the departure time and the hotel checkout time is usually 12 PM. Our representative will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport.
- ENTRANCE FEES
- PERSONAL EXPENSES
- Travel and rescue insurance
- International flights; Nepalese visa fee
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountains due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
•We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
•What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
•A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permits