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Annapurna Circuit Teahouse Trek

It is easy to see why the hidden mountain stronghold of the Annapurna Sanctuary is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. Surrounded by a ring of impressive mountains, including Annapurna 1 (8091m./26538ft), this high and glaciated wilderness is, quite simply, awe-inspiring. From the terraced farmland above Pokhara, we trek on good trails through scattered settlements and abundant forest, climbing gradually into a world of ice and snow. The combination of pretty villages and farmland, set against the panorama of high peaks beyond, makes this one of the most picturesque of treks. After exploring the inner sanctuary, we walk out via an alternative route, following high ridges to Ghorepani. Here, a pre-dawn start for the walk up to Poon Hill is rewarded by inspirational views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas. Presenting a magical mix of excellent trekking, friendly villagers and outstanding mountain views, this is Nepal at its best.

View From Poonhill

Fact Box  
Starting from: Kathmandu
Ending at: Pokhara
Grade: Moderate-Difficult
Highest access of the trek: 4200m (Annapurna Base Camp)
Culture encounter Gurung, Magar, Thakali
Trekking type Teahouse
Himalayan sights: Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Annapurna range, Manaslu, Nilgiri
Most Attraction of the trek: Close Mountain View, Villages
Best Seasion: February, March, April, May, October, November
Meal: breakfast, lunch, & Dinner)
Activities: Trekking
Transportation: Car / Van
Accommodation: Teahouse
Minimum Group Size: 1
Per day Walking: 5 to 7 hours
Itinerary type Fixed / Customized

Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu Airport & Transfer to Hotel
Welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 02 Full day Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley.
We will be visiting three of the famous heritage sites in Kathmandu. You will visit first the Swayambunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,000 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. The painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world come.
It is a 30 minutes drive to Boudhanath Stupa, another important Buddhist pilgrims site. This ancient Stupa is considered one of the biggest in the World. Every morning and evening, many Buddhist devotees come here to pray and circumambulate enabling the visitors to observe local religious practices.
One of the holiest hindu shrines in the world, The fabulous pagoda houses the linga of Lord Shiva and people bathe in the Bagmati River with a faith of cleansing themselves spiritually. Many Sadhus or Hindu Ascetics live here. During religious festivals, Hindus come to make offerings, and it is sometimes very crowded.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square: This former royal palace complex offers the elegant 15th century Palace of 55 win-dows, artistic courtyards, the Golden gat.
Patan Durbar Square : Durbar Square an enchanting melage of palace buildings, courtyards and pagoda temples, is the center of Patan's religious and social life.
Day 03 Kathmandu to Besisahar By bus 823m
The journey begins by bus from Kathmandu to Dumre. The bus ride takes approximately about 5 hours to reach Dumre.It takes about 3-4 hours to reach Besisahar, where you first night camp awaits you. This is a small town at the head of the Round Annapurna Circuit; here you can find many shops and a pharmacy where you can buy little things that you might have forgotten.
Accommodation at lodge
Day 04 Besisahar to Nadi (1011m)
Your first day of trekking starts with a gentle downhill and straight walk. The trail climbs up the east bank of the river, past a high majestic waterfall surrounded by the screw pine trees. From here, the trail then passes small-scattered villages and terraced fields to a small village of Ngadi. The trail crosses the Ngadi Khola on a long suspension bridge, and continues climbing gradually. It makes a steep climb through the scrub forests to Bahundanda (Hill of the Bahuns), an attractive village situated in a saddle on a long ridge. Bahun caste is the highest of the four caste of the Hindu caste system. These people are priests, and are normally experts in the field of religion and education during the olden times. They used to follow a strict vegetarian diet.
Day 05 Nadi to Jagat (1314m)
The hill passing through rice fields, in and out of the deep river gorges, and then crosses the Marshyangdi on a long suspension bridge and village of Syange. From Syange, the trail stays near the river, the forest of rhododendron and pine trees. It passes the Tibetan village of Jagat where you can find several suspension bridges and passing several beautiful waterfalls land view the tower of Mt. Lamjung (22,291Ft.), Manaslu (26,760 Ft.) and Peak 29 (24,652 Ft.). Overnight at Jagat.
Day 06 Jagat to Dharapani(1943m)
Walking distance of about 7 hours from Jagat to Dharapani, entering Manang district from Taal and crossing a large bridge to Dharapani . The route also reaches Lata Manang near the waterfall. From Lata Manang, the trail continues in an easy manner staying level, passing through pine forests past the village of Kodo and reaching another village of Chame, which is one of the biggest villages in the Manang valley.
Overnight at Dharapani.
Day 07 Dharapani to Chame(2713m)
Dharapani to Chame (2713m) The distance is covered within 6 hours. The trail now leads to the west in Manaslu .forming a splendid backdrop of Annapurna II appearing occasionally to the south. As we continue, Annapurana range offers a splendid view. Overnight at Chame.
Day 08 Chame to Pisang(3292m)
Keeping by the side of river all day for about 7 hours and passing through narrow and steep gorge reach Passing from where Manang Valley (a wide U - shaped valley) hanging between two giant snow peaks. Overnight at Pisang.
Day 09 Pisang to Manang(3351m) .
After a 7-hour walk through trails and broad forested valley floor a small stool airstrip and a village of about 200 houses and Barge monastery which is the largest in the entire district and reach Manang. You can see fascinating panoramic views of the mountain peaks, such as Annapurna, Pisang peak, and several others.
Day 10 Manang- Rest day
It is very important that you take a day rest and get acclimatized with the altitude. Manang is a good place to do that because the next three days will be very challenging and tiring with rapid gain in altitude. You should never be confident with the altitude and always be cautious. You can take an excursion to a little distance away to the place called Brada. It is a small village that you will find interesting visiting.
Day 11 Manang to Kharka(4200m)
From Manang village, the trail crosses a stream, climbs to a village of Tenki above Manang, and then 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, a scrub of juniper tress, as it steadily gains elevation. The trail 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. Walking takes about 5 hours.
Day 12 Yak Kharka to Throng Phedi high camp (4780m)
The trail continues further along after an hour's walk reaching to Ledar. From here, the trail continues to climb along the East bank of Jarsang Khola and then descends and crosses a stream on a wooden bridge. From the bridge, continue walking on the steep slope; watch your steps for loose rocks. The trail is small. In about 1 hour, you reach Thorang Phedi with only one lodge. The camp is set high on the slopes.
Day 13 Thorong phedi (Thorong La 5514m) to Muktinath 3802m.
You will have to start very early about 3 am because in the late morning there will be lots of wind blowing which makes walking difficult. More strenuous downhill walking awaits you on your journey to Muktinath, a pilgrimage center. The place is worshipped by Hindus and Buddhist alike; it has a beautiful landscape set beneath the Damodar Hills. You can visit the temple and view the ever-burning flame of the place considered holy by all Hindus and Buddhist.
Day 14 Muktinath to Jomsom(2713m) Tour Ends
Jomsom with beautiful snow mountains and no tree land ! It is gateway of Mustang trek. Those, having not good enough time to trek down all the way to Pokhra can fly to Pokhara-Kathmandu on the next day.
Day 15 Early morning flight to Pokhara - About 20 minutes scenic flight. Afternoon Relaxing. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 16 Return bus to Kathmandunu
Day 17 Free day in Kathmandunu
Day 18 Tour ends

Trek Price as per above program

Group Size
2 - 3 
4 - 5
6 - 7
8 - 9
10 - 11
12 + Above 
Price in US$ 
700 670 650 630 600 580 550

Package Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off by car
  • All the ground Transportation by bus
  • 4 nights accommodation in Kathmandu
  • All the meal during the trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Trek Permit & National Park Fee
  • Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits.
  • Domestic Air Fare US$ 67 per person Jomsom to Pokhara
  • An experience guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), necessary Trekking staff and their meal/accommodation/transportation/salary/insurance/equipments.

Package Price Excludes

  • Personal bar bill, travel insurance/International airfare
  • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, tips etc.
  • Nepal entry visa fee US$ 30 (duration 60 days from date of issue)- Available at Royal Nepalese Embassies and Royal Nepalese Consulates abroad or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • All the entrance fee of temple in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • All the meal while you are in Kathmandu

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The most prominent ethnic groups in the annapurna region are the Gurung, Braman, chetri, Thakali and the Manangba.

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